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THE EVENING TIMES, WASHtNGTOI?, SATDBDAY, JANUAEY 20, 1900.
the member as such, or because it was
commuted prior to his election."
Delegate Camion's Cnxe.
Then follows reference to the most no
table cases which have come before the
Senate and House ot Representatives, in
cluding that of George Q Cannon, former
Delegate from Utah. Of that case, the re
"3. In the case of George Q. Cannon,
delegate from I. tab. in the Forty-third
Congress, lfc74 and 1S75, we And a seiies
of eventb suggesting, in the light of this
case, how hibioij repeats itself.
"Cannon's seat was contested by Max
well, tho had received but a handful of
votes, and had no right whatever to the
seat, even if Cannon was not entitled to
it. The claim was made that Cannon was
a poljgamist. There was no evidence at
that time before the House that he had
married a plural wife after the act of 1S6J.
If he had not. he had violated no law-
A resolution was adopted declaring that
he was entitled to the scat as delegate,
the claim being made that he might be
proee?ded against in expulsion proceed
ings Whereupon, on the same day. May
12. 1S4. a committee was appointed to in
v obligate the question of Cannon's polj
gamj and the right of the House to ex
pel. It reported in Januarj. 1S75. that
Cannon was a poljgamist. and brought in
a resolution of expulsion. A vigorous
minority report was filed, in which the
right of expulsion was combated on three
"First. That the House had already de
clared that Cannon was entitled to the
seat. The force of the argument was ap
parent, for nothing had intervened to make
him anv less entitled then than on the day
his title was confirmed by the previous
action of the House
"Second. That when Utah was created as
a Territory Congress Knew it would bend
Mormon delegates, and it ought not now
to complain that a Mormon had come to
. the House.
"Third. Tnat a graver ground of ob
jection existed 'The question is, said the
report, "whether the House ought, as a
matter of policj. or to establish a prece
dent, expel either a Delegate or Member on
account of alleged crimes or immoral prac
tices unconnected with their duties or obli
gations as Members or Delegates, when the
Delegate or Member possesses all the
qualifications to entitle him to his seat.
"The reasoning of the committee and the
cogont force of an unbroken line of prece
dents against expulsion seem to have pro
foundly impressed the House, for when a
couple of weeks later the case was called
up and the question of consideration rais
ed, onlv a beggar! j twentv-one could be
found readv to take up the case and it was
never heard of again
"Thus ended the first campaign to ton
firra a poljgamist m his seat m the fond
hope that he might later be expelled.
"4. The aext is the case of Schumaker
and King in connection with the China
mail service, August , 1S7S The Commit
tee on the Judiciarj submitted a report,
ih the course or which it asserted that the
House of Representatives had no authomj
i take jurisdiction of violations of law or
wffeaee. committed against a previous
Cengrees Referring to the constitutional
provision respecting expulsion," it sajs
Ths power is evidentlv given to en
able each houe to exercise its constitu
tional Inaction of legislation unobstruct
ed "The committee recommended that the
House leave the charges against Schu
niker and King 'where thev are now,' in
"The miftontv report did not combat the
position of the majoritj, in so far as this
csfee ib concerned Thev sav that
" 'Thej do not denv but that there are
limitations en the power of this House to
expel arising from the circumstances of
particular cases and the relations of this
House to the constuuencv of an accused
member, therefore as will be seea. the
UHdersigned need not go further :u this
cape thau to asert jurisdiction, because
the offences complained of were no lnow.11
to the constituents of the members in
question until after their election
"If there is anv fact apparent in this
case it is that the constituents of Mr
Roberts knew all about him before his
"Can there be room to doubt the proper
action of the House' Is it prepared to
yield up this salutar.v power of exclusion '
Will it declare itself defenceless and H
diculous "Xor are those who assert that expul
sion is the reniedj necessarv barred from
voting for th resolution declaring the seat
vacant He must Indeed be technical and
narrow in his construction of the Consti
tution who will not admit that if a vote to
declare the seat vacant is sustained bj a
two-thirds majontj the Constitution ib
bubstantiallj complied with He maj not
agree with the committee that a mere ma
jority can exclude but he can reserve the
right to make the point of order that the
resolution ih not carried if two-thirds do
not -vote for it.
"If the House takes the action -whicn
the minoritj of the committee insists it
ought to take, it will, for the first time
in its hlstor.v, part with a most beneficent
power which it has often exercised a pow
er that ought rarelj to be exercised, but
'which the House has never declared it did
"Mindful of the gravity of the question
and realizing the responsibilitj imposed
upon us, we recommend the adoption of
the following resolution:
Heoohcd, That under the facts and orcurelan
oes of this cafte, llrigham H Ilobrrt, Heprcen
tstne elect from the State of I tab, oucht not to
Imic er lwld a scat in the House of IU preventa
tives, and that the eat to winch lie was ileetcd
w litrelij declared vacant.
The Conclnsionn of the 3IInorI.
The minority report is most exhaustive.
It covers all the legal questions involved
and goes into detail on all the constitu
tional points at issue The report bristles
with citation of authorities to show that
the House cannot legally exclude Mr.
Roberts, -who possesses the qualifications
mentioned in the Constitution The re
"Finding that Mr. Roberts has been and
Is now a polvgamist, unlawfully cohabi
tating with plural wives, if the House of
Representatives is for that reason of the
opinion that he ought not to be. a mem
ber thereof, what course should it nght
fullj "pursue under the Constitution, the
supreme law of the land exclude him or
expel him" If he is to be excluded, it
must be because he is for such reason le
gallj ineligible or disqualified The pur
pose is to consider the question of consti
tutional right, not of arbitrarj power, as
it is conceded that the House has that
power to exclude, with or without reason,
light or wrong The exercise of such a
power, without constitutional warrant,
would simply be brute force, a tvrannous
exercise of power, unreviewable by any
Touching on the power of expulsion, the
"A small partisan majority might ren
der the desire to arbitrarily exclude, bj
a majoritj vote, in order to more securely
entrench itself in power. Irresistible.
Hence its exercise is controlled bj legal
rules. In case of expulsion, when the
requisite two-thirds can be had, the mo
tive for the exercise of arbitrarj' power
no longer exists, as a two-thirds partisan
majority is sufficient for every purpose.
Hence expulsion has been wisely left in
the discretion oTThe House, and the safe-
in its early stage can be cured,
and great relief obtained when
far advanced. Fresh Air, proper
food, and Scott's Emulsion of
Cod-Liver Oil, taken regularly,
is the universal treatment. If
you are threatened, begin the
Emulsion at once.
, At all druecUu ; 53c. and $1 00.
ty of the members does not need the pro
tection of legal rules.
"It seems to us settled, upon reason and
authority, that the power of the House to
expel is unlimited, and that the legal prop
ositions Involved may be thus fairly sum
marized: The power of exclusion is a mat
ter of law, to be exercised by a majority
rote, in accordance with legal principles,
and exists only where a member-elect lacks
some of the qualifications required by the
Constitution. The power of expulsion is
made by the Constitution purely a matter
of discretion, to be exercised by a two
thirds vote, fairly. Intelligently, conscien
tiously; with a due regard to propriety and
the honor and integrity of the House, and
the rights of the individual member. For
the abuse of this discretion we are respon
sible onlj to our constituents, our con
sciences, and our God.
"We believe that Mr. Roberts has the
legal, constitutional, right to be sworn in as
a member, but the facts are such that we
.further believe the House, in the exercise
of its discretion, is not onl justified, but
required by everj- proper consideration in
volved, to expel him promptly after he be
comes a member.
"We recommend the following as a sub
stitute for the resolution proposed by the
Hrsolved, That Brigham U. Itobcrls, bavin? been
dulj Uceted a Representative in the Y if tj -sixth
Concrt for the ttate of I'tali, with the qualifici
liniLs requisite for admission to the Houe as such,
is entitled, as a constitutional riffht, to take the
oath of office prrscnled for niemben elect. Ins
statu, as a poljeamit. unlawful! cohabiting with
plural wives, affording constitutional ground for
expulsion, but not for ixcluMon from the lloa-e.
"And if the House shall hold with us and
swear in Mr. Robers as a member, we
shall, as soon as recognition can be had.
offer a resolution to expel him as a
poljgamist, unlawfully cohabiting with
plural wives "
A BEMAKKABLE OPEBATION.
Vn Arm, Shoulder Hliulo, and Collar
KEW YORK, Jan. 20 Edgar A. Gar
butt, thirtj-six j ears old. of 201 Marcy
Avenue, Williamsburg, will leave the
Seney Hospital, Brookljn, todaj, after
having undergone a remarkable operation.
He fell off his bicvele about two jears
ago, and soon afterward noticed a slight
bruise or discoloration on his left arm
above the elbow Necrosis set in, and b
two operations his left arm was removed.
Then the shoulder blade and collar bone
were affected with the disease Surgeons
consider long before they attempt to re
move all or part of these bones There
have been onlj five cases in which a man's
prm and shoulder blade and part of the
collar bone have been removed. Garbutt's
case was the fifth
On December 10 the operation was per
formed on Garbutt- At first it was thought
that skin grafting would be necessarj.
Mrs Garbutt was sent for and she of
fered to have part of the skin taken from
her body in order that her husband's
wound might be healed The surgeons
were unwilling to take the large amount
of skin that would be required from her
bodj so Garbutt's nephew and a voung
man emplojed bv Garbutt. as well as the
wife went to Senev Hobpital to supplj the
A surgeon who had read extensively of
the German discoverv that the inner cov
ering of hens' eggb could be used in re
placing skin sugested that it be tried So
for the first time in the United States the
membrane of eggs was applied for this
purpose The grafting" process began ten
davs after the operation in December, and
it is said to have been entirelj successful.
VOTING BY MACHINE.
UriiiUlMi 'tin le the njmUmr at the
NEW YORK Jan 20 In all probablll
tj the voting machine will be used In
Rrooklvn at the next election Several of
the instruments are now on exhibition in
that borough, and the police commission
ers are engaged in Investigating them
The voting machine has been in use in
Rochester. Buffalo, and Utlca for some
time so that it has passed the experimen
tal stage Each machine will record and
count about 700 votes between the hours
for the opening and closing of the polls
and over 1 200 of the instruments would
be required here to record an election.
The machines cost S"i00 apiece, so that the
expense of furnishing them amounts to
about a half million dollars
This seems like a large sum. but In
three vears it would be saved bj- the use
of the machine, while the accuracy that
would be secured would be absolute In
all places where they have been used the
election officers declare that" thej have
achieved wonderful results, and have de
cided that fraud is impossible with them
Thej entirely do awaj with defective bal
lots, which often cause so much trouble.
THE FbTaNKLYN SYNDICATE.
Vnntlier Indictment Asniimt Its Pro
NEW YORK, Jan 20 A rumor was go
ing the rounds m the courthouse and mu
nicipal buildings in Brookljn last night
that the police were about to arrest Wil
liam r. Miller of 520 per cent Frankljn
Sjndicate renown Capt. James K Price,
of the detective bureau, was at his office
until after 9 o'clock and was in consulta
tion with some of his deputies In the
afternoon the. Kings county grand jury
found indictment against John Doe, but
what he is charged with could not be ascer
tained "John Doe," however, is said to
be a resident of Manhattan who was Inter
ested with Miller in his Frankljn Syndi
District Attorney John T. Clark would
not admit that the indictment had anything
to-do with Miller. It was also said that
the first indictment found against Miller
on the daj- that he escaped from Captain
Reynold's sleuths had been found to be de
fective and that another Indictment had
been secured and that the name of John
Doe was used in place of William r. Mil
ler. AN UNGRATEFUL CLEaK.
I); IIiikiis Orders Arthur Moore. Holts
BRIDGEPORT. Conn.. Jan. 20 The
sudden disappearance of Arthur Moore, the
confidential clerk of the Torrej Bronze and
Brass Manufacturing Company of this city,
a few dajs ago, has brought to light a
storj of ingratitude. Mcore is a young
man. and came from the South with hs
wife and one child His place here was
secured through the friendship of Mr.
Torrej, the head of the companj. Mcore
drew monej by false pretences amount
ing to about ? 5,000, turned in bogus orders
to the extent of thousands of dollars, and
for months, bj ljing and concocting
stories, prevented the knowledge of his
thefts from coming to the firm.
Moore's method of getting money out
of the firm was clumsy enough He drew
for monej to paj for the goods which he
said he ordered in Springfield, Mass.. and
in Albanj. After Mcore left word was
received that no goods as mentioned had
been offered. "By this method he secured
Protecting: ltAiiaa Convict.
TOPEKA. Kan., Jan. 20. The Kansas
penitentiarj- is quarantined against he
entire State, and sheriffs have been noti
fied that prisoners will not be received.
Smallpox exists in several localities, and
it is sought to protect the 1.000 prisoners
Two Skeleton Unearthed.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn , Jan. 20 TT. L.
Allison, of Rising Tawn, Ga., a few miles
from this place, while prospecting for
lead, found two skeletons seventv-five feet
under the ground. They were In an open
ing between two rocks arl were in a re
markable state of preservation.
The Jury to Hear the Evidence in
the Trial Complete.
The Nonchalance of the Prisoner n ml
the Grief of Hit Mother Till He
twee n Oiiiom1iiT Comittcl UiirliiK
the Evniniiintlon of T'iilenmeii.
Curious li.veiiMes to Eviule Diitv.
The jurj in the Snell murder case was
finally selected at 12:20 o'clock, and the
prosecution begun, at the reconvening of
the court at 1 o'clock after the noondaj
recess The full jurj is as follows:
"William T. Pierce, .Everett L. Ellis,
Charles W. Tolson, Frederick L. Newman,
John Crawford, Charles 5 CunnJgham,
Joseph A. Lj nn, Thomas Norwd, L I.
Butler, Henrj D. Nicholson, John L.
Barnes, and Joseph It. Nelson.
After spending the entire forenoon m
monotonous examinations, there was a
sudden lull in the proceedings, and in the
tense hush someone dropped an umbrella.
At the same moment Mr. Anderson, Dis
trict Attornej', aroseanjl said:
"If j our honor please, the Government
is satisfied with the jurj'." It v,.is the
last thread. The case had begun
Snell slouched inTo the courtroom this
morning nonchalantly,, his ponderous
weight jarring the floor as he moved to hm
seat behind his counsel.- Previous to 10
o'clock, his father and mother came in
and took seats in the front row immedi
ately in the rear of the counsel for the
prosecution As the son came in the old
mother, a look of anguish on her face,
glanced appealing toward him Her Lice
was partly shielded bj her right hand, in
which she held a handkerchief. As soon
as the prisoner had taken his seal, thp
parents were escorted to chairs bcbidc him,
the mother being placed on his right hand.
He glanced at her, but spoke -no word,
and the crier opened court.
The membeis of the family of thennur
dered Lizzie Weisenberger were not pres
ent, when the examination of talesman be
gan S Sprigg Belt was the first man called,
and upon being examined bj- the- court
stated that he had formed a decided opin
ion and that It would be a hard matter to
alter his opinion. He vvas so decided that
he was disqualified
Thomas W'iltberger, Superintendent of
Rock Creek Cemeterj, was examined, as
being exempt from service under the law.
Harrj Perkins, a carpenter, of Anacos
tia, said that he had formed no opinion as
to the sanltj of the defendant, nor of the
merits of the case, and that upon evi
dence in the case depended the Infliction of
the death penaltv or imprisonment for life
in the event of Imprisonment He had no
prejudice against insanltj as an adequate
defence for the crime of murder. He
proved to be sound on all questions and
The defence then excused Mr Blake un
til next Thursday and called Harry W.
Bowling for examination He was op
posed to capital punishment and was
challenged bj the Gcverument for cause
Upon examination bj the counsel for the
defence his opinion underwent no changa,
and he said that not even under the
solemmtj of the juror's oath could he ren
der an impartial verdict The challenge
Charles Weitzel said that he had formed
an opinion and his replies were so unin
telligent that he was voluntanlj excused
bv both sides of the case
Edward S York, upon coming to the
front, expressed a prejudice against capi
tal punishment, saving that he had on
various occasions been excused for this
reason. He was disqualified
D AY Chambers was disqualified owing
to jurj service in November last.
The "VaIv are I)licuicil.
L J Butler, a grocer, of C21 Twentj
third Street northwest, was next called
He said he had on various occasions serv
ed on juries, and his opinions being found
to be as fair and unprejudiced as was pos
sible, he was seated, filling the box, and
the Government expressed satisfaction
with the jurj, but the defence excuse I
Mr Herald, and John L Burns was culled
He was examined fully and seated.
Some discussion was caused between the
Government and the defence in reference
to the waivure by the former of their right
01 peremptorj cnauenge ine court oe-
ciaeu tnat tne cnauenge was not lorteiteu ,
oj me waivure, ana mat tney sun naa .
the right to challenge any man on the
jury, although thej had expressed satis
faction with it as it at the time tood.
The defence therefore excused Mr. Major,
leaving them but two challenges remain
ing Charles r. Nesbitt, a real estate broker,
of 1S01 Phelps Place, was called He fcaid
that, with one possible exception, -which
he vvas not pressed to state, he could ren
der an impartial verdict. He had formed
an opinion, and upon questioning bj Mr.
Turner, said that the possible exception
to which he had referred was his bias
against the plea of insanity, and that he
would regard with a great deal of suspi
cion such a defence for the crime of mur
der. Snell's counsel then challenged him
for cause, since he was prejudiced against
the meterial defence in the case Mr.
Gould put him to the test, but without
avail, and he was excused
William Stevens stated that notwith
standing an opinion formed, he could sit
in the jury and impartially trj the case
He had no leaning one waj or the other for
either penaltv prescribed bj' law and plac-
It may be true of virtue that " But to
wish more x-irtue is to gain," but it is
not true that wishing for health brings
us a step nearer the realization of our
wish. Health must be sought and striven
for. There are more than lialf a million
people who hae found health, each in
the same way, and by the same means.
That way and means are open to you. If
you are suffering vv ith obstinate, linger
ing cough, bleeding of the lungs, bron
chitis, emaciation, weakness, a condition
xvhich if neglected or unskilfully treated,
leads to consumption, begin at once the
use of Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Dis
cover)'. It never fails to help. It per
fectly heals ninety-eight out of every
hundred who give it a fair and faithful
Sick persons are invited to consult Dr.
Pierce by letter absolutely free of all
fee or charge. Everj letter is held as
strictly private and sacredly confidential,
and all answ ers are sent in plain envel
opes, bearing no printing upon them.
The experience of Dr. Pierce often en
ables him to suggest auxiliary treatment
specially adapted to the individual case.
Address Dr. R. V. Pierce, Buffalo, N. Y.
"About one year ago I began to be troubled
with a dr hacking cough and a hurting through
my breast so that I could hardlj' jto about or do
my house work for mv self and husband," writes
Mrs Abce Holton, of St. Albans, Kanawha Co ,
XV. Va. " I let my trouble go on until about
eight months ago I got one of Dr. R V. Pierce's
little pamphlets I learned of a great remedy
for such diseases and I wrote to the World's
Dispensary Medical Association in a short time
after reading the little book. They soon gave
an answer and advised me what to do I fol
lowed their advice and 1 soon found relief by
the use of Dr. It Y. Pierce's Golden Medical Dis
covery. I have used three bottles of it and now
feel like a new persou "
Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets do not
become a necessity to the system they
have relieved of accumulations and ob
THE VITAL PRINCIPLE
of life Is motion, arid when motion ceases
death ensues. A poor circulation results
in sluggish blood, which is unequal to the
task of carrjlng off the refuse of the secre
tions. The consequence is that the sjstem
becomes deranged and disease is sure to
"What is the effect ot a pure alcoholic
stimulant as Duffj's Pure Malt Whiskey in
such a case?
The arterial blood is made to flow faster,
the waste material that clogs the Fystem
is burnt up and eliminated. The heart is
strengthened and the pulse steadied. The
respiration becomes deeper, while the brain
is soothed and calmed.
There is nothing "Just as good" as
Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey. A dealer who
sajs so Is thinking of his profits nothing
more. Of course when a remedy has been
before the public so long, has been recom
mended and prescribed bj doctors, and car
ried the blessings of health to so many
thousand homes, imitations are bound to
arise They are onlj- able, however, to
imitate the bottle and the labels. No one
can imitate the product. The process is
known to nianuf icturers alone. Beware ot
substitutes and refilled bottles.
All dnifffruts and Krocer, or direct, SI 1 bottle
Duffv Pure Malt niskej to, Rochester. N. Y.
cd in the hands of the jury, nor had he
any bias against insanltj as a defence. He
could credit expert testimony on the sub
ject of insanltj. He was seated, and Mr,
Gould announced the Government as be
ing still satisfied with the jurj.
At this juncture there was a brief pause
in the proceedings whilo the counsel for
the defence conferred as to their next
clnllenge Mr. Snell, sr., leaned over and
whispered to his wife, who merelj- nodded,
the pained look on her face never leaving
it for a moment.
Mr. Perkins was then excused by'Snell's
counsel, and Isaac D. Bovce called, and at
once excused on account of illness
Tilt Hetvv een laiwjer.
Isiac Ottenburg, a baker, took the stand
and seemed to have no prejudices for or
against either side of the case. A ques
tion bj Mr. Turner was objected to bj Mr.
Gould, who said "the question is asked for
the sole put pose or disqualifjing the
"it ib not so intended," said Mr. Turn
er "It was 'juii'iig an answer into his
mouth, aim st, b.nlMi Go i"J.
"I am merelj trjing to discover the
state of the juroi's mind," said Mr. Turn
er. "Your honor well knows that the defence
has almost "reached the limit of Its per
emptory challenges, and we want to know
who are going to serve us there "
The court then put the quibtion as to
whether the witness was biased in favor of
hanging in all cases of conviction for mur
der, and found it hard to put the querv
so as to draw out the true feeling of
"The talesman baj5." continued Mr.
Turner to the court, ' that he la biased In
favor of the death penaltj in everj case
of conviction "
This the court questioned, and Mr.
Mitchell defended the objection mide by
his colleague The stenographer read the
last few questions, and Mr Gould said that
nothing could be clearer to qualifj the
juror, but the defence challenged
Mr Gould then put the formal questions
This at once brought on a tilt between the
two sides, and the court interfered in
sustaining the Government, but the final
outcome produced such prejudiced replies
hi favor of the death penaltj solelj in case
of conviction, that the witness was ex
cused at the instance of Mr Gould, who
smiled at the outcome ot the whole mat
ter. Henrj D Nicholson, ot 1J0S Thirtv-fiist
Street northwest, an attornej practicing
in the Pension Office, proved to be a verj
intelligent talesman He siid that al
though it would require weighty evidence
to laj aside his opinion, he could go into
the box and give a clear verdict on the
"That's an ideal juror, it seems to me,"
said Mr Turner, but entering further Into
the routine queries his replies were in
every way satisfactory. He had no preju
dice against insanity as a plea, or against
expert testimonj' in proving such defence
on a charge of murder. He was sent to
The I.ant Challenge.
The Government here again expressed
satisfaction with the Jurj-, and the defence
looked serious as they conferred together
before indulging in what was their list
Snell's father arose and walked over to
Mr Mitchell, whispered something to him,
and then returned to his seat. Snell's lit-
tie ee3 followed his father The mother
neer m0ved. She had sat like a graven
statue since the onenlnc of court, and the
clock pointed to exactly noon The whis
tles blew out a long blast, and Mr Tur
ner said, breaking the tense silence.
"We excuse Mr. Stevens"
The prosecution now had two challenges
remaining to them. They called Felix Sel
bert, who stated that he lived within a
stone's throw of the place where the crime
had been committed, and that he had
known of the murder an hour and a half
after Its commission, and had talked about
it all that day. His opinion was so strong
against the prisoner that the court, on
the challenge of Mr. Turner, excused him
without opposition from the prosecution.
Thomas R. Nelson, colored, was then
called. He said that he had not formed so
strong an opinion that proper evidence
would not remove it. He was seated. A
nnnse nf several minutes here occurred
r while counsel for the defence and the at
torneys for the Government siltmtlj- con
sulted When the court convened after recess,
Mr. Gould, for the Government, opened
the case for the prosecution, reciting the
case in its details
At the conclusion of his argument the
trial was adjourned until Mondaj'.
A FIGHT FOR LOWER RATES.
A StriiprBle Between Itnllvriij s and
the Florida CoiiiiniMxion.
TALLAHASSSE, Fla . Jan. 20 The pas
senger rate case of the Tlorlda Railroad
Commission against the Plant System cf
Kailwajs and the Florida and Central and
Peninsular Railroad has been set for a
hearing at Jacksonville Monday. The rail
road commission is seeking to have the
courts enforce an order made bj it com
pelling the railroads named to sell tickets
for passenger traffic on their lines within
Florida at 3 cents a mile instead of 4 cent-,
a mile, the present rate. The decision of
the case will affect every resident of Flori
da and is hence awaited with much inter
est. This order of the railroad commiss'on
vvas made June 18. 1898. but the commis
sion was then working under the original
and somewhat defective statute creating it,
and. after full consideration and consul
tation with their attornej s, the commis
sion concluded notito seek the aid of the
courts in enforcing its passenger rate
order until the legislature met and
amended the railroad commission law.
When the legislature was in session in
April and May, 1899, it enacted the desired
amendments Ther. -he commission ap
pealed to the courts to enforce the passen
ger rate order.
The railroads assert that a 3-cent rate
would not enable them to pay their cp?rat
ing expenses and a reasonable profit, (o
which all the decisions hold thej are en
titled. The case will ultimately, it is said, be
taken to the United States Supreme Court.
Attacked hj n Hut.
CUMBERLAND, Md., Jan. 20. George
Fladiska, aged fifteen, a store boy, com
ing down North Mechanic Street in this
city yesterday evening was surprised by
a rat darting up his trousers leg. The rat
sank its teeth in his flesh and the- harder
he shook the tighter the rat held on, and
at last he darted into Will's Creek to
drown the rat, but the water was so deep
that he was. nearly drowned himself. He
got rid of the rat, but wa3 badly bitten.
A STANDARD OIL VICTORY
Justice Cole Hands Down His Deci
sion in the Tank Suit.
The Contempt I'roeeoilliiR-H IlaniiNetl
mill an Order iMhued to MrlUe Cer
tain Teitlmonj rrom the Itecordn.
Defeat for the Citizens of the
houtheiiKt Section of AVnli Infton.
Justice C. C. Cole, of the Supreme Court
of the District, sitting in equity, today
announced his decision in the Standard
Oil contempt case. The decision is a vic-torj-
for the company.
The matter came before him on two
pleas, one submitted by counsel for the
complainants in the original proceedings,
asking that the officers and agents of the
Standard Oil Company in this jurisdiction
should be decided to be in contempt of
court for the alleged violation of an order
of the Supreme Court of the Dibtrict, and
also the mandate of the Court of Appeals
for the District, both of which restricted
the company In the operation of its plant
in this city.
The other was a motion by counsel for
the Standard Oil people to strike from the
record certain testimony offered by the
complainants in rebuttal.
The court denied the application for the
rule for contempt to issue against the
Standard oil officera and agents, and
granted the motion to strike from the
records the tcbtimony referred to.
The case agalnat the Standard Oil Com
pany is the result of the alleged violation
of a mandate of the Court of Appeals and
the Supreme Court of the District lsued
about two and a half jears ago enjoining
It from completing the construction of and
using a certain tank built upon its proper
tj in Southeajt Washington
The original proceedings were institut
ed in January, 1897. and were in the form
of a petition for injunction asked for by
John G Oeser and William J. Downej, who
complained that the defendant was about
to erect a certain oil tank on its premises
for the storage of oils and gasoline. The
petitioners, being property owners in the
neighborhood of the plant of the Standard
Oil Companj, alleged that the oils whith
it was believed the companj- intended to
btore in the new tank were inflammable,
combustible, and dangerous, and liable to
explode at anj- time through the careless
ness of the emplojes of the defendant and
so destroj the property of the complain
ants It was also alleged that noxious
gases, odors, and vapors were generated
by the oils stored bj the defendant, and
the health.' happiness, and safety of the
families of the petitioners were destrojed
by fear of an explosion.
DR. WOODBRIDGE'S PENSION.
A Pnv nrnlilc Ileort lv the Commit
tee on War f IniniH.
The House Committee on War Claims
has made a favorable report on the bill re
ferring to the Court of Claims the claim
of William E. Woodbridge. of the District
of Columbia, for compensation for the use
bj the United States of his Invention re
lating to projectiles, for which letters pat
ent were ordered issued to him March 2j,
1S52 The report concludes, bj sajing
"The justice of Dr Woodbndge's clalr-i
is supported bj the Secretarv of War and
by the Chief of Ordnance It has also been
recognized in previous reports, always
unanimous, made bv committees of the
Senate and Houe of Representatives in
favor of bills substantially the same a3
that now before this committee It has
repeatedly pased the Senate without a
dissenting voice, the House bills having
failed through lack of time
"It Is evident to the committee that Dr.
Woodbridgc's Invention was largely used
bj.the Government, and thej believe that
both justice and sound policj require that
he should be duly compensated for its use.
He has thus far received no remunera
tion. "Such a reference to the Court of Claims
as he seeks seems eminently just, and the
committee unanlmouslj- report back said
bill with recommendation that It pass"
CHICKEN THIEVES BUSY.
iMibnrbnn District Snffer Apraln
Trom Their Visit.
Chicken thieves are again at work in
the suburbs and in the country, and during
the Inclement weather of last night thej'
made two hauls that would serve as a stock
adequate to supplj a poultrj dealer J. "W.
Padgett, of HughesviIIe, Md . reported to
the police that while his market wagon
was located back of the Centre Market last
night it was robbed of twentj--nine dozen
Louis Scheppel, who lives In Patterson
Avenue, Ivy City, reported that his chick
en house was entered and robbed last night
of fifteen chickens. James Hallidaj-. who
lives in Ecktngton, reported that thieves
had stolen twenty-two chickens from him
A SHOCKING REMINDER.
An Incident I'ollon inn- Vetor I.eiden
(From the New Orleans Times Democrat )
"The acquittal cf JuIH Morrison for
the killing of poor Frank Lpldenheimer,"
said a local theatrical manager, "reminds
me of a peculiar story told by a member
of the 'Purple Ladj' company during its
engagment here this fall. 'The Purple
Ladj' was booked for a few performances
in Chattanooga very shortly after the
tragedj in fact, it was, to the best of
mj recollection, the next show following
'Mr. Plaster of Paris,' In which Leideu
heimei had the leading role. The com
panj arrived in the citj on the aftsrncon
of the dar of its first appearance, and its
people, who were an exceptionally jolly
and high-spirited crowd, knew nothing of
the exact details of the shooting; they un
derstood, in a general way, that it had
occurred in the theatre, but beyond that
they had no time to acquire informa
tion. "When the curtain rose on the opening 1
act one of the soubrettes, who was stand
ing in the wings, happened to notice a
peculiar dark stain on the wood under her
foot, and asked a stage hand carelessly
whether he had been spilling paint on the
floor. 'That is not paint,' ho replied. 'That
is where Mr. Leidenheimer was killed.'
Anybodj- who understands the supersti
tious temperament of the average player,
and palticularly the average soubrette,
needs hardly to be told what fol
lowed The young woman dropped
back in a semi-swoon, and the cause
of her shock, fljing from Up to
lip, was like an icj- douche on all the oth
ers. I am told that a more dejected party
never attempted to produce a lively come
dy, and in making thelrexlts and extrances
everybody, regardless o'f directons, care
fully avoided the spot where poor Frank
"Of course, all evidence of the tragedy
has since been removed, but the incident
impressed me as being very singular, and a
striking illustration of the incongruities
that sometimes come to the surface in life
behind the footlights."
WHO IS w"omen well a mca are
k nv .j mgde mserabie b kidney 'and
TO bladder trouble. Dr. Kilmer's
" Swamp Root, the great kidney
RI A MF remedy, promptly cures. At
UIj'" -' drucKists in fifty cent and dol
lar siVs. You may have a sample bottle by mail
fits; alto pamphlet telling all about it and It'
Address Dr. Kilmer & Co, Bin;hamton, N. 7.
A HAIL CLERK'S EXPERIENCE
Anil "l hat Cnmc of It.
The occupation of a railway mall cler't
is peculiarly arduous and unwholesome,
long hours of work requiring the closest
attention, nearly always standing, con
fined in a stuff j' car, as well as the con
tinual vibration of rapid motion, make this
occupation an undesirable one from a
A railway mail clerk on the Michigan
Central, running between Detroit and Chi
cago, sajs: "In common with many of my
fellow employes, I suffered for some years
from an obstinate attack of plies, brought
on, my phjsiclans told me, by my occupa
tion, the close confinement In a car and
being obliged to stand on my feet for hours
together; the pain at times was almost un
bearable and I was obliged to resort to the
use of'ointments and salves to give a tem
porary relief while I got through with my
work. I suffered so long from plies that I
really had little hope of anj such thing as
a permanent cure, and although I had very
often noticed the advertisement of the
Pyramid Pile Cure, jet I never thought
seriously of trying it until one day. after
suffering more than usual, I dropped into
a drug store and bought a 50-cent package.
I tried it that night and the complete re
lief from pain and itching vvas delightful.
I expected to be as bad as ever the next
daj-, as thl3 had been my U3ual experience
with pile remedies, but I was agreeably
disappointed. I used the Pyramid far some
ten davs or two weeks, and for nearly
four j ears have not had the slightest
trouble from piles and consider my cure as
little short of marvelous."
The Pyramid Pile Cure is the most
popular and successful of any pile cure: It
is the only Pile Cure that is sold by every
druggist in the United States and Canada.
Furthermore, the Pyramid Pile Cure has
been before the public for nine years and
has been tested time and again by hun
dreds of physicians and by thousands of
pile sufferers, and its remarkable merit
has been demonstrated In every form of
pile, protruding. Itching, or bleeding.
A little book on cause and cure of piles
mailed fret by addressing Pjramid Com
pany, Marshall, Mich.
All druggists sell the Pjramid at 50c
for full sized package.
EXAMINED BY THE POLICE.
Itohert llrl'lirmon Ji-ll-t -! to Have
n Criminal Kecoril.
Robert McPherson, the seventeen-j ear
old colored boy arrested jesterday after
noon by the police of the Fifth precinct,
after an exciting chase through houses
and over roofs and fences, was todaj' sub
jected to an examination by Inspector
Boardman at Headquarters. McPherson
attempted to explain his presence at the
home of Humane Officer Charles -"Wright.
t13 Pennsylvania Avenue southeast, where
he vvas first placed tinder arrest. His ex
planation was flimsj-. however, as were
other statements regarding his previous
movements, and it was decided to wait
until Monday before taking the prisoner
ACCUSED OF CALF-STEALING.
"aiutiel Hollmra Held for Trial on
Mieh a f Iiarcr.
Samuel Hollow ay, alias James Barnes,
colored, twenty-eight years of age. was to
daj committed to jail in default of bond,
to await a hearing in court Wednesday en
a charge of housebreaking, preferred by
Samuel Alexander of One-half Street south
west. Hollow ay was arrested last night by Po
liceman Anderson for Detectives Bauer
and Muller. It is alleged that the c an
entered the slaughter-house of the com
plainant Alexander on the night of De
cember 30 and stole a calf
jtfAY HAVE ELOPED.
The Police AstUeil to Locate M!
George M Striegj-, of 71S Fourth Street
northeast, today requested the police to
look out for his adopted daughter. Clara
Minor. It was said that Mr. Striegy be
lieves that the young woman left home
Miss Minor is described as seventeen
years of age, five feet, two inches in
height, of stout bui'd, and dark complet
ion. When last seen she was attired in
a black skirt tan coat, and red hat.
Florida Republican Delegates.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. Jan. 20. The
Republican State Convention has chosen
Judge Long Henry Chubb, Joseph Lee,
and Mark White (two whites and two ne
groes), for delegates to the Philadelphia
convention The renomination of Mr. Mc
Klnley is favored The delegates alo fa
vor Lieutenant Governor Woodruff, of New
York, for Vice President.
TO CURE V COLD IN ONE D VY
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets All
druyguts refund 'as money if it fails to cure.
E. VV. GroTe's signature Is on each box. 25c
A flneMtloii CoiiceriilnR the People.
At all event', no question which concern the
people i a important a the qualitv of the
lecr thev drink Evervlodv should consider thi-.
question in a senou-. light, became the health
of thoM who drink beer brewed of cheap substi
tutes instead of malt and hops vt jeopardy. It n
our coa-tant aim tint the people should be pro
tected from drinking these inferior grade ot beers
and we do not hesitate to ay that Heunch's
Vfaerzen, Senate, and Laper are the purest nd
most wholesome of all malt and hop beverages.
The ani'avfis made by the lushest authorities
of the Inited States and the recommendation of
the prominent phvsuians of the city demonstrate
that Heunch's 13 i bear of beneficial qinlities to
the health. Order a cae of Macrzen, Senate, or
Laerer from the Arlington Bottling Co.. by 'phon
ing ix thirtv four, and you will affirm the
reputation of tbre beer.
BEVV On January 20, 1900, at 1.20 a. m,
ROBERT BFVV, beloved husband of Julia Bean,
410 R st. nw.
Notice of funeral hereafter. lt.em
Bl CM.EY On Saturday, Jannarr 20. 1900.
TIIOVIVS BtChLF.Y. son of the late Udhara
Bucklej , ased forty nine years.
runeral from residence. 802 4'A st. sr.. Mon
dav, Jmuarv 22. 1900, at 9 o'clock a. m , and
thence to M. Dominic's Church, where solemn
requiem mas? will be aid for the repose of htj
6011I. 1 nends and relative are invited to attend.
WITHER At St. Elizabeth on Thursdav, Jan
uary IS. 1CO0, at 7 o'clock a. m , DR. A. II.
vv rrvii. n
Funeral service at St. John's Church Saturday.
January 20, at 3 o'clock. Interment private. It
DOBBINS On Thursdav. Januarr 18. 1900, at
7 30 o'clock p. m, VIAItY 31 VODHJNE, infant
diufihter of James and C.corgie Dobbirw, aed
Funeral from parents' residence, 1322 Firt
Street outhncst, Sundav, January 21. at 12 SO.
BVILEY AfvRY DUCKETT BULKY, beloved
wife of I-awrencc Hailey. and daughter of Daniel
Duckftt. and sister of Harriet Johnnon and
Amelia Duckett, in the twenty fourth year of her
age, at her residence, 2256 Cleveland Avenue.
The sunchine from our liome is gone.
The voice we loved 13 still.
A place Is vacant in our midst
That never can be filled.
BY HER FATHER AND SISTERS,
funeral from Metropolitan Church, M Street,
between Fifteenth and Sixteenth, at 1.30 o'clock.
"Tour laundry. Sir.'
! White Shirts
Collars and Cuff require extreme care in
4 the laundry. We give them In charge of
experts at the business, who take a pride
in the work they turn out. The button-
holes are of a soft, pliable "anti swear"
S finish, which give immense satisfaction.
If you are not pleased with jour present
laundry try 113 ONCE we'll suit you.
Corner Sixth and C Sts. K. TV.
FI. A CIA L. STATE3I E TS.
STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION'
COMMKRCIAL FIRE INSUR VNCE COMPANY
Of the Ifcstrict of Columbia at the e!e of biisf-
iwpi December 30. 1809
Office, 523 11th Street N. V.
loans on first mortg.i8e JSS.lfiO 0.1
Inurrat due and accrued 1,015 07
Real estate..., iSjSfXi 00
i-rimiumi in course of collection Ot 8?
Cash in bank and company's ertiee..
Total fl,l3 86
f'jsh capital 91W) 00
Total VM3 5
District of Columbia.
Personally appeared JOHN V.' SCH FFEK, Sec
retarv of the tomnurcial lire Insurance 0m
pinv of the Intrict of Coiumlrta. who made oath
in due form of law that the above i a eorrt and
true report of the condition of the Commtrtwl
Hre Insurance Company of the District of Colum
bia, on the 30th daj- of December. 19.
(Siirned) JOHN W. MT1 EFFK. S-cwtarr.
fetibKcribed ami worn to before me this 10th day
of January, l'j)0
(Signed) WM K. ELLIS, Notary Tablfe.
V. S. HOCE. Presiilent.
U. A WAIK1-R. ce Prrsid-nt.
JOHN W. SCHU'FUt. Secretary.
WM. R. McCLOsHV. Awtant becretary.
V. E. Abbott, Iendict Rsth.
Job Ilamard, F. I. Reealde.
I. RehreM. John W Soliaefer,
J. C. Frcood, N. H Shea.
"V. S Hejre, John Wiughrue,
J. Harri-on Johnson, Icon Toliriner,
A. S. Johnson, John F. "ogt,
It R. A. Walker
REPORT OF THE CAPITvL. DEBTS. CROa
EARNING. AND EXPENSES OF THE NA
TIONAL hFB DEPOSIT. SU1NOS Ml
THIST COMPAN1 OF THE DISTRICT OF
COLlMIin, from January 1 to Decemttr 31.
1SW, as required by the Mxt-enth section f
the act of tomrre'a, approved October 1. )Sf,
to be made to the Comptroller of the Cw
rency and to be duly published.
Amount of capital fully pakl ia ?l,0f,J J
Due depositor?, including interest. . . S,Mf.MS IH
Certified cheek iK Kt
Credit earningn. ......... ......... .. lMtO-v (H
We, rilOVfVS K JONES, I'tesrlent: Af.BHUT
L. STl UTE VNT. Secretary. ad HBNKY HLRT.
V. ILEUM A. MEARNS. and V. RILEV DEEBI.K,
Directors of the atwre n3tnd company, 4 ui urn
ly swear tint the above statement M le H Me "
best ef our kaowtrrftce. Intomntien. awl keHeC
THOVIVS It JON1&. Fnjit.
ALBERT L. STLKTEV NT. VrreUry.
W RILEV DKKBUi.
Stibseribed and worn to before me th VHh
day of Januarr, 1W0
(heal) V ILL KI II. MYER Votaty PakBe.
OTORCE II PLANT, . F FDMOfSTOX,
JOHN r. PRkr, If WlLLARD,
HORACE Wl LIB. O T Dl NLOF.
JOHN rWIMVCK. VI FMKRV",
WOODBIRY BLAIR. B. FR tNCI5 RK5CS "
It II. BRADLFJT DWIDsOV.
REPORT i-howiBs the conditio M THR PMD
ITES FIRE INlKNrK COMPXV. M At
Pietnet of Cafetmbw, at the cbwe ot fcomti
December 31, !
loans on real estate ...... .ISsJcVSi
Real e-rtate owned by (mhmt.. NUW M
Premium due and in course oi cef-
leetton - lvSl 3t
Interest uW on leua 3.3H 71
Otfice furniture and taMNeti M (
Ca, on hand 5w?2I
C capital WW)
Trust on cmy hulMU,,- & W
Surplus, inciaduKr mwuuwc rerrve . 3M9
HKNRV K. SIMI'OX. Sectary.
Snlxcribed and oi to betote me Ate Mch
ii of Jamiary, A. I W.
GEORf.E K O'DOWKLL.
Notary PoMie, !. C.
JOSFPII W LDFRTOV, BENJ F LFIOITPOX,
ARON S. C Un-OOD, JOHN' MILLER.
ALLEN C ( LARK,
A M TfcL CHLEX.
CHW II PvKKKK.
C.FORGE R. RKPlTrFI.
HENR K SlUlwy.
FLOtD E DYP
JOHN F DONOHOF,
HENRI F GIT.
JOHN E. HFRREfL.
EBNr ('. THOJMsOJf,
VURTIN L WFIrLFV
OFFICE OF AMERICAN ICE COMPANY.
133 East Twenty-third Street. New
York. January IS, 1500. V dividend ef 1
per cent on the common stock of this eem
pany has this day been declared, and will
be payable February 15. 19MJ, to stockhold
ers of record at the close of business F
ruary 1. 1900.
The Transfer Book3 ot the toramea stoafc
will be closed from 3 o clock February 1,
1S00, until February 16. I960
J. T. 3PROULL. Treasrer.
Dividend checks will be mailed to stek
bolder of record unle33 otherwise te
structed. OFFICE OF THE WASHINGTON GAS
LIGHT COMPANY, Washington. D. C.
January 19, 1900. The annual meeting of
the shareholders of the WASHINGTON
GAS LIGHT COMPANY for the election ot
directors and for such other business as
may properly come before said meeting
will be held at the office of the company,
417 TENTH STREET N W. MONDAY.
FEBRUARY 5, 1900. at 12 O'CLOCK
NOON. The polls mil be open from 12
o'clock noon to 1 o'clock p. m. WILLIAM
B. ORME, Secretary.
OFFICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE AND
Potomac Telephone Company A divi
dend of 51 per share will be payable on
the 29th day of January, 1900. to the stock
holders of record at the close of business
on the 19th of January. 1900, at the office
of the treasurer of the company. 619 Four
teenth Street northwest. Washington. D. C.
The transfer books will be closed from
the 20th day of January to the 25tb of
JEREMIAH M. WILSON. President.
CHARLES G. BEEBE. Treasurer.
Washington. D. C. January 13, 1900.
SHORTHAND aad TYPEWRITING
911 G St. N. W.
DAY AND NIGHT SESSIONS
CENStS.CIVII. SEIt lCE,SUOilTllAUJ
Pitman, new RAPID method. ENGLISH. Spe
cial aid to delicate or backward pupils. Private.
vvaalunstoa Preparatory School, 1G21 P st.
ELIXIR OF OPIUM
Is a preparation ot the Drug bv which Its Injur
ious effects are removed, while the valuabls
medicinal properties are retained. It possesses
all the sedative, anodyne, aad antispasmodic
powers of Opium, but produces no sickness ot
the stomach, no vomiting, no costiveneas. no
headache. In acute nervous disorders it il an
Invaluable remedy, and a recommended by tat
E. FER RETT, Agent,
372 Pearl St., New York.
arranged to suit the purchaser.
Furniture, Carpets, Housefur
nishinzs. HOUSE & HERR
MANN, Cor 7th and I (Ey) Stj.
J. WILLIAM LEE,
Undertaker anil Livery.
S2 Penn. Ave. nw., Washington. D. C.
All lb- cevrest t&4
most ttirj- -ir styles la
tans, 1 - Itathee.
Equal to any
4J Fe&BaylvaBla Atchuc.