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. IjAWS. Hlarlfffomthe BiAiuiwi. w-uoifugr uiroowtt tO Hift nttltttt of VHl6tnet It a suoscrlbSr or not, l» responsible for the pay. ^The dourts hAte dwldea thi»t rafuglnc to take Newspapers and pwrlodiMlt trora tee pbstofflco, ot removing and leaving them urtonlltxi iot.it •(evldencaof INTBNTtoNAi.tHAITI). PBRSIDHNT CABSOT will not accept the proposed invitation to visit London If it is extended. It is feared that too complicated a political significance might attach to his visit so soon after that of Emperor William. LITERARY society in London has been knowing marked attention to Mrs. Gen. Custer during her visit there. She has made a favorable impression on every one, which is not singular, considering 1 her popularity in America. So GREAT is the demand for silver dimes, that they are turned out now at the rate of 100,000 a da3 r . No less than $8,176,476 in silver dimes have been struck off in the past three years. For this piirpose all the undercurrent silver coin is being reworked, notably the silver half-dollar. THE largest steel cannon ever made in this country has arrived at Sandy Hook, from the Watervliet arsenal, Troy, where it was forged. It is 440 inches long, weighs 53 tons, and has a bore of 12 inches. It throws a projectile weighing 1,000 pounds, and each charge will cost §260. BY a novel device heavy guns can now be aimed and fired with the greatest accuracy, without exposing the gunners and without their even seeing the object to be fired at. The principle used is that of so training the gun as to cause the object to be fired at to be reflected upon a screen at the rear of the pun. THE Lick telescope reveals stars so small that at least 30,000 ol them would have to be in a cluster to make them visible to the naked eye. Altogether, 10,000,000 of stars are perceptible through this immense instrument; and each star, it is likely, is an immense sun, giving light and heat to its own planets. SENHOB SALVADOR MENDONCA, the Brazilian minister, is the wealthiest man in the diplomatic corps at Washington. A portion of his fortune he made in investments in Brazil and a very comfortable sum came to him as his wife's dowry. Mine. Maria Mendonca is an American, and the minister's four daughters have spent almost all their'lives'in this country. THE revolutionary widow is a fine old dame as a genaral thing. One of the two living in Pennsylvania was the third wife of a soldier of 75 summers »nd bore him three children, is now 97 years old, hops up and down stairs with the liveliness of a cricket, and declares her willingness to marry again, pension or no pension, if the right aort of a man presents himself. THE wealthy young lady who has run away with and married the "electric tattooed man," has at least one consolation. If ever her husband plays truant ehe will have no difficulty in tracing and running him down. A man can change his appearance with the aid of a^barber, but he can not obliterate tattoo marks without having a goodly portion of his skin and even flesh cut away. PRACTICALLY the fifteen-year-old king of Servia is a prisoner to his tutors. They bore him day in and day out until he is drooping. Young as he i» this wonderful boy is one of the very best mathematicians in the whole of Servia. -He can actually add up five •columns of figures at once with apparent ease. He inherits his mother's •striking beauty and all the cleverness of both parents. Ex-EMPRESS VICTORIA of Germany says, regarding domestics: "As long as the moral welfare of domestics is not better looked after, a remedy of the evil can not be expected. In the first place, something should be done to shorten the working hours of servants, and then a little more personal liberty should be allowed them. Not all of their demands are justifiable, but some are, and those should be granted." IN none of the older states of the union do the census returns show more satisfactory gains within the last ten years than in old Virginia. The total increase in population since 1880 is 144,000, beiug a gain of nearly ten per cent The cities of Virginia seem to be rapidly recovering from the depression and stagnation that followed the war. Richmond itself shows most substantial growth, and is now the second city in the states that were in the rebellion. Richmond now has 81,388 population, an increase of nearly 20,000 since 1880. THE pretty girl is a universal factor in modern life. (She possesses the advantage not only of ornament, but of utility. She has been utilized in an endless variety of ways. She has become a howling success in the operatic ballet, and is as conspicuous and as original in front of a typewriter or behind a counter as she is on dreba parade in a new spring suit or luxuriously lolling in a big easy chair. But it has remained for aft enterprising Connecticut minister of the Gospel to introduce the pretty girl in a new sphere as a church usher. UNITED STATES agents mid detectives in the neighborhood of Manitoba ar« kept very busy these days watching trains from the direction of Vancouver, to prevent the extensive trade that i» tfoiug on in smuggling Chinamen into the United States. They have made a large number of ay-eats, but these do not deter the smugglers, who renew their efforts at every opportunity. There are large profits in the business for them if they succeed, and on this account they are willing to take tha most desperate chances iu the matter. The arrests so far have been rtiostlypi itmticeut Chinamen. -••-- . j f IOWA STATE NEWS. CRIMINAL 8f ATl8tie§. Nidmbcp of Continuous ntid Other P&ttt tot the Ycftf 1689-00. Advance sheets of the report of tto« secretary of state of the criminal con> fictions for the year 1889-90 show that the total number of persons who were convicted during the year was 1,150. The total amount of costs paid by the several counties is $435,294. The amount to be dedxtcted from the foregoing on account of fines collected is $37,810. The counties which are in the roll of honor as having no convictions during the year are Adair, Audubon, Dickinson, Hamilton, Howard and VVinneba- go. Among the offenses for which convictions are the most numerous are: Nuisance, 140; burglary, 99; larceny, 90; nuisance-keeping, 80; selling intoxicating liquors, 00; assault with intent to commit great bodily injury, 00; assault and battery, 51; assault, 87 forgery, 80; petit larceny, 85. An Iowa Carlsbad. A. O. E. Laxirer has discovered valua We mineral ^springs on his farm near Independence, the water from which is pronounced by local chemists to be of a superior quality. A further test will be made, and if developments warrant the place will be converted into a health resort. Mr. Laurer recently fell heir to $500,000 in Germany, and while there will visit the prominent spring's to study the best methods for confining the water for sanitary purposes. AVlll Run Day ami Nlpht. The directors of the state fair, which will be held in Des Moines August 28 to September 4, have arranged to lighl the grounds throughout with electric light in order to continue the, pro- gramme by night. Over the race track large incandescent lights will be suspended every fifty |eet, and a full pro- gramme of night races is being arranged. The scheme is a decided novelty, but the directors hope to make it successful. Photographers Kloct OfTlocra. The State Association of Photographers in session at Des Moines elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, G. Temple, of Clinton; vice president, Mrs. Schooley, of Inclianola; treasurer, T. A. Brown, of Marshalltown; secretary, J. Vemon, of Des Moines. An additional rule was adopted requiring members to furnish an exhibit of work each year, to be adjudged by a committee of the association. Rev. George Ruddock Honored. The fifth anniversary of the murder of Rev. George 0. Haddock, who was killed on account of his efforts to enforce the prohibitory law, was celebrated in Sioux City under the auspices of the Law and Order league. A cold water banquet was given at 0 o'clock, and at 8 o'clock a public meeting was held, addressed by Hon. George D. Perkins and Senator T. E. Clark, author of the Iowa temperance law. Stole His Own Boy, On complaint of a divorced wife Isaac Lambert, an old soldier and pensioner, was arrested at Keokuk charged with kidnaping a 10-year-old boy, of whom ho is the father and who for some time has been a source of trouble between the parents. It was asserted that the boy was stolen from Louisiana, Mo., last month. The prisoner accompanied ollieors to that city. A Costly mistake. Edward McBride, ex-editor of the Evcrly News, received a telegram in Washington, stating that his child was not expected to live. He made the trip from Port Angeles to Eve'rly to find his child well, and learned that the telegram was sent to him by mistake and should have reached some other McBride. The error cost him about $300. Population of Des Mollies. The new directory of the city of Des Moines gives 17,354 names. Multiplying this number by three and a half — which is shown by the state and federal census to be the correct average for this locality—and the result is a present population for Des Moines of 60,739. The federal census of 1SOO gave the population as 50,153. Unlucky Grlnnell, The unfortunate town of Grinnell has been visited by another disaster. A fire broke out in the Grinnell cart factory and spread rapidly to a number of adjoining buildings and destroyed $75,000 worth of property before it was gotten under control. The cart manufactory were the heaviest losers. 111 lirior. James Cochran, a farmer living north of Des Moines, attempted to shoot his wife. Mrs. Cochran is plaintiff in a divorce suit, and it was out of this affair the trouble grew. A. Webster's creamery and ice house and W. F. Wats' barn at Calliope were burned. Lo.-ss, $1,500. The comptroller of the currency has authorised the First national bank, of Tal>02-, to begin business with a capital of StfG.OOO. A man ate a meal at a Des Moines hotel without paying for it, and a justice gave him six days in jail. William Hendrikse, of Burlington, has petitioned the court to change his name to William Jlendrieks. Mrs. John Ashen, of Tingley, was operated upon and a fifty-pound tumor removed, but she died. Andrew Johnson, a young farmer living near Pilot Mound, while at work in the barn a few days ago, received a violent kick in the abdomen from the heels of a fractious mule. Miss Sarah Henry, for twenty years • teacher in the Galena (111.) "public schools, was married at .Sioux City to one of her former pupils, Fred Kuoble, who is more than twenty years her junior. Mrs. J. H. Goddard, the wife of a Fort Dodge mechanic, attempted to commit suicide by taking poison. A physidiMi was called in tiino to save her life. She was insane over itsligious subjects. DEVASTATED, Great Destruction CAn»«d by ft storm of Rrtlrt and Wall Ib PfttU bt Afturte* and Iowa. ELLSWORTH, Minn., A«f.i4.--.1jh* most terrific storm that evef parsed Over this section of Minnesota struck Ellsworth at 5 o'clock Thursday after* noon and left the town a pretty complete wreck. A dark cloud with a greenish tint along its edges came Stirling in from the aorthwest and crushed pretty much everything in its path. The Iowa, Minnesota & Dakota elevator was completely blown to pieces." The Congregational church was partially blown down. The dwelling of D. P. Cramer was thrown from its foundation and the Burlington depot suffered great damage about the west end. Several box cars were hurled from the track. No lives were lost. There is not a building in the village that was not hit by the storm and blown away The loss will reach $25,000. LAKE BKNTON, Minn., Aug. 14.—This place was visited by the most destructive hailstorm Thursday afternoon that was ever known around here. At 4:30 o'clock the storm suddenly struck, and for the next ten minutes the air was thick with hailstones, many; of which would weigh four ounces. Nearly every pane of glass on the north and west sides of build ings was broken. 110 being broken in the schoolhouses alone. In this county everything in the shape of uncut grain in the path of the storm was annihilated. It is not thought the storm covered a wide area. This is a sad blow to the farmers, as everything indicated the largest crop ever harvested. ST. CLOUD, Minn., Aug. 14.—A destructive rain and hailstorm swept over this section of the state Thursday afternoon. Considerable damage is reported in the counties of Sherburne and Benton. Along the lines of the Great Northern great damage by hail was done between Big Lake and Becker and in the vicinity of Nelson, on the Fergus Falls division. Immediately east of St. Cloixd the rain fell in torrents and the wind, which blew a perfect hurricane, beat the grain to the earth arid scattered wheatstucks in a hopeless tangle. KEOKUK, la., Aug. 14. A terrible wind and rainstorm visited this city Thursday afternoon. Half the shade trees in town are blown down. Small buildings were moved from their foundations. WANTS UNCLE SAM'S AID. Appeal to the United States from the LibcrJiin K«piiblic—It IVould I.Ike to Prevent Further KncroiichmentB oil lt« Territory by France. WASHINGTON, Aug. 14.—President Johnson of the republic of Liberia and Attorney General Davis of the Liberian president's cabinet have addressed letters to the government of the United States in which they ask the interposition of the president of the United States for the prevention of the encroachment by the French government whereby that power is following the example of Great Britain and cutting off the Liberian government from following out its efforts to gather into its territory the natives with their territory that adjoins the borders of Liberia. Both English and French have claimed the interior 50 or 100 miles back from the coast. The territory of the republic of Liberia is indefinite. It goes back only about so to 25 miles from the coast. The Liberians first settled on the rim of the coast, but by alliance with native tribes they have extended this strip, as it may be called, to its present width, 25 miles, and the policy of the Liberian government is to keep on extending into the interior. There are only about 20,000 American-African ne- groes in Liberia, and about 200,000 natives have been brought in, with their territory. Great Britain is circumventing this policy of expansion on the part of the government of Liberia at both ends of the whole valley of the Niger, and the French, too, are cutting off the country's expansion. President Harrison has acknowledged the receipt of the letters and the state department is now looking into the subject with a view to seeing what the United States can do, if anything. A NOVEL PLAN. Every Member of the People's Party of Kansas Will Be Asked to Contribute One Cent Towards Campaign Funds. TOPEKA, Kan., Aug. 14.—Only $1,100 was expended by the people's state sentral committee last fall in a campaign which elected five congressmen, eighty-four legislators, a United States senator and a majority of the county tickets. This fall the committee has decided to expend 510,000. Every man who voted for Willets will be asked to contribute one sent to the central committee. It will come through the county central committees, and where 2,000 votes were :ast for Willets the county committee will forward $20 to the state committee, which will be turned over to J. U. French, secretary of the state alliance. A committee of three members from the people's central :ommittee will advise with Mr. French in regard to expenditures. The selection of an alliance state officer to handle the funds shows that the peo • pie's party and the alliance will be more closely identified in the campaign, this fall than they were last. The ampaign will be conducted on the principle that the voter who contributes one cent can be depended on to do better work than the voter bought for $100. To Be Insured for 0300,000,000. CUICAGO, Aug. 14.—The exhibits of the Columbian exposition are to be insured for something like $300,000,000. Some of the directors think the amount of the insurance will be even greater than that amount. How this will be placed is a serious question. It is now agitating some of the department chiefs, who have been receiving inquiries from prospective exhibitors who want to know to what extent their goods will be protected. An insurance auxiliary will inspect the buildings from time to time, make suggestions regarding fire appliances and in general have charge Of all insurance matters. DEATH OF GEORGE JONES. Ofte tvf the FoundehT"of the Stiff ¥*» Pa*s«w Atwtf m Portland , Me. -•;.... .V.. '•• ' NKW YORK, Augr. 18i«Get«te iditoi* of the New Y^h Tittiesvdled a Poland Springs, Me,, at 4 o'clock ft. JO. Tuesday. Since Monday evening 1 there has been little hope of his f ecotrery, [George Jones was tho son at a "Welshman who settled in Poultney, Vt. He was bom oi August 11, 1811. After a short tithe at school ho no- came tv clerk and errand boy in the general country store of Amos Bliss. Mr. Bliss owned the Vermont Spectator, a weekly newspaper, .,. and when George '/// Jones became or- rand boy ho shared the duties of printer's devil in the newspaper office with Horace Oreeloy. The two lads became intimate and their friendship had an OBonaE JONES. important bearing on both thetr lives In 1833 Georgo Jones came to Now York where ho found his former ally, Hor ace Greeley, the owner of a weekly paper called The New Yorker. In 1840 Mr. Greeley started the Joltersonian, which he edited ai Albany, dividing his time between that paper and The New Yorker, which he still contlnuec to publish. In 1841 the New York Tribune was founded Horace Greeley invited George Jones to be come a stockholder in tho new paper, but Jones did not like Greoloy's methods of using tho treasury of his paper as if It were a common fund and refusei to become part proprietor of the Tribune.' But although Mr. Jones refused to put in any of the money which by this time ho had saved He went into the business office. There he bn- came acquainted with Henry J. Raymond, who was at that time Mr. Greeley's chief, if not only assistant. The intimacy between Jones and Raymond continued until the early and untimely death of tho latter in 1867. After a few years in the business office of the Tribune Mr. Jones purchased a news agency in Albany and removed to that city, gradually cutting off all connection with tha Tribune. At Albany Jones and Raymond renewed their intimacy and arranged for the starting of anew daily paper in New York city. A partnership was formed between Edward B. Wesley, Henry J, Raymond and George Jones, and on September 18, 1851, tho first number of the Now York Times was Is sued. The three partners continued to fill their respective places in the management of the paper until 1800, when Edward Wesley retired, leaving Jones and Raymond in full control. In 1889 Henry J. Raymond died, leaving Mr. Jones sole owner. In 1871 tho Times published an exposure of the Tweed ring and led the fight which ejid- ed in the breaking up of that notorious org8.nl zation. In 1884 ho came formally out in opposition to Blaine as the republican nominee for president, or late years Mr, Jones has been troubled with gout, but he always had an active share in tho management of his paper.] A SPECULATOR'S TRICK. Tlxe Farmers' " Hold-Your-Wheat" Circular Repudiated by the Minnesota Alliance. ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 13.—The Minnesota alliance has repudiated the now famous "hold-your-wheat" circular. President Donnelly has urged members of the new party to use their own judgment in disposing of grain, and Harlan P. Hall, editor of the St. Paul News, the only alliance daily in Minnesota, said: : "The whole movement Is a barefaced scheme of Minneapolis speculators. The Minneapolis crowd have some 0,000,000 bushels of wheat on hand, and an advance of 10, 15 or 20 cents in wheat during which time they could unload their old stock and then turn and boar the market, buying in the new crop at correspondingly reduced prices, would be a neat turn. The game was accordingly set up to use the Farmers' Alliance as a medium for the pretended farmers' movement. The million circulars that have been sent, to the farmers of the northwest are paid for by the speculators. All the Farmers' Alliance treasurers in the country combined have not, and never had at one time, one-tenth part of tho money which is being expended sending out this circular urging the farmers to hold their wheat." WHEAT DAMAGED BY HAIL. Thousands of Acrea of Grain Leveled In Minnesota—Other Crops Sutler. MELROSE, Minn., Aug. 13.—One of the most terrific hailstorms ever witnessed in this vicinity passed through here between 5 and 6 o'clock Tuesday. Thousands of acres of the finest wheat in this country was knocked down in a few moments, many of the farmers losing all their crops, even corn and potatoes. No estimate can at present be made of the loss to standing grain, and considerable damage was done to grain in shock. Hailstones the size of an egg fell in many places. Large fields of wheat looked as if they had been passed over with a land-roller and then dragged. The width of the storm ranged from a to 5 miles and its course was from east to west. The most damage was done to Lake George and Spring Hill, as the farmers had not begun cutting in those towns and the grain was totally destroyed. BURGLARS SHED BLOOD. Uldnlght Marauders Murder a Mother and Her Daughter In a Louisiana Town. ST. MARTINSVILLE, La., Aug. 13.— Two diabolical murders were committed in this town Tuesday night, the victims being Mrs. James R. Robertson and her daughter, Miss Belle Robertson. Their dead bodies were found the bedroom Wednesday morn- ng. Mrs. Robertson's throat was cut from ear to ear, and the daughter had been strangled to death. The imprints of her assailant's fingers were left upon her throat. It is quite evident that two or more persons par- icipated in the crime and that their >bjeet was robbery. There is no clew to the perpetrators, but every effort s being made to detect the guilty parties. Death of a Veteran. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Aug. 18.—Col. G. A. -Wood, a federal veteran, died here Tuesday. In the battle of Mission Ridge he led the brigade composed of the Ninety-seventh Ohio, Fifty-fourth Illinois, und Fifteenth and Ninety- seventh and Fortieth Indiana, ex-Gov. Foraker being a member of the command. Later in the day, with three companies of the Fifteenth Indiana, his own regiment, he headed the after battle at night, which fight Gen. Sheridan spoke of in his memoirs and for which Sheridan recooamettded (or promotion. IT BROUGlHT 8HOWER8» ttaln-MAht/it SftcoessfttUy tlombard Texas , 'fex.t'Atitf, ;i8.»-T Q e fall expedition sent out by the United States department of agriculture ttn* ,der the charge of ft. G. Dyrenforth at* rived at Midland last week and on Monday scored its fi*st success, Last Week was speiit in convey ing the sup* plies to the ranch of Nelson Morris, of Chicago, which is located 28 miles north of this place. Saturday and Monday part of the apparatus was set up and a test of it was made in which a number of blasts were fired. The explosions of "rackarock" bombs caused great concussions, and were heard and felt distinctly at a considerable distance from the field of operations. The explosives were all fired from the ground by means of electric batteries. The trial was made primarily to test the apparatus, and was not calculated to be on a scale extensive enough to secure rain. However, in about ten hours after the explosions clouds began to form and gather over the Morris ranch and surrounding country, and about seventeen hours after the operations the rain began to fall in copious quantities. The storm seemed to gather directly over tho ranch and the fall of rain was heaviest at that point. The storm extended over a space of 1,000 square miles and at the lanch the rain continued to fall for a space of six hours. About 2 inches fell at that point. This storm breaks a drought of long duration in this locality and is the best rain that has fallen on the Morris ranch for more than a year. All the apparatus will be in po sition in a few days when full trial will be made, which will be watched with greatest interest The theory of producing rain by the use of explosives was taken up by ex- Senator Farwell, of Illinois, some time ago. His idea was to blast the upper atmosphere with charges of explosives sent up in balloons. Congress was asked for an appropriation, and finally the senator was awarded $9,000. Mr. Dyrenforth was engaged to conduct the experiments, and about August 1, with a corps of assistants, he left Washington for Texas to test the senator's theory. JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL. Death at Cambridge, Mass., of the Famous Poet and Diplomat. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 12.—James Russell Lowell, the great American poet and diplomat, died at 2:10 o'clock a. m. [Mr. Lowell was born February 32, 1819, at Elmwood, near Cambridge. He graduated from Harvard college in 1838. He studied law and in 1840 was admitted to the bar. He soon abandoned the law, however, for literature and soon won an enviable position among American writers. His first volume of poems, "A Year's Life," appeared in 1841. Other publications may be briefly summarized: "Poems," in which was included "A Legend of Brittany," considered by some critics to be the poet's finest effort; in 1845, "Conversations on Some of the Old Poets," a masterly series of essays in dialogue form; in 1848 a series of "Poems," dealing to a great extent with the abolitionist question, which the author had so nearly at heart—also: "The Vision of Sir Launfal," a. poem founded ca the "Quest of the Holy Grail," "A Fable for Critics," a poetical satire annonymously published, and, greatest of all, that book of worldwide renown, "The Biglow Papers," by which the author's fame was at once estaolished. In 1855 Mr. Lowell succeeded Longfollow as professor of modern languages and belles- lettres in Harvard college. The degree of D. C. L. was conferred upon him in 1873 by the English university of Oxford, and that ol LL. D. by Cambridge in 1874. The latter degree he received also from St. Andrew's, Edinburgh, Harvard and Bologna. From 1857 to 1869 he was editor of the Atlantic Monthly, and he had previously been connected with the Pioneer, a magazine of high character, the Anti- Slavery Standard, Putnam's Monthly, and from 1801 to 1866 was editor of the North American Eevie w. He had also been a lecturer before tha Lowell institute In Boston on the British poets. Toward the close of 1874 Mr. Lowell was offered the post of minister to Russia, which tie declined, but in 1877 accepted that of min- Ister to Spain, from which ho was transferred in 1880 to that of minister to Great Britain. On the change of administration in 1885 be resigned this position and returned to the United States. The speeches which he delivered in England were republished in 1887 under the sitle of "Democracy and Other Addresses." Though a lifelong republican, Mr. Lowell supported the candidacy of Mr. Cleveland for reelection to the presidency in 1888. During the Slavery agitation prior to the civil war he was i prominent advocate for its abolition, and had seen equally outspoken in more recent years in urging the reform of the civil service.] PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCES. Interesting Statistics on the Subject Furnished by the Census Uurouu. WASHINGTON, Aug. 12.—The census Dureau has issued a bulletin giving the statistics of public school finances in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Minne- iota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dako;a and Wisconsin. The following table shows the number of pupils enrolled in "ihe public schools of the states named and the amount per capita expenditures for each pupil, as well as the per capitas of the total expenditures, based on the population of 1800. It will ba seen that Nevada has the greater per capita expenditure based on enrollment, North Dakota next KILLED BY THE H£ATr fhn ftttii'd rieroe Rnj-n Rtlfle Oat fwftlt* Lite* and Drive 1'eople Jusitne ih New STATES. llinois ilichigan Minnesota ilississippi Jevada ^orth Dakota.... Wisconsin 778,319 437,038 381,859 331,987 7,387 35,543 a r )0,34S Ballroad Smash-Up. FOBT WAYNE, ind., Aug. 12.— Expres rain No. 5, on the Grand Rapids & ndiana railway, ran into a freight at Briant siding Tuesday morning. The ngine. baggage and ey jress oars of the passenger train were ditched. The ngineer and fireman both jumped from he cab and were caught under the ten* er. Engineer Dick was crushed to .eatb and Fireman Brown was totally njured and died at 6 o'clock a, m. The passengers escaped injury, but the >orter, D. Cartwright, baggage man, M>d express we*»eoger were njured. It—On 66D Axiffust day for the last twenty yeafi hate the people of New York, Brook* lyn, Jersey City, Newark and all the cities and towns adjacent" to the irietrofjolie sweltered and wilted aft they did Monday. It was the hottest August 10 since 1871. As early as d o'clock a. m. the mercury stood at the astonishing height, for that hour, of 78 degrees. The highest point reached during the day was at 3:30 p. m., when it touched the figures 97, staying there for over an hour. The intense heat was severe upon the young and old alike and became unendurable to many. Twelve sudden deaths were reported at the coroner's office, attributed to the excessive heat. After 11 o'clock in the morning the prostrations began to be reported and from that hour up to 7 in the evening the ambulances from all the different hospitals were kept busy. Hundreds of horses succumbed to the heat all over the city. One could scarcely go ten blocks without seeing a dead horse lying by the wayside. Nearly all the street-car lines had relays of horses at several places along 1 their routes and were as merciful to their beasts as they could be. The hot wave has served to develop an alarming number of cases of insanity. Triple the usual number was reported to the authorities Monday. METHODISTS TO CONFER. Plans for the Great Ecumenical Congress at Washington. SARATOGA SPMNGS, N. Y., Aug. 11.— The second ecumenical Methodist conference will assemble in the Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal church, Washington, D. C., October 7 and remain in session two weeks. The first conference was held in London, Eng., in 1881. The October conference, which will represent the 45,000,000 Methodists throughout the world, will be attended by. 500 delegates. Three hundred will represent America, called the western section, arid the others the balance of the globe, designated as the eastern section. The executive and programme committees of the western section have been in Saratoga Springs several days elaborating and putting in business shape the voluminous amount of details preliminary and incident to the second ecumenical conference. The programme is an elaborate one and very lengthy. The opening sermon will be preached by Rev. Dr. William Arthur, of London, Eng. Addresses will be made and papers read by many distinguished British Methodists. The members of the foreign or eastern section will reach New York city early in October, and on the 5th of that month the Methodists of that city in connection with the programme committee will give them a reception in the Carnegie Music hall, Fifty-seventh street and Seventh avenue, previous to their departure for Washington, the seat of the ecumenical conference. CHINESE NIHILISTS. They Are Giving the Present Dynasty Much Trouble—Uncle Sam Preparing to Protect His Subjects in the Flowery Kingdom. LONDON, Aug. 11.—Affairs in China are in a critical state. The frequent uprisings against the government are directed by the powerful society of the Kologhwei, an organization of students and literary men much resembling the Russian nihilists. It is said that Li Hung Chang, the prime minister, is encouraging these discontented elements, hoping that the present dynasty may be overthrown and himself proclaimed emperor. NEW YOBK, Aug. 11. —A special from Washington to the Herald says that the navy department is arranging to augment our strength in Chinese waters as rapidly and as effectively as possible. Instructions have been sent by the Alaska steamer which sailed from San ' Francisco Saturday for the Marion to proceed at once from Behring sea to China. It is also stated that instructions were also sent for the Alert to follow the Marion. It is not improbable that the Charleston may also be ordered to join the Asiatic squadron. These orders indicate that the government is alarmed at the situation in China and is hastening to send all the vessels that can be spared for tho protection of American citizens and interests in China. GREAT SUFFERING. The Drought Has Caused a Shortage of All Kinds of Crops Along the Bio Grande. CITY OF MEXICO, Aug. 11.—Those who have lived twenty-five years on the Rio Grande have never seen so much misery among the Mexican population as this year. The staple crop of the Rio Grande valley is corn and the Mexican, frijole, but the drought has been so terrible for the last eighteen months that scarcely anything- has been raised, and stock has died by thousands. Many men who two years ago were considered well off have nothing left but their lands. Hundreds of laboring men have left the frontier c6un- ties and are finding work north of the Nueces river. If the draught continues until the cold northers come on there will be but little cattle to live through the winter and many families will suffer for the necessaries of life. The drought is confined to a few counties in Texas, but extends far into old Mexico. Demand for Two Dollar Hills. WASHINGTON, Aug. n.—it is stated that work on the plates for the new $3 certificate, which will bear a vignette of the late Secretary Windoin, is still in progress, and that a«, soon as the plates are completed the new certificates will be issued. It is also stated that owing to the great demand from banks in the west and south for $1 and $3 bills to be used in moving the crops, and. the inability of the bureau to complete the pJates for the new certificates » tune, the bureau is aow printing a supply S3 certificates from She plates

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