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BY THE : DUCHESS
CHAPTER V. ( Continued. )
"I don't suppose you have , " said the
Hcapegoat , very submissively , being so
far "down on his luck" just now as to
render him patient toward any Indig
nity , even when administered by a
younger sister. So he took his scold
ing with meekness , and made no open
show of resistance or disapproval ,
though in his Inmost soul he resented
the treatment hotly ; only he turned
away from Mabel , and addressedJiIm-
self once more to his first confessor.
"Why don't you abuse me , Mildred ? "
lie said. "Am I beyond even your cen-
.sure , that you refuse to say anything
harsh to me ? Have you given me up
altogether ? If you have , I know It Is
9 only what I deserve. "
I Miss Trevanion moved abruptly
away from the side of the oaken win
dow frame , against which she had
been leaning , and went up to where he
was standing , rather apart. She laid
A - > j her hand upon his shoulder.
"Poor old fellow ! " she said , softly ;
whereupon Eddie Trevanion , in spite
of his twenty years , fairly broke down ,
and buried his face on his arms , and
burst out crying.
This was too much even for "the
queen's" stoicism ; she repented her
righteous anger immediately , and , put
ting her arms around his neck , pro
ceeded to press her lips lovingly to the
only portion of his ear at all visible ,
while Mildred , with tears in her soft ,
blue eyes , told him to cheer up and
have courage , and "maybe they'd man
age it somehow , you know , " with a
good deal more to the same purpose.
As the girls hung round him in this
fashion , and patted the sinning Eddie ,
until a looker-on would have deemed
him a suffering angel at least , Denzil
Younge sauntered upstairs in hie mud-
stained , scarlet coat. Entering the
picture gallery on his way toward his
dressing room , and not seeing very
rlearly , in consequence of the fast-
approaching darkness , he came upon
the tableau at the end of the apart
ment almost before he had time to col
lect his senses.
The three figures looked gray and
ghost-like to his bewildered eyes , but
one thing was distinctly evident , and
that was Eddie Trevanion's unmistak
"I beg your pardon , " Denzil said
hastily. "I'm awfully sorry , Miss Tre
vanion , to have intruded in this rough
. manner , but unfortunately I did not
* perceive you until I was quite close.
However , as I have committed my
olunder , can I may I try to be of
some assistance ? "
Mabel looked up eagerly. Here was
a golden opportunity. Here was a rich
young man with nothing on earth to
do with his money , and unquestion
ably good-natured !
"Could he be of some assistance ? "
Of course he could the greatest if
& Mildred would only look up and an
swer him. Mildred did look up and
answered him answered him very dis
tinctly indeed , though scarcely in the
spirit that Mabel had hoped for , hav
ing intercepted "the queen's" glance
and interpreted it correctly.
"You are very kind , " she said , stead-
ly "very kind indeed ; but this is a
matter in which , I fear , you can be of
no help to us. "
"Let me try , " he implored , eagerly.
"Impossible , " she returned , coldly ;
"you do not understand ; it is a case in
-which no stranger can take part.
Thanks very much all the same. '
When Miss Trevanion said that , of
course there was nothing left for the
young man to do but to bow and go
on his way , which he accordingly did ,
with a bitterly hurt feeling in his
breast , engendered by that one word
< "What a stress she laid on it ! How
xobnoxiously it had sounded as applied
by her to him. How coldly distinct had
Tieen her voice when speaking it !
"Well , it wasn't her fault , he supposed ,
she was gifted with neither heart nor
gracious manner , nor anything else
tender and womanly only with a glo
rious face and figure , which of course
did no good to any one and only made
one Where the deuce had Connor
put his brushes ? That fellow was
growing more confoundedly careless
every day ; and how abominably that
orute of a horse he had given one hun
dred and fifty pounds for last week ,
- had taken that last water jump this
morning , just when the entire field
was looking on , too ! On the whole , it
hadn't been so very pleasant a day , as
he had fancied in the first heat of the
moment , when it was all over and he
-was discussing it during the homeward
ride with old Appleby. Hanged old
nuisance that old Appleby was , by the
bye ! " And co on and on Indefinitely
sped Denzil's reflections , while the
cause of them all stood still in the
gallery where he had left her , with
her kind little white hand on Eddie's
"Hadn't you better go and get your
self ready for dinner , dear ? " Mildred
suggested , tenderly.
And then Eddie told her that it was
"f of little use for him to go and clothe
himself in broadcloth and fine linen
when he knew that the first bit he ate
-would infallibly choke him.
This seemed dreadful to Miss Tre
vanion. He must be far gone , indeed ,
in his misery when he could refuse to
> accept the goods the gods down stairs
r were preparing for his delectation , and
she was just bginnlng to argue with
him on the subject of that presupposed
strangulation , when Mabel broke in
"Mildred , " she said , "I have an
Idea. " And Mildred appearing suffici
ently struck with the novelty of this
announcement , Mabel went on : "I
have a plan to'say nothing further
either of you about this matter to any
one until tomorrow evening , and leave
everythng in the meantime to me. "
"But won't you tell us your plan ,
whatever it is ? " Miss Trevanion ask
ed anxiously , rather taken aback by
this unexpected prospect o rescue
from their slough of despond. "I think
it will be wiser of you to let us hear
it. " Upon which "the queen" said :
"No , I won't' very emphatically , in
deed , and marched out of the room
At eleven o'clock the next morning
Mabel Trevanion said to Wilmot , the
"Tell Jenkins to bring my horse
And Wilmot the footman , having
scrupulously and on the instant deliv
ered that message to Jenkins the
groom , it so happened that ten min
utes later "the queen" of King's Ab
bott was riding away on the high road
to Blount Grange , with her sister's
little nondescript , black-coated dog at
When at length she had reached the
wished-for massive iron gates , and had
traveled all down the long line of
stately elms that in the summer time
proved the glory and comfort of the
Grange avenue , and had evoked a ser
vant in answer to her impatient sum
mons , she asked , eagerly :
"Is Mr. Blount at home ? "
Yes the master was at home just
then , the man told her ; whereupon
Mabel jumped from her horse , desired
a groom , , summoned by the butler , to
take her horse round to the stables , ,
and gathering up her skirts , entered
the spacious hall , her little bright-
eyed follower close behind her.
Dick Blount , or "old Dick , " as he
was more commonly called by his
friends and acquaintances whose
name was legion was a man some
where in the "fifties , " tall , strong ath
letic , and the master of .an income
close upon six or eight thousand a year.
The Grange was one of the loveliest
estates in the county , situated about
two miles or so from King's Abbott ,
and why the owner of it hafl never
taken to himself a wife was a question
often asked in Cliston , but never sat
isfactorily answered. No woman's
name had ever been connected with his
in the matrimonial line at least
since on his uncle's death he had come
to take possession o ? his property. How
and where he had lived previously was
little known to anyone , beyond the
certainty that he had spent much of
his time abroad , wandering in a des
ultory pleasure-seeking fashion from
city to city , with probably no ulterior
designs , except those of enjoying the
present hour to the uppermost.
Far and near there was no man
more universally beloved and respect
ed by all classes. Young men adored
him for his genial advice , always so
gently given , and his ready assistance ,
while every child in the neighborhood
had reason to remember the good na
ture of old Dick Blount.
"Mr. Blount , " said Mabel , as the old
gentleman advanced to meet her , "I
want to speak to you in private , please ,
for a minute or so. "
"So you shall. Come in here , " said
Dick Blount , and he led the way Into
his library , the door of which he closed
carefully behind her. "Now what can
I do for you ? "
"I am going to ask something dread
ful , " began Mabel , after a pause , dur
ing which she had fel her courage
oozing rapidly away "something that
I feel sure no woman should ask , , but
you must promise not to think too
hardly of me for all that. "
"I promsie you. "
"Well , then , " desperately "I want
you to give me three hundred pounds. '
"Is that all ? " he said. "Why I
thought you were about to confess to
half a dozen murders at least. Sit
down , Miss Mabel , and tell me all that
is on your mind. "
And Mabel , sitting down , told him
all her trouble all about Eddie's evil
behavior , and her father's ignorance of
it , together with his inability to pay
so much ready money just then , and
her own determination to come over
to him , as the only person she could
think of likely to help her in her ca
lamity. When she had finished she
looked up at him wistfully out of her
beautiful hazel eyes.
"I know I have done a very wrong
thing , " she said , with quivering lips
"a hateful , unfeminine thing that will
make you despise me forever. But
what could I do ? You were the only
one I could think of to help me , and
so I came. "
"I consider you have done me a very
great honor , " answered old Dick ,
promptly , "and I feel proud and glad
of it. To whom indeed should you
come , if not to your oldest friend ? I'll
toll you what , Miss Mabel I'll write
you out the check now on the spot , and
you can take it at once to your naugh
ty brother with your love ; and we
will never tell any one you and I
one word about It. "
Mabel's eyes filled with tears. She
stooped suddenly , and kissed the kindly -
ly largo brown hand that lay on the
table near her.
"Nonsense , child , " said Blount , hast
ily ; "what did you do that for ? Why ,
the money Is lying idle at my bankers ,
not doing the slightest good to any ono
and I am only too pleased to be able
to oblige you so easily. "
"Thank you , " returned Mab , "thank
you again , Mr. Blount , for all your
goodness to me. "
"I have done nothing for you , " pro
tested old -Dick , "and I shall be serious
ly angry , Miss Mabel , If you ever men
tion my 'goodness' to me again. "
They were crossing the hall at this
time , and presently gained the outer
porch , where he put her on her horse
and gathered up the reins for her hand.
"Well , good-by , and take care of
yourself ; and be sure you look your
very loveliest on Thursday evening. "
"Good-by , " Mabel cried , and rode on
beneath the elms once more to the
high road on her way home to King's
When she reached It she found the
house deserted the two elder ladies ,
accompanied by Miss Younge , having
gone a distance of five miles to return
some visits , while the gentlemen had
been shooting since early dawn.1
"And Miss Mildred where is she ? "
"Miss Trevanion has just gone down
by the copse way , toward Grant's
farm , to" see Kate Dempsey , whose
'inan'Jias 'been in trouble , ' " Jenkins ,
the footman. Informed her.
And so there was nothing left for
Mabel but to wait patiently until such
time as any of the members of the
household should take it into their
heads to return.
* * r T *
Mildred at that moment was return
ing from Mrs. Dempsey's dwelling
house , and Denzil Younge was at her
Slight and tall though she was , she
scarcely reached her companion's
shoulder as they walked along side by
side , very silently at first. The chill
breeze sent a bright v/arm glow to her
cheeks , and played with and flung
about her hair , until she seemed trans
figured into one of the ancient sirens ,
come back once more to break the
hearts of men. The heart of the man
beside her was very fairly on the way
to breaking just at present , so sweet
she seemed to him , so fair past all ex
pression , so hopelessly beyond his pow
er to reach.
" 'And of what are you thinking , Jenny
Mildred hummed gayly , glancing up at
Denzil with laughing violet eyes.
"Of you , " he answered simply , "and
of something else. "
"Very explanatory , " said Miss Tre
vanion "only I want very much to
know what the 'something else is. I
hold it as my due to tell me , because
I am your Bradshaw just now , and you
certainly owe me a return for my ser
"If I told you , it would not interest
you in the least. "
"I can quite believe that few things
do ; but we have a good long walk be
fore us , with no earthly subject to dis
cuss , as I conclude you hardly feel
equal to the weather. Do you ?
"Of course I do ; surely you cannot
suppose that this little gust of wind
possesses the power to upset me ? "
"I don't mean in that way how
stupid you are ! * I spoke of being
'equal to , ' or as you would say , 'up
to * discussing the weather.
"Oh , that indeed ! I beg your par
don ; the cobwebs thicken on my brain
of late , I fancy. I only hope this live
ly breeze will blow them all away be
fore Mr. Blount's ball , or I shall find
no one there to take pity on me. "
"Remove your hat , then , and give
your head a chance ; the result will
probably be a severe cold in it but
that doesn't matter compared with the
clearness of intellect. Are you think
ing much about the ball ? "
( To be continued. )
SCOTS TOAST THE QUEEN.
Audience Was In I > onht "Whether Cower
or Sovereign Was Sloan t.
About five months ago I clipped the
following from the Glasgow Weekly
Mail. It occurred in the report of an
agricultural show dinner. The chair
man spoke thus : "Noo , gentlemen ,
will ye a' fill your glasses , for I am
about to bring forrit 'the Queen. ' Our
queen , gentlemen , is really a wonder-
fu' woman , if I may say it ; she's ane
o' the guid auld sort. Nae Whigma-
leeries or falderals about her , but a
deuce descent lady. She's rsepcetable
beyond a doot. She has brocht up a
grand family o' well faured lads and
lasses , her oldest son being a credit
to any mither , and they're a' weel
married. One daughter is nae less
than married to the Duke o' Argyll's
son and heir. Gentlemen , ye'll may no
no' believe it , but I ance saw the
queen. I did. It was when I took
my auld broon coo to Perth show.I
remember her weel such color , such
hair ? "
Interruption and cries of "Is it the
coo or the queen ye're proposing ? "
"The queen , gentlemen. I beg your
pardon , but I was talkin' about the
coo. However , as to the queen. Some
body pointed her out to me at the
Perth station , and there she was ,
smart and tidy-like , and says I to my
self , 'Gin my auld woman at hamc
slips awa' , ye need na remain a widow
another hour langer. ' Nee , gentlemen ,
the whusky's good , the night is lahg ,
the weather is wet and the roads are
saft and will harm naebody that comes
to grief. So aff wi' yer drink to the
bottom ? 'The Queen ? ' "
The number of saloons in Ohio last
year was 10,348 , an Increase of 476
over 1899. The license receipts were
Aguinaldo Never Dreamed American *
Would Be so Pair and Liberal ,
TAKES OATH WHEN ENLIGHTENED
Chief .faslice Arellano Finds In Uim
Ready Convert Complete Surrender
Possible Soon Probably Quit by April
MANILA , April 4. Chief Justice
Arellano , who administered to Emillo
Aguinaldo the oath of allegiance to
the United States government , de-
Bcribed today to a reporter of the As
sociated Press the conditions leading
up to ami attending the ceremony ,
which was semi-private.
Aguinaldo , still detained In an
apartment of the Malacanan palace
and awaiting orders from Washing
ton , had expressed himself as anx
ious to learn more regirding the
American system of government anil
had asked Ohief Justice Arellano to
enlighten him. The chief justice
carefully explained the various meas
ures passed .by the Philippine com *
mission , headed by Judge Taft , and
showed him -what provisions were
made for education and progress and
for municipal and provincial self-gov
Listening with deep interest , Agui
naldo finally exclaimed : "I never
dreamed the Americans would 'be so
fair and liberal. "
Before the conversation had ended
Jie had agreed to take the oath of a1-
legiance and this was immediately ad
Senor Arellano says :
"Aguinaldo's action will induce all
the insurgents to surrender and I pre
dict that the islands will be com
pletely pacified by June.
"Aguinaldo is eager to visit the
United Sttes , but when I questioned
him on the subject of holding office
he replied that he had no desires in
that direction and 'intended ' to re
tire to private life after a trip to
"It is rumored that President Mc
Kinley has invited Aguinaldo to visit
the United States and that the former
insurgent leader may sail from Ma
nila on April 15. General MacArthur ,
when questioned regarding the rumor ,
said he had absolutely nothing to
WASHINGTON , April 4. After a
consultation with the president Sec
retary Root tonight sent a cable mes
sage to General MacArthur giving
him instructions regarding Aguna\lo
and the views of the administration
on some recommendations as to Phil
ippine affairs made by General Mac-
Arthur. The contents of the cable
gram will not be made public f.r the
It is stated at the War department
today that General MacArthur had
made no communication relative to
Aguinaldo today and that the attitude
of this government toward the insur
gent chief had not changed. He is
yet held as a prisoner , and while he
will be treated with kindness , there
is no disposition to allow him liberty
unless it is demonstrated that he in
tends to comply fully with the am
nesty terms and his oath of allegi
ance. The cable message sent tonight
was of considerable length and was
quite specific as to the policy of the
government. It is understood that
Agtiinaldo would like certain assur
ances or promises from the govern
ment and the message informed Gen
eral MacArthur just what the govern
ment would do.
Lieavcx Pckin for Gootl.
WASHINGTON , April 4 Although
no official notice has reached here of
the reported departure of Prince Li
Hung Chang from Pekin for Shang-
.hai , the officials are inclined to be
lieve it is true , and that Li Hung
Chang is really leaving Pekin for
good and because the emperor is dis
pleased with his conduct. It was
known here that when Li Hung
Chang -was made one of the peace en
voys that he was pro-Russian.
Commission Calls on President.
WASHINGTON , April 4. Ex-Sena
tors Thurston , McBride and Lindsay ,
ex-Representatives Allen of Misissippi
end John F. Miller of Indiana , five
members of the recently appointed
St. Louis exposition commission , call
ed upon the president today. Mr. Al
len remarked humorously after the in
terview that the commission .had sim
ply called to thank the president on
behalf of the country for the wue se
lections he had made.
Miles Will See the Tests.
WASHINGTON , April 4. Lieuten
ant General Miles will leave here to
morrow morning for At'antic City ,
where he will remain unt'l Saturday ,
-when he will go to Sandy Hook to at
tend a meeting of the board of ord
nance and fortifications. This meetIng -
Ing isheld at Sandy Hook for the
purpose of making tests of some guns
that have been there for sevc al
weeks. The important test of fielJ
guns will not take place.
THUnSTON FAVORS CARTER.
Ioei Not Wish to Ilo Permanent Chnlr-
iniin for St. Louis.
WASHINGTON , April 5 It Is ex
pected that the newly appointed St.
Louis World's fair commission will
meet in St. Louis Monday , April 15 ,
or within a day or two of that date.
Senator Thurston , who is acting as
temporary chairman until the board
selects Us president and secre'tary , said
today that In all probability Secretary
Hay of the state department would
call a meeting for April 15 , although
ex-Senator Lindsay had said It would
be impossible for him to leave New
York before April 20 , but as the people
ple of St. Louis are clamoring for the
government commission to get togeth
er there is every reason to believe that
the board will be convened speedily.
Ex-Senator Thurston was consider
ably put out today when lie read re
ports in morning papers to the effect
that he had been selected as chairman
of the commission.
"There has been no chairman se
lected , " said the Nebraskan. "I was
asked to look after a few preliminary
matters by the secretary of state
pending a formal meeting of the board
in St. Louis. I have never been a
candidate for president of the com
mission and I am for Senator Carter
for that place. There is too much
work attached to the chairmanship
for me , and realizing this I cannot un
derstand why the report was sent out
that I had been made chairman. My
name was first of those mentioned as
appointees for the reason , I presume ,
that President McKinley tendered me
the place first. I know of no other
reason' I have , as I said before , no
desire to be president of the commis
sion. I realize the responsibilities and
my only desire is to help St. Louis
make the greatest exposition the
world has ever seen. "
George D. Meiklejohn , ex-assistant
secretary of war , is to he given , it is
understood , a loving cup on behalf of
the army officers , bureau chiefs and
clerks connected with the war de
partment. The cup is to be a massive
silver piece and if it cannot be made
in time for its presentation to Mr.
Meiklejohn before he leaves for the
west , it will be sent to him.
DENIES STORY OF VISIT.
Hay Says There is 3fo Truth in Keport of
WASHINGTON , April 5. The presi
dent and Secretary Hay were in con
ference for almost an hour this morn
ing. Secretary Root was present a
portion of the time. The subject of
the consultation was not disclosed , al
though it was surmised that it related
to the Chinese situation. Secretary
Hay stated that the government had
no official advices confirming the press
reports that China ihad definitely re
fused to sign the Mauchurian agree
ment with Russia.
Secretary Root pronounced the sto
ries that Aguinaldo had been invited
to come or that he was coming to the
United States in the immediate future
to be baseless. After the secretary of
state and secretary of war departed
Lord Pauncefote , the British ambassa
dor , called at the White House and
was received by the president in the
blue parlor. The official explanation
of the British ambassador's visit , giv
en out at the White House , was that
he called to impart the ackuowledg-
ment of the British government for
the expressions of regret on the death
of Queen Victoria.
WASHINGTON CREDITS IT.
JJolicvcs Spain Has Ratified Treaty of
WASHINGTON , D. C. . April 5. Al
though so far without official confirma
tion , the report that the Spanish coun
cil has approved the draft of the new
treaty of commercial friendship be
tween the United States and Spain
finds credence here. Minister Storer
has been working negotiating a whole
fabric of treaties to take the place of
those wiped out by the Spanish war.
His first 'work was the proposition of
an extradition treaty and this is now
Great difficulty was found in arriv
ing at a common basis for the negotia
tions for the treaty of commerce and
friendship. But it is believed that Mr.
Storer has succeeded and that Ameri
can imports to Spain , which since the
war have paid almost prohibitory
maximum duties , will secure substan
tial reductions that will result in en
Two Deaths From Plaene.
CAPETOWN , April 5. Two deaths
from bubonic plague and one suspect
ed case were officially reported today
the lowest record since the outbreak
of the disease in Capetown.
May Settle Fishery Dispute.
LONDON. April 5. Mr. Robert
Bogl , the premier and colonial secre
tary of Newfoundland , confirms the
statement of E. P. Morris , the New
foundland delegate on the French
shore question , who sailed from Liv
erpool for New York yesterday , that
an understanding had been reached
on the French shore question , sat
isfactory to Newfoundland Mid Great
Britain , and which it is hoped will
prove satisfactory to France.
AGUINAIDO IS SWORN IN.
Takes Oatli of Allcglnncn to tlio United
Suite * Government.
WASHINGTON , April 3.--Secretary
Root 'has ' just made public the follow
ing cablegram , received at the "War
department this morning at 8 o'clock :
"MANILA. Adjutant Genera ! .
Washington : SSiico arrival at Manila
Agulnaldo hap. been at Malncanan , In
vestigating conditions In aiclilpolago.
He has relied almost entirely upon
the Instructive advice of Chief Justlca
Arellano. As -result today he sub
scribed and swort to ithe declaration
on page 11 of my annual report.
"MAC ARTHUR. "
The oath referred to is as follows-
"I hereby renounce all allegiance tj
any and all so-called revolutionary
governments In the Philippine island. *
and 'recognize and accept the supreme
authority of the United States of
America theieln. I do solemnly swear
that I will boar true faith and allegi
ance to that government ; that I will
at all times conduct myself as a faith
ful and law-abiding citizen of the sall ;
island , and -will not , either Olrectly or
indirectly , hold correspondence wither
or give Intelligence to an enemy of
the 'United States , nor will I abet , liar-
bar or protect such enemy ; that I im
pose upon myself these voluntary
obligations without any mental reser
vations or purpose of evasion , so help
me God. "
Four asterisks in the cablegram
mark a passage withheld from publl
cation , about which the ofllclals will
say nothing now.
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SHOT
Wounded In si St. toulB Xlcction ISmr hf
a Ilullot ait-nut l * ' r Another.
ST. LOUIS , April 3. It is just re
ported that United States District At
torney Rosier was shot in the arm
at a polling place near Vandeventer
and Manchester avenue. A row was
in progress and Mr. Rosier received
a shot that was intended for another.
The wound is not serious.
While Mr. Rosier was standing at
the polls in the Twenty-fifth ward ,
John Banks , one of a crowd of twen
ty or more negroes , attempted to vote
His vote was challenged by Mr. Rosier
who said the negro had already voted
elsewhere. He requested the police
officer there to arrest Banks. This
was done , and while the officer was
telephoning for the patrol wagon , the
crowd of negroes surrounded him and
his prisoner whom they rescued. Be
tween forty and fifty shots werjp fired
by the negroes , more with the pur
pose of intimidation than to hit any
body. After the negroes had escaped ,
it was found that Mr. Rosier had
stopped one o the balls. His wound
is not serious , however.
HARRISON REMAINS MAYOR.
Chicago Kc-Elects Him , lint Cuts HI *
Plurality to 2K'i75.
CHICAGO , April 3 Carter H. Harrison
risen has been re-elected mayor cf
Chicago for the second time and will
next week commence his third term
as the chief executive of the city. Hi. ;
official plurality over Judge Elbridg"
Hanecy , the republican nominee , is
28,257. The total vote of the city is
Harrison , 150,952 ; Hanecy , 128,695.
In the last mayoralty election th < j
vote was : Harrison , democrat , 148.
49G ; Carter , republican , 107,437 ; Har
rison's plurality , 41,059. In the pres
idential campaign last fall ( the city
vote for pr3sident was : McKinlcv.
184,78G ; Bryan , 177,165 ; McKinley'i
plurality , 7,621
Out of the thirty-five wards of thi
city Harrison today carried twenty-si
and Hanecy nine. The city warJ.j
were redistricted after the presiden
tial election and the regular majori
ties in some of the wards were turned
squarely around from what they
EORTS ARE TO BE DISMANTLED.
I'orci n Generals Unanimous on thw
PEKIN , April 3. Regarding the de
struction of the forts the generals ar *
practically agreed that those at Taku.
Shan Hai Kuan and Tin Tsin must
at least be rendered useless , whi'e the
north fort at the entrance of tb.3 riv
er Taku must be destroyed entirely on
account of the fact that ever since it
was built it has caused lower water
on the ba > r , having diverted the course
of the stream. The merchants hav
frequently complained to the consuls ,
but no government has liked to ask
China to destroy a fort at the en
trance to an important river. This ,
however , can now be done as a matter
of military necessity , and will givr-
foreign merchants intense satisfaction
as in consequence of its being done
the river will in a short time again
be navigable as far as Tien Tsin.
Train Reaches jrcUonald.
M'DONALD , Kan. . April 3. A Bur
lington train arrived at McDonald to
night at 7:25 , the first train here since
March 23. The snowplow is digging
east from Bird City. Kan. , through a
drift three and a half miles long. The
drifts will be cleared by 3 o'clock to
morrow afternoon. There were eight
days' mail , express and merchandise-
on the train for McDonald. Snow on
the range is two to three feet deep.
Hard weather prevtils.
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