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TM1 UPPEB DES MOINMB: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 1899., THE NEWS IN IOWA SUiLDiNG AND LOAN DECISION Mo»t Stvcfftlnfr Ruling tttl Change* Ifi Method*. t)KS MOINES, March II;—Attorney Attorney General Remley has transmitted to Governor Shaw for the executive council of the state an opinion of vital interest in connection with the building nnd loan business of the state. The attorney gi-neral holds that no amendment to articles of incorporation of these companies is legal Which makes any distinction in advantages between the class of shareholders under it and the class under ;the original articles. lie holds, prac- .tically, that if amendments are 'adopted, they must guarantee to old share holders identical benefits nnd privileges as those bestowed upon the new share holders attracted by the amendments. This decision is the "most sweeping of any yet brought to .the attention of the council. It means ithat whatever advantages the build- 'ing and loan companies devise for investors in order to get rid of the big amount of money they are holding, 'the advantages must be shared alike by old and new investors. MINERS WIN A VICTORY. Satisfactory Settlement of n Scnlo In Anpnnongo District. CENTEnviLi/E, March 10. — After a two days' session, which was characterized by good f ?eling on both sides, the joint convention of miners and operators of Appanoose county concluded their work. Organized labor has scored an important victory by the adoption of tho report of the scale committee, which fixes the price for pick mining at 85 ccnts'pcr ton, commencing March 1, 1891), and lasting until February 28, 1900. The pay will be semi-monthly. Eight hours are to constitute a day's work. Attempt to I£oh n. Farmer. SIIENANDOAII, March 12. — F. Doanc, a farmer living five miles south west of Shenandoah, in Fremont county, was held up in his own house by three men, who pushed their way into the house unobserved, and, leveling a revolver at Mr. Doone, ordered him to throw up his hands. He refused, and rose to his feet and started into an adjoining room, when one of the robbers fired on him and shot him in the neck, inflicting a painful but not a fata} wound. In the excitement which ensued after the shooting, the robbers escaped. Mr. Doane being a -veal thy man, the supposition is that his assailants expected to find money about the premises. Sad Case of Destitution. JToRT DODGE, March 10. — A harrowing case of destitution has just come to the ears of the authorities from Yell township, about five miles south of Fort Dodge. A family named Baker has been living in a miserable hovel in an out-of-the-way place in that neighborhood. Finding no employment at home, Baker went to Des Moines to seek employment. While he was absent, his family, which consists of four persons, was reduced to the verge of starvation. When found, the'mother was helpless and the youngest child at the point of death from hunger. Relief was taken to them at once, but the child may die. Iowa a Sugar licet Stute. AMES, March 13. — An interesting document has just been issued by the Iowa state experiment station at the agricultural college. Jt shows that the beet sugar production has made substantial progress in the United States during the past year. The previously expressed opinion that Iowa, particul arly the northern two-thirds of the state, lies within the beltof profitable sugar beet production, and that the state is entirely capable of producing its own sugar, is confirmed. Money for River Land Settlors. FORT DODGE, March 10.— Information has been received that the river land bill appropriating $150,000 for indemnifying the settlers along the Des Moines river passed both houses ot congress just before adjournment. There are still a number of settlers in Hamilton, Webster and Boone-counties who have ne\er received their pay from the government, and had about come to the conclusion they never would. He Got H Long Sentence. JEFFERSON, March 10.— Judge Elk- tvood, in the district court, sentenced John Austin, the man who attempted to rob the Haag residence at Jefferson, to twenty years at hard labor at Fort Madison. " Charles Huntington was also sentenced for four and one-half months for stealing a bicycle and fur coat, _ Ills Skull Crushed. CEDAR RAPIDS, March 11. — C. J. Winn, while working about a new house, was struck on the head by a board that had been thrown from the roof. The board crushed -his skull and caused instant death. Death of ITathcr Croggan. ELDORA, March 12. — Father Alexander Grossan, one of the pioneers of Towa and Hardin counties, is dead, liter an illness of about three weeks, It the age of 93 years. Father Crossan Was widely known over Iowa. „ TO lie a Countess. DBS MOINES, March 0.-^A Des Moines Seiress will soon become a Swedish countess. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. jJiibpell, of this city, have just announced the engagement of their (laughter, JHielah Cooper, to Count Carl ^xei.-Wiichtiueister, the Swedish Vice-consul in Chicago. i, March p.— In the ease of the 6ta!t» of Iowa vs, J. H. Bangle, the (Jefendipt was convicted of/ embezzle- jnent afltd sentenced to the penitentiary lor ft te?jn of three years A If he can |»pt procure an appeal bppd|he 'Will take him to Aunwo^a, SHOULD 8E TAXED of frfttloiinl feftnkStock, iilcltullnft United State* Honda. DCS Moines dispatch: The attorney general has given on opinion to the >tate auditor in which he says that in determining the value of national bank stock for assessment for taxa.tion no deductions should be made from 1 the value of such stock oil account of capital or funds of the bank invested in United States bonds. The actual value of the stock should be ascertained and determined by the same methods as one would adopt if he wished to purchase such stock. That from the value of stock thus ascertained the amount of capital actually invested in real estate should under statute be deducted, but nothing else can be. While United States bpnds as such arc not taxable nnd the state docs not attempt to tax them, the stock of the bank is taxable in the hands of the stockholders. The value of such stock may be enhanced by the fact that the bank owns government bonds and assessors should consider such bonds in fixing the value of the stock. The numerous decisions, stale, and federal, sustaining these bonds, no longer leave it an open question. Saloonkeepers Sued for <?in,OOO. Sioux CITV, Mnrch 13.—Four Sioux City caloonkeepers each find themselves defendants in $10,000 damage suits because they sold liquor'to a wan who got intoxicated and lay out all night in the snow. The plaintiff in the suit is Mrs. Andrew Faivrc, whose husband drank the liquor and froze himself so badly that he suffered the loss of all his fingers and most of his toes. He is a tailor by trade, so is incapacitated for work in the future. The defendants in the suits are John Manderschein, John Arcnsdorf, David Ritz and E. J, Resscgicu. Under the law the wife is entitled to damages. Fiftieth Iowa Blustered In. DES MOINKS, March 10.—The reorganized Fiftieth Iowa regiment of National Guards has been mustered in. The work was completed by Adjutant General Byers at Newton. A regimental election for the choice of a colonel and other officers of the Fiftieth will be called by General Byers, probably for the latter part of this month. It is understood that the companies of the reorganized regiment have practically agrei-d upon their wishes in regard to the election. The fight over colonel lies between Moffit and Caughlin. Thomas Officer's I,OSH. OMAHA, March 11.—Thomas Officer, of the banking firm of Officer & Pnzey, of Council Bluffs, lost a roll of bills on the streets of Omaha. The roll contained $5,000, which he had just drawn from the First National bank of Omaha and placed in an overcoat pocket. He had only walked a few blocks from the bank when he discovered his loss and instituted search, but no trace has been found of the money. It slipped through a hole in his pocket. Democrats to Moot In Des Itloines. DES MOINES, March 10.—The democratic state central committee decided to hold the next state convention in Des Moines at a date to be decided upon later. The following temporary! officers of the con veil tion were selected: Cato Sells, of Vinton, temporary chairman; Stephen B. Morrissey, of llarlan, temporary secretary; A. L. Sartor, of Mason City, temporary reading clerk. Has No Special Authority. DES MOINES, March 10.—Attorney General Remley has given Fish Commissioner Delevan an opinion to the effect that the commission has no authority to make arrests for violations of the law, except so far as authority is conferred upon all private citizens to arrest persons seen violating state laws. Gets S7.OOO Damages. BEI,I,E PI,AINK, March 10.—The jury in the case of Mrs. Scluiefer vs. the Northwestern railroad company for damages for the killing of her husband, Engineer Charles Scluiefer, at Eagle Grpve, brought in a verdict for the widow, granting her $7,000. The case was stubbornly fought for six days. IOWA CONIUCNSKl). Gen. Lincoln, late brigadier general in the United States volunteer army, has been, in accordance with an action taken by the board of trustees, reinstated as-professor of military science in the Iowa State Agricultural College. The explosion of a gasoline cook stove in the home of Anton Christianson, of Belle Plaine, caused probably fatal injury to himself and two daughters. Their clothes caught fire and they ran screaming into the street, where their clothes were literally burned off them. They were terribly burned and presented a horrible spectacle. Doctors were called and the unfortunate victims swathed in cotton. Edward Lyman, a prominent democratic citizen of Louisa county, shot himself with suicidal intent, and the doctors say he cannot live. He is secretary of the Morning Sun school board and connected locally with the Hartford, Aetna and Connecticut insurance companies, and has been discovered to be short in all his accounts. He also loaned money for several parties, including his sister, all of whom are victims. Hon. James Wilson, secretary of agriculture, announces that he is not a candidate for United States senator. Davenport dispatch: It has been given out by Postmaster Metzgar that the first class postmasters of Iowa, having caught the convention fever, will hold a state meeting in Cedar Rapids, April 2Q. The meeting is to be held to'discuss methods of improving the mail service and to exchange ideas that may be of use to tho different members. Incidentally politics may be referred to, but simply as' outside matter. Cedar Hapids was chosen because of its being most accessible to the flrst class cities of the state. ALL OVER THE WORLD PRIZE MONEY FOR DEWEY. The Admiral and Itls Men Will Get * Big Bum. SAN FKAKTCISCO, March 11.—George IT. H olden of Washington, who returned from the Orient on the Hong Kong Mam, has in his possession 1,100 claims of officers and "pen of Dewey's fleet for head money 7he claims are to be filed with the court of claims in Washington for final action. The head money for Admiral Dewey and his officers and men will aggregate $187,500 or S100 per head for 1,875 officers and men of Admiral Montejo's fleet. The prize money for officers and men under Dewey will amount to 5400,000, plus the salvage of three vessels recently raised. This money will be distributed by the United States district court. Speaking of Admiral Dewey's condition, Mr. Ilolden said: "While somewhat worried, owing to the exacting duties and responsibilities of his position, he said his health was good. He looked fairly well too." CHINA MUST MOVE. Italy Sends Her a Note Which Is Considered an UJtltimtum, PEKIN, March 14.—The Italian minister of marine has addressed a note to the Chinese foreign office making a request to take back the Italian dispatch asking the concession and notifying the foreign office to accept it as a demand, adding that he was willing to enter into friendly negotiations as to details, but insisting upon an answer within font days. This note was couched in courteous terms, but tho Chinese regard it in the nature of an ultimatum, to which they will probably j'ield. ENGLAND STANDS FIRM. Statement Made In Parliament Regarding Jirllaln's 1'ollcy. LONDON, March 10.—In the house of commons, in replying to a question, Parliamentary Foreign Secretary Broderiek said the government had not modified its undertaking to support China against any power in committing aggression -there, because China had granted British subjects permission to make or support railroad or public wo'-k. The government, however, did not anticipate a question of this description would arise in respect to the British con tract for the northern reads. YCaees of 3,OOO Employes ItaiHcd. CHICAGO, March 13.—More than three thousand employes of the roadway department of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railway are to be made happy by an increase in pay. Vice-President and General Manager Parker, of the company, have given notice that commencing at once every section hand and employe of the roadway department on every line of tho 3,500 miles of the big system would have their wages advanced from 5 to 10 per cent. Bloody Battlo in Arahla. LONDON, March 13.—According to a dispatch to the Morning Post from Bombay, severe fighting has taken place between the Turkish troops and the Arab tribesmen near Shall.'., in the province of Yemen, in Arabia, where an insurrection lias been in progress for ten months. The Turks lost 100 men and the Arabs 300. Italy Sends Warships. LONDON, March 11. — A Rome correspondent of the Daily Mail says the government has ordered three more cruisers to get in readiness to proceed to Chinese waters in connection with the demand of Italy for a concession at San Mun, province of Che Kwang. Lnwton Is at IHtuiilu. MANILA, March 11.—The United States transport Grant, which sailed from New York January 19, having on board Major General Lawton, the Fourth infantry and a battalion of the Seventeenth infantry, has arrived. Havana Much More Healthy, WASHINGTON, March 11.—General Ludlow has cabled to the war department from Havana that the deaths in that city for February. 1809, are 51 per cent less than for February, 1898. IOWA PATENT OFFICE REPORT. DBS MOINES, March 9.—The total number of United States patents issued last week was 549. Of this number 43 were for designs, 28 for trade-marks, 7 for labels, 3 for prints and 1 reissue. All tho others for compositions, methods and mechanical devices. A patent has been allowed to P. Woodring, of Oelwein, Iowa, for a simple and ingenious improvement in a well- known art and described in his claim .as follows: In a buck saw frame, the combination of two mating wooden stays that are unimpaired at their central portions by removal of wood, a flexible U-shaped metal olamp having coinciding bolt holes in its cads and a screw bolt and nut, as and for the purposes set forth. Consultations and advice about inventions and printed matter giving valuable information about securing and selling patents, free to all inquirers. THOMAS G. OKWIG & Co., Solicitors of Patents. Wit Against Wit. "So he is a bachelor of arts, is he?" "Yes; and I should say he ; needed to be to cope with so many artful maids." The first horseless carriage was made and used in France. Now the French think we make the best vehicles of this kind, and have just sent an order for 1,500 of them to an American man-- ufacturer. Think of it! The Midland Uniyei> sity, of Birmingham, England, has established a "chair of brewing." Now brewers nnd malters, with college brains, will be annually turned out by AMdUNT TO MILLIONS. ARMY BEEF INVESTIGATION Claim* for Cnbnn Dnmngeii Amount to Twenty-one Millions of bollafg. WASHINGTON, March 13.—The department of state has received claims to the amount of $31,000,000 on account of property destroyed in Cuba belonging to American citizens and oh account of injuries sustained by citizens for which pecuniary indemnity is is sought. The peace treaty provides that the United States and Spain each assume the liability for all such claims; preferred by their respective citizens. Therefore the United States is probably chargeable for all damages sustained by Americans through Cuba by cither insurgent or Spanish troops, and in the cases of some plantations owned by Americans these losses were very heavy. Congress made no provision for the settlement of these claims, so the state department is at present unable to do more than merely file them. It is the purpore of the department, when congress meets again, to call attention to the treaty obligations assumed toward these claimants and suggest that means of settlement be provided, either through a commission of reference to the court of claims. GEN. GOMEZ IS IMPEACHED. Removed From Command of Cuban Army. HAVANA, March 13.—The Cuban militfiry assembly in public session impeached General Maximo Gomez and removed him from his command as gcneral-in-chief of the Cuban nrmy, the first ballot taken resulting' in !.'G voles being 1 cast in support of the motion to impeach anil remove General Gomez, against 4 in opposition. It was urged by the enemies of Gen. Gome/, that he was insubordinate, and Senor Sanguilly insinuated that the general was a traitor to Cuba because lie had accepted $3,000,000 for the payment of Cuban f.roops. This amount, the assembly declares, is insuftlcieiit, and it has not yet accepted the proposition. RUSSIA YIELDS TO ENGLAND. tho Withdrawn Her Protest Against Hong Kong 1 Contract. PEKIN, 1*1 arch la.—The Chinese foreign office has received, a dispatch from St. Petersburg saying that as a result of the negotiations between Russia and. Great Britain the Russian minister here will withdraw his protest against the Hong Kong contract. The Hong Kong contract is identical with the Niu Chwang contract. Can. Wheeler Wants to Fight. WASHINGTON, March 13.—General Joseph Wheeler called on the president concerning his future status. Subsequently he said that while the question of his remaining in the army had not been definitely settled, it was probable that he would not remain in the service. He thought the president would be un'ible to find a place for him, and he was not pushing the matter. "But I would like to remain in the service." he said, with animation, "and be s .t to the Philippines, where there is some fighting. 1 would not care so much to stay in the army if I had to remain in this country." Smallpox at the Capital. WASHINGTON. March 13.—Smallpox has been widely prevalent hereof late, and tho health authorities are making every effort to check what has threatened to assume the aspect of an epidemic. Fifty-two cases have been reported since the outbreak. The disease has occurred mostly in the southwest section of the city, wnong the poor and ignorant colored people, and several cases recently broke out in the district jail, to which ten other eases occurring outside are traceable. So far there have been no deaths, and only three really severe cases. Ex-Senator Allen Appointed Judge. LINCOLN, Neb., March 10.—Governoi Poynter has appointed retiring United States Senator Win. V. Allen a judge of the district court to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Judge John S. Robinson as congressman from the Third district. It is understood Mr. Allen will accept. Iiilll.itlve and Referendum. ATLANTA, Ga.; March 10.—A meeting of the state executive committee of the populist party was held in Atlanta. It is likely that the issues of the party will be simplified by the elimination of nil planks but one—the initiative and referendum. HHKV1TIKS. The naval powder magazine of La- Goubrau, between Lazine and Toulon, in the department of Var, France, ex-^ ploded recently at 3 a. in. All of the soldiers on duty at the magazine were killed and a number of inhabitants in the surrounding district, the buildings of which were razed, also fell victims. Fifty-four corpses were recovered from the ruins and 130 persons were injured. The war department announces the appointment of iOl second lieutenants created by the army reorganization bill among the various states and territories. In addition there are twenty appointments at large. Thq appointment is on the basis of population and among them are the foli lowing: Illinois 4, Indiana 3, Iowa 3, Kentucky 3, Michigan 3, Nebraska 3, Ohio 4, South Dakota 1, at large 30. Washington dispatch; The house of representatives of the present congress lias passed 1,036 bills and resolutions, against 1,?00 by the Fifty* fourth, 951 by the Fifty-third and 893 by the Fifty-second congress, respect- ive-ly. The work of the house for its three sessions appears as a new and valuable feature of the house calendar. This covers a recapitulation of the entire work and an appendix of over fifty pages, giving the status of every bill that has been reported to the house during the last two years. Under the title "Army" forty-two distinct measures are given. It presents at a glance ful} information on all the house ^as done on any subject, March 7.—The war do- partment court of innuiry has held the last session before it will start foi the west to inspect the packing honsa . plants of Chicago, Omaha and Kansas City. Lieutenant Frederick L.J «n! son, of the Ninth infantry, Jesiifled I that during service in tuba up toit K' surrender of Santiago, his ^' »™ •had as a meat component of iation, , bacon and canned beef in prop?i tion 1 about ten days of the former to fifteen 1 davs of the latter. Until the siirren- del-he received no complaints of the canned roast, beef, but after the surrender his commissary sergeant reported something making the men very sick. They did not know what it was. but thought it was something they had eaten. After eliminating every factor they could think of, they concluded it must be the canned beef, lie ordered the cooks,to try fixing the meat in stews with hard tack and tomatoes, but it seemed to make no difference. The men continued sick. They then discontinued to use the barf. On the voyage home they still had canned roast beef, but the men did not eat it. He tried to turn it in to the commissary nt Monfauk, but the commissary would not receive it. CHICAGO, March 10.—The court of inquiry arrived here from Washington. A short executive session was held at the army headquarters in the I'nllman building, and it. resulted in a decision to defer the taking of testimony until after nn inspection had been made of the packing houses at the stock yards, where the refrigerated beef and the canned beef are prepared. The whole day was spent at tho stock yards, and the going over of the 400 acres of floor space in one of the establishments was all the court was able to do. CHICAGO. March 11.—The court of inquiry resumed its work yesterday by con tinning the investigation of processes of preparing beef at the stock yaids. Several more of the packinghouses were inspected, most of the time being spent in examining the methods of one of the companies which deals exclusively in canned goods. The various stages from the killing of the beef to the labeling of the can wore witnessed. CHICAGO, March 12.—Lieutenant Colonel If. B. Sharpe testified at the beef inquiry yesterday that wagons, which had not been cleaned after being used for the transportation of manure, in which garbage had been carried, the bottoms of which were covered with slime in which maggots were crawling, were used for the transportation of fresh meat to the soldiers at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga, last summer. He said the meat when issued was good, but after being carried in the wagons it could not be used. Dr. Dc- vore, chief inspector of the bureau of animal industry, described the process of inspection and said he had n.ever had occasion to suspect that refrigerated beef was chemically preserved. SHAFTER AND OTIS Will lie Made Major Generals by tin President. WASHINGTON, March 11.—The presi dent has practically made up the list of the general officers' to be retained in the volunteer branch of the service. The basis of all the calculations is an army of 65,000 men, for the president lias so fur insisted that he will not call for volunteers in addition to that number, unless an emergency should arise. The reorganization act limits the number of major generals to be appointed to one for each twelve thousand men and the, brigadier generals to one for every four thousand men in actual service. On this basis, as there are already three major generals in the army in the persons of Generals Miles, Brooke and Merritt, there is room for but two more. To fill those two places the president has selected General Shafter and General Otis. It is safe to say that the list of brigadiers to be appointed will include the following names: General Wood, General Wilson. General Lee, General Davis. General Ludlow, General Lawton, General McArthur, General Chaffee and General Frank. Coin for Cuban Army, NEW YOHK, March 10.—The sum of $3,COO,000 in coin has been drawn from the sub-treasury in New York by Paymaster General Carey, on a warrant issued by the treasury department at Washington. This money will be bhippcd to Cxiba in Gen. Carey's care, and will be used to pay the Cuban troops in the field, as arranged by by Commissioner Porter and Gen. Gomez. Daughter of Kipling Uuad. NEW YORK, March 7.—Josephine Kipling, the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Kipling, died of pneumonia, at the home of Miss De Forest, a friend ot the Kiplings. She became ill the day a I'ter Kipling took to his bed. KipHng_cgntinncs to improve. Hobs Used iriro. MAXIMA, March 11.—Rebel incerdi- aries landed at the village ot Pandacan for the purpose, it is alleged, of ter- rorizinsr those of the inhabitants who Mo not sympathize with the insurrection. A number of native houses were destroyed. Two Hundred Hurricane Victims. LONDON, March 13.—According to a dispatch to the Times from Sydney, N S. W., no fewer than 300 persons perished in the hurricane that has just fwept the northeast coast of Queensland. ^ An anti-breakfast society exists in JJlgin, 111. The members limit themselves to two meals a day, omitting the morning meal. They assert that the stomach needs a daily rest of at least six hours. A mischievous wretch recentlv put a nail in a pie at a pie-eating match in ininkstown, Md. One of tho contestants brought his inolnr so forcibly against the nail that he fractured a tooth. , _ The nest of the boya bird of India is ingeniously illuminated. This little bird fastens fire-flies to it with moist olay, and in the night it glows with chapgeful sparks. * pncle Sum I* UM\r to Ha* e In Porto Rico. CHICAGO, March 11.—Advices from.. San Juan de Porto Rico give the foli lowing advices: General Henry, asked, by the war department how many troops he could spare from the island, states that he needs twice as malty af( he' now has. According to nn iriter« view with the general he believes mat* ters there are approach in tr a crisis. He said: "The conditions here ara alarming. These people have been given every opportunity, but they have thrown them aside. They arg clamoring now fot local self-govern, ment. They are no more fit for local self-government than T am to run a locomotive. More troops are needed in the island. The seeds of discontent planted by professional agitators are rapidly growing and can be kept down only by a strong military force. The ill feeling between the natives and the American troops seems to grow stronger every day. The American officers have to maintain the. greatest- vigilance to prevent their men from wreaking vengeance on the natives, and especially on the native police, for acts of violence that are continually committed npainst the troops." WILL NOT ENLIST ALL. I'rcsldcnt Docldos the' 05,000 Rpgulura Will Suffice. Washington dispatch: President McKinley has decided not to avail himself of the authority granted by the compromise army bill to organize a provisional army of 35.000 volunteers. After consulting with officials of the war department the president has- decided that, in view of the present favorable outlook in Cuba and the prospect of the complete suppression of the Philippine insurrection at nn earlj' day, it will not be necessary, after the present volunteer forces have been mustered out, to have more than- the 05,000 mom allowed for the regular army until July 1, 1901. It is also his purpose to expedite the withdrawal of volunteers from Cuba and the Philippines as rapidly as possible and muster them out of the service. Ail the volunteers are to be brought home from Cuba without delny, and those in the Philippines will be brought home as soon as enough regulars can be sent out to take their places. GREAT DEMAND FOR HELP, Cuba, Outside of Santiago, Asks !J,OOO,OOO Rations. Havana dispatch: For the month of March the various provinces, excepting 1 the province of Santiago, have made requisition for 2,000,000 rations. Instead of diminishing, the requisition lias doubled since that of Januat^ 1. This is due partly to the fact that the Cubans use every opportunity of getting rations under false pretenses and partly to the fact that the American distributors are unable to discriminate properly betrreen impostors and the really necessitous. Major General Ludlow has given orders that the distributors in Havana shall, so far as possible, give only to persons really 111, utterly unable to work or of advanced age, and that applicants who are proven guilty of misrepresenting their condition shall be severely punished. RUSSIA IS ENCROACHING. Russians Take Possession of Territory In I'MmIr. LONDON, March 1].—A dispatch from Allahabad, capital of the northwest provinces of India, says it is reported there from Yarkand, Chinese Turkestan, that a large force of Russian troops has arrived at the Prussian post, FortMurghabi, on theMurghabi river, in the Sari (gre ) Pamir, with the intention of seizing- Sir-i-Kel, the hundred mile stretch of territory north of the Mustagh mountains, which was left undefined by the Pamir boundary commission in 1395. Its seizure by Russia would cause complications with Great Britain. Fence Conference to Meet May 18. THE HAGUE, March 10.—The peace conference called by the czar to discuss the possibility of taking steps towards a general disarmament will meet here on May 18. LONDON, March 10.—The Graphic says that it understands that Sir Julian Pauncefote has been appointed to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming conference for the limitation of armaments. American bosses in the War. WASHINGTON, March 11.—The following statement has been issued, showing the total number of deaths teported to the adjutant general's office between May 1, 1898 and February 28, 1899: Killed in action, 329; died of wounds, 135; died of disease, 5 277 Total, 5,731. » Killed lu Battle. ^ WASHINGTON, March 10.—Minister Sampson, at Quito, has reported to the state department that in the battle which ended the re volution in Ecuador 600 were killed and several 'hundred more mortally wounded, and also 400 were taken prisoners. Exceedingly So. Jones—And is he so very popular? Johnjon-Popular? Why that man failures" P^errea creditor in five A Slanderous Tale. "Briggs is awfully hoarse this morn, ing." "Yes. You know how damp it was last night? Well, •»••' — - - -

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