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WARRINGTON. Feb. JL At the cabinet I ' ARUNDEL. Thursday evening Colonel
meeting- totay some time wm oetnomned Henderson's squadron of the Inniskilllngs.
In the atocMMton ot the poraomtol of the . witk two guns, reconnoitcred westward
new PhlttpplBo commteoton. It was stated to Moolfontcin Farm, on the direct road
that tho PrwMent h. sent telegram to to Colesberg and Hanover. They got close
Creneral Luke . Wright, of MojnpMG. a4 ! Boers in the hills, and were fired
to Henry C. Me, ot Vermont, asking thew I - They quickly got their guns In posl
to come to Washington for a conference ! ttbn and shell the hills. Evidently the
with htm. mad there aopears to fee ho I Boers were driven out, retiring north
doubt that they will be asked to aooept "w". when they came under the fire of
appointment on the commteaton. The two other STu13. supported by a company
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103 SIXTH STREET
IN NORTHERN CAPE .COLONY
Bocm Withdrawing Toward the Free
now occupies. The Brltlsn patrols from
Hanover also oame out that far.
The Boers are not In great force. The
have been persistently followed all day
and have withdrawn a considerable dis
j The Oregon Editors.
' NBW ORLEANS. La,, Feb. 23. The
' Oregon delegation of editors, numbering
9M. arrived here safely. They will go to
I Vlcksburg tomorrow, returning Monday.
British War Office Has Had No
Word From Roberts.
PRAISE FOR THE BOER GENERAL
A Large Force Concentrating North
of Klmberley White Made
LONDON, Feb. 24, 4:15 A. M.-Balfour
announced In the House of Commons at
12:30 this, morning that no further news
regarding: General Cronje had been re
ceived by the Government. He had sent
to the War Office during the hour, and
he asserted that nothing had come to
General Cronje, therefore, Is presuma
bly still unbeaten. No other construction
Is placed upon the three days' silence of
Lord Roberts. Yet no one sees how it Is
humanly possible, judging from the de
scriptions of his situation Wednesday, for
him to resist so long. Great Britain does
not withhold admiration for the valor or
a losing fight against such odds.
"Englishmen feel somethng like pride in
Cronje, even as a foe," says the Dally
News. "In a position covering only a
square mile, hemmed in on all sides, cir
cled with a chain of fire from rifle, Maxim
and Howitzer, played on by lyddite, burst
ing In its own sickly green, light, his hastily-built
trenches enfiladed by a stream
of lead sweeping down the river from the
north bank, General Cronje still elects to
fight. It Is a magnificent courage."
General Cronje's wife is described by the
prisoners as urging him to surrender In
order to save the lives of his men, but he
The British cavalry patrols sent by Lord
Methuen north of Klmberley discovered
the Boers concentrating, whether for de
fense or offense Is simply conjecture.
The Boers seem to be retiring from Gen
eral Gatacre's front at Sterkstrom in or
der to reinforce the Free Staters.
Ladysmlth had not been relieved when
the latest news left Natal, two days ago.
The Boers had then retired half way be
tween Ladysmlth and Colenso. If only
6000 went to the Free State, as both the
Boer and the British accounts assert, the
12,000 who are left may maintain the siege
and to resist General Buller within con
tracted lines, although the Impression at
General Buller's headquarters Is that the
Boers are merely covering a retreat.
The editorials in the morning papers
complain, more or less vigorously, of the
Insufficiency of the Government's naval
preparations, especially in view of the im
mense naval efforts of Germany and other
powers. The conservative Standard says:
"Perhaps this Is because the British
navy is considered strong enough for its
work, but the nation will ask for full
assurances on that point."
The Dally Mall says: "The proposals are
so Inadequate that we cannot but express
the. deepest surprise that the. Admiralty
Board can be persuaded to a'ceeptrthem."
Methuen in Charge at Klmberley.
KIMBERLEY, Feb. 22. Lord Methuen
arrived here Tuesday. He will act as ad
ministrator of Klmberley District, ex
tending southward to Orange River.
Colonel Kekewlch will remain In com
mand of the local forces. The issue of
siege soup ceases today. There are 64
Boer prisoners here.
Casualties at Paardeberg.
LONDON, Feb. 23. An official report
gives 146 men killed at Paardeberg Drift
February 18, Including 63 Highlanders and
STARTLING RUMORS AT DURBAN.
Relief of Ladysmlth, Surrender of
Cronje, Wounding of Kitchcne-.
DURBAN, Feb. 23 (Evening). The ru
mor gains credence that Ladysmlth has
It is also reported that General Cronje
has surrendered 8000 men, and that Gen
eral Kitchener has been slightly wounded
in the left arm.
Crowds throng the streets singing and
cheering because of supposed victories.
Seventeen hundred Boers have been
killed or wounded, the latter, it is re
ported, Including General Cronje.
PRETORIA'S "WAR BULLETINS.
Boer Ofiiclnls Continue to Announce
PRETORIA, Wednesday, Feb. 21. The
following official war" bulletin has been
Issued here: -
"A report was received this morning of
cannon-fire west of Colesberg.
"At Petrusburg cannon-firing com
menced at 6 In the morning. A big fight
was expected today. Dewet telegraphea
yesterday from Petrusburg that all was
quiet, except several cannon-shots and
small skirmishes. Testerday evening the
British stormed the Federal positions as
far as Schauser, but were driven back.
"A message from Cronje is to the effect
that his loss yesterday was 14 dead and
wounded. Dewet's loss was nil.
"Commander Fronoman reports that
from February 15 to February 20 he was
almost surrounded by the British at the
Modder River, when with a small num
ber of men he broke through the river.
Sunday there was a heavy fight The
British prepared to lay siege to the Boer
laager, with fighting general. We were
surrounded by 2500 British five miles from
the chief laager. At night we cut our
way through with the loss of 7 dead and
16 wounded. The loss to the British was
"Testerday we cut our way through to
reach Dewet, who was in the neighbor
hood. Fifty-three prisoners formerly
taken have been forwarded.
"It Is reported that the British were
continually attacking Koedoc's Rand yes
terday with Infantry and lancers, but that
they were driven back."
Free State Capital Moved.
LOURENCO MARQUES, Feb. 21 The
Transvaal government is reported as seri
ously alarmed at the defeat of the Boers
at Klmberley and the retreat of their fa
mous General, Cronje. The newspapers
are most reticent, but the Standard and
Digger News claims that Cronje's move
ment Is beneficial, a? "lt increases the
mobility of the burghers' army, enabling It
to conduct more effective, beneficial oper
ations on a carefully prepared plan."
There are persistent reports that the
seat of the Free State government Is be
ing moved to Winburg. It Is said that 6003
burghers have ieen sent from Ladysmlth
"WHITE MADE A SORTIE.
Captured a. Number of Boer Wagons
Jonbcrt's Men Falling Back.
LONDON, Feb. 24. The Daily Telegraph
has the following dispatch from Chevcley,
dated Wednesday, February 21:
"It is reported that General White sor
tted from Ladysmlth yesterday and cap
tured a number of Boer wagons. There
Is heavy firing In the direction of Lady-
smith, either on the part of Sir George
White or of the Boers."
A dispatch from Cheveley, dated Thurs
day, February 22, to the Daily Chronicle,
"At dawn on Tuesday we found that the
Boers had vacated all their positions south
of the Tugela, and were In positions
among the hills, midway between Lady
smith and the river, and making a deter
mined stand. Two Creusot guns were in
action. All the British naval guns and all
other heavy guns were brought to bear
upon the new positions. We believe that
this show of Boer strength was only In
tended to cover a retreat. Testerday, the
Boers were retiring all day. General Bul
ler continued to harass them, compelling
them to give way."
A dispatch to the Dally Telegram from
Pietermarltzburg, dated Thursday, says:
"Fighting Is proceeding in the vicinity of
Pieters this morning. General Buller's ad
vance is being opposed by both big guns
and rifle fire."
The Daily Chronicle has the following
dispatch from Ladysmlth, dated Saturday,
"All day men gather on Convent Hill
and try to see General Buller's shells
bursting in the distance. The siege has
been inexpressibly tedious for the last
fortnight. The Boer camps have entirely
disappeared from the old positions within
the last few days, and large parties with
wagons are trekking westward. It Is as
sumed that the Free Staters are going to
resist the advance of Lord Roberts."
The Lourenco Marques correspondent of
the Dally News, telegraphing Tuesday,
"We are In a state of doubt and anxiety
regarding events In the Free State. We
hear that the telegraph wires between
General Cronje and Bloemfontein have
been severed and the news from the front
Is conflicting. "It is a symptom of the
present trend of events that storekeepers
in the Free State have wired here. stop
ping the forwarding of goods. I learn
that the Transvaal Government has
5,000,000 in bullion at Pretoria, and Is
coining 35,000 sovereigns a month."
The Dally Chronicle has .the following
dispatch from iCunberley, dated February
21: : .
"Cavalry patrols that went north to
capture the Boer 100-pounder report that
the latter has been taken beyond Rlverton
Station, drawn by 32 oxen. The British
cavalry say that they saw Boer parties,
but they, did not go beyond Rlverton for
fear ofelng cut off. They learned, how
ever, thj&t the Transvaalers were being
concentrated on the border to the north.
A party of Boers fired into the British
camp. Fifty thousand rounds of ammuni
tion were captured at Magersfonteln."
Slain Body of the Boers Gone to Op
pose Roberts' Advance.
CHEVBLBT, Feb. 22. The main body of
the Boers has fled, evidently with, the ob
ject of stemming the advance of Lord
Artillery Covering Boer Retreat.
COLENSO, Wednesday. The British
have crossed the Tugela over a pontoon
bridge, north of Hlavanga, and now oc
cupy Fort Wylie. While the naval bri
gade was bombarding Grobler's Kloof,
the Boers' big Creusot replying, yester
day) -after the occupation of Colenso, "W
small party of ThorneycroftT Hbrs6
crossed the river, but were driven back
by Are from the trenches. The Boer guns
are still shelling the relieving force from
the hills south of Ladysmlth, but the
impression is spreading that they are
merely covering the retreat of the entire
General Buller's casualties Tuesday and
Wednesday were: Killed, Captain Crea
Iock and Lieutenants Keith, Falconer and
Parry, of the Somersetshire Light Infan
try, and nine men; wounded, six officers
and 97 men; missing, five men.
Ladysmlth Guns Active.
KOOPF LAAGER, Ladysmlth, Feb. 2L
There was heavy fighting all Monday
and Tuesday, and It has continued since
earty morning. Our officers hope to dis
lodge the British from their position. Last
night a body of British troops tried to
cross the river, but were beaten back,
with heavy loss. Our loss was slight.
Our positions are being bombarded from
Ladysmlth at a point where the Klip
River passes through the hills. Our
"Long Tom" Is replying with good effect
BAD PHILADELPHIA FIRE.
One "Woman Killed nnd Several
Others Seriously Injured.
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23. One woman
was killed, several others were severely in.
jured and property valued at J500.000 was
destroyed by fire which broke out tonight
In the heart of the wholesale millinery
district. The burned area covers nearly
two acres. The woman killed was Clara
Cohen, 26 years of age, a seamstress In the
employ of Harris and Bernard Cohen.
She met her death by jumping from the
fifth floor of the building in which the
Are started. Among the most seriously
hurt was Clara Udor, who fell from the
third floor of the same building.
The fire started In the third floor of 721
Arch Street, occupied by Simon May,
manufacturer of straw goods, and spread
to the big six story building adjoining on
the east occupied by Bowen, Dingan &
Co., dealers In wholesale millinery goods.
This structure was also soon entirely con
sumed. By this time the building on the
west of the May building, occupied by
head offices of the Northern Life Assur
ance Company, Park & Burden, barris
ters; Roath Bros., and C. F. Turner, brok
ers; F. H. Butler, broker; Keene Furniture
Company; The Grand Opera House; R. G.
Dun & Co., and the Dominion Loan &
Savings Company's place were In a blaze.
All these buildings are In ruins.
Caused by Gasoline Explosion.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 23. The ex
plosion of a gasoline stove in the base
ment of the Metropolitan Hotel this af
ternoon was followed by a fire which
burned that building and the Hewlett
Block, adjoining, causing a loss of about
$160,000. A number of guests In the Met
ropolitan Hotel were lowered from their
rooms by means of ropes.
CHICAGO, Feb. 3. A special to the
Record from Guadalajara, Mexico, says:
The 600 Taqul prisoners, recently taken
from the Taqul country to Manzanillo,
have left Collma" for Guadalajara, They
are guarded by three companies of gov
ernment troops. The trip will be long
and fatiguing, as the Sierra Madre Moun
tains have to be crossed.
Condemned Chinaman's Suicide.
SALT LAKE, Feb. 23. Low Sing, a
Chinaman recently convicted of murder
at Bingham City, and sentenced to be
shot, committed suicide by hanging him
self in his cell this morning.
Daily Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. Today's state
ment of the condition of the treasury
Available casii balance $298,593,933
Gold reserve 225,533,787
Measure as Agreed Upon by the
AGREEMENT REACHED YESTERDAY
Full Text of the Bill as It Will Be
Reported and Probably
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. The Republi
can members of the conference committee
on tne nnanclal bill reached an agree- i
ment today. The Democratic conferees ' the provisions of the acts of July 14, 1890.
were called In, and stated their opposition , and June 13, 1898. from bullion purchased
to the bill, and, without further formal- under the act of July 14, 1890, to retire and
ity, the bill was ordered reported. cancel an equal amount of treasury notes
The text of the bill, as agreed upon and ( -whenever received Into the Treasury either
as It will be reported by the conferees, j by exchange, in accordance with the pro
and as It will probably become a law. Is i visions of this act or in the ordinary
"That the dollar, consisting of 25.8
grains of gold nine-tenths' fine, established
by section 3511 of the revised statutes of
the United States, shall be the standard
unit of value, and all forms of money is
sued or coined by the United States shall
Map of the territory in .which
operating adjacent to Klmberley,
undecided battle between Cronje's
be maintained at a parity of value with
this standard, and it shall be the duty
of the Secretary of the Treasury to main
tain such parity.
"Section 2 That United States notes and
treasury notes, Issued under the act of
July 14, 1890, -when presented to the treas
ury for redemption, shall be redeemed In
gold coin of the standard fixed in the first
section of this act, and, in order to se
cure the prompt and certain redemption
of such notes, as herein provided, It shall
be the duty of the Secretary of the Treas
ury to set apart in the treasury a reserve
fund of $150,000,000 in gold coin and bullion,
which fund shall be used for such redemp
tion purposes only, and whenever and as
often as any of said' notes shall be re
deemed from said fund, it shall be the
duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to
use said notes so redeemed to restore and
maintain such reserve fund in the manner
"First, by exchanging the notes so re
deemed for any gold' coin In the general
fundi of the treasury; second, by accept
ing deposits of gold coin at the treasury,
or at any subtreasury, in exchange for
the United States notes so redeemed;
third, by procuring gold coin by the use
of said notes in accordance with the pro
visions of section 3700 of the revised
statutes of the United States. If the Sec
retary of the Treasury is unable to re
Store and maintain the gold coin In tho
reserve fund by the foregoing methods,
and the amount of such gold coin and
bullion in said fund shall at any time fall
below $100,000,000, then It shall be hl3 duty
to restore the same to the maxi
mum sum of $150,000,000 by bor
rowing 'money on the credit of the
United States, and for the debt thus
incurred to issue and sell coupon or reg
istered bonds of the United States In such
form as he may prescribe, In denomina
tions of $50 or any multiple thereof, bear
ing interest at the rate of not exceeding
3 per centum per-annum, payable quar
terly, such bonds to be payable at the
pleasure of the United States after one
year from the date of their Issue, and to
be payable, principal and interest. In gold
coin of the present standard value and
to be exempt from the payment of all
taxes or dues of the United States, as
well as from taxation in any form by or
under State, municipal or local authority;
and the gold coin received from the sale
of said bonds shall first be covered Into
the general fund of the treasury, and
then exchanged in the manner herein
before provided for an equal amount of
the notes redeemed and held for ex
change, and the Secretary of the Treas
ury may. In his discretion, use said notes
in exchange for gold or to purchase or
redeem any bonds of the United States,
or for any other lawful purpose the pub
lic Interests may require, except that they
shall not be used to meet deficiencies In
the current revenues. That United States
notes, when redeemed in accordance with
the provisions of this section, shall be re
Issued, but shall be held in the reserve
fund until exchanged for gold as herein
provided; and the gold coin and bullion
in the reserve fund, together with the re
deemed notes held for use as provided
in this section, shall at no time exceed the
maximum sum of $150,000,000.
"Sec 3. That nothing contained In this
act shall be construed to affect the legal
tender quality, as now provided by law, of
the silver dollar or of any other monoy
coined or issued by the United States.
"Sec 4. That there be established in the
Treasury Department, as a part of the of
fice of the Treasury of the United Staes
divisions to be designated and known as
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the division of issue and the division of
redemption, to which shall be assigned, re
spectively, under such regulations as the
Secretary of the Treasury may approve, all
records and accounts relating to the is
sue and redemption of United States notes,
gold certificates, silver certificates and cur
rency certificates. There shall be trans
ferred from the accounts of the general
fund of the Treasury ot the United States
and taken upon the books of said divis
ions, respectively, accounts relating to the
reserve fund for the redemption of United
States and Treasury notes, the gold coin
held against outstanding gold certificates,
the United States notes held against out
standing currency certificates, and the sil
ver dollars held against outstanding silver
certificates and each of the funds repre
sented by these accounts shall be used for
the redemption of the notes and certifi
cates for which they are especially pledged
and shall be used for no other purpose, the
same being held as trust" funds.
"Sec. 5. That it shall be the duty of the
i Secretary of the Treasury, as fast as
standard Rilvor rlnllnx are coined tinder
course of business, and upon the cancel
lation of Treasury notes, silver certificates
shall be Issued against the silver dollars
"Sec. 6 That the Secretary of the Treas
ury is herebyauthorized and directed to re
ceive deposits of gold coin with the Treas-
Generals Roberts and Kltcnener are
showing Paardeberg, the scene of the
array and. the British forces.
urer or any Assistant Treasurer of the
United States in sums of not less than $20
and to Issue gold certificates therefor in
denominations of not less than $26, and
the coin so deposited shall be retained in
tho treasury and held for the payment
of such certificates on demand and used
for no other purpose. Such certificates
shall be receivable for customs, taxes and
all public dues, and when so received may
be reissued, and when held by any na
tional banking association may be count
ed as a part of Its lawful reserve; pro
vided that whenever and so long as the
gold coin held in the reserve fund of the
treasury for the redemption of United
States notes and treasury notes shall fall
and remain below $100,000,000, the authority
to issue certificates as herein provided
shall be suspended; and provided further
that whenever and so long as the aggre
gate amount of United States notes and
silver certificates In the general fund of
the treasury shall exceed $60,0,C0J the Sec
retary of the Treasury may. In his dis
cretion, suspend the Issue of the certifi
cates herein provided for; and provided,
further, that of the amount of such out
standing certificates one-fourth at least
shall be in denominations of $50 or less;
and provided, further, that the Secretary
of tho Treasury may, In his discretion,
issue such certificates in denominations of
$10,CC0, payable to order. And section 5193
of the revised statutes of the United States
is hereby repealed.
"Sec. 7. That hereafter silver certificates
shall be issued only of denominations of
$10 and under, except that not exceeding:
in the aggregate 10 per cent of the total
volume of said certificates, in the discre
tion of the Secretary of the Treasury, may
be Issued in denominations of $20, $50 and
$100; and silver certificates of higher de
nomination than $10, except as herein pro-
vlded, shall, whenever received at the
Treasury or redeemed, be retired and
cancelled and certificates of denominators
of $10 or less shall be substituted therefor,
and, after such substitution, in whole or
in part, a like volume of United States
notes of less denomination than $10 shall,
from time to time, be retired and can
celled, and notes of denominations of $10
and upward shall be reissued in substitu
tion therefore with like qualities and re
strictions as those retired and cancelled.
"Sec 8. That the Secretary of the Treas
ury la hereby authorized to use at his dis
cretion any silver bullion In the Treasury
of the United States purchased under the
act of July 14, 1SB0, for coinage Into such
denomination of subsidiary silver coin as
may be necessary to meet the public re
quirements for such coin, provided that
the amount of subsidiary silver coin out
standing shall not at any time exceed in
the aggregate $100,000,000. Whenever any
sliver bullion purchased under the act of
July 14, 1890, shall be used in the coinage
of subsidiary silver coin, an amount of
treasury notes issued under said act equal
to the cost of the bullion contained In
such coin shall be cancelled and not re
issued. "Sec. 9. That the Secretary of the
Treasury is hereby authorized and di
rected to cause all worn and under-current
subsidiary silver coin of the United
States, now in the treasury, and here
after received, to be recoined, and to re
imburse the Treasury of the United States
for the difference between the nominal or
face value of such coin and the amount
the same will produce in new coin, from
any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise
That section. 5138 of the Re-
(Concluded on Second Page.)
VOTE ON QUAY CASE
Does Not Prove That He WW
THE OBJECT IN TAKING IT UP
Opposition la the Senate to
Puerto Rlcan Tariff Chanees
Indian War Veteran Bill.
WASHINGTON. Fsb. .-Th vote tev
the Senate today on tho Quay cam doe
not mean that Quay will so seated. Al
though his friends are very jubilant over
the result, it could not bo considered a
test vote, as there are men who voted
against taking up the case who r?uuld
probably vote, for Quay If tho question o
seating him ever reaches a vote. On the
other hand. It is believed that there are
some Democrats who today voted to take
up the ease who desire to have It dis
cussed, in order to exhibit the dlfferencee
in the RepuMtean party, and who will
finally vote against Quay when the case
is actually reached. As to reaching this
ease involves another important matter.
Possibly a few more piedves may be made
before the conference report on tho finan
cial bill to taken np, and when the con
ference report Is once before the Senate
neither Quay nor anybody else will be
able to displace it until It Is disposed of.
There is an intimation that tho debate
may last two or three weehs on tho con
ference report. In that event, the pres
sure of other business wiH be likely to
thrust Quay still further ht the back
ground, and possibly no vote will be
reached this session.
The vote today shows that Quay has
made a great many gains, and many Sen
ators who voted against Corbett reversed
themselves. The elaim of the Quay peo
ple is that there are 53 Republicans in
the Senate. Of these they say that 38 are
actually for Quay and 13 against him.
With the new Senator from California, 44
votes will be a majority of the Senate, and
with 33 Republicans to start on, they
claim that they will get enough Democrats
and Silverites to seat Ma.
The men from whom they expect to get
the votes are Pettisrew. Stewart, Jones
of Nevada, Daniel, Kenney, Clark of Mon
tana, Morgan, Sullivan, McSnery, Tallla
f erro and McLanrm. Out of these 11 they
say they are sure to get at least five or
six, and claim a clear majority of tho
It is observed that both the Oregon Sen
ators were against taking up the Quay
case, Simon voting "No" and McBride an
nouncing his pair with Money, but stating
that he would have voted "No" if Money
Senators Oppose Puerto Riean Bill,
The prediction is freely made that If the
Puerto Rmo tariff hill passes the Senate
the speech of Representative Littlefield
and the message of President XcKlnley
wiH he circulated by the Democrats, 'ho
effect of which will be very disastrous to
the Republican party, especially in the
Congressional election elections. There
still is a great deal of doubt as to what
the final vote will be, but as several men
who first announced their opposition are
getting into line under the whip and spur
of the ways and means committee, the
friends of the bill have become more con
fident. There is a suggestion that the
poor Puerto Ricang will be compelled to
pay a duty on all flour and fish products
coming from the United States upon which
mey rauBi nve, ana mere wm oe a re
straint of the trade between the United
States and the island. If the House re
fuses to amend the bill, even in that par
ticular, there is a possibility of such
amendment being offered in the Senate,
and It will probably carry. In fact, the
hopes of those who want to see the Pres
ident's views maintained have .received
some encouragement in the Senate, as a
number of Republicans of that body ex
press the opinion that the Puerto Rlcan
bill in its present form cannot carrj
Representative Tongue had a long con
ference with Secretary Root today with
regard to the constitutionality of this
Puerto Rlcan bill. Secretary Root assured
him that he had given this bill a great
deal of very earnest consideration, and
felt assured that the constitutionality
could not be disputed. He also quoted the
decision of the Secretary of the Treasury
to the same effect, anil Mr. Tongue feela
assured that the opinion of the depart
ments is in favor of the bill. Secretary
Rfaot, who is supposed to have drafted this
bill, said that he favored free trade with
Puerto Rico in the end, but that for the
present, and until the commerce and af
fairs of the island become settled and on
a firm basis, he thought that 26 per cent
duty was the wisest solution of the prob
lem. When the vote is taken, not only
Mr. Tongue, but Representative Jones, of
Washington, will In all likelihood be found
voting with then party, as the latter
shows distinct signs of weakening under
the party whip, although his colleague re
tains bis firm opposition to the bill.
.The Indian War Veteraa Bill.
Representative Tongue called on Speaker
Henderson this morning and sought con
sideration for his Indian war veteran bill.
The Speaker manifested a deep interest
in the measure, and consulted with the
chairman of the committee, who promised
to take the bill up for report In a week
Senator McBride and Representative
Moody also spoke to the Speaker and
chairman about the bill, and the result
is it will be given a hearing. The outlook
for its passage is brighter than ever be
fore. If Bernard Moses Is selected for the
Pacific Coast member of the Philippine
Commission, it will cut out John Barrett,
who has been quite favorably considered.
The belief is general that Barrett will be
one of the eoimnissioners to go to Asia to
investigate Oriental trade.
CHICAGO, Feb. 23; President Schur
man, of Cornell University, and former
head of the Philippine Commission, deliv
ered an address before the student body
of Armour Institute today in which ho
forecasted the report and recommenda
tions of the committee soon to be pub
lished at Washington. President Schur
m&n said that he had recommended to ths
President a government and constitution
for the Philippines identically the same as
that framed by educated Filipinos, which
is practically the governmental policy out
lined by Thomas Jefferson for the govern
ment of tho vast territory acquired by
the Louisiana Purchase. 3ar. Schurman
said further he was happy to state that
President MeKinley bad accepted the rec
ommendations and was sending out a sec
ond commission, to put tins government in
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. M. The rein
surance oa the British snip Aasde Thomas
was raised today from 4f to W per cent.
The vessel is bow an dams frem CardlC