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Lad Office. New Rules for the National Park Promulgated. TIMBER FOR MONTANA SETTLERS Patent .■northern pacific. to l»e Issued for Completed Itoad. Washington, April 4. —Lpon the appli cation of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company for the issue of patents for lands along the line of the road in Minnesota and Dakota east of the Missouri river, Commissioner Sparks has reported to the Secretary of the Interior that the portion of the road named was definitely located and constructed within the time required l.y law and accepted by the President as properly constructed, and that no measure for the forfeiture of the lands of that part of tire line was pending before Congress at its adjournment, and he is informed by the chairman and leading members of the house committee on public lands that no such measure was proposed or considered by said committee. The commissioner, therefore, recommends that patents be is *ued to the company for lauds along so much of the road as lies between a point near Duluth, in Minnesota, and the Mis-I souri river in Dakota, but states that it is I his opinion that no lauds should be patent ed tu said company on any other portion of the road. Fand Office Decision. Washington, April 4.—In the case of Ruth B. Millrnan vs. the Union Pacific railroad company, on appeal from the lo cal land office at Denver, Colorado, Acting Secretary Muldrow to-day decided that the pre-emption claim contemplated in the grant to railroads is a preference right of purchaser which continues as long as filing is in force under the law; that it is not enough for the company to show that act ual inhabitancy by the settler has ceased, but that it must proceed further and show that he has abandoned his preference right of purchase prior to the date of,the definite location of the road and that such preference right subsisting at the date of definite location will except tract from the operation of the grant. ! . Valuable Land Warrant. Washington, April 4.—The Commis sioner of the General Land office to-day forwarded to the Surveyor General for California a patent dated March 26, 1887, for an addition to the city cf San Francis co under the special act of Congress ot De cember 20, 1886. This patent covers an area of nearly 239 acres. Montana Fuel Question. Washington, April 4.—Commissioner Sparks has, instructed Special Agent Downey in Montana that there must be no interference with settlers for taking from the public lands wood and timber necessary for their family and settlement uses, hut that the special agents are ex pected to devote their time and energies to the prevention of timber depredations on a large scale by mill men and corpora tions. Land Frauds. San Francisco, March 31.—F. Berger, Special Agent General of the Land office at Washington, sent out last year to investi gate the Redwood frauds of California of the Redwood Company of Humboldt county has succeeded iu unearthing the most complete system of fraud that has ever been known. During the hearing now in progress before the Register and Receiver two hundred witnesses have been examined. Their testimony revealed the fraudulent practices adopted. Mr. Berger states that the report he will lurnish the land office will undoubtedly result in the estopple of patents to the lands which is estimated to be worth $3,000,000. Indian Laud Act. Washington, March 30.—In response to the request from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Assistant Attorney General Montgomery to-day rendered an opinion upon the construction to be placed upon certain ambiguous sections of the Indian land severalty act, passed at the last ses siou of CoDgress, in which he holds that the Indians who have received an allotment of a less quantity of land than is provided for in said act, are entitled to receive an additional allotment sufficient to make the entire quantity allowed equal to that named iu the act. The opinion also holds that the work of making an allotment may be done by either a special or regular agent without the concurrence of the other. Allotment of Indian Lands. Washington, March 31.— The Presi dent to-day directed the allotment of lands in severalty to the Indians on the Warm Springs reservation, in Oregon. This is the first action taken under the Indian land severalty act, which was passed by the last Congress. Under its provisions the Surveyor General of Oregon will have surveyed a sufficient quantity of land to give to each head of a family 160 acres, to each single person over 18 years of age 80 acres, to each orphan under 18 years of age "0 acres, and to each other single person under 18 years 40 acres. This distribution is made to male and female alike. Each Indian will receive a patent to his land, which shall be of legal effect, and declare that the united States will hold the lands thus allowed for a period of twenty-five years in trust for the sole use and benefit ol the Indian or his heirs, and at the ex piration of this period will convey the land in tee. Interstate Commerce. Washington, April 4.—E. B. Russell, attorney for the Mobile and Ohio railroad company, presented to the Interstate Com mission a memorial praying that it be per mitted to maintain its local rates at a non competing point and meet competition at the junction point by reduced rates. It sets forth that the liue extends from Mo bile to East St. Louis, and that it is crossed by twenty or more lines from the Mississippi river, thus bringing it into eomjietiiion in many points with water lines. The revenues of the road are at present barely sufficient to cover fixed charges and any reduction would endanger its solvency. Mr. Russell asked opportuni ty to address the Commission on Wednes day and was informed that this would be accorded. It is expected that provisonal ruling will be made to-morrow on the pe tition of the Southern Railroad and tcamboat Association with the prospect 0 con tinue the present rates temporarily. TRANSPORTATION. Scalpers' Commissions Abolished. ' j j ! 1 j I New Yoke, March 30.—The joint ex ecutive committee of the trunk lines and | the Central Traffic Association held an im portant meeting in Commissioner Finks office, this city, to-day, and the result of its deliberations will be read with interest by railroad men all over the country, not to mention scalpers. The end sought is nothing less than the complete abolish ment of commissions. The decision was reached unanimously and by such a large number of lines that it is believed that it will prove more effective than previous at tempts in the same direction, which were put into force only on trunk lines. This abuse, which began more than thirty-five years ago, has grown to such enormous proportions that it Is estimated it is now costing the rail ways of the United States at the rate of more than $5,000,000 an nually, and has, to a ereat extent, been the means by which the ticket scalpers have been built up. The importance of this movement may be estimated when it is understood that the agreeing to abolish ticket commissions comprise the Central Traffic Association, composed of all important lines east of Chicago and St. Louis and west of the western terminal of the trunk lines ; of the trunk lines territory, which includes all lines between Buffalo, Salamanca and I various associations 1 Wheeling cu the west, and New tork, Philadelphia and Baltimore on the east the Southern Passenger Association, which comprises all the important lines east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio and ! Potomac; the New EüglaDd Association, . comprising ail important lines in New England. The agreement is made more binding by another clasuse providing that neither of the agreeing companies will act as agents for connecting lines who continue to pay their agents commissions. Railroad Lease. New York, March 31.—The Mail and Express says to-night : The lease of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, though approved by the Union Pacific stockholders has not yet been signed and it has yet to be perfected. President Elijah Smith is reported as anxious to dis pose of the Oregon & Trans-continental holdings, and there are several details yet to be arranged. The story is now that some arrangement for the trust will be devised, but the stockholders will be as sured 6 per cent, for 99 years. Boston, March 31.—The Traveller says: The report that the Oregon & Navigation Company's lease has been signed, which was current yesterday and emanating from good sources, is officially denied to-day. The lease is practically in its completed form with only a few minor details to per fect it, and its final execution will in all probability be accomplished in New York some time next week. President Adams will be over there all the week and several important conferences will be held. In this connection it should he stated that the lease is on a six per cent basis instead of five. Railroad Transfer. St. Louis, April 1—A dispatch from Fort Smi'h^ Arkansas, says: The Little Rock & Fort Smith railway passes into the Hands of Jay Gould, to-day, and ac tive work on the extension of the line will begin at once. The road is to be ex tended from Van Buren to Fort Gibson, Cherokee nation, and four lines of track are now laid out from the first mentioned place. The Arkansas river will be crossed opposite this city aDd a cantilever Bridge is to he constructed at once. The road is also to be constructed from Fort Smith to Shreveport, La. No More Departure of Railroad Trains to be Published. Cincinnati, April 1.—The Cincinnati newspapers appear to-day without the customary column giving the time and departure of trains. This is in accordance with the proposition made by the news papers jointly in view ot the stoppage of passes, to stop free publication of matter for the benefit of the roads, but to accept tickets in payment for all advertising. The railroads replied, accepting the propo sition for the advertisements, which they should order, and intimating that the daily publication of time tables should not be regarded as advertisements. New Postage Stamps. Washington, March 30.—The Post Of fice Department officials are having pre pared a series of new designs of embossed stamps for stamped envelopes of one, two, four and five cent denominations. The head of Franklin has been selected for the one-cent stamp, and the heads of Washing ton, Jackson and Grant for the two, four and five cent denominations, respectively. The general design of the new series is uni form. On the upper side and followiDg the oval shape of the stamp is the legeod, "United States Postage," instead of "Ü. S. Postage," as on the stamp now in use. This new series will be ready for issue about May 1st. The border of the oue cent ad hesion stamp has been slightly modified to conform to the design of the two cent stamp. Ovation to Hlaine. Terre Haute, March 30— The Yanda lia train to which Mr. Blainejs private car was attached arrived here at 3:35, one hour and twenty-two minutes late. No effort had been made to give Blaine a re ception, yet there were four or five hun dred people at the depot. The crowd sur rounded Blaine's car and began to call •'Blaine." Blaine appeared at the rear end of the car and was received with cheers. He said: "Gentlemen. "It gives me pleasure to see yon all here. I am on an entirely private journey and I simply de sire to express my thanks for the courtesy of this call." Afterward Mr. Blaine stepped from the car and was immediately surrounded and was compelled, on account of the rush, to climb on to the steps again. The train remained at the depot filteen minutes, during which time Mr. Blaine was occupied in shaking hands. Blaine Going to Europe. New York, March 30. —The Sun this morning says that James G. Blaine ha completed all his arrangements for the European tonr. Blaine will sail in June. He will remain abroad for over a year. Committed for Trial. New York, April 1.—W. A. Clarke, the register clerk, who is accused of stealing a package of $10,000 in bills from the mail poach in the New York postoffice, sent from the National Bank, of Portland, Oregon, to the Chemical National Bank of New York, was arraigned to-day before United States Commissioner Griflith. The wife of the accused brought some friends to go bail, but when they heard the charge they refused to sign the bond. Clarke waived an examination and was committed for trial. | INTER-STATE COMMERCE. Doubts of the Commissioners as Re gards Their Powers. Washington, March 30. —All the Inter State Commerce Commissioners except Bragg, are in the city to-night. Col Morri son has been here since the adjournment of Congress, and Walker arrived during the day, while later trains brought Judge Cooley and Schoonmaker. Captain Bragg is expected to arrive to morrow. To-mor row afternoon at three o'clock, in accord ance with the suggestion of the President, conveyed by letter to each Commissioner, the latter will assemble in the office, of the Secretary of the Interior, receive their commissions and be sworn into office. What will afterwards be done they cannot say, as they have not yet had time for con sultation. Walker said he saw none of his associates except Col. Morrison, and up to 9:30 o'clock Judge Cooley had not seen a single member Commissioner, having been busy since his arrival at three o clock with other matters demanding immediate I attention. As Judge Schoonmaker did 1 not reach his hotel until almost 9:39 he said, of course, he had no opportunity to ascertain the views of his fellow Commis sioners members, and for this reason un ifomly declinedjto say anything about their futDre course but thought the Commission would organize to morrow and decideupon some plan of proceedure. But nothing could be definitely learned on this point and some ot the Commissioners expressed doubts as to their right to take any official action whatever prior to April 5th, when the official life of the Commissions begin. The probabilities are, therefore, to-morrow the meeting will be one for. consultation only. Members of the Commission did not say anything about various questions which arose regaiding proper interpretation to be given disputed provisions of the law, Judge Cooley unofficially expressed his opinion, as being impossible to interperet the law until cases necessitating such interpreta tion should come up in practice, and he thought it would be best for the Commis sion to take up in order questions as they should arise and determine what inter pretation should be given provisions ap plicable each case. Work for the Commission. Washington, April 4. —Senator Mitch ell, of Oregon, to-day presented to the in ter-state commerce commission a memo morial recently adopted by the convention held at Walla Walla, W. T., composed of delegates from the various boards of trade in Eastern Oregon and Washington Terri tory, setting forth the unreasonable nature of freight charges on railroads in that country, and praying for the action of the commission in ordering a redaction of rates. Mr. Mitchell endorsed the memo rial and accompanied it with written argu ment in support of the action prayed for. AGENTS AGREEMENT. Uniform Rates Adopted by the Asso ciation. Chicago, March 31.—At a meeting of the Western States Passenger Association to day it wwas decided to make a uniform charge on excess baggage with that adopted by the eastern lines, namely 12 per cent. It was also agreed to continue the secoud class rates between Chicago and St. Paul, Minneapolis and Lake Superior points, and selling excursion tickets to the Pacific coast, adding thereto the usual ex cursion rates from Chicago and St. Louis. A special meeting of the Chicago rail road association was held to-day to arrange for putting into the western rate sheets the differential passenger rates allowed the Chicago and .Grand Trunk lines. Hereto fore only passengers buying tickets at Chi cago could take advantage of $1.50 less per ticket over that road, as outside agents were not allowed to quote the difference, but hereafter it will be available from all points west. Blockaded Ports. Santiago, April 4.—News has just been received by the Spanish steamer Villa verda from Venezuela, which reports stirring times there. Three British men of-war are in the harbor of Puerto Caballo, port of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital. The British minister has left the capital and is on board one of the war ships, diplomatic relations between the British and Venezuelan governments having been severed. The complications are due to the imprisonment of English sailors and citizens in 1883 without just cause, inter mixed with the question of boundaries between British Guinea and Venezuela. Sir William Robertson, British minister at Caracas, demanded satisfaction and the re lease of the prisoners and passengers of the English vessels Henrietta and Josephine, and later demanded compensation from Venezuela, but without result. In October last the English government demanded an instant reply. The matter was again brought before the government of Venez uela at Caracas, but as no satisfaction could be obtained diplomatic relations were severed, as before stated. A Royal mail steamer has been dispatched to one of the British islands for troops. Venezuela considers a dire crisis at hand. They had refused to yield when the steamer Villa verde sailed. Congratulating the New Secretary. Washington, April 1.—Mr. Fairchild at once entered upon the discharge of his new duties. He was sworn in at 11 o'clock by the notary public employed in the Secre retary's office, and took possession of the office and desk formerly occupied by ex Secretary Manning. The officers and many of the clerks of the department waited upon him early and tendered their con gratulations. He received a profusion of flowers, and congratulatory telegrams from all parts of the country. A majority of the telegrams were from banks and busi ness men. Judge Maynard will not qualify as As sistant Secretary of the Treasury before Monday, as he desires to dispose of some business now pending in Second Comp troller's office. In accepting his new office he will suffer a loss of $500 a year in his salary. He makes the change at the per sonal solicitation of the President and Sec retary Fairchild, with the latter of whom he enjoys the closest personal relations. Congratnlating Gladstone. Denver, March 30.—The House to-day adopted the following resolations: Resolved , That by this general assembly assembled at the Denver Capital, March 30, A. D., 1887, that the cordial greeting and sympathy of this general assembly be hereby extended to Right Hon. William E. Gladstone, Hon. Charles Stuart Parnel of the Honse of Commons and the people of Great Britain and Ireland in their jnst and heroic warfare against oppression of the people of Ireland by systematic missrnle which by judgment of mankind shonld be absolved and no vestage of it left to tell the story of the barbarism of its slavery. A HOHUII,E AFFAIR. Hon. Thomas C. Reynolds Commits Suicide. St. Louis, March 30.—Hon. Thomas C. Reynolds committed suicide at the Custom House this afternoon by plunging down the elevator shaft. He tell a distance of 80 feet and crushed in his skull. The cause of the rash ac was mental derangement, superinduced by the hallucinations that he was about to become insane. A few min utes before 2 o'clock he entered the build ing and sauntered into the United States court room. Several persons met him in the building and he appeared to he in his usnal humor. He was seen to leave the United States Marshal's office and stepping into the elevator gate passed out of view. A few minutes later he was brought out of the sub-basement, dead. In 1860 he was elected Lieut. Governor 1 of the State of Missouri on the same ticket with the famous Governor Claib Jackson, and in the civil war sided with the confederacy. At the close of the war he went to Mexico and became very in timate with Maximillian. In 1868 he returned to St. Louis. He was a member of the commission sent to South America about two years ago in the interest of com merce with the United States. In 1874 he fought a duel with B. Gratz Brown, with rifles, at thirty paces, on an island opposite this city, over a political discussion. Mr. Brown was hit in the knee, but Mr. Reynolds was not touched. It is believed that Governor Reynolds only intended to maim Mr. Brown. Governor Reynolds was married twice and leaves his second wife, whom he mar ried three years ago. LABOR TROUBLES. Reduction of Wages Demanded. Chicago, April 3. —The Consumers' Gas Light and Coke Company has notified its 500 employes that they must submit to a reduction of 50 and 20 cents per day, threatening, it is said, to use coal oil unless the men comply. The officials of the com pany claim not to be able to make fair profit when paying the present wages of $2 and $2.50 for an eight-hour day. They wish the men to work twelve hours a day at an advance of 50 and 40 cents. The use of coal as fuel would dispense with 450 of the 500 employes. This afternoon men who are members of the K. of L. assem blies 1448 and 1755, met and determined to insist upon the present scale of hours and pay. A committee was appointed to inform the company of the result of the meeting. Six thousand carpenters, employed by various contractors and shop owners throughout the city and suburbs will cease work to-morrow morning, end build ing operations in this county will be sus pended indefinitely. The leaders of the carpenters, who alter a long struggle last summer failed to carry out their demand for eight hours and an increase of wages, have decided to renew the contest, and think that now when building enterprise is reviving and carpenters are wanted, the time has arrived to make employers yield Mining Statistics. Washington, April 1.—C. Kirchoff, Jr., agent for the Division of Mining Statistics of the United States Geological Survey, has prepared a preliminary statement of the production of lead and zinc for the year 1886, from which it appears that 114,829 short tons of desilverized lead and 2,800 short tons of non-argentiferous lead were produced. Considerable increase in make is expected during the current year in Southeast Missouri. The production of spelt in the United States is estimated as follows, the unit being a short ton of 2,000 pounds: Illinois, 21,077; Kansas, 8,932; Missouri, 5,870; Eastern and Southern States, 6,762 ; total, 42,641. Reporte indi cate preparation for further increase in the product during the current year. Small-pox on Shipboard. San Francisco, April 4.—The City of I'ekiDg arrived this afternoon from Hong KoDg via Yokohama, bringing 1,100 Chi nese, among whom the small-pox had broken out ten days after leaving Hong Kong. Word was sent to quarantine officer McAllister while the vessel was yet out side the beads, and the usual force of cus toms inspectors was ordered to await fur ther reports before boarding the vessel. Dr. McAllister boarded the vessel outside the beads, and found three cases of small pox. A yellow flag was ordered raised, and the vessel was placed under the strict est quarantine. The infected Chinese will he placed in the pest house, while the pas sengers will be kept in quarantine in a cabin until it is certain that they have not been infected. The mails, after a thorough fumigation, were landed, and before dis tribution received another fumigation in the postoflice. Yellowstone National Bark. Washington, April 4.—The Secretary of the Interior to-day promulgated the new rules for the government of the Yel lowstone National Park. The rules pro hibitjthe removal of the geyser formation; allowing stock to graze in their vicinity ; catting or injuring of growing timber; un necessary lighting of lires; the killing of birds or animals ; the wanton destruction of fish ; the permanent residence of any person in the park ; the posting of private notices or the establishment of drinking saloons. Outfits of persons found hunting or in possession of game will be confiscated and the persons making themselves ob noxious to the officer in charge will be ejected from the park. Death of Capt. John Grant. New Orleans, April 4.—Capt. John Grant, a native of Pennsylvania, died here to-day, aged 92 years. He was a railroad constructor and built the Pont Chartram railroad, the first one built in the State, and ran the first locomotive over it. Death of a Millionaire. New Y'ork, April 4.— Miss Lorillard Wolfe, daughter of the late John David Wolfe, an old time hardware merchant of this city, died of diabetes at her residence, No. 13 Madison avenue, this morning, aged 60 years. Her mother was a grand daughter of Peter Lorillard the elder. She was probably the richest unmarried woman in the United States, her father having died in 1872, leaving her sole heir to his immense estate. She devoted nearly all ker time to charity. Death of a Noted Man. Washintgon, April 3.— Mr. Joseph H Bradley died at his residence in West Washington this afternoon of general de bility, aged 84. He has been engaged in conducting many of the most celebrated cases in the district, including the trial of Snrrat, for conspiracy in the Lincoln assas sination plot. Debt Reduction. Washington, March 31.—The revised estimate of the public debt redaction for March makes it about $11,500,000. ^ uiuucUi iuc an k n0 wn. There w NASHVILLE FIRE. Twenty-four Buildings Burned. Nashville, April 3. —Nashville to day suffered the most destructive fire in its his tory, there being four fires between 4 a. ip, and 7 p. m., the lasses aggregating $250,-' 000. The first alarm was from a shoe shop between Second and Common streets. A strong wind swept the flames to Franklin street before they were choked. At eleven o'clock a second alarm was sounded. The smouldering flames'leaping up again and several of the larest buildings were burned to the ground. At three p. m. an alarm was soimded for a fire in the Franklin hotel, and at 7 p. m. in Elder's opera house, but both were ex tinguished. The loss was slight. First street and part of Franklin street were swept clean, twenty-four buildings being burned. The origin of the fire is as great excitement. Terrible Gas Explosion. Scranton, Penn., March 30.—An ex plosion of gas occurred in the Van Storch mine of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, this morning, the heading being driven from the Van Storch mine connect ing with the Dickson air shaft. In order to secure better ventillation, Fire Boss Lewis, Thos. Lewis and Edward Roens, miners, entered the mine. Detecting gas, Fire Boss Lewis left the miners and retrac ed his steps, going toward the entrance. On the way he met the mine foreman, who was explaining the situation when the ex plosion occurred. The force of the ex plosion was terrific. Every door of the fifty was torn from its fastening and sent crashing against the walls of the mine. The miners were carried ofl' their feet and hurled into the ditches and blown against the pillars. Fire Boss Littlejohn and a miner named James Morgan were hurled into what is known as the "dump" spot, on which the water from the level accumu lates. Three doors were also thrown into the "dump.' Littlejohn's hat was carried to the top of the shaft, at least 200 feet. An efl'ort was at once made to rescue Lewis and Owens, the miners who went into the Van Storch mine with Fire Boss Lewis, but the damps prevented them. Th : s afternoon their mutilated bodies were found and conveyed to their homes. Additional Particulars ol the Burning ot the Del Monte. San I Francisco, i April 3.—The site where stood the Hotel Del Monte was sur rounded to-day by a crowd of curious peo ple who gazed sadly at the wreck. The safe, which contained a large quantity of valuables, was taken from the debris to day and opened. The jewelry and coin were found uninjured. Several checks were also found preserved, but a quantity of greenbacks and valuable documents were destroyed. Among the guests at the hotel were a number ot prominent residents of Pittsburg. E. A. Myers, proprietor of the Post, ami neice, Capt. J. J. Yandergrift and family, Mrs. D. R. Galaway, A. D. Smith and daughter, and Mrs. Denny and family all escaped without personal injury, but Capt. Yandergrift and Mrs. Galaway lost their baggage. The work of removing the debris preparatory to beginning the new structure jwiil begin to-morrow. Disastrous Fire. Detroit, March 3U.—The large shoe manufacturing establishment of Pingree & Smith was totally destroyed by fire to night. The loss is estimated at $325,000 ; insurance on stock $195,000, on machinery $40,000, and on building $20.000 Seven hundred and twenty-five employes are thrown out of employment. Express Messenger Shot. Utica, N. Y'., March 30.—"I have been shot and robbed." These words were ut tered by Express Messenger Luke, running on train No. 56, on the West Shore road which arrived in Utica at 11:16 to-night, when he was found lying in his car bleed ing from a wound his shoulder. While the train was makiDg the run between Clark's mills and this city, which only occupies seven minutes, a party of men boarded it between the baggage and ex press car, shot the messenger aud attempt ed robbery, but with what result or how severe the man is injured it could not be learned, as only a stop of three minutes was made here, and all was confusion when the train reached Erankford, nine miles east of here. Luke was attended by a physician. The would-be robbers escaped, but it is believed that they secured no plunder. Desperadoes killed. Albuquerque, N. M., April 4.—Officers in pursuit of Bello and John Brown, no torious desperadoes, implicated in the wrecking of the Atlantic & Pacific train near Blue Water last January, came upon them yesterday near Lajoga. A sum mons to halt was answered by a shot from Brown's revolver. The officers returned the fire and Brown fell from his saddle dead. John threw up his hands and sur rendered. He will be taken to Socorro county under the charge of murder and horse stealing. There are three more des peradoes in jail awaiting trial. This breaks up one the worst gaDgs of despera does that ever infested New Mexico. Txvo Hundred and Fifty Lives Lost. St. Johns, N. F., March 31. —The re ported loss of the steamer "Eagle" is con firmed by the discovery of the wreckage off Bonavista bay. The crew numbered 250 men, and there is nothing to show that any one was saved. The steamer was lost on the shoals Dear Frank Island, off Bonavista bay. The debris comprising, the forecastle, deck and cooking gear, with the steamer's name were found on the beach. Most of the lost seamen lived in and about St. Johns and the grief and excitement here is intense. The "Eagle" was a large sailing steamer commanded by Captain Jocuman and owned by Messrs. Bowering & Bros. Heavy Snow Storm. Halifax, March 30.— The heavy snow storms the past week completely demoral ized traffic on the Inter-Colonial railway. Another storm raged last night between Campbellton and St. Flavie, greatly retard ing the work of clearing the road. One hundred men are engaged in ploughing and shoveling through the snow, but it is bard to predict when their labor will be completed. A train which left Quebec on Friday, with mail and passengers for England, is stuck in the snow. In some sections the snow is many feet deep, and it blows back on to the track as fast as it is removed. To be Indicted. New York, April 1.—District Attorney Martin has decided that Jacob Sharp will be the next of the indicted for complicity in the Broadway steal to be brought to trial. The District Attorney thinks that by the trial of some of the tempters in the case new evidence will be brought oat that will aid in convicting more of the boodlers. ORDNANCE FOUNDRY. The Plans Submitted by Whitney. Secretary Washisgton, March 30.—Secretary Whitney is considering the plans submit ted by the board appointed to ascertain the amount of the plant required to equip the Washington navy yard as an ordnance foundry. He has been in consultation with ordnance officers and it is probable that the plans ultimately decided upon will be made public in a short time. While ibe report of the board will form the basis of a scheme for the reconstruction of the navy yard, yet a considerable reduction will be made in the expenditure proposed by it, mainly in diverting and utilizing many of the buildings now standing, instead of tearing them down and building new ones, as recommended by the board. As soon as the plans are decided upon, work will lie begun on the machinery and plant. Very few large tools for the finishing of heavy ordnance can be procured by pur chase in this country, so that it will be necessary for the new foundry to make the most of its own tools. It is believed that two years' time will be necessary for the completion of a plant large enough to turn out heavy calibre steel ordinance, but meanwhile the foundry will be able to J handle the material for guns not exceeding six inches in diameter. I - ; Baltimore, March 31.—A special from CAKDINAL MANNING. Text of Ilis Letter in Regard to the Knights of Labor. Rome gives the following as the text of the letter of Cardinal Manning, regarding the Knights of Labor, to a prominent divine of that city : London, March 31,1887. My Dear Lord :—I have read with great assent Cardinal Gibbons' document in relation to the Knights of Labor. The Holy See will, I am sure, be convinced by his exposition of the state of the new world. I hope it will open a new field of thonght and action. It passes the understanding that officious persons should be listened to rather than church officers. Surely the Episcopate of the whole world is the most powerful and direct instrument in the hands of the Holy See for gathering correct j local knowledge and enforcing its decisions. j Who can know the temper of America, | England and Ireland as they who have a fiDger upon the pulse of the people ? Hitherto the world has been governed by dynamiters. Henceforth the Holy See will have to deal with the jieople, and it has bishops in close daily and personal contact with the people. The more clearly and fully this is perceived the stronger Rome will be. Never at any time has the Episcopate been so detached from civic power and united in itself and so well able to see to realize and use its powers. The failure to see and use these powers will breed much trouble and mischief. My thanks are due the Cardinal for let ting me share in the argument. If 1 can find the copy of my lecture on, "The Dig nity and Rights of Labor," I will send it to him. It will, 1 think, qualify me for knighthood in the order. Brentano, some years ago, published books and guides, in which he proves that the association of and crafts goes back to antiquity. Bat there is this notable fact, in the English and Teutonic laws they were recognized, favored and chartered. In the Imperial and Latin laws they were vigorously pro hibited. We are at this day as a church, mother, friend and protector of the people. As the Lord walked among them so the church lives among them. The Cardinal's argument is irresistahle. Y'our affection ate servant in Christ, H. EDWARD, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. CHURCH TROUBLES. Archbishop Kenrick's cised. Action Criti St. Louis, April 4.—Catholic circles aie agitated here over the recent action of Archbishop Kenrick in ousting Father O'Leary from his diocese. Ever since the strike on the Gould system a year ago Father O'Leary and the archbishop have not got along well together, owing to a difference of opinion on the policy that should be pursued towards the Kuights of Labor, and the priest has been threatened with removal. Recently O'Leary applied for a letter of recommendation to be used during a temporary absence. Instead of this he was given an exeat. In a feeling of anger he said • "Y'our Grace, that is not worth the paper it is wiitten on." "If it is not," the archbishop replied, "it will serve as an introduction to an exeat." Never before in the West, it is said, has a priest defied the authority of his superior, and the clergy are in a state of excitement over the matter, for Father O'Leary asserts that he will ignore the exeat, as the arch bishop is guilty of a grave canonical blun der in giving it. He says the archbishop has no authority to issue an exeat. "I have been made the victim of a con spiracy," said Father O'Leary, "on account of my opposition to the archbishop's policy with regard to the Knights of Labor dur ing the Gould strike. This exeat, if en forced, will relieve me from further duties in the church." Father O'Leary has been a priest for fourteen years, and is a great church builder, having erected five churches in this State. That the archbishop will assert his authority there is said to be no donbt, and the outcome is looked for with great interest and concern. Cholera Quarantine. St. Louis, March 30. —A special to the Republican from El Paso says: Quarantine was instituted here to-day against cholera. It has traveled northward in South Amer ica until it has reached the Isthmus of Pan ama, and it is feared that Mexican Central trains may bring it into the Uunited States. All persons, baggage and freight from the infected parts will be denied admit tance to the United States. All mail from the cholera infected points will be disin fected before being received into the Unit ed States. Judgment ^Affirmed. Albany, N. Y\, March 31.—The court of appeals has affirmed the judgment of the general term, convicting Lyman Arensberg of selling oleomargarine in violation of the statute. Judge Rapnlla, in delivering the opinion, said that the artificial coloring of oleomargarine to make it resemble dairy batter came within the statutory prohibi tion of imitation. Commissions Signed. Washington, April 1.—The President to-day signed the commissions of Charles S. Fairchild as Secretary of the Treasury and Isaac H. Maynard as Assistant Secre tary of the Treasury. TEXAS DROUTH. Serious Damage to the Growing' Crops. Galveston, April 3. —Special telegrams to the Post and Fort Worth Gazette dur ing the past week from nearly every county in Texas, indicate the prevalence of a serious drouth throughout the State, affectmg in a large measure its agricul tural as well as its live stock interests. The drouth may be said to lie a continua tiou of last year's dry spell, and no gen eral rains have fallen through the interior of the state since last September, while local showers have been lew and inade quate during the past six months. The dronth now extends over the great cot ton belt, jeopardizing the outlook for the coming crop by retarding and preventing planting which is usually in full progress at this season, but can scarcely be said to have commenced, except in the coast coun ties, owing to the extreme dryness of the earth. Along the coast cotton is up and the reports from several points speak of some damage by frost the past few nights. IMPERIAL FEDERATION. Lord Salisbury's Views on the Ques tion. London, April 4.—The Colonial conter- ence opened at the foreign office to-day. Lord Salisbury welcomed the delegates who he said were engaged in the work ol organizing a great movement towards I imperial federation. The question ot actual discussion was one perhaps more ; lor future discussion than for the pres e nt. The most important question press j j | ing upon the attention of the whole em pire was, in his opinion, the common in terests the colonies had with the mother country in the imperial defense. The Premier continuing said he was opposed to the ambitious scheme of mak ing a constitution for the whole empire. In opposing this, however, he did not wish to be understood as casting aDy slur upon the aspiration for imperial federation, al though he was free to say he thought the scheme was of a hazy and doubtful char acter. Still it contained materials out of which practical results might be ob tained. It should be borne in mind, however, that England was unable to emulate Germany in her manner of con ducting imperial afl'airs. The English government must lie satisfied to allow each portion of the empire to conduct its own affairs in its own locality. Two forms of union existed—one military, the other custom's union. He did not think customs union among all parts of the British empire impossible. A union for the imperial defense was the common in terest. The impression prevailed that the question of defense was entirely an im perial matter, because colonial dangers might result from the imperial policy. The speaker admitted that the extension of the empire might require that portions of it might incur danger. England s policy, was however, essentially pacific; but danger of war arising from the policy of some other country should induce the colonies to make their defense efficient. The distant parts of the empire were in the sphere ot possible aggression. Message of President Logran. Panama, April 3.— The following is from President Logran's message to the Congress of Honduras on the opening of that body : The results of my policy of progress and improvement are already visible. The sales of fruit alone along our Atlantic coast now leave us over $1,000,000 per annum. By increasing that production and the opening up of what other branches of industry will bring in, should war, that continuous ene my of all progress, not prove a barrier, I feel convinced that within a very short time the commercial crises from which we are ,now suffering will disappear. I also feel convinced that if we effect the treaty now proposed with SpaiD, it will open the ports of Cuba for the sale of all our meat products. In his closing remarks President Logran alludes to the possibility of effecting some arrangements with the European holders of Honduras bonds, and the necessity of persisting in the efforts to terminate the inter-ocean railroad and of modifying the several existing laws which place unneces sary restrictions on industry and com merce. Condition ot Slock. St. Louis, April 1.—A dispatch from Fort Worth, Texas, says : Col. C. P. Cun ningham, of the Bureau of Animal Indus try, who recently visited Southwest Kansas 1 New Mexico and Colorado, reports that the cattle on the ranches in New Mexico, In dian Territory and Colorado came through the winter iu excellent shape and with but slight losses. There will be a united action among the State, Territory and National sanitary boards to prevent contagions pleuro pneumonia from crossing the Mis sissipi river. The Dynamite Fiend on Trial. San Francisco, March 31.—The trial of Dr. James Hodges, who exploded a bomb in the Grand Opera House, February 9th, during the Patti concert, was begun to-day. Hodges has heretofore resisted all endeavors to get a statement as to his real intent in exploding the bomb. When placed on the witness stand to-day, how ever, he spoke freely. He testified that he had gone to the opera with the intention of ending his life while Patti was singing, so that he "could be her page in the spirit land." Dynamite Scare. Madrid, April 3. —During the sitting of the Chamber cf Deputies yesterday a parchment case, containing gunpowder, within which was a metalic cortridge with fuse attached, was found iu the doorway of the president's bureau. Later in the evening a petard was ex ploded in the vestibule adjoining the offices of the ministry of finance. The windows were broken by the concussion. Nobody was injured, bat the two events have cansed much alarm. Burned to Death. St. Paul, April. 3.—A Special to the Pioneer Press from Mitchell, Dakota says : The charred remains of Mrs. John Ma niece, living 12 miles sonth of here were found in the horned debris of her house this morning. The fire occurred at Iff o'clock Friday night. Her husband is in California. There is some room to sus pect foul play. Dakota Blizzard. St. Paul, April 3. —Passengers on the incoming Northern Pacific train report that a blizzard began at Bismarck last night The storm reached here this after noon and is now (10 p. m.) raging fiercely. A Yankton, Dakota, special to the Pio neer Press reports the thermometer at 80 yesterday and abont zero now, with a howling snow storm prevailing and some apprehension of another blockade.