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Vol. XXIII. No. 52
Dallast Texas, Thursday December 24, 1903
$1.00 Per Annum.
THE NEGLECT
OF EDUCATION
New YprK Prcachcr Takes
Protestants Severely
to Task.
fle Harshly Criticises the Higher
Sqfiial Circle for iome
of its Prac-
tices.
New York, Dec. 21.—In a sermon on
"The Neglect of Religious Education"
the Rev. Dr. Geo. C. Lorimer of the
Madison Avenue Baptist church has
declared that if every church in New
York were held accountable for its duty
to children the consequences would be
fearful.
"Up to within a recent period great
efforts have been made to secure reil-
. gious education for our children," he
said, "but this has declined in the last
few years. Perhaps this disposition
may, in a measure, be accountable for
our decline in religion. The people ha\e
lost particular interest in the Bible. If
the church of Jesus Christ is to meet
the emergencies of the day she must
•d'Uicate.
"You may have the most beautiful en-
vironments and still be as foul and ba%e
as you could possibly be In the slums.
"When we talk of religious education
we mean more than the mere charging
of a nature with religious facts. We
want that nature to breathe and live
Its religious education. The whole re-
ligious problem Is simply that the com-
munity has no taste for religious cul-
ture.
"I hold that if Protestant churches
were as interested in the education of
their children as the Roman Catholic
church is there would be no religious
problem in our country. I do not see
why all sec ts can not iome together and
teach reverence to God and that there
Is one great judpe and one great re-
ligion, and as thorn Is a God in heaven
no priest craft control our schools.
The church Is the natural guardian of
the home, and it is the hope of the
home. Tn hlrh r life the family is lax.
You find men and women who come to-
gether, are married, have a few days'
honeymoon, and then there is a divorce.
Perhaps the divorce is hardly put away
In the safe when one or both marry
again. This heinous blot on our age
and country is being repeated every
day in our so-called higher circles and
Is contributing greatly toward destroy-
ing home life in America."
ARMED GUAKDS WERE
DUE TO A DEMAND.
" Letter Threatened Entire Destruc-
tion' of a Tfaia
New York, Dec. 21.—It has been learn-
ed, according to a World dispatch from
New Haven, Conn., that the action jf
the New York, New Haven and Hart-
ford railroad officials recently in put-
ting the night express from New York
to Boston under heavy armed guarus
was'due to a demand for $5000. The
letter, which threatened the entire de-
struction of the train if the money were
not forthcoming, was made by p.sing
together on a sheet of paper words (Slip-
ped from newspapers.
President Mellen, who Is quoted as
confirming tho receipt of the letter,
Bays he believes It was the work of a
fool but that he decided to take every
precaution, hence the guards. Nothing
more has been heard from the writer.
THEATRICAL WORLD
IS GETTING BETTER.
Impertinent to Talk of Elevating
the Mage.
New York, Dec. 21.—Preaching to the
Actors' Church Alliance the Rev. Dr.
Mlnot J. Savage has expressed the be-
lief that the theatrical world is rapidly
becoming better.
"The church now recognizes the
Stage," he said, "as perfectly legitimate
and human. One must judge actors as
one would church members. There are
good church members and bad ones,
and there are good actors and bad ones.
People love the dramatic even if they
won't say so. They will put up with
the worst kind of acting on the part
of a minister and call it dramatic abil-
ity if he attracts the crowds and in-
creases the 'evenues of the church. It
la Impertinent to talk oC elevating the
Stage. Elevate society and then every
part of It goes up together."
TWO DISEASES OF
- THE COLLEGE MIND
Forced Culture and a Habit of
Indecision.
Chicago, Dec. 21.—"The analysis of
tollege life shows two diseases of the
college mind, forced culture and a habit
•f Indecision."
"This criticism. In substance, was a
Statement of the dangers of college
training made by the Rev. Prof. w. D.
MacCllntock in his baccalaureate ad-
dress to the students of the University
of Chicago who will receive their de-
grees at the convocation Tuesday night.
Of forced culture the professor said:
"The mind reaches forth beyond Its
natural stage of growth; the boy would
be a man. Conceit, self-consciousness.
Imitation of older men's vices, borrow-
ing of older men's disillusions take pos-
session of minds which should be mere-
ly lea-ning and playing."
Of indecision he said:
"The colleges tend to cultivate the In-
decisive judgment, the feeling that
things, will wait and there is no hurry."
He urged the "attainment of strong
personal conviction and determination;
development of faith in human prog-
ress; simplicity of mind and freedom
from provincialism."
LETTERS TO SANTA CLAU8.
Nearly a Ton Accumulate at New
York Office.
New York. Dec. 21.—Tetters ad-
dressed by children to Santa Chius are
reaching the posiofflce here in larger
numbers this year than ever before.
They come from all parts of the coun-
try. even Alaska. The childish peti-
tions are cai^fully set aside and will
be forwarded to the dead letter oflloe
at Washington. The collection will
weigh at least a ton and Is double the
quantity received in any previous year.
BRIDEGROOM HIRED
HOSPITAL AMBULANCE
Carriage Driver's Strike Didn't
Stop the Wedding
Chicago, Dec. 21.—Determined that
the striking livery drivers and the Re-
sulting famine of carriages should not
interfere with his wedding, Antonio Lo-
casco, manager of a commission firm,
has hired a hospital ambulance and
driven his prospective bride and the
bridal party in triumph to the church
of the Assumption, where the ceremony
was performed.
Strike pickets who endeavored to stay
the progress of the gayly bedecked am-
bulance wagon through the streets were
brushed aside and out-distanced by the
fast-running vehicle, which was driven
in a gallop all the way to the ehuich
from the home of the bride.
GOVERNOR IS TO
MAKE AN APOLOGY.
Porte has Ordered Him to Apolo*
gize to Dav.s.
Constantinople, Dec. 21.—With the
making of an apology by the governor
of Alexandretta to Consul Davis for
the insults given the latter in connec-
tion with the Attarian affair, that inci-
dent wl 1 be regur led as i loa d. The por e
agreed to the demands of the United
Stales and has ordered the apology to
be made by the governor, having tele-
graphed the vail of Aleppo to transmit
the order to the governor of Alexan-
dretta, who is to tender the apology im-
mediately upon the arrival of Consul
Davis at that point.
It is believed that the apology will be
duly made, but Rear Admiral Cotton
will remain in readiness to see that it
is done.
ORDAINED A PRIEST.
Well Known New Yorker To Enter the
Ministry.
New York, Dec. 21.—Alfred Duarie
Bell, a member of one of this city's
best known families, has been or-
dained a priest of the Protestant Epis-
copal church by Bishop Potter In the
crypt of the Cathedral of St. John the
Divine.
Mr. Bell Is regarded as one of the
highest authorities on China in the
country. A collection which he has
placed in the Brooklyn museum of
arts and sciences contains a specimen
of practically every age since earth-
enware came Into use.
SITUATION IS
VERY SERIOUS
But Frcnch Authorities Think
Crisis has Not Been
Reached.
Official Advices From St. Peters-
burg Continue to Have
hopeful lone- -Troops
May Be Sent.
Paris, Dec. 21.—Reports received
here from both centers of the Japan-
ese-Russian lontroversy lead otliciuls
to conclude that the situation, while
serious, does not involve' an extension
of the present crisis. A dispatch re-
ceived to-day from Tokio, dated yes-
terday, says Japan has not yet an-
swered Russia's lirst pi opon.ition. Oril-
< ials say this shows, lirst that alarm-
ist reports of English war correspond-
ents saying that Japan answered in ilu>
negative are Incorrect; second, that
Japan continues to s**ek a means for
meeting Russia's overtures.
On the other hand, another Tokio
dispatch frankly sets forth the agi.at-
ed stale of Japanese public sentiment
and the Intense feeling against Russia,
and also foreshadows a possible dis-
patch of Japanese troops to Corea, but
it is added, if this is done, it will be
wiLh the assent of Russia, which will
relieve the exi>edition of having the
significance of a war move against
Russia.
Official advices from St. Petersburg
continue to have a hopeful tone, and
with advices from Tokio of the same
tenor, the authorities here assert that
they have good reason to believe that
the situation, although serious, has not
reiaehed the point of a w ar crisis being
imminent
the ground. His head struck and his
skull was fractured by the blow. He
was badly hurt and assistance was
rendered as quickly as possible. He
is getting along as well as could be ex-
pected. The senior Air. Slayden was
formerly connected with the Blayden-
Kirksey Woolen Mills.
Waco, T* x., Dec. 21.—At 1 o'clock
the condition of Bailey Slayden who
was injured "In a runaway yesterday
morning, Is critical. It is feared he
cannot recover, llis father will come
from New York.
WORKED CLOTH GAME.
Several Citizens of the City of Waco
Victimized.
Waco, Tex., Dec. 21.—A white man
has been arrested here for working a'
game an the residence districts, lie is
alleged to have appeared at a number
of homes and exhibited samples of
linen cloth which he proposed to sell
for 20 cents a yard. As the samples
shown were worth a good deal more
than that amount It was no trouble to
sell, and one lady took live dollars'
worth. Orders were taken one day and
the cloth delivered the next. When
the packages were delivered they were
tn bundles Just like those shown when
the samples were exhibited, but on
opening the bundles, In most cases the
man having received his pay and de- i
parted. It was fotidd that the cloth In- i
side was R cotton' article woith not'
more than R cents a yard. The man
was arrested and Identified.
COLOMBIAN
TROOPS LAND
One Hundred Arc Encamped
on Island of
Pmes.
graph company vs. Uvalde National
Bank, Uvalde.
Rehearing overruled — Washington
Life Insurance comoany vs. Rosa Ber-
wu'd, Dallas.
Motion for rehearing dismissed—J.
J. Bell, administrator; vs. Kate P. (Joss
et al., Dallas.
CHARTERS ISSUED.
THE 0PINI0JSI OF
LORD jROTHSCHlLD
STOCKS AFFECTED.
London, Dec. 21.—Business on the
stock exchange today opened flat on
account of the Far Eastern situa Ion.
Japanese fell one-half a point, consols
went down three-eights and Russian
stocks declined one-half a point. Ja-
panese-Russian war risks with Lloyds
today rose to 35 guineas per cent- to
end in January and 45 to end in Feb-
ruary. Cargo insurance jumped from
5 to 20 shillings. Owners of two car-
goes already.half way to Japan found
difficulty in effecting Insurance, even
at the latter rate.
America's Attiti|de Toward Man-
churia j Factor.
London, Dec. 2If—Lord Rothschild,
while declining to-day to venture an
opinion as to the outcome of the Jap-
anese- Russian criiss, said to the As-
sociated Press:
"One of the moft Important factors
is whether Americk will seize the op-
portunity to press tier claims for open
ports in Mnnchurjh. If she does, It
will certainly help la peaceful solutloK.
The Place Offers Splendid Facili-
ties as a Camp and
base of C pcra*
tions.
Colon, Dec. 24.—Information Is receiv-
ed here tnai about juO Colombian troops
have landed al the lsl.uid of Piues,
northwest of i up • Tlburn, which is
siluateu at tho western entrance of the
Gulf of l>arieii. 'ihe Island of Pint s i
is in Panama territory anil is the omy
island a.oiiii that coast that is woode..,
peaked with mountains and is ubo well
watered, thus oifwruig every facility
for camping and being used as a ba e
of observation. It is signlilcant in this
connection that the United Stairs aux-
iliary ciu.ser, Maytlower, left this har-
bor yesterday bound In the direction of
the Island of l'incs lo obtain continua-
tion of the report. The United Stutes
gunboat, Uauciot't, is still on that coast
In the vicinity of Nombre de Dios. Tha
United States cruiser, Nashville, has re-
turned to Colon from Bocas del Toro.
Rear Admiral Coglilan has transferred
liis tlag to the United Stales auxiliary
cruiser. Prairie.
TO SAIL FOR PANAMA.
San Francisco, Dec. 21.—The torpedo
boat destroyers I'aul Jones and Preble
aire lying at Mare Island navy yard
coaled and ready for sua, awaiting the
coining of the ollleers from the East.
The officers are now on their way to
the navy yard and it Is expected that
the warships will sull next Wednes-
day for Panama.
A crew from the training ship Inde-
pendence has been placed oti the Paul
Jones, and lilie Preble also has a full
complement. Both vessels, however,
lack a number of ollleers.
REPLY DELIVERED.
Toklc, Dec. 21.—Japan's reply to Rus-
sia was handed to Baron de Rosen tills
afternoon at a conference between the
Russian minister and Foreign Minister
Komura, at the Russian legation. Ja-
pan's reply is in no way in the nature
of an ultimatum, but she asks Russ a
to reconsider certain essential points in
her reply to Japans Baron de Rosen is
now sufficiently recovered to resume
negotiations.
SENT TO KOREA.
Tokio, Dec. 21.—Sixty military engin-
eers have been dispatched to ,Corea to
replace the civil telegraph operators at-
tached to the Japanese telegraph lines
on the peninsula. It Is officially assert-
ed that the step taken has no military
significance.
Skj far there Is no war, and present
conditions are qultj puzzling enough
without endeavoring to prophesy."
COLLEGE BUILDINGS
DESTROYED BY FIRE
Sherman Institution Sustains a
Heavy' Loss.
ROOT ON WOOD.
War Secretary's Letter to Senator
Proctor Made Public.
Washington, Dec. 21.—Secretary
Root's letter to Senator Proctor, In i
which the secretary offered a defense
of General Leonard Wood, has been
made public. The letter makes no at-
tempt to exonerate Wood from certain
charges made against him. but its
principal purpose seems to be an effort
to justify the action of President Mc-
Kinley In first appointing General
Wood, and the subsequent acts of
President Roosevelt in pushing him
forward.
CONFLICTS OCCURRED.
Paris, Dec. 21.—A dispatch to the Ha-
vana agency from Seoul, Corea, says:
"Numerous conflicts have occurred
at Chemulpo and Masanpho between
Japanese and Corean Inhabitants.
"Japanese telegraph operators have
charge of the line from Seoul to th£
coast.
"The possibility of Japanese troops
landing to preserve order Is discuss d,
but it will only be done with the eon-
s rit of the Russian government."
ASKS RECONSIDERATION.
New York. Dec. 21.—It Is generally
understood that Japan asks Russia to j
reconsider her reply, says a dispatch to
the Times from Tokio.
The reply contained tm tangible con-
cession, Inasmuch as It excluded Japan |
altogether from the Manchnrlan ques-
tion and proposed arj equal position for
the two powers in Koroa.
FAVOR HOME INDUSTRY.
London County Council Decides to Buy
British Rails.
New York, Dec. 21.—It has been de-
cided by a committee of the county
council, says a Times dispatch from
London, to revise the council's policy
in regard to the equipment of tram
lines a;nd instead of ordering rails from
Belgium, from which country the low-
est bid came. It will buy from a Brit-
ish flrlh. The contract Involves the
sum of $375,000. Agitation for tariff
reform Is thought to have been largely
responsible for the -decision to favor
home Industry.
THE POSITION OF
SENATOR DIETRICH
Counsel Contends That Pleading
Was Misunderstood.
Repaid His Bondsmen.
Syracuse, N. Y-, Dec. 21.—Col. John
F. Gaynor, the contractor who Is now
in hiding In Quebec, is said to have
reimbursed William B. Klik, who was
responsible for 140,000 on the bond of
Gaynor. The story comes from one of
the attorneys in the case and is not
denied l>y Mr. Kirk.
Sherman, Tex., Dec. 2L—At 10:45
o'clock last rtight fire was discovered
in Annie Nugent Hall, the dormitory
building at North Texas college, and
despite the excellent work of the fire-
men, the building with all its contents,
valued at $26,000, burned to the ground.
Fortunately there were no young la-
dies in the building, all having gone
home for the holidays, but many left
clothing and other property in their
rooms, no definite estimate of the vaiua
of which can be gotten.
The building was the personal prop-
erty of Mrs. Lucy Klild Key. and she
stated that the Insurance, carried would
not cover more than a ihlrd of her loss.
A .strong south wind blew great
bunches of burning tapestry and blad-
ing brands for blocks, and there were
a dozen or more threatening fires.
Shortly after midnight the president's
home building on the college gi ouncls
< aught (ire and Is a toul loss, making
an additional loss to the other build-
ings of $10,000 to $12,000.
Rev. J. M. BInkley, financial ngent
for the college, which is the property
of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, stated 1ljat the. church would
rebuild all of the church property burn-
ed.
The main college building, the Bliss
TTall, Para'Use Hall and Mary Nash
Hall and other dormitories were not In-
jured.
DEMENTED SON
INJURES HIS A\0THER
Treaty Discussed.
New York, Dec. 21.—Congress has
discussed in secret session the treaty
recently agreed to between Bolivia
and Brazil, says a Herald dispatch
from its correspondent at La Paz. Bo-
livia, who adds, that notwithstanding
some opposition the treaty will be ap-
proved.
Omaha, De. 21—Gen. John O. Cow-
an, counsel for Senator Dietrich, be-
i lleves that 'the senator'* pleading be-
fore the federal court to Indictments
recently returned against him is mis-
understanding, and make the following
explanation:
"The report that Senator Dietrich
declined to plead to the Indictment
charging him with receiving money to
secure the appointment of Jacob Fish-
er as postmaster a/t Hastings, Is nils-*
leading. This is the Indictment to
which Senator Dietrich pleaded not
guilty and the Indictment he Insisted
upon being tiied for. The senator de-
clined to plead to the conspiracy In-
dictment for the reason that Fisher In-
terposes a demurrer, and the Indict-
ment charges no offense. The entire
transaction can be brought out in a
trial under the indictment charging
Dietrl'h with receiving money for
postoffice appolnlmen's, and th&t is
what we want."
GOV. TAFT TO LEAVE.
He Will Visit Mikado at Tokio—Re-
ception at, Honolulu.
Manlin, Dec. 21.—Gov. Taft will
leave this city Wednesday, the 23rd
instant, for the United States. He will
visit Tokio en route, to meet the Mi-
kado. at the request of the latter. He
will be endered a reception by citi-
zens upon his arrival at Honolulu.
8ERI0U8 RUNAWAY.
A Waco Man Thrown Out and Skull
Fractured.
Waco, Tex., Dec. 21.—Ba!l*y Slay-
den, formerly of Waco but now living
In Mexico, happened to a very serious
accident on Sunday morning. He
had been to the Country club a mile
and a half north of the city, and while
returning between 12 and 1 o'clock his
team ran away, precipitating aim to
Fred Coleman Caused Excitement
on Kentucky Street Today.
Fred Coleman, a young man twenty-
three years of age, who resides with
lils mother at 230 Kentucky street, be-
came violently Insane at 8:15 o'clock
this morning and attacked hiH mother
and younger brother. Indicting painful
Injuries. The frenzied man was placed
under arrest by Officers Murray and
Shlpperly, and a charge of lunacy pre-
ferred against him.
Coleman had l*n*n, up to the tenth
of October, confined In an Insane asy-
lum at Woodvllle, Pemisylvumla, under
the care of Dr. Ivewls Hrades.
He left home Saturday morning and
had wandered about and slept In the
woods since then, without food or-shel-
ter. He returned to his home at an
early hour this morning In a pitiable
condition, caused by the cold and hun-
ger.
His mother prepared him a wsrm
breakfast and was In the act of giving
him some clean clothes, when he sud-
denly arose and sprnng at her. At the
same time he hurled a heavy boot at
her, which struck her on the forehead,
over the right eye and closely followed
this attack with a blow from his fist
on th« back of his mother's head. At
this Juncture his eleven-year-old
brother ran into the room am/1 Im-
plored him not to hurt their mother;
Coleman turned on the child and beat
him severely. The mother rescued the
child and rurihed from the house, be-
fore the demented man could do them
further harm.
His father was a cashier on the
Iron Mountain railtoad.
ALL IS QUIET.
Washington, Dec. 21.—Cablegrams re-
ceived from Rear Admiral Glass, com-
manding the naval force on til • Isth-
mus, brings the news that all Is quiet
in Panama Just now.
A quite formidable orrny of American
vessels Is now on duty along the coast
of Panama, including the Concord, the
Wyoming and the Marblohead, whi, li
are to be augmented by th New York,
Admiral Glass' llugslilp.
It i said by naval officers that no
more Colombian troops have been seen
by the Americans since those discover-
ed by the cruiser Atlanta.
President Mjirracjuln is reported to
have sent the following cablegram to
Gen. Reyes, at Washington:
"Any negotiations which do not look
to the re-establishment of the Integrity
of Colombia will not be acceptable."
Gen. Reyns Is said to have replli d in
part as follows:
"All aggression against Panamn will
be disastrous for Colombia. I will un-
dertake further negotiations."
Mayor Cabell Away.
Mayor Cabell left yesterday evening
for Houston and South Texas points to
look after private business. During
his absence Mnyor Pro Tem <*. A. (ill!
will be the city's chief executive.
City Employes Get Pay.
All the elly employs are receiving
their salaries to-day for two-thirds of
the month of December. Tills Is In ac-
cordance with the resolution adopted
by the council at the- last meeting and
was done for the purixis*' or placing
money in the hands of the city's serv-
ants so they would he able to buy
Christinas presents.
MUCH COTTON YI T
IN ELLIS COUNTY.
Hundreds of Bales Remain to be
Sod.
Dallas Concerns sre Recognized by the
Secretary of State.
Austin, Dec. 21.—Charters Issued this
morning: Contii ental Trust and
Guaranty company, Dallas, capital
stock $10,000; incorporators, B. B.
Hemphill, W. L. Hall and Frank D.
Garden.
Valejo Hotel company, Dallas, capital
stock ?I0,000; incorporators, K. W.
Carrol, R. M. Hoxey and B. B. Achilles.
NEWS FROM
STATE HOUSE
Austin, Dec. 21.—State Health Of-
ficer Geo. R. Tutor will read a paper
on "Yellow Fever Quurantiue" at the
quarterly mee lug of (lie Austin Dis-
till t Mcdicul society, to be he.el Tues-
day. He will deal on tne responsibility
of tills government for Hie sanitary
conditions of her neighbors.
Following is the program which will
be carried out:
Morning session, 9:30 a. in.—"Report
of tin Unusual Case," by Dr. O. H.
Rati key, Edna; discussion opened by
Drs. M. M. Pool and J. H. McCaleb.
"Management of Smallpox Epidemics
in Texus During the Fast Two Years,"
by Dr. It. S. Graves, Austin; discus-
sion opened by Drs. E. M. Thomas and
T. R. Pettway. General clinic.
Afternoon session, 2 p. m.—"Treat-
ment and Diet in lieocaiitls of in-
fants," by Dr. J. A. Panned, Martin-
dale; discussion opened by Drs. W. J.
Mathews and F. C. Gregg. "Respon-
sibility of the United Stales Govern-
ment for Sunt ary Conditions of Neigh-
boring Nations," by J. W. Carhart,
Austin; discussion opened by Drs. F.
R. Martin and Joe S. Woolen. "Anglo-
Neurotic Oedenila—Report of Case,"
by Dr. II. F. Sterling, Austin; discus-
sion opened by Drs. T. J. Bennett and
J. M. Strayhorn. Voluntary Papers.
Reports id' Cases. Reports of Coiumit-
tees. New Business. Annual Election
of Officers.
Evening session, 7:30 p. m.—"Yellow
Fever Quarantine," by Dr. George R.
Tabor, Austin. Retiring President's
Address.
9 p. m.—Annual Banquet.
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Austin, Dec. 21.—Judge J. J. Ter-
rell. commissioner of the general land
ofllce, announces that leutes on the
following list of lands will be forfeited
for non-payment of rental at 9 o'clock
a. m., Jan. 8, 1904, if not puld in the
meantime, unci the lands subject to sale
aft'-r that date.
Brewster county, 1920 acres, leased
to Kokernot & Holland; 2840 to Tom
Yarbo; 2500 ucrcs lo Jackson & liar-
man.
Crockett County—495 acres leased to
Allen 1*. Folsom. *
Crane and Upton Counties—1920
acres leased to I. V. McElroy.
Ector County—1280 acrcs leased to
A. W. Wright.
Edwards County—1280 acres leased
to II. II. Winn; 1280 acres lo S. H.
Guthrie, 320 ncres to J. C. Wren.
El Paso County—1920 acres leased
lo Jasper Glron A Co.
Kerr County—840 acres to J. B. Wat-
son; 320 acres to E. F. Schmidt.
Dynn and Terry Counties—5120 acres
leased to L. R. Hastings.
Pecos County—1280 acres leased to
L. S. Votiuv; 5890 acres to Hart & Rll-
llngs; 040 acres leased to D. Hart;
8320 acres to Charles Downie; 2500
acres leased lo cHiarles Downie; 1975
acres leased to John M. Doak.
Reeves and Jeff Davis Counties—24,-
040 acres leased lo Bonn & McGutch-
eon.
Presidio County—1920 acres leased
to Crii/. Rodriguez; 1280 to Referglo
Vulerisciiolu ; (140 to Flnley & Finley.
Val Verde County—3200 acres leased
to J. E. Everett.
Webb County—2240 acres leased to
Antonio Salinas.
The total amount embraced In the
above list Is 77,470 acres.
REPORT OF
COMMISSION
Status of 0"il St. vice in *
the Philippines Is
Discussed.
The Examinations Have Been R
duccd to Essential Tests of
fitness—Conditions
Improve.
Washington, Dec. 21.—Frank M. KIs*
gins, chief examiner of the civil service
commission, In his annual report, saya
that ciuiing the last fiscal year there
w, iv ll-,o_4 persons examine d for the
classllled service of ihe government andl
40,423 appointments; 24 per cent were
purely clerical positions, 3 per cent to
professional, technical or scientific posi-
tions, 38 p r cent lo mechanical posi-
tions requiring no educational exami«
nation and 7 per cent to skilled labor
positions not exactly mechanical in
character, but requiring no education-
al examination. Of ail those examined
nearly 80 per cent passed, and 36 per
cent of all examined were successful in
securing appointment. Mr. Klggina
ttrys the commission reduced the exam-
inations to essential tests of fitness, and
urges the consolidation of a large num-
ber of local boards of examiners
throughout the country to secure closer
supervision and more effective adminis*
tratlon.
The reiHirt states that conditions of
employment in the Philippines a'te im-
proving and salaries lor technical men
have been increased, with the result
that within the last live motnhs more
applicants have takt-n the examinations
for that service than for the preceding
year. The number of Americans in that
service now constitutes more than 5S
per cent of the entire force, there be-
ing 2777 Americans nnd 2697 Filipinos id
public employment.
As the Filipinos acquire knowledge
of English and become more familiar
with Ameilcan methods, they are ex-
pected to take the places of American)!.
"Several examinations .were held In
Porto Rico for federal services In th-t
Island and for the employment in the
United States. In .these examinations,
given in both English and Spanish, In
which Americans and Porto Ricana
competed, it appeared that a *larger
proportion of Porto Ricans passed than
Americans, and the sh<v"in^ made by-
the nativert of ino lnr.tud in fnosg exam-
inations was extremely creditable."
B.
W«xnh.'ichie, T< I • r. 21- -Practical-
ly all or the cotton crop of Kills county
has been gathered, but there are yet
hundreds of bales In the county to be
Hold Tiie receipts this season are about
20,000 1 >s, .vhli h Is In excess of the
receipt'1 . the same time last year, but
,.ej ..,ii i.e lesa at the close of the sea-
son. This enn not be explained on any
Other tHcory than that the aireage was
below that of last year, ns the yield this
year wss above the average. The crop
this year was well cultivated mid the
damage done by weevils and boll worms
did not amount to much.
The farmers have been taking advan-
tage of the dry weather which ha* pre-
vailed for the past throe or four weeks
and have been preparing their land for
next year's crops. In anticipation of j
the nppeararic of the boll weevils In
the county next year a great many far-
mers will plant early varieties of North-
ern cotton seed, in several localities the
fsrmers have clubbed together and or-
dered Northern seed by the carload lots.
Several carloads huve been ordered for
the fa in ers In tho Waxahachle territory,
but they have not arrived yet.
A carload from North Carolina was
received at Ennia Hntutday and distrib-
uted among the farmers there to-day.
The seed were ordered through the
Commercial cltrt) nnd were sold to the
lo the farmers at coat.
Superintendent J. J. Swann of the
State Orphans' Home at Corslcana,
and Capt. W. A. Polk, chairman of
the hoard of managers of thai institu-
tion, were In Austin today to consult
with the governor and.attorney general
on some matters of business. Capt.
I'olk said the affairs of the Home were
moving on smoothly and were never
In more prosperous condition than un-
der the superlnlendency of MaJ. Swann.
Keokuk, Iowa, Dec. 21.—Fire to-
day destroyed the main building* of
HubeT Bros', starch factory, the largest
Independent factory In the country.
JjOkh, 1250,000; Insurance, 1100,000.
One workman la mlatlng.
THE 8UPREME COURT.
8ome Dallas Caaaa Ware Passed Upon
Thia Morning.
Austin, Dec. 21.—In the supreme
court alilimed: Was urn Union Tela*
GAYiNOR BONDSMEN
WERE REIMBURSED
New York, Dec. 21.—Col. John F.
Oaynor, who fled to Quebec to escape
trial in connection with Ihe Savannah
harbor contract scandal und left his
bondsman In the lurch for $40,000 Is re-
ported In a dispatch from Syracuse, N.
y., lo have made good Ihe Ion* to Win.
B. Kirk The latter visited Caynor at
Quebec recently and upon returning to
Syracuse called a conference of the Gay-
nor family. Members of the latter then
Journeyed to Canada and reports of the
reimbursement followed.
For Sunday Selling.
McKInney, Tex., Deo. 21.—A Blue
Ridge druggist has been arrested on a
grand Jury Indictment for selling ci-
gars on Sunday. County Attorney
Merrltt stales that under the existing
state law us passed upon by the- high-
er court, It is his duty to prosecute for
the selling of goods of any character
on Sunday, except that a grocer may
sell provisions until 9 a. in. and that
shrouding material may be sold at any
time. Drug storee, he says, can o.ily
sell drugs.
IMMIGRATION BUREAU.
Fort Worth, Tex., Dec. 21.—-An Im-
migration bureau la being organized
here to-dwy with Fort Worth and Dal-
las cltltens aa charter members. Thla
will be an adjunct of the Texaa Real
Estate end Industrial association, the
object being to promote Teotas immi-
gration. Oswald. Wllaon la to be elect-
ed president. A charter la to be ap-
plied Cor at one*.
IMPORTANT MEETINGS. '
St. Louis, Dec. 21.—On Tuesday, D«
cember 21), a, conference of Importance
will be held in this city between the
special committee of the St. Eouls
terminal lines, considering protective
forms of tickiets for use during the
World's Fair, and the interterrltorlal
ticket committee, which Is a standing
committee on tickets for the lines of
the entire country. It is composed aa
follows: Joseph Richardson, W. It.
Dan ley, B. II. Payne, C. A. Fox, A. A.
Hoard, W. J. Cannon, W. O Gardiner
and W. S. Cookson. The special com-
mittee of the St. Liouis terminal lines,
which has given much time and
thought to the protective ticket ques-
tion, is composed of the following gen-
tleman: Li. W. Wakeley, chairman; C.
S. Crane and A. H. H'anson. The
two committees will thoroughly dis-
cuss the best form of protective tick-
ets for use during the World's Fair
season, and when the whole Subject Is
anvnssed a recommendation will be
submitted by Ihe local committee for
adoption by Ihe Si. Douls association.
After the St. I.<ouls association has
agreed on Its recommendation of unl-
form sLyles of protective tickets the
resolution will be submitted to the va-
rious passenger associations of the
ountry for subsequent adoption by
them In connection with the general
question or excursion rates and forme
of tickets, which will be adopted ne?t
spring by each association.
The general passenger agenta of the
United Slates, at the special Invita-
tion of the World's Fair management,
will visit St. Uouls January 27, to view
the grounds und buildings. AH these
otjldals are members of the American
association, and the day preceding the
visit to the fair grounds, January 26,
there will be a Joint conference be-
tween the general passenger agenta of
tho country and the general passenger
agents of the St. Ix>uts terminal roads.
The St. Ixnils lines will report pro-
gress made up to that date toward the
settlement of the Joint agency ques-
tion, the protective ticket question, the
status of injunctions against the scalp-
ers from handling exposition tickets
und other forms of nontransferable ex-
cursion and mileage tickets, in order
that tho general passenger agents can
go back from St. I.ouls to their homes
with a definite knowledge of the
World's Fair question up to that time.
loiter on In the spring, when these
questions reach the general passenger
agents through their respective asso-
ciations, the passenger agenta will
have been fully Informed In the mean-
time us to the status here, in order
that they can vote intelligently on tho
•HI b J'id when the time comes for tho
actual making of rates and ticket ar-
rangements. The nature of the report
made to the general association at tho
January meeting In St. Louis by tho
terminal lines will be euro to have a
strong Influence upon the quesUon of
excursion rates from all parts of the
United States.
It I* hoped by the time the national
association meets In St. Louis, Jan-
uary 27, that the St. Louis lines will
have received1 the decision from tho
supreme court at Jefferson City on
the general Injunction cases, and that
before that time the exposition people -
will have been able to arrive at an un > -
ilerstandlng with the municipal
bly on the passing of the ordlnanea
directed toward the elimination
the acalp on nontransferable tickets.,
Hillsboro Failure.
HUlsboro, Tex.. Dec. SI—P. O.
ly, a grocer, failed to-day; Habilll
about |3BM; assets SS6S&

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