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THE MORNING OKEGONIAS; TTXESDAT. PEBB.T7AET 19. 1S95.
THE PACIFIC CABLE
CONFEREES OF THE TWO HOUSES
OF COXGRESS MEET.
An "Was Expected, There I Dii-
asreement Betvreeii Tliera iu to
tlie Appropriation 3Inde.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. The predicted
controversy between the two houses of
congress over the senate amendment to
the diplomatic and consular appropriation
bill to expend $500,000 for the survey and
preliminary work on a cable to connect
the United States and the Hawaiian is
lands is at hand. The conferees of the
house and senate held their first meeting
today. Thev were able to come to terms
of agreement upon all the dozen amend
ments to the bill, except that for the
cable, the senatorial conferees receding:
from several minor amendments and the
house representatives accepting several.
1'pon the cable question the delegates
from each body observed the formal in
structions given to them. The disagree
ment will be reported to the senate to
morrow and It Is expected a motion will
emanate from the democrats instructing
the conferees to abandon the cable item.
The report will be made by the house
conferees probably Wednesday, and the
proposition will doubtless come from re
publicans that they be instructed to ac
cept the amendment. Thus the question
may be brought before both houses for
A new factor which has come into the
cable proposition is the effort of the com
pany, headed by Admiral Irwin and in
cluding several of the most influential
business men of. California and the Ha
waiian islands, to secure from congress
an act of incorporation authorizing it to
organize and construct a Pacific cable
connecting California with the Hawaiian
Islands, New Zealand and Japan. Its bill
was referred to a subcommittee of the
house on foreign affairs for consideration,
and the subcommittee will report at its
next meeting. The argument is being ad
anced by democrats, and will be made
in debate, that it is entirely unnecessary
for the government to give its funds to
a cable enterprise when capitalists stand
ready to do the work; also that the United
States has never before given financial
aid to a work of this character, as all
cables having a landing on our shores
have been laid by private capital.
THE INCOME TAX.
Agreements Reached by the Two
Committees In Conference.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. The senate
and house conferees on the bill extend
ing the time for making income-tax re
turns, today reached an agreement on the
amendment made to the bill In the sen
ate. The first amendment was accepted
by the house ith a modification, making
it read as follows:
"In computing Incomes under said act.
tne amounts necessary for fire insurance
premiums and ordinary repairs shall be
The second amendment, providing
against double payment on amounts re
ceived as dividends from corporations and
exempting such dividends even in cases
where the tax may not have been paid
by the corporation, was agreed to with
ome verbal amendments. The senate
conferees receded from the third amend
ment exempting taxpayers from answer
ing any inquiries not specially provided
for In the act, and it was stricken out.
What victory in modern competition
can compare with the triumph won by
Dr. Price's Baking Powder at the Chi
cago 'and California midwinter fairs?
WAYS AXD MEANS COMMITTEE.
The Bill Agreed Upon Rcgrnrdlnsr
l'elnijte Scullnj? Reported.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. Wilson of
West Virginia, the chairman of the house
committee on ways and means, reported to
the house today the bill agreed upon at
the meeting of the committee Saturday
last authorizing the president to negoti
ate with Great Britain, Russia and Japan
for the appointment of a joint commission
to Investigate the present condition of
the fur seals in Behring sea. and further
authorizing :he president to conclude a
modus vlvendl with the foregoing gov
ernments for the preservation of the ani
mals. The bill, as was stated in Satur
day's dispatches, was drawn at the treas
ury department, and. as reported today,
carries an additional clause which pro
Aides that if the modus vlvendl referred
to above be not concluded and the regula
tions under the same, if concluded, be
not effectual In the judgment of the pres
ident for preserving the herds, or be not
put Into operation for this year's sealing
treason, then the secretary of the treasury
is authorized to kill every fur seal, male
and female, on the Prllyloft Islands.
The report accompanying the bill was
wiltten by Jlr. Wilson. It reviews the cir
cumstances which led to the appointment
of the Paris tribunal of arbitration, and
tdiows that the regulations adopted by the
tribunal forbade sealing on the American
hide of the North Pacific ocean and
Behring sea during May. June and July,
and further prohibited the taking of seals
at any time within a zone of CO miles
around the Pribyloft islands. It shows
that under the nev. regulations, during
the seasoi just passed, there are known
to have been killed on the American side
of the North Pacific ocean In Behring
sea S3.CSG seals, a larger number than was
ever before taken by pelagic sealers from
the Amerlian herd.
Incorporated In the report are tables
giving the total pelagic catch of seals in
the North Pacific ocean and Behring sea
from the American to the Asiatic shores
for the years ISM to 1SSI. Inclusive, and
also the catch from the to-called Ameri
can herd. These were:
Season. Total. American.
lSe 51.SH 40,S03
1S91 08.7SS 45.SU
3SW 7S.301 47.462
2S9S 109.000 28,613
2KK 124.000 53.6S6
The report then continues: "Turning
to the soals killed in the Pribyloft Islands,
under lease of the United States govern
ment to the North American Commercial
Commercial Company, dated March 12.
3SS6. we find an alarming decrease year
by year In the number which have been
The report then shows that from the
years 1SS6 to 1Sj9, inclusive, the catch of
the company averaged about 108.000 seals,
yearly. It dropped to 25,781 in 1890, and to
14,406 in 1SSI. which is about 600 less than
the catch for last year. The report then
"We thus witness a steady Increase in
the number of the American herd of seals
killed at sa yoar after year, accompa
nied by a steady decrease in the number
taken on the Pribyloft inlands, until the
climax is reacheu in the season just ex
pired, when more than 55,009 were killed
at so, as against 13.609 on the islands.
When it Is further considered that at least
three-fourths yf the sea catch were fe
males havy with young, and that prob
sblv half as many more were killed, but
lost, while all of the island catch were
carefully-selected male?, some conception
nwy be had of the disastrous result of
The raport concludes with the sugges
tion that the plain dictates of mercy and
humanity prescribed that "this uncon
scionable slaughter of females with pups
unborn, or left to die of starvation, be
lorevar prohibited. If not by amicable
international adjustment, then by a mer
ciful peody extermination."
From the Same Committee.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. Bynum. from
the committee on ways and means, re
ported a Joint resolution today in refer
once t the free zone along the northern
frontier of Mexico and adjacent to the
1 nlted State. The design ot the resolu
tion is to rrncnt the transportation of
merchandise in bond through the United
States Into the free zone of Mexico. The
report states that the government of Mex
ico 'does not allow shipments in bond
through its territory Into the free zone,
hence all the shipments into this territory
are made through the United States. The
sparsely-settled country along the line
between the Tnited States and Mexico
makes smuggling easy, and the offleers
of the government find It impossoble to
prevent it. The exemption of the portion
of the free zone between the Gulf of Mex
lca and Laredo is, the report says, deemed
advisable, by reason of the navigability
of the river between these points. The re
port concludes with the statement that
there is no objection upon the part of
the Mexican government to the passage
of the resolution and to the action pro
posed to be taken by this government.
OTHER CONGRESSIONAL NEWS.
For the Pacific Northwest.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. In the sundry
civil bill are the following amendments
for the Pacific Northwest:
To repair the governor's house in
Alaska. ?500. Mitchell's amendment di
recting the treasury department to order
investigations as to the destruction of
eggs of wild fowl in Alaska; also the
wanton destruction of deer, fox and other
animals. Squire's amendment diverting
that a portion of the Seattle canal ap
propriation be expended for a survey.
The amendment Doolittle secured for the
establishment of a military po3t on Puget
sound has been amended, and now di
rects the secretary of war to establish
such post when 640 acres of land are do
nated at a point, he may approve of.
Doolittle had a proviso for a commis
sion, composed of officers not connected
with the department of the Columbia, to
examine and determine on the site. This
was struck out and is a victory for Squire.
Seventy-five thousand dollars is appro
priated by the sundry civil bill toward the
construction of a revenue steamer for the
Pacifio coast, to cost not more than
Anohtre Laml-Grnnt BUI.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. The house
committee on public lands today voted to
favorably report Caminettl's bill for the
forfeiture of the granted lands of the Pa
cific railroads where the corporations have
failed or refused to redeem their bonds.
The bill was amended by striking out the
words "is hereby forfeited," leaving the
reading of the bill, "the United States
hereby resumed the title to."
Introdnced In the Senate.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. In the senate
today Perkins introduced a bill for the
Incorporation of the International Pacific
Company, for the purpose of laying a
telegraphic able from California to the
Hawaiian islands and thence to Japan, the
Asiatic coast and Australia.
Local Inspectors Salnrlci Increased.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. The bill passed
by the house today to Increase and equal
ize the salaries of inspectors of steam ves
sels increases the salaries ofg the two
inspectors at Portland from $1200 to 51800
each; two at Seattle, from $1500 to $2000
AN EXPLOSION OF GAS.
Fire Miners Killed and Six Scrlonsly
ASHLAND, Pa., Feb. 18. An explosion
of gas, which will probably result in the
death of at least 11 miners, occurred at 11:38
this morning in the West Berridge mine
at the Mahoney plant. Five men have
been taken out dead and some so seri
ously Injured that their lives are despair
ed of. Following Is a list of the dead
and seriously injured:
Dead Peter Kline, Joseph Pitts, Thos.
Durlin, Bernard Reed, Peter Brenback.
Seriously injured William Minnich.
William Goff, Anthony Meyers, Edward
Davis, John Laney. William Davis.
Besides these several other miners were
badly burned, but it is hoped they will
recover. A gang of men were engaged In
driving an air course when they broke
through into a breast containing a large
volume of gas. This Tas Immediately ig
nited by their lamps and an explosion
followed. Some of the dead were burned
beyond recognition. The mine is still on
IN DANGEROLS WATERS.
The Gnnses Broke Adrift From the
Vessel Towing: Her.
LONDON, Feb. IS. The British steam
er Ganges, which sailed from New Or
leans January 6 for Havre, arrived at
Corcubion, Spain, January 2S for a sup
ply of coal. After replenishing her bunk
ers, she proceeded on her voyage, but
soon broke her propeller, and was towed
back to Corcubion. She started from there
in tow for Havre, and when off the island
Ushant, about 25 miles from Brest, broke
adrift from the vessel towing her. and
has not been seen since. The Ganges has
a cargo of cotton valued at 60,000. Her
crew numbered 30 men.
LONDON, Feb. IS. Several hats, caps
and bonnets were washed ashore near
Looe, Cornwall, today. One cap was
marked "Elbe" outside, and "Soper" in
side. The articles are supposed to have
been carried to the Cornish coast by the
strong east winds of the last two weeks.
An expert from the board of trade will
asBlst the coroner in Lowestoft when the
Elbe Inquiry shall be resumed. The board
also has appointed counsel and has sub
penaed the crew of the steamer Crathie,
which sank the Elbe.
PHILADELPHIA7Feb. 18. A cable
gram from Nassau states that the Phil
adelphia barkentlne Sadie Thompson, Cap
tain Nowatt, bound for this port with
SC00 bags of sugar, valued at J100.000, and
consigned to the sugar trust, has been
totally wrecked on Memory rock, Baha
mas. Tne vessel was valued at $50,000. It
is presumed the crew landed safely.
The merchant, the banker, the clerk,
the mechanic, the farmer all like food
raised with Dr. Price's Baking Powder.
NOW ALL RIGHT.
The Steamer La- CJnscogne Will Sail
NEW YORK, Feb. IS. The French
steamer La Gascogne's engines were given
a dock trial today, and proved all right.
The piston which broke and was responsi
ble for the steamer's belated arrival and
the consequent anxiety, was replaced by
a new one, and yesterday her fires were
lighted again to test her. Today she was
made securely fast to her pier and her en
gines set in motion, the speed being grad
ually increased to the greatest strain her
hawsers would stand without parting. She
will sail Wednesday.
The Anrnnia In.
QUEENSTOWN, Feb. 18. The steamer
Auranla. from New York for Liverpool,
arrived here this afternoon. The officers
reported she encountered an easterly gale
15th. 16th and 17th inr.ts. Several heavy
seas swept her decks, and two portholes
were broken In by the waves. A steer
age passenger named Patterson jumped
overboard last evening. The steamer was
stopped, but Patterson sank before help
could reach him. In a letter which Pat
terson addressed to his wife in Chicago
and left in his berth, he said he was tired
of life and its struggles.
The St. Aujrusttne at Dcrmuil.i.
NEW YORK. Feb. IS. The steamer St.
Augustine, from Jacksonville January 2
for New York, arrived at Bermuda today.
The Boiler Burst.
SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. IS. The boiler
In the machine-room of the Spring Valley
Water Company's office on California
street burst today and created consider
able damage and not a little excitement.
The floor of the office over the machine
room was torn up and windows all over
the building were broken by the concus
sion. Forty men were in the room at
the time, but all except three escaped
without injury. One man was cut by
falling glass and two were badly scalded.
The explosion was caused by a dry boiler.
THAT BOND CONTRACT
STATEMENT SENT OCT BY THE
It Gives the Causes Leading Up to
the Loan, and Information
as to Its Termi.
WASHINGTON, Feb. lS.-Since the pub
lication of the terms of the contract un
der which the recent issue of bonds was
disposed of, the treasury department has
been frequently asked for Information,
and a statement prepared by the depart
ment was today sent to probably a half
dozen senators. It Is, In part, as follows:
"From early in the year every effort
has been mado to gather gold coin and
collect it at New York and Boston, the
principal point of withdrawals for ship
ment abroad, but February 2 all the gold
coin which could be collected with safety
was collected at these points, and on that
date the total amount of free gold coin In
the subtreasury at New York amounted
to $9,700,334 50, and the only possible way of
adding to that was from the mints, whose
total coinage at San Francisco, New Or
leans and Philadelphia was only $200,000
per diem. The total amount of gold coin
owned by the United States government
was exceeded by the demand certificates
outstanding against it, and the govern
ment was practically borrowing gold coin
from the owners of these demand certifi
cates and substituting gold bullion in
its place In order to carry on specie pay
ments in gold.
"The reserve on that day of coined bul
lion over outstanding certificates was $42,-612,-132
20. Wednesday evening, January
30, the assistant treasurer at New York
reported to the treasury department In
Washington that he thought lie could
hold on until Saturday, but the next day
might decide the situation. Between De
cember 1, 1831, and February 13, 1SS5. the
total amount of withdrawals of gold was
$S0,7S6,302, and the exports of gold during
the same period amounted to $36,852,359,
showing that about $43,000,000 had been
withdrawn for hoarding purposes in this
country during this period. In other
words, that the citizens of the United
States had no faith in the ability of their
government to pay gold for Its notes, and
a run on the treasury commenced. That
this gold has not gone Into the banks is
shown by the fact that, December 1, 1891,
the total amount held by the banks' was
$96,000,000, and February 1, 1S95, $83,000,000.
or $13,000,000 less than was held December
1, 1S94. It must be remembered that the
withdrawals at New York, while made by
the banks, are not made for their own
interest, but very largely for their coun
try customers, who are accustomed to
make ali these leading transactions
through New York, and. In fact, the
treasury was informed by one banking
establishment in Ne,w York that it had
over 150 requests for gold in exchange for
notes over Its counters Wednesday, Jan
"In considering the details of the con
tract it must be remembered that the
treasury was dealing with a community
more or less excited and panicky, and
that foreigners had been for a long time
distrustful regarding American securities
and had sent large quantities to this coun
try for sale. The people with whom the
dealings were made had taken part in
the November syndicate, and had seen
the bonds purchased at that time at 117
rise to 119. and fall thereafter to 114. The
latter figure showing a net loss of 3 per
cent on tho price paid by the syndicate,
and this, In connection with the possible
hostile action on the part of congress, it
is not surprising that a high price could
not be obtained. In fact, it was difficult
to make any dealing at alL. After trying
for four days.' to get a reduction even fo
three and five-eighths -pet 'cent, it was
found absolutely impossible to obtain it,
and the position was too critical to admit
of longer delay. It was currently re
ported and generally accepted by the pub
lic, that a rate of three and a half per
cent would be obtained. This is equiva
lent to a little over 109',J.
"The actual amount paid by the con
tractors is 104.4946, or a shade below the
rate of 34 per cent. The difference in the
two prices is about 4?i, cr somewhat un
der $3,000,000, out of which is to be paid
the expenses of controlling the market
exchange, the difference between London
and New York being five cents on the
pound, or over 1 per cent on the transac
tion, the necessary commissions, Interest
and taxes, which are very heavy abroad,
and any fluctuation which may take place
before the entire amount is marketed, and
in the present condition of financial af
fairs the sale of $62,000,000 of securities
would almost necessarily drop the price
several per cent."
Bonds Ordered Printed.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 18. The govern
ment has ordered the printing of the 4
per cent bonds called for by the Belmont
Morgan syndicate. It was said that the
issue of bonds would be enjoined, but up
to noon no Injunction proceedings had been
begun In any of the courts here.
Their Price In London.
LONDON. Feb. 18. The proposed new
American bonds touched W per cent on
the stock exchange today. The closing
quotation was 3 per cent.
THE MEADE SQUADRON.
Minneapolis and Columbia "Will Soon
NEW YORK. Feb. 18. The cruiser Min
neapolis. Captain George H. Wadlelgh,
which has been at the Brooklyn navy
yard for the last 10 days, sailed for New
port this evening. The Minneapolis has
been taking on coal and stores and now
goes to the torpedo station for her equip
ment of automobile torpedoes. This done
she will Join the Meade squadron, consist
ing of the New York. Raleigh and Cincin
nati. The Montgomery, now in the Gulf
of Mexico, and the Atlanta, in Central
American waters, are scheduled to join
the fleet as soon as It is known that the
two cracks Minneapolis and Columbia
are en route to join. The Columbia ar
rived here today from Norfolk. She will
proceed at once to the navy-yard, where
she will go on the drydock. While lying
in low water at Norfolk she is supposed
to have injured seme of her lower plates,
which will be carefully examined and re
paired. "It makes my housework much easier."
writes a St. Louis housewife, of Dr.
Price's Baking Powder.
MANIFESTS OF IMMIGRANTS.
Term Merchandise Does Not Include
Passengers, Ilnjcnsre and Effects.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18. The attention
of the treasury department has been
called to the lack of uniformity in the
practice relating to manifests of immi
grants effects brought by teams, etc.,
from Canada, and of merchandise not
subject to duty brought in wagons, small
boats, etc. Acting Secretary Hamlin has
decided that It Is not the policy of the
department to require manifests in such
cases, and it follows that no fees should
be exacted for receiving the same; that
the law requires the driver of a vehicle
arriving in the United States from Can
ada to file a manifest only when the
vehicle contained merchandise subject to
duty. The term "merchandise" Is not In
tended to Include passengers, baggage
AN INTERNATIONAL QUESTION.
A Swedish, Sen. Captain Indignant Be
cause of HI Arrest.
SAVANNAH. Ga., Feb. IS. Attorney-
Seneral Olney instructed United States
istrlct Attorney Garry to proceed
to Brunswick. Ga last Saturday to In
vestigate a complaint made by the Swed
ish government over the arrest of the
captain of the Swedish bark Adele at
Brunswick last summer. Mr. Garry re
turned late last night, and stated to a
reporter that Tie "was unable to make
known the result of the Invesigation. He
will forward the evidence in the case to the
attorney-general at Washington. The
captain was arrested "on a warrant Issued
by Magistrate Coker on complaint of two
sallorsfljfho charged the captain with
bad tdBtmenL.He gave bond, and the
case wto dismissed, for lack of jurisdic
tion. The captain was incensed at hi3
alleged illegal arrest, and made complaint
to the Swedish government. It is not
known whether or'not the captain wants
indemnity from the United States.
OTHER NATIONAL NEWS.
Another Chinese Decision.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18.-Judge Mor
row was sustained in two decisions by the
court of appeals this morning, and both
were Chinese cases, arising under the new
exclusion act. Lew Jim and Lai May,
both claiming tobe merchants, left this
country for thelrt'native land last year,
and on their return were refused admis
sion by the collector. They sued for a
writ of habeas corpus, but the court held
that the collector's decision was final and
that they had not sufficient evidence to
warrant their landing;
No Special Intervention.
WASHINGTON,1 JFeb. IS. It is positive
ly denied at the.' state department that
Secretary Greshain has intervened spec
ially In the case' of Major Seward, one
of the Americans under the sentence of
death at Honolulu for treason, or has
addressed a special message on the sub
ject to Minister .Willis to be forwarded
from Vancouver -.
Silver ior Export.
NEW YORK, b. 18. The steamship
Saale will take , out tomorrow 125,000
ounces of silvcrTy-
The NevrESIlver Dollars.
WASHINGTON, Feb. IS. The issue of
standard silver dollars for last week was
Disagreement -as to the Appropria
tion for a, Pacific Cable.
LONDON, Feb. IS. The house of com
mons this evening rejected, by a vote of
297 to 2S3, Joseph Chamberlain's amend
ment declaring it to be against public in
terest that the time of the house be wasted
upon bills which the ministers admitted
would not pass, when measures Involving
grave constitutional changes, which should
be considered without delay, had been an
nounced. Sir William Harcourt, chancel
lor of the exchequer, looked after the gov
ernment's interests in the debate preced
ing the division on Mr. Chamberlain's mo
tion. He referred to the conservative de
mand, last voiced by Lord Salisbury Sat
urday, that the government appeal to the
country on the home rule Issue alone.
There never had been, he declared, and
there never would be a general election
with a single Issue. The ministers regard
themselves as absolutely bound, until con
demned by the house of commons, to prose
cute the policy which they had been dele
gated to carry out. Arthur Balfour, the
unlonlstleader, replied. After the division.
Sir William moved the closure of the de
bate on the address. The motion was car
ried by a vote of 279 to 271, and the address
was agreed to.
The Report Confirmed.
TANGIERS, Fjeb. 18. The report that
the heads of a number of rebels have
been sent to the sultan as trophies proves
to be true, confirmation having been re
ceived from Morocco city. From the
scene of the first prolonged struggle be
tween the tribes v supporting the sultan's
brother in his plaim to the throne and
the government t troops the heads of 37
of the leading r?els were sent to Sultan
Abdul Aziz, -aWiRez. These head3 were
transported on the. hacks of four mules
and one donkey-'. After being exhibited to
the sultan, it is said the heads will be
placed on the city walls as proofs of
triumph and as a warning to Insurgents.
Queen. Victoria's Movements.
LONDON, Feb. IS. The queen arrived
in London this afternoon. The strictest
privacy was observed in her reception, and
at Victoria station empty trains were
aligned along the platform so persons on
other platforms could not see her alight.
The reason for this extraordinary privacy
was that rheumatism had incapacitated
the queen from walking. A detachment
of life guards surrounded her carriage as
it was driven to Buckingham palace. In
spite of all this the queen was heartily
The Snmoan Question.
LONDON, Feb. IS. In the house today
Under Foreign Secretary Gray said there
had been no special agreement made in
regard to the ownership of land in Samoa
by foreign nations. The United States
government claimed the exclusive right to
the coal station in the harbor of Pago
Pago. There was no truth, he said, in
the statement that Germany was about
to annex the Samoan islands. England
certainly desired to consult the Interests
of Australia in regard to Samoa.
To He Presented at Court.
LONDON. Feb. 18. At the queen'sdraw-ing-room,
Mrs. Bayard will present in the
diplomatic circle the Countess Fabrlcotti,
in behalf of the Italian embassy, and Mrs.
Carter, wife of Ambassador Bayard's pri
vate secretary. Among the other Ameri
cans to be present will be David D. Wells,
second secretary of the legation; Major
Ludlow, military attache, and Mrs. Lud
low; Lieutenant Cowles, naval attache,
and Mr. Carter.
A Doubt as to Diseased Cattle.
BRUSSELS, Feb. 18. According to the
report of the Belgian specialist, Nogard,
thcreisdoubtasio the existence of pleuro
pneumonia among: Canadian cattle landed
at Antwerp. The representatives of the
Dominion government are about to apply
to the Belgian authorities for the removal
of the restrictions upon the importation
into the latter country of cattle from Can
ada. For the Welfare of the Country.
BERLIN, Feb. IS. The emperor has re
covered from his indisposition. A depu
tation of the agrarian league today pre
sented him with a memorial, asking a
revision of grain tariffs in the interest
pf protection. In replying, the emperor
said the action of the government would
be directed toward fostering the interests
concerning the welfare of the country.
Largest In tho world the cream of tar
tar factory controlled by the Price Baking
Prosecution of Glolltti.
LONDON, Feb. 18. The Central News'
correspondent In Rome says that ex-Pre-mler
Giolittl Is to be prosecuted, not only
for libeling Crispl, but also for appropri
ating for his private uses official docu
ments bearing upon the affairs of the
Banca Romaca. Should he be convicted,
he will be deprived of his civil rights, and
will lose the rank of privy councilor.
Had Only Declared His Intention.
PARIS. Feb. 18. The United States has
refused to interfere in the case of a man
named LeCompte, who was forced to do
military duty In France and who dlaimed
American citizenship. It Is learned he
had only declared his Intention to be
come a citizen.
The Cold Continued in England.
LONDON. Feb. " IS. Continued cold
weather In London Is causing much dis
tress among the poor. A number of com
mittees have been formed and funds are
being collected for their relief.
Xicnrasruan Minister at the Vatican.
ROME, Feb. IS. The new Nicaraguan
minister to the Vatican had an audience
with the pope today, and presented his cre
dentials. Professor .Seeley's Successor.
LONDON, Feb. IS. Lord Acton has been
appointed professor of modern history at
Cambridge to succeed the late Professor
LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WHEELMEN
Asbury Park the Choice for the An
nual Meet, and the Color Ques
tion Not Bronght Up.
NEW- YORK. Feb. IS. The annual con
vention or the League of American Wheel
men began this morning at the Grand
Union Jiotel, in this city, with an attend
ance or1 bicycle enthusiasts from all the
states from Maine to California. The
primary object of the convention is to dis
cuss several important changes in the
laws of the league and the selection of a
place for the next annual meet- It Is
probably that the question of whether or
not the color-line will be drawn in the
league will come up during the session,
and there is also likely to be some fight
as to where the next annual meeting will
be held. There are two parties, Boston
and Asbury Park, and both maintain that
it would be best for the league to hold Its
meet on their respective tracks. The Bos
tonlans contend that their Waltham track
is the best in the world, with better ac
commodations than any other track in the
country, and the Asbury Park people say
the track there Is as good and much easier
The roll was called this morning at 10:40,
after which the committee on credentials
filed Its report. President Luscombe pre
sented his annual report. In which he ad
vised the holding of two conventions
yearly, one in the fall and the other in
the early spring, and one in the East and
one in the West, as a convenience to
league members living at the extremes
of the country. The report of the secre
tary shows that the membership of the
league has decreased from 231 local
leagues to ISO. There are 690 lady mem
bers of the league, the greater number
being In Massachusetts 250. The treas
urer's report showed $943 In the treasury,
and outstanding debts amounting to $5180. J
Delegate Mott, of Maryland, of the
transportation committee, read a report
relative to the transportation of wheels
by railroads, and in speaking of their loss
by theft advocated the establishment of
an officer, whose duties it should be to
notify all baggagemasters on the various
roads, and also, the repair shops, to look
out for stolen bicycles, and offering a re
ward for recovery.
He estimated the annual cost of such
an office to be about $1300. Then Delegate
Howard Raymond, of the racing board,
submitted his report. He said that 230
men had been declared in class B this
season. There were 232 suspended during
the season for various offenses, and 1803
race meets sanctioned during the year.
He suggested that meetings shall be held
between May and September. He also
recommended that no Intermediate records
be allowed; that a rider must go for each
distance record separately. He also
recommended that the alliance between
the Canadian league and the league be
continued, and also that between the
American Athletic Union and the league,
and also the retention of membership in
the international league. He advocated
the assessment of league clubs for sanc
tions for meets as follows: National
meet, $10 and other meets $3. He recom
mend the appointment of official ref
erees for the national circuits and to take
time limit for trial heats.
Delegate Sterling Elliott, of Boston, of
the Good Roads Publishing Company, sub
mitted his report. It states that the net
receipts for 10 months for subscriptions,
etc., amounted to 5S60. After this report
a recess was taken.
At the afternoon session the report of
the auditing committee was "submitted.
The report condemned the manner In
whicn the Gazette of the league is con
ducted, and objected to the president and
secretary paying their expenses out of
the money they may have in their pos
session, claiming that the laxity of the
business methods has caused a loss of
$2000 to the league during the last year.
The annual election of officers resulted as
President, A. C. Wilson, of Maryland;
first vice-president, George A. Perkins, of
Massachusetts; second vice-president, A.
C. Morrison, of Milwaukee; treasurer, A.
E. Mergenthaler, of Ohio. Auditing com
mittee J. F. Adams, of Massachusetts;
John Van Nort, of Pennsylvania, and Geo.
D. Prout, of Pennsylvania.
Under the order of new business the
meeting question was taken up. Debate was
limited to 45 minutes. The vote resulted:
Boston, 63; Asbury Park, SL. This matter
being disposed of, Delegate Jacquith. who
had moved to strike out the word "white"
from article 3, section 1, of the constitu
tion, withdrew his motion, and the color
question, which was expected to cause
some bitter discussion, was left to the fu
ture. Delegate Elliott's motion to change the
constitution as follows was adopted:
"To add to article 1, section 2. of the
constitution the w,ords, "and to promote
and regulate cycle riding on the track."
A new section was added to article 3
of the constitution. It reads:
"Section 5. The status of even con
sulate, subdivision and division shall be
fixed annually on the first day of October
and shall be based on the membership
enrolled on the books of the league that
A change was made In article 3, section
1, of the constitution. It relates to ad
mission to membership, and provides that
a candidate shall be considered elected
when indorsed by two league members.
It was moved to add the words, "or per
sons interested in the objects of the
league." It was amended to read, "two
league members or three reputable per
sons," Relative to annual dues, In article
3, section 4, Mr. Elliott's motion to substi
tute "one dollar" for "the sum fixed by
the constitution" was adopted. Section 3,
article 3, was changed to read, "Applicant
s enrolled as a league member," instead
of "Application is published m the official
President Williston occupied the chair
at the evening session. Sections 6 and 7
of article 3, of the constitution, were
stricken out on Elliott's motion, and In
their stead was adopted the following:
"A member may renew his membership
at any time within 60 days from the date
of its expiration by the payment of his
dues. Beyond the 60 days he shall pay, in
addition to the annual dues of $1, the sum
of 15 cents for every month or fraction of a
month that he is in arrears."
The resolution was subsequently amend
ed by the adoption of the following:
"The provisions of this section shall ap
ply to all memberships that have expired
for a period not longer than two years."
Mr. Raymond offered an amendment to
section 9, article 3, as follows:
"Class A rules, clause E In this class
no prize shall exceed $30 In value, and such
prizes shall be limited to medals, diplomas,
plate, jewelry and cycle sundries only."
Section 9, article 3, class A rules, clause
G, was also amended, striking out "nor
shall the business of cycle manufacturer
and bona fide agent, as such, be considered
in determination of their amateur status,"
and substituting "but racing men in the
employ of cycling establishments may be
transferred to clubs, etc."
They were both laid over, and the con
vention adjourned until tomorrow.
Snn Francisco's Tournament.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. IS. San Fran
cisco's bicycle tournament and cycle show
opened tonight, with a crowd of 4000 in
attendance. There were many accid?nts.
Several of the best riders, including
Zeigler, Wells and Harbottle. had bad
falls, due to the dangerous track. The
turns on the nine-lap track are so short
that more than three riders cannot make
the turn without endangering each other.
Nearly every heat had its accident. Wells
received a hard fall and while down was
struck by Cushing, who was badly
bruised. Zeigler won his heat with case,
but In the final had a. very hard fall on I
tne turn wnicn-wlll lay him up for sev
The most exciting event, and one which
aroused much enthusiasm, was the. club
race, In which one member from, each of
the San Francisco and San Jose clubs
were entered. There were eight starters.
Only throe finished, the others either fall
ing or dropping out in the first three miles.
The finish was close between Birne of
the Imperial. Rose of trie Acme, and
Chapman of the Olympics, the first-named
winning from Rose. The team compris
ing Zeigler, Coulter and Harbottle will
not race again during the tournament,
and it is doubtful as to many others
starting again, owing to the dangerous
The results of the several races were:
One mile, novice, final heat Decker
won; Day second; George Fuller third;
time. 2:30 1-3.
One mile, class B, Invitation, final heat
Oscar Osen, of San Jose, won; Walter
Foster second, Emil Ulbrecht third; time,
Ten mile club race, $200 cup Frank M.
Byrbe won; M. F. Rose second, Ed Chap
man third; time. 27:33 1-5.
A Football Fatality.
FRESNO, Cal., Feb. IS. Yorng Allison,
who received a fracture of the skull in a
football game near Fowler Saturday, died
at the county hospital this morning.
The Game of Hockey.
BRAMPTON, Ont.. Feb. 18. Spaldlngs'
Chicago hockey team played here tonight
with the Brampton club and was defeated
by a score of 7 to 3.
Ten Rounds to a Draw.
JERSEY CITY, N. J., Feb. lS.-Cal Mc
Carthy and Joe Craig fought a 10-round
draw at the Oakland rink tonight.
MISS WACHTER'S STORY.
All In Favor of the Defendant and
Positive in Character.
MINNEAPOLIS. Feb. 18. The prosecu
tion sprung a surprise in the Hayward
trial today when it withdrew all opposi
tion to the Introduction, of Maggie Wach
ter's testimony. Miss Wachter 13 the
stenographer of Blixt's attorney, who was
to testify that Bllxt stated to his attorney
in her presence that it was with Adry
Hayward and not with Harry that he had
conspired to murder Miss Glng.
The court was unwilling to admit the
testimony without the direct consent of
Blixt, who was brought from jail and
questioned personally by Judge Smith. He
had no objection, he said, but Miss Wach
ter was 111 and could not be present today.
The sudden change in front on the part of
the state is said to be due to its ability
to impeach Miss Wachter"s testimony ab
solutely. Blixt's attorney will contradict,
and it is also understood, that the state has
ascertained from a confidant of Miss
Wachter the true inwardness of her evi
dence. "How does it look now, old man?" asked
Harry Hayward after court adjourned this
afternoon, as he slapped a friend on the
back and laughed heartily. He was in a
good humor. It had been a day for the
defense. After four days of trial the de
fense has at last made a mark with the
testimony of Maggie Wachter, the stenog
rapher, the state having withdrawn its
objections to her testifying. Miss Wach
ter was voluble, positive and could not be
shaken by cross-examination. She called
Bllxt a liar, O'Dell a schemer to make
money out of the county, and Assistant
County Attorney Hall a bulldozer and in
timidator of women. Harry was jubilant,
but controlled himself with occasional
outbursts of laughter as "Miss Wachter
would make an unusually savage thrust
at Mr. O'Dell and Mr. Hall. After court
adjourned, Mr. Hall stated there was not
a word of truth in what she had said
about him. In her evidence she said that
Hall had called on her and attacked, her
chara&er in a most abusive arid scan
dalous manner. Mr. Hall said:
"Why, our meeting was most pleasant.
Do they think I am a fool to talk the
way she says to a woman?"
The witness was asked if she did not
threaten Mr. O'Dell to make it hot for
him, and if she did not say she had been
offered money for Blixt's statement. She
was also asked if she did not tell Olscn
that she knew something about the- case,
for O'Dell said something as they were
going out of Blixt's cell. She denied all
this flatly. The other witnesses of the
day were unimportant.
TWO EX-OFFICIALS SHORT.
Lata County Andltor and Sheriff of
Elmore Connty, Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 18. Two ex-officials
of Elmore county are found to be short
in their accounts, William Wickersham,
auditor, and J. D. Gray, ex-sheriff. Gray's
shortage is about $2800. but It Is thought
a greater part will be made good. Mr.
Wickersham's shortage is given out as
about $6000, but it is said on the quiet that
It reaches $10,000. It is also said that war
rants have been duplicated for a large
amount and other irregularities com
mitted, all contributing to an aggregate of
$10,000. One of the Boise banks is said
to hold $2000 of these fraudulent warrants.
Wickersham Is the son of the late J. C.
Wickersham, of Boise. Gambling is the
cause of his downfall.
The Flight of Swallows.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18. Nearly all
the federal officials and a number of down
town business men have been the victims
of an old swindle in a new guise. The
confidence operator has been a young and
pretty woman. Her plan is to call at a
gentleeman's house and, mentioning the
name of his tailor, say that she has been
sent for hi3 dress suit to be pressed for an
unexpected dinner engagement that even
ing. The suit is delivered to the fair swin
dler, who forgets to return it. S. J. Ru
dell, deputy surveyor of the port; Varney
Ga'skill and Charles L. Weller are a few of
the victims who are mourning the disap
pearance of their swallow-tail coats.
Nothing: Heard of Gentry.
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18. Nothing has
been heard of Actor J. B. Gentry, who
last night murdered Miss Madge Yerke at
the Zeiss hotel. The revolver with which
the murder was committed was found to
day in a snowbank half a block from
where the crime was committed. Three
chambers were empty, showing that Gen
try fired three shots at the unfortunate
actress, only one of which took effect.
Delivered Themselves Up.
MARYSVILLE, Cal., Feb. 18. Fred G.
Webber and Frank P. Willis, two ex-convicts,
who were suspected of robbing tho
Wheatland ticket office, delivered them
selves up to the sheriff in town today.
They claim that they had no connection
with the robbery, and can prove an alibi.
Where can perfection In cooking al
ways be found? Wherever Dr. Price's
Cream Baking Powder is used.
Winners of Horseraces.
The racing at San Francisco yesterday
was over the regular course. Five favor
ites won. These were the winners on the
At San Francisco Six furlongs, Nor
blieh in 1:19; six furlongs, Dick Behan in
1:17; five furlongs, Motor In 1:034; five
furlongs, selling. Clara White In 1:12; one
mile, selling. Volt in 1:47.
At New Orleans Five furlongs, Red Veil
In 1:12; three furlongs. Uncle Lew Jn 0:41',;;
six furlongs, Dave Pulslfer In 1:27; five
furlongs, Elberon in 1:11; seven furlong3,
Churchill Clarke in 1:45.
After All Gnmhlcrs.
LYONS, N. Y"., Feb. 18. At the opening
of the Wayne county circuit court and
court of oyer and terminer in this village
yesterday, Judge William H. Adams, of
Canandalgua, instructed the grand jury to
indict all persons in this county who al
lowed nickel-in-the-slot machines to be
operated -upon their premises; also church
members and all others who conducted, for
whatever purpose, lotteries and drawings,
such as have been operated at church faira
for years past.
THE PHILANTHROPIST'S BIRTHDAY
One Thonsand School Children Took
P.irt in the Ceremonies in .His Na
tive Town in Massachusetts.
PEABODY. Mass., Feb. IS. The cele
bration of the 100th anniversary of the
birth of George Peabody, the celebrafd
London banker, philanthropist, benef&t
tor and .memorable citizen, occurred in
this, his native town, today, with appro
priate ceremonies. It was not. however, a
strictly local observance, for cablegrams
from Queen Victoria and the Duke of
Devonshire, chairman of the Peabody
donation fund, to which Mr. Peabody con
tributed $2,500,000 for the establishment
of homes for the deserving poor of Lon
don, gave it a touch of international
character. The business part of the town
was appropriately decorated. Early in the
day guests began to arrive, and when the
afternoon meeting was called to order
distinguished citizens of many sections of
Massachusetts and elsewhere were pres
ent. The forenoon exercises. In which
about 1000 school children took part, was
held in the Peabody Institute, and ad
dresses were delivered by the Rev. J. W.
Hudson, of the Unitarian church, and the
Rev. S. O. Butler, of Georgetown. In the
afternoon exercises of more elaborate na
ture were held in the town hall. Music and
addresses comprised the programme. Hon.
Fransic H. Appleton. chairman of the cel
ebration committee, presided, and openei
with an eloquent address. He was fol
lowed by General Wolcott, the orator of
the. day. The celebration closed with a
banquet and ball in the town hall. In
opening the exercises Mr. Appleton re
fered to the widespread influence of the
man in whose memory the occasion as
observed, and read the following cable
gram, received "from Queen Victoria:
"On this, the 100th anniversary of the
birth of George Peabody. the grateful
remembrances of him and his nob'e
beneficent deeds of charity to this countr
are fre3h In my heart and in that of my
To this the committee replied:
"Thecommitteedeslresto express, on be
half of the town of Peabody. its sincere
thanks to the queen of England for the
honor conferred upon It by her majesty's
gracious message upon the commemora
tion of the 100th anniversary of the birth
of George Peabody."
The committee also received a cablegram
from the Duke of Devonshire.
The Peabody Fund in London.
LONDON, Feb. IS. In connection with
the 100th anniversary ot the late George
Peabody, the trustees here of the fund
given by Peabody for the erection of
dwelling-houses for the working classes
in London report that the total amount of
the fund is now 1,114,000. Owing to the
benefaction of Mr. Peabody, 11,300 houses
are now occupied by 20,000 inmates. The
average rent of the rooms is 2s 2d per
week. The average weekly earnings of
head of each family among the inmates
of the rooms is 23s 6d. The queen and the
Duke of Devonshire have sent cable dis
patches to the mayor of Peabody, appre
ciative of the virtues of Mr. Peabody.
Celebrated at Nashville.
NASHVILLE. Feb. 18. George Pea
body's birthday was celebrated by the city
and county schools, public and private,
with appropriate exercises. At the Pea
body normal college an elaborate pro
gramme was carried out, and Chancellor
Payne delivered an able and powerful ad
dress upon the character of Mr. Peabody.
In all the principal towns in Middle Ten
nessee, schools, public and private, ob
served the day.
CHATTANOOGA, Feb. 18. The 100th an
niversary of the birth of the great philan
thropist, George Peabody, was appropri
ately celebrated In the public schools to
day. THE BUTTE WILL CONTEST
Shefllld-Davls Case Ordered to Be
HELENA, Mont., Feb. IS. The supreme
court decided today that Harriet T. Shef
field and Erwln Davis, the niece and
brother of Andrew J. Davis, the Butte
millionaire, may contest the will on the
ground that it was a forgery and revoked
by other wills.
H. A. Root and Maria Cummings con
tested the will in 1S91, and after a six
weeks' trial at Butte the jury disagreed.
The Root contest was set for hearing
July 24, 1S93. However, the case was con
tinued by agreement and the Sheffield
Davis case called. These contests were
not ready for trial and the case was dis
missed. A motion to set aside the de
fault was overruled and an appeal was
taken to the supreme court. The case
was remanded with instructions to re
store the contest. This again opens the
question as to the validity of the will un
der which John A. Davis, a brother,
claimed the whole estate of $8,000,000.
Rebellion in Mncnt.
BOMBAY, Feb. 18. A serious rebellion
has broken out in Muscat, the Arabian
seaport on the Indian ocean. The rebels
have seized most of the forts commanding
the town. No more details arc obtain
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in the "Washington building-. Portland, Or. Office
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in man or woman. All peculiar female troubles.
Irresular Menstruation, Leucorrhoea. Displace
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Dr. Damn will send to any addre"3 hl; "Electro-Magnetic
remedies on the receipt of $5 and
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