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The Bland Free Coinage Bill
Reported to the House.
The Measure to Be Pressed to
Speedy Consideration.
A Rigid Investigation of the Pension
Bureau Ordered.
iprvsentati ye Bowers Makes a Humor
ous Speech on the Military Acad
emy Bill—Congressional and
Executive Notes.
Associated Press Dispatches.
Washington, Feb. 10.—The roost sig
nificant event in the proceedings of the
honse, today, was the report of the
Bland free coinage bill. The action was
not one that involved debate, as the bill
merely went on the calendar to be taken
up in the order of consideration, but it
indicated the intention of the free coin
age men to force the bill with all possi
ble haste. Indeed, Chairman Bland
and tbe other leaders of the free silver
movement, assert that the measure will
be pressed to a vote and actually passed
by the house within the next sixty
days. In this event there is no doubt
the senate will have the opportunity of
passing upon the Bland bill long before
the date of either of the great national
The house also today, on the report of
the committee on rules, ordered an in
vestigation of the pension bureau, as
managed by Commissioner Raum. Tbe
scope of tbe investigation is made much
broader than that of the previous in
quiries, and Enloe of Tennessee and
Cooper of Indiana, as tbe investigators,
will be expected to furnish the evidence
and practically conduct the fight against
the present administration of the bu
reau. Enloe, in advocating hie amend
ment today, severely criticized the ad
ministration of the office, and reiterated
the charges made against the commis
sioner and bis son, last congress.
After some further business the house
went into committee of tbe whole on the
military academy bill.
Bowers of California made a humor
ous speech, in which he described his
efforts, seated in an easy chair in the
business room of the military affairs
committee, to reform the military acad
emy bill and cut down expenditures.
He was taking his leisure (at the rate of
$14 a day) and wondering at the aggre
gate of expenditures for the support of
the academy, when the picture arose be
fore him of the cheerless room of a ca
det, and he came to a conclusion that
be would let somebody else reform on
that aide. Some Democrat had yes
terday denounced the fifty-first congress
ior having in the aggregate made im
mense appropriations. He joined in
that denunciation. It was easy to criti
cise an aggregate, which was a very con
venient term; but he had yet to see any
gentleman rise and denounce the fifty
first congress for having appropriated
teo much for public buildings in his dis
trict, or for the improvement of tbe
navigation of some dry creek in which
be waa interested.
We feel proud that the PEOPLE have taken OUR WORD and
have such confidence in us, as has been attested by the THOUSANDS
who have been in our store during the last two days, and purchased
goods. AND WE AGAIN SAY, that every article in our house has
been marked down VERY MUCH BELOW COST.
We will go out of business, and lose money by the operation, but
"there is no help for it NOW.
OUR LIQUIDATION SALE will continue until everything is sold. Our co-partnership
has expired by limitation, and will never be renewed.
We invite EVERYBODY, including CITY AND COUNTRY MERCHANTS, to take
advantage of this Closing Out Sale, and desire to thank all our patrons for their confidence
and kindness.
CITY OF PARIS. l. loeb,
After further remarks the committee
The speaker placed Bland's bill on
the calendar, Dingley of Maine having
urged that it should go to the committee
of the whole, as it must inevitably in
volve expense on the treasury.
The house adjourned.
The Public Printing and ltfnding- Bill
Under Consideration.
Washington, Feb. 10. —In tbe senate
today Squire, from the committee on
public buildings, reported a bill appro
priating $500,000 for a public building
at Seattle, Wash. Calendar.
A joint resolution as to West Vir
ginia's proportion of the direct tax went
over, after some debate.
The bill providing for public printing
and binding, and the distribution of
public documents, was then taken up
as unfinished business. The clause au
thorizing the franking of official mat
ter gave rise to some difficulty,
but was finally fixed in these words:
"The vics-president, members and mem
bers-elect of, delegates and delegates
elect to congress, shall have tho privi
lege of sending through the mails and
under their frank, any mail matter to
any government official."
The bill then went over, without
action, till tomorrow.
The oath of office was administered to
Mr. Gibson of Indiana, and after execu
tive session tbe senate adjourned.
Formal Opening of the Negotiations In
stituted by Canada.
Washington, Feb. 10. —The negotia
tions between the United States and
Canada in regard to reciprocal trade re
lations opened formally today at a con
ference held at the Btate department be
tween the representatives of each gov
ernment. They arranged for coming
conferences which will last for several
dayß. Secretary Blame and John W.
Foster represented the United States,
while Canada was represented by Sir
John Thompson, minister of justice, and
the attorney-general, Sir John Bowell,
minister of customs and militia, and
George E. Foster, minister of finance;
Parmalee, deputy commissioner of cus
toms, and Stewart, private secretary.
These negotiations are intended by the
Canadian supporters as the preliminary
interchange of views for the purpose of
ascertaining the nature of the subjects
each side will be willing to discuss, and
what form the discussion shall take.
The results that may be reached will
not, therefore, be final. The entire
movement was instigated and pressed
by Canada, and is not, as has been per
sistently stated, the result of the wishes
expressed by the United States for
closer trade relationship.
A Regulation to Prevent Corporations
From Grbblug Timber Laodi.
Washington, Feb. 10. —In the matter
of the government proceedings against
alleged fraudulent timber land entries
in Washington, Oregon and California,
the commissioner of tbe general land of
fice, with the approval oi the secretary
of the interior, has instituted a change
of procedure t by which parties claim
ing title to these lands will
hereafter be required to produce
the original entrymen and their
witnesses at the local land offices for
further examination with reference to
any contracts or arrangements which
may have been made prior to entry, for
the conveyance of land to corporations
or syndicates. It appears from tbe rec
ords of tbe general land office
that large tracts of valuable tim
ber land in different localities have
been entered on the same day by
a large number of persons, and immedi
ately theieafter all the parlies trans
ferred to syndicates. It is now con
fidently asserted by these syndicates
„hat the government cannot prove that
the entries were originally made in their
interests. This new order is made with
the view of simplifying the procedure in
euch cases.
Argument Against Granting the Com
mission More Power.
Washington, Feb. 10. —The senate
committee on interstate commerce today
heard further argument upon the pend
ing bill to amend the interstate com
merce act, so as to clothe the commis
sion's decisions with judicial force and
otherwise make its provisions more
stringent. J. X, Cowan, general coun
eel for the Baltimore and Ohio road,
made a long argument to show the bill
was unconstitutional.
lie asserted that the doctrine laid
down by the supreme court, was that
what is a reasonable -ate for transporta
tion is a judicial question which cannot
be determined by a legislature or by
any body except a court of justice. By
no form or device could congress take
away from the courts the determination
of that question. The commission was
not a court, vet the bill proposed to de
volve judicial functions upon it.
He then pioceeded at some length to
point out the objections to the probable
practical workings of the bill which, he
said, violated the first principles of
Anglo-Saxon fair play. In but two cases
had the commisssoners intervened in
court to secure the enforcement of the
law. In 95 per cent of the cases, the
railroad companies had said: "With
out questioning your opinion in the sub
ject, we yield." What then was the oc
casion for this extraordinary movement
for additional power to the commis
Continuing, he asserted that the rail
road companies, being bound by com
mission's record, would insist for their
own protection on making that record
absolutely complete. That would re
quire a repetition in each case of the
enormous mass of evidence taken in the
preceding cases, which would consume
much time and defeat the very purpose
of the bill.
Tho Agricultural Committee Invited to
Meet in Chicago.
Washington, Feb. 10.—Mr. Forbes, of
the Duluth board of trade, appeared be
fore the house committee on agriculture
today with arguments against the pas
sage of the proposed anti-options bill.
Mr. Howard, a merchant of tit. Louis,
favored the bill, declaring that
dealing in futures waß the greatest
curse that ever struck America.
If this system of gambling was not
stopped, it would lead to a revolution
throughout the country. There were
bank failures and defalcations, and
nine-tenths of the money stolen went
into this pot of futures.
Chicago, Feb. 10. — Telegrams were
sent from the board of trade today, sug
gesting to the representatives of the
board now in Washington that arrange
ments be made with the view of secur
ing the presence of Mr. Hatch, and the
committee considering tbe anti-option
bill, in this city on the occasion of the
world's fair committee's visit, in order
Cheap Lands—
-3 —Healthy Climate
KERN COUNTY 1b the home of tbe Raisin Grape, French Prune, Peach, Apeicot and Pear.
CLIMATE nearly Perfect TWO CROPS of Cereals each yeir. From Three to FIVE CROPS
of Vegetables. Grows to Perfection all Deciduous FRUITS.
THREE HUNDHED DAYS OF SUNSHINE out of 3U5. gsJf No blighting WINDS or damaging
THE KERN COUNTY LAND COMPANY owns 400,000 acres of choice Fruit land, all for sale.
This Company is incorporated and has a capital of Ten Million ($10,000,000) Dollars.
LAND LEVEL and free from rocks, trees or stumps. Under the Largest Irrigation System
in America.
OVER 300 M LKS of Main Canals snd 1100 miles of smaller Canals and Ditches.
LANDS ARE SELLING at about half the actual value.
_XF~Fot Free Maps and Information apply to
J. G. H. LITTLE, at Natiek House, Los Angeles,
The Kern County Land Company
that they may hear tbe leading grain
dealers and merchants of this city on
the effect of their bill, if passed.
Duties to Bo Reduced More Than Was
Froposoil Two Tears Ago.
Washington, Feb. 10. —There has been
a substantial agreement by the wool
special committee of the Democratic
majority of the ways and means com
mittee on the provisions of the wool
tariff bill. The changes made in the
bill drafted by Springer are not formally
made up, but very substantial reductions
are made in the duties on woolen man
ufactures proposed by Springer's bill.
The ad valorem duties on woolen
manufactures of all kinds, includiug
cloths, dices goods, carpets and all other
wool articles imported under the Mc-
Kinley law, and on which the rates were
left unchanged by the Springer bill,
have been cut down wherever in excess
of 40 per cent,; and the average rate of
duty proposed by the new bill on woolen
goods is about 5 per cent below the uni
form rate of 40 per cent fixed by the
Mills bill. Under the agreement wool
is made free, as proposed by the
Springer bill.
All duties on modern manufactures
where 40 per cent or less, under the ex
isting law, are unchanged; where
more than 40 per cent they are reduced
to that rate, so no woolen duties will be
higher than the Mills rate, and those on
the cheaper grade goods will be less.
Under the McKinley law the duties
range from 30 to 60 per cent., so there is
a reduction of 20 per cent made from
the highest rate now imposed, and the
average rate is brought down to about
35 per cent on shoddies and waste.
The agreement adopts the Springer
rate of SO per cent, against the present
rate of 30 cents per pound. All com
pensating duties, of course, are taken
off, as raw wool is made free; so the
present per pound and per yard duties
will be abolished if the bill becomes a
law, and only ad valorem duties re
The members of the committee say
that the wool bill will be tbe principal
measure reported, and an examination
of its provisions will show that not only
no step backward has been taken in
tariff reform, but a step in advance, of
considerable importance, has been taken,
and that on the wool schedule, regarded
by all tariff reformers as the key to the
protective system, reductions are made
greater than those proposed by the
Democrats two years ago.
Invitations Issued to Members or Con
gress to Visit the Fair City.
Washington, Feb. 10. —The arrange
ments for the visit of the Fifty-second
congreßß to Chicago, on Washington's
birthday, the 22d of February, for the
purpose of inspecting the world's fair
site and buildings in course of con
struction, are now complete and
formal invitations were today issued
by Chairman Durbrow of the committee
on the world's Columbian exposition.
The visitors will leave Washington by
special train February 19th, over the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and will
arrive at Chicago Saturday afternoon
about 3 o'clock. The return trip will
be made over the Pennsylvania road.
Chairman 10wing stated this evening
that the idea of inviting congress had
its origin at an after-dinner talk at the
house of one of the principal citizens of
Chicago, and tins had grown into a
great citizens' movement. Particularly
is it desired by tbe citizens of Chicago to
remove tbe impression that tbe coming
event had any connection whatever
with the proposed appropriation for the
world's Columbian exposition. The
world's fair directory and officials have
no connection whatever with the pres
ent affair, which is being conducted ex
clusively by private, but public-minded
citizens of tbe city of Chicago.
Presidential Appointments.
. Washington, Feb. 10.—The president
today sent to the senate the following
Walter H. Sanborn, Minnesota,
United States circuit judge for the
Eighth judicial circuit.
John H. Burford, associate justice,
supreme court of Oklahoma.
William A. Kelley, Oregon, to be com
missioner in and for the district of Alas
ka, to reside at Wrangel.
No excuse for weakness when Dr. Henley's
Celery, Beel and Iron ls sold everywhere.
Great Reduction
Wink Underwear
Greatly Retail Prices.
112 S. Spring Street,
Opposite the Nadeau Hotel,
1-13 6m

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