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VOLUME XLV-NUMBKU 230. WHEELING, W. YA., TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1897. PRICE TWO CENTS. SCANDAL AT COURT Tlie Trial of Hcrr Von Tauich Begins In Berlin. LEADING MEN ARE INVOLVED And the Official Intrigues May All Be Laid Bare. SENSATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS ,M?f Im th? Oatcom* of fh* llMrtni ou till Chart* ofParJary and TrMion-Tlu C?aaplracjr Agaluit lh? Chancellor of tli* Etaplr* which Poanil KU Climax la th* Pibllcallau of 2V*w?pap?r ArllcUi Dlatorttag (ha JCoapcror'a Spaaah al Rnilaa on Ihc Occaalou of IIU HmIIdi WUh lha Cur, (vToprrifht. 1*37, br the Afffoclated Pratt) BERLIN. May 24.-The trlui of Hcrr Von Tausch, the former commissioner i of the secret political police, who was J arrested on December S laat at the close of the sensational Leutzow-Leckers trial, during which tho Imperial chancellor, Prince llohenlohe. the minister for foreign affairs, Huron Murschall von Bleberatein, and the German ambassador to Austria, Count Philip von Kulenberg, were among the witnesses, commenced to-day and will probably last a week. Among the witnesses summoned are Baron Marschall von Bleberstein, Count Philip von Eulenberg, ex-Minlstera von Kouller and General Bronsart von Schellendorf. Police President Windhelm. Herr Bebel, the soslallst leader, and about fifty newspaper men, besides u number of officials belonging to the different ministries. At the opening of the trial the president of the court cautioned Baron von Luetzow not to depart from the actual truth In the testimony which he might bo called upon to give ugalnst von Tausch. The former chief of the secret political police was then examined. He made a statement relative to the employment of vou Leutxow nnd a newspaper man r.amed Schumann by the secret political police and assured the court that he, vnn Tausch. had never caur<*d political Interests to be served by his agents. Schumann, or Normann-Sehumann, Is s.-.ld to have been much more guilty than Baron von Loutzow. Schumann oncaptd from Berlin just in time 10 avoid arrest. He Is charged. In conjunction with Huron von Leutzow with having signed fictitious names to receipts for money, given them to bribe n-wspap*r writers or editors or subordinate employe* of the government to furnish secretly Information of every kind wanted In the alleged campaign to tfltfciedlt the existing cabinet. Sinr.r <>f Hi* liittlcnrt. Von Taurch is ;harg?-d with four-fold Itcijuty and. Incidentally, ulth treason, lie threatens, If pushed to the wall, to make a clean breast of ewtythlng. and this may Include establishing the Identity nf the authorship of th" famous socalled Von Kotse letters, by which an anonymous writer, for over a year, kept the court of Germany In a state of turmoil by making the most scandalous insinuations against male and femal* members of many aristocratic families, resulting In stormy scenes, separations, duels and deatlu>. Count von Kotze. the former court chamberlain, according to general report, is certainly not the author of this series of venomous attacks upon the various members of the nobility, and It has been more than '"" o hinted that the author of these scandalous missives If. to bo found in the very highest circles In Germany. Therefore, under all these circumstances. the very greatest Interest Im taken In the proceedings again*t von Tauscb, whose preliminary examination may be said to have commenced on December 8, when he was arrested at the dote of the Luetaow-Lccker? trial. The whole matter seems to date from the fall of Prince Bismarck from power and the accession of Gen. Count von Oaprivl to the chancellorship. From that time on a merciless, underhand political warfare haa been waged againat Gen. von Caprfvl, and his enemies were eventual'}* successful in causing his retirement. This was seemingly followed by another political campaign, this time a*aln*t sPVeral other members of the government, two of whom. Dr. Koeller. minister for the interior, and General Pronsardt von Schellendorf, minister of war, lost their portfolios, while others were in danger of the same fate. The Climax. The climax came with the events of n year ago when several editors were prosecutcd for distorting n speech made hv ?h?. Herman emoeror replying to a toast from the C2ar at Breslau, which events are still fresh in the public mind. Then ramo the libel suits brought by Count von Eulsnberg and Baron von niebersteln against two newspapers. Editor von Luetsow charged that Count von Eulenberg had falsified the emperor'h speech, and was the author of other articles Involving high ofllclals of the empire. It was demonstrated by witnesses that von Tausch had repeatedly made fulpe statements to his superior, the minister of the Interior, expanding thu Huthorshlp of articles attacking proinInent people, and later. Baron von Luetzow confessed In writing that von Tausch was tho instigator of thu Intrigues complained of. The editor of the Tageblatt, Dr. Levysohn, tinder oath stated that von Tausrh had given him the material for an article en the exur's toaat at Hrrslau Von Tausch had sworn to the contrary and he was arrersted for perjury and the libel case continued. fit tli? Mr?lie?. The evidence of a beautiful young girl hIiiwm' V.nmn von Luetzoiv. her lover, had done everything possible to free hlmrelf from the meshes of th?* net which von TatiFch had cjihI over Iho hitt"i, how tho baron had written letter after h-!t< r Ihl? attempts to secure other cmph^ment, ate* how hi* poverty had compellle . him to remain In tho employ ..f the nvret police, her naive evld'-r.re tending to prove beyond a doubt that von l.? utzow wan completely In the pow. r of the chief of Germany's third section. Finally, by theevhlence ofCapt. Hocnip, 11 wns demonstrated that von Vausch. though hf knew that hlfi witno ( und not a certain Heir von Huhn. win the author ? ! an article In tho Cologne attacking General von [ jj.0ml;c, ?hUf "f th<* emperor, ns the ' Ut ?f il" article, because von Huhn j frequented 11. foreign office and In or- i t'.?r lo different that department. Jtarcn von f?uetsow and Lerki'rt were then henieneol ?< nixleen month*' Iiii-i ?liMtmiM-rti. and the other and hn? Important peixons who were on trial with t.iera \- ir sentenced to shorter terms and line*. It If qa'Ue errlaln tint von Tausch l?w oon4uct9i: tils colltlcal Intrigue* for so many years on his own account, hut fur hlgm-r and mure powerful person*. EX-AMBASSADbR tUSTlS. A* ? Private Cltls*? II* Gives Illi Inipree 1?M? of I he I'tendi ttrpnblle and People - \ r lilt ml Inn Treaty Kwcr, I'AJtlS, May 24.?The retiring United Suite* ambassador Mr. James b. EusiIj, drove to the Klysee Palace to-day and presented tils lettirs of recall to President Faure. After the ceremony Mr. Kuxtls i*i.in ted nn Interview' to a representative of ih? Associated Press and gave the loiter his Impressions of Prance, expres?cd Ills admiration of the French people ond gave his opinion of the rejected AngloAmerican arbitration treaty. Mr. Kustls said: "My four years residence in France has afforded be a very faviTable opportunity of studying French Institutions and it h.is been a rawt Interesting Study, and it has enabled me to contrast the working of a republican government In France and constitutional government In the United States. Then? iuc s?>me oolntH of dli"lm Ilarity. They ore called sister republic*, but utt to fundamental principles they re not very closely related. In advocacy of personal liberty,! France has never produced a. single great man. the fact brlnif that no matter lipw ardent a i publi'Mi: a Frenchman may be. an?l how great may have been his devotion to the politics: rights of the people he does rot M'em able to form th? slightest conception of what are known,in England and th?* United States as the fundamental rights of personal liberty. "They made a revolution tq destroy one haitiK but they have many to-day upcm the republican soil of France, owing to their system of arbitrary arrests, detention and perquisitions which exist only under the most autocratic form of government. To an American such a system would render life intolerable. It could be wiped out In one day. but no one serins to consider it sufficiently Important to protect the personal liberty of the citizens. The French certainly deserve a great deal of credit for having maintained their republic In the face of such adverse circumstances, hut they present tho strange anomaly of a self governing-people being fond of th ? constant and unremitting interference of the government in their personal affaire and their personal relations and being supremely Indifferent to the rights of personal liberty. An eminent Frenchman with whom I was discussing this question, most truthfully declared: ' "The ignorance of public men in France with regard to the working of our constitutional government has often amazed us.' "A-s regards the French people my residence in Paris has Increased my admiration for them. 1 conshler them a most marvellous people as regards their Intelligence. their thrlft.their habits of sobriety. th?*lr wonderful resources und rhelr devotion to political llbery and If. an we do. they allowed their free Institutions to develop Instead of dwarfing the individuals. their national power would be much greater than it is now." "As you were for yoars a member of the senate foreign relations Committee, what 1* your opinion of the rejected treaty of arbitration between <ireat Britain and the United States?" "tr-bave always considered tt a sentimental farce. It fo bused upon a false Idea. In the first place, that the intelligent processes of diplomacy are Inadequate to adjust differences between the two governments, and, secondly, that tho amicable process of special arbitration u*III n.it ItA rw?i\rf>ul in wVu?rt iltnliinMrv fiUb Both of these assumption:* are falsified. even by our very late experience; and tt is* u humiliating confession by both government* to admit that these potent Instrumentalities are not to be within their reach In the future- as they have been In the past. If. on the other hand, it moans that the feeling of hostility between the two countries is so pronounotd that It Is necessary to establinh a disciplinary tribunal to keep them In order and to prevent them from rushing ut each other's throats (which is a preposterous supposition) any permanent trlbun.nl of arbitration would be brushed a-lde and utterly fall of its Intended purpose." "What are your plans now?" "I have presented my letters of recall end. .therefore. i:m a private citizen. I shall shortly leave Paris, nettle' lr. New York and practice Jaw there " EASTERN SITUATION. (Jr?rc? Willing to < onfl.t* In tlu Puwiri. OhJ?rU to Treating wltlt Turkey Dlrr?f. ATHENS,May 24.-The Greek government* in a reply to the notification sent by Edhem Pasha, commander of th*? Turkliih army in Thessal>', that he Is empowered to negotiate the terms of peace with Greece direct. ha:t Informed the minister* of powers here that, ns Greece has already confided her Interests to the powers, there Ih no reason why she should negotiate directly with Turkey. The Cretan chiefs have sent a document to the Greek government. declaring that they arc unanimously In favor of political union with Greece, but oaklngr the a<lvlce of the government a? to the best course to pursue consistently, and *ith due regard to national interests. CONSTANTINOPLE, May 21.?The decree of the Turkish frovernment callIn^ for the expulsion of nil Greeks from the Ottoman empire,- which wan to have gone Into effect to-dny. hns been suaPonded In view of the peace negotiations. TELEPHONE COMBINE. Independent Trl Slate CoiiT?nilan to II* lit Mt PITTSBURGH. Pa.. May 21 -Flftyfive distinct Independent telcph??n< companies of Western Pennsylvania. Eastern Ohio and West Virginia are I ?., Imv.. I'.lnrd.pnl.KlVliI at till! I fAjirm.u iu first annual meeting of the lnter-*tat<> local telephone association,' to he heM June 3, nt the Monongaheta IIou*e. One of the objects of the meeting; Is to bring about ? combination of all the smaller telephone eumpaiiles In order to e*tabll*h a Ion/? distance service. \ convention of the different ompanles win be railed for :i central point, probably Columbuf, Ohio, nn I thore tlie po*sl bill tlt.i of extending the long distance system will be considered. Iii<lrpriiilritl Trlr|?l|Oite t'nmpiitllr*. FORT WAYNK, Ind., May 2I.-Rcprescntative* of the Independent telephone companies from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tenness-e. Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, Illlri6lr. Indiana, Arkansas, Jowa, Mlnri'"-ta. i;outh Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas are holding a meeting lioi t?? ?I vise 11 means to fonmilab- a J lull system In opposition to the lu ll Tel- ; MphoiK* Company. Judge It. S. Taylor. of Fort Wayne, attorney for the United States In tin? recent Berliner litigation before the supremo court, spoke of the recent decision of that body. THE SCHOOL FUND In the Revised Constitution will Not be Distributed. THE LIMIT FIXED AT A MILLION The Matter Derided by the Committee at Charleataa?A Day of Lively Debate* on Vartone Propeted Ameadmrote-Ltvelr Tilts that Verge on Pereonalttlee-The Area of Conntles Hereafter to be Created Made a (Special Order for To-morrow*a Debate. apccini vnpuicn iu m? >ui?mk?i.wi. CHARLESTON, W. Va., May 24.?The statu Irreducible school fund will not bo distributed. This was decldcd by the constitutional cominlttce to-day. Tha pending umcndmunt proposed, being report No. 9, from tlie committee on county organization, taxation and finance, was adopted with put three negative votes. The amendment agreed upon preserves the fund Intact, Axes one million dollars as the maximum limit, und provides that the interest and all accumulations thereover shall be annually upplled to the support of the free schoolos. Report No. 14 from the same committee, proposing an amendment to elect three land appraisers, was taken up, and the proposed umendment rejected by ji vo to of y to 5. The question came over from lost week and had been thoroughly discussed, and was again debated to-day In vigorous fashion by some member*. Senator Fast offered strong arguments agulnst the amendment and showed that It was a subject of purely legislative character and the legislature had authority to pass such a law. and It was useless to plant it in the constitution. The whole of to-day's session was characterized by exciting debates, and some of the members got so warmed up that several personal tilts enlivened tne proceedings, notably a picturesque passage between Mr. Hunt und "Pap" Toler. The controversy was particularly warm and at close range over the proposition to change the constitution so that new counties could be formed out of an area of 250 square miles, 6,000 population and on a majoilty vote of the people effected thereby. The old tight In the last legislature over the new county attempted with Mannlngton as the county seat, cropped out strongly, und a number of other new county schemes wero hinted at. Mr. Glover. <>f Preston. .spoke earnestly and at length In favor of the change and said that Preston county might some time in the future by divided Into two counties. Messrs. Hunt and Toler were in favor of the general proposition to make the way easy for the formation of new counties, and Intimated that Kanawha might !> too big to be kept Intact as one county. Senator Young spoke forcefully against any change at all. The raeasur.es. -provoked zawc. warm talk, and* < coming to vote Its opponents, after having failed to kill it on Mr. Kcnney's motion to Indefinitely postpone, which was lost by a vote of 7 to 6. began putting In destructive amendments. In order to stem the adverse tide and with the hope of making it more satisfactory. on Mr. Glover's motion the limit was rained from 250 to 325 square miles, for both h new county and the old one from which territory might be taken. The limit of population wan also rataed from six to seven thousand. Another amendment offered was that twotulrds Instead of a majority of the voters should be necessary to carry n new county, pending which, a truce was agreed upon, and the measure as amended wac made a special order for Wednesday. Senator Maker offered a resolution looking t'1 the creation of the office of Insurance commissioner and providing for his election by the people. Senator Fast submitted a comprehensive resolution in the form 'if an amendment to the law as at present In important particulars. Reference to a committee wan dispensed with and the resolution comes directly Iwfore the full committee. Report No. 1. from the Judiciary committee. changing the word "and" to "or." a verbal error In the present constitution, was adopted. I'. S. SUPREME COURT. Important Ii?trr?tatr Cnmmrrrt Derla> lout?tomiulaalon Jlu .No Power to Fit tlatra, WASHINGTON, D. <?.. Mar 24.?The United States supreme court decided two rapes to-day. holding that th* United States Interstate commerce commission has no power to prescribe rates on railroads which It may control In the future. The cases were those of the commission vs. the Cincinnati and New Orleans Railroad Company and the Florida and Western company. The court also affirmed tin* decision of the court below In the case of C. S. Wrlnht. of Pittsburgh, l?a., charged with n violation of the portion of the interstate commerce law, prohibiting discrimination. Wright granted rebates on beer to pay for drayage. This action was held to be In violation of the law. In the Cincinnati. New Orleans & Texas case various railroads were concerned and the ease was originally Instituted by the freight bureaus of Chlcngo and the Cincinnati chamber of commerce. The question Involved was whether Congreu Intended to confer upon the interstate commerce commission power t<- :ix rates* The opinion was tendered by Justice Brewer, NATlUnAlj JlAflAa munis, Scpretne Court On ??t- llml fliry Cannot l)r?l In 1 toc'ta. WASHINGTON. D. C\, May 24.?The MUiHtlon* whether tho ?tatutefi rolatltiR to national banks prohibiting them from purchasing or subucriblnff to the utock of nnothcr corporation, and whether the want of authority can be urged by the hunk 10 defeat nn attempt to enforce ngalnst It the liability of n stockholder, were panned on by the supreme court to-day, In the cave nf the California National ILirilc. plaintiff in error, vs. Nat Kenned*. T? was held tjiot the California National Hank, of Sun Diego, held MO nimres "f utock of the California Saving* Bank, (he former huvltii; <niHpeml <] > M November 13, IR91, and the loiter Ih-fvtnbcr 2i?. 1 H!?l. Tho superior court .tf Sin nieiio county, held that the national bank wan responsible to the creditors of the saving* bank to the amount of $lR.r??7. the former making the defew Indicated above. The court holds n nation?! hunk him no tight to ile.ll In mocks, although It may accept tlmn m security. and that It may p!? .id IN wants of power im iWense In .1 c;\t? like the one In Munition The tranHnctlon In tho sleek "f the saving* batik In hold to have been void tind the Jutlgment ?f the supreme court nf California against the national bank Is reversed. THE TARIFF BILL. Dlffirtaeea BcIwnu KipabltMii Mimbfri ( bi hfttlcU In C'aucti*-No MtlpMcbei to Im Narto and I'aMag* Kxperilled. WASHINGTON, May 24 -Tho Republican caucus to-Uuy emphasised the fact that there Is a wide divergency of opinion among the Republican senators on rates of duty fixed in the various schedules of the tariff bill. The senators were in caucus nearly four hours. The only official announcement that was made after the caucus adjourned was that It was decided to appoint three senators In addition to the Republican members of the finance committee, who are to act as a committee to assist In getting the tariff bill through the senate. It was generally Ptated, however, that an agreement had been reui-hed that here should be no set speeches on the bill from the Republican side, except that of Senator Aldrich, which Is to be delivered to-morrow. A resolution, or memorandum offered by Senator Burrows was agreed to by those present wnicn hois lorin mat ine sense of those present, there not being :i full attendance of tho caucus, war that Republican senators having (intendments to ofTer should present them to tho Republican members of the finance committee* and If the amendments are approved by the committee they are to be offered In the senate. If disapproved the senators presenting thein nre to have the right to submit them to the Republican caucus, which is to be railed upon each schedule If amendments to It are proposed. The finance committee is to hold sessions each evening for the purpose of hearing propositions from Republican aenaton and to decide upon the advisability of presenting such amendments In the senate. The object of this proposition Is to prevent he Republicans from dividing upon various schedules which might be presented. The necessity of this arrangement was developed by the debate and the various contentions of senators. WEST YIBOIHIA MATE EBB In Washington?Attorney fTvolta and G?u. Uaksy at ?ha Whlta Haaaa-Clrll Hcrvlca Modification! Likely. Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer. W/ SHINGTON, D. C., May 24.?Attorney J. K. Hooton.of Moundsvllle. and Genera! Van H. Bukey, of Parkersburg. were presented to the President to-day. Mr. Hooton is an applicant for appointment as assistant district attorney for West Virginia and General Bukey wants a place In the consular service. Senator Klklits accompanied them. As previously stated In the Intelligencer, Attorney General McKenna holds, upon an informal examination of the subject, that the assitsnnt attorneys are in the classified service, and therefore cannot be changed at will. Until officially determined, there will be no change* In that branch of the service in this connection. It may be Mated that a large number of the officero now classified, are held to be so in n tentative sense only. There has never been an examination held of applicants for the appointment*; whence there is no eligible list from Wnlth to fin vacancies. In brief, no examination questions were ever prepared for the excepted positions. President Cleveland's order for their clansltlcntlon was Issued at so late a day. and Included so many offiees. that the civil service commission was unable to keep up with the procession. A special committee of the senate, of which Senstor Klklns Is a member. Is now Investlgatlng the operation of the law as Interpreted nnd applied under the Cleveland administration, and ft Is probable there will be a recommendation from that committee for a modification of the orders, so far as they relate to the government printing office, the Internal revenue offices. In the states and the higher departments) positions. Thomas A. Gibson, of (Jrafton, win held the position under the Harrison administration, of chief engineer of the treasury department, has been restored <o the service, though not to his original place. Mr. Gibson was In the classified service, having the certification of the civil service commission, but that did not rave him when Logan Carlisle became chief of the department. Two West Virginians have been appointed laborers, E. J. Tupton, In the treasury department, nnd T. C. Blackiston In the agricultural department. i Itenresentatlve Dayton will to-raor row present in the hou.'e, twenty-tiro separate petition?. slgnej. respectively by citizens of Omnt, Marlon. Preston. Morgan. Monongalia. Randolph and ' Ohio counties, praying for the adoption of a stringent law on Immigration. SENATE ADJOURlfS Out of Rcipect to tlie Memory of Senator Earl e. WASHINGTON, May 24.-The death of Senator Karle. of Sputh Carolina, was 1 referred to In eloquent terms in Chaplain [ Mil burn's prayer In the senate to-day. i Following ttils Mr. Tillman, of South Carolina, made the formal announcement of Mr. Earle's death and offered a 1 resolution exprvsalnK the profound sorrow of tho Honate. As a further mark of ' respect the senate at 12:10 p. m., adjourned. '1 lie PoMal ('ongrcii, ' WASHINGTON, May 24-A special excursion ha* been arranged for the dele- j gate* to the Universal Postal Congrers. On Friday they will leave here for St. ; Louis on a special train. A brief stop will be made at Pittsburgh to permit the j t ho dolomites to inspect the works of the i WcKtinghouse Electric Company and ( the Carnegie Steel Company. Prom St. Louis they will go to Nashville,, Tenn., j to view the Tennessee Centennial Expo- , ?itlon, thence to Chicago and return via | Niagara Falls. The trip will last eiglit | i?r ten days. , A MliiUlrr (?ori liisanr. i NEW YORK. May 24.-Rev. William s Miehael Hick, formerly dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of Qulncy. Ills., and who | has held charges at Savannah, Ga., and St. Joseph, Mo., was arrested last 8aturday, charged with annoying Hlctiop Pot- I ters' household by persistent application:* i for a ministerial post. It was alleged i that Mr. llicks, who is nn Englishman and a preacher of rare eloquence, is In- ] sane, and an effort had been made to In- i flucc him to enter SL John's Land, a re- I treat for Episcopal clergymen on Ling i Island. To-dny Mr. Hicks consented to enter the retreat and the charge against i him was withdrawn. ] WamNiiull AIT>?ir, j JAMESTOWN, N. Y., May 24.-In re- > spnnse to n call for a state convention ! of the free silver Republicans of New \ York state to meet In this city to-day ? there was a umall gather! tin. A pivAin- I ble nnd resolutions were adopted affirm- I ins: adherence to the Republican party I and demanding the (ejection of the gold i standard ? >' that pariy. iien n. uoan was i?lectcd roprtscntativ? of tho mate to tho Chicago free allvcr nationul conference. A state commltlae waa appointed ami itlvnn power to transact the hUHlneaa and formulate the policy of tho free silver Republican party. < THE PRESBYTERIANS General Assembly Sends Birthday Greeting to Queen Victoria. VARIOUS MATTERS CONSIDERED At Msaday't SMaUa-Tb* Fmdmm'i loardRcpart-Hani MImUm ?a< th? Edualioul Otpartmaat ? Limit of Uraati toTbMlHtcal Iia4?ato-R<|wrtt on tb* PrtibfUrlan Balldtag la Hew York Uadtr DUcmMloa?a scuhusi in Um Baptist If acting at Pittsburgh* EAGLE LAKE, Ind.. War 2I.-The sessions of the general assembly of the Presbyterian church were opened today with devotional exercises, led by Elder Kilieen Van Rensaalaer. of New York. By a general consent reference to the parliamentary tangle on Saturday,regarding the Presbyterian building, was omitted from the minutes. Fraternal greetings were received from the convention of the United Brethren at Toledo, Iowa, and from the general assembly of the Southern Presbyterian church, at Charlotte, N. C. Replies were authorized to these and greetings were sent to the Cumberland assembly and genera) synod of reformed churches now In session. The first regular order was the report of the board of miisions to freed men. Among other things the report said: Although no new work had been projected for the past four years the board found Itself operating two lurge and fully equipped boarding schools for girls that were not on the list last year, one at Anniston. Alabama, and the other at West Point, Mississippi. The former was the generous gift of Mrs. Phlness M. Barber, of Philadelphia, the other the Mary Holmes aemlnary starting ruraln n lnmu? of nearly two yean*, the first building having been burned. The first mentioned cost fifty thousand dollars and Is out of debt. The latter cost thirty-nine thousand dollars and Is mortgaged for five thousand. Besides these two schools. Ml the other seventeen boarding schools had been retained, but the term* had been redured. Twelve are allowed only six months each, two five months and the parochial schools four months. The number of the latter had been reduced by twenty. The board had endeavored to carry on the work within Its reduced limits with the least possible outlay, and in the Interest of economy. The services of the treasurer as a salaried officer and also of the field iecretary had been dlapenscd with. These changes effected a reduction of expense of $2,996. Thf standing committee on this report reported through Dr. Thomas Lawrence. Ash'-ville. N. C.. chairman. Aflar reviewing the work of the board resolutions were introduced, commending the work and urging the board'* claim on the 4.000 non-contributing churches and individual givers. Special stress was laid on thp liability of ondommmWifpr Biddle University, Charlotte. NVCTThe secretary of the board. Dr. Edgar P. Cowan. Pittsburgh, then addressed the assembly. lama Minion Hoard. The second order of the morning was the report of the committee on home missions appointed last year to confer with the board in New York In reference to the methods of the work and retrenchment of the expenses. It was presented by Dr. Wllilam P. Kane. Bloomington. Ills., and closed with recommendations "that the board of home missions be directed so to reorganise Its methods of administration, the executive work shall be placed In charge of one secretary;" that the expenditures be made upon the basis of the estimates. made from the averages for several years preceding and that the policy of the board be to avoid debt. The proposed consolidation of treasuries In New York and Philadelphia was reported to be Inexpedient, the committee asked to be continued and Instructed, "to consider the best methods of promoting Harmony and co-operation between board of home missions and Presbyteries and synods desiring to Bupport and control their own work and to report to the next assembly. Congratulations to the Q???. At the opening of the Afternoon session of the assembly, Hon. John Wanamakcr was recognized and said: "Mr. Monitor. I rise t? put a question of privilege, believing thai the assembly would like to be reminded that to-day Is the anniversary of that most noble woman who reigns over the British kingSain. Inasmuch as the compact between -w.Ireland ombraces the West minster confession of faith. and her majesty. the queen. attends the PresbyterIan church while residing In Scotland, and In some measure belongs to our body from whom nil her Scottish chaplains are appointed. It sterns meet that some notice should bo taken of her birthday at thU particular time when the lCngllsh nation celebrates her diamond Jubilee. It lias b?rn well said of her that one does not know which to admire more, the nueenliness of the woman or the womanliness of the queen." Mr. Wanamaker Introduced the following. which the assembly ordered by a rising vote to be sent to the que*n: . "This day being the seventy-eighth anniversary of the blrUi and sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of her most gracious majesty Qu. en Victoria, whoso reign has lasted longer than that of any ather monarch In the last thousand years, this general assembly of the Presbyterian church In the United States of America deems It fitting and does hereby send motn cordial Christian greetings to both the Illustrious Christlnn sovereign ind the subject* of her gentle, generous iml rlghtouuf rule over the destinies of the empire over which the sun never jets." The regular order of the Afternoon was the consideration of the report of the !>oard of education. On motion of the board. me nsoniDiy resolve to place the limit of Itn grants to theological students at IM. oven If this ihould rosult In cutting off some students from old. The plans of the ftfth year for the theological students to be spent In practical ivork on the home mission field In volun:ary service received the approval of the iscembly. The second order was the discussion of 'report* on the Presbyterian building In Mew York. Dr. Duncan Brown* Tarklo. ; Mo., opened the debate. He offered a < jrubstltute for the reports before the aslembly, ikvinR the disposal of the premises at Twelfth and Twentieth streets. Mew York, to the action of the boards, expressing appreciation that the labors >f the member* of the name, and advising ;he sale of the Twentieth street property. l>r. Wilson Plmraner, member of the hoard .f home missions, defended the ' majority report. He claimed that the .u of the bulMIng would soon cover he who!oo-.t, an.I that consequently it ivas a g.od Investment. The speaker ro- < irrtted t?? llnd a vplrlt of antagonism In , he assembly tospr .i?l fabo rumors. Several other speeches were made tinier the live minute rule, but without : bringing out any new points. At the adjournment the discussion went over a* unfinished business. The annual union meeting of the Woman'* Board of Foreign Missions was held to-duy. The morning session was devoted to suKjfestlonn as to foreign missionary work from ladles of the several boards and the s|*eeches by soma of the missionaries themselves. Mrs. If. H. Fry. Dr. Kva H. Field, Mrs. R J. Mitchell and Rev. Frank E. Hosklns, addressed the afternoon session. The evening popular meeting In Interest of the work among freedmen was presided over by Hon. John Wanainaker. BAPTIST MISSIONS. Union Convene* In Plllibarih. PITTSBURGH. Pa., May 34.-After devotional exercises, conducted by Rev. Kmory W. Hunt, of Ohio, the eightythird anniversary of tho American Baptist Missionary Union began In tha Fourth avenue Baptist church at 10 o'clock this morning. The American Baptist Missionary Union, organized May 18. 1814. has charge of all foreign mission work and alro has a number of institutions, for higher education established under Its control In foreign lands. The convention was callod to order by Rev. Henry F. Colby, of Ohio, the president. after which the report of the executive committee was presented. The report gave an Interesting account of the work done during the past year. Tho treasurer's report showed that be received $467,101 89 from the following sources: Donations. $258,298 95; legacies. $45,740 59; woman's society of the east. $75,985 S3; woman's of the west, $30,770 IS; woman's society of California. $1,778 43; Woman's society of Orsgon. $385; Bible day collection. $1,311 44; additions to permanent funds and bond accounts, $16,140; Income on funs. $31.322 W; Gordon memorial fund. $558 83; rent of mission property In Slam. $813 84. The donations were rec??ivea rrom uio following localities: Maine, 13,923 05; New Hampshire, 12.571 34; Vermont, $2705 13; Massachusetts, $45,949 77; Rhode Island, 15,043 85: Connecticut, W.6S* 89; Now York. $64,085 22; New Jersey, $11,821 4*1; Pennsylvania, 127,172 92; Ohio, $27,316 73; Illlnols,$19.9t725: Wisconsin, $8,532 15; Norway, $64 29; Denmark. $502 65; Swede. $540; England, $20: Spain, $7 82; Burmah. $6,215 92; Assam, $905 23; China, $1,245 48; Japan, $1,868 09; India. $6,776 69; Kongo. $72 50; Alaska. $3 66: miscellaneous. $3,209 93. The balance came from different portions of the United States. The expenditures were as follows; Appropriations. for the year, 1897-98, $580,855 58; added to permanent funds and bond accounts, $15,140; debt. April 1, 1896, $163,827 63; a total of $759,828 21; leaving the debt. April 1. 1897. $292,721 31 Of the $580,355 5S, appropriated tor th* year, $494 537 86 was for the various mission#. $'-',737 08 for publication; $19,? 504 40; for annuities. $26,810 95; for district secretaries, and nancies. $21,749 50; for executive officers, $11,233 82; for general expenses, and $4 2SI 86 for Interest account. A riruMtlon. After reading of the report Rev. W. H. Cossum, n missionary from Chin*, arose^and said he was opposed tp retrenchment. "You sent me to China to work." said he. "and you can't retrench me. You can't retard the work by retrenchment. lirst consecrate yourself to God; make your Rift clear and we will accept It. Otherwise we should not touch It. I don't say this about John D. Rockefeller particularly or alone, but to all who make such offers." This statement caused a profound sensation and for a moment there waa a painful silence, followed by scattering applause. A number of delegates followed Mr. Cossum In opposition to his remarks, but he chairman Anally dismissed the matter by spying, "When our brother has been longer in this country and becomes better acquainted he will modify his view*" The meeting then adjourned without taking action upon the report under consideration. The afternoon session was presided over by Rev. H. F. Colby, D. D.t of Ohio, who conducted opening devotional services. Addresses by returned missionaries followed. Rev. George W. Taft. missionary to Japan, made an interesting: address. Ha said: "Eight years ago there were 1,000 Baptists there and now there were 2,000. Eight years ago the churches had a theological seminary which was a disgrace to the Baptists. Now they had one of the best equipped seminaries in Japan. The boys' school existed eight years ago only in the minds of the mlsslonarlea und a few friends at home. Now thejr had such a school, with buildings and grounds which are a credit to all concerned." The board of managers reported on the educational status of the several colleges and made some recommendations. after which the meeting adjourned until to-morrow. PAEDOir IBREGULAB Gov. PlnerMTwTnedDew* by the Lagt?. Iallr? Commlttvf. DETROIT. Mich.. May 24.-A apecial to the Tribune from Lansing. Mich., says the legislative committee tvhlch j Investigated the pardon by Governor \ Plngrce of convict Wlxom, an Inmate of the Jackson state prison, reported fo-nlght that the pardon was irregular and Intimated that Syhrant WesseUui, state railroad commissioner. waa responsible for it. The committee reported testimony to the effect that Weasel* lus was to have gotten $500 for hla influence in securing the iiardon and charges that the railroad commissioner Is guilty of contempt In having failed I to respond to a subpoena summoning hlin beforo the committee. The committee report that Deputy Warden W teaman, who is a friend of Wesselius, interested himsolf in getting Wlxom pardoned out on the supposition that he would receive 12,000 for it. Ambassador Porter PARIS, May 24.?General Horace Porter. the new United States ambassador to Franco, was received to-day by tho French minister for foreign affairs, M. it I.mnmI IVinlnp n'lll h*vn an audience with President Faun? on Wednesday. Mr. Henry Vijmnud, secretary of the United Stages embassy to-day presented ; to M. Hanotaux the membcra of the United State* bl-metalllc connmhwton. Senator Edward O. WohxKt, of Colorado; ex-Vice President Adlal E. Stevenson, of Illinois, and General Charles Jackson Paine, of Massachusetts. Wfilhtr Forfcul for Tontar. For West Virginia, generally fair, warmer; northerly winds, neeorolnsr variable. For Western Pennsylvania; partly cloudy wenther In the morning; fair In the afternoon: southerly winds. Tor Ohio, ffenernliy fMlr. warmer; northerly winds, becoming variable. t.ocat 'I'tmiwnitnn. The temperature yesterday as observed by t\ Rchnepf. druggist. eorner Fourteenth uinl Market htrcet??, was as follows; 7 a. in M | .1 p. m 68 ' 1 ? a. S i 7 P- m * 78 I Weather?Chanflo. '