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regarding the loes near MInecroy of the
yacht of Count Rudolph Festlcs, with all
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dolph Festlcs and wife left here in their
yacht Tolna November 7, 1SSS, for a cruise
in the South Pacific. Besides the crew,
a small one, no other persons but the
Count and Countess were aboard. The
last neard of the yacht was last Au
gup, when a report reached here that it
had been chased by cannibals while cruis
ing near the Solomon Islands. Their ves
sel was a schooner yacht.
Earthenware Denier Falls.
NEW YORK. April 17. Robert Sllmmon.
dealer in earthenware and glassware, has
I filed a petition in bankruptcy. His llabllK
I ties are $138,371; assets, 1124,413.
Leadership of Buller and War
THEY WILL GO THE WAY OP GATACRE
Troop Are Advancing to Cat Off the
Boers Who Are Investing?
LONDON. Aprll-lS. 4 A. M. The gov
ernment has chosen this as the moment
to publish a dispatch from Lord Roberts
pronouncing; censure upon Sir Redrers
Buller. and Sir Charles Warren, two of
his most important subordinate com
manders. This dispatch, written February
13. has been in the bands of the War
office for five weeks. Just why it is pub
lished now. In the middle of the cam
palm. Is not understood, unless It Is ex
pected that General Buller and General
Warren will ask to be relieved of their
commands. The revelation of their in
capacity must tend to undermine the con
fidence of the troops In their leadership.
Lord Roberts' dispatch, with the en
closures, Is the treat feature of the Lon
don press this morning. In a Ions edi
torial the Dally News speaks of the
"somewhat appalling- language" of the
dispatch, and roes on to say:
"Upon the whole, these dispatches are
disquieting: and disheartening in no ordi
nary degree. Following immediately upon
the .recall of General Gatacre, they indi
cate & widespread feeltnt of uneasiness
The Standard, which Is supposed to be
in the confidence of the government, says:
"It is scarcely likely that the publica
tion of Lord Roberts' dispatch Is with
out a purpose. It irresistibly suggests
whether it is not to be followed by fur
ther Important changes in the South Afri
can commands. 'Painful as such measures
may be, there must be no hesitation in
carrying them out If they ore required in
the public interest."
The Dally Telegraph compliments Lord
Roberts upon "not hesitating, where great
national interests are at stake, to wound
The Dally Chronicle confesses to "a
feeling seeemlng like consternation when
reading the extraordinary passages" of
The Times says:
"Lord Roberts' severe condemnation is
Justified only too clearly by the official
narratives of what took place. The story
is painful, but it is well for tho nation
and for the army that it should be told
clearly and simply, without concealment
or exaggeration. It is not the least of the
great services Lord Roberts Is now ren
dering the country that he exposes with
judicial impartiality and wise, wholesome
severity, errors and omissions in high
quarters which have cost us so very
Whether the government has any special
purpose or not in publishing the dispatch.
the' way in which it has been received!
will make it most difficult to retain the
censured commanders In active service.
.Lord Roberts' long wait and the Boer
activity have seriously disturbed public
equanimity. He is still 300 miles from
Pretoria. No one doubts the ultimate
success of British aims. but. behind the
British' army that crushes the Boer armies
an army of occupation will have to be In
stalled. From various sources hints coma
that more men than are already provided
for will have to be sent out.
Lord Roberts indicates that at least 10.
000 men are advancing to cut off the
Boers who are Investing Wepener. As
there are reports from the Basuto border
that tiring has been heard in the dlrectloa
of the hills toward DA" Wet's Dorp, it Is
possible General Chens ides" advanced
troops are already in contact with the
Boers. Lord Roberts wires that he ex
pected to clear the southeast section oi
the Free State, east of the railway, and
then to swing round to the north and to
turn, one after another, the positions held
by the Boers north of Bloemfonteln.
General Butler's prohibition of all presi
telegrams In Natal until further notice 1
taken to Indicate that a movement it
about to begin there.
BL.CXDERS IX XATAL.
Lard Roberts Dispatch on the Splon
LONDON, April 17. The War Office to
night publishes in the Gazette a -dispatch
from Lord Roberts, da'ed February 1?,
submitting General Butler's d'spatches de
scribing the Spion Kop and other opera
tions from January 17 to January 24. Lord
Rober s dea's severely with General War
ren and s:me others. Eren General Bul
ler does not escape. Lord Roberts com
plains that the plan of operations is not
clearly described In the dispatches. After
sketching General Butler's intentions, as
communicated to Sir Charles Warren, who
commanded the whole force. Lord Rob
erts points out that General Warren seems
to have concluded, after consultation with
his officers, that the (tanking movement
ordered by General Boiler was impracti
cable, and, therefore, so changed the plan
of advance as to necessitate the capture
and retention of Splon Kop. Lord Rob
"As Warren considered it Impossible to
mike the wide flanking movement which
was recommended, if not actually pre
scribed In the flscret Instructions, he
should fcr.hwlth have acquaint d Buller
with tHe course he proposed to adopt.
There is nothing to show whether he did
so or not. But It is only fair to Warren
to point out that Bu ler appears through
out to have been aware of what was hap
pening." Regarding the withdrawal from Splon
Kop. the retention of which had become
essential to the re'.lef of Ladysmlth, Lord
"I regret to be unable to concur wl'h
Buller In thinking Thomeycroft exercised
wife d'scretlon In ordering the tro:pj to
retire I am of the opinion thit Thomejr
croft s assumption of responsibility and
authority was wholly Inexcusable. During
the night the, enemy's Are could not have
ben forxn'dablo, and it would no: have
taken more than two or three hours for
Thomeycroft to communicate by messen
ger with Major-General Coke or War
ren. Coke appears to have left Splon Kop
at 9:30 P. M. for the purpose of consult
ing with Warren. Up to that hour, the
idea of withdrawal had not b?en enter
tained. Yet, a meat Immediately after
Coke's departure. Thomeycroft Issued the
order without reference to superior au
thority, which upset the whole plan of
operations, and rendered unavailing the
sacrifices made to carry it Into effect. On
the other hand, it is only right to say
that Thomeycroft appears to have be
haved in a very gallant manner through
out the day. ...
"It Is to be regretted that Warren did
not himself visit SpLn Kop in the after
roan or evening, knowing as he did that
the state of affairs was very critical, and
that the loss of the position would involve
the failure of the operations. He conse
quently was obliged to summon Coke to
his headquarters, and the command at
Splon Kcp thus devolved on Thomeycroft,
unknown to Coke, who was under the Im
pression that the command devolved upon
Colonel Hill. 03 senior officer. Omissions
or mistakes of this nature may be trifling
In themselves, yet they may exercise an
Important influence over the course of
events, and I believe Buller was Justified
In remarking. There was a want of or
ganization and system which acted mos;
unfavorably on the defense.'
"The attempt to relieve Ladysmith was
well devised, and I agree with Buller In
thinking It ought to have succeeded. That
It failed may in some measure have been
due to the difficulties of the General and
the commanding positions held by the
enemy and probably also to errors of
Judgment and want of administrative ca--piclty
on the part of Warren. But what
ever faults Warren may have committed,
the fal.ure must alto be attributed to the
disinclination of the officer In supreme
command to assert his authority and see
that what ho thought best was done, and
also to the unwarranted and needless as
sumption of responsibility by s subordi
The dispatch concludes:
"Tho gratifying feature of thtse. dis
patches Is the admirable behavior of the
troops throughout the operation."
General Buller report commenting on
General Warren's reports of tho capture
and evacuation of Splon Kop, after dis
puting the correctness of some of War
ren's assertions and describing the dan
gerous situation occupied by Warren's
force, tells how he saw the fore: at Splon
Kop had given way before Warren knew
of it. Buller therefore telegraphed to
"Unless you put a really good hard fight
ing man in command on top, you will lose
the ht.L I suggest Thomeycroft."
General Buller continues:
"I have not thought It necessary to order
an Investigation. If at sundown the de
fense of the summit had been taken in
hand, entrenchments laid out and the
dead and wounded removed, the whole
place would have been brought unrtj; reg
ular military command, and th hills
would have been held, I am eure. But no
arrangements were made. Coke appears
to have been ordered away Just as he
wou'd have been useful, and no one suc
ceeded him. Those on top of the hill were
ignorant of the fact that the guns were
coming up, and generally there was wont
of organization and system that acfed
most unfavorably on the defense. It is
admitted that all of Thorneycroft'-if
mand acted with the greatest gallauuy
throughout the day, and reillv saved the
sltuatlqn. But preparations for the sec.
ond day's defensive should have been or
ganized during the day and commenced at
nightfall. As this was not done, I think
Thomeycroft exercised discretion."
General Warren's report sets forth the
fact that the Splon Kop operations had
not entered into his original plans, as his
Instructions were to occupy a plain north
of It. On consultation with the Command
er-in-Chief January 25. however, when
the question of retiring from or attack
ing Splon Kop was dlecui:d. Warren ex
pressed hi preference for "attacking. This
was successfully accomplished by General
Woodgate. Then came the order of the
Commander-in-Chief to put Thomeycroft
in command on .the summit. In the mean
time. Warren had sent General Coke up
to reinforce him. with orders to assume
.command. Inerfec'ual effo.-tavsrer .-aule
to heliograph Thornej'crofT, and 'ask
whether he had assumed command. To
ward sunset he was finally enabled to get
orders through and concluded the position
could bo held the next day. if guns could
be provided and shelter obtained. Both
those conditions were about to be fulfilled
when "In the absence of Coke, whom 1
had ordered to come and report In person
on the situation, the evacuation took
place under orders given on his own re
sponsibility by Thomeycroft. This oc
curred in the face of the vjgorous protests
of Coke's brigade Major and others."
In conclusion. General Warren said:
"It Is a matter for the Commander-in-Chief
to decide whether there will be an
investigation into the question of the un
authorized evacuation of Splon Kop."
TUB MILITARY OPERATIONS.
Raberts Report Two Relieving
Forces Approaching; Wepener.
LONDON, April 17, 11:10 P. M. The
War Office has received the following dis
patch from Lord Roberts, dated Bloem
fonteln, Tuesday, April 17:
"Our force at Wepener is still surround
ed, but It Is reported that the enemy are
attacking In a very half-hearted manner,
and are anxious about their communica
tions, hearing that forces are approach
ing Wepener from two directions one un
der General Bundle via Reddersburg, and
another under General Brabant, with Gen
eral Hart's brigade In support, via Roux
vllle. "On the rcoccupatlon of Rouxvllle, April
IS, the few Boers there retired, and Gen.
eral Brabant made some important ar
"Violent storms of rain have somewhat
Interfered with the march of these col
ums, but it is hoped they will soon be
able to make their presence more decided
"General Settle reports from Kenhardt,
April 14, that 300 Transvaalers made a
determined attack the previous day on
Dopaspoort. held by a party of Orpon's
Horse. Our losses were two killed and one
wounded. The enemy's losses must have
been heavy, as they applied to us tor doc
tors and an ambulance."
One of Planter's Scoots Safely
Crossed the Doer Lines.
MAFEKING, Saturday. April 7. The
success of Lieutenant Smltheman. the
Rhodeslan scout, who, with the exception
of a Reuter correspondent, a cyclist. Is
the only white man who has entered Mofe
king since the siege began, is likely ts
prove of great value to Colonel Plumer,
to whom he has returned with dispatches,
should Plumer decide to raise the siege of
Mafeklng In earnest.
A Scottish doctor has introduced a meth
od of making nourishing porridge with oat
bran, which is a great boon, and Is solv
ing the question of feeding the natives.
We are now confident of holding out two
months longer. The men In the trenches
are determined to play the game to the
Captain Crewe Dead.
PLUMER CAMP. Friday, via Lourenco
Marques, Tuesday, April 17. A letter has
been received here from Commandant
Synman with reference to the Brlt'sh
wounded and prisoners at the Boer laager
after the engagement of March it, from
which It Is learned that Captain Crewe
died of hip wounds. Lieutenant Milllgan
Is not a prisoner, and is believed to be
among those th.e Boers buried. The Brit
ish casualties were two officers and six
men killed, three officers and 36 men
wounded, and one officer and 11 men made
Itoer Agents at The Ilasrne.
THE HAGUE, April 17. The Minister of
Foreign Affairs and President of the Min
isterial Council, Dr. W. H. Dcbeaufart,
has repaid the visit paid to him by the
Boer peace commissioners. The latter,
with Dr. Leyds. the diplomatic representa
tive of the Transvaal, and Dr. Mullcr. the
Minister here with the Orange Free State,
dined with the Premier this evening.
Chief of Police of Steveston
Hacked to Pieces.
HIS LITTLE DOG BURIED WITH HIM
Was After Stolen Tools In a Chinese
Shade and Two Chinamen, Axe
Arrested for the Crime.
VANCOUVER. B. C., April 17. The
mangled and mutilated remains of Alex
ander Main, Chief of Police of Stoveston,
were found this morning in a hastily made
grave near a cluster of Chinese shacks,
two miles from Steveston. Main had been
missing since Saturday, when he went
to one of the Chinese cabins to search for
some missing tools believed to have been
stolen. He was accompanied by his dog,
and neither man nor dog was seen from
Saturday until this afternoon, when a
rancher named T. Trites. a member of one
of many searching parties, noticed some
fresh-turned earth. Poking with his stick
he felt some resistance, and, hastily re
moving the earth, a most gruesome spec
tacle was revealed. Main's head had been
severed from the body, his arms and legs
broken in several places, and the trunk
hewed and hacked Into small bits. In
the grave with his master was the body of
the little dog, killed so that he would not
carry news of the crime.
Excitement In Steveston over the ghast
ly find is Intense. The town Is in an up
roar tonight. When Main was first missed
there was a general feeling that he might
have died suddenly, as he was known to
suffer from an ailment of the heart.
Two Chinese. In whose shack were found
the stolen tools, are now under arrest,
charged with the murder. They are mar
ket gardeners, their names being Ah
Quong and Jim Chung. The third occu
pant of the hut has fled and cannot be
found. Main was s.-'-n entering this shack
last Saturday, and it Is supposed the cow
ardly Chinese first stabbed him In the
back and then struck him with a mattock.
Main was a large, powerful man. and
there ore evidences of a fearful struggle.
Steveston Is a fishing village near "New
Westminster, where are located 30 can
neries, and during the canning season
there is a floating population of 5000 or
COCO Chinese. Indians and Japanese. To
preserve order. Main in the Summer has
a dozm deputies, and hence his title of
Chief of Police, which he has held for the
past three years.
HOHOLULU FIRE CLAIMS.
Trouble Cnnaed by the Appointment
of a Commission of Lawyers.
HONOLULU, April 10, via San Francisco,
April 17. By on executive order, bearing
date of tho 2d Inst,. President Dole has
created "a court of commissioners to take'
evidence of losses caused by the burning
of Chinatown in Honolulu, and to make
aw&rda and 'Judgments on such losses."
The court is created and commissioners
appointed by authority of President Mc
Klnley. The members-of the court are J.
Alfred Magoon. George A. Davis. Lorrln
Andrews, Amol Kepolka and Alfred A.
Judd, Jr. All the foregoing are members
of the bar. The announcement of their
appointment woo not received with gen
eral satisfaction by the community, and It
Is considered that business men should be
represented on the board. The Chamber
of Commerce has protested against tho
court. The Japanese and Chinese residents
in mass meeting havedenounced It, and
finally the council of state has refused to
appropriate the money necessary for the
court to carry on Its work. The only way
out of the difficulty will be for President
Dole to request the rrstgnatlons of the
court and then appoint new men who
will be acceptable to the business Inter
ests. Owing to the action of the council
of diate, the Court of Claims has closed
At the meeting of the Cabinet today, the
matter of the court was discussed at
length, following which Mr. Magoon was
sent for. Mr. Dole stated to him that the
council of state, having assumed responsi
bility of stopping tho operations of the
court, the executive considered that the
remaining responsibility should rert with
that body, and would advise adjournment
subject to the call of President Magoon.
and there shall be no expense Incurred
pending the appropriation to meet obli
gations. Three claims had been filed and
othersexpected. About 1000 blanks had been
distributed. Mr. Dolo saM that It wart
the wish of the executive that all opera
tions be discontinued. Mr. Magoon an
swered that this would be satisfactory to
"I will certainly not ask the members
of the Court of Claims to resign." said
President Dole, but It !o known that the
public opinion will compel him to change
But one case of plague has been reported
since last advices. The case was that of
a half-caste girl, aged 13 years, ending
fatally. "Two suspicious capes of slckknem
were reported the Cth. at Kool.iu. a small
village on this Island, the attending doc
tor reporting the cases ns Helng plague.
Two physicians from this city were sent
out and after examination declared that
there were no Indications of plague. Hllo
and Kahnlul are both clean again. The
Hllo people have requested that no ship
ments be made from Honolulu.
For the first time since the outbreak of
the plague the steamer Australia wilt be
allowed to carry steerage passengers from
this port for San Francisco. The vessel
will leave here the 17th. with her steerage
packed with men who have been waiting
for months to get out of Honolulu.
A strike Involving 2000 Japanese labor
ers is In progress on the Pioneer planta
tion at Lahaina. The cause of the trouble
Is said to have been a prevailing Impres
sion among the Japanese that the author
ities did not make sufficient investigation
Into the cause of the deaths of the three
Japanese recently killed In the Pioneer
mill. So far there has been no violence,
the men simply refusing to work. Two In
fluential men have cone from here to pac
'fv the plantation laborers.
Robert HoapllI Kokalpukaatn. baker of
the royal family of Ll'ia. of Hawaii, died
the 4th Inst, and was burled yesterday.
THE GOEBEL ASSASSINATION
Grand Jnry Reported Ten Indict,
FRANKFORT. KyZAprlt 17.-The grand
Jury reported Indictments against Caleb
Powers, John Powers. 'Charles FIn'ey.
Wharton Golden and W. H. Culton, as ac
cessories, and against Henry E. Youtsey
Berry Howard. Jim Howard, Harland
Whlttaker and Dick Coombs, charging
them with the wilful murder of Governor
In the Circuit Court today, Jud-rc Can
trell overruled the demurrers to the pe
tition? filed by the Democratic m'nor'state
officers, and sustained the demurrers to
the answers of the Republican officers.
The result Is in favor of the Democrats.
Judge Cantrell ordered spectators
searched for concealed weapons as they
entered the Courthouse today. The Col
son case was called at 11:30. Captain B.
B. Golden and ex-Congressman John H.
Wilson. leading witnesses for the state,
were both absent. Judge Cantrell ordered
telegrams sent to all absent witnesses to
come here at once, and to notify them that
on failure special deputies would be sent
after them. He then adjourned court, giv
ing the defense until 1-30 to decide whether
that side will be ready for trial. When
the Circuit Court reconvened this after
noon and the Colson case was called for
trial. Judge Denny, of Lexington, and
Commonwealth's Attorneys Frankllng and
Burton Vance appeared for the prosecu
tion, and J. A. Scott B. G. Williams,
T. C. Houk and E. F. Mlnnot, of Knox
vlllo, Tenn.. for Colonel Colson.
THE CONGRESS OPENED.
HOUSTON, Tex., April 17. The 11th an
nual session of the Trans-Mlsslsslppl Con
gress was formally opened this morning
by President E. O. S'.onnard. of"St. Louis.
The morning session was taken up with
addresres of welcome and responses there
to. At the conclusion of the first session,
the different state delegations met and
selected a vlce-prcs'dent, executive com
mitteemen and members of the committee
on resolutions and permanent organlza- , wall, and the building of the Nicaragua
tion. All of the states and territories did Canal, together with his assertions that
not act. The selections made included the 8,!ver was not tho dominant issue before
following: the people, were made the Issues of the
Colorado Vice-president, J. Maurice campaign In Alabama, and the sweeping
Finn: executive committeeman, Charles victory which Morgan has gained, deteat
F. Henkel. of Pueblo. 'nf n's opponent In almost every county,
Texas Vice-president. F. P. Holland, of ha3 Given the Republicans great confl
Dailas; executive committeemen. Tom dence. as it Is regarded in a measure as a
Richardson, of Houston, and B. B. Pad- Republican triumph. The Democrats are
dock, of Fort Worth. , equally despondent, as they realize that
Utah Vice-president. John Henry Smith, the People do not believe in the po'Iclea
of salt LaKe; executive committeeman. L.
W. Shurtliff. of Ogden.
Wyoming Vice-president, H. A. Coffen,
Hon. John R. Pitkin, of New Orleans,
was the first speaker, his subject being
"The South and the Seas." He advised
Southern ports to get together and advo
cated the ship subsidy bill now pending
At the conclusion of his address, resolu-
tlons were called for, and several were
Introduced, among them three indorsing
the merchant marine subsidy bill now
pending in Congress. Indorsing the Nica-
SS'T, C.anaI' a,dTSa,,'?K sta,,elod fsoon to' protect the salmon In Alaskan
New Mexico, and Indorsing efforts to e?
cure deep water at Houston. Mr. Mont
gomery, of Co'orado, Introduced a resolu
tion instructing the Pres'dent to request
W. J. Brynn. as ex-president of the Con
gress, to attend the sessions of the Con
greys. With a few dissenting votes, the
rules were suspended, and the resolution
was adopted. F. B. Thurber, of New
York, then read an address, saying in
"As a rule the same, methods which are
successful In developing a home market
will be successful abroad. Show your
goods and advertise them. 'First catch
the yee. then appeal to tho reason.' Of
course, this must be done by competent
representatives in the language of the
country. Ever since the confusion of
tongues at the Tower of Babel diversity
of languages has been a barrier to com-
merce. We must teach modem languages
In high schools and educate our young
men as our competitors for the world's
trade are educating theirs. We must have
permanency and promotion in our consu
lar service, international banks, ocean ca
bles, and all that makes for wider mar
kets. "While the lnteres's or labor and cap
ital sometimes diverge on the question of
how the profits of Industry shall be divid
ed, they nre absolutely "identical on the
question of keeping those industries going;
and the party which will keep the work
Ingmon's dinner-pall full is the party
which ought to be kept in power, for it
means good markets for the farmer, good
profits for the merchant, employment for
tho professional classes, and prosperity
George B. Harrison, Jr.. of Missouri,
followed In an address on the consular
service. He suggested o plan upon which
a system could be built that would more
nearly meet the demands made upon It,
He urged establishment upon a perma
nent basis Independent of politics per
manency of tenure In office, some definite
and fixed plan of appointment, with a
rigid examination as to qualifications of
those making applications; the eradication
of the fee system and the prnctlce of ap-
pointing as consular repreeentitivcs those
who ate" not American citizens or who
are engaged In other business; regulated
promotloris; the retention of the present
method of consular reports, and their
publication; special tra'nlng in an acad
emy edtabl.shed by the Government: In
connection with which academy there
should be a National Commercial Museum,
At tne conclusion of the address. Mr.
Harrison Introduced a resolution reaffirm
ing the declaration of the Congress at
Wichita in favor of a trained nonparti
san consular service.
Mr. Young, of Utah, arose to a question
of privilege and declared the resolution Puerto Rico, and that the Republican suc
lnvltlng Mr. Bryan to be present had a i cess In the state had been Jeopardized by
political motive. The Comrrtss did not ! ., h. hirf nn vinniiv -n"ntnon hi
taKe that view of the matter, and the in-
vitatlon stood. The Congress adjourned
until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.
ELECTION IN LOUISIANA.
Democratic Ticket, Headed by neard,
Swept the State.
NEW ORLEANS. April 17. The election
today in Louisiana for members 'of the
Legislature and a full state ticket re-
suited In a Democratic landslide. The
ticket, headed by W. W. Heard, swept
the state, and the Legislature Is over
whelmingly Democratic. Tho Democratic
majority in tho state will exceed 25,000.
based on returns already In. and may
Coenr d'AIene Investigation.
WASHINGTON, April 17. Dr. Hugh
France continued his testimony before the
Coeur d'Aleno Investigation today. It
was directed mainly to showing the care
taken of those prisoners sent to the hos
pital, and tho substantial character of the
food served. After considerable contro
versy, the finding of the Coroner's Jury
was admitted as evidence. This Is a very
long recital of the history of the disorder,
with the names of the many men ac
cused and suspected. The committee ad
journed until Thursday.
Law for the Carter Case.
WASHINGTON, April 17. Tho bill rec
ommended by Attorney-General Griggs, in
tended to remedy certain defects of legal
administration developed In connection
with the case of ex-Captain Oberlln M.
Carter, was Informally discussed today
by the House committee on Judiciary. It
was decided to print the recent decision
of Judge Brown, the recommendations of
the Attorney-General, and other Informa
tion, preparatory to passing on the meas
Illinois FlaK Law Unconstitutional.
PEORIA. 111.. April 17. A special to the
Journal from Springfield says the Illinois
Supreme Court today handed down an
opinion that the advertising flag law Is unconstitutional.
Proves the Popularity of Expan
sion in the South.
DEMOCRATS GETTING DESPONDENT
Senator Perkins Withdraws Dla Ala
lea Salmon BUI Sumpter Dank
Applies for a. Charter.
WASHINGTON, April 17.-The sweeplng
triumph of Senator Morgan In Alabama
has been freely commented upon in Wash
ington, and it Is believed that so far na
possible It Indicates the feeling of the
country upon the great subjects before tho
people at the present time. According to
the opinion here. It means that the people
are In favor of expansion and the Nicara
gua Canal, and are not the least concerned
as to the silver question. Morgan's pro
nounced position In favor of the retention
of the Philippines, the annexation of Ha-
: """ lae' are aavocaung at tnis time.
Perkins Salmon Bill Withdrawn.
On account of the objection to his bill
"to protect the solmcn Industries of Alas
ka." Senator Perkins has withdrawn tho
measure, and will not press Its considera
tion. The Senator siys he feels confident
his bill was in the interest of the salmon
men, but they, through the Oregon and
Washlnirtnn Rrantnr hnrt rronfiut nh
' n ODI)OS,tlon to the measUre that rather
an opposition to the measure that rather
than permit any friction with these two
states, he will allow the matter to rest,
for tho present session at least. Ho says.
however, that if some steps are not taken
waters, they will be exterminated, and
thoie who are now protesting against tha
bill will seek relief when It is too late.
Sampler Rank Wants a Charter.
Application has been made for a Na
tional charter for the First National Bank
of Sumpter. Or., with a capital of $."5,(00.
The application is made by A. P. Goss,
John T. English. A. Welils, Seymour H.
Bell and William Stlnson.
Xlckea Stands a Poor Show.
Johnson Nlckcus. of Tacoma, Is In Wash
ington, seeking the app Intment of Consul-General
at Yokohama. NIckeus haa
the Indorsement of Representative Cush
man. It Is not believed that he will be
appointed, owing to the fact that some
years ago he had some trouble at Toco-
, ""' tson why h should not be
' ra," ,n ?-. sh0U " J
mo, which his enemies are bringing for-
appointed, and It means; a fight on his
confirmation In the Senate, even if the
President should be Induced to name him.
The impression prevails that NIckeus will
learn that it is useless to press his claim,
A Wabbllnjr Congrresanian,
When the Puerto Rican bill finally
passed the House, one of the most vigor
ous speeches made In favor of It was by
Watson, a Republican from Indiana. Con
siderable Interest attached to Watson's
remarks from the fact that he was ono
of the early leaders In the fight against
the action of the ways and means com
mittee, and even went so far as to go
about with a paper trying to size up tha
number who would stand with him to de
feat the bill. He was in all the confer
ences of the Republican opponents of that
measure up to within a few days of the
first vote. Then he began to wabble, was
called to the White House, and seen by
a number of other people, and finally
voted with the ways and means committee
against his convictions, and against what
the people wanted. Watson had to go
home immediately to see about his re
nomlnation. The reports from his Con
gressional d'strlct showed that he had a
very hard time to be renominated. It was
' freely stated that had not the delegates
been selected as Watson men before ho
j cast his vote, he would certainly have
. been defeated. He explained and re-ex-
. plained to the people how he voted In ae-
cordance with the wishes of the President,
and gave that as an excuse for voting
against what the people wanted and
against his own convictions.
j when Watson came back he began Im-
' mediately to confer with the Republicans
opposed to the Puerto Rican tariff. Ho
assured them that they were right; that
his vote came very near costing him hla
renomlnatlon; that the State of Indiana,
i was In favor of absolute free trade with
came corked, from ono cause or another.
nnd he stopped talking In that line, and
when the time came to vote upon the bill,
which would mean sending It to the Pres
ident, he was not only found voting with
the waj-3 and means committee, but he
made the most rampant ard foolish speech
of any man in favor of the bill,
Inspcctor-GenernI of Alaska.
Captain Herbert E. Tutherly, of the
First Cavalry, now stationed at tore.
Yates. N. D has been ordered to report
to Brigadier-General Randall, in command
, nf thp DeDartment of Alaska, for assign
ment as Acting Inspector-uenerai oi ma
Mutiny on the Tartar.
SAN FRANCISCO. April 17. The trans
port Tartar, which has been released from
quarantine. Is to be turned over to her
owners by the Government.
When the Tartar was a few days out
from Manila the 47 discharged soldlem
who were being brought home, were given
various tasks to do by Quartermaster-Captain
Davis, but the soldiers rebelled, and
claimed that, having been discharged,
they were traveling as ordinary citizens.
On the vessel's arrival here the matter
was submitted to General Shatter, who has
decided that the men were in no way
amenable to the army regulations, and
should be released when the vessel left
Rattles In Colombia.
KINGSTON. April 17. News received
here from Colombia says two big battles
hove been fought at Matamundo and Pra
dera. where the rebel forces under Gener
als Rosa. Ibcse and Calcedo were com
pletely routed, a large number being killed,
wounded or taken prisoners. The Colom
bian Government has sent 6.000 additional
troops north. Peace Is reported to be com
pletely restored In the department of Mag
Platrae nt Osaka.
WASHINGTON. April 17. General Wy
man has received a cablegram from the
surgeon In charge at Yokohama, eaylnC
that the plague Is now prevalent In Osaka.
The quarantine will be reimposed.