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No. 13,425. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY,, M.ARCH 13, 1896--TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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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.

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