i v - "-l ? j ' -wangrW$Wf ;v; F -r " J- ffi $ fl ffi " $ ft f TWENTY-FOUR PAGES ' ' i-A A.A.inAii fl $ fr YOL. XIX. NO. 4. PO-RTLANP, OREGON, SUNDAY MOANING, JANUARY "28, 1900. PRICE FIVE CENTS. 7 - T-f w 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 ler's Casualties. 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 campaign. 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 Splonkop. The defense committee of the war office met this afternoon, Lord Salisbury pre siding, v 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 the committee. Suspense In London is quite as trying as at any time in the past fortnight. The Leader says: "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 mower. ' 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." e 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. o 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. n 8 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. o 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 follow shortly. DANGER OF RETREAT Bulfepbosition Deltibed by a tftjoncJon WarXritic. SAFETY LIES -IN -AN ADVANCE Warren -May .Yet Defeat the Boers at Another PointReported Relief of Mafelcinar. 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 fight. "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 Buller. 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 upon Warren. 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 dysentery. 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 for Mediation. 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 wounded 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 lacked vigor. 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 HERNAtfDEZ REVOLUTION. Insurgent Movement Spreading; Venezuela. in 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 citizens. 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 GOEBEL VICTORY tolfrapripTesjLWQie in the Kentucky iSMl.6fgisIature. 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 possiote vote, 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 man. 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 of counsel. 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 valuable evidence. 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 51000. 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""' . K." ANTI-IMPERIALIST LBAGU 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 this organization. "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 organization; GRIDIRON CLUB DINNER. Annual Event of the "Washington ' Correspondent. 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 Honolulu. o 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 shows: 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 a Majority. "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 iunWjXfsj.renuIredftfoi&nubHfT hnli(1(n7$&Betm 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 follows: Present Recommen- , .. . 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 funds available;. For River and Hnrbor "Workr on tho Pacific Coast. 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 way 220,360 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 jpublic life. 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.