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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 9, 1891
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THE REPUBLICAN: ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1891. CUSP PLUCKS THE PLUM GEADLOCK ON THE SPEAKERSHIP FINALLY BROKEN. of Oeorgln, Secure* the Nomination on the Thirtieth Ballot— The Fifty- Second Congress Convenes, Answer* ft Roll Call and Adjourns. WASHINGTON, Dec, 7.—After a long and bitter struggle, the like of which lias not been known in congress for years, the Democrats have succeeded in nominating Charles F. Crisp for speaker. Many Democrats have acknowledged that the fight went far beyond the speakership. Mills, the defeated, represented the Cleveland idea of tariff reform, while every anti-Cleveland man lias been for Crisp. Moderate tariff Democrats in Washington are jubilant over the result of the caucus. fo tli.' c;-.-... tluir. HOW IT HAPPENED. Detail* of the Last Dav's Fight in the Speakorslilp Contest. V~> "HiNGToN, Dac. 7.—Two hours be• liour set for the convening of ' ;y-second congress, the Demo- iiiembers of the lower branch of uly met in the hall of the house for the purpose of selecting a candidate for speaker, pursuant to the adjournment taken after the protracted and fatiguing session of Saturday. Ten o'clock is an early hour for the average member of congress and those entitled to attend the caucus were slow in assembling. Chairman Holman arrived at the house at 9:40, followed a few minutes HLOI will CHARLES FREDERICK CRISP. later by Mr. Springer, who looked as happy and cheerful as ever, and wore his everlasting rosebud in the lapel of his coat. Judge Crisp was the next of the candidates on the ground, and he occupied most of the time between his arrival and the hour the caucus met in earnest conversation with Mr. Blount one of his lieutenants. Mr. Mills came to the capitol before the meeting of the caucus. He seemed bright and cheerful and did not show any signs of the partial prostration from which he suffered during the night. The caucus was called to order by Chairman Holnian shortly after 10 a. m., and the roll call was answered by 212 members, 15 less than attended the caucus of Saturday. New arrivals kept coming in all the time, however, and swelled the number. Calling the roll on the eighteenth ballot V.MS then begun and 22<5 members \••••.'. •' :-,.- follows: ; 9i, Mills 90, McMillin 19, 1 , •'. 17, Hatch 5, Stevens 1. . :in:-.toenth ballot showed no ad adjournment was taken to .(.- opening session of congress. Hatch Withdraws. On the reassembling of the caucus at 2 p. in. voting was continued and no material cLtt-nge occurred until the twenty-third ballot was reached. This ballot witnessed the first withdrawal of a candidate—Mr, Hatch. Mr. Cobbs, of Missouri, started the break in Mr. Hatch's reduced ranks by voting for Mr. Mills, and he was followed by Mr. Dearmond, of Missouri, who also cast a ballot for the Texan. Mr. Hatch' was hastily summoned to the hall of the house where ha announced his withdrawal and cast his vote for Judge Crisp. This action on the part of Mr. Hatch was received with great cheering by the Crisp men. Messrs. Byrnes and Wilson, of Missouri, Hatch men, followed the example of their leader and' voted for Crisp making the twenty-, third ballot stand, Crisp, 100; Mills, 94; Springer, 13; McMillin, 19; Stevens, 1. A motion to take a recess was made just after the reading of the twenty- sixth ballot by a Springer man but it was withdrawn before being but to a vote. A conference between the Springer and McMillin men failed of materializing results, and it became obvious that nothing could be done. A conference between the leaders of the four factions was then held and a decision reached that a recess should be taken. Accordingly Mr. Durburrow, a supporter of Springer, moved that an adjournment be taken until 8 o'clock and thia was agreed to without opposition. Mucb Actlre Proselyting was done by the lieutenants of Mills and Crisp during the recess from 6 to 8 o'clock. The Springer men held a conference in a committee room. Mr. Springer was not present. The result of this conference was shown on the twenty-eighth ballot, the first taken after the beginning of the evening session, when four of the Springer men deserted his ranks. Many earnest conferences were held in the McMillin headquarters. The Mills supporters endeavored to make a break in the McMillin ranks, but they were unsuccessful. The utmost excitement prevailed, and rumors that Springer and McMillin had formed a combination were circulated. No quorum was present when the cautfba tra» called to order and a recess of fifteen xuipute* was taken. At the of filteao minutes » quorum and the c«U of names was pro- wit& TbJ weult of the con- ference nt tn* apnnger tften mattt itself plain by the desertion of Springer by Babbitt and Miller, of Wisconsin, •who Went to Mills and Onrberrow, who voted for Crisp. The vote on the twenty-eighth ballot stood, Crisp, 108} Mills, 05; Springer, 8; McMillin, 18; Stevens, 1. The twenty-ninth ballot showed but one change—Stahlnecker, of New York, deserting Mills for Crisp and so that vote stood: Crisp, 104; Mills, 94. Springer, 8; McMillin, 18; Stevens, 1. McMillin Withdraw*, The most exciting incident of the day happened then. Before the calling of the roll on the thirtieth ballot was begun, Mr. McMillin, after a hasty consultation with some of his adherents, entered tho chamber of the house, and announced his withdrawal from the contest. The announcement came like' a thunderbolt from a clear sky, and for a moment tho members present were taken back. The McMillin men divided between the two leaders—seven going to Crisp and eleven to Mills. Mr. McMillin also voted for Mills, and he was loudly applauded by the Texan's followers. When the last vote had been called it was found that Crisp had 113 votes—lacking one of nomination. Before the result of the ballot was announced, Mr. Springer, who had been waiting in the lobby, entered the caucus and called out to Chairman Holman: "I desire to have my name called." This was the signal for An Outburst of Applause, and when the clerk had called Mr. Springer's name and he had responded: "I vote for Charles L. Crisp," the Crisp men broke loose in one wild, unrestrained yell. They mounted on desks and chairs and yelled at the top of their voices. Books, handkerchiefs and pieces of paper were thrown into the air and for a few minutes pandemonium reigned supreme. Crisp men hugged each other in joy and shouted out words of congratulation that were lost in the wild uproar of voices. Cheer after cheer went tip from the crowd, and it was taken up by those inside the Crisp headquarters. Judge Crisp took the news of his election quietly. The withdrawal of Mr. Springer caused some change in the vote that was about to be announced. Four of Mr. Springers supporters allowed their names to stand recorded in favor of Mr. Springer. The vote was then announced as follows: Crisp 119, Mills 105, Springer 4, Stevens 1. On motion of Mr. J. D. C. Brown, of Indiana, the nomination of Mr. Crisp was made unanimous. Tim Other Officers. Ex-Congressman Kerr, of Pennsylvania, was placed in nomination for clerk. There were no other candidates named and .ie was nominated by acclamation. The remainder of the ticket agreed upon is as follows: For Sergeant-at-Arms- -Ex-Congressman Yoder. For Doorkeeper — Ex-Congressman Turner, of New York. For Chaplain—Rev. Mr. Milburn. CONGRESS IN SESSION. vessels compieteu of in process ot construction. During 1801 four vessels, the Newark, Concord, Bennington and Miantonomah, were completed and placed in commission. The double turreted monitor Miantonomah will shortly start upon her first cruise. The other vessels of this class, the Terror, Am- phitrite and Monadnock of 8,1)00 tons, and the Puritan of (1,060 tons displacement will be ready to receive their armor as soon as it can be delivered, and their completion may be expected by tho spring of 1893. The ten-inch guns of the Terror are completed and will be installed whenever the vessel is prepared to receive them. The coast defense vessel Monterey was successfully launched April 28, 1891, and is now ready to receive her armor. Work on Other Vessels. Work on the hull of the Texas has been especially satisfactory. The delays occurring the previous year on account of want of material have been entirely overcome, and the ship will be ready for launching next spring. Tho armored cruiser New York was launched successfully on the second inst. and her date of trial may fixed abo\it January, 1898. The work upon the battleships Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon is going on rapidly, the two former having their frames erected up to the armor belt. According to present possibilities they will be ready for service early in 1894. The progress of work upon the unarmored vessels of the nav3 r is equally satisfactory. The Detroit, formerly known as cruiser No. 10, was launched at the Columbian Iron works, Baltimore, on Oct. 28 and cruiser No. 9 was launched Saturday. Cruiser No. 11 building at the works of Harrison Loring, is nearly ready for launching. Work upon the Raleigh at the Norfolk navy yard is being pushed rapidly forward. She will be ready for launching next moth. The Cincinnati, which is a sister ship to tho Raleigh, will be ready for launching at the New York navy yard by next spring. Cruiser No. 12 contracted for by William Cramp & Sons, of Philadelphia, is the most important of the unarmored cruisers now building and her construction is progressing in a highly satisfactory manner. She should be ready for service by the autumn of 1898. Gunboats Nos. 5 and 6, building at the Bath Iron works, are more than half completed and will be ready for service by next summer. The old wooden ships of the navy hav» now practically passed out of existence. They no long?r count even as a nominal factor in naval defense. FALUHG WALLS, TERRIBLE CENT SEQUEL PIRE AT T6 ST, THE PAUL, RE- EVENTS OF A WEEK. »«w» *f Curtent intermit Olren «tl*f Mention. Mayor Ghrant, of New York, is touting . Ireland. in It The Fifty.Second Congress Meets Promptly in Noon—Adjournment. WASHINGTON, Dec. 7.—The heavy rain storm which visited the city during the morning had little effect in dampening the ardor of persons desirous of witnessing the opening of the Fifty-second congress, and at an early hour a great crowd surged through the corridors of the Capitol. Especially was this true in the house wing, where there was no vent to relieve the crowd owing to the fact that the galleries were kept closed in order to let the Democrats hold their caucus. The utmost good feeling prevailed, however, and the marble stairs were improvised into seats by the porters. H»rdly had the caucus adjourned when a wild rush was made for the gallery, and in a few minutes every available seat in the long • benches was occupied, and the less fortunate spectators were compelled to view the scene over each other's shoulders from the door recesses. Promptly at noon the session was opened by Clerk McPherson, who at once proceeded to call the roll. The call disclosed the presence of 32(5 of 832 members, the absentees being Messrs. Wilson, of Kentucky; Ryan, of Missouri; Rartine, of Nevada; Banford, of New York, and Buchannan, of Virginia. Immediately after the conclusion of the roll call, at 12:20, on motion of Mr. Holman, the house adjourned for the day. The senate was called to order by Vice President Morton promptly at 12 o'clock During the presentation of credentials in the senate, Mr. Sherman, referring to the eligibility of Mr. Brice as senator from Ohio, said that before the oath of office was administered to Mr. Brice he wanted to say that the belief was entertained by a large part of the citizens of Ohio: that he was not a citizen of that state at the time of his election and therefore was not eligible. He (Mr. Sherman) was satisfied Mr. Brice was entitled to be sworn in on his prima facie credentials. They were regular in form and therefore should raise no objection to this being done. But he simply gave thia notice so that Mr. Brice's being sworn in should no be regarded as in favor of the point raised by the people of Ohio that he was not a citizen of that state at the time of election. Mr. Hoar suggested that the correction be made that Mr. Brice was not an "inhabitant" of Ohio and Mr. Sherman accepted the correction substituting the words inhabitant for citizen. Mr. Brice was then escorted to the desk and sworn, io. At 1 o'clock the senate adjourned for the day. UNCLE SAM'S BIG NAVY. Annual Report of Secretary at th» Nayy Tracy Give a Owt- WASHINGTON, Dec. «.—Secretary of Navy Tracy has completed hi» ftM"gJ report, which u one of tfa* mo«t interesting of recent years. A&wgft portion of the paper is, of course, taken a etftastant of to* weft DOM PEDRO DEAD. The Deposed Emperor of Brazil Succumbs to tho Inevitable lit Paris. PAIUS, Dec. 4. — Dom Pedro, ex-emperor of Brazil, died during the evening. The ex-emperor's complaint was diabetes, and for tho paat forty-eight hours his life has been despaired of. The Princess Isabella was at her father's bedside at the time of his demise and was overwhelmed with grief to such an extent that it feared that she too may be seriously ill. Tho Count d'Eu, hus- DOM PEDRO. band of tho princess, was also present. Details of the last hourb of Dom Pedro show that in tho afternoon his condition was one of grave seriousness while the increase of the fever indicated that he was getting worse. In the evening the attendant physicians held a consultation, but could see no hoj>e for their illustrious patient. The 9 o'clock bulletin showed that the fever was still increasing and the end came about midnight. Prince Augustus of Saxe-Coburg, Dom Pedro's grandson, was at his bedside with Isabella, Dom Pedro's daughter. Cruiser No. 0 launched. BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 0.— The United States cruiser No. 9, named the Montgomery, was launched at the Columbia iron works at 11:16 a. m. LATEST MARKET REPORT. St. Paul XJuion Stock Yards. SOUTH ST. PAUL, Dec. 7, 1891. HOGS— Steady. Quality good. Yards cleared to packers at $3.oU@!J.75. CATTLE— Steady. Little beef cattle offerer 1 bulk of receipu being stock cattle, for wbic-» demand was light and trading slow, buyers looking for better quality of beef than is being offered; Prime steers, $3.75@4.«0; good steers, $2.50Q|3.75; prime COWB,®:.'.^; good cows, $1.75@2.W>; common to fair COWB, $1.00®l. r io; light veal calves, $3.00&4.(tt; heavy calves, $1.50@8.00; 8tofJ:ere, i}.flO@J.(O; feeders, $2.00® 3.50; bulls, stags and oxen, £l.U3<gg.tiu SHEEP— Steady. Muttons, S3.riCK3H.26; lambs, 3.50®4.25; stackers aud feeders, $3.5C@3.5J. Receipts: Hogs, 1.60J; cattle, 100; calves, 5; 60. Wall* of «w Bnraert Bnlldlnfr Cttllit p** •with Aful ReiUlt—A Score ov More or Workmen Burled tJenfiftih tho Fnllluc Debris—Eight Mon Taken Oat !)«.;.I and Seven Bndly Injured, 801110 of Whom Will Die. ST. PAUL, Dec. 4.—A sequel, terrible- in its fatality, has just been enacted to the great fire in the St. Paul wholesale district of midnight of Nov. 18. Shortly after 1 p. m. the center wall of the %vo«t section of the Shepard building, recently occupied by Griggs, Cooper & Co., fell in, burying the workmen beneath tho ruins. Of the men at work beneath the wall at the time it fell eight were taken out dead and seven badly injured. Homo vine the Dead and Injured. Immediately after the accident occurred all the patrol wagons in the city were summoned, and Chief Clark, with Chief Jackson and Assistant Chief Martin, made an attempt to organize the laborers who were net under tho wall and get them to work. The men were wild with excitement, however, and it was a long time before more than half a dozen could be induced to go to work. The others ran back and forth around the building shouting to each other and uttering imprecations against the contractors, or stood gazing blankly at the ruin. The group that went to work in less than half an hour had tuken out ten men, Five of Whom TTcro Killed, and five injured, one so severely that the physicians on the ground stated that he could not live until ho reached the hospital. By this time a larger gang had been put to work and the work of removing the debris went on rapidly. Finally the contractor, Wilcox, was taken out dead and mangled beyond recognition, his head apparently mashed to a pulp. The wounded were taken to the city hospital in the patrol wagons and the dead, with the exception of one man, were laid out in the Great Northern freight house. Scenes on the Spot. It was a sight never to be forgotten as the dead and injured were taken out, eome of them crushed, almost to a pulp. One of the men, supposed to have been a sub-foreman, was taken out in his fur coat, nothing but Ms feet and limbs being visible. His head and body appeared to be crushed out of all shape. There were men with all their limbs broken, faces bruised and crushed out of all semblance of humanity. Others were nob so badly mangled, but had evidently been instantly killed by brick falling on their heads. Cause of the Accident. The cause of the accident, as near as can be learned, is that tho wall, which was much weakened by the fire, became top heavy from tho lai'ge amount of debris removed from tho bottom, and fell over of its own weight. For some time it has been considered dangerous by people who frequented tho place, but the contractors, who examined it, pro nounced the wall sound and the men continued to work without fear of accident. The wnll had appeared firm and gavi no sigTi of weakening up to the time of tho fall, when it cazqe down in a heii x without a sr-cond's warning. The excavations about the base have been carried on very rapidly and the greater part of the debris had been removed. Tl<« .Hilled and Injured. ST. PAUL, Dec. 5.—Up to the present time the number of fatalities reported from the disaster at the corner of Third aud Wacouta streets is eight, and of those now in the hospital it is thought that two must soon die. The others may turrive. Tlr corrected list of the killed and injured in as follows: EDWARD WILCOX, employed by Kenny Bros, to make contracts. JOHN ADAMSKI, laborer. CHARLES XA.TRITZKI, foromaa. JOHN KOL1CSKI, laborer. FRANK SKWEL, laborer. ALLKN YOUNG, laborer. FRANK MARKS, laborer. PETER LAHSON, laberer, IJ«t of Injured. Frank Teshler, will probably die. Thomas Morter, skull fractured and cannot live. Frank St. Peter, chance of recovery very HAWKEYE HAPPENINGSJ Minneapolis Grain. MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7, 1891. WHEAT— December opening, gflc; closing, 8aVac; May opening, 9^e; closing, 93^c; on track, No. 1 hard, 8§J^c; No. 1 Northern, 87Hsc; No. 3 Northern. Chicago Live Stock. CHICAGO UNION STOCK YARDS. I Dec. 7, LS6i. J CATTLE— Weak, lOc lower. HOGS— Firm. Heavy, $3,70@4.<X>; mixed and medium, &3.60@3.8o; light. ta.2!j@3.70. SHEEP-Firm. Receipts: Cattle, 33,000; hoes, «,000; sheep. 8,000. _ Chicago Grain and Provision*. CHICAGO, Dec. 7, 1891. OPENING I-U1CE3. WHEAT-May, y?%e. COBN— December, 47$6c; January, «%« May, 13c. OATS— December, 82e;May, 82J6o. PORK— January, $11.15; May LARD- January, $6.16; May, t IHORT RIBS-Jftauary, $6.5#fc May, $6.90© CLOSING JPHICK8. WHS AT— December, Ittg; May, Wide. CORN-D**»bw, ±7Sic; January, M»y 43Wc. OATti-Deoembw, SfcJ4« Ja&wy, K>RK-P*w»bw. May, doubtful. John Maurer, badly bruised. Thomas Seemuttci 1 , face and hands tiurt. Mike McNamara, left hand smashed and right hip hurt. Stephen Itoade, left arm severely ia- jurod. Two men are still reported missing, and their mangled bodies will probably be found in the ruins. A coroner's jury has been summoned, and are at present investigating the cause of the disaster. A RUSSIAN HORROR. One Hundred aud Eighty Miner* Killed by an Explonlou. ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 7.— A colliery explosion at Nifba, Russian Poland, has resulted, according to the first dispatches received, in the loss of 180 lives. The killed were all miners employed in the shaft which has been almost entirely destroyed. Gyrtrfl W, field id wpteted-to be In a dyibg condition. Mayor (if ant, of New York, will sail for New York Thursday on the Teutonic. The New York court of appeals has decided that the railroads are liable for accidents to passholders. La grippe has already made its appearance at Milwaukee. A number of cases are reported by physicians. Ecclesiastical consent has been given to the holding of a Catholic congress at Chicago during the world's fair. The total coinage executed at United States mints during the month of November wafl 10,85(J,5i78 pieces: value, $8,689,206. C. N. Caspar has been indicted at Milwaukee for selling obscene literature and pictures. Anthony Comslock is the complainant. The public debt statement for November shows that the net decrease of debt during the month was $3,570.189,50. Total caafe, in the treasury, $748,856.750.16. Samuel Colleck, of Philadelphia, 51 years old, shot his wife, seriously injuring her, and then killed himself. Physicians at the Penn hospital say Mrs. Penn cannot recover. The Virginia legislature is in session. Four men were killed in a railroad accident in New York city. By tho burning of the steam barge Edward S. Pease, at Cleveland, the engineer and fireman wers cremated. Destructive prairie fires are reported in Lyon county, Kan. Many farm buildings and much hay and grain have been destroyed. The total cut of twelve lumber mills on Chequemagon bay, Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield for the season is 251,000,000 feet, as compared with 230,000.000 feet lost year. Five persons of one family, father, mother and three children, were cremated in a burning building at Detroit, Mich. Two other children and a servant narrowly escaped a like fate. The armored cruiser New York, designed to be the moat formidable as well as the largest man-of-war in the United States navy, was laimched with appropriate ceremonies at the yard of William Cramp & Sons, at Philadelphia, Wednesday. United States Treasurer Nebecker has submitted hiu annual report to the secretary of the treasury. The net ordinary revenues of the government were §10,468,535 less than last year, and the net ordinary expenses were increased 57,686,108. The public debt reduction was $37,289,762. Michael Farmer, of Hincklej', Minn., was cut in two by a St. Paul aud Duluth train. _ The Iowa State Traveling Men's association held its annual meeting at Des Moines Saturday. There are 13,000 cases of influenza reported in Hamburg, and the death rate is considerably higher, owing to the prevalence of the disease. General McCook has issued orders for the reoccupution of Fort Ma/cy by troops. The post was abandoned last spring. General John C. Black, commissioner of pensions under Cleveland, is a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Illinois. The executive committee of the National Editorial association will meet at Cincinnati Jan. 2 to fix the date ain3 place of meeting of the next convention. Colonol Dick Taylor is dead in Chi- in Chicago, aged ( JO. Colonel Taylor was a veteran of the Mexican war, and a personal friend of both Lincoln and Douglss. It was Colonel Taylor who first suggested to Abraham Lincoln the idea of greenbacks. Loppy, thfc murderer,was electrocuted at Siu^ Eing prison at 1X-.06 p, m. Monday. At Balle Plaine, O., safe blowers pro' away with $12,000 of the local bank's money. The Pacific mail steamship Nicaragua was wrecked off San Salvador. Loss $300, U)0. In a row nwr Birmingham, Ala., colored muiea-a fired 1,000 shots. Eleven were kill*ft or wounded. An oil well has just been drilled in Wayne county, Ky., which is producing l.SJOO barrels a day of lubricating oil. A Danville, Conn., correspondent tells of tho capture near that place of a snake nineteen feet long and as large around as a man^fi body. It is reported that Miss Florence Blythe, heiress to Thomas Blythe's millions, will marry a San f rancisco merchant's con, Charles Koenig, by name. At a meeting of the stockholders oi the Anaconda company it was resolved that the capital stock ba increased from $18,600,000 to $525,000.000, and the number of shares from 500,000, of the par value of $25 each, to 1,000,000. filddra Is to hate & new hotel, The paper mill at Tama wilt soon be in operation. Centreville is working for a system of water works. Cedar Rapids is threatened with a wood famine. A tariff reform club has been organized at Creston. Fourteen schools in Clay county ore without teachers. A mad dog has been terrorizing the residents of Keokuk. Creston has a curiosity in the shape of a two-headed calf. Mrs. GatherineBagets died at Dubuque last week aged 91 years. Scarlet fever has broken out at Goldfield and an epidemic is feared. The Diamond Joe company will erect a large warehouse on the levee at Dubuque. Ottumwa citizens cannot agree on the location of their projected $100,000 court house. The Mississippi river is solidly closed at Lyons and people are walking across on the ice. There are at present 424 convicts within the walls of the Fort Madison penitentiary. A lot of Dubuque dime novel reading boys have fitted up woodsheds in which to hold nightly sessions. During the year 1B90 the Boone creameries shipped outside the state 100,000 pounds of butter. ^The Ottumwa packing house is running at its full capacity and turning 3,500 hogs into pork each day. A Wabash freight train loaded with poultry and potatoes jumped the track at Moulton, causing a loss of $10,000. The diphtheria scare at Clarkville is about over. Business has been almost at a standstill for more than a month. An ice machine, engine house and other improvements aggregating $30,000 are to be added to tho Boone packing house. The Dubuque city council is considering the matter of operating its own electric light plant for the lighting of the streets, Mas Disch, who assaulted Miss Maud Collins at East Dubuque about a year ago, has been sentenced to four years in the penitentiary. Measles is the fad at Davenport. In one school room in that city thirty of thirty-four pupils are at their homes with the ailment. M. G. Mills, Democratic representative-elect from the Le Mars district, has sent in his resignation on account of ill health. A special election will be called. The Des Moines cotton mills were destroyed by firo Saturday night, causing a loss of $150,000. It was the only cotton mill in the state and employed 150 hands.. The Western Normal college at Sheiumdoah burned Thursday night. President Groan and sixty students rooming in the building escaped. The loss was about $65,000. A woman named Quitter, living near Ute, is under arrest charged with mixing strychnine in griddle cakes for her husband's breakfast;. After a hard tus- sel her victim recovered. At aged DISASTER. Ca«iet a is FRENCH MINE An Explosion of *'lre Fearful L«M of l.We. PARIS, Dec. 7.— A fearful disaster reported from the St. Etienne ooal in th» Kmtbweat of F*anoe. While eighty miner* wer« engaged io the pit M» ffptoioB <rf &g dam WHW*d the tbe ww Sioux City is threatened with a water famine. The propeller Fountain City is supposed to have been lost. W. H. Bargent, traffic manager of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis road, is dead. The poor house at Osceola, Neb., was burned Monday night. All the imimtcs were safely removed, The by-laws of the Minnesota Grain Growers' association have been filed with the secretary of state. Minister Whitelaw Reid telegraphs; the state department that France has removed the prohibition on American pork. Four employes were killed outright and five badly injured in a wreck on the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Menaphiu road. It is reported on what is considered good authority.that Rev. J. H. Oechter- mg will be waned to succeed Father iTlaacfa 0s bishop of La Crowe. The pknt tt o£|th« Long Lake Roller '" company, of Hnbbjiro, <9fiuuii>, in- New Hampton A. S. Birdsall, 24, was recently swindled out of $500 by a Chicago gang, who claimed to' be the "Chicago Iheatrical company." He put up the cash and took a worthless mortgage as security. Burglars seem determined to possess a gold watch owned by C. M. Hart, of Council Bluffs. It is a family relic and was stolen several months ago and afterward recovered in St. Louis. The same watch was stolen again Monday night. The Dubuque electric car line, which has been using the new storage battery system, finds it too expensive, and will probably adopt the overhead wire system in the spring, The manager of the company says it costs $100 a week for batteries for each car. Iowa is all right financially. The cash on hand is $522,949.50; receipts for biennial period, §3,004,240; this added to amount on hand is $3,587,189.50; regular expenses for next two years, according to last two yeaw' expenses, $3,OS3,227.84, leaving for appropriations $553,882.25. Some dynamite being thawed out by employes at tho government works near Davenport. exploded one morning recently, causing buildings to tremble in the city. The workmen carried a. largo quantity of the stuff out of the shanty where it was stored after a part of it was on fire. A member of the firm of J. Olken- heiraer & Co., earthenware importers of Dubuque, who went to Germany a year ago for that purpose, has discovered the secret process for white enameling pot- /i'J tery known only in that country «ndv. will locate an establishment at Dubuque/ the first in the United States. William H. Blume, a Des Moines county farmer, last summer grew 1,600 pounds of sugar beets on one-sixteenth of an acre, or at the rate of 35,000 pounds per acre, and the weather being dry and unfavorable did not then get a fair average crop. He thinks tha,t no more than one crop should be raised every five years on the same pie«e of ground. The wife of William Schutte, a farmer living five miles northwest of Eldora, reported Sunday that her husband had been found dead in bed, Saturday be bought strychnine at Steamboat Rock to kill rats, as he saidi but his wife said he took it himself with suicidal intent. There was some suspicion that the womuu poisoned her husband and aa investigation will be held. The Ottumwa coal palace, irtxich during the past two yoara has ittrwsted. to that city 100,000 visitors has btsea sold at public auction, Street Commissioner Padden bidding it w for 13,010. The patece a* it stuuda <**t over $250,000, and was built by tkt ($$,. sens of Ottuniwi* for tbe purpose of *j. tracting attention to tbf «<& .oo«* ftalde

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