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VASIUJI'GrTON, MONDAY MOK2JfING, MATtCEC 15. 1897 JDiaBCT PAGKE3
It Is Possible the Powers May
Begin It Today.
MANY RUMORS ARE AFLOAT
Itnllnus Reported to Have Shelled
the lut-urgentK nt Kissiuno Kus
telli lliisiu Holding Buck: the
Dogs of "War Tlio Cretans Con
tinuc tu Bombnrd Splnulongu.
Canea, March 14. The belief prevails
anions ttic foreign fleets that the powers
have linallj decided to make no reply to
the answer or Ureeco to their identical
note, but to put their threat of a blockade
into eriect. It 1b thought that the block
ade of Crete and the Piraeus will begin
is ttated that the Italians have
fchelled the insurgents at Kissmuo Kastelli,
but nothing further can be learned-
The Insurgents are not the only ones
who have been kept m ignorance of the
action of the powers- The several con
suls here have had no official intimation
fronfthclr respective governments of what
. was to be done, a fact which lias excited
The town is full of rumors that the
powers are about to send troops to the
island, but no official intimation to this
effect has been recelied.
The insurgents are continuing their bom
bardment of the town of Spinalonga.
The Turkish garrison is still holding out,
though the cannonading has now been
going on for nearly three days.
Loudon, March 14. The Chronicle will,
in its issue tomorrow, claim to nave au
thority to state that the blockade of Crete
and certain unnamed Greek ports will
begin on Wednesday, an ultimatum to that
crrcct having been delivered to Greece.
Various reports concur that a blockade
of Crete is immediately Imminent, and a
blockade of Grecian ports later if Greece
persists in her present attitude.
Negotiations are proceeding toward hav
ing France and Italy jointly occupy Crete,
or Italy alone, with a mandate from the
EOLIJS TUli DCGS OF WAR.
But for Husf ti u Gicnt Conflict
TVouM Now So On.
Berlin, March 14. Should the coercive
measures tak.-n by the poweis against
Greece icsult in a general Euiopcau war,
the initial blame, according to public and
official opinion here, will fall upon Eng
land. .Every step in the cjitical negotia
tions which have been and are bUIl pro
ceeding has been rendeied uncertain by
the vacillating, if not opposing, course of
action taken by Lord Salisbury.
It the proposals of tile Russian and Ger
man governments, made three weeks ago,
to blockade the coast ot Greece, had been
acceded to Ly the English premier, the
dangerous developments of the present
time would never have occurred.
The pretended participation of the Salis
bury government has been a blind, and
King George, up to a late point in the
diplomatic contest, was led to believe that
the influence ot Great Britain would
oquarc the situatioiTin favor of Greece.
Utter distrust of England is the dom
inant feeling at the foreign orfice here,
while the entente with Kussia is com
plete. But for Russia the Balkan Penin
sula would now be in a blaze and Austria
and Russia would be mobilizing their
troops for war. There is absolutely re
liable information that the three Balkan
states, Servia, Bulgaria and Montenegro,
have concluded an alliance which affects
not only Turkey but the claims ot Greece
and the aspirations of Austria. These
Etatcs are making arrangements for- a
concerted movement of troops. Undoubt
edly the triple understanding is perfectly
well known to the Itussian government
and was connived at if not inspired by
It depends upon Russia to let the dogs
of war slip from the leash. Up to the
present time the whole policy of the czar
Is to restrain ttiem, and if they are let
loose, the profound conviction here is that
the consequent general embroilment of the
powers will be largely due to England's
The German officers estimate the Turk
ish effective, at Elassona, Monastir, and
Janlna, with detachments close to the
Greek frontier, at 77,000 men. If this
estimate is near the truth, such a force
could sweep over Greece, if numbers eount
for anything. The spirit of the Greek
army is splendid, but late accounts give a
bad report as to the reserves, who are
as yet merely a mob. undrilled and armed
-with our-of-date weapons.
The governments of England and France
liave not as yet given their assent to the
proposal of the other powers to make no
reply to the answer of Greece to the
Identical uoteof thcEuropean governments,
but to proceed with coercive measures in
accordance with the terms or the power,'
ultimatum enforcing the withdrawal of
Greek troops from Crete, and blockading
the ports of Greece. Thus far, it is
learned, only Germany and Austria have
accepted the Russian proposal to put the
blockade into immediate effect, and it is
believed that if the other powers refuse
to act in concert the "warships of the
three poyers named will undertake to
enforce compliance with their demands
without reference to the attitude of the
SITUATION AT KISSAMO.
Besieged and on FJrc In Several
Canea, March 14. A Russian warship
which has been cruising to the westward
returned here today, bringing news of the
situation at Kissamo, which is bituated on
Kibsamo Bay, some twenty-five miles west
of this city. She reports that the insur
gents were bombarding the place yester
day arid that the town was on fire in sev
TROOPS OX THE FRONTIER.
they Are Suffering From Exposure
V and Bad Food.
London, March 14.. The Standard will
tomorrow publish a dispatch from Janina,
Southern Albana, stating that the weather
has become very severe- It adds that
the Turkish soldiers on the frontier arc
badly fed and lodged, and that they arc
suffering from disease. The Mussulman
redirs destined for the frontier, upon reach
ing Arta, returned hurriedly, not liking
the looks of the reck irregular troops.
The dispatch further bays that the Greek
troops on the Macedonian frontier are
also suffering from cold and exposure, but
notwithstanding this, their ardor is unabated.
A GllUAT 31 ASS MEETING.
Thousands of Grecian Sympathizers
Gather in Trafalgar Square.
London, March 14. Another radical
manifestation to express sympathy with
Greece in her efforts In behalf of theCretan
Christians was held this afternoon in
Trafalgar Square. At last Sunday's meet
ing in Hyde Park there were 20,000 per
sons present, and today it -was estimated
that the assemblage was Jully as large, if
not larger. Greek Hags -were numerously
displayed, and many or the persons com
prising the huge crowd wore rossttes made
ot the national colors of Greece.
Six platlorms had been elected for the
use of the speakers, who included Messrs.
Michael Davitt, Francis Channing, J.
Ilavelock Wilson Tind J". II. Dalzicl, nil
members of the House of Commons, and
several nonconformist nilnlNters. The
speakers maintained the ilghtof the Cre
tans to settle their political differences
themselves, without any intervention on
the part of the poweis, and denounced
Prime Minister Salisbury for the pait he
has taken, in connection with Russia,
Germany, Austria, France and Italy, to
compel Greece to abandon her attempts to
liberate Crete and to Hive the Christian
population of the island from Turkish
misrule, oppiession and massacre.
The'resolutlons that were adopted amid
much enthusiasm indignantly protested
agains'i the ur-e of British forces to sup
press the laudable efforts of Greece in
behalf or civilization and Christianity.
Ihey also declared that the reply made
by the Hellenic government to the note
of the powers offered a satisfactory basis
for a settlement of the whole question,,,
and urged the government not to assent
to the policy of coercion Ihat is advocated
by certain of the continental powers,
RESERVES ARE NEEDED.
Relternte Call to Arms Sent to the
St. Louis, Mo., March 14. D. Jannalioulo,
Greek consul at 5t- Louis, yesterday re
ceived a cablegram from Skouzes, the
Grecian minister of foreign affairs, urg
ing reserves in tills country to comply with
the royal order calling to arms the re
serves of 1 S6G to 1873.
Immediately upon receipt of this the
consul Issued an appeal to all the Hellenes
in this territory to apply to liim and make
arrangements for transportation to Greece,
Simultaneously with this call to arms the
consul issued a notice for a mass meeting
of sympathizers of Greece, to be held Mon
day evening next, in Exposition Hall. The
"This call means war, of that I have no
doubt. Nothing can now prevent a clash
between Grecian and Turkish arms."
THE RESCUED MOSLEMS.
They Are Said to He Pillaging the
Uoiii-e.s of Christians.
London, March 14. The Telegraph has
a dispatch from Canea, saying that the
Moslems who were rescued a few days
ago from Selino and Kandamos by Sir
Altred Biliotti, and brought to Canea, are
pillaging the houses or Christians. A num
ber of them entered a leper village on
Friday, the Moslems' Sabbath, and ordered
the inhabitants to leave- They threatened
to massacre the lepers, who are aged
people, IT they did not quit the place at
The Greek bishop has appealed to the
consuls and the governor to prevent further
outrage and pillage on the part of these
HIGH-WATER MARK PASSED
Lowlands Along the Mississippi
Railroad Tracks "Washed Out Jn
Murjy Places The Main Levee
Not "3Tet Broken.
Memphis, Teun., March 14 The Mis
sissippi River here is higher than since
the establishment of the weather office
in 1672, and probably since the sinking
of the lowlands of Missouri, Arkansas,
and Tennessee by earthquakes. The rise
today was slightly above half a foot.
On all the islands near here and in the
lowlands of Arkansas there is great suf
fering, and also gicat loss of stock and
property, but no repoits have been ic
ceived of persons being drowned. People
are leaving the lowlands for this side or
the river -without ceremony and bringing
all the stock and property they can.
Today the Little Rock and Memphis man
aged to get its morning train into the city,
but made no attempts to move the later
trains. It will use the Iron Mountain
tracks forits trains tomorrow. The Kan
sas City, Fort Scott and Memphis bi ought;
trains -into the city until Saturday night
over its own line, but later washouts be
tween here and Gilmore caused it to aban
don the line and use that of the Iron Moun
tain to Nettlcton, Ark. The Iron Moun
tain tracks are still a few inches above
the water, but a slight rise will stop
trains. Several small levees or private
dikes around towns and plantations have
broken, but so far as heard there have
been no breaks In the main levee systems,
either to lac north or the south. They are
being closely watched and twenty shots
were fired today at the steamer Bluff City
because she went nearer to the embank
ments than the guards thought she should.
RISE OF TWENTY-SEVEN FEET.
Bridges Over the Chattahoochee
River Are in Danger.
Columbus, Ga., March 14. The Chatta
hoochee River is on a big boom at this
point, and the Eagle and Fnoenix mills,
employing 4,000 hands, have shut down on
account of the high water. The rise meas- i
tires' twenty-seven feet a few inches below
high-water mark and still risiing.
If the rains do not cease all bridges here
will be in danger by tomorrow.
Shot in Self-Defense.
Erie, Pa., March 1. Mack Cor.key and
a party of friends met at John R. Krueger' s
house this evening. An altercation ensued
which resulted in Krueger shooting Con
key through the abdomen. Conkey will die
before morning. Krueger is under arrest.
Be alleges Conkey and his friends were rob
bing him and he shotin self-defense.
joist Straight, Bright, Klln-drled.
Libbey & Co., Gth sfc. and' New York ave.
Ti M'KEESCRIP MUDDLE
Why Judge Lamorenx anil Sec
retary Francis Quarreled.
PERRINE PATENT INVOLVED
The Reported Cause of the Row
Between the Secretriry and the
Lund Commissioner Gen. Mich
ener Explains "Why He Submitted
a .Decision to the Land Office.
Tho order of Mr. Bliss, Secretary or
the Interior, unnulllng the decision of
Land Commissioner Lamoreux In the Chi
cago Land Scrip cuse and the piobable
dismissal of Mr. Lamoreux, although his
resignation is in the hands ot the Presi
dent, were yesterday the subject ot gen
eral discussion. A good deal of the
speculation was as to what was the true
cause of the quarrel between Mr. Francis
und Judge Lamoreux, and also as to the
published slutement that the latter had
adopted as his the opinion of one ot the
lawyers in the case, whose clients would
be benefited by a favorable decision to
the extent of about $120,000,000.
It is known that just hefore Judge
Lamoreux left the city lie and Secretary
Francis had a lively time over the land
scrip case. This was about the time
when some of the papers were severely
criticising the issuance of the patent by
Sceretary Francis to the l'errine heirs.
It is said that .Mr. Francis made the point
that it would not do to have two sucli
large cases involving such tremendous per
sonal advantage to the claimants to go
out as settled under a Secretary whose
whole term of office was short, and in the
nature of things, limited to a few months.
It is further stated that Judge Lamoreux
took the ground that lie had nothing to
do, except In a ministerial capacity, with
the Perrlne patent, which was issued solely
by tho Secretary on a point of law made
by the Attorney General for the Depart
ment of the Interior. Had Secretary
Francis known Unit tho decision had been
adverse to the Chicago claimants it Is ap
parently unlikely from these coiisidciationa
that he would have endeavored to stay
It is also apparent that Mr. Francis
knew of the progress of tho case, and that
there was no way of stopping a favorable
decision except by tome extraordinary
process- The chance occurred, when it is
said, he discovered that the decision hud
been written without information to the
Secretary- He, therefore, on the 22d of
February, a legal holiday, issued the
order staying the publication- The here
tofore explanation of this act has been
that Mr. Francis desired to leave It to his
successor, but the opinion, as above stated,
was that Mr- Francis did not care to have
two such private claims credited to his
administration, and it will be observed that
there was no criticism of the righteousness
of Judge Lamoreux's Judgment by Mr-Francis-
The odium, if there was any, of
the final det"rniinatlon would, however,
fall on Mr- Bliss. These circumstances, It
was stated last night, -were the probable
cause of Quarrel, and not the mere fact of
the news of a decision getting out, and
especially where the fact of the publica
tion was not traced to Mr. Lamoreux, but
to a person to whom the decision was given
to be copied and filed alter promulgation
As to Judge Lamoreux's using a decisiou
written by one of the attorneys in the
case: The attorneys for the claimants,
In "Washington are Messrs. Dudley and
Michener. Mr. Dudley was1 called on last
night, but he referred the reporter to
Gen. Miclicncr. Gen. Michener admitted
that the statement that Judge Lamoreux
used his decision practically, but with what
ever modifications as seemed to hint best.
There was nothing unusual in this, said
Gen. MIcliencr.-becausc similar suggestions
for a decision were made by attorneys on
the other side and this is nothing extraor
dinary in practice.
Gen. Michener also replied to the state
ment that Judge Lamoreux had reversed
himself on the merits of the case- He said
that as early as last September the suit
was instituted. The case was proceeded
with up to a certain point when Judge
Lamor Ix said that he saw enough in it
to send-the surveyors to Chicago and on
their report proceedings weie resumed
last December when Mr. Francis was in
office. The case proceeded without in
terruption, was closed, and the parties
were awaiting the decisiou of the Land
Office- The rest of the circumstances
have practically been published.
Gen. Michener left no room for doubt as
to how the 'premature publication was
made. He said that Mr. P.J. Somers, one
of the original attorneys in the case, came
here about the 20th of February and called
on Judge Lamoreux to inquire when the
decision would be had.
"Why, I have already decided the.case,"
replied the judge. "I decided it today and
in favor of the claimants."
Mr. Somers told Judge Lamoreux that
as soon as it was made public it wa,s
the desire of the Chicago clients to have
it filed. Mr. Somers was given a copy,
which he took to Chicago, the under
standing being that publication would be
made here on the 23d, and turned it over
to one ot the clients. In the meanwhile,
the order of Secretary Francis, staying
the promulgation, was issued on the 22d.
Later the news of the decision got out
and Judge Lamoreux was made the sub
ject of the order published Saturday
from Mr. Miss, In which the judge was
severely criticised for xhis act of per
mitting the publication.
Gen. Michener said that in the present
status ot the case there is nothing for
the parties in Interest to do but to go
into the trial anew as per the suggestion
of tho present Secretary.
THE DECISION ANTICIPATED
Two Unsuccessful Efforts to Record
Land Scrip Pints.
Chicago, March 14. Tho Tribune says:
Investigation at the office of the recorder
of deeds for Cook county yesterday de
veloped the fact that two unsuccessful
attempts had been made to file a map of
the lands on the lake front involved in
tho Lamoreux decision, which Secretary
Bliss has just set at naught.
On November 5 there was filed a bulky
transcript of the field notes ot the sur
vey of the disputed lands, and other mat
ter. At the same time a map was of
fered for filing, but it was not accepted.
The filing clerk placed his stamp upon
the paper before examining it to see
whether it was properly certified, accord
ing to the State law, and then saw It
was not. lie refused to place the docu
ment on record, and handed it back to
the messenger who brought it.
After Recorder Simon succeeded Samuel
B. Chase another attempt was made to get
theinap recorded, but without success It
was pointed out that the law forbids filing
in the manner sought and makes the re
corder liable to tho amount of 200 for
every lot sold In a subdivision platted In
this manner. The map must have the cer
tification or the city map department, and
Hits, it is held, cannoL beolftained, as there
are already other plats .on file covering
the same property.
WIIIIlIAVJIvD BROUGHT DEATH.
Two Men Killed -ittfrp OtherH May
Die, hi Ohio.
Stcubenville, 0., Mnrclu-14.-A whirl
wind visited the town of' Mingo Junction
lust night, doing considerable damage, and
was attended witii fatal results-
The wind was so Tierce, that it was with
difficulty men cbulc keep on their feet at
the plant of the Junction Iron and Steel
Company. A lull occurred shortly before
2 o'clock this morning, then In another
second the wind lifted up the iron roof of
the casthouse, which collapsed, the tall
brick walls, which were held by logchains,
Few men were at work at the time, but
Frank Hobson and Larry Fa hey were
'caught under- the railing walls.
A force of men was put to work to
rescue them and Fahey was taken out
dead. A wife and seven children survive
Frank Hobson, aged twenty-nine and
single, was so seriously crushed that he
died three hours arterwurd.
John Weikas, a Hungarian, was struck
by falling timbers and biicks and badly
crushed. He managed to crawl away, and
it was some time before he was found.
He may die.
Erie, I'a., March ,14. A. terriric gale
6truck Eric this morning and the high
wind, sixty miles an hour at times, did
a great deal of damage- It Is reported
that Wattsburg, a town in a remote part
or the county, wag destroyed by lire.
The wires are down and the particulars
cannot be had tonight. The town la a
small hamlet of wooden buiidiugs.
THE UNFORTUNATE ARMENIANS.
A Massacre Reported to Have 'fallen
Place In Slvas.
London, .March 14 The Morning Post
will tomoriow publish - a dispatch from
Constantinople saying that advices hnve
been received there from Adana showing
that the people of that town are in a
terrible condition. TJtc Turkisli officials
are using every means to enforce the
collection of taxes, despite the fact that
the district has been devastated and the
people have scarcely an thing to meet
the demands made upon them. The Turk
ish troops have not been paid In months
and Uneaten to commit excesses 'if their
arrears of wages are not piomptly settled.
Many similar reports have been received
from other provinces In Anatolia- it Its
rumored that a massacre of Armenians has
taken -place in Sivas, hufc no details are
Itls stated that the Russian troops on the
Anatolian frontier will occupy the country
In the eveut of disorders breaking out.
Advices from another source are to the
effect that disorders have occurred at
GemerccK, InthevllayetotSivas, and that
several Armenians have been killed.
An agent named Ytisscr, who was dis
bursing U'lief to tlfe sufferers at Sert, In
the vilayet of Dlarbekr, has been murdered
and robbed of 300 which had been fur
nished to him for relief purposes by the
Duke of Westminster's Armenian fund.
The offenders were probably Kurds. Sir
Philip Currle, the "British ambassador,
and the Hon. A. W. Terrell, the American
minister, have demanded that the potte
punish the murderers and restore the
FOnt CUILIHIKN POISONED.
Two Are Dead and the Others Rapid
Pittsburg, Pa., March 14. Four children
of Thomas Shannahnn, of Wilklnsburg,
became suddenly sick Friday night, and
after suffreing intensely two of them.
Mary, the oldest, and Mnrcclln, aged four
years, died last night. The other two
children suffeied greatly all of today,
and, despite the best medical attention,
made no improvement. Late tonight Flor
ence, aged six, wa reported as fulling
rapidly, withlittlchopesotrecovcry, while
Beatrice, aged two years, was constantly
The children's sudden and mysterious
illness is supposed to be due to tone
form of poisoning as yet unknown, but
probably from eating pie made from
cannod pumpkin. The physicians in at
tendance pronounce-the cnie cerebro-spinal
meningitis-, caused doubtless by poisoning
of so violent a form as to pioduce this
One of J he physicians stated tonight
that cerebTo-spinnl meningitis was very
contagious and likely to become epidemic.
Tonight the three-year-old son or William
Rath was taken very ill wtih the same
disease as that of- the Shannnhan Chil
dren. SENATOR SALTER DEAD.
Gold Democrats of Keiitnclty Lose
Trankfort, Ky., March 14. State Sen
ator J. P. Sulyer, a gold Democrat, of.
Morgan county, died- at West Liberty,
this morning of heart failure.
This leaves the Democrats with sixty
six votes on Joint ballot, as Senator Ogil
vie is too ill to attend the extra session.
There are two Populists and seventy Re
publicans, but the indications arc that all
the Republicans will not vote for Lr. W.
G. Hunter for Senator, so Salyer's death
docs not change the situation.
The ballot will be taken Tuesday, March
Mangled -by. n Train.
Tunkhannock, Ta., March 14. A wagon
containing two men, Lea Chatkcr and E.
C. Carson, was struck lly a tram on the
Lehigh Valley Railroad at a crossing west
of Wyalusing, at 12;18 this morning, and
both their bodies were so badly mangled
that they died within two hours. The
men had been drinking and had driven
recklessly on the track.
Dr. Stewart Oliver, Miss Olga Nether
sole's fiance, is now -with her in the West.
It is announced by Miss Nethersole that
their mairlage will tac place in London
The American Woman Suffrage Associa
tion has established its headquarters in
New York city, and henceforth will conduct
the business of thfh. great army of women
from the metropolis.
Blinds, 91; SmnllL Sizes, 75e a Pair.
Libbey & Co., 6tbsfr. and New York ave..
Ivy Institute Business' College, StltanclK.
None better. S25a year, day or night-
Will Be Called to Order
WORK OF THE FIRST WEEK
A JLarge Number of Men Who Have
Served "With Distinction us Rep
resentatives Jn Years Gone by
Iluve Come Illicit After u Tempor
Today at noon both houses of the
Fifty-fifth Congress will convene in extra
President- McKlnley hns practically com
pleted his message, but in view of the ne
cessity for an organization of the Houee
before the joint committeeof the two houses
can bt.- appointed to wait upon him and in
form him that Congress is ready to receive
the communication, it has been decided not
to'undertake to send the message to Con-gre?--"-
berore tomorrow. It will probably
be laid before the two houses of Congress
at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
It is not likelj that the Senate will
remain in continuous session during
the week, unless the President is much
more expeditious than lie has been in
making nominations. There is nothing be
fore the Sedate, and there will be nothing
to require close application to business
until the Committee on Foreign Relations
reports the arbitration treaty with Great
Britain. A special meeting of the com
mittee for the further consideration of
tills subject lias been called for today.
When Senator Davis' motion to refer
the treaty back to the committee w;i&
discussed during the recent special ses
sion there was a general expression ot
opinion that the designation .of Judges
of the United States Supreme Court, is
members of the tribunal, should be elimi
nated. It was thought that as jurists
in the court ot lust resort In this country
the Judges might be called upon to pass
on questions similar to thoSe that might
arise under this treaty of arbitration, and,
should this prove to he the case, the situ
ation would be more than embarrassing,
us the opinion ot the Judge as a member
of our own court might act as an estoppel
in the exercise of his rights as an inde
pendent member of the tribunal.
It is almost certain that the treaty will
also be amended along the lines of the
Turpie amendment of the last session, so
as to provide that every case or question
Intended to be submitted to arbitration
under this general treaty shall first be
submitted to the Senate for its ratifica
tion. It seems to be a general impression tnat
when the Senator appointed by the gov
ernor of Florida to succeed Mr. Call arrives
he will be seated. The legislature of Flor
ida does not convene until April 7, and six
years ago the Senate seated Mr. Pasco, ad
interim, under precisely similar conditions.
The appointee ftom Oregon, in piace of
Mr. Mitchell, has not yet arrived. His
claim to a seat is regarded as res adjudicata
by the decision of the Senate in the Mon
tana, Washington and Wyoming cases in
the last Congress. His credentials will
undoubtedly be sent to the Committee on
Privileges and Elections, as were those
of Major A. T- Wood, the appointee of
Gov. Bradley, of Kentucky.
Meanwhllethe Republicans, in the matter
of the organization of the committees, are
playing a waiting game. They will make
no effort to do more than fill their own
vacancies until the legislatures of these
two States elect. It Is understood an
agreement has about been reached witli
the Democrats to this end. The proposi
tion to consolidate all elements opposed
to the Republicans for the purpose of earn
turing the organization and the commit
tees, appears to have fallen through owing
to the inability ot these elements to come
The Republican majority or the House,
having adopted in caucus, with unanimity,
the old ticket, the organization of that
body will take but little lime. All the
House has to do after organizing is to
draw for seats, and this can easily tic
done while the Joint committee is on the
-way to the White House to notify the
President that the Fifty-fifth Congress
is ready for business-
The House of Representatives, which
convenes today, is very differently con
stituted in its membership from the one
"which ceased to exist eleven days ago
While it is comfortably dominated by the
Republican party, the opposition will be
much more formidable, in numbers and
be more representative ot the several sec
tions of the country. And there is no
doubt that the different elements of the
opposition will act in entire harmony.
There Is still doubt as to the exact desig
nation ot some of the fusion members.
Hut there are 203 Republicans, 120 Dem
ocrats and 20 Populists, Fusionlsts and
members or tho silver Republican paity.
There are two vacancies. This gives a
Republican plurality over the Democrats
Of 77, a majority of 49 over all. This
is a great railing off from the figures of
the last House, in which at the time of
its assembly the Republicans had a plu
rality ot 142 and a majority ot 135 over
all. This was afterward greatly increased
by the result of' contests.
The majority is, however, a good work
ing one and it is said that Speaker Reed
expects to achieve better results than he
did with the large, unwieldy majority in
the last House. Great preponderance or
party always makes a House difficult to
manage- The late Speaker Crisp often
expressed the desire that the Fifty-second
had a Democratic majority of about thirty,
which he regarded as the ideal working
All recent Congresses have been largely
dominated by one party or the other. The
last Houses which were at all close were
in the Fiftieth Congress, where the Demo
cratic plurality was but fifteen,-and the
Fifty-first Congress, where the Republicans
had only three plurality until the new
States ot North and South Dakota, Mon
tana and Washington swelled the total.
It' would be a sad day for the Repub
licans It the control of the new House
rested now with these States.
The changes in sectional representation
are quite remarkable. If the country be
divided into its four natural groups of
States, Enst, South, Middle West, and
West, tliis can be shown at a glance. In
this grouping Maryland and Delaware' are
placed with New York, Pennsylvania, and
Jersey in the Eastern group, because of
their close sympathy with those States.
Iowa, Minnesota, and the States between
the Mississippi and the Ohio are grouped
as tho Middle West. The remaining
States easily fall into their natural divis
ions of South and West. These groups
Continued on Third rage
BISHOP MALLALIETJ REBJTKED.
Roanolce, Vn., Veterans Resent As-
perslous ou the Confedei ale Flay.
Roanoke, Va., March 14. Some of
Roanoke's exConfederates took occasion
today, to mildly remind Bishop Mallalictt, of
BostoA, that his utterances condemning
the Confederacy will not lie" tolerated in
the South without protest. In a sermon, in
Baltimore last Sunday,' the 'bishop, "who
presided over the Baltimore conference of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, referred
to the Confederate flag as a "disgraceful,
abominable, and infamous rn'g."
"While presiding, today, over a m!s.-vionary
meeting in the Academy of Music, in this
cltj , the bishop received from Jin unknown
source a neat little package. When opened
the parcel was round to contain a Confed
erate flag, placarded, "The abominable rag
which floated over the Confederacy." A
typewritten note was also Inclosed which
read as follows:
"The emblem under which fought the
noblest band of heroes the world ever
produced. The followers of Lee, and
Jackson, and others equally, gallant, con
tended for four years with four times
their number, wresting victory Trom them
on more than one hundred fields, yielding
only when starvation and disease had
thinned their ranks to sucli an extent that
less than 3,000 surrendered to 120,000,
and these in line of battle ready to die
at then leaders' word.
"Whose was the glory?"
Bishop Mallalieu made himself acquainted
with the contents of the package, but dW
not refer to the incident from the plat
form. Aftciward he faid he had consigned
the contents of the parcel to the flames
and hoped that the matter would end
there. "If the agitators desire to go
farther,"tie said, "they may hear from
THE NEW DINGLEY TARIFF
The Bill to Be Known by That
"Will Re Presented to the House
Today and Referred to the "Ways
and Means Committee.
The conference of Republican members
of the Ways and Means Committee, on
the new bill fixing customs duties, which
will go down to history as the Diugley
tarlff bill, was in progress several hours
yesterday in the room used for the
purpose at the Cochran.
It was after 9:30 p. m. before an ad
journment was agreed upon. Then it was
stated by a member of the committee that
no meeting would take place this- morn
ing, although the indications earlier In the
day had been that further consideration
tills morning would be necessary. It is un
derstood that the bill is now complete
so far as to be ready for presentation to
Itls expected that it will be introduced
by Mr- Dingley this afternoon, as soon
as the organization Is effected, and neces
sary routine finished- It will be referred
to the Ways and Means Committee, and
will then, for the first time, be placed in
the hands of the Democratic members of
that body- They will take it up in the
committee-room in company with the Re
puMican majority. It is probable that
this first Joint consideration ot it will
take place on Tuesday. The Democrats
will state their views and offer amend
ments in accordance with them. It is
probable that in some unimportant par
ticulars they will secure changes, but In
all the essentials their proposals will
be promptly voted down- These meetings
to allow the Democratic committee mem
bers to study the measure and make their
criticisms, which will go to the country as
showing the Democratic position, will
continue the remainder ot the week, If
Mr. Dingley is said to wish to report
the bill Tor discussion in the House early
next week. It Is likely to go through
without much delay. The Democrats have
not manifested any intention to offer any
dilatory opposition and the Republican
majoiity is ample to secure an early
vote and sure passage of the bill. Xo
Republican opposition is likely to be given
any more consideration than if it were
The first full discussion of the bill in
Congress will then follow. This will be
in the Senate and will probably occupy
several weeks. Many ot the schedules
as passed by the House will almost cer
tainly be chnuged, some ot them radically.
The articles over which most debate would
naturally arise are sugar, wool and woolen
manufactures, coal, iron, and lumber.
Chairman Dingley has intimated that he
will furnish for publication this afternoon
a statement which will give the views of
himself and the majority of ids Republi
can associates regarding the bill. He
will interpret the provisions and explain
why they were made, giving attention, of
course, only to points where important
changes have been made.
It is expected the bill will be giveu to
the press early this afternoon. The pub
lication of long extracts from the bill yes
terday and the day before, in which por
tions, at least, were quite accurate, has
caused discussion among the members ot
the conference and created considerable
Japan's Eye on Hawaii.
Honolulu. March 5, via San Francisco,
March 1 1. The arrival in this port by the
Japanese steamship Shinshiu-Maru of
nearly 700 Japanese "students," who are
permitted to land as Tree laborers, has
given rise to a suspicion among some
Government officials that Japan is stealth
ilj landing soldiers on the islands with the
expectation that at some future time,
when the opportunity is offfered, a revo
lution may place the Japanese in posses
sion. Kins of Landowners Dead..
Keithsburg,Ill.,Marchl4. William!) rury,
known as the millionaire landowner,
died at his country place, north of this
city, last night. He was the largest indi
vidual landowner In this country,-having
hundreds of thousands or acres in Col
orado, Nebraska, Texas and Kausas,, be
sides 0,000 acres or the richest farming
lands in this comity. Mr. Drury was
cighty:sevc:i years old. His investments
were made In farm land alone.
Anti-Trnst Bill Killed.
-St. Paul, Minn., March 14. The senate
yesterday recommitted the anti-trust bill,
which is "modeled upon the new Georgia
law. This action, it is understood, means
the death of the bill. OzrmmV; civil
service bill, which has been fought des
perately from the beginning, mused by a
Mantels, Any Size, $1.00 Apiece
Libbey & Co., 6th st. and N X. ave-
How General Weyler Is Trying
to Conquer CnLa.
THE ATTACK ON BEJUCAfc
Insurgents Carried Away the .Ef
fects In the Stores General Wej
Jer Kept HIh Poveunnent Jn
Ittiiorance ot the Guinea Affuir.
HeltMilzo 1VJIL Return to Spain,
Havana, via ICey West. March 14. Secrec
orders have been given by Weyler that
whenever an attack is made on a town or
city-all the female resident, on the simple
suspicion of having connections with the
insurgents, shall also be arrested as ene
mies of Spain. They will be subject to
court-maitial and- dciwrtair.m.
TiiK order has aW been earned Into ef
fect, for on the day following the entry of
rebels nine women, with their fifteen chil
dren, the ma Jori ty of the latter being babies,
were arre-ted anil brought to Havana-
l'erson-j visiting the palace Ihursdny
night were shocked ut the sight of poor,
forlorn human beings all huddled on the
floor of one of the corridors, with their
babies in their arum, all crying for vanu
of food, they having been deprived of
nourishment r drink dr.rnig tne whole
day. It was a pitiful hpectacle. Even
the volunteers on duty at the palace were
moved to companion, and all were in
dignant at such cruel treatment of help
From the palace orders were given to
ijend them atl to the Case de Recogidas,
or house of ill-repute for degraded women,
and later on to be banished to Puerto
Further details of the attack on Pejucal
have been received. Theinsurgentscarried
away in carts all the effects taken from
the stores, three days ago There were
sixteen houses still burning in the out
skirts. Two fine horses, belonging to
the military commander, were also carried
away. The outrages committed there
were horrible. Many residents, women
and men, perished. The official reporc
simply states that it was an attack on
one of the forts, and, as usual, the rebels
were repulsed with great losses.
Persons moving in military circles are
authoriry for the statement that Weyler
has received a telegram from Spain, in
quiring about th Guines affair. It wa
not reported officially. Weyler gave aa
evasive reply, and tiled to diminish its
Importance and at the same time an
nouncing hl intention of leaving for tho
field rhe following day. Ho was an
swered back with an order to remain
and await further orders.
Gen. Mclquizo. who was responsible for
the DelgaJo and many other atrocities
in Tinar del Ilto province, resentful at
not being promoted toe his '"heroic"
deeds, has decided to return to Spain,
and. on -the sick, plea, will sail on tho
Gen. Solano -will alto leave on the same
date. It Is reported that Col- Kestor
Aranguren.the Cuban leader who captured
the Spanish officers on the Guaiutbacoa
train some time ago, has been summoned
to Gen. Gomez's- presence to explain th9
reason why he released them without
waiting for orders.
Col.-Toit, of the civil guards, who was
In command of the Guines when the rebels
entered the town, has been Indicted ou
the charge of neglect of duty and coward
ice, and soon will be court-martialed.
THIED TO CVl'TTTRE ItEBEfS
The Army of (Jen. Catelbmos Had a
- Itou:h Experience.
Havana, March 1-t. Gen. Jiminez Cas
tellanos. learning that the members of the
revolutionary government were at San
Geranium, started on the 4th instant from
Puerto Principe, with a strong Column, with
the intention of making an attempt to cap
ture them. The official report of the move
ment has just been Issued. It states thC
during the march of the troops, which occu
pied five days, the column was constantly
attacked byinsurgent bands. Several lively
fights occurred, in all of which the rebels
were beaten and "dispersed' with many
losses. Notwithstanding these continual de
feats and disper-ions, the rebels hung onto
the flank? of the column and prevented it
from reaching its intended destination.
The sufferings of the troops were aug
mented by a scarcity or water- While
on the road Gen. Castellanos ordered the
construction of a fort in which to leave
his wounded. After it was completed
forty soldiers were left to protect it, and
the column moved on. Later a force of
rebels attacked the fort but were "repulsed
with heavy losses."
The official report says that In the
different encounters the rebels left forty
seven dead on the field. The troops lost
two lieutenants and six privates killed,
and three lieutenants and twenty-nine prt
TlUi MATT KEItSEY CASE.
An Investigation to He Sought
Thronyh the State Department.
There is a likelihood that the Matt Ker
sey case will be referred this week or as
early as practicableatter tomorrow to the
State Department. Kersey is the Alex
andrian who was reported to have been
lost at sea on the way to Cuba and IateJ
as having been confined in a Spanish
prison. His motheris now living in Alex
andria. Mrs Kersey will come to this city Xtf
morrow and call upon her lawyer, E. T. M.
Cleary, No. :?40 Indian avenue northwest,
witli ietters, arridavits and other evidence
to establish the latter belicr. Some weeks
ago a traveler from Cuba stopped in Alex
andria and gave some positive evidence
that Matt Kersey was not only alive, bnt
that he was a prisoner. This information,
together with other evidence In the pos
sesion of Mrs. Kersey, will add much to
the chances ot her having an investigation
institutted by the State Department-
Several of the friends of Mrs. Kersey
and her son, lwth in Alexandria and
Washington, have Interested themselves
in the matter, and will assist her iu every
-way possible tomorrow, and until some
action has been taken, looking to a de
termination of the facts. The belief is
very strong that Kersey is wrongfully
detained, and that proper representation &
may secure his release
Consul McDaulel in New XorU.
New Ifrrk, March 14. R. P McDaniel,
United States Consul at Eahia. arrived
at this port today per steamer Grcciar
Prince, from that port.
Fair; colder" 'wriucA- - tnda.