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SCH ANTON, PAM TUESDAY MOltNlNGr, DECEMBER M, 1897
Presented at the Conven
tion of American Feder
ation of Labor.
GROWTH OF THE ORDER
The Evils of Admitting Com
Rofeienco to (lie Tiring I'pou the
Striking Miners nt litittinicr-OIiich
Is I'.xpcctcd of President McKinlcy.
Tito Injustice of I n.i niict I cms-- 'I'lici
HiElit to I'.ugngc in the Hovcolt Is
Clulmcd--A Cordial Welcome Is
Extended to Messrs. Wilson and
Hnrloidi fraternal Delegates from
Nashville, Tonn., Doc. 13. Tin Amer
ican Federation began Its seventeenth
annua! soteslon In this city today with
nn attendance of more than 100 dele
gates from different states and an
equal number of visitors.
President Gompers presided. Tluve
loek Wilson and Kdvvard Harfonl. del
egates from Knglaud, were Introduced
by the president. Mr. Wilson Is a
member of parliament and Mr. Harford
Is ex-KC-cretary of the Hallway Em
ployes' organization. After the meet
ing had been called to order William
Almison. of the local Typographical
union, delivered an address of welcome
In behalf of organizations of the city.
Mr. Almison spoke of the pleasuie uf
f ided by the assembling of the feder
ation In this city, whose hospitality
is proverbial: referred to the past unit
present struggles in the interest of la
bor; paid a high tilbute to the men
who have worked long and faithfully
in the cause and closed by expressing
the hope that the deliberations of the
body would be followed by great good
to the working people and the public
President Gompers responded to the
address, thanking Mr. Almison nnd the
labor organizations for the hearty wel
come accorded. The report of the
committee on credentials was present
ed, after which President Gompers read
his annual address. He said:
There is a world of injustice to i mili
tate; there Is a universe, tilled with walls
of sorrow anil grief awaiting tin hosts
of intelligent, progressive and aggressive
organized workers to never fultir in tin
contest fur alleviation and emancipation.
Keeping tlte goal of our movement as our
guiding star, organizing, federating, agi
tating, educating and contesting on every
Held, yielding fruitful results, we shall,
as tin hours of the day. uovanee trnm
the deepest gloom to the full mld-tlny
glory of light the. light of hope, liappl
ness and humanity. To this noble work;
to this plendld convention; to this beau
tiful clt: ; In the name of the grand at my
of labor, I bill you welcome.
We started off In the ear with newlv
formed national unions from the ti-olateit
locals of a number of trail. That Is, the.
Bicycle Workers' International union, tin
Kuglneers National union, fore Makers'
International union, llrothethonel ot Pa
per -Makers and the Meat Cutters and
Butcher Workmen's National union, char
ters to eacli of which have been Issia-.l.
Tho unions are making excellent plot
less, they having, respectively, forty. -Ix-teen
and twenty-seven local unions at
tached. PurPii- tl.e year the following untlem-il
unions became afllllnleil with our I-vo-erallon.
and to which charters were is.
sued: Tho intcrn.uliinnl Iirotherhood ot
Plncksniiths, the Plumbers, disinters,
Steamlitters and Steamlltters' Helper
United Association or America; the Un'mi
Brotherhood of Paper Mnktrs of Amer
ica, .mil the Gold Heaters' National union.
A number of lc.cn 1 tr.-do unions and fed
eral labor unions were oigamzeil mil
dmrtorcd during the year. New cenual
bodies were organized, and old ones,
vhloh had become defunct, revival.
harters to IS central bodies, 1s:i local
unions mil rlht national tiiilm-, w"iv is
sue,;. LARGE INCRKAS.
With but two exceptions, all our uttu
laici! nation il unions lepoit a large in
crease ot local unions and In member
ship. There Is en ii.crer,so of about :Sia,J
rsembors in the organizations altllttuci.
and f jr whom per capita tax Is paid. over
the number at the end of the lat-l ilsuil
With tho (Mouth ami extension of our
federal labor urlrns we occasional imil
n dilHculty which Is liK-tensim; anil one
which requires constant cot respou.li-in
and attention. Tlirouuli a false notion
Inculcated dining the existence of up
KnlKhts of Labor, It Is dlilleul!, In nun
Jnstances. to ennvince our members oi
federal labor unions of the absolute ne
cessity to niaii'taln the liur-t-ut charac
ter of our movement as a wage-ianiers'
movement. Often through .xpresslons 1 1
kimll) feelings, eiuployei's, suporlnti nil
ents foremen and business men of Un 'u
entities are accepted as members. It lias
occurred that when the enforceiin nt ot
the lawb and the policy of ;,o Feileintlou
has been Insited u,.on. it was assumed
that an injustice was piaetleeci. The
experience) gained that workmen are of
ten reluctant In expressing tlnir tri.e
sentiments or are pruveiiled from taking
such action as would tend to protect them
against any wrongs Inllieteil upon them
by their employers, in a woul have In .-a
placed practically In their union ,u the
same defenseless position and tbev are in
their employment. Again, buslnc-hs men
who for the simple purpose of ml valuing
their own business Interests have joined
the union unci, consequently, evented di
visions and schisms, and diverted the
purpose of the organization. 01 course.
It does not necessarily follow, that ii
causo a business man may Join that it is
simply for the advancement of his own
interests, but in order to avoid the pussl
blllty of wrong in this line the laws and
policy of our organization excludes them
fiom membership. If an employer, super
Intcudenti foreman, business man, etc.. Is
favorably Inclined toward our tellow
workers and our movement, there are
ample opDortunltles for such manifesta
tions without their membership In our
unions. It has required constant vigil
ance nnd caused a good deal of annoy
puce, to prevent a wider spread of the
duujfcr referred to and it, is hoped Unit
somo expression of this convention will
be made to moro cieaily set this mutt'i"
T1IK LATTIMKR TROUHLR
Referring to the firing upon ati'lklng
miners nl Lattliner, Pn., by n sheriff's
posse, Mr. Gompers says:
An Incident connected with the minors
strike reiii'lres special mention here.
While a body of unarmed and defense
less miners were marching upon the pub
lic highways from llnzleton to Lattliner,
Pa., they were met by the sheriff of the
county with a posse of crn cd mercenar
ies, who, without cause or provocation,
and In violation of the constitutional and
natural rights of men, turned upon them
and In cold blood murdered twenty-two
end maimed and crippled as many moro
of them. All reports agree that tho men
attacked were violating no law, gullly ot
no wrong, ttuny of them were shot to
death while fleeing from their malignant
pursuers. This crime ngalnst our laws,
this bmtnllty against Inoffensive men, tin
wall of widows and orphans, the woundld
pride of American citizenship and com
mon humanity cry out not only that ju
tlee shall bo meted out to tbee modern
hyenas, but that never again shnll so
great a wrong be Indicted upon any peo
ple under the cry that I he men killed
and wounded are "foreigners." but oven
though Ibis be true, these foreigners
were lured here by the cupidity of mer
cenary corporations. It Is submitted that
though n man be a foreigner, there nro
some tights, some protection lo which ho
Is entitled, wlijjch even corporations and
their hirelings are hound to rerpect.
If the Judgment of this convention is
that May 1, 1VJS, Is the one upon which
the bugle call for labor shall lie sounded,
none will enter It with greater enthusiasm
and more undaunted spirit than we. Yo,
if the deliberate conclusion ot this conven
tion Is that the simultaneous effort should
be deferred until a more opportune time,
say the postponement of It for one year,
thJt should prevail. I recommend that
the appointment of a special committee
be authorized for the purpose of taking
tills matter under consideration and to
advise the further plan of action.
Reference Is rr.tuli to an interview with
the president In the Interest of labor, 111
which the president expressed himself in
favor of labor organizations nnd initially
so in favor of legislation in the Interest
ol labor. It was suggested that he might
use his great otllee lo lecommend this
legislation to congress. Tie expressed Vn
gret that his llrst nnnunl message would
contain so much important nnd pressing
matter as would preclude the probability
of bis being able to touch upon labor's
interest, but if this was omitted In bis
llrst' message It would be made n subject
of special message to congress.
The decision of the Supreme court ol
Die t'nited States In u case involving the
right of seamen to unit their employment
even when the vessel is safe In liurbor.
Is referred to as adverse to the rights or
seamen and as giving expression to doc
trines entirely Inimical to the interests
of tin people.
The municipal ownership of public
works and postal savings banks and pos
tal telegraph systems are advocated.
AS TO INJUNCTIONS.
On tho question of judicial injunctions,
MY. Gompers says: ,
Of bills dealing with various phases or
tho subject, one passed the senate pro
viding for trial by Jury In contempt pro
ceedings for violation of the injunction.
This bill failed In the house, It Is al
leged, for want of time.
Within the past year the evil of theso
Injunctions has been more fully demon
strated. In thi miners' strike Injunctions
were issued made returnable fully seven
weeks after the writ was issued, evident
ly with the purpose of crippling tho ef
forts of the miners' olllcials, and our
fellow unionists who co-operated with
them, In the hope that by tho time the
writ was made returnable tho strike
would be ended. Though the Injunctions
were frequently Ignored and violated tho
companies or tin courts deemed it pru
dent to avoid arresting the men for con
tempt. While the bill which passed tho
senate, if enacted Into law. would ob
viate a great wrong (namely, by proii-H.ig
for a trial), yet. It Is deemed entirely in
adequate nnd Insulllcient. Wo not only
demand the right of trial bj Jurv lor -my
offense charged, but aire that we. as
workers and citizens, Miall not lie re
strained In the exercise of our lawful and
natural rights. Courts do not and eannjt
issue injunctions restraining- persons tro'n
committing crimes or misdemeanors and
should not when there Is another com
plete remedy at law.
AS TO HOYCOTri.
As to boycott, Mr. Gompers declares
that It is manifest that the woikers
should have the same right which oth
er citizens enjoy th- light which
neither constitutions grant nor couitu
can deny the right to stand by our
friends, uatronlze our .sympathizers
and co-operators, and to withhold our
patronage from those who are antag
onistic to us and our cnuse; and tho
further right to acquaint our people
with our preferences. While there Is
no desire lien to argue In favor ot
our lights, w- should demand the
change of any law which curbs the
piivllege and the light of the vvoik
urs to exercise their normal and nat
ural preferences. In the meantime we
should proceed as we have of old, and
wherever n cottit shall Issue an Injunc
tion restraining any of our fellow
workers from placim; a concern hos
tile to labor's interest on our unfair
list; enjoining ill - workers from is
suing notlocn of this character, the fur
ther suggestion Is made that upon any
Utter or circular issued upon a matter
of this character, after stntlng the
name of the unfair llim and the griev
ance complained of, th work "wc have
been enjoined by the courts from boy.
totting tills concern" could be added
with advantuge. At the same time he
says an unjust or inconsiderate hoy
cut does mote to injure tho cause of
labor than a hundred victories achieved
through its agency would beuellt.
A cordial and hearty welcome is giv
en Messrs. Wilson and Ilaiford. fra
ternal delegates from Cheat Hrltuln.
The suggestion Is made that the of
(leers of tin federation might bo elect
ed by the leferonduiu. Mr. Compels
refeiH at more or ss length to vntioiis
cither matters or Intercbt to lubor.
Washington, Dec. 33 'J lie negotiation
of reciprocity uirnngi meats and treatiis
under the teims of the turlff uct uro go.
lag mi at tile state department under thu
direction of bpecial Commissioner Pleni
potentiary l-.nston with as much speed
as tho delicate and complicated naluio or
tho subjects treated warrant. Tho initial
steps have been taken for arrangements
with a number of countries, but none of
them has as yet been completed,
llrithh Stciinicr Agronnd.
Delaware Hreakwiuer, Pel., Pec. 13.
Tho British steamer Glenochll. which
went unround on the new Delaware
breakwater on November CD, was pulled
off the rociks today, Sho started for
Philadelphia under tow of the lugs North
America and Protector. About fifty faet
of her bottom Is In bad condition and ah
will lmvo to go Into the dry dock.
Said to Have Offered His
Services to Gen.
RICH SPANIARDS HEDGE
Preparing to Appeal to the
Gomez Reported to He Hard Pressed.
J'ate ol Spanish Agents Sunt to In
surgent Lender in Doubt--Iuduco-muiits
lor.Ucmbcrs ol'llie .New 1 orlc
.Inula to Give Their Adlicsiou to
Havana, Via Key West, Kin., Pec. IS.
It Is announced seinl-olllclnlly that
General Snngullly, the Insurgent leader,
1ms written to Marshal Hlanco offering
the latter his services unconditionally.
A dispatch recently received hero
from Mudrid says that the autonomic
cabinet foi Cuba will not be formed
until the iteformists and Autonomists
unite in one party, and that the Re
formist deputy, Amblard. who is now
In Madrid, will, on his arrival in New
York, offer to Manuel linfncl Angulo,
n member of the Cuban Hovolutlonary
Junta, n portfolio in the new Autono
mic cabinet. In order to induce him to
return to Cuba.
Later ndvlces from Madrid seem to
show that Deputy Amblard will be en
trusted with the task of making other
offers to the Cuban Junta, when he
reaches New York. lie is said to have
informed tho Spanish ministers that
he counted upon the adherence of Gen
eral Sangullly to the new order of
things, and, If it Is true that the latter
has offered his services to the captain
general, the lniluence of Amblard at
Madrid will be greatly increased. He
is said to have already received con
siderable sums of money to meet his
expenses, and, it Is further stated, the
Iteformists nnd Autonomists here will
not definitely complete their union un
til his return to Havana.
The commissioners sent by General
I'ando to (liferent parts of the island,
with instructions to negotiate with tin
Insurgent;), looking to their acceptance
of the autonomous form of government
proposed by Spain, have not returned
in a single cas-o, which seems to con
firm the rejwts that some of them
have been hanged by tho Insurgents,
and that others have elected to re
main with the enemy. It is reported,
lor instance, that Juan Pelgado, the
Indulgent leader, has hanged the two
commissioners who wete sent to him
with peace propositions.
Some of the richest Spaniards of
Cuba have held further meetings here,
at Cienfuegos and at Sagua, to con
sider the advisability of sending a pe
tition to President McKlnley, asking
l'ortheestabllshment of a I'nlteel States
protectorate over Cuba, if, within slv
months, the government's plans for the
P'lelficatlon of the island give no re
suilt. The government at Madrid ban ca
bled, to Marshal Hlanco, ordering lilin
to procure by all possible means sup
plies for the troops and others In need
of them, pointing out that the Spanish
agitation in Cuba on this subject is
contrary to the interests of the prev
ent monarchy and in favor of the Car
list agitation in Spain.
It Is officially nnnotinreil that the
Spanish forces commanded by General
Pnndo, in the Province of Puerto Prin
cipe, have been pushing the insurgent
leader. General Maximo Gomez, so
closely tint In was obliged, with about
".00 men of his ecort. to se"k refuge
iti the woods and mountain of La'
. HAITIAN MINISTRY.
Nn iu pi of the Members of tlin Cabinet
of T. Simon Sam An Announced.
lJort-aii-Pilnce, Pec. 13. A proclama
tion was published here at noon today
announcing the composition of the new
Haitian ministry as follows:
Minister of the Interior M. Atigusio
Minister of Commerce and finance-M.
Minister of lCxieilor Itelnllons and or
ship M. Urutus St. Victor.
Minister of War and Marino-M. Gull
lame Yalhrim (who Is now president ol
Minister of Public Work and Agricul
ture M. (.inelnnatus l.ecunto.
Minister o'f Justice and Public Instruc
tion M. Atitolne Carmelnii.
Washington, Pec. IS. Mr. I.eger.
Hainan, minuter to the I'nlted Slates,
raid tonight that the new cabinet might
still be considered liberal in complex
ion, although not of so pronounced
chntaeter as that which had just re
signed. LOTTERY DRIVES IIIM TO SUICIDE.
A Mini round Hanging with Sus
pciideiN About His Neck.
Wilmington, Pel., Pee. 13. Woui
inent over tho loss of lottery tickets
caused Conrad GoeltK, ag.-d no, to com
mlt suicide in the woods near Shell
The body was found this afternoon
bunging fiom a llinh of a tiee, his sus
penders being used foi a noose.
Lima, via Galveston, Pec. It. The
chamber of deputies having recently jx-presse-d
its disapproval of the proposed
simple registration of non-Catholic mar
riage's, today by a large majority passed
a 1)111 sanctioning such marriages on
.Siipicma Court Rcops.
Washington, Pec. 13. The United ststo-s
Stipremi court will tako a recess nxt
Monday for tho Christmas hoPdajs, re
sinning its sittings again on Monday the
3rd of January.
SYMPATHY FOR THE PRESIDENT.
.Message!" of Condolence, from All
Over the fiiind.
Canton. ().. Pec. 13. The cask'i bear
ing the remains of Nancy Allison Mc
Klnley Is nearly burled In a cn of
Unworn. All morning express wagons
have been carrying their loads of llor
ul offerings to the memory of the cle
partfd. They come to Miss Helen Mc
Klnley, the president's sister, who,
through all the trials of the past ten
clays, has ecnrcely left the bedside of
her dying mother. Hut messages ot
sympathy and tokens of regard come
from greater distances than flowers
can carry. The wires and the malls
nre overloaded with wotds of condol
ence. President Kaure,, of Prance; am
bassadors ubroad, United (States con
suls, the nmbassadors of other coun
tries, stationed nt Washington, gov
ernors of states, judges, United States
senatoin, congressmen and other pub
lic olllcials, Grand Army posts, and
friends by thousands from all parts
of the civilized world, have sent ex
pressions of their sympathy to the
home of the departed mother of the
president of the I'nlted" States.
The funeral service will open with
a chant. "Still. Still With Thee," by
the Aeoleon quartette, which will ren
der nil of the music of the Hcrvice.
This will be followed by prnyer by
Hew K. P. Hcrbruck: two hymns which
were especial favorites of Sirs. Mc
Klnley, have been chosen to be ren
dered by the quartette; Rev. Pr. Mll
llgan, of the Presbyterian church, will
nnnounct "Jesus, Lover of My Soul,"
and ltev. Roper, of the Haptlst church.
"Nearer My God to Tnee." The quar
tette will also lender "Lend, Kindly
Light." A scriptural losmm will bo
read by Rev. Pr. John Hall, of Trinity
Lutheran church, and a l)iif address
will be delivered by Rew Pr. Manches
ter. Benediction will be pronounced by
Rev. Pr. McAfee, of the Uroael Street
Methodist church of Columbus, who
was the president'? pastor while he
was governor of Ohio. After the ser
vices an opportunity will be given the
e-ongregntion to view the remains.
Washington, Dec. 13. Tho members
of the cabinet who will attend the fu
neral of Mrs. McKlnley, mother of the
president, In Canton tomorrow, left
Washington at 7.20 tonight over the
Pcnnrylvanla railroad. There were in
th party Secretary and Mrs. Alger.
Attorney Geneial and Mrs. McKenna,
Postmaster General Gary, Secretary
Wilson, sccictary I'llss. Mr. Porter
nnd Mrs. Porter. The party will reach
Canton about 10 o'clock Tuesday morn
ing and will leav for Washington to
morrow night. The president will re-i
tutn witli them, and there will be in
addition several of the president's per
sonal friends from Canton.
The White House will be closed to
visitors tomorrow and the Hags on all
of the public buildings will be at. half
mast but the 'departments will not he
There were a number of iloral trib
utes from the memb'-is of the cabinet
on the Canton train, also one from
Vice President Hobart and one from
Secretary and Mrs. Porter.
Winners ol the Six Day Iticvclo Race
(Jet Their Cnh.
New York. Pec. 13. The winner.' In
the six-day bicycle race were today
awarded their pri7.es. All the men ex
cept Hale Mere piesent. The awards
were as follows:
Mlllei, $1,300 and $:'00 for beating
Hale's lecoid: Rice, MOO; S'iilnneer,
iaU0; Hale, $3.-,0. Waller. .tSOO; Pierce.
$:'00; Golden, W.0; Gannon. $12.V, Kn
terimm. $100; Kikes, $Io0; G. Rlvlerre,
".-; Julius, Moors and Reaeom, $r0
each. Gray nnd Johnson got nothing:.
Two allldavlts were handed to the
managers recording tho much discuss
ed measurement of the bicycle track.
Lloyd Collls, cily surveyor, nwor- that
he measured the track and founl a
shortage of L'77.:'( feet to the mil.
The ailldavit further states that the
score should be as follows- Miller,
l.i'SS miles and SSI yards; Rice. 1,920
iilk and 22.'! yards; Sehlnneer, 1..D"
miles and 1,2'i" yards; Utile, 1,81:1 miles
and Ma yatds.
The other affidavit 'uibnilttel by O.
O. ntingtil. city sunevor, coullrmed
1)1(1 SLUMP IN WHEAT.
Armour nud Loiter Crowd .Manipulate
Mm Let and llake I,iiin"n Shiver.
Chicago. Pec. in. There were no pre
monitory symptoms today of the rum
pus In December wheat that shook the
pit to Its center for fifteen minutes
about an hour fiom the close of the
session. That delivery was worth from
101U to 105 most of the inornlng, and
nil at once it began to show decided
weakness. liefore the crowd could
realise what was happening It was be
ing offered at !)7'i and closed at 09'i,
or at a decline of live c nts n bushel
since Saturday. May was compara
tively steady, its loss for the day be
ing only .
linth Armour and the Lelter crowd
wen said to have sold heavily, and
tills selling was instrumental in caus
ing the slump. Tlie large amount of
contract wheat, which arrived in Chi
cago, made the decline easy.
DIED FROM A BROKEN BACK.
Spanuier Wns Injured While Reiug
Hoisted I'rom n .lliue,
Pi-nver, Col., Pec. IX Michael Spang
ler, who hail been lingering between
life and death with n broken back
since last TucBduy, the result of an
accident to the? machinery which ho
was being hoisted In ut tho shatt of the
Crown Point, Virginia, mine, near Ida
ho Springs, Is dead after five days of
Mr. Spangler was flfiy years of age,
and was one of the leudlng business
men of this city. Mr. Spangler was
acting receiver of the Crown Point,
Svw .Minister ut PlttMoii.
New York. Dec. Hi. At ,i meeUiu; of tho
New York Presbytery held today, Rev.
W. It. Harrn.v, for the past eight years
pastor of tho First Union church, was
formally dismlsVcd from tho New York
to tho Lackawanna Presbytery. Ho is
going to a church ot Plttston, Pa.
New York. Dec. 13. Cleared: Trnve.
ltremeii vlul Southampton, Autweip Ar
rived; Wt'iiternliiiiu, New York.
BY BIG FIRE
Business Heart of the
Town Laid in Ashes
DOZEN BUILDINGS BURNED
High Wind Helped Along the
Work of Destruction.
Simpson A- Walking' Store, Geary A.
Pills' Livery nnd Undertaking Ks
tnblisliment nnd Percy Grunslnu'
Ilnrbcr Shop a Totnl Loss-.Trcc-mnn's
lllock mid Other Structures
Also Attnckcd--Plttston lire De
partment Called Upon for Help.
Duryea was visited by a disastrous
conflagration this morning which left
a big and blackened gap in the very
heart of the thriving little town.
Nine business places and four barns
were prey to the flames, and a num
ber of other buildings, the postolllce
among them, were attacked and par
The Haines started at about 12.20 a.
m. In Pill's barn, which Is situated on
the easterly side of Main street, and
fanned by the stiff breeze, which had
sprung up only shortly before, spread
witli marvelous rapidity.
Simpson & Watklns' general store,
adjoining on one side. Pill's livery
and undertaking establishment. Percy
Grumshnw's barber sho., located in
the Pill building, Simpson & Watklns'
barn, Thoma Connell's barn, all on
the easterly side of the street, and
closely adjacent to th Pills' barn, were
Then the Unities swept across the
street, and Ignited the Freeman block.
In which were located Grlmshaw's
store. Hacken's tailor shop. Poherty's
csalonn, a small store and residences on
tho upper floor. At the last accounts
there weie only fair hones of saving
The Ruryea lire company saw at once
that it was unable to coj with the
die, and telephoned to Plttston for
help. The Kagles responded, and later
a general alarm was sent out for the
The loss could not be falily estimat
ed at tho time of writing, as the lire
watf still In progress and the excite
ment intense. The Simpson & Wat
kins loss was given out as $20,000, $10,
000 on the building and $10,000 on stock.
Rotli losses are fully covered by in
EXCITEMENT AT PARIS.
Prominent Kcntuckinns Are ('barged
with Attempt nt Itiihcry.
Paris, Ky., Pec. 12. Great excitement
was caused here tonight hen Hon. K.
M. PlckMon, attorney for defendant in
the Thomas Woodford will case, asked
James K. Canttill to discontinue the
trial until an investigation could be
held as lie had information that there
had been an effort to bribe numbers of
tl-o Jury. The judge sent the Jury nut,
put Mr. Plckson under osith and asked
him the source of his itifoimation.
Plckson stated he was in honor bound
not to divulge the name of his Inform
ant. The coiitt threatened imprisonment
ard the attorney slated that W. II.
Thomas, son of Senator-iiect J. M.
Thomas, had told him that Hon. John
T. Iliutou. member of the legislature,
ur.d .1. Hale Woodford, one of the ben
eficiaries ot the will and a nronilncnt
fanner ami turfman, weie i liatgcd with
attempted biibcry. Tin court Issued
a file against Hiiiton, Woodford and
Thomas, leturnable at it o'clock to
morrow. The estate Involved Is esti
mated al $20a,oon.
LIKE CHILDISH SPITE.
Representative Johnson' Proposl
tiou to Kill the Senl.
Washington, Pec. lu. Professor Pa
vld Starr Jordan, president of Stan
ford university, who was the leading
expert for tlie United States govern
ment In the seal negotiations here last
autumn, protests usulnst any such
proposition us that piesented In tlie
bill to be Introduced by Representa
tive Johnson, of North Dakota, looking
to the immediate klllintf of all of the
seals on tho seal Island as the readiest
manner in which to prevent further
friction between tho United States and
Canada. He says the proposition is
abominable, as the fur seal Is one of
the most Interestlni; fonns of life, as
well an one of the most valuable com
mercially. He udds:
"The Prybllof herd once yielded 100.
OOo aklns annually worth $2,000,000 or
more, and without Injury to Itself.
This would represent a cusli value of
$25,000,000. If properly protected It will
again reach this value. These llgures.
leprasent u sum too great to be thiown
away in childish spite."
.Murder V.iiiliet Revised.
Washington. Pec. 12. The United Slates
Supreme court today reversed the murder
verdict of tho lower court in tho case ot
Thomas Uran, under senlcnce of death In
Mussnchusetts, for murdering Caplnlu
Nash, of the steamer Herbert Puller,
while bound from Huston for Smith Amer
ica. Uran was ulo charged with thn
murder of Mrs. Nash and ..into Ulain
berg. The higher couit holds thai liran's
testimony should nolyiuvc been cidmllh-d.
' !nrlylo' SlmXr Pie.
Toronto, Ont., Pec. 13.-VIrs. Jnnot Car
lylo llauiiig'in, sister of Thomas Carlyle.
tho author nnd. tho last luembcr of tlis
family, died today at the L-sliluneo of her
boii'lu-kwv In IhL city, ugch ii years,
CIVIL SERVICE OUTLOOK.
The Work of Changing tho haws
Washington. Pec. IX The outlook
for changing the civil service law Is be
ing actively ennvassed among Repub
lican members of the house ns a ie
siilt ot the conference held Saturday
night. Tile members of (he special
committee having the matter in charge
arc trying to shape a bill that It will
command, the support ot a number of
divergent elements. One of theso Is
Hie Pemiicrntlc minority, which, com
bined with the Republicans opposed to
the present law would be strong enough
to carry a hilt. Rut In canvassing the
situation it has been found thatAlent
oerntlo members would favor a com
plete repenl of the law, but would op
pose anything short of a repeal.
As the Republican movement Is not
toward complete repeal, tint rather for
modification of the law, tltere appears
to le no basis upon which the nntl
clvil service reformers of both parties
can unite. II is claimed, however, that
a modification bill will receive the
votes of two-thirds of the Republican
members anil will have a good chance
of passing the senate and receiving the
NINE HOUR DAY.
Grunted hy tho Publihcis ol New
York Printing Houses.
New York, Pec. 1.1. President Sam
uel It. Ponnelly, of Typographical
union. No. 6, at a meeting of the union
held in this city tonight, announced
that Cm of the 102 publisher! had grunt
ed the re quest of the union for a nliie-
hcur day. Among the publlsherr who
concodttd to the request of the union
were John Rrlsben Walker, of the Cos
mopolitan: the Martin B. Krovvn Print
ing company; William T. Adklns, the
New Yotk Clloper: the Illustrated
American, Mrs. Frank Leslie, Punk .vl
Wngnall's Publishing company: Chns.
C. P.ursoyne. the Lockwood Press;
Nlcol & Royce. A. S. Seer. George P.
Powell nnd Trank V. Strauss. Styles
& Cash. Prank Tousey. the Pry Goods
nconomlst. and the Williams Printing
About twenty book machine olllces
also consented to n nine-hour day.
1'rrslilent Ponnelly said that tlie
other olllces would doubtless come into
the compact nnd that the Impending
strike villi probably be averted. Pur
tber conferences will be held tomorrow
with the dissenting publishers, reports
of which will be handed In al n meet
ing of the union tomorrow night.
Comptroller Lekols Agnin I'.scnpcs
nnd Points Out the Avvlnl CouUi
tion oi the Country.
St. Louis. Pec. 13. Comptroller TTck
els, who Is In the city as n guest of
t'e Commeiclal dub, dellveicd a speech
i fine that body tonight, taking as his
subject "A Great Nution's Weakness."
He said, in part:
"This nation stands out fiom all Its
sister nations as having monetary and
financial laws, which Invite public dis
grace and private disaster. The gov
ernment now presents the rather pit
iable spectacle of ti boasted great na
tion resting Its monetary Integrity
upon the mere chance of having a man
of sound principle and strong sense ot
right In tlie executive chair. If by tho
accidency of an election a man of un
sound monetary views or weak will
should be placed In iillice. the whole
financial fabric would go to pieces and
the country would find Itself without
credit at home or standing abroad.
"Tlie banks of the country are strong
enough to undertake tin Is"" - of all
tin ci edit currency that clii 'u.es. If
they are too weak to support a safely
guarded bank note issued, bailed upon
assets, by which tin commercial needs
of the country only can be responded
to. tin moveme-nt Is not less weak. The
Insolvency of Cie one would mark the
Insolvency of the other, for when a
point Is reached where the combined
assets of the country's banks will not
bear tin volume of the currency need
ed to entry on the country's business,
the government, as well as the Indi
vidual, will be hopelessly Involved in
(i oak milker's ()iuniii.e.
New York, Pec-. U Tile orgunUiil
cioakmakers of this eliv, ('hi' ago. has
ten and other I'lothing- rent its are con
sidering the advisability of orguntidnK
as a national union, having for(its ulti
mate purpose tile abolition ut' Hi'" sweat
ing system two years heme. Tlie 'Initial
step in the matter will be taken In tins
ell) the early part of next week when a
mass meeting of t In organled elo.ik
makers of this city and vicinity will be
held. The lleriild's Weather I'orecnst.
New York. Pec. It. In tin mlilille
states and .New I-'ngland. today, i louuv
weather will pievall. with ram. neatly
stationary leiupi-rutiiir and Iresh to
brisk northeasterly winds, .ihlfting on Hie
Middle Atlantic coast towaid southea-t-
j i-rly. becoming high, followed by fog from
the Virginia capes lo Saiviy I look. Da
VVfdm-Mliiy. In buili of these s-ctlon,
cloudy to partly clomlv weather will pre-
! villi, with slightly higher tcniperatiue,
i preceded by rain or snow, and lmli o
brisk variable winds, high on tho coat-ts,
I and followed In tins section hy dealing.
probably In the forenoon.
TIIK NKWS THIS MOKMXti.
Weather Indication Today!
Main; liasterly WlflQs.
1 General Pii'slclcnl Hamper's Report to
the Atueriiall federation of LuliOi'.
Rutr.ored Tender of Sanglillly's Ser
vices to Spain.
Pltiistrous i'lre at Puryeu.
2 Stale Superior Court Peclslons.
a Local Plan to Convert liltuminous
Into Anthracite Coal,
Comment of tho Press.
r. Gold Discovery in the Yukon District,
Local Hoard of Control In Session.
Local Street Commissioner Dun-
plug's New Schome.
Lecture Hy Geinural Gordon.
Local West Sldo nnd Suburban.
Lackawanna County News.
Neighboring County Happi nhis.
The Scheme Discussed
at Length in the
ARGUMENTS IN IT'S FAVOR
Would Prevent Issue of Bonds
in Time of Peace.
No llusincss of luipoitauco Is Trans
acted in the Iloitsu ol Representa
tives. -The Kntira Session Con
sumed In Adjusting n Personal Dis
pute Itetvrccn Mr. Hepburn, of
Intvii, mid Ml. Xoitou, ol 01iio--.V
Tempest in a Teapot.
Washington, Pec. 1,1. Mr, Lodge
(Muss.) made an effott in the senate
today to secure an Immediate vote up
on his immigration bill, which is sub
stantially the same measure that was
passed by tlie Plfty-fourth congress
and vetoed by President Cleveland.
Mr. Allen (Neb.) objected to nn Im
mediate vote and suggested that the
tlnal vote on the amendments and tin
bill be taken nn Monday, Jan. 17, nt "
p. in. This suggestion was accepted
by Mr. Lodge, arid the order for a vote
at that time was made. Mr. Gorman,
chairman of the Democratic steering;
committee, nresented an order which
was adopted, rearranging some of tin
committee assignments of some of tin
Pemociatlc niembei.s, made necessary
by the lncominir of some new mem
bers. At the openlnir of the se'nate, Chap
lain .Mil burn made touching reference
to the death of the president's mother.
Mr. Rutler CN. C.) spoke at length
upon amendments he had offered to tlie
bill which lie had previously intro
duced providing for a postal savings
bank system. Such a system would,
fn his opinion, insure greater comfort
In the hoines of the plain people of the
land, as a great majority of them
would certainly become depositors In
such banks. As another argument In
favor of such a system, Mr. Rutler de
clared that If the system were estab
lished there would never bo another
issue of bonds by the government In
time of peace. It would give men of
small means uu opportunity to increase
their capital, would place a greater
amount of money in circulation and
afford betiellls to nil the people of In
Mr. Gorman (Mel.), of the Pomo
cratlc Hteerins committee, presented
an oider mukiiiz some changes in tin
Democratic representation on th
standing committee and ot the senate.
It was adopted without debate.
The Immigration bill was then called
up, with the result above stated,
Mr. Wilson (Wash.) piesented a reso
lution directing the civil service com
mittee to transmit to the senate a
rtateineiit by fiscal year since 1M)n.
showing the total number of persons
examined, the total number passed and
the total number appointed in the sev
eral branches of the government ser
vice, and the total number of persons
on tlie eligible lists of the .several
branches of the civil service at the
beginning of those fiscal yeais. The
resolution was agieed to.
At l.m the senate adjourned.
Kxcept tin leportlng by Mr. Ring
ham, of Pennsylvania, of the legisla
tive, executive and judicial appropria
tion bill, which Is to be considered to
morrow, the house did no public busi
ness today. The entire session via
consumed in adjusting a personal dis
pute between Mr. Hepburn, of Iowa,
and Mr. Norton, of Ohio, which gu-w
out of a controveisy that occurred
last week dining the debate on the pen
sion bill. The point nt lissiie was as
to whether u certain word used by Mr.
Not ton, but which lie afterward dis
claimed any intention of using, should
ojjpear In tlie permanent record. Mi.
Hepburn offered to withdraw a motion
he made to niuke the record conform
to the stenographer's report if Mr.
Norton would again disavow the woi.l
on the floor, but this Mr. Norton de
clined to do, nnd utter a long debate
Involving th" practices of house ami
the ameuttlcK between members, tin
house by a party vote, 130 to 121, su
t din d Mr. Hepburn's motion.
Mr. Iflugliani, of Pennsylvania, uske.l
unanimous consent for tin considera
tion of iv resolution to print 2.000 cophx
of the testimony of the civil servieo
commission before the appropriations
committee for the use of the lions .
The wink of tho commission was pn
vided for In this appropriation bill,
and as it was the purpose of tho com
mittee to ullow the widest latitude i
debate In the consideration of this
It -m. In thought tlie house should be
In possession of this testimony. Theie
was no objection and tin resolution win
Mr. Cannon, chairman of the rum
mi (tee on appiiipilutlnus, secured
unanimous consent for the consldeiu
tlon of an urgent dellclency bill, vvlibh
he explained carried but three Items.
faO.ooo for the construction of a build
ing at tlie naval academy: JM.000 for
the payment of the temporary em
ployes of the house and senate, and
il7ii,000 for ih- payment of tho mileage
of senntors and lepresentatlveo. Th.
mileage ordinary uv'allable at the reg
ular session of congress, he explained,
had been used to pay nilleag- at the
oxlra session. The bill was passed
The paHsage at arms between Messrs.
Norton nnd Hepburn then occurred.
The point was whether the former hail
used tho word "most" or "majiyM in
reference to soldiers on the pensloiv
roll during last week's debate.