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NEW YORK, THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1S97.-TWELVE PAGES. PRICE THREE CENTS. AN ARMISTICE PROPOSED. TEE POWERS TAKE ACT10X. *_ COLLECTIVE NOTE SPPMlTTEP TO THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT. TUB FORTE ABKED TO BHR7I ORT-ERB TO ARREST TB- PROGR?5R9 OF IT9 TPnnPS?-I,.ATEPT XEJWP FROM ECROPKAN CAPITA-- RE GARDiNO nuvCI CONDITIONS. Cor.etRntlnople, May 12.?The ambassadors of the Powers held a prolonged conference to-dny, at the close of which they presented to the Turk? ish Government a collective memorandum pro? posing an armistice between Turkey and Greece on tho basis of the negotiations for peace now In progrt-ss through the Powers. The memorandum, which wa.? presented to Ahmed Tewflk Pacha, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, by the Dean or th?> Diplomatic Corps. Paron do Callee, the Austr-i-Hungarian Ambasradnr, enumerates the c<?n<litlons wlijeh have been acci pted _rjr Qteece, and li?es the Perte to Issue the ne? Issary orders to arrest the progress of the Turkish troops. London. May 18.?Th? Athens correspondent cf "The Pally Telegraph" says. "Py the r-rnr's express e??mmand Count Muravleff, the Russian Foreign Minister, h8B Instructed M D* Nelldoff, the Pussian Am? bassador at Constantinople, to insist peremptor? ily upon a cessation of hostilities by Turkey. "I also learn that Count Muravleff has de? cided to have an Assembly elected In Crete in order to ascertain the true Cretan opinion. If the Cretans reject autonomy, the entire question will be reconsidered. "This attitude la full of h?re for Crete and The Berlin correspondent of "The Pally News Bays he learnB on excellent authority that the Turkish Government demands a war indemnity of f3,?0?DO,000 and the right to occupy Thesaaiy Until it Is ?aid. The correspondent of "The Pally Telegraph" bt Constantinople Bays the Pultan resents the mediation of the Powers and decires to negotiate with Greece directly. If this Is refused Turkish ?smands will be more exacting. The Rome correspondent of "The Pally Mail" "I ascertain at the Pallan Foreign Office that Turkey will certainly accede to the r.quest for an armistice, and ?aifl place herself In the hands cf the Powere. The general conditions of in? demnity and a strat-gi?- rectification of frontil*, Upon which Turkey insists, have been ?already acquies?a in bv the Powers. It 1?? probable that the Powers will land additional troops in Trete." Paris, May 12? Acordlnp to a dispatch re? ceived here from Constantinople all the ambas? sadors of tho Pow rs then hare pgreed upon the question of mediation between Turkey and GreeOB, arc: only a i-w details as to Its form re? main to be settled, FIGHTING IMMINENT IN THESPALY. KLUEM PAPUA HAS ESTARblr-lTD _0__DCJU_JU TEHS AT rHARriAl.'?S. Pharsa'.os, May 12.?important fl-rhtlr.R is ex? pected here between the Turks and Greeks un? less an armistice is immediately agreed upon at Constantinople. Edhem Pacht?, the Turkish Commander-in Chief, has established his headquarters on a hill ODr"--slte Pharsalos. The Greek Irregulars are raiding parts of Thes ?.*r_l-r. -nd irregular Greek immn/imve aAiajwielM *,to cut tho Turkish line of communication with E.assona. Constantinople, May 12.?-A decree issued to? day by the Council of Ministers orders a bat? talion of gendarmes to be dispatched to Larissa, and also appoints the former Ottoman consuls at Volo, Larissa and Trikha.a to be kalmakams, or administrator?? of those districts, with power to organize Turkish administration in those parts of Greece, The fourth batch of wounded Turkish soldiers has arrived h?-re. The f-ultan ? ill personally defray the cost of the war medals which are to he presented to the Turkish troopa which have taken part In the campaign against the Greeks. London. May 18? A dispatch to "The Stand? ard" from Constantinople says; "An imperial irade has been issued directing military governors to give preference to natives, Wherever possible, in making official appoint? ments. In Thessalv the official reports are not favorable. The Turkish reconnolsance in force at Domoko has been repulsed, and the attack on Arta, which promised to be stressful, has also resulted In n check. It is believed that Edhem Pacha is developing an nutflankinp; movement with tro right and left wlr.gs with a view of rend? ring the Greek position at iJomoko untenable." ?NEA8INES- AT ATHENS. Impatient at tug i ft-ay ok TH! POW-tM? AGITATION FOR A gBPCVUG Athens, May 12?The fact t_at there is no pews of renewed fighting mus*, be regarded an ?rood n--ws, but an uneasy feeling exists here. The Turks are trying to ou'.flank the Greek "position at Domoko. and the delay in the Porte'a reply is also interpreted to mean that Turkey ?3rs not Intend to cease hostilities. Telegrams from the front report that both armies are concentrating in anticipation of an engagement. The city continues quiet, though it Is believed that the numerous Italian volunteers and Po ClallBtl now liere will endeavor to foment a revo? lution leading up to a republic. Put th? Greeks are devoted to the monarchical Mea. and the worst that is likely to happen will be a change of sovereign. The return of the Crown Prince Constantin to the capital might produce dIsturbanceB, but he is likely to be discreet enough to avoid Athens for a time. The "Ar-ty" approves of the decision of the Government to accept mediation, and urges calmness and obedience on the papers which help to aggravate the situati-m. Th?- "Acrop lia" aaserta that the decision of the Powers should be respected, an?l discusses the chancea] of an honorable per.ee. Th- "Krilrl" attacks Premier RalU for seeking peace, and other newspapers urge th<> Govern? ment sr? to organbM for defence that, if peaoe la lmpo>Baible, it can continue the war on the most tevorable condltlona. London, Mrrv 13.?-Th? correspondent of "The Time?," ?at Athens says: "ABute anxiety Is felt here because of the ab MMa of any ?flews from General Smolenski's col? umn. "?*lngto the delay in arranging the armistice, the Government ha- ftddretawd a strong protest to tho Povrvrt, st?lining to bear the r. spohslblllty should further Uoo?_s_4>d ,? cur and l?-ad to seri? ous complications. "As M. RaPJ r-xplalns to me, the Government 18 in a s-rious predicament. jn order to secure i:.<-?i;ati.,n it has compromised its-If in the eyes of both Greeks and Crelara ?rithout obtaining a positive guarantee that Turkey rill cease hostil? ities^ should the war be rammed the position of the Government will be most m* avfc?bJe." GREEK TROOP1 MAY Leave CRETE ?mO?AlM Or ?THO. HI/?'-KA],iM- KI.KKT !N K'-HMr.i, ok Tin: WUHM Of 1 in; i?,wki:s. Constantinople, May |J Th.- Admirais in eommand of th.? foreign Oeeta in Cretan waters have been informed of the mediation of the Powers i. twaen Turkey and Greece and have been Instructed to permll the departure of the -.reek iroopa from the Islam) of Crete ?sA.,ii",",\.-Miiy r~ " '? -fflclally announced mat the Powers have Informed the Greek Oov wnment thai the G reel trooj i maj leave the island ?-f < ret. and thai the Admirals of the ^.'"inr.'i ?:,,] fleet will releas? the at earners ?Mndon, J6ay 18.?'The Times" correspondent w -'ueiia says: "It is feared that autonomy will ?I?, to pacify Crete, owing t?. the opposition of ? " ' r''-?t- Mah?,metans in th?' island. Th??v "???.? t that autonomy win end in union with ????ft wh,!? tho lns?rgents are still defiant and ? aaji? ti.jk of resisting the departure of the .reek troojis." -?, oAP-n-nn op a Turkish stkamer. TAKEN IIY (?Iil'IX "A'AR VESSEL? OFT THE COAST Of* APIA MIN'ott. Athena. May 11? Advices received here to? day from the island of Rklothos, off the cast coast of the Yrilo peninsula, ray that (he Greek gunboat Peneua and the Greek torpodo-boat No. 14 captured yesterday, off the Inland of Tor.odos, on the west ma: t of Asia Minor, a Turkish steamer having on bi.ard lull Turkish soldi) rs. six ofti-ers, .'i'?. .Mar? tini rifles, seTsra] thoutmntl cartridges, six quick lire TUns, various ?nililary st?u ? *? and 14.1 mm ? (920,000) in cash. The nvney was found upon a Turkish major, who was one of th.- officers captured The Greek warships took the prize to the Island of SkiathoH. A report that there were German officers on the Turkish Htenmer Is denied. -?, THR POPP ANT) TUP, fSPLTAN*. WHT ItKLATION'i? RET WEEN THE VATP'AN AND Tin: nUlll kiosk CKASi:].. London. May l.'l?The Horre correspondent of "The Standard" gives to-day the history of the discontin?ame of relations bStWSSn lbs Porte and the Vati.-an. He says: "Last Bumni'T the Pope In an autograph let? ter lil**S~Ci1 the Bultan to protect the Christians In Crete. The Papal delegate. M'.nsigr.or I'onettl, obtained an audl.-nce at the Yildiz Kiosk and formally presented the letter. "The Sultan, evidently irritater], said In an undertime In Turkish: 'Who's this Pope that's always meddling in the affairs of our State?' and then aloud in French: 'Tell His Holiness thnt it If? my constant ?'are to attend to the wel fare of all my sul.jeets.' "The Pope, deeply offended at seeing his plana for the Eastern ehnr?hes upset in this fashion, tried another letter last October. This had a better reception, but was never answered, and there have been no direct communications be? tween the Vatican and the Porte since." RX-EMPRESS EI'GENIE'B WISHES. URGING TUB APPOINTMENT OK A no.N'APAUTI* riiiN.'i* to nri.T* crete. Vler.n-?, May 12.?The "N'eue, Freie Presse" eaya ex-EmpreBB Eugenie is urging the appointment of a I'op.apnrtist Prince for the ruWship of the Island of Crete, under th? autonomist regime proposed by the Powerp. AT'STRIA'fl RELATION'S WITH RPSSIA. I>AH"N I1AMTY MAKES A F0HMAL STATEMENT IN' THR HUNGARIAN MET. Budapest, May 12.?In the lower house of the Ilugarian Parliament to-day Raron P.anffy, the Premier, replying to Interpellations with respect to the recent visit of the Emperor Francis Ji.s.ph to St. Petersburg, said: "Austrla-Hungnry'H position toward her allie.? Is unchanged. The Triple Alliance Is not one of those short-lived politl.-al combinations which can easily be replaced by other arrangements. The Triple Alliance constitutes the unrhang" able basis of Austria's foreign policy. It is ab? solutely peaceful and therefore allows its mem? bers to enter into friendly agreements with other Power?. "Russia, like Austria-Hungary, has declared that she is not pursuing selfish ends ir. the East, but that she has as h?-r only aims th" main? tenance of ordiT. security and the preservsv tion of th" status quo. In the light of these facts I declare positively that Austria-Hun^.n v and Russia have Identical and harmonious aims In their Eutern policies, and the visit of the Emperor to St. Petersburg has doubtless helped to foster and to strengthen the good relationu i-.""..? ??.....?.w. .?.- .--....^-. ? GREEKS ARAN'DON* EPIRUB. iCrORPINO TO THE TfRKS TI?EY AI.E FLED TO ARTA. Constantinople, May 12.?The Turkish mllltary commander at Janlna telegraphs that all the Greek forces In Eplrtis have fled to Arta, aban? doning ft,000 rifles. MOO capes of ammunition and a mountain gun. Seventy-nine Greeks, the dis? patch further pays, were killed In the recent fighting. . ? o NEWFOUNDLAND LEQI8LAT?RR ADJOURNS. TWO HUI RMMtTCD FOU TI?E PA NOTION OF THE IMI'ERTAt, CAB Ut ET. St. John's, N. F., May 12.?The I/eeislatur? was prorogued to-dny. Governor Murray hn? reserved two bills for the sanction of the Imperial Cabinet, one permitting the use of cod trap? on the treat? shore? where the French have flshlnsr. rights, and the other moriifytnK the corrupt practices act. The obieet of the latter Is to prevent a repetition of what took place four years ago. when the Kovern ment Jeopardize! seats by exMttdlnaj pu!,lie money in connection with the candidates favorable to It? self. The next general election will take placo In November. GENERAL MILES'S PLANS NOT ALTERED. WILL, BKE THE TURKISH AND OTITER ET'ROPEAN ARMIES T?EPViRE RETURNINO TO AMERICA. Southampton, May 12.? General N'e'son A. Mllefl, I*. 8. A., who arrived hero to-day by the American Line steamship St. Paul from New-York, on his way to the scene of the Greeo-Turklsh war, was asked whether the conclusion of peace, when | brought about, would change his plans. The Gen? eral said It would not, thai he ?tarts to-night for Constantinople, and that he intends to ?ee the ; Turkish army and the armies of Rurope generally I before returning to the 1'nited State?. General Hornee, J'ort? r, the new United States I Ambassador to Prance, sailed for Havre this even. In?. Mr.?. Porter ?md her daughter will go to Lon? don for a week or P-n days. (Sonera] w. MeK. Osborna, the new Consul-Gen | ?nil "f the I nited States at lyomion, and .1 IC Gotrdy, the new Con*ul-4*teneral of tie United States at Paris, also started for London. A RATTLE IN BECEUAEALAED. CHI KP" TOTO CAIrTL'RJ.r- FIX VOM-vrEER-t AND .?/ SEVENTY BECKVAMAM kim.f.d ?yor.fl?n. May 12?A iMspatCh frem cnfn Town announces that a serious t**a**S*|eilient has taken place in Beehusna^Jand. chief Tr.to baa been capt? ured and six volunteers have he.-n killed. .?.??veiitv Bechuanns were killed end mnnv were wounded. In addition to the -tx volunteers" killed tbirteen whins were wounded. AMEBICAS8 PRESENTED AT COURT. London. May l'J At the Queen's Prawlng-room, at R-icklngham Palace, yesterday. In addition to Miss Hay, sflaa Betrsle Davis, of Washington, was presented In the diplomatic circle, stld Mr?, Ostia Cotton, of Kew-Yora; Mi^s Ollpln, ?if Philadelphia and Misses Harris and W.-lls. places of r sldenOS ii.it given, wer?, preaented in the seneral <ir?ie. .-_ 4. - WINTRY WEATHER IN EUEOPE. lyondmi, May V-' Heavy snowstorm? have pre? vailed over the counties ?.f l'erkshlrc, Lincolnshire and HerefordshlrV In Beotland there have been heavy Fnow und hnll storms, und the weather has been as cold as during; the month of November. There was a sharp frost in this city ami In the Inland count!** during the night. CHARLOTTE WOLTER WORSE. Vienna, May 12.-Charlotte Wolter, the aetresa. who was announced to be la S critical condition on Aprlf 28. and who subsequently recovered strength. Is now worse. LAVA FLOWING FROM VESIVllS. I,.,nd'in. May 12- A ?llspntch from Naples an ? ? ll,at tWQ large BtTOama of lava have bOOS mowing down Mount Vesuvius for two dsya pssl snd hav- united with til" deposita from the erup? liona of IM. The activity In Ike prim ipai eratef la iionnal. _ .4 EOBWEBIAE BABR PBOBABLY LOST. St. John's. M. V., May || Tl.rtrtt Of the rt--m h vessel It, .lean sre ??nti'leni thai the Nc*rwt?-rlan bark lamina-, whhh ha?l a oolllMon will, th? II J.rin on tl,.. Cran?! llnnk? diirlti? n fog on the Dla*kl Bf MSJ 0, i.u.k Sithln " few hours after th<- <-oi lljton, with all ham!:?. The Lolnlng app- "T- 'J to be ierlouBly Injured in the mornuif, when the ros had cleared swst. thsrs was no rigl of th* vessel pr of uny of her boat?. TRAX8VAAL'8 REPLI DEFIANT. INSISTS UPON ITS RIGHTS AND Rl'GOEBTB ARniTUATlDN WITH ENGLAND. London, May 12?A dispatch from Cape Town says that the renly of the Transvaal Govern? ment to the strong note, said to amount to an nlllmatum, from the f-'ecretary Of State for the ?Colonies, Joseph Chamberlain, insisting upon ob? servance of the Lou -n Convention, is defiant in t??ne. It insists, ?he dispatrh adds, upon the right of the Transvaal to d-manil arbitration of the questions in dispute, and ais.? apon it.. right to pass ih?> Alien Immigration law, and asserts thnt, if this light is disputed, arbitration Is th? beal means of arriving at a settlement of the ?1 uest Ion. LOYAL CANADIANS DINF. TUT. MARQ1IS OF I.i.RNK PItKSIDKS OVER A JVni Un FINITION IN WKVQH. Ixirtdon. May 12?In recognition of the presenee of the large number of Cana'ilaim already In I/on <lon and In antic-ipati)n of tho JUbUs? festivities next month th?? Royal colonial Club gave a taMlee dinner ihls evening at tin? llolln.rii restaurant. Th? Marquis of Lorn? was in the ?-hair :?n?i covers were l.iid for KB guests. The oon-.pr.ny lnelii.lod Sir 1 ?' nal.l Smith, the ?Canadian High Commission? er, several Colonial agents, Gen?ral Middleton, ?erara] prominent members of the House cf Com? mons ami others especially Interested In Colonial <!?-vel,,|,m.-nt. An inicrestlng feature of the banquet was the , presentation by I.ieutenant-Colonel Turnbull, com- ' mander of the Canadian Artillery Association, of a shield lo Captain Ktowe, of the National Artillery : As-o, In i Ion, as a token of appreciation of the kind treatment extended to the Canadlnn rifle teams while here. The Marquis of Lome, In proposing "The Colonial Empire." dwelt upon the marvellous progress of ; Canada and other I.rltlsh Colonies, and expressed 11)? hopo thai the Canadian tarlfT would he re? gard.d as nn invitation to tho Empire to Insure It? self on Its own insurance hooks. The speaker spoke In terms of high pralae of Sir Donald Smith's work In the Dominion. Sir Donald Smith, responding, earnestly insisted that the Canadians were loyal to England, the French Canadians especially. CANADA'S TARIFF PROPOSALS. NOT BU-NED ON HOSTILITY TO TUB LIMITED STATKS. HATS SIIV DOHAU) SMITH. London, May 12?Sir Donald Smith, tho Canadian High Commissioner, !n an Interview with a repre? sentative of th? Associated Press to-day, in ragard to the tariff, remarked that it was nothing but the accentuation of Canada's attachment to Great Britain, with which she desires the closest possi? ble COnunerela] relations, certainly with nr feeling of hostility to tho United States, with which coun? try Canada Is eater for real reciprocity, Sir Donald snld he was hopeful that fnst ?tearn shii-:-i between Canada and Great Mrltaln would ba running within two years. James Itoche, lrl-h Nationalist, Member of Parliament for the East DIvUlon of Kerry, bafl clvn notice of a motion to call ntten lii-n to the. Canadian tariff propoaals, In addi? tion to l-tatna the question as to how far the treaties with France and Belgium prevent Great Britain's arouleseenee. Mr. itoehe opposes the Canadian tariff proposals on the ground that they "will create unfair competition with Irish agri? culture by flooding th? market? With cheap and Inferior Can-dlan produce." A STORM IN THE ITALIAN CHAMRFR. hot wop.yip a-BTWUM thi; fkBUlkk and the KORMKR MINISTER OK THF. TRHASCRT, London, May 13.-The Pome correspondent of Chamber of Deputies to-day (Wednesday) during tho discussion of the financial proposal? of the Government. Blgnor Sonnlno, who was Minister of the Treasury In the last Crisp? Cabinet. Inter? rupted Signer Lmntattt, the present Minister of the "Treasury, und accused him of having degraded the army ami humiliated the country-" "Tho Marquis dl Rudlnl, the Premier, shouted: "It was you who led the country to disaster, and you are responsible. I protect against what you are saying, and as Premiar I have the right to be respected." Blgnor Sonnlno retorted: "Your conduct since the disaster ha" l?-?n disgraceful." The Premier, visibly agitated, replied: "Then my disgrace is my glory." A general uproar ensued, in the midst of whieh a ?Deputy shouted at the top of his volco to Slgmr Sonnlno:' "This Is your gratitude after escaping Impeachment." The whole scene was bitter and violent, and has proiluccfl the mont painful 1 m preset on. ?-? THE GREAT LIRE RAL VICTORY IN QFEHF.C. THE HOCgg WIT.T, PRORAm.Y ITAVn A LIRERAI. MAJORITY OP ?11IRTV P1VF.. Montreal, May 12.?The Liberals are jubilant over the gr?a: victory they have gained throughout the Province of Quebec. Revised returns Indicate that the Hous? will have llftv-four Liberals r?nd nine? teen Conservatives, n Liberal majority of thirty? flv?. When the lnst House was dissolved the figures stood: Conservatives, 40; Liberals, 23; va? cant seats, 4. -1-. THE czar's CONDOLBNCBB. Taris, May 12.?The Russian Ambassador. Parnn von Mohrenhelm, handed an autograph letter to President Kau re to-day from the Czar, expressing His Majesty'? warmest condolence with the fam? ilies of th? vletims of the Charity BBS?'SB lire on May 4. -a DUC TPAUMALFB BODY LEAVES SICILY. Palermo, Sielly, May 1??After a funeral service here to-day o\er the body of Due d'Aumale, who died on May 7 at Iris villa at Zuecos from shoi'k at hearing the pews of the death of his niece by marrisge, lbs Duehass? -'Alan?*?*)?, who was one of the victims of the Charity Bazaar Are at Paris on May 4. the body was embarked for France. The garrison of Palermo lined th? streets along the route followed by the funeral procession. ir.l\T .1 RETALIATION LAW. Weiland, Ont., May 12? Sailers along the canal want the government to pass a retaliation law that will require American vessels to ship "'anadian crews to tako them through the canal. Canadian BeaOMH elaim that they are shut out In every way, even train crews being changed as soon as the line la cr<**ased, -? GOLD DISCOVERIES IN VERF. Lima, Peru. May 12.?New gold mines w? re dis? covered to-day In the Provine* of Carabaya, De? partment of P'ino. It is b. lleveil they will yield fat ?rely. The Hank of Peru. London. I is formed a union with ths Bank of Callao atril the London Haul: of Mexico, and will ?begin biisln.-a.? under the n? W ar? rangement on Jun? 1 -m AN APPBAL IN BBBALP or MRS. FARNELL London, May 12-An appeal signed by the l.or.l Mayor of Dublin. John Redmon?!, M p.. and other Influential friends of the late Charle?, Stewart Par n< II. has been issue?! In behalf of contributions to a fund to assist Mrs. Delia Panel!, mother -?f the Irish leader, and other needy member? of the fnm llv, by freeing the Parn?II estrves at Avon.lab' from debt and otiK-r obligations. TO STUDY BBAl LIFE FFRTHER. Ottawa May 12. ? Professor Maco,in, of the Geo | | ,: Dep,iitm<-tit Of the Dominion Q ?vernmeiu. left here to-night for :!ie PrlhylofT Islands, When h?. eoe? to make a further Study of seal life. .Mr Macoun was there last season on behalf of the i ; \\ eminent _ chose SPAIN AS ARBITRATOR. ?Madrid, May 1_ PetU and Ilollvla have sub nllted their territorial dispute to the arbitration Of Spain._ FIFTY HILLS VETOED It) MAYORS, Albany, My 12 -Klfty bills have been vet... d by Mayors, and iind.?r the Constitution ttiey are dead, th? G ?vert? ?r's o:?.t???-r.-vr,I not b.irii? naessean , ,f .?,.?,- bills twenty-four were vetoed by .Mayor ?SLA alMbr Mayor w ir-t.-r. two bj the Mayor rr*.-"-- :'.?.?.??" '?"? ??_ M-v-r ..f Buffalo ihre. _! ,,r ?n* Mldilletown. on? Rome, ont? .onkara, ,':;.:: N.wbun'. *'.l?h^stown ?nd tw? i..m, rSu. t vi'HKL HOLSK. Ukcwfld, open until June lar. T!,e \\'aumb.-k and Cottai?, Whit? Mts., opens Juno 10,-Ailvt BOTH DOCKS DISABLED. MORE TROUBLE WITH LEAKS AT THE ' NAVY YARD. TWELVE FEET IN DKM*"" LET INTO DOCK NO. 2, AS A PHEVENTIVE MEASURR?I.EAK3 AT THE EASTERN END OP THE STIH'CT UIIH CAl'SB ANXIETT. Both the timber drydocks at the Navy Yard are now disabled, for late yesterday afternoon the valves In the gate <?f Pock No. 2. the smaller and older of the docks, were opened and about twelve feet of water allowed to flow In. Atten? tion has been called In The Tribune to the fact that the leaks which had endangered the safety of th?> new ?lock had spread to the old one, and yesterday Naval Constructor How les made an In? spection of the structure. Leaks were discov? ered at tho eastern ??ml of the dock, whi? h. while nut In themselves dangerous, showed the ? li-iHieterlHtlcs of the older haks. and after a report had been made to Commodore Bunce, commandant ??f the yard, ord.-rs were iBBued to meet the trouble more than half-way, and let enoiish water Into the dock to prevent any dan? ger of a washout. Th?' fact that the water leak? ing in Is salt BboWS that the tides of the river have found their way into the basins. A new board, consisting of Civil Engineer? As:-ers?in, Men'.cal ami Kndlcott, has been ap? pointed to look after the big dock, and It Is ex- ? pecteil to meet t.,-day. The dock is to be pumped out, a thorough examination made and an ex haus'lve report submitted to the Department. It IS BOW believed that the plan first submitted for stopping the leaka?that is, driving a row of ! sheet isplllng ab.ng the eastern edge of the dock ; ?will prove entirely Inadequate, and that a BOlM ? concrete wall will be needed not only along the eastern edge of the dock, but along the whole length of the Walla bout channel, between the abutmentB of the dock and the brick boundary wall running ?mraPol with Washington-ave. The first of the spiles for the new trench were driven yesterday, and tho manner in whh-h they went Into the ground was a sufficient proof of ' the statement that the earth Is not of a quality which would repel water. After a long tree ! trunk had gone down about fifteen feet the fall? ing hammer would rebound when It ?truck the end of the spile, and the earth for twenty feet j around would tremble and shake as if the end Of the spile had landed on a bed of har?l rubber. I It was explained that this was caused by tim? bers and other loose material used to fin in the basin having formed a mas? underneath the earth, which, while it afforded no barrier to water, was difficult to penetrate with a stick a foot In diameter. It was pointed out as ominous that the leaks In the obi dock bad appeared at the eastern end, . Instead of the western, where they showed In the new dock? giving th>- Inference that the whole territory was indermined by the water from the Old timber basin. It will still be possible to use the old dock In cas? of necessity, as It Is believed ! that the leaks will not gain more headway than can be held In check by the pumps. This will I admit the dorking of ,'he Maine, although the ' Indiana, which has been in the water more than a year, and is In need of bilge keels, will have to wait her chances, or go to Port Royal. Just what will be shown by the pumping out of the big dock to-day Is something the yard officials are anxiously waiting to find out, and every effort will be made to stop the leak's as quickly n? possible, so that the Indiana may be taken out and (leaned. LIOrORS IN PRESCRIPTIONS. COMMIBSrONE-t LTMAN BATS THAT THI3 UBE OF SPIRITS 18 NOT A. VIOLATION OP THE LAW. Albany, May 12.?State Excise Commt??loner Ly man to-day made the following ruling In the mat? ter of filling prescriptions hy regular pharmacists where th? prescriptions contain alcohol or other liquor: That where in pood faith a phnrma^i-t Is obliged. In the preparation of bona Ad? medical preparation?, to use alcohol or other spirits in the compounding thereof for the purposes of medicino, It Is not a violation of the Liquor Tax law so to do, although In a tOWT where su?h medicine I? pre pared or prescription filled the sale of liquor, a? such. Is prohibited under the different questions submitted under the local optbn provisions of the Liquor Tax I s ?v. Th<> ? 'ommlssloner ?aye: 'In my opinion the mm pour,.ling and sale of ? physician's prescription by a pharmacist of which liquor Is a component part is not 'trafficking In liquor' within the meaning of the Licuor Tax law Such a prescription Is a remedy to he administered or taken, and not 'liquor' as defined bv the law." -o WITH THE WHEEL LAXFTED. AN INTERESTINii EXPERIMENT MAI>E HT CAPTAIN JOHN MOHRIMa i*o?ton, May '2?Captain John Morrlll. of the Hrltl-h lark Klrkhlll. whose testimony at the recent Hrnm trial a? to the ?ailing of the bark under a iashe?! wheel was excluded at the request of the defence, ?ays In a letter to the agents In this city that lie finds by experiments on the Klrk? hlll that It Is impossible to keep his vessel on tier course with the wheel l,i?hed loader than 2 min? ute? and '?"? secomls. He writes: "I waited until the weather conditions WOW SB nearly as possible like those under which the Puller was sailed at the time of the murders Watehlntr mv chance while the ?hip was going five knots an hour, the wind two points abaft of the beam, water smooth like oil, and everything ! trimmed to a nlcty, the wheel was lashed, and ? In 2 m'.nute.s and BJ (seconda the reeeel altered her ? course one point, in "l2 minutes three points, and . In **?j minute? the ?hip gybe.i over I did not have ! tue courage to try th.- exp.'rlment In an eight* 1 knot br?ese." It will I'?' remembered that the Herbert Fuller ? waa ma kins about eight knots an hour, wdth th? I wind two points abaft of the beim, when the ]ior ' rlble butchery on that vessel took place The ex i pertinents mad.? bv Captain Morrill would seem to disprove the theory thai it would he possible for a vessel to keep her course from fifteen to thlrtv minutes with her wheel lashed, as testified by some of tho ?xpert aklpptra Introduced by the defence. NORTH CAROLINA'S COTTON MILLS. MANY OF THCM EXPE'TEn TO PHt'T DOWN OR REN ON SHORT TIME. Charlotte, N. C May |] An Important meeting of cotton manufacturers will he held here on Sat urdnv. It I? expected that more than a hundr.-d mill! Will be r-pr-s-nteil The yarn mills making low numbers probably ?ill ?hut down for sixty ?jara and poaaibly for the entire summer. A num? ber ?,f cloth mill.? probably ?sill run on short timo. A NEW OBSERVATORY DEDICATED. I THE OIFT OE REESE W'AI.I. FI/HVER TO THE UNIVERSITY OE PENNSYLVANIA. Phlladelphh, May 12.- The new Flower telescope. | and observatory building? of the University of I Pennsylvania were dedicated to-day In the presenee, ! of about fifteen hun<lr<>d persons. A number of a?l dressis were made, the principal one being by 1'ro faOBOf fllmon Naweoanb, formerly director of the Nautical Almanac Other men of note present Included Professors Young, of Princeton! Harkness, Frist.v and Skinner, of Washington observatory; President Hrown, of Lehlgh University, and Pro f. fscrs Ma.farlane and Merrlman. of that Institu? tion; President Harris, of the Reading Railway Company; Professor lillcken?lerfer. Professor Ran. of the Moravian Parochl-I Hchools. and Professor L. M Haupt This addition to the ur.lv-rslty Is the fVsult of a beiiuest made by the late Heese Wall Flower, after whom the observatory Is named. The gift com? prised a tract of land of about on?, hundred acre?, on the crest rrf a rang?' of hill* In Delaware Coun? ty, two miles from this city. About five acres were set ?part for th?. thrive buildings now nearly com 11.1. .1 The observatory h?s a revolving ?te.-i do?a elffhtc n f'et in diameter. The teltttoope tube t? twenty-eight toot Ions ami its direction is aocorn pllshcd by clockwork. Th? flower lent i? slghtecn [nche- lu' diameter, it waa teotad "? top ?>( tha mountain ?t Plagatalx, Ariz . by Perdvsl Lowell pine obacrvationa were -nada with it on the cans?a ?( Mars Parquet floor? ?nd wood carpeting. nn?sl work, lowe?t price?. National Wood Mfg. Co., 128 ?th-avs -Advt. ROMEYN'S CHARGES DISMISSED. GENERAI. MERi'?ITT REFUSES TO ORDER THE TRIAL OF LIEUTENANTS O'BRIEN AND HA M FORD. Atlanta, Ga., May 12.--General Wesley Merrltt has Issued an order refusing to appoint ?t court martial to try charges ag.lnst Llrutenants O'Brien and rtamford, preferred by Captain Romeyn. In dismissing the chargi s Bgstnsl O'Brien ho says that tho charge? grew ou! of a fwMng of personal ?pite, und that military tribunals could not bt made vhlcles of privat?.- rever?. . In pas-lng on the charges against Lieutenant Ham ford, which grew out of his conduct with reference to his reported engagement to Miss Nina Romeyn, General Mer? rltt BOyi that they are not a proper subject for S court of Inquiry, and that he fiel? that only the physical condition of Captain Romeyn can explain his action In filing them. TWO NEGRO GIRLS LYNCHED. THEY WERE ?TSTEf'TEn OF POISONINO A FAMILY AT JEFF. A I.A. Xashvlho, Tenn., May 12.-A Huntsvllle (Ala ) dis? patch to "The Banner" BSjrfl that at daybreak to? day the bodle- of Mollie Smith and Mandy Franks, two negro girls, were found swinging by ropes from tries on the side of the road leading from Jeff, Ala., to Huntsvllle. The lynching was done at an early hour by a mob o" about twenty person?. The two p.lrls were suspected of poisoning the family of Joshua O. Kelly at Jeff. Mollie Smith was ar reated last night while making her way across the Tennessee line and Manly Franks was captured at home. Th- latter is said to have made a on teaalon. The first poisoning of the Kelly family Occurrtrd about two months ago, and Mr. Kelly died, A few ?lays ago sevrral other members of the (anally were poisoned, but all are recovering. JAPANESE CRTISER AT BOEOLULU. COMMISSIONER ARIYAMA HAYS THAT HIS MISSION IS FUIENT'I.Y. San Francisco. May 12.?The -teamer from Hono? lulu May 6 arrived to-day. On May 6 the Japanese cruiser Nanlwa arrived from Yokohama with Japanese Commissioner Ablyama, who is to Inves? tigate the cases of the rejected immigrants. Com? missioner Ablyama state? that his mission Is friendly. If he finds the Hawaiian Government hiis Bfred a clnim for damages will be made. He denies that Japan seeks war, and say* negotiations will be conducted diplomatically. A NEW-JERSEY MINISTER ATTACKED. THE HIOIltVAYM *N /P.RESTED AFTER A nARD Fb'HT. Moorestown. N. J , May 12 ?The Rev. Jame? A. Wooten, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, was heid up to-night by Wesley Johnson and John Bul? lock. On" of tho men was armed with a revolver, and both were half-crazed with rum. The man with tho revolver pointed it in the minister's face anil demanded his money and valuables. OflaCSf Walton saw the affair, and grabbed the man. A hard fight for possession of the weapon followed. The other man drew a knife on the officer, and a struggle for possession of that took place. In the Aght the minister escaped. The officer finally su'o dued both men an?l arresred them- Johnson Is an ex-con vW. and is considered dangerous. ANII0?8 TO STOP LAWLESSNESS. A bTUOICAL MEASURE ADOPTED BY THE 6ENATE OF KENTUCKY. Frankfort, Ky., May 12.?Turnpike raids, murders from ambush and mob lynching In Kentucky, es? pecially the defiant continuation of the raiders. have driven tho Leglslnturo to desperate means. The Senate has defeated a hll' passed by the House, ostensibly for stopping turnpike raiding, but which was palpably Ineffective. The Senate sldrr?d the most vigorous law ever placed on the statute book. It requlrers Jailers and other office holding persons threatened with violence to arm the prisoner that he may defend himself, and to protect the prisoner with aid of a posse at the peril of forfeiting their offices. It makes it mandatory upon the county Judge to furnish not less than two or more than ten armed guards, summoned from amopg the citizens, who are compelled under heavy penalty to protect for thirty days any toll gate or other public or private property threatened By raiders and provides pay for guards and severe penalties for all offenders captured. RAILWAY CONDUCTORS OUT IN FORCE. MORE THAN TWO TIIOrSANI) nEt.EOATE9 AT THE LOS AHaWLEE ?CONVENTION. Los Angeles, Cal.. May 12.?More than two thou? sand delegates to the twenty-sixth session of the Order of Railway Conductors arrived yesterday, and before sunrise this morning an additional thou? sand had arrived to swell the throng now surging through the hotels. A large number of the dele? gates are accompanied by their wive? and daugh? ters, and the streets nr? gay with fluttering badges. Th.? Kt. Louis special arrived this morning and the Chicago special yesterday afternoon In two ?ec tin?. The Pennsylvania division Is delayed by a washout near El Past), It is in two sections, and It probably will be a day before It can reach I/os Angeles. The train bearing the New-York delega? tion is expected Friday morning. Promptly on time the delegate* convened at Music Hail, Grand Chief Conductor I'larV occupying the .hair. The roll.-all ?-howed a majority of the del?, gates present. The reports of tne Grand Chief Con? ductor and other officers occupied the whole of the lirst session, which was followed by a public recep? tion tendered to the visitors. A QIESTION OF INTERNAL REVENTE LAW. I CAI/PORNIANS TEI'HNICAI.I.Y UABL*B FOR A TAX ON LOST HRANHY. Ban Francisco, May 12,-The Internal Revenue officials have had a nice question of Internal Ileve S nue law put to them on account of the burning of | the ship Francis off the coast of New-Jersey last 1 *?StUlt*a**, On the ship were f(*r*?*g* gallons of Cali? fornia wine and 23,ON gallons of California brandy. ; On the brandy there Is a tax of $1 10 a gallon. The brandy was being transferred from a bonded ware? house in t'ais city to one in the Kast, and Lach? ! man & Co. and others in this city who owned the ; brandv. gave bonds that they wouhl deliver it to a : bonded warehouse In th?- Bast. Having failed to do BO they are technically liable for t**a\000, It Is a question for the Commissioner to determine, and as it is not known here whether any of the brandy was saved from the Are Lachman & Co. win bv compelled to file a complaint. RICH SIC AR LANDS OVERFLOWED. ANOTHER RAD RREAK IN THE MNB OF LEVEES IN I/)l't?IANA. New-Orleana, May 12-The. river Is again sta? tionary here, but at a point nearly two feet above the highest ?tage of IMS*, the previous record year. The i strain Is terrific, but with the aid of good weather I and heroic efforts Is being stoutly borne. The 1 financial drain is now becoming evident and the La Fourche Board has levlej a special tai. Presi? dent Thoman of the Orleans Board favors increas? ing the ?encrai levee tax from 1 to 2 mills. The mnln light is ?till Bt the Burton l.-vee. A . bnak which occurred tn the levee at Baton Rouge ; at T:3i'i o'clock this morniiu under the Burton Lum? ber Company'? dry kiln is widening and deepening I rapidly and It is probable the building will be washed away Mr. Speilmun. president of the Potit chartraln Lev-.? district, an.i also In charge of the levee work being done L- the Illinois .'entrai Rali real Company, telegraphed at l'as a m that he sees no hope o? closing the break. Trains on the Mississippi Valley Railroad will OS sus,..nded until arrangements can be made to transfer passengers I ?round the break by rlu-r. The water from this crevasse will cover one of the richest sugar districts on the Mississippi Rlv-?r, Including portions of Reatara Baton Rouge, lber vllle, Ascension an?l St Junes'? parishes, and find it? way Into th? (Juif o? Mexico through Bavou Munch.,.? and Irak?s Maurlpas and Pontchartruln. DESTRFCTIVE FIRE IN SAN FRANCIS! O. San Francisco, May 12 Karly thl* morning Hr.? Probe out In the ta??.cry of A B Patrick ? Co.. which occupies a strip iof land on Slxth-ave., r*outh. between Q and It sta , and two hour? Inter there was little left but ruin?. The lo?.s to plant and stock Is estimated at from M*B\ 00O to I'ri.ono. With liisiirr, nee ?,f 12 ?h.hii. The bull.l Ings destroyed numbered lets, ?r.i frame structure.?. The lire had aUnoet full away after it ?tarte?!, from the fait lb.,1 the Brewen COUld ""t Ket to the rear. the snip of land on which the tannery was Bltuated Irt-mg bounded on thr.-?. sides by tidewater. Alnmrit simultaneously live tencin, nt-house? on Telegraph HUI were born,-.!. The f..null. ? o,-,-u|?y Ing them barely escaped with their Uves; loes, about rs.000. LIGHT ON AFFAIRS IN CUBA, MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN- RELATION! COMMLTTEE INSPECT OFFICIAL REPORTS. WHAT THET LEARNED AT THE) BTATE DEPART? MENT BAID TO I.VCREA8E THE PROBABIUTT OF PASSINO TUB MOR?AN REBOLCTION? THE PRESIDENT LIKELY TO AWAIT MR CAMIOt'N'S REPORT B? FORF1 TAKINO ANT ACTION. Washington. May 12?The Senate Commute? on Foreign Relations did not finish considera? tion of the Cuban situation to-day, and will meet to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. The sub? committee, consisting of Senaters Davis, For aker and Morgan, which to-day ?aw the Cuban reports now held at the State Department, will probably ask for further time before submit? ting a statement to the full committee. Th? sub-committee was vnable to go through all th? reports which have been received from Consul (?ftietal Leo and other consuls an<1 officers In Cuba. At ihe meeting to-morrow it Is possible that Senator Morgan will consent to have the resolution now pending In the Senate go over without prejudice until the committee can make its report. It Is intended that all the reports of consuls shall be sent to the Senate, but tlie committee will select certain documents bear? ing ?m thi- condition of affairs In the islan.l, and on these make its recommendations and report. This report will generalize the situation, with? out making public such matters as State De? partment officials and the committee think would be prejudicial to persons on the island. KFFF.t'T ON THI MORGAN BMBOVOTSOW. Some question has aria? n as to the effect th? report of the committee or the Information at the State Department may have upon the resolution now pending in the Senate. Members of the c? mniittee do not express an oplr.!nn on the sub? ject, but enough Is known to Justify the conclu? sion that. Instead of weakening the resolution. Its friends will find cause for Instating that thera is a strong reason for passing It. The object o? the Foreign Relations Committee which ha3 d'-precated hasty action ar.d suggested that the resolution be referred to the committee is that the Senate should not act in the premiss? until more Information is at hand. The oppo? nents of the resolution have declared that the newspaper r?ports of the conditions In Cuba are not based on facts and are highly exaggerated. Those who have become acquaint?-?! with the r? pcrts ih the State Department ?re of the opinion that the reports in the pr,?rs have been in the main correct. One member of the committee, when he ha?l listened to the summary of the re? ports in the Department, said that a serious con? dition existed in Cuba, and that the Inquiry now being made by the commute? would result In bringing to light the exact facts. A STATEMENT FROM CHAIKMAN DAVIS. Some crttlelsrr.i were mad? on members of the Foreign Relations Committee who about a year ago voted for a reaolattoa similar to the on? now pending, and who now ask for time to con? sider the matter with more ?.c liberation. Speak? ing of this criticism, Chairman Davis said: "At the time tlM former resolution trat? reported, Gomez was at the head of a large army in the head of another army, in the' ?.Vest. They could march from one end to the other of Cuba. Cam? pos had been defeated In a great battle, and was shut within solid fortifications and confined to a small territory around Havana. Every on? knew that a state of war existed. That was a year ago. Oreat changes have since taken place. Maceo is dead and his army dispersed. O o mes is at the head of but a small force: certainly It Is no such army as was reported then. There are conflicting statements as to the strength of the insurgents and tlie control which Spain has over the Island. It is right and proper that tho facts that have since reached the State Depart? ment should lie laid befoiv the Senate and th? committee, so that intelligent action can be had.'* Mr. Davis says that sympathy with the strug? gling Cubans Is as great as ever. Another member of the committee aald that the Senate was practically without offlclal In? formation for nearlv a year. The Senate woujd not be Justified in acting on information a year or even six months old. 'What It wanted wai the facts as they had been reported from tim? to time and up to date. NOT TO EMBARRASS THE PRESIDENT. The Republicans of the committee do not feel Justified In pushing the Administration until It has ha?l tint? to act. It has been pointed I out that only two months have elaps?'d since the Administration came Into power, and It i has scarcely ha?l time to take up and consider ! so Important a matter as that which has been ; presented. The pending resclution. unlike a Joint : resolution, will require the Presl?i?nt either to ? approve <-r disapprove it. This being the case, ; the Republican Senators feel that they ?hou'.-J act in conrert with the Executive, it is not believed, in eaae the Foreign ?Relations Coas 1 mittee finds on a thorough examination of th? ; reports In the State Department the resolu I tion is Justified, that any effort will be made I to prevent its passage. M? nibers B< the c?m mittee feel that the question which confronts 1 the Senate is serious, ami any act|..n taken I win have great wight with the Administra? tion. In case the resolution sh??ul?l pass both I Senate and House, there is no reason to be i lleve that It would not be aproved. ar.d it Is prob? able that the Cnlted States Government would thereafter conduct ltsdf on the lines which It lays down. MR. CALHOI'N'S REPORT AWAITED. To-night the sub-committee met Secretary ' Sherman at the latter's house and had a long : conference with him The suggestion is ad? vance?! that the President will be Inclined to wap : for a report from Mr. Cal'.Mun. who Is now tii Havana, before making his vlewa dertnttel. known Mr. CaUaOWfl went to Cuba primarily t, Investigate the circumstances atten?llng th' death of Dr Ruiz, but it Is bellevtd that th? President will expect htm to report g'-n.-rally a., to affairs on the Island so far an hi* oi.s?-rvatloti goe?. and that Mr. Oalhoiin's conclusions will have great weight In del M-Blnlng the Pr> sident's action. Assistant Secretary Day, of the State Department, was at the White House to-night an.I spent some time with the Pn-aldent A conference was held at the White House this afternoon between the President and Senators Davis, Foraker ajid Morgan, presumably abou. th? Cttban question. In the Senate to-day Mr. Morgan made a state? ment relative to his Cuban resolution. He said that the Committee on Foreign Relations ha? considered the question of referring th.? r?solu tion to the committee and had not rea? bed an agreement. The committee JeMred, however, that the resolution shall go over until n?>??n to? morrow, with a view to having a statement o' facts laid before the Senate at that time. On Mr. Morgan's request the resolution went ov?#r until to-morrow. -?? MR. CALHOVN REACHES HAVANA. AB BPETIA1. COMMIPSIONRR, UK Will. INVEST!? OATF. THE HEATH OF Rl'IZ. Havana. May 11?William J Cathoun. the *p* eial Commissioner appointed by President M?:Kin lev o| April 28 to Inveatlgate the death of Dr. Ill? ar?T) Kulz and other caaes, who left K?y Weat, Fla., last night for ibis place, arrived here to da?,. I'aptain-deneral Weyler ha? left laoetl Spiritus. Provine* of Santa Clara, ami lias arrived at Ar? royo Blanco. It Is oitl.-lalU stated that Soto P? r.-e, an !n?ur j-.-nt I,-a.I- r. ha? I.ri .-nua,?.?.. ! to guide a column uf ?Spanien troop* to tiarrelluno. Admiral Navarro signed yesterday the legal docu? ments and recoma bearing on tlie ra?>? of one Melton and William l>eav?tt. the American mem? bers of the Competitor'? crew, and th?*? will be for warded to Spi.ln on th? BOth. Kduardo Garcia, correspondent for a .New-Tor* ne*, ?paper, has been arr?st?d.