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Ve.'"SirT -S1 r 1 if m con was tbs TIMES' circu- The, Weather Today, r) ' Probably showers. Cooler. Southwesterly winds. vtuijuuu lation for last week y Ihe STAR'S circulation ing OQ I for last week was , . . iuujiuu WASHINGTON, D. C, TUESDAY JMOENING-, APJRIL 21, 1896-EIGJIT PAGES. VOL. 3. NO. 7GG. ONE CENT. . i. . . The Times last week printed and circulated 97,000 copies more er 'competitor in Washington. - TfSPfr imes its neares CIOBCMJHUDSTITE Fields of First National Congress of Religious Education. BIBLE AS THE INSTRUCTOR President Euton Opens the First Ses sion. Under Favoring Auspices. Large Attendance and. Elniiaunt and Instructive; Addresses Senator Thurston's Shot at Col. Ingersoll. The first National Congress of Religious Education assembled last evening m the New York Avenue Presbyteriuu Church to discuss in getieral terms Uie proportion that a "better acquaintance with sacred Scripture is necessary to the welfare of the republic" The gathering was representative of churclimcuauJlayineuorUicdeiionvnatlons recognized by the institution. The denom inational committee note- the unity, in the design, of the Presbyterian. Me'hodist Episcopal, Baptist. Congregational, Prot estant Episcopal, .Christiau and Lutheran Churches. The meeting was practically that of the American Society of Religious Educa tion. Gen. John Eaton presided, Rev. Dr. J- E. Gilbert belnj secretary. Arte, the formal openiu; of the congress by the president, the robed choir or the Young Womau's Christian Temperance Uniou sang a hymn composed for the congress bv the Rev. I. E- Rankin, D U.-LL. D., entitled the "Expected God." The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Dr. Wallace Radcliffe, pastor of the church. The addresses were by Senator Vhurston, or Nebraska. Dr. Julius E. Grammer. rector Of Trinltv P- E. Church, Maltimor-. and Rev. Dr." W. H. Milburn, chuplaln of the United State Senate. The itienie was "Religious Education and National Pros perity." CHAPLAIN MILBURN'S ADDRESS. Dr. Milburn began by discussing the qualitv and scope or the government be queathed to Americans by the framers or the Constitution, and its liberty, arm in Its foundation and noble and majestic in its structure, a system which covers the domain from ocean to ocean. He then adverted to some of the dan gers that menaced the stability of our in stitutions, mentioning particularly the im migration of such peoples as the Poles, Russians, Huns. Germans and Slav. He auoted statistics to show the recent large Immigration of Italians, 11.000 in one month. 20.000 in another, and the expec tation of even greater numbers. Dr. Mil burn dwelt on the danger or these foreign elements, having nothing in common with republican institutions. The common school, he said, would, how ever, do much toward discounting ruturc danger bv the education or the children or these immigrants. It would be a more difficult task to Americanize a Hun, a Pole or a Swede. Education in the sciences would not accomplish everything, for intelligence does not necessarily mean god liness. True intelligence and mental ac tivity had increased in the United States within the past fifty years, and lie ic garded the Congress of the United States at all times a reflex of the intellectual status of the nation. He expressed the opinion that in moral., religion and intelligence the Senate and House were above those of the "good old times or which we hear so much." This statement was received with applause. Dr. Milburn did not believe that "all men had their price." He referred to the vicious class or liter ature as demoralizing the youth or the land, to the maudtin sentiment which Induced women to send Howers to mur derers in their cells, to the very small per cent of murderers who were convicted, to the laxity and inefriciency or certain tribunals or justcie, ail or these and others us needing reformation. REAL, WAY TO REFORM. The way of progress and reform, he continued, lay in the lifting up or man and woman generally to a consciousness that there was a lire beyond depending on the life here and that the Bible was the source of information as to how the lire here should be lived. Dr. Grammer spoke rrom another point of view. As Bonaparte had said, the kingdom of God alone could last because it was founded, not on force but on lovo. No nation whose corner stone was not right eousness could endure. The immoralities and vices of the ancient empires, such as Babylon, Egypt, Tersla and Macedon, had bastened their decay. 80, lie 6aid, the kingdoms f the new world which were under the Catholic religion were examples or decay, such as Spain and Italy under papal dominion. The United Stales was in contrast witli Mexico and the Catholic provinces or Canada. The speaker regarded the ten command ments as the epitome or good government. They are so distinct from all other conn mandments that they must be or divine origin. By them the governments or Joseph, Moses, Daniel and David were dirfercnt rrom those or Alexander, Sen nacherib or Pharaoh. The drirt of the paper was that the nearer a government was to tiie spirit of the Christian govern ment the more pure and lasting it would be. Religious education would insure great ness, peace, endurance and prosperity. SENATOR THURSTON'S IDCA Senator Thurston took the ground that the best progress of the world had been on Christian lines and with Christian principles.. He contended that thire was a Providence ruling nations and events. The Providence that created Columbus and a sympathetic Spanish queen, created "Wash ington and Lincoln. Providence guided the armies which freed the slaves and main tained the union, a sentiment which was warmly applauded. Senator Thurston had no patience with Infidelity, and he paid his respects to Col. Ingersoll, whose theory or the soul's ex tinction, be said, need only to be men tioned to be disproved. He said that ir he believed as Ingersoll did, in the de struction of the soul, he would permit his tongue to cleave to the roof of ills mouth before be would utter a sentiment so destructive of the sweetest hope and am bition or men. Senator Thurston's ad dress was forcibly delivered, and was gen erally on the line that the future of the country would depend on the nature of Its religious condition, in the broad sense of the term. The bession this morning will begin at :30 o'clock, In the afternoon at 3 o'clock and tonlgbtat 7 4.5 o'clock. Addresses this morning will be by Dr. Talmer, Miss Anna T. Smith and by Dr. Beiler, Superintendent of tile Grand Trunk. Montreal, April 20. It is understood that F. W. Merse, for several years with the Wabash Railroad Company, has resigned his position at Fort "Wayne, Ind.. to accept the orrice of superintendent of motive power, or the Grand Trunk, as successor to H. H. "Wallis, with headquarters here MEMORIAL ON ARBITRATION. Sow York State liar "Will Present It to Cleveland Today. Rochester, N. T.. April 20. A memorial to President Cleveland, praying for inter national arbitration lias been compiled ly a committee representing the New York State Bar Association and indorsed by the association. It will be presented to the President at Washington tomorrow. In this petition the President is aaked to u&c his influence to establish an international court between Great Britain and the United Stales. This court will consist of nine men capable of settling diplomatic difficulties in a Judicial manner. After this court is es tablished, other nntions would soon see the utility or the plan and would avail themselves of the opportunity to do'awuy with the horrors of war. BOY WRECKERS ON TRIAL Youthful New York Train Eobbsrs Case Called at Eoms. Two Hundred Extra Talesmen Have Ueeu Summoned to Secure a Jury for the. Unprecedented Case. Rome, N. Y April 20. -The trial of the youthful train wreckers, J. Watson Hil dreth of New York, Theodore Hlbbard and Herbert Plato of Rome, opened here this nrternoon ut an adjourned term or the supreme court for the llfth judicial dis trict. Justice Peter B. McLennan of Syra cuse, presiding. A panel of two hundred extra talesmen has been summoned, and, with the regular panel, will probably furnish sufficient ma terial from which to secure twelve men to try the prisoner.. It will probably take several days to get a jury. On the morning or November 12, 1895, theenstbound limited fast mail on the New York Central road, due here at -1 22, was thrown from ttie track about two and a hair miles west or this station. Nathan N. linger of Albany, the engineer of the tram, ami Robert Bond of Syracuse, who was riding ou a car platform , were killed. It was found that the fish plates and spikes had been amoved rrom two rails. A hat belonging to Hildreth was found near the wreck. Hildreth was arrested and made a clean breast or the whole affair. He said that he, Plato. Hibbard and a lad named Fred Bristol, all about eighteen years old, had wrecked the train for the purpose of robbing the passengers, and said that the proposition was to kill them if necessary to secure their valuables. Plato and Hibbard made similar confes sions, but Bristol denied his guilt. All four were indicted for murder in the first degree. Bristol, who was in poor health when he was arrested, died in Jail last February. RELEASED CONVICT LYNCHED. Soutli Carolina Negro Shot n Little Boy and His Sinter. Kershaw, S. C, April 20. Tom Price was lynched near Westvllle last night. He was a recently discoursed convict from York county and his discharge was in his pocket when he was caught. He was sentenced by Judge "Wallace three years agw from York for grand larceny for a term of three years. The Barfleld children, aged eleven and thirteen, were traveling the public road. Prieo followed them some distance; when they turned otr, he cut across so as to intercept them: took the little boy's hat and coat and shot him. The girl, aged sixteen, screamed and ran, and he rired twice at her, both balls passing through her dress. He was caught yesterday near Camden and brought back. He was folly identi fied by the children, and had the hat and coat still in his possession. He confessed bis crime and was lynched at 0 o'clock last night where the crime was com mitted. The little boy, it is thought, will die. He was shot in the chest with a 38 caliber Smith & Wesson cartridge. There is no doubt that the negro in tended to outrage the girl. His body was still hanging when last heard from today. m FIRE AROUND A POWDER MILL,. Pennsylvnnhms Fight the "Forest Flames for Hours. Pottsville, Pa., April 20. The forests surrounding the Lafiin & Rand powder mills at Cressona were ablaze till this morning from a spark from a locomotive and one hundred men had to be called out to fight the flames to save an explosion at the powder mills, which were threatened. The men worked desperately for five hours fighting the fire before the mills were considered out of danger. The woodland Is the property of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, and it Jsestimated $5000 worth or timber lias been destroyed. BIOT IN A KANSAS TOWN. Troops "Were Summoned and Partic ulars Are Lacking. Topeka, Kas.. April 20. The sheriff of Stafford county, Kas.. wired Governor Morrill at 11:30 o'clock tonight that a riot was In progress at St. John and asking him to send troops. Adjt. Gen. Fok, who was at Newton, was instructed to proceed there at once, taking the company or Kansas Regulars at that place, and they lert on a special train. The telegraph lines have been cut and no details or the trouble can be obtained. Philadelphia Jacket Makers Strike. Philadelphia, April 20. A number of children's Jacket makers, employed by clothiug firms in the vicinity oT Third and Market streets in this city, went on a strike today. It could not be learned how many persons, went out, but It is said that over 100 hands left their employment. Others will probably go out tomorrow. The jacket makers struck because they have beeu rfosed piece work. Texas "War Veterans Celebrate. Galveston, Tex., April 20. The remaining veterans ot tiie Texas-Mexican war arehere celebrating the anniversary of the battle ot San Jacinto. Only sixty veterans are alive. They are all present. Galveston is entcrtalningthcniroyally. A big convention of all Texas veterans is being held. To morrow a monster parade will take place In commemoration of San Jacinto day. "Watching the Cuban Coast London, April 20. The Spanish embassy here has received a telegram stating that the northern coast of the island of Cuba is being closely watched, as the iusurgents are, running short of ammunition and are trying to smuggle supplies. Two Maine Boys Drowned. Machlas, Me., April 20. Charles and Free dom Shaw, seventeen and fourten "years old.sonsof LeandcrBhaw, and Carl, the ten-year-old son of William Matlhews, were drowned yesterday at North Catler by the capsizing of a boat. Music prices upsett All our big assort ment of 60c. folios to go at SBcI Uaum's, A1G Seventh street northwest. t.i.nilTi ..iniiin.i. . rnii. inn ... i,wpfc ,11 III HI 'I IIU .. f 1 11 u i--zz.i . 111 in a ' 1 11 . ti null w Jf&i ''II L m 1 111 M L'ifSH Jtl ' - I 1 'Misi i.ak . l r i 1 fftari III II 1 I WrSSCSB Sgra ' svjV III 1 1 I iWM t" J a, rfl Id FftMORlTE 1 ii the nisei's ne Centrist Party Leader Says He Could Stop Duelling- IS A NATIONAL SCANDAL Socialists Seize the Opportunity to Taunt the Other Parties lu the lteichMiig Emperor "William's Frown, It Ts Thought, "Would Drive Out the Ancient Code. Berlin, April 20. In the Reichstag today Dr. Bachem, the Centrist 'ender, raised debate on the question r duelling by calling attention to the recent duel between Lieut, von Kettelsbodt, an officer attached to the imperial yacht Honunzol lern, and Hcrr von Zenker, a prominent Berlin lawyer, resulting in the death or the latter. Tills affair, lie said, furnished an instance in which the injured party had no chance through legal methods of obtaining tati faetion and was driven to the extreme of having recourse to a duel in which he was killed, while the man who had offered the hiBult, which caused the duel got off with light punishment. Tiie more recent duel between Lteber echt von Kotzc and Baron you Schrader was moredlfficulttodealwith. Theevent, lie said, must produce the conviction in certain high quarters that reform is necessary and must come from above. TIIE EMPEROR'S OPPORTUNITY. Would it not be possible, he asked, Hint the emperor's clear judgment might ulti mately drive the custom ol duelling out or the world? If his majesty followed tiie example or his grandfather he would at least restrict the practice. Dr. Bachem then recalled the historic order of Frederick the Great, concerning the dismissal of officers from the army for taking the law into their own liands. The organization or German courts or honor, lie added, lert much to lie desired and the present time was a favorable time for reform. Dr. Von Boetticher, imperial secretary of state for the interior, replied that the assumption that the authorities had not dbne their duty was groundless. He could not admit that as a matter of course. The law, he said, was applied -without distinction as to the position or vocation or offenders. The chancellor, he continued, had given earnest consideration to the question as to what measures were possible to ensure respect for the law, but lie had not as yet arrived at any decision. Therefore communications tothegovcrnmentin regard to the matter were at present inadvisable, MIGHT HAVE WATCHED THEM. Herr Rickert, Radical Unionist, expressed hope that the Freishinnig resolution, de manding the suppression or duelling, which would be offered tomorrow, would be adopted. Kotze and Schrader, he declared, might have been watched by the police thesameassocialistsuspects were watched. This method, he said, would be desirable, inasmuch as Spaip and Belgium were im pos'ng heavy fines and terms of imprison ment upon duellists, with the result of greatly restricting the practice. Herr Sctiall, Conservative, condemned the practice of duelling as contrary to Christian commands. Herr Bebel, Socialist, said that the So cialists would hold the advantage if this public scandal continued. Colored Shooting at Steelton. Harrl6burg, Pa., April 20. Robert Clay, colored, was shot and instantly killed at Steelton today by Sheridan Crumway, an other colored man, who was acused by Clay with trifling with his wife's affections. Clny pulled a revolver and In the scrim mage was himself shot and killed. Crum way bears a good reputation. He is in custody. Largo Fire at "Williamsburg, V11. Richmond, Va., April 20. A fire in Wil liamsburg Sunday morning swept away un entire block. Ten houses, including two stores, the others being small frame dwellings, were burned. Two young ladies, the Misses Bralth waite, had to jump from a Bhed to the pavement to save their lives. Hunter to Resign His Seat. London, April 20. Mr. William Alex ander Hunter, M. P., for North Aberdeen, is about to apply for the stewardship of theChiltern Hundreds, which is tantamount to resigning his seat. Mr. Hunter's action is due to bad health. He is a Liberal. Arbitrary Arrests In Galatea. London, April 20. The Chronicle will tomorrow publish a dispatch rrom Con stantinople saying that several arbitrary arrests or foreigners were mude atGalatea I on Saturday last. LETTERS OF COL. LAMB. Private Epistles Full Into Enemies' Hands and Augur" Against Him. (Special to .The Times.) Richmond, April 20. Despite the hard fight to be made at the State Republican convention in Staunton next Thursday against Col. Lamb as state chairman, lead ing Republicans here say they expect the convention to be harmonious. Some or the confidential letters marked plainly signed by Col. Lamb and addressed to city and county chairmen, have rallen into the hands of McKInley managers here. They will be given publicity on the eve or I he convention to aid in the right against Col. Lamb. One or these letters will play an important part, it is thought, in the battle. REYOLUTOp'SOi UNITE Two Societies With the Same . Names '"Will Join Hands. Important Resolution Passed at the Tileiiulal creeling or the General Society at Savannah. Savannah, Ga.. April 20. The triennial meeting of the General Society of the Sous or the Revolution met here today. Tiie meeting v.'as pre'sided over by General President Johu l.ee Carroll, o-Goveruor ot Maryland. The most important matter considered was the question of union with the Na tional Society or the Sons or the Rcvolm Mou, which after considerable discussion, and objection from the Ueorgla society to 1 the prohibition against collateral descend' ants, was riually unanimously passed. - The matter or the next place of meeting was ierc by resolution to thegenernlorricers. The following orricers were uuanimously elected for the ensuing three years. General president, Hon. John Lee Carroll or the Maryland society; general vice presi dent, G. D. W. Vroom or the New Jersey society; second general vice president, JohnScrevenorSavannah;gcnoralseeretary, James Mortimer Montgomery or the New York society; assistant general secretary, William Hall Harris of the Maryland society, general treasurer, Richard MeCall Cad waladcr of the Pennsylvania society; gen eral assistant treasurer, Geu. Henry Cadie of the Missouri society; general chaplain, Right Rev. Henry Benjamin Whipple of the Minnesota society, bishop of Minnesota; ginerairogistrar. Frau cisEilmgwoodAbbolt, of the Massachusetts society; general historian, Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason, U. S. N., Washington, D. C. The delegates tonight wete the guests of the Georgia society, at a dinner given at the De Soto Hotel. Among the speakers were cx-Gov. Carroll and Hon. Charles Henry Jones of Philadelphia. The delegates leave tomorrow at noon to return to their homes. VIRGINIA MURDER MYSTERY. Man Found Near Ashland with His Skull Crushed in. (Special to The Times.) Richmond, Apnl 20. News of a foul murder 011 the mountain road near Ground Squirrel Bridge, about ten miles above Ashland, reached, here tonight. The facts us ascertained are meagre, but enough-is known to leave little doubt that a oung man' named Mills was most brutally murdered by un unknown man. Mills drives for Jumes Nuckols. He was at wo rktodnyua usual. Thismorningwhen Constable' Prosset was going along the road his attention was attracted by a bound. ashort distance to one side. He discovered. Mills, who gasped jiis last as the constable approached. Mills' skull was badly crushed and he had been badly shot besides. He died Just as the constable reached him. Prosset had met a strange man a few min utes before he discovered the body of Mills. This unknown man, it is thought, could not have come bytbe body without seeing it. The man was walking rapidly. It Is believed the stranger is in some way connected with the crime. Considerable excitement prevails in the neighborhood and tverj effort is being made to truce the murderer. Mills was a youn'g man and unmarried. It is thought that robbery was the object of the murder. NANSEN STOBY FADING. Government of YnfcHtste Says Nothing Hus Been Heard' afl&e Explorer. London, April 20,i Tiie Dnily Graphic will tomorrow publlslia dispatch from Christiana saying that the governor of Yakutsk reports officially that the inhab itants otUst-Yanskhave'notheard anything about Dr. Nanscn, the . arctic explorer, who was recentlyrepored to be returning after having discoVered&he north pole. The governor adxlsrthat ivory seekers on the New StberianslBlands did not see any ship between May ancNovember of last year. .- a . Musically incljnect' people have a rare chance at Baura?8,f ,,4163 Seventh street. 5,000 -titles, "vocalo'pcj Instrumental, ail kinds cliisslc-liumorQua, sentimental, pop ular, at 5c-,copyt?Jr ' M'PLEftWN L5PECIfUSTS) XfyYTftWrtiT YQ Trlt ?RE510ENTL qEW4 cu(e . Q0JR NTEci) NO GHWE TO ISS SENDS WOBO Miss Barton Makes a Report On tiie Armenian Work. BATTLING WITH EPIDEMICS Expeditions with Physicians, Food, Medicines and Clothing en .Route, for Every Town "Where Help Is Needed No Interference with the Society lu Any Province Permitted. Several months ago Clara Barton, presi. dent or the American National Red Cross and her Held agents, left Washington for ConstantiiipjileInQpmpliaucc with the u rgen t a ppeals otee vera I relier orga n lza tiona in New York and Boston which had been organized to collect funds for the suffering Armenians. Some misunderstanding appears to have ari' -oecting the details of the arrange" mtiM.I5Ssrjj of the American National Red CrosssSy that the appeals for aid which .occur from time to time are not from the Red Cross "but from the relief committee for whom the Red Cros3 agreed to take the Armenian field in the hope of relieving the great sufrering which existed there. Large sums of money have been sent forward and receipted for by the Americun National Red Cross, and caravans of supplies have been purciiased therewith by Miss Barton and distributed by her tried assist ants where most needed. A detailed report of the operations ir the Red Cross in Armenia has just reached Washington, rrom which it appears that the work of distribution is well grounded; that ways have been opened and direct lines of relief established to all points. The report says that the work of relier is going on splendidly. DISEASES ARE EPIDEMIC. A dispatch received rrom Constantinople rrom Field Agent Hubbell under date or April 5 reported that he had supplied the towns or Aentob and Orfo and had started supplies for Zeetun, Marash and Harpoor, where terrible epidemics or smallpox, typhus and dysentery was re ported to be raging. Doctors and drug gists with medicine rrom Beyrout were also being hurried forward to aid the distressed, which at Marash alone num ber between 30,000 and 40,000 souls, including nearly all or the women. A third expedition or medical men was reported to have been started for Alex andretta. Each caravan carried quantities of cotton, calico, stockings, woolen gar ments of all descriptions and grain. Miss Barton found it necessary to imperatively forbid her field agents from entering towns where contagion existed, as they were needed outside to supply those who must enter. Referring to the terrible condition or the different towns Miss Barton reported as follows: MISS BARTON'S REPORT. "The way is all made clear for sending supplies. The suitable agents all along the route are now known and have been arranged with for service so that heavy sup plies can be sent at any and all times as they are needed. I reel my breath come lighter as I think of those poor scourged and fever stricken towns without even one doctor, when our sixteen strong, skilled men with twenty-five camels burden of supplies shall carry some light of hope and help into their niht of hopeless woe. "I nm happy to be able to say for the comfort of contributors that I hold the written word of the porte, officially given through the minister of foreign afrairsrrom the grand vizier, that not the slightest Interference with any distribution within the province will be had. The orficial document was addressed and delivered to Sir Philip Currey, the British ambassador. and by him passed to me. The decision is general and final without question or reservation, and settles all doubt." Judging from the report received here the third caravan en route to the towns where tiie greatest surrering prevails will reach its destination on or about the 25th instant. Lumber Company's Receiver. Chicago. April 20. On a bill filed in the circuit court today charging the South ern Hardwood Lumber Company, at No. 506 Center avenue, with intent to defraud its creditors and failure to pay a loan, Judge Hancy appointed the Chicago Title and Trust Company receivers and ordered the affairs of the company wound up, provided an examination by the receivers showed that such a course wob advisable. The company was organized in 1888 with a capital slock of $25,000. . Revl Knapp Still Traveling. Constantinople, April 20. The Rev. Geo B.Knapp.tlieAnierican missionary who was recently expelled from Bltlls by the Turkish orficlals there, and who arrived at Aleppo a few days, ago, has left the latter city eTi route to" Iskanderoon- PATRIOTS' DAY OBSERVED. Massachusetts and Vermont Gener ally Celebrate a Holiday. Concord, Mass., April 20. Two or three thousand people came here today to wit ness Patriots' Day celebration, several hundred coming on bicycles. The absence of a military display made the town seem very quiet as compared with thelasttwo years. Salutes were fired from a battery in the morning and at noon. There was a band concert this afternoon. Hon. Sherman Hoar will make the principal address at the exercises this evening. Bennington, Vt., Apnl 20. Historical Bennington recognized Patriots Day by flags on the Bennington Battle Monument, Grand Army poels. Soldiers' Home, hotels and private buildings, school houses and postorficc, and by thedispluy or Emerson's lines, beginning: "By the rude bridge." HER FIRSfVOYAGE SLOW Battleship Massachusetts Handled Cautiously Pending Official Trial. Distinguished Visitors Abourd on rier Trip to Boston Trlul Prob- ubly Saturday. On board battleship Massachusetts, oir Reedy Island, Del.. April 20. Fog, low tides and f UleiVn channels are the causes which have been responsible for the battle ship Massachusetts logging only fortj-fivc milea down the Delaware river in thirty, eight hours, instead of being out the Delaware Capes today and well on her way to Boston. Compasses were adjusted this morning and the vessel got under way again thLs arternoon. She will go to sea tonight and should be off Cape Cod "Wednesday morning. ir Cape Cod is reached Wednesday the Massachusetts will take a preliminary run over the course and not enter Boston harbor until the afternoon. As some time will be required to get the ship in condi tion for official inspection, the trial will probably not take place until Saturday. Most bt the racmLers or the trial board will meet the ship in Boston, although several or them are making the trip around in her. Among those aboard are Capt. Frederick Rogers, Lieutenant Commander C. H. Arnold and Chicr Engineer Ross, who will be captidn, executive otficer and chief engineer respectively or the vessel when she goes into commission; Congress men -Bull or Rhode Island, and Foa of Illinois, members or the House Naval Com mittee. PLANS FOB THE BERMUDA. Owners TT111 Petition to Have Her Registry Changed to America. Philadelphia, April 20. The steamer Ber muda, which has becomeso wellknvwn iiv connection with an alleged Cuban filibus tering expedition and whose Manager John D Hurt. First Mate Edward Murphy and late Capt. O'Brien, are under 1.000 ba'i each for trial at the United States court in New York for aiding in thcexpedi tion, will probably leave this port for Jumnica on Wednesday. Tomorrow the vcsel will undergo an annual Inspection by the United States inspectors. This will be directed, mainly toward her pav-engcr carrying capacity. Mr. Hart said today that Congress will shartly be petitioned to change the registry of the Bermuda from English to American. The owner or the steamer do not anticipate any trouble In securing the change. Capt Samuel Hughes, who was prominently Identified with the Laura da i:ise at Charleston, S. C. will command the vessel. QrAY FIRST, THEN M'KLNLEY. S" buy the Erie Republicans in County Convention. Erie. Pa., April 20. The Republican o-n'i.ty convention today passed sound in-incy and protection resolutions. They a-w) indorsed Quay as first choice for Piesident, and McKinley second. J t". Sturtevant of Crawford county has no opposition for Congress, and Perry Gibson was nominated for the Senate; J. G Hcntlcy of Corry and J. A. Evans of Mih f reek, Col. E. P. Gould of Erie, for the assembly. Frank Montgomery or Erie will cou'cst Gould's nomination because his inning districts had a great many Demo cratic votes polled. Louis Streuber or Erie at d W. H. Andrews or Crawford county, Qiaj delegates, were elected. Luurudn at Jamaica. Philadelphia, April 20. The charterers or tiie steamer Laurada. which sailed rrom Savannah March 2 with a party or colored emigrants, received, a telegram rrom Capt. Hickman today announcing the arrival or the vessel at Jamaica on her return voyage. Her passengers were landed at Monrovia. ijheepscot's Crew Picked TJp. London, April 20. -The Cunard Line steamer Catalonia, Capt. Atkin. at Liver pool from Brston. reports that on April 14. In latitude 42 north, longitude 51 wet. she spoke the British steamer County of Cork, from Philadelphia for Libaua. The County or Cork had on board the crew of the American steamer Sheepscot, which had been abandoned at sen. St. Lawrence Flood Subsiding. Montreal, April 20 .Dispatches from points along the St. Lawrence River state that the ice is now rushing down stream and that danger of further rloods is at an end. So far as reported, only one life was lost as a resultof the late inundation. The victim was John Yates, a prominent resi dent of the eastern townships. Indorse Pntttson tor President. Doylestown, Pa., April 20. The Bucks county convention today chose eight dele gates to the State convention, who will In turn select the national delegate for the' county. The resolutions adopted indorse ex-Gov. Pattisou for President, and declare for souud money. Counterfeiter dinger's Trial Begun. New York, April 20. The examination of Emanuel Nlnger, alias Joseph Gilbert, the man, who, it Is alleged, has been coun terfeiting United States bills of large denominations with pen and ink for over twenty years, was begun before United States Commissioner Shields today. Stenmers in Collision. Hamburg, April 20. The German steamer California, Capt. Schmidt, at this port from Baltimore, was In collision tonight with the collier Tynemouth.- Both vessels, were badly damaged. The California hasbeen doekednnd theTyneniouthbeached to prevent her sinking. Plasterers Demands Granted. "Pittsburg, Pa., Aprir20. Thcstrlke of the Journeymen plasterers ended today, the masters granting the $3 per day rate as demanded. About 1,200 men are af fected by the advance. The former rate was $2".50 per day. TBOCII OfJITLE USE Gen. Wey'er Leaves AikCuba Un guarded to Withstand Macso. MORE EEBELS HEAE HAVANA Spanish General Has, However, Pre vented the Insurgents from Cross ing Irom East, to "West, Tuns SuvinjJ Ignominious Becull 1T8.000 ilea form the Stroug Line. Havana, April 20,-Gen. Weyler has ac complished what Martinez Cainpoa accl other captain generals have attempted lu vain. He has built a trocha across the island and kept It intact for two weeks. That the present trocha is formidable, even the insurgents admit but they pro fess that it alarms them not atall. When Maceo passed through Havana province to the West, an I Weyler stationed 10,000 men along the twenty-one miles from Martel.cthe uorth coast, to Majana on the South, he cabled to Madrid announc ing that the second In command of the rebel forces was pennel up in the western province. After staking his reputation on the ab solute impossibility of Maceo's crossing, lie found that detached parties of from 1U0 to 200 insurgents were getting through the line at will. He then brought all troops from other parts of the island that could be spared, leaving the eastern and middle provinces with forces barely sufficient for garrison duty, and prac tically suspending active operations in all bat the western province. This concentration raise l the force on the trocha to 28.000. and gave 5,000 more for use in flying columns, acting m con junction with those on the line- The troops were set at work erecting forts, digging trenches and building bar ricades. BUILDING DEFENSES. The work has been pushed night and. day. and the best trocha Spain has ever built in Cuba now conrrants Maceo. Through the hilly country south rrom Marlel redoubts have been built for ar tillery upon every eminence. Between Guanajay and Artemisia, along the mid dle part or the line, forts and block hoiiaes, with earthworks between, have been constructed. From Majana to the south coastr, through marshy land, a broad ditch backed by a stockade, with block houses at Intervals, has been resorted to Gen. Arolus. who is in command or the troops on the line, says the insurgents, cannot cross- without tremendous losses. The troops are under arms night and day, but though tney have jjaited two weeks Maceo ha3 not attacketfthe line- This ract has raised a question as to the value of the line from a military standpoint. To maintain, its-strength at all points leaves only a few thousand men who can be used In nggrej-jre operations. Maceo's own forces, with those of Bandera and Delgado. nurofcer about nf leen thousand men. They have been in the hills around Lechuza, fifteen miles west or the trocha. for two weeks. They hav plcnty of provisions and have the whole province of Pinar del Rio at their backs.. Thcv have seme ammunition, how much I not known. They nearly wiped out of existence the column commanded by Lieut. Col. Debos,. who attempted to drive them out of the hills and was hlmselr dnven to the shores of Cabanas Bay. A second combination of" flying columns has failed to dislodge th insurgents. MACEO IN HAVANA PROVINCE Meanwhile, the main body of Spanish troops holds the trocha. Maximo Gomez has accepted the situa tion and has directed Maceo to remain In Pinar del Rio province- Several large In surgent columns have been ordered into Havana province from the east. One or these columns numbering G.000 men from Santiago province, has arrived and is now near Quivican, twenty miles south of this city. Rumor has It that Jose Maceo, brother of Antonio, Is in command, but this Is not positively known. It is said that he haa been relieved of command in the eastern districts, and Gen. Calixto Garcia, who arrived on the Bermuda, has been named; as his successor. In Santa Clara. Serafin Sanchez, having proved himseir incapable of handling a large force of men, has been relegated to second position. Rolorf being given com mand In the province. Gomez himself assumes command In Camnguey, with Rodriguez second, and Antonio Maeeo is given command In Pinar del Rio. An official decree making these changes has been Issued. Gomez says he is satis fied to have Maceo remain In the western province, as it keeps 25,000 Spaniards station 011 the line and prevents them from Interfering with operations in other parts of the island. Gomez is said to be willing to- have the Spanish troops hold the liae until the rainy season sets In, by which, time they will finl it a very unhealthy spot Reports are already being received of Spanish .'oldiers succumbing to the heat and between the wounded and the sick there are fully 15.000 now In hospital on the island. WEYLER'S POOR SUCCESS. The story ahout Gomez being at death doorhimscirisanexaggeration. Heisstlllia command and apparently able to keep up sometime yet. though his ageand the rough campaign through which he has passed: have told upon him. Collazo. who landed in Matanzas province three weeks ago and lost a portion of. his. expedition, is now In Havana province The number of Insurgents now between thia city and the trocha has aroused some alarm here, and Gen. Weyler has been compiled to move troops from Artemisia, on the line to Rincon. just back of Havana Should Maceo decide to cross the trocha there are 10.000 rebels on this side who could render valuable assistance. The trocha is built to repel attacks from the west, and were simultaneous assault made upon It from both sides. Its military value might prove to be nil. However, so long as it remains a barrier between Maceo and bU 10,000 and the other 10.000 to the eastward. Gen. Weyler accomplishes something. He has won no Important battle during his two months stay and he has failed to clear Havana and Pinar del Rio of insurgents as he set out to do; but he has stopped their movement east and west through the narrowest part of the island He haskepthU word in thatand undoubtedly saved himself from the ignominious recall toSpaln, which was pending a fortnightago. Bimetallic Conference nt Brussels. Brussels, April 20. A bimetallic con ference, comprising delegates from the United States. 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