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MESA FREE PRESS.
A. P. Shewman. W. D. Morton.
MORTON * SHEWMAN,
Publishers.
MESA CITY, - ... ARIZONA
The Ladrone Island, Guam, proba*
bly was named by a goat.
Money talks; but In an election bet It
cannot safely be trusted to articulate
distinctly.
An exchange says: "We bear a faint
tinkle which sounds like wedding
bells.” Quinine, probably.
' The Scotch physician who alleges
that bicycle riding is a cure for insan
ity probably has a wheel or two him
self.
▲ burglar who posed as a gentleman
has Just been caught In New York. He
managed to get an entree to some fine
houses there.
If France continues to heap up accu
mulations of domestic trouble she will
be a nervous and careworn hostess by
the time 1900 comes.
While holding office is the main thing,
perhaps the shaking of plum trees by
public officials might be considered as
a kind of branch industry.
One complaint of the redskins is that
big game is disappearing. And with
in end put to their scalping chances
they can't even go hunt the hair.
As the saying goes it may be all right
to move heaven and earth to beat a po
litical opponent, but the earth in the
case shouldn’t take the shape of flung
mud.
A New York girl imagined she had
been transformed into a turtle. But,
really, now, if she had been transform
ed into a turtle, her case would have
been much harder.
Simultaneous with the Dons having
to get out of Cuba there came sugges
tions of a new American railroad the Te.
Thus both nations were making tracks,
but in different ways.
An old colored man wisely explained
the reason for the overthrow of many
good causes by saying: “Don’ you know
dat you cain’t nebber put ign’rance ober
intellergance, an’ mek it stay?”
A novelist writes: “Adolar was be
witched. Never had the countess seem
ed to him so beautiful as at this mo
ment, when, in her dumb grief, she hid
her face.” She must have been a very
beautiful woman.
“All you have to do to win a woman,”
says Bigamist Hecking, “is to tell her
•he is beautiful, then tell her you love
. hpr, and she’ll give you her hand right
MWay.” There are exceptions to every
rale, as Many young men in all classes
of life can testify.
An exchange says: “A St. Joseph girl
who had no faith in banks or bureau
drawers, placed $l4O and her Jewelry
In one of her stockings, put the stock
lags on and went to bed. In the morn
ing she found her stocking and the con
tents gone.” What! Lost a leg?
* A cry was raised: “Stand back! A
lady has fainted!” And men and wom
en alike crowded to see the spectacle
and to shut off the reviving air. This
only goes to prove that it is not best
to create a panic by raising a cry. No
of mischief is done all over the
land, and has been done all through
the ages, by people who are officiously
noisy.
» » A Vienna paper, in an article believed
to be officially inspired, congratulates
the Sultan of Turkey upon being re
lieved of the Island of Crete. In order
that there should be no appearance of
partiality it should congratulate the
Queen Regent of Spain upon her re
lease from responsibility for the gov
ernment of the Spanish possessions in
the West Indies and the Philippines.
i The supreme trouble which has visit
ed the Bmperor of Austria-Hungary as
the result df an assassin’s act may stay
for a time the fierceness of race hatred
which distracts his composite empire;
but Slav, German and the rest will al
most certainly renew the struggle. The
controversy so far as it concerns lan
guage is strikingly illustrated by the
tact that the Jubilee medals instituted
by the Emperor, as for service in the
army, navy or gendarmerie, have en
graved Latin inscriptions. All other
medals which have been Issued during
the present reign have borne German
inscriptions. The Latin tongue Is thus
the language of compromise when occa
sion requires.
Dr. J. B. Learned offers a new cure
for insomnia—a cure which he has tried
on himself with success. AitMr many
vain resorts to nostrums he
Invented a series of movemeijfes,which,
being carried on in bed and acomban
ted by slow, deep breathing, Induce
muscular fatigue, redistribute nervous
force, and thus dispose the whole body
to repose. Might it not be just as well
to take some orderly exercise before
going to bed, and in the open air? More
fortunate still are they who can distrib
ute this exercise over their working
hours. Centuries ago it was observed
that “the sleep of a laboring man is
■weet”
A sick soldier who was ordered to a
sanitarium on a mountain summit
found on arriving there that but one
loom in the house was unoccupied, and
tbat so shut In that no one would take
lb A young schoolmistress had the
best room in the house, having engaged
It long before because of the grand
view from the windows. When she
heard of the poor fellow lying in bed
all day with only a dense wood for a
prospect, she had the clerk exchange
the occupants of the two rooms, bar
gaining that her little plan be kept a
secret.
If your walls are so narrow
You cannot see far,
Knock a hole in the ceiling
And look at a star.
The little schoolmistress did better.
She knocked the hole in a brother’s ceil
ing, and opened up to him a whole con
stellation of happiness.
One of the vexed questions which
brought about the recent Indian out
break was the encroachments of the
white men on their timber. The offi
cial reports of the superintendent of
logging for that district show that
much of the dissatisfaction comes from
the sale of timber by the half-breeds,
mixed "bloods and squaw men. The
following figures are given: Number of
feet sold by the quarter-bloods, 15,-
547,820 feet; number of feet sold by
half-breeds, 2,261,270; number of feet
sold by the “squaw men,” 1,611,996;
numbe- of feet sold by the full-blooded
Indians, 845,339. Naturally the mixed
bloods are better able to do busiues-s
from their knowledge of the English
language, and they make contracts for
the sale of timber which the full-blood
ed Indians do not understand and hence
resent. Often the mixed bloods obtain
the consent of the Indians by fraud and
then sell out his claims thus obtained.
Altogether it is more the timber ques
tion than the liquor question which Is
to blame for the outbreak, though
doubtless whisky played its part there
as well as elsewhere.
The remarkable woman who is now
the real ruler of China by the abdica
tion or assassination of the emperor has
played an important part in China in
recent years. She was the secondary
wife of the Emperor Hien Feng, who
fled from Pekin in 1861 when that city
was occupied by the French and En
glish. As the mother of Tung Chi, who
succeeded Hien Feng, she was raised
to the rank of empress, and has ever
since made the Chinese court a scene
of intrigue for power and place. The
principal wife and the secondary were
jointly appointed regents in the place
of Tung Chi, who was but a boy, and
these two ruled China for twelve
years, when the boy emperor ascended
the throne. He reigned but two years,
dying in 1875. His widow soon follow
ed him, whether by the decree of heav
en or the will of the ex-regents has al
ways been a mooted point. When
Kuang Su, the recent ruler, was de
clared emperor at the age of 4 years,
the two empresses again became re
gents, the Joint rule lasting six years,
when the elder empress died, leaving
the present dowager empress in sole
possession of power. Kuang Su as
cended the throne in 1889, but owing
either to lack of ability or to the de
signed course of education to which
he had been subjected, he remained a
boy in intellect, and It Is not surprising
that the abitious dowager empress has
once more come into power with LI
Hung Chang as her favorite minister.
Even China knows that a new cen
tury Is dawning. The poet Tennyson
wrote not many years ago that he
would prefer ten short years of Europe
to “a cycle of Cathay,” meaning that
changes were so slow In the Chinese
empire that ten years here meant moie
than a thousand In the flowery king
dom. But to-day there is no place In
the world where history will show more
sudden and kaleidoscopic changes than
that same empire of China. Since the
Japanese war shook the very founda
tions of their capital, the Chinese have
wakened from the sleep of ages and are
showing signs of marvelous activity.
Revolution and re-revolution follow
each other so rapidly that even the war
correspondents of the dally papers have
hard work to keep track of them. Con
cessions to England for the building of
railways, mining of coal, gold, copper
and oil are granted and revoked. Rus
sia and France come in for their share
of the division of the empire (on paper),
and its- subsequent redivision, Li Hung
Chang, great statesman and diplomatist
that he is, has been deprived of the
“yellow jacket,” which is the robe of
bis office as prime minister, and had it
returned to him so frequently that the
poor old gentleman must have had diffi
culty in keeping decently clothed dur
ing the operations. The Emperor has
been murdered and resuscitated (in the
daily papers) a dozen times at least in
the past three months. In fact, be
tween the diplomatists and the news
papers old China is having the liveliest
times in all its mighty career. One fact
seems beyond dispute, and that is that
an American missionary has been ap
pointed president of the National Uni
versity of China with unlimited means
and full authority to make all necessary
arrangements to give the young men
of China a modern up-to-date education,
including foot-ball. This will do more
to make China a nation among the ca
tions than anything else she could do.
We hope Dr. Martin will, not be de
prived of his office nor his head till he
has established this great institution.
His position is one of enormous influ
ence, and should be of the greatest
value In fostering friendly relations
with the United States and giving us
the commerce to which our geograph
ical position entitles us, and which we
will undoubtedly obtain.
The Frightful Sahara.
No fewer than 12,000,Q0Q acres of land
have been made fruitful in the Sahara
desert, an enterprise representing per
haps the most remarkable example of
irrigation by means of artesian wells
which can anywhere be found.
Fun Is more valuable than money,
providing it is the genuine article,
Bat look out for counterfeit.
PACIFIC COAST NEWS
Important Information Gathered
Around the Coast.
ITEMS Os GENERAL INTEREST.
A Summary of Lata Events That Are
Roiled Dowd to Suit our Busy
Readers.
Isaac S. Belcher, supreme court com
missioner, died suddenly in San Fran
cisco.
It is said that the defalcation of the
San Luis Obispo tax collector will
amount to $50,000.
Thousands of sheep are imprisoned
in the mountains near Pendleton, Or.,
on account of heavy snow. Unless the
snow melts the sheep men cannot get
them without heavy loss.
Lieut. A. P. Haine, instructor in the
Agricultural Department of the Uni
versity of California, has been detailed
to investigate the agricultural re
sources of the Philippines.
The coinage of the San Francisco min£
for November was: Double eagles,
$2,700,000; half eagles, $1,300,000; sil
ver dollars, $280,000; half donars, $115,-
000; dimes, s2l, 500; total, $4,516,250.
Arrangements have been completed
for a narrow gauge road between
Truckee and Tahoe City for handling
Lake Tahoe tourists. A new hotel will
be built on the lake shore as soon as
the snow is gone.
The practice of having the South
ern California legislators meet prior
to the opening of the session to discuss
matters of interest likely to come up
at Sacramento is an excellent one, and
it should be productive of substantial
good.
Two million eggs were shipped by
the California Fish Commission of San
Francisco for the Humboldt county
streams last week. All are from the
Eel River hatchery, whose output this
season was 12,000,000 salmon fry, 4,000,-
000 more than any previous season.
The work of tearing down the black
ened walls of the Baldwin hotel in
San Francisco is progressing. It is ru
mored that Mrs. A. Gardner, formerly
of Oakland, but recently of Panama, is
among the missing. She is known to
have stopped at the Baldwin on the
night of the fire.
The findings of the court martial in
the case of James N. Meadors of the
Eighth California, who killed Private
Jones Ury in San Francisco, have been
approved. The sentence is ten years
in the United States penitentiary at
Leavenworth, Kas., at hard labor, and
forfeit of pay and allowances.
The Shenandoah has arrived at San
Francisco, 131 days * from Baltimore.
This ship was a source of much anx
iety during the Spanish-American war.
and she was many times reported cap
tured, but managed to evade Span
ish privateers and war vessels. The
captain heard for the first time the out
come of the war.
The Ship Owners Association of San
Francisco has ordered a reduction of
$5 a month in wages for all classes of
seamen. The new scale is: On coal
ships, $25; on vessels to Honolulu, $25;
to Mexican ports, S2O; on lumber ves
sels, S2O, and is the lowest ever paid on
this coast. The Sailors’ Union will
probably take action in the matter.
Health Officer Galloway of San Fran
cisco has ordered a thorough cleaning
and inspection of the Chinese quarter.
All places in Chinatown‘found in an
unsanitary condition will be carefully
cleansed until the entire district will
satisfy the authorities as to its health
ful state. The announcement is also
made that at least a temporary truce
has been declared by the opposing
gangs of highbinders.
The Cottage City, just arrived at Se
attle from Alaska, tells of the wreck of
the Detroit on Shelter island. While on
her regular run on Thanksgiving Day
the Detroit struck a reef on Shelter
island. The engines pounded them
selves to pices endeavoring to drag her
from her rock-bound position. The pas
sengers and crew were landed in a
blinding snow storm, with scarcely any
provisions. A steamer went from Ju
neau to their relief.
The New York volunteers at Hono
lulu, who have been giving the hospital
camp no end of trouble, will be. sent
home in batches of 300 to 500 on
mail boats. November 19 there were
300 cases of fever at the Convalescents’
camp, and the epidemic was on the in
crease. Hospitals and tents are crowd
ed, and each transport bound for Ma
nila left fully 100 patients. Work has
been commenced on a new hospital.
The returned regiment will be sta
tioned at the Presidio a few days be
fore starting East.
The Chinese government, through its
Minister, Mr. Wu Ting Fang, has
broached to the authorities at Wash
ington the willingness of China to ne
gotiate an extradition treaty, applica
ble to all criminals, but intended in
particular to reach the highbinders.
This fraternity has spread terror in the
Far West. It purports to be organ
ized for fraternal and insurance pur
poses, but under this guise, it is al
leged, it carries on a secret sytsem of
crime, marking victims for slaughter
when they incur the enmity of the or
ganization.
Viewing Secretary Long’s program
as it stands, memory goes back to his
departmental report of a year ago,
wherein he recommended the building
of but one ship, which, he said, owing
to the peaceful outlook, would proba
bly suffice for the needs of the country,
says the San Francisco Chronicle. How
far his judgment was wrong is to be
read in history. The circumstances
teaches that wars come like thunder
storms, rapidly sweeping over a clear
sky, and that it is best to make ready
for them when there seems to be no
danger. We are making ready now;
and it is a national duty, inspired by
the instinct of self-preservation to
complete the wot Tc.
It will probably be the end of Decem
ber or the beginning of January before
any further news is received from the
men who have chosen to spend the
winter on the rich gold bearing creeks
of the Klondyke. So say those who
have arrived here on the Cottage City,
the last expedition of three seamers ar
riving at Victoria, B. C., to leave Skag
uay. The other steamers were the
Danube and Queen City, which re
ported very rough trips. The Danube
reported that the Excelsior, which left
Seattle a few days ago for Copper riv
er is on her way back, her boilers hav
ing collapsed. The Yukon below the
White oHrse Rapids is frozen over,
Norman D. McAuley, manager of the
White Horse tramway, was nineteen
days in making the trip from the rap
ids to Lake Bennett, a trip that under
ordinary circumstances is made in two
or three days. About 500 men will win
ter on the creeks in the Atlin river
country.
FROM FOREIGN LANDS.
It is reported that Emperor William
intends to write an acco.unt of his Pal
estine tour for publication. The Bis
marck memoirs have not created much
of a sensation.
The new German army bill shows the
Prussian peace contingent will be in
creased by 11,400 men and 2530 horses,
and the Saxon by 2073 men. Herr Rich
ter calls this Germany’s answer to the
Czar’s disarmament proposal.
The Campania Transatlantica has
chartered the steamers Hapsburg, Ful
da and Werra, belonging to the North
German Lloyd Steamship Company,
and will use them for the repatriation
of the Spanish troops in Cuba in De
cember.
Court circles in Greece are busy with
the reported engagement between
Prince George of Greece and Princess
Victoria of Wales. The event would be
popular in England, but the Princess
Victoria is self-willed and her matri
monial prospects are a source of anx
iety.
A dispatch says the Bank of Spain
has agreed to make the government an
other advance of 60,000,000 pesetas for
expenses of evacuation. The Spaniards
have a deep conviction that Spain has
been wronged by the victor, who has
spared nothing to make the defeat
more galling.
The Imparcial announces that the
government intends to retain the Caro
lines and will only sell them in case it
reaches an advantageous offer and they
become a burden to Spain. The paper
adds: “The government heretofore has
not received such a proposition, but
expects to do so.” *
The two men arrested in London for
having in their possession jewelry sto
len from the Duchess of Sutherland on
the Paris train gave their names as
Johnson and Lippman. About £SOOO
worth of the stolen jewels has been re
covered. One of the prisoners is con
sidered one of the cleverest jewelry
thieves in Europe.
In the Vienna Reichsrath Count Ho
henstein said that while the expulsion
of Austrians from Prussia Was severe
it was not a flagrant violation of the
principles of international law. How
ever, it was hoped that the protest of
the Foreign Office would cause greater
consideration to be shown to Austri
ans; but if not, the government will
energetically protect the rights of
Austrians.
The Czar of Russia, replying to the
Sultan’s telegram of November 26th,
urging the Czar to abandon his inten
tion of sending Prince George of Greece
as high commissioner of the powers,
declares that the friendly sentiments
of Russia toward Turkey are un
changed and, while Prince George is
going to Crete as commissioner of the
four powers, the Sultan’s rights of sov
ereignty will be safe-guarded.
The independent party of the Fil
ipinos is not disposed to accept the re
sult of the deliberations of the Peace
Commissioners at Paris, judging from
the tone of the native press. Independ
cia published a particularly bombastic
leading article to the effect that the
the Filipinos will decline to permit
their homes to be bought and sold like
merchandise. It then repeats that the
Filipinos are ready to fight in defense
of their rights and asserts that the
government and people are unanimous
in claiming nothing less than inde
pendence.
The attempt to affect a coalition be
tween the States of Nicaragua, Hondu
ras and Salvador, to be conducted un
der a common administration and
known as the United States of Central
America, has failed completely. The
Federal organizers formally declared
the union dissolved, the three states
resuming respectively absolute sov
ereignty. The collapse is due to the
failure of the troops of Honduras, act
ing in behalf of the Federal organizers
to suppress the outbreak in Salvador
against the propsed federation and to
force Salvador into the union. The
prospects are peaceful.
The increasing use of fruit as food
is one of the notable things in mod
ern commerce. A generation ago fruit
was a luxury only the well-to-do
thought of. Now it is a staple in most
households. Philadelphia capital has
just organized a third great company,
the object of which is the importation
of fruit from the West Indies. So
marked is this development that the
finest grocery houses now handle
lines of fresh fruit. All grocers will
be forced to this so as to compensate
for the loss of other trade incident to
this general use of fruit as food. It
takes the place partly of K bread and
partly of meat.
Aguinalo’s nimbleness in asking for
$1,500,000 of Spain’s $20,000,000 is excit
ing much talk in Madrid. He wants it
ostensibly for the release of imprisoned
friars. He has several hundred prison
ers, including clericals and civilians.
The former, he has said, are the most
active and revengeful agents in sacri
ficing the lives and honor of innocent
natives. He has heretofore based his
rights to hold them prisoners on the
hope that Spain would liberate the Fil
ipinos in return and cease “torturing
and shooting the natives.” There is
much curiosity among the officials in
Madrid to know just whom the insur
gent chief is going to negotiate with
for his $1,500,000, now that Spain will
scon have relinquished all sovereignty
in the archipelago. The rebels strike is
considered in keeping with his char
acter, but.it is believed he will be com
pelled to make all his future reckoning
with the United States authorities.
GENERAL NEWS ITEMS
News of the State, Nation
and the World
Also Interesting News Items of
The War
t .
Chicago is getting virtuous and un
happy. The saloons have been or
dered to close at midnight.
dorbett and Sharkey now propose to
fight for charity, probably in the hope
that it will cover a multitude of sins.
It is reported in Madrid that a mar
riage has been arranged between Don
Jaime, son of Don Carlos, and a Bava
rian pricess.
Naval Constructor Hobson has re
fused an offer of $50,000 from a New
York lecture bureau for a stated num
ber of lectures.
The Merritt Wrecking Company’s
representatives say a contract has
been made with the government to
raise the Reina Mercedes and bring
her to Norfolk.
Contracts have been signed between
five middle Western railroads and the
steel trust for over $3,000,000 worth of
steel rails to be used next summer for
extension and repairs.
The official forecast of the wheat
harvest in 1898 in New South Wales
shows 1,590,000 bushels in excess of
that of 1897, with an available surplus
for export of 2,250,000.
Marine underwriters of New York es
timate that the losses sustained by the
insurance companies as a result of the
recent storm will probably amount to
something more than $1,000,000.
yellow fever may be brought to this
country. His advice in this respect
has been heeded and, as stated, the
dead soldiers will not be interred in
their native soil until some time in the
new year.
The Chicago Inter Ocean thinks
peace is a money proposition. It
says: “King Humbert, who hasn’t a
dollar to go to war with, is heartily in
favor of the Czar’s proposal for a gen
eral peace.”
The subject of forming a general
combination of brewers to include most
of the large cities is again discussed.
So far as progress is made $30,000,000
of capital and 4,000,000 barrels output
are represented.
It is to be sincerely hoped that the
weather the Atlantic coast people are
having is not a sample of what they
are going to get all winter. The loss
of life and the destruction of property
have been appalling.
Senator Frye says that though the
treaty with Spain will meet with
strong opposition in the Senate, it will
be ratified. Also that the commission
ers are not authorized to buy the Car
olines, and Germany will probably get
them.
The Spaniards and the European
press have begun to worry over the
great difficulties Uncle Sam will en
counter in putting a colonial policy into
effect. If they were wholly disinterest
ed they would let Uncle Sam do the
worrying.
A. J. de Mules, known as the “Tur
quoise King of the Jarillas,” was shot
in the back by a Mexican while eating
breakfast at his mine near El Paso.
N. M. The murderer was captured by
American employes and narrowly es
caped lynching.
An organization of women has been
effected in Chicago to endow a hospital
bed for disabled football players in or
der, no doubt, that the gridiron braves,
when carried off the field, may still be
able to touch down, remarks the St.
Louis Globe-Democrat.
The War Department will ask Con
gress for authority to pay all volun
teers now in the service sixty days in
advance of the mustering out, in
stead of giving the men a furlough of
sixty days and assembling them for
pay and mustering out.
After all, says the Pittsburg News,
Spain has simply exchanged a few is
lands for a good deal of experience,
and as she didn’t know how to man
age the islands, and may turn the ex
perience to good account, maybe it
wasn’t such a bad bargain.
George W. (“Pony”) Moore has de
posited £2OO with the Sporting Life
with the intention of arranging a
match between his son-in-law, Charley
Mitchell, and Thomas Sharkey, the
American pugilist, for £SOO or £IOOO
a side and the best purse offered.
The Brooklyn Eagle says China’s
military cadets will have to pass an ex
amination in stone slinging and arch
ery before they can graduate as officers.
Poor old China! She expects to stop
thirteen-inch shells with pebbles and
arrows, and is going to keep out prog
ress with measures just as forcible.
A call for a National Christian Citi
zens’ convention to meet in Washing
ton December 13 has been issued by a
number of officers of reform associa
tions and leading citizens. The con
vention is called to discuss problems
of government forced upon Congress
by the results of the war with Spain.
The German government, in its wis
dom, protects its people from American
meat, but it forgets to furnish them
anything to replace it. It would seem
to the ordinary mind, comments the
New York Journal, as if the beef, pork
and mutton on which 75,000,000 Ameri
cans thrive might be better eating than
German horses.
It is stated that the widow of P. T.
Barnum is about to be married to a
French nobleman in Paris. The great
showman’s widow took for her second
husband Demetrius Callias Bey, a
Greek, who died in September, 1896, in
Constantinople, after a wedded life of
a year. Madame Callias has been in
Paris for more than two years.
James Stillman of New York has
given $350,000 to Harvard College to
cover the cost of the projected infirm
ary, and will contribute $2500 annually
for four years. J. R. Jenkins, a ’77
graduate and a mining engineer, has
created a scholarship in the scientific
school by a gift of SIO,OOO, the interest
to be given a student of engineering.
The Washington Times thinks that
if the Americans were disposed to
buy the silence of Cuban demagogues
who are preaching opposition to Amer
ican occupation of the island, a $lO bill
would stop the largest mouth. The Cu
bans have lived under Spanish rule,
and have been taught that bribery is
an essential part of public administra
tion.
A syndicate has been formed, head
ed by the Rockefellers and Pierpont
Morgan, for the purpose of consolidat
ing the American, Dascher, Arbuckle
and all other independent sugar con
cerns and the Glucose Sugar Refining
Company of Chicago. The success of
the scheme depends upon Mr. Have
myer and certain interests of the glu
cose company.
The Nicaragua Canal Commission, of
which Admiral Walker is president, is
hurrying forward its work with a view
to presenting a report by the time con
gress meets, or soon thereafter. In any
event, it is probable that a summary
of the commission’s findings will be
made known to the President for such
use, if any, he desires to make of it,
in his message to Congress.
Chauncey M. Depew, in the course of
his address to the Railway Y. M. C. R,
of New York said that twenty-two
years ago, about 15,000 men were em
ployed in the New York Central and of
this number 20 per cent were discharged
for drunkenness in a given period. To
day the company has twice that many
men in its employe and not 1 per cent
disappear from drunkenness.
The conference committee having J&
charge the location- of the Methodist
general conference of 1900 held a meet
ing at Chicago with representatives of
Minneapolis and Chicago Methodists,
and after discussion of inducements of
fered by both cities Chicago was finally
decided upon. Chicago Methodists
pledge $50,000 as a guaranty that all
expenses of the conference will be mot.
A representative of the Pope au
thorizes the absolute denial of the
Pope’s hostility to the American ex
pansion policy. Cardinal Rampolla
says no utterance of the Pope could
be construed as indicating enmity to *
America. The Vatican policy Ms been I
to maintain neutrality. The Pope has
only recommended respect for Catho
lic rights in Cuba and the Philip
pines.
Grove L. Johnson, formerly repre
sentative in Congress from Sacra
mento district, is suing George W.
Cochran, proprietor of Hotel Coch
ran of Washington, for $1275. John
son’s rooms were robbed of cash hnd
jewelry to this amount while the fam-
ily was at dinner. Cochran’s defense
is that he is not liable because of a
posted notice in the room that valu
ables should be left in the safe.
Fifty-five warships are under con
struction in our navy, and eight of
them will be equal to any figthing ma
chines ever built. England has more
warship tonnage under construction
than our whole navy amounts to; Rus
sia is crowding her shipyards and get
ting other ships built in foreign yards;
Japan has just had completed in En
gland a ship of the same size as the
English Formidable, launched last
week, and, concludes the Salt Lake
Tribune, the ringing of hammers beats
into silence the eloquent plea of the
Czar for the first movement toward
universal peace.
There is a great uproar in the east
over the number of children with de
fective sight, and there is a proposition
on foot in Philadelphia to purchase, at
public expense, spectacles for poor
children, in the public schools, whose
eyes are defective. The press and peo
ple are wondering why so many chil
dren have defective eyes. Is it not pos
sible that they are inherited? asks the
Salt Lake Tribune. A great many poor
people have not been able to see how
they were going to get along, during
the past few years.
Hawaii will probably become a full
fledged territory of the United States
on July 4, 1899. There are other stars
incubating.
Arrangements are being made by the
War Department to disinter the re
mains of all the soldiers who lost
their lives before Santiago and bring
them to this country. Maps showing
the location of these graves, the name
of the deceased, the regiment to which
he belonged and his next of kin have
been prepared. What is known as a
funeral expedition will soon be started
for Santiago and the ship will be
equipped with caskets and other neces
sary articles to be used in disinterring
the remains and bringing them to this
country. Upon arrival here they will
be turned over to the relatives of those
who lost their lives for their country,
and the dead heroes who have no rela
tives Will be interred at Arlington,
national cemetery, a few miles fromßß
Washington. The ship will leave Cuba gl
abbtrt December 15, but it may be de- ! M
layed until January 1. General Wood fl||
has opposed the removal of these re- H
mains until cold weather, for fear that g|
If Congress early in the session B
should make provision for the increase ■; ■.
of the regular army it is quite probable I
that none of the volunteer regiments B
now in the service will be sent to do H
garrison duty in Cuba. The troops of I
the first to, do garrison duty will ■
be composed largely of regular regi- I
ments so far as they are available, fl
Plans are maturing for the muster out ■
of as many volunteers now in service ■
as is possible. The demand of the en- I
listed men to go home and leave the H
service is growing greater every day. tm
This is true in nearly every garrison, H
and the arrival of Senators and Repre- ||
sentatives with requests for the mus- ■
ter out of regiments or of men in the H
regiments has largely increased dur- |1
ing t he past few days. It is well H
known that the volunteers at Manila H
desire to come home, and the war de
partment is considering the question H
of sending regular regiments to replace H
these volunteers as soon as arrange
ments can be made.
F. J. Ed<}y of Los Angeles is back I
from Copper river and the Taunana H
district in Alaska and vouches for the fl
hardship of Alaska climate by the H
loss of sight in his right eye. Next H
spring, however, he will go back H
again to the frozen north with provis- J .■
ions for the four men whom he supplied
this year. During the interim, Mr. l>'
Eddy will seek to regain his sight and B
is under treatment now. His opinion of. H|
the Copper river country is much the Hi
same as has been handed around be- HH
fore; the Taunana district is the one H|
to which he pins his faith.

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