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China Is an absolute monarchy , but
the emperor spends his life Inside the
sealed walls of the Forbidden City , and
not one Chinaman In a hundred thou-
eand ever looks upon the Imperial face.
Again , In spite of the absolute char
acter of the monarchy , there Is , ac
cording to the Chinese law , a body
called the Tu-ch-a-yuen , or board of
public censors , which Is Independent
of the supreme government and , theo
retically at least , higher in authority.
Theoretically , again , the supreme di
rection of the affairs of the empire is
vested In the Chun Chi Ch'u , other
wise known as the privy or grand
council. The practical administra
tion of the laws is under the charge
of the Nei-ko , or cabinet , a body which
consists of four members , two China
men and two Tartars , with the assist
ance of two members of the Great Col
lege of Confucius , whose duty it is to
see that nothing is done by the cab
inet which Is not In strict accordance
with the sacred books. Under the
cabinet , again , are seven boards of
administrators , each of which is pre
sided over by a Chinaman and a Tartar
jointly. These boards have the work
of government divided among them as
follows : 1. The board of civil ap
pointments , which has charge of all
the civil officers in the empire. 2. The
board of revenues , which has charge of
all financial matters. 3. The board of
rites and ceremonies , which has charge
of enforcing the laws and customs of
the empire. 4. The military board. 5.
The board of public works. G. The
board of criminal jurisdiction. 7. The
admiralty board , which makes its head
quarters at Tien Tsln. Equal in au
thority with these Is the board of for
eign affairs , or Tsung-li-Yamen , which
treasurer , the subcommissloner , ana
the literary chancellor. Each province
Is divided Into departments , ruled by
prefects , and each department Into dis
tricts , with a district ruler over each.
Each town and village has also Its
separate government , with a complete
set of'officials , so that the offlceholding
class In China is large and extremely
The gradations of rank among
Chinese officials are clearly defined ,
and each man is directly responsible
only to his immediate superior. Thus
the village governor reports to the dis
trict ruler , and he in turn to the gov
ernor of the department. The de
partmental governor reports to the
governor general of the province , who
may remove him at will or even cut
of his head. The whole administra
tion , therefore , hinges on the eighteen
provincial governor generals , or vice
roys , and those positions are in the
greatest demand. A village official
who wishes to keep his place finds it a
good plan to make large gifts to the
district ruler , and therefore levies large
taxes on the people. The district rul
er finds It good policy to hand over
most of what he gets in this way to the
departmental chief , and the latter pass
es It on to the governor general of the
province. To be appointed governor
general of a Chinese province is there
fore equivalent to a gift of a large
fortune , the amount depending only on
the avarice of the viceroy In power. A
wise Chinaman greatly prefers to serve
his country as a provincial governor
general or viceroy than as member of
the grand or privy council , the "per
quisites" of which positions are small.
This form of administration makes it
clear why the body of Chinese officials
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VIEW OF TflE Crt r OF TAKU.
.has as members all the members of the
.grand or privy council.
As for the mj'sterious emperor , he
.spends his life In the Forbidden City ,
Into the central portion of which no
onan may enter. There he lives , sur-
Tounded by the members of his harem
and by the enormous number of from
3J30D to 10,000 slaves. MassiVe walls
and the even more formidable barriers
iof Oriental etiquette shut him off en-
ttirely from the rest of the world. When
toil rare occasions ho goes out to wor
ship at one of the temples or to visit
-one ol the palaces In the vicinity the
streets along which he and his retinue
Twill pass are cleared and freshly paved ,
"while the houses and other buildings
along the line are barricaded and the
Ironts covered with huge mats , so that
310 vulgar eye may look upon the great
riord of the sun as he is carried along
with the conviction that wo are right ,
and that those who oppose us are
wrong ? When Washington stepped
forth at Yorktown to receive "
But no matter. The hall was empty
when he wiped his brow and sat down ,
two hours and twenty mimics later. *
Prince Chin .
Prince Ching , leader of the counter
revolution in North China , and poli
tical rival of the monstrous Prince Tu-
an , is now looked upon as the hope of
the foreigners in Peking , or of such of
them as have survived the atrocities of
the Boxers. He is a great and pow-
THE FOaEICM COI.'CESaiOtf IN TIENTSIN.
INTERIOR OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY. KIOSK ON IMPERIAL LAKE , PEKING.
In a magnificent sedan chair. Only
once In a number of years , when the
emperor goes out Into the country ,
-where It Is practically Impossible to
"barricade all the roads , does the aver
age Chinaman have an opportunity to
.get even a glimpse of his imperial
There Is no law of hereditary suc
cession to the Chinese throne , it being
left to each emperor to appoint his own
successor from among the younger
generation of the Imperial family. As
the emperor commonly has a number of
-wives and children the practice opens
opportunity for an endless amount of
Intrigue and chicanery. The manner
in which the present emperor ,
Tsait'Ien , came to the throne Is an ex
ample in point.
The whole Chinese empire is divided
into eighteen provinces , each ruled by
a governor-general , who is responsible
directly to the emperor for the entire
administration , political , judicial , mili
tary , and financial. Each governor
general Is assisted by a council and by
a number of minor officials , such as the
is the most corrupt and unscrupulous
In the world.
"Fellow citizens , " he said , "I don't
intend to keep you long. [ Cheers. ]
I have only a few words to add to
those that have already been said.
[ Cries of "Hurrah ! " ] I know you do
not care to listen to any further
speechmaklng after the eloquence that
you have heard here this evening.
[ Tremendous applause. ] You are tired.
[ Cheers and cries of "Good ! " "Good ! " ]
It is unnecessary for me to go back
over the glorious history of our party.
[ Enthusiastic outburst lasting eleven
minutes. ] I will not weary you with
a repetition of the arguments that you
have heard before. [ Hats tossed in
the air ; handkerchiefs fluttered and
wild yells from all parts of the hall. ]
But , my fellow citizens , the principles
for which we are fighting today are
those for which our fathers fought be
fore them. Who among us can calmly
analyze this matter without arising
erful prince , and seems to be a friend
of the whites. He is now in Peking at
the head of the Manchu garrison in
that city. These forces number about
10,000 , and numerous Chinese are flock
ing to the standard of the new leader.
Ching is the uncle of the late em
peror , Tsai-'fien , who was the poisoned
the other day by the order of Tuan.
He is the greatuncle of the heir ap
parent , who was chosen last winter by
the empress dowager. He was presi
dent of the tsung-11-yainen before the
government was sundered by the revolt
of Tuan and his followers.
A Trust Solution.
The manufacture of binding twine
by the inmates of the Kansas peni
tentiary , it is said , has been a success.
In Kansas , as in other states , the
trades unions were opposed to the em
ployment of the convicts in labor that
would come into competition with that
outside of the prison walls. Yet it
was realized that the life of idleness
led by the unemployed prisoners was ol
advantage neither to the state nor to
the men themselves , and in fact work
ed serious harm to both. The idea
was hit upon of employing them In the
manufacture of b.ding twine , that in
dustry being in the grasp of a trust
that charged the farmers of Kansas ex
orbitant prices for the necessary arti
At the beginning the twine was put
on the market at three cents a pound
below the trust price , and then both
sides cut their prices until the Kansas
farmers saved five cents a pound.
wisdom In TVIves.
David Starr Jordan does not think
that a college training unfits a woman J
for the severer discipline and humbler '
duties of matrimony , and he says that '
the half-educated woman is exposed to '
more dangers and is more susceptible '
to the "higher foolishness" than is her !
better balanced and more brainy sis- :
ter. i J
Record of the Last Six Days'at
GIVEN IN CONDENSED FORM ,
Urltlih Drlvo Hour * l'.nnt of itracnkur-
sprult and Kupulto 3.0OO 3Tun dipt.
Currln and Lieut. Kirk Killed JJritlsh
Monday. July ! ) .
British drove Boors east of Broenker-
spruit and repulsed 3,000 men. Boers
attacked Ilustenburg ineffectually ,
with serious loss. Capt. Currio and
Lieut. Kirk of the Imperial Light
Horse were killed.
Tuoulny , .Tuly IO.
Boers fiercely resisted the British at
Bethlehem in a battle that lasted for
hours. The town was finally captured
by Roberts' forces , but with consider
LATEST MARKET QUOTATIONS.
Winter wheat No. 4 red. 70 ic ; No. 3
red. 74e ; No. li red , new , bl'c : No. i hard ,
73Viii744c ; No. 3 hard. 71'Cf75c ; No. 2 hard ,
76V/y7G * c. SiirliiK wheat No. 1 northern ,
? 8ft&73c ; No. 1 northern , 7Sc ; No. 3
sprlnc , 74e for ordinary ; oed wheat , 75-yi
75'/c and choice to fancy. 7JViU77l-ic ( ; No.
4 spring. 70V72e. Corn No. 2. 43U43ic ;
No. 'J yellow , 43 W < ! % < ; No. 2 whin- .
! 3c ; No. . ' ! . 13Vi f:3tMc : ; No. 3 yellow , 12 *
< tl3s4e ; No. 4 , 4 fH3c. OatH No. 'i , 24&c ;
No. 3 white. 25V.
Cuttle Native hlilppln r and export
steers. $ I.75&3.C5 ; dreHjcd beef nd butch
ers' .steers , $ l.&Uf(5.2U ; steer under 1,000
His. f'J.bY'tl. 5 ; stockers and feniani. J3.59
( & 4.S5 ; cows and heifers. $2.0Vt(5.0U ( ; can-
nera. $ ! . > $ 2.S5 ; bulls. . $ C.Wj3.75 : ; Texas
and Indian steers , JS.COljJ.Sj ; cows and
heifers. $2.20fto.i'0. HOJJS l'l ti and lights ,
J5.SOI&5.-I5 ; packers. $5.L'5ij.45 ; butchers' .
IS.IUijo.SO. Sheen Native muttons , $ l.00 < &
4.25 ; lambs. 5l.50iTfG.10 ; i-ulls and bucka ,
$2.001/4.00 ; stockurs. $3.3aft3.M > .
Lard Prime steam. $ ii.GO ; choice. SC.C3.
Pn til try Chickens , CM-c ; springs , lOVjc ;
turkeys , CftCe ; ducks. f > Vie ; springs , 7fe ! c ;
gee.se. 3c ; springs. 7c. lSn ; s Sc. Butter
Creamery. ICfriai&f ; dairy. IKfilGc.
Jttuckberrios , Michigan , ICarly Harvest ,
1C ( its. Jl.OOfU.10 ; red raspberries. 21 pts.
$1.00471.25 ; black caps. 1 ( its. bOfjiKJc ; 2
pts. GO'fiTOc ; blueberries , 10 qts. "Wiscon
sin. $1.25 < 71.CQ ; Michigan , ? 1.50 < I 1.75 ; goose
berries. 1C cits , 73c : strawberries , ll.OOfy
l. 0 for 1C . ( jts. Cherries. 16 ( its. sour.
Sl.aK ( < 1.75r sweet , $ l.oOft2.0Q. Currants. 1C
qts , .small. TiWSOc : cherry , ! )0e'ij1.00. )
I'lums , 21 qts. ( ,0i70e.
A remarkable case of cure by faith
is reported from Dimondale , Mich.
NISSEN SHOOTS RAPIDS ,
During .Man Corn Through the N In cum
Peter Nlsscn of Chicago , who prc-
fcra to be known us "Bowser , " made ui
miccessful Journey through the Niag
ara rapids and whirlpool Monday af
ternoon In his boat , the Foolkillor. The-
boat struck the first foam-topped wave'
and turned over aa easily nu If It had
been a stick instead of having a l'jr 0-
pound keel. Man and boat disappeared
The watchers thought It was all over ,
when suddenly farther down stream
"Bowser" reappeared , clutching the
bout with one hand and waving his
jersey cap with the other. The bout
had righted Itself. This occurred thre
times in the rapid journey , for it took
only two ajul a half minutes for the
whole trip through the rapids. Then
"Bowser" and his bout were Hung Into
the whirlpool. He was carried straight
to the vortex which micked In the bout ,
casting it up u minute later , witli the
drenched but plucky fellow clinging to
his scat. Hero it remained for forty
minutes while the whirlpool played
with it , spinning It like a top. then
rolling it round the outer rims of the
THE ALEXANDER JESTER TRIAL
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ALEXANDER JESTER MRS CORNELIA STREE GILBERT GATES.
The trial of Alexander Jester at New
London , Mo. , is evidently destined to
take a notable place in criminal an
The crime of which he was accused
was committed thirty years ago. Jes
ter , it is known , was traveling in 1871
In company with a young man , Gil
bert Gates , by wagon to his old home
in Indiana. Jester arrived at his des
tination with some of Gates' posses
sions , but Gates himself never reap
peared alive. Relatives who set forth
to find him discovered what they
thought to be signs of blood on the
snow and his body was said to have
been seen floating down a stream , but
VN VWWS > W V > % - > VV % '
Wednesday , .July 11-
The whole of the government of
President Steyn of the Orange Free
State has surrendered except Steyn
himself. Collapse of De Wet's forces
expected. Lord Methuen will return
from south Africa because of differ
ences with officers.
Thursday. July 1 .
Boers won an all-day battle and cap
tured Nitral's Nek , near Pretoria , tak
ing many of Lord Roberts' men pris
oners. They took a squadron of caval
ry and ninety infantrymen.
Friday. July 13.
Battle at Niteal's Nek is described as
part of a Boer plan to capture Pretor
ia , and the battle near the city was
raging when the latest news was sent.
Gen. Botha is fighting north of the
Vaal in the effort to save Dewet's army
Left in a. JJefrijrorator Car.
Detectives of the Chicago , Milwau
kee & St. Paul railroad were hurried
away from Milwaukee to Madison to
investigate the robbery of P. H. Hart-
wick , the station agent at Lone Rock.
Hartwick was sitting in his office ,
which is in the passenger station , lo
cated at an isolated point , when two
masked men entered. They bound
him , placed a gag in his mouth and
ransacked the office for money and
valuables and carried the agent to a
refrigerator car and left him , bound
and helpless. The agent remained there
an hour and a half , unable to free him
self from his bonds until a passenger
Held for Passing Bad Checks.
S. M. Mason , a young man in the
uniform of a lieutenant of the regular
army , was presented in the police
court at Louisville , Ky. , on a security
warrant and on the charge of being a
fugitive. Mason , it is alleged , is want
ed at Chicago , Columbus , 0. , Indiana
polis and other places for passing
Ends Ills Life with Dynamite.
C. Johnson , a carpenter and
mason , blew off his head at
Pomeroy , la. , with dynamite.
The tragedy occurred in the Roman
Catholic cemetery , about half a mile
from town. He had been drinking for
several days , and it is thought he was
afraid to go home.
Corset Steel Saves Her Life.
David H. Hearns , a machinist , fired
five shots at his wife at Saginaw , Mich.
But one took effect , and that not seri
ously , a corset steel turning it aside.
Immediately after the husband went
to the woodshed , at the rear of their
home , where the shooting occurred ,
and shot himself in the breast. His
condition is serious , and he will prob
ably die. Hearns is 38 and his wife
19. Jealousy is the supposed cause.
Mrs. Hearns had just returned from a
trip to Grand Rapids.
even that appears to be uncertain. Jes
ter , after being arrested , managed to
escape and lived under an alias for
many years until his rearrest several
months ago. His own Fister , Mrs.
Cornelia Street , strange to relate , was
the cause of his recapture. In the
middle of June , 1899 the sheriff of
Sedgwick County , of which Mrs. Street
was a resident , received from her a
letter , in which shn wrote :
I wish to make to you a statement
in regard to my brother , whose name
is Alexander Jester , who was arrested
near Valley Center , Kan. , in the year
1871 , May 2 , for killing a young man
for his team , watch and clothing. The
IJryuu to Uo Notified Aug. K.
Indianapolis has already begun to
prepare for the exercises in that city
on Aug. 8 at which William J. Bryan
and Adlai E. Stevenson will receive
formal notification of their nomination
for the presidency and vice-presidency
of the United States. The work began
on the receipt Thursday afternoon of
two telegrams assuring the city that
the exercises woud be held here. One
telegram was from Chairman Jones
at Chicago , who said : "After a con
ference with Mayor Taggart this
morning , Indianapolis was selected as
the place and Aug. 8 as the time for
notification of both men Bryan and
I'imI a Human Head in a J'aii.
A human head , cut clean from the
body , was found in a minnow pail bob
bing up and down near the electric-
light works dock , on the shore below
the Grand hotel , Mackinac Island. The
ghastly discovery was made by Robert
and Walter Brown and several other
lads who were in wading. The head
had been wrapped in a cloth and jam
med down into the pail , the cloth being
covered with dried blood.
Found a Volraiio at Sea.
A dispatch to the London Times
from Sydney , New South Wales , says
that while the cruiser Ringarooma was
practicing off the New Hebrides she
lost a torpedo. Three divers attempted
to descend to recover the torpedo , but
they encountered an active submarine
volcano. The water below the surface
was boiling. The men bled from their
ears and noses , and their diving suits
were injured by the heat.
Insolvent National Hanks.
The comptroller of the currency has
declared dividends in favor of the cred
itors of insolvent national banks as
follows : Ten per cent , Globe National
of Boston , Mass. ; 10 per cent , Citi
zens' National of Fargo , N. D. ; 6 8-10
per cent , the Mutual National of New
Orleans , La.
> 'ame Triplets for Big Men.
Mrs. David Radcliff , wife of a farmer
living near Carroll , Mo. , gave birth to
three boys Thursday. The triplets ,
who are a healthy trio , were named by
the father William McKinley , Theo
dore Roosevelt and Marcus Hanna
Ireland to Visit Kiupcrors.
An important program was arranged
for Archbishop Ireland before he left
St. Paul a few weeks ago for Paris. It
contemplates his presentation to Em
peror William of Germany and Emper
or Nicholas of Russia.
Sugar Adianeed Again.
The American Sugar Refining com
pany has advanced the price of all
grades of refined sugar ten points. The
price of granulated is now 6 cents. The
independent companies all followed
murder was committed in Missouri ,
near Warrensburg. My brother wan
arrested for murdering this young
man and I know of my own personal
knowledge that he is guilty of th >
He was given u preliminary hearing ;
in Wichita and was sent to Missouri
near wheie the crime was committed
and broke jail. He is my own broth
er , but I want him punished for that
crime. My brother is living in Shawnee -
nee , 0. T. . and is known by the iiamo
of W. H. Hill.
Hill or Jester was arrested at onro
Ho was then passing us a preacher
and cattle owner.
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whirlpool. The man was finally res
cued by three men who ventured into
the water as far as they dared ami
caught a rope which he threw to them
as his boat swung round on the outside
of the pool. "Bowser" said the trip
was more terrible than he feared , al
though lie came out unharmed.
South Dakota Fusion Ticket.
The Populists and Democrats huvo
nominated the following ticket in
South Dakota : Governor , B. II. Leiu
of Sioux Falls ; lieutenant-governor.
Abe Vancsdel of Yankton ; secretary
of state , Fred B. Smith of Brown ; au
ditor , F. J. Tracy of Edmunds ; treas
urer , Charles D. Ted rick of Chamber
lain ; superintendent of lands , Edmund
Cook of Roberts ; attorney-general , A.
E. intchcock of Davison ; superintend
ent of schools. Miss Lena Aasved of
Day ; railway commissioner , W. T. La
Follette of Brnle ; for congress1st dis
trict , Gov. Andrew E. Lee ; for con
gress , 2d district , Joseph B. Moore.
The nominee for governor is a popu
Insects Kit Indiana Crops.
Central Indiana is experiencing a
grasshopper plague. During the past
t'.vo weeks millions of these insects
have hutched out in the fields and they
seem to be ushered into the world
with full-grown appetites. On hun
dreds of farms the pastures haw
been eaten so close there is noth
ing left for the stock. The tim
othy crop has been destroyed and thr-
insects are now moving on the oats.
Many farmers are making hay of their
oats in order to save them. It is
feared that the growing corn will be
attacked next. The loss already
amounts to thousands of dollars.
Taken at the Bayonet Point.
The leader of the Belle Island strik
ers was arrested by police , with fixed
bayonets , and conveyed to St. John's ,
N. F. , by armed guards. The strikers
succeeded in over-awing those men
who had continued at. work. In consequence
quence the office staffs of the mining
companies were employed to unload
the coal schooners. Three of the lead
ers in the Belle Isle mining strike
St. John , Shepperd and McCarthy are
in jail and the police are keeping the
remainder at bay. The strikers are
becoming desperate and the situation
Force in the Philippines.
' A statement prepared by the adjut
ant general shows that the total
strength of the United States army in
the Philippines June 30 last was 63,42j
officers and men. Of that number 31-
821 are regulars and 31,605 volunteers ,
distributed among the different arms
as follows : Infantry , 54,368 officers
and men ; cavalry , 3,492 ; artillery , 2- ,
291 , and staff corps , 3,276. The total
strength given above includes 1,310
officers and men of the Ninth Infantry
since transferred to China.
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