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The Free Homestead Bill Exp ootod
to Pass the Sonata
PACIFIC ROAD BILL IN THE HOUSE.
The M.. K. T. Railway Calls Attention to
Its Interests In the Indian Territory
The Cuban Question Wanted
Left In Abeyance.
Washington, Jan. 11- The course of
the sonate this week will depend large
ly upon whether the Pacific road fund
in? bill passes the houso and whether
Sonator Cameron will call up his Cu
ban resolutions. If be desires to press
the resolutions there will be a deter
mined effort to aid him in this direc
tion, but in any event there are likely
to bo a fow speeches on Cuba. Senator
Mills has announced his purpose to ad
dress the sonate on the question and it
is understood that Senator Davis is
preparing a Cuban speech. The Petti
grew free homestead bill is expected
to reach n vote to-day or to-morrow,
and it is to be followed by the Pacific
railroad bill if tho latter passes the
house. Senator Cuilom, who will have
charge of the legislative, executive and
judicial appropriation bjll, said yester
day that he expected to ue able to re
port that measure- by the middle of the
week, and that he would ask tho sen
ate to consider it as soon as reported.
Tho fate of the Pacific railroad fund
ing bill, which was debated three days
in the houso last week, will bo known
to-day, wfion tho measure with the
pending amendments will come to a
vote under the special order under
which tho house is proceeding. The
bill involves tho settlement of the
$113,000,000 of indebtedness of the
Union Pacific and Central Pacific on
the basis of an extension of over 80
years at two per cent, with an annual
extinguishment payment on the prin
cipal at the rate of $305,000 for the first
ten years, 8580,000 for the second ten
years and 8750,000 for the remaining
years. It involves as the alternative
of Its defeat tho probable immediate
foreclosure of the government's lien
and the sale of tho property. It
is the culmination of the strug
gle which has gone on in congress
for a dozen years to secure some
sort of an adjustment of the Pacific
railroad indebtedness on tho basis of
an extension, as it has been apparent
for a long period that tho roads would
default, when the bonds were matured.
After tho funding bill is disposed of
the house will proceed with the con
federation of appropriation bills until
Saturday, which will be given up to
eulogies on the life and public services
of the late ex-Speaker Crisp. Tho In
dian and military appropriation bills
are on the calendar, and before they
are disposed of tho agricultural bill
will be brought on.
CONFER WITH T1IK DAWKS COMMISSION.
Washington, Jan. 1L The confer
nco of the Dawes commission at the
office of the secretary of the interior
.Saturday was marked by an incident
of more than ordinary interest. De
cide J. S. Standley, N. II. Ainsworth
.and Wesley Anderson, representing
the Choctaws, there was present Mr.
bimon Wolf, a Washington attorney,
-who represents the Missouri, Kansas &
Texas Railway Co. Mr. Wolf was
'.there in his capacity as the attorney
if or that road, lie called the attention
of the secretary, tho commission and
tho In J Ian delegates, to the fact that
the road has an interest in the ques
tion, of which tho Diwcs commission
has apparently taken no notice. In the
grant which tho company has through
tho Indian territory is a provision
that when the land now held by the
Indians is relinquished to tho govern
ment and the Indian title is extin
guished, the road is then to have the
eaino concessions as in tho state of
Kansas. This means that tho railroad
claims alternate sections for ten miles
on each side along its line, amounting,
It has been figured, to over 1,000,000
acres of valuable land, whose title is
to pass to it upon the extinguishment
of tho Indians' title. The agreement
keeps tho title to the Indians. The
road claims that, having constructed
and operated its road, it had performed
its part of the stipulations, and its'
charter, therefore, should not be vio
lated, and the land should become the
property of the road on tho extinguish
ment of communal title.
THE CUBAN QUESTION.
Washington, Jan. 11. It has gen
erally become known about the capitol
that President-elect McKinley prefers
that the Cuban question should be left
whore it is until he shall come into
office and to this fact more than any
other may bo attributed the failure of
tho senate to take up the question on
tho basis of the resolution presented
by Senator Cameron and reported by
the committee on foreign relations.
Washington, Jan. 1L The house on
Saturday vacated tho order of arrest
by tho sergeant-at-arms of those mem
bers who absented themselves from the
session on tho previous evening to the
satisfaction of over 200 absentees. The
Pacific railway funding bill was then
debated under the five-minute rule and
at five o'clock the house adjourned-
Two freight trains collided at
Hazlett, Tex., on the Gulf, Colorado &
Santa Fe railway, through a misplaced
switch, and two men wero killed and
OBSERVE JACKSON'S DAY.
Gold Democrat Have a Biff Meeting In
Chicago Watterson the Orator,
Chicago, Jan. 8. Representatives of
the gold democracy of Illinois and oth
er states of the middle west, north
west and south met at the Auditorium
last night for tho purpose of celebrat
ing Jackson day. Fully 500 men were
present, and the banquet was in many
respects a notable affair of its kind.
Letters were received from President
Cleveland, Secretary Morton and Sen
ator John M. Palmer, and a large
number of democrats throughout the
country sent regrets. Franklin Mc
Veigh acted as toastmaster and
after making a few remarks he
Introduced Henry Watterson, who ad
dressed tho company on "The Futuro
of Democracy." The ringing cheers
that greeted him made it impossible
for several minutes for tho eloquent
Kentuckian to proceed with his ro
marks. Other speakers were Simon B. Buck
ner; John P. Irish, of California; Vir
gil P. Kline, who responded for Ohio;
Walter Irving Uabb, who was charged
with messages from the gold democ
racy of Iowa; T. J. Mahoney, who re
plied to tho toast of 'Nebraska;' J.
McD. Trimble, who represented Mis
souri; Daniel W. Lawler, from Minne
sota, and Hugh Ryan, from Wisconsin.
All theso sneakers told of the condi
tion of the gold democracy in tho states
from which they had come, and nil
made enthusiastic promises of the fu
ture prospects and usefulness of the
A Ferryboat Making; Trips Through the
Street! of Linn Creek, Mo.
St. Louis, Jan. 0. A special from
Richland, Mo , says the entire town of
Linn Creek, in southwest Missouri, is
under water, the Osage river going 18
inches above high water mark. Hack
water is five feet deep in the court
house and the ferryboat from the river,
which Is a mile from the city, is mak
ing regular trips through the main
streets, carrying merchandise, house
hold goods, etc, from the inundated
buildings. Several narrow escapes
from drowning are also reported in at
tempts to carry out goods or rescue
live stock. Owing to the distance from
the railroad and the lack of telephone
or telegraph communication, particu
lars of the floods in that section are
hard to obtain, lut it is feared the loss
to property will be enormous.
VEST AGAIN HONORED.
Only One Vote Against lllm In the Missouri
Democratic, Caucus. '
Jefferson Citv, Mo., Jan 0. For
the fourth time the democrats of the
state of Missouri have named Georgo
Graham Vest for the fllce of United
States senator. There was but one
vote against him In the caucus last
night One populist cast his vote for
William J. Stone, against the expressed
wishes of the present governor of tho
stato of Missouri. Not only did tho
democrats speak for Vest, but the pop
ulists who were elected by democratic
and populist votes polled together,
voted for him with but two excep
tions. Representative Mashburn, of
Polk county, cast the vote for Stone,
and Representative Sweeney, tho pop
ulist member of Jackson county, left
FIVE CHILDREN DROWNED.
Their Uvea Were Lost In an Attempt to
Ford a Swollen Creek In h Wagon.
Plato, Mo., Jan. 1). Nows has just
reached here of tho drowning of five
children as a result of the floods in
Texas county. Thomas Wilson, ac
companied by his daughter, Mrs. Kin
nery, and her five chi dren, attempted
to ford Prairie creek, which was very
high as a result of tho recent rains.
The team became unmanageable and
soon lost their foothcld. The wagon,
weighted with its load of human
freight, sank, and the sideboards
floated away, throwing tho entire
party into the water. Mr. Wilson and
Mrs. Klnnery succeeded in getting to
shore, but the children were drowned.
Attacked and Killed by Hogs.
Atlantic, la., Jan. 9. It was re
ported here last nljht that a man
named Fred Foulk vras attacked and
killed by hogs yesterday in tho heavy
timber, a! out 15 mile I northeast of At
lantic. Foulk was hunting rabbits,
and accidentally wounded one of the
hogs, whose cries attracted several
other animals, and thsy all attacked
him and chewed him to death. Tho
hogs had escaped from farmers living
In that locality and were virtually
wild. The surroundings betoken a
Ferry Livery Stables Ilnrned.
Perby, Ok., Jan. 9. At fivo o'clock
this morning the livery and feed
stables of P. F. Smith ond Pete Sells
wero entirely destroyed by fire. Three
blooded racers and 12 other horses and
mules perished. T. M. Richardson &
Sons' lumber yard was partially de
stroyed. Half a dozen horses and
mules were so badly burned that they
were killed this morning. Will Clark,
of Guthrie, was sleeping in Smith's
stable and he was badly injured. Tho
losses are placed atSlQ.OOQ.
Nebraska Wholly Populist.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 9. For the first
time in the history of Nebraska as a
state its affairs have been taken out of
the control of the republican party,
every office being now under the di
rectlon of the populist party. The
populists are importing many clerks
from rural districts and are preparing
'jo see to it that all ' powitioi-s aro oc
cupied by the faithful.
Senator Sherman Will Probably
Be Secretary of State.
THE COMING MONETARY CONFERENCE.
A Commlsilon Wilt Frobably Be Appointed
to Submit a Flan to Congress Co
operative Steel Works Com
pressed Air Carriage.
Washington, Jan. 11. The opinion
among those who claim to know is that
Senator bherman will be offered and
will accept the secretaryship of state
in Mr. McKinley's cabinet, and that
Mr. Hanna will -ot be one of the cab
inet advisers of the next president. It
is believed to bo certain that Mr.
Hanna will bo appointed as tho suc
cessor of Mr. Sherman in the senate, a
place which he very much prefers to
any portfolio which the president
elect could offer him. Inasmuch
as tho senatorial appointment would
have to be made by Gov. Uushnell,
the arrangement herein suggested is
said to indicate tho friendly feeling
which Senator-elect Foraker has for
tho president-elect and for the chair
man of the national committee.
Regarding the selection of Cornelius
N. Bliss, of New York, for secretary of
the navy, it is said that Mr. Bliss has
been offered the place, but that he de
ferred his acceptance until ho could
ascertain whether he could so arrange
his business affairs as to permit of his
taking the place. Gen. Alger, of
Michigan, is counted as certaiu to be
the secretary of war.
Members of congress ond other pub
lic men who best know Representative
Nelson Dingley, Jr., are still confident
that he will not accept the portfolio of
the treasury department that was of
fered to him when he visited Canton
just before the meeting of congress.
Mr. Dingley'a reasons for preferring
not to go into the cabinet are the fear
that he is not physicially strong
enough to perform tho work of the
office, and that he could be more help
ful to the republican party in its work
of putting on the statute books a
tariff law that will provide sufficient
revenuo for the operations of tho gov
ernment as a representative from the
state of Maine and chairman of the
ways and means committee than secre
tary of the treasury.
THE MONETARY CONFERENCE.
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. II. Onlv a
few members of tho monetary confer
ensa have ns vet arrived in the city.
John P. Irish, of California; W. E.
Dodge, of New York, and D. V.
Smalley, of Sli Paul, being the most
prominent of those already here. The
majority of tho delegates, which it is
thought will number 400, are expected
to-day. It is almost a settled conclu
sion, however, that a commission
shall bo created by the conven
tion whose duty it will be to
submit a final plan to congress and
urge its adoption by that body. Dif
ferences of opinion exist as to whether
this commission shall give extended
hearing to various plans for reforming
the currency system or shall draw up
what it considers wisest without much
waste of time. Whether any free end
full discussion of finance will transpire
in the conference also remains nn un
decided point, there being not a few of
the- delegates who have expressed
themselves as opposed to such a course
and rather favor the placing of the
whole subject in the commission's
hands with as little debate as possi
ble. General feeling is it will not
avail much to urge financial reform on
tho spring session of congress, owing
to the tariff legislation having the
right of way.
CO-OPERATIVE STEEL WORK.
Braddock, Pa., Jan. 11. Mill work
ers at the Carnegie plants here nnd at
Homestead, Duqucsne and Pittsburgh
and employes of the Wcstinghouse
works at Tuttle Creek and Wilraerding
are forming a joint stock company to
build a $2,000,000. iron and steel plant
at Port Angeles on Puget sound, state
of Washington. The company has been
incorporated under the Washington
laws. The officers are George M.
Ninon, of Braddock, president; M. E.
George, of Braddock, secretary; Wil
liam J. Wcisser. of Allegheny City,
treasurer. Twelve hundred mill work
ers of this section have in the past fort
night subscribed for about 81,000,000
worth of stock. The plant will employ
2,000 men and will cover 30 acres of
COMPRESSED AIR CARRIAGES.
New York, Jan. 11. Horseless 'car
riages are to be Introduced by tho New
York Cab Co. in the course of the pres
ont year as one of the results of the
strike of its drivers. The service will
be begun in April and extended grad
ually as success seems to warrant.
Compressed air will be used to drive
Plnk.erton'1 Superintendent a Suicide.
Kansas City, Mo , Jan. 11. Thomas
G. Conklln, superintendent of the local
office of tho Pinkerton National De
tective agency, committed suicido 'n
his private office at Seventh and Main
streets yesterday afternoon by shoot
ing himself through the head. No one
else was In the building until just be
fore life became extinct. The deed had
evidently been planned carefully and
executed with deep purpose. Despon
dency, brought about by failing health
and wild dissipation, was undoubtedly
what led to the act.
LAST YEAR'S FAILURES.
They Swept Oat of the Way a Great Num
ber of Unsound Concerns.
New York, Jan. 9. R. G. Dun & Ca's
Weekly Review of Trado says:
The year 1897 begin with one clear advan
tage the past year has swept out of the way a
great number of unsound concerns which la
any time ot actlrlty would have been danger
ous to business. Of the U,ttt commercial and
banking failures la 1891, with liabilities ot
1279,819,719, a large share represented crippling
losses in previous years, or the violence of
speculative storms In IMS or tho first half ot
18M, while thousands mora re lulled from the
fury ot the political tomato last falL Banking
failures amounting to K0,7l8 91i during the
year, averaged fl 8,H8 each, and were Hi per
cent, larger thin In 1893.
Commercial returns amounted to tK8.09H.83l,
a little over 11,0 0,00) having been aided by
the 1 day of tho year, but the average lia
bilities, 111,992. wero smaller than la tome
years of great prosperity.
While banking failures have not ceased at
the west, nperehenslon about them has almost
wholly subsided, and no serious Influence upon
general trade Is now expected. Many sound
concerns wore doubtless caught by the epi
demic, but practically all the Important fail
ures are traced to disregard of law and of
banking sense at periods somewhat distant.
It Is felt at the west that all business will be
tho sounder after Its purging, and the return
of money to New York has exceeded shipments
to the Interior by 12,000,000 for the week.
TWELVE PEOPLE POISONED.
A Chicago Family at the Point of Peath
from an Unusual Cause.
CnicAoo, Jan. 0. Two persons in
the Bromstedt family are at the point
of death from eating what tiicy claim
was poisoned meat, three more are in
a dangerous condition, one has fully
recovered and four children arc still
confined to tho house, while tho par
ents wero able to get about yesterday.
Tho twelve men, women and children
were taken violently ill Wednesday
from eating fresli pork and sausage.
Physicians have been in constant at
tendance at the bedsides of the strick
en persons, and have managed to save
the lives of at least half, and they have
hopes of seeing all but two of their pa
tients recover. Besides the above, it
is said that at least four more families
have been affected in the same way,
but their cases have not been reported
to cither the police or the health de
partment EXPRESS COMPANIES COMBINE.
Will Refuse to Dellrer Express Packages In
bmall Nebraska Cities.
Omaha, Nob., Jan. 9. Express com
panies have given notice to all agents
doing business in Nebraska that after
this month no packages will be deliv
ered to patrons. All business must be
transacted at the offices of the compa
nies. This is supposed to be for the
purpose of saving tho expense of deliv
ery in smaller towns, as exceptions are
made in the larger cities. Many mer
chants of the state are quite indignant
and he country papers aro advising
citizens to patronize tho mails and
freight trains as largely as possible
and practically drive the express com
panies by tho boycott to ayaln have
recourse to the convenient system.
BLACK SUCCEEDS NICHOLSON.
He Is Appointed Meneral Passenger Agent
of the Santa Fe Railway.
Chicago, Jan. 0. Official announce
ment is made of the appointment of
W. J. Black as general passenger agent
of the Atchison, Topcka & Santa Fe
system, to succeed George T. Nichol
son, resigned, with headquarters at
Topoka.The appointment takes ef
fect on February 1, on which date tho
office of assistant general passenger
agent at Topeka, now held by Mr.
Black, will be abolished.
Death Ilefore Fenury.
St. Louis, Jan. 9. Henry Stone. 65
years of age, and a well-known old
time member of the Merchants' ex
change, ended his life by taking a dose
of poison in his room in an Olive
street boarding bouse. The coroner
was notified as soon as possible, and
then it developed that the old man had
taken his own life in fear of becoming
penniless and helpless. The de
ceased, who had lived in St
Louis about 40 years, was at one time
worthS100,000, which he made dealing
in grain. Stone had a wife in Michi
gan and a sister in Rochester, N. Y.
Charleston to lie Illockaded.
Wabhinoton, Jan. 9. The people of
Charleston, S. C, and vicinity are
promised a novel winter entertain
ment Seerotary Herbert, after con
sultation with Adm. Bunce, command
ing the north Atlantic squadron, bas
decided to allow the admiral to under
take the blockade of Charleston. Sec
retary Herbert has become satisfied of
the practicability of undertaking a
regular blockade. The fun will begin
early in February, the exact date de
pending upon the ability of the navy
yard people to get ships ready.
Will Take Flace on Mexican Soli.
Little Rock, Ark., Jan. 9. Dan
Stuart and Secretary Wheelock wero
in Little Rock for an hour yesterday
morning on their way to Dallas. While
they were here Stuart told a reporter
that the Corbett-Fitzsimmous tight
would take place on Mexican soil. The
exact location of the ring was not
given, but Stuart said the spectators
would be taken by special train from
El Paso to the battleground.
Zertucha'a Treachery Confirmed.
London, Jan. 9. A Paris dispatch
says: If the report that Dr. Zertucha
had offered to guide the Spaniards
over the province of Pinar del Rio in
Cuba be correct,. it will, increase the
belief that Mneeo's deah was due to
treachery. Gen. Weyler's latest meas
ure, prohibiting the sale even of medi
cines to the rebels, warrants believing
anything of htm."
Text of the Republican Measure to Se
International Conference on Silver.
Washington, Jan. 8. Senator Chan
dler has practically made a canvass of
the senate on the proposition for an
international conference on silver and
concludes that there Is no opposition
worth the name. Still the bill will
not be introduced in the senate until
it Is accepted by the republican cau
cus, as the committee was instructed
to report to the caucus. The language
of the bill is substantially as follows:
That whenever the president of the United
Suites shall, after March 4, 1897, determine
that the United States should be represented
at any International conference called either
SENATOR WILLIAM E. CHANDLER.
by the United States or the government of
some other country with a view to secure In
ternationally a fixity of relative value between
gold and slh eras money, by means ot a com
mon ratio between those metals, with free
mintage at such ratio, the United States shall
be represented at such conference by five or
more delegates to be selected by the presi
dent. Tor tho compensation of said delegates,
together with all reasonable expenses con
nected therewith, to be approved by the secre
tary of state. Including the proportion to be
paid by the United States ot the joint expenses
of such conference, the sum of $100,000, or so
much thereof as may be necessary, Is hereby
A TERRIBLE CRIME.
A Touch Negro Adds Several More Mur
ders to Ills Already Had Record.
Mayksville, S. C., Jan. 8. Simon
Cooper, the negro outlaw, who shot
and killed another negro and wounded
several others at Magnolia a few days
ago, and for whom there is a reward
of 3100 offered by the governor, added
more murder to his record yesterday
morning near Magnolia. Cooper en
tered the house of Ben Wilson about
sunrise and demanded the use of Mr.
Wilson's buggy, which was refused. He
then picked up an ax andsplit Mr. Wil
son's head open. He attacked Wesley
Wilson, the son, and murdered him in
a like manner. Cooper then murdered
Mrs. Wesley Wilson with the same
weapon, after which he struck down a
negro, who had approached on hearing
the noise, and left the ax sticking in
the negro's head. As soon as the news
of the shocking tragedy reached Sum
ter the sheriff organized a, posse, char
tered a special car and came to Mayes
ville, where reinforcements from this
town and the surrounding country
awaited him. Cooper has not yet been
captured, but It is almost impossible
for him to escape, as the country is be
ing scoured in every direction. " If cap
tured, his fate will be a terrible one.
N O MORE TRUSTS.
Georgia Has a Law That Is Driving Them
from That State.
Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 8. A local paper
makes the sensational announcement
that every trust operating in the state
of Georgia has succumbed to the Cal
vin anti-trust law enaoted by the re
cent general assembly. As a result
of the operation of that measure, the
American Tobacco Co., the potash
trust, the snuff trust, the coffee trust,
the match and other trusts, that have
been operating in Georgia, have noti
fied jobbers and merchants throughout
the state handling their goods that the
anti-trust act made their existing con
tracts unlawful, and they would,
therefore, no longer be considered by
cither party. This throws the long
closed market wide open to competi
tion. BRYAN AT CHICAGO.
The Silver Mranch of the Illinois Democ
racy Celebrate Jackson Day.
Chicago, Jan. 8. In the banquet
hall of the Tremont house the silver
branch of the democracy held last
night its banquet in celebration of
"Jackson's day." The banquet was
under the auspices of the W. J. Bryan
league, and was held one day in ad
vance of Jackson day proper, as the
guest of the league, William J.
Bryan, could not be present to-night,
having an engagement in Omaha. Mr.
Bryan, in his speech in response to tho
toast of "Andrew Jackson," defended
the majority's right to rule and de
fined party loyalty. He said the money
question was not settled. Following
Mr. Bryan came Gov. Altgeld, to whom
had been assigned the subject, "Char
acter and Mission of a Minority Party."
GOV. HOLCOMB'S MESSAGE.
Nebraska's Executive Talk of the BaUot,
Railroad Passes and Irrigation.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 8. Silas A. Hoi
comb was for the second time inaugu
rated governor of Nebraska yesterday.
He read an unusually long message,
devoted chiefly to matters of pure
ly local interest. He discussed
the ballot law in the light of the
last election, and recommended some
amendments that will prevent the use
of party designations by bolting
factions. He asked for legislation that
would put a stop to railroads issuing
passes by wholesale to politicians, and
for a law favorable to irrigation. ,
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