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CENTRAL CITY, - COLORADO. The doctor’s patients seldom decline with thanks. A man who forgets a favor seldom forgives an injury. A small rent, in a reputation soon becomes a large hole. A patrol wagon brings some in ebriates to a full stop. Nothing succeeds like the success of some people’s failures. Probably Niagara falls because the bed of the river can’t hold it up. The square-rigged ship Is apt to be come a wreck-tangle in a storm. People who never get down to busi ness seldom get up in the world. A woman void of curiosity must find life as tedious as a historical novel. The every-day Christian has seven chances to the Sunday fellow’s one. A coal dealer says: “As we journey through life we must live by the weigh.’’ We often wonder if the prince of Wales doesn’t feel that his life is be ing thrown away. The man who spent the summer constructing air castles is now trying to borrow heat for the air. You can’t judge a wife’s love by the kisses she gives her husband when he comes home; she may only be sus picious. The poor man must go out and weather the storm, while the .rich man can stay at home and storm at the weather.- History tells us the ancient Egyp tians honored a cat when dead. The ancient Egyptians were wise in their day and generation. How quickly our soldiers and sailors resume the employments of peace! Forty men recently discharged from the United States service, each with a shovel over his shoulder, marched in New York city against the works the snow storm had built. The soiled uni forms told of campaigning elsewhere, and of duty about which there is to Rome minds a suggestion of romance. The unromantic shovel was handled with a vigor which promised well tor the victories of peace. Wherever there is a close margin or a deadlock in a senatorial election the use of money on a very few men is sufficient to decide the case. Now, if these members of the legislatures were acting in full view of their constitu ents, they would not be likely to sur render to bribes or to create scandal in any way. But they are gathered together at points which, though cen tral, are remote from the voters who elect him, and they feel freer to en gage in underhand transactions. The remedy for all this is to make the sys tem of choosing United States sena tors democratic. They should be cboa en by the people. The greed of base gain goes far to •ounteract the good results of civilized contact with the less developed races. Said John Williams, the missionary martyr of the Pacific islands: “I dread to see an American ship come into our port, for although she may bring mis sionaries in her cabin, in her hold are the death waters of damnation.’’ A pathetic petition, signed by Hika Ibia, Bokaku, Mwambongani, Mwujomoto and fifteen other oddly named native Christian women, has recently been re ceived from Benito, in West Africa, be seeching their American sisters to use all their influence to prevent the send ing of “rum, gin, brandy and other li quors’’ to tempt and destroy the people of Gaboon and Corisco. Experiments with spider webs, to test their utility and adaptability as substitutes for silk in certain processes in which the latter has hitherto been used, have demonstrated the superior ity of the former. They have been proven of great value in the focal plane of telescopes, but a factory has been established near Paris in which ropes of spider web are woven to bo used in the construction of balloons for the aeronautic section of the French army. In this the poor spid ers have no sinecure. Each spider is constrained to produce and spin from thirty to forty yards of thread before it is released—a condition of things which would seem to make a “strike” on their part morally justifiable! After being spun, eight of these threads are then woven Into yarn of greater con sistency, strength and lightness than silken cords of the same thickness. One cf the preachers says he is half afraid to give out the hymn, “Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve,’’ because there are many who have already car ried the nerve stretching business too far. On the other hand, he must not say too much about spiritual rest and peaco, because lazy hearers will accept it as an excuse for lopping down on the cushions and going to sleep. His con gregation may be taken as a represen tative of our modern world. Millions of men and women are feeling some what blindly for the golden mean be tween overdoing and underdoing. WHAT THE COLORADO LEGISLATURE IS DOING. The twenty-two railroads of the state are assessed for $4,008,102. Representative Bell of Trinidad is confined to his bed with an attack of la grippe. Mrs. Frances B. Belford has been nominated for trustee of the State Nor mal College. Chief Clerk Gray lias resigned to ac cept an office in the auditor’s office. Mr. W. A. Dickerson lias been elected to succeed him. A joint resolution has passed both branches Inviting Mr. Bryan to address the assembly upon the occasion of his visit to Denver. After quite a fight, Senator Barela succeeded in having a resolution pass ed ordering the printing of the Gover nor’s message in Spanish. Representative Bradley lias intro duced a bill cutting railroad fares to two cents a mile in the valleys and on the plains and to four cents a mile over mountuin roads. E. J. Picard of the Yuma Pioneer has been elected chief printing clerk of the house, and 11. C. Wood of the Castle Rock Journal has been chosen clerk of the appropriation committee in the senate. A petition has been presented from the Town Board of Gillett. asking that Hint town be named as the temporary county seat of Teller county, and of fering a building free of cost to ihe county government. A fine of from $5,000 to $25,000 is provided for by Representative W. C. Steele’s anti trust measure. It is in tended to prevent the formation of trusts of any kind, and to prevent any individual or firm from becoming trus tee of any solvent business. The anti-scrip measure introduced by Representative Ovington fixes a penalty of from SIOO to SSOO for the violation of the provisions of the act, which prohibits the issuance of any form of scrip by any company to its employes. The House committee on corpora tions and railroads has two measures before it that will cause the railroads and the Pullman company a good deal of worry before they are disposed of one way or the other. The first bill fixes a passenger rate of two cents per mile for all roads east ot the range, and the second fixes the price of sleep ing car berths at so much per mile, far below’ the present rates. The new lieutenant governor made a short speech to the senators upon tak ing his place as presiding officer. He congratulated the members and hoped they would extend to him the same courtesies they had done to the re tiring officer. “We should work to pass laws.” he said, “in the interest of the people and not in the interest of the trusts and monopolies of the state. We should conduct our business with out bickerings, heart burnings or ill feelings.” Chairman Rawalt of the committee to investigate the marble work in the state capitol has notified his commit tee that the work will not begin until after the 20th of this month. He as certained after the appointment had been made that tlie Board of Capitol Managers had not concluded the in vestigation it wa9 making into the •charges of outside marble being used. It was reported to him that the report would be made on the 20th. and he concluded to take no action until after that date. Among the resolutions introduced in the Senate is one by Senator Evans calling for an investigation of the State Insane Asylum. It provides that President Thombs be given the right to be present at all the hearings, to cross-examine witnesses and summon witnesses in his own behalf. The com mittee to investigate is to consist of three members from tin? House and two from the Senate. The committee Is to receive any reports that may be made to it in reference to the conduct of the asylum. Mr. Clark of Weld has put himself squarely on record as opposing the ex penditure of any more money on the state canals. As he is chairman of the canals committee, which he tried in effectually to abolish, his declaration is indicative that nothing will be done for the canal at he present session. Mr. Clark also expressed deep-rooted re sistance to and profound abhorrence of the different road building schemes. In his speech lie said some of the roads proposed were as visionary as though to go to the moon. A pure food bill has been prepared by State Dairy Commissioner Cannon and Deputy Hunter. Dairy products, especially, are dealt with. Chemists of state institutions are required to fur nish analyses when called upon by the proper authorities, so that the purity of any article offered for sale may lie determined. The fine for selling adul terated articles is from SSO to S3OO, with discretionary imprisonment. The sale of oleomargarine and filled cheese is regulated by license, and dealers must display a sign. Senate bill No. 105, introduced by Mr. Parks, provides that any one who steals a ride on a railroad or cars, or any portion thereof, or climbs thereon while they are standing still or in mo tion, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Every employe aiding or abetting such a person is also guilty of a misde meanor, and it shall bn the duty of conductors, brakeinen and engineers to arrest such people. If necessary, these employes are to call upon by standers for assistance. Any one guilty, as set forth In this bill, Is to he punished, if the incusure becomes a law, by not more than thirty days* confinement in the county jail or $25 fine. A concurrent resolution has been ndopted calling upon the state auditor for a statement showing: “First, the yearly assessed valuation of each county In the state for the past five years, tabulated in such form as to show the Increase or decrease, as the cose may be, of each county per an num'.second. a statement showing upon what class of property the main de cre* •In assessment has occurred dur ing said years; third, a statement showing the number of mills yearly taxation levied in each county for all county purposes during the past five years; fourth, any other data which the auditor may think valuable for the members of the legislature to consider in connection with the framing of a bill to revise and adjust the state revenue laws.” Representative Eugene Engley has introduced his pet measure, H. B. No. 151, relating to the rearrangement of the congressional districts of the state. Under his arrangement the First con gressional district consists of: Arapa hoe, Boulder, Cheyenne, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, Gilpin, Grand, Garfield, I Jefferson Kit Carson Larimer Logan, Lincoln. Morgan. Park, Phillips, Routt, Rio Blanco. Sedgwick, Summit, Wash ington. Weld and Yuma counties. The Second district is composed of: Archu leta, Baca, Bent, Chaffee. Conejos, Cos tilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, El Paso, Fremont. Gunnison. Hinsdale, Huer fano. Kiowa. Lake. La Plata, Las Ani mas. Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Mont rose. Otero. Ouray. Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo. Rio Grande. Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties. The House expressed its opinion that the $150,000 loaned from the internal improvement income fund to the state capitol fund should be returned, with Interest. A bill will doubtless follow, detailing how the return is to be made. Mr. Montgomery, who evidently spoke for the Capitol Commission, told the House plainly there was no money in the hands of the managers to repay this loan, and that they were nearly a half million behind in paying current war rants. He insisted that the internal im provement fund did not need the money now, anyway, and that if gath ered there it would endanger the safe ty of state interests by leaving a chance for the establishment of a “cor ruption fund.” The Supreme Court had decided that the improvement fund could be used only on such im provements as roads and bridges. Senator Evans’ bill in regard to pay ment of county officers contemplates the wiping out of the fee system. His measure on the subject is intended to apply to all counties. In it the fol lowing salaries are fixed: Sheriff, in counties of the first class. $.3,000 per annum; second class. $2,500 per an num; third class, $2,200 per annum; fourth class, from $1,500 to SI,SOO per annum. County superintendents of schools In counties of the first class are $2,400 each year; in the second class. SI,BOO, and in all others not to exceed $5 per day for each day actually em ployed. In counties of tin* first class county judges are limited to $3,500 per year; second class. $3,000, and third class, $2,500. County treasurers under Evans’ arrangement would get $3,000 l)or year in counties of the first class, $2,500 in counties of the second. SI,BOO in counties of the third: from $1,200 to $1,500 in counties of the fourth, and fifth grade counties SI,OOO per year. The proposed road from* Puebla to Leadville, to be constructed by fcon vict labor, will cause, it'is said, con siderable expense, notwithstanding the state will not be obliged to pav the laborers. The road will be built* onlv on condition that Senate bill No. 169, by Senator Ehrhart. becomes a law. This bill, if passed, will provide salaried positions to fifteen persons and incur an expense of $25,000. The bill provides that the road shall bo over the most convenient course of travel, and that the Board of Peniten tiary Commissioners, together with the wardens and superintendents of tin* road, shall devise means to establish headquarters at suitable points. A superintendent will be chosen to have charge of tin* whole undertaking and the work will be carried on by two gangs of convicts under two gang bosses, to be selected and paid SSO a month. One gangjvill start from the reformatory and the other from the state penitentiary. Sennte bill 123, introduced by Sena tor Crosliy. attempts to grapple with the problem of the state insane asy lum. It provides for a state board of lunacy commissioners of three mem bers, one of them a woman. The board shall be appointed by the gov ernor and confirmed by tile Senate; holding office for six years and serving without pay. They shall have full con trol in every way of the state insane asylum; appointing as superintendent a fully qualified medical practitioner of not less than ten years’ practice, and five years’ experience In a hospital for the insane. The superintendent shall reside in the hospital, giving his eutire time and attention to It, receiv ing $4,000 a year and maintenance. Two resident physicians, one of them a woman, shall be appointed by the commissioners, to receive no compen sation except lodging, board and wash ing. The state treasurer shall be treas urer of the asylum. Members of the committee on elec tions, although reticent about the mat ter, evidently believe that there is something to the protest of Lee A. Tan qunry against* Albert T. Fisher in jjm contest for the sent from the Twenty seventh district, representing Pueblo and Huerfano counties. Senators Por terfield, chairman of tin* committee, presented a memorial to the Senate asking that power l>e conferred to summon Clerk Greer of Huerfano county before the committee, and also compelling the clerk to bring certain records with him. Among the docu ments which have been presented to the committee since It began its ses sion scverul days ago. is an affidavit from Leo A. Tatiquary. stating that he was denied permission to s»*e the poll books, tally sheets and certain oaths administered by the judges of eh*ctlon to Illiterate voters. It is al leged that although 1.4(H) ballots were marked by tin* judges in Bnerfano county, that not one-half of that unm bor of Illiterate voters exist there. Chairman Porterfield, after the petition had been rend, stated that the commit tee had not made a thorough Investiga tion, but sufficient had been developed to show that the complaint was not without foundation, but what there was to it they were not ready to make public. The Senate passed a resolution empowering the committ<*c to issue subpoenas for Hose A Santa Stcpeul and P. D. Lamed, as well as the coun ty clerk and others the committee may deem uecessury. TALES FROM ALASKA. A Lakt Drained In Order to WMh Oat til* Gold. Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 17.—The steam er Cottage City brings news from Sit ka that Gold Lake, in the Pane basin, was successfully emptied of the great er portion of its water January * sth. Many spectators witnessed the sight of draining this lake into the Pacific ocean by a channel 300 feet long through a mountain spur. The im mense volume of water carried every thing before it ns it tore down the mountain side, moving great rocks as though they were blocks of wood. The ice broke when the supporting water receded and fell in with a tre mendous crash. The escaping water surged down a ravine through which the small creek, the natural outlet of Gold Lake, had run, and plunged over the ice of a second lake below. The weight of the water broke the ice around in great masses. Gold Lake fell sixty-one feet to the tunnel level, and the volume of fresh water, sixty-one feet deep, 3,000 feet long and 2,000 broad, escaped into the ocean. The gravel exposed by the drainage runs $3 to S2O a ton. The bottom of the lake thus contains millions in gold. Capitalists of New York and San Francisco are behind the scheme. Considerable decomposed quartz, which had dropped from ledges around the lake, was also exposed to view. This quartz is richly impreg nated with free gold. Tony Labbish and two companions have discovered a mountain of quartz within a day’s march of Skaguay, which runs $2,000 to $3,000 a ton in gold. The principal ledge is thirty feet wide and fairly sparkles with bright gold. The rock is partially de composed quartz and can be worked very easily. The discoverers say that a blast put in the face of the mountain will throw c\own thousands of tons of this rich rock. They have kept the ex act location of the find a secret, but have brought in samples which verify their claims and prove their find is the richest quartz discovery yet made in Alaska. SCRUBBING HAVANA. United Stilted Ofllrerit Ilegln on a Great Undertaking. Havana, Jan. 17. —The colossal task of putting into proper sanitary con dition every dwelling in Havana be gan to-day. Surgeon Major Davis hiring 100 resident physicians for a house-to-house inspection, to compel obedience to the new regulations. All cesspools under houses are to be closed and cealed. Garbage is to be removed daily. It is expected that the city will be in a fair sanitary condition within three months without underground sewerage. The old residents regard the new health regulations as unneces sary and meddlesome, and even some well-to-do and well-informed persons, when making their objections describe themselves as “healthy enough.” To day 1,000 people are engaged in the wofk of cleaning the streets and pub lic buildings. There are two more cases of small pox in the One Hundred and Sixty-first Indiana regiment, making five in all. and there is one case of suspected yellow fever in the First Texas regi ment. The men have been isolated. It is a favorite trick of the soldiers when escaping from the camp without leave to hire Cuban uniforms so ns to pass the sentries. Sometimes the cloth ing has been exposed to infection, and the usual results follow. Nevertheless there is so little sickness among the United States troops that twenty fe male nurses out of the 100 originally employed have been dismissed. ROOSEVELT HITS THE LOBBY. New York’* Governor T»ken Step* I*r© vent ••.Sneak” I.c-glnlntlon. Albany, N. Y., Jan. 17.—Governor Roosevelt to-day dealt the hardest blow to the corrupt lobby it has ever received. The governor has had con sultations with Senator Ellsworth, Speaker Nixon and other leaders in the Legislature with a view to putting an end to secret and “sneak” legislation. As a result the announcement is made that hereafter the governor will sign no bill that has not the new matter underscored, so that all may know as soon as it has been introduced just what the bill means. This will correct one of the greatest abuses in the past. Some of the most important legislation has been sneaked through by the failure to indicate new matter. As a result of the same consultation the governor caused to lx? announced that all special and local legislation must lx? passed within tlie next eight weeks. If any such bills come to him after that time they will be vetoed. This Is to prevent an enormous amount of trivial and useless legislation being dumped on tin* governor’s desk after tlx* legislature adjourns as “thirty-day bills.” Ready to Sall for Manlla. Washington, Jan. 17.—-The United States transport Grant, formerly the Mohawk, having on board tlx* Fourth Infantry and a battalion of tlx? Seven teenth Infantry, will sail from New York Wednesday for tlx* Philippines, via tlx* Suez canal. The Grant will reach Manila some time between thirty and thirty-two days from the time of sailing. General Lawton, who will be assigned to the Philippines, will take passage, with his staiT, aboard tlx* Grant. The* secretary of war has given instructions to the com mander of tlx* forts in the harbor of New York to tire a major general's salute In General Lawton's honor as the Grant passes each fort. The Alton Road Sold. New York, Jan. 10.—Although tho gentlemen most interested declined to day to make any statement, It was generally believed In Wall street that the purchase of the Chicago tt Alton railroad property by the so-called Ilnr rinuin syndicate would soon be closed. It was said that Kuhn, Loeb & Co., acting for tlx* syndicate, would fur nish $12,000,(KM), tlx* price of the stock to be $175 for the common ami $225 for the preferred. The roads repre sented In the Hnrrimnn syndicate are believed to be the Union Pacific, Illi nois Central, Missouri Pacific and Mis souri, Kansas & Texas tines. CONGRESSIONAL NOTES AND WASHINGTON GOSSIP. Senator Hoar lias introduced a reso lution in the Senate recognizing the independence of the Philippine re public. Representative Osborne of Wyoming has introduced a bill to establish an executive department of mineralogy and mining. It is rumored in Washington that the war board will in its report criticise nearly all the leaders in the late war, from Secretary Alger down. General Eagan last Monday sent to the war commission a revised version of his testimony, having stricken out the matter that reflected so severely on General Miles. Senator Teller has introduced a bill for the amendment of the war revenue act so as to provide for a tax upon the actual value or selling prices, instead of the nominal value of certain stocks. The bill is intended to relieve the cheaper mining stocks from what is claimed to be an onerous burden up on them. Nothing that lias occurred for a long time has caused tho President so much distress of mind as General Eagan’s testimony before the war board. He takes the ground that no provocation, however exasperating, could justify tlx? language used in Gen eral Eagan’s : .tement, and thinks he ought to be p mished in order to fur nish a precedent and an example for the future. Secretary Long lias ordered Captain Leary, at present commanding the San Francisco, to proceed to the island of Guam and assume the duties of naval governor of the new acquisition. He will carry with him a proclamation to the natives informing them of tlx* de signs of tlx* United States government towards them in precisely the terms employed in the case of the acquisition of Porto Rico. Senator Allison has practically decid ed to remain at the head of the Com mittee on Appropriations and not to take tho chairmanship of tlx* Commit tee on Finance, to which ho is entitled by right of seniority. This decision on Senator Allinson’s part will make Sen ator Aldrich chairman of the Finance Committee and will promote Senator Spooner to tlx* chairmanship of the Committee on Rules. The gold standard men in Congress are quarreling among themselves more than they ever quarreled with their politieal enemies, and call each other all sorts of tilings. The committee on banking and currency is so badly de moralized and the jealousies among the members are so acute that the speaker will have to reconstruct it en tirely if lie wants any legislatiou re ported in the next Congress. The Secretary and Mrs. Alger gave a brilliant reception at their home Wednesday night to the officers of the army and their families. Veterans of three wars were there, as well as the young volunteers of last summer, all I in full dress uniform, which, with the [ handsome gowns of the women mid ! the beautiful decorations of the house made a scene of unusual splendor. Major General Leonard Wood was the liou of the occasion. Senator Teller takes no stock in the stories recently sent out that the Sen ate will hold up the treaty. He be lieves that it will be ratified after a thorough debate. He says there is no serious disposition to delay the treaty. Public opinion is in favor of it, he claims, and ns this is the case the op ponents will content themselves with speech. They will not filibuster. The senator would like to have the treaty debated in open session. President and Mrs. McKinley gave an elaborate dinner at the White House Monday night, at which the members of the Paris Peace Commis sion were the guests of honor. Invit ed to meet them were tlx* members of the Cabinet, senators nixl representa tives ill Congress and officers of the army nnd navy who took prominent parts iu the war, including Major Generals Shatter and Wheeler and Ad mirals Sampson and Schley and Cup tain Robley D. Evans. The banking nnd currency commit tee of the House lias unanimously di rected tlie withdrawal of the bill re vising tlie banking and currency laws, now on tlx* House calendar. Represen tative Mitchell of New York gave no tice that at next Wednesday’s meeting of tlx* committee he would move that the bill bo re-reported to the House, nud Mr. Van Voorlds of Ohio gave no tice that lx* would move to substitute the recommendations of tlie Presi dent's message ou the subject. Tlie President has decided it to he incompatible with tlx? puldle Interest to comply with tlx* request contained In the Hoar resolution to supply the Senate with the Instructions given tlx* American pone© commissioners. If any reasons are given for tlx* declination the lending one will In* tlx* fact that as tlie treaty Is subject to action In Spain, even after ratification by tlx? Senate, its consummation might lie Jeopardized by tlx* publication at this stage of tlie confidential Instructions. Andrew Carnegie lias authorized two friends in tlx* United States Sen ate to ofTer tlx* President $20,000,000 for tlie Philippine islands, lie says that tlx* offer Is made in good faith, and tlxit tlx* money will lie forthcom ing within thirty days after tlx? for mal acceptance of ids proposition; or lx* will assume the responsibility of paying tho Indemnity to Spain, thus making an appropriation by Congress unnecessary. Mr. Carnegie says that his only purpose in buying the Islands Is to set them free. It was stated in official quarters here Monday that General Eagan would lx? tried by a court-martial for the lan guage used by Idm before the war commission. Tlie charges which will be brought will recite tlie language which is alleged to he offensive In tlie specifications, tlx* number of which will depend upon tlx* variety of alle gation desired by the judge advocate, Ip. order that tlx* offender may not easily es tape. Geueral Merritt* will be the president of the commission and General Claus will act as judge advo cate. A state funeral, almost majestic In its impressiveness, wns given the late Representative Nelson Dlngley at noon on the 10tli In the House of Represen tatives, where he lias so long been such a commanding figure. The Presi dent, his cabinet, distinguished mem bers of the diplomatic corps, members of the Supreme Court, Senate and House, nnd distinguished men in mili tary and civil life were ranged about ids bier on the floor of tlie hall, while the galleries, to which admission could be obtained only by card, were occu pied by tlie families of those who sat upon the floor and prominent persons invited to be present. The Court of Claims has just render ed a decision which probably means the payment by the government of sev eral millions of dollars to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians. Involved in the case is the question of title to over 5,000,000 acres of land in tlie Indian Territory. The decision is to the ef fect that the lands in tlie Wichita res ervation arc hMd in trust by the gov ernment for tlx* benefit of tlx* Choc taws and the Chickasaws. This sus tains tlie claim of tlie Indians. Rut while the decision applied only formal ly to Wichita reservation it stands as the precedent for much larger bodies of land. The senate committee on foreign re lations on Wednesday authorized Sen ator Davis to report tlx* peace treaty favorably without amendment. The committee was in session for only an hour, and the greater part of thin time was consumed in waiting for a quorum, tlie senators meantime dis cussing informally the provisions of tlie treaty. There was no suggestion of any amendment in committee. Sen ator Davis wns instructed to press the treaty upon tlie attention of tlie Sen ate witli a view to securing as early action as possible. The committee al so authorized Senator Davis to report favorably upon the proposition to re move tlie injunction of secrecy. The President lias sent these nom inations to tlie Senate: State, Joseph 11. Choate of New York to be ambas sador extraordinary and plenipoten t'ary to Great Britain. Treasury, Charles 11. Brickenstein of Colorado, to be surveyor of customs at Denver, Colorado. I’os t master, Colorado, Jo seph It. Miller, Trinidad. Joseph Hodges Choate was born in 1832 in Massachusetts, nnd is the sou of Dr. George Choate. He was graduated in 1854 from Harvard law school nnd was admitted iu 1555 to tlx* bar. lie formed a partnership with William 11. Barnes, but in 1859 became a member of tlie firm of Evarts, Soutlimaid & Choate. For the last ten years Mr. Choate lias been generally acknowl edged to be tlie leading lawyer of the New Y'ork bar. The outlook for the Nicaragua canal is uot favorable. The days are pass ing very rapidly. Tuesday afternoon, January 17th, has been set for a vote in the senate, and Mr. Morgan is press ing his bill with great vigor. He does not object to amendments. lie lias re peatedly expressed ids willingness to any modification that may bo desired, provided final action can bo taken; but that is exactly what the op ponents of the bill are trying to pre vent, and they are dillydallying along, seizing every possible excuse for de lay, with the hope of postponing ac tion, which is the only way they can defeat the measure. It is declared that if » vote could be taken iu either house almost any bill that provides for the construction of a canal would pass, but the difficulty is to secure action, and with no means of stopping debate on the Senate side and the opposition of the speaker on the House side the prospect of legislation seems hopeless. Tlie war investigation commission on Friday took prompt action on the sen sational testimony submitted to it yes terday by Commissary General Eagan nnd sent the statement incorporating liis testimony back to him, with the privilege of resubmitting it if ho chooses to revise its language. Further than tills, tlie commission determined it could not nnd should not proceed. The commission regrets that General Eagan proceeded as far ns lie did, and it is explained to-day that the vitu perative nature of tlx* testimony wuh a complete surprise to the commission, and that but for the rapidity with which General Eagan read his long statement nud the absorbing vehe mence of its delivery lx* would have been checked at tlx* time. One mem ber of the commission said to-day lx* wns about to move that the witness lie called to order, hut decided not to, believing from tlx* heated way in which Eagan spoke that such peremp tory action might precipitate some con troversy. During tlie calendar year 1898 tlx* United States exported $(521,2(10,533 more of merchandise of all sorts than It Imported, or a gain in excess of ex IKirts over 1897 of $2(54,14(5,719. These enormous figures represent tlx* balance iu our favor shown by tlx* official fig ures issued by tlx* Bureau of Statistics l’or tlie year 1898. The bureau’s state ment shows that our exports for 1898 were $1,254,925.1(59. and our imports $083,0(54,(534, of which $2(57.707,015 came In free of duty. The statement makes comparisons with our trade for the'five years immediately preceding the past, tlx* largest exports for any of these years being $1,000,709,045, in 1897, and tlx* smallest, $824,8(50,13(5, in 1895. Tlie only other billion export year was in 1800, When WO exported $1,005,837.241. The Imports for 189 S were tlie smallest of any of the nix years compared, being s<l33, (5(14.(534, against $742,595,229 in 1897, and SBOI,- (5(59,347 In 1895, when the imports were the largest for the past six years. The gold Imports for tlx* year 1898 were $158,080,252, and tlx* exports $10,104,- 954, or an excess of gold Imports lit 1898 of $141,841,298, as compared with an excess of gold exports In 1897 of $255,809. The silver Imports for the year 1898 were $29,029,724 and the ex ports $53,797,1(M, ail excess of silver exports of $24,707,380, as compared with an excess of silver exports lu 1897 of $25,578,990.