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Gilpin observer. (Central City, Colo.) 1897-1921, May 25, 1899, Image 6

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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
Don’t put too much faith In the min
ister whose trousers never bag at the
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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- \
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
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.
A patent-leather trust lias been or
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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