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TUB UKPfcl DES M01NSM: ALQON4, IOWA WEDNESDAY MAY 4. 1808. THE HEWS. IN IOWA SHAW ADDRESSES TROOPS. frell* *heni o< the Proposed Re- orRnhtratlon. DES MOINKS, April 29.—Governor Bhaw yesterday visited Camp McKinley and addressed the troops. He spoke of the necessity of reorganizing the four regiments of Iftwa into three regiments, us required by the call of the president. He stated that he had appointed a committee to examine and report to him their estimation of the fitness of those men holding commissions in the Iowa. National Guard, and this report would have great weight in the selection of officers. He also stated that subsequent promotions will be based upon merit and the recommendations of senior officers. In conclusion he said if there were any in the ranks who would not accept a colonelcy if given it they could have transportation home, and on the other hand if there were any officers who were not willing to serve in any place Bent, be it exalted or humble, they, too, could have transportation. The governor's remarks were received with hearty applause. TERRIBLE DEATH OF A ^CHILD. Fell From B Train nnd Was Cut to Pieces. Sioux CITY, May 1.—Mary McCain, the 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. McCain, of Dead wood, S. D., came to a horrible death on the tracks of the Sioux City & Pacific railway company near the little town of Salix, Iowa, The child was traveling with her mother and three younger children, and it was getting late into the night. The mother fell asleep in the car, and the child was playing in the aisle. Suddenly she walked out on the platform and in an instant had fallen from the train. The train was stopped as soon as possible. It began to back up at a good rate of speed, when suddenly the trainmen saw the frail form on the track not fifty feet in front of the moving cars. It was too late to stop the train, and three cars passed over the body. When taken out the remains were found to be terribly mangled. PERSONAL TAX ASSESSMENTS of Bun Behind Over 85OO.OOO In the Business District of Des Molncg. DES MOINES, April 30.—Footings the personal property assessments in the several districts of Des Moines are nearly completed and will probably be ready in a week to turn over to the county auditor for enrollment on the tax books. In tho West Side business district the total assessment of personal property will be $400,000 less than it was a year ago, and in the East Side business district at least §150,000 less. This is due to the change in the revenue law. Last year mercantile stocks, etc., were assessed at but fifty per cent of their invoice values. This year the law requires that they be assessed at 35 per cent of cash values. The loss 1ms been almost entirel3' on mercantile stocks. In the residence districts there has . been a gain on monies and credits, clue to the fact their owner must swear to the lists turned in to the assessors. It is believed that the gain in the seven residence districts will be aboxit enough to offset the loss in the business districts. SIOUX CITY FIRE. f ROOPS AT DE§ MOINES. at Town's Troop* Sto*e In Camp Fair Grounds. DES MOINES, April 26.— A message from Secretary Alger was received by Governor Shaw at 7:45 last night designating Iowa's share of volunteers under President McKinley 's call as three regiments of infantry and two batteries of light artillery. Orders were at once sent to enrh company ol the four regiments of Iowa's national guards to assemble nt the state fair ground in Des Moines, which has been officially designated as Camp McKinley. General James Rush Lincoln will command the camp. The men will be in camp inside of twenty-four hours. DES MOINES, April 27.— Forty-four companies of National Guardsmen nre now encamped at Camp McKinley, leaving but two to arrive. The number in camp falls about 800 short of the 3,000 reqiiired us Iowa's quota of infantry by President McKinley's call, and enlistments to the full number will be rapidly made. In order to be certain of enough eligible men, Governor Shaw issued a proclamation directing the sheriffs of all counties to receive applications for enlistment from suitable men who have had military training and report the applications at once. AN IOWA CYCLONE. Western Iowa Visited by n Dlstrttctlv« Storm. CouNCii, Ui/tnTS, May 3.—A cyclon« visited western Iowa Saturday evening, doing great damage to propertj and inflicting injury to several people Fortunatly no was killed. The towm of Maurice, Akron, Westficld, Oto and Alto were visited. At Macedonia tlu Odd Fellows' Temple, Micklewate A Young's grain houses and tho Macedonia lumber Company's yards were wrecked. Small losses were numerous. The depot at Maurice was blown down, the house of John Nicolay was destroyed and the St. Paul & Kansas City elevator was demolished. Near Whiting James McClain's house was turned upside down. Several houses were destroyed near Akron^rfnd several people injured. Near Sheldon several farm houses and barns were destroyed, and six persons were- injured. In South Dakota one man is reported killed. IOWA'S TROOPS. Fifty of the Pens of tho ^stockyards Destroyed. Sioux CITY, April 30.—About fifty of the pens of the Sioux City Stock Yards burned. They were situated in the northern part of the yards. The loss is probably $30,000, fully insured. Twelve or fifteen head of cattle were burned. The yards were well filled at the time with cattle belonging generally to speculators, but they were all driven to pens removed at safe distances from the burning portion. A severe wind was blowing' at the time, and the yards were full of hay and litter, but the fire department succeeded in confining the fire within a much smaller limit than was expected. The origin of the fire is unknown, but is believed to have been caused by tramps emoking around the pens. ONE REGIMENT CAN'T GO. Secretary Algcr Says We Can Send Foni Regiments. DES MOINES, May 3.—As a result oi the urgent solicitation of Iowa's congressional delegation Secretary Algcr has wired Governor Shaw that Iowa's quota of volunteers will be changed so as to provide for four regiments ol infantry, doing away with the light artillery which had been called. This settles the reorganization question with satisfaction to all concerned. It is estimated 00,000 people visited Camp McKinley yesterday. Successor to "Old Alio." FT. DOUOE, April 30.—"Old Abe," the caglo carried by a Wisconsin regiment through the civil war, will have a successor in this war. A large golden eagle that has been kept in captivity for three years at the IT. B Trusty farm, has keen purchased by a company of citizc-ns and will be scnbtoDes Monies as a present to Company Gfrom this city. Ho has been given the name of Ft. Dodge, He is a beautiful specimen, measuring seven feet from tip to tip, and ugly enough in temper to take a piece out of any Spaniard who does not see him first. IOWA CONDKNSKD. ALL OVER THE WORLD Send Adjutant General Bycrs Decided to It llonif. DES MOINES, April 30. — Governor Shaw yesterday decided the reorganization question, and the result is that the First regiment will be returned home. Adjutant General Byers laid the proposition of selecting three regiments to 8° *he front before the regimental officers, and they agreed to abide by the plans. The adjutant general then selected the Second, Third and Foxirth regiments, becaiise they contained the largest number of enlisted men and were of highest rank under\m|litai-y rules. The First reg- ''iU be returned home. Volunteers Cumins- 1 , PJ?S MOINES, April 39.— -Over 300 volunteers were enlisted, yesterday. Hundreds of applicants pre&ent them-' selves dail. _ CONDITIONS IN CUBA. Men Between the Age* oi IS and BO Mnst Join Spanish Army. SANTIAGO DE CUBA, May 1.—Don Pombo, commandant general, has proclaimed that every man between 15 and 50 years of age must enroll with the volunteers for service, under pen*- alty of death. Tho Spanish soldiers threaten to kill every Cubnn man and outrage every young woman when the blockade .begins. The government has seized all the food in private hands. The price of meat increased from. 40 cents to $1 per pound in three days. Other prices in gold ar«: Rice 34 cents a pound; beans 3\ cents; flour 19 cents; lard 33 cents; chickens $3.50 apiece. The 'Spanish soldiers, especially the sick, are abominably fed. Fourteen hundred sick in the military hospital get nothing except bean soup three times a day with an ounce of meat. Preparations for the defense go forward, however. PORTUGAL WITH SPAIN. Stops the Dispatch of Telegraphic Information Regarding Spanish Vessels. LISBON, April 39.—It is officially announced that the Portuguese government has stopped the dispatch of telegraphic information regarding the movements of warships in the harbors of Portugal. The effect of this prevents sending information as to the Spanish fleet at the Cape Vcrdc islands. LONDON, April 39.—The action of Portugal prohibiting the transmission of news dispatches regarding warships caused a sensation, as revealing that she is doing every thing possible to aid Spain. ANOTHER RICH PRIZE. The Steamer Guide, Worth 84OO.OOO, Captured By the Terror. KEY WEST, April 39.—The Spanish (steamer Guide arrived here in charge of a prize crew from the mo-ntor Terror. She is of two thousand Uons and is loaded with provisions and money for the Spanish troops in Cuba. The prize is valued at $400,000. The Terror sighted her off Cardenas, gave chase, fired a blank shot as an order to heave to. No attention was paid to it and the monitor began firing solid shot, with the result that the pilot house was riddled and one man was injured. SHERMAN RESIGNS. , A Farmer 1 EfcppBA, April 38.—John W, Gibbs, «ntil recently a prosperous farmer of Providence tow n $hip, is missing, and ^uwerous creditors are apprehensive as }p \vhetUer fchey will ever see Gibbs 9gain M he able to reach ft satisfactory " fopfr flffigg*ffl y< , »|U*4 k? F^U-lP? *tt* to - $ojNE|&, '4pi«}} 98,^-rJp$eph, Pan- nady w ,as killed by falling slate at a —^ i b^ipg sunk, Qnj^famth. pf a mile The Seventh district republican congressional committee held a meeting ut the Kirk wood hotel at Des Moines and selected Knoxville, Marion county, and July 37, as the place and time for holding the convention. Ed- uuind Nichols, of Perry, will be temporary chairman. Geo. Cress, a young farmer living near Bertram, was put off a teain neat Otis a few nights since, because he had no ticket and would not pay his fare. Later his mangled remains were found on the track. He was drunk, and it is supposed ho laid down on the rails and w as struck by a freight following. Grinnell dispatch: R. M. Haines, attorney for President Gates of the University of Iowa, is authority foi saying that tho American Book Company has dismissed that portion of its charge not stricken out by Judge Woolson, and will go to the court oi appeals in the hope of getting a reversal of Judge Woolson's action in striking out all except one paragraph of the book company's charge. One hundred of the boys in the State Industrial' School, at Eldora, have tendered their services to Gov ernor Shaw to assist in driving the cruel Spaniards 'out of Cuba. The boys range in age from 10 to 18 years. Their knowledge of the manual of arms would be of material benefit In case they were enlisted under the banner of Uncle Sam. Major Shaffer, under whose charge the boys have acquired their knowledge of the use oi arms, holds his title by virtue of the governor's appointment. The governor informed Secretary Al« ger that Iowa would have three regiments of infantry ready to be mustered in and wove on May 3. More time will be needed to get the artillery ready. $ev, I. E. Pearson is at work in the office of the city clerk &t Pes Moines upon dat» which he expects to use as tlie basis of a suit in. the district court to test the mulct law with respect to the term of operations oi petitions of consent. }Ie holds that petitions are M«d Pttly one year .and tjjut a pew pn.e |s necessary after e»eh gen,- ' ejection. Assistant Secretary I)ny to Take Ills Place. WASHINGTON, April 20.—John Sherman has resigned as chief of the state department and will be succeeded shortly by Assistant Secretary Day, who in turn will be succeeded by John B. Moore, of New York, now professor of international law at Columbia college. Mr. Moore has occupied the office of assistant secretary of state \mder several administrations without regard to political changes. Bound for Tampa. CHATTANOOGA, April 30.—Eight batteries of artillery, the Twerity- i'ourth regiment and the Ninth cavalry broke camp under orders to proceed to Tampa, Fhi., at once. As fast as it was possible for men, guns, horses, ammunition and camp paraphernalia to be loaded on cars they started on a fast schedule. The trains will be given the preference over everything' else. There is no intimation of the ultimate destination, but the general belief is that ail immediate invasion of Cuba is contemplated. FIREb ON WATAN2AS. Not "W&t Y«t Known What Damage l)one to the Fortifications. WAsnrNOTON, April 28.—Associated Press advices state that the New York, the Puritan and the Cincinnati bombarded the forts at the mouth of Matanzas harbor yesterday afternoon^ There were no casualties on out- side, but it is believed that the hail of iron which pounded in the forts must have caused loss of life to the Spanish, though nothing is definitely known. The object of the attack was to prevent the completion of the earthworks at Punta Gorda. A battery on the eastward arm of the bay opened fire on the flagship from the eastern forts, but all fell short. About five or six light shells were fired from the half-completed battery. Two of these whizzed over the New York and one fell short. The ships left the bay for the open sea, the object of discovering the whereabouts of the batteries having becn,accomp]ished. In the neighborhood of iiOO shots were put on land from the three ships at a range of from 4,000 to 7,000 yards. KEY WEST, April 29.—From an eye witness it is learned that Captain Sampson ran the New York into tho entrance to the boy, which was guarded by batteries on each side. These batteries opened fire on the flag ship, which at once began bombardment of both batteries. The Puritan soon sig- nalled for permission to fire, which was granted, and the Cincinnati was also soon in the engagement. When tho bombardment had continued eighteen minutes without any damage to the fleet, the Puritan silenced the last battery with a shot which landed right on the gun which had spoken a moment before. There is no information as to the loss of life, but the Indications arc that many were killed. PLAN OF CAMPAIGN. to Supplies to Ho Forced Through IleeoucontradocB. WASHINGTON, April 30.—General Miles will personally lead the invasion of Cuba. Ten thousand troops will accomplish the invasion, working in conjunction with the navy and the Cuban insurgent forces. This was finally decided upon at a conference in the White House between President McKinley, Secretary Alger, General Sh aster and General Miles. The point of invasion and the point of occupation have been selected. Havana is to be attacked from the rear. The Red Cross steamer State of Texas is to be sent ahead with supplies for the Cubans. If tho Spaniards fire on it, their act will be the signal for the bombardment of Havana. Admiral Dewey's Bold Tfrorfc in Btnnlift Harbor Brings a Great Victory. LONDON, May 3.—At Manila yesterday Commodore Dewey's Asiatic squadron met and practically destroyed the Spanish Philippine squadron. Two engagements were had, one be- gining at 5 p. m. and the other at 9 a. m. The cruiser Reina Maria, Christina (flagship), the cruiser Castella and the cruiser Dan Juan de Austria were completly destroyed, the cruiser Don Austonio de Ullns was badly injured, and the Spanish captain general, reporting losses says: "Other | Spanish ships were forced to retire, some being sunk to avoid their falling into the hands of the enemy." The loss of life is said to be great. Commander Cadarzo, of the Maria Christina, being among the killed. Admiral Montejo changed his flagship from the Maria Christina to the Isla de Cuba during the engagement, thereby escaping the fate of the commander of the Maria Christina. The fight took place inside the harbor at Manila. Under cover of darkness Admiral Dewey sailed boldly into the harbor, passing the batteries on each side of the entrance and successfully avoiding the mines with which the harbor was filled. All of the advices thus far received are from Spanish sources, but the Spaniards are remarkably frank in confessing that their shipS have been destroyed. Although they announce that the fight is a victory for the Spaniards they make no claims of losses to tho American fleet, simply saying the fleet was badly damaged. There can be no reliable information until dispatches are received by way of Hong Kong. NEW Yonic, May 3.—A London special to the Journal says: Further reports from Madrid admit that Admiral Dewey lauded his men under a strong guard, after the first engagement was fought, preparatory to making a combined land and naval attack on the forts. The Spaniards admit that the American ships are now anchored together inside the bay, and although some are damaged none are badly disabled. The Spanish report says five of their ships were badly disabled, and says the American fleet was compelled to retire. The Spanish boats sought refuge under the guns of Cavillo forts. The Castilla was burned to the water's edge. Several boats of the Spanish fleet were sunk to prevent them from falling into the hands of the Americans. UNITED STATES DOES NOT PERPETUATE MEMORY. tndlftn Names Are Popnlr.r—States nmt Cltle* of the Union Lead in the Honor of Having Battleships ChrU* «ened After Them. Military Activity in France. FAIUS, April 30.—It is announced there is extraordinary military and naval activity displayed throughout France, and ships were recently mobilized and were kept in fighting trim. The reserves expect to be called out. SPANISH SPIES. In the has the Chinese Question Settled. BEIU.IN, April 80.—Baron ~\ r on Buelow, the minister for foreign affairs, in a speech delivered before the budget committee of the reichstag, said he hoped the period of surprises and excitement for China had now closed. He added that he anticipated all the powers would address themselves to developing peacefully what they had acquired. By a cabinet order, just issued, Kiao-Chou becomes a German protectorate, under her consular jurisdiction. Miss Gould's Contribution to the War. NEW YORK, April 29.—Miss Helen Goxild confirms the report that she tendered the United States government 8100,000 to aid in prosecuting the war aganist Spain, Miss Gould added that though President McKinley had acknowledged the offer, it had not yet been accepted. Volunteers to be Increased. WASHINGTON, April 30.—The house committee on military affairs agreed to increased the number of volunteers to be raised by the United States at large from 3,000 to 30,000. This will allow the eplistment of 10,000 yellow fever imuiunes. Neutrality Declared. LISBON, April 30.—Portugal's neutrality decree has been published. It forbids the equipment of privateers in Portuguese waters. Sheimndoau Reaches Fort, LivEJU'Ooi,, April 39.—The American ship Shenaudoah reported captured by the Spanish some days ago, has ai> rived safely. When John Shanophy, a lazy Jersey- man, tries to prolong his life by theft instead of labor, he steals big things. He once stole an anchor in Perth Amboy, for which crime he was sent to jail. Now he is in jail again for running pff with a locomotive. A Brooklyn young man, engaged to an heiress, had the misfortune tq kis,s her while he had a tell-tale clove in his mouth. She terminated the engagement, and now the discarded suitor has taken to drink;, and doesn.pt Attempt to hMo Ms bad bftfeits under the aroma of cloves. Captain McLean, of the Omego, just arrived from Ponce, Porto Rico, sa3 r s the people of Porto Rico are appealing to the United States for arms and ammunition with a view to rising against the Spaniards. The declaration of war, Captain McLean thinks, will precipitate a revolution. The officers of the JJ'ourth brigade, composed of South Carolina state troops, met in Charleston recently and passed resolutions refusing; to be sent to Cuba. The men say they will stay in this country and fight, but they will not go oiitside of the United States as individual soldier companies to fight the Spaniards. It is stated that letters of marque are to be issued by the Spanish government. This step has been contemplated ever since the possibility of war became apparent. It is estimated, though it is difficult to say upon what grounds, that in a very brief period between 1,500 and 2,000 corsairs can be equipped ready for scouring the seas in search of contraband of war destined lor the United States. The cabinet a few days ago held a special meeting to discuss a general proclamation of neutrality issued by Great Britain. The war ships of the United States and Spain, it is reported, were warned to leave British ports within forty-eight hours, and that is said to be the reason why the Asiatic sqiiadron sailed so soon from Hong Xong for the Phillipino Islands, The cabinet regards the action as of great benefit to this country. The big Spanish steamer Panama, which left New York April 30 for Havana with a number of Spanish refugees and u very valuable cargo, including stores for the Spanish army, was captured near Havana by the lighthouse tender Mangrove. The Panama (3,800 tons) is a very valuable prize, and only hove to after three shots had been fired across her bows by the Mangrove, The Panama is a Spanish auxiliary cruiser, and the commander of the Mangrove took chances of having a fight on his hands in tackling the big ship. It is said that Germany will not issue a declaration of neutrality, the idea being to preserve her freedom of motion and "to be in a position to intervene if she considers it necessary."' The navy department has received official confirmation of the advance of Admiral Dowoy's fleet for the Philippines, It is likely that the news of the first naval engagement will come next. A battle with the Spanish fleet in the Philippines is expected ,to take place before the bombardment of Havana begins, In, this evept the will be held for ran'spm. Many of Them Now at Work United States. MONTKEAI,, May 1.—That Spain arranged for the use of spies for present war is now an ascertained fact. In addition to the employment of ordinary private detectives the Spanish minister at Washington, ever since the Cuban insurrection began, has had a large number of secret service agents in all the seaports of the United States. These agents went to Washington and' reported to certain trusted consuls, who in turn reported to the minister. Every one of these secret agents is still in the states and has been reinforced within the last few days by a large number of others. These agents will not report to Polo but to persons in Mexico and Canada, who in turn will send reports to Madrid. Spanish Fleet Has Sailed. ST. VINCENT, Capo Verde Islands. April 30.—The Spanish fleet sailed in a southwesterly direction at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning. Its destination was unknown. Orders will be given at sea. « LONDON, April 30.—The departure of the Spanish fleet from Cape Verde is regarded as the first really important news of the war. No further information has been received here as to its destination, but it is considered not unlikely that it will go to the Canary Islands to await reinforcements from Cadiz, without which it is considered a hopeless task to attempt to attack Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet. It is also supposed that it may attempt to intercept the American cruiser Oregon. The idea that it will attempt to bombard United States coast cities is not seriously regarded here. She Failed to Kun the Blockade. KEY Wl'ST, Fla., April 30.—The small Spanish sloop Engracia was captured by the gunboat Newport oft' Cardonas and brought to Key AVcst. The Engracia had a crew of seven and a cargo. The men on board had been in the Spanish navy. They were endeavoring to get into Havana wdth news of the movements of jthe United States fleet, Scarcity of Wheat in England. LONDON, April 39.—The continued rise of wheat causes uneasiness, the price now being higher than at any time during the lust twenty years. A meeting of protectionists in London again agitated in favor of the government reserve of wheat in England. A law of Now Zealand awards a pension of £38 annually to every respectable person who has attained the age of sixty-five and has resided twenty years in the colony. The few policemen required to preserve the peace in PJaintield, N. J., think of resigning since one of the force was sxtspcnded because ho had flirted with a servant girl. This is the worst form of tyranny, they assert. The storekeepers of Ponca, Okla., are not allowed to sell intoxicants to .Indians- The red men have discovered that they can get comfortably drunk OR lewon extract. One fifty cent bot* tie produces a quiet jag. The nomenclature of the vessels of the United States navy is deficient in names made famous by acts of naval heroism, but abounds in geographical terms, which make a list of Uncle Sam's ships resemble an extract from a postal guide, says the New York Tribune. There is a class of vessels in the English navy known as the "admiral" class, where the names of Nelson, Anson, Rodney, Benbow and other naval leaders may be found, and this same method of perpetuating the names of admirals exists in Russia: The custom of preserving the names of victories is also observed in many countries by naming vessels after the place near where the light occurred. But in the United States navy these customs cannot be carried out, and, although the name of Farragut is lion-, ored and revered by the navy, no large! ship of any class bears the name of the' hero of Mobile bay. In the torpedo-' boat class there are exceptions to this rule, and the fleet contains an Ericsson,; a Gushing, a Porter, a Foote, a Dahl-i gren, a Dupont, a Goldsborough and. others. The slngle-turreted monitors, bear Indian names, such as Comanche,.' Catskill.Canonicus, Mahopac, Montauk,; Wyandotte, but not to the exclusion of 1 other names, for the list includes the names of Ajax and Manhattan. luj the old wooden navy the names of • Franklin, Adams and Marion are still, preserved, along with Yantic, Alert and! Nipslc. The Indian name is also rep-resented in this class by several ves-, sels, among which are the Mohican,! the Monocacy and the Omaha. The' double-turreted monitors have names| which are to be found nowhere in ship.; nomenclature except in the United: States navy. Among them are thej Amphitrite, the Miantonomah and the Monadnock. The Vicksburg and the, Annapolis are composite gunboats and : are named after places where import-! ant military operations took place. No : set rule seems to obtain for the nam-i ing of gunboats. The list includes the Petrel, the Machias, the Nashville, the Helena, the Concord, the Bancroft and; the Bennington. The armored cruisers, like the New York and the Brook-| lyn, are named after cities, as are the' 1 protected cruisers, such as the Atlanta,' the Baltimore, the Charleston, the Chicago, the Cincinnati, the Columbia, the Newark, the Raleigh and the San Francisco, although the Olympia is also of that class. The amoral battleships, of which the Maine was a good specimen,; are all named after states, except the] Kearsarge, which by special act of con-, gress was named to perpetuate the old ship which had won distinction in the famous fight with the Alabama before the days of the steel battleship. The old wooden navy is made up of the venerable invalids, all put away in comfortable quarters. The Constitution is the training-ship at Newport; the Vermont is used as a receiving ship in the Brooklyn navy yard; the Dale is used by the Maryland naval reserve; the Independence is the receiving-ship at Mare island and the Jamestown is a quarantine ship. The Monongahela is attached to the training squadron, the New Hampshire is the headquarters of the New York naval reserve and the Saratoga is a nautical-school ship. The man whose name is the same as that of some city ; may, if he become a naval hero, see a; United States ship bear his.name, but: unless that combination exists it is/ doubtful if heroism would ever adrf the name of an individual to the list/>f United States warships. ARTIFICIAL FISH NESTS. liluck Bass PropaRators Make Use or Machine-made Homes. From the New York Press: Men engaged in the work of fish breeding have noticed that black bass often had trouble with their nests. Sometimes they could not find enough suitable material on the bottom to build them ,as they wished, and at other times the storms or currents would destroy them after the bass had spawned, thus causing the loss of all the eggs. It is extremely difficult to propagate black bass artificially and this led the breeders to supply artificial nests for the use of the bass. They are made of earthenware and have a little gravel cemented in the bottom. The fish have taken kindly to them and lay their eggs cheerfully in the factory-made nests. Italian Colonists for Venezuela. An Italian named Dotti has catered into an agreement with the Venezuelan government to colonize in fv*ene- zuela 1,000 Italian families per aEJium, to estabbllsh a bank for the benefit of agriculturists, with a capital o>f $3,750,000, and to maintain a line of steamships between the colonies and Italy. To encourage the ' scheme the government grants large rebates of taxation and other privileges aud assures the new colonists general wel-- come and protection. Which? Coachman (driving stout old lady on a lonely road in a very high wind)— "Please, mum, will you 'old the 'orses while I run after my 'at, er will you run fter my 'at while I 'old the 'orses." -TH-BUs. Whore the Noise Cuiue From. Little Johnny opened his drum to rind out where the noise came from." "Did he find out?" "Yes. When his father came hou;e Uic no!;>; came from Uttte Johnny."— r :u ' ' -.

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