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HIGHLAND RECORDER VOL. XXVI. MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., APRIL 20, 1904. NO. 15. STRUGGLEJflTH MANIAC Perilous Fight io Darkness on a Hos? pital Roof. BAD TO BE CHOKED INTO SUBMISSION. Capt. Clark, ol New York F re Department, and Two Firemen Risk Their Lives to Save a Man Who Became Suddenly Demented Desperate Struggle Eighty Feet From the Qrouod od a Ledge 12 Inches Wide. Kew Y<1rk, (Special). ? Captain Clark, of thc New York fire depart? ment, and two firemen engaged in a desperate struggle with a maniac be? fore daylight on a 12-inch ledge which forms the base of the mansard roof of the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hos? pital, in this city. The ledge is 80 ft et above the ground, and the man they risked their lives to rescue from his perilous position1 was powerful and fought viciously; but he was finally forced through a window into the hospital, where several policemen took np the struggle and subdue.1 him. The maniac was Robert Hindman. who had been admitted to the hos? pital a week ago to prepare for an operation for the removal ol a swel? ling in the ear. He showed no sign of mental disturbance until Saturday night, when he suddenly became maniacal. Sometime after midnight he escaped from his room to the nar? row ledge, carrying with him a heavy pitcher with which he threatened the nurses and policemen, who appeared at the window to induce him to return. As it was impossible to get behind the desperate man from inside tba hos? pital the fire department was at last appealed to. A 76-foot extension ladder was cautiously raised and in the dark Hindmann's attention was not at? tracted by it. Captain Clark, refused to assign any of his men to so danger? ie d unusual task, and went up him? self, followed by Firemen Jeremiah Scanlon and Henry VV. Kimley. Hindman had just thrown the ritcher through the window where the policemen were holding his attention, when Clark crept up behind, seized the man by the throat and choked liim while his companions grasped hi.-- legs. Though taken by surprise, Hindman fought back desperately. He was cut by broken glass when his captors finally dargged him to the window and thrust him through. MINISTER SENT UP FOR BIGAMY. Rev. J. B. Taylor Beging His four-Year Term io Prison. Des Moines, Ia., (Special).?Smiling & simultation of indifference and vow? ing thet he would become the lawful husband of the prosecutrix, the Rev. I. B. Taylor, handsome and debonair, was sentenced by Judge Scott at Sigourney to four years' imprisonment for bigamy. When sentence had been pronounc? ed Tavlor laughingly remarked to the sheriff: "Glad it's all over; let's go." Taylor is only 26 years old, brilliant and magnetic, and one of the most promising evangelists ever in the em? ploy of the Methodist Church iu Iowa, victim was Florence Graves, the belle of Martinsburg, one of the cities in which he conducted a scries of meet? ings. The greatest shock occasioned by Taylor's downfall was to the bishops of his church and to President Hancher, of Iowa Wesleyan Uni? versity, Mount Pleasant, whose prote? ge Taylor was. It was impossible for them to believe him guilty of such perfidy. One little woman was not greatly surprised, however. She was Mrs. Taylor No. I, who was eking out a living for herself and child in Wil? mington, Del., ignorant of thc where? about of her husband. Miss Graves is now rearing their two children and says she will marry Taylor as soon as he has completed his sentence, provided a legal sepa? ration from wife No. 1 may be had. She was a reluctant witness at the trial, and the prosecution of Taylor was pushed by her father over her pro? test. Wants An Ind an Wife. Muskogee, I. T., (Special).?Orlan? do Hand, a farmar, who lives at Jiridgehampton, L. I. says he is 60 "toars old, that he is a hustler and last gems raised 10,000 bushels of Irish po? tatoes, 3000 bushels turnips, 1000 bushels of corn and keeps twenty :ows. He says ht has been post? master and does not drink, swear or -nw!-.. Vie wants the Indian officials to send him names of two or three ?ikely Indian maidens and give his lat? ter to one who will answer it. He lays above all things he wants a wom? an who will love him and make him happy. Spurns a Fortune. Omaha, Neb., (Special). ?James Doyle,, an aged man of this city has a fortune awaiting him at Dixon, UL, but he declares he does not A'ish it and will not go there to claim lt. "I don't want to bc bothered about this fortune," he said impatiently when informed that a relative had died at Dixon and left him sole heir to a large estate. "I don't want any more money. I've always got along without riches, and Pm too old to be? gin to worry about them now. I would not go across the street for $100,000. I certainly am not going several hunded miles for it." Twenty-Three Killed, Forty Wounded. Budepest, (By Cable).?A serious riot is reported to have taken place at the market town of Elesd, near Gross-Wardein, resulting from a col? lision between meetings of the Social? ist *and Independent parties. While order was being restored by the gen? darmerie a Socialist fired a revolver, killing the commander. The gen drames thereupon fired a volley, killing C3 of the rioters and severely wound? ing 40. The military were summoned from Gros?vWardein. NEWS IN SHORT ORDER. The Latest Happenings Condensed for Rapid Reading. Domestic. A chip of wood cut from the door? post of the Page residence bearing the bloody finger-prints of the murderer is believed to be the most important bit of evidence against Charles L. Tucker, held in Waltham. Mass., on thc charge of murdering Miss Mabel Page. James J. Jeffries, the champion heavyweight pugilist, was married at Oakland, Cal., to Miss Freda Meyer, ot New York city. The couple left for Harbin Springs, where Jeffries will train for his coming fight with Mon? roe. The interior of the four-story build? ing of the Victor Talking Machine Company, in Camden, N. J., was* gutted by fire, thc loss being estimated ai $500,000, Ex-State Senator Henry S. Little, a prominent New Jersey financier, railroad man and Democratic leader, died at his apartments, in Trenton, N. J. The factory of the Empire Furniture Company, at Jamestown, N. Y., was destroyed by fire. Loss, $too,ooo; in? surance, $65,000. Gen. Thomas T. Brady, one of the defendants in the famous star-route case, died at his home in Jersey City. The Steamer Etruria brought to New York a large number of Irish exhibits and people for the St. Louis hair. Judge George Gray will preside over thf. Lake Mohonk Conference, which opens on June I. Former Judge Stevenson Burke, of Cleveland, died in Washington of a paralytic stroke. President Charles H. Moyer, of the Western Federation of Miners, who is under arrest, had a hearing before the Colorado Supreme Court on writ of habeas corpus. W. D. Haywood, secretary of the federation, struck a captain of the military guards, and angry soldiers then beat the labor official with the butts of their guns. At a special stockholders' meeting of thc Northern Securities Company in Hoboken, N. J., the proposed dis? tribution plan was ratified despite the protest of the Harriman interests. James Broderick, president, and W. L. Collins, cashier, of the Indiana National Bank, at Elkhart, were sen? tenced to io and 6 years in prison for violating the banking laws. James Neilson Abeel, who posed as J. Ogden Goelet and became engaged to Miss Eleanor Anderson, in New \ ork, was found guilty of forgery in the third degree. Charles O'Hare became demented while returning from abroad, and cre? ated something of a panic among the steerage passengers on the steamer Majestic. Daniel J. Sully & Co.'s demurrer to thc bankruptcy petition filed against lum was overruled by the United States District Court in New York. Sidney Sladden was arrested in Boston on his return from a bridal tour abroad on the charge of being a fugitive from justice in Kentucky. John E. Pound, United States com? missioner and former chief regent of tiie Royal Arcanum of the United States, died in Lockport, N. Y. Secretary Taft delivered an address before the New York Chamber of Commerce on labor conditions in the Philippines. Harold Stephenson, 21 years old, a son of Kate Claxton, the actress, shot and killed himself in his lodg? ings in New York. lt has been decided to hold the convention of the United Irish League of America in New York on August 20 and 31. Foreign. President Loubet, of France, ac? companied by a distinguished party ol' officials, arrived in Rome and was given a magnificent reception by the I King and the Italian government ] officials. Rioting between members of the I Socialist and Independent parties at : Fleed, near Gross-Wardein, Hungary, I resulted in a Socialist killing the I commander of the gendarmerie and the gendarmes firing a volley, killing 23 and wounding 40 rioters. Lieutenant Douglass and 70 United States marines will sail from Korea for Manila, the presence of a Japanese guard at Seoul now being sufficient to preserve order. 1 lie will of Verestchagin, the Rus? sian painter, who perished in the battleship Petropovlovsk disaster at Port Arthur, leaves the entire estate to the widow. During a consideration of the ques? tion of automatic railroad couplings by the British House of Commons the President of thc Board of Trade declared that the railroad service in England was less dangerous than in the United States. The Socialists in the Reichstag in? terpellated the German Chancellor on what remedy he proposed to adopt the shutting down of the collieries in Western Germany, causing loss of employment. The five tortoise-shell fishing schooners captured while in Nicara? guan waters and taken to Bluefields had hoisted the British flag on an island off Cape Gracious-a-Dias, Nic? aragua. The opinion is gaining ground in Germany that large reinforcements must be sent to Southwest Africa to (juell the revolt of the Hereros. Rumors were again circulated in Paris that the United States was seek? ing to buy the Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. A conference of steel magnates was held in London looking to doing away with dumping for their mutual inter? ests. A coaling station will be established in the Aleutian Islands by the United States government. The Academy of Fine Arts proposes to create a free scholarship in memory of Verestchagin, the painter, who lost his life at the time of the Petropav? lovsk disaster. A train on the Trans-Caucasian Railroad was held up near Novo Sen aki by four armed robbers, who es? caped with loot valued at $50,000. Ludmila Remianikoff, one of the Russian "Terrorists" who was im? prisoned for complicity in an assas? sination olot. has been released. CAMARN BANDITS HANGED Niedcrmeyer, ^ho Tried Suicide, Was Carried to the Scaffold. SHORT BUT THRILLING CAREER. Marx and Yandine, Who Had Professed Cath? olicism, Went Calmly to their Doom, While Neidermeyer, Who Had Boasted ol His Nerve Was Carried Half Dead to the Scaffold Incidents of the Execution. Chicago, (Special).?Peter Nieder meyer, Gustav Marx and Harvey Vandine, thc notorious car-barn ban? dits and confescd murderers of eight men, were hanged here separately Friday. Niedcrmeyer, who) was hanged first, had to be carried to the scaffold be? cause of his desperate attempt at suicide last Monday. Straps were placed over his ankles and just above his knees. He was then placed on a truck and wheeled to one of thc lower floors of the jail, after which he was carried to the scaffold and placed in a chair on the trap. He wore a red rose, but no coat. He was not asked the customary question if he had anything to say, and the rope was quickly placed about his neck. He instinctively settled his neck into the noose and the trap was sprung at 10.35 A. M.. The physicians an? nounced that his neck had been broken. During thc reading of the death warrant Niedcrmeyer snatched thc paper from the chief deputy's hand and placed it in a pocket. He made angry remarks at this time, and once cr twice, when he was being taken to the scaffold. Shortly after li o'clock Marx was led to the scaffold, neatly dressed and with a white rose, which had been given him by his small sister the night before. He was pale, but his courage never left him. He made no state? ment. Two priests of the Roman Catholic Church, of which Marx had become a member, accompanied him to the gallows. He repeated the lit? any with them, kissed a cricifix, after which the jailer adjusted the noose, and sprang the trap at 11.17. He was pronounced dead at 11.34, his neck having been broken. The hanging of Vandine occurred at 11.55, and was without particular incident. The priests accompanied him and, he, too, wore a white rose. At first it was the intention of Sheriff Barrett to hang the trio sim? ultaneously on one scaffold, as the Anarchists were executed some years ago. The plan, however, was aban? doned, mainly on account of Nieder meyer's attempt at suicide, which made it advisable that he be hanged alone. Attorneys for Vandine were trying to see the Governor, to obtain a stay of execution for the bandit, Jailor Whitman said, and1 that was why consent was given to hang Vandine last. Marx and Vandine, who joined the Catholic Church recently, spent their last hours in reading, writing and praying, several nuns and priests be? ing constantly with them. Niedermeyer continued to reject all spiritual advice, and it seemed that he would carry out his idea of dying an atheist. When the last death watch was placed before his cell for the night Niedcrmeyer shook hands with the guard who was leaving, and said that lie had been a "good guard," inas? much as he had planned to trick him a number of times, but had been un? able to do so. A large crowd assembled at thf jail preceding the hour of execution and sought admission, but were turned away. Only a limited number, orovid ed by law, were allowed in the jai I to witness the execution of the ban? dits. The hanging of the youthful car j barn bandits in Chicago followed closely a period of crime of less thar I six months. In that time eight mur? ders were committed, all attendant upon robberies or efforts to escap? arrest. It was during an attempt to escape on a stolen train, after an ex tiaordinary battle in the swamps o) Northern Indiana, just east of Chica? go, that, on November 27, the cap? ture of the gang was completed by the arrest of Niedermeyer, Vandin* and Emil Roeski, their associate, MarN having already been placed behind the bars. The specific offense for which Van dine, Niedermeyer and Marx were tried and sentenced was the murdei of Frank Stewart, a clerk ni the Chi cago City Railway car barns during 3 robbery there on the morning of Au? gust 30, 1003, James B. Johnson, a mo? torman, was also killed, and two per? sons were wounded. The bandits es? caped after having secured $2,240 Roeski was not concerned in this crime, but after the conviction of hi? companions was tried separately foi ene of the murders in which he was the principal. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. : On January 6 the trial of Nieder? meyer, Vandine and Marx began. But little testimony favorable to them was offered. No defense at all was made fdr Niedermeyer. In the case of Vandine evidence was introduced to show that he had been since birth afflicted with a form of epilepsy which had made him irresponsible. A plea for clemency for Marx was made on the ground that his confession had led to the capture of his companions. None of the bandits had yet reached the age of 25 years. Death Rather Than Dishonor. San Francisco, Cala. (Special).? Robert Nicholson, chief boatswain's mate of the United States gunboat Petrel, after twenty-two years ot honorable service in the United States Navy has shot and killed himself here rather than face a charge of having brought liquor on board the ship. Nicholson was born in the Shetland Islands forty-four years ago, had a good record since his enlistment in 1880, and served through the Span? ish Ww with <-.n"Hit. TUE OLD liOMlMON Latest News Cleaned From Ali Over the State. John Mallory, of VV. R. Mallory &? Stn, tobacco dealers, of Richmond, narrowly escaped death in a peculiai way. While alone in his office he raised the heavy lid of a sample box to get something. A rush of blood to ilie head caused him to fall into thc box. Thc lid came down and he lay half conscious a prisoner for three Hours, while his friends searched foi trim everywhere. Thc ni"st disastrous forest fires in recent years have been raging in Page county for several days and have destroyed thousands of dollars" worth tf timber, bark, etc. The flames have burned over thousands of acres oi land on the Minc Ridge and crosse.I thc mountain in thc direction of Sper ry ville, kappahannock c -unty. The fire, which had been fanned by fu? rious gales, has defied hundreds of hrc-fighters. In many instances bottl? es have been saved by men fighting night and day. Capt. M. J. Dimmock, the Rich? mond sculptor, presented to R. E Lee Camp, Confederate Veterans, a statute of Gen. John R. Cooke. Gen? eral Cooke was one of the most dis? tinguished officers of the Confederacy The residence of Capt. William Kil? burn, U. S. N., retired, about four miles west of Alexandria, was destroy? ed by fire. Thc residence had re ccntly been much improved. A de? fective flue was the cause of the fire. The trial of the negro Robert Bowles, for killing Fireman John A Ruff at Clifton Forge, resulted in I verdict of murder in the first degree. Judge Anderson sentenced Bowles to hang on June 24th. Willie White, the 9-year-old- color ed boy who recently killed his baby sister, in Madison, by giving hci yround glass, has been sentenced tc the Colored Reform School by thc judge of the Circuit Court of Amherst county. The first practical issue of the "Jiir Crow" street car law fight was thc appearance in the Police Court al contractor. Mr. Myers boarded ? contractor. Mr. ^Fycrs boarded a car on which was only one negro pas? senger. He took a seat in the real and refused to move forward wher ordered to do so by the conductor nn the ground that there was no ne cessity for it. He was fined $5. bul the fine was remitted, thc judge hold ing that ignorance of the law caused the offense. At the same time he laid down thc proposition that in future all must obey the orders of conduc? tors. . The jury which has been engaged ir. the trial of Walter Burrill, charger1 with the murder of Harrison John son, at Blainesviile, Page county, Of February 2, returned a verdict im? posing a fine of $17 on Burrill. Thc commonwealth failed lo make ^cul \ (ase of first-degree murder. adftii was shown by a preponderanetr ol testimony that Burrill and Johnson ? had been on intimate terms up to thf shooting. The $17 fine was for a mis? demeanor. Burrill paid his fine im? mediately. The Norfolk and Western Railway will spend $2,000,000 for rolling stock at once. Thc mossy was secured bj a loan in Philadelphia a week ago. It was semiofficially and authentically stated that this money will go toward buying a score of locomotives, 1,000 box and coal cars and a new stock ol passenger coaches and combination express, baggage and mail cars. A real estate boom, which prom? ises to rank with that of a decade ago, is on in Roanoke, and for sev? eral weeks past the transfers have been growing each day. A lot at the corner of Campbell avenue and Henry street, which has been held at $15,000 since the collapse of the big boom was sold for $39,000 to Watt, Rettew & Clay, who propose to build a five story department store. John Mar tin, of Roanoke, paid $18,000 for a lol <sn Campbell avenue, near Jefferson street. There is not a vacant resi? dence in Roanoke. The jury in the case of Mrs. A. T Spencer vs. the Norfolk and Westerr Railway Company, in which $io,ooc damages were asked for thc death o! Mis. Spencer's husband, who was ar engineer and who was killed in s wreck several months ago, awardec the full amount asked. A motion fo? a new trial was made. Two Mormon elders are at worV iii Winchester. The Pocahontas Company, of which President Robert McM. Gillespie, o' the Chesapeake Western Railway, i; ihe head official, is rapidly pushing it? coal mining operation at the prcsen; lime on its properties beyond Nord River Gap under the direct superin Uiidence of Mr. Tiffany, an exper! mining engineer of Philadelphia. It? operations include work on thc Big Coal run, Little Coal run and the Dora coal mine. The aged mother of Judge E. W Saunders, who lives in Franklin conn ty, 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, i< ill. Governor Montague has arrange' with Judge Frank P. Christian to pre side at Pittsylvania Court in Judge Saunders' Place. Mrs. Anna M. Sloat, the last sur? viving member of an old family, died Monday at Winchester Memorial Hospital. She was 60 years old. George Henderson, of Marksville district, Page county, has just beer admitted to $1,500 bail charged with abducting Miss Florence Jones, a 16 year-old girl of that section. The girl disappeared from home about one week ago and all efforts to locate hei proved futile. She was finally locatec where it is alleged Henderson had concealed her. His arrest immediate ly followed. Judge Witt, in the Hustings cour! at Richmond, decided that the city treasurer must accept thc poll taxe? of citizens who have become of age since January 1. This corrects ar oversight of the legislature in no) passing a specific law on thc subject A considerable pgrtion of the Sea board Air Line roundhouse near Rich mond was destroyed by fire and the woodwork of four engines was burn ed. A fifth engine, which had steam up, escaped. The fire was started in the roof by a spark from this engine. Ar official statement places the dau.age it.$350,0, covered bj ^insurance.. Cash Given Away to Users of LION COFFEE We are going to be more liberal than ever in 1904 to users of Lion Coffee. Not only will the Lion-Heads, cut from the packages, be good, as heretofore, for the valuable premiums we have always given our customers, but In Addition to the Regular Free Premiums the same Lion-Heads will entitle you to estimates in our $30,000.00 Grand Prige Contests, which will make some of our patrons rich men and women, '"ou can send in as many estimates as desired. There will be TWO CR?AT CONTESTS The first contest will be on the July 4th attendance at the St. Louis World's Fair; the second relates to Total Vote For President to be cast Nov. 8, 1904. $20,000.00 will be distributed in each of these contests, making $40,000.00 on the two, and, to make it still more interesting, in addition to this amount, we will give a -m\v<%ne\ H^iVaE-l Dpiva aI ^K AHA AA t0 the one who 1S "rarest correct ort both Qi Clil!! I ll SI I I liC Ul VVlUUUsUU contests, and thus your estimates have two ?Waawngmainii iiti/im !!?????????.*??????????????? opportunities of winn ing a big cash prize. Printed blanks to Five Lion-Heads cut from Lion Coffee Packages and a 2 cent stamp entitle you (in addition to the reg? ular free premiums) to one vote in either contest: vote on found in every Lion Coffee Pack? age. The 2 cent stamp covers the expense of our acknowledgment to you that your es? timate is recorded. WORLD'S FAIR CONTEST What will be thc total July 4th attendance at the St. Louis World's Patt? At Chicago, July 4.1893. the attendance was 283,273. For nearest correct estimates received in Woolson Spice Com? pany's office. Toledo, Ohio, on or before June 30th. 1904, we will five first prize for the nearest correct estimate, second prize to the next nearest, etc.. etc., as follows: 1 First Prise .$2,500.00 1 Second Prise . 1,000.00 2 Prlzc*-$500.00 each .1,000.00 6 Prizes? 200.00 10 Prizes? 100.00 20 Prizes? 50.00 50 Prizes? 20.OO 250 Prizes? 10.00 1800 Prizes? 6.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 .1.000.00 1.000.00 .2,500.00 9,000.00 2130 PHIZES, TOTAL. $20,000.00 1*2139 PRIZES, PRESIDENTIAL VOTE CONTEST What will be the total Popular Vcte cast for President (votes for all candidates combined at thi- election November 8. 1904? Ia 1900 election. 13.959,05.1 peopl'- voted for President. For nearest cor? rect estimates received in Woolson Spice Co.'s. office. Toledo, O., on or before Nov. 5,1904, wc will Rive first prue for the nearest cor? rect estimate, second prize to thc nest noa est. etc . etc., as follows: 1 First Prize .$2,500.00 1 Second Prize . 1.000.00 2 Prizes - $500.00 each . 1.000.00 5 Prlzes 10 Prizes? 20 Prizes ? 60 Prizes? 250 Prizes - 1800 Prizes? 200 OO 100.00 50OO 20.OO IO. 00 6.00 1.000.00 1,000.00 1.000.00 1.000.00 2,600.00 9.000.00 TOTAL. $20,000.00 4279?PRI Distributed to ths Public?aggregating $45,000,00-in addition to which we shall give $5,000 to Grocers' Clerks (sss particulars in LION COFFEE cases j making a grand total of $50,000.00. COMPLETE DETAILED PARTICULARS Iii EVERY PACKAGE OF LION COFF WOOLSON SPICE CO., (CONTEST DEPT.) wwi?ffniw?rSMWWiwW?s>^ TOLEDO, OHIO. BALTIC FLEET READY Ussian Ships Beiug Manned for Im? mediate lise. WEDDING PARTY UNDER HOT FIRE. Thousands of Japanese Employed oh the Coast of Island of Sakhalin Disguised as Soldiers and Sailors Enormous Cost of tbe War to Russia?Daily Expenses Average $75,000?May Have to Float Internal Loan. St. Petersburg (By Cable).?The ships of the Baltic tleet here and at Libst. will be in commission ami ready to sail this week. The naval reserves of the neighboring provinces are arriving for distribution to the ships. All hope is given up of the recov? ery of the body of Vice Admiral Ma? karoff. It is believed to be beneath the overturned ship. The official re? ports place 80 as the number of per? sons saved from the Petrnpavovsk. The Admiralty denies the statement made by the London Times in its wireless report that the Japanese mineship Koryo Maru was fired upon while laying mines before Port Ar? thur. It is said that if she came in and laid mines the Russian search? lights failed to pick her up. Advices received here from Alcxan riroff, Island of Sakhalin, say it is believed that j,ooo tn 3,000 Japanese employed on the eastern and southern coasts are disguised soldiers and sailors. Many of them have been ar rested in the Korsakoff district witt | arms in their possession. The fami? lies of officials and residents of Kor sakoft' and Alcxandroff, it is added are secretly secreting their valuables and fleeing into the interior. United States Commercial Agent Greener, at Vladivostock, ha.s beer instructed through Ambassador Mc? Cormick to inform the Japanese con? sul at the Island of Sakhalin that a vessel will be sent to the island tn take back to Japan the consular staff and the refugees. The arrangements for sending the ship arc to be made by Japan through the authorities at Washington. A private letter from Port Arthur describes a wedding which occurred during a bombardment. The wedding guests were nearly stampeded,the car? riage horses tried to bolt, and shells were bursting as the procession drove | to the church; but after the cere- I ninny loo guests danced while shells were flying and bursting over head. The newly married couple, it is fur? ther asserted, were quite happy. Grand Duke Cyril, who was injured j at the time of the Petropovalovsk dis? aster, is protesting against returning to Russia. He desires, as soon as he has recovered, to go back to Port Arthur, but his mnther, the Grand Duchess Vladimir, is insisting on his rr. tit rn, Russia has made a new issue ot ^15,000.000 in paper currency against free gold in the state bank. At the Ministry of Finance it was explained that it was an ordinary issue and in no sense was forced. Under the law paper is issuable to double the amount ")t gold up to $150,000,000 gold, in ex ;ess of which paper issued must be covered rouble for rouble. In the State Bank there are, in round figures, ^00,000,000 in gold, which would per? mit of an issue of $550,000 in paper, jut the paper issue at present only unonnti to $350,000,000. The daily expenses are averaging 5750,000, and it is estimated that a rear's expenditures for the war will total $250,000,000. To meet this there '.xisted a free balance of $50,000,000, .vhich was increased to $115,000,000 oy reductions of the ordinary bud? gets, leaving ostensibly $135,000,000 to be found. But a portion of the lat ;er is made up by the increased earn? ings of the railroads owned by the government. It being in reality a juestion of bookkeeping, how the bal? ance is to be raised has not yet been ictcrmined. The Ministry of Finance believes it may be easy to float an nternal loan late in the summer or fall. _ KILLED LAYING A MiNE. ilexieff Was Apparently Blocking; Japs Out of Port Arthur. St. Petersburg, (By Cable).?Vice? roy Alexieff's announcement of the destruction of a launch and the loss of twenty-one men by the explosion of a Russian torpedo at Port Arthur has added to the gloom which has prevailed since the disaster to the Petropavlovsk. "We are paying the price of care? lessness," said a member of the ad? miralty, "and previous disasters seem to teach nothing." The war commission suppressen part of the viceroy's dispatch which showed where the mines were being laid. It is believed that as launches were employed they were mining the entrance to the harbor in order to prevent the Japanese from forcing an entrance and attempting to destroy the remaining ships. It is evident from the closing ol the entrance that Viceroy Alexierl has no intention of letting his ships go to sea again, even against an inferior force, though this may not be the policy of Vice-Admiral Skrydloff, who will determine on a plan of over ations when he assumes command. Alexieff's report, as given out, was: "I respectfully report to Your Ma? jesty that during the placing of mine;* by some steam launches, Lieutenant Fell and twenty men were killed through a mine exploding premature? ly under the stern of one of tho launches " The remains of'Harry H. Smith, former journal clerk of the House of Representatives, were interred at the Oak Hill Cemetery. LIVE WASHINGTON AFFAIRS. United States Leads World. Geological Survey statistics just made public place the world's produc? tion of petroleum in 1002 at 185.151, o8q barrels. Of this the United State* and Russia produced 91.44 per cent. For years Russia has led in point of production, but an increase of 19, 377, 722 barrels in the production of the United States in 1902, and a de? crease amounting to 4,628.515 barrel* in the production of Russia, caused these two countries to change places, and puts the United States at the head bf the list. More than double the quantity nf the higher grades of refined product* is* obtained from the average crude petroleum produced in the United States than is obtained from Russian oil. The United States produced near? ly 26 barrels of refined products in 1902 for every barrel produced by the rest of the world. Carriers as solicitors. While a complete agreement on the postoffice appropriation bill has not yet been reached by the conference committee, the Senate conferees have decided to accept the House provis? ion relating to the pay and duties of rural letter carriers. This fixes the salaries of the carriers at $720 a year and prohibits them from doing any business outside of their work for he government. The Senate authorized the carriers ?o also act as agents for newspapers md periodicals. The House con crees have stood out firmly against :his provision. Why a Warship is There. To prevent any possible misunder? standing the British Government, through its Ambassador here, has ex? plained fully to the State Department the object of the dispatch of the British warship Retribution from Ja? maica to the Mosquito coast of Ni raragua, and this explanation is said to be satisfactory. The British Government is anxious ;o have the Nicaraguan Government jrotect thc Mosquito Indians formerly .mder a British protectorate, and also lo inquire into the claims of the cap? tains of certain small turtle-fishing vessels, now detained at Bluefields that they may have been wrongfully arrested. Medals for Volunteers of '63. The House committee on military affairs authorized a favorable report on a bill appropriating $5,000 for med j als of honor to the volunteers whe responded to President Lincoln's call in 1863 and who served without p.-.y The medals will go to about 13.00c persons in the states of New York I Pennsylvania and Maryland.