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TflJE t)i»PEK DBS MOINK8: ALGONA IOWA, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 8, 1997, THE NEWS IN IOWA DEATH OF C. E. WHITING. tfce Ron for Governor Agrainrt tarrabe* ID 1883. Siotx ClTT, Dec. 4.—Charles E. j Whiting, cue of tne pioneers of Iowa, j died at his home at Whiting en the j £L He -was 76 rears of age. and for Some time has been a sufferer from Brigbt's disease. Up to a few rears «go he was one of the prominent politicians of the Hawkeye state. He had served in the capacity of county judge, member of the board of supervisors. State senator and leader of his party in the gubernatorial campaign of ISS5. He was nominated by the democratic party in 1SS5 as its candidate against William Larrabee, and was defeated by 5.349 rotes. That lowered the republican plurality of 79,000 in 1880. He was nominated for congress by his parly in 1874 and made the race against Addison Oliver, but was defeated. Nine years later he defeated Oliver for the office ot state senator, and this office h: held for four years. He was county judge of Monona county for ten years, and was the owner of large tracts of valuable land in Monona county. He leaves eight children. THREATENS SIOUX CITY. ft He Can't Boo So One Can, Say« Mr. Chapman. Sioux CITT, Dec. 3.—H. G. Chapman has announced his intention of closing all the gambling houses and saloons in Sioux City. The reason of this is that Chapman was refused permission by the city authorities to open a •variety theater, and he says if he is not allowed to run no one else will. The saloons of Sioux City, houses of ill-fame, and gambling houses all pay taxes to the city, and it makes quite a large revenue each month. It is not thought generally that Chapman can put his threat into execution. lie claims that the provisions of the Martin law are being violated and that gambling houses and other resorts have no right to run. As yet he has taken EO legal action. Chapman was once a candidate for mayor of Sioux 1 City. ] MURDER IN SECOND DEGREE, j LONG KILLED HIMSELF* thilj- Inmate of ««• Webster- Ceiatity Jsil STilcMe*. FOBT DOTKJE. Dec. 4.—Albert De Lonp-. the only inmate of the co-cctT jail. was focnd hanging- in his cell De Long, -who leaves a wife and family in Fort Dodge, vras arrested abo-at a week ejro on the charge of rape, bis victims beinir hie two little stepdaughters, aged 7 and 9 years. De Long claimed that some time ago he received injuries in the head, which effected certain nerves, so that at times he became more like a beast than & human being. He pleaded g-uilty and based his only defense on the grounds of the injuries -which he had received. His statement was corroborated by physicians, -who. in fact, had informed the authorities about his condition some months before he -was finally arrested on information filed by his -wife. He was being held in jail to await indictment and sentence. 'With nothing before him but the asylum or the penitentiary, he chose to put an end to his existence. He had evidently been waiting for a good opportunity, for when dead a letter was discovered, bidding farewell to his wife, CHARGED WITH FORGERY. A, L. Hlckle in Said to Hare Defrauded the MeFarlln Grain Company. DES MOINES, Dec. 4. — The police are looking for A. L. Mickle, a grain broker's clerk, on the charge of forgery. He has been employed since Jannary 5 by the McFarlin Grain Company, in its offices on the seventh fioor os the Youngerman block. It is charged he forged the firm name to a check for a little over 81,000, got the money on it and disappeared. Mickle's conduct while in the employ of the company had been of the best, and the company had had no reason to suspect him until about two weeks ago, when he began to drink heavily. This continued up to his disappearance although part of the time he was able to attend to his work. Mickle leaves a wife and two children in Des Moines, who know nothing of his whereabouts. _ NOVAK GETS THE LIMIT. j Indictment Returned Against Frank i Klony, at Des Moines. DEB MOISES, Dec. 5. —The grand jury returned an indictment against Frank Klony charging him with murder in the second degree. He is accused of shooting Jesse Conway near Carbondale on October 31st. Conway died from the effects of the wound. Klony pleaded gnilty in justice court, but it is nnderstooa will stand trial in the district court. The fight w ill probably come tip over the degree of h;s guilt It is understood the defense will set I up that be was intoxicated and that he believed he ^vas about to be attacked by strikers. LADY COT S1.35O DAMAGK. Sentenced to the Anamona Penitentiary for Life. VINTOX, Dec. G. — Judge Burnham sentenced Frank A. Novak to life imprisonment in the penitentiary for the murder of his friend. Edward Murray whose charred remains were found in tne ruins of Novak & Jilek's store, at Walford, on the morning of February 3, 1897. The jury recommended that Novak's punishment be fixed at ten j-ears' imprisonment, but Judge Burnham ignored the recommendation and based the sentence on the verdict of "guilty of murder in the second de- gree'' returned b}' the jury. A motion for arrest of judgment was filed and an appeal will be taken. Prior to pronouncing sentence the judge overruled a motion for a new trial. for Her Ureach of PromUe Case Settled at Xioone. EOQXE, Dec. 3.—The jury in the Leonard-Pieotte breach of promise ease returned a verdict for the plaintiff. May Leonard, for 51,350. She sued for £5,000. Picotte is a brakeman on the Northwestern. The fair plaintiff is an auburn-haired young lady vrho sued Leon Picotte, a popular young man, for 85,000 for refusal to marrv her when she was in readiness for the occasion^ DOLLAR DAILY PAYS. Farmer's Sudden Death. BRITT, Dec. 5.—Anthon Garthifner, a prominent German farmer, fell dead upon the street. Heart failure was the supposed cause. IOWA CONDENSED. Gratifying Success of the Daily News. DEB MOIXES, Nov. 30.—It is stated on good authority that the Des Moines Daily News is an even greater financial success at 81 a year than it was before the price was reduced. It gives all important news in condensed form and its 17,000 circulation makes it very valuable to advertisers. Guard Accidentally Killed. ANAWOSA, Dec. 3.—The report of a gun was heard in the guard house which is occupied by Jerry Cunningham. Mr. lliddle, of the guards near by, hastened to the scene, and was horrified to see Cunningham lying on the floor gasping his last breath, death ensuing almost instantly. The ball entered at the base of the ear, passed np through the brain, coming out at the top of the head, tearing a hole through his cap. Just how the tragedy occurred no one knows, but it is believed to have been purely accidental. The deceased had been a guard at the prison for nearly four years and was a faithful and energetic employe. _ lowari Crushed to Death. SHELL ROCK, Dec. 3.—C. T. Husband, & pioneer farmer, was run over by his team about two miles north of Shell Rock. lie had crossed the railroad tracks with a heavy load of lumber on his way home, when the team became frightened at a Burlington, Cedar Bapids & Northern train. In trying to stop the horses at their heads they turned, throwing the weight of the lumber on him, killing him almost instantly. Sioux City's Municipal Griefs. Sioux CITY, NOV. 30.—Members of tlje citizens' and tax payers' committee will hold a meeting before the next feesion of the city council to decide upon a plau to prevent the council froco ordering- the issuance of $325,000 pj 0 per cent refunding bonds to take HP ft similar; issue of <3 per cent bonds. McNeruey Sentenced. J)jcs M0JKK8, Dec. 3.—Tom McNerney, Who was captured while burglarizing a fiftlopn in company with Charles who was killed by » policeman to escape, has teen sen- to #even years in the pen- The little mining town of Kalo,-«m Webster county, had a 87,000 lire, The Apland general store, Lingerd Bros., and 13. C. Fuller's store were-destroyed and the Apland ice house. The fire started by the ignition of a match on the floor while a kerosene barrel was being opened. Forest City dispatch: Sidney Urown, a young man from the south part of Hancock county, met a horrible death while working on the farm of Sidles Core, one mile south of town. He was in a ditch laying tiling when the bunk caved in on him, burying him completely. As he did not appear for supper, search was made and he was dug out from the place of his sudden interment, as indicated by the easing walls. T II. Milner and J. Ney, attorneys for Prank Novak, who was convicted of murder in the second degree in the district court of Uenton county, have filed a motion asking the court to set aside the verdict and allow the defendant a cew trial. Thirteen reasons are se.t up, all claiming errors in the record. The motion will be argued the latter part of the week. Novak is perfectly safe in* making this appeal. He c.in never be convicted of a greater crime than murder . in the second degree, according to the provisions of the Iowa law. It has leaked out that Will Kern, who is now in jail at Waverly awaiting trial for the murder of his father has made a confession, implicating his former betrothed, Lydia Falls, as the murderess of his father. It is alleged that lie claims she borrowed the revolver from him, stating it was for the purpose of killing old man Kern, and that she fired the shot which killed him. lie gives as her motive the fact that old man Kern objected to her associating with the Falls girl, and she killed him through revenge for slandering her character. Miss Falls has jilted young Kern since lus arrest, and is keeping company with another young- man; and it is said Kern's confession implicating his fofruer sweetheart was actuated through jealously. At Marshalltown recently J. R. Faust, found guilty of arson, was sentenced to three ye^rp in Fort Mad^ ison. Faust continued to weep and interrupt the judge while hp was speaking. His appeal pond was fixed at $1,000, The maximum penalty for the critne-ig ten ALL OVER THE WORLD CASTILLIAN SPIRIT IS KTIRSED. i MARTIAL LAW IN PRAGUE. GERMANY'S DEMAND. General Blanco I»«>rlitip« American Aid TOT Onb»n ^nlTerer*. J^AHHTD. Dec, 6.—The Spanish government, it is serm-offic'ally announced, has received deta; s of the landing- of an expedition in Cuba from the American steamer Dauntless, and it is understood the Spanish minister at Washington. Senor de Lorn •- will shortly present in this connection a claim for damage* from the United States, The minister for the colonies. Senc-r Mora, has received a dif-palch from Marshal IHanco, the captain general of Cuba, saying. "I have sent the following telegram to our minister at Washington: 'There is no need for foreign help to provide for the wants of this island, or its inhabitants. The government, from its own resources, is endeavoring to provide for the necessities and the needs of what, moreover, is diminishing daily.' " FAIL TO SETTLE BIO STRIKE. Engineers and Their Employer* Cnable to Reach an Tnderttandlng. LOXDOX, Dec, 5.—The delegates of the striking engineers who have been conferring with the representatives of the employers have been unable to accept the proposals of the latter and have decided to submit all the points in dispute to the several unions. The conference between the representatives of the engineers and the employers will be resumed on December 14. The employers decline to recede from their position respecting freedom in the management of their businesc from the interference of the unions and emphatically pronounce against a reduction in the hours of labor, on the ground that such a reduction would mean adiminished output and inability to meet foreign competition. RUSSIA GOES TO COLD. Ktnpire of the Czar tiovr on Yellow M-etal Standard. ST. PETERSBUHG. Dec. 3.—An imperial ukase orders the coinage and issue of 5-ruble gold pieces, equal in value to one third of an imperial (which weighs 12,902 grammes, 900 fine). Another ukase issued directs that the inscription on the Russian credit should be changed to read as follows: "The state bank exchanges credit notes against gold coin for an "unlimited amount. One ruble is-equal l-o a fifteenth of an imperial and contains 17.424 doli of pure gold. The exchange of state credit notes against gold coin will be guaranteed by the whole property of the state. State credit notes are to have equal-currency with gold coin throughout ^he empire." TWO GERMAN SHIPS TOHAYTI. Made Xcrrwtarr t-r the Rlpt.« — TwrntT-fiTe Killed. pRAd-r,. Dec. 4.— As a result of the Czech-German controversy, riots more or less serious, are reported from Inn- sbruk. Brnnn. Lior and Saaz In some instances 51 is alleged that the disturbances have been encouraged by the municipal authorities,. Generally the Bohemian Jews have suffered most. A report is current, although as yet unconfirmed, that a mob at Prague attacked the soldiers and a saccuinary encounter ensued. According to this rumor the troops filed four volleys, killing twenty-five rioters outrifrht and wounding many. The ambulance association has issued a report showing that within twenty-four hours, fonr persons have been killed. ISO daneerously wounded and 500 more or less seriously -wounded. Twenty shops have been burned up. As a further indication of the gravity of the situation troops to the number of 10.000. equipped with ammunition and other paraphernalia as for a campaign, have been engaged in suppressing the riots. It is not exacUy martial law that has been proclaimed, but rather the institution of summary civil procedure, called standrecht, whereby a special tribunal of seven judges is empowered to impose capital punishment and other severe sentences for offenses ordinarily punished mildly. There is no appeal against a d'eath sentence by the tribunal which must ba put into execution within two hours by the military if the hangman is not available. General Fando l§ Not Dead. WASHINGTON, Dec. 5.— The Spanish minister has received a cable from the secretary general of Cuba, stating that the" report of the death of General Pando. commanderof the Spanish forces in the field, is false. BREVITIES. •Great Excitement Over a-Carious-German Movement. WASHINGTON, Dec. 5.—na-ytian Minister Legcr called at the state department with the statement that he hud received a message from his government that the llaytian consul at Kingston, Jamaica, telegraphed that two German warships had sailed from that place to Port au Prince. The news created the greatest excitement all river the island and disturbances are apprehended. The foundation for the story is believed to be that two German school ships which have been cruising in southern -waters, were starting on their wiiy to the United States, as the state department is already advised by theGerrmin legation. GOING TO WAR WITH HAYT1. German Official Threats A]^amst the J.it" tie Republic. UKIILIN, Dec. 5.—The semi-official Post says: '-Should Llayti refuse the German demands for an indemnity on account of the alleged illegal arrest and imprispnment of Herr Lnede/rs, a German subject, at Port au Prince, sharp measures will follow. \Ve shall first bombard the coast forts, and if they are persistent, we shall bombard the city and government buildings." England in the Nile Vallev. LONDON, Dec. 5.—It is reported that the Khaliff is disposed to conclude peace with Egypt on condition that he be granted hereditary power and all his adherents be pardoned. The Dervish leader is said also to be ready to be ready to evacuate the whole Nile valley to recognize suzerainty of Queen Victoria and open the domains to British commerce. Colored Mxii Keniemt>«-red. WAHJINGTON, Dec. 4.—The president has appointed lilanche K. liruce of Mississippi to be register of the treasury. Uruce represented Mississippi in thu United States senate in the reconstruct iou days, and is one of the best known negro republicans in the country. The position to which he is appointed is one he held some yeurs ago. Permanent Treaty Signed. COXSVANTISOI'LE, Dec. 0.—The definite treaty of pence between the sublime porte and Greece has been signed. In Nuremberg, Bavaria, there are many very ancient houses still in an excellent state of preservation, some of which were built as early the year 1080. Cyclometers are used on the cabs in Berlin, Dresden and Leipsic, to show the miles traveled and the legal fare of the occupant, One of the converts at a temperance revival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, confessed that while under the influence of liquor ho committed a robbery lor which au inuocent miin had been several months in prison, Tb,« Justice Field retired from the supreme bench on the 1st. Tomas Estrada Palma, the'Cuban delegate, speaking on the terms of the autonomy decrees, said: "These propositions were scorned in advance of their presentation. They can receive no consideration now. With Cuba it is as it has been -since the war began and will be until it ends— independence or death." Reliable reports received from ail parts of the state show that there are 100,000 head of cattle now being fed in Texas for the markets of St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. This is an increase of 40,000 head of cattle over the number fed last year. This showing is a great surprise to those who have been claiming that there is a big shortage of cattle iu Texas. Washington dispatch: At a. meeting of the cabinet Secretary Alger submitted and the cabinet considered the finding of the court martial in the case of Captain Lovering for cruel treatment of Private Hammond at Fort Sheridan. The verdict rendered fiuds him guilty and sentences him to be reprimanded by the secretary of war. The sentence will doubtless be curried out. It is announced that in spite of the protest of the Russian government, which recently intimated to the porte that if any considerable part of the indemnity paid by Greece should be devoted to the extension of the Ottoman armament the Russian £rov- ernment would insist upon a payment of the arrears of the Russo-Turkish indemnity, long overdue. Turkey has placed with Herr Krupp, the great German gunmaker, an order for 150 large cacnon at a total value of ],r,00.000 marks. Judge Ilosmer, in the circuit court at Detroit, declined to interfere with the. boycott by the employes of a milling firm. A temporary injunction had been issued restraining the Railway Teamsters' Union and Trades Council from unlawfully interfering in the business of Jacob Beck & Sons, and the judge said he would make the injunction permanent solar as violence or disturbance was concerned, but he would not interfere with "the peaceable distribution of boycott circulars or other legitimate means employed by the unions to accomplish their purpose." The. recently published rumor of a conflict between French and British forces near Nikki, West Africa, is authoritatively denied, but the general credence that was given to the rumor shows how grave the situation is. Since the initiation of the wild policy of sending armed bands from Dahomey and Lagos, led by hot-headed officers, to assert the authority of their respective nations and grab anything in sight which might still be unoccn- pierl, it has been obvious that a collision w;is bound to occur sooner or later. Both governments have repeatedly been warned to recall these roving expeditions a as* await the settlement of the delimitation commission now sitting in Paris. It is difficult to apportion the blame for the state of att'airs. That the French initiated the system of raiding the contested w-r- ritory in west Africa is indisputable; but Mr. Chamberlain has made a serious false step in following suit. London dispatch: Sugar beet growing- has received a decided impetus in the report of the success of this season's crop hi Essex and Suffolk, where a revival of this erstwhile flourishing industry has been tentatively tried with most encouraging results. .Already a factory at Greenock has been reopened for the handling of the product of the experimental plantings. An analysis of the root shows it to contain 14.01 per cent of saccharine, against 13.97 in Germany, while the English crop weighs over sixteen tons per acre, againgt Germany's of thirteen tpus per acre. Mate* fmposfible Condition* for Evactm- tion of China Land. PEKTX. Dec, 1.—Inquiries made in Chinese official circles confirm the statements made in dispatches from Shanghai giving the substance of the demands made by Baron Von Heiking, the German minister to China, as a result of the murder of German missionaries and the destruction of a German mission here recently. Germany, through her minister, asks for the discovery and execution of the murderers of Missionaries Neis and Henne: the punishment of the implicated officials, including the governor of the Shan Tung province, in which part of China the mission was situated; the reconstruction of the missionary building; the payment of an indemnity of 000,000 taels to the relatives of the victims; the payment of a heavy indemnity to cover the expenses of the German naval expedition and the maintenance of the German force at Kiao-Chau bay; the railroad monopoly of the Shan Tung province and the occupation of Kiao-Chau bay as a German coaling station. China will refuse the demands of Germany, but will express willingness to make ample recaration for the murder of the missionaries and for the damage done to the mission property. Rursia, it is understood, is not yet helping China, but the .latter country has decided not to provoke hostilities and to trust to diplomacy for a settlement of the difficulties which have arisen in connection with the mission outrages. LONDON, Dec. 1.—The papers assert that China has practically agreed to cede to England a strip of territory near Hong Hong and all surrounding islands, in order to enable England to fortify them securely and to increase the garrison. It is expected that a convension covering the agreement will soon be signed. LONDON, Dec. 4.—A special from Shanghai announces that the emperor of China has declared that he would rather forfeit his crown than agree to the conditions demanded by Germany as redress for the murder of two German missionaries and the destruction of the German mission property in the province of /Shantung. Admiral Diedrich, German commander, the dispatch further states, has declared martial law in the district around Kiao Chau. China desired that the dispute with Germany be submitted to arbitrators appointed by Holland and Belgium. BERLIN, Dec. 4.—The naval department has sent instructions! to Kiel to dispatch 200 artillerymen with field guns and 1,000 marines to China. ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 4.—The opinion prevails that Gerrrany will not permanently occuny Kiao Chau bay, China. The newspapers protest against the occupation as caleulited to injure the interests of Russia, and say Russia ought to demand evacuation. ANGELL MAKES DEMANDS. Insists on Indemnity for Destruction American Missions. CONSTANTINOPLE, Dec. 3. United States Minister Angell renewed the demand of the United States for indemnity from the Turkish government for the pillage of American missions in Armen a. The porte denies responsibility for the pillage on the ground that the government acted uu- der stress of unavoidable circumstances. Minister Angell, however, insists upon the government responsibility, as the Turkish government troops and gendarmes, participated in the outrage. CRICCS GETS A NICE JOB. He AVill Succeed McKenna as Attorney- General, WASHINGTON, Dec. 4.—From sources, the authority of which should not be doubted, it is learned that the position of attorney general to succeed Mr. McKenna, who will be nominated to the United States supreme bench to succeed Justice Field, has been offered to Governor Griggs of New Jersev, and that he has consented to accept. It is understood that his appointment was urged by Vice-President llobart. Some Time Will Ue Granted. WASHINGTON, Dec. 5.—The hearing by the interstate commerce commission on the question of extending the time within which the railroads of the country may comply with the provisions of the car coupler and train brake act, has concluded. No doubt is expressed that the commission will decide to grant the extension asked for by the roads. Thorn to Die Soon. NEW YORK, Dec. 4.—Martin Thorn or Torcewisky, convicted of the murder of William Guldensuppe., was sentenced to be electrocuted the week beginning January 10. Daniel Succeeds Himself, RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 4.—The democratic legislative caucus nominated Hon. John W. Daniel to succeed himself in ths United States senate. The muskrats in Minnesota are this year building their houses high, with thick walls. This indicates a cold winter. The loop of a dangling telephone wire caught a button on a swiftly moving buggy in Easton, Md., tore the top from the vehicle, threw to the street the lady who was riding in it, and caused fatal injuries. While digging for worms, to be used as bait, Adolph Johnson, aged 16, pf Uinton, Iowa, found a heavy iron box in which were coins and hank notes to the amount of $$0,000. The owaer is unknown. • ARMOR PLANT COST$3,7R O Government May Go Into th« »„-., of Making Armorh * Bn "«* WASHINGTON. Dec. 3. The board appointed to ascertain the cltt of an armor plant has reported T Secretary Long. It says such a bknt capable of making 6,000 tons *«* annum would! cost about 83,750 OOCL No recommendation is made as to'th location, though the board has a 1 t of information on the subject which will be furnished when wanted. Th secretary, under authority of congress will advertise for proposals for build' ing such a plant. In ],i s report to congress the secretary will make it evident that the government can not undertake to make its own armor at the cost named as the limit price to be paid private firms in the last naval appropriation bill. PANDO IS DEAD. The Big Spanish General Has Stopped a Cuban Bullet. NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—A dispatch to- the Herald from Havana says: There are reports that General Pando, who. was placed in charge of the military operations in Cuba by General Blanco has been killed in an engagement with the insurgents in Santa Clara province. The report has caused the most intense excitement in the palace and in official circles. Simultaneously with the report of General Pando's death comes the news of'a battle with the insurgents near Matanzas, in •which the Spanish forces were routed and driven from the field. It is asserted the losses of the Spanish were very heavy. MRS. NANCY M'KINLEY IS ILL, President's Mother Suffers a Stroke of Paralysis. CANTON, O., Dec. 3.—Mrs. Nancy Allison McKinley, mother of the president, was stricken with paralysis yesterday, and it is feared her death is only a question of a short time. The paralysis at present is in a mild form, but owing to her extreme age, nearly SO years, Dr. Phillips can give little hope to the family. Upon being informed of the condition of his mother, President McKinley at once took a train for Canton. He arrived this morning. Russia Has Far test Boats. WASHINGTON, Dec 4.—The navy department has received information to the effect that Russia is about to become possessed of three new torpedo boats that will easily be the fastest war craft in the world, being capable of the enormous speed of 3S knots an hour with every possibility of making forty knots when pressed. The boats will be driven by steam turbines, having four separate shafts with three screw propellers on each shaft. The contract for the three boats has already been placed with an Englisb firm. George-Hitch Wedding. CHICAGO, Dec. 3.—After a postponement of one week, occasioned by the bereavement in the family of the groom-elect, Miss Marie Hitch, of Chicago, and Henry George, of New York cit3 T , became husband and wife. The bride is the daughter of Captain E. V. Hitch, a former resident of New Orleans, while the groom is the son of the late Henry George, famous as 9 political economist. Illinois Kxtra SeHslon. SPRINGFIELD, 111., Dec. 5.—Governor Tanner has issued a proclamation calling an extra session of the general assembly to meet on Tuesday, December 7, 1897. Among other things the session is asked to amend the laws for assessment of property for taxation and to reapportion the senatorial districts. IOWA PATENT OFFICE REPORT. DES MOINES. Dec. 3.—Seven patents secured for western inventors and heretofore mentioned in our weekly reports were, issued November 30th. Six patents have been allowed through our agency, but not yet issued, as follows: To J. H. Brumbaugh and D. P. Stoll, of Lexington, Neb., for a land leveler consisting of a frame, that has runners at its parallel sides and wheels at his heels and adjustable scrapers mounted iu the frame. By hitching- a horse to it and dragging it over an uneven surface the scrapers will loosen and distribute ground to level the surface. To R. V. Barry, of Stuart, for an automatic check row corn planter adapted to plant four rows at each passage across a field. To J. N. Emarine, of Early, for a wash boiler attachment adapted to facilitate heating water and circulating it in the boiler and through the meshes of articles placed in the boiler to be cleansed without rubbing them. To P. \V. Jacobs, of Mason City, for an apparatus specially adapted for lifting boulders and conveying and depositing them in forming a stone fence. To G. W. Parsons, of .Newton, for improvements in his baud cutter and self-feeder for threshing- machines, for which a plurality of patents have heretofore been issued and noticed in our reports. Valuable information about obtaining, valuing and selling patents sent free to any address. THOMAS G. and J. RALPH ORWIG> Solicitors of Patents. A pious gentleman in Cincinnati, who needed a bible, and was without money, forged a check, and with this paid for a neatly bound copy of the sacred book. The smallest real estate tax in Massachusetts is paid by a resident o* 1'a.xton. He owns two islands which are valued at five dollars, and l»* assessment is just eight cents. Chiming bells have been attached J* the bicycles vised by a wheel club in ' Galvestpn, and the twenty-four y men and women who comprise it along the streets to the airs of ...Jfc

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