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GAZETTE. WEEKLY. UNION Estab. Jnly, 1887. GAZETTE Batata. Dec, 1S62. Consolidated Feb. 1899. COEVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1300. VOL. XXXVII. NO. 25. EVENTS OF THE DAY Epitome of the Telegraphic News of the World. TERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRES An Interesting Collection of Items Froi the Two Hemispheres Presented in a Condensed Form. Indiana Democrats indorsed Bryan. Robert's army is resting at Pretoria. Democrats of Missouri indorsed the Chicago platform. End of the Chicago labor trouble seems to be in sight. wolverton's plurality for supreme judge of Oregon is more than 10,000 Affairs in China are gradually work ing up a crisis of the first magnitude The legislature of Oregon will be Re publican on joint ballot by a majority of 24. Chicago people contributed $5,000 toward the relief of the Indian famine sufferers. A Christian journal in Japan has been suspended for showing disrespect to the imperial house. Alexander M. Dockery, of Gallatin county, Missouri, has been nominated by the Democrats for governor. Fire at Snsanville, Cal., destroyed three blocks of stores, containing forty buildings, entailing a large loss. London papers think that the Brit ish squadron is recognized as inferior U the Russian as well as the Japanese. Chinese soldiers attacked the Boxen near Peking, and in the engagement which followed many were killed on both sides. A aispatch from Cucuta, department of Santander, Venezuela, say that after 13 days of fighting, the Colombian revolutionists have, routed the govern ment forces near Buracamanga, captur ing a number of prisoners, includin; General Penasohu.. Secretary Long has issued an order for an experiment of the utmost im port a nee. The purpose is to see how much time would be occupied in put ting into condition for active naval service a part of the United States fleet to meet an emergency. Judge Morrow, of the United States circuit court at San Francisco, on com plaint made by Jew Ho, has granted an order temporarily restraining the board of health and chief of police from prohibiting the surgeons employed by the Chinese to care for their dead, entering the quarantine line. Steps have been taken to organize a national Negro party in Philadelphia Prominent negroes bishops, ministers, editors and lawyers at a meeting de cided to place a presidential ticket in the field with negro candidates. The plan is to organize the party in every state of the Union, and nominate can didates for state and congressiona' offices. Colombian rebels threaten Panama Maryland Democrats have declared for Bryan. Otis has landed in San Francisco and is on his way to Washington. Kather than suppress the Boxers, China means to fight all Europe. The Republicans were generally sue cessful in the election in Oregon. George Murphy, a Brooklyn bridge builder, was drowned near Engene, Or The wife of ex-secretary of state John Sherman, died at Mansfield, Ohio. Cuban frauds are now known to in volve an amount something like $500, 000. Boxers are said to be approaching Tien Tsin, intending to attack the city. The house has agreed to the $5,000, 000 appropriation to the St. Louis ex position. A medical diploma "factory" was raided in Chicago and its officers are in jail. Lord Roberts has entered Pretoria. His first order after reaching the city was for the release of prisoners. Malcolm A. Moody was re-elected tc congress from the Second district ol Oregon, Tongue from First district. The attorney for tne Chinese Six Companies in San Francisco, filed with the clerk of the United States circuit court an application for an injunction compelling the board of health of this city to abandon the quarantine which it has imposed upon the Chinatown district. Special dispatches received froir. Algiers portray a serions situation Thousands of Moors are massing at Fugig and in the neighborhood, pre paring for a determined attack upon the advance posts of the French. The French columns have joined hands at Zoubia, but the men suffer terribly from heat and thirst, and hundreds of camels died. The French are prepar ing entrenchments and are confident of their ability to repel an attack and even to take the off ensive against Fugig if necessary The discharge of the president of th Amalgamated Association of Tir Workers precipitated a strike at th. Great Western Tinplate Works, Joliet, Illinois, throwing out 300 men. The wage question in not involved. Seven hundred injunctions were filed upon strikers and labor leaders in the George's Creek, Maryland, coal mining region, restraining them from interfer ing with miners who desired to resume work. LAItR NEWS. Chinese government is dealing on irms to the Boxers. Four persons were killed in a trolley-oar accident at Providence, R. I. The Republican convention hall at Phiadelphia wlil seat 16,000 people. Boers have torn np 24 miles of rail road between Pretoria and Kroonstad. Tacoma will have a captured Span ish cannon for use in its Fourth of July celebration. Boers captured a British battalion of 500 men at Roodeval, severing Rob erts' line of communication. Philippine rebels aim to follow the tactics of the Cuban rebels during the war of the latter against Spian. The steamer City of Seattle, which arrived at Seattle from Alaska, brought 220 Klondikers and $500,000 in gold. Senator Clark was given a great ova tion at Butte, Mont. He made a speech denouncing his enemies as per jurers. Documents siezed in the Philippines indicate that in a rebel plot for an up rising in Manila, women were to take important part. Chinese minister in London says it is i.bsurd that the powers should believe the empress dowager is aiding the Box ers' movement. May shipments of coal from Seattle to San Francisco by water amounted to 20,000 tons, or half of the total amount of coal received at that port during May. As a result of a week s scouting in the Philippines, more than 200 in surgents were killed and 160 captured, while 140 rifles, v:ith ammunition and stores were seized. Two five-story brick buildings, owned by Geo. E. Ketcham, on West avenue, New York, containng 125,000 bushels of grain, were destroyed by fire, caus ing a loss of $140,000. In the preliminary examination of L. L. Cook, charged with the murder of James Collins at Arlington, Or., a physilcian testified that Collins could easily have been saved. It is estimated that during the past month various railroad corporations have placed orders for 20,000,000 to 30,- 000,000 feet of Washington fir, mainly in bridge timbers, dock stuffs and ties. The clean-up of gold in the Klon dike this season will be $20,000,000 to $25,000,000, according to the estimates of well-known miners arriving from the Klondike. The Spring work is well along in the district, the only drawback being the scarcity of water, This fact, it is said, will result in de laving the clean-up until late in the summer. Russia and Japan may come to wax as a result of the Boxers movement. General Pio del Pilar, the Filipino leader, was captured by Americans six miles east of Manila. Two men were instantly killed and eight seriously injured by the explosion of a boiler at a brick works at Annis ton, Ala. The Boxer movement is spreading throughout China. Russia gives notice that if the powers do not act she will go it alone. An explosion, caused by mining fuses at the customs department, at Oporto, Portugal, killed two persons and injured 13. Harry Dekker, a well known pro moter of Western railroad properties, shot and killed himself in his apart ments at New York Citv. One man was killed and four hurt by the falling of a freight elevator in the Nichols & Shepherd Implement building at Kansas City. A fire in the oil refining and salt peter district of Hamburg, Germany, destroyed property to the value of 4,000,000 marks, including many dwellings. A tannery owned by Fayette, Shaw & Co., at Miller, Wis., wad destroyed by fire, causing a loss of $100,000. Nine hundred men were thrown out ol employment. The investigation of the affairs of Adolph A. Kuhn, junior member of the firm of Kuhn Bros., brokers, of Chi cago, snows he has left a shortage xf $1,030,000. The president has approved the find ings and sentence in the case of Cap tain Deining, of Buffalo, assistant com missary of subsistence, U. S. V., tried at San Francisco on a charge of forgery and embezzling public funds. Alexander Stevenson, a line repairer of the Utah Electric Light & Power Company, of Salt Lake, was instantly killed by electricity on Third South and Main streets. He went up a pole to do some work, and took hold of a live wire. His body hung suspended in the network of wires in the presence of hundreds of people. In Japan a new law just put into op eration forbids smoking by persons un der 20 years old, and also forbids the selling of tobacco or other smoking material to youths of this age. Fines are provided for the smoker and for whoever sells to him the stuff. The law provides also foi fining the parents of such youthful smokers, because they di'j not teach their offspring better habits. An American water hyacinth which is not infrequently an obstrution to na vigation in southern rivers has been successfully killed on the Melpomene canal, New Orleans, by a chemical spray. A license to sell intoxicants was given to a man in Benton, Ky., with the proviso that no one should be al lowed to "treat" in his barroom, and that every patron mast pay for his own liquor. CAPTURE OF PILAR Real Filipino Leader by Americans. Taken HE WAS CAUGHT NEAR MANILA ;rT Stand of 31 Americans Against 600 Insurgents at Catubig. Manila, June 11. General Pio del filar, the Filipino leader, has been cap tured near Manila. Brave Stand at Catubig. Washington, June 11. Perhaps the most thrilling and picturesque incident of the entire Philippine war occurred st Catubig, on the island of Samar, where, April 15 last, a party of 31 en listed men of company K, Forty-third volunteers, held at bay a lorce of some 600 insurgents during four days of fierce fighting, reinforcements arriving just in the nick of time. The war depart ment has received reports from Captain H. M. Day, of the Forty-third volunteer infantry, and First Lieutenant J. T. Sweeney, of that regiment, who com manded the rescue party, giving all the details of the attack, siege and the relief. According to the reports the attack on the garrison at Catubig began with out warning, Sunday morning, April 15. From the hills on all sides, from very point of vantage in the town and irom a deserted church directly adjoin ing came a rifle and cannon fire of ter rible intensity. Tuesday morning, band fu Is of burning hemp were thrown Into the barracks from the insurgents in the church and soon the soldiers' refuge was on fire. All efforts to sub due the fire failed, and, finally, the lit tle band, made a dash for the river bank. Some were killed before the Dank was reached, others fell dead in a boat in which it was intended to make the opposite shore, and when a trench was finally dug with bayonets, only 16 of the 31 were left to man it. Here, for two more days, Corporal Car son, handling his men with the judg ment of a veteran, held out under a terrible fire until the arrival of Lieu tenant Sweeney's command, which had been ordered to supplement the garri son at Catubig, and which was on its way up the river on the steamer Lao Aug. Not until within a quarter of a mile of Catubig, says Lieutenant Sweeney, in his report, did they hear the noise of the engagement. Then he realized that he and his men were sore ly needed and he ordered the captain of the steamer to run his boat at top speed. The Lao Aug steamed up to Catubig under a rain of Mauser bullets from both shores. The small boats were lowered, a landing effected, and the rescuers fought their way through the open to their comrades in the trenches, buried the dead within reach, brought back to the boat the besieged party, numbering now only 13 men, and then steamed down the river. The Ashantee War. London, June 11. According to a dispatch to the Daily Mail from Accra, dated June 8, a native rumor is in circulation that Sir Frederick Mitchell Hodson, governor of Gold Coast colony, made a sortie from Kum assie, where he had been besieged by the Ashantees, but was forced to retire and ultimately to surrender. Mail ad vices from Accra, dated May 17, say: Fifty thousand Ashantees are in arms and the insurrection is spreading. It is impossible for white men to go into the interior successfully during rainy season." the Negotiations Are Off. St. Louis, June 7. Negotiations be tween the strikers and the St. Louis Transit Company, looking to a settle ment of the strike, are off for the pres ent, and probably will not be resumed intil the strikers agree not to demand the discharge of the men now in 'he employ of the company in ordei that they may regain the positions they gave up when the strike was declared. Explosion in a Mine. Gloucester, O.. June 11. Two hun dred miners were imprisoned at 7 A. M. today by an explosion of gas in mine No. 2. It was thought at first that the loss of life would be very large, but the work of the rescuers was carried on so energetically and success fully that all were rescued an saved by tonight except three, who were killed. American Stork for Japan. San Francisco, June 8. Japan is seeking American and European cattle to intrdouce among native heids and improve the general stock on the is lands. Four Japanese government offi cials, specially commisioned to select and purchase fine stock, have arrived here. They will inspect the herds of this state before going East and to Europe. They propose to get the best grades of breeding stock known. Mississippi River Boat Sunk. New Orleans, June 11. The river boat T. P. Leathers sank yesterday at Bouger's Landing, 25 miles above New Orleans. The loss is $37,000. There were 70 persons aboard, all of whom reached the shore safely in lifeboats. Admits Killing Uorton. Skagway, June 11. The trial of the 12 Indians charged with murdering Bert Horton and his young wife, from Eugene, Or., on Lynn canal, 35 miles, Iroru Skagway, last October, was begun city yesterday, Judge Melville Browne, recently from Wyoming, on the bench. Only one of the Indians has pleaded. He is Jim Hansey, who first confessed that he killed Horton. In pleading he said: "I killed the man; I did nof murder the woman." OOM PAUL TALKS. Correspondent Found Him in a Car at Maehadodorp. London, June 11. The exeutive offices of the Transvaal government are in a railway car, which is shunted on a switch at Maehadodorp. President Kruger caused the interior of the coach to be reconstructed some time ago, with a view to contingencies that have now arrived. A correspondent of the Daily Express, who went from Lou renco Marques to see President Kruger, was received yesterday. The presi dent sat smoking a long pipe. He looked worried, but his bearing itself waB quiet and determined. He did not make the least objection to being interviewed. The correspondent was equipped for the interview by cables from London. "Yes," said President Kruger, "it is quite true that the British have oc cupied Pretoria. This, however, does not end the war. The burghers are fully determined to fight to the last. They will never surrender so long as 500 armed men remain in the country. I feel encouraged by the fine work Steyn and Dewet are doing im the Free State." The correspondent suggested that the war was over, inasmuch as the capital had been taken. "The capital," exclaimed President Kruger, with energy, "what is a capi tal? It does not consist of any particu lar collection of bricks and mortar. The capital of the republic, the seat of the government, is here in this car. There is no magic about any special site. Our country is invaded, it is true, but it is not conquered. The fjovernment is still effective." Referring to the reason why he left Pretoria, President Kruger said: "I was not foolish enough to be taken prisoner. I provided this means of locomotion precisely for the same reason as our burghers supply them selves with horses when they take the field. It is necessary that I should be able to move quickly from place to place. That is all. Bye and bye this i car will take me back to Pretoria. For the present, it enables me to keep away from Pretoria, where I could be ot no sevrice ana where 1 should only play into the hands of the enemy." RUSSIA WANTS MORE MONEY In Need of More Cash to Complete the Trans-Caucasian Line. New York, June 11. The advices from London that M. Rothstein, a well known financier of St. Petersburg, would soon arrive in this country, with a view to looking over the situation here as an agent of his government and determining whether or not a large Russian loan could be floated in the United States, are said by leading for eign bankers in this city to be accurate. Whether or not M. Rothstein shall ultimately be successful in his mission, however, it is not believed by promi nent local financiers that he will be able to place a loan of any magnitude in the United States for the next few months, until the presidential campaign shall be ended. It may be remembered that in Feb' ruary of this year, the Russian imper ial government negotiated a loan of $15,000,000 with a syndicate of New York banks, trust companies an insur ance companies. In exchange for their money the syndicate receive four per cent bonds, guaranteed principal and interest by the Russian govern ment and secured by a first mortgage on the Wladikawkos railway system. The loan now sought is also for rail way construction, according to a Wall street man intetrested in the February operation, who said: "M. Kothstein, president of the Rus sian Imperial Bank of St. Petersburg, and one of the government's trusted agents is, I have been informed, com ing here to get money for the Russian trans-Caucasian railway. This is one of the longest roads in the world and is not completed by any means. Money is needed. M. Rothstein is coming from London here, and is going to Washington to see the Russian minis ter, through whom all negotiations are to be made." The London report also said that a large Russo-American bank might be established here as an outcome of M. Rotbstein's visit, but this is regarded by high authorities here as exceedingly unlikely. Plague In Brazil. New York, June 9. A dispatch to the Herald from Rio Janeiro says: It is announced that during the last 24 hours there have been eight new cases of plague. An official bulletin says that since the plague appeared there have been 88 cases in which 26 have proved fatal. The South Atlantic squadron, nnder command of Rear-Admiral Schley, has been ordered to sail for Montevideo. Fire in Baker City. Baker City, Or., June 11. At 10 o'clock this morning Carter & Miller's slaughter house was burned to the ground. The buildings are a complete loss; value, $600. Large stocks of hides were oil hand and are partly dam aged. No insurance. One of the em ployes was burning offall, and a strong wind which sprung up is supposed to have carried sparks into the dry build ings. The entire loss is about $1,000. Labor is paid three cents for produc ing 144 boxes of matches. Labor buy these matches back and pays $1.44. Volcano Conies to Life. San Francisco, June 11. Captain O. J. Storrs, of the transport Leelanaw, reports that a volcano in the South seas, which has been quiet for many years, has again resumed action. The volcano is located on the Dedicas rooks, Babuyan islands, near where the cruis er Charleston was lost. The Leelanaw passed within three miles of the rocks, and clouds of steam were observed com ing from the orater. The waters about the islands were also troubled. A BLOODY SUNDAY Half a Dozen St. Louis Strik ers Shot Down. DEPUTY SHERIFFS DID SHOOTING Several Outbreaks in Various Parts u' the City -Militia Is Being Prepared for Action. St. Iiouis, June 12. The day just ended has been one of the most event ful and bloody since the great strike on the St. Louis Transit began more than a month ago. There were numerous encounters between strikers and other individuals and the constituted author ites, resulting in four deaths and the wounding of five or more persons, mostly strikers. The dead are: C. Edward Thomas, striking con ductor on the Choteau avenue line; shot in breast by deputy sheriff; died on the way to hospital. George Rine, striking motorman on Delinar avenue line; shot in abdomen by deputy sheriff; died at city hospital. Fred Boehm, aged citizen, shot and instantly killed while standing in his front yard by deputy sheriff. Ed Burkhardt, striking conductor on Delmar avenue line; shot in head; may die. The day was quiet until this after noon, when the police were taken off a number of Htreet car lines for the pur pose of giving them a rest and to test the ability of the Transit Company to operate without friction. The most serious trouble broke out between 6 and 7 o'clock in front of the six-story building on Washington ave nue, between Broadway and Sixth streets, occupied by the sheriff's posse comitatus as a barracks and head quarters. Several hundred strikers nao gone to n,ast St. iiouis earlier in the day to attend a picnic given for their benefit, and toward evening began returning home. The trouble was pre cipated when 150 strikers in uniform and headed by a drum corps, came west on Washington avenue. In their caps, some of them had cards bearing these words: "Union or nothing; liberty or death." Just as they were passing the bar racks, a car of the Park avenue division was going west. A number of the men broke from the line and rushed for the car which was without the usual police guard. A brick was thrown through the car window and a shot was fired by somebody not known. At the first intimation of trouble the sheriff's posse swarmed from the build ing and surrounded the crowd of strik ers, calling on them to disperse. Other shots were fired. Then several depu ties turned loose theii repeating shot guns, loaded with buckshot. As far as can be learned only four men in the strikers' ranks were hit. Not a deputy was wounded. Under the command of Colonel Cav- ender, the deputies arrested 20 of the strikers and took them into the barracks, where they were searched. Three re vol vers and a number of pocket knives were secured, and the prisoners were taken to the Four courts, where they were locked up pending an investiga tion. The remainder of the strikers fled, followed by a squad of mounted police that had been summoned. They dispersed without further trouble. CHINA GETS WORSE. Civil Foreigners in Peking; Are Under Arms to Fight. Tien Tsin, June 12. The special train that went to examine the line and reconnoiter returned last night The railway was found clear two miles beyond Yang Tsuh. The engineers, with tne guards, walked a mile and a half further. They found the ties and two bridges burned, and the railway torn up. The first repair train, with Admiral Seymour and his staff, 650 British, Captain McCalla's 100 Americans, 40 Italians and 25 Austrians. left this morning at 9:30. A Hotchkiss and other guns were mounted in the center of the train. A second train left at 11 o'clock, with 600 British, Japanese, Russian and French troops. Repairing matter and new rails were taken along. There are 31 foreign war vessels at Taku. A message from Peking to the admirals asserts that the situation is hourly growing more dangerous for for eigners. All those at Peking have taken refuge in Legation street. The civil males are under arms to fight with the regulars, if necessary. The ap proaches to Legation street are sur rounded by howling mobs of undis ciplined soldiery, with cannon and bayonets. The international guard were holding off the mob, which screamed insults and threats. To Prospect Siberian Coast. San Francisco, June 12. The Rus sian syndicate headed by Count Charles Bogdanovitch, that is to prospect the Siberian coast for gold, sailed for the frozen north on the chartered steamer Samoa today. There are about 40 in the party, all told, among them being 27 miners, headed by H. Roberts, of Comstock fame. Paul de Lamschkaff- sky also accompanies Count Bogdano ;itch. He was formerly a Russian mail agent, and knows every bay anr inlet on the Siberian coast. The vessel cleared for Alexander bay, and will be gone about six months. Railway Nearly Destroyed. London, June 12. General Fores tier Walker wires to the war office from Cape Town, under today's date as follows: "Information received from natives early yesterday reports the en emy in three columns near Honing Spruit. The railway has been almost completely destroyed between America and Roodeval." PLANS FOR CARNAGE Disclosed by Sundry Filipino Does ments Captured. Manila, June 13. The great store of Insurgent documents discovered by General Funston, together with the in teresting papers which Captain Smith found in the possession of General Pan taleon Garcia, throw interesting side lights upon the Filipino government Most important of the lot is Agrinaldo's plan for the uprising of Manila, which was drawn by him at Malolos, is in his own handwriting in Tagalog language, and bears the date January 9, 1899. Pinned to the document was a transla tion into Spanish done in the hand of Buencamino. Aguinaldo's order was addressed to his "valiant sandatihans" or bolo men. When the word for the uprising was given they were to slay all American soldiers in Manila. The inhabitants were to repair to the house tops, whence they were to hurl down upon the insurgents heavy furniture and any iron implements they might have, heated red hot. They were also to have ready in their houses hot water, which was to be thrown upon passing soldiers, or squirted at them from bam boo syringes. The women and children were exhorted to help in preparing the water and boiling oil, which they were to pass out to the men for use. After ward the bolo men were to run through the streets slashing Americans wher ever they met them. They were in structed not to stop to pick up the guns of the soldiers they killed, those could be collected afterward. The bolo men were warned to restrain themselves from the temptation to looting, be cause, as Aguiualdo explained, he was particular desirous to make good in the eyes of foreign nations his assertions that the Filipinos were disciplined and civilized people. Particular injunc tions were given for protecting the banks, even the Spanish bank. MAY GET A NEW TRIAL. Man and Woman Now Serving Life Sen tences for Murder. Topeka, Kan., June 13. The supreme court has reopened the celebrated mur der cases of George Dobbs and Mrs. Amelia New, now serving life sentence in the Lansing penitentiary for the murder, near Eureka, in 1897, of Joseph New, the woman's husband. The court has granted a writ of coram nobis, which is, in effect, an order to the district court to hear the applica tion for a new trial, which the lower court had refused. Dobbs and Mrs. New were convicted two years ago. The theory was that they were in love, and conspired to get rid of Aew, so they might marry. After they had been in the penitentiary for some time, Alvin Ballard, sent up for horse stealing, asserted that he could prove that Dobbs and Mrs. New were innocent. Ballard said Frank Allgood, now in the penitentiary for forgery, William Turner and he were the real murderers. Ballard told the story in detail, saying he belonged to a robber band organized by Allgood, and told the officers where they could find many stolen horses and vehicles. Bal lard was taken from the penitentiary to verify his assertions, and aided the officers in recovering much stolen prop erty. On the strength of this evidence, application for a hearing in the cases of Dobbs and Mrs. New was made be fore the district court of Greenwood county, where they weie convicted, but the motion was refused. Now that the supieme court has overruled the lower courts' decision, the motion for a new trial will be heard at once. STRIKERS' PLANS. St. Louis Car Men Will Spend SI 00,000 to Equip an Elaborate 'Bus System. St. Louis, June 13. The Central Trades and Labor Union proposes to establish a bus line in St. Louis, to compete with and run parallel to the lines of the St. Louis Transit Company, on which there is a strike, to be oper ated by union men. At a meeting at Walhalla hall last night, the hrst step was taken toward this end iy the adoption of a resolution to raise at least $100,000 to purchase and equip the necessarv bus system. From the resolution adopted and the declarations of the speakers, hence forth the policy will be to win the strike, if possible, on the basis of a general boycott, which in all of its ramifications is to reach to almost every industry in the city. The fare on a bus for a distance equal to that traversed by the street-car line will be five cents. Monday opened quiet, after a reign of terror. With one exception, all the street-car lines are in operation. A revise list of casualties makes the list of dead three, fatally wounded one, and 10 wounded. W. D. Mahon, president of the Na tional Association of Amalgamated Street Railway Employes, has tele graphed President Goinpers that street car men returning from a picnic Sun day evening, peacefully and unarmed. were fired upon by the sheriff's posse and shot down like dogs. London, June 12. The Daily Ex press has the following dispatch, dated Saturday from Prashu: 'lhe British relief force is now half way to Kumas- sie. The road is partly under water. Many of the carriers have deserted, and before advancing further the relief col umn must await carriers from Sierra Leone with stores." Plague in Australia. Adelaide, South Australia, June 13. A total of 23 deaths from the bubonic plague is officially reported from Rock- hampton, Queensland. Two fresh cases are reported here, one 01 wnicn nas proved fatal. British Occupied Kooinatiport. Lourenco Marques, June 12. It is reported that the British have occupied Kooinatiport, after fighting. President Kruger is said to have a large quantity of personal valuables with him. CAPTURED BY BOERS Another British Battalion ia Dutch Hands. ROBERTS' COMMUNICATION CUT Disaster to the Derbyshire Refitment in the Engagement at Roodeval. London, June 13. Lieutenant-Gen-iral Sir, Frederick Forestier-Walker, in command of the lines of communi nation in South Africa, reports that ia the disaster to the British troops on June 7, at Roodeval, where the Boers ;ut Roberts' line of communication, che Fourth battalion of the rank and tile of the Derbyshire regiment were ill killed, wounded or made prisoners, sxcept six enlisted men. Two officers ind 15 mei -re killed and five officers ind 72 men wounded, many of them severely. The Boers returned the wounded to the British. Officers killed svere: Lieutenant-Colonel Baird-Doug-ass and Lieutenant Hawley. The wounded included Colonel Wilkinson tnd Lieutenant Blanchard, of the Cana dian infantry. Forestier-Walker's dis patch in full is as follows: "Cape Town, June 13. The follow ing telegram has been received from Oolouel Knox: 'Kroonstad The fol lowing casualties are reported from Roodeval, under date of Rhenoster river, June 8, received here by flag ol truce on June 10: The Fourth bat talion of the Derbyshire regiment, the Sherwood Foresters: Killed, Lieuten ant Baird-Douglass and Lieutenant Hawley and 15 of the rank and file; wounded, Colonel Wilkinson, Captain Bailey, Lieutenants Hall, Lawder and Blanchard, and 50 of the rank and file; the Shropshire light infantry, one; Cape Pioneer Railroad regiment, seven; Ammunition Park, Royal marines and Imperial Telegaphs, one each; Post- office corps, one.' Stoneham reports that many were severely wounded and the remaining fourth of the Derbyshire and details are prisoners, except six of the rank and file, who are in his camp. All the wounded are in his camp, lately occu pied by the Fourth Derby shires. In quiries are being made as to the names." It is inferred the Boeni captured over 500 men, and as late as June 10, held positions cutting off the British forces north of Kroonstad from reinforce ments. APPEALS TO THE POWERS. The Imprisoned Chinese Emperor Begs for His Relief. London, June 13. The Shanghai cor respondent of the Daily Express, tele graphing yesterday says: "Weng Tung Ho, Emperor Kwang Hen's tutor and- confidant, who was dismissed by the dowager empress after the coup d'etat in 1898, sends, with the special sanction of the emperor and his party, including three viceroys, a message to the people of the West. It is in part as follows: " 'His majesty is convinced through ample trustworthy sources, that the loyal support of many scores of mil lions of the Chinese will be accorded to his proposals for putting an end to the state of anarchy brought about by the action of the Empress Hsi Tsi. The government of China being virtually ncn-existent, the emperor proposes that the foreign powers, whose troops dom inate the capital, shall remove his im perial person from the palace, -rn which his majesty is confined a prisoner; shall declare Empress Hsi Tsi and her present ministers to be usurpers, and shall bring Emperor Kwang Sn to Nan kin, Wu Chang or Shanghai, which ever the said foreign powers deem to be the most suitable situation for the new capital of the Chinese empire un der the new conditions. It is proposed by his majesty and his advisers that the foreign powers should declare a joint protectorate and undertake the task of governing the country through his majesty.' 1 'The message suggests that the pro tectorate should abolish certain boards in iVkin, appoint new ministers, abol ish the existing so-called army, estab lish a gendarmerie under foreign offi cers, take control of the customs, posts and telegraphs and work them through Chinese officials, establish uniform currency, readjust taxation and insure the freedom of religion. Spokane, Wash., June 13. O. B. Masterson, a young business man oi Rathdrum, Idaho, eloped this morning with Clara, the youngest daughter oi W. A. Hart, a wealthy banker of that city. The young couple, accompanied by a party of friends and Probate Judge Brady, took the North Coast Limited of the Norhern Pacific at Rath drum. The train was late, and, soon after leaving the station started at a 62-mile gait. The wedding party hur ried to the observation car, where Judge Brady quickly pronounced the words which made the couple man and wife. Rathdrum is but seven miles east of the Washington state line, so there could be no delay, as the judges' jurisdiction extended only to the county line. He spoke the final words just in time as the train was in Washington before the congratulations could be spoken. Cave In at the United Verde. Jerome, Ariz., June 13. This morn ing aliout 1 o'clock there was a serious cave in on the 500-foot level of the United Verde mine, in which John Gray, of Salt Lake, and Jed Torreno lost their lives, and Robert Northers, of London, was slightly injured. James Meickle, a laborer, had his arm and thigh broken, and received internal injuries which are likely to prove fatal. The accident occurred in what was supposed to be the safest place in the mine.