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RECORDER VOL. XXVI. MONTEREY. HIGHLAND COUNTY, YA.. SEPTEMBER 30. 1004. NO. 37. MR. PARKER'S LETTER locralic Nominee States the Issac Before the People. iT BE WILL DO IF HE IS ELECTEI Parker Says Tariff Reform Should I ideally and Sagaciously Undertaken, < eotiflc Principl.s, to the Ead That The mid Not Be Au Immediate Revolution Itln; Conditions. S tv York (Special).?The letter i J Alton B. Parker, accepting tl ratic nomination for Presider '''Viacle public Sunday night. '%art, as follows: T? Honorable Champ Clark ar |rs, Committee, etc.: |emen?In my response to yoi C<?tcc, at the formal notificatic Pnings, I referred to some ma tcrjt mentioned in this letter. dc4iat these be considered as it cor:ed herein, and regret that lao ?* c prevents specific referenc to | all. I wish here, howeve a8al refer to my views there e? PrpJfes to the gold standard, t declfogain my unqualified belii ,n sjtandard, and to express ni appHon of the action of the coi vent n reply to my communic; that subject. ttblic questions are prcssin on. The Democratic part the people with confidene tion Gr for appe that position on these question will -ccpted and indorsed at th polls hile thc issues involved at num< pome stand forth pre-em nent 5 public mind. Among the* are reform, imperialism, eec nomi [ministration and honesty i the p ?ervice. I shall briefly cor sider e and some others withi the 1 =arily prescribed limits c this 1 idential Prerogatives. VYh presented my views at th notific proceedings concernin this v sue, thc overshadowing in portal f this question impels rn to ref it again. Thc issue is of' entim erred to as constitutiona ism v jcrialism. If w ul 1 retain our liberties an consti al rights unimpaired, w canno nit or tolerate, at any tim or for purpose, the arrogation c uncon onal powers by the exect tive b of our ts<>vcrnment. VV fihoulc 'vcr mindful of the word cf W r, "Liberty is only to b preser y maintaining constitution al rest 5 and just divisions of pc litical ;rs." Aire' the national governmen has # Je centralized beyond an itmplated or imagined b; ;c.i of the Constitution. Hov [>-.jly all this has added ti Ytof the President. It ha irjrom year to year until i tis that of many monarchs growth of our country am tide of interstate interest lo furnish a plausible rea [is centralization of powet time facts afford the mos (!son why the executiv !be permitted to encroacl t>ther departments of th and assume legislative bwers, not expressly con lie Constitution, jnitude of the country am of interests and popula fenable a determined, am able executive, unmindfu fonal limitations and fire< st of power, to go far ii ton of authority and th< nent of personal power be ituation could be fully ap |or the people be aroused. In Conclusion. Jput aside a congenial work had expected to devote rn} rder to assume, as best J |esponsibilities your conven >on mc. |the cordial co-operation anc issistance of every man whe [at a change of measures anc this time would be wise harmony of endeavor a: Jgorous action on the pan linded. les are joined and the peo finder the verdict. |>nomy of administration be or shall extravagance be wrongdoer be brought tc people, or must justice political obligarchy? government stand for inity or for special priv in] ?iain a government of law y-e of individual caprice? libing to the rule of the ^Jall we embrace benefi less and confidence we )le's verdict, the office of President, :r myself the chief mag !e people and not of any lall ever be mindful of 1 many questions of na here are honest differ Iriion. I believe in the pa |>d sense and absolute sin the people. I shall strive jr that he may serve his Uvho serves his country le wish of the people that the duties of the presi |dge myself, with God's )te all my powers and en [uties of this exalted office. yours, [ALTON B. PARKER. fadoally Passing Away. Mass. (Special"). ? The ;nator George F. Hoar, :n lying dangerously ill 'eeks, issued a bulletin the Senator is gradually Po the effects of his long jly the immediate rner*bers |tors family are admitted to miber, and he spends most isleep. The bulletin reads: Hoar has been weaker r, passing most of thc time refusing to take his medi irishment." NEWS IN SHORT ORDER. The latest Happenings Condensed for Rapid Reading. Domestic. The special train carrying the Arch? bishop of Canterbury and J. P. Mor? gan, with their party, to Washington ran into a locomotive at North Brook? field, Mass. The members of thc party were shaken up, but nobody was hurt. A cablegram from Caracas to New York says that criminal charges arc to bc brought against the Asphalt Trust, which is accused of fomenting a revolution in Venezuela. The First National Bank of Dun? dee, 111., sued Tracy & Co., stock? brokers, of Chicago, for $41,400 lust in margins by the bank's cashier, who embezzled the money. In a fight at the plant of the Pitts? burg Steel Company, at Glassport, Pa., between strikers and unionists. G. VV. Pidiar, a deputy, was fatally snot. Senator Gorman had a conference j with Judge Parker at which Dan La [ I mont was present. General Miles is - I to take the stump for the Democrats. Sebastion Fasancillo was arrested in New York on the charge of selling bogus naturalization certificates. Final arrangements were completed for the national Convention of the Republican Clubs at Indianapolis. Dr. George S. Conant, of New York, willed his brain to the medical faculty of Cornell University. The National Council of Good Sa? maritans closed its session in In? dianapolis. A reunion of Wilder's Brigade was held in Lafayette, Ind. R. M. Alcivar, a Mexican passenger on the Hamburg - American Line steamer Prinz Oskar from New York to Genoa, became insane upon the ar? rival of the ship at Genoa and shot Captain Dugge, in command of the steamer, and Frank R. Shattuck, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer. Roy Fenton, the driver of thc ex? press wagon from which the dynamite was dropped that caused the blowing up of a street car in Melrose, Mass, was held on the charge of manslaugh? ter. Justice D. Cady Herrick, Democrat? ic nominee for governor of New York, has arranged to resign from the Su? preme Bench as soon as he can finish the legal work now befoVe him. Charges of discrimination were filed with the Interstate Commerce Com? mission by John Compton, of Georgia, against the Seaboard and the South? ern Railroad Companies. Caspara Lamonica and Restiro Franch, two Italians, held'for passing counterfeit money, were discharged by the United States commissioner at Mobile, Ala. An attempt was made to dynamite the residence of President J. C. Ma ben, of the Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Company, in Birmingham, Ala. The executive committee of the Continental party named Austin Hol? comb, of Georgia, for president, and A. King, of Missouri, for vice presi? dent. The Erie Railroad Company has brought non-union men to take the places of the locked-out boilermakers at their shops in Susquehanna, Pa. The Postmaster General has award? ed the contract to supply street letter and package boxes to the Van Dorn Iron Works t>f Chicago. George Vollner, a Brooklyn ma? chinist, and Samuel Schottcn, of New York, both committed suicide because they could get no work. In a quarrel over the spoils of a burglary Frank Shoemaker was fatal? ly shot in Jackson, Mich., by his pal. Four Egyptian students bound for the University of Missouri have been held up by the Italian immigration authorities at Naples. The insurance commissioners of the various states will endeavor to pre? vent the use of the mails by wild? cat insurance companies. Charles A. Semler, assistant cash? ier of an Akron (O.) national bank, has been arrested at San Francisco for embezzlement. The fireman was killed and the en? gineer seriously injured by the derail? ment of the Diamond special at Bar? clay, 111. One woman was killed and a num-, ber had narrow escapes from death in a tenement-house fire in Jersey City. Six persons were killed and many injured by the blowing to pieces of a trolley near Melrose, Mass. The State of Tennessee has sued the Standard Oil Company for vio? lating the Anti-Trust Law. Sovereign Grand Lodge of Odd Fel? lows will meet at Washington, D. C., next year. ; Engineer William D. Simonion was burned to death in a wreck near Lock burn, O. Forty thousand bushels of wheat were burned in an elevator at St. Joseph, Mo. Suit was begun by the United States against the Fidelity and Deposit Com? pany of Maryland to recover on the' bond of Charles F. W. Neely. Foreign. The unveiling of the monument to Catherine the Great, at Vilna, Rus? sia, was a notable event. It is ex? pected that Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky. the new minister of the interior, will shortly announce important conces? sions to the Jews. The Institute of International Law, at Edinburgh, discussed Sir Thomas Barclay's proposal for a permanent committee to deal with questions aris? ing out of practice before The Hague Court. The jury in Dover, England, that inquired into the death of Charles B. Spohr, of New York, brought in a verdict of "found drowned." Rev. Samuel Ives Curtiss, of Chi? cago Theological Seminary, died at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, in Lon? don. The Congress of Freethinkers, ii* session in Rome, decided to hold their next meeting in Paris in 1905. Vesuvius has been more active, tshes and sparks rising from the :rater to a height of 700 feet. Count Tisza, the Hungarian minis .er of the interior, has prohibited Mor non propaganda within Hungary. Two Mormon missionaries from Salt Lake City have been expelled. SIXTY=TWO ARE NOW DEAD Victims of Sonthern Railway Wreck May Even Exceed That Number. DID ENGINEER DIE IN HIS CAB? The Injured Reach 129- One Conjecture As to Reason Why He Disregarded Orders Not to Stop at Newmarket, Tenn. -Railway's Loss Estimated at Nearly $1,000,000 -Rigid Investigation to Dc Held- Traffic Resumed. Knoxville, Tenn. (Special).?-Hun? ting on a roadbed in a supposedly high rondition of maintenance and having ibout them every safeguard known to nodem railroading, two trains on the Southern Railway, carrying heavy jsts of passengers, came together in i frightful headend collision near Hodges, Tenn., sending 54 people to death and injuring 120, several of rfhom will probably die. This appalling loss of life resulted apparently from the disregarding of orders given to thc two trains to meet at a station which has for a long time been their regular meeting point. Thc claim of failure to sec either the station or signals cannot l>e> set up by thc engineer of the west? bound train were he alive to enter a plea of defense, as thc accident hap? pened in broad daylight and, accord? ing to thc best information obtain? able, he had thc order in a little frame in front of him as his engine rushed by Newmarket Station. Soon after i !t came full upon an eastbound pas? senger train, making for Newmarket in compliance with instructions to meet the westbound train which car? ried the sleepers frorn, the East for Knoxville, Chattanooga and other Southern cities. Orders Rashly Disobeyed. The possibility exists that the ill fated engineer may have been asleep^ but nothing i? known save that the orders were not obeyed. The trains were on time and r.ot making over 35 miles an hour, yet thc impact as they rounded a curve and came sudden'y upon each other was frightful. Both engine* and thc nujor portion of both trains were demolished, and why the orders were disregarded or misinter? preted will probably never be known, as the engineers of the two .'rains were crushed, their bodies re? maining for liQurs under the wreck? age of the locomotives, which but a second before had leaped forward at tile touch of their strong hands upon the throttle. Some of the bodies have not yet been recovered and many remain uni? dentified. CASUALTIES OCCURRED IN HEAVY TRAjN. Daly the Eoglne Crew Were Killed on (he Light Local. Knoxville, Tenn. (Special). ? The :ollision was between eastbound pas? senger <rain No. 12 and westbound passenger train No. 15, from Bristol. No. 12 was a heavy train, carrying two Pullmans, two day coaches and 1 mail and baggage car. No. 15 was i light local train. The greatest loss :<f life o-curred in the eastbound train, .vhile in the westbound train only the :ngine crew were killed. Relief trains iverc dispatched from Knoxville with? in an hour, and all physicians in the vicinity of the wreck were doing what :fiey could when the local corps ar? rived. An Editor's Story. John W. Brown, of Rogersville, Tenn., a newspaper editor, was in the rear coach of the westbound train. When the fearful jolt came, he said, all the 6eats in the car were torn looss, and people and seats were hurled to the front of the car. When he recovered from the shock he heard :he screams and groans of the injured ind dying in every direction. "I left thc car, said Mr. Brown, 'as soon as I could, and walked to the nain part of the wreck. It was the most horrible sight I ever witnessed. I saw a woman pinioned by a piece af split timber, which has gone com? pletely through her body. A little child, quivering in death's agony, lay beneath |he woman. I saw the child die, and within a f;v. feet ^f her lay a woman's head, while the decapitated body was several feet iway. "Another little girl, whose body was fearfully mangled, was calling for her mother. I have since learned that ihe was Lucille Conner, of Knoxville, ind that bot!) her parents were killed. I heard one womat., terribly mangled, >raying earnestly to bc spared for her thildre'n, but death relieved her suf? fering in a few minutes. Sleepers Not Damaged. "Both engines and all of the coaches of No. 15 were literally demolished, the smoker and baggage car com? pletely so. The sleepers remained on the track undamaged. Both engine-; lay to the north of the track, jammed together into one mass of indescrib? able ruins. Thc cars which were de? molished were piled on the wrecked engine. Congressman Henry R. Gibson, from the Second congressional dis? trict of Tennessee, was a passenger in the day coach of thc ea?tboun,d train. He and one other man, whose name is not known, were the only persons to escape alive from their de? molished car. One glance at the car showed it to be a mass of human beings, backs of car seats, grips, baskets and wearing apparel of all sorts. There waa not a sign of life except that mar his side a young man who bad escaped death and was struggling to get out. Consul at Geneva Assaulted. Paris (By Cable).?A dispatch from Geneva says that the report cabled to the United States by a news agency of an assault upon H. L. Washing? ton, the American Consul at Geneva, greatly exaggerated the incident. The Consul himself says th? affair was unimportant. Mr. Washington drove his automobile into a herd of cattle near Coppet, and an enraged herds? man attacked him, injuring him slightly. MET AWFUL DEATH. N4ie Little Uris Suffocated in School-yard Vault?Flooring Gave Way. Cincinnati, (Special).?School had tloscd but a few minutes at Pleasant Ridge seven miles north of Cincinnati at thc end of the first quarter of thc session, when, 9 possibly io, school? girls were suffocated in a vault and a icorc of others narrowly escaped .thc lame horible death. During thc rest of thc day the sub irb was wild with mingled excitement, sorrow and indignation. At night hose openly charging the calamity to official negligence arc making serious :hrcats. The large building is used for a hjgh school as well as for lower depart? ments. All of the victims were from primary grade?. Girls Made A Rush. On opposite sides of thc spacious jround in rear of the school are two Mitbuildings. When recess was given, ibout 30 of thc smaller girls went to the outbuilding assigned to them, ?vhen suddenly the floor gave way, prc ripitating them into the vault below. This vault is 12 feet deep and walled up with stone like a well. Thc child? ren falling foremost filled up thc 'fault partialjy, so that others were not en? tirely submerged. Thc struggles of those who were on top kept at least nine underneath until they were dead. The frame sheds of these vaults were about 20 feet square, without windows and with only one narrow doorway, so that only one girl escaped from the door. She ran into the building and told the teachers what had happened. The principal and oth? er teachers rushed to the rescue. The screams of the girls were .dimly heard, within the vault, and most of them were ungble to speak when rescued. The teachers were soon reinforced by ajmost the entire population of the town, the police and nre departments rendering effective service. The fire? men drained the vault to be sure that the resuce was complete. Those engaged in the rescue work recite the most ghastly experiences. Even the children rescued alive pre? sented such an apeparancc as to make many in the crowd of spectators faint, but the sight within the vault beg? gared all description. Among thc first to come to thc re? lief of Principal Simmerman were Rev. Dr. I. D. Lambert, of thc Presbyterian Church, and Frank S. Johnson, of the Herald and Presbyter, of Cincinnati. Rescued By Means Of Flag. James Smith, aged 14 years, one of the pupils, dimed the roof of the schoolhouse, untied the flag and ran to the vault. By means of this impromp? tu rope several were rescued. Later a ladder was ujed. Marshal Wood had great difficulty in keeping thc crowd from interfering with the res? cuers. The importunities of friends, especially of weeping mothers, were almost beyond the control of the offi? cers. Drs. U. G. Senour and P. J. Shank, with their assistants, usej the school building for a hospita! and a morgue until the dead and the rescued were taken to their homes. Smallest Suffered Most. Frank S. Johnson said: "I was standing across the street talking to Dr. Lambert, when a little 2;irl came crying for help. We found Principal Simmerman saving lives. The smaller girls were being forced to the bottom by the movements and terrific struggles of the children in the vault. Up the ladder climbed the little Mies, drenched, gasping for breath, and fainting as soon as taken out into the iresh air. "As fast as they came within reach of the door those who stood at the doorway reached down, lifted them from the ladder and passed them to waiting friends. It was not possi? ble for any outsider to go down into the vault for the reason that he would have impeded the little ones who were climbing out, and then men went in and rescued those who remained." Lucky Escape Of A Twin. William J. Card, of Cincinnati, had three daMghtets in the place, of whom Charmian andVFausra lost their lives. Rotha, the twin sister of Fausta, nar? rowly escaped death. When the crowd of girls rushed into thc place Rotha was knocked out of the door into thc yard just before thc collapse occurred. Reports about the'floor having given way last year are denieJ by the school trustees, but there .s an angry dispo? sition to blame those who are respon? sible for its condition. Montreal Has a Big Fire. Montreal, Quebec (Special). ? The buildings of the Canada Hardware Company, the central agency, which is the Canadian branch of the London Thread Trust, and of Chaput Fils & Co., one of the largest wholesale gro? cery and liquor houses in Canada, were burned early today. The loss is estimated at $750,000. NATIONAL CAPITAL AFFAIRS. The Executive Council of the Amer? ican Federation of Labor has officially indorsed thc strike of the textile oper ?.tors of Fall River, Mass. Rear Admiral Ludlow, U. S. N., .etired, was assigned to duty as gov? ernor of the new naval home, at Phil? adelphia. Members of the interparliamentary Union visited Mount Vernon and placed wreaths on Washington's tomb. United States consuls abroad are showing up crooked schemes pro? moted to entrap American investors. Gen. Harrison Allen, deputy audi? tor for the Postoffice Department, died suddenly at his residence. . The annual report of the bureau chiefs of the Navy Department will be censored because foreign govern? ments have been obtaining too much information from them. Rear Admiral Evans wi I probably be appointed to the command of the North Atlantic Station. Major General Wade ha> sent lo the War Department the names of en? listed men who have distinguished themselves in the Philippines. ,000.00 CASH GIVEN AWAY to Users of LION COFFEE In Addition to the Regular Free Premiums ? SEZZ??"A110"AL ww, ~*^^lwcF^ TOLEDO* OHIO. How Would You _ like a Check Like This ? Wa U>u? ItuAVflAal ?Oft flflft ftJl Cash to J^fon Coffee users in our Great World's Fair Contest? 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S.OO 2139 PRIZES, 1,000.00 1.000.00 1,000.00 .1.000.00 2,600.00 9,000.00 TOTAL. $20,000.00 % WOOLION SPICE CO., (CONTEST DEPT.) wmmmmmmmmmmam1 nillir hiwimws m??? TOLEDO, OHIO. GEN. niOKI ADVANCES His Purpose Is Believed to Be to Turi) Russian Left Flank. iENTAI MINES ARE NOW OCCUPIED. Japanese Capture of Mukden is Expected Soon ?A Detachment of the Mikado's Soldiers Makes a Dash to Helios aod Drives Off a Body of the Enemy, Who Leave 19 Dead. St. Petersburg (By Cable).?A dis? patch received here from Mukden gives details of the Japanese positions is follows: General Kuroki has concentrated ont army with thc distance between Benisiaputzc and Bensihu as its ra? dius, and his advance is pushing for vard along the road leading to Fu? shun and Pu Pass. The advance forces of two other armies occupy .he Yentai mines, thc village of Yer? ai and Sandenu. The front of these three armies is protected by an out? post screen, which Chinese are not ?dlowed to pas?. A small Japanese detachment is moving along the left >ank of thc Liao river in order to pro :ect junks. The same dispatch reports that Chi? nese bandits are openly siding with :he Japanese. The weather at Muk? den is rainy and windy. Cold has pre? maturely set in. The absence of detailed official re? ports' from the 9eat of war, despite :he important character of events that ire developing around Mukden, leads :o the supposition that Genera^ Ku? ropatkin may, after all, not seriously :ontest the Japanese advance and that :he long-expected battle at Mukden may turn out to be merely a rear? guard action upon a large scale. General Sakharoff reports that the fapanese army is moving from Bent iiaputie toward Fu Pass, a village six miles northeast of Mukden and near :h.e right bank of the Hun river. The river at that point is shallow, and probably for this reason the locality las been selected by the Japanese for :rossing. If the Japanese succeed in gaining i foothold at Fu Pass, General Ku 'opatkin's position at Mukden will be nsccure, as the Japanese will be able :o threaten the Russian line of com? munications and turn the left flank. Fu Pass is only 20 miles north of Bentsiaputzc, but at the present rate ">f progress the Japanese wilj prob ibly occupy'four or five days in trav :rsing it. The Russian force south of Muk? den is believed to consist of only one irmy corps, which is acting as a rear juard and is not intended to ofter a serious resistance to the Japanese ad? vance. FRUIT ON AT PORT ARTHUR. Land and S:a forces Are Endeavoring !o Storm I:or!ress. Paris (By Cable).?The Matin's St Petersburg correspondent telegraphs as follows: "Telegrams cf which the General Staff have as yet no knowledge reach? ed the Emperor at 4 o'clock A. M. I can affirm that they concern Port Ar? thur, regarding which place the great? est anxiety prevails at Court. "The Japanese are now engaged in a general assault, which is more furi? ous than its predecessors, attacking thc town on three sides simultaneous? ly aud employing their whole forces, being determined to finish the busi? ness. Russian mines blew up whole battalions. General Fock especially distinguished himself, directing thc fire from the wall, which thc Japanese reached after indescribable massacre "The whole of Admiral Togo's anti Vice Admiral Kamimura's squadrons are aiding in the struggle, which, il is feared here, will be final. The be? sieged forces are fighting as in a fur? nace. A perfect storm of shells is fall? ing on the town, port and fortress from the whole hill and roadstead General Stoessel is going from fort to fort encouraging the defenders in their desperate efforts. "In St. Petersburg the facts con? cerning the tragic event, which per? haps will terminate by a glorious fall of Port Arthur, are wholly unknown. At court hope has not yet been en? tirely abandoned." Kuropatkin No Longer Chief. General Kuropatkin's star is set? ting. The Czar appears to have lost faith in him as the commander-in-chief of the Manchurian army. Under an im? perial rescript just issued the army is divided. General Kuropatkin is to command the first army and Major General Grippenberg thc second army. Grand Duke Nicholas Michaelovitch will, it is believed, become thc com? mander-in-chief of the Manchurian armies, which will be increased to 700,000 men. Viceroy Alexieff will likely be recalled. Accompany the several hundred thousand more men to be sent to the front will be 600 field and rapid-fire guns. Meanwhile the Japanese are pre? paring to send 100,000 more men into Manchuria. The Czar pays tribute to "the high warlike qualities displayed by the Jap? anese" in a letter to General Grip? penberg, appointing him commander of the Second Manchurian Army, to succeed Lieutenant General Linevitch. The Russian forces in Manchuria are thus divided into two armies. A petition was filed to have the American German Bank of Sidney, 0., and all its stockholders declared bank? rupt. FINANCIAL "If there is no strike United State? Steel preferred will go to 75," wired VV. L. Bull. China grows about as much cotton, says one self-styled "expert," as tho ! United States. Reading has declared the usual 2 pei cent, semi-annual dividend on the sec? ond preferred stock. Lehigh Valley's annual statement will likely come out this week. Ii will show about 12 per cent, earned on the $40,000,000 of stock. Since July 1 this country has ex? ported wheat and wheat flour to th< amount of 15,000,000 bushels, com pared with 33,000,000 for the same period in IQ03 Canada's wheat yield is put at 58. 000,000 bushels. England's wheat acreage is only a third as large as it was a few years ago, which shows that she can import wheat more cheaply than it can be grown at home. A new Japanese loan is talked of. Net earnings in United States Steel for 1904 will reach $70,000,000. It takes $35,000,000 to pay the bond in? terest. Last year the Steel Corporation made 8,658,391 tons of coke as against 9521,657 tons in 1902. Estimates of this year's coke production exceed 7,500,000 tons. There are persistent rumors that the New York, Philadelphia & Nor? folk Railroad is to be absorbed by the Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washing? ton, or rather that the two are to bc merged into one company. Il Years lo toe navy. Washington, D. C. (Special).?Ad? miral George Dewey received the con? gratulations of his fellow-officers and friends upon the fiftieth anniversary of his entry into the naval service. Of the 73 midshipmen who entered the Naval Academy on September 23. 1854, the Admiral is the oniy one on the active list, and but seven of that number are on the retired list. Thc Admiral is in his sixty-seventh year. The President sent Admiral Dewey a letter oj congratulation, together with a handsome bouquet of flowers. Penney Breaks Record. Pittsburg, Pa. (Special).?A special chartered train on the Pennsylvania Railroad has broken all previous rec? ords on that line between Philadelphia and Chicago, making thc 822 miles in 16 hours and 57 minutes. The train left Philadelphia at 4:08 P. M., arriv? ing jn Pittsburg at 12:02 next morning and Chicago at 9:05 A. M. The train was chartered by a Chicago business man desirous of arriving in Chicago in the quickest possible time to cloie a business transaction said to involve $250,000. Dr. Jose de Jesus Paul is unofficial y mentioned as the new minister from Venezuela to thc United States.