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STREET CLEANING TARTS LOADING IN BROADWAY. REHTND ST. PAUL'S rHFROH. REPEALING WAR TAXES. THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS IX THE HOUSE. STAYS AND MEANS BILL PASSED t'NANI IfOUSLY OX THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER'S MOTION*. [BT IHMUn TO THE TFIBfVE.] TTashington, Feb. 17.— After sharp parlia- Msrtary sparring over the adoption of a special rule reported by Mr. DalaeU, of Pennsylvania, for the Committee on Rules, the War Revenue Reduction bill, wiping out the taxes levied to meet the extraordinary expenses of the war With Spain, passed the House this afternoon ■without a dissenting vote The result was a sur prise to all the seasoned Republican leaders, as th«y were not forewarned of the intention of Mr. Richardson, of Tennessee, the Democratic taster, to ask unanimous consent for the bus rwsion of the rules and to put the bill imme diately on its passage without debate. It was anarthe Democratic leaders had vainly tried to obtain a modification of the special rule reported -V Mr. Dsla»H. fixing the time for closing the debate at 4 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, that Mr Richardson, obtaining the floor on some pre text that did rot appear plain even to Speaker Henderson, announced that his side unanimous ly favored the repeal of all th» remaining 'war taxes, and that, as a. protest against what he Balled the "gag rules" of the House, he moved that, without further preliminaries, the 1 bill at once be put to a vote. republican; LEADERS ASTONISHED. Mr. Richardson's motion caused a lively rom mction on ■he Republican side of the chamber, >'«.«ts. Payne, Grosvenor. Cannon, Dalzell and ether leaders quickly gathering in front of the Speaker's desk and holding hurried consulta tions, while the Democrats applauded Mr. Rich ardson's sharp move. The astonished Republi can leaders consulted Speaker Henderson fre quently while the confusion lasted, and as no b<yjy offered any objection to the Democratic leader's request for unanimous consent for the Mil to be placed on ps passage, the rollcall on ->lr. Kichardson's motion was ordered without more ado. Every member in his seat— 27B in all— registered his rote for the bill in a voice that rang out resonantly. The incident was sue of the most remarkable in the recent history of Congress. A bill that lops off from the pub lic revenue more than $75,000,000 passed the House without debate or division, and amid a FiJenrp, afur the House recovered from its sur- I'rise. that was oppressive. When this had been plished the House Immediately adjourned. leaving the bewildered spectators in the crowd ed galleries wondering what had happened and what it all meant. The members Bled out leis urely, the leaders of the two sides good natured ly chaffing one another, as if each political party had achieved a great victory. riGHT OVER THE SPECIAL RULE. Preceding the unlooked for result there was a spirited sage at arms between Messrs. Dal *■'■'.. Babcock and Cannon for the. Republicans, end Messrs. Richardson. Underwood. Hay and Ball of Texas, for the Democrats, over the adoption of the special rule limiting the debate and cutting off all amendments. With charac teristic heat and fury the Democrats denounced the rule as "tyrannical." "brutal." etc., and with calm assurance the Republican leaders defended " as customary and in thorough accord with the latest approved methods of the House. Mr. Richardson tried to make a point against the Republicans by reminding the House that the precedents established by the Reed rules were Ignored by the one reported by Mr, Dalzen for Jnis emergency, but Speaker Henderson broke yie force of .this argument by proclaiming •^nkly that the rule complained of was the **•<*> counterpart of a rule adopted by th iJetaocrats on a similar occasion when they last Controlled the House under Speaker Crisp. Mr Richardson at '.ast resorted to the usual for mality of moving to recommit the rule to the committee, and when the Speaker ruled this m of order, the Tennesseean appealed from •"* decision of the Chair. The appeal, on mo ■JJ of Mr. Dalzel!. was laid on the table by a Pi v Party vote. Following these defeats Mr. Richardson made his surprising flank move ■•■*, with the result stated. GRATIFICATION IN r THE SENATE. Although considerably surprised at the out- Co m» i n the House, the Senate leaders almost Without exception expressed great gratification. T*o of the most Influential majority members «f the Finance Committee, to which the bill will „ referred when It reaches the Senate, told a J r f* Pendent of The Tribune that they be !ri ■ 1? '*' r " 1 I'l pass their body with no more in V cn or delay than the measure encountered '/t>iL * House. They said, further, that the only sra i Uon to '* * bin Jn £ through without trt f un*u * n * ramo from Senators on both Rides th * chamber who are not members of the « ORllnnrd on Vnif 4 — - —H , i _ !£• AUGUSTINE. PALM BEACH AND NASSAU. p^f!?J train service via Southern Railway to Tha V* Eaet Coast resorts. Three great trains. .ilvt 0 ' th « Southern's Palm Limited, leaving «-~g ,/-**» 12:40 noon for Bt. Augustine. N. Y. *1 *n-J 1.1*5 Broadway.— Advt- DANISH TREATY RATIFIED. PURCHASE OP WEST INDIAN ISLANDS APrRO\ ED BY SENATE. ACTION TAKEN AFTER ONLY ONE HOI'RS DISCUSSION. Washington, Feb. 17. -To-day. In a little more than an hour's time. th<> Senate ratified the with Dean irk ceding to the United for (5.000.000 the Islands of Pt. Thomas. St John and Pt. <~roix, composing the croup of the Antilles known ns the Danish West Indies and lying just east of Porto Rico, und. thus, so i this country is concerned, consummated a transaction which has been under considera tion Intermittently since th« administration of Lincoln The. treaty and the report on It were read at length, and there was some discussion. Senator Cullom, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, made a speech explaining th«» ad vantages of the acquisition of the islands, and Senators Bacon and McLaurin, of Mississippi, made brief remarks, saying that while they could not Indorse all the provisions of the agree ment they would place no obstacles in the way of ratification. Senator Bacon moved to amend the treaty by striking out the second paragraph of Article 111. reading as follow •: The civil rights and the political status of th» Inhabitant iif the islands shall be determined by the Congress, subject the stipulations con tained in the present convention. He based his opposition to this provision on the general ground that the constitution should extend to the islands when they became a part of the United States. He said, however, that failure to accept the amendment would not pre vent his voting for the treaty, for be believed in the Monroe Doctrine. Under that do-trine this country could not permit any Kurope an power to acquire the islands, and -we could not in fairness take this position and then cur selves refuse to buy them when they are for sale. The amendment was rejected without di vision. SENATOR CULLOM'S EJCPLANATION. Senator Cullom explained all the provisions treaty, and gave a detailed account of the island's resources I r trade value to th< United States He said the provision affect- Ing the civil rights of the inhabitants was simi lon on the same subject in the Spanish treaty concerning Porto h ; Ltor Cullom said that in taking the islands the United States would assume no burden of as by the terms of the agreement all claims held by Denmark against the Insular iry would be cancelled )K- placed the total of these claims at $2,000,000 He a i the nature of the obligations the United would assume with reference to th^ St Thomas Floating Dock company and the West India ai d Panama Company, saying that on the apt] franchise It would be necessary t<> pay a subsidy "f (4,000 a year for three or four and that in both cases fher«» was nr\ agreement to protect the charters for the time ■ i by Denmark. He also gave a detailed St, Crolx Sugar Company, ex plaining that the government of Denmark had assumed debts amounting to about (700.000 for that concern, but had agreed to wind up the affairs of thp company as soon as practica ble, thus relieving the United States of nil com plications '■!! account of that company. Senator Cullom explained that under the terms of th^ treaty th" United States would take pos n of the islands as soon as ratifications could be exchanged, and paid that it would not be necessary to delay that act until the appro priation of money to pay for them could be The harbor at Bt Thomas Island was described as one of the safest ami best In the West Indies, and the importance of Its posses sion from a strategic point of view whs enlarged upon. He said that the control of that harbor commands 'he military situation so far as n< pes sary In Cuba, and that it we are to build a across the Isthmus of Panama the owner ship of th" harbor by the United States is es sential, as it guards the approach to it. itor Cullom's motion to ratify the treaty then was adoj ted by a viva voce vote. TREATY WITH ENGLAND RATIFIED. Washington, J-" 1 b 17 Th» Senate, In executive to-day, ratified a treaty between the I'nited . and Great Britain, extending for twelve months from July CV IMI. the tim»> within which British ■ or foreign possessions may give the convention sipned March 2. MM. for the tenure and disposition of real and p*>r sonal property. FOR CUBAN RECIPROCITY. PLANS UNDER CONSIDERATION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE. Washington. Feb. 17.— With the passage of the War Revenue Reduction bill in the House to day, Informal plans are being considered on both Fides of the chamber for the consideration of the Cuban reciprocity question now pending be fore the Ways and Means Committee. Chair man Payne said to-night that no definite plan had yet been matured for taking up the ques tion, either by the Republican members or by the committee fis a whole. At the same time there is a pretty general understanding among the Republican members of the committee that Ihey will confer on the subject later in the wee*. The Democratic embers of the Ways and Means committee met this afternoon immedl atets after the passage of th* War Revenue Re duction act to consider plans for dealing with the Cuban reciprocity question when it comes up. No definite line of action van determined upon. NEW-YORK. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 18. 1902. -SIXTEEN PAGES.-.^aaaWSW SCENES IN LOWER NEW YORK DURING THE STORM. UNDERBID BY BELGIANS. BRITISH STEEL MANUFACTURERS LOSE HOMp CONTRACTS. TRIP OF BOER DELEGATES—BLUE BOOK ON AFRICAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS. (Copyright; 1902 By Th- Tribune Association.) IBY CAM?: TO THE TRIBOTE ) T,ondr>n. Feb. 18. 1 ». m.— The British rail manufacturers have been outclassed by their Belgian rival? In bids for large contracts of material needed for the electric traction sub urban line? of London. The Highways Commit tee of the Common Council will report to-day In favor of the acceptance of the foreign bids, which are IS per cent below the lowest English tenders. This is fresh proof that the steel plant of the T*nir--<1 Kingdom Is behind the time* and incapable of keeping abreast with foreign coun tries The ahfff'nce of Ornun and American competition In these contracts Is explained In the trade as the result of the unusual condi tions prevailing In th« I*nlt*d States, where the ■apply of Iron and steel is Inadequate for meet ing the requirements of the home markft. Con siderable imports of mtmjrt have been ordered from Germany, because the material cannot be supplied with Kufflclent rapidity for home con sumption In the LTnli I Btal and thc-r» his been mHoui delay In carrying out contracts of Am*rl<-an firms f^r railway construction in Mexico and other foreign countries. American and German competition was shut off for this reason from the London County Council's work. But even with this advantage, flip English and Scotch manufacturers lost a good contract from the lower prices of Belgian material. I-4rge contracts for electric equipment of the Hudders fieid tramways have be*-n awarded to a. Man chester firm. An Immrnsp amount of municipal work of this nature will come into th» m.irket In th» course of a few years. The departure of the Boer delegates for Amer lea Is not regarded by the English press as a serious incident. British officials are not con vinced that Lord Cranhorne has come out well In his explanations of the secret history of diplomatic action In the Spanish-American War, since he has enabled the German Emperor to prove that th" Berlin Foreign Office disapproved of the meddlesome intervention of the powers. but they comfort themselves with the reflection that an object lesson has been offered against the Interference of the American Government in affairs in South Africa The best point made against the government Is Lord Rosebery's con tention that the ministers Insist upon making peace with the Boer leaders fighting In the field, whom they have themselves by the proclamation of September 15 condemned to perpetual ban ishment. This argument weakens the force of Lord Lansdowne's reply to the Dutch Govern ment, and may facilitate the final recognition of the Boer delegates as negotiators. The Brit ish Government, however, like the American Government before and after the war with Spain, will not welcome Intervention of a for eign power. Influential Welsh delegation i\iii visit thr Colonial offW to-day for the purpose of asking Mr. ."ham! erlaln to provide a transport to carry a larj?" number of Welshmen from Patagonia to Canada. William N. < Iri f?lt h. Canadian fle»nt at Cardiff, atv! w .1 f>rs, from Swansea, who visiird Patagonia, head the delegation Sir John Llewellyn will entertain the delegation at luncheon after the official Interview. About 1,500 of these Welsh piettlera upy 70.00fl acres, divided Into 350 farms, where no produce < .in be grown without Irrigation, and where re curring floods have proved disastrous. Th" transplanting of this agricultural colony to Canada is advocated strenuously by the Welsh delegation. The Kronprins Wilhelm was in communication with the Marconi wireless telegraph station at the Lizard from 12:30 o'clock until '.» yesterday morning. At <h» latter hour the German liner was calculated to be 1-1" miles west of the Cornish coast Ove s hundred words were sent through between 8:50 and 9 o'clock. The Brussels correspondent of "The Standard" states that Dr. MUller will i»» received by th* President, to whom he "ill hand a letter from Mr Kriiger. A considerable sensation was caused In th»- Parliamentary lobbies last evening by the pres ence of a young giant from Georgia Standing 7 feet 7 inches, he towered In a striking way over the surrounding throng in the outer lobby. Another blue book was Issued last night deal ing with the South African concentration camps The reports by Dr. Kendal Franks, who visited the various camps In the Transvaal and Orange River Colony, are satisfactory on the whole. Dr. Franks, however, reveals a deplorable state of affairs at the MafeMng camp, which has suffered much from an insufficient supply of medical men and nurses. I. N. F. AUK YOU INTERESTED IN STATISTICS. The lead that 'i* bouse of Moet & Chandon has in importations to any one country distances by thousands upon thousands of cases, any com petitive brand. Moet & Chandon White S«?al of the famous vintage of ISM. with its gigantic strides has an increase In 1901 greater than. 100 per cent of the combined Increase of all the. other — uapasnea Imported.— AdvL THE WALL-ST. STATUE of GEOBGE WASHINGTON HEAVY SNOWSTORM STRIKES CITY. Railroads. Street Traffic and Mails Delayed— Wood- A snowstorm that would have ranked as a blizzard if the weather had been mlder kept the city in its grasp all day yesterday. In the early part of the day there was a gale oi forty miles an hour, accompanied by a heavy snowfall. At the same time the thermometer was nt SW degrees above zero The high wind continued, while the temperature re mained nearly unchanged, but the snowfall became lighter later in the day and ceased in the evening. Less than ten inches of snow fell in the city, but the snow was blown in drifts, which seriously blockaded traffic. The weather prediction given at the local Weather Bureau last night was: "Fair on the coast, snow in the in terior; Tuesday slightly colder, with high northwest wind* on the coast; Wednesday fair." At 8 a. m. yesterday the temperature was 30 degrees and the humidity was 100. At Bp. m. the temperature was 27 degrees and the humidity was sVI "General delay in traffic in the city was caused by the storm. Vehicles of all kinds had difficulty in getting through the streets. All the surface cars were delayed by blockades the greater part of the day. many stoppages being caused by trucks that could not be moved out of the way of the cars. The only lines of travel not seriously affected, were the elevated road ?, the trains of which were crowded most of the <!a\ There was considerable delay in the running of trains approaching the city, and the mails were I^'* s The "t<-»rrn was violent along the coast from the Carolinas to Vow England. Hurricane Signals were hoisted ai Samh Hook m the Sound boats stopped and there were delays in frrrv traffic. The delivery of freight ar the steamship piers was abandoned for the daw There was little suffering in the city, because of the absence of severe cold. No accidents ol importance were re l The -now and wind interfered with business in the city to such an extent that several of the department stores ■ d. Reports from almosi ill parts ol ork ami the \>\* England States showed that from eight inches to two f snow had fallen, and that high winds anied the storm. Cotmtry roads were impassable. In Eastern Pennsylvania the heavy fall of snow impeded steam and surface railroads, but the West enjoyed clear, fair and almost summerlike weather. DETAILS OF THE HEAVY STORM WHICH AFFECTS A WIDE ARI A. THE CITY WAKES UP TO FIND ITSELF BURIED IN SNOW DRIFTS. The New-Yorker who went to sleep at a rea sonably early hour on Sunday night was aston ished to find the city snowed in when he awoke yesterday morning. He might have been par doned if he thought the city was in the grasp of a regular blizzard. Snow was falling rapidly, coming down In large, soft flakes which filled the air so completely as to make vision across a street almost impossible, and was blown in drifts by a gale that was bowling along at forty-knot speed. Although the snow did not appear until mid night, there was a fall of seven Inches by s o'clock yesterday morning, and there was no indication of ceasing. On the ground the snow was distributed so unevenly that some places were bare, while <"i many sid'Mvalkst on the north sides of streets the drifts were thre^. four and even five feet in height. The tem perature was only slightly below freezing point. ntid therefore the snow was damp and soft. Wh«*n it was formed in drifts by th<» howling gale it was so firm that a man rould walk over it without sinking far it was the comparatively high temperature, in fact, which prevented th» big snow hi el yesterday from being classed as a blizzard. In the great blizzard that fled up the city on March 12. 1888, the mercury fell to «', degrees below zero, while the wind blew at the rate of sixty miles an hour, and there a* a fall of two feet of snow. In the blizzard of February 18, IWO, 'he temperature was near zero, while the wind went about as fast as it did yester day, and there was snow enough to block all trains running into the city and nearly paralyze local traffic. The thermometer showed 90 de grees above zero yesterday morning, and even the high wind did not make the cold penetrate houses and warm clothing sufficiently to cause, suffering. 1 Thirty-six decrees, more cold, added to the snow and the wind, would have made a blizzard TO THE SOUTHWEST VIA ATLANTA AND MONTCOMERT. One day In Atlanta, using 3e.aboard Air Un* Ry'» train 27. known as "Seaboard Fast Mail.'" leaving W 23<J Stre«t Ferry. P R R.. 12.10 A M. Sleep«r optn 10 P. M. Office. LIU Br-.ail-xiv.-A4 .t. bury at Work Before Snow Ceases. of 'his storm." was the e\p<*rt opinion clven by Mr Emery, the local forecaster, if th" Weather Bureau At the same time Mr. Kmery said there was a prediction for Iwww traperoton last night, and higher wind, and the storm might b> i ome a blizzard after all WARNINGS FROM WASHINGTON. ' Heavy snows n n 1 lies will prevail durine the next twenty-four to thirty-six hoars in the interior ol New- York and New- England and along the New -England coast." was the message sent to" Mr Emery from the Waaktsajr ton Weather Bureau early in the day. "Hoist hurricane signal w iirninijs. ." p. m.. at Bandy Hook and New-York. ' was the BSessatS* sent in the afternoon The storm continued all day until evening without much sign of abatement, but in the evening the snow ceased to fall and the weather grew colder. Mr Emery said that th* shipping interests were warned on Saturday that there was an advancing coast storm, which was cen tral yesterday morning along the New-Jersey coast. It was attended by high winds in the Middle Atlantic district, and by heavy snow along the Jersey snore, and also along th«» south ern portion of New-York. There was a heavy snowfall yesterday In Eastern Pennsylvania. The snowfall In the lake district, the lower Ohio and upper Mississippi valleys, the District of Columbia. Maryland and the extreme southern part of New-England was) light. The storm yesterday caused general trouble and delay In traffic in all parts of th-» city, while many incoming trains were delayed and the ferryboats at some points ran irregularly. The elevate*! roads in the city were less affected by the storm than other lines of travel, and they did a rushing business all day. Officials of the Manhattan Railway Company said that all locomotives and cars on the lines in Man hattan were in use. There was a general blockading of the electric roads in the city, although the Metropolitan Street Railway Company sent sweepers along the tracks at frequent intervals and kept many men employed in clearing away snow. The chief trouble, the officials said, was caused by ve hicle? that got in the way of the cars. Many of the blockades were caused by trucks that became stuck in the anew beside the eartracks. Contlnnrd on *hird yum.-. DUMPING SNOW AT NEW TIER NO r>, EAST RIVER. PRICE THREE CENTS, RURAL NEW-YORK AXD NEW ENGL A XD S WEPT B V GALE AXD SNOW. fBT TELEGRAPH TO THE THlßr!re.l New-Haven. Conn., Feb. —An old fashioned blizzard has been going on all day long, and to night the snow is still falling, threatening com pletely to tie an the electric lines of the city and all transportation. The storm Is the worst that Connecticut feats experienced since the November I lizzard of IS?S, and in many ways it resembles th* severest snowstorm ever known here, the famous blizzard of ISSS. The storm began with heavy northeast sales early this morning, and by noon It was a blinding mixture of high winds, piling snowdrifts and heavy contjnuius snowfalls. Up to noon five inches had fallen on the level, and by this evening this had increased to nine Inches. In many downtown sec tions the drifts have piled up to six feet high, making walking impossible. • The severity of the storm her* crippled the elec tric, car lines early in the day. completely shutting off some of the outlying suburbs this afternoon and delaying traffic In the centre of the city. Snow pkMUtns were sent out early and kept the car lines in the business section open most of the day. This evening the drifts el snow on the tracks kept pangs of men working till midnight. This coon it took the station cars an hour to run the eight blocks to the centre of the city. Business was practically suspended herd an day.* and several of th* stores closed at neon. Tha schools wen closed. The Consolidated road suffered heavily owing to the severe drifts in the cuts on the smaller di visions. There were no stalled trains reported, but all of the jiMm rotary ploughs wen out. and many trains had two and even three locomotives, espe cially on the up-country divisions. All day lons the Consolidated road ran from twenty minutes to two hours behind time. The new interlocking sys ten on the road was made useless by the storm, and consequently the delays were most serious on the New-York division. Th- railroad was to-night preparing for the worst time since the blizzard of All of the towns in this part of the State ar» from eight inches to two f»et under snow and local trolley roads were finding it hard to 'mov their cars. Bristol reported fifteen inches of now fall to-night, and similar reports come in from other towns. Sound shipping was stopped thta noon the New-York steamers being three hours behind time The Starin Line steamer Glen Island was five hours late and occasioned much anxietr up to noon, when «he arrived. EASTERN SECTIONS HAMPERED Hoosick Falls. N Y. FeK K -A heavy Mow . storm, accompanied by gales, set in early to-day In Eastern New- York Appearances indicate mere severe weather than that of two weeks ago Tre*- FROM BUZZARD TO ST \\Y CLIME