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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (April 12, 1901)
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Items of Interest.
Dr: -Schlichter, the great African traveller, la
dead at Berlin.
Lord Salisbury, who has been seriously ill, is
oil the road to recovery.
In Scotland 30,000 miners are idle, owing to
the strike for an eight-hour day.
On April 3rd a shipload of emigrants left
Porto Rico for the Hawaiian islands.
On July 14th at Kurihama, Japan, a monument
to Commodore Perry will be unveiled.
Sir John Stainer, the famous organist and
composer, died at Verona, Italy, April 1st.
Mrs. F. H. Ames has offered $100,000 to the
University of Cincinnati for the erection of a music
Spain and Japan have exchanged ratifications
of the commercial treaty between those two na
tions. Secretary Gage on April 2d purchased $2,000,
000 of the old series of short-time government
The New York court of appeals has rendered a
decision to the effect that an agreement, by which
the parties to the envelope trust fixed prices, is
General Funston has been made a brigadier
general in the regular army as a reward for the
capture of Aguinaldo.
The President has appointed Calvin P. Titus,
the first American to enter Pekin, as a padet at
large to West. Point.
A new copper mining syndicate with a capital
stocK of $10,000,000 has been organized with O. H.
P. Belmont at the head.
Prince George has dismissed Foreign Minister
M. V. Veniselos because the latter declared that
Crete should be independent.
On April 2d the Danes at Copenhagen cele
brated the 100th anniversary of the naval battle
with the British off that port.
Late reports from Mexico show that, contrary
to recent statements given out in the newspapers,
President Diaz is in good health.
A. B. Cummins of Iowa has announced that
Governor Shaw will be a candidate for the repub
lican, presidential nomination in 1904.
Joshua Levering, who was the prohibition can
didate for president in 1896, was married on April
3rd to Miss Helen Woods of Baltimore.
A Capetown dispatch says that there have
been 304 cases of the plague and 100 deaths re
cently. G30 cases are under observation.
Tolstoi has written a magazine article in
which he declares that the inequalities of life are
due to the degeneration of Christianity.
James Hraban, a disciple of Tolstoi and living
in Chicago, became so dejected when he learned of
Tolstoi's exile that he committed suicide.
The Minnesota legislature has enacted a law
providing for the nomination of candidates of
political parties by the primary election process.
The King of Wurtenfuurg is the originator of
a conference to be held soon in Berlin, whose pur
pose will be to establish a uniform German ortho
graphy." The Associated Press reports that Aguinaldo is
preparing a manifesto calling upon the Filipino
people to accept the sovereignty of tbe United
J. W. Bashor of Goshen, Ind., has given his en
tire estate to ,the North Indiana Methodist Con
ference for the purpose of erecting and maintaining
an orphans' home.
The celebrated temple, Hommongi at Ikegami,
Japan, has been destroyed by fire. This temple
was originally erected in .the year 275. It was
re-erented after a fire in the days of the third
Mary Paschall of Trenton, Ind., Is the oldest
postmistress in the country. She was appointed
postmistress of Trenton by JPresJdent Lincoln dur
ing his first term.
It is reported at Manila that President Mc
Kinley has invited Aguinaldo to visit the United
States. So far, this report has not been con
firmed at this end of the line.
At the Academy of Sciences' in Paris It is an
nounced that M. Curie, a chemist, has discovered a
new gas which is Intensely phospohrescent and
will glow for months In the dark.
The commissioner of internal revenue has an
nounced that he will vigorously enforce the new
law relating to bucket shops. This provides for a
system of very complete taxation.
The German government has announced its
intention of rigidly enforcing the regulations re
garding persons of German birth who return to
Germany after avoiding military service.
Dispatches from Copenhagen report that the
elections to the folkething have resulted in a
sweeping victory for the opposition, and an over
whelming defeat for the Danish government.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad has been consoli
dated with the Philadelphia 'and Reading Railroad,
and will hereafter form a part of the Reading
system, which includes the Jersey Central railroad.
Herr Carl Laeisz, chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Hamburg-American steamship
line, died at Hamburg recently. He left 1,200,000
marks for the construction of a concert house in
Dr. D. K. Pearsons of Chicago, who has given
away several millions of dollars, announces' that
he will celebrate his 82d birthday by beginning
a tour of the colleges that have been the benefic
iaries of his generosity.
The United States Steel corporation has filed
with the secretary of state at Trenton, N. J., ar
ticles amending its charter and increasing its capi
tal stock to $1,100,000,000. The state's fee for the
filing of the papers was $220,000.
Mr. John Stewart Kennedy, before sailing for
Europe, subscribed $1,000 to the William L. Wil
son memorial fund for the endowment of a pro
fessorship in Washington and Lee university. Mr.
Kennedy will remain abroad until October.
The smallest monarch in the world reigns over
the Hindoo vassal state of Bhopaul and governs
more than one million people. This dwarf is a
woman, Pjihan-Begum by name. Although she is
Z( years old, she does not appear larger than a
child of 10.
Friends of Tom L. Johnson, Cleveland's new
democratic mayor, and fri nds of Carter Harrison,
the democrat who has been elected mayor of Chi
cago for the third time, have announced the can
didacy of these gentlemen for the presidential
nomination in 1904.
The Chinese government has notified Russia
that it could not sign the Manchuria treaty be
cause of the protest of the powers. Russia will
insist upon its authority in Manchuria, and If the
powers persist in opposing the Russian policy, ser
ious results may follow.
A dispatch from St. Petersburg states that the
accounts of the Russian comptroller-general be
tween the years 1893 and 1898 show a deficit of
44,000,000 rubles. The gold coin known as the
ruble is worth about 77 centa in American money.
The silver ruble is worth 60 cents.
h President Angell of Ann Arbor has issued his
annual- ukase to0the effect that hair-cutting be
tween the freshmen and sophomore classes must
stop. The press dispatches state, however, that
as usual the ukase has been without material ef
fect. "The score of shaven pate3," eays one dis
patch, "now stands 5 to 3 in favor of the sopho
mores, and large bands of rival under-classmen are
prowling about looking for trouble. The fresh-
men vow they will retaliate and make up their
shortago of 2 heads; but their antagonists are
Samuel Pearsons has obtained an injunction
fiom the United States court at New Orleans to
prevent the sailing of steamers from that port
laden with mules and other supplies interidcdJjjfcK
the British armies in South Africa.
It will be remembered that Emile Zola lost his
rank of officer of the Legion of Honor at the time
he was sentenced in connection with the Dreyfus
case. This honor has been restored to Zola con
sequent upon the decree of amnesty recently passed
by the legislature.
A London court has held that the scnool board
is'not justified in providing science and art classes
out of the common school funds, and that the pub
lic auditor is justified in rejecting payments there
for. This decision is being commented on by
newspapers in this country that hold that the in
struction in the public schools should be limited
to the "3 R's."
It is reported that Captain Dreyfus has quar
reled with Colonel Picquart and Maitre Labor).
Picquart was the man who sacrificed his military
career in order to champion the Dreyfus cause.
Labor! was the eloquent lawyer who defended
Dreyfus at the court-martial. These energetic
-champions of Dreyfus are no longer on speaking
terms with the beneficiary of their kindness.
Theodore Butkicvitch, whose death at Buda
Pesth was reported a few days ago, was once con
sidered one of Russia's most brilliant artists. For
twenty-four years he was a prisoner in the Si
berian lead' mines, on a charge of insulting Alex
ander II. He escaped finally, and after many suf
ferings reached Buda-Pesth. He became a habit
ual drunkard and- was frozen to death while, in
toxicated. '' ,
Dispatches from Colon, Colombia, state that
the rebels continue to hold strong positions in the
neighborhood of the city of Panama. The attempts
of the government troop3 to drive them out have
failed, and the government commanders are now
contented to guard the city against attack. The
liberals are confident of ultimate success. Busi
ness in important centers of Colombia is at a
It is reported that Count Leo Tolstoi was
banished from Russia on March 2Gth. The pretext
for Tolstoi's banishment was the attempted assas
sination of Privy Councilor Pobiedonostzeff, pro
curator of the Holy Synod, on March 22nd. It is
claimed that Tolstoi's teachings which led up to
his ex-communication by the church, were the
real reasons for his exile. At ah art exhibition
recently held at St. Petersburg a portrait of Count
Tolstoi was decorated with garlands and the public
heartily applauded the action.
The colonial authorities of the Island of Trin
idad have been directed to prepare evidence tot the
use of the British Minister at Caracas, who has
been instructed to make representations to the
Venezuelan government regarding the action of the
Venezuelan gunboat Augusto in landing men on
the Island of Patos (British) and destroying four
neutral vessels containing British cargoes. It is
believed that the British government will demand
ample reparation for the destruction of the vessels
and guarantees against similar acts in the future.
According to the Cologne Gazette, the Baudot
multiplex- typeprlntirig te'legraph (a French in
vention), operates so excellently that the results
in the Berlin and Paris lines have surpassed all
expectations. Since the main office has educated
a sufficient number of operators for the Baudot
apparatus, the system Is now regularly in use dur
ing the greater part of the day. It has been demon
strated that the whole telegraph business between
Berlin and Paris, which heretofore required five
telegraph lines, can now be easily done over one
by means of the Baudot system.
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