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SPRINGFIELD, - COLORADO. The KansAs City Star says Chicago girls are flocking In droves to see the Brazilian anaconda that hugged a pony to death. Two Boston poets are going to try to walk across the Atlantic in pneu matic boots. They probably will wear the boots on their poetic feet. The sad story is told of a Connec ticut girl of disordered mind who, pos sessed by a mania to disrobe, took to the woods. It is strange that she did not take to the stage. It has been developed by a census of the treasury department that, while the District of Columbia is entitled to only nine appointments, it has 395. The District of Columbia does not rote in presidential elections, but, in an emergency, can easily supply enough officeholders to run the government. The patriots at Washington nre con tent to let the others do the voting so long as they get the official plums. One of the prominent delegates at the convention of the Woman’s Chris tian Temperance Union in Toronto was from Iceland. She was interview ed, as a matter of course, and said, for one thing, that there are no tramps in Iceland. Possibly one explanation of this cheerful fact is to be found in her remark that by nature the Icelander is -of an "intensive disposition." A tramp, as is well known, abhors In tensity. It wearies him. Argentine wheat crops for the last six years have been as follows: 1892, 34,000,000 bushels; 1893, 58,000,000 bushels; 1894, 84.000,000 bushels; 1895, 60,000.000 bushels; 1896, 44,000,000 bushels; 1897 (estimate), 28,000,000 bushels. The exports to Europe have been: 1892, 16,800,000 bushels; 1893, 33,600,000 bushels; 1894, 56.000,000 bushels; 1897, 37.600.000 bushels; 1896. 18,000.000 bushels; 1897 (estimate). 2,- 000,000 bushels. It is proposed to establish a com- 1 merclal museum in San Francisco on lines similar to those of the Philadel phia Institution. The purpose as pro jected is to bring the markets of the Asian-Pacific coast in closer touch with the United States. According tc John Barrett, the American minister at Bangkok, the United States has trade opportunities in this direction covering a coast line of 4,000 miles and representing a population of 500,000,- 000. That the greatness of the self-made man is consequent upon meagre edu cational advantages is an old super stition fast disappearing, as Ex-Presi dent Cleveland pointed out at the re cent Princeton commemoration. The successful man whose youth was with out advantages' has attained success not because of those disadvantages, but in spite of them, and it is logical to infer that with increased intellectual training he would have climbed to still greater eminence. The uses of lemons are manifold, and the more we employ them the bet ter we shall find ourselves. For all people, in sickness or in health, lemon ade is not only a safe but a remark ably pleasant drink. It is a specific against worms and skin complaints. The pippins crushed may also be mixed with water and used as a drink. Lem on Juice is the best anti-scorbutic rem edy known. It not only cures the disease, but, what is better than a cure, is a preventive. Sailors make a daily use of it for that purpose. It is a good thing to rub the gums daily with lemon juice to keep them in a healthy condition. It prevents chilblains. Lemon used in intermittent fevers is mixed with strong hot black tea or coifee without sugar. Neuralgia may be cured by rubbing the part afflicted with a lemon. It is valuable also to cure warts and to destroy dundruff on the head by rubbing the roots of the hair with it. Not very long ago a stray item of fashion reached a missionary among the Indians of the far west, to the ef fect that braided palmetto hats were much worn, and she remembered what fun she had thought that braiding was. when she was a little girl in Louisiana. It flashed upon her that corn-husks might be used for the same purpose, and before evening she had gathered a crowd of eager Indian boys around her and taught them to fash ion very presentable hats. "I believe they will sell." she told the young In dians. and they have been sold. "But even if they do not," one lad replied, "we shall never have to buy any more for ourselves." So the nice braiding of palmetto, learned in childhood, has resulted in creating a new industry for the Indian. It is always so. What ever is useful that, one learns thor oughly and well is quite sure to come Into service in later life. The league magnates have decided that two umpires must officiate at each game. This will make it much more interesting for the bleachers clear down to the left field fence. They couldn't be expected to throw a beer bottle or any other missile with any accuracy as far as the home plate. Abdul Hamid mildly disclaims re sponsibility for the pillage of Ameri can missions. If this government were to take a lesson from Austria in that Mersina affair Abdul might be brought to see the matter differently. Samuel E. Morse, ex-consul general to Paris, said, in speaking of city im provements, at a recent banquet In In dianapolis: "A city without parks is like a house without windows, and however admirable a city may be in all other respects, it can make no pre tensions to being a modern city until it has a model system of parks.” A Chicago newspaper man 1 m writ ten a lecture showing that Shakespeare was a temperance advocate. We do not recall any of the bard’s characters who ever took the gold cure. RODE ON A WILD CAR. THE RESULT WAS A COLLISION Seventy Track Men on the Rio Grande Have a Narrow Eecape From Death Near Nedalla. Denver, Dec. 22.—At 0:30 o’clock last evening a special south-bound freight train on the Denver & Itlo Grande roud plunged into a runaway passenger coach two miles this side of Castle Rock, Colorado, injuring thirty-six of the seventy occupants of the car. The car was almost completely wrecked, the engine of the special freight ploughing its way fully fifteen feet into it. Of the thirty-six men Injured, none were fatally hurt. About half a dozen sustained broken bones, the re mainder escaping with bruises and lac erated flesh. The occupants of the ear were the steel gang that has been located at Castle Rock for the past week relay ing rails and making general repairs along the line. The ear they were seated In was a chair ear used by the road to transport the men from place to place. The engine of the special freight which ran into the car was not badly Injured. The engineer and fireman saw the car coining down the grade to- I wards them and jumi>ed in time to es cape lieing injured when the collision occurred. The head lirakeman of the freight was unable to get off quick ( enough, and sustained a few bruises, i The most seriously injured men were i taken to Sedalia. where half a dozen j physicians set tlielr fractured bones ; and bound up tlielr cuts and lacera tions. Those that were not badly In jured caught the uortli-liound train No. 4 and went to their respective homes in the small towns between here and Castle Rock. The accident was a peculiar one. That half the men In the ear were not killed outright was one of those mime- | ulous escapes that often falls to the ( K>t of a railroad man. When the crash i came, the runaway car was going not [ less than thirty-five miles an hour 1 down a gentle incline. Increasing its 1 momentum the farther it went. The j special freight was not going very fast, as It was climbing tlie grade. Before jumping, the engineer shut off steam and applied the air and steam ; brakes. The double cheek brought the I train almost to a stop liefore the car | came bounding down upon it. Had j this train been going as rapidly ns the ' car was. not half the men in the car j would have survived the collision. About 0:30 o’clock the steel gang boarded the chair car, waiting for the freight train, which was to take it to Sedalia. to be made up. The ear was switched hack and forth several times in the yards opposite to the depot. Presently the car started towards D•li ver, and the men on the inside thought the train had been made up and that they were on their way to Sedalia. Con sequently they paid uo attention to the rapid way the ear ran. The truth was : that the coupling pin connecting it with the car ahead of it snapped as , the freight train gave a sudden Jerk \ forward, and started to roll down the . track, ns there is a gentle grade for . many miles north of Castle Rock. The men. all unconscious of their per- \ ilous condition, chatted and laughed ' with each other, not realizing that each minute carried them nearer and near er to a special train coming iti the op posite direction on the same track. It was not until after the crash came, and those that escaped Injury crawled out of the wrecked car and sized up [ the situation, that they realized the true condition of affairs. Every chair in the passenger car had been wrenched from its fastenings to the floor, and had fallen over In a con fused mass. The wreck of the interior of the car was complete. The special freight had completely shattered the car. throwing splinters in all directions, covering the confused mass of groan ing and crying men and damaged chairs. GAME WARDENS EXONERATED. Inveatlratine Con»ml«»lon Thought They Wire JiMt Itlrd In shunting Indiana. Denver. Dec. 22.—D. C. Beaman, Charles E. Noble and Joshua Wnl bridge. the commissioners appointed by Governor Adams :«* investigate the trouble between the Ute Indians and the game wardens in Lily Park on Oc tober 24th. liave made their report to the chief executive. It exonerates the game wardens from blame on account of the killing of the Indians. The conditions prior to the tight nre rehearsed by the report. Reck and State Game Commissioner Swan had directed the Indians not to violate the Colorado game laws. No passes were to Im* issued for Inuring in Colorado. A White River Ute. Unguslieone Starr, however, got a permit, to bunt horses in Brown's park. Colorado, thirty miles from Lily park. lie was accom panied by Snake Pete, eight other bucks and eighteen squaws and child ren. They pitched their tepees and be gan to hunt deer. Hearing that then* were Indians near Lily park. Game Warden Wilcox j and a special deputy set out to inves ' tlgate. Having learned :lmt more than forty Indians were killing deer, he summoned assistance from Craig. On October 23rd the whites assembled at Vauglm’s ranch on Rear river. Next morning the party set out for the Indian camps. Word was sent to the Indians that the game wardens were coming peaceably to talk with them. The messengers had scarcely started when Starr and another Indian luisscd the camp of the game wardens and tried to get away to their camp. Starr was caught, but the other Indian escaped. Snake Pete and some of the others were not in camp when the wardens arrived. Some of the wardens traded with the squaws for trinkets. Others found fifty green deer hides, drie'd meat and two fresh deer carcasses. Wilcox told the Indians they were violating the law and lie would be com pelled to put them under arrest. The guns which some of the bucks had were taken away. Nearly four hours were spent in the talk with the Indians. Two Indians escaped from the camp. Wilcox for bade the wardens to shoot at them. Finally Wilcox, fearing that reinforce ments might arrived from the adjacent camp, told the bucks they would have to go with him. Starr refused to stay upon bis horse. Wilcox called for ropes to tie him there. An Indian grabbed a Winchester, which he aimed at Warden Shaw. It was knocked aside and the bullet wounded a squaw on the scalp. At once another Indian struck at a warden with a butcher knife, leaving a scratch ou his neck. The first Indian clubbed Warden Shaw into Insensibility with the stock of his gun. A squaw tried to grab Wilcox’s revolver and another Indian was about to knife him. A second squaw opened up ou the wardens with a revolver. Then she was shot in the arms with a revolver handled by a warden. Starr and other Indians did some shooting. ■ The wardens returned the tire of the bucks. Two Indians were killed .'.ml two squaws were wounded. The rest escaped. These facts were testified to by eleven citizens of Routt county, two of whom were in m* way concerned in the affair. The Indians denied the material facts except the killing and wounding, the time consumed Uy the parley and the purciiase of bend purses from the squaws. Photographs taken durlug the parley refute the claims of the In dians that during the parley the war dens were hostile to the Indians. Other testimony of the Indians in re gard to what meat they had in camp is contradicted by whites who were friendly to them. The wardens are, therefore, exonerated from blame. Ine commissioners recommend that the settlers be assured of tranquility. To do this the Indians will liave to be kept out of the state. In any event federal and the state governments are advised to adopt some additional measures which will prevent the Indians from ever returning to Colorado. PROSPECTS FOR ANNEXATION. Sentiment of the Semite Note Said to He More Favorable. Chicago, Dec. 20.—The Washington correspondent of tlie Record says: There has been a decided change m the situation of the Hawaiian treaty within the last few days, and the inem ! hers of the committee on foreign rela ! tions are now quite confident of its 1 ratification. Senator Hoar, who has ! been coquetting with the delegation of Hawaiian monarchists and presented their petition in the Senate, explains that his i>osition lias been misrepre sented, and evidently light has entered ids soul. He says that he is not op , posed to the annexation of the Ha waiian islands ns a territory, provided j the rights of natives are thoroughly protected. He is. however, opposed to Hawaii as a state, and will resist any attempt to deprive the natives of a fail share in the responsibilities and the privileges of government. As nobody ever proposed to make the islands a state and as all their inhabitants will Ik? place<l on an equality, the same as the citizens of Arizona or Oklahoma, in case they are admitted as a terri tory. Mr. Hoar has been fighting a windmill and lias wasted a great deal of anxiety. Senator Morrill of Vermont has also been a skeptic on the Hawaiian ques tion and was eouut«*d against ratifica tion, but. like Mr. Iloar. lie is coming around nil right again. Mr. Hale, who was also counted with the opposition. Is quite indignant, because lie has never wavered. This leaves Mr. Pet tigrew as tlie only Republican senator opposed to annexation, and it Is said that ids opposition is due to the fnet that Ids colleague. Senator Kyle, is on the other side. Senators Gorman, Mor gan and Money have commenced ac tive operations on the Democratic side and are making a thorough canvass in behalf of ratification. Gorman and Morgan arc the strongest Democrats in the Senate when it comes to legis lation. and together win exert a pow erful influence. The action of the Democratic members of tin* House in caucus in leaving tlie Hawaiian ques tion open for each man to vote accord ing to Ids own judgment takes It out of the list of political Issues and makes it easier for Mr. Morgan and Mr. Gor man to secure votes. Although the fate of tlie treaty lias seemed doubtful ever since the assembling of Congress, the prospect is now more hopeful than it ever has been. Speaker Jleed is opposed to ancxn tion on principle. He always has been, just as lie has lieen opposed to reciproc ity and other articles in the Repub lican creed. He got started wrong and never changes his mind. While in* re fuses to discuss tlie question, his inti mate friends are jMisitivc that he will offer no resistance to legislation that may be proposed to carry out the terms of the treaty, and Senator Frye, who is the most ardent annexationist in Congress, vouches for Mr. Dinglcy. They are neighbors in the town of Lewiston, live at tlie same hotel in Washington and are very close friends. PINGREE GOT ONLY AN OPTION. Will Not Be Able to Buy tin Aapluilt Mine In Vene/.uelM After All. New York. Dec. 21.—A dispatch to the World from Caracas. Venezuela, says: In October Governor Pingrhe of Michigan came here to obtain an op tion on the Pederlnnd asphalt mine, near the mouth of the* Orinoco. He left here greatly pleased to have ob tained it, as he thought. Governor Pingree does not speak Spanish, and did not discover that the option sold tc* him to buy the mine for SBO,OOO was subject to the approval of the general meeting of the sharehold ers, who refused later to recognize the documents signed by their president A party composed of Colonel Eli S. Sutton, secretary for Governor Pingree. Edward P. Ilackett, a banker of Mil waukee. and two engineers, came to Caracas with letters of credit and full power to close the deal immediately. They were stupefied when they were told that the shareholders of the as phalt mine demanded sll*o.ooo for the property instead or tin* SBO,OOO stipu lated in the option sold to Governor Pingree. Protests were of no avail. Mitny Building IIIIIh. Washington. Dim l . 20.— Then* are bills 1 before the committee on public build ings and grounds for the erection of custom houses and postottiees in more I than 200 cities of the United States, and for the extension or enlargement j of existing buildings in fifty other cit ! les. During the Inst three or four | years, while there lias been a deficit ! in the treasury. Congress has passed | very few such bills, but there is going to be a determined effort this session upon the part of representatives who ' need buildings in their districts to so j cure authority for tlielr erection and a I small appropriation to pay the expense of making plans, leaving the bulk of the cost to l>e appropriated when the government receipts recover their nor mal condition. It is proposed to make an omnibus bill, after the manner of that for rivers and harbors, in which all the members interested may pool their issues and stand to win or lose together. Trouble In Scamlinnvlii. London. Dec. 22.—A dispatch from Christiania to the Daily Chronicle says the political situation since the failure of the unit«*d committee on foreign af fairs has become critical, and It is feared that Sweden will seek an oc casion for armed Intervention in Nor way. The dispatch adds that the Swed ish press hopes for assistance from Emperor William. The admiral of the German squadron which has just left Christiania, at a dinner of Norwegian officers, made a speech, which, if not openly menacing, conveyed an implied threat. The Nor wegian officials were much disgusted. NO MORE SEAL SKINS. RADICAL MEASURE IN THE NEW BILL. tl Will Strike m Blovr at Greet Britain end Cenede by Preventing Them From KeUing the Sklne In the United States. ' Washington, Dec. 19.—It lias been developed that the bill relating to pe lagic sealing, which has Just passed both branches of Congress, and is be fore the President, contains a provis ion of far-reaching importance, which has thus far escaped attention. This places an absolute prohibition on the further bringing of sealskins into the United States from any source what ever. As the United States Is the larg est market in the world for sealskins, this complete stoppage of the trade in I this country will be a severe measure against the Rritisli and Canadian in dustries, which take and cure the kinds and then dis]>ose of them largely In the United States. When the bill was proposed it was generally supi>osed that its only pur- I>ose was to prohibit American citizens from carrying on pelagic scaling. This feature was tlie only one to attract attention during tlie discussion. At the elpse of the hill, however, is a section which is not restricted to Americans, but applies to sealskins In general. “Taken in the waters men tioned in this act,” which Includes the whole Pacific ocean. The provision is as follows: “Section 9—That the itiqiortatioii into [ the United States by any person what soever of fur sealskins taken In the < waters mentioned in this act. whether raw. dressed, dyed or manufactured, i is hereby prohibited, and all such arti cles imported after tills act shall take I effect shall not be i>ermittcd to Ik* ex- ! ported, but shall be seized and de- \ stroyed by tin* proper officers of tlu United States." Those who are thoroughly familiar with the bill say tills provision is of far ' more importance in its effect than tlie ! prohibition against pelagic sealing by j Americans. The correspondence which has pass- ; ed between Sir Wilfrid I.aurier. tlie; Canadian premier, and General Fos- i ter. the American negotiator, touching the seal negotiations, since the Wash ington conference last month, lias just been made public. It consists of two letters. In tlie first, dated Ottawa. November 24tli. Sir Wilfrid Laurier passes upon the proposition of our government which was taken back to Canada by him at the conclusion of the confer- ' cnee. He says lie is willing to enter at i once upon a review of the whole seal ! question, though' the Paris award was made revisable only at the end of five i years, provided the other questions of j importance to tlie two countries—immi- ’ gration. reciprocity, fish protection, l etc.—shall be considered at the same j time. He declines, however, to suspend ' sealing meantime, as the fleet would ! be dissipated entirely: that the owners of vessels would be entitled to compen sation beyond the disposition of Par liament to vote. and. finally, that, as shown by tlie experts’ report, there is now a tendency toward equilibrium in the maintenance of the seal herd. He suggests that if a joint commission to i consider all questions at issue. Includ- i ing this, bo at once appointed, it would ! bo possible to secure tlie necessary leg- ' islation from Parliament at tlie Feb- ; ruary session, and from Congress dur ing the present session, to insure the J execution of any recommendation with regard to Bering sea next season. Tlie second letter Is from General Foster to Sir Wilfrid, dated Washing ton, December 2*1. General Foster says that Sir Wilfrid’s answer amounts to a declination of his proposition and a renewal of tlie Canadian proposition made at the conference, and tiiat the President declines to reverse ills posi tion on that point. Should the herd reach tin* equilibrium pointed out by Sir Wilfrid, it will have passed the pe riod when negotiations will be of any avail, besides, as the United State's will be put to the expense of $150,000 to maintain the patrol next year, pe lagic sealing ought to he voluntarily given up. because it is unnelghborly and inhuman. General Foster expresses regret that Sir Wilfrid’s visit to Washington gives so little of promise to satisfactory re sults. but entertains the hope that it may yet bear good fruits. A STATE CONFERENCE. Important Meet in*; of People Intercutril In C'harltieM to Be Held. Denver, Colo., Dec. 20.—The State Board of Charities and Correc tions, consisting of Mrs. S. S. Platt, president, Governor Adams, Rev. Father Malone, Chancellor McDowell. Dr. I. N. Beaver and Mr. J. S. Appel of Denver, and W. W. Sullivan of Fort Collins, have called a meeeting of the people of the state interested in this do-1 partnien: of the state government, to j be held in Colorado Springs, January 9-11. IS9S. State officials, members of the legislative and judicial branches, 1 county commissioners and sheriffs, boards of county visitors, municipal of ficers. heads of state institutions and all people interested iu charitable, pe nal and reformatory work arc expect ed to attend tlu* conference and partici pate in tlu* discussions. The confer ence opens Sunday evening, in the First Presbyterian Church, where ad dresses will be made by the president nnd Governor Adams, and the confer ence sermon will be delivered by a dis tinguished divine from SL Paul, who 1 has been invited for tlie occasion. The remaining sessions will be held in Co burn library of Colorado College, which has been generously tendered the conference by President Slocum. The topics to be discussed will In clude “Charity Organization and Asso ciation,” “The Care of the County and City Poor,” “Prison Labor and Indus trial Training of Convicts,” “Child Sav ing and Reformatory Industrial Schools,” "The Care of the Insane and Feeble Minded," “The Financial Phases of Institutional Work in Colo rado." and kindred topics of practical value to the people of this state. There will be interesting papers by well known citizens of the state upon these topics, and efforts will be made to have a general discussion on all subjects considered by tin* conference. Mr. 11. 11. Dart, secretary of the National Con ference of Charities and Corrections; Miss Jane Addams of Hull House. Chicago, will be the invited guests to address the conference. Favorable railroad rates have been secured and a very general attendance of the state, counties and cities Is expected. Colorado Appointment*, Washington, Dec. 19.—President McKinley yesterday sent the following Colorado appointments to the Senate: Richard Le Bert, Denver, surveyor general. James A. Layton, Grand Junction, register Montrose lnnd office. George H. Moulton, Colorado Springs, consul at Dcmcraru. LEFT DAWSON IN NOVEMBER. Eight IYandred Men lU»e Gone to Fort Yukon for Free Food. Victoria, B. C.. Dec. 17—W. Kast ner and George McLnchlan, who left Dawson City on November 3rd, ar rived at Victoria this evening on the steamer Corona. They'bring news that 800 men have accepted the ofTet of the Alaska Commercial Company and the Canadian government to sup ply them with food free at Fort Yu kon and have gone for It. About thir ty men were passed on the trails com ing out, all were shy of provisions and suffering severely from the cold, which ranged from 50 to 70 degrees below zero. Major Walsh, administrator of the Yukon, was found encnmi>od at Big Salmon* awaiting relief from Skag uay. He had lost two l>onts and much of his provisions. The remaining i>or tlon was spoiled, and unless relief ar rives soon he will Ik* without focal. Kastuer says he cannot reach Dawson tills winter. One of his party. Free man, was drowned on Thanksgiving Day. Two of the party of live who left Dawson shortly liefore Kastuer. are In a bad predicament. They have l>een separated from their compan ions and are without food. Kastncr says people will starve in Dawson this winter, as there is not enough food. About 1.000 are talking of coming out on the first ice. Kastner and McLnch lan had a rough time coining out. They started with four sleds, but had to discard these and all unnecessary luggage. For four days before reach ing Little Telly they were on short ra tions, and nil the way had to sleep In the open beside a fire. The weather was cold all the time. The police are now stopping all men going In, ns it is next to impossible to make the trip. THE INDIAN INVEST GAT ON. Return of the Coin nil**loner* Appointed by Governor Adam*. Denver, Dec. 17.—D. C. Beaman, on** of the three commissioners appointed by Governor Adams several weeks ago to investigate the Indian troubles which occurred several weeks ago in the vicinity of Lily Park, returned to Denver last evening. lie was nccom panied by Joshua Wnlbrldge of Steam l>oat Springs, the* second member of the commission. They are both regis tered at the Albany hotel. They ennu* in aliout 9 o'clock last night, and went immediately to their rooms, leaving word not to allow anyone to disturb them, as they were thoroughly tired out and wanted to rest. After the commissioners have filed their report with the governor he will look It over and determine whether the Indians or the game warden were to blame for the killing. If the report shows that the Indians were fired up on without provocation, arrests are liable to follow. If the game wardens were justified in shooting, the matter will rest where it is ns far ns the state taking any action is concerned. A fed eral official from Washington is still supposed to be In that part of the state looking into the matter. BUTTER VS. BUTTERINE. The Tight Haw Dinruptc<i the Chicago Pro. (luce Exchange. ! Chicago, Dec. 15. —After nu existence | of nearly a quarter of a century the Produce Exchange is on the verge of dissolution. At the end of a long and stormy meeting it was decided to dis | tribute the money in the treasury ; among the members, which action was taken to mean that the doom of the organization was sealed. A controver sy among the members of the ex change is at the liottom of the trouble. The beginning of this fight was in the action of some butter men. who several weeks ago introduced a resolu tion in the exchange to appropriate $2,500 of tlie funds of the exchange in securing a strict enforcement of the law which regulates the sale of butter ine. This aroused the opposition of the dealers in the latter product and brought about the action just taken. Civil Service Reform League. Cincinnati. Dec. 17.—The sixteenth annual meeting of the National Civil Service Reform League began a ses sion of two days here to-day, with Hon. Carl Sohtirz presiding. Tho torenoon session was occupied by a joint meeting of the general and ex ecutive committees, with closed doors. During the afternoon session Secre tary George McAneny submitted a verbal report, in which he praised President McKinley as having con sistently observed the civil service law, and referred to the assault now being made upon the law in Congress. He stated that a letter had been ad dressed to Congressman Grosvenor an swering certain charges recently made by the Ohio congressman. The sec retary recommended the extension of j the law to the Pongressional Library and the Census Bureau, and predicted ; mat fourth-class postmasters would I soon be included, j Carl Schurz spoke to-night. Working Hour* Reduced. I Omaha, Neb., Dec. 17.—This morning notices were posted in the Union I’a ! cific shops of a reduction of working days from five to four a week, and of hours from eight to seven. The re duction is effective in all shops on the : system, and takes place at once. The notice was unexpected, and came so suddenly that the men were called off I work at 4 o’clock this afternoon, in ! stead of at 5, ns has been the case. The reduction amounts to a virtual reduc , tion of thirty per cent, in wages, i An official says that the reduction is a saving of $20,000 a month to the company, and was caused by a slump in business. Hig Four Resume* Dividends. ! New York. Dec. 15.—The directors of the Cleveland. Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis railroad have declared a div idend of one and a quarter per cent, on preferred stock, payable January 20th. This is a resumption of the regular quarterly dividend rate up to April, 1S07. the July and October dividends having been omitted. Farmers who have no means of quick protection against fire should provide something that can lie used in an emergency. Hand grenades, the simplest form of fire extinguisher, can be made at home cheaply and easily, and it is well to have at hand a simple contrivance for extinguish ing a small fire at its start. Take twenty pounds of common salt and ten pounds of sal ammoniac, to be had of any druggist, and dissolve in seven gallons of water. Procure quart bot tles of thin glass, such as are used by ■ druggists, and till with this, corking | tightly and sealing to prevent evapora- I tion. In case of fire throw so ns to break in or near the flame. If the tire is in such a place as to prevent the j bottle from breaking knock off tne i neck and scatter the contents. The i breaking of the bottle liberates a cer 1 tain amount of gas and the heat of the ' fire generates more, thus working its • own destruction. WOLCOTT EXPLAINS SAYS HE IS STILL HOPEFUL.' i He Will Explain Farther After ChrUtmai ! —The ConimUsloa Has Not Reported | Washington. Dec. 17.—Mr. Wolcotl j of Colorado, chairman of the com- j mission appointed by President Mc- Kinley to secure, if jiossible. the co operation of foreign countries in an International conference upon the sil ver question, made a brief statement in the Senate. It was made in con nection with the d -mission of Mr. Allen’s resolution calling upon the President for information about the instructions given to the International Monetary Commission and the report made to him by the commission. Mr. Wolcott said that the commis sion had not made a report to the Pres ident. The English government, he added, has published a resume of the proceedings of the commission in Great Britain. That document will soon lie here, and, as it covers the sub ject fully, it will l>e valuable to sena tors and others. “I hope soon,” said Mr. Wolcott, “to make a statement concerning the work of the monetary commission. Quite naturally, the statement I shall make will be unofficial, but it will contain some information that may be of in terest and value to the Senate. "As I have been absent from the country about nine months, I have not since my return, on account of an ac cumulation of business, been able to prepare such a statement as I should like to make to the Senate. If the senator from Nebraska (Allen) will permit, the question might go over un til after the recess, when, about the middle of next month, I shall be able 1 to discuss the subject.” Mr. Wolcott asked, and the Senate ordered printed, a speech delivered by M. Mcline in the French Chamber of Deputies on the 20th of November last, in which he dealt at considerable length with all subjects bearing upon bimetallism. “M. Meline shows.” said Mr. Wolcott, "that the steady depre ciation of prices of agricultural prod ucts is due solely to competition be tween gold and silver countries.” ; Mr. Stewart of Nevada said he had ' been satisfied from the first that the ' efforts of the commission would fail, j lie had always advocated independent action by the United States to secure bimetallism and he thought that the ! effort to secure the co-ojieration of j foreign nations would not only be un necessary, but dangerous. He said that the co-operation of France with our commissioners was more than he had had reason to hope for. but lie was perfectly satisfied that England 1 could not be brought to agree to the free coinage of silver. In the course of his remarks, Mr. Stewart said that the utterances of the President and the secretary of the treasury proved that this was a gold standard adminis- I t ration. | This statement brought Mr. Chandler jof New Hampshire to his feet. He said that Secretary Gage had never J announced that the present adminis ; t ration was in favor of a gold stan j dard, and ho did not believe that the senator from Nevada desired to mis represent the administration. Mr. Stewart disclaimed any inten tion to misrepresent President McKin ley or Secretary Gage, but he insisted I that the words and actions of the see | rotary established the truthfulness of i his statement. ' Mr. Allen of Nebraska, the author ' of the resolution, said he was not dis posed to press it at this time if the senator from Colorado (Mr. Wolcott) desired to speak upon it at a later date, but he thought that the matter , ought to bo cleared away. | In response to an inquiry Mr. Wol ! cott said he did not think the commis sion had any intention of making a report at this time, and as a matter of fact he did not know when the report I would be made. j “There is no desire upon the part of I anybody,” said Mr. Wolcott, “to pro | long negotiations after all hope of suc j cess has disappeared. No member of ' the commission would delay for an hour the announcement of its decis ion after a decision one way or the other shall have been reached.” Mr. Allen said he had always been satisfied that international bimetallism was a dream—an ideality that would never be attained, but he was willing to afford the commission all reasona ble latitude. He asked that the reso lution go over until the 15th of next month, and it was so agreed to. A resolution directing the secretary of war to send supplies to Americans and other sufferers in the Klondike re- I gion was passed. I The House yesterday passed a bill j appropriating $175,000 for the relief of ; i lie people who are in the Yukon river j country, and also the bill passed by | lhe Senate yesterday to prohibit pe i lagic sealing by American citizens. ! The former bill encountered practical ly no opposition. As passed the sum I -arrled by it is to be expended under he direction of the secretary of war Ter the purchase, transportation and distribution of subsistence stores. It provides that these subsistence stores may Im> sold at prices fixed by the secretary of war or donated where the people are unable to pay for them, it empowers him to purchase reindeers and employ drivers not citizens of the United States, and afterwards to dis pose of the reindeer. COLONISTS COMING. 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