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WEEKLY. CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1900. VOL. XXX VII. NO. 18. SIlSr&JLnW ( Consolidated Frt. 1899. f ill i - - - ! EVENTS OF THE DA! Epitome of the Telegraphic News of the World. TERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRE8 An Interesting; Collection of Items From the Two Hemispheres Presented Condensed Form. Civil government for Puerto Rico will be inaugurated May 1. The election in Louisiana resulted in a sweeping victory lor the Democrats. The Ameer of Afghanistan warns England of Russian aggression on In dia. Harry F. Allen, defaulting clerk of Denver county treasurer's office, was arrested in San Francisco. Canada will repeal the alien labor lav which was aimed at American miners in the Atlin district. Great battles have taken place be tween government troops and rebels in the United States of Colomba. Thirteen persons were drowned by the capsizing of a boat while crossing the Rhine, near Bingen, Germany. Work on the dam at Croton Land ing, N. Y., has been resumed, under the protection of the state troops. Lord Roberts sharply criticises the ability of Generals Buller and Warren. London papers maintain there is noth ing left for Buller but to resign. Orders have been given to turn the transports Tartar and Westminster over to their owners. The government has no longer any need for their serv ices. The will of a woman who died in Topeka, Kas., recently, bequeaths the greater part of a fortune of $250,000 for the founding of the University of Topeka. Harry B. Wandell, city editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and his sister, have fallen heir to an estate in the Canary islands, valued at from $10,000,000 to $20,000,000. The Sultan of Turkey for the third time announces his intention to in crease duties 3 per cent. The powers will address another note to the porte stating their objections to such an in crease. A party of three scientists have sailed from San Francisco to explore the unknown portion of Northeastern Siberia. One object of their trip will be to determine whether or not the American Indian is descended from Asiatic stock. The mountain which overlooks the town of Klappi, in Bohemia, where a landslide recently occurred, has under gone a seismic disturbance which is spreading throughout the entire prov ince. The heights of the Bohemia middle range are moving and houses and churches have collapsed in some 30 Tillages. Railway embankments have been moved, streams diverted and roads sunk. The proceedings of the naval strategy board will be secret. The Ohio anti-bicycle law was de clared unconstitutional. Democrats, Populists and Silver Re publicans have fused in Nebraska Fire in a tenement house at Newcas tle, Pa., caused the death of four per sons. Republican partv leaders have agreed upon planks. Expansion will be the keynote. Charles H. Allen, of Massachusetts, was nominated for governor of Puerto Rico by the president. I.arge steel mills in the vicinity of Chicago and Joliet have closed down on account of labor troubles In a speech on the Philippine ques tion. Senator Hoar said that the war to date had cost 6,000 lives Ajn Albany, Or., man, whose son is a cornet ist, but lost his hand, has had a left-handed cornet made for the boy. The historical church of Notre Dame des Vortus, on the outskirts of Paris, was pillaged, then burned by vandals. Commodore Cowle, U. S. N., has sailed for the Philippines on the Hteamer Doric, to take charge of the machine shops at the Cavite navy yard General Montenegro, one of the Fili pinos' best fighters, has surrendered to Colonel Smith in the mountains near Camaling, in the province of Pangasi- uan.. By the closing of nine additional cigar' factories in New York city, the number of striking and locked out cigamiakers has been increased to 5,000. Twelve hundred Tagalos attacked Case's battalion headquarters at Caga ran, island of Mindanao, but were re pulsed with a loss of 50 killed and 30 wounded. Americans had five casual ties. Sixteen months have elapsed since the sintin of Turkey promised to pay $90,000 indemnity for the destruction of American missionary property dur ing the riots of 1895. The usual sharp hint is necessary. Former Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith has sold his Atlanta, Ga. Journal to a Boston syndicate. Germany ana Russia are said to have reached an agreement as to railway concessions, practically dividing Asia Minor between them. Cyril Arthur Pearson, principal owner, manager and editor of Pearson' magazine and many other journals intends shortly to ' launch a London dailv newspaper modeled on American LATER NEWS. Rivera, secretary of agriculture in Cuba, will resign. Sir Charles Warren will be governor f Orange Free State. Coal has advanced in price for the first time in 10 years. Croton Landing, N. Y., strike is considered at an end. Alaska is badly in need of laws. Settlers on lands there cannot acquire title. Webster Davis, nntil recently assist ant secretary of the interior, says he is out of politics. Governor Taylor, of Kentucky, de nies that be is fleeing from the grand ury indictment. Massachusetts Democrats will pay $1,100 a day for their hotel accomoda tions at Kansas City. In an interview, General Lew Wal lace, former minister to Turkey, says the sultan is an honest man. The steamship North Star, aground near Victoria, has been floated. The vessel was only slightly damaged. It is reported that Pearl Harbor, Ha waii, is wortnless as a naval renciez- ous until improvements are made. Americans captured, killed and wounded 1,000 Filipinos last week, with a loss of nine killed and 16 wounded. It is expected that 50,000 working- men and women will be in line in the May day parade which will take place in New York City. At Madison Square Garden, New York City, an elephant in Forepaugh & Sells' circus was choked to death in an effort to subdue him. Members of the "Boxeis" society have massacred many Chinese Catho lics near Paro Ting Fu. in the province of Pi Chi Li, southwest of Tien-Tsin. A paper has been signed by all the business men except two of Walla Walla agreeing to close their places every evening except Saturday at 6 clock. The capture of Bocas del Toro. and the threatened attack on Colon by Co lombian revolutionists, may compel forcible intervention by the govern ment of the United States to preserve the perfect neutrality of the Isthmus of Panama, guaranteed by the United States in the treaty of 1846. Captain Bollen. a wealthy retired navigator of Tacoma, committed sui cide on a ranch on Fox island, blowing off his head with a shotgun. He . re cently bought a steam launch, and the clyinder head blew out. lhis aflected him so that, after brooding over it one night, he decided to kill himself. The revolution in Colombia is spread ing throughout the republic. Benjamin Northrup, a well-known newspaper man, of rsew iorK city, dead, aged 44. The plant of the St. Louis Chronicle, St. Louis, Mo., was destroyed by fire Loss, $50,000. The loss to railroads by the recent flood in Mississippi will amount to more than $1,000,000. Plague is still rife in Manila, a foul breeding place having been discovered in the heart of the city. Rev. Charles Beecher, brother of the late Henry Ward Beecher, died at Georgetown, Mas., aged 84 year. Efforts to stamp out the plague in Sydney, Autralia, have not been sue cessful. The epidemic is spreading. Bush fires are raging in Manitoba and advices from Winnepeg state that 500 persons are in danger of losing their lives. Five men were killed at Balmain, Australia, by being precipitated to the bottom of an 1,800-foot perpendicular shaft of a mine. A strange tale of crime has come to light in the case of a rich Colorado miner, who is charged with the mur der of four persons. Ex-Congressman David G. Colson, on trial at Frankfort, Ky.,for the mar der of Lieutenant Scott and Luther Demaree last January 16, has been ac quitted. The total receipts of the Cuban tress ury for the month of March, 1900, were $1,678,688. The receipts for the cor responding month of 1899 amounted to $963,033. Queen Victoria reviewed the naval and infantry brigades and the boys of the Royal Hibernian military school at Dublin. Two hundred thousand people witnessed the review. At Atchison, Kan., a reader of cheap novels was given 18 years in the pern tentiary for arson. He set fire to house in order to play the part of a hero by rescuing the family. Adelbert Woicetb Boedamowski and Anton Body, alias Anton Koschinowski who arrived in New York recently on the steamship Palatia, will be sent back to their native country. The men admit they were implicated in the burglary of a store in Lemberg Galicia, in which they got about 10, 000 florins and seriously wounded the proprietor. Two of the men have been arrested on the other side. The special board of inquiry investigated the mat ter. and. upon the confession of the men, it was decided to deport them Mrs. James G. Blaine is collecting her husband's letters for publication in a biography. Workingmen in California are be coming alarmed at the steadily in' creasing number of Japanese immi grants. The Pennsylvania supreme court has held that 8 company incorporated in anotht state and not registered in Pennsylvania cannot recover in an action at law. CANNED ROAST BEEF Philippine Army to Be plied With It. Sup- FRESH MEAT A NECESSITY Impossibility of Providing- Cattle the Hoof or Refrigerator Beef Un der Existing Conditions. Washington, April 23. War depart ment officials have been compelled to resort to the use of canned roast beef for the subsistence of the army in the Philippines. This is due to the fact that it is absolutely essential that the soldiers shall be served with fresh meat and because of the impossibility of pro yiding refrigerator beef or cattle on the hoof under existing conditions. When the buUi of the army was located at the seashore and at easily accessible points there was no difficulty in providing them with fresh meats, but conditions have now changed, and the army is jatteretd among 160 points in various parts of the archipelago, a great many of them at considerable distance from the nearest shipping point. There art no cattle available, and the refriger ated beef which has heretofore formed the principal basis of subsistence for the troops cannot be preserved in good condition long enough to reach many of the inland posts. Consequently it became necessary to look for some suit able substitute, and the American canned roast beef was the only thin; found to meet the requirements. The suggestions for its use came originally from the subsistence officers in the Philippines, and the cniet com missary officer at Manila recently ca bled a requisition for an immediate de livery of about 100.000 cans of roast beef and subsequent deliveries at tne rate of about 50,000 cans a mont Acting Comimssarv-General Webster presented the matter to the secretary of war with a strong indorsement of the proposition. As a measure of ex treme caution, however, Secretary Root decided to get a personal opinion from Major-General Otis before taking final action. A cable message of inquiry was forwarded at once, and General Otis' reply was received today. Its text was not made public, but its gen eral character may be clearly inferred from the fact that instructions have been sent to Colonel Alexander, the commissary officer at Chicago, to ar range for the immediate dispatch of a larse Quantity of roast beef to San Francisco for shipment to Manila by the first available steamer. Special precaution will be taken to secure the best quality of beef and to insure its nroDer care and preservation hi au stages of its long journey to the Philip pines. KISSED THE BIG GIRLS. Charee Made Against a Reedvllle Teacher. Hillsboro, Or., April 21. A sworn complaint, signed by N. P. Oakerman and 11 other patrons of school district No. 29, dirjcted against U. S. Mo- Hargue, the principal of the Reedville school, was today forwarded to the state department of public instruction at Salem, asking that the teacher's cer tificate be revoked. The petition al leges that McHargue has been guilty of gross misconauct, ana uni uunug school hours he has been guilty of kiss ing the older girls, much "to their dis gust and annoyance;" and, further, that owing to this conduct, many oi tne larger girls are remaining away from school. McHargue is chargd with voting at a school meeting at a January session, wniie nis name aoes not ap- near on the tax roll for 1899. One singular statement in the complaint is the allegation that at the March school meeting the principal accused one of the complainants of "killing his (com plainant's) eldest son." For these charges and others of like nature, tne petitioners ask that the state certificate of McHargue be revoked. Fight With Cattle Thieves. Salt Lake. April 23. A special to the Tribune from Thompson's, Utah gays: Mr. Fullerton, manager of the Webster City Cattle Company, yester day discovered two men mutilating brands on bis cattle. They threatened to shoot and he retreated. With the assistance of Sheriff Presse and posse the thieves were overtaken 70 miles north of here and ordered to surrender The thieves showed fight, and were fol lowed six miles further north, all ex changing shots, one of the outlaws be ine instantly killed. The dead man answers the description of "Flat Nose' George, and investigation, proves almost conclusively that he is one of the men that robbed the train of the Union Pa cine railroad about a year ago. He has been brought to Thopm son's for identification. Men are now on the way from Cheyenne to identify him. All Quiet at Croton Dam. Croton Landing, N. Y., April 23. Everything was quiet in the strike sit uation today. The same men who re ported yesterday to the summons of tl whistle at 7 A. M. reported for work agian this morning, bringing a dozen more with them. At the quarry 132 men appeared lor work. Canal Bill Changed. Washington, April 23. The house committee on interstate and foreign commerce today made an important change in the Hepburn Nicaragua canal bill, striking out the provision for for tifications and thus providing what is expected to become a compromise The amendment was proposed by Rep- ret sen tative Barham, of California I The chairman of the committee was in structed to offer the same upon consid eration of the bill at the proper time, as a committee amendment thereto WESTERN GOVERNORS. Protest Against the Leasing of Public Arid Lands. Salt Lake, April 23. Governor Lee. of South Dakota, and Governor .Foyn- ter, arrived today and took part in tho proceedings of the governors oi west ern states, who have met to discuss subjects of interest to this section. After a general discussion, tne com mittee appointed to formulate resolu tions against the leasing of public arid lands by the general government ana demanding the cession of such lands to the eeveral states should any change in the present system be made, reported the following, which were adopted: "Resolved, That the people ot tne states here represented are opposed ab solutely to any legislation or any action of any kind looking to, or having for its object, the leasing of tbfrpablic lands of the United States by the general government or any angency thereof. "Resolved, second, xnat tne presem laws providing for the control, man agement and disposal of the public arid lands of the United States are best adapted to the needs and requirements of the country, and conducive to the settlement and occupancy thereof by bona fide settlers. "Resolved, third, That if it shall be found that the present laws affecting the arid lands are not satisfactory to jthe congress of the United States, then we favor a cession of the said and lands to the several states wherein they are situated under such terms and condi tions as will guarantee the benefits of the free homestead laws to the people of the United States, and that will pre vent said lands either by fee simple title, or by the leasing thereof from passing into the possession or control of large companies, syndicates, copror- ations or wealthy individuals in large Quantities, to the exclusion of others, and under such conditions that the sev eral states may have the income aris ing from said lands to be devoted to the reclamation and improvement thereof for settlement - bona fide citi zens." Governor Lee, of South Dakota, was the only one who opposed the resolution. His opposition was simply because ne believed that the demand for cession to the states should be put hrst. a form of letters to be sent out to other governors was adopted. THE YAQUI WAR. Mexican Indian Rebels Still Pall of Fight. San Francisco, April 23. Henry Hoahstey, of Oakland, who has re turned from the seat of the Yaqui war, in Mexico, brings advices as follows: The Mexicans sent out word that the war was over, out at tne same time 000 troops were hastening to the fiont. The Yaquis have about 6,000 men under arms. They have Reming ton and Mauser rifles and bows and arrows. They have two cannons that 34 Yaquis captured from 200 Mexicans. The Mexicans keep to the roads and towns, while the Yaquis hold the Sier ras. Mexicans estimate the Yaquis at 15,000, hut the population of Sonora is at least 120,000, and half of them are Yaquis. The Indians have a peculiar svstem for keeping their treasury in funds. The warriors alternate between the firing line and working in the mines and on the ranches. Their wages go to the common fund. Within the past two weeks several engagements have been fought in wheh the government troops were generally victorious. In a recent engagement between a party of insurgents, the government reports 17 Yaquis dead on the field. Only one Mexican, an officer, was killed, but many were wounded. NOVEL PLAN OF ROBBERY Chicago Police Have a New and Comp licated Hold-up to Investigate. Chicago, April 23. J. H. Smith, president of an organization styled the Industrial Trades Union, at 151-153 Michigan avenue, was arrested last night, charged with robbery and dis orderly conduct on a warrant issued by Justice Martin, on comp.amt of Frank Gustavson, a carpenter. Gustavson says he was summond to the offices of the union by a letter ask ing him to accept a position as fore man over a number of carpenters. Gustavson said that after conversing with Smith a few minutes, Smith drew a revolver and told him to throw up his hands. Smith, he said, then went through his pockets and took $46 and some valuable papers and told him he would shoot him unless he kept bis mouth shut. Two men, both of whom wore stars, placed Gustavson, under arrest, he declares, obeving Smith's command. The alleged officers, Gus tavson says, then took him into a hall way. where they made him sign a pa per, the contents of which he was nn able to read. The alleged officers, Gustavson said, gave him a dollar after he had signed the paper and told him to leave. Gustavson then reported the matter to the Central police station. Smith at the station said he had never before seen Gustavson. He will have a hear ing this afternoon. Norway Baying War Supplies. Stockholm, April 21. The riksdag has voted 3,000,000 kroner for ammu nition and rules, 12,000,000 tor new field artillery, 320,000 for volunteer rifle associations, and has agreed to in crease the new naval construction esti mates for 1901 to 1,725,000 kroner. Dose Was Too Strong. Lewiston, Idaho, April 23. Mrs David Watson, an aged lady residing six miles east of Lewiston, died at 10 o'clock tonight. Yesterday afternoon she drank half a bottle of cherry pec toral, and soon collapsed into an an conscious state, from which she never recovered. New Yoik, April 28. Miss Mary E. Dinse, of this city, jumped form the Brooklyn bridge at 2 o'clock this after, noon without serions injuries. MANY REBELS KILLED A Bloody Week on the Island of Luzon. AMERICAN CASUALTIES WERE 25 General Pilar's Band Again at Work and Gave San Miguel Garrison a Three-Hoar Fight. Manila, April 24. Last week was one of the bloodiest of the war since the first day's fighting around Manila, authentic reports, mostly official, show ing a total of 378 Filipinos killed, 12 officers and 244 men captured, and many more wounded. The number wounded is hardly guessable. Consid ering that the Filipinos entirely lack hospital facilities, a great majority of the wounded will die. Probably the week's work finished 1,000 insurgents. The American loss was nine killed and 16 wounded. Two sergeants and one private were killed in ambushes, while escorting provision trains. The insurgents have been aggressive in almost every province of Luzon. General Piodel Pilar's band, numbering 300, which was ont of sight for three months, the leader being reported killed, has reappeared in its old field about San Miquel. Pilar is supposed to be again in command. He gave the American garrison at San Miquel, con sisting of three companies of the Thirty fifth infantry, with a Gatling, three hours' fighting, during a night attack. The loss of the insurgents in this en gagement is not included in the forego ing total, as they removed their dead and wounded, but presumably it was considerable. Twenty-two Filipinos in the province of Santangas attacked Lieutenant Wende, who, with eight men, was scouting near San Jose. The lieuten ant and five men were wounded, and one private was killed. Seigeant Ledonius, of the Thirty-httn infantry, was badly wounded in an ambush near Baliuag. Lieutenant Batch, of the Thirty-seventh infantry , with 70 men, had a five hours' fight with 400 insurgents in the Nueva Cacoras district. Twenty of the in surcents were killed. Colonel Smith, of the Seventeenth infantry, who captured General Mon tenearo and brought him to Manila, is in the isolation hospital, suHering trom smallpox. Colonel Smith's command captured 180 officers and men witn Mnntenpero. Montenegro, who was formerly one of the most dapper oflB cers in the Filipino army, looks worn and haggard. He says he led a terrible life for months, and he has .oHerea to return to the north with Colonel Smith, to endeavor to persuade his former com rades of the uselessness of opposing the Americans. One hundred escaped Spanish pris oners from the province of South Luzon bavearred at Manila. The insur gents have 400 more Spanish prisoners in that district. Recently the Fill pinos destroyed several rods of the rail road line near Paniaue, in an unsuc cessful attempt to wreck a train. DAMAGE BY FOREST FIRES Much Timber Destroyed and Probably Lives Lost. Winnipeg, Man., April 24. Exag gerated reports of heavy loss of life by forest fires in the southeastern portion of the province are denied. A special train from the scene of the conflagra tion todav brines news that much val uable wood and timber has been de- ntroved. but there has been no loss of life. Another story says: "Fires along the southeastern region are still raging. The entrapped spe cial train succeeded in breaking through the flames, and arrived this morning Brought in with it were several strag ffleis. found in a desperate condition near Vassar. These fugitives lost vrvthiner. All tell thrilling stories of escape from death. "Besides immense quantities of lum ber and wood, two large lumbering out fits are known to be burned. The driv r and bush men have scattered .in all directions, and out of 200 only about 30 are known to have reached a place of safety. The fatalities will not be known until the contractors can call thn roll of their men. The total loss is estimated at $1,000,000." Not Afraid of Kngllsh lw. Chicago, April 24. Earl Russell, Whnan recent divorce in Nevada from the Countess Russell, and marriage im infidiatelv afterwards to Mrs. Mollie Cook, arrived in Chicago today, ac companied by his bride. The earl says he will leave in a few days for London, regardless of the theories of an mo Enelish lawyers that his divorce is not valid there. Bandit Fired Into a Crowd F.a(?le Pass. Tex.. April 24. News has reached here of the killing of Jor dan L. Cook, at Acatlan, Mex. Cook was in charge of a railroad construe tion gang. He was standing in a group of a half a dozen men when a bandit rode up ana fired several shots into the crowd, killing young Cook. His father, who is ex-sheriff of Maverick county, Texas, has taken the matter up with the Mexican authorities. Many Cases of Worthless Checks. Chicago, April 24. The police say they have 18 cases against C. O. Charl ston, nnder arrest on the charge of get tine money from various persons on worthless checks. He is said to be former member of the Nebraska legis lature. Detroit, April 24. Charles G Fleischmann. secretary of the Trust Security & Safe Deposit Company, of this city, hanged himself in a barn to day. STRANGE TALE OF CRIME. Rleh Colorado Miner Charged With Murdering Four Men. Chicago, April 25. A remarkable sequel to a seiies of alleged crimes in the Rocky mountain country has come to light here. The Chicago develop ments are told in an interview by At torney William J. Candlisb, of this city, in explanation of notices received by the Chicago police asking foi the arrest of George H. Wright, alias James S. Weeks, alias C. T. Case,, alias Mr. Stevens, a native of Michigan, and a graduate of the law department of the university of Ann Arbor,. charged with murdering four persons, three in Utah and one in Colorado.- Attorney Candlish says he became ac quainted with Wright because they. lived at the same Chicago hotel in July, 1897, and Wright engaged him to go West and gather evidence to de fend him on the charge of having mur dered a man named Crampton, near Guffy, Colo., in January, 1897. Wright then, it is alleged, under the name of Case, deeded to Candlish a bank build ing, a residence, two office buildings and numerous vacant lots in Cripple Park and Guffy, Colo., besides trans ferring to him all his stock in various mining enterprises. (janausn says Case left his office to return in an hour with $200 as advance payment on Cand- lish's traveling expenses, and has not returned to this day. The Chicago man interested in Case's mining properties sent Candlish West, however, and he examined the properties at Cripple Park and Guffy. and was later made president of the Hub Hill Mining Company and of the Fines Mining Company and counsel for the Union Mining Company. Case has been president of the three com panies. Case told Candlish he was innocent of Cramptons' death and that the charge was an effort of enemies and business rivals to ruin him. A circu lar issued by Sheriff George A. Storrs, of Provo City, Utah, charges that Wright murdered three boys in Utah county, in February, 1895, and Eank their bodies beneath the ice of Utah Lake, the alleged reason for the crime being that the boys claimed to have knowledge of Wright's guilt as a cattle thief. This explanation was, it is al leged, given to the Utah state board of pardons in tne hearing for a pardon last April for the stepfather of the three boy who had been convicted of their murder and sentenced to be hanged, the witnesses before the pardon board being the divorced wife of the missing Wright, whose property and official po sitions have so strangely fallen to At torney Candlish, half way across the continent in Chicago. JAPANESE COOLIES. Home Government to Put a Stop to Wholesale Emigration. Washington, April 25. Information has reached Washington to the effect that the Japanese government itself, and without waiting a request from the United States, is about to take steps to restrict the immigration of Japanese coolies to the United States. It is as serted that the figures relative to this immigration have been magnified and that, as a matter of fact, theie are now not more than about 15,000 or 16,000 Japanese within the limits of the Uni ted States, outside of Hawaii. It is said that such emigration as has lately occurred has resulted entirely from the competition of the two great Japanese immigration societies; that the labor ers have been practically brought here under the delusion that there were on told opportunities for work at great waees. The Japanese government is interested in protecting its people from hardships resulting from such imposi tions. and that is the reason it intends to establish restrictions upon the out ward flow. Kan Into an Open Switch. Salt Lake, Utah, April 25. Rio Grande Western No. 1 ran into -an open switch at the Portland Cement Works in the city limits this afternoon, pil ing up the engine, tender and several cars. William Konold, the engineer, attempted to save himself by jumping, but fell under the train and was in stantly killed. None of the passengers were injured. Opposition to "Open Door" Growing. Paris, April 25. A special dispatch from Peking says: "Chinese opposition to the 'open door' policy is growing and endanger ing foreign capital and the lives of for eigners. Russia is most feared, and America is least disliked, because least aggressive." Toted to Resume Work. Chicago, April 25. The Tribune says: Against the explicit orders of the Building Trades Council, all of the brass-molders who struck at the West ern Electric Company's plant six weeks, ago have voted to return to work. The brass-molders number only 60, but their union includes all the members of the trade in the city. Free State Volksraad, Cape Town, April 23. At a meet ing of the volksraad of the Orange Free State, at Kroonstad, today, President Steyn denounced Lord Roberts' procla mation as "treachery," and declared that as Great Britain's object "was their destruction, their last hope was to appeal to the civilized powers to in tervene." Constantinople, April 25. Newi has been received from Beyrout, Syria, W the effect that the Turkish tofpedg boat Schaayl blew up in that harbor April 21, resulting in the loss of 23 lives. Croton Landing, N. Y., April 24. This was an exceedingly quiet day. Members of the firm of Coloinan, Brou hardt & Coloman were here today look ing over the ground. They said they consider the strike ot an end. They anticipate no farther trouble. MASSING OF BOERS Determined to Prevent the Relief of Wepener. POLE-CARE W'S FORCE IN A FIGHT Boers, After Some Resistance, Were Driven From Their Position at Leeuw Kup. London, April 25. The strong body of reinforcements which Lord Roberts sent to assist the relief of Wepener and to endeavor to envelop and cut off the Boers from retreat northward fur nishes further evidence that the Boers are assembled in much larger forces around Wepener than had hitherto been supposed, and as the Times, in an edi torial this morning, remarks, what ever may be the difficulties of roads and rains, the Boers appear to have guns, and sometimes big ones, where they want them. A Boer dispatch, dated Thabanchu, April 20, says that a fresh supply of cannon and ammunition has reached General Dewet at Jammersberg Drift. It also asserts that one ot Colonel Dal gety's guns has been smashed. Karnefontein, mentioned in Lord Roberts' message to the war office, is 15 miles southeast of Bloemfonrein. Leeuw Kop is two miles further south. Apparently the British captured raarde Kraal Sunday night. The Boers evacu ated Leeuw Kop during the night, re moving the gun, and the British occu pied the kop the next morning. FLOODS IN THE SOUTH. Steady Downpour of Rain and No Re lief in Sicht. r.r,,iiovi!lfl Tfv.. Anrii 25. The rains enntinnn throughout the flood districts of the South, and danger to lives and property is becoming more grave. i was thought Saturday the crisis was passed, but in many localities the rain is falling again with increased vio lence. Late reports to the weather bureau show that heavy precipitation has been general wiinin me last n hours throughout the flooded country. It was estimated last Saturday that $3,000,000 worth of private property had already been destroyed, and it. is now thought probable this damage will be heavily increased. Mail and tele graphic communication has been de stroyed between the smaller towns in Mississippi and Alabama, south of Jackson, the northern limit of the floods. Many farm houses have been swept away, their occupants barely escaping with their lives, and the drowning of a family of seven negroes is repotted form Jackson, Miss. Trains on railroads into New Olreans which have not been abandoned entire ly are running only in the daylight, owing to the dangerous condition of the track. The Louisville & Nashville New Orleans line which was in fair condition until last evening, is now cut in two by the destruction of a four-span bridge over the West Pascagoula river, near Cranton. Arrangements have been made to ferry passengers across the break. Thousands of people in the small water-bound towns of Missis sippi are reported on the brink of star vation. Welland Canal Wreckers. Washington, April 25. The result of the inquiry, so far as it has gone into the attempt to wreck the Welland Canal locks by the use of dynamite, was laid before the state department today in a special telegraphic report from United States Consular Agent Brush, at Clifton, a town opposite Ni agara Falls, on the Canadian side of the boundary. The report completely exonerates the Buffalo grain handlers from all connection with the crime, and strongly intimates that the attempt was the working out of a regniariy or ganized conspiracy among certain per sons in the United States said to be affiliated. with the Irish secret associa tions. Elephant Was Choked to Death. New York, April 25. "Dick," a vicious elephant belonging to the Sells & Forepaugh circus, was strangled to death in Madison Square Garden in an attempt to subdue him. A lew weeks ago he became dangerous, and heavy chains were fastened to his legs and tusks. While preparations were being made this morning to move the cicrus from the garden, "Dick" began to trumpet. Fearing a stampede, huge ropes were passed around the giant's body and neck, a dozen men pulling on them, the idea being to cnoae mm mw submission. The men were unable to make any impression upon mm, ana Mr. Sells had elephants attached to the ropes. They pulled with such vigor that he was choked to death. Burned Bis Wrecked Yacht. Paris, April 25. According to a spe cial dispatch from Suez, Count Ru dolpho Festetics, whose yacht Tolna was wrecked near the Island of Mini coy, in the Arabian sea, says that after the wreck he decided to burn the yacht rather than leave her to be pillaged by the natives of the island. The count, with two membeis of the crew who escaped, underwent great privations for two months. Yucatan Rebels Killed. Oaxaca, Mexico, April 25. General Bravo's force of Mexican troops has had several severe engagements with the Maya Indians in Yucatan during the last 10 days, and the rebels have suffered a heavy loss in killed and wounded. Rod Mills Shut Down. Joliet, 111., April 26. Operations were suspended today at the three rod mills of the Illinois Steel Company in this city. lines.