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LECISLATION SUBJECT DEEPLY ENGROSSES SENATORIAL MINDS. PLANS THAT ARE PROPOSED May Be Made Subject of Amend ments to Army Appro priation Bill. Washington, Feb. 8-Reports to the effect that the republican leaders of the senate have formulated definite plans for legislation during the present session of congress on the Cuban and Philippine questions are premature, but the leaders are engaged in an earn -eat effort to find a solution of the difficulties which beset them. The Cuban problem offers far greater intricacies than the Philip pines and is looked upon as liable to call for much prompter legislation. '-' There is a general disposition to ac cept the Spooner bill as a sufficient pronouncement on the- Philippine question and it is now the plan to have Senator Lodge, chairman of the Philippine committee, propose this bill with possibly some modifications .as an amendment to the army appro priation bill. Senator Platt of Connecticut, chair man of the committee on relations with Cuba, also is cbntemplating the propriety and expediency of present ing an amendment to the army bill -covering the Cuban situation and he with other lawyers of the senate are giving much attention to the subject. They frankly admit the difficulties of the case, but generally are agreed that the situation demands action. The importance of the question as well as its delicacy is emphasized by the failure of the Cuban constitutional convention to take any steps toward defining the relation of Cuba to the United States. Evidently there is dis appointment over this failure and is some quarters it is construed as an evidence of hostility on the part of the Cuban leaders toward the government of the United States. The Cuban con vention is still in session and it. might yet act upon this point, but the gene ral opinion is that it will not do .so. Hope of securing congressional ac * tion upon the Cuban constitution at the present session of congr ss has been quite definitely abandoned and the most that is hoped for is to secure a declaration of the attitude of this country toward Cuba, which would be a guide to the president during the Scongressional interim. The present plan is to try to secure the incorpora tion of such a declaration in the army appropriation bill as the surest way of getting it through. There is, how ever, much difficulty in agreeing even upon this declaration and the diffi culty extends both to the form of the expression and the matter to be em braced in it. The ground to be tra versed is all new and both senators and other administration advisbrs are anxious that if anything is done at all it should be done in a way not to cre ate difficulties for the future. The probabilities are, however, that the declaration will take shape in the next few days. Persons in a position to be informed as to the president's purposes believe that an extra session will be inevitable without congress shall take some ac tion with respect to Cuba and its rela tions to this country. With that mat ter disposed of there is good reason to believe that an extra session will be avoided. SHALL PAY PART Cubans to Share in Cost of War for Their Freedom. Washington, Feb. 8-Representative Levy of New York today introduced a resolution in the house authorizing the president to appoint a commission to ascertain the actual amount of money expended by the United States in the prosecution of the war with Spain to secure the freedom and inde pendencc of the island of Cuba, in cluding probably the pension pay ments. The commisssion shall report just what fair proportion of this total amount shall be borne by Cuba, to the president, who is directed to commun icate it to the constitutional conven tion of Cuba, with the suggestion that it is regarded by the United States as a claim against the island of Cuba and that the United States demands that the constitutional convention shall not recognize or contract other claims or debts which shall take precedence of any claim of the United States. NOT CONSIDERED SERIOUS. Washington, Feb, 8 - Secretary Long stated at the cabinet meeting that he had heard nothing of the re ported riot between the sailorR of the UnitedStates vessel Lancaster and the populace of La Guirs, Venezuela, and he is disposed to the opinion that it was nothing more serious than a fist fight between some intoxicated sailors and the authorities. JURY IS COMPLETE. Hamilton Says He Expects to Be Acquitted. Minneapolis, Feb. 8-The jury which is to decide the guilt or inno cence of Frank H. Hamilton, charged with the murder of Leonard R. Day, has been completed. It is a notable fact that of the 148 jurors examined in selecting this jury only seven were of foreign birth. Of the 12 men who will determine Ham iltons fate, Mr. Anderson is the only foreigner. Juror Raymond, who has been ail ing, says he can go through with the case. Hamilton, the defendant, com plained of illness today. He has been unable to retain food for the last 24 hours. During tie day he remarked, after hearing that Miss Stagle, the woman in the case, had made a public statement telling of threats he had made regarding Day, that he was-not afraid, as he could explain everything and expected to be acquitted. STILL ONE MORE Newspaper Railroad Manipulator Amalgamates Northern Pac ific and Burlington. St. Paul, Feb. 8-The Pioneer Press tomorrow will say upon the author ity'of a railroad man, who is said to be in the counsels of parties interest ed, that a plan is on foot for the amalgamation of the Northern Pa cific and Burlington roads. The Great Northern will not be a factor in the scheme. It is pointed out that the Burlington and Northern Pacific now have a close traffic arrangement, the former haul ing Northern Pacific cars from Kansas City to Billings and the latter hauling Burlington cars through to the coast. In addition the Burlington runs its own solid trains to Portland. The idea is that amalgamation will be in the interest of economy in operating the roads. President Mellen is now in New York, and it is said that when he re turns he will have scored a point on his rivals. POWER HOUSE BURNED. Omaha Street Railway Company Sustains Serious Loss. Omaha, Feb. 8-A fire which started at 11 o'clock tonight in the power house of the Omaha Street Railway company at Twentieth and Harney streets caused the total destruction of the interior of the building, contain ing cars, machinery for repairs, etc. The loss is already over $60,000, and may reach $200,000 before the flames can be subdued. The Methodist hospital adjoins the building on the south and was filled with patients Many were hurriedly removed to neighboring residences and it is believed all are now out of the building. MANY ARE GUILTY Manila Business Men. Active in Giving Aid to Insurgents. Manila, Feb. 8-Since the arrest of Theodore Carranza and D. W. Car man, charged with furnishing supplies to aid the insurgents, evidence has been rapidly developing tending to show to show that not the Carman company alone, but many business men in Manila have been having re lations with the insurgents. The secret service officers today brought from Pagsamjan three natives, Cosme, Almonte and Llamos, mem bers of General Cialla's insurgent committee in that district. The papers found on them were so per sonally nocriminating that they were led to divulge damaging information concerning Carman and others not arrested. Cosine acknowledged that I he was Carman's partner in insurgent trading. 1 Llamos has become distinguished t by his oratory among the Filipinos. s The police learned that Faballo, ex i president and ally of Carman in his - Laguna de Bay dealings, has $10,000 - in insurgent money deposited in the Spanish-Filipino bank at Manila. The t officers confiscated this money. Man 1 ager Bilbas, of the bank, who had a loaned Carman a considerable sum of - money without security, is under sus - picion. t New batches of incriminating evi s dence were received by the provost I marshal today. t It has been ascertained that Fabello I withdrew $10,00 of the funds of Gen s eral Caille's insurgent committee that f had been deposited in the Spanish Filipino bank and invested it in two steamers and a tobacco concern. The police will seize the property. It is rumored again in Cavite prov 9 ince that Aguinaldo has been seen at i Indang. e ACKER'S DYSPEPSIA TABLETS e Are sold on a positive guarantee. Cures dI heart-burn, raising of the food, distress t after eating or any form of dyspepsia. it One little tablet gives immediate relief. a 25 cts. and 50 cte, For sale by Chapple I Drug Co. BUTTE MINES ARE CLOSED SCARCITY OF WATER COMPELS SUSPENSION. GREAT LOSS MAY FOLLOW City Almost Without Protection Against Fire-Caused by Frozen Streams. Butte, Feb. 8-Buttte is suffering from a serious water famine and the city is almost without fire protection. All of the mines of the Anaconda, Boston & Montana, Butte & Boston, Washoe-Parrott, Colorado and Mon tana Ore Purchasing companies have been comlpelled to suspend operations on account of the failure of the wafer supply, about 800 men have been tbm porarily laid off. Many of the min ing companies were even compelled to stop the pumps at some of the mines, and if the suspension continues for any length of time the mines will fill with water and the damage be very great Consumers in the city have been notified that water may be used only for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. The shortage is due to the continued cold weather which has frozen solid the mountain streams from which the supply of water is derived. In addi tion the big pumps of the water com pany have become disabled. A DAY'S REVELATIONS New Developments in Negotiations I for Transfer of Carne gie's Interests. New York, Feb. 8-New develop- 1 ments regarding the negotiations touching the transfer of the control of the Carnegie Steel company to J. Pierpont Morgan and his associates to dlay, were: first, that Carnegie is to receive $1,500 for each $1,000 share of his stock; second, that the minority holders who desire to sell will receive ,the same terms as those given to Car negie; third, that the present stage of the negotiations contemplates forma tion of a new corporation whose bonds will play a large part in the price to be paid Carnegie, and fourth, the first public announcement in connection with pending negotiations of an offi ~ial character consisting of a state ment by E. H. Gary, president of the Federal Steel copmany, confirming the news that J. Pierpont Morgan is planning acquisition of the properties of some of the largest iron and steel companies of this country. RECOMMENDS CONFIRMATION. Washington, Feb. 8-The senate committee on military affairs today agreed to report favorably the nomin ation of Major General Nelson A. Miles to be lieutenant general, and also the three noimnations to the office of major general under the army reorganization bill. All the nomina tions to be brigadier generals were also acted upon, except those of Gen· eral Leonard Wood, General Fred D. Grant and General J. Franklin Bell. These three were held up in order to permit further investigation. MUST WAIT FOR TITLE. London, Feb. 8-King Edward, it is semi-offlcially asserted, desires it to be known that the duke of Cornwall and York will not be created prince of Wales until after his visit to the col onies. An interregnum without the title is considered desirable. Definite preparations are being made for the duke's trip. BOUND TO .FIGHT Pugs Deny Jurisdiction of Court to Restrain Boxing Matches. Cincinnati, Feb. 8-With the excep tion of W. A. Brady, who did not ar rive from New York till tonight, all the witnesses have been heard on the application for an ipjunction against the Jeffries-Ruhlin contest. Counsel for the Saeugerfest Athletic club are not sure tonight that Brady will ,be called. In any event counsel on both sides have agreed to limit their argu ments so that the case will be closed tomorrow night. Judge Hollister is not expected to reserve his decision longer than next Monday. Even if an injunction is issued against a prizefight it is stated that the promoters will claim the right to pull off a boxing contest here next Fri day night, and keep within the bounds of a sparring match in both the 10 round bouts between Childs and Mar tin and the 20 round contest between Jeffries and Rublin. The defedants deny the jurisdiction of the court to restrain such a boxing contest as is Allowed under the statutes. CASHIER GOES WRONG. Arrested for Embezzlement on Receiver's Report. Boston, Feb. 8-George Foster, for mer cashier of the South Danvers Na tional bank of Peabody, was arrested today, charged with embezzling $3,000 from that institution. The arrest was the outcome of the ap nointment of a receiver for the bank. The amount named in the warrant does not represent the entire loss to the bank, according to one of the United States officials, as the stock holders have been assesssed 100 per dent by the comptroller of the cur rency. It is understood that the entire capi tal of $150,000, together with the sur plus, has disappeared. CITY CLERK SHORT. Sandusky, O., Feb. ,8-Former City Clerk W. A. Miller, who it is alleged is short in his accounts to the extent of $20,000, is mysteriously missing. Last Monday evening he resigned as director of the city's poor office, hav ing previously resigned as city clerk. There was a previous shortage of $30, 000 in Miller's accounts which was made good. It is believed Miller is on his way to Mexico. RIOTS CAUSE RIOT Charges Made in Hungarian Diet Lead to Lively Scene. Buda Pest, Feb. 8-A renewed dis cussion in the lower house of the diet today in relation to the riots at Maros-Vasar-Hely, led to such an up roar that the sitting had to be sus pended. A member of the opposition, Endry, having charged the minister of jus tice with forcing the judicial author ities at Maros-Vasar-Hely to support the ministerial candidate, the minister declared Endry's statements false. The greatest uproar ensued and the sitting was suspended. On the resumption of business the minister said his observations were merely hypothetical. He did not wish to reflect on Endry's honor, but if thei latter desired other satisfaction he would willingly oblige him. Endry said he thought he had the right to some satisfactory explanation. BAKU FIRE SUBDUED Many Victims Still Continue Un der Ruins of Burned Buildings. St. Petersburg, Feb. 8-Advices from Baku this evening announce that the fire has been extinguished. Ten factories and five depots were burned, containing altogether 35,000, 000 poods of naphtha and naphtha refuse. It is estimated that the losses will exceed 6,000,000 roubles. Nine charred corpses have been re covered. One hundred and sixty persons were injured, by burning; 41 of these severely and six have succumbed to their injuries. Many victims are still under the ruins and the search is proceeding. It is not known how many of the spectators perished, but 100 persons ara still micaini THEIR LAST DAY House Will Consider No More Private Pension Bills This Term. Washington, Feb. 8-This was prob ably the last day to be devoted to pri vate pension legislation by the house of repzesentatives in this congress. The high water mark, made in the Fifty-first congress, was almost reached today when 184 bills were passed,'against 187 passed at a single session in the former congress. In all, the house at this congress has passed about 900 bills, a number considerably exceeded in the Fity-first. A general pension bill was passed to restore to the pension rolls widows of soldiers of the rebellion who subse quently married and became widows or divorced. By the terms of the bill, however, its benefits are limited to widows of soldiers who were married before the close of the rebellion and who are now dependent upon their own labor:for support. RECEIVERS FOR CASTELLANES. New York, Feb. 8-Judge Lacombe in the United States circuit court to day appointed George J. Gould and Helen M. Gould receivers of all the income of the Countess de Castellane in excess of $200,000 per year. This action puts all creditors on equal foot ing. The bill alleges that the countess owes in England and Franoce about 20, 000,000 francs. ACKER'-$ ENGLISH REN1EDY i Will stop a cough at any time, and will cure the worst cold in twelve hours, or money refunded. 25 cts and 50 cts. For sale by Chapple Drug Co. NEW LIFE IN 1 OLD SUBJECT ENGLISH ATTENTION AGAIN TURNS TO WAR. DISPATCHES MADE PUBLIC Give Appearance of Having Been Carefully Edited by War Office. London, Feb. 8-Public attention has again turned to South Africa by - the despatch of reinforcemonis and publication of Lord Roberts' mail dis patches. Rumors have been in circula tion that Chamberlain had reldecided his South African policy and was con templating a roundtable conference with John Morley and Sir William Vernon Harcourt, and the recall of Sir Alfred Milner. The Daily Mail, how ever, says it is able to assert on Cham berlain's authority that the whole story is a falsification and that the government retains the most absolute confidence in Sir Alfred Milner. "Chamberlain flaty denies," says the Daily Mail, "that he has had any com munication, either oral or written, with any member of the opposition on the subject of the war." Lord Roberts' dispatches are not re garded as giving any further elucida tion of the conduct of thp war, but they are interesting as proving that throughout the campaign he never had sufficient men, horses or supplies to cover such a vast field of operations. "Looking at all circumstances," Lord Roberts says, "the campaign is unique in the annals of war," and he pays his tribtue to the gallantry and worth of the troops, declaring that "no finer force ever took the field under the British flag." There is a general idea that the dis patches have suffered co siderable ex cision at the hands of the war office. They do not throw any further light on the summary retirement of General Colville or many other matters regard ing which the public is anxious to hear. General Buller is severely criticised in some dispatches. The appearance of bubonic plague at Capetown seems likely to add to the difficulties of the situation. The authorities there have decided upon a wholesale extermination of rats. Should the disease spread, it will necessitate changes in the mili tary arrangements. REPORTED BY KITCHENER. London, Feb. 8-Kitchener reports that the British column destroyed sup plies. at Petrusburg and brought 300 horses and cattle. DeWet is reported as still north of Smithfield moving east. The detached force which crossed the line at Pompei siding is moving on Philopolic. Methnen reports from Lil ifontein that he scatttered the enemy there and captured 12 wagons and cat tie. French is near Ermileo. JAMBOKED AND SHOT Alleged Account of Manner De Wet Treated Peace Envoys. Bloemfontein, Feb. 8-An influen tial burgher gives some details regard ing the treatment of the peace envoys who went to General DeWet's laager. It seems that they were ordered to remain with their cart? until the mules arrived. As the Boers were breaking laager in the expectation of a British attack one morning, Commandant Froneman came up and asked them why they had not inspanned. Mor gendael replied that they had been ordered to wait for their mules where upon the Boer commandant immedi ately jamboked Morgendael on the head and face and said he felt inclined to shoot him. General DeWet coming up at that moment said: "Why don't you shoot him ?" At this Froneman fired at the envoy, who died of his wound. Mueller, another envoy, was jam boked also. EFFORT THAT FAILED. Senate Cannot Agree on Date for Final Vote. Washington, Feb. 8-An ineffectual effort was made in the senate today to secure an agreement upon a time for final vote upon the shipping bill. Vigorous protests were made by the opponents of the measure against any such an agreement. even for a date in the indefinite future. Pritchard, rep. N. 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