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a jJiamond Drill. M. U. MORIAHTV. t'ubnsbcr. CRYSTAL FALLS, , MICHIGAN. '."'nniiininn)ilmnnnnnnMnnnTTTT1 ! The Fall of the Elect. 1 U BY DOROTHY CONYERS. taiiiUiiliillnilliiliiiiinimiiuiiiiiimm "I do hoje, my dear, that the Is not one of thotKj dreadful new women." "I trust not, Indeed." The deau of Chirchester peppered his chop with a thoughtful air, and Mrs. Carberry poured out his tea with a hand which absolutely shook with ap prehension. Chirchester was a cathe dral town which had not traveled apace "with the rest of the wotld. The Chlr chestrians prided themselves on their conservative ideas; they disapproved ven of tennis, except when played xnlldly on private grounds, and had played croquet steadily when croquet was dead, w ith a lordly disregard as to their guests' nmusemont. Now that it had come in again, they played it joy fully, but still with the old light mal lets and wide hoops of their youth. The tnothera of Chirchester read the new library books with horror-stricken looks, and little trickles of guilty en joyment. Cricket, hunting, and the new "biking" were things their daugh ters might not do; riding gently along the roads was ladylike and permissible, but the archdeacon's wife actually blushed when a thoughtless person asked her what safety habit her daugh ter wore, for Louisa Holroyd's pretty fgure was hidden in an ample gar ment made- by the local, tailor, the cklrt of which came well below her deepest grievance, her tiny buttoned boots. The archdeacon's wife was the sternest and most unbending of the "select," as the country people dubbed the church circle. . ' The bishop nnd his fat, merry wife nad no children, and were given to laughing leniently at the vagaries of the new woman. So it fell on the nrchdeaeon and the dean to keep the select circle together, and, though there was a twinkle in the handsome dean's eye and a swing of his broad fhoulders that hinted he had sometimes played brighter games than croquet, that, as Rudyard Kipling would say, was "another story,' and, bo far he and the archdeacon had been equal to their task. Today the dean was disturbed as lie looked on au open letter on the table. The letter was from a cousin who was obliged to go abroad for an Indefinite time on business, and had written ask ing the dean If he would give his only daughter a homo during his absence. "A- bright, pleasant, girl; I feel sure you would like her as a companion to your own girl," nnd If the dean consent ed she was to come in a week. How w as he to say no? lie was to be liberal ly paid for his guest, and her father was nn old friend, lie must write to say .he would 15 delighted. "I am glad," said Mrs. Carberry, ner vously, "that Cissie Is away; very glad. More tea, dear?" And In sheer absence of mind tvhe watered the teapot from the hot milk jug and handed a cup of tho strange liquor to the dean, who looked at it resignedly and rose, for he was an equably tempered man. "Yes," he wild, "it is nn excellent thing, for then, if the girl Is at all ad vanced, there will be time to get her out of our way before Cissie returns." A week later. The dean and Mrs. Carberry stepped nervously forward as the mail thundered in from London and discharged its living freight on the platform; then their eyes lit joy ously on a girl clad in the quietest of traveling costumes, who was evidently their guest. "Aro you Helen Adair?" "Ah, yes, and you are Mrs. Carlerry ?" The girl held out her hand, dexterously evading the affectionate peck which the elder hur would have bestowed on her. She was a tall, slim girl, with big, mis chievous' gray eyes and jncullarly dainty hands and feet. "Such a tiresome journey 1" she said. "Would you sec to my things for me, Mr. Dean? Here is the list," and she vanished in the crowd. The Dean made his vay to the luggage compartment, and hnd just finished his tosk when Helen's voice sounded sweet end low at his cllxnv. " "Everything's there, I see. Would you got a special messenger to wheel this up, or shall I ride it?" She had her hand on a Rmart bicycle, which she was rolling tenderly through the crowd. If the box next to him had not been , wicker ono the Dean w'ould have sat on it and gasped; as it was he gasped standing. "My dear, a bicycle," he said, weakly. A bicycle in the innermost circle of the selectt Helen Adair caught the stony despair in Mrs. Catbcrry's eyes, and saw the Dean's flushed cheek, and her eyes danced suddenly as she took in the sit uation. "Don't you ride one, either of you?" she said, sweetly. "Perhaps I'd better ride It up; I'm very precious cf it." A girl 05 n bicycle following the Deanery 'carr'tge! The LVnn gasped again and gave some hasty orders to a jKjrtcr, and Helen was bundled Into the wagonette, her eyes looking somewhat .Anxiously back at her precious wheel. Rctwcen hcrnatural Kindliness and her horror at receiving a new woman into Jier home, Mrs. Carberry spent a rest less evening, for they soon gathered that Helen hunted and (kin d and shot, nnd yet she spoke of noue of .those thing, but drew the Dean Into an ani mated rcuvIon on the Trnnasl question at dinner, nnd told Mrs. ( a lerry of the latest things In chiffons afterward. Ti;j L'ca cooll r-t ttlp thinking he had not t pent such a pleas ant evening for a long time, and Mrs. Carberry would huve agreed with him had it not been for the metal steed re posing in the front hall. As it was she thought of the austere archdeacon and his wife, of Mrs. Green, the doctor's wife, and others, and she sighed occa sionally. Mrs. Holroyd hastened to call next day, and came In with heightened color, having passed the wheeled monster In the hall. "You muTt put your foot down," she said, sternly, drowning some weak de fense of Mrs. Carberry as to every one riding now. "Remember, my dear, no half-measures; she must not use It hevre." , Then Helen came In, and matters might have run smoothly had they not begun to discuss with bated breath one of the newest books, and Helen joined In carelessly.' "It's rather clever," she said. Mrs. Holroyd dropped her glasses with a clatter. "You have readthat --book," she said, dropping each word out slow ly. "0, yes," Helen smiled. "It's a very ordinary book, you know. I rather agree with the authoress." Mrs. Holroyd rose slowly; she could only Bhow how shocked she was by with drawing her stately presence. "Xo, thank you, Mrs. Carberry," she said; "1 cannot stay for tea this evening. Good afternoon, Miss Adair. I cannot under stand what your father must have been thinking of to allow you even to hear that book's name." And, not without on inkling that her last sentence was slightly overdrawn, she withdrew, leav ing Helen to laugh muchly it her anti quated ideas. And cowardly Mrs. Car berry forgot to defend her. There gradually came a rift from that time among the select; the girls murmured openly because they were not allowed to ride bicycles; they groaned enviously when they saw Helen's numerous tennis prizes. And Louisa Holroyd was said to have wept bitterly 'when she saw Helen riding in a smart covert-coating habit, and caught a glimpse of the neat "tops" which just showed below the skirt. The elders, to quell the rebellion, were stricter even than usual to their daugh ters, and prided themselves more than ever on their customs not being as other men's. Mrs. Carberry was "at home" to the surrounding country nnd town; cro quet was being played on the trimly kept lawn, archery, bowls, even Aunt Sally In a far-away corner, where shouts of unseemly laughter were smothered by surrounding shrubs. Every one had come, ths-day was cloud- "ARE YOU HELEN ADAIR V less, and Mrs. Carberry felt It was all a tremendoua'suceess. Nearly everyone hud gone In to tea; only Helen and two flannel-clad young men were on the croquet lawn, aim lessly hitting the balls about. They had voted the tea-room too hot to bear. "Stupid game, isn't it?" said one of the men, as he missed a hoop and hit the ball away In disgust. "Yes, isn't it?" said Helen; "and," regretfully, "what a lovely cricket ground Itwouldmakc! I haven't played for ages no one does here." "O, lots of the county girls do. Look here. I came on from a cricket prac tice. I've bats and a 111 stuck In the trees over there; let's have up these hoops, and I'll Ikw1 to 3-ou." Helen was delighted, and in mo ment walking sticks nnd an umbrella represented the wickets, nnd Helen was hitting distinctly easy balls in all directions. The dean's portly figure ap Iearcd at the end of the walk. He stood still, amazed. Cricket, Helen!" he exclaimed, laughing. "If Mrs. Holroyd saw youl Have you seen a parasol anywhere? Old Lndy Darner sent me to look for hers; it's all real lace, and she's anxious about it." , ."No, I haven't. I say, Uncle Jos (she had long ogo said Mr. Dean was too formal), towi me n ball; they can't get me out," nodding contemptuously at the two ofllcers. A distinctly un grateful speech, considering they had been only endeavoring to leave her In. The dean's fingers closed mechanic ally on the leather-covered ball which Onpt. Elton handed to him. The trim lawn failed awny, and he heard again the triumphant yells of his side at Ox ford, when, with the victory apparent ly a certainty for the others, he had towied three men for three balls (com monly called the "hat trick"), nnd had left his side victors b' two runs. He stepped carefully up to the .walking tiek which marked the second wicket, flourished his arm once or twice, nnd bowled. 1 1 was a nasty, slow ball, breaking in, nnd Helen's off-stump went down with a crush. "What a splendid ball!" exclaimed the two men, and Helen clamored for more, "for practice.." The dean laughed triumphantly. Then Helen suddenly exclaimed: "Let's have a match. Uncle Jos, Church Aersus State; Fm sure we roukl beat those two;" And, before the deau knew where h was, they had Wmmmi tc". .1 ;.r j: , - - km wi i at i .,, I'll.,,, who, armed with a rake bundle, w-.is at the wickets. "It is very hot," he gasped; and, look ing round guiltily, he quickly flung his black exit on the grass and flew to try to catch a ball which Capt. Elton had returned to him. Then he stood ap palled, for the bishop's voice came to his ears, and, turning, he saw the bish op nnd his wife standing close behlud him. "Cricket!" The bishop's pale, intellectual face was full of 1 nighter ns he saw the dean, coatless and breath less, flying for the ball. "I thought this was strictly forbidden." "0, my lord, come and umpire; we w ant one badly," rolled Helen, quite un abashed, and the dean who had stood still, horror-strlckeu, picked up the ball again when he saw the lenient ex pression on the episcopal face, and saw the bishop move In to umpire; while Mrs. Howard sat down on a bench and absolutely shook with merriment. Cricket In the dean's garden, It was too nmuslng! Dy dint of w hat Helen called poking, the tw o soldiers had made 13 runs, and then Helen took her place at the wick ets. She was really a fair lady cricket er, and, as fielders were scarce, she ran up the score to 11 in a few minutes, re tiring with a cry of disgust as Capt. El ton caught her out cleverly with his left hand. "Now, Mr. Dean, the bishop's wife called out impatiently, . as the dean stood hesitating; "go in; there's no ono to see." And the dean went in. A rakehandle is not the best of bats, but the dean made a mighty smite, caught the ball on the half volley, and away it went oer ail the heads Into a clump of bushes. Once, twice, thrice did the dean fly to the stick and back his breath was gone, his face scarlet four times. "I can't go ogain," he gasped plt eously. "You must!" Helen had set her heart on winning. "One more and we win; run, Uncle Jos, run!" Hut the delay was almost fatal,' for, as the dean turned to run back, Capt. Elton flung in the ball. "Run on!" cried the bishop's wife. "Oh, do hurry!" "Out!" cried Mr. Ely, banging down a walking stick. "O, no; In!" said Helen. The dean had no breath to nrgue with. "In or out, my lord?" the rivals np lcaled both together to the bishop, who was holding his sides as he laughed; but then, what a sight met their eyes as they turned! The whole of the dean's large party stood look ing on, on the edge of the ground, led by Mrs. Holroyd; and what had they seen ns they came up? The dean, their dean, flying coat leas nnd hat loss, up and down, playing cricket on the sacred precincts of the deanery, nnd the bishop cheering him and laughing. How could the select ever hold up their head ngain, nnd before all the county, too the county which they had so often lectured on Its advanced ways? Mrs. Hclroyd looked round In stony despair, wordrt that were too bitter to utter trembling on her lips. The dean hurriedly picked up his coat end hid ns much of his breathless per son inside it as was possible. The bish op had decided that he was fairly in, so his triumph enabled him to faeo without flinching the glare in the eye of his circle and his wife's piteous face. "My parasol, Mr. Dean?" said Lady Lamer, smiling; "you appear to have forgotten it." "I am so sorry," stammered the dean; "it wasn't here, and I " Ln'dy Darner put up her pince-nez doubtfully. "I really believe," she said; "yes, indeed why, you were using it for a w icket," nnd she fished the middle stumj), which was adorned with lace, out of the ground. Mrs. Carberry groaned nuriihly. "It was my fault," exclaimed Helen; "I never looked nt it." "Never mind, my dear," said the old lady, laughing; "you must come out and play cricket with my grandchil dren. We'll get up a match, Mrs. Car berry, ns you don't object to cricket now. Let me see, shall we say next weekThursday?" and Mrs. Carberry' said: "Yes." "The fall of the select was complete, for they picked shies and played more cricket that same afternoon (nanus the dean); Mrs. Holroyd accepted her defeat, and w as silent even when Alicia Holroyd announced openly that she must come up to try a ride on Helen's bicycle. Oidy Louisa Holroyd sot aw ay and spoke no rebellious words, but she was deciding what color her new habit would l and whether she would buy brown top boots or black. Sketch. (one to the I)k." A missionary bishop who had been six weeks In coming to the convention nt Winnipeg, most of the way in a canoe, liegan his address by saying that he would speak for himself nnd for a brother bishop who unfortunately could not Ik present, lie was sorry to say that his brother's diocese had gone to the dogs! A general gloom followed these words. He went on to say that the bishop hnd found so many Inquirers after religion among the Ilskimos north of Hudson Imy that he had to build a church. As there was no wood, he used whales' ribs for rafters, covering thein with tanned walrus hide, ami so n.nde a church to hold 80 persons. All went merry as a wedding bell for a time, until the dog grew famished and ate the church! Tlirr Hnt One. Mr. Teniot I don't think I would put in so much time hunting up gene alogies, my dear. Adam and Eve had no family tree. Mrs. Tenspot My impression is that they had. "Indeed?" "Yes; the apple tree." N, Y. Journal, Ttae TIilrly-K tnt! Utnrml Atmrmhiy Convene at LjmibIiik. Lansing, Mich., May 22. The senate yes terday passed a bill to provide for a uni form system cf text Looks. It exempts all districts adopting the free text-books ty tem prior to January 1. 1XTJ. and permits districts to voto themselves from under Its provisions tf they see fit to do ao. Other bills have been pasted appropriating lll.ooO for farmer' Institutes; appropriating $119, 000 for the home for the feeble-minded; ap propriating Joii.OoO for the dairy and food commission; amending law by exempting property of musical noddles from taxa tion; appropriating Jjo.ooo for an electric light plant at the university. Lansing, Mich., May 21 In committee of the whole yesterday the senate agreed to the bill appropriating $22,200 for Improve ments at the agricultural college. Sen ator Wagar Introduced a concurrent res olution for the grading of the salaries of employes In the state departments whose salaries are not In excess of $1,000. Hills have been passed appropriating $22.2X) for Improvements at the agricultural college; for the Incorporation of the Lutheran Uund of Michigan; amending the act for penalty for cruelty to children; prescrib ing an agricultural course for district school. Lansing, Mich., May 2C The senate com mittee on state affairs yesterday made a favorable report on a bill restoring cap ital punishment and passed the Terry bill, which makes a sweeph.g reduction in the number of state reports and other docu ments to be published annually. Other bills have been passed to require township boards to make and publish annually Item ized statements of the condition of finances; to authorize sale of land by state board of agriculture and purchase of other land; for the specific taxation of gross earnings of express companies at two per cent.; amending divorce law relative to support and maintenance of minor chil dren. Lansing, Mich., May 27. The senate yes terday defeated the Mil cutting passenger fares on the upper peninsula roads to three cents, and the hanging bill, and passed a bill limiting the bonds Issued by gas com panies to IK) per cent, of their capital. A request from the governor to rescind the resolution fixing May 31 as the date of sine die adjournment was refused. A bill was passed providing that the reserve funds of mutual and cooperative benefit associa tions te deposited hi the state treasury. The II ou. Lansing, Mich., May 22. A bill agreed to by the house yesterday In committee of the whole provides a tax of one cent per gal lon on all beer sold In the state, and a bill prohibiting the employment of barmaids was also passed. Other bills have been passed authorizing county agents to ac company to the public schools at Coldwater persons who may be committed there; es tablishing a lien upon horses for work of shoeing; authorizing proceedings In chan cery In relation to the conveyance of lands by Infants, Idiots, lunatics and other In competents. Lansing, Mich., May 25. The house yes terday In committee of the whole agreed to an anti-trust bill which prohibits any combination to Increase or decrease the price of commodities nnd provides a pen alty for violation of not loss than $i00 nor more than $2,000. A bill was also agreed to Increasing the franchise fee of corpora tions from one-half mill to mills upon each dollar of the capital stock. ' It also Increased the minimum fee from $5 to $:t. Hills have been passed making appropria tions for expense of Central Michigan normal school; for the appraisemVnt of real estate offered for sale at mortgage, sheriff's or chancery sale, and to pro hibit the sale thereof; limiting liability of sureties on bonds of appeal from Justice courts to two years: providing for similar ity of studies In Michigan normal schools. Lansing, Mich., May 25. The Merriman bill, which increases the specific taxes of Michigan railroads about $200,000 annually, was passed by the house yesterday. Other bills have been passed to punish attempts ,to wreck trains by life imprisonment; for tse Incorporation of literary and educa tional societies; prohibiting females from being employed as barmaids; empowering boards of control of state Institutions to draw In advance appropriations during legislative sessions; exempting Incorporat ed musical societies from taxation; author izing secretary of state to charge fees in certain cases for filing reports of corpora tions. Lansing, Mich., May 27. In the house yesterday a resolution was adopted fixing June 14 as the day for final adjournment. Hills were passed prohibiting the exhibi tion of prize fights, etc., and changing time for selling lands for sale of taxe from first Monday of December to first Tuesday In May. IS MISAPPROPRIATED. Clinrue of Dlnlionealr tn Adminis tering Inuin Fniiiiii fund. London, May 2C Lord lindstock, sec retary of the Society for the Christian Succor of India, has received n letter from Uev. J. O. Denning, an American clergyman at Norsinghpur, relative to the dishonesty and incompetency of the natives, w ho are administering the fam ine fund. Mr. Denning says that, ow ing to the action of the Hindoo members of the local district committee, not n single half penny has reached the poor Hindoos. He adds that the members of this committee oppose nil relief of chil dren, on the ground that the only or phanage is Christian, nnd that to help the children would be helping the Chris tians. t'msy Men After the Cmr. Herlin, May 27. The Lokal Anzeiger, of Alx-Ia-Chappelle, Wednesday pub lishes a dispatch from St. Petersburg s.iying that a young artisan has been urrestcd in the park of Tsar&koe-Selo, 17 miles south of St. Petersburg, where the summer residence of the emperor is located, with a dagger nnd n revol ver In his possession. The prisoner said he wanted to murder the czar, become famous, nnd be hanged liko other "he roes." , Tin I'lnle srsle Advanced. Detroit, Mich., May 27. Advances In the tin plate wage scale were adopted by the Amalgamated association Wednesday which are more radicnl than 'many of the delegates had nntici puted. It Is stated that the increases average more than 15 per cent., nnd that the rates us fixed arc nt about the f ame prices which w ere paid before the introduction of the Wilson bill ir. con grcf r.. Tho queen of l'ngland, the duchess of Connaught, the princesses Charles and Albert of 1'rus.sla, the empress and cm press dowager of Germany, tho em press dowager of Russia and the cjuccn regent of tho Netherlands all occupy the position of honorary colonel In tho Germany army. Count Albert De Mun, the leader of the CnthoIIo party In the Trance cham ber of deputies, who has just been elect ed to fill Jules Simon's seat In the French academy, is a great-grandson of Hclvetlus, the revolutionary philoso pher, and a grandson of M rue, Do Stack lurerre iniiniii iZrr Zaic t ii ts iS ! Power Anger at Athens. Alliens, May 21. An armistice be tween the Turkbh and Greek troops iu Thessaly, to extend over a jeriod of 17 days, was formally concluded Thurs day. Constantinople, May 21. An armis tice waaalbO formally concluded Thurs day for seven days between the Turkish and Greek trooia on the frontiers of Kpirus. Candia, Inland of Crete, May 22. The Cretan insurgents have received in structions from Athens to uccept an autonomous form of government on condition that tho Turkish troops shall be prevlou-sly withdrawn from the is land. The insurgents appear to ap prove, of this plan for the settlement of their grievances. London, May 22. A dispatch to the Standard from Athens says that 500 Greek volunteers from America have ar rived there. Athens, May 23. The Greek govern ment as a reply to the notification sent by Kdhem l'asha, commander of the Turkish army in Thessaly, that he is empowered to negotiate the terms of peace with Greece direct, has informed the ministers of the powers here that, as Greece has already confirmed her interests to the powers, tfiere is no rea son why she should negotiate directly with Turkey. London, May 23. The correspondent of the Standard nt Constantinople says: "The peace negotiations continue. It is asserted that the amount of indem nity will be reduced to 8,000,000 lircs, 2,000,000 to be paid in cash to Tur key and G.000,000 to be accepted by Ilus sia'as part payment of indemnity owed her by Turkey. Athens, May 25. The intentions of the sultan nre greatly distrusted here, and It Is believed that he Is avoiding negotiations for peace through the powers because he wants Kdham l'asha to march to Athens. Athens, May 25. The Cretan chiefs have sent a document to the Greek gov ernment declaring that they are unani mously In favor of political union with Greece, but asking the advice of the government ns to the best course to pursue consistently and with duo re gard to national interests. London, May 20. The Athens corre spondent of the Standard says the pow ers have assured Greece that the porte will not be allowed to evade the condi tions of the armistice. Vienna, May 20. The 'eue Frelc Presse publishes a dispatch from Con stantinople saying that Germany has finally approved the conditions of peaeo and that the Identical note of the pow ers on the subject was presented to the Turkish government Tuesday. London, May 20. The aspect of east ern uflairs is less peaceful. Turkey is pending 7,000 more troops to Thessaly, nnd it Is said that the sultan has prom ised his ministers not to relax his hold ipon that province. The note of the powers certainly does not yield on a single point, nnd states even that the peace conference must be held nt Con stantinople, hnd not at Pharsalos, but the sincerity of both Germany and Russia is doubted, nnd any nign of dis sension among the powers makes for obstinacy on the part of the sultan. It is reported from Vienna that Fin peror Nicholas has advised King George, for his own safety, to nppoint a military governor with exceptional powers nnd to concentrate 8,000 picked troops at Athens. A dispatch to the Daily News from Constantinople says that the identical note of the powers which was presented to the Turkish government Tuesday em bodying the terms of pence to which they will ngree declines to permit tho abolition of the capitulations In tho caso of Greek subjects or the annexa tion of Thessal', but Is much milder In tone than was at first understood. Tho correspondent of tho Times says the note, expresses the views of the powers "in n deferentially suggestive form." London, May 20. The correspondent of the Times at Athens says: The tor rent of recrimination, denunciation nnd bitter invectives which was checked by tho fear of the Immediate Turkish od vanco to Athens has broken out afresh, now that this danger has been removed by the armistice. The authors of tho war policy, equally with those who are held responsible for the disasters, ore being dragged before the bar of public opinion.' So far us the ofllcial culprits pre concerned it Is believed that tho government will oppoint a commission of inquiry to punish the guilt'. A thorough Investigation into the ambu lance and commissariat departments will probably entail scandalous dis closures. I'len for Arbitration. Washington, May 25. -The national arbitration committee has issued the following: "Tho rejection by our national sennte of the treaty Initiated In accordance with the Joint resolution of congress- passed in 18) and concluded by the representatives of the t'nlted Rates and Great Hrttaln Jsn 11. 1S97, we tiellevo to havo been against the. highest Interests not only of the two nations Immediately concerned, but also of the world. To our fellow citizens, ac cordingly, we mako renewed and confident appeal. T1ie wise advocacy of the great aiue should bi everywhere maintained. It remains, therefore, for patriotic clll tens unitedly to labor until, with the sanc tion of our national senate, the Intelligent will of tho people shall be embodied In a Just and comprehensive treaty for the ac compllshrnent of that end." chnoner Lose Her Oev. Provincetown, Muss., May 20. The fishing schooner Joseph P. John.sou ar rived Tuesday afternoon with the death flag displayed. All her fishing crew of 10 men went astray in the fog on the western banks on Friday last. The schooner was seen working her way slowly past Race point with only two men on board and her nest of dories missing. Sent to Hie !eiinle. Columbia, S. C, May 20.- Gov. Fllerbe appointed Representative John L. Me Luurin to succeed the late Senator Farlo Tuesday. I-fer c to litf ... ler's Gift at baptist ZZtrtins Pittsburgh, Pa., May 25. After de votional exercises conducted by Rev. Emory W. Hunt, of Ohio, the eighty third nnniverbary of the American Pap tist Missionary union began in the Fourth Avenue IJaptist church nt ten o'clock. The convention 'was called to order by Rev. Henry F. Colby, of Ohio, the president, after which the report of the executive committee was presented. After the reading of the report. Rev. W. II. Cossum, a missionary from China, arose and said lie was opposed to retrenchment. "You sent mo to China to work," said he, "and you can't re trench me-." You can'l retard the w ork by retrenchment. I say to John 1). Rockefeller, or to any man who offers us money: First consecrate yourself to God; make your gift clean and wo will accept 'it. Otherwise we should not touch it. I don't say this ubout John D. Rockefeller particularly, ,or alone, but to all who make such offers." This statement caused a profound sensation, and for a moment there was a painful silence, followed by scatter ing applause. A number of delegates followed Mr. Cossum in opposition to his remarks, but the chairman finally dismissed tho matter by saying: "When our brother has been longer in this country and become better ac quainted, lie will modify his views. The meeting then adjourned without taking action upon the report under consideration. " At the afternoon session Rev. Dr. Rooth, of Massachusetts, presented tho report of the committee on nomina tions. The ballot resulted In the choice of the following officers, In addition to members of the board of managers: President, Rev. Henry P. Colby, 1). D.. Ohio; vice presidents, Chester W. Kingsley, Hsq., Massachusetts; Rev. D. D. MocLnurin, Michigan; recording sec retory, Rev. lleury S. Rurrnge, D. 1)., Portland, Me. Tho report of the com mittee on preacher and place, which wos ndopted, recommended Rev. L. A. Crandall, D. D of Chicago, as preacher of the annual sermon. It was also rec ommended that the place of meeting bo left with the executive committee iu connection with the other societies. EL PASO, TEX., FLOODED. l.erees of the Illo Grande llreak Knormuni Daman Iteaiilt. Fl Paso, Tex., May 20. At one o'clock Tuesday morning the fire alarm sound ed to nrouse tho people in the lower part of tho city and notify them that the levee had broken, and that the flood waters of the Rio Grande were rush ing like mnd spirits through the city. The levee w hich broke was on the bank of the canal on Stanton street. Tho river had reached its highest point sine 1R01. In tv few minutes a large forco of men wcrcat work trying to check the nngry waters with sacks filled with sand, but a second break nbove backed up the waters on the workmen; nd they had to retire. The Texas & Pact do railway, realizing that hundreds of families were being flooded from their homes, backed In a largo number of empty freight cars for the accommoda tion of the homeless. Not less than 120 homes were swept away. Several hundred men ore e-t work on n new levee. They threw up nn em bankment on Third street to try nnd check tho advance of the water which Is ruuningoveroneof the International street railway bridges. Tho splash of tho walls of houses as they crumble and fall Is mingled with tho cries of i rlght cned women and children wlo aro driven from their homes. People re siding in the lower part of the city havo left their homes mid moved to the foot hills of Mount Franklin. Several hun dred families nro now housed in freight cars standing in the sea of water. Should the Improvised levee on Stanton street break tho water will flood tho business portion of the city. The ring ing of tho fire bell Tuesday mornlngj raved the lives of many people who were usleep, Ignorant of their danger. Find Dentil-In IMay, Chicago, May 24. A rude raft of boards on which six small boys were navigating in Mud lake a wide expanso of water In tho south branch of tho Chicago river just west of the Ashland n venue bridge was tho cause of a fa tality in which fire of the little fellow s lost their lives. Tho boy who precipi tated the fright, but whose advice nnd exumple, if followed in time, would have saved all the lads, was the only ono who escaped drowning. He is John Honis, nine years old, livlngat 513 West Twenty-first street. The other five boys became panic-stricken after young Honis jumped from tho frail craft iu shallow water, calling upon them to do likewise, and they finally leaped into the river where the channel is deep and were nil drowned. Tho victims ore: Frank Quinn, aged 10; Charles Co.ntcs, aged 11; James Coates, his brother, nged 8; Charles and Albert Svec, twin brothers, aged 0. etr Minister to llrnsll. Washington, May 20. -The president Tuesday M'tit the followingnomlnntiona to the senate: Htate IMwIn It. ConRer, of Iowa, to b envoy extraordinary uml mlnttr pleni potentiary of the t'nlted Htates tohrozil; John jil. Foster, of Vermont, to be consul of the United Htates ut tfhtrbrooke, gu-i-Wo, Canada. War Ilrljr, (Jen. John It. ITrooke, to l major Kcrcrnb Mosquito Illle nn Aeeldent, Frankfort, Ky May 22. The Jeffer son circuit court decided against Sallio Omberg, who sued the United States Mutual association for a 3,000 acci dent policy on the life of her husband. It developed that the man died as the result of a mosquito bite, and the lower court held that this was not an "acci dent" In the meaning used by Insurarco companies. The court of appeals. In an opinion by Judge lb-mirigg, re verses the lower court and gics t Judgment for Mrs. Omberg for $5,0(o, holding that the mlsqulto bito was nn Occident.