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A rtr i$$wti A SENSATION Connected with J. Wilkes Booth, the assasttn of Lincoln, will be published by THE DISPATCH on 8UXDAY If EXT. it is a mysterious revelation. MUDDY FACTS .For Ikwfe nrc rrwenredt 6y our Commissioner tneharnc of the Road. Vmrililwn. Till: DI&.PA7VI1 pro- POSCS lO Jr t i. .... -- -, ..... -. v- iMraid) rfrS FOETT-rUTH TEAR. AWJUTIIIGTHE WORD, Officers of the Executive Board of the Federation Expected Here To-Day to ORDER A GENERAL TIE-UP." lard Men Threaten to Stop Traffic on All Railroads Running Through Pittsburg. THEIR COMMITTEES ARE IGNORED By the Officials They Waited Upon, and Some of Their Demands Are De clared to he Ridiculous. MANAGERS STATE THEIR POSITIONS. Chicago and Indianapolis Carpenters Still Eemaln Una, and Will'lnslst Upon Compliance With Their Demands. THE STEIKE SPIRIT EPEE1DS TO CHOIR BOYS The managers of the different railroads centering in the city lave received the de mands of the yard men, hat refuse to enter tain them, and virtually igaore the Federa tion. Several of them stated that they would listen to complaints from their own employes, but not from committees whom they do not know. Members of the Execu tive Board of the Federation have been telegraphed for, and are expected here this morning. As soon as they arrive, it is ex pected tbat a strike will be ordered. The Executive Board of the Federated Order of Railway Employes will arrive in the city this morning, and it is expected that a strike will be declared on all of the roads to-day. The local organization, through its Grievance Committee, has taken the constitutional course, it claims, and has gone as far as it can. The men have received answers from all of the railroads. The substance of the replies is to the effect that the companies will meet the committees representing their various employes, but that they will not recognize ,the Federation. The men will not meet the companies except as members of the Switch men's Association, and also as members of the Federation. The Executive Board Advised. The Executive Board has been kept con stantly advised as to the proceedings of the local Grievance Committee since Monday and was telegraphed to yesterday to come to Pittsburg as soon as possible. Vice Grand Master John Downey, of Chicago, telegraphed last night that C he was on his way with the board, which will ar rive here this morning. As soon as they - get into the city the result of the last three c'ays' work will be laid before them, and if the board decide that a strike shall take place the roads can be tied up inside of five hours. The switchmen held a meeting last night in Knights of Labor Hall, which lasted until alter 3 o'clock this morning. The Proceeding Detailed. The Press Committee met the reporters at 2 o'clock and gave out the proceedings. Chairman Hawley said the matter had re solved itself into one question that of reccgnizing the Federation. He thought the majority of the companies would grant all of the other demands. The companies say they will not recognize the Federation, and the men say that they are determined to Secure recognition. This is their first at tempt, and if defeated this time, the success of the Federation would be a question. The non-union men are getting exceed ingly anxious for a strike. Several of them attended last night's meeting and they said they were ready to go out at anv time. They say that it is the switch men's affair, so far as the demands are con cerned, but the matter of recognition inter ests all railroad employes, and J'tbey are in it" All Treated Courteously. The committee spoke very courteously in regard to the manner in w"hich the men bad been received at the railroad offices. Mr.Kane presented the grievance to General 3Ian ager Wood, of the Pennsylvania Company, but no reterence was made to a strike. Sir. Wood treated the men very kindly, but informed them of the po sition the company wonld take in the matter. They were particularly com plimentary in their reference to Slanager Phiuney,-of the Junction road, who told them his company would pay all that any of the others would. pay, and GcncralSuperintendentHolbrook, of the Lake Erie, who gave them a littie en couragement. The men said that Superin tendent Pitcairn, of the P. R. R., had endeavored to tret them to threaten a strike if the demands were not granted, but he failed to lead them into such a compromising position. Another Conference To-Dny. Sir. Downey will endeavor, if possible, to bold a conference with the railroad officials this morning, and, if no satisfactory answer can be had, it is thought the strike will be fcrdered immediately. Should the strike take place, the men will have the support of the employes at Walls, Deny, Bolivar and Altoona. And if it becomes a necessity the roads between If ew York and Chicago can be tied up. W. H. Barnes, receiver of the Allegheny Valley road, arrived in the city last night from New York, and will confer with the local officials of the road to-day in regard to the demand. A B1e Rock Ahead. There is one peculiarity about the yard mens' demands that was developed yester day. It is this: The railroads positively re fuse to treat with the committee as -representing the iederation. The officials are willing to listen to the requests of their own men, but they will draw the line on the brotherhoods, and here is the rock on which the companies and tho men may split. General Manager Joseph "Wood, in stating the position'ot the Pennsylvania Company yesterday, sounded the keynote of the rail roads when he said: A committee of 16 men waited on mo to-day, and presented a number of demands without any reasons assigned. On looking over the men I found about two or tbreo were emDloyes of our road. The others I didn't know, and of course can't have anything to do with them, neither do I wish them to dictate to mo. Always Ready to Listen. e are always willing to listen to any petition or statement of grievances from our employes, and if their requests are just we will try to grant them. Three years ago wages were ad justed on tho Pennsylvania Company's lines. At that time some of the men made a demand, and others didn't, but they weVe all treated alike. Now the whole affair stands thus: Onr men have presented to ns no grievances, and we haTe nothing In common with these commit tees. Nothing having been offered, thero is nothing to discuss, nothing to talk, about. I sent for some of our men to find out what they did want, but I didn't get much satisfaction. "Do you anticipate a strike?" was asked. "1 don't know what they will do. No body seems to know, I believe. The Penn sylvania Company will pursue the even tenor of its way, however." Confcrrine With the Superintendents. The committee of men held a conference with General "Manager "Wood, General Superintendent C. E. Watts and Superin tendent A. B. Starr, of the Fort Wayne road, at the Pennsylvania Company's offices yesterday afternoon. The committee was very reticent about what was done. Frank Hally, acting as spokesman, said: "We agreed with the officials to give out nothing. I can't even say whether or no we have received an answer from any of the companies. I will say this much, that we are not alone, and all the men in the federa tion in other cities are with us." A short conference of the officials of the "Pennsylvania lines, including the Alle gheny Valley road, was held yesterday morning. The managers talked over the situation, and decided to take the position which Manager Wood has already stated. WHAT OFFICIALS SAY. RAILROAD SUPERINTENDENTS EX PRESS THEIR YIEW5. Mr. OlcCargo Thinks Some of the Demands siro Not Worth Consideration Pan handle and B. dfcfO. Officials Not Worried Pitcairn Is Serene. Superintendent McCargo, of the Alle gheny Valley road, in discussing the situa tion said: "This road is in the hands of the court, and Eeceiver Barnes is responsible to nobody but the judges. He can act just as his judgment may dictate under the circum stances; we have always been willing to listen to our men. We have always treated them fairly, and never knew until now that the men were dissatisfied with their wages. These wages have been in force for 15 years. On the committee which waited on Mr. Price there was only one Alleghany Valley man, and he has been in our employ about two years. I don't think he represents our men. Not Worth Considering. Some ot the demands made are ridicnlons and not worth considering. We never dis charge a man without giving him a fair hear ing, but we can't consent to consult with a grievance committee as to what men should bo discharced or not gj any .tin-?. A rail road Is like an army discipline must be maintained. This road is run on tem perance principles. As a result, within the past 15 years not a passenger has been killed. No man will be hired who drinks liqnor, and any roan on the load who takes to drinking is removed. But suppose the Grievance Commit tee should say to me the rule is not a just one. and plenty of good men are drinkers. But if a drunken employe should wreck a train and lives nere lost, I would be held responsible. Miller Is Serene. General Superintendent J. F. Miller, of the Panhandle, who attended the Pennsylvania conference, was at the Anderson last night. Mr. Miller repeated in substance what Mana ger Wood had said. He had read, the demands and thought some of them were very funny. Superintendent Patton, of the Baltimore and Ohio, will return from Baltimore to-day. Chief Clerk Mcllvalne stated that the grievances were still in a closed letter addressed to the Superintendent, and he even hadn't notified Mr. Patton. The Baltimore and Ohio people are not worried over the prospect of a strike. They claim that few of their men belong to the Federation, and if a strike was ordered it would not hamper them. Superintendent Pitcairn was one of the se renest of men yesterday. He said there was nothing new in the situation, and, as his men had made no complaints, he had not notified the officials at Philadelphia. A STUBBOBN-FIGHT. CHICAGO AND INDIANiroi.IS CARPEN TERS STILI. FlRaE They Insist Upon Compliance With Their Demands A Long and Bitter Strag gle Probable Both Sides Pre paring for tho Contest. FEFECIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCn.I Chicago, Ap.-il 16. The striking car penters will have a parade to-morrow in or der to show a part of their strength. Thev will march to Lake Front Park, where a meeting will be held. It is expected that 3,000 or 4,000 men will be In the line. The number conld easily be made 7.000 if it were desired. But a force of 3.000 or so will be left ou picket duty to guard the depots and watch the jobs. The strikers received this morning the follow ing telegram from the Seamen's Convention at New "iork: To tne Carpenters' Council of Chicago: The organized seamen of the Atlantic coast and the great lakes, in convention assembled. do send you our hearty greeting and wishes for the success ol your movement, and nledo-n you our moral and financial support in all your measures. Huon McGregor, President The self-appointed task of securing the in. terventinn of citizens to settle the strike is be ing pushed forward by Messrs. Darrowand Favor. Tho idea, which was discussed by the few gentlemen who are carrying it into execu tion, will be laid for consideration before a large committee of 50 or moro prominent citi zens, who will be invited bv Mr. Favor to meet Judges Tuley, Altgeld, Mr. Darrow and himself for tbat purpose within a day or so. Twenty-five Thousand Idle Men. At the strikers' headquarters it was esti mated that 25.000 men connected with the various building trades were idle as the result of the carpenters' strike. The Secretary of State at Springfield to-day issued a license to the boss Carpenters and Builders' Association of Chicago to afford mu tual protection and advancement. This is the sew organization which is opposed to the mas ter carpenters. The rumors that the members of the Build er's Exchange who are in other lines of work than carpentering are becoming: djssatisfled with the pertinacity with which the boss carpen ters hold to their position does not seem true. They all appear anxions to support the carpen ter bosses, and are willing, ir necessary, to shut down business for a month or two if they thought by that means they could enable the carpenter bosses to win the fight. A dispatch from Indianapolis says the carpen ters' strike Is on in earnest to-day. Yesterday, tne inaugurating day, there were reasons for believing that an agreement wonld be speedily reached by which the men would return to work, but to-day employer and employe are working In directly opposite directions andthe conditions are fair for a long, bitter fight. Bonnd to be a Flgbt. The situation is chanced by the meeting the contractors held last night, at which resolutions were passed offering 27 cents per hour, as standard price, for the best workmen from now until November 1, next and nine hours' work, and the same wages until April 1 with eight hours', work. No attention whatever was paid by the contractors to tho jonrnevmen's request that a committee be ap pointed to confer with the Union's committee. After signing the agreement the contractors unanimously decided not to take any further notice of tho strike and to not hold another meeting until April 29. The journeymen will not consider the proposition of the bosses. They say they will not accept anything less than the demand ot January 20. The determination to "fight it out on this line if it takes all summer" is strong. The men have been encouraged in their stand by all or ganized building trades In Indianapolis and by the National Federation of Labor. Thero Is already a fund of 10,000 on hand to support the movement, and it was announced this morning that the Federation of Trades would furnish any amount of financial backing need ed. Tho organized bricklayers of the city are ready to quit work any time, if it is found that such a move is necessary to strengthen the car penters' cause. Unless the bosses show a dis position to meet the men fairly it is probable that the bricklayers will go out In a few days. EIGHT-HOUR AGITATION. Chicago Packing Honse Men Notify Their Employers of Their Intention la Strike. Chicago, April 10. To-night several hun dred men employed in Denny Bros.' packing house at the stock yards, sent a commnnication to the manager of the establishment asking for their deposit money. The demand amounts to a notification that the men intend a strike the first of May, There is considerable uneasiness in all the houses in Packingtown over the eight-hour agitation. Neither the workmen nor the em ployers are a unit on the matter. . I CH0IE B0IS STRIKE. They Refnso to Sing TJsder tho Leadership of a New Choir Master. Chicago, April 16. Thirty-five of the forty five choir boys of the Englewood St. Barthol omew Church, at Stewart avenue, have struck. They filed out of their rehearsal room at the church tnis evening In a body, and declared they would stay out Tbtir grievance is the appointment by the vestry of a new choir master In place of Leader Bradbury, a supporter of the Rev. Colin C. Tate, whose resignation has just been accepted by the vestry. Strikes Settled and Pending. Journeymen barbers of Dubuque, threaten to strike against Sunday shaving. One hundred sheet metal workers at Nashville are striking for nine hours and an lucrease of 25 cents a day. Painters at the New England ship yards, Bath. Me., asked for an advance of 50 cents a day, but accepted 25 cents. The miners' strike in Austria is rapidly spreading. Conflicts have already occurred between the strikers and troops. Trade societies of London, England, have issued a call for a demonstration on May 4 in support of theetght-honr movement The cloak makers at Slegel Bros., Chicago, have gone to w ork, the firm agreeing to pay an advance of 15 percent, and to recognize the union. DEM0CEATS DISAGREE. A Halt Called Upon Political Legislation In tho Ohio General Assembly Getting Ready for the Final Ad journment. ISFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH. 1 Columbus, April 6. The majority ia the Legislature is in great grief over the ap parent inability to pass any more reorgan ization bills at the present session. The more conservative among the Democrats have been insisting upon an adjourn ment next Slonday, and to-day they succeeded in the House, by a strong vote, in adopting a resolution for tbat date. The Sen ate has fixed the adjournment for one week from Slonday, but the earlier date seems in greater favor. The weakness of the majority side was developed on partisan measures when tne Ryan amendment to the Owen Sunday clos ing, law. camo up. All the Democrats were present but one. The amendment gives Coun cil? power to grant permission to open saloons part of Sunday, as they may choose. When it was fonnd the sentiment was strong against the measure Lamping, of Cincinnati, offered an amendment making the law apply to Cincinnati tnly, and in support of his position lie claimed to be a Christian and that he had been asked by the business and church people of that city to furnish them relief. A great deal of amusement was had at his expense and his amendment was voted down by a strong majority. The question being on the original bill amending the law it was defeated by a vote of 73 against it to 38 for it There were 23 Democrats in the House who would not sup port the bill. The bill to reorganize the city government bt Cleveland tret with a similar fate. There was a large lobtfy present from tbat city mostly men who expect positions nnder the bill. The bill was denounced by the members from tbat city as being something which the people did not want. and. among other thing?, it was claimed that it was a scheme on the part of a, !nf!? n,n tn trot. - TiHntlnf- orYitfft amnnnti mg to 40,000. The bill was defeated by a vote of 43 to So. The House passed tho bill repeal ing the registration law for all cities, excepting Cincinnati, Cleveland. Columbus, Dayton, To ledo, Youngstown and Sandusky. The Senate will likely pass the bill. THE ELDERS GAIN A FOINT And Dr. Benle Loses One, by tho Blalrsvllle Presbytery's Action. ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.' BRADD0CK,April 16. The time of the Blairs. ville Presbytery at its meeting at Tnrtle Creek was mainly taken up in bearing the case of Rev. D. H. Beale, of Johnstown. During the flood at Johnstown the reverend gentleman had charge of the morgues. In this civil posi tiotPhe was often required to use a little muscle to prevent the bodies of the dead from being relieved of their valuables. The elders of the church claimed that Dr. Beale had done wrong in several instances, and his congregation took the matter in hand and in a measure defended him, and claimed tbat the elders who had done such a wrong to their pastor should bo made to retire from their official position in the church. The case was brought up before a committee consisting of the Rev. Messrs. Senor, of Alex andria: Townseniof Beatty's Station; Ralston, of Duluth, and three of the elders of the church. By a majority of one vote they de cided tbat the elders should remain. Dr. Beale took exception to this action of the committee and appealed. It will be decided at the next Synod. The semi-annual meeting of the Union Pres bytoryof the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, resumed Its session this morning in the Cum berland Presbyterian Church, of McKeesport Twenty-five ministers and elders were present Tho morning was devoted to general business and the appointment of committees- Follow ing this was the reading of the homilies of four candidates for tho ministry, who are as follows: J. M.Hiller,'of Wellsboro, Washington county; James Hamilton, ot McKeesport; R. C. Byers, of Waynesburg; John Rhodes, of High House. Pa. All but Mr. Rhodes were passed upon ac ceptably. The latter was requested to with draw from the Presbytery. ST. YINCENT'S CENTEMIAL. The 100th Anniversary of the Parish Cele brated Yesterday. ISPECIAL TELZQRAM TO THE DISPATCH.l Latrore, April 16. To-day the Parish of Bt Vincent's, near here, celebrated the centen nial anniversary of its organization. Pontifical high mass was celebrated at 9 A. M. by Bishop Phelan. 'The centennial sermon was preached by Rev. Father Morris, S. B.. who eloquently traced the history of this pioneer parish. The vault, under which lies the bones of Father Bowers, founder of the parish, was decked with flowers and evergreens. St Vin cent's Monastery, founded in 1846, was the first Benedictine Monastery in the United States. Another Attack on Quay. ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DIBPATCIM New York, April 18. Tho Evening Post is after Quay's scalp. To-day it publishes nine and a quarter columns, ostensibly devoted to incidents id the life of the jnnior Senator from Pennsylvania. The great Mugwump journal alleges that Philadelphia papers dare not pub lish the full facts, and maintains that enough attention has not been paid to the WorlcPi at tack on Quay. Breaking Gronnd for n Big University. Tkcumseh. Ala., April 18. Governor Sears, Bishops Mallatin and Walden, and Drs. Rust, Harbell, Cranston and Carter will- participate in the ceremonies attending the breaking of gronnd for the University of the Southland at Bluff ton, Ala., on Thursday. April 24. The new university will cost about fi, 000,000. PITTSBURG, THURSDAY. APRIL 17, 1890. THE GATES ARE OPEN. Powderly Directly Charges That Officials Make No Fffort to STOP LABORERS UKDER COMRACT. The Slavonians flow in Possession of the Mining Regions. RADICAL REMEDIES ARE SECESSARY. Morality and Decency Entirely ticking in the Re cent Arrirals. Mr. Powderly testified before the Immi gration Investigating Committeeyesterday. He said that the officials made no effort to stop contract laborers, and that one Com missioner had himself run in immigrants in place of strikers. Consular inspection abroad and detectives on the vessels-might help matters. IfirECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH. i New York, April 16. General Master Workman Terrence V. Powderly, of the Knights of Labor, with more gray in his elaborate mustache and less vivacity in his mein than he had in the palmy days of the organization, appeared before the sub-committee of the Congressional Committee on Immigration to-day at Castle Garden, and told what he knew about several things re lating more or less to immigration. He said, with some hesitation and more reserva tion, that the order of which he was the head had about 213,000 members, according to the last report, in the United States. Mr. Powderly said be did not know the number "of Knights in France, Germany, England, Canada and other countries. Any immigrant, even immediately after landing, could become a member of the Knights if a member in good standing vouched for him. The immigration of laborers to this country, particularly to the coal and coke region of Pennsylvania, Mr. Powderly said, had in creased much in recent vears. THET CONQUER ALL. The German, Scotch, Irish, Welsh and English miners were being driven from Pennsylvania by the Slavonians, and not, as generally supposed, by the Hungarians. The Hun was an entirely different creature. He not long ago seen 40 Welshmen, who were citizens of the United States, leaving Scranton to go back to Wales. The Slavonian immi grants drove away the Welsh, who found that they were unable to make a decsnt living in America. Just after the departure of the Welshmen Mr. Powderly had seen 42 Slavonian Immigrants at the Hoboken ferry bound for Scranton. There were virtually 42 slaves to take tho places of 42 free men driven out of the coal re gion. The Slavonians were not known as the Amer ican miners were known by their bosses as Jack, Tom, Bill and Harry. They were known only by the numbers with which they'were labeled. They did not live like American miners, but roosted like chickens. In a room 40x20 feet, 100 Slavonians slept in bunks ex tending from the floor to the Celling. Tho at mosphere was Stirling, and the morality of the men of a very low older. MAY DEOP FROM THE SKIE3. In 1882, Mr. Powderly said, when these im ported laborers came into Maryland to take ,the places of American miners, the Americans laid: "These people can never take our place,', bnt they did. They belonged to a different or der of men. They lived on little, and made their shoes by cutting them from the trees of the forest I -cannot tell how these laborers get In. I do not know whether or not they are landed at Castle Garden. They may drop from the skies. In answer to inquiries from the investigators Mr. Powderly said that very few Germans and Irish now camo to the Pennsylvania mining re gion. There were, beside the Slavs, some Rus sians, Italians and Poles. The Italians were, as a rule, unprogressive. The Poles made good citizens. Tho worst class of immigrants came or were brought to the mining region. The men who supplanted tho Welsh, English, Scotch, Irish and American miners were very economical in everything. One woman did the cooking for a house containing 30 or 40 men, and the result was that the morality of that woman was not very high. "We are sending missionaries to Africa," said Mr. Powderly, "and importing heathen by thousands." Q. What are the wages of these men? A From CO cents to a dollar. I have yet to meet tho man who receives more than a dol lar. THE DIFFERENCE IN WAGES. Q. How much did the old miners receive? A. From SI SO to $2 10. Mr. Powderly believed in more radical meas ures to keep the undesirable immigrant out Congressman Owen read an item from a news paper saying that 150 Swedish immigrants would arrive at New York to-morrow, and go up to Vermont and take possession of ana cul tivate abandoned farms there. Mr. Powderly said this was merely a scheme to fool the immi grants. Nobody can be a farmer in the United States without money. I Mr. Powderly said he had been Informed by a fellow Knight that a lot of immigrants had been sent from Castle Garden during the Second avenue strike to work in the car stables. He understood that Commissioner Starr, who was a director of the Second avenue railroad, had sent the immigrants to the stables. "I believe," said Mr. Powderly, "that the authorities not only made no attempt, but op posed the enforcement of the law. The labor agents are no good. Their superiors have no sympathy whatever with tho man who works, except just before election." CONSULAR. INSPECTION NEEDED. Mr. Powderly thought the plan of consular inspection in Europe was a good one, and also tho idea of having detectives come over from the other side as immigrants and find ont all about the steerage passengers. Hundreds of men were lauded in Canada, and brought over the border to take the places of American workmen. They were, Mr. Powderly thought, engaged abroad. We should either have in spectors on the border or annex Canada. commissioner otarrcame into tne room at the conclusion of Mr. Powderly's testimony, and was requested to tell something about the immigrants he had Bent up to the Second Ave nue Railroad stables. He said he was Vice President of the Second avenne road then, and did send about 15 immigrants from Castle Gar den to feed and water the horses at the stables. The immigrants were paid 82 a day. He said the strikers had abandoned the horses, and he sent the immigrants up as an act of kindness to suf fering animals. NO CASE AGAINST THE DOCTOR. Mr. Qnnckenbos Charges Agnlnst Rot. Dr. Rylance Not Sustained. tEFECIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCH. New York. April 16. Bishop Potter's com mittee of three clergymen and two laymen, who have had before them for eight months Lawyer Quackenbos' charges against the Rev. Dr. Rylance, ot St. Mark's; met to-day in the see house of the diocese in Lafayette place in secret session. Tne result was a fail ure on the part of Mr. Quackenbos to substan tiate his charges. There were present Arch deacon Mackay Smith, the Rev. Arthur Brooks, the Rev. Dr. Shackelford and Secretary Brun ton, of the Protestant Episcopal City Mission, and Lawyer Bache McEvens Whitlock. It was a preliminary hearing and if there bad been sufficient ground to hold an ecclesiastical court Rector Rylance would have to stand his trial. Mr. Quackenbos confessed after the bearing was over tbat he had been unable to give sufficient proof to warrant pressing the case against Dr. Rylance. Mr. Quackenbos said he had washed his bands of the whole matter. A DESCENDANT OF BONAPARTE Follow His Murderous Example Upon a -Somewhat Rednced Scale. Moktreal, Que.. April 18. Albert L. Leo pold Bonaparte, claiming to be a descendant of' the great Corsican, and balling from Philadel phia, registered at the Western House a few days ago. Last night, without provocation, he HUM, f,H, ...... .,,...-- j . THEY CAFT AGEEE. 'The Miners and Operators Committees Fail to Reach n Satisfactory Conclusion on the Wage Scale Will bo Discussed To-Day. Columbus, April 16. At the joint con vention of miners ana operators this morn ing the Scale Committee reported they were unable to agree. A new committee was ap pointed with Watchorn and Rea, of the United Miners, and Jones, President of the Ohio asso ciation, as members. The miners are asking an advance of about 20 per cent and a reduction in hours of labor, bnt have practically abandoned the latter. The Miners and Operators' Joint Canvention continued in session till late this evening. Chairman Rea,of the Special Scale Committee, reported they had agreed to recommend the basing scale adopted last year, Ohio and Penn sylvania being the only States entitled to vote. The report was accepted. The basing scale is 60 centsfor the Hocking Valley and 69 cents for the Pittsburg district The question of prices was referred to the special committee on basing scale, In con junction with the original scale committee. After several hours' consultation, the commit tee reported they were unable to agree on prices, and the subject matter was placed in the bands of tbe convention and an adjourn ment taken till to-morrow mormng. WORKING GIRLS IN CONTENTION. Papers Read Treating of the Dlftorent Ele ments In Women's Clabs. New York, April 18. Tbe Association of Working Girls' Societies were In session again to-day with some 500 delegates present The first paper read was by Miss Florence B. Lockwood, and the theme was "The Literary Element in Clnb Life." Miss Lockwood urged the ' adoption of a plan to encourage study of literature In women's clubs. Two papers on "The Social Element in Club Life," prepared by the Second street club, of this citv, were read by Miss Mary Sprol and Miss Goulde. MissClaraPotterread a paper on the penny provident scheme of the Charity Organization Society. Miss Shepherd.of the Bennett Street Club, of Boston, and Mrs. H. Ollesheimer, of this city, read papers upon the provident and benefit schemes adopted by various organizations. Miss S. D. Gardner read a paper, "How to Make the Resolve Clubs Lend a Hand," and other inside societies more effective. The first paper read at the afternoon session was contributed bv the Cambridge Club, of (Boston, and was generally discussed by the members. The subject which evoked the most Discussion, nowever, was enimeu -wnat ao working girls owe to each other?'. Two papers touching upon this were read. Tho first was by Miss Clare De Graffen RIed, of Washington, and the second by Mrs. L. W. Bates, of Brook lyn. Both strongly advocated co-operation among Individuals as well as among societies. Mrs. Eliza S. Turner, of Philadelphia, read the last paper of the day. Itwas entitled "Toward What Are We Tending?" She thought all the societies were tending toward centralization. APfER THE CHICAGO GAS TRUST. The Schnbert Heirs Assert That It Is an Illegal monopoly. Chicago, April 16. Judge Collins to-day took up the demurrer of the Chicago Gas Trust to the bill filed by the executors of the estate of the late Henry Schubert, of New York. The suit was begun two years ago, before tbe Gas Trust issued Its bonds for 7,500,000. It-was claimed the trust was an illegal body and likely to be wound up at any time, and the executors stood In great danger of losing the Schubert investment in the trust's securities; A W. Green, who appeared for the trust, to-day said that Mr. Schubert made the contract, not the executors, and that Schnbert died without expressing a desire to Set aside his exchange of gas com pany stock for the trust's securities. Mr. Green said it was an unheard of thing tbat ex ecutors .'should come into conrt with such a proposition. He said the suit did not amount to anything anyway, because it sought to en join amlssue of bonds When the bonds had al ready been floated. Attorney Moses, for the Schnbert heirs, said the restraining of the issue of bonds was but tho smallest part of the suit. It sought to break up a monopoly, and it was just as perti nent, though it was brought two years ago, as though It had been brought yesterday. It prayed for a receiver to take charge of the stock of Henry Schubert, and for an injunction to prevent the Gas Trust from taking posses sion ot tbe stock of the gas light and coke company. The hearing will be continued to morrow. STEALING GLASS LETTERS In Order to Increase the Demand for His Product. SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCS.l New York, April 16. Police Captain Brogan and all of the policemen of the Mercer street squad have been iu hot water for two or three months over the doings of some mysterious miscreants who have night after night disfigured merchants' show windows and stolen enameled glass letters from the signs on them. About ten days ago a woman and two boys were arrested with about 600 of the letters in their possession. Tbey said they were employed to collect them by some manufacturers of letters. The theft3 continued. There were so many of them on the Broadway post tbat Patrolman Daniel Sullivan, who has the post at night, was fined three days' pay for not catching the culprits. He has been wide awake ever since. To-night at 7 o'clock he saw some one working away in a suspicious manner in front of the Albo Carbon Light Company's office in 76 Broad way. He pounced down upon him and caught him rapidly prying off let ters with a palette knife, after, softening tbe gum with turpentine. He had all the let ters off of one windowand about half off of the other. He had altogether about 125 letters in his possession. The prisoner said he was August Willnck, a manufacturer ot glass, enamelled and gilt letters, of 152 Ludlow street HAVE AGREED TO SLPARATE.. Mrs. Helen Dnnvrny Ward Prefers the Stage to'a Husband. rSPZCIAL TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCTLt NEW York, April 16. John M. Ward, the famous baseball player, who has been living quietly at the Clarendon Hotel, Brooklyn, during the past three weeks, has agreed to a separation from his wife, Mrs. Helen Dauvray Ward, and Mrs. Ward is now preparing for a trip to the West It could not be ascertained to-day whether or not the separation papers had been signed as yet, bnt the friends of both parties give it as their opinion that the signatures have been attached, and that Mrs. Ward had chosen tbe alternative that her husband gave her some time ago, to either give np all idea of returning to the stage or to separate. Mrs. Ward has positively signified her inten tion of returning to the stage, and to-day Mrs. "Tim" Keefe, her sister, said that preparations were being rapidly completed for the former star's appearance. CREMATED IN A KILN. Human Bonks Discovered In a Coke Oven Lead to Suspicion of Murder. rSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.l Scottdale, April 16. The inhabitants of the little mining town of Morgan, about four miles from here, are in a foment to-day over what they think to be a murder. A young man named Sheehan has been missing since Mon day. Abarty of ypnng men celebrated their pay day in Sheehan's shanty last Saturday evening by getting intoxicated The social gathering culminated in a row, in which several of tbe participants were badly nsed up. bheehaa has been raissingever since, and yesterday when one of the coke ovens was drawn bits of bones, glass and clothing were discovered. Mis has been productive of the report tbat Shee han's body had been thrown into tbe coke oven and cremated. A doctor who has made an examination of tho bone dust says that it Is from a human. Some think the missing man Is in Pittsburg, but others as firmly cling to the idea that he was murdered. The affair will be fully investigated. Slates United la Marriage. SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISFATCir.1 Braddock, April 18. Miss Lavina A. Saw hill, of this place, and Mr. Richard Btout, of Connellsville, both mutes, ere joined in mar riage this evening at the residence of the bride's brother, C. S. SawbilL in North Brad dock. The Rev. S. J. Shaw officiated, and Miss Sarah A. Woodsido, of Pittsburg interpreted.. NOT ETO TEE DEAD Can How-Find a Resting Place in theTalley of the Mississippi. GREAT SUFFERIHG IN ARKANSAS. Steamers Go Tfirensh Flooded Forests to Rescue Negroes. SMALL TOWNS UTTERLY DEPOPULATED. Authentic Reports of the Exact Situation at a Hnndred Points. The suffering caused by the flood in Arkansas is greater than in any other sec tion. The people cannot move about or even bury their dead. The colored population-is, the molt exposed and experiences the worst destitution. ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE HISPATCH.1 Arkansas City, April 16. Of the three States effected by the present high water Arkansas suffered tbe most and has been heard from the least. The merchants in her river counties have for weeks been conducting business on scaffolds. The peo ple Have had no churches in which to .worship and no cemeteries in which to bury their dead. They have paid their social and business visits in cypress log dugouts, have lived continuously on the saltiest of salt meat, and baked their bread by fires kindled on a pile of water-soaked logs; and through it all have exhibited a pluck and cheerfulness entirely at variance with their surroundings. Scores of white people and planters' families have been.re duced to straits never before dreamed of. For the most part their homes have been saved to them, for they were constructed with a care not found ic the erection of negro cabins, set up on four cypress blocks three feet above the ground. COLORED PEOPLE SUFMIBINO. On the Mississippi side, four miles above here, where the sudden rush of waters through the levee breaks at Catfish and Offuts, near Huntingdon, swept away their homes, tho condition of the colored people is certainly deplorable. It is almost beyond de scription. But tbe destitution and destruction here occur only at intervals, while on the Arkansas side it is almost continuous to He lena, 150 miles further north. As the boat pulled down tbe Mississippi shore from Catfish, colonies of colored people were discovered every few miles squatted on the top of the State levee, in picturesqne wretchedness. Their beds and bedding and a few household trifles were piled around, with the chickens and children roosting on top. all waiting for trans portation to safer ground. On last Sunday night word was conveyed to Captain F. C. Tollinger, the government engi neer in charge of the work of the Mississippi River Commission, with headquarters at Ark City, tbat several colored families had taken refuge on the top of the levee above Hunt ingdon and tbat the dyke was crumbling rapidly. THE WOBK. OP RESCUE. The steamboat R. A. Speed.of Memphis, Cap tain Van Marsh, was immediately ordered, with a barge, to rescue these people and convey them to a place of safety. To reach the levee at this point It was necessary to get- through the cottonwood timber which grew on the bank. Tbe barge was lashed in front of tbe steam boat and the electric search light of tbe Speed turned toward the dark timber line to discover an available place for a passage. What seemed to be a weak point was fonnd and turnlngonafullhead of steam, the boat made a dash for it There was a crashing and irendlngof trees, and the Speed came to a full stop with the deck ot the barge loaded down with a mass of saplings and greenery. Tbe vessel withdrew and made another plunge into, the forest and again came to a dead stop, trembling from prow to rudder. Two more drives were made before the belt of timber was broken through, and tbe barge ran against the crumbling levee, where the fright ened negroes and their worldly posses sions were taken aboard and taken to Ark port the nearest dry land on the Arkansas river. Leaving Arkansas City in tbe morning the Millo. which is the name of The Dispatch boat, after' a tortuous passage across the submerged country to tbe north. Anally reached the little village of Watson. It consists of two dozen houses tbe homes of white residents three stores and the usnal environment of ne gro cabins. IT DECREASED POPULATION. The result of tbe present inundation has been to depopulato the place. Previous to the first of last March the population of Watson and the surrounding country, within a radius of five miles, was about 500, white and colored. It is not one-fourth of that number now. In the town itself only three white families remain, cooped up on false floors and the upper part3 ot their dwell ings. Chicot Ctty, Ark., and Utah Landing, seven miles above Arkansas City, are two points that have suffered in common. Chicot is a small place of about 25 houses. They are, with one or two exceptions, half under-water. The condition 'of tbe people in Mississippi, as a general thing is infinitely better than those In Arkansas, where the situation, aggravated by the overflows from tbe St Francis, White and Arkansas rivers, is about as deplorable as can be imagined. X0THLNG BUT YANKEE GORE Will Satisfy an English Captain for an Al leged Ininlt to His Flag. ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.l' WASHiuaTOir, April 10. Captain Dug more, of Her Majesty's service, retired, is a very mad Englishman. Down in Flor ida he was induced to invest in some town lots, which proved to be mainly sand and scenery. Tbe agent who sold the lots took from Dugmore some securities which, he says, were worthless. Then both got mad. Then the agent got ont a writ and bad a Sheriff seize the yacht Rosalind, in which Captain Dugmore, wilh his son and female relations, bad sailed around tbe world. Captain Dug more thirsted for gore when be learned this. He engaged lawyers, and they agreed with him tbat nothing but war would wipe out the Insult to the British flag. , Proceedings were at once begun to replevin the yacht, which the Captain asserted was "not his property, bnt tbat ot his wife. The British Consul at New Orleans was communicated with, and replied promptly that if the facts were fur nished him, he would lay them before tbe British Minister.' as tbe action of the Sheriff was undoubtedly an Infringement upon the rights of Captain Dugmore. The necessary affidavits were forwarded to the Consnl, who, after having indorsed his opinion thereupon, sent them to Washington to the British Min ister. In the meantime Captain Dugmore had again secured possession of his yacht PARNELL'S ADYICE ASKED Aa to the Propriety of Holding n Convention of tbe Irish Nntlonal Lengue. St. Louis, April 16. At to-day's meeting of the Executive Committee of the Irish National League the propriety of holding a national con vention this year was considered. After the matter bad been discussed at length, It was unanimously agreed to postpone further delib eration on the subject nntil Mr. Parnell bad been consulted. Accordingly the secretary was instructed to send a cablegram to Mr. Par nell asking his advice in the matter. A reply is expected to-morrow. The night session was devoted to addresses. . A PLUCKY JUSTICE Holds a Lynching Party at Bar While Ihe Prisoner Is Removed to Jail. St. Lotus. April 16. Mansfield King, who was arrested here a few days ago on the charge of horse stealing in St Louis county, was taken before Justice Sappington, at Franklin, to-day for a hearing. A crowd collected with the avowed intention of Ivnching the prisoner. Jnstice Saoolnzton held tbe mob at bay with a revolver in each hand while the prisoner was spirited away by Constable Moro. Mansfield was taken to Clay ton and lodge d In Jail there. A TERRIBLE CHAEGE. A Prominent Woman Arraigned for Poison ing Her Son Tho Alleged Motive to Secure $28,000 on an In- , snrance Policy. 'SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE DISPATCH.! Mount Holly, N". ' J., April 16. The grand jury of Burlington county found an indictment to-day against Mrs. Carrie F. Vandegnft, one of the most prominent women of Burlington, and a leading member of the Broad street Metho dist Church. 'The charge is that she attempted to kill her son, Frank C. Norman, by means of repeated doses of croton oil, ad ministered in his food at intervals since the first of April. The charge was first made by the family physician. Dr. Walter E. Hall, who was called upon to attend the patient, who is 23 years old, and found him nearly in a state of collapse. The oil, as it is now explained,' had kept up a constant irritation of the In testines. This Irritation resisted the treat ment of the physicians, and as thepatient con. tinued to grow worse hourly Dr: Hall called to his aid Dr. Grant and Dr. Pngb. both of whom said tbe patient was suffering from the effects of croton oil. This coincided precisely with tho diagnosis made by Dr. Hall. The adminis tration of the oil was traced to the mother by circumstantial evidence. For a time no one was able to assign a motive for the deed, but one was discovered to-day among the records of mortgages in the Re corder's office at Mt Holly. There was found a mortgage given by Mrs. Vandegrift to the United Security Life Insurance and Trust Company, of Pennsylvania, for about 828,000, on all her real estate in Burlington. It was what is known as an insurance mortgage. The policy was Issued in the name of Frank C. Norman, and it is in the form o f a 20-year endow ment In the event of Norman's death the mortgage would be cancelled and the property turned over to Mrs. Vandegrift free of all incumbrance. , It is alleged tbat, prior to her marriage to Joseph Vandegrift in 1877, the woman served several terms of imprisonment In Moyamenslng prison, Philadelphia, on charges of larceny. Norman is resting easier to-night He is in charge of a nurse who keeps a strict wateh of bis food. ( i KING ON THE STAND. Tho Prefect of the Blind Asylum Talks In Bis Own Defense. ISPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.! Philadelphia, April 18. Harry W. King, late Prefect ot the Pennsylvania Institute for the Instruction of the Bllnd.waa put on trial toj day before Judge Hare. After a jury had been secured District Attorney Graham, in an impressive speech, opened the case for tbe Commonwealth. He explained the nature of the charge contained in tbe indictment, and said that the bill was found under an act of Assembly which the Legislature had found necessary to pass to cover just such offenses. The first witness called was Joseph W. Gain, who is totally blind. He sworo that ho was 18 years old and had been In the institute for seven years. King had always said that he thought a great deal of the witness and often invited him to his home, where he would remain over night, occupying the same bed with King. The accused man, when called in his own de fense, walked briskly to the witness stand, and his testimony was given in a clear, firm tone. He claimed that the charges were tbe result of spite work. The defendant was still on the stand when tbe court adjourned. Tne trial will be resumed to-morrow morning. CLOSE OF THE CELEBRATION. Tbe Loyal Legion Concludes Its Exercises at Philadelphia. Philadelphia, April 16. The companions of the various commandenes of the military order of the Loyal Legion gathered this morn ing at the Union League, then proceeded in a body to the City Hall to pay their respects to Mayor Fitler. At the Mayor's private office, General Merrill announced the names and pre sented his companions. Secretary of the In terior Noble was accorded an ovation. It was an entirely informal- reception and when the last companions bad been presented. Mayor Fitler. in a brief speech, welcomed all heartily to tbe city. The companions next inspected the Masonic Temple. To-night the Loyal Legion celebration closed with a reception at the Academy of Fine Arts. The affair took tbe shape of an ovation to ex President Hayes, and for three hours a solid stream of people poured through the noors of the Academy and paid their respects to the guests of the evening. Numbers ot the visitors left the city late to-nightand by to-morrow will have returned to their homes. General Hayes, with his daughter and two sons, will leave for Fremont to-morrow morning. NOT QUITE THROUGH. There Will Bo Ono More Session of the Pan-American Conference. Washington, April 16. The final adjourn ment of the Pan-American conference was not reached to-day. A great part of the session was taken np by a discussion of tbe revised report of the Committee on Arbitration, which had been recommitted to have the concordance of the English and Spanish texts made com plete. After this had been concluded the question arose as to the effect of the signing of the report by the delegates. Some of them were of tbe opinion that thoir ,signatures to the document would commit their government to the terms of a treaty pro posed. It was finally arranged to have the sig natures come before tbe treaty and in that shape it was left The conference adjourned until to-morrow, after voting to postpone the trip to Mount Vernon until the conference shall have adjourned sine die. DOTS AND DASHES. The Cream of the 'News Skimmed and Con densed for Ready Reading. Yesterday 2,415 immigrants landed at New York. The Missouri Pacific has cut rates to $8 be tween Pueblo and Kansas City. New York hosiery importers will protest againsfthe McKinley tariff hilL THE valuable contents of a mail ponch were stolen from a Santa Fe train by an unknown thief. A SAWMXLZi owned by KrnppBros., in Cook township, near Greensburg, was burned. Loss 15,000. Abner Yates, founder of Yates Center, Kan., has assigned. Liabilities. J42.000; assets, J60.0OO. Gore Hotel, Chicaeo, for sale by receiver. Claims on it amount to 612,443 and partnership insolvent General Salcedo has been sentenced to two monthB' imprisonment at Madrid for seditious writings. John G. Mitchell's bond as Pension Agent for Ohio entered at Philadelphia. R. B. Haves, R. H. Flatt sureties. Kansas Crrr is making elaborate prepara tions for tbe National Drill and Encampment to be held June 2 to 7. Last night the third unsuccessful attempt within two weeks to wreck a Lake Shore train was made at Andover. O. A great pile ot lumber at MUford, Me., be longing to N. S. Gould and others, was burned yesterday. Loss, JIOO.OOO. B. T. Barnum killed his father-in-law, W. Ball, at Slatersvllle. 1'a. Ontcome of trouble In highly respectable families. The assignment of D. Gardner & Co., dry goods merchants at .Ottawa, Ontario, with lia bilities of $80,000, is announced. Three Polish miners were rnn down by a freight train at Huntingdon, Pa., yesterday. Two were killed and the other fatally injured. "Commodore" Louis Schwartz, who Is said to have Introduced lager beer into this country, died at Elizabeth, N. J., yesterday, aged 80. Theophilus Walker, whose wealth is placed at S3, 000, 000. died suddenly of heart dis ease yesterday at Waltbam. Mass. His only relatives are two nieces. Claude Bonit, white, student of Eastman College, Pougbkeepsie, jostled by colored man named Watson on the street Colored man severely wounded by Bonit's knife and Bonit jailed. Mr. Gladstone, in writing of international copyright, says: "When the barbarism of pro tection ceases to oppress tbe country we may hope that the present plan will take a form worthy ot so great a nation." The New York Postjas again been sued for libel in publishing biographies or Tammany leaders. Bernard F. Martin, Deputy Commis sioner of Public Works, objects to being called a partner of the notorious Red Leary, THREE CENTS SM TO BE FREE, v "W 6 o J With-V-inty of Two Cents a Pounncourage Home 'ction. A TRIO OF TARIFF REPORTS Presented to the Honse by the Ways and Means Committee. POSITION OF THE DEMOCRACY. The Opposition Confined to an Attack on ths Majority Bill. ONE REPUBLICAN KICKER SPEAKS OUT The Bepublican tariff bill has been pre sented to Congress. An important change was. made at the last moment, by which sugar comes in free of duty, and receives a bounty. The report of the majority explains and defends the bill, while the Democrats attack the measure as a whole and in detail. ISFECIaI. trlecbam to TRE DISPATCH.1 Washington, April 1G. The tariff re port of the Ways and Means Committee has at last been placed before Congress, or rather, three reports have been-so presented. Chairman McKinley handed in the im portant document the Bepublican's or majority report ex-Speaker Carlisle voiced the views of the Democratic minority, and McKenna, a California Bepublican, made a little report on his own account, in which he attacked some ot the conclusions reached by his party associates. The most important change in tbe bill, made at the very last moment, is the provi sion placing sugar upon the free list and giving a bounty of two cents a pound to home producers for 15 years. Hides are continued on the free list, the vigorous pro tests of the New England contingent hav ing secured that concession. Wool remains as at first proposed, and tbe other provisions of the bill are substantially as originally published in Tns Dispatch. THE FEATURES OP INTEREST. The new and interesting features are found in the arguments presented in the various documents. The majority report begins with a statement of tbe financial situation; estimates that tbe surplus at the end of the present fiscal year will be 592,000,000, and, deducting the sum reqmred to make pay- i. ments on the sinking fund, the net surplus of receipts over expenditures will be (43, 678,883. The estimated surplns of the next fiscal yeir will be S43,5G9,522, which, with the amount of cash now on hand and available (reaching 590,000,000) will justify a reduc tion of the revenue in the sum contemplated by the bill reported, $00,936,936, and prob ably more from customs, and say 510,327,878 from internal revenue, or a total of 571,264, 414. The majority report says: HARD TO TELL WHAT WILL HAPPEN. The exact effect upon the revenues of tho Government by the proposed bill is difficult of ascertainment That there will be a substan tial reduction, as we will show, admits of no doubt It-is not believed that the increase ot duties on wools and upon glassware will have the effect of increasing the revenues. That would, of coarse, follow if tbe importations of tho last fiscal yearwero hereafter to be maintained, which, however, is altogether Im probable. Tbe result will be tbat Importations will bo decreased, and therefore the amount of revenue collected from these sources will bo diminished. In every case of increased duty, except that imposed UDon tin plate (which does not go into effect until July 1. 1S91), and upon cotton fabrics, the effect will be to reduce, rather than enlarge the revenues, because importations will fall off. It wa3 the aim of tbe committee to fix the duties upon that class of manufact ured goods and farm products which can be supplied at home, so as to discourage the nsa of like foreign goods and products, and secure to our own people and our producers thehomo market, believing that competition among our selves will seenre reasonable prices to the con sumer in the future as it has invariably done In tbe past THE PROTECTIVE PRINCIPLE. Wo seek by the increased duties recom mended not only to maintain, but to enlarge onr own manufacturing plants, and check those supplies from abroad which can be profitably produced at borne. The general policy of the bill is to foster and promote American produc tion and diversification of American industry. AVe have not been so much concerned about the prices of the articles we consume as we have been to encourage a system of home pro duction that shall give fair remuneration to domestic producers and fair wages to Ameri can workmen, and by increased production and home competition insure fair prices to con sumers. In tbe case of wool the report cites figures as an evidence of the alarming decline in pro duction, and says that an advance of duties has been recommended which it i believed will afford ample protection to wool growing farmers. While the Senate will fix the dnty on third class wool at 4 cents.the committee places it at 3 upon tbe belief that with the re strictions, definitions and classifications, and . the addition ot port charges, recommended by the bill, the difference will be fully com pensated. The committee believes that tha United States should produce all of the wool consumed, and that with adequate defensive legislation it will do so. The annual consumption is 600.000,000 pounds. and, with tbe protection afforded by the bill, the farmers of the United States will, at an early day, be able to supply this demand by tbe addition of 100 per cent, or nearly 100.0u0.000 sheep, to the present number. The report gives tne increase oi mo amy on wool and tne construction given to the worsted clause of tho existing law as a reason for increasing the duties on woolen goods to protect manufac turers. It says: "The necessity of this increase is apparent in view of the fact already stated, that during the last fiscal year there were im ports of manufactures of wool of the foreign value of Eo2,6S1.4S2. as shown by the under valued invoices and the real value In our mar ket of nearly 00,000,000 fully one-fourth of our entire consumption equivalent to'an import bf at least 100,000,000 pounds of wool in the form of manufactured goods." JUST A LITTLE INCREASE. Existing law gives, it Is said, a protection of 85 to 45 per cent "the bill gives a range of 30 to 50 per cent The Mills bill gave a uniform rate of 40 per cent more than was required on low grades and less than wis needed for fine goods. The advance in these fine grades will, it is be lieved, diminish importations and thereby re duce instead of increase the revenues and transfer to tbe country the manufacture" ot from J15.000.000 to $20,000,000 of woolen goods now made abroad. The average rate of tbe woolen goods schedule proposed, including the. specific duty on the wool used and the manu facturers' duty, is 91.78 per cent The average rate at present is 67.15 per cent, but if tbe worsted decision had been made at tbe begin ning of tbe year it would have been increased 10 per cent, and 15 per cent more would have been added If worsted yarns had paid the duty of wooleu yarns at tbe same price, so that if these manifest errors in constructions of law had been earlier corrected tbe average last year would have been nearly SO per cent Of the metal schedules the report says tbat no reduction can be made in pig iron or ore Continued on Fifth Tagt.