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Fields of First National Congress
of Religious Education.
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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Centrist Party Leader Says He
Could Stop Duelling-
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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
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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 '
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cu(e .
Miss Barton Makes a Report On
tiie Armenian Work.
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
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
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.
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
Referring to the terrible condition or the
different towns Miss Barton reported as
"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
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-
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."
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
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
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.
S" buy the Erie Republicans in County
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.
Gen. Wey'er Leaves AikCuba Un
guarded to Withstand Macso.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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. Great Britain. France. Ger
many, Austria. Russia, and Holland, met
here today to discuss measures desigpecLto
.lead to the holding of a new "ofricial in
ternational conference. "
An extraordinary musical eventl 5,000
titles of vocal and Instrumental music to
be sold at 5c. a copy! Bauro's, 416,Seventh
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