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--iJ 352ST?P5 m sn vssirTssssgjifgfffs r -t;itz -q&fe.- V - ' , X, v ,.- VOLUME XXXI-V. NUMBER 51. COLUMBUS, NEBRASKA, WEDNESDAY. MARCH 23. 1904. WHOLE NUMBER 1.722. CokmlrM CK Mtirm 9- V A Mitttttttttttttitttittttg The Old Reliable. 3 : : : ABSOLUTE SAFETY: is the best thing we g have to offer. Other Inducements are of secondary import- i ance. Upon this bo- g sis only, do we solicit your business. i I 2 s T5he 3 Columbus : mwwwwwmmim 15he Columbus JournaJ, A Vtekty RcpsbUoaa Nmpaper Deroted to BhI foteratBof X X Columbus, THB County of Platte, The State of -Nebraska.- THB United States, fidtha RKt si mm. rV A Th Voh of Mean UbJb $1.50 Yr, If PUd In A Miple Copies SMit Trot l any Address. HENRY GASS. km mm UNDEBTAKCft... Ctffio and Mddtic el at leads of ...The... Columbus Journal. CLUKVfTHTM b at ajaral U ftaai Aay foam HARBOR BLOCKED STEAMERS SUNK ACROSS THE CHANNEL BY RUSSIANS. fHIS KEEPS THE JAPANESE OUT All Vessels on the dutside Keep Up Steam for Emergency Believed that Vice Admiral Makaroff Wiil Adopt th. Offensive. LONDON A corresiKindpnt of the Daily Mail at New Chwang says that after the removal of the battleship Retvizan four Russian steamers, the Harbin, the Hailar, the Ninsuta ami the Sungari. were anchored ai tlie mouth of the entrance to Port Arthur in proper w.sition and sunk. leaving only a small channel available. Vice Admiral Makaroff having previously ordered tne whole fleet to remain out side with steam up. economy of coal being unnecessary. This dispatch, which is prominently displayed by the Daily Mail, and which the correspondent says is "on Russian information." is. if true, news of the first importance, confirming the idea that Vice Admiral Makaroff will adopt the offensive and make a des perate attempt to bring together Rus sia's scattered naval forces and en deavor to inflict damage upon the Japanese navy. COMMANDERS OF m F BaW LncBnunnnnm. m V J"'J';?ygy "mTaj ,' Vtfc Admiral l(iu is, according to the best obtainable information, in com. mand of the Japanese squadron which bombarded Vladivostok and is searching for the Russian squadron cemmanded by Capt. Reitzenstein, if it has not already met and destroyed it, as reported. Admiral Uriu is a graduate of the United States naval academy and his wife was graduated from Vassar. The story must, however, be view ed cautiously, the only approach to confirmation from any other quarter being in a dispatch from the corre spondent of the Daily Telegraph at Yin Kow. whicli says: "Vicp Admiral Makaroff has issued orders that the saving of coal is unnecessary, but the big gun ammunition in the fort must not be wasted. Evidently the ammu nition is running short." There is no other news to hand on the subject. The Daily Telegraph's Tokio corre spondenl sends an unofficial rumor that the Japanese have occupied Dalny. It is remarked that the British newspapers all regard Vice Admiral Togo's report that he has laid mines at Port Arthur as a mere bluff and they say that such a feat would be im possible under fire. The Daily Mail thinks that If Vice Admiral Makaroff closed the channel it was in order to prevent the in gress of Japanese torpedo boat de stroyers, as was done at Wei Hai Wei during the Chino-Japanese war. -It is a subject of unceasing remark and conjecture that nothing has been heard of the Vladivostok squadron, and it is beginning to be believed that it is really inside the harbor of Vladi vostok. The Standard's Tokio correspond ent says that according to a dispatch from General San the Russians are believed to be withdraving.from the northwest frontier of Korea and con centrating at Vladivostok. Seligman Gets Five Years. DES MOINES. Max Seligman. a clever insurance swindler, who de frauded the Equitable Life Insurance company out of several thousand dol lars by false representation in secur ing notes which the company cashed, was sentedced to five years' impris onment. Would Protect Chinese Railway. ' TIEN TSIN. The British consul i aere has filed a protest with Sir Er-J nest Satow, the British minister at' Peking, against the projected aban- donment of New Chwang end of the! Chinese railway by its directors and) the management in Great Britain. The reasons given by the consul for bis action are that the British gov trrjment had previously made known its intention of protecting m the road and also that its abandonment at this time means the probability of its destruction by the Russians. Russians Lost Sixty-five. TIEN TSIN. Information from an official who was an eye witness to the bombardment of Port Arthur on Wednesday and Thursday is to the effect that the Russians had twenty five killed on the battleship Sebasto pol. twenty on the Retvizan and twenty in the town. The Russians assert that their damaged cruisers bare bees repaired and are against ready for sea. The battleship Czare vitch will be ready in a few days. There is iio dock here capable of tali- j ins la the Retvizan. ! RATING OP PENSIONS. Order Regarding Payment Under the 1880 Act. Pensions Ware, with the approval of WASHINGTON. Commissioner of Secretary Hitchcock, has issued an order making the following change in pension rating: In the adjudication of ' pension claims under the act of June 27, 1890, as amended, it shall be taken and con sidered as an evidential fact, if the contrary docs, not appear, and if all other legal requirements are prop erly met that when a claimant has passed the age of 62 years he is lis abled onc-na.f in ability to perform manual labor ami is entitled to be rated at (! per month: after 3 years at $8 per month, after G8 years at $10 per month, and after 70 years at $12 per month. Allowance at higher rate, not exceeding $12 per month, will con tinue to be made as heretofore, where disabilities other than age- show a condition of inability to perform man ual labor. This order shall take effect April 1", 1904, and shall not be deemed ret roactive. The former, rules of the office fixing the maximum and minimum years at 73 years, respectively, are hereby mod ified as above. Committee Sees Private Report. The special committee of the house on the postoflice report has, it is said. RIVAL FLEETS. received the report known as "Exhibit Q." This document has never been made public and the feeling created among members by the thorough man ner in whicli the special committee is dealing with the task assigned it, is growing somewhat intense. Revelations of "new deals" are hint ed at in the cloak rooms. In the mean while the special committee is car rying on its work behind closed doors. An all-day session was held today. May Grade Consular Service. Senator Lodge was authorized by the senate committee on foreign rela tions to make a favorable report on his bill to grade the consular service. The bill was materially amended and as approved iy the committee pro vides that vice consuls may be ap pointed to perform the present duties of consular agents and that the latter grade shall cease. Provision is made that there shall not be more than two consul generals of the first class at $2,000 per annum; eight consul gener als of the second class, at $8,000; thir teen consul generals of the third class, at 16,000. and thirteen of the fourth class, at $5,500 eac:. There will be thirty-seven consuls of the first class, at $5,000; thirty-five of the second class, at $4,000: sixty of tne third class, at $:i.O00; forty of the fourth class, at $2,500; thirty of the fifth class, at $2,000, and fifty of the sixth class, at $1,800 each per annum. The bill regulates all fees, official or unoffi cial, and provides for the performance of notarial acts. No Nursery at the Fair. ST. LOUIS. Announcement was made Monday that the board of lady managers of the World's fair had de cided to abandon the project of estab lishing a model day nursery at the ex position to care for the infants of visitors. The cost was estimated at $50,000' and it was decided not to ex pend that amount. Russian Captain is Shot. NEW YORK A telegram from Lemberg. forwarded by the London Times correspondent at Vienna, scys that Captain Leontieff. of the Russian general staff, has been arrested at Warsaw for having sold to a foreign power a list of the secret agents maintained by the Russian general staff in the frontier districts of Rus sia, on the west. The discovery was made through the delivery of a money order to another person of the same name. Leontieff is reported to have been shot. Engineer Receives Honors. TOKIO Engineer Minamisawa, the heroic officer of the torpedo boat de stroyer Kasumi. has been honored for his gallantry. He has, been given the order or the Kyte. the order of the Rising Sun, and promoted from engi neer to chief engineer. The order of the Kyte is the Japanese equivalent of the British Victoria cross and the American medal of honor. Chief En. rneer Minamisawa is the first to whom the Kyte has been awarded for heroism in war. It is improbable that lie will survive bis wounds. TRUST QUESTION CONGRESSMAN HEARST WOULD HAVE IT INVESTIGATED. RESOLUTIONS FM COMMITTEE Evil Effects of the Great Combinations Recited Means Al.eady Existing te Curb Trusts Ought to Be Rigidly En forced. WASHINGTON, D. C Representa tive Hearst of New York on Friday in troduced resolutions providing for an investigation of the trust Question by a committee of five members of the house. The resolutions contain ten clauses, reciting the evil effects of trusts oh the country, among them be ing the following: . "Numerous illegal combinations known as trusts have been formed to absorb or eliminate competition and establish virtual monopolies with a view to controlling production and raising the price of their products. "Such extortionate trusts as the beef trust and the coal trust and the ice trust have arbitrarily increased the cost of the necessities of life to the public. "Such specuative trusts as the ship yards and the steel tmst have inflated their stock to many times its actual values and sold to the public, transfer ing the people's money from banks and legitimate Investments into the pock ets of trust promoters and speculators. "Industrial unrest has been foment ed by the increased cost of living and by the consequent necessary efforts of labor to make its wages keep pace with the Increased cost of living. "Such trusts as the steel trust, in spite of the increased cost of living, have ruthlessly cut down the wages of hundreds of thousands of employes in order to pay dividends on watered stock, and other trusts have wholly collapsed, throwing hundreds of thou sands of workmen out of exployment. "The' purchasing power of the com munity has been diminished by the ac tions of the trusts by unsound methods, which have misled the people, swin dled them and robbed them of their savings. "All classes of the community are being made to feel the evil effect of of the unrestrained greed and lawless practices of the trusts." The committee is directed to inform the house fully on the trust situation, to the end that more effective laws may be prepared and passed by con gress, regulating and restrictly com binations. The committee is empow ered to send for persons and papers. An additional resolution states that "It is the sense of this house, and it does recommend, that the laws al ready existing against the trusts be in the meanwhile enforced by the ex ecutive branch of this government and the legal representatives thereof." The resolutions were referred to the committee on rules. IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. Information Asked Regarding Recent Pension Order. WASHINGTON. The senate adopt ed the foUowing resolution offered by Mr. Overman: "That the secretary of the interior be and he is hereby directed to inform the senate: "First Whether an order has re cently been issued enlarging the pen sion act of June 27, 1890. and amend ments, as to disabilities of applicants for pensions, and if so to send to the senate a copy of said order. "Second By what amount, if any, will said order increase pensions annu ally, particularly when the same shall become fully operative." The senate passed the house bill approving the act of the territorial legislature of Arizona authorizing a bond issue or $100,000 for the enlarge ment of the insane asylum of the ter ritory. The bill authorizing the incorpora tion of the American academy in Rome was passed. The senate then went into executive session and later adjourned until Monday. CLERK HIRE IN POSTOFFICES. Bill Introduced in the House Fixing Allowances. WASHINGTON. Two bills were nitrodttced by Representative Birdsall of Iowa. One authorizes the post master general to allow to postmas ters in third-class offices, out of the surplus revenue of the respective offices, an amount for clerk hire in addition to allowance for "separat ing service," as follows: In offices where the salary of the postmaster is $1,900, $600; where the salary is $1,800, $500; where the sal ary is $1,700. $400; and where the salary is $1.C00. $300. The other bill authorizes the post master general to designate offices at the intersection of mail routes as distributing or separating offices, and making reasonable 'allowances for clerk hire for this work. Miner's Vote to Acceot Scale. INDIANAPOLIS. Ind. The tellers completed canvassing the miners' vote this afternoon. Total vote cast 165, 887. For accepting the scale, 98,514; against the scale and in favor of a strike. 67,373. Majority against a strike, 31,141. Secretary Wilson of the United Mine Workers said a meet ing of the joint tgjiscale committee would in all probability be called for Indianapolis next Monday, when the scale would be signed for two years and arrangements made to meet in joint convention two years hence, A Change to Take Place In Office af U. S. District Attorney. WASHINGTON Williamson S. Bummers, United States district attor ney for Nebraska, it Is said. Is slated to lose his official position within a abort time, The president is said to have given assurances to that effect to Senator Dietrich and Edward Rote water. The removal will not take place until after the senate commit tee shall have concluded the Dietrich investigation and had its report acted ppon by the senate. Harry G- LJadsar Will probably be Summers' successor. 'DECISION IS SOUND LAW. la for the Benefit of All Legitimate Interests. WASHINGTON The attorney gen era!, being asked concerning; the mer ger decision, said: "My views of the decision cannot be better expressed than in the lan guage of one of the best known rail road presidents in the United 8tates upon the decision in favor of the 'government by the court below. He said: 'The decision is sound law, good and for the benefit of all legiti mate interests and for the country's welfare, and it voices the judgment of probably nine-tenliis of the most conservative business men of the country.' i "As to the bearing upon other rail" roads, I have this to say: The gov i ernment- has never claimed that the law is any broader than its language plainly indicates. "During the trial and argument the government paid no heed to the defendant's contention . that, the makeup of substantially ail the great American systems of railroads was on trial. The government's position was tnen, tnat tne question before tne court 'was as to the validity of the Northern Securities device." DEWEY WIRES EXPLANATION. Why He Failed te Callven President Morales at San Deminge. WASHINGTON. Admiral Dewey, who with, several members of the general staff and Assistant Secretary Loomis of the State department, are now at Havana, has teleggraphed the Navy department the reasons why he failed to Call on President Morrles of San Domingo when the party were in San Domingo waters several days ago." The failure to visit caused con siderable surprise at the time. It ap pears that there was fighting n prog ress in the vicinity on the dav the party was there and for that reason the admiral did not deem it advisable to make an official visit. During the forenoon there were several casual ties in San Domingo city from the fighting then in progress. This was caused from shots crossing the river, through which the boat must pass, and as more fighting was expected during the afternoon the admiral gave up the projected visit. The ad miral, however, sent his respects to President Morales by United States Minister Powell. ARE NOT GOING TO CANADA. Hill Saya They Would as Seen Go to Mars or the Moen. NEW YORK. In regard to the re port that i he Northern Securities com of Canada was to be the successor of the Northern Securities company of the United States, President Hill was quoted as saying: "We have as much notion of incor porating a company in Mars or the moon as in Canada. We intend to conform to the law." Later James J. Hill gave out the following: "Until the full official copies of the opinions and decree of the supreme court have been receivedf and our attorneys have had an opportunity to advise us as to our course of pro cedure, the officers of the company can make no further announcement than to declare their purpose to promptly and fully follow the law as now interpreted." MILLARD SEES THE PRESIDENT. No Change in U. 9. District Attorney at Present. WASHINGTON. While at the White house Senator Millard talked to the president about the case of Wil liamson S. Summers, United States attorney for Nebraska, whose re moval from office it is said, has been promised by the president to Edward Rosewater of Omaha and Senator Dietrich of Nebraska. Senator Mil lard put the matter to the president in such a way that no change will be made in the office for some time at least, and Summers will remain where he is until Senator Millard Is fully agreed that he ought to be succeeded by someone else. Senator Millard has not yet reached the point of assent to this proposition. It is said there is no question that Summers will eventually fail of reap pointment, but the president will not care to hasten his removal until Sen ator Millard is willing. As te Lieu Land Entries. The house committee on public lands agreed to amendments which it will recommend to the bill reported to the house January 21 prohibiting the selection of timber lands in lieu of land in forest reserves. The amend ments agreed upon allow owners of lands In forest reserves, which lands have not been denuded of timber, to exchange the same for other vacant surveyed unmineral lands subject to homestead entries. The purpose of the bill is to prevent persons rrho have acquired timber lands and denuded the same from exchanging such lands for valuable timbered lands elsewhere. The' amendment prevents an injustice to persons who have not denuded their holdings In forest reserves. Russia Warns the Chinese. LONDON. The Standard's Tien Tsin corespondent says that Paul Les sar, Russian minister to China, has renewed his protest against the dis patch of Chinese forces outside the great wall and baa intimated that un less they are withdrawn Russia may be compelled to act on the assumption tbat China is abandoning' her neutral ity. The minister is also reported to have renewed his threat that on the slightest movement on China's part Russian troops will march on Peking. Civil Service in the Philippine. WASHINGTON, The president has issued an executive order applying civil service rules to the service of the war department in the Philippines and also classifying employes in that service specially commended. Graver ia Sixty-Seven. PRINCETON. N. J. Grover Cleve land quietly observed his 7th birth day at-home. There was no celebra tion except that he received some of his most intimate Princeton friends, who calledd to offer congratulations. VESSEL IS BLOWN TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER STRIKES A MINE. FOUR OF TNE CREW SAVED Russian Beat is Completely Wrecked by the Marine Bomb Damage is Being Dene by Bombardment of Pert Arthur. CHE FOO. Whi!e entering Port Ar thur the Russian torpedo boat destroy er Skorri struck uimu an unplaced mine and was blo-rn up. Four of the crew were saved. Viceroy Alexleff wires a report con firming our account of the damage done to Port Arthur during the bom bardment of March 10. He says the story of a fire there is "a base fabrica tion." The United States cruiser Cincin-' nati arrived at 5 p. m. from Chemulpo, reports everything quiet, with no news from the front. At the request of Minister Allen the cruiser brought two former Corean officers, who had left Corea in consequence of their friendship for Russia. Warnings have been received here confirming previous reports to the ef fect that the Russians have laid mines along the Laio Tung peninsula and tbat neutral vessels are obliged to show their colors five bilometers off shore and await a Russian pilot. NEW. YORK. Three Norwegian steamers the Brand, Argo and Selre stad, released a few days ago by the authorities at Port Arthur, have ar rived at Shanghai, according to a World dispatch from that city The captains, who were put uuder oath by the Russians to reveal nothing they saw. refuse to speak of affairs at Port Arthur, but the correspondent asserts that members of the crews willingly told what they know. During the bom bardment last Sunday the Argo lay alongside the battleship Retvizan in the harbor, and one of the Norwegians confirmed reports to the effect that a Japanese shell fell on the Retvizan's deck, where it exploded, killing nine teen officers and men. Scarcely a residence in the new part of the town escaped damage. Many of the inhabitants attempted to con struct rude i bombproof shelters. One shell fell among a crowd1 of sightseers, who gathered at a point of vantage and were gazing out to sea at the at tacking fleet. The shell killed twenty-five. Three government clerks were killed while hurrying from the port admiral's office. A cruiser lying at anchor a cable's length from the Retvizan. probably the Diana, was struck on te water line and set on fire. The sailors de clare that eighty persons on board perished. The supply of food in Port Arthur is still sufficient for the needs of the garrison, but it is entirely under the control of the military authorities, who issue daily rations. CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT. People Send Messages Showing Pleas ure Over the Merger Jurors. WASHINGTON Messages of con gratulation from all parts of the coun try are being delivered to President Roosevelt by telegraph, by mail and in person on the supreme court's de cision in the Northern Securities case. President Roosevelt personally con gratulated Attorney General Knox Tuesday after the announcement of the decision ami at the cabinet meet ing be renewed his congratulations to Mr. Knox. In his cordial expressions he was joined by the attorney gen eral's fellow cabinet members. The attorney general, just before the cabinet meeting, declined to Indicate what action, if any. he might take in the future in following tip the su preme court's decision. He would not say whether he bad formed any plans looking to prosecutions of further ac tions under the Sherman anti-trust act or not. Thus far he has not had op portunity thoroughly to digest the deci sion of the court and until be has considered it carefully he will not de termine, much less indicate, what fu ture action he make take. CUTS THE APPROPRIATION. Money for the Lewis and Clarke Ex position. WASHINGTON The house com mittee on industrial arts and exposi tions considered in an all-day session the report of its sub-committee on the senate hill appropriating $1,750,000 toward the Lewis and Clarke exposi tion to be held at Portland. Ore. The sub-committee cuts the appro priation to $200,000 for a government exhibit; $225.000 ' for government buildings; $25,000 for an Alaskan ex hibit; $25,000 for a Philippine exhibit, and authorizes the coinage of. 250.000 souvenir dollars. These dollars are to sell at $2 each and the profit will go to the exhibition company. The full committee will consider the bill again Saturday. Russia Looking fer Contraband. PORT SAID, Egypt. The Russian armored cruiser Dimitri Doaskoi is visible from this port patroliag in search of vessels carrying contra band of war. It mistook the Italian armored cruiser Marco Polo for a merchantman and stopped It by firing a blank cartridge across Its bows. On discovering its mistake the Dimi tri signaled apology. The Donskol stopped the Norwegian steamer Standard this morning. It is said that the Standard was within the three mile limit. Supplies fer Russian Wounded. PARIS M. Nelidoff, son of the Rua sian ambassador to France, has gone to 8t. Petersburg, taking a large quantity oz supplies for the Russian wounded presented by the French women's organizations. The latter are also sending a complete equip ment for a field hospital of 100 beds These organizations are giving fetes throughout trance, that at Cannes under the patronage of Grand Duke Michael and Prince Segre Galitzin yielding a large sum WORK IN SENATE. The Fortification Measure Has Passed. WASHINGTON The senate pass ed the fortification appropriation bill Tuesaay after a three hours' discus sion of the amendment authorizing the purchase of an experimental tor pedo boat and the provision for the purchase of sites of defense works in tha Hawaiian islands. The torpedo boat provision wan stubbornly fonht, but the amendment suggested by the committee on appropriations was re fined. The Hawaiian provision, which had' been eliminated by the committee, was restored and the sum increaseil from $200,000. as fixed by the house, to $526,100. Several other bills were passed. One of, these ap propriates $1,000,000 for a public building at Atlanta, Ga. in respoase to a request from Mr. Ixdgc. Mr. Perkins explained the rea sons which actuated the committee in striking out the house provision of the bill, appropriating .1300.009 for the purchase of sites for defease of the Hawaiian islands saying that the committee's kction had been due to the fact that the government had no option on land for thfs purpose, which might have the effect of placing the government at the mercy of real es tate owners. He also said the amount named was not sufficient. Mr. Spooner and Mr. Foraker took the position that on account of the outlying position of Hawaii, the Uni ted States should be prompt in pro viding for its protection, and Mr. Per kins said he was willing, if a sum sufficient to accomplish the purpose sought could be secured. In accord ance with Mr. Perkins' suggestion. r. Spooner offered an amendment appropriating $526,100. instead of $200,000. This amendment was ac cepted without division. By common consent the senate re sumed consideration of the torpedo amendment, and Mr. Gailinger offer ed a substitute, providing for compe tuion, insuring a vessel of the type desired. The amendment wA defeat ed. 17 to 36. The fortifications bill as amended was then passed and the senate went into executive session. MERGER GIVEN DEATH BLOW. Court Holds the Northern Sccuritiea Company a Trust. WASHINGTON. In the United States supreme court Monday an opinion was delivered in the merger case of the United States against the Northern Securities company in favor of the govenrment's contention that the merger was illegal. The opinion of the court was handed down by Jus tice Harlan, and it upheld the decree of the circuit court for the district of Minnesota in every particular. Four of the justices dissented from the five constituting the majority. The division in the conn was due to a difference of opinion as to the right of the federal control of the state corporations. The majority opinion holds that congress- has a right under the constitution to con trol interstate commerce, no matter by whom conducted, while the minor ity of the dissenting opinion was based on the theory tbat in the present case the effort is to regulate the own ership and is not interstate traffic. An effort was made by the court to prevent the knowledge of the fact that the opinion was to be rendered Monday from getting to the public, but, nevertheless, it was quite gen erally understood among attorneys and others for an hour or so before the convening of court Monday that tno decision would be announced. When, therefore, the members of the court filed into the chamber at noon they were met by an expectant crowd, which filled every seat, both inside and outside the bar. DOES IT INCREASE CANCER? Investigating Effect of Chilled or Frozen Meat. LONDON. The question was raised in the house of commons toda whether chilled or frozen meat baa any injurious effect on consumers, and especially whether such meat contributes to the increasing number of cases of cancer in the United Kingdom. President Long of the local gov ernment board said that white he had no information to the above effect. he thought the matter might prop t erly be referred to the royal commis sion of inquiry into the causes of cancer, which is now sitting. DRAFTING STATEHOOD BILL. Propose to Make Two States Out of Four Territories. WASHINGTON. The statehood problem was takec up by the sub committee of the house committee on territories, recently appointed to draft statehood bills for Arizona, New Mex ico and Oklahoma and Indian Terr! tory. The bill making a state of the first two was practically completed. The difficulty of adjusting the taxa tion and other questions with regard to the admission of Oklahoma and Indian Territory as a state are next tc be taken up. Lining Up for the Fray. WASHINGTON A call was issued for a caucus by the republican mem bers of the senate and house, to be held In the hall of the bouse Monday evening next at 8 o'clock to elect members of the national republicar campaign committee. Three to One Against Strike. SEELEVVILLE. Ind. The seven lo cal unions in this vicinity Tuesday voted against going on a strike. The majority against striking is estimated at? three to one. The Service Fension Bill. WASHINGTON That action on the service pension bill will not be taken during the present session of congress is practically the decision reached by the leaders or both branches. ftepert Net Confirmed. SEOUL Persistent reports are cur rent to the effect tbat the Russians have burned and evacuated Port Ar thur and Dalny and are retiring up 'he peninsula. Brief Telegrams At Rome twin, were recently bora to a couple, both of whom are over 70. By-products of. oil refineries are ex pected to make excellent fuel for greenhouses. An engineer, fireman and brakeman were killed in a collision between Canadian Pacific and Boston A Maine freight trains near leanoxville. Illinois rural carriers send many letters to Senator Cullom seeking In-, creases ia pay and protesting against their agency rights-being taken away. Assaults of citizens and intimida tion or voters at .the democratic pri maries at- Si. .Louis are being made subjects of an investigation by the grand jury. Bulgaria aad Turkey have entered into an agreement by the which the porte promises aa extension of re forms, which virtually meaaa peace for the Balkan states. The new grand jury, which baa been holding sessions at Milwaukee for six weeks past investigating city and county alleged Irregularities, re turned a number of indictments. The transport Sheridan sailed from Manila for San Francisco with 59 enlisted men of the Eleventh cavalry and a battalion of Philippine scout. . bound for the St. Louis exposition. The report from New Chwang that -'-four Russian steamers have been sunk at the entrance to Port Arthur after the removal of the battleship Retvizan, is authoritatively denied. Reac Admiral Walker told the house committee on interstate aad foreign commerce- tbat he expects . work will be commenced on the Pan ama canal within two or three months. E. B. Critchlow. formerly assistant United States attorney for Utah, tes tified tbat the Mormon church uses ostracism to enforce nbsolnte obe dience in all things, business and po litical. An autograph letter from Thomas Jefferson, written 100 years ago to the Indians of the louisiana Purchase, has recently been unearthed from the archives or the Sac and Fox Indians in Oklahoma. Prof. Frank Tbilly, Ph. D.. of the University of Missouri, has been elected Stuart professor of psychol ogy at the meetiBg of the trustees of Princeton university, in place of Prof. J. Mark Baldwin. A Iondon paper says that in tae matter of clothes the House of Com mons is the most correct assembly of legislators in the world, nnd the American House of Representatives the most astonishing. Captain Robert Smith, widely known as commander or the whale back passenger steamer Christopher Columbus, is dead as the Chicago hos pital as the result or aa operation for the removal of aa exophtbalmio goitre. The executive committee of the woman'a republican stnte ceatral committee has called a state conven tion of republican women to be held at Springfield. 111.. May 11. the day preceding the republican state convention. First Lieatenant Arthur G. Harpley of the Twelfth cavalry, having been tried by n general court-martial at Maaila aad found guilty of serioun charges affecting bin moral character, has been sentenced to dismissal from the army. The German branch of the Evan gellstical alliance protests against the readmission of the Jesuits to Ger many. The alliance points out tbac Protestant bodies all over Germany have passed sctrong resolutions against the step. Prof. Oscar Lovell Triggs, whose radical ideas are said to have cost him his position at the university of Chicago, took a parting shot in the March number of the Ph'IIstlne. The tendency of the modern college is criticized severely. Herman Remert, farmer, living near Heizer. Kas., while temporarily in sane, killed his wife and then him self. While Mrs. Remert was pre paring a meal, Remert stepped up to x her without warning aad fired a bul let into her temple. Invitations have bee sent to. rifle men in the United States and various foreign countries requesting the ap pointment of teams to participate ia the match for the Palma trophy, which represents the military team championship of the world. The Maryland bouse of delegate?, by a party vote oi 64 to 2i has passed the bill proposing a constitutional amendment limiting the franchise' in Maryland the purpose of which Is to eliminate the negro vote. The mea sure has passed the senate and now goes to Governor Warleld for bis action. The University of Viennn has been closed in consequence of threats of disturbances among the students. The German students were much incensed at the demonstration of the Czechs against their German comrades ar Prague, Bohemia, and threatened re taliation. Lucien W. Perkins, a machinist who escaped from the insane asylum at Elgin. 111., and who followed Miss Auten, daughter of n Chicago' capital ist, across the continent in nn effort to renew his unwelcome attentions to her, has been adjudged insnne in the probate court, at Los Angeles. Public Printer Palmer indicates to the house committee on appropria tions tbat he will introduce linotypes in th government printing offices this year. The plant or the Maritime nail ' works at St. John, N. B.. was burned with a loss estimated at $50,000. .Rev. Wilber F. Crafts is accused of a deliberate falsehood by Repre sentative Jenkins of Wisconsin dur ing a bearing on the original pack age bill. Income tax bas been introduced for the first time in Montenegro, ard la causing much discontent. A scientist comes forward wtth tba statement that calves really prefer milk treated with formalin to the pur article. Scientists aad calves are we epme to their opinions, so long as they don't meddle with the babies. . ".'!' -. .71 v?. -. 3t . il v-r-i. l'.. JS" luaMl . - . -5fc.-e.d; .?..