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No. 13,425. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY,, M.ARCH 13, 1896--TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR. 1=J5E.I3D DAILY EXCEPT gUNIDAY, AT THU STAR BUILDfING. o1 Pw..yh.nis Aven., Oar. n1h sBUes, by The Eveniug Star Newspper Oompany, S. H. KAUFFMAN1. Pre't .aw u. 6.u5r 49 Pot.r uinag. The Evening Star Isserved to subscribers in The eity by carriers, an their own account, at 10 cents per week, or 44 cents per month. Copks at the eruater 2 cents eaeh. By mail-anywnere in the United States ar Cnada-postage prepaid-40 cents per month. Saturday Quintple Sheet Star, $1 per year, with ftreign Postage added. $3.00. (Entered at the Porst Offiee at Waahington. D. C. as serted-class mail matter.) E7Afl mail subscriptions must be paid to advance. Rates of advertising made known on appleation. STREET EXTENSION The Matter Considered by the Sen ate District Committee. IVOBILSZ 0 BE AORABLY REPlORTED Commissioners' Objections to Indi vidual Measures Not Valid. OTHER LOCAL MATTERS The District committee of the Senate held a long and important meeting this morning, which was attended by Senators McMillan, Gallinger, Hansbrough, Proctor. Pritchard, Baker, Harris. Faulkner, Gibson and Bacon. The main subjects of discussion were the street extension bills and the dollar gas bill, and on both of these the committee as sumed a favorable attitude. Street Extension Matter. The street extension matter came before the committee in the form of the two bills recently introduced, one extending North Capitol street to the Soldiers' Home and the other extending 14th street to the Spring road. In the regular courso of business these bills were referred to the DistrIct Commissioners and by them reported ad versely, with a letter. whicn was printed the other day in The Star, in which the Com missioners stated that they deemed it inad visable at this time to proceed with street extensicns while the highway act was under consideration in the courts. They charac terized the passage of individual bills for street extension as being antagonistic to the general and wise policy embodied In the highway act, and they emphatically vetoed the proposition that there should he inai vidual street extension legislation- penilng the decision of the Court of Appeals and per haps of the Supreme Court on the constitu tionality of the highwa.y act. To this opinion of the Commissioners sev eral Senators rt once took exception, and Senators Faulkner and Gallinger expressed themselves in interviews in The Star as de termineo to tike issue with the Commis si-mers on tis line. Senator Faulkner, whose interview was inadvertently printed as coming from Air. Proctor. said that, in his opinion. it looked 'Ike an attempt on the part of the Commissioners to coerce Con gress into passing an act curing the defects of the highway act. To Be Reported Favorably. In committee this morning Mr. Proctor called attention to the letter of the Com mi-ssicners, and urged that the committee make a favorable report on the two bills, notwithstanding the adverse opinion of the Commissioners. He was not alone in this attitude, rend the committee without dissent directed that a favorable report be made on these two measures. It was agreed that it would be better to go ahead with the Im prevement of the main thoroughfares of the city by their extension into the suburbs in conformity with the city system of strets than to wait for the slow process of law. The evident unconstitutionAlity of the high way act was accept-d as a foregone conclu sion, and it was thought inadvisable to place any dependence upon the possibility of the upper court overruling the Ic xer in this matter, o: upon Congress passing a curative act. Provisions of the Bills. These bills were Introduced by Senator McMillan on the 2d instant. The bill to ex tend North Capitol street to the Soldiers' Home directs the Commissioners to open and grade that street from T street to the home, and to condemn, according to chapter 11 of the Revised Statutes, relating to the District, for opening highways, such of the lands of the Prospec: Hill cemetery and of Annie E. Farbour as may be necessary for the extension of the street, and the amount of money necessary to pay the judgment of condemration and the cost of grading is appropriated without specification by the bill, but the cost of grading is not to ex ceed $10,000. One-half of this appropriation, which is to be immediately available on the passage of the act, is to be raid out of the revenues of the District. The other bill directs the Commissioners to open nd grade 14th street from Park street to Spring road, and to condemn, in the manner provided by law prlcr to March 2. 1mttt, for the condemnation of land in the District, such of the lands of the Mattingly estate and of the estate of John T. Lenman and Saunders and Lipscomb, trustees, as may be necessary for such extension. The money necessary for this purpose is appro priated without specification under the same conditions as in the other bilt The grading is not to cast more than 38,igio. The Dollar Gas Bill. There was complete unanimity as far as thtere, were any expressions of Opinion in favor of the dollar gas bill passed by the House last Monday. There was a dispo sition to order a favorable report made upon this measure today, but It was pointed out that the Washington Gaslight Company believes the provision as to the test of purity and illuminating to be Impracticable and obsolete andi that they had asked for a hearing on this particular point. In view of this fact it was agreed that the bill should be postponed until next Fridlay. when It will be taken tip for final disposition. Inas much as there was no opposition whatever expressed, anti as there was a large ma jority of the committee in open advocacy of the measure, it is a practical certainty that the comnmittee will next Friday unani mously report the bill fav-orably to the Sen ate. wi:mre it will be placed upon the calen dar. ready to be called up at any time for final action. The Gas Company's Influence. The gas company has. so far as public appearances go, withdrawn Its opposition to 'his measure, but it Is asserted that much influence is being exerted quietly by the compyany and by its collateral interests, such as the Standard Oil Company and the coal corporations that supply it with ma terial, against the bill, and It remains to be seen, of course, just how far this will be effective in preventing the passage of the bill. It Is regarded as certain that no bill will be passed this session chartering new comyanies, and there Is an overwhelming majority in Congress in favor of cheaper gas. There is no doubt that if the bill should come before the Senate for a vote it would be passed with practical una nimity, and It is I-resumed that the efforts *of the gaslight company are directed tow ard preventing a vote being taken. Experts to 3e Heard. Next Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock the committee will grant a hearing to certain New York experts, who have been sum moned by the company in Its behalf to give testimony in regard to the tests to be ap plied to gas to determine Its power and purity. The provisions of the bill regarding this matter were drawn by Commissioner Powell, who will be called flefore the com mit tee to explain the reasons for providing the tests that are now included In the bill. It is the contention of the company that the required standard of thirty-two candle power is impracticable of attainment if the tests now provided in the bill are insist ed upon, as it is urged that these tests are impracticable, and have long been discard ed by gas companies. The House bill, which is to be accepted -by the Senate committee fies the price of gas in the city of Washington at $1 per 1,U00, and In Georgetown at $1.25. The Sen ate bill recently introduced by Mr. MCMII Ian placed a flat rate of $1 on al gan sold (CotiedM.. on--t Paag . DISSATISFIED GOLD MEN The Ohio Financial Plank Said to Be a Weak One. Eastern Men Want a Definite Deelara tion on the Money Question and No Straddle. After deliberate consideration of the mat ter, politicians appear to have generally come to the conclusion that the financial plank in the Ohio platform is going to prove dangerous to Mr. McKinley's pros pects in the reational convention. The plank is attributed to Mr. McKinley himself, and Is regarded as both indiscreet and unsound. It does not appear to please either faction. The gold standard people are dissatisfied and the silver men are angry at the idea that they are to be trifled with. The pre diction is made that nothing will be gained in the silver sections, and that it will weaken him In the east. The McKinley people are counting on the popularity of their candidate in the eastern manufactur ing centers to give him many votes from that sectior after the fight a well on in the convention. They have been claiming pri vately that after the first two or three bal lots they would make a break into Reed's New England support, getting votes from both Massachusetts and Connecticut. They claim also that the McKinley sentiment in Pennsylvania and New York cannot be held in check by Quay ana Platt. The opinion is now expressed here that their calcula tions will all be thrown out of kilter by this evidence of weakness on the financial question. A Direct Declaration Wanted. The belief amcng the leading "sound money" men is that the demand of the eastern reputlicans is for a direct and emphatic declaration on the money ques tion. No better time, it is thought, could be for the settlement of the question, and. they want the settlement to be decisive. There is a decided aversion to the idea of dodging the question and leaving the issue still in doubt when the election is over. The declaration in favor of silver, as well as gold, "as standard money" is regarded as grarting in one breath all that the sil ver men are cc.nter.ding for; while the qual ifying clatse is the negative to this prop osition. It is left a matter of doubt which proposition the most stress is put upon. The opinion is very widely expressed that Mr. McKinley would have lost nothing by making a clear declaration in favor of the gold standard. On the contrary, it is thought that such a declaration would have either driven the other candidates to de clare themselves to similar purpose, or would have made it safe for him to count on very substantial assistance at the con vention from New York and Pennsylvania, if not from some parts of New England. This plank in the Ohio platform is regard ed as the break in McKinley's brilliant canvass for the nomination. THE ROAD TO THE BAY. Favorable Report Made to the Mary land House. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 13.-The house committee on corporations reported favor ably today the bill to enlarge the powers of the Washington, Annapolis and Chesa peake railroad. The bill recently passed the senate. Gen. Joseph B. Seth and Mr. Thomas S. Constatine of Washington are here looking after the interests of the cor poretion. The bill will probably pass witil out objection. The new board of public works this morn ing unanimously elected F. Albert Kurtz of Baltim'ire state insurance commissioner in place of Mr. Thomas Townsend, re moved. The otfice pays 2,500 a year, and is in many respects the most important place at the disposal of the board. Mr. Freeman Raisin occupied the position for scme years. Mr. Kurtz's election is along the line of rolitical advancement indicatea in the enoice of Mr. W. W. Johnson as po lice commissioner. His principal opponent was Mr. Joshua Horner, pres.dent of the American National Bank of Baltimore, who had a strong backing of representative bus iness men of the city. Mr. -K.rtz is a strong Wellington man, and cast his influence in behalf ot the sixth district congressman luring the latter's senatorial contest. Mr. Kurtz was essistant postmaster of Baltimore during President Harrison's ad ministration. The conference committee on assessments held its first meeting this morning and elected Senator Hering (author of the sen ate bill) chairman and Delegate Barber secretary. The members look for Governor. Lowrdes' veto, and are working hard to effect an agreement so that a bill may be passed over it. DEFENDS THE BLUE BOOK. The British Attorney General Says That There is but One Mistake in It. LONDON, March 13.-Sir Richard Web Eter, the attorney general, replying in the house of commons to zhe criticisms upon alleged discrepancies in the Venezuelan blue book, said that the reason all the quotations in the preliminary statement were not found in the appendix was that some of the documents were not printed. He added that all of the quotations will be found in the original documents, of which a second collection will shortly be Continuing, Sir Richard Webster said that the only case of a mistake was in a quotation on page 5. CANADIANS TO ORGANIZE. Labor Men to C'at Adrift Froma the United States.* OTTAWA, Ont., March 13.-At a- meeting of the executive committee of the K'nights of Labor, and other prominent labor men, it was decided to form a Canadian Federa tion of Labor, having no connectiojn with the United States labor organizations, and, to organize at once. Canadians believe there is no longer anything to be gained by their connection with the internatin al as sociation, since the alien law, as enforced by the United States, prevents a Canadian member of affiliated bodies'from obtaining employment in the states. BELGIUMI'S POSITION. Insuring Stability of International Binnetallisana.. BRUSSELS, March 13.--The premier, M. P: De S: Do Naeyer, replying to a question urging the re-establishment of interna-. tional bimetallism, said it, was easy to ac knowledge the importance internaioa bi metalflsm has acquired, and he assued .the chamber that the government would acquiesce in any mesure insuiring, by in ternational agreement, the stability of the monetary enhane of gold and silver. RUSSO-CHUNESE TR E ATY. Report That It Man Been Ceameladeg PEKING, March 13.-It Is stated here in official circles that conflrmation has been obtained of the report circulated some mouths ago that a secret treaty has been concluded between Rnssia and Chin giv big the former extraordiary rights in- the way of railroad building through Man churia, &c. THE DREIBUND SAFE Passing of the Storm Caused by Baratieri's Defeat. FrECT OF THE BELI CONFE EICE England Offered to Send Aid to the Italian Forces. NO MORE RIOTING IN ROME ROME. March 13.-Out of the terrible storm of popular anger which swept over Italy when the news of the defeat of the army under Gen. Baratieri reached here little remains but a feeling of great resent ment against the Italian commander. All sioting has ceased. The reserv ists who fled from the country sooner than go to Afri-a at the call of the government foc the class of 1872 are returning, and it is not believed any steps will be taken to punish them. Negotiations with King Men elik have been opened. It is anticipated that peace will be concluded betore long, and the war office has countermanded the instructions sent to various points for the hurrying forward of reinforcements to Africa. The new cabinet is settling down to work, and the financial situation is brighter than anticipated. Under these circumstances Italy breathes freer than for some time past, and there is a feeling of gratitude for those who have aided in Berlin during the past few days in bringing about this change from blank despair to great hope in the future. Effect of the Berlin Conference. The conferences which have taken place here recently between the Marquis di Ru dini, the ncw premier, and the Duke of Sermoneta, their audiences with King Humbert and the constant exchange of tel egraphic messages between this city and the German capital have been coincident with the meetings in Berlin of the Autrian minister for foreign affairs, Count Goiu chowski; the Garman foreign minis -er, Baron Marschall van Biebersteia; the Ital ian ambassador to Germany, Count Lanza di Busca, and the imperial chanoellor, Prince Hlohenlohe, supplemented by audi erces with Emperor William. Out of all these exchanges of views, it is believed, has grown a much healthier state of affairs for all Europe. The German em peror is understood to have been some what. If not entirely weaned from his !ong ings for closer relat'ons with Russia, and a possible alliance of the three emperors, and the attitude of Gar.nany loward Great Britain, it is anticipated, will undergo a change for the better. This is due to the fact, according to re port, that Great Britain, when the situa tion was outlined to har from Berlin, be fore the arrival there of Count Goluc how ski, promised loyal support for the Italians in the emergency, and took steps to order an advance up the Nile from Wady Halra, toward Dongola, of a strong-column of Brit ish-Egyptian troops to act as a diversion and prevent the concentration 'of the na tives for a joint attack upon the Italians. An Italian loan, it is further stated, could have been floated in Lonlon, r.nd the half Pledged support to the ireibund, a support bitherto involving little els" than an irri tating uncertainty, is rumored to have de veloped Into a much more .->_,rdial and solid understanding with the powers forming the dreibund. Both Emperor Francis Joseph and Em peror William are praised for this result, as it is known that they have striven night and day since the storm broke to relieve the strain here, which at one time was severe enough to threaten the foundations of the throne. In fact, now that the crisis is over, it is admitted that King Humbert, at one time, was face to face with the possibility of outbreaks serious enough to develop into almost anything. This condition of affairs, of course, was greatly to the advantage of theb socialists, who profited by it to obtain ecncessions which they could not otherwise have commanded. A Royal Conference. To cap the peaceful climax comes the pleasant report that Emperor William of Germany, Emperor Frane!s Joseph of Aus tria and King Humbert will meet at Genoa in a few days, and that a series of brilliant fetes will mark this public proof of the re newal of ties which compose the dreibuend, which is intended to demonstrate to all whom it may concern that Italy, instead of being friendless, upon the verge of bank ruptcy and incumbered by a tottering throne, is strong in the earnest support of Germany and Austria, and will be backed by Great Britain in any great emergency. That the latter report is true is no longer doubted here, and it is added that a Brit ish naval squadron will be ordered to Genoa, upon the occasion of the meet ing of the emperors and King Humbert, in order to openly deronstrate Great BritaIn's sympathy with Italy and the dreibund. Finally, it is said that before the em perors meet at Genoa Emperor Francis Joseph will have succeeded in entirely reconciling Queen 'Victoria with her im perial grandson, and so the peace of En rope, it is hoped, will be further cementedl and the possibility of a European war will be driven furthey and further into the be ckground. To Explain the Recent Defeat. - Orders have been sent from the war office to Massowah that the report of Generals Baldissera and Baratieri on the defeat of the Italians at Adowa is to be supplement ed by the forwarding to this city of a num ber of important witnesses of the engage ment. It was at first proposed to court martial General Baratieri at Massowah. In fact, that plan has not -been entirely abandoned, but there were so many utter anves of disapproval in the press when the plan was outlined that it is unider stood that General Ricotti has decided to have the unfortunate officer tried in .public end in this city. There Is a strong movement, however, among certain military men and others to have the trial conducted in secret, as it is feared that revelations may be made which will not tend to strengthen the case of Italy before the world. But the general public demands publicity in the matter, and it is believed that the war office au thorities will have to bow to the popular will. Every fresh advice from Africa only tends to confirm the most alarming reports as to the extent of the disaster at Adowa, and although the official figures have not yet been made public It is admitted that over 12,000 men were killed, wounded or made prisoners. It Is believed that the loss of Abyssinians was almost as great. The Abyssinians captured almost all the Italian artillery, ammunition and supplies. The Conammandler's Plan. General Baratieri, however, repeats that the disaster, though unavoidable under thie circumstances, was not due to any desire to strike a big blow before the arrival from Italy of his successor, General Baldissera. He claims that the plan of battle was care fully mapped out between himself and his generals, that all the latter approved it, and that it-would have succeeded had It not been for the fact that the native troops under the Italian flag becamer pani-utrgkan and so balught about the eanPist defeat of the Italian forces. Cause ot'the Defeat. Disinterested judges istill 'hold that the real cause for the defeat of the Italians is to be found in the almost unceasing cinanor of certain newspapers df this city and other parts of Italy at the alleged innaction of en eral Baratleri. Wh*oe apparently unjust comments upon his conduct of the campaign seem to have goaded- him to push forward when good generalship would have avoided such a step until the pians for the advance upon the TiTe were completed, which is not believed to have been the case, as over 15,000 reinforcements were on their way to G1eneral Baratiert when the news of his utter defeat was flashed from $assowah. Politics, it also aplears. may have en tered somewhat Intf the situation, for Ba ratleri was a recently elected deputy (elect ed as a mark of public appreciation of his previous victories In Africa), and he was known to have formed political ambitions, possibly aiming at the war portfolio. when he met the great check which has forced him out of political and military life for ever. "If he had only wa4ted for his reinforeg nments," say his friends. And there seems to be the key to the whole trouble. The general did not wait for his reinforcements. and the. real cause for his failure to do so may be found In his possible political fu ture, which was threatened by the taunts of certain newspapers at his alleged inac tivity, when. as everybody now sees clear ly, he should have remained iiactive for quite a time lorger. But the new troops also meant the com ing of a new commander, and, although Baratieri denies It, this may have been an other feature of tie case and another in direct cause of thE great disaster. Sensational Reports of Reverses. LONDON, March 13.-The government was questioned in the house of commons today regarding the sensational reports cir culated by a aews agency that the Italians had suffered additional reverses in Africa recently. The undeir secretary of state for the foreign office, Mr. George N. Curzon, in reply, said that- the government had no news of the reported reverses in which the Italian garrison, of Sabdevati, between Kassala and Agordet, had been compelled to retreat to the hibs. Mr. Curzon added that the telegraph line from Kassala to the north was open, hhowing, he added, that nothing important had happened. Mr. Curzon also promised, on Monday next, to make a statement to the house in regard to the reports that British-Egyptian troops were to be moved from Wady Halfa up the Nile and in the direction of Don gola, in order to make a diversion and thus assist the Italian troops, which had been pressed by the Abyssinians. COL. CLARKSON'S TRIP Considered an Anti-Mclinley Movement by the Old Oombination. Will Endeavor to Break Into the Ohio Man's List of Delegates His Frinds Not Uneasy. Col. Clarkson of Iowa is en route to the Pacific coast, accompanied by several promiinent politicians, from New York and Pennsylvania. Hs de lares that his trip has no connection with politics, but the fact that he Is one of the principal Allison boomers and has just been chosen a dele gate-st-large to the St. Lovis convention prevents a too seriods meaning from being attached to his asqurance. The "eneral opinion is -that he nadVhisbfrends will be heard from in a political way, as soon as or soon after they reach their destination. An Anti-McKiiley Movement. The maneuver is "egarded as anti-Mc Kinley in aim. The Ohio candidate is ac credited with a good deal of strength in the west, and up to this time it has escaped attack. His strength In the south has for sogme time been under fire. The Reed, the Morton, the Allison and the Quay people, all have been movink on his works down there, and in several states with effect. Is the warfare to be extended to the west? Col. Clarkson's travel!ng companions are thought to represent '%r.. Platt and Mr. Qt.ay. It is the old combination, and stands for anything to beat Mr. McKinley. If the McKinley line in: the far west can be broken as his lina n tile south has been, the chances for pt racting the balloting at St. Louis will be by that much improved. And the lengthening of th listance in any race with the field agal t the favorite makes It the more -difficult for the favorite to win. Protection Kas a New Value. The west is an interesting section just now for another reason besides that relat irg to silver. Protection there has acquired a new value, and this Is being studied. The question Is coming- up at St. Louis, and will have to be dealt with. This is the question of competition with Asiatic coun tries, which, with Jhpan at their head, will soon be formidable in the markets of the world. The people of the west are very much alarmed on this score. Japan Is al ready underselling America in certain lines of manufactured goods, and the list is growing. In the past, competition with the pauper labor of Eu'rope has been much inveighed agaInst; but -that danger is triv ial in comparison -with this. If the markets of this country -are to be open to the pro ducts of people- -who are able to live and many of whom -do live on less -than ten cents a day, the -American laborer will be forced to such-a tumble as never he took In his lify before: It--'Is for the purpose, along with other-things- of examining into this matter - t-horoughly, and estimating combinations that may be evolved from it at St. Louis,- -that Cotonel Clarkson Is now traveling across- the -continent. Whnt MecKinny Men Say. The McKinley men elaim to have already looked into the situation, and to be assured of reaping the full fiits of whatever the question may yield. -They declare -that it Is precisely in .the- line of their contention. It emphaslzes all that they are asserting. It demonstrates, as ethey believe, the ab solute necessity Qf keeping protection fig ures high enough to11shut out all 'objection able trafice, whether Tfrom Europe or Asia, made so by the sta atlon wagcs paid to labor. The more predtion Is lauded, the greater the necess ty fer it Is conceded to be, the better they~ sliali like It. Fell Ne t Unesiness. Colonel Clarkson's Wourneyings, there fcre, are giving the McKinley people no unaness.n They eve that his mission Is political, but thiey: ave no fear of the result. They regard-their line in the west as being invincibe, andyas well so by rea son of their favor te's attitude as a blmetal list as for t~he fact thdt'he represents all there is In prothetoIn Aas against all the world. To Act ine Cimtroller. Mr. Eckels,. contoler of the currency, has gone- td Elleubegh, N.C., for a short season of hunting$ Deplity Controller Cof fin will act as coi~toler in his absence. A singular feature of -t~e appointment of Mr. Coffin Is that It 1s.the first time the offiee of deputy controller hIas been filled by pro.. motion. Heretobe -the office has been filled by appointigent' from the outside. - b4 lMention. - Maj. C. 'W ~ is of the quartermas ter's depa '1rgstered at the War Dwpaturent ~eat. 'FT O first infantry; Is at the Shoehar Begnawie of the nkvy Is In the cityr I lea jo- absencea - BP AZUW 1n., Iwb1 passenger train on. thia Vn has been wr'eekeg. Many uiiners and telanen were badly in GETTING THE FACTS Union Pacific Management De scribed to Senators. RECEIVER OLIVER I A MEI Intimation of the Influence of Gould and Sage. INTERESTING STATISTICS The Senate committee on Pacific railroads resumed Its sitting today, devoting itself tc the Union Pacific. Mr. Oliver W. Mink one of -.he receivers of ti-at road, was the first witness called. He was interrogated by Senator Wolcott, and said there were In cluded in the Union Pacific system about 5,000 miles of road, of which about 1,4XI miles were government aided road, and about 1,822 which belor.g to the Union Fa cific Compary. For tLese 1,822 miles the gross earnings had been for the twenty-six months since the road came into the hands of receivers $32,832,632, and the operating expenses $21,179,Z33. He said that in this time the company had paid IS,.505,365 In In terest on debts secured, especially upon the company's lands, of which'it held 3,347,40 acres. Course of the Receivers. Mr. Mink said, in reply to questions by Mr. Wolcott, that the receivers had paid some interest on the debts of the branch lines; that the earnings from the parent read had been thus diverted to hold the system intact. They had not expected the receivership to coitinue so long and had now discontinued the plan. He said that $UOM100 had been paid in this way on ac count of the Kansas Pacific road and $13, O) on account of the Omaha bridge, which might othcrwise have been devoted to the payment of the first mortgage interest. He stated the first mortgage coupons for July, 185, and for January, 8i, were in de fault, but he thought they would soon be paid. There was, however. no ulterior pur pose looking to the reorganization in the failure to pay this interest. The receivers always had borne in mind the Importanu e of keeping the interest account up. They at first had believed that the earnings would be sufficient to meet the interest and to hold all collateral lines. They had, how ever. scon disccovered tnat this was impos sible, and had early lost the Denver and Gulf artd the Oregon Short L!ne. Principal Dificult to Meet. He thought there could be no question that the main line would always be able to meet its interest; the danger would come when the principal5 should fall due. He thought there was no doubt that in the future these first mortgage bonds would be aid so as to Protect the &6vernmeint:ln terest in the main line. He could not prpin ise so mueh for the Pacille I on whli interest apunting to' about $il0.0110 is now due, none *ving bean paid since 1894.. Thi line was in the courts and the- case waA greatly complicated. The first mortgage bondholders had made no application for interest, but he did not think this failure on their part was part of a scheme to se cure a reorganization. He thought that, on the contrary, it was entirely due to the cam plicated condition of the affairs of the line. Mr. Mink said that Judge John F. Dillon was ene of the trustees of the first mortgage bondholders and was also counsel for the Union Pacific receivers. Senator Stewart asked if this dcuble relationship was not anomalous, but Mr. Mink said he had thought very little about it. Gould and Sage. Mr. Wolcott then directed his efforts to show that Russell Sage and George Gould, who ari the trustees for the consolidated mortgage on the Kansas Pacific line, had prevented the payment of the first mortgage interest, but Mr. Mink hesi tated to reply to these questions, saying they involved legal questions with which he was not familiar. Senator Brice of the committee here in terposed to say that it was apparent that there was a cloud upon the action of the receivers, trustees and counsel in this matter, and to call for a full and frank explanation.. He said that there was but one mind in the manage ent of the entire system and that the diviLons were merely technical. To this Mr. Miak replied that it had been the constant aini of the receivers to meet the interest on the first mortgage bonds, but that the disasters of '3 and '04 had necessarily changed their plans somewhat, and it should be remembered that when the receivers took hold of the road in 1893 its coffers were almost empty. He admitted that there was a close traffic agreement between the Union Pa cific and the Chicago and Northwestern lines. FEW FAVOR TEE FUNDING BILL. Mayor Sutrso Comauneuts on Mr. Hunt .ington's AssertIon. SAN FRANCISCO, March 13.-California read the report of the testimony given by C. P. Huntington yesterday before the House committee on Paclfic railroads with mingled feelings of amusement and indig nation. In discussing the public feeling in Cali fornia with regard to the Central Pacific funding scheme Mr. Huntington is said to have remarked that there were perhaps 100) people in the state who are opposed to the project. How near Mr. Huntington's estimate is to the truth may be judged from the fol lowing statement made by Mayor Sutro: "Of the 1,500,000 persons in California it may safely be said that 1.400,000 are op posed to the funding bili. The 100,0100 who favor the scheme are bankers, who hold the bonds of the company, and people under the control of the company. It is out rageous that Huntington should have the effrontery to tell such barefaced falsehoods to a congressional committee.' He would have Congress believe that I am the only man in the state who is opposed - to the funding bill when, as a matter of fact; the sentiment here Is almost unaninpously against it. It will be the greatest calamity thaf ever befell .a state if Huntington suc ceeds in hoodwinking Congress to pass the bill. The funding scheme proposed by Sen ator Morgan will be fairly acceptable," SHOSHONES STIRRED UP. Jimn Washakle Sho by Abductors of DENVER, Col., March 13.-A special to the Republican, from Lander, Wyo., says: There is consIderable excitement among the- Indians of Shoshone agency, caused by the shootl'ig of Jim Washak'e, a grand son -of the venerable chief of' that nanme. Dick Lamoreaux and Cal. 0' Neal, half breeds, and.'two white men, named Frank O'IDell and- Bill.Roberts, stole Jim Washa kie's wife and made for the 'Montana line with her. Washakie went in pursuit and overtook the abductors lifty miles -north of the~ agency. In- the -fight which followed Washaki'e was shot thsough tfts tiedy- and thigh. . The doctor of- the 'agency- esot that the wonii'are not- neeisserily faa. Capt. Wilson is scouring the uenervpston with his Indian police in search of the BALLINGTON BOOTH Effort to Have Him Take Charge of the National Gospel Mission Union, What Mr. Bane says .t the Stees Taken and of the Extent or the Movement. Last week negotiations were opened from this city looking to having Ballington Booth take charge of the National Gospel Mission Union, which was organized in Washington less than a year ago and which still retain. its headquarters here. Mr. E. D. Bailey. one of the officers of the Mission Union, wrote today to Maj. George A. Hil ton, the national organizer, asking him if he couldn't arrange his work so that the matter might be placed before Gen. Booth in a proper light. Maj. Hilton is now at Montrose, Pa.. in the northeastern part of the state, within a few hours' ride of New York, so that Gen. Booth need not be sur prised to receive a visit from him next week, especially as Maj. Hilton has had the idea in view himself and has suggessed Gen. Ballington Booth. the desirability of him taking hold of it. The letters that Gen. Booth has received on the subject, both from this city and from other places in the United States where the work of the union has made an impression.. have rot explained the work of the organization thoroughly, judging from a reply sent to Mr. Bailey. so that it is deemed advisable ~ to have him made thoroughly aware of the situation, in the hope of inducing him to accept. What Mr. Baley SayS. Mr. Bailey, in talking to a Star reporter today, said: "I received lately several let ters from various parts of the country suggesting to me that if Ballington Booth had determined to leave the Salvation Army, an effort should be made to enlist him in the Work ot~gpiting and extending gospel missionse. -are -iceesiag so rapidly In this country and are deoing such a vast anougt of good. The suggestion seemed to me to have some merit. I tho.ght it would be urfortunate for hin to engage in rivalry with the Salvation "Army, which must. be the inevitable re stilt of a new movement .patterned after the old methods, while if he were simply to join the gospel mission movement no antagonism with his old associates would exist. I wrote to Mr. Booth briefly on the subject. The reply was very cordial, but he had already determined to start a, movement among the mlIddle or artisan class.' I inferred from this that his plans are Stilt very indefinite. and that he really does r ot understand the scope of the mis sion movement, for that Is just what we do. reach the laboring man, though, of course, we do not relieve the reds -of the poor In winter. I shall correspond with him further on the subject, and with some of the prominent persons %;ho are said to be his backers in his new movement The Most Extensiive Movement. "The gospel mission movement has not attracted the public attention which its im pcrtance merits. It Is the most extensive movement in this country for reaching the laboring classes, and its progress is simply astonishing. We now, In a year from or-' garization, number nearly fifty missions, scattered all over the country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the entire property represented by these missions will aggregate over two hundred thousand dol lars. If I were foot loose, as General Bootlh seems to be just now, I would con sider it the opportunity of my life to lead the movement. It is emphatically an Arrerican movement, with no objectionable military attachments, not centralized, but thoroughly democratic, not in rivalry with the churches or antagonistic to them, but in close sympathy with them and re markably successful in reaching the com con people who are outside of ordinary church influences. The possibilities of this movement are simply immense. If the backers of Mr. Booth only realized the fact these missions are the shortest road to the hearts of the artisans of this coun try.." TO ADMET ?NEW MEXICO. The Senate Committee on Territories to Favorably Repoert the Bill. The Senate committee on territories today decided with only one negative vote to re port favorably Senator Gear's bill for the admission of New Mexico as a state. The negative vote was cast by Senator Sewell of New Jersey, who gave as the reason for his opposition that the American popula tion was in the minority in the territory. The other Senators present were Messrs. Davis, Shoup, Elkins, Thurston, Bate and White, jeaving Messrs. Hill, Blackburn, Squire and Call absent. It is understood that Senator Hill is oppose4 to admission. The bill reported is an enabling act, and authorizes the people of the territory to hold a constitutional convention, the elec tion for which is to he held on the sixth Tuesday aft tr the bill shall become a law. the convention to convene five weeks after the election. The constitution adopted by the convention is to he submitted to the voters at an election, the time for which is to be fixed by the convention, and if It is accepted the territory becomes a state. The new state is to be entitled to one rep resentative in Congress and to the usual quota of state officers, who are to he voted for when the constitution is submitted. ARMY DOCTORS. Gradinatiaa- Exercises of the Amsy Medical Sehool Teeok Place Today. The graduating exercises of the Army Medical School took place this afternoon at the Army Medical Museum, with a good at tendance of the friends of the institution. Introductory remarks were madE by CoL. Charles H. Alden, assistant surgeon gen eral, president of the faculty. Professor J. H. Brinton of Jefferson College, Philadel phia, delifered an Interesting and instruc tive address to the class, after which Sena tor Jcs. R. Hawley of Connecticut pre sented diplomas to the following members of the .ejaes,.who had taken the full course of instruction: Assistwt Burgeon J.IH. Steine. Irving -C. .Rand Powell C. Fauntle roy, Thomnas J1. Kirkpatrick and James 5. Wilson. Two members of the District Na tional -Guard- and a member of the Na tional~ Guard of Massachusetts have taken a partial -course at the school, and its use fuiness is extending in other dhgetama. At the close of today's exercises t..=..e wa= invted to inspmet te iamt.... f you want today's newS today you can find it only in The Star. A CUBAN FLURRY enatons Anxious to See Some of the Confidetial Documnt& K ( LI span. 0 ZLs He Thinks the President's Recom mendation Unwise. MATTERS IN THE HOUSE The Senate chamber was again fild by large crowds come to bear a continu ance of the Cuban debate, and there was some impatience over a lengthy pre lude on the less interesting subject of tariff and finarce, on which Mr. Cockrell of Mis souri had given notice of addressing the Senate. Mr. Ledge's EmlaIemmtgl. There was a brief flurry over Cuba as soon as the journal had been read. Mr. Lodge (Mass.) rose to state that Mr. Sher man had made in inadvertent error in his statement yesterday in saying that he (Lodge) had seen Seecretary Olney. and had secured from him private papers and information as to Cuba. Mr. L'dge said he had received no papers from the State De partment, and had had no communication with Mr. Olney in this respect. Tho pasers which Mr. Sherman had referred to came to the comm!rtee on foreign relations fron the State Department. They :nci:ded a full statement from the Spanish mnister. Dupuy de Lome. giving the Spanisa liew and the Spanish side of the case. This statement from the minister was read to the committee by one of its membezrs. This and other papers were of such a contiden tial character that they could not be 'quoted or made public. Mr. Sherman assented to Mr. Lodge's statement. saying he recled that the pta pers came from the State Departnent at the request of the committee, and that the statement of the Spanish case '.y the Span ish minister had been read alond to the committee by the Senator from Maine Gir. Frye). Mr. near Agaim. This brought Mr. Hoar to his feet with a surprised inquiry as to whether the Sen ate should not have the benetit of this statement of the Spanish case by the Span ish minister. Mr. Hoar regarded th.s as a most important phase not heretofore dis closed. "It would be proper to lay It before the Senate in executive session." responded Mr. Sherman. "Then," continued Mr. Hoar, "it would seem quite appropriate for the comm!ttee on foreign relations to move guch an ex ecutive session as a means of giving the Senate these important facts on which judgment is based." Mr. Wolcott added, In decisive tontes, that the explanation just given placed the Ser ate in a most unusual dilemma. "fe4sters are asked." said Mr. Wolcott. "to vote an a question of fact, on testimony repoulng in the breast of members of the committee oa foreign reailas; os tesumony that can:::ot be dimeleed to the public or to as, *cept in executitve session. And these resoutions are to go to another chamber which has no executive session and cannot have pos session of this testimony. I would be plad to ask whether we are to yield our judg ment and our conscience to the coninittee on foreign relations?' Mr. Hawley (Conn.) rose to state briefly that he hoped some declaration on Cuba could be offered on which all would agn,.. He added that at the proper time he would Insist on a further enference on this par ticular declaration. Mr. Coeren em isever. This closed the 4nmient, and Mr. Cock rel was recognisa!$ for a speech in sup port of the silver onendment to the tariff bill, which measure has been In abeyance since the refusal of the Senate to adopt Mr. 3Iprrill's motlonato consider it. Mr. Cockrell called attention to the hal ances in the treasury, Including over $1:'. 000,000 gold, coin and bullion, over $24,t0n, 0(0 standard silver dollars, $I-,ue09,suU. of silver bullion (coinage V'alue), on which the profit of seigniorage had been- S'i3,4ue4tag $14.009,001) subsidiary silver coin, $tWeism.tesluiu of greenbacks, and $30,000 of treasury notes of 1890. Uende Outaadlug. Mr. Cockreil took up the enormous amount of United States bonds outstanding, aggre gating 1846,00000.O of which over &: ;,4510, 000 had been issued In times of peace. These bonds, the Senator maintained, can he paid as well in silver as In gold. ani he quoted eminent authority for this statement. It In cluded Secretary Carlisle and Se'cretary Herbert, who had voted whIle in the House of Representatives for the Stanley' Mat thews' resolution, declaring bonde~ payable in either coin. The Senator referred also to Senator Sherman as "that disting~uished gold monometallist-bi~metallist,". and readt from Mr. Sherman's utterances in la0h when he was Secretary of the Tre-t.sury' that the government reserved the legal right to redeem government obligations. In siver. If this policy had been carried out there would have been no trouble, no treasury agitation. There Would have been no raids on the treasury. Exelusive gold payme'nts was a voltuntary assumption on the p'art of the Secretary of the Treasury. There had been no gold raids prior to 1!fIl. h~e'ause the silver dollar, up to that time. was the "watel-dog of the treasury." "And it was a more potent watchdog than any of the Rothschilds or the B~elnint, added Mr.-'CockrelL. oa Secretar.y Foster had not redeemed a 101.. lr of treasury notes in silver, while 'e retary Carlisle had rede'med some $t19,4s, 000 of them In standard silver dollars. President'. Preosliem tUmwls The Senator proceeded to urge that the proposition of the President to issue fifty year bornds to retire notes was unwise. It was the worst financial proposition that had ever eminated from an execusive onfleer. and if adopted it would coat the people L201000,001. Secretary Carlisle had recentily, in a speech, proclaimed himself for gold. There was no further effort to disguise the issue behind "sound money." which meant ab solute gold monometallism. At 2 o'clock the regular order was laid aside in order to permit Mr. Cockrell to proceed. The galleries had wearied wait ing for the Cuban debate, and the crowd gradually thinned out. Mr. Cockrell spoke of the timidity of gold as a money, and referred t-o the agitation caused by President Cleveland's "Venean. elan message of war with a string tied to It." That message made the whole 'country tremble like jelly, and the press of New York declared that I10,000,O0u had been lost in consequence. The Beaeem et the Desseeratic Party. The Senator declared that the democratic party could slot be divided by the silver question. It was the pillar of cloujd by day and the pillar of fire by night, the great cbnstitutional beaccn ot the democratic party, the one on wh~ch all its victories had been won, and those who opposed It would slough oir [rom. the party, but would not divide it. TUE EEUBE. Some routine business preceded the re sumption of the debate on the Aldrich Robins contested election case in ths Rouse today. Bis were passed togrn an AmerIcan register to the steamer As.