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WAsimsr&TOK, d. c, Wednesday, pebrtj.ary 21, 1897 eight pages
cms CENT
All Danger of an Overflow Has
The Tide Hegnn Falling nt -i o'Cloclc
Yesterday Afternoon Assuring
Heports from the Upper lttver and
the Shenandoah Crowds Watched
the Torrent.
The grave fears of a flood that were
entertained by property owners and mer
chants living along the -water front on ac
count of the high -water reported on the
upper Potomac were dispelled late last
' Eight -when the river began to gradually
recede. All danger seems now to have
been passed, although an unexpected rain
fall -would certainly cause the Potomac
to go on another rampage -which nilgnt re
sult in serious loss or life and the devasta
tion of much valuable property. Every
thing, however, points to the fact that the
ride of the water has been checked, and no
serious results are looked for.
Reports from the upper river indicate
that the -water has been steadily falling
since 4 o'clock y sterday afternoon. Both
from the Aqueduct Bridge nnd Great Falls
amies the encouraging news thatthcie is
no further perceptible increase in the
height of the water. The "Weather Bui cau
observoi at Harper's Ferry -wired late last
night that Loth the Potomac nnd Shenan
doah rivers seemed to have receded and
r.n further danger -was apprehended. Sim
ilar reports were also received from both
Hancock and Cumberland, lid., and other
points on the upper Potomac.
All day long yesterday the citizens of
Georgetown were in a state of feverish ex
citement, expecting a repetition of the
high water of 16Sn,-whena raging torrent
poured down upon the city, destroying
thousands of dollars -worth of property.
Their fears were only ineicatcd by the
report of Willis G. Moore, Chief of the
Weather Bureau, which anticipated that
the flood would be an cspecialy destruc
tive one, almost equaling iu magnitude
the floods of 1S77 and 1889.
All day long curious- crowds of people
watched the -water from the Aqueduct
Bridge, hourly expecting to see the torrent
overflow the wharves. The property own
ers, however, were moie alert and occu
. pled their time removing their goods
to places of safety, preparatory to the ex
pected trouble. The river, rushing on
ward, bearing upon its surface vast quan
tities of wreckage, rubbish and other debris,
only made them the more energetic. By
dusk many of the merchants had. succeeded
in carrying their perishable goods to ire
upper stories of their warehouses.
The lumber dealers had also taken time
by the forelock, and removed their prop
erty to higher and more secure ground.
Still the crowd of sightseers lingered and
Eeeined loath to leave without seeing some
evidence of devastation manifested. In
fact, it looked at one time as ir George
town was depopulated, and all Its citizens
bad wended their way to the Aqueduct
urldgc to watch the progress that the
-waters might make. All through the hours
or the night those whose duty it was to
observe the progress of the water made
hourly reports to the officials at the
Aqueduct office. and"AU's well along the
Potomac" became once once more a living
maxim, as it was when the contending
forces of the North and South were en
camped on the banks of the historic
11 r. G . L. N.'c olf on, the general manager
of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, -who is
perhaps one of the best informed men on
river matters in tl.e city, gives assurance
that the danger is about over, "although,"
wild he, "at one time yesterdaj I did not
see how a serious flcod could be -well
averted. During one hcui the river ?ose
over a foot. Had this continued there is
no estimating the amount of damage that
-would have been done. I lcok upon the
escape we have had as nothing short of
a miracle."
It will be a hard matter to determine
the amount of damage that lias leen done
along the line of the canal until the water
recedes, but it isgenerally agreed that the
-work of tpollation "wi ought by the flood
has been heavy-
Groups of anxious merchants gathered
yesterday morning along the river front
between the Long bridge and the Arsenal,
watching the Potomac as It slowly climbed
bigher and higher above its accustomed
level. High tide, shortly after noon, found
the waters overtopping the sea wall, and
in places lapping the floor surfaces of the
wharve3. With the ebbing of the tide,
however, apprehension for the time van
ished. On the Water street wharves of John
eon & Wimsatt was stored lumber worth
In tl.e neighborhood of S2.0U0. Every pre
caution was taken to make the huge piles
as secure as possible, and late yesterday
afternoon a force of laborers was hard at
work gathering the scattered piles and
inclosing them with stakes driven in the
f In the warehouse of the Key.stonc Plaster
Company was stored several thousands of
dollars" worth of cement and plaster, and
rcprescntattives of t he firm spent the night
utthe wharf, anxiously watching the rising
of the river, though no effort could have
saved the material had the water rcacned
it. The wharvesof Carter &Clark, whole
sale wood dealers, were heavily stocked
with cord wood, part of -which belonged to
the firm, while the larger part was the
property of smaller dealers about the city.
Many of these were busy yesterday
hauling their property to places or safely.
The ice companies bad little to fear, for
they bad comparatively nothing at stake,
even should the waters rise over their
wharves. Nevertheless, they made every
thing secure before leaving for the night,
and in all cases left word with the watch
men to notify them if anything hhould
Mr. Biscoe, a ship chandler and lumber
dealer, had considerable property at stake
and took precautions to secure whatever
seemed in danger. Late in the evening a
squad otworkmeu were busy securing loose
piles of lumber on his wharf. With these
exceptions the merchants ignored the
threatened danger, relying upon the force
of the stirt northwest wind, wliich blew
all day, to carry the surplus water out of
the river.
At a late hour last it was stated at the
Baltimore and Ohio station that all out
going trams !ert the fI&Uou considerably
behind schedule time.
During the whole of yesterday travel
from the West over the Baltimore and Ohio
was cut off at Harper's Ferry and Cum
berland, and up to an early hour this
morning none of the Y,' cistern twins had
bene able to run through. At the Ferry
and Cumberland, however, trains -were
"made up" aud in this way the company
was able to accommodate Its patrons.
Much Suffering; Reported Among: the
Homeless. Poor.
"Wheeling, W. Va., Feb. 23. A special
to the News from Charleston says the
JCanawha Valley Is suffering fiom the
worst flood in years. The city is under
-water. Membeis of the legislature went to
the State House in boats this morning
but i:o session -was held, since the base
ment Is flooded and the lires put cut.
Suffering among the pcor is great, and
churches and schools aie filled with those
driven fiom their homes. At a mass
meeting today a ielief iund of SCCO was
The Hull roads Have to Secure Teni
pornry Qtmrtcrs.
Cincinnati, Feb. 23. At H o'clock tonight
the water was standing about five leet
deep over the main tracks entering the
Grand Central Railroad depot, ami all
of the passenger trains of the following
railroads abandoned the depot: Baltimore
and Ohio Southwestern, Ohio and MKnib
sippi, Biff Four (two divisions;, and Queen
aud Crescent. The Chesapeake and Ohio
and the Louisville and Nashville, by leason
of their tracks being more elevated, will
not be reached In the depot under sixty
feet. The roads abandoning the Grand
Central have temporary depot at Eighth
street. There has been no delay on any
load entering the city. The rreight dep-jts
are on high ground.
The leige tobacco warehouses on Front
stioel are full of water to the first floo is,
but the stock of tobacco has been moed
out. So far there has been little loss
at those places.
A Catleltsburg special says: The street
car lino on Center street is covered with
water. Residents on the square bounded
by Xoith Front, Main, and Center streets,
arc moving. Tiie loss cannot be estimated.
The greater loss is to timber men.
At Versailles, Ky., no trains are running
on the R. N., I., and R. R. K. today, on
account of the damage by the flood at
Valley View.
The tiaiu which left Versailles last night
at G o'clock, due at Richmond at So'clock,
was delayed until this morning.
Many People Preparing to Move
from Their Homes.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 23. The Ohio is
still rising at the rate of three inches an
hour. At 9 o'clock tonight fifty-four
feet, three Inches was the btage.
Reports from all up-river points are tli.it.
the heavy rains of the past twenty-four
hours have leit all tributaries with over
flowing banks and sending vast volumes
into the Ohio. Unless there is a sharp
freeze to stifren the water-soaked ground
it is estimated by river men that a sixty
foot stage is almost certain. As yet no
great damage has been done on the Ken
tucky side, as sixty feet is the danger line
there. Both the Licking and Banklick,
however, are over their banks and threaten
damage. At 10 o'clock tonight all the
cellars on Isabella street, Newport, from
Southgatc to Fourth streets, were full of
water, and many residents were preparing
to move out. The Licking River has inun
dated the Queen City Jockey Club property
at Wildcr's Station, the track being almost
covered with water. - Water in the pits at
the Licking rolling mill caused a shut down
and 250 hands will be idle..
Delayed by Bad Roads on This Side
of Cumberland.
Ho "Will He the Guest of Mr. C. C.
H ride Col. McLean's Din
ner In His Honor.
A telegram from Hon. William Jennings
Bryan to Mr. C. T. Bride, received yester
day, announced that he would arrive last
night in Washington. The information
was, however, given to Mr. Bride by the
Baltimore and Ohio officials last night that
owingtothe condition of the roads between
here and Mr. Cumberland, Mr. Bryan will
possibly not arrive here until this after
noon. This explains the delay, inasmuch
as Mr. Brynn intended to make no stops
between Chillicothe, Ohio, where he tele
graphed Mr. Bride, and this city, It is
not unlikely, however, that Mr. Bryan
may arrive here this morning if time
can be made over the bad roads.
As usual, Mr. Bryan will remain while
in Washington with Mr. Bride and his
Mr. Biyan has declined, on account if
business and othei engagements since the
election to visit Washington, many invi
tations having been issued to him, notably
by the" Jackson Democratic Association.
While his present vibit will be entiiely a
foc'al one his presence here will be a
distinct event, as it has I ccn in everi citj
he has visited after the long, arduous and
biilliant campaign, in which he came off
with a record of more than 6,000,000
oies and with a margin to an opponent
which has i.ot been regarded with the
highest i ocsible dcgiee if enthctirun.
One of the marks of honor to be paid
him is the dinner to be civen Jn his lonor
by Col. John R. McLean, who was in the"
thick of the light at Chicago, and who
had been ment'oned for the Piesidenoy
before the gioundswell in the convention
which lifted it and the country of tl.e
Democracy off its feet.
There is to be nothing political, of
course, in this fiateinal courtesy of Col.
McLean. There will be guests of nil polit
ical persuasions at the board where Mr
Bryan will be the guest of honor, and
among them Mr. C. J. Bell, the chairman
of the executive committee of the inaugural
Recent accounts from the distinguished
gentleman who will be herctoday show
that his public is still with him. There has
been nothing in bis post-election career
to show that he has lost any of the mag
netic influence of speech and" name and
cause that thronged railway stations and
made his tours everywhere triumphal
Journeys. The flash of the meteor mark
ing the fall of the star does not apply in
this case.
!?4.50 Per Ton.
is all light for Pea coal, but' Chestnut No.
2, at $5 per ton, which I handle exclu
sively, Is worth more -than the-difference
in price. J. Maury Dove, 21st and I, 1626
M, 1206 H nw and 13tb and D sw.
Mnntels, Any Size, $1.00 Apiece.
Libbey & Co., 6Ui st. and N. X. ave,
The Congress Discusses It with a
View to Improvement.
The Report of General-Off leers Ac
ceptedThe Revision of the Con
stitution on the Program forDls
cussdon Todny The Treasurer's
Bond Provided For.
The Daughters of the American Revo
lution yesterday, in their sixth annual
congress, heard and discussed reports of
national officers and committees. They
abolished the office of surgeon general,
and directed that the treasurer general
should not be required to give personal
bond, but Instead, the society should pay
for bond by some company. They also
discussed the publication of the American
Monthly Magazine, but postponed final
In the morning reports were read by
Mrs. Philip Hlchborn, vice president gen
eral. In charge of organization; Mrs. Char
lotte E. Main, recording secretary general;
Mrs. John L. Mitchell, corresponding sec
retary general; Mrs. Mary Jane Seymour
and Mis. Albert D. Brockett, registrars
general; Miss Elizabeth Bryant Johnson,
hlhtoriiiu general; Alius Fedora 1. Wilbur,
assistant historian general; Dr. Julia
Cloves Harrison, surgeon general, ami Dr.
Anita Newcomb MrUcc, librarian gener.il.
Alt,o the reports of the finance committee,
by Miss Virginia Miller; the committee on
Revolutionary relics, by Mrs. Stephen J.
Field, aud the committee on printing, by
Mrs- John L. Mitchell. 0
The president general, Mrs. Adl.ii E.
Stevenson, presided at the moPnlng scwmn
and Mrs. A. O Brackett, first vice presi
dent general, in the afternoon.
Mrs Brackett rapped foi order at 2:20
p. "in. Mrs. Avery, state regent of Ohio,
announced that the Western Reserve
Chapter had brought a reul daughter of
the Revolution, mid she wished the privilege
of presenting her. She introduced Mrs.
Laura A. Ferguson, of Cleveland, daughter
cf John Redlngton, who fought thio igh
the whole Revolutionary war, and w.ib a
prisoner at the Sugar House, in New Ycrk
city. She was the youngest of eleven
children, and her father was- seventy three
years old when she was born . Mr1-. Fer
guson extended greetings briefly.
Mrs. Ritchie presented the report of the
committee on recommendations of general
officers. Mrs Brackett stated that it
was usual to consider these in committee
of the whole, and nominations would be
in order.
Mrs- Buchanan was nominated for chair
man, but declined. Mrs. H. V. Uoynton
nnd Dr. Anita McGee were nominated, but
Dr. McGce withdrew In Mis. Boynlon' fa
vor, and she was chosen. The recommenda
tions approved In the committee ropoit
which had just been read were presented
severally and voted upon. The result was
in each case favorable to the adoption.
These leconuncndntlons were ns follows;
That chapter names be not duplicated, that
each State keep a register; that a full rec
cud of marriages, deathsand births be kept:
that the bond of the trensiuer general
should be mnde by a company at the ex
pense of the society; that the price of the
lineage book should be mnde to covei its
cost, and that the office of surgeon general
be abolished.
The only recommendation which evoked
any discussion was that regarding the treas
urer's bond. Mrs. Draper, in making the
suggestion, said It was hardly fair to ask
an unpaid officer to furnish personal Smid,
as she had done. She spoke for her suc
cessor, and said it would be difficilt to e
cure a treasurer unless the change va
ma de.
Mis. Ballinger had an Impression that
the purpose wasto make theiociety respon
sible for the treasurer and to this she
Mrs. Foote asked what the cost of the
liond would lie and Mrs. Draper replied
that it would depend upon what amount
of bond was desired. When she took
the office the assets were not so con
siderable as now, and ;?u,000 was made
the bond. If more was -required the cost
would be greater.
When the votes had been taken upon
the lecoininendntions the committee lose
and Mrs. Uoynton reported the action in
committee to the congiess.
Upon motions by Dr. McGee, Mrs. Buch
anan nnd Mrs. Foote, the reports of Mrs.
Hlchborn, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. .Seymour,
and Mis. Brockett, made In the morning,
wcie adopted, .nnd by consent, reports of
the other general officers were accepted.
Mrs. Mary Lockwood, editor or the offi
cial magazine, reported upon the work for
the year. She aid the mailing list had
grown from 800 to 2,500. There was con
siderable comment upon the cost of jmb
licalion. Tills was because a statement
of expenses was presented by the busi
ness manager every month. The question
was what good the magazine was doing
for the order. She had constant letteis
showing that Daughters in nmotc paits
of the country are kept in touch with the
national boa'rd by it. She told or the
many difficulties which the editor encoun
ters. She sometimes received manuscript
at midnight which must be icady for the
printei next morning. She icccivcd a tele
gram late one evening from the printer
saying all copy had been ret tuned, as theie
was too much. Then she had to cut out
as best she could the chapter reports, etc.
She also explained that attacks had been
made upon the magazine by editors of
similar publications, and ihcy had been
told they ought not to spend their money
in publishing a magazine. These sugges
tions came from persons who made their
purpose plain by asking to' be allowed to
replace the magazine with their own
publications. One such intcrmeddler had
failed in business lately, and she thought
the society did not want to trust the publi
cation of its proceedings to such con?.rns.
Her allusions to these suggestions from
outsiders were received with applause and
-In a short discussion a New York dele
gate said the magazine had misrepresent
ed Xhe New York city chapter a"s proteas
ing against the formation of chapters in
the State. The Tact was they had not
protested, but only asked a delay. Tne
report was accepted.
Dr. Anita McGee, for the magazine com
mittec, reported in favor or altering the
title of the magazine. It was proposed to
call it, arter July 1, 1897, the Magazine
of American History, with words in the
title to show it6 connection with the pres
ent, magazine. The business manager's
report, also read by Dr. McGee, showed
total expenditures, $5,854.52 and receipts
Continued on Fifth Page.
A Flood Poured Down the Valley
Upon. Bristol.
Louisville, Ky., Fob, 23. -Salyersville,
East Point and Abldeen aie almost en
tirely submerged. - The lower poition of
Maysville is under water.
At Bristol, Tenii., this morning a flood
poured down th'e valley, and but for the
blowing of alarm whistles several fam
ilies would have perished. Damage $20,
Tho Electric Light nnd Gas PInnts
Charleston, W Va., Feb. 23, The elec
tric light and gas plants are under water.
The only lights In use aie oil lamps and
candles. It Is impossible to estimate the
damage in the upper part of the town.
A bureau for the relief of the flood suf
fereis lias been opened. The water is
falling but a second rise Is reported coming.
Business is almost entirely suspended.
Telephone connection Is broken and scarcely
a business l.ouse is open. The postoffice
now occupies an island.
Private Secretary Tlmrbei Denies
that He Has Tendered It.
The Impression That He Has Tnlieu
This Step Gaining Ground Com
ments nt tho Capitol.
The question whether Consul General Lee
has tendered his resignation 111 a manner
less perfunctory than that customary at
the eirtl of an udmlnlstratlou. was dis
cussed with much Interest at the Capitol
and elsewhere yesterday.
Theie are reasons for believing that the
matter was also brought up In the Cabinet
meeting. Emerging from the Cabinet
chamber Private Secretary Thurber said:
"i'ou may deny emphatically on my au
thority that Gen. Lee has resigned."
Nevertheless, as the published statemnts
are not that Gen. Lev has resigned, but
that his resignation will be received by
the next mall, sornedoubts us to whether
serious friction had not misen between
the State Department and the consul gen
eral still remained unsettled. This feeling
was somewhat iucreased by guarded re
marks made by well-informed officials
thai Gen. Lee was. a little inclined to be
There was a general undercurrent of
suggestion rather than or statement that
when our minister at Madrid and the consul-general
at Havana were directed to
make "peremptory demand." upon Spain
and t hese demands were not complied with
by the Spanish authorities, the United
States did not app'-nr In a very dignified
light when It had no force at hand to back
iij) its requirements. Tliis ,at least, was
said to bo the view enteitained by both
Minister Hannis Taylor and Consul-General
A Times reporter obtained the following
expressions at the Capitol yesteiday:
Senator Sherman; "I sent to the State
Department for Information regarding tne
supposed resignation of Gen. Lee, and tlje
reply was that no communication from him
has been received there. Further than
this I have notiing to say."
. Senator Daniel, of the Foreign Affairs
Committee: "I have no information frojn
Cuba or Gen. Lee save what I get from
the press. Our government has been so
patient with Spnnish atrocities committed
upon Americans that I am not at all sur
prised by the rumors of Gen. Lee's leslg
nation, but I can express 110 opinion and
give no information because I am without
"Representative Adams, chairman of the
House subcommittee on Foreign Affairs
which has Cuban matters in charge: "The
committee has no official knowledge that
Gen. Lee has resigned or that an Ameiican
citizen was murdered In Cuba. Until such
Information shall be received I piefer to
say nothing upon the subject."
Mr. Money or Mississippi. "If it be true,
as stated, that Dr. Ruiz, an American citi
zen, was killed by the Order of the Span
ish authorities and under the circum
stances narrated, I should be glad to sup
port the administration in a jolicy that
will assert American rights something
Mr. Smith of Michigan: "I advocated
the gianting of bcjligorent lights to Cuba,
and I am still of the same opinion. I was
called a radical, although I did not go so
far us to argue for a recognition of the
independence of the island. I am of the
opinion that they will be classed as con
servative, should1 it pro ve to be true that
an American citizen lias been ruthlessly
Representative Payne smilingly observed.
"Please say to The Times that I really
do not know anything about the matter.
I have just given the same information to a
New York paper." '
Representative McClellan, of the Com
mittee on Military Aflaiis, turned Inter
viewer and asked: "Is it tiue that Gen.
Lee l.as lesigncd?. Was an Ameiican cit
izen murdcied in Ilavaua?"
In resi ou&c to otlier Queries, Col. Mc
Clellan said the committee of which l'e is
a. member had no knowledge of the al
leged facts, and could not have.
Several members, including Mr. Money,
expressed the opinion that the alleged
reasons for Geti. Lee's icsignation, pro
viding i:e has rcM'gi'ltl, were not author
ized by that gentleman.
"It would be a reflection upon the ad
ministration," said one, "and whatever
the facts, or Gen. Lee's priyjit e opinion may
be, he is too diplomatic to say that he
gave up his post because hi" government
failed to support him in his cffoits in
behalf of an American citizen."
It was likewise asserted that one lesult
o the general's action, in the event that
he has resigned, would be that "it would
make lots of friends for him in Virginia."
Senators Lodge and Frye, of the Com
mittee on Foreign Affairs, refused to say
anythingregardingthodispatch announcing
Consul General Lee's resignation.
Senator Call, a member or the Committee
on Foreign Affairs, said: "I have no
means of judging as, to the veracity of
this report, but if it is true, It means
that matters inthe Cubau affair have
come to a focus. ICit Is true that Consul
General Lee has been unsuccessful In hLs
effoits to protect American citizens iu
Cuba, publlo opinion will be aroused to'
such an extent as will force this country
to take decisive 'action."
Changes in the Fleet.
Charleston, S. C, Feb. 2.1. The dispatch
boat Dolphin sailed for Washington this
afternoon. This leaves the monitors Puri
tan, Tenor and Amphitrito and the trans-
j port Fern still, in, port.
Tho Senate Investigating Com
mittee Resumes Its Hearing.
Perrino nelrs Call "Witnesses to
Prove That They Have Fulfilled
the Requirements of the Grunt.
Senator Tillman Aslvs "WituesssH
Hard Questions.
The Senate Committee on Public Lands,
-with Senaton, Carter, Tillman, McBiide,
Wilson and Dubois present, continued its
investigation or the Peiilne land grant
case yesterday morning. Mr. E. I. Robin
son, a settler and attorney for otlier set
tlers on the land grant, was the first wit
ness called. His testimony was given at
length and embraced a full history of the
claim. He stated that land on the Per
rine grant was worth from $10 on uncul
tivated to $100 per acre on the bay, and
that this valuable Innd had been given to
the men who worked in the interest of the
railroad. He said that Dr. Cutler, the rich
est man in thedlstrictnnd a zealous worker
in the Interests or the railroad, was to be
given the town site.
Mr. Robinson cited the case or William
Roberts, who had gone to sea. Roberts
lol 1 him that he had to enter into an agi ce
ment with the railroad company before
leaving home, as he feared his wife and
family might be put out or their homes
-during his ubsence ir he Tailed to sign the
Mr. Robinson stated that he expected
to "receive amdavits, regarding the im
provements made by some or the back
.ettlers, that would confirm certain state
ments made by him. This brought Mr.
Holcombe, attorney Tor the railroad com
pany, to his reet to make an objection to
having letters and affidavit placed Lefore
the committee, when the railroad company
would not have time to orrer evidence in
rebuttal. "
Mr. Robinson made a suggestion that
the investigation be held upon the Per
rlne grant, so that the back settlers would
have an opportunity to present the case
properly. He said that they had deluged
the departments with letters, but had
received no satlsraction, being told in
each case to take the matter berore Con
gress. Mr. Robinson's testimony was all In bv
12 o'clock, and a recess was taken un-
til 7:30 In the evening, when the case 1
was continued. When the committee re
convened Senators Tillman, Carter, Mc
b"rde, Pettlgrew and Dubois were pres
ent. Senator Tillman took an active part
In the Investigation, putting many ques
tions to the witnesses and making witty
comments upon the racts brought out In
tho testimony. The eveulng session was
devoted to the hearing of witnesses on he
half of -the railroad company and the
Perrinc heirs.
Dr. Cutler, of Chelen, Mass., who was
spoken of by Mr. Robinson as one of the
favored few who, on account of their ef
forts in behalf or the railroad company,
were to receive valuable grants, wiu. the
first witness
Dr. Cutler Is a settler under the contract
or the railroad company, but only resides
in Floilda during the winter.
Dr. Cutler testified in belialf of the rail
road that the settlers were on the grant
in good faith, and that as far as he knew
they were putting their land under culti
vation in an cffoit to establish permanent
homes for themselves.
The next witness called was Mr. S. H.
Richmond, a civil engineer In the employ
of the railroad. His testimony began
with an account of how the settlers were
procured and the terms upon which they
were granted claims. He said the propo
sition of Mr. J. E. Ingraham, land commis
sioner of the railroad company, was, iu
substance, that they wanted settlers "If
you willgoinwlth usyoushnllhavetwenty
acres of land," is what they were given
to undei stand.
One of the settlers told Mr. Ingrnh.
that twnety acres or land would not tic
enough. Mr. Ingraham asked how much
they wanted A settler said forty acres,
"and that," declared the witness, '"was
every foot asked for."
Mr. Ingraham accepted the proposition
or the settlers and a paper was drawn up
granting them forty acres apiece aud signed
by the settlers.
Senator Tillman asked where the forty
acres were located. Mr. Richmond said
the agreement was that they could select
the land. He stated hecould have four lots
of ten acres each or twenty acres or a
section where he located nnd the balance
In prairie land, or all forty acres in the
same section.
In answer to questions of Senator Till
man, Mr. Richmond stated that the im
provements spoken or were made by the
settlers upon their own claims. He said
the houses uponthcseclaims were generally
butltof logs nnd covered with shingles, a
roofing paper or palmetto leaves.
The witness said that the valuable tropical
plants called for in the grant were de
livered and planted in October. They
were in good condition, growing nicely,
and there were not ten dead ones on all
the grant. He said these trees were
planted ns a rule among the pine timber.
In describing the nature or the land he
stated it was mainly a limestone forma
tion, and that in many places sharp points
or rock about a finger's length, protruded
from the ground nnd made cultivation, and
even walking, very hard.
Mr. Holcombe then took the witness
in hand. In answer to his questions the
witness said that beside the tropical plants
the settlers were cultivating trees, tomatoes,
cabbage, and muskmellon, and that eacli
settler had at least one acre under culti
vation. "Is there more than one settler in any
or the sections?" he was asked.
"Are they faithful residents?"
"Everyone of them Is there In good faith.
I do not know or a case where a claim has
been abandoned or sold."
Senator Tillman wanted to know if the
witness was not an agent of Ingraham to
secure settlers, and if the settlers did not
have a contract with him or Ingraham.
The witness did not give a direct answer,
but admitted that all the settlers were
nsked to sign contracts.
The Senator wanted to know how they
Fccured these settlers, and the witness
answered that the trouble was to keep
them out, not to get them in. He said there
were very few homestead claims in
Florida and that the Perrine grant was
the more desirable land.
Dr. Cutler was then recalled nnd asked
his estimate of the aggregate value of the
Improvements made upon the land. He
said 830,000 or $40,00.0.
Mr. Richmond was recalled, and In
answer to t hesame question said he thought
$20,000 would not replace the improve
ments, and that they became more valuable
with growth.
George McDonald, a civil engineer, em
ployed by the railroad company to Investi
gate and report upon the improvements
was next called. He stated that he had
visited all or the claims two or three
times, and that they were In a state of
He said the greater losers, if the dykes
were rot built, would be the grant owners
Senator Tillman wanted to know how the
settlers were living, nnd the witness
answered "living on tl.eir claims." He
said he was at out fifteen days making
the inspection of the claims.
Senator Pettlgrew said he thought the
investigation was now an admitted case,
as the testimony to far had gone to piove
that there weie twelve or thirteen settlers
who were dissatisfied. No action was
taken upon his suggestion, and the next
witness was called.
Walter II. Biowu said he was a tcttlcr
engaged in giowing fruit; was satisfied
with his treatment and expected to live
there permanently if, as Senator Tillman
Miggested, he ever got a deed and title to
his land. He said he was given eighty
acres of choice land nnd supposed his
fi lends had taken taie of Ms interests
in his absence.
He said his understanding was that the
railroad company was to develop the
property eventually, but not berore the
patent was secured. His estimate of the
value of improvements would be con
siderably under Dr. Cutler's. He regarded
the planting or tropical trees as an experi
ment. He said he valued his elgtity acres
at $5,000, or $G2 an acre.
Eugene F. McKinley was the last witness.
He was an attorney, and stated that he
had used no coercion iu getting settlers.
He hesitated about his firm's share of the
profits if the patent was granted, but
finally stated it at 10 per tent of the
total. He said there were thirty-six sec
tions aud firty settlers. He also stated
that he would sell land like that in the
grant for $5 an acre.
This concluded the verbal testimony.
The committee will hear the attorneys at
7:30 o'clock Thursday evening. Their
briefs and further arridaits may be pre
sented later.
lie Outlines His Probable Course in
the Senate.
Canton.Feb. 23.-ChainuanM. A.Hanna,
or the national Republican committee,
chatted genially this evening with the
repre:entative or the United Associated
"This is my last visit to Canton berore
the Inauguration of Major McKinley. I
expect to leave for Washington Friday
afternoon. I round myself iu a very agree
able situation and which two months ago I
never dreamed or. My understanding is
that Mr. Foraker will be senior Senator
from Ohio."
"What do you expect to make your
chier work in Washington?" was asked.
"As chairman of fhe national committee,
I will have a great many political matters
to look arter. In Congress, as I am a
business man, I expect to devote a good
deal of time to the consideration of the
ta'rirf question. I think that I am pretty
we!l in touch with the commercial and
business Interests of the country, and I
think that I know what these interests
want and have a right to expect.
"All business men and all persons inter
ested in the return of prosperity agree,
I take it, that we must have a revenue law
that will produce enough revenue to pay
thc current expenses of the government.
1 want to see such a law constructed on
protective tariff lines passed at the earliest
possible moment, and I think a great
majority or the members of Congress are
of the same mind."
The Wagner "Brothers Threaten to
Join the "Bis Five."
Chris Von der A he nnd His Pendle
ton PurR T-ltisntlou the Cause
of the Dissension.
Philadelphia, Feb. 23. Unless something
unexpected occ irs, there will be a split in
the "little seven" at he meeting of the
League, wliich convenes at Baltimore to
morrow, and it won't be through the con
nivance of any of the "big five,"' at that
The Wagner brothers are out;for a scalp
that of Christopher Von der Ahe aud they
propose to g'.'tit, eveniTthey have to break
up the combine in doing so.
The trouble has grown out of the inter
ninablellUgatlonover Penldcton Park. Cin
cinnati, which has dragged Its weary length
,alongsince the Indianapolis amalgamation.
The St. Louis magnate has been bringing
suit and "tying gate money' for the past
five years and otherwise harassing tho
former association clubs. The latter never
denied that they owed their shares of the
maintenance or Pendleton Fark, but they
did deny that they owed the amounts
claimed by Chris. In order to settle it in
an amicable way two arbitrators A. II
Sodenand F. De Haas Robinson were ap
pointed. O n January 4 they decided that the Louis
ville, Athletic and Washington clubs each
owed Br'er Von der Ahe S2,0ST, and that
or retained by the St Louis mogul should
be returned to the rightful owners. But
Chris docs not mind that. The court re
cently handed down a decision in his fa
vor, and he is using that as a pretext for
holding out the difrorence between 4,174,
which the Wagner Brothers were ordered
to pay by the arbitrators, and $5,3SG, the
amount that Von der Ahe attached in the
Washington's Club's gate receipts. It
be recalled that the Wagners were mulcted
ror the Athletic (Players' League) and
Washington Club'b shares.
In speaking of the matter yesterday
George Wagner declared that while he
entertained none but the friendliest feel
ings for the ether members of the "little
seven," if they proposed to sustain Mr.
Von der Ahe tl.e Washington club would
be compelled to line up with the "big
Mr. Wagner's atttoney, Frank S. Elliott,
has instituted legal proceedings to com
pel Von der Ahe to return the difference,
If the Wagner brothers pcrsiat in their
announced determination to train with the
"big five" it will make alively complica
tion at Baltimore.
Taken altogether, some baseball history
should be made at the Hotel Rennert to
morrow. Blinds, Any Size, $1 n Pnir.
Libbey & Co., 6tn st. and N. Y. ave.
They Criticise the Action of the
Foreign Admirals.
The Turks Said to Have Keen Re
sponsible for the Firlnc; Upon
Cnneu King George Has I.4iiie4
n Proclamation Enjoining Hk Peor
ple to Be Culm.
Canen, Feb. 23. The leaders of the in
surgents who were shelled Sunday have
made, through the Greek commodore, a
formal protest against the action of the
foreign admirals. They declare in their pro
test that, actingiu obedience cothepowers,
they refrainedrrom actual hostilitiesagainst
the Moslems as long as It was possible, but
the Turks having shelled their position It r
two days, they were finally compelled to
reply to the fire. The protestors ask wheth
er the powers are determined to allow tho
Turks to destroy the Christians lu Crete like
they did the Armenians in Anatolia.
Great excitement was caused here lan
night by smart rifle firing to the west
ward of the town. It was oon learned than
the firing was taking place between the
Turkish outposts and Christian insurgents,
and the report spread that the outposts rad
been driven back and the insurgents wem
approaching the town. Crowds or rel
dents went to the ramparts of the ity
and anxiously watched the outcome of the
fighting. The firing ceased in a shors
time, without either side having gained any
material advantage or. so far as known,
causing an v ca.- ia' tie3.
A Turkish war-hip In Suda Bay and the
soldiers in the arsenal there today fired re
peatedly at the village, which, was shelleyl
Sunday by the foreign fleets. There was
absolutely no reason for this attack, except:
that the Turk were desirous of provoking
an occasion for further intervention on tr.o
part or the European powers. A white flag
was flying over the positinu occupied by
the Insurgents, but this did not prevent
the firing. The insurgents, understanding
probably the motives of the Turks, did ntj
reply to the fire.
A Proclamation of King George to
Hi-, People.
Athens, Feb. 23. The entire countrv is
in a state of Intense anxiety aud unreat
over the situation, and there is the wild
est speculation as to w.lat the final out
come will be. The people are deeply
Incensed against the powers for their inter
vention In Crete, and their attitude in
causing some apprehension in court and
government circles King George today
issued a proclamation thai is intended to
cool the popular passions and inns avert
what might prove a national erisia. He
enjoins the country to be- cnlm and dig
nlhed, and to conftoe in the government,
which, he says, is doing everything pos
sible to uphold the honor of Greece and
maintain the rights of the Hellenic people.
The Allied Fleet-. Keeping a Vigor
ous Lookout.
Athens. Feb. 2.1 A dispatch to the Asty
from Canea says that the fereign war
snips are now rigrrou-ly blockading th
coast or Crete. The British torpedo boil's
are especially active, rapidly steaming
alonsr the coast and keeping a sharp lock
out to prevent the landing of troops, pro
visions c r munitions of war. Many vessels
nave been stopped by the blockading fleets
and not allowed to proceed until they had
satisfactorily proved that they were en
gaged in legitimate business. So strict 13
the blockade that the carrying of letter
to the Tiraeus from the force of Col.
Vassos the commander of the Greekarmy
of occupation, is prohibited.
Four Austrian AVar.ships on Their
"Way to Crete.
London. Feb. 23. ThePariscorrespoadVnS
of the Chronicle telegraphs that the Aus
trian war officsls makingevery necessary
preparation for the mobilization of the
forces. The wt-rk proceeds day and aight.
Emperor Francis Joseph spends hoursevery
day with his mili'ary advisers. The c. r
respondent adds that the sailing of fie
Auatrian warships yesterday fromFoIa fT
Canea is regarded merely as a precaution,
but that war is not thought, to be im
probable. Lunchrooms for Colored People.
Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 23. The State rail
road commission suggests to all managers
of railway in the State the advisability
or establishing lunchrooms ror colored pas
sengers at points where there are eating
house Tor whiles. The commission Tk.s
not Is-sued any order or rule, but believes
that the roads will attend to this matter
without an otticial order.
Stelnttz' Death Denied
London, Feb. 2J3. The Morning Tost
will tomorrow publish a news agency de
pntch rrom Moscow, denying tne rep r
rrotn Faris of the death ot William Steimtz,
the noted ches player, who was recently
placa HnauinsaneasyluinatMoscow- Tl o
dispatch add- that Stemitz still remains
in the asylum. ,
A Steamship "Wrecked.
Philadelphia. Feb. 23. Cablegrams re
ceived today state that the British steam
ship Daron Cawdor, from Hatavla, for tho
Delaware Breakwater, has become a tutnl
loss on the coast of Java, together with
her cargo of sugar. The vessel was val
ued at Si 40.UOO and the cnrgoat$200,0ouv
Suicide of a Murderer.
Emdale, One. Feb. 23. James Fry,
who murdered J. P. Shaw on Saturday
morning last in a bush fifteen miles, fr m
here, as the result or a quarrel, lias ci rn
mltted suicide by shotting. Fry had givt n
out that he would never be captured alive
a4l had barricaded himself in his nous.
Another Scovell Hesolntion.
Boston. Feb. 23. In the Stat senate
this afternoon a resolution w latroduced
requesting the Secretary of State of the
United States to protect the rights uC
Sylvester Scovell, an American citUeu
confined in a Cuban prison by Spanish au
thorities. The He-t Boards. 91.00 Per 100 Feet.
Libbey & Co. fitn st nnd N. Y. ave.
Ivy Institute Business (Vllegc, Sth and Ki
I Noni better. $23 a year, day or nigUC ,

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