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THE RED CLOUD CHEF.
A. C. HOSMER, Publisher.
The United States, it is said, is now
the second copper producing country
in the world.
TnE Swiss Government, at the request
of Spain, has expelled Zorilla from
THE WORLD'S DOINGS
A Summary of the Dally New.
The Haytian Government has put
into circulation the dreaded additional
$1,000,000 of paper money.
WniLE ascending a mountain near
Charleston, West Vicginla, .with a party
of friends, C. P. Willard leached one
end of a rifle cane to a 3-oung lady. As
she caught hold it exploded, sending a
bullet through Willard's heart.
The widow of Alexander C.
was awarded $5,000 by the
States Court at Indianapolis recently in
a suit against the Ohio & Mississippi
Kailroad for the death of her husband,
who was shot on the cars of that road
by a drunken passenger.
PROCEEDINGS OF CONGRESS.
In the Senate, on the 7th, after the trans
action of some important business, the Sen
ate resumed consideration of the Education
bill. The bill being completed as in Commit
tee of the Whole was reported to the Senate,
read thiee times and pa? Bed by 31 to 12. Tho
Educational bill as passed appropriate!) $77,
DOO.OUOto be distributed amonj? the States in the
proportion of illiteracy, on tho basis of the
census of 1880, the payment of the money to
be entered over a series of eight years
In the House. Sir. Itandall, from the
Committee on Killer, reported a resolution
settitiR- apart April 8 and May 15 for con
sideration of bills reported by the Committee
on Territories, not to include bills lor the
creation of new Territories or the admission
of new States. Adopted. Mr. Converse
cured the lioor and moved to suspend the
rules and pass the bill reorinp the duty of
1S67 on wool. The motion was lost yeas, J 17;
nays, 1:25. Mr. Thompson, of Kentucky,
moved to suspend the rules and adopt a reso
lution declaring it unwl-e and inexpedient for
Conjrress to abolish or reduco the tax on
spirits distilled from grain. The motion was
ajrreed to aud the resolution adopted yeas,
The Chair laid before the Senate, on the
5th, a bill to provide a uniform syEtcm of
bankruptcy throughout tho United States.
Mr. Hale stated thatMr.Hoar.whointroduced
the bill, did not wish to press it this time, and
he (Hale) would therefore move to take up
IT. ;..,! I instead the Aaval Appropriation bill, ine
Several colleges at Oxford, England,
have been very hard hit by the agricul
tural depression. Wadham College
revenues are diminished by about lifty
per cent. Things are so bad with St.
John's that the President has refused to
accept his stipend for three years past;
and Lincoln is also suflering severely.
Robbeks wearing policemen's uni
forms visited a mill near Toplitz, Aus
tria, the other day, and under a pre
tended warrant accusing tho proprietor
of being a Socialist and forging State
papers compelled" him to deliver his
money and securities amounting to over
40,000 florins. After locking the in
mates of the mill in a room the robbers
The proposed lease of the Cincinnati,
Wabash & Michigan road excited con
siderable interest in railway circles.
The bond and stock holders, most ol
whom were Cleveland men, at first pro
posed to lease the road to any company
who would operate and full maintain
it and pay the fixed charges, They
were happily surprised at discovering
that both the Lake Shore and the
Chicago & Atlantic were anxious to
get it. This led the owners to hesitate,
and the Lake Shore ofl'ercd a comforta
ble bonus over the original proposition.
The Chicago & Atlantic raised the Lake
Shore several points, and there the
TnE Custom House officers of New
York assert that the shrewdest person
to smuggle cigars, cigarettes, anil to
bacco from Havana with whom they have
to contend is a Chinaman known as
"Chinese John." He goes to Havana
at least once a month, his ostensible
errand being to act as interpreter and
agent for a Chinese house. He arrived
recently in the steamer Saratoga, with
live other Chinamen. Customs Inspec
tors McCort and Van Horn took the
party in hand. In a barrel of sweet po
tatoes claimed by "Chinese John" they
found thirty one-pound packages ol
smoking tobacco wrapped in rice paper,
five hundred bundles of cigarettes, and
eighty cigars, all of which they sent to
the Custom House.
Since January 1 there has been
thrown upon the market $41,400,000 ol
new railroad bonds, only a very small
percentage of which represents new
roads. The bulk has been issued for
the liquidation of floating debts, con
tracted for improvements, and other
betterments, which should properly
form a part of the operating charges.
The issues were as follows: Canada
Southern, second mortgage, $0,000,000;
Bee Line, $4,000,000; Northwestern,
$1,600,000; St. Paul, about $2,500,000;
Oregon Navigation, S3.000.000; Chicago
and Atlantic, seconds, $5,000,000;
Lackawanna, seconds, $5,000,000;
Wabash, collateral trust, $10,000,000;
Omaha, $1,300,000; Pennsylvania, 41
per cents, $3,000,000.
to take ui) the bill,
the amendments proposed by the Senate Com
mittee were ajrreed to. After executive ses
sion the Senate adjourned The House went
into Committee oi the Whole on bills relating
to territories. The first bill taken up
was ;ne to authorize the appointment
of a commission by the President to
run and .nark the boundary lines between a
portion of the Indian Territory and the State
of Texas, in connection with a similar com
mission to be appointed by the State of Texas.
After debate the committee rose and the bill
passed ayes, loS; nays, 67. The next bill
passed was one declaring: that the Supremo
Court of every Territory shall consist of n
Chief Justice and three Associate Justices,
anil providing that every Territory shall be
divided into lour Judicial Districts, and Dis
trict Court shall be held in eacli by one of tho
Justices of the Supreme Court. A bill requir
ing the Governor of a Territory to be a resi
dent of the Territory to which he Is appointed
at Ieat two years preceding: his appointment
was aho passed.
Is the "Senate, on tho 9th, Mr. Hill, from
the Committee on l'ost-ofllces and Post-roads,
reported favorably the original bill to estab
lish the postal telegraph system. The Senate
resumed consideration of the Naval Ap
propriation bill, which was debated until
executive session, when theScnatoadjounied.
In the House, Mr. Hopkins, of Pennsyl
vania, offered a preamble and resolutions
reiatingto the present met hod of transporting
live stock by rail, which were referred to the
Committee on Commerce. Then a struggle
aroj-e as to which of the many pending
special orders should obtain precedence
jf consideration. Mr. Ilingley essayed to
bring up the Shipping bill, but the
?ffort was unsuccessful, the motion being de
feated yeas, 70; nays, IX. Mr. ltcagan met
with a like fnte on his motion to consider the
Inter-state Commerce bill, it being voted
down yeas. 101: nays. 131. Tho Speaker ruled
that the unfinished business was the Orego'n
Central Laud Grant bill. Mr. Stockstagcr.
under an order made Monday, asked tho
House to cons der the public building bill,
and moved to go into Committee of the Whole
for the consideration of such bills. The an
tagonists of these measures aud the more
prominent advocates of the Oregon Central
bill uniteil in opposition to tho motion, but
hey were unsuccessful, and the House, by a
.-ote of loo to til, went into Committee of the
Whole, as indicated. Much tedious voting
100K place on the bills Tor various public
Miildings until the committee arose and the
The Chair laid before the Senate, on the
ItHh. a communication from the Secretary
f the Treasury urging the necessity for a
uow revenue cruiser for Alaskan waters,
and recommended an appropriation of $75,
J0 for the purpose. Mr. Miller, of California,
presented a memorial joint resolution from
the Legislat ire of California urging tho
adoption by tongress of the bill introduced
by Mr. Sumner in the House relating to
postal telegraph. The Senate resumed the
consideration of tho Naval Appropriation
bill. Pending the debate on tho amend
ment providing for the construction of
Heel cruisers the Senate went into
executive session. When the doors were
re-opened it adjourned until Monday The
House met at eleven o'clock in continuation
nf Wednesday's session. Mr. Eaton, from the
Committee on I-iws relative to the election of
President and Vice President, reported back
tho Senato bill on that subject with an amend;
ment in the nature of n substitute. Then the
contest ovor public building measures was re
sinned In Cnmiiiittco of the Whole. The con
troversy continued some time, when the de
bate closed by limitation. The bill having
been laid aside favorably, it, together with
those previously considered, was reported to
The Senate was not in session on tho
llth In the House, Mr. Ellis, from the Com
mittee on Appropriations, reported back the
Senate bill authorizing the Secretary of the
uncertified lands of the Sioux City & St.
Paul Railroad to the General Government,
In accordance with an act of the Legisla
ture at its recent session.
The eastern part of Pennsylvania was
Tisitod by the heaviest snow-storm of the
season on the 9th.
A disastrous wreck occurred on tho
Panhandle at Beaver Station, near Dayton,
O., tho other night. The engineer was
other persons se
killed and two or three
verely injured. Tho
badly shaken up.
Fire at Ponsacola, Fla., tho other raorn
ing destroyed tho Louisville & Nashville
freight depot, Golny mills, transfer stable,
Hoffman House restaurant, Masonic build
ing and several other minor buildings.
The strike on the Toledo, Cincinnati &
St. Louis Road ended by a compromise.
It is predicted that tho coming wheat
crop of Califoi nia will exceed that of 1SS0.
Prospectors from the Upper Yellow
stone report the discovery of a new geyser
basin. Two geysers were in action.
A new trial was refused in tho case of
Andrew J.. Kornor, convicted of wife mur
der at Indianapolis, and the prisoner sea
tenccd to be hanged June 117.
According to the returns of the Depart
ment of Agriculture the winter wheat area
this year will exceed that of 1SS0 by L,000,
A serious political crisis is imminent in
Pekin. Tho Empross has publicly de
graded Prince Kung and four members of
the Privy Council. They were stripped of
all their honors because of tho dilatory
tnanner in which they have dealt with the
One thousand Ave hundred miners of the
West Moreland and Pennsylvania Gas Coal
Companies, at Irwin Station, Pa., went
out on a strike
The Secretary of the Interior has decided
that the affidavit required of homestead
applicants under section 2,'2fU, revised
statutes made bey ma before Judges of
Probate in Dakota, such ollicers beiugun
der the Territoral code ex-ofllcio clerks of
their own courts.
Business failures for tho past week in
tho United States wero lr, Canada, SO,
compared with 217 tho previous week.
The Dutch authorities have blockaded
the Acheenese coast to compel the release of
the ship's crow captured some time ago.
The work of recovering the bodies of tho
miners killed and buried in the Pocahontas
mines was being pu-hed forward rapidly.
Out of sixteen bodies recovered only six
Tiie wreck on tho Littlo Miami division
of the Pan Hatidle Road near Dayton, O.,
was a complete affair in its way, and the
wonder is that so few were killed. It was
believed that somo miscreant removed a
rail with the purpose of throwing the wholo
train into tho river.
A cow boy named Mitch Marcy killed
Juan B. Patron in a saloon at Puerto Do
Luna, 2f. M., recently. The murderer was
captured. Patron was Speaker of the
House in 1S7S. He was a wealthy and in
fluential man. No provocation.
Gamblers of Buffalo, N. Y., have been
accused of attempting to bribe tho Grand
The trial of Thomas Samon, of Laconia,
N". II., for tho murder of Mrs. Ford, Jinies
Ruddy and Ruddy's fourteen mouths' old
son la-it fall, has ended, and Samon was
sentenced to be hanged April 17, 1SS5.
Fourteen prisoners emptied themselves
out of tho Des Moines, Iowa, jail ono tight
The vapor stove manufacturers of the
country have formed a combination for
the purpose of holding up prices.
A fight occurred lietween a gang of sixty
Italians aud an equal number of Irish la
borers on tho Canada Southern Rnilvvay,
at St. Thomas, Ont. It was caused by the
Irish objecting to the employment of
Italians. The police, with the assistance
of citizens, succeeded in stopping the fight
after seveial on both sides had been se
Statement of rout-OIUee Kcvemief More
l'enalon Grand Army Camp Fire Op
position to the Postal Telegraph.
Washington, April 14. The Third As
sistant Postmaster-General has prepared the
! following statement of revenues f the Post-
oflice Department for the present fiscal year.
I Returns for the first and second quarters are
! complete. The figures for the third quartei
are based upon the returns from offices re
turning about one-half the total postal rev
enue, and the estimate for tho last quarter
is based upon tiie returns of the preceding
Gross postal receipts for the
quarter ending Septemccr 30, 1SK).
G ross receipts for the quarter end
ing Decemlierai. 1SS5. ascertained 11.1jD.G1G
Gross receipts for the quarter end
ing March 31. lSKJ, estimated from
special returns received from H7
leucrearrier ouices, luciuuing an
Estimated gross revenue for the
quarter en ling June 30, 13S4
Total revenue for the year ending
June :a). ISs:)
Falling off in revenue the present
j t-ttir .
IJepiesentative Warner reixnied from the
Committee 011 Pensions, Bounty and Back
Pay a bill providing that every person
specified in the pension laws who served
for a period of three months or more who
lias an honorable discharge and is not re
ceiving a pension, or a greater pension than
that provided by the bill, and who is now
disabled by reason of wound, injury or
disease, which there is reason to believe
originated in the service, shall be entitled to
receive a pension during the continuance
of the disability, at the rate proportionate
degree thereof." The bill further provides
that dependent parents shall only slfow by
competent evidence they are without other
prot'iit means of support than their own
manual labor or contributions of others not
legally bound for their support.
A social camp lire of the Department of
the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic,
was held in the Masonic Temple last night
in commemoration of the ojerattons against
Vicksburg. General Joseph R. Hawley
presided, and all the posts of the Grand
Army in the city were represented in the as
semblage, which numbered about 1.200 or
1,500 persons. Among the guests present
and who had seats upon the platform were
President Arthur, General Grant. Secretary
Lincoln, Generals Logan, VanVlert. Ver
non, Raum, Doubleday, William MeKee,
Dunn. Dudley and llazen; Representative
McKinlc.y, Judge Lawrence and others
General Grant, walking with the aid of a
crutch, entered the hall at the head of the
invited guests. He was greeted with the
wildest applause, the assembly rising and
sending forth cheer after cheer, and con
tinuing the ovation until the President had
taken his place on the platform.
Xorvi'n Green made an argument before
the House Committee on Post-offices and
ABOUT NEWSPAPER P0STAG&
OP SOME laTERESi.
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Malcea an Argument llefor the Sonata j Foreign Relations. f
Committee m iavor 01 ioeap aowp- j WASHINGTON, April 12. April returns
Washington, April 9. Joseph MedilL
fditor of the Chicago Trilmnc made an ar
guuient before the Senate Committee on
Post-offices and Post-roads in favor of a re
duction of the present pound rates of postage
oh newspapers issued from the office of
publication. The present law was, he said
an occasion of laying oppressive tax upon
publishers. It was enacted in 1S74 ami fixed
the rate of iwstagc on papers issued from
the office of publication at two cents per
pound, whi'jli rate it made prepayable at tho
office of publication. Before the enactment
of this law tiie postage of this class of
mail matter was collected at the office
of delivery, from the subscriber, the
news agent or whoever received the papers,
the tax falling on the purchaser, as it ought
But it was said that a great many of the
papers were not taken out of the post-office,
ami in order to stop this loss of revenue, a
law requiring pre-payment was enacted.
The result lias been that the publishers of
the United States have been compelled to
pay this tax, amounting to about 1,500,000
per annum (luring the past ten years, in
the cases of hundreds of newspapers, daily
newspapers and some weeklies, that do not
make any profits, the publishers have, as a
matter of fact, to borrow money to pay that
postage. The postage, at present rates,
amounts on a single newspaper the sue of
thersew lork IJcruhl, Tunis or Truninc,
Chicago Tribune, or any seven-column
paper, to SI or 1.C0 per year, according to
tho number of supplements that may be is
sued. It is taken out of the pockets of
the publisher and in a majority of eases
represents all the profit a paper
makes. It is also a very severe tax on
agricultural and religious ncwsiapers. Mr.
Mediil said when this law was passed, it was
also enacted that country papers should be
allowed travel through the mails free of
postage, within the county in which they
are publihed. This law was unfair. It
helped newspapers published in the county
seats in large counties like Iincaster, in
Pennsylvania, and St. Liwrence in New
York, but did not benefit the newspapers
printed in corners of counties, or margins of
counties, a large iwriion of whose circula
tion is in counties other than that in which
they are published. He said the press gen
erally did not think it fair that in order to
make up the deficiency caused by carrying
Government matter free and country iapers
free in the county of publication, they
should lie compelled to bear the burden of
the present rate, especially when the Gov
ernment is in receipt of millions of surplus
revenues, which are such a trouble to Con
gress. Neither did they think the Post-office
Department would lose much revenue by
the proposed reduction of rates to one cent
a pound. lie pointed out that at procnt '
to the Department of Agriculture make th
winter wheat area about 'JT.COO.oyo acres
This is nearly the breadth of Hwie of tin
previous crops, of which between five and
nix per cent was subsequently plowed 4 ,
leaving '26,400.000 acres to be harvesfvL
Comparing 'with the area harvested the
present breadth is an increase i.f five per
cent. The present area is greater than that
of the eensus year by more than 2,000,000
acres. Tito increase is about 1 ,.100,0004
acres on the Pacific Coast and nearly 75,000
acres in the Southern States. There is 2
small increase in the Middle States amlj.i
slight decrease in the Ohio basin. Tfcc
condition of wheat averages 05 per ei
representing a full stand of nniiiipuM
vitality and a medium growth. In .j. ."
1SS.'J, the average was 0 ami -,
the April average of the large imp
1SS2 was 1.04. The State acr.s-"s
are as follows: Connecticut. 1 -Xew
York, i7; New Jersey. 1C: lYnu,,
vania, lit); Delaware, 1)0; Man land. u.
Virginia 101; Xnith Carolina. "lo-J; So;
Carolina. 1)7; Georgia, Dl; AIa'aaia. ss-
.Mississippi, yg; le.v.is, mi; Arkansas.!;
Tennessee, US; West Virginia, lii; Ki
tucky.US; Ohio,Si: Michigan, at: lu.f,
ftj; Illinois, S2; Missouri. HI ; K.m-a-., 1 -California,
101; Oregon, lltt. In M !... 1
New York and Con neticut the fields un
protected with snow on the 1st of Apr 1.
some plans a foot in depth. The ' -,-quent
condition will depend on the weJL 1 r
of April. No serious winter kilhtig isr
ported except in Alabama, on low and v.ct
areas. The same injury is reported thro: ,..
out the entire breadth. The Miperinr it.,
dition of drilled wheat is attest-d ah n
without expection. The area of nc i.
nearly the same as last year, thea'.eugr V
ing ninety-nine per cent. The eoi.'l.t -.
averages ninety-seven per cci. The rcjH.rt
also gives the statement ot irin ania i'
estimated losses the past year and i-stitf.itl
proportion of high grade animals and t' 1
money value of improvement by breeder
in the several States.
The Senate Committee on Foreign KiV
tiong rciKirted adversely and reeomnuMui.i!
indefinite postponement of two b.iN intr
cluced by Senator Cockrcll to provide f i
the appointment of a counniion to .t
the principal countries of Central and $J .:;
America for the purpose of collecting infor
mation looking to the extension of Amri
can trade and commerce in that directier
and one bill introduced by Senator Micniiuis
authorizing the President to extend mv
tions to the Governments of the KepiiS'ii.
of Mexico, Central America and N.nJ'i
America, and of the Empire of r.:;i
zil to send delegates to a conveVior
the express companies carried the bulk of , ,b,. "-5'n l" !l'r q h"ii;mis re
thfc .!-. r ,,ttr fr ,ci,nrt ,i;cton.w.r ' kiting to reciprocal commercial relations
200 or 300 miles because they carried it a
Clirwfrk JillAorriF TliAlt Milk ITufnititiiniit Tim
I)t-roadsiii opposition to the Postal Tele- Government, he said, was doing the lean
graph. If however, the Government is de-, rt of thc ,ms!llC5Stllt. , .stance
tennmed to enter into the business, he . i,oi;no-,vi,;i.. ti...Avna ;,.i sn
liUUllll "lllll. HV ..-k IUI..V LUUI I'tlll lllllilltl.
fat part 0 the business. If the rates charged
thought it ought to bit' existing lines and
manage ami worn mem excuisneij in .u, , Govenimcnt were ,.llt ,lowl, to Si
own u-.iv. He also said if the Senate com- . ,.,. ., .. . .....,.!.
mittce bill became a law the Western Un
ion company would not become a bidder for
the contract for which that measure makes
provision, but that if the rates originally
proposed in the Hubbard bill, g5, 50 and 75
cents, should be adopted then the Western
Union would bid.
Sanbor & Mann, shoa manufacturers of
Stoneham, Mass., have posted notices dis-
?rU'fSofSH C!T?n6 their empl yes because they re
anion. Alter uric! "debate- the bill passed. Mr. wbKU cmuown in wages.
Honkinsas a privileged matter called un tho
resolution declaring that charges against H.
V. ltoynton were not sustained by the evi
dence and that there was no ground for any
action by the House. The resolution was
adopted. Mr McMillan, from tho Committee
on the Itevision of Lnws, reported a bill
limiting to two years' time within
which prosecutions may be instituted
against persons charged with violat
ing the Internal revenue laws. Mr. Henley,
from the Committee on Public Lands, re
ported a bill forfeiting the Northern Pacific
land grant. The House went into Committee
of the Whole on the Pendleton Appropriation
bill. The bill appropriates fc"O.CS4.40O and re-
appropriates an amount estimated at ?fi,ono,
3uJ. 'Hie appropriations for the current vcar
are jl,(X).o). of winch only Ri'i.eTJJ.UOJ Is to
Im expended the first half or tho year. The
Speaker laid before tlnj House a message from
the President submitting a special estimate
from the Chief of Ordnance for a permanent
nnniiul appropriation of f 1,500,000 to provide
for the necessary armament of sea coast fortifications.
A bkiep dispatch from Tucson, Ari
zona, stated that General George W.
Dcitzlcr had been thrown from his
buggy and killed. General Deitzlcr
was well known in Kansas, and promi
nently identilied with the early history
of the State. He located at Lawrence as
early as 1855-and took an active part in
the early free-State troubles in tho Ter
ritory; was at one time Speaker of the
House. When the war broke ont Gov
ernor Robinson commissioned him Col
onel of the First Regiment, Kansas
Volunteers, which regiment immediately
went into active service. At the battle ol
Springfield, Mo. .August 10, 1861 , General
Deitzler was severely wounded at the
head of his command. He was subse
quently promoted a Brigadier-General
and served in Louisiana, when his health
broke down. Returning to Lawrence
be invested liberally in all enterprises
laving for their object the building up
of tho young city that he had cast his
lot with at an earlier day. About tho
close of thc war he was married to Miss
Neill, an estimable lady of Lexington,
Mo. About twelve years ago he re
moved to the Pacific Coast, in search ol
a milder climate, where he became iden
tified with mining interests. He was
about sixty years of age.
POLITICAL AND PERSONAL.
The timo of holding the Nationnl Con
vention of the Prohibition Homo Protection
Party has been changed from May 21 to
July 23. This secures representation from
twenty-two States of the Union. Tho con
vention will be held in Lafayette Hall,
Genekal.George W. DErrzLEn, former
ly member of the famous Stubbs Company
luring the Free State war in Kansas,' as
thrown from a buggy and killed at Tucson,
The Missouri Democratic State Central
Committee met at Stf Louis and named
3t. Louis, June 24, as the time and place
for holding thu convention for the election
if delegates to tho National Convention,
ind Jefferson City, Auixust 12, for the con
vention to nominate Statu officers.
Charles Reads, tho novelist, died in
London on the llth.
Republicans of tho Twentieth and
Twenty-sixth Congressional District of
Pennsylvania have instructed for Blaise.
Dr. James M. Ramsey, the distinguished
physician and author, died at Knoxville,
Ienn., the other night, aged eighty-s-even.
He was the author of a history of Tennes
see and for many years President of tho
Ieimessse Historical Society.
The Allentown, Pa., Iron Company,
formerly ono of tho most prosperous manu
facturing concerns in the country, is adver
tised for public sale May 7. The company
has a mortgdge debt of $4,000,000.
The Directors of tho Louisville Board of
Trade have endorsed the action of the New
York Chamber of Commerce asking Con
gress to stop tho coinage of silver dollars
An injunction has been granted restrain
ig the Governor of Iowa from convoying
The ship Mercury, from Port Townend,
reports that she passed Pitcairn I-land
January 11. The inhabitants came aboard
and reported one hundred and five person
on the island fifty-two males' and fifty
three females. She took their mail some
twenty-five letters for different parts of
The Ganlois says the Popo is preparing
a strong encyclical letter against fhe order
of Free Masons and other secret societies.
The Senate was not in session on the
12th. In tho House a bill was reported by
Mr. Green, from the Committee on Agri
culture, for tha relief of fruit growers, and
to encourage tho cultivation of fruit. It
allows fruit growers to manufacture
brandy from the product of their orchards
without payment of tax. Resolutions of
respect were passed in memory of the late
Tliomas H. Herndon, Representative from
Eight prisoners made n desperate at
tempt to escape at Gainsville, Ark., re
cently. They knocked down the jailer and
got out, and procured firearms. A desper
ate b-utle then took place with citizens, in
which a burglar named Breckmau was
killed and three other prisoners were
wounded. Tho remainder escaped to the
An attempt at jail breaking at Milwaukee
was frustrated by tho jailer thrusting in a
Jiolt after he had been nearly blinded by
tho prisoners throwing ashes in his eye?.
The published conditions of peace be
tween Franco and China, which Patendre,
the French Minister, was eharged to offer
at Pekin, were that China shall accept a
limited French protectorate over Tonquin.
There was no demand for indemnity men
tioned. Geokge A. Leets died recently at Provi
dence, R. I., of gangrene and pyaemia, after
an illness of two weeks, nged sixty-eight.
Since 1378 ho had been President of tin
Providonco & Worcester Railroad.
TnE South Warhara Nail Works at Bos
ton has resumed work. Tho Parkcs mills
will resume shortly.
A cave-in at tho Excelsior Colliery at
Shninokin, Pa., killed Thomas Harper and
fatally injured Frank Gleshick.
Henry's Bank at Mineral Point, Wis.,
closed its doors the other morning. The
county funds were deposited in tho bank.
The United States dispatch boatDulphin,
built at Roach's yard, was successfully
Boats from the fla
watching tho island
Uest. Tho steamer
about the entrance of
Several Counties in (icorgla Devastated by
Fire and Storm.
Atlanta, Ga., April 14. Details from
Taylor, Webster, Sumter, Jefferson, Glass
cock ar.d other sandy counties of Georgia,
oi recent forest fires, present a harrowing
picture of destruction. Great tracts of these
counties were in preparation for truck plant
ing, fanners having spent the last six weeks
on that work. Much new ground had also
been cleared, upon which tires were burning
in brush-heaps. The wind came from the
southwest, traveling northeast. It increased
in force until fanners in the fields, blinded
with sand and unable to see, retired to
their houses for protection. Then
they awoke to a new danger. The
winds had fanned the tlames of
the bnish-hcap fires and scattered them in
all directions. The fencing of pine quickly
caught, and long Ma'ams of crackling tlames
could be seen all along the course of the
fences. When the fences were consumed
the dry stubble and dried vegetation of the
past year caught, and the tire slowly eats its
way closer and closer to the houses, making
escape with even life miraculous. Women
and children were crouching with fear. Men
could only hastily clear away patches of
earth, and by fighting back the'lire from the
edges keep a spot elear upon which it was
possible to stand until the fire bad passed
over. Houses caught and were swept
away, not even an article of furni
ture being saved. In Dooly County
eight residences were burned
and . the loss in fences, etc., des
troyed can not be less than 12,000. In Tay
lor County the loss is about 510,000. In
Sumter County, SS.000. In Webster Coun
ty, 3,000. In Jefferson County, S1O.000.
The greatest loss, perhaps, was suffered in
Glasscock County. The path of the tiro
took in the town of Gibson, and it was only
by heroic, work that two hundred men fought
the fire back. Thc loss is, perhaps, $20,000.
Since the fire lias passed over the fact has
been discovered that hugesaud-drifts, blown
about by the winds, have covered the ground
which had been prepared for planting, ren
dering a renewal of work necessary.
The Zona Libra.
Eagle Pass, Tex., April 14. It has
Deen aeimiieiy learned irom omciai sources
that the Zona Libra, or Free-Trade Belt, is a
fixed facL Business men on both sides of
the river have been working with this pro
ject for the last fifteen years, and the news
is hailed with satisfaction. A telegram from
the officials of the City of Mexico, to Senator
Hurtado, Collector of Customs at Eagle
Pass. Tex., U. S., says it goes into operation
on May 1, and is bounded by the city limits
of Piedras Negras. It will have the effect
of establishing a large wholesale warehouse
at Eagle Pass. Retail trade may be injured
teniMrialy, but to no great extent, and the
manifest advantages of the system will be
Xelt by all capitalists.
100 liounds he thought prcttv nearlv all the
newsnapers would be carried in the mails.
5cnction City, Kas., April 3. On Day
Creek, twelve miles from town, Monday '
noon, Tim O'Connor was shot and instantly
ete. in ine place oi tiiese iHiNimv n'
ported an amendment to the coiin;ir and
diplomatic bill, which provides that sl0
000 shall be appropriated to maMc t
President to compensate a commi-von to lx
appointed to examine ami report on the re
lationsof the United States with thf m'
eral countries of Central and Foiith aiiht
iea, and upon the best modes of -,-.":r.n u.
timate national and commercial rcl.itionj
between them and the United States. ! en
able him to pay the expenses ofstich com
mission, should it be deemed advisable fcr
it, or any member of it, to visit any of s.111'
countries, and also to enable him to conr-
Eniest Allen. In the morning ' I'ensate the delegates of the United S'
his brother Mike drove
in a wagon to Bluffs, in an unusual
road, and crossed an acre piece oi
ground belonging to School District No. 27.
They were warned by some parties not to
cross the school house ground, and when
to a Congress of these States to be he
The .Mexican Stamp Tar.
St. Lovis, April 11. A special from ttie
City of Mexico sta'es that the feeling
they were dctennined to do so attempts to ' against the recently enacted stamp tax i.
get them out of the wagon tor the purpose still very bitter and the situation critical,
of tight were made. Upon returning Business is suspended in nianv parts i f the
home they found strands of wire W! , ,. " ..i", ....
tttn.t!,vl .!,-tl.oi;., nf f l,D .v.luu.1 !,,.... ' "l'""1"' UH.lv-ll.mu-, .111, evllll.UlJ .wr-
.--I.V1VI1WI. 1V"S HIV, 11I1V 111V i! U"J"I UlltaQ
acre to prevent them from reaching the
road. Five men, three AllCns and two
Breens, were waiting for them with shot
guns and revolvers. Mike O'Connor
cut the wire and two revolver shots
were fired at him without effect,
Ernest Allen then fired at Jim, killing
him instantly. Another revolver was fired
without effect at Mike, who nished with
an axe at Breen and chopjied his head sa
that his life was despaired of. A shot-gun
was then broken all Jo pieces over Mike's
head. O'Connors and Breens are old
settlers, between whom there has been a
feud of long landing. The Aliens are
English and have been on the creek but a
short time. All parties are in jaiL
Th IVupIc) Greatly to Ill.imr.
Des Moinks, Iowa, April 9. Judge W1I
liani Connor, in a published letter regard
ing the laxity of tho Iowa criminal laws, ai
well as their enforcement, says: ;If we
are going to blame anyone here in Iowa foi
this state of things, the people themselves
must assume a pretty large share. They
send to the Legislature lawyers, many ot
whom make a living by defending
criminals. These men. composing tiie
entire membership of the judiciary
committee, prevent any refonn of
criminal procedure. They sign pe
titions to pardon criminals regardless of the
merits of the case, and help to set free the
few who are so unlucky as to get convicteiL
They make no demand nion the Legislature
for reform in this direction, although they
sign numerous petitions for the pardon of
two or three murderers." The Judge urges
that District Judges sliould have longer
terms. larger powers, better pay, and that
defendants' privileges should be curtailed.
1 suming a very determined attitude. It i.
reported tnat tiie uovcrninen intends to de
clare the acts of merchants in closing their
stores revolutionary; that their license lw
revoke I, and that they be comj ello 1 to ry
he.ivily for the privilege of re-oprnmg t.ictr
stores. On the other hand it is stated Atoit
the Mexican Senate lui passed to a scf :id
reading the bill repealing the stamp art
but as thu Government is in no .sniratiii
with this move it Is verv doubtful J
whether the bill will finallv pass. A dis
patch from Matamoms says the condi
tion nf the affairs of the Government is del
plorable, charges liuancial rottenness ami 111
timates revolution if a greatly better slupcj
of things 1 not speedily brought about. 1m
fctate 01 Zacatecas gives a concession Li tiie
Larreza Gallando Itailroad. from the Mexi
can Central, through Villa Ortego, Kk i
Grande and Nieve, to Lambertera. The lirtl
new Pullman of the Mexican Central h.t
arrived bysjeeial train, with General Mana
ger Kobinson and family. I he first epre
begins niuning through next TlnirMLn.
reaching here at nine in the evening. 1M
will carry daily mails.
Arrested on Suspicion.
Dayton, April 14. Michaels, who was
arrested here Friday on suspicion of being
the wrecker of the Pan Handle express last
Thursday night was identified bv Con
ductor Picrson who had charge of
the wrecked train, as a tramp he had
put off only a few days before. Measure
ment of his feet also correspond with
the tracks in the mud about the tool house.
Michaels admits that he is a tramp, and that
ne was in ine vicinity ot uie WTeck on
Thursday, but claims innocence,
St. Paul, Minn, April 9. Detective
O'Connor returned to St. Paul with Keenan,
the defaulting Treasurer of Jackson county,
O., whom he arrested on Saturday on a
farm,where he was working under the name
of Reed, between Blue Grass and WolcoU, la.
Keenan came to St Paul without requisition
papers, saying mat he knew his arrest
would come sooner or later. The prisoner
Was placed in tl-e county jail pending the
arrival of ollicers from Cincinnati, they
having telegraphed that they were coming
with a requisition from Governor Houdly.
Keenan declined to make any statement on
the train. However, he told O'Connoi that
the amount he was alleged to have de
faulted, S:so,000. was too large, and that he
was only short il"J,000.
Wants a Contrclllnjj Interest.
Chicago, April 9. It is said that negotia
tions are landing between Jay Gould and
General Faltner, of the Mexican National,
for the purchase of a controlling interest, in
order to extend the southwestern system to
the City of Mexico. It is said that Gould
projX)ses by this move to forestall his rival,
the Texas & St. Louis, from securing a foot
ooid in Mexico. The latter road nins to
Ltnciibukg, Va., April 12. After everv
thing was got in readiness at Pocaum A.
Thursday evening, a police force was placed
o guard at the entrance to the mines u:i
order to keen back the crowd which liadl
been attracted by the notice poster that
bodies were to be recovered. Minim;
Engineer Moody, in charge 0 thej
rescuing partv. entered the mines to iiotcl
the situation of affairs. When thcyi
cmerced from the mines thev an-l
pounced that the damage was less thaii
had been supposed, and that little troubli
would be experienced 111 recovering the
bodies of the victims. I wo bodies were rcH
covered Thursday, horribly nnuiiated-
those of Boone jlaxey. a white bov. ami
Jim Crim, a negro. The work was resume"!
Fnday. A still larger crowd congrc-j
eated at Hie entrance, aud ropes weru
stretched to prevent too near an approach.
The crowd, however, observed proier
decorum and there was no undue exciteH
ment, A spirit of great solemnity seemei
to pervade L-; assembly. 1 he bodies as re
covered were placed in boxes inxifiy tin:
mine, and several brought out together on
a pole car. A number of miners well
acquainted with thc victims were placeI
at the entrance for the purpose of identify
ing the bodies, but of sixteen recovered sc
far only six were identified.
Another Itallroatl to Kani.-n City.
XA23.V3 City, April :;.Tl;e Rig FonH
and Ohio & Mississippi having both an
nounced that arrangements had been made
for miming through cars from Cincinnati tc '
Kansas City, thc Cincinnati, Hamilton &
Davton now comes to tiie front w ith another
through route. An official of the road said:
that the route was not a paper one, but that
the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton would
put on through cars from Cincinnati to Kan
sas City this spring to a certahmj-. The
t..- t -'. a stromr feelimr mraiiist liim hut so f-.,r tim into me tiiy 01 .ueico over uie
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anuiifcusnousentft.ey .,!,:,.,. ti,c .... :..f.,...i ' nina- arrangement into Chicato over the 11
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Uiu,u was viuisjug , ..nstonin.. ti,., , ,. ..!. I nois: Ontml. and the Gould svstem
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me uuiuvi w """ 1 loriri'St ever seen in Hip ritv.
Gatesville, Tsx.. and it has been an open 1
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jciet mat an extension was coiuempiaiea rnutn ., ,u. , T,v,nn!,r, !.-
There is I to Lamlo with a yieW to securing cntrastt the In(1Ian- Bloomington & Western to
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4 PlIK'llinnti nt ft-J.1 n tn lvill mnni Vinci..
enten , the next cvenhie ut T:07.
j wiicago oy me v aoasa. j - -
cept any expedition to Cuba.
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