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1------' - - ' " .-r 'vi; TWELVE PAGES 84 COLUMNS. SCBANTON, PA., WEDNESDAY MOKN1NG, DECEMBER 9, 1896. TJVO i CENTS A COPY THilftt II Buyers Naturally turn their attention to something that will not only please the eye, but that will afford comfort and satisfaction to the recipient In the duya that are to come. This Is prudent giving. It Is gratfy Ihp giving it Is beneficial giving. Thoughtful buyers are usually first In the Held, and we would suggest that they nlve us a call and Inspect our Una of Fine Handkerchiefs, Ostrich Boas, Pocketbooks, New Purses, Evening Fans, Toilet Sets, Fancy Garters, Brk-a-Brac, Etc. We keep everything that ever came under that heading, no matter how your Individual fancy may lead you. These as value examples: Ladles' all linen Hemstitched or Scalloped Borders. Fine goods especially put up for the holiday trade. 25c to $2.00 All Linen MaMtacMefs In 1-4, 1-2, and 1 Inch hem edges. 12cto50c Real Mckssc and Superb bits of daintiness that every woman loves dearly, yet a pretty one COSTS BUT $1.00. and from that you may select anything up to $15.00 No woman Is dressed out of doors thiB season without our lengths, 15 to 24 Inches. Prices $2.25 to $17.00 Are nearly as many In styles as the days In the year and selection is made difficult by reason of the vari ety. Ladles' and gentlemen's styles are Included In the following: Heal Seal Skins, Morocco, Lizard, Snake, Monkey, Alligator and other leath ers, also Horn Back Alligator, etc. Home are mounted In sterling silver, others are severely plain, while some have Just enough of art's touches about them, to make them pretty. .Evening Fans What witchery there Is In the wave of a pretty fan, and what a world of expression It may be made to convey. Empire Pans In gauze or China silk and hand painted are exceedingly popular. Nice ones cost 50 cents. Handsome- creations, 13.00. Any thing you please between. Ostrich Feathers never were so generally In use as now, and nowhere are they as effective as in the fan. White, ' cream, pink, blue, etc., limit at the delicate shadings. Price $1.25 to $3.00 Toilet Sets S pieces' In a handsome box Comb, , brush and mirror. White metal, celluloid, porcelain, blue delft ef fects, hard rubber, etc. Hard to say which Is most popular this season. Taste must dictate as to choice. Price $1.35 to $2.75 a Set Fancy, Carters Special Handsome atl silk fancy t web in all -the choice shades, with sterling silver buckles. Pretty be yond description. Price $1,25 An unlimited line of fancy Garters In many ways and nobby special ties. 25c to 75c G L.O B E X ' : WAREHOUSE ECKERT CHEATS THE GALLOWS Tbe Murderer f Fred Bltteobender Dies From the Effects of Morphias. PREFERRED SUICIDE TO HANGING The Prisoner Seemed Resigned to Fate, aad His Action Was a Sur priePhysicinus Try in Vain to Hevivc the Dying Man" The Coro ner Investigates. Wllkes-Bnrre, Deo. 8 Abraham Eck ert, who was to have neen hanged here at 10 o'clock this morning for the mur der of Frederick Blttenbender, at Nan tlcoke, took a lurse dose of morphine early in the morning hours in an en deavor to cheat the gallows, and died at 11.40. Last evening Eckert seemed resigned to his fate and when his wife and chil dren and other relatives called, took a long and affectionate farewell from them, bidding them to be of good cheer, for he was resigned and patiently awaited the course of the law. After AimA.Nl I. ECKERT. they had gone home, he retired to his bed and apparently entered a sound slumber. The death watch who was In the cell with him stated that he seemed cheerful and bid them good night, when he retired. He slept for several hours, but about 4 o'clock this morning seemed restless and it was noticed that he was 111. The physician was sent for and as soon as he arrived, pronounced It a case of morphine poisoning. The hunging was postponed until 3 o'clock. The phsicians tried every means known to restore the man to consciousness, but their efforts were in vain. Several theories have been advanced as to how the condemned man secured the poison, but none of them seem very plausible. One Is that it was given him hy some of his relatives, but his seems hurdly probable for while he was tak ing; leave of them the death watch was with him and It would have been im possible for him to have received a package from anv of them. Another theory is that he has had the poison secreted about his person for several days or weeks, but his could hardly be. Probably the most plausible theory Is that It has been handed him by a fellow prisoner In the jail. THE COHONER ARRIVES. Coroner McKee was at once notified of his death and made his appearance at the county prison an hour luter. A postmortem examination was held. Tho stomach, liver, lungs and kidneys were removed by the prison physician and will be submitted to a chemical analy sis. As soon as this can be accomplish ed the coroner's Jury will reconvene after which un Investigation will be made In order to ascertain if possible where the poison came from. Kckert s son called at the prison this afternoon for the remains of his fath er and then took them to his late home In Nantlcoke, from where his funeral will take place tomorrow. Uefore young Eckert left the prison the warden suld to him. "Somebody has supplied your father with poison. Do you know anything about it?" "I do not," he replied, "I never for a moment thought my father wanted to die in that way." Where the poison canv from will In all probability remain a mystery for ever. STORY OP ECKERT'S CRIME. The murder for which Eckert was destined to die today was committed in Nantlcoke July 6, 1895. The man whom he killed, Fred T. Blttenbender, was a manufacturer of mining drills, and he was known all through Luzerne county. He was a school director at Nantlcoke, and took a personal Interest In the schools. He applied to the public Interests the same principles that made his business a success. He caused the appointment of Eckert as Janitor of the State street school building. Complaint was made to Ulttenbender that Instead of attend ing to his duties as janitor Eckert was tending his Mower beds and cultivat ing his garden. Mr. Blttenbender, with another school director, George VV. (Jruver, went to the school at 9 o'clock on the morning of the mifrder. They drove there In a carriage and Inquired for Eckert. Eckert was not here and the directors, driving back to his house, found him gardening. Mr. Blttenlten der called to Eckert, saying, "See here, Abe; how it It vou are not at the school house doing the work for which you are paid? You are paid for that work and not for digging your garden." Kckert did not appear to be angry, but coolly said: "All right, Fred; I'll 30 down and attend to it right away." Then Mr. Blttenbender and Mr. Gru ver drove away. It was Just a quarter past twelve when Mr. Blttenbender and his fath er and George W. Floch were driving up Main street, near the First National bank. Kckert saw them and called from the sidewalk as he rained his fin ger: "Wait. Fred; I want to speak to you a minute." Mr. Blttenbender drew the carriage up to the curb saying, as he drew the reins,"All right Abe. What Is It?" Eckert raised his left hand on the carriage and said, "I have been think ing for the past week that you have a grudge against me, Fred, and I don't like the way you spoke, to me this morning. Why did you talk to me in that way?" "Well," said Mr. Bitenbender, "you know that you are paid to do that work, and the board expects you to do it. Now. Abe. I'll tell you right here. If you don't like the work get out at once and let some other fellow do the work." Without the utterance of another word from either, Eckert released his hold on the carriage, stepped backward and quickly drawing a revolver from his pocket In quick succession fired three shots at Blttenbender. Bltten bender fell headlong out of the car riage, dead. Ail three bullets took ef fect. One passed Into his head at the forehead above the right eye, an other entered his cheek, and the third tore the tlesh off his breast bone. Thomas Callary and John Regan saw the murder. They took hold of Eckert and brought him over to Jus tice Gruver's office. Then he declared that he didn't know anything about the death of Blttenbender. He was committed to the Luzerne county Jail. THE TRIAL. The case was called oh the afternoon of September 16, 1895, before Judge Woodward, and Eckert had no attor ney, and the court called on several to defend him, but the attorneys all de clined. Attorneys J. T. O'Neill and P. M. Thornton agreed to conduct the case. They asked for a contlauance, but the court refused the motion and Eckert was tried. The next duy At torneys McGowan and Dewart ap peared In the case. The trial lasted all that day and the next up to 2.45 o'clock. The evidence offered by the state was about as above given. The defendants did not denv the crime, but pleaded Insanity, and that Eckert did not know what he was doing when he killed Blt tenbender. After being out twenty-three and one-half hours the jury came into court with a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. Judge Woodward, on December 16, sentenced him to be hanged. The gov ernor set the day for May 14. April 15 he granted a respite till July 1, and on June 20 he was again respited till October 8. On September 5, the day of the execution was fixed for the fourth and last time. Another respite was asked for, but the governor yes terday gave his final refusal and decid ed that Eckert should have to hang. And the condemned murderer took the responsibility off the sheriff, and by his own hand forfeited his life to the state. QUAY TALKS BUSINESS. Thinks the United States Senate Is Suf ficiently Supplied with Millionaire Members Words of Warning. Washington, Dec. 8. The attention of Senator Quay having been called to the Interview with Thomas Dolan pub lished In a Philadelphia paper of this morning said: "My views upon the connection between business and poll tics were mentioned in a speech at a Republican meeting In Pittsburg a few days previous to the presidential elec tion. "I am opposed to the entire scheme of the National Business Men's League as disclosed by Mr. Dolan. Its baste theory Is that orsunlzed wealth shall dictate high olllce and so take posses sion of the government. It will be met as stubbornly and overthrown as dis astrously as was Bryanlsm. Bryan In voked the masses against the classes. The promoters of this league Involve a. class against the masses and all other classes. No league of business men or other men based upon wealth or other foundation, can erect a governing class In this country. In the United States senate we have millionaires and busi ness men enough to serve all legitimate purposes. Senators are needed who have no specialties but who will act for the interests of the country In gross without special affinities. "The people most deserving of repre sentation and most In need of legisla tive protection are the farmers, the small store keepers, the artisans, tho laborers, and I stand by them and against this so-called league. I go In to the barricade with the Rourgeolse and the men In blouses. In conclusion I do not believe that ten per cent, of the business men of the country sym pathize with this league. There muist be less business and more principle In cur politics, else the Republican party and the country will go to wreck. The business Issues are making our politics sordid and corrupt. The tremendous sums of money furnished by business men reluctantly in most instances are polluting the well springs of our na tional being." DINNER FOR HANNA. The Republican Leader Is Honored by the Congressional Committee. Washington, Dec. 8. Mark A. Hanna was the guest of honor at a dinner giv en nt the Metropolitan club tonight by the Republican congressional com mittee. The spacious dining room was tastefully decorated with ferns, palms, and creeping Ivy. Covers were laid for fifty and aside from 37 members of the congressional committee present there were: Mark A. Htinna, General Horace Porter, of New York; General W. M. Osborne, of New York; Hon. H. C. Payne, of Wis consin; Senator Thurston, of Nebras ka: Senator Khoup, of Idaho; Senator Mitchell, of Oregon; W. B. Plunkets, of Massachusetts; Judge Long, of Florida; Mr. Wlmberly, of Louisiana: Mr. Boyd, of North Curollna, and Mr. Dawes, of Illinois; Representative Bou telle, of Maine. Thu menu was most elalmrate and the guests lingered over it from 7 to 10 o'clock. When the cigurs were brought In. Hon. J. W. Babcocli, chairman of the committee. Introduced Mr. Hanna In a short speec h. Mr Hanna responded with much feel ing and complimented the committee on Its effective work. Other addresses were made by Messrs. Payne, Osborne Thurston, Mitchell, Soup and others. Hig Bicrcle Race. New York, Dee. . The second twenty four hours of the six day International bicycle race at Madison Square garden was completed six minutes after midnight tonlRht. Teddy Hale, the Irish champion, still holds the lead which he acquired Ht 8 o'clock. The score at midnight (forty. elht hours) was: Hale. 770; Rice, 7-U-8chock, 714; Forster, 701; Moore, 673; Read Talor, 083: Pierce. 672; Smith. 68; Elkes. M: Gllck, 599; Maddox, 618; Axh Ingcr, 625; Cassldy, 578; Gannon, 659; Mc. Leod, 472. Rnsn for "Icepers. Philadelphia, Dec. 8. The passenger department of the Pnsylvania railroad Is being besieged wllh applications for sleeping cars to be side tracked at Wash ington during the inauguration of Presl. llnnt MtfltltAV An tat ann1l..il.i.. - XnO sleepers have been received, many of Earthquake at Dnnbar. Dunbar, Pa., Dee. 1 At 11.55 today in earthquake startled tbe people of this place. At first it was thought an explo sion had occurred, but none Imis been re ported. The shock was noticeable In sev eral of the surrounding towns. No dam age, except to crockery, has been reported. NEWS FROM THE ISLE OF UNREST Insurxent Troops are Dislodfed In the Vicinity of Punta Brava. A TALE OF SPANISH BRUTALITY Six Orphans Arrive in New York From CubaScuor Thomas Estrada Pal ma's Opinion of Cleveland's Met sagc-A Document Depressive to Spain. Havana, Dec. 8. Major Cirujuda, having received information that a force of rebels had arrived In the vicin ity of Punta Brava, into the Havana province, started with his command in the direction In which the rebels were believed to be. The Spanish troops met the main body of the incur gents, 2,000 strung, at San Pedro, and engaged them in battle. The insur gents entrenched themselves behind atone fences, where they held their po sitions until nightfall, when they were dislodged and compelled to retire. The Spaniards then returned to Pun ta Brava. They lost In the fight three privates killed and three lieutenants and twenty-eight privates wounded. Over forty of the rebels were left dead upon the field. New York, Dec. 8. Six children of the name of Valves arrived from Hav ana this morning by the steamer Orl seba. They were sent here by the Cuban Insurgents. Three are boys and three are gifls. Their ages range from two years to ten years. They were met by an aged Brooklyn couple, who are relatives. The father of the children, a plant er, resided near Nuentas, Cuba. On November 17 he was arrested as a spy and after a short trial condemned to death. The Spanish officers agreed to permit Mrs. Velves to witness the ex ecution. While she was on her way to the military camp the Spanish soldiers hurried him off. When she arrived at the scene of the execution and saw the lifeless body of her husband she swooned. The Spanish soldiers let her lie where she fell for several hours be fore thev removed her to a near-by tent. She died shortly after. The In surgents heard the story, sought out the children and sent them here. Jacksonville, Fla.. Dec. 8. A despatch from Havana states that Antonio Ma ceo has crossed the trocha with a large force. It Is reported according to the de spatch that Captain General Weyler hus been wounded at the front. All news from the scene of the en gagement is suppressed by the officials at the Palace. DEPRESSIVE TO SPAIN. New York, Dec. 8 Senor Thomas Es trada Palma, delegate of the Cuban republic In the United States, gave out a statement toduy regarding the refer ence by President Cleveland to Cuba In his annual message to congress, Senor Palma In his utatement. says:., I '.think. . .that the message, generally speaking. Is In a great measure very de pressive to Spain as an independent na tion. It supports the Cubans In "their dis trust of any promise whatsoever that the Spanish government can make to them, and pledges the guaranty of the United States as a security for any agreement which Spain may enter upon with Cuba. As to the inference contained in the message that the Cuban government has now given up all attempts to exercise its functions, I shall only mention the fact to prove the contrary, that immediately after the capture of Quaimaro by Gen eral Garcia, President Cisneros and his cabinet proceeded to the town and there lasued and enforced various decrees, some of which related to the treatment of pris oners and to further military operations. This fact proves beyond any doubt that the civil government of the republic cf Cuba commands the respect and obedience of the military authorities. It is Idle talk ing to peak of autonomy to the Culiun people. They have framed a constitution for a sovereign nation; they have bravely fought for about two years to maintain their lmlerndence, shed their blood In torrents, lost their dearest relatives and friendB and forfeited their possessions to that Just and noble end. Cuba has decid ed to get rid forever of the Spanish rule, and her people count neither their enemlen nor the many patriots who daily succumb 111 me HiruKKie. i ney go on, conn. lent In tho Justice of their course, the firmness of their resolution and the protection of uou. iney realize, or course, that they are in the very center of free America, left alone to themselves, without a hand out- ntrc tfhail tn fhum ). 1 1 , n .nm V.. . I . .11.. couraged, they feel convinced of their ummuie success. MACEO REPORTED DEAD. For the Sixth Time tbe Spanish Govern ment is Cheered by News of 1he Death of the Leader. Madrid, Dec. 8. The Havana corres pondent of the Imparclal hus sent a despatch to that paper which has caus ed reioicinc amonir the nonnio nf thin city, who take it for granted that the statements inane are true. The corres pondent's claim that he has personally made an investigation of reports cur rent in Havana of the death of Antonio Maceo, second In command of the rebel army, and the son of Maximo Gomez, the rebel commander-in-chief ami found them to be true. It has already been officially an nounced about six times that Antonio Maceo hnil been L llloil a.,,1 u .... been rumors innumerable to the same effect. Heretofore it has been the cus tom or the Hpanihh officials in Havana to announce the death nr uan.n ever he defeated the Spaniards either In strategy or open buttle. navana, tJec. 8. There was found among the dead rebels the body of a well dressed man, on which there were documents wnicn lead to the belief that the dead man was the son of Maximo Gomes. Among the papers found was one on which, written with a lead pen cil, was a confession that the writer had .committed suicide rather than abandon the body of Antonio Maceo. The war diary of Maceo was also found. In It there Is an entry which says the rebels crossed the trocha on December 4. It Is concluded from these circum stances that Maceo was killed In the engagement with Major Cirujedas' command. The news of his death has eaused the greatest kind of a sensa tion in Havana. The loyalists are Jub ilant, believing that by the killing of Maceo a blow has been struck at the re bellion that will result in Its speedy suppression. The rebel sympathizers, though they dare not give public ex pression to their views, apparently feel very despondent over the loss of the rebel leader, though a considerable number of them place little reliance on the truth of tbe new. "tea skip Arrivals. "View York, Dec. 8. Arrived: Edam, from Amsterdam. Sailed: Trave, for Bremen. Arrived out: Teutonic, at Queenstown (last night's report an error); tale of Nebraska, at Glasgow. SENATORIAL EX-L1EUTEN ANT-GOVERNOR LOUIS A. WATRE5. Colonel Louis A. Wat res was born April 21, 1861, at Mount Vernon, Luzerne county, his parents being among the early settlers in Lackawanna valley. As a boy he worked In the coal mines, but later, at Seranton, he received some little educa tion. While quite a young man he occu pied positions of trust and at the same time studied law, being admitted to the Lackawanna county bar in 1878 and becom ECKEL'S REPORT. He Has Considerable to Say In Retard to Financial Stringency and Makes Suf test ions. Washington, Dec. 8. Hon. James H: Eckels, comptroller of the currency has considerable to say In his annual re port about financial stringency and congestion and he makes remedial sug gestions of Interest Amendments to the national bank act, looking to giv ing relief are proposed by the comp troller. In propsing remedial legisla tion Mr. Eckels says: It Is restiectfully submitted that leelsla tlon by congress based upon safe and pru dent lines having In view the sradual mv meat and cancellation of the credit curren cy now maintained by the government and tne issuance nereatter or un or sucn cur rency through the banks, with full respon sibility therefore placed upon them, should be nau at the very earliest practical mo ment. The results which would follow such enactments would be benetlcisl. and neither would monopoly be created nor fa vor snown tnereDy. . ... An exhaustive and Interesting analy sis Is presented In the report of re turns received from banks as to the ex tent to which the use of instruments of credit enter Into the settlement of wholesale and retail transactions in dally life. The conclusion drawn from these returns is that 67.4 per cent, of tne retail trade of the country Is trans acted by means of credit paper; that 95.3 per cent, of the wholesale trade Is so carried on; 9S.1 per cent, of the buainetts other than mercantile and 92.G per cent, of all business. LONDON COMMENTS. Pall Mali Gazette Thinks Cleveland Has Left a Task for McKinley. London, Dec. 8. Commenting on the message of President Cleveland to the United States congress the Pall Mall Gazette says that, with regard to Cuba. tne message will not-please either tho Insurgents or the Spanish government: but there is nothing In the document to displease Great Britain. The Globe sees the usual amount of "Monroeism" In the message and says It nelleves that the Incoming president will not be thankful to. Mr. Cleveland for leaving to him the work of bullying Spain. ' Berlin, Dec. 8. The Cologne Gazette expresses hope that the proposals madu by President Clevelnnd will be approv ed by the Spanish government before a change In the United States adminis tration shall take place, and adds that lt is possible that the United States and Spain will reach an agreement which will pacify Cuba. The paper further says the president's suggestions in no way tend to lessen Spain's hon or. Death of a Veteran. New York, Dec. 8. Nathan Webb, who participated In the war In 1S12 as a wap-r carrier to a regiment ami who was a veteran of the civil war, died in this citv this morning. He whs HW years old oh Hee. 3. He was born In Delaware county, New York. He has always been strong and hearty, and up to last Sunday was In perfect health. On that duy he wus seized with a stomach trouble which re sulted In his death. The Corn Crop oI'lHIIO. New York, Dec. 8. The ISM crop of corn, now practically secured,. Is placed at Z,2CU.noO,Ui:0 bushels, according to the De cember report of the American Agricul turist. While the crop is the largest ever grown, the amount of merchantable corn Is probably le?s than any produced last year, owing to Its poor quality. THE NEWS THIS MOHMNti. Weather Indications Todays Light Showers; Clearing by Night. Murderer Eckert Cheats the Gallows. General Weyler Reported Wounded In Battle with the Cubans. A Senatorial Possibility. Senator Quay's Warning Words. General Muceo Again Alleged to Be Dead. Doings of Congress. Whitney's Weekly News Budget. Wall Street Review and Markets. (Local) Parmer's Alliance In Session. Criminal Court Proceedings. Editorial. Casual Mention. l,ocal)-Conventlon of Health Boards. Whist Match Won by Local Players. Tunkhannock In the Revolution. Trial List for January Court. Suburban Happenings. The dame of Whist. Interesting Welsh Letter. i.air 10 8tory-"Puss-ln-Boots." 11 Where Spain Sends Her Cuban Con victs. . Brougham's Jokes, 12 News Up and Down the Valley, POSSIBILITIES. ing. In 1882. solicitor for that countv. In the latter year he was elected to the state senate and four years later received a re election. In 1S77 he Joined the Thirteenth regiment. National Guard of Pennsylva nia, and made a record for himself as captain of Company A. He was a strict disciplinarian, and was appointed General Inspector of Rifle Practice with the rank of colonel by Governor Beaver. STATE GRANGE MEETING. Large Gathering of Patrons of Husband, ry at Altoona Address by State Master Leonard Rhone. Altoona, Pa.. Doc. 8. The State Orange, Patrons of Husbandry, met In this city this afternoon, with a thous and delegates, representing memlier thlp In the state of sixty thousand In attendance. Hon. Leonard Khone, muster of the state grange, presided. The afternoon session was largely tak en up in receiving the credentials of del egates arranging a programme for the remainder of the week and in the de livery of the annual address by Leo nard Rhone. In his address Mr. Rhone spoke of the progress in grange work and the large increase In membership, there being organized during the year nineteen new granges with three hundred and sixty charter members and 1318 being Initiated. Discussed the excellent fin ancial condition of the order, advising no change In the law for collecting rev enues; advocated the teaching of prac tical agriculture In agricultural schools and colleges; referred to national leg islation that benefits the farmer; urged the importance of pressing before tho coming session of the state legislature the passage of tho "tax conference rev enue bill"; called atention to the In equitable method of distributing tho public school appropriation and sug gests that a bill be prepared and pre sented to tho state legislature provid ing a just distribution of the appropri ation; suggests a division of the school term Into a winter term of five months and a summer term of two months; of the satisfactory progress and valuable work done by the agricultural depart ment In the dissemination of useful knowledge among the agricultural class, and referred to the appointment of men to positions In the national de partment of agriculture who make di rect war on agricultural organizations. At this evening's session the reports of J. C. McClure, of Westmoreland county; Lecturer W. F. Hill, of Craw ford county; Steward J. P. Whipple, of Bradford county, and Assistant Stew ard E. J. Tuttle, of Tioga county, were read. A strong effort will be made to secure Worthy Master Rhone's re-election. Ho has held the position for twenty years, and It la thought will be retired at this session, WANTS $10,000 OR A HUSBAND. Indiana Woman Sues Her Former Liege for Breach of Promise. Terre Haute, Ind.. Dec. 8. Mrs. Ella Sykes yesterday brought suit for breach of promise acalnst her former husband, Frederick Hlbcrly, a retired farmer, who Is wealthy. They were married a year ago, and soon after divorced, the wife taking the name of a former husband. He Is 55 years of nge. and she 23. Some months ago they were reconciled, and she alleges in her compluint that he promised to marry her again, but now refuses to do so. She asks for S'ft.OOft damages. Thoy came here from Vermilion county, when they were Hist married. MILLS IS IN HASTE. He Kuggpsts That the United States 'Seize Cnbn nt tlnce. Washington, Doc. 8. Senator Mills, of Texas, will tomorrow Introduce the following resolution in the senate. Resolved. By the senate and house of reprf sentutlves of the United Btates of America In congress assembled that tho president of the I'ntted States Is herebv directed to take possession of the Island of Culm with the military and naval forces of the l'nited States and hold the same until the people of Cuba can organize a government deriving its powers from the consent of the governed and arm and equip such military and naval forces as may be necessary to secure them against foreign Invasion. STEEL POOL MAY DISSOLVE. Hrllnire Compnny Withdraws From Ihc Combination. New York, Dec. 8. The special cor respondent of the Metal exchange at Pittsburg yesterday telegraphed that the Belial re Steel company, of Bel la I re, Ohio, had withdrawn from the steel billet pool and that the withdraw al of the concern meant the dissolu tion of the pool. That dispatch was confirmed today from Chicago. Herald's Weather Forrcast. New York, Dec. 9. In the Middle states today, cloudy to partly cloudy and slight ly cooler weather will prevail with rain or snow and fresh to brisk variable winds, southeasterly to westerly, and possibly high on the coasts, followed by clearing In the western district and probably on the coast In the evening. On Thursday, fair, cooler weather and fresh to light north westerly and northerly winds. INLET'S DRESS 0000 Note the following for this week: 18 pieces 40-Inch AU-Wool Tweeds In Greys and Browns, strictly 60 cent goods. This week 10 pieces 38-Inch Silk and Wool Mix Or. tures, S9-cnt goods. This week.. u 15 pieces Changeable Glace Suitings, 40 inches wide, have been selling "JR. at 43 cents. This week's price.... 13 Pieces All-Woo! Suitings In Mixed Jacquard effects, 40 inches Wide. This week's price OOlt Regular value, 48 to 00c. 8 pieces Silk and Wool Plaids 35(J Better goods than usually sold at 60 cents. As the above lota are not large, early buyers get the benefit. Specially low prices on all our Fine and Medium Priced Dress Patterns for this week. 510 AND 512 LACKAWANNA AVENUE Always Busy, Holiday 1896 Slippers and Shoes, Sensible Pres ents. Every Department Complete. OPEN EVENINGS. s, 114 AND 116 WYOMING AVR Watcte We are selling 14K. La dles' Watches, with Jew eled Elgin Movements, for $20.00. Same price as other dealers are asking for Gold Filled Watches. DIAMONDS Our stock must be re duced 20 per cent, cheap er than other dealers, at 408 Spruce St. EnMd'Pails, Carriage Paints, ' Pure Ready Mixed Tinted Qloss Paints, Strictly Pure Mnfteed Oil, Guaranteed wooers, A P