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THE REP CLOUD CHIEF. FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 1897,
THE RUNAWAY BOY.
Wunst I s.mr-u niv p.i, an' h t
won t stand that, nn- liu piiiiMht-M me
Nen when In- wtu iionn tint il iv,
1 slipped out na ruiineil nw.iy
1 toon all my cupper cents,
An' i limbed oviToi.r li.ioli f.'isi
In tliu Jlinxoii wi'imM 'lit nr.i e.l
12er wncre nil t!on the nuil
Ncn I 'tit out tln'T. un" in-1
I rntine 1 jint) .in' i untuM .1 :.iln.
Wln'ii 1 met a mi . at led
A III J cow 'at ihoj ; hi'r inn 1
1 went do a u i to i , )n ; li:i
WlllTtl HU.7. Ill tit )it ll-Jltl ll'
And a rre.u ol p' we it li mV"
An' Jumped .in hi sneered inu to
Nen 1 MiiimriTi! i p.it nit' tlie
Win Kitii'iho Iv no o i' I "IW '"
An' Just loo'.i'd I'vor'wlii'ri.'.
An' th v wiir. mil niv tu to
1 w.wt i . but I'm irnl I to try
JO. O II.ICK - " a i an nv
Sotm p if hurts m Hi mt lmlila
An' 1 mint niv m.i mi' fried
Ni'ii iiitrcif Id tiirl inmo t hion ;h
Where's a ifnto. un telloil mo who
Am IJnn'itf I toll where
My homo's at lio tl x iow m UierJ.
Hut I I'O'ihln't lit but toll
What's my ii'iiuti an s.ivs "Well "
An' 1st toiiid'il me up mi' s vvs
"She liiiow where. I llvo 10 ,:ulms "
Non slin tolled mo luij wlte clovi
Hound her he'll' -,nf on she coos
Kklppln' up the street' All" lieu
l'urty soon I'm homo a ntti
An' niv mi, it hen m'io kissed in".
Kls.sed thy IiIk i:lrl, too an" nho
ll!ril inu- of I pcniNc whoro
I won't run anuv iionuiro!
Jmiics Wlillcotnli Rllcy
The Great Hesper.
IIV I'ltANK IHUIll'.IT.
CIIAlTF.lt XVIII Con riNi'i:i).
"Die! cursed dog, dlo." shouted
Van lloeek, with the frantic excite
ment o( a man achieving at last the
ohject of his life, as he attacked thu
upper rope with his knife. "Die,
and know that all you cherish In the
world shall be mine wealth, and
tho woman you lovo. Dlo!'
And with that ho severed tho last
Urund, and 1 swept down through
space Clinging" with desperate en
ergy to tho ropo In my hands, I
swung, cramping mysolf together In
anticipation of a violent shock
against tho sldo of tho precipice.
Happily, tho rook above projected a
little, so that tho blow was less se
vere than I expected. I rebounded,
and swung to and fro like u pendu
lum In tho nltehv darkness. For In i
order to get a llrmor grasp upon tho
rono whon 1 saw his intention of
cutting It, I had dropped tho torch, j
which foil like a spark of a rocket
Into tho depths below.
What was I to do? I dared not try
to pull myself hand overhand up tho
wot ropo, for tho slightost relaxation
on my hold might ullow tho ropo to
slip, and I should bo lost assuredly
"Dear, uro you
called from abovo.
still there?" Lola 1
"Yes," 1 replied.
"Hero Is tho ropo whon I call you
can trust yourself to It."
At tho sumo tlmo I felt tho knottod
rope dangling ugainst my shoulders.
"Now," she culled. .
It was not an Instant too soon. I
felt tho wot ropo slipping through
my hands. Leaving go with one
hand, I clutched out wildly for tho
knottod ropo, and by tho happiest
chanco succeeded In sollng It.
I got a oross-pleco botweon my
ftot and I was comparatively safe, If
Lola had strength to hold on for u
few momunts. But that I might not
tax her too greatly, I still grasped
tho wot ropo.
"Savod," I called out to her.
"Not for long," shouted Van Hocck
from tho opposite side, and I hcurd
tho snap of tho spring us ho closed
tho breceh-loador, and then tho
"click" us ho cocked tho piece.
Would ho shoot mo or tho girl? I
asked mysolf in that moment.
Ho fired, nnd tho ringing shot was
followed by a sharp cry of pain from
abovo, und tho cross ploco on which
I stood gave a Jlttlo jerk, but no
aioro. Sho must have oscapod, de
spite that cry, or sho could not still
havo hold on to tho ropo.
Hut torriblo as those though is that
passed through my mind in those
brief moments wore, they wcro ban
Ishod from my mind by a yot nioro
torrillc appoal to my sonses.
Following almost immediately
upon tho crack of tho rlllo and Lola's
cry, a mass of rock, probably dis
integrated by tho frost, and startod
from Its placo by tho rovorboratlon
of the shot, slid down tho faco of the
precipice hurled agulnst a rock, and
somo moments aftor foil with a deop
"pong" Into tho water below.
Hut as If this had boon tho koy
stono of tho fabric that uphold tho
mighty weight of tho onormous rock
that covered tho chasm, Its fall wus
followed by tho crumbling away and
precipitation of othors at intervals
rapidly decreasing, tholr fall eventu
ally bocnmlng a continual downpour,
marked now and then by a loudor
crash us some largo: block guvo wuy.
Tho roar of urtlllory, tho peal
of thundor, was not to bo compared
with tho awful din as tho groat rock
jorkod downward as tho quartz
spllntorod and gavo way under It.
shattering and grinding tho oppos
ing rocks, and bursting away huge
fragments that struck from sldo to
sldo as thoy hurtlod down, toartng
and splitting tho vory hoart of tho
mountain as It socmed.
This fall was most violent at somo
dlstanco away from us furthor down
tho ravlno; only un occaslonul blook.
ground undor tho groat mass as It
jorked down, was shattered to plocos,
and foil In dust and rubblo about us.
Tho awful eruption had contlnuod
for some momonts scarcely so long
as ono might tako to road this de
scriptionwith increasing intocslty,
whon suddenly, with an appalling
crash, tho groat roof tilted up. I
saw tho oarth slowly gap onon abovo
mo, lotting In tho blinding sunlight;
and thon tho nppor lip of jagged
rook roachlnir its hlghost elevation
ahot sldolong away, making visible
tho long strip of bluo hoavon between
1 tho Unvoting peuks of tho mountain.
Ono last "pong" as tho
wodgod ltsjlf afresh lowor down the
procipiao, and thon all wus still.
Tho sight of the bluo sky, tho senso
of rellof, woro too much for mo. I
tromblad violently, und for a moment
I I thought I must relinquish my ltolil.
( H"f. si piteous cry from Lola ncrv.id
mo tu fresh effort.
I miw now tliu twi cut ropes, an J
grasping oiiu in each hand. I drew
1 in .self up. iniiiir tliu knotted fopo us
I Slightly us I coitlil: und so . I'l'sontly
I foruiubled upon tin lu leu
j l.olt. wn- lying tinon tin. ground
drawn against the rock round which
J she hud passed tins knotted cord.
j The hall had struck her and she had
fallen, hut the devoted girl had
I passed the noose round her hod v.
I and so saved my life lor the soooiul
i time I knelt Imsliln lino, nnd rutsed
her head. Mie opened her beautiful
eyes, and smiled, as she took my
hand. She could do no more.
"I kuowed it must go ono day.
How fares It, tiardnor?" called Hraoa
from tho opposite ledge.
Looking uoross, I saw him sitting
on tho bowldor binding his arm with
"Lola Is hit The villain has dono
his work," I said.
"He'll never do no more." Hraco
answered, pointing up the ledge.
Van lloeek had tried to escape
tho way he eamo, after shooting
Lola, and hud got some distance
along the ledge when tho great rook
opened and slid away.
Ho stood on the narrow
path now a ghastly spec
tacle. A piece of ,tiart. had struck
him on tho head; a thin stream of
blood was trickling down his back.
In ono hand ho held tho (ireat
Hospor: in the other he grasped his
Hut he dared not move from the
position ho had reached whon tho
roof tilted up; for the light that
burst in had blinded' him onco more.
Tho sonsltlvo retina had closed over
the pupils, and tho blank, sightless
eyes stiirod wildly round, Incapable of
It was possible for Draco to reach
; him by going'ulong tho lodge.
"Will you save him.-" I asltcu.
"Not 1 pardnor." ho replied. "I
leavo him to nrovldonoc. be his end
what it may. Tho shot ho llrcd at
my poor youngster started tlio con
corn, and brought tho wholo thlnj.
down. 'TIs (Sod Almighty's judge
menu Lot It be."
Van lloeek lot tho rlllo slip from
his huuu; how insignificant to us
bcemed the sound that came up from
below, ns tho wotipon struck a rock,
aftor tho mighty discord that liuit
thu adored In our cars, and yot to
him how torrlbly significant!
Wo could see his hand qulvorlng
as ho groped ulong tho odgo of tho
In vain now ho strained his oyos
to sec tho lodge by which ho had
followad us. Yot ho could not stand
Ho found a crovlco for his lingers,
and tuailo u stop forward; ho advanc
ed again, but tho rock ho put his
foot on was a pioco of debris that
had fullon upon tho lodgo. It rolled
under his weight. Ho staggered
back, swinging his arms in the vain
attempt to get an equilibrium, then
ho shot forward, and fell headlong
down, down, down into tho abyss.
I hold my broath; It scorned
mlnutos boforc that hollow "pong"
reached our ears, telling us thut
Van Hooek was gone forovor, und
tho (ireat Hcspor with him.
Thoro wus cord, and to spare, In
tho coils. Woigthing ono end with
a stone, I threw un end across to
Draco, and whon tho ropos woro
knottod, and a bridge onco mo to
formed, ho crossed, and knelt down
by me over poor Lola.
Ho oxamlucd her wound, und shook
bis hoad In silence; thcro was no
Wo mado a mattross of tho rugs
on tho smoothost part of the rock
und uttomptod to lift her upon It.
Hut tho movement gavo her pain,
and sho motlonod us to desist- Thon
pointing upwards sho mudo signs for
us to leavo her.
Not whllo you aro with us, my
poor gel," said hor futhor, with
tnoro tondornoss than I hud over
heard in his voice.
Wo had tho Husk, and somo food in
a wallet. Wo oat when wo woro
hungry, seated besido Lola.
Thon exhausted with fatlguo, and
tho torriblo strain wo had boon sub
joetod to, wo unconsciously foil
asleep, with our backs resting
against tho rock. Tho last thing of
which I was conscious was tho press
ing of Lola's lips upon my hand.
Draco touched my nrm.
"I'urdncr," ho said, in a tono of
a wo, "tlio Kid's gone."
I looked whoro I had soon hor ly
ing with her faco to my hand. Sho
was cono literally. Thoro was a
llttlo statu of blood upon the rock
a drop furthor on, another closo to
tho odgo of tho platform. Sho had
kopt hor promise sho had boon
good; und now tho sulTorlngs of hor
short Ufa woro ondod.
"Sho knowod it was no gooi our
waltln' psor llttlo cuss."
I folt something In my bund; opon-
ing It I found a ring 1 had bought
for Lola. Sho had slipped it thero
boforo sho wont
Sir Kdtnund and Kdlth cumo to
San Dlogo In Juno, tlio loveliest soa
son of that lovoly land. Tho air
from tho 6oa tomporod the sun's
boat. Tho plantations woro alroudy
butdonod with fruit, ovory whero
thcro was a rodolonco of orungo
blossom "a vory suggostlvo fra
grance, my dear follow," said
barouot. pressing my hand.
F.dith was charmed with ull
Is this my homo?" sho asked.
I turned to Sir Kdmund.
Wull, wo must go through
formality of looking at tho books,
my dear," sail' ho.
T had no hotiltaiton In showing
them, and when ho had soon tho
splendid results they already showed,
ho formally sanctioned a renewal of
our ougcgnmotit; hut we hud not
waited for that consent to let our
hearts join In unconstrained dollgnt
Our second engagement, was l.up
plly longer than thu tlrst, but wo
wore married the week after tlio
vines wore cleared.
Hraco was at our wedding brouk
Tast. When It was over, ho took
somo of tho (lowers from tho table,
and disappeared for some days. I
know how ho had spent tho brlof
holiday. If I had entertained any
doubt, it would have boon dispelled
when, on his return, ho took the old
agroomont from his pocket and
pointed to the postscript:
"It Is understood botweon tho
above partners that, In the event of
a lucky find, the Kid shall not be
And Indeed In my wife I had found
a tloiti'or prl.o than any I lintl
dreamed of whon I signed tho com
NAPOLEON AT PLAY.
Iloimp.irto -'A Miproiuoly SoliUli nntl
1'itrtlriilnrly Vulgar l.lttln Man,"
Tho diary describing tho journey
of Xapolaou to St. Helena appears in
tho Century. It gives more or loss
significant details of Honaparto's
conversations, and nrosonttntr the
exile, says tho New York Tribune as
a supremely selfish and particularly
vulgar little man. During tho first
two months of his dotentlon In tho
Island ho lived lu a small detached
building near the cottago of a Mr.
Halcotnbo, who had two young
daughters In their oarly toons.
"These young ladies," says Mr.
Olovor, "in a few days oecamo per
fectly familiar, and tho gonoral
seemed highly pleased with tholr
naivete, particularly with that of tho
younger (a protty girl, and a moot
complete romp when out of tho sight
of her father). He occasionally so
completely laid aside his imperial
dignity as to romp with theso young
ladlos, who during mien diversions
as 'blind man's bull',' etc., called
him by tho familiar appellation of
Honoy; Indeed tho younger, who ap
poured his favorite, said anything
and everything to him her lively
Imagination dictated, asking ovory
posslblo question, and ho answered
without tho slightost apparent ro
sorve." Thoro is not much trace of
the grand, gloomy, and peculiar cap
tive about this picture.
A Small lloy'a Ills Hclieme.
"Gont'mcn," suld a bright-oyod,
dirty-faced boy about 10 years old,
who Invaded a lawyer's olllco. "I
ain't hoggin', but I'm out o' work an'
I'm tryln' to borrow 'nough monoy
to buy a gun.''
"What do you want of a gun?" in
quired ono of tho dorks.
"Want t6 mako a livln' wid it. 1
don't want a 'xpenslvo gun. I know
whor' I can git ono fur a dollar nuf,
an' I'll pay It back iu two wocks. I
"How aro you going to mako a
living with a clioap gun, my boy?"
"Killln1 English sparrors. I'm
ono o' do unemployed, but I ain't got
down to soup housos ylt. I'll cat do
birds an' git two cents apioco fur do
Ho got the dollar and a half.
Flno voices aro seldom found In a
country whoro fish or moat diet pro
vails. Those Italians who oat tho
most fish (thoso of Naples and Genoa)
have fow flno singors among them.
Tho sweet voices aro found in tho
Irish womon of tlio country, and not
of tho towns. Norway is not a coun
try of singors, booauso thoy oat too
much fish; but Sweden is a country
of grain und song. Tho carnivorous
birds croak; grain-eating birds sing.
"Where yo going?" said ono small
boy to nnothor.
"Tor tho foot-bull game."
"So'm I. My big brother's
tor tako mo."
"Humph. My big brothor wouldn't
go to a foot-bull gamo."
"Nuw. My brothor was in tho
war. IIo's seen rcg'lar battlos, ha
A Hail l'repontliraiico.
Ho had just culled at tho rosldonco
of four young womon, and ovory ouo
had boon "not at homo."
"You mustn't got discouraged, "said
tho friond lu whom ho wus confiding,
"You'll got on In time. Like every
thing elso sooioty has its ins and
"Maybo It has. Rut I'm blost if X
wouldn't like to comu across some
thing bosldos tho 'outs' for a change."
A Ootid nit uu Alibi.
Judgo, to dyuamlto supoct-
What Is your trade P
I'l'lsonor I'm a dramatic author.
"Do you write American plays?"
"Yes, your honor."
"You aro dlschurgod. It is ira-pif-.tlblj
that you would havo any
thing to do with a plot" Texas
The Lrcot rruno 'Orchard.
A 8,000 aero prune orchard whloh
will bo tho-largest lu the world, will
beset out In Sun Luis Obispo county,
California, next spring. The prune
orchard of Huron von Schroodor. In
tho same county, is tho larost In ox
istonco at present.
Tho following novice was poctod up
on a pleasure boat:
"Tho flhaU's in tho cabin aro for
tho ludlus. Gentlemen aro requested
not to mako use of them till the
ladles aro seated."
Thr fnpiHiu (inirmr Nruro Hotly Uunrii
Itmil) for ii Mir-
irlt In it Tou ii mid SnJTor srwr.'ly In
till) Tiuuilng Mnt-lirtn t'tinllltt.
Ni:w Yoiik, .Ian. '.,;.. A dispatch tc
the Herald from llavinin sdis; -High-tern
of Captain (icncral WVylcrt
special escort of guides, a corps of Cu
linn negroes who enjoy the distinction
of guiirdlng the person of the captain
general when he takes the field, have
arrived here seriously wounded with
machete thrusts. Several huve since
died, From their accounts it Is clear
that early on Tuesday morning the
rebels under Arangurcn anil Arango
made a startllngly bold ami dnshlnc,
attempt tu capture the captain gen
eral, which was nearly crowned with
"(icncral Wcyler, who was march,
lug surrounded by the column of Col
onel Segura, entered the village ol
Quatro (,'umlros on Monday afternoon,
Orders were at once given that till ol
the Inhabitants' should leave their
homes within two hours. The village
being deserted, the torch wis applied
mid all the hoaxes, about Hot) in num
ber, were destroyed, The catitalv
general then proceeded tow aril Co
paite, sixteen kilometers further on
the mad to tlulncs. ("opa.ste was
reached after nightfall and a corps of
guides was sent furwani to recoil
milter. (Jenertil Wcyler, with the liiuln
Spanish column, under Colonel Segura,
halted some dlstanco outside the vil
lage. The Insurgents, at the orders
of their loaders, hnil concealed them
selves lu the houses in the town.
Their plans were evidently well laid,
and it is quite probable they might
have succeeded in eaplur ng the de
sired prize, the Spanish commauiler
himself. And hi any event, from their
covert they could have Inllietcil great
loss ilium the Spanish column, as It
entered the town unprepared for an
iiinbush conceived under such unusual
circumstances and In so bold a milliner.
"Unfortunately for the fulfillment
of the ilcsiirn of the Insurgent leaders,
while the Spanish scouts were engaged
in the recouuolsnnce, tho guns of some
of the concealed rebels were accident
ally discharged, giving the alarm to
the royal troops IWote the Spanish
advance guard recovered from Its sur-
firise the rebels, seeing that their plan
aid partinlly failed, rushed from their
places of concealment mid attacked the
enemy with great fury, indicting severe
loss in tlielr resistless onsuiugiit. o
bold, in fact, was the Insurgent col
umn that It pursued tho rapidly re
treating Spaniards to a point almost
within range of tho troops In General
Weylcr's main body and easily within
tho compass of a field glass, if the cap
tain general had cared to Inspect tho
dlsperkal of his own soldiers.
"Captain (icncral Weylcr spent
Wednesday nlirht in Gucnas und, ac
cording to olllciul report received here,
expected to enter Matan.as Thurs
Central Amttrlcan Itrpubllo Minister Ob
jrrts to Nlmrngua Canul.
Wabiiinoton, Jan. L'.V Tho session
of tho Senate yesterday developed
three distinct sensations. Most im
portant of theso was tho presentation
by Mr. Sherman of a letter from Min
ister lloderlgiioz, tho representative
of tlio Greater Republic of Central
America (including Nicaragua), in ef
fect protesting against the execution
of tho NIcaragunn canal project by the
United States under the concession
grunted in lS67.to tho NIcaragunn
Canal company. As the bill for this
purpose was about to bo voted on by
the Senate, the appeurance of tho let
ter created consternation among its
Mr. Morgan, its chief supporter, at
once declared the letter was inspired
by Great Britain, who sought to drive
tho United States from thu Isthmus by
using th Central Americas as a cats
paw, lie usserted Minister Hoderlgucz
hud come here to execute such a plan,
und that lt was un open threat against
Auiorlean control of the canal. The
dobotc was very earnest, and tho letter
made a profound impression on tho
senators. Senator Vilas dcclurcd it
truck a 'death blow to the canal pro
ject proposed by tho ponding bill.
Earlier in the" day tho Sennto unex
pectedly found Itself discussing tho
new Anglo-American treaty. Whllo
the treaty Itself has been released, all
discussion of it is restricted to ex
ecutive sessions. Notwithstanding
this rule the expressions woro free and
full from Messrs. Sherman, Gray, Cul-
torn, Lsdgo, Hour, Stewart ami others.
L'lie statements of these Senators were
uniformly favorable to the high prln
ple of tho treaty, the only qualification
being that it should receive mature
and dispassionate consideration.
Shortly after the session began Mr.
Turplo caused a preliminary flurry by
criticising tho reported agreement be
tween Mr. Olney and Mr. Sherinun by
which no action was to bo taken as to
Cuba boforo March 4. Mr. Sherman
emphatically denied that any such
agreement had been made, and added
he had not had a word with Mr. Olney
in that direction.
Mr. Turplo gavo notice of a speech
on tho Cameron Cuban resolution on
Monday. Theso three incidents relat
ing to current foreign questions made
the day's session of the most eventful
Intent Cold In South Dakota.
Carsklto, 8. D.,- Jan. 2.. Tho
thermometer is falling and Is now 26
degrees below zero. Trains aro all
blocked and cuts filling, In.
A South l)Koi iSlockude.
Iluaok, 8. D., Jan. 25. Because of
Thursday night's wind, which solidly
filled railroad cuts with snow, no
trains were sent east or south yester
day over the Chicago A Northwestern.
The Milwaukee line Is blockaded and
the Great Northern has been under
from three to ton feet of snow for two
General II. O. Ihomne Uesil.
Oklahoma Citt, Okla., Jan. 33.
General H. G. Thomas of Portland,
Me,, died here last night. lie owned
the Oklahoma City waterworks and
other large investments in the territory.
THE PLAGUE PRECAUTION
i:nj;lnnd UoIdr tlUT.itlilni; l'olbtrt Horn
lil.T In Hail Nliupr,
London. .Tan. ':." -In the House of
Commons Lord (Toorge Hamilton, hoc-
rotary of state for India, made a long
statement on the measures taken bv
the Indian government to cope with
the plague. Ho pointed out that there
was no epidemic except lu lloiubay,
Karachi ami Voonuli, Dxperts, he ad
mitted, predicted .some Increase of tho
pluifiic lu the winter, but the govern
ment was hopeful that the measures
adopted were beginning to make ureal
Impression upon the plague und that
lis decline, might henceforth be noted.
Ni:w Yoiti;,.lun. :.'..- Hubert I'.Kynn,
for fourteen years a resident of India,
declares that the llrltlsh government
could not possibly be luld responsible
for the famine of plague anil con
tinues: "The native quarter of the
city of llomlmy Is well conditioned for
plague ravages. It Includes the
densely populated parts of Muta
gen, (llrgautn, llyculla and Parol.
The entire section Is badly venti
lated, badly drained und exposed
to all the noxious vapors and
stenches arising from the 'fiats' or
marshes, through which runs the
famous open main drain of llomlmy
City. The natives, of inutiy enstes and
creeds, huddle together by the thou
sands in hot und stuiry tenements or
low thatched houses of lath ami
plaster. They literally 'stew lu their
own grease,' with the open drains,
often stairuant mid pestiferous, before
their very doors. The Hindoos, and
more particularly the .Inlns, who
abound, are fanatical iu thu matter of
preserving nil anhntil and Insect life.
Ah a consequence creeping things of
all kinds exist In myriads, and scam
per at dusk around the bura legs of
moneylenders busy over their greasy"
ledgers. Adjoining the Victoria anil
Prince's docks the grain merchants
permit bluo rock pigeons and rats to
multiply by thousands, even to the
detriment of their own grain bags, and
these creatures are active agents lu
transmitting germs of disease. In na
tive sections there are halfado7.cn
or so notorious thoroughfares where
the most llagraut Duropcuu mid Asiatic
vice plants Itself, and It Is right hero
that the plague has centered. To burn
down the greater portion of the native
quarter ol llomlmy would lie to per
form an act of temporal as well asi
physical purification, despite the fact
that such world fumed places as
Ilhludy bazar and tho Mtirwudl bazar
would go too.''
LOUD BILL OBJECTIONS
MucmiIhu I'tllillnlitrs Kntrr I'rntfHl Tlirll
Washington, Jan. 'J5, When tln
.cnuto committee on postonices ami
post roads resumed Its hearing on tlui
Loud second class mail bill to-day, Or
villo J. Victor, chairman of the New
York committee of publishers, said
the bill was to the interest of exprest
companies nnd opposed to the hi'
terest of tliu nuhlle. which iiemanileil'
t;ood and cheap literature. Ho
called attention to tho largo
amount of government matter car
ried free which would, ho said, go
far towiird accounting for tho postof-,
lleo department deficit and created a
general laugu at inu expense oi too
committee hy reading a newspaper)
extract cliaracteriiiing moa ot turn
matter ns "congressional buncombe."
John Klderkln of the Now York
Ledger, claimed that under thu pro
posed lnw, such papers ns the Leaver
would bo excluded from tho privilege
of being entered ns second class mull
S. S. McCltiro nddraised himself es
pecially to Senator Chandler's proposed
amendments to tho Loud bill. Ho us
serted that the one referring to the
distribution through tho news agencies
would have the effect of requiring
publishers of magazines to organize
their own system of distribution, and
thus both Increase tho cost as well ns
decrease the circulation of tholr publi
cations. Any addition to the cost
would render it impossible to publish
ten cent magazines. To advance tho
price of maguzlnes to fifteen fonts
w)iild be to cut tho circulation in half.
Senator (.'handler said ho did not pro
pose to ores! his amendment
SPANISH BOAT CAPTURED,
InmirgenU Fire Upon and Tako
Comet a and Horn the Veel.
Kr.Y Wkst, Flu., Jan. 25. Tho Span
ish gunboat Comota, ono of the most
powerful of tho smaller Spanish ves
sels In Cuban waters, had been cruis
ing near Cardenas to prevent the land
ing of filibustering expeditions. For
some time the boat hud been ac
customed to anchor at night off
Sierra Morena. Tho placo whero
tho gunboat anchored was favorable
for an attack from shore. Tho insur
gents opened on the vessel with a
twelve pound Hotchkiss gun. Tho
vessel was struck several times and
badly damaged by shells and while tho
crew was lu confusion boats loaded
with Insurgents left the shore and tho
Cometa was boarded.
A desperutu hand to hand conflict
took place on the deck of the gunboat
The Cubans uted the machete with
deadly effect und finally, after tho
Spanish commander and half his men
had been killed, the survivors surren
dered. The insurgents sent tho prison
ers ashore and then looted tho vessel,
Bccurlug a great quantity of ammuni
tion, many cutlasses and pistols and a
few rifles. Two Quick-firing cannon
were also removed. The ' Insurgents
then fired the boat, which was soon
burned to the water's edge.
Tho Senate Works on rrlvate IIIIU.
Wasiiisoton, Jan. 25. Saturday's
sessions of tho Senate are so unusual
that thcro was a very meager attend
ance ut the opening to-day. An agree
ment was reached at tho outset that
thu day should be given to prlvato
pension and other minor bills on the
calendar. After Mr. Allen hud secured
the passago of a resolution calling for
full in ormutlon us to the Union 1'ncilio
agreement, u number of bills on the
private calendar woro passed, among
them ouo reclasslfybig the salaries of
railway postal eletks. Tho classes aro
from one to ten und tho pay from SS0D
to s: oo.
CAGE WILL ACCEPT.
TIip Clitongniin Witling to- llooomo- Until
of llm Trpnmiry.
Ctticvno,. iltiu, ','r,--Lyman ,L Gage,
president of the First Ntitlounl bank,
will accept the treasury portfolio In
Mr. MeKlnley's cabinet If it shall bo
tendered to hint, he having r.s much as
Intimated this to friends, indicating
that he would consider it tho crown
ing honor of a successful life.
"I have not In tiny sense been a can
didate for secretary of tho treasury,"
Halt! Mr. Gage, "I know that my
iiaiiie has been taken to Mr. MclClntoy
nud that ho now has It under advise
ment, but the high office has not been
tendered to me openly or secretly, and
what Is Intended to be done hereafter
1 do not know."
The rumor first heard to-dny, and
which was current In Cleveland, em
bottled the hint that Mr. Gage's ap
pointment would, In a measure, be duo
to bis tiromlnence In the ranks of the
goltl Democrats, Mr. Ungo says ho
will not nccept tho portfolio If It in
made on thlH condition. Hut thcro Lt
good ground for the belief that It is
not. Although Mr. Gage Is generally
considered a gold democrat, many look
upon him as an Independent Repub
lican. He voted for Cleveland in tlio
Cicvclnud-Harrl.sou campaign, and is a
warm admirer of tho retiring Presi
dent. GEN. STEVENSON DEAD.
Ltnil l.nwyrr Who II ml lUlnril th
Sr. Louis, Mo., Jan. US. General
John D. Stevenson died at his homo
hero after a protracted illness. Ha
was born in Staunton, Va., Juno 8,
XHil. Ho served with distinction la
the Mexican and civil wars. In the
former he commanded company K of
dragoons under Colonel 11. W. Doni
phan. At the breaking out of the lat
ter he raised the Seventh Missouri regf
liuctit, and, for meritorious conduct,
was made a major general of volun
teers lu 18ti.V For services at Cham
pion hill ho was breveted brigadier
general iu the regular army, of which
he had been commissioned colonel. Ho
left the tinny in 18TI and praetlcod
law in this city, holding a number of
places of trust
Cliolro of lemma Itenutillran to Huccetd
I'nlTcr Nino Aburnt l'rom Cnuotif.
Toi'KitA, Kan., Jan. 25. J, Ilalph
llurtoti of Abilene last night received
the caucus nomination for United
States senator by the Republican mem
bers of the legislature. It required
but two ballots to secure tho result
There had been some opposition to
Mr. liurtou during tho day, and a
number of Republican representatives
held mi Informal lneeUnir. Thnv wera
autl-llurton mou and they decided to
remain uway from thu caucus. The
absentees wore Representatives llacon,
llrooke, Gates, llackbusuh, Hollcnbeck,
Larimer, McCarty, MoKeevor, Scatou
and Senator Sterne. The other forty
nine members were present
The caucus decided to Indorsa Henry
C. Payne, of Wisconsin, for a cabinet
PEFFER'S ONLY MESSAGE.
A Mjmterloui Telegram tho Holo Ilecog
iiltlon of tho Henator'a Defeat.
Toi'KKA, Kan., Jan. 25. W. A. Harris
has received "JO or .100 telegrams and
letters congratulating him upon his
nomination for the United States sen
atorshlp by tho I 'opullst caucus. Somo
of these aro from senators and repre
sentatives in Congress.
Mr. Harris has recelvod no word
from Senator I'clTor, whom ho will
succeed. All thut has becu hoard
from Senator Pcffer since tho caucus
was received by J, W. Morphy of tho
Topekn Advocate, a brief telegram of
"Washington, D. C, Jan. 21, 1807.
To J. W. Morphy, Topoka: Tho man
who has friends Is not alone. W, A.
UNIVERSITY CUTS LIKELY.
Tho Or oat Kamat School Wilt Get Com
Toi'rka, Kan., Jan. 25. The House
ways and means cominittco Is not dis
posed to give to the State university
all it asks. The bill to grant appropri
ations to tho institution Includes 8100,
000 a year for current expenses,
8100,000 for the construction of a
museum, 805,000 for a laboratory and
825,000 for shops. It Is probable that
all appropriations for new buildings
will bo cut out nnd only 880,000 a year
granted for current expenses.
JOHN MARTIN FOR CLERK.
The Kx-Kaniai Senator the CompromUe
In the Supreme Court DliagreoinenU
Toi-KKA, Kan., Jan. 25. Kx-Unltcd
States Senator John Martin has been
bc lee ted for clorlc of tho stato supreme
court. Tho judges had been trying to
reach an agreement on this appoint
ment for tho past week and to-day
thruw aside all the names which had
been considered beforo nnd offered tho
placo to Mr. Martin. He will probably
Divorce Blajr llo Annulled.
Pkuut, Okla., Jan. 25. Twenty or
moro suits will soon bo filed hero to
annul divorce decrees granted hero in
the past th rco years, on the grounds
that plaintiffs have failed to pay tho
court costs. Three hundred divorces
havo been granted here slncothe open
ing of the strip and ono third of this
number are behind in costs. It Is said
that the courts are with tho officers In
tho matter ,
Negro and White Olrl Klope.
Macon, Mo., Jan. 25. Jesse Gooding,
a black negro, eloped from Schuyler
county with Miss Annie Abbott, a
white girl undor age, and by false affi
davits, secured a marriage license hero
nud thoy were married by the Iter,
Mr. Page, colored. Yesterday they
wore urrcsted by Detective Turner and
taken back to Schuyler county.
The rrvcliltiiit Hunting;.
WiDKWATKit, Vu., Jan. 25. President
Cleveland arrived here early this morn
ing on the lighthouse steamer Maple,
Tho party put out for the ducking
shore soon utter daylight and spent
the oiornlug In tho blinds.
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