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CENTRAL CITY, COLORADO . The pace that kills Is one of the fooi killer’s assistants. Mr. Croker has got rid of his first carbuncle, but there are more to come. Don’t put too much faith In the min ister whose trousers never bag at the knees. Mankind Is divided into two classes— those who ride bicycles and those who dodge them. Some women’s ideas of happiness consists In supposing themselves the envy of all their friends. When a man makes a blunder that he can’t blame on somebody else ho doesn’t like to talk about it. Whenever a girl giggles at every fool remark a young man makes she is will ing to be more than a sister to him. Edward Atkinson says he Is not wor ried. Of course he isn’t He is now getting the notoriety he doubtless craves. General Lawton holds Angat and Balinag, but Chicago is not envious. She still has Oshkosh and Kalamazoo within easy reach. Mrs. Florence Kelley’s testimony be fore the Industrial commission at Washington should open the eyes of Chicagoans to the necessity for doing away with the sweatshop evil. The witness’ experience as state factory in spector in Illinois and her long ana intelligent study of the subject makes her an authority, and it is impossible to read what she says without joining in her condemnation of our Inadequate laws which are so ineffectively en forced. New and important evidence of the rapid and permanent Americanization of Cuba is presented in the report just made public by Acting Secretary of War Meiklejohn. The changed indus trial and commercial conditions in the island, as shown by the development of new business enterprises of every de scription and the return of capital that was taken away during the three years’ rebellion against Spanish despotism, offer a justification of American inter vention that cannot be successfully assaulted. The Scandinavian kingdoms are making rapid strides in commercial development, although few of the facts reach the general public. Some in stances may be cited. The telegraphic cable is being laid between the coast of Sweden and Rygen, at a cost of 2,220,- 000 crowns; the riksdag has appropri ated 2,994,000 crowns for the extension of the telephone system throughout Sweden; the Opdal-Sundttls railroad will be built this year in Norway, at a cost of 400,000 crowns; nine thousand miles of railroad are under construc tion in Norway, and the total expendi ture will reach 100,000,000 crowns (126,000.000). As the university troubles at Kiev have received more and more atten tion the Russian government has been forced to admit that nihilism, supposed to be dead, is more lively than ever, and has made immense progress among the youth in the schools. Let ters that have been seized show the existence of a vast organization com posed of a large number of students in all the universities of the empire and the existence is suspected of a secret journal, the organ of the move ment, in Poland as well. Nihilism is the aim of the agitation. The police are making descents on suspected houses in several Russian cities; many students have been imprisoned and some have been sent to Siberia. An orange tree that will grow and bear fruit as far north as St. Louis and Philadelphia is promised by the officials of the agricultural depart ment. The destruction of orange crops and groves in recent years through frosts In northern Florida directed the attention, of Secretary Wilson to a search for some measure of relief for the owners who havo been suffering financial loss. He has been superin tending the crossing of the Florida orange and the Japanese trlfoliata, a hardy variety of fruit, and now has several thousand of the hybrid plants, which will be set out during the pres ent spring. The experts believe that the new orange will survive frost and a moderate amount of cold, and are confident that the experiment will re sult in producing trees in which the excellency of the Florida orange will be combined with the hardiness of tho Japanese plant. If the experiment suc ceeds tho department will materially assist in reviving tho orange industry, not only in Florida, but in other South ern states, and will at the same time assuro the orange-enters of an unfail ing supply. The highest temperature at Dawson City during the month of January was 2 degrees above zero, while the coldest was 40 degrees below, but it was ideal winter weather, without any wind, tho air being as pleasant us In November weather in the middle states. If target practice by rejected suitors continues to be as popular as it seems to be now, the girl who happens to meet with favor in tho eyes of two men will show wisdom if she hastens to don bullet-proof clothes. WASHINGTON GOSSIP AND DEPARTMENT NEWS. The forthcoming civil service order, which the President had under consid eration at Hot Springs, was read at the Cabinet meeting Tuesday and it was announced that it would be sigued and mude public at once. Chief Justice Fuller and Justice Brewer expect to sail for Paris on the •’list instant, whither they go to partici pate in the Venezuela boundary arbi tration. Justice Harlan goes immedi ately to Yale college to deliver a course of lectures. The President and Mrs. McKinley, with the friends who accompanied them, reached Washington at 5:30 p. in. Saturday. The stay of twelve days at Hot Springs was one almost entirely of rest. The outing Ims been of great benefit to the President and he resumes his official duties thoroughly refreshed and invigorated. In nil the public” land states, eompris ing most of the territory west of the Missouri, where uyapproved surveys have been made, examiners from the General Land Office are now at work to report on these surveys. The force has been doubled over that engaged in the work last season in order to expe dite the examinations, secure an early approval of the surveys, and allow set tlers to make earlier filings iu the va rious land offices. The semi-annual meeting of the trus tees of the American university was held Friday at the Arlington hotel. Bishop Hurst announced the gift of SOO,OOO. Bishop McCabe reported $128,000 as recently subscribed for the endowment fund. Bishop McCabe was elected vice-chancellor. President McKinley and Arthur Dixon of Chi cago were elected to membership In the board of trustees. The contest In Salt Lake City. Utah, over the site for the public building is becoming Interesting. The Mormons have offered the government free of charge a plat of ground 288 feet square near their temple as the site for the new building, and the gentiles have conie forward with a lot 205 feet square, in an equally desirable loca tion. which tlie government may have for sl. The officials of the Treasury Department are now considering the offers. The commissioner of internal revenue has issued an order directing that all deputy collectors of internal revenue shall give their undivided time and at tention to the government. The notion is based upon reports that deputies havo been engaged in other business and have performed services not re quired by the collectors of iuternnl revenue. Commissioner Wilson takes I tho view that the deputies, if they | wish to engage in outside work, must resign their government positions. In deciding the claim of Sarah A. Oaks for a vessel taken by the Confed erate government during the War of tlie Rebellion, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the arch ives of the Confederate government constitute competent testimony. These archives showed Unit the vessel in question was purchased by tin* Confed erates. “These archives,” said Justice Gray in deciding the case, “are not the highest authority, hut they are records made l»y men of high standing and de serve credence.” The decision was ac cordingly against the claim. In response to the urgent request of the Industrial commission. Senator Ivyle lias consented to continue at tlie head of the commission, and accord ingly lias withdrawn his resignation as chairman. In a letter written at the senator’s home, at Aberdeen, S. D.. lie reiterates that ill-health was the only motive that actuated him in tendering ills resignation, milling: “The import ance of tlie coininissiotfs work grows with each month, and I believe tlint both Congress and tlie country will lie grateful for the task we are uow per forming. Every public-spirited citizen is greatly interested in tlie trust inves tigation now in progress.” It is understood that the House Re publican caucus committee, appointed to frame u scheme of currency reform, has agreed upon a measure along tlie following lines: The redemption of all obligations of tlie government in gold on demand. Greenbacks, when once redeemed for gold, to iu* reissued only for gold. Permitting national banks to issue notes to the par value of their government bonds deposited in tin* treasury, instead of INI per cent., as at present. Permitting the minimum cap ital of national hanks to Im* $25,000. in stead of $50,000, «s at present. Tills . plan is much less comprehensive than ardent advocates of general currency I revision have urged, lint was adopted I liecause harmonious agreement on it! was possible, which was not the case j when more radical measures were sug- \ gestod. Tlie attention of tlie State Depart ment lias been called to the recent oc cupatinu by Japan of Marcus Island, in tin* Pacific. The acquisition of the Island by Japan has tlie effect of causing a change in tlie Instructions given to the collier Nero, which is sur veying the cable route proposed by Rear Admiral Bradford. This route avoids Wake island, which was taken possession of by tlie gunboat Henning ton In the name of tlie United States. Tlie route recommended by Read Ad miral Bradford, and which the Nero Is surveying, contemplated laying a cable between Honolulu and Midway Island, acknowledged to lie American, which possesses a harbor capable, with slight improvement, of accommodating ves sels of eight feet draught. Tlie dis tance between Honolulu and Midway island, is I,limi miles. “A ray of light lias come at last to brighten, at least in some respects, the black horizon of Cuba." said Dr. .1. I. Rodriguez, a native Unban of promin ence. who is in Washington. "The or ganization of tlie Supreme court or tlie island and the fortunate selection by General Brooke of men for th«> bench of Hint court all of them learn ed Jurists and persons of high standing socially and otherwise—ls promising of happy results for tlie people of tlie is land. The administration of justice In the hands of such men as have been selected with peculiar tact and fore sight by tlie American general who now controls the Island Is perfectly safe. Dr. Don Antonio Gonzalez do Mendoza, the new chief Justice, lias been for many years the foremost bar rister of Cuba. He Is a native of Ha vana and a line si»eclnicu of the old fashioned, highly cultivated and rc fined Caucasian class of Cubans.” The civil service commission wil hold an examination at tlie mint ant assay office in Denver, July 12tli, b select suitable candidates for the dif ferent mechanical trades and skillet positions in tlie mint and assay ser vice. ’Hie examination will be held ii two parts, one part for the purpose o resting tlie educational qualifications of tlie applicants, and the second par as to the age, character as workmen experience and physical qualification! of the candidates. The candiriiiti who obtains a mark of less than 70 pel cent, in either the educational or non educational tost will not have Ids name entered upon the register of eli gible candidates. The examination is open to all citizens of the United States, and the candidate's must fur nish satisfactory evidence as to their character and integrity. Persons de siring to enter the examination must apply to tlie secretary of the Board of Examiners nt the mint and assay of fice for application blanks. These blanks must be executed and filed with tlie secretary not later than July Ist. Tlie United States Supreme Court adjourned Monday for the term. Dur ing the session the court disposed of 510 eases, leaving 302 cases on tlie docket. The dose of tlie last previous term the docket contained 313 cases. The decision of the Supreme Court of tlie territory of New Mexico in the ease of the Bio Grande Dain and Irrigation Company, which was favorable to tin* company, was reversed by an opinion handed down by Justice Brewer. Tin case originated in a bill by the United States to restrain the company from constructing a dam across the Rio Grande ih New Mexico that would in terfere with navigation. Justice Brew er’s opinion ordered a reversal and the remanding of the case with iristruo tions to set aside the decree of dis missal and to order an inquiry Into tlie question whether the intended acts of the defendants in the construction of dam and in appropriating the waters of the Rio Grande will substantially diminish the navigability of the stream within the limits of present navigability, and If so, to enter a de cree restraining those acts to the ex tent that they will so diminish it. Secretary Hay lias received a dis patch from Mr. Hollis, secretary of the American delegation to The Hague couforence, announcing the appoint ment of American members on the various committees organized by the conference. The authorities are espe cially gratified that Ambassador White is a member of all important commit tees, as that will enable him, it is hoped, to exercise great influence over the conference. It is understood that since the arrival of tlie American dele gates at The Hague they have been performing some missionary work among other delegates in support of the plan of arbitration which they are especially charged to press upon the conference. The fact that Russia is desirous of compulsory arbitration wifi, it is believed, be of inqiortance as bear ing on the fate of the American plan. A compulsory plan is regarded as im practicable. and it is thought that the conference will lie willing to accept as a compromise the American sugges tion for organization of a permanent arbitration tribunal of limited power, to which nations in controversy may submit disputes if they desire to do so. To preserve pence and order in Alas ka and to prevent conflict between the American ami Canadian miners which may injure tlie good relations exist lug between the United States and Great Britain, orders have been issued by Secretary Alger under which three companies of infantry will be sent im mediately to that territory. These or ders have been given with the approv al of the State Department, which lias forwarded tlie proper notification to Great Britain to convince thpt gov ernment that the United St'ates is act ing in good faith and proposes to maintain peace. They are also due to the failure of Secretary Hay and Sir Julian Paunoefote to arrange a modus vivendl. which, the authorities sny would have prevented the condition of affairs now reported nloug the boun dary line. Reports received by the In terior Department from Governor Brady show that the Canadian miners have no regard for tlie temporary boundary line which lias lieeii estab fished and are constantly encroaching on American soil. American miners are much wrought up over the matter, and threats of vengeance, which may any day lie put into execution, are be ing uttered. General Merritt lias been directed to send one company of infan try and General Merrlain two com panion, and place them under tlie or ders of Major General Sliafter. com manding tin' Department of California, which includes Alaska. Representative Hopkins of Illinois is one of tlie candidates for Speaker who believes the contest will be settled long before next December. He is conducting a campaign which lie con fidently believe* will result In a de cision iu ills own favor by July Ist Mr. Hopkins Is not content with writ ing letters to Ids eolleagues. He be lieves personal Interviews are more effective, and It is his purpose to follow up communications with personal calls upon members at their homes. lie lias made a visit to Wisconsin and Kansas, after having made sure of. the delega tion from Ills own state, and is now confident that tin 1 delegations of these two stall's can lie placed to ills credit. Mr. Hopkins expresses confidence In tlie Speakership of the uext House going to tlie West, and be lieves lie wifi lie aide to defeat Colonel Henderson of lowa. He emphasize* tin* geographical location of Illinois and the diversified and extensive Indus tries of the state, together with Its wealth and population, as the reason tlie sjx»nkcrslilp should go there, rather than to loWa. which Is a pure’y agr e l tural state, hi no state of the West, he says, are the Interests of tin* East bet ter represented than iu Illinois. Mr. Hopkins thinks the New England dele gation wifi be for Representative Moody of Massachusetts, and that tin* Pi nnsylvaiila delegation will Im* kept Independent. He does not believe Rep resentative Sliertuaii of New York can unite die East iu Ids support. TELEGRAPHIC BREVITIES. A patent-leather trust lias been or ganized. Public opinion has compelled the London Dally Mall to suspend Its Sun day edition. Sarah Bernhardt is playing “Ham let to wildly enthusiastic uudlences in Paris. T-? hI SS‘ foi i , i thß of Daws on City, in the Klondike district, was destroyed by fire April 2dth. Professor Natliorst’s expedition to search for Professor Audree and his balloon exploration party left Stock holm on the 22d. The great strike at Buffalo is ended. Over 12,000 inen were involved. Con cessions were made on both sides uud good feeling prevails. General Gomez lias announced his in tention of paying another visit to Pres ident McKinley in the lioiws of straightening the tangle in which Cu ban affairs have become involved. Ex-President Cleveland broke the rec ord for bass catching at Middle Bass Saturday. He pulled in 125 pounds of ftsli, while Captain Bob Evans caught forty-live bass from one to two pounds in weight. It is reported from Dlurbekr, Asiatic Turkey, that outrages upon Armenian Christians in that vilnyce has begun again. The atrocities of tlie Turks are said fully to equal those hitherto prac ticed against the Armenians. One hundred and fifty members of the American National Editorial Asso ciation are expected to reach Paris by the end of June, in time to attend the big annual Fourth of July banquet of the American Chamber of Commerce there. Admiral Schley was tendered a re ception by the Commercial Club at Omaha on the 22d. at which was pres ent practically all of the men who rep resent tin* great commercial and indus trial interests of the city. The recep tion was of an informal character there was a jam at the rooms during the hour. The London Truth insists that an op oration for cataract on the Queen's eyes is inevitable. It says: “The Queen has just consulted ‘Professor I agensteckcr of Wiesbaden, who guar antees the success of the operation, and opines the Queen will entirely re gnin the excellent sight she possessed until recently.” Owing to the fight in progress among the transcontinental roads over the passenger rates for the National Educational Association's convention in Los Angeles, it is said the rates from Chicago to Colorado points will be cut In two and that the affair will probably bring about an extensive western rate war. Herbert G. Gurnee of Minneapolis completed a 500-mile run according to century road rules Sunday in 40:31. Ibis is the second qlnt-ceutury every made in this country. Gurnee's act ual riding time was forty hours, ns lie took an hour’s rest at tin* close of each fifty miles. The rider was examined by physicians at the end of every 100 miles. The Great Central railway of Eng land has placed an order for twenty locomotives with the Baldwin works of I luladelphia. They are to be freight engines, of the same character and de sign as those now under construction at Baldwin's for the Midland railway of England. Another English railway, the Great Northern, recently ordered a number of engines from the Baldwin works. Four men lost their lives bv a shock ing accident in the War Eagle mine at Bossland, British Columbia. Mike Cook, W. F. Schofield, 11. A. Honey ford. James Palmer and Thos. A. Ne ville entered the skip at the 250-foot level. The engineer started the ma chinery. but tlie 1m)1 t on the starting lever fell out, the engineer was thrown on his back and the hoist dashed 350 feet to the foot of the shaft. Mr. H. C. Frick has made the folio«v --ing statement: To set at rest the many erroneous rej>orts regarding the capitalization of the proposed new Car negie Steel Company. I desire to say that It will l>e distinctly a home con cern. embracing only the Carnegie, the I'rick and their allied interests, and using a Pennsylvania charter. The capital will be $250.(XX>.000. and but one kind of stock will be issued, fixed upon an investment basis. It has been ascertained that the Mu tual Life Insurance Company of New \ork has been issuing insurance since March 51st In excess of $1,000,000,000. Some years ago a bill was introduced in the New York Legislature limiting tlie insurance to be Issued by any company to that amouiU. ami tlie same would probably have become a law ex cept for the op|M>ftltlon of tlie "three giants.” The Mutual Life has prac tically made the passage of any such law hereafter impossible. In speaking of the Philippines at Hong Kong tin* other day. Admiral Dewey said: "I have tin* greatest on thtisiasni in the future of tlie Philip pines. 1 hope to sis* America's posses sion tin* key to Oriental commerce and civilization. The brains of our great country will develop the untold agricul tural and mineral richness of the isl ands. We must never sell them. Such an action would bring on another great war. We will never part with the Philippines, I am sure, and in future years the idea tiiat anybody should have seriously suggested it will In* one of die curiosities of history. The in surreetlon Is broken. There will lie no more hard battles, and the new era for tlie islands that was temporarily de layed by tlie rising will soon begin.*’ A telegram from Milwaukee to the Chicago Record says: The members of tin* Democratic county committee last night decided that as National Commit teeman E. C. Wall had announced that lie would not attend tile meeting of tlie national committee at St. Louis next Thursday, some one should be select ed to take ills place in order that Wis consin might lie represented. Commit teeman Wall has announced that lie Is no longer in favor of free silver, and ills refusal to attend the St. Louis meeting is said to be due to the fact Hint he will not abide by any decision that Involves tlie adoption of a free silver plank. Chairman Bruce of the county committee and George W. Peck were instructed to confer with Mr. Wall and endeavor to have him name a proxy. Tin* Milwaukee Democrats are in fuvor of free silver. NEWS FROM THE WESTERN REGION. President Gompers of the Federation of Labor is visiting Colorado. James O’Neill ■was run over and killed at Colorado Springs on the 20th. The smelter hands at Denver are or ganizing a union which will affiliate with the Western Federation of Miners. The jury in the case of Dr. Condon, who was on trial at Falrplny for the killing of John Dewers nt Brecken ridge, brought in a verdict of not guilty and the prisoner was discharged. James E. Dußois, late secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, com mitted suicide at his home in Fort Collins on the 10th. He was in ill health, due to brooding over the death of his wife. Frank Harold, on trial at Greeley charged with the murder of Charles O Ilara and his wife, went on the stand and swore that O’Hara killed his wife and then was killed by Harold in self-defense. The Cerrillos smelter was sold on the 22nd, under a judgment for $15,000, in favor of Stephen Baldwin of Detroit, Michigan. The smelter has never been operated, but it will be, uuless the smelter trust buys it. One of the worst hailstorms In the history of that section visited Chey enne last Saturday. Rain began fall ing at 8:30, but shortly changed to hail. The stones were as large as Euglish walnuts, and were as clear as crystal. The jury in the case of Fred Harold, charged with tlie murder of Mr. nnd Mrs. O’Hnrn, near Brighton, Weld county, returned a verdict of guiltv of murder in tlie first degni. after delib erating throe hours and twenty min utes. Several carloads of machinery, in cluding four large boilers of 100-horse power each, also three additional car loads of rails for its electric road, have arrived in Boulder. The founda tion for the power house is completed and brick masons are now at work. Much of tlie surfacing lias been com pleted. and as there are many ties on hand, the work of track laying will be gin next week. The will of the late Byron L. Carr, formerly attorney general of Colorado, has been filed for probate with the county judge at Boulder. He makes his wife his sole heir, to hold in trust tlie property for' the benefit of his son nnd daughter, the latter tlie wife of Captain L. P. McGuire. The estate Is valued nt $40,000, of which SIO,OOO is in cash in the bank, realized from a farm lately sold, uud $1(5,000 In life in surance. The estimated wool clip of Casper, Wyo., and vicinity this year, is 3.700,- 000 pounds, which is about 100,000 pounds short of last year’s clip. The shortage is accounted for by the fact that tills 3’ear's wool is much cleaner than that of last year. The quality of the wool put on the market tills spring has never oeen better. With few ex ceptions, it is very clean, and is long in texture nnd staple. Prices have ranged from 11 to 12 cents. Official notice has been received nt Lns Vegns from Lieutenant. J. D. Car ter of Prescott, Arizona, secretary of the Society of Rough Riders, to the effect that tlie first annual reunion will be held in Lns Vegns. June 24th. Gov ernor Roosevelt and staff will be pres ent. The Society of Rough Riders was organized last summer nt Montnuk Point, New York, just previous to the mustering out of the Rough Riders, and Lieutenant Colonel Brodie of Pres cott, Arizona, was chosen its president. A dispatch from Wnrdner, Idaho, says: This, the third week since riots occurred at Wnrdner, ends with greatly improved prospects. Of 1.200 men di rectly implicated In the affair, not one remains with his former employer. Letters from miners all over the West are being received making Inquiries regarding ttte situation, and when once it becomes known that nil men who can bring satisfactory letters ns to character and proficiency will receive protection aud employment, it is prob able the mines will soon fill up. State Examiner Henderson lias pre sented to the governor a comparative statement of the liquor licenses Issued in the state of Wyoming by counties during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1898, ns follows: Albany, $3,500; Big Horn, $1,900; Carbon, $8,200; Converse, $2,4<X); Crook. $1,400; Fremont, $2,000; Johnson. $800; Laramie, $7,800; Sher idan, $3,700; Sweetwater, $13,000; lllnta. $0,200; Weston, $1,975; total, $50,875. The total licenses Issued for the year ended Juno 30, 1890, amount ed to $00,950; for tlie year ended June 30, 1897, $33,325. A strange coincidence lias occurred during the last week concerning two Jurors lit co'irt nt Las Vegas, New Mexico. One, earned Vidal Bustos, disappeared and nothing was heard from him until six days later, when lie suddenly reappeared nt Ills home. He could give no account of his ac tions, and on obtaining n razor, killed himself by cutting bis throat, after milking several ineffectual attempts with a penknife. Another Juror, Juan Pudllln, while serving on the United State* petit jury, suddenly lost his mind, and was taken to the territorial insane asylum. An official of the* Colorado & North western road says tlie fine will no doubt be extended to Eldora. There Is a question as to which Is the most feas ible rout. Koine of tlie officials think it best to follow tlie present road to a point beyond Gold 11 ill station, and then swing north west over the headwa ters of Four Mile Creek. Others think It best to leave the present track at Sunset and take the old abandoned grade to Sugar Loaf mountain, thence westward liy the Washington Avenue 1111111*. then over to Nederland. Ah soon as the most feasible route Is de cided upon, work will begin. The third disastrous lire to visit Jerome, Arizona, within tlie last eighteen months swept a largo part of the business portion of that town on the 19th. The fire had Its origin in tin* office of the Lelanri hotel, which was a twenty-room two-story frame bnlldlng. It spread rapidly until 300 buildings haJ been destroyed. From the Leland hotel the fire spread two squares, destroying the Ryan house, Scott & Moore’s livery stable and ten dwellings, stopping within ten feet of the Reporter’s office. West of the-Le land a business section where a large number of hotels, restaurants and sa loons were located, were destroyed, within a space of twenty-five minutes. The estimated value of the destroyed bulldiugs is $60,000. It has been officially announced that not a single property holder in Santa Fe owns one foot of ground nor lias the city a title to the streets or the plaza. The courts have decided that the Santa Fe grant is illegal nnd that the city and township are situuted on government land and that the city has no right to collect taxes levied on lands. A mass meeting will be held nnd the surveyor general will be re quested to expend a $5,000 appropria tion. He is about to return to Wash ington, D. C., for u survey of the township, and the land office will be asked to issue small holding titles to lands occupied by settlers. Under the present law. however, the city cannot acquire title to the streets nnd the plaza, nnd the courts will be asked to set the law aside. Information has been received from Special Agent G. B. Abbott that the log boom, which he has been using across the Platte river at Fort Steele, Wyoming, for the purpose of gather ing railroad cross ties, has broken and upwards of 3,(XX) ties have been swept down stream. Tlie river commenced to rise Saturday and in twenty-four hours the water raised two and a half feet. Three wire cables, eacli an inch in diameter, broke under tlie pressure of the ties and the strong current. An ef fort is being made to save tlie ties at a point lower down the river, which it is thought will be successful. The property is that seized by the govern ment from Contractor ,7. C. Teller, who was accused of cutting it from govern ment land. The entire number seized is 47,000, scattered nt various points in nnd along tlie Platte river from Fort Steele to Saratoga. The snow fighters are still at work with dj-nninite and shovel on two brandies of the mountain system of the Colorado and Southern road. Above Breckenridge, in the direction of Lead ville, two gangs of men are hammer ing away on avalanches which left twenty-five feet of ice and snow in their track. Two gangs are also ham mering nt great snow banks in the re gion of Alpine pass. The difficulties are so great that the report of one day this week showed only twenty-five feet progress as the result of the entire day’s operations. Without the aid of dynamite it is claimed the banks would not disappear before tlie Fourth of July, so hard have they become. Ad vices last evening gave encouragement that the line between Como nnd Gun nison would be open for traffic to-mor row. Officers of the railway are mak ing no promises. It Is probable that steel snow sheds will be erected before tlie snow flies In the fall. Insurance companies refuse to insure wooden sheds. Every mine in the Coeur d’Alene dis trict closed down Thursday except the Bunker Hill which employs non-union miners. It is expected that the new prison will be completed Saturday and in it wifi Ik* confined 395 prisoners who are now herded in an improvised cor ral. Two hundred union miners left Wallace to-day, ns with the present temper of the district attorney nnd military it is hopeless for union miners to expect work in Coeur d’Alene, Gen eral Merrintn’s order requires that any miner working after to-day must se cure a permit. To obtain this permit he must renounce allegiance to the union. Only 150 men now working at the Bunker Hill mine have taken out these permits. Other mine owners have not exacted permits; in fact, they seem to be very lukewarm in the anti union crusade. The result is that to day all those mines had to be shut down. In the Last Chance 150 men were turned out. In Canyon Creek 200 men were laid off ami ut Wallace 300 more were discharged. It is reported that radical changes in the curriculum of the Colorado Agri cultural College are contemplated. It is claimed, says the Denver Post, by those who question the wisdom of tlie present administration that while there lias been an apparent advancement in the Institution, the educational stand ard bus been lowered; that the net re sults of the large exjiendlture of mon ey in salaries, apparatus and new buildings, as slrown in tlie number of graduates turned out, is far from be ing satisfactory. They also claim that while tlie annual attendance has shown an Increase It lias been accomplished by iudustrious and persistent drum ming for new students throughout the state and adjoining states, mid by tlie constant admission of students In the preparatory and sub-freshman classes, who, in fact, by reason of their ex treme youth, are entirely out of place in such an institution. For instance, there has for years existed In Fort Col lins a strong antagonism between the college and the high school in conse quence of a constant effort on the part of the former to build up its fortunes nt the expense of the latter. Tlie Insti tution of a commercial department is also commented upon unfavorably as entirely out of place in an agricultural college. The number of students at tending the preparatory, sub-freshninr: and commercial departments, accord ing to tlie last annual catalogue, was 181 out of n total of 344. or nearly 53 per cent, of the entire attendance. Yet with all the boasted Increase in attend ance, the number of graduates turned out in 1808 was only thirteen, while as far back as lspo. nine were turned out. It is also claimed that In fact the In stitution is not popular among tlie students, and those making tlie claim cite the large number of students who quit tlie Institution before completing the course. The cluing*** that are at present forecasted Include the abolition or the commercial department, the rais ing of the grade of tlie preparatory class, and the complete reorganization of the agricultural department. It is claimed that tlie primary object of the institution lias gradually rieen lost sight of until commercial ami military ethics fnr overshadow the more prosaic but more useful methods of agriculture.