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to tit mm llll, VOL. II. LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 1891. NO 3& .k SE-. - ' an, - U'-'-"r & - VV 1 1 III 4 NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. Bxraunoir's: As the easiest and cheapest eui of notifying subscribers of the date of their expiration wo will mark thto notice with a blue or red pencil. on the date at which their subscription expire. We will send the paper two week! after expiration. If not re newed by that time it will he discontinued. THE MARKETS. Chicago Grain and Produce. Chicago, Feb. 17. WHEAT Mar. Wc: July, WWe. . CRN-May,63&S July, Ma OATH May. tf&Mityu. PORK-May, July, LARD Hay, 5.Kfts; July, SS.0S. BHOBT-BIBS May, July, 5.ia CMcago Live Stock. Ukiom Stock Yards, I Chicago, Feb. 10. f CATTLE Estimated receipts, 8,0110 head. Natives, $3.355.W; cows and bolls, 92.30d3.ti5; Texans. It.Jfta.UO. Market steady. HOUS Estimated receipts, 85,000 head. Heavy, $3.503 .70; mixed, $X15&l.tS5; light, $3Ja.'i.an. - Market weak. SHEEP Natives, $U.uU5.3; westerns, $3.80 CS.1U; Texans, f&JifeUjU. Kansas City Lire Stock. Kansas Citt, Feb. 17. . CATTLE Estimated receipts, 1,600 head; shipments, 8.0Uhead. Steers, S3.605.15; cows, fi&j3.,; Blockers and feeders, fi503.75. Market steady to lower. HOG 8 Estimated receipts, 4,800 head; ship ments. SLIM) heed. AU grades, Mar ket steady. Omaha Live Stock. Union Stock Yamm, Omaha, Feb. 17. f ('ATTLa -iwttimated receipts, 3,800.fbead. ' Prime heavy, i:M&l.ia; medium heavy, $3.85 4.3y; common, ViMl.'O; choice fancy cows and heifers, S2.t)uAio; common to nieuiam cows, aj.X83.15; cauuors, S1.M02.10; bulls, $1.;5 3.tiU; best meated feeUurs, $2.2o3.a); stockers, f2.UU(&3.0U; steak beeves, J4.85, lUo lower, best cows steady; cociiuou lower. HOG8-Eatimated rooeipte, 6.809 head. Light, S2.iinaJ.35: mixed, $3.15:i.;i5; heavy, to.ijdj3.45. Market ciicned steady to Cc lower; cloned strong. . .- BHEEP-Estimatod receipts, 700 head. Mar ket steadv. IRRIGATION IN KANSAS. A Company Formed to Redeem Arid Lands In the Sunflower State. Topeka, Kan., Feb. 17. A new irri gation and water power company has been formed here for operating in all parts of Kansas in constructing and maintaining dams, raceways, aqueducts, canals, wells and such other works and appliances as may be required for the collection, conveyance and use of water for manufacturing, supplying water and water power, and for utilizing and sup plying water for the purpose of -irrigation. One of the principal purposes of this company is to put in operation a system of irrigation that can be used by individual fanners at a 6mall expense, and whether situated on streams or not. Where streams can be utilized that will be done.but it is believed that nearly every quarter section in the state can be suc cessfully irrigated, in whole or in part, - by an outlay of only .a few hundred dollars, and this will increase the value of the land from three to ten times its present valve. With proper irrigation, one fourth of a farm will often produce more than a whole quarter section . in its natural condition and a sure crop on part of tub farm is better than the uncertain chances without irrigation. Wherever it can be successfully done it is also proposed to use the water for the purposes of power. The company is or ganized with a capital stock of $1,000,000 and will have its headquarters at To- peKa. ... A BEVY OF BRUISERS. Australian Pugs Arrive, Among .Them Jim Hall, Who Wants Co at Iltz immons. San Francisco, Feb. 17. Three of the most prominent pugilists of Aus tralia arrived on the steamer Alameda. They are Jim Hall, champion middle weight of the colonies, who whipped Fitzsimmons once and is ready to whip him again; Abo Willis, the champion bantamweight of Australia, who made Ike Weir quit in three rounds, and Billy Maher, a lightweight, who scales 183 pounds and yet stands 5 feet 10 inches. Hairs visit is of great interest to sport ing men. for Harris, the turfman, has backed him for a fight with Fitzsim mons and left cash deposits. Hall stands 6 feet 1J inches, and in condition weighs only 150 to 156 pounds. He has a good honest face, but ho is a wicked fighter, and hits a more powerful blow than Fitz. His shoulders are not 60 big as Fitz's, but he is better proportioned and more powerful. Hall said: "Fight ing is what I have traveled several thou sand miles to do, and I would rather meet Fitz than any other man, because I know I can lick him." Hall is only 23 years old, and has been a professional only eighteen months. In that time he has whipped Fitzsimmons in three and one-half rounds; Jack Slavin, Paddy's brother, in five rounds; Herbert God dard and a number of other heavy ' and middle weights. If Hall fails to make a match here with Fitz he will go east and hunt him down. 1 Thayer vs. Boyd. Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 17. John D. Howe, attorney for Governor Boyd, filed the following motion to dismiss in the supreme court in to quo warranto case of John M. Thayer vs. Governor Boyd, iu wtfich Boyd's citizenship is ques tioned: And now comes the said James E. Boyd, respondent, and moves the court to strike this cause from the files and calendar of this court and to dismiss the same, on the grounds: . L That said relator, John M. Thayer, has no right, title or authority iu law to maintain this action. 2. That the petition and relation herein does not state tacts sufficient to constitute a cause of action. 8. That said petition and relation show on its face that James EL Boyd, respondent, Is the duly elected, qualified and acting de jure governor of this state, and entitled in law to hold said office and bound to dis charge the duties thereof for and during the terra of two years from and after the 8th dav of January, A D 1S9L i THE TRADE TREATIES An Increase Allowed in the Secret Fund of the State Department. AGAINST IEEE COINAGE. The Silver Question Discussed In the Be pablican Caucus The Pool Investiga tion Invito to Gen. Sherman's Funeral Other Capital News. Washington, Feb. 17. That com mercial treaties will constitute on im portant part of the work of the state de partment during the next few months there can be no doubt. The senate, in executive session, adopted without a quibble an increase of $10,000 for the secret fund of the state department, and it is understood this is to be expended in negotiating commercial treaties. The secret session of the senate lasted four hours and a half, and, since it was noised about the Capitol soon after the doors were closed, that an increase of the secret fund for the state department was the subject under discussion, it was presumed that there must be a Demo cratic fight pending against Secretary Blaine. When the doors were opened a Democratic senator who was accosted on the work of the secret session said: "There was no cabal over the increase of the secret fund for the state depart met. It was granted without a word of protest." Since the president and his secretary of. Btate have demonstrated the practica bility of commercialftreaties and shown that these avenues of trade relations can be opened, the obstructions which were supposed to stand in the way of the work upon a large scale are disappear ing. The increase of the secret fund for the state department amounts to some thing like $200,000, and it is believed that this will be ample to perfect all the commercial treaties desired, and that a half a dozen or more countries will come into our trade combinations by the pres idential proclamations within the next ninety days. AGAINST FREE COINAGE. The Drift of Opinion In the Republican Caucus. Washington, Feb 17. The caucus of Republican members qf the bouse was slimly attended, and perhaps not a sufli cient number to make any action taken binding. The silver question occupied the greater portion of the time of' the ses sion, and it was soon seen that the drift of opinion was decidedly against free coinage legislation or any change in the silver coinage laws. Mr. Perkins of Kansas opened the discussion with a speech in favor of free and unlimited coinage. He was followed by Mr. Walker of Massachusetts in a speech against free coinage. Mr. Walker ar gued that possible free silver coinage legislation was unsettling business and disturbing commercial values, and he urged that the subject be put to rest. Messrs. Henderson of Illinois, Kerr of Iowa and Orson of Kansas were in clined towards a more liberal sil ver policy, buj; believed that additional legislation on the subject at this?late day unwise for business and political reasons. Mr. Bartine of Nevada urged that the senate silver bill be reported from the committee to the house and be given a fair hearing by that body. Mr. Cannon spoke against free coinage and for further legislation. He favored giv ing the subsidy shipping bill and other important measures now pending a chance. The following resolution, of fered by Mr. McComas, was adopted: Resolved, That it is the sense of this cau cus that the chairman and secretary be in structed to request the immediate pres ence and continued attendance of absent Republican members during the remainder of the session. The object of the resolu tion is to have a quorum of Republicans in the house daring the remainder of the session in order to dispose of the appropri ation, subsidy and other important meas ures. . " - Congressional. Washington, Feb. 17. In the senate the credentials of Senators Jones of Nevada and Mitchell of Oregon for terms beginning March 4 next, were filed. The conference report on the fortifica tion bill was agreed to, and Senator Mc Conncll addressed the senate in advo cacy of his bill directing the proceedings of the condemnation against the Union and Central Pacific roads bill, which was referred. The diplomatic and con sular bill was then taken up, and sev eral committee amendments agreed to. In executive session an amendment to the diplomatic bill was agreed to for the establishment of telegraphic communi cation with the Hawaiian islands, and afterwards passed in open senate. Yeas, 25; nays, 22. After the secret session Senator Quay, being recognized, proceeded to make a personal statement in ref atation of cer tain public stories in regard to. his char acter.. . In the house'ftlr. E. B. Taylor of Ohio aiologized to Mr. Fithian of Illinois for having usod unparliamentary language toward him on Saturday last. The con ference report on the army appropria tion bill was adopted. The house then went into committee of the whole on the Indian appropriation bill, but with out disposing of it the committee rose, and after adopting resolutions of sor row at the death of Gen. Sherman, the nouse adjourned. The Plot Thickens. Niack, N. Y., Feb. 17. The grand jury presented three more indictments against Assemblyman Demarest for forgery, making seven in all. His bonds were increased iv jn.wv, wnicn ne rur I nished. HEMP FOR BINDING TWINE. An Important Discovery That Will De moralise the Twine Trust and, Enrich the Farmer. Champaign, Bis., Feb. 17. The Em pire Cordage company of this city claim to have substantially solved the binder twine question. One of the members oi the cordage company said: "We are prepared now to manufacture all the twine for which we can obtain material. We use nothing but American hemp. I think we have now proved that there ia not the slightest excuse for importing either the twine or the material to make it. We shall raise 3,000 acres of hemp this year ourselves, and the farmers in this county will raise about three thou sand acres more, so that we shall need to bring from a distance the product of only about four thousand acres. That is, we can manufacture the raw hemp from about ten thousand acres. The next harvest will require about one hun dred million pounds of twine, and it would require about two hundred thou sand acres of ground to produce the amount of hemp necessary to make it We have demonstrated that the farm ers can grow this hemp more prof itably than1 they can raise corn, and its cultivation would withdraw jnst that much land from corn culture, aid ing in the reduciion of the corn surplus, and thus helping the farmers in a double senso. Farmers all over this state, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota .and Wisconsin gave us the most unqualified assurance that hemp twine is superior to sisal or standard twine and fully equal to the best manilla. Six thousand pounds of hemp twine were used last harvest on the great Snake River farm in Minne sota in a good average wheat crop, and the average amount required was one and a half pounds to the acre. These twines can be made and sold more cheaply than the twine trust has ever sold twines of different fiber. Ameri can farmers can now grow, the hemp themselves, encourage the establishment of twine factories in the wheat-growing states, and save millions of dollars sent abroad for sisal, manilla, and other for eign fibers." McCarthy Secures Control of United Ire land. , London, Feb. 17. Mr. McCarthy an nounces that he has received from Egan a deed of transfer for the shares in United Ireland owned by Egan, and that by the teams of the deed, McCarthy is empowered with legal control of the paper. 1 Burning Tanks Explode. Philadelphia, Feb. 17. Eight oil tank cars were destroyed by fire in the lower part of this city. While a crowd congregated one of them exploded, throwing burning oil in all directions, and in the wild rush of people to escape several were badly hurt. Young Spelman's Escape Peoria, Bis., Feb. 17. John Spel man, who escaped from a deputy United States marshal near Chicago on Friday night, reached home. His father or dered his arrest, but while an officer was being searched for Spelman once more escaped. Two B indred Chinese Burned. San Frai Cisco, Feb. 17. Australian papers received state that by the burn ing of the eamer Rale at Wuhu 200 Chinese nerif hod. SOUTH DAKOTA'S SENATOR. Bev. James H. , Kyle, the Independent Candidate, Elected to Succeed Mr. Moody. Pierre, S. D., Feb. 17. There were fears among the Republicans that Kyle's election would be consumated at the' joint ballot. McCormack early informed the reporters to this effect. . As the roll was called and names of Democrats were reached, they each sounded "Kyle," and it became evident that the long deadlock was broken and that Kyle (Ind.) was to be elected. The excite ment became intense. As soon as the call ended the following Republicans cliangea.to lTipn: Belknap, JDonohoe, Douglass, Hall, McCormack, Teets and Wilson. During these changes the ex citement became most intense and all sorts of cries were heard, especially on the part of the Democrats. Too late they were and no more changes' were made. The ballot then announced was as follows: Kyle, 75; Sterling. 55; Tripp, 8; Campbell. 1: James Henderson. 1. Kyle was declared elected United States senator for the term beginning March 4 next. It was the thirty-ninth ballot. The Illinois Senatorshlp. Springfield, Feb. 17. In the joint assembly the ninety-eighth ballot re sulted: Palmer, 101;Oglesby, 30; Street er, 69; Stelle, 10: Lindley, 3; total, 204. Ninety-ninth: Palmer, 101; Streeter, 70; Oglesby, 27; Stelle, 1; David Hunter, 2; Lindley, 3; total, 204. One hundredth: Palmer, 101; Oglesby, 28;JStelle, 1; Lind ley, 3; Hunter, 2; Streeter, 71. Moore continues to vote for Stelle. Nebraska Legrslature. ' Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 17. The fate of the bounty on beet sugar was sealed when the subject came up under con sideration of the report of the committee on miscellaneous corporations. The ma jority of that body reported in favor of the passage of the bill. House Roll No. 65, which removes that bounty. The minority report favored the amendment of the bill so as to continue the bounty for one year. The minority report was rejected and the bill now goes to the general file. The bill providing for issue of bonds for relief of drouth sufferers was con sidered under suspension of rules and recommended for Rassage. FLOODS IN THE EAST The Business Portion of Johnstown, I Pa Again Inundated. THE SITUATION SERIOUS. CltUen of Bradford Being Taken from Their H oases In Boats No Fatalities ' Ye Be ported Iron Works Forced . " i . ' to Baspend Operations. PrrrMrito, Pa., Feb. 17. A steady! downpour of rain has had the effect of more or less seriously impeding travel on alman every railroad entering the city. The largest landslide on the Bal timore and Ohio for several yrars now covers , the "track "near West Newton. The Toughiogheny river banks are full and rising. A big flood is feared. Greensburg .reports the streams in that vicinity over the banks, and the people on low lands driven from their homes., Johnstown reports the highest water in Stoney creek and the Cone maugh river since the flood. Several bridges have been destroyed. The cel lars in the lower portion of the town are filled with water, and work at the Cambria Iron company's plant is sus pended. Reports from Ohio and West Virginia indicate a sudden rise in the branches, with many bridges destroyed and houses flooded, though no lives have been lost thus far. Johnstown reports the water two feet higher than at any timer 'rince the great flood and still rising. ; The water from Stone creek has commenced to flood the business part of the city. Later advices from Johnstown say the situation is becoming serious. Nearly all the bridges are gone, low lands are completely flooded and the flood is run ning through the business portion of the town. Many people have left their homes and thousands are gathered around the Pennsylvania depot. A flood, uncqualed since 1884, is looked for by experienced river men here. A fall of rain of over thirty hours along both the Allegheny and Mononge hala rivers from their mountain sources has been heavy and regular and it is still raining: At many places great damage has been done already. . Bradford reports the lower streets jn un dated juid the people on Ann street are being taken from their houses in boats. The water has put out the fires in the Seyfangs Iron works. ; A DISASTROUS BLAZE. ; Fire at New Westminister Destroys 9300,- OOO Worth of Property. , ' New Westminister B, C, Feb. 17. This city was visited by a disastrous conflagration, which destroyed in the neighborhood of $500,000 worth of prop erty, and caused tho death of John Mc Cannon, a member of the volunteer fire brigade. The fire was discovered in the rear of, the, premises of a jeweler on Columbia street. , An alarm was turned in, but it was twenty minutes before a stream of water was turned on the fire. By that time the whole block of buildings was in flames and the fire spread to the dwell- Xand stables on the street back of it. r a two hours' fight, when the fire men had just about got the flames under control, an explosion occurred in the rear of oue of the stores. The office, lodge rooms and provincial registry office next caught on fire. Nothing was saved from this building but the papers from the registry office. While fight ing the flames the western wall fell in, killing tho fireman mentioned, and an other man is reported buried under the ruins. The firemen worked to conquer the flames, but the water turned to steam and the fire continued to spread. ' . -4 Is He the Kipper T , London, Fob. 17. The police have in custody a man named Sadler who was a fireman on the steamer which arrived from Turkey and who they have no doubt killed "Caraoty Nell." An ugly looking knife, stained with blood, has been traced to Sadler. The station where Sadler is confined is surrounded by an immense crowd of people, mostly wom en. Wild threats of lynching and tear ing the prisoner to pieces, uttered by the most excited of those present are made. When the prisoner was removed to the court an immense force of police was employed and every precaution was nec essary to prevent lynching. Opinions differ as to whether the man ia the mur derer known as "Jack the Ripper." 1 The Chilian Revolution. Paris, Feb. 17. The Gaulois pub lishes a Buenos Ares dispatch, which states that the revolutionists have de feated the government forces nt Quilto. The same dispatch reports the insurgents 83 rapidly increasing in numbers and advancins nnon Santiaeo. the canitaL thily a few towns remain ' loyal to the Chilian government. During the course f the light at Tarrapaca the mines at .hat place were set on fire and after ward flooded in an attempt to subdue lie ?! ime3. Ths Germans emnloved a the mines fled into the interior. The vork of destruction is supposed to have een done by a party from an insurgent "easel. Invited to the Funeral. Washington, Feb. 17. The president and cabinet were formally invited to participate in the ceremonies in New York on Thursday incident to the trans fer of the remains of Gen. Sherman to St Louis, and the invitation will un doubtedly be accepted, unless the state of public business renders it impossible for the president and members of the cabinet to leave the capital on that day. GEN. SHEBIIAN'S FUNERAL. The Burial Will Take Place at St. Lea Is Saturday Con. Xerritt Ban mons a Military Escort. St. Louis, Feb. 17, Gen. Merritt has received orders from Maj. Gen. Scho field stating that Gen. ' Sherman's fu neral will start from New York on Thursday afternoon, and the burial take place at St. Louis on Saturday.' Ran som post, Grand Army of the Republic, will escort the remains from the depot to the cemetery, and Gen. Merritt was ordered to provide a suitable escort of regular soldiers. Gen. Merritt has or dered several companies of infantry, cavalry and artillery here from Forts Leavenwortn, Logan and luiey, A large meeting of representative citizens. Grand Army of the Republic men and others was held here, and com mittees were appointed to arrange for the funeral. Military organizations and Grand Army posts in that and adjoin ing states will be invited to participate. Admiral Porter's Funeral. Washington, Feb. 17. The funeral ceremonies over the remains of Admiral Porter took place from his residence in this city. The event was very imposing, the greatest honor known to naval regu lations being paid to the dead hero. The president, members of the cabinet, senators and representatives, justices of tne supreme court and army and navy officers of every rank were present. Rev. Dr. Douglass, of the Episcopal church, officiated. It was nearly 8 o'clock when the funeral cortege moved to Arlington, where tho remains were interred with the highest naval honors. More than five thousand troops were in the procession. " Over Five Bullions Involved. Des Moines, Ia., Feb. 17. A case is pending in the district court of Polk county involving between $5,000,000 and $0,000,000. It is the action brought by Dr. M. G. Englisluof this city against the Connecticut Mtftual Life Insurance company, of Hartford, Conn. The pe tition alleges that the charter of the company requires that whenever its sur plus funds shall exceed $300,000 the ex cess shall be distributed among the policy holders, who, as members of a mutual corncern, constitute the com pany. It is claimed that the undivided profits in the company's treasury now amount to over $5,000,000," and the plaintiff,' who has held a policy in the company since 1866, asks for a division and allotment to himself of his propor tion of this enormous sum. Decision was reserved. : The Trap Worked. Atchison, Kan., Feb. 17. Frank Wood yard, a farmer, was fatally shot on a farm south of town. He was out with a companion hunting and coming upon a vacant house in a field, pushed the door open and received 1ie contents of an old army musket in his breast. Farmer CuUiman. the owner of the house, had it stored with corn. He had been bothered by thieves and had set the trap, of which Woodyard was the first victim. . Dempsey Looking for a Fight. Portland, Ore., Feb. 17. Jack Dempsey has arrived here from Galves ton. He will probably . agree to fight he winner of the Young Mitchell-La Jlanche fight in New Orleans. Demp sey's friends have asked him to chal lenge Ted Pritchard to fight for $2,600 and a purse. They claim that he would gain more money and fame by defeating Pritchard than either Young Mitchell or La Blanche. Eighty Thousand Women Want to Tote. New York, Feb. 17. The Central Labor union, which is said to represent 80,000 women, passed resolutions declar ing that the disfranchisement of women caused their starvation pay and de manding a vote for every sqlf -supporting woman; Milwaukee Will Not Get a Franchise. ' Louisville, Ky., Feb. 17. The Louis ville Base Ball club will be sold within ten days to satisfy a ' jadgment for $o,000. At an informal meeting of the stockholders it was decided bv the men who were in control last year to buy the team at any cost and to strengthen it, This will prevent the franchise going to Muwaunee. Michigan Lumber Proa action. . Saginaw, Mich., Feb. J7. The total production of pine lumber for 1890 was 4,085,767,849 feet and of shingles 2.469.- 878,750. Each figure is more than half the total production of the entire north west, although each shows a decrease compared with the . preceding two years. Troops Under irus. , Buenou Atres Feb. 17. Owing to rumors of a fresh revolutionary plot, the'government has placed all the troops under arms. The streets are patrolled by. cavalry. - . 1 Another Scare. London, Feb. 17. London is suffer ing from another "Jack the Ripper" fright. A woman was found in a dying condition with her throat cut and suffer ing from a stab wound in tl chest. The police, however, think the woman com mitted suicide. Death of Ucn Alt Haggln. New York, Feb. 17. Ben Ali Hag gin, the well-known horseman and son of Horsebreeder J. B. Haggin, the breeder of Firenzi, Salvator and other well-known flyers, died at his residence on Fifty-fourth street. . Murderer Dwyer Arrested. Omaha. Feb.' 17. Joe Dwyer, the Missouri miner who murdered John Connere and dangerously stabbed Dick Cushing, both railroad laborers, Sunday morning, was arrested at Springfield. BOYCOTTSDSPEIIDED Ckairman Finlcj Defers Action ea Disciplining tbe Southwestern. PRONOUNCED IT A FAILURE President BUekstoae'e Ophvlsn off tfco In terstate Commerce Art gnpetlntssi . nt Calvin Ceos to PeeaielW- Union PawMU Wreefc. Chicago. Feb. 17.CharaMn Tlnley has postponed until Monday the accept ance of the boycott on the Jackaosivilie and Southeastern, which was thtrre begun to-day. This action ie the result of a conference, and at which all the in terested lines were present. ' The trouble has arisen over the 8 cents a mile rate at which the Southeastern sells its mile age hooks. It is shown, however, that both the Toledo, Peoria aad Western and the Lake Shot sold mileage, good over the Wabash, at the same rate and had been doing so for six years. General Passen ger Agentt,A.ent, or the Douhteastem, was urged strongly to join the Western Passenger association, and pending a consultation with his president the boy cott order was postponed. The Alton has not changed its belief, however, that it can make more money at a flat through rate of 2 cents a mils than at the present rates. The other lines agree with the Alton as far as Illi nois is concerned, but declare it would bo impossible to make such rates pay west of the Missouri. Fatal Union Pacta Wreck. Denver, Colo., Feb 17. A fatal wreck occurred on the Union Pacific at Brighton, seventeen miles east of Denver. An extra freight, in charge of Conductor Douglas was taking water at the tank. Fast freight No. 828, in charge of Conductor Scoville, came thundering into the caboose of the extra, tore through it and five cars : loaded with stone, also badly damaging a car of wheat and just missing rousing into a car of powder. John Spragne. fireman, was caught between the engine and tender, and death resulted almost instantly. Conductor Douglas was in his caboose and was thrown out of the wreck. Hist injuries are thought to be fataL . : President I!lackstoBes Keport. Chicago, Feb. 17. President Btack stone read to the directors his annual report It will not be ready for publi cation before Thursday. As usual with President Blackstone, he went at the core of things; his argument being that the inter-state commerce act had failed as a regulator of rates and that the var ious states had broken faith with rail roads by ordering reductions in rates. Superintendent Calvin Beslgaa. . Atchison, Kan., Feb. 17. E. E. Cal vin, division superintendent of the Mis souri Pacific lines between Kansas City 'and Omaha, has resigned and Feb. 21 will become superintendent of the Union Pacific, with headquarters at Pocatello, Idaho. j ' POWDERLY STRICKEN; ' ' The Grand Master Workman Fall Pre trate While Making nn Address. Topeka, Kan., Feb. 17. Just as he was concluding his speech at Represen tative hall, T. V. Powderly, grand mas ter workman of the Knights of Labor, fell from his chair, prostrated by heart disease. Mr. Powderly spoke in Topeka by invitation of the Knights of Labor, and Representative hall was crowded. He was introduced by Senator-elect Peffer.-who occupied a seat on the ros trum with him. Congressman John Davis and several other prominent Peo ple's party politicians were also seated on the rostrum. Mr. Powderly had been speaking for two hours and a half and was about to conclude his speech with the Scriptural quotation: "Do unto others," when he fell. . ' There was grave danger of a panic in the over-crowded hall, but the crowd was quieted by Senator Peffer's assur ance that Mr. Powderly would quickly recover and did not even stand in seed of a physician. Mr. Powderly. was aroused in about five minutes sufficiently to refuse an offer of a carriage, and walked to his hotel. A Chicago Man's Cotton-Plcker. Memphis, Tenn.,Feb. 17. The second trial this season of the Todd cotton picker was made near this city in the presence of a number of prominent cot ton factors of Memphis, and the in ventor, Mr. C. N. Todd of Chicago. The machine picker picked the staple right along despite unfavorable conditions. The trial demonstrates the machine does not injure growing bolls, as some antici pated at tho former trial. 'It is the gen eral opinion that Mr. Todd's invention will revolutionize the cotton-growing industry. Jem Smith on HlsMnscle. ' New Yojx, Feb. 17. A dispatch to The Police Gazette from London says that Jem Smith posted 50 at The Sport ing Life office and issued a challenge to fight Charlie Mitchell for 500 a side. The challenge has created a groat sen sation among sporting men. ! Natural Gas Explosion. ; PrrrsBTjRa, Pa.; Feb. 17. An explos ion of natural gas occurred in a house occupied by Owen McLaughlin, on River avenue. The interior of the dwelling was entirely demolished. The inmates were badly, but probably not fatally hurt.