Mr R. Speight, Chairman of the Vlotoslan Railways Commission, and Mr Ooodehap, ex Commissioner, have been diligently examining In Ohieago and elsewhere the equipment ani appllsnoes In nse on the railways m the United States. They leave for the oolooiei by the MarlPOBS. The British Amerioan Association of tbe United Btates has issued a protest against the appointment of Patrick Egan as Minister to Chill, on the groueds that he is a : fugitive from British justice. Miss Kate Patton, 23 years of age, of JBoxburgb, Mass., supposed to have died on May 21 from diphtheria or tonsiiitls, came to life sf ter being prononnoed dead, and while In an undertaker's hands who was preparing tbe body for tbe grave. The eteel oolier Charlton, built at San 9/anei*oo for tbe United States Navy (ibe Irst built on the Pacific ooast), had a trial trip on May 11, m Ssnta Barbara Channel, and developed 18£ knots an bour wltb 8500 horse power, Her maohlnery waa not In sufficiently good working order to meet tbe Government's . requirement*, and some changes will Have to be made before the vessel Is oeepted. While a trial was proceeding at tbe Courtroom m Kansas City, on May 11, a prisoner named Smith jumped on Dtteotlve GUley, who had arrested him, and with a knife almost severed his head from his body. He also attacked officer if alone and cnt him BBVBraly. Both Wounded man are dying. Tbe officers tamed their pistols loose on Smith, wbo fell dead vith five bullets m his body. Portions of the State of Pennsylvania were Inundated on May 31. Johnstown was a great sufferer. The Oonemaogh river was swollen by a aloud whioh burst In tbe mountains ; a number of bouses were oarried off, and upwards of fifty lives lost. The ssme condition of things existed at New Florida/ Tbe number of drow ned I .at Gieenaburg is put down at 200. At J Pittsburg bouses were seen going down tbe river by the dozen, with people clinging to the roofs. The storm wsged throughout lodlans, Cambria, Westmoreland, Blair, Huntington, Mlffio, Juanita' and Perry counties, and the loss of human Uvea aud property Is for the present beyond oompntation. Some speculation Is Indulged In, based opon the faot tbat a British iquadrcn, consisting of fligshlp Swiftsure, cruiser Anrptlon, the lores and torpedo boats, Is now at Viotoria, British Columbia, snd tbe warship Champion, now on the nay from the south, will leave for Alasksn waters as soon as she arrives at Esquimau, wbioh will be by Jane 10 at latest. Tha vessels wen being stocked for a lengthy cruise. It Is stated that sealing masters fitting out at Viotoria are assured before clearing for Bebrlng ssa tbat they would be proteoted. A number of •talers from Nova Sootia will this year bs> engaged In the business. Tbe Amerioan Government will alao send three •nutlets to Behring sea. Replying to come remarks that the movement of these war Ships means hostility, an authority says, "tbe objeot of tbe presenoe of British man of wsr was simply to see that bo outrages were oommltted, and to show that Great Britain bas not given In to the Intensions of the United States."
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