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THE NATION'S CftPITOL
Our Special Correspondent's Comprehensive
Survey of the Political Field.
SPEAKER REED'S POLICY OUTLINED.
Uow tlie Virgin in Members Will
N(nii?l on tlie Commit teen?Tliu
Contestctl Scuts? I.iuub mid Brudy
nt Work-Tho Presidential Nomi?
nation at Stake?Out in tlie Cold.
"Washington, Dec. fl. 1S'J.">.
The Congress oi" the United States
has been In session one full week to?
day, but aside from the election of
the otllcers of the House and the
Introduction of a few trilling hills no?
thing whatever has been accomplished,
and in the Senate tlie reorganization
which Is now regarded as certain has
not taken as yet any definite Bhapo.
It had been expected that us the
present Congress has been elected for
thirteen months, and as from the dale
of their election there has been no
doubt as to the present Spcakcrshlp,
that Mr. Reed would have been fully
prepared with a list of his committees
and their announcement would closely
follow his formal election, but as a
mutter of fact Mr. Reed was compelled
to wall until he could personally meet
the great Influx or raw material before
lie could possibly locate many of his
now followers. Mr. Heed also is shrewd
enough to know the value of these c.~m
mlttCCfilllps, and the bearing tha.t many
of them will have toward his presiden?
tial) aspirations, und It was Just as well
to wait and have a "talk with the
boys" before he scattered his gifts to
the eager statesmen who are clamoring
for public prestige* The committees
?will, however, all be fixed up this week,
and then we shall know how well the
Czar has worked bis choice opportu?
nity. Should Mr. Heed fellow the
precedent of retaining former members
of committees upon the haw ones, Vir?
ginia is ( bilged to fare V^ry well, and
till- will net be dillicult to do 11s the
Democratic forces are so reduced in the
House that in nearly every instance
their former majority on tlie commit?
tees will now b live only a bare full
minority If all tlnxse are retained who
are re-eiected. In Virginia we would
have Mr. .lor.es on the Rivers and
Harbors, onr- of the very bos.; commit?
tees in the House. Mr. Tyler should
certainly be retained on Naval Affairs.
Mr. Kllett will naturally follow bis
predecessor. Mr. George I). Wise, on
Interstate and Foreign Commerce?, al?
though n place on Appropriations or
Foreign Affairs would be much to his
fancy. From the Fourth district of
Virginia the contest of Mr. Thorp
against Mr. MeKenny may Influence
Mr. Reed against placing the sitting
member upon any of tlie very impor?
tant committees, but th" Speaker hits
decided to make two or three elections
committees, and these contests will be
very speedily settled, probably all of
the thirty-two at ihe present session.
Mr. Swnnson Is on the Postofflcc and
Tost Roads Committee, and in addi?
tion to this he may go mi the- judiciary,
as Mr. Heed personally likes him, ami
his record In the lust Congress was
well in keeping with a bold, yet new
and youthful member, and he made
friends among the Republicans.
Maj. Otey, from the Sixth District,
comes as a new man. but he is not un?
known to Mr. Reed and his fitness for
the Committee on Hanking and Cur?
rency Is well appreciated.
Representative Smith S. Turner suc?
ceeded Goy. O'Forrall in the last Con?
gress after the committees were made
Up by Mr. Crisp, but he will, no doubt,
be well taken care of possibly on the
Kleetlons Committee. Mr. Meredith
will undoubtedly be retained upon the
District of Columbia Committee, which
is one requiring possibly more work
than any other In the House, and upon
which he has accomplished a wonderful
amount of labor and made himself
very popular both in the House and the
District. Gen. .lames A. Walker, the
Republican member from Virginia, will
certainly go upon the Elections Com?
mittee and it Is supposed will largely be
responsible for tin- action that commit?
tee will take on the contests from the
Mr. Tucker served upon tlie Foreign
Relations last session and as that will
be tln> loading committee In the next
House he will be well satisfied to be
The Virginia Contests.
With regard to the contested elec?
tions from Virginia a new life has been
given them by the action of Mr. Reed
in increasing the Elections Committee,
and his evident desire to do what he can
for the Republicans of the State, and in
return It has been generally made
known to him that Virginia will be in
line for him at tlie next national con?
vention. Col. William Hamb, who is
now here, has had several interviews
?with Mr. Reed, and It would not he
surprising if the Republican contestants
from the Fourth, Fifth. Sixth and Tenth
Districts did not urge their claims with
renewed vigor just as soon as the com?
mittees are appointed. Col. James D.
Brady is generally Intrusted with these
contests here and has already had visits
from Messrs. Thorp In the Fourth and
Yost in the Tenth Districts. Col. J.
Hampton H?ge, who Is opposing Maj.
Otey. was here last night, and will re?
turn after the holidays to press bis
contest, it is generally believed that
Mr. Reed will make a big strike for
himself out of these thlrty-lwo contests,
especially those coming from the South?
lie. ii nnd the Presidency.
Nowhere In the history of the Repuli
can party can there be found a parallel
for (the present activity among the
All of the big ones?Reed. Allison,
McKinley and Morion?have friends at
work. Reed Is working day and night
. nrlth the magnificent machinery of the
House to assist him. Allison's friends
have opened headqualrtcrs at Des
Molnes, la., while the supporters of
McKinley have engaged quarters at
the Arlington here, and are In the
'midst of an active campaign already.
The White House Is the only ambi?
tion of Thomas Ii. Heed, tlie other
honors He below him now, including Ihe
Speakcrshlp of the House. Mr, Ueed
has practically said that he stands now
as well as he can ever stand, und the
fight of 18MS will be the light of his
life. He does not intend to put in the
balance of his day's chasing the Presi?
dential phanlotl, as did Chase. Douglas,
Calhoun. Howard,lllalne and John Sher?
man; but If he loses this time he will, it
is said, take uphls residence in New
York, and devote the after years solely
to the practice of law.
ltciMihiicniiH anil Uevcnuc).
It bad not been the policy of the He
publicans to disturb the tariff schedules
to any extend during this Congress,
but it appears now that they will pass
some bill -or bills which will tend, they
claim, to increase the revenues of the
Government. They had honed that the
President In his message would declare
tlie revenues Insuflleletit, and thereby
virtually admitting that the Democratic
tariff measure hud not met the require?
ments of the Treasury Department, but
Mr, Cleveland did nothing of the kind;
he laid till the trouble at the door of the
financial system, recommended the re?
tirement of the greenbacks and the in?
crease of the National bank issue.
The Republicans refused to accept the
views of Mr. Cleveland and hold that
all we need is more revenue, and they
will put additional duties upon some
articles which the Democrats elthw
reduced or put Oil the free list. Wool
will probably bo one of the articles.
The Republicans declare against put?
ting a tax on beer or considering at all
the raising of the needed funds by any
Internal revenue tax. They insist on
taxing something of large Import to this
The several hundred Democrats who
were holding otllce under the previous
1 louse are now brought face to face with
ihe change which means the cold, cold
world again for them. Quite a num?
ber of them have tried Republican
friends to hold them on under the now
regime, but falling, have grown a
trifle defiant and threaten to make the
next llnus ? Democratic without fail.
Their attitude reminds one of the old
story of the ninn In the time of Noah.
I The Hoods Comp and the rain descended
and the old ninn climbed from elevation
to elevation, until he could go no fur?
ther, finally l!;o waters raised until he
was tip to his chin In the Hood. .Tust
then the ark floated by n.nd he called
to Noah to be taken aboard. He plead?
ed in vain ami then, as the ark drifted
away, he shouted in triumph: "Go on
with your d?d old scow. It's only a
passing shower anyway."
Mr. Sou they H. Bull, of Accorhnc
county, who has been in the Clerk's
document-room of the House for sev?
eral years, was legislated out iif oil ten
by the printing bin. which was passed
by the last Congress. Mr. Hull's
time expired of the meeting of the
present Congress and he will leave here
in :< few clays for his home. In Aocomae.
Mr. Hull has left a splendid record and
made many friends among the Demo?
cratic officials of the last House. He has
a son In the employ of A. Wrenn ft Hons,
of Norfolk. 11. I,. W.
Dentli by Piro und Suicide.
Rutherford, N. J.. Dec. 0.?The body
of Charles Vorwahl, of Vorwahl &
Prince, shoe dealers, was found In the
ruins of last night's fire, this morning.
Three members of n Herman family
are missing. Their bodies are supposed
to be in the ruins. The family had re
?ciuilly moved In. The ruins were still
smoldering and the work of searching
for the bodies progressed slowly.
Valentine George, a shoemaker in the
employ of Vorwahl Prince, but Ills
throat with a shoemaker's knife In front
of Mr. Prince's house as soon as he
heard of Mr. Vorwald's death. There
is little chance of his recovery.
Of-orge returned home late last night.
II is said. His room was at the rear of
the shoe store. It Is said that the fire
broke out there. The lire occurred a
few minutes after George was seen to
enter Iiis room.
The upper stories were or, upied as
flats by twelve Herman families, who
lose all. barely escaping with their lives.
The fire began shortly before midnight
and burned until day light.
Another Lumber Firm Goes I'mler.
Kansas City. Mo.. Dec. 9.?The E. P.
Cowan wholesale lumber company
made an assignment this morning to
O. C,. Young, its assets arc $30,000; the
liabilities, $1(10.000. Ten years ago this
company, under the management of
Cowan, made an immense amount of
money, but Cowan been me financially
Involved and two years ago the busi?
ness was purchased from him in a
heavily embarrassed condition by D. O.
Saunders, Its present president. The
company does an exclusively wholesale
business, but creditors are nearly all
out of town parties. Its offices are in
the Keith and Perry building. Luther
C. Reason is secretary.
fmir Reed's North Carolina Itoont.
Wilmington. N. C. Dec. !'.?A South?
ern Associated Press man Interviewed
George Z. French in regard to Ihe pros?
pects in this Stute of Republican as
plrants for Presidential nomination.
Mr. French is one of the most promi?
nent Republicans in the stnto and very
influential with his parly. He Is also
nn enthusiastic supporter of Hon".
Thomas Bracket I Rood and has charge
of his boom In Eastern North Carolina.
French has been working with unflag?
ging zeal for his favorite and he claims
that there is not the slightest doubt
that Heed will have the North Carolina
Wrecked on Huron Island.
L'Anse, Mich.. Dec. !'.?The lug Penrl
H. Campbell, of the Inmnn tug line of
Duluth, was lost off Huron Island about
forty miles from L'Anse tills morning.
The entire crew was lost. The Campbell
was under way from Marquctte to Du?
With ihe Assistance of Senator Hill He Gets
the Associate Justiceship.
PAUNCEFQPJE'S INTRUSIVE ARROGANCE.
Tlie uiituii Ambassador scnthinssiy
UcbithcU by So mi lor Sloritmi?A
Resolution Introducoil Colli?? on
the President lor lite Wallcr?aiiiU?
Washington, D. C, Dec. 9.?The Sen?
ate Committee <>n the Judiciary this
morning, <>n motion of Mr. Hill, of New
York, directed a tr.vora.ble report to lie
made on the nomination of Knfus \V.
Peckham. of New York, to be Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the
United States. Similar action was ulso
taken With regard to the nomination of
ex-Hejiresentntlves Springer and KU?
gore, nominated to be Judges .if the
United States Court for the District
There was but little discussion over
the nomination of.Mr. J?ecklinm, Mr.
Illll Stating thai he was perfectly sat
Isfled with tlie presentation or his
name: that if he had been culled upon
to select a candidate he could have made
no belter choice. It will be remembered
that when the name of William N. I lorn
blower was sent In Mr. Hill remarked
that Kulus Peckham should have been
nominated. The nominees qualifica?
tions wete discussed in a general way
Senator Hill being able to enlighten
the rest of Ihe committee as to tlie legal
attainments of the new justice.
Hater In the rldy the Semite, hi execu?
tive session, confirmed the nomination
of .l?de." Peck hum and also those of
Walter 15. F.lison, of North Carolina,
solicitor for ihe Department of State,
and Himer 11. Adams. United Stales
Judge for the Eastern district of Mis?
The Senate was addressed to-day by
Mr. Morgan. Chairman of the Commit-:
lee on Foreign Kein I Ions, and formerly
:i member of Ihe Behring Sea Paris Tri?
bunal, in support of his resolution, of?
fered on lite 3d or December, referring
to the Committee on Foreign Rela?
tions, the President's special inessnfs of
February 13. 1803, and Iiis recent annual
message, relating to payment by the
United States or the claims of Great
Britain, arising out of the Rebring sen
Controversy, with instructions to exam?
ine into the question of liability on the
part of the United States and of the
liability on the part or Great Britain or
Mr. Morgan, who rend his speech
from printed slips, was very BCVl re
upon the British Ambassador. Sir Julian
Pnunceforte. characterizing as "offen?
sive" the Ambassador's "commontB"
upon Ihenetion of Congress In refusing
an appropriation to pay the Indemnity
for losses -if British subjects owing to
the Bcizitrc of 'sealers'and assertlngtlial
as lo many of those 'sealers.' they were
the actual property, In whole or in
part, or American citizens who had no
such claim upon their own Government.
'Phe British Ambassador, Mr. Morgan
slated, with, emphasis, had no right to
question members of Congress Tor words
spoken in debate; and Iiis doing so. in
diplomatic papers, which he 'handed
ov,r to the American press for publi?
cation, was an act of "intrusive arro?
At one point of the speech he indulged
in a touch ol" sarcasm at the expense of
Sir Julian Paunceforte, who had. he
said, "buried him under his ponderous
logic" and or the Hail or Salisbury,
wl'.o had "exhumed him ror such use
as he might lind mcsl convenient."
Sir. Morgan occupied two hours in
the delivery of his speech, and then the
resolution was agreed to.
The two first bills of this Congress
were passed to-day?one of Hum to
allow t<> the Superior Court of Penn?
sylvania the use of the United States
Courthouse at Scran ton and Wllliams
port, and the other making an appro?
priation of Sjion.ooo for a survey and
plans hi' Improvement at the entrance
of Blscnyne Hay. Fin.
Senators Hill and Caffery made their
first appearance at this session to-day
in the Senate chamber ami the latter
look the oath of office under Iiis elec?
tion for tin- full term beginning March
Mr. Cull.?Li gave notice that he would
address the Senate to-morrow on the
subject of tin- Monroe doctrine.
Mr. Berry, of Arkansas. Introduced a
bill to form the Indian Territory Into
the Territory or Indlanola and gave
notice that he would hereafter address
the Senate on the subject.
Among the numerous bills introduced
and referred was one by Mr. Voorhees
to pay a pension of $200 a month to the
widow of the late Secretary of Stale
A resolution calling on the Presi?
dent for copies of all correspondence
In the State Department on tin? subject
of the trial and Imprisonment or John
l,. Waller by the French authorities at
Madagascar was .introduced by .Mr.
Baker (Rep.), of Kansas, and was
Mr. Hale offered a resolution in?
structing the Judiciary Committee to
inquire and ascertain what Is the exist?
ing law In the District of Columbia in
relation to tlie custody of minor chil?
dren, and especially whether the father
of any minor children may dispose of
their custody after bis death by the
provisions of his last will and testa?
ment. Tlie resolution ban reference to
the. case of the Slick children, now
pending in one of the district courts,
In which the mother seeks to regain
possession of her children, now with?
held from her by virtue of their father's
will. Mr. Hah- said that he wanted to
know whether any such relic of bar?
barism existed here.
Mr. Harris suggested the Committee
on the District of Columbia as the pro?
per committee to which the resolution
should be referred.
(Continued on Fifth Page)
Tili: JUMMLRS' MKKJ'INCiS.
?I Ihm! is t. IPiplisi and I'r<-sl>.v I vrlll II
"HI n is! i is (]?tlf >'.
At the1 UaptlBt Ministers' meeting yes?
terday the special feature was the re?
port of ltev. J. XV. Mitchell, whose new
church?South Street. Portsmouth?
was dedicated Sunday. Other pastors
reported Interesting meetings. Dr.
Woodfln, of Hamilton, and Rev. Mr.
Wood, of Newport News, were present.
Alter adjournment a presbytery was
organized to examine Mr. White, now
supplying the church at Lambert's
Point, who will be ordained next Sun?
At the Presbyterian ministers' meet?
ing Mr. George K. Wltmer, of Balti?
more, who has been assisting ltev. M.\
SluyiiiHkcr In a series of meetings at
Armstrong Memorial Church. Berkley,
was present. Interesting statement a
were made as to the work In the various
churches and mission Holds, and ac?
cession were reported in several of the
At the Methodist Ministers' meet lug
the following resolution wa.s adopted:
"The members of the preachers' meet?
ing of Norfolk. Portsmouth and Herk?
ley have learned of the contemplated
lecture to be delivered by Rev. Dr.
Ccnrge W. Carter at Ihe V. M. C. A.
Hall. Norfolk, on December lllth, and
desire in express their fraternal good
I will to lb-. Carter and to commend him
to the public as a platform speaker of
rare power, Interest and ability."
Tlie Cltorts Heilig "lade to Secure
I Col. TC. M. Henry, president, and Maj.
Charles Pickctt. secretary of tin- Busi?
ness Men's Association, yesterday for?
warded to the Virginia Senators and
Representatives in Congress, copies of
the following (resolutions prepared by
the committee appointed at a meeting
of the Hoard of Directors of that organi?
sation Saturday night, as stated In
Resolved, That the Hon. Senators
John W. Daniel and Thomas S. Martin
and Ihe Hon. D. Gardiner Tyler, rep?
resenting this'district in Congress, be
requested to urge the Navy Department
to accept the bid of the.Newport News
Shlp-hilildlng and Dry-dock Company
for the construction of the two new
battleships, theirs being the lowest bid
under the Government specifications.
Resolved, Thai it Is exceedingly im?
portant not to lose from this .section
the skilled mechanics who were- edu?
cated up to a high standard of prall
clenoy at our navy-yard, while build?
ing the Raleigh und Texas, and who are
now at work at Newport News In the
absence of suII'H.lenL work at said navy
yard. -' ?? ?
Resolved, That a copy of the reso?
lutions be sent to the "Business Men's
Association" of Newport News, and
also to the ship-building and dry-dock
I.nbor Sleeting To-Xigkl.
The second of the series of public I
meetings under the auspices otf the j
Central Labor Union will be held to?
night at Hmernld Hall. This meeting
will be conducted largely In the Interest
of the oyster law to be presented to the
Legislature, and also to explain the
workings of the proposed mechanics'
Mr. W. H. Mullen, of Richmond.who
j was to address the meeting, will be
tillable to be present owing to a death
in Ills family. Several talks will be
made, however, by men locally promi?
nent in the affairs of labor.
The Officers of the union announce
that the employers ami unorganized
employes ate /'specially Invited. At
the January meeting Mr. P. .1. McGulrc,
general socr- tary. of tlie Carpenters' and
Joiners' Union, will make the principal
Central Labor Union.
At Sunday's meeting of the Central
Labor Union, lion. Charles T. Blond,
of Portsmouth, whs selected to cham?
pion the amendments to life mechanics'
lien law and the oyster law in the
House of Delegates, ami to select the
patrons of the 1,111s In Ihe Senate.
Mi-. Charles .1. Cannon, from the Oys
termen's Protective Association, was
added to the Legislative Committee of
the Central Union;
other Central Unions in the state
will co-operate with this union in uiging
the passage by the General Assembly
of amendments to these two laws.
Arrested lor ? i_1iiiii?.
Shortly before midnight the police
were called to the saloon of M. P*. Llntz,
No. !? Tal bot street, where a bloody
battle was in progress. Officers l.udy,
Held and Richardson responded and ar?
rested W. D. Baker and W. A. Sed
dlngor. charged with lighting. The
faces of both men were covered witli
blood and linker had a gash over the
left eye. which Dr. Speight was called
in to dress. Both were locked up.
The telephone message was sent to
Ihe station by the proprietor of the sa?
l loiir Inspection Illegal.
Washington. Dec. 8.?The Supreme I
Court of Ihe United States to-day ills
posed of the appeal of the Hoard of
Flour Inspectors, etc.. of New Orleans,
from the judgment of ihe Circuit Court
for the Rastern district of Louisiana
in favor of B. F. Clover, et al.. enjoining
them from forcing against appellees
an act of the Louisiana Legislature
requiring certain Inspection of flour at
New Orleans. The Chler Justice said
Ho- act in question had In en repealed In
1892, and the appeal dismissed was on
the authority of Mills s. Green. 159 U.
Supreme Court of a ppeitlH.
Richmond. Vti.. Dee. 9.?The follow
lowlng are the proceedings of the Su?
preme Court of Appeals to-day:
Allen vs. Crank. Argued by H. O.
James and Judge W. W. Crump for
appellant and Judge A. K. Leake for
appellee and continued until to-mor?
The finest line of Brlo-a-Broc and
Cut Class in the city and without
CHAPMAN & .TAK1CMAN.
Labor Leaders From All Over the Country,
Canada and Great Britain.
ASSEMBLED IN NEW YORK CITY.
Tita Convention Opens in Mmikuii
.Sunn re (.iiidi'ii I.\n|iHiynil In
(crcNt Arointed?John Kwlnton, tlie
Well Known Writer on i.ni.or Sub
Jccts, Denounce Clovelnutl.
Now) York, Dec. 0.?The convention
of the American Federation or Labor
was opened this morning; at Madison
Square Harden. Lahor leaders from
all over the country, Canada, and
Great Britain are present to lead
their prestige to the Importance of the
convention as an assemblage of the
leading represetantlves of the organized
The greatest Interest Is already dis?
played in ihe election of officers,and the
friends of candidates are actively can?
vassing for voles. Sumuel Compels,
cx-presldent of the Federation, is sure
to In- a. candidate for the office again.
Interest also centres in the proposition
to remove the headquarters from, ln
The convention may remain In session
for more than, a week. Mnny ques?
tions will come u|> for debate and ac?
tion. Among the matters to he con?
sidered Is the subjeot of a general
movement for tlie eight hour work day
on May 1, I8B6. Wednesday evening
there will he a grand hall and re-unlon
of all the labor leaders at .Madison
Square Garden. Invitations have been
sent to men of prominence in nearly all
the walks of life.
The convention opened In the assem?
bly rooms of Mndlsoti Square Gurden
shortly after 10 o'clock. The hall
was elaborately decorated with bunt?
ing and streamers and banners of va?
rious labor organisations were ulso
hung upon the walls.
As this is the first time In twelve
years that the Federation bus met In
this city, the convention has excited
exceptional local Interest, and the as?
sembly rooms and corridors were crowd?
ed some time before the proceedings
.lohn McBrlde, president of Ihe orga?
nization, called the convention to order,
and Introduced .1. W. Sullivan, of this
city, who delivered the address of
welcome. . , .
President McBrlde responded.
The Committee on Credentials was
announced an follows: T. J. Flderklu,
T. F. Triiecy. .1. C. Dcrncll, D. P. 1 tow
land. M/illiam Mallley.
The eon volition then took u recess
until 1! o'clock lo give the committee
lime to prepare its report. There were
only one or two contesting delegations.
Upon the re-assembling of the con?
vention the Committee on Credentials
reported In favor of seating elghty
Ihree delegates, and that there were
six protests for the consideration of
Whitiil the committee asked further
lime. The report was accepted.
The chairman announced the com?
mittees, after which he read his an?
nual report. It is In large part em?
bodied in President McBrlde'S address.
The reports of the Secretary ami
Treasurer show that during the year
there was spent for the defense of min?
ers and ether unions, for tln> defense of
Debs, the lecturing lour of Blirhcs and
Holmes, etc, $3,467,
The total amount contributed to the
Debs fund this year and last was
At the conclusion of tin? rcadlpg of
the reports, .lohn Swlnton, the well
known writer on labor subjects, ad?
dressed the convention.
The speaker denounced the methods
of treating strikers by the authorities
and instanced the sending of troops to
Chicago by Hit- "unspeakable Cleve?
land." The militia, he said, had become
tin* tools of a plutocracy so base that
no army In Furope would "do the dirty
work of shooting women as they did In
Brooklyn;" Conlln, the Chief of the
New York police, ho continued, had
talked of grape ami canister for the
Suppression of strikes. "Shame upon
that creature Conlln." exclaimed the
speaker, "who Is a meaner roe than his
predecessor." The time for strikes hud
not yet passed; Mr. Swlnton said, how
else should the workers meet the op?
pression of Government and plutocrats.
If American labor fount) that new
met hods were necessary to preserve
American freedom, now Imperilled ns
never before, let them adopt such new
methods as would meet the situation
and the existing conditions.
Hev. Father Ducey also delivered an
address and at Its conclusion the con?
vention adjourned until to-morrow
Senator Cameron's Retirement.
Washington, Doc. ft.?The letter of
Senator Cameron, announcing his re?
tirement from the Senate In 1807 at the
expiration of his present 'term, has
made a change in the plans of the silver
men. Senator Cameron had been
agreed upon as the silver candidate for
the vacancy in (lie Committee on Fi?
nance and would have been selected.
It would be useless to place him in that
committee now, and the Senator has
suggested that souk- one else be agreed
upon. It is understood that this has
been done and that Mr. Wulcotl will
be given the place.
t'a 11 lire of n Hiclmioiul Firm.
Richmond, Vn? Dec. 1).?A deed of as?
signment was filed In the ofllce of the
clerk of the Chancery Court to-day
by the Spotts' Manufacturing Company
lo \V though by Newton, trustee. The
concern has been engaged in the man?
ufacture of ciders, vinegar?., baking
powder, etc., and denling In druggists'
supplies, fancy groceries, etc., at No.
105 south Twelfth street. The liabili?
ties hire about SI2,000, and the deed con
folns a list of the assets, v'thout any
I valuation being fixed thereto.
EUl'lkt: l'hanbportatiox CO.
Portsmouth lo Fight < lie Amendment
lo ItiU S iiniiMinj 'n Cliartor.
Richmond, Via, pjec. 0.?(Special)?
rho House Committee on Roads will
on Thursday morning take up for con.
shteratlon Mr. Cookfe's bill to amend
the ehartcr or the Empire Transporta?
tion Company, u will be remembered
that this charter wus granted at the
last session of the Legislature and Is
practically a hill to Incorporate a hew
ferry company between Norfolk and
Portsmouth. The Portsmouth repre?
sentatives In the Legislature will fight
the bin vigorously:
mi: iii.it: and uiiay reunion.
Uovcrnonioi'NtiitcN,?rnn<l Army Posts
mid t'oiirederafc Veterans Invited.
New York. Dec. 9.?The Executive
Committee or the United Veterans
parade met to-day. Gen. Daniel But
terlldd wus selected temporary chair?
Col. Garnctt, the secretary, then read
letters from C. P. Huntington. Carl
khuns. William Allen Butler. Col. Daniel
C. Applet on, Alex. Hamilton. Capt. Ed?
win C. Dwens. C. P. Dllllnghain. C. C.
Shaync and cx-Gov. Flower consenting
to serve as members or the Executive
Committee, ai re<|uestcd, or lo co-ope?
rate In any way desirable. But two,
Hen. Horace Porter and Col. C. M. Blies,
declined, both giving business reasons.
Gen. HulterlUld stated that It had
been agreed that the present commit?
tee was too smaH, and Mr. Dana had
deemed' it best to-lncrcase It by adding
twenty-live new members.
Col. Garnet t then staled that ho had
eome resolutions to offer and read
them. The first was that the chairman
of the comipltlee,. Mr Dana, appoint
for each Slate and Territory auxiliary
committees of Bve members, one of
whom should reside In New York city,
nud have charge of ail matters per?
taining to that State or Territory.
This resolution was passed.
Col. Gurnett also offered resolutions
that the chairman of the general com?
mittee prepare an address to the Gov?
ernor of each Suite and Territory In?
viting them, with their staff, to lie pres?
ent and participate In the parade; alBo
I hat similar Invitations be sent to the
commanders of all Grand Army Posts
and! United Confederate Veterans or?
ganizations. A third resolution invited
all unorganized veterans to effect or?
ganization In their neighborhoods and
take part In Ihe parade. Ail clergy
tnon throughout the country wore also
asked by the resolution to lend their
assistance lo the parade from the pul?
pit and otherwise, and that newspapers
be required to give the Invitations men?
tioned all . the publicity possible.
KEVINE U. H. NAVAL ItLlMT.ATIO.NN
A Hoard Appointed to Ciidcrtnke tills
"inch Needed Work.
Washington, Dec. 6.?A board, con?
sisting of Capt. Samuel G. Leinly.Judge
advocate general; Lleutanl Commander
Richardson, Clover and Benja?
min Mlcpw, assembled at the Navy De?
partment to-day at noon for the pur?
pose of revising and codifying tlie navy
regulations and preparing for publica?
tion a new Issue. It Is nut Intended
that the board shall make new regula?
tions, nor alter those In existence1 ex?
cept where it Is obviously necessary to
do so, but that It shall collect the
amendments and mod mentions of the
regulations of ifi:i:t and arrange the
same systematically in connection with
those provisions of said regulations to
which they relate, respectively, making
only such changes In the existing regu?
lations a? may be necessary to make Hie
sanie complete and render the whole
harmonious and unambiguous.
The board will consider such amend?
ments as may be pending, and such as
may be submitted to It by the depart?
ment, ami will consider and report upon
the propriety of arranging the regula?
tions In two volumes?one relating to
the military and the other to the civil
administration of the navy and other?
Rebuildingol the. University.
Richmond. Va.. Dec. 9.?The Execu?
tive Committee of the Hoard or Visit?
ors of the University of Virginia held a
lengthy session at Murphy's Hotel to?
The object (>r the meeting was the
preparation of a plan to be presented
to the General Assembly providing for
the rebuilding of the University.
The session was purely Informal,
many suggestions and plans being
presented, discussed, and considered,
but nothing definite was agreed upon.
The manner in which the University
is to be rebuilt must of course be de?
termined by the amount of money
raised for the purpose. So far about
$7?,000; has been subscribed for this
worthy object, but only a small part of
it hits been paid up as yet. The com?
mittee will convene again at noon to?
morrow to further look into the matter
of memorializing the Legislature alqng
the lines already discussed.
Filibustering Ntciioier Converted to
New Orleans, Dec. 9.?The ocean tug
Woodall. of which so much has been
said and written on account of her al?
leged filibustering intentions, will leave
here In a few days for Baltimore for a
cargo of sugar and molasses. She has
been purchased by a sea captain living
near Baltimore, who will use her In the
fish business, for which purpose she was
originally designed. She cost to build
about $16,000, but It Is said the present
owner bought her for about half that
sum. It will be remembered that the
Woodall, a short time ago, was said
to be assisting the cause of the Cuban
Insurgents by smuggling out of this
country contraband of war and freight?
ing same for Cuba. It was never defi?
nitely proved that she was engaged in
this business, but it npeparecV then as
an open secret that she was engaged in
the Interest of the revolutionists. Dur?
ing her stay In this port and while un?
der surveillance by the Spanish Con?
sul as a suspect she was owned liy
Now York syndicate from, whom the
Baltimore sea captain purchased hoc.
FRISCO MAY GET
The Pacific Coast and St. Louis Battling j
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
San PrnuciKco Mill Poll- Eignt?
Voten on Pint llrtllot, Bons Platti^J
OppoHltion >'<nred-Tho l.oni; l)Is< '
tiuico iiutl Consequent Lobs of TiraHgjg
Ml* .Hutu AruauiGut.
Washington, D. CV,' Deo. 9.?Tl
notable events, connected with the me<$
Ing of the Republican National Com
mittee, wlitch developed this morning
were these: .
First?The decision of Carter artJj
Manlcy to hear the claims of the rltfa.
cities, this afternoon, Instead of Wed
nesday, as had been agreed upon. ..ajB
Second?The combination of the Pitts-;
burg nnd San Francisco forceH.
Third?The withdrawal of Salt Lake$
us an aspirant for Convention hoiiois.^
The withdrawal of Salt Lake w?a.dyM
to the persuasion of the friends of Sores
Francisco and Colonel Isaac Trumbo^sj
the Salt Lake representative, cast hla?;
Inliuenee with the Pacific coast people.. ? %
It Is asserted that San Francisco wittV.j
poll eighteen votes on the first ballot,vfj
which Is considerably more than nnyVt1
of her rivals will secure. The Callfof^?
nla people are greatly encouraged
this show of strength, but they arej
somewhat disappointed by the position:,
taken by ex-Senator Platt, of : New?
York. Mr. Platt also visited their hea^f*
quarters thlB morning and franfth/ it}ff.
formed them that lie would oppose v|p$t
eating the convention in San Francisco?';
The great length of time consumed;4ttt
going and coining, he regarded as m
matter of too much importance to^bel
lightly considered. He argued that
many of the delegates who are business
and professional men, would be unabTe:
to attend by reason of the long dftferj
tancc and that the ir places would.'be]]
filled by proxies who would not asij
rule, represent the brains, intelllgej'
and high character of the Republic
party. He did not say what city"
favored, but he Is understood to
prove of Chicago. The most compji
cent of the contending delegations f*
morning is that from St. Louis. 'TJ
most conspicuous, member Is Chaur
T. Fllley, a veteran politician of ,^
experience. Mr. rilloy Is confidant,.
St. Louis will win the prize and ?
too. before any considerable n?mb?
ballots have been taken. His conflo
la shared by his associates trplr ,
Louts, who frankly admit thlit'*M
Francisco may lead them on the..i
and possibly the second ballots. So :
lain are they that a majority ,btv
committee decline to enter into'.'
arrangement which calls for tbeir^t
port in case of their failure to wijjxi
A meeting was held this after
Mr. DeYoung, of California, mbvot
when the committee adjourned it}
ternoon It be to meet at 10 o'cloc
morrow when the nominations sh\
made. Mr. DeYoung also moye'd^
while the number of speakers' stj?
be unlimited, not more than* one "
be allowed to each city to present
claim. Both motions were at"
The committee then adjourned:
Jcirerson tuivin Slonamenf Assof
Richmond, Va., Dec. 9.?A' mectlr,.
the Board of Directors of the Jeffef
Davis Monument Assoc.iart.Ion'
number of other gentlemen ca\le
for donsultatlon with them, waa\;
at the1 Jefferson to-night to'?c '
ways and means of raising the?:
President J. Taylor EUyson exploit
the object of the meeting, and/v'jf
a full comparison of view's It'-TO
commended that as a means br?
ing subscriptions to the monuments
a sketch of the proposed moili)
should be printed and that the
elation should select an' avtiBt.Ctt?
a design for thl? purpose. ;
Tlie sentiment of the confereric
against having for competitive>c"
against asking, for competitive^'
the' general opinion being that !>i '?
be better to select an artist, and 1?:
work out his design in oenet
with the Board of Directors.
It was further recommended-,
committee be appointed by - thij
to work out several suggestion^
1 were made toward raising a lary
sorlptlon from the people ofiotjt,
The preBldent appointed Messjti|
Purcell. P. H. Mayo, and J.
who will report to the boartt,-^
I other conference will be held'Jn
Hold for n nigh Rens efTe
Charleston, S. C, Dec. 9.?J
H. Brawley, of the United .Shii
trlct Court, handed tlawn to-i
decision In the case against Cap'
uel Hughes, the master of ' the;
ship Laurada, which was chajg
violating the neutrality . .by''""
United States. Judge-Bra;
that while there is no proof .
pedition begun within tbettel
the United States there . Is1; ?
proof of an offense committed
high seas to justify furtht-r
tion. He, therefore, issued'?
holding Capt. Hughes undejcvS
trial at the approaching .Tahiil
of court for the eastern dl>
I South Carolina.
SPECIAL PRICES CONT?:
This IVeeU on ?reas ?iio<t?- .\t
day tioods Just Ououct
All-wool dress goods, worth SQ
Many novelties at 'ha.2 price.
? Fancy weaves, worth 7Ec:, no
Black, blue and brown -it.
boucle dress goods, from G0o\J?l
Will open our Holiday " ?v"
week. ^ It, A, S.A.'Ul
^.Bin. S. J. R, RopjBJj, Ernie.