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VOL xxl·N. XXX 11~-NO, 86 HELENA, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY MORNINGMAY 18, 1892. ~ PRICE FIVE CENTS~ GANS & IK LEEIN =. DNE2DA TO-DAY BEGINS an effort to break all cross-country bicycle records, two swift wheelmen starting from Chicago in a race against time. The first to cover thirty miles will hand a message to another pair of rapid riders, the swiftest of whom will in turn hand it over to another pair of wheelmen thirty more miles away, and so on until New York is reached. IWE LEAD IN OUR PARTICULAR BRANCH OF TRADE. OUR SLAIM Is justified by our suc cess in catering to the tastes of our customers, and we have always found that Honesly Is the Best Poiicy For the merchant who aspires to I n Unblemished ii Reputation And a successful contin S uance of public favor. i j e Invite Inspection S Of our Five Floor~ filled w. ith New Goods. II : :: P GWANS & fL EEIN WAGES OF W IDGMENI Received by Them in Various Lines in Europe and' in America. Annual Report to the President of Carroll D. Wright, Labor Commissioner. Appropriation Bills Dliscssed In Senate and House-A Noley Confab Be tween Two Members. WAmwINOTON, May 17.-The Hon. Carroll D. Wright, commissioner of labor has transmitted to the president his annual re port. In that part of the report relating to cost of livling, facts are given from 5,284 families, representing 27,577 persons. Theae families are distributed through the cotton and glass producing states of the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland, and constitute the most extensive collection of data rela tive to the cost of living that has ever been published. The total average income of families from all sources for different countries, for the number of families for which budgets were obtained in each country, was: For the cotton industry, $657.7(; in the United States, $365.94 in France, $302.11 in Ger many, $556.14 in Great Britain, and $358.56 in Switzerland. In the woolen industry $663.13 in the United States, $424.51 in France, $275.99 in Germany, and $515.64 in Great Britain. In the glass industry, in the United States $859.64, in Belgium $627.65, and in Great Britain $501.69. Bringing these averages into comparison with those of incomes in other industries, as reported in the sixth annual, report, the commissioner finds that in the United States the total average income of families engaged in the pig iron industry was $591.61; in Belgium, $8374.53, and in Great Britain, $456.86. The bar iron workers are a well-paid class, and their incomes per family were as follows: For the United States, $784.11; for Belgium, $359.37; for France, $464.74; for Germany, $282.20, and for Great Britain, $519.99. Looking at some of the items of expenses of families in different countries, and for different industries it is learned from the report that in the United States the aver age oest of rent for the families reported in the cotton industry was $72.58; in France, $34.76; in Germany, $27.96; and in Great Britain, $51.24. For. families engaged in the woollen industry in the United States, $90.87; in France, $33.25; in Germany, $25.45, and in Great Britain, $52.24. For families in the glass industry, in the United States, $109.57; in Belgium, $38.95, and in Great B, itain, $50.73. The sums expended for amusements and vacation indicate very clearly the tendency of the families of workingmen. For the families in the United States in the cotton industry, the average cost was $9.36; in Franee, $16.02; in Germany, $19.338. and in Great Britain, $36.20. The glass workers in this country, however, spent more money than those of any other country for amnasments and vacation. In the United States such expenses amounted to $28.66 per annum; in Belgium, $11.40, and in G:eat Britain, $22.56. The comparisons on intoxicating liquors are as follows: For the families engaged in cotton industry in the United States, so far as considered, $15.98: in France. $15.08; in Germany, $11.41, and in Great Britain, $19.47. In the glass industry, in the United States, $54.84; in Belgium, $45.09; and in Great Blitain, $32.74. The expenditurea for food by the fami lies of the cotton workers in the United States was on the average $287.06; in France. $164.02; in Germany, $142.22, and in Great Britain, $246.50. For the families engaged in the woolen industry: In the United States, $262.85: in France, $186.78; in Germany, $110.27, and in Great Britain, $223.80. lor the families of glass workers: In the United States, $294.75; in Belgium, $237.22, and in Great Britain, $220.96. The reading propensities of the families comprehended in the report constitute interesting points of comparison. The av:rage cost of books and newspapers for families engaged in the cotton industry in the United States was $5.35; in France, $3.78; in Germany, $1.48, and in Great Britain, $5.86. For families engaged in the woolen industry: In the United States, $7.66; in France, $3.33; in Germany. $1.37, and in Great Britain, $6.47. For the families engaged in the gless industry: In the United States, $9.14: in Belgium, $3.82, and in Great Brit ain, $3.44. The total average expenditures per fam ily for all nurpases in the cotton industry in the United States were $610.61; in France, $333.70. in Germane, $282.58; in Great Britain, $502.13, and in Switzerland, $346.68. The families in the woolen indus try in the United States expended $394.0)9; in France, $384.05; in Germany, $281.59; and in Great 3 1itam, $481.64. The fami lies eng.ned in the glass industry in. the United States expended $769.06; in Bel gium, $492.42, and in Great Britain, $460.44. NAVAL A'PP.ROP.RIATIONS, Discussed by the Senate-No Double Tur reted Monitors. WASHINGTON, May 17.-In the senate the naval npiropriation bill was taken up, the pending question being the provision for an inereased navy. McPherson, who, on Friday last. offered an amendment to strike out the house provision for au armored cruiser. and the senate provision for a bat tle ship, and to provide for three, instead of one, harbor defense double tu.neted ships of the monitor type. miodifie. his amend ment, leavin the umniber of monitors at one. iliggins (Del.) favored an increase of the navy, even if it involved an inacruse of the nationst-dlbit. Vilas (Wil.) said the amount of the naval appropriations now imposed might not improperly be described as atpalling, lad he did not think the sen ato hbould go further towards increnasing the ni:vy under present circumstances than the house bill orovided. Vest (Mo.) said he would vote against a proposed inoroeao in every shaeo and form. Allison (Iowa) chairman of the aupro priation comlu ittee, asked the democratic eenntoi to indicate what statutes they would like to repeal in order to reduoc ap propriations now necessary. Vest replied he would repeal the sugar bounty law andt the postal subsidy bill. Allison calculated the amount thise would save at thbout $8,000,00 and said the country is asked to select it delmooertic president and senaite in order that the sugar bonuty and postal sub sidy laws might be repealed Vest replied that that would just be a starter. Allison referred to the condition of the Mublio treasurY, and, among other things, said to the sienators who are distressed about the siilltmg fund that at this time it has thirt;v-four millions to its eiedit, "and the haunees are that before the liocal year every dollar that ought to be applied to it for the year, or within a few mnllions at least, will be applied to it. When the fisnal year ends, we will have, ill steoad of bsndruptay, twenty-five millions of surplus, and probably thirty millions. That is the latest estimate, and I have no doubt we will keep within it. I will ven ture the statement on the twenty-five mil lions, and say that every requirement of the treasury will have been satisfied, and that there will be twenty-five millions of sutplus July next." Mills (Texas) said the report of the seores ttry of thetreasury did not coincide with Allison's statement as to the surplus. Finally a vote was taken on McPherson's modified amendment and it was rejected, yeas eighteen, nays thirty. AMERICAN REGISTIRATION. Asked for Ships for a Company to Be Organized. WAsmenoTon, May 17.-In the senate Chandler introduced a bill to authorize the registration of certain steamships as ves sels of the United States. T'he preamble recited that Austin Corbin. of New York, and associates, propose to organize a con pany to be known as the American Steam ship company, with a capital of at least $10,000,000, for the purpose of constructing or purchasing first-class passenger steamers to run between the city of New York and a port or ports of Great Bt itain, and pro vides that all vessels owned by such com pany, of not less than 7,000 tone, capable of a speed of not less than nineteen knots an hour, acquired by purchase or otherwise, after the ptassage of the act, shall be entitled to receive American registers in accordance with the conditions of the act of May 10, 1802; provided the company shall show to the satisfaction of the secretary of the treasury that it has built or contracted to have built in an American shipyard, a vessel of equal or greater tonnage with such foreign built ship; also provided that no register shall be issued a foreign built ship until the company shall have acquired or applied for the registry of at least two such foreign built ships, with specified capacity and speed. The Lie Not Passed. WASHINGTON, May 17.-When the house went in the committee of the whole on the sundry civil bill, Pickler (S. D.) moved to increase the appropiation to meet expenses of protecting timber on public lands from $120,000 to $240,000. Lost. During the discussion of this motion Otis (Kan.), Wilson (Cal.), Bowers (Cal.). and Saod crass (Tenn.) engaged in a noisy contro versy as to whether the law is efficiently executed. Bowers and S.nodgrana had a difference as to some remark that was made by the former, or which Snodgraes under stood him to make, and although the lie was not passed, "I did not," and "You did" style of argument was indulged in, to the amusement of members. The Mineral Land Bill. WASHINGToN, May 17.-A bill providing for the examination and classification of mineral lands in Montana and Idaho was to-day reported to the house from the com mittee on publia lands. The object of the bill was to prevent the acquisition of lands said to be rich in minerals by the No thern Paoifio Railroad company under its land grant. THE CREVASSE WIDENED. And Hope of Repairing It Has Been Aban doned. NEw ORLEANs, May 17.-This morning the Gypsy crevasse widened out to such ex tent that all hope of closing it ,has bben abandoned. Water is sweeping over plan tations to within a few miles of Kenner. About eight miles of the Mississippi Valley railroad track have been covered and traffic over the submerged portion is abandoned. The location of the break is about twenty five miles above this city. The exact course the overflow water will take cannot be determined until it has reached its level. It is now going back into the swamps in the rear of the plantations and thence will likely find its way to Lake Ponchaetrain. News from Vicksburg says that a steady southerly wind at twenty miles an hour was blowing all day and occasioned much anxiety for the levees, which show signs of softening in many localities. A special from Paris, Texas. says that immense floods in Red river are doing great damage and lumbermen are suffering greatly. Higher Than in '44. PArns, Tex., May 17.-Recent rains raised the Red river and water spread out over the bottom lands for a distance of one to three miles, ruining crops on thousands of acres of rich farming land. A rise is reported from above and the river is expected to pass the high flood mark of 1844. In many places the river is changing its bed, which reans the utter annihilation of thousands of acres of land. Much stock has been lost and human life is in danger in many places. More than $100,000 worth of logs have been lost already in the freshet. An Eleven-Foot Rise. LITTLEr liooi, Ark., May 17.-Reports of an eleven-foot rise in the Arkansas river at Wichita. Kan., and of heavy and incessant rains in the entire Arkansas valley during the day, created great alarm among the in habitants of the lower Arkansas valley. North Little Rock is in danger of being submerged and thousands of acres of cotton lands in the country are already over flowed. OTHER INDUSTRIES INVOLVED. Far-Reaching Effect of tile Strike of the Granite Cutters. NEW Yoanr, May 17.-The strike of men connected with the granite industry, against the New England Contractors' association, is rapidly assuming larger proportions. It is estimated that fully 50,000 were out at the hour for beginning to-day's work. The buildine business is completely prostrated. Ove a dozen barges are anchored in liar lenm rivea, and New York bay, laden with boycotted stone. Thle monument industry was attacked to-day. Wherever non-unlon stone is used the men were ordered to re fuse to handle it. This attack oil the mon nmont industry will be extended to all parts of the country. It is believed this branch alone will take out 5,000 men. Com nmittees went out to-day to investigate all jobs going on, with instructions to call out the omen wherever Loll-union stone is used. It is expected that in a few days fully 100,000 men will be on a strike. CONTRIA IRY I)EMONS'I'TRATIONS, Madie by theC Firle, nds antd O),pponents of m'residoen 1)hlsz. Crrv or Mixico, May 17.--To-day thous euds of workmen ibelonging to the various labor societies paraded and marched to the palace of Diaz to congratulate him on his re-election. lIands of students hold cobn trary dolloustrations. The rivals met in LIaoialo anti fought. T'he students were defeated. Itafael [teycz Spindela, editor of El Universale, the largest dally here, wile recognized by the studeits, who nassailed imn with opprobrious epithets- Its charged the students, the mnob following, and thit students fled in disorder. (on. larballedo, chief of police, arrested Spendela, but he clliumed itulmunity, being a deputy to con gl'ss. IVeaterdai the studleuts held an anti Dinz imeetilng ruid tried to seize the cathe dral towers and ring the bells. The fire brigade tu lned out and played water upon them and they fled. A cyclone upset several houses at Covey, Pa., and did conslderable'damage. IHE GRAND LODGE K, OF P. Now in Annual Session at Great Falls With an Excellent Attendance. The Order Has Had a Very Satis factory Growth During the Year. trand itall at Night-Two Mere Men Meet Sudden Death In the Anaconda Mine. OfeArT FALLS, May 17.-S1pecial.1-The Grand Lodge. K. of P., met at 10 a. m. The secretary presented an exhaustive re ports in which he reviewed the growth of the order in the state. The membership of the order up to Jan. 1 was 1,306. an increase of .208 in the last year. Two new lodges, oner at Lewistown and one at Sand Coulee, have been established since Jan. 1 and have a combined membership of about 100. The financial condition of the order in this state is excellent and all lodges are in pros perous and flourishing condition. The see rotary, in his report, calls attention to the fact that certain property in defunct Cres cent Lodge No. 4, of Benton, is now in the hands of Jbre Sullivan, formerly 1). D. G. It also refers to the statement of a mem ber of said lodge that cash and investments amounting to $709.26 had been divided among certain individuals, and retom mending an investigation of the report. George W, Taylor, of Great Falls, was ap pointed assistant keeper of records and seals. The grand master of finance re ported for the finance committee. The following committees were then ap pointed for 1892: Returns and credentials, Harry ltingwald, Thomas MeTeague, M. Harris; distribution. E. Vaill, Jacob H. Hechler, Ben Pizer; finance and mileage, Harvey Bliss, Thomas Trevelle, L. Eisen berg; appeals and greivances, J. E. Dough erty, N. J. Scott, John Dahling; charters and by-laws, George T. Young, D. T. Cohen, Robert Julien; law and supervision, J. S. Hammond, L. A. Walker, W. E. Wright; state of the order, N. J. Scots, Taylor Johns, A. S. Wright; foreign corres pondence, H. L. Knight, J. S. Harriagton, N. J. Dinsmore; consti tutional amendments, A. E. Dicker man, S. N. Moore, W. J. Robertson; printing and supplies. Jacob Loeb, C. S. Whitney, E. H. Talcott. At the afternoon session a special order was made for the conferring of degress. The grand repre sentatives also arrived this afternoon. The matter of revision of the constitution and by-laws was then taken up and dlscussed in committee of the whole, but action post poned, To-ntigft members of the grand lodge were entertained at a grand ball at the Park hotel. The attendance was very large and a most enjoyable time was had. MORE ANACONDA VICTIMIS. Two Miners in an Unaccountable Manner Fall Into a Chute. BUTTE, May 17.-[Special.]-Two more men met with fatal accidents at the Ana conda mine to-day. They were Morris Shea, aged 19, and Mike Burns, aged 45. The men were employed on the surface, shoveling waste into a chute, running down to the 200 level, and some time during the forenoon, in some manner unknown, both men fell head foremost into the chute, and must have been instantly killed. The accident was not discovered until about six o'clock this evening when a carman on the 200 drew a load of waste from the chute and one of the dead men came through. They were at once removed and taken to the morgue and an examination revealed the fact that Burns' neck was broken and Shea's skullorushed. It is said that Barne' had been subject to fits and the only plausible theory of the accident is that he must have been taken with a fit, and in falling polled Shea with him into the chute. Both men were single, Burns having no relatives here, but young Shea has a father and mother living here. None of the bodies of the remaining five men under the cave-in of Saturday have been recovered yet, and it will be several days before any of them are reached. ADMIT THE KILLING. lBut Claim That It Was Done In Sell Defense. irED LODGE, May 17.-[Special.]--In the Sweeney-Willett shooting case Coroner Moore, of Big Timber, arrived to-day, ox amined the body of deceased, and decided that an inquest was not necessary. The preliminary examination began at seven o'clock this evening before Keyser Brown, justice of the peace. County Attorney Miller, of Livingston, is condUriting the case for the state, and John T. Smith, of Livingston, W. F. Mover and A. P. Mc Anelly, of Red Lodge, appear for Sweeney. lint one witness was examined this evening when court adjourned until nine o'clock to morlow morning. The defense admit the killing and claim it was done in self-de fense. The interest in the case is intense and the hall was packed with spectators. B.ller Exploded. Brur,rNos, May 17.-[Special.]-At one p. m., just as the east bound freight, with thirty-seven cars, were pulling out of Bill ings a boiler exploded and eight cars were piled upon the track. Firemaen Wmi. Decamp was thrown out and died in live minutes. The head brakeman, Norman Davie, who was standing in the gangway, were also thrown out and severely scalded and his wrist frac tured. Engineer William Jones miracru lonely escaped with slight injury, though under the debris of the wrecked cab. Conductor Powell and .Brake man C. S. Wilson were slightly oat about the face. A wrecking gang eleared the wreck by 10 p. mn. Deceased leaves a widow and child living at For sythe. An inquest will be hold to-morrow. (I. A. It. Camp. Mmenrsou,, May 17.--lSpooial. ]-The meru hers of post No. 11, G. A. It., of this city, have completed their arrangements for the nmtertainmluent of their brother members of the (t. A. II. who will convene here in the eighth annual state camp on Thursday. ''he programme is a varied one andincludes musie, speaking, a banquet and drives around the city. .0IL AND AGAINST CLEVELAND. Georgia Democrats Will Have a Lively STime To-Day. ArLANTA, Ga., May 17.-Every prominent democratic politiilan in the state is in the city to-night and the breach between the two divisions of the party in the state is growing wider and wider. A few tfar-seeing politioians are on the ground, counselling moderation and compromise, but their warnings are unheeded in the mad rush that is being made by the Cleveland and anti-Cleveland men to control the conven tion. The result of the primaries held yes terday and to-day was such as to give en couragement to the Cleveland men, but the activity of their opponents more than counterbalanced the result and the Cleve land faction to-night in fearful it may be outgeneralled by the astuate politicians of the other side, Indeed, if outward mani festations are to be relied upon the Cleve land men to-day were compelled to change their programme and recede from their de mand for an instructed Cleveland delega tion. They claim they will elect such emphatic Cleveland men that they will not need instructions. Rival meetings to-night were largely attended, and as about 160 delegates par tieipated in the proceedings of each, it could not be seen that either had the advantage from a numerical standpoint. United states Senator Colquitt was the principal speaker at the anti-Cleveland meeting, while Heon. H. F. Richards, editor of the Atlanta Journal, addressed the Cleveland meeting. The Cleveland meet ing selected ex-Senator Polk Borrow as candidate for chairman of the convention and decided unanimously as to candidates for delegates. The anti-Cleveland meeting selected Hon. J. M. Robinson as candi date for chairman and decided to hold an other meeting to-morrow to select candi dates for delegates. SORME VERY YOUNGU MEN. Who May Yet Grow Into the htature of Democrats. ANN AnnOn, Mich,, May 17.-The first guns of the campaign of 1892 were fired here to-day by Gov, McKinley, John M. Thurston, Gen. Alger, J. Bloat Fassett and other prominent republican leaders. The occasion was the organization of the Na tional League of College Republican Clubs, for which delegates were present from thirty colleges from Maine to California. The convention was called to order about noon by President Burke, of the University of Michigan club. A. E. Ewing welcomed the delegates. Mention of Blaine in the address of welcome was the signal for an ovation. This afternoon the convention perfected organization by adopting a constitution and electing officers, One of the principal objects of the organization of these college republican clubs, as stated in the platform, is to counteract the impression that college men are free traders, and foster the de velopment of the healthy study of political economy. A grand banquet was held this evening, at which there were over one thousand guests. Gen. Alger responded to the sentiment, "The Republican Party on Guard." When Gov. McKinley arose he was greeted with a round of applause which lasted five minutes. He opened his speech with commendation of the work of the young men who had undertaken the or ganization and outlined the history and policy of the republican party. McKinley declared that protection to American in duastries and American labor against all the world is the essential, fundamental code, in republican principles, as it ever was ir that of the old whig party. Opposition to these constitute the armor and arsenal of the democratic party. CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS. Tariff Reform and the Regulation of Railroads Are the Issues. FRESNo, Cal., May 17.-The democratic state convention was called to order here this afternoon. J. D. Ostrom and D. B. D. Murphy were placed in nomination for chairman. E. E. Leake, who placed Os trom in nomination, said that Ostrom reo ognized the fact that all issues in the com ing campaign must be subordinated to the issue of tariff reform, and that Grover Cleveland is the candidate of the people and the one under whom all democrats must fight. At mention of Cleve land's name there was great en thusiasm. The speaker also said that no measure for regulating and reform ing railroad abuses had been considered in California with which Ostrom had not been identified. Jackson Hatch, in nominating Murphy, declared that tariff reform and the regulation of railroade must be the great issues in the campaign. He denied the assertions that the county delegation to which Murphy belongs would send no one to the Chicago convention who is not in favor of Cleveland. The roll call resulted in the election of Murphy as chairman by a vote of 246 to 283. Upon taking the chair Murphy made a five minute speech, in which the name of Cleveland was not men tioned. NOT YET DECIDED. Clarkson Says 7,000,000 Republicans Have Not Malde U!p Their Minds. CHCAGOo, May 17.-Chairman Clarkson, of the republican national committee, ar rived this morning from Hot Springs, Ark., fully restored to health. To a reporter he said: "Seven million republicans who will be represented at Minneapolis have not made up their minds regarding a candidate. The results of the state conventions clearly show this. 'T'heRe will be more uninstructed delegates to the Minneapolis convention than was ever known in the history of the republican party. The northern states and states which onast electoral votes which will elect have almost all sent uninstructed del egations. Thie majority of instructed dele gations will come from southern states. Some editors and federal office holders claim the nomination is settled al!eady. 1 certainly do not think so, but as for being a party to ally conspiracy for the nonlina tion of Blaine, Sherman or Harrison, I de sire to enter a protest. I will keep out of the contest and cast my vote for whomso overI determine will be the winner. With out much doubt there will be several bal lots ceSt. The mlan must lbO very popular who would secure the nomination on the fitrst ballot when such a large proportion of the delegates are uninstructed." I)Dlsware lemocrats. I)ove:, Del., May 17.-'l'The democratic state convention, hold here to-day, elected the following delegates to the national democratic convention: Hion. Thomas F. ltayard, lhiram It. ltorie, Gov. ttevnolds, Itichard it. Kenney, Jno. Causey and Will iam L. Siuau. 'LT'h resolutions denounce the McKinley bill, oppose the free coinago of sliver, and strongly endorse Cleveland. Th'le dele.ation was not instruOted, but all favor the nomination of Cleveland for pres ident. Missouli Denmocratic C'onvention,l litsoanteOt, May 16. - ISpcial.] -- The county democratic central commlttee met this evening and called a county convou tion, June 7, to be held in this city, for the purpose of electing delegates to thu state convention at Bozeman. All Prisoners Eseapedl. LANoNa, Wyo, May 17.-A successful jail break was made here last night by which all the prisoners escaped. A deputy sheriff who attempted to rea.pture them was fatally injured. Among the escaped pria ounrs are Bliss and Collins, two of the most notorious horse thieves of the west. NO LIMIT TO THE TIME, The Committee on Itinerancy Report in Favor of an Unlimited Pastorate. Treatment of Negroes in the South Denounced in Most Vigor ous Language. The Great Methodist Church .ouads the Alare-MisWlonary Secretarles and Book Concern Agents. OMArrA, May 17.-Bishop Bowman pre sided at this morning's session of the Methodist conference, The committee on itinerancy reported in favor of the abol iehment of the five year limit on appoint mnent of pastors, and recommended that bishope be permitted to appoint pastors every year without reference to places to which ministers had been assiened the previous year. As the church law has stood many years a pastor could not remain at one place longer than five years in succes sion. The report was made a special order for to-morrow morning. The committee on state of the church brought in a report fairly bristling with denunciation of outrages practiced on ne groes in the south. It called on the gov ernment, states, church and all good citi zens to rise and abolish these outrages. The resolution declared the colored people are treated shamefully on trains, in hotels, shot down like dogs, and the law of the land trampled under foot by people who despised the colored race. The report caused a great stir. A number of dele gates made vehement speeches, calling on the great Methodist church to sound the alarm and stand firmly for the rights of the colored people. The report was unani mously adopted by a rising vote. Order of the day, the election of officers of the book concern, etc., was then called. Dr. Sanford Hunt and Dr. Homer Ea ton. who have been agents of the New York book concern some years, were nominated. Fields, of Philadelphia, attempted to make a statement in regard to the management of that business, but was ruled out of order. He claims the concern has been badly managed; that with a capital of $2.000,000, it showed a profit of only $40,000 the last four years; with a business of $900,000 last ye ar, $600,000 still stands on the books un collected. Dr. Hunt says in explanation that a large amount of the nominal capital is locked up in a building used by other departments of the church and brings no rent; that the whole capital of the concern has been made from nothing, by the con cern, and the debt does not represent money sunk. On ballot the nominees were elected with little optosition. Nominations for agents of the Cincinnati book concern were Dr. W. R. Halstead, Dr. Louis Curtis, Dr. Cranston, Dr. W. P. Stowe. Dr. Samuel Pemberton, Dr. J. D. Hammond, Dr. L. A. Belt, Hon. Samuel Dickey and Samuel H. High. Pending count of the ballot the conference pro ceeded to the election of three secretaries for the missionary society. The nomina tions were T. S. Neely, Chaplain McCabe, Dr. J. 0. Peck, Dr. H. B. Leonard, Wm. Jones, Dr. J. W. Hamilton, Dr. A. J. Palmer, Dr. S. L. Bardwind. By resolu tion Rev. John M. Reed was made honor ary secretary of the missionary sooiety. The report of the ballot for agent of the Cincinnati book concern showed the elec tion of Dr. Earl Cranston, the only one who had a majority of the votes cast. A seco:.d ballot was ordered for the other agent. The committee on church extension, pending the report of the latter, reported, recommending that provisions be made for kneeling of an audience during worship. The vote for missionary secretaries was an nounced, the result showing the election of McCabe, Peck and Leonard, who were sec retaries during the past four years. The conference adjourned without get ting the result of the second ballot for agent of the Cincinnati book concern. THE LIVERY OF THE CHURCH. Which Served to Shield Him in Working for the Evil One. LoNDoN, May 17.-There appears to be an epidemic of assaults on women traveling alone in railway compartments. Yesterday a painter named Windle was arrested at Retford for assaulting a cook named Han nah Cordock, in a railway carriage. The prisoner was arraigned to-day and remanded for trial. Another case, which is all the blacker from the fact that the offender is a minister, was reported to-day. Rev. Ken nedy Bell, rector of Little Bedwin, in Wilkeshire, was traveling in company with Miss Britau, daughter of the Kithbury station master. lie spoke to the girl and she, seeing he was a clergyman, entered into conversation with him. He finally made an improper proposition, which she indignantly spurned, but he took advant ase of superior strength and indecently assaulted her, though not until she made a desperate struggle did she escape. When the train reached Great Bedwin, Miss Britan got out but did not mention the assault to the guards, telling her parents, however, as soon nas possible what had be fallen her. The train proceeded on its way and Miss Abe:y a telegraph operator took Miss BIritan's seat in the compartment. Bell engaged her in conversation and at last tried to fondle her. She repelled his advances, but hie persisted and orasped her about the waist. Despite her frantic ef forts to free herself he succeeded in as saulting her. As usual the oommunicaton cord was not in order, and both girls, though they shrieked for help, were not he.trd. After Bell committed the crime, he talked to Miss Abery, pointing out to her the disgrace that would accrue to her should she tell of the affair, but she re fused to listen and at the next station no. titled the guards of the occurrence, and the reverend scoundrel was taken into custody. Sho tly afterward the police were informed of the assault made upon Mise Britan. Bell, who is a matrried man, with two children, heretofore has born an excellent repute tion. The girls are also of the best ohar coter. The affair caused wide spread in dignation and the feeling against Iell is very bhitter. He was remanded for trial. Blought I'ronmiing tIron Iines. Culat.uo, May 1G.--Negotiations have been closed here for the purchase of vast beds of iron ore in liHnover valley, N. M. The purchase will open up a new iron field the extent and wealth of which was never reckoned by steel manufacturers. The company, when formally incorporated next lSeptember, will complise a corporation owning probably the l ichset ore deposit in the United States. 'I'he property includes thirty-one mining claims at anl estimated value of from $15,t)0O,000 to $"5,000,000. The purchasesr of the property are said to be Horace Brock, owner of the Cornwall mines near Lebanon. Pa.; A. 1t. Anfer Norre, of the great Norie mines of the upper tpeinula . Michigan; Winm. arri man, of a New York banking firm; L. W. liarricger, of Philadelphia; Wia. H. Simp. son of Itoston; Fred Crocker, veie-president of the Tnion Pacific, and many other prout inent persons. The amount paid for the proverty is not known. Work has already banu and the property will be rapidly d.s veoped.