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HE STILL LIVES.
The Hero of Winchester Smilingly Await ing the Approach of Death—All Hope Abandoned. Expressions of Sympathy from the Presi dent and Other Prominent Per sonages Received Hourly at the Bedside of Dying Soldier. Washington, May 24.— Col. Sheridan Sheridan at noon to-day said that Gen. Sheridan continued to improve and will probably be all right by Monday. The General, he says, is not suffering from a paralytic stroke or anything serious. Washington, May 25. —General Sheri dan is a very sick man, and his physicians are in constant attendance. His trouble is malarial affection of the heart, and he has had several alarming sinking spells from which he rallied with difficulty, the last being the most severe of all. The failure of the heart's action has brought him near to death's door several times, and it is feared that a recurrence of the trouble may take him away suddenly at any moment. A consultation was held to-night, and at its conclusion the following statement, w hich is concurred in by all the physicians, was given to the press : 8:30 p. m.—Con sultation by JDrs. Matthews, Yarrow and O'Reilly. Patient sitting up, voice strong ; he is bright, cheerful and hopeful. Odema ol the legs diminished; pulse 110; his nor mal pulse being 1*16, firm and regular ; the heart sounds are clearer, respiration 30; has had no nauseau and has taken sufficient nourishment; tongue clearer; condition in general ^improved since our morning visit. The house is closed and no fuller informa tion in regard to the patient will be given until to-morrow morning. At 11 o'clock Hr. Yarrow said to a reporter : " I felt <jiiite uneasy this morniDg about General .Sheridan, but when I saw him in the after noon 1 noticed a change for the better. He was additionally improved to-night when I left him. He is cheerful and walks up and down his room, and I feel assured that the danger point is passed.'' Washington, May 26. —At Gen. Sheri dan's house this morning he is reported better. Washington, May 26. —While General Sheridan is much better he is still in a critical condition and his heart may at any time refuse to perform its functions. Four times this week he has had serious times. The valves of his heart have failed to close with his pulse beats and circulation of blood has instantly ceased. Twice on Monday and twice yesterday the difficulty occurred and the danger of its reoccurrence is so great that one of five physicians who are attending him is always at his side. Stories of apoplexy are untrue, and there are no signs ot paralysis. Sheridan sits up most of the time, night and day, in an easy chair in his chamber, and Mrs. Sheridan scarcely ever leaves his room for more than a few mo ments at a time. The house has a gloomy aspect, and people are constantly calling to leave cards and messages of sympathy and hope. The General is in excellent spirits. He reads papers and chats cheer fully with his family and attendants. He is very much averse to having his sickness discussed in newspapers, and at his command information has been refused to the press, except the daily report of Col Sheridan that he is better and hopes to be out in a few days. This was true until yesterday morning, but a narrow escape from death caused the doctors to insist that the General's serious condition be made known to the public. No callers are received except Father Chappelle, of Kt. Mathew's church, who goes daily to see the sick man, who enjoyrf his society. The General's situation is so critical that his mother and brother Patrick have been sent for, and are on their way from Ohio, and his will was made yesterday forenoon. He resisted stoutly, but when the doctors explained to him how pre carious his situation is, he finally consent ed to have a lawyer called. His memoirs, fortunately, are completed and in the hands of publishers, with whom he has a good contract. One of the doctors said that the General would never be a well man. "He will never take such a trip as the last one. We hope to pull him through and brace him up until he is able to travel, and then send him down to Nan tucket where he has just finished a cot tage. Sea air will be good for him, and the sooner he gets away from Washington the better, although it may be a good while be fore he is able to travel." Washington, May 27.— General Sheri dan is not so strong or well this morning as he was early in the day. There has been no recurrence of the heart trouble, but the efforts of the physicians to rally him from the attack of yesterday evening proved unavailing at this time. At 1:15 doctors are even less hopeful than before All hope has been abandoned and it is not believed General Sheridan can live another twenty-four hours. To inquiry made at 11:30 p. m. as to General Sheridan's condi tion, the answer returned was: "He is hovering between life and death." Gen. Sheridan's condition is much worse than it was last night. He appears to be gradually sinking and almost all hope has been abandoned. His strength is gradual ly failing, and while there has been no re currence of heart failure, there is continual tendency in that direction, and his pulse has been growing weaker and breathing more lalrored. About 6 o clock he desired to be lifted up higher and two attendants, assisted by Mrs. Sheridan, endeavored to raise him. He was so heavy that they had some difficulty, and the general noticing this said, jokingly: "I am pretty heavy, but I haven't got any paralysis. Referring to the newspaper statements given out as his malady, oedema of the lower limbs, which has been mentioned, is dropsical swelling and is due to imper fect circulation of the blood. General Sheridan fully recognizes that his end may come at any moment, and it said he has made all arrangements he desires to bave made prior to his demise. One of the physicians in attendance said this evening: "General Sheridan has great vital powers, but I do not think be will be alive thirty hours from now, and certainly not in a few days, unless there is a great change. He has no pain, and I think he will sink away easily. A recurrence of the heart trouble may come, the heart will cease to beat and all will be at an end." At the General's house all is quiet and conversation is carried on in subdued whispers, so as not to disturb him in the least should he be able to sleep. There was a steady stream of callers at the residence during the day and many telegrams were received, asking for information as to his condition. The callers included many per sons well known in Washington life, and a considerable number of them were ladies. The President sent a basket of flowers and a note of sympathy to Mrs. Sheridan. He asked to be informed of the General's con dition and expressed the sincere hope that his life would be spared. General Sheridan has always been a great favorite of the President, who admires his frank, open manner of expressing his opinions upon current topics, and his peculiarly pleasing way of emphasizing a statement by a little anecdote. The General seems to grow weaker as night comes on. This change was noted in the doctors' bulletin, which was prepared at 8 o'clock and issued later. It reads as follows : 8 p. m.—The reported attacks of partial failure of the heart and its continued feeble action have induced a condition of the lungs which prevents a proper .t ration of the blood. This condition has hitherto been measurably controlled, but it shows such tendency to recurrence as to qualify the most serious apprehensions. It is critical. He is free from pain and dis tress, and so expresses himself. Two hours later another bulletin was issued. It simply said, "No change for the better has taken place in the General's condition." 1 a. m.—At this hour it is reported there is no change in Sheridan's condition. He is holding his own and is rational at all times except immediately after inhal ing oxygen, when he becomes somewhat flighty. The doctors say that it is im probable that any change will occur for several hours. 1:10 a. m—Sheridan sleeping quietly and no immediate danger is apprehended. The only persons in the room are the physician and nurse. The other doctors are lying down, and Mrs. Sheridan has also been persuaded to take a short rest. The Gen eral has had two slight attacks of cough ing. At 4 o'clock all was quiet at Sheridan's home. The general bad been sleeping at intervals, and all retired for much needed rest except Mrs. Sheridan, one of the phy sicians and a valet. 6 a. m.—General Sheridan has been sleeping quietly for quite awhile, and there is no perceptible change in his condition. Washington, May 27.—The following bulletin was issued this morning, May 27th, at a consultation at 8 a. m., by Drs. O'Reilly, Byrnes, Yarrows and Matthews: General Sheridan has rested fairly well during the latter part of the night and has taken a sufficient quantity of nourishment. His pulse at this hour is 112 and strong, but his breathing has been labored at times during the night, but has been im proving constantly since 4 a. m. The un favorable symptoms reported last evening were not relieved until 4 am. There is less (edema of the lower extremities; he expresses himself as being rested and feel ing comfortable. (Signed,) R. M. O'Reilly, W. Matthews, H. C. Yabkow, C. B. Bybne. Washington, May 28.— The doctors have issued the following bulletin as the result of a consultation held at 9 o'clock: General Sheridan passed a bad night, hav ing irregular, hard-labored respiration and being frequently delirious since daybreak, however, and especially within the lest hour there has been slight but distinct im provement in all his symptoms; pulse 110 and steadier; oedema of legs gradually subsided and now slight, and he continues to take ample supply of nourishment. 11 o'clock a. m.—General Sheridan was sleeping quietly and restfully at 9 o'clock this morning and recognized and spoke pleasantly to his body servants. Mrs. Sheridan has expressed herself as deeply grateful for the sympathy and kindness that have been extended and many mes sages received from the general's friends. The general woke at 11:15 and his mind was entirely clear. He recognized every one about him. Oxygen has been admin istered considerably since he awoke. His facial appearance is but slightly changed. 12:15 p. m.—No change in Sheridan's condition, oxygen being constantly admin istered. Washington, May 28.—There was a general feeling of relief in Gen. Sheridan's household this morning when the physi cians issued their bulletin that there had been a slight but distinct improvement in his symptoms. The night was an anxious one. The distinguished patient seemed to grow weaker and weaker and the chances of his recovery less and less as the hours dragged slowly along. Indeed he was so low in the early hours of the morning that the attendants almost abandoned all hope. The history of the case shows that the most dangerous time for the General is be tween the hours of 2 and 6 o'clock in the morning, and this morning was no excep tion to the rule. All the physicians and nurses were with him during that period, and the discouraging newB that came from his bedside from time to time filled the anxious watchers with grave fears. At the morning consultation the physicians agreed that the General's symptoms showed a slight improvement This news dispelled for a time the gloom which hung over the household during the night and bright glances of hope were exchanged among friends assembled in the library. Washington, May 28.—A bulletin is sued by the physicians at 2:30 says : "Gen Sheridan has retained all the improvement noted in this morning's bulletin, and in addition his mind has grown markedly irer." .t 3:30 Col. Blount reported the condi i of Gen. Sheridan unchanged. All members of the Cabinet except licott, who is out of the city, called at se during the forenoon. The President t a messenger twice during the day, expressed an earnest desire to be mptly advised of any change in the eral's condition. He also sent a beauti basket of flowers for Mrs. Sheridan, ay telegrams of condolence were re ed. jT ashington, May 29—7 a. m.—The fa ible turn in General Sheridan's condi i continues. He passed a very comfort » night, and Mrs. Sheridan and the phy ms arc encouraged, though still appre sive of sudden change. Washington, May 29.— Sheridan is re ted much better this morning, and his itary aids express themselves as feeling auraged that he has a fair chance for re ery. There was an air of cheerfulness ut the household that indicated better n words that there had been a decided nge for the better in the sick lier's condition. The first intelligence lis condition came from Col. Blunt, who iained at the house all night. He left bout 6:30 o'clock to go home for break , and as he passed the newspaper men vaiting he said that the General had a Y comfortable night, and that one of the sicians told him a few minutes before t the General was doing splendidly, erytbing seems to be more favorable r," said Col. Blunt, "and Mrs. Sheridan all of ns feel much encouraged. Bat a you know the diseaee is still there, no one can tell what will happen." ol. Kellogg relieved CoL Blunt, and r spending some little time in the house ti the physicians and members of the jjy appeared on the front porch about clock, and conversed freely about the I "The General slept well during the at " he said, and now appears to be much es'hed. His sleep was natural and rest and not caused by narcotics of any d His respiration also was easier and ■e natural, and there was no occasion to rt tooxy^en treatment.talL" There " the usual number of oilers during morning, and the attendants »t the r seemed to take special pleasure in di ng on the general's improvement One he prettiest sights of the morning was sn theGeneral'sthreeUtUej^lsstopp^ he midst of their play on the heauUful n surrounding the house and g^ered e flowers to be sent to their afflicted he physicians met in consultation about 8 o'clock and preparad a bulletin, announcing the continued improvement of their patient since the favorable turn indi cated in the bulletin issued last evening. At 11:45 it was reported that the favorable condition indicated in the morning bulle tin had been fully maintained; indeed, not an unfavorable symptom or condition ha* 1 appeared since the change for the better indicated in the 8:30 bulletin last night. The General sleej« at intervals without artificial aid, while not a trace of recur rence pf oedema has so far made its ap pearance, aDd all things considered, the General is confidently believed by his attending physicians to be really better. Washington, May 29.—The following bulletin was issued at 10 o'clock : There was a consultation at 9:30 a. m. General Sheridan passed a quiet night, sleeping most of the time. He woke for a few min utes at intervals of about half an hour, recognizing and conversing rationally with those in the room. His respiration and pulse remain good. On the whole, the condition noted in last evening's bulletin continues, with even a slight improvement. (Signed) Roijebt M. O'Reilly. W. Matthews. Chas. B. Bybne. H. C. Yaebow. Washington, May 29, 1 p. m.—Phy sicians announce that whatever change has taken place in the General's condition since the morning bulletins is for the bet ter. At 3 o'clock Colonel Blunt said: "Gen eral Sheridan's condition is still favorable. He is sleeping quietly." Sheridan For General of the Army. Washington, May 29.— [Special bulle tin.]—The Senate has just passed the bill to revise the grade of General of the Army, and conferring it on Lieutenant General Sheridan. There were only seven votes in the negative. IN THE SENATE. Deficiency Appropiation Bill 1'assed. Washington, May 25.—The Senate pro ceeded to the consideration of the House bill making an appropriation to supply the deficiency in the appropriation for the ex penses of collecting revenue from customs. Allison having charge of the bill, explained in answer to questions put by Edmunds, the causes of the deficiency. He accredited it entirely to the legislation of 1874, re pealing the "moiety system," and said that since then the receipts from fine, penalties and forfeiture had been constantly falling off, while the expenses of collecting revenue had been constantly increasing. Edmunds suggested, sarcastically, that while there might have been extravagance in the collection of revenues under former administrations, there could not, of course, have been any extravagance under the present administration. The amendment reported by the com mittee on appropriations, to strike out the clause repealing the law making a perman ent annual appropriation of $5,500,000 for the expenses of collecting revenues from customs, was agreed to. Other amend ments repotted were also agreed to and the bill passed. Washington, May 28.—In the Senate, to day, Frye, from the committee on com merce, reported back the river and harbor appropriation bill. The report of the com mittee, he Baid could not possibly be ready for a week. Jones, of Arkansas, called attention to some remarks made last week by Senator Stewart on the veto questions, particularly to those making charges against the Attor ney General in connection with land titles in California and with the "raid on the Bell Telephone Co.," and earnestly defended the Attorney General. Stewart defend his position in reference to private land suits in California, and sent to the clerk's desk and had read a letter to the President from Governor Waterman, of California, bearing on that subject, and representing that a litigation to settle land in that State had been going on for nearly forty years. He declared there was no out rage in the whole history of California equal to that of re opening such litigation. The Senate then went into executive session and remained with closed doors nnt.il five o'clock. Then the doors were re-opened and the Senate proceeded (still in executive session) to vote on the following resolution, which was agreed upon without division : Resolved , That the injunction of secrecy be removed from all proceedings of the Senate in reference to the treaty with Great Britain, now under consideration. The Senate then adjourned. CENTRAL PACIFIC. Judge Littler's Views in Regard to the Payment of (he Debt. Washington, May 23.— Mr. Littler, of the Pacific railroad commission, addressed the Senate committee to-day, to which the commission's report was referred. In reference to his plan for adjusting the debts of the Central Pacific, the Judge said: Two per cent, interest on a debt t)f $53, 000,000 would amount to within $175,000 of the entire present income of the road. He would first cause to be ascertained the present income and its prospects of future increase. He would ascertain how much of this it required to pay two per cent, interest, and would devote the balance to the payment of the principal, extending it over a period of years sufficient to wipe it out. Judge Littler said he believed that some of the strong men who bad either legitimately or illegitimately made millions of dollars out of the road would, in order to avoid further discussion of their con duct before the American people through the press, go down into their own pockets and contribute something toward the pay ment of the debt, or at least, they would contribute from the earnings of the other lines of the road which they owned. CIVIL SERVICE INVESTIGATION. Damaging Testimony Against a Dein» ocratic Collector. New Yobk, May 24.—Several ex-em ployes of the customs house testified re garding removals without cause for politi cal reasons, contributing to campaign fnnds and the doubtful character of many of the present employes. One man testified that half a dozen men from Broome county, who were employed at the custom house, took an active part in home politics when ever they wished to go. A. D. Wales, of Binghampton, a Democrat, testified that when congress appropriated $150,000 for a pnblic building in his town, Deputy Col lector Davies, of the New York custom house, came up there and bought options on eligible sites and finally sold to the gov ernment, for $25,000, a tract which is fre quently overflowed and which is not worth more than $4,000. Wales declared that the Democrats of Broome county are greatly dissatisfied with the role of Davies and the federal administration. Assignment. Chicago, May 23.— Liberman & Co., wholesale gentlemen furnishing goods House, confessed judgment for $10,000 this morning, and the sheriff took possession of the store. No statement of the affairs of the firm have yet been made, but it is stated to-night that the failure was due to the embezzlement of $48,000 by one of the Arm. IN THE HOUSE. Debate Over the Postoffice Appro priations. Washington, May 23. — The Honse went into committee of the whole ou the po- toffiee appropriatian bill. Blount, of Georgia, explained the items of the bill and the necessity for increases. A pro tracted debate ensued, during which Per kins, of Kansas, referred to the reply of the Postmaster Genertl to his resolution of inquiry into the alleged misconduct of the Western mail service, which, he said, had not been laid before the House for action. Blount explained that the matter would have been reported to the House from the committee but for the tariff debate. Perkins then criticised the bill for mak ing an increase of ouly five per cent, in its aDpropriation for raiiway postal clerks, while the railroad mail service had in creased over ten per cent, in the last eighteen months. The increase in the ap propriation wa3 not in keeping with the service or its growth. He then pro ceeded to argue that the present adminis tration had discriminated against the Western country in the mail service, which he declared was bad and inefficient. The debate then took a political turn, and after a time several amendments were offered, among them one to increase from $6,000,000 to $6,200,000 the appropriation for the free delivery service and one to in crease by $600,000 the appropriation for the star route service. All were lost. With out action the committee rose and the House adjourned. Washington, May 24. — The House went into committee of the whole on the post office appropriation bill. On motion of Blount, of Georgia, the appropriation for more messenger service was increased from $900,000 to $950,000. Perkins, of Kansas, speaking to the verbal amendment again entered the complaint of the people of the West against the insufficient mail service, which be asserted was now being given to that section. He had read extracts from various letters and papers received by him in support of his assertions. Toole, of Montana, and Yoorhees, of Washington Territory, voie* d the wishes of the people of the territories for a more efficient mail service than they were now receiving Cannon, of Illinois, attributed the ineffi ciency of the service in the West, not to a lack of sufficient appropriations, but to the fact that competent men have been dis charged and incompetent men put in their places. Blount said the record would dis close the fact that changes in the mail ser vice had been gradual, and to-day the rate of merit was higher than it has ever been before. Symes, of Colorado, criticized the postoffice department for inadequate man agement in the Star Route services. He declared that they had been deceived about the latter. He wanted the responsibility placed where it belonged, and he was sat isfied it should rest upon the back of the "picayune second postmaster general." After farther desultory debate the commit tee rose and the bill passed. Washington, May 28.— Under the call of States, the fclljwing bills were intro duced and refir.el : Cheadle, (Indiana) by request, to retire ex-soldiers and sailors who have been wounded in battle, after 21 jears of service in the civil service. The Honse then went into Committee on the Whole on the legis lative, executive and judiciary appropria tion bill. In connection with the action on the salary of the first auditor of the treasury, Kerr, (Iowa.) commented on civil service reform as practiced by the Demo cratic party, and sent to the clerk's desk and had read a circular letter to the Fed eral office holders in Iowa, written by the Secretary of the Democratic State Com mittee of Iowa, asking for voluntary con tributions. A sharp interchange on the merits of the civil service law and attitude of the two parties towards it then took place between Weaver, (Iowa,) Steele, (Ind.) Cannon, (111.) and others. After completing the consideration of 60 of 100 pages of the bill the committee rose. Townahend, from the Committed on Mili tary Affairs, reported the army appropri ation bill and it was referred to the Com mittee on the Whole. The Honse then adjourned. The Arrears Pension Bill. Washington, May 33.—A dilemma con fronts the House committee on rules in the shape of the arrears pension bill, which threatens to prove as embarrassing as was the direct tax bill. Johnson, of Indiana, has introduced a resolution, which is now before the committee, making the pensions bill the order for Friday, with the provision that its consideration shall continue from day to day until the bill is formally voted npon. If reported favorably, it is believed the bill will pass the House upon the final vote. The large appropriation required in that event would negative the idea of a tariff reduction. On the other hand, should its opponents succeed iu defeating action on the bill, it may be at the expense of the tariff bill, as its defeat will have to be ac complished by fillibustering tactics. Indian Appropriation Bill. Washington, May 23.—The Indian ap propriation bill will probably be reported to-morrow in the Senate. It has made a net reduction of $226,000, making the total appropriation $4,172,000 in rouud numbers. Sixty-five thousand dollars is appropriated for the payment of Kaw Arkansas Indian scrip, $25,000 for an in dustrial school in Nevada to be erected on donated land, $25,000 for the support of Indian day and industrial schools, and $10,000 for an Indian school at Grand Junction, Col. River and Harbor Appropriation Bill. Washington, May 28.—A complete river and harbor bill has been reported to the Senate. The bill as it came from the House carried an aggregate appropriation of $19,605,783. As reported to the Senate this morning it appropriates $21,388,783, an increase of $1,883,000. The principal changes, as compared with the bill pre viously reported, are the following : The laws creating a Missouri river commission are repealed. The Arkansas river appro priation is increased to $175,000. The Ohio river appropriation is not changed. The appropriation for the Mississippi river stands at $2,500,000. The total appropria tion for the Missouri river is increased to $1,100,000._ Army Appropriations. Washington, May 28.—The Honse committee on military affairs reported the army appropriation bill to the Honse to day. The bill makes a total appropriation of $24,279,700, while the estimates were $25,364,324. As the appropriation for the current fiscal year was $23,724,718, the in crease is chiefly an item for dynamite guns. Hancock Memorial Services. Nobeistown, Pa, May 27.— Memorial services were held over the tomb of Gen. Hancock, in Montgomery county, to day. Maxwell Stevenson, orator of the day, de delivered a speech, in which he denounced the interference of Grand Army posts with politics. He rebuked the political leaders who would cast venom at departed de fenders of the Union, The speaker wa' frequently applauded while making each references. About 5,000 persons attended the ceremony. POLITICAL POINTERS! The Republicans of North Carolina Nomi nate a Tall State Ticket and Cheer for Blaine. North Carolina Republicans. Raleigh, N. C., May 23.—The Republi can State convention met here to-day, and while the committee on credentials was making its report, listened to~speeches of promiuent Republicans and cheered each mention of Blaine's name. Hon. H. D. Dockery was nominated for Governor by acclamation. J. C. Pritchard received the nomination for Lieutenant Governor, and Geo. W. Stauton for Secre tary of State. Raleigh, N. C.. May 24.— The State Republican convention reassembled this morning. C. M. McKessol was nominated for auditor; G. A. Bingham, treasurer; Thomas P. Devereaux, attorney general; J. B. Mason, superintendent of pnblic in struction ; D. L. Russell, B. B. Buxton and D. M. Furches, supremo court judges. Resolutions were adopted favoring the repeal of the internal revenue laws, an equitable adjustment of taxation, and a reduction of the surplus by passing the banking bill. Col. Jas. E. Boyd, chairman of the con vention, and Augustus Moore were nomi nated for electors-at-large. Both are pro nounced Blaine men. Delegates-at-large : L. H. Cooper, E. A. White, James H. Harris (co'ored), and John Daucey (colored ). Illinois Democrats. Spbingfield, 111., May 23.—In the af ternoon the temporary organization was made permanent. Delegates at large were selected as fol lows: Wm. R. Morrison, Wm. C. Coady, N. E. Worthington, James S. Ewing. Presidential electors at large : Chas. H. Schwab and M. C. Crawford. Ex-Governor John M. Palmer was nomi nated for Governor by acclamation ; A. J. Bell for Lieutenant Governor ; N. D. Ricks for Secretary of State ; Andrew Welch for Auditor; Charles Walker for Treasurer; Jacob R. Creighton for Attorney General— all nominated by acclamation. WISCONSIN PROHIBITIONISTS. Woman Suffrage Voted Down by the Convention. Madison, Wis.. May 24 —The Prohibi tion State Convention to-day selected dele gates to the National Convention and nominated E. G. Dnrant, of Racine, for Governer. The platform, which was then reported, insisted on State and National prohibitiion, denouncing all forms of license ; declares that total abstenance and prohibition lie at the threshold of labor re form ; favors a careful and just imposition of taxes and vigilant supervision of the corporation franchise; eulogizes the W. C T. U. The minority reported in addition a woman's suffrage plank, which caused a debate lasting several hours aud came near splitting up the convention. I' was finally voted down. The remainder of the State ticket was nominated. Ohio Prohibitionists. Toledo, Ohio. May 26—The Ohio Pro hibition State Convention reassembled to day and selected Rev. H. A. Thompson as president and Rev. J. P. Mills secretary. The platform demands absolute prohibi tion, State and National ; denounces licenses and local option ; that suffrage in heres in citizenship and should be re stricted only from incompetence or ignor ance, and favoring a constitutional amend ment embodying this; favors the enforce ment of the Sunday law, and favors just pensions to honorably discharged soldiers. Good for the Temperance Cause. Louisville, Ky., May 24.—Kentucky distilleries to-day entered into an agree ment to restrict the production for the sea sons of 1888-89 to eleven million gallons. Cleveland and Thurman. Philadelphia, May 28. —The Times to-day says : The Democratic ticket to be placed in nomination at the St. Louis con vention will be : For President, Grover Cleveland, and for Vice President, Allen G. Thurman, of Ohio. Thurman has con sented to allow his named to be presented and the nomination will be tendered him with the full knoweledge and approbation of the leading men of the party through out the country. Congressman Sam. Randall said yesterday : "Ex Senator Thurman will undoubtedly be the nominee for Vice President. He has been agreed upon by everybody and he is willing to accept the nomina tion, and he is the best and strong est man that could be placed on the ticket." The mention of Thurman's name, it is be lieved, will lead to the result of there be ing but two ballots taken in the national convention, the first for President, the second for Vice Prisdent. The South has no candidete for Vice President, but will support New York's choice, which will be Thurman. Pennsylvania aDd Ohio will join hands with New York and that will be enough to nominate. With Thurman on the ticket the Democrats will feel per fectly safe about Indiana and will expect to keep the Republicans busy with pre venting him from running away with Ohio. Columbus, May 28. —Judge Thurman denies the report that he has consented to the use of his name for Vice President. He has not been consulted and is not a candidate for office. Solid for Cleveland. San Fbancisco, May 28.—The dele gates to the National Democratic conven tion left here this morning for iSt. Louis. On their special car was the inscription : "California delegation solid for Grover Cleveland^"_ _ New York Democratic Campaign Fond. Washington, May 24.—At the session of the House committee on printing, to day, Galliher introduced a number of em ployee and ex-employee of the government printing office, who testified that they bad contributed sums ranging from 25 cents to $10 each to the New York Democratic campagn fand last autumn. Liberal Elected. London, May 23.— The Parliamentary elections at Southampton to-day resulted in a victory for the Liberals, Evans, the Liberal candidate, receiving 5,151 votes, and Gnest, the Conservative nominee, 4,266. The Gladstonians are jubilant over the result, which they consider the greatest Tory defeat since the last gem ral election Elected Senator. Baton Rouge, La., May 23.—Senator Gibson was to-day re-elected. The ballot ing for a successor toEustis is still going on. Still Hangs Fire. Washington, May 28.— The Senate committee on Judiciary this morning again considered the nomination of Fuller, bat did no rea ch a conclusion, and decided to hold a special meeting on the case. PRESBYTERIANS. Reunion Celebration Ceremonie« at Philadelphia. Philadelphia, May 24.—The academy and Horticultural Hall were both jammed this afternoon when the ceremonies of the reunion celebration were resumed. Hon. Wm. Strong, ex chief justice of the United States supreme court, was ia the chair at the academy meeiing,aml around him were grouped some ot the many Presbyterian divines and laymen of both general assem blies. The first speaker was Hon. John Randolph Tucker, of Virginia, who spoke on the adaption of Presbyterianism to the masses. Rev. S. J. McPherson, of Chicago, spoke of Presbyterianism and education. At the close of Dr. McPherson's address the great congregation sane "Jesus, Lover of My Soul.' Mrs. Cleveland, who had arrived during the speaking, and occupied a seat in the Prince of Wales' box, rose and joined in the singing. She remained to the close of the exercises. The last address of the afternoon was by ex-United States Senator Samuel J. R. McMillaD, of Minne sota, who spoke on "Presbyterianism" and "Republican government," and the exer cises came to a close with a benediction by Rev. Dr. Francis L. Patton, president-elect of Princeton college. Philadelphia, May 26.—The special committee to which was referred all mat ters relating to treating with the Southern assembly reported to the Pres byterian general assembly this moruiDg. The report expresses hearty approval of the action. The committee that approved of the action was the committee appointed last year to coder with the committee from southern assembly, and furthermore, ex pressed the hope tnat the fraternizing spirit that had been manifested in these centennial days might prove the beginning of an era of more cordial fellowship and co operation between the two assemblies. It was recommended that the com mittee of conference appointed la9t year be continued with the addition of five members, to confer with a similar commit tee from the Southern assembly respecting the co-operation of the two branches of the church. The report concluded by declar ing that this co operation in its fullest sense could be accomplished by an organic union, aud expressed the fullest confidence in the brethren of the Southern assembly. BAPTIST CONFERENCE. Change in the Mode of Baptism. Washington, May 25.—The National Baptist conference concluded its work to day at North Manchester. The first paper related tp the mode of baptism, and it was decided that hereafter a change will be made from the double lo the single mode. G«o. T. McDonough, traveling passenger agent ot the Santa Fe system, was made general railroad agent for the German Baptists, and in futare will arrange all their business with managers of traffic as sociations. The second district of Virginia and the sonthern district of Illinois sent requests for the next annual meeting. The invita tion from Virginia was accepted. A series of resolutions were passed ex pressing the loss to the chnrch occa sioned by the death of Elder Quinter last Saturday, and expressing sympathy with the family of the deceased. The financial showing at this meeting is an excellent one. The expenses were $5,000, and the receipts reported up to to day exceeded that sum. Over ten thou sand meal tickets were sold besides the sales at the lunch stands. The book and tract work is meeting with great success, and leading brethren are giving it both their moral and financial support. To-night most of the brethren left for their homes. German Baptist Convention. Wabash, Ind., May 24. —Much business was transacted at to-day's session of the German Baptist church. It was decided that no member should become identified with the G. A. B., a secret order. Petition was read from Southern Indiana direct, asking for some light on the matter of divorce so far as it is concerned in chnrch membership. There was a prolonged dis cn.-.'ion on this matter and finally a com mit! le of five was appointed to consider the question and frame a decision to be presented to the next annual conference. A request from the Southern Ohio confer ence that the church advise all applicants for baptism to quit the use of tobacco was read. This was discussed and followed by confessions of experience from members The request was granted. Methodist Conference. New Yobk, May 24.—In the Methodist conference Dr. Newman was elected the fourth Bishop on the tenth ballot. On the sixteenth ballot Dr. Goodsell was elected bishop by a vote of 320 out of 430. New Yobk, May 25.—In spite of bitter opposition the report recommending a mis sionary bishop for India was adopted, and the assembly at once elected Rev. J. M. Thobnrn to the position. New Yobk, May 25.—Rev. J. O Shumpert, colored, delegate from Col umbus, Miss., offered a resolution asking the conference to reaffirm its deci sion and ruling that in the Methodist church the color line was no bar to hold ing office. It was unanimously adopted, and after Rev. Mr. Shumpert had served notice on the conference to the effect that although lightning had struck all around colored brethren, and even in the gallery, (looking at Dr. Newman) [Great applause] colored delegates were coming again. Conference adjourned. United Presbyterians. Cedab Rapids, Iowa, May 24—In the second day's session of the United Presby terian Church, the committee reports showed all the boards in good condition. The committee on union with the reformed Presbyterian chnrch reported that the time had not yet come for such uuion. Cedab Rapids, Iowa, May 25.—The General Assembly of the United Presby terian church spent the morning session on the tobacco question, and decided it had no right to instruct Presbyterians to refuse to license candidates for the ministry who are addicted to the use of tobacco, but adopted a strong recommendation against it. The afternoon was given to the report of home missions, which reports the ap propriation of $12,000, which was adopted. The evening was devoted to temperance, and there were spirited discussions. Opposed to Pensions. Washington, May 23.— Representative Walker, (Mo.,) from the Committee on In valid Pensions has prepared for presenta tion to the House a minority report ad verse to the bill extending the time during which claims may be allowed for arrears of pensions. The report states it will re quire $500,000,000 to carry out the pro visions of the bill. Walker says the bill, if passed, will not only dispose of the sur plus but will also add several hundred mil lions to the hardens of a nation already weighted down by taxation. In conclu sion he says the American people not only have been fair and jost to the soldiers, but have enacted pension laws with liber ality and generality nnparalled in pension legislation of any country on earth. In behalf of the tax paying pnblic, a large majority of whom are straggling to make a living, many even straggling to keep the wolf from the door, he protests against the passage of the bill. Texns Cy clone*-Chnrches Demolished and People Killed and Wounded. Bonham, Texas, 24.—A cyclone swept over Brownton, twenty five miles from here, yesterday, destroying the Methodist, Baptist and congregational church*» and eight dwellings. One person was killed and eight, including the sheriff and county recorder, were fatally wounded. Great damage was done to crops and ontboi ses. A Kansas Cyclone. Wellsington, Kansas, May 24.—A cyclone 9truck the town of Argonia, a few miles west of this city, yesterday, cutting its way through the thickest settled por tion of the place. Among the buildings destroyed are the Methodist church. Palace Hotel and a number of stores and dwell ings. Several persons were severely in jured by flying timbers. Destructive Storms. Sulphur Springs, Texas, May 24.—De structive hail storms passed over the coun try two miles east of here, Tuesday, com pletely destroying cotton plants and greatly damaging other crops. Brookston, in Lamar county, is said to have been almost demol ished, but no los9 of life is reported. Corsicana, Texas, May 24.—A very severe storm visited this section last night. The damage in the town exceeds $25,000. The damage to crops is very great. A dozen houses were demolished and as many more unroofed. The colored Methodist church and Odd Fellows hall were blown to piece*. Kain, Ilail and Flood. Chicago,; May 28.—An almost unpre cedented water fall was reported yesterday throughout the West. At Quincy, 111., inches fell in less that four hours, greatly discouraging the people in the flooded dis tricts. Great damage was done by hail, wind and lightning in the territory extend ing from Indiana to Nebraska. Many streams are over their banks and a water spout which broke in the northwestern part of Daws county, Nebraska, submerged five miles of track on Jthe Fremont, Elk Horn and Missouri Valley railway, and washed away numerous bridges. The damage along the White and Lone Tree Rivers is very great. The White river rose sixteen feet in l'oity minutes and farmers had to abandon their homes, maDy of which were washed away. No loss of life yet repoited. STORMS AND CYCLONES. Great Destruction of Property and Loss of Lite. Pittsburg, May 28. —A terrific thunder storm, accompanied by high winds and hail, passed over the western portion of Pennsylvania this evening, doing great damage. Churches, public buildings and dwellings were unroofed. Trees were up rooted and fences aud barns blown down A number ot persons were injured. Wheeling, Va., May 28.— A terrible thunder storm, with a gale of wind, hail and almost an unprecedented rainfall, pre vailed here and for 150 miles down the river this afternoon. At Bridgeport, over the river, the six year old son of Joseph Taplor was caught by the swelling stream and drowned. The tent of a circus ou Wheeling Island was demolished. At Ravenswood, Jackson county, hail stones weighing four ounces fell. Many windows were broken and fruit trees badly damaged. Near Charleston, Robert Shannon was strack by a tree, which was blown down, and bis neck was broken. At Stevensville, opposite Ravenswood, Mrs. Wm. Powell was killed by a stroke of lightning while sitting in her house. A train running along the Ohio river between here and Parkersburg bad every pane of glass broken by bail. Titusville, Pa., May 28.— The cyclone which struck this city at 2210 p. m., was accompanied by a clond burst which de luged the city. Whole avenues ot trees were blown out and smokestacks and chimneys demolished. Outhouses and barnes were lifted into the air and thrown down and smashed to atoms. Several peo ple were injured. Plate glass fronts in stores were crashed in by flying missiles. The Baptist church steeple was partly wrecked, and there was a general destruc tion of all property exposed to the fury of the storm. All communication with the suTOunding country is cut off. Cleveland, Ohio, May 26.—A terrific wind storm passed over Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania this afternoon, do ing great damage. At Canton, besides the destruction of the Dueber factory, previ ously mentioned, several other large build ings were wrecked and residences un roofed. Great damage to property and many slight injuries to persons are report ed. STORM IN THE MIDDLE STATES Destructive Elements Cause Great Damage and Loss of Life in Pennsylvania and Elsewhere. Pittsburgh, May 29.— The storm which swept over Eastern Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania yesterday after noon, was of a very destructive character, and the aggregate less to buildings, crops, railroad and telegraph lines will foot up many thousands of dollars. Several lives were also sacrificed and a number of per sons injured. About Point Pleasant and Huntington, W. Va., Canton, Ohio, Beaver county, Penn., and through the oil regions, the storm was particularly severe. Rain fell in torrents, while the wind was very violent. Near Ravenswood, W. Va.. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Powell were killed by light ning while sitting in their home. At Chandlerston, W. Va., Mrs. Robert Shan non was kill by a falling tree. At Bridge port, Ohio, the six year old son of Joseph Powell was canght by a rush of water in a narrow ravine and drowned. Two com panions made a narrow escape at Bellaire, Ohio. A railroad brakeman, named Cas tello, was killed while endeavoring to manage a train during the storm. At Can ton, Ohio, houses were lifted from their foundations and the steeples of several hurches were wrecked. The south wing of New Hampden Wat(h Works, two hundred feet in length and three stories high, was blown down and is a total wreck, and the Denber Watch Case Works were badly damaged. At Oil City the roof of the Arlington Hotel was blown off, and the guests rushed from the build ing panic stricken. Titusville also suffered severely. Frank Burchfield, of PJeasant ville, while crossing Pine Creek bridge in a buggy, was blown over into the water. The vehicle was reduced to splinters and the horse lifted bodily and carried 100 yards away. About this city the storm was not so heavy, but specials from many other ]«oints represent hail falling as large as heu's eggs. Telegraph lines are down badly, and in many places the railroad tracks are covered with debris from the hills. Damage to orchards has been par ticularly heavy. Many trees in the regions visited by the hail have been stripped of every leaf, and other crops suffered cor respondingly with thes trees. The total loss will probably reach several hundred thousand dollars. Wellsville, N. Y., May 29.—Twenty business blocks were unroofed and tie Baptist church badly damaged here yester day afternoon. Only two or three persons were injnred. A heavy rain added to the damage. Windows were broken by the hundreds. The storm swept violently eastward through sonthern New York, felling trees and doing great damage. A chnrch and several other bnildings were wrecked at Allentown and many of the derricks in the Allegheny field blown down.