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RELIEF Fl I GUIS
VESSELS Will NOT TOUCH AT HAVANA
(?rent lustrous Prevailing on tho las
land?Secretory Long; Corrects an
lCrroiicoiis liiiprc?Nlou Krgiiruing
tlio Snvnl Committee?Minntono?
maii nnii liatniniin tu Commission.
Washington, D. C, March 2, 1S0S.
The decision of tlio Navy Depart?
ment to send two ships to Cuba with
supplies for tho suffering reconcen
trados caused- some commotion In ofli
ciul circles .to-day until the real pur?
port of the visit of the ships came out.
The cruiser Montgomery and the gun
?boat Nashville were selected for the
purpose and orders sent to Admiral Si
card to put thorn in shape for the re?
quired service. It Is ex-plained at the
Navy Department that this action was
taken at the instance of the Cuban Re?
lief Association, organized through the
efforts of the State Department, for the
relief of the destitute non-combatants
In Cuba, it was represented to the
department that great distress prevails
among the people in the vicinity of
Sargua la Grande and Matanzas, on
the northern coast of the Island, and
that considerable dilllculty is exper?
ienced in sending supplies there be?
cause of the infrequent visits of the
mi reliant shins. On this account, and
because of the immediate demand for
supplies nt the point Indicated, the
oflicers of the association requested the
Secretary of the Navy to authorize the
use of one or more warships at Key
West In the transportation of food
supplies contributed by the charltuble I
people of the United States in response!
to the appeals of President McKinley j
and Secretary Sherman. Secretary j
Long conferred with the President on |
tho .-subject and it was .decided to com-I
ply with' IneTreqAfest. The Montgomery j
and the Nashville were selected as ,
most suitable for the service and the '
necessary orders were dispatched to
Admiral Slcard. The Montgomery will
go to Matmucas and the Nashville to
Eagun la Grande with tho understand- j
Ing that they...will reMal/i In 111 ? ? .-^*? ports
only long enough*to deliver the supplies ]
to tlie agents of-.Uie association for ills
trlbutlon where. they will do the most
good. Although tlio mission assigned
to the warships will take them both
within a short distance of Havana.,
estimate.1 nt from two or four hours.
It Is stated that neither vessel will j
visit the Cuban Capital.
A'X RH'Rp'N'BOt'S LM "PRESSION, j
To remove the Improslon that had]
gotten abroad lo the effect ihn the re?
lations between the Navy Department
nnd the H'ouse Naval Committee were
not harmonious, Secretory D >ng this
afternoon gave out a .-hurt statement
,m the subject. He said:
'Congressman Roulette has been mis?
understood. The Congressman, who is
one of the most patriotic, men In the
world, Is always ready to do everything
that ran bo done for tho navy. In his
annual report the Secretary recom?
mended thit 1.500 men be added to the
cnlhvtcd force on account of the In?
crease in the number of phlps. Tho
Ntavnl Committee, of which Mr. Bou
tell? is chairman, has already decided
to gra,i>t this increase in tho regular
naval appropriation bill. 'Meantime, if
there should bo any Immediate neccs
sty for more men, tho same committee,
and Mr. Boutelle ns its chairman, are
ready to make provision to that effect
Cl.VBLKGiBWM FROM GION". L.T0E.
A cablegram came froth General I^ee
during tho day to the State Depart?
ment, but it made no reference to the
rMaino affair, being devoted to the per?
iodical statement of the amount of to?
bacco that Is living shipped from Cuba
to United States parts, thus giving evi?
dence of the actual removal of the ex?
port prohibition decree. The telegram
was as follows:
"Filler tobacco February 20. 72 bales,
Tampa; 22 Key West; 684 Chicago; 10
Milwaukee; 2Sth, 284 New York."
Worlt Proceeding on n Number of
Vess' 1h Under Repair.
A commander for the monitor Mtan
tpnomah, which was ord< red into com?
mission yesterday, wan selected in the
person of Captain Mortimer Johnson,
who Is at present on waiting orders.
Secretary Long says lhait the Mlahtono
mah, with the ram Katnhdln, will re?
main in the Delaware for the present
at least. With the commissioning of
these two vessels there remains only
tha cruisers Columbia und Minneapo?
lis on the Atlantic coast available for
immediate s rylce In ease the depart?
ment should d.cidc to commission more
ships. The Atlanta, at New York,
could bo made ready in the cours- of
three or four months, and the Chicago
In six months, in ease emergency or?
ders for their repair were issued. There
iiiv a number of good ships on the Pa?
cific const, however, whose repair is
under way, such ns ithe Charleston, the
Philadelphia, the Yorktown, and others,
and the pay rolls In the construction
but tan at the Mare Island navy yard
'has now amounted to the large -total of
tflO.OOl) p i- month for wages alone.
IKKilWItlNG DFATH CERTIFI?
The Navigation Bureau Is still busy
With the preparation of the death cer
I tlflcates for the families of the victims
?of the Maine disaster. Captain Haw
ley, who has the matter Immediately
In charge, says nhat owing to the ne?
cessary 'formalities, these certificates
cannot ibe issued before March 15t.h, and
this answer Is returned to numerous
letters dally received a>t the depart?
ment, v t '
NKKD OF MAGIIININTH.
Enlistment's invited from Moii Who
Ilnvo II ml Naval .service.
It I.? said in the Navigation Bureau
that there.. Is a pressing need of able
machinists'' for the navy, caused by the
heretofore unnoted fact that every one
of the machinists on the Maine lost his
life in the explosion. Moreover, alt the
firemen but one were killed. The bu?
reau has invited enlistments from men
who have had naval service before in
the engine rooms and,-as It is said
that a number of these men are now
enjoying the three months' period of
time 'between enlistments, during
which they may come again into naval
service without loss of service record,
It is hoped that some or them will
come forward to fill the places made
vacant by the Maine disaster."
EXPRESSIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
Sir Julian Pauncefote came to the
State Department to-day bearing one
of the formal expressions of deep con?
dolence and sympathy with the Gov?
ernment over the loss of the Maine that
have come now from every one of the
British colonies. This latent message
was as follows:
""Washington, D. C, Feb. 21. 1S0R.
"?Sir?At the request of Sir Alfred
Maloncy, Governor of the Windward
Islands, I have the honor to convoy the
heartfelt sympathy of that colony -with
the Government and people of the
United States In tho loss sustained
through the explosion on board the
Maine. I have the honor, etc.,
Ml UNUSBJAI. ACTIVITY.
Sin (.'nntrnrfH tor Ksttrn JMipplios Arc
There is no tinusu.il activity about
the bureaus of the Quartermaster-Gen?
eral or Commisscy-Goneral of the ar?
my, wh-ajre, more than anywhere else,
the preparations for a warlike emergen?
cy would be apparent; The pincers of
these burcuths say no accumulation of
additional supllcs is taking place, and
that no contracts for ext;a supplies are
in contemplation; In the' Ordnance Bu?
reau the placing of a large order for
projectiles Is the result of talks be?
tween Secretary Atjrer, Senitor Hawley,
of the Senate Committee on Military
Affairs, and Representatives of the
House Military Committee. It was
made clear to the Secretary that it was
a certialnty that appropriations would
be f irfhcomlng, and it was deemed the
part us" wisdom to make the contract
now. as the supplies would not 4>o in
hand for some months.
Although the Navy Department had
no report- from Havana or Key West,
a dispatch innounclns the de| arture of
the cruiser Brooklyn from S uit a Lu?
cia far l.a Ounyra hid some indirect
significance In further removing one of
the larger vessels of the navy from
what his thus far beep the common
center of naval activity, at Key West.
The Brooklyn will make a short stop at
l.a Guayra ami will then proceed fur?
TIH3 HTRA.HRR OArNTI.r.SS.
Department of .InsI lee May Proceed
AgiiiiiHt (lie FilibuMtnrer.
(Both the State Department and the
Department of Justice have received
considerable detailed Information rela?
tive to the alleged filibustering steamer
Dauntless. This is accompanied by the
suggestion that the vessel might be
libelled under the navigation laws for
concealing her name, and under the
neutrality laws for carrying war ma?
terial to the Cubans. The correspond?
ence began on January 17 last, and cov?
ers much data on the past record of the
Dauntless. It states that the middle of
January last the Dauntless was hover?
ing between Florida, and Georgia ports
for the evident purpose of eluding de?
tection so as to get away with a fili?
bustering party for Cuba.
The Intimation w s conveyed to ihe
Department of .Justice that IhU pur?
pose was so clear that It would be a
wise precaution to place a deputy D.
S. marshal or deputy collector of
customs on board the ship. A memor?
andum recites the bisis of suspicion of
the Dauntless. It slates t'hat in the
case of the United Slat. .-> versus John
I). Hart, recently approved by the
Court of Appeals, the testimony of one
witness was that the Dauntless had
painted out her name In jorcler to avoid
recognition while taking supplies for
the Cub ins from the island of Navas-a
to Cuba. The testimony of this wit
lies? Is given in detail. He says the
supplies were nral brought from the
United States to Nnvassa on the ship
Daurada, where they were transferred
to the Dauntless. He says he noticed
that the word "Dauntless" appeared
on the buckets, handles anil yawls of
the vessel, but that the name on the
bow was covered with a piece of can?
vas and the name on the stern was
painted out. For this alleged offense
against the navigation laws, it is
Pointed out, the Dauntless hits never
?been prosecuted and it is claimed to be
a. continuing offense for which she Is
now subject to libel. The memoran?
dum also cites another instance occur?
ring last May, when It Is stated that
the United States cruiser Marblchcad
overhauled the D unities. Thereupon,
it Is stated, the Daunlle-s threw over
her cargo, "as witnessed by the bfll
(eis of the Mnrblehead."
It i-; also 'stated that the Dauntless
has been known to apply for clearance
from Florida ports when -she h id on
board cargo - consigned to "the presi?
dent of the Cuban republic."
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
A [ill 11 ill
Ml tit WAS LAID PURPOSE MAR THE BUOY
tiip Port siii? oi. Iii? Sinn Forwnni
WonCompletely Illown lo Pieces?
Tliu Only Explosions on Hit)
Haina Were Isolated Cases <>( r*l*?
ee Ammunition lor Saluting
Havana, via Key West,
March 2, isi?s.
Without adding unnecessarily lo the
prophecy concerning the fllndings of
the court of Inquiry, it is fair to say
that, as a matter of fact, most of the
naval officers here and at Key West
incline to the opinion* iha-t the court
will Qhd that the disaster to the Maine
was caused by the explosion of a lloat
ing sub-marine mine under the forward
port side of the ship. Opinions differ
as-to whether this mine was made of
high explosives, such as wet and dry
gun cotton or ordinary gunpowder.
Opinions agree, not only as to the
existence of mines in the harbor, lur;
also that this one was laid purposely
near the buoy where foreign war ves?
sels were directed to moor and was
fired l>y a flash from an electric battery
Pt Is believed barely possible that the
explosion of the mine was the result
of the carelessness or ignorance of Span?
ish Officers in charge of the mine sta?
tion keys when testing the circuit, but
the latter supposition is not feM to he
prclbable. It Is further regarded ns set?
tled by tho evidence before the court
that the !>or-t side 'jf the hull forward
was completely blown -to pieces, and
that the only explosives on the Maine,
except of isolated cases of fixed am?
munition was that of 2,000 pounds of
saluting powder stored forward and Of
which no'trace can be found.
These views ore gathered from ofll
cers who talk with great reserve and
only upon the assurance that their'
identity will never be revealed. The'
fact remains 'that only the members of
the court of Inquiry know nil the tes?
timony elicited and no one Is authorized
to make public matter in advance of
the final judgment.
A good deal of surprise was ? xpressod
by Americans here at learning thit|
Spanish divers were to be permitted to j
make an examination of the wreck of
the Maine, especially as it was also said
that American navil officers here
would give such divers all consistent
facilities and would lhi? w no ob?
stacles In the way of tlioroejrh submar?
ine Inspection. It was not at tits: un?
derstood: as it came to be later, that
the Spanish searc h wis to be entirely
Independent, and that while it was be?
ing made the Ametieaa Investigation
would proceed under Captain Slgsbee's
supervision. As understood here the
Spanish request made immediately af?
ter the disaster for a joint Investigation
wis promptly refused at Washington,
but arter a Cabinet consultation it was
ag eed that the Spaniard? had a moral
and International right to discover the
cause of the wreck for themselves if
possible. Therefore i" rmlssion for an
independent examination was granted
on the ground, as under.-l". d here, tha
it could not be -,.<??? ' t<> a friendly
power In their own harbor. Tha; the
perinission was not ncco clod until after
the court of inquiry had finished Its
work and gone to Key West is regard?
ed as significant. It'opens a wide held
Some assert that the court now has
no objection to a Spanish Inquiry for
one of two reasons: lOlther the court
has sufficient evidence already of ac?
cident or mallei?evidence that cannot
be controverted by the Spaniards?or
after a diligent search the mystery re?
mains as deep as ever, and the court
docs not think tin' Spanish will reach
a conclusion where the Americans
Of course all this refers principally
to inspection of parts of the ship,
other than tho hull. Until the guns,
decks, engines and debris of all kinds
have been removed ami the mud lr.is
been pumped from the hull U cannot
be examined thoroughly by any one.
Sonic good authorities think it will be
necessary to build u coffer dam around
the wreck, piles being driven, etc.
That any Important testimony be?
fore the court has found Its way to
the public is very unlikely. Some of
the witnesses have told certain corre?
spondents of alleged testimony, but in
every ease investigation has shown
their stories to be wildly Improbable
and controverted by known facts or
else absolutely irrelevant. Sonic of
tho correspondents have tried to ex?
tract Information from members of
the court or from nnvnl witnesses by
putting what were deemed by the ques?
tioners clever hypothetical interroga?
tories. I tut. the questioners were not
experts in naval architecture and the
questioned were. S>> the results were
knew before it left Havana for Key
unsatisfactory. Probably the court
West whether the ten-inch magazine
on the starboard forward did or did
not explode, but the members gave
no sign; and the divers, when they
talked at ail. doubtless ove.iT* the con?
tractor.-! t'er the removal of he inner
debris and the raising of the hull, do
not fully appreciate the difficulties to
be encountered. Certainly the tug
Right Arm has been of little value
thus far. her captain not having sulll-1
eient authority under Monday to em?
ploy the help or to hire the needed I
(Continued on Sixth Tage.) |
PEH3I0H APPROPRIATION BILL AGREED 10
'I Etc .?po?>rli or Mr, KlfclnH Aruiinra
considerable lutorovt?II? Nnl?l
War tVuv Inevitable Tli<> I.nn<l Btlll
Kegntntliiit HocoiiiI (Jln?<ti SI nil Mnt*
tlT Dlsoassi'll III I lie House.
Washington, March 2. mis.
To-day's debate (n the Senate oh the
Alaskan lionicslcnd and railway right
of way bill was decidedly spirited. Mr.
Carter (Montana) delivered ti vigorous
speech In reply to that made during
the past two days by Mr. Uawlins
(Utah), in the course of which he made
a strong defense of the honor of con?
gressional committees and of olllclals
in the several Government depart?
As soui as the Senate convened to?
day, on motion of Mr. llale (Maine), it
went into executive session.
At lL'::tO p. m. the Senate- resumed (he
open session. The conference report
on. the pension approprluton bill pre?
sented by Mr. Perkins was agreed to.
Mr. Mason (Illinois), of the commit?
tee on iKiatofllccs and post roads, pre?
sented a concurrent resolution from
the committee for Investigating tin?
Lake City. S. C. postofllce murder. An
objection by Mr. Allen( Nebraska), the
resolution was laid over until to-mor?
Mr. Butler (Ntorth Carolina) Intro?
duced on amendment to the District
of Columbia appropriation bill, appro?
priating $100.000 to be used by the Posl
master-General to establish and equip
a modern telephone system among the
public olliecs and buildings in the Dis?
.Mr. Stewart (Nevada) then resumed
his speech on the bankruptcy bill
passed by'the House.
f.Mr. Stewart had not concluded at 1'
oAVKiek, when the Alaska homestead
ami railway right of way bill war. laid
before the Senate, and he announced
";Chjk he would finish his speech to-inor
^Jf0l Carter (Montana), who reported
thewill, said that for two days the
Senate hud been called upon to listen
to one of the most remarkable attacks
upon a Committee <>f Senators in a
speech making serious charges ngnlnst
Individual Senators. He said that' it
was unfair thut the Senator who de?
livered the speech should have with?
held it from publication in the Record,
inasmuch as it was delivered In the
course of n running debate, and he
was satisfied that the speech could not
be published as delivered, parallel with
the bill Itself, without a complete re?
futation of Its charges.
"It will be found by Senators." said
Mr. Carter, "after a careful examina?
tion >>f the bill, thai of the wholesale
charges of dishonest purpose contained
in tlie speech of the senator from Utah
Win n Mr. Rawllns au- ihpted tri
speck. Mr. Carter, with sum- feeling de?
clined to be Interrupted. A mom ni
later, however, he yielded and Mr. Raw
lins disclaimed all intention of casting
aspersions upon any ?Senator, ami that
Mir. Ca:ier's statement was unwar?
ranted by the facts, as could easily be
shown by the sten'ographotfs notes.
Mr. Allen (N.braska) requested Mr.
Cart' r to give the Senate a synopsis of
Mr. Uawlins' remarks.
Mr. Rawllns rose to give the synopsis
himself, but Mr. Carte* declined to
yield. "When the plutocrat and Popu?
list com" together," exclaimed Mr. Uaw?
lins, bitterly, "it is time for the Sen?
ate to b- ware."'
Mr. Carter made in reply to Mr.
Uawlins' remarks. Further along In
his speech he said:
"I resent the Impuation. advanced as
a means of defeating nee issary legis?
lation, 'that any ofllclal of this govern?
ment would dishonestly take advantage
of his office or of the authority ('in?
ferred upon him by this bill to favor
h'.S friends, as has been suggested."
Mr. Klkin:: (West Virginia) why 'had
been awaiting during the grtnter part
of the aifUernoon, an opportunity im
address the Senate, said in beginning
his remarks that he was glad to see
that an effort was being made to exact
something from Canada in view of all
that the Dominion Government nnd
Its corporations received from the United
States. That part of section 13 of the
pending bill to which Mr. Klklns par?
ticularly referred, and upon which Iiis
remarks were principally based pro?
vides that "the privilege of entering
goods under bond or of placing th in
In bonded warehouses at tlie port of
Wrangell, In the district of Alaska and
of withdrawing the same for exportation
lo any place in British Columbia or the
Northwest Territory without payment of
duty is hereby granted t<) the Gov:rn
mervt of the Dominion of Canada, and
its citizens when, upon proclamation by
the President of the United States i:
shall appear that, no exclusive prlvil (go
of transporting through British Colum?
bia or the Northwest Territory goods
or passengers arriving from or dcstln i
for other ports in Alaska has been or
w ill be grant-d to any person or corpor?
ation by the Government of the Domin?
ion "f Canada."
"For long years." said Mr. Elkins,
"Canmla has taken business from our
country an* despoiled the business of
our railroads, and all this without
any proper return. In order no under?
stand the better what I Inv to say. I
desire to rrfer particularly to the Cana?
dian Pacific railroad."
Mr. Elklns explained Hint the Cnna
dlan Pacific was ena'blod tw make war
upon American Interests and how und
'.why Ulie aggressions of that r.|re?\
railroad ought to he stopped by the
Mr. Klkins' speech aroused much In?
terest, particularly that pant In which
he explained that while he did not (tame
the now ifainous section 22 lof the pres?
ent tariff law, h?e. stood squarely .with
the sterling American who did frame
In conclusion Mr. F/lklns said that
we were on the threshold of a com?
mercial war among nations for exten?
sion of commerce. The conflict is in?
seems now." said he, "as If the
United iSjlales would havM to Old t
this war single handed, nskli/r no fa?
vors and expecting none. While we do
ii"'. court such a conflict, we need not
shrink from It. Tho conditions as to
our shipping and our commercial re?
lations with Canada, cannot be made
wors \ Any change ?will make them
better, In order to meet this war the
United States should restore Ms ship?
ping ami slop the aggressions of the
The speech drew replies from Mr. |
Hoar (Massachusetts), Mr. Chllton
(Texas) and Mr. .Nelson (Minnesota.)
Mr. Hoar would not ndmtl that the
aggressions of the Canadian Pacific
wer- 80 serious as the West Virginia
Senator would have people believe.
Mr. Chllton briefly contended that un?
der recent decisions Of the Supreme
Court the long and short haul clause <>f j
tho interstate commerce law did not
apply to the competition betwc n Amer?
ican railroads and the C'anadla PacHlC.
At 5:34 p. in. tho Senate adjourned.
1 x l it i'. ikiii ir.
Another Day Spent in llr|>nf? on Hie
Washington, "March 2.?The House
spent another dny In debate upon the
I.oud bill relating to second-class mall
nutter. 'The speeches as a rule at?
tracted little intens:. Tho speakers
were M-ciaara. Brom well (Rep., of Ohio),
and Ogdcn (Dem.) of Utah). In favor of
the measure, and Messrs. Hell (Pop.,
of Colorado). Simpson (Pop., of Kan?
sas), Ciuk (Dem., of Missouri), Brown
Rep., of Ohio), and I.entv. (Dem., of
Ohio), In opposition to it, mainly on tho
ground that It was Inimical to the Inter?
ests uf the country editor.
Mr. Clark was once editor of n week?
ly newspaper, and ho delivered n eulogy
on the country editor. "He Is as faith?
ful to tho Interests of the people as
the needle lo tho pole,' paid ho. "In
the campaign of 189(1, when a vast ma?
jority?ri<rt ?ll> mark you, but n vast
majority?of Democratic metropolitan
newspapers basely d.. sorted their colors
and went bag and baggage, horse, foot
and dragoms. into the camp of the ene?
my, the country weeklies with rare ex?
ceptions stood by the cause of Bryan,
Democracy and humanity, with un?
shaken fidelity, superb courage and
commendable self abnegation, thereby
vindicating the patriotism, wisdom and
Independence of the Anierlu.Mi preis.
Upon the same country editor we must
depend largely for honest, courageous,
patriotic piv-s service in the campaign
now impending, as well as that of 1000 |
tnd surely upon the Democratc ?Idc of
the House we would be acting with un?
wisdom lo deprive hint of any of his
prerogatives. The Loud bill might not
unjustly be entitled "an act to diminish
the supply of antURepubllcin cam:
"Then it would be true to name. Re?
publican? having nine-tenths of the
great metropolitan papers may find
some excuse for supporting a rnvrinro
which will squelch th ? country we k le?,
but certainly Demoreats, Populists an l
free silver Republicans cannot affo d to
do so unless they tire meditating polit?
Mr. Grlggs (Dem., of Georgia) gave
notice of tin amendment to the amend?
ment of which Mr. Doud gave notice
yesterday providing that newspapers
and periodicals should hove the rgl.it to
send out sample copies at pound rates
ti> tile number of 1.000 copies.
A bill was passed creating Knoxvllie,
TVnn.. a port of entry.
At 5:20 p. m. the House adjourned.
Ill-: AT II IS UK A Ik TO A Pill? P.
Unknown Men ii<.ill up Gro. Itny
Trlo nt itobiierN Ar rest I'll.
Welsh, W. Vn., March 2.?Two un?
known men held up George Ray at
North Pork Junction last night, knock?
ed him down and beat his head to a
pulp with a piece of railroad iron. It
is thought robbery was their purpose.
Ray cannot recover, and has been un?
conscious since the oecurenee. tie can?
not describe his assailants.
To-day Joseph Cadle, Dave Held
and Tom Cadle have been arrested on
the charge of attempting lo rob Jack?
son Soles-bury, on Barker's Ridge, near
here. When an attempt was made to
apprehend the trio Tom Cadle resisted
arrest, pulled his revolver from his
pocket, leveled U nt Sheriff Cook and
snapped the trigger, but it failed to
discharge. Cook drew his pistol and
shot Cadle through the right wrist,
knocking the weapon out of hi.-; hand.
The three young men are of good
families. Their preliminary examina?
tion will be held to-morrow.
A BRITISH CRTUSBR'S NARROW
Portsmouth, .March 2.?The British
first-class armored cruiser Australia,
twelve guns, f>,G00 tons, coast guard
ship in Southampton waters, had a
narrow escape to-day. Two seamen
were playing with a fuse In the shell
room, when they set fire to some stores.
The Jinnies, were extinguished by the
prompt Hooding of tin: apartment.
Chicago, HI.. March 2.?Tho applica?
tion "i" the Inter-Ocean for an injunc?
tion to restrain the Associated Press
from cutting off ils news service to that
paper wad denied by Judge Waterman
legume Nominally in Session
11 Bills ft Be l\wl
CONSTlTUTIOH.il. COHVtlH Bill FAILS
Clip*. Pni'ltM Cnii.1(111 Met (lii'Sniiie
Fitro?Prolontctl Against tbo nw
r?nil til I.ubor-< <>!. Iticlutrtlnoii "ic
ctiroN it cicri(alit|??lllsliop wiiitue
< OtttilllirN tri I 111 11 I I > \ I .
(Special Dispatch to The Virginian.)
Richmond, Va? March 2, 1S98.
The Legislative session Is practically
at its end. According lo a resolution
passed a few days ago there wus no |feg?
l&iattlon after " o'clock to-day. The
Senate and House will be nominally in
session ito-morrww lh order to give the
Governor time within which to act upon
Mr. Withers' Constitutional Conven?
tion bill failed to pass. The Senate fixed
as the Hun: for linking the vote the
iMay elections of 1899, which the House
substituted for date November, 1899.
The two houses were unable to agree.
Mr. With.-rs did not try very hard to
hayc the 'bill passed nfler both houses
refused ilo hive the vole taken next
N'ovi mber. He was convinced that the
proposition would be defeated next
There was a debate In the Senate over
the proposition lo remove the tine palntU
Ir.g of the ?'Storming of the Redoubt at
Yorktown," presented to Virginia by
the Inte W. W. Corcoran, from the Cap?
itol to it he State Library. It was de?
Captain Parks' pension bill, which
passed the House, failed to get through
the Sl.ua le. It was designed to invali?
date all pensions acts heretofore passed,
and to require all persons entitled to
pensions to go before their County
Courts and to prove their claims. In
other word:; the bill laid down a bill to
go vein the granting of pensions, and
took away from the Legislature the
right no pass acts placing individual
names on ithe pension roll.
There was great confusion In both
houses to-day. and but little legislation
was enacted. Over in the Hons-- the
deli gates amused themselves by
throwing paper balls at each other.
.Ihm; before adjournment for 'the day
the House presented the clerk, CoKmel
.1. Hi ll Rigger, with a handsome dinner
sL'rvlcc of china.
Mr. Carter Glass and Mr. Randolph
Harrison, of Lynch burg, appeared be?
fore the Governor to-day and asked
him to veto the Kizer labor bureau
bill. They argued that It conferred
dangerous powers upon the commis?
sion, r provided for. Delegate Kizer,
Senator MunTord and Delegate Folkes
replied to the objections raised. The
Governor reserved his decision.
Qol. Joim w. Richardson, who has
been legislated out or the position of
Rog'titcr of the Land Ofllce, will be
appointed to a clerkship in .the olllce
of the Secretary of the Co.il hi ?nw a Ith,
I the sum of ?1,100 having been a->nro
pr!ated for extra Clerk hire In this de?
partment. Secretary Lawless- Is to
have charge of the woik formerly per?
formed by ihe Register of Land olllce.
1 Many of the law-makers left for
t homes this evening; A party will be
made up to take a trip to New York on ?
1 Mr. N. Cohen was charged in the
Police Court this morning with swlng
j lug a pawnbroker's sign without hav
j Ing a license lo carry on the pi.wn
broker's business. ^he case was
brought up by the pawnbrokers In the
natura of a test ease, and ?-o have tho
constitutionality of the lawr passed
upon. Capt. George D. Wise repre?
sented Mr. Cohen and Mr. Smith the
pawnbrokers, and It was mutually
agreed to continue the ease until the
10th instant so that the new law could;
he thoroughly examined.
Bishop F. M. Whittle, D. D., of the
Diocese of Virginia, who had ft diffi?
cult operation performed on one of hlo
eyes by Di'i Dunn, Is steadily improv?
ing and will be able to be out again
in u week. Hia physician says that
within a month or so with properly
adjusted glasses he will be able to read
Mr. C. T. Pitcher, the chairman of
the House Committee on Roads and
Internal Navigation was last evening
presented by the other members of tho
committee with a hantlsme meerschaum
I pipe. Col. I,ouis C. Rarley, of Alexan
drla, made the presentation speech and
j Mr. Pilcher briefly replied, expressing
his appreciation of the compliment paid)
< OltONATION OF POPE I,KO XIII.
TireiiClAlti Annlrcrnnry Colebrnlc? ?
.Many CmigralulnHons Koeolved.
Rome, March 2.?The twentieth an?
niversary of the Coronation of the
Pope, L'-o XIII, was celebrated to-day.
His Holiness, who was in excellent
health, received the congratulations o?
tiie high prelates in the throne room,
replying in a strong voice. He recalled
tha demonstrations upon the occasion
of his sacerdotal and pontifical anni?
versaries and protested against tho
outrages aimed at this enthusiasm
which had been allowed to, be com?
mitted, adding that It was painful that
the aspirations of the faithful to?
wards Rome, the sacerddt.al metropolis
and depository of divine oracles, should
be' wilfully misrepresented. But, con?
tinued His Iloliness, In order to con?
sole the papacy, for these outrages
God had Increased the love of the mul?
titude for the papacy In Rome and
throughout the entire world.