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Sh; Mating &L ?ntel%cnccr. VOLUME XLV?NUMBER 231. WHEELING, W. VA., WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 1897. PRICE TWO CENTS.-!>?"b5MS. ' SUDDEN CHANGE la Altitude of Turkey and Ger* many Forced by Russia. POWERS ARE NO LONGER DEFIED By the Sultan, and Hostilities are Ordered Ceased. CZAR MADE A DIRECT APPEAL T? lh? Porte, and tor Instigating Mo" btUMtlon of Troop* In BalftrU Fcn?4 Ac^ikNMC* In tk* Dtnand ftr nn AriuUIIm Qmk Foran In Kplrnt Notified to Snapond Fighting?Praeo Troatjr yur bo Had* Dlroctlr Botwoon flmw od Tarkiy-BuWrau Treatment of Gr*?k Radfaw toy Tarklik Sold Ion. CONSTANTINOPLE. May 11-Prace l> now in sight. and to Russia is due the credit. Shortly before noun to-day the change of Turkey's attitude, which >? terday seemed to be one of defiance, and in which the appeared to be supported by Germany, was made known. The announcement wo? unexpected. Rusala quietly showed her hand and thereby forced Germany and Turkey out or the gome, to all Intents and purposes. La$t night and early this morning Turkey. supported by Germany, was practically defying Russia. Prance. Austria, Grot Britain and Italy, insisting upon tii? annexation of Thessaly In addition to b;*h war indemnity and seemingly was determined to maroh upon Athena The ministers received official advices from Sofia to-day announcing that orders had bttn L*ued for the partial mobilization of the Bulgarian army.poaslbly at the indication of Russia. There was a hurried consultation of the ministers. The war party was for further defiance, but la the end pacific counsels seemed to have prevailed, for. at 11a. m.. oraera were .eJegrephed to Edhem Pashas the Turkish commander-In-chief la Thessaly, to cease hostilities^ The peace negotiations will now be undertaken In real earnest and the Greek* will must Ukely be spared any further humiliation. Later In the day it was officially announced that the Turk* occupied Domokos last evening aft?* a great battle. The Turks hava hoisted the white flag at Ana, from which it is Judged that the Turkish commander has received Instructions that an armistice has been freed upon. Cur Appealed Directly. It transpires that the czar made a direct appeal to the sultan to order his troops to cease hostilities and arrange ar. armistice, and this coupled with th* fact that most serious results would have ensued if Turkey hAd persisted in her defiant attitude, brought about the present state of affairs. Tewfik Pasha, the Turkish minister for foreign affairs, called upon the Doyen of the diplomatic corps, iiaron Von Callce this afternoon, to convey to the foreign ministers the sultan's decision to arrange an armistice. It Is now believed that the terms of peace Will be negotiated directly between Turkey'and Oreecc. Arr?n?tnc tor ?i Arralattc*. ATHENS, May 18.-H0 p. m.)?After hoisting the flag of truce at Arta this afternoon & deputation of Turkish ollicers appeared on the frontier nt th^ brl. e over the river Arta (Arachthos) to negotiate with Colonel Pianos for an armistice. TURKISH TIEHDI8fl!*E35. TrraliMUt orUrttki la Eplrnt. Ilorrlbla Ovlngrt. MANCHESTER, England. May 11? The Guardian to-day publishes a dispatch from It* special correspandent with the Greeks, which cays: "The destitution of the Greeks In Eplrus is appalling. Everything they had In the world has Wn burned or pillaged. The scenes In their flight were dreadful. Toung girls flung themselves from the rooks to escape outrage and a youth shot his two sisters to save them from nutrugr. A toy who was captured by the Turks had fcls Hps, no?? and ears cut off and his eyes torn out before he was killed." Remarkable European Harmony. LONDON, May 18.?The harmony of the European press on ths subject of the conditions of peacc la remarkable. The semi-official papers, the Times, tho Novo? Vremya. the Temps, the North German Gazette and the Fremdenhlatt, are at one in the vigorous terms in which they denounce Turkey's pretensions. Now that the last obntaeie to a I* <\y armistice is removed by Germany. which temporarily blocked the negotiation:*. having Instructed her ambaassdors at Constiintinoplu to Join the other ambassador* in prenln^ upon the perte the necessity of agreeing upon on armistice, it can be taken for granted that with the innumerable forma of coercion rctidy tn the hands of the powers, the suhan will yield to the inevitable within n day or two, especially oh the ?'*pture of the Greek positions at iJomokos will ho fur to satisfy the Turkish war party. There is no confirmation here of the report of disturbances nt Athens, though, no doubt. there ore grounds to fear a popular manifestation. flrc?ki llctlre lu C?ood Order. ATHENS. May 18.?Gonial Smolen ki'a brigade haa been ordered to proceed to Neamlzlll. whenco It will b?? conveyed In transports <o Styll? on tho Gulf of Lttmla, and rejoin the remain dor of the (.reek army, via Lamia. It l? officially Minted that the return of the trooj i of Crown Prince Cons Ian tin towards theothry* mountains was effect 'I In roo(| order and It la added that the '-mire Greek losses were 220 men. In which number are Included many officers The Turkish Ions la said to be 1.000 men. For Din SNllaii'i Convanltnre. rr?.VSTANTINOPLF:, Mny 1?.-Th?sultan irtin ordered two hospitals, of wo and 100 bed* respectively, to be erected n"ar the Vlldlr. Kiosk In order to enable him to visit t he TurkWh soldier* who have bwn wounded in the campaign against the Greeks. nrm?'ili?it Itraart. ATHENS Mny 18.-The Aally say* 'hat M. Italll. the premier, haa Infomed mlnlstera of the foreign powern that unlets an armistice 1? quickly concluded th?- government will Isnue nn uppeal to lle|i?.nlfim. ending upon all abletodled tnen to take up anna In defense of the fatherland In danger and that u royal message will summon beneath tho standard the entire Landsturm and the peasans, who will also bo armed. This ntwa caused intense excitement. The feeling In official circles Is very pessimistic. Ordered to Cum Fifth Mb*. v ATHENS, May 18.-10 p. m.-Orders have Been sent to the Greek commander In Eplrurt to cease lighting. In view of the armistice FOREION NOTES. DREUX.Department of Kure-Et-T/>lr, May 18.?The remains of the Due d'Aunmle were interred to-day in the chapel of St. Louis, nenr those of his wife and children, in the presence of the members of his family. LONDON, May lt-Tho St. Jamt* Gazwtte says: "The Marchioness of Salisbury underwent an operation on Saturday. Her condition Is musing considerable anxiety." A later suiul-offlclal contradiction vras Issued of the reported serious condition of th? marchioness of Salisbury. PARIS. May 18.-The Duchess d'Orlean* yesterday received several royalUt deputations who hailed her us the future liberator of Prance. The newspapers hero criticise tho transforming of the time of mourning Into an occasion for a political manifestation. LONDON. May IS -Lord Henry Edward Somerset, fourth *on of the Duke of Beaufort, is dead. He was born In 1853, and married in 1SS0 the youngest daughter of Sir Alexander Dixie. Hurt. He leaves one son and his wife survives htm. Anne, dowager duchess of Aihnll, widow of the sixth duke. Is dead. She was a daughter of th-? late HftniT Home Drummond. of Blair Drummond, N. B. THE MINE* DISTRICTS. Goviruor Atkinson Divide* Lite Mute as ProvhM by Law. Special Dispatch to tho Intelligencer. CHARLESTON, W. Va., May If.? Following the requirements of tho mine law, which takes cftect this day. Governor Atkinson and the chief mine Inspector, J. W. Paul, have divided the state into four mining districts, to be composed of tho following named counties, respectively: First district?Barbour, Berkeley, Brooke. Doddridge, Grant, Hardy, Hampshire. Harrison, Hancock. Jefferson. Lewi*. Marshall. Marion, Mineral. Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Preston. Pendleton, Randolph. Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur and WetseL Second district?Braxton, Calhoun. Cabfll, Clay. Hllmer, Jackxon, Mason. Pleasant*. Putnam. Ritchie. Roane. Wayne, Wirt. Wood and all that part of Kanawha county oo both Hide* of the Kanawha river west of Coalburg. Including the mines in the Cabin Creek Valley, and all other mines within one mile east of Coalburg. Third district?Payette. Greenbrier, Monroe. Nicholas. Pocahontas. Raleigh. Summer*, Webster, and all that part of Kanawha county on both sides of the Kanawha river, east of Coalburg, but not Including any mine within one mile of Coalburg. Fourth district?Boone. Lincoln. Logan. McDowell. Mercer, Mingo and Wyoming. Mr. Paul haa assigned the following appointed mine Inspectors to preside over the various districts as follows: S. A. Lewis, first district; Jerry Mead, second district; John 1. Ataolom. third district; W. J. Preeso. fourth district. CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE Itrinmti It* Work?Only m Formal MrrtliiB Yr?Unt?f. % Sprrlal Dispatch to the Intelligencer. CHARLESTON, W. Vs.. May IS.? Tho constitution committee, which adjourned April 29 to meet May 15. convened this morning In the state house. In the absence of Chairman Fast, Clerk Hood called the committee to order, and Senator Dotson was elected pro tem for chairman. Tho last journal was r*ad and approved and recess taken till 3 o'clock thin afternoon, when the committee was again called to order and on motion adjourned until 10 o'clock tomorrow mornlng.there not being enough numbers present to transact business. Chairman Fast and a majority of the absentees have arrived to-night, and tomorrow the committee will proceed to business. This session will compile the work of the committee and the members expect to get through 1t about twenty days. The death of Senator llyde, who sat at the recent session of the committee necessitate the appointment of x new member, to be named by President WhitakiT and provided by the resolution creating the committee. Senator Catlett being the only Democratic senator not In tho committee, Is expected to be appointed. WARBINO FACTIONS In the K cntHcky LeglBl?tt?r? ?Big Fight Ovrrlhn Fnslon Dill. FKAXKFORT, Ky.. May IS.-The sllver Democratic minority with possession of the Benate, Goebel In tho chair, and Bronston on the floor, held tho floor through an eight-hour cession today and promises to continue It until the end of the present session on Friday. The (.old Democratic-Republican majority of each hou"- Is still determined that the fusion bill i?h;ill pass th?i senate at least, and that It Khali go through both houses this summer If there is any way to persuade sr force the governor to recall the session. Senator Holloway. a gold Democrat, tried to mrlke Senator Bronston. the silver Democrat, who Is holding the floor, and while he was being held away from him, Bronston said: "Damn you and " -init ih?>n "Turn hini ynur uriiiunuB, .... . . loose. I dure you to lay your hand on mo, you cowardly whelp." Adjournment came at 7 o'clock. It If plain notv dint tho bill cannot becomc a law thl* session. FABROW'8 TBIAL Kucteri, and (be Ar|wm?iiu of CotniMl Snw ."?l?dr. PITTSBURGH, Pa.. Uny 1*.-The trial of Lieutenant Edward 8. Farrow on tho charge of conspiring with O. Llnford "Wood? to defraud tho Mutual Itoscrvo Fund Life Association, wan continued to-day before Judge 8. A. McClung. The taking of testimony was concluded anrl the addresses of the defense to tin* Jury mad*'. All that Is to follow arc the addresses of the prosecution, the charge of t h?* court ond the verdict Par row wai tho principal wltof th?- day He Mid his only connection with Woods was to further tho Interest of the Insurance company. The hunk firm of C. Llnford Woods & Co., was the scheme of Woods. Farrow hod no Interest In It and wan not to receive any profit Tho chockn between himself and Woods wero for personal matters and dot to pajr any premiums. Ho never saw ,?ny of the persons who testified to having been Injured by Woods, CUBA'S CAUSE Again Occupies the Attention of the Senate. MASON IN HIS MAIDEN SPECII Calls on the Senator* to Pass the Morgan Resolution. SENATOR HOAR MAKES REPLY And Crltlcleee "llancombe Appeals to CouuiiMBta" ? Senator Stewart, Ibe Free Silver Leader, on Deck with a Financial Amendment to the Tariff UM1 ?lu Provisions?WauU a Traa1117 Keeerve Fand Maintained?Snrplas to l>e Devoted to Payment ot Pnblle Debt, WASHINGTON, D. C.. May lS.-Cuba again occupied the foreground In the senate to-day. It drew large crowds to the gallcrlne, and brought two notable apcochca, the one by Mr. Mason, of Illinois. In favor of the Morgan resolution, and the other by Mr. lioar, of Moaaachuaetts, in opposition. The Ullnola senator pictured In fervid ttrma the dlatrr.sa In Cuba, dwelling particularly on tbe starving: condKlon of eight hundred United States rltlsena. ua reported by the President, and called upon the acnate to throw off Ita lethargy and pass the Morgan reaolutlon. Mr. Mason had several aharp tilts with Mr. Wellington, of Mary laud, the latter protesting that he was being misrepresented. It led to considerable commotion In the gsllerles, during which Mr. Wellington declared that he could not be choked off by the rudeneas of the galleries. Mr. Mason read President McKlnley'* message of yesterday to prove that a state of war exists In Cuba. "If there Is not war." he *aid. "then there ought to be with us." He said the Americans In Cuba needed to Im? defended with bayonets as well a a with bread. Itacin't Can for War. lie read from reports made to the senate by the committee on foreign relations In support of hla statement that a Cuban government exists. "Mr. Weill ngton (who opposes the resolution) was elected on the plstform of Independence for Cuba," he auld. "So was I. 90 waa Mr. McKlnley. And I ain here to stand by it so long as I continue on the pay roll." The newspaper reports of the Cuban war. Mr. Mason deluded as in the main correct. He proposed to rote on th?- resolution, oven ir it took oil summer. Cuba was popular at St. Louis, when the party wanted vote* and be appealed to Republican senators to stand by the declaration. Mr. Mason wild he did not bellfve the adoption of the resolution -meant war. but If an honest protect meant war. let It come. He was followed by Mr. Hoar, of Massachusetts, In opposition to the resolution and counseling temperate ac? tlon. Mr. Hoar spoke In his usual calm and dit;nlt)<-d Style and took occasion to deride buncombe appeals to constituents and brofadocio as to our national strength. Mr. Hoar's criticisms, although impersonal, were clearly aimed at Mr. Mason. ? A Lively Tilt. Mr. Hoar referred to the speech that hml preceded as "exuberant oratory." and said sarcastically that notwithstanding It. the power of International law would prevail. The only effect of recognition would be to give Spain the right to search our ships at sea and to take awoy from American citizens In ruha ail hot>o of recompense for Injury done them. He alluded sarcastically to Mr. Mason's "Innocent and youthful ardor." Therupon Mr. Mason asked him: "Will the senator yield for a question?" "Six of them." replied Mr. Hoar, seemingly In an angry mood. "Are you willing to have a vote on this question?" Mr. Mason queried. "I expect to have one," was tho answer. "Will you help to get one?" Mr. Mason persisted. "I expect to help to get a more Intelligent one than some of the senators seem tf want," Mr. Hoar replied. Then l.e proceeded to express surprise that "all this great brass band of talk about outrages on women and children practiced at fcur doors." should be followed by this "squaklng morsel of a resolution." Parodying the opposition, Mr. Hoar declaimed. "Wheroas our ancestors loved liberty, and wheras, wo are the greatest nation on earth." and similar whertOMS, and remarked parenthetically, "when we are the greatest nation, wo will stop talking about it. No great nation brags of it." He continued: "Whereas, we are not nfrald of any nation on earth, we will say to Mrs. Spain: 'We are not afraid or you, ami if your mobs destroy the property of our citizens we will not usk damages for it.*" The senate, he said, should ask the President to us?- bis good unices with Spain t?? secure peace and the Independence of Cuba, and that was what the Republican platform proposed. He would have tho facts found as a court found them before entering Judgment, and would then say to Spain: "We have have found such and such facts on which we propose to net, and If you don't stop thnt war we will stop It," and he would not stand In the senate and brag and splutter. Mr. Hoar cloved with the contemptuous remark that he bcllevt'd little could bo accomplished for Cuba "by spfrriu-s for buncombe, or Tor Chicago, to bo followed by no practical or sensible action," . . ,y Senators fJaiiinjrer, New Hampshire, and 1 l.iwley, Connecticut. also spoke, the former for the resolution arid the latter urging that the United Stnt?R ahould not rush Into war while our eon-'t defenses are manifestly lnadcquatc. Slmnrl'i Aiurmtniriit. Mr. Rtewart, of Nevada, fffive notice of an amendment which h>? would offer to the tariff bill. It provides thut there shall be, nt all time*. ;i reserve fund In the treasury ?>f J.'o.oflo.ooo: thut whenever tin- available balance In the treasury shall ex reed $r>o,ooo,OGO. It shall he the duty of the secretary of the treasury to lnv? ?t the surplus over the mini In United States bonds; And thut when tWan fifty million dollars Is In the treasury he nhall Issue legal tender non-Interest bearing notes to make up the deficiency: that such notes shall be redeemable otit of flu- ftr?t surplus over IIfty mllliqps: thnr In cn*e Insufilclent coin to meet the roln obligations of the United States shall come Into the treasury through the ordinary source** ??f revenue the secretary shall exchange the silver ccrtltlcutes fur the coin which Ik In the treasury for their redemption; that the conversion of the /diver certificates shall dlxcharge the eoln obligation* of the United States; and it shall he the duty of the secretary of the treasury t<> coin sufficient of the silver bullluu purchased under the law of July 14. 1880# to supply all deficiency If *he supply of coin (under these provisions) to meet and discharge all coin obligations presented . WEST VIBQIIIA GOSSIP. At the Capital-Mr. Appointment to b* Marts Boon. Special Dispatch to ths Intellliencer. WASHINGTON, D. C., May 18.?Willlam J. Crutch er. of Logan, W. Va., has been granted a patent for a combined stove scraper and brush, and Joseph M. Marsh patent on a design for a haroe iron. Mr. Dayton has recommended (he appointment of A. J. McDantc! as po?tinantiT at Worthlngton, Marlon county. Senator Elklus and several of the West Virginia congressional delegation called on President McKlnlsy to-day, in company with ex-Kepresentstlve "Kud" McGlnnln, of Kalelgh C. H.. and Dr. Miller, of Upshur. Mr. McGlntHss called to pay his respects to the President with whom he has been acquainted since the war. Dr. Miller desires to be appointed chief of the bureau of engraving and printing and Senator Elkins Introduced him as a West Virginia candidate. Editor A. 1J. White, has also had an Interview with the President. Hon. J. H. Haines, of Charleston, and ox-Deputy Marshal Willy, of Summers count v. are In the cltv. There was un expected delay In (tending In Mr. Gaines' nomination as district attorney, but It was stated to Senator Klkins today at the white house that the appointment will be among the flrst made. CHARTER! ORAKTRD. Among Tbrm Is One to t Whwllng Oil tonipaay. Special Dispatch to the lnttUlg?ncer. CHARLESTON, W. Va.. May 18.? Secretary of State Dawaon has issued a certificate of incorporation to the Cotton Town OH and Gas Company, with principal office at Wheeling, authorized capital 1100,000. subscribed 1600, and paid In 160. The Incorporators are Solomon Kraus, Fred H. Hanke, Henry Sonneborn and Jacob Dahlnden, of Wheeling, and George 3d axon, Cleveland, Ohio, and John Hamilton, Lorain, Ohio. The Boone and Kanawha Telephone Company was also granted a charter. Capita] stock. $5,000; subscribed, 1500, and paid up $50. The incorporators are J. F. Atkins, S. F. Kraft and J. E. Stolllngs. of Madison, and nine others. Principal office, Madison, Boone county. James KeUey, William B. McClelland, William P. Manstleid, William F. Rapp, and William H. Jones, all of Kenova. are named as the Incorporators of the William H. Jones Company, to which a charter was granted. Right is given to do a wholosal* and retail merchandise and commission business and to operate electric plants forllghtlng, etc. Principal office. Kenova, Wayne county; authorized capital. $50,000; subscribed. $1,500. and paid In, $150. EDITORS TO BE HONORED Wnten In Gal* Attire?The Town to b? Brilliantly lllamlnatetl. Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer. WESTON, W. Vs., May 18.-Dr. George I. Keever, of the Natural Gas Company, has manifested great Interest lu the decorations erected to-day In honor of the meeting of the editorial association, which convenes here this week. A large frame that encloses the word "Welcome" was erected on Main atreet, by the gas company. The gas from the letters burns out brightly, making them letters of fire. It Is very pretty. In addition to this the gas people have two large ns torches that will light the whole town. J. S. Mitchell, of the electric light company, has placed long strings of numerous colored electric lights crossing the streets at the corners In all directions. Ik*h these illuminations have cost the company'* quite a sum. The private cltlsens are doing everything to beautify their residences as well as busines* houses In honor of the occasion. Democratic Editor*. 1 Cn*/>In 1 nidintpfi to thi? InlMllrxnrM. CLARKSBURG, W. V?.~ May 18.1 The Democratic editorial association | held their annual meeting here to-day. I The newspaper men of all parties and I their wives and sweethearts from all I parte of the state have been tarrying here to-day. to be In readiness for the Journey to Weston In the morning, to ; attend the atate editorial convention. TKRBIBL8 EXPLOSION. Twtlri Flrcmtu ?r? tVnrfully Uum*d at Oil?go. CHICAGO, May 18.?Twelve firemen wore frightfully burned to-night by tha explosion of a tank containing eighty I gallons of gasoline in the grocery of W. II. Manley, in Forty-third street. Tho explosion was heard for several blocks, and many window* in the vicinty were shattered. The severely injured art?: Joseph (J. Hazen, third assistant chief, burned about face and body, condition serious. John Fitzgerald, marshal Eleventh'battalion, burned abo'lt body, condition serious. John Champagne, hands, face and body frightfully burned. may die. The others whoso Injuries are not considered dangerous are: Michael Doyle, Henry wingu*, tnpi, i imiimK mmicj, Lieut. James MeOraw. Jntnes lllckey, Morris Maloney, Limit. James Iturke, i Capt. 0. L. White mid J. J. Cruack. THE ELKINS BILL RrrtlrliiB Cordial Kmloraemrnt Prom Itntlnru Men. Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer. WASHINGTON, D. C.. May IS.?San* ator Elklns Is In dally receipt of letters from al) partB or the country, written by business tnen of prominence, in commendation of his April Hpeech In the senate. In advocacy of a discriminating duty on foreign shipping brought Into this country. In foreign vessels. The senator's exposition of the question has awakened unusual Interest and sentiment everywhere iecnUI to be ropldlv shaplnn In support of th-? measure, many busy men take the flme to write jiutograph letters In which they assure hltn of their cordial endorsement. I'rral'lriu'a Appointment*. WASHINGTON, I). C., May IR.-The President to-day seni xno lonownig nominations to the senate: Justice?William W. Morrow, of California, to bo United Stated circuit Judge for tho Ninth Judicial icrcult; Georgo Morgan Thomas, of Kentucky, to bo solicitor of Internal revenue. Navy?Passed assistant engineor Frnnk II. Kldrldge, to be a chief engineer In the navy. Interior?Samuel 0. Morse, of Washington. to be agent for the Indians of the Neah Bay agency in Washington. Aiill.Smtnrr Hill I<aw. ALBANY, N Y.. May 18.~Oovernor Ulack to-day signed the so-called antlr*<-nlplni? bill. It absolutely prohibits th?' sol ling of railroad and steamboat tickets In this state except by ngontn authorised to make such sales, anil then they shiili soil tickets only in tho towns where their written authority gives them permission to make sales. NARROW ESCAPE Of Ei-D. S. Senator McPherion From Would-bo Murderers. IS ASSAULTED IN HIS OFFICE By Two Hen whoara Interested laeUw | latt-IlU Lift Saved toy the Phmm* of IM ef HU Secretary?One of the Aeeallente Alnoet Blind, and HU OeCeeUr* | Kye-9l?ht Prerwti Ilia from Carrying Oat lit* Harderone Design* YORK, May 18.?At* attempt watt made to-day to kill ax-United Scales Senator. J. R McPherson, te his office in Aldrich building, this city. William B. Van Aken, who roado the attempt, is partly blind and la said to be interested In a suit in which the senator la also involved. Van Akerv had an accomplice in the matter whose name is unknown and who t-acaped. Van Aken wa* ar rested. Senator Mcpherson, who represented New Jersey in the senate of the United States for about eighteen years, 1s now president of the Western Stock Yards Company, with offices In the Aldrldge building. The ex-senator occupies an Inner office, while the outer office is for his secretary. Edward F. Low. Both men were In their usual places about 11 o'clock this morning, when two men entered. Ono was Van Aken, & well built man about Ave feet ten Inches in height. The other man was somewhat smaller. Both men walked through the secretary's office, past Mr. Low and Into the inner office, where Senator McPherson sat. 8enator McPherson was looking over some papers at his desk and sat with his back to the door. Both men walked up to him and spoke to him. Just what they said is not known, as the senator has not Quite recovered from the shock and cannot tell wfcat really happened. He is so weak that a nurse always accompanies him to his oflJce. Mr. Low, the secretary, says that he heard Van Aken say something to the senator about wantlntrhlm to settle a- sui*. Mr. Low says thut both men seemed to have on Interest In a suit over the Belle Meade stock farm, on the Lehigh railroad, in New Jersey. Mr. Low remembers hearing Senator McPhersan tell Van Aken that he could say nothing about the suit and must rem? w._ 1_|_ ? * ?V.A? MI iw mill w ma mn/ci. mhm Low took no further notice until ft minute or 00 later the private office door was suddenly pushed open. With a cry of alarm the aged ex-senator came quickly out Into the front office. Groping his way, in a fury of blind haste. Van Akcn followed. His companion endeavoring to guide him through the doorway, but Van Aken hurried ahead, putting his hands out la front of him to feel bis way. Before Mr. Low ctiuld rise from his seat Van Aken clutched the ex-senator with his right hand and fumbled with tils left behind his back. Van Aken's companion at this juncture hurried out of the room. When Mr. Low caught Van Aken's arm the half blind man had succeeded In pulling a revolver from hla pocket. He raided It until the muzzle was almost against the trembling ol?l man's heart. With a quick movement Mr. Low knocked the weapon up. In doing so he managed to get his finger caught In the trigger. Van Aken. still clutching the senator, who was shouting for assistance, pulled madly at the pistol, which was now pointed at the celling and rendered harmless by Mr. Low's flng??r in the trig ger. In answer to the shouts other tenants came crowding: In. After a short struggle Van Aken ww disarmed and overpowered. Before a policeman arrived Van Aken desisted from struggling. He was taken over to the Centre street police court. He Is a well dressed man and gave his address at a Tenth avenue hotel, this cHy. After Senator McPherson had somewhat recovered from the effects of the shock he said that he had never before seen Van Aken or his companion. CIVIL SERVICE LAW. lleroraM that will b? Urpd Upon the Prtaldtnl. WASHINGTON, D. C.May lS.-Great pressure has been brought to bear on the President for a reform In certain branches of the civil service, especially since the meetings of the senate committee Investigating the workings of the civil service. The main propositions In the reforms demanded are briefly as follows: 1.?The abolition of the rule allowing without examination only within on* year from th?? time of their removal from the service. 2.?The exception from examination of all chiefs of divisions. superintendents and foremen, and all official* whoso duties are of an executive character. 3.?-The issuance of a general order rescinding all extension* of the classified aervfert made slnco President Harrison's administration. The President has given no Intimation as to what course he will pursue. THE PRINCELY GIFT Of 'flD.ono to the Unitary of l.oadoti iM In be (JlreM by \V. \V. Aafor. KtaKT YORK, May 18.?A special to the Journnl from Ixmdon says: It Is reported that the anonymous philanthropist. who contributed J23.000 pounds to the fund proposed by tho Prlnccss of Wales to feed the starving on the occasion of the queen's Jubilee is William Waldorf Astor. That report cannot be absolutely confirmed. The probability of Its truth la based upon Mr. Astor1* enormous wealth and upon the fact that his generosity has been unbounded In all directions where royalty has shown the charltablo way. Stephen lloriirtt Dead. PITTSBURGH, Mar 18.?Stephen Hornctt. the well known sporting newspaper writer, died at his home this morning, of consumption. "Steve" was one of the best posted sporting men in the United States, and his opinion was sought by people not only In this city, but throughout the country, lie was u brilliant writer and hod ho.?ts of friends. DciptraU Jail Ilrraker, Special Dispatch to tht Intelligencer. HUNTINGTON, W. Va.. May I8.-T0nlght Jailor Richardson was assaulted by Arthur Steptoe. a desperate colored man. ?to had Just been aentenced to live years In the pen. The Jailor was blinded by a blow for a moment, during which time, the man escaped, but not until Richardson had flred two shots at him. Ohio NUt? Iterator rata. COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 18.-Th* Democratic State Central Committee decided this afternoon to hold the state convention In Columbus, June l!D and 30. Judge Ulrlck Sloan, of Hlllsboro. will be temporary chairman and Colonel W. A. Taylor, temporary secretary. v THE BAPTIST WOMEN. Second Dajr of the HlMtoMsy AbiItwn uiy-Hfmpalhr for Wooua of OoImu PITTSBURGH, Mar 18.?The second day's session of the Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society opened at 9:15 a. m., In the Fourth Avenue Baptist church. There were very few present at the opening, many of the delegates being engaged in committee work. The first half hour was devoted to a conference of workers. The committee on nominations made the following nominations: General officers?Presidents, Mrs. J, N. Crouse, Chigago; corresondlng secretary, Mrs. W. EL Ramsley, Brooklyn; treasurer, Mrs. A. H. Barber, and a long list of vice presidents. On motion, the secretary cast the ballot for the officers named, who are the same as last year. This was done and the president, Mrs. J. N. Crouse responded for the newly elected officers. An open parliament, presided over by Miss Frances M. Schuyler, of Wllllamsport, Pa., on "Our Young Women and Girls," close the morning session. The following programme was carried out during the afternoon: Opening servloe; children's hour, conducted by Miss Mabel Hall; Our chil* dren (1) on mission fields; (2) In our homes and Sunday schools; an exercise in costume; music; the Women's Baptist Home Mission Society among the nations (ten minute talks by missionaries); welcoming strangers from Europe, Miss Mary Be I by; proclaiming the Messiah to the Jews. Miss Jeanette Oe dallus; lifting up the Afro-American, Miss Fannie Elliott; revealing the Great Spirit to the Indian, pen picture?, by Mis* Isabel A. H. Crawford; standing for truth among the Mormons. Miss Emma F. Parsons; opening the eyes ot the Chinese, disease and remedy. Misses Ames. Ford. Rose and Voss; Mexico's millions. Miss M. O. Burdette; praise and prayer; report of committee on enrollment. In the evening the president read her address reviewing the society's history for the past twenty years. The following resolution of sympathy for '$ Cuban women was passed and has been forwarded to Senator Morgan: "Resolved, That In view of the terrible sufferings of our sisters in Cuba reported to us through Alberto G. Diaz, who has known their prosperity and now mourns their adversity, this Women's Baptist Home Mission Society in its annual meeting, representing a constituency of fifty or sixty thousand women, express our sympathy for tfesm and urge all our Christian women to pray that our government may soen act the part of the good Samaritan anA adopt measures to relieve their dis? % tress." The president announced a special conference for workers to-morrow morning, preceding the opening of thi anniversaries. TOTTED BRETHREN CHURCH. Th? ConftniA* Agalnat Theatre*, Ball* and Card Parties TOLEDO, Iowa, May 18.?At the United Brethren conference today devotional exercises were led by C. C. Bell, of Oregon. There were nine woman delegate* elected, but only atx are present I-a*t evening there were a number of ooilege meetings held for consultation and acquaintance. A Ravel made in Germany from wood secured In Africa, representing the union of mission Interest, was presented by Bishop Castle. A resolution was adopted providing for a committee to arrange for a centennial celebration In 1900. The fourth Sabbath In November wa.1 adopted a* temperancs day. The committee on moral reform reported advising all members to abstain * from theatre-going, balls, card playing and other similar amusements. It was formally re-committed tor re-arranging the paragraphs. The committee on boundaries reported and the rules were susp??ded so that the reports could be considered. \ Presbytarlan Foreign Mlsstsns. WARSAW, Ind., May 18.?The annual conference of the board of foreign missions wtth the chairman of the synodical and preebyterlal committees and representatives of the woman's boards, which is held in connection with the 109th general assembly, began Its session on if Winona assembly grounds at 9 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Frank P. Ellenwood. D. D.. L. D.. presiding. Rev. Clelarvd B. McAfee, Ph. D., of Parte College, Mo., Rev. Duncan Brown, D. D., of Larko.. and Rev. Hunter OnTbett, D. D., of Chefoo, China, are on the programme tor this afternoon and evening. KB. CALHOUK'8 XI8810V, Ue Diplomatically AeknowMiM 9fUM la h lloaplfall<y In Cab*. HAVANA, May 18.?W. J. Calhomutbe special commissioner of tha United States, who Is invetUKsttnj: Hi? death of Dr. Rlchardo Rult, a naturalized American citizen, visited the Spanish casino la?t night, which was decorated and illuminated in honor of the eleventh birthday of Kin* Alphonao. MY. Calhoun waa accompanied by the Spanish consul at Philadelphia, Dr. Jose Confosta the mayor of Havana. Beoor Michael Diaz and Dr. Jover, who acted as Interpreters. Mr. Calhoun admired the building and rxpree^eu appreciation 01 ui? ouunn; with which he vu received. After the guest* and their hosts had partaken of refreshment*. the secretary of the casino toasted "Peace for Cutwv and sincere and unadulterated friendship between the United States and 8pain." Dr. Jover then teamed "President McKlnley" In English, which wm responded to by Mr. Calhoun. The first words which the latter uttered on gatntog fate feet showed him to be an accomplished orator as well a* & discreet diplomat After some preliminary remarks of u complimentary nature, Mr. Calhoun said that when he received hi* appointment to come to Cuba he formed the idea that he wns going to a foreign country, but the hospitality he had met -with in Spanish territory had made hla residence here bo pleasant that ho be*an to believe hltniielf nmonK hi* own people, and yet was almost forgettlnft his own country, while longing for the approach of peace and progress for Cuba. Mr. Calhoun left the casino shortly before 11 o'clock. Boy Mnrtlertr Captared. MONCLOVA, Mexico, May 18.?Macedonlo Franato, the seventeen-year-old boy who murdered four persons here and then eloped wltht ho daughter of a ranchman, haa been captured In the mountain* near Vlllalduma. ntate of TumAllpoue. The girl was with him. The couple presented a aorry spectacle, nf* they had traveled over nine hundred I mllea qirona a rough country In their flight. .'lu-y will be brought here for <1?1. y ^ Weather KorrcMt fbr To-dav. For Went Virginia?Fair, warmer; variable wind* becoming southerly. For Woatcrn Pennsylvania and Ohio? Fair, except occasional *howi?rw near the Ink**!'; possible thunder storms; nllghtly coolcr in northern portions; wosterly wind*. I.ernt Temperature. The temperature yesterday as observed by C. Schnepf. druggist, corncr Market and Fourtconth streets. was aa follows: I 7 a. m MIS p. m 7J -| 9 a. m ?!7 n. m 78 13 m 7.1 weather?Fair.