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tHf VALENTINE DEMOCRAT
VALENTINE , NEB.
) L M. I1ICE. - - - - Publisher.
OttANY ARRESTS MADE
ERMO POLICE SEARCH FOP.
CTuo Notorious Criminals Recently
Returned from New York Thought
to Bo the Murderers of Detective.
Body to Bo Shipped Home.
> Lieut. Antonio Vachris , chief assist
ant to Detective Joseph Petrosini , who
.was killed by assassins in Sicily Sat
urday , arrested four Italians in a little
wine shop in squalid Italian quarters
in Jjro'iklyn , X. Y. , Sunday night. It
was intimated that Vachris had reason
to believe that the men had knowledge
of the- plot to kill Petrosino. Stcfano
Castronouvc , one of those arrested ,
who made a desperate attempt to es
cape , is said to have recently come
here fiom Chicago , where he is alleged
to have heen a leader of the Black
Hand groups. Revolvers and stiliettos
vero found on the prisoners.
Seven other arrests of Italian sus
pects wore made in Brooklyn during
1 The assassination of Lieut. Petrosino
iias stirred tin'Palermo police to un-
preedcnted activity. Many arrests al
ready haA'e been made , and these in
clude a number of Italians with crim
inal records , who lately have returned
from the United Slates.
The suspicions of the police are es
pecially centered on two notorious
'criminals ' , one of whom is a thief of
international reputation , and the oth
er an asi > a.s > 3n to whoso door arc laid
many frimes committed in New York.
, The latter was obliged to leave the
.United States because of the. stringent
.watch kept on him by Petrosino. It
is impossible to ascertain the names
of the men Avho have been placed
under arrest , as the police maintain
complete silence on this subject.
' The authorities of Palermo have
arranged for the funeral and the body
will be hipped to New York accord
ing : to i - . true-lions jeceived from that
Jit JIT IX A K17XAWAY.
Go\1 Wilson , \V5fe and Guests Have
Narrow Escape from Death.
Gov. and JMrs. Wilson and their
guests , Mr.-and Mrs. Robert M. Ly-
| man , of Xew York , narrowly escaped
'death when the horses attached to
! GOA' . Wilson's carriage- ran away Sunday -
; day at Frankfort , Ky. lUr * . Wilson
.was rendered unconscious , IAVO of her
Iront teeth were broken and her left
; w-ist fractured. Gov. Willson Avas
"bruised on many parts of his body ,
IVIr. Lyman's face A\as cut and con
tused. Mrs. Lyman AVUS the only mem
ber of the party not injured.
GOA- . Wilson himself was driving the
horses and Mrs. Lyman Avas seated be
side him , while Mr. L/yman and Mrs.
"Wilson occupied the back seat. One
of the horses became frightened at a
street car and started to kick and
plunge and managed in some manner |
to get over the pole of the carriage and
break the Avhiffletree and then both
iiorses took the bits in their teeth and
Cashed up Shelby street. Gov. Wilson
managed to guide the horses until the
pole Avas broken off short and then the
carriage skidded from one side of the
street to the other until the horses ,
HOAV frenzied , dashed toward the side
walk and the heavy vehicle turned
FORT WORTH TRAGEDY.
Ball Player Siioots and Kills a Vaude
Fred Morris , a baseball player , Sun
day shot and killed Otto H. Meyer , a
vaudeville singer , in a room at Fort
.Worth. Tex. , after having secured a
written confession that his relations
, with Mrs. Morris were improper.'Mor
ris declared he forced Meyer to Avrite
and sign the confession , and then told
him that he intended to kill him.
"Meyer extended his hands , " said
Morris , "and told me to shoot him
.through the heart so that all would be
over at once. I did a. ; he suggested ,
and would folloAV him beyond the
grave except for the fact that I have a
little boy Avho I think needs me to
look out for him. "
Both men are from Dcnton , Tex.
Two Years in llic "Pen/ '
Overruling a motion for a neAV trial
'Judge Prince at Lawrence , S. C. , Sat
urday afternoon sentenced Wade Coth-
ran Pinson to two years' In the peni
tentiary for the killing of ThornwelJ
Boyce last November.
Sioux City l ive Slock Market.
Saturday's quotations on the Sioux
City live stock market follow : Top
beeves , SG.-15. Top hogs , SC.65.
Girl Killed by an Auto.
An automobile in which Mrs. Walter
.Watson , of NCAV York , and her daugh
ter Avere driving knocked down and
killed a girl at Nice. The girl ran
from behind a trolley car , not per-
peiving the automobile , Avhich the
chauffeur did his utmost to stop.
Six Aeroplanes for WrJglits.
The Wright Bros. , haA'e placed an
order with a London firm for the im
mediate construction of six aeroplanes.
UNCM ; SA > r ACTS UP.
Diplomatic Relations with Nicaragua
A private dispatch received in Mec-
ice City Friday absolutely confirms
two naval engagements between the
ships of Nicaragua and SalA'ador.
Three Xicaraguan gunboats , led by
the Momotombo , Tuesday attacked the
Salvadorean gunboat Presidente. The
latter , by a lucky shot put the Momo-
tombo out of commission almost at the
beginning of the engagement. The
three Nicaraguans then AvithdreAV. Lat
er the Momotombo Avas repaired and
Avent in pursuit of the Presidente.
Owing to the continued disturbing
conditions in Nicaragua and President
Zelaya's failure to make serious effort
looking to the settlement of the Em
ery claim , the United States govern
ment AvithdreAV Mr. Gregory , the
American charge at Maguay , arid or
dered the legation placed in the hands
of the consul , who Avill have no diplo
Ambassador La Bara , of Mexico ,
spent some time at the state depart
ment in conference Avith Secretary
Knox , and the determination Avas
reached that if the American warships
now in Nicaragua Avater , and to be
sent there , are not sufficient to impress
President Zelaya that the treaty of
peace entered into betAAreen the Cen
tral American republics is not to be
lived up to , more radical steps Avould
be taken to accomplish that result.
The impression Avas given that if need
bo intervention would be resorted to.
The governments of the United States
and Mexico , it AA'as stated , are in full
accord as to the policy to be pursued
toAvard Xicaragua , and are now await
ing Zelaya's further moA'es.
HOBS STATE OF $70,000.
Former Utah Treasurer is Placed Un
James Christiansen , former state
: rcasurer of Utah , Avho retired from
office on January 1 , is under arrest on
a charge of being a defaulter to the
amount of $70,000.
The money , it is acknoAvledged , Avas
used In speculation in mining ventures.
Christiansen Avas state treasurer , a
four years' term ending at the begin
ning of the present year. The shortage
in his accounts Avas discovered a few
days ago through the accounts by the
stale board of examining interest.
In response to a telegram apprising
him of the discovery he returned to
Salt Lake and admitted the shortage.
The exact amount is § 70,628.98 , and
this has been deposited to the credit of
the state by the bondsmen and friends
> f the ex-official.
SSES CHEAPER MEATS.
Armour Predicts Drop in Prices by
Meat prices are to be lower by
summer This is the cheering neAVS
Tor householders voiced by J. Ogden
Armour , of Chicago.
While on his way north from Palm
Beach , Fla. , AA'here he had been en
joying a pleasure trip , Mr. Armour
stopped at Atlanta , Ga. , long enough
to say that "meat is too high at pres
ent , but by the summer AVC expect the
price of corn to go down and meat
Avill be cheap. "
Mr. Armour lays the present high
price of meat to the cost of feeding
stock , which is higher than it should
be , but with cheaper corn he fore-
sees cheaper meat. -
Soldiers' Home Fire.
Rapid Avork Friday afternoon saved
the Michigan soldiers' home from pos
sible destruction , when fire broke out
there in the. administration building.
The blaze AA'as on the third floor. Calls
Avere sent to Grand Rapids three miles
distant , but by the time the firemen
arrived the veterans had subdued the
flames. None of the 1,100 inmates
Avas in danger.
Shoo Man Under Arrest.
As a result of an indictment by the
Xew York grand jury Friday , F. H.
Richardson , of Elmira , Avas arrested
( in Chicago Saturday and the details of
j a failure involving $250,000 and more
j became public. Richardson Avas in
the shoe business in Elmira under the
name of Richardson & Co.
Bank Robbers Escape.
The State bank of Kramer , a town
on the Missouri Pacific betAveen Lin
coln and Crete , Neb. , Avas robbed at 2
o'clock Saturday morning by three
cracksmen Avho used dynamite on the
safe , securing $1,500 in cash , all there
AA'as in the safe , save $200 in gold ,
which they overlooked.
Omaha's Next Corn Show.
The announcement -was made Fri
day that December C to 18 has been
definitely decided upon as the time for
this year's national corn exposition ,
AA-hich is to be held in Omaha. Ar
rangements for the show are already
well under way , a large number of
special prizes having been offered.
Meeting Ends in Failure.
The conference betAveen the sub
committees of the anthracite mine
workers and operators to arrange a
new agreement to go into effect at the
expiration of the present Avorking
agreement came to an end late Friday
in Philadelphia without result. While
the prospects are not as bright as they
were for a peaceful settlement , there
is still hope that radical action by
either side Avill be avoided.
Ohio Tovm the Center" of Another
Another baffling mystery confronted
the police in the discovery Thursday of
the decomposed body of an unknown
white Avoman in the canal below the
Apple street bridge , in Dayton , Ohio.
In the opinion of the officers , it must
have laid in the water about a month.
The woman apparently was 30 years
old and \vell dressed. She was at
tired in black , Avore Roman slippers ,
but over these she had a pair of new
rubber shoes. The decomposition will ,
it is feared , prevent identification.
The place where the body Avas found
is about 800 feet south of the Apple
A theory has been advanced that ,
providing it was a case of murder , the
body might have been rolled down a
A-ery steftp hill skirting the fair grounds
on the east. The fair grounds is the
rendezA'ous of men and Avomen.
A month ago Charles Fiefert told
Coroner Swisher that he had seen a
well dressed AVhite Avoman standing at
the end of the Apple street bridge ap
parently Availing for someone. He
said she seemed very nervous. Finding
she AA'as being watched she walked to-
Avard the fairgrounds , which end at
Apple street , and Avas not seen again.
This Avas in the evening. Fiefert fur
ther stated that the woman Avas dress
ed in black.
Six girls have been found slain in
Dayton recently. Four of the mur <
ders have never been solved.
MEET FI/AT REFUSAL.
Coal Men Turn Down Demands of
The anthracite coal operators met
the committee of hard coal miners in
Philadelphia Thursday and flatly re
fused to grant the men any of the de
mands they laid before them , and at
the same time proposed to the mine
Avorkers that the present agreement ,
which Avill expire March 31 , bo. re
newed for a term of three years.
This decision was not unexpected by
the mine Avorkers. Thomas LCAVIS , na
tional president of the United Mine
Workers of America , declined to com
ment on the developments beyond stat
ing that he and his committeemcn Avill
meet to discuss the situation.
So far as could be learned Thursday
a majority of the miners are opposed
to a strike because they feel that they
are not strongly enough intrenched to
curry on a campaign of the magnitude
of that of 1900 and 1902.
DERAILED BY WRECKERS.
Passenger Train is Thrown from the
As a result of the Avork of train
wreckers a southbound express on the
Arkansas , Louisiana and Gulf railroad
was derailed Uventy miles north of
Monroe , La. , shortly before midnight
Engineer C. W. McDaniel Avas in
stantly killed and Fireman J. B. GOAV-
an seriously hurt. No passengers Avere
An investigation showed the switch
had been thrown and spiked , while
the signal light had been turned to
The train Avas bound from Little
Rock. Ark. , to Monroe , and Avas trav
eling at a rapid rate.
To Raise Confertcratc Boat.
That arrangements have been com
pleted to raise the first torpedoboat
of the confederacy from the bottom ol
Lake Poncharatrain Avas announced at
a meeting of the confederate A-eterans
at XCAV Orleans , Wedneslay night. The
boat is lying near Spanish fort , Avhere
it Avent dOAvn years ago. It is proposed
to place the A'esel on the laAvn of the
confederate soldiers' home in XCAV Or
Los Angeles' Mayor Resigns.
Mayor R. C. Harper , of Los Angeles ,
Cal. , resigned Thursday. He declines
to explain. The mayor has been a can
didate for re-election at a special ejec
tion called for March 2C , under the
recall clause of the city charter. He
had been recalled from office by a peti
tion signed by 1D.OOO A-otcrs because of
A'arious allegations of misconduct
made against him.
Wisconsin Bank Closed.
The State Bank of BaldAvin , Wis. , is
in the hands of the state banking com
missioner. The capital stock and sur
plus haA-e been impaired , it is said , by
unfortunate speculations in land in the
Avest and south. The latest report
shoAVS the bank's liabilities are $300-
000 , of which $216,000 is deposits. The
capital stock is $50,000.
Two Boys And Two Girls.
The AA'ife of a poor cigarmaker of
HaA'ana , Cuba , the mother of fourteen
children , gaA'e birth Thursday to quad
ruplets , two boys and IAVO girls. Pres
ident Gomez sent his congratulations to
the mother as a Avoman deserving Avell
of the republic , Avith tender and sub
Prof. Slingcrland Dead.
Mark Vernon Slingerland , professor
of economic etomology at Cornell uni-
A'ersity and Avell known as a contribu
tor to scientific journals , died at Itha
ca , N. Y. , Thursday , aged 45.
Epidemic of Typhoid.
Madrid lias been visited by an epi
demic of typhoid fever. More than 300
cases already haA-o been removed to
one hospital and there have been many
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PROF. , T. M. PILE DEAD.
Fouiuler of Wayne Normal College and
Well Kmnvn Educator.
Prof. J. M. Pile , president and
founder of the Nebraska normal col
lege of Wayne , and one of the ablest
and best known educators of the west ,
died at his home Thursday after an
illness of nearly a yc-ar. The news of
his death brings sorrow to the entire
community , and is a great shock to the
whole northern part of the state. Prof.
Pile came to Wayne in 1S91 , and start
ed the normal school , which grew into
magnificent proportions. The citizens
of Wayne formed a company to back
his school. They bought eighty acres
of land , platted it into town lots , sold
the lots at $25 each , and with the pro
ceeds paid for the land and then turn
ed the surplus over to Pile as a fund
with which to start the college. He
agreed to maintain an educational Sn-
stitution , and at the end of the ten
years the properly became his. He
has added more than $170,000 in im
provements since that time , so that the
institution is worth over $200,000 to
ESCAPES FROM REFORM SCHOOL.
Boys Jinn Away When About to Be
Superintendent C. B. Manual , of the
boys' industrial school at Kearney ,
while in Lincoln urging an appropria
tion to replace horses burned in the
recent fire at the school , received word
of the escape of four boys from the
school. One was Bennie Thomas , of
Omaha , and the other an Omaha boy
named Hamlin , sent there only two
They are supposed to have gone
went. The other boys who escaped
were two trusties , one named Higgs of
North Platte and the other named
Morrison. They were about to be pa
roled and Avere frightened by a threat
of a report from an engineer of the
school , who was discharged for the
SCIENTISTS TO INVESTIGATE.
i's Bluffs Said Jo Be Rich in
j Archaeological Treasures.
Much interest is being manifested
, in scientific circles in the archeological
treasures of the Mi.ssour river bluffs
oround Omaha and vicinity , and sever-
i al expeditions are soon to take up the
work of research , heretofore carried
! on in a small woy-by individual enthu
siasts. The Medical Museum of Nat
ural History , of New York , and Am-
hf > rst co'lego. of Amherst , Mass. , have
already arranged to send scientific men
the coining summer. The Omaha
Commercial club sent invitations to
thirtyfive of the leading universities
and museums of the country to take up
the exploration of the tombs and pre
historic homes , some of which are
found within the limits of Omaha and
Will Transfer Sunday Games.
In view of the threatened defeat of
the Sunday baseball law in the Nebras
ka legislature , Guy W. Green , presi
dent of the Lincoln club , has undertak
en negotiations for the transfer of
the Lincoln club's Sunday games to St.
Joseph. Mo. He will confer with prom
inent business men who are anxious to
put St. Joseph back on the map of or
Blind Man Drops Dead.
Henry A. Schroeder , a former resi
dent of Ponca , died of heart failure
near Jefferson , S. D. He was riding
home from town with his brother-in-
law , John McFadden. He seemed to
drop to sleep and leaned heavily on his
nephew , a boy about 5 years old. When
Mr. McFadden investigated he found
the man dead.
Bi - Damage. Suit Filed.
Mrs. Cora C. Cohnan , of Beatrice ,
brought action in the district court
against Albert Loepor , a prominent
farmer living in Elm township , for
510,000 damages , charging him with
having cold liquor to her husband since
September 1 , 1900 , causing him to be-
"ome an habitual drunkard.
Officers Cannot Find Man.
A warrant was sworn out in the
county court for the arrest of Lll
Smith , of Filley. charging.him with as
saulting H. B. Frushour with a revolv-
01 with iiitent to kill. The trouble oc
curred Sunday evening at the Meth
odist church at Filley. The officers
have failed to locate Smith and it is
said he has left the country-
Capture a Deserter.
Bruce Reamer , a deserter from the
United States navy was arrested in Ne
braska City on the information of Dr.
J. D. Houston. Dr. Houston was
sworn in as a deputy and under direc
tions of- the federal officers started
with the man for Philadelphia , where
he will be turned over to the naval of
ficers for trial.
License Sole Issue at Hastings.
The usual party lines have been en
tirely eliminated from the campaign
for the spring municipal election at
Hastings , which will take place on
April G , leaving the nrr tion of ab -
lute prohibition the sole issue bet >
the contending sides.
Burned by Explosion.
Quite a serious accident occurred at
the J. W. Sas store at Tekamah. Mrs.
Sas and her son Rudolph Avent down to
the store to build a fire in the large
stove. Rudolph Sas lit the kirn11 ! - ? .
which had been saturated with -
line , and an explosion folloAved. ' v-
ing down the pipe and filling the ' - Ting - .
ing Avith smoke. Pie had his ey r
burned off , his hair singed and ' ; " . *
burned severely. Mrs. Sas Avas > - ,
fortunate , only receiA ing a feAV burls' .
ROMANCE ENDS IN DIVORCE.
Until Bryan Leavitt Granted Decree
WHh a blizzard roaring outside the
Lancaster county court house and the
snow pelting against the window
panes , the romance of Ruth Bryan
Leavilt came to a dreary end Tuesday
afternoon. Alleging non-support and
desertion , she was given a divorce de
cree and the custody of her tAVO child
ren.Mrs. . Leavitt , in a IOAV voice , stated
that Leavitt had not contributed to the
support of the family for more than
tAvo years and had not provided a
home. Mrs. W. J. Bryan asserted that
LeaA'itt had not assisted in providing
for his Avife. FCAV questions were
Leavitt Avas not present , and there
was no defense. Without comment
the plea Avas granted and an order en
tered on the docket ending the case of
Leavitt Ars. Leavitt unless there is a
plea for reopening the suit on the part
of the defendant.
Before the suit AA-as filed Leavitt
agreed to allow the divorce without a
contest. Later he issued a statement
in Paris asserting that he Avould fight
the case. He did not appear , hOAvever.
TWO ACCIDENTS AT STERLING.
Lady Breaks Ann and Bo.v's Head Cut
Mrs. T. M. Khmen , of Sterling , slip
ped and fell on the icy sidewalk Mon
day morning and broke her arm just
ybove the wrist. She Avas doAvn toAvn
Avhen it happened and Avas taken to
the office of a physician where the
bones Avere set. She is about sixty
Diok Ross , Jr. , of Sterling , AA-as serl- j
ousiy hurt Monday while assisting- the
blacksmith in shoeing a horse. The
bone aboA'e h5s eyes Avas caA'ed In and
the flesh above one eye Avas cut until
it hung doAA'n over the eye. It required \
six stitches to close the Avound. A
physician dressed the wound and said
it is very doubtful Avhether he can
save the eye.
CARRIED A WAV ON ICE CAKE.
Narrow Es > cane of Voiing Woman Neai
Hans Hanson , a boy about 17 , Avith
his sister Nora and Miss Olivia Moc ,
were driving to town and droA'e into
the main canyon about seven miles
south of Homingford. The strong cur-
rc-nt upset the buggy and threAV them '
all into the stroam. Air. Hanson and
his sister swam out , but Miss Moe Avas :
carried down stream and finally got ,
for.ting on a largo piece of ice and j
SPOW that was floating on the surface , j
Emory Abley , a neighboring ranchman - ;
man , notified and he succeeded In las
soing her and bringing her safely to
fhore. Miss Moe is Fufcrh.V somoAvhat
from exposure and shock but AA-as not .
otherwise injured. i
IIEINZES GET THE PEARLS.
New Yorkers Recover Necklace and
Tum Greek Free.
The Heinze pearl necklace is re
stored to its owner , the re\vard paid to
Alfred Edholm , and the Greek , John
Savis. Avho found the jeAvels in the
Knickerbocker hotel in New York ,
is at liberty , having1 nothing and claim
ing nothing of the reward.
These AA'ere the deA-elopments of
Monday in Omaha , Mr. and Mrs.
Ileinze sending the necklace to their
home by express and leaving on an
evening train , both being extravagant
in their praise of the good treatment
accorded them by the Omaha police
New Lights at Fremont.
Th e IICAV lights in the business sec
tion of Fremont Avere turned on Sun
day night. They are enclosed arcs and
give a fine light. Fremont had been
in total darkness so far as street lights
were concerned , for more than a
month. Changes from the old to the
new light 7 > lant Avere in progress and
necessitated the disuse temporarily of
the arc lamp circuit.
Plead Guilty to Gambling.
Gus Childs. "Doc" Tribbetts , Jerome
Tribbetts and George Gamble , four of I
the men arrested in Beatrice , pleaded
guilty in police court to the charge of '
gambling. "jJoc" Tribbetts AA'as fined
§ 50 and costs , and the other three § 25 j
and costs , each. Samuel Workman nad
Louie Kaserman , two others caught
in the police net on a similar charge , j
pleaded not guilty.
Automobile Jumped Ditch. j
While returning to Auburn frorr. i
BroAV'm-ille in an auto on Saturday |
evening , Harry Moore as driver , accompanied - '
companied by GeOrge Harmon , Forest !
Hoover and Thomas Grlnes , met with
an accident in Avhich the three passen
gers were quite badly bruised. Hoover
and Grines being throAvn high in the
air Avhile the other two stayed with
Kills His Companion.
Hans Jensen , 1C years old , was shot
and instantly killed by his hunting
mate , Walter Brandenburg , near
PlaiiiA'ieAAwhile shooting ducks. The
lad raised his head just as his com
panion in the rear fired at a flock of
rising ducks. The charge entered the
back of the head.
The general merchandise store 01
Seick & Co. , at Huntley. Avas robbed i
Sunday by three little boys of the age '
of 10 years each. They gained entrance - ! <
trance at the back door by pushing a ;
key out and picking the lock. Pipes , to- '
bncco , gum and candy Avere taken. | '
They haA-e all acknoAvledged their ' .
crult , and it remains as yet undecided '
is to wether or n t tVy Avill be sent '
to the reform s"1 * * Kearney. ' 1
Judge McPherson Rules in Favor
of Roads in Passenger and
HATE is NOT RENTJMEKATIVE ,
Kansas City Court Says Lines Should
Get Keturn of 6 Per Cent IS
* A notable decision In fayor of the
railroads was handed clown Monday
by Judge McPherson of the United
States District Court in Kansas City ,
in the 2-ceiit fare and inaxlmiiin-
freight-rate cases , 'involving eighteen
Missouri lines. The railroads contend
ed that the rates fixed by the State
were coniiscntory , and asked that the
enforcement of the statutes be enjoin
"The question. " said Judge McPherson -
son in his decision , "is whether the
traffic wholly within the State of Mis
souri , generally referred to in the evi
dence as local tradic , can bo carried
under the freight rate statute of 1007
at such profit as to give a reasonable
return after paying expenses upon the
investment , or whether such traffic is
carried at a loss or at less than such
reasonable profit. The court has reach
ed the conclusion that the rates fixed
by both statutes are not remunerative. "
After the decision had been handed
down several railway attorneys inti
mated that the railroads soon would
go back to the 0-ccnt passenger rate ,
but none was able to state specifically
that this would be done. Frank Hager-
mau made the following statement :
"The 2-cent rate is the subject of
pending litigation in Minnesota , South
Dakota. Nebraska and Kansas. It is
not conceivable that if the rate iscon-
fiscatory in Missouri it can be compen
satory in any of those States. What ,
if anything , will be done in other
States has not been decided. In view
of the thorough investigation arid the
decisions in the Pennsylvania and the
Missouri cases it is doubtful whether
any State Avill attempt any longer to .
enforce a 2-ccnt rate act. "
MANCHURIA TROUBLE GROWING.
rr < itcs.s of Uniteil SiutcH ami CJiIua
Threaten AV rl I ConiplIcntloiiM.
The situation at Harbin , Manchuria ,
arising from the apparent determination
of the railroad authorities to control the
local administration has become a live
issue in Kus.sia.ii politics. The protests of
China and the United States are claiming
public attention ami it is believed that
the aggressive stand of the railroad au
thorities in Manchuria Avill bring about
foreign complications. The negotiations
Avith China are at a standstill until such
timi * as the policy of the government
shall be determined. The foreign office
outwardly supports General Ilorvath in
closing the stores of the Chinese mer
chants AA-ho refused to pay taxes to Rus
sia , but privately it is most dissatisfied
with the situation. The Novoe Vremya
the other day sharply criticises the for
eign office for its stand in this matter ,
and says it believes Germany is stirring
up the question for the purpose of di-
veiting attention from the near East.
The paper intimates that Fred D. Fisher ,
until recently American consul at Har
bin , has been acting in the interests of
TEN MILLION IN GAS MERGES.
C. II. Gel.st Plants In East Chicago
aiitl Other Towns Consolidated.
Through papers filed \vith the Laporte
County ( Ind. ) recorder a consolidation
of the various gas and electric plants in
Northern Indiana owned or controlled by
Clarence H. Geist of Chicago and Phila
delphia was perfected under the name of
the Northern Indiana Gas and Electric
Company , with a capital stock of $10-
000,000. Frank J. Canall has been elect
ed president and Rollo M. Cole , secretary.
The ne\v corporation absorbs the gas and
electric plants at Michigan City , Hammond
mend , Valparaiso , Indiana Harbor and
East Chicago. The present local manage
ments of the various plants will not be
disturbed , but all novAvill he under one
TWO PLODDERS MAKE MILLION.
Farmers Get Option on Coal Land
Cheap and Sell for 91,2O2OOO.
J. V. Thompson , a. Pittilirs ! coal man ,
has cc a & .Seal for 6,010 acres o7 < oal
land near WayfiSSblirg , Greene County ,
Pa. , paying for it $1,202,000 in cash. An
interesting feature of the deal is that it
makes tAvo men , Avho have plodded all
their lives , independent. They are O. P.
Markel and R. F. Hopewood , farmers ,
who some years ago took an option on
the coal land at $2o an acre , using all
their money. The persons who optioned
their land at this price were at that time
very glad to get it. By the sale the men
will divide more than $1,000,000 profit.
BRIDE'S BEAUTY CHARMS FOE.
Brother Who Would Stop Arthur
Cnrzon's Marriage Commends It.
Arthur Curzon , said to be a cousin of
Lord Curzon , formerly Viceroy of India ,
has announced his marriage to Mrs. Eve
lyn Pittman of San Francisco. The wed \
ding took place in San .lose several days
ago after one automobile trip. Curzon
lives in Hamilton , Ont. The couple left
for Los Angeles accompanied by Sydney
Curzon , an older brother of the bride
groom , said to have been sent out there
by the family to prevent the wedding. It
is alleged that he was completely won
OA-ur to the side of the lovers by the beau
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