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YouV ou LIX- .. N° 19.442.
THE (GOVERNMENT SUSTAINED
EOI'SE OF COMMONS REJECTS AMENDMENT TO REPLY
TO SPEECH FROM THE THROXE.
LAKOE MAJORITY SHOWN— ATTACK OX LADYSMTT
By a vote of 352 to 139 the House of Commons rejected the amendment to
the reply to the Speech from the Throne. The result is regarded as a decisive
victory for the Government. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and A. J. Bal
four were the chief speakers.
The censorship over South African dispatches was strictly maintained, and
no information relating to Lord Roberts's present or future plans was permitted
to escape.
The attack on Ladysmith was renewed early on February 5, the Boer guns
bonibsrding' the town. When the dispatch was sent the bombardment was con
tinuing.
Adelbert S. Hay, United States Consul to the Transvaal, presented his cre
dential? at Pretoria.
THE MINISTERS' TRIUMPH.
10rD CHEER? IN THE HOUSE OVER GOV
ERNMENT'S VICTORY.
rctrpyrt**t: 1900- by The New-York Tribune]
[ST CABLE TO THE TRIBL'XE.]
Jjocdon. Feb. T. 6 a. m. — debate on the
*ote of censure in the House of Commons ended
fc: a great victory for the Government. At mid
night before the division the Irish members
got cp in a body and left the House, and some
of the well known Liberals also walked out.
When the figures were announced and it was
found that the amendment was rejected by 352
votes to 139 there was a wild shout of triumph
from the Government benches.
Nothing is yet known of Sir Redvers Bailer's
movements, but a Boer telegram reports a fierce
cannonading of Ladysmlth, which began on
Sfcncay morning, and still continued when the
dispatch was sent off from the Boer laager yes
terday.
Standard" mentions that General Mc
! has effected an important flanking move
• o the right cf the Boer position at
Magersf ontein with the Highland brigade. He
arrived on Psjßday at Koppie's Dam. which
r-immands the road from Kimberlev to Hope
town and Douglas, and now holds both banks
cf the river. I N. F.
GROPISG IX THE DARK.
.VEWiTAPER STRATEGISTS FAIL TO IN
TEREST THE PUBLIC.
[BT CABLE TO THE TRIBUNE. ]
London. Feb. 7, I a. m. — The military writer*
who sent Sir Redvers BuHer's army across the
Tugela River on Friday and brought on a battle
en Sunday have received so little encouragement
from the War Office that they have transferred
their strategy to another and more promising
field of operations. They have taken charge of
the quadrilateral campaign along the Orange
River, and are arranging the capture of Coles
berg, the seizure of Nnrval's Pont, the storming
c* Stormberg, the surprise of Bethulie Bridge
and the concert rati^r. <~>i Getisjs French's,
Garacre's and Kelly-Kenny s? term at Sprir.gfon
■ the straight road to Btoemfonteta. The
defect in al! this newspaper strategy is
■ is expressed in the future- tense. Mili
tary reviewers have lost their public. The coun
try is not interested in conjecture about what is
-. ppen. ingenious as the forecasts may
be: jt is waiting patiently for the opening of
Lord Roberta's campaign as he and Lord
- - aye planned it.
riCIALS EXPECTING NEWS.
Wher pothetical operations under the
leadership of the experts at home were excluded
there was little news last right either in Pall
Mall or In Flf-et Street. The War OAoe had
Lord Roberta's word for it that the situation on
Monday was unchanged, but high officials made
no secret of the fact that they were looking
hourly for the resumption of operations on a
large scale m Natal and in Cape Colony.
A few special dispatches had t>een received at
the newspaper offices before midnight, but there
was an almost complete silence from t'pper
Natal, and reports that General B'jlier had re
crossed the Tugela still '.acked confirmation.
Times" had a dispatch from Rensburg
stating tbat the situation in that quarter was
unchanged on Monday, and that General French
•was holding a large Dutch force around Cnl*«s
berg and was shelling the Boer camp northwest
of Blingersf ontein.
THE ATTACK ON NORVAL'S PONT.
Pretoria dispatches from Colesberg repeated !
the announcement that the British forces were
approaching Achiertang on the way to Norval's !
Bridge, and there were rumors from Cape Town j
that a considerable force of infantry had been
■ cent to support General French, and that Gen
eral Gatacre, with heavy reinforcements and a
Strong body of cavalry, was surrounding Storm
berg. Dispatches received from the Orange
River frontier have been cut by the censor un
1 til they are unintelligible.
"?, " Everything points to a vigorous prosecution j
cf tfce war on the Cap*- Colony frontier and the
TcgelaVithin a few days or even hours, but all
•anatoes respecting the strength" of the col
ttmns or the direction of the movements are
I iatile. There are no clews upon which a cor
rect Judgment of the situation pan be based.
Meanwhile Lord Roberta's correspondence j
' with the Dutch Presidents on the subject of the I
alleged outrages on each side and Incidents of
the service of the American hospital ship
Maine in caring for the wounded, help to fill
the long pause in active warfare
DEBATE HELPS GOVERNMENT.
The debate in the House of Commons dragged
; yesterday, and brought to the front a swarm
of ineffective speakers. Mr. Asquith and Sir
Henry Campbeil-Bannennac attempted to reply
to Mr Chamberlain, but each Broke In a half
hearted way In defence of the amendment, which
has bees a serious tactical mistake for the Op
position. Mr. Chamberlain's speech had been
•ttpported from several unexpected quarters,
•ir Wilfrid Lauriei-s strong imperialistic speech
la Canada had come like an echo to Mr. Cham
berlain's closing passage respecting the federa
tion of th* united empire, and no liberal mal-
Cootinued on ••.oh.: pug*.
DETAILS OF THE DEBATE.
MR. BALFOUR'S ANSWER TO THE OP
POSITION.
London. Feb. 7.— The House of Commons re
jected Lord Edmund Fitzmaurice's amendment
to the Address in reply to the Speech from the
Throne by a vote of 352 against the amendment
to 139 in its favor. The principal speakers for
and aeainst the amendment were Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman, the Liberal leader, and
A. J. Balfour. First Lord of the Treasury and
Government leader in the House.
Sir Henry, opening his speech, justified the
opportuneness of the amendment because it was
the duty of the Opposition to record its judg
ment. He Bald the Government could hardly
pose as conquerors upon whose brows laurel
wreaths should be placed, for their diplomacy
had failed and their military- operations had
been unsuccessful. These facts, Sir Henry de
clared, invited criticism. At the same time he
would deprecate exaggeration and would deny
the existence of national humiliation and dis
comfiture.
H* also denied that the Opposition was actu
ated by a desire to clamber into power or to
seek party advantage. The "composed and
sensible tone of the speech of the Colonial Sec
retary" he had been glad to hear. If the Gov
ernment were aware of the disparity between
the defensive forces of the South African Col
onies and the military strength of the Boers
when the negotiations were entered upon no
condemnation, in his judgment, could be too
severe. Sir Henry ridiculed Lord Salisbury s
statement that the Secret Service fund was too
small, and pointed out that the whole sum had
not been expended.
He. thought the Government should have dis
avowed the Jameson raid and should have given
guarantees for the future,^ as Great Britain
would then have l>een ih'a~i*osillru ta demajij
that the Boers cease arming.
QUESTION" OF THE OPPOSITION.
Sir Henry demanded to know upon what evi
dence the existence of a Dutch conspiracy was
asserted, declaring that unless the charge were
well founded it was a moat wanton Insult to
Her Majesty's loyal Dutch subjects at the Cape.
The war must be prosecuted with vigor, he
maintained, but. provided that British territories
were free and Great Britain's military superior
ity were vindicated, what mattered it as to the
hour and place of arriving- at a settlement?
(Loud Ministerial protests.) What really did
matter was, he affirmed, that the settlement
should be made in th" right spirit.
While Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was
speaking the news of the success of the Union
candidate in the York City election, with an un
expectedly large majority, arrived and caused a
great scene of enthusiasm.
Mr Balfour. wh" in rising was loudly cheered.
said:
What is the object of the amendment? What
is it likely to attain? One might have expected
that the War Office would be attacked, but that
is not the case. I am driven to the conclusion
that the amendment is an attack upon the Co
lonial Secretary. (Hear! hear!) Well, the Co
lonial Secretary may well ignore these persist
ent attacks. The right honorable gentleman
may remember that It has been during his term
of office as Colonial Secretary that the British
Empire, as a whole, has first shown its full
consciousness of what it is, and of what its desti
nies are. 'Loud cheers).
Others have certainly contributed to this re
sult, but it is in no small degree owing to the
great administrative abilities of the right hon
orable gentleman, the Colonial Secretary, that
th. dramatic moment has occurred, for the first
time in our history, when every British colony
has joined the mother country to carry out a
great Imperial work. and. when all these petty
and contemptible charges are buried in the ob
livion they so well deserve, the name of the
right honorable gentleman will be forever asso
ciated with that great movement in our history.
MR. BALFOUR'S ATTACK.
Mr. Balfour went on to accuse the Opposition
of wishing to oust the Government, a sugges
tion that was received with considerable laugh
ter. He commented upon the diversity of views
In the Opposition ranks, and asked:
Is the Opposition wise or patriotic? What
the country has to fear is foreign nations, and
the Transvaal politicians may think they can
find their opportunity In our dissensions. The
House of Commons cannot do much to heip
our arms, but this It can do — it can show that
behind our soldiers in the field there Is a united
country. (Loud cheers.)
Can members of the Opposition reflect with
equanimity upon the fact that, the vote they
are about to give upon the amendment may
lengthen the war and increase the tragic list
of losses, and. probably, add one fraction to the
chances of European complications?
Mr. Balfour in closing appealed to the mem
bers of the House, Irrespective of party, to rise
to "the height reached by tho«*> we represent."
He declared that, if they did this, then in a
short time the Empire, would issue from the
struggle "stronger,-, not only in the conscious
ness of Its strength, but in the eyes of the
civilized world." He resumed his seat amid
prolonged cheering. .
When the division bell rang the Irish mem
| bers rose in a body and left the House without
; voting. Several Liberals also refused to vote.
I Some others voted .with the Government, as
I did also Sir Edward Clarke, member for Plym
o«tb. Mr. Asqulth voted with Sir Henry Camp
b<3l-Bannennan" for the amendment.
THE SPEECH OF MB. ASQUITH.
In the debate on the amendment to the ad
dress, which took place before the leaders'
speeches, H. H. Asqulth, Liberal, the Home
Secretary In the Rose be ry Ministry, who from
the "tenor of his remark*, might have held a
brief, for the Government, maintained that the
war was neither intended nor desired by the
Government, which, naturally, explained the
, country!* unpreparedness.- Mr. Asqulth added
Continued on •*«»« »■*•.
NEW-YORK, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 7. 1000. -SIXTEEN PAGES.-* «fflg~r», ■,',
WEEKS MAKES X 0 DEFENCE
BEGINS TO mm UP ON THE PROSECU
TION'S CASE.
PRACTICALLY ACCUSES CORNISH— HOLDS
THAT NOTHING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO
CONNECT MOI.IXEVX WITH
THE CRIME.
The looked for sensation in the closing days of
the trial of Roland B. Mollneux, which the pros
ecution failed to develop, was sprung yesterday,
when Bartow S. Weeks quietly announced that
the defence would call no witnesses. To say that
Mr. Weeks's decision caused the utmost surprise
would be doing ill justice to the looks of amaze
ment with which he was regarded by Judge. Jury
and every one else who has followed the trial
from the outset For a full moment dead still
ness pervaded the coart. The first thought In
every one's mind was that he had not heard Mr.
Weeks aright, but n hen he gathered his papers
together and asked permission to sum up to
the jury from the District Attorney's table
there was no longer any doubt.
Wh :-n at the close of the day's proceedings
comments were exchanged upon the action of
the defence, the general trend of opinion was
that, while the step taken by Mr. Weeks was
daring in the extreme, it was a wise and
shrewd move. It obviated all question as
to the advisability of putting Molineuz on
the stand, and went to emphasize Mr. Weeks's
contention that no case had been made out
against the defendant, and that there was no
proof presented which It was necessary for him
to refute. Moreover, Mr. Wo-eks personally ia
confident that the jury will not convict on the
evidence before them, and in any event, should
the verdict go against his client, he has taken
so many Important exceptions ihat he entertains
little fear that an appeal for a n»v trial would
not be granted.
In a case of such magnitude as this the re
solve of the defence to call no witnesses has
had no precedent in late years. While there
have, of course, l^en several small cases, such
as murders arising from ?al^on brawls and the
like, where any defence would have been futile,
there have been no homicide trials of any im-
P' nance in recent times which have gone to the
Jury without any defence being put In. In the
Carlyle Harris case witnesses were produced for
the defendant; Buchanan went on the stand In
his own behalf; in the Meyer trial testimony
was adduced in the effort to show that the vic
tim died from ptomaine poisoning, while, con
trary to some reports which appeared yesterday,
several expert and lay witnesses were called for
Mrs. Fleming, who was tri*-d four years ago on
a charge of poisoning her mcfh>T.
THE DEFENDANT CHEERFI'L.
Moltneux's wife, his mother and his father
were in court yesterday, and remained through
out the day's hearing. During the long delay
that occurred after recess before the Recorder
resumed his seat, several persons approached
young Mrs. Molin°ux with protestations of sym
pathy, but she did not encourage these atten
! tions. MoHneux himself was In the happiest of
i moods all day. and whatever doubts some people
may have as to th^ outooose of the trial, it is
apparent that h«r has none.
The probability now is that the case will go
to the jury oa Friday afternoon. Mr. Weeks
does not expect to finish his argument before to
night. Mr. Osborne is not likely to take more
than a day for his reply, which would permit
Recorder Goff beginning his charge to the Jury
on Friday miming. T'ntil yesterday the jury
were allowed to have their freedom, but Just be
fore the recess the Recorder announced that the
trial had come to the e tage where it was in
cumbent upon him to confine the jury until a
verdict had been reached. The great length of
time which the case had taken and the grave
issues which were at stake left the Court, he
said, no alternative but to take this action.
Quarters were provided for the jury at the As
tor House.
Mr. Weeks's argument for the defence was an
eloquent and forcible effort. Skilfully he pro
ceeded step by step to display defects in every
successive piece of testimony upon which the
prosecution built its case, and very convincingly
he contended that there was not one syllable of
evidence or one scintilla of proof to connect the
defendant directly with the crime. The hand
writing experts he assailed with all the power
that was in him, remarking that if Molineux
wrote the address on the poison package the
jury would not need a trust of handwriting ex
perts who had been brought to this city at an
expense of $30,000 to convince them of it. While
Mr. Weeks asked the jury to bear in mind that
whatever he might say in considering the evi
dence should not be construed as an accusation
upon any one, much that he said could bear
only one Inference, and that was that to all
practical intents he was charging Cornish with
committing the" crime for which Molineux is
standing trial. He cited many instances where
in he maintained that the prosecution might
with more justice have proved Cornish's connec
tion with the murder. Mr. Weeks also pointed
to many inconsistencies and contradictions in
the testimony given by Cornish.
The latter was in court while Mr. Weeks was
attacking him thus mercilessly, but save for a
constant working of the jaws, which is habitual
with him. he gave no signs of the effect it was
having upon him.
Mr. Weeks began his case for the defence by
moving that People's Exhibit I <the diagnosis
blank) be stricken out. The Recorder denied the
motion, but observed that the exhibit would be
used only to trace physical description, and that
the Jury should not allow the answers in the
exhibit to prejudice their mirds. Mr. Weeks
next moved to compel the State to make known
upon which of the six counts of the indictment
they would rely. Mr. Weeks described the vari
ous counts, and said he could not proceed with
the defence until he was apprised upon which
count the prosecution would go on. Mr. Osborne
protested that the law did not compel the prose
cution to elect upon which count it would rely
until both sides were in. The Court sustained
his contention. Upon the request of Mr. Os
borne the Jury was instructed to disregard all
that part of Professor Frazer's testimony re
garding the microscopic measurements of the
handwriting of the defendant, wMle the Court,
upon Us own Initiative, ordered the jury to dis
regard that part of Rachel Greene's evidence
which related to the defendant having lived
with his wife in West Seventy-flfth-st. under
the name of "Chesebrough." The District At
■ torney, the Recorder said, had failed to keep his
promise to connect that evidence with the case.
MR. WEEKS'S ANNOUNCEMENT.
- it was immediately after the Recorder had
declined to compel the prosecution to elect upon
which count it would stand that Mr. Weeks
startled every one with the announcement that
the defence rested.
•If Your Honor please," he said, "after mak
< out i nurd on second paare.
PURE WATER WITH MEALS.
Pure aprtrii? water from the Adirondack Moun
tains is served frets with all meals In the Mew- York
I Central Dining Cars. Trains Illuminated by Pintach
Light.— Advt. • : -,.
PHILIPPINE GOVERNOR.
JUDGE W. II TAFT APPCLXT
ED BY THE PRESIDES T.
HEAD OF A NEW COMMISSION TO ESTAB-
LISH CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN
THE ISLANDS.
[BT TEI.r.<;RAPH TO THE TRIBCNE ]
Washington. Feb. H.— The President has se
lected Judge William H Taft to be the first
Civilian Governor of the Territory of the Philip
pines when that Territory is established pro
visionally by the Executive, if Congress fails to
legislate to that end within the next two months.
Judge Taffs appointment as the head of the
new Commission to go to Manila and set the
wheels of the new regime in motion 'was made
public to-day after the Cabinet meeting. In
accordance with the announcement of the Presi
dent's purpose made last Saturday in The
Tribune, when all the details of the plan adopt
ed for the early change In the administration of
insular affairs were fully described for the first
time.
The choice of Judge Taft is regarded as ad
mirable from al? points of view, not only be
cause of the assurance giv^n at home that men
are not to be put in charge of the new posses-
JUDGE WILLIAM H. TAFT.
Appointed by iii^ President CMA eoverae* of the
Philippl:
sions for purely partisan considerations, but on
account of the salutary effect it will probably
have on influential natives of the Philippines
who fail to appreciate the fact that one of the
most able and trusted American judicial officers
has consented to sacrifice his assured position
here to direct them in the maintenance of pros
perous and peaceful good government.
APPOINTED ON JUDGE DAY'S ADVICE.
Judge Tart's appointment and his inducement
to surrender his life position on the bench are
attributed. to Judge Day, formerly Secretary of
State and President of the Paris Peace Com
mission, as well as the most trusted friend and
adviser of the- President. Judge Day bjought
Judge T»i.ft to v\ <isninstoi» to-day, and joined
with the President in urging him to make the
personal sacrifices required and to take up the
great responsibility. It became known to sev
eral officials a few days ago that the President's
first impulse was to trust the establishment of
the Philippine Territorial Government to Judge
Day, whose health, however, was too precarious
to permit him to undertake the voyage and the
long confinement in the tropics. It was Judge
Day who suggested Judge Taft. and secured his
acceptance.
Judge Tait i? only forty-two years of age. and
is physically fitted for the extremely arduous
labors that will fall to a conscientious man un
dertaking the great task before him. He re
signed from the bench to-day to take effect
March 13, when it is expert- d that the new Com
mission of which he la the heail will start for
Manila. The President promptly sent to the
Senate the nomination of Judg" Henry S. Sev
erens. United States District Judge of Michi
gan, in order that the vacancy could be SUed
immediately, and that Judge Taft might be free
to arrange his personal affairs without delay
and take up the preliminary work of organizing
the Commission late this month. He will be as
sisted ':•>■ John R. Arthur, secretary of the
earlier Commission, who has been virtually de
cided upon as the first secretary of the new
Commission and the Territory.
DUTIES OF THE NEW COMMISSION.
The Taft Commission has no connection with
that composed of President Sehurman. Admiral
Dewey. General Otis, Colonel Denby and Pro
fessor Worcester. They have finished their
field work and are now completing the final
volumes of their report It is not likely that
any of them, or certainly not more than one
of them, will be connected with the new Com
mission, which is constituted solely for the In
auguration of civil administration to rep'ace
military rule as soon as possible in the pacified
portions of the Philippines. Judge Taft and his
colleagues will go to Manila and will relieve
General Otis of all but strictly military mat
ters. They will take over the customs and
other services, establish schools and courts and
put The territorial machinery at work, assum
ing the chiet places themselves, according to
their special fitness. The Commission will take
with it a large number of employes, as the
government now organized will be the founda
tion of all others to come so long as the Philip
pines remain territory of the United States.
Exactly what line will be drawn between the
new Commission's powers and the power of
General Otis, or the Military Governors, has not
been definitely settled, but it is the President's
hope to make the civil government supreme, and
to be able soon to withdraw a large part of
the military and naval power now required.
Judge Taft's appointment as Commissioner
does not require th" consent of the Senate, for
until Congress provides for the government of
the Philippines they will continue under the
supreme control of the President, whose agents
will be compensated out of the island revenues.
It is understood that Judge Tatt will receive
$25,000 a year, and that his colleagues on the
Commission will be treated with similar lib
erality.
Judge Taft called at the War Department to
day In company with Judre Day and ha 4 a
long talk with Secretary Root as to the plans
for the Commission. There will be five members
of the Commission, all of th«m civilians.
William Howard Taft was born in Cincinnati
on September ir>, VBSI, and was graduated from
Tale in 1878. He was at one time Solicitor-Gen
eral of the United States. He was commissioned
Judge for the Vlth Circuit oa March 17, 1592
and has ever since held that place. He Is a son
of the late Alphonso Taft. Attorney-General of
the United States.
PROFESSOR I"V P.EH(,MA\\ SICK.
Berlin, Feb. Professor Yon Bergmann. the cel
ebrated Burgeon. Is ill with pneumonia.
It Is a tun cure for CROUP—
-; \'\ •;-••■ JAYNE'S EXPECTORANT.-Advt ■ '
TUNNEL BONDS ALL RTGHT.
SO SAYS THE CONTROLLER AFTER IX
SPECTION.
SPECIAL MEETING OP RAPID TRANSIT
BOARD TO-DAY T3 HEAR THE
COMMITTEE'S REPORT.
McDonald'* securities are all rlcht.
—BIRD S. COT.ER.
The underground railroad seems to be assured.
The committee appointed by the Rapid Transit
Board on Monday to Investigate the securities
offered by August Belmont on behalf of John
B. McDonald satisfied Itself yesterday that the
securities were adequate, and a special meeting
of the Board has been called for 3 o'clock this
afternoon at No. 320 Broadway to hear the com
mittee's report. This committee consists of
President Orr and Controller Coler. They con
ferred yesterday for some hours with Mr. Bel
mont, Mr. McDonald and their counsel. After
the conference was over they had little to say
for publication, but Mr. Coler let fall these five
significant words: "The securities are all right."
From other sources it was learned that Mr.
Belmont's plan for financing the big contract
will differ In some details from what was gen
erally expected when It was first announced that
he was forming a construction company. The
plan has been worked out. It Is said, largely by
George W. Wickersham, of No. 40 Wall-st.. Mr.
Belmont's counsel, and A. B. Boardman and E.
M. Shepard. counsel to the Board. Its details
are promised for publication after to-day's
meeting. It Is said that the definite rejection of
the Onderdonk bid by the Board removed some
of the obstacles to the completion of the con
struction company, some capitalists having now
come to McDonald's aid who would, naturally,
have preferred to back the higher bid.
CHARACTER OF THE BONDS.
At the conference yesterday the contractor
and Mr. Belmont specifically stated to the com
mittee what sort of bonds would be offered. The
character of the bonds was considered and dis
cussed. The amount of cash that would be ac
cepted, the proportion of the stock and bonds
cf the company, and the individual securities
were decided upon.
Mr. Belmont was able to satisfy the committee
that sureties would be offered that would amply
protect the city. The committee agreed that the
sureties mentioned would be better even than
f the surety companies with which Mr.
McDonald had be^n negotiating. So favorably
'ii'l Mr. McDonald and Mr. Belmont Impress the
committee that they expect all arrangements
to be perfected and the contract to be signed
within a «■»•■!( or ten days.
It may be necessary, however, for the Appel
late Division of the ec U pp r pp c Court to pass on
the bonds and so alter the conditions that they
can be accepted by the city. Ordinarily. It is
necessary for a bondsman to qualify in twice the
amount of the surety he offers. The desire of
the Rapid Transit Commission is that this con
dition shall not be exacted in this case, as an
amount of cash will be Included In the sureties
large er.o-jch to make the city certain of per
fect indemnity. The action of the court la
looked upon aa mersly a detail by the Commis
sion, so excellent are the sureties that will be
offered. At ttm meeting of the Board to-day the
sureties will be passed upon, and the counsel
may be instructed to prepare the necessary mo
tion and make it before the court. When VUt
has been done the construction company will be
organized and incorporated, the bonds will be
offered and accepted, and the contract wi!l be
signed. This, according to the result of the con
ference, will not require more than a week ur
ten days.
There was an expression of satisfaction on the
face of John B. McDonald yesterday as he sat
at his desk.
• Hear any more rumors abcut me not signing
that contract?" h? asked with a smile. "It's
about time for another one to start. But I
su^'f the whole thing has been put to rest now.
even if it was pretty wake#al before. Was I
worried" Not a little bit. I knew that I could
do it. I said 'vhen my bid was accepted that
I wosjld q,ua!ify and I meant it. I had a deal
of trouble with the surety companies, but would
have done business with them if I could. Their
demands were too onerous, as you see. and I
was obliged to stop negotiating with them.
There is no use i n a man starting up~n such
ar. undertaking as this unless he ha° more
than one string to his bow. I was not confined
to the surety companies, and the Commission
knew it. I will not need all the time that the
Commission has been kind enough to give to
it." Before the 2Oth the contract will be signed
and all there will be to do will be to begin the
work."
CASH IN THE SECURITIES.
"It will be necessary," said Controller Coler,
"to ask the Appellate Court to allow a little
leeway In the matter of the bonds. As the law
stands. If the Board accepts the sureties that
the new company will offer they must be twice
the amount of the bond that the contractor will
be obliged to furnish. It is the intention of the
Commission to see that the city Is perfectly safe
in this matter No securities will be accepted
that might at any time and under any circum
stances* prove unavailable to the full extent of
their face value. As there will be a large
amount of cash offered, the possibility of any
difficulty will be small. There is no proposition
at present tor the city to retain a percentage of
the money paid for the work as It progresses,
and I do not believe that any such question will
arise. The bonds will be ample to protect the
city and thus render such a proceeding unneces
sary
August B»lmont said he would disclose noth
ing of the business of organizing the construc
tion company, now or at any future time.
When President Orr was asked If it would
be necessary to apply to the courts for approval
of the securities offered by Mr. Belmont, he said:
I am Informed that the Controller thinks so.
There is a mistaken idea that the Commission
vould require surety companies on the bond, but
the truth is that the Commission may accept any
good security. There are plenty of men In this
city whose personal bond would be far better se
curity than that of some corpora The Com
missioners will exercise their discretion as buslnes»
men. We are assured that Mr. McDonald will be
able to qualify before the 10th.
MRB. J. A. WRIGHT IX A RIX {WAY.
HER CARRIAGE RUN" INTO BY ELECTRIC
CAR IX SIXTH-AYE.
Mrs. James A. Wright, of No. 137 West Twelfth
s«t., the wife of the vice-president of the Interna
tional Navigation Company, and Miss Elsie de
"Wolfe, the actress, came ne^r being, victims of a
serious runaway accident yesterday. The two
women were shopping together, en.i were riding 1
about in Mrs. Wright's carriage As they were
going up Slxth-ave.. at the corner of Slxteenth-st..
the carriage was run into by an electric car. and
the driver was thrown from his seat.
The horses were frightened and ran away up the
avenue, going- as far an Twenty-second-st.. when
some one who saw the carriage coming without a
driver succeeded In stopping them. Neither of the
women was injured. Miss De Wolfe appeared as
usual In "The Surprises of Love" last night at the
Lyceum Theatre, and went through her part with
out any signs of undue disturbance.
THE OERii AX-AM ERICA* CABLE.
Berlin. Feb. «.— The German direct cable from
Emd>n to New-York by way of the Azores will b«
lon dd e b aUwlu nd co n 8t C SS. y - U *™ b * «* mUe9
TRAVEL A LUXURY.
Th* "Roy*l mIt «l." pineal Day Train In the
World. '»* v «* s '' 1 «k. South Ferry and foot of
Liberty St.. daily 3 j p. ruvarriva. m Washington i
p. m. Splendid Dining and Cafft Car Bervlca.-Advt.
PRICE TOREE CENTS.
PEA* E I\ KENTUCKY.
IT BESTS WITH GOV. TAYLOR
WHETHER IT COXTIM'ES.
HE IS CONSIDERING AGREEMENT MGTED
AT LOUISVILLE CONFERENCE
DEMOCRATIC THREATS.
f«T TELEamAFH TO TB3 TSTSC»S-I
Frankfort. Ky.. Feb. ♦>.— Upon Governor Tay!or
there rests to-night the responsibility «** decid
ing the issue of peace or war in Kentucky. The
consensus of opinion among Republicans and
Democrats is that, despite whatever be mmj
say or whatever utterances may be imputed to
him. he will decide in favcr of peace.
At the hour of 10 o'clock to-night Taylor had
not affixed his signature to the peace terras)
agreed upon at the Louisville conference last
night, and nearly every man In soldier** «sj.
form in the State Capitol grounds spoken to on
the subject exclaimed in a splutter of rasje
that the Republicans whose names have been
signed to the protocol "ought to be hanged."
But conservative men of both parties do not
take such expressions seriously. There Is a deep
Impression in the public mind that Governor
Taylor will affix his signature to the document
within the next twenty-four hours, and tnsja
put an end to the chaos and terrible nerrossi
strain in Kentucky.
To. The Tribune correspondent late this after
noon Gnverncr Taylor argued with force and
clearness th? legal sight he thinks he ts main
tain ing by his courw and his threat of pr«
cipitatin? bloody conflict, but not once did ftn>
say in positive terms that he would not /MM
be the advice of his friends, who helped frame
the document adopted by the **peace eonfso
ence" at Louisville.
The Governor seemed favorably impressed
with the provision pleoieing the Democrats to
the repeal of the Goebel law and the proessse
this offers of fair elections m Kentucky, bat
he appeared to think that after they gals their
point I they will
nlses tou'-'"..ng the
Goebel law. Taylor s talk iieate that
he has yielded the most infiniiesimal part of
•entioa on legal grouds. and he is yet
apparently BTteced that all throvsn
this trouble he ha 3 acted strictly within his
constitutional authority. I?, therefore, he yields
to the tren -ssure now being brought
to bear upon him for a peaceable settlement ft
will be due to his desire to avert bloodshed.
Postmaster Baker, of Louisville, one of the
Republicans at the -. said to-nbjht
that the outline of :b.e aer~ement s*»nt out by
the press .. - to-day was quite accu
rate. Postmaster Baker, after a long consulta
r<>n with Governor Taylor this afternoon, also
aaid he believed Taylor w*»uld eventually asmu
the agreement.
The hotheads among the Democrats are swear
ing in loud oaths to-night to attack the State
H'iu?» on Monday, and not quit fighting until
-very Republican there, including Taylor. i»
killed, if Taylor hy that date has not signed the
agreement. John K. H^ririck. chief legal ad
viser of the Goel - a heretofore has been
extremely cautious in expression, said to-n!*rht:
"If Tnvlor refuses to sign the peace agreement
we will assau't t^e Sate House and whip him
out of it. If it costs hundreds of lives."
DETAIL* OF THE AGREEMENT.
"what the reprlsentattve rzpttbu*
cans and democrats at louis
ville signed.
Louisville. Ky.. Feb. *v— The peace conference'
held at the Gait House last night between seven
representatives of the Republican party mad
seven representatives of the Democratic party
resulted in the unanimous signing of an agree
ment embodying seven specific propositions^
which promise a settlement of the party differ
ences which have brought about two State gov
ernments in Kentucky. This agreement hi In
substance as for
First— That if the General Assembly in Joint
session shall adopt a resolution ratifying irs re
rent action adopting the contest reports seating
and Beckham the c W. S. Tay
tor and John Marshall, shall submit without fur
ther protest.
>econd— That all parties sha: - an ef
fort to bring about such a modification of the
election law as will provide for non-partisan
n boards and insure free and fair elec
tions.
Third — That the conditions shall remain hi
statu quo until Monday, the General Assembly
meeting and adjourning from day to day until
that time.
Fourth — That nothing shall be done to hinder
or prevent a jcint session of the General Assem
bly f^r taking action m the ratification resolu
tion.
Fifth— That the State Contest Board shall
meet and adjourn from day to day until Mon
day without taking any action on the contests
for minor State offices. This postponement is
suggested in order that the action of the General
Assembly on the ratification resolution may be
taken first.
Sixth— That the Ptate troops shall he leujuved
tross the State Capitol at once, though with an
necessary precaution for the public safety.
This matter is to He under the direction o«*
General Daniel Lindsay, of Frankfort.
Seventh — That the Republican officials and
officers of the State Guard "thall have immunity
from charges of treason, usurpation, court mar
tial or any other such offences.
The agreement was» signed by the following?
Republicans — John Marshall. Judge John W.
Barr. General Daniel Lindsay. T. L. Ede -
T. H. Banter. DavM W. Fairleigh and C. T.
Rallard.
Democrats — J. C. S. Blackburn. J. C. W. Beth
ham. Samuel J. Shackelfr>rd. Trey Woodaasx
James B. McCreary. Phil Thompson and Robert
J. Breckenridge.
The agreement In full was not given out last
night, as it was desired first to submit It to
Governor Taylor for his signature. It was
stated by the Republicans present that Governor
Taylor would agree to anything that all of them
signed. It was stated In the conference that
the London session of the General Assembly
would be called off at once.
The conference began at .*> o'clock yesterday
afternoon, at the Gait House, and lasted until
2:30 o'clock this morning, when a typewriter
was sent for and the agreement was prepared
and signed.
Until Monday, while the situation to hi stsnn
quo. Governor Taylor will remain In possession
of the executive buildings, while the PrrmWtni—
will recognize him and the Democrats will recog
nize Beckham as Governor.
After the conference 3eckham at once took a
train for Frankfort. Senator Blackburn and ex-
Governor McCreary remained In Louisville over
night.
The course of events In the immediate future
depends largely on Governor Taylcr. An Impor
tant influence in shaping the Republican policy
has been. It Is believed, the lack of supper from
the National Administration for the coarse pur
sued by Governor Taylor since he assumed
dl -
BELIEF THAT PEACE WILL PREVAIL,
MR. BLACKBURN CONFIDENT-REPUBLICAN
OPINION AGREES WITH HIS.
Frankfort. Ky.. Feb. 6.— Senator-elect Black
burn, who returned this morning from Louis
ville, expressed himself to-night as confident
that the entire trouble would be settled peace
fully. He said:
It is entirely natural that the other side should
wish to take , time ! to consider the agreement,
and to prepare its statement to be Issued at th<
same time the signature is affixed I have no
knowledge of what will be done, but I firmly
believe that the agreement will be accepted sub
itantially aa adopted by the members of tj^

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