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IS SIMON'S CHARTER
Senate Passed It Almost
THE POPULISTS VOTED AGAINST IT
The Question of Bridges and Tolls
on Them Under Consideration by
the Mnltuomah Delegation.
SALEir, Feb. 32. The Simon charter
bill went through the senate this morning
by a vote of 20 to 4. and six absent and
not voting. Immediately after the bill
was read the third time and placed on
passage. Senator Vanderburjr arose and
delivered a speech against it. claiming- that
the people of Portland are against the
proposed charter and staying that he had
been importuned to vote against it. This
charter, he said, was a political measure
and was about to be foisted upon an un
willing people. Holt followed in the same
strain, savin-; that a great mass meeting
had been hld in Portland to protest
against the charter. Raley said that if the
people of Portland had such an idea they
should have expressed it last June; in
stead of that, they sent to the legislature
the senators now sitting, and the only ac
tion the senate could take was to ratify
the agreement the Multnomah delegation
came to. Bancroft said he had made an
effort yesterday to have the charter bill
amended in ways he thought right and
just. He had failed, and was much disap
pointed at the failure. Now, however, the
bill as it stood meets his approval with
that exception, and he should have to sup
port it, believing that it was the best char
ter the city ever had and that the people
of Portland are sattstied with it. Woodard
sDoke briefiv in faor of the bill. The
only question about its approval in Port
land was with reference to the board of
public works. The Committee of One
Hundred had at one time declared in fa
vor of such a board, and opinion was di
vided on the matter. There was no other
issue involved, as the salary reductions
and other features were substantially the
same as in the Committee of One Hun
dred's charter. The idea of a board of
public works had originated in the Com
mittee of One Hundred, and the statement
that it was something Mr. Simon desired
to foist upon the people was unjust. Af
ter the Committee of One Hundred heard
Mr. Simon intended to adopt the sugges
tion as to a board of public works, it was
proposed to favor it, if Mr. Simon would
allow the committee to name the members
of the board. Mr. Simon then asked the
committee to do so, but the committee de
clined. The only objection urged now was
that the mayor should appoint the board;
but it was very doubtful whether a board
appointed by the mayor would be any bet
ter than the one named in the bill.
Brownell said to him' the question was
very simple. The people of Multnomah
county had sent
to help them carry out the wishes of the
people as interpreted by the Multnomah
senators. Upon the passage of the bill
the vote was as follows:
Ayes Alley, Bancroft, Brownell, Butler,
Calbreath, Cogswell, Dawson, Gesner,
Gowan, Hobsan, Johnson, Maxwell, Mc
Clung, McGinn, Patterson, Price, Raley,
Steiwer, Woodard, Simon 20.
Noes Beckley, Holt, McAlister, Vander
Carter, Denny and Smith of Clatsop
were absent. Huston, King and Smith of
Sherman refused to vote.
Raley's Eastern Oregon insane asylum
bill got through the senate this morning,
after a spirited but fruitless opposition on
the part of Gesner of Marion county. Ra
ley brought the bill up and its considera
tion was agreed to, under suspension of
the rules. Raley briefly outlined the pro
visions of the .bill. Gesner submitted
amendments cutting down the appropria
tion from $140,000 to $90,000, and providing
that the brick should be made at the state
penitentiary. It was upon these amend
ments that the debate between Raley and
Gesner took place, Gesner urging econom
ical considerations and Raley insisting
that an Eastern Oregon insane asylum had
been agreed upon, started in good faith
by the previous legislature, recommended
by two governors, and was desirable from
every standpoint. Raley finally said, in
answer to one of Gesner's points, that he
was becoming tired of the opposition to
this project, emanatlrg, as It had, from
personal considerations and the desire on
the part of Salem to prevent the expendi
ture of public money or erection of public
buildings at other places. Upon the final
passage of the bill Holt and Johnson voted
no. Carter and Denny were absent. Ges
ner and Huston declined to vote.
Two bills of Senator Woodard propose
minor changes in the election law. One
provides for a ballot square opposite the
candidates' names, in which a cross may
be mode to indicate the voter's choice, in
stead of the present method of scratching
out all names except the ones voted for.
The other prescribes the method of tally
ing votes so as to preclude fraud.
The house progressed very slowly today,
owing to . scarcity of members. Nearly
every vote disclosed the absence of a
quorum, and a call of the house had to ha
ordered, requiring a search for absent
members and corsequent delay. Bills were
tediously passxl appropriating 55000 each
for normal schools at Ashland and Drain
and a graded school at Lakeview. A fea
ture of the jess ion was Hofer's ever-recurring
diatribe that he was elected on a
platform demanding economy, but until
Mine effort was made to abolish boards
and commissions, he should favor liberal
appropriations for educational institu
tions. A mo Ion was finally made that
Hofer be given leave to print this speech
and have it -ead from the clerk's desk on
everv bill. Site&ker Moores nut the mo
tion and it was carried by a storm of j
yes and amid much laughter. In the
senate this atternoon a number of bills
reimbursing counties for claims for taxes
paid were "all away to rest. Interment
was had in Senator McGinn's committee
on revision of laws.
Just before roll-call. Senator Huston
arose and said he had made his light
against the bill yesterday. He would
now merely say that he thought every
democrat who voted for the bill voted to
put chains around his neck, politically
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
these senatonyhere io jm tnejiLJina countyjramsioaiDUiawfttcatel
Sfiarter.and lewis the duty5of'thev8enate j ai antT-DolpW-TOte'torcUtepurposeoC ob
speaking, in this state from this time on,
and that every friend of John H. Mitchell
who voted for it would -act In direct op
position to that gentleman's Interests.
Senator McGinn was up like a flash.
"Since when." he asked, "has the sen
ator from Washington county become
sponsor for John H. Mitchell, or by what
authority is he so solicitous for his wel
fare?" Huston mildly denied that they
were now or ever friends politically, and
McGinn said: "I support this bill, and no
man can question my friendship for John
H. Mitchell. He is a personal friend of
mine and has been for SO years."
The most interesting contest of this ses
sion was the fight today over Templeton's
bill creating Calapooia county. The de
bate was very spirited, being led by Pax
ton and Templeton for the bill and Smith
of Linn, Scott and Gates against it.
Paxton opened the debate by paying a
fine tribute to Linn county, which he
said was the county of his birth and In
which the years of his boyhood had been
spent; that he was born in Albany, but
had lived during his boyhood in that por
tion of the county which it was proposed
to cut off, and that he knew the circum
stances and conditions surrounding the
petitioners for a new county, and thought
their demands just; and he felt impelled
to support the bill, notwithstanding the
fact that many of his relatives and
friends residing in the .northern half of
the county had urged Tilm to the con
trary; that the territorial extent of Linn
county was about 2500 square miles; that
the bill left 1400 square miles In Linn
county and cut off but UOO for the new
county, leaving 3200 voters in the old
county and 1500 In the new one; that of
these 1500 in the new county, over 1300
had signed the petition for the bill; that
the taxable value of Linn county was
nearly $9,000,000, of which about $3,500,000
was left with the old county and $3,va000
set off for the new, and that all of the
county buildings and property were left
In Linn county; that the new county
would equal in territorial extent Benton
and Polk, or Yamhill and Washington, or
Marlon and Multnomah, and that it would
exceed in population and wealth 14 other
counties of the state., Gates laid par
ticular stress upon the fact that two of
the three representatives and the two
senators from Linn county were opposed
to the bill. He also sought to ridicule
the name, Calapooia, proposed for the
new county. Paxton, in reply, referred
to Gates resolution offered a few days
ago inquiring into the manner the sen
ate was doing business, and said that the
gentleman from Washington was In a
poor position to call senators to his aid.
He, also, ardently defended the retention
of the Indian name "Calapooia," growing
eloquent in defense of the euphony and
beauty of many of the Indian names,
a number of which he mentioned, urg
ing the policy of their retention wherever
Templeton's victory was short-lived.
however, for the bill, upon reaching the
senate a few minutes later, was promptly
shelved by a motion to indefinitely post
pone, neither of the senators from Linn
county being interested in Its passage.
The vote this afternoontekuthevnormal
school .bills, andtasomgcxJehtSffie vote
The special commission finally agreed
upon In the bill for the acquisition of the
Morrison-street bridge and Stark-street
ferry, was composed of Sol Hirsch, N. K.
West and J. V. Beach, formerly city
The ways and means committee of both
houses had a joint session this evening
and went over the estimates of the gen
eral appropriation bill. Few figures ara
yet at hand, but the total will be sub
stantially less than two years ago. Owing
to the tardiness of legislation this ses
sion, the ways and means committee in
the house had today to ask for more time
than was allowed by the house resolution
at the opening of the legislature. No gen
eral bills carrying or contemplating ap
propriations have as yet passed both
houses, so no estimates can be made on
J such items. The joint committee will
meet again Thursday night.
McClungs memorial to congress, passed
by the senate today, calls upon the Oregon
delegation in congress to see the Indian
bureau and urge it to do what can be done
to restrain Indians from killing deer out
SALEM", Feb. 12. A meeting of the sen
ators from Multnomah county was held
this afternoon to examine the bridge bills
passed by the house last night. Owing
to the absence of Senator Denny, who is
sick and has a bridge bill of his own,
no action was taken. It seems probable
that the two measures from the house will
at any rate be consolidated into one bill.
Quite a number of questions are to be
considered also. Sentiment appears to be
growing in favor of putting the bridges
in control of the county court. It may
be decided also to let taxpayers vote on
the acquisition of Morrison-street bridge
and feriy, as well as the question of tolls.
The house bills bear evidence of the haste
with which they were drawn, and will
neeI considerable perfecting in minor mat
ters. Senator Demy is better tonight and
will probably be in attendance upon to
A Probable Fljrht Over Water.
NASHUA, N. H., Feb. 12. The proposal
to tap the Nashua river to increase Bos
ton's water supply has aroused great in
dignation nere and the project will be
fought to the bitter end. It would, it Is
said, destroy the water power of this city,
on vthlch the industries of 50,000 persons
depend, and would also endanger the pub
lic health by impairing the sewerage out
let. The large mill corporations have
determined to carry legal resistance to
the United States supreme court if nec
essary. If they are finally beaten they
will move their factories to the South.
Son Francisco "Weather Predictions.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12. The
weather bureau announces this morning
that information signals are displayed on
the Californli coast for a storm central
on the Oregon coast and moving north
east. High southerly gales on the Oregon
and Washington coast are anticipated.
A Timlier-Lnnd Deal.
OTTAWA, Ont., Feb. 12. The valuable
property known as Ward's timber limits,
on the Rouge river, comprising 550 square
miles, has been sold to E. J. Swan, of New
York, for S100.000.
Latest U. S. Gov't Food Rcpcr
THE COMMON GROUND
Partisan Differences Dropped by
Ways and Means Committee.
CONSIDERING THE BOND ISSUE
Secretary Carlisle "Was In. Conference
"With, the Committee and Pre
sented the Syndicate's Contrnct.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. The house
committee on ways and means consumed
the day, one more of the 10 days within
which the treasury has an opportuntty
to make the new bonds payable in gold,
and made decided progress toward an
agreement on a plan to be reported to the
house. Secretaiy Carlisle came before the
.committee shortly after 1 o'clock. He
presented a copy of the contract which
had been called for. It was drawn in
legal form, and bore the signatures of
John G. Carlisle, secretary of the treas
ury; J. Plerpont Morgan, for J. S. Mor
gan, of London; August Belmont, for N.
M. Rothschild, and was witnessed by
Francis Lynde-Stetson, of New York, for
merly President Cleveland's law partner.
The principal feature of the contract was
made known in the president's message.
On one point the secretary particularly
enjoined the committee to maintain se
crecy, and that was regarding dates for
making the payments for the bonds. He
asked for secrecy, he said, at the request
of the financiers who have agreed to take
the bonds, because they feared the bank
ers would corner the gold of the world
against them if the time it would be
needed was known, and the methods by
which it was to be obtained. Accordingly
he presented a resolution pledging its
members not to reveal the terms of the
document so far as it concerned the pay
ment. Many questions were asked the
secretary, which he answered in order.
In answer to their questions, he assured
the committee of his belief that a plan
could be devised to stop the outflow of
gold, and of his strong hope that the
forthcoming bond Issue would maintain
the gold reserve at its high-water mark
for several months.
After the secretary had departed, Mr.
Cockran announced that he could not
support Chairman Wilson's resolution, be
cause it was simply a makeshift to meet
a present emergency, and offered no help
to the treasury 4n the event of similar
exigencies before the next session of con
gress. Thereupon Mr. Tarsney offered a
resolution to empower the secretary to
issue 3 per cent gold bonds whenever the
needs of the treasury might require them,
with the proviso that the proceeds were
not to be used to pay current expenses.
Then a subcommittee was appointed to
draft a plan with Messrs. Wilson, Turner,
and McMillin, democrats, and- the repub-
a rec&ss iq -enaDie -uie suDcommiu.ee iu
meet - -- - - - -
Late In the afternoon, the committee
learned that its subcommittee had
dropped partisan differences and found
a common ground.
The resolution reported by the quintet
at the last meeting was one authorizing
the secretary of the treasury to issue $63,
000,000 in 3 per cent bonds payable in gold
with the proviso that none of the proceeds
shall be used for current expenses, and a
further provision repealing the law which
requires the government to redeem na
tional bank notes, and requiring banks to
redeem their notes in the first instance.
Inquiry was made if there was a minor
ity report, and Mr. Reed said there was
none. Mr. Bryan, of Nebraska, offered a
resolution recommending that the secre
tary of the treasury should pay all obliga
tions of the government in either gold or
silver, whichever it was most convenient
to use. After a brief discussion, the com
mittee adjourned until 1 o'clock tomor
row. SENATOR JOXES' BILL.
Financial Committee Reports a. Meas
ure Based on Its Ninth Section.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. The meeting
of the senate committee on finance today
resulted In a decision, by a vote of G to 5,
to report a measure for the unrestricted
coinage of silver on the basis of the pro
visions of the ninth section of the finan
cial bill Introduced by Senator Jones of
Arkansas. This section was amended in
several particulars, and as agreed to is as
"That from and after the pas?ige of'
this act the secretary of the treasury
is authorized and directed to receive at
any United States mint, from any citizen
of the United States, silver bullion of
standard fineness and coin the same into
silver dollars of 412. grains each. The
seigniorage of said bullion shall belong
to the United States, and shall be the
difference between the coining value
thereof and the market price of the full
coin in New York on the date the presen
tation is made, and all expenditures for
coining done under the provisions of this
act shall be paid out of the seigniorage,
and the secretary of the treasury shall
deliver to depositors of such bullion stand
ard silver dollars equal in amount to the
price thereof as aforesaid, and whenever
the said coin herein provided shall be re
ceived into the treasury, certificates may
be issued thereon in the manner now pro
vided by law."
The vote on the motion to report this
section as amended was as follows:
Ayes Voorhees, Harris, Vest, Jones of
Arkansas, Jones of Nevada, White.
Noes McPherson, Morrill, Sherman, Al
There was comparatively little discus
sion of the question after the suggestion
for such a report was made, and it soon
became apparent that there was an un
derstanding among the members of the
majority of the committee as to the line
of action to be pursued, and they after
ward stated that they had held a con
ference and agreed upon the course The
republican members offered no substitute
and no obstructions In the way of secur
ing a vote. It was also agreed to hold a
special meeting next Friday for the con
sideration of the bill removing the differ
ential duty of one-tenth of a cent on sugar
imported from bounty-paying countries.
GOLD O.V DEPOSIT.
Aiuonnt Xow in the Hands of the
NEW YORK, Feb. 12. The official fig
ures of the gold deposits on account of the
Belmont-Morgan bond syndicate show that
$3,340,000 has been deposited, and $1,050,000
was received after hours on storage, mak
ing a total of $4,390,000, The depositors are
the Chase National bank, $500,000; Park
National, $100,000; Harvey Flsk & Sons,
$1,640,000; Morton, Bliss & Co., $550,000;
Heidelbach, Ickelheimer & Co., $300,000; C.
E. Gregory. $505,000. The assay office has
weighed $2,550,000 coin, which produces an
actual weight of 155,221.19 ounces, a loss of
115.81 ounces, or $2154 to the syndicate,
causedtby abrasion of the coin. At thlo
rate, the government will make about $50,
000 on the transaction, as the coin can be
I paid out at its face value, although re-
ceived from the syndicate at its bullion
valuation. The subtreasury has issued cer
tificates for $2,044,000 gold, -weighed and ac
cepted at the assay office at the syndicate
price of $li S04 per ounce. These certifi
cates are convertible into 4 per cent bonds
at their face value.
Snn Francisco's Gold "Withdrawals.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12. The offer
ings of exchange on New York, both tele
graphic and regular, have been unusually
large for the past two days. Regular ex
change has dropped 1011 cents, and tele
graphic has fallen 15 cents, due to the ne
gotiations in New York for the placing of
a new issue of United States bonds. The
withdrawals of gold coin from the banks
and the United States subtreasury in this
city within the past few days amount, to
$2,000,000. Gold from California mines is
coming into the branch mint in this city
for coinage at the rate of $1,000,000 a
frionth. and all the leading banks have in
their vaults from one-third to one-half
more gold coin than the law requires as
a reserve, and they are depositing large
amounts of gold with their New York cor
respondents. "Will Not Prevent Its Paisnpre.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. Representa
tive republican senators generally are not
disposed at this time to prevent the pas
sage of the unrestricted coinage bill re
ported from the finance committee today.
When asked what policy they would pur
sue. Senator Aldrich said:
"Wo would probably not oppose the bill
to the extent of trying to consume time to
prevent its passage, though we should, of
course, want to debate it at some length
for the purpose of placing the matter be
fore the country intelligently."
The democratic leaders have not yet de
cided whether they -will press the bill this;
Drawing: on England.
LONDON, Feb. 12. The Times will say
tomorrow: More than 1,000,000 in gold has
already been provided for export to the
United States. About 300.000 will be
shipped today, and a larger amount on tho
16th. Doubtless, some of the gold required
for the next few months will be taken
from the Bank of England, but the whole
operation will be managed so as not to dis
turb European markets.
Treasnry Loiv-"Water Mnrlc.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. The treasury
gold reserve stands today at $41,215,181,
probably the lowest point it will reach, as
the gold of the Belmont-Morgan syndicate
will soon be available.'
A Shipment From London.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. The treasury
department has been advised of the ship
ment from London of about $2,000,000 in
gold under the bond agreement.
A Commission Xotv Considering Its
NEW YORK", Feb. 12. The commission
of 21 members seven bishops, seven
priests and seven laymen appointed at
tho last general convention of the Protest
ant Episcopal church to consider the re-
islon4.oCtb constitution . and canons pt,
'necessary; or advisable" to- be Done" in that
direction, held the-. flrsttsession. of. their
final meeting in the See house of the -diocese
of New York today. The session,
which was secret, began at 10 A. M. and
lasted till about 6 P. M. It is proposed to
continue the meeting'untll next Thursday
night, when such part of the commis
sion's proceedings as It is deemed advisa
ble should be made public will be given
A Guy In the Pulpit.
OAKLAND, Feb. 12. Rev. Edwards
Davis, pastor of the Christian church, a
young preacher whose bizarre methods
attract immense crcwds, preached on
dancing Sunday night, defending waltz
ing, and illustrating its grace by dancing
waltz steps in the pulpit, with an imag
inary partner. On former Sundays he re
cited Shakespaarc in defense of the drama
and said poker was a more commendable
game than tiddle-de-winks. Next Sunday
night he will wear evening dress.
SURVIVORS OF THE ELBE
Miss Bnecker Commanded to Visit
LONDON, Feb. 12. Messrs. Keller, Wal
lls & Co., agents for the North German
Lloyds Steamship Company, state that
the body landed at Harwich yesterday
is unquestionably that of Herman Geh
rets, the doctor of the Elbe.
Miss Annie Buecker, the only woman
on the Elbe who was saved,
yesterJay received a command from
the queen to visit her at Os
borne house, the royal residence on
the Isle of Wight. The royal yacht has
been placed at her disposal for the pur
pose of the visit. Empress Frederick, of
Germany, the queen's eldest daughter, is
visiting her mother at Osborne house, and
Miss Buecker will be given an audience
by both the queen and Empress Fred
erick. Has Hud Enough of the Sen.
CLEVELAND, Feb. 12. County Com
missioner John Vevera, one of the few
survivors of the Elbe disaster, arrived
here yesterday. The meeting between Ve
vera and his family was most pathetic.
"America is the greatest country on
earth, ' said Vevera, "and I do not want
to leave it again. I would not take an
other trip across the Atlantic for all
the money in the world."
In Frozen Colorado.
DENVER, Feb. 12. In Pueblo, at 6 A.
M., the weather bureau's thermometer re
corded 24 below zero, the coldest since the
bureau was established. At Greeley, it
"was 16 below zero, and at Dillon 40 below.
Many points along the Denver & Rio
Grande reported the temperature from 20
to 25 below. The cold wave is chiefly con
fined to the mountain districts, and is
caused by a lack of pressure in Arizona
and an indraft of cold air from the north,
both of which elements together affect
TVorthera Pacific Earning:.
MILWAUKEE. Wis., Feb. 12. The re
ceivers of the Northern Pacific railroad
filed their report of receipts and disburse
ments for December, 1S34, today. It shows
total receipts for the month from all
sources of $3,736,CS7, with a balance brought
forward from November of $1,735,760, mak
ing a total of available funds of $5,472,563.
The total disbursements amounted to
$2.770,21S, leaving a net balance carried for
ward to the January account of $2,702,315.
A Million-Acre Land Grant.
CHEYENNE. Feb. 12. The bill accept
ing the million-acre grant of land of the
state under the Carey act and providing
the methods by which the land may be
reclaimed and sold to settlers passed the
senate in the Wyoming legislature today
without amendment, and only awaits the
governor's signature to become a law.
Treasurer "Wnlff Hns Little to Say.
SPRINGFIELD, 111.. Feb. 12. Treasurer
Wulff was seen today and had a little to
say when confronted with the develop
ments at Carlisle. He said Ramsay's son
had accounted to him for everything. If
there was a shortage. Ramsay's bonds
men made it good before he took office.
THE PACIFIC ROADS
The Reilly Bill Will Be Reported
Back to the House
FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION
The Committee Decide! That Thcro
Should lie Another- Opportunity.
to Vote for the Mill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. ft. The house
committee on Pacific railroads decided to
day to report the Reilly Pacific railroad
bill back to the house for further consid
eration. The committee decided that the
house should have another opportunity to
vote for the bill, in A-iew of the fact that
the resolution recommitting the bill to the
committee stated that sufficient time had
not been allowed for its consideration. In
reporting the bill, the committee will also
submit, without recommendation, the
proposition made by the railroads to pay
the principal of the debt without in
terest. Tills action is to enable the house
to vote upon the proposition If it so de
sires. A motion to report a foreclosure bill re
ceived only one vote in committee. Tho
proposition for payment of the principal
of the debt, as submitted by the reorgan
ization committee, and which will be of
fered as an additional section of the bill,
is as follows:
"Section 10. If the said Union Pacific
Railway Company, or the committee
formed for the reorganization of said com
pany, or the appointees of said commit
tee, or the Central Pacific Railroad Com
pany, or any trustees approved by it,
within 12 months from the day of tho
passage of this act, shall pay or procure
to be paid to the secretary of the treas
ury an amount in cash equal to the par
or face value of the subsidy bonds of the
United Staets, issued to aid in the con
struction of the railroad of such company,
the secretary of the treasury shall accept
said sum and cover the same into the
treasury, and thereupon all claims of the
United States against such company, to
gether with' all liens securing the same,
shall be assigned (but without recourse
to the United States in any event), by in
strument executed by the secretary of the
treasury in its behalf of said company,
or said committee, or it-g appointees, or
said trustees, purchasing the, same, and
all money and securities in the sinking
fund of said company in the treasury of
the United States shall be thereupon paid
and delivered over to the said committee,
company or trustee."
THE SEN'ATE AXD HOUSE.
Business Transacted by the IIlKhcx
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. There was a
sparse attendance in the searlyatprpcctd-
-sen ted a memorial fromKScausSdind
transportation associations 'ofCh!cao
asking legislation to protect express-com-panies
from trainrobbers, and railroaJ
trains from train wrecking.
Mr. Gray reported adversely from the
committee or privileges and elections the
resolution providing for the election of
senators by direct vote of the people.
Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, reported the
bill adopted by the finance committee
for the unlimited coinage of silver. Mr.
Aldrich and Mr. Hill asked for the reading
of the bill, and Mr. Aldrich then explained
that he had made the request to show
that all of what he considered the meri
torious features of the bill had been
stricken out and the objectionable part
retained. Sherman said the minority had
done what it could to prevent the re
porting of this bill, and he wa3 very
emphatic against it. Jones explained that
the majority for the bill was a decided
one. Jones asked for immediate consid
eration. Aldrich suggested that It might
take the place of the bankruptcy bill.
"I object to that," exclaimed George.
Call also objected to the consideration
of the bill. Harris said the objection
would be withdrawn if the bill could be
passed without debate. Aldrich said that
was hardly possible, and me bill went to
Hill secured unanimous consent for the
consideration of a resolution which he in
troduced asking for information concern
ing the appointment and removal of post
masters in New York. The resolution
was agreed to.
Mest, from the finance committee, re
ported a joint resolution extending the
time for the collection of the income tax,
and asked for its immediate considera
tion, but the resolution went over.
Peffer called up his resolution request
ing the judiciary committee to report his
resolution inquiring into the legality of
the recent bond issues. Hill suggested the
committee might wish to wait for an opin
ion of the attorney-general. Peffer said
he did not want the opinion of the attorney-general;
that he himself knew
more about the matter than the attorney-general.
Allen took the floor, but yielded to Stew
art to discuss the last message of the
president on the currency question. Stew
art closed with the warning that if pres
ent conditions continued, the end would
Allen then resumed his speech on the
alleged election frauds in Alabama. At
the conclusion of Allen's remarks, Mor
gan read a protest against the proceed
ings in the senate by himself and col
league, Pugh, characterizing the speech
as "a clear abuse of the parliamentary
law in disregard of the urgent necessities
of the public, and an assault upon the
rights of Alabama as a state of the
Union, and upon the character of our
government and people."
Discussion of the postoffice appropri
ation bill was resumed. Chandler op
posed taking away the limit fixed by law
upon the amount that can be paid rail
way corporations, and allowing the postmaster-general
to do as he pleased. It
had been agreed to consider the pension
bills at 5 o'clock, and the hour having ar
rived, that order was taken up and sev
eral pension bills passed.
After an executive session, the senate,
at 6:0S, adjourned.
The House- Proceedings.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12. Members
crowded before the speaker's desk in the
house today to secure consideration of
many local measures, which are being en-
dangered by the near approach of the
close of the session. hue the house was
proceeding with routine business, there
was a round of applause from the repub
lican side, and then from the whole house,
as Mr. Wilson of Washington, long a
popular and witty member of the house,
and recently elected to the senate, came
on the floor. He was surrounded by his
old associates, and house business was
temporarily suspended by the heartiness
of the reception accorded him.
The house then resumed consideration
of the legislative, judicial and executive
appropriation bill. Pickler offered a sub
stitute for the provision of the bill relat
ing to the working force of the pension
office. The substitute proposed the same
j force of officers and clerks as at present.