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CALCULATED TO tXGlTE ILL FEELING
Current Reports May Embarrass the Work
of Distributing Supplies.
no Lome IHscrolitH tlio SlurlcH of Ex*
treib? NufferliiB Fnl>H?li???l In Thin
Country nmi Ntrongly JIIiiIh '1 lint
Spain I? Able (oTahf rnrc of Her
Own? KnoroT Itcliig Kondfrefl by
Aiitlmi-ICIe.* In Hnvann-.SnllVrer*
to Dlniuc lor Tltcir Own t'onilltlon.
"Washington, Dec. 2S, 1S07.
Mr. Dupuy de Lome, the Spanish
minister, expresses wtrong disapproval
of reports that the relief measure!
adopted by the United States and co?
operated in by Spain are a step to?
ward intervention by this Government
In the affairs of Cuba. The minister
characterizes such reports as an ef?
fort to mix politics with charity, and us
calculated to/ excite 111 feeling which
?will embarrass the charitable movement
and Impede its execution in Havana
and 'throughout the isaiul. Referring
to the subpect he said ito-day:
"This talk of intervention in certain
quarters has no other purpose than to
embitter belli countries and to divert
the original purpose of alms-giving.
The extension of aid to sufferers in
Cul;a 1s no more intervention than
?was the action of all the nations of
the world, Including Spain, to extend
help to Chicago after the big:Are, or
that of the United Srales in sending a
chip load of grain to Russia and last
year to India, and ito the city of Lon?
don in sending food and money tn
Paris when the siege by the German?
Turning to a dispatch just received
from Dr. Congosto, Secretary General
at Havana, the minister proceeded,
quoting In pant from the dispatch:
"It Is not true that the Snahlsh au?
thorities in Cuba are not equal to
the situation. Succor Is being given
abundantly and relief committees nre
In regular operation. In two of the
provinces?Puerto Principe and Santia?
go de Cuba?'there has been no concen?
tration. Fon'.y plantations nre grind?
ing sugar, and there is ample work for
those who want it. Jinny of -the ro
concenlrndo-s who are reported In he
suffering, are In such condition through
an unwillingness to work. The energy
wl'th which relief measures nre being
conducted In Havana is slnwn a
glance at the Havana papers every day,
'where there arc long lists of char?
itable donnllons from private par?
ties of condensed milk, corn ine.il and
like articles spednlly serviceable for
the relief of children. Tt should be
borne In mind, nlso, thmt the Spanish
government hns remitted all duties on
reller supplies sent to Cuba, so that
for every dollar of supplies entering
Cuba, Spain adds a conslJcrdbta per
centa.ge, the remitted duties running
from 10 per cent. down.
"It Is perfectly well understood that
the American heln will bs received
with the spirit thai It is g * ?, nnd
the American government, as Secre?
tary Sherman expressed in his r.-c-nt
I otter, offers the will -oo.vn gene?
rosity of the Amori.cin people In tin
same spirit thnt they hnv> accepted
foreign help in cases of public calamity
It seems that some persons, who make
statements ns to comlUlMlS in Cuba,
forget that the avils cf war conn ?!
be mitigated in a shirt lime. T'n-y
fail to compare the a itual situation of
ito-day with that of the past, and Int-,
?totally disregnrd the efforts made to
answer those who will go lo Auch an
extreme as to mix inter rout Ion ami In?
trusion with the ao:s of m?rey of a
nation well known for its generosity
I.KITKB NKjRMN TO wi.\.
Nenvern Henten in lit* Flein on Oiiixl
Ity or Grain involved tu wbcni
Chicago, 111., Dec. 2.S.?Jnspeh F. Loi?
ter has apparently won n victory in
his fight with George A. Senvern, the
grain elevator owner, ns to the quality
of wheat to lip delivered on Letter's
contracts. Leiter's commission men,
Alexander Geddes & Co., sent the
steamer Iron King last week to Scav
crn'B elevator, the Alton, to load with
No. 2 red winter wheat. By .the time
8,000 bushels of the steamer's cargo of
7.1,000 bushels had been spouted into
Its hold Letter's private Inspectors
turned the wheat down. They declared
It not up to contract. Mr. Senvern now
offers to take the wheat out of the ves?
sel and to give a different grade.
Leiter and his commission men say
the big fight of the great wheat deal Is
now on; thnt they intend to get Just the
kind of wheat they bought and ho
poorer. They have a fleet of vessels, of
which the Iren King Is only one, ready
to take nil the No. 2 red winter wheat
for which they hold contracts In the
I Alton elevator, nlKUtt 270,000 bushels.
Last night It was understood that the
elevator people would remove the wheat
already In the boat and tender a new
lot. Kxcitlng times may follow. The
Leiter people look for the same sort ot
wheat over again, clairnlns 'that the
Alton grain has been mixed down too
line, and that It is too late to chango
It. ir this happens the private Inspec?
tors employed by Leiter will protest,
the appeals committee will at once be
called anew und .the fight will be mado
If it ?hould happen that the appeals
committee should throw out any quan?
tity of the grain tendered by any ele?
vator a sensation might follow. The
Stntc Grain Inspection Department has
Inspected the grain Into the houses,
thereby permitting warehouse receipts
to be issued against It. 'The State
could be held responsible in case it de?
veloped its employes had been .too len?
There arc about 8.000,000 bushels of
contract wheat In the Chicago eleva?
tors. Leiter owns It all. It is still In
the possession of the elevator people.
Certain cargoes were taken from Ar?
mour and found very satisfactory. It
Is, however, only as Leiter begins to
load wheat out of the elevator* that
he can telt what kind of gram he is to
get on his contracts.
I'll/. WIM. Fid KT.
um Defend iiiH'i'lilo or Ctmmploh?
Corbet! anil McCoy .tinst I?i> Nome
'Chicago. Dec. 28.?(Martin Julian to?
day on behalf of Robert FKzslmnions,
made the following signed statement:
"Fltsslmmonn will defend his :i.nht
to the title of champion. Mrs. FKs
."imnions has released him from his
promise of retirement."
Referring to the conditions on which
Fltzslmmons will fight Corbett and Mc?
Coy, Julian's ftateinent says:
"These conditions are a.s follows: Lot
Corbftt Ijea't a mun ?kq (M?her or
Choyriskl and establish his right as a
member of Bob's clasp. Let McCoy heat
h!s way up 'to a commanding position
and come alang with his challenge at
t or ward. Hut first, McCoy must light
a IH opponent a't the middle-weight
limit, and not a't catch weights."
The statement concludes as follows:
"I am not going to allow Mr. Fltsslm
mons to accept offers from Inferior men.
When the proper time combs Kits will
meet them all, one after the other, In
the same ring, if heeds be."
New York. Dec. 28.?Kid McCoy an?
nounced to-night tha't he had arranged
to meet Al Smith in this city to-mor?
row and that he will then post $1,000 as
a guarantee that he will meet ans- man
named by Fltzsimmons. Ii Is to meet
Martin Julian's condition, announced in
Chicago to-day that McCoy has arrang?
ed to-morrow's conference. He is anx?
ious, he says, to find out who Flts?
slm mons wauls him to fight.
NO StKIttSY FOR WIFK nr.ATRRH.
jttiltro K?whnrc?r ?Ivos Actor K?l?
citlie a Lecture .tinner H'llh Iii?
New York, Dec. 2S.?Edward J. Itat
clllte, the actor, who was found guilty
of assault In 'the third degree for
Striking his wife, was to-day sentenced
16 six months in the penitentiary.
Lawyer Towns, counsel for Itatcliffe,
made a motion for a new trial, which
was denied. Mr* Towns then said it hat
there was some Justification for the
Judge Newburger looked a I Mr. Towns
with astonishment, and said: "1 am sur?
prised to hear counsel make such an
admission." The Judge alien said, after
referring lo the recommendation for
mercy made by the jury: "Wife beat?
ing may lie popular in some countries
but not in America. 1 propose in your
case to mele out such punishment as
will serve as a warning to others that
?they must not repeal an offense of
Rat el life was taken back to his cell
in the Tombs to await transfer to
the penitentiary on RlackweU'a Island,
where he will be confined at hard labor.
Supreme Conn Justice Dickey, a.t
White Plains this afternoon, granted
a temporary stay to Ratcllffe, returna?
ble in Brooklyn on Monday nex?t. The
actor will remain in Jail pending the
argument as to whether there' Shall not
a retrial of the charge of assault.
FOOD AT DAWNON.
Hot um I na l'iiwii'iitti'rs Kay Ttirrri Ar*
Supplies Oll JS II II ll to I.HSI t'lltll
Seaittle. Wash., Dec. 28.?The steamer
Alkl arrived here to-day fit 1 p. m.
(bringing advices from Dawson City
up to November 25th. The Alki's pas?
sengers included thirty persons who
left Dawson between November 22d
and 2Mb. All, without exception, say
?there will be no starvation at Daw
son ithIS winter or next spring. When
informed of ihe action being taken by
the United states Government to send
it a relief expedition, they said it was
unnecessary and uncalled for. Seve?
ral thousand men have gone from Daw
son 'to Port Yukon, where there is an
unlimited supply of provisions. Those
remaining In Dawson have three regular
meals every day, and have enough sup?
plies In Sight 10 last well into the
spring. No sickness is reported ait
Dawson. and everybody there is In
much better circumstances and worry?
ing less over the food situation than
their friends on the outside Imagine.
Nearly all those who arrived on <h'
Alki to-day were at Dawson City only
about three months, having started in
with the first rush in the latter part
of July. They came out to purchase
their outfits for next season. The
Alki's passengers brought out. it |S es?
timated about $1:0 000 gold in dust and
It is easy to catch cold, and Jus! n?
easy 'to get rid of it if you commence
early to use One Minute Cough Cine. It
cures cough's, cold?. bronchtltfi, pneu?
monia and all throat and lung troubl >i
I It Is pleasant lo take, safe to ore and
iiurc to eure. J. M. Trottes?. Norf Olli j
H. L Walker, Trultt & Smith, Berkley.
NORFOLK'S NEW PUBLIC BUILDING
The U. S. Courthouse and Postoffice.
The Virginian presents to the peopla
of Norfolk lo-tlay a handsome picture
of the new United States Courthouse
nnd postof?co building. The site ha.s
been selected and paid for and $lfi7.0'i?
is now avail i bio. for ii;< erection. As
soon as the weather opens?about two
mouths?the building will be com?
menced. The Treasury Is now preparing
the spccifltallons, uiion which bids for
the erection of the structure will lie in?
vited at an early day. As shown in the
cult, no ?towur is provided, nnd Super?
vising Architect Ttylor thlriks the
building will look better without one
than with It, as the site is rather low,
and a lower, ':o be seen at a "distance,
would have to be ISO feet high, which
would give it rather an attenuated op
As at present designed, the building
above the first story Is to be construct?
ed of -buff colored brick, but Treasury
officials appear to think lhait the ap?
propriation available (?lf>7.000) Us suf?
ficient to conjunct the whole building
of granite, and bids for a granite build?
ing will probably be Invited, together
wJth others, .according to present plans.
The -"ite upon which the new build?
ing will be erected Is a 'trapezium,!
which has a frontage on Plume street
of 142 feet nine and onc-hnlf Inches
und on Atlantic street of 150 feet. The
building will have a frontage of 02 foot
on the former street and 120 feet four
Inches 6n the I viler.
Thi> main entrance, giving central ac?
cess to the posUblllce proper will be sit?
uated on Plume street, and a .secondary
oritTaneo <m* Atlantic street. The latter
will also give entrance lo the postodlcc,
but Is Intended particularly for direct
approach to the cl?valor and?tairs>lead?
ing to the courtroom and olllces above
the iirst lloor.
The design I? n dignified one In the
style of the Italian Renaissance, con
te-mpl.ilting a basement of gran-He, a
first story of either marble or light col?
ored limestone, and .second and third
stories of buff colored brick, but with
window jambs, corner nuoln?, etc., of
j the sonic material as In the llrt.'t ytory,
In the basement will be roO'nfs for
fuel, heating and Ventilating apparatus,
toilet room for the pcstoftlce employes
and a lounging room for the letter car?
riers when off duty.
The first floor will he given up en?
tirely to the postoillee, 'the main por?
tion being used as a working room,
but there will also be provided rooms
for the postmaster, assistnnt poslm is?
ter, money order and registry divis?
ions and the necessary vaults, toilet
The mailing pla*tform, where all the
incoming mall Is received and all out?
going mail Is-delivered, will be on 'the
west side of the building and be acces
slble from cither Plume street or At?
On Wie second floor will lie located (he
court mom, with rooms for the judge,
clerk of the court, district n>t'tornoy,
grand Jury and also toilet rooms,
The third floor will contain Jury
rooms, witness rooms, quartets for the
m urshnl, toilet rooms, etc.
Altogether the edifice will he a credit
'to 'the government, to the architects
(Wyatt .Sr. Nolting) and to the supervis?
ing architect of the Trensury Depart?
ment, Mr. .lames Knox T lylnr, who will
represent the Treasury Department in
all matte:..' pertaining to the general
arrangement and to the financial side.
The Norfolk public, building Is the
ftirst to 'be erected under, the Tar."ney
Set! fnvlllng competition from private
architects, nnd Messrs. Wya'tt &. Nolt?
lng, of Baltimore, Md., were selected.
Seven compotltolrs were chosctn on
account of 'their prominence In the
profession and with regard to their lo?
cation, ns on the successful competitor
devolve.? the local supervision of the
, The judges upon whose recommenda?
tion Mr. Gage decided the competition
were'Mr. CJeorge P.- Post, of New York,
president of the American Institute of
AtchHedts; Daniel II. Burhham, of Chi?
cago, ox-president of the same society,
and the acting supervising architect of
the Treasury Department Taylor.
AFFAIRS IN THE EAST
Uncertain Attitude of the Powers Increases
CELESTIALS WORRIED ABOUT AN ECLIPSE
Japanese .Ministry UcHigiiM- Germany
w i>.i wiiiitirnu-from KtuttClion nay
hikI Jiiurinese Fiedln Prepared to
Act In Concert.
Pekin, Doc. 2S, 1S07.
TQie Germ an question I? u rise: tied.
China's dJltloulty Is Increased, owing to
uncertainty of the attitmh: of the Pow?
ers. Germany's withdrawal from
KIno-Chou Bay is said to be conditional
upon her finding a suitable oiavat sta?
tion elsewhere. China in becoming
alarmed at the present situation. 'Die
Government appears to be utterly pow?
erless. No answer has been received
from Russia concerning the proposed
loan. There are calamitous forebodings
ecainectcd with the sun's eclipse on the
Chinese New Year's Day.
Yokohama, Dec. 'JS.?Owing to the
failure of the Premier, Marquis Saig.?,
to reconstruct the Cabinet, all the mem?
bers of that body have resigned. The
newspapers demand the formation of a
very .strong Ministry cnjiable of coping
with the situation In the Kast.
Dondon, Dec. 28.?A dispatch to the
Times from Kobe, Japan, says the dis?
solution of tlio diet lias greatly angered
the political parties. It Is probable
?that the Marquis llo, former premier,
and Count Okuma, a former foreign
minister, will form a conlltlon minis?
try, with a vigorous foreign policy.
The military party Is eager for action;
extraordinary activity prevails at tin?
military and naval depots, and war?
ships are assembling nt Nagaskl.
Dondtci, Dee. 2S.?A special dispatch
from Shanghai says the British Heel
iits anchored at fort Hamilton. The
dispatch further says that a report is
current at Chee Foa to thr effect that
the Japanese fleet has also arrived at
I' m Hamilton.
The Globe this nflcrrioari says a pri?
vate tttj'egium reached Ixmdon las;
evening, announcing tha-t over iwfoty
British war ships have arrived at Port
Ki nd in, Dec. 2!?.?A special dispatch
from Shanghai, dated yesterday (Tues?
It Is reported Hint a Japanese fleet
of over twenty war ships Is waiting
near tlnto Island, outside Nagasaki,
fully equipped for war and only awalt
iiiig a/htttructions. This Includes the
Ynshlmn and the Fuji, ;two of the thirst
vessels in the Japanese navy, and the
Chen Ytieij, that was captured from
China. The Japanese fleet, it Is under?
stood, is acting in close touch with the
British squadron under Vice-Admiral
sir Alexander Bullock, oommnnder-in
chief <m the China station.
Japan will certainly oppose a per
| maneivt Russian occupation of Port Ar
I thur. The sudden dissolution of the
: Japan- so Diet was owing to the war
spirit, it Is expected that the Japanese
fleet w'll attempt to pre vet it the land?
ing r.r reinforcements from Odessa for
the protection of tin1 Russian .trans
Asiatic railway In Manchuria.
The Paris correspondent of the Morn?
ing I'd--:, says: "Itussla has long been
negotiating to 'raise a Chinese -loan of
6.000,000 pounds in Frnnce to pay the
Indemnity and secure the Japanese
evacuation orf Wei-Hal-Wel. The ne
I gotialtons wro broken oft* owing to
' Prance Inslrntng that the Panic of
] Prance should Issue the loan, nnd RUs
j s!:l -desiring that the Itusso-Chlnese
, Pank should take the lead. A certain
coolness how exists between France
i>i:.\if.s Titr. RKi?on r.
Nrrrelnry '?n;?1 Uns ."Vot itcsleiied mul
It a-, no Intention nfl)?iii(t So.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 2S.?Secre?
tary C5ag>> wan seen to-day on his re?
turn from New.York and questioned as
to the truth of the published report
that he had tendered his resignation to
! the President, and that 'it had been
firmly declined with many expressions
I of confidence and appreciation of his
j ability as shown in his administration
; of the Treasury Department. Mr.
j Cage was not Inclined to discuss the
I imr.ftter at length, but said he had
I not tendered his resignation nor had
ho any reason to believe that he nnd
the President were not in subsantlal
accord on the grcn< qviestions now be?
fore, the country. The report, he said,
probably sprung from a remark he had
mode to intlm.de friends, to the effect
: that not for anything would ho cm
! barrnss the Presldednt. and if he saw
' thai he was doing this he would resign
a: once. He added:
"A Cabin M officer ought always to tx>
; and is rcudy to surrender his office a:
1 the call of hin c'n'ef executive, but I
j have net the slightest reason to hq
; lirve that euch action on my part, in
even remotely desired by the President.
'i-n ' desires of other peopfo In that dl
I rct'.on I am no: disposed to con
I sl.V. r."
THE GOVERNOR'S PLANS
Q'Ferrall Intends to Open a Law Office
COLONELS CROWDING EACH OTHER
Konntor l>ani?l itxpeeted Friday?Sin*
iitclpal Campaign About loOneil?
Nltol ot> I lie Nlrocl?C'nuniiti I'rucus
cr Accident?mutton Vnn l)a Vf>
ner'M Nimli Aulvorsury.
(Special Dispatch lo The Virginian.)
Richmond, Va., Dec. -'S, IM17.
Governor Q'Ferrall, who will go out ol
olllce en the lf>: of January, will, 'it is
understood, open a law olllce here und
practice Ills profession. He will con?
tinue at 'tho head of the American
Guild, an order with headquarters in
this city, and lodges In many Slates.
The Governor Is an able lawyer, and
lit Is thought he will soon build up a
large practice. Governor's O'Fer rail's
private secretary, Mr. Evan R. Ches
terman, will also give his time and at?
tention to law.
Senator John W. Daniel is expected to
reach here Friday, It has not been
nettled positively that he will come
to Richmond ?t this lime, though it
is almost certain that he will do so.
Whatever remarks he may make In
response to the ofllcial notification that
he has been unanimously re-elected 'to
the Senate, will be entirely Impromptu.
He will prepare no address for the
Governor-elect Tyler is having great
trouble In selecting the members of his
staff. As has been fitar.ed in this cor?
respondence, there are more than one
hundred applicants. It .13 something
quite unusual for a person to ask for
an appolntrnein of this character, but
the bars have been htrown down and
would-be colonels are piling over each
oi.ht r in their efforts to get on the
Rome of the members of the Legisla?
ture will beijln 'to arrive here Thurs?
day. The most of ?those will be mem?
bers of important committees, and they
will return earlier thnn the average
member in order to prepare reports
?they have to make on Important sub?
jects. There will be no legislative
I work done on Saturday, and the heavy
work of the session will begin Mon
The municipal campaign in Richmond
will open up In earnest -Immediately
after Christmas. The Interest centres
In tho contest for Mayor. The Hon.
lt. M. Taylor, tho Incumbent of .this
olllce, <luslres re-clcctlun. His oppo?
nents are Colonel John 3. Hnrwood and
Captain IS, P. Reeve, both very popular
men. Mr. Taylor has heretofore been
Invincible. Ho will make It lively for
his oompetltorw at 'the spring election.
The Mayor of Richmond has very little
power. He is merely a llguro head in
the governmental system.
Many or 'tho eighty-seven comman?
dants of the Confederate Camps who
?will sH In .the advisory council at
Lynchburg on January 20th to try the
case of Qrantl Commander Stubbs, will
?bo new ?men in olllce. Most of the
ramps elect olIicet'B during tho last
week In December. Commander John
K. Langston, Jr., of Leo Camp, nnd
Commander K. Scott Glbbs, or Plokett
Camp, who will represent Richmond,
are both new commandants, having
Just been elected. .?
?O. H, Parrlsh, a co-lorflsl boy, 19 yenrs j
or age, who serves as Janitor In the
law olllce of Mr. 8. L. Bloomburg, was j
shot down on the streets and probably
mortally wounded by an unknown col?
ored boy to-day. Parrlsh and a com?
panion were walking along Mnrshull
street, when .they met a negro youth of
about their age. The stranger kicked
Pnrrlsh's dog, and when told not to re?
pent the offense, drew a pistol and shot
Parrlsh. The offender Ihtm ran -off and
ha? not been captured. The ball en?
tered Parrlsh's left side. He Is In a
K. W. Lundln, u clerk In Syclo's store,
on Proud street, died this morning from
the effects of a fall he had a week ago.
While climbing a ladder to reach some
goods on a shelf he lost his foothold and
fell, fracturing his skull. He remained
In a seml-oonsolous condition until
Information was received here to-day
of u very bad accident to Mr. Georgo
M. West, on.? of the leading booksellers
or Richmond. With his wife he is
visiting Dr. Dew In Lynchburg. A
cannon cracker exploded in his hand
and lore two lingers nearly fron? their
I sockets. Ills face was also fearrully
burned. It will be a week before he
will be able to return to the city.
A telegram to a Richmond morning
paper. announcing that Collectors
Brady tind Agnew had been asked for
their resignations by the President on
/account of having violated the civil ser?
vice law, created considerable surprise
In Richmond, but those who are ac?
quainted with the history and condition
surrounding these oflloes recognized it
us a hoax. Collector Brady, In a tele?
gram this afternoon, says: "The re?
port Is evidently a hoax. I have had no
suoh Intimation from the President or
any other person."
Nine years ago next Thursday A. Van
de Vyver was appointed by tho Pope
lllshop of Richmond. The occasion will
j be commemorated by the celebration of
solemn mass at the Cathedral at 0
o'clock, Bishop Van de Vyver being tho
celebrant. During his life hero ltlshop
Van do Vyver has greatly endeared
himsulf to all classes and denomina?
tions, lie is a broad-minded liberal
mail and is much beloved by hin people.
The merchants of Richmond hud a
big mass meeting to-night, and with
only one dissenting-voice, adopted re?
solutions calling on the Legislature to
pass a law prohibiting the use or trnd
ing stamps in this State.
N1X1H.MS or Iir.STOItT.
I.cni'iiccl DixciiHMlnii nt tlio fttcctlmr of
tlio A III or! c An If Iwtoi'iciil AnhocIu
Cleveland, O., Dec. 28.?Learned men
from all over the land nre assembled
in Cleveland to-day. The occasion is
the thirteenth annual meeting of tho
American Historical association, which
is holding Its second congress west of
the Alieghany moun'talns. Mr. James
I<\ Khouds, second vice-president, of
Hosten, called the meeting to order and
presided in the absence of President
James Bchouler. The discussion wus
opened by deorgo Parker "Winship, of
Providence, R. I., who spoke upon the
subject "The Discovery ot' John Cab
( t," a brief and very Interesting paper.
He was followed by Professor ID. P.
Choyney, of the University of Pennsyl?
vania. In a-discussion ns to what ex
lent "Sources" may profitably be used
In the teaching of history below the
graduate school. He urged the value
of Illustration nnd example and the
study or contempnrary writers. The
thread was taken up by Proressor A. 13.
Hart, or Harvard University, and sup?
ported the position of Proressor Chey.
ney, urging an examination of public
documents nnd private letters.
Proressor J. A. Woodburn, or Indiana
University, did not place great value
Upon original sources^ but preferred
rather the study of later writers. The
general -discussion upon this subject
closed the morning session.
The afternoon session was devoted
to the discussion of papers.
"Washington, D. C, Dec. 28.?The
Orange Free State has ratified the ex
ftraditlon treaty bc.wcen that coun?
try and the United States, rocently
'negotiated, tind has returned the docu?
ment to Washington, where it awaits
the decision of the United Slates Scn
COTTON DAMAGED BY FIRID.
London. Dec. 28.?The British steamer
Silverdale. from Galvesjton via New?
port News, for Bremen, before reported,
put in St. Michael's damaged, after?
wards having had a fire In her after
hold, according to a rough estimate has
unshipped about 1,200 bales of cotton,
most of which ate damnged.
GOOD JOB FOR STEVENSON.
New York, Dec. 28^.?Adlal ,E. Stevon
son,former Vice-President of the United
?States, has accepted thij pot-ltkm of
Western, counsel of lite North American
Trust Company of this city, with a
mtrnhere?lp in the Board of directors.
FAIRBANKS SPUKS FOR THE PRESIDENT
Pays a High Compliment to the Chief Mag
istrate of the Nation.
Nomifl Honey Plank of tlio NC. I.ont?
Platform Will Bn Vindicated ?
Prosperity Kxpcctcd Throutli tbo
Dliiffley TnrlirAct?Kilver r.lnmcnU
of All i'ltrltlm In tlio Nennt? Cou?
Ntitnlo n Jlnjorlty?Civil Ncrvlco
I.iin IHhcussciI in Hotel Lobbies.
Indianapolis, Intl., Dec. 28, 1897.
Five hundred representatives of the f.
Republican ]*arty of Indiana, outside of
the chy of Indianapolis, attended to?
day's conference. The meeting was for
tall; and little else, and wus the largest
off year meeting the party ever held.
The meeting wa6 held a little late in '
the year In order that the Senator from
the State and the Republican Repre?
sentatives might be bore, and they all
came. The Influential men In .the party
;re encouraged by the statements of
the Senator and the Representatives
that (here Is hope for currency reform, ,
not radical legislation, ?but action that
will tend to set the party right before
the people. The uuanrnlty of the party
In the State ?11 .the proposition that the
I currency must he reformed was a sur?
prise to a good many of the men at- ..
tending the conference. The Demo?
crats, it was averred, will declare for
rice silver In their next State platform,, ,
and the Republicans will, or coUrSe,' '?'
take .the opposite ground. In the event
of the foilure of Congress to take ac?
tion looking to the reform of the "cur
I roncy, members of the party said, the
party In this State would go into the
I State campaign embarrassed and on the
defensive from the start.
In the hotel lobbies there was a great
deal of talk against the civil service
law, but It cume largely from men who
made application for office Immediately
after the nomination of McKinley and
! have been disappointed. The prominent
men of 'the party agreed thai no -one
need rear that the Republicans of In?
diana will ever declare against the law.
The chief speakers were Senator
Charles W. Fairbamks and Governor
James A. Mount. Senator Fairbanks '
I paid a high tribute to the President.
Ho said: "In my humble judgment a
more patriotic citizen, of the republla
never graced the chair of Chief Execu-,
Senator Fairbanks expressed the be?
lief that the Dingley law will papve al ;
blessing and bring prosperity equallfed
I only by the McKinley law Itself. "Some
of our Democratic friends say It will
not raise revenue sufficient for the Gov?
ernment. It is raising sufficient reve?
nue now. This Is ;true as to the pree
ent. Why? Because previous to the
enactment of the Dingley law millions
and millions of dollurs In products made
by foreign hands were 6ent into t ia
country. Foreigners knew the best
friend to them was the Wilson bill and 5
Its doom was sealed by the Republican ?
Congress. After these products, sent to
us by the swiftest ships which plow -
the seas are consumed, we shall have
sufficient revenue from the Dingley bill.
The bill will vindicate Itself. It will
speak more eloquently for Itself than
any Republican spoaks* for It."
On the subject of currency reform,
Senator Fairbanks spoke as follows:
"Our Democratic friends say to .tha |
old Democrats, the Republican party ? '?
will not keep faith with us; when tha i
Republicans declared in favor of 'sound ;
money' at St. Douls they did not mean.
It. The Republican party, with Me-':
KWley as our leader, Intends to keep.\
faith, to preserve the gold Standard...
unimpaired to the American people; ;
The currency question is a great ques-'^;
tion and to It the President and hia 3
I advisers are addressing themselves with...
I ardor and intelligence. I saw the Preai- :?;
dent but a day before corning here. -,'JC
asked him if he had any message for
the Republicans of Indiana. He re-*
quested me to say :to you that he grate- tJ
fully remembers the encouragement and 5
assistance which the Republicans oC :
this splendid State have given him here?
tofore and he further said, 'I am going,
to keep toe bond. I run going to vin?
dicate'th/i 'sound money' plank in thu !
"A party which keeps faith with the) ?
America*i people will, In my Judgment,/
be supported and sustained by them, ,
NTo varty cap afford to vary from its,
platform pledges the width of a solitary;.,
hair At the coming session of Con-?
gresa ,the great currency question will.,
?ho in debate. I cannot foretell, what--,
will bo the result of the issue, for, un-'::
fortunately, wo have a majority onTy
In the House of Representatives. Tn
the Senate the free silver Democrats.'
free silver Republicans and Populists,
constitute the majority. Whothor. wo
can ppss through the Senate.any meat.-,
ure that will commend Itself -tq' con
I norvat'vo Judgment of. the/ Am?rR*tri,
1 people I cannot say. Rut I do, beliftvo
'?the American people will glye'tm crcuiv
Cor an honest, determined effort. ?nit
that -en'ori they will surely "wRrieaK. If
we fall, it will not bo hoc;-.!
lack of determination and,J
in purpose on the part'Of;,
cans of the Sen/ite." :