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: (mo people an berr.io if they can'l
L-o president.
A gem of thought la often Impaired
by a bad setting.
The lead pencil la sometlmea hard
pushed to make re-marka.
The way of the transgressor la oft
times the shortest route to Canada.
After suspicion is once directed to
ward a man it Is difficult to side-track
A bachelor may have no real happi
ness, but he escapes a lot of real mis
The man who always says exactly
what he means Is more numerous than
When a woman has troubles she
confides In a physician. When a man
has troubles he consults a lawyer.
There are times when the average
hoy would like to assume the role of
father to the man for a few brief mo
Spaniards in Cuba now want to be
Cubans. Things have changed, and
ihe “ever-faithful isle” will try to ho
faithful to herself.
It is said Cornelius Vanderbilt re
ceives on an average as many as 300
letters daily. He Is not bragging about
it. There are quack doctors with con
fidential secrets to sell who get as
Recent receptions of military and
naval troops in England and America
emphasize the fact that we ought to
welcome heroes In some more sensible
way than by punching them in the rlbß
or crushing their hats. "Will you al
low us to pass?” an adjutant begged
at a recent reception, adding, for em
phasis. "This Is an ex-presldent of the
United States.” "I do not care if it is
Hobson!” retorted the rustic who
blocked the way. “I am not going to
have my girl pushed.”
Mr. Stead reports In the London
Daily Chronicle that wherever he goe3
In Europe he finds the governing
classes understanding, and to some ex
ieut using, the English language. At
the court of St. Petersburg It is the
household tongue; the czar, the esar
itsa and their children habitually uae
it in conversation with each other.
There is an old saying that the tongues
of earth are many, but of heaven only
one. Then the growth of one language
toward universal use—and the English
language is making it—may well be
reckoned a growth toward the divine
Whether equal suffrage Is to be en
joyed or merely endured by women, it
has been for some years conceded to
them in Wyoming. Colorado, Utah and
Idaho; and Just now South Dakota has
come near to adopting It in the form
of a constitutional amendment. Tt is
noteworthy that In all these new and
sparsely settled communities of the
West the women are much less numer
ous than the men, and are probably
♦he more highly valued for their rar
ity. In many localities they are chosen
as director.- or superintendents of
the schools, and in Idaho two of them
have been elected to the legislature.
In Albert 1). Richardson’s “Beyond
the Mississippi." published more than
a quarter of a century ago, occurs a
passage which, in the light of recent
events and their ulterior possibilities
seems almost prophetic. He points to
the fact that the “Spirit of Progress,"
emerging from Egypt and China, has
passed on through Greece and Rome
and Western Europe; across the At
lantic. through Jamestown harbor
over Plymouth Rock, and on to the Pa
cific. “Ere long." he continues
“through the Golden Gates of Sac
Francisco, it will go out by the islands
of the sea to that dreamy Orient where
it was born. And then —what?”
It has been suggestively said thai
what Is ehopliftlng among the poorei
classes is kleptomania among the rich
This Is the Irresistible logic of socU
conditions. It is conceivable to th<
average mind how a man or wornur
suffering from poverty and want
should appropriate to themselves thos<
things which they most need and do
sire. It is Inconceivable, however.hoe
a woman with every want supplied rute
money to purchase her heart’s desln
should deliberately steal that which is
of no material value to her and by sc
doing court the risk of social ruin. l
is not well to deal too carelessly wltl
the word kleptomania. It is a disease
It has ruined hundreds of homes. Klep
tomanla in Its actuality le shoplifting
But all kleptomaniacs are not shoplift
Whether It would be well to have an
extra session of congress called after
the fourth of March Is now a much dls
cussed topic. The present congress
the Fifty-fifth, and the Fifty-third
were both summoned in extraordinary *
session. The frequency of these calls
grows out of the long period which or
dinarily elepecs between the November
election of members of the house and
tk ir assembling in regular session in ,
D ember of the following year. Tbert j
have keen many earnest advocates or n !
change In tIM eongreeeiwjl calendar, j
Representative Pino has asked for an
j The House lias rejected the request
l of Representative I’ino for an Inter
preter. «
Three hundred copies of the gover
nor’s message will ire printed. No
Spanish version will l»e published. I
Senator Taylor lms introduced a bill
for the construction of a state wagon
road from Denver to Glen wood
Both houses adjourned over from the
nth to the Pth, at which time Speaker
Smith is expected to name the standing
commit ties of the House.
The introduction of bills In the House
commenced on the 9th. A member of
a mathematical turn of mind estimates
the probable number that will be intro
duced this session at <>oo. an average
of about ten bills to each member of
the House. In 1897 595 bills were in
Seldom, if ever, in the history of the
Legislature Ims organization been per
fected so promptly ns by the present
Assembly. It is many years since the
governor was able to deliver his retir
ing message to a Joint convention the
same day the Legislature met, as was
the case tills year.
A dispute developed In the House
over the selection of a chaplain. The
fusionists had decided on three minis
ters for the office, but the minority
party desired n representative also.
The fourth chaplain was refused. As
it now stands there will be three chap
lains who must divide the salary be
tween them.
The Senate, having appointed its
committees in advance of the House, it
took the lead in the matter of entering
bills, and thirty-eight acts are now
before the Assembly for consideration.
Chief among them are bills abolishing
IMilitical emblems on the ballot and de
claring for local option. This is the first
local option bill introduced in Colorado.
Speaker Smith S.»l«l to tie Trying to Make
a Fair I»lv nloii.
The Rocky Mountain News of Mon
day says: On the basis of an equit
able division among the three fusion
parties, with tlie McKinley Republi
cans picking the bones, Speaker Smith
of the House of Representatives has
chosen and placed u complete list of
those who shall constitute the House
committees. This list will be presented
for approval to the lower branch of the
Twelfth General Assembly probably
this morning, though it Is possible that
that little formality will Is* delayed un
til afternoon. In all there are thirty
three standing committees provided for
by the rules of the Eleventh General
Assembly which will govern the
Twelfth until the adoption of a new
set. Eacli committee must have a
chairman. To make the arrangement
as satisfactory as possible to all con
cerned, tlie Speaker has divided the
thirty-three chairmanships among ths
three fusion parties, according to pre
vious arrangement, as follows: Demo
cratic party 12, Populist 11, Silver Re
publican party 10. straight Republican
party undecided. To the Democrats
have been awarded, it Is said, two of
the most imiKtrtant chairmanships at
the dlspisal of Speaker Smith, namely
the judiciary and the corporations and
railroads the former going to Colonel
B. F. Montgomery of Cripple Creek,
and the latter to General J. W. Brown
ing of Denver. Max Morris of Arapa
hoe, will Is* chairman of the commit
tee on counties and county lines;
George Smith of Mesa, agriculture and
lrigatlon; W. F. Cannon of Arapahoe,
finance: and Everett Bell of Las Ani
mas, appropriations and expenditures,
while it is likely that .1. Frank Adams
of Arapahoe, will be made chairman of
the committee on the Denver city char
aer. and I>r. Mary F. Barry of Pueblo,
of the temperance, medienl and public
health committee.
Wherever it was possible for Speaker
Smith to divide tlie committee member
ships into three equal parts with a re
mainder of one or two. he made such
division, equalizing the representation
of the three fusion parties, ami gra
ciously presenting the straight Republi
can with the remainder. With com
mittees tlie number of whose member
ship is divi.sable by three, the McKin
leyites will have little material interest,
nnd as a result a fight similar to that of
Friday in the Senate may be instigated
by the minority. |
On off days the legislative chambers
have a lonesome appearance. Members
write and yawn and smoke and, per
hfli>s. whistle. The controlling pres
ence of the presiding officers is absent
nnd then* is an air of freedom in meth
od and mannerism which the average
legislator appreciates. Sunday was no
, f xce Ption to the rule. Senators who dur
i ,n ~ are as demure and grave
i a * ‘‘burch deacons, cracked jokes across
the stretch of the chamber and told
“t.irles of the campaign which devoted
I Votors might not like to hear. Then the
merits of certain bills were discussed,
and the prospective fate of more,
while, between, were quaint observa
* 0,18 on the peculiarties of fellow sena
rs, and indulgences in ehancea on
their reformation.
m, s.ru.. to Condm Ad.»-.
From the best of authority it was
learned yesterday that the action of
Governor Adams in making appoint
m- nta of board members and other
state dignitaries after the adjournment
of the Eleventh General Assembly
may not be accorded the stamp of ap
proval from the Senate of the Twelfth
General Assembly, it was farther stn
ted that the committee on state Insti
tution*, to which was referred Frida v
the communication of the governor
eontainlng a list of his nominations,
has met with some difficulty in agree
ing upon a report. Strenuous objec
tion# on the part of several members of
the committee have been raised to two
of the nominations, and it is probable
that who* tbo report of tho committee
Is presented to the Senate this morning
a sensation will be created.
After the adjournment of the Benat>
Friday afternoon the committee held >■
meeting In one of the committee room-
The general belief was that the list *-i
nominations would be approved with i
out delay, and a report to that effect
be prepared, but such did not prove n
« be the case, certain members of -tin
committee Retting up a vigorous com
plaint against two of the names whWi
were included in the list of nomina
tions. A long debate followed, ami
when the meeting broke up late In th’
afternoon nothing had been accom
pllshed. One of the members was in
structed to call upon Governor Adam'
for the purpose of asking an explain'
tion from the chief executive as to hi*
selection of the two persons In ques
tion. The call was made Saturday, an«l
the governor explained his reasons f<-r
making the appointments. The senator
retired from the executive chamber, but
whether or not the explanation which
lie received was of a nature calculate!
to quell the uprising in the committf j
is unknown. The report this
will settle the question.
Rev. Myron W. Reed of Denver li
very sick.
Morris Mecklenburg of Como, Park \
county, lias ltoen appointed postmaster,
rice A. J. Wallace, removed.
John I. Thompson has been appointed
postmaster at Andrews, Sierra coun
ty. New Mexico, vice G. W. Delamu
ter, resigned.
Governor Leedy of Kansas ha
stened the bill reducing telegraph rates
nnd placing telegraph companies un
der the supervision of the "court <-f
•visitation.” The rate fixed in the hill
on messages is 15 cents for the firs'
ten words, day or night, and 1 cent foi
each additional word. On newspaper j
reports the rates are reduced to one
third of a cent for each word during j
the day, and one-sixth of a cent for
each word at night. It provides tha
no lower special rate shall l>e grant' ll
to anyone,
A disastrous conflagration occurred
at <.'rested Butte ou tlie 7th. A fir
broke out in Quinn’s saloon, with a de
fective flue as the probable cause. Tli
fire was burning for some time before
Us discovery. The fire department and
citizens worked heroically for twn
hours to save the fine Kofp building
which was divided from the burning ,
structure by only fifteen feet. The sa
loon was totally destroyed.. Jac k Ken
nedy was suffocated in the building
where he was sleeping. He was about
•15 vears of age. nnd it is supposed h
was under the influence of intoxicants
A legal hitch has come In the uego
nations for the control of the Victor
company, in the southern part of tin ,
state, by the Coloredo & Southern
road. The negotiations towards this j
end have been on for several mouths
and lust week It was fouud that possi
bly the road could not go into the busi
ness of cool mining or even hold siock
in a company doing such work. The
matter has been placed in the hands of
the legal department of the road with
a view of formulating some plan
whereby tin* deal will not l>e dropped
With the disappearance of -now
comes renewed activity at Dawson
City. The stir on the streets of Uunon
City Is increasing to some:king like the
early days of the great gold strike at
the Dawson mine. Groujis of men con
gregate on the corners of the streets
discussing nnd examining rock taken
from the various prospect holes in the
Greenhorn range. Many are here await
ing assay returns, but as the local ss
sayer is overrun it may lie many
days before their wishes will he real
ized. Little information regarding
mining matters has been obtainable
from Dawson, owing to tlie heavy fall
of snow. In reality there lias lieen but
little prospecting for more than a
week. Now that tlie weather lias mod
erated work is commencing again, and
reports of strikes are rife.
A special from Provo, Utah, says:
Sheriff Storrs returned this evening
from Gouveneur, New York, with Mrs.
Jennie Wright, wife of Gt*orge H.
Wright. Wright is believed to lie the
man who killed tlie three young men
at Pelican Point, Utah, in February,
1895, for which crime Harry Hayes is
now* suffering life imprisonment, and
Mrs. Wright's knowledge of her.hus
hand's habits will materially aid Sher
iff Storrs in effecting his capture, and
her knowledge of the case will also aid
Mr. Hayes' attorneys, it is thought, in
showing Hayes’ Innocence so clearly
tbnt lie will be released. Mrs. Wright
is thoroughly convinced of her hus
band’s guilt. Shortly after tlie mur
ders were committed Wright was ar
rested for cattle stealing nnd went to
Colorado, Mrs. Wright going to her
mother in New York, where she was
located by Sheriff Storrs.
Receiver Frank Trumbull has been
elected president of the new railroad
corporation which will be known as the
Colorado & Southern. Charles Wheeler
was elected secretary nnd treasurer of
tlie company. Other officers nnd direc
tors will be elected at a meeting to be
held in New York in a few days. The
• lection of Mr. Trumbull as president
is no surprise. A joint mminlttee
from the Union Pacific and the Union
Pacific, Denver &. Gulf has been nego
tiating for the final transfer of the
Julesbnrg branch. The date lias been
fixed, January 11th. The Julesbnrg
branch is 151 miles long and extends
from Julesburg to La Salle junction,
which is forty-six and a half miles
from Denver on the Union Pacific. If
tills change is made, the corporation
now known as the Union Pacific, Den
ver A Gulf will be merged into the
Colorado A Southern at midnight
Wednesday, January 11th. Until that
date, at least, the several branches of
the Gnlf system will remain in tho con
trol of the United States Circuit Opart
of the Colorado district; but, it in mid,
there Is no reason to apprehend any
further delay in closing up tho final
and turning the Gnlf property ow to
the Colorado * Southern. r
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt Is to be
1 breveted brigadier general.
The Supreme Court has decided that
natural gas is not dutiable.
Representative Diugley, who has
!>eoii very sick, was reported lietter on
the 3rd.
So many of the members of Congress
are sick that the attendance is very
small at the sessions.
President and Mrs. McKinley gave a
brilliantly successful New Year's re
ception on the 2nd.
Seuor Agoncillo, who Is in Washing
ton ns the representative of the Philip
pine government, lias asked to he rec
ognized by the United States us such
and to be accorded the same rights as
the other diplomats. His request is
now* in the hands of Secretary Hay.
The grippe, nnd the ailments attend
ant upon it. that are now included in
its train of Ills, have prostrated an un
usual number of residents of Washing
ton. An observant pharmacist esti
mates that ten per cent, of the district’s
I population <s suffering In one way or
another from the new generic grippe.
Three memlters of the Senate commit
tee on appropriations are so ill that
1 they will not be able to leave their
1 homes for several days.
The revenues of the government dur
ing the half-year ending December
31st. were larger than for any six con
secutive mouths since 18t>7. aggregat
ing $245,901,890, against $207,700,574
for tlie corresponding period last year.
Tlie receipts from customs amounted to
$96,045,839, as compared with $02,825,-
021 last year. The receipts from cus
toms for December amounted to $lO,-
704,325, which wdre the largest month
ly total since the Dingley tariff bill was
passed and the largest since 1892, when
under the McKinley tariff act they
reached $10,3(58,334.
Orders have been sent General Mil
ter to avoid hostilities at Iloilo at all
hazards, but if lie is compelled to fight
he is instructed to deal such a blow as
will be felt by all the insurgents in the
Philippines, in order that they may see
they are not dealing with Spain any
longer, but with a power that is capa
ble of enforcing its policy. Agulnaldo
and bis associates are so elated by their
success tints far that it is impossible to
reason with them, and they are rapidly
ruining their own cause by exactions
and blackmail imposed upon their fel
low-countrymen, who are suffering
from these causes much more than at
any rime during the Spanish rule.
The time of the House will be fully
occupied from this time forward until
the conclusion of the session. Appro
priation bills, which are already in an
unusually advanced stage, are to be
kept to the fore, but there Is a deal of
j otller important legislation which will
press for consideration at every oppor
tunity. Perhaps the most important
single measure is the bill for the reor
] ganlzation of tlie army. It was the
1 general understanding before the recess
that this bill would be given considera
tion immediately after the holidays,
but the illness of Chairman Hull of the
military affairs committee, will delay
this measure until he is sufth-icntly re
covered to attend the sessions of the
House. His illness will also delay the
military academy and army appropria
tion hills.
An important suit, involving the va
lidity of county lionds in Arizona, was
decided in the Supreme Court of the
United States Tuesday. The case val
idates $289,964 worth of bonds, issued ■
by Pima county, in aid of the Arizona '
narrow gauge railroad. It was based
upon a petition for a mandamus upon
the governor and other territorial offl
eers to compel them to Issue bonds in !
lieu of those originally Issued in 1883. I
The Supreme Court of the territory j
denied ibis petition, but the opinion of
the federal Supreme Court, which was j
handed down by Judge Brown, re- *
verses this decision nnd remands the
case for further proceedings in complt- ‘
nuoe with the original petition. The
opinion of the court Is based upon the
authority of the net of Congress of
June 6. 1890.
Senator Lodge has Introduced, by re
quest, a bill to provide for a subma- j
rlne cable between the United States, j
Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, China
nnd Australia. The postmaster general
is authorized to contract with the Pa- j
clflc Cable Company of New York for|
the payment of $125,000 a year for .
twenty years for transmission of offl-'
clal messages from San Francisco to
Honolulu, the line to Im* laid by Decem
ber 31, 1900. Before December 31. 1902,
the company shall construct a line
from Honolulu to Manila with an ad
ditional sum of $125,000 to he paid l>y
the government. Within four years tlie
company shall lay connecting lines to
Japan, for which $125,000 a year for
twenty years shall be paid. The rates
fixed between San Francisco and Hon
olulu are 35 cents a word and to the
further points $1 a word.
The War Department has finally de
cided to continue in force, for a time
at least, the system of collecting taxes
in Cuba practiced by the Spanish au
thorities. The burden of collection,
amounting to 5 per cent, of the tax, is
now assumed by the government, in
stead of being imiKised upon the tax
payers, while the 10 per cent, increasc
ln taxation, which was levied as one
of the last acts of the Spanish admin
istration, is remitb*d. as well as all
accrued penalties. The order designat
ing the Spanigh Bank of the Island of
Cuba as the government’s agent for
the collection of taxes in all parts of
the Island, the bank also becoming cus
todian of the funds, but it is provided
that daily statements shall be made to
the military governor of the island, and
that the moneys iwr«| looted shall be
at all times subject to the draft of the
military governor.
The correspondent of the Chicago
Record writes his paper as follows:
"The President’s order exempting 5,-
000 or 6,000 offices from the jurisdiction
of the Civil Service Commfssiozwwas to
have gone into effect on the 4th, but It
has not yet been issued, and nobody
knows when it will be. It lies upon
the President’s table, and has been
overbaolsd and amended and revised
so many times that people who are in
his confidence supposed it liad reached
a state of perfection, but for some rea
son he Is not satisfied with It, and his
New Year’s greeting to the spoilsmen
Is withheld. It is a fact that the Pres
ident consented to issue this order with
great reluctance. While he recognises
that many of the offices included should
be exempt from the classified service,
he feels it is golug to add much to the
burden of himself and his successors.
If he could have his way he would put
all the offices of the government under
the civil servlet* rules, where people
could not quarrel over them."
Secretary Wilson says he Is watch
ing anxiously to see that the soldiers by
their foolish Jealousies do not destroy
the results of his efforts In behalf of
the farmers iu foreign markets. He Is
confident that the packers of Chicago
can make a clear case, and when they
appear before the war inquiry com
mission he expects them to do so. He
says: “The Chicago packing houses,
tho refrigerator cars and the refrigera
tor ships have made tlie cattle indus
try profitable in this country, and we
have been shipping $25,000,000 or $30,-
000,000 worth of dressed beef to Eng
land annually for years without ever
having hoard of this embalming busi
ness lK*foro. The armies of Europe, in
the tropics, in India. Tonquin and Afri
ca. have lM*on fed on American canned
beef, nnd we have never heard a com
plaint from that source. They are glad
to get it. It has proven tlie best ration
they could furnish to their men. and
it seems very strange to ine that it is
not good enough for our own troops.”
The agricultural appropriation bill
which passed the House of Represen
tatives before the holiday recess, con
tains a paragraph which is intended to
permit the secretary of agriculture to
retaliate upon any nation that places
an embargo upon our products or re
fuses to accept our certificates ns to the
purity and wbolesonienc*' of our ex
ports. The bill, which is now under
consideration by the Senate commit
tee, will be further amended in this
particular so as to give the President
authority to reciprocate as well ns re
taliate in our trade with other na
tions. If Germany and France con
tinue to impose unnecessary and un
reasonable restrictions upon American
agricultural products tlie President, by
proclamation, may impose restrictions
upon their exports seeking entry into
the United States. For example, if
the French government places an em
bargo upon our meat products the
ITesident could require a chemical
analysis of every bottle of champagne
or other wine Imported from France,
which would practically destroy the
trade. The same rule could be applied
to German cheese, sausage and wines,
nnd also to German toys, which are
Imported In very large amounts.
Colonel Waring'* Keport Presents Horri
ble Dot ell*.
Washington, Jan. 9.—The War De
partment division of customs and in
sular affairs made public to-day a very
full synopsis of the late George A.
Warlng’s report of his visit to Havana
under the special instructions of the
War Department given him early last
autumn to thoroughly Inspect the sani
tary condition of the city and to make
such recommendations for the future
improvement of the town as might be
suggested by said inspection.
Colonel Waring says he found the
street-cleaning department without ad-
I equate organization or funds, and the
markets offensive and dangerously
. filthy for the distribution of human
, food, with the exception of two, the
, 'Paeon and Colon markets. He also
. found the machinery used for sweep
! iug the streets ineffective,
i Foul pools were found In the streets
, into which rubbisii nnd filth had been
i deposited, which the contractor was
not required to eleau. This filth was
, turned over to the buzzards. Some of
the streets in the compact part of the
city are paved with large stone blocks,
and the remainder are unpaved. These
streets are filled with dirty holes
| which are in turn filled up with house
| garbage.
1 There Is practically no sewerage. In
i many cases households connect their j
private vaults with loose brick or stone
drains just under the pavement along !
i their frontage. These allow the liquid
| filth to leach out into the ground close ;
. to the surface, enabling the household- j
1 er to get out of much hiring of night
scavengers to bail out and carry away j
Slaughtering pons, while superficially j
clean, are brutally disgur.tlng while the I
work is going on. Dead dogs, cats and i
chickens nre left In the streets until
the buzzards pick them to the skeleton.
And, all this is (lone under an intense
sun. Bad as these conditions are, they
are not comparable with the disgusting
conditions of the domestic life.
The water supply of Havana, says
•Mr. Waring, is of the purest and most
excellent character. This, with the
winds of the gulf save the city from
being absolutely nnd unqualifiedly bad.
The city is a veritable plague spot.
Colonel Waring makes a number ol
recommendations for reform.
Dewcpl H«*t to Ho Urpnly An so men ted.
Washington, Jan. 8. -The Navy De
partment late yesterday decided ta
send no less than four vessels to Dew
ey, not including the Custine nnd He!
enn, recently assigned to duty in Phil
ippine waters. The vessels to be add- |
ed to the great fleet nt Manila are the ,
gunboats Princeton, Yorktown and
Bennington and the supply ship Solace. 1
Orders to carry the determination of ,
tho department Into effect were sent by
This heavy Increase in the naval force !
in Asiatic waters is due to a statement ;
by Admiral Dewey that more troops
are needed to properly police the Phil- j
lpplne archipelago, and in the case of
the Solace, the request of Dewey for
a large consignment of stores will be
The receipts at Manila custom house *
daring November averaged $20,000 a>
day In gold, and the report states ♦»»■*
the shipping Is on the Increase nnd i
that the possibilities are |
Pains and Aches
Of Rheumatism Make Countleee
Thousands Suffer*
Bat this disease is cared by Hood's Sar
saparilla, which neutralizes the add In the
blood. If you have any symptoms of
rheumatism take Hood’s Sarsaparilla at
onoe and do not waste time and money on
unknown preparations. The merit of
Hood’s Sarsaparilla Is unquestioned and Its
reoord of cares unequalled.
Hood’s Sarsaparilla
Is Aasriea’s Greatest Medicine for rheumatism.
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Captain Slgsbee’s Talk With the Bpsslsh
Admiral After the Explosion.
Nothing could be written In better
taste and temper than Captain Slgs
hee’s "Personal Narrative of the-
Maine,” the third installment of which
appears In the January Century. ‘‘The
Wrecking and the Inquiry” are the
special subjects of this concluding
paper. The captain’s personal rela
tions with General Blanco and Admiral
Manterola were, he says, undisturbed
by the explosion. They remained “cor
dial to the lust.” Soon after the catas
trophe the admiral called upon Cap
tain Sigsbce and a conversation oc
curred which is tersely summarized in
these words:
"The admiral assumed from the first
that the explosion was from the in
terior of the vessel. He asked If the
dynamo boileio had not exploded. I
told him we had no dynamo boilers.
He said that the plans of the vessel,
as published, showed that the gun
cotton store-room, or magazine, was
forward near the zone of the explosion.
He was informed that these plans had
been changed, and that the guncotton
was stowed aft, under tho captain’s
cabin, where the vessel was virtually
Intact He pointed out that modem
gunpowders were sometimes very un
stable. This was met by the remark
that our powder was of the old and
stable brown prismatic kind, and that
we had no fancy powder. He referred
to the probable presence of boilers,
lighted, near the forward coal-bunkers,
which were adjacent to the magazines.
Tills again was met with the remark
that for three mouths no boiler In the
forward boiler compartment had been
lighted; that while In port the two
aftermost boilers in the ship had been
doing service.”
The London Dally News calls atten
tion to an amusing instance of Russian
censorship. Christmas eve the Dally
News published nil editorial dealing
flatteringly with tin* peace proposal of
the Czar. When the issue reached Rus
sia the whole article, with the excep
tion of the first few lines, was blacked
out. which seems to prove that the
censor holds views widely different
from those of the Czar.
Soap that’s all soap—Diamond “O"
Britain owns one-fourth of the rail
ways in tho United States of America
nnd half of the railways In South
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