By a renewal of the agreement on the part of manufacturers of rubber goods in this country an increase in prices of about 6V2 per cent, has gone into effect. The American ship E. D. Sutton, novv at Victoria, B. C, has been chartered to load a cargo of coal for Honolulú. It is said that the coal is for the American government. President McKinley Monday night opened the electric expositionat Madison Square garden, New York.by pressing a gold telegraph key in his office at the White House. Powèll Hill, a colored man, was almost murdered by thugs at Chicago for 10 cents. He lies at the county hospital stabbed in the left side so near the heart that doctors say the wound may prove fatal. Frederick Francia and Frank Williams were caught tapping Western Union wires at Terre Haute, Ind. Frank, aged 2 years, son of H. P. Tower of Beliot, Wis., drank carbolic acid with fatal results. Arehdeacon McKay. who. until quite recently was a Church of England rector in British Columbia, is novv working e own placer gold claim on the Yukon. Attorney Richard Wade was found gullty by a Chicago jury of passing a fcrged go- ernment bond. London believes the rumor that the Duke of York is to resume active naval duties as eommander of H. M. S. Crescent. a flrst-olass cruiser. He entered the navy at the age of 12. Warden McClaughry of the Illinois state penitentiair issued a war bulletin and posted a copy in each prisoner's cell. State L. A. W. Consul George Kast was sued for divorce at Louisville, Ky., by the woman he married a month ago. She charges cruelty and desertion. Miss Etta L. Geary, the former Chicago postoffice clerk, who was arrested by Postoffice Inspector Stuart on the charge of robbing the mails, appeared before Judge Grosscup and pleaded guilty. Her case was taken under advtspmerit. A street car was held up by three masked men at Seattle, Wash. About $150 In cash and five watches were taken. The Southern Tilinois Picnic association of the Modern Woodmen of America wlll hold the annual picnic at Mount Vernon Sept. 1. The 6-year-old son of Morton Skaggs of Bosweil, Ind., was kicked to death by a norse. Reports from various points in the Michigan fruit belt, covering the territory from Benton Harbor to Shelby, Indícate a big erop et fruit thls season. On May 4 the anniversary of the terrible bazaar catastrophe in the Rue Jean Gougon, Paris, Cardinal Richard will Iay the foundation stone of a chaple to commemorate that disaster.