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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. The loss of life in the recent Sicilian earth quake is put at 140. The rebel forces have began a linal assault on Tamplco with heavy caanoaadlng. It has ben deride* that C. W. Dost was torn porarily insane when he committed suicide. The socialists have gained twenty seats in the Preach lower house and will have ninety seven mein hen. New York City yesterday paid tribute to the members of our sailors and marines killed at Vol a Cruz, following the arrival of tin- bodies Cram Mexico on tin warship Montana. Bear Admiral Howard of the 1acific Meet reported that the abandoned Mexican federal gunboat Morelos was boarded Sunday, set on tire and blown up by the constitutionalists at May.allan. Arthur Gillespie, who wrote "Absence Makes tie-Heart Grow Fonder" ami other songs almost as popular, died of pneumonia in New York yesterday. lb- was f.rty six years old. The old fashioned. coloOBal pile which has been the federal building and postoffice of the city of New York for nearly half a century is to be remodeled, rather than remaved, as originally was proposed. The vanguard of Villas army lias surrounded Baltillo and taken possession of the water supply station. The main army is now approaching the city and Villa expects to open the assault at once with uo.imio maa. American Consul Silliinan still Is Imprisoned at Baltillo, according to the Brazilian minister in Mexico City, who lias made the strongest represent:! tious possible for his release. Mr. Silliiuans clerk has been set at liberty. The Mexican peace commission, en route from Mexico City to Niagara Falls, via Key West, refused a proffer of sale conduct on the Mono Castle bj General Futistou uihui arrival at Vera Cruz and proceeded on a German steamer. President Wilson has consented that rural Credits, or land bank legislation, shall go over until the next session. He also has abandoned hope of getting his legislation for a presidential preference primary through Congress at this session. Contempt sentences imposed by the District Supreme Court upon Samuel Compels. John Mitchell and Frank Morrison, labor leaders, were set aside today by the United States Supreme Conn for the second time, as barred by the statute of limitations. A general lockout in the building trades industry in San Francisco was ordered by the Building Trades Employers association. This action was caused lo refusal of union painters to call off a strike for higher wages, current for about a month. About 2.1.000 men are affected. Persons under 40 years of age are to be shot if found smoking opium at Chcngtu. China, after the expiration of a period of twenty one days from yesterday. Persona over 40 are to be sentenced to penal servitude. All opium smokers in the Chinese provinces arc compelled to submit to a course of treatment. Ix 1kis Island, between Tainpico and Vera Cruz, lias been seized by the American naval forces, and this action is declared by General Htierta to lie another violation of the agreement for the suspension of hostilities. The island was taken possession of without bloodshed. Fear that the light would be discontinued in an effort to embarass the American warships led to the act. Mine. Lillian Nordica. noted American opera singer, died in Java Sunday night. Death resulted from pneumonia and brought to an end an illness of many weeks. Mine. Nordica had been ill sine, the Steamship Tasniau. on which she wis a piss, n ger. went ashore on Bramble Cay. in the gulf of Papua, December 88 last. Nervous prostration was followed by pneumonia, She was born at Farming ton. Me., til ty five years ago. The body will lie brought back to this country in a Chinese casket.