The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1893 · Page 2
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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, May 24, 1893
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'• V THE T1PPES IDES MOINES, ALGOfrA. IOWA [ I AUSTRALIAN CRISIS THE FINANCIAL SITUATION IS EXTREMELY ACUTE. ROYAL BANK OF QUEENSLAND SUSPENDS. A Month's Holiday Proclaimed to Enable Embarrassed Mine Owners to Arrange Their Affairs — Nicaragua Revolutionists Gaining ' Ground — French Troops Attacked by Siamese. London, Way 17—Advices froiiiAus- tralla show that the financial crisis is still acute. This morning a dispatch was received announcing that the Royal Bank of Queensland, limited, had suspended. The London agency of the bank Is at 1 and 2 Freuchurch street. The court of queen's bench has made tm order for the winding up of the London Chartered Bank of Australia, •whose head office was at Melbourne, and has adjourned similar petitions for the winding up of the Australian Joint Stock Bank of Sydney, and of the National Bank of Australasia. The London Bank of Australia failed on April 25, with deposit liabilities of about £6,500,000. The Australian Joint Stock Bank of Sydney failed on April 20, with liabilities amounting to«about £13,000,000, an the National Bank of Australasia suspended on April 30, •with deposit liabilities of about £3,000,000. Brisbane, May 17.—The government of Queensland has proclaimed a'holiday for one month in the gold fields, in order to enable the mine owners and others embarrassed as to their business by the recent failures to make new arrangements of their financial affairs. chemical apparatus. It is well they did, 'or after the flre had been "extlhgiiished the firemen found unmistakable evidences of incendiarism and the plan !md been so arranged that the death of several firemen would have been the inevitable result had a stream of water been turned into the place. Piles of kindling wood had been fired and then several palls, partially filled with ierosene had been suspended from the ceiling by slender strings. It was evidently the intention of the incendiary to have the fire which he started in the kindling wood .eventually reach the strings and thus empty the oil all over the floor. A stream of water would have undoubtedly broken the strings and the result of the ignition of' all that oil, with a couple of fire jompanies right in the room, would liave been awful to contemplate. By using a chemical apparatus the firemen extinguished the flames and at the same time steered clear of the kerosene palls. The loss was-only §250. It was found that Bennett had §2,000 insurance on his household effects. The building was owned by W. W. Wallis. mve been in Chicago. The trial was an . NICARAGUA REVOLUTION. Reported to Be Carrying Everything Before Them. New York, May 17.—A special cable from Panama says that the revolution- sts are carrying everything before them. All depi'tmteuts are now controlled by them. In some of the departments nearly every citizen joined the revolution, leaving Sacaza without supporters. Thousands of volunteers have been rejected by the revolutionists' leaders because they did not have arms. Oiie- half of the organized revolutionary army is armed only with hatchets. Perfect order prevails iu the revolutionary camp. The soldiers are paid every day. All property belonging to the citizens which is taken for the use of '.the revolutionary army is paid for by. the. wealthy leaders who furnished the money to back up the movement. Prisoners are humanely treated and wounded government soldiers are well cared for. All laws are fully sustained by the revolutionists as during times ol'«peuce. President Sacaza lias adopted drastic measures to control the country. Severe punishment is inflicted on all whom he cim find who sympathize with the revolution. Property belonging to revolutionary leaders in Managua lias been confiscated and foreign residents of the capital go armed to protect themselves from assault. > KREH NOT SATISFIED. Customs Oollectorship Suits Him Bet- 1 ter Than His Present Job. Milwaukee, May 17,—Some politicians (ire quills positive that Col. Kress is to tie-given his old position of collector of customs in this district. The city ut- toiney wears an unusually con tented expression of late and it is taken as giving color to tliu rumor. Col. Kress likes the Job of collecting bettor than drawing up bond ordinances for Aid. Hanke. In case ho goes out of the city attorney's office V. W. Seeley will likely become city attorney. PLATE GLASS TRUST. tion, had any authority to act on the question. Commissioner Tousley thought thai the committee had Jurisdiction. The matter was in direct charge of the installation department and the director general had power to act and the commission had control of the director general. He implored the commission to act and at once. "Thomas should be ousted," he said; "we have been called, and perhaps justly, subsidized effigies. Now let Us do something." General St. Clair then made a speech in behalf of Thomas. He said he did not. believe that the report of'the com- milte presented sufficient facts to warrant the dismissal of Thomas. He urged that the clause calling for the resignation be eliminated, and instead that Thomas be given to understand that if he did not do as the commission required he must quit. He added that a serious error -would be made were the report adopted. He told of what Thomas had done for the music feature of the fair and said it would be impossible to get any one to DIVIDING iJLNDS AMOJTO IN SHAWANO Tribal Riches at Stake—Steps to Prevent Stockbridges and Munsees Who Are Citizens From Sharing in the Allotment — How the Law Was Passed. * Bennett Was arrested on a charge of! n n i,i s nlaco. and, moreover, that if arson. He set up an alibi, claiming to Thomas left Tomlins would follow. Commissioner Hundley then offered uteresting one, and it was finally shown | tlie following resolution, to be added that the fire was started in such man- to the committee's report after the ner that it would bam for many hours! word "resignation." "unless Professor before it finally broke out into a danger-: Thomas does agree to comply with the ous blaze. Bennett was convicted and | findings and conclusions herein arrived Now Assuming Tangible Form and Is An Assured Fact. Kokomo, 1ml., nMy 17.—The plate glass trust is now assuming' tangible form and is an assured fact. It will embrace the largest factories In the United States. The Diamond works, )f Kokomo, a branch of the- company (it Elwood, Ind.; Charlcroi, in Pennsylvania, and Crystal City, of Missouri. ARSON RECALLED. An Ex-Convict Defendant in a Divorce Suit. Avas sentenced to six years in WaupuuJ prison. He Avas never heard of here since his release from "Waupuii. The complaint of Mrs. Mary Bennett, who is sueing for a divorce in Chicago, throws some light on Bennett's history. In the early part of 1866 Mrs. Bennett Avas a girl 15 years of age and lived at Severn Bridge, Canada. She met Bennett, t Avho was nearly ten years her senior and fell in love with him. They AA-ere married in December of the same year. Soon after that Bennett made a trip to Chicago, Avhich AVOS then" a pretty small tOAvn. On his tour he located a large tract of laud in the Calumet district, Avhich is now in the heart of South Chicago. Bennett had a speculative turn and concluded to preempt this laud. Returning home he broached the subject to his AATfe, "who, supposing they Avero to live on the ueAV tract of land, gave her consent. Bennett then came back and built a house on the land. Then he took his Avlfe to South Chicago and installed her in the new home. Much to her*surprise Bennett announced that he was not going to live there, but intended to leave her on the laud. Against her protest and despite her tears he returned to Canada. At unl'requent intervals he would visit his Avife and provided—but scantily, it is claimed—for her needs. Matters Aveiit along this way until 1S77, when John I. Bennett began proceedings to gain'possession of the land which tiie defendant had pre-empted. Though of the saui'e name the two were' not relatives. The case was a noted one, und>after u long and bitter fight the plaintiff AA-OH his suit and dispossessed tiie present defendant At this time it had increased in A'alue until Avorth many hundred thousand dollars. On the final settlement John Bennett gave his opponent two lots in Grand Crossing. On one of them Ellis Bennett built a home, Avhere his wife has since lived. Bennett still did not choose to live Avith his Avife. Leaving her, he came to Milwaukee. It is charged that soon after he got here he made love successfully to a girl 10 years of age. He induced her to enter into a marriage. Wife No. 2 wus ignorant of her husband's former family relations and didn't knoAV tliat he had, besides a Avife, a large family of children. Bennett and Avife No. 2 Avent to keeping a boarding house. The story of the fire and Bennett's conviction and sentence have been told above. The prison records Avill be Introduced at tho divorce trial to prove Bennett's incarceration. Bennett has already set up the claim that it AVUS some other man by the same name who AVUS sent to prison. Soon after his conviction Avife No. 2 it is charged, found out how she had been duped and secured an annulment of the marriage. She is UOAV married to another man and lives in Chicago. 'Whether Bennett AVUS in the penitentiary or not,, ho returned some yours ago to wife No. 1. Woman-like she forgave him and Bennett secured employment Avilli a cloak concern in Chicago. Soon M.fter ho resumed his relations Avith his first Avife, it is charged, he began to abuse her. His cruelty became unbearable, and a short time ago Mrs. Bennett filed her bill for divorce, charging cruelty. Before tho trial is over it is said Bennett. Avill bo treated to a surprise, lie does not know that wife No. 2 is in Chicago and that she Avill be put on the stand against him. For the reason that Bennett does not knoAV this it is now impossible of the second Avoinun, Avhom, said, ho has Avronged so deeply. Commissioner DeYoung moved that the amendment lie on tiie table. The commission so voted and General St. Clair insisted that defeating the amendment, defeated the proposition to be amended. "That is not so," said President Palmer. "The rules so hold," persisted St. Clair. "I doubt it," said President Palmer, 'and, even if they do, it would be such Infernal nonsense I would not consider it. The commission understood that it was voting only "on the amendment." And then St. Clair smilingly dropped his,, contention. Commissioner Walker said that a director of music must be an absolute autocrat if he expects to be successful. He must be empowered to select such instruments as lie sees fit. Commissioner DeYoung then called for the previous question and Mr. Lannan, as chairman of the committee, Avas given the floor to speak in ebhulf of his report. Chairman Lannan then made a clear, strong and couA'incing presentation of the whole matter and the commission listened with close attention. After a long fight tiie report of the committee was adopted and- the resignation of Mr. Thomas demanded. On the final vote on the question the commission stood 39 to 19. Milwaukee, May 17. — There is another and a more sensational chapter in the life of Ellas Bennett, who was in 188-i sentenced to six years in Waupun prison for arson. Bennett worked us a cloak cutter here. On Thanksgiving night, 1883, ho fired the building on Third street in this city, which he and a woman who passed as his wife managed as a boarding house. Bennett is now the defendant in a divorce suit in Chicago and an effort will be made to show hat the woman who lived with him here was not his legal wife. The Bennett arson case was an interesting and important one and it is still fresh in "the- recollection of Milwaukee officials. Acting Chief Rlemor, of the fire department, says that on Thanksgiving night, 18S3, an. alarm "- -" in for a flre at 179-181 Third « fire- was burning briskly ^arrived, but they con- the WISCONSIN IN BRIEF. H " News from All Parts of the State Condensed. A new system of seAA'erage is soon to bt put in at Watertown. Eau Claire will shortly have a aew police station. It Avill cost §3,000. A. man named Tramblie Avas arrested in Rockford, 111., and taken to Janes ville on a charge of bigamy. James, the 12-year-old son of S. R. Wagg, of Appleton, broke his leg Avhile Avrestling with a companion. The Eagle cheese factory hus started operations and at present is recciA'ing 2,000 pounds of milk daily. Pritchard Bros., druggists, of Kaukauna, made an assignment. The liabilities and assets aro not known. Richard Brooks, a Avell-kuown lumberman of Manistee, Mich.,intends to locate an extensive shingle mill in Ashland. James Dwyer, engaged in digging u gravel pit near Merritt, Douglas county ; was killed by a falling embankment. A. number of Neenah and Menasha officials aro visiting Oshkosh to look over its sewerage and street systems. Dr. Josliu, of Racine, AVUS arrestec and fined $10 and costs on a charge of practicing dentistry Avithout a license. August L. Baker, aged 50 years, died at his home in Racine. He Avas a resident of that city for nearly half a ecu tury. Articles of incorporation have beei: filed by the French Granite company of Ashland The capital stock is $100, 000. Three A'uluable colts belonging to August Piper, a fanner living near Racine, Avero struck by a Chicago & Northwestern train and killed. Prof. A. B. Cornwall, formerly a member of tho faculty at the Albior academy, died at his home in Ordwiiy, S. D, Ho AVUS a soldier of the late war. Twenty-live million feet of logs are Washington, D. C., May 16—A portion of the Stockbrldge Indians hi Wisconsin, including such as have adhered to their tribal relations, have taken steps to test the constitutionality of an act passed by the late congress for their "relief." A prominent law firm of Wahiugtou has been secured to conduct the proceedings, which Avill take the form of •m application for an injunction restraining the secretary of the interior from' executing the provisions of the ict above mentioned. There arc some very interesting points involved, some of Avihich are quite new to the legal fraternity,'and as the sum of $80,000 hi cash and 11,>00 acres of laud in Shawano county are involved, the proceedings win tract considerable attention. There will also be disclosed the manner hi which, the passage of the act referred to was secured, which, to say the least; was extraordinary. The Indians who nave thus vohui- the latter told him that* he would advise the president to disapprove the measure. To Mr. Sawyer's .amazement Noble advised the president to sign the bill, stating that it was satisfactory to Mr, Sawyer. The president did so and the bill became a law. There is no official record of the president's objections to iirest bill that was passed. It did not reach him until congress had entered upon the last ten days of the session, and he simply put the bill In his pocket uot appear to know how of their CAB1NET DISCUSSES THE CHINESE QUESTION. Th? Administration Much Vexed Over the Supreme Court Decision—China Will Certainly Take Retaliatory Measures—Minister May Be Recalled and Other Serious Results Follow^ AVashugtou, D. C., May 10.—The Chinese question occupied the attention of the cabinet at its meeting today. Before tiie cabinet m'ecting Chief Justice Fuller, who dissented from the decision of the supreme court, culled at tho white housts and had a brief talk with the president. Subsequently the chief justice had an interview Avith Secretary Greshani. It is understood the conclusion reahed by the cabinet Avas that the laAV could not be enforced foi' thf rr^son that there is no money uvuirbln for the purpose. The act only earili-o up- it is WORLD'S FAIR MUSICAL DIRECTOR MUST QUIT. Hot Fight on the Question—Chairman Luuimn's Report Asking the Local Directory to Act Is Finally Adopted —And It Is Adopted by a Very Convincing Majority. , amount of pulp wood will be stopped at Shawauo and shipped to the mills by rail. Chicago, May 17.—Theodore Thomas' sculp has been demanded by the national commission. And Avorso still tills quarrel has become mixed up Avith tho Sunday opening question. The Thomas matter AVUS brought up in the commission meeting' this afternoon almost, immediately after tho Sunday question hud been referred to tho judiciary eommi t tee. Commissioner Lanuan brought uju his report and moved itri adoption. Commissioner Massey Avunted to explain the vote ho would cast. Ho said ho did not Avunt to be misunderstood in tho case, but lie could not A r oto for the report bemuse he did not think that tiie commission, having delegated its Miss Kate Fischer, of tho town of Milford, Wulworth county, died of heart failure while 011 her way to market with her brother. She Avas 28 years of age. 10. A. llgery, of West Superior,"AVUO was sent to stutc prison about a year tigo on a charge of embezzlement from insurance companies, hus been pardoned by Governor Peck. Lou Huinbliu, an employe of the American Express company, at Appleton, had his right hand crushed Avhilc handling some baggage. Amputation will probably bo necessary. The store of Sherman II. Hhules, of Lodi, AVOS entered by burglars and several hundred dollars' Avorth of goods Avero taken, besides u small amount of money. Harvey Thomas, of Indian Ford, i^ock cuuly, has z-ccelvcd n parole from Gov. Peck and is UOAV a conditionally free man. Thomas AVUS convicted und sentenced to hard labor at the cotmty jail for nhio months last December qn a charge M a"~ ands will remain after they get through this contest. They are determined to Ight it out, and would rather the lawyers would get it than have any por- Jon of the fund or the land given to persons who are not entitled to either, which is, according to their theory, just what is proposed to be done under the act above referred to. The papers are now being prepared and will be served hi a few days upon Secretary Hoke Smith. For something like fifty years congress has been legislating, or trying to legislate, for the relief of the Stockbridge and Munsee tribes of Indians in the state of Wisconsin. There .have been contentions between the "Indian party" and the "citizen party;" between those who continued their tribal relations and refused to take lands in severalty and those who became citizens of the United States. It is between these factions that the present controversy arises. The tribal funds on deposit in the treasury and the unsold lands on the reservation hi Shawano county are claimed 'as exclusive property of the tribe, and that the "citizen" members should not share in the division. The ."Indian party" claims that the "citizen party" members have received their inheritance, and now by virtue of the recent act of congress seek to share in the undistributed portion of the estate. This they do not propose to permit, and in order to protect their interests have resorted to the courts. They have a very intelligent representative here who is furnishing the facts -upon which the restraining order will rest.' Next in importance to the question whether the citizen party has any right to share in , this money or these lauds, is the question AV!I ether the United States can by act of congress make an Indian out of a citizen, for that is practically what is contemplated or attempted by the recent act of congress. It is claimed that congress has no such power, and has no right to enact legislation based upon the assumption that a naturalized Indian, who has become a citizen of the United States, can for any purpose be restored by law to his tribal relation. It is maintained by those who have caused these proceedings to be instituted that tribes of Indians are distinct nations, and that membership therein can be secured only by birth or adoption; -that when an Indian has become a citizen of the United States, congress lias no more right to make him an Indian again than it would have to make him a subject of Great Britain. The manner in which this act was passed was extraordinary as its provisions are. 'Die fifty-first congress passed a bill which was thought to-be satisfactory to the tribe, and President Harrison vetoed it. His objections were that patents of , land granted to the Indians in severally should not be issued until a period of five years should elapse after the allotment. This had been the uniform policy of the Harrison administration, and the president would not sign any biH which did not conform to that idea. The purpose of this policy was that Hie lands should be hi the possession of the Indian long enough for him to realize their value and long enough for him to cultivate some civilized pursuit. Otherwise it would be only a question of a few weeks or months before the white man woidd get the land away from him for little or nothing and strip the timber from it, "It was too late then to amend the bill in order to conform to the president's views and get it through both houses again. On tho assembling of the fifty-second congress tho question of divldng this fund and tho allotment of lands in sov- eralty again came up. A bill was introduced in the house containing tho offensive provisions before alluded to, being engineered chiefly by the Indian Rights association. It also ignored the requirement of President Harrison that allotment and tho issue of patents. The bill was approved by the commissioner of Indian affairs whose predecessor had roj'ioto.l a similar measure Carlisle showed that not more than $10,000 of that sum remained. , It is estimated that it Avill cost to deport all the Chinese now in the cotui- try Avho have not complied Avitli the IUAV, more than $600,000. This statement, exhibited what one member of the cabinet called the utter inability of the government to give any effect to the laAV without further faction by congress. Under the circumstances ft is understood that nothing could be done and it is said there is little if any probability of the federal government making any immediate effort to put the laAV Into effect. One prominent member of the cabinet, Avho is regarded as a man of great force and strength of character, made the broad ,'issertlou after the session Avas over that the is nothing sliort of a political scheme enacted for political effect, (he said, in fact, something about deiuu- goguery). It is assumed, hi the ordinary course of the supremo court, that as soon as the majority of the members of the court have determined upon its exact phraseology, it Avill be transmitted to the Chinese minister to be by him forwarded to his government. This Avill necessarily involve considerable delay and congress Avill probably lie again in session beion"- a reply can b,( .unde to the communication. It is evident that the administration is, surprised by the decision and tho situation Is A-ory perplexing. With the constitutionality of the laAV settled it is embarrassing not to be able to enforce it. but in the absence of money for the expenses of deporting the Chinese, there seems to be nothing that 'can be done. If the Chinese Avould simply accept the situation and comply Avitli ihe law It Avould simplify matters, but the impression is that most of them will not do this, but Avill resist as long as possible. As to the expense of enforcing the law it is not by any means sure that i if congress AVUS in session this necessary ixouey would be appropriated. results are bound to come from the supreme court decision. The breaking off of diplomatic relations between tho United States uiid China is quite -probable as one of the outcomes of the exclusion of the Mongolians. International complications Avill arise from the question of .policy m- volvecl iu such a sweeping exercise of the poAver of exclusion. The treasury department is powerless. When the Pacific coast, finds this out it may indulge in the luxury of anti-Chinese riots, but it Avill only have its own. -congressman to blame, Avho passed a IUAV Avithout providing means' for its execution. The belief in diplomatic and official circles here is that China Avill Avithdraw her legation and break off diplomatic relations Avitli the United States. The Chinese government has been fearfully incensed and is not likely to be appeased. The AvithdniAval of its minister AA'ould necessarily be followed by the AvithdroAvul of Minister Dcuby from China. • Aftei; brenking off diplomatic relations the Chinese government Avill, in all probability, retaliate against the United Stutes|by excluding all Americans from its territory, and the exclusion of our cltlzenli would throw most of their business ;u)to the hands of tiie English. Tb,e -jhurches have deplored the probability.; that their missionaries Avould bo 6xe U( -ied, Less than a year ago there Vas an agitation against the "foreign devils," ns tho missionaries are callet, and the Chinese government had.. grea : ' trouble iu repressing the outrages. .fl vcu though inclined to let the missloL u .i es stay it mny uo t cure to enter. upi n lho struggle Avhich Avill bo necessary 0 in . otcc t them, and may suggest, that i hcy jj (ld bet(er re turn to tho United Stn1m Tllls is ouo ol - tho possible etlec, s of the lliw> , lllrt j s not quainilM with the record of the sis companies during the past three of four years regard this request, coining from them, as rather surprising in cool assurance. These officials rissert that of the 110000 Chinese now fn the United States probably one^third have come liito this country illegally) that the six companies have persistently encouraged the violation of tiie law by furnishing transportation from China to this country t'a Chinamen, and supplying them with fraudulent certificates on their arrival and taking collateral from them when they landed hi tho United States for moneys advanced pn passage. In fact tiie six companies, 'it is asserted, have practically mortgaged upon the labor of thousands of Chinamen for years to come, and if they are now deported in accordance Avith the ^decision of the supreme court the six companies will lose hundreds of dollars advanced by them to Chinese immigrants. Secretary Greshain AVUS seen this morning, but he declined to discuss the matter, stating that there Aflis nothing noAv from a diplomatic standpoint, and therefore, nothing to talk about. ' No action conccrnug the Chinese exclusion from a. diplomatic standpoint has yet, been taken by the state department. The Chinese minister in Washington has not communicated AA'ith the department of state relative to the enforcement of the laAV. At the legation it is stated thnt there is absolutely nothing to give out in regard to the matter and Avould not be until tho home cov- cmiuent is heard from. NOBODY BLAMED. Lieut Rogers' Report on the Milwaukee Crib Disaster. -Washington, May lO.-The report of Lieut. Rogers' investigation of the Mil- Avaukee crib disaster, with special reference to the conduct of the life saving crew on that occasion, was made public this afternoon. The report has been in the hands of Assistant Secretary Hanilin for several days. He considered the matter of suffi- dent importance to study the report carefully before reaching bis conclusions. His opinion is summed up in the following endorsement on the back of Lieut Rogers' report. "I have examined the Avithiu case and read the evidence. In my judgment no special action is necessary, except that I recommend that a suitable medal be awarded Surfman Ingar Olson." Lieut. Rogers' report covers fifteen pages of type-written paper. It begins with a description of the UCAV intake tunnel and of the crib from the inside of which operations Avere to bo carried 011. He describes the weather of the night of Wednesday, April 19, stating that the gale was the most furious for- many years. He then relates how the lighthouse keeper at tho North Point saw the house on tho crib topple and fall, and of notice being given to the police and to the life- savlog crew. Lieut. Rogers then reviews what was done to effect the rescue of tho doomed men by the life-saving crew and others. in -t.. It: AVUS passed by tho house and, mainly ns a result of tin; exertions of Senator Jones and the Indian Rights association, it got through tho senate, Mi 1 . SaAvyer resisting its utif- 1 Senator Ssnvyer called tho prcsldcni'b attention to tho fact that 'iho bill contained a provision that patents should bo issued iu one year to such ns would accept them and become citizens, and confidently expected that the president " bill. To make sure of tho least importaii j> 01 . n 10 _ ha VD hud great In uoncc i n "exTeudYng "'I C T me ^°£ <ie United States, "•'.elusion not may Tho fact that the remain a dead letter A\ '1 not affect the th 10 resentment felt by the L, lnMO govern . Numerous telegrams ha , celvort at the treasury dopa yesterday nodi}, respecting of the supremo oourji in exclusion cases. Most of th , , KiMins ask (hat Iho law pe sul 0 , ,,^ for at lenst six months, as }ts oxe? ut UiU time \\ill impose great on Chinumeu in the United, |tates. •'" Among tho telegrams v ~ from the attorneys of companies Avho also, eipn. of the ;onded ition TO BE A -COLLEGE PRESIDENT. Clark University Gives a Wauwatosa Minister a Call. Milwaukee, May lO.-The Rev. D 0 John, D. D., for the past year and a half pastor of the Methodist church of Vjauwatosa, has been •unanimously elected president of Clark University of Atlanta, Ga. The honor came Avith no solicitation vor even kuoAvledge of tho step on the part, of Dr. John, whose fiist intimation AVOS contained in the telegram announcing his election. For some time Dr. John occupied the chair of mental and moral philosophy at Oliu-k University, which is one of the largest and most important colleges m tho south, and one of the leading- Mothodist institutions ' of learning in the country. As yet Dr. John has not signified his intentions relative to the election, but it is probable that ho Avill accept. BOARDING HOUSE BURNED. Valley Lumber Company's Property of Eau Claire, Destroyed. ' EMU Claire, Wis., May 17.-The large boarding house in the saw-mill district, belonging to the Valley Lumber company, burned this morning. Most of the contents wore saved. The loss Avill reach about $5,000- rally insured. It was occupied by mill workmen. John McGowau, one of the employes, was struck by a fulling chimney and seriously hurt. William Carson, president of th'e Valley company, was up stairs in the building Avlieu the hro started. The flumes run through it us if it were a hay stack. It Avas believed by Hie large croAVd that Carson was being burned to death, The firemen rushed iu and searched till llio firo drove them out, but Carson had already made his Avay out. ERASTUS WIMAI, , ASSIGNS. Now York, May 10.—Erastus Wiman today made an assignment to Lawyer David Bennett King, of 44 Pine street. Tho assignment, was signed by Mr. Wimnn and Assignee iKug ut Mr. king's office. Mr. AVimuii would not make any formal statement. He merely said that the assignment AVUS Avithout preference. At tho close of the conference be- AVeen Wiman and Attorney A. B. Fletch- or, tho latter, representing a majority of the stockholders, made the following statement. "Whnan figured mo this morning that his fc amount to some $600,000. aro to a large extent a, jecture, as he OAVUS ] ti be made very vai phome, Jn some cases /already .Tied through, he

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