v "i y • - *P --,V' v , . fHI ttPPS!S DES MOIHE8: Al/GONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18 l&O. THE NEWS IN IOWA ELECTION O* JMSW OFFICERS. Leftpne of Iowa H«& A Day At tofeg Molnts. DM, MoiJrfcs, Oct. 14.—The Municipal League of Iowa, discussed the question of a uniform system of ac* counts for cities and towns, and re- Commended a law providing a state examiner for accounts of municipalities. Mayor Quick, of Sioxix City, demanded the repeal of the present law, providing that a board of trustees shall control the waterworks of cities of the first class, taking them from the council's control. The Mount Pleasant system of selling all franchises was explained by Mayor NeWbold. The town owns its waterworks and electric light plant, and not feeling able to build a gas plant, sold the franchise. Mayor Newbold recommended a law for the state modeled on the Mount Pleasant plan. The league will recommend the act. The following- officers were elected: President, John M. Raymond, Cedar Rapids: first vice-president, "Frank Stebbins. Iowa City; second vice-president. S. J. Bennett, Fort Dodge; third vice-president. AV. E. Ray, Oskaloosa: secretary and treasurer, Frank G. Pierce, Marshalltown. BATTLE WITH A BURGLAR. Fred Stclrs Shoots Two SI on at Mingo. NEWTON, Oct. 14.—Fred Steirs was this morning caught in the store of Alexander Elliott, at Mingo. He shot Mr. Elliott, it is possible fatally, afterwards wounded Constable Baird, who sought to arrest him. stood off a posse of thirty citizens, and escaped. At 2 o'clock a. m. Mr. Elliott was told Bomeone was in his drugstore. Just as he was entering the store he met Fred Steirs, who lives close to town. Steirs carries a revolver and shot Elliott. The ball entered near Elliott's mouth and ranged upward, inflicting a severe wound. By this time a considerable crowd had gathered, and a few were armed. The men followed Steirs down the street, firing at him. He also returned the fire as long as his ammu- "nition lasted, but he escaped in the darkness. Constable Byron Beard was aroused and joined in the chase, going with a posse to the Steirs home, to surround the man. When the constable stepped into the cellar to arrest him, Steirs fired, the ball passing through the officer's arm. inflicting a painful wound. Steirs left the cellar aud stood off a posse of nearly thirty people with his revolver, successfully escaping. He was last seen in the woods north of Mingo. FATAL COLLISION. Gravel Train Crashes Into a Freight on Illinois Central. FOBT DODGE, Oct. 13.—An engine on a local east bound freight train ran out of water between Alta and Storm Lake. The train was stopped and the engine sent to Storm Lake for water. The flagman of the local could not stop a gravel train which followed, on account of a heavy fog. The trainmen on the gravel train all jumped and escaped injury, except Conductor Chas.- A. Densmore, of Sioux City, was instantly killed. Passengers in the caboose of the local freight experienced a narrow escape. Ten cars and an engine were wrecked. Traffic was delayed four hours. Iowa to Carry Up Her Land Fight. DEB MOINES, Oct. 15.—Attorney General Remley announces that he will carry to the federal supreme court the question of title to the lake beds of Iowa. Many of these have been patented to speculators as swamp lands. Mr. Remley contends they should not ( be so considered. He will argue for rehearing in the state supreme court the celebrated Owl Lake case, involving about 8100,000 worth of property. He announces that if again defeated and the patents are sustained he will carry the matter to the federal supreme court. It is estimated that titles to 40,000 acres of land would be involved, and that if he should establish his case it would save the state millions of dollars worth of additional lake lands. Tramps Fight Tramps. CEDAB RAPIDS, Oct. 14.—Three (ramps boai-ded a train at Stanwood, and attempted to hold up five tramps who were in the car. A fight followed, in which one of the tramps was shot three times and critically injured, and then thrown from the car. The assailants made good their escape at Wheatland. Stole Safe and All. CEDAB RAPIDS, Oct. 18.—The general istore of Graham & Voral, at Fairfax was burglarized. The iron safe was taken half a niile from town and blown up. The thieves received four gold watches and four silver watches. New Traftlo Agreement, SIOTJX CITY, Oct. 13. — The Great Northern, Sioux City and Northern and Union Pacific have concluded arrangements to handle trans-continental business through here. The Union Pacific will start trains October 16. Ipwtt Biuifc Deposits, DEB MOINES, Oct. 1?.—The state bank reports for the quarter ending September 7tn, has just been issued by the sta.te audijw and shows that the $e- posits in Jowa banks on January 6th, 1898, were slightly in excess of $5%,' OQQ.OOp, O» September ?th, of this year, they bad increased to jnpre than $8P,QOO,(HM). During the neytad from June 30, }890, to $eptera%', 7th, two Jqwa banjcs ija»r«a^e4 (S5,3§3,- been a Kjpn&tajit i»- O»» (JANG DOING THE WO&K. follce Theory as to the Recent iow» Burglaries. DBS MoritEs, Oct. 13.—Police officers are satisfied that the safe blowings that have occurred in Des Moines and vicinity in the past few days have all been perpretrated by the same gang and that they ate working out of Des Moines. They are also satisfied that there are four men in the gang, three of Whom are expert cracksmen and take an active part in the work, while the fourth man acts as a spotter and teamster for them, driving into the town in which they propose to operate ahead of the cracksmen, Who come by train, and making small 1 purchases in stores so as to ascertain those in which the most money is to be found, locating the safe and securing other information of value to the cracksmen. AVithin the last week this gang has cracked four safes, at Rippey, Altoona, Chesterfield and Redfield, securing in all, as nearly as could be ascertained, $2,730 in cash and negotiable postoffiV.e supplies, about $400 in merchandise-, mostly jewelry, and several hundred dollars worth of notes that can be of no use to them. They also attempted a robbery at AVoodward, a small town north of this city on the Milwaukee, but were seen at work by the town marshal and, after exchanging shots, they managed to get away. Not Properly Attended. CLINTON. Oct. 14.—The coroner's inquest held on the case of Frank Kocpp, who died after a month's illness of typhoid fever under Christian Science treatment. The jury, after censuring those concerned, said the deceased lacked proper food, care and medicine, Christian Science being wholly relied on. "AVe believe that with proper attention and care Koepp need not have died." Further action may be taken. The Watson Case Affirmed. DES MOINES, Oct. 15.—The famous AYatson will case, from Jackson county, has been settled in the supreme court. The decision affirms a judgment against an alledged illegitimate son, who claimed an interest in the estate of $270,000 left by Mott AVatson, who died August 26, 1895. The AVatson case attracted state-wide attention when it was tried in the district court of Jackson county. Paper Mill Burns. DECORAU, Oct, 15.—The paper mill located at Freeport, three miles east of Decorah, burned to the ground. It was known as the American Pulp, Linen and Fiber company. The origin of the fire is unknown, and no cause for it can be given. The loss to the company is estimated at 830,000, insured for S8,000. The mill it is said, will be rebuilt at once. NEWS IN GENERAL BOERS WRECK TRAIN. Murder at Centervllle. CENTEBVILLE, Oct. 15.—Section Foreman Michaels and a railroad laborer named Ogle, fought, Ogle beating Michaels over the head with a shovel, from the effects of which the latter died. Ogle fled to Missouri and the sheriff is in pursuit. Hottest Ever Known. DES MOINES, Oct. 14.—Thursday, October 12, 1899, was the hottest day ever known in the history of October weather according to the records of the weather bureau. It was 90.6 degrees in Des Moines. Suicide at Nora Springs. DUBUQUE, Oct. 15.—The body of Mrs. Harriet Buck was found in Shell Rock river at Nora Springs. It is supposed to be a case,of suicide. The Fifty-First Iowa. SAN FBANCJSCO, Oct. 13.—The transport Senator, with the Fifty-first Iowa regiment, is expected to arrive here October 22. Dubuque Man Killed. DUBUQUE, Oct. 15.—Andrew Tierney, of Dubuqtte. was killed at St. Cloud, by the caving in of a sewer trench. BREVITIES. At Davenport recently, while painting beams in a court on the fifth story of the glucose works, Fritz Kroeg'er, lost his balance and fell to the bottom, striking on a condenser,- causing almost immediate death. A companion was working on the platform with him at the time. The first he knew of the accident was when the contents of Kroeger's paint pot were suddenly splashed in his face. Kroeger leaves a wife and family. Iowa City dispatch: Deputy Sheriff Ezekiel Clark and Marshal Scott AVil- son, arrested four men who were thought to be burglars who entered the store of Postmaster Seydel, and he positively identified some clothing which had been found in possession of these men, two of the men wearing pants which had Seydel's mark on them. They had secured about 8100 worth of stuff, all clothing, and although the postoffice was in the same room, not a thing pertaining to the office was disturbed. The officers are of the opinion that they are old timers, although young in years, and coming events will likely prove that they are wanted in other localities. Des Moines dispatch;' The supreme court has reversed Judge Holmes, in the case of Windsor against the city. James H. Windsor, whose home is worth some $50,0.00, sought to escape city taxes because he claimed to use h.is growls for agricultural purposes, The Ipiiyer court B^staii}e4 the contenr tion, hut the supreme equrt says that city property must be jjised jn good fajth, fcur ajg'rjcijJltMrftl pvursuit fpr »n income to be exempt frpa* city taxes,. This, disposes of a. JQ$ o.| $im,Uftr pases i» Peg Mpj^ee ajjd otitjei'. eftjej oj Fifteen British Troopers Were Killed la the Wreck. CAPETOWN, Oct. 14.—A dispatch from Vryburg, 100 miles north of Kimbefly, and an important town ifi British Bechuanaland, state that the armored train has been destroyed, Fifteen British troopers were killed. The Boers shelled the Wreckage after the train was derailed. The entire crew of the armored train, except the engineer, were made prisoners by the Boers. LONDON, Oct. 14.—A Paris special says: The Boers with twelve guns are preparing to assault Mafeking. LONDON, Oct. 14.—Despite the optimistic reports of the ability of Mafeking to repel attack, the greatest anxiety prevails here regarding the situation there, as it is known the redoubt* able commander, Cronje, who captured the Jameson raiders, has the strongest command in the field, with the exception of Joubert's force. Cronje's troops number between 9,000 and 10.000. LONDON, Oct. 14.—An Edinburg paper, the Scotsman, asserts that a battle has taken place between General Sir George Stewart AVhite, commanding the forces in Natal, and the Boers, who entered Natal by way of Van Keen an's pass. General AVhite, the Scotsman says, is very sanguine of the success of the British m >vement. The foregoing report is considered to be correct, as late last night the war office had news of a British advance from Lady smith and was hourly expecting further intelligence. AVAR OFFICIALLY DECLARED. The French Government is Notified of the Fact. PAIUS, Oct. 13.—Secretary Vanderho- even, of the Transvaal European agency, has officially notified the French government that a state of war between the South African republic and Great Britain exists and has existed since AA'ednesday. The action of the representatives of the Transvaal in giving formal notice of the war In accordance with the international law. The papers in Paris are out in articles of a strong denunciatory nature against England and her position, there being a decided feeling here of sympathy for the Boers. It is understood that the official headquarters of the South African republic will be established in this city. Thg action <> ' the American government in accepting the responsibility of representing England in matters pertaining to diplomacy at Pretoria, strengthens the general opinion here that there is an Anglo-Saxon alliance and that Russia, Germany and France will join hands to off-set its influence. LIMITED TRAIN HELD UP. train Robbers Operate Near DeKalb, Illinois. CHICAGO, Oct. 14.—The Northwestern limited train leaving Chicago at 10:30 last night was held up not far from De Kalb, 111., and robbed, and Engineer AVhite shot. The train is due at DeKalb at 13:20 and the hold-up occurred at Tower Vf. , three miles from Maple Park, 111. It is not known whether the robbers secured any great .amount of booty. A special train containing a number of armed men and detectives left the Northwestern station in Chicago immediately, bound for the scene of the robbery. It is said there were five masked men engaged in the operation. The train was flagged and while two of the men compelled the engineer and fireman to run the engine ahead, the balance of them robbed the train. Four Thousand Killed. AMSTERDAM, Oct, 14, — A dispatch from Bravarla, capital of the Neither- lands, Indies, Java, says that a violent earthquake has visited the south side of the islands of Ceram, next to the largest of the Moluccas, between Boo- roo and Papua, completely destroying the town of Amhei and killing some 4,000 people as well as injuring some 500 others. The dispatch says that the details of the disaster have not yet been obtained. _ Martial Law is Proclaimed. BI.OESIFONTEIN, Oct. 14. — Martial law is proclaimed and the courts are closed. A proclamation was issued warning the British subjects to leave the Orange Free State before 6 o'clock Saturday evening. It calls on the burghers to respect those who secure permits to remain. President Steyn has made a strong appeal to the burghers to do their best to secure the independence of the republic, _ Says War Can lie Finished. SAN FBANCISCO, Oct. 13.— General Frederick Funston, talking to a representative of the Associated Press on the Philippine campaign, said! "With. 60,000 men, if tb,ey are pushed, the war will be over in six months, but, of course, it won't be ended that soon if the troops are kept in Manila, I came back because I was ordered to, I would have stayed very gladly and wish that t was. there now." _ Flood Fatalities Jn Italy. LONDON, Oct. 11, — Forty persons were reported drowned by floods, following severe rains, in th,e province of Salerno, Italy. A number qf small yilr Jages and factories have been destroyed, Property valued at very bigrb wes in the aggregate hajs'been, ruip •Troops Jiaye beep sent to the relief J,he inhabitants. Trppps ijBnte? M£la.b,ou, MANILA, Oct. 11,— Ctejjflra} Sohwan's n Frajwsscp de without opposition Tke enemy haj fled.- BOER9 ENTER NATA1/. abpa The Tran«»aai Warrior* Occupy Lalng Neknnd Ingogo Helghtl. LoNnoiTj Oct. 13.^-A special from Ladysinith says th6 Boers occupied Laings Nek the moment the ultimatum expired. They are now ponring intc Nalal, and Ingogo Heights have been occupied. LONDON, Oct. 13.—An official confir mation of the announcement that the Orange Free State burghers have en tered Natal by way of Van Heenen' Pass is at hand. It leaves no f urthet room for doubt that acts of war have already been committed and that cam paign news of the invasion of the northern border is also generally ac cepted as reliable. It seems improb able, therefore, that the clash between Briton and Boer can long be delayed if it has not occurred already. This morning's dispatches furnish ample de tails concerning the situation on the frontier and enable a clearer exposl tion of the military status. It seems that the Boers intend to act in two columns, those from the Transvaa working from the north and those from the Orange Free State from the west, with the object of keeping the British forces at Ladysinith and Dun dee occupied while parties of Boers slip past to destroy the bridges along the railway forming a line of communication between the British at Durban, Natal, the advanced base at Peter- maritzburg, and the front. It is re garcled as possible that the Boers will attempt to occupy Estcourt, where there are only a hundred men of the naval brigade. .News of the Boers raiding Sululancl in the neighborhood of Eshowe is taken as a confirmation oJ this possibility. TRIUMPHS OVER CANADA. Modus Vivendi Regarding the Alaskan Bounadry a Surrender By Dominion AVASHINQTON, Oct. 15.—Under the modus vivendi concerning the boundary of Alaska, which Canada has accepted, the United States surrenders no substantial advantage. Dyea ant Skaguciy remain on the American side of the line. Canada gets no port or Lynn Canal or elsewhere on tide water. Neither does she got territory on any stream navigable by vessels much larger than canoes. In fact, the line was drawn by this government, and imports into the Klondyko, through the Chilkoot or AVhite Pass will have to cross American territory. The line agreed on is only temporary, but it puts upon Canada the burden of proving that she is entitled to any further territory. The permanent settlement of the boundary may take years, but the modus vivendi establishes a working line that will prevent clashes of various kinds, and tend to- v vard peace. There was fear of armed tonflict between Americans and the Northwest police, but that has been. rOmoved. The modus is a virtual sur- rtnder by Canada, and it is doubtful if she ever gains any more. BOERS ARE AGGRESSIVE. Repeated Attacks on Mafolcirig Arc Reported. LONDON, Oct. 16.—The Exchange Telegraph company has received a dispatch from Cape Town, saying that the Boers have blown up another armored train, carrying telegraph operators from Mafeking. DUHBAN, Oct. 16.—Two armored trains now patrol the line in the vicinity of Ladysinith. GMINCOE CAMP, Oct. 16.—The Boers have occupied Spitzkop, near New Castle. DURBAN, Oct. 16.—Authentic news has reached here that 3,000 Boers are encamped on Ingogo battlefield. KisiBEKtEY, Oct. 16.—The report that fighting has taken place at Kraaipan has been officially confirmed. BULLER LEAVES FOR THE FIELD, Patriotic Demonstration on His Departure From Waterloo Station. LONDON, Oct. 16.—General Sir Ked- vers Buller, who will have the chief command in South Africa, accompanied by his staff, left AA r aterloo station Saturday, for Southampton to go on board the Dunottar Castle. His departure was the occasion of another patriotic demonstration. steamer to the Steamer Burned. NEW YQHK, Oct. 15.—The Nutmeg State was burned water's edge and is now lying a wreck in Old Hen Reef, Long Island Sound, The passengers were taken off by the City of Lawrence. Captain Brooks, oi the Nutmeg State, said that three of his crew burned to death, and he feared some of the passengers suffered a like fate. Made a Big Haul. CHICAGO, Oct. 15.—General Manager Antisdel, of the American Express company says there was $25,000 cash in the safe which the robbers dynamited and looted in the hold up on the Northwestern train near DeKalb. Antisdel said he could not even guess the value 9f the jewelry and other valuables carried, The passengers were not molested. Aska the United States. LONDON, Oct. 3,—The foreign office confirms the report from Washington that Great Britain has asked the United States to empower the United States consul in the Transvaal t° represent British interests there during the hostilities. __ r ___ T ____ Have Received 0100,000, NEW YOBK, Oct. 13.*—The committee for the perpetuation of the Dewey victory areh in marble ha,s received Pledges pf $iQQ,QOO toward carry ing put the purpose, BOERS SEND ULTIMATUM. British troops Must Be Withdra*m, Sfty They. LONDON, Oct. ii.—The London news agency publishes the following dispatch from Pretoria, filed there Monday night: "An urgent dispatch has just been handed to Conyngham Green, British diplomatic agent, requesting the explicit assurance of the withdrawal within 48 hours of the British troops from the Transvaal borders, as well as the withdrawal of all British forces landed in South Africa since the Bloem- fontein conference." The Transvaal Ultimatum concludes with the following demand: First—That all points of mutual difference be regulated by friendly recourse to arbitration, or by whatever amicable way may be agreed on by this government and her majesty's government. Second—All troops on the border of this republic shall be instantly withdrawn. Third—All reinforcements of troops, which have arrived in South Africa since June 1, shall be removed from South Africa within reasonable time to be agreed on with this government, and with mutual assurance and guarantee on the part of this government no attack upon, or hostilities against any portion of possessions of the British government, shall be made by this •republic during further negotiations, Iwithin a period of time to be subse- (quently agreed upon between both (governments, and this government will, upon compliance therewith, be prepared to withdraw armed burghers pf this republic from the border. Fourth—That her majesty's troops which are now on the high seas shall not be landed in any part of South Africa. To these demands is appended a time limit for a reply, as follows: "This government presses for an immediate affirmative answer to these four questions, earnestly requests her majesty's government to return an answer before or on Wednesday, October 11, 1809, not later than 5 p. m. "It desires further to add that in tha unexpected event of an answer not satisfactory being received by it within the interval, it will, with great regret, be compelled to regard the action oi her majesty's government as formal declaration of war, and will not hold itself responsible for consequences thereof, and that, in event of any further movement of troops occurring within the above mentioned time, in any nearer direction to om - borders, this government will be compelled tc regard that also as formal declaration of war." GETTING OUT RESERVES. Mobilization of Troops at Aldershot Cump. LONDON, Oct. 16.—All Europe is watching Great Britain at this crucial jhoment in her military affairs. Foreign statesmen and military experts regard the war with the Boers as a foregone conclusion. AYhtit they scan with such anxious interest is England's tremendous preparations for the contest. By the result of these efforts will her strength be gauged. In the assembling of an army twice as large as that which she sent to Crimea, and Considerably larger than Wellington's forces at AVaterloo, England is offering an illustration, for the first time in many decades, of her ability to fight on land. Although her naval strength has often been demonstrated to advantage, it still has been a matter of doubt whether her military arm woiild compare favorably with that of :ontinental nations, and in the throes of such a test she is now engaged day and night..' ENGLAND'S REPLY. * Cannot Discuss the Conditions Demanded by the Boers. LONDON, Oct. 13.—The following is ;he text or the British reply to the Boer ultimatum: "Chamberlain to Milner, High Commissioner.—Sent 10:45 p. m., Oct. 10, 1899.—Her majesty's government has received with regret the peremptory demands of the South African republic, lonveyed in y^our telegram of October X Yon will inform the government of ;he South African republic in repty ;hat the conditions demanded by the government of the South African re- oublie are such as her majesty's gov- rnment deem it impossible to discuss.' 1 LONDON, Oct. 13.—A dispatch fvom Durban annpuuces that the Boers seized Albertina station aud demanded ;he keys, which \yerc delivered to them by the station master, who •cached Ladysinith pn a trolley car. The excitement at Ladysinith 'is increasing, and the troops are ready to act at a moment's notice. Canada Will Help. OTTAWA, Ont., Oct. 10.—At a meeting of the cabinet a decision was reached ;o send 1,000 Canadian soldiers to South Africa as Canada's contribution to the British force now fighting- the Boers. This is double the number of iroops asked for by the imperial government, Forty Persons Drowned. ST. Louis, Senegal, Oct. 15.—While native vessel was attempt- ng to cross a bar at the mouth to the river Senegal, it was wrecked and forty persons were drowned Free State's Position, CAFH TowN,i.-tet. 13.—President Steyn, pf the Orange Free State, has issued a •reclamation to the Orange Free State mrghers, announcing an alliance with he Boers, He urges the burghers to 'staufl iip as one man against the oppressor and violator of,right." Sultan Drowns 'Women, LONDON, Oct. 15.—A special from Jueharest sa ys the sultan has drowned n the Bosphorns-several ladies of the arenj whom he suspected of compile;y with ypung members of the Turk' sh party, ATTACKING MAFEKtNQ. Bttt thft B6*r Forces Mare Thft« f ai i Been Repnlned. ; Lofrboft, Oct. 15.—According to ths dispatches from the front the Boerj have made several attacks upon Mafe- jking, all of which have been repulsed. In connection with the rumored attack upon Mafeking, a disquieting report comes from Pretoria to the effect that Rustenburg and Marico, eommandoj-s have crossed the border and entered the Kooigrond territory, between Lichtenburg and Mafeking, blowing up the bridge over the Maloppo rivet destroying a trainload of dynamite and the track. As Mafeking depends upon the Rooigrond for its water supply the significance of this move is evident. The Boers are reported to have seized the railway station north of Fourteen streams, between Vryburg and Kimberley. Fighting continues in tie neighborhood. The capture of the armored train on the wastern border of the Transvaal is the beginning of a few anticipated reverses at the outset of the campaign. The Boer plan is now unfolding itself. It seems to be to strike simultaneously at different points, with a view of obtaining a strong sti-ategic position in Natal before the arrival of the British army corps. At all points the British are faced by Boer forces, superior, at least in number. WILL NOT INTERFERE. President McKlnlcy Gives Out Statement Regarding Transvaal. AVABiiiNQTON, Oct. 13.—The following was issued by the state department: "The president has received a large number of petitions signed by many citizens of distinction requesting him to tender the mediation of the United States to settle the differences between Great Britain and the Transvaal. He has received other petitions on the same subject, some desiring him to make common cause with Great Britain to redress the wrongs alleged 'to have been suffered by outlanders, especially American citizens in the Transvaal; others wishing him to assist the Boers against alleged aggression. "It is understood that the president does not think it expedient to take action in any of these directions. As to talcing sides with either party to the dispute, it is not to be thought of. As to mediation, the president has received no intimation from either of ithe countries interested that the me- idiation of the United States would be :accepted, and in the absence of such 'intimation from both parties, there is nothing in the rules of international 'usage to justify an offer of mediation 'in the present circumstances. It is known that the president sincerely 'hopes and desires that hostilities may be avoided; but if unfortunately they 'should come to pass, the efforts of this government will be directed, as they jare at present, to seeing that neither our national interests nor those of our 'citizens suffer an unnessary injury." GETTING TO WORK. -/I Concentrating the American Forces Evidently for Business. WASHINGTON, Oct. 13.—Otis cables: "Schwan's column is moving on Sap- ang and Das Marinas, where opposition is expected. His artillery and wagon transportation are returning- to Bacoor by way of Rosario. A column of five hundred men are marching from Imus to support Sehwan. I'bung, in the north, has occupied Arayat. Supplies are moved up the Rio Grande by cas- coes to that point. Lawton will command the column when a full concentration is effected. Young's loss yesterday was one man. Insurgents attacked Angeles' lines, but were quick ly repxtlsed." Canadian Cabinet Hesitates. OTTAWA, Ont., Oct. 15.—The cabinet is hesitating over the question of sending troops to assist the mother country in South Africn, as it is known that at least two members will resign if such a course iu taken. Spanish Merchants Protest. MADRID, Oct. 15.—The merchants threaten to close their shops as a protest against excessive taxation. If this is done, martial law will be pro' claimed, as serious disturbances would ensue Orwig'n Weekly Patent Ofllee Report. DES MOINES, Oct. 10.—A simple device frequently invented and brought to us consists in attaching- a thread to an envelope so that the end of the thread is exposed and by pulling it the sealed envelope can be opened thereby. Patent No. 114,072 was granted for the said invention May 9, '1871. Improvements arts always in order and in many instances the improvements are more valuable than the original, but it is hard to conceive of any patentable improvement in the manner of applying a thread for an envelope opener and yet some genius may do so and get a valuable patent therefor. A patent has been allowed to T. H. J. Leckband, of Adair, Iowa, for an acetylene gas generator. A retort is pivotally and detachably connected with a water tank and water and g-as conveying pipes combined therewith so that the flow of water'can be arrested while a, plurality of pans in the retort are/ being cleaned and refilled with carbide while gas continues to flow to the burners. Consultation f,iid advice free. Valuable printed matter sent to al) applicants. THOMAS G. OKWIG & Co., Solicitors of Patents, Under Arrest. NEW LonnoH, Oct. 13, — AVilliaw Flam, b,as beeu arrested, charged with , attempting; to kill his sweetheart, Jen' i nie Lee. It is claimed he fired the shot through the window at her, just mis-' sing her heart. Ho denies the charge. He has sued Miss Lee for breach of promise, and she has a petition in, bankruptcy pending- in court to escape the breach of promise penalty, Lively Solitary Preparations, ? PKETOIUA, Oct. 11, — Commandant!;! General Joubert has issued notice the troops in the different laagers hoW themselves i« roadless fp|- immediate advance, '
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