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MOINEB: AI^ONA. IOWA WEDNESDAY MABOH 2. 1808, TfiK UPPER DBS SAB tRAQEDY At CLEQHORN, A Bbt-Tear-Old Child Accidentally Killed by ills Mother. GnfifiioKtoE, Feb. 25.—A terrible tragedy occurred in Sheridan township, a mile afid a half from the little town of Cleghorn, in which Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wilcox accidentally shot and instantly killed her 6-year-old son Irvin. A few nights previous to the tragedy Eddie, a 14-year-old brother of Irvin's, loaded an old navy revolver and placed it on a tehfclf in a closet withotit placing a cap fon the nipple. While playing around ;the house, Irvin found the revolver, 'and, going to his brother's pocket, took ia cap. He then took the pistol to his •mother, who was in the kitchen, and fasked her to put the cap on the gun, :"so it would snap." Taking the 'breech of the pistol in her hand, while ithe boy, who stood in front of her, held on to the muzzle, which was point- 'ing at his chest, the mother was assisting her son in putting the cop on the •gun, when there was a report and her .son sank dead at her feet. Mrs. Wilcox was relcnscd from tho insane asylum at Independence last July, where she had been confined for some tfme. Her insanity was caused from •grief over the loss of her husband, who died two years ago AID FOR CUBA. Governor Shaw Issuea a Call for Aid for tho Suffering. DES MOINES, Feb. 25.—Governor Shaw has issued an appeal for aid for tho starving Cubans. To facilitate the collection and forwarding of money and supplies, ho has invited tho following gentlemen to act as a central committee: Capt. V. P. Twombly, Capt. M. T. Russell, Hon. William L. Carpenter, Col. Joseph D. McGarraugh, Milo W. Ward, James Watt and George S. Perry. These gentlemen all reside in Des Moines, and will receive and transmit whatever may be contributed and placed in their hands. The governor also invites the mayor of each city and incorporated town in the state to co-operate with and through this committee. Local committees can be organized where deemed necessary, and in the absence thereof contributions made to the mayor of any town will be promptly forwarded to the committee above named. COURT OF INQUIRY. dov. Shaw IBBUCB an Order In tho Cases of the National Guard Ofllcera, DES MOINES, Feb 20.—One more step has been taken in the now famous row between General Guest of the First brigade and ex-Adjutant General John R. Prime, in the contest for the office which General Guest is now holding. Governor Shaw has appointed a court of inquiry. Application was made for the appointment of such a body by Major John Hume and Captain Emory Worthington. The appointment was made on the application and the court will consist of the following members: General James Rush Lincoln, of Ames; Colonel D. V. Jackson, of Museatine; Colonel W. B. Humphrey, of Sioux City. It was directed by the governor that the court convene in Des Moines Tuesday, March 8.? THE STATE DEBT. Exact Statement us to tho Condition of tho Treasury. DES MOINES, Feb. 25.—According to the figures which Senator Funk has obtained for the benefit of the senate ways and means committee the state of Iowa is in debt, above all cash on hand $052,748.88. The total amount of warrants outstanding is $813,807.22. But there is cash in the treasury to offset this of §101.124.34, leaving the state actually in debt over §050,000. Tho debt is subject to such frequent changes that it may vai-y $100,000 in the course of a week owing to the warrants which may have to be issued ana the funds which are received. CALLS IT AN ACCIDENT. Not Miss IToght Thinks Clausen Did Intend! to Kill Her, REINUECK, Feb. 20.—The indications now point to the recovery of Miss Minnie Foght, who was shot by Richard' Clausen. Physicians state that the danger lies in the formation of a blood clot on tho brain where the bullet was removed. Miss Foght states she remembers nothing of the occurrence, but is inclined to the belief that Clausen's act was the result of accident, and that when he appreciated tho consequences be committed suicide because of reinorse. Given tho taw's Limit. DuiJUQUE, Fob, 26.—Judge Hustcd sentenced C. O. Daggett, convicted of an unnamable and revolting crime, to ten years in the Anamosapenitentiary, the utmost limit allowed. Duggett's attorneys will appeal to the supremo court. Drake Ig llai>i>y. INDIANOLA, Fob. 20.—The state oratorical contest was won by Drake University of Des Moiues. Tho successful orator was F. C. Aldiugor, and his subject was "Webster and the Constitution." Budd 0., Feb. 33.~-In the trap (Sbpot between Bolla 0. Heikes, pf Day- tpn, and C. W, Bu4d, of Des Moines, for the cast iron inedal and cnawpion- ehip, conditions were 100 live pigeons each, and 8100 a side, American Association rwleSi JJeikes won by a score Pi 91 to 88. ' Pertwfc ISen't Vp tot Ufa. Feb. &?,—Theo. Jlertoch, wife's #rs| -.,.,., - f polse»j' was sentenced $9 labor fop jy$, Ifra, Berteob .has STATE FINANCES* and Mean* Committee* of Both Houses Announce Result of Work. bBsJtfOiNES, Feb. 23.—The joint report ol the coiiiniittees tin ways and means, oi the two houses, was filed In both houses Saturday. It gives tho basis of anticipated revenue on which the state must work in arranging its appropriations for the coming biennial period. For 1898 it ia estimated tho treasury will receive $2,231,854, to which adding $108,045 on hand January 1 gives$4,840,000available. Expend! tures for samo time are estimated at $2,045,000; this including only $90,000 for extraordinary appropriations. Resources thus exceed expenditures by $205,000. An- plying this amount to tho state debt ol 1717,820 will reduce tho debt at the end of the year to $422,820. Tho 1899 estimated expenditures are $1,825,000; with tho same Income as estimated for 1898, the balance of tho debt would bo paid during 1899; all but $82,000 of It during tho first half of that year. If tho legislature makes extraordinary appropriations to any amount, it must raise tho levy or give up tho effort to got out of debt during the next bicnuium. A levy of 3 mills for 1S99 would get tho state out of debt, and loavo about $100,000 surplus, provided tho valuation under tho now revenue law remains as high us under tho old, of which there is some doubt. Tho substance of tho report is that it will require a 8 mill levy in 1899, and tho assumption that the valuation will not contract under tho now law, to allow tho state; to got out of debt, provided any extraordinary appropriations arc made. DOUBLETRAOEDY AT REINBECK Unsuccessful Attempt to Murder Followed hy Suicide. REINUECK, Feb. 25.—Minnie Foght was shot by Richard Clausen, a 15-year- old boy. Clausen was in the employ of Mr. Foght, and asked for a shotgun to go hunting. The request was refused, and the girl insisted that he was too young to use firearms, to which he replied that he would show them who could use firearms. When Mr. Foght was in the field, young Clausen shot at Miss Minnie through a window and most seriously wounded her, the bullet of a rifie he had procured lodging in her head. The girl was found lyingin a pool of blood, and after a search Clausen's body was found hanging lifeless to a rafter in the barn, where ho had ended his own life. Medical assistance was brought to Miss Foght, but her recovery is doubtful. The coroner's inquest developed the fact that Clausen attempted to get poison with the expressed intention of killing himself. Clausen was crazed with a rankling desire for revenge, and many feel that he should be given no sympathy. Serious Fire at Buffalo Center. BUFFALO CENTEII, Feb. 28.—A disastrous fire swept Buffalo Center laying waste a large portion of the business district. The fire broke out in the basement of E. E. Sider & Co.'s general store and Gilaud & Co.'s bank, Gardiner's drug store, Elder & Co.'s general store, Thompson's furniture store and Hardigan's meat market were destroyed. IOAVA CONDENSED. At Cedar Falls recently Harvey Me- Kee, an emplos'e of the street car line, was terribly crushed between the cars while making a coupling. His collar bone was fractured and driven through the flesh tissues. The muscles of the left arm were completely severed at the elbow. Ho will recover. Frank Awe, of Forest City, committed suicide. This is tho second case of self-destruction in Forest City within a short time, and the occurrence created a sensation. Awe used a revolver. He fired a bullet in the vicinity of the heart and quickly followed it by another in the temple, lie was about 50 years old and in good financial circumstances. The cause is said to have been despondency over sickness. Iowa is noted as the principal corn state of the union, and tho crop has a higher money value than any other crop produced in this state. The average corn crop, however, is only about 32 bushels to the acre. It is therefore not to be wondered at that our readers are surprised when there is a report of 150 bushels per acre or more, Tho new Iowa Silver Mine produced in 1800, 215 bushels x^er acre, and in 1807 yielded 211 bushels per acre. That our subscribers may see the character of this most wonderful corn, the Iowa Seed Co., of Des Moiues, Ia., have consented to send a small sample with a copy of their large illustrated catalogue, free to any of our renders who ask for it. Thirty-five prominent women of Des Moines have formed the Iowa Association Opposed to Woman Suft'nigu. The association will be .state wide and is formed to work against tho passage of a woman suil'rugc amendment in Iowa. Among those present were Mesdames C. Gr. McCarthy, .Simon Cassady, II. A. Foster, C. 1). Duke, Henry Plumb, Dr. Fellows, L. L. Doekstador, A. Sheurerraau, A. Thomiis, Horace S. Price and Martin Flyiin. Mrs. Martin Flynn was chosen temporary chairman, The constitution adopted provides that all persons over twenty-ono who are opposed to woman sult'i-age shall be eligible to membership. 'Permanent officers will be elected at a meeting to be held in two weeks; /Die work of organizing' associations in other towns will then begin. Calendar dispatch: -Brick Aaburg, a young man- well known about Cul- iendar, was found dead by the side of the Hock Island track about a half mile north of town, having undoubtedly been struck by a passenger train while walking north, The terrible Btorm and wind probably prevented h,ju» from hearing the train. He w«s known to leave Collendar » few jaonjents before the trail* was due, saying b,e would go up to visit spine wjvp live close /tp tfce track wile jjprth, fand, thai af.Jjijn. AIL OVER THE WORLD THE MAINE bISASTER. NEW YOBK, Feb. 32.—Great military preparations are being made. The forts are being reinforced. Three hundred artillerymen have been sent to 'Sandy Hook and the naval reserves have been ordered to hold themselves in readiness. The gun cotton and smokeless powder factories are working night and day, and it is generally believed that a great crisis in the relations between the United States and Spain is imminent. CIJICAGO, 111., Feb. 23.—The.Tournal's Washington special says on the authority of an officer of the navy that it was decided at a conference of several members of the cabinet that Spain was bound to protect the vessels of a friendly nation in its harbors and if the Maine was destroyed by a torpedo whether with or without the knowledge of Spanish officials she must pay damages for the vessel nnd 1 to the relatives of officers and men killed, amounting in all to from 813,000,000 to $15,000,000. MADHID, Feb. 33.—The Spanish government has ordered a cruiser of moderate size and power to be laid down at once in the dockyard at Cadi?;. Admiral Uernejo admits that Spain is looking for three warships. NKW Yonic, Feb. 23.—A dispatch from Madrid says: The admiral commanding at Havana telegraphs that Spanish official investigations of the catastrophe to the Maine terminated, and that the first exploration made by official divers has shown that the disaster was quite accidental, and not caused by any exterior cause. Premier Sagasta in person conveyed the official telegrams to the palace, where the queen regent expressed satisfaction on hearing the result of the investigation. NEW YOKK, Feb. 23.—The Merritt & Chapman Derrick and Wrecking Company has signed a contract with the government to raise the battleship Maine. Work begins as soon as possible. WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.—Advices from Havana state that the wrecking tug Right Arm is at work on the wreck of the Maine. FOUND BY DIVERS. Evidence Tlmt the Maine \Vas Blown Up From Without. NEW Yor.K, Feb. 20.—The Herald's Havana dispatch says: In the light of discoveries made in the wreck of the Maine, there is no longer any reason to doubt that the explosion which wrecked the Maine came from underneath the vessel, and that her magazines had nothing to do with the initial explosion, and played a much smaller part in the general disaster than was at first supposed. This evidence is that the forward part of the keel of the Maine, with its ribs and plates, was stove upward so far that parts of the shattered double bottom show out of water, and in places sections of the green painted outer hull are. visible. PREPARATIONS FOR WAR. Groat Activity Is Munifostoil tit Ft. BIc- I'hcrHon, Near AtlunUi. ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 20.—Activity has never been so great at Fort Mcl'horson as at the present time. The stir is attributable to General Merritt's arrival. Everything is in readiness to move the regiment to any point tlmfo may be designated within a few hours. At a consultation between Colonel Cook, commandant of the fort, and railroad officials, Colonel Cook was assured that the men could be transported to Florida within a night: It is said Colonel Cook told the railroad men to have ears in the yards for \ise at any hour. IWcKlnley I'ronuroH for Emergency. CHICAGO, Feb. 2ii. The Tribune's Washington special says: To a senator who called upon him to ask some serious questions as to the policy of the administration, President McKinley said: "I do not propose to do anything- at all to precipitate war with Spain. Up to tho present I do not think that war is cither necessary or inevitable. I would be lax in my duty, however, if 1 did not prepare for the future. The situation is grave, and the policy of the administration will be determined almost entirely by tho course of events from time to time. There is no necessity of alarming the people, but congress must be ready to assist the administration without making too many inquiries us to the course of current events." SpuiiiurilM t'linnorliif,* for AVur. LONDON, Feb 27.—A Madrid special says the report from the United States that public opinion there is becoming more excited owing to tho impi'ession that the loss of the Muine was not due to accident, is ''stirring tho popular feeling in Madrid and the conviction is increasing in ministerial circles that tho worst must be expected. The orospect of war is popular with all parties and the more excitable newspapers are urging the government to strike the first decisive blow." Indians never use profane language \intil they learn English and become civilized. So says Bishop Leonard, of Nevada. A legacy of 5530,000 came unexpectedly to Michael Ring-rose, of Opelousus, La>, and tho ecstasy caused by his inheritance led to insanity. A jolly old boy is Nicholas McQuillan, of Soutjiold, N, Y. Ho celebrated Ills 100th, birthday by loading a dance with his gister, whoso ago is 91. Tesla declares that he- has perfected ftn electric light of such power that it wil} enable photographers to produce as good pictures at night as by gun,. MgH WAH IN CUBA MUST CEASE. President McKlnley Preparing an Ultimatum for Transmission to Spain. WASHINGTON, Feb. 23.—President McKinley is preparing to move upon Spain. Within sixty days he will present to the Madrid government a demand that the war in Cuba be stopped. This demand has been already decided upon, but the terms in which itis to be expressed will not be arranged till after the Maine incident is cleared up and the Spanish note now in transit to this country has been received. The demand which the president has resolved to make of Spain docs not mean war, necessarily, but it does mean peace in Cuba and a cessation of the horrors of the situation now existing in that island. It may bring on a critical situation, but probably no hostilities. The president will point out to Spain that the situation in Cuba is intolerable to the United States; .that there are no signs of a settlement by Spain alone; that as matters now look the war is likely to go on indefinitely; that this government has waited patiently for the experiment of a new administration and a new policy in Cuba, but that no good appears to have come from them; that autonomy is a failure, and that neither from the civil nor military point of view has General Blanco achieved a success; that many thousands of people are starving, with no prospect of an amelioration of their condition. AGAINST ACCIDENT THEORY. Tho Forward Magazine of the ATnlno Did Not Explode^ NEW YoiiK, Feb. 28.—A .-special copyright cablegram to the Evening World from Sylvester Scovil at Havana says: Divers working forward found absolute proof that tho forward magazine, which alone could have so damaged the ship, is surely uncxplodcd. The magazine sides and lloors are practically intact and in such shape as would be impossible if such an explosion within occurred. Many divers have so sworn to the investigating board. It is now believed by experts that a big torpedo or mine aided by 500 pounds of saluting powder in the reserve magazine next to the big magazine might have produced the actual results, both as regards extent and direction found in the wreck. Collapsed powder casks found about the magazine have hexagonal marks in the thin copper where the external pressure forced it into its contents of hexagonal powder. Coal for the Battleships. PlTTSliUKG, Feb. 20.—It is learned the navy department has closed contracts with the incorporated firm of Castner. Curran and Bullitt, of Philadelphia, for the delivery at Key West, Sand Keys, Dry Tortugas, Savannah, Charleston and Fortress Monroe, of 250,000 tons of Pocaliontas coal, and with the llhodcs & Beidler coal company, of Cleveland, for the delivery of 50,000 tons of the Goshcn coal of that company. The stipulations of the contracts just placed are that the coal so ordered shall bo delivered at the designated coaling stations as soon as it is possible to do so, and that the utmost secrecy be observed about the matter. Troops Kcitdy to Move, LKAVKNWOKTU, Kan., Feb. 25.—A state of tension exists ;it Fort Leavenworth caused by the receipt of telegraphic orders to have tho entire command ready to move at twenty hours' notice. Preparations have been completed for any emergency, and it is stated that tho infantry and calvary can be moved on six hours' notice. IJREVITIKS. The referendum has approved the proposal for the redemption of the Swiss railways by the state. The vote was 300,000 against 175,000. At Chicago a few days ago Adolph L. Luetgert was sentenced by Judge Gary to be imprisoned in the Jolict penitentiary for the period of his natural life, for the murder of his wife, Louise Luetgert, Mny I, 1807. The judge refused to make any stay of execution, and his prisoner will be taken to Juliet at once. Three hundred villagers made a demonstration in the village of Stro- ina, Sicily, a few days ago, demanding succor. Several were armed. They refused to disperse and the. soldiers who intervened were greeted with a shower of stones and pistol shots. The troops returned the fire, killing two peasants and wounding four. A lieutenant uiul u police officer were injured. Rock ford, 111., dispatch: In a blinding snowstorm a north-bound IHirling- toii train and a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul train, south-bound, collided six miles southeast of this city. Both trains were going at full speed when they came together. Engineer K. C. Tilden, of tho Milwaukee train, was killed and over a score of trainmen and passengers were injured, some of the former fatally, while the passengers escaped with a few bruises. London dispatch: Great activity is manifested by the colonial otlice, officials of tho West African department and among the higher military officers who are going out to Lagos. Hinterland. The latter are inclined to discredit the newsito tho effect that two French expeditions are advancing within the sphere of British influence, but add that if tho news is con- flmicdit must be followed N by a declaration of war. Tho stock market opened much depressed, but with no Of panic. French Statesmen Make a Sudden Coup. GREAT BRITAIN NOT ALARMED, Government Announces That the Move Need Not Bo looked Upon with Alarm Territory Is Not to Be Used as a Base for Naval Operations. London, Feb. 28.—A dispatch to the Daily Mail from Singapore says that It is reported from Chinese sources at Hong Kong Chat a French force has landed at Kwan-Chuen-Wan, 240 miles southwest of Hong Kong, and informed the Chinese that it intends to erect buildings. London, Feb. 28—In the house of commons the parliamentary secretary for_ the foreign office, George N. Curzon, replying to a question by Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, member of parliament for York, as to whether France intended to occupy Hal-nan as a naval base in the far east, similar to steps taken by Germany and Russia, said that the French government had ntimated to the British ambassador at Paris, Sir Edmund Monson, that it had not the least intention of initiat- ng any such policy in China. NINE PERSONS BURN. 'earful Tenement DlHaster at Charleston, Soutli Carolina. Charleston, S. C., Feb. 28.—Nine ives were lost in a fire which raged for a short while in Church street Friday morning. The dead are: Mrs. Rebecca Knickmeyer, Caswell O'Neal, Josephine Knickmeyer, 7 years of age; Katie Knickmeyer, IG years; Leonora Knickmeyer, 9 years; Frances Knick- neyer, 6 years; Lillie Knickmeyer, 3 years; a baby of Mrs. Knickmeyer, 1 nonth old. At 2:10 o'clock a policeman on duty, loticed sparks from the tenement louse at 160 Church street. The officer saw flames issuing from one of the windows on the first floor. The doors were broken open and the family on that floor was taken out without in- ury. Somebody cried out that a number of women were sleeping on the Lhircl floor. The police ran upstairs, tind when they reached the top story ;he life-saving work was stopped by the flames, which seemed to be playing over the entire building. The cries of the imprisoned inmates nerved Patrolman Bagley to brave almost certain death. He wrapped his coat about his head and dashed through the wall of flame into the rooms on the third floor. Groping about blindly he stumbled over three jodies. Again he plunged through the Ire bearing two of the corpses. When .10 endeavored to return he found the looring burning away. Before anything could be done the joists gave way, carrying down ' six persons. The fire was soon under con- Irol and the bodies were recovered. ATTACK ON MR. DINGLEY. Representative Moody Accuses Him of Favoritism—Proceedings. Washington, Feb. 28.—A long and exiting debate over the question of river and harbor appropriations was precipitated in the house Friday during the consideration of the sundry- civil appropriation bill. Mr. Moody selected an appropriation of $350,000 for Rockland, Me., which is in Mr. Dingley's district, and his remarks in denunciation of what he termed favoritism approached the sensational. Mr. Berry (Ky.) succeeded in securing the adoption of an amendment increasing the appropriation for the Kentucky river from $105,000 to $350,000. The senate amendments to the army appropriation bill were agreed to. Henry W. Corbett's right to a seat was under consideration by the senate for five hours. Mr. Spoorier (Wis.), in a few words, concluded the speech which ho began Thursday in favor of Mr. Corbett, and was followed by Mr. Teller. Sugar licet* in lllinoiu. Campaign, 111., Feb. 28.—The first sugar-beet convention of the state was held at the University of Illinois Friday, being presided over by Prof. Eugene Davenport, head" of the college of agriculture at the university. Prof. Davenport has been making close investigations into the sugar-beet industry the last few mouths, and has come to the conclusion that the beets can 4 be successfully and profitably raised by Illinois farmers. More than 150 persons, most of them large landowners in different parts of Illinois, attended the convention. The afternoon was devoted to a discussion of the factory to be used and the relations between the manufacturer anil the farmer. No final steps were taken. l-u Clmmi>u£iio .Sighted. New York, Feb. 28.— The Dutoh steamship Brenierhaven arrived here at noon Friday and reported that on Feb. 19 in nildocean she had sighted a vessel, which is believed to be tho French line steamship La Champagne, now six claya overdue, {jroeu lUnittiu by Tommy Uyttn. San Francisco, Gal., Feb. 28.— -Toin my Ryan of Syracuse defeated Georg< Green (Young Corbett) of this city p r i day evening iu eighteen rounds hi t well-contested flg-ht throughout. Will Hud >y»nt lu London, Feb. -gg.— The Calcutta correspondent of tho Times says there is every prospect of one of the best 'harvests ever gathered la India. IOWA LEGISLATURE. SENATE. Des Moines, Feb. 38.—A large portion ot the session was devoted to the discussioi of Gorrell's bill which seeks to tax morfc rages to the owner of the same, tho Ownei if the land only being required topaytakd on his equity in the property, The mea» ure engendered a hot discussion. GorrelL Everall nnd Bolter spoko for the bill ahd Titus and Berry opposed it. No vote wa« reached. Everall presented a petition signed hy 1,885 citizens of Clayton countj protesting against the pardon of 3, Weslej Elkins, the boy murderer. HOUSE. The house held a short session, but did nothing important. SENATE. Des Moines. Feb. 24.—By a vote of 43 to 2 the senate adopted the substitute for the joint resolution by Titus providing for biennial elections after 1902. Tho sonata took up the Gorrell bill for tho taxation ol mortgages on real estate. _ Following an extended discussion, tho bill was recommitted to the ways and means cominittoo. The committee on public health recommended for passage Hurst's bill prohibiting first cousins from marrying. Kilburn introduced a committee bill in relation to the care of country roads. It abolishes the district system, and puts tho roads under tho charge of tho township trustees. Under It roads may bo kept up either by contract or hy work under supervision of appointed superintendent. HOUSE. The house defeated tho hill by Smith, of Harrison which provided for tho repeal ol tho law which prevents the name of a candidate from appearing in moro than one place on the official ballot known as the anti-fusion law. Ray's school book bill, which provides for uniformity and state publication, was recommitted to tho committee on schools and text books to bo reported not later than next Tuesday. E_a- ton's bill to establish libraries in school districts was shorn of its mandatory powers and was still under discussion at time of adjournment. SENATE. Dos Moines, Fob. 25.—Garst's motion to reconsider tho voto by which tho board of control hill was made a special order for Thursday of next week came up. After discussion lusting an hour and a half the motion was withdrawn Borry introduced a resolution for an amendment to tho constitution allowing the general assembly to fix the number of jurors in tho trial of u case, and providing that a five-sixths vote of the jury shall bo sufllcient to find tho verdict in the easo. Tho bill allowing county and district agricultural societies ¥200 per year in certain cases was consider-' od but no voto was reached. HOUSE. Blake's anti-treat hill, which provides that candidates for office shall not treat voters to drinks of spirituous and malt liquors, cider or wine, was debated at great length and finally defeated by a close vote of 50 to 47. Tho hill to authorize the board of trustees of tho agricultural college to purchase land for experimental purposes was passed. Tho house voted to grant a pardon to James Johnson, now serving a life sentence for a murder committed in Pottawattamie county in 1885. Tho Hobart bill, known in legislative circles as tho Temple amendment, passed. There was but one vote in the negative. A bill passed 1 ooking to tho ventilation of coal mines and providing for violations of its provisions. Another bill passed which relates to the screeningof coal. Bill appropriating $1,000 for tho case of Linnie Haguewood passed. SENATE. Dos Moines, Feb. 2(3.—Tho senate devoted nearly an entire half day to a bill by Bird of the house to have tho state pay the express on state documents. It was finally passed. A bill passed to permit tho Agricultural College to buy eighty acres of land for experimental station purposes. HOUSE. A motion to reconsider tho voto by which the primary election bill was lost, carried. Tho bill was then amended to make it take effect Muyl. Several bills of minor importance were passed. Ray introduced a resolution providing for final adjournment March ]8. Eaton introduced a hill providing for the examination of the books of county treasurers. The bill requiring express companies doing business in tho state to pay 2 per cent of thoirgross earnings into tho stato treasury, instead of 1 per cent, as heretofore, was passed. Practice in United States Patent Office. DES MOINES, Feb. 24.— There are 35 principal examiners, an examiner of interferences and ail examiner of trade marks, and each is practically a court. There is also a board of exuniiners-in- chief composed of three men. The commissioner is also clothed with judiciary power. From the adverse decision of an examiner appeal may be made to the examiners-in-chief upon the payment of §10. From the decision of the cx- nmincrs-in-chicf to the commissioner upon payment of $20, and from his decision to the court of appeals of the District of Columbia. Some of the most valuable patents granted arc obtained by contests there- for in this series of courts. It is the duty of examiners in the United States patent oftiee to make objections and refuse claims for patents ns often us they can find good reason for doing- so, and the duty of an attorney to overcome all objections raised if it is possible to do so. An uttorncv who docs not know his rio-hts and inventors' rights and lacks the patience ability and courage to prosecute claims, in other words maintains his rights regardless of the time and labor required to do so, is not .such an attorney us an inventor should employ to secure a patent. Hy the joint efforts of an examiner and an attorney in a contest for a patent all the objections arc made that probably can be made before a patent is allowed. KO ihtit when itis issued it will stand trial for validity in the courts. Jleiice there can bo no objection on account of the refusal of claims if such action is not unreasonable and delays incident to u contest are really in the interest of the inventor. Valuable information sent to inventors free. THOMAS G. Ojswia & Co., __ KoHdtons_pf Patents. Thirty-five unfortunate gamesters committed suicide at Monte Carlo last year. ' When u fish has lost any of its scales ° rubrilsio »' «*y are.never The cloak on which Wolfe breathed Jus last, at the capture of Quebec, is ° UrloBl11 " i The Japanese cultivate chrysanthemums m 209 varieties of colors Of ' 13 , tj ,' T j' i ' '^ - * - 4j rt ",. ', "" f 1 ' f i ij'%f^ 1 "'^

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