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GEN. DULLER C5ADLB TO FORCE HIS
WAV TO LADYSMIT1I.
Doers Say He IIa Retired Acroni the
Tugela After Valnlr Attempt
ing to Hold Yaalkrants.
BEPOBT IS NOT CONFIBHED
BRITISH WAR OFFICE REFUSES TO
DISCLOSE THE SITUATION.
Sir Balfour Announces Nothing- Will
' Be Given Out Until Duller Oper
ations Hare Been Completed.
GEH. HA CD ON AID WITHDRAWS
HAS A SHARP FIGHT WITH THE
BOERS AT KOODOESBERG.
Gen. Bablngton Goea to His Assist
ance, and Blethuen Orders Doth to
Return to Modder River.
IITJIHIEB SUFFEBS DEFEAT
BOERS ALLEGE HE WAS REPULSED
AT IIAMO.NSTA OX FEB. 3.
Strategists of Optnlon that the Duller
ZXoYement Is Intended to Divert At
tention from Cape Colony.
LONDON, Feb. 10, 4:30 p. m.
Reports from Boer sources say
General Buller has recrosel the
Tugela after vainly aitemptaiif to
force his way towards Ladysmith.
The report has not been confirmed
by the British War Office, which
refuses to disclose Buller's plan of
A special dispatch from Spear
man's Camp, dated yesterday (Fri
day) noon, says that owing- to the
Boer cross fire and the impossibil
ity of -intrenching JVaal .Kraatz,
General "Buller's force withdrew.
The Financial News, which pub
lishes this dispatch, suggests that
General Buller has not actually re
crossed the Tugela.
It i3 possible that Buller is
merely engaging the attention of
the Boers while Lord Roberts is
preparing for his raid through the
Orange Free State.
In Cape Colony General Mac
Donald, after a fight with the
Boers near Koodoesberg, has been
ordered to retire to Mooder' river.
Colonel Plummer is reported to
have been defeated by the Boers
flutter's Plans Will Not Be Made Pub
lie Until Completed.
LONDON. Feb. 9. Mr. Balfour, the gov
ernment leader, replying to a question In
the House of Commons this evening: as to
whether any Information had been received
from the seat of war, said: "Our Informa
tion points to the fact that General Buller
Is not pressing an advance from the posi
tion ho ha3 occupied. We do not consider
It right to press him for details of the
operations which are In progress, nor if he
gives such information do we deem if
proper to make this public until such
operations are completed. The government
has no information as to whether General
MacDonald has retired."
COMMENT OF LONDON TIMES.
If Duller Una Failed There Slay Be
No Further Attempt.
LONDON, Feb. lO.-Tng Times, dealing
with the military situation, says: "If Gen.
Duller has failed U seems unlikely that
another attempt will be made. The terri
ble initial strategic mistake of abandoning
the principal objective tor a subsidiary
operation still overweights the campaign,
tut tho time approaches when its baneful
Influence will cease to fetter our action.
The great issues of the war will rot be de
cided in Natal."
General MacDonald's retirement the
Times considers "Inexplicable."
VXCOSFIIOIED BOER REPORTS.
Duller Said to Have Again Retired
Across the Tugela River.
BOER HEAD LAAGER. Ladysmith. Feb.
7. A British force yesterday made a sortie
from Chievely towards Colcnso and landed
2,000 troops on the right of the Boer posi
tion. The Boers immediately crossed the
river and made an attack with rlfle.'i and
artillery, forcing the withdrawal of both
the train and the troops to Chievely.
The fighting on the upper Tugela river
lasted until 3:30 o'clock Tuesday evening.
Particulars are lacking. Firing at Colenso
and along ths upper Tugela has been pro
ceeding tince 5 o'clock this morning.
BOER HEAD LAAGER, Ladysmith. Feb.
a The Britten who were in possession of
the kopjf I'tj jt j tn's morning re
tired acrv. -JI'rHry 4 s I :lT form"
cr position after a bombardment by Boer
cannon. A desultory cannonade was heard
at the Tugela river this morning, but other
wise everything Is qulst.
THROUGH GERMAN SOURCES.
Rumor that Buller's Third Attempt to
Reach Ladysmith Has Fulled.
LEirSIG.Feb. 9. The Neueste Nachrichten
prints a special dispatch from a correspond
ent who claims that General Buller's third
attempt to relieve Ladysmith has com
Retirement of Highlanders Ordered
by Methaen Babington Delayed.
KOODOESBERG DRIFT, Feb. 8. The
Boers yesterday made a determined at
tempt to drive the British from a hill com
manding the drift. Mounting two seven
pounders at the northern extremity, they
shelled the position intermittently the
whole day. The Seaforth Highlanders
gained a position on the rocky summit and
kept up a sustained rifle fire, but suffered
somewhat from the Boers shelling. A bat
tery was sent and succeeded in silencing
the Boer Are. Meanwhile two companies
of the Argyll Highlanders, advancing along
the plain in a westerly direction, found tho
Boers Intrenched at a small drift. A sharp
engagement followed, lasting the whole
In order to completely surround the
Boers, General Bablngton was dispatched
from the Modder river with a large force
of cavalry and two batteries of horse ar
tillery, but failed to reach here, although
he started early enough in the day to en
able him to get here early this afternoon.
This morning General Methuen ordered
that the combined force should retire upon
the Modder river, which movement is now
proceeding. The British losses in tho fight
ing on "Wednesday were fifty men killed
LONDON, Feb. 9. The dispatch from
Koodoesberg drift does not say whether
General Bablngton finally joined General
MacDonald, but the word "combined"
seems to indicate that he did so. The news
caused considerable excitement in the
House of Commons, where the government
leader, Balfour, announced that there was
no news from South Africa.
The War Office dispatch from Lord Rob
erts, dated Feb. 8, confirms the reports
that General Gatacre has repulsed the
Boers at Pen Hoeck and Byrd's river and
that the security of both outposts is es
tablished. In regard to General MacDonald's opera
tions, Lord Roberts does not mention the
former's retirement to the Modder river.
He says: "MacDonald was dispatched to
prevent the Boers blocking the main drift
at Koodoesberg and successfully establish
ing himself at Koodoesberg, in spite of the
determined efforts of the Boers to dislodge
him. At MacDonald's request Bablngton
was sent with reinforcements on Wednes
day. Bablngton threatened the Boers north
of Koodoesberg, while another force drove
oft the Boers southward." The dispatch
concludes with the statement: "The enemy
have now ' evacuated their posiUons and
none is In sight."
A dispatch to the Morning Post ' from
Modder river, dated Thursday, says that
General MacDonald's and General Bablng
ton's forces will return shortly, and adds
that the initiative to the reconnoissance
emanated from headquarters.
PLUMMER ALSO REPULSED.
Said to Have Deen Defeated by the
Doers at Hamonsta.
PRETORIA, Feb. 5. Colonel Plummer'
force on Feb. 2 attacked the Boer position
near Ramonsta, and after heavy fighting,
including an endeavor to take the place by
storm, the British were repulsed. Their
loss Is unknown. No Boers were injured.
ACCEPT RUMORS AS TRUE.
Londoners Think General Buller Has
Deen Forced to Retire. '
LONDON, Feb. 10, 4:20 a. m.-London ac
cepts as true the Boer statement that Gen
eral Buller has failed again. These state
ments were passed by the British censor
at Aden and are read in the light of Mr.
Balfour's announcement In the Commons
that General Buller is not pressing his ad
vance. Winston Churchill wires that Vaalkrantz
was impracticable for the guns which were
needed to support a further advance. His
cablegram leaves General Buller" on Tues
day night sending a fresh brigade to re
lieve the tired holders of Vaalkrantz.
The descriptive writers with General
Buller were allowed a rather free hand
again in explaining . the ugly position
which the British held and the natural ob
stacles which had to be overcome. So it
is easy to infer that with Boer riflemen
and artillerymen defending them, these
hills, ravines and Jungles have not been
overcome, and thus the public is prepared
in advance for bad news.
Hellograms from Ladysmith, dated Mon
day, describe the effect General Buller's
cannonade had on the worn garrison. Hope
ran high that tho long period of inactivity
and tedium was drawing to a close. The
crash of guns was almost continuous for
ten hours, and at times it seemed as if as
many as twenty shells burst In a minute.
The Boers, preparing always for the pos
sibility of defeat, were driving herds and
sending long wagon trains toward the
Drakensberg passes. Intense darkness and
silence followed, broken only by frogs
croaking and the occasional blaze of star
shells, surrounding the town with a circle
oi light to prevent the unobserved ap
proach of the enemy. A series of British
mines, laid for the Boers, exploded acci
dentally, shaking and alarming the city
General MacDonald's retirement puzzles
the military commentors. The theory that
finds acceptance is wiat it was ordered by
Lord Roberts, and that both General Bull
er's and General MacDonald's operations
were by the direction of the commander-in-chief.
In order to occupy the Boers at
widely separated points, so they would be
unable to transfer any portion of their
forces to oppose the projected central ad
vance. Charles Williams, a military writer who
is understood to be in confidential relations
with Lord Wolseley, pays that beyond
doubt the most authoritative opinion in
London regards It as probable that an en
deavor will be made to force the line of
the Orange river before Wednesday next,
possibly by Monday.
Mr. Henry W. Lucy says the nealth of
Sir Alfred Mllner. governor of Cape Col
ony, is suffering from the prolonged strain
and his friends fear he will break down.
Lord Salisbury's son. Lord Edward Cecil,
(CONTINUED ON FOURTH PAGE.)
A HERO AT REST
REMAINS OF GEN. H. W. LAWTON IN
TERRED IN ARLINGTON.
Given a National Funeral at the Cap.
Ital, with All the Honors a Grate
ful People Could Bestow.
EXERCISES IN THE CHURCH
ATTENDED BY PRESIDENT, CAB
INET, STATESMEN, DIPLOMATS,
Distinguished Army Officers and 3Ien
Who Fought Trith the Gallant In
dlnnlan at Home and. Abroad.
DR. H. 11. STRYKER'S ADDRESS
ELOQUENT, SCHOLARLY TRIBUTE TO
THE NATION'S DEAD HERO.
Body Escorted to Cemetery by Caval
ry, Infantry, Marines Scenes In
Church and at Grave.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9,-MaJor General
Henry W. Lawton was burled to-day in the
National Cemetery at Arlington. It was
a nation's tribute to a national hero, and
the sorrow of a whole people was expressed
when America added the chaplet of cypress
to the brow that so long had worn the
laurel. The burial service beneath the leaf
less trees at Arlington was preceded by
services in the Church of the Covenant, on
Connecticut avenue, 'at which every de
partment of the government was repre
sented, including President, Congress, the
Supreme Court, all the ranking officers of
the army and navy within reach of Wash
ington, Lawton's old comrades of the line
and staff, the diplomatic corps, in all its
brilliance of uniform and decoration, and
as many citizens of all degrees as were
fortunate enough to find standing room
within the walls.
But the crowd within was insignificant
compared with the thousands who braved
the lowering winter's day for a glimpse of
the flag-draped caisson, with its military
escort, as it passed through the street
Hundreds more made the toilsome pilgrim
age to Arlington to hear the last words
pronounced above the open grave, where
the President, Cabinet and the general
commanding the army stood with bowed
heads till the last volley had been fired and
the bugle had sounded taps.
It was the homecoming of a hero. For
seven weeks, ever since the fatal news
from San Mateo had been flashed around1
the world, the country had waited to pay
its last tribute to the dead.
Lawton, to the great bulk of Americans,
had been the incarnation of the American
soldier. He had made his mark in the civil
war from the Mississippi to the sea, and in
the Interval of potential peace It was he
who had beaten at his own game Geronlmo,
the greatest master of desert craft and
mountain fighting that the West had ei'er
known, and who In the new problems of a
tropic war had proved the most daring and
resourceful of all the generals in the field.
It was In tribute to these qualities that the
Lawton fund had In a few weeks been
swelled past all the expectations of its orig
inators, for America knew that Lawton, be
ing a soldier first and only, had left to
those who loved him no heritage save his
sword and a spotless name.
SCENES IN THE CHURCH.
For a day and night the body of the sol
dier lay In state in the Church of the
Covenant. So it lay this morning when the
doors were opened, troopers from his old
command, with sabres drawn, keeping
vigil at the head and foot. Beneath the
soft lights of the altar rose a tropic Jungle
of palms, and higher than the flag-draped
coffin rose banks of flowers, tributes from
every garter of the land. At his head
hung in dim folds the dingy battle flag
from San Mateo, still on its bamboo staff
and supported by one of the men who was
near hlra when ho fell. From the celling
hung the red-centered flag of the Eighth
Corps, under which he had won perpetual
fame in two island wars. About him as
the shrill pipes of the organ trembled with
the opening anthem stood grouped his su
periors and his brother officers, with whom
end for whom his life work had been done.
Close to the coffin sat President McKin
ley, and on his right the secretary of state.
vVlth them were the secretary of war, the
attorney , general, the secretary of the
navy, the postmaster general, the secre
tary of the treasury, the secretary of the
interior and the secretary of agriculture.
Close by were Mrs. Lawton, little Manly
and tho others of the family, and to the
left General Miles, General Merrltt, Gen
eral Brooke, General Shafter and their
staff, officers, all in uniform and all Law
ton's comrades who at one time or another
had camped and fought with him. In the
body of the church was a scarcely less
notable gathering assistant secretaries
and heads of bureaus, the military commit
tees of the House and Senate, diplomats,
the Orientals in their flowing robes of
fomber color and the Europeans re
splendent in decorations, prominent among
them tho Spanish minister. There were
delegations from tho Loyal Legion, the
Grand Army and otter patriotic societies.
Chaplain Pierce, of lawton's old com
mand, read the Presbyterian burial service,
that epistle to the Corinthians whose words
of comfcrt seem fitting for each occasion
of bereavement. Then President Strykcr,
of Hamilton College, New York, clad in
divinity robes, rose to deliver the oration.
He had been selected personally by the
secretary of war, who knew his fitness for
the task. The choice was amply Justified.
THE FUNERAL ORATION.
Seldom has any ceremony called forth
a tribute more scholarly and eloquent, more
simple and direct and more appropriate and
fitting to the occasion than the one de
livered to-day. President Strykcr said, in
"Over the width of the earth a soldier's
household has brought its warrior home.
Tho dust that the Nation gathers to Its
guarding is that of no common man. We
are here to celebrate and to mourn him.
But while we recall the record so com
pact with manliness, and which the white
blossom of modesty crowns withal, while
we recite the story of one who personified
the best American traditions, first, this
day, do we regard her sorrow who treads
that 'solmen aisle of pain,' the sanctity of
whose shadows is accessible only to her
God. Hither we have come the people's
hosen head and all authorities else from
their high several sessions to pay our poor
but tender alms of love to an unblemished
memory, to thank Him who is our dwell
ing place in all generations that the stout
tree of liberty still yields such manner of
fruitage, and to pledge ourselves, consid
ering the' Issue of tRe lives of our renowned
dead, to imitate their unblenchlng and un
"Station Is secondary, humanity Is pri
mary, and whatever else any is to-day, we
all are only men and women, brothers and
sisters, lifting as children our wet faces
toward the consolations of God. The stars
of the spangled flag covering now this
shape of its noble warden shine multiplied
upon the dews of grief. But with a solemn
Joy it beseems you. his comrades of the
army, to give thanks for the life whose
end must, after this parenthesis of dif
ficult farewells, be viewed not as a calam
ity, but as a conquest. 'Men unapt to
weep' are smitten by the pathos of that
courage we commemorate courage, most
touching of all human graces; but let them
also smile with exalted hope as they lay
upon this soldier's sepulchre the chaplets
of their homage."
Dr. Stryker eulogized General Lawton's
military career and went on to say: "This
better Plantagenet, this latest Bayard,
'without fear and without reproach, this
modern Philip Sidney, whose life was also
'poetry put Into action,' has shown once
more of what stuff Is Incorrigible manhood
in what substance root the memory and
that last. For a true man (and so proven) is
one who has written at least some things
of which no poet that ever lived can have
been ashamed, would gladly have owned;
and a' true man la admitted to the fellow
ship of heroes by the equality and peerage
of his supreme deeds. Here was one whom
Raeligh, Gustavus . Adolphus, William of
Orange, Wynklereld, Cambronne, Gari
baldi would know at sight. He was of
that tlme-endurlng breed which has made
Agincourt, and Naseby, and Quebec, and
Lucknow of immortal story. He was com
rade to the Marylanders who guarded the
retreat at Long island, to the men who
passed the Delaware, who served the guns
of Pleasanton, who . soaked the sod of
Peach Orchard, who ran singing through
the tide at Manila,, who held Guantanamo.
"Let It ie said, and let It be said here,
that non of us is of those who walk back
ward ir.ta the future and translate the
present upside down. A timid and carping
pessimism lives only in the pluperfect, but
good faith lives in the future perfect. The
one ia subjunctive, the other is indicative.
Nay, duty is In the Imperative and uncondi
"When, in the name of mankind, and
that peace might be real, we undertook in
1S9S to cleanse the seas, we affirmed a prin
ciple and made a precedent that I, for one,
hoid to have written the most honorable
leaf In all our history. But all that has
been since was corrolary to that. No spe
cial pleading of professional malcontents
with whom wisdom will not die: no a priori
abstraction can unsay what this dead sol
dier's zeal did for America. Rather does
such a death enjoin upon our purpose and
performance such ends as shall vindicate
us from cowardly indifferentism and eva
sion in the face of whatever duty and how
ever unexpected or complex enjoin us to
regard and to teach liberty's authority.
"In some good day, not far away, please
God, when those islands, foundlings no
longer, shall have been rendered as a ma
jestic deodand to civilization, to regulated
freedom end to the God of these, there.
In fair Luzon, right where he fell, front
to his duty, let the valiant frame of this
true liberator rise In immutable bronze,
while understanding us. at last, our brown
brothers, gazing upon that statue, stature,
statute, all In one. shall say: 'He was an
American but he is ours, too. Lawton.
He was slain by us lgnorantly in unbelief,
but he has forgiven.' "
THE MARCH TO THE GRAVE.
A dozen troopers, as the doctor closed,
lifted the flower-laden coffin and bore it to
the door where 3,000 soldiers, and citizens in
greater number, waited to honor the soldier
in his last march tgf .his final resting place
on the Virginia- hillside beyond tho Poto
mac. With a clatter of hoofs the cavalry
escort cantered forward to form the guard
of honor. Orders flung from rank to rank
down the broad avenue brought troop and
platoon wheeling into line. With crape
shrouded colors lowered they filed past
scarlet-caped artillerymen, cavalry with
their orange plumes and facings and the
ranks of blue-clad infantry moving with
machine-like cadence. At the rear, with
rumble of heavy wheels and clash of trace
chains, came the guns field batteries and
siege trams. Ahead of the scores of car
riages was the flag-draped, flower-laden
caisson, the ideal soldier's bier, and behind
it was led the officer's charger in a shroud
of black with boots reversed in the stirrups,
a picturesque remnant of the superstition
In this materlallst day of machine guns and
The escort consisted of a squadron of the
Third Cavalry, Light Battery M of the
Seventh Artillery, Siege Battery I of the
Seventh, a brigade of dismounted .artillery,
two battalions of the Ffteenth Infantry
and one of the Second, three battalions
from the Fourth and Fifth Artillery and a
battalion of United States marines. The
whole was under command of General Mer
rltt, MaJ. John A. Johnston, chief of staff,
with the following mounted officers: Spe
cial aids. Brig. Gen. A. E. Bates, Col. John
F. Weston, Col. Theodore A. Bingham,
Lieut. Col. Henry Sharp, Capt. J. E. Kuhn,
Lieut. L. Bently Mott; aids, Lieut. Col.
William H. Carter. Lieut. Col. Culver C.
Sniffen, MaJ. William A. Simpson, MaJ.
Charles II McCawley, United States ma
rine corps; MaJ. Harvey C. Carbaugh,
Capt. Charles G. Treat, Capt. George O.
AT THE CEMETERY.
It was a dreary wait on the cold, wind
swept slopes of Arlington for the hundreds
who had made the pilgrimage early in the
day. But close on sunset, the boom of the
Sylph's guns on the Potomac was an
swered by the crash of minute guns from
Fort Myer and then the solemn notes of
the dirge was borne on the wind as the pro
cession moved through the winding avenues
of the great city of the dead. The grave
was In the open space Just south of the
ampltheater, and in sight of the mansion
General Merrltt and his mounted staff
deployed on the south road while solid
ranks of dismounted troopers held back
the crowd on every side. Nimble cavalry
men swarmed over the casslon, cast loose
the lashings and bore the coffin to the open
grave, while the President and Cabinet,
with the gray-halrrd generals stood silent
and bareheader as the chaplain pronounced
the words of committal that consigned for
ever the honored dust to the dust whence
it came. , ,
Then, in answer to a low command, the
firing squad wheeled into line. The snap
ping volleys of the carbines scarcely
echoed among the bare trees when the
wall of the bugle as it sounded taps linger
ed long and sadly in the gray of the win
ter twilight and echoed faintly from the
distant hills. As it died away the coffin
sank from view. General Lawton's home
coming was accomplished.
The Indiana delegation met at the House
and attended the funeral In a bo-y. Tickets
to the church were in great demand, and
Representative Crumpacker was obliged
to surrender his to Gen. J. C. B. Suman, of
Valparaiso, who was lieutenant of the
company in which Lawton was corporal
years ago, and who came from Chicago to
attend the funeral of nls old comrade.
MOVEMEXT FOR A STATUE.
It Was Inaugurated at a Meeting Held
at Peru Last Night.
Spectal to the Indianapolis Journal.
PERU, Ind., Feb. 9. The first meeting to
aid the project for a S25.00Q equestrian
ICON TIN UUD ON SECOND PAGE.)
MR. TALBERT ATTEMPTS TO BREAK
UP THE NIGHT SESSION,
And Angrily Denounces the Chairman
of the Committee of the Whole for
Not Recognising; Him.
OTHER DEMOCRATS AID HIM
AND THE CHAMBER IS FILLED WITH
NOISE AND CONFUSION.
Effort to Block Private Pension Dill
Legislation Thnt Failed In the
Presence of a Quorum.
SULZER TO THE FRONT AGAIN
WANTS THE NEW TREATY WITH
BRITAIN REJECTED DY SENATE.
Rear Admiral McNalr an Invalid
Rulings by the Commissioner of
WASHINGTON, Feb. 8. There was a
scene at tho night session of the House to
night which momentarily recalled the
stirring and exciting days of the Fifty
first Congress. An irate member rushed
down the main aisle brandishing his arms
and shouting for recognition, while half the
Democratic members were on their feet,
execrating the occupant of the chair for
what they termed his arbitrary course, and
from several places in the hall came loud
Last Friday night Mr. Talbert (Dem., S.
C.) blocked private-pension legislation be
cause there was no quorum present and
threatened to continue to do so at every
subsequent Friday night session unless a
quorum were present. His warning had its
effect. There was an unusually large at
tendance when the House was called to
order at-8 o'clock to-rilght. Speaker Hen
derson himself was In the chair, and the
galleries, usually empty at night sessions,
were crowded in anticlpatloi of a lively
time. Mr. Talbert made good his threat as
soon as the motion was made to go into
committee of the whole, but the roll call
showed the presence of a score or more of
members in excess of a quorum. The
friends of private pension bills were Jubi
lant. Mr. Hepburn (Rep., Ia.) was called to
preside over the committee of the whole,
and the clerk read the first bill. Mr. Tal
bert arose leisurely while the bill was being
put through the legislative stages the
adoption of committee amendments, en
grossment, third reading and final passage
and addrssed the chair. He was com
pletely ignored. Another bill was read,
engrossed, read a third time and passed,
all in the space of a minute, with Mr. Tal
bert still clamoring for recognition. A third
bill was passed in the same way.
By this time the whole Democratic side
was aroused. A dozen members wrere on
their feet. Mr. Talbert, thoroughly angered,
started down the main aisle, shouting, "Mr.
Chairman!" "Mr. Chairman!" as he ap
proached. He reached the area in front of
the speaker's rostrum, all the while roar
ing out his denunciation of the chairman's
arbitrary course before the chairman con
descended to recognize him. Democrats
all about were also shouting their disap
proval. The Republicans seemed to be
enjoying the storm which the chairman's
course had raised.
Mr. Talbert rapidly cooled down after he
had been recognized and explained in a
brief speech that the presence of a quorum
had completely vindicated his position. He
had no feeling against the men who served
on the federal side in the civil war. but he
was opposed to loose, reckless, unconstitu
tional methods. He suggested that the
House set aside a day each month for pen
sion legislation and discontinue the night
Mr. Sims (Dem., Tenn.), who' is interested
in Southern war claims, made some caustic
remarks in criticism of the Republican
leaders for side-tracking those "Just obli
gations" of Jhe government in favor of
"Does the gentleman contend that the
government owes the old soldiers noth
ing?" interrupted some one on the Repub
"Oh!" "Oh!" Jeered the Democrats.
The committee then proceeded with con
sideration of pension bills, and thirty-five
were favorably acted on. At 10:30 the
House adjourned. Before adjournment
Representative Gaines, of Tennessee, called
the attention of the House to Section 4716
of the Revised Statutes, under which no
widow, child or heir of any person who
engaged in. aided or abetted the rebellion
can be given a pension, and the pension
committee signified that it would look into
the matter and take suitable action.
The House transacted no business dur
ing the day, and at 1:20 p. m. took a re
cess until S o'clock. Many of the members
attended the Lawton funeral exercises.
During the brief session this afternoon
Representative Sulzer, of New York, in
troduced the following resolution:
"Resolved, That in the Judgment of the
House of Representatives the bill for the
construction of the Nicaragua canal, to be
exclusively built, owned and controlled by
the government of tho United States,
should be immediately passed and enacted
Into law, in spite of the Hay-Pauncefote
treaty now awaiting ratification in the
United States Senate, and that said treaty
should be rejected because it contravenes
the policy of the Monroe doctrine, surren
ders American rights to British Interests
and re-establishes the so-called Clayton
Bulwer treaty. long since lapsed and now
null and void."
FINANCIAL BILL SUBSTITUTE.
Senator Jones, of Arkansas, Intro
duces a Free Coinage Measure.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. As no senator
was prepared to proceed with a discussion
of the finance measure to-day, the Senate
transacted only routine business and ad
Jcurned early to enable members to attend
the obsequies of General Lawton.
Mr. Allison presented the credentials of
his colleague. John H. Gear, re-elected sen
ator from Iowa for a term of six years,
from March 4, IDOL The credentials were
Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, introduced a
free-silver coinage substitute for the pend
ing currency bill. The substitute provides
that from and after the passage of this
act the mints of the United States shall be
open to the coinage of sliver, and there
shall be coined dollars of the weight of 4124
grains troy of standard silver, 9-10 fine, aa
provided by the act of Jan. 18, 1S73, and
upon the same terms and subject to the
limitations and provisions of law regulat
ing the coinage and legal-tender quality of
gold. The substitute also provides thit
whenever the pllver coins shall be received
into the treasury certificates may be Issued
for them in the manner now prescribed by
Mr. Nelson Introduced an amendment to
the currency bill permitting the organiza
tion of national banks in towns of 4,000 and
over, with a capitalization of $25.000.
Bills were passed appropriating $500 for a
monument to mark the site of the Fort
Phil Kearney massacre; granting to the
State of Kansas the abandoned Fort Hayes
reservation,' of 7,000 acres, for the purpose
of establishing Western branches of the
Kansas Agricultural College and of the
Kansas State Normal School thereon, and
for a public park.
NAVAL HERO HONORED.
Wainwrlght Made Superintendent of
the Naval Academy.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. Rear Ad
miral Frederick C. McNalr, who has re
cently been on sick leave, has, on account
of continued ill health, asked to be detached
from the superlntendency of the Naval
Academy, of Anapolls, and be given sick
leave for an extended period, and his re
quest has been granted by the Navy De
partment. Secretary Long says the illness
of Admiral McNalr is much regretted by
the Navy Department, where his adminis
tration of the affairs of the Naval Academy
has been highly appreciated. Amiral Mc
Nalr is the ranking rear admiral of the
navy, being second only to Admiral Dewey,
and has had a long and honorable career
extending over a period of forty-two years,
of which nearly twenty-one were passed at
sea. He has heen on duty at the Naval
Academy since July, 1S9S. The President
has designated Commander Richard Wah
w right to succeed Admiral McNalr as su
perintendent of the Naval Academy. This
is a great compliment to an officer of his
rank and years, and is due to his excep
tional ability and the signal services ren
dered by him during the Spanish-American
war while In command of the auxiliary
The commissioner of Internal revenue has
reconsidered the question of taxation on
rent notes and now holds that when these
notes pass from the lessee to the lessor
they are not taxable under the paragraph
in Schedule A, relating to leases. If these
rent notes are payable in merchandise they
are not taxable In any particular, but when
payable In money they are taxable only at
the rate of 2 cents for every $100 or frac
tional part thereof of face value. The com
missioner holds that in order to impose a
taxation on a document under the para
graph relating to leases, it must be one
that passes from the lessor or his agent to
the lessee or his agent. In the case of rent
nctes this does not occur.
The commissioner has also held In effect
that imitation "fruit Juices," made of acids
and sweetening and flavored to resemble
fruit 'juice, don't come under the internal
revenue laws, if they do not contain any
noticeable percentage of alcohol. If, how
ever, they are found to contain a percepti
ble quantity of alcohol, whether this is
present through fermentation or the addition
of spirits or other alcoholic liquor (wine),
dealers therein Involve themselves in spe
cial tax liability as liquor dealers.
The navy is short of enlisted men and
also officers, and it is probable Congress
will be strongly urged to act as to the lat
ter deficiency. As for the former, although
the shortage Is about 1,000 men, there is al
ready congressional authorization for the
employment of more and all that Is lacking
is volunteers. But as for the officers, with
the increased number of ships in commis
sion and the additions being steadily made
to the navy It is no longer possible to give
them the tours of shore service to which
they are entitled. It is believed the admin
istration will make an effort to have the
class of cadets at Annapolis increased by
about one hundred, providing for the dis
tribution of the new appointments among
the members of the Senate.
The Cabinet had a short session to-day in
order to attend the funeral services of
General Lawton. The principal subject of
discussion was the situation in Hawaii. It
was pointed out that the necessities of the
case required the destruction of a large
number of cabins in the poorer sections of
the city of Honolulu, and that in conse
quence many of the natives are homeless
and in a destitute condition. Apparently
there Is no executive authority to meet the
situation by the appropriation of funds for
the relief of those in distress, and it is un
derstood to be. the purpose of the President
to communicate the facts to Congress with
the request for authority to reconvene the
old Legislature or to establish a commis
sion with power to do whatever Is neces
sary at this time.
The small speck of trouble that existed
in the relations between the United States
and Nicaragua, owing to the extortion of
double duties from American merchants in
Bluefields last summer by General Torres,
has been removed. The United States gov
ernment protested at the time and the
Nicaragua n government placed the money
collected as excess duties by its agents in
the hands of the British consul at Blue
fields, pending a determination of its rights
in the matter. It is understood the Nica
raguan Judiciary, to which mo matter was
submitted, has now reached the conclu
sion that in this particular instance the
money should be returned to the mer
chants. The investigation of charges as to the
polygamous status of certain federal ap
pointees was practically concluded to-day
by the House committee on postofflces and
post roads. A letter was received from the
United States district attorney at Salt
Lake City stating that an indictment had
been found against one of the prominent
appointees, but doubt was expressed as to
whether the evidence to sustain the indict
ment would be brought within the statute
of limitations. A subcommittee was ap
pointed to draft the report, which will
later be submitted to the full committee.
It will be mainly a recital of the facts de
veloped at the hearings concerning the pro
tests made and the legal proceedings
against the parties.
The Prairie sailed to-day from Baltimore
for Newcastle, England, with the crew
for the cruiser Albany and government ex
hibits for the Tarls exposition.
President McKinley has been notified of
his election as an honorary member of Co
lumbia Lodge of Master Masons of London,
MAY ACCEPT IT
GOVERNOR TAYLOR IS NOW SAID TO
FAVOR PEACE AG It EE31 EXT.
Report Current Late Last Mailt that
His Signature Would Be Attaehed
Within Trrenty-Four Hours-
MANY CONFERENCES HELD
REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS CONSULT
ED BY THE GOVERNOR,
But Nothing Given Out by the Execu
tive to Indicate He Had Mad
Up ills Mind.
NO ARRESTS OF DEMOCRATS
TWO LEGISLATORS AT FRANKFORT
NOT MOLESTED YESTERDAY.
Warrants Prepared at London for
Those Who Have Failed to Attend
the Republican Assembly.
MAY BE SERVED AT ONCE
SERGE ANTS-AT-ARMS MAY" ATTEMPT
TO MAKE ARRESTS TO-DAY,
Beckham's Legislature In Session at
Louisville Developments ia the
FRANKFORT, Ky.. Feb. 9.-Govcrnor
Taylor has not yet signed the Louisville
peace agreement, but may do so to-morrow,
according to latest information. It was re
ported to-day he would not accept the
compromise. To-night, however, the situa
tion was somewhat changed. Adjutant
General Collier was called into Governor
Taylor's office about 8 o'clock and was in
consultation with him until a late hour to
night, but would say nothing as to what
transpired. From authoritative sources it
was learned that a decision had been
reached and that a peace agreement would
probably receive the signature of Governor
Taylor inside of twenty-four hours.
This afternoon Gov. Taylor announced he
had no intention of signing the agree
ment for some time, and did not know
whether he would sign it at any time. On
the other hand the Democrats were con
fident he would affix his signature to the
document. One of the most prominent in
the State, who did not wish his name used,
as It might embarrass those who were
trylng to induce Governor Taylor to sign,
said this afternoon:
"I say he (Taylor) will sign, and he will
sign within two hours. This is positive.
This was about 4 o'clock p. m.
This has been a day of conferences in
Frankfort. They were in full swing from
10:30 o'clock in the morning until 5:30 at
night, and outwardly nothing tangible re
sulted from them. The situation to-night
is to all appearances exactly, where it was
when the peace agreement was first sub
mitted to Governor Taylor.
ARRIVAL OF ATTORNEYS.
On the morning train from Louisville
came the Republican attorneys David W.
Falrlelgh and Judge John W. Barr both
of whom were members of the Louisville
conference on the Republican side. Im
mediately on arrival Mr. Falrlelgh called
on Senator Blackburn at the Capital
Hotel, and, after a few words with him,
went In company with Judge Barr and
Gen. Daniel Lindsay to the office of Gov
ernor Taylor. A conference was held there
from 11 o'clock until 1 o'clock, when ad
journment was taKen. Later in the after
noon Samuel J. Roberts, of Lexington, In
ternal revenue collector for this district,
came to Frankfort in response to a tele
gram from Governor Taylor and was
closeted with him for some time.
Shortly after 3 o'clock General Lindsay,
Judge Barr, Attorney Falrlelgh afcd T.
L. Edelen called at the executive office
and at once went into a conference with
Governor Taylor, a conference which lasted
until 5:30 p. m. In the meantime Secretary
of State Caleb Powers, Attorney General
C. J. Pratt and later Adjutant General
Collier entered tho Governor's office and
took part in the deliberations. About 4:20
p. m. Governor Taylor and Secretary of
State Powers came out of the Governor's
office and held a long whispered conver
sation outside of the door. Governor Tay
lor then re-entered the room and Mr. Pow
ers left the building.
. "The Governor will not flgn the agree
ment," said Mr. Powers, as he walked out
the door. Further than that, however, he
would say nothing.
At 5:30 p. m. the conference came to a
conclusion. It was Impossible to learn the
result of the protracted debate. Every one
of those who took part In the conference
preserved a Sphinx-like Filence in regard
to what transpired behind the Governor'
door, absolutely refusing tu ULscus the
matter in any way. From the Governor's
office General Lindsay, Judge iarr. Attor
ney ralrleigh and Mr. Edelen went at once
to General Lindsay's law office, where a
brief conference was held and the course
of action to be pursued discussed, mid
shortly after 6 o'clock Judge Barr and
Attorney Falrlelgh took the train for
Two Democratic members of the Legisla
ture put In an appearance this afternoon,
the first that have been seen in Frankfort
since the word was given nearly a weelj
ago for all of them to keep where thty
could not be readily reached in case U
was determined by the Republicans to ar
rest them and take them to London. They
were nepresentatlves Weatherford and
Egbert. It was 6tated during the after
noon that a guard of soldiers had been sent
to all of the trains to catch such member