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VOL. XXIII.—NO. 15.
EXPORTS TO ASIA INCREASE ON FARM PRODUCTS OF ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN FIVE YEARS MARKET IS THE ORIENT VOTABLE GAINS SHOWN IN FIGURES JUST MADE PUBLIC AT WASHINGTON COLLECTED FOR FIRST TIME a.vera«re Yearly Yatne of Farm Prod ucts Sent Out of the United States in the Period Named More Than Six Hundred Million Dollars—Eng land the Largest Consumer of American Produce. WASHINGTON, Jan, 14.-Frank H. Hitchcock, chief of the foreign markets division of the agricultural department, lias prepared interesting figures, showing for the first time the respective amounts of our agricultural exports which go to the several countries of Europe and of the other continents. The period covered Js 1894 to 1898. The statement shows that the agricul tural products exported from the United States during the five years had an aver age annual value of $663,536,201. Of these enormous exports about 00 per cent found a market in'the United Kingdom and Its various dependencies. The sum paid by the British people for American farm produce, purchased during the period mentioned, reached as high as $403,953,854 a year. Great Britain alone toak more thail one-half of all our agricultural ex ports, the consignments credited to that country forming about 55 per cent of the total shipments and having an average annual value of $362,407,701. Germany, which ranks next to the United Kingdom as a market for the products of American agriculture, re ceived about 13 per cent of the exports for 1894-1898, the average yearly value amounting to $86,320,274. France, with purchases that averaged $43,988,790 a year, or about 6.6 per cent of the total, was the third country In im portance. These three countries—the United Kingdom, Germany and France received together nearly 75 per cent of the total agricultural exports. After the three countries Just mention ed, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Italy and Spain afforded the most impor tant markets. The Netherlands about 4.3 per cent of the total; Belgium, 3.6 per cent; Canada 3.5 per cent; Italy, 2.2 per g«nt, and Spain 1.5 per cent. ANNUAL AVERAGES. The average annual values of the ex ports to these countries were: Nether lands, $28,803,156; Belgium, $23,731,669; Can ada, $23,020,517; Italy, $14,204,424, and Spain $9,761,870. Brazil look $6,258,729; Cuba, $6,099,924; Denmark, $5,990,952 (exports to the country doubling during the five-year period); the British West Indies, $5,241,657; Mexico, $4,636,486; British Africa, $4,135,920, and European Russia $4,060,236. The av erage yearly exports to Hong Kong were valued at $3,555,588, and those to Japan at $3,407,800. For Portugal the average an nual record was $2,709,69-1; for Sweden and Norway, $2,655,549; for Haiti, $2,281,966, and for British Australasia $2,030,804. The other countries to which the United States sent agricultural products during 1894-ISHS having an average yearly value In excess of $1,000,000 were Austria-Hun gary, Venezuela, British Guiana, Puerto Rico, the Hawaiian islands and the French Indies. These figures, with very few exceptions, chow that the leading foreign countries materially increased their purchases of American agricultural products during 1894-1898. In the total value of the agricul tural exports there was an advance from $636,633,747 In 1894 to $858,507,942 in 1898, mak ing a gain of $221,874,195. The countries of destination that contributed most of this increase were the United Kingdom, • Germany, France, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Denmark and British Africa. P^xports of farm products to the United Kingdom Increased $82,558,854 during the five years; to Germany, $46,441,338, and to Fiance $33,415,208. FARM PRODUCE. The summary brings out the fact that about 88 per cent of all the farm produce shipped from the United States during the five years mentioned was marketed in Europe, the anual average being $586,958, --907. In 1898 it reached as high as $761,870, --782, showing an increase "of $195,588,939 over the value for 1894. Of the remaining 12 per cent the chief part went to Canada and the other North American countries^ averaging annually $48,724,257, or slightly more than 7 per cent of the total. South America took only 1.72 per cent of the to tal value, being $11,389,761. and less In 1898 than in 1894. To Asia there was a marked Increase during the five years, the value advanc ing from $3,801,998 in 1894 to $14,671,349 in 1898. They formed 1.6 per cent of the total for the five years. The shipments of agricultural products to Africa, although constituting less than 1 per cent of the total, showed a notice able increase. In 1898 the value amounted to $9,795,598, as compared with only $1,716, --820 in 1894. This was a gain of $8,079,778. To Oceanica there were agricultural ex ports averaging $3,394,868 a year. The value for 1898 was $3,540,461, while that for 1894 was only $1,963,148. HER LIN GOLD MOVEMEXT. TrannnctiouM of December Resulted In Some Gain to Germany. BERLIN, Jan. 14.-A leading official of the ixeich^bank in the couree of an inter view today ■,made the following state in* nt regarding, the financial situation: "The gold movement in December re- BUlted In a considerable increase of Ger many's gold stock. About 19,000,000 marks •went to England, but more than 90,000,001 marks were imported from Russia. This was due to the fact that Russia had been unablt to raise a loan in Western Europe to meet the interestuponher engagements and was compel led to send gold insttad. "Furthermore the British banks re fused In prolong the Russian drafts, thus roi.Jering remittances from Russia to London necessary. These -were partly direct, but chiefly by- way of Germany. Hence the apparent export from Germany to London was really a mere matter of tninslt. "Since the beginning cf this year the export has been almost nothing. A 6e<--ond reduction in the bank rate before the end of January is possible, but every thing depends upon the further der*lop ments of the market. The boerse has taken 100 optimistic a view of the money Wfr' £t lattl $lofa situation, in view of the fact that the rapid fall in discount since Jan 1 has been largely abnormal." ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 14.—The bud get statement of M. de Witte, Russian minister of finance, cabled in part last week, announced In connection with the unfavorable change of the money market, that Russia's gold reserve was diminish ed last year by 24,600,000 roubles. i ♦ APPROVES INSURANCE PLAN. Booker Washington Speaks to Col ored People of Chicago. , CHICAGO, Jan. 14.—Hundreds of col ored people of Chicago crowded into Bethel church today to hear Booker T. Washing-ton discuss the movement for a new fraternal insurance organization for colored people. Among those seated in the rostrum were Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Rabbi Hirsch, State's Attorney Charles H. Deneen, Judge C. C. Kohl saat. Judge Orrin C. Carter, Judge Rich ard Tuthill, Hon. Patriclr H. ODonnell and Miss Jane Addams. Prof. Washington said: "In seeking to give encouragement to this movement I do so because it is in line with the teaching to which my life Is largely devoted—that of helping the race to prepare itself for industry and busi ness; to exercise thrift and economy; to .gave money; to help lay up something for a rainy day. Neither actively, ofllcially nor financially can I enter Into the busi ness of this organization, for I am de termined to let nothing draw me aside from the work that I have undertaken for the elevation of our people through the medium of the Tuskegee normal and industrial institute at Tuskegee, Ala. "I am glad to have a part in this meet ing for the special reason that more and more each year the problem confronting our race in these large Northern cities is going to become an important one. The negro who comes from the South to Chi cago, for example, finds certain advan tages which are not afforded him In the South. At the same time he finds certain disadvantages. He meets with severe and often almost cruel competition. I have said more than once that I believe that our people can sooner conquer prejudice In the South than Northern competition. The young colored man coming to Chicago from our Southern states not only haa to meet severe competition, but he finds himself subjected to temptations which do not surround him In his Southern home. All these considerations make It most Important that any organization in the North that has for its object the encouragement of our people in the direc tion of thrift and economy, the exercise of which gives them opportunity and en couragement to save money, should re ceive our special care and earnest con sideration. - "The negro in the South as elsewhere will prosper In proportion as he learns to do some one thing well—learns to do it better than anyone else; in proportion as he learns to put brains, skill and dig nity in the common occupations of life. "A few days ago I was asked by a German in the North in what manner could the negroes in the South be pro tected. My answer was: 'Assist us in making the negro the most useful man in his community.' Usefulness will con stitute our most lasting and potent pro tection, whether we live In the North or In th« South/ — • ADVICES ARE CONFLICTING. Contradictory Reports Regarding the Revolution in Colombia. KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 14.—Advices just received from Colombia reiterate the statement that the main body of the Co lombian revolutionists, after occupying Bucamanga on Jan. 6, and securing large Quantities of stores, proceeded toward Soccorro, to which other bodies were con verging with a view of forming a junc tion and delivering a concerted attack upon Bogota. In this attempt according to the same advice 3 the Colombian expects the as sistance of a considerable body of Ven ezuelans understood-to be advancing from the frontier by way of Cuyota. On the other hand the government dis patches reaffirm the reports of a com plete rout of the main body of the in surgents in two heavy battles near Buc amanga and Cereti, entirely frustrating the insurgent plans. As against this, advices from yet an other quarter declare the government is completely disorganized and the govern ment troops are retreating to Bogota, avoiding the insurgents. In this connec tion it is pointed out that the drafting of AntioQuan troops into the capital is a significant indication of the government position. -•»—: CATTLE MEN COMBINE. New Organization Formed nt Kansas City to Prevent Fraud. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 14.— In order to secure better protection against cat tle swindlers and workers of frauds, sev eral representatives of Chicago live stock commission firms en route to the Fort Worth cattle convention stopped off here long enough to form what would be known as the Livestock Commission Merchants' Protective association. For. some time, especially since the Glllett alleged swindle, many of the live stock men at the stockyards have been con templating forming, an association to work for each other's mutual protection against not only swindlers, but also against those customers who refuse to promptly meet their obligations. At first it was thought to make it a Kansas City organization, but later it was considered to the best interests of all to act jointly with Chicago. After a large amount of detail work the meeting saw the association formed and these officers were elected: M. P. Bu«ll, of Chicago, president; J. H. Waite, Kansas City, secretary and treasurer; twenty Chicago and Kansas City firms were represented at the meeting. m IOWA CITY BLAZE. Lighted Match Dropped Into II Pile of Cotton Batting. IOWA CITY, 10., Jan. 14.—A fire which started in the store of Mrs. Hattie E. Home inflicted a loss of $60,000. Lena Delshied, a saleswoman, in attempting to light the gas. dropped a burning match in a pile of cotton batting and the entire store was soon ablaze. The stock, valued at $35,000, was a total loss, and the build ing, owned by W. P. Coast, was dam aged to the extent of $10,000. The fire spread to adjoining buildings. The other losers are: G. M. Lewis, groceries, $5,000; Suppel & Moore, clothing, $3,000; Price, Heith & Co., jewelry, U.OO0; C. Suppel, building, $2,000; other stocks and build ings damaged by water and smoke, $6,000. All carried partial insurance. James Wa*nke, a fireman, was badly burned. • CASES OF PLAGUE. Two Reported by the Health Officers of South Australia; ADELAIDE, South Australia, Jan. 14.— The health authorities report two cases of bubonic plague here, one being fatal. The victim was a runaway sailor of the British bark Formosa MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 15, 1900. MR. HOAR IS MINED HIS THE ADDRESS WHICH WAS CABLED TO TUB FILIPINO INSURGENTS CHARGE MADE IN PUBLIC Mr. Barrett, Bx-Unlted Stale* Min ister to Siam, In Speaking at Lake Forest University, Declares Thut. in His Opinion, the Address of llie Massachusetts Senator Was the Canse of the Rebellion. CHICAGO, Jan. 14.—John-Barrett, ex- United States minister to Siam, for the first time, publicly named Senator Hoar last night, at Lake Forest university, as the United States senator whose anti-ex pansion speech was cabled to Hong Kong and subsequently put into the hands of the Filipino soldiers, causing, as Mr. Bar rett believed, the open insurrection. Fre quently this speech and its presumed ef fect have been mentioned, and the reading public has connected the name of Sen ator Hoar with it, and it is probable Mr. Barrett would not have used the law maker's name on this occasion had he not been facing an audience known to" be largely hostile to the administration's pol icy in the Oriental islands. It appears further from the ex-minister's speech that the government has discov ered privately the stages by which the anti-expansion address reached Luzon. MR. BARRETT'S SPEECH. In the course of his address, which was on the general subject of the "Philip pines," Mr. Barrett said that it had been discovered in the government Investiga tion that Senator Hoar's speech was ca bled in cipher and In fragments to Paris, where it was put together and forwarded to Hong Kong. The message included several thousand words, and the cost for transmission was said to have been $4,000. It interested the government to know what friends the Filipinos had at this time who were in a position to send the message. "I was in Hong Kong-at the time," said Mr. Barrett, "and I remember the inci dent distinctly. I was coming down stairs in the hotel when I met the president of the Hong Kong junta, and he had in his hand the long dispatch he had just re ceived. It gave a large part of Senator Hoar's speech in full, and a summary of the rest of it. I asked the president what he wag going to do with it, and he told me that he meant to send it to the officers of the army in the Philippines. He was urged not to do bo, but he pro tested that it had been printed in the United States and was public property. "Four days after that speech had been delivered it was in the- hands 1 of those who saw an opportunity to make politi cal capital.of It. The speech was pub lished and distributed among.the soldiers, and I beHeve it was the culminating in fluence that brought about the open in surrection. This speech you must remem ber was delivered before there was an open insurrection." MR. HOAR SILENT. BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 14.—Senator Hoar tonight declined to take any notice of the statement attributed to Mr. Barrett, ex-minister to Siam, in an address on the Philippine question. The senator said that Gen. Otis' reports give him the full est accounts of the events that led to hostilities, and that he expects, as he lias already given notice, to deal with the whole matter in the senate. BONFILS MAY DIE. One of the Editors of the Denver Post Who Was Shot. DENVER, Col., Jan. 14.—Frederick D. Bonflls, one of the proprietors of the Post here, who was shot by Lawyer W W. Anderson, of this city,: yesterday, Is in a critical condition. Physicians are in constant attendance at the bedside of the injured man. This afternoon a hem orrhage of the lungs had the effect of weakening the patient and tonight grave fears are entertained for his recovery. Harry Tammon, associated with Bonflls In the proprietorship of the Post, and Who was also shot by Anderson during the trouble that resulted in Bonflls' in juries, is resting easily tonight and is in no danger unless complications should Get In. W. W. Anderson, the lawyer who did the shooting, was released last night by District Judge C. P. Butler, on habeas corpus proceedings held in a room at the Denver Athletic club. His bond was fixed at $10,000 and was immediately furnished by friends of Anderson. RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM. Towns Adjacent to-Kansas City to Have Trolley Cars. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 14.—The Kan sas City & Leavenworth Electric Railway company will open its road for general traffic on Tuesday. The building of this line is thought to be only the beginning WILL THE OTHER WILLIE SIGN? of a great lnterurban railway system cen tering here. Should the new line prove a good investment it,is-more than prob able that all of the towns and cities within a radius of sixty miles of Kansas City ■will be connected by one big elec tric rapid transit system, Right of way franchises have already been secured for a similar line betweeu Topeka and this city. WRECK STIITa MYSTERY. Little Known as Ye* of the Steamer an the Newfoundland Coast. ST. JOHN'S, N. P.. Jan. 14.-The gale has not yet blown itself out and the sea is still too rough to allow boats to go near the wrecked steamer in the bay. As yet there is nothing to show tha name of the vessel. Ten bodies have been located among the rocks and others can be seen floating about. Plans have been made for the recovering of these tomor row and as soon as the weather permits it may then be possible to get at the name of the steamer from plecea of boats wedged in the cleft. The priest of the district while holding a service was given a photograph which had apparently been washed ashore from the wreck. This , represents a seaman wearing a cap on Which were the words, "S. M. 8. Falke." Th.-- priest was told also that the ship had lid off the rocks into deep water and had disappeared ex cept for the top of one mast and that a guernsey with the latters, "S. M. 5.," had also been picked up near the wreck. It appears that the ship's funnel Was banded red, white and black, with a white diamond. This funnel could not be that of the Falke, as, she being a North Ger man Lloyd liner, would have a yellow funnel. It is also thought that the photo graph might be one of a seaman on the German warship Falke, ©r one taken while its. owner was on the other Falke. The funnels most resembling that of tho wrecked vessel are those of the American petroleum company, which are banded black, red, white and black, and the ves sel certainly had a lot.of petroleum on board, as the ocean is covered with it, causing hundreds of-birds to perish. The Warren line, q£ Boston, is known as the White Diamond line and although the funnels of its vessels are black the wreck may have been a chartered steam er with a white diamond painted over the regular signal to show her as a Warren liner. ■ FACULTY IN REVOLT. Trouble In the Cincinnati University Assumes a Serious Phase. CINCINNATI, Jan. 14.—This has been a day of anxiety among those connected either directly or indirectly with the Uni versity of Cincinnati. Following the declaration of President Ayers, that the members of the faculty should all re sign and then he would accept such resig nations as' he might select, comes a movement on the part of the professors to stand together and pot only refuse to resign, but for all to quit, if the trustees at their special meeting tomorrow sus tain the recent decree of President Ayers, The trustees last-.year, before electing: President Ayers, adopted a resolution -giv ing the president power to appoint mem bers of the faculty apd^fH-lare vacancies. "With this power tc 'discharge, any raera ber of the faculty no jaich coup was an ticipated as that of dlsTharging all mem bers of the faculty *t j>nce. The profes sor's ' are hofdlng -. conferences and have not only decldedto|ta»d or fall together, but also to fight Mr, iAyerS to the.last. One of them announce? today: "Every bridge has fe&en burned. Even if the trustees should Refuse to sanction what has been done, wji wouW decline to be longer associated i*&K Mr- A >'eri>- One or the other must go. " President Ayers i'e/ufed to say anything in advance of the meeting of the board tomorrow. The students and^ others of the alumni have-been; Industriously con ferring today with thestrustees regarding the crisis. POLICEMAN GRABBEiTdTJMMY. Officer's Singular JEsperlence at a Dry Goods Store Fire. . CLEVELAND, 0., Jan. Martin Madden had a singular experience during a small fire in the basement of the dry goods store of' Crow & Whitmarsh, on Euclid avenue. Shortly before the blaze got under war Madden rushed Into the store at the foot of the basement stairs. He saw the figure of a man. "Say, boss, how did this fire start?" asked Mad den, excitedly. He received no answer. "I want to know about this fire," yelled Madden. Still no reply. "Here, I guess I'll take you in," said Madden. He sent another policeman to call the patrol wagon," and, turning, grabbed the man. The man was a dummy and fell to pieces at the Jerk. «* . RAN INTO A HURRICANE. British Ship From Portland Badly Damaged hy KouSh Weather. LONDON, Jan. 14.—The British ship Durbridge, whfoh -anrtved at Queenstown ; yesterday, from ' Wrtland," Qr., tan through a hurricane hn Nov. 24. Capt. McLauchlan and fltw] «ren of the crew were injured.severeJiyv two lifeboats and the main bridge were, smashed, the sky-" light in the. cabin st»y& in and the fore castle and cabin jpvre*» flooded. She has other sundry damages. —New York World. LONE MASKED 111 HELD IP TWO KANSAS CITY RES TAURANTS AND MADE HIS ESCAPE IN TRUE WILD WEST STYLE Deed Committed in the Center of Hie City and Under the Glare of »n Electric Light—All With Whom He Came in Contact Awed by the Revolver of the Bold Bandit— Secured fl5O. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 14.—1n true Western fashion, a lone robber, masked and armed, cleaned out two restaurants in the center of the city at 6 o'clock this morning, under the glare of an electric light. In Lewis' restaurant, on Walnut street, he pointed a pistol at Stanley Brushwood, the cashier, and tapped the register, while he kept his revolver in plain view of two customers eating near by. The contents of the register had been transferred to the safe but a few minutes previous, and the robber secured only a handful of change. When he had satisfied himself that there was nothing more in sight ho gave the waiter and the two customers a parting word of warning and skipped across the street to the 'restaurant of Robert McClintock. Here the robber covered Cashier Joseph Drysdale and commanded two waiters and three customers to hold up their hands. They complied promptly, and the robber emptied the register in a twin kling. He pocketed the entire contents, $146, and, backing out of the door, encoun tered a grocery solicitor. He poked his revolver Into the solicitor's face, with the command not to make any alarm, and forced him into the restaurant, where all the others still stood with arms up stretched. At this instant the robber darted down a nearby alley and disappeared. Hardly more than five minutes was consumed at both jobs, and the robber had plenty of time to get away before the scared vic tims had recovered composure. • HARRISON IS FIRM. Will Not Be Democratic Nominee for Governor of Illinois. CHICAGO, Jan. 14.—Mayor Carter Har rison today refused formally the offer of the Democratic nomination for governor. He was waited on by~ Chairman Watson, of the Democratic state committee, In company with ex-Congressman Henrich sen and M. F. Dunlap, of Jacksonville, nominee of the party for state treasurer in I'B9B, and asked if his formal declina tion of the nomination was final. They urged that it was his duty to the state Democracy to accept the nomination and make the race. The mayor' replied that he did not look at k in that light; there were plenty of good men, who Wtfuld make acceptable candidates, and he must decline. As a result of Mayor Harrison's action, friends of former Vice President Steven son are urging him to accept the nomina tion. !."-*> »i WOMAN LABOR BARRED. Action Taken Dy the Chicago Build ing; Man-rial Trades Council. CHICAGO, Jan. 14.—Woman labor is to be abolished in all factories where build ing material is produced in Chicago, if a resolution passed by the Building Mate rial Trades' council "tonight can be made effective. The resolutions provide that each of the organizations affiliated with the? oQuncil demand that a.clause be in serted in all union contracts hereafter specifying that no woman be employed in the shops. There are now. 200, women at work in the various factories,' for the most part as metal" polishers and buffers and on plumbers' supplies; The principal reason given for .the action '>r the council is that the work is totally unfit for women. It is said, however,"that the council fears that there is an effort being made by the man ufacturers to gradually displace the men in favor" of the cheaper woman labor.. INNOCENTS FROM IOWA. Blew Out the Ga« at New York—One Dead, the Other Unconacioua. NEW YORK, Jan. 14.—John Woesner and Jacob Lehman, two German farmers from Akley, 10., off their way to their former homes' in Germany, for a visit, put up at the True Blue, a second-class hotel, on Saturday night. One of them blew out the gas and Woesner's dead body was found today with Lehman in an uncon scious condition, lying beside it. Lehman was taken to a hospital, where it was said he has a very small chance of re covering. In Woesner's pockets . were found several hundred dollars. PRICE TWO CENTS-fgfyffffiSw BULLETIN OF IMPORTANT NEWS OF THE DAY Weather Forecast for St. Pauli Fair; Southeasterly Winds. l—l,ii 11 In War \ewi. Farm Produce Exports. Attack I linn Mr. Hoar. Wild Wc«t Holdup. 2—Mayor on An i lons Seat. Hatred In Religion. Skating at Lake Como. Rice Street Pavement. 3—Minneapolis Matters. IVorthwest News. Goebel Vs. Taylor*. 4— Kditorlal. s—Field and Farm. c—Week's Market. Reviewed. Clew** Stock Letter. 7—Popular Wants. B—ln the Field of Labor. Tales of War. Week In Conarress. OCEAN I/INBRS. QUEENSTOWN-Sailed; Campania, New York. TODAY IN ST. PAUL. METROPOLITAN — "The New York Brewer" (in German), 8:15 p. m. GRAND—"Under the Red Robe," 8:15 p. m. Palm Garden—Vaudeville, 2 and 8 p. m,. Olympic—Vaudeville, 2 and 8 p. xo. Lecture on "National Music," People's church, by Louis C. Elson, 8 p, m. Church association for the advancement of labor meets Christ church, 8 P. to. Parlor conference of Associated Charities, 25y Dayton avenue, 8 p, to, Poultry fanciers meet 8 p. m. STRIVE FOE NEW HONORS. Jeffrie* and Shairkey to Compete for Beefsteak Eallnn Champlonahlp. NEW YORK, Jan. 14.—Jeffries and Sharkey have both entered for the annual beefsteak eating championship of the Mo hican club of the Twenty-second assem bly district. It wilj be held a£ Grand Cen tral Palace on Feb. 14—St. Valentine's day. "I expect to eat about a ton of porter house," says Sharkey. Allowing for ex aggeration, his friends realjy believe that he can beat the steak-eating record. Mr. Jeffries claims a record of eleven pounde of mutton chops, but it was not made under any organized rulee or be fore competent witnesses, and It Is not admitted hy the Amateur Athletic union. Thoinaa Cogtlp-ajo, who 0»n eat three canvas back ducks for dinner, will referee the steak race. The members of the Mo hican club say that they are not neces sarily greedy persons, but that there Is so much vegetarianism in the assembly dis trict that they want to do something to counteract it. "A beefsteak eating match is a thor oughly refined affair when conduoted by perfect gentlemen," said ona member. "The old system was for the competitor to eat the meat with his hands tied be hind his back, but you can announce posi tively that this plan will not govern at the grand annual feed on St. Valentine's day. — ■» '-' COMPANY Will COMPLY. Plttsbnrg & Gulf Ready to Obey Re quirements of Texa« Law. AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 14.-$. W. Fordyce, receiver of the Kansas City, Plttsburg & Gulf railway; Silas W. Pettit, of Phila delphia, attorney for the reorganization committee; Frank Hagerman, attorney for the receivers, and J. McD. Trimble, of Kansas City, held a conference here with Attorney General T. 8. Smith, with the view of arriving1 at ft satisfactory adjustment of the case instituted by the state against Texarkana & Fort Smith Railway company, which is the Texas di vision of the. Kansas City, Plttsburg & Gulf, for the forfeiture of Its char ter and the appointment of a receiver for failure to maintain its general offices in Texas as required by the state law. This case was instituted in the Travis county district court and afterwards transferred to the court at Texarkana. The conference resulted in the company agreeing to comply strictly with the Texas law. A complete reorganization of the Texas property and a new charter will have to be had in order to comply with the Texas law governing the opera tion of railroads. m WILL SPEND MILLIONS. The Condition of the Baltimore A Ohio to Be Improved. CHICAGO, Jan. 14.—The Record tomor iow will say: Plans for the expenditure of 125,000,000 in Improving the physical condition of the Baltimore & Ohio rail road have been completed-and within the next three years that vast amount of money will have been expended. Improve ments of railroads, bridges, tracks and equipment will be made on all lines of the system. The present rapid development of earn ing power of the system has led the directors to the belief that a big per centage of the $25,000,000 can be spared from surplus earnings. Although the de tailed plans of improvement have not been made public yet it Is said that a great percentage of the money will be^ spent in improving the line, between Chi. cago and Plttsburg._ • LYNCHING IS THBEATENED. Itto Men In Jail In Indiana May Be Hanged. PETERSBURG, Ind., Jan. 14.—Frank Percell and two companions, who were in jail here, are in immediate danger of be ing lynched on account of the killing of William Riss, of Arthur, by Percell early today. Riss was returning home from a party with two young men, about 2 o'clock, when he was met by Percell and two com panions. Percell ask d if the party was over, and, being told that it was, drew his revolver and shot Riss In the eye, killing him Instantly. Percell and his companions were arrest ed and hurried here by the officers to save them from the friends of the victim, who threaten to lynch the murderer. o TWIN CITY TRAINS. First Sent Out by the Oninlin Road Over the New Route. OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 14.—The first trains of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha road to leave the Union Pacific station, went out today, using the tracks of the Sioux City & Pacific between here and Sioux City and shortening the time to St. Paul and Minneapolis an hour and a half. This makes the line but five miles longer than the Illinois Central-Mlnne ap_olis & St. Louis route. The Illinois Central failed to put on its through trains today, as announced, being de layed for several reasons. It is said that next Sunday the service 'will be started, giving two trains each way between here and Chicago and also to the Twin Cities. LULL IN THE WAR LORD ROBERTS REPORTS FRO*f OAPB TOWN THAT STATUS IS UNCHANGED LADYSMITH STILL SAFE LATEST ADVICES INDICATE THAI GEN. WHITE IS BEHNG GIV EN" RESPITR DASH INTO THE FREE STATE British Troop* Sent Over the Bonier on a Scouting- Expedition Without Special Re«alt* — MafrklnK Ntlll Held by Col.- Baden-Powell Against Surrounding Boer Forced —The Official Advices Made Publlci DURBAN, JAN. 12.—THE EIVTIRJ)' ABSENCE OF NEWS FTIO >I CHXBVIjp I/BY OR FHERE CAMPS CO.VriNl'ES 1, BUT THERE IS A PERSISTENT RU^ M<Wl HERE THAT LADYSMITH HAA BEEX REUEVEO. LONDON, Jan. IS.—The wi* office iMved at midnight a dispatch from Fiefld M«r*hnl Lord Roberta, date* Cape Totto, Sunday, Jan. 14, Bi3o pV "There to no change In the sltnaJr tion today." The war offlo© simultaneously \*+ ■ued the following from Lord RofM ertm, dated Cape Town, Jan. IS, 3:3Q p. M.i "Methuen's cavalry reconnolav, •ance returned on Jan. 11. UVnt twentj-flve mlle« Into Free State* Country clear of enemy except pa trols. All quiet at Modder River. "French reoonnoltered m-onnd th« enemy's left flank on Jan. 10. Ad, Tiamced from Slesrger'f Farm on Janj 11 with cavalry and honte mtuicry to bombard Boer laager east el Colesberg Junction, but wa« unable to outflank the enemy, Reconnols-i nance of cavalry and mounted In fan* try poshed north of Baalnrdi. NeU and examined the country to the north. "Gatacre report* no change. "All well on Dec. 28 at Mafeklng." DESPERATE FIGHTING. LONDON, Jan. 15.—A special dispatch from the Hoofd Laager at Ladysmith, dated Jan. 0, via Lourenzo Marquee, describing; the assault on Jan. 6 upon Ladysmith, says: "The British made no attempt to hold the first line or breastworks, but madS an exceedingly stubborn resistance at ths next row. Every Inch was stubbornly contested and conspicuous bravery was displayed on both sides. "After 10 o'clook the British, artillery, flre slackened and a terrible individual contest ensued, among the riflemen ron the possession of Plat-Rand ridge. A« nocn, a heavy thunderstorm interrupted the battle, lasting for two hour?. "Although the burghers succeeded In ultimately gaining possession of most of the British positions on the western aid* of the Plat-Rand, they were finally obliged to retire from most of the groundf they occupied. The British were most strongly intrenched, their redoubts being skillfully loopholed, and the combatant! were so close that rifles were frequently, fired at arm's length. It was a hand-to*-1 hand encounter. The men on both bided fought like demons and the horror and bewilderment of the scene could scarcely; be paralleled. "The' operations were continued the next day. (Sunday) on a smaller *cale. but it is reported that a* a result of on© of the forlorn hopes, one gun and two ammunition wagons were captured." COLENSO DESERTED. A dispatch to the Dally Mall dated jan» 12, from Pletermaritzburg, says: "Sir Charles Warren marched with 11,000 men eastward fjom Frere by way of Weenen. His scouts found no sign oif the enemy at Grobler* Klopf and Colensq was described to be deserted. There ar« rumors that the Boers are preparing to leave Natal, discouraged by their failure to reduce Ladysmith. All the colonials and irregulars have been placed under Gen. Warren's command. "Among the Free Staters killed In the attack on Ladysmith on Jan. 6 waa Commandant de VilHers, who, but fof his well known friendliness toward Eng land, would have been commander-in chlef of the Free State forces." HOPEFUL MESSAGE. The special correspondent of the Daily Telegraph at Frere Camp in a dispatch dated Jan. 10, after describing the situ ation as already known, says: 'Possibly you may not hear from me for the next two days or bo, but bellev» .me all will go well." BOERS BUST. The Standard publishes the following from Ladysmith. Thursday, Jan. 11. by, heliograph, via Weenen: "The Boers are fortifying positions north and west of Ladysmith. doubtless with a view of securing a safe line of r«* treat, should their opposition to Gen. Bui ler's advance fall. They are still around Ladysmith in large numbers and may be ctfntemplatlng another attack. It 18 known, however, that they are greatly disturbed by their heavy losses. Prior to Saturday they were perfectly confident of their ability to defeat the garrison and to take possession of the town." OFFER ACCEPTSD. LONDON, Jan. 15.—Lord Lansdowne, secretary of state for war, accepted o* Saturday the offer of Lord BtrathconaT, Canadian high commissioner in Londor to provide, distinct from the CanadiarJ regiments, a force of at least 400 mounted men from Manitoba, Northwest Terri tory and British Columbia, and to ami, equip and convey them to South Africa at his own expense. All will be exp«l marksmen, rough riders and »couts It is estimated that the offer will invoU* an expenditure of £200,000. The war ot? fice regards Lord Strathcona's P'opowl as an extraordinary proof of colonial patriotism. ADDRESS BY KRUGER. PRETORIA, Thursday, Jan. Lourenzo Marques) .-President Kruger, \n the course of a stirring address- Just 15 --eued to the burghers, affirms that Provi dence is-on their side, that their cause !• a just one aniLthat they must succeed. Reports from Colesber-g represent the position there as favorabje, but that t British are concentrating for operations on a large scale. The official list of the Boer casualties in what is called the "Plat-Hand tight, on Saturday, Jan. 6 (the attack upon Ladysmith), shows twenty-six killed and seventy-seven wounded. These figures are described as the "first return-" __ CanUnßed oa Third Page.