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RECORDER VOL. XXV. MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., FEBRUARY 20,1903. NO. 6. ^dTsrnSS^ ^tzSdL^- ^ 2w\&*' ^ trf*r\** **.&'''< Se* *CtT ''''tr m. 7*/ '"/''VaflN ' " Va S -1'"- ':,'-'jiAA ^*?ant t^Ms^gfiteb-^ IN THE CHINA SEA A NARRATIVE OF ADVENTURE. By SEWARD W/ ITOrKIXSi (COPTBIOnT 1999 BT r.OBERT BONNEE'S SOXB.) CHAPTER Vt [CONTINUED.] I waited some time impatiently, watching foreigns of land, but none appeared. Looking astern, I was startled at the sight of a largo flu stick? ing abore the water, and following the yacht. I knew it was a shark. An? other thing that alarmed me even more than the presence of the shark, was the fact that the wake of tho vesse! allowed that she was describing a cir? cle. There must be a motive in that, and I divined it to be a plan of Mr. Snell's to keep us afloat until, wore out by exhaustion,Jl would go to sleej and become an easy prey. I had slept but little the night before, and if Mr. Snell could keep up his tactics niucl; longer, I must give way. The more I studied the matter the more convinced I became that for the second time Mr. Snell was plotting mj murder. I noticed a change, also, in the demeanor of the'erew. They looked at me in a threatening way, and I knew that the possession ol' the lille was the only thing that saved me from an at? tack. i The thought of being defeated and murdered by this wretch, Gambok Snell, and his ugly crow maddened me. Much more did the horrible thought of leaving Miss Arnold to the mercies of this arch? fiend. Nothing could be gained bj making threats. I must make a bole move. I felt no sorrow for what I wa! about to do. Gambok Snell was sc Utterly wicked that he merited death, And, besides that, it was simply a mat? ter of tit for tat between him and me, "Without further talk I stooped dows and picked him up. I grabbed him bj the neck aud leg aud lifted him in tht air. He uttered dreadful curses anc attempted to kick my face. He called to the crew, and I saw that they wen coming to his assistance. Summon1 ing all my strength, I hurled the mis' creant out into the water, and then, seizing my rifle, turned to meet th* infuriated crew. One of them stopper! to throw a buoy to Mr. Snell, and ] shot him beforo ho got it over th* nil, ! Miss Arnold had screamed once, when Mr. Snell went overboard, bu* now sat pate aud motionless. The Chinaman who seemed to be thi .commander of tho crew drew a pisto from his belt, but my rifle sent hiu headlong before he could use it. .? There were two left. One of then; succeeded in getting a shot at mo, which wounded my left arm. As ii fell useless by my side my rifle gav< its last bark, aud he went down. Thi last of one of the crew now came fo; me with a cutlass. I attempted to gel the pistol with my one good hand, bli; it dropped to the deck. The heather was on me. a I drew my sword and made a slasl at him. We moved forward a little, hacking at each other furiously. J could ordinarily have cut him* dow* with mere brute strength, but rn] wound placed me at the mercy of hil superior swordsmanship. With ater rifle blow he sent my sword hurling tc the deck and raised his cutlass. I shut my eyes, expecting to fee the keen blade in my skull the nex' instant. I was helpless. Just when I expected to feel mj deathblow, I felt some one brush past mo. The sharp report of a pistol rang ont, and with a shriek the Chinaman fell to the deck. Miss Arnold had grasped the pistol that I dropped and had saved my life. At that moment a horrible cry cami from the water. I saw Gambok Snell being drawn down into the sea. 1 knew that the shark had found hi? victim. My eyes met those of Miss Arnold'! as y/e turned from the scene. Neithel of us spoke. I clasped her hand and pressed it. 'You are wounded!" sho cried. "It is not serious," I replied; "bul you can help me bandage it." With deft and nimble fingers she followed my instructions, and bound a handkerchief tightly around my arm, "Thank you," I said; "it will do nicely now." Butshedidnot hear me. Strong sud courageous when I was near tc death, she had swept away my enemj with a sure and deadly aim, and calrc still when I needed her services tc bind my wounded arm; but when it was all over sho was a woman again. She had fainted. It was then my turn to become nurse, aud my strength did not fail me in tho emergency. I bathed her face. I chafed her hands. Ak last she came to, lier head resting on-my arm. Her eyes looked up into mino, and sho smiled. I was content. Wo had both escaped death. CHAPTER Vii. ALONE ON A TBOPIG SEA.. ;. - The yacht that had hjg^hftjggiJg'l was, Tike everything else thatbelon?eTa' to that person, tho best that could be had. It was not large, but it was ad? mirably adapted to tho purpose for which it had been built?cruising in the waters of the Chinese coast. But no matter how elegant or how well equipped a yacht may be, it fares bad? ly with all sails set and no band at the helm. While I had been working over Miss Arnold, the vessel had turned in th? wind, and waa notf touting broadside on, her sails flapp? ing uselessly on the mast. When Miss Arnold had so far re? covered as to be able to sit up, I led her to a chair near the rail. She was somewhat tremulous. "You ha 1 better sit here, Miss Ar? nold," I said, "and rest, while I get tho boat to rights. We will never get anywhere at this rate." She looked up at me, smiling. "You cannot do much, can you, with one arm?" "Not very much, but lean, at least, keep her steady." I grasped the tiller and swung the yacht round. She careened somo, which made Miss Arnold catch the rail to steady herself. "I am not much of a sailor, and it would not bo well for us if a storm came up," I said; "but with this breeze we are all right. But the thing is, which way ought we to go?" "I am sure I don't know," she re? plied, shaking her heafl. dubiously. "From all that I have heard, I should judge the island of Su Foo to be south from Hong Kong; but now where is the island?" ? "That I don't kuow eithar," I an? swered. "Wo have been twisting and turning so much nuder the ausnieds ofGauTbok Snell that I hardly know in fact, I don't know where we are." She shuddered when I mentioned Snell's name. His fate was, indeed, a terrible one; but I was consoled by my belief that he richly deserved it. "The only thing for us to do is tc sail on and on until we get some? where. We must trust in Provi? dence." "We are, at least, better off than in Cha Fong's temple," she said. "We are, indeed ?inasmuch as om enemies are all dead and we have means of transportation." She looked at the dead Ohinamee lying on the deck and shivered. "As soon as you ave able to mind this helm, I will throw those fellows overboard," I said. "But can you?" she asked. ?'Yes; at least I can try.'1 "Well, do it then," she said, com? ing to me> aud giving a shudder ot disgust aud horror. She took the tiller. I told her how4 to keep it, and was surprised to find that sho knew as mush about ii as 1 did. "I used to go sailing a great deal in England," she said, laughing at mj expressed surprise. My arm?the wounded one?wa* not of much use to me, but there was a deal of strength left in the other. By dint of great perseverance, I got tho four Chinamen, one by one, ovei into tho sea. When I had finished that task, I threw a few pailfuls oi water on the deck and washed it down as well as I was able. j "There," I Baid, "it now looks bet? ter. No ono would suspect the san' guinary nature of the scene that hal"' been enacted here." ? "Let us forget it,"sho replied.*"It is awful to think of." I "Now, if you will persevere in that tiller work," I said, "I will go below and seo what kind of quarters wo have, lam getting very hungry. I suppose there is a larder. I fancy that Cha Fong was a person who nlways had around him plenty of good things to eat," I went below. I was agreeably surprised to find the sumptuous cabiu and saloon so inviting and comfort? able. The main-cabin saloon, or din? ing-room, wa3 about ten feet long and six wide. Seats wore fixed along the sides, and a table occupied the cen? tre. This table, instead of being on legs, was suspended from the ceiling on silver chains. At one end was o small stand, with hooks, evidently foi the fastening of a tea-urn or toup bov/1 solidly to the table. Over the table hung a cabinet, in which wero glasses, cups, saucers, plates, spoons, knives and forks. Id front of , tim main-cabin were two smaller ones, or staterooms. Thej1 wero elegant in their appointments. Tho oxpenso of furnishing tho yacht must have been enormous. These cabins were lighted by silver lamp3, hung from the ceiling, which burned perfumed oil. Aft, or to the rear of the diuing room, I found a small galley, 01 kitchen, with a stovo and various cooking utensils. At one side oj this a storeroom, stocked with sugar, cof? fee, tea, fannell goods andAQ-ne. fresh ly killed fowl. Also a piece of rib beef for roasting. I had seen enough, I repaired at once to the deck. Miss Arnold smiled when she saw mo emerge from the conipauion-way, "I suppose you aro happy," she said. i I replied, stepping to her side, "What do you think? There is 9 cupboard down there stocked wilt tea, coffee, sugar, meat, pheasants, ricebirds, rico, canned corn, canned peas, canned tomatoes and grapes, bananas and oranges. Wc are ic luck for once." "We are, indeed," she said, laugh' ing, "aud if you will take tho tiller, ) will go right down aud get up some? thing to stop that awful hunger oi yours." "I wish you would," I replied, tak? ing tho helm from her. "I am as hungry as a bear." "Can I find thoso treasures my? self?" she asked. "Where is the cup? board?" "It is easy to find. Yougothroug-* ihe main-cabin into a small passage dray. Beyond this is the kitchen. The cupboard is on the left." "I know the staterooms of the yacht yell enough," said Miss Arnold. "I aad a sore trial of one, all tied up ?vith cords. But is there a fire in the kitchen?" "There is. I put some coal on be? fore coming up." "Then we will have a cup of coffee," she said, leaving me alone on the deck. When she had gone I fell to musing. Our adventures were by no means at an end. We were sailing rapidly away, away. But where and to what purpose? Of course, if the yacht 'should provo able to stand all sorts ol weather, and I was able to retain control of her night and day, we were bound to fetch np somewhere. It was a chance whether we were on our way toward the Chinese coast or out into the Pacific Ocean. I fell to thinking of Ralston and Langston, andi to wondering if I would ever see them again. I pictured them as returned wanderers, telling the sad news of Annie Ralston's death and my own, [ar out in the China Saa.._ L nitied that poor old father, who had sent toe across the sea with his blessing, to find aud return his darling daughter. And now she was dead aud I was lost. I fancied I saw Langston again at the Golden Gate Club, the hero of a circle of admirers, telling over and over again the story of our journey and its results. I could even hear, in my mind, a few regretful remarks over my own untimely death. And I could see my enipty chair in the whist-room. I had not spent much time in my musing before my companion reap? peared. - She carried before her a small tray, from which came the appetizing fragrauoo of good ^coffee. ?* "Here you are, Captain Orickmore," she said smilingly. She placed-a chair near me and set the tray upon it. There were displayed temptingly before me a bowl of coffee, a broiled pheasant, some rice-cakes and some fruit." "Ah, Miss Arnold," I said, "that is indeed tempting! But are you not going to eat, too?" "Oh, yes, but I couldn't carry up .so much at one time. I will be back soon." lu a short time I was enjoying my supper as thoroughly as if it was being eaten in the Golden Gate Club, inatcad olin the China Sea. . - "Wasn't it a strange chance that threw me in the way of saving you, to be saved by you in return?" I said, pulling a pheasant apart. "I shall feel ever grateful to Mr. Gan bok Snell for the part ho played in throwing me overboard, I mean." "But you threw him overboard, in? stead of thanking him. That was not gratitude," she replied. "But that was necessary to our safety. The man was a scoundrel and deserved what ho got. That I found life, instead of death, was not his fault." In this way we continued our meal on deck, and when it was over, Miss Arnold gathered up the choice crock? ery of Cha Fong, and disappeared with it below. j "Don't be long," I said. "It is going to be a lovely evening. Let us enjoy |t, with no thought of danger. We can forget under these lovely southern skied." What a night that was in my life! Tho little yacht sped through the water as evenly and calmly as though a tried hand was on the tiller. The air was balmy and sweet. Just enough breeze was blowing to give the yacht good headway. The rippling water bubbled and gurgled along the sides, as she cut through 'the tiny waves. Tho influence of the night was, mel? lowing. We sat there in the bright starlight and talked. Long, long, we sat there. The.darknes3 of the night increased the brightness of the stars. Brilliant planets, that had at first been low on the horizon, were now high above ns. I looked at the watch I had taken from Cha Fong. It was midnight. "Do you know that it is twelve o'clock?" I asked-Miss Arnold. "Midnight! Is it possible! How quickly the hours have fled! I dfd j not suppose it was later than ten. And no laud in sight yet." There was a tremor of disappoint? ment in her voice. "No, no land yet. But we will reach land to-morrow. Don't worry. You must rest. You certainly must be weary.n "Yes. I am somewhat sleeply. But you cannot remain here ajone. Can I not relieve you and let you get some rest?" "No. You must go below and re? tire. I shall be all right here. The night is calm. The yacht needs very little attention. I can fasten the tiller and catch a wink now and then. And to-morrow you relieve me, and I will rest." "Well, if you wish it so," she said. "Goodnight." When sho had gone, I had nothing to keep me awake, and I was much fatigued. I got very drowsy. Everything was calm and peaceful. I set the tiller, and, making a pillow of cushion, lay down to rest. I soon fell asleep. I slept sound? ly. I needed it. The past excite? ment and my wound hai told on my strength. Only sleep could restore it. It was probably one o'clock when I fell asleep. [TO BE COXTINtTMD.) The smallest man who ever lived was probably the dwarf Bebe, born in France in 1740. He was just twenty inches tall and eight pounds in weight when full grown. Tho elephant beetle of Venezuela is 'the biggest of its species. An average specimen of this Inseot, when full uTi-owa, weighs half a pound,_>fc.wj BILLIONS IN COMMERCE The Responsibilities of the New Depart ment Will Be Great. GROWTH OP PER CAPITA WEALTH Enormous Commercial Interests of the United States and Their Rapid Growth?An Inter? nal Commerce of Twenty Billon Dollars, Equal to the Entire International Com. merce of the World. Washington, D. C. (Special).?A bul? letin of the Treasury Bureau of Statis? tics calls attention to thc fact that thc new Department of Commerce will have dealings with thc largest commercial in? terests of thc world. Figures presented estimate the internal commerce of this country at $20,000,000, 000, an amount equal to that of the en? tire international commerce of the world, the United States being first in domestic exports, in manufactures, in transporta? tion and in internal commerce. In arriv? ing at this estimate of $20,000,000,000, the bureau includes only one transaction in each article produced, while, in fact, a very large number of the articles pro? duced pass through thc hands of several "middlemen" between those of the pro? ducer and those of the consumer. The estimate is based upon the figures of thc census, which put the total value, of manufactures in 1900 at $13,000,000,000; those of agriculture at nearly $4,000,000, 000, and those of minerals about $1,000, 000,000. Adding to these the product of the fisheries, the total value of the pro? ducts of the great industries in 1900 would be $i8,ooo,r.oo.ooo, and the rapid growth in all lines of industry since loco, especially in manufacturing, seems to justify thc conclusion that even a sin? gle transaction in all thc products of the country would produce an aggregate for tox)2 of fully $20,000,000,000. Estimating thc internal commerce of the country at former census years by the same method, the Bureau of Statis? tics finds that the total internal com? merce has grown from about $2,000,000, 000 in 1850; $3,500,000,000 in i860; $6, 250,000,000 in 1870; $7,750,000,000 in 1880 and $12,000,000,000 in 1890. It will be seen from this that the internal com? merce seems to have increased 50 per cent, in thc decade from 1800 to loco, and is io times as large in 1902 as in thc year 1850. During the same period, from 1850 to 1002, the population has increased from 23,000,000 to 79,ooo,oco, and is therefore only three and a half times as great as in 1850, while the internal commerce is ten times as great as at that time. This relative gain of internal commerce over population is due, in part, to the greatly increased facilities for transportation, the cheapening of cost of articles utilized, and the increased earnings and increased wealth of thc people. The railroads have increased from 9,021 miles in 1850 to 201,839 miles in 1902, and thc estimated wealth of the country from $7,135,780,000 in 1850 to $94,300,000,000 in 1900?a per capita increase of from $308 in 1850 to $1,236 in 1900. This increase in wealth has been accompanied hy an increase in deposits in banks, those in savings banks alone increasing from $48,431,130 in 1850 to $2,597,034,580 in 1901. CONVICT TORTURED TO DEATH. California Prison Committee Makes a Startling Report. San Francisco (Special).?The As? sembly Committee on Prisons has made a report on its investigation of cruel pnnishment in the San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons. It finds that the strait-jacket and other methods of torture are in use at both institutions, though the results arc more disastrous at Folsom than at San Quentin. The committee listened to many convicts and made the following report: "At Folsom we found that one con? vict. Robert Smith, had been perma? nently crinnled in his right arm and hand and had sustained other injuries. Ira the case ot Morris Weiss, alias Weitz, we find he sustained such inju? ries to his hands and arms as a result of the punishment that in all proba? bility he will never bc able to work at his trade, that of a tailor, again. "In the case of James Deare we learned that he was found dead in his cell within 24 hours after being releas? ed from the strait-jacket." Killed thc Wrong Man. Jackson, Tenn. (Special).?Robert E. McCaw, whose home is said to bc in Rochester, N. Y., was shot to death here, presumably by a man who mis? took McCaw for another who, already having a wife, married the daughter of the man who fired the shot. The mar? riage of Albert Bilderback and Miss Lucy Hudgins, members of a prominen: family, took place Friday. Later in the day a warrant was sworn out by Sam? uel Hudgins, father of the bride, charg? ing Bilderback with bigamy. At mid? night Robert McCaw answered a rin^ at the door of the house where he liv? ed and was shot without warning. Hud? gins was arrested. United States Wa3 Consulted. Liverpool (By Cable).?Premier Bal? four, in a speech at a luncheon given by the Conservative Club here, declared the British Government had no choice stat to take action against Venezuela. The Ministers had shown no undue haste, no greed for money and no in? humanity. The United States Govern? ment, he said, had been taken into con? fidence at every stage of thc proceed? ings. Thc Monroe Doctrine had no en? emies in this country. Silkworms Dye Cocoons. Washington, D. C. (Special).?To displace the dyer and cause silkworms to color silk naturally in any desired shade is the object of interesting ex? periments which form thc subject of a special report to thc State Department from United States Consul Atwell at Roubaix, France. He says that two French scientists actually have succeed? ed in producing bright red cocoons by feeding thc silkworms with leaves wash? ed over with red. Orange and blue shades also have been produced, THE LATEST NEWS IN SHORT ORDER. Domestic. New York detectives, at the instance of postoffice inspectors, arrested Henry G. Cartwright, a broken; William Treadwell, a broken, and Charles E. Goodrich, a clerk, charged with im? proper use of the mails in an alleged combination for "turf speculation." John William, alias Cullen, and John Wittmer, were arrested in New York, charged with stealing about $10,000 worth of silverware and silks from the store of R. H. Macy & Co. Wittmer was head night watchman for the firm. Carter Harrison, of Chicago, is re? ported to have entered into an alliance with Congressman Hearst, of New York, by which the Heart interests in Chicago are to support Harrison for a fourth term in the mayoralty. The forging of J. Pierpont Morgan's name in London is said to involve an amount exceeding $165,000. Mr. Mor? gan is not acting in the matter, which concerns only the banks that accepted the notes. Two mailcarriers and two prospec? tors have been lost in the blizzard in the mountains of Idaho. In Wyoming and Colorado the weather has been very severe and livestock has suffered. Recent advances in the stocks of thc four principal express companies?the Adams, the American, thc Wells-Far go and the United States?have revived rumors of consolidation. A faithful Newfoundland dog, after arousing the family of George Copper? smith, at Hawthorne, N. J., and thus enabling them to escape from their burning home, perished in the flames. William H. Kimball, former presi? dent of fhe Seventh National Bank of New York, was sentenced to pay $5000 for over-certification of checks. Margaret Snedegar, alias Blanche Smith, aged 26 years, was found dead in her room, in Cleveland, O., and the police think she was murdered. John Cummings, on trial in Welling? ton, Kan., for the murder of Annie Dish man, claims that his wife is the real murderer. George Nelk, a youth, who. murdered his mother and fatally wounded his sis? ter Minnie at their home, in German? town, Pa., is still at large. His brother arrived from Baltimore and visited his dying sister. Rcginia Curry, aged 24 years, was as? saulted and murdered on a lonely road just outside Philadelphia late Thursday night. When she left a car a man also got off, and the conductor saw him fol? low her. Robert E. McGraw was shot and killed in Jackson, Tenn., presumably by Samuel Hudgins, who mistook him for a biga? mist who had married Hudgins' daugh? ter. The collier Ajax brought to New York the victims of the gun explosion on thc battleship Massachusetts. The First National Bank of Asbury, N. J., was closed and the national bank examiner placed in charge. William Hooper Young, convicted in New York of murder in the second de? gree, was taken to Sing Sing. George L. O. Perry, colored, was in? dicted for the murder of Miss Agnes McPhee at Somerville, Mass. Foreign. The president and other officials of thc Macedonian Committee have been ar? rested, and the Bulgarian government has determined to dissolve the commit? tees in Bulgaria and place a strong mili? tary cordon along the Macedonian fron? tier. The United States revenue cutter Seminole, Lieutenant Sturtevant com? manding, made two ineffectual attempts to rescue the five American fishing schooners in the ice packs near Bay Is? lands, of Newfoundland. A British punitive expedition occupied Kano, West Africa, after putting to flight the Emir of Kano and 1,000 horse? men. The enemy lost heavily. United States Ambassador Tower, at Berlin, has adopted a uniform some? what similar to that worn by other diplo? mats on state occasions. The Archduchess Elizabeth, mother of t'..c former queen regent, Maria Chris? tina of Spain, died in Vienna. Max Regis had two duels near Paris, ai d his insulting conduct on the field led to another challenge. Maurice Binder, a Nationalist, caused a furor in the French Chamber of Depu? ties by making charges against the Premier and other ministers in connec? tion with the Humbert case. The German government has decided not to buy the four battleships now be? ing constructed in England and Italy for Chili and Argentina. Generals Botha, Delarey and Smuts re? fused to accept thc government's tender of seats in the legislative council at Pre? toria. At a luncheon given by the Conserva? tive Club in Liverpool Premier Balfour replied to Lord Rosebery's criticism. Bolivia has accepted unconditionally, but under protests, the Brazilian de? mands in the Acre matter. King Edward received Marconi, the wireless telegraph inventor at Bucking? ham Palace. At the annual dinner of the Royal College of Surgeons at Dublin, Earl of Dudley, lord lieutenant of Ireland, made a speech predicting a bright fu | turc for Ireland. The decree of divorce, granted at Dresden, Saxony, to thc Crown Prince and Princess Frederick permits both parties to marry again. William Duffy, Nationalist member of Parliament, and three others im? prisoned in Dublin under thc Coercion Act, were released. The British gunboat Harrier has cap? tured three pirate ships in thc Red Sea with their entire crews. Rev. Dr. Randall Davidson was en? throned as Archbishop of Canterbury. Serious loss of life has followed an outbreak on thc Island of Madag.Ticar. Thc Humbert family were brought for trial in Paris on tiie charge of slandering a money-lender, whom they had called a usurer. Financial. Lake Superior charcoal has advanced $1.50 a ton at Chicago since last month. A merger of Alabama coal, iron, steel and railroad properties is talked of. The capital suggested is $250,000,000. A bill was introduced in the Legisla? ture at Albany to issue $50,000,000 State bonds for the improvement of public roads. The ratio of operating expenses to earnings in 1902 for all the railroads in the United States as officially reported was 64.62 per cent. The previous year it vras 64.86 per rent. Bi Tl ba ta VS ti t< ir t! ci al a; ti fl ti ai h tt Ci 1 o b la u tl tl V G F S o b a 1 n s ti b fi o v. fl C C 0 c d V t a t a r r a I a B C V 11 ( r ROTOCOLS_ALL SIGNED Hain, Germany and Italy in Line for Peace With Venezuela. IE BLOCKADE WILL BE RAISED. dnight Wheo the Signing Took Place at Jrltish Embassy?Within Twenty-four Hours be Commanders oi the Blockading Fleet -.long the Venezuelan Coast Will Receive Drders to Withdraw Warships. Washington, D. C. (Special).?Hcr .t W. Bowen, Venezuela's rcprescn tive in the peace negotiations at ashington, has signed with each of e allies' representatives here a pro col providing for the immediate rais g of the Venezuelan blockade, and for e reference of the question of prefcr itial treatment of the claims of the lies against Venezuela to Thc Hague bitration tribunal. Thc final formali? ns occurred at the British Embassy, t 11.30 o'clock p. m. Herbert Dering, st secretary of the British Embassy, mounced tha tthe British protocol id just been signed, and that signa re of thc Italian and German proto? ns would follow in the order named. Thc Italian protocol was signed at .50 and the German protocol at 12.10 clock, the presence of Baron Stern :rg at the White House musical <rc ying a final close to the negotiations itil after midnight. Thc British protocol was in English: c Italian in Italian and German, and e German in German and English, r. Bowen signed in. duplicate for enezuela; Sir Michael Herbert for reat Britain; Signor Mayor des lances for Italy, and Baron Spec von ernberg for Germany. Immediately 1 the signing of the last protocol ca cs were dispatched to London, Berlin id Rome announcing the fact. By thc provisions of these prclimin y protocols, which have required ore than three weeks of constant ne? gations, Venezuela makes two dis? tict gains?the immediate raising of a ockade from which she has been suf ring for some weeks, and the return all her vessels, war and merchant, hich have been captured by the allied :et. Great Britain, Germany and Italy re? live advance payments of ?5500 each, reat Britain receiving her payment 1 the signature of the protocol, and ermany and Italy within 30 and 60 ays from date. Germany, in addition, ill receive five monthly payments un 1 the full amount paid her in advance jgregates $340,000. As a guaranty for the satisfaction of leir claims, Mr. Bowen pledges the lies a share with the other creditor ations in 30 per cent, of the customs nceipts of the two ports of Laguayra id Porto Cabello. This percentage ill be set aside beginning March 1 id retained in the Venezuelan treas ry until The Hague tribunal shall de ,de whether it shall be distributed ithout preference among the claimant ations or whether the allied powers of reat Britain, Germany and Italy shall -ccive preferential payments. Italy, by her protocol, gains immedi :e payment of her first-class claims, ithout further adjudication, as soon ; the joint commission at Caracas shall ave passed on the remainder of her aims. In round numbers the adjudi ited Italian claims amount to $560,000, ora which will be subtracted the $27, x> to be paid her 60 days from the gnature of her first protocol. The ;alian Ambassador also has secured ?r his government the insertion in is protocol of an agreement that Ven uiela will insert in her treaty with :aly the favored-nation clause possess i by the other nations. Castro Hears the Good News. Caracas (By Cable).?News of the using of the blockade was received by resident Castro in a cablegram from Ir. Bowen, who said: '"The protocols have been signed, lockade will bc raised to-morrow, ongratulations." To this message President Castro re? lied as follows: "Bowen, Washington. In thc name of enezuela and in my own name I offer :>u expressions of my eternal gratitude >r the decided spontaneousness with hich you served the cause of thc hu lanity that distinguishes superior minds. (Signed)_"CASTRO." ACCUSED THE FRENCH PREMIER. bamber of Deputies In An Uproar Over the Humbert Case. Paris (By Cable).?The sitting of the T.a tuber of Deputies Friday afternoon /as suspended amid an uproar, which ?as precipitated by charges brought hy laurice Binder, Nationalist, against the Vernier and other ministers in connec ion with the Humbert case. Thc Deputy accused the Government f corruption in thc matter, and called 'rcmier Combs a chameleon. The Vice 'tesident, who was in the chair, orderec1 '.inder to withdraw his terms, but thc itter refused. Amid a general uproar he Ministers left the hall. M. Binder continued to usc harsl jrms in characterizing thc Government'; ct-on, referring to the Premier as "sin ions." The vice-President finally became sc xasperated that he ordered the gallcrie: leared, and, putting on his hat, left th< hair. M. Binder refused to withdraw o pologize, and was censured, and tin itting was suspended, but M. Binder re Rained in possession of the tribune unti he House reassembled. He then refused to leave thc tribum ir.til threatened with expulsion. $25,000 Lost in the Mall. Indianapolis, Ind. (Special).?A mai ouch, containing upward of $25,000 laced on thc Pennsylvania train leaving -ouisville at 8 p. m., is missing anc fter Daking every effort to find it tin ostai authorities have about decided tc ive up. It is supposed that it wai tolen from the Indianapolis Union Rail iray Company's station. One draft foi 17,000. said to bc from a Louisville ban! 0 a New York bank, was lost in liv lissing pouch. WITH THE NATIONAL LAWMAKERS Expulsion for Hazing. Representative Charles Dick intro duced a bill providing that thc superin? tendent of the Naval Academy shall make such rules, suhject to thc approva of the Secretary of the Navy, as wil! effectually prevent the practice of hazing at thc academy. The bill further provides that any mid? shipman found guilty of hazing shall bc summarily expelled and shall not bc eligible for reappointment to thc corp* or as a commissioned officer in thc arni) or navy until two years after the gradu? ation of thc class of which he was I member. Indian Bill Reported. Thc Senate Committee on Indian Af? fairs concluded its consideration of thc Indian appropriation bill. The commit? tee recommends a number of changes, and its amendments add $1,488,185 to thc aggregate of the bill as passed by the House, making a grand total of $10,434. 213. The most important item nf in? crease is $i.2co,ooo to pay awards to loyal Creek Indians whose property was destroyed during thc war of thc rebellion. Election Laws for Hawaii. Representatives Graham, of Pennsyl? vania, from the Committee on Territor? ies, favorably reported the bill to rc modify certain sections of thc election laws of the Territory of Hawaii with amendments. Thc bill provides, among other things, that election officials shall be apportioned equally between thc two political parties. Provision also is made for an official ballot, giving thc names of candidates, thc office to which nomi? nated, and the political party. Urging Eight Hour Bill. Mr. McComas gave notice in thc Sen? ate that he would call up the eight-hour bill at the the earliest opportunity, which brought from Mr. Quay the statement that "until the Senator from Maryland and those obstructionists behind him' consent to the fixing of a day when 1 vote can bc taken on the Statehoood bill he would oppose any action on thc eight hour bill. Refused to Reconsider. Mr. Pcttus, of Alabama, sought to re? open discussion of thc Alaskan boundarj treaty by moving to reconsider thc vote of the previous day. This was resisted by Senator Lodge. He moved to lay thc motion to reconsider on the table. There was a roll call and Mr. Lodge's motion was carried 36 to 25, which closed thc subject. Includes Naphtha Boats. Thc House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheties authorized a fav? orable report on the bill making ap? plicable to vessels propelled by gas. naphtha, or electric motor which carr) passengers or freig it for hire the same regulations provided by law for steam vessels. In the Departments. The House adopted the Sundry Civil Bill and then broke all records in the matter of private pension bills by pass? ing 325 private pension bills and ckar^ ing the calendar. The suite which the new Chinese minister will bring to Washington will contain people of high rank, a depart? ure from the traditional policy ot China. The Senate agreed to thc House amendments to the Elkins Anti-rebate Bill, which now goes to thc President. The foot-and-mouth disease is re? ported to have broken out again in Ver? mont. The Elkins bill passed the Hotrie hy a vote of 241 to 6. Those voting in the negative were Messrs. Cochran and Dc Annond (Mo.), Glass (Dem., Va J, Hooker (Dem., Miss.), Klutz (Dem.. N. C.) and Neville (Dem., Neb.). The Senate Committee on Postoffice; and Post Roads decided to amend the Postoffice Appropriation Bill by adding as an amendment the Omnibus Statehood Bill. The vote on the motion to amenc" was 8 to 5. Secretary Root has issued an order tc carry out the purpose of Congress di? recting the submission by E. V. Valen? tine ,of Richmond, Va., of designs for a bronze statue of Gen. Hugh Mercer. It is stated that the President has de? termined to call an extra session o! Congress unless the Senate ratifies thc Panama Canal and the Cuban Recipro? city Treaties. The Senate Committee on Cuba con? sidered Major Rathbonc's petition for ar investigation of the circumstances con nected with his trial. A bill was passed by thc Senate mak? ing Chester, Pa., a subport of entry. The Senate Committee on Commerce agreed to report adversely the nomin? ation of Dr. W. D. Crum to bc collector of thc port at Charleston, S. C. Thc vote on confirmation was 6 to 8. Al' the Democrats voted aginst continua tion, and they were reinforced by the votes of Jones of Nevada and Perkin; of California. An amendment to cut in half the ap? propriation for the relief of distress ir thc Philippines from $3,000,000 to $1, 500,000 was defeated in the House, bul thc language of the paragraph was modified to require annual reports ol the expenditure of the money. Mr. William Loeb, Jr., of New York will succeed Mr. Cortelyou as secrctarj to thc President upon the latter's ele? vation to the new cabinet portfolio, thc Department of Commerce. Mr. Stewart E. Barber, of Easton. Md., was appointed an assistant pay? master in the Navy by the President. Admiral Dewey is confined to his home by a severe cough and cold. Secretary Hay and Mr. Brun, the Dan? ish minister, have been discussing thc approaching termination by limitation oi the period for time for the ratification ol treaty for the cession to thc United States of the Danish West India Islands The House of Representatives made fair progress on thc Sundry Civil Appro? priation Bill. The Department of Commerce Bill was agreed upon by thc Senate without debate. An interesting insight of thc losses caused by the depreciation of silver ir the Straits Settlements and Indo-China is given in a set of consular reports pub? lished by the State Department. Minister Bowen, acting for Venezuela has formally accepted Great Britain'.* protocol framed tn secure a reference ot the dispute to The Hague arbitration tribunal. The Siemcns-Halskc and Schuckcrt electrical companies, of Berlin, have de? cided to unite.