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IKl 3Ui& W-whlig Wr&bi&n&l ntelli&nxX! VOL. XXV. WASHINGTON, SUNDAY, JVEAJRCH 30,189016 PAGES. NO. 2 GUILTY OF WIFE MURDER. SKKTJSNCK 01" DKATH HANGS OVKll AVII.T..IAM DOUGI.ASS. 3InjoBy or tho law Vindicated Deiul Still ness or tho Court Itrolton by the Gronns of tho Convicted Man Incident of tho Trlul. The Criminal Court, Chlct Justice Bingham, was occupied yesterday with the case ot Wil liam Douglass Cross, indicted for the murder of his wife, llattic Cross, In October last. Tho principal witness of tho day was the prisoner, who went over the various phases of his life, and coming down to tho time of his maniago related manylnstanccs ot jealousies on me part of his wife. Sho had often threatened to take the life of any one she caught with him. On tho night of tho tragedy, Cross said, his wife followed him out, as she said she believed ho was going to meet another woman. Wit ness went down Eighth to D street and to Vir ginia avenue, and stepped out in the street to see If a car was coming, and then crossed over, his wife following him still. He went down on C street and when ho came back the car was close up, and as he ran to catch the car he heard tho pistol shot and ran back aud found she had shot herself. Ho halloed, "Help I help! for God's sake, my wife has 6hot herself!" Some young men ran up, and he told them to hold her while ho rau aud told her mother. On cross-examination the witness admitted that he was indicted in November, 1S81, for the murder of James Curry, by beatlug and kicking him, and was charged with having on August 11, 1880, tortured aud beat John Cross, a child under eighteen years of age. At the conclusion of Cross's testimony the defense announced they had no further evi dence to offer. The government called Mrs Turner in rebuttal in order to prove a conversa tion, but on the defense objecting Chief Justice Bingham sustained tho objection. The case was then closed and before proceeding with the arguments the defense oilered a number of prayers for the instruction of the jury on the theory of circumstantial evidence. Assistant District Attorneys Lipscomb aud Arms summed up for tho government, and Messrs. C. Maurice Smith and Joseph bhilling toufor the prisoner. Chief Justice Bingham charged the jury at 5:30, and at 0:15 o'clock they retired to the jury-room to consider the case. At 9:50 o'clock word was sent to the judge that tho jury had agreed on a verdict aud were readv to repoit. It was not expected that a verdict would be reached so early, and the prisoner's counsel did not seem to relish tho aspect of affaire. Cross betrayed consider able uneasiness as the jury filed into the cham ber. After tho meu had taken their places and the criers had rapped for silence, Clerk Wil liams, in a death-like stillness, asked: "Gentle men of the jury, have you agreed on a verdict?" The foreman answered, "We have."' The clerk then asked, "How find you the prisoner, guilty or not cuilty ?" "Guilty as indicted." The announcement was received in dead silence; the only thing that broke the stillness was the groan of Cross as he sank back in his The jury was polled, aud then Chief Justice Bingham remanded Cross to the warden for the second time, with the sentence of death hanging over him. Tho verdict was a surprise to counsel. BISMYRcit's" GOO D-BYE. Ho Manifests Especial Kegard for tho American Minister. Copyrighted by N. V. Associated Press.l Beulin, March 29. Prince Bismarck left Berlin for Frcidrichsruhc, his country seat, to day. Prior to his departure from Berlin to-day Prince Bismarck paid farewell visits to the royal Princes. Later in the day thousands of persons gath ered in tho "Wilhelm strasso aud along tho route to tho railway station to witness tho final scene in the Bismarck drama. Wearing the uniform of the Cuirassiers, Prince Bismarck left the pal ace of tho Chancellor at 5 o'clock in the after noon and entered an open carriage that stood in waiting. As 60ou as he appeared ho was greeted with stormy enthnfiiasm. The windows of the houses In the vicinity were crowded with spectators. The entire route was a sea of waving handkerchiefs. The crowd was so dense that tho ex-Chancellor's horses wero compelled to walk tho entire dis tance from tho palace to tho station. There was a continuous roar of cheering. Following the Prince's carriage camo another carrlago oc cupied by Princess Bismarck and other mem bers of the family. A third carriage was filled with members of tho American Legation. A number of other carriages filled with friends and admirers of the Prince closed the proces sion. At tho station Prince Bismarck, in a hearty voice, hid all farewell, Mr. Phelps, tho Ameri can Minister, and Chancellor Yon Caprivi being among tho last to shako hands with him. Many tears wero shed, and it was altogether an affect ing 6cene. , Iu connection with tho regard evinced by Prlnco Bismarck for Mr. Phelps, it is worthy to noto that on Tuesday last ho denied himself to all others nud received the Minister at a private audience. They spent a largo part of tho af ternoon in a discussion, tho object of which has excited curiosity here. Humor says that tho Prince made a careful statement of recent events with a yIow to tho future. Tho real history of tho chancellorship crisis is still wrapped in mystery, which tho Em peror shows no intention to unveil. Tho appointment of Baron Marschall Bleber stein as Foreign Secretary of Statojhas not yet been gazetted, but tho appointment Is regarded as definite. Ho was born iu 1843. Ho is a hard worker. Tho Buron was formerly Public Prosecutor, and has never been In tho military service, though he has had a long career in tho Reichstag. Ho is a good debater, and has represented Badeu In tho Bundcsrath, since 1883. He is an affable man and a popular favorite at court, Ho has a strong tendency toward state social ism. Tho Cologne Gazette says that he is inti mately acquainted with Princo Bismarck and his policy, nis appointment, tho paper says, is a guarantee of continued peace. Ho will make no chango in tho diplomatic service. . The Six Weeks' Course Of French conversation, at the Masonic Temple, is not merely mechanical but scientific. Dally, one hour or six, without extra charge. Prac tical results, perfect accent aud pronunciation guaranteed, or fee refunded. AIIOIIEK'S DEFALCATIONS. Kept Up Continually .Since Shortly Artor llo Was Elected. Bai.timoui:, March 29. Hazel Dell, t lib homo of State Treasurer Archer, is in a dazed condi tion to-day. His daughter Stella was only In formed yesterday of tho wrong-doing of her father. She was precipitated into such a state of nervous prostration that it was lato nt night bofore the gravest consequences could be averted. The acts of Archer were later made known to Mrs Archer. She keenly felt the blow. Archer's real and personal property is assessed at $28,000. Tho condition of the trust estates which Archer had in charge Is not known, but tho people Interested arc moving in tho matter. Tho box iu the Trust Deposit Company In which the State's securities wero kept was found in tho greatest disorder and confusion. Negotiable bonds, canceled bonds, aud insurance bonds were scattered about. Archer was elected to tho office of treasurer In 1880. In 1SS7 ho beguu his operations, and they have been conducted with method since. Annapolis, March 29. Senator Poo, chair man ot the legislative committee appointed to investigate tho doings of State Treasurer Archer, Introduced a bill to-day In Senate cou tinuint: the committee after the adjournment of Legislature with authority to report to tho Governor. It will be passed. k A THREATENING ASPECT. Awful Gnpa In Mississippi Itlver Embank ments. Nr.w Okleans, March 29. The Picayune's Greenville (Miss.) special says: The operator at Barne's Landing telephones at 8 P. M. that a tremendous current Is coming with the back water from Eastou and Huntington breaks, rising at the rate of two inches per hour. If this is true tho protection levee iu the rear of Greenville cannot last through the night. The Times-Democrat special from Grecuville, Miss, says: '.'A terrible storm prevailed Thurs day night, and caused tho mighty river to over leap its bounds, and 6cek a shorter way to the Gulf by making two awful gaps in the embank ments, which had kept tho water chained for sixty days. But the fury of the storm added to the pressure of the water made the works of earth give way and at places where it was the least expected. Tho break at Skip with is now between six and seven hundred feet wide, and is rapidly in creasing. The river at Greenville has fallen three inches, caused by the breaks above. The levee between Luna and Columbia Landing, Arkansas, broke at 0 o'clock Thursday mornluir, but no particu lars could be learned. The people are taking the matter philosophically, as they have been in Hoods like these before. PAN-AMERICAN RECEPTION. A Grand Reception at tho Arlington Last Night. The reception tendered the foreign delegates to the Pan-American Conference by tho mem bers of the delegation from the United States took place last night. The occasion marked the opening of the new addition to the Arling ton liotel, the whole, lower floor of the exten sion being thrown open. This includes a sulto of three large parlors and dining-room. There was an abundance of floral decorations, potted plants and bouquets of cut flowers, and in the glare of lace and gas jets the rooms presented a brilliant appearance. On a table was an album of Imperial photos of delegates to the conference takeu by order of tho btate Department. Tho guests, several hundred in number, included many persons prominent in official life Secretaries Noblo and Rusk, Gen. Schofield, representatives of tho Diplomatic Corps, almost a quorum of both Senate and House, and members of the press. The affair was quite informal. The guests were received by the United States delegates, and after a short time 6pent iu inspecting tho rooms they sat down to supper. There was no speech-making, but during the evenliur the Marino Band played in an apartment adjoining the dining-room, and tho Lotus Club, of Boston, who wero in the city, sang "Tho Students' Olo King Cole," and "Massa's in de Cold Ground," to the great satisfaction of their hearers. Tho company separated shortly after 11 o'clock. THE TURF. Entries for Monday. Clu'tox, N. J., March 29. The entries for Monday are: First race 1 miles; sellliur. Josh Billings, Havellcr, 124 each; George Angus, Gallus Dan. Taxgatherer, Savage, Hudolph, The Lion, each 119; TJenver, 115. Second race Five furlongs; maidens. Miss Brooke, Gladstone, Harry Irvine, Ida C, May field goldimr, Blondln. Qulutoucss, Stranger, Acorn. Little Jim McCormlck, Foxhlll, Fabian, Komal, each 110. i uird race Ono mile; selling. Sparling, 114; Little Jim, 101; Little Jake, 110; Henry George, 9S; Gendarme, 94; Homp, 91; Mabel, Glenn, 87. Fourth race Seven and a half furlongs; han dicap. Glenraouud, 107: Prlnco Howard, 101; Wild Cherry, 9(1; Bonnie S., 95; Specialty', 91. Fifth race Six and a half furlongs. Clontarf, Capulln, Silver Star, each 123, So So, 120. Ocean, 118; Ncllio Booker colt, Hafter, each 109. Sixth race Six and a half furlongs. Ros mary, Murray gelding, King Volt, Courtier, Wayward, each 123; Dalesman, 120; Kaftan, 120; Vollett, 109. Itacos at Guttenhnrg, N.J. Guttknuuhg, March 29. First race Three quarters of a mile. Lulu won, Teddington second. Time, l:20i. Second race Three-quarters of a mile. Bat tersby won, Halph Black second, Capulln third. Time, l:31i. Third race Half a mile. Alarming won, Priscilla second, Ktttio B. third. Tiino, 0:51i Fourth race Six aud one-half furlongs. Flambeau won, Lotion second, Young Duke third. Time, 1:2-13. Fifth race Seven-eighths of a Jmile. Neptunus won, Ilarwood second, John Jay S. third. Time, l:35i. Sixth race Seven-eighths of a mile. Black thorn won, Waudcrment second, Friar third. Time, 1:85. Liverpool Sprint; Cup Race. Liverpool, arch 29. Tho race for tho Liverpool spring cup of 800 sovereigns, at the Liverpool spring meeting to-day, was won by Mr. Ablngton's five-year-old bay horse Father Confessor. Distress Signals Flying:. Baltimore, Mn., March 29. A Norfolk, Va., dispatch 6ays that a three-masted schooner is off Cape Henry flying signals of distress. All sails are gone. A tug-boat has gone to her assistant. THE LOUISVILLE DISASTER. DISTRESSING REl'OItTS OF THE TElt KI11T..E DISASTER. Loss of litfo by tho Tornado Not So Great as at First Supposed About Ono Hun dred Persons Killed Dcssrlption of tho Cyclone by an Eyo-Wltnoss. Louisville, March 29. It Is now pretty near a certainty that the entire lo3S of lire from tho tornado In this city will not go much above one hundred, if that number 13 reached. Up to this writing tho total number killed at all places whoso bodies have been recovered and of the missing, who It Is reasonably certain are dead, Is eighty-eight. In addition to these thero are about a dozen who ate 60 badly injured that death may ensue, although fatal results arc not an ticipated in most of tho cases. Anywhere from 150 to 200 persons are more or less seriously Injured, and probably 500 to 1,000 have very slight bruises or scratches that do not incon venience them. The Chesapeake and Ohio Southwestern train to leave at 7:40 P. M. did not go out to-night because Cumberland Hiver Bridge, about twenty-three miles this side of Paducah, was destroyed by the cyclone. Day passengers transfer there. The actual loss from a financial standpoint will not be so great as was sup posed at first. The river is strewn with floating debris from the storm from Tenth street to the water-works, and hundreds of skiffs are plying about col lecting tho splintered work. It seems certain now that the estimate of the dead at Falls City Hall has been over tho mark, and that tho total number of persons In tho building at the time it crashed iu was not half as great as first guesses placed the number of deaths there. At a board of trade meeting last evening steps to raise relief subscriptions wero taken. The Secretary of War has ordered that four hundred tarpaulins be loaned to citizens to protect their roofless houses. A telegram was also reported which stjted that Indianapolis had raised $20,000 to be sent if needed. There were offers of assistance from numerous other poiuts throughout tho Union. None of these have been accepted. The spirit which actuates the people seems to be that Louisville will stand by her own people. Mayor Jacobs said that while he was opposed to calling for outside help if a voluntary con tribution were offered he would advise its ac ceptance. The cloud accompanying the cyclone was ob served along almost its entire course by Dr. Lyon, who resided at tho Falls. He says the cloud approached up the gap in the knobs through winch tne umo uows. it was naiioon shaped, twisting an attenuated tail toward the earth. It emitted a constant fusil lade of lightning, ihd seemed to be composed of a lurid, suake-llke mass of elec tric currents, whose light would sometimes suddenly be extinguished for a few brief mo ments, making an almost intolerable, horrible darkness. It was accompanied by a fearful roar, "like that of a thousand trains" crossing tho big bridge at once. It could bo seen to Louisville, and then with incredible ra pidity, rumbling awfully, the awful mass leaped tho river, changing it into white foam as it came toward tho Indiana shore. It appeared to cross near the Louisville Bridge, just over the falls. Dr. Lyon is a gentleman of scientific attainments and a close observer, and watched the storm with a view of ascertaining certain points in the cyclonic movement. Keports of a most distressing nature continue to be received from Hopklnsville and adjoining precincts that were swept by the cyclone. In some places entire farms; houses, barns, and fences wero laid waste, Loss in property is beyond computation. Tne town oi (jaieuonia was entirely uestroyeu. A great deal of valuable stock was killed In every section of this county. There are also reports of a number of persons being injured Dy railing trees anu nouses. A despatch from Gallatin, Tenu., says: "Tho news ot the terrible storm of Tuesday night is slow to obtain aud It will bo to-morrow night before a full list of tho dead and injured can bo had. Buildings between Bledsoe and Eulia in tho path of tlio 6torm are blown away and hun dreds of people are Injured. It Is reported that tho wholo town of Dixon Springs, in Smith County, thirty-five miles dis tant, was swept out of oxistenco by tho angry cyclone. In the path of tho storm are to be found horses and cattle lying upon the ground in great numbers, killed by falling trees and other dC brls. A portion of Marlon, Ky was destroyed and eighteen lives lost. A family consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Montague and four daughters, and tho mother of Mrs. Montague, living in the country eight miles from Marion, . were crushed to death by the falling of their dwell ing. A family boat moored about five miles abovo tho mouth of Green River was dashed to pieces agolnst a tree and a man named Frazler and his wife and sister drowned. An Ocean Disaster. Valparaiso, March 29, via Galveston. A telegram from Ancud announces tho loss of tho steamer Gulf of Aden ou tho 12th instant in 47 south latitude. Tho disaster occurred op posite Tres Montes, 100 miles from tho coast. Forty of tho crew and forty-ono passongers wero saved in four boats. Tho news of tho wreck was given by 6lxteeu survivors who ar rived at Quellou. The Ohio River Flood. Cincinnati, Onio, March 30. The river was fifty-two feet four inches here at midnight, and was falling two Inches an hour. Tho flood ex pected from Thursday's storm has not ma terialized. It is warm, cloudy, and threaten ing at this hour. Manning l'or Mayor of Albany. Albany, N, Y., March 29, Hon. James II. Manning, managing editor of tho Albany Argus, was nominated by acclamation for Mayor by tho Democratic City Convention, which met at noon to-day. Tho 6priug election will bo held April 8. loo Twenty Inches Thick, Troy, N. if., March 29. Ico twenty inches thick is being cut at Bennington, Vt., and the prospect Is the harvest, will continue a month yet. WASHINGTON'S FIRST VICTORY. The " enntcrV Play Good Dull A ficn ulno Surprise l'arly. Yesterday was anything but inviting for base ball, yet many familiar faces passed in through tho gates at Capitol Park to witness tho opening game in the afternoon aud braved the piercing wind for two hours. Of course, nobody expected to 6ecn crowd, consequently tho enthusiasts who did attend wero not disap pointed, not even the two ladies who graced tho grand stand, but they saw a fairly good game of ball. Tho Washingtons, finding them selves yesterday morning without uniforms, tho services of numerous seamstresses and three ma chines were secured, several bolts of a curious color of cloth bought, and President Ilewclt act ing ascutter, the men wero nttlrcd for tho game in first-class shapo before 3 o'clock. Tho oppo nents of the washingtons wero tho strong Rochester team, a member of the Ameri can Association, and as the men had played together last season it was expected that they would ho easy winners against tho uewly-dlscovercd and purely-experimental team of this city. The Washingtons plnyed like genuine ball-players and impressed every ono with the fact that they have tho niakine of a good club. Every man seemed to have his eye on the ball and went to tho bat with the settled determination to hit squaroand solid. As base-runners they proved themselves jewels; indeed, it might be said that their play ing In this regard was an innovation, as tho youthful Senators took every chanco and ran safely and true, Bader securing no less than five clean steals, while Hill, Bird, Jordan, and Nicholas also gave good exhibitions. This fea ture alone will bo attractivo and entertaining to tho patrons of Atlantic Park. As batters they showed up well, for tho Hochestcrs did not give them time to size up any of their pitchers, put ting no less than three In, at every third inning; but still the kids got in some good licks, " Dea con" Hill, the new third-baseman, leading with a clean hit every time at the bat, and ho will no doubt bo a great favorite hero this summer, as he handles lnmsclt like a natural ball-player. Bader also did some good work, whilo Molo ney, the pitcher from whom nothing was ex pected, hit tho ball 6afely once and was fielded out on his hits afterward. As fielders they had lots to do, but tho error column makes tho score look as if it was a comedy. The cold weather and tho fact that two catcheiu, Riddle and Bird, played positions entirely new to them, In a great measure may offset tho largo number set against the homo team. Bader played a splendid game in centre-field. Jordan did all he had to do admirably, whilo Hill played third right up to tho handle. Maloney pitched a splendid game, and showed that he had excellent command over tho ball, used headwork at critical times, watched his bases excellently, and had all the curves down to a nicety. Nicholas backed him up well, his only errors being a dropped thrown-in ball and a bad throw to second. He is a good one. Among tho visitors were such old familiar faces as Knowles, Greenwood, Phillips, McGuire, and Lyons. PhilUakcr umpired satisfactorily. The two clubs will play again on Monday. Tho score of yesterday's game follows, and from it will be gleaned the fact that the Senators won the opening game in a creditable stj'lc. Washingtons. Badercf : Jordan If 1 Whistler lb.... 1 Biid2b 0 BIddlcss 0 111113b 1 Nicholas c 0 Mace rf 0 Maloney p 0 0 o'Solieinerrf 0 1 I 1 0 0 0 Lyonalf 1 0 1 l 0 0 I'Knnwlcs 3b.... 0 1-1 1 1 2 a'Grinin cf o o o o o 5 1 O'Brien lb 10 0 12 1 2 Greenwood 2b.. 1112 0 1 2'l'llillips BS 2 2 0 3 0 0 1 .McGuire anil Ale fi 0 Keough p.... 0 1 S 2 0 Wells and Cala- han p 0 0 0 8 2 Burke : 0 0 0 2 0 Kiti-gcraldii.... 0 113 1 Totals 0 0 271-1 13 Totals 5 7 272111 Washingtons 10 3 0 0 1 1 0 0-C Hochestcrs 1 10 0 0 2 0 10-0 K.irncd runs Washington, 2; Kochcsters, 1. Three base hits Hill and 1'hilllps. Double plays Bird and Whistler. First-base on balls Bird, Bader, Nicholas, Jordan, 2; Grillln. Sacrllico hits Mnce, Whistler, Bader, Greenwood. Struck out By Maloney, 5; Wells, 2; Fitzgerald, 2; Callaham, 0. Passed balls McGuire, 1; McKeough, 1. Umpire linker. A $250,000 Fire in St. IjouIh. St. Louis, March 29. At 0 o'clock this morning an electric light wire set firo to tho five-story elevator of tho John W. Kauffman Milling Company, on Twenty-first street and Missouri Pacific track. The llamefc wero soon beyond the coutrol of the firemen, and quickly spread from the elevator to the mill adjoining. There were 00,000 bushels of wheat in tho ele vator, all of which was destroyed. Sixty mou were working in tho mills and elevator when the fire started. Many had narrow escapes, but all got out in safety. Tho factory of tho Walter A. Wood Reapor Company was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars by water and Haines, Tho elevator and mills cost $200,000, aud tho ma chinery and stock on hand wero worth $80,000. The loss Is covered by insurance. . -- Significant Diplomatic Point. Bisklin, March 20. At tho last state concert Mrs. Phelps, wife of tho American Minister, was seated among tho wives of tho am bassadors. Tho Prlnco of Wales asked Sir Edward Malet, the French Ambas sador, to present him during an Interval In tho performance. Thoy conversed together until tlio penormanco was resumeu. inis is significant as showing tho desire of tho govern ment to compensate the American Minister for his Inferiority in rank, which precludes his ad mittance to tho more private festivities of tho court to which ambassadors uro iuYited. The Deutli of Oornolius Driscoll. Tho afternoon papers published the finding of the coroner's jury In tho caso of Cornelius Driscoll, killed Friday on tho Baltimore and Potomac Railroad while at work jlaylng be tween tho tracks. Tho verdict as published was iucorrect. Tho finding of tho jury holds tho railroad company criminally negligent in not having an look-out in tho engine as it backed down to tho yard. Firo imst Night. Tho residence of Mr. Charles Watkius, 818 Fourth street, was damaged to tho oxtout ot $500 last night. Tho alarm was turned iu at 9 o'clock from box 128 and tho department re sponded and soon had the flames under coutrol. During tho fire some ono stole $40 from tho room of tho landlady. Tho building was tho property of Mr. John Hell. The Turin Bill. It is expected that the Tariff bill will bo re ported to the full Ways aud Mcau6 Committee to-morrow, its consideration by the Republican majority haying been finally concluded yesterday. NAVY APPRO PUIATIONS. IJU'OKTANT FEATURES OF TICK Itlliti AS AGKEKD TO. $22,151,58:$ Provided Throo tlno-of-IIat-tlo Ships Ono Armored Cruiser libe ral K.vponditnros to ho Slntlo In Wash ington Contlnitinp Good "Work. The House Committee on Naval Affairs yes terday completed the Naval Appropriation bill and Chairman Boutcllcwill reportittotho House to-morrow. Tho bill carries a total appropria tion of $22,151,523, which is about 3,100,000 less thau the estimates submitted by tho De partment, although thcsoN estimates did not includu any provision for increase of tho Navy. The total appropriation is $159,013 more than the appropriation for the current year. Tho most Interesting features of the bill arc those relating to new construction, and under this head the comtnlttco has made provision for four new vessels. While this Is a smaller num ber than was expected, tho committee In its re port will call attention to tho factthat tho ves sels authorized to bo built aro of a class far beyond anything our naval architects have yet undertaken iu size, efficiency, aud cost. Fir6t, the bill provides for the construction of three soa-golng, coast lluo-of-battle ships of about 8,500 tons, designed to carry tho heav iest armor and most powerful ordnance. This is not specified in tho bill, but tho intention is to havo constructed ships carrying soventcen inches of armor and correspondingly heavy guns. They are to carrj' coal onough to enable them to stoam at the most economical rate of speed for 5,000 miles without replenishing tho supply; are to have tho highest speed compat ible with other good qualities, and are to cost, exclusive of armament, not to exceed $4,000,000 each. Second, the committee has provided for one armored cruiser of about 7,300 tons displace ment, not to exceed in cost $2,750,000, which is to have a minimum speed of 20 knots an hour. No provision is made for torpedo boats, but an appropriation of $30,000 Is provided for testing tho Ericsson submarine gun, with con ditions upon which in tho event of its success it may be acquired by the Government. For beginning the construction of the new vessels, continuing tho work on those already authorized, and providing armament for them, the bill contains an appropriation of $7,015,000, which is $405,000 more than was appropriated for like purposes last year. A proviso attached to the clauses relating to the new vessels requires ono of the four to be built upon tho Pacific Coast and ono upon tho Gulf of Mexico or tho waters tributary, if thoy can be built at a fair cost. General permission is also given to uic secretary ot tne wavy to build the vessels in Navy lards, if the work cannot be done at reasonable cost by private, contract. Other items in the bill are as follows: For tho armament of vessels, $2,500,000; for tho plant of tho Washington ordnauco shops, $145,000; for a proving ground for heavy osduauceon the Potomac River, $25,000; for the Washington Navy Yard, $15,000. Although the bill has been thoroughly dis cussed, the committee has succeeded in com pleting it considerably iu advance of tho dates upon which the Naval Appropriation bill has usually been reported to the House since the adoption of the policy of naval reconstruction. In the long session of tho Forty-ninth Congress the bill camo into the Houso May 21, while in the final session of the Fiftieth Congress it did not emerge from tho committee until Juno 18. Storm Dummies Hereabouts. Danville, Va., March 29. Information reached here this morning that a violent w'nd storm raged in Patrick County yesterday a ter noon, and that several small houses were blown down. At Stella Rev. O. S. Minter was teaching a singing class in the public school building when a largo tree was blown across the house and crashed through tho roof. Mr. Mlntcr's arm was broken, but the others fortunately escaped in jur'. A conductor on the Danville and Now River Road reports that his entire train came near being blown from tlio track. Baltimoue, Mn., March 29. A high wind with occasional snow Hurries prevailed early this morning, giving tho sun but little show for shining. A despatch from Petersburg, Va., says a gale was blowing last night, rooking houses and prostrating wires, trees, barns, nnd fences. TELEGRAPHIC BRIEFS. Actress Fanny Davenport is 111. Universal sulfrago for Cuba adopted. Rough weather in Chesnpeuko Hay. Lord Salisbury has started for the Ulviora. Lumber yard Salisbury, Md destroyed: loss 87,020. Steamer La Bretngno sailed from Havre for New York. Henry M. Stanley will sail from Cairo for Eng land April 7. Luthcrau Church, Gordon, Pa., destroyed by Incendiary fire. Many of tho striking dook laborers at Liver pool havo returned to work. Dilatory taotics prevented passago by Mary land Scunto of tho high license bill. A French gunboat has been Bunk at ltoehe forto by collision with a man-of-war, Forty thousand cmployfs In. tlio factories In Catalocan, Spain, havo gono ou strike. Baltimore "missing'1 schooner Sohall has gouo to port on account of stress of weather. Tho Bulgarian government has ordered 10,000, 000 manchlicher cartridges from a manufacturer In Austria. William Travnor. station aircnt at Posovvlllo. Ind., was waylaid by tramps whilo on his way homo Thursday, llo was found nearly dead iu a ditch. Baltimore voteran Uuion soldiers and sailors and their sons organized an association to ad vance Interests or soldiers, sailors, their wives, and children. D. II. MoEueu and William W. Rogers have been uppolnted internal revenue storekeepers and gangers iu tho Second Kentuoky District, and Noah L.Cox in Seventh Kentucky. Tho Weather For tho District of Columbia, Marylaud, Dela ware, aud Virginia, fair weather; southwesterly winds; warmer. , , . Thermometer readings yesterday; 8 A. M Jj a T tr j. .. inn.n..Rnt.iin .41. mav milTil 47! minimum, 33; meunielativo humidity, 42.