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VOLUME XIV. VALENTINE , NEBRASKA , JUNE 22 , 1899. NUMBER 22.
THIS WIDE WORLD
INTELLIGENCE FROM ALL
1 TRIAL FOR MERRIAM
.NEW YORK UNION AFTER THE
Union Has a Copy of the Orders to
the General Cautioning Him Not
to Meddle in Union Affairs Other
Items of Interest.
Demand for Courtmartial.
The Central Federated Labor Union in
New York Sunday presented a resolution
instructing its secretary to write to Presi
dent McKinley and the War Department ,
demanding the recall and trial by court-
martial of Gen. Merriam , because of his
policy regarding the striking miners at
( . 'oner d'Alene , Idaho. A committee was
also appointed to draft resolutions de
nouncing Gen. Merriam. This action by
the central body was inspired by the read
ing of the reply from the War Department
to another , asking if Gen. Mernam's orders
to miners to employ no union men had the
sanction of the Department. The reply
was written by Frederick C. Squires , con
fidential clerk to Secretary Alger , and in
closed a copy of instructions sent to Gen.
Merriam on May 81. These are as follows :
"You will instruct Maj. Smith , com
manding at Wallace , that he is to aid the
United States troops simply to preserve
order. These were your original instruc
tions. The army must have nothing what
ever to do with enforcing rules for the gov
ernment of miners or the miners' union.
That is a matter for the local authorities to
deal with. * '
WILL FIGHT WITH VIGOR.
Aggressive Campaign Against the
Rebels to Be Kept Up.
According to the Washington corre
spondent of a New York paper , two im
portant decisions were made at the meet
ing of the cabinet held just before the
President started for Holyokc , referring to
the campaign in the Philippines. First ,
that in view of the strength of Aguinaldo
in the north , as developed in dispatches
from Gen. Otis , the aggressive campaign
ag linst the rebel chief must be renewed
with vigor. .Second , that the array and
navy must co-operate to maintain a tight
blockade in Luzon and prevent the landing
of supplies of any caracter for the rebel
President McKinley expressed surprise
that the insurgent forces should be able
apparently to procure inexhaustible sup
plies of arms and ammunition , and direc
tions were cabled Admiral Watson to co
operate with Gen. Otis in trying to prevent
landing of munitions of war on the island
of Luzon. A blockade of the island was
reported established some time ago , but
every encounter with the insurgents dem
onstrates that they still have abundant
supplies. Cabinet officers are of the opin
ion that if a strict blockade is maintained
.the insurgents will quickly exhaust their
Especial reasons for using extraordinary
vigilance in maintaining the blockade are
now said to exist. English and American
merchants in Ilong Kong who are helping
the Philippine junta are showing great
activity , and are said to be offering enticing
inducements to blockade runners to carry
arms and ammunition to Aguinaldo.
HURT IN OMAHA FIRE.
Eleven Firemen Painfully Injured
by an Explosion.
At an early hour Sunday morning the
building occupied by Allen Bros.'whole
sale grocery in Omaha was discovered on
fire. The blaze started on the fifth floor
and burned downward , destroying the
fourth and fifth floors and their contents.
The damage to the stock is estimated at
$100,000 and is covered by $170,000 insur
ance. During the progress of the fire a
magazine filled with powder which the
fiiemen v/ere moving to a place of safety
exploded. Eleven firemen were painfully
burned or injuredf two seriously. None of
the injured , with the exception of Thomas
Ruane , are dangerously hurt , though the
burns are painful and will incapacitate
. them for duty for some time.
POWDER FACTORY BLOWN' UP
four Persons Killed Near San Ha
fael , Cal. , by an Explosion.
The United States Smokeless Powder
Company's factory , situated on Point San
Pedro , four miles from San Rafael , Cal. ,
was the scene of a disastrous explosion.
As a result four employes were killed and
three seriously injured , while six buildings
were demolished by the shock and the re
sultant flames. The bodies of the dead
were badly mangled. The disaster is be
lieved to have been caused by one of the
workmen smoking a pipe in the graining
room. The property loss is about $15,000 ,
A head end collision occurred between
a Northern Pacific freight train and a re
turning excursion train from Astoria , at
Linton , ten miles north of Portland , Ore.
One man was killed outright and six were
.injured , some of them with broken limbs.
Jury Again Disagrees.
For the second time a Chicago jury has
failed to agree as to whether Christopher
Strook is guilty of having committed the
Schrage bond robbery.
Kansas City , Pittslmrg and Gulf
Holdup in Indian Territory.
Southbound passenger train No. 2 , on the
Kansas City , Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad ,
was held up June 16 by three masked men
at a curve about a mile south of Shady ,
Indian Territory. The engineer was
signaled to stop by a red lan
tern and on bringing the train
to a stop guns were leveled at him
and the fireman was ordered to go back
and cut of the express car. Then they all
entered the cab of the engine and ran the
cars down the track a couple of miles ,
where they went through the express and
mail cars , securing considerable booty , the
exact amount of which is not known as the
express company will not give out the
amount of its loss. When the train came
to a stop Conductor Sullivan paid little
attention to it until shots were heard.
Shortly the fireman came back , announcing
a holdup. It wcs about an hour before the
engineer returned with the other cars. The
robbers did not go through the passenger
LIKELY TO AROUSE MINERS
Sweeping Injunctions Are Issued
Against Kansas Strikers.
Deputy United States Marshals Mooney
and Trigg of Fort Scott , with a number of
assistants went to Yale and Fleming , Kan. ,
to serve sweeping injunctions on the union
miners at those towns. The injunction ?
were issued from the Federal Court at the
first named town upon orders from Judge
llook , who heard the application in Cham
bers at Leavenworth. It is evident that
the company expects to operate its plant
in spite of union miners by importing
negro miners from the South. The in
junctions are likely to arouse the miners
They place the deputy maishals in almost
complete control of the union men , their
authority being extended beyond the limits
of the company ground. The injunction is
absolute , pending a hearing on June 21.
BARROW IS GUILTY.
One of Marion Clark's Kidnapers
Gets Fourteen Years.
George Barrow was found guilty of the
charge of kidnaping Marion Claik in Xew
York city , and sentenced to fourteen years
and ten months in the State prison. The
trial concluded with testimony intended to
tstablish the previous good character of
the defendant. The summing up of the
counsel was very brief and the cause was
given to the jury with a few words of in
struction from the bench. The jury , after
being out twenty-five minutes , rendered a
verdict of guilty and sentence was passed
as above stated. Carrie Jones , who pleaded
guilty , was sentenced to four years. The
trial of Mrs. Barrow , as her husband's ac
complice , will follow.
Ten Killed by Series of Explosions
in a Nova Scotia Mine.
Two explosions occurred in the Cale
donia mine of the Dominion Coal Com
pany , at Glace Bay , Nova Scotia , resulting
in the death of ten men , including Thomas
Johnson , underground manager , and
brother of the assistant manager of the
company. Ten bodies have been recovered.
The explosions were caused by an accum
ulation of gas in the old workings at a
depth of three-quarters of a mile. The
shock shattered glass in every direction.
A fire followed , and all in the mine aru
doubtless dead. About sixty were below
when the explosions occurred , but part of
the force escaped through another slope.
Breaks Free on Scaffold.
Carroll M. Kice , wife murderer , was
hanged at Alton * Oregon County , Mo. , last
Friday afternoon. Just before the black
cap was adjusted and while his legs were
being pinioned the condemned man broke
away from the sheriff and attempted to
escape. lie was recaptured and quickly
hanged. Before dying lie addressed the
5,000 people present , saying that he hoped
to meet them in a better world.
Another Feud Victim.
Nsws has been received from Manches
ter , Ky. , of another tragedy fn the Baker-
Howard feud. The new victim is James
Howard. lie was standing in front of the
court house , very near to the spot where
Tom Baker was shot down last week ,
when a shot was fired from a near by win-
ilow and he fell. The assassin escaped.
Yellow Fever at Mobile.
A Mobile , Ala. , dispatch states that the
British steamship Lombard , from Vera
Cruz , arrived in the lower bay Thursday
with a sailor on board suffering with yellow
fever. The vessel was ordered to the
Government quarantine station at Ship
Paris Rioters Sentenced.
Compt de Dion , Compt d'Aubigny and
Compt d'Assy have been sentenced at Paris
to a fortnight in prison and fined 100 francs
for participation in the riots atAuteuil.
Others were sentenced to imprisonment of
one to three months on the same charge.
France Calld to Account.
The Italian Government , says the Koine
correspondent of the Daily Mail , has de
manded satifaction from France for the
irbitrary arrest at Nice of the Italian Gen
eral , Gilletta , taken into custody there.
Kills a Peacemaker.
While acting as peacemaker between
John Moore and Chris Graft at Rockhouse ,
Letcher County , Ky. , William Maggard
was shot dead by Craft , who fled to the
Hanging in Missouri.
John Heidrick , 19 years old , a farm hand
who murdered James M. Lail , a year ago ,
was hanged at Jackson , Mo. , Thursday.
A DISTINGUISHED TRIBUNAL
First Formal Meeting of Venezue
lan Arbitrators in Paris.
The first formal meeting of the Venezue
lan Arbitration Commission opened in
Paris Thursday. The arbitrators , counsel
and others began assembling at the Foreign
Office shortly before 11 o'clock. They
were received by Minister of Foreign Af
fairs Delcasse. The tribunal sits in the
rooms used by the Spanish-American peace
conference. Former President Benjamin
Harrison , Gen. Benjamin F. Tracy and
the remainder of the Americans sat at
tables at the left side of the room , facing
the court , and the other British represent
atives were seated at tables on the right side.
Prof , de Martens was president , having
Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller and Sir
Richard Ilenn Collins , lord justice of ap
peals , on his right , and Barren Eussell of
Killowen , lord chief justice of England ,
and Justice David J. Brewer on his left.
The Foreign Minister welcomed the Com
mission to the hospitality of France. Prof.
Martens replied , thanking the Foreign
Minister for his words of welcome. Mr.
Webster announced it had been arranged
he should speak first , followed by two
Venezuelan counsel , then by two British
counsel , then Venezuelan , then British ,
closing by Venezuelan.
CLOUDBURST IN TEXAS.
Great Damage to Cattle and Sheep
A cloudburst occurred in the mountains
north of Spotford Junction , Texas , Thurs
day. The immense volume of watei
rushed down the mountainside , sweeping
everything before it and converting dry
arroyas and small creeks and rivers into
raging torrents and completely flooding
the valley and level country below. At
the sheep ranch of M. L. Butler every liv
ing thing was swept away , and the entire
Butler family , consisting of father , mother
and two children , are reported to have
perished. Henry Carver , on the cattle
ranch lower down , was drowned. The
Southern Pacific track was washed away
in a half dozen places , and two large
bridges were completely destroyed. There
are many rumors of loss of life below the
railroad , but it is impossible to get par
ticulars until the water subsides. It is
2ci tain , however , that there has been great
damage to cattle and sheep ranches along
the streams that are now so swollen.
LABOR MAKES A PROTEST.
'Frisco Unions Take Action Regard
ing Wardner Troubles.
At a mass meeting held in San Fran
cisco under the auspices of the Labor
Council , Building Traded Council and
Affiliated unions , a strong protest was
made against the maintenance of military
rule at Wardner , Idaho. Addresses were
made by ex-Congressman Maguire , Judge
Highton , P. H. McCarthy and others
Resolutions were adopted protesting
against the acts of Gov. Steunenberg and
Gen. Merriam ; calling on President Mc
Kinley to "order the cessation of the
usurpation of power by the military , " and
requesting California representatives in
Congress to ask for a congressional inves
Hundreds Starving to Death.
Advices from East Africa show that fam
ine is more prevalent in German possess
ions owing to drought , which also prevails
alarminglj in the Bntis protectorate. Hun
dreds of women and children are dying of
starvation and resident whites are unable
to cope with the distress.
Two Killed by Lightning.
Aubrey Pnng , son of John Pring of Colorado
rado Springs , and Leonard Lee were killed
by lightning while working in a field near
.he divide- Others in the field were
shocked by the lightning and a team was
Chicago Cattle , common to prime ,
$3.00 to § 55.75 ; hogs , shipping grades ,
$3.00 to 54.00 ; sheep , fair to choice , § 3.00
to $5.25 ; wheat , No. 2 red , 75c to 7(5c ;
corn. No. 2 , 34c to 35c ; oats , No. 2 , 23c
to 25c ; rye , No. 2 , 59c to ( ilc ; butter ,
choice creamery , ISc to 19c ; eggs , fresh ,
12c to 14c ; potatoes , choice , 50c to 05c
Indianapolis Cattle , shipping , $3.00 to
$5.75 ; hogs , choice light , $2.75 to $4.00 ;
sheep , common to choice , $2.50 to $4.75 ;
wheat , No. 2 red , 73c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
white , 33c to 35c ; oatsv , No. 2 white , 29c
St. Louis Cattle , $3.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $3.00 to $4.50 ;
wheat. No. 2 , 70c te 77c ; corn , No. 2
yellow. 33c to 35c ; oats , No. 2 , 25c to 2Gc ;
rye. No. 2 , 57c to 5Sc.
Cincinnati Cattle , $2.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $4.50 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 74c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
mixed , 35c to 3Gc ; oats , No. 2 mixed , 27c
to 2Sc ; rye , No. 2. G4c to GGc.
Detroit Cattle , $2,50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
? 3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $4.75 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 77c to 7Sc ; corn , No. 2
yellow , 34c to 3Gc ; oats , No. 2 white , 2Sc
to 29c- ; rye , G2c to G4c.
Toledo Wheat , No. 2 mixed , 7Gc td
7Sc ; corn. No. 2 mixed , 32c to 34c ; oats ,
Xo. 2 mixed , 2Gc to 27c ; rye. No. 257c _
to 50c ; clover seed , new , $3.85 to $3.95.
Milwaukee Wheat , No. 2 spring , 7Gc
to 77c ; corn , No. 3 , 33c to 34c ; oats , No.
2 white , 27c to 29c ; rye , No. 1 , 59c to 60c ;
bnrley , No. 2 , 39c to 41c ; pork , mess.
$8.00 to $8.50.
Buffalo-r-Cattle , good shipping steers ,
? 3.00 to $5.75 ; hogs , common to choice ,
? 3.25 to $4.25 ; sheep , fair to choice weth
ers , $3.50 to $5.00 ; lambs , common to
extra , $4.50 to $7.00.
New York Cattle , $3.25 to $ fiJDQ ; bogs
$3.00 to $4.50 ; sheep , $3.00 to $4.75 :
wheat. No. 2 red , 83c to 85c ; corn , No.
2 , 41c to 42c ; oat , No. 2 whits , 31c to 33c
butter , creamery , 15c to 19c ; egg , West
eru , 14c to IGc.
STATE OP NEBRASKA
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN A CON
Initial Steps Taken by Mayor Oloores
of Omaha to Welcome First Ne
braska A Committee Appointed
Gold Medal for Every Man.
Will Welcome First.
The initial steps toward making the
welcome to the First Nebraska a fitting
testimonial of the respect and gratitude of
the entire State have been taken by Mayor
Moores of Omaha in the naming of a com
mittee of 300 prominent citizens of the
State to take the matter in charge. Mayor
Moores , in naming the committee , issued a
proclamation to the people of the entire
State , reading in part as follows :
"Every patriotic Citizen of our State feels
proud of the splendid record made by our
three regiments of Nebraska volunteers.
As we have read recently of the gallant
deeds of the First Nebraska in the Philip
pines we have felt that our boys have done
honor to us and to the State , and that
nothing we could do would be too good for
them upon their return. In a little over a
month the regiment will be mustered out
in San Francisco.
"It has occurred to some of our patriotic
citizens that the people of Nebraska should
run special trains to the Pacific Coast and
bring the boys home without expense to
them ; that the whole State should join in
welcoming the regiment in a magnificent
celebration to be held at Omaha , and that
each soldier should be given a handsome
solid gold medal. No sooner was the idea
suggested than it was taken up at occe
with enthusiasm and within a few hours
$10,000 had been pledged by Omaha gen
tlemen. It is estimated that $40,000 will
be necessary to carry out the plans as sug
gested. At the request of a com
mittee of business men I have con
sented to take charge of the arrangements ,
and have appointed a committee of 800
prominent citizens throughout the State to
assist me in the work. The committee will
meet and formulate definite plans , will
elect a treasurer and secretary and ap
point an executive committee to have the
active management of affairs.
"While the larger part of the money
necessary for this undertaking will be
raised in Omaha yet this is a Nebraska and
not an Omaha affair and an opportunity
will be given every one in the State to con
CONFIRMS SHORT LINE SALE
United States Judge Munger Enters
Decree of Transfer to Tods.
The- ale of the Pacific Short Line llail-
road , extending from Sioux City to O'Neill ,
to William S. Ted and Walter E. Ted , rep
resentatives of a new company that is in
process of organization , has been confirmed
by Judge Munger of the United States
Court at Omaha. According to the terms
of the decree , the road is to remain
in the custody of the receiver until
the further order of the Court ,
or until the organization of the new com
pany is completed. The Tods who have
purchased the road are the brothers of J.
Kennedy Ted of New York , a director in
the Great Northern and Baltimore and
Ohio Railroads , and a member of J. Pier-
pont Morgan's voting trust , and they have
the financial backing to do almost anything
with the road.
Masons Meet at Lincoln.
* The annual communication of the Ma-
Bonic Grand Lodge was held in Lincoln
with about five hundred delegates in at
tendance. All the business sessions were
held m Representative Ilall in the State
The officers selected are as follows :
Judge W. W. Keysor of Omaha , grand
master ; Judge Albert W. Crites of Chacl-
ron , deputy grand master ; Judge E. E.
Evans of Dakota City , grand senior war
den ; N. B. Ayers of Beaver City , grand
junior warden ; Francis E. White of Platts-
mouth , grand secretary ; Chris Hartman of
Omaha , grand treasurer. The next annual
meeting of the grand lodge will be held in
Omaha , the date to be afterward decided
upon by the officers of the order.
Jacob A. Maxwell , who left his home in
Washington June 11 , has not yet returned.
What has become of him no one seems to
know. He is a son of former Congress
man Maxwell of this State , and went to
Washington as clerk to his father. About
a year ago he was married. For several
months he has not had any employment ,
and he has been very much worried over
this condition of affairs. When he failed
to return excuses were made for him by
his wife , who is ill , but this continued
absence warned her and she now fears
something serious has happened to him.
The police have an idea that he may have
started to return to his former home.
Viola Harlocker in New York.
Miss Viola Harlockerof Hastings , who is
under a $5,000 bond on the charge of hav
ing attempted the life of Mrs. C. F. Morey
by sendin j her a box of poisoned candy , is
in Nyv York city with her sisters , Miss
Zor ? . and Mrs. Lou Nanfe Phillips , where
she has gone to recuperate. A report is
current in Hastings to the effect that Miss
Harlocker's mind is becoming unbalanced
and that she was taken to New York to be
placed in"a private insane asylum. This
is not believed , however , as Miss Har-
locker is known to be convalescing and is
said to be enjoying the sights of New
Relocate County Seat.
Petitions are being circulated at Wausa
asking the county board to call a special
election to relocate the county seat. The
originators of the move are interested in a
rural site located in the center of the county
about fifteen miles from the railroad.
Enough signatures , it is thought , will be
secured to the petition to call the election.
Burglars at Kearney.
Burglars broke open the branch store of
Kentner & Co. at West Kearney , blew
ppen the safe and secured $100 in currency
and some checks. The precaution taken
by the burglars showed that they were pro
Plenty of Necessaries of JLiife Pro
vided for the Unfortunate.
Herman , June 19 : Order is being brought
out of chaos in this tornado devastated
town. The streets are already passable ,
and the business men are beginning to pul
up their shanties. Some thirty tents are
now standing in the various parts of town.
The people are well provided with cloth
ing , bedding and provisions from various
localities , especially from Blair and Te-
kamah. The Women's Relief Corps of
Blair is doing excellent work in looking
| after the wants of the people. It has its
tent in the heart of the town , where
lunches are served at any hour of the day.
The leading business men of Tekamah
have taken hold of the work of straighten
ing out the complicated affairs of Herman.
J. R. Force is secretary of the organization ,
and is getting memoranda of every man's
losses and physical injuries. The work oi
the distribution of clothing is left in charge
of the Women's Relief Corps of Tekamah
and Blair. They have already done mag
nificent work. The Blair State Bank is
made the sole receiving agent for all cash
contributions. A committee of three from
Herman and Blair , consisting of J. H.
Chambers , Herman ; William Gray , Her
man , and A. P. Howes of Blair , is in
structed to look after the distribution of
The leading farmers of Washington
County are advocating the plan of Wash
ington County voting the sufferers at least
$30,000 to help them start again in business.
It is a sorry sight to walk among the
people of Herman , who only a short
time ago were in a prosperous and
happy condition , and to learn that
now the only possession left them are the
the clothes on their backs. This is the
condition of many , and some of these were
the most prosperous in the little town.
The town is well patroled by members of
the Blair fire department and the crowds
who come to view the disaster are nicely
handled and everybody allowed to see all
parts of the wreck.
Omaha , June 17 : The injured of the
Herman cyclone are doing well and will
probably all recover. The work of relief
is progressing satisfactorily. Gov. Poyn-
ter ordered fifty tents sent to Herman , and
issued an appeal for aid. Blair and
Tekamah are carrying for the wounded
and contributing liberally , while several
thousand dollars has been raised in Omaha.
The work of rebuilding has begun. It
is estimated that $75,000 is needed at once.
It will be supplied without delay. Iowa
towns are contributing liberally.
Supreme Court Special Session.
The Supreme Court held a special session
a few days ago to admit to the bar of Ne
braska the twelve young men who success
fully passed the examination before the
Supreme Court Commission. All but two
of the applicants passed the examination ,
but-one of these men , H. L. Standev D 4i
Omaha , was not admitted because he is
not of age. He will be sworn in as an
attorney as soon as he becomes 21.
Will Announce Decision Liater.
Chancellor MacLean of the State Uni
versity has not announced whether he will
accept the presidency of the Iowa State
University , but it is thought in Lincoln
that he thinks favorably of doing so. He
will not announce his decision for several
Passes West Point Examination.
The citizens of Plattsmouth are congrat-
ing D. S. Gould of the supply department
of the Burlington over the good news that
his son , George S. Gould , has successfully
passed the examination and admitted as a
cadet to the Military Academy at West
Will C. Kramer , who so mysteriously
disappeared from Bennington over a year
ago , has returned to his old home. The
girl who wanted to learn his whereabouts
has accepted $300 as payment in full foi
her injured character.
Held Blameless for a Shooting.
James Cockrell , the timekeeper at Alli
ance , who shot and seriously wounded
Mark Lee and Otto Held recently , was
held blameless at his preliminary hearing.
Both men are yet in a critical condition.
More for Some and Less for Others
In the readjustment of the salaries of
presidential postmasters in this State 59
out of 95 received an increase and three
were decreased. The readjustments are
based on gross receipts.
Nebraska Short Notes.
The Tilden creamery is averaging 1,200
pounds of butter per day.
Fred Barclay of Gordon has added a car
load of thoroughbred short horn bulls to
The largest cash deal in land ever con
summated in Knox County was accom
plished by the sale to 11. J. Peterson of
Charter Oak , Iowa , of 320 acres of the Val
entine place , one mile east of Bloomfield ,
the purchase price being $11,200.
North Platte people are enthusiastic over
a Fourth of July celebration and prepara
tions are going on that will result in
eclipsing any previous attempt in that
direction. Several hundreds of dollars
have been raised to defray the expenses.
The round-up by the cattlemen living
south and west of Alliance , which started
something like a month ago , disbanded last
week. The cattlemen who engaged therein
are said to be well satisfied with the result
of their efforts , covering a great deal of
territory and getting many scattered
bunches together. An average of about
forty riders particfpated.
The generous people of Hamilton County
have raised a fund for the assistance of the
sufferers from the recent storm.
Methodists of Chappell dedicated a fine
new church building. The , building was
completed when dedicated and cost some-
tning over $2,000 , all of which has been
The Chadroa Gun Club has completed
arrangements for a grand shooting tourna
ment on July 8 and 4. No Fourth of July
celebration has been arranged for , consequently
quently the sportsmen will have full sway
on that day. It is expected that visitors
from Hay Springs , Douglas , Hot Springs ,
and other Northwestern points will be
present , and a big time is anticipated.
GREAT COLLEGE YEAR.
Western Institutions of I earning :
Show Special Progress.
When cap and gown have been laid
aside and the last senior has packed his
sheepskin and disupeared from the campus
educators in the universities of the West
will look back over the school year now
closing as one of onequaled endeavor and
marvelous results. Advices from the lead
ing institutions west of the Alleghanies
concerning the work done in * 9S-99 show
that there has been in the history of
Western colleges no year more successful
than this , either in point of numbers in
structed or in the quality of the instruc
tion giver. . And this mark is made at a
time when wars have taken into other
lands thousands of young men hundreds
of whom left studies to enter the armies
of the United States.
A Chicago paper has received from the
heads of most of the Western universities
communications telling of the year's ma
terial and mental prosperity and contain
ing hopeful and enthusiastic predictions
for the labors to be taken up next fall.
Without exception these letters tell of a
wonderful work done in the last ten
months. In many institutions this year's
attendance never before Was equaled , and
in none has it fallen below other records.
New buildings have been erected , courses
of study have been enlarged and improved ,
additions have been made to faculties , and
many institutions have had their endow
ments increased by substantial donations.
Throughout the Western educational
world the same story is told.
Among the colleges which have shown
particular vigor this year are the Uni
versity of Wisconsin , where the attend
ance was 150 in excess of any previous
record ; the University of Illinois , which
* et a new mark 105 higher than the last
aud which graduates the largest class in
Its history , Lake Forest University , whose
schools have had their largest attend
ance ; Drake University , with an enroll
ment showing a gain of 17 per cent over
any other year , and the Armour Institute
of Technology , which sends out a greater
number of engineers than ever before. The
University of Minnesota sent more than
100 students with the volunteer regiments
to the Philippines and still retained 2,900
on its rolls. Purdue University gradu
ates 157 young men and women , eclipsing
any former record.
HOBART TO RETiRE.
Vice President "Will Not Be a Candi
date in 1900.
On account of physical incapacity Vice-
President Hobart will not be a candidate
for renomination next year. It is stated
that he will soon retire from official life.
The positive retirement of Hobart nat
urally excites interest as to who will suc
ceed him. Three panics vetalked of atr
present. Gov. Roosevelt } ? > V > TdJ ia
mentioned. Senator Lodge of Massachu
setts is also looked upon as a favorite can
A Chicago paper the other day said :
"Western Republican Congressmen are
nearly a unit for the dea of selecting the
vice-presidential candidate from the re
gion west of the Mississippi river. It
leaked out that during Congressman Hen
derson's stay in Chicago tihe question of
selecting a running mate for the President
was discussed quite as fully as the speak-
ership contest. Senators Davis of Minnesota
seta , Thurston of Nebraska , Wolcott of
Colorado and ex-Senator Manderson of ;
Nebraska have been discussed in a tenta
tive way. "
PREPARING FOR THE CENSUS.
Director Merriam Ready to Instruct
Census Director Merriam has organized
a bureau for the instruction of Supervis
ors , and as soon as they are appointed the
work of teaching them their duties will
begin. It is hoped by Mr. Merriam. that
by the time Congress meets in December
the whole corps of supervisors will have
been thoroughly drilled , so that all the
nominations may go to the Senate for
prompt action by that body.
The supervisors will have charge of the
enumerators in their various districts , and
just now the bureau is at work gathering
data and preparing statements and maps
which will show how many enumerators
will be needed in each district and how the
districts may best be paid out to be cov
ered satisfactorily and within the thirty
days allowed for taking the census next
year. In appointing the census clerks in
Washington , of whom there will be 2,000 ,
the Democrats will be given a share.
'TEXAS EXPRESS" IS DERAILED.
Passengers and Crew Hurt by an Ac
cident Near Geneseo.
-The Texas express on the Chicago , Sick
Island and Pacific Railroad was derailed
near Geneseo , 111. , Sunday night. No one
was fatally injured , but a dozen passen
gers and trainmen were more or less hurt
Two chair cars and a smoker were torn
into splinters , the engine was turned over
and the mail car was split in twain. The
wounded passengers were given prompt
medical aid , which was furnished from
Geneseo. Conductor Huntington was the
most seriously hurt and he was taken tc
a hotel. The train was running at a high
rate of speed when the accident took
pluce , and it was suggested that the
srnush-up was due to a spreading of tht
C-iLL FOR SOLDIERS.
Geii. Corbin Issnes Orders for Knlist-
ins 2,000 Men.
Gen. Corbin issued orders Friday fov
the immediate enlistment of 2,600 regu
lars at the army recruiting stations h
various parts of. the country. This addi
tion , which "brings the actual fightinj
force up to Go.OOU men , is rendered possi
ble by a decision of the Comptroller oi
the Treasury that the hospital corpi
should not Le included in the limit fixed bj
Congress tor : he ajrjrvj ; ; > te strength oJ
the fcul.nr iv > tabtrfhtr ! cur and that meiv
fur flie hospital corps vuinu be regarded-
as nurses. Th.s corps numbers 2,600 men , ,
who will be transferred to the civilianr
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