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DURING the last fiscal year 520 steamers and 193 sailing vessels reached Mexican ports from the United States. This represents a fair amount of trade between the two countries.
MR. EDISON says that "in a few years the world will be just like one big ear; it will be unsafe to speak in a house until one has examined the walls and furniture for concealed phonographs."
ELECTRICITY has been put to driving drills. One is in use on the war-ship Maine, building at the Brooklyn navy yeard. A three-quarter inch hole in a three-quarter inch plate can be drilled in less than a minute. But beware of the current.
THE recent order of the Secretary of the Navy directing that a bank account be opened for all enlisted men by navy paymasters, and granting interest at 4 per cent, per annum, is looked upon by navy officers as promising good results.
THE mackerel catch is almost a failure this year - 10,000 barrels against 26,511 last year and 56,919 in 1887. That row with Canada over the fisheries seems to have frightened the mackerel out into deep water where they can't be caught.
MRS. AMANDA NEDSON WILLIAMS, the last of the Pequot race, is dead. She has been living on the reservation set apart by the State of Connecticut for the Mohegan and Pequot Indians for many years, and was the only full-blooded one on it.
THE new Inter-State Commerce Commissioner from Vermont has already achieved farm, after the Lord Byron method. He has had his name spelled three or four ways in the newspapers. The latest and most correct way, we believe, is Veazey.
A MAN named William J. Haines, one hundred and two years old, has just been converted and has joined a Methodist church in St. Louis. He says he was never sick a day in his life. He was an orderly on General Jackson's staff in the war of 1812.
THE only pensioner on the State of Missouri is Charles Tarwater, who since 1841 has drawn annually $200, and will continue to do so "as long as he shall continue unable, by reason of wounds received in the Mormon war, to make a support by manual labor."
THE four new States bring in an area about equal to that of all New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana combines. It is an area three times as great as the British Isles.
THE new steel cruiser Baltimore, buit for the United States navy, which has just been tested in unusually rough seas, is pronounced a thorough success - the fastest man-of-war afloat and in every way perfect in fittings and equipment. She had no difficulty whatever in making twenty knots an hour, and with both wind and waves against her at that.
MRS. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE was poor when she wrote "Uncle Tom's cabin." The last chapter was written in the office of her publisher in Boston. It was a cold winter morning, and she arrived at the store half frozen. She stood over the stove half an hour before she was sufficiently thawed to hold her pen. Three months from that time she received a check for $10,000 as the first payment on the sale of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
DEATH came recently in a strangely pathetic way to Mr. and Mrs. George Simmons, prominent citizens of Belvidere, N. J. In the afternoon Mr. Simmons died suddenly, and though Mrs. Simmons was in good health at the
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Epitome of the Week.
INTERESTING NEWS COMPILATION
IN the United States the business failures during the first nine months of the present year were 8,334, against 7,330 in the same months in 1888.
THE death of William T. Dole, Commissioner of Indian Affairs under President Lincoln, occurred on the 30th ult in his residence at Washington, aged seventy-eight years.
THE public debt statement issued on the 1st, showed the total debt to be $1,636,775,868; cash in Treasury, $46,544,428; debt less cash in Treasury $1,070,055,530. Decrease during September $13,685,094. Decrease since June 30,1888 $6,591,090.
A STATEMENT from the Treasure Deparment on the 2d showed that there was a net increase of $14,711,999 in circulation during the month of September, and a net decrease of $10,597 in money and bullion during the same period.
THE formal opening of the International Congress took place in Washington on the 2d, and a cordial address of welcome was delivered by Secretary Blaine, who was afterwards chosen president of the congress. The assembly then adjourned to November 16. President Harrison gave a special reception to the delegates.
THE Pension Office issued 13,660 original pension certificates during the three months ended September 30, against 8,705 during the same quarter of last year.
THE Postmaster-General on the 3d appointed David P. Liebhardt, of Indiana, Superintendent of the Dead Letter Office, vice George B. Hall, of Minnesota, resigned.
TEXAS fever was raging at Erie, Pa, among cattle with fatal effect on the 30th ult.
A BOSTON tradesman stated on the 30th ult. that the four principal rubber firms in the country had completed the formation of a trust with a capital of $30,000,000.
MRS. DR. WILLETTTS' barn at Harrisburg, Pa, was burned on the 30th ult, with six horses, several head of cattle, this year's crop and all the farming implements. The charred body of an unknown man was found in the ruins.
ON the 30th ult, John Brennan, an inmate of the poor-house at Shamokin, Pa, was notified that his sister, Mrs. John Carson, had died in San Francisco, leaving him $2,000,000.
CHU FONG, a Chinese capitalist of New York, announced on the 30th ult, his intention to start a Chinese savings bank. It would be the first of its kind in this country.
ON the 1st the National Civil-Service Reform Association met in annual session at Philadelphia.
NEW YORK Democrats met in State convention on the 1st at Syracuse and nominated Frank Rice for Secretary of State, Edward Wemple for Comptroller, Elliott Danforth for State Treasurer, Charles F. Tabor for Attorney-General and Dennis O'Brien for Judge of Court of Appeals. Tariff reform and Governor Hill's administration were indorsed.
ON the 1st Baptiste Penaud, the French jumper, leaped from a 150-foot tower into a net below at Trenton, N.J., fell flat on his back and was instantly killed.
IN session at Philadelphia on the 2d the National Civil-Service Reform League re-elected George William Curtis as president.
MASSACHUSETTS Democrats in State convention at Worcester on the 2d nominated W. E. Russell, of Cambridge, for Governor.
THE State convention of the Woman Suffrage party met at Saratoga, N.Y., on the 3d, and a resolution was adopted to aid candidates for the Legislature who are friends to woman suffrage, without regard to party lines.
ON the 3d two miners were instantly killed and one fatally injured by a fall of earth in a colliery at Hazleton, Pa.
CHARLES PRATT, of Meriden, Conn., cashier of the (....unable to read...)
IN Brooklynn on the 3d, Daniel Robins, ship-rigger, aged sixty-four years, shot and killed his wife, aged fifty-five years, and then shot himself dead. The couple had frequently quarreled over property.
GENERAL LESTER S. FAULKNER was convicted on the 3d at Buffalo, N. Y., of making a false report on the condition of the Dansville National Bank and was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.
WEST AND SOUTH
RICHARD ROBILLARD, a Minneapolis engineer, has invented a machine which he claimed on the 30th ult. was a solution of the problem of perpetual motion. It required no fuel, and a little oil is all that is needed to keep it in motion.
IN the jail at Waterloo, Ia., three prisoners attacked Sheriff Hoxie on the 30th ult, beating him fatally and effecting their escape.
AT Vernon, La., A. C. Poole, editor of the News, and Lee C. McAlpin, sheriff of Vernon parish, fought a duel on the 30th ult, in which both were killed.
AT Waterloo, Ia, M. E. Billings, convicted of the murder of County Attorney Kingsley, was on the 30th ult, sentenced to the penitentiary for life.
THE report for September of the cotton crop in the South indicates that the yield will be about seven per cent lighter than it was last year.
REPUBLICANS of Maryland in State convention on the 1st at Westminster nominated George L. Wellington for Comptroller.
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JOHN A. MARTIN, ex-Governor of Kansas, died at Atchison on the 2d, aged fifty years. Mr. Martin served through the war, and was twice Governor of Kansas.
CHARLES HARTMAN, a saloon-keeper at Sandusky, O., shot and fatally wounded his wife on the 2d and then killed himslef. He had discovered that she was unfaithful.
BURGLARS entered the Exchange Bank at Anne, Ill., on the night of the 2d, blew open the safe and made away with $2,000.
AT Houghton, Mich., on the 3d two men were killed and two others were fatally injured by the explosion of a dynamite cartridge in the Red jacket mine. Seven others were also badly hurt.
EDWIN KERWIN died on the 3d in Beloit, Wis., at the age of one hundred and three years.
THE steamer Corona exploded her boilers on the 3d at Farlse River, opposite Port Hudson, La, resulting in the drowning or burning to death of forty-six persons.
THE feud between the Hatfield-McCoy gang broke out again in Pike County, W. Va, on the 3d, over the marriage of John Hand to a daughter of Peter McCoy, and while the ceremony was being performed a volley of shots was poured through a window, killing the bride and groom and the clergyman.
JOHN EISENBERGER was sentenced in Baltimore on the 3d to receive fifteen lashes on his bare back and thirty days in jail for beating his wife. Eisenberger is the fourth man sentenced to the lash for wife-beating since the enactment of the law in 1883.
THE death of General John P. Averill, of St. Paul, Minn. occurred on the 3d, in his sixty-fourth year. He was a State Senator for several terms and served in the National Congress from 1871 to 1875.
ON the 3d Enrique Devilla, Cuban Consul, died at New Orleans of yellow fever. He arrived from Guatemala only two days before.
THE supply of wheat in Minnesota and Dakota elevators and in transit to Minneapolis on October 1 was estimated at 6,066,000 bushels, against a total on October 1 of last year of 3,912,849 bushels.
NEAR Geneva, Minn., over five thousand acres of peat lands had been burned over on the 3d, causing a loss to farmers of over $100,000.
AT the United States Legation estimates made on the 30th ult. placed the number of Americans who had visited the Paris Exposition at fifty thousand.
EXPRESS trains running in opposite directions between Naples and Foggia colided on the 30th ult. while running at a high rat of speed through a tunnel, and twenty carriages were smashed and fifty persons killed and injured.
ON the 30th ult J. K. Talier, leader of the gang who robbed a train on the Sonora railroad a year ago last May and killed Conductor Atkinson and Fireman Forbes, was shot by the authorities at Guaymas, Mex.
ADDITIONAL arrests of Anarchists were made in various parts of Switzerland on the 30th ult, and the authorities were daily becoming more alert in the pursuit of others, whose fear of arrest had caused them to seek new hiding places.
IN Austria-Silesia most of the schools were on the 1st closed in consequence of a disease of the eye which had become epidemic throughout the country.
THREE small towns in the State of Chiapas, Mex., were destroyed by a cyclone on the 1st, and a storm at Carmen, an island off the coast of Yucatan, wrecked two steamers, twelve foreign sailing vessels and twenty coasting vessels.
SPURIOUS Russian bank bills to the amount of hundreds of thousands of rubles were in circulation in Russia on the 1st.
NEAR Port Rowan, Ont, the schooner Erie Wave capsized on the 1st, and four of the crew and four landsmen who were aboard of her were drowned.
IN the Black sea a hurricane was raging on the 2d and a large number of Turkish vessels had been wrecked and great loss of life was reported.
IN Lancashire, Eng., seven thousand colliers struck on the 3d for an advance of (..torn..) in wages.
(..torn..) DETECTIVE in Montreal said on the 3d there seemed to be a mania among poorly-paid clerks in that city to embezzle from their employers and leave for the United States. Eight cases had been reported in one week.
IN Europe Asiatic cholera was on the 3d said to be epidemic. It had also made its appearance in Greece, Turkey and parts of Hungary, and was spreading rapidly. Over two thousand deaths had occurred in Bagdad.
THE steamer Geographic collided recently with the sailing vessel Minnie Swift off St. Pierre, N. F., and the latter sank, drowning two women, three children and ten men.
THE loss of the British steamer Earnmoor off the West Indies was reported on the 3d, and nineteen persons lost their lives.
THE recent hurricane in Launa del Carmen, Mex, destroyed one hundred and five houses and twenty-seven vessels were wrecked.
THERE were 172 business failures in the United States during the seven days ended on the 4th, against 165 the previous seven days. The total failures from January 1 to date was 8,494, against 7,476 in 1888.
THE Mount Mansfield Hotel at Stowe, Vt., was burned on the 4th. Loss $100,000.
A PASSENGER and a freight train collided on the 4th at Lasswitz, Germany, and four railway officials, who were on the passenger train, were killed, and many of the passengers were injured.
THE morocco factory of Peter Sims & Sons, at Salem, Mass., was burned on the 4th. Loss, $100,000.
FREIGHT trains collided on the 4th at East St. Louis, seriously injuring five men and killing the trotter Lady Gay, valued at $15,000, owend by George McFarland of Boone, Ia.
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First Session of the International Congress - Secretary Blaine's Welcoming Address - The Maine Statesman Elected President of the Conference - A Lunch at the White House.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 - The International Congress was formally opened in the diplomatic chamber of the State Departemnt's building yesterday. All the members of the United States and foreign delegations were present. A cordial address of welcome was delivered by Secretary Blaine. He said:
"Gentlemen of the International Conference: Speaking for the Government of the United States, I bid you welcome to this capital. Speaking for the people of the United States, I bid you welcome to every section and to every State in the Union. You come in responce to an invitation extended by the President on the special authorization of Congress. our presence here is no ordinary event. It signifies much to the people of all America today. It may signify far more in the days to come. No conference of nations has ever assembled to consider the welfare of territorial possessions so vast and to contemplate the possibilities of a future so great and so inspiring. Those now sitting within these walls are empowered to speak for nations whose borders are on both the great oceans, whose northern limits are touched by the Arctic waters for 1,000 miles beyond the Straits of Behring, whose southern extension furnishes human habitations farther below the equator than is elsewhere possible on the globe. The aggregate territorial extent of the nations here represented falls but little short of 12,000,000 of square miles - more than three times the area of all Europe, and but little less than one-fourth part of the globe; while in respect o the power of producing the articles which are essential to human life and those which minister to life's luxury, they constitute even a larger proportion of the entire world. These great possissions today have an aggregate population approaching 120,000,000, but if peopled as densely as the average of Europe the total number would exceed 1,000,000,000.
While considerations of this character must inspire Americans, both South and North, with the liveliest anticipations of future grandeur and power, they must also impress them with a sense of the gravest responsibility toughin the character and development of their respective nationalities. The delegates whom I am addressing can do much to establish permanent relations of confidence, respect and friendship between the nations which they represent. They can show to the world an honorable and peaceful conference of seventeen independent American powers, in which all shall meet together on terms of absolute equality; a conference in which there can be no attempt to coerce a single delegate against his own conception of the interests of his nation; a conference which will permit no secret understanding on any subject, but will frankly publish to the world all its conclusions; a conference which will tolerate no spirit of conquest, but will aim to cultivate an American sympathy as broad as both continents; a conference which will form no selfish alliance against the older nations from which we are proud to claim inheritance; a conference, in fine, which will seek nothing, propose nothing, endure nothing that is not in the general sence of all the delegates timely and wise and peaceful. And yet we can not be expected to forget that our common fate has made us inhabitants of the two continents which, at the close of four centuries, are still regarded beyond the sea as the New World. Like situations beget like sympathies and impose like duties. We meet in the firm belief that the Nations of America ought to be and can be more helpful, each to the other, than they now are and that each will find advantage and profit from an enlarged intercourse with the others.
We believe that we should be drawn together more closely by the highways of the sea, and that at no distant day the railway systems of the North and South will meet upon the isthmus and connect by land routes the political and commercial capitals of all America. We believe that hearty co-operation, based on hearty confidence, will save all American States from the burdens and evils which have long and cruelly afflicted the older nations of the world. We believe that a spirit of justice, of common and equal interest, between the American States will leave no room for an artificial balance of power like unto that which has led to wars abroad and drenched Europe in blood.
We believe that friendship, avowed with candor and maintained with good faith will remove form American States the necessity of guarding boundary lines between themselves with fortifications and military force. We believe that standing armies, beyound those which are needful for public order and the safety of internal administration should be unknown on both American continents. We believe that friendship, and not force, the spirit of just law and not the violence of the mob, should be the recognized rule of administration between American nations and in American nations.
To these subjects, and those which are cognate thereto, the attention of this conference is earnestly and cordially invited by the Government of the United States. It will be a great gain when we shall acquire that common confidence on which all international friendship must rest. It will be a greater gain when we shall be able to draw the people of all American Nations into closer acquaintance with each other, an end to be facilitated by more frequent and more rapid intercommunication. It will be the greatest gain when the personal and commercial relations of the American States, South and North, shall be so developed and so regulated that each shall acquire the highest possible advantage from the enlightened and enlarged intercourse of all.
Before the conference shall formally enter upon the discussion of the subjects to be submitted to it, I am instructed by the President to invite all the delegates to be the guests of the Government during a proposed visit to various sections of the country, with the double view of showing to our friends from abroad the condition of the United States and of giving to our own people, in their own homes, the privilege and pleasure of extending the warm welcome of Americans to Americans."
At the conclusion of his speech Secretary Blaine withdrew and resolutions were adopted naming James G. Blaine as president of the congress. John B. Henderson acted as president pro tem. The congress adjourned until Monday, November 16.
Mr. Blaine then came in and escorted the members to the White House. The President gave a special reception to the delegates at 1:30 o'clock, one of ...........
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IN GRAND STYLE
Members of the International Congress Leave Washington on a Long Tour Through Uncle Sam's Domains - Opposition to Blaine as President of the Conference.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, -- At just 8:15 o'clock yesterday morning, the hour fixed by the published schedule for starting, the train bearing the delegates to the International Congress on their tour of inspection pulled out of the Pennsylvania railroad station. It was the handsomest train ever run out of that station with the possible exception of the train that carreid the President of the United States and his party to the centennial in New York last April. There were seven cars in the train all vestibuled and all fresh from the Pennsylvania shops. Even the engine was new. On the side of the composite car "Esperanza" immediately behind the engine was lettered in gold "International American Congress --Pennsylvania special." In this car was the dynamo which furnished electricity to illuminate the entire train, the bath-room and barber-shop, the library and the smoking-room. Behind the composite car was the ining-car "Windsor," its larder stocked with every delicacy. Then came the vestibuled Pullman cars "Russia," "Japan," "India," "Columbus," and "Washington." They were the largest size Pullan cars, each with twelve sections and two drawing-rooms. Each was lighted from above by incandescent lights, while other lights were arranged in each berth so that the travelers could have their sleeping apartments lighted at night if they chose.
It is expected here that Secretary Blain's election as the presiding officer of the International Congress may cause some stir abroad, as the opportunities it will afford him for a brilliant coup in regard to our relations with other countries will be, it is said, so numerous as to cause anxiety amoung foreign powers desiring to hold the commerce of South American.
NEW YORK, Oct 4, -- The Sun's Washington correspondent says the delegates from Chili and Angentine republic to the International congress are greatly dissatisfied with the election of Mr. Blaine as president of the congress, and that they may withdraw. Up to this time, they have taken no part in the informal meetings of the congress nor attended the President's reception and luncheon, and have not joined the railroad excursion which the other members of the congress are making.
Those Received from the Elections in the New States Show a Probable Success for Prohibition in Both of the Dakotas - The Capital of South Dakota Goes to Pierre - A Neck and Neck Race in Montana - News from Washington.
SIOUX FALLS, N. D., Oct. 4 -- The election of Pierre as capital of South Dakota is now conceded here. The fact that this city had a Senatorial candidate in the field is ascribed the defeat.
Approximately correct returns from all counties give a total of 68,000 votes cast, 2,000 below last year. Of these Pierre receives 25,000; Watertown, 12,500; Sioux Falls, 12,000; Huron, 10,500; Mitchell, 6,000; Chamberlain, 2,000.
A dispatch from Blunt says that already the rush of boomers to Pierre has begun. The westward-bound train for Pierre passed Blunt Wednesday night loaded with Pierre settlers. Farm property in that vicinity has already taken a jump of 100 per cent.
In South Dakota prohibition carries by a substantial majority ranging from 8,000 to 10,000. The State icket is Republican by at least 20,000. Chairman Hundly, of the Democratic State Central Committe, admits 12,000.
HELENA, Mont., Oct 4 -- The Republicans now estimate their majority for Governor at 100, while the Democrats claim Toole's election by 400. Returns from Silver Bow County, which elects eleven members of the Legislature, are still incomplete. The Democrats claim nine members sure and possibly all. The Republicans only condede six to the Democrats. The Republicans now claim three majority on joint ballot in the Legislature, while the Democrats claim nine. A Republican paper places the majority of Carter, (Rep.) for Congress at 1,200. The Republicans have probably elected all their State ticket except their candidate for Governor.
OLYMPIA, Wash. Oct 4, -- Returns continue to come in from all parts of the State slowly. The latest estimates place the Republican majority at not less than 7,500. The Legislature will be overwhelmingly Republican. Nothing more definite will probably be known unitl the official count is made.
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THE NEW STATES
Elections Held in the Two Dakotas, Washington and Montana - Republicans Carry the Three First Named - Both Parties Claim the Latter - Pierre Undoubtedly Selected as South Dakota's Capital - Result of the Vote on Side Issues - The Next Congress.
HELENA, Mont. Oct. 3 -- Returns are coming in very slowly and the figures are so close that the majorities will not be much either way. The Democrats claim the State by 300 to 500 majority and the Republicans by 600 to 1,000. As a rulle the Democratic lagislative ticket is running ahead, and a majority in the Legislature is claimed by both parties. In Lewis and Clarke counties the Democrats made large gains, but in some other sections the gains have not been up to their expectations. The Republicans lost in Republican counties, but make gains in the Democratic strongholds.
The Democrats concede the election of Carter to Congress. Toole (Dem.) is 300 ahead of Power (Rep.) for Governor, with four counties, claimed by both parties, still to hear from. The Democrats have the Legislature by a small majority. The Republicans elect a majority of the minor State officers. This county elects four Democrats and five Republicans to the Legislature. The Independent claims the election of Toole (Dem.) by 300 to 400 and a majority of 9 on joint ballot in the Legislature. All figures on majorities are estimated, as the count is not yet completed in any county.
THE RESULT IN NORTH DAKOTA.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct 3. -- The vote in North Dakota is much lighter than anticipates, and the reason assigned is that the weather was so pleasant that many havesting (harvesting) farmers refused to take the time from thrashing to attend the voting. For Governor, John Miller, the Republican candidate, received 5,000 more votes than W. N. Roach, the Democratic nominee. All the votes yet received indicate that the vote for Congressman drew out at least 2,000 more votes, making the majority for H. C. Hansbrough, for Congress, 7,000 or more.
Returns sufficient to indicate the result have been received from twenty-six of the thirty-four Legislative districts in the State. There are 20 Republican, 5 Democratic and 1 Independent Republican Senators and 42 Republican and 10 Democratic Representatives. A strong figh was made for the district judgeships, of which there were six to be disposed of at this election. The Democrats used the argument of non-partisan judiciary, and the result of that, coupled with some good nominations, is the election of half the district judges. The new judges are:
First district, C. F. Templeton (Dem.); Desond, D. E. Morgan (Rep.); Third, W. B. McConnell (Dem.); Fourth, W. S. Lauder (Rep.); Fifth, Roderick Rose (Dem.); Sixth, W. H. Winson (Rep.)
A dispatch says that E. I. Goodkind, a wholeslae liquor dealer at Bismarck, devoted special attention to returns on the prohibition question and has heard from every county, the returns showing a total majority of 2,100 against prohibition in the State. The Prohibitionists claim to have carried the State. Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks vote strongly for liquor, and unprejudiced calculators believe prohibition is beaten by at leas 6,000. The constitution has been indorsed with a rousing majority.
The Bismarck correspondent of the Pioneer Press says that instead of 5,000 majority, Miller, for Governor, will have 10,000. The liquor men are alrmed. The vote on prohibition upon their figuring is close.
SOUTH DAKOTA'S VOTE.
SIOUX FALLS, S. D., Oct 3. -- Returns received up to 11 p.m. show the following result in the capital contest: Pierr, 13,924; Huron, 11,776; Sioux Fall, 11,410. The success of Pierre is generally conceded. Fourteen precincts of this county are yet to be heard from.
Chairman C. F. McCoy estimates th..... Republican State ticket is elected by .... 20,000 majority; that prohibition ca..... from 10,000 to 15,000 ... Pic ..... Gifford go to Congress. The Rep .... majority in the Legislature will...... 60, insuring the election of two ... United States Senators. (Missing paper - torn).
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SEATTLE, Wash, Oct. 3, - .... ans claim that their ticket ... majority of 10,000 to 15,00.... of the Legislature will .... constitution is adopte.... 20,000. Of 110 memb... in both houses th.... elected more tha... and woman-suffrag... tution are defeate....(Missing paper - torn).
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A Large Number Lose Their Lives in Disasters on the Water - Forty-Six Killed by an Explosion of the Boilers of the Mississippi River Steamer Corona - Two Vessels Collide off Newfoundland and Fifteen Persons Are Drowned - The British Steamship Earnmoore and Nineteen of Those on Board Go Down During a Cyclone at Sea.
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 4 - The steamer Corona, of the Ouachita Consolidated line, which left here at 7:30 o'clock Wednesday evening for the Ouachita river with a full cargo of freight and a good list of passengers, exploded her boilers at False River, nearly opposite Port Hudson, at 11:45 o'clock Thursday morning, causing the loss of the steamer and about forty-six lives. The Anchor line steamer City of St. Louis, Captain James O'Neil, was near and with her crew and boats saved many lives. The surviving passsengers and crew were taken on board by Captian O'Neil and very kindly cared for by him and his crew. The following is the list of the lost, so far as known:
Dr. Atwell, a "corn doctor" and four negro musicians; Mr. Scott, of Southland, La; Mr. Davis, a stockman, of Texas; Mr. Koench; Mrs. Huff, of Opelousas; J. W. Blanks, the captain; J. V. Jordan, first clerk; Charles C. Ellis, second clerk; Swimp Hanna, third clerk; Fred Dinkle, a bar-keeper; Fred Verman, a barkeeper; Rat Ryan, the steward; Dick Curtis, a fireman; Tom Shook, the engineer; Henry Doyle, a porter; James Swipe, a porter; Mr. Tate, a barber; Henry Davis, a deck-hand; Tom Cook, a sailor; Billy Young, second mate; Sam Steel, a boy; Mrs. Tom Hough, of Opelousas, sister of Captain Blanks; Mr. Wilson, of Red River plantation.
Both captains of the deck-watch, fifteen rousters and a nurse of Mrs. Kaufamn were also lost, making the total death-list forty-six. Nine persons were wounded but none fatally. Fifteen passengers were saved unhurt.
Hon. L. F. Mason, Secretary of State, who was a passenger on the Corona, says that he was in the cabin talking to Mrs. Robertson when the explosion occurred. He escaped with life preservers and assisted in saving Mrs. Robertson and another woman. There was very little time for preparation for escape, as the boat went down like lead a few seconds after the explosion. As the steamer City of St. Louis came down she was hailed and took on board all the passengers and crew who were not lost in the river.
No one seems to be able to give any explanation as to the cause of the sudden disaster. Captain. T. C. Sweeney, one of the owners of the line, who assumed command on the death of Captain Blanks, says the explosion was not due to a too high pressure of steam. He had just had occasion to examine the ........ positive there was not a number ........than 135 pounds. The b........ate cargo. She was in mi..... low the landing at Ark....... whistled to pass the Ci..........
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