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VOL. 36.—N0. 42.
A Tragic Event In the Pres
byterian Assembly.
Judge Breckenridge Drops
Dead After Speaking.
He Had Just Finished a Speech on
Drl B#iggß' Heresy.
Great Excitement Caused By tbe Inci
dent—The Assembly Immediately
Associated Press Dispatches.
Detroit, May 28. —After the usual pre
liminaries at the Presbyterian general
assembly this morning, Dr. Patton spoke
a few words in explanation of the com
• mittee on the Briggs case. He said:
"You are no doubt ready to credit our
committee with a desire to do simply
what ia best. Recognizing our liability
to error, we have had only a desire to do
what ia demanded by tbe exigencies of
the case, in a spirit of kindness, and rec
ognizing the rights of all persons con
cerned. If the discussion brings new
light, we will welcome it. We are ready
to give a reason for every decision we
have made. We hope there will be no
long debate, although we are prepared
for it."
Prof. Smith, of the Lane theological
seminary, aaid: "The proposition to
terminate the usefulness of a minister
should be discussed carefully. From
whatever the committee may say, no
doubt conscientiously, it will be inferred
that Dr. Briggs ie guilty of some offense.
We shall thus cast reproach on his good
name, and a great school already strick
en by the act of God will be crippled
for at least the immediate future. This
is the reason for caution. I know my
side is unpopular, therefore hear me
candidly and patiently as I try to show
the committee they have erred. First,
it is doubtful whether such an assembly
is able to judge of others' doctrinal
qualifications. Second, Dr. Briggs is
not a new man; he was elected seven
teen years ago, I think, to a chair in the
Union theological seminary. Many of
his colleagues and students say he is a
man of ability and scholarship; an able
teacher, spiritual and pious. This
assembly to whom he is a stranger ought
not to be in haste. The Presbyteries
ask ns to act in our wisdom in the prem
ises. May not this be to continue him?
"The arguments against him are two.
1. He is misunderstood. 2. That he
is not sound in doctrine. It ia aaid in
quarrels both sides are wrong. Why
not in a misunderstanding? I have
watched tho controversy from the first,
because I have bad aaore interest than
most. The religious press goes into all
our homes; the editors magnify their
influence. Has it not biased the com
missioners? I desire to say nothing
against these editors; but are they qual
fietl for this? Even a religious editor
cannot be a specialist in all
departments, and he ia liable to
err. It may be they have
misunderstood. The second charge,
that he is unsound, may be based upon
misunderstanding. Some say he indorses
the spiritual condition of Martineau. If
Dr. Briggs can historically justify his
position, he has right to hold them.
"My last point is this: A man must
be proved unsound, after a careful trial,
if need be, in all church work; but in a
case like this a man is, if charged with
unsoundness, considered unsound from
the first. I don't see that his ideas of
the Bible, the redemption of tbe race
and progressive sanctification after
death, ere not according to the stand
ards. On the strict construction of the
confession, of course, he is wrong: bnt
will you who mean to make such a radi
cal change in our confession as to say
that all infants are saved, not leave a
little margin for Dr. Briggs ?
Dr. Logan, of Scranton, Pa., suggested
a modification of the action proposed by
the committee.
He said: "I agree with them, with
these two amendments: 1. The assem
bly disapproves for the present the ap
pointment, etc. 2. That a committee
ol eight ministers and seven ruling
elders be appointed to confer with Pro
fessor Briggs and the directors of the
Later he made a motion to this effect
and it was seconded.
Continuing Dr. Logan said: "We
must, of course, refuse to confirm him in
tbat chair. The whole church asks:
'Shall we not have a word of God that
we can trust?' We are bound to say
that we cannot sustain him in that
chair; but having refused to confirm
him, let us wait before taking irretrieva- '
Die action."
Charles A. Dickey, D. D., of Philadel
phia, a member of the board of direc
tors of the Union theological seminary,
said: "I have no plea to make for Dr.
Briggs, but I will, if I stand alone, plead
that any man shall have fair play. Ido
not defend his views or attack them. I
wish to ask only what is expedient,
what is best —not merely lawful—in* a
time when the strain is so severe and
"the situation so delicate.
"We are told by this committee that
'there is but one risk that compelled this
and faithful committee to ask
for this decided and irrevocable action.
I know they would have brought a prop
osition to wait if it could be done. This
is the point: can we wait? Their only
reason for insisting on a veto now is
that it must be done now or never. I
will presume to differ with them. Has
not this assembly the same right to in
terpret a compact' as the assembly of
1871, whose view is quoted in the re
port? They say we lose the power of
the veto if we de not use it now; yet
they propose that we have a committee
of conference over this action after it is
consummated. Would it not be better
to trust us than to act immediately and
then confer through a committee?"
Dr, Francis of Cincinnati said: "The
Presbyteries that have overted the
assembly hay* not done so without de
liberation. They discussed the matter
through weeks and months. To delay
will risk more than the loss of the sar
vice of a man, injuring the sensibilities
of the trustees of the Union Theological
seminary. Almost every pastor and
missionary worker voted against Dr.
Smith. We demand prompt and de
cided action."
Judge Breckenridge of St. Louis stated
the legal points in the case. "If we
don't veto now." said he, "we never
can. Logan's amendment for deferring
action is impracticable. We can do
nothing wisely except disapprove.
Without assigning other reasons, it does
seem to me the mind of the church will
be anxious for some months and we
should relieve it."-
Breckenridge's last words were:
"Now, gentlemen, I feel that I have
discharged my duty, and wish to be ex
cused from further speaking."
Reaching for a glass of water, he sud
denly threw up his hands and fell to the
floor, striking heavily on his head. He
was hastily carried to the ante-room and
physicians summoned. They found him
When tbe announcement was made,
the assembly at once voted to adjouin
for tbe day, and instead of the banquet
assigned for tonight, a prayer meeting
was announced. A committee was ap
pointed to make suitable arrangements
for the transfer of the body to its last
resting place, and brief speeches were
delivered by several delegates.
Judge Breckenridge was a son of Rev.
Dr. J. W. Breckenridge, who was a
brother of the Widely known William
and Robert Breckenridge. Hia mother
was a daughter of Professor Samuel
Miller, of Princeton.
General Alger, of Michigan, left on a
special train to convey the remains and
a committee to St. Louis.
Many delegates, in conversation after
adjournment, recalled the sudden death
of ex-Governor Washburne at a meeting
of the American board at Springfield,
Mass., which so greatly softened the
heated discussion then going on over
doctrinal matters.
Tbe Court Decides That His Death Was
One of the Natural Results of War.
White Moon Attempts Buioide.
Sioux Falls', 6. D., May 28.—Plenty
Horses is a free Indian. No inkling of
the sudden termination of the case had
been given at 2 o'clock, when the court
convened. The testimony being com
pleted, the attorneys were preparing to
commence their arguments, when Judge
Shiras aaid: "There is no need of going
further with this case. What I shall
say is ttie-opinion o£ thie court, but not
of my colleague. It ie said-''on my own
The judge then said in substance that
the, guilt or innocence of the accused
turned upon the question as to whether
or not a state of actual war existed at
the time of Casey's death. In the opin
ion cf the court it had been shown be
yond doubt that such a state of war did
Immediately upon adjournment Plen
ty Horses was surrounded by ladies and
other spectators, who shook hands with
him for some time, after which he went
to a hotel where he spent some time
writing autographs for by-standers.
At noon today White Moon, a Chey
enne scout who was with Casey and
who had been here as a witness, at
tempted suicide by stabbing himself in
the base of the neck., He was home
sick and despondent. He will recover.
The Police at Kalamazoo Thought They
Had Located the Missing Han.
Chicago, May 28. —Lieutenant Kipley
this morning received a dispatch from
Chief of Police Cobb, of Kalamazoo,
Mich., stating that a man answeringtbe
description of the missing H. J. Han
chette, of Los Angeles, bad been in
Kalamazoo for several days past on a
A dispatch from Kalamazoo tonight
says it has been definitely settled that
the suspect is not H. Jay Hanchette, of
Los Angeles.
(The police of Kalamazoo may be ex
cused for suspecting a debauchee to be
the missing secretary, but to any one
knowing Mr. Hanchette's exemplary
character the foregoing dispatch Bounds
ridiculous. No one who knew him has
ever thought of coupling his dementia,
or whatever may have caused his disap
pearance, with dissipation. Such con
duct would be entirely incompatible
with his character. —Editor.]
'New Orleans Jury-Fixers Trying to Slip
Through the Meshes.
New Orleans, May 28.—When the
McCrystal and O'Malley bribery cases
were called today the attorney submit
ted a motion for a change of venue. The
state introduced a number of witnesses,
including the leaders of the committee
of safety. All testified that they be
lieved the accused could obtain a fair
trial here. Counsel for the defense then
abandoned the motion, and gave notice
of withdrawal of the plea of not guilty
by hia clients, and stated that he would
enter a demurrer, similar to that sus
tained by the court in the case against
Granger, in which the information was
quashed on the ground that the allega
tions set forth were not sufficiently spe
cific. The cases went over till tomor
Church Fairs Not Proper Means of Hair
ing Money.
Birmingham, Ala., May 28.—1n the
Southern Presbyterian assembly today,
a resolution was adopted declaring
church fairs and festivals not proper
means of raising money; also one call
ing on the world's fair to keep the gates
closed on Sunday.
Preferred Death to Blindness.
Santa Cruz, May 28.—A. W. Fisher
committed suicide by shooting himself,
today, because he waa threatened with
The Slaughter of Seals to Be
John Bull Will Co-Operate
With Uncle Sam.
A Bill to That Effect Will Be Intro
duced in the Commons.
The News of this Intention Becelyetl
With Great • Satisfaction By the
State Department.
Associated Press Dispatches.
London, May 28.—Goschen, chancellor
of the exchequer, in the commons this
afternoon, gave notice that the govern
ment would introduce a bill on Monday
next, which would prohibit British sub
jects from catching seals in Bering sea
for a period the extent of which will be
stated later.
Washington, May 28.—The president
this afternoon received a dispatch from
Minister Lincoln, at London, saying of
_ ficial notice had been given in the com
' mons that a bill would be introduced on
Monday to authorize the queen to pro
hibit British subjects from taking seals
in Bering sea. The question engaged
the president's principal attention to
day, and he had a conference with the
cabinet. The point considered was the
advisability of sending war vessels to
Bering sea, to reinforce the revenue cut
ters in preventing the taking of seals in
case a closed season is decided upon.
This fleet would, of course, co-operate
with the English war ships now
in those waters in the enforcement of
the agreement as concluded. It is un
derstood that the secretary of the navy
reported that there are three naval ves
sels that could be prepared for this ser
vice without much delay.
The news of Goschen'a action was re
ceived with satisfaction at the state de
partment. Generally it is taken aa an
indication that the British government
is preparing to accept the conditions im
posed by the president as preliminary to
arbitration, and to cause British vessels
to refrain from sealing in the meantime.
The fixed period for the cessation of
sealing referred to by Goschen, proba
bly means the remainder of this season.
During this time the arbitrators (for it
is to be presumed the British govern
ment's action carries with it the accept
ance of the terms of arbitration held out
by the president during the correspond
ence) will have an opportunity to reach
an agreement. In the event the point of
arbitration is not reached, it may
be gome time will be consumed in send
ing an expert commissioner to Alaska to
investigate the actual condition of the
rookeries and settle the question which
is at issue between the governments of
Great Britain and the, United States, as
to whether what itTknowu as "pelagic
sealing" or killing seal fn the open'sea
on their way to and from the shore of
the rookeries, is fully as destructive of
seal life as has been reported by the
United States treasury agents.
The revenue cutter Bear will sail from
Seattle, Saturday, on its aunual cruise
in Alaskan waters.
The Verdlet of the Keformed Presbyte
rians in the Suffrage Case.
Pittsburg, May 28.—At today's ses
sion of tbe general synod of the Re
formed Presbyterian church, overtures
from the general assembly of the Pres
byterian church, favoring the union of
the twolchurches.were referred to a spec
ial committee. The question of tbe
ministers suspended by the Pittsburg
Presbytery for heresy, in declaring for
the right of suffrage, was next brought
before the synod by memorials numer
ously signed from the first, second and
fourth Reformed Presbyterian con
gregations. The memorials characterized
the action of the Pittsburg Presbytery
as unjust and without authority. If
sustained by the synod, it would result
in killing all private opinions, and would
work great harm to the churches. The
memorials were referred to the commit
tee on church discipline, after a heated
discussion. At the afteinoou session,
by a vote of 120 to 16, the Pittsburg
memorial libeling the action of the seven
young ministers in voting at an election,
as a-"heinous scandal," was adopted.
A bitter discussion followed, several
members of the liberal minority proDhe
sying a division. The Pittsburg Presby
tery came off victorious, defeating a
compromise proposition, and securing
an adjournment until tomorrow, amid
great excitement.
Unique Notions ss to What Constitutes
.1 notifiable Homicide.
Tombstone, Ariz., May 28.—The jury
in the case of the territory versus
Shankland, after being out forty-two
hours, were unable to agree on a verdict
and were discharged. They stood eleven
for acquittal and one for conviction. The
defendant last December killed Dr. G.
G. Willis, the county physician, as he
was entering his buggy to visit patients.
Willis was resident agent of the
Old Guard Mining company which
owed Shankland several hundred
dollars. Shankland sent word to Willis
that he would kill him if he did not pay
him at a certain hour. He carried out
his threat. The defense was justifiable
homicide. There is great excitement
among Shankland's friends over the
mobbing of the one juror who stood out.
The better class of people are with him,
and endorse his action in hanging the
jury. Vigorous steps to prosecute his
assailants are being taken.
Seven Soldiers in Custody at Walla
Walla for the Hunt Lynching.
Walla Walla, Wash., May 28.—The
arms that Sheriff McFarland telegraphed
for yesterday were received this morn
ing, together with 2000 rounds of am
munition. When Judge Upton of the
superior court came to the court
house this morning he held a
short consultation with the sheriff,
then ordered the clerk of the court
to issue warrants for the arrest of Pat
rick McMenatnont, Charles £. Trumpo
wer, Joseph Trumpower, Thomas Cfin
ton, Bernard Mueller, C troop; and C.
A. Cutler and James Evens, of E troop,
charging them with the crime of murder
in the first degree. The warrants were
then given to the sheriff,
who immediately proceeded to the
garrison. Going to Colonel Compton, he
informed him that he had warrants for
the above-named men. The colonel
went with tbe sheriff to the guardhouse,
where four of the men wanted were con
fined. He ordered them turned over to
the civil authorities. Then he accom
panied the sheriff to the quarters where
the other three were pointed out to the
sheriff, who placed the men under arrest.
Col. Compton then ordered Lieut.
N. F. McClure, a sergeant and seven
privates, to act as an escort to the
sheriff to the city. The prisoners were
placed in jail, which is guarded by
thirty deputy sheriffs, and although
rumors have been circulated that if any
soldiers were arrested they would be
taken from jail, no danger is appre
hended and everything is quiet tonight.
The Rubber Trust Dissolved.
Trenton, N. J., May 28.—The Hamil
ton rubber company went into the hands
of a receiver today. It was in a trust
with the Star rubber company and
others. Its liabilities are $100,000. At
a secret meeting last night the Central
rubber trust was dissolved by action of
the companies composing it. It was
charged that a few firms used it to their
own advantage, while the others suf
A Fatal Boiler Explosion.
Frankfort, Ind., May 28.—The boiler
in the saw mill of P. E.Kramer exploded
this afternoon. Frank Hall and Ed.
Kunts were killed; Glenn Swearinger,
William Davis and two sons of Engineer
Hall, fatally injured; Harvey Hutchin
son and Ben Keys, dangerously hurt,
?.ud the engineer and fireman on a pass
rig train painfully wounded by flying
brickß. The mill is a complete wreck.
United Presbyterians.
1 Princeton, May 28.—1n the general
assembly of the United Presbyterian
church today, Rev. William J. Reed of
Pittsburg was re-elected principal clerk
for the fifth term of four years. The
mission and other boards reported,
showing encouraging progress.
The Esmeralda Given 260 Tons of Coal at
Acapulco and Told to Vamose—She
Vamosed—An Insurgent Decree.
San Fbancisco, May 28.—Richard
Trumbull, who has been indicted by tbe
federal grand jury at Los Angeles, in
connection with the Itata affair, left
here this afternoon, in company with
his attorney, for Los Angeles, to sur
render himself into the jurisdiction of
the federal court in the southern district
of California.
New Yokk, May 28.—An Acapulco
diapatch, dated yesterday, says: The
Esmeralda frightened the authorities of
this town to such a degree, that at 6
o'clock this evening the Chilean war
ship is coaling. She will probably
leave here tomorrow.
Washington, May 28.—Dr. Soteldo,
the Venezuelan minister here, informs
the Associated Press that dispatches re
ceived today from reliable sources in
Mexico, state that the Mexican govern
ment ordered the insurgent Chilean
cruiser Esmeralda to leave the harbor of
Acapulco. Tne commander of the vessel
said he was willing to leave, but his ship
had no sails,and could not depart without
steam power. The government then
allowed the Esmeralda to take enough
coal to carry the orders into effect. She
received 250 tons, ber ordinary consump
tion being fifty tons a day. The Es
meralda sailed on the 26th inst., imme
diately after receiving her coal allow
Paris, May 28. —A diopatch from Chile
says: The congressional committee,
through the provisional junta, issued a
decree at Iquique on the 22d inst.,which
declares void all negotiations based upon
deposits of silver in the mint at Santiago,
which guarantee the notes in circulation.
Anybody accessory to the operations
connected with the use of silver will be
prosecuted for fraud. The committee
therefore warns the public that bills
drawn against silver by agents of Balma
ceda, and negotiated in Chile or in
Europe will be worthless, as payment
will be refused by the legal authorities
appointed by congress.
The Reformed Episcopalians Will Accept
No Civil Appropriations.
Cleveland, May 28. —At the sec
ond day's session of the general
council of the Reformed Epis
copal church quite a discus
sion was precipitated by the introduc
tion of a resolution that the council be
put on record in distinct and emphatic
opposition to the appropriation by the
civil authorities—national, state or mu
nicipal—of any moneys or properties to
ecclesiastical organizations, and as hav
ing a fixed purpose not to ask or accept
in the future any such appropriation.
The resolution was adopted, 48 to 18.
Killed His Wife's Paramour.
Elgin, Ore., May 28.—News has been
received that Henry La Board,a French
man, living at Cricket Flat, six miles
from here, was shot and killed yesterday
evening, by Edwin Carter. The quarrel
arose over La Board accusing Carter of
undue intimacy with La Board's wife.
Two Per Cent Bonds.
Washington, May 28.—1t has been
practically decided to extend the 4 1 ., per
cent loan at 2 per cent, and give the hol
ders of those bonds the necessary ninety
days notice next Monday.
Cardinal Gibbons 111.
Baltimore, May 28.—Cardinal Gib
bons, according to dispatches from Bry
antown, is quite sick at the parochial
residence of St. Mary's church, at that
place, with malarial trouble.
A suit with an artistic cut and fit,
first-class workmanship and linings, can
be had at H. A. Gets, 125 W. Third at.
A Plain Statement!
WE ARE NOT FAKIRS. We announced last
Sunday for the first time our determination to close
out business. We mean just what we say. We don't
tell you that we will sell $20.00 suits for $10.00, or
$15.00 suits for $7.50.
Sell you goods at cost, plus the freight. Our goods
are not auction goods, nor are they old and shopworn.
On the contrary they are all new, and well selected
for the wants of this community.
Is to get our money back. We have never deceived
the public, and we do not propose to begin now. We
are in earnest and do not up this sale merely for
Is genuine. We will tell you no lies. We are not
going to give away our goods, but you can have them
shorn of all profit. So now is youf time for goods
at Cost.
(Under U. S. Hotel).
Of Personal Interest to Everyone Who
Wishes to be Well Dressed.
If you have your clothes made to order come and see us. We will surely please
you and charge you
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Its total payments to policy holders exceed the combined payments of the
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It has more Insurance in force in the United States than any other company,
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From organization to January, 1891, it has paid back in cash to its members
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