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RUMOR SAYS GbVEiiNOR (IF JAMAICA HAS RESIGNED. Kingston Citizens Believe Governor Has Resigned—Population Is Re lieved From Taxes for 15 Montes — Most Rev. Ei os Nuttall, Archbishop of the West Indies, Complains. Kingston, B. W., Jnu 20.—It is un derstood that Governor Swettenharr. tendered his resignation to Lord El gin, secretary for the colonics, a few days ago in consequence of the Ad miral Davis incident and his inability to solve tbe problem created toy the earthquake. On Saturday the governor visited the temporary offices of the municipal council and informed the vice chair man, who i« acting in the absence of Mayor Tait, who is injured, that the government had decided to relieve the people of Kingston from ail rates and taxes for a ported of 15 months, be ginning the first of January. This announcement has been received with gratification by the residents of the city, who will be encouraged to start the work of rebuilding as early as possible. The Most Rev. Enos Nuttall, arch bishop of the West Indies, in an inter view said that the municipal council was unable to deal with the present extraordinary emergency and should be aloINhi d a.Tl a commissioner with full powers should be appointed to govern the city during the period of reconstruction. He also declared that in addition to the generous contribu tions from the United Slates and Can ada and elsewhere it was absolutely accessary to obtain an p- ri'i grant end a Hr^e imperial loon to rebuild Kings'on, more particularly in view of the attitude of the English fire in surance companies, which have dis claimed all liability for losses sus tained in the earthquake and lire. THE GOVERNOR HAS APOLOGIZED It is said that the International pha^e of the Kingston incident has been final ly closed by Governor Swettenham formally withdrawing his letter to Rear Admiral Davis and expressing his regret for having written it. Swettenham's withdrawal of his let ter and his apology followed volumin ous telegraphic communications to him from the colonial office. The dispatch which has now closed the incident was sent by the governor to the colonial office in London,whence it reached the state department at Washington, D C., through the foreign office in the usual course. YELLOW FEVER IS WIPED OUT Shonts Says D anama Is as Healthy as America. Theodore P. Shouts, whose resigna tion as chairman of the isthmian canal was announced recently, commission says; "From a sanitary point, Panama is just as good as any place In the United States that I can think of. »ration of governmental and sanitary functions Las revolutionized conditons so far as health is concerned, people who have feared yellow fever the isthmus need not worry about I would feel just as The sep The on it any longer, safe in going to Panama as 1 would in going to Texas. "I am a convert to the theory that osquitoes have been responsible for The sanl 1 .; the spread of yellow fever, tar y authorities have coped with the situation successfully and now there Is nothing to fear." MESSAGE CASTRO SENDS A Tells His People He Will Never Be a Dictator. Caracas, Venezuela, Jon. first public utterance of President Cas tro since the beginning, last August, of his present Illness was printed yes terday in El Constitutional. In it the president declares he has returned from death's door solemnly to proclaim that he neither is nor ever will be a dictator. He says the happiness of Venezuela depends on adhesion to the constitution, which does not permit him or the first vice president, Gen eral Gomex, to resign. 27—The Will Sue Dyer's Bondsmen. The secretary of the treasury has directed that suits be instituted on the surety bond furnished by D. P. Dyer, Jr., until recently teller in the United States subtreasury at St. Louis. The bond was for $20,000 and the amount alleged to have been lost through Dyer was $61,000. Dyer recently was tried at St. Louis and acquited on the charge of being concerned in the dis appearance of the money from the sub treasury . TWELVE MEN PERISH IN MINE Italians | Americans and £;ven t e Victims. W'oston, W. Va. —Five Americans and seven Italians are known to be (lend as the result of an explosion of fire damp in the Pennsylvania company mines near Buckhannon, V/. Va., which occurred Saturday. Immediately fol lowing the explosion the mine caved in and narrowly escaned causing the entombment of ail the miners, estimat ed at TOO. The bodies of 12 men have been recovered, and it is not known at this time whether any others met death. The Americana who were killed: Charles Boserman, William Bailey. James Scoit, Charles Johnson, Glen Miles. The explosion occurred just as the day force was leaving the mine. Only a few of the men had reached the sur face when, with a terrific report, the fire damp exploded. The mine eleva tor had just started for the top, carry ing about 20 men, and almost kO men were still at the bottom of the shaft. Men on top risked their lives to save panic stricken fellow miners at the bottom. 1DAHO NEWS. A short meeting of the slate land board was held recently in the office of Governor Gooding, all members be ing present. It was decided at this meeting to ask the legislature for an appropriation of $70,000 for this de parlaient f»r the ensuing two years, it being figured that that amount would carry on the work of the land depart ment without it being necessary to is sue deficiency warrants. R. Copeland Rohiabacher, secretary of the publicity committee of the Spo kane Chamber of Commere, has been elected permanent secretary of the l^ewislon-Clarkston promotion bureau. St. Aloysius Catholic school building, one of the landmarks of Lewiston, was practically destroyed by fire recently. The building was owned hy A. T. Mc Carty, and was insured. It was valued at about $3,000. The annual reunion of the pioneers of the Coeur d'Alenes took place Sun day afternoon at William Osburn's at Osburn. The reunion was under the management of "Captain" A. P. Hor ton. H. A. Harvey, one of the best known mining men in the Coeur d'Alcnes, died recently at Mullan. He was ill five days with pneumonia. At a public meeting in Oroflno it vas voted recently to boycott the mer chants of Lewiston if Lewiston and its interests continue to oppose the ef forts of Orofino and that portion of old Shoshone county, which was attached to Nez Perce county two years ago, to secure a county division at this ses sion of the legislature. Plans are almost completed for the construction of what may prove to be the largest sawmill in the United States at the confluence of Whisky and Orofino creeks, three miles above the little town of Oroflno, on the Clear water river, about 50 miles east of Lewiston. It Is to be built by the Wey erhauser interests. The assertion is made that before the mill is running the company will expend more than Î2, 000,000. The proposition includes a mill larger in capacity than the one now in operation by (he Weyerhauser interests at Potlatch, a log storage res ervoir that will cover more than 300 a mill site that will include a acres, mile square, provided the fourth of a section can be secured, and the build ing of two pieces of railroad tracks, about eight miles long and the one other about 45 miles. The timber to be cut by this mill and transported these two lines of railroad both over of which will connect with the North Pacific. is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 3,000,000,000 feet. • : 'I Doctor Mysteriously Shot. York.—Dr. Charles W. Town New send, one of the best known physicians and surgeons on Staten Island, was shot and probably mortally wounded at his home In New Brighton. S. I. The ease is surrounded with mystery, but from the meager details which have been permitted to leak out by the officials, it Is believed the doctor was the victim of a man who sought veage ir.ee from some real or fancied wrong. The Reason Why Russia Acted. The Associated Press learns that the decision of the Russian government to withdraw Its troops from Manchuria Immediately, instead of waiting until April 15, tlie date fixed for this step in the Russo-Japanese Portsmouth treaty, was made at a veiled request from the lapanese government which apparently foresees trouble in the mat ter of the internal administration of certain provinces of China. Buffalo Defeats a Bull. El Paso, Tex.—Ten thousand people gathered at the Jaurez plaza de tor reos Sunday to witness a fight between buffalo and a bull, in which the buf falo was the victor. During the pre liminary bull fights, Compleo, a mata dor, was tossed over the fence by a bull, which then jumped the fence, landing on the matador, who was seri ously hurt. a ' THE ORiOiRON CLUB HELD ANNUAL MID-WINTER SESSION, SATURDAY. Most Prominent Men of Public Af fairs of the Country Present to Watch the Fun—Principal Skit of Evening Was at Expense of Presi dent Roosevelt and J. P. Morgan. Washington, Jan. 27.—President Roosevelt was so overcome with mer riment at tlie annual midwinter din ner of the Gridiron club Saturday night that he nearly fell off his chair. J. P. Morgan and H. H. Rogers, the victims of a prank, enjoyed most heartily the shout that went up at their expense. President Roosevelt has in his official capacity been at daggers' points with the "dictator" of Wall street and the oil trust magnate. But Saturday night these notables and ninny others, cabinet officers, diplo mats, literary lights and business men from all parts of the Uniled States met in the spirit of camaraderie that marks the meetings of this famous din ner club of newspaper correspondents. The incident just related occurred duo ing the carrying out of the principal skit of the evening, which was based upon President Roosevelt's centraliza tion idea. The year was 1917, an empire was erected in Washington, and a cere monial session was held at the court of "His Gracious and Imperial Majes ty. Emperor of all the Americas, Champions of Centralization. King of Kings and Monarch of the High, the Middle and the Low." The room was darkened, and after the 10 strokes on a gong the lights came up and a gorgeous gold throne was discovered. Beside It stood a herald, who looked more like "Happy Jack Falstaff" than anything else, who announced the members of the court as they came in. There were four officers of the king's privy coun cil, courtiers, pages and jester, and all the panoply of a court. A spirited colloquy was interrupted by the entrance of two ragged and woebegone men, both of whom pros trated themselves before the king. One said: "Be merciful, for I once owned all the railroads in this land." The other exclaimed: "And 1 con trolled the oil productions." They were identified by a courtier as H. H. Rogers and J. P. M*-gan. This was when the shout of merriment went up. It was declared by the court that in as much as these men had been de prived of all their profits they should be given employment. Rogers was billeted "first oiler of the imperial so cial train" and Morgan was made "of ficial photographer of the Panama ca nal," with instructions to "get in all the steam shovels." The laugh was long and merry at the jesting which followed at the president's expense between the king and his courtiers. Courtier: "Your majesty's ambassa dor at the court of St. James reports hy submarine telephone that the Right Hon. James Bryce did six feet four inches in the pole vault yesterday." The King: "It is not enough. Seven feet, or wo won't receive him. Wasn't the French ambassador to be here at this time?" Courtier: "Yes. sir; he is in the gar don putting the 12 pound shot." The King: "Inform him that 1 will not sign the treaty of alliance un less he does better than he did yes terday." The skit ended with the recital of an epilogue and the "Star Spangled Banner" from the orchestra, body at the table rose, cheering and waving napkins at the president, who immediately introduced. He made Every a speech which was received with tre mendous enthusiasm. v ;t. Some of the Guests. Follewing is a partial list of the guests : President Roosevelt, Vice President Fairbanks, Chief Justice Fitzpatrick of Canada, Justices Brewer and Harlan of the supreme court of the United States, Secretaries Root, Taft, Wilson and Straus, United States Senators Aldrich, Beveridge, Blackburn. Clay, Clapp, Crane, Foraker, Nixon and Pat terson, Speaker Cannon, Representa tives Bartholdi, Bede, Burleson, Champ Clark, Cushman, Lowden, Shirley. Sibley, Stevens. Tawney, Un derwood, Wadsworth and Watson, Captain Jack Crawford, I>eadville; James H. Eckels, Chicago; John T. Melville E. McCutcheon, Chicago; Stone, the Associated Press; George Harvey, Harper's Weekly; Arthur W. Little, Pearson's magazine; George Horace Lorlmer, Saturday Evening Post; James D. Wheipley, London Tribune, and John O'Hara Cosgreve. Everybody's magazine. Insurance Official Goes to Jail. George A. Burnham, Jr., who was convicted of grand larceny from the Mutual Life Insurance company, of which he was counsel and vice presi dent, and who was sentenced to two years' Imprisonment, has been taken to Sing Sing. ROOSEVELT AND FORAKER. Story Told of Bitter Personalities in : Speeches. For the first time perhaps in Hs j unique existence at the Gridiron rluh dinner Saturday night the best of feel ing g ive way, according 10 reports cir culated widely today, to bitter person alities between the president of the United Stales and a nan who is con sidered a presidential possibility, Sen ator Foraker of Ohio. Where statesmen and journalists get together and talk, half in jest and half in earnest, about national and in ternational affairs, sometimes things are said which should not be made ijubl'c, and therefore h is a well known rule of the club that its pro ceedings are as inviolably sacred as the executive sessions of the United States senate. But when the annual dinner at the New Willard broke up with four courses still nnserved, many o' the guests lingered downtown dis cussing affairs. The president, so gos sips say, in trig usual breezy, direct, un equivocal manner, was discussing mat ters which had been attracting more or less space in the columns of the daily press. As it happened, his homily was on the test of brotherly love. His illustration was the Japanese incident. The president struck oat boldly on the Brownvilie incident after proceeding to scold California. In security of the seciecy supposedly guaranteed by the club, he talked "very plainly." as one gossip puts it. When he had finished President Blyth called on Senator Foraker. The senator did not disappoint his audi tors. He told the president, it is said, that he had convictions of his own on the Biownsville atoair; that our negro did not look like another to him, and that he considered his senatorial oafh as binding on him as the presidential calh was on Roosevelt. He expressed himself. It is reported, with even great the er frankness and vigor on presi dent's record in the Brownsville af fair than he did In the senate, and finally sat down amid a painful hush; President Roosevelt arose and essayed to reply to Foraker. Ho did not speak at length and evidently was taken somewhat by surprise at the manner in which tiis speech had been received. LIVES LOST IN A MILL FIRE Five Boys Thought to Have Been Burned to Death. Dover, N. H.—Fire that destroyed mill No. 1 of the Cocheco Manufactur ing company, caused the loss of the lives of four and probably five young mill operatives and a property loss of half a million dollars. The bodies of four boys, burned beyond recognition, were found in the ruins, and as five hoys are known to be missing, it is believed another body will be discover ed. The file broke out soon after the 500 or more operatives had assembled for the day's work. Friction from a belt generated sparks which lodged in a mass of cotton, and the flames quickly spread throughout the build ing. The exists soon became hocked by a struggling mass of mill hands, and many were obliged to jump from the windows. Others descended by means of ropes. Cure for Leprosy. Havana.—A commission appointed by the government has turned in a report *o the effect that Dr. Matias Duque, who is in charge of the hos pital work for contagious diseases, has probably discovered a cure or lep rosy. Two lepers were turned over to the doctor several years ago for experi mental purposes, and today these per sons have no exterior traces of the disease. Pr. Deque's experiments have been along the line of what he terms the tree He treatment. red mangrove claims to have discovered this treat ment as a result of nis study to find a cine for his sister, who suffered from leprrfy and whom he bar succeeded in curing. Chance for Negro Troops. Major Goodyear, assistant judge ad vocate general, United States army, has gone to Fort Sill, Okla., after con sulting with the war department, to examine some half dozen members of the discharged Twenty-fifth bataillon, now at that place, who have applied for reenlistment. It is said that less than 20 such applications have been received by the recruiting officers. Baking Powder Label Law. People in Kansas hereafter can at least know what kind of baking pow der they are using If the governor signs the bill which has passed both houses of the legislature. It requires that after October 1, 107, the labels on baking power on sale in the state shall state the ingredients used in its manufacti.(e. Thaw's Defense. New York.— Harry Thaw's defense for the killing of Stanford White de pends on a tiny note which the young Plttsburger Is said to have intercepted while it was being passed by the archi tect to Mrs. Evelyn Nesblt Thaw at the Cafe Martin, four hours before the shooting In Madison Square roof gar den. SAVE PUBLIC LANDS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ISSUES A NEW EDICT Has Directed That Hereafter No Patent Shall Be Issued to Public Land Until an Examination of the Ground by Authorized Officers of the Government. President Roosevelt has determined to put an end. if possible, to frauds in the acquisition of public, to frauds individuals and corporations. Ho has directed that hereafter no patent shall be issued to public land until au ex amination of the ground shall have been made by an authorized officer of the government. The president's order is in the form of a letter to Secretary Hitchcock and under Us provisions orders are being sent out to officials of the general landofflce. Order of the President. Following is the letter: "The Secretary of the Interior: To prevent the fraud now practiced in the acquisition of public lauds of the Unit ed States, I have to direct that here after no final certificate, patent, or other evidence ol title, shall fie issued under the public laws until an actual examination has been made upon the ground for or by an unbiased officer of the government, but the following shall be excepted from the force of this order: "1. All claims which have hereto fore been examined upon the ground by an authorized officer of the gov ernment whose report Is found satis factory. "2. All claims where officer of an the government other than officers au thorized to take final proof, shall have been present at the taking of final proof to crossexamine claimant and witnesses, if such proof Is found sat isfactory. "3. All claims where claimant's com pliance with the law has been estab lished by contest or other regular pro ceedlngs. "4. Entries which may have been confirmed by virtue of ary act of con gress. "5. Selection and entries in which no residence or improvement is requir ed by law, when the lands embraced are in agricultural districts or when character has been fixed by investiga tion and classification made in accord ance with law. "G. Cases of reissuance of patents because of some clerical error occur ring in the patent heretofore issued. ''7. Ail Indian allotments which have been regularly approved, in ac cordance with Instructions of the sec retary of the interior. "You will issue the necessary in structions to carry this order into ef fect. "This order Is in lieu of ray order of December 13. 1903. "THEODORE ROOSEVELT." Germany Agrees to Tariff. Berlin,—The conferences of the American and Germany tariff commis sioners is elided. S. N D. North, who was head of the American delegation, has sailed for the United States. .Ian* s L. Gerry and Nalhan I. Slone, ihe eth er delegates, will remain here to com plete the translation of the protocols. Fire in El Paso, Texas. El Paso, Texas.—Fire has destroyed (he wholesale establishment of Ous Momsen & Co., hardware, and the stores of Thorne & Co., dealers in safes, and slightly damaged the depot of the Texas & Pacific railroad. The loss is estimated at $100,000. CAR EXPRESS HITS A TROLLEY Young Girl Killed, 14 Others Injured at Dayton, Ohio. Dayton, Ohio.—An eastbound Twen tieth Century Big Four train crashed into a Third street car, instantly kill ing Lilian Huber, a young girl, and injuring 14 others, at least two of whom are fatally hurt. The light car was knocked over 100 feet by the train, and the fact that there were not more fatalities is considered a miracle. The train at the lime of the crash was running at a high rate of speed. The fatally Injured were Derry Meyer of Day ton. and on unknown man, who received a compound frac ture of both legs and internal injuries. Extends Time on Homesteads. The senate concurred In the house resolution extending the time under which the enlrymen under the home stead laws may have to prove their claims. This Is an emergency measure Intended to benefit men compelled to leave their homes owing to the severe storms and lack of fuel in the north v. catena states. Fire which started with an explosion in the paint shop destroyed an entire section of the big Baldwin locomotive works at Philadelphia, entailing a loss of $1,000.000.