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IN SHORT ORDER f i The Latest Gleanings From All Over the State. i I" i Chestertown merchants have organ- i Ized to draw shoppers to that town. > i Hagerstown’s Board of Trade has in- : augurated a “safety first” campaign. ; 1 1 Advertising for a wife, Emmanuel ; C. Fink, an Ijamsville farmer, receiv ed 86 replies. The trial of Mrs. Virginia Rutter, ; Indicted for arson in Cecil county, has been postponed until March. The 176-acre Ward farm, near An- : dora, has been bought by Harry W. ; Coslett, of Philadelphia, for SB,OOO. Many rabbits have been found dead , in the vicinity of Hopewell, supposed- ; ]y from cholera. i The new Cecil County Commission ers elected J. Frank Blake, of Childs, . president. The revival in the Church of the Brethren at Hagerstown closed with 148 conversions. The muskrat season has opened in Wicomico county and the trappers find the animals very plentiful. The King’s Daughters will present a stocking filled with presents to every poor child in Hagerstown. Harry J. Trentes, of Chambersburg, has purchased the Temple Theatre, at Hagerstown, from Ernest Westfall. Two hundred dollars’ worth of watches were stolen from C. Byron Bender’s jewelry store in Hagerstown. Elected a member of the legisla ture, Richard A. Shallcross has re signed as town commissioner of Rock Hall. The Wilmington Distriot Epworth League held an all-day institute at North East. Mrs. Keller, wife of R. D. Keller, was injured in Funkstown by being struck by an unidentified automobile. Howard Baldwin, Robert Walker, Willard Anderson and Weldon Tol linger, of Aldino, have gone to Flor ida to spend the winter. Edward W. Taylor, of Elkton, who has been reappointed a trustee of the poor and insane in Cecil county, has served 16 years in that position. Authorities at Hancock are endeav oring to locate the relatives of 18- year-old James Dryer, of Philadelphia, who came there suffering mentally'. The new board of commissioners of Cambridge organized Tuesday by re electing Isaac O. Taylor, president, and Emerson C. Harrington, counsel. j Charged with trespassing while hunting and assaulting Frank Long, James W. Gearhart, of Hagerstown, was arrested and held in S2OO bail for a hearing. Married three months ago, Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd were nearly asphyx iated by coal gas at the residence of Mrs. Marion Harris, in Hagerstown, where they boarded. After being closed since early last summer for general improvements, the John Wesley Methodist Church, near Princess Anne, was rededicated Sunday with all-day services. The People’s Banking Company will open a new bank in Liberty next month. The incorporators are Jas. M. Sappington, B. F. Hammaker, Maurice F. Starr and Milton Carter, of this county, and S. Raympnd Seh seney, of Carroll county. It has a capital stock of SIO,OOO. About $6,- 000 has been spent for a site. A movement has been inaugurated at Rising Sun for better train service to and from Baltimore. A petition is being circulated and will be presented to the Public Service Commission, ask ing that the railroad company be com pelled to show cause why the present schedule, which, it is alleged, dis criminates against Baltimore, should not be abolished and better service provided. The Montgomery County Percheron Horse Breeders’ Association was organized with the following officers: President, Major John McDonald; vice-president, George C. Fry; secre tary, William J. Stallsmith; directors, Willis L. Moore, P. F. Gormley, G. A. Jackson, Max W. Wenner and George C. Fry. Dr. James J. Murphy was re-elected chief of the medical staff of Annapolis Emergency Hospital. Dr. Louis B. Henkel was elected secretary, and Drs. William Welch, Walton H. Hopkins and John A. Russell were chosen members of the executive committee. The Montgomery County Commis sioners have appointed Samuel D. Byrd, of Dawsonville, a member of the board of trustees of the county alms house to represent the Third collection district. He takes the place of Charles Lyddane. Struck by an electric car, the buggy of C. W. Ivershner, of near Hagers town, was dragged 20 feet, but Mr. and Mrs. Ivershner and their daugh ter escaped injury. A caveat was filed at Frederick against the will of Miss Annie V. Groshon, --ho left a $30,000 estate, 1 with numerous bequests to Lutheran I organizations. Following the robbery of a dozen 1 residences in Hagerstown, a quantit) 1 of the loot was found hidden in sta- I bles on the fair grounds. ANNAPOLIS NEWS FOR SMALLER ASSEMBLY. State Senator Benson Proposes To Raise Legislators’ Pay. Believing that the adoption of his idea will have the effect of encourag ing high-grade men to seek election to the General Assembly, State Senator, Carville D. Benson, of Baltimore coun ty, aroused considerable Interest by announcing that he is working on a plan for increasing the pay of legisla tors without increasing the State’s ex penses. • To do this he suggests amendments to the Constitution under which the representation in both branches of the Legislature will be materially reduced while the terms of the members of the House of Delegates will be increased from 2 to 4 years—one-half of the membership to be elected every two years. In this way he figures election dates can be so arranged that one election will be dispensed with every other year. Before this plan of Sen ator Benson’s can be put into effect it will be necessary to first amend that section of the Constitution prescribing how amendments to that instrument shall be made. Otherwise, since at present each section of the Constitu tion must be amended separately, Mr. Benson thinks any attempt to change the representation in the General As sembly would drag itself out into an almost endless affair. Senator Ben son said that if his plan is carried out representation in the House and Sen ate will be by districts instead of by counties. These districts, he thinks, should be based largely upon popula tion, but not in such a manner as to give Baltimore city absolute control. He has not yet decided to what extent the representation in either branch should be reduced, but thinks the re duction in the House should be pro portionately larger than the reduction in the Senate. HARRISON SUIT UP DECEMBER 19. Court Of Appeals Will Hear Worces ter County Case. The Court of Appeals completed the hearing of cases on the October term docket, but in announcing adjourn ment Chief Judge Boyd said court would be reconvened on Friday of this week to hear the appeal of J. Samuel Price and others, Supervisors of Elec tions for Worcester county, against Quince Ashburn, who was a candi date for State Senator against Orlando Harrison in the recent election in Worcester. The case comes to the appellate court from an order of the Worcester County Circuit Court, which granted the petition for a mandamus filed by Ashburn to com pel the Supervisors to count the vote cast in the Stockton precinct, in which the election officials disagreed and all did not sign the returns. With that: count left out Harrison was elected, but had it been counted Ashburn, who was the candidate on the People’s party ticket, would have won by four votes. The lower tribunal granted the mandamus petition. Owing to the fact that a seat in the Senate is at stake and the General Assembly will convene in less than a month, the Court of Appeals was urged to hear the case as soon as possible. The court will render a decision promptly, it is expected. William L. Marbury is counsel for Ashburn and Alonzo L. Miles, George H. Upshur and J. W. Staton are handling the case for the Supervisors. STATE GAME MEN MEET. Want Uniform Charge For Gunners' Licenses —Elect Officers. At a meeting of the executive board of the Maryland State Game and Fish Protective Association a committee was appointed to confer with former State Senator Gorman in reference to the State-Wide Game law to be pre sented to the next Legislature. The bill provides for a uniform charge of $1 for a gunner’s license each year, and for the increase of the State Game Warden’s salary from $1,200 to $2,500, the deputies to receive S6OO and S2OO for expenses. It is thought that about half of the $40,000 expected from the tax can be devoted to buying and pro tection of game. A public meeting will be held next month at the Lyric, when Joseph Kalfus, State Game Warden of Pennsylvania, will give an illustrated address on game. G. Ran son Hartman was elected executive secretary of the association and H. N. Abercrombie, treasurer. Seventy-six new members were enrolled. McMASTERS HEAD TRAINER. Will Have Charge Of Athletics At the Naval Academy. A notable change in the manner of conducting certain branches of athletics at the Naval Academy will go into effect this spring, the general charge of the training of all the athletic squads with the possible ex ception of the crew being turned over to Jack McMasters, who for a num ber of years has been trainer of the football team and coach of the field and track squad. L. H. Mang, senior instructor in athletics, has been designated to coach the field and track men. It is believed that permission will be given to send a relay team to tne University of Pennsylvania games this season. The Naval Academy has become a member of the Intercollegiate Indoor Rifle Association and will have a team entered in the competition which will be carried on among the different members during the winter. NAVAL WEDDING PUT OFF. Groom-To-Be Is On Duty In Mexican Waters. The presence of some of the battle ships of the Atlantic fleet in Mexican waters has caused the postponement ot at least one naval wedding, that of Ensign Thomas S. McCloy and Miss Elizabeth Wells, of Annapolis. The wedding was set for December 17, but has been postponed until the Ohio re turns to American waters. Ensign McCloy graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911. ORDERED TO CEM FIRING Federals and Rebels Obey Order of American Admiral. i HALT IN BATTLE OF TAIViPICO. Combatants Told By Admiral He Would Open Fire On Them With Guns Of Wheeling If Orders Were Not Obeyed. Mexico City.—Rear-Admiral Fletch er, commander of the American naval forces in Mexican waters, ordered the rebels and Federals fighting at Tampico to cease firing, threatening to open upon them with the guns of the gunboat Wheeling if his order was not obeyed. Both sides complied with the order. This information is contained in a dispatch received by Sir Lionel Car den, the British Minister, from Rear- Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, of the British cruiser Berwick, which is lying off Tampico. The Federals hold the centre of the town of Tampico and the water front. Rear-Admiral Fletcher has ordered foreigners to take refuge on board ships or to congregate on the water front where they will be under the protection of his guns. Rebel Force Double Federals. How many rebels are engaged in the attack on Tampico is not known, but it is estimated that their number is at least twice that of the Federals and their operations indicate that they ex pect more men from Victoria, capital of the State of Tamaulipas, which lies half way between Tampico and Monterey to the north. The rebels who are in possession of yards and shops and large stores of material gnd equipment have actually detach ed from their lines sufficient men to undertake repairing the railroad north and west from Tampico toward Vic toria. The damage that has been done this line, while enough to pre vent the operation of trains, is not so great that it will long delay a re sumption of traffic. Most of the de stroyed bridges being small ones can be easily replaced. Repairs to the road southward from Victoria also are being rushed, and it is not improbable that the rebels will be able to trans port fresh troops and additional artil lery supplies there before the govern ment can get reinforcements to the port. FOUR RAILROADS INDICTED. Shipped Cattle Afflicted With Texas Fever Without Marking. Kansas City, Mo. —A Federal grand Jury returned three indictments against the-St. Louis and San Fran cisco, two each the Missouri Pacific and Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railways, and one against the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. It is charged the railroads shipped cattle afflicted with Texas fever to North ern markets without placarding the cars plainly with the words “South ern cattle." $14,000 FOR MRS. GAILLARD. House Recognizes Distinguished Serv ices Of Canal Builder. Washington.—ln.recognition of the distinguished services of the late Lieutenant Colonel David Duß. Gail lard, U. S. A., as a member of the' Isthmian Canal Commission, the House passed a bill to appropriate $14,000, the equivalent of a year’s salary of a commissioner, for Mrs. Gaillaid. Representative Adamson, of Georgia, chairman of the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, presented the bill and it was passed immediately. A JURY OF WOMEN. Death Sentence Postponed Until After Birth Of Child. London. —The first jury of women to sit in London in 30 years was em paneled to pass upon the case of Mrs. Ada Annie Williams, 26 years old, j who was sentenced to death for the j murder of a child. The woman asked for a stay of execution, stating that she was about to become a mother. BIG SPANISH BANK FAILS. Reported To Be Overloaded With Mexican Securities. Madrid. The Hispano-Americano Bank suspended payment again Thurs day. It had been obliged to do so temporarily Wednesday owing to a run, but the Bank of Spain came to its assistance. It was reported that the bank was overloaded with Mexican securities. 300-POUND WOMAN ARRESTED. Kate O’Brien Held In New York For Counterfeiting. New York. —Kate O’Brien, aged 50, weight 300 pounds, was arrested by United States Secret Service men charged with counterfeiting. She was found in an East Side flat equipped with, a complete outfit for making small coins. The woman is said to have been associated for years with “Pete” Woods, an old-time counter feiter. NEW SWISS PRESIDENT. Col. Dr. Arthur Hoffman Elected By the Federal Assembly. Berne, Switzerland. —Col. Dr. Arthur Hoffman, of St. Gall, was elected presi dent of the Swiss Confederation for 1914, the Constitutional term being one year. He received 180 of the 194 votes of the Federal Assembly. The new president, who takes office on January 1, is 56 years old and is now vice-president of the republic and chief of the military department. He is a radical Democrat. THE FROSTBURG SPxRIT, FROSTBURG, MD GIFT SUGGESTION (oSSiAR/S f ye.A'l ~ “ZMIW \ vvny Pont Vou /jpjj j ii'llfY N 0-' - feerriHO .wjQ 'jl .j j| joo 1 haCe't h ~T~p (Copyright.) COURT DISMISSES liOMEJH SUIT Elsie De Wolf’s Complaint is Dismissed By the Court. DEMURRER IS SUSTAINED. Criticised By Bourke Cockran —De- clares That Inequalities Deny To the Plaintiff Equal Protec tion Of Law. Chicago.—The suit to test the in come tax law was thrown out of the United States District Court here by Judge Landis, who decided that he had not jurisdiction. The effect of this decision, which does not involve the constitutionality of the law, is to send the case direct to the Supreme Court of the United States. The medium selected for the test Is a suit at law in which Elsie de Wolfe, former actress, a citizen of New York, now resident at Versailles, France, Is plaintiff, and the Continental and Com mercial Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago Is defendant; Bank Held Back Tax. W. Bourke Cockran, of New York, and Colin C. H. Fyffe, of Chicago, ap peared for Miss De Wolfe and Levy Mayer, of Chicago, for the bank. Miss De Wolfe, owner of 30 of the Appalachian Power Company’s 5 per cent, bonds, was refused payment by the bank of interest due on the bonds December 1 last, because she had not filed the certificate of ownership which the bank contends Is required by the income tax law. Her suit is for inter est due and damages in the sum of SI,OOO. Cockran’s Argument. In the presentation of his case At torney Cockran asserted that the law taxes only 423,000 persons out of a population of 90,000,000, which tax, he said, was Imposed on them without their consent by the untaxed remain der of the population. His client’s income, he said, was more than $20,000 a year, on which she is taxed 1 per cent, on all in excess of $3,000 and an additional tax of 1 per cent, on all above $20,000. He asserted that if this ratio were equitably pursued, the income from the tax would be $750,000,000, a sum prac tically sufficient to defray all Govern ment expenses. By its present in equalities, he added, the income tax would not be much more than SBO,- 000,000. Might Take It All. Attorney Cockran insisted that If all incomes were taxed in the same ratio as that of the plaintiff, incomes of more than $250,000 would be subject to a penalty of 10 per cent, instead of the present 5 per cent., those of $500,000 or more to a penalty of 20 per cent., instead of 6; incomes of a million would be penalized 40 per cent, instead of 7. A man with an income of $2,- 500,000 a year—and the- lawyer said there were several In the country— would be assessed 100 per cent., or, in other words, would have to pay all in come in excess of $2,500,000 into the United States Treasury. Thus, he argued, his client was not granted the equal protection of the law guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Mr. Mayer stated that the position of the bank is that the law is Con stitutional. In his demurrer filed yes terday he further contended that the bonds constitute a civil contract in no wise involving Federal laws, and that the Federal Court, therefore, had no jurisdiction. 6 KILLED BY EXPLOSION. 1 700 Pounds Of Powder Blow Up At Du Pont Subsidiary. Wilmington, Del. —Six men were killed and two injured in an explosion ‘ in the gelatine mixing house of the 1 rtepauno Chemical Company, at Gibbs ■ tpwn, N. J. The dead include Harry : Horner, foreman; Howard Clark and ’ Herbert Mullen, all of Paulsboro, 1 N. J. —Seven hundred pounds of pow ' der blew up from a cause that will never he known. GETS PEACE PRIZE. ' Elihu Root Designated For Honor For 1912—Brussels Senator 1913. Christiania, Norway.—Senator Elihu - Roqt, of New York, was de ignated ' for the Nobel peace prize t.r 1912. ; The prize for 1913 was awarded to l Senator Henri La Fontaine, of Brus * sels, former president of the I e-rman -1 ent Peace Bureau at Berne, Switzer ’ land. The award to Senator Root was E made because of his work in the 1 pacification of Cuba and the Philip pines. OUT PETITION i IS PRESENTED: W. C. T. U. and Antisaloon 4 League Join Forces. ’ MASSMEETING AT CAPITOL ! : ( Senator Sheppard Introduces Consti- . tutional Amendment In Sen- i ate—Mann Leads Vir ginia. Washington.—Pour thousand men, j women and children, braving a biting, ' raw wind, held an open-air massmeet ing on the east front of the Capitol ' grounds and demanded of Congress legislation that would drive the liquor traffic from America. The demonstration was under the auspices of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Pre ceding it the “white ribbon” hosts 1 formed a lengthy procession at the Raleigh Hotel and, singing the Mary land State temperance song to the , tune of “Maryland, My Maryland,” , marched up Pennsylvania avenue to the Capitol. Maryland took the leading role in the “white ribbon” procession. Her marching delegation, wearing ribbons , on which were printed “Maryland,” was the largest in the parade. Girl and Boy Lead Marchers. The temperance parade was one of 1 the spectacular features of the pro hibition demonstration. A 4-year-old girl, Lillian Flower, of Massachusetts, representing the cradle roll of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, marched in the vanguard of women, and a 6-year-old boy, John Good, Jr., of the same State, marched with the anti-saloon men. In the procession was former Governor Malcolm R. Pat terson, of Tenhesee, a recent convert to national prohibition, and Governor William Hodges Mann, of Virginia. Governor Mann headed a delegation of 60 Virginians. At the Capitol Senator Morris Sheppard, of Texas, and Representa tive Richmond Pearson Hobson, of Alabama, were waiting to receive the prohibition hosts. These two mem bers of Congress were commissioned by the temperance hosts to present the petition of the “Committee of 1,000,” who asked for an amendment to the Federal Constitution, prohibit ing the manufacture and sale of in toxicants in America. Amendment In Senate. Senator Sheppard introduced the proposed constitutional amendment in the Senate late in the day. Galleries were only half full, but his address in support of the amendment was punctuated with outbursts of ap plause, which Vice-President Marshall made no effort to stop. Senators Thompson and Owen joined in the indorsement of the pro posed amendment. The Anti-Saloon League forces were led by Brig.-Gen. A. S. Daggett. Mrs. Lillian M. N. Stevens, of Maine, president-general of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, mar shaled the women, who waved ban ners as they paraded down Pennsyl vania avenue. WM. DEERING DEAD AT MIAMI. Founder Of Harvester Business Left Many Millions. Miami, Fla. William Deering, founder of the Deering Harvester Company, who has been ill here for some time, died late Wednesday night. Members of his immediate family were with him when he passed away. SIX MORE TOWNS FLOODED. Four More Persons Drowned In the Texas Deluge. Galveston, Texas.—Six additional towns were inundated by the flood waters of the Brazos and Colorado Rivers. Four persons v T ere drowned during the day. Suffering among the marooned and defugees is intense. One thousand families are homeless and destitute. Relief trains are being hindered because of the bad condition of the railroads. MAKES HIM SICK AND SORE. Rochester Man Sues Miss Thornton For $50,000, Dominates His Actions. Scranton, Pa. Alleging that a Scranton woman dominates him psychologically and by metaphysics, thought transference and telepathy, makes him sick and sore at will, Thomas F. Gannon, of Rochester, N. Y., began an action in the United States Court here to recover $50,000 •damages. Mrs. Margaret E. Gordon, nee Miss Margaret E. Thornton, is the defendant in the case. HUERTA TROOPS RUSHJOJ ORDER No Money to Pay the Mexican Federal Soldiers MANY THOUSAND REFUGEES Future Of Huerta’s Northern Army Dependent Upon Response To Urgent Demands For Money Sent To Mexican Capital. Presidio, Tex. —With General Salva dor Mercado’s northern division of the federal army in bankruptcy, and with | the soldiers threatening mutiny unless ; they are paid, restraint is being en- 1 forced to prevent a general rush of the federals across the river from i Ojinaga into United States territory. Driven from Chihuahua City, where j they were besieged by rebels, to a point where communication could be opened, the army, representing the strength of the Pluerta government in the North, reached the border with an empty treasury. The future of the army was said to depend upon the nature of responses to urgent demands for money sent to Mexico City. General Mercado himself before evacuating Chihuahua and thus turn ing it over to the rebels gave as one reason for his act the lack of money with which to pay his troops. The appearance of his financial agents on the American side soon after | the arrival of the troops at Ojinaga, ] and the fact that General Ynez j Salazar and other officers at once com municated with Mexico City, were no surprise to American army officials, who were apprised of conditions. The United States troops here rein forced by other troops along the border were prepared for an emer gency, having been informed that the Mexican troops purposed rushing across the border. Rebel agents who went into Ojinaga also reported that only the prompt payment of the soldiers would appease them. SAYRES AGAIN GUESTS OF PAGE. Ambasador Invites Distinguished Com pany To Meet Them. London. —The American Ambassa dor and Mrs. Walter H. Page gave a second dinner in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bowes Sayre. Among the guests were Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary; the French Ambassador, Paul Cambon; the Earl and Countess of Halsbury; Cora, Countess of Strafford; Baron Leigh and Hon. M,iss Leigh, Hon. Charles Napier Lawrence and Mrs. Lawrence, Lady Paget, the president of the Board of Trade, and Mrs. Sydney Bux ton and the Rt. Rev. Sir William Boyd- Carpenter, Canon of Westminster, and Mrs. Boyd-Carpenter. PACKAGE DEALS DEATH. Girl Stenographer Killed By Infernal Machine Intended For Employer. New York. —Miss Ida Anusewitz, the 18-year-old stenographer for Wil liam H. Callahan, president of the O. iv. Bottling Company, was killed by the explosion of an infernal machine that had just been delivered to her in this city by an expressman. Miss Anusewitz, who lived with her parents at 153 Suffolk street, was apparently an innocent victim to a fiendish plot to wreak vengeance upon her employ er, for the package containing the ex plosive was merely addressed to the firm. AMERICA EDUCATION CENTRE. Argentina May Send More Than 100 Students a Year. Washington.—Argentina may send more than 100 students to the United States to take up advanced work in Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other universities here. It was learned that recommendation had been made to the Argentine Congress, which is now con sidering the matter, to provide for the sending to the United States annually of a large number of high-grade stu dents from the four national uni versities of Argentina. HIRED TO SERVE SENTENCES. Criminal Substitute System Believed To Exist In New York. New York. —The police discovered a system whereby they believe minor criminals sentenced to short terms have been able to hire others to take their places in prison. An investiga tion was begun when a pickpocket, who had been started on his way to Blackwell’s Island December 1, was found walking about this city. It is said that many young men out of work during the winter are willing to sell their time as prison substitutes. LARGE SUN SPOT SEEN. Discovered By Father Ricard—lt Covers Millions Of Miles. San Jose, Cal. Father Jerome Ricard, of Santa Clare University, dis covered a sun spot, the largest seen in two years. The spot is in longi tude 9 degrees 14 minutes 24 seconds east of the central meredian. It is due to a heliocentric conjunction of the earth and Saturn on December 7. The new sun spot has an area of 409,936,709 square miles. NEXT! Votes For Children Now Being De manded. Washington. —“Votes for Children” are being advocated by Mrs. Alice Thatcher Post, wife of the Assistant Secretary of Labor. She addressed a i meeting of the Woman’s Single Tax League, of Washington, on the sub ject. “The individual soul is the ulti- ] mate social unit,” said Mrs. Post. “Male or female, old or young, rich or poor, wise or foolish, the individual is the citizen. , WAR IY BREAK OUnNJUROPE Count Witte Finds the Situation Serious. MADE TOUR OF CONTINENT. He Places His Chief Hope For the Prevention Of War In the Char acter and Intentions Of Emperor William. St. Petersburg.—Count Witte, who has recently returned from a tour of | several of the more important Eu : ropean capitals, says there is a grave prospect of a great European war. I Count Witte said the general situa j tion in Europe impressed him as ! ominous and he was especially im ' pressed by the easy manner in which the German government succeeded in having the increased military budget passed by the Reichstag and the promptitude with which the tipper class in Germany responded to the financial appeal made to them in con nection with the great military plans. He was also surprised at the great resistance shown in France to the three years’ compulsory military serv ice bill and the lack of enthusiasm over the new loan, which really was the cause of Its abandonment and the fall of the Barthou ministry. “The situation to my mind is ex tremely grave,” said Count Witte., j “The only hope I have of a general European war being averted is my knowledge of the character and in tentions of Emperor William. He has declared that so long as he lives he Will not permit a general war to break out in Europe. If the situation is taken in hand early enough he may be able to prevent such a war; if not, I dread to think what would follow. In any event, now that Alexander 111. is no more, Europe must look to the Ger man Emperor as the strongest sup porter of world peace.” WOMEN WIN FIRST SKIRMISH. Suit To Test Constitutionality Of Illi nois Suffrage Law. Chicago.—A suit to test the con stitutionality of the woman’s suffrage act passed by the last Illinois legisla ture was dismissed for want of equity by Judge Foell in the Superior Court here. The case will go on appeal to the Supreme Court of Illinois for final ruling. The dismissed suit was brought by William J. Scown, of Chi cago, as a taxpayer and asked for an injunction to restrain the election commissioners from permitting women to vote at elections previous to the establishment of the constitutionality of the act. TO VOTE ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, Elections Will Be Held In Many West J Virginia Towns. Charleston, W. Va. —Although Jan uary 1 is a legal holiday in West Vir ginia, many cities and towns of the State will hold municipal elections that day. This became known, when Attorney-General A. A. Lilly inter preted the State election law for the councils of several towns who had questioned the legal status of elections held on a holiday. The election statute states that elections shall be held in all cities and towns created under Chapter 45 of the Code the first Thursday in January next year. MORE COTTON CORNER FINES. Four Men-Who Plead No Defense As sessed $4,000 Each. New York.—Fines of $4,000 each were imposed in the Federal District Court here upon Eugene Scales, of Texas; Frank Hayne and William Brown, of New Orleans; Morris Roth schild, of Missisippi, and Col, Robert M. Thompson, of this city, on their plea of nolo contendere to a charge of cornering the cotton crop of 1909, In violation of the Sherman Anti- Trust law. James A. Patten, of Chi cago, had previously been fined a simi lar amount in the same case. KEEP DOWN APPROPRIATIONS. Democratic Leaders Agree Not To Exceed This Year's Total. Washington.—Speaker Clark, Demo cratic Leader Underwood and the chairmen of the House committees which report appropriation bills agreed to keep new appropriations within the amount appropriated for the present year, which was $1,098,- •000,000. Millions will be pared off pending hills. The Naval Appropria tion bill, however, will retain the two battleship program of the Administra tion. CARNEGIE BOARD CHAIRMAN. Senator Root Succeeds Dr. Billings In Institute. Washington.—Senator Elihu Root, of New York, has been elected chair man of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Institute here. He succeeds to the chair left vacant by Dr. Thomas S. Billings, former director of the New York Public Library. Andrew Car negie, while not a member of the board, attended the meeting at which Senator Root was elected. KILLS MAN SENT TO ARREST. Farmer Fired On Officers And Was Shot In Return. Bluefield, W. Va. —Samuel Wyatt, a farmer of Tazewell county, Virginia, was shot and almost instantly killed by George B. Fuller, jailer, of Taze- J well county. A warrant had been is j sued charging Wyatt with beating his wife and Fuller and a man named Han | man were sent to arrest him. When they reached his home Wyatt opened fire on Fuller. Fuller fired in return, four bullets striking Wyatt. Fullei was not arrested.