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AMERICAN SUMMARY.

Hostility exists between the Pole! and Hungarians in Cleveland so bitterly that tho wells in the quarter of the city where they reside were found to be poisoned lately. Immense pressure is brought to bear on Congress for a revocation of the mining debris law. This enactment has had the effect of stopping hydraulic mining for gold everywhere in the State of California except in the northern part of the counties, and has caused immense loss to mine owners, and a decrease in the output of gold. It was passed in tlio interest of agriculture. The mistake of this is now so apparent that there is but little doubt the law will be repealed. 4 , . . , The American Indians are now beginning to assert themselves . The other day one of the leadingchief s of the Sioux sent a letter to Washington arraigning the Government for its treatment of his people, and demanding justice. Tho chief's name is White Ghost, and the document rather startled the Commissioner of Indian Affairs by the vigorous, logical, and even elegant language in which it was couched. White Ghost had discovered his Indians were being swindled by the local agent at the Keservation, and he made such a trenchant exposure of the whole affair that investigation must follow. The Chicngo World's Fair's grounds were visited on April 7 by a series of tornadoes, which ripped and tore the fancy buildings in course of erection, and scattered them on nil Bides. Several men were injured by the wrecks. There is great depression in business in California and throughout the Pacific Coast. The Senate Committee on Military Affairs *iave reported favourably upon the proposition to establish two additional military posts on the Canadian frontier as a precaution in the case of war with Gseat Britain— one opposite Rouse's Point (Lake Champluin), ?.nd the other somewhere in Puget Bound. A meeting of delegates from 203 labour organisations in Now York was convened on April 29 to stttle nil past, differences and to unite in a solid bady to work in harmony in the future. They have organised capital and created the same condition of affairs that prevailed several years ago, when the labour movement was compact and at its best. The largest enterprise yet begun is the Arizona O.mal resi-rvoirs. in the Santa Cruz Valley. The caiwl will be 70 miles long and the w'jdth 30ft at the bottom. The work will reclaim 300,000 acres for agriculture, at a cost estimated afc 1.200,000J01, which is supplied by English capital. The Po'ice department of New York, from superintendent to patrol, are now biing arraigned before the grand jury of tho couufy for levying from keepers of concert balls, gambling saloons, and houses of ill-repute bl.ickmail Unit annually amounts to 10,000,000 dollars.

European immigrant 1 ' are arriving in New York on an average of 7000 per day. An end has beun put to the murder of Jewish settlers in the Argentine by the lynching of one of the assailants. :': ' An earthquake of unusual violence occurred in California about April 19. 'J he vibration was from north to south, und lasted about 50seci Tha peninsula on which !-an Francisco js located i-xi-rrienced a amort shake, but no damage resulted, ."overal towns in the interior were .shattered, but no lives were lost. Consequent on the earth shocks on the Pacific Coast, many Volcanoes near Lake Sullelee and the; Gulf of . California became active. The pyuintry 20 miles around was illuminated.

After a fierce fight in the Senate, the Chinese Exclusion Bill was defeated by a big majority. During the debate the Pacific Coast, for special benefit of which the- bill was intended, was mercilessly insulted by some of the speakers. This action probably cost the Republican party the vote of the States. Meantime the present laws governing Chinese immigration remain in force.

The Panama Canal enterprise, according to Isthmian advices ud to April 27, is threatened with total collapse, the Government having removed, as previously threatened, the chain across the channel entering the canal which the canal company had placed there to prevent traffic. The company have now chained tne canal itself. The canal people having sold a portion of the machinery in violation of the concessions made to them, the Governraont will probably annul the contract. WOMANHOOD SUFFRAGE. Mr Gladstone's pamphlet on the question of "Womanhood Suffrage" was made public on April 20. He gives at length reasons for opposing the enfranchisement of women, and considers the question ought to be further discussed by the press and platform. He argues that the time is not ripe lor legislative interfesrence. The ex-Premier notes as an objection that the Woman Suffrage Bill excludes married women, who are equally or bettor qualified to exercise the franchise than their single 'sisters. He further contends that the sex largely opposes proposed reforms, which opens- the question of the right of woman to fill any public office. He does not iufer that woman would euccoach on the power of man, but does i ear 'lest we unwillingly invite her to trespass on the purity, delicacy, and elevation of her nature. I KILLED IN A CHURCH. While a priest was holding Good Friday's services in the Church of Angles, Madrid, on April 10, kneeling at the alfeir, a man armed with a revolver and sword assailed him, and nearly severed the padre's head from the body, besides cutting off one hand. The victim fell dead, and the blood flowed down the altar steps. The assassin was subsequently recognised as one AUiua. He then turned and began firing into the crowded congregation right and left. Women shrieked in terror, and many fainted. One was shot dead, and many seriously wounded. Allina, -having emptied his revolver, sprang into the midst of the panic-stricken crowd, slushing right and left, and dangerously wounding ninny persons. The crowd purled in wild afuight, and the assassin, whose actions could be compared to nothing so closely as a Malay running amuck, reached the street, started on a run, and soon vanished.

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AMERICAN SUMMARY., Otago Witness, Issue 1996, 26 May 1892

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