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SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS., Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS.
Lord James Douglas is warned on' the English race tracks tor " welching." Lord Lonsdale arrived in London on the 31st May. He declares his intention of organising an expedition to the North Pole. His experiences in that region have prepared him to do better. Lord Salisbury does not think a parliamentary decree could settle the question of a bimetallic standard, but that the opinion of the people founded on business ideas must decide it.
Prolonged eavth shocks were felt in the Channel Islands on SOth May. John Bright bequeathed an estate valued at LSG,OS4 to his children. There are no public bequests. A committee has been formed to arrange for a national memorial to the deceased statesman. In regard to tho arrests at the Field Club, the Prince of Wales was reported to have been in the club just before the arrests were made, but had a tip and left it. The village of Deuachnachan, near Sapjti, Prussia, was completely destroyed by tire on the 28th May. Not a house was left standing. A railway train with 800 pilgrims en route to Rome was assailed by a mob at Trieste and bombarded with stones. Many persons were injured, and the railway carriages badly wrecked. On May 15 a body of Socialists hauled down the Royal standard from the great tower at The Hague, and hoisted the Socialist Hag in its place. The women employed in the rice fields of Medina (Italy) struck on May '23, and pillaged a number of bakers' shops. Troops were ordered out to bring the women under subjection. On May 20 the commander of the British warship Lily issued a proclamation that he would not allow Newfoundland fishermen to set nets or catch herrings in St. George Bay. An indignation meeting was held, aud the proclamation torn down, but it has not been revoked. Bloodshed is expected, as the herrings will spawn soon, and the people will defend their claim to fish by reaort to arms. Two thousand British subjects live on the shore of St. George Bay, and export to Canada the herrings caught. The local authorities charge that the commander of the Lily is favoring the French at the expense of the British fishermen, aud, when remonstrated with on this course, expressed much contempt for the Newfoundland people. The annual meeting of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company was held in New York on May 20. The earnings for the year were L 4,161,057, an increase of L82,i10. This shows that the company has not been affected by the strict enforcement of the Chinese Fxclusion Act, as it was prophesied it would be. The Greek Church building and school at San Francisco was destroyed by fire on May 29. The priests and scholars narrowly escaped with their lives. The losses are estimated at SO.OOOdoI. Laura Bridgeman, the wonderful deaf mute, made famous in Dickens's ' American Notes,' died at the Perkins Institute, South Boston, on May 24, where she had been an inmate for over fifty years. She was sixty years of age. A train on the St. Louis and San Francisco railroad was wrecked on May 24, at midnight, twenty miles west of St. Louis, owing to th 3 track giving way. Forty-five persons were seriously injured. It is said the spikes and fish plates had been removed from the track, and the supposition is that it was done by train robbers. Mrs Allen.'a teacher in a public school at Washington, D.C., was shot aud killed, on May 17, by her husband, Oswald C Allen, who afterwards committed suicide.
A desperate running fight occurred on the afternoon of May 11 near Fort Thomas (Arizona) between an escort of eleven United State? soldiers (colored) accompanying Paymaster Whau and his assistant,, Gibson, and a party of ambushed highwaymen. The mujor was on his way to pay olf troops at the fort, and was attacked in a narrow gorge. After a desperate battle lasting half an hour eight out of the eleven soldiers were put horx de. combat, and the robbers succeeded in getting away with •29,000d01. Whau came out of the engagement untouched. His assistant had his clothes cut by bullets, but was uninjured bodily. The robbers are supposed to have been organised for this job in Texas and New Mexico, There were eight to ten of them, commanded (in Major Whau's opinion) bv a man of more than ordinary intelligence. The paymaster's movements are kept quiet, and someone well posted must have informed the robbers of Whau's movements. The tip is supposed to have come from a woman. On the l!)th, Ellison (otherwise "Cyclone Bull") was arrested near Tyenson on suspicion of being connected with this affair. The British Government propose to at once begin work in the defence of Es<|uimalt, British Columbia, considered the strongest strategic point on the Pacific Coast. There is excitement in New York newspaper circles (says a despatch of May 17) over the report that James Gordon Bennett, of the ' Herald,' has gone to Khartoum on an important mission. He left Paris three weeks previously, went to Marseilles, then to Alexandria, and during the week ending May IS to Cairo. Two stories in explanation of this singular journey are current. One i.s that at a club in Paris an oHicer who had seen service in the Egyptian Army said it was impossible for a foreigner to enter Khartoum and depart alive. Bennett offered 11 heavy wager that he would do it within six months. The bet was accepted, and, accompanied by a friend, Bennett started. The other story is that Bennett received a despatch from his Cairo correspondent stating that he had a visit from an envoy of the Mahdi with important news regarding Chinese Gordon; that the latter was still alive and kept a close prisoner ; that the new Mahdi, by reason of his reverses at Kordofan and Bahr el-Gha/al, and loss of the great province of Darfoor, was willing to ransom Gordon for one million francs. The next day Bennett made all arrangements for the journey and for the payment of the vast sum mentioned, and with a friend set out for Egypt.
SAN FRANCISCO MAIL NEWS., Issue 7941, 24 June 1889
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