Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, August 30, 1900, Image 9
A Story Illustrating the Horrors of War CHAPTER IX. ( Continued. ) "Ho Is living yet , thank God ! " said the colonel. And ho thought of his Bister , who , after much pleading and resolution , had , along with Dr. Mar garet Crawford , come as far as Ber ber. "We must send him hack to Ber ber , " said the colonel. "We are on the march almost Incessantly now , and ho cannot live unless ho Is properly attended to. We shall send him there nt once. " And so , under an 'escort of Arab "boys , " Cleland was taken by river and rail to Berber , the "Queen of the Soudan. " Adrleuno and Margaret were there , the latter attending to a few sick sol diers who had been left In the hospi tal. The time was not up for her en tering upon her duties , and she felt that she could not leave the Soudan until she learned whether Paul was Jiving or dead. Adrienne had told her all Rayburn'a dying confession , and now , when prob ably It .was too late , Margaret recog nized the fact that the barrier she had thought Insurmountable was 110 barrier after all. As Margaret was stooping over a sick man one day , one of the native attendants came to tell her Mrs. Breynton wished to see her. Margaret wont to the door , and at first sight of Adrlenne's face she grew pale as f death , and leant for support against M the doorway. k "Tell me you have heard that he Is dead ? " she gasped , rather than spoke. "No , my dear. " Adrienne passed her brave , unshrinking hand round the woman Paul loved and supported her with It. "Ho has been found , he is coming here ; but he Is ill , unconscious , Mar garet. Still , God may be merciful , and wo shall pray until He must hoar us , Margaret. " Margaret lifted her pale face , glow ing with a strange joy , and clasped her hands. "I shall nurse him , at least , " she whispered. "Oh , thank God ! " * * # * * And she did , until the ebbing llfo began very slowly , but quite percep tibly to flow again. It was ono evening ah , should Mar garet ever forget It as long as she lived ? while she sat beside him on her camp-stool , looking through the open window at the brilliant moon light making a pool ot light for itself on the brown sand of the desert , that Cleland , quite suddenly and quietly , Is if ho were awakening from sleep , opened his eyes and looked at her. "Margaret , Is that you ? I dreamt you were there. My darling , are we both dead , and is this my first awak ening on the other side ? " "No , no , Paul ! You are still on earth , thank God , and 1 am here be side you , never more to leave you now , If you wish It so , dear , for the barrier is gone for over. " A strange flash came Into the sick man's eyes , but for a moment he was silent. At last he spoke. "I do not know If I am still dream ing or If I have heard aright. Mar garet , say it again , and I shall be sat isfled. You are mine for ever now ? " "For ever , Paul , if you will have me , " she answered , with a sob in her throat. He drew her face to his , and then their lips met In one long , long kiss such a kiss as surely those who have loved each other on earth may give when they meet for the first time "be yond the bourne of time and space. " Presently Adrienne came In. She approached the bedside , and as she came near she paused , a strange ex pression on her lips and in her eyes ; for she saw then that happiness had come to Paul and Margaret at last. Paul saw her and smiled , holding out his weak , thin hand. "You , too , my friend ! Surely I am recompensed for all I have suffered by knowing that I have the friend ship of ono noble woman and the lovb of another. Yes , it Is true , Mrs. Breyn ton. Margaret and I are quite happy , and wo owe our happiness she has told me , to a largo extent to you. " "And bless you both , " said Adrienne. She held his hand in her own. and w then , turning to Margaret , kissed her * with brave unquiverlng lips. ( The End. ) A A > V A-A. HER SISTER'S SECRET V V V v W " < W V 9 I had vowed never to enter the Dor mers' house again ; but when they sent word that Malslo was dying I went there as fast as a hansom would carry me. Wo had always been such friends the child and I. But she was not a child now , nt seventeen. "Wo never quarreled , " she said , holding my hand tightly. "There is not much time to quarrel now You won't will you , Fred ? " I shook my head. A lump In my throat kept mo from speaking. "Promise me before I toll you something. " "My poor llttlo Malsle ! " I cried brokenly. "I promise. " She had been a pet of mlno from the days when she was a toddling baby and I a big , awk ward boy. "It Is about you and Lucy when you quarreled. " Shi stopped abruptly. "Yes ? " Lucy was her elder sister. Wo had been engaged. "You wrote her an explanation a satisfactory explanation. " "Apparently ? he did not think so. She never answered the letter that I gave you to deliver. " "I I kept it. " She burled her face In the pillow. I was too astonished for words , but I kept stroking her hair. "I read It first. Then I burned It. " "If you get well. May , " I said , "and grow up I shall like you better than everybody. " She laughed faintly. "I bcllevo I always did. " I wiped her eyes. "I sha'n't. " she said. "So you will like her again now , won't you ? " 1 hesitated. My affection for Lucy died a natural death. It had never been very deep ; neither , I fancied , had hers for me. I frowned. "You have not told her about the letter ? " She shook her head. "But you will be good to her ? You will make It up , won't you ? You need not tell her about mo only say that you are sorry and want to bo friends. Then you can be engaged again ; and and some day " Her lips quiv ered. "Marry her ? " She nodded. "But if I no longer care for her ? If I know that I can never love her as I could love ? My dear llttlo playfellow and friend , I am not half so fond of Lucy as I am of you. " "Ah ! " she looked at mo with big , deep eyes. "I am only a child , denr Fred. " The wistful affection In the child's face touched me to the heart , and I kissed her frail hands. Lucy met me at the bottom of the stairs. "Maisie told me that she never gave you the letter , Lucy ; that all the blame was hers. " "She told you that just to screen me , " she said , brokenly. "Do not trouble about it any more , " I do not care for you after all. " There was nothing moro to say. So I turned to go ; but there was a knock nt the front door and I heard some one say , "Tho doctor. " So I waited to hear what ho pronounced. After a few minutes he came down the stairs talking to Mrs. Dormer. "It Is a natural sleep , " ho said. "The pulse Is steadier and the temperature more normal. The odds are still' against her , but there is hope. " The tears came to my eyes at last , and Lucy came1 and put her hand on my shoulder. "You can win her back to life , Fred , " she said , "our little girl. Stay till she wakes. " I luJ already resolved to stay. I went upstairs and sat with my el bow on her bed and my face on my hand , watching my little favorite. Presently her mother came and knelt beside me. "Lucy has told me all , Fred , " she whispered. "You you will not tell the others ? " "I will not , " I promised. When my little girl awoke she was not looking toward mo. "Better dear ? " askel her mother. "Why yes , " she laughed feebly. "It must be Fred. Do you know , I believt ; ho would make me grow well if he were often hero with me. " "He will be , little sweetheart , " I said softly. She turned to me with a happy cry , and I whispered in her car what I knew , and other things that were only for her and me. They wore the things that won her back to life , she says , when wo talk of such matters. Chicago cage American. Itohrrt or George. The legitimist Jacobite league of Great Britain and Ireland , through Registrar Rodwaye of tlie North Am erican Cycle of the Order of the White Rose , Roxbury , Mass. , has Issued a cir cular to the faithful , asking , "Who has the best right" ( as heir to the British throne ) , "Robert or George ? " "Robert" is the son of Princess Mary Thetesa of Modena. now the Princess Louise of Bavaria , who is styled by the legitim ists Mary IV. ( of Scotland ) aid HI. ( of England ) , whose descent frum the male line of the Stuarts Is undeniable , but whose ancestral ' claims to the throne were set asielo by the act of succession that excluded Catholics from the crown. "George" Is the duke of York , so that It Is evident that "the legitimist Jacobite league" admits Queen Victoria and the prince of Wales. Grcnlc Doluiilnx'liin. A Greek dekadrachm , or medallion of Syracuse , dating from 405 , B. C. , sold for $ GG5 nt a sale of rare antique coins in London the other day. An American eagle , minted in the first year of gold coinage in America , was knocked down for $27. Rare Italian , French , and German coins brought high prices. To JiupKtlciito ( iun I'oftilern , Lord Raylelgh has been appointee ! by the British government chairman of a committee which is to Investi gate gunpowders and designs of guns with which they may be used to the best advantage. EVILS OFJPOIUTION Institute for the Blind at Nebraska Oity Orippkil by Incompotenoy , LOOSE METHODS ARE EMPLOYED In Trnnsurllnz the IIuslneM of thn lintl- tuto The AiliitlnUtriitlnn Severely Ar raigned nnil Openly linpeurhe l by 1'unlon Onicluln Themselves. NEBRASKA CITY , Neb. , Aug. 27. To the history of mismanagement , incompetenoy , party spoliation and po litical preferment in the conduct of state institutions under the fusion administration , the Institute for the Blind at Nebraska City furnishes an unenviable chapter. This institution , like all the rest , has been made an asylum for those of the fusion party who by reason of party service have , in the eyes of th'e fusion lenders , mer ited recognition to the extent of hav ing ther names on the pay roll. It Is a matter of common notoriety that J. E. Harris , the present super intendent , acquired this position through a deal made on tlie floor ot the convention , whereby he was to step aside as candidate for lieutenant governor and give way to Lieutenant Governor Gilbert , a free silver repub lican. His eligibility and fitness en tered into the deal only as a second ary consideration , notwithstanding that the position carries with It a great deal of responsibility. But Har ris was in the way of a tripartite ar rangement and to remove the ob struction , the head of Superintendent Jones went Into the basket and Harris was given his position , which among oilier things , carries with it n salary of $1,800 a year and board and lodging. UNFITTED FOR SUPERINTEND ENT. At one period in his llfo Superintend ent Harris was young and agile. That was many years ago. Senility In its irresistible pilgrimage has reclaimed him from the paths of youth and has bent his once tall and robust form to its will. The elasticity of step has disappeared , and the visitation of time is indicated by n head white from the frosts of many winters. Irre spective of his mental qualifications , age and physical decrepitude com bined to incapacitate him for duties incident to the supcrintendency of such an institution. Nor can It be denied that age militates against Mr. Harris.rlhe fact Is that he does not teach at all , though the custom , as well as the rule , has always ocen for the superintendent to teach one or more cf the branches When asked why ho did not teach Superintendent Ilairis frankly stated that he was too old. Ho also stated that before assuming the position ho informed Governor Poyntor that lie would not teach , yet despite this ho was appointed. DISSIPATION OF FUNDS. Few business houses In Nebraska could conduct their affairs along the same line of this institute without In the end going into bankruptcy. In the first place , only about eighty blind children arc in the Institution all told. Strange and startling as it may scorn , it is nevertheless true , as attested by vouchers on file in the auditor's ofllco , that the number of people on the pay roll Is equaj to more than GO per cent of the number of inmates. The June vouchers show fifteen teachers and thirty-two other employes ( see vouch ers B43994 and B15997) ) . This docs not include the superintendent and his wife , nor the steward and his wife , all of whom are on the pay roll , making in all a salary lUt of fifty-one people. The story of this raid on the treasury is fully recited by the nu merous vouchers on file In the aud itor's ofllce and the consequent deple tion of the funds. The wife of the superintendent has had her name on the pay roll only a short time , and the fact that It is there can bo re garded only in the light of a testimon ial to fusion persistency , which knows no adversity in the attainment of pe cuniary trlmuph. The school has upwards of fifteen teachers on the pay roll , at from $50 to $65 per month each. So far as the pay roll is concerned , it reflects a most prodigal spirit on the part of the ad ministration , and strongly indicates that the primary object of fusion dominancy Is to gather In the loaves and fishes. Apply the per capita ex pense of education in this Institution to nil other institutions of learning In the state , making duo allowance for the character of the Instruction , and the state in a few short years would bo debt-ridden from one end to the other. DIVIDING THE LOAVES AND FISHES. The manner in which Superintend ent Harris was appointed lias been told. With slight mortification the story might be applied to nearly all the employes of the institution. In nearly every appointment can be seen traces of political spoliation. The damage done as a result of this reaches a limit that is incalculable. Nor is it to bo presumed that there have not been frequent changes with out consequent demoralization. In proof of this assertion all that needs be cited Is excerpts from the official report. In the biennial report of the Institution under date of December 14 , 1898 ( see page 318) ) , Mrs. Caroline Mc- Taggert evidences her lack of knowl edge of her d'lties by openly stating In her report that : "My experience In the work Is too limited to enable mete to say with any great degree of cer tainty what pupils may accomplish. " W. B. Woods , another teacher , un consciously throws the searchlight on the ephemeracy of the tenure of office In the name report by calling attention to the fact that "an experi ence of three months in teaching Eng lish In a school for the blind , In ad dition to a year's experience in tench- ing other subjects , Is entirely too brief to make 'any conclusions of much value. " And this is the history of state in stitutions under fuslonlsm. There Is such a mad scramble for spoils and such little regard for the public weal that scarcely Is ono it/- polnlco Inducted Into office than lu > it/ put out to make room for nnothor. This keeps the Institutions In con stant restlessness and turmoil , keeps them In the hands of Inexperienced In- dviduils , with the result that those for whom those Institutions are main tained derive little or no benefit. Since the fuslonlsts acquired control , two different superintendents have been appointed at Nebraska" City and nu merous changes have been made In the list of teachers. In each instance , or nearly so , the change has been made for political reasons. Under such conditions la It any wonder that the teachers do not feel fully qualified to give an opinion an the best methods In teaching the blind , or that the Institution Itself should In Its achievements fall far short of meeting eontcmulated statutory re quirements ? FARMING OUT PATRONAGE. The man with a "pull" Is very much In evidence nt Nebraska City. It was 11 "pull" that placed Frank Marnell on the pay roll ns steward at $800 per yc-M- , along with his wlfo at $180 per year. Marnell Is so fortunate as to have a brother In the newspaper busi ness. He publishes a fusion dally at Nebraska City. This Is why ho was doomed fitted for steward. Nor does the Marnell family stop at that. The Nebraska City News boasts of too po tent a leverage in the affairs of the fusion party to be placated or pacified by a stewardship. It not only boasts but it commands , and It therefore re ceives more substantial recognition than is ordinarily accorded fusion nub- llcatlons. Filed away in the archives of tinauditor's office are voucl-ers bearing testimony to the frequent ex peditions of the publisher of the News across the plains from Nebraska City to the treasury at Lincoln. Mos ! of the money is for job work , work given the News , it is reported , at its own figures and without competition. Within the last year the News has managed to gather in about $200 of the state's money without much exer tion and at very lltle cost to Itself. ( Sen vouchers U31302. 1135576. B35S99 , H37001 , IJ4140J , B433SS and 1140205. ) Others besides the News people are keeping in close and sympathetic touch with the treasury. It is a noticeable fact that the books contain the firm name of Cardwell & Loldlgh , though the same Mr. Cardwell is the presi dent of the Board of Trustees of the Institution. Though Cardwell & Leidigh are in tiie hardware business the firm's name Is found as creditor in the "living expense" account of the institute. It is a strange anomaly that , which places tlie employe in a position to "order and direct" his employer. It would also be strangely anomalous were the system prevalent over the land for an oiucial to be his own auditor or account examiner. But hero is an example of it : "Tills voucher is hereby approved by tlie Board of Trustees this 4th day of May , 1900. and the Audltot of Public Accounts is hereby ordered and directed to draw hl warrant for the sum of $23.35 In full payment and satisfaction of the tame , and this claim is found to be correct and ap proved in all things. "J. J. CARDWELL. "President Boaicl of Trustees. " The voucher nbovo referred to was for tlie firm , of which Card well Is a member , for poods sold to the st-ite. ( See voucher IJI5131. ) This firm's name appears on the books in several Instances , as having sold goods to the institute. In addition to this it is c'unently reported that some of those contractors who have from time to time secured contracts for building and repairing have been for some un- necountable icasou partial to this firm in placing their orders foi < material During the last year the amount of building and repair work has readied over $5,000 , but , as all the vouchers are made in omnibus form and in the name ) of tlie contractor , there is notli ing of record to show just who or what firm came in for the plunder. LAX BUSINESS METHODS. The omnibus system of making out vouchers has become notorious under the present administration. That It opens nn avenue to the commission of fraud few will gainsay. It is a conunon occurrence to find vouchers for largo amounts made out in the very Indefinite terms of "for labor and material , " without specifying how much of either. These terms are em ployed as frequently In rendering bills where there is no contract as whore there is. In the last year a barn costing about $150 was built without advertising for bids , and that the st-ite paid dearly for the luxury is quite apparent. A running track and bowl ing olley was built in the gymnasium at a cost of $900 , and the voucher reads : "For material , $500 ; labor , $100. " There is nothing In the vouch er to show specifically how much ma terlal or how much labor the state received. As a rule , the methods employed In the conduct of the institute , are equal ly as vulnerable. The manner in which bills arc made out affords an opportunity for a vast amount of fraud. It Is safe to say that there is scarcely nn article in the grocery line , but what there arc several grades of It. In many Instances , especially In canned and bottled goods , there is not only a difference In quality but a dif ference In quantity. The bills ren dered the institute in no way recog nizes this very important distinction. If a bill be rendered for bottled goods , Biich as catsup or table sauces , it sim ply gives the number of botlej , never mentions the brand , which in the groc ery Hue IB a synonym of quality , and pclclom gives the size of the bottle or quantity. This course may bo pur sued without an object , but It can be seen at once that it affords nn oppor tunity for fraud , both in letting con tracts to favorites and in charging for goods never delivered. No one bcems to question the honesty of Su perintendent Harris or of Steward Marnell. What complaint Is made is made against the Board of Trustees and the governor for placing and maintaining people in office to manage the affairs of a state institution who have little or no conception of their duty or of ordinary business methods. A BAD MIXTURE. Superintendent Harris undertakes to manage the school and the "farm" at the same time , with the result that neither Is properly managed. The "farm" Is a ten-ncro piece of ground , and Is little more than a play yard. jot Superintendent Harris manages to niuko It a luxury and an expensive ono to the taxpayers. With only three horses , a half dozen hogH and four cows to look after there are several "form laborers" at the Institute whoso duty It Is to rare for the stock ( ? ) and attend the "crops. " Quarters could bo secured for all the stock on the "farm" at the beat hotel In the state for loss money than IB expended for tholr keeping at the institute. As a patron of husbandry , so far ns profits to the stale are concerned , Mr. Harris Is anything but a brilliant success. And there are leaks In the Inst'tu- ' tlon as well as in the "farm. " Irre spective of the largo pay roll , there are leaks that In the long run make a noticeable increase In the cost of main taining the nohool. One of these leaks Is the department of chemistry. Another Is In the teach ing of zoology , botany , biology and mineralogy. Considerable money has1 been consumed by the department of chemistry , though few familiar with that branch of study who would rec ognize at once the necessity of light would think of placing chemistry In the curriculum of the blind. ReviewIng - * Ing this very problem , Prof. McTag- gart of the department of science and mathematics of the Institute , In hla biennial report to the superintendent ( In 1898. page 329) says : "In the study of chemistry , biology and mineralogy the nicest discrimina tions and most accurate measurements must bo made , ' Involving the use of Instruments requiring sight. No ade quate knowledge of zoology or botany can be had without the use of the dis secting knife and mlcroscono. In chemistry , analytical and qualitative determinations require the most -.lofi- nlte and complicated proteases which cannot bo curried on by persons who have lost their sight. This statement Is so nearly self evident that It hardly needs to bo made. " In the face of this , however , a de partment of chemistry la maintained , though only to the extent of purchas ing the necessary Instruments and ma terial. None of the expense Is re moved , though the teaching of this and kindred sciences has practically been abandoned. Only recently an order for $50 worth of material for this department was given , though It Is apparent , for the foregoing reason , that it is a clear waste of money. DANGER OF SICKNESS. Nothing goes farther In evidencing decrepitude and inactivity on the part of the management than the general appearance of the Institute. The walls and lloors nt the close of school this summer wore very filthy , and It ib a icniarkablc stroke of fortune that sick ness has not wrought cad havoc among the inmates. According to reports , the buildings have , hyglenlcally speaking never been kept properly regulated since1 the fuslonlsts have had charge. In bad condition as they are now , according to Superintendent Harris , things wore much worse when ho was appointed and took charge ono year ago. Speaking of the condition of tilings at that time Superintendent Harris said : "It waa a most terrible sight. The buildings wore fairly nllvo with bed bugs. After wo cnmo hero my wife and I worked for si : : months before o Unnlly got rid of tlio bod-bugs. The bugs wore In every room , in the beds and paper on the walla , and even the rooms occupied by the superintend ent and his family were alive with them. It was the worst sight I ever behold. " Tills Is what one fusion official says of the management of another fusion official. Assuming that Superintend ent Harris found , the building in the condition stated ho has made some im provements , yet there In wldo room for further improvements along the line of cleanliness , and If additional steps In that direction arc not taken dloonso and pestilence may result at any time. It Is no doubt true that Superintend ent Harris has waged a successful warfare against the apterous tro.ipas- sers which lie found inhabiting the bedding and furniture of the institute when ho took charge , but there Is yet an ample opportunity afforded him for dUtlngulshmcnt In other direc tions. On the whole , there Is room for many beneficial changes at this Insti tute , both In the way of stopping raids on the treasury and Improving the faculty. Under fusion control grades In this Institution exist only in theory and not In practice , and the pupil graduates much In the way a stonn rolls down hill picking out its own way without any well defined route or limitation as to time. Prop erly managed , the Institute can bo maintained at much less expense and to much greater advantage. So long , however , aa positions in this and other institutions are given out In liquida tion of political debts the theory of reform , so conspicuously pictured by the fusion leaders , becomes at once a ludicrous Incongruity. When Superin tendent Harris was asked why he did not grade the school he said : "I would like to , but you know on1) ) term of office Is so Indefinite that ono hardly knows what to do. If I felt secure in my position for any material length of time I would do so. " This is the whole story In a few words. Under fuslonism frequent changes have demoralized the Insti tutions , and time which should be de voted to the good of the instiutlon Is spent In contriving plans to Keep the official head beyond reach of the guillotine. The Trap " \Vorlseil. " For some time Isaac Mulford , a far mer living near Brldgeton , N. J. , has been missing chickens , so ho sat a man trap without letting tlie family know. His son , Alfred , stayed out late the ) other evening , and , while slipping up to the house , was caught In the trap. Feailng a dressing down from his father for staying out BO late the young man stayed there all night. His martyrdom was In vain , for the first person to sec him next morning was his father. Hopeful UK to Iti-NiilU. William , the Georgia bankers , and his party of cashiers and pretty girls , left New York for the south the ludt of the week. There have been no marriages aa the result of tlie trip , al though It la understood that matri mony was one of the objects of the junket. There Is the consolation of knowing that seven engagements have been made , however , and doubtless the weddings will take place In GCOA- u'ln in due time. AIR Preparation is Being Made for a Stay All Next Winter , EARL LI'S APPEAL IS REJECTED. Alinciioo of KrHpniMlhln Govoriinimil lit IVklu Ulven in IlriiHon CotiKcr tto- txirti Clinotlo Coiiilltlun Clilnota C i > llul Is rructlcnlly In llnndi of Allies. WASHINGTON , Aug. 23. After a long conference at the White House the reply of the United States to the application of LI Hung Chang for the npponltmcnt of pcaua commissioners waa completed and a copy of the reply sent to the Chinese Minister , Mr , Wu to bo forwarded to Earl Li. The state department made a definite announce ment that the reply had been convoyed to Mr. Wu , but added to Its otllclal ut terances that the correspondence would not bo made public until tomor row morning. A copy of the reply waa sent to other governments represented In China. The American reply Is chiefly char acterized by Its firm tone and Ua brev ity. Its keynote IB the president's nt- tltudo ns laid down In the American note of July 3 , and there Is the utrlct- est adherence to the points enunciated nt that timo. While the document la open to the construction of being a re jection of LI Hung Chang's proposi tion for Immediate negotiations , yet It Is stated by those who have read the answer with care and have had a part In its preparation that "rejection" la probably too strong a term to apply to it. The United States places Itself In the position of being ready nt the proper time to take up peace negotia tions , but In the present unsettled con dition of affairs In the empire , the lack of knowledge as to who arc the re sponsible rulers and what constitutes the actual Chinese government , It la made clear that the time has not ar rived for pursuing the negotiation proposed. The formal courtesy of di plomatic procedure Is preserved , but at the same time the entire tenor of the document Is marked by force and firmness. The government of the United States takes the position that negotiations are Impossible with a gov ernment which cannot prevent hostil ities against the forces of the powers which were sent to the Chinese capital to eave the envoys. As long as at- tacka are made on , the troops of this and other governments , such ns have followed the occupation of Pckln , and the attacks in the vicinity Of Tien Tsln It Is deemed that the Chinese govern ment is either unwilling or unnblo to prevent these hostilities , and for thlB reason negotiations must bo tlcrcrrea. The most Important development of the day as to the actual conditions In Pekin cnmo late in the afternoon , wheu the stito department made pub lic a dispatch from Minister Conger , dated at Pckln only three dnya ago. It was given out with the following state ment ; "The state department authorizes the announcement of the receipt at an early hour this ( Wednesday ) morning through the consul at Cho Fee of a telegram from Minister Conger In the department cipher to the following ef fect : "PEKIN , Aug. 19. Secretary of State , Washington : The entire city with the exception of the imperial pal ace la occupied by Japanese , Russian , British , Americana and French. " It is being apportioned Into districts for po lice supervision. The Chinese army fled. The Imperial family and the court have gone westward , probably to Sinn Fu , in the province of SJiensl. No rep- rcHcntatlvcs of the Chinese government are in sight in Pokln and the condi tions arc chaotic. The iialaco Is ex pected to be taken Immediately. Many mlssionarlea have started for home , while others remain in charge of the Christian rofugcss , numbering about 1,000. CONGER. " EX-SENATOR INOALL'S WHL. Leitvm Kutiito to Wife Who U to Ho Boln r.xoctitrlx. ATCHISON , Kan. , Aug. 23. The will of the late Senator John J. In- galla , filed In probate court today , la aa follows : "Vice President's Chamber , Wash ington In the name of God , Amen : I , John J. Ingalls , of the city and county of Atchlson , in the state ot Kansas , mindful of , the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death , do make pub lic and declare my last will and testa ment. I give , bequeath and devise unto my beloved wlfo , Anna Louise , all my property and estate , real , personal and mixed of every description , and wherever situated , and appoint her solo executrix hereof , without bond , nurety or undertaking. "In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal , In the pres ence of the subscribing witnesses , who signed the same In my presence and In the presence ot each other , this 21th day of August , A. D. 1889. "JOHN JAMES INCALL3. "Witnesses : "F. J. IIAIG. " \V. R. CLAY. " i'H Will. NEW YORK , Aug. 23. It was lois mally announced today that the will of Colllis P. Huntington will bo filed tomorrow or Friday. There wore sev eral conferences at the Southern Pa cific olllco today and It was believed that the will would bo read to the family this afternoon or evening. Duello I'opnlnr In Itnly. LONDON , Aug. 23. The Rome cor respondent of the Dally Mall says : "During the last few weeks duels have caused a perfect slaughter In Italy. As many ns four duelists wore killed in different towns last Satur day. "During the last year 2,400 duels have been fought in Italy and 4SO deaths have resulted. Most of these combats were between army officers and bar ed on the most trivial pre texts. "