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FURTHER DETAILS OF ALLEGED GREAT ALASKAN CONSPIRACY Seattle, Wash. Nov. 23.--The Even- ing Times publishes a story which is offered as confirmation of a story pub- lished in the San ]~h'ancisco Call to the effect that a conspiracy had been planned for covering the entire North- western Territory for the overthrow of the Canadian rule and the establish- ment of an independent republic. The scheme has been abandoned because of the publicity given it. The Times, in its article, lays great stress on the story obtained from Fred Clark, formerly a stage manager in this city, but who has been in the Yu- fected miners on the upper Yukon in which nineteen different ~ianses were given as being reasons of an uprising. These dealt with defective mining laws, corruption of officials, royalty, liquor traffic and gambling, delays in the courts. British Columbia alien act duties, miners' and loggers' licenses, recording fees slid boundary disputes. A similar circular was handed to busi- ness men of Skaguay, in which they were solicited to give financial support to the enterprise, and for a time Clark made his headquarters at the latter place, conducting a junta in the inter- ken country for some time, in which ] ests of the order. The plotters, accord- he admits a knowledge of the "Order of lag to the Times. anticipated no trou- the Midnight Sun," which is supposed ble in getting together men enough to to have been organized for the sole overpower the mounted police at dif- purpose of the rebellion. It is claimed ferent towns of the interior. that the order was originally instituted The raid was to be started on the in strict secrecy In Dawson in Decem- border, and as fast as a town w'~s her of 1900, and from there spread along the length of the upper Yukon, with branches as far as Circle City on one hand, and Skaguay and &Ilia in the other direction. It is said that men came to Seattle tn the interests of the uprising and so- licited support in the way of financial contributions. The Times says that no arms were bought. The total member- ship of the "Order of the Midnight Sun" Is placed at 1,500, although the members confidently expect outside as- sistance that would bring the total army of insurrection to almost 5.000. The Times says that in the early days of the organization a circular was is- sued and secretly distributed to disaf- overpowered a revolutionary govern- ment was to be installed. Local offi- cials were to be seized and held as hostages. 'l~ae raid was to be started immediately after the close of naviga- tion, and the telegraph lines to Daw- son were to be cut in a dozen different places. The leaders are said to have believed that the Canadian govern- ment would be months in getting in men, and that at least it would have been compelled to make terms with the insurgents before they laid down their arms. The conspiracy Is said to be dead. The Times claims to have in its pos- session documents end seals of the "Order of the Midnight Sun." GOVERNMENT IS FIGHTING TO OPEN THE WESTERN RANGES ,Cheyenne, Wyo., Nov. 23.--(Denver Republican Special.)--The case of the United States against A. A. Spaugh, the big cattle owner of Manville, Wyo- ming, is attracting widespread atten- tion, as this is the first action of the government In a campaign against the range grabbers of the West. Spaugh is charged with illegally fencing and withholding from settlement a large tract of land in Converse county, this state. The trial of the case was commenced before Judge Riner in the federal court here several days ago. Over thirty witnesses are in attendance and Spaugh and his friends are making a big fight against the government and its agents. Spaugh is defended by Judge J. ~V. Lacey, one of the best known lawyers in the West. while the ease is being prosecuted by District Attorney T. P. Burke. The prosecution rested its case at noon yesterday and the defense is now presenting its side. The testimony for the government disclosed that Spaugh has built seven- ty-five miles of fence, which, In con- junction with fences belonging to five of his ranches, has enclosed twenty- four townships, a large portion of which is government land. Spaugh has riders out to guard his big fence and prevent any one destroying it. Within the enclosure he pastures over 20,000 cattle; also small bunches of cattle and sheep owned by other persons, Spaugh charging a range rental for these flocks and herds. The testimony also shows that Spaugh has .repeatedly refused to per- mit any outsiders to graze stock with- in the big pasture, despite the fact that most of the land is government property, and open to entry. It is also alleged that Spaugh and his men have had frequent quarrels and altercations with ranchmen and others who have attempted to avail themselves of the right of free range,, and that on nu- merous occasions firearms have been used If the government fails to convict Spaugh in its first trespass case the results will be far-reaching and the big cattle and sheep concerns, who are known to have fenced and now hold thousands of acres of government land, will be furnished a precedent But those who are famlllar with the present test case have no fears of a verdict being returned against the gov- ernment. They predict that Spaugh will be compelled to remove his miles and miles of fences. A start having once been made the government will pursue its fence-removing policy every- where, and especially in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, where millions of acres of range have been fenced up, BODIES ALL FOUND IN SMUGGLER UNION MINE Denver, Nov. 23.--The Denver News' Telluride correspondent telegraphed last night as follows: Sixty hours have elapsed since the breaking out of the disastrous fire at the Sm~tggler-Union. Recovering the bodies of the entombed miners has pro- gressed slowly, but to-day at 11 o'clock the body of the last man to be account- ed for,. that of John Nevala, was brought to the surface. All In the mine at the time of the fire are now account- ed for, and at noon the search for bodies was practically abandoned. There is yet a possibility that others may be found in stopes not yet reached, bat this is very doubtful, for the day shift did not have time to reach any distant mopes before the alarm of fire was given, It is unreasonable to sup- pose that any man would have climbed into the stopes after being warned of the impending danger. The body of John N~vala, a Fin- lander, was found at No. {}'mill and sev- enth level, north stopes. The body was Immediately removed to TeUnride and placed in the morgue to await burial. He was a single man and had no rela- fives in this country, so far as known. Hugh O'Neil, who met his death in attempting to rescue others, died to- day, shortly after I o'clock..The body was removed from the mine 'to the morgue at Tellurlde, and is the twenty- fourth corpse placed there as a result of the Smuggler-Union conflagration. Supper was served to-night at the Smuggler boarding house, but no meals will be served to-morrow.~ The rea- son for this action is that ~'he funeral of the twenty-four victims occurs to- morrow in Telluride, and not only all miners from the Smuggler-Union will be in attendance, but those of the neighboring mip~em well Will Keep Isthmus Ol~tt. Colon, Colombla, Nov. 22.--It is re- ported that the government has ad- dressed h communlcatlonto the United States co~ul general, setting forth that it cannot guarantee protection for isthmian tra~lt. Washington, Nov. 22.--The answer of Colombian government to the rep- resentations of Consul Genera~ Oudger to the effeot that the government was lmable to guarantee the integrity of railway communication across the Isth- mus, was purpea~y developed'in order to make perfectly plain the fact that COLORADO MIDLAND IS CONTROLLED BY GOULD Denver, Nov. 23.--The election of a new board of directors of the Colorado Midland railroad, which took place at the annual meeting Thursday, is said to be especially significant for two reasons. First, because it is apparent that George Gould is in active control of the railroad, something which here- tofore has been strenuously denied, and, second, because this alliance prob- ably will preclude any possibility of a rate war and general antagonism be- tween the Colorado & Southern and the Denver & Rio Grande, in which it was thought the Midland might be a strong factor. The Colorado Midland has ostensibly been owned by the Rio Grands Western and the Colorado & Soilthern. Mr. Gould recently purchased the Rio Grands Western and the Colorado & Southern, and at the time of the pur- chase it was said that it included the interest in the Colorado Midland held by that road. This was denied by Mr. Gould, who claimed that the Midland property was in the hands of the Rio Grands Western Construction Compa- ny. The Midland might have been used to fight Mr. Gould's company had he not secured control of the road. It Is probable that the election of the new board of directors will be the means of effectlng a great many changes in the management of the Mid- land. Colonel D. C. Dodge and George F, Peabody, who formerly were active in the management of the road, are not on the new board of directors and it is sald that they will have no fur- ther connection with the road. The dl. rectors elected at Thursday's meeting were as follows: Grenville M. Dodge, Henry Budge, J. Kennedy Ted, E. O. Henders0n, George g. Gould, Edwin Gould, W. 8. Pierce, Lawrence Greet, E. T. Jef~ery and Fr~mk Trumbull. The directors meet each Thursday in New York and It is c0mddered proba. ble that when tl~ey meet a week from next Thursday they will elect Frank Trumbull preside~t of the Colorado Midland and that the Colorado & Southern directors will re-elect him president of that road. Mr. Trumbnll is preparing to leave for the F~st this week and will be present at the direct- ors' meetings, at which other officers of the road also will be named. ]UaLreh|nS, on Pmn~. Colon, Colombia, Nov. 22.--The latest COLORADO NOTES. The florists of Denver propose to hold a flower show next April. Track laying on the new tramway line from Elitch's Gardens to Aravada has been commenced. It will be com- pleted in a month. Mrs. Finis P. Ernest of Denver has been appointed member from Colorado to the Board of Managers of the St. Louis Exposition. The Denver IIousemaid's Union has had to expel sever-d woman managers of employment agencies who g'lined admission in the guise of working girls. John S. Stidger, special agent of the general land office, has been trans- ferred to the Denver district from the Montrose district. He will take up his new duties on December 1st, On its second pay day at Rocky Ford the American Beet Sugar Company dis- bursed $140,000 te farmers, who are said to be generally making more from their beets this year than last. A. B. McKinley, who was struck by a car and badly injured some two weeks ago in Denver. is reported to be much better and his physicians believe that within a few weeks he will be able tc walk. " Bud ,Parrott. tried in the District Court at Ouray for the murder el Charles Randall. was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. The jury stood for some time eleven to one in favor of hanging. George F. Peabody of New York h'as offered $1,000 toward the building fund of the Colorado Springs Y. M. C, A. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Colorado College, having been interested in the institution by General Palmer. A ten per cent. dividend is about to be d~clared to the depositors of the de- funct Peoples' Savings Bank of Den- ver. by F. J. Spencer, assignee. This will bring the total dividends paid to 86V2 cents on the dollar. Mr. Spencer says that all the depositors will event. ually be paid in full. The Denver Board of Aldermen after ~lefeating a resolution to change the name of City park to McKinley park, reconsidered the vote at a subsequent meeting and adopted the measure. It will have to be passed by the supervis- ors and approved by the mayor before it goes Into effect. The Colorado Telegraph at Colorado Springs has been sold to a syndicate of local capitalists for $125.000. Lewis Gaylord, owner of the controlling in- terest, retires, his equity being settled for on a basis of $90,000. The new owners recently secured control of the Evening Mail. and these two papers will be consolidated under the name of the Colorado Telegraph, the Mail obe- lag superseded. The Pope's entourage deny the report circulated in the United States by a news agency that Bishop Matz of Den- ver has been asked for his resignation on account of his difficulties with the Irish-Amerlcan clergy of Denver. Fur- TELEGRAPHIC BREVITIES. The Colombian government has ao- cepted the proffered mediation of Chili to settle the troubles between Colombia and Venezuela. Seven troops of the Fifteenth cav- alry, now in the Department of Call- fornia, will sail for the Philippines December 10th. Forty thousand acres of land near Navajo, Creer county, Oklahoma, were sold Monday to a colony of Germans of 1,000 families. An earthquake in Cantonbury dis- trict. New Zealand. has devastated the township of Cheviot. Many people have been injured. According to the Petit Bleu of Brus- sels, the wife and family of former President Steyn have been deported from South Africa. Citizens of Oskaloosa, Iowa. by a popular subscription, have ple.dged a fund for the erection of a $40,000 buld- ing for the Y. M. C. A. Spain is having serious trouble with students in Madrid and other large cit- ies. It is announeed that the govern- ment will adopt severe measures, During the late fog in England the driver of a London omnibus was found dead in his box while the vehicle was still running. He was a victim of cohl fog. It is announced at Oyster Bay, Long Island, that President Roosevelt and family will occupy their country villa on Sagamore hill at Oyster Bay next Bummer. Fire in the canning building of the Cudahy packing establishment at Kan- sas City on the 15th instant damaged the building and stock to the amount of $150.000. Rumors are published in Japan t"~at the governor of North Kiang Slang, province of Korea. has given orders that all foreigners 4lying in the Drov- Ince are to be killed. "The Indian government," says a dis. patch from Slmia. "has abolished the sword for the cavalry, both British and Indian, and a short rifle will be issued to all mounted trbops." For $1,000,000 the American Bridge Company of Philadelphia has secured a contract for the construction of twenty steel bridges along the line of the Uganda raih.oad in East Africa. The negotiations between the govern- ments of the United States and Den- mark relative to the cession to the United States of the Danish West Indies have been transferred to Wash- ington. Argument was closed November 18th in the Federal Supreme Court in. the case of the United States vs. the Rio Grands hTigation Company, the Ele- phant Butte dam controversy, tLud the decision was reserved. The delegation of the Argentine Re- public to the Pan-American eongres~ at Mexico City entertained their United States and Mexican colleagues at a banquet. The full delegation of the United States was present, ther inquiries brought out an official News from Hardin county, Texas, statement to the effect that Bishop confirms the report that a well of al- Matz had not been asked to resign, most pure lubricating oil has been Prominent priests in Denver declare that no friction exists. At a meeting of the directors of the Colorado Chautauqua at Boulder, No- vember 20th, the following executive committee was seleeted: Chairman, J. H. Nicholson; members, R. M. Deigns, M. S. Whiteley, George M. McClure an~! A. A. Reed. The committee o solicit the guarantee fund reported progress to the extent of $3,000 of the $6,000 which it has in contemplation as having been pledged for the support (,f next year's session. In behalf ~f the Board of Trustees of the Denver University Vice President J. W. Gilluly and Secretary Joseph 0. Shattuck have issued a statement brought in that flows 150 barrels of oil per day. The new well is about thirty miles northwest of Beaumont. Inspection of the spectrum of a flash of lightning as shown in a photograph leads Professor E. C. Pickering, di- rector of the Harvard observatory, to believe that hydrogen is a compound element, made up of at least three components. The numerous grievances of Austria- Hungary against Turkey have been settled by the agreement of the porte to pay 90.000 francs to the Armenian victims and by adjusting, financially and otherwise, the wrongs arising from eight other mattel~s of dispute. thanking the friends of that institution Huntington interests have come to who assisted in the efforts to avert the the front with another big lncorpora. sale of the University hall; and an- tlon. The Kern Power company, with nounce that a compromise has been made under which the University pays its interest in full and is allowed fif- teen months longer on the principal. The annual meeting of the Associated Charities of Pueblo was held at the Grand ~Opera House November 24th and was largely attended. Rev. E. Evan Carrington of Colorado Springs was the principal speaker and gave a resume of the work of the organization throughout the state. Mrs. Izetta George, secretary of the Associated Charities of Denver gave an illustrated lecture on the conditions existing in ,the capital city among the poor. The Weld County Teachers' Associa- tian held its eighteenth annual conven- tion at Greeley November 23rd, a large proportion of schools throughout the county being represented. The officers chosen for the coming year are: Presi- dent, County Superintendent" J. E. Snook; vice president, A. B. Cooke of Erie; secretary and treasurer, Edna West of Greeley. EXeCUtive commit- tee: Bertha Brooks of La Salle, W.'G, Weber of Greeley and R. S. Dickey of Windsor. Unless some relief is soon found for the congested condition in the Pueblo' yards, and a remed~r for the present shortage of ears, it is asserted that there is likely to be a coal famine, as well as serious delays in the delivery to Pueblo of orders for all kinds of merchandise The blockade existing a month ago has been intensified by the recent switchmen's strike, until now the serious problem of securing sufficient ears m handle the business ~h sight is forcing itself upon the rail- roads. The future of the Archnieta county oil region will soon be known, says the Pagosa Springs correspondent of the Denver Republican. Work of reaming is going ahead rapidly at the Pagosa company's well and it will be oMY a few days until the water is eased off and the amount and quality of oll de- termined. The Colorado Oil and Ex- ploration Company has its well in Coy- ote Park down 1,150 feet but so far has a capital of $5,000,000 fully subscribed, filed papers of incorporation. It is IUX~- posed to obtain power on Kern river, 150 miles north of Los Angeles. Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Griswold MerLe, the widow of Professor Samuel F. B. Morse. the inventor of the telegraph, died in' Berlin, Germany, on the 14th inst. She was Professor Morse's sec- ond wife and was married to him in 1848. She was born in 1822. The Japauese minister at Washing- t~n says that his country has enJoyc.d one of the most prosperous years in its history. The rice and silk crops have been unusually large and there Is a steady influx of gold as a result of the trade. Reports of the existence of a financial panic are unfounded. William Stone, chairman of the Ornithological Society, at its recent meeting in ,New York reported that at the rate of progress made it was safe to predict that the feather dealers would soon be driven to the wall, or at least find their business much re- stricted. A Berlin dispatch says that the can- cer investigations made by Professor RoSwell Park of the University of Buf- falo have given results in every way identical with those secured by Profes- sor Maximilian Schueller of the Berlin University. although the investigations were made independently of each other. It is said that Broker T. Washington, when he visited Windsor castle during a trip to Europe, was entertained at tea by Queen Victoria and while, in Paris attended a banquet which was presided over by United States Ambas. sador Porter. the late ex=Presideng Harrison and Archbishop Ireland be- ing present. At Its meeting In Indianapolis this month the Soelety of the Army of the Tennessee elected the follo~vlng offi- cers: President, General Grenville M. Dodge, New York: corresponding sec- retary, A, Hickenlooper, Cincinnati; recording secretary, Colonel Cornelitm Cable, Cincinnati; treasurer, Major A. news obtainable here Is that the Lib- found only a seep of o11. The drilling the United States was perfectly Jnatl- eral GenerR1 Lugs'has arrived at Era- is going right along and the experts are fled in lan~lng its forces at Colon.. pire station, twelve miles from Pan- confident they will get oil at greater ;~ih this formal aeknow! ,edge. meat ama, with ~t f.er.eo .said to number 1,000 depth, as the formation is considerably u~oJm~m.n goy~rnmea.t a mann-, men: :L~e ~merais are gaining ann lighter than at the well he .... ~,~,- I~l,~tt~z{1a ~_~t~at~nl~_o~,_._lt ~_be_~.I a _rmlng l~any re.crul~ along the whole., by Professor Lake's ~p(~l~.~?~ley~ll~ave , ~ *~_~.m, ~_o~. t~e private ~.u~ ~engra el: toe ra!!roaa ana now control i already eased, off th~ flnw ne ~r~o~tnn .. .U~, or tt~e united ,Btare~ ,u~rt the line up to wlthtn two miles from ~ water struck at 550 eet he Col fade 2' o .ae. treaty .0r .oranaaa .3o guarantee ranam~ An attac~ on that city ts .eX- | Mutual Coal and 0il 0omnanv ~a mak- er for~ l~ need, | ne~s ~ felt th~ ] favorable. .._ " M. Van Dyke. Cincinnati. Rev. Henry Bowman. perhaps the oldest Methodist preacher, who was ac- tlv~ in the pulpit up to the time of his death, died at Bloomington, Illinois, on the 14th instant, aged ninety-five. He preached for seventy-seven years and "~came famous throughout the South for abolition utterances during the war. Since 1868 he has been a circuit rkhr throUgh IlUnois. WASHINGTON GOSSIP. Pl~ns for Forestry Reform It is stated that Sec'etary ttttchcock has undertaken to effect radical re- forms in the administration of forestry ,'tffalrs in the "West under control of the Interior Department. He will en- deavor ~o secure at the coming sexton of Congress legislation which will en- able the department to apply a num- ber of new and practical principles of fox,retry administration and regulation. The secretary, first of all, desires to create several additional forest re- serves in the West, but with bound- aries carefully drawn so .that no in- Jury will be done settlers, and so that the smallest amount of scrip will be liberated. The extension of forestry reserve area is. in the opinion of the secretary, a vital requirement for the preservation of western forests. In an outline of proposed changes the secretary recites that every effort should be made by government officials to gain the good will of residents in and near the reserves, and especially to create public sentiment against for- est fires and willingness to assist in reducing them. He favors abolition of the office of superintendent of forest reserves and the concentration of au- thority with supervisors whose work should be inspected frequently by in- specters familiar with the woods and having technical as well as practical knowledge. On the important question of grazing the secretary holds very liberal views. He states that the central idea should be co-operation between the govern- ment and the grazing interests in se- euring the best management and bring- ing about the best condition of the range. The governmen~ through its forest offieers~ after consultation with the repsentatlves of the various Inter- ests involved, should decide upon the number of head to be grazed on each forest reserve, or each sub-division of a reserve, and should establish the boundaries between cattle and sheep ranges. The local stock associations should assign ranges to owners within the limits thus laid down. subject to official approval Both owne~ and local associations should be held re- sponsible for the observance of the terms of permits and the prevention of fire and overgrazing. Each sheep own- er should have the exclusive right to his range, and the same should apply within reasonabIe Iimits to groups of cattle owners. Grazing permits should run for five years, and residents should have the precedence In all cases over tramp owners and owners from other states. Local questions should be decided on local grounds and on their own merits in each separate case. Provision should be made for necessary routes of transit in taking stock to and from re~ serves as the seasons change. The en- tire policy of the government should be based upon regulation rather than upon prohibition. In dealing with the public the secre- tary urges the adoption of simple, strict business practices; that settlers living on or near the reserves be fur- nished with copies of forestry regula- tions and rules so as to insure famiL iarity with their provisions. The rela- tions between the government and pur- chasers should be direct, simple and business-like. The sale of mature timber should be encouraged. Dead. down and hopeless- ly injured timber should be disposed of as rapidly as possible as Its presence is at all times a threat to the forest soil, and the cm~servation of the water supply. Timber ready for the ax should be advertised in advance of ap- plication and marked and measured in advance of sale whenever the condition of the forest, the probable market and the force available will permit. Appli- cations for timber cutting should reach 'she general land office from the field accompanied by all papers necessary for a decision. The construction of trails should be pushed through the reserves, and blaz- ing of boundary lines, collection of in- formation regarding increases or re- trenehments of area, the mapping of timber, and similar work should pro- seed steadily throughout the year. The secretary will urge the appro- priation by Congress of an adequate fund, from which temporary assistance in suppressing fires may be paid promptly, the present dilatory practice In payments tending to discourage set- tlers from assisting in fighting fires. With the adoption of the policy thus outlined Secretary Hitchcoek is of the opinion that the forestry interests of the West will be placed upon a sub- stantial and practical working basis, profitable to the government and satis- factory to the settlers on and adjacent to the reserves. Superintendent A. W. Machen of the free delivery system of the Postoffiee Department ha s been in conference with the members of the Civil Service Commission in relation to a propo0i- tion to transfer the rural free delivery branch of the Postoffice DePartment work to the classified service. This sys- tem has gradually grown from a small beginning to large proportions with- in the Past few years, and as it was not included in the classified service at the beginning of its existence, appoint. ments in that service have been made without regard to the requirements ef the civil service law. There are now between 6.000 and 7,000 persons em- ployed ifi this work, which extends all over the United States, and not only the members of the commission, but the officials of the Postoffice D~part- ment itself have come to the conclu- sion that the service should be em- braced in the classified service. Su- perintendent Machen went over the ground thoroughly with the commis- sion and while no positive conclusion was reached, it was stated by both Par- ties to the conference that the prospect for the extension of the civil service re- quirements to the rural free delivery is good, and it is quite certain that the extension will be made. Some difficul- ty has been experienced In determin- Ing what examination the rural car- riers should be subjected o and it is nnderstood that an agreement has been reached whereby a separate examina- tion will be arranged for them. Residing In Washington at present are three former mistresses of the White House--Mrs. Letita Hyler Sere. ~e, daughter of President Tyler; Mrs, arriet Lane Johnson, niece of Jame~ Buchanan, and Mrs. Ul~mm~ K DLORAD0'S CAPITAL The county commis~ners" have de- cided to buy the collection of skins of Arapahos county birds, as requestet~ some time ago by (~rator Ferril of the Sta~e Historical Society. The con lection will be placed In the capitoL The Elephant Botts dam case was argued In the Supreme Court on the 15th Instant. A decision in the contro- versy is of vital interest to the people of New Mexlco and portions of south- western Colorado. The right to con. struet a dam across the Rio Grands river near El Paso.is Involved. Orlers have been issued by the War Department dirt~cting the two compa- nies of the Twenty-third Infantry at Forts Logan and Russell. Department of the Colorado. to take station at Fort MacPherson. Georgia. Their places will be filled by troops coming from the Philippines. Forts Logan and Russell will be kept filled to their fullest .-.a- paeity. The following beard has been aI)- pointed to mest at Denver for the ex- amination of such persons as may be properly before It to determine their fitness for appointment in" the United States army: Col. James M. J. Sanno, E~ghteenth infantry; MaJ. Edward B. Mosley, surgeon; MaJ. Gen. E. Buslt, nell, surgeon; Maj. Charles A. Varnum, Seventh cavalry; MsJ. JILmes A. Irons, infantry, inspector general; Capt. Delao mere Skerett, artillery corps, recorder, Secretary of State Mills is proud of the fact that the receipts of the office promise to surpass by $60,000 those of last year. November 1st the office was $45,000 ahead of Former Secretary Beckwith's first year, and so far this month nearly $8,000 has been added to that sum. The increase is due to two things--the increase in the number of incorporations and the issuance of hundreds of certificates of authority to existing companies at $5 eaeh. Plans for machinery of the Denver mint have been completed by ~Expert Healy and are now In the hands.of the supervising architect at Washing. ton, who is preparing advertisements for receiving bids for the interior fin- tsh, to be published about December 1st. The contract will approximate $250,000. Funds for this contract are available, but the supervising archi- tect will ask for $200.000 additional at the coming session of Congress, for the purpose of placing vaults iv, the build- ing not contemplated In the original plant. He will also ask for addltional funds for the I~eadvilie postofllt2e build- ing. The annual report of the state ~reas- urer will show that the state is deriv- ing a large revenue from that provision of the revenue law which compel~ plaintiffs and defendant alike to pay $1 when they begin an action in the District or County Court, or reply to a complaint. In the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals the docket fees haw been increased from $5 to $10 by the law. Since the law has been in operation the state treasurer has received from the courts the fol- lowing amounts: May, $85.95; June, $1,338.60: July, $1.419.58; August, $1,- 106.78; September, $1,219.90; October, $3,124.90; up to the llth of this month, $747.90 The fees collected by the elerk Of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court during that time were: Court of Appeals, $2,370, Supreme Court, $2,395 The County and Dis- trict courts of Arapahoe county have paid into the ~tate treasury: County court, $779; District Court. $918. The controversy as to who first sug- gested the holding of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, to be held in St. Louis in 1903. has finally been settled in favor of Curator Will C. Ferril el' the Colorado State Historical Society. Mr. Ferrll's suggestion was made in 1889, when he was a member of the Re- publican staff and correspondent of several eastern" papers. On July 14, 1899, he sent a letter to the Kansas City World in which the openlng ~en- tence read: "The next great Ameriean centennial should be held in 1903 in honor of the Louisiana purchase." Since it was decided to hold the expo- sition there has arisen quite a good dis- cusslon as to who was reaponsihle for the suggestion, and, aceordir~g to ad- missions received by Judge Ferril from St. Louis authorities of the fair, he is the honored man. Contesting his rights were Governor Francis of MlssourL Pierre Choutean, a descendant of one of the founders of St. Louis, and Col. C. M. Harvey, editor of the SL Louis Post-Dispatch. The date of their sug- gestlons, however, show that they fol- lowed that of Mr. FerrlL Adjutant General George F Gard- ner has taken the Initiatory step to col- lect from the counties of the state the thousands of dollars which Is due the military fund from the uncollected military poll" tax/ The books sho~ $168,164.93 due the fund from the va- rious counties, The sam is really larg. er than that, bU~t It will necessitate a test suit to recover the remainder, which is about the same amount. Ev- ery six years the county commission, ers meet and declare unavailable any and all poll tax which has not been col- lected up to slx years PreViOUS to that date. In 1894 the majority of. th~ counties did that. 'The nncollected poll tax for that year amounted to $36,- 0~SA0. Since then the amount of de- linquent poll taxes has been increased $132,106.53, making the available amount due the state now $168,164.93. It is tha~ sum which the adjutant gen- eral, in connection with the 1901 poll tax, Is anxious to have the counties collect this fall and remit to the stat~ treasurer so that it can be used by th~ National Gust& Any connie, eommis~ sioner who neglects to place the Dol|~ tax upon the books of hla county is ll~ able to a heavy fine, as ts also a~ county treasurer who refuses or nego ~lects to send to the stare treasurer mone~ belonging to the military f~d, any taxpayer who neglects or ~efus~s o pay his military poll tax. A2b.pahoe county owes the tund more than a~ay other county, $44,446.50, against $][7,. $09.50 on November 30, 1894. 6~rand county has the least Indebtedness, $52~0, wMeh has grown to that sum from $8 in 1894. The countle~ which Id not owe the fund a cent on that yere Ch enn. , co o., c er L~gan. ruemo county eOlne~ next to Arapahos county in the amp.sat It owes the fund, $19,93,5; L~ A~lmas. third, $8,82?; Pit,in, faurth; $7,0~!~ 0a~e~ s, ~tth~ $~,lTli, aa; ~ Paso, aix~h,