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- -- 11(i" WIIELLIyC' ^ 1^ FEBRUARY 9, 1899. PUICE TVV0 CENTS.{nvzcnm.
AGU1NALD0 SUES
General Otis for Cessation of
Hostilities, and Conference,
WHO DECLINES TO ANSWER.
The War Department Leaves it to
His Discretion
AS TO HIS FUTURE ACTION.
The Twentieth Kansas Distinguishes
lisrjr Tuesday Kvenhig in a Brilliant
Charge Into a Bamboo Jungle.
The Kneiny J)riven Before<Them
Like Chan* ? Filipiifo Loss Very
Heavy?The Situation at Manila is
liowone orConlidenee?The Power
and Itifiueiieo of the Insurgent
Chien-inreetuallY Broken.
MANILA, Feb. 0. 11 a. m.?The Filipinos
at Caloocan opened lire last
evening just before midnight upon the
Kansas outposts on the extreme left
of the American Hue.
They maintained a fusllade of musketry.
supplemented by an occasional
shot from two big guns,' for about 110
minutes. The Americans did not reply.
The enemy 11 red at long range and nobody
was hurt. All was quiet along
the rest of the line and there was no
change in the American position during
the night.
The First Wyoming Infantry relieved
the Twenty-third Infantry at the water
works yesterday, the latter returning
to provost guard In the city, which Is
gradually resuming its normal appearance.
The Tennessees have Just sailed for
Hollo on the transport St. Paul. General
Milfcr's forces now consist of Battery
(5, the Sixth and Eighteenth regular
infantry regiments ar.d half a si:r
nal company, with the Baltimore, Boston
and Petrel.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 8.?'The war department
to-day received the following
dispatch:
MANILA, Feb. S.?Situation rapidly
improving. Iteconnolssance yesterday
to south, several miles, to Lagunade
bay. to southeast, eight miles, driving
utraRiding insurgent troops In various
directions, encountering no decided opposition;
army disintegrated and natives
returning to villages displaying
white Near5, Caloocan, six miles
north. iny made a stand behind entrenchments;
charged by Kansas
troops, led by Colonel Funston. Close
encounter, resulting in rout of the enemy.
with heavy kiss. Loss to Kansas:
Lieutenant Alford . killed; six men
wounded.
":t tii-. 4th Agulnaldo issued a proclamation.
charging tin? Americans with
initiative and declared war; Sunday Issued
another, calling all to resist foreign
Invasion: his influence throughout
this section destroyed: now applies for
a cessation of hostilities and conferdai.lln/./l
.. ... T 1
pent expectation of rising: in elty on the
flight (if tin? 4th unrealized. Provost,
marshal general, with admirable disposition
of troops, defeated every at toinpt.
<_*ity quiet: business resumed;
natives respectful and cheerful. Fighting
qualities of American troops a revelation
t" all inhabitants.
(Signed) OTIS.
GALLANT CHARGE
Of ihe Kiinsus Troops?Sharpshooters
(.'leaned out?The Filipinos Lose
Heavily?American Loss Small.
, MANILA. Feb. S.?Noon.?Last evening
as the Filipinos at Caloocan were
evidently massing for a night attack
upon the American left wing. Companies
B, C and I, of the Twentieth Kansas
infantry, were ordered to attack and
drive the sharpshooters from a bamboo
Jungle in front of the firing lines, where
they had caused considerable annoyance
all the afternoon. The battalion
charged brilliantly, driving the enemy
iikc cniiit ana penetrating to the very
heart of Caloocan.
First Lieutenant A. C. Alford, as cabled
last night, was killed while leading
his company. lie was shot in the
forehead. Sergeant Jay Sheldon. Company
I, was seriously wounded. Privates
Daniel Hewitt. KrnestSeltz, John
fjillihan and two others, members of
Company II, were slightly wounded.
Thirty dead Filipinos were counted
hi the brush, and many more wounded.
The gunboats Concord and Callao kept
.up an incessant lire from tin.' bay, the
Concord dropping many shells In the
town with telling effect. In order to
avoid accidents from this source Genial
Otis was compelled to recall tlu?
Kansas battalion after burning the outskirts
of tiie town. Wither the shells
the American warships or the natives
thonw'lves fired a number of buildings
within the town limits. Presumably
'liis was the result of the shelling. No
further attempt to attack during the
. night was made by cither side.
The Spanish papers naturally comment
in favorable terms upon the a?lmirable
order maintained in Manila.
Tic- Union lberiea says: "We are satisfied
that tiie Americans, who for the
c-ati-r part are volunteers, fought
I coolly and with perfect discipline, and
demonstrated the spirit which animated
them. The Filipinos, who are aceust'.rn'
d to lighting in trenches and with
. liioun, in?u tougui iirnvoiy,
hut with rnurh less precision ami regularity."
The situation to-day Is practically
Unchanged. The American lines have
not be.'n appreciably extended and the
troop* generally are taking nuiehn"f(i,(i
rost. Ueconnolssances show
that the Filipinos are in force In the
*lll:i?fH of J'aHlfj an?l Parannque, probably
7,000 men at the latter place, witlistrong
fortincutlons. All i:' quiet I
J^ng the line when this dispatch was j
at ji0011.
'Hi- provost guard is in absolute conhoi
of Manila. All fears of ivimtlve upM'lnt;
in tin. city were dispelled by the
Promptitude which quelled the outbreak
f':! Monday evening. 'I'he street*: were
"lesr-rted last evening by o'clock, and i
'"Ha light was to be H?eri in the'nntlve
'I'Jnrtcr.
Tin- Killplnos, accustomed to Spanish
are constantly inquiring ?'f
American soldiers when the pri:"?n^'
ft" to he executed. Th--y seem till- i
^ I" i? ii1 i/e that orders have not al- |
ready i.-. j, is;juj:d for the execution.
Indeed, headquarters Is besieged by
women anxious to plead for the lives of
their relatives and friends. V'-.'"'/
All is'quiet at Cavlte. Owing to the
lack 6f supplies in the adjacent village
of San ltoque, Commissioner MUUken
has been authorized to soil necessaries
to those able to pay for them, and there
will be a distribution of free rations to
others. The rebels, It appears, had
loopholed a church tower In Cavlte; evidently
with the purpose of occupying Jt
w 11h sharpshooters.
Senor Agulllos, the Filipino ex-commlssloner,
made an unofllclal visit to
CJeneral Otis to-da^. To-morrow is the
first day of the Chinese new year, and
orders have been issued prohibiting
fireworks. Pumping at the water works
lias been resumed.
General Hale's briRade, consisting of
the First South Dakota Infantry; First
Colorado infantry, and First Nebraska
Infantry, supported by a battery of the
Utah light artillery, occupies the most
advanced post in the American line,
fully ten miles from the base of supplies.
Il has an almost perfect position.
Four guns of the Utah artillery stationed
on a hill behind the water works
command the\ valley to the right and
left and the foothills in front.
Two companies of the Colorado** support
the -Urd Infantry, which is encamped
at the rese'rvoir, three miles,to
the rear. Outposts line- the ridge overlooking
the valley, while a. sand l?ns entrenchment,
with gun emplacements
fronts the river.
Yesterday the Utah dropped shells Into
the villages across the- river. The natives
disappeared among the hills, the
main body retiring to the right and the
others scattering. Subsequently, the
Americans reconnoltered and found the
village of San Pedro completely deserted.
They did no: burn it and to-day
the villagers returned In nnall parties,
bearing bamboos to which white flass
were fastened. They kept, however, nut
of range. Later signal tires were lighted
alonjr the ridge on the other side of
the valley.
The American troops arc in. excellent
spirits and appear to regard their experience
as a picnic rather than a stern
reality. One burly Coloradan who was
discussing the capture of the. water
works, said it reminded him oi a rabbit
drive on the? Colorado plains.
General Ovenshine's brigade, tiie
Fourth cavalry, Fourteenth infantry,
and First North Dakota infantry on the
right ilid some reeonnoitering to-day,
but otherwise has been taking matters
easily. The First Washington Infantry,
the First Idaho infantry and the North
Dakotas arc strung out from blockhouse
No. 11 to the old Spanish trenches
southwest of the Malate fort, where the
14th infantry is quartered.
A few native houses from which shots
have been fired, were burned, but most
of the others are either vacant or
marked with white Hags.
The enemy is obviously concentrated
at Paranaque. General King's brigade,
which includes the First California infantry.
First Idaho infantry, First
Wyoming infantry, and First infantry
has been compelled to destroy the village
of San Padro Macate, as the natives
moving from house to house, fired
from the windows "as the Americans advanced.
The Fourth cavalry hns hugely
enjoyed foraging for food. All that is
left of Paco and Santa Ana is occupied
by the Californians.
TENSION RELIEVED
a ? /-? ? -
.11 II "III llilj .*>
Nows I'rom General Olis ? Aguinahlo's
IMea lor Cessation ol* Hostili.
ties.
WASHINGTON*. D. C., Feb. S.?There
was an almost complete release to-day
of the tension under which the rapid
occurrence of events in the Philippines
has held the otllcials of the administration
since the lirst startling: rtews from
Manila, Saturday night. This was
brought about through the receipt of a
bulletin from General Otis summing up
the latest results of the lighting he* has
had with the natives.
The statement- that Aguinaldu's lnlluence
had been destroy til and that
the Filipino leader was seeking for a
cessation of hostilities and for a conference
whs most acceptable .nd was
Interpreted as an admission that he
had realized his terrible mistake.
It Is entirely improbable that he will
be able to restore anything like the
status quo or to obtain anything like
the same terms as were possible last
week. No one here now knows Just
what General'Otis Intends to Impose
this afternoon repeated his statement of
yesterday that ho had given the general
no instructions since the battle, anrl
saw no reasons for giving any. He realized,
he said, that General Otis, being
on the ground nnd having proved his
fitness, was in better position to deal
with the situation than any one in
Washington. Should the general ask
permission, therefore, to do anything,
he would be granted permission immediately.
"Should he ask fur instructions on
any point," said Secretary Alger, "he
will he told to exercise his own discretion."
In this view of the case It will be
sceti that no one here t an tell ut present
how General Otis will act toward Aguinaldo's
application. Kut the opinion
is expressed by men bore who know
General Otis' experience with the Indians
that lie will mako the laying down
of arms the condition of dealing witty
the insurgents at all, and If thnt condition
is met of course it will mean a
speedy termination of the rebellion,
acioncili.o ])i:ploki:s
The Outbreak of Hostilities?And so
do .>l:my Ol hers.
LONDON, Feb. S.?The Filipino Junta
here lias received a cablegram from
Agonclllo, the agent of Agulnaldo, dated
Montreal, February 7, "deploring the
hostilities, which have had the effect of
.V?.,11MB uir-iuuiiuitiuii ot hi-: iiea?;u
treaty."
Agoncillo says in- i?elleves the outbreak
wan provoked by 4.I10 Americans
III niilnl' lit i.-icur.. ' lui f ll<n
treaty and declares that the Filipinos,
"far from belnj? the- aggressors, were
taken by surprise and were unprepared."
Anoncillo said further that since war
had been declared It would never be
stopped till tlur Americans made overtures
for piMiee. They would be willing,
however, to have a mutual conference.
The principal reason why they opposed
American rule was that from what tin y
had > :i 11 p t ? now of tin* .American
soldier.", the Filipinos would simply be
slaves. H" says lie hos sent six telegrams
t?i \\'a::.iinf,'ton and lias not yet
received a single reply.
MONTREAL. Feb, K.?.lunn Luna and
an unknown Filipino arrived here today.
Luna In Htopplnpr at the Wind.-'-?r
hoiel, but tile unknown went to the Albion.
Luna said that h- had .simply
come to visit fifs friend, Aptncdlo, nnil
iv.'urvd ( tail: fin tie r A:;.?:iell|,. u\.:.
h t a and ar,:< (! e.h-.ut his cablegram t ?
tin Junta, in London. He admitted that
he had sent such n teleKraiu and intimated
that thev" were In a. position to
prove that General Otis had l)6cn orderoil
to bring: on a conflict fo us to force
the pvace treaty through the sennit..
He said he was being kept pretty well
posted on whatever was being: don?;
against his country.
areIeeping. mum.
TIie "War and Navy Departments will
Give out Nothing In lloril to Kitture
Plans In Philippines?Surrounded
by Spies.
WASHINGTON, Feb. S'.?Reverting to
the policy pursued during the late war
with Spain, the ofllclals of the war department,
as well as those of the navy,
decline most positively to afford any ln-(
formation for publication respecting the
Instructions given or to be given to the
military and naval commanders in the
Philippines. With spies in Canada, and
even In Washington, with Philippine
juntas in the European capitals and in
llong Kong, and with malicious spirits
in Europe to contend with, the department
says it will have all it can do
to get news of its Intentions to the
American commanders in the Philippines
in season to prevent the Insurgents
from profiting by It. Therefore
they refuse to give any information as
to what Instructions will be sent to
Otis respecting the application by
Agulnaldo for n cessation of hostilities
and a conference.
Nevertheless there Is little reason to
believe that up to tills point at leastno
Instructions have been sent. As before
stated, the administration has unlimited
confidence In General Otis' military
abilities, and they are congratulating
themselves that his experience
in Indian warfare Is exactly what Is
needed for the safe conduct of the
American campaign now. Ho will know
just how much confidence to place in
this overturned time of war.
The history of the insurrection of the
Filipinos Is said to be full of us many
instances of bad faith on tholr part
as could be found In one of our own
Indian'catnpaigns. The plea of Agulnaldo
is therefore likely to be left with
General Otis, and it will be for hlni l<?
judge whether it is a proper offer of
submission In good faith or nothing
more than a cunning device to gain
time to reorganize and relnsplrit their
badly /demoralized forces. The news
conveyed by Otis was received with
great gratification as at least holding
out a hope of a more speedy termination
of hostilities on Iaizon than was
expected after the llrst outbreak.
There is no reason to believe that the
President lias changed his policy respecting
tin? treatment of the Filipinos
because'of the battle, and it is believed
that if they are content.to profit by
the severe lesson administered to them
he will be willing to receive them as
erring children and treat them with as
great a degree of liberality as their
state and a due regard for the interests
of the United States and of civilization
will permit.
It is thought at the war department
that the large number of wounded Filipinos
in the .hands of the American
forces, while they will prove somewhat
burdensome and will make a heavy
draft on the resources of the medical
department, will prove a good thing- in
the end. The wounded Filipinos cared
for in the American hospitals and fed
with American rations, it is believed,
will make ver\^^tiy^^J^^yVs
when they return to tlu-ir uwiijVufiTe.
The idea of wounded prisoners being
carefully nursed and cared for, it is
said, will be a wholly new experience to
the Insurgents.
The situation is likened to that existing
in Cuba before the assault on
Santiago. The Spanish prisoners captured
at San Juan and Caney said very
frankly after the battle that they would
not have resisted with oue-lialt' the de
hi iiuiuuiuii inv.v urn ji;m uiey uoi ot'en
repeatedly assured by the Spanish authorities
that the Americans never took
prisoner.'? except to scalp and torture
them, and that it was far better t<> die
lighting In ti?e trendies than to fall into
the hands of the remorseless northern
invaders.
One ofiiccr in the department to-day
recalled in this connection his experl- i
ence before the attack on Caney, when
he was one of a reeonnoitering party
whicli went up to the edge of the town
and gathered in a large party of paeiticos,
who were out hunting mangroves.
The prisoners were simply limp
with terror when they were marched
back to Shnf tor's quarters. After they
hud been fed and iiuestioned they were
turned loose, their capture being made
only to protect the reeonnoitering party
while It was was beyond the American
lines, but they could not he driven back
to Santiago, and- remained within the
American headquarters until after the
surrender of the city. It is thought
that the Filipinos will prove quite as
susceptible to practical missionary
work.
Tin: wool <;ro\vi:rs
Of the Slate Fleet Association Olllecrs?Farmers'
Inst it nt?\
Special Dispatch to tlio Intelligencer.
CHARLESTON. W. Vn., Feb. S.?The
State "Wool Growers' Association held
Its annual meeting to-day and elected
olllcers for the ensuing year. They are:
S. C. Gist, of Brooke county, president;
,T. J. Echols, of Greenbrier county, vice
president; James Beall, of Brooke county,
secretary. Vice presidents were
chosen from the different counties represented.
The Stale Farmers' Institute held an
interesting session to-night. Olllcers
were chosen as follows: C. Brown,
of Charleston, president; James George,
of Mason county, vice president; I). -M.
Sullivan, of Charleston, secretary; T. J.
Malm, of Brooke county, rreusurer.
NATIONAL STEEL COM1WNY,
Including 1 lie Whitakcr 3!Ill, Incorporated
in New Jersey.
NEW YOltK, Feb. S.?The National
Stoel Company, which Is to control the
rolling mills of Ohio, Pennsylvania and
West Virginia, was incorporated In Jersey
City to-day. The rolling mills
which are absorbed are the Apollo Iron
mm steel Company, the CanonsburK
Iron ami Steel (Company, Kirkpatrlek K-.
Company, limited; l.<ocehhurK Iron
Works, r. II. Laufmnn & Co.,/limited;
Hyde Park Iron and Steel Company;
Republic Iron Works, Chat-tiers Iron
and Steel and the Sharon Iron and Steel
Company, limited, all of Pennsylvania;
Aetna-Standard Iron and Steel Company,
Cambridge Iron and Steel Company,
Falcon Iron and Steel Company,
New Philadelphia Iron and Steel Comj
puny, Itlncs Iron Company, Plqua Uoll!
ln^c Mill Company, StrntherH iron and
1 Steel Company and Cv.nton Itolllm;
I Mill Company, all of Ohio; the Whlta|
ker Iron Company, of Wheeling", W. Va.,
I I lie'Midland Steel Company, of Muncle.
| Ind., and the Newport Rolling Mill
i Company, of Newport, ivy.
The organization was perfected by
l)ankt < . Iiced, president of Die American
Tin-1 Male Com pan;, . W. i;. Leeds,
Henry Wlek and William H. Moore.
. 'I'he entire capital stock of the compa.
ides Is only $V)'H1,0OO. The National
I Steel Company has a. capital of only
5100,000, but It will later he Increased,
DAY OF" BUSINESS
111 the Legislature and a Notable
Lack of Polities.
THE DAVIS UNIVERSITY BILL
Abolishing: the Preparatory Department
lining Vigorously Opposed by
Friends of the Institution ? Their
Logical Reasons ? Ilcpdrl of Constitutional
Commission Adopted by
l lie Senate ? The Irreducible
School Fund to be Properly Applied.
Legal Holiday Passes tlie House.
Special Dispatch to tho Intclllgenccr.
CHARLESTON*, W. Va., Feb. 8.?Tills
was strictly a day oC business in the
legislature. With the exception of a
little Hurry in the house In the morning,
nothing occurred to disturb the equilibrium
of the members. The ripple was
created by Mr. Oldfleld, on a question of
personal privilege. A local morning paper
had published, anonymously, an
incomplete letter written several weeks
ago, by a member of the liouse to a
friend,In which the statement was made
that if the Democrats continued their
policy o:' unseating Republicans, the
Republicans Intended to secede and organize
a new hou.se. Mr. Oldfleld stated
before the house that he was the author
of tin letter and charged that It had
been stolon from his desk, lie asked for
a committee to investigate. The house
granted his request and Messrs. Cutlight,
Bowman and Grant were appointed.
The committee made* Inquiries,
which developed that the letter had
been picked up by some one and liandedto
a correspondent. In view of these
Tacts it is believed that Mr. Oldfleld will
drop the mattew
Mr. Dent was not on hand to-day to
take Ids seat. He Is expected here .tonljjht.
The most Important actlon^df the senate
to-day was the adoption of the report
as amended by the senate of the
constitutional commission \fr Ocontnn
(Dem.)i was the only member who voted
against it. It will now go to the
house.
A bill was introduced in both the
senate and house providing1 for the
erection of a" lire proof building for the
supreme'court, auditors and treasurers'
oflices, state librarian, and the West
Virginia historical and antiquarian society.
It is -to cost not more than $D0.000.
The governor, president of the senate,
and speaker of the house are made a
committee to select and condemn asiti?
for the purpose. The bill is the result of
the Investigation made into the condition
of the state house by a Joint committee.
Mr. Hurst's bill setting aside
certain days and half days as legal holidays
passed the house to-day. The
days set aside are: New Year's day:
Washington's birthday; the Fourth of
Juiv; Decoration Day; Christmas Day,
any national or state election day, and
all days that may be appointed or rec'ommended
b{; the governor of the stat?|,
of-*'K^W?-nt-of-thcUnited States;- Arrrother
important measure passed by the
house was Mr. Bowman's bill for the
establishment ami maintenance of public
libraries und reading rooms for the
benefit of the schools. The question as
to whether such improvements are desired
is to be submitted to the- voters of
each school or independent school district.
That University Measure.
The committee on education is now
attracting more interest from the outside
than any other committee in the
house. Not that it has more on Us
hands than any of the committees, as
that burdensome honor belongs always
to the committee on the judiciary.butthe
fcrmer has now under consideration a
matter which Is" attracting attention
from all parts of the state?the question
of abolishing the preparatory department
of the .state university. The measure
was introduced by Mr. Davis, of
Harrison, several days a^o, but lias not
yet been considered by the committee,
which desired to jiive the opponents of
the bill outside of the legislature a
chance to bo heard.
The object <?f the bill, as has been
stated before, is to raise the standard of
the university. The opponents of the
measure regard n as :i very doubtful
improvement.If not a positive evil. They
claim that the preparatory branch i.'
absolutely essential because of the limited
standard of the schools of the state,
except in the lutgest towns that have
high schools, and that to abolish it
would beau irredeemable error.
Senator Fast, who is bitterly against
the bill, and is a member of the faculty
tff the university, states that the expense
-to the state of maintaining the
preparatory department is merely nominal,
ouly :t few additional instructors
being employed. The remainder of th ?
corps of instructors is made up of the
regular members of the faculty.
Hon. George O. Sturgiss. preside!t of
the board of regents of the university,
is here'fighting the bill: and it is expected
that President Raymond and
other ollicinls of the university will appear
before the committee to argue
again*t it.
The Irreducible School l-'uml.
The amendment passed by the'senate
yesterday, providing for the distribution
of the irreducible school fund, is
probably the most important feature of
the report of the constitutional commission;
and is one part of that report
which ought to become a law. It will let
out of the coffers of the state for the use
of the free schools and otlur educational
institutions, thousands of dollars that
are now doing nothing more than drawing
Interest. As the amendment passed,
i! will ho ten years before the fund
is distributed, so that tin? generation
now growing up will derive some benefit
from the Jund. But the idea of
hoarding for generations still unborn,
wiiile the poor country districts are now
clamoring; for more and better edticn*
lion, 11ns nnpiowl-u jibuil vu many ui
tin? members as unjust.
Tin* amendment, as originally proponed
!>{ ' Mr. .Smith, provided f.ir the
distribution of tin: fund in annual Installments
for live years. .Mr. Whltnker
wanted it to cover llftecti years, and a
compromise was therefore made on ten.
The hoard which is j.> take charge of
lh?' fund, consists of the governor, superintendent
of schools, -treasurer, and
attorney general.
Delegate Frank llannlson Is much
phased over the passage of his Berkeley
Springs bill. lie Hteercd It through
himself and succeeded in getting it. Cent
to the senate on the very day of the
p i: r:;i The bill legalises and nuthorizon
the execution of a lease and
agreement made by th?? .trustees of the
eelebratrd Berkeley Sprint's property
t?? Dr. Charles U\ i'ha;hvll.?;\ ?>f Baltimore.
The. lease wns originally made,
under a deed approved by the legislature
of J8:>7, with.Joint K. llcrrcll, of
V
Washington. D. C., of whom Dr. Chancellor
became the assignee. Dr. Chancellor
found It Impracticable to comply
with the provisions of the original lease
and a new deed was therefore prepared.
This is the contract Just approved by
the house..
Attorney* General Rucker Is advocating
the- passage of a measure requiring
corporations to pay licenses on u sliding
scale; that is. in proportion to the
amount of their capital stock. He is also
In favor of several other changes in
the corporation laws, one of which into
permlL*ccrporjtlons to hare as large a
capital stock as they may desire, without
putting any limitation upon them
ftj ot present. His idea was embodied
in Mr. Ashby's bill, which was defeated
yesterday.
A bill was introduced in the house
yesterday, providing that the county
courts shall provide for the education of
children received Into the county infirmaries.
The education of these children
Is to be conducted under the supervision
of the county superintendent
of schools.
Senator Anthony Smith was shocked
at the failure of his anti-prize fighting
bill. The senator can construe the notion
of his fellow senators in no other
light than a fondness for the sport
themselves. He thinks it ought to have
gone through and is disappointed over
its untimely defeat.
BIG ADVAXCi: IN WAGKS
To Take Place at American Steel ami
Wire Company's "Works.
CHICAGO, Feb. S.?President Lambert,
of the American Steel and Wire
company, to-day made the following
announcement relative to a sweeping
advance in the wages of the employes
of his company, which is to become effective
by March !:
Advance to all employes earning up
to $1.50 a day. 10 per cent: $1 5.") to 5per
day, 7% per cent., and $2 03 to $2 50
a day, 5 per cent.
Altogether about thirty thousand employes
of the company, chiefly in Illinois.
Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania,
will be benefitted by the raise. The employes
of the company who work on a
tonnage scale will receive proportionate
raises of the appraised value of
their labor. The advance In wages,
President Lambert says, will mean an
annual amount between $700,000 and
$1,000,000.
ih'.moci:ats will stick
no Reason to Change.
HARRISBURG, Pa.. Feb. S.?Senator
J. Henry Cochran, of Lycoming, chairman
of tjib joint Democratic caucus tonight
said that lie -had no request by
any Democratic legislator to call that
body together to consider the senatorial
dead-lock. "We unanimously nominated
Mr. Jenks uk our candidate for senator."
.Mr. Cochran added, "and then !
adopted a .resolution that we would
stand by the nomination we had made
until two-thirds of the whole membership
should decide otherwise. I see ho
good reason, nor has any been advanced
so far as 1 have heard, for changing Mr.
Jenks for any other Democrat and it
seems to me it will be time enough to
consider making a change when it is
shown that some other Democrat would
b.> stronger or likely to receive aid from |
Republicans. Vp to this time nothing I
of this kind has be-en developed." i
Mr. Cochran declares there is nothing,
Th tne'fuhioredljreuk"in the Democratic |
ranks.
McCntTe.II tlury Hill.
HARRISBURG. Pa., Feb. S.?The Mc- I
Carroll jury bill passed first reading i:i !
tin? house this morning without a single
dissenting vote. The opposition to the
measure decided last night to abandon
their filibustering tactics and to meet
the issue squarely. When the bill is taken
up for second reading, they will attempt
to prevent Its passage. If they
fall they will renew the flcjht on third
reading.
The opposition have prepared a series
of amendments 10 the bill, which tlie.v
will offer when the measure is considered
on second reading. The Stables fee
bill passed second reading and a bill extending
to the cities of the second class
the act of May 24, 1897. which authorizes
cities of the first class to appropriate$f>00 j
annually Tor the support of each company
of the national guard passed finally.
Same old Story.
HARRISBURG, Pa.. Feb. S -There Is |
still no change In the senatorial election.
Hugh B. Eastburn gained two votes today.
Edmiston and Martin changing
from Colonel K. A. Irwin. Norton went
from Irvln to Stone. Senator Quay was
again thirteen votes short of the number
necessary to elect. The vote follows:
Quay, lOti; Jenks, SO; Dalzeli, It;
Stone. 0; Stewart, 5: Eastburn, fi: Huff.
Irvln. Rice. I'; Markle. 1; Tubbs, i';
Smith, 1: Grow, l; Riter, AVidener. J.
Total. necessary to a choice. ll!?;
paired, H; absent without pairs, 1; no
choice.
Aliii-Quay 3hiss fleeting.
PHJDADKLPHM, Pa., Feb. S.?A
mass meeting of citizens in opposition
to the re-election of Senator Quay was
held at the academy of music to-night.
Major 15. A. Hancock, of this city, pre
sided, and a large delegation of antiQuay
members of the legislature, headed
by Senator Flinn, of Pittsburgh,
came from Ilarrisburg. Ex-Postmaster
(Jeneral John Wanamaker occupied a
box, but did not speak. The speakers
were Senator Flinn and Congressman
Dalzell. of Pittsburgh; Senators Henry, I
uf Philadelphia, and "Waller, of Cam- I
brla, and Jtepresentatlve Koontv:, of
Somerset.
Hart-Duncan.
Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. S.?The
cards are out announcing the marriage
on February 1, of J. Will Hart, oi the
United States army, nnd Miss Grace L.
Duncan, of Poughkeepsie, New York.
The marriage look place in the Madl- 1
son Avenue Presbyterian church. New '
York City. Dr. Hart Is a son of Capt.
.1. K. Hart, long a resident or New .Martinsville.
nml is at present stationed at
Sheridan's Point, near this city, lie is
ait assistant surgeon in the army, having
been commissioned last summer. He ,
and his bride are domiciled at the
camp, ills father is assistant chief of I
division in the pension otllce.
A (iootl "Ail."
MAUIOX. Ohio, Feb. S.?Mrs. Gencurn. '
JoJmstono-Ulshop, the well known soprano
wrti* to-day granted a divorce '
from her husband, Dr. Hishop, of Chicago.
There was aio defense, tlie petition 1
??t: Mrs. Hlshop alloffinpr non-support.
Mrs. Mishap will at once start on a concert.
tour.
Movements ol'Sleamslilp*..
NJv\V YOJ1K -Arrived: Hrenierhnven
from Antwerp: Alesla. from Marseilles.
UOTTKUIMM ?Arrived: Veendam
from New York. 4
SOUTHAMPTON ? Arrived: Saale
from New Yolk; St. Paul from New
York.
MR.DOVENER'S BILL
X'orlircctiorf of New Government
liuiKIiii); in Wheeling.
$500,000 TO BE APPROPRIATED
For the Xcw Structure ?Tho First
"West Virginia Congressman Misrepresented
in Relation to tho Inclusion
or the l)ain at Marietta in
jinvrn mm xiariJOrs 1 SI 11 ? UlU/.CIIH
of that City Give the Wroiijj man
Thanks ? A Surprise Promised iu
MicXAyuI Appropriation Hill ? Reorganization
ol" the Academy to ho
Recommended,
Special Dispatch to tho Intclllcencer.
WASHINGTON', D. C.. Feb. S.-Rcpre?entatlvc
Dovener's bill, presented
yesterday afternoon, providing1 fo? the
purchase of a site and for the erection of
a public building -thereon in tho city of
Wheeling,authorizes an appropriation of
JGOO.OOO.
The secretary of the treasury is to
acquire the site bp purchase or condemnation.
and the building is to be of
sufllclent capacity to accommodate the
United States court, postoffice and other
government offices in the city. Upon
completion of the new structure the
secretary of the treasury will have th?
authority to sell at public auetlof or
otherwise the property known as the
custom house, postoflice and government
building, and to deposit the protninrlc
n-llh Hi.. .v.
Stales. '
THE MARIETTA DAM.
A False Statement in Regard to Representative
Dovener's Action.
Marietta Gives Thanks to tho
"Wrong 1'arty.
Spcclal PIsnatch to the IntcUlcenccr.
WASHINGTON, Feb. S.?The story
got abroad by some means, and was
printed in several Ohio papers, anent
the passage of the rivers and harbors
bill by the house, that Representative
Dovener, one of the main champions of
the measure, had opposed the inclusion
of the appropriation for the dam below
Marietta. According to the report circulated,
Mr. Dovener opposed the item,
and it was only through the intervention
of Representative Berry, of the
committee, and Representative Shattuc,
of a Cincinnati district, that it was
saved at the last minute.
So circumstantially was this told that
the citizens of Marietta believed it, and
the authorities there passed resolutions
thanking 31 r. Shattuc for his kindness.
There is no truth in this story, as
every member of the rivers and harbors
committee and others well konws.
"VVI.IIo Hi.. Hill -?
Representative Gro&venor -usked Mr.Dovener
to sec that the'Marietta dam
was provided for. He was then informed
that Mr. Dovener was already
intending to move for that very item.
Representative Van Vorhis was also solicitous
about it, and asked Mr. Dovener
to use his influence in the matter. lie
also was informed of Captain Dovener's
purpose, and was told that the Marietta
dam was a part of the scheme for present
consideration.
Upon Mr. Dovener's motion the appropriation
for the dum near Wheeling
was included, and upon his mation,
also, immediately thereafter, the Marietta
dam was provided for. That is all
there is to say by way of refutation of
the charge against Mr. Dovener, except
to inquire'upon what grounds anyone
could be induced to believe he'would
object to. much less openly oppose, the
appropriation for the Marietta improvement.
The dam in which he was most
directly interested was already provided
for, and certainly an additional dam
would only strengthen the general
cause?the improvement of the Ohio
river.
The false report was called to Mr.
Dovernor's attention by Mr. Grosvenor,
whose knowledge of the facts led him to
express surprise that any such statement
had gone abroad.
WILL CONTAIN A SURPRISE..
Naval Appropriation Hill will Have a
Provision lor Itcorgani/.alion of (lie
Naval Academy.
Special Dispatch to the Intclllgenccr.
WASHINGTON. D. C., Feb. $.?It Is
stuled upon good authority that the
naval appropriation bill to be submitted
in a day or two will contain a stirprise
in the form of a suspension of
payments to the naval academy at Annapolis,
and a recommendation for the
appointment of a joint special committee
of three representatives and three
senators, whose duty will be-to prepare
a general plan for the reorganization of
the establishment.
The circumstances which have preceded
this action are not made public nor,
indeed, has the decision of the committee
with respect to the recommendation
noted been formally announced, but it
is pretty certain that payments w ill be
withheld and the commission appointed.
Some trouble anent'the construction of
new buildings at Annapolis has for
some time confronted the secretary of
the- navy, and it is believed nt the department
that this has something to do /
with the proposition for reorganization.
The action of the committee will of
course in no way interfere with the
work* of the institution, as the educational
features are not involved. The
move is to be made on other lines and
:?ffect principally the management outside
the academical work.
ucpatriaUou of Spanish Troops.
WASIHN\;T0X. 1>. c.. Kcb. S.?The
repatriation of the Spanish troops In
the Philippines is now beinp prosecuted
with energy. Cleno'.al Otis has notllled
the department that lie had In Manila
recently C.600 prisoners to return to
Spain. Of these 2.000 have already been
shipped and of the remaining: 11,600 h<?
proposes to ship 12ft olllc?rs and l.SOO
inen on two of the Spanish transportation
company steamers now at Manila,
it is expected that these vessels will
start about the 11th.
Weather Forecast for To-day.
Vor \Vosf. Virginia, fair; continued cold;
For WY.-u-ni lYniisylvanla and Ohio,
lair; continued cold; luisk wi-st winds,
laical TiMnjiornturc.
Th- tempera tun? yesterday us observed
by ?'. Schnepf, drunnht. corner Market
nui Fourteenth stieots, was us follows:
7 m 11 ;\ p. m 17
n. in 1? | 7 p. in <&
12 in 15 i "Weather?Fair.

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