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1--.% A.t to a Crowded BS tint,' B*la» Rs- Paris, May 5.— Fire broke out at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon In a crowded charitable bazaar in the Rue Jean Goujon, at which the Duchess d'Uzes and other weH-known patronesses were present. Many were burned to death and scores of persona were Injured. One hundred corpses have been laid out In the Palais de Tlnhustrle. It Is believed thnt another hundred are beneath the* ruins. The building was erected In the flimsiest manner, the nudity of scaffolding inside being concealed by tapestry hangings of the most inflammable ma' terlal. Moreover, there was only one exit. The bazaar was in full swing, when suddenly the cry of fire rose In the quarter where the kinematograph was being exhibited. Before the firemen could arrive the roof of the bazaar crushed in, burying numbers of those who had been unable 'to make their egress from, the building. Although an alarm wag sent ont with reasonable promptness the whole •wooden structure was ablaze before the firemen could approach the bazaar. The roof and almost the whole building collapsed, falling uoon the unfortunate people, many of whom are supposed to have previously succumbed to the stifling smoke. • The prefect, M.Lepine, was one of the first officials to reach the qpene, and he directed the operations for the recovery of the 'bodies and distributed the injured among the various houses of the i-.vicliilty. The dead, were piled in heaps, and near the exit the charred remains were five feet deep. In some cases only the trunks remained, with no vestige of clothing. The firemen and a company of infantry followed to clear the ruins and search for .corpses. The news .spread like wildfire. All th,e cabinet Ministers now in Paris went Immediately to the scene. Hundreds of -equipages streamed along the Champ's Elysees, their occupants, with anxious and tear-stain.ed faces, inquiring for their relatives. There were, many, heartrending ^scenes of grief and despair. Cabinet ' 'ministers, ambassadors, noblemen and ^members 'of the highest social and financial circles were side by side with the lowliest and the poorest, 'anxiously inquiring for their missing relatives. About thirty were saved by Pere Ambroise and Pere Bailly, .who helped them over the wall with s ladder to the printing room of the newspaper La .Crolx. •-..• •?••-. . .:.'.' ....: ...... • The staff of the Hotel du Palais lent gloves, have been deputed by the pre- fions through a barred window overlooking the bazaar, where, while the hotel employes, were'carrying away the bars, they saw three persons burned to death. - ; . ' Policemen, their hands covered with gloves, have been deputed by the perfect, of police to pick out the portions of remains and to wrap them in pieces of cloth, transferred In ambulances to the Palais de I'lndustrie. The remains present a horrible spectacle of limbs burned and twisted. On all sides can be seen stretchers piled with mutilated) corpses. Rkulls split open and brains exuding. Just behind a heap ,of corpses lies alone the body of a woman. —The face is downward r the head burned, , the brain exposed, and from the empty , socket of the right eye the brains are slowly oozing. The arms and legs are burned off. ^ A little farther off Is the body of another , woman, nude, the entrails protruding and the bead missing. It is a ghastly sight. . The . building was constructed about six months ago. At the time it was ; remarked" that It would burn like matchwood. The Interior was divided into shops a la old Paris, constructed of prettily painted canvas. One of the survivors tells to the correspondent of the Associated Press his experience: "The place was' crammed full .of people and the heat was stifling. Blng very uncomfortable my friends and I determined to leave, but somehow, we could not make much headway through the throng toward the door. I lagged a little behind, as I was offered a nosegay by a stall-holder when, on a sudden, the shout of fire was raised. Instantly all was commotion. "We tried to keep cool, but the rush frora<behind forced us forward and we were separated. Then I tried to 'work ray way bac^, but I was carried off. my feet and carried backward and forward in tbo, swaying crowd, I lost my hat; then ray coat was torn off, and then my wiiatcoat. All this happened in a few " (seconds. ' "Immediately the full extent of the calamity dawned upou us all. The flames spread witjt startling rapidity through the whole building which rumbled like a livtag furnace, but tho up roar of the conflagration could not drown -.the groans and cries of the agou- te4 cyowd. Gradually I fouad myself puahed back against the wall of the building, and finally succeeded in scrambling through an opening made by soaws of those wlxo were near me. Two se«md» later 1 wowW have been a victim, for hardly bad I struggled tturoogh tfed liole before I beard dFeadfu! cmsb as the biasing roof is.' "I efts&ot describe t&v struggle for «rf fit It rr KOH -n it"*i it that the- fire or!gin«t«l era th?'!*ft side of tbft bazaar. The lilnra- laating apparntus ot the cinematograph e exploded ftncl tmt- fire to tb* Turkish cnrtalnn and hangings.' In a few nsonKjnts the flames spread Along the whole side of the bazaar. The bazaar altogether had eight doors, three In front and one on the left side. In the rear were four, Hkd French windows, which were specially reserved for the employes. The crowd near the main entrance were able to escape, but those at the other end, not knowing of the doors reserved for the employes, found themselves hemmed In as In a cul de sar:. As the Sre spread the pressure on the right side where there were no exits, kept steadily Increasing. Here a number of victims were crushed to death. Happily the wall of the Hotel du Palais, against which the bazaar backed, furnished a barred window. Immediately on the alarm being given the servants hurriedly broke the bars and were able to rescue a large number of persons. Above the roar of the flames were heard cries of terror and despairing appeals for help from the cul de sac end, where the unfortunates were being burned alive. The firemen threw hundreds of buckets of water upon them from above, at the greatest risk to themselves, but their courageous efforts were all in vain, Cries of despair arose outside, in the Avenue Montaigne, the Place Alma and the Rue Francais, adjacent streets. In all these thoroughfares there was a veritable flight of maddened people, mostly women without skirts, petticoats or hats, their feet naked, and their cloth- Ing either burned off or torn off. The whole of the highest society in Paris is in a horrible poll mell, a prey to the deepest despair, husbands seeking and calling for wives and fathers seeking and calling for daughters. ' Words would fail to describe the. horror of the scene at tho Palais de 1'Industrle, where the 'bodies are exposed on tho side next to tho Avenue Banton, in a portion of the building now in course of demolition. Here in a large room rudely covered with rough planks, and on sheets spread over planks, the bodies as they arrive from the ambulances are being placed in three long rows. Here Is exemplified death by fire with all its horrors, bodies completely nude, limbs twisted in the wri things of agony, some still having 'shreds of clothing which assist recognition In spite of horrible disfigurement, bones visible through fire- eaten flesh,, some merely skeletons or grinning skulls blackened with smoke. A large force of officials is engaged in regulating the admission of friends at the entrance, which is besieged by crowds shouting and fighting. Only small groups are admitted at a time, and the visitors are supplied with candles to assist them In their lugubrious search. As soon as President Faure heard, of the disaster he sent the most pressing Inquiries for "full particulars to the prefect of police. All the theaters In Paris are closed. Owing to the difficulty of continuing the search for the purpose of identification by the' light of torches - and candles, the Palais de I'lndustrie has been cordoned by the police, who' are watching the bodies. The wounded are now known to -number, at least 180. Mme. Flores, wife of the Spanish consul, expired at the Hospital Beaujon, where are several others injured. M,. Faure has visited the hospital and'the Palais de 1'Industrle to pay his respects to the dead. An electric light has been installed at the scene of the fire to assigt the flre- ^ ~~ now noticed that in most cases the heads of the victims were burned to a cinder, even when other parts of the body were not much Injured. This is explained by'the fact that the thickly tarred roof fell Jn blazing masses upon the heads. . " • • ' / It was reported that Mdlle. Lucille Faure, who 'left the Elysee to go to the bazaar, had perished. M. Hanotaux! drove up In great -haste to Inquire concerning her, and was Immediately followed by Mme. Faure, pale with terror and excitement, who was reassured by learning that her daughter was not dead, having been delayed on the way. Many Americans, English and other foreigners were among the stall-holders; but it is impossible, as yet, to ascertain the names of all the victims. The papal nuncio, who delivered the benediction at the opening, had just left'the building when the fire broke out. " • - ' Fire at Mineral Point. Mineral, Point, Wis., May 5.—A destructive .fire occurred Tuesday, destroying halt of the best^ business block in the city and causing a loss of several thousand dollars; Among the buildings burned were Brewer & Penballegon's grocery store Martin & Toay.'s hardware store and the Masonic and Odd Fellows' ball. The city hall was badly damaged. The total loss la about 940,000, with insurance of $27,000. Fatally Gashed by Xr»tuv>u- Marsbtteld, Wis., May 5.— While trying to disperse a mob of -drunken tramps* at a brewery Chief of Police A. F. Gerwing sustained a terrible gash In the abdomen, and Fred Meyers, a brewery employe, was severely Injured. Their recovery is doubtful. To Cr««te ArtlUsry Berlin, May fi.-r-The budget committee of the reiehstag has authorized the jotm-recun'Utg expenditure of 40,000,000 marks provided for iii the attiaates, to field IB 17FADY TO O?VE THE 87 RUOOt.F, UP th« Cftbinet to Sa« tat !a th« British To lBer««Mi9 of Airnsj-. London, May 5.—The Athens correspondent of the Dally Mall says the ministers of war and of the interior have returned from Pharsala aad made their report to the cabinet. It Is tiMdeatood that as the result of their Inquiry the war will bs discontinued. The parliamentary secretary for the foreign office, Mr. George N. Curzon, in the house of cdmmons Tuesday, replying to a question, said that comfcjunica- tlons on the subject of mediation were continually passing between the pow^ ere, who earnestly desire to see the war between Greece and Turkey ended. "But," he added, "the first essential to successful mediation Is evidence that the belligerents are prepared to accept it." Regarding Crete, Mr. Curzoa said the powers'intended to carry out the project of autonomy, but the -continued presence of the Greek troops and the consequent attitude of the Christian Cretans rendered progress very difficult. It is hoi true, Mr. Curzon said, that the Christians lack supplies. To Increaie" Turklrh Army. Constantinople, May G.—It has been decided to increase the strength of the Turkish army In the European provinces to 300,000 men, in order to be prepared for all emergencies. Including troops in Anatolia, Turkey will soon have 500,000 men under arms. TO SAVE LEVEES. Twelve Thousand Men at. Work Above New Orleans. • New Orleans, La.. May 5.—There are now over 12,000 men at'_wor_k_on_the_ levees south of the Red river, putting them in condition for the rise now coming down the river. If the planters will give up all plantation work and concentrate their entire force'of laborers on the dikes they will escape, -is the final warning given out by the state engineers. If they fall to do so and.think their corps more Important the chances are in favor of crevasses and no crop at all. • Silver Republicans to Organize. Indianapolis, Ind.,'May" 5.—Silver republicans representing each of the thirteen congressional districts met here Tuesday and appointed a provisional state committee, which will be represented at a meeting in Chicago June 8, when a national provisional committee will be formed. It is announced that' the Chicago meeting, will take steps toward organizing for'the campaign of 1900. Insurance Company In Court. Indianapolis, Ind., May 5.—The Mutual Life Insurance Company of this city, which has In force in this state nearly $4,000,000 of insurance, has passed into the hands of a receiver.. The policy-holders went into ttourt and charged that the action is a part of a scheme, of the officers to appropriate the assets of the company, amounting to about $450,000, Including 180,000 in cash. Extensive litigation Is probable : ' ' m «__ , Saloon Opens In • Topeka. Topeka, Kas., May 5.—Tuesday, for the first time since May 1 ; 1881, when the prohibitory law went into effect, a saloon opened its doors in Topeka. Aa saloons run undisturbed in other cities, the advent of one here, with, the knowledge of the police authorities, is looked upon as the beginning of the end of prohibition in Kansas. - Justice Field M*y Resign. Richmond, Va,, May 5.—It is learned upon good authority here Justice Field, of California, one of the associate justices of the supreme court of the United States, will shortly resign, and that Judge Nathan Goff, of West Virginia, the oldest United States circuit judge, will be appointed in' his stead. ' Railway Surgeons at Chicago, Chicago, May 6.—The National. Association" of Railway Surgeons began Its tenth annual convention yesterday morning In the auditorium of Medlnah Temple, Fifth avenue and .Jackson street. The convention will continue for three days, with afternoon and morning sessions'. Many Unitarian*. In Conference. Chicago, May 5.—Unitarians of the Western conference began their annual meeetlng yesterday. To-day the annual meeting of the Western Unitarian Sunday School. Society will be held and the final business and election of officers will occur In the afternoon. . Spanish Anarchists Die Bravely* Barcelona, May 5.—Five of the an archists convicted of participation in the bomb outrage on June 7 last at the feas.t of Corpus Christ!, were shQt Tuesday morning, They shouted "Long live anarchy" just before the order to fire waa given. Mlueia Accept a Reduction. Spring Valley, 111., May 5.—The mln era of Spring Valley, representing 2,000 men, by secret ballot voted to accept tae 10-cent reduction offered by the operatives at the recent Streator Joint meeting. Qeu< Mlloa i£u liouti. Washington, May 6.—rMajor General Melaoa A. Miles Tuesday left.ths capital on liiss way to the aeat of w»r U , U, R, N., who tsfus bet-9 JH at for fhre? trfes day at Dr. Johnston's private »».• Admiral Mettde was tafcdn sfelf REAR ADMIRAL MEADE. with the grip, which was Afterward aggravated by appendicitis. ,An opera- 1 tlon had to, be performed, and from Its effects the admiral failed to rally. The funeral will be held at Miss Peterson's home,-1100 Vermont avenue, and the Interment with military honors will be at Arlington; Admiral Meade was one of the beat known officers of the modern navy, saw hard service before, during and after the civil war, and served In all partff>of the-world on Important naval and diplomatic missions. During the laat administration he and the president had a serious disagreement resulting from tho admirals.criticism, in an Interview, of the policy of the administration. Chicago Board of Trade. Chicago, May 4.—The following table shows the range of Quotations on ftie board of trade today: AUTICI/ES. Wheat— May ...... • Sept ...... ,. Corn — May... July........ Sept.. ...... Oats— May... . July........ Pork — May. . ." July......... Kept ....... , Lara — May. .. July ....... Sept.... .. Shtr'bs— May July.......'. ' Sept. ...... •• High. I .70% .25 .26 .10% i-.&O 4.05 4.10 4.20 4.C5 • 4.70 Low* * .75 - .08% 8.47K 8.50 4.00 4.05 4.15 4.60 4.60 4.65 ; Closing. May 4 May 8 * .70 .00 .24?? •25$ .17% 8.47 8.00 4.00 4.05 4.18 4.60 4.60 4.65 4.05 4.65 4.65 4.70 Dralnajre Bill 1 Is Passed. ' Springfield, 111., May 5.—After acrimonious debate lasting over an hour the house Tuesday passed the drainage board's tax levy extension bill by a vote of 82 yeas to 39 nays. The bill as passed authorizes an increase of the tax levy for drainage purposes of 1% per cent for the years iS98 and 1899. According to Its provisions the trustees will receive $3,600,000 in taxes for each, year, or $7,200,000. In all, to carry on the work of the great sanitary project. Speeches were made against the bill by Schwab, Novak and Revell of Cook and Suttle of Perry. McGootry and Miller of Cook and Selby and Sharrock defended the measure. Indiana Air Their Grievances. ' Washington, May 5.— American Horse, Red Cloud-and other Sioux Indians from the Pine Ridge agency In South Dakota have had an interview with Secretary Ellas, In which they paid their respects and aired alleged grievances. A delegation of Wichita and Caddos from Kansas is also here, with the object, it is stated, of delaying thejwqrk of ; allotment on the^Wichlta reservation, now well under way. They are seeking a cash payment in advance of the allotment, and are accompanied by Allotlng Agent George A. H. Mills. Fiffhir lor the 'Bond*. '. Chicago, May 6.— Jeremiah Learning, master-ln-chancery of the Circuit court, is taking evidence in the Churchill vs. Qlobe Savings Bank litigation. He was designated by Judge Tuley to report on the ownership of the ?124,000 worth of bonds now in the custody of the court. The bonds -in question are those which were removed from the safety deposit vaults of the Globe Savings bank by Receiver Henry W. Leman, and which were claimed by the University of Illinois trustees as a part of the endowment fund of that institution. • Not Beady to Adjourn. Springfield, 111., May 6.— A caucus of the senate was called to consider the question of final adjournment, but after some dlscueslon action' was postponed until next Tuesday. Uncertainty as to .the time required by the/house to consider appropriation bills caused the postponement. Duulop Ooe» to Joltet. . Chicago, May 5.— Joseph Dunlop wa» taken to Jollet to begin his two years' penitentiary sentence on the 2 o'clock Aljton train Tuesday. The time was changed at the last moment. Mr. Dunlop spent the morning la his private office, under guard of Deputy Marshal John E. Logan. Hpecial Order for Thursday. Springfield, 111., MaV 6. — Repreaentu- tive Farrell secured unanimous consent to have re'ad a second time his bill for the taxation of Insurance companies. It waa made a special order for next Thursday. Suuk In C'olllstuu. Aberdeen, Scotland, May 5, — A collision ha$ occurred off Girdleneus lighthouse between the British eteamers CoJJyaee and Gringos. Th& Collyuea aad eleven of , her crew "s^scr^S^v^s T MA 1ARIFF FOP D?*? Ore* Save its {Jrnmnltt***- -Y««fttt*rft *e«r iho Strngglis — -Artjffcp** TreaSy Tote JSttbmtt«4< • Washington, May 6.— The tariff Mil was reported to the *enate Tnssday. The Democrats examined the bill In the finance committee for nearly an hour, making running comments upoa it. They announced that they were against the bill as a whole. They soon understood that Senator Jones (N«v.), wan going to vote with the Republicans and realized that there was no possibility of changing the bllL They had no desire to make any factlousY opposition and when & motion was made by the Republicans to -report the bill at once the vote was taken promptly; All the Republicans, with Senator Joftea (NeV.), voted for the motion and all the Democrate voted against It, the vote standing 6 to 6., Later in the day Senator Aldrich announced tha^ he would call up the bill Tuesday, May 18. The Republican members, of the committee say there is no statement to be made now as to the effect of the bill, the amount of revenue to be raised by it or the reductions. When the bill is taken up in the senate Mr. Aldfich will make such a statement in the opening speech. "It will raise revenue enough," waa the comment of Senator Allison, assented to by Senator Aldrlch. They estimated, however, that the increased revenue to be raised from beer would be $13,000,000 and from, tea $10,000,000. Senator Jones (Ark.), tho Democratic tariff .leader, said that he expected there would be about six weeks' debate on the bill. ,... '..'.'..„. ...: _ ...;_..... Several' sections In the last part of the Dlngley bill which re-enacted the present law are stricken out. .This will have the effect of letting -the present law stand and avoid discussion to a great extent , - /;_ , The new bill is radically 'different from the Dingley bill, practically amounting almost to another measure,Many important schedules were rewritten entirely. The senate has increased the internal-revenue duty on beer. ' . . ' ',; ' .";... •:. •' ; ,.. The retroactive clause of the Dingley tariff bill is^Btricken troin the senate bill. ' The entire house provision relating to reciprocity has been stricken out. The house provision in the tariff bill keeping In force the Hawaiian reciprocity treaty is stricken out, the effect being indirectly to abro-' gate the treaty and Impose the same duty on Hawaiian sugars as is imposed on sugars from other countries. The lumber schedule is changed by adding after the word timber the words V'hewn, sided or squared arid round timber," and die-duty fixed at the rate of one cent per cubic foot, as in the house bill. , 'Many and important changes were made 1n the' wool and . woolen schedule. 'First-class wools were reduced from il cents per pound, as provided in the house bill, to 8* cents per pound, and second-class woools from 12 to 9 cents, whereas the duties on wools of the third class were raised. The dividing line in this latter class was placed at 10 . cents value, wools under that value being dutiable at the rate of 4 cents per pound Instead of 32 per cent ad valorem, as in : the house bill. Wools valued at more than 10 cents per pound were placed at 7 cents per pound instead of 50 per cent ad valorem, There are several changes in carpets. A paragraph .is added specifically providing, "that ail articles,' fabrics and manufactures, however described, of .^ shall be classified' and pay the duties imposed by the several paragraphs of this schedule." , • An important 'change 0 was made in tobacco taxes, under the Internal-revenue laws. .••'.. ". , ; " : . Chairman Morrill of the finance committee has relinquished the floor management of the tariff bill to Senator Aldrlch of Rhode island, who, strong of voice,, robust of body, and the ranking . tariff expert in either branch of congress, will be 'well able to stand the fatigue and the trial .of controversy. He will be backed U p by Senators Allison, Spooner, Burrows and a string of lesser tariff lights. Senators White of California and "Gorman of Maryland are expected to do the heavy Democratic fighting; Free Homestead BUI, Passes. ; Washington, iMay 6.— <A final vote on the free homestead bill was taken 1 at 3 o'clock Tuesday and the bill passed, 42 to 11. The negative vote was: Chilton, Clay, , Gornjan, -Hawley, Ken- nejr, Mills, Murphy,. PJatt (Conn.), Smith, Vest and Walthall,; East Teoueisee Miner* Out. Chattanooga, Tenn., May e miners at JelUco, Glen Mary/Robbiisa and Helenwood, numbering 8,600, >re out and the indications are that every mine between Chattanooga and Somerset, Ky n will 30011 be abandoned. The cause of the trouble is a general reduction of 18 per cent, United Workmen ut Streator,. HI., May 6.—The ••grand lod£« of IlHaoia,,Antieat Order United Workmen, met in biennial session here Tuesday, about 600 delegates being present.' The question of plaseifled ae- BeaBmfcutfi will be one of the moat important matters coaaider^cl. • Wild* to &» »? 6.—Osear Wilde I* lu E«a01ag pristia, t>ut Ma will &«* ttif> Ms ro*rUs sa captafs, th« gatn« ....,., 04000100*06000000 At Boston— Boston ,.00000041, *~$>_ Philadelphia 0010000$ *—t ~ At Washington— New Tori... ...-.^ 20400000 *—^ WMbingtofi .».,, 00001000 Baltimore ....... 0 0 0 '0 0 0 fl 0 Brooklyn .'»..,.., 00000001,, ». . Pittaburg, Pa., May 4.—There was no ' game today on account of wet grounds. There two games totaorrow, Cleveland}©., May 4.—Today's game ' was postponed on account of wal grounds. . Games today: StTLouis at 'Chicago,*Cincinnati at Cleveland/ Ijoulsvllfe at , PIttsburg, New York at Washington^ •' Baltimore at Brooklyn. ' Association. At Qulncy—Dubuque, 9; Quincy, 8, At St. Joseph—Rockford, 7, St. Joseph, 3. At Dea.Molnes—Des Moines, Sj'Ce- dar Rapids,. 6. At Burlington— Burlington, 3; Pe- orla, 2. Western League. ^ At Detroit—Detroit, 6; Indlanapo- jil Us, 2. , ., . " . At Minneapolis—Kansas City, 14; Minneapolis, 4. .'.-'-At Grand RapMs—€olumbtjs, Grand .Rapids, 9, , * '« yjw m . Michigan League. ' At Kalamazoo-—Jacktfbn, 13; Kala- •" mazoo, 1. . ;At Sagiriaw — Saglnaw, 11; Bay '«• City, 3. :•-:"••'. ••••• r At Port Huron—Lansing, 10; Port " t, Huron. 1. , .• . ; f \at _- : '. -.• -.;A-.v .•-.- •-•.- . -- ".• -• ' I *;7?J , ENCAMPMENT AT OALE8BURO. ; Grand* Ariay Men Gather for tlte 8e»« , sions Beginning _To-Day. " Galesburg, 111., May 6.—The city .Is--' In the possession of the Grand Army of ' the Republic. -The Sons of Veterana began their sessions Tuesday afternoon in the court house. The adjutant s report showed 1,800 in good standing and seventy-eight camps, a gain of fourteen camps during tho year, , ' .'The Ladles' Aid society, the auxiliary, to the Sons of Veterans, held its first meeting at night, the reports showing that- the society numbers seventeen lodges,'with 340 members. t At night the Grand. Army men met at the camp-fire in the Auditorium. Mayor Forest F. Cooke gave the ad-", dress of welcome'on behalf of the cltyi Department Commander W.' G. Cochrmn, responded. Many others spoke. In toe Baptist church a -wiir concert was given C] for those who could • not get in'tb.e^' .Auditorium.'. "-:•,',: '. • ^-J Boports Are 'Almost Beady. Peorla, 111., .May S.—The grand ot*^* fleers of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen have almost completed their reports to be submitted tp the biennial» convention to be held at Toronto this ' month; Receipts .for'!two years have " : been $1,168,201 and disbursements ?!,- .4'^ 109,360, There is now in the treasury; ? J58,674. v During two years forty-two, \'[ lodges have been added, making a total of 620. The total membership now is 23,532, a gain in two years of 3,201. From' October V1884, to January 1, 1897, the sum of ?3,667,904 was paid 1 out for death and total disability claims. , To Boom the West. —Xtoaha,-Nebr May-6.^Everythirig"ls in. readiness for the reception of the real estate men from Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and, Indiana, who will hold a two days' convention at the roofaa^t the Commercial club, beginning this morning at 10 o'clock., Five hundred are present. There will be a general discussion of the best methods- of advertising the west and inducing settlers tp come to Nebraska, ,;:•... Peculiar Suit Under Way. , , ' Dubuque, lowji, May 6.—The trial of Harris vs. The Modern. Woodmen of America to recover $20,000 for Injuries received during.initiation into a local 1 lodge began Tuesday, The co«rt required the 1 defendant to submit 4aat part of its ritual relating to initiation.' The liability of a supreme lodge for the axits of a local lodge is Involve^ This question has never been decided,, », , Minnesota Towoa la X>a»ger. •* Duluth, Minn., May 6,—Sraofce fires burning la the forests north west of Duluth has settled down oa city In a manner unpleasantly remiais* "' cent of the great Hiuckley flr« in when over 400 persons lost their wind would threaten tbe« istence of many small towns in "this Foreui STlrta' Are Aflhlwd, Wis., May e.-y-A _. WP wind has driven the smoke from ,,„... forest flres on tbo Bayfleld peitifeuswla over Aahland, so that it resemsbles f a dense fog. The flrea are eoafi3efl gsi" tirely to alaehiags and can do m* fesrp. f { Chicago, May 6.—A tea-tda blxxik cut stone smashed through/the site the St, Louis limited oa thU CUleaK Alton j'ftllway yesterday /taorttia jured five passengers and,'wrecked cars. i

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