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VOL. 22. NO. 1,
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1902.
81.00 PER YEAR.
WHITE IK IS GAY
Precbrt Haosevelt Has His lint Urc
Year s Eeceptioa,
SHAKES IIADS WITH MAW TIOrLE
Cabinet Members and Foreign Repre
sentation Greet Him The Weather
Delightful and Vast Throngs Are In
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2. President
Roosevelt's first public reception wa3
attended more largely than any New
Year's reception in a number of years.
In all 8,100 persons filed through the
White. House and shook hands with
the president. Mr. Roosevelt on be
ing apprised that the crowd in line
outside the White House was unusu
ally large, gave orders that the gates
should not be closed until the last per
son desiring to do so had an opportu
nity to pay his respects.
' The reception began promptly at 11
o'clock and it was 2:30 p. m. before
the last person in line had been pre
sented to the president, and a quarter
of an hour later before the reception
came to an end.
The weather was delightful, being
clear and crisp, so that no hardship
was suffered by the throng that wait
ed for hours before admission to the
White House. The reception was in
every way successful, the attendance
not only being large, but the decora
tions beautiful, the arrangements per
fect and the president in excellent
To each person the president ex
tended a cordial "Happy New Year."
yl Mrs. Roosevelt was equally pleas-
2t to each of these who filed past
the" ""line in the Blue parlor, where
the receiving party stood. Miss Alice
Roosevelt was conspicuous among
those assisting at the reception. A
party of her young girl friends, b7
Invitation, also participated in the
Surrounded by the presidential and
cabinet circle, President Roosevelt
greeted officials in. every branch of
public life, as well as a great con
course of people from private life.
The scene within the historic mansion
was one of extraordinary beauty and
brilliancy, and there was an added
touch of interest in the occasion this
vear from the fact that this was the
first official function of magnitude
wV.b ?.ir. icoosevelt and his interest
ing family as the central figure.,.
The day was ideal for the observ
ance of the time-honored custom of
making New Year's calls. The sun
shone from a cloudless sky, the air
was cool and bracing and fresh wind
made the White House flags stand
Early In the day an army of, deco
rators and florists took possession of
the mansion and transformed the
stately corridors and parlors into
bowers of palms, potted plants and
sweet smelling flowers. The official
program for the day fixed 11 o'clock
as the time for opening the reception
with the calls of the members of the
cabinet and the foreign representa
tives, but some time before that hour
the approaches leading up to the mar
ble portico were filled with carriages,
while long lines of people took posi
tion at the outer gates in order to
have points of vantage when the pub
lic reception began.
Failures of the Tear.
NEW YORK. Jan. 2 Reports to
R. G. Dun & Co. show that the fail
ures for the year 1901 were 11,002 in
number and $113,092,376 in amount
of liabilities, while in banking and
other fiduciary institutions there were
74 insolvencies, involving $108,008,
774. a total of 11,076 defaults and 131,
111,150 in liabilities.
Turbulence at Naples.
NAPLES, Jan. 2. The arrival here
of the socialist member of the cham
ber of deputies, Signor Ferry, to ad
dress a meeting, resulted in turbulent
demonstrations, ' which the troops
were called out to Suppress.
Ex-Congressman Reld Dead.
L.EWISTON. Idaho. Jan. 2. James
W. Reid, ex-congressman from North
Carolina, died here after an illness of
' fceveral months. . He was one of the
iiest "known public men of the state,
lie came to Idaho in 1887.
Burgher War Statistic.
LONDON, Jan. 2. Official return
show that the Doer losses by killsd,
wounded and surrendered during 1901
Portal Clerk Is Arrested.
ST. PAUL, Jan. 2. William J.
Work night mail clerk at the post
office, was arrested on a charge of
stealing money from letters. The ar
rest was made at the instance of Post
office Inspector Kimball, who has been
working on the case for three years.
The local authorities have received
complaints fcr several years that
small sums of money had been ex
tracted from letters mailed here. Work
wae in charge of the office at night."
LOOKS FOR GREAT UPHEAVAL
Missionary Mays China Is Preparing tor a
NEW .YORK, Jan. 1. Charles F.
Gammon, superintendent of colpor
teurs for the American F'ble society
in northern China, writes to the soci
ety concerning the present situation in
the Chinese empire as follows:
"While at Shanghai I "observed that
the Chinese government was openly
violating the provisions of the proto
col. The great empire would shake
off European domination. Thousands
of boat loads of small arms and am
munition were passing weekly up the
Yang Tse Kiang and the arsenals
were being enlarged and worked day
and night. Cargoes of explosives were
being received and the dowager em
press had issued instructions to all
officials to recruit the army and also
to inform her as to the fighting
strength of each division and the time
required to concentrate the forces at
a given point. There were and are
many unpromising features which
weighed heavily upon the minds of
those interested. I must believe that
the end is not yet and that within ten
years, and possibly within five, a war
will ensue the like of which the world
has never known. For centuries Chi
na has been making repeated attempts
to expel the foreigner, each time prof
iting by past experience, each time bet
ter equipped and better planned. It
is now preparing as never before, buy
ing Tast quantities of superior weap
ons and reorganizing its armies on
a correct basis. Therefore, the next
attempt will be in force and terrible
in execution. It will result In a uni
versal upheaval and the final dlsmem
berment of this empire at a terrible
Creeks Ask Mew Agreement.
WASHRINGTON, D. C.Jan. 1. The
Creek Indian nation of Indian Ter
ritory has submitted to the Interior
department a request for authority
for a delegation of Creeks to come
here with a new agreement which the
Creeks have drafted, looking for al
lotments of lands and other matters.
The agreement is designed to take the
place of the one executed with fhe
Dawes commission, but which after
being altered here, is still pending.
The Creeks want to negotiate the new
agreement directly instead of through
the Dawes commission. The depart
ment probably will refuse to sanction
Gets Four Years.
LB MARS, la., Jan. 1. Will Bea
ver pleaded guilty to the charge of
manslaughter in the district court and
wa3 sentenced to four years In the
penitentiary at Anamosa and fined 1
and costs of the action. Beaver was
implicated in the killing of John Jen
sen, who was shot on the Steffin farm
by Henry Steffin last April during a
quarrel. Steffin, who fired the fatal
shot, is serving an eight-year sen
tence for the crime. Beaver started
the shooting, discharging the con
tents of a gun at Jensen, but missing
him. Beaver's father and uncle are
wealthy land owners in this county.
Poor Outlook for Wheat.
SALINA, Kan., Jan. 1. The out
look for winter- wheat is becoming
decidedly unfavorable on account of
the dry weather. In eastern and
southern Kansas, while the weather
has been very cold, practically no
snow or rain has fallen this winter.
Unless moisture of some kind comes
at once the prospect is that the wheat
crop will not amount ty much.
- Farmers generally reject the theory
that the excessive cold damaged the
wheat to any extent. -
Penny Pontage Impossible.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1. Congress
man Loud, chairman of the house
committee on postoffices and postal
roads, had a talk with the president
about postal legislation. Mr. Loud
says that 1-cent postage is out of the
question. "Under present conditions,"
says he, "penny postage would result
in a deficit of- 533,000.000 annually."
Mill Uestroyed by Fire.
WINSIDE. Neb., Jan. 1. The grist
mil", and elevator of Price & Lound
was entirely consumed by fire. The
loss is partly covered by insurance.
The Union Pacific railroad lost one
car of corn.
Marhlltowna New Census.
MARSHA LLTOWN, la., Jan. 1.
According to the new city directory
Just issued, Marshalltown has a pop
ulation of 14,688, an increase of over
2,000 over the federal census taken In
Deny Report of Compromise.
LONDON, Jan. 1. Messrs. Boxall
and Befell, counsel for the Duke of
Manchester, declares there is no truth
in the report published in the United
States that the duke, with the assist
ance of his father-in-law had offered
Mis3 Poftia Knight, the actress, 20,
000 in full settlement of her claim for
damages resulting from alleged breach
of promise of marriage. The lawyers
sayn o negotiations have occurred up
to the present time, ' I
Ambassador White Tells Germans United
States is Friendly.
REBUKES REPORT OF HOSTILITY
The Eulser Said to Desire Peace With
America Above All Eli Nothing Sij
nlucaot in Naval Conduct Why Tassels
Are in Venesoelan Waters.
BERLIN, Jan. 1. The German for
eign office authorizes the Associated
Press to state that there is no truth
whatever in the dispatches from Car
acas, saying that the German minister
has left the Venezuelan capital after a
heated exchange of words with Presi
dent Castro. The German charge d'af
faires, Herr von Pilgrim-Baltazzi, is
still at his post, and is continuing
negotiations with President Castro.
There has not been any question of
breaking off diplomatic relations with
The German minister to Venezuela.
Dr. O. Schmldt-Leda. who has been
on a vacation here. Is now on his way
to Caracas. The foreign office again
solemnly reiterates the statement that
it does not contemplate territorial ac
quisitions in Venezuela.
Replying to German's assurance to
the United States regarding the for
mer's plans In relation to Venezuela,
the foreign office here has received
an answer from Secretary Hay, ex
pressing full satisfaction with Ger
many's position. Germany still hopes
to collect her claims peaceably.
The Tageblatt this evening prints
a double leaded cable dispatch from
Washington, setting forth that the
principal naval and military authori
ties there consider that war between
the United States and Germany soon
er or later Is inevitable.
The United States ambassador, An
drew White, informed the German
newspaper men who called at the em
bassy that the reports of the possi
bility of war between the United
States and Germany were the "thin
nest kind of sensational nonsense."
Not one of the authorities referred to
In the dispatch, he added, would un
der any circumstances disclose such
an opinion, least of all when the re
lations between the countries are so
good as at present.
-Moreover." said Mr. White, "Prc3
ldent Roosevelt entertains not only
official, but personal predilictions for
Germany, which have been known not
enly officially to the German govern
ment, ' but which have long been
known among his friends. He studied
In Germany, reads and loves German
literature, and has a most sincere per
sonal respect for the German empe
ror. "Any utterance of the kind alleged
by an officer of either service would
be sternly rebuked by President
Today the small German cruiser Ga
zelle was ordered to sail immediately
from Kiel to Venezuelan waters. The
government intends to send one or
two small warships to reinforce the
present German squadron in the Car
ibbean sea. The additions to Ger
man's naval force in the Caribbean
will not be sufficient to give rise to
suspicions among the people . of the
United States that Germany meditates
anything beyond the ' collecting of
claims due German subjects.
Know Oar Terms Perfectly.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 1.
There nave been' no recent develop
ments of importance in the matter of
the proposed sale of the Danish West
Indies to this government, negotia
tions for which at various times have
been carried on between the United
States and Denmark. The United
States has defined its position very
clearly as to the terms under which
It will purchase the islands.
Roers Liberate Prisoners.
LONDON, Jan. 1. The war office
has received a dispatch from Lord
Kitchener, dated Johanesbury, saying
that the British prisoners captured
when the Boers successfully rushed
Colonel Firman's camp at Zeefontein
December 24, have been literated and
returned to Bethlehem.
Frank N. Chase Dead.
CEDAR FALLS. Ia.. Jan. L
Frank N. Chase died here todav of
quick consumption, agedd 66 years.
Mr. Chase was secretary of the Iowa
Columbian commission in 1893, and
was an ardent supporter of the state
fairs. and industrial exhibits of every
Navy Establishes Plants.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1. The navy
department has decided to establish
wireless telegraph plants at the
Washington navy yard and at An
napolis. The. plans for the necessary
equipment . of the two stations are
now being worked out under the di
rection of Admiral Bradford, and ex
periments will be under way at an
early date. At each point a tali mast
will be erected for the purpose of re
ceiving and transmitting signals.
REPORTS OF DISCORD DENIED
Chaffee Asserts that Ml Difficulties Are
MANILA, Dec. 31 General Chaffee
when questioned by the correspondent
of the Associated Press concerning th
alleged friction between the civil and
military authorities in the Philippine
archipelago, said that no such friction
existed and that perfect harmony pre
vailed between the two authorities
General Chaffee said that the only oc
casion when there had been anything
approaching friction was in the mat
ter of habeas corpus proceedings in
the case of Oakley Brooks and that
upon this occasion a solution of the
difficulty satisfactory to both author
ities bad been found.
General Chaffee said that he and the
members of the commission had at
times differed in their views, but that
these differences were of purely per
sonal opinion. He said that his rela
tions with Governor Taft and Acting
Governor Wright and the other com
missioners were both officially and so
dally extremely pleasant and that he
thought that the published statement
of friction between the civil and mili
tary authorities here must have re
sulted from a misunderstanding of the
facts of the case.
General Chaffee further explained
that every time the slightest friction
had arisen in the provinces between
the two authorities he had invariabfy
ordered the military to surrender to
the civil authority and said that the
relations of these authorities through
out the provinces where they fre
quently hold widely opposite opinions
would in no way interrupt the exist
ing cordial relations at Manila, where
both were working toward the same
goal, namely the pacification and wel
fare of the Philippine archipelago.
OPPOSED TO IRRIGATION
Cattlemen Want Ranges for Grazing
SIOUX CITY, la., Dec. 31. Perrin
T. Millburn of Lusk, Wyo., who claims
to be a relative of John G. Millburn
president of the Buffalo exposition
stated in an Interview here that there
is a strong sentiment in Wyoming
amng the big ranch owners against ir
rigation as a national proposition.
Mr. Millburn stated that it is a mis
representation to say that Wyoming
and other western states are anxious
for national irrigation.
lie said the ranch men claim they
mal:- more n ,nej -...ut of the cattle
Industry from the wealth of grasses
on the ranges than they could out of
raising grain and with one-third of
the work. They say if any individual
wants irrigation he could provide it
and those who want the ranges to re
main undisturbed should not be forc
ed to see them homesteaded for gen
NEW LIGHT ON THE MYSTERY
Salt Lake Murder Case Relieved to Have
Been Cleared Pp.
SALT LAKE, Utah, Dec. 31. With
the finding of a thirty-eight caliber
revolver not far from the scene of
the crime, the police of this city have
in their possession what is believed
to be the last element necessary to
clear up the mystery of James R.
Hyas' murder on the night of Decem
ber 18. The weapon was found bur
ied in the mud near the corner of
Thirteenth South and State street and
has been traced by the police to the
second-hand store where it was
bought a short time before the mur
der, according to the police, by a man
answering the description of Peter
Mortensen, being held on the charge
of having committed the crime.
Mortensen continues to affirm his
Innocence and positively denies all
knowledge of 'the affair.
Appeal to England.
TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 31. Two thou
sand people attended a pro-Boer meet
ing here and resolutions urging Eng
land to invite the president of the
United States and the ruler of Den
mark to act as arbitrators in the set
tlement of the South African war were
adopted. The resolutions were cabled
to London. Addresses were made by
David Overmeyer, General J. K.
Hudson and others.
Roosevelt Cannot Preside.
WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 31. In
a communication to Baron Couberlin,
president of the Olympic games to be
held in Chicago in 1904, President
Roosevelt has indicated that it will
not be possible for him to preside on
that occasion as it has been expected.
The president takes the keenest In
terest in the contests which are to be
the features of the games and so ex
pressed himself to the baron.
Minister Lelshman Returns.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Dec. 31 John
O. A. Leishman, the United States
minister to Turkey, arrived here on
his return from a visit to America.
Rear Admiral Francis Roe Dead.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 31. Rear Ad
miral Francis Asbury Roe, U. S. N.,
retired, died here. He was born in
New York and placed on' the retired
list October 4, 1883, after thirty-four
years of active service.
A REPUBLIC IN REVOLT
Populace Carries Opposition to Castro tc
DECISIVE CONFLICT IS EXPECTED
Relations Between Germany and Yenes
nela lSecoiiies More Strained Castro's
Government Suspeuds Use of Kaiser's
WI LLEMST A D, Island of Curacoa
Dec. 31. (Via Haytlen Cable.) Ad
vices received here today from Cara
cas, Venezuela, say that the revolution
against President Castro is gaining
ground daily. Nearly the whole of
the republic is in revolt and bands of
men are scouring the country. Coro
in the state of Falcon, and Barquisl
meto, in the state of Lara, particular
ly are in the possession of the revolu
Cable communication between Cu-
man, Carupano and Barcelona is in
terrupted and the government is with
out news from the state of Bermudez
(in which these ports are located).
which leads to the belief that it also
has been induced to revolt by General
General Luciano Mendoza (the pres
ident-elect of the state of Carabobo,
who rebelled against President Castro,
marched on La Victoria and was re
ported to have been defeated), has
escaped from the pursuit of the gov
ernment troops and is now in the
neighborhood of San Juan de Los
Moros. Antonio Fernandez and thir
ty chiefs of the state of Carabobo
were not willing to engage the gov
ernment forces before the revolution
was quite ripe.
Venezuela is said to be on the verge
of even more serious complications.
The telegraph lines in the interior
of the country have all been cut.
The arrival In Venezuela of Senor
llatos, the reputed head of the revo
lutionary movement, with the steamer
Ban RIgh, loaded with munitions of
war, is awaited daily. A decisive con
flict will soon take place.
The Venezuelan government be
lieves that Ban Rlgh is in the vicin
ity of the island of Margarita (an is
land in the Caribbean sea belonging
to Venezuela), where the Venezuelan
fleet has been concentrated.
Reports received here from Caracas
today say the relations between Ger
many and Venezuela beuome. nicne
strained every day.
The enezuelan government sus
pended traffic on the Germany railroad
because of the threats of the insur
gents; the company refused to trans
port .troops (unless the government
guaranteed it against losses which
might be sustained by the destruction
of its road and equipment. The sta
tions are occupied by troops.
The German legation at Caracas
has entered an energetic protest
against the government's action in
HARD LINES FOR MENDOZA
Routed Several Times by Venesulan Got
CARACAS, Venezuela. Dec. 31.
(Via Haytien Cable.) Gen. Luciano
Mendoza, president-elect of the state
of Caragobo, who rebelled against
President Castro, marched on La Vic
toria and was said to have been de
feated and who was later reported to
have escaped to the neighborhood of
San Juan de las Cura, in the vB(mm
San Juan de las Moros, is now said
to have reached Villa de Cura, in the
state of Miranda, where he was rout
ed by the government troops. In com
pany with a small number of follow
ers he escaped and reached La Puerta,
where he was again overtaken and
again defeated. Accompanied by
only forty men, General Mendoza
passed Ortiz December 24. He was
proceeding in the direction of moun
tains considered to be almost inac
cessible. REPORT OF GEN. OTIS.
Increase ia Army Uesrrtioos With Added
CHICAGO. Dec. 31. The annual re
port of Major General Elwell S. Otis,
eommander of the department cf the
lakes, was made public here. General
Otis calls attention to an increase in
the number of desertions and to the
need for additional room for confining
There are at present 125 prisoners
at the various posts, the majority of
them being charged with desertion.
During the year 20,329 persons ap
plied for enlistment and 5,196 or 25.55
per cent were accepted. For service
In the navy there were 1,140 enlist
ments, compared with 975 last year.
Peru's Next Election.
PLUMA, Peru, Dec. 22. (Via Gal
veston.) It can be said upon reliable
Information that the president of the
Peruvian senate, Manual Candamo,
will be a candidate for the presidency
In the next election.
Swear la a New (ioTtrnor,
OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 31. Henry
G. McBride, lieutenant governor, was
sworn in as governor of Washington.
The rermaint of Governor Rogers will
be interred Tbu:sday at Puyallup.
FCIR DEAD IN WRECK
George Rudle and Wife of Omaha, Killed
MALTA, 111., Dec. 30. A terrible
wreck on the Chicago & Northwest
ern railroad resulted in the death of
four persons and the injury of a score
of more of others. The first section
of a through passjngcr train from
Omaha, while running sixty miles an
hour, dashed Into a freight train, de
molishing two engines, five Pullman
sleepers and eight freight cars.
An Instant after the crash the air
was filled with cries cf the injured.
Fire soon added horror to the scene.
In a short time all the cars were con
sumed and nothing remained to tell
the story but the charred embers and
the steel frames of the vestibules, the
wheels and the battered remains of
GEORGE RUDIO, 137 North Thirty-second
avenue, Omaha; died at ho
tel from injuries.
MRS. GEORGE RUDIO, Omaha;
terribly scalded and died In hospital.
B. O. NICHOLS, Council Bluffs;
died of burns and other Injurk.
ELLIS DUNCAN. Chicago, Pullman
porter; killed instantly.
Duncan, the sleeping car porter,
was the only person killed outright.
Mrs. Rudio and B. O. Nichols o
Council Bluffs succumbed to their in
juries at St. Luke's hospital. Miss
Grace Stewart of Council Bluffs, whom
Nichols as to marry, started for De
kalb, but reached there after the re
lief train had passed through. She
did not see Mr. Nichols alive. Many
Nebraskans were injured In the
PRESIDENT'S NOTE TO SHAW
Retards as Final Governor's Acceptance
DES MOINES, Ia., Dec. 30. Gover
nor Shad received the expected letter
from President Roosevelt. The letter
is not exactly a formal tender of the
position of secretary of the treasury
to the governor, but rather assumes
that the tender was formally made on
behalf of the President by Senator
Allison. This had not been the un
derstanding of the governor, but is
satisfactory, as it is clear to Cover
nor Shaw that the president intended
the offer by Allison to be final if ac
cepted, and it was accepted by the
governor at the time.
President Roosevelt expressed to
the governor his regard for him in
pleasant language, makes the wish
that their official relations may be
cordial, and invites him to Washing
ton for a conference at the conveni
ence of the governor. He will there
fore go to Washington, starting New
Year's day, to be gone probably ten
days. He can do this and be back
in time to present his biennial mes
sage to the legislature. He will com
plete the message in the next few
days and be ready to take up his new
duties as soon as he can get settled
DENMARK SLOW TO CLOSE DEAL
Government Knows Inability to Reach
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. There
have been no recent developments of
importance in the matter of the pro
posed sale of the Danish West Indies
to this government, negotiations for
which at various times have been car
ried on between the United States and
Denmark. The United States has de
fined its position very clearly as to
the terms under which it will pur
chase the islands, but apparently
through the inability of the Danish
government to reach a determination
to close the deal, the negotiations so
far have failed of conclusion. If any
request looking to an arrangement
for a plebiscite is in contemplation
by the Copenhagen government Its
wishes in thi3 respect have not yet
been communicated to the state de
EXPECTS PEACEFUL SOLUTION
Chilean Charge in Washington Looks fo
No War With Argentine.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. Advices
received by Senor Infante, the Chile
an charge, today confirmed the news
already published that the Argentine
minister at Santiago had informed the
CWilean minister of "foreign affairs
that Argentine could not accept all
the terms of the protocol heretofore
Bigned for the settlement of the dis
pute, and that some changes would
be necessary in the instrument. Se
nor Infante's information from bis
government is that there is no truth
whatever in the statement that a
change was made in the protocol by
the Chilean minister.
State Sues Combinations.
COLUMBIA, S. C. Dec. 30. The
state of South Carolina, through its
attorney general, Duncan Bellinger,
has begun suit against the Virginia
Carolina Chemical company, charging
it with being a trust and monopoly.
Under the same act that this suit is
brought, six of the large South Caro
lina phosphate companies that have
been purchased by the Virginia-Car
ina Chemical company are sued in
the same action.
SETTLE WITH BRITAIN
United States Has Old Controversies Need
EFFORTS FOR A TREATY SCON
Uany Perplexing Matters Are ltroar
l'p Through the Canadian lorler
Warships oo the Great Lakes, Alsk.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 33. It Is ex
pected that efforts will be renewtu
before long for the settlement of tht
controversies, which have long existed
between the United States and Great
Britain, growing out of the relations
along the Canadian border, the At
lantic fisheries, war ships on the
Great Lakes, the Alaskan boundary
and other questions. Heretofore, the
negotiations designed o secure a set
tlement of the matters recited have
not proved effect hre, largely because
of the cumbersome machinery of
negotiations, and this has led to a
belief that much more could be ac
complished by direct negotiations be
tween Secretary Hay and Lord
Paunccfote on the main points, and
the subsequent assembling of a com
mission representing the United
States, Great Britain and Canada, to
give form to the basis of the agree
The British authorities have expect
ed for some time that when the isth
mian canal treaty was once disposal
of, there would be a renewal of ef
forts to adjust the Alaskan boundary
and other pending questions, the
canal treaty being regarded as one
of the many pending issues. Now,
that the British government has yield
ed the Clayton-Bulwer treaty ani
other points in the isrnathian nego
tiation, it desires to take up some of
the other questions, in which impor
tant interests are involved. Lord
Pauncefote desires to clear up all
pending differences and have "a clean
slate" before his present term as am
bassador comes to a close.
When he came to Washington there
were four great issues between the
two governments. The first of the
was the Bering sea controversy, which
bad reached an acute stage. Diplo
macy disposed of this Issue. The eec
ond Issue was over Venezuela, which,
like the seal question, at one time
threatened war. But th. efforts cf
diplomacy were again successful in
averting trouble and bringing about a
settlement. The third important Issue
was on the isthmian canal, which hai
been satisfactorily disposed of by th
recent Hay-Pauncefote treaty. This
leaves only one issue remaining In
order to bring about the "clean slate,"
namely, the border controversy, both
as to Canada and Alaska.
The British officials usually link
these various boundary controversies
together, as they are more or less con
nected. A present, a modus Vivendi
exists as to the Alaskan boundary.
chiefly for the purpose of avoiding a
clash along the border and holding
each side in check until a final boun
dary is determined upon. It seems to
be conceded on botl aides th.it the
modus cannot be carrieu -n Indefinite
ly and that sooner or latf the main
question of establishing a permanent
boundary roust be settled.
Lord Lansdowne's desire to take up
the question was expressed clearly in
his note to Secretary Hay last spring,
when the British government declined
to accept the senate amendment to
the first Hay-Pauncefote treaty.
Dr. John Hell Dead.
BENTOR HARBOR. Mich.. Dec. 30.
Dr. John Bell, the highest ranking
Knight of Pithias in the world and
one of the best known physicians In
southwestern Michigan, died here. He
was a prominent member of the Ma
sonic fraternity throughout the state
and was elected major general of the
uniform rank. Knights of Pythias, cf
the world in 1838. He was one mayor
of Benton Harbor.
Report of Hank of Spain.
MADRID, Dec. 30. The report of
the Bank of Spain for the week ended
December 2S shows the following:
Gold in hand, increased 111.003 prse-
tas; silver in hand, increased 2,330. C0)
pesetas; notes in circulation, increase
Seams ns Is Very Low.
WASHINGTON. D. G. Dee. 30. The
condition of Adjutant General Sea-
mans of California, who has been ill
here for over two weeks, is very criti
cal. He falls to respond to the med
icines given him.
Northwestern Railroad Ftaas.
HELENA. Mont, Dec. 30. There is
no set program to govern the confer
ence of the northwestern governors
here today on the merging of the
Northern Pacific, Great Northern and
Burlington. No chief executive of
other states ore expected until this
morning. The only arrangements that
have boen made are in a social way.
The visitors will be given a state din
ner either Monday c? Tuesday even
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