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Those of the Record-Union are the best that can be procured on the Pacific Slope- VOLUME XCIV.—NO. 83. WE MAY HAVE WAR WITH SPAIN. Assistant Secretary of War Roose velt Thinks So. Says the Situation at Present is One of Utmost Gravity. In Case of Trouble the Naval Mili tia is Likely to Be Called Into Service—ln Such an Event Cali fornia Would Furnish a Large Force. NEW YORK, Sept. 22.—"This coun try is on the verge of war with Spain." These were the words of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt. He tlfieri them ait a conference with some of the commanders of the naval militia, whom he had summoned to Washing ton to learn of the state of their com mands, and the number of men that can be depended on to complete the complement of the warships and the auxiliary navy. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt cau tioned the gentlemen who had been called into the conference not to under- The Navy Department is preparing to use every available man of the na val militia. The Commanders of this reserve who have been called to Wash ington during the last few days have had the importance of getting their divisions in such shape that a sudden Bed uixn them. It is for just such a crisis as that which now seems im tablished and maintained, and the young men who have been playing at being marines may be called upon to enact their parts in real earnest. Among the naval militia command ers called upon by the Navy Depart ment were Commanders William H. Stay ton and W. Butler Duncan. These gentleman command, respectively, the Brooklyn and New York battalions. It is believed that at the conference Of the Navy Department, within the last few days the question was put as to how many men the commanders of the N.nv York and Brooklyn battal ions would undertake to report as available for throe months' war service. Commander Btayton is reported to have answered that he would guarantee 275 men out of his battalion. Duncan's estimate is said to have been 325. "We are prepared." the Assistant Secretary is further quoted as saying, "to convert a large fleet of merchant men into warships. The quesition arises as to whether the naval militia would do oetter work on the improvised cruis ers or on board the regular ships of ■war." Commander Stayton declared it to be Ihis belief that the proper place for the naval militia was on board the regular In all there are about 5,000 naval militiamen in the United States. The largest battalion in the country Is at San Francisco. Organizations on the Pacific Coast exist at San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Fran- The Navy Department's estimate is that 7,000 "men will be needed for the twenty-five merchant cruisers. Of this number 3.000 will come from the regu lar warships. The places of the regu lar men-of-war men will be taken by the naval militia. The proportion of naval militia to a regular warship will be about 25 per cent, of the crew. marks, joined with the assembling of the militia commanders at Washington and the bunching of the warships and the maneuvers of the torpedo fleet is MERELY PRELIMINARY. MADRID, Sept. 22.—The correspond ent here of the Associated Press learns cussed interview of Saturday last be tween the United States Minister to Spain, General Stewart L. Woodford, and the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Duke of Tetuan, was General Woodford reported to the Duka the gravity of the condition of Cuba and requested In behalf of the United States that Spain would find a method of speedily ending the war and fered the good offices of the United States in effecting a settlement of the Cuban troubles, which practically gives Spain an opportunity of gracefully end ing the war. If she does not embrace It within a reasonable time notice will be given thait the United States must Interfere, though General Woodford has Spain cannot expect the aid of Euro pean powers, as the United States Em bassadors have ascertained that all the ogniVe that the interests of the United States justify the latteris interference in Cuba. Austria in this matter is in fluenced by the relationship between the two dynasties, the Queen Regent of Spain being an Austrian Archduch ess, but it is not likely that Austria will take any part in the question beyond possibly making a diplomatic protest against the intervention of the United SENTENCE ANNULED. MADRID, Sept. 22.—The Supreme Court ha.s annuled the sentence of forty til. the supposed anarchist who on Sep tember 3d, at Barcelona, attempted to assassinate Chief of Police Portus and Assistant Chief Teixidor as they were leaving the circus. The action of the Supreme Court is taken on the ground ril is an anarchist. EASTERN GRAIN MARKET. Substantial Advance in Wheat at Chicago. CHICAGO, Sept. 22.—Ail the grain and provision markets turned very pretty flip-flaps to-day. starting weak and closing strong, and in the case of w heat with a very substantial advance. Wheat took its opening tone from Liverpool. Before the opening here THE RECORD-UNION that market showed a l%c decline, which was reflected in the first trades in December, which ranged from 9Gs4c to 90%e, or vie to lc below yesterday's closing price. But the market immedi ately commenced to recovei, and in about an hour and a half from the opening December had risen to 92% c. There was nothing particular in the news to cause the sudden change. The reaction appeared to be due in the na tural order of things, and when some investment orders appeared on the market shorts started to cover. The very narrowness of trading probably prevented a further advance. The only really bearish feature was the receipt of 853 cars of wheat at Minneapolis and Duluth, against SSS a week ago. Even that was only bear ish on the surface. The cash prices at those places to-day were from 2c to 2y>c over December, so that the re ceipts there now represent probably the bulk of the entire movement from the farms in the northwest, to the exclu sion of any accumulations in interior Chicago's receipts were 345 cars of wheat, of which only 33 were contract. The total receipts of winter wheat at Kansas City, St. Louis and Detroit was only 176,695 bushels. The business done at New York yesterday for export was reported to have largely exceeded what was made known for the day be fore, the total being reported to-day at 485,000 bushels. Acceptances were re ported of some of last night's cabled offers to the United Kingdom. A reaction followed the advance to when closing Continental cables were received, showing declines of 15 centimes at Paris and 12Vt» to 15 cen times at Antwerp. The longs also took advantage to unload a good deal of their holdings, and the result was that December dropped back to 90% C. Then the market turned for the last time. The cash strength at Minneapolis brought the selling to a sudden halt, and prices commenced to climb at once, until December touched the high point of the day, 92% C, which was shortly be fore the close. Confirmatory reports from the United States Consul at Odessa concerning th Russian crop shortage also helped in the late strength. December closed at MURDER OF ARRAYO. GENERAL VELASQUEZ MAKE a. A CONFESSION. Says That He Ordered the Killing of the Assailant of Presi dent Diaz of Mexico. CITY OF MEXICO, Sept. 22—Velas quez, ex-Inspector-General of Police, now in prison, has confessed that he ordered the killing of Arrayo, the as sailant of President Diaz. His servant admits buying the knives with which the deed was committed. Velasquez says that the man was not tortured. The Judge has decided that Velasquez arid Cabrera are guilty, and he held them for trial. The killing of Arrayo in prison on the night he had assaulted the. President was peculiarly atrocious. At 1 o'clock in the morning a number of men be longing to the common people, and as now appears, in the pay of the police, forced their way into the municipal palace, ascended the stairway, over came the guards and made their way to the office of the Inspector-General and killed Arulfo Arrayo, whom they found there. The killing was a wild and savage scene, and was followed by a wild and noisy retreat. The Assistant Chief of Police, who was sleeping in an adjoining room, was awakened by the noise. He arose and ran to the balcony, firing his pistol as a signal fcr help. At the sajne time he called a policeman who was in sight to make an attempt to detain the lynch ers, who were making their escape. The firing of pistols and the whistles of policemen brought other officers, who succeeded in capturing a score of persons. It was not long before the Inspector-General and Inspector Vil lavicenio arrived on horseback. When the police entered the room they found the body of the dead man lying in the middle of the floor. It was literally riddled with bullets and knife stabs. By his side were found an iron bar and several knives and other steel instruments. The men who w r ere captured last night would not say any- At 2 o'clock was found a group of people at one of the side streets a few blocks from Zocali. They were talk ing and discussing the lynching. They appeared to know all about the affair and were evidently in receipt of knowl edge as to its origin and inspiration. But when they were approached by re porters they suddenly became non- When Arrayo was surprised he was sitting in a chair in the northwest cor ner of what was once General Caballa ments of window panes was a long pool of blood marking the spot where Arrayo had been stabbed. Th body was removed to the Fourth Ward police station municipal building. The gendarmes who were guaru.ng Ar rayo were unarmed. If they had not been they would have fired on the mob. Over 200 people penetrated the build- When they surprised Arrayo he was in a strait jacket and could make no resistance. He seemed too terrified to EXPORT DUTY ON GOLD. Nicaragua Has Levied a Very Heavy Tax on the Metal. WASHINGTON. Sept. 22.—The own ers of the gold mines in Nicaragua are « orried er a decree published Aug- , ust 15th. and taking effect immediately, establishing an export duty of $1 gold per ounce on gold ingots and $2 per ounce on gold dust. The information comes to the State Department from Consul Clancey at Bluefields. He says the old duty was 35.44 cents per ounce on gold. The mining interests have united in petitioning the Government to revoke the decree, which, they as sert, would be ruinous to a new indus try. Last year the gold exports from Bluefields amounted to $109,505. an in crease of £31.030 over the preceding year's shipments- i SACRAMENTO, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 23, 1897.-EIGHT PAGES. THERE MAY BE TROUBLE IN HAWAII. Japan Reported to Be Secretly Landing Troops. Generally Believed It Is to Forcibly Resist Annexation. Details of the Proceedings of the Hawaiian Senate in the Ratifi cation of the Treaty Annexing the Islands to the United States. SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—The stories told by the passengers and crew of the steamship City of Peking, which arrived here from Hongkong via Hono lulu on Tuesday evening, if true, indi cate that a state of affairs exist in Ha waii which demand the attention of the State Department. When the City of Peking arrived at Honolulu the attention of the other passengers on board that steamer was attracted by the remarkably symmet rical movements of 174 Japanese steer age passengers w ho were disembarking. Although classed as laborers, their well-drilled and military appearance was too palpable to escape observa tion, and occasioned considerable com ment. The Japanese were apparently under the command of a veteran Ser geant, and divided into squads of twenty under non-commissioned offi cers. During the voyage a military discipline was observed which created comment among the other steer age passengers and the steam er s crew, and many conject ure.-- were hazarded as to the meaning of their being shipped to the islands. It w as generally believed that they were sent to the islands for the purpose of forcibly resisting annexation, if neces sary. Rumors of the presence of the Mika do's soldiers are not new on the islands, and it is said that over 1,000 well-drill ed men have already been landed there, and that about 400 veterans of the Ja pa -China war are expected upon the neSt steamer. RATIFIC ATION OF THE TREATY. SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—Al though the steamship City of Peking, Which arrived last night from Honolulu brought the news that the annexa/tion treaty had been ratified by the Ha waiian Senate on the Bth inst., no de tails were obtainable until this morn ing, the mails having been delayed in quarantine for twelve hours. From ad vices she broughit under date of the 14th ir.st. the foliowiing particular were cbtalned: The extra session was called on the Bth inst. When the Senate was called to order the President's message urg ing the ratification of the treaty was read, as was also the protest from those Hawaiians who opposed the measure. Both papers, together with the text of the treaty, were referred to the Foreign Relations Committee for consideration. On the day following the committee reported favorably and recommended the adoption of the fol lowing resolution, which was done by a unanimous vote: "Be it resolved by the Senate of the Republic of Hawaii: "That the Senate hereby ratifies and advises and consents to the ratification by the President of the treaty between the Republic of Hawaii and the United States of America on the subject of the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States of America, con cluded at Washington on the 16th day of June. 1897. which treaty is word for word as follows." The text of the treaty then followed. On the (ith the native Hawaiians held a mass meeting in Palace Square, at which there were present some 700 people, about one-tenth of whom were women. The meeting was advertised to take place at 5 o'clock, but the Chai.-;:ian was kept waiting half an hour for people who could not arrive on time. J. K. Katinamano and the speak ers then entered the lookout on the old Gibson premises and soon the na tives were gathered thickly about the place. There were noticed on the stand: J. K. Kaulia, President of the Aloha Aina Society; Kalauokalani, President of the Kalai Aina Society: Lilikalani and others. President Katinamano called the meeting to order, and stated that the business would be given out by the speakers of the afternoon. He then in troduced J. K. Kaulia, who made a long speech opposing annexation, and was followed by several other speak- J. K. Kaulia read the resolution which had been prepared for the vote of the people at the meeting. It was in effect a protest against action on annexation, and particularly the calling together of the Senate by President Dole tor the ratification of the annexa- Kauiia announced that copies of the resolution would be presented to Pres ident Dole and the representatives of the various powers and then printed in the newspapers of the city. The resolution was passed with three cheers, and the meeting adjourned with the understanding, stated by Kaulia, that another mass meeting of the kind be held upon the arrival of Senator In r.nswer to the protest of the Ha waiians. the Senate Committee on For eign Affairs said, in part: "As the Legislature of this Republic h3s. at its last two sessions, passed joint resolutions favoring annexation, and the annexation of these islands to the United States was one of the funda mental grounds for the establishment of this Government, we recommend that the protest be laid on the table, and in doinar so deem it our duty to say that in our opinion the protestants are pro testing more on the grounds of senti men than that they really beLleve an nexation would not promote the best and most lasting prosperity to these islands and all classes of people now residing thereon." Thi? report was unanimously adopted by the Senate. The President's message on annexa tion wis as follows: Under the authority conferred upon me by the Constitution, and with the approval of the Cabinet, I have nego tiated a treaty of political union be tween the Republic of Hawaii and the United States of America, which was signed by the plenipotentiaries of both Governments in the city of Washington on the 10th day of June, A. D. 1897. I herewith transmit the same to the Senate for the consideration of the question of the ratification thereof, un der its constitutional authority. In this relation I desire to call your attention to certain significant events which bear upon this matter. The Provisional Government, which succeeded the Hawaiian monarchy on thel7thday of January. A. D. 1893, was organ z dfo. theadtmn st ati n of pub lic affairs until such time as terms of union with the United States of Amer ica should have been agreed upon. Un expected delays in the consummation of such union having occurred, the Repub lic of Hawaii was organized and pro claimed on the 4th day of July, A. D. lSb4. The fundamental law of the new republic contained the following words: "The President, with the approval of the Cabinet, is hereby expressly au thorized and empowered to make a treaty of political or commercial un ion between the Republic of Hawaii and the United States of America, sub ject to the ratification of the Senate." The Legislature of the Republic at both of its sessions passed joint resolu tions indorsing the annexation policy of the Provisional Government and of the Republic of Hawaii. The grounds for the adoption of this policy on the 17th day of January, A. D. 1893, were, first, the existing local con ditions under which the maintenance of stable government was beset with great and increasing difficulties: and the growing menace to the small Hawaiian population involved in the impending immigration, possibly unlimited, of laces whose civilization was not In ac cord with the established institutions of the country. Second—The rapidly de veloping interests of the great naval powers of the Pacific ocean which ren dered the permanence of the independ ent Government of the Hawaiian Islands exteremely uncertain. Third — The importance of securing their per manence of relations with the United States as would render possible the de velopment of the resources of this coun try; and, fourth —an abiding conviction that it was for the best interests of all of the people of these islands. All of these reasons for annexation to the United States of America still exist, and subsequent events have em phasized their importance. I would further call your attention to the friendly and protecting policy of the Government of the United States of America toward this country which has existed from the inception of its for eign relations, whereby the danger of foreign interference has been lessened, the stability of the Hawaiian Govern ment has been promoted and trade re lations have been developed to the great benefit of Hawaii. An important feature of the treaty submitted to your consideration is the provision that all Hawaiian laws and customs regulations not inconsistent with the treaty under consideration, not contrary to the constitution or treaties of the United States of America, shall remain in force until changed by Con gress; such legislation by Congress to be preceded by a report to that body from five commissioners, at least two of whom shall be residents of the Ha waiian Islands, recommending such legislation concerning Hawaii as they shall deem necessary or proper. Thus is deliberation assured as to the ulti mate form of government for the Ter ritory of Hawaii, and the injury that inevitably follows sudden changes of political conditions precluded. In submitting this most important measure to your consideration, I would remind you that you are the represent atives of the interests of the whole Ha waiian community of every class and name, and I cannot doubt that in reach ing your decision you will be guided by the conscientious and patriotic desire to promote its best and most lasting prosperity. Following are the resolutions adopted by the mass meeting in opposition to annexation: "Whereas, It has been submitted to the Senate of the United States of America by the President of the United States of America and its Secretary cf State, a treaty for the annexation of Hawaii to the United States of Ameri ca, and which still lies with the said Senate for action thereon to be had at its regular session which shall be in December next; and. "Whereas, A proclamation was issued by S. B. Dole, President of the Repub lic of Hawaii, calling all the members of the Senate of this Republic to assem ble in a special session of said Senate to be convened at the Executive build ing, in Honolulu, Island of Oahu. Ha vaiian Islands, on the Bth instant, for the consideration of the question cf tha ; ratification of the said proposed treaty j of annexation of Hawaii to the United j States of America: and, "Whereas, The native Hawaiians and ; a large majority of the people of the j Hawaiian Islands, have been in direct opposition to the annexation of Hawaii to the United States of America: and, "Whereas, The native Hawaiians and a large majority of the people of these islands have fully believed in the inde pendence and free autonomy of these islands and to the continuation of the Government of Hawaii as of a free and independent country governed by an! under its own laws: therefore, be it "Resolved, We, who in mass meeting assembled on the <>th day of September, j A. D. 1897, at the City of Honolulu •foresaid, for ourselves and for and on j behalf of the people of Hawaii, as weil as for the large majority of the people Ot the Hawaiian Islands, earnestly j protest against the annexation of Ha- j waii to the United States of America in any form or shape." United States Senator John T. Mor gan, the distinguished Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee,and prob ably the staunchest friend of annexa tion in Washington, arrived on the Australia this morning. He is . accom panied by his two daughters, and will probably remain a month in this city visiting and informing himself on island affairs. Congressmen A. S. Berry, J. T. Cannon, H. C. Loudenslager and J. A. Tawney also came down on the Aus tralia rather unexpectedly, in search of information bearing on the annexa tion question. They will only remain a week, returning to the coast by the Australia. The party, with the excep (Continued ou Eighth Page.) ' YELLOW JACK REACHES NEW YORK. Two Cases Brought in by a Steam ship From Colon. Both of 2 Mild Type, and Removed to Swineburn Island Hospital. Eight New Cases of the Fever Re ported at Edwards, Mississippi, Making a Total of Eighty—The Fever Breaks Out at Beaumont, Texas—Situation. at Other Points. NEW YORK, Sept 22.—The Colum bian Line Steamer Finance, Captain Daily, arrived this morning from Colon with eighteen cabin and live second cabin passengers. There were two cases of sickness during the voyage. On Sep tember ISth, Pat Keating, a fireman, was taken ill and removed to the ship's hospital, and John Endeman, a student from San Jose de Guatemala, aged 20 years, was taken sick. Endeman was isolated from the rest of the uassengers, and on arrival at quarantine the health officers had both patients removed to Swineburn Island Hospital. They are suffering from yel low fever in mild form. The steamer was detained until noon for a thorough disinfection, and the passengers were all transferred to Hoff man Island for observation. NEW CASES AT EDWARDS. EDWARDS (Miss.), Sect. 22.—Eight new cases of yellow fever are reported. Total to date, SO. One death to-day makes a total to date of three. The disease is rapidly spreading, and while it is regarded as a mild type, yet it is feared it will become more malig nant owing to the warm weather. There are more than a hundred families in side the lines unaffected, with a total of about f>oo souls, and indications are that nothing but killing frost can allay the disease. Dr. Purnell has applied to the How ard Association of Vicksburg for more help, doctors and nurses. The Sisters of Mercy, five in number, from Vicks burg, with Father Prendergast, are do ing noble work. Rev. Mr. Galloway and Rev. Mr. Colmery are both report ed convalescent. THE PLAGUE IN TEXAS. AUSTIN (Tex.), SeiJt. 22.—-Governor Culberson received a telerram from State Health Officer Swearingen to-day announcing a genuine case of yellow fever at Beaumont. The patient, a small boy, died this morning. Many people think that the mail ser vice is bringing the fever into the State, and Governor Culberson will be asked to entirely cut off all train service of any kind between Louisiana and Texas. Some seem to think that he will do so, thus effectually blocking all in tercourse between these two States. Beaumont will from now on be "close ly surrounded by a rigid quarantine. SITUATION AT ST. LOUIS. ST. LOUIS, Sept. 22. — Health Com missioner Starkloff said to-day: "My report from Dr. Woodruff at quarantine is to the effect that suspect Tripe's fe ver readily yielded to treatment, and that his temperature is down to 98 de grees. Dr. Woodruff thinks Tripe will be well in a few days." Dr. J. M. Egan, Secretary of the Illi nois State Board of Health, who has been in Cairo, 111., ever since fever was reported in that city, is in St. Louis on his way to his home in Springfield, 111. He held a conference to-day with Sec retary Paquin of the Missouri State Board of Health. "There is practically no fever in Cairo, and there Is absolute ly no danger of a spread of the dis ease." AT NEW ORLEANS. NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 22.—The of ficial record of the Board of Health of fice at 6 o'clock showed a total of twelve cases since 6 o'clock yesterday evening, and two deaths. The new cases are for the most part, widely scattered, and several of them at least do not seem to have been the out come of local infection. Members of the Board of Health this afternoon paid a visit to the camp of detention at Oakland Park. They found everything in excellent condition, and the refugees comfortably situated. This morning wagonettes went down to the Italian quarter and moved out to the camp a large number of peo ple. At first the Italians, many of whom are unable to speak English, were decidedly mutinous, and declined to enter the vehicles, but the Italian Consul and a number of policemen soon convinced them that it was to their interest to go to the camp of detention, and they finally yielded. It is expected that by to-morrow night there will be a couple of hundred refu gees in camp. Strict military discipline will rule the camp, and there will be guards stationed at all avenues of ap proach and exit. At 6 o'clock to-night the physician in charge of the camp announced that all of the refugees in camp were well. There were seven new cases report ed at Ocean Springs to-day, and seven charged. There are still fifteen patient* under treatment. At Elloxi Michael Levy, aged 17, died this morning of the fever. J. W. Sweetman, a prominent drug gist of Biloxi, and his wife, are among the new cases of sickness reported to- There are now 200 whites and ne groes at the Fontainbleau detention camp. People are constantly arriving, and a special train is making frequent trips between the infected towns and the cgmp. The patients in the Marine Hospital tents are doing well and are understood tq be in no danger. MAILS THOROUGHLY FUMIGATED VICKSBURG fMiss ). Sept. 22.—The State Board of Health wired the fol lowing message to Superintendent Ter rell of the Railway Mail Service at At lanta this afternoon, in reply to his nv.ssage concerning information from "Man is properly fumigated at all in fected points, except at Edwards, and will be received at all po-ints in Mis sissisppi. An inspection was made at Edwards in order to have any mail ser vice at all in that line. J. F. Hunter, M. D., W. D. Kiger." At the request of the Louisiana State Board, the Mississippi board will send Dr. Frank Nailles, a yellow fever expert, to investigate suspicious cases at California, Tallulah and New Del phi, La. He goes by special train. Last night two guards near Vicks burg halted three men coming in who at once fired upon the guards. The latter returned the fire when a scream from cne of the asailants was heard. The identity of the attacking party is not known. Headquarters of the State Board of Health were established at Jackson to-day. Dr. Kiger went over this afternoon, but will return. AT MOBILE. MOBILE, Sept. 22.—There was a slight increase in the number of new cases of yellow fever during the twen ty-four hours ending at noon to-day. but this was offset by the announce ment that there were no deaths to rec ord; that five patients were discharged, and that all the patients were doing well. There have been no deaths here since Saturday last, and the total number of deaths are three. The to tal number of cases are thirty-four. REPORT OF THE MARINE HOSPI TAL. WASHINGTON. Sept. 22.—Dr. Mur ray, in charge of the yellow fever camp at Ocean Springs, in a telegram to the Surgeon of the Marine Hospital, says that he has just visited Biloxi, and that up to £.nd including the 20th there had been forty-two cases at that place, and two deaths. There were also several undecided cases. He also reported one doubtful case at Ocean Springs, and one certain case in a schooner sent from Biloxi to the Gulf quarantine. He says he has arranged for the protec tion of the fleet. Dr. Murray also stat ed that the camp at Ocean Springs has a greater number of immunes who de sire to go to New Orleans, and that Dr. Wasdin, who was attacked by the fever a week or ten days ago, has re covered, and soon will be ready for duty again. Dr. Geddings, wired from Jackson, Miss., says: "We to-day believe the fever in this State is confined to Ed wards and the Gulf coast." He says there were twelve cases at Edwards yesterday, ten being among the whites and two among the colored people. There have been sixty-eight cases in Edwards and vicinity to date. Dr. Kallock reports from Cairo that all the cases there are doing well, and that the steamer Utalpha, from which the patients were taken, is being dis infected. BANKERS PROTEST. OPPOSED TO THE POLICY OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND. Many Representative Financiers Hold a Meeting at the City of London, LONDON, Sept. 22. —A meeting of the bankers of London, called to protest against the action of the Governor of the Bank of England, Hugh C. Smith, who, at the semi-annual meeting of that institution on Thurs-ay last, read a letter dated July 29th, addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, in which the Governor announced that the bank was prepared to carry out what is laid down as permissible in its charter, namely, to hold one-fifth of the bullion, held against its note issue, in silver, provid ed always that the French mint is again open to the free coinage of silver and the price at which silver is procur able and saleable is satisfactory, was held at the clearing-house to-day. There was a large attendance of rep resentatives of powerful interests. Sev eral of the prominent banks were not represented, but according to the state ments of those who participated in the meeting, their absence was due to the fact that the heads of these banks were not in London. A resolution protesting against the Bank of England's purposed action was adopted. This resolution will be em bodied in a letter to the Governor of the bank, which will be presented to him to-morrow. The bankers who were present at to day's meeting were pledged to secrecy in regard to the proceedings. Robert Benson, who threatened, at the recent meeting of the Bank of England, to sell his bank stock if silver reserves were held, took a prominent part in the meeting to-day. The protest upon the part ot the Lon don bankers is unprecedented, and is the only thing talked about at present in financial circles. RUSSIAN GRAIN CROP. The Dry Winter Caused a Failure in Half the Area Sown. WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.—More de tailed information than has heretofore been obtainable concerning the condi tion of the Russian grain crop is con- j tamed in a report on the subject to the j State Department from United States j Consul Heenan at Odessa. He says the crops over an extensive area have failed. The beginning of the trouble was the dry winter which caused.the failure of half of the wheat sown. With a favorable spring and | resowing the prospects were good, how- j ever, almost up to cutting- time. Then came the wettest season known in t years, and hail destroyed both ripe and unripe grain. In large areas no effort was made to harvest. Samples of the new wheat are infer ior in quality and weight. The yield is from four to six bushels per acre for winter and spring. Barley is discolored and under weight. Rye is much dam aged and will be under the average crop. Mr. Heenan says that but little wheat will be shipped from Russia during the season of 1897-98, for the simple rea son that there is little available for ex port. The failure of the wheat crops in Austro-Hungary, Roumania and Bul garia has brought buyers into Russia from those countries and the wheat will j go to them by rail. How much of this wheat Russia can afford to let go is a question now being discussed. While hints are thrown out that the exports of cereals may be altogether prohibited, the Consul believes these have no foundation, and that the Rus sian Government will never again make the mistake it did in the famine year of prohibiting exports. FOR YOUR FAMILY You want a paper clean intraorals and bright with news. The Record- Union fills the want. WHOLE NO. 17,509. LABOR LEADERS HOLD A COUNCIL. Meet at Washington to Discuss the Various Strike Situations. Resolve to Continue the Struggle in West Virginia and Illinois. Will Endeavor to Effect a Settle ment of the Miners' Wage Schedule Based Upon the Agreement of the Columbus Convention. WASHINGTON. Sept. 22.—The Ex ecutive Council of the American Fed eration of Labor met to-day at the headquarters of the organization in this city to discuss the mining situation. There were present Samuel Gornpers, the President of the A. F. of L.; Secre tary Frank Morrison, Frank J. Gougar of Philadelphia, James Duncan of Bal timore, James O'Connell of Chicago, Mr. Garland of Pittsburg, M. D. Ratchford, President of the United Mine Workers' Association, Cameron Miller of the Ex ecutive Board of the U. M. W., and Frank J. Weber, one of the Federation of Labor organizers in the West Vir ginia mining district. After adjusting some internal mat ters, the subject of the membership of employers and workmen in an affiliated union at Bonner, Mont., was discussed at length by the Council, it being al leged that the working members of the union were not free in the exercise of their rights by reason of the member ship of their employers. A decision was reached compelling the employers and their foremen and bosses to be re leased from their membership in the organization in order that the original purpose for the betterment of wage earners may not be longer interfered with. The dispute existing between tha United Hatters of North America and the St. John Company was also a mut ter of discussion. The executive officers of the Federation will request the firm to recognzie the union of hatters and to grant fair and reasonable conditions to their employes. On application of the Can-makers' Union for a general boycott of firms an tagonistic to the unions, the conclusion was reached that it would be more ad visable and more just to examine fnto each individual complaint, in order that firms who would agree to employ union help might not be placed at a disad vantage, as they would be under a gen eral boycott. The council resolved to continue its present organization in the mining dis tricts of West Virginia and Illinois and also to appoint two additional organiz ers to aid the miners in those States in effecting an early settlement of their wage scale based upon the agreement of the Columbus Convention. The council also has under advise ment the matter of securing assistance to aid the miners to continue to pros ecute the fight until victory shall be complete and general. The council to-night issued an ad dress, which, in part, follows: "A call has gone forth to the trades unions and public for a labor conven tion in Chicago next Monday. The os tensible objects are to take measures in aid of the miners' strike and to offset the sweeping powers of the courts in granting injunctions in defiance of pop ular rights during labor disputes. ' These objects are very commendable, and worthy the active practical support of every trade unionist and every lover of his fellow-man. "But conditions have changed since that convention was agreed upon. This week fully 75,000 miners have gone to work on terms fixed jointly by the min ers and the operators. It is the great est victory gained by trades unions in years. It was won against the combin ed power of wealth, judicial usurpa tions and inhuman tranny. "The American Federation of Labor, believing only in practical methods, has decided to continue its support with or ganizers and money until a complete victory for the miners is won. To this end it calls on its unions and on the public to not halt in their full and un measured aid to this worthy movement. "Many families still need support, and money will be required until the miners are more fully at work and able to help themselves. Let the trade unions be liberal in their donations, un til this struggle is crowned with com plete success. "We can see no need for the labor convention in Chicago next Monday. We advise our unions not to be repre sented there. The money it would cost to send delegates had better go to help the suffering miners and their families. It is not by conventions, irresponsible talk, inflammatory declaration and rev olutionary buncombe that the cause oC labor can be advanced. Violent appeals' to the passions of the multitude can serve no good purpose. It is only by systematic organization of the working people in trade unions, with united hearts and united funds and a frater nity of purpose which knows no bounds of creed, color, nationality or politics that will uplift the masses." American Poultry Association. ELLSWORTH (Kas.), Sept. 22,—The next annual meeting of the American Poultry Association will be held in Boston on January IS, 189 S. The an nouncement is just made by Theodore Steenberg of this city. Treasurer and Secretary. The vote resulted 32 to 22 against Chicago. Destructive Cyclone in Italy. BRINDISI (Italy). Sept. 22.—A cy clone swept over Savare, Oira and La tiono, all in the Province of Leece, yes terday evening. Forty persons were killed, seventy people were injured, twenty houses were destroyed and tele graphic communication was cut off. Condition of the Treasury. WASHINGTON, Sept. 22,—T0-day's statement of the condition of the treas ury shows: Available cash balance, $215,705,033; gold reserve, $14G,751,« 917.