Burlington Hawk Eye, January 7, 1890

Burlington Hawk Eye

January 07, 1890

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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - January 7, 1890, Burlington, Iowa THE BURLINGTON HAW! r< $ E YI E Established: June, 1839.] ft jn pit ARPiDMtNTS BEFORE THE WEYS AHD MEANS TARIFF HEARING C0HT1HUED, lift Senate and lion se Proceeding*-Numerous Measures Acted Upon— Congressional Gossip — Judge lire wet* Takes His Seat. Washington, Jan. 6.—Tile ways and mean* committee this morning heard the arguments of several gentlemen interested lr; ihe silk industry. They were followed by John Dymond, President of the Sugar Planters Association, who read a memorial asking for a protection Buffi cieut to enable the United States to produce Pa own sugar. Dymond said free feugar from the Sandwich Islands did not affect the price of sugar in this country and was not, therefore, a detriment to the sugar industry in the United States. Ex-Governor Mamou th, cf Louisiana, spoke at some length He said during the political campaigns in his state he had been met at various points by repre-sedtalive so-and-so, and from Pennsylvania and Ohio and Michigan in favor of a reduction of the fifty j>er cent tariff on sugar. In tho face of these speeches he had not been as successful as he would wish in converting hi3demo-p.’atic friends. Warmouth thought the effects of the bounty after a year’s experiment would be the destruction of the sugar industry. “If you want friends in Louisiana," said be, “you must not toucn the sugar tariff We cannot stand the redact.on of half a cent a pound. It would be ruinous to the industry, and without sugar the city of New Orleans would be depopulated. If the committee could guarantee to the planters that a succeeding congress would not disturb it. he would be glad to accept a bounty of two cents a pound on all the sugar he raised. He wanted, however, to si and on the ground with the other protection industries. Given or Gc~.r—You don’t stand on the same ground with them; you don’t produce anything like enough to supply the demands of the country. Warmouth- We bid fair to if we are given the encouragement extended to other industries What we want is to be let alone. Representative Peters, of Kansas, said he was interested in silk, sugar and salt. He naked protection for bis silk raising constituents by a suitable duty ou raw silk. Ho cited statistics showing the Kansas sugar product from sorghum cane and how it was increasing under the protective tariff. Mr Peters doesn’t think much of the bounty His a departure from the tariff policy with which the people are familiar; its imposition would invite constant agitation of the question to the detiiment of the industry. Kansas needs additional capital to put up sorghum sugar mills but that capital cannot be obtained under a bounty. The wit ness, however argued strongly iu favor of the retention of the duty and turning his remarks into a political vein said there was a feeling of unrest among the farmers of bis state which, if not allayed might result in making Kansas with its eighty-two thousand republican majority a democratic state. Henry I. Oxnant, of Gland Island Nebraska, made an argument in favor of protection to the beet sugar industry, predicting that with the retention of the present duty beet root would, within twenty years, outstrip suvar cane and sorghum in the production of sugar. Reduction of duty would kill the industry. Professor Wiley of the agricultural department did not anticipate very high re suits from Kansas sorghum, as a ten per cent article like sorghum could not compete with a fourteen per cent article like beet. Sorghum, however, made excellent alcohol and he thought Kansas stood in its own light in preventing the people from making alcohol. In a secret session the chairman was instructed to report to-morrow his administrative bill. TUB SKN ATK, Nuwtrou* r*mt«>s* l're*»ut*<£ and lie-tarred Washington, Jan. 6 —The senate reassembled at noon after the holiday recess, the vice-president being in the chair, with kiss than a quorum. Among the numerous i>otitions presented and re ferred were two from Kansas and Texas, the f .ruler urging the selection of Chicago and the latter St Louis as the place for the international exposition in 1802 Piatt presented a copy of the constitution adopted at Boise City for the proponed state of Idaho; referred. Among bids introduced and referred were the following: By Frye —To promote ocean mail aer vice between the United States and foreign ports, and to promote commerce. By Reagan—To prevent transportationBURLINGTON, IOWA, TUESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 7, 1890. [Prick: 15 Cents per Wuk. from diseases contracted while in the service of the baited States was passed. The senate then adjourned. TEK HOOS*. Among the bills introduced and referred in the house to-day, were the following: One rtquesting the executive departments to change the extradition laws with Great Britain, so that persons charged with grand larceny, embezzlement and other crimea may be extradited from Canada By Lane, of Illinois—To prevent the contraction cf currency; also, for a graduated income tax; also, to tax trusts; also, to ascertain the amount of mortgage indebtedness cf farmers in the United States. By Springer, of Illinois—For the sd-mission of Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico and Wyoming into the union. By Perkins, of Kansas—For the creation of an office of congressional correspondence and departmental business. (This provides for an office, in connection with the house, with clerks whose duty it shall be to attend to departmental business of members. ) By Bland—For the free coinage of silver. By Pickier, of South Dakota—For a public building at Aberdeen, South Dakota The following appointments were announced by the speaker: Butterwort^ Lodge and Wheeler, regents of the Smithsonian institution; Hilt and Hemphill, members of the board of directors of the Columbia institute for deaf and dumb. The house then adjourned. SILVER BOLLIER AS A BASIS FOR BAHA CIRCULATION. John Jay Knox’s Proprosed Bill—His Explanation of Its Provisions -The Bill Soon to be Introduced in Congress—General News. CONGRESSIONAL GOSSIP. Providential Other Nominations -Matters Washington, Jan. 0.—The president sent the senate the following nominations: Register of land office, George F. Blanchard, at Sidney, Nebraska; United States attorney, Maurice D. O’Connell, for the northern district of Iowa, and the following postmasters: George W: Dunham, Manchester; John E Duncan, Amis; Edward A Wood, Avoca; Richard A Smith, Lake City; John I. Grubb, Columbus Junction; Marshall W Herrick, Monticello In their third annual report submitted to congress to-day the interstate commerce commission make recommendations looking to an amendment in the law of the first section, so as to correct some ambiguities of language and make more definite and certain the transportation, both interstate and international, intended to be subject to the provisions of the act relating to routine and interchange of traffic between carriers. New sections suggested are the prohibition of the payment of a commission by one railroad company to tho ticket agents of another company for passenger transportation; the abolition of ticket brokerage; the requirement that mileage shall be paid for c>,rs used belonging to private companies or individuals, and the extension of the lvw to make it apply to common carriers by water route In the house to-day, Bynum, of Indiana, offered a resolution which was referred to the c jmmittee on rules for the appointment of a special committee to investigate certain charges made against the United states district attorney for the district of Indiana, Smiley H. Cham hers, and his predecessors The charges consist in the alleged suppression of testimony presented for the procurement of an indictment against W. W. Dudley in connection with the “blocks of five letter.” GENERAL WASMAN er a ox* NEWS. Aa- of merchandise in bond from ports and territories of the United States into the Republic of Mexico and restore that privil**ue when the 5‘Zona Libra" along boundary between the two countries is abolished By Cullom- (bv request)—Authorizing the secretary of the treasury to loan money to farmers at two per cent. Mr. Plumb offered a resolution (which was agreed to) directing the managers of the National soldiers’ homes to consider and report upon the advisability of establishing a hospital at Hot Springs, Arkansas, to which all disabled ex-union soldiers shall be admitted under proper recommendations. Mr. Plumb also orffered a resolution regarding the lease of the Alaska seal fisheries which was laid on the table for further action. It promises that the secretary of the treasury be requested not to make a newT lease of the islands until further action by congress or until the latest period made necessary by the existing law. and that meanwhile he make a full report to the senate as to the manner in which the Alaska Commercial company has discharged its duties and obligations under the present lease, and also what additional legislation. if any, is necessary in order that the interests of the government and those of the natives and citizens of Alaska may be more fully protected. Mr. Call offered a long preamble and resolution setting forth that the German ivernment is interested in assisting Ipain to perpetuate her soverignty in Cuba: protesting against any such combination and requesting the president to furnish the senate such information as may be in the possession of the state department in regard to the matter; referred. : Mr. Dawson offered a resolution (which was agreed to) calling on the postmaster-general for information as to the progress in the connection of the postoffice department with telegraph companies and as to the probable cost of erection by the government of an independent telegraph line between the cities of St. Louis, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. The senate then took up the bill to amend the census act by increasing the pay of the supervisors from $500 to $1,-000 and (Stewart proceeded to make a speech on the silver question, after .Iuds* Brewer Take* Ulv Scat ae ■aetat* Justice Washington, Jan. ti —Judge David J. Brewer wa;> sworn in as associate justice of the supreme court of the United States at noon to day and immediately took his seat upon the bench. The cere mony was performed in the court room in the presence of a large audience, im mediately after the assembling of the court at noon. A cr STOMS CASE DECIDED, In the opinion rendered in the wellknown Edelhoff customs case the supreme court holds that silk and cotton ribbons used exclusively as hat trim mings are dutiable at twenty per cent under the provisions in the tariff act of 1883 for “trimmings for hats, bonnets aud hoods” and not at fifty per cent under the provision for materials of which silk is the component of chief value. The government will by this decision be com polled to refund about $6 OOO.OOO to importers in Philadelphia, New York, Boston anti other places. a judgment affirmed. The supreme court to day rendered an opinion in the case of Clayton, appellant, versus the people of the territory of Utah. Clayton was elected auditor of public a'counts of Utah in 1879 and has h*4d the office ftver sine**, refusing to turn over the office to Arthur Pratt, appointed to the place by Governor Murray of Utah. It was contended the act o? the legislature cf Utah creating the office and providing it should be filled by popular election is in contrivance to the organic act of the territory. The su rreine codrt of Utah decided against Clayton and this court affirms the judg rnent. IOWA PENSIONS The following Iowa pensions have been granted: Original Invalid—Isaac Hartsuck, Quarry ; Dallas W. Ward. Eddyville; lames G. Goodwin, Greenfield; Edward Kennedy, Fort Dodge; Oron E. Gaunt. Linden; Jonathan J. Lane. Pittsburg: John J. Bailey, Denison: TTiomas Cutler, Comanche. Increase — Davie Spencer, Mason City; John W. Adams, Monroe; John Miller, Strawberry Point Alexander Marley, Winterset. Reissue Peter Shaver, Sigourney. Original Widow—Clarissa, mother of Henry C. Haskell. Oskaloosa. THIS MISSISSIPPI PLAN. All Democratic Candidate* Sleeted at JaekeoB New Orleans, Jan. 6—The Times Democrat, Jackson, Mississippi, special says: The municipal election passed off quietly. General Henry, democratic candidate for mayor, and all the demo cratic candidates were elected. Fifteen or twenty negroes presented themselves at the polls, but on being told this was a peaceable election and that their voting might cause trouble, they quietly withdrew. There were a great many strang erg in town, many coming here purpose!] to assist the democrats, and it is believet their presence had the desired effect of preventing trouble._ Narrow SieapM at a Fir*. Hiawatha, Kas,, Jan. 6—During a fire in a hotel here early this morning the guests were obliged to jump from windows to save their lives. A number were injured by the flames and jumping Those seriously injured are Dr. Wilder Chicago; Fred Brooks, Hastings, Ne braska, and H. Whelan, Hiawatha. Loss by fire, $20,000.    _ New York, Jan. 6.—John Jay Knox las prepared a bill which will be introduced in congress soon, the principal object of which is to provide for the use cf silver bullion, as a basis for national bank circulation. The bill provides after the passage of the act that every national bank be authorized to issue circulating notes in amount not exceeding seventy-five per cent of the banks capital stock. Not less than seventy per cent of this circulation shall be secured by United States bonds, or, at the option of each bank, one-haif of the said seventy per cent may be secured by a deposit with the treasurer unde.r the regulations to be prescribed by the secretary of the treasury of gold coin or bullion o~ silver bullion the current market price. Whenever the market or cash value of bullion and United States bonds deposited is reduced below the amount of circulation issued, the comptroller of the currency may demand and received the amount of such depreciation in other bullion or in gold or silver coin to be deposited with the treasurer as long as such depositing shall continue. Or the amount of the circulating notes of such bank may be reduced by charging the excess of circulation to the redemption fund. An account to be designated the ' ‘national bank safety fund” is authorized to be opened on the treasurers books by reducing the amount of the United States notes now outstanding 91,500,000, and by rendering the national bank redemption fund the same amount and crediting $3,000,000 to the safety fund, to said fund shall be added duty of one-half of one per cent each half year upon the average amount of national bank notes in circulation of any national bank becomes insolent and any of the circulating notes remain unpaid fter the assets and the individual liability ehare-hoiders are exhausted, such circulating notes shall be redeemed, cancelled and destroyed, and the amount charged to the safety fund. Mr. Knox in explaining the provisions of the bill said, it is estimated that the ost and unredeemed national bank notes amount to at least ODe per cont during every twenty years, but only one-half of the amount estimated to be lost is to be placed to the credit of the safety fund to cover thirty per cent of the circulation not secured by the bonds or bullion. It not necessary, however, that this appropriation should be used, for the safety fund if serious objections are made, as the tax, on the circulation, which amounted in 1889 to $1,410,331 is abundant for creating and maintaining a sufficient fund for the absolute redemption of thirty per cent of nil issues of all national banks. The comptroller’s report for 1889 shows that during the last twenty-five years the total circulation of insolvent banks amount to but $15,000,000. The amount of insolvent bank notes each year, on an average, was $600,000, thirty per cent of which would be a $180,000. The tax on circulation last year was nearly eight limas the amount of the safety fund required. If the circulation is increased the tax will correspondingly increased, so that the amount to be added annually to the safety fund from it is, without doubt, auundantly sufficient to provide for thirty per cent. of all the insolvent banks of the country. The profit on the circulation under this proposition would not be large, but would be sufficient to induce many if not all the smaller national banks to deposit silver bullion and take out circulation. Mr. Knox estimates that at the end of the next twenty years, or at the date of payment of the four per cent bonds in 1907, the safety fund would have accum ulated at least $25,000,000. so that from that time onward    a    suf ficient amount of national bank circulation would remain permanently in existence, well secured by gold or silver bullion and sufficiently profitable to make the present amount of United States notes to respond to the demand of the business of the country. It would also give the banks ii! the west as well as the east that have confidence in the future value cf silver an opportunity to invest in that way, and he believed that such investments would be made for the next three years equal at least to twenty million dollars annually and thus relieve the treasury from excessive purchases. pointe raised in a petition presented to Judge Brewer by the attorneys of the alliance and sets up that to allow the Mercantile Trust company of New York to foreclose the mortgage it holds would render worthless three million dollars' worth of bonds issued by municipalities which receive in payment railroad stock. CUTTING PASSENGER RATES. Milwaukee, Jan. 4 —The passenger rates to the northwest will be reduced next Tuesday to correspond with the east-bound cut rate inaugurated last Wednesday. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul and the Wisconsin Central have given notice that they will apply the cut rate west-bound.on the day mentioned in order meet the rates of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. a controversy settled Chicago Jan. 6.—The controversy arising from the action of the the Trans-Missouri association in establishing lower rates on grain from Nebraska points to St. Paul than are in effect from the same points to Chicago, has settled to day by the executive board of the interstate commerce railway association, which decided the Trans-Missouri association has a right to establish such rates so long as hey did not effect the reduction of ratets between intermediate points in the western freight association. THE C. W. A N. WILL RETALIATE Kansas City, Jan. 6 — It is officially stated the Chicago, Wyandotte and Northwestern railroad will shortly issue. a circular reducing rates to all Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado points to two cents per mile if the other railroads will not grant the fc rmer road the right of into the unian depot at this city. Fatal Cases in West Virginia—Several Deaths Reported From Berlin — Empress Augusta Has a Bad Spell - Other Reports. the hate was. Tho Burlington Mikaa an AumiItc Movement. St. Paul, Jan. 6.—Another aggressive movement was made in the Northwestern passenger rate war Saturday. Up to that lime cut rates from St. Paul to Chicago have applied only in one direction, the fare from St. Paul to Chicago remaining at the old figure of $11.50 first-class, and $9 second. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy now issues a tariff making the rates from Chicago to St. Paul $9 first-class, and $7 second, to correspond with the rates in force in the opposite direction. This action which becomes effective January 7. not only applies to reduced rates from Chicago to St. Paul, but makes them a basis for through freights by way of St. Paul to all points beyond. Another reduction in through rates to New England and Canadian points was announced by the Burlington this after noon to take effect January 9. The basis of the rates are the same as those quoted by the Boo which are to become effective to-morrow. No dew to tit* Perpetrator* of the Kailua Murder at Trenton, N. J. Trenton, N. J., Jan. 5.—Coroner Bower has subpenaed about ’two dozen witnesses for the inquest, ’which will begin in the Kniffin murder case tomorrow morning. The inquest will be adjourned from Monday to Wednesday, owing to Mrs. Kniffin’s funeral Tuesday, aud will then go on for the rest of the week. Dr. Kniffin, husband of the dead woman, and Miss Pursed, who was found apparently unconscious alongside of Mrs. Kniffia’s corpse, are on the list of witnesses, but their counsel declined to say whether or not he would allow them nn the stand. Undef the law they are not required to answer any questions tending to criminate them. The coroner says he has witnesses who will swear they saw Dr. Kniffin and Miss Pursell frequently together on the street and to other circumstances tending to show unusually friendly relations. There were no new developments today as to the murder, and no arrests have yet been decided on. DR KNIFFEN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE. Trenton, N. J., Jan. 6.—Dr. Kniffen, the husband of the woman found smothered to death in bed Friday morning took an ounce of aconite and gashed his wrists and throat with a razor this morning. Doctors were summoned and staunched the flaw of blood, as the jug ular vein had not been reached. Owing to the largeness of the dose of aconite it acted as an emetic and was all thrown off. The doctor is out of danger. He said he attempted his life because he was discouraged at the strong tide of public feeling against him. THE MACKEY 81 IU KE SETTLED. Ail Sinners Taken Back 'Without Prejudice. Evansville, Jan 6.—The strike on the Mackey system wa3 amicably settled last night, both sides making concessions All strikers were taken back without prejudice and operations were resumec this morning. The terms of settlement are a secret and cannot be learned now further than above stated. A SUG AB REFINERY WORSTED. Rendered Against th* Company at San Fran- A Decision American deco. San Francisco. Jan. 5 —Judge Wal lace in the superior court to-day decided a case of the state vs. the Amen can Sugar Refinery company. The court finds that by joining the trust the company abandoned all the purposes and objects for which it was created and has therefore forfeited its corporate franchise. A judgment for five thousand dollars and costs was also renderec against the company. A Large Furniture Manufactory In Chicago Assign*. Chicago, Jan. 6.—An application was made to-day for a receiver for the furni ture house of R. Diemel & Bros, the most extensive manufacturers of parlor furniture in Chicago. Frank A. Hel mer was appointed receiver in bonds of $100,000. A Et. Loots Grocery Firm Folia. St. Louis, Jan. 6.—The Lee, Deming Grocery company, of this city, to-da? confessed judgment in a sum of $68 OOO Liabilities, $242,000; assets, $362,000. Foiled to Break Ute Strike. Punxsutawney, Pa, Jan. 6 -—The coal company was unsuccessful in its attempt to start its works to-day. 8ome Italians and Poles had promised to resume work, but were persuaded not to by the strikers._ Of health and strength renewed and of ease and comfort follows the nae of Syrup of Figs, as it acts in harmony with nature to effectually cleanse the system when costive or binous. For sale in 50c and $1.00 bottles by all leading druggists. Portalled Manistee, Mich., Jan. The Iller town Mamufacting _ company’s furniture The America* Base Ball Asaoclattoa. Rochester, N. Y., Jan. 6.— At a meet ing of the directors of the American Base Ball association to day, Syracuse was admitted to the association. The application of Baltimore for membership with the condition that the association should be composed of twelve clubs, was laid on the table. The committees elected at the full meeting in New York resigned. President Phelps held over and General Henry Blinker of thin city was elected vice-president The board of directors and different committees were elected. POLICE STILL IN THE DARK. A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION. GRAPPLED Bl GRIPPE. IHE EPIDEMIC AS YET SHOWS HO SIGHS OF V ABATIHG. Parkersburg, W. Va., Jan. 6 —The grip is spreading rapidly and several fatal cases are reported. Henry D. Winker, a well-known banker connected with the Kanawha Valley bank, died Saturday night from influenza. R. E. Horner, editor of the Sentinel, published here, is down with the disease, and his physician says he cannot recover. Chief of Police Bii8 has been confined to his room several days. Two hundred cases are reported at Wheeling. At Charleston several newspaper men have it. At Fairmount, John S. McKinney, aged e-ghty, was seized with it and died in a few hours. He was the oldest Mason in the state. At Cadiz, on the Ohio side, Chaa Lynch, a young druggist, died with influenza after a day’s illness. the cross of St. Michael and 8t. George, but was dissuaded by Lord Salisbury, who advised that the dignity be reserved till Stanley* s arrival in England. RUSSIA DEMANDS AMNESTY IN CRETE. St. Petersburg, Jan. 6.—The Russian government is displeased with the restrictions of the Turkish government’s firman in regard to Crete, and has requested the porte to extend amnesty to every one in the island and to abolish the state of siege. A MOTION REJECTED. Dublin, Jan. 6.—At a meeting ef the municipal council to-day a motion was made to ask the queen to visit Dublin and open the new museum. The motion was rejected on the grounds that the council had no authority over the museum A PRINCE DEAD Berlin, Jan 6—The Prince of Thura and Taxis is dead. WATER FAMINE FEARED I editor of the Independent Americas, died suddenly last night of pneumonia. She was a popular young lady and associate editor of the American. THE UHPRECEBEHTED FALL DI THE MISSISSIPPI CAOSHG MOCH ALAM. Davenport, Bock Island and Moline Threatened With a Failure af the Water Supply-A Valuable Barn Burned-Other State Items, A Chuet of Slchti O test vers. I Special to Th* Hawk-By*. Davenport, Jan. 6.—John Fitzgerald, | signal observer at this place, has been transferred to Atlanta, Ga , and will be I succeeded by Observer Ferdinand J. Walz, of Leavenworth, Kansas. THE NEW AMERICAN NAVY DECREASING IN NEW YORK CITY New York. Jan. 6 —The vital statistics for the twenty-four hours ended at noon to-day show the namber of deaths to be 146, a decrease of nearly IOO compared with the previous twenty-four hours. It is believed at the sanitary headquarters that the worst of the influenza epidemic is over. The sick list in the police department, however, shows no abatement, but the reverse. PHILADELPHIA POLICEMEN SICK. Philadelphia, Jan. 6.—Over 230 po-icemen in this city are sick with tne 4‘grip.” Three deaths duo to the malady are reported today. One hundred and sixty-two deaths from pulmonary divinities occurred last week. IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY Albany, Jan '6.— La grippe is creating a profound sensation in the Mohawk valley. At Amsterdam there are two thousand cases, among the sufferers being the three principal physicians. At Fort Plain five hundred are ill, and at Canajoharie there are thirty five cases. Several hundred cases are reported at Fonda, Fultonville and St. Johnsville. AT CORNWALL, ONTARIO. Cornwall, Jan. 6 —There are three hundred cases of influenza here. RAILROAD MEN ATTACKED. Niagara Falls, Ont., Jan. 6.—“La grippe” has broken out here. Over one hundred cases are reported, principally among railway employes. The men on the Michigan Central and Grand Trunk roads have to work double time. SECRETARY WINDOM ILL. Washington, Jan. 6.—Secretary Win-dom is suffering with a severe cold, which is feared to be la grippe. Congressman Gibson, of the First Maryland district, is seriously ill, suffering from pneumonia, which followed an attack of influenza. AT WEST LIBERTY, IOWA. Special to Th* Hawk-Etb. West Liberty, la., Jan. 6.—Colds are prevalent among our people, one hears la grippe and influenza frequently mentioned, but our physicians claim that there is no epidemic among us, and such affections are not more prevalent than the changeable weather we have had would otherwise produce. influenza at waterloo, iowa. Waberloo, Jan 6.—A large number of cases of the Russian influenza are reported here. One of them, an omnibus driver, was insane last night with the disease. Two physicians are among the victims, and Governor-elect Boies was suffering from a slight attack last Saturday morning, but not severe enough to keep him from his office. Possible Serious Cban*• In the Balance of Power at Sea. London, Jan. 5.—Lord Charles Beresford, speaking of the new American Navy said: “The creation of a powerful navy by the United States would make a serious change in the balance of military power at sea. During several years there has been carried on under the auspices of the two American mill tary departments a study cf the proceedings by which a navy may best be created and of the modes of manufacture of the heavy guns with which it should be armed. A beginning of manufacture has been made and these efforts will undoubtedly be continued. A Heat which should have eight ironclads ia the Pacific and twelve in the Atlantic would rival that of any but the stronger naval powers of Europe. The present Secretary of the United States Navy aims at nothing short of this. In addition he wants an equal number of coast defense ironclads, carrying guns of the largest caliber. The fact that such a scheme is receiving the hearty approval of the American people is of great moment No doubt the United States are as yet not strongly infected with the militarism now rampant in Continental Europe. The one idea which at present is expressed by American advocates of naval preparation is defense. The United States are not willing in an age of armies and navies to leave either the Pa ciflc or the Atlantic seaboard exposed to some unexpected attack. But the European strategists, responsible for advising their own Governments upon matters of attack and defense, though they will doubtless assume on the part of the United States a pacific and non interering policy as regards Europe, will yet be unaole to leave out of their calculations the existance of these American ships of war. They are an addition to the total available forces of possible friends or enemies. The result will be sooner or later a further increase of European demands. The militarism of Eur-rope has penetrated in a preliminary, non acute form into America. A few more years will probably bring a reac tion upon Enrope of this unfortunate contagion.”_ Special to Th* Hawh-Et*. Davenport, Jan. 6.—The formation of ice at the head of the rapids, some fifteen miles above Davenport, has caused a further fall of the river here The Rock Island and Moline water works have been compelled to lengthen their pipes, and even then are pumping a good deal of wind. The Davenport works can stand a fall of about a foot more, but should that come would be compelled to blast out a reef before they could reach the channel, to which the water would then be cDnfined.There is apprehension^ trouble in the event of cold weather, but hope that it will not occur. The bed of the river is so far exposed now that the chickens are feeding upon snails and mussels at a point where the water is usually many feet deep. In the channel, blasted out by the government from the rock of the rapids, the water now does not exceed the depth of three feet at any point. Yesterday a man waded across from this city to the government island, and found no diffi culty in crossing the channel. A pair of hip boots was sufficient to keep him dry. Tne whole body of the river is compressed, at this pl ce. into a channel only about seven or eight hundred yards wide, and yet there is so little water in it that it threatens to go dry. The ferry boat here got aground a short distance from the dock on this side about four o’clock Saturday afternoon with five teams aboard. It was the same hour Sunday when she was relieved The wharfboat was pushed out to her, the teams placed upon it, within a couple of hours from the time it was released it grounded again, that time at the Rock Island dock, and this evening is still there, partly held by the mud and partly by the ice. There is clanger that the boat cannot ba removed. Humor of u OtrlKa. Special to Th* Hawk-Bv*. Sidney, la , Jan. 6.—It is rumored at this place that all the switchmen on the new Tabor and Northern railroad have gone on a strike. ML Pleasant Mt. Pleasant, Jan. 6.—The new year was ushered in more quietly with us than for a long time past With the exception of a reception given by the I. C. a Mrs. Robert Cole’s there were no homes formally open to callers, and the gentlemen contined their business occupations much as on other days. This was due to a variety of causes. Death, during the year, had closed some homes which had always been hospitably open on New Years day. Serious illness in other families made New Years greeting! a mockery. Beside this, there is doubtless a growing indifference to the good oldfashioned custom of greeting and good wishes at the beginning of the year. Dr. Milburn, the blind preacher, opened the college lecture course on Friday evening by delivering his lecture on “8 8. Prentiss, the Famous Mississippi Orator.” It was so well received that he was induced to lecture again on Saturday evening, his subject being, “Aaron Burr.” The universal verdict on both lectures is one of pleasure and satisfaction. Few of the later lecturers have attained the power and excellence in this field, which Dr Milburn still possesses. Quite a large delegation of our teachers attended the the State Teachers As sociation, held in Des Moines last week, and have returned, reporting a very SUO' rueas SEVERAL. PASSENGERS INJURED THE DISEASE IN EUROPE. Workman Burled Under th* De brie of a Diem untied Naphta Ret! aery. Lima, O., Jan. 6.—This afternoon one of the large stills of the Naphta works at Standards Solar refinery, exploded with a force felt all over the city. A number of men working near were covered with debris. The oil immediately caught fire, causing considerable excitement. Wm. Culver, the foreman, was found insensible under a pile of brick with .a bad gash in his head; Peter Devine had his right leg broken in two places and was badly bruised and burned Both men are fatally injured. J. F. Seyman, William Murphy, J. I Caller, J. E. Helser, Walter Evans, Frank White and John Sullivan was seriously burned. Charles Landkammer was thrown quite a distance into a tank of water and came near drowning. The fire was quickly extinguished. REFUSED TO BB A FOOD. Al Hie Dost Minute C. Chapat, Aged to, Decline* to Murry u Young Girl Montreal, Que., Jan. 6.—Forty guests assembled at the archbishop’s cathedral this morning to witness the marriage of the youngest daughter of C. Beautied, M. P., a pretty girl of eighteen, to C. Chaput, the rich flour merchant, seventy years of age. After waiting two hours the bridegroom failed to turn up and the marriage was postponed. Mr. Chaput says he is old enough to be the girl’s grandfather, and upon second thought he made up his mind not to make an old fool of himself. The Prince** Slimtrck mad Prince** Rotten berg Seriously Iii. Berlin, Jan. 6.—Princess Bismarck and Princess Rottenberg are seriously ill with‘ la grippe.” Many deaths are reported. The Dowager Empress Augusta, who is suffering with influenza, had a bad night, being unable to sleep Her fever, however, has rather diminished. Berlin, Jan. 8 —Since the last report the Dowager Empress Augusta’s fever aas increased and she is quite restless. Hor majesty suffers from no other disease than influenza. Berlin, Jan. 6.—The condition of the Dowager Empress Augusta is improving rapidly to-night. THE INFLUENZA SPREADING. London, Jan 6 —The number of cases cf influenza in this city is constantly increasing. A large number of nurses in hospitals, doctors, and clergymen are prostrated. The epidemic continues spreading among the police Many members of the police force at Bradford are incapacitated for work by influenza. A number of employes in the postal and telegraph service at Belfast are suffering from influenza the disease has also attacked many of the college students and professors. SKATERS HAVE IT. Berlin, Jan. 6.—All the champion skaters at the tournament are reported to be ailing with “la grippe.” DECREASING AT PARIS. Paris, Jan. 6 —The influenza is decreasing. President Carnot has entirely recovered from his attack. ARRIVED AT GIBRALTAR. Gibraltar, Jan. 6 —Influenza has made its appearance here. There is no interruption of communication between the American squadron of evolution and shore. A Desperado Rescued. Macon, Ga., Jan. 6.—Willie Wallace, the notorious outlaw of Harris county, was rescued from jai! in Hamilton yesterday morning by a large number cf masked men, evidently his friends. The rescuers also took with them a negro who was in jail, named Sam Tatum. It is supposed Tatum must have recognized some of them. If this is so no doubt he was killed. Murdered by Mexicans. Fort Davis, Tex,, Jan. 6.—A band of Mexican horse-thieves ambushed a party consisting of three men, two woman and four children, near Chihuahua, Satur day, and shot and killed two of the men The murderers supposed Hie murdered men were officers A military guard was sent to arrest the Maxican*, ^ if captured they will be summarily dealt with. Montana’* Doclslatlv* Matters. Helena, Mont, Jan. 6—The demo cratic legislature met in joint convention at noon, but as heretofore without quorum. Twenty-six out of thirty-eight members were present and took a ballot each voting for the caucus nominees, Clark and McGinnis, after which they adjourned._ RAI DRQ AP MATTERS. Municipal Alliance ut File a Cross BUI. Topeka, Kaa., Jan. 4.—Last attorneys for the Mantel composed of the Kansas ho! Kansas mid nebraska Fowl Railroad Wrack. Corning, N. Y., Jan. 6.—Last night i a wrecking train returning from wreck near Wellsborough, it went through aa iron bridge ow a creek north of Wellsborough. Grant Wiiliken and Daniel Howard were instantly killed and several others were seriously in jured. Iks* yup Foreign New* Note*. The American squadron of evolution has arrived at Gibraltar. The pope has approved the nomination of Dr. O’Doherty as bishop of Londonderry, Ireland. Mr. Gladstone has received over three thousand letters and telegrams congratulating him upon his eightieth birth day. The Frste Fabriken, in Pretoria, the largest structure in the Transvaal, has been destroyed by fire. The lots ie £100, OOO. The Berlin Presa society gave a ban quet last night in honor of Theodore Fontane. the author, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. A majority of the railway workmen of Scotland oppose a strike to settle the ten hour question and express a desire to confer with the masters. Floods covering an area of.300 miles are reported In Queensland. A portion of Normanton is submerged, the water in some places being twenty feet deep The sultan of Turkey, in response to a request made by the empress of Germany, has sanctioned the completion of a protestant church at Bethleham, Palestine. Ah Sing, the most famous Chinaman out of the flowery kingdom, died Saturday in London. He was most the original of Chinese opium-joint keepers in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Dickens’ uncompleted novel. The Boulangists are concentrating! their political efforts in Paris. Boulanger, it is said, will contest the eighteenth arrondissement. The latest phase of the Boulangist conspiracy is consequently that the municipal govern ment shalt control the police and Boulanger shall control the municipal government. Foggy Ato*o*pkere Cause* a Collision in Iowa on lh* Kook Island. Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 6.—The foggy atmosphere of Saturday night was responsible for an accident on the Rock Island road, which resulted in the injury of several persons and the demolisning of several cars. The accident occurred between Malcolm and Brooklyn, in Poweshiek county. It was a tail-end collision between two freight trains, the fog being so dense that the engineer on the second train could not distinguish the red light on the first section until too late to prevent an accident. The caboose on the first section, which was occupied by the train men and passengers, was thrown from the track and several of the occupants were injured. Seven freight cars were also thrown from the track and the engine of the second section was somewhat demolished. cessful convention and a pleasant time. The schools are again open and the streets are full of young people and children with their merry care-free faces, as they pass from home to school. An old gentleman, visiting Mt. Pleasant recently, remarked- What a largo proportion of young people I meet on the streets here.” This is. of course, due to the number of students from abroad who are attending our schools. The G. A. R. hall was the scene of an interesting meeting last Saturday evening. The occasion was the installation of the new officers in McFarland post and corpo. and of the Sons of Veterans of Harlan camp. State Commander C. H. Smith installed the officers of the post and corps after which Past Captain Bert Crane installed the officers of the camp. Speeches and songs followed, for an hour, when the meeting adjourned. All three of the organizations are to be congratulated on their continued prosperity. The new postmaster, Mr. J. W. Batter-thwaite, has entered on his duties, Mr. Wailbank retiring with the opening of the year. A EDAM AT DAMS. FARM I* ROP ERX Y DESTRO YED. A Dare* Barn With Content* Burned Eldora. Special to Th* Hawk-Eyb. Eldora, Jan. 6 —The large stock barn on the old St. John farm two miles southwest of town was burned to the ground late Saturday evening with the greater part of the contents. Among the property destroyed were six head of colts, one stallion, thirty tons of bay, one thousand bushels of oats and a large quantity of farm machinery and harness. Considerable live stock was saved by timely efforts of the owner and neighbors. The fire originated in the hay mow but from what cause is not known. There was some insurance on the contents in the Hawkeye company, but none on the ham, so far as known. The property was owned by Mr. Will St. John, the present tenant, but the barn belonged with the farm which was pur chased some time ago by a 8. Kingman, of Des Moines. BOONE’S DOSS. TERRIFIC 8TORM8. GKNSR AD FOREIGN NEWS. TU* London Scandal. London, Jan. 6,—The trials of Arthur Newton, solicitor; Frederick Taylerson, his clerk, and Adolphus De Galli, the interpreter, who were arrested on a charge of conspiracy to defeat justice in connection with the West End scandal, began before Magistrate Vaughan in the Bow Street Police court to-day. A lad named Algernon Allies, testified that he had resided in the Cleveland Street house and had received money for im moral purposes He had destroyed the letters received from Lord Arthur Somer set. Allies admitted that he had stolen valuables from the club, in which he had been employed as a waiter. He was not imprisoned for the thefts, Lord Arthur Somerset becoming his security. Witness stated that subsequent to the expose of the scandal Taylorson tried to induce him to go to America ANOTHER BATTLE. Zanzibar, Jan. 6.—Another engagement has taken place between insurgent natives and the forces commanded by Major Wissman. After severe fighting Major Wissman succeeded in capturing Bwanoheri’s fortified position near Damaging Snow* In Oregon—A Blizzard in Kant»u Portland, Ore., Jan. 6.—Storm caused great damage to the Oregon Railway and Navigation company’s road. Three accidents, each attended with fatal results are reported. Fireman Cross was seriously scalded at Hood river yesterday, and Fireman Orvis killed in a collision between a freight and a passenger near Willows. It is rumored two men wera killed and thirteen persons injured on the tame road at Riparia. The first train from Spokane in five days arrived to-day. The heaviest snow storm in years is p^vail ing. The thermometer is below zero. A BLIZZARD IN KANSAS. Emporia, Jan. 6.—The worst blizzard of the season struck this place yes terday afternoon and has been in progress ever since with a fierce northwest wind accompanied by snow. The thermometer fell 52 de grees in a few hours, and this morning was twenty-four below freezing point, The storm continues this evening and it is feared the railroad wiil be blocked. Kansas City, Jan. 6—Dispatches from Kansas and Missouri say a blizzard of considerable severity prevails throughout those two states to-night. The temperature is generally near the zero point and the snow is drifting badly. Basalt of ta* Big Fir* Saturday Nlgkt. Boone, lo, Jan. 6.—The fire Saturday night destroyed the Commercial block, including four stores and the Metropoli tan hail. The loss will aggregate about $25,000 on buildings and stocks. The buildings are total losses, the walls being unfit to use aiwain. The losses are: John Y. Smith, $10,000, insured for $2. 500; L. R. Page, $3,000, no insurance; E. E. Chandler, jewelry and silverware, $4 OOO, stock insured for $6,000; Stevens Bros., grocers, loss $2,000, insured for $1,800; George McCormack, grocer, loss $1,200, insured for $500; Blade Bro# boets and shots, lose $500; H. H. Sprague, grocer, loss $2,000, insured for $1,000. Other losses will bring the aggregate to •25,000. About three o'clock in the morning a second alarm was rung, the fire starting again and endangering the adjacent building. Clitcago** City Stock Ia*p*otor B**cklj Handled by Stat* ComailMlratr Machesney. Chicago, Jan. 6.—H. C. McChesney, of the State Board of Live Stock commissioners, to day sent an open letter to Chicago’s health commissioner, Dr. Wickersham, concerning the controversy between the city and state inspectors relative to the recent deaths of diseased cattle at the stock yards. The letter is written in a most savage vein and scores Wickersham for Ids statements that the state board would “not be allowed to foist diseased cattle upon the Chicago public.” It charm that Chief City Inspector Lamb is Incompetent. The one hundred and nine cattle, regarding which the controversy originated, were mquarentined by the state board because all were diseased witn actinomyosis. They could not be tanked at Peoria and the board issued a permit to the owners to skip them under quarantine to Hess Brothers at Chicago, in care of State Agent McDonald, the carcasses and all parts used for food to be put in* rendering tanks under his supervision, this has been done. McChesney says this is the lot of cattie of which City Inspector Lamb condemned seventeen and would have oassed 92 for market, where as all had been declared diseased by a board of eight competent veterinarians He retaliates on the city officials, by saying no one knows how many cattle effected with disease has been passed by Inspector Lamb and put on the market, fife Inform* Health Commissioner Wickersham that the public will hold him responsible for Lamb s act. -SOMETHING READ JUICY,** til* Rial P*t*r Hoe ’Em Acoin. Special to Th* Hawk-Ets. Keokuk, Jan. 6.—Peter Tigue, whose astonishing case of delirium tremens 1 recently noted, has again had 'em. Saturday night he was seized with a violent spell and hi* condition was worse than it has been at any time during the five days he has been confined in the city prison. He imagined the devil had possession of him, knelt in prayer and made the si of the cross and called for a Catholic priest. He will probably be sent to Mt. Pleasant. A BOY FIEND. H* Pal* Polson la ft** Family With Fatal Basalt*. Huntington, W. Va, Jan. 8 —Ed-i ward Church, a seventeen year old boy | living with his father near this place, is charged with poisoning the entire family I by putting poison in the bread. One little giri is dead, and four others of the family are in a Critical condition. The {young murderer confessed to a friend and then fled. He has not been appre-I bended. F**r Ha Ha* Boon Mortar** Mason City, Ia, Jan. 6.—The relatives of Henry O’Niel are much alarmed over I his recent disappearance. He was work ing in the Chicago, Milwaukee A St Paul machine shops in Minneapolis. On December 23 he was paid off and started {to go to the reading room, since which I time he has not been heard from, and it I feared that he has been fouly dealt with. I They are making every effort to secure {some clue but have as yet been untuc oeesfuL __ Glia toe Cl ti [ Anthony Comstock anil Pabllahar. Chicago. Jan. 6.—The Journal’s New York correspondent sends the following I good story about a well known Phila-j delphia publishing house. This firm had for some time made a feature of certain I novels of what would now be called the “ultra realistic” type, and prospered exceedingly thereby until one luckless day when the redoubtless Anthony Comstock turned his attention to this branch of {literature. Mr. Comstock called at the store of the firm, looked over the stock {displayed on the counters, and at last hinted to the youthful scion of the jrab-j listing clan, who was attending him, that he would like to see some-! thing a little more highly flavored than the general run. The young publisher’s eye sparkled, and remarking with a charming lisp which is one of his most delightful attributes, "I know what yoo£~~-want, you want something real juithy,” 'M unsuspectingly led the president of the Society for the Suppression of Vice by |d I devious ways to a room where an exceed- JI iugly choice collection of the sort of lit- pl {erature desired was shown him. It was R now the turn of the virtuous Anthony's eyes to sparkle, and when he revealed I his identity the feelings lunier i oftheji {publisher may J>e better imagined then {described Suffice it to say that it is impossible for any benevolent-looking stranger to sate his thirst for this dam {of literature at this Philadelphia store. THE DEATH SXF Doom* of m Weaner Special to Th* Bawk-Et*. Clinton, Jan. 6.—Henry God®, one of the wealthiest and oldest residents of Clinton, died last night of heart trouble. He was born in Germany in 1826. He emigrated to Texas in 1849. went from there to Davenport in 1850, located at Comanche in 1853, and came to Clinton in 1868. He followed mercantile pursuits till he acquired considerable property, and then retired. He leaves a train sa A Fatal Stack Diana**. Spacial to The Hawk-Bth Dallas City, Bl, Jan 6 —W. A. „    _______w _____ Sham lost twelve head of yearling steers ^    ______ Saadani. Many‘natives were killed while I on his place near this city, across the river, I    M fifteen Germans were wounded. The I last week, all dying within a few dayA ■ natives left behind them rifles and am-1 He had them in a stalk field and attrib munition of all kinds.    *    I    ates their death to changing from one heavy gale xh kngland.    I    field to another. In all probability it is Lokdoh, Jan. 6 —A gate raged ail over I the drymurran. Great Britain Sunday. Much damage baa been done throughout tike country and many wrecks ars reported. The reported. Protestant church st Birri Ireland, struck by lightning and badly damaged^ The Canard steamer Umbria is delayed at Queenstown for repairs. MOE* HOBO* FO* STANLEY London, Jan. 6.—The queen to ioehtrf* Stealer in Ike DM od Believes Indigeatlon, Dyspepsia ctc- Gainesville, Tex,, Jan. 6 —General T. C. Jordan, aprominentex confederate and for several yean the attorney general of Arkansas was found dead on his ranch nsar here this morning. Spoefal to Th* Hawh-Btb. West Liberty, Jan. 6.—Our town can show a vary satisfactory improvement during the past year im the way af new building* and the remodeling and repairing of old. West Liberty will challenge the state to show in a town of Bs aile and age, fewer delapidated and MWMHHtlMn CnssTON, Jan. 6.—Min Alite Robb, of Hon. W. IL A Train That Wan Fata* to Kill Few* Par*©** aa Ona Trip. Pittsburg, Jan. 6.— A mail train an the Pennsylvania road when through Tyrone this morning' Yardmaster Wolfgang and fatally injured Conductor Worley. Tim men were standing on the tracks and were struck by the engine. At Benn’a Creek, about ten mites anat of here, the same train ran over aid killed two unknown men supposed to be Hungarian lab Dr en; they steppe! oat of their cabin on to the track directly in front of the engine and were ran down and horribly mangled. Aa Ka sac*] oat Ext! aor dwarf. Wilmington, Dei, Jan. 6.—1Tho a gagement is reported of Miss Si Bayard, the youngest daughter Of Iii ex-secretary of state, to Count Im-haupt, formerly connected with tin Swedish Legaron in Washington. Every fat man has a theory en how dispose of the surplus.-Picayune When a man “give* ally lose* his ;