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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 183.
FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS
Debs Asks That the Power
of Judges Be Curbed
lit INDIAN APPROPRINTION Bill
Provokes Criticism of the Inter
ior Department
SECTARIAN SCHOOL FUNDS
Discussed Without the Usual Maui
testation of Acrimony
A Little Appropriation Is Mide for Omahs's
International Exposition
The Fortifications Bill Raportad-Houea Mem
bers Devote tha Day ta tho Discussion ol
the Pilled Cheese Bill-Conference oa
Postal Appropriations
Associated Press Special Wire.
WASHINGTON, April 10.—Tho sen
ate took up the question ot sectiian
Indian schools today, but did not com
plete it. The debate was very temper
ate, and no reference was made to the
organization which has been active in
opposition to sectarian schools. Mr.
Carter of Montana proposed to strike
out the provision directing that no
money should be spent on sectarian
schools. Thiß led to a general argument
tn which Senators Carter, Lodge, Gray.
Hoar, Hawiey, Allison and Gallinger
participated.
An important bill passed at the close
or the day was that providing for a
trans-Mlssissippl and international ex
position at Omaha In 1898.
President pro tern Frye was tn the
chair today in the absence of Vice-
President Stevenson.
Mr. Call of Florida stated inquiries
had been made of him by Eugene V.
Debs and other labor leaders whether
the senate Judiciary committee was
taking any action in restriction of the
power of federal Judges.
Mr. Hoar of Massachusetts, chairman
of the Judiciary committee, said all its
members believed some comprehensive
legislation on this line was needed,
and several plans were under consider
ation. Mr. Hill of New York had spec
ial charge of the subject. Mr. Thurs
ton of Nebraska had presented a meas
ure coveering the whole subject. He
(Hoar) expected a definite plan to be
presented to the senate later on.
Mitchell ,Rep., Or.), chairman of the
committee on privileges and elections
reported a resolution providing for the
payment of salaries of Senator Mantle
(Montana) aad Clark (Wyoming) from
March 4, 1893, to the date when the sen
atorial scats of those states became va
cant, Instead of from the later time
when the senators were elected, a reso
lution being necessary to validate the
payment already made.
There was a breeze when Call pre
sented a Joint resolution concerning
the imprisonment of Mrs. Maybrick, re
questing the president to intervene
with the British authorities towards se
curing her release. It was referred
to the Judiciary committee.
Mr. Cannon offered an amendment
providing that an amendment provid
ing -that members of any commis
./ _J/,'n treating with Indians shall be bona
/'fide residents of the state or territory
in which the Indians are located. This
brought on a debate as to the personnel
of Indian commissioners. Mr. Chilton
of Texas urged that local commissions
would be prejudicial to the Indians,
while Mr. Cannon insisted that outside
commissions, particularly from the
east, were costly and Inefficient. One
commission, now- turned loose on a fur
lough, had spent $16,000 before getting
to work. These eastern commissions
made up through political influence
were frittering away the public funds
■without accomplishing anything for
the Indians or the public.
Mr. Cannon severely criticized the
Interior department in its conduct of
Indian affairs. Mr. Palmer said it had
become quite the habit—not restricted
to the senate —to make charges against
executive officials, basing the charges
on genialities and loose statements.
The senator paid a tribute to the com
missioner of Indian affairs, and depre
cated the generalized charges of Mr.
Cannon of willful irregularity of the
Interior department in dealing with
Indians.
"I protest." said Mr. Palmer, "against
these general charges. They amount
to the imputation of crime. I protest
against the imputation that officials are
eager to do wrong and purposely do
wrong. The secretary of the interior
may not be a wise man, and I am in
clined to believe ho is not very wise,
since the senator from Colorado (Wol
cott) says the secretary is down in
Georgia making speeches in favor of
the gold standard, and that the
speeches are actually converting people
to the other way of thinking."
Mr. Cannon answered that in the
Pahara of incompetency at the interior,
department, "there ar" two exceptions,
the commissioners of the land office and
of Indian affairs." He addressed his
rritioisms against the secretary of the
interior.
The Cannon amendment was finally
ruled out on a point of order. This
brought the senate to the sectarian
school provisions of the bill.
Mr. Carter (Rep.. Mont.) moved to
strike out the provision declaring that
"no money herein appropriated shall
be paid for education for sectarian
school?,"
This bill made the radical proposition
that no money whatever shall he paid
to the schools. It also made the
change so precipitately that thousands
of Indian children would be cut off
from their schools. Such a course was
not In accordance with honesty and
humanity. As to the claim that de
nominational influence was exerted to
ward the Indians, Mr. Carter said he
knew of no form of Christianity
which, being injected Into the American
Indian, would do him any harm. He
argued that the change from contract
government schools be brought about
gradually.
Mr. Loge (Rep., Mass.) said the abo
lition of contract schools was a sub
ject long before congress and the ef
fort was always met by the same plea,
that Indian children should be cut off
from their schools. There was no
doubt, said Mr. Lodge, that the Chris
tian faith might be profitably given to
Indians, but It -»-as not for the gov
ernment to foster sectarian legislation.
Mr. Gray (Dem., Del.) eupported the
amendment of Mr. Carter.
Mr. Galllnger (Rep., N. H.) opposed
the Carter amendment, which, he said,
was Intended to continue appropria
tions to sectarian schools, most of
which were conducted by denomina
tions.
Mr. ITawley said he was for the Car
ter amendment. He had doubts as to
the meaning of "sectarian schools."
Was It not possible, asked Mr. Hawiey,
to adopt some middle course, agreeable
to all, by which the Lord's Prayer and
the golden rule could be permitted in
these schools?
Mr. Palmer said that as it was con
ceded that the government was to edu
cate the Indians and was not ready with
the facilities for education, then the sec
tarian facilities might well be taken ad
vantage of until the government was
ready to assume its full duty.
Mr. Hoar said tlie only safe principle
was to entirely separate church and
state, abandoning the sectarian schools
with due precautions against Interrupt
ing the partly completed school course
of Indian children. Mr. Hoar said that
he had no sympathy for any intolerant
exclusion of a citizen from all privileges
as a result of his faith
The Indian bill was thereupon laid
aside.
Mr. Allen then succeeded In getting up
up the bill for a trans-Mississippi expo
sition at Omaha in 1898. Amendments
were' agreed to, making the exposition
international in scope and appropriat
ing $50,000 for buildings. Mr. Allen se
cured a further amendment limiting the
total liability of the government to $200,
--000. As thus amended the bill was
passed.
Mr. Mills proposed an adjournment
until Monday, which was resisted by
members of the appropriation commit
tee. On a vote, however, the adjourn
ment over Saturday secured a large ma
jority.
A conference on the postofflce appro
priation bill was ordered, and Senators
Alien, Pettlgrew and Blackburn were
named as conferees.
At 5:25 p. m the senate adjourned un
til Monday.
IN THE HOUSE
Coast Defense* and Filled Cheese Occupy
the time
WASHINGTON, April 10—The house
today spent the entire day In general
debate on the filled cheese bill. Tomor
row the bill will be read under the tive
minute rule for amendment. A very
considerable opposition to the measure
has developed, and some of the members
interested in its passage fear it will fall
unless radically amended. The principal
objection seems to be raised to the tax
features of the bill,s4oo on the manufac
turer and $40 on the retailer, while there
appears general unanimity in favor of a
bill to compel the branding of filled
cheese.
Hainer (Republican of Nebraska)
reported the fortification appropriation
bill.
The bill recommends specific appro
priations amounting to $5,842,000, and in
addition authority is given to the secre
tary of war to make contracts for a fur
ther expenditure of $11,384,000. The war
department estimates, on which the
bill is based, amounted to $8,047,000.
The report accompanying the bill
made by Mr. Hainer of Nebraska says:
During the Forty-ninth congress no
appropriations were made on account of
the fortifications, their maintenance or
armament, and for the tw-elve fiscal
years from 1875 to 1886. inclusive, the ap
propriations on this account averaged
only $540,750 per anum. and only $463.
--500 per annum for the fourteen years in
cluding ISS7 and 1888, for which two fis
cal years no specific appropriations were
made The bill reported contains appro
priations in continuance policy adopt
ed by tlie Fiftieth congress and by the
Fifty-first, Fifty-second and Fifty
third congresses. The appropriations
by said act for the eight fiscal years,
ISS9-96, aggregate $22,489,224, or an aver
age of $2,811,128 per annum. The princi
pal appropriations in the present bill are
as follows: Gun and mortar batteries,
$5,260,000; sites for fortifications, $250,
--000; preservation and repairs of fortifi
cations, $50,000; sea walls and embank
ments, $17,975; torpedoes for harbor de
fense. $100,000; armament for fortifica
tions, $5,502,673; proving grounds, Sandy
Hook, N. J., $38,000; Watertown, Mass.,
arsenal, $43,000; ordnance and fortifi
cations boards, $100,000.
A bill to increase the pension of the
widow of Col. John Irving Gregg failed.
Representative Loud (Rep., Cal.) said
he would oppose all bill to Increase
pensions of officers' widows.
Grosvcnor (Rep.. Ohio.) demanded
the regular order in the interest of the
filled cheese bill and a debate on that
measure was resumed with tlie under
standing that the general debate close
at 4:30 today.
Mr. Grosvenor, In charge of the bill,
addressed the house in faver of it. He
described in detail the manufacture of
filled cheese from Skimmed milk and
leaf lard. All the persons who had ap
peared before the ways and means com
mittee, he said, but one, a manufac
turer of filled cheese, had opposed the
bill. The bill had been framed on the
lines of the oleomargarine bill, which
has become a law against the most
intense opposition; though subjected to
the severest tests of litigation, it has
held constitutional in all essentials
Mr. Gtey, Democrat, of Virginia,
opened Ihe debate in opposition to the
bill, and Mr. McMllan, Democrat, of
the ways and means committee made
the principal argument against it. He
argued that there was no reason why
the makers of filled cheese should be
taxed, while the manufacturers of other
forms of cheese were not taxed, and that
resort to the power of taxation for tlie
suppression of its production or sale
w as an abuse of that power.
Mr. Tawney. Republican, of Minneso
ta, undertook to show the injury done
to the legitimate cheese industry by tlie
manufacturer of filled chess by citing
the fact that in 1890 there were 130 cheese
factories in his stale, producing 10,000.
--"00 pounds of cheese. Last year there
were but thirty-four factories, the pro
duction of which was less than 1.000,000
pounds. In 1885 our exportation o?
cheese was 118.000,000 pounds, and Can
ada exported but 40.000.000. Last year,
as a result of the exportation of bogus
cheese, our exportations had fallen to
0.,000.000, while Canada's exportation
had increased to 146,000,000 pounds.
After some further remarks by Shaw.
Democrat, of South Carolina, Mr, Clar
riy, Democrat, of Kentucky, and Mr.
Underwod, Democajt, of Alabama, Mr.
Evans, Republican, of Kentucky, and
Mr. Llney, Republican, of North Caro
lina, against the hill, and Mr. Sauerhing,
Republic an, of Wisconsin, and Mr. Har
ney. Republican, of Wisconsin, in favor
the bill, Mr. Dolllver closed the debate
ii: support of tlie bill.
Pending the reading of the bill for
amendment Ihe committee rose. Afte*
the transaction of some minor business
the house, at 5 p. th., took a recess until
8 o'clock the evening session to be for
the consideration of private pension
bills.
THE NIGHT SESSION.
At the night session an attack was
made on the pension committee for
recommending larger pensions than the
law allowed to the widows of officers.
Mr. Talbert (Dem., S. p.), Mr. Baker
(Rep., N. H.), Mr. Hemingway (Rep.,
Ind.) and Mr. McCall (Rep.. Term.) all
protested against this course.
Among other bills fp-vorably acted up
on was one to pension Josephine Foote
Fairfax, the widow of the late Rear
Admiral Fairfax, at the rate of $50 per
month.
THE HERALD
LOS ANGELES, SATURDAY MORNING* APRIL 11, 1896.
IN THE POLITICAL FIELD
OREGON REPUBLICANS DECLARE FOR
M'KINLEY AND SOUND MONEY
Wabfeet Democrat! Conclude Their Labor*
and Oo Home—Rhode Islander* Declare
for Reed and Make a Strong. Protect Against
the Free Silver Agitation
Associated Tress Special Wire.
PORTLAND. Ore., April 10.—The Re
publican state convention this after
noon adopted a platform which declares
for the use of both gold and sliver, with
such restrictions as will secure the
maintenance of the parity of the two
metals. The delegates to the national
convention were instructed to vote for
McKinley for president. The following
is the financial plank In full:
The American people, from tradition
and interest, favor bimetallism, and the
Republican party demands the use of
both gold and silver as standard money,
with such restrictions and under such
provisions, to be determined by legis
lation, as will secure the maintenance of
the parity of values of the two metals,
so that the purchasing and debt-paying
power of the dollar, whether of sliver,
gold or paper, shall be at all times equal.
The platform favors protection and the
reciprocity policy of James G. Blame;
the election of United States senators by
direct vote of the people, and the
speedy construction of the Nicaragua
canal by the United States government.
The folowing were chosen delegates
to the St. Louis convention: R. A.
Booth. Charles Hilton, C. H. Dodd and
J. W. Meldrum.
The following were chosen delegates
were nominated: R. L. Smith, T. T.
Geer, S. M. Yoran, John F. Caples.
R. S. Bean was renominated for su-
preme jifdge by acclamation.
PROVIDENCE, R. I ..April 10.—The
Republican state convention was held
here today for the election of delegates
at large to the national convention.
Addin B. Capron of Smithfteld, who
presided, said: We want gold, we
want sound money and protection and
we want to nominate a man for pres
ident who will be the exponent of these
principles. There Is no man I can more
heartily name than New England's
greatest statesman, T. B. Reed.
The following were elected delegates
at large: Edward T. Freeman, Frank
F. Olney, Albert F. Chester, S. W. Al
len; alternates, A. J. Currier, Laurian
Sharpe, Jr., William S. Steams, Col. A.
F. Childs.
The convention adopted a resolution
endorsing the following, which was
passed by the Provirence board of
trade April 7th:
Whereas, It Is Important to every bus
iness man, producer and wage-earner
that a stop shall be put to the enormous
cost to the government and to all of our
people resulting from the continuance
of agitation for the free coinage of sil
ver, which agitation stands In the way
of a renewal of confidence and national
prosperity;
Resolved, That the Providence board
of trade asks all citizens to urge the se
lection of delegates to tlie political con
ventions of both great parties who will
advocate clear and distinct utterances
In favor of the maintenance of the pres
ent gold standard of value.
The convention also adopted a resolu
tion in favor of international arbitra
tion.
OREGON DEMOCRATS
PORTLAND, Or.. April 10.—The Dem
ocratic state convention reassembled
at 10:30 a. m. and elected four presiden
tial electors and 8 alternate delegates
to the national convention. For su-
preme judge John Burnett of Benton
county was nominated. F. A. E. Starr of
Multnomah was chosen chairman of the
state central committee.
The convention adjourned sine die
this afternoon, after nominating two
congressmen, as follows: First district,
Jefferson Myers, Linn county; Second
district, A. S. Bennett, Wasco county.
POLITICAL POINTERS
CHICAGO, April 10.—The Times-Her
ald's Washington special says: Senator
Cullom has written a letter withdraw
ing from the presidential contest but
has not yet decided when to make lt
public. It was Mr. Cullom's intention to
give the letter, to the press tomorrow,
but tonight heVfts urged by the friends
of other candidates to defer its publi
cation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.,April 10.—The Re
publican convention for the Fifth con
gressional district split tonight and
chose two sets of the delegates to the na
tional convention. E. K. Knoffet and
J. W. Reeder were named as Bradley
delegates, and Mayor Todd and C. E.
Sapp, state president of the A. P. A., for
Mc Kinley. Congressman Evans was re
nominated.
FREBPORT, 111., April 10.— E. R.Hitt
was renominated for congress by the
Republicans of the Ninth district today.
CHICAGO. April 10.—The sub-com
mittee of the Democratic national com
mittee appointed to arrange for the
holding of tho Democratic national con
vention held a short session today. A
sergeant-at-arms will be appointed to
morrow.
COMMITTEE WORK
Bills In Various Stagei of Progress Toward
Passage or Defeat
WASHINGTON. April 10.-The house
committee on Pacific roads met today to
consider the first printed copy of the
bill prepared by the house and senate
sub-committees. Nothing was accom
plished, but an informal discussion of
the bill led to several amendments in
its wording which do not affect the
plan, but tend to prevent evasions of its
interest. Considerable difference of
opinion was shown upon the details of
the measure, but it is predicted that the
bill will be reported practically as lt
was Introduced.
Mr. Boatnef of Louisiana, who led the
opposition to the Rielly bill, is not now
in congress, and it is not certain that
any minority report will be made, al
though Mr. Hubbard of Missouri, a
member of the committee, has intro
duced a bill for foreclosure on the prop
erty.
The age of consent bill, which has
been supported by many religious
bodies,'was laid on the table today by
the house committee on judiciary,
: and is dead for this congress.The pur
j pose of the bill was to raise the age of
■ consent for females In all territories
| under tbe exclusive jurisdiction of the
i United States from IS to IS years, and
to .fix penalties ranging from one to fif
i teen years imprisonment for males who
j violated this act.
Representative Melklejohn today re
ported from the committee on Indian af
fairs a bill to prohibit the sale of intoxi
cating liquors to Indians holding land by
allotment. Its passage is recommended
by the secretary of the interior, who
says It is made necessary by the decis
ion of Judge Baillnger of the district
court for Oregon, which he says, in ef
fect, permits the sale of liquor to Indian
allottees « --.out- lirr ':ir,on. The bill
also prohlbbn the sale of any ar'"ie un
der any b.a-d or i.am> which contains
intoxicating spirits. Vendt- nave been
in the habit of selling such liquors lv
compositions containing pickles, fruits
and other articles of diet especially pre
pared for ".Is traffic. The minimum
penalty for such offense Is placed at
sixty days' Imprisonment and a fine of
$100.
Mr. Grosvenor, chairman of the Re
publican caucus of the house, has called
a caucus of the Republican members of
the house for tomorrow night. The cau
cus was called at the written request
ot members interested in the passage of
an immigration bill.
COL. COCKERILL DEAD
A Pamou* Correspondent Will Write No
More Letters
NEW YORK, April 10—A special
cable from Cairo, Egypt, says Col. John
A. Cockeriil, the well known newspaper
corespondent, died tonight of apoplexy
in Shepherd's hotel. John A. Cockeriil
was born at Locust Grove, Adams coun
ty, Ohio, in 1845. His father was an at
torney and a man of means and intend
ed to give his son a college education,
but the War broke out, and the lad fol
lowing his father entered the army as
a drummer boy. His father commanded
the Seventh Ohio Volunteers at Shiloh.
After tho war young Cockeriil became a
printer and did his first work on the
Scion of Temperance.
After considerable experience on the
local press of Dayton and Hamilton he
went to Cincinnati, where he worked as
reporter, city editor and managing edit
or on the Enqulerer. In 1877, he went to
Europe and accompanied the Turkish
army during the war with Russia, writ
ing letters to the Enquirer. On his re
turn from Constantinople he was en
gaged as editor of the Washington Post
and Baltimore Gazette. Afterwards in
1880 he Secured a largo Interest In the
Post-Dispatch at St. Louis with Joseph
Pulitzer. While editor! of the Post Dis
patch his vigorous editorial work
brought out his unfortunate altercation
with Col. Slayback, resulting in the lat
ter's death. When Joseph Pulitzer se
cured the New York World, Cockeriil
went with him. In IS9I he became editor
of the New York Morning Advertiser
and the Commercial Advertiser, with
which he continued until he went to Ja
pan a year ago as correspondent for the
New York Herald.
GRAIN AND STOCK
Conditions Prevailing In Nine of the Lead*
Ing States
WASHINGTON. April 10.-The United
States department of agriculture re
port on the condition of w inter grain
and health of live stock April 1, 1836,
based upon consolidated reports from
township, county and slate correspond
ents, shows a condition of winter wheat
in nine leading states as follow s:
Pennsylvania, 64; Ohio, G6: Michigan,
82; Indiana, 77; Kentucky, 70; Illinois,
81; Missouri, 75; Kansas. SS; California,
ill; average for the entire country, 77.1;
last year, 81.4, and 1 .86.7 in 1891.
The condition of rye, average for the
entire country, was 82.9. Dry weather
at seeding time largely retarded or
prevented germination. Throughout
the winter grain producing region the
winter covering of snows was excep
tionally scant, rye suffering in most
states less than wheat. Drought in
early winter and alternate freezing and
thawing afterward greatly injured the
crop east of the Mississippi. In Ne
braska, Kansas and westward there
was less winter killing than usual, ow
ing to the mild season and present con
ditions are reported fovorable. Hes
sian fly reported in a. few counties along
the Atlantic slope.
Conditions of cattle, 98; sheep, 95.5;
swine, 93. Last year's figures were
96.9, 94.6 and 95.5.
OVER THE RIVER
Governor Jones of Neveda Succumbs After
Long Illness
SAN FRANCISCO, April 10.—Gov.
Jones of Nevada died at the Palace
hotel in this city this evening.
Gov. John E. Jones was born in Wales
December 5, 1840. He came to the
United States with his parents and set
tled in lowa In 1850. He was educated
In the public schools, finishing with a
four years course in the lowa state
university. He was a school teacher
In his early manhood and afterwards,
like most western men, followed min
ing and such avocations as came to his
hand in Colorado, Wyoming and Ne
vada. In 1888 he was elected surveyor
general of the state by the Republican
party. He was re-elected in 1890, serv
ing until he took olilce as governor in
1895. He was elected governor by the
sliver party. He will be succeeded by
Lieut.-Gov. Reinhokl Sadler, now act
ing governor. News of his death caused
great sorrow in this city and section.
Still at tbe Bottom
SAN FRANCISCO, April 10.—Noth
ing has yet been done toward raising
the British ship Blairmore which cap
sized in the bay yesterday, and which
is now at the bottom of the bay under
seven fathoms of water. The consign
ees, John D. Spreckels & Company,
will have charge of the task of
raising the submerged vessel. Tlie ex
pense will be great. At the British
consulate steps have been taken to pro
vide the rescued men with temporary
assistance in tho way of clothing ami
maintenance. A consular Investigation
of the disaster will be begun next week.
Much adverse comment is made regard
ing the captain's alleged neglect to
sufficiently ballast the ship.
Caught Hydraullcklng
SACRAMENTO. April 10.—Today
the seven Chinamen caught in the act
of tearing down a hillside with a hy
draulic monitor near Towles, on tho
north fork of the American river, in
north fork ot the American river, in de
fiance of the United States laws, were
jail for examination before United
States Court Commissioner Ed. F. Tay
lor. After some discussion the defense
secured a postponement of the exami
nation until the 23d inst. The case
against the Chinamen will be pushed
vigorously by the anti-debris commis
sion.
Oil at Fresno
FRESNO, April 10.—News was re
ceived today from the new nil fields iv
the southwestern part of the county
that a flow of 40 barrels per day of oil
of exceptionally fine quality had been
struck and as a result more than a hun
dred new- claims have already been filed.
It is stated that the owners of the well
have an offer of $2,50 per barrel for their
I product if it remains equal in quality to
samples which have been tested.
._
A Mormon Conference
KIRKLAND, Ohio, April 10.—The
Latter Day Saints' general conference
is in session here. At the rate of pro
gress made thus far the business of the
conference will not be linished for an
other week, tl has been decided to hold
tlie next general conference at Lamoni,
lowa. In April, 1897, probably beginning
on the 6th day of that month.
A Prison Director
SACRAMENTO, April 10.—Governor
Budd this evening appointed J. A.
Wilkins a member of the state board
of prison directors, vice Robert T.
Devlin, term expired.
A Strike Ended
DENVER, April 10.—The strike at the
Northern Colorado coal mines ended
, today. The companies conceded to the
demands of the strikers.
THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL
FORMAL OFPER OP MEDIATION BETWEEN
SPAIN AND CUBA
Cleveland Said to Have Extended the flood
Offices of the United states to Settle
the Cuban Rebellion—Report* of an
Insurgent Defeat
Associated Press Special Wire.
CHICAGO, April 11.—A dispatch to
the Times-Herald from Washington
says:
At last President Cleveland has taken
action in behair of Cuba. He has mado
to Spain a formal proposition that tlie
good offices of the United States be ac
cepted in mediation between that
country and her rebellious colony in the
West Indies. This proposal was made
in a cablegram of instructions to our
minister at Madrid, Mr. Hannis Taylor,
which was dispatched today. No dip
lomatic dispatch of equal importance
has left this capital since Secretary 01
--ney's note to the British government
on the Venezuelan question was sent
last summer.
It brings to a crisis the relations be
tween the United States antl Spain,
which have been unsettled since the
outbreak of the Cuban rebellion.
The note thoroughly explains the at
titude of the United States and the rea
sons which have led to tins action. The
principal points of the dispatch are:
First—The president offers the good
offices of the United States govern
ment In mediation between Spain and
the Insurgents with a view to a set
tlement of the trouble and the bring
ing about of peace in Cuba.
Second—The note recalls the corre
spondence between this government
and Spain at the time of the ten years'
war, when President Grant and Secre
tary Fish proposed mediation and the
Spanish government, though declining
to accept it. promised certain reforms
in Cuba. The fact that the United
States was In part Instrumental In
bringing about that settlement, and the
charge that the Spanish government
has not kept Its promise, is given as a
reason why the United States now has a
right to be heard In the case.
Third—lt is pointed out that the pres
ent rebellion in Cuba has assumed a
much more serious aspect than any for
mer Insurrection, the insurgents having
apparently taken possession ot all the
Island except Havana and a small sec
tion of country roundabout.
Spain is assured ot the fact that, the
United States is actuated only by disin
terested motives and by a desire
through friendship to bring about a
more pacific and satisfactory state of
affairs in the island. Spain is urged to
accept our good offices in the spirit In
which they are tendered, and the hope
is expressed that the Spanish govern
ment will see its way lo granting re
forms In Cuba. The president does not
ask Spain to grant the independence of
Cuba nor does he suggest that home rule
be accorded the people of that island.
He leaves all these questions of method
to be discussed after Spain shall have
expressd a willingnss to accept media
tion.
AN INSURGENT DEFEAT.
HAVANA, April 10— General Oliver,
near Camajuani, Santa Clara, had a se
vere engagements with 600 insurgents
under Jose Gonzales, the colored leader,
resulting in the defeat of the insurgents
with a loss of thirty killed and many
wounded. The troops lost fifteen killed
and twenty-six wounded.
The insurgents drew the troops into
an ambuscade in a densely wooded ra
vine. Behind earthworks completely
masked with brush tlie insurgents
awaited the troops. Scouts sent for
ward by the Spanish commander were
allowed to pass, but when the troops
were well inside the ambuscade a dyna
mite bomb was suddenly hurled into
their ranks, killing' several men and
wounding a number of others, besides
almost causing a panic. At first the
Spanish infantry gave way, being taken
so completely by surprise and seeing
many soldiers falling, without being
able to do more than fire apparently
into the thick bushes, from which came
the flashes of flame which told of Ihe
presence of the Insurgents. Later.how
ever, the troops rallied and made a
splendid dash forward and up the side
of the hills over the earthworks.driving
the insurgents before them at the point
of the bayonet and shooting them down
as ttiey lied. Thus the enemy was
quickly silenced and the troops cap
tured and razed the insurgents' breast
works on both sides of the ambuscade,
where they found a number of boxes of
abandoned ammunition and several
rllles, etc.
A company ot gendarmes and volun
teers engaged a detachment of Insurg
ents under the leadership of Capitole,
at the farm of Fermi n. In Matanzas.
The Insurgents left eight killed and the
government force captured a quantity
of arms.
Later the Spaniards pursued the In
surgents and killed eighteen more of
the enemy.
A LETTER FROM OOMEZ.
WASHINGTON, April 10—President
Palma of the Cuban delegation in the
United States lias made public the fol
lowing letter received from General Go
mez, the insurgent leader, regarding
war conditions on the island:
SAGUA, Cuba, March 10, IS9G.
To Thomas Estrada Palma, Delegate
of the Cuban Republic: The war con
tinues more active and hard on account
of the fierce character which General
Weyler lias given to it. Our wounded
are followed and assassinated cruelly.
He who has the misfortune to fall into
the hands ot the Spanish troops perishes
without fail.
The peaceful country people only find
death and dishonor. Cuba today, as in
ISOS, only presents pools of blood dried
by conflagrations. Our enemies are
burning the houses to deprive us, ac
cording to them, of our quarters for
spring. We will never use reprisals, for
we understand that the revolution will
never need to triumph by being cruel
and sanguinary. We will go on with
this war, the ultimate result of which
you need not worry about—with success
for the arms of the republic. We fight
when convenient to us against an enemy
tired out and without faith. My plans
are well understood by subordinates and
each one knows what to do.
Give us cartridges so that our sold
iers can fight, and you can depend that
in the spring campaign the enemy
will be greatly reduced, and it will be
necessary for Spain to send another*
army, aiid I do not know whether it
would lie rash to say that perhaps
Spain has not the money with which to
do it. We have a great military ad
vantage over the enemy in the Incapaci
ty of the majority of Gen. Weyler's gen
erals, The fake official reports of sup
posed victories with which they cyni
cally pretend to deceive themselves,
their government and the world, con
tribute to tlie speedy triumph of the
revolution. No human work which has
for its base falseness and infamy can
be either firm or lasting. Everything
that Spain orders and sends to this
land that she has drenched with the
blood of her children only serves to
ruin her" power, and no man so well
chosen as Gen. Weyler to represent In
Proclaim it from the House Tops!!!
This great newspaper costs but 50
cents a month by carrier—£s.oo a
year by mail
these times and In America the Spain
of Phillip 11.
Much is said and written about the
recognition of belligerency of the Cu
bans by the American government.
This would be very advantageous to us
a.nd is only doing justice, but as when
we rose against tyranny we only count
ed on the strength nf our arms, and the
Arm resolution of victory we follow our
march unconcerned, satisfied that what
is to happen will happen.
Your friend, MAXIMO GOMEZ.
SOME WILD RUMORS.
NEW YORK, April II.—A dispatch
to the Herald from Madrid says: Ru
mor Is current here in the cafes and
streets that Consul-General Williams
lias been murdered in Havana and his
body dragged through the streets. Ex
citement prevails throughout the city
in consequence of this report, but the
authorities have no knowledge of any
such event. It is rumored that Maceo
is dead and that In a battle yesterday
the rebels lost GOO. No confirmation of
tin; report can bo obtained.
FILIBUSTERS DISCHARGED.
NEW YORK, April 10. -After being
out eight minutes, the jury in. the case
against the Cubans charged with be
ing concerned In the Bermuda filibus
tering expedition returned a verdict
of not guilty. Counsel for the defense,
Mr, Rubens, moved for the discharge
of the prisoners and the return of the
property. Judge Brown said that this
would follow in the natural course.
THE LEONIST WAR
Both Parties Seem to Havo Orowa Sick ol
Fighting
CORINTO, Nicaragua, April 9 (via
Galveston, April 10.)— For several hours
on April 6 and 7 the Insurgent troops,
under the command of General Boca,
president of the revolutionary govern
ment of Nicaragua, cannonaded the
troops sent by the government of Hon
duras at Chinandega. The bombard
ment, however, did not dislodge the
soldiers, who were sent hy Honduras to
the assistance of the government of
President Zelaya. At El Viego an In
surgent force from Leon, flanking Na
garote and threatening to atack Mana
gua, the capital of Nicaragua. The gov
ernment troops have been twice* en
gaged with the force of the Leontsts. A
few men have been killed on both sides,
but President Zelaya's force was not
strong enough to drive back the enemy,
and it returned to Managua unsuccess
ful.
A small detachment of Zelaya's troops
has occupied Snucre, a small town about
twenty-four leagues out of Leon, the
headquarters of the revolutionists.
The British warship Comus, Captain
Dyke, having on board over 200 officers
and men, has arrived here, but she will
leave Corinto today for San Juan del
Sur It is expected, however, that the
Comus will return here on Friday and
remain at this port until the revolution
in Nicaragua is decided one way or the
other. The only, real fighting done so
far was in the earlier stages of the rev
olution, and it seems to have sickened
both armies. The Leonists have the
largest quantity of arms .and they are
of a more modern description than those
ot President Zeiaya, but the latter
has, up to the present, suffered from
lack of ammunition, although he has
hitherto been well supplied with money
from Managua and Grenada in particu
lar, but there is already much grum
bling at the Inaction of President Zela
ya's army, and threats have been heard
to cut off funds unless something tang
ible is accomplished.
The United States cruiser Alert Is still
here.
AFRICAN ADVICES
Tbe Whole Matabele Nation 11 In Arms.
Pretoria News
LONDON, April 11.—Advices receiv
ed by the Times regarding the situation
in Matabeleland again take a rather
alarmist tone, but no advices have been
received by the government to bear out
this view of the situation, and the pres
ent force of troops In South Africa is
considered suflieisnt by the govern
ment.
A Buluwayo dispatch says: The whole
of the Matabele nation ha* risen and
15,000 men In strong co-operative col
umns will be required to clear the
country. It Is Impossible to act except
on the defensive with small patrols.
A dispatch from Pretoria to the
Times says: An indictment has been
Issued which charges all the members
of the national reform committee, who
have been made prlsoneers without dis
tinction of conspiring with Dr. Jameson
to invade the Transvaal and to cause
an insurrection at Johannesburg. It
also charges them witii sending armed
troops to meet Dr. Jamesani! with the
unlawful distribution of Maxim guns
and arms, with the object of overthrow
ing the republic, and with the assump
tion of the powers of the police.
The government through Mr. Cham
berlain has again wired here complain
ing of President Kruger's delay in
deciding as to his proposed visit to
England.
in reply to a questio* in the house of
commons last night Mr. Chamberlain
announced the government was pre
pared to reinforce the garrisons in
Cape Colony and Natal if Gov. Rob
inson considered It necessary.
A dispatch from Johannesburg to a
London newspaper says it Is proba
ble the trial of the reform committee
prisoners will be postponed until'after
Jameson's trial Is over In England.
A dispatch from Buluwayo tp Lord
Glfford announces that tho arm of his
brother, Capt. Gifford, who was re
cently wounded in an engaement witgh
Matabeles, has been amputated at the
shoulder.
Objects to Oreatness
NEW YORK, April 10.—Mayor
Wuerster of Brooklyn lias returned the
Greater New York bill to the governor
with his disapproval. He says he does
not see anything in the conditions of
Brooklyn to make necessary such a
bill; that the bill is incomplete inas
much as it does not provide for a con
solidated government of the three cit
ies—Now York, Brooklyn and Long
Island City—and because it does not
provide for the referendum. A major
ity of the legislature may pass the bill
over the mayor's veto.
Requisition Issued
SACRAMENTO. April 10 —The hear
ing on the application for a requisition
for the return of Mrs. York from Den
ver, for the alleged embezzlement of
$28,000. was concluded before Governor
Budd today. The governor tonight an
nounced that he would issue the re
quisition and an officer will leave here
for Denver to bring her back topthis
state.
The Egyptian Campaign
LONDON, April 10—The under sec
retary of foreign affairs, George N. Cur
son, replying to questions in the house
of commons today declined on public
grounds to give any information as to
the intentions of Italy in regard to Kas
sala and also refused to make public
any details concerning the movements
of "the Egyptian forces up the Nile.
Woman's Rights
SPRINGFIELD. Mass., April 10.- Re
solutions asking the general conference
of the M. E. church to adopt women as
delegates was adopted by the lay elec
toral delegates of the district conference
today.
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WINGED HIS THIRD MAN
Yon Kotz Announces Hit
Intention to Continue
ILL mm WILL BE SETTLED
Deadly Aftermath of Germaa
Court Scandals
THE EX-COURT CHAMBERLAIN
Is Not Satisfied With an Acquittal kg
the Court
And Will Vindicate His Honor by AppealtajJJ
to the Code
0
Count Yon Koti, the Victim af an Allege*)
Conspiracy, Is Making Very flood Progress
Toward Wiping all Hl* Eaeeales Praaf
th* Pac* al tho Earth
Associated Pros* Special Wire.
BERLIN, April 10.—There was a sen*
sation in court and military circles her*)
this morning; when it was announce*!
that another duel, growing out of that
great court anonymous letter scandals*
had taken place In the woods near Pots
dam, and Baron yon Schrader, master
of ceremonies of the Prussian court.had
been shot by Count yon Kotz, formerly
court chamberlain, who was acquitted
on the charge of being author of tha
anonymous communications Count voa
Kotz and Baron yon Schrader used pis
tols. The latter was severely wounded
in the abdomen. He was taken io a>
hospital where the wound was pro
nounced of a most serious nature, Hia
relatives were telegraphed for and
promptly gathered at the bedside.
This is the third duel of the series of
about a dozen for which challengea
were sent out last April by Count vom
Kotz. He repeated today the an
nouncement of his determination to
keep on fighting his enemies, one bjr
one, until he settled accounts with all
on his list.
Count yon Kotze practiced for hours
yesterday with a pistol on the estata
of his brother-in-law. Count yon Tre
sckow, at Frlederichsfelds, and finally
succeeded In hitting the target, the slza
and shape outline of a man at every,
shot. He left Friederiehsfelds last
night saying "Now I have got him."
At his own quarters in Berlin, Count
yon Kotze today received the congratu
lations of his brothers and from mem
bers of his family. He was also con
gratulated by scores of friends.
Baron yon Schrader's wound was
operated upon during the day and tha
physicians in attendance came to tho
conclusion that there is no chat,ce of
his recovery. Emperor William has
been notified of the duel. It is said Yon
Kotze will not be arrested until hia
majesty has been heard from.
The scandal which gavee rise to this
series of duels began nearly five yeara
ago, when high court personages, mala
and female, old and young.began re
ceiving anonymous letters or postal
cards calling their attention to this or
that escapade upon their own part, or
on the part of relatives or friends.
Variouß wives became separated from
their husbands, and fathers and moth
ers discarded their children. Nearly
everyone of importance was scorched;
more or less by the venom of the anony
mous writer, who was evidently a per
son thoroughly familiar with all the de
tails of court life, soon began to look
askance at their best frirnds. Every,
effort possible was made by the police
to find the guilty party, but In spite of
this tlie anonymous tormentor was able
to continue the work for about four
years. Thegeneral opinion was that the
vile letters were the work of a woman,
but gradually this opinion changed and
for some unexplained reason, suspicion;
fastened itself upon Count yon Kotz,
one of the court chamberlains, a popular
man, well liked by the emperor, and
trusted by all bis friends. Finally a
volunteer spy denounced him to the
court authorities on the ground that
on the blotting paper pad of al letter
packet used by the count he had found
a clear reproduction of oneof the anon
ymous communications, a postal card.
Thereupon Yon Kotz was arrested and
confined in the fortress. Upon trial
lie was acquitted of the charges
brought against him.
While Yon Kotz was in prison the tida
of sympathy turned decidedly In his di
rection. Ugly whisperings were heard on
all sides, his arrest was openly de
nounced as an outrage, and the names of
a number of very high c ourt personages.
Including Duke Ernest Gunther of
Schleswig-Holsteln, the brother-in-law,
of Emperor William of Germany, be
came Involved: In fact, some persons
even had the audacity to cast the side
lights of suspicion upon a higher person
than Duke Gunther, though, it would
seem, without just ground for so doing.
When Count yon Kotz was released
from prison he promptly sent out chal
lenges to a dozen of those whom he be
lieved to have been implicated in a plot
to ruin him. In order to save the reputa
tion of the high personage, whoever ha
may be. who Is looked upon as being tho
rea author of the anonymous communi
cations.
Among the principal persons chal
lenged were Baron yon Relsch, court
marshal to ex-Eraperor Frederick of
Germany: Baron yon Schrader, master
ot ceremoH ol' the Prussian court;
Prince yon r urstenberg. Prince Herbert
of Baxe-Altenburg and Prince Albert of
Saxe-Altenburg.
A rumor, not substantiated, has also
said that Yon Kotz had challenged Duke
Ernest of Schleswig- Holstein, but this
lias been denied, and it is not believed to
be true.
Tha first of the proposed series ot
duels was fought with pistols, in th*
Gruenwald, early during the morning
of April 13th last, betwen Count yon
Kotz and Baron yon Reisch. Tha
former had insisted upon severe condi
tions, namely that shots should be ex
changed until one of the contestants
te as so badly wounded as to be unable
to continue. Seven shots were ex
changed with the result that both the
count and tiie baron had more or less
severe flesh wounds. But at the eighth
shot Yon Kotz fell with a bullet In the
loin. He was taken to a hospital and
for some time his life was despaired of,
and even when the attending physi
cians announced that he would live,
they coupled tills statement with the
remark that he would be crippled for
life. This is practically the case, al
though the count walked with greater
ease than was expected.
There was some talk of sending
Count yon Kots and his opponent ta

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