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TflS OPPKft DES M01NMS! ALGONA IOWA, W1DNB8PAY. NOVEMBER 0, ...1806.. THE TOS IN IOWA tdfet A FRIGHTFUL DEATH, i, a I-Rtmer. M**ti With Fatal Accident While Riding Home. CROAK RAPIDS, Nov. 5.—Thomas Ryan, a farmer living near Prairie- bure, met with a frightful death. He and a neighbor named Conthadine left town at dark, both under the influence <ft liquor. Conthadine woke up at noon the next day in Ryan's barn and asked for Ryan at the house. Ryan's eldest daughter became frightened and started in search of her father, finding his lifeless body about half a mile from the house. The body was fearfully mangled and an investigation showed that Rynn had been dragged for three-quarters of a mile. All the clothes Were torn from one side of the body and scattered along the roadway. It is supposed that the team became frightened and with a quick jump jerked him over the dashboard and that his clothes caught and held him, Conthadine being too drunk to appreciate the horrible situation. Ryan leaves four orphan children. His wife died last May. since which time he has been drinking heavily. LAW IS OBSCURE. Attorney General Aakeil to Give Light, to Medical Examiner*. , DBS MOINES, Nov. 7.—-The state board of-medical examiners has asked the attorney general to furnish it light on the law authorizing the board to issue certificates to osteopaths to practice medicine in Iowa. There are 28 applications before the board from osteopaths w'ho want permission to practice in Iowa, and who claim to be graduates of the osteopathic schools of the state. The law, passed by the last general assembly, authorizes the osteopathic examiners to issue certificates to these graduates in osteopathy, but there are several provisions of the same law which are markedly obscure, and Mr. Remley has been asked to pass upon the law before the certificates are granted. GILBERT WINS. He Cln- Secnrdk the Sliver Cap at the clnnntl Gun Clnb Shoot. CINCINNATI, O., Nov. 5. — At the Ci'n- ' cinnati Gun Club live bird tournament Fred Gilbert, of Spirit Lake, la., won the silver cup and the live bird championship of America. Only Elliston, Gilbert, Budd and Young contested in the shoot-off for the cup. Elliston lost three of the first twenty-five birds and dropped out. Gilbert, Young and Budd tied on twenty-four. In the second shoot-off they tied on twenty- three. In the third twenty-five Gilbert killed twenty-four and won the cup, with Budd and Youiig each scoring twenty-three. It required 100 birds to decide the championship contest, of which Gilbert killed 90, Budd 85, and Young 95. Keoknk looses Packing Industry. KEOKUK, Nov. 4. Many Irish- American families, now residents of this city, will return to Ireland on account of the shutting down of Coey & Co.'s pork packing plant. The majority of the employes were Irish and many of the heads of families r have already expressed their ptention to return to the fatherland. *ne family has already left the city for Ireland and more are to follow Boon. Keokuk suffers considerably from the closing down of this plant, as it was her leading industry, employing 250 men regularly and often running almost double that number. The company paid on an average of $70,000 a year in wages and salaries, 8100,000 lor railroad transportation charges, $50,000 for barrels and casks, and 810,000 for insurance. Coey & Co. packed about 17,000 tons of ice' each winter for their own use, expending for that 510,000 in addition to the above. The Keokuk plant has been operated for eighteen years, but the management says it has been losing money for the past three years. The main office is in Belfast, Ireland, and another branch is in Gottenburg, Sweden. Iowa Bankers Escape War T»x. CEDAB RAPIDS, Nov. 5.—Word comes from Dubuque that Internal Revenue Collector Patterson is engaged in writ- ->.g letters to a number of bankers in <s district in accordance with instruc- ons from Washington asking them or an explanation for their reason for .ot complying with the requirements of the internal revenue laws. Under the present law all banking concerns are required to pay 95 per thousand on all capital above $35,000. As a result of an investigation, Collector Patterson has been notified that there are fifty-five banks in his district which have not paid the full amount due. The amounts due range from 86 to $900 extra. ^ Fifty-first Iowa Sail*. SAN FKAKCISCO, Nov. 4,—The Fifty- first Iowa volunteers boarded the transport Pennsylvania yesterday. The incidents of the departure were like those of previous embarkations, , Ifot Guilty pf Murder. 08X4,1*0084, Noy. 4,—The ease olthe gtate -vs. Marshall Fielding 1 , changed with the murder of Alexander Southhall, of MwchakinocU^w.as brought to a close when the jury returne4 » verdict of not guilty, having been out about an hour. GOV. SHAW MULCTED. 8oiai«rt Pull to Repiiy th* Mon*>. I/onned f>? Him. be* Moines dispatch' Govetfcor Shfttt will be out S250 at the least calculation owing-to his implicit faith in th* honesty of the Soldiery of Iowa* Tht loss came about Sh this way: Whet the Fifty-second and Fiftieth regfi ments received their furloughs a mim ber of men were stationed in Camp McKinley to protect the property and watch over the camp. They were without funds, and the governor, believing it would be an act that would be appreciated, placed in the adjutant general's office the sum of $500 to be loaned to the men in small sums'for immediate needs and they in turn to agree to pay it bnck when they got their poy from the government. Each man was asked to sign a promise to pay when he received Iris money. When the men were paid the notes were placed in the hands of the officers for collection. The notes were presented and in not to exceed forty per cent of,the cases were. paid. Several of the notes to whom notes were presented declared that they were rank forgery and it was evident that such wns the case when the handwriting was compared. There was one company the memhers of which had been loaned 825 and every one of the men refused to pay. According to the adjutant general the loss of the governor will be more than 8250—unless the men step up and pay—and he believes that tlie governor wUl be lucky if he gels 50 per cent of his money back. WRECK AT COUNCIL BLUFFS. One Train Man Killed and Two Seriously Injured, COUNCIL BIVUFFB, Nov. 7.—The Omaha & St. Louis passenger, which leaves Omaha at 8:30 p. m., collided with a Union Pacific extra freight laden with rails. The passenger engine was derailed and thrown down the embankment, and two freight cars were broken in splinters. The collision occurred at the junction switch half a mile west of the Union Pacific transfer. William Hoover, fireman, was killed. Morris Peterson and Lewis Jacobson were seriously injured. Engineer George Burnley, of Stanberry, Mo., and Fireman Hughes, of the passenger, jumped just as the engine turned over. The collision is said to be due to the air brakes on the passenger not working. Adninx Held to tho Grand Jury. MAKSHALLTOWN, Nov. 5.—The preliminary examination of Will Adams, charged with the murder of Charles Russell, the wealthy Liscomb farmer, Dy giving him poisoned beer, was held before Justice of the Peace B. L. Burritt, and at the request of the defendant the proceedings were held behind closed doors, not even newspaper men being admitted. The examination closed resulting in the defendant being bound over to the action of the grand jury. It is understood that no new particulars were brought out during the examination. Mustered Oat. DES MOINES, Nov. 1.—The Fifty second Iowa volunteers were mustered out of the service here Sunday, receiving their pay and discharge papers together, without ceremony. The regiment scattered to the homes of its members yesterday, and its place in Camp McKinley w'iil be taken by the Fiftieth regiment, the next to be mustered out. C., F. M. & D. BI. Foreclosure. KEOKUK, Nov. 6.—Judge Woolson signed the decree of foreclosure against the Chicago, Fort Madison & Des Moines railroad in favor of the bondholders' committee. The decree filed shows the amount due the bondholders is §1,315,000. The sale will take place about January 1. Traveling Man Steals. KEOKUK, Nov. 5.—Geo. F. Finnerty, salesman .for, the BuckrRfiiner company, was .arrested at Ottumwa and brouehtto Keokuk, charged with embezzling- 8730. He says he lost it with Ottumwa gamblers, butefforts to make them give up the money have failed. IOWA CONURNHKD. MABON C^fy, Nov., 8.~'konis Ehler, a, carpenter, ^ell fr^ni the roof of » store building her.e, •» distance of 35 feet, striking on-his head and shoulders and sustaining eerious injuries, it ie not knpwn at this time whether the jpjur- ' iee are fatal a.rp not. Harry Wells, a B., C. R. & N. brakeman, met a horrible death at Mt. Auburn a few days ago. The train that Wells was employed on was switching, and he fell under the wheels and his body was badly mangled.!. No one saw ,him <, fall, -but it is supposed that a sudden application of the air brakes caused him him to lose his balance, He was about 30 years of age and married. • The Fifty-first Iowa football team won a game a few days ago from the University of California at Berkley to 0. Every inch was hotly contested, Berkley has the heavier team, but they were outwitted. The second half was won by Gaines, who got the ball on a fumble and scored a touch-down, and Palmer kicked the goal. Gaines made a wonderfully good play. The 'students gave the Iowa team a great ovation and the whole regiment took a, Holiday, It is said the gluclose factory at Marshalltown will closedown indefinitely. The cause is alleged to be the prosecution started by the people of Tarn a on account of the sewage which flows from the institution into the river. The concern employs indirectly 450 people, and expends every year 840,000 a month, Policeman Frank Fenstermaker, oi Waterloo, recently committed swi» cide by shooting himself in the right temple. To be certain the bullel would reach a vital spot, the policeman stood feeing a mirror when he flred the ehot. Despondency occasion ed by poor health, te given as the cause ALLOVER THE WORLD SPAIN SAYS NO. Not Accept One Demand for the Philippine*—JOgotlfttlons Continued. PABIS, Nov. 5.—The joint session of the peace commissions today lasted wo hours. The Spaniards refused the proposition made by the Americans Monday last, but negotiations were not broken off. While it is believed Jo formal counter propositions were Jnnde, there Was a discussion of the Philippine question outside of the lines of the American propositions. The commissions then adjourned until next Tuesday. The Spanish commissioners take the stand that the United States had no thought df annexing the Philippines when the protocol was signed, or it would have been expressed in the pro- *ocol. It is further held t)»at the capitulation of Manila, having occurred after the signing of the protocol, and thus after the suspension of hostilities, was invalid. Therefore the Spaniards charge upon the United States a wrongful appropriation of public moneys belonging to Spain by seizintr the tariff duties at Manila, and they formally demand the return of these moneys, in the sum of nearly a. million dollars. WILL WASH HIS HANDS. Minister Dnpuy Decline)) to Hnve Anything: to Do With FaRhoda iftatter. LONDON, Nov. 4.—The most reliable Information from Paris confirms the earlier reports that M. Dupuy, the premier, has decided to wash his hands of Fashoda and to reeall Major Marchand, for whose mission lie is not responsible. This decision is, to some extent, due to a desire to allow noth ing to interfere with the success of the exposition in 1900. LONDON, Nov. 4.—An official note issued yesterday says: "There is now irood reason to hope the political situation is ameliorating. It can be confidently stated that when the cause of irritation which has unfortunately recently existed in Great Britain and France on the upper Nile is removed, which is expected soon to be the case, the door will again' be open for the resumption of those friendly negotiations which happily characterize the normal states of the relations between the two countries." CUBANS ARE STARVING. Army ig Trying to Observe Terms of the Protocol, But Must Have Fond. WASHINGTON, Nov. 5.—The Cuban junta laid before Secretary Alg-er a letter from Colonel Carbonne, of the Cuban army, now at Havana, in which he says he has just visited the camp of General Meriocal, chief of the Cuban army in Havana province. He declares that the army is actually dying of hunger. The men are weak, tottering and swalid for lack of food. He says there is plenty of food, but the Cuban soldiers are forbidden to touch it by reason of the peace orders. They rely implicitly on the good faith of the United States, but it sannot be expected that they will remain idle till all starve to death. An appeal was made for help from Carbonne. Secretary Alger said he would look into the matter and telegraph instructions to the American commission at Havana, SMALLPOX PREVALENT. Gibara, a Cuban Town, Infested With the Disease. SANTIAGO, Nov. 7.—Dr. Woodson, medical inspector of the military department of Santiago, who has just arrived, after visiting Holguin, Gibara, Baracoa,' Sagua de Tanamo and Gnan- tanaino, reports that on his arrival at Gibara with Colonel Hood's regiment he discovered more than half the pop ulation suffering from smallpox. There were also many cases of typhoid and dysentery. He systematically isojated the hpuses, insisting 1 on the .rSegim'ent^tbe'.Second immunes) being encamped in a healthy location near the sea. Every effort will be made to prevent the American and Spanish soldiers from fraternizing. The whole country between the two towns is thickly populated and plague is scat tered along the route. Elocution—Free Co-operation In Education. Because of the success of the plan last year, Prof. Ed Amherst Ott, of the Drake University School of Oratory, has decided to again offer a scholar- .ship to<one.iperson'-in each 'town. -<.TJ value is 820/00, and a large number of energetic young people have succeeded by this cooperative plan. Teacher and preacher commend it and a number of them have taken advantage of the plan. The registration fee is but 35 cents. The first appli cant in each town has first chance tc study in the clnsses of this national orator. Prof. Ott visits the Pacific coast on a lecture tour in December and all applicants should write hi m at D^s Moines. Iowa, before he starts. Stockings were first used in the elc enth century. Before that cloth bandages were used on the feet- Twenty bicyclists, male and female, rode jn company from Livei pool, England, and stopped at a rural hotel for dinner. The housekeeper wrote the name of each person on a piece of paper, and pinned it where it could be seen-^on the front wheel of his or her machine. She adopted the precaution of driving the pin deeply into the tire. When the guests'learned of the housekeeper's method of checking, just as they were a3>owt to depart, there were wails and curses loucj enough to '» hjilf.miie a. way. WAR DEPARTMENT INCHJllHY. Kxoxvtu.E, Tenn., NOT. 1.—The first witness before the commission was Dr. Martin, a contract surgeon from Ohio, who was at Chiekamauga. He repeated his expression of opinion that the water in the pipe line system at Chickamanga was contaminated by he water from Cave Spring cre^k. HP. said that after he had first expressed this opinion, saying at the ••time time that the facts in regard to the existence of typhoid fever were being suppressed, he had been summoned by General Sheridan and told that he must retract immediately or submit, to a court-martial. He had then written a letter of retraction, but lie declared that he had done this to promote discipline, and not because he had changed his opinion as to the pollution of the water. Lieutenant Colonel Baldwin, who vras on General Wade's staff at Chickamauga. said when the camp was first established he fliil not inspect a single hospital that was not filthy. Upon reports to commanding- general the conditions improved for a few days, but in a short time were as bad as ever. He had known requisitions to be made frequently and not to be honored. He did not consider Chickamauira Park a good place for a camp. He saw the creek nearly every day and never saw the water in such condition that he should have liked todrinkit. It was a common complaint that frequently regiments dumped their worst men off on the hospitals for nurses Col. Pew said his surgeons could not get requsitions filled. Col. Lenord had spent £500 out of his own pocket for shoes for his men, the quartermaster's deparlment failing to furnish them. Col. CliafTee said his men did not receive water boilers ordered twomonths before until just before breaking camp. He had no surgeon for some time after reaching camp. Tents in hospitals leaked and men had to be covered with blankets. Men could not find room in the hospitals and no medicines would be issued for them while on the outside. Lieut. Col. Mitchell said his men had not received its arms until three weeks ngo and had nob yet received all of its clothing. LEXINGTON, Ivy., Nov. 2.—The testimony before the war investigating commission yesterday only emphasized the facts brought out the day before. The opinion was general that the water at Camp Thomas, Cnickamanga, was bad, that the hospitals were badly crowded and unclean and that supplies were hard to obtain and sometimes unobtainable. General Bates testified that at Santiago the medical supplies were woefully short. Bates thought that a great mistake was made in not sending enough medical officers with the regiments to tlie field. Additional transportation should hare been provided for them and medical supplies, ambulances and horses. Dr. Cogg-swell testified that at Camp Thomas the clothing anil blankets of the men who died of typhoid fever were brought back without having been washed or boiled and used by other men of the regiment WASHINGTON, Nov. 3.—Ma-jor Romeyne, retired army officer who went to Cuba as correspondent, testified before the war investigating com mission that the embarkation at Tampa and the debarkation at Daiquiri showed an entire lack of system, matters apparently going liap-hazard. No attempt was made to clean Siboney till the fever broke out. There was a deficiency in proper food at the hospitals and there were not enough surgeons. LEXINGTON, Nov. 3.—Gen. Sanger, lommander of the Third division, saie the camp at Chickamauga was badly located, being in rocky ground, where sinks could not be dee'ply dug. WASHINGTON, Nov. 4.—Dr. Hartsuff chief surgeon of the army, at Camp Thomas, said he protested against the selection of Chickamauga as a site foi a camp. He thought the order estab lishing- division hospitals was unforf.u- note, the work of caring for the sick was greatly interfered with and no one was benefited by it. The water supply was not good. Summing up Dr. Hartsuff said: "In my opinion the sickness at Camp Thomas was due largely to the inexperience and in many cases the inefficiency of themed ical officers, and also to the in efficiency «nd s ih«3xpei'jence''of line --officers, .who did not furnish the support they shoulc have furnished to the medical depart ment. l'he execution of any plan o: operation rests largely with the line officers, the duties of the surgeons be ing limited to regulations. They are therefore unable to correct abuses themselves, and must depend upon others to do it for them. This applie; to the officers of regiments as well as to the general officers," Col. McCord of the First territorial infantry. saj( that every requisition had been prompt complied with. ( ...... ' C';<MP l .MSA'PS, -Pa.',. Nov., 4,—The members of the war investigating commission examined Captain Moore of the Ninth Pennsylvania, who told story of bad water, bad food and lack of medical supplies at Camp Thomas The salt pbrk was frequently fille< wjth maggots. Moore had a poo opinion of the competency of superioi officers. CINCINNATI, Nov. 4.—The investigat ing commission examined three wit nesses, the evidence showing a deplor able condition of affairs at the divis ion hospital at Chickamauga. Com plaint was made against Major Hub bard, of the medical corps, who compelled, the sick to stand at attention while attending sick'tcaJlls. We wa also brutal in treatment of patients. Lobsters cannot be persuaded to grow up together peaceably. If a dozei newly^hatched specimens are pu,t inte an acquarium within a few days ther will be only one—a large, fat and pro mising youngster, lie has eaten al the rest. The twelve-year-old eon or J. B Stinebaug-h, pf Ottawa, Kansas, was seated in his father's buggy, six mile west of the city, when a fierce gale separated the vehicle from the horse stripping the harness into shreds an< lifting the buggy high into the air and swashing it into Jtindling woqd a it fell. The boy W&K nc«t seriously hwrt, ENGLAND AND RUSSIA. Are Brltlih Warships »t Wet-ttnl-W«l Cleared for Action. WEI-HAI-WKI, Nov. 3.—All the Brft- sh warships here, first-class battle- hip Centurion, first-class cruiser Narcissus, second-class cruiser Hermoine, ,orpedo boat destroyers Whiting, Fame, Handy, first-class gunboat 'eacock, are cleared for action and ready for sea at an hour's notice. The first-class battleship Victorious, first- class cruiser Undaunted, at Che-Foo, are coaling to their full capacity. The rreatest secrecy is maintained as to he meaning of these warlike prepara- ,ions, but there is no doubt that im- jortant instructions are expected at any moment. A large Russian fleet is assembled at Port Arthur. HONG KONO, Nov. 4.—Extraordinary activity has prevailed in naval and military circles here the past few days, >ut no information on the subject is obtainable. The first class cruiser Powerful has taken on board over 2,000 tons of coal and other British warships here are taking on stores and ammunition. It is reported they have jeen ordered ready for sea immediate- y. The second class cruiser Bonadventure, recalled from Manila, has arrived here. She is coaling with all jossible haste. It is reported that the British gunboats have been ordered to rendezvous here. At the navy department the ordnance department is most actively engaged mounting siege guns. MARIA TERESA LOST. UNCLE SAM HAS A SAY. Action Began to Maintain BUttis Qoo I* Regard to Nlearagaan C»na£ WASHINGTON, Nov. 4.—Action hJ been taken by the administratiot, looking to the maintenance of status quo with respect to the concession of the Maritime Canal Company for the construction of the Nicaraguan canat Secretary Hay has cabled instructions to Minister Merry, under -which through Consul Donaldson, at Managua, remonstrance will be lodged \vith President Zelaya against the concession his government has awarded to Eyre & Cragin, representing theAmec- ican syndicate, for the construction of ' the canal upon the expiration of tlie contract held by the Maritime cohi- pany. Information in the possession of the authorities is of a meagre character, due to the fact that all information from Merry has been received jy cable and that he has been unable ,o send a text of the agreement entered .nto with Eyre & Cragin. Although t has been reported that the tficaratruan congress lias ratified the 'provisional agreement," submitted ;o it by the president, the authorities' are hopeful of preventing a final approval being given. , FRENCH TO VACATE FASHODA. Goes Down In a Dale While on the Road North. WASHINGTON, Nov. 7.—The navy de sartment received a dispatch from Lieut. Commander Harris, who was with the Maria Teresa when she left aimanera, saying that he had reach; ed Charleston on the wrecking tug Merrltt, with the officers and fifty-eight men, formerly the crew of the Teresa, The cruiser was lost about thirty :niles north of San Salvador, during the northeast gale, which was exceptionally violent. The Maria Teresa liad passed Cape Maysi and started northeast around the Bahamas A furious storm overtook her and she was unable to weather it. The strain opened the rents in the hull, which had been patched to enable her to make the journey, and she began to fill rapidly. The Merritt took off Captain Harris and the crew and she soon went down. The Merritt brought the caption and 136 men to Charleston. The Investigating Commission. CINCINNATI, Nov. 5.—Fted Fleuger testified that while at Clfickamauga to bring home a friend he heard a man groaning in a tent. He looked in and sa\v a man with maggots in his body. He reported the case. The attendant said he did not know how it happened. The man died next. day. His friend Was at first refused admittance to the hospital, but after getting in lay for twelve days on the ground, with one blanket. He was sent to duty and the hext day at inspection he stood in line three hours, when he again broke down. Later he died. Major Griffith said there was difficulty in getting supplies. The staff of the hospital was inadequate. He asked the corps commander on June 20 to have the typhoid patients iso>ated. The epidem'ic coi d have thus been avoided, but no atl -cion was given to the request. He regarded flies and water as causes of infection. The beer drinking and the unwholesome food assisted in developing typhoid germs. CINCINNATI. Nov. 6.—Dr. Bonfleld and Dr. Lundy, who had visited Fern andina and Chickamauga, had no fault to find. Sutgeon Hindly, of the First Ohio, said he stopped a forced march in which one soldier was overcome by heat and became inss-ne. The water was bad at all camps. Dr. Cameron analyzed water at Chickamauga and "ound sewage contamination, but no typhoid bttccilli. Corporal Weaver testified to neg/ect ttt Farnandina hospital, but received good care at Atlanta. Private- Sloan attributed much sickness to carelessness in beer drinking and eating and lying in dew unneccessar- ly. Thomas Reed found his son in rowded hospital at Chickamauga. He •everely criticized Major Giffin, who •nanaged the hospital. BREVITIES. The Spanish cruiser, Maria Teresa, which was sunk during the battle with Cervera's fleet and raised under the direction of Naval .Constructor Hob>son, has sailed for Hampton Roads. •i?he is-being towed by the Vulcan anc Merritt, and is being convoyed to Cape Maysi by the Cincinnati and the Leonidaa. New York dispatch: In answer,to the query, "do you favor the proposi- »ion to pay Spain $40,000,000 for the Philippines?" eleven United States senators have telegraphed the world expressing their unalterable opposition to any such plaa. The senators are Jones and Berry of Arkansas, Harris of Kansas, Hale of Maine, Burrows oj Michigan, Roach «f North Dakota, Chandler of New Hampshire, Tillman of South Carolina, Pettigrew of South Dakota, Sullivan of Tennessee, anc /Daniel of'Virginia, 'The-newFrench cabinet has been formed with DuPuy. as premier anc minister of the in tenor and Defrey- cinet as minister, of war. It is asserted that Rear Admiral Miller will be placed on the retiree list on November S3, and'the vacancy thus created in the grade of reai admiral will be filled by the promotion of Commodore H. L, Bowejson, commandant of the Boston, navy yard. Rear Admiral Bunco's retirement on December 25 will make Rear Admiral Dewey the senior officer of the navy, and if congress revives the grade o admiral, us desired by Secretary Long, his promotion to, that rank will follow Without any more J uiaps. Salisbury Announces This Fact .In an Addrcgg, LONDON, Nov. n.—At the banquet iven to General Kitchener the liav- quis of Salisbury, in an address, said: "This afternoon I received from the French ambassador the information Lhat the French government has come to the conclusion that the occupation of Fashoda is no sort of value. And, that they thought, in the circumstances, that to persist in an occupation, which would only cost them money and do harm, merely because some bad advisers thought it might be disagreeable to an unwelcome neighbor, would not show the wisdom with which, as I think, the French republic has been uniformly guided. They have done what I believe every government would have done in the same position—resolved that occupation must cease. I must not be understood as saying that all causes of controversy are removed. Doubtless there will be many discussions between us, but n somewhat acute and somewhat dangerous cause of'dif fercnce has been removed." DEMAND THE PHILIPPINES. Uncle Sara Will Assume a Fart of the Debt of the Islands. PATHS, Nov. 1.—The American peace commissioners were present in the joint session with the Spanish commissioners yesterday afternoon and gave a written expression of the purpose of the United States to take the entire group of Philippine islands and assume such portion of the Philippine . debt as has been spent for the benefit of the islands or their inhabitants in public works, improvements and permanent betterments. It was also set forth that the United Stares would not assume any part of the Philippine debt incurred by Spain for the furtherance of military or naval operations to quell the insurrections of the natives. The session adjourned till Friday to give the Spaniards time to reply. TROOPS TO CUBA. tli The War Department 1'rovldeg for First Movement. WASHINGTON, Nov. 4.—The war department has issued a general order for the movement of troops to Cuba. The first will leave about November 22, and will comprise the brigade under General Carpenter, from the Seventh corps, and will be sent to Neu vitas, Puerto Principe. International Troops Occupy Crete. CANEA, Crete, Nov. 5.—International troops have occupied the fortress. PATENT OFFICE MANAGEMENT DBS MOINKB, Nov. 1.—The Inventive Age, published at'Washington, D. C.. has the following in its issue of October 15, 1898: "The condition of .business .in the United States patent office is deplorable. The only reason why it ia not in as bad odor as the medical and supply bureaus of the war department is because it is less conspicuous than they are. If the search light which is now turning the War department inside out could be made to bear on the United States patent office there would be sensation, consternation and official decapitation." Personal knowledge of unlawful, arbitrary and seemingly malicious official actions by Commissioner Dueil and Assistant Commissioner Greeley seem to warrant us in Joining 1 ? the Age to demand a congressional investigation of the patent office management. Thisis still a free country and the people rule. Officials have no right t- dictate to inventory what attorneys they shall or shall not employ to prepare and prosecute their applications for patents. Our office was established in 1870 (or the convenience of western inventors and is continued to the advantage of those who prefer to have their work done tere in place of employing attorneys in the east. Consultation in person, or by letter, free. Information about securing, valuing and selling patents sent iree' when called for. THOMAS G. OBWIG, Originator and Proprietor of the Iowa Patent Office. Lobsters cannot be persuaded to grow up together peaceably. If a dozen newly hatched specimens are put into an acquarium within a few days there will be only one—a large, fat and promising youngster. He has eaten all the rest. The twelve-year-old son or J. B- Stinebaugh, of Ottawa, Kansas, wus seated in his father's buggy, six miles west of the city, when a fierce gate separated the vehicle from the horse, stripping- the harness into shreds and lifting the buggy high into the air, »pd smashing it'into kindling wood as it fell. The boy was not seriously hurt.