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WEEKLY. UNION Kotah. July, 18T. Consolidated Feb. 1899. CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 1900. VOL. XXXVII. NO. 34. GAZETTE Estab. DM CORVALLIS EVENTS OF THE DAY Epitome of the Telegraphic News of the World. TERSR TICKS FKOm 2HB WIRES An Interesting Collection of Items From h Two Hemispheres Pres r it j in a Cor 'lensed I' c.'io- The Russians lost 500 killed at Peit Sang. Democrats opened their national campaign. Fire in a Butte, Mont., mine caused f 100,000 damage. There will be no yellow peril, so far as Japan is concerned. Wisconsin Republicans nominated Robert M. La Follette for governor. The postoffice at Colfax Wash., was burglarized and $40 in stamps secured. A telegraph line from Yaldes to Cape Nome, Alaska, is under construction. Lieutenant-Colonel Hoare's garrison at Eland's river has surrendered to the Boers. Bryan and Stevenson were formally notified obtheir nomination at Indian apolis. General Miles says the situation in China is serious. He says the move ment of troops is difficult. Heavy rains in the Yellowstone Na tional Park completely extinguished the forest fires which had burned for some time. River improvement will precede and a naval station accompany the location of a government drydook on the Colum bia river, Or. One man was killed and four ser iously injured in a collision on the Spokane Falls and Northern, near Spokane, Wash. General MacArthur's official report of the sickness in his army on July 31 is as follows: Sick in hospitals, 8,755; sick in quarters, 1,081. The third battalion of the Fifth in fantry, stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illi nois, has been ordered to China to join General Chaffee's command. The Columbia Southern railway is extending its telegraph line through Harney county, Oregon, which is thought to be a good indication that the railroad will shortly follow. The wife of Dr. A. McDonald West water, of Liaoyang, Manchuira, com mitted suicide at Arma in consequence of mental depression caused by her ex citing experiences at New Chwang just before her departure from China. When bids were opened at army headquarters at Chicago for the trans portation of troops from Fort Sheiidan to ban ranciasco, tne umcago as Northwestern was found to be the low est bidder at $7 per capita from Fort Sheridan to Ogden. From Ogden to the coast the troops are carried by the Southern Pacific. This is the lowest bid ever made for the transportation of troops. St. Louis strikers blow np a car with dynamite. Harrismith surrendered to the Brit ish August 4. Russian troops looted, tortured and murdered at Tien Tsin. Towne declines the Populist nomina tion for vice-president. Li Hnng Chang says the Chinese must fight if the allies advance. Americans want General MacArthur to lead the international forces. Chinese reported to have 170,000 troops between Tien Tsin and Pekin. Insurgents are troublesome in the vicinity of Cagayan, Island of Min danao. Fire in the heart of the city of Blue fields?, Nicaragua, did damage to the amount of $175,000. Three people were killed and 1 1 in jured in a collision on the Monon route, near Lafayette, Ind. Conger cables that the situation of the ministers is precarious. Imperial troop are firing on the legations. Battery O, with its 7-inch siege guns, the largest in the army, and 175 men, have left Fort Riley, Kan., for China. Memorial serivces for Humbert in & Catholic chnrch at Washingtion augur better relations between the papacy and the Italian government. It is stated positively that President Krnger is willing and anxious to sur render, providing a satisfactory promise is given as to his ultimate destination. A. H. Zeigler, of Santa Cruz, Cal., formerly a justice of the peace in Idaho, killed his wife by cutting her throat, and attempted suicide by hack ing his own throat. Fire at Spencer, Tioga county, N. Y., destroyed the saw mill, grist mill and the lumber yards of A. Zeeley, the Grove hotel, the town electric light plant, the Lehigh Valley railroad sta tion, and other property, entailing a loss of $150,000. If you never begin a task you will never finish it. According to Mr. Wilson, secretary of agriculture, the skins of superfluous dogs in Nebraska are tanned and made into gloves. This might give a valua ble hint to many large cities where great numbers of stray dogs are killed annually. Hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of cauine pelts are im ported annually for this purpose, dog akin being one of the best materials for oves. LATER NEWS. Dr.Steinitz, the died in New York. chess champion, A site has been chosen for the new Fort Hall' Indian school. The Russian minister will not leave Pekin before his comrades. The besieged foreigners in Pekin have food to last them only a week. Bryan's speech of acceptance will be reproduced by phonograph. Twelve persons were killed and 40 injured in a train wreck in Italy. The empress intends to leave Pekin before the foreign troops arrive. Appropriations by the last session of congress were $710,150,862. The ameer of A fghanistan is prepar ing to cross into Russian territory. The annual convention of the Typo graphical Union opened in Milwaukee. Several oannerymen were arrested for packing salmon after close of sea son. By mistake British and Russian ar tillery shelled the Americans at Yang Tsun. Judge Lacombe, of New York, re fused to sign a writ of extradition foi Neely. About 20 farmers near Salem real ized 56 cents per bushel foi wheat Dy pooling the same. Export of gold from New York is ex pected to relax the financial tension at European capitals. The state department replied to the edict appointing Li Hnng Chang i peace commissioner. Two government pack trains leave Vancouver to take a transport at Seat tle for service in China. The report that the Canadian govern ment has abandoned the royalty on the Yukon gold output is not correct. Ai export duty is under consideration. Parejita, well-known Cuban bandit, was shot and killed at Palma Sorito, 20 miles from Santiago, by a corpora.' of the rural guard. This outlaw had been terrorizing the country for several years. He has committed numerous murders. A pitched battle occurred near Gra ham, N. M., between a posse, undei Deputy Sheriff W. K. Foster, and two bandits who robbed a store in Graham in broad daylight. One of the robber? was killed. The other was wonnded, but he escaped. C. N. McMahon, a young society man, of Woodward aVenue. Detroit, was robbed of $500 in greenbacks while coming out of the California theater, San Francisco, after the performance by a pickpocket, who secured the roll of bills and escaped. Extreme hot weather continues in the East. Prince Tuan is preparing to escape from Pekin. The Klondike gold yield this year is $25,000,000. Several persons were killed by a storm in New York. Governor Roosevelt will speak in Oregon in September. Seattle inaugurates a move for an international fair in 1904. There is a great demand for timber and farm lands in Oregon. Hot weather killed 39 persons in New York and Philadelphia. Bryan has decided to make a general campaign tour of the country. Sealing schooner Minnie, of Victoria, was wrecked in Northern waters. King Victor took the constitutional oath before the Italian parliament. General Randall is given authority to send destitute persons out from Nome. The ringleaders in the Pretoria plot to capture Lord Roberts have been ar rested. General MacArthur sends news of the surrender of a Filipino command of 173. Jefferies is anxious to meet Fitzsim mons and Sharkey in the last week of August. In the French naval maneuvers a tor pedo boat destroyer was sunk and 42 lives lost. Many American soldiers were pros trated by the heat in the advance on Yang Tsun. Chinese viceroys want the United States to prevent the landing of troops at Shanghai. Fifteen persons were killed by rail road train striking an omnibus in Pennsylvania. Congressman Overstreet says the Republicans must work hard to control the next house. Encouraging developments are re ported from the Sumpter district of Eastern Oregon. Six persons were killed in an Italian railroad wreck. The king and queen went to the scene. An advance guard of the internation al column has pushed on from Yang Tsun to oocupy Tsai Tsun. A London newspaper correspondent writes a bitter complaint of the con duct of affairs in South Africa. The French press and people are not pleased with tbto appointment of Von Waldersee as commander-in-chief. If there enters your soul a sense of peace which makes you forget all that is behind you, all that is mournful and confused in your past, that is God. Some time ago the Princeton, N. J., university presented to the British museum 250 specimens of North Ameri can birds' eggs many of them of rare species. Now the British museum re ciprocates by presenting to the Prince ton university 2,000 mounted birds, in cluding brilliant specimens from India, Australia and the Malay islands. GOOD SALMON CATCH Yielded More Money This Year Than Last. FISH WERE OF FINEST QUALITY Detailed Estimate of the Individual CstohH and Comparison it Those of Last Tear. Astoria, August 13. The fishing sea son just closed on the Columbia river baa been a remarkable one in several particulars. While the run of salmon has been light and the pack is small compared with that of former years, the price of raw fish has been such that more money has been paid to the fish ermen, trapmen and seiners for their labor than for several seasons. The quality of the fish caught has been ex ceptionally good, commanding the highest market figures, and, notwith standing the advance in raw fish; the packers have sold their product at prices which netted them a much bet ter profit than they received a year ago. Thus, while the pack shows a slight falling off from that of 1899, the season of 1900 can be regarded as a more suc cessful one so far as the profits of all directly engaged in 'the industry are concerned. Official figures show the spring pack on the Columiba river for the season of 1899 to have been 278.000 cases. While it is impossible at this time to get exact figures, a carefully prepared estimate places .this season's pack at 262, 0M cases. This estimate is on a basis f four dozen one-pound cans to the case. About 40 per cent of the to tal pack was put up by the Columbia River Paokeni' Association, commonly known as the combine, which consists of a combination of 10 canneries. Be sides the above, there were 1,600 tons, or what would equal 50.000 cases, of salmon shipped by the cold-storage men. The estimated pack of the indi vidual canneries, compared with the estimate at the close of last season, ia as follows in cases: Canneries. 1899. 1900. Union Fishermen's Co-operative.. 26,000 22,000 Kan bom 9,00 Columbia River Packing Co 14,500 13,000 Booth Packing Co 24,000 20,00C McUowan. Chinook 7,500 14,000 McOowan, Cascades 8,000 Metier 16,000 14.U0U Pillar Rock 12,000 28,000 Warren, Calhlamet 7,500 10,00(1 Warren, Cascades 17,000 11.000 Beulert 2,000 7,000 Colombia River Packers' Associa tion, Astoria 132,500 102,000 Columbia River Packers' Associa tion, Cascades 4,000 The Dalles Packing Co . 1.500 William Hume 3,000 Buckhelt Packing Co. 12,000 Totals 276,000 262,000 Battle With Bandits. Good land, Kan., August 13. The two men who held up a Union Pacific passenger train near Hugo, Colo., last Sunday, killing Mr. Fay and plunder ing the passengers, were killed today by a sheriff's posse at the Bartholo mew ranch, three miles east of this place. The robbers were located in the house on the ranch in the morning, and the posse lined up and cut off escape. After a fusillade between the robbers and the posse, in which Riggs and Cullens, deputies, were shot, one of the robbers jumed from a win dow and sought to escape, but was shot to death. The posse then lay siege to the house in whichthe remaining rob ber stood guard with a Winchester, and finally succeeded in Betting fire to the building, which was destroyed with its occupant. The robbers have not yet been identified. The Hot Wave. Philadelphia, August 13. The in tense heat today resulted in two deaths and 20 prostrations. The maximum temperature, 98 degrees, was reached at 4 o'clock this afternoon. The mini mum was 80 at 4 o'clock this morning At 8 o'clock the mercury had reached the 85 mark, and by 10 o'clock bad jumped to 92. At noon three addition al degrees were noted, and at 2 o'clock 96 degrees was registered. The aver age for the past four days has bee, higher than for any similar period on record. Many large factories through out the city are working on half time, the heat of the afternoon being too great for the employes to endure. Floods la New South Wales. Victoria, B. C, August 13. News brought from Australia by tne steamer Aorangi is to the effect that terrible floods oOourred in New South Wales during July, as a result of which some hundreds of people were rendered home less, while the property loss was enormous. People had to flee for their lives from the floods, while the result of -years of labor was swept away in a few hours. Hawkesbury and the Na pean valley suffered most. Appeals are being made for aid throughout Au stralia. Glass Factories to Start Up. Pittsburg. Pa., August 13. The of ficials of the American Window Glass Company announce that all the factor ies in the country controlled by that combination will be started up Sep tember 1, with the exception of one plant in this city. No date has been fixed for a wage conference with the employes and the window glass manu facturers. Colorado Sues Pullman Company. Denver, August 13. The state of Colorado today began a suit against the Pullman Palace Car Company for $11,085, which it is claimed Is due the state as an incorporation fee. The company is incorporated in this state for only $100,000, while in Illinois it is incorporated with a capital of $74, 000,000. The suit is brought to force the company to incorporate anew here and pay the incorporation tax on its entire capital. PLOT TO CAPTURE "BOBS." A Bald Boar Conspiracy Nipped In the Bud. London, August 13. The Daily News has the following dispatch from Pretoria, dated August 9: ' 'A plot to shoot all the British offi cers and to make Lord Roberts a pris oner has been opportunely discovered. Ten of the ringleaders were arrested and are now in jail. "It is probable that it is ""part of a conspiracy of which the attempted ris ing at Kannersburg was the first indi cation." Details of the Plot. Pretoria, August 13. Everything was prepared in the plot to make Lord Roberts a prisoner and shoot the Brit ish officers, and the conspiracy was only discovered at the last moment. The conspirators numbered about 15. They had planned to set fire to the houses in the extreme western end of the city, hoping that the troops would be con centrated there. The plan was that the conspirators wore forcibly to enter all houses occupied by British officers and kill the occupants. The Boer sym pathizers were acquainted with the plot, and several had been told off t secure the person of Lord Roberts ann to hurry with him to the nearest com mando. Horses bad been obtained for this purpose. The affair has created a tremendous sensation. Pretoriaus Involved. Pretoria, August 13. The plot dis covered to make a prisoner of Lord Roberts and shoot all the British offi cers, included a number of the towns people, who were in communication with the enemy. It was arranged that the capture and killing should take place on the evening of Tuesday last. Intense indignation prevails throughout the army, and the general opinion is that the leniency of the British invited such a conspiracy. It is considered that no measure for the repression of such plots can be too strong. HOT WEATHER IN THE EAST. All Records Broken in Chicago Many Deaths and Prostrations. Chicago, August 13. Hot weather records for this city were broken again today. For 25 years, or since the weather bureau was established, there has been but one term ot hot weather in which the mercury reached 90 for five consecutive days. The average maximum temperature for these five days was 92. There have been now six days on which the temperature has gone above 90, and the average max imum for the six days has been 93.5. Today was the hottest of the present season, the mercury reaching 95 in the Auditorium tower at 3 o'clock. On the street it was two degrees warmer than in the tower. , The prolonged heat is having a seri ous effect on business. All those who can leave the city for points along the lake shore and the woods are going, and many have materially curtailed their hours of labor. Gangs of labor ers all over the city laid offeduring the afternoon. There were ioajpdeaths due to the heat, and 29 prostrations, three ol which are expected to prove fatal. The four deaths today make a total of 17 due directly to the heat. It is esti mated that over 100 deaths of people already ill have been hastened by the weather of this week. For the week the mortality list has been mounting with great rapidity, the ia crease being attributed entirely to the heat. There were 465 deaths last week., and with the present ratio of increase there will be 600 this week. The ratio of deaths, according to the coroner, will increase steadily as long as the hot weather continues. Cost of the Molineaui Trial. New York, August 13. The convic tion of Reland B. Molineanx for the murder of Mrs. Kate Adams, it has been ascertained from an authentic source, was obtained at an expense to New York county of more than $100, 000, says the Herald. One of the chief causes of this enormous expense was the large amount of money de manded by handwriting expert. Could Not Hear the Whistle. Pendleton, Or., August 13. The fast mail, east bound, struck the wag on of J . C. Saltmarsh, a farmer driv ing a four-horse team from town today, throwing him a long distance from the track. Saltmarsh suffered fracture of the skull, and will die. He was deal and could not hear the numerous whistles of the engine. Seal ins; Schooner Minnie Lost. Victoria. B. C, August. 13. A letter was received this morning, vie Seattle, by Mrs. Jacobson, wife of the owner and master of the sealing schooner Minnie, in which was report ed the total loss of that vessel in Bear ing sea. The crew was saved. No de tails are given. The schooner and equipment were insured for $4,000. British Force for China. Simla, August 11. Including the Fourth brigade, the strength of the force proceeding to China is 446 Brit ish officers, 1,064 non-commissioned and native officers, 13,970 men, 11,850 followers, 1,150 drivers, 2,520 horses, 4,300 ponies and mules, 12 guns, 14 Maxims and 1,800 imperial serivoe troops. It is expected that the entire force will have sailed before the mid dle of next month. Cat to Pieces Under a Train. Pocatello, Idaho, August 13. Jamei Whalen, a butcher of this place, fell between the cars of a moving freight train three miles north of here tbii forenoon, and was cut to pieces. Whalen was intoxicated, and was steal ing a ride. Two Deaths in Pittsburg;. Pittsburg, August 13. Today th temperature registered 94 degrees. Two deaths and seven prostrations were resorted. FIFTEEN WERE KILLED Train Crashed Into a Loaded Omnibus. SEVERAL SERIOUSLY INJURED Accident Occurred at Grade-Crossing Where No Watchman Is .Employed. Slatington, Pa., August 14. Fifteen persons were instantly killed and 11 others, several of whom will die, were seriously injured tonight iu a grade crossing, about three miles from this city, a passenger train on the Lehigh Valley & New England railroad crash ing into an omnibus containing 25 per sons. All the dead and injured were in the omnibus. But three of the oc cupants escaped injury. The omnibus passengers were re turning to Slatington from a funeral . The dead and injured were nearly all relatives of Sophia Schoefer, whose obsequies they had attended. The ac cident occurred at 5 o'clock at a sharp ' curve. The train was a special, and was running at a lively rate of speed. The omnibus came along at a good rate of speed, the occupants unconscious of any impending danger. As the bus swung around the curve the engine came in sight. It was too late to stop either the omnibus or the train, and, as the driver of the former whipped up the four horses to cross the track ahead of the train, the latter crashed into its middle. The occupants were thrown in all directions, bruised and bleeding. The 15 dead were killed outright. Physicians and a special train were sent from here and the injured were taken to South Bethlehem. No watchman is employed to warn teams of pedestrians of any approach ing train, and those living in the vicin ity state it is impossible to hear an ap proaching train. The horses drawing the bus escaped unhurt. DID DOUBLE CRIME. Murdered His Friend and Bobbed the Express. Columbus, O., August 14. Charles R. H. Ferreil, a former employe of the Adams Express Company, was arrested this afternoon in this city, and con fessed to the killing of Messenger Lane and the robbery of the way safe of the Adams Express Company, on the Penn sylvania east-bound train Friday night. One thousand dollars of the money he stole was recovered. Ferrel was to have been married Thursday next to Miss Lillian Costlow, daughter of an engineer on the Pennsyl vania line. He had been discharged from the employ oi the Adams Express Company, and confessed that the motive of the robbery was to secure money for the approaching wedding. The money recovered he had given to Miss Costlow to keep for him, saying he had saved it from his earnings. Ferreil is but 22 years of age. He was at the home of his affianced and in her company when placed under arrest. When the officers took him into custody he assumed a nonchalant de meanor, but when he found that he could no longer carry out the decep tion, he made a full confession. After his statement had been taken by Chief of Police Tyler and he was led to a cell in the police station, he was in a state of nervous collapse, and orders were given that he be watched closely to pre vent his doing himself bodily injury. The confession of Ferreil disclosed a premeditated and blood curdling crime, almost impossible to believe. He said he had become desperate because of his inability to secure employment and a realization of the fact that he must have money to defray the expenses of his approaching marriage. The rob bery, including the murder of Express Messenger Lane, had been planned carefully. Ferreil had no accomplices and no confidants He knew Lane well. In fact, they were friends, and he re lied upon Lane's confidence to help him execute the crime. He knew that considerable money was always carried by the messenger between St. Louis and Colnmbus, and that he was certain to secure a large sum if he rob bed the way safe. Nine Struck by Lightning. New York, August 14. Nine persons who sought shelter under trees in the woods in the Bronx section during a storm this evening, were struck by lightning. They were James Brown, a Hungarian tailor, of this city, hit wife and five children, and Bertha Lesohowitz and Bertha Silverman. They were taken to Fordham hospital. At a late hour tonight attending physi cians said they thought Mrs. Brown, two of her children and Bertha Silver man could not possibly live. The physicians said Bertha Leschowitz would either die or become hopelessly insane. The party was camping out. Plague Situation at Manila. Washington. August 14. Marine I hospital service advices from Manila, just received, state that the number of plague cases there is diminishing. No information has been officially commu nicated here regarding the reported action ot tne Singapore neaitn omcew in quarantining against Manila. Six Killed In a Train wreck in Italy. I Rome, August 14. A train bearing many notable persons, who had been attending the recent ceremonies here, collided with another a few miles out side the city. Six persons were killed outright, and several others fatally in jured. The king and queen went im- ' mediately to the scene of the accident. The names of the victims have not been ascertained, but it is understood that Grand Duke and Duchess Pierre, of Russia, are safe. FOUR KILLED BY A STORM. Two Others Probably Fatally Injured Wind and Lightning. New York, August 16. In the storm which passed over this section this af ternoon, four persons were killed in Brooklyn, and two others stand very little chance of recovery from injuries received. Thomas Dunn, 16 years of age, was killed by lightning while sheltering under a tree. Frank Valentine was crushed in the wreck of his barn that had been set on fire by lightning and Clarence Weeks, a farmhand, who was in the bam be fore the lightning struck it, is missing. Chauncey Lay, 16 years of age, became entangled in an electric wire and was burned to death. l-anme Bryne, 17 years old, was badly burned and shocked in alighting irom a .Brooklyn Heights trolley car during the storm. The arm of the trolley car broke and fell upon Miss Bryne'8 shoulder. She tried to push it from her and was badly shocked. Her life is despaired of. Angelina Rosa, SO years of age stepped upon a live electric wire and was burned and shocked so badly that she may die. At lenany, a. J., Lizzie Worth was killed and her mother and two sisters were severely injured by a bolt ol lightning that they will probably die. DEATH RATE IN HONOLULU. Alarmingly High. Especially Among Natives and Japanese. Honolulu, August 6. The health re ports for the months of June and July show an alarming increase in the death rate, especially among native Hawaii ans and Japanese of the Island of Ohau, which has the only complete records In June the number of deaths pel thousand was 45; in July 49.68. The increase for the past few years, as shown by tables just compiled, hat aroused a great deal of discussion. In 1896 the July deaths numbered 48. Since then the figures have jumped tc 59, 75, 93 and this year 114. Consumption heads the list of dis eases, causing deaths in almost every month, and there is agitation foi strict measures to quarantine patients. The board of health is discussing a quaran tine against consumption, as many peo ple come here from other places to en joy the mild climate, and it is believe that they are a source of danger to the population. Typhoid fever has also claimed i good many victims lately, a slight epi demic having developed in one district of Honolulu. The TJnited States courts in Hawaii were formally inaugurated today by Judge M. M. Estee. Strike at Marseilles. Marseilles, August 15. The strike of the firemen of the Trans-Atlantic Steamship Company, which began thi morning, seriously interferred with the arrangements for the departure of the transports, only one, the Polynesian, getting away. The strikers of the oth ers left the vessels. This afternoon the strikers tried to prevent the Polynesian leaving the harbor, by blocking tht entrance with a number of barges. Ten strikers entered by the scuttles and threatened the firemen with death. They were placed under arrest. It wai only with great difficulty that the com pany's tugs succeeded in driving the barges toward the quays, where all the manifestants, some 50, were arrested. Filipinos Surrender. Washington, August 14. The wai department received today the follow ing dispatch containing cheerful newt from General MacArthur: ' 'Manila, August 14. Adjutant-Gen eral, Wasbingotn: Colonel Grassa August 11. in the vicinity of Taug, sur rendered command to Colonel Free man, Twenty-fourth United States in fantry, consisting "of one major, si? captains, six lieutenants, 169 men, IOC rifles and 50 bolos. "MacARTHUR." Two Fatally Shot by Bobbers. St. Joseph, Mo., August 14. Josepl Phelpot and Frank Craig, both wealth; stockmen, were fatally shot, near theii homes, three miles from Nodaway Mo., early this morning by two mei who attempted a hold-up. The stock men had visited the St. Joseph marke with cattle, and the robbers doubtlesi expected to secure a large sum o money, which had already been de posited in a bank here. Still Fighting in Columbia. Kingtson, Jamaica, August 15. There was heavy fighting last weel south of Carthagena, Colombia. The rebels lost heavily, and retreated. Writers describe the suffering of the people as very great. One says thai a disorder resembling bnbonio plagui has developed at Panama. So mam were killed in the last battle at Pana ma that some of the bodies had to b burned. Suicide of an Indian Family. Burns, Or., August 14. A few days ago, Snowdie, a Piute Indian of thii county, committed suicide by eating wild parsnips. Last week; his child, a 14-year-old girl, on account of bad health, ended her life in the same way. Her mother, upon finding the child dead, procured some parsnips, and, eat ing them, also ended her life It it unusual for Indians to commit suicide. Germany will land troops to protec her interests in the Yangtse valley. Newark Goes to Cavite. Washington, August 15. Actinj Secretary Hackett, of the navy depart ment, today received a dispactb froa Admiral Kempff, stating the cruisei Newark, his flagship, has sailed from Nagasaki for Cavite. The Newark hai been for some time past in Chines waters, and was in the vicinity of tb operations at the time the Taku forti were taken. It is presumed here the trip to the naval station at Cavite ii for the purpose of making some neces sary repairs. , NO TIME FOR PEACE The Ministers Must First Be Liberated. REPLY TO THE CHINESE EDICT America's Firm Position In This Mattes Is Unchanged A Message From Conger. Washington, August 15.-The reply of the United States government to China's overtures for peace was made public early in the day, showing the firm and final position that had been taken. AVhile expressing satisfaction at this peace step, the reply states that it is evident "that there can be no gen eral negotiations between China and the powers" so long as the ministers and legationers are restrained and in danger, and then follows a specific statement of what the United States expects as a condition precedent to a cessation of hostilites. viz.: That a body of the relief force be permitted to "enter Pekin unmolested" and escort the ministers back to Tien Tsin. The text of the American reply is as fol lows "Memorandum: Touching the im perial edict of August 8, appointing Li Hung Chang envoy plenipotentiary to conduct negotiations on the part of China with the powers, and the request for a cessation of hostilities pending negotiations, communicated to Mr. Adee by Mr. Wu on the 12th of Au gust, 1900. "The government of the United States learned with satisfaction of the appointment of Earl Li Hung Chang as envoy plenipotentiary to conduct nego tiations with tne powers, and will, on its part, enter upon such negotiations with a desire to continue the friendly relations so long existing between the two countries. It is evident that there can be no general negotiations between China and the powers so long as the ministers of the powers and the persons under their protection remain in their present position of restraint and danger, and that the powers cannot cease their efforts for their delivery of those repre sentatives to which they are constrain ed by the highest consideration of national honor, except under an ar rangement adequate to accomplish a peaceable deliverance. We are ready to enter into in arrangement between the powers and the Chinese government for a cessation of hostile demonstra tions on condition that a sufficient body of the forces composing the relief expedition shall be permitted to enter Pekin unmolested and to escort the for eign ministers and residents back to Tien Tsin, this movement being pro vided and secured by such arms and dispositions of troops as shall be con sidered safe by the generals command ing the forces composing the relief ex pedition. ALVAL A. ADEE. "Acting Secretary. "Department of State, Washington, August 13, 1900." Message From Conger. A dispatch was received from General Phaffpfi trflnnmittinir a mcssao-e he had received from Minister Conger. Evi dently tne message naa ueeu aeiayea lnni7 in machine him. and his own dis patch was dated four days ago. The dispatch was as follows: " Arlintant-Mnnfiral. Washington Toitsun, 8th Message received today: 'Pekin, August 4. We will hold until your arrival. Hope it will be soon. Send such information as you can. Conger.' CHAFFE." Three Men Killed. Nnw York. August 15. Three em ployes in the New York Steam Heating Company were killed this morning by the explosion of a 15-inch pipe elbow. They are: Frank Sherrick, of Jersey City; George Jenkins, Edward Brown, colored, of this city. Jackson and Brown tried to crawl out, but were overcome and suffocated. Sherrick was on the second floor, in the fire room and was suffocated bv the steam. Others seriously injured were sent home. W. J. David, the engineer, wag arrested. More Pay for Operators. Pittsburg, August 15. After several conierences with the Baltimore & Ohio railroad officials, the Order of Railway Telegraphers has secured recognition of the order and a readjustment of wages and conditions, which will mean an advance and betterment to the majority of 2,000 or more operators employed on the Baltimore & Ohio system. In some instances, the advance will be between $5 and $10 a month. Illinois' Wheat Crop. Springfield, 111., August 15. The state board of agriculture issued a bul letin today stating that the winter wheat crop of Illinois amounts to 20,- 677,000 bushels, the largest since 1896. The quality is excellent, and at the price of August 1, 68 cents, its value is $14,169,000, the toest returns since 1894. Explosion In Shanghai. shanchni. August 15. A native nowder magazine exploded last night. Tha lirnnnim is not known. Foreigners are not admitted within the magazine enclosure. Baltimore Dock strike.. Baltimore, August 15. The strike of 000 union stevedores is assuming an ugly aspect, in which minor dis turbances are of daily occurrence. A big crowd last night attacked a .street car at Locust Point, in which were a number of non-union colored men- One of the negroes drew a pistol and fired five shots into the crowd of men, wo men and boys who were following them. Three of the shots took effect, wounding Harry Presser, Joseph l'euseb and Arthur Raynier.