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THE REPUBLICAN. » _ _ BTARB- <to MA.TAOCK, PnbH»h«r«. ALGONA. IOWA. The News Condensed. Important Intelligence From All Parts. DOMESTIC. Tun Chilian transport Itata and the United States cruiser Charleston arrived at San Diego, Cal., from Iquique. CitAKijES STAFFORD, a farmer living near Napiersville, 111., lost sixteen head of cattle by one stroke of lightning. MAGGIE ZAUIYF., of Shelbyville. Ind., killed herself because of hopeless love for Henry Cowein. FLAMKS in W. T. Harvey's lumbei .yard at Columbus, Ga., caused a loss of $100,000. Two YOUNG men named Kane, of Koseville, III., and Thomas, of Galesburg, 111., were drowned while boat riding at Lake George, near Galesburg. Eivi jMuu.iNAX, a noted horse thief, shot and killed John Johnson and his son at Lakeside, Minn. Johnson was a prominent farmer. MKH. JANE DAVIS died of starvation at Kansas City, Mo. She had SI,500 in a local bank, but refused to draw any -of the money to supply her present needs. HENHY C. ADAMS, treasurer of the fund for the relief of disabled Univer- salist ministers, was arrested at New York charged with a deficit of $17,700 in his accounts. J. D. SHAW, editor of the Ittshopville (S. C.) Eagle, was killed at a picnic while trying to quell a row among some drunken rowdies. CAPTAIN LUTHER MABTIN, of Bruns•wick, Ga., drowned himself at the same point where his wife committed suicide ten years ago in a like manner. E. O. FYFFE was sentenced at Fair Play, Col., to thirty years' imprisonment for the killing of A. C. Scribner on April '44. A CYCLONE at Baton Rotige, La., demolished one of the penitentiary builcl- ine-s, killing ten convicts and injuring thirty-five, five fatally, in the city fifty houses were unroofed and a number of persons hurt. Cnoi's were suffering seriously from drought near Jeft'ersonville, Ind., and several fields of wheat had been destroyed by fire. IT was reported that all the barbed •wire interests of the country had been merged into to be known as the Columbia Patent Company. AT Altus, Ark., twelve persons were poisoned at a picnic, four fatally. THK press mill of the Moosio Powder Company at Jermyn, Pa., exploded, killing two men. THK visible supply of grain in the United States on the (Sth was: Wheat, 12,588,001 bushels; corn, 4,0^0,221 bushels; oats, 4,508,:-!10. Two WHITE men and two Indians were killed in an encounter in Mojave desert, California. An attempt was being-made to arrest the Indians for ' burning haystacks. THK grading for the site of the world's fair buildings in Chicago has been finished, and work has begun on the buildings. THE bank of Moses Brothers at Montgomery, Ala., suspended payment, with liabilities of 3500,000. MKS. HANS YEPSON and her 14-year- old boy Louis were drowned in the Little Beaver creek 6 miles south of Fort Morgan, Col. A NEW channel was formed in the Missouri river at Doniphan point, Kan., and several valuable farms were submerged. FOUR New York murderers—• Slocum, Smiler, Wood and Jugiro—were executed by electricity in Sing Sing. Although there was reflex muscular action after the first contact, the physicians present had no doubt that death •was instantaneous. EIGHTEEN Mormon missionaries left New York for Europe, their object being to make converts for the Mormon church in Utah. They will remain abroad two years. A CYCLONE in Lincoln county, Miss,, demolished houses, fences and trees and killed several persons. FLAMES in the carpet mill of P. R. Priestly at Philadelphia caused a loss of $100,000. A CENSUS bulletin on education shows an enrollment in the public schools in the country for 1880 of 0,951,608, and for 1890 12,532,721, a gain of 36.54 per cent. MANY houses were destroyed, a negro woman and her child were killed and several other persons wounded in a cyclone near G luster, Miss. THK Empire print works in New York were destroyed by fire, causing a loss of §200,000. AT Clarksville, Tenn., the Banner tobacco warehouse, owned by Merriwether & Co., with 1,500 hogsheads of tobacco, and Draper Bros.' stable and twenty-two imues were destroyed by fire. Total loss, $185,000. THE cyclone which did great damage at Baton llouge, La., took an air line north through the state, and three ne- groes and several animals were killed. Hundreds of houses and barns were demolished and acres of cotton and corn destroyed. KOHKHT BUOWN (colored) was taken from jail at B'ackshear, Ga., by mounted men, tied to a tree and riddled with bullets for assaulting Mrs. t)'Berry. Two WINERS were suffocated by a fire in the shaft of the Homestake mine ivt White Oaks, N. M. THE schooner Silver Cloud capsized in Luke Michigan off Port Washington, Wis., and Capt. Johnson, his wife and child were vlrowned. IT has been decided to hold the Chilian steamei/Ituta on three charges, »iz: Violating/ neutrality laws, con- teuipt iii ieo-vinjf while under arrest, Aiid violatio/i of navigation laws. MYRIADS \)f grasshoppers were devastating th(j country about Cheyenne, Wyo. A strib about 10 miles wide and 40 long was completely hidden from by the AT Eaatport, Ind., Carl M. Ron* was killed by lightning. His wife and child beside him in bed were unharmed. BANK EXAMINER DBEW, of Philadelphia, on account of his connection with the Keystone bank affair was informed that his services were no longer required by the government. , AT San Jose, Cal., Manuel Sotokilled a neighbor and was soon after shot dead by the police. THE Bank of Commerce of Sheffield, Ala., closed its doors. A CENSUS bulletin shows that the membership of the Catholic church in the United States numbers 0,250,000 communicants over 15 years of age. J. II. Pmr.Lii'HTON and his son were killed by a passenger train while crossing the tracks of the Big Four road at Newport, 111. OVER 1,000 delegates from the young 1 people's societies of the Baptist churches in all the states of the union met in Chicago and organized the Baptist Young People's union. A HEAVY rain and windstorm near Boone, la., lodged much of the grain which was ready to harvest and many fields of oats were completely ruined. AN express package containing $5,000 mysteriously disappeared while en route from New Orleans to St. Louis. THE yield of grain in the northwest pi-omises to be without precedent. THE store of A. E. Burkhardt & Co., in Cincinnati, largest fur dealers in the country, was burned, causing a loss of $750,000, and the clothing firm of Geiershofer & Co. lost 8250,000 by the same fire. DURING the past three months, under the amended immigration law, sixty- seven paupers who reached New York from foreign shores were returned to the coxtntry from whence they came. A CENSUS bulletin just issued gives the extent of navigable water of the Ohio river and its tributaries at 02S miles, excluding 500 miles from Cincinnati to the mouth of the Ohio river. ADOLPH PLEASANTS, the mail rider, and William Lacose (colored) were drowned while attempting to cross the river in a flatboat at Natchitoches, La. ROBERT FRANKOVICH, Frank Milto- vich, Pete Strangle and J. Speech were drowned in a gale at Galveston, Tex. THE wheat crop in western Washington was being greatly damaged by gophers and squirrels. HENRY KEK, a saloon keeper at Sandusky, O., and Josepn Braunlich, of Cleveland, were drowned in Lake Erie by the upsetting of a boat. FREIGHT trains collided at Newburg, O., and five men were hurt, two fatally. The accident was the result of an operator's blunder. AN explosion of gas at the Green Ridge colliery near Mount Carmel, Pa., fatally burned John Dorsey and John Pickmonti. IN a fit of jealousy Edward McThery. of'Indianapolis, iatally shot his wife and then shot himself dead. THE directors of the Chicago, Bur lington & Quincy railway announce that the great fight of that corporation against the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers cost $15,000,000. R. H. DUNCAN, convicted of the murder of the entire Williamson family— three women and a man—at Eagle Pass, Tex., eighteen months ago, hai been sentenced to be hanged Friday September 4. LIGHT frosts were reported in portions of Iowa and Illinois on the morning of the Sth. A LETTER was found among papers belonging to the late C. W. Perry, of Lamar, Mo., written by himself a short time before his death, acknowledging that he killed J. P. Cash, near Paris, 111., twenty-four years ago. He had been tried and acquitted of the crime. THE statistics of immigration for the year ended June 30, 1891, show that the total number of emigrants landed in New York during that period was 405,ti04. Germany sent the largest number, 74,883. Italy was next with 70,770. Ireland came third, with 35,424, and Russia fourth, with 33,514, most of whom were Hebrews. Of those who arrived 510 were returned. THE West Michican Press association in session at Kalamazoo elected E. A. Blackman, of Hillsdale, as president. IN the woods near Olmsted, 111., Pat Moss and Eddy Davis, both colored, and a white boy, aged 15 yeai-s, named Harry Odel, were beaten to death with a club by an insane negro uauiec Daniel Welsh. JAMES C. KING, of New York, who had served eighteen years of a life sentence for murder, was pardoned from Auburn prison by Gov. Hill. A FIRE which started in Mitchell Bros.' lumberyard at Jennings, Mich., destroyed 1(5,000,000 feet of lumber, a pi aning mill, engine house and foitr dwellings. Total loss, $250,000. JIM BAILEY, a negro who assaulted Mrs. Fol&om at Beebe, Ark., was taken from jail and lynched by a mob. NEAR Edmonton, Ky., Special United States Bailiff Cutliff was shot from ambush and fatally wounded by violators of the revenue law. MRS. RAYMOND and her 4-year-old son were struck by a passenger train on the Ohio & Mississippi road near Olney, 111., and instantly killed. JOHN COLLIER, living near Monrovia, Ind., found a piece of gold ore on his farm weighing about ten pounds. THE house of S. P. Anderson, 15 miles west of Clifton, Tex,, was struck by lightning, and his wife and three daughters were killed. ELIZA RYAN, of Lamar, Ark., aged 80 years, was restored to sight after being blind thirty years by having a tooth extracted. THE tenth international convention of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor opened at Minneapolis on the Uth with la,000 delegates in attendance. The secretary's report showed that there were in the country 16,274 societies with a total membership of 1,008,930. Among the denominations the Presbyterians have 4,019 societies, Congregationalists 3,745, Baptists 2,381, Methodists 2,008, Christiana 801. During the year 82,500 members of the societies became church mem, bers. PHILIP STEPHENS, 81 years old and hard of hearing, was run over by train on the Pennsylvania road at Fort Wayne, lad., and instantly killed. JAMES FENNELI, was killed near Wichita, Kan., by a horse suffering from hydrophobia. The animal seized him with its teeth and shook hitn and trampled him to death. A FREIGHT train was •wrecked near Columbus, Ind., and thirteen box oars were smashed to pieces and Several persons wfere injured. THE Chesapeake <fc Ohio railroad has closed five-year contracts for three steamer lines between Newport News, Va., and Liverpool. THE board of visitors to the Annapolis naval academy in its report to the secretary of the navy comments severely on "the odious, brutalizing and un- American habit of hazing." PERSONAL AND POLITICAL. EX-CONGRESSMAN JOHN B. PACKER died of heart disease at his home in Sunbury, Pa. <• THE first certificate of admission which Yale xiniversity has ever granted to a woman has been received by Miss Irene W. Coit, of Norwich, Conn. THE Georgia legislature met in summer session at Atlanta. THE funeral services of the late Hannibal Hamlin occurred at Bangor, Me., on the Sth. The body lay in state from 11 a. ra. till 2 p. m. and was viewed by thousands of people. THE republicans of Nebraska will meet in state convention at Lincoln on Thursday, September 24. THE Pennsylvania democratic state convention will be held in Harrisburg on Thursday, September 8. KILLED BV LIGHTNING. rout Mimlerers Bxectttod toy Electftoity Jn Sin* Stftg Prlsoti-Alt A«ree That Their Oeatlt Was i»alnl«M-Detail* of the Ghastly Performance—Cflm<i* of the Doomed Men. SING Sm&, N. Y., Jnly8.-fh« tear murderers, Slocum, Smiler, Wood and Jugigo, have met their doom. The fatal, electric shock was administered in the gray of the early morning. Slocum was killed at 4:4:)^, Smiler was put to death at 5:14, Wood met his doom at 5:3P, Jugigo was killed at 0:00. The condemned men were awake most of the night. When the warden visited them at midnight all of them were wide awake, and evidently expecting the end to come soon. They knew that Kemmler had been killed on the second morning, and they did not believe that their tima would be delayed much longer. Soon after 4 o'clock a. m. _the witnesses and jurors were ushered into the death chamber. They gathered at the prison in response to the warden's invitation, half an hour or more before the time fixed for the electrocution to take place. The experts examined everything and were satisfied that there would be no hitch. At 4 o'clock Slocum walked into the death-room accompanied by Father Creeden. He seemed to be making a FOREIGN. DURING target practice on the British warship Cordelia, in Australian waters, gun exploded, killing two lieutenants nd four seamen and wounding thirteen )ther persons. PRINCESS LOUISE, of Schleswig-Hol- tein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, ,nd Prince A'bert, of Anhalt, were married in Windsor castle at London. The queen and Emperor William, of ermany, were witnesses of the cere- nony. OFF Dover, Eng., the steamer Kinoch collided with and sunk the steamer Dunholme, and seventeen of the persons on board the latter were drowned. WITHIN two clays 900 Jews left Lithuania rather than abandon their faith. The police had ordered them to join the Greek church. MUCH anxiety has been caused in British India by the discovery that Russian merchants have succeeded in getting a foothold in Afghanistan. ST. VICTOR'S convent near St. Hilare, Que., was destroyed by fire and 800 deaf mutes therein had a narrow escape from an awful death. THE village of Eukterinoslav, Russia, was entirely destroyed by a cloudburst, which swept away 150 houses and drowned hundreds of people. A FARMER and seven children were killed by lightning at Muhldorf, Bavaria. IT was officially stated that the porte would not permit Jews to immigrate into Jerusalem. THE Parnell candidate for parliament in Carlow, Ireland, was defeated by a vote of 3,755 to 1,589. OWING >.to the partial failure of the monsoon 10,000,000 people were threatened with famine In Madras, India. THE steamship Utopia, which sank n Gibraltar bay in March last with 000 Italian emigrants, has been raised. THE death was reported of King Taja, of Opobo, who was deposed by the British government some years ago for lis opposition to the introduction of Ihristianity into his kingdom. A STATUE of Robert Burns was un- vailed at Ayr, Scotland, under the aua- pices of the free masons. LATER NEWS. THE dead bodies of J. II. Puterbaugh, a prosperous farmer living near Ellis, Neb., and his wife and four children were found dead in their home with btillet holes in their heads. It was supposed the horrible deed was committed by the father, who was temporarily insane. MRS. GRISLEY, of Lancaster, Wis., confessed upon her dying bed that she had murdered her son's wife in 1882, whose dead body was found in a field perforated with bullets the second clay after the murder. IN the United States the business failures during the seven days ended on the 10th numbered 247, against 237 the preceding week am 197 lor the corresponding week last year. REV. \V. MATHENV, of Normal, Ind., was fatally injured by being struck by a Chicago & Alton train. BELLE HENDERSON, Ella Henderson, Millie Chenowyth and Rev. John Spachmann were drowned in Lake Erie near Oak Point, O., by the upsetting of a boat. A HAMLET near Grenoble, France, was destroyed by lire and fifty families were rendered homeless. JAMES B. RYAN, ex-state treasurer of Indiana, and a prominent politician of he state, died at Indianapolis after a rief illness. J. R. DILWOKTH, president of the Dil- vorth Cattle Company of Billings, iont., was shot and killed in a quarrel over a land claim by a young Frenchman. AN immense downpour of rain for ihre.e hours at Sioux City, la., flooded the city, causing an aggregate loss of $100,000. FIFTY families charged with being ntruders were arrested by the Chickasaw militia and sent across the lied river into Texas. THE Falls City bank of Louisville, Ky., has failed with liabilities of $350,000. 'FRENCHY No. 1," the "Jack the Ripper" of New York, charged with the murder of a,dissolute woman, was senteuced to life imprisonment. THE entire wooded portion of Chippewa county, Mich., and the Canadian territory north of it were on lire ou the 10th. Settlers were being burned out and everybody was fighting the ilames. THE immense company stores cf the Cambria Iron Company at Johnstown, Pa., at which thousands of their workmen traded, has been sold to a party of capitalists for nearly $1,000,000. Tbe law against company stores in tb»t state goes into effect August 1. THE CIIATI OF DEATH. tremendous effort to keep his compos ure. He had received Father Creeden' last offices, and had declared himself ready to die. He was then firmly strapped into the chair and the death current applied. A witness gives the following account of Slocum's death: Slocum made no resistance as ho was led into the execution room, but walked quietly to the chair and sat down. As ho seated himself aud loaned back the warden's assistants stepped forward and drew across his chest and under his arms the heavy straps, which were securely fastened to the buck of the chair. Then about his wrists and over his arms they drew other straps, which they buckled closely. His legs were quickly strapped to the legs of the chair. Dr. McDonald superintended tho adjustment. The last to be put in place wore one across the face, almost over tho mouth, but not so as to prevent speech, and another over the eyos and the upper part of the nose. Then the "figure four" over Slocum's head was brought down and the electrode fastened to the headstrap. The second electrode was fastened to the right leg near the calf, a slit in the trousers having been left for that pur pose. The wires were then attached to tho electrodes. As the doctors finished their inspection of the straps, they nodded to Dr. McDonald, who stood behind the chair with a watch in one hand and a handkerchief in the other. The handkerchief fell, and at the signal Electrician Davis turned the switch bar which threw the whole- strength of the electric current into the circuit passing through the execution chamber. The turning on of this current was the signal for tho unknown executioner within the closet. He instantly shifted the switch. Immediately tho body in the chair stiffened against the straps perfectly rigid. Every muscle was tii-m set, as though some awful effort to escape from the bonds that held it tight mode them like springs of tempered steel. The straps strained with the peculiar sound of stretching leather. Their edges pressed deep into the yielding flesh of the face and gripped the clothing tightly. The expression of the face was lost under the broad bands drawn across the eyes at the nose and chin, but the skin exposed to view turned a purple red. Tho spectators drew about the chair, standing on the rubber mats for safety, and the physicians compared notes on the physical phenomena presented. Dr. McDonald fixed his eyes on tho stop watch in his hand. When it marked twenty seconds he nodded to Electrician Davis, who stood with his hands still on the switch waiting lor the signal. Davis turned a switch and the current ceased to flow. The effect on the body of Slocum was almost instantaneous. From a position of great muscular activity it suddenly subsided in hollow chested collapse. Instead of straining against the straps it hung in them limp andun- uteady. A moment of uncertainty followed. Would the dead man appear to revive as Kemmler had done? Would his chest heave and hia lips give forth the sound of breathing? The exports at Auburn had said that tho current turned on Kemmler was too weak—that it had been turned oil too soon. Through this body a steady current of 1,600 volts had been running—twice the strength of the average current that passed through Kemmlor's body. It had been on for twenty seconds, or five seconds longer than the current in the Kemmler case. Would the man move or would he give the sickening suggestions of returning life that had horrillod the spectators at Auburn? The seconds passed slowly—how many ot them is not known, but in less than a minute's space there came between the lips of the pallid face hanging in the death harness a rush of air which whistled between the half-clinched teeth and ended in a half sigh, half g'roan, Only once did the lungs seem to contract. Quickly as Dr. McDonald could raise his hand to give the signal the electrician drew the switch and the electric current rushed through the death circuit and the body in the chair stiffened again against the straps. The time of the contact was not made public. Dr. McDonald has the record of it. The stop watch did not regulate the length of the contact this time. The same unhappy event that brought the Kemmler execution to a close made a sudden end of Slooum's experience in the electric chair. The skin and flesh of the leg and almost Immediately afterward tho skin of the forehead began to smoke. Dr. McDonald again signaled the electrician to turn the switch, the current was withdrawn aud Instantly the body collapsed again. This time there was no response from the muscles. The figure hung silent and motionless in the straps. There was no doubt that Slocum was dead. The electrician signaled tho engineer, the dynamo stopped and the whirring sound that sounded so closely to the waiting ears of tue watchers without through the silent morniug air had died away. The warden's assistants stepped forward and loosened the electrodes. One by one the straps which oonnned the body to the chair were unbuckled. Unlike those of Kemnuer, Sloouni's remains were so limp they would have slipped from the chair us the last strap was unfastened had 1101 the attendants held them in ylaoa. From tb.e chair SloeunVs body was carried W the adjoining apartment, where It was MA out on oae ol the long tables Plft<w4 $#>$ fe» $&» The second of tho condemned men chosen waft'Smiler, the Salvation Army bigamist, who • murdered oae of his wives. Again the white handkerchief fell, the electrician threw the switch, and in a moment later the straps loosened under the strain of the taut muscles as the electric current shot tlifo'xgh tin body. The contact in tliis case as in the others (with perhaps some almost inappreciable variation) was twenty seconds. The current measured some 1,500 volts. At the end of twenty seconds the current was turned off, but only for a minute. The chest of the man in the chair began to heave and the current was turned on once more, xtntil, as in the case of Slocum, it burned the flesh. Then it was shut off again. Wood was the third to be exectited. He came willingly, accompanied by wo priests, and went through the rdeal bravely with substantially the ame results. The first contact in Vood's case, as in the others, did not eem to be final and it needed a second, and was continued until the ilesh was inged while satisfying the physicians hat the man was dead. The fourth man to meet death was u he Japanese Jugigo. He took hia jlacc in the chair quietly, stiffered the ittendants to bind him without protest, and stolidly awaited the shock. It iame to him as to the other three and with like results. The first contact did not destroy all appearance of life, and the second burned the flesh. There was no doubt of the death of the Jap when he was taken from the chair. Dr. Rockwell said that the dynamo worked perfectly, and that the force oi the current was between 1,800 and 2,000 volts. The first victim of the deadly chair, Slocum, was dispatched at 4:42, and at 0:00 Jugigo, the Japanese sailor, paid the penalty of his misdeed. One hour and twenty-four minutes only were required to dispatch the four murderers. The witnesses were besieged by reporters as soon as they made their appearance from the prison. The majority of them refused to say anything, however, except that the executions had passed off without any hitch, and had been a success from a scientific standpoint. Warden Brown had laid a strict injunction of secrecy -xtpon them all, and had evidently made such an impression on their minds that they were loth to talk. All looked thoroughly used up and exhausted. They had been through a terrible ordeal, and the effects were plainly visible upon their faces. The prisoners had received some intimation beforehand that the executions were to take place, and they were prepared for them. They went to the execution chair bravely and met their fate without a struggle. They offered no resistance, but rather assisted the keepers when they were bound down in the chair." The electrodes were not applied as in the Kemmler case to the top of the skull and the base of the spine, but were bound to the foreheads of the condemned men and the calves of their legs. The current was turned on in each case for twenty ses- oiids. The voltage was about 1,500 and 1,000. In each case there were apparent evidences of revival, as in the Kemmler case, and in each of these four cases the current was turned on a second time. In b.pite of the fact that the sponges were kept constantly wet, all of the executed men were burned by the current, and especially about the calves of the legs. The medical men present agree that death came on the first contact and that the seeming revival was merely a reflex muscular action. None of the witnesses were overcome by fright and eleven of them who have spoken have made the statement that the electrodes were successful and that death in all cases was instantaneous and painless. The autopsy on the bodies of the executed men was begun at 10:30 and the first body operated upon was that of Slocum. Dr. McDonald was -in charge of the autopsy and was assisted by Dr. Ward, Dr. Townsend and Dr. Southwick. The autopsy of Slocum was confined mostly to the brain and. heart to find out how the strong current had affected them. The brain of Slocum was congested and at every place where the contact was made the tissues were burned and destroyed. CHIMES OP THE MEN. James J. Slocum lived at 7 Cherry street nnd had been a baseball player and a common laborer. He had long been a wife-beater, but commonly pounded his wife with his flats and kicked her. On the night of December 31, 1889, he went home and took an ax which bad been used by his wifu to ureak up boards fuel, and beat the woman's brains out with it. Ho was convicted in March, 1890, before Judge Martin, and was originally sentenced to die during tho week beginning May b of that year. Harris A. Smiler was at one time a Salvation army captain. He was a printer by trade, and had developed a rare faculty for getting married. At the time the murder Was committed there were three women living to whom he had been married, and none of them had been divorced. The last one to go through the ceremony with him, Maggie Drainey, was his victim. He had been living with her at S»l Seventh avenue, but on account of his brutality she had determined to leave him. He went home drunk on the night of April 3, 1889, und when she refused to pro m- ise to remain with him he shot her to death. He was originally condemned to die in the week beginning August 14, 1890, but the appeals taken have saved his life thus far. Joseph Wood was one of the negroes employed in building the new aqueduct. One pay-day in May, 1889. he got in one of the fights common among the gangs of laborers employed there. His opponent was an Italian, Carlo Bufn, also au aqueduct laborer. Ruffl was killed. Wood has always asserted that he took Buffi's life in self-defense. His case was taken to the supreme court of the United States on the novel plea that Wood was not tried by his peers, because no negroes were on the jury. The appeal served only to prolong the prisoner's life. The last of the four was a common specimen, neither better nor worse, of the crews of the ships that sail out of the port of New York. His name is Shlbuyo Jugigo, and he is a native of Japan. He was living in one of the James street sailors' homes while awaiting the pleasure of the boarding house boss la the matter of putting him on board of a ehip on which he bad already signed articles to return to Japan. He got into a dispute with a countryman, Mura Canni, about a berth in the forecastle la the ship. Jugigo got & carving knife and stabbed Canni to death In the course ot the nght that followed. His cose was taken to toe United States supreme court by Roger M. Sberawj, the plea being that Jugigo baa no legal defense because baen admifttad to OTMttd Mb tti Zr^j! WWPf^PWW^ ™^ ff " JiJ * •f"*' W» ^V9 SATAN'S FOES. AHoat of Thorn AiMeinblea at Mlnnnap* oUs—Mcotlnpr of th« chriattttn EnrteavB* C/tttivehf.lori—The Society's Sccfctnfy tts* port* a Stfim1>of»1ilj> of Over l.OBO.OflO. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., July 10. — Promptly at 4 o'clock Thursday after* tioon in the big exposition hall in this, city a chorus of 1,000 voices began the song whose chorus is "Send Showers of Blessing'," which served as tin introductory choral invocation for the tenth annual international convention of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor. This convention is the largest ever held by the Christian Endeavor societies, and is. probably the largest religious convention ever held on the earth. The advancing hosts have been making their- appearance all the week and still others- are coming. The formal beginning of the convention came when .President Clark called the body to order and 10,000 voices joined in singing "All Hail tho Power of Jesus' Name." Rev. W. 11. Glcason, of Minneapolis, was chosen as scribe, and the convention was ready for business. Rev. Dr. Vassar, of Kansas City, then formally opened the convention* with prayer. Frank B. Daniels, chairman of the committee of 1891, welcomed the convention in tho name of his hard and. thoroughly working committee. Rev.. Dr. H. H. French, of the Centenary M.. E. church, Minneapolis, brought a welcome from the pastors of this city, and. Rev. Dr. Robert Christie, of the llouse-- of Hope Presbyterian church, St. Paul,, spoke welcome for the pastors of his- city. Secretary J. H. Elliott, of the^ local Y. M. G. A., expressed a welcome for a kindred organization. An eloquent response was made to- these welcomes by Rev. Dr. George VL. Wells, of Montreal, whose response ended with a strong invitation for the- next convention to meet in Montreal, and as he announced the invitation it. was seconded by the shouts and waving handkerchiefs of the Canadians- from their seats in the gallery. This. closed the afternoon session. The evening session was begun by a- half hour praise service by the Twin City Christian Endeavor chorus. Rev. Dr. O. H. Tiffany presided during the-evening, and began the formal session, by having the twenty-third Psalm repeated by the audience of 12,000, after which Rev. L. G. Speare led in prayer. After singing "Nearer, My God. to> Thee," the annual report of General- Secretary J. W. Uaer, of Boston, was. read. A synopsis is as follows: One year ago the membership records showed- 11,013 societies, an increase over the previous . year of 3,341 societies. There are now 10,^74 societies regularly reported. Three hundred anoV. seven societies are reported from across the water; there are others from whom we have- not heard. England has 12 societies; Australia,. 82: India, 30; Turkey, IS, and China, 7. The' live leading Canadian provinces report as follows: Ontario, 4">8 societies; Nova Scotia, 156p Quebec, 03; New Brunswick. 38; and British. Columbia, U5. In all Canada there are 8i»' societies. The five leading states are; New York, 2,354 societies; Pennsylvania, U«3;. Ohio, 1,061; Illinois, 1.0J3, and a number of others close behind. The banner for tho state, territory or province showing the largest percentage of gain is awarded to the territory of Oklahoma. British Columbia is second, Nova. Scotia third, Virginia a close fourth and Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi, with the same- ratio, take filth. Another banner was decided on last year for the greatest aggregate gain, and Pennsylvania,, having gained 0-15 local societies, will hold that banner for one year. New York is second with; 5!i9. Iowa has increased her list 383, Ohio S80, and Kansas S78. Kansas reports more gala than the entire membership the- ilrst five years. Town, city and district unions have been formed with> much benefit. Philadelphia has a union with. 183 societies, Chicago ICO, New York city 80, St. Louis 67 and Brooklyn 05. There are four- floating societies on men of war. Great growth is reported in the junior organizations, of which 855 societies are reported- Illinois leads with 123. Among denominations the Presbyterians- have 4,019 Christian Endeavor societies; Cou- gregationalists, 3.540; Baptists, 8,381; Metlto- dists, 3,008; and Christians (Disciples), 801. Aa- to Individaal members the growth is mar-- velous. At Philadelphia in 1888 310,000 members reported; at Chicago, 1881), 485,000: at St.. Louis last year, 660,000; and now the 18,874 local societies have 1,008,980 members. Ira D. Sankey, the famous evangelist, singer, sung "Throw Out the Life Line.'*' The introduction of President F. E. Clark, whom Dr. Tiffany introduced'. as "Father Endeavor" Clark, was the- signal for a quick waving of handkerchiefs that showed how dear he is to- all members of the societies. He spoke- on the topic, "Fidelity and Fellowship." Rev. Dr. O. II.' Tiffany spoke- briefly, and after Ira D. Sankey had , sung "Ninety and Nine" the night session closed. [The Young People's Society of Christian En- \ de ivor is one of tho moat remarkable move , ments of the age, its membership embracing, as it does, one-sixtieth of the population of the-' United States. It is known in every civilized country on the globe and comprisos r in all, 115,000 societies. The first society of Christian endeavor wivs formed February 8, 1881, " at Portland, Me., in Williston church, by its pastor, Rev. F. E. Clark. It. was established "for the training of young converts in the duties of church membership; t»> promote an earnest Christian life among ita- members, to increase their mutual acquaintance uud to make them more useful in the- service of God." There has been no swerving from this purpose; all societies are now doing: just what the original one was organized to do. The first society proving a success, others- were formed, so that when the first anniversary of the Wilson church society was celebrated^ in June, 1S88, there was a total membership in the different churches ot" Portland of 48). The United Society of Christian Endeavor, with headquarters at- Boston, Mass., is the international representative of the movement. It, however, has no- jurisdiction in the slightest degree over any society, nor does it levy an assessment- en the same. It simply acts as a bureau of information, and publishes certain leaflets outlining the methods or work. The society has for its president Rev. Francis E. Clark, the man who- organized this simple yet powerful agency. J. W. Baer is the general secretary, and Willian* Shaw, treasurer.l Destructive Fire at Feorla. PKOIUA, 111., July 10.—The metal- Bpinning works, the knitting works- and the galvanized cave-trough factory, all doing business in a big 1 building" under one roof, were ruined by fire- Thursday morning. In the metal- spinning department some men were manufacturing railroad tor-- pedoes and some powder was- epilled. The explosion which followed scattered the flames* to all portion* of the building. One man was badly burned and two, girls were tak$n frow ttw bwncfimf bijiidii; ' i -•V.S-J-..

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