Dakota Farmers' Leader from Canton, South Dakota on May 6, 1892 · Page 2
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Canton, South Dakota
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Friday, May 6, 1892
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©lit farrows' gifiula' CANTON, SOUTH DAKOTA. ARTHUR LINN. IViu.T.nirn. POOR COAST DEFENSE. CEN. MILES CALLS ATTENTION TO THE MATTER. Che Location Is Given of Countless Modern War Vessels of Uther Nations Which Could Sweep Down Upon the United States Coast Cities in bhort Order. Our Refenselhss Coasts. CHICAGO spccial: The Engineers of the Department of the Missouri, under the direction of Gen. Miles, are preparing an elaborate map of the world, showing the almost utterly defenseless condition of the entire coast lines of the L'nited States. The location is also given of the countless modern war vessels of other nations which could sffeep down upon the United States and destroy its coast cities in short order. Gen. Miles has long been an advocate of a stronger navy and better coast defenses, and the map is being made for his own personal information. England's great lleet looms up all over the map. France and Germany are next in strength. England has a groat ileet of nearly fifty modern warships, which are at all times within from one to six weeks' sail of the L'nited btates. "Many of England's ships which cruise along the jXurtti and South Atlantic coast," says Gen. Miles, "can navigate the St. Lawrence and get into the lakes with ease. Along the Pacific coast, a great fleet constantly cruises, and the British vessels stationed off Uritish Columbia can be heard every day in the State of Washington. In forty-eight hours this fleet could have San Francisco and the other Pacific coast cities completely at its mercy, and in a few weeks both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts could be lined with England's vessels. The United States have but ten war vessels carrying modern made guns, and the balance would be practically useless." SONS OF THE REVOLUTION. The Third Annual Congress Held in Sew orK. NFW YORK special: The third annual congress of the Sons of the American revolution met in the city hall. Gen Horace Porter presided in the absence of the President, Gen. Dr. Win. Seward Webb, and read a spirited address in which lie told of the spread of the order and its financial standing during the past year. After the appointment of a Committee on Credentials, suitable action was taken on the death of Gen. Wm. Wells of Vermont, who was a delegate to the convention. A resolution was passed informing the Sons of the Revolution that the Sons of the American Revolution had appointed a committee looking toward harmonious relations between the two organizations. On motion of Gen. ltuttcrlicld it was decided to hold a meeting in Chicago in 1893. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President General, Gen. Horace Porter Secretary General, A. H. Clark of the District'of Columbia Treasurer General, Q. W. Haskins of New York: Chaplain' General, Rt. Rev. Ch.g£ Edward JDhenny of li'iivfbiS. Amo.rfg the Vic«siPresideuts were Hon. If^nry M. She'ppnrd of Illinois Hon. Chauncey M. Depew of New York Hon. T. F. Baiid of Delaware. Lynchers Foiled. NASIIVILI.E, Tenn., special: A large number of men from the Goodlettsville neighborhood came in and gathered near the jail apparently waiting further accessions to their forces before attempting to take the men charged witli outraging the Misses Bruce^ The riot alarm was rung, calling the entire police force of the city to the spot, which succeeded in dispersing the mob before they had accomplished their purpose. Karon ava .starts for America. ROME special: Baron Fava, Italian Minister to the United States, has started on his wav to Washington, lie will be a passenger on the steamer Norman ia. IN THE EAST. The Hamburg-American steamship Fuerst Hismarck made the passage from Southampton to New York in days and 12 hours. This breaks the record, the best previous record being 6 days, 14 hours and fifteen minutes. NEW YORK special: Jules De La Motte, a cabin passenger from Liverpool on his way home to San Francisco, was arrested on the White Star pier for smuggling. It was found that he had concealed on his person jewelry to the value of S3,000. The goods were confiscated and the man taken before United States Commissioner Shields. He was held in £2,500 bail. The prisoner gave his address as 311 Pine Street, San Francisco, and said that he bought the goods in Paris for $1,200. PHILADELPHIA special: The most disastrous fire that has visited this city in years, broke out on the stage of the Grand Central Theater, and before it was gotten under control nearly 81,000,000 worth of property was destroyed, including the massive eightstory annex building occupied by the Times newspaper. There was a panic in the theater, and nearly fifty persons, mostly occupants of the galleries, were hurt, none, however, seriously. While the hands were lowering a border from the flies, a portion of the setting became entangled in the border lights. Tongues of fire shot up to the roof and the blazing scenery fell to the stage. In a short space of time the entire rear portion of the theater was a mass of fire. A large number of female choristers and ballet dancers stood in the wings waiting for the performance to begin. When the audience realized that they were face to face with a theatre lire, everybody started for the exits. The weaker ones were borne down and crushed under foot. One individual, maddened and brutalized by cxcitement, drew a pocket knife and cut his way through the mass of people. Men and boys fell on the stairways leading frum the galleries, and were bruised and scratched under the heels of those following them. Fiftytwo persons were cared for at the two hospitals near the theater. The fire spread with marvelous rapidity, and by the time the fire apparatus Arrived on the scene the theater was a I mass of flames. The flames communicated with the 'J'iiiicn building, and it was totally destroyed. The walls in falling crushed the power house of tho Traction Company and a four-story building occupied by a jewelry firm. The injured will number fully lifty, of whom twenty-one are in a critical condition. Several are reported missing. The aggregate loss will amount to SI,000.000. Insurance about Sr,00,000. SING SING, N. Y., special: Ferdinar.d Ward, of Grant & Ward notoriety, was released from prison, having served out his sentence. Eluding the newspaper men present. Ward entered a carriage jand was driven to a depot, where he took the train for New York. Ward was sentenced October 31, 18S5, to ten years' hard labor at Sing Sing ifor having obtained S71,b'00 from the [Marine Bank by fraud, but, having by igood behavior won all the commutation possible, his term expired after he had feerved just six vears and a half. Ward Jias been known as the "distinguished class, or kid glove gang." He has enjoyed good health, and his eye is as bright as when he went in, but his air has become subdued. IN THE W:i5T. TOPEKA Kan., special: There is a big row brewing among the leaders of the Alliance and People's party over the call for a secret conference of representatives of Southern States at Birmingham, Ala. This call does not include Kansas and the Northwestern Slates, and for this reason there is trouble ahead. The leaders here believe it is a scheme to turn the Alliance over to the democratic party in the Southern States and some of them don't hesitate to say so. Chairman Chase of the People's Executive Committee, called on Secretary French of the State Alliance t-o see if that official could throw any light on the matter,but French said that no such call had been received at Alliance headquarters. Chairman Chase of the Kansas Central Committee, said: "My attention had not been called to this new conference. I do not understand what it means or why the call should be issued." Secretary French was sarcastic in speaking of Polk's attempt to keep the conference secret. "It is just about as farcical,''he said, 'tas the attempt of the Senate to keep their executive session proceedings from the public.'' H. E. Taubeneck.Chairman of the Natioaal People party, has lired a bombshell into the camp of Alliance leaders, who have teen courting a fusion with the Democrats in Kansas. He has written a letter which reads: Fusion means confusion an 1 will lead to nothing else. We want all the votes we can get. We want every Democrat and liepublicau to come with us, and we would like to have every office within the gift of the People's party, but we can't afford to- secure either votes or offices by bartering away our principles. Tne very moment we use them as trading stock and peddle them around to the highest bidder to secure an office we will sink into oblivion. and we ought to. There is but one thing for us to do. "keep in the middle of the road," hoist the black flag .and neither give nor accept any quarter. Any man who expects any of the old parties to give us any financial support by fusion in my opinion is a mental deformity. The rank and file of the new party is with Taubeneck, and it is believed his letter will knock out the fusion of any kind in the Northwestern States. Sr. PATI,, Minn., special: The Commercial Bank has closed its doors, and a card placed in the window announcing that busiuess was temporarily suspended, but that all depositors would be paid in full. The action was taken after a heavy run on the bank, caused by the scare resulting from the failure of the St. Paul German Insurance Company. It seems that as soon as the failure of tho insurance company became generally known, the country banks began to withdraw their funds from tho Commercial Bank. This started ugly rumors concerning tho solvency of the latter institution, for which there was no foundation, but which spread rapidly. The directors state that the assets of the bank are liabilities S?I70,3S2, and that the depositors would be paid in full. MATHKK, Wis., special: Cranberry vines in this section are in a poor condition. The/ look worse than they have for many years, It is hard to teil the exact cause, but growers generally attribute it to tlie lack of water and snow during the past season. Marshes are now as they ought to be in June or July. DThere have been no spring rains of sufficient extent to benefit them. The fruit bud has dried and turned black, and many of the vines, when touched, lose all their leaves and appear lifeless. Several of the most prominent growers have allowed lires to run over the marsh, thinking that as there could be no crop this year the old woody stems and other foul matter would be consumed-vand the ashes might act as a fertilizer. CHICAGO special: An attempt on the life of Election Commissioner Michael Scliweisthal of this city, was made by a man named Thomas Keenan, who lost his savings by a recent failure of Schweisthal's bank. He called at his house and threatened vengeance. An officer seized him as he was flourishing a revolver. When seen in his cell he was still defiant and said that he was not going to see Schweisthal living in splendor while his wife and children starved. YUMA. Ariz, special: Indians from Lower California report that the volcanoes near Lake Sullulee, close to the Gulf of California, have been in active operation since the earthquake on the 10th. A great eruption occurred recently, the country for twenty miles around being illuminated. Molten rock was thrown up many feet, while tho noise of the exploding gases spread consternation among the Indians. ASHLAND,Wis., special: Indian Agent Lehy of the Lapointe Agency, received instructions from Commissioner Morgan that all Indian delegations and chiefs leaving for Washington hereafter should have instructions from the department. If they go without them they must bear their own expenses. This will cut off considerable trip-making which has been planned by the chiefs in the reservations around Ashland. CHICAGO special: The local coal exchange was given notice by the coal trust of an advance of 25 cents per ton in the price of anthracite. The exchange agreed to advance prices here 50 cents a ton. THE SOUTHERN SUMMARY. TEXAHKAXA, Ark., special: Excitement over the discovery of gold at Buck_ ner, Columbia County, about thirtyeight miles distant, is unabated, and many are pouring into that section from all over the country in search of the precious metal. Deputy Sheriff F. M. Strange, upou who»se farm the gold was first discovered, was in tiie city with specimens of the ore in a small package, which was tested by F. L. Sinister, a jeweler, and pronounced an excellent specimen. Mr. trange is highly elated over his find, and entertains an idea that there are millions in it. Stakes are being driven all over the suirounding country by prospectors and the gold fever runs high. KIRKSVILLE, Mo., special: A man named Henry ICrant was fined $25 here for insulting several Kirksville ladies on the streets. After paying his fine he started for home, about two miles southwest of the city, but he was followed by W. E. Patterson and John Guinan, whose wives were among those insulted, and when they had reached the Wabash railroad track, some little distance from the business portion of the city, they called to him to stop, which he did, and coming up one of the men seized him, while the other administered a terrible punishment with a cane. AT Bayou Para, La., a constable tried to arrest George Rucker for drunkenness. Rucker apparently submitted, but suddenly turned, and drawing two revolvers commenced firing on the officer and those present. W. 12. Hall was killed and three others seriously wounded before Rucker was killed. His brother William, who participated in the shooting, was also killed. 'Ihe Buckers are colored. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., special: While picnicking on Chickainauga Creek, three members of the middle class of the High School were drowned. They were Wendel Sanders, a son of President Newel Sanders of the Chattanooga Plow Company. Miss Bettie Cheney and Miss Blanche Barr, the latter a daughter of a prominent attorney AT St. Louis Sherman Williamson, maddened by evidence of his wife's unfaithfulness, attacked her paramour, Edward Andrews, at Fisher's stable, in that city, where both were employed, and shot him through the heart, killing him instantly. FOREIGN JOTTINGS. LONDON special" There is a growing feeling among the master cotton spinners ol: Bolton in favor ot joining the present lockout. They are in favor of reducing production by some means, and efforts are being made to induce the spinners to consent to three days work in the week. One of the leading manufacturers say that, whatever weight may be allowed to the view that the Spinners' Federation would not have supported the Stalybridge Spinning Company in the dispute with their hands by a general lockout in their behalf if the state of trade had been better, it is evident, from a glance over what has been said and written in public for mouths past, that some trial of strength between the Employers', Federation and the trade union amalgamation has been looked upon as almost inevitable. The quarterly report of the General Secretary of tho Executive Council of the Oldham Card and Blowing-roojn, Operatives' Association says: "Thepasti quarter lias been an eventful one in' many ways. It has been a powerful federation of capitalists formed for the purpose of defending the interest of the employer and to attack, whenever they think proper,the position of the worker. We have watched the growth of this great combination with keen interest, knowing woil that our interests and the interests of the members of the federation were in a certain sense antagonistic, and we have on many occasions warned our members that ere long we must be prepared to meet the forces of. perhaps, the greatest combination of capita! which, at any rate, this district has ever seen. The challenge at war has at last been issued, and we are on tho eve of a struggle the result of which no one can plainly see."' VALENCIA, Venezuela, special: Genorals Ybarra and Casanas, with nearly three thousand of the government's forces, have been cut off from Palacio's forces and are in imminent peril. Gen. Crespo. the insurgent Commander-inChief, has effected a conjunction with (Jen. Mora, the hero of the engagement at l'alito. In the fiercest fight of Palacio's army. (Jen. Juan Quevedo and his Aid-de-Camp, Jose Armes, were killed and butchered in a terrible manner by the populace of Los Teques. GHASSK special: Mrs. Deacon left France to avoid being subpoenaed as a witness at the trial of her husband on the charge of manslaughter for the killing of Abeille, which will begin May 20. Deacon, who is now out on bail, must surrender to the authorities five days before the trial. SAX FRANCISCO special: Twenty-five members of Teed's flock here will leave for Chicago. They are the best of his community here. Among them is Mrs. Knight, who is a cousin of Col. Fred Crocker, tho railway millionaire. She has turned over Sio.000 to Teed. Her brothers tried to preveuft her wasting this fortune, but she appealed to tho law and defeated them. Others in the party are Victor Schiefferstein, once champion amateur sprinter of the coast, and Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Marsdcn, who are worth $30,000. THE MARKETS. CHICAGO. Cattle—Common to prime.. S Hogs—Shipping grades Sheep Wheat—Cash Corn—Cash Oats Rye Barley l-'lax Butter—Western dairy Eggs—Western :.:o 4.45 6.00 4.75 4. 15 0.40 .81J4 .40 .31 .71 .00 .97 .20 .14 .15 .13 SIOUX CI TV. 3. no :i.2f 4.3") 5.50 .70 .20 .20 Cattle—Fat steers $ 3.25 Cattle—Feeders 2.75 Hogs 4.30 Sheep 4.25 Wheat Oats Corn Flax OMAHA LIVE STOCK. Cattle—Common to prime..5 3.40 4.20 Hogs—Shippers 4.0C 4.25 NEW YORK PRODUCE. Wheat 3 .98%® .99 Corn 47Va@ -52% Oats—Western 34}S@ .37 THINKS IIE HAS GOT IT. A DAKOTA MAN'S PERPETUAL MOTION DEVICE. Prof. T. C. Mattox or Pelrimont, After Twenty-Seven Years of Work, HUH What lie Claims to 11a a Perpetual Motion Machine. Discovered at Last. PROF. P. C. MATTOX of Piedmont, fifteen miles north of Rapid City, will exhibit what he claims to be a perpetual motion machinc. In conversation with Prot. Mattox he stated that he had workod twenty-seven years on the problem, and had at last been successful, lie has invited the newspaper men to lest it in every way. They will be allowed to take it apart, stop it at any time, and examine it thoroughly. A few persons have already seen the machine, and while some claim that it is simply a clever device with outside power applied in some secret way, others believe that Mattox has really made a great discovery. He is not, however, the only seeker after fame and money via the perpetual motion route. A rancher and cattle man. living on tho Cheyenne Kiver claims to have a machine which has run for some time, and which will run until it is worn out, by its ovn power. Two young men have recently iuvented and will have patented a very novel and clever advertising novelty. At first sight, and even after a close examination, it seems to be a perfect perpetual motion machine, but the inventors claim tnat the power is furnished by an electric current.. How or at what point the current is applied no one has ytjt been able to discover, and it is on their secret and invisible application of power that the inventors will apply for a patent. BROUGHT TO TIME. The Alliance Hall AK*ociatloti Ket'used a Certificate, Two WEEKS ago Joseph Fenderfeld, Insurance Inspector, went to Huron by direction of State Auditor Taylor, and examined the books of the Alliance Hail Association. This organization is one that Alonzo Wardall, George C. Cross, and II. L. Loucks, and other Alliance men have controlled. Humors have been in circulation for months as to the condition of the concern, hence tho visit of Inspector Fenderfeld. Upon the completion of the examination he submitted a report to State Auditor Taylor, who after examining it sent Secretary Cooley a lengthy letter, of which the following is the text: "I have given the report a careful examination, and am sorry to say it discloses a condition of affairs which cannot be justilied. The worst feature disclosed is the gross discrimination practiced in tho payment of losses. Your policy holders should stand on tho same footing. Each should receive his exact pro rata of tho amounts collected and applied to the payment of losses. No more or no less. The examination discloses that tiie association has apparently had a list of preferred creditors. Hundreds have been overpaid, and the overpayment amounts in the aggregate to thousands of dollars. This overpayment has been made to a minority of your policy holders. Every dollar thus overpaid has been at the expense of the majority. Had the amount been equally divided it would have increased the per cent, to all, and one class would not have profited at the expense of the other. Justice demands that the overplus bo recovered and applied to increase tho per cent, of payment of all losses in an equal ratio, or. if that cannot be done, that the assets of the association be converted into cash, tho losses prorated, and each loser receive the same per cent. Until this injustice is lighted no application by the Alliance Hail Association for a certificate of authority will be considered by thijs oJMee." Secretary S. D. CUOI.EV of the Alliance Haii Association was asked if he had any explanation to make as to the letter of State Auditor Taylor, in which he reviews the report of Insurance Examiner Freudenfeld, and upon such report refuses to issue a certificate of authority to do business in South Dakota. He declared .Mr. Taylor's letter to be unjust and in many respects untrue, and that he misstates the condition of the hail association and attempts to destroy it for sellish purposes. The association, Mr. Cooley says, has done and is now doing an honest and e.juitable business, and in 1SU0 it paid 50 per cent of its losses, and policy holders were allowed to insure their 1891 crop and apply the premiums for which they liad given notes upon that year's insurance. There is not S300 outside of premiums standing against the association out of $132,000 in losses in that year. Mr. Cooley says the association will at once bring suit against Mr. Taylor to compel him to issue a certificate of authority, and for that purpose attorneys for the association have been sent to Pierre. THREATS FROM ANGRY INDIANS White Ghost and Others Write a Saucy Letter Recalling Woundeil Knee. SKVERAL thousand dollars were sent to the Crow Creek Agency a day or two ago by the government for distribution among the Indians. White Ghost and ather leaders refuse to receive the noney, and White Ghost has sent the following threatening letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington: The Indian agent at the Crow Creek igency is making a cash payment of about S3 per capita. Mvseif, seven other chiefs, and a majority of the Indians have hesitated to receive this money and if we refuse to accept it we are threatened by the agent that we will be deprived of seeds for this season's planting. I can get no satisfaction from the agent as to where the money now being distributed comes from, nor do I know what rights wc may be surrendering when we receipt for this money so I write to you for information and ask you for an immediate reply to me in person. When tho Sioux Indians signed the recent treaty by which they ceded a large part of their reservation to the government there was an unwritten contract, but in honor just as binding, to the effect that the Indians of the Crow Creek Agency were to receive about SIS™,000 in consideration of the fact that their diminished reservation left them less land per capita than the Indians of the other reservations. What has become of that money, and has the appropriation been maoe by Congress or has the promise of it been alreadv neglected or forgotten, like so many other sacred promises made the Indians by this great and supposed just government? Again we, the Sioux, when the treaty referred to above was signed, were promised, in addition to cattle, horses, etc., 850 per capita to assist us in building houses. That promise, too, seems to have been forgotten, and many of my people are living in decayed log houses and tepees exposed to the inclemency of the weather. This is bringing on disease and sickness. Why will the government be so unjust? Why will it not give what is due and promised us instead of dealing out small payments like that now being made? Does the government wish more bloodshed, and will it refuse us justice unless demanded at the muzzle of the gun? Is not the bloodshed at Wounded Knee a sufficient reminder of the wrongs practiced upon us and the desperate attitude into which we have been driven? I beg you, Mr. Commissioner, to lay these facts before the nation's legislators and demand justice for us at their hands. Not Trio Much Moisture. RnroRTS from thirty-two counties in South Dakota, sent to the office of the United States Weather Bureau at Huron, gives the condition of growing crops: The temperature was considerably below the average also, tho amount of sunshine. Over most of the State, especially the Southern part, the precipitation (rain or snow) was above tho average. Considerable progress has, however, been made in wheat and oats seeding, but reports indicate that, state considered, not over half has been completed. In some counties this work is well advanced,while in others not much is done. It is believed, however, that up to Friday and Saturday, mild and bright days, advancement was mado which would not appear in the majority of reports. In a few localities seed has been injured on low ground where water stood, but general information indicates that the early sown grain is sprouting and growing, though slowly. Herds are grazing in many counties, especially Southern, and the early varieties of trees and bushes are budding. Reports indicate that over the greater part of tho State there is more moisture in the ground than at the same time in any year since 1883. liurcan or Immigration. THE Brown County Immigration Association of Aberdeen is now organized, and steps will be taken at once to issue a large quantity of printed matter and get it before the people of the East. At a meeting held, F. A. Brown was appointed Wuimigration Commissioner, and C. Fisher Treasurer. A committee was appointed on printing and literature and other matters. An expense fund approaching §1,000 has been raised without difficulty) and Railroad Companies and other big concerns have promised valuable aid. The people of that city and county are thoroughly alive to the present opportunities to obtain a valuable class of new settlers, and will spare no labor at the end: The bureau will bo in good working order in less than a week's time. Six Prisoners Kscajte. A JAII. delivery of six birds occurred at Sioux Falls by sawing off the bars of a window. Three of the men have been recaptured, but those still absent are the ones who could be least easily spared. James Devault and James Regan were arrested only a few days ago for stealing an overcoat containing $3,000 in notes, and it has since developed that they are all-round toughs and badly wanted elsewhere. All of the former's left-hand fingers have been shot off. The prisoners wore doubtless handed a saw by a confederate outside. Of the seven men who did not escape some were too fat to get through the small aperture and some did not care to get out. Those recaptured will be indicted by the grand jury for breaking jail. An Interesting: Case* AT Elk Point a case is now being tried before Judge Smith, of the Circuit Court, that is attracting much attention. The issue is to remove a cloud from the title of certain valuable lands owned by Marycttu Chatfield. The business transactions which are brought to light by the evidence date back to the beginning of the war, There are six attorneys in the case, three on either side. They are Messrs. Gantt of Sioux City, L. K. French of Yankton, C. S. Palmer of Sioux Falls, Vernon 11. Burke of Cleveland, Ohio, and Attorneys Ericson and Miller of Elk Point. Every legal proposition and bit of testimony is being sharply contested. The Mayor Was Mad. COL. H. RAY MYF.RP, lato United States Consul to San Salvador and present Mayor of Huron, had a difficulty with another prominent citizen, one of his ardent sjpporters in the city election three weeks ago Myers struck his friend and used most violent language against him. The affair grew out of the discussion of certain acts of tho Mayor in his official capacity. People generally censure his conduct. Prosecution may follow. Meeting of Fair Commissioners. Mns. WILLIAM DUFF HAYNIK. Presi dent of the Board of Lady Commissioners of the World's Fair, issued a call for a meeting of tho board to be held at Huron. The men commissioners will meet at the same time and place, and a strong effort will be made to provide ways and means for a South Dakota exhibit at the World's Fair. A Fire at Klk Point* AT Elk Point the barn, of J. H. Armintraut burned to the ground. A splendid team of horses and a cow were burnod to death. Another fine team was so badly burned that one will die. The eyes of both are destsoyed. Loss, §1,200. The lire is supposed to have been set by tramps. Oil«t Fellows at Huron. AT Huron rain seriously interfered with the Odd Fellows' celebration. No attempt at out-of-door display was made. In the evening a reception and ball was given by members of the fraternity and Daughters of Rebekah. It was a pleasant affair and enjoyed by a large crowd. Cliarired with Cattle I-llting. COL. E. GEORGE, an ex-Confederate officer, a man about 65 years old and of previous good reputation, was arrested at Rosebuo Agenty by Deputy Marshal Matthiesen, charged with being a member of the Little gang of cattle thieves. A preliminary trial will be held. IHE WORK OF CONGRE PROCEEDINGS IN THE NATIONAL. LEGISLATURE. ItillH Introduced and the mportant Toings eelc tho I ouso and -enate—A Variety Top'.es Interest trom Washington The Solons at Work. After routine business on the 2(3tli Senator Coke uddressed the Semite In favor of the free coinage of silver, basing liis remarks on Senator Morgan's resolution on that subject. Senator Daniels followed Coke. At vhe close of Daniels' speech the army appropriation bill was taken up. Senator Cockroll called for a separate vote on the amendment striking out the proviso that no money shall be paid for the transportation of troops'and army supplies over anv non-bonded line ot the Union Pacific or Southern Pacific. A long debate en-ued, hut no action was tilcen. Ihe presiding officer, Senator Manderson, laid before the Senate a communication from the President in response to Senator I eller reso.u- I tion as to an international conference ojj*^ tiie silver question The communicut'fj^H» bavins been read, Senator Teller roinarkM^^.^ th:it the President said in it that lie woulj let no opportunity pass in regard to an international agreement. What the friends of free silver complained of. Teller said, was that the United States Government had been -waiting for an opportunity to come, whereas it was its duty to make the opportunity." Senator Morgan said that he desired to debate the communication Lefore it went to the committee. It was laid on the table. In the House on the SSth Mr. Blancharcl gave notice that he would call up the river and 1 arbor appropriation bill. The House then went into Committee of the Whole on the diplomatic and consular appropriation bill The lumber bill follows the free lumber section of the Mills bill, making same classes free of duty. M. Blout explained the provisions of tho consular measure. He said that it appropriated 81.584,925. being 872,000 less than the current law, and 5533,541 less than the estimates. Tho reduction on missions was S25.000 on consuls, $'37,000 In the Bureau of American Republics, $10,000. A number ot missions were reduced by placing Denmark. Sweden .and Norway under one mission, Columbia nnd Ecuador in one, and l'eru and Bolivia in one. After routine business on tho SSth the House went into Committee of tiie WhoJg^^ on the diplomatic and consular approprii tion bill. The pending question was onU amendment restoring S7,5U0 tho salary the Minister to Venezuela. No quorum voting, a committee was ordered. After several ineffectual attempts to secure a quorum, the Republicans refusing to vote, the committee, on motion of Mr. Blount, rose, and tho yeas and nays were demanded on a motion that the House adjourn. The result was—yeas, lit nays, lS!i. Then Blount [moved that the Sergeaut-At-Arms be directed to brim in the abentoes. This carried, and the Sergeant secured several hacks and deputies and proceeded to the Bennington lace track. After considerable delay it became evident that, no business mid bo transacted and the llouse adjourned. In the Senate on the 2sth tlie resolution of Senator Jones of Arkansas, for payment to the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations for their interest in the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Reservation, was laid before the Senate. Senator Allison spoke against it. Senator Allison favored recommitting the whole subject to the Committee on Indian Affairs, as the payment of the sum would ake a precedent for the further lavnunt. of S7,000,000. After considerable dismission and without disposing of the question, the Senate adiourned. In the House of Representatives on the 29ili, the Speaker called attention to the fact that at the time of adjournment on the 28th, the Serjeant-at-arms was given warrants for the arrest of absentee members, and he called on that officer for report. JJ.i said that of the nineteen warrants pla in his hands, seven ho was unable to til' and the other twelve promised to be present, 'The Speaker stated that action allowing tho members to give their parole to appear was in accordance with his instructions to tho Sergeant-at-arms. The delinquent members were then summoned to the bar of tho House to present excuses. Mr. Bowers, of California, appeared first and said that his elilot offense consisted in being caujrht. Ho went home to answer the letters of persons wanting pensions or postoilires, or persons who did not want somebody else appointed postmaster, and had no intention of breaking tiie rules of the hou-e. A motion to excuse Bowers was made, but many believing that the arrest of members for neglect of duty was not mere child's play, demanded tiie yeas and nays. Before the vote was announced, the point of order was nia:le that the members under arrest had no right vote. After considerable sparring between the Democrats and Republicans, the Speaker overruled the point of order on the ground that he had no right to order a member's narno eliminated from the roll. Mr. ltowers was excused—130 to 05. The remainder of the' delinquents were then excused on more or less frivolous grounds, and. after tonchin some unimportant matters, the llonsc went' into committee of the whole on the private calendar. The Sibley tent bill was laid, asirlis with a favorable recommendation] after an amendment referring tho claim tJ the Court of Claims for adjudication. Tho Hiram-Johnson bilj occupied the remainder of tiie session. Without action the con^a inittee rose and the House, without dispo&J1 ing of the Sibley bill, took a recess, MISSING LINKS. LEONARD WHITTON, of Brighton, Canada. weighs 469 pounds, 300 pounds of which he has acquired within ten years. He is not yet forty, and is still increasing in weight. FOUR railway companies, the Great Western, the Great Eastern, the South western, and the Noithwestern, bring into London about 20,000,000 gallons of milk a day. LOVKRS of genuine cognac will be interested in the announcement that the distillers of the city of Cognac propose to go into court to test the right of distillers in other cities to label their brandy as coming from Cognac. THK discovery is made that the Alaska soil and climate are peculiarly adapted to hop-raising. An Oregon syndicate has purchased a large tract near Fort Wrangle, and will plant it with hops. ALL the millstones used in the United States formerly came from France, but an excellent substitute was foun in the buhr stone of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and that is now used to the elusion of the foreign product. A WOMAN traveling from Bologna to Florence, in Italy, recently had her hair set on fire by a spark from a locomotive. It turned out that the hair was artificial, and the loss was not so grave as was feared. OXE form of insects resembles broken bit of bamboo, and another isprovided with hairs, distributed in such a way as to make it appear overgrown with moss. Others have assumed their form and color for the object of catch'ng their prey. THE most expensive of England's soldiers' garbs is the bandmaster's of the life guards, which cost 8125. A sergeant drummer of the foot guards may well "swell his chest"' when hp wears a tunic costing no less than S37.50, the total value of his "rig-out" biting 8122.50. The cheapest uniform off all is that, of an ordinary infantry regiment, valued at $21.

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