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Get All that was Predicted by the Intelligencer. THE BILL IS NOW COMPLETED And Provides Improvements Un> der the Continuous Plan. FREE MONONGAHELA RIVER Ami Contract Authorized to Build Six Dams Between"Fairmont aud Morgantown?Ohio lUver Treated Iliuidiomely. Knonxh to Begin the Work?A Surrey From Marietta to Pittsburgh and Contract af or Improvement of Navigation. Our Congressmen Vigilant* Epccial Dispatch to tho Jntelligcncer. WASHINGTON^ D. C.. April 3.?The rivers and harborrMM Js completed. It contains all of the item^of Interest to We?t Virginians that the Intellgenccr of the 24th Instant predicted it would and several In addition, appropriates nearly 310,000,000, and will be submitted and urged to final passage with all the influence the comlmttee can exert, under ?upension of the rules, If necessary. Congresmen Dovener, Dayton and Miller, whose districts border on the proposed improvements to the Ohio and Monongahela, arc on the alert and will be quick to defend their appropriations, while Mr. Huling is primed for any objection there may be to the items for his district. .Mr. Dovener, of the Wheeling district, who. as a member of the committee, has been so energetic in behalf of the Ohio and Monongahela, said this afternoon that he could not see where the measure can be successfully attacked. It is* the result of tho most careful, deliberate judgment and the direct appropriations aggregate less by about one million than the bill presented at the last Congress. "But whatever the result." .continued Capt. Dovener, "the committee has done Its duty according to its best Information nnd the matter is now out of Its control." What We Get. The total of the direct appropriations Is 19,767,397, while the work authorized on continuous contracts will call for future appropriations of about $50,000,COO. The items for the Ohio river improvement are for the construction of dams numbered from two to five between Davis Island and dam No. 6, for which an item of 110,000 is appropriated, and the secretary of war is authorized to contract for the entire work at a cost not exceeding $1,990,000. For continuing improvement, $250,000, one-tenth of the amount to be expended in a survey of the river from Marietta to Pittsburgh. A report is required of tho number and location of movable dams, necessary to improve the river between the points named, so as to provide six feet of water at low water and probable cost. Among other Items are $25,000 for snagging purposes and 122,250 for the construction of three ice piers, one additional at Mtddleport, one at or near the mouth of the Big Hocking. Provision is made for Improvements to harbors at Evansville, C.alconda, Brooklyn and the continuation of the improvements at Mound City. Twenty-five thousand dollars are appropriated for continuing dam No. 6 at or below the mouth of Beaver river, the contract being made continuous. The Sroaongabela River. A paragraph contains a provision for condemnation proceedings In the matter of the Monongahela Navigation Company's property in Pennsylvania, under the general railroad law of that state, and the sum or ?;>,uw is appropriated to meet the expense. Upon acquisition of the franchise the navigation of the river is to be made free. Por continuing Improvements on the tipper Monongahela the sum of $20,000 Is appropriated, and at such time as the United States shall become the owner of the lower river dams, the secretary of war is authorized to place the construction of the six dams heretofore recommended by the United States engineers between Morgantown and Fairmont under contract, at a cost not exceeding one million dollars. Other West Virginia streams are remembered ns follows; For continuing Improvements to Elk river, to be expended above Frametown, $2,000: Gauley river, for continuing improvement, $3,000; Quyandotte river, maintenance, $1,000; Cheat river, continuing Improvement. $3,000; Little Kanawha river, for maintenance, $1,500. Will II* Veto Itl It has been predicted that the President will veto the bill, while some believe he will simply withhold his Fignature. He has done that last before. As a matter of fact President Harrison was the only occupant of the ofllce In years who ever signed a rivers and harbors bill. They have usually become laws without presidential sanction. An Incident of the Inside history will be noted In the absence of the Items proposed by General Walker, of VlrI Rlnia, to exempt New river from the provisions of the statute forbidding 1 of rr?fu*p in Ptreams of' a certain class. The proposition was before tho house In another form, when 1 Mr. Hullng knocked It out on a boint or order. Captain Duvener kept It out of the rivers anil harbors bill. Mr. Klkliift* Speech. Senator Elklns' speech In support of the subsidy proponed to be given the Oceanic Mall Steamship Company mentioned In yestqrday's dispatcher was really a plea for discrimination weherever It can be made In favor of j American comrnercc and merchant ves-1 sels. He showed that In 1805 wo paid tor carrying foreign malls $1,173,661, of which a little more than one-half went to American vcsMls. This govern- | m*nt grants a subsidy to each of the only two American lines on the Pacific j a sum equal to about onc-flfth of what Kn^lnnd pays British competitors over the same route. Tfe asked how American vessels can be maintained at so grout a disadvantage. England pays ft to our $1 to maintain shipping, ft would tsko fifty year* If w<? should match our treasury against England's t" catch up with her in shipping or as a maritime power. Mr. Elklns announced that he would " little later take up and mop* elaborately discuss the matted of discriminating duties, and ho will at that time advocate the adoption "f hl? measure for levying a ten per cent duty on Incoming commerce not carried In A merit an vessels. ll'i (he Mait Kmnnuilent .MetUml. \vahiIINOTOM. April .1?The total amount approprlntcd by tli*? rivers and bnrbom bill In in round number* 110,$00,000, and provision ia made fur con tinulng work already under way, contracts to be made by the secretary of war for work which will cost $51,000,000, for which appropriations will be made in tho future. Thin is not a material change from the river and harbor appropriations of the last Congress. The Fifty-second Congress authorized about $21,000,000 expenditure and con* tracts for thirty- one and three-fourths i millions. The Fifty-third Congress bill carried $25,136,295 appropriation and contracts for about $13,000,000. Members of the committee of both parties units in the verdiot that the contract system is the most economical and satisfactory, It saving, according to the secretary of war, from 25 to 33 per cent of the cost of works and in some cases more. On Monday next the bill will probably be called up In the house. CHATHTCEY M, DKPKW Talks About the Presidential Situation. Tlilitlts Morton la the Logical Compromise. SAN FANCISCO, April t?In discussing the chances of candidates for the Republican pre?ldentlal nomination, Chauncey M. Depew. who arrived In this city last night in company with Conellus Vanderbilt, Mid: "There are only four men whoso chances at St Ij)ul8 are worth speaking about. McKlnlcy eland* easily In the lead, with Reed, Allison and Morton ranging in the order named. Morton stands perhaps an even chance with Allison, as he starts In with 72 of the state delegation. We of New York, mindful of the past, think Morton stands a very good show. Presidents, as a rule, are not made out of early favorites. These are all good men and the country can be safely trusted to any of them. "McKlnley will go to the convention with a clear lead. Thfe only way he can be defeated Is by the field combining against him. The field will combine and this becomes the strong force. The question then arises as to the name of the roan upon whom It can be brought to unite. New York la a pivotal state. Morton nan creaiea no strong animosities. For these reasons we believe he will be considered the most available man. "No, I do not think Harrison will figure. I do not think he wants It. He bu said so so positively that there can bo no doubt "I am for Morton, to be sure. It Is very likely that I shall nominate him at St. Louis unless some other son of New York shall think he can do it better." Instructed tor EASTON. Pa.. April 3.?The Eighth congressional district Kepuoucan conferees met here to-day and Selected Gen. Prank Reeder, of Northampton county, and J. M. Driesbaoh, of Carbon, county, delegates to the national con-, ventlon. They were Instructed to vote for Senator Quay for president. John Fritz, of Bethlehem, was chosen presidential clector for the district. Eudoraed Morton* BAT A VI A, N. Y.. April 3.?At the Republican convention fbr the Thirtieth congressional district held tn Batavla to-day. Archie D. Sanders, of Geneseq county, and Irving M. Thompson. of Orleans, were unanimously elected delegates to the St. Louis convention. Resolutions were adopted Instructing the delegates to support Governor Morton for President * NO TRUTH 15 IT. President Cleveland Has Not Written a Letter Declining a Third Tehn. WASHINGTON. D. C.t April 8 ?Secretary Lamont, when asked to-day concerning a published statement that he had In his possession a Jette* from President Cleveland declining to be again a candidate for the presidency and iirjrinir the Democratic Pftrty to stand for sound money and Its jn-evious position on the tariff question, said that the statement was absolutely untrue. The secretary added: "I never have heard of such a letter." From another and unquestionably excellent source of information it is learned that the published statement is absolutely without foundation and that no such letter has been written by the President. The fact that President Cleveland has fully decided not to be a candidate for rcnomlnation and that Secretary Carlisle would *ro before the convention as an aspirant for the Democratic nomination on a sound money platform was announced exclusively by the Associated Press a few weeks a*o, but the matter has not yet gone beyond the lines then indicated. THBEATBNED STRIKE Of Miner* for Kqnnlizatlutt In the Ctcarfleltl District. PITTSBURGH, Pa., April 3.?Word lms reached the coal miners officials here that a strike Is threatened In the central district, which Includes DuBoia, Clearfield, Punxsutawney, Reynoldsvllle, etc. The trouble arises from the fact that seventy cents is belns paid in this district, against forty In that. Two years aijo it was ain"eed by all concerned that the difference in the price for mining In the two veins should bo twenty cents, in favor of the Plttsliiirirh iliMtrlct. The miners, who have been well organised in the central district lately, , uro now urging the carrying out of the operator*. Jf nothing Is done to correct the trouble, a strike will probably follow. An live of the largest coal companies In thin district compete with those In the central, thfc men lioro are directI ly Interested. ' A PBBACHEH'fl BOOM ' Par Modrrntnr of thr l*rr?byfrrlan Urnrral Adnrmhly. j PITTSBURGH. Pa., April 3.-An en| thuslastlc boom has been Inaugurated throughout western Pennsylvania to secure the selection of Rev. Dr. David R. Breed, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of this city, for moderator of the general assembly of the PresI bytcrlau church, which convenes at Saratoga next month. Dr. Booth, of New York, was moderator of the last general assembly and It Is thought by D. B red's friends that the central or the western states should be recognised this year. As Dr. Breed is n western man, having come to this city from Chicago about a year ago. It Is believed 'i.? vatlve element of the wmI can be rallied around Mm. On Tuesday next tlx- Pltt?burgh Presbytery will mMt and olcct four ilrewl delegates, one of whom will ho Dr. R. P. Holmes* Of tho Shndyslde church, who will make the fi??M!h In funeral asHcinhly nominating Dr. Breed. Think* A* V. A. Iln? ? Clneli. DKTUOIT. Mich., April VV. II. Traynor. ruprume of the A merit an Association has' Issued a clrcular to til'- oraar at lnrg- upon tho political Kltuntlon. President Tray nor dei'I a rod that the A. P. A. ha:? tho upon tho presidential situation, and present ft an ?'xhaustlvo plan for tne t.. i.niitirftt organization <?f the order from the primaries up. Ho urged tli?? various Mfat?? council! to ***n?i tneir r?'proH^ni*tlv.?H to tl?e RuprfniO-council which meetn next month at Wanlilnj;ton. rii'dsp* to such reform* 11* tno ubordlimle nvndwrs ??f tho order nvinf den J re, thUH avoiding tho danger of utroMK partisans from u?lng tho orucr fur their own ends. I THE STER COMBINE. 7 It Compl?t?s Its Work of Formal Organisation?Tin Plate Bleu Sake Appeal tor Pair Treatment?'Wheeling Bepreeented on the Executive Committee. NEW YOHK, April 1-Thero v?&a a continuation to-day of tho conference of steel manufacturers of the United States at the Hotel Waldorf. As was the case yesterday, all outsiders were rigidly excluded and the greatest secrecy was observed as to what was being done. It is said, however, that no action has been talcen in regard to the protest against pooling -made .by the Shoenberger 8teel Company, of Pitts-, burgh,and discussed at the meeting yesterday. The concensus of opinion was that an advance would probably be agreed to in the price of everything made of steel. Before the conference began to-day the steel manufacturers were waited upon by a committee from the Tin I'laie AWCiBUUflt muuc uy ui "?? " Adams, of Nlles. Ohio; W. T. Graham. o( Bridgeport. Ohio; George Grler. president of the New Castle Tin Plate Company. and John Jarrett. secretary of the Tin Plate Manufacturing Association. Tho tin plate manufacturers desire that a discrimination should be made In their favor, as they contended -that should the advance In steel bars bo applied to them the American tin plate Industry would bo seriously affected. Secretary Jarrett, who acted as spokesman for the tin plate manufacture , asserted that foreign tin plate would regain all it had lost if the price of steel was advanced, with reference to the home Industry. Tho tin plate makers wer$ Informed that their contention would receive due consideration. , Nolther 8hoenbercer & Company, or Pittsburgh, nor the Illinois Steel Company .of Chicago, is represented at the conference. The Work Finished. The Bessemer steel manufacturers completed their organisation to-day at the Hotel Waldorf. The executive committee is: ? John G. A. Leiahmann. or tne Carnegie Company, chairman; Henry Wick, of the Ohio Steel Company, R. H. Hubbard, of the Wheeling Steel & Iron Company, and Powell Stackhouse, of the Cambria Iron Company. It was decided that a commissioner to manage the organization Is not necessary. I The regulation of the output of billets is to be left to the executive committee. They trill be the Judges of the demand and will flx the figure for each month. A certain portion of the total will be allotted to each company In the organization. The apportionment will be mado on the basis of last year's output If any company produces more than its allotted portion, the profits of the surplus will go to the organisation and by It will b^ turned over to that company or thoae companies which have not produced their allotted portion. Bar Iron Amnoctatton. ??*"* ? ? ?--?? ? mu? nAn. CImJJNHAXJ, U.. AJJIII O.-AHC tral Bar Iron Association held a session here to-day behind closed doors and banquctted to-night at the Phoenix club, guests of Mitchell, Tranter & Co.. and Joseph Joseph & Bros. They will divulge nothing of their procedlngs except that the main purpose of the meeting was to secure a consolidation of thlB association with the southern ana eastern Bar Iron Associations to secure more nearly remunerative and \unform prices. ~ ixnnv wininvTivn A< & A bU X nuauaiuiwi Another ]Kat/1el?l McCoy Romance Cornea IT|j From Huntington. HUNTINGTON, W. Va., April 3.? Robert K. McCoy, a relative of the McCoys who some years ago were prominent throughout the country through the celebrated McCoy-Hatfleld feud, "moved to this county about two months ago from up the Big Sandy valley. He was here Wednesday night and left at a late hour on horse back for his home. Yesterday his horse was found about fifteen miles south of this city, grazing alongside the road, and the saddle blanket and the sides of the horse were wet with blood. Squire Swayne and others living In the vicinity of where tho horse was found, claim they heard shots after midnight, and the supposition is that McSoy was assassinated and his body thrown into the creek, a# tracks of blood were found leading to the creek to-day. Blood hounds will be secured to follow up the trail 01 me suppimcu assays Ins. The Hatfleld-McCoy feud has been quiescent for nearly two years and the murder of McCoy cannot as yet be connected with the old time hostilities In Logftn county, which extended over a dozen years and cost more than a score of lives. AN EDITOR'S DEATH. Thorn** Wharton, of the Philadelphia Snnil*)' Time*, Full* front a Window. PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April 3.? Thomas \\vharton, Sunday editor of the Philadelphia Times, fell from a fourthstory window of the house In which he lived early this mornlg and was Instantly killed. It| is generally believed that he committed suicide. Of late the other occupants of the house had noticed that Mr. Wharton seemed to be melancroly. He was eccentric and made but few friends In the house, but during the past few days he seemed i ?.1??.Inunnlwlmit juiri ituiui ij utoj?ui.?v.... Mr. Wharton was thlrty-aeven years old anil was widely known because of his literary ability. He was a frequent contributor to magazines. Ho wrote several novels, the bent known of which are "A letter Day Saint" and "Hannibal of New York." WRECK NEAR PETROLEUM. Engineer f,nc?m Madly Hurt onrt He May Die. rARKKRSnuna W. Va., Apr// 1? The Baltimore & Ohio accommodation from here to Grafton, W. Va.. was wrecked two miles rafit of Petroleum this morntag. Tho wreck occurred on a Kraile where port of a hillside had caved In on the track. Albert Tjucoa, engineer, was badly hurt and may die. The engine wna badly wrecked. It was running at hbch speed, but reversed too late. Trains were delayed three hours. AitntlirrVftffro l.yitche<l. NA8riVILLK. Tonn.. April 3.?a telegram from Tupelo, Miss., sixty miles Houthoiwt of Memphis, nay*: "This morning at 2 o'clock a young negro about eighteen years old wn* taken from Jn 11 by ft mob and lynched In front of the court bonne. Tho mob went to the Hherlff'H home, overpowered him with shot gun* and marched him to the Jail a#d foiced the keyn from him. The men wore mnnkrt am! their Identity Ih unknown. The prisoner attempted to naoAUlt a prominent white lady at riantersville about two nooks ago." _ Drmormtlo Politician Orm1, AT/TOONA. !'a., April 3.?Dr. Rowan Clai-ko. one ??f the moat prominent physicians in tiiU region, died nt his homo In Tyrone, this evening. Ho waa active In Democratic politics. CUBAN CAUSE Up Before the House for Final Action at Last. CHAIRMAN HITT'S GREAT SPEECH In Its Supporf Vigorously Applauded Throughout. FULL REVIEW OF THE QUESTION And a Strong Argument In Behalf of Heeognlfiou?Belief Expressed that the President will Heed the Recommend* tlen ofCongrai and Iaene a proeiama. Uon?Mr. BonttUa Solitary ??d Alone in Opposition?He Mekee a Characteristic Speech. WASHINGTON, April 3.?The galleries of the house were fllled to-day in anticipation of a renewal of the debate on the Cuban Question, in connection with the presentation of the conference report on the Cnban resolution, but the attendance on the floor was smaller than usual. Some preliminary routine business was transacted. Mr. Plckler, chairman of the pensions committee, demanded the regular order. This being private bill dsy, he wanted to nroceed with the consideration of private pension bills reported from the committee of the whole. Mr. Hitt, chairman fo the foreign affairs committee, thought he ought to antagonize those bills If they would entail delay in the interest of the conference report on the Cuban resolutions. "Cuba con wait," replied Mr. Plckler, "whllo we pass these pension bills." Mr. Hitt Anally agreed to withhold his motion If Mr. Plckler would demand the previous question on each bill as It was called up. The Democrats Insisted that there ought to be debate, and Mr. Erdmon (Dem., Penn.) promptly made the point of no quorum on the first bill, with the result that there weje some dilatory tactics on these private bills, and the speaker was compelled to count a quorum on them. Important HalUig. On one occasion, when Mr. Erdman made the point of no . quorum, the speaker made an Important ruling that 178 constituted a quorum, mua deeming that a majority of the living members was a quorum, instead of a majority of the full membership of the house (a point raised in the Kentucky senatorial fight). This question hod never been absolutely settled. In the Fifty-first Congress Speaker Reed had ruled that a majority of the full house was a quorum. Mr. Richardson called attention to the importance of the ruling and asked If the speaker Intended to reverse his decision In the Fifty-first Congress. The speaker replied that he did not He explained that his former ruling was mode hurriedly, on the side of safety. After a thorough examination he had concluded that a majority of the living members was a quorum. He cited several authorities, among others that of Reverdy Johnson. 9.nn r. tr. Wf TTltf rhntv. man of the foreign affairs committer, called up the conference report on the Cuban resolutions. The report agreed to the senate resolutions, the first of which declared, in the opinion of Congress, that a siege of publlo war existed in Cuba and that the United States should maintain a strict neutrality between the belligerents, and the seoond requested the President .to use his friendly offices with the Spanish government for the recognition of the independence of Cuba. The conferees originally agreed on the house resolutions, the most Important of which favored Intervention, If necessary, but the senate rejected the report of the conferees, and the new conferees decided to accept the senate resolutions. fllr, Hilt's Bpfccb. After explaining the parliamentary status and pointing out the difference between the senate and house resolutions, Mr. Hitt said: Mr. Speaker, the two resolutions whloh your conference committee have agreed to and now report, propose, first, that we should accord to the people of Cuba belligerent rights, and, second, tender friendly offices to the Spanish govern* ment for the recognition of Cuban independence. These resolutions passed the senate on the 28th of February by a majority of *68 votes. On the second of March the houae adopted in place ot them, by 246 majority, three resolutions, the first of which proposed the recognition of belligerent rights; the second, the use of our good offices and friendly Influence in the establishment of a government by the choice of the people of Cuba; and third, that we should be prepared to protect the Interests of American citizens in Cuba by Intervention, If noccssary. It will be seen that each of the tlrst resolutions propose a recognition of belligerency. The second resolution, as we adopted It, was in.more cautious form than the senate resolution, and Spain could not unler.n perslntently seeking a quarrel, have resented such a proposition, while the resolution of the senate proposing independence was more exposed to captious objection. A proposition by one nation to another in peaceful, ordinary times to recognize the Independence of a part of Its territory would be offensive; for example a proposition by Great Britain to o?r governiyi*Hi iu iccuKiiifto uic nun.? pendence of New England or California. Hut when a war between a parent country and a dependency has been going on for a considerable time, and when separation la tlio best solution of the war, the mediation or the friendly counsel of another nation to solve an existing struggle by recognising Independence may be a truly friendly act. I'nriiUrl Cases, In cones almost precisely parallel, where 8paln was at war with her dependencies on this contlnet. In the early part of tho century, our government did In fact take the very step proposed In this second resolution. During tho presidency of Madison 8paln was at war with her American colonies. The col OIUCII niuvuu iu opvn aaj unless tho acknowledgment of their Indepondenco wm made Its basin, and a little later President Monroe said: "To promote that result (Independence) l?y friendly counsels with other powers, Including Spain herself, has been the uniform policy of this government." In his message of 1821 he repents this language a hecond time?almost the language of this second resolution. Again, during tho ten years* struggle between Hpaln and the people of Cuba, from 1XG8 to 1878, General Grant, through our minister at Madrid, offered the good odlcen of the United States to bring that war to n close on the basis of Cuban Independence, Hpaln to be paid un Indemnity which the United States should guaran tee. The recognition of the belligerency of the rtruggllng Cuban people right now is a fur more Important and immediately. practical question. That Is the point i covered by tho flrst resolution, both of the senate and or the house, and transcends everything else. It Is to the question of recognising their belligerency that our people have given their earnest attention everywhere throughout the United States. They have sent to this house petitions and memorials beyond number, coming from legislature*,, chambers of commerce, boards of trade, churches, societies and individual citisens by tens of thousands. On the other side Individual members have received letters from citizens deprecating any action whatever. These letters are almost always from those who call themselves business men?brokers and financial men?who are opposed to any agitation or discussion of a foreign question and seem to care very little about either Cubans or Spaniards, but chiefly about tho market People Tor It. The unmistakable voice of the people of tho United States, as expressed In the enormous majority given in this house. 22 to 17. Is In favor of recog nlzlng the belligerency of the Cubans. It 1s against all this that all the Spanish Influences In this country are most strenuously exerted. It Is to this hope of recognition of belligerency that all Cubans and friends of Cuba turn. The reason Is plain. They know It would be of Importance and inestimable assistance to the Cuban cause. It would give them a flag; It would give them a status In^the world. If they procured a vessel and entered New York to-morrow with their lone star flag, they would be liable to be treated as pirates. The Spanish minister would Immediately claim that this should be done. But with a recognized flag they could enter as the ships from all countries do. They could buy munitions ot war openly; they could buy supplies of every kind. Men could go openly, If not armed to Join them. They could negotiate loanp?negotiate them as openly as the Spaniards can now do. The Spanish government buys munitions of war at Hertford and at Philadelphia, buys sup plies, loads ships?In fact, the United States is to-day the base of operations In a furious war to orush thoso wha are struggling for liberty, and our government has been busied for a year in obeying the intimations of the Spanish minister. Is this fairness? Is this justice? Is this observing neutrality in this struggle? Either In spirit or In fact are we not efficient oppressors of the Cubans? Such has not been the policy of our government in earlier days. In 1816 the Spanish minister, De Onls, when tM colonists In South Amorica were struggling, Just ns the Cubans are now, demanded that our ports should be closed to the revolutionists under the nags of Buenos Ayrea, Carthagena and the Mexican congress, dnd other places which have, he says, "revolted against the authority of the king, my master." He denounoed them as pirates and bandits and demanded that they should be so treated. President Madison disregarded his haughty demands and recognised the belligerency of the struggling colonists. Hltnatton In Cub*. The success of the Cubans Is now probable. For a year they have baffled the armies of Spain. In a recent statement by the Spanish minister, addressed to the people of the United States, he said that Spain had sent 125,000 men to Cuba. With this great army more than forty war vessels have been cooperating to shut the Cubans In and subdue them. Far from being subdued they have fought on successfully for a year, each month and each week pressinir forward, hrlndnir nrovlnce after province under their power, until tholr authority h is extended over 600 miles from the eastern to the western end of the island, and the Spanish forces are to-day largely penned In the cities. It Is sometimes objected that we ought not to encourage the Cubans to separate government, as they would simply enter upon anarchy^and successive revolutions, as so often has happened with other Spanish-American colonies. But, In fact, Cuba differs from all the others except Chile, In that two-thirds of its population are of European origin. Chile and Cuba are the only two spots In Spanish-America where the Spanish race colonized In the fashion In which the Anglo-Saxons colonised by transplanting their people and building up their own race. Chile has been for fifty years conspicuous In South America for ability and energy. Her securities were good In European markets forty years ago. The other Spanish-American countries were in fact populations largely Indian In blood, ruled by a small proportion of the European race. The million white people of Cuba once organized Into an Independent government will noon settle into stable conditions and enter updfi a career of prosperity. Onr Duty. It Is our duty to treat them to-day with fairness, to observe a neutrality that is real. Americans who are descendants of those who struggled through a contest ogainst tyranny like that to-day in Cuba should not be false to the memory of their fathers, nor to the traditions and spirit of their history. We are under no obligations to favor Spain and oppression, as against Cuba and freedom. Remember how Spain Invaded and seized upon Santo Domingo when the United States was engaged in the war of the rebellion. It was disclosed in tho debates In the Spanish cortes afterward that that occupation of Santo Domingo was entered upon expressly ta thwart the Inthicnce of the United States and pre-, vent our obtaining a station at Samana. It was In this spirit that Spain so enrly recognised the belligerency of the Confederates, a month before blood was shed in battle. It was done In cooperation with Louis Napoleon, who -' ttin unma IdhnniA nf nil. aiw, |/u* <*???*? u.> v. prcaion, took advantage of our troubles to overthrow the republic of Mexico and set up an empire there. We have no debt of gratitude and should be Influenced by no sentiments but those of Justice, and that enlightened self-interest which la the true guide In the policy of nations. When this vote has been given, ns it will be. overwhelmingly by this house, concurring with the senate In expressing the will of the people of the United States, we cannot doubt that the executive will act and obey the voice of the nation, and that we will speedily hear that the President has recognized the belligerency of the struggling Cubans. The wanning cauae of Spain has been apparent from week to week for two months past. It will not be long until we shall have an end of all the bombastic pretensions and abominations of Weylcr's savage operations, and the Cubans, having vindicated their rights with their arm:*, will enjoy the liberty incy ??? ? ? * -?. Mr. Hltt was several times vigorously applauded. Ilonlrllc'i Solitary Opposition. Mr. Swanson (Dein., Va.) asked If these resolutions would carry with them the recognition of Cuban belligerency. * Mr. llltt replied tHat they would not of themselves, hut ho had no doubt that they would lead to the recognition of the Cubans by presidential proclamation. "I have fnlth that the President Is the agent of the pecple and their representative, not tholr ruler." said he. (Loud applause.) In reply to Mr. Tatterson (Dem.. Teitn.), who naked what proportion of ths 1.300.000 Inhabitant-* of Cat* w?n adticr?nt> or in sympathy with _ h? cause of the- revolutionist*, Mr. I lit sold It was hard to determine. O ?r 83,000 mm bad enlisted Id (he Cut oa "If tho people of Cuba," nil i ir. Patterson, "are practically united in tho cilum of autonomy. In my opla on they are entitled to It. and If thli government would Interfere to pr?v?t Spain from acquiring territory on the contlnenta of this hemisphere or the contiguous Islands. I do not see why the United State* should not intorpeto to prevent Spain from retaining territory by subjugation." (Loud tpplauje.) Mr. Boutelle (Rep.. Maine), who tu steadily opposed the passage of 4ny Cuban resolutions, then took the floor. He said ho had never regretted tils course, and he thought his attitude Md been vindicated by subsequent events. This proceeding was a remarkable. Illustration of "how not to do it." the resolutions had no legal effect. Tliey amounted to nothing. Mr. Boutelle argued that public ardor on the Questions had measurably cooled and ttiat there was no demonstrable proof of Af ?Ho fact of Cuban lijrercncy. Proceeding, he deprecated the tales of horrible atrocities committed by Spain In Cuba, which, had been detailed in this country with a view to flrlnf popular passions. The whole Spanleh people should.not be Indicted because somebody IM mm* or garroted under the form of law. ftny more than the American people should be Indicted fer tho act of a moo at parli. Texas." Mr. Bnuteilo created much amusemetit by ft e&rcastlc description of the President's twist of the British lion's tall In his Venezuedan menage. He painted Mr. Cleveland In buttle nrray with plume* atreaminfr ana swora cjajiKing, marching down lo the sea chore and shaking his flat at John Bull, crying: 'Fee, 11, to. fum, I imell the blood of an Englishman." "Four days afterwards," continued Mr. Boutelle, "Just as we were preparing to pock our grips and go home for our Christmas turkey, this great warrior, with the broken plume and spurs tangldU % his trousers, dragged himself up the steps of the capltol and made his Macedonian appeal: Don't go home till you have given us money enough*to tide over the holidays.', "That," he said, disgustedly,, "Is what you call a vigorous foreign policy." Without action, at 5:10 p. nt,>the house took a recess until 8 o'cloctt At the pensfon session of the house tonlffht several members attacked Mr. Erdman (Dem., Penna.), a member of the invalid pension committee, for ; blocking pension bills. Mr. Erdman, In his reply, declared that he favored meritorious bills, but that he hau opposed and would continue to oppose bills to pension teamsters, camp followers, photographers, deserters and . others who were tiot Justly entitled to pensions. He referred to the pensions bilsl pased without debate this afternoon over thirty in number) as a feast spread by the house for the benefit of deserters, photographers and bounty Jumpers. Eight bills were favorably ; acted upon. Among them was tl\e one to pension the widow of Brifjfidler General Edward Jardlne. * THE COLLEGE LEAGUE , Of Republican (!IrI? tn Seulun nt Chi* cAffO?Senator Thnmtou BpMkih CHICAGO, April 3.?At the meeting of the American Republican College League to-day there were 200 delegate* 1 present, representing SO colleges. President Vaughan. from the University of Chicago, called the league to order. Alexander H. Rlvell, of'Chicago, made the address of welcome and was responded to by J. H. Frye, of Pripceton college. An address to the league in general was then made by Senator Thurston, of Nebraska. He said that he was a delegate to the Republican national convention and it would hardly be , proper for him to say who he thought the presidential standard bearer tor the party would be. He was assured, ; however, he said, that the standard bearer, whoever he might be, would be , victorious. % Rnnntnp Thiirtlnn woa Irvnrilv ftD p lauded by the college yells of the variou* Institutions represented. When the committees had all reported. the work of electing officers was taken up. The candlates for president , of the league are James M. Perkins, of Harvard, and E. J. Hennlng, of Columbian law school. The question of the selection of the place for holding the next convention brought out the names of Minneapolis. Indianapolis and Philadelphia. Before < the first ballot was finished Indianapolis was withdrawn in favor of Philadelphia, Then the friends of Philadelphia, after consultation, withdrew Its name and Minneapolis was unanl- ' mously chosen as the place for holding ' the next convention. BPA3CI8H CRUELTIES To Ciban PrUou?m-Rwnt Rrj orts Conflrturd by P. B. Taylor. CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 3.-The stories have been told concerning the tortures Inflicted by the Spaniard? in , Cuba, and more than confirmed by Mr. F. B. Taylor, M ho has Just arrived from Havana after a residence of three years In that place. In answer to inquiries regarding the truth of tho circulated reports, ho said: "The worst has not been told. 1 have known of prisoners being strung up by tho thumbs at Mora Castle and loft for days at a time to tho mercy of tho vie jous mos, wnicn were auracu*" u? swarms by molasses, smeared upon the victim's face and chest for thftt purpose. Many other forms of torture are practiced upon the unfortunate rebels when taken. "These outrages against humanity do occur, as any citizen of Havana ran testify. In fact, if they would allow some of the persecuted wretches In the Cuban dungeons to testify, stories of fiendish torture could be unearthed which would shock the Christian world." T.ni>ci1?u Wll Held, PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April 1? 1-pon the finding the coroner's Jury in the case of Anna McOrath, Samuel P. Langdon was to-day held for the action of the grand Jury. Langdon and Miss McGrath hod been living as man and wife prior to the death of the latter, which was discovered on March "t, the young woman having apparently been dead for more than twenty-four 1.-.IIM T nHn/ln.i ..... ? tl.A 111. quest to-day, occupying a front sent, but evincing little Interest in the proceedings. ^ Prtmurr Mlio< lit Havana. TAMPA, Fin.. April 3.-I,ctters received from Cuba Jo-day utate that last Tuesday seventeen political prisoner* were shot In tho fortress Cabanas. In Havana, nnu mai nvcniy-uvt1 wore 10 ho executed on Wednesday. The plantation Rsperanza. <!e Ceapadet In Fanta Clara. ha* been totally <lrstroy*tJ. It wu valued at half a tnllllflMftVtSt *' 'liytf*"" ra To Culm Apprrhritgfig^ lain, the colonial ijyuj.M a atatenient calculated honslon rojranlln?c the In South Africa, to tho offocfciflat lu> expect* the forco of 600 men Kptr fori* In ft Ht Mafeklni* with tlio fitftt* wo# In Matabeleland to be ?ufflclfjtt|?t> crush, SIXTEEN PERISH. Terrible Cloudburst In Two Coon, ties in Kentucky. THE REPORTS OF LOSS OF LIFE Vary, M Uu Iwbv laf??ll? ** BtxtmUf with M**r ImJtMt* Iwlti Watan MM Onaks 1st* IHM BlnautikiTlntau Hai it* Ciwii for Thalr UTW-Purttal Ult <f tt> Pui ltlMi nt'lgiw Cwh ?i ItlfU. ' LEXINGTON. Ky., April i-Tto cloudburst In Civ ui Owaley ooastIM wu more dliutroui than at fltat reported. Buffalo oreclc, which la acrow the South Fork o( the Kentucky rirer, ?uir??d mora than Sexton creek by the uniuuil rainfall. Every bouM on tht Kanko stream ?u washed away. Miss Mary Garrett was drowned while trying to escape the flood. Qeor*e Capson'i wife and thra children, two children of WU1 Burns and two othsr* whose names are not riven, were also drowned. Mr. John Crane, a loner, rescued his wife and small child when they wer? drifting down the rtream on some uprooted trees. Thousand* oc logs are coins uwu i?? stream. The large booms at BoonevlII* am choked with logs and It li fear?d the booms and all will be carried away by the wattr. Fart of tha town la Inundated end a number of person* have had to move their household effects upon the side of the mountain. North Fork and Middle Creek are both overflowing their banks and at Jacksou, military Instructor Boll, of the Jackson Institute, has been drowned while riding on a drift A Later I(ep?rt? A special from Boonevllle, Ky? aar>l The cloudburst on Little Sexton and Buffalo creeks did more damage than at flrst reported. Instead of our, Uiere were probably sixteen drowned. Sexton creek rises near Burning Springs, and Is one of the feeders of the South Fork of the Kentuoky river. It flows In some places through deep gorge* and surrounded by high rocks. Through these gorges the stream rushes, when In flood tide, with the I ? lnd atrlkinar speeu ui uv.au, the bottom lands below spreads out with wonderful rapidity. P?ple little thoujht that the little brook would rise so rapidly, or wu Capable of gathering euch a volume of water. Thecloudbum occurred up In the gorges, the water gathered In a moment, and the wild flood poured down In a solid wall, carrying death and destruction In Its path. Five people were drowned by Little Sexton. Buffalo creek is even more crooked and torturous than Little Sextos, aad by Its actions after the burst nine people are believed to have lost their Uvea. A great many logs were hurled down and thMii soeedlly knock VTim kun *> ed the oablni\ and outbuildings to PlttM. The dead on Buffalo creek are: Mrs. George Oepson and three children. Will Burns' two children Miss Mary Garrett. Two unknown. Total nine. Fatally wounded by drift: Mrs. John Crane. John Crane, a ratter, managed t? ride the drift and rescue his family. His house was lost George Gepsoirs house, below, was carried away and Us wife and two children perished. Will Burns' house went out on the waiters and two ohlldren were lost Life Garrett's daughter, Mary, was drowned, and two unknown people lost their lives. On Sexton creek and Ka tributaries Ave were drowned, via: Captain J. S. J. Ball. Mrs. Wade Marder* and child and two unknown people. Jackson county suffered heavily, aa did Clay and Owsley. It was the most disastrous flood Is years and came so quickly that It Is a wonder any of the valley people escaped. i rib Reports C?m4Md. CONSTANTINOPLE. April l-MU? ? <h? 1?H. JI or ft aaxiwi, yioMmiH, ?. ? can Red CroM Society, la muoh disturbed on acoount of the reports circulated In the United States to the effect that the Red Croes relief la being controlled by the Turks. This, It appears, is not the case. The Turkish government allows the agents of Miss Barton to distribute the relief funds, the only stipulation being that it must bo done In the presence of the Turkish officials.' Incww rf WdtlDghoiM Stock. PITTSBURGH, Pa., April 1-A can R*as issued to-day for a special meeting of the stockholders of the Westingnn Tun* 4 tft nouse aiewnv vvmiwu, tako action upon a proposed increase of capital stock from 110.000.000 to 115.000,000. The object of the Inorease Is to wipe out the floating debt and provide capital for the Increased business expected under the recent arrangement made with the General Electric Company. 1 hi Billiard Toirnamint NEW YORK. April S.?There waa a very slim attendance at the Madison Square Garden Concert hall to-nlfht to witness the fifth fame of the series of international eiirhteen-inch balk line billiards. Both men played pood bill* -* ?L'Ar? fr*auantly larUH UI1U guuac > nn? , recorded. Summary: Schaefcr?600; highest run 132; average 2G 2-23. Garnler?204; highest run 35; average 9 G-22. IiXitcblUK Th rrntened. CLINTON, III.. April 8,-Ed. Polen shot hla wife and mothcr-In-law In the head with a ahot sun. killing them Instantly. Domestic trouble waa the cause. Polen then attempted to commit aulcide by throwing himself In front of a train, but was only ellghtly Injured and is now in jail. Great exrltement prevails and lynching Is freely talked of. _ Steamship Arrivals. BREMEN?Aaenetj, N?w \or*. lircSOA-Futda. N?w York. UVURHOOl-?Campania ana no"oLASO^^^cajialnavlan, Beaton. HAL.TI!in>RE?Munclwn, Bremen. Weather Forecast far To-d?jr? For West Virginia, fair; warmer; westerly winds, .shifting to easterly. For Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, fair, except light Hurries of snow on the lakes; not ?o cold; brisk westerly winds, decreasing In force. Loral Trmpcmtnr*. Tho temperature yesterday as obsenred by <\ Scnn?>nf. druggist, corner Four, tnth and Market streets, was as fo|l a. 2JIJ p. m ? 9 a. ? 7 p. in tt 12 in Ht Weather?Chang'la.