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VOL. XIX.— NO. 354.
THE ST. FFNJ^ G^OB^.
SATURDAY, DSC. «>, IS9«.
Weather for Today.
Pair :uid Warmer,
Senate Committee Ht-eojtn lies Cuba.
BOMIH II Ke-rleotv"«l.
Ryan Annex in Uuin.s.
The Lion in Bad Company.
RaniNpy Legislators Meet.
Thugs nnd Thieve* Are Busy.
Tax Committee* Work,
Mlimei. poll* Mnilcr*.
(oodlc InventiKntion Proceeds.
Hold-l p ArtiHtN Held for Trial.
Koplin Sentene'ed for Life.
CaMti.s Belli for Spate,
Spaniards Drawn Prisoners.
Chamber of Commerce Uolngg,
Haiisuroaffh "Working- a Fnalon.
Xfw« of the Xorihwent.
Bar Silver 6K I-4e.
Cnuli Wkral in Chicago 76 I-4c.
I'rleeK of Slocks Tnnilile.
Trade ('(iiithiuesi i.itihl.
"Weekly Pin ill i H'ilml Review*.
"Wants of the People.
Fonda fur I>iNmisKed.
Kewx of the Courts.
Duluth to Have a Scandal, Too.
■fet—Whlte Mitliiitntaft, 8.
Grand — Tei»Me««et-*s Pnrd, 2.30, 8.15.
Conover Hall-Anuu Eva Fay. 5.15,
Rysn Annex — Catholic Itnznr, 7.1J0.
MOVEMENTS OF STEAMSHIPS
NEW YOHK— Arrived: Ems, Genoa; Eu- !
LIVERPOOL — Arrived: Britannic, New !
York; Servia, Boston.
Everybody hopes we will get Christ- j
mas weather Christmas.
Tom Platt won't even let Gov. Bi*ck j
- help fix up Black's slate.
How are the police of Minneapolis go
ing to arrest themselves?
It is just possible that Minneapolis
Will only hear from Clerk Haney "by ,
Perhaps a 4-cent fare is enough for I
anybody to pay on Chicago's 2-cent '
A Michigan preacher is going on the j
stage. Of course, he will not neglect :
to get his life insured.
Spain can read those senate resolu- '
tions ai:d get just as angry as she!
likes. They mean just what they say.
"" ■ ■"■ *^B^" '
Robert Fitzsimmons has resumed
communicating his woes to the public ;
through letter*. The public has our j
Kentucky has recovered from its
election daze and is quite itself again. ''
A mob has just lynched three men in ■
the old Bourbon state.
Mr. McKinley is in Chicago, and Mr.
Bryan is goiug to Chicago. This need
not be taken to mean that they In- j
tend to confer, however.
The Kansas woman who ehot her
husband in the back ought to be per- !
mitted to join Weyler's army. Her I
methods are quite Spanish.
The weight of the evidence in the j
Maceo matter is in favor of the story j
that he Is dead, as nobody has secured !
an Interview with Maceo. - !
Great Britain had an earthquake
Thursday. Satan was probably warn
ing the constituency of John Bull that
he is still doing business at the old" j
Whatever else may be tried, some of
the police of Minneapolis are not pay-
Ing personal property taxes commen
surate with their receipts of diamonds
Senator Hansbrough has a little
Bpinal column after all. He was part
owner in a British Columbia silver mine
during the campaign while he was
talking for gold.
It is plain that Queen Victoria doesn't
propose to teethe Prince of Wales sit
on .the British throne any sooner than
Bhe has to. She has been a total ab
■tainer for throe years.
It took 9,000 men a whole night to
clear the big down town streets of
New York of snow. As an "advance
agent of prosperity" to workingmen
Providence beats McKinley.
Three hundred families from north of
Omaha are going to colonise 30,000
acres of Wisconsin land, is this a con
certed effort to depopulate Nebraska
or turn Wisconsin Populist?
Now it is said Mayor Pingreo and
the Michigan legislature are nearly as
wide apart as the poles on the question
of railway legislation. There will be
music at Lansing this winter.
North Dakota has 800 licensed liquor
Sealers. As North Dakota is a prohibi
tion state the problem is how many
saloons the commonweal til would have
If it were under some license law.
Men drilling a well in Michigan
be red right into a barrel of good old
wlusky fifteen fret under ground. They
»re sl ill drilling with great enthusiasm.
They expect to uncover a distillery.
A man named Anson is likely to be
elected speaker of the Wisconsin house
of representatives. He is not the fel
low who plays first base for the Chi
cago club and "horse" with the um
Chauncry M. Depew announces chat
if the M'-Kinley administration should
rr.akc him a M «Uigul*rly attractive of
fer" he \vo;ild accept it. Mr. De-pew
would consider the court of St. Janus
THE SAINT PAUL GLOBE.
WAR'S GRIJVI FRONT
HEAUED BY THE ACTION OF THE
SEX ATE COMMITTEE OX
REPUBLIC IS RECOGNIZED
tXDER THE RESOMTIOX THAT
WIU BE FAVORABLY REPORT
ED OX HOSDAV.
OI.XIOY STRONGLY URGED DEILAY.
S|«ilii. if the Resolution Rons th.-
LeKiKlnUve Ganntlet, Will Re
gard It an h GaHi Brill.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— The meet-
ing of the senate committee on foreign
relations today was important in two
respects. It resulted in an agreement
to report the Cameron resolution for
the recognition of Cuban independence,
and it developed, through the state
ment of Secretary Olney, the adminis
tration's policy in regard to the insur
rection in Cuba. The secretary occu
pied the greater part of the meeting j
answering questions and suggestions
made by members of the committee.
He and Senator Morgan engaged in
several spirited colloquies. Mr. Olney
made two points against the Cameron
resolution as follows:
That the Cuban insurgents have es
tablished no government.
That the right to recognize a nev/
state rests with the president, inde
pendent of congressional action.
He contended in elaboration of the
first poh'c that the pretended govern
ment of the island was without habita
"Suppose you recognize the inde
pendence of the Island." he asked,
"what are you going to do with it?"
"I, for one," replied Senator Morgan,
"while advocating this recognition,
want it understood that I am opposed
"How, then," would you maintain its
independence?" asked the secretary,
himself becoming- interlocutor. "How
would you. for instance, prevent Span
ish domination over the island?"
"I would," replied the Alabama sen
ator, "establish, if need be, a protec
torate. I would follow much the same
policy that we are pursuing with re
gard to Hawaii, and I would send an
army of occupation to the island, if
necessary, as we did in the case of
The secretary made the impression
upon some of the members of the com
mittee, by the way he pursued this
line of inquiry, that, while he was dis
posed to hold out strongly for the
president's prerogative, he was not
nearly so strongly opposed to Cuban
independence as he had been a year
ago, and that he would be entirely i
reconciled to it, if satisfied as to the ;
future course to be pursued. He did
not dissent strongly from a point made
that his own report showed a sutfieiet
cause for action, and he admitted that
a state of affairs which permits the
killing of American citizens and the
destruction of American property was
fible. "They are, however," he i
"the incidents of war."
of war properly conducted, but j
rehy," was the response,
secretary set at rest the story
has- been very industriously cir
culated that Consul General Lee has
provided the state department with an ■
elaborate report on the condition of
affairs in Cuba.
"It Is not true," he said. "Gen. Lee
has made no general written report at
all. He has made reports on several
special cases, but not on the situation
as a whole."
It also developed during the exami
nation that~the government had made
no demand in the case of the Compet
itor, and in other cases of a similar
character, beyond requests for infor
mation. While the committee will re
port the resolution as agreed upon
Monday, it is not expected that the
question will be pressed until after the
holidays. The disposition of the com
mUtee will be to press the resolution
to a speedy determination as soon as
possible after the Question is once taken
up for debate.
The effect of the determination to
report the Cameron resolution in caus
ing an agitation and possible uprising
in Spain is felt by officials to present j
the most serious feature of the situation j
at the present time. The government
authorities at Madrid undoubtedly have
been informed by the Spanish minister
htre of the action taken today. Thei'e
is, however, no reason to expect any
expression of official displeasure, as
the Spanish authorities will be fully
advised of the long legislative proced
ure through which the resolutions must
pans before becoming effective, but the
mere determination to report such reso
lutions, it is feared, will cause intense
public feeling throughout Spain, and
ie is by no means certain that the gov
ernment can keep this feeling within
bounds. It is felt to -endanger such
outbreaks as occurred a year ago,
when less radical resolutions were un-
Ov.ing to the legislative difficulties in
the way of the resolutions becoming
effective, the Spanish government it
stlf will make no move at present.
There is known to exist a s*. rong op
position, in the senate to the adoption
of the,. 'resolutions. 'Under the senate
rult-s, the debate can be protracted in
ftnitetjj. While no disposition to ob
jci has manifested itself, yet it is
I to be possible as one of the means
preventing action. After action by
the senate, there must be the debate
in the house, with possible changes in
the resolutions before they have to run
the gauntlet of the presidential veto.
tthe ultimate result should be the
option of the resolutions as the policy
the United S-tates. then officials say
r would be inevitable. Until the
tter advances to this stage, no offi
-1 action by Spain is expected, but
it is said that Spain, almost certainly,
will accept the resolutions as a casus
belli immediately they become the
policy of the United States govern-
Tho commute? after listening to the
advice and suggestions of Mr. Olney,
Vi ted lo report the Cameron resolution,
BO modified as to make it still more
emphatic. The title was changed to
rtad "Joint Resolution Acknowledging
tho independence of the Republic of
Cuba," tne words "the republic of
bt ing inserted. In&tc-atl of declaring
that the United States "should" use
Its friendly offices, it makes it read
the United States "will" do so. The
resolution us agreed upon is as fol
Resolved, by trie senate and hoiiie of jep
ntatives of th* Ualted States of America,
iriconsrass assembled. That the independence
of the republic of Cuba be and tho sara-- la
berc-by acknowledged by the United States
That lhP Iniied Spates trill use its friendly
ofP.; e^ v.-itfc tho government of Spain to bring
ose the war between Spain and Cuba.
% «, , ;etary -Olrioy appeared before tiu
'<.:isMg»<jp.ii(i v»aa closeted with them
for cdSßt&it hh e time. ■ The cro-nsmiUee
was nfijjMg! in beginning its work at
i i ho s^^E&Ki- hour of 10:20 o'clock, all
i the members except Senators Gray and
1 Daniel beinr present. The nieetin*
SATURDAY MOFNING, UECEMBER 19, 1846.
- OXE IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS.
was held for the express purpose of
continuing the discussion of a policy on
the Cuban question to be recommended
by the committee, and Secretary Olney
was present for the purpose of giving
advice and placing before the commit
tee information in his possession bear
ing upon the question. The meeting
was strictly private, Mr. Olney being
the only person not a member of the
committee who T vas admitted to the
Members of the committee are very
reticent as to what Secretary Olney
said, or what advice he gave, but it is
very certain that he advised against
any action, and especially action like
that contemplated, as no doubt was
expressed that such action would in
volve war with Spain. One member of
the committee said:
"Of course Spain will fight. The
Spaniards do not know any better. But
there is no danger of other countries
getting in our way. No other European
nation wants to fight us, and we would
wind up a war with Spain in short or
der." The opinion was also expressed
that President Cleveland would veto
the joint resolution when It came to
him, which is taken to mean that
Secretary Olney made emphatic oppo
sition against action by congress. It
is believed that the main point raised
was that the in the president's mes
sage, viz.: That there was no actual
government in Cuba to recognize.
Another member of the committee
said that he believed that should the
president veto the resolution It would
pass over his veto, as there were more I
than two-thirds of both senate and [
house in favor of it. Some point was \
undoubtedly made that the present ad- ',
ministration did not feel like leaving !
a legacy to the incoming administra- '
tion of war, but it is understood that j
this point was not made prominent. j
but that the main opposition was that j
action was inexpedient.
Secretary Olney, it Is claimed by the
members of the committee who favored
action on Cuba, did not have any new i
information to present, and they say
the committee knew as much aboui j
the condition of affairs in Cuba as was ,
knowsi by the state department. Sec- i
retary Olney urged that no action be
taken at present, and pointed out that '
there is no real government to recog- |
The agreement to report the Cameron
resolution" was reached immediately
after Mr. Olney left the committee j
room, at a quarter past 12 o'clock, and j
was arrived at without division or ex
pressed difference o>f opinion. The only '
division was as to the time the reso- j
lution should be reported to the sen- j
ate. Senator Cameron moved its re- i
port on Monday next. Senator Sher
man suggested that the report should
not be put in until after the holidays, i
When the question was put to the com- !
mittee, the Cameron motion prevailed ;
by a large majority.
Mr. Olney refused, after leaving the •
committee room, to reveal the nature j
of his communication to the committee, j
"All that I can say as to our proceed- ]
ings." said a member of the commit- ;
tee. "is that we adopted the motion to
report the Cameron resolution, irnmedi- i
ately after Mr. Olney left."
Another member of the committee is i
responsible for the statement that/there j
was no division on this proposition.
"Do you mean," he was asked, "that i
the committee was unanimous?"
"Yes, it amounts to that. There was '
some difference of opinion as te the :
time that the report should be made,
some of the members holding that the
ftion should not be opened in the j
te until after the holidays."
c action of the committee in agree- |
to report the Cameron resolution, j
recognizing the lndependencerpf the re- [
public of Cuba, has naturally ied to the j
inquiry as to how such a resolution, if
finally adopted, would affect the posi- ;
tion of the insurgents. Inquiry of com
petent authorities goes to show that j
such recognition, from a local point of
view, would be of greater value to them j
morally than in the addition of any !
substantial and actual privileges to i
those they now possess. This moral j
force probably would manifest itself i
first in enabling the new republic to j
float a loan in the markets of the world, ,
and thus obtain the sinews of war in ;
abundance, for with the powerful :
backing given by this implied expres- t
sion of our faith in the ability of the '
insurgents to achieve and maintain
their independence, there can be little
doubt capitalists would take up such j
an attractive loan. Then, the Cubans j
would be represented in Washington by
a fully accredited minister and legation
in place of the unofficial representation j
they are now obliged to be content wiih. ''
If the Cubans oan manage to put ;
afloat a few warships or even priva
teers, their flag would admit them to j
United States ports under the protec
tion of the neutrality laws, though it ■
ia true our government, having in mind ,
the Geneva award, could not tolerate
the fitting out of such privateers or- j
iginally in our ports. However, the
privateers could bring their prizes into '
OUT ports, and would no longer be kept i
from the seas by fear of denunciation !
as pirates. Furthermore, as this recog- |
nitfon of independence would Involve j
the recognition of a state of war, neith- |
er the Spanish government nor the Cv- j
bans would be permitted to equip war ,
ships or military expeditions in the j
United States, and this country would i
oixtt-rvo strict neutrality towards both
parties, juet as it did betw,een China ;
and Japan, in their late war^
One ill effect upon the UiUjjjffi States
itself of the proposed aetion^jfeould be
" Cvntl&aed on Thlra P*«e.
GOjWPERS "IT" AGAIN'
OXCE MORE THE FHESmEXT OF
THE AMiERICA* FEDERATION*
SECRETARY TURHED DOWN, j
ALA, OF THE OTHKR (JKVERAI, OF- !
FICERS RE-ELECTED BY THE
FREE SILVER AT SIXTEEN TO ONE
Indorsed by the Toller* mm an
Economic and Not km a Political
CINCINNATI, 0., Dec. 18.— There was
a full attendance at the morning sea- \
sion of the American Federation of j
Labor. President Gompers, after the
unanimous vindication and indorse- I
ment which he received at the execu- ■
tive session last night, was in a cheerful
spirit. His accuser, Secretary August \
MeCraith, was at his desk, as usual, j
but his friends were freely expressing
their regret at his course yesterday in
Instigating the charges presented by j
Delegate Mahone. The special order of j
the hour was the following resolution
by Delegate Ashe, of Boston:
Whereas, The written constitution of the
several states constituting the United States
and also the constitution of the United States !
provide that the supreme court of the United
Mates and the supreme court of the several
states shall exercise the right of reviewing
legislation, and \
Whereas, In the exercise of the rights so
conferred, the courts of the several states I
and the supreme court of the United States
nave repeatedly set aside as null and void i
laws duly and formally «na.cted by ihe repre- ;
sentatives of the people, and
Whereas, The exercise ofc such authority by
the aforesaid courts violate* the funda
mental principles of political organization
which claims to be a government of the pec- i
pie, by the people and for th« people, and I
Whereas, No authority contained on paper
or exercised by courts cjm be greater than I
the will or the people wb*n formaily enacted
into law, therefore
Resolved. That we, the delegation of the
American Federation of Labor, in convention
assembled, demand such amendments to the
constitution of the United States and the con- I
Btitutiona of the several states thereof, as will
deprive the aforesaid courts of power to set
aside laws duly enacted by the legally chosen
representetlves of the people, as we believe
the proper function of courts to be to ex
pound and administer law, but not to make it
The discussion was participated in
by most of the delegates, who reviewed
the imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs
and other labor leaders, who have been I
prosecuted on account of the strikes. I
There was considerable opposition to !
the resolution. The decision on the in
come tax was referred; to bitterly. Some
of the speakers condemned the courts
severely, but most of the speakers held
that the constitutions were against the
laboring classes more than the courts
and favored abolishing all constitu
tions, as it was so difficult to amend
these instruments so 'as to comply
with the changes of the times.
The Ashe resolution was defeated
yeas, 21; nays, 44. *
The committee on resolutions report
ed the silver resolution of B. Weis
man, of Brooklyn, without recommend
ation, except to state when the pre
vious three national conventions of the
federation voted for free silver, it wa3
an economic question, and now that it
has become a political question, th«
committee asked that the issue be not
revived, nor in any manner reconsid
ered, and that the resolution of Mr.
Weisman be tabled without debate or
without any motion. The Weisman
resolution provided for the recommend
ation of the resolutions for free silver
adopted at the preceding national con
ventions. - ,
Delegate Yarnell ibade a vigorous
speech and tried to ftflter a substitute,
but was prevented !>y a motion to lay
the whole matter on !sie table. The mo
tion to table the silver resolution, the
report and motion* ifeereon, waa de
feated. Yeas, 31: najis, 37.
Mr. Yarnell then dft'ered as a sub
stitute a resolution reaffirming the ac
tion of the national convention^ of 1893,
1594 and 1895, in indorsing the free and
unlimited coinage of silver at the ratio
of 16 to 1. Delegate Lennon offered a
substitute for the Substitute reaffirm
ing the action of i^t he three previous
conventions on silver, and denying
that in so doing the federation indorse
or will Indorse any .political party that
has or may adopt fre& ctninage. After
debate by Penna, Askew, Phillips and
others, with Vice President O'Connell
closing the debate, as chairman of the
committee on resolutions, the previous
question was ordered^ and the vote on
the Yarnell silver substitute as amend
ed by Mr. Lennon* was carried — yeas,
1,933; nays, 302. Recess.
On reassembling, several committees
reported, after wiiicii Delegate M. E.
Johngbri was called" tt» the chair to pre
side during the elet-iion. The special
order for the election* was postponed to
consider, ad seriatim, the annual re
port of President Gompers, which oc
cupied most of th* afternoon. When
nominations for officers were called for
the name of Samuel Gompers for presi
dent was received with cheers. On
motion of Delegate John Mcßride the
secretary was directed to cast the en
tire vote for the convention, 2,447, for
him. President Gompers, upon being
re-elected made an impressive speech.
McGuire, of Philadelphia, was unani
mously re-elected vice president, but
declined, after ten years continuous
service in the order, in order to devote
all his time to the Brotherhood of Car
penters. Mr. McGuire's declination was
not accepted, and was called out of
order. James Duncan, of Baltimore,
was re-elected second vice president
without opposition. James O'Connell,
of Chicago, was re-elected third vice
president. M. M. Garland, of Pitts
burg, for fourth vice president, waa
re-elected without opposition. The
name of Thomas Elderkln, of Chicago,
was presented for fourth vice presi
dent, but Mr. Elderkin withdrew. Dele
gate Edward Hitch, of Baltimore, pre
sented the name of Frank Morrison, of
Chicago, for secretary, vice August
MeCraith. Mr. Morrison received the
unanimous vote of the convention, and
responded with a speech. John B. Len
non, of Bloomington, 111., was re-elect
ed treasurer without opposition.
Ex-President John Mcßride presented
the name of ex-Secretary McGraith, of
Boston, for delegate to " the British
Trades congress. Delegates O'Donnell,
Boyce and others, seconded the nomi
nation, but Mr. MoCraith declined ab
solutely. The names of Harry Lloyd,
of Boston, president of the Brotherhood
of Carpenters and Joiners, Martin Fox,
of Cincinnati, president of the Iron
Moulders, George E. McNeill, president
of the Federal Union of Boston, were
presented for delegates to the British
Trades congress. Pending the ballot,
Mr. McNeill withdrew his name, but
Mr. Lloyd would not consent to stand
under the circumstances, and insisted
on withdrawing in favor of McNeill.
The rules were suspended and McNeill
and Fox were elected.
When the selection of the location for
the next annual convention was reach
ed Harry Lloyd, of Boston, presented
the claims of Nashville and urged that
the Federation do more for the South.
Delegate Mahon, of Detroit, presented
the claims of Kansas City, at which
place they should emphasize the Ar-.
mour boycott and organize the street
railway employes and others. Delegate
Whittaker, of Utah, presented Salt
Lake City. Harry White, of New York,
spoke for St. Louis, seconded by Dele
gates Kreyling, Weisman and others.
At 5 p. m., the previous question was
ordered for a ballot, which resulted
as follows: Na3hville, 1,618; St. Louis,
250; Kansas City, 336; Salt Lake City,
262. In the contest Kansas City had
been a favorite until St. Louis and Salt
Lake City were sprung, but there was
a general desire to meet in the South,
'so as to inaugurate more perfect and
effective trades union in the Southern
A motion for night sessions was de
i featcd by members of the committee
| on the eight-hour law raising the point
that the convention had been In ses
sion more than eighteen hours per day
and that the highest labor legislative
body should set an example and be
consistent. Adjourned to 9 a. m. to
IN OI A N S ON HAND
For Tlielr Game "With the Badgers
CHICAGO, Dec. 18.— The Carlisle Indian
football eleven, accompanied by thetr trainer,
Frank Hickok, Disciplinarian W. G. Thomp
son, and the Indian band of twenty-five
pieces, arrived over the Pennsylvania road to
day. They were met by a committee from
the Press club and escorted to tfe.B- Fanner
house, where rooms havo been engaeed for
them during, their stay here. The day was
spent in sightseeing. Beyond a brief signal
practice, which will take place in their rooms
tonight, the eleven will do no work before
the game with the University of Wisconsin
tomorrow night. The men are evidently in
splendid condition, and confident of win
The Wisconsin eleven arrived from Madi
son this evening. While President-elect Mc-
Kinley has made no definite announcement
that he will attend the football game at the
Coliseum, his friends say he wants very much
to go, and indeed his engagements have been
so timed as to permit his attendance. "Pat"
ODea, who formerly played with the Essen
dons, the champion amateur team of Aus
tralia, and who holds the Australian drop
kick record, 87 yards, will probably play full
back for the Badgers. He has been out of
the game all season on account of a broken
arm. If he does as well in the game as he
has been doing in practice there may be a
new star on the football horizon tomorrow
CL.EVE.IL.AM> COMIXG HOMK.
He "Will Be In \\ asliin K ; on Enrly
GEORGETOWN, S. C< Gee. 18.— The
naphtha launch, Water Lily, came up
from the president's headquarters this
afternoon, bringing Dr. O'Reilly and
Capt. Lamberton, who came to inform j
I Major Morgan of Mr. Cleveland's ac
ceptance of the invitation extended by
the citizens of Georgetown asking for |
the opportunity of again showing their |
regard for him. The schedule arranged
will bring the party into Georgetown
en the tender Wistaria, at 4 o'clock
| tomorrow afternoon. The president
will be conveyed to the old historic j
! building, "The Wlnyah Indigo hall," I
i in which place he will hold a public j
I reception. Afterwards he and party
! will be driven to the depot where they j
will board the special car "Coronet"' j
for Washington, which should be j
j reached early Sunday morning. The
! shooting yesterday and today has been
j exceptionally fine, Mr. Cleveland bag- !
: glng yesterday fifty-eight ducks. To- j
I morrow morning also will be spent in
PIOKL.ER PEWSIOX 81L.L,.
Some Changes Swsstented to the Joint
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— The senate aud
i house pension .committee* held a joint me ting
! today to <onsißer proposed amendments to
the Pickler pSnsion bill which parsed lh» ;
house in the last session and is pending be
fore the senate. Officers of the G. A. R. and j
! other veterans' organizations addressed th?
1 committee in advocacy of certain changes.
i They asked to have stricken from the bill and
I enacted as an independent law the first sec- i
' tlon which provides that persons otherwise I
i entitled to pensions shall not be disqualified
i because of prior service in the Confedera c
1 army. They also asked that the pension laws
i shall be construed liberally, and claimants :
! not required to furnish proof that excludes
! all reasonable doubt, but only to establish
1 claims by a fair proof; al~o that ail pen
; sions restored after reduction or discontinu- '
i ance shall daite from the reduction of diso&n
--i tinuance; that investigations sJhall be con
ducted in the county in which pensioners
reside; that for pension purposes the re
' bellion shall be considered closed on August,
1866 the date of the presidential proclamation, j
instead of July 1. 1865. A new section is
asked thait dependent parents of all dead vet
erans (instead of tho::« who died from wounds
i received in the service) be pensioned at $8
| a month. __^»_ .
VEST IS VEXED
', At ti*e Reports Resarding Himself
nnd Secretary Franel*.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.— Senator Vest
(Mo ) has been considerably annoyed over a
report that he is holding up the nomination
of Secretary Francis until after the sena
: torlal election 'in his state. Referring to the
1 report the senator said today: "It is absurd.
There is not a Palmer or McKinley Demo
; crat in the Missouri legislature, and I do not
! see how Secretary Francis could be a factor
I in the election of a United States senator
from any state. Beside this, the regular
i Democrats, who supported Bryan, have a
i clear majority on joint ballot over all other
i parties, and I have no opposition in my own
! party ' The nomination of Francis was nost
poned for consideration until after the re
' cets as were the nominations of all the Pal
mar or MctC&ley Democrats."
PL\INF[Qw» N\ J., Dec. 18.—Ex-Congress
man Ro*w«£.G. Horr died tonight a^ 11
o'clock after^in illnet? of two we«ks with
J bronchial anf Brighft diswwe.
PRJCE TWO CENTS i ©"trains
m. AJVA4 J. »* vr V'-Lrfi^ ACS }fivk CENTS
the ot mv
Flames Broke Out Early This Morning in
the Big Hotel Block on
WAS A FURNACE IN A MINUTE
Nothing Short of the Big Structure Would
Satisfy the Fiend's Desire for
FIREMEN MADE A GALLANT FIGHT
Protected the Hotel While the Alarmed
Guests Hastened to Leave
FIRE WALL PREVENTS TOTAL LOSS
Firms That Had Goods in the Building Who
Will Suffer Loss, With the Prob
able Amounts of Each.
Ryan Annex— Partially destroyed. Damage
Cardoza's furniture store. No. 144, stock of
furniture valued at $5,000. Total loss.
Wayside Inn restaurant, No. 142, stock of
I fixtures valued at about $400. Total loss.
Twin City Cycle company, No. 140, stock of
bicycles value about $5,0C0; lotal loss.
The Fair, No. 136 to 138, owned by Peterson
and Lewis; stock of chinaware and toys valued
at $10,000. Fully covered by insurance. Par
tially damaged by water and fire.
Assignee's sale of clothing, No. 334, stock
[ of clothing valued at about $3,G00. Not dam
; aged by fire.
L. G. Hoffmann, Nob. 128 and 130, stock of
i clothing and gents' furnishing goods, occu
j pylng six floors. Damage uncertain.
House of Good Shepherd Fair. Loss lieavy,
j but unknown.
The Ryan annex Is in ruins.
Lieut. O'Meara, lieutenant Company
No. 4, fell from the roof of the boiler
room of the Ryan and suffered a se
vere contusion at the base of the spine.
His Injuries are reported as being
It was but the work of a moment for
the fire fiend to reduce the six-story
block to flying sparks.
It was 2:02 o'clock this morning when
| fire was found in the rear end of the j
block by two employes of the Fair, i
who were working all night. The Fair j
Is at 132 East Seventh street. The r«rt
where the flre was discovered was in
I 144, almost directly adjoining the
: Schutte block, which faces on Jackson
! street and which at 2:30 bids fair to
help satisfy the appetite of the insa
tiate fiend of fire. At that hour the
fire had ..spread through the entire '
height of the building from IS4 to 144
and was threatening the safety of the
end of the block toward Robert street.
By that time it was so hot in i
Seventh street that the firemen's" blis
tered faces were only shielded by the
spray from the hose nozzlea.
THE HEAT WAS TERRIFIC.
The whitewashed court in the rear,
on the opposite side of which stands
the Rya« hotel, was white with a
lurid glare more terrible even than
the blanched faces of the panic-strick
en guests, who were roused from tholr
slumbers by the roar of the fire and ;
the alarms of the department. : For
tunately, however, the Ryan waa In
no Immediate danger, and all the j
guests were able to take their time
In getting out.
Imminent danger to life and limb
waited for the firemen, however. From
every window of that vast Seventh
street front belched tongues of flame.
First a brilliant red, glistening with I
sparks. It waa as light as day, not j
only In Seventh and the adjoining j
streets, but every window, every tur
ret, every lightning rod, almost on the |
I distant hills around the city was visible
as plainly as in the broad light of day.
Then, as the fire ate its way in the
flames became more darkened by dense |
clouds of thick, black smoke.
Floor by floor the flames progressed,
with each step the smoke becoming
[ richer with the stored wealth of the
I vast warehouse; hotter, too, became the
I rays that were shot out from that j
cauldron of flame, every one of which j
seemed to direct its entire force on j
! the puny beings below, fighting man- j
fully, as best they could, but absolute
!ly helpless before those onrushing
j tongues of -flame.
In less than half an hour, much lesa,
; the fire had licked $100,000 Tss||h of
buildings and stock out of
All that remained was the blacKened
avails, standing In silhouette against
the background of red that the swirl
ing banks of cloud revealed as they
rose ever and anon. So seemingly ir
resistible was the power, so apparently
relentless the venom, of those angry
flames, that the gathering throngs
stood aghast at the possibilities of the
tall walls yielding to the fire.
The police cleared the street early, a
precaution as wise as It should have
been unnecessary, because of the fur
nacelike glow of everything in the
passageway before the building. One
small party of. firemen stood alone be
fore it, and they were ju»t as .far back
from the- menaced walls* just as far
from the maelstrom of fire as the
pioper perforniap.ee of their duty would
let them be.
The water tower arrived within a few
minutejs, and It was statioaed in the
alley in the rear of the bull lin<?. that
appearing to Chief Jackson the most
advantageous point fro_m which to at
tack the demon in posses.-; tin of the
block, from defensive ,is Wall as of
fensive considerations. Sevvith rtre*#
could well take care of itself. Th^- com
paratively small buildings across it
were protected by a layer of snaw on
top, and they were reasonably safe
from the direct force of the flro, lint
on the other side the fire could mu-h a
million dollars without leaping half the
breadth of a street. Here hen was the
battle to be, and nobly was it fought.
FIREMEN WERE PROMPT.
Company after company ran its lin<-9
into this crowded arena. Others tan k
commanding positions on the roofs ..f
adjoining buildings, while from the
center came the tremendous stream
that issued from the nozzle of that half
human tower, searching as it did the
most obscure corners of the burning
mass. And yet all these agencies of
man were helpless, for the nonce. As
the minutes passed, the victory of the
flgßters became more and more appar
ent in the defense of adjoining prop
erty. The spread of the fire was stayed,
and when this was effected there \\ as
left but the task of watching the work
of destruction on the property it had
Who looked from the window at 2:30
and saw that shaft of fire rising high
above the sleeping city, and at 3 o'clock
looked out again or. a cloud of smoke
in which appeared now and thgj^ an
ember, and below the dull glare of the
dying flames, that man must appre
ciate to the full the triumph of the St.
Paul fire department.
No time was lost; no time could be
lost, that was not more plainly that
proverbial lost forever. Seconds meant
fortunes, minutes, millions, a dozen of
them might have meant the wiping out
of the city, so fierce was the fury of the
It is a proud feather in the cap at
Chief Jackson. Every' machine w"a«
wheeled Into its position with ax evi
dent a purpose as though it was play
lug a part in a drama that had t>*-pn
rehearsed a dozen times; every man
was at his post, too often in imminent,
danger of death.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE
■work of the fire department was tl<in«
in the alley between the hotel proper
and the quarter in which the fire w&a
making rapid progress. Against what
looked like overwhelming odds thft
light was begun to keep the fire? con
fined to the original limits.
The spread of the bbtxe had been re
markable and almost before anything
could be done, the building was a mass
of flames with every floor involved and
the fire shooting ovor against the walls
Continued tm l^owriU Pave.