Parsons-el let ier Co. Mortgage Stock. Furniture, Carpets, Draperies. Visit the "big store" and allow the merchandise to tell the story. The dawn of prosperity Is ushered in with such values. Furnitureclean, desirable, up-to-date pieces selling at one-half regular price. The secret of our power Is found in the fact that we ALWAYS carry the best collection of the NEWEST DESIGNS In Furniture, Carpets and Draperies. Coaie and see three floors containing: 20,000 square feet floor space teeming with Bargains Extraordinary In Furniture. 7,500 square feet space solid with Carpets and Draperies at prices that will astonish the most skeptical. FURNITURE. Don't forget that furniture will sell at one-half regular prices all this week. CARPETS. Saving prices and high qualities are always linked together in this department, but more' especially 'so this week. 4 PRICES: 30c Ingrain carpets.. 14c 60c all wool carpets.... ape 50c part wool carpets ...29c - 65c alt wool carpets 39c " brussels carpets 39c 85c Westminster carpets 59c $1.35 brussels carpets 59c $6.00 Wilton rugs $2.98 DRAPERY AND CURTAINS. $4.50 chenille tapestry curtains, $1.98 the pair. $6.00 chenille curtains, $2.48 I the pair. " ' '- $6.5obrussels net curtains, $2.98 the pair. I2c cretopnes, 36 inches wide, 6c a yard. ; , 40c drapery denim, 15c a yard. SIOUX CITY MERCANTILE CO., W. A. BEHRENS. Hamper. m EOTRfl- FAIR OF PANTS Will run that winter suit through until warm weather. It's, economy, even if not quite so genteel looking as a full suit of iho fame pattern. If you will corno this week you can get an extra go()d pair of men's pants for $i:50, $2.00, S2.50orS3.00. Wo are cleaning up odd suit . pants at just half price. That's the reason. i nuuui, PIHKERTON & CO, Fourth St., Cor. Jackson. GEN. SHELBY LYING IN STATE Hundreds View the Hemains of the Fa-- ntou Rebel at Knns City. Kansas City, Feb. l.. ThtJ remains of the late ex-Confederate Gen. Jo Shelby were brought to Kansas City this evening end will lie Jn state until 10 o'clock Wednesday morning In the federal court room at the government building:, where Get- Shelby, as -United States marshal for the western district of Missouri, had his offices. The remains of the noted Mis-sourian were conveyed to Adrian from his farm, nine miles away, early this morning and lay In Mate 'in the First Methodist church at Adrian for over an hour. Hundreds of citizens passed before the draped casket. Five hundred peoie formed in the procession that escorted the remains from the church at Adrian to the railway station, the Adrian bras band being in the lead and playing a dead march. Arrived in Kanwn City1 the funeral party was met at the depot by ten ex-ctnfed-erate veterans, ten members of veteran Company A. Missouri National Guard, and many citizen who served as an escort to the federal building. The funeral will be held at Id o'clock on Wednesday either at the Auditorium theater or the Central ITesbyterlan church. The interment will be in th exconfederate lot at Forest Hill cemetery. DUKSTIIOW MUST DIE. St. Jxui Millionaire Murderer Will lie Hanged Today. Jefferson : City, ; McC Feb. 1.". Gov. Stephens has decided not to Interfere in the case of the fit;' Iuuisi millionaire. Dr. Arthur Duestrow, sentenced to be hanged . at .Union, Mo... tomorrow for the murder of his. wife and child. The governor reached his decision after receiving the report of a commission of three eminent physicians as to Duestrow's mental condition. Two considered him perfectly sane and merely shamming. The third thought him mentally incapable, Duestrow attorneys Intended to appeal to, the United States supreme court, but the governor's refusal to grant a. respite will prevent this. : .- Shoplifter Caught. Norfolk. Feb. Jj. Special! The police made a raid today on the, residence of Wm. Manske and recovered a large amount of stolen dry poods and fdioes. Shoplifting baa been prevalent this winter, but this Is the first fence located. The theft leading to the raid was detected toy the Johnson Dry Goods company. CASE OF THREE FRIENDS Arsnmenta Made in the United States Snpreme Court. DEOISIOU TO BE MADE IN MAEOH Gen. "Weyler's Operation in the Province of Santa Clara Cubans Not Likely to Get the Benefit of Red Cross Itelief Battle with Guerrillas. "Washington. Feb. 15. The United States supreme court heard arguments today in the case of the United States vs. the filibustering steamer Three Friends on the motion of the attorney general for a writ of certiorari to the circuit court of appeals of the Fifth district to bring the case to the supreme court, the steamer leaving been libeled for condemnation as a Cuban filibuster. Assistant Attorney General "Whitney made the opening argument in behalf of the government. He claimed the po sition of the lower court that the steamer could not be libeled because the Cuban insurgents were neither 'a colony, district or people." was not tenable. There were statutes concern ing piracy and enlisting men for hos tilities against a friendly power appll cable to the case. The recognition of belligerency was not necessary to set the law in motion. W. Hallett Phillips and A. "W. Cock rell appeared for the owners of th Three Friends. Attorney General Harmon closed for the government. He said that while the Cuban insurrection had not shown Itself to be strong enough to warrant the recognition of belligerency, still there had been sufficient recognition that a state of war existed. So far as formal recognition was concerned he claimed that the insurgents were bel ter off without it. He closed with an appeal for the observance of the neutrality laws and urged that congress had provided abundant means for their enforcement. At the conclusion of Mr. Harmon's argument the court adjourned without announcing any opinion until the first Monday In March. Refused Clearance Papers. '"Washington, Feb. 15. The secretary of the treasury has instructed the collector of customs at Philadelphia to withhold the clearance papers from the alleged filibuster Mermuda, which was preparing to leave port. Mr. Van De veer, the owner's attorney, had a conference with Secretary Carlisle today with a view to securing the vessel's release, but no further action has yet been taken. The Mermuda is a British vessel and it is said her majesty's consul at Philadelphia has given his con sent to her departure, but the treasury officials require the captain to make oath that he will not violate the laws of the United States, if granted clearance. Mr. Van Deveer expects to have the matter settled so that the Mermuda may sail tonight. BATTLE "WITH GUERRILLAS. Detachment of Gen. Lacret's Army Has a Bloody Fight. Cincinnati, Feb. 15. The Commercial-Tribune's special from Havana says: A detachment from Gen. Lacret's army, now operating in this province, had a pitched battle with a band of guerrillas under Maj. Selasco and a portion of Havana volunteers under Col. Sanchez. The Cubans attacked! a block house ten miles west of this city, not knowing that a large Spanish force was netr by. They had partially captured the fort when the Spanish reinforcements came up. The Cubans were caught in between the two columns, and for several hours the fight waged fast and furious. Finding that they could not make progress against such odds, the Spaniards outnumbering them two to one, the Cubans, by a skillful feint, drew off part of the volunteer corps and then made a furious and unexpected onslaught on the others, compelling them to retreat, and offering a passageway for the insurgents. Through this they passed with a loss of some 100, the Spanish losing over double that number. Notwithstanding their defeat, the insurgents managed to so dismantle the fort that it had to be destroyed to prevent its falling into the insurgents hands. GEX. WEYLER'S OPERATION'S, Captain General Busy Pacifying Santa Clara Province. Havana, Feb. 15. The war correspondent of La Lucha, Senor Ca-narte, and the civil governor of the province of Santa Clara, Senor Vidal, have arrived from Placetas. During their trip to the interior they met Capt. Gen. Weyler, who was stopping at the house of Lieut. Col. Palanca. The civil governor and Gen. Solano had breakfast with Capt. Gen. Weyler. Senor Canarte joined the party. During the course of the breakfast Capt. Gen. "Weyler was interviewed. He said that from the railroad lines from Cienfuegos and Columbia columns were reconnoitering up to the edges of the Rivers Saga and Yagua Jay. Gen. Weyler asked Senor Canarte about the situation in Pinar del Rio province, a part of the island in which Senor Canarte had been traveling recently. Senor Canarte detailed the operations there and the work accomplished by the division of Gen. Mel-quizo, and both agreed that there wa3 only work for local guerrillas. Capt. Gen. Weyler said that In the province of Santa Clara the revolution was still in a primitive state; but he added that with concentration the Spanish would soon obtain a positive advantage and an increase in the number of towns isuasy to Operate Are features peculiar to Rood's rill. Small lo Bike, tasteless, efficient, thorough. As one man said: You never know you navb taken a pill till it is all over." 'c. C I. Hood & Co., I'roprietors. Lowell. Mass. flie only pills to take with Hood's Sarsaparilla, Kj(ds Pills TIIE SIOUX CITY held by the government forces would soon be noted. Gen. Weyler said Maximo Gomez had intended to invade the provinces of Matanzas and Havana, but that he had been obliged to retreat. He said the so called insurgent government which came with Gomez has returned to Najasl, fearing the rapid advance of the Spanish troops. Being asked where he was going, Capt. Gen. Weyler said he did not know, but he would not return to Havana until he had completely organized the plan of campaign in Santa Clara. He added that the recent conference which he had held with Intendente Fagoga and Secretary Palmerola had been a most important one. Being asked what steps he had taken in the matter of the depreciation of bank bills, he said: "I am disposed to be most severe according to the circumstances. The government regulations must be obeyed, even if we deplore the same, and even though the enforcement should send all speculators to the poor prison. The regulations regarding the cultivation and exportation of tobacco were ordered by me personally, but this money question is a governmental matter, and I am resolved to make all comply with the rules in regard to bills. I will try to prevent exchange houses becoming private bourses." In conclusion the captain general said he would favor the industries tending to enlarge the towns, avoiding the scattering of houses through the woods and plains, thus affording refuge for the bandits. Weyler has ordered that the Placetas infirmary shall be changed into a hospital, and has sent for vaccine virus and ordered free vaccination. Those persons now interested in the cultivation of tobacco are considering wrhether the production is not more beneficial than the production of sugar cane, and a report on the subject will be presented to Weyler. RED CROSS SOCIETY DECEIVED. Cuban General's Views of Miss Barton's Proposed Mission to the Island. Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 15. "It seems incredible that Miss Barton should fall Into a cunning trap arranged for her by Spanish Minister de Lome," said Col. Frederico Perez Carbo, chief of Gen. Maceo's staff, commenting on Miss Barton's acceptance of the permission given her by De Lome to go to Cuba and form a Red Cross society. "Miss Barton will be allowed to succor Spaniards, but Cubans never. Miss Barton may go to Havana that is just what they want and she may help the Spaniards in their hospitals and care for their wounded; but as to Cubans, why, the Spaniards raid their hospitals and kill all the helpless inmates. Miss Barton will find that she will be permitted to aid the Spanish only. The inhumanity of the Spaniards has been shown when they refuse to let medicine of any kind be carried into the country for pacificos, and kill men who attempt to smuggle such things through. " 'Let them die like dogs,' is what one Spanish officer told a surgeon when he wanted to give attention to some Cuban wounded, after the fight at La En-caration. 'Let them die like the dogs they are. It, will only make it easier for ?MIss Barton -had better see that her permission Is more broad before, she goes over." Spanish Press Optimistic. Madrid, Feb. 15.The morning papers publish the most optimistic reports concerning the attitude of the United States government. It Is stated that the Duke of Tetuan, Spanish minister of foreign affairs, has received a telegram from Minister de Lome affirming that President Cleveland and Secretary of State Olney consider the Cuban reform scheme as ample and liberal as could be desired by the most exacting. This opinion, according to De Lome, is shared by the chief public men of America, including Mr. McKinley. De Lome is reported to have said: "The Cuban question may be considered dead as far as the United States congress and public opinion in America is concerned. The government is prudently reserved upon the subject, but I am able to state that the report as indicated above is approximately correct." ' CONSUL IASIGI'S CASE. Turkish Representative Paroled in the Custody of Ills Counsel. New York, Feb. 15. Joseph A. Iasigi, the Turkish consul general at Boston, who was arrested in this city on Saturday charged with embezzlement and who was put under $10,00) bail for examination today, spent the night at police headquarters and appeared in court today. The Coudert brothers were on hand to defend him, and after a prolonged examination of Gen, Peabody, the Boston attorney who caused the .arrest, he was paroled in the custody of his attorneys until tomorrow. The point was made that being- a foreign consul Iasigi was exempt from arrest except in a federal court. On this issue Magistrate Cornell took the matter under advisement. The prisoner's counsel did not seem to like the idea of taking charge of the prisoner. Mr. Coudert was about to leave the court room and to allow his client to be taken back to prison, when he suddenly changed his mind, hurried back to the magistrate's desk and left the court room with his client. Washington, Feb. 15. According to the officials of the state department, the New York police authorities who arrested and the magistrate who committed Joseph Iasigi, the Turkish consul at Boston, last Saturday night, have made a grave mistake and must undo their acts, which were unlawful. The Turkish minister here. Mustapha Bay. has lodged with the state department a protest against the proceedings, and while the department is still looking up authorities and studying precedents, it has already practically 'concluded that the arrest was illegal. The constitution and laws provide expressly that a foreign consul can be tried only under federal process and before a federal court. He is not exempt from prosecution, like a diplomatic officer, but he has this privilege, and so far as the information in the hands of the department shows, this has been denied him. Hard Facts. Hardware: Misers have lived In hovels. Rich men have lived in dugouts. Poor men have lived in mansions. Men of shoddy have lived in palaces. By the house we live in so may we not be judged, but so will we almost always be reckoned. Men of trenius mav wear frayed banta- loons and go with unkempt hair, but worn- out trousers ana scraggy nair are not marks of genius, for those things the tramps have also. ' Many a clerk on his little pay is dressed better than his employer, but he is no less a valuable clerk for that. There are branches from even the strairhtest beaten track of safety, but the law of averages accepted by the majority is less dangerous to follow than even me successful rules of exception. The well dressed man is more likely to b a prosperous iman than the man of shabby overeoatj and the poorly dressed man is more likely to be an unsuccessful man than the man with tailor made clothes, The beautiful office mav be a den or swindlers, but it is more likely to be. the business home of profitable business. JOURNAL: TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 1G, 1897. BALLOT LAW NEEDS MENDING Discovered that It Doesa't Apply to Special Charter Cities. THE MULCT LAW AMENDMENT Senator Ellis Bill Presented in the Senate House Devotes Most of the Session to the School Laws Fire at Des Moines-Ida Grove Xews. , Des Moines, Feb. 15. Special: Providence must have taken special interest in special charter towns, to have the supreme court hand down its mulct decision when the legislature was in session. It develops now that the Australian ballot law does not apply to them, and the discovery was discussed in the senate this forenoon. There has been no decision on the point, but for several years it has been quietly suspected that the law does not apply to thes- cities. A committee of representatives, which is now codifying the special charter laws, was instructed, after the explanation of the matter, to make special inquiry Into this feature and report an amendment to the election law that will take in all cities. Senator Ellis was allowed to present his bill to legalize acts of special charter cities in enforcing the mulct law. It was brief, and the members who are opposed to the manufacture of liquors insisted that it, be read for information before; it be formally introduced. They had heard that it had a manufacturing proposal hitched to its tall, but this proved not, true. The election law took up most of the session. Art amendment to require that polls open at 7 o'clock in all cities where registration is required, arid at 8 in all ethers, was presented, feat did not reach a vote before adjournment., In the house the school lattvs were under consideration "nearly a all T morning. The senate's amendment leaving out the requirement inserted by the house that county superintendents must be of "good moral character? Was the occasion of some debate, but no action was taken. The house will probably not accept the amendment,- '.'V-H??:' The bill on penitentiaries -and jails passed, and the requirement that juvenile and adult prisoners be kept separated was adopted. This caused a long fight and was defeated a year ago. The clerk of the penitentiary had his salary raised from 370 to $1G per month. NEW TRIAL FOR GRAVES. Federal Supreme Court Iecision in Dubuque Banker's Case. ' Washington, Feb. 15, Tiye supreme court has reversed the decision of the district court of the northern district of Iowa in the case of Rufus E. Graves, and has given instructions for a new trial. Graves was convicted of making false entries, in reports in regard to the condition of the Commercial National bank of Dubuque, of which he was president. Dubuque, Feb. 15. Special: Rufus E-Graves, to whom the federal supreme court today granted a new trial, wrecked the Commercial National bank of Dubuque, of which he was president, by making heavy loans to his brother, J. K. Graves. When the bank was tottering to its fall, he sold his stock at a premium to a confiding friend. Gen. C. H. Booth, and retired to Arizona. He was tried at the December term in 1892 and sentenced by Judge Woolson to five years in the pen. Pending the appeal he has been living somewhere in the far west. RACE W ITH DEATH. A Record Breaking Trip Between Chicago and Denver. Burlington, Feb. 15. Special: A special Burlington train rushed through this city today at lf:4S p. m., having left Chicago at 10 a. m., and arrived at Pacific Junction at 7:05 p. m. this evening. It carried a solitary passenger, H. T. Mayhann, a wealthy resident of Denver, Colo., who is engaged in a desperate race with death. Mr. Mayhann's favorite son is at death's door, and the Burlington road, for the turn of $1,000. is endeavoring to land the anxious father in Denver early tomorrow morning. It will be the quickest trip ever made between Chicago and Denver. Denver, Feb. 16. Wm. B. Mayhann, whose father, Henry J. Mayhann, has been for twenty-four hours making a record breaking run from Chicago, by special train, died at 12:10 this morning. Mr. Mayhann's speeiaj train is expected here about 5 o'clock this morning. Will Be Reorganized. Des Moines,! "Feb. 15. Special: At a meeting of the stockholders of the defunct German Savings bank tonight the proposition of the state auditor giving terms on which he would allow the bank, to reorganize was received. It wras that the stockholders take $50,000 in new paid up stock, and the stockholders or depositors 130,000 more, which might be exchanged for certificates of deposit in the institution. The proposition was accepted, and $45,000 of the cash stock was taken, besides which it was reported that $40,000 had been pledged by depositors, assuring the reorganization. ', . Ida Grove Xotes Ida Grove, Feb. 15. Special: M. D. Bardwell has purchased the Hidden house at Holstein, and will take possession about March 1. Sherman Yates, for many years superintendent of tho Ida Grove public schools, has purchased the Tipton Advertiser, and will take charge of his new enterprise at tho close of the present school year. Mr. Yates nasi become Quite; a prominent citizen of this city, and is a man of recognized ability. The K. of P. are making arrangements for a charity ball, to be given Friday evening, March 5. the proceeds to be used n relieving the distress prevalent in our community. Alex Simpson was thrown from a buggy the other day and had his shoulder bone broken. lie is an elderly gentleman, hence the Injury, is quite severe. ' - i The Ida County Teachers' association held a session at Galena last Saturday afternoon. A -goodly number of the county's educators were present, and? a prof table meeting was recorded. An important business change has taken place, in which C. E. Wilcutt and his son, John H. WJlcutt. become proprietors of T. S. Snell's grocery store. The new firm have been residents of Ida Grove a number of years, and are thorough business men. H. C. Fugl, proprietor of the "Fair," is erecting a new brick building 6n Second street. The civ election will be held a week from next Monday. City Treasurer W. F. Beaver will probably be a candidate for councilman in place of P. E. Lund, the latter not being a candidate for reelection. James E. Easton is mentioned in connection with the treasurer-ship. It is not probable that either of the above gentlemen will have any opposition. Fire at Des Moines. Des Moines, Feb. 15. Special: The stationery establishment of the La-throp. Roads, McCain company burned tonight. The five story double front block at 607 and 609 Locust street, worth about $45,000, was barely saved from a total loss, and the contents were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is unknown. The building was insured for $18,000 in the Home of New York, Liverpool, London and Globe, and Phoenix of Brooklyn. The stock, which two months ago amounted to fully $50,-000, was only about $10,000, and is totally destroyed by water. PLAGUE IS INCREASING. England Helpless to Cope with the Horror in India. London, Feb. 15. The most populous quarter of the British empire is devastated by "plague and famine and overwhelmed by disasters worse than war. Large as the Mansion house charity fund is, and extensive as the relief works already are, with a capacity of employing between 2,000,000 and 3,000,-000 of natives, the magnitude of the calamities which have befallen Indian is so appalling that the government seems reduced to helplessness. The financial results of the Indian disasters are greater than any which could be produced by a European war. Millions of natives now realize that the value of their silver hoards, their only savings, has shrunk enormously, and that the British government, with its mbnometallist policy, has done nothing to prevent this immense loss. Fear of the plague has also placed an embargo on Indian exports, the prices of which are already falling in southern Europe. The shrinkage in India's purchasing power must be a disturbing force which will be felt in the commercial world, especially in England, for a long time. Conflicts with nature in the form of plague and famine are more formidable in an economic sense than a European war, which would increase the demand for foreign, food products and bring new issues of bonds into markets well supplied with money. PLACE FOR THE SOFTII. James Gary, of Maryland, Slated for a Cabinet Portfolio. St. Loui3, Feb. 15. A Washington special says: It is now generally believed here, not only among the southern republicans, but by others who are in close touch with the incoming administration, that James A. Gary, of Maryland, will be postmaster general under McKinley. The opposition which manifested itself at first in Gary's own state has all been removed, and within a day or two at the utmost he will be further indorsed by a number of influential men throughout the south as the most representative man for the southern member of the cabinet. A man who has just returned from Canton and who has several times been called into conference by the presidentelect and Mr. Hanna said this evening that Mr. Gary would, without doubt, be the southern representative , in the cabinet. "There is but one possible thing that will keep him out, and that would be the acceptance of a cabinet position by Mr. Hanna, and Mr. Hanna has positively informed the president-elect that he cannot go into the cabinet," said this informant. "There may be a switching about so that Mr. Gary will not be postmaster general, but you can set it down as a certainty that he will be in the cabinet." TRUMP CARD TO PLAY, Napoleon Rhodes' Justification for the Transvaal Raid. New York, Feb. 15. A London cable says : Cecil Rhodes is credited with having a trump card to play in the game of disclosures before the select committee on the Transvaal raid. He is said to be in possession of letters that passed long prior to the Jameson expedition between President Krueger and Emperor William, and between Dr. Leyds and the German foreign minister. These documents were abstracted from Dr. Leyds while at Pretoria, before his visit to. Berlin, and were got hold of by Mr. Rhodes, and are to be produced as justification of the raid, which was made to counteract, successful or unsuccessful, as an armed operation, the German plots. Mr. Chamberlain is understood to be absolutely opposed to Emperor William's name being brought up as associated with Boer intrigues. Mr. Rhodes desires that his examination shall be concluded as speedily as possible, as he thinks his early return to South Africa is necessitated by the position of affairs there. For a Bridse Over the Sioux. Canton, Feb. 15. Special: The contract for the construction of a new one span steel wagon, bridge across the Big Sioux river at Beloit, Io., has been awarded to the Clinton Iron company. The bridge will cost $5,575. Lyon county, Iowa, and Lincoln county, South Dakota, pay each one-half the amount of cost of the bridge. Local Option. Vermillion Republican: Local option is purely democratic. With it counties or cities which do not want saloons can dispense with them; if they do want them they can regulate them in any way requiring hish. license or low license or no license. There ought to be no objection to the "option" plan in the legislature. The New Journalism. Indianapolis Journal: "What's dis I heah about yo goin' into junnelism, EphrahaSm?" "Well, Mistah Black, we done issued a valler kid cullud supplement down at ouh house las' week, dat's all." Will Beja Success, Kansas City Journal: William L. Wilson is to become a college president. As college presidents have nothing to do with framing tariff measures, Mr. Wilson may be a shining success in his new Held, SEARLES AGAIN UNDER FIRE Sugar Trust Secretary-Treasurer Recalled ' by Legislative Probers. DENIES COMBINE CONTROLS PRICES Declares the Laws of Supply and Demand Do That, and No Trust, However Big, Can Do SoThe Whole Board of Director Will Be Subpoenaed. New York, Feb. 15. When the joint legislative committee resumed its investigation today John E. Searles. secretary and treasurer of the American Sugar Relining company, was present, accompanied by John E. Parsons, his lawyer. John H. Post, a coffee and tea broker, was the first witness examined. He stated that he represented Molien-hauer & Howell, refiners, and in answer to inquiries put by Chairman Lexow he stated that the companies he represented had an annual output of 15,000 tons of sugar. He finally admitted after some questioning that his house made less than the quarter of a cent of a pound profit last year. Senator Lexow was displeased with the evasiveness of the witness and sternly told him not to "beat about the bush," to which Mr. Post retorted hotly in denial. He asserted that he knew nothing about the affairs of the American Sugar Refining company. "Is it not a fact that you compete with tiie American Sugar Refining company in the matter of prices?" asked the chairman. "It happens in some grades every day-through the various brokers here and throughout the country," the witness replied. Going back to the question of profits, witness said the profits to the wholesaler on refined sugar was 3-16 of a cent per pound and added that if his company realized of a cent profit on refined sugar, it would be perfectly content with the transaction. Witness said he knew nothing about the extent of the annual output of the American Sugar Refining company. "Don't you fix the price of the raw material?" "No; how could we? The markets of the world would have to do that." He denied the statement that no man can live in sugar business unless he becomes a factor. The price of sugar, he stated, was fixed by the daily state of the market, and not by refining companies. This finished the examination of Mr. Post, and John E. Searles then took the stand. The witness admitted that the margin of profit between raw and refined sugar had increased during the last three years. Senator Lexow's inquiries brought out the information that during the past year the Green Point refinery, one in Louisiana, the Continental in Boston and the Decastro were closed, and that the purchase of the United Sugar Refining company's plant in Camden was in contemplation by the American Sugar Refining company. "Well, what in the world prompts you to contemplate the, purchase of the United Sugar Refining company at Camdenf" exclaimed Mr. Lexow. "when you don'': use 60 per cent, of your refineries now?" "We may be able to utilize that property for the interest of the company," was the calm reply. He did not thmk that the acquisition by the company of additional factories tended in the direction of crippling competition on the sugar market. "How much money does the American Sugar Refining company pay annually to maintain the un worked factories?" "I have no figures to answer that question. It enters into the expense account of the company." Mr. Searles admitted, however, that whatever plants have been acquired have been competing plants. Mr. Searles denied having any arrangement with individual wholesale grocers, but admitted having an agreement with the factors east of the Missouri in relation to the rates of freight within certain specified limits. He asserted positively that the Americar Sugar Refining company had nothing to do with the prices formulated by any other sugar refining company in the United States. "Now, is it not a fact that the 'factors' contract, coupled with the wholesale grocers' rules, has absolutely destroyed competition after the product leaves your hand?" "Only so far as the other refineries see fit to adopt our prices." He admitted that the retailers are obliged to sign the contract and are allowed the 3-16 per cent, rebate. Senator Lexow inquired if Mr. Searles had with him the minute book of the sugar trust? "I have not," replied the witness. "The directors." he continued, "declined to permit me to present them here. I have no power in the matter." Mr. Searles stated that the book was in the office of the company in New Jersey, nominally in his custody, but actually in possession of one of the clerks. Senator Lexow- asked that it be noted that the directors, according to the testimony of the witness, refused to make the minute book available, and added that the whole board of directors would be subpoenaed and asked to produce the book-Mr. Searles volunteered the information that the sugar product in Cuba had dwindled from 1,000,000 tons two years ago to 250,000 tons last year and also that the price of foreign sugar was controlled in the London market. "Is the increase of large corporations a disadvantage to. the workingmen?" was asked. "No. sir;" was the reply. "If we had less legislation w-e would be far better off. But so long as investigations like this are fomented it makes capital unsafe and uncertain and makes it on the defensive, as though it were the enemy Half a Cent for a baby! The cost of the few drops of Ayer's Cherry Pectoral that will cure croup, whooping cough and any other cough, if administered in time is perhaps half a cent. It may prolong baby's life, , Half a Century of the workingman. There is a law f,!: higher than the legislative. It n law of supply and demand, whu h trols a)' these things, which no t:u-however biar, is able to control." Mr. .Searles promised to produce u figures of profits for the five yeai j ceding and succeeding the forma:;-of the trust at 10 o'clock tomorr.v which hour an. adjournment was tak- .MINISTER VS. INFIDEL. Wordy War of Xew York Divine v , Boh liivroll. New York. Feb. 15. t ri.-.i ! gen:! who differ from t "..;. Robert G Iim have, it is reported, entered into an ..l ment not to speak in any builjini: has been or is to be rented to infidel. Al'h.ia!: lie will not .:. there seems to be a suspicion ' Rev. A. O. Dixon, the well kr.iwn : quen t Baptist revivalist of Hruok i; : the bottom of this ged plan. T:t circumstanees whieh seera to ei . to the rumor. For the iast six Dixon has been holding rvic-., , day afternoon in th-. Ai;obrr.y v, : tiiis city. lie hau a contra i v management of the a-v.i iemy We.kf. and. it is said, was a La u: t th- lease iast Thur.1a . when n- -to see an announcement to t he i.'oi. liiKersoll was to deliv.-r t, .-the academy on the evening j: February 11. Mr. Dixon, as the story r.. - w Manager Vandusen a::d iodo . .. The manager respond? i trait t: of .Music was a publf i -. lid i r . : was conducted on business prir. . only way to keep Col. Irup r-siifgestt d, would iie for Mr. lex chase the building or tak - out ,. a term of years. Thereupon ::. contract was abrogated, the p: fusing to lioid any further s- v academy. Col. 'nsersoil is in.-..-a bit anirry. Mr. L'ixon, vvhen-se. n. said: "it is not really tru. that 1 r- ' academy and discontinued th-there because the place had ... . to Mr. Ingersol 1. 1 would in willing to speak in the same bu:i : . -ed by him provided I was amount of time to thorough Iv ii- '"I have no enmity for Col. i Neither have I respect, lie is : i dirt, and yet I fee for him a cer passion; that is all. "Some time ai?o I spoke into a graph and said that he was 'pa: : lute the morals of the rising k-s . I said this because of his supp. - neetion with the publishers of ob- erature. who had engaged him. I stood, to aid them in the era legislation which would enable Ti dors of vicious books and tpictur their unclean business without v i. the nostal laws. '"This remark of mine was pri-r-Col. InEp-rsoll brought a $"."- h against me. I went to an expense f l.i Ml to thoroughly investigate ti:-character, and I think 1 know ai; him from his boyhood up to the : time. That is why i say that he is of dirt. I might say more, oniy the use? 'The rea: on I did not take the Ac of Music for a greater period of t:m cause 1 have taken the American th. Dris.es avenue. Williamsburg, for as. of Sunday afternoon meetings. "But. to return to Mr. Ingersoll." t sunied Mr. Dixon. "I have often .r : . ' pubiidy that he might be converted. : I really think that he is about to enib: m-Christianity. In commenting on a be -tarian church in Kalamazoo. Midi., i -eently. he is quoted as saying: 'I would he willing to join a chtirch like that.' .. i really believe that he is trying to cone-over to us by easy stages, because he thinks that it "will pay him to do so. "It would not surprise me a bit." added the evangelist, "to find Col. Ingersoll exchanging pulpits with the Rev. Dr. Lyman Abbott, of Plymouth church. Dr. Abbott c-?iain!y Is doing his best to aid the color i. He is out-Reecherlng Fteecher in the latter's weak days. Roeeher was the greatest sunshine and the greatest darkness Brooklyn ever had. ar.d Dr. Abbott see?ris to ie trvinsc to emulate th- darkness. But Ingersoll is neither Sight nor darkness; he is negative." Col. Ingersoll was a little more moderate in his exnr&ssions regarding the matter. He had been informed of Mr. Dixon's alleged refusal ttf rent the aeademv on account of his (Col. Ingersoll's) coming lecture, and when asked to reply he sat down in his draw-Jig room and wrote the following; "I do r.ot wonder that Mr. Dixon object to speaking in a theater in which I am to speak. He is probably afraid that good sense is catchinsr. An idea might force its way into his brain and then he might stop preaching nnd go to thinking. His refus .l to make his customary noise in the aca 1-emy because 1 am to "pepk there is laughable. The poor man has to live in the sam--citv that I do; in the :tnv world; breath-the same air, f-ei the sn.me cold and s. the same snow. And how he must suff. ' His Cod ought to give him a little wor! i just for himself. N'ow. he is in danger f meeting other m n in danger of bt -it -' corrupted bv reason, by logic and demor -straHon. I am willing to speak in a bu!M -ing that he h is preached in. I am n-afraid. I have no pious malice; no saint:. hatred; no Christian spite. Rut, then. T have never been converted; never lost nr.-love for fairness or my natural gencrosi' "Poor Dixon' I pity him. He has plen -of piety, but he lacks good sense; goo m: nr.ers." Reolvir.g to Mr. Dixon's other remark-. M r. ingersoll said : "The trood gentleman need not fear th . 1 am about to Join his eM'roh. When says that T am edging toward the ch;i-because of certain statements attribu--to me regarding a church in Miohigar g'ves himself unnecessary alarm. T church to which he crobablv refers i-Kalamazoo. and it has no creed other th.-"love your fellow man." I did say that woul l" willingly Join such a church, ar '. : Tenant the statement. As to his pers.- -alities. I have nothing whatever to say " Till: t 'II.VHMWTOX FLEET. Yesterday pent in Tareret Practice I y "War Vessels. Charleston, S. C, Feb. 15. The fh spent today in target practice. For :i hours the 12, S and 4-inch guns were -; -erated and the practice was the best th . has been had since the vessels rea . here. The cruiser Vesuvius steamed . ' of port this afternoon outside the line , formation. This is expected to be run the bioekaders at night. The fog a' i rain which is now prevailing is interfer;: . with the searchlights and the feats of -Thursday and Friday may be repeat ' The Marblehead has sailed for Jack.-- -ville to relieve the Dolphin, and the la:: -is now expected to return here as a blockade runner. Rlack Hills Minins- Deadwood Times: The new discovers, which have been made in this district dv ing the past few months have been a ma ter of surprise to nearly all old timers x: prospectors, who, year after year for ;h-past twenty years, have traveled over ! -caiities that are now lively camps makimr regular shipments of ore to local and outside workl. In talking of this matter with an old time prospector, who has been in every mining camp of the Rocky mountain region, he said: "To be candid I am of the opinion that it would take a very brave man or a bigoted pessimist to d. -clare any part of the Black Hill? mmiag district no good. In view of these recent discoveries tn the limestone formation 1 would not be surprised to hear of value being found In gypsum. Instead of saying, 'Who'd have thought it? these pessimists are now more likely to declare, I told s ou so.' " It must be remembered that while these new discoveries are being made the old and established mines still continue their steady output, though they may be forgotten for the time being. The mines in and around Terry. Portland and Neva da gulch are shipping more ore today tha j at any time since their discovery a: .a while making this increased output the.v are being developed in such a manner that a steady increase of the ere pro.i:: mav be reasonably expected. The exter.. of this siliceous ore belt is as yet undetermined, the boundaries being steadny extended in a northerly and wa;otny a.-rection.
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