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YOL. XIX. NO. 4.
PO-RTLANP, OREGON, SUNDAY MOANING, JANUARY "28, 1900.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
REPORTS NO CHANGE
The Only News From the Seat
of War in Africa.
DISPATCH FROM jOENERAL'RSBERTS
Many Unconfirmed Bnmon of "British
Reverses in, Aatal General Bali
LONDON. Jan. 28, 4i30 A. MtoMy
news issueS by the war' office Surlng-fie
night was a dispatch from. JjortfjjKiJerpb
dated yesterday (Saturday), stattogtnat
the situation Is unchanged, 4ndthatGen
eral French reports a. reconhOlssahce of
the enemy's .position Thursday, -when he
found the Boers strongly posted at Tiet
f onteln. The maps do not show any .such
p.ace in the region of General French's
operations, and It is probable that ,Jteit
fontein, 10 miles north of Colesburg$s;
the place alluded to. . r.
A special 'dispatch from. Colesburg,
dated "Wednesday, January 24, says jfhat
Commandant Lucas Meyer'js commando
surprised and surrounded a strong body
of General Methuen's infantry, killing and
grounding 23 and capturing 15.
The absence of news frdm the front is
causing public attention to turn to -the
approaching opening of parliament, .and
speculation as to how the .government will
meet the attacks on It with regard to the
causes and conduct of the war, a fore
taste of which has already been given m
the speeches of John Mprley and others
in the past week... The government's
defense is perhaps .foreshadowed by the
speeches made at Birmlhgnam last even
ing by Jesse Collins and J. Austin Cham
berlain. Relief of Mnfckln&r.
LOUHENCO MARQUES Jan. 27. It is
reported on good Transvaal authority that
Mat eking was relieved January 23.
2VO EXPLANATION OFFERED.
London in the Doric hs to the Cause
of Warren's Move.
LONDON, Jan. 27. The "war office has
no news of the calastrqphe to Butler's
force reported; from Berlin, and discredits
the story. Neither has theMwar office any
explanation, at 3e&stiteir publication, of
the abandonment of Splotfkbp, and tnere
are no advices in this connection from
British sources. The evacuation is today
regarded as not so serious as at first
thought, and commentaries are abusing
the military authprities, both at the front
and at hom&for publishing hasty ac
counts of ifn incomplete, half-understood
operation, thus alternately thrilling ana
depressing the nation.
Q.he afternoon papers describe the .gen
eral's dispatch as unpleasant reading to
the British people, intensely mortifying to
national pride, and damaging to the coun
try B prestige, and scathingly denounce
the rWnff. vyis nTMSflBfi ttCT"f Ta
&trt xeMcu: theGSfc-James's GazeuJrsaysf
"fllspla academic frivolity not uncom-H
j&only found in combination with conceit
and practical Incapacity-" The Gazette
dams up Its position as follows:
"These dlspatcnes show the folly -which
has prevailed throughout the period ol
the campaign, and -which has exacted its
usual tithe of lives and men."
There are signs of Important movements
developing in the north of Cape Colony.
General French has succeeded ,in getting
in touch with General Gatacre, possibly
presaging a combination of the two col
umns and commencement of a concentra-?
ton of forces, which is believed to be the
groundwork of Lord Roberts plan of
Thewar office announces that the cas
ualties reported by Huller yesterday 'oc
curred in the battalions of General Lyttle
tons brigade, which, so far as known at
the war office, "was not engaged In the
capture or defense of Splonkop. It ap
pears, therefore, that they are additional
to tbje considerable casualties which Bul
ler has reported as having occurred at
The defense committee of the war office
met this afternoon, Lord Salisbury pre
There are reiterated rumors that the
gravest kind of news from Natal Is being
concealed by the war office. It is even
said that Buller's forces are in full re
treat. It is Impossible to confirm or deny
the reports, as the officials maintain si
lence as to the rumors. They say they
nave nothing for publication, 'it is evi
dent, however, from the -war office an
nouncement that the casualties reported
by Buller occurred in Lyttleton's brigade,
which, apparently was not engaged at
Splonkop, that there has been severe fight
ing not yet reported.
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, chancellor of
the exchequer, came to London purposely
to attend the defense committee, meeting,
and Joseph Chamberlain, secretary or
Etate for the colonies, gave up other en
gagements for the same reason. Lord
Wolseley, commander - In - chief of the
forces, "was also present at the meeting of
Suspense In London is quite as trying
as at any time in the past fortnight. The
"General Buller is very .sorry to say
that Splonkop has been abandoned. So
we dare say is General "Warren, for it
Jcnocks the bottom out of his tactics.. His
tactics were to move on Acton Homes
with a week's supply of .food and ammu
nition." The Morning Post says:
"The Boers appear to have no lack of
men for it turns out that the affair of
Tuesday at Cheveley -was not a British
bat a Boer reconnoissance, and the Boer
efforts against Ladysmith have increased."
There is no confirmation of the reports
c'rculated in the United States that Gan
cal Clery has been defeated by the Boers.
"When last heard from Clery was partici
pating In "Warren's movement
The war office has decided to embody
two additional militia battalions and an
other battery -of artillery.
SPEECHES AT BIRMINGHAM.
J. Austin Chamberlain and Jesse
Collins Defended "War Poller.
LONDON, Jan. 27. Joseph Chamberlain,
who expected to attend the banquet of
the B.rmingham jewelers and silversmiths
this evening, was unable to be present,
owing to the 'holding of the meeting of the
defense committee. His place was taken
hy the Hon. Jesse Collins, under-secre-tary
of state for the home office, and J.
Austin Chamberlain, civil lord of the ad
miralty. The former, replying to a toast to "Her
Majesty's Ministers," deplored the atti
tude of the press In Tegard to the war In
South Africa. He said there had been no
muddle in its conduct, and the" facts, when
known would show there had been no war
In which more foresight, skill and care
cad been displayed by the government
than the present one. The reerses, he
declared, only increased the determina
tion to prosecute the work to the end.
The war Involved the question whether
Great Britain would maintain her position
r sink Into an insignificant third-rate
' Austin Chamberlain, in the course of "hi
remarks, said that If Great Britain had
shirked her responsibility the price" paid
would have been the loss in. the near fu
ture of. South Africa, and hei? separation
In the not remote future from those great
branches of the Anglo-Saxon stock -whose
loyalty wuich was due to their confidence-
In Great Britain's power to see right done
her subjects in every portion of the world
was so dear to Great Britain.
STARTLING RUMORS IN BERLIN.
Warren's Division Said to Have Been
Defeated, "With 'Terrible Loss.
BERLIN, Jan. 27. It is said that the
German foreign office has confirmation of
the report that General "Warren's division
has been crushed.
, Some of the papers here claim to have a
telegram from Pretoria saying that Gen
eral "Warren was enticed Into Splonkop,
4 where the Boers fell upon him; that 17
or his cannon were captured, and that
Buller's hasty retreat over the Tugela
river alone can save him. The alleged
Pretoria telegram adds that the British
losses were S00 men killed and 1500 men
wounded. The dispatch comes through
i Brussels, and does not Ter.filv much cre-
dence in this city.
THE MURDER OF AMERICANS
Covrboys Plan to Invade Mexico and
Avensre the Killing:.
DALLAS, Tex., Jan, 27. A special to'
the News from El Paso says:
Friends of George- Lunt and Charles
Burns, of El Paso, reported last night to
have been killed with four other Amer
icana by General Torres at the recent
round-up of Yaqul Indians, today made
formal application to the United States
consul, Charles W. Kindrlck, at Juarez,
for a full investigation of the affair. H.
J. Coburn, now here from, BlEbee, Ari2.,
says the cowboys and miners In Southern
Arizona and New Mexico have organised,
and are preparing to Invade Sonora and
avenge the murder of the six prospectors.
They will fight against the Mexican troops
for the Independence of the Sonora and
the Taqui nation, and he Is of the opin
ion that the contemplated movement Vill
be crowned with success.
The El Paso Times, edited by Captain
Juan S. Hart, Cuban Interpreter for the
evacuation commission, and a captain of
the immunes, will say tomorrow:
"The six men who are said to have been
dispatched in Spanish style by Torres
claimed to be American prospectors. They
were by accident found near a YaquI
camp. No proof of any guilt had "been
presented to the world, only the news of
a merciless death to each, probably or
dered by Diaz himself. If an investiga
tion of these facts turns out as reported,
then Sonora may say good-bye to the Mex
ican "republic. The history of Texas may
be repeated. President Diaz should dis
claim at once the accusation that his
armies have shot Innocent Americans In
Sonora, and he should warn his authorities
to avoid friction which can only end by
a repetition of the Texas Invasion."
BUBONIC PLAGUE SERUM.
Marine" "Hospital Service Will Bo
"Ready if Disease Reaches America.
CHICAGO, Jan. 27. A dispatch to e
Tribune from "Washington says:
Under the supervision of Dr. "Waller
Wyman, the marine bospltal" laboratory
.has begun the manufacture of a serum
as an antitoxin for .bubonic plague, to be
used if the plague should reach this coun
try. The work was begun two months
ago, and it will be four months before it
is completed. Dr. "Wyman said tonight
that he thought it better to be on the
safe side. The serum being manufactured
is what is known as the yersln serum,
and Is at present the only remedy known.
Flngrne Order Affects Rice Market.
SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 27. The orders
of the marine hospital service, prohibit
ing Importations from foreign ports at
which bubonic plague has appeared, .have
already "affected the rice market. Rice
from Asiatic ports comes especially under
the ban, since it is almost Invariably
the case that rats accompany Tlce car
goes. Orders are already beginning to be
received for carload lots of rice from San
Francisco and other Pacific coast points,
and the price has advanced half a cent a
pound In consequence. The Pacific slope
demand Is supposed to arise from the
large Chinese population.
Plague Scrnm for Honolulu.
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. The surgeon
general of the marine hospital service to
day had shipped to Honolulu 1900 doses
of haffklne prophylactic. Fifteen hun
dred doses of this serum were sent to
Honolulir about 10 days ago.
GOMPERS AT WHITE HOUSE
Advocated Legislation for the "Worlc
Ingmnn. "WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. Samuel -Gomp-ers,
president of the American Federation
of Labor, accompanied by other repre
sentatives of labor Intersts, had a confer
ence with the president today to urge upon
him their desire that he should advocate
certain legislation in which they are in
terested. They want an eight-hour law for
all government work, a law to prohibit
the produet of convict labor to be trans
ferred from one state to another, and a
law to restrict the authority of the fed
eral courts In the Issuance of injunctions
in labor troubles.
Mr Gompers filed with the president In
formal charges. agalnstclaude M. John
son, director of the bureau of engraving
and printing. The charges allege ineffi
ciency and partiality in the conduct of the
affairs of the office.
A RAILROAD CHANGE.
Consolidation of General Agencies of
Three Western Roads.
OMAHA, Neb , Jan. 27. It Is announced
at Union Pacific headquarters that the
Union Pacific, Oregon Short Line and the
Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company
have decided upon the consolidation of
general agencies. Heretofore each road
has maintained separate general agencies
in the same towns. From this on one
agent will look after the business of all
three roads in the various cities. In
the East the joint agent will be a Union
Pacific man, in Short Line territory a
Short Line man will be theagent, and
on the Pacific coast the business will be
looked after by Oregon Navigation men.
It Is announced the men thrown out of
positions by this consolidation will be
taken care of elsewhere.
A Vanderbil Engagement.
NEWPORT, R. L,tVJan. 27. The report
of the engagement of 'Alfred G. Vanderbllt
to Miss Elsie French, of New York, Is
generally credited In this city, and it is
believed that it will be formally an
nounced upon the return of the young
lady from her present trip abroad with
her mother, and that the marriage 'Will
DANGER OF RETREAT
Bulfepbosition Deltibed by a
SAFETY LIES -IN -AN ADVANCE
Warren -May .Yet Defeat the Boers at
Another PointReported Relief
LONDON, Jan. 27. Spencer "Wilkinson,
whose articles on the war-situation have
attracted much attention here and abroad,
wrote the following review of the situa
tion for the Associated Press at midnight,
after the war office bad given out a tele
gram from General Roberts, dated at
Cape Town, Saturday, saying there was
no change in the situation:
"The affair of Splonkop appears very
like a reverse at the decisive point of the
decisive battle. According to General
Buller's telegram. General "Warren was
determined to take the hill because it com
manded the enemy's othe'r positions. Hav.
ing- taken' it Tuesday night, he abandoned
it "Wednesday night, presumably because
he was unable to hold it. The published
words of General Buller'a telegram, have
the tone In which a reverse is announced.
Whether the mishap can be made good
it is impossible to say.
"A general attacking has, to some ex
tent, the power of making his own de-
i clsive point. General "Warren may yet
beat the enemy by successes at some
other point, or he may "retake Splonkop
and keep it, but unless, one way or an
other, the- battle now going on can be
won, there Is no probability of Ladysmith
being relieved. -r
"General Buller, unless successful will
be In a critical position, for his army's
retreat would be-a difficult operation, 'ihe
main Boer force Is "as near to any point
on the railway as Is General "Warren's
wing of Buller's army, and the Boers have
the advantage of speed. For this reason,
as well as because of the Importance of
his purpose to relieve General White, we
may expect General Buller to do his very
utmost before giving up the attempt,, and
In. this necessity lies the best hope of "suc
cess. "The American clvlL war showed how
rifled flrearmsr by rendering assault dif
ficult, produced battle's' listing several
days, and as, since theri, the range and
rate of firing- have been daily increased,
the prolongation of the duration of battles
was to be expected But without a fuller
knowledge thanJe telegrams as yet
afford, it is ndtt;posslble clearly to in
terpret the episodes of the unfinished
"The report from Boer sources that
Mafeking has been relieved is credible, for
Colonel Plumer has been persistently
working In that direction, and there has
been enough time since he was last heard
of, near Gaberopes, for him to cover the
intervening distance. Moreover, the Boerg
have wisely been concentrating their
TK SACRIFICE LADYSMITH...
Roberts, It Is Said, Is In Favor of
Moving? on Bloemfontein.
NEW YORK, Jan. 27. Dispatches from
London say that the military experts,
newspapers and people In the street take
a gloomy view of the situation on the
Tugela, it being the general belief that
Buller's Jlanking movement has failed as
'completely as his frontal movement of last
month. The idea prevails that the war
office has news whlch.lt Is keeping from
the public, and that the list of casualties
which was given out yesterday does not
cover the losses of General Warren frptn
"the annoying fire" spoken of by General
Since the flanking movement began, Jan
uary 10, General Buller has reported 60
killed and 59S wounded and CO missing.
It is remembered how his casualty list
grew from day to ay after the defeat
last month, and it is feared the losses of
the past few days have been frightful.
Buller is criticised for the form of hla
message, which reads as though he was
trying to saddle the blame for defeat
The new British reverse Is likely to have
a disheartening effect upon the beleaguered
garrison of Ladysmith, but for whom
the campaigning would hae been con
ducted on a very different plan. Letteis
written when the siege of Ladysmith be
gan were very sanguine. A letter writ
ten about the middle of December said
the besieged had Tatlons fcr six weeks,
and, according to all reports, the food
question must be pressing. The latest
message from Ladysmith reported 12
deaths. In one day from enteric fever and
Lord Roberts, at Cape Town, has been
almost forgotten In the excitement over
the fighting at the Tugela. Roberts is
in no way responsible for the operations
for the relief of Ladysmfth, for they have
been conducted under advices from the
war office in London. It was said some
time ago that Roberts favored leaving
Ladysmith to Its fate and marching on
Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free
State. It Is understood that Roberts'
advices Indicate there will be fighting In
the western district soon, the British
armies having been reinforced, and the
plight of KImberley being urgentt
LEYDS IN BERLIX.
Says the Boers Do "Sot Need to Apply
BERLIN, Jan. 27. The North German
Gazette this afternoon says that Dr.
Leds, diplomatic agent of the Transvaal,
who has arrived here for the celebration
of the emperor's birthday, was received by
Count von Bulow, minister for foreign
affairs, today. tThe Lokal Anzeiger pub
lishes the report of an. Interview with
Leyds, in which he was quoted as saving
his presence In Berlin has nothing to do
with politics, but is due merely to an in
vitation to a diplomatic' dinner, which
he had received from the Imperial chan
cellor. He proposed to remain some days,
but had no political designs.
Regarding medfatlon, Leyds- said, the
Boers had no occasfon to appeal to any
one. Every thjbg was . going Splendidly.
Ab to the qoncluslon of peace, "his personal
opinion was that Great Britain would
have to return a large portion of the ter
ritory she had seized from the Boers, and
the federal republics wo"uld, of course, ob
tain every guarantee that not a hair of
the heads of their kinsmen would suffer.
No words, he continued, need be wasted on
the absolute independence of the two re
publics. Ladysmith, Mafeking and "KIm
berley, Leyds added., were simply pris
ons, with the sole difference that the
British had to consume their own pro
visions. PRO-BOER MEETING IN CHICAGO.
Speeches Made, Resolutions Adopted,
and n- Collection Taken Up.
CHICAGO, Jan. 27f A mass meeting of
nearly 3000 people in JMuslc hall tonight
Invelgbed against Twar and expressed sym
pathy for the Boers Im their atruggle
against Great Britain. The meeting wai
under the auspices of the women of th
Holland Society, who are raising funds f
the Red -Cross work in the Boer arm
J. Schuyler, who Is pres!dent of theTtoj
IUHU OUU1CLJ', Wfis llic iiiOk arcane. 'TiA'
he was speaking the Boer colors were e"a;
ried down the hall and were, cheeredi
their way to the platform. Dr. EraiKv
Hirsch made an address on the horr
war. He said that England's position
tne OUigrowtn Gt a tuuu aiiu uiuieu -spirit-
The closing speech was made by Jenkln
which were adopted unanimously, declar
ing that the South African republics are
fighting for the same eternal principles
that moved bur forefathers In their strug
gles against England a century ago, and
that the hearts of the American people
are with them In their brave and righteous
effort to preserve their country and their
homes from an Invading foreign foe.
Several thousand dollars were raised
through ,the sale of geafs and collections,
and will be devoted to fitting out a hos
pital corps for the Boers
Boca; Account of Monday's Fight.
KBOER CAMP, Modderspruit, Upper Tu
gela,. Jan. 23 The British are now endeav
oring to force, with 40,000 troops, the
Spronkop route to Ladysmith. Tle firing
on Geiieral Botha's position yesterday was
terrific. The mrass was fired, rock's dis
lodged and trencheaplerced, but the battla
was practically one-sided, the federals-
only firing 30 shots A ball from a shelly
landed In General Botha's pocket. The ,
only Boer casualties were some horses
Tho flrlntr onocwl nf rJnrlr hllf wn.n TP-
sumed this morning In the vicinity OV
Lad smith and here, but' up to noon' lWJMfffP absent. Berry had no vote
Loyalty in India.
CALCUTTA, Jan. 27. A monster meet
ing of Hindus and Mohammedans in the
town hall, here today passed a resolution
expressing .unswerving loyalty and attach-1
ment to the throne, and decidlpg to offer"
prayers for the victory of the British lnv
all places of wdrshlp. The meeting also
subscribed 63,'O0O( rupees toward the Man
sion Honsfl fund for the relief of the wid
ows and families of the victims of the 4
South African war.
London "Volunteer Infantry Sail.
LONDON, Jan. 27. The last detachment
of the infantry section of London volun
teers, numbering 134 men, left for South
ampton this morning, en route to Spilth
Africa, The enthusiasm of the spectators
was not so notlceahle as on nrevloiis oc
casions. The battery section and ammuru-
tlon column, completing the regiment, Tfjll,
leave next Saturday.
Beatrice Incident Closed. '
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. The American
shippers whose goods were on the British
ship Beatrice, seized off the African coast
by British warships, have had news to the
effect that the vessel was released six
weeks ago, and that the goods which were
landed at East London have In large part
been sold. Therefore, it is believed that
this incident is closed.
Canadians Sail From Halifax.
HALIFAX. N. S., .Jan. 27 The iMoandJi
detachment t 'the seconcT Cptiq,dfanf Cpn,s
,tlngent to South Africa embarkeapn(th,h
Pomeranian today, Earthing throtigh tho
city on their way .to the transport. After
Inspection they were addressed by Lieutenant-Governor
Daly and Mayor Hamil
ton, who wished them Godspeed.
JIacrnm Sails for Home.
PARIS, Jan. 27. Chartes E. Macrum,
ex-United -States cousul at Pretoria, left
here this .morning for Cherbourg, in
tending to sail today.
CARNEGIE ON POPULARITY.
His Remarks at & Dinner Given by
the Lotus Club, of Ncv York.
NEW YORK, Jan. 27. Andrew Carnegie
was the guest of '"honor at a dinner given
by the Lotus Club tonight. There were
numerous speakers, chief among them
belne Andrew Carnetrle. President Law
rence, of the Lotus Club; President Setn.
iiow and vv. Bourke cockran. In the
course of his speech, Mr. Carnegie said:
"To be popular Is easy; to be right,
when right Is unpopular, Is difficult. When
the passions are roused and the war fever
rages, any man can be popular who hdwls
for war, but the m5st valuable citizen of
the state at that time will probably be -the
citizen who oppdses the drawing of the
sword. The heroes of political life are..
not those who stir the lowest passions of
the people, but those who have stood
agalnBt their governments, demanding jus
tice for countries other than their own.
I 'repudiate with scorn the Immortal doc-
trine, 'Our country. Tight or wrong.' If
uiy cuunuy is wrong, or my inena is
wrong, I am their best friend If 'I en
deavor to show both that for a moment
they have been led astray, have deserted
the path of hdnor, or mercy, or justice.
I have never written a work which my
conscience djd not impel mo to write nor
stood for a cause that I did not consider
holy. When my country is wrong, may
she receive tho lesson that righteousness
exalteth a nation. The flag we all love
and revere we love and revere for what it
stands for. It should "be the Bymbol of
whatsis Tight, noble and just He is no
patriot who encourages his country to take
the wrong path. Not he who follows but
he who leads public opinion In the right
path is the best citizen, who, above all
others, should be most highly honored."
' d' i
Insurgent Movement Spreading;
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 27. In spite
of the rigidity of the censoiship, Ven
ezuela mail news Indicates continued ac
tivity by and in behalf of t&s Hernandez
revolution, wblchjis spreading, the gov
ernment having failed to divert public
excitement from domestic politics by al
leged wanton provocation of the diplo
matic complications with France. A week
ago the Insurgent 'headquarters were
strongly established at San Fernando de
Apure, under the pbRular triumvirate in
behalf of ' Hernandez, who was advanc
ing from the Colombian frontier, the pop
ulacevaccla!mlng him as the only DOslbTe
pacificator of the anarchistic, element
which was reducing the country.
Brazilian Force Ordered to Acre.
RIO JANEIRO, Janw27. Brazilian gun
boats, besides a farcjpf troops, have
been ordered t.o pTOfeeei to Acre to en
force the protocol agreed upon between
Bolivia and. Brazil? and to protect all
Ex-Minister Phelps Sinking:. .
' NEW HAVEN, Conn,, Jan. 28. The con
dition or Hon. E J. Phelps, ex-minister
to England, who is 111 with pneumonia at
his home here, remained practically un
changed until last evening,"- when hewas
not so well, and shortly'af ter midnight he
was reported as st'll alive. This morning
he was very weak, and It would, not sur
prise those in attendance if he did not
survive the night
tolfrapripTesjLWQie in the Kentucky
s - rr -jf,-
DEftiOjCKTJC? MAJORITY OF SIX
' , tf , , . .
I Result , RSarded as a Forecast of
the Vote on the Contest tor
- x Governor.
' FRANKF'oRT, Ky., Jan. 27. The first
actual test or strengn Between tne repuD
i llcan and democratic forces In the Goebel-
Taylor contest came today, and by the
admission of the republican leaders proved
a victory for Goebel. The aemocrats claim
the result of today's struggle as decisive,
while the republicans, although freely ad
mitting a defeat, declare that they will
fight to the finish, and have still strong
hopes of retaining Governor Taylor in his
seat. ", ,
The ntrht todav.pame on the vote of the
nTOOBS the contest brougnt Dy H. a.
Vanmeter, of Fayette county, for the seat
heretofore held by Henry S. Berry. Both
W realized the test of real strength
H-ld DB made on thls Issue' and every
hoUBe in the contest brought by H. S.
i ellott was maae to get out tne largest
The vote In favor of Van-
,mterwas 51 to,45. Hayes (rep.) and Sledge
ucuauac Ui. ilia ututaujiui lllieiel iu me
.contest. " Speaker Trimble did not vote. The,
matter came to a vote on the question
of the adoption of one of two reports from
the committee on the contest The repub
licans, being In the majority on the com
mittee, presented a majority report in fa
,vor ofc -Berrlr. The one democratic mem
bersOithe'conlmittee submitted a minor
ity FeportJEirf favor of the seating of "Van
meter." The decision of the house was reached
upon a motion to substitute the minority
report jin favor of Vanmeter for the ma
jority -feortt in favor of Berry. As the
call proceeded, Representative Baird, who
Was ,. oonfllderefl dnuhtfnl bv both sides.
ollnioAito vote. Cochran was the first
democrdlt id vote tor Berry, Egbert fol
lowed him, then came Girder, Lafferty,
Orr, HlUoh and Wllllngham. When the
call wdsfhilshed, the vote was 46 to 43,
several niembers nresent not votlncr. Ek-
Bgf ctfahged his vote, making it 47 to 45
jjn$avor,.or vanmeter. on the can ror
qaelite'e; Baird sided with Vanmeter,
emp'protic dheers greeting him as he an
nouncethla" vote. Three more democrats
wKohM not responded to the roll cafl
voted for the minority report, and the clerk
announced the total, 51 to 45". The majority
report, as amended by the minority report,
was then adopted; and then Vanmeter was
declared a member of the house.
. There wafe much wrath In the republi
can" ranks over the failure of E. F. Hayes,
of Pulaski county, to vote. He failed to
put in an appearance at the slate house,
and was seen at the depot a few minutes
before a, train left After that ttfa remih-
sUSigaiOTLKsu ms?t nr , culd .
j(tUlfpiO U,l WS UUUJW&11 tUUliUlllCC lUtU'O
$Mi although they spent, the afternoon li
tlie, starch. Adjutant-General Collier hur
riedlj? impressed an engine oh the Louis
ville & Nashville and made a flying trip
to Lexington in the effort to find Haye3
and bring him back. On reaching Lexing
ton he was informed that Hayes had gone.
H was compelled to return without his
B". G. Sebree, "the republican campaign
manager, declared last night that the vote
on the contest today would be a crucial
test of strength, and expressed himself as
confident of at least 50 votes for Berry.
After the house had adjourned he said:
"They knocked us out There is no doubt
about that. I felt sure of 50 votes, of
course, Including Hayes, and counted on 10
democratic votes for Berry. However,
this is not the vote for governor, although
the seating ofVanmeter Increases the odds
against us, I presume the democrats will
decide the other contest now pending as
this one has been decided. We will fight
it out tfr tho end, however, The people
may be sure of that"."
The democratic leaders, without excep
tion, claim that the seating of Vanmeter
foreshadows accurately the seating of Goe
bel, Tho bouse now stands 60 democrats,
including Vanmeter and Speaker Trimble,
and 40 republicans, the senate 26 demo
crats and 12 republicans. The senate dem
ocrats, on a vote in the gubernatorial con
test, 0an havo but a possible maximum of
24, as Goebel will have no vote, and Sena
tor Hill, a Goebel man, Is incapacitated by
Illness, and has never qualified. Both sides
admit the senate to be very evenly divided.
Seventy" votes are necessary on joint bal
lot to seat uoenei as governor.
Thin war th lact fv ai?ntf a
contestees', Governor Taylor and Lleuten
ant-Governor Marshall, for defense in the
pending gubernatorial contest. The boards
adjourned promptly at 10 P. M. tonight, to
mset Monday afternoon, when the argu
ments, will begin. Each side will be al
lowed 10 hours for argument, the boards
having fixed that time with, the agreement
Eeaator Harrell's Trial.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 27. Tho trial
of State "Senator A. B. Harrell, charged
by John H. Whallen with securing money
under false pretenses, was begun here
today. Whallen the first witness, told of
his meetings with Harrell In this ctty.
Harrell, he said, wanted $10,000 to stop the
contest, saying he had letters that would
damago Goebel. Whallen said he, and Har
rell agreed that the latter was to get 55000
to stop the contest, but that Harrell was
not to throw his vote In any way. Colonel
Whallen agreed to this, after Informing
L Harrell that he was not bribing him to
vote, but simply paying him to produce
Upon the conclusion of the testimony for
the commonwealth the attorneys for Har
rell, without calling upon Harrell or any
other witness to testify, moved that, the
warrant be dismissed, but this was over
ruled, and Harrell was held to answer to
the grand jury under bond In the sum of
WEBSTER DAVIS' AMBITION.
"Wants to Be Vice-President on the
1 j Ticket With McKinley.
KANSAS CITY, Jan. 27 Webster Da
vls assistant secretary of the Interior
and ex-mayor of Kansas 'City, has am
bition to become President McKinley's
running mate this fall, according to the
Evening Star. The Star says:
"Davis' closest friends here In Kansas
City do not hesitate to express the belief
that he went to South Africa on some
mission other, than In search of , health.
One of Davis' warmest admirers tells of
a conversation he had with the assistant
secretary of the interior in Washington
nearly a year ago.
" 'I called on Mr. Davis in regard to a
pension claim. He Introduced me to Cor
nelius BllsS. "Bllsd talked of the future
of Davis In politics. After we talked
wltH Mr. Bliss we went over to see the
president. Mr. McKinley declared that
Davis was destined to be a creat man In
the nation. The president questioned me
closely about the standing of Davis in
the "West, and said that Missouri should
be very proud of him.
" 'After we left the White House, Davis
told me he was slated for the nomination
for vice-president. He declared that the
president had taken up the subject with
him voluntarily. McKinley believes that
Davis can carry Missouri for the republi
can ticket, He was sent on his BtifiSping
tour of Ohio, and out West foinoTheT
purpose than to let the people seeum.
The trip to South Africa is nothjngnjfpra
than a' move on tne political" checker
board to bring Davis Into prominence""'
Planning to "Work at -Elections' in
Close Congressional Districts.
r CHICAGO, Jan. 27. The Times-Herald
tomorrow will say: " -av" i
"The American Antl-Imperlallst League,
which was organized at the antl-imuerial-Ist
conference hem here In September,
claims to have an effective organization In
36 states, Oklahoma and the District of
Columbia, The officers of the league,
while uncommunicative as to methods, ad
mit that it aims to make Itself felt In close
congressional districts everywhere for the
election of congressmen this year who
will be against the retention of the Phil
ippines. Connection with the Bryan cause
Is denied. Bourke Cockran's recent ex
pression of frlendljness for Bryan-13 taken
to be significant In this connection, filso
the declaration of Andrew Carnegie that
he will not contribute to the republican
campaign fund this year, but may con
tribute to the Bryan fund. Both are in
"The states claimed to be organized are:
Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illi
nois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine. Maryland.
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 11$-
si&aiypi, iujssuun, luontana. in eorasKO,
New Hampshire, New York, North Carff.
Una, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania,.
Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Car
ollna, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Vir
ginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wiscon
sin." Utah "Will Try It Agrain.
SAT.T T.ATTT. Tan VT Tn Anh.Mll.n.r.1
with the revised statutes of the stafo rfd
Utah, Governor Wells has published, a
proclamation calling an election to ba
held Monday, April 2, next, for the purpose
of electing a representative In congress
to fill the vacancy caused by the exclusion
of Brigham H. Roberts. ' '
Mason Called on to Resign.
CHICAGO, Jan. 27. By an almost ynan-.
imous vote of the old Tippecanoe Club, of
Chicago, Senator Mason was today re
quested at once to resign his seatn the
United States senate, and the secretarvnof
the club was Instructed to strike his naraoN!
from the roll of honorary members of the
GRIDIRON CLUB DINNER.
Annual Event of the "Washington
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. Tho fifteenth
annual dinner of the Gridiron Club was
given at the Arlington hotel tonight, and.
like Its predecessors, was thaimoatLSU
c&sfut event -o"f the season. CT&vcTu
composed of 40 Washington correspond
ents, who make the last Saturday even
ing in January a notable occasion, as it
Is the anniversary of the organization.
The banquet hall was handsomely dec
orated, the ceilings and walls covered
with laurel, smllax and maiden-hair,
ferns, while palms and other tropical
plants filled eery window and corner of
the room. Through all this mass of green
were more than 1000 electric lights of all
colors. The tables were banked with
flowers, orchids and roses predominat
ing, while many vases of tho American
Beauties adorned the room.
Henry Litchfield West, of the Washing
ton Post, the new president, occupied the
. head of the table, which, was made la the
shape of a gridiron, and around which
were gathered 200 guests and the members
of the club.
As usual, the unique features and daring
burlesques, together with tho good-natured
skits aimed at prominent guests,
formed the principal part o'f the enter
tainment These were interspersed with
songs by a quartet, solos, and witty
speeches, all making a thoroughly enjoy
able evening. The meiiu was an exquisite
affair, being a little volume bound in
leather, each page having the name of a
member, together with his vignette set
In a reduced front page of the papervho
represented. It was designed a3 a sou
venir of the fifteenth annual dinner.
The initiation of two members was
made the text for a burlesque on impe
rialism. The club "expanded," for the new
members raised the president to the rank
of emperor and "crowned" him. Reports
from colonial governors and vassal states
and the conferring of titles were rudely
Interrupted by "Uncle Sam," who seized
the crown and drove the "decorated offi
cials" from the room.
A minstrel show with really new jokes
amused tho guests. Several songs writ
ten for tho occasion were given, a verse
being allotted to Mr. Bryan, with an al
lusion to "16 to 1." Another lamented for
Senator Fryo, because, as president of the
senate, he had to listen to senators in
stead of enjoying his fishing sport
The speeches were especially good, Sen
ator Depew and the Chinese nilnjster
being at their best, while the remarks
of Messrs. Bryan, Frye, Gorman, Chan
dler, Tillman Hanna and Beverldge were
of tho usual high order. The speakers
were placed upon their mettle by the
happy introduction of Mr. West, who
presided throughout the dinner with dig
nity and ability.
Among the guests were the following:
Senator Frye, president of the senate;
Hon. William Jennings Bryan, Hon. Ar
thur P. Gorman, Mr. Wu Ting-fang, tho
Chinese minister; Senators Depew, Bev
erldge, Burrows, Chandler, Hanna, Jones
(Ark), Penrose, Shoup, Tillman, Wolcott
and Rawlins; Representatives Dalzell,
Clark, Cummlngs", De Vrles, Bowersock.
Hall, Landls, McClellan, Lawrence. Swan
son, Tawney, Underwood and Wheeler;
Major-General John R. Brooke, Rear-Admiral
George W. Melville, Rear-Admiral
Aaron A. "Weaver, Colonel Theodore A.
Bingham, J. Addison Porter and General
B. Cortelyou, secretaries to the presi
dent; Gerard A. Lowther and Lieutenant
Colonel Arthur Hamilton Lee, British
embassy; Assistant Secretary of War
George D. Melklejohn, General Marshal
Ludlngton, CQlopel S. C. Kelloggr Lieutenant-Colonel
Culver C. Snlffin, Captain
Lansing F. Beach, U. S. A.; J. D. Yoe
mans, interstate commerce commission;
-iFrank H. Vanderllp, assistant secretary
' V.n. ..nnn.... TT, . a T-l.l.i.i.
ui luc uciumji, xiciiu.j' o. fiiiuieii, su
perintendent of the coast and geodetic
survey; Louis A. Pradt assistant attorney-general,
and William T. Smith, of
Fire in San Jose.
SAN JOSE, Cal., Jan. 27. The works of
the Electric Improvement Company were
destroyed by fire early this morning. The
loss Is estimated at 5100,000; Insurance, 550,
000. Dnily Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 27. Today's state
ment of the condition of the treasury
Available cash balance 5289,439,614
Gold Reserve 218,205,321
SHIP SUBSIDY BIL
Its Charjccs of Passing the
House Are SIfm.
JAMES J. HILLv OPPOSES IT
Friends of the Measure Patching; It
l'p to Make It Acceptable to
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. So strong la
the' opposition to the shipping subsidy
bill In some quarters of the republican
party that a great many amendments
will be made before It 13 reported to
either house. The change of front of
Jarpes J. Hill, who supported the bill to
tho last congress, but opposes it now, has
set -.a- great many advocates for the bill
to thinking, because of Hill's influence
In the Northwestern states.. It will take
only a few republicans In the house- to
defeat the bill, and unless it is greatly
modified, even Its friends do not expect
that it will pass.
Quay's Friends Lose Hope.
The best judges of the situation In tha
senate say they ore unable to determine
what the vote Is likely to be on the seat
In? of Quay. It Is Interesting to note,
however, that the opponents of seating
are much more confident than they were a
short time ago, while Quay advocates have
begun to lose hope. There Is a possibility
or the case being called up- some time
next week, if the debate on the financial
bill lags. It Is quite probable that the
case will be settled with only a very few"
speeches', the legat aspects of the ca3o
being: well known-and tho further fact
.brings apparent thatjOs only Qudy'a per
sonal, pull that can overturn former prece
dents. t Discussion of the Race Question.
' Democratic leaders, and especially tha
senators and representatives from tha
South-, are- hoping: that Senator Prltchard
and other republicans will continue the
discussion of the race question in tho
South, as they are already malting tha
.claim that protection, of the negro votes
-will be made an Issue by the republicans.
The, democrats of the South are aware
there is no hope for themselves in tho
national fight, and each Is trying to save
4jlmelf on the bugaboo of negro control.
Jtfefcwhat Prltchard's object is, is hard
1to say. although he Is forcing a great
mam populists to support him In North
Carolina, but It Is believed he will losa
heavily In tho white districts.
NEW PUBLIC BUILDINGS-
Additlonal Amounts Itcautred Jiytbo
Increase in Cost of Materials.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. Chairman
Meyer, of the house committee on public
buildings and grounds, has received from
""" kscwtcutijr ui tue xreasury lay-Iflfi-a
detailed statement of the additional
under construction throughout the coun
try on account or the large rise in bund
ing material, Tho list shows the present
limit of cost and the proposed limit aa
, .. . Limit datlon.
Boise. Idaho 5150.000 5300i00O
Butter Mont 200,000 300,000
Helena, Mont 300,000 375,000
Oakland. Cal 230,000 2S2,0O
Salem, Or. 100.000 110.000
Salt Lake. Utah 300,000 500,800
Seattle, Wash 300.000 775,600
For River and Hnrbor "Workr on tho
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27.-Chalrman,
Burton, of the rivers and harbors-committee,
has received- from Generait Wil
son, chief of. engineers, United States
army, a statement of the funds available
the first of the year for the river and
harbor work throughout the country.
Among the Items mentioned are the fol
lowing; Deep-water harbor, Sana Pedro
bay . 5576,858
Oakland harbor 348,103
Port'Orford harbor 140.850
Entrance to Coos bay and harbor. 137,513
Columbia river at Three-Mllo Rap
ids and construction of boat rail
Columbia and Lower Willamette
fiver below Portland 140,924
Columbia, river below Tongue Point 111.550
Gray's harbor and bar entrance ... 347,340
Waterway connecting Puget sound
with. Lakes Union and Washing
ton ,. 170,000
PHIL ARMOUR, JR., DEAD.
Son of the Chicaeo Millionaire Died
Near- Santa. .Barbara.
PASADENA, Cal.,, Jan. 27. News haa
been received of the sudden death of
Phil D. Armour, jr., at Montecito, near
Santa Barbara. Until Thursday young
Mr. Armour appeared to be In his usual
health. He was III 24 hours, and hla
death was due to congestion of the lung3.
That was all the family here wero in
formed about his untimely end. Armour
left Pasadena the first of lost week and
had been at Montecito about ten days.
A special train wa3 engaged to take rel
ative and friends from Pasadena to San
ta Barbara. On the advice of hl3 phy
sician. P. D. Armour, sr., father of tho
young man, did not go, his health being
delicate. Mr. Armour Is standing the
shock well. His son was 31 years old. Ho
left Chicago three weeks ago In excellent
health and came to Pasadena with his
party In his private car.
LOS ANGELES. Cal, Jan. 27 The re
mains of Philip D. Armour, jr.. will leave
Pasadena for Chicago on the regular
Santa Fe eastbound overland tomorrow
morning. The funeral services will ba
held at Chicago, Wednesday.
"Was Lincoln's Partner.
SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 27. Charles
Maltby, who for three years was asso
ciated In business with Abraham Lincoln
at Waynesville, III., is dead, aged 88 years.
He was born In, Vermont and during an
active life occupied many positions of
Commission to Test Coins.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27. President Mc
Kinley has designated the following as
commissioners to test and examine the
weight and fineness of the coin reserved
at the several mints during the calendar
year 1899: Senator John P. Jones, Repre
sentative E. J. Hill. Dr. E. S. Prltchett.
superintendent coast and geodetic sur
vey: Professors A. Lattlmore, university
of Rochester; H. H. Nicholson, University
of Nebraska; John A. Matthews Colum
bia university; Dr. Cabell Whitehead,
bureau of mines; Marcus Benjamin,
Smithsonian Institution; Calvin Cobb,
BoIs.e. Idaho; Thomas B. Miller. Helena,
Mont; Edward Harden. New York; E.
H. Rich, Fort Dodge. la.; Francis Bledler,
Chicago; Hon. John H. Perry, Connecticut.
The commission will meet In Philadel
phia, February 4.