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TALMAGrE'S ' SEEMON.
"THE 8VAR WORMWOOD" LAST SUNDAY'S SUBJECT. "Thwre Fell a Great Star from Heaven , Ilarntni ; It Wer and It Fell Cjion the Third Fort of th * Itlreri , Etc. " n r. 81 10. Patrick and Lowth , Thomas Scott , Matthew Henry , Albert Barnes and some other commentators say that the star Wormwood of my text was a typo of Attlla , king of the Huns. Ho was BO called because ho was brilliant as a star , and , Hko wormwood , ho embit tered everything ho touched. Wo have studied the Star of Dothlohcm , and the Morning Star of Revelation , and the Star of Peace , but my subject calls us to gaze at the star Wormwood , and my theme might bo called Brilliant Blttor- nuss. nuss.A A moro extraordinary character his tory does not furnish than this man , Attlla , the king of the Huns. The atory goes that ono day a wounded heifer come limping along through the fields , and a herdsman followed Its bloody track on the grass to see whore the heifer was wounded , and went on back , further and further , until he came to a sword fast in the earth , the point downward as though it bad dropped from the heavens , and against the edges of this sword the holfer had been cut. The herdsman pulled up that sword and presented It to Attlla. AttlU said that sword must have drop ped from the heavens from the grasp of the god Mars , and Its being given to him meant that Attlla should conquer and govern the whole earth. Other mighty men have been delighted at be ing called liberators , or the Merciful , or the Good , but Attila called himself , and demanded that others call him , "Tho Scourge of God. " At the head of seven hundred thou sand troopa , mounted on Cappadocian horses , he swept everything , from the Adriatic to the Block sea. He put his iron heel on Macedonia and Greece and Thrace. He made Milan and Pavla and Padua and Verona beg for mercy , which he bestowed not. f he Byzan tine castles , to meet his ruinous levy , put up at auction massive silver tables , and VOSOB of solid gold. When a city was captured by. him the Inhabitants were brought out and put Into throe classes : The first class , those who could bear arms , must Immediately en list under Attlla or bo butchered ; the second class , the beautiful women.were made captives to the Huns ; the third class , the aged men and women , were robbed of everything and let go back to the city to pay a heavy tax. It was a common saying that the grass never grew where the hoof of Attlla's horse had trod. His armies reddened the waters of the Seine and the Mosejle and the. Rhino with car nage , and fought on hc Catalonlan plains tthe fiercest , battle since the world stood 300,000' 'dead left on the field. On and on until all those who could not oppose him with arms lay prostrate on their faces In prayer ; then a cloud of dust was seen in the dis tance , and a bishop cried , "It Is the aid of God ; " and all the people took up the cry , "It Is the aid of God. " As the cloud of dust was blown aside , the banners of .reinforcing armies marched In to help against Attlla , "the Scourge of God. " The most unimportant oc currences he used as a supernatural resource. After three months of fail ure to capture the city of Aqullela , when his army had given up the siege , the flight of a stork and her young from the tower of the city was taken by him as a sign that ho was to cap ture the city ; and his army , Inspired with the same occurrence , resumed the siege and took the walls at a point from which the stork had emerged. So brilliant was the conqueror in attire that his enemies could not look at him , but shaded their eyes or turned their heads. Slain on the evening of his marriage by his bride , Ildlco , who was hired for the assassination , his followers bewail ed him , not with tears , but with blood , cutting themselves with knives and lances. He was put Into three coffins , the first of iron , the second of silver , and the third of gold. He was burled by night , and Into his grave was | j poured the most valuable coins and precious stones , amounting to the wealth of a kingdom. The grave dig gers and those who assisted at the burial were massacred , so that It would ( never bo known where so much wealth ' was entombed. The Roman empire conquered the world , but Attlla conquered the Ro man empire. Ho was right In calling himself a scourge , but Instead of being "the Scourge of God , " ho was the scourge of hell. Because of his brilliancy and bitter ness , the commentators might well have supposed him to bo the star Wormwood of the text. As the re gions ho devastated were parts most opulent wltn fountains and streams and rivers , you see how graphic my text la : "There fell a great star from heaven , burning as It were a lamp , and It fell upon the third part of the riv ers , and upon the fountains of waters , and the name of the star Is called Wormwood. " Have you ever thought how many embittered lives there arc all about us , misanthropic , morbid , acrid , saturn ine ? The European plant from which : wormwood Is extracted , Artemisia ab sinthium , Is a perennial plant , and all the year round It la ready to exude Us oil. And In many human lives there Is a perennial distillation of acrid ex periences. Yea , there are some whose whole work Is to shed a baleful Influ ence on others. There are Attllns uof the home , Attllas of the social circle I Atttlas of the church , Attllas of the state , and one-third of the waters of all the world , if not two-thirds of the waters arc poisoned by the falling of the star Wormwood. It la not com plimentary to human nature that most men , ns soon ns they got great power , become overbearing. The more power men have the better , If their power bo used for good. The less power men have the better If they use It for evil. Birds circle round and round and round before they swoop upon that which they arc aiming for. And If my discourse so far has been * swinging round and round , this moment It drops straight on your heart , and asks the question , Is your life n benediction to others , or an embltterment , a blessing or a curse , a balsam or a wormwood ? Some of you , I know , are morning stars , and you arc making the dawning life of your children bright with gra cious Influences , and you are beaming upon all the opening enterprises of philanthropic and Christian endeavor , and you are heralds of that day of Gos- pollzatlon which will yet flood all the mountains and valleys of our sin-ac cursed earth. Hall , morning start Keep on shining with encouragement and Christian hope ! Some of you arc evening stars , and you are cheering the last days of old people ; and though a cloud sometimes comes over you through the querrul- ousness or unreasonableness of your aged father and mother , It' Is only for a moment , and the star soon comes out clear again and is seen from all the balconies of the neighborhood. The old people will forgive your occasion al shortcomings , for they themselves several times lost their patience with you when you were young , and per haps whipped you when you did not deserve It. Hall , evening star ! Hang on the darkening eky your diamond coronet. * * What Is true of Individuals Is true of nations. God sots them up to revolve as stars , but they may fall wormwood. Tyre the atmosphere of the desert , fragrant with spices coming in cara vans to her fairs ; all seas cleft Into foam by the keels of her laden mer chantmen ; her markets rich with horses and camels rom Togarmah ; th * bazaar filled with upholstery from He dan , with emerald and coral and agate from Syria , with mines from Holbon , with embroidered work from Ashur and Chllmnd. Where now the gleam of her towers ? where the roar of her chariots ? where the masts of her ships ? Lot the fishermen who dry their nets where once she stood ; lot the sea that rushes upon the barrenness where once she challenged the admiration of all nations ; let the barbarians who set their rude tents where once her pal aces glittered , answer the questions She was a star , but by her own sin turned to wormwood , and has fallen. Hundred-gated Thebes for all tlmo to bo the study of antiquarian and hieroglyphtst ; her stupendous ruins spread over twenty-seven miles ; her sculptures presenting In figures of war rior and chariot the victories with which the now forgotten kings of Egypt shook the nations ; her obelisks and columns ; Karnac and Luxor , the stupendous temples of her pride ! Who can imagine the greatness of Thebes In those days , when the hippodrome rang with her sports and foreign roy alty bowed nt her shrines , and her avenues roared with the wheels of pro cessions in the wake of returning con- qucrord ? What dashed down the visIon - Ion of chariots and temples and thrones ? What hands pulled upon the columns of her glory ? What ruthlessness - ness defaced her sculptured wall anil broke obelisks and left her Indescrib able temples great skeletons of gran- Uo ? What spirit of destruction spread the lair of wild beasts In her royal sepulchers - ulchers , and taught the miserable cot tagers of today to build huts In the courts of her temples , and sent deso lation and ruin skulking behind the obelisks and dodging among the sar cophagi , and leaning against the col umns , and stooping under the arches , and weeping in the waters which go mournfully by , as though they were carrying the tears of all ages ? Lot the mummies break their long silence and como up to shiver In the desola tion , and point to fallen gates and shattered statues and defaced sculp ture , responding : "Thebes built not ono temple to God. Thebes hated right eousness and loved sin. Thebes was a star , but she turned to wormwood and has fallen. " * * * From the persecutions of the Pll- grim Fathers and the Huguenots In other lands , God set upon these , shores a nation. The council-fires of the aborigines rigines went out In the greater light of a free government. The sound of the war-whoop was exchanged , for tlw thousand wheels of enterprise and progress. The mild winters , the fruit ful summers , the healthful skies charmed from other lands a race of hardy men , who loved God and wanted to bo free. Before the woodman's axe forests fell , and rose again Into ships masts and churches' pillars. Cities on the banks of the lakes began to rlva cities by the sea. The land quakes with the rush of the rail car , and the waters are churned white with the steamer's wheel. * Fabulous bushels o Western wheat meet on the way fabu lous tons of Eastern coal. Furs from the North pass on the rivers fruits from the South. And trading In the same market are Maine lumberman and South Carolina rice merchant , and Ohio farmer , and Alaska fur dealer And churches and schools and asy lums scatter light and love and mercj and salvation upon seventy millions o people. I pray that our nation may not copy the crimes of nations that have per Ished ; that our cup of blessing turn not to wormwood and wo go down , am by nature and by grace nn optimist and I expect that this country wll continue to ndvnnco until the world shall reach the millennia ! era , Our only safety Is In righteousness toward God and Justlm toward man. If wo forget the goodness of the Lord to this land , am ! break his Sabbaths , and Im prove not by the dire disasters that have again and again conic to us ns a people , and wo learn savins lesson neither from civil war nor i aging epi demic , nor drought , nor mlldow , nor scourge of locust and grasshopper ; 'f ' the political corruption which has " poisoned the "fountains of public vir tue , and besllmed the high places of authority , making free government at times . a hissing and a byword In all the earth ; If the drunkennebs and li centiousness . that stagger and blas pheme j in the streets of our great cities ; fit though they were reaching after the fame of a Corinth and a Sodom , are not repented of. we will yet see the smoke of our nation's ruin ; the pll- lars of our National and State CapItols - Itols will fall moro disastrously than when Sanihon pulled down Dagon ; and future historians will record , upon the fiPI page bedewed with generous tears , the story that the free nation of thr West stai arose in splendor which made the aiw world stare ; It had magnificent possi bilities. ! It forgot God. It hated Jus tice. It hugged its crimes. It halted on Its high march. It reeled under the blow of calamity. It fell. And as it was going down , all the despotisms of arth , from the top of bloody thrones , egan to shout : "Aha ! BO would we ave It ! " while struggling and op- ressed peoples looked out from dun- eon bars , with tears and groans , and rles of untold agony , the scorn of hose , and the woe of these , uniting In he exclamation : "Look yonder ! There fell a great star from heaven , urnlng as it were a lamp , and It fell pen the third part of the rivers , and upon the fountains of waters , ; and the lame of the star Is called Worm wood ! ' " WITH APPENDICITIS. ilic Hufferrd , but Announced There Wni n Cure In Sight. A woman from near Sabatls came nto Lewlston after n doctor to go out and visit her daughter , who was 111 n bed , ns she said , the other nlgnt. The woman explained that once a week is sure as ascertain night cnmo around , the daughter was taken 111 and went o bed with all the symptoms of appcn- llcitis , as soon as supper time came. The doctor didn't like going out to Sabatls In the cold , but went. The woman said that her daughter didn't < now that she was coming In after the loctor. She had gone to bed and ocked the door of her room. When there the doctor warmed himself while the lady wont up to tell her daughter that the doctor was there. In a little while the woman came down , and , with a scared face , said that the door was locked and she could not arouse the girl. The doctor went up and tried : o shako open the door , but It would not shnke. So the father of the young ady put his shoulder to the door nud forced It open. There was no ono .1 .ho ' room , and the bed had not been : umbled. That they were startled Is putting It light. They adjourned to the kitchen , and finally went out to search for the girl. Nothing was found of her , and the next morning they were talking of it nt breakfast tlmo when down she came from the bedroom as If she had been asleep In her bed all night. The consternation on their faces showed that she was found out , and she confessed that she had been going to dances once a week ; and that In stead of being 111 when she went to bed , she went out her window , and In that way found her way to the street , where a beau waited for her. "But I am go ing to be married now , and It will not make much difference whether I go to the dance with your consent or not , " she said. Lewlston Journal. MEXICO'S SIGN LANGUAGE. Its Slimline * " "d SuKftentloi'K Are Ito- yonil All Tniimliitlou. Mexico Is a land of many tongues ; but above the Indian dialects and Spanish thcro Is one universal lan guage , the language of signs , says Modern Mexico. It is the most ex pressive of all ; the Mexican eye and hand are eloquent members. It Is capable of Infinite variation ; its shadIngs - Ings and suggestions are beyond all translation. But there are certain ges tures that have a fixed meaning , a sig nification well understood to every na tion aud every tribe from Guatemala to Texas. A general upward move ment of the body , shoulders shrugged , eyebrows raised , lips pouted , the palms outspread vary In meaning from "I don't know and I don't care" to a most lespectful , "Really , sir , I do not under stand you. " The Index finger moved rapidly from right to left , generally before the face , means , "No more , " or simply "No. " To move the right hand palm outward from the body toward another person means , "Just wait ; I'll bo even with you yet. " The Index fin ger on the temple , moved with a boring twist means , "He's drunk. " The right hand held to the lips throe fingers doubled , thumb and llttlo finger erect , varies from "He drinks" to "Have one with me. " To move the open hand over the cheek In Imitation of a razor has reference to the Idiom "playing the barber" and means "to flatter. " All four fingers and the thumb held points together and moved toward the mouth means "to cat. " The right hand held before the face , the two mlddlu fingers moving rapidly , Is a familiar saluta tion. Two commercial travelers were com paring notes. "I have been out three weeks , " said the first , "and I have only got four orders. " "That beats mo , " said the other. "I have been out four weeks , and have only got ono order , and that's from the firm to como home. " niERfflHOTimT Whoaton's Now Britfnclo Ad vances on the Enemy. INSURGENTS PLAN OP ATTACK rAILS Tliry Find It Bnfrr mid More Couiforlnbl * lo Slnjr In Trriiflirn A'o Outlirrftk 1 * Apprrlinidrd In .tlHiillu City Well ! * > - llr d , but rr * tnrc if Women , llnucirr U llir < > i - > i | : < < d Work for I lie Tnrmttjr- Hrcaixl MANILA , March III. Ueifral Wheaton'H newly formed divisional brigade ( ) advanced at 7 a. m. from SHU edro | Macatl for the purpose of cor ralling the enemy. It is now moving on 1'aslg , meeting with but slight re sistance. The rebels are In full retreat. A Kiinbual is clearing the jungle along the river banks , which have been carried as far as Guadaloupe. The purpose of the move Is to clear the country to Lagune do Bay. The Filipinos apparently had plan ned an attack upon the lines of Gen eral Otis and General Halo this morn ing , but their courage seemed to fall them , though they tired signals and afterwards kept up the fusillade along the American front for an hour. Our troops , in obedience to orders , re frained from shooting , with the excep tion of two companies of newly ar rived men , which replied until they had suppressed a regiment of Agulu- aldo's Red brigade. This body of reb els seemed under better order than the others. A white man was seen among the officers , endeavoring to lead them to the attack , but appar ently all efforts to Induce them to leave the trenches were futile. The American authorities in Mani 1I la 1 say the city Is now so effectually policed 1J that a serious outbrc/ik IH Im possible. J They believe that the na tives are cowed. The presence of the families of offi cers Is discouraged , and many are leaving on board the United States transports , some going to Japan for temporary residence. General Otis has has remarked : "Manilu i no placu for women. Tnls Is a war , nm a pic nic. nic.The The British cruiser Narcltuus 1ms sailed for various ports 'n the iHhiid of Luzon OM fi cruise to tn'ce on Brit ish subjects who I'cslre or Jtcctlon This afternoon the Twentieth and Twenty-second Infantry and several companies of the Oregon volunteers marched to San Pedro Macatl to join General Wheaton's new divisional brigade , which is to consist of the Twentieth and Twenty-second Infan try , eight companies of the Washing ton volnuntcers , seven companies of the Oregon volunteers , three trpops o ! cavalry , mounted , and a battalion of light artillery. AlthouKh the rain which fell this morning has cooled the temperature to 82 degrees , many dropped from the overcome by Hit heat. oral soldiers worn snnstruck In the streets of Manila this morning. Brig adier General Charles King ban recov ered from his indlspomtku und re sumed command at the San Pedro Ma catl bridge. The enemy isory active north of the river , llio-isi not doing any firing just now. In all probability the current week will see the beginning of an active campaign on a scale hitherto unknown to the Filipinos. For the last few days there has been unusual activity at headquarters and there Is every In dication of reorganization of the en tire corps In the near future. Since the arrival of the American reinforcements several changes hnvo been made , the most Important being the appointment of a divisional bri gade under General Wheaton , consistIng - Ing of the Twentieth and Twenty- second regulars , eight companies of the Washington and seven companies of the Oregon volunteersthreo ; mount ed troops of cavalry and a baUullon of light artillery. All the troops have disembarked. A battalion of mo Fourth regular Infantry is ali-rady on the firing line , assigned to General Mac-Arthur's division. The others have been held In reserve anil are en camped on the Luneta parade ground. A battalion of rbe Seventeen1 h regu lars has been assigned to wovosi guard duty , relieving the Orog'Jii vol unteers. IniiB T of il Iti HAVANA , March 13. ( New York World Cablegram. It is now an open secret that the relations between Gen eral Fltzhugh Lee and General Brooke are not of the most amicable charac ter. Several Incidents have recently occurred Indicating this. Among the officers of the Seventh army corps It is believed that llttlo would bo required to produce an open rupture. Lee's _ resignation has moro than once been considered probable , It having been thought he would take this method to publicly mark his protest against wha he feels to be the potty assumption o authority by the chief of the mllltnrj government. It now appears likely that Genera Leo will be removed from his prcsen command and appointed military governor ornor of Santa Clara province , with a regular army rank of brigadier gen oral. oral.General General Brooke will shortly resign Ills place as governor general wll moro than likely bo taken by Genera Leonard Wood , now military governo of Santiago province. Honor to tlio Ind lleron . WASHINGTON. D. C. . March 13. The secretary of war has sent the fol lowing order to Major GOIIOM ! WPB ley Morrltt at Governor's IslinJ , Nev York : "By direction of the pi evident yoi will , upon the arrival of iuo Ro.una nla with the remains of the iioMtcr who were killed or have d'l ' l at Pan tlago and Porto Rico , fire a flttlnc ; sa lute , order all flaea hnlf-innilu'l am detail a sufficient guard of hone ; t ( the caskets taken off the shli and ex pressed to their former hotnos. SUDDENLY SUMMONED. CoMKrt-miiiiMii tlroi'inof Nnliraiku , l l In Omnlui , OMAHA , March 13. Whllo on lilt way to the Burlington depot In u cur rlage Saturday evening Congressman \V. L. Grcono of the Sixth district died suddenly of licnrt failure. With the cone cummin tit the tlmo iv ere J. IJ. Donovan , F , n. I'rlncc niul J. C. Reeves , nil residents of Mndl- l on In Madison county , this atnto. Mr. Greene expired without u word or H moan , and thu three gentlemen did not know of It until they left the carriage at the doorway of thu depot. When removed from the vehlulo ne signs of life could bo dlHccrned by thorn ; around him. He was borne to the opposite doorway lending out upon thu platform , but at thin point It became evident that ho was eltner dead or desperately nick. Ho was then placed on the lloor and a young medi cal student who was near af hand pronounced him dead. In the hope that he might still bo ttllve , word was nt oneo sent to Dr. S. 11. Smith , and his companions worked his arniH backward and forward - ward , but to no purpose. \Vhen Itva certain that Congrcss- man Greene was dead Coroner Swanson - son was Informed and he wont atonco to the depot. He decided to hold an Immediate Investigation and n private room on the flrnt lloor of the tleuut HE used for that purpose by the dc- ot master. Meantime the body was emovcd to the coroner's undertaking stabllshment at Seventeenth and uming street P. Coroner Swanson reiiuested the men < > m Madison county to remain In the Ity until an Inquest could be held , his they readily agreed to do , and oturned to the Arcade hotel. Mr. Oonovan then wired Senator Allen of Ir. Greene's death and the Burllng- on olIlclalR sent word to Kearney , he congressman's home. Congressman Greene left Kearney ' "rlday morning and arrived at the Arcade hotel In this city early Friday veiling. Ho canio to look after some business In South Omaha. This was ( included Saturday afternoon and > < o VMS on his way home when he died. William L. Greene of Kearney wan born on a farm In Plko county , Indl- ma , October 3. ' 840. find movrd with its parents to Du'tols ' county in the same state , where during his early youth , he worked on a farm In the iiimnpr months a id attended school n the winter , thus aciiurlng an edu cation which 'fitted him to enter the ncademy nt Ireland. Ind. , which Insti- : utlon ho attended for thrco years , le engaged In the profession of tcach- ng , which vocation ho followed until ! io began the Btudy of law. In 1876 iic was admitted to the bar In Bloo'n- mgton , Ind. , and began a successful practice In the Indiana courts. In 1883 ho removed with his family to Kearney , wlioro they now reside , and resumed the practice of his profession ; as a practitioner ho has been very successful and made for himself morn than a state reputation as a criminal nwyer ; In politics he was originally a democrat , but in 1800 ho cast his lot with the populist party , bolng oho of ho founders of that organization. In 1892 , without solicitation on his part , 10 was brought out before the state cglslaturo as candidate for United States senator and en mo within two votes of being elected , his supporters it his Instance going to Mr. Allen and assuring that gentleman s election. In 1805 he was elected Judge of the Twelfth Judicial district. lie was lectcd to the Flfty-llfth congress as a populist , receiving 111,378 votes against 14.841 for A. 13. Cacly and 43fi votes for A. D. George , prohibition. In 1897 he was elected to tno Fifty-sixth con gress over Morris Drown , republican. WASHINGTON , D. C. , March 13. The death of Representative Qreeno of Nebraska adds ono more to an un usually prolific death list for the Fifty- fifth congress and created a painful Impression , for while the late Ne braska member occupied a somewhat unique position as ono of a party with comparatively small representation , his ability wan generally recognized as far above the average and second tone no populist on the lloor of the house. OMAHA. March 13. John T. Malla- Heu , Norrla Drown. C. W. IIoxlc , C. D. Scott and Mayor D. D. Hosteller , all of Kearney , came in yesterday mornIng - Ing at 0:30 : and left two hours later on the Union Pacific with the body of Congressman Greene , who died suddenly - donly nt the Durllngton depot Satur day night. ( irci-no'H HonialiiH nt Homo , KEARNEY. Nob. , March 13. The remains of Congressman Greene ar rived here yesterday In cha o of an escort and were met at thy depot by members of the Kearney bur and .1 large crowd of sympathizing c'lizpnc. A funeral procession of cxrnitjiHHJV - oral blocks In length folio jpo.l the ? c- mains to the homo of the f.imlly. Tiio Hags In public and private bull llnga are lloatlng nt half mast. The Kear ney bar mot and appoint il a commit tee to confer with the farnllv In refer ence to the funeral arrangi'rncnta and also a committee consisting of ex- Judges Oaslln. Hamer , Sinclair and Mr. Marston to draft resolution- ! condolence to bo presented at the ses sion of court March 20. The funeral services will be hold Tuesday at 3 o'clock at the residence of the de ceased State ofllclals , members of congress and other prominent otllclalft are expected , ( 'liniiiillliiH of llitvnliitlnn. SAN FRANCISCO , Gal. , March 13. Minister Sampson at Quito has re ported to the state department that Ina DIn the battle that ended the revolution In Ecuador COO wore killed and several hundred mortally wounded and 400 ) prisoners taken. ID NDW YORK , March 13. Uudvard Kipling passed a restless nl.lr. on ac count of suffering a good dual of pain. Today , however , ho was miii"i tetter. As yet no ono outside ilia attendants ' and his family has been pernUte I to see him. Today Mr. Kipling saw his two chil 11 dren for a short tlmo. His little girl 1 , Elslo , Is now sufficiently recovered ' from her sickness to run about , al 1- though she has not vet boon outside the hotel. The phyalciaus h.ivo dn- cldcd that within two weeks the pa tient will ho well enough to rotuova to some pleasant spot OiNiilAli : NKWH NOTICS. Judge Airbroso A. Ilannoy , former congressman from the Third Massa chusetts district and n member of the law firm of Rannoy & Clark , is dead in Boston , aged 77 years. Ho served as a member of the Forty-seventh , Forty-eight and Forty-ninth congress es. The offlclala of the navy department are feeling grateful for the small meas ure of relief extended by congress In the increase of the force of enlisted men , though the total Is still Inade quate under sound practice for the needs of the navy. Congress author ized the Increase of the force to 17,500 men. men.A A cablegram from General Otis , at Manila , received In Washington , Indi cates the satisfactory and agreeable reception accorded to the American troops which recently landed at the Island of Ncgros. They were sent there by General Miller , at lollo , in command of Colonel Smith to take formal possession for the United States , which they did without trouble. The welcome announcement rnndo by the financial secretary of the treasury , , Mr. H. W. Hanbury , in the house of commons , that the govern ment has decided to Introduce compe tition in the telephonic uorvlcc of the country. Ho asked for a credit of $10- 000,000 ns n starter In order to enable the postofllco department .to dovcolp the telephonic communication of Lon don. Miss Mary pooner , of Acushnot , Mass. , who has Just celebrated her 105th birthday , Is probably the oldest woman In Massachusetts. She is entitled - titled to the distinction of haying llyod In thrco different towns without hav ing changed her residence. By al terations In the boundary lines of the towns the Spoonor homestead has been f first In Now Bedford , then In Falrhn//- cn , and finally In Acushnct. The British Railway association has arranged to send five prominent rail tl way officials to the United States to Investigate the facts upon which the government bases the bill compelling the adoption of automatic couplings a measure which would glvo the board of trade owor\fivo years from Its adoption , to compel Brltsh railroads to supply the whole of their rolling stock with this device at an estimated cost of 10,004.000. A statement compiled In the adju tant general's office shows the number of deaths from disease at Camp Thom as. The figures are taken from the muster rolls of each regiment or bat tery. Upon these every death and Its cause Is entered. The total deaths from disease , from the first occupation of the camp , the middle of April , to Its abandonment , the middle of Sep tember , and Including the four battal ions which remained to January 1 , were 341 , the percentage bolng a llttlo loss than } & of 1 per cent The plans for the throe battleships authorized by the naval appropriation bill Just passed are bolng worked out , The battleships will bo a thousand tons larger than the Maine and Mla- sourl class , though laid on almost the same basis as the former , with a total displacement of 13.1500 tons , making them by far the largest ships In the American navy and about equal In di mensions to the best typo of battle ships now bolng constructed abroad under the now practice. They will carry four twolvo-inch guns in turrets. Although General Wade Hampton IB moro than 80 yors old , ho performed a feat the other morning that proved him to bo .still . active and vlgoroui. Discovering that the roof of his house In Columbia , S. C. , was on ttro , with out permitting any of the household to bo awakened , ho hastened out and himself proceeded to climb to the roof. Reaching the blaze , ho managed to ex tinguish the llames. It was not until the breakfast hour that members of the household were aware of the fire or of the aged soldier's risky but ef fective climb upon the roof. Chief Justice Fuller rendered un opinion sustaining the validity of the state law of Arkansas , requiring rail road companies operating In the 1)f to pay employes when discharge and fixing a penalty for failure. The law allows the amount of wages for sixty days as mich penalty. In the present case Charles Paul , a dlncharced day laborer on the St. Louis , Iron Moun tain & Southern railway , brought suit for $21 , a part of which was on account of penalty earned under Iho law. The railroad company resisted the suit In tlio state courts and In this court on the ground that the law provided for taking property without duo process of law and was therefore repugnant 'A to the constitution. The supreme 'A.t court of the state declined to nccbpt this vfow of the case and hold the law . to bo valhl. 1,1 VK STOCK AND PRODUCi : . Omahn , Chicago und New York Market fjiiotutlons. OMAHA. 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