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NO.~ 13,375. WASHINGTON, D. C.,_WEDWESDAY, J A-RY 15 , 18 9 6- TW E LVE PA GES. TW O CE I S.
-THE EVENING STAl. I5 DRAIY UCY" 111IEDAb =na m &Z" Bnaa.mm m, Ig, gaggrasa Isreu't,b rg W"i M.= =N. -. a L N.K- FA PnOWt 3m a s..i.. a .ba .. me gNr Ir M 9 a atto est w 'orpenft ran urel at o csts ow 20010 at the .= =.n =n& csr na~ In the * Ud !ao oft-180*6 preami-11 aetms w ui poh AII W aI a P i' aoit Semad Pled~g for at in Few suinic m fr. Is ila'js 'o LOTER TO THE PRESIDT NEW YOR]K, January 15-The govern wmt bond syndicate has been dissolved. Members of the syndicate received in their Mall this morning a circular letter from J. P. Morgan a Co. releasing them from their comatments to frnish their Pro rata Of $10,00,00 In gold and a sec 0nd $SW400,00 If desirable, taking their peurdt therefor in a 4 per cent govern ment bond. Accompanying this letter was a circular explaining why the syndicate was formd, what, action was taken on Its behalf and Why it is now dissolved. On the 2d of December," Mr. Morgan thy r "1 was Invited to Washington for a fonferen. During my visit there no negotiataos for a oan were even suggest ed, nor was there then, nor since, any agreement or request that I should take any steps preparntogy to making a con trast. cameat however, to the conclusion that the President and Secretary of the Treasury would use every power at their smmanI to restore and maintain ta gold reserve; that no steps would be taken until it was ascertanest what Congress would do;that e the executive department would prefer to secure n00,a0, of gold. and that -it was certain that no relief could be obtained from Congress. Formainr the Syndleate. *Upon my retain, appre-iating the grav Ity of the situation and in order that I might be prepared to act promptly, I took Steps to ascertain to what extent it would be possible to secure the co-operation of capitalists In forming a syndicate which would agree to sell the United States got ermment UKO8,00.O0 of gold coin. The Contract prepared and signed by the par ticipants did not stipulate whether the purchase would be by private contract or by puble ofer. *'Te only provision in addition to the important one that no gold should be with rawm from the treasury was that the minimum amount of the contract should be $P00y0,006, the maximum not over'3200, U6i 70 The applications far exceeded my expectations. At the end of three or four days the total of tWMO,000,O0 was reached, and I had full authority which would en able me whenever, and however, the ex eCutive might decide, to act to secure tbat amount of gold for the treasury reserve in exchange for United States bonds. P0 "The participants may be divided Into four classes: People in Europe who were prepared to ship gold to this side, instltu tions in the United States in possession of gold coin who wanted bonds either for W investment or as a basis for national bunk circuktaon: third, banks In various cities who were willing to exchange their gold for bonds, expecting afterward to sell them in the market; fourth, institutions and tuuas not having gold, but which would get It at whatever cost, provided the cr.n tract was put In force. Participations wetE about equally divided between the four classes. Gettig the Gold. "Having completed the syndicate, I en tered into negotiations in Europe, and in places other than London, where the mar bet was closed to us, and through the Deutsche Bank and Messrs. Morgan, Harjes & Company negotiations were practically 0 cor cluded for puble subscriptions In Ger many, France and Holland, which would have resulted-in a large amount of bonds being placed in those countries. On January 4, realizing that the ten sion was growing daily and serious, I ad dressed a letter to the President calli'ig -his attention to the situation, and repre senting that the most Important step was the restoration of the governmieut credit by replenishng its stock of gold. Details of what was proposed were given, and the assurances offered that the utmost egforts would be m=ae to procure for the treasury 11/iB,000 ounces of gold." Usessn fey- Dissoetien. The reaso given for the dissolution of the syndicate is that the syndicate con tract called for a bid of "all or none," and therefore Mr. Morgan was unwilling to make a, bid under the present circum stances, as he might seem to present for cosideration by the Secretary of the Treasury the throwing out of smaller bids, ade In good faith under public call. The only emergency, in Mr. Morgan's jrderment, which would justify such a course would be the failure of the public to respond to the call of the government, It has been necesary to delay the dis solving of the syndicate up to the present time, as every financial Interest required the protection afforded by the knowledge tilat the syndicate was In existence pre -pured to make the loan a success under -any circumstances, The circular concludes: "I feel perfectly satisfied that there is no qeestion as to the success of the loan." Mr'. Norga. t. the President. The folowing Is the text of Mr. Morgan's letter to President Cleveland: NEW YORK, 219 Madison avenue, January 4, 1896. To the President, Washington, D. C. Sir: It is with great hesitation that I venture to address you In relation to the present financial situation. As you are doubtless well aware, financial affairs are approaching a serious crisis, and the tension today Is extreme; and, atist no outward evildences have devel O .-ed, we are Mcely at any moment to reach the point and censequences which it will then be too late to remedy. The grav ity of the situation must be my excuse. The most Important step at this moment is the restoration of government credit by' replacing the gold reserve in the treasury beyond question. This once accomplished, confidence, both at home and abroad, In the stability of our currency will be restored. After my recent visit to Washington I becam convin'ced that any legislative ac ticn to improve the methods at the disposal of the executive was unlikely; in fact, Im ;csaible. I therefore took steps to ascer tain whether It would be possible to obtain the co-operation of parties at home and abroad to an extent that would enable me to negotiate a contract with the govern ment for a sale of 11,300,000) ounces of gold, approximating ''3J,000o,000 .of . dollars, on about the basis of the contract of Feb ri ery 8, 1895. In the effort I have been r uecessful, and now I am able to make su~ch conti-'act for the full amount, I d' atot hesitate to aflirm, in fact, to urge that such a contract would in every way be for the best Interests of the gov ernnient and the people, and would be fol lowed by less derangement of the money market, of trade, In fact, of all lntteets,in-. cluding foreign exchanges, all of wheen un til recently were in such. an -Increasingly prosperous condition, and I urge your se ri0us consideration of such a contract. At t1e same time I re.'gnize the effect of the legislation which has been proposed, and] the discussions thereupon In both houses of Congress, all of wich might lead you to hesitate to mako a private contract, and, consequently, In view of the gravity Sf the situation, I feel bourad to say that ifta'a' ceoanfrewnc,a in which -X a mr fully lay the matter before you, and with out expressing any confidence In such a mode of procedure In face of previous fail ures of siilar attempts, but recognizing as I do that the responsibility of decision lies with you, I will pledge to you every in fluence and effort In my power to assist the government In Its endeavor to make suc cessful a negotiation by public advertise Mat, which shall result in the sale to the treasury of 11,500,000 ounces of United States gold coin WS0,000,00), and further. I will, so far -as I possibly can, take such steps a' will enable the syndicate which I represent to join in making the negotia tion successful to Its full amount. Awaiting the Indications of your pleas ure, I rematn, R3spectfully yours, J. PIERPONT MORGAN. HMPEOVNENMIT OF THE POTOMAC. Ma. Dainr' Repart of Operattons Dar lug the Month of Deeember. Maj. Davis has made a report to the chief of engineers In regard to the operations for the improvenjent of the Potomac river during the montil of December. He says that the weather during the month was so unfavorable that it necessitated frequent temporary suspensions of the work on the sea wal of the tidal reservoir. The force was employed whenever It was practicable, bowever, and seventy-five linear feet of wall were completed to the full height, and 000 feet to about the level of high tide. The surplus riprap stone used for tem pcrary protection of the embankment was removed as the wall construction pro gressed, and was deposited on the Virginia channel training dike. The gates of the reservoir outlet, Maj. Davis says, are found to be subject to In juries from the swell of steamers in the Washington channel, the waves being propagated for a distance of about three fcurths of a mile with such force that the frames gradually becorne split or broken. One of the gates was repaired durIng the month. Work on the sea wall will be-con tirmued so long as the weather permits. The work of removing the wreck of the steamer Lady of the Lake from the Wash ington channel, nearly opposite the foot of N street, Is reported to be progressing slowly, on account of the cold weather and the ice in the river. More blasting has been required than was anticipated by the contractors. They have already used 2,.0W pounds of dynamite in the work of break ing -up the wreck, and nave found It a most difficult job. The wreck will probably be removed from the path of navigation this month. The engine and about half the hull yet remain to be removed. Maj. Davis says that the work of repairing the piers of the Aqueduct bridge remains sus perded, pending further appropriations by Congress. THE HARRISON BOOM How it Differs From the Booms of Other Oandidates. His Friends Believe He Win Be Brought Out After a Deadlock in the ConventIon. A close analysis of the statement just made by ex-Senator Palmer of Michigan throws little light on the subject of Gen eral Harrison's real relations to this year's presidential race. As much as he is quoted as saying has been.said by'others in the same position to speak. The ques tion Is left about as it was before. But the fact that General Harrison is not an active candidate for his party's nomina tion and will not become an active candi date does not affect in the slightest the expectation of his friends that he Is destined to be the nominee of the republican national convention. The difference between the Harrison boom alid the other booms appears in the way in which the booms are be!ng man aged. Boomus of Other Candidates. Mr. Reed's candidacy Is confessed on every hand. His own state will instruct enthusiastically for him, and many other states will follow suit. His friends north, south, east and west are openly at v.-ork in his interests. It will be possible in a few months to estimate with some ac curacy his first-choicg strength. This same thing is qrue of Governor Mc Kinley, whose state has already virtually instructed for him. He Is directing his own campaign, and his lieutenants are In the field in every section of the country. Iowa formally presents Senator Allison as her choice, and calls on the whole of the northwest to come to the support of the man who, as she claims, stands so dis tinctly for that section. The New York republicans seem -so eager to declare for Gov. Morton they are in a quarrel as to the time when the declara tion would best serve his interests. Some want it made almost at once, and give as their reason the advantage likely to accrue to the cause at a distance from home in dorsement of an earnest character. Others cre not even waiting on the home indorse ment, but, knowing that It will be made, are already setting out on missionary work in neighboring states. Here, then, is something definite as to the Reed, the McKinley, th z Allison and. the Morton bocxns. When the national conven tion meets the first-chcice strength of all four of the active candidates will be ascer tainable. But where will be the Harrison boom? In what way is it to materialize, and, repeating the performance of Aaron's rod, swallow the other booms? Belief of Harrison'. Friends. The belief of the friends of Gen. Harrison Is that no one of the four active candidates will have strength enough to secure the nomination on the first ballot, and that In the resultant efforts at combinations a deadlock will occur. Reed and McKinley will destroy each otner. Allison and Mor ton will be unable to make terms, the men of the northwest objecting to the New Yorker because of his banking and large corporation connectiors, ard the eastern men declining to accepit the Iowa Senator because of his silver er.vironment. Who, then, will best answer the ends of a com promise man?' * - Gen. Harrison's name may not even have been before the convention. This state, al though anxious to see him nominated, may not instruct for him, and no other state- is expected or Is being regarded to do so. But at the stage of the game described the de mand for a strong candidate Is expected to bring forward his name, and develop the very great respect in which he Is held by the people of all sections. State favorites will disappear. Bosses will be powerless. The one man strong alike in one section as In another, and who will have antagonized nobody In the convention, will prevail. This Is the Harrison boomi, as described here In Washington. A Pension for Mrs. Crandall. The committee on pensions of the Senate has reported favorably a bill to grant a pension of $20 a month to Mollie Crandall, widow of Clark P. Crandall, deceased, and late captain of company C, first regiment, Oregon volunteer infantry. Capt. Crandall was for some years one of the doorkeepers of the Senate. Presidential Nouniations.. The President has sent the following nominations to the Senate: Navy-Chief E'ngineer George WV. Mel ville, United States navy, to be engineer In-chief and chief of the bureau sof steam engineering, with rank. of. commodore. War-Second Lieutenant -R. L. Howze, sixth cavalry, to be first leutenant.. Postmasters-.Charles K. Brandon, Li tch fid IlL -Wm.bert .-eis Hudon, Ohi. ELECTION CONTESTS They Will Probably Give the"House Trouble. SILVER FEELING THE CAUSE Most of the Contestants Favor the White Metal. THIRTY-THREE CASES There is a p)Iase of the political situation in the House which doesn't seem to have attracted much attention so far, except among the republican leaders, but it is coming to the front with a rush and may have a strong bearing in the coming na tional fight. The republican leaders are worried about it, and they have yet found no way out of what looks like a serious predicament. It is nothing more nor less than a ques tion of what to do with the contests now before the House. It is a hard matter to give to the public the source of informa tion so delicate in its nature, but two Con gressmen, one a populist and the other a free silver republican, are the authority for the statement that the republicans have never been in such a peculiar position in the history of the House in regard to con tested elections.. "They are between the devil and the deep blue sea," is what one of these -men said to a Star reporter, in discussing this unique phase of a question which is now agitating a whole country. Thirty-Three Contests. "I will tell you this much,!' said one of the members, "and then you cait work the matter out to suit yourself. There are thirty-three contests before the House. Probably twenty-five of the contestants ar free silver men. Of course this num ber inclutes populists, as well as republi cans. To seat these twenty-five men, say twenty of them republicans, would add a dangerous element to the republican side. It might come within a few votes of mak ing the House a free silver body. If it didn't do that it would increase the kick ing faction of the republican party to a dangerous point. To not seat' the men means to raise a furore in the south, where most of them are from, and spoil all the republican hopes of breaking the solid south. "Take Alabama, for instance. There are fcur contests from that state. Two of the contestants are republicans and two poru Ih-ts. All of them are free dgiver men. Now, you know Alabama is said to be the rotten est state for political frauds in the Union. It is natural to suppose that if any of the ccntestants before the House have strong cases these men will. What will be the effect in Alabama, and in the country, if these men are not seated? There are also four contests from North Carolina, two re prblicans and two populists. The contest ants are all free silver men. I might go through the whole list and give you the number of contests 'from each state. with the names and histories of the men; but it vill only serve to show you that what I say is correct. Trying to Suppress Free Silver Senti ment. "I will not charge positively that the re publians are not going to decide these cases according to justice and right, but I will guarantee that there won't be half as much partisan feeling in the decisions as before. When the republicans had control of the last House a contested democrat's seht wasn't worth much to him; but they stand a better chance now than ever before. Watch what I say and see if many a dem cerat doesn't keep his seat and many a free silver republican who is contesting go back to his state with bitter feelings against his party. I look for some sharp fights on the floor of the House and some serious charges when the reports of the election committees are made. "The committee on rules has already fixed things so that the committee on coin age cannot report a bill to the House with out the consent of the former committee. Every movement which has yet been made has had a hidden motive in it, aimed at the free silver men, and it will be found that no effort will be spared at this session to keep that element down." Monometalism In the South. The gentleman was asked if he really titought there was as much of a monometal hfzm sentiment among the republicans of the scuth as his remarks seemed to indicate. "Why, bless your soul; yes," he. said. "I don't know that the colored part of the re publican party is takiig much stock in the financial question. This Is because they haven't been educated up to the question. The white republicans, however, are strong free silver people. This is especially the case in North Carolina, Tennessee and Ala bama, in which states there are more white republicans than anywhere else in the south. The white republicans in those states are largely farmers who live in the mpoun tainous sections. Ia North Carolina,'as is well known, the populists and republicans are in complete accord on the financial que.tion. "Listen to this prediction," said the man, as he turned around to stroll down the House lobby. "There is going to be some sport in this body before the session is over, Party lines are going to the devil, and there will be enough take place here to completely change the face of the political situation as it now stands." 1Naval Movements. The warship Amphitrite, having arrived at Key West for duty in connection with the enforcement of the neutrality laws, the cruiser Cincinnati, which has b~een engaged on that duty for several months past, has sailed from Key West for Norfolk, where she will be put into dry dock to be cleaned, pafnted anid repaired, after which she will join the North Atlantic fleet, now as sembled in Hampton Rtoads. and accom pany it on ihe long-dleferre'd cruise of evo lution. Sj far as can be learned the future movements of that fleet have not been finally determined, but it Is known that it will not go to the Mediterraneahi, as has been rep->rted. The cruise to the Gulf of Pari. of the coast of Venezuela, for squad ron exercises seems to hove been indefinite ly postponed. It is expected, however, that the vessels will not lie Idle in their present berths very much longer. Free Insportations Into Cuba. The United States minister at Madrid, in a letter to the Secretary of State, says: "In . view of current rewspaper reports that the Spanish government has author ized the importation into the Island of Cuba, duty free, of 'such materials as are used in the construction of railways,' in quiries were made by this legation as to the correc-:ness of the r eports. The chief of the customs department of the ministry substantiates the statements of the news papers, and adds that- the order has al ready been publish~ed in the Official Gazeta de la Habana."~ Work for the Dawe. Conmmission. Secretary Smith has directed the Dawes Indian commission to report for duty in Washington in connection with business be'. fore the Senate and House Indian commit tees. Delegates from the Indian~ territory tribes are in Washington, and the com mission will be called on for recommenda tions as to the gcvernment of the tribes DISTRICT IN C MRES Meeting of the Houu 0ad the. Puble Hearings UVOm Inportant Measures-The COer M et..e ter en the Wree Ls b The House District c t held as meeting today to discuss ws and m n for furthering%, the businefs befoes the committee at the present onf Con gress. It was decided that would bead visable to gtve hearbnM. he tbs fulR committee on the bond bill tile street ra-. way bills and the gas bills.! Herigs be fore subcommittees upon otlir matters wifl be given from time to* tile as circum stances may require. The ond BAIL The bond bill will be takeq up next Tues day morning #t 16 o'clock 4 a meeting of the full committee, at wiFch the ,oo nents of the bill and the Ditrict Commis sioners will be heard upon, the merits of the measure. The time will be equally divided between the advocates and the op ponents of 'he bill, and a fair hearink will be given. As the ac!omma o of the committee roomare limited t Ij expected that orly persons having atgument to present liill &Vail themselves of the privi leges extended by the comrmittee.' At the meeting today 'several bills that have bpen reported by 1the Commissiomers were re ferred to thefr1 4propriate subeommittees The bill to tachrporate medical collbges was sent to the subcommittee eur incorpora tions, and tte rembers ot 'the medical fraternity of this city will * given an op portunity tb'iresetit their ws. The bill providing penalties for vio ons of char ter by corporations was Verred to' the subcommittee on judiciarA .A sinilar course was t keti with the bill to punish false swearing before the f-e departinent trial board. the e a The Ubrary Dim. The library b1ll was repqi;ted favorably by the Commissioniers, and qaran Bab cock stated that a hearing-gl be gIye upon this bilota Inable the 0-d oft and others -interested in It td-explain Its provisions and the necessitt for Its Bait sage. - "Does this bifl'ask for fb?=Zor the Wo posed library in the new OA pst o building?" inquired Mr. Richerdwn. "No; that is not in the 4 answered Mr. Babcock,' "and *it does 4etoarry any appropriation, either. Thir uomsure cob. templates that the library ::becoame. a part of the machinery of t1e educational system of the District, aM#that sutse quently provision shall be q for it on this basis in the.regular we. The library bill was refeWe ,to a sub committee consisting of 3 Wellngton Mr. IWilick, Mr. Shannon, Abbott and Mr. Cobb of Missouri. The Commissioners Daeter The Commissioners' letter rcmnendfn* favorable actien upon thiss'bill Is as f& lows:. - "While th' national capital ..=lps a number of. liraries of an'ofeteamed smeni official cOra ter, it is discr'ediably deft' dient in lrur facilitie. fet the general public. T le fMliue of ppbbe libraries - fir stimulating and impro'ying the-tnteUeptuab life of a 'copimunity is ^hg' vWy'irecog nized. Their influene in developing and fostering the qualities of gooo citiseselap is correspoTifigly pronoun $ibe eL. brary of Congress and the departmeutal li braries, which.contain nearliF 200,t)0 vol umes, are accessible to comparatively few, even for the purpose of procuting readn matter, and practically without any re_ - ing rcom facilities during the' hours when school children and the mass .f people en gaged in private and publio *tnployments could resort to them. The geat need W the District in this respect isa free-lend ing library with a reading rob., opeit night for the benefit of the general- pu "The needs of the community in -this 1 - rpect, and the remedy for the condition so exposed, are ellborately set~erth in the report of the committee on public library by the Washington board or tradet aba mitted and unanimously A6dopted by that. bcdy, a copy of which thie Cammmsimene take the liberty to inclose, abd cominen to the careful: reAding of youpcomintteA Other 11ll Retetrei. The bill to regulate the praMetice of vet erinary surgery was referred to the sub.; committee on incorporationps;for the ap pointment o'a public administrator, to the, subcommittee on judiciary; foithe relief j James Linsky, to the judiciary; for the In corporation. of a post-graduse school wt medicine, to: incorporations;.1k the lation of the practice of m e, to t. judiciary. Passed. by the SenAte. Since Congress, assemabled. th Senate haa' passed three mesures, one te regulate t manner of taking appeals in cpsmsprosecut ed under -the hitifway act, 146ther to in corporate tle Post GraduOWsSchool of Medicine in the District of'Ccmb s. an. a third to extend the time 'fro making an assessment of real estate in the District Refewred to Commiptees, In additiorr to references 94 bilfls to sube committees by Mr. McMillan,~ chairman Q the committee on the District of Columb of the Senate, already andoeunced in '1l Staf, bills have been' refef'ed .to commnit tees as follows: For the relief- of Mrs. F- W.: Wallace, 1e: Harris. To provide for continuing the 57y: tem of trunk sewers in the District of Co lumbia, for cdrnpleting the system of sew age disposal -and protection against floods, and for other - purposes, Messrs. Proctorj Martin and qallinger. To -amnend 'an aet entitled "An'act-'to provide .a - permanq~ system of highw~ays in that. part of th District of.; Columbia - lying -outside . cities,". aPproved March 2~ ?S, Mesess. Harris, Meclillan and Faufler. To com,. pile and publish thle laws relaing to street railway franchis'es in the. District of Co lumbia, Mr. Harris. To regulate the praica tice of medicine and surger'y, to lidense physicians and surgeons, adto punish persons violating ,the provl a thereof In the District of Columbia, Messa Gallinger and Bacon. For the relief bt the estate of William B. Todd, dleceas. -.. Baker. Relating to acknowledgm ata of instrdi ments affecting reai estate !within the Dis trict of Columbia, Mesars, Fiaukner 'and Baker. To prevent fraudtilent divoreenn the District of Columbia, Mesars. Faulkner and Martin. To permit the Standard Tele phone Company of Washin nand Balti more city to install, maint ladoperate a telephone and telegrpi li&and .ex change in the District of Cprie, -Messrs. Proctor, Smith and Bacon' to whuom it is proposed to refer all tele bne bills. For the relief of Everett Wro, Mr. -Baker. For the relief of James Ltawey- from the operation of the act restri tipg the owner ship of real estate In the tej'storis and the. District of Columbia to A ens citizens, Mr. Hansbrough. To amen~ p act entitled "An act to incorporate the apital Railway Company," approved Marc 2, 1895, Messrs. McMillan, Harris and M tIn. To amend sections 720, 721, 722 and 7 of the Revised Statutes of the United S tea relating to the District of Columbia in relation to marriages, Messrs. Faukjer and Pritch ard. To provide for the hioprate and regulation gf mea lgsin he Ills trict of Coltimb 'es.Qfie anAg Bacon. To 'emit' he - nltson unpA taxes in the D ricL f iubh3* Harnsbrough: T49rf H phone eompiNay W *M ColumbIa,st n prt a telephone .and 'tele nt and ex change in the District bubia. Nemers. Proctor, Smith and 1ams bil liard tables, and for 0th t m.Mr. Wetmore. To regulate e ~imieof veterinary medicine, Mes lin= and BEFORE THE BATTLE Oities Ready for the Final Conven tion Contest, COIIT~hIEI FAOR CHICABO New York Feels Still More Confi dent of Success. PROGRAM OF THE MEETING A majority of the national democratic committee, either in the person of mem bers or their proxies, is now in Washing ton ready for the meeting, which will con vene tomorrow morning, and they string in and out of the rooms on the second Eoor of the Arlington, which are presided Dver by Chairman Harrity and Secretary Bheerin, exchanging views on the party Lor ditions in their respective sections and swapping suggestions as to how the party lives may best be strengthened for the coming campaign. As they come Into the llotel or go ouit they are buttonholed by alert and energetic representatives of the various cities which are contesting for the bionor and profit of holding the next demo cratic national convention, and plea-fed with by each with eloquence that would melt a maiden's heart if it were directed toward such an object. The result of all this lobbying upstairs and down will be reached probably before 10 o'clock tomorrow night. as It is the de dire of the national committee to get through the business before it and get away as soon as possible. Business of the Committee. Chairman Harrity will call the full com nittee together In the banqueting hall of the Arlington tomorrow morning at 11 3'clock, and an executive session will fol low. The first business will be the organi Eation of the committee, and then the spe 'ial committee, consisting of Chairman Har rity of Pennsylvania, Senator Gorman of Maryland, E. C. Wall of Wisconsin, Bradley B. Smalley of Vermont and Congressman Ben. Cable of Illinois, appointed to consider the resolution introduced at the democratic raational cons ention in 1S92 by Gen. Patrick 7ollins of Massachusetts, will make its report. The resolution provides that the iext democratic convention shall hold its essions with closed doors. The subcommit tee hold a meeting last night and unani Mously agreed to make an adverse report in the resolution. The committee"will adopt this report and then proceed to fix the date for holding the convention. It is the gen ral opinion of committeemen that the 10th day of June will 1* selected. After settling this Questicn the committee will 2x the time to be granted to the represen atives of the various cities which want the convention. and the action of the republl ?an committee In .glving each city thirty inuttes will Probably be followed. - The latter of issuing a campaign bock will be monsidered, and then adjournment will be tlad for ibAch, e committee will- reassemble in open I on at 3 o'clock, to which newspaper rn and the representatives of the cities X . ink for the convention will be ad .ted by ticket. The speeches will occupy ibt three hours, and, It Is expected, bal lot g' will begin at 0 o'clock. Unless there s appamently no chance for the selection of a convention city to be made without many )allots, the session will continue until the place's- decided on. New Yorkers Very Active. New York's hosts held a meeting this morning in John D. Crimmins' room at the lrlington, and reports were received of the work already done and play formulated for the rest of the campaign. St. Louis and gew York seem en rapport in the prelim nary skirmish. The New Yorkers enter amined the Missourians yesterday evening, and this morning the latter sent the 30thamites a -handsome vase of flowers. Wence there are rumors in the air that when the fight gets too hot for any one city to On out that New York and St. Louis will toss a penny to see which gets the full sup port of the friends of both. John D. Crimmins, F. B. Thurber, James W1. O'Brien, Simeon Ford, proprietor of the 3rand Union kiotel. and John F. Dillon pdied their Influence to that of the New eorkers already here last night, and none of them saw a sheet or a pillow until 4 Oelock this morning. James &. Breslin of tIe Girsey House, kobert Dunlop, the hat &r, and other ardent Gothamites were also in hand, and wnen the ear of a committee nan was discovered It was poured full 'ron drim to lobe with eloquent disserta lons on the merits of Manhattan Island 'or convention purposes. Cincinnati's ig -Four. Cincinnati appeared on the scene this norning with a delegation small, but In luential. M. E. Ingalls, president of the hesapeake and Ohio road, was in the van, ad with him were Thos. B. Paxton, John D). Falett and A. D. Peck. Others are to ~ollo*r. Cincinnati has Its headquarters on heo second flour of the Arlington, and they u'e visited by many committeemen and )ther big guns in the democratic party ar nament. If the claims of all the representatives f the various cities are correct the comn nittee will have to distend itself consider ibly, as far as commercial strength Is con :erned. New Yoric today claims twenty wo votes pledged; St. Louis announces tae sasession of ntiteen; Cincinnati does not leeltate to place the same figures on its lie-in-the-last-ditch list, and the local men rho are Keeping up the Chucago end of the stirmish smule sagnincantly and say at east twenty nataonial committeemen will 'ote for the windy city on the first ballot. .Committeemen Talk Chicago. A prominent member of the committee, who has been high in Its councils for many l'ears, expressed regret that Chicago had lot some representatives on the ground who would give some assurances about the ray Chicago could entertain the conven :ion in case it was sent there. "There are oniy two places In Chicago wheye the convention could be held," he -emarked, "the Coliseum and Tattersalls. r'he Coliseum is unnnisned, but it is said t will be completed by April 1. We wouid ike to have some assurance of this and on >tner points. "I haraly think St. Louis would be an mPpropriate selection," he continued. "I save no doubt that the convention will be yailed to meet on the iuth of .June, and It's 1retty hot in St. Louis at that time. Then, igain, it wouldn't be exactly the thing, In ny opimion, to go there, as we would be egarded something in the nature of a tal :o the, repubican kite. - My experience nakes 'me regard the Music Hall in Cin 'innati as the most admirably adapted ;>lace for a convention, but Cincinnati's lotel accommodations are hardly equal to :he- demands of a convention, and the 'amie holds good of St. Louis. New Yorik would meet all the requiremnents, except yonvenience of location. I think If Chi sago gave assurances that the convenition isuld not be run with a bludgeon~it would meet tie approval of most of the commit "1'ill there be any restrictions placed ipon adinhiions to the convention?"' "I think not. Anybody who knows the ten commandments and holds a ticket, I imagine, will~rbe welcome." More of the Samme Sort. Another comnmitteemran, who wouldn't aave his Identity known for a peck of two bit pieces, talked somewhat similarly about the convention. "You see," he said in a tone of earnest conviction and deep confidene, "we dem ocrats haven't a lshadow of a chance this year. We are so deep in the aulUgatawae that we can't even reach up the edge of the tureen. So all re've got to look for is comfort. We all remember how St. Louls soaked us In times gone by. and we feel Ciacin'ati can't take care of us. New York Is a gay and attractive place, but the Wall street ogre waoy seare some of our timid southern brethren out of their party boots. So only Chicago Is left, and if we could be convinced that Chicago would act decent and not let its stock yard Instinet -I allude to the hog disposltion-interfere with the success of the convention, we would go there without question." When these statements were whispered to New Yorkers and St. Louisn they de clared that the assertions were merely those of Individual committeemen, while the Cincinnati'contingent pulled documents. to show that the queen city could accom modate two conventions as big as the dem ocratle gathering will be, and still have room for more crowds. Tonight the fight will wax warmer and sleep will doubtless be a stranger to many of those who are Participating in it until the great contest Is finally settled. * Coumitteeme. Who Have Regorted. The committeemen who, have so far re ported to Secretary Sheerin at the Arling ton are, with their city addresses: Charles S. T'iomas, Coloralo, the Shoreham; Sam uel Pasco, Florida, the Metropolitan; Ben. T. Cable, JiHnois, the Raleigh; . J. Rich ardson, Iowa, the Ebbitt; Charles W. Blair. Kansas, the Arlington; John 0. Prather, Missouri, the Arlington; Arthur dewall, Maine, the Arlington; James Jeffries. Iouis lana, the Riggs House; Senator Gorman, Maryland, 1432 K street; Daniel J. Cam pau, Michigan, the Arlington; Toblas Cas tor, Nebraska, 918 X street northwest; A. W. Sulicway, New Henipshire, Riggs House; Senator Brice, Ohio, 1611 H street northwest: Henry E. Grady. proxy for E. D. McKee. Oregon, Riggs House; J. Tay lor Ellyson, vice Basil B. Gordon, resign ed, Virginia; Hugh C. Wallace, Washing ton, guest of Chief Justice Fuller; John Sheridan, West Virginia. the Shoreham; F1 C. Wall, Wisconsin. the Shoreham; Chas. M. Shar.naon, Arizona, the Ebbitt; L. W. Nieman, proxy for A. L. Delaney, Alaska, the Sboreham; Lesl'e T. Niblack, proxy for T. M. Richardson. Oklahoma.'the Arling ton; Gov. Caleb M. West, proxy for Saw uel A. Merritt, Riggs House; Robt. L. Owen, Indian Territory, the Arlington; Holmes Cummins, Tenressee, the Arling ton. A FIGHT FOR SILVER HOWIt Will Be Brught Bofe t Demo A Reapportlesoment of Repesenta tion. In the Natienal Ceven tion to me Proposed. The exclusive anroiuncement In The Star a faw days aao of a fght to be made before the national committee for a clhan In the representation of the states in the national convention created consmrae talk. It was learned on undoubted authority today that the biggest fight before the na tional committee when it meets tomorrow will be on this question. The fight will be as Important as that over the selection of the city in which the convention is to be held. To Give Silver Meu CoatroL The proposition to be made before the committee tomorrow will be to reapportion the representation in the national donven tion according to the representation In Congress-in other words, that for every democratic member of the Housb and every democratic Senator there will be allowed two representatives In the national conven tion. For every republican member and Senator there Is to be one representative In the convention. The otject of this Is plain. It is to prevent the eastern democrats from controlling'the national convention as hero tofore and to throw the control of It to the supposed "rock-ribbed" states of the south and west. It would also give the silver men the control of the national convention. The proposition will probably be made to the committee by Clarke Howell, the mem ber of the committee from Georgia, or by Senator Morgan of Alabama, who will rep resent the member from his state by proxy. There is no doubt that the question will be sprung, unless there is a change in the plans before tomorrow morning. Those who favor the plan, among them the two gentlemen named, will back the proposition by all the oratory at their command. A prominent member of the House, who is said to have been working for the plen for months in a quiet way, declared to a. Star reporter that the preposition would have strong backing m the committee. Tired of Eastern Donimation. The same member, and another equally prominent in his pt, said that southern and western democrata are growing terri bly tired of eastern donation of the con vention, and believe the plan outlined to be the only solution of the matter. They vehemently deolared that there was noth lag fair In allowing a state lke Pennsyl vania, which never went democratic in its history, to have more votes In the conven tion than three or four smaller states, w hich invariably go democratic. If the national committee refuses 10 'ake action on the proposition the fight will be carricd before the national convention. If the ,eapportion~ment of representation can r.ot be eecured for this year an effort will be made to have It put in force for future conver-tlons. Eastern men deelrcre that they will fight the proposition to the last ditch, 'ot only because It Is unfair, but because it will tend to further disrupt the democratic party. They say that It is unbrotherly and undemocratic, and they are surprised that any such feeling could originate In the party. All the southern silver men In the House and Senate favor the proposed propositiani, and It was intended at first that a delega tion of them should appear before the isa tional committee and present the matter. The plan now, as stated, is for a member of the committee to present the matter. Personal Mention. Gen. 3. U. Walker of Indianapolis, com mnander-In-chief of the G. A. R., accom panied by Irvin Robbing of his staff, is at the Ebbitt. Gen. Walker will have a con ference tonight with the -members of the committee on pensions in relation to pen Bion legislation. B. M. Estes and F. P. Poston, two prom inent citizens of Memphis, Tenn., a~e at the Ebbitt. N. do Lepinan, the artist of the New York Morning Journal, who is here catch ing scenes of the convention fight, is at the Ebbitt. Dr. Hamilton Bell of New York is at the Raleigh. Commodore S. H. Gill1s, retired, is on a visit to this city. Commander W.-H. Browumon of the navy is in the city. Maj. Eric Bergland, corps of engineers; Capt. Edgar S. Dudley, quartermaster's de partmnent; Capt. A. H. Russell, ordnance department, and Maj. A. Kramer, sixth cavalry, are registered at the War Depart ment. ,Assistant Secretary Curtis is confined to his room toda with a slight cold, hut ex pects to be abl to resume his eOielal duties at the Treasury Department tomorrow. Gen. Craighill, chief of engineers, has gone to New York for a few days on flcinl business. -..1 yu it toisp's 8sW todayyou can GUd only in The Star. ANOTHER WAR CLOUD It PpA. in th6 SWU.r Put1 South A vm .. Cofnctnm of the Repo-t is Quui - tioned. DISPUTE OVER A BOUNDARY LIANA Peru, January M via Galvestmn. Dispatches receive.1 here from Samaa Chie, may that a division of the Chi=== army has been ordered to occupy the pass es of the Cordillers bordering on the AV. eentine Republic. It Is reported that an understanding be tween Chile and Brazil exists on this sub ject. Chile and Argentina have been for over a year discuming a boundary dispute., which. at one time, threatened to involve Chen Argentina. Bolivia, Peru anA cuador in a war in which the four repnabla last nom" would be pitted against Chile. The mate ter, however, has been repeatedly an nounced to have been settled, and the peas eat developaent was 'not anticipated ft view of recent a4vices from Chile. The Rnepores Cr00=m=a=. w-- d. The reports fron Santiag, Chile. to the effect that a division of the Chilean araw had been sent to occupy the passes ot the Andes bordeing on the Argentine Repub lie, created surprise in diplomatic eIrcles here today, and the authentlety of the rumors was questioned. The boundary line dispute between Chie ahd Argentina Is of long standing. At One time the Chilean governme.st was dispsead to claim some of the -erritory ea-t at the Andes, but the acute stage of Lhe dhiyuin was passed when, by a treaty between 4e and Argentina, it was agreed that each country should appoint commissiens to do-, limit the boqudark. and, in the event of a nal disagreement, submit the dit.a points to impartial arbitration. Those commissions have been making their surveys, and. se far as was knows here, no obstacles had arisen to an amicable adjustment. In fact, there bed been re peated evidences of cordial ralaionas be tween the two countries. Evldemse o Freeenmab, Only a short tUe ago the Arichbishop E Chile made the trip across the Andes ts Buenos Ayres in order to cenfer the eaing. upon the new Archbishop of Axwentina, and on the occasion of those ceremonies the most coralal sentiments were exshanged. Only - few days ago the former Chilean msnintesr to Buenos Ayres was appointed minister of foreign affairs for Chile, and this was een sidered further evidence of -Ceimamnm toward Argentina. as her relatisteeaeth the ofmicils of the latter repubbe hod benm , In -connection wit the reported a ansace of Chile tedam -art a f ed this morag to the om.o tt the befso of deputies at Buenos Ares lad passed A bill appropritg- SVvje.sm e the purchase of warships. Taken together the reports might Inee.. cate that a new phase of the Poen&y dispute had suddenly arisen, which -- brought on a crisis. But it is pointed out that both these reports emn.uated um rAma. Peru. and Secretary DEmingut At the Argentine legation does 6t e them. He thinks if any such grave em pleations as are indicated had arisen the news would have come dirvect fron san-i tiago. Chile or Buenos Ayres. RUN DOWN KW A P04, By the Wreck of a Stenumem EImeotss Were Da"=UaOm. DOVER. bg.. January IL-The steame Ciagar of Barcelons has been sonk In est lsion vith the Gennan' ship Nerew, and nineteen of her crew were drowned. The Nereus, which left Iquique on October 2 for Hambtrg, has been towed into a ubmee of safety. The collision occurred yesterda~y evening in a fog off Ramegate. DERECT TO 1T13 SEA. Proposed Eafewuy Presa Wmsekntm to Ammpu..m Spidl Dintatteh to Time Er'esing ger. ANNAPOLIS, M-1., January I5.-Gem. J., seph B. Seth, ex-prsd ent of the elilnmase' and Eastern Shore r mway, and es-spaker1 of the house of delegates, held a conterence here yesterday with certain Washington capitalists preparatory to taking' active. steps to build a direct linc of railway ftem Washington to Annapols to connect by best across the hay with the road already en tending trom Clalbor-ne to Ocean City. The conference was held In the oefie of Judge James Revefi of the circuit court. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. John Uartmut Drinses Elamen, but is Rev1wed. John Marionnl, or John Mach, as he is generally called in Anacostia, where he an sides, is in a serious condition at the Wash ington Hospital. from the effects of swal lcwing a large quantity of laudanum last night with, it is alleged, suicidal Intent. Marionnl, who .is about forty years et age, was married something less than two years ago to a young and beautiful woman less than half as old. They lived together uniS Septembter last, when Marionni diaere=d from Anacostia, and, it is alleged, left. his wife to provide for herself aq4. their hittio baby. Nothing further, it Is s'aid, nas hea from the truant by his wife ttl about a week or so ago, when Marlonni reap peared in Anacostia. Meanwhile? Mrs. Miar lonni secured a position as a typewriter in an office In Washington and made her home witir Mrs. Gibboras, at No. 323 Jack acn street, Anacostla. To that home Mar lonni went soon after getting back to thle town and endeavored to persuade his wife to again live with him. She refused to do so, and he left, saying he would take up his residence In the city. Last night Marionni again called t see his wife at Mrs. Gibbons'. The latter hesi.. tated about calling Mrs. Marionni, as as had been told by her that she did not wish to see her hushand, and while Mrs. Gib bons was hesitating as to what to do the man pulled a large bottie labeled lauadanam from his pocket and! .wallowed the en-. tents. He at once fell toi the floor -and seemed to be dying. The police authorities and Drs. Harrten, and Mudd were summoned and the hattet administered antidotes, which aroused hma from his stupefled condition. As boon en he was able to be remnoved Mariomiwa sent to the WashIngton Hospital. . Minmnepois Bank Suens. MINNEAPOLIS, Inn., January .-h City Bank, one of the assaier state n ig Institutions of this city, suspended pap meat ths mnorning, pending an oamba tion by the state bank eznainer. The in stitution has been known to be weak ber some time. T. J. Buxton is presdent anf Fred. A. Smith cashier. Thse capia in sUESaL The deposis at the last Mus at, December II, lm were leans and discounts, e8;ST'; cash e ana due froma banks. Samma.