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SHORT DISPATCHES FROM ALL PARTS BE THE GLOBE. A Review of Happenings in Both Eastern and Western Hemispheres During the Past Week—National, Historical, Political and Personal Events. At Dubuque, Iowa, fifteen hundred woodworkers are on strike. They ask for a nine hour day and increase in wages. At Louisville fire has destroyed the piano and music store of Smith & Dixon company. Loss $100,000. The cash In the national treasury amounts to: Available cash balances, $251,023,185; gold coin and bullion, $110,921,823; gold certificates, $40, 810,070. Eleven Japanese at the detention station at Port Townsend will be sent back to their own country. The Jap anese are accused of being contract laborers for Montana. Commander Peary states that he will sail from New York about July 1 on another attempt to reach the North pole. Within 60 days the laying of the rails for the new Hill line down the north bank of the Columbia river from Pasco to Vancouver will be resumed. The Metropolitan Grand Opera com pany closed a week's engagement at Chicago Saturday. Two matinees and six night performances were given. The receipts amounted to $83,000. The Wenatchee Fruit Growers' asso ciation has formed a new contract which embodies that all fruit shall be Inspected by the association before shipment and that the fruit shall be marketed in three classes—early, in termediate and late ci*op. The fruit is to be packed for shipment by the official packers of the association at 5, 6 and 7 cents a crate. A Puerto Platta, Santo Domingo, re ■ port says that the opposition to the American treaty has been strengthen ed by the letter of Senator Heyburn of Idaho, in which he said he favored such a convention with Santo Domingo because it meant one step toward an nexation. The news of the letter, the dispatch says, has caused much agita tion, but it is believed that the treaty will pass, though in a modified form. Park City, Utah—Two hundred and fifty men at the Daly-West mine re fused to go to work Saturday and it is said the men at the Silver King will follow suit this week. The men quit following a dispute involving 15 min utes starting and quitting time. The company wanted the men to be at their places of work underground exactly at the start of the eight hour working day. This would compel the men to report for duty at the mouth of the shaft at 6:05 every morning and stay until 3:26 p. m. The men wanted to enter and leave the shaft on the com pany's time. Ninety men at the On tario mine Walked out for the same reason a few days ago. THAW JURY DISAGREE. Could Not Possibly Agree After 47 Hours Deliberation. Hopelessly divided—seven for a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree and five for acquittal on the grounds of insanity—the jury which since January 23 has been trying Harry K. Thaw reported, after 47 hours and 8 minutes of deliberation, that it could not possibly agree on a verdict. The 12 men were promptly discharged by Justice Fitzgerald, who declared that he too believed their task was hopeless. Thaw was re manded to the Tombs without bail to await a second trial on the charge of having murdered Stanford White. When this new trial would take place no one connected with the case could express an opinion. District At torney Jerome declared there were many other persons accused of homi cide awaiting trial, and Thaw would have to take his turn with the rest. As to a possible change of venue, both the district attorney and counsel for Thaw declared they would make no such move. Setting at rest all rumors as to their present intentions, J. Russell Peabody, associated with Delphin M. Delmas, chief counsel for Harry K. Thaw, said recently, after a conference with the prisoner, that an application Thaw's release on bail would be made. for Russian Prisoners Mutineed. Riga. Russia—During a mutiny in the prison Saturday, 33 inmates over the wardens of the establish Troops were summoned and came ment. killed seven mutineers and wounded 12. Nine soldiers were wounded. Fire Destroys Kansas Block. Topeka, Kan., April 16.—The Rip building, one of the largest and pey most important structures at Baker university, Baldwin, Kan., was destroy ed by fire. The loss estimated at $60, 000. Insurance $15,000. LATE NEWS ITEMS. The second of the important reform measures adopted by the recent Mon tana legislature has gone into etfeot, this being known as the anti-gambling law it utterly abolishes cnstomes that have prevailed in Helena since the first discovery of gold in 1868, for, poker and roulette going hand in hand with variety theaters, dance halls and wine rooms. The wine room measure pro hibits the employment of women in any place where liquors are sold and re quires the taking down of all side-en tranoe signs for women, such as •'women's entrance," or ''private en trance. ' ' Elizabeth Dunsmuir, daughter of Lieutenant Governor Dunsmuir of Brit ish Columbia, was married in London last Monday to John Hope. The Can adian premier, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, gave the bride away. Many represen tatives of the nobility were present. It is alleged that pressure was brought to bear on the president by Senator Borah of Idaho to suppress evidence against Borah which is alleg ed to have caused an indictment for al leged land frauds. It is understood at the national capital the papers in the case have been sent to the attorney general for review and that the presi dent is asked to intervene in favor of Borah. Friends of Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone. the Western Federation of Miners'officials in jail at Boise, Idaho, at the national capital, assert that when United States Attorney Ruiok of Idaho, presents the facts the White Houee can not intervene without show ing partizan bias. The affair has caused intense interest throughout the east. Two unsuccessful attempts were made to assassinate Attorney George Goode of Cottonwood, Idaho, Monday night. At the time of the shooting Goode was seated in his office near a light, mak ing a good mark for his assailant. Two shots were fired at Goode through the window, neither of which struck him, but passed uncomfortable close to his head. Unusually high water for this time of year has broken the Wharton dam on the south fork of the Payette river in Idaho, which was caught uncom pleted. Pope Pius X had a secret consistory Monday morning in the Vatican and created seven new cardinals. The Medical building of the Magill university near Montreal is burned. It is the largest of he group of structures which comprise the university. It is probable the entire medical building will be destroyed. The loss will roach $600,000. The supreme court has dismissed the writ of errro in the case of former United States Senator Thomas M. Pat terson of Colorado, in which the sena tor was fined $1000 by the Colorado supreme court on the charge of con tempt. Fire last Tuesday morning at one time threatened the destruction of the whole town of Fairfield, Wash , as the wind was blowing hard at the time. If a decision handed down in the su perior court of Pierce county, Wash, by Judge Snell is upheld, the state board of barber examiners will have to go out of business. The court declares the state law creating the board un constitutional. By the explosion of two pounds of dynamite in the kitohen'of J. R. Wil liams at Coeur d'Alene city, Monday, Walter J. Williams, a son, was instant ly killed, and J.R. Williams,the father was horribly mangled. The father may recover, but will be a hopeless cripple. Three Chinamen lost their lives in a fire at Greenwood, B. C., last Monday night. A Northern Pacific through passenger train was derailed near ' Dnrman, N. D., on Monday night. Five persons were injured, none seriously. The grand lodge of the Ancient Or der of United Workmen and Degree of Honor of Washington have selected Spokane as the next place of meeting. CELEBRATES CENTURY OF LIFE. Only Real Daughter of the Revolution Is Honored. New York—Mrs. Rheua Miller, the only real daughter of the revolution, was 100 years old Saturday and she made a day of celebration of It at her home in Mount Vernon. Mrs. Miller's father, Colonel Seth Webb, was a lieutenant in the coast guard during the revolution. Mrs. Miller played the double role of hostess and guest of honor, for from various parts of the state came her children, grandchildren, 'great grandchildren to do her honor. She was not too feeble to receive the hundreds of callers who passed in and out during the day. Stolypin's Policy Prevails. St. Petersburg—Premier Stolypin's threat to use the guards to prevent outside experts from assisting the committees of the lower house was put into effect Saturday. The man who is doing his whole duty has very little time for grumbling. The wife who really loves her hus band will always laugh at his jokes. MEXICO CITY SHOOK FEARFUL EARTHQUAKE SUN DAY-LASTED FOUR MINUTES. People Fled From Their Houses Into Streets—No Deaths Reported—Huge Cracks in Business Streets Ten Yards Long—Electric Lights Put Out—Other Towns Get a Touch. City of Mexico, April 16.—An earth quake lasting four and a half minutes startled in this city Sunday night. The earth rocked in a long, swinging mo tion, terrifying the inhabitants, but do ing no damage so far as can be learn ed at this city. Clocks stopped at 11:34 (Mexican time) and the perceptible motion of the earth ceased at 11:38 1-2. Tele graph wires were put out of commis sion and for a short time the city was In darkness, owing to the failure of tne electric lights. The asphalt on one of the principal business streets of the city was cracked open for a distance of 10 yards. People fled from their houses into the streets. At the police stations no deaths had been reported up to 12:45 a. m. No reports have yet come from the American colony, but it is not believed that serious damage was sustained there, although the houses, unlike those in the old section of the city, are not built to withstand earthquake shocks. At the time of the first shock (he cafes and theaters were filled and for a time a panic was feared, but owing to the peculiarly steady swing ing motion of the earth the crowds left Ihe buildings in order. The shock was preceded by two bright electric flash es, which lit up the sky to the north west of the city. Up to this time the property loss is reported as very small. A number of walls in unsub stantial escaping burying the inmates. The city is comparatively quiet, al though the streets are thronged with people, many refusing to enter their houses thx-ough fear of a more severe shock to come. The official record of the meteoro logical bureau gave the duration of the shock as four minutes. The move ment was from east to west in an oval shape. The needle first described 10 centimeters and later 21, then it swung completely out of the dial, leaving the exact extent of the shock idi'tgs collapsed, narrowly a matter of conjecture. The observer declares that the center of the shock was probably to the southward and it is feared that towns in that region may have suffered. Freaks of the Quake. Not a station of the fire department received a call. One freak of the earthquake was recorded. A driver of a circus wagon who was taking par aphernalia to a nearby railroad sta tion was thrown from his seat by the force of the shock. He was uninjured beyond slight bruises received, but all of the animals he was driving were killed. From the city of Vera Cruz, south of here, the shock is reported to have been severe. At the meteorological bureau it was said the shock was the heaviest experienced here since 1882. From what Is known here now it is thought that the shock extended for about 100 miles north of Oaxaca. Chilpancingo, Mex., April 16.—This city has been completely destrvoyed by an earthquake. The killed number 11 and the badly injured 27. The great est panic prevails and people are flee ing to the open country. The earth seemed to rock at half hour intervals and many minor shocks are completing the work of destruction begun by the first quake. Word has reached here that the town of Chilapa, 42 kilometers to the north eastward, has also been destroyed. No details have been reeceived as to the number of the dead and injured. The population of Chilpancingo is 7498 and until the panic into which the citizens have been thrown abates, it will be impossible to state the num ber of casualties. The population of Chilapa is 15,000. No word has been received from Tixtla and it is feared it also has been des troyed. According to the movements of the earthquake, Tixtla would be in its direct line. Form late messages it appears that the entire south half of the republic in cluding the lower country and the me saba belt felt the shock. The National Bank of Mexico has re ceived a telegram stating that 500 lives were lost at the destruction of Chilapa and Chilpancingo. In govern ment circles the report is not credited. It is admitted that both cities were leveled to the ground, but it is not thought that the death list will even approximate 500, owing to the fact that the houses are built of stone in or der to resist earthquake shocks. The federal authorities have been ap pealed to by the governors of the dis tricts of Barvos and Chilapa for tents, as the inhabitants are now living in the open. The governor of Qneerero has dis patched military engineers and troops to the stricken district. Both cities are so isolated that it is impossible to obtain accurate and rapid intelligence of the disaster. LATE NEWS ITEMS. William Ellis Corey, president of the United States Steel corporation, and Mabelle Gilman will be married in New York May 7, if their present plans are not changed. Governor Butohel of Colorado has addressed a communication to the gov ernors of all the states containing pub lic lands, asking them to join him in calling a convention to meet in Denver on June 17, 18, 19 and 20,of this year, to discuss the whole question of public land laws. The letter suggests that a general policy should be agreed upon to be advocated at Washington. A court martial at Dresden has sent enced former Colonel Baron Von Dem Busohe-Ippenburg and Leutenant Peoh well each to three months' confinement in a fortress for having fought a duel. The countess de Jotemps committed sucide last Tuesday with a revolver in Paris. She was a Russian, 27 years of age, and a woman of beauty and was married against the wishes of her par ents to the Count de Jotemps. The couple were continually in financial straits. Ralph Pattison, a clerk in theJTaco ma postoffico, was caught rifling the mails recently. Postmaster Votaw and inspectors from a concealed spot watched his operations. He broke down and showed where he had hidden other money. He was released on $500 bail. ROBBED EXPRESS COM'Y OF $25,000 St. Paul, April 17.—A bandit held up the Northern Pacific Express com pany's union d pot office Tuesday night and compelled the clerk to open the safe and give him a package contain ing $25,000. He escaped. At 10:30 at night an accomplice of the robber called at the office and in duced one of the clerks to step out side. Fred Zimmerman, the other clerk, soon afterward found himself confront ed by a msaked robber who pointed a pistol at his head. Zimmerman obeyed a command to hold up his bands. The robber then re moved a revolver from one of Zimmer man's pockets and command him to open the safe. The clerk obeyed and handed out the package of currency which was to go to Duluth on the mid night train. After receiving the bulky envelope the robber backed out of the office, first commanding Zimmerman to turn his face to the wall and to re main in that position for 10 minutes under pain of death. Both bandits have escaped. The police have arrested John Gun derson on the charge of having held up Fred Zimmerman. The police say Gunderson has not confessed. They would not say whether the money had been found, but declared they were sure they had the right man. When Gunderson was taken to the police station he appeared to be under the influence of liquor and said he knew nothing aobnt the robebry. Up on the police suggestion that they would let him go if he would tell where he had hidden the money, Gun derson said he could not remember what he had done with it. He claim ed he had been drinking and did not know what had happened during the night. Gunderson had been employed by the Northern Pacific Express com pany and was recently discharged. Zimmerman, the clerk in charge of the office, says Gunderson came to the office about 9 o'clock and as he had ben employed there he thought nothing of his hanging around. Gunderson re mained there until everyone but Zim merman and a porter had left and then Gunderson gave the porter some money and ttold him to get a bottled whisky. As soon as the porter disappeared Gun derson covered Zimmerman with a revolver and called on him to open the safe and hand out the package. Zim merman saw that .Gunderson was in earnest and complied. Gunderson then backed out of the office. Zimmerman says thta he notified the police as soon as he was sure Gunder son had departed. Trouble Reported. Reports have been circulated that not the best feeling exists between President Roosevelt and Secretary Root on account of the alleged de cadence of the secretary's influence with the administration. It has been believed in responsible quarters that Mr. Root is not heartily with Mr. Roosevelt on many phases of the pres ent political and economic contest which is transpiring within the repub lican party and in general throughout the country on large public questions. What a healthy world this would be if the young doctors really knew much as they think they do. as DEATH OF J.H.ECKELS HE WAS A MEMBER OF PRESI DENT CLEVELAND'S CABINET. He Was Stricken With Heart Disease While Asleep in His Apartments in Chicagi of That City—Family Was in France —Funeral Tuesday Afternoon. ■He Was Prominent Citizen Chicago, April 15.—James H. Eckels, president of the Commercial National bank and formerly comptroller of the currency, died here Sunday of heart disease. Mr. Eckels died while asleep in his bed. The, fact that he was dead was dis covered by the butler, who entered Mr. Eickels' room after hearing a tele phone within ring continuously with out receiving an answer. Other mem bers of the family were summoned. Dr. Frank S. Churchill gave it as his opinion that Mr. Eckels had been dead for some hours. Mrs. Eckels Is in Paris. Mrs. Eckels and her daughter Phoebe, 18 years old, are in Paris, where the latter is attending a finish ing school for girls. They have been abroad since last fall and planned to return to Chicago In a few weeks. They were at once communicated with by cable. James A. Eckels of Princeton, fath er of James H. Eckels, died two months ago. A post mortem examination was held and a statement Issued giving the cause of death as organic heart dis ease. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Fourth Presbyter ian church. Rev. William Nottman conducted the services. Interment will not take place at once, it having been decided to place the body in a vault until the return of Mrs. Eckels and daughter, when a private funeral will be held. Mr. Eckels was a stockholder and was prominent in the management of several concerns. He was a member of the Union League, the Merchants' and the Commercial clubs of Chicago and various clubs in the east. He was one of the receivers of the Chicago Union Traction company appointed by Federal Judge Grosscup several years ago. Sketch of His Career. Mr. Eckels was born at Princeton, Ill., November 22, 1858, and most of his life had been spent in Illinois. He received his early education in the schools of his native city, later taking up the study of law at Albany, N. Y., graduating from the Albany school in 1880. He practiced law at Ottawa, Ill., until appointed by President Cleve land to the post of comptroller of the currency in 1893. Mr. Eckels, during the agitation of the currency question, became promi nent as an advocate of the gold stand ard. Always a democrat, he became affiliated in 1896 with the gold stand ard democrats. He retained the office of comptroller of the currency until the end of President Cleveland's term in 1897, when he became president of the Commercial National bank of this city. Mr. Eckels leaves only four near relatives. They are his wife and daughter, his brother George M. Eckels, and a sister, Mrs. Jane Palmer of Princeton, Ill. George M. Eckels is an attorney of this city. SPOKANE RATE CASE HEARING The hearing by the interstate com merce commission at Portland is await ed with keen interest. It is realized that this is the first fundamental issue raised by the new rate law, going to the real question as to rates rather than as to discrimantion. It is claimed that a decision favorable to Spokane would compel a radical alteration of the sys tem of jobbing and haulage from Chi cago westward. The decision in the Denver case that railroads can not le gally charge an unprofitable rate for transcontinental freight, is taken as promising a concession to Spokane, or at least that the roads must give her the same rates as charged through to the coast ports. Spokane and her jobbing territory are paying annually to the transconti nental railroads serving them over $2, 000,000 more than the same service would cost if these goods were deliver ed at Portland or Puget Sound points. This startling evidence is compiled from the testimony of the railroads fil ed with the interstate commerce com mission at the hearing of the Spokane rate case before Commissioner C. A. Pronty, at Portland, Ore. Wheat Report. Tacoma, Wash.—Market higher. Bluestem, 77@78c; club, 74@75c; red, 72@73c. Portland, Ore.—Bluestem, 76@78c; club, 74@75c; valley, 72c; red, 72@ 73c.