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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 30, 1892)
UEKE'S a door In
the w allot tho
A door that no
For tho anp-1 who
writes In the
Hook of Timo
Is tho keeper of the keys.
Onco In tho year It opens.
At tho Holemn mldnlKht hour.
When tbo children sleep, und tlf old clocks
Awako In tho tall church toner.
And then, as It bwIors on Its hinges,
Whoever mtRbt peer lnsldo
Would cateh a Rllmpso of tho centuries
That behind In tho stlcnco hide.
Ifeypt und Homo and Tyre,
All tn that mythical placo
Wlicro tho old years rest that were once pos
sessed Hy tho wondorf ul human race
Tho shadowy door swings open,
And a pilgrim enters In,
llowedwltha twehe-months' struggle
In this world of strife and slu.
Waft him a farewell grcetlogl
Ho will pass no more this w.iy
This weary year whomuit disappear
In tho haven of yesterday.
The door still swlngeth open,
And outward another comes,
With a stir of banners and bugles
And tho beat of friendly drums;
III hands aro full of beauty
Tho cluster, lhi song, tbo sheaf,
The snowMUke's wing, and tho budding spring,
And tho foam on tho crested reef.
This Is tho New Year, darlings,
On! haste to give him cheer.
Only tho Father Itnoweth
Tho wholo of his errand here.
This Is tho New Year, darlings:
A yesr for work and playi
For doing our best, and for trusting tho rest
To tho Maker of night and day.
Margaret U. Sangstcr, in Harper's Young
KB, hur pretty
w it s r i d 1 n l'
homo, her lup
full of pack
purchased at the
ages which sho had
country btore six miles distant
It was tho lust day of Dcortinber, and
a lovely afternoon. There was no
snow on the prairies of southern Kan
sas to welcome in tho New Year to be-
u on the morrow. Cattle fed on the
Alrass, und red birds flitted glee
(y atrfoutf the sunflower-stalks that
lined the roadside.
Suddenly Bessie became aware of tho
approach of a horseman across tho
prairie to her sight. Something in tho
manner of his riding told her who it
won, and a warm flush spread itsolf
over her fair face.
"Good morning, Bessie," ho greeted
her, reining hia horse in by tho side of
her pony, and looking the love which
he could not couceal.
IJood morning, Tom," she returned,
somewhat confused under his beaming
gaso "I I mean Mr. Hartley," she
quickly corrected herself.
"Let it be Tom,' as it used to be," he
"If it wasn't for that old fuss," she
"Bother that old fuss) Wo needn't
keep that up between us if our dads
do," he laughed. "There's no sense iu
It, and it's time they turned that old
leaf down. Hut if they don't it's Now
Year's to-morrow, Bessie, and wo'll be
gin a new one on our own account.
I'm bound to win you."
But the girl's face looked uneasy,
and she strove to change the subject.
"When did you get homo, Mr. Hurt
loy?" "Only this morning, Miss Fowler,"
imitating her formality. "And behold
how I am repaid for my devotion.
Hang the 'Mr. llartleyi' "
"That sounds bolter, if the tone woro
only more cheerful. See here! I'm
going to ride back with you to Big
Kim, and havo a talk with your
Bessie, knowing her father as she
did. might hava warned Tom of tho
uselossncss of such an interview. But
he was so handsome, so much im
proved by the two years spent in a
northern college, from which ho had
just returned; thou what girl does not
possess sufficient fuith In her lover to
believe him capable of accomplishing
whatever ho undertakes, even to tho
6tormiug of an obdurate parent's
So, side by side, the young couple
rode away together toward Big Elm,
tin Isolated country post oQleo, kept by
Bessio's father. Horo, twico a weok,
the scattered settlers and cattlemen of
that region received their mail, which
was carried from a little railway
station thirty-seven mhea to tho east.
Tom Hartley, a nandsome, manly
fellow of twenty-four, just home from
a good college, wus tho son of a pros
perous ranchman, who lived nearly
eight miles from Big Him. Time had
been when his and Bessie's fathers
were famous friends. As boys they had
grown up on adjoining farms in Illinois.
When men they hud married play
mates, two lovely girls, and with their
faralllos hud como to Kansas. They
had formed a partnership in the cattle
business, and for several years they
bad prospered reasonably well. Mrs.
AJ SJ "
Fowler nnd Mrs, Hartley were on torms
of tho most sisterly intimacy. Tom
and Besslo went to the same little dug
out school, and laid the foundation of a
lasting attachment, which strengthened
with the years that brought the ranch
er's boy to noblo manhood, and tho girl
to winsome womanhood.
Then had como the disagreement.
Fowler had grown tlretl of the cattle
business and wished his partner to buy
him out. At Inst Hartley consented,
but In the settlement thcro was some
trifling mistake made. It was in
Hartley's favor, nnd Fowler had ac
cused his friend of trying to cheat him.
It Is a very small thing which may
plant the perverse seeds of discord In
hearts that have long leen united.
Hartley was a m an of quick temper
aud had warmly denied the charge. A
quarrel had followed, and tho families
once so friendly wero soon separated
by a bitter estrangement.
Once, howovo r, after he had cooled
down and went over tho business
transaction carefully, Hartley saw the
mistake, which was one of only a few
dollars. He had hastened to Fowler
to right tho error, but the postmaster
had obstinately refused to accept any
apology or amendment. Too proud to
sue again for a reconciliation, Hartley
had walked away with an injured air.
A three years' estrangement had
The postmaster of Big Kim was
(watching from tho window of his cabin
as the young couple rode into the yard
"Say, mother," he cried, with sudden
excitement, "ain't that young Tom
'Hartley out thcro with Bess?"
Kind-faced Mrs. Fowler looked over
.'her husband's shoulder from tho win
'dow and surveyed tho hundsomo young
fellow who was in tho net of assisting
Bessie to dismount.
"Why, I do believe It Is Tom," she re
turned. "How handsome he's grown
"Handsome, tho dickens!" and he
atrodo toward tho door ungrlly. "I'll
pay him for his impudence in rid In'
with our Bess."
Flinging the door open he faced Bes
sie's escort with un angry flush in his
"I don't nsk nny odds or any Hart
ley," he said, gruffly, brushing Tom
aside. "I cun help my own gal off her
"Father!" mildly remonstrated Mrs.
Fowler from the doorwav.
"I mean it!" ho went on, rudely drag
ging Bess from her saddle. "Now you
go in the cabin and stay there, Boss,
and you," to Tom, "get on your beast
and ride back to your dud's ranch. I
ain't goln' to havo you hangtn' 'round
here, illlin' my gal's head full o' non
sense." Bess staggered into hur mother's
arms, and hid her burning face on that
sympathetic breast. Tom Hartley's in
dignation was aroused against the old
man, but by u great effort ho con
trolled himself to spcuk calmly:
"See here, Mr. Fowler, what's the
senso In letting your old misunder
standing with father separate Besslo
and me? I love her truly.and I believe
I could make her very happy," Tom
went on, fearlessly. "It's New Yeor's
to-morrow, and I think you and father
had better bury that old fuss and be
friends again. He's willing if you are.
It would niako Mrs. Fowler and
mother happy, I know. Como, begin
tho New Year with all tho old dis
putes and dislikes cast away, and let
Bessie and me enjoy an unclouded hap
piness." "New Year's bo hanged!" replied
Fowler, admiring Tom Hartley's spirit,
although ho was resolved to be unre
lenting. "You can tell your father I
ain't willing to make up if ho is. I
ain't forgot nil ho said, and I'd just as
lief begin my calendar of tho New
Year with that old fuss as with any
thing else. Bide on, and don't como
back to Big Klra nny more. You can't
havo Bess, nnd you're not needed here,"
and, pushing his wife nd daughter into
the cabin, he shut the door almost in
Stinging with indignation, tho young
fellow mouuted his hot so and rode
away. As he passed the window he
had a brief glimpse of pretty Bess cry
ing her dark eyes red on her mother's
shoulder. The sight almost maddened
Lhim, and he felt disposed to ride buck,
force an entrance, and carry her away
from "that unreasonable ogre," her
"But who knowG?" ho communed
with himself. "The New Year may
bring about something for Bessie und
mo. No ncod to make the fuvs worse,
if I haven't done so ulready. Muybo
tho old man will cool oil u little. I'll
wait und sec," and he rode ou.
Then he began calling his father and
tho postmaster at Big Kim rather un
pleasant names for being so foolish as
to allow a slight mistake to cause such
u disruption of friendship. Why
couldn't folks exercise more sense,
more dlsposslou iu the affairs of busi
ness? It would suvu so much trouble
if they only would.
The sun had set. Darkness was set
tling over tho prairie, and the stars
wero beginning to appear here and
thcro in tho blue vault above him. But,
unheeding tho lutcneks, Tom Hartley
rode on, ho cared not where. Ho wus
in no mood to go home, and, as n klud
of reaction of tho condemnation ho had
been showering out, his heart bucamu
huuvy, and ho begun to entertain up
prehensions of his ever being able to
win Bessie Fowler.
It was giowing chilly, so he spurred
his horso into u reckless gallop. This
rate of travel 6ulted him better, and lie
let the spirited animal go as fast as he
They had just entered some low,
woody bluffs ulong a stream, when the
horso caught one of Its forefeet In
deep rut audstumbled.illnidng Its rider
violently to the rocky grosjid.
Frightened at it own mishap, tho
horse extricated himself and went tear
ing off across the prairie, leaving its
master where ho had fallen,
Tom Hurtley was too tunned to
move for several minutes. When ho
did at last attempt to riso he realized
that his right arm was badly sprained.
But congratulating hluuelf on bar -
lng escaped worse Injury, he started
toward tho stream, resolved to refresh
hltnsolf whh a sup of water, then hur
ry to the ranoh, where he know the re
turn of his horse without Its rider would
err ate alarm.
He was picking his way arrmnd a
bluff when voices suddenly attracted
Two men were earnestly engaged In
conversation not ten feet from whore
He was about to pass on when he
heard them pronounce n certain name.
This determined him to listen, and,
slipping into a dark niche of the bluff,
Tom Hartley overheard the following
"So Old Fowler never mistrusted the
message wasn't O. K?"
"No, I worked It slick. You see he
owes Mr. (Iray for money loaned him
to pay off his mortgage, and when 1
told him that Gray wanted to see him
at onco on Important business bo
racked right out on his pony without
asking mo another question."
"Then there's nobody nt Big Kim but
the old woman and gal?"
"That's all. It'll take old Fowler
till after midnight to get to Cray's, and
by that time we'll have that registered
letter In our own paws."
"How did you iind out Old Tompson
had a registered letter at Big Kim?"
"From his cow puncher, Bum Char
ley. We're good friends, and I met
Chnrley as he was riding back from
Big Kim this afternoon. Ho was
sweurin' high at Old Fowler for not
I.AY1HO TIIK IT.OT TO
lcttin' hint havo a registered lotter
that had just come in for the bo-,s.
Fowler said he'd deliver it into no
hands except Tompson's own. Ho
wouldn't accept Bum Charley's receipt
for it, and that's what made him so
mad. It's an Important letter, contain
in' one thousand dollars from Hoplcy's
bank in payment of a check old Tomp
son hud there."
"Maybe Old Tompson will post right
over to Big Kim this cvenin' for his
"Bother, man! Old Tompson's away
from tho ranch and won't be homo for
two dnys. I got everything straight
from Charley. A hulf pint of brandy
in my pocket did the work. The
money's at Big Elm, Old Fowler's on
his way to Gray's, and all we're got to
do Is to help ourselves."
"But what If the women give us
"We'll wait till they're in bad. before
wo ruid tho post ofllce. 1 know the
ground well. It'll bo easy enough, but
if Bess and tho old woman give us
bother, I know how to slloiioo them.
Come on over to tho cabin, Peto. We'll
need something to brace us tip. The
night's gettin' cold."
So tho plotters walked away, leaving
Tom to digest as well as ho oould what
he had hoard.
"The post oflleo to bo robbed!" ho
repeated to himself, as ho crept
cautiously awoy from the bluff. "Fow
ler summoned off by u falso message,
and Besslo and her mother alone! Ho
told mo I wasn't needed at Big Kim,
but I rather think I am now, and us I'm
nearly live miles away I haven't a min
uto to spare," and, despite tho pain In
his arm, Tom walked briskly away
across the prairie.
Ho recognized in the loader of the
plotters Duve Mowley, a now settler of
questionable character, who had a
small cabin noar those bluffs. By some
few persons he wits becrctly suspected
of having somu connection with an out
law gang of Indian Territory; but he
had managed to keep tip a semblanoa
of respectability by working part off
uis time lor uruy, a wealthy stockman,
some twunty miles from Big Kim.
"Mowley has uppuured in his truo
character ut last," Tom remarked, as
ho hurried ulong toward Fowler's cabin
"But I'll foil him."
Then ho remembered hi Injured
right arm. Ho could not use his revol
ver eusily with his left hand. What wus
he to do?
"I'll prove a poor match against those
two villains, my arm this way," ho
suid. "There's not u houso along this
trail whero I can stop for help, and it's
too far to go homo and toll them. Tho
least dolay now Is dangerous. I must
save Besslo or die in tho attempt."
Besslo Fowler was putting out tho
light, preparntory to retiring, when u
gontlo rap on the window-pane startled
"Oh, Tom! What' tho matter?"
"Hush! Don't alarm your mother
yet. Let ine Into tho kitchen at onco."
bho quickly complied. As sho closed
tho door behind him. sho cried
"Oh, Tom! Is something wrong with
n mm tfl A i I tl&.
"He's all right, I believe, only gone
on a false errand."
"False errandl What do yon menu,
"No matter. Is thcro n vnlnable let
ter In the post office for IUnohman
Tompson?" he asked.
"You must be brave, Bessie, and help
me. Mowley nnd another villain will
make a raid on the post office to-night
to get possession of It," and he briefly
related tho plot of tho robbers whom
he had overheard.
"What cmi wo do?" said the girl,
with white eo. "We'ro so far from
alt aid, and your arm hurt that way"
"Never fear, Bessie; wo'll baffle
them some way. Let us go Into the
post ofllce. I want to tako some
The post ofllce of Big Kim was kept
In u room which had onco been used
as the Fowler kitchen. A long table
surmounted with a box divided off Into
rudo pigeon holes for holding tho mall
stood In one corner. The table had one
large drawer, which contained the
postal supplies and all valuable letters
coining to or leaving the ofllce.
The room had only ono window,
while just beneath it was a largo trap
door, loading into the cellar. Tom re
ceived an idea.
"Bessie, Is the outside cellar door
"Well, you tako Tompson's letter
and all the stamps and hide them In
your room. Sec that all the windows
11011 TUB V01T orFICR.
are secured, then put out l ho
and get quiet. I'll stay here.
Half-way toGray's ranch, Fowler
met ono of tho cowboys who told hiin
that Mr. Gray wits not nt home.
Guessing at onco that he was the vic
tim of a false message, lie rodo frantic
ally back to Big Klin.
It was neailv midnight, nnd a dim
light burning in tho post ofllce assured
him that something must bo wrong.
Jumping from his horso, ho flung the
door wide open, and stood staring at
tho unexpoctcd picture that met his
Tom Hartley, with his right arm In a
sling, sat on a table, which had been
placed dlroctly over tho trap-door.
Bessie with her father's trusty Win
chester stood beside him. Strange,
mitt torod curses came from the cellar.
"Tom Hartley! Yon hero?" cried the
postmaster, recovering ills speech.
"Yes; 1 thought I wus needed, so I
came," Tom answered.
"Wli.it docs It meun? I feared some
thing v.-n- wrong."
"Siiiuu villains tried to rob the post
ofllce. but I huvo them trapped," nnd
Tom pointed significantly toward tho
In us few words us ho could use Tom
related to Fowlor how ho had over
heard tho plot, and how lie had hast
ened to tho cabin and prepared things
for tho reception of tho robbers, send
ing them headlong through the trap
door tho minttto they had entered
through the window.
"Tom," and the old man's volco was
husky as ho grasped Tom's left hand,
"you'vo saved us. 1 hnven't words to
thank you. But It's all right. Seel"
und he pointed to tho old clock on the
wall. It was ready to strike twelvo,
tho midnight hour, "The Old Year's
dying; lot tho old fuss dlo with It."
"Anion!" said Tom and Bess together,
as their hands joined.
And tho old bitterness passed out
with tho Old Year, and tho dawn of Hie
Now smiled upon tho revival of the old
friendly feeling between the Hartleys
aud tho Fowlers.
The robbers were turned over to tho
propor authorities, und tho Hartleys
came over to Big Kim to celebrate tho
reconciliation by parUiking of a good
old-fashioned New Year's dinner with
tho postmaster's family.
"Aecotdin' to my thinking," said
Fowlor, carving tho wild turkey
browned to a turn, "folks who keep
nursing old fusses throws away lots of
golden tlmo to do good to oaoh' other."
Ad. II. GiuboN.
Uftwfcn the Vtiur.
A mlnuto's pausH, whllo o'er tho faoo of nlghl
A solemn sllenco reigns, and far und near
A million touxues arc buxbed, ore wings his
Tho uplrltof tho old and dying year.
A moment'3 pause, and on tho city's heart
A (Mil ha fallen, and a muffled bell
Proclaims tho hour of midnight as tho dart
Of Timo descends then dlcn ihta old year's
Then, clanging wildly to the listening ei,
From splro and stocplo coin oh thu joyous pea)
Of bi'lls that welcome In tho Infant year,
Fraught with tho wish of happiness and wealj
And, cro tho shades of night again descend,
The spoUou wluh has passed from friend to
Walter Sodwln, la Once s Week.
THE FRENCH CRISIS.
Thfi rnnnmn Canal ftrnndnl Revives a
Kpnrk nf T.lfn In Itnnnpnrtlat Dry llonc.
1'Aitis, Dec 23. Tho activity of tho
royalist in tho present crisis in France
aroused the jealousy of tho Imperialist
leaders nnd at a se
cret conclavo thoy
drafted a manifesto
addressed to tho
people of Franco,
urging them to re
call tho houso of
Bonaparte to tho
throne. This awaits
tho approval of
l'rluco Victor, tho
rmscn victor lu.ml of u,e ox.ln.
pcrliil family. He Is now in Brussels
and tho Bonapnrtist leaders In Paris
have sent agents to Hint city to Indtico
him to sign the manifesto and author
ize Km publication. Ho bus been living
lu t'ompnriitlvo retirement recently, but
has kept a careful watch upon tho
course of events.
Tho Imperialist havo lcen canvass
ing earnestly for supporters among tho
deputies, but not with much success,
while the division between tho mon
archists and the BonapnrtisU hoi .to
fore on common ground us opponents of
tho republic, has grown and each now
shows considerable jealousy as to which
will profit by tho ilifflcnltles of tho re
public Should the Bonapartists act it Is ex
pected that they will attempt to strike
a blow In Paris rather than In the prov
inces. They, llko tho monarchists, aro
being carefully watched and evory
movement is reported to M. ltlbnt aud
President Carnot. The proceedings of
the secret conclave, at which tho mani
festo was determined upon, wero known
to tho government almost us soon us
the conclave had adjourned and the
government Is already Iu possession of
tlio terms of tho manifesto.
M. do la Fosse writes to Figaro that
tho parliamentary republic is ruined
aud ought to bo replaced by u consular
republic, with Prince Victor llnuapurlo
uh tho first consul. Tho suggestion is
looked upon us an attempt to revive tho
umpire thtough tho sumo process by
which tho first Napoleon arrived at the
Siitno Clutnro nf (ivltlni; IVrklns' Mcniure
'through lly uu OiiiiiIIiih Itlll.
Wahiii.nuio.h, Dec, UU. Senator Tcr
kins has introduced a bill to enable
tho people of Oklahoma mid of tho In
dian territory to form u constitution
and statu government and to bo ad
mitted into tho Union on an equal foot
ing with tho original states und for
Tho bill covers both territories, form
ing one state, und provides for a con
stitutional convention, tho members of
which lire to bo elected by the people.
Tho convention is to adopt a constitu
tion and submit it to tho people und if
ratltlcd by thorn It will lo presented to
congress, und when approved by con
gress tho work of forming n stuto is
As estimated by tho friends of the
new measure, there Is a chaiieo to get
it through by milking a state omnibus
bill. Tills bill is to usher into tho
union the .states of Arizona, New Mex
ico and Oklahoma. Thoy estimate that
the Idea of making u state of Oklahoma
will be a popular one, und If tho repub
licans will consent to tho admission nt
tho other two the whole thing can be
put through. This is ttio plun that will
be adhered to iu seeking tho best re
sults. "CRANK" LEGISLATION.
A I'urutUr lllll liitroiliienil Into the
Wasiiinoio.V, Deo. U.X Ono of those
peculiar "crank " bills which occasion
ally lliil tholr way Into congres wus In
troduced yesterday by Mr. Mitchell In
tho senate Its elaborate title provides
for the prohibition of electro magnet
ism, mesmerizing and hypnotizing hu
man beings, etc., nnd prescribing pun
ishment. Numerous petitions und doc
uments accompany the bill, and others
equally voluminous aro referred to.
Tho bill in brief provides that
any person who, anywhero with
in tho jurisdiction of the United
States shall apply a current of
I electricity upon a portion for tho pur-
I poso of affecting another, or which does
ho affect, shall bj guilty of u crime
punishable by death, and that any per
son having knowledge of such current
having been applied, who fulls to noti
fy tho proper authorities, shall bo pun
ished by a fine of not less than 15,000
nor more than t-0,000, or by Imprison
ment ranging from two years to the
period of one's natural life.
HAVOC ON THE TRACK.
A I.ominotlvo Opeus IU Vulva After
Humping Another and Starts Hack on m
Carenr or Destruction.
ButMi.voiiAM, Ala.. Dec. 23. A run
away switch engine in tho Louisville &
Nashville yards shortly boforo daylight
played huvoc. Two engines collided
und tho vulvo of ono of them flew open.
The engineer and fireman hud jumped
off boforo the collision. Tho latter en
gine sturled backward rapidly with
four ears uttached. It ran a inllo
through the yard at a terrific rate. The
two hwitchmou on tho curs jumped off.
Near Eighteenth street tho wild train
dashed into another engine with seven
cabooses attached and tho entire outfit
was wrecked. Engineer Wlllluin Har
Ison, of tho last-numed engine, wus per
haps fatally burned. Fireman Ed Mo
Iwrly was ulso badly hurt Three en
gines, seven cabooses and four curs
AII-NlKht Saloons For Now York.
Nkw Yohk, Dec. 23. Tho oxclso com
missioners huvo npproved tho applica
tions of 200 saloon hoopers for tho priv
llego of keeping open all night Tho
ull-ulght license costs $100, aud Is dis
tinct from tho usual license, which al
lows tho saloons to keep open from 5 a.
in. to lu, in. Tho applications must
meet the unprovul of tho now board of
nltlcrnion, which Is regarded as prao
ticully assured. Tho list begins with
tho saloons nearest tho Buttery and
goes upward. Other hutches of appli
cations will bo approved and submitted
to tho board of aldermen later.
Collision an Hie Oalf ftoad Near (Hatha,
Kim, An Knglncer Killed and Many
Oi.ATitn, Kan., Dee. 22. Tho most se
rious aud destructive head-end collision
that ever occitrird In this section oc
curred on tho Kansas City, Fort Hcott
.t Memphis railroad at Lenexa, eight
miles northeast of this city, at 11:3.1
ye.stcrdny morning between northbound
freight train No. 58 and the Missouri,
Kansas fc Texas southbound passenger
which runs over the track of the Mem
phis route from Kansas City to Paolo.
Engineer Souerlnnd, of the Missouri,
Kansas A: Toxns train, was instantly
killed, somo persons seriously and many
Tho two engines wore completely de
molished and Souerlnnd was found cut
to pieces beneath tho ruins. The ox
press and bnggngr cur of the passenger
train was torn into .pliutcrs. An emi
grant car on the freight train, which
was attached next to the engine, was
torn to pieces aud plied upon the ruins
of tho engines.
Four flat cars loaded with coal woro
also wrecked. It will take several days
to clear the debris away. A truck Is
being built around the wreck and tho
south bound passengers were trans
ferred on tho Olatho suburban train
and taken to Paolo. North bound trains
went In over the Hnnta Fe.
Among the Injured are:
Fireman Boyts, of Kansas City, bud
cut on head und bruises.
0. B. Torry, of Prescott, Kan., badly
hurt iu back nnd loft leg.
F. (1. Torry, of Prescott, Kan., both
legs badly crushed.
Mrs. H. A. Robinson, of Akron, Cnl.,
hurt in neck and shoulders.
ltouto Agent S. It Bcckwlth, of Ot
tawa, Kan., badly hurt about shoulders
mid for a tlmo insonsibte.
U. H. Child, of Kansas City, baggage
man badly scalded on hands and face.
Charles (.inldcaglo, traveling paper
artist, hurt In ear.
TROUBLE IN MEXICO.
A Itevolutlonn'rjr UntlirrakThat Slay I'rnva
Very Nrr Ions -i:rrnrUi to Overthrow the
Laukdo, Tex., Dec. 23. Tho storm Is
touting, und when it breaks It will be
over tho republic of Mexico. Dis
patches tiro rushing to nnd fro from tho
Morlcan ofllcinls to the United States
ofllcers on the frontier, and in tho near
future there will 1h a genuine revolu
tion In Mexico. Information was re
ceived hero that Gen. Kstradu, sUitloned
nt Mler, about savutity-llve mllos down
tho Kh (Irande, wus missing from his
post of duty, nnd It Is thought he has
joined the revolutionists, who are
marching toward tho interior of Mex
ico. This is another indication, that
tho outlook Is very serious for President
It is Impossible to gain any informa
tion from those high in authority, us
everyone is under tho strictest orders
not to make public tho telegrams, but
this much Is positively known, that
there was a battle on the, 17th, on Mex
ican noil, noar Oucrrero, about thirty
miles from the river, between the Mex
ican, troops tin I revolutionists, with a
victory for the hitter. There wero five
soldiers killed In the skirmish, tho
revolutionist:! complotoly routing tho
federal troops, and In a body 400
strong continued on tholr march
toward tho Interior. When last heard
from thoy wero within a few
hours' march of tho town of Coralvo,
which is situated fifty miles from the
river, near the Cundolia mountains and
thirty miles from tho Mexican National
railroad. This information is from an
ofllccr whoso name Is, of course, & se
cret, aud can bo vouched for. Ho states
that tho Mexican troops down tho river
have been given orders to march Into
thu interior and that further trouble
will como frcjin a powerful Influence
world u for the overthrow of the pres
ent administration in Mexico.
It is reported that thorc is no lacking
of funds to carry out tho movement
There Iioa been a grand coup made by
the revolutionists. Thoy made the raid
at San Ignuclo on the 10th and did not
rocrosi to this side, but went out into
Mexico. Meanwhile tho troops woro
ordered by both countries to the fron
tier with the expectation of finding
them in tho ohappurul on tho Texas
side of tho river, when In fact they wore
gathering strength as they receded to
wards tho mountains in Mexico.
1 ha Nicaragua Canal IJI1L
Wahiii.noto.n, Dec. 22. The Nicar
agua canal bill, which has held the at
tention of the foreign relations commit
tee since the beginning of the session,
has at last been completed and was
yesterday favorably reported by Its au
thor, Senator Sherman, who gave notice
in the senate that he would call it up
at an early date and endcivor to secure
prompt action upon It, Tho new bill Is
drawn ou substantially the same
lines as tho bill reported from tho com'
tnlttco to the last congress, Including
as It does, a proposition to guarantee
bonds of tho company to the extent of
t00,000,000 to aid in the construction
of tho canal. Tho new bill, however,
contains somo additions which increase
tho obligations of tho company as well
as the security of tho government
A Millionaire In Danger.
CniCAOO, Dec. 23. A wurraut for Mil
lionaire J. C. Doano for instigating tho
docking of his horses' tails contrary to
tho Illinois statute, was sworn out by
President rihortul, of the Humane so
ciety. Ho is a personal friend of
Douno's, but declares that that will
not prevent him prosecuting with
vigor. Tho penulty may be imprison
ment for a year in jail.
HUsli.B Word Craze Squelched.
London, Doc. 22. A decision
been handed down in tho caso of
queon against Pearson's Weekly,
of tho papers that was conducting tho
missing word competitions which were
utopped by tho court because of tho
fact that tho word competition used in
advertising and conducting tho scheme
was an lnfrlngmunt of tho gambling
act When this decision was mado the
proprietors of tho weekly had ou baud
tho money sent la with guesses of oue
missing word. This sum amounted to
120,000, and a question arono us to
what disposition should be iu le of it
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