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Poncwlng w?8 the raiyre ' of the ther?
mometer nt The Times office yesterday:
? ?. M.. 48: 12 M? 54; 3 P. M.,' 50; t? P. >U
C5; 0 P. M? 53; midnight, 53. Average
VOL. 15. SO. 35.
we A-raen woKKCAxrt.
forecast for Tuewtoy artd
Vlr^nla???ierta* Tu*w?ay;
Tuesday nltfU; : Wttewtor <Mr?.
in southeast portion; brtek t? hl?h wiuth-G
erly winds, shifting to nortnwest?tf?ljr.
North ?Carolina?Fair Tneeday, precede?*?
by rain In extreme western portion; ernia?
er TueiKlay nicht; Wednesday ce?4er;
brisk south to west wlmls.
He Was Killed in a Fight
in Soutii Africa.
His Wife and Child Reside in Nelson
Ho Came to This State Several Years
Ago and Spent Some Timo in Rich?
mond?Was Known as a Sort of
"Wild Fellow," But Was a
Man ?G Great Bravery
and Fond of War.
Clare Horatio Walpole, who was killed
recently at the battle of Vaalkrantz,
(In South Alrica, was well known In
Virginia, where he spent a number of
years of his /life, and where his widow
and little daughter now reside.
He flrst came to Virginia some twen?
ty-five years ago, locating in Campbell
county, lie was ot a migratory dis?
position, however, and no locality was
graced' with his presence for any length
of time.
A descendent of Sir. Horace AValpole.
end a. possible heir to the Earldom of
obeford,. Walpole cut quite a swath in
Virginia, and ?or a time was received
In the 'best homes here.
But only for a time. His Inclinations
?11 seemed to be -evil. He was a card
sharp of the most pronounced type, and
his favorite victims were young English?
men, whose ? conlidencc he won lirst,
and then their money.
WUh all his faults the man had one
?quality that commanded admiration?
he was absolutely fearless, and nothing
could for a moment disturb his calm.
About seventeen years ago, while so?
journing in the county of Nelson, Wal?
pole married Miss Anne N? Gardner,
daughter of a prominent ?physician of
that county and' a cousin of Thomas
Kelson Page, the distinguished author.
Some years after his marriage Wal
pole inherited a considerable fortune
from his uncle, Hon. Henry. Walpole,
at one time Governor of_ the Isle of
He at once settled S20.000 on his wife,
for whom, it Is said, he had the greatest
? Walpole spent considerable time in
Richmond" some years ago. and was
known as a "high roller." He often
epoke freely of his past life, and with
regret of tho fact that his elder brother
stood "between him and an Earldom, to
which was attached a princely income.
From his own account he was not a
favorite with his relatives in England.
His mother, he said, made an agree?
ment with him, hy which, if he stayed
In London and reported daily to her
solicitor at 11 o'clock in the mornings,
he was to receive a five pound note.
"I kept this tip for sis months," he
?said, "spending the five pounds and bor?
rowing nil I could until I ?got tired of the
Ufe. There was a further agreement with
my mother ?hat when I chose I could de?
mand a ticket to any portion of the
world and get with It a hundred pounds,
when my allowance would censo.
"I got a ticket to Boston, also the hun?
dred pounds, and started over. I lost ?ill
my money at poker on the voyage and
landed ?In Amorica without a cent,"
^Thcn Walpole's wandering life began.
lAuTtor serving as a waiter in a' Boston
restaurant h?.- drifted to Australia and
worked on a sheep ranch. He was next
heard from in Texas. Thence he went
to Egypt. From that country he came
to Mexico, whore his adventures are said
to have been of a very stirring nature.
Here he got into a dispute with a half
breed over a game of cards, and received
a stroke across the neck from ? ma?
chete, which came near ending his Ufe.
and did leave an ugly scar, which he
carried to his prave.
?Soon after that he appeared In Vir?
ginia, and his marriage to the estimable
lady above mentioned was the nest event
In his life.
Walpole was essentially of a warlike
turn of m'ind. In the war hetween the
"United States and Spain he served with
Shatter's army as a muleteer.
The Boer-Britsh war gave him the op?
portunity he had long wished for, und
Ms death was no doubt brought about by
the" recklessness for which he was noted.
His wife and child, Amy Dorothy, now
live at Montreal, Nelpon County, Vir?
ginia, supported completely hy the' money
which he settled upon her.
Walpole's father was the Hon. Frede?
rick Walpoflo, and' his mother was Lady
Daura S. F. Whlipole. He was helr-pre
eumpi?ve to his uncle, the present ?arl
of Walpole. the only one between him
nnd the peerage being his brother, Rob?
ert Horace Walpole.
His little daughter, who is now about
fifteen years old and a perfect beauty,
will, after the death of her uncle, he
?Jady Walpole. At the death of ???
grandmother. Lady Laura Walpole, little
Miss Walpole will also come into a con?
siderable property under the will of Hon.
?Henry Walpole. her great-uncle. This
sum is up in the thousands. ,
This will Is now in the vaults of the
Metropolitan ISank, this city. Messrs.
Thoma? Nelson Rage and Thomas N.
Carter are trusteea o? the sum nettled
upon Mrs. Walpole.
She is one of Virginia's most estimahle
ladles In every way, nnd possesses '?he
ttove and re?T>ect of all who are acquaint?
ed nvifh her.
Government Sending- Supplies to Pcrto
Itlcuii Towns.
WASHINGTON. March 19.?Adjutant
General Corbin received a cable message
to-day from General Davis, commanding
the Department of Porto lUeo, saying
?hut the condition of the inhabitants of
i'orto Rico is distressing, and the suf?
fering no general and widespread over
the Island that he will require at least
five hundred tons of food suppli?e weekly
until further notice In proportion of 4-7
Mce, 2-7 and 1-7 each of bacon and co?3
Arrangements arc being- made in the
Subsistence and Quartermaster-General's
Department to mm mt? requisition as
promptly as possible. The steamer leav
Njar for San Juan on the 21st lnstaat will
. probably, take ,the first consignment of
tuppUes and" the balance wiU.be ecnt by
" ttfc-r ?transport*., . . ' ?; r.j,.';,.' ?.-'-".
Announces Democratic
Platform for Nation.
Chicago Platform _is Endorsed But
New Planks Are Added.
Declares That the Pol icy of the "Repue-'
licaii Will Exterminate Democratic
Principles?Wants no Alliance
With European Powers.
Stands for Freedom of
the Philippines.
"LINCOLN", NHB., Maroh 19.?In effect
*W. J. Bryan announced to-night to the
Democratic party, and to the nation at
larg-e, the platform which he considere
?liest for the Democratic party, and prac?
tically upon wliich he desires to stand if
noininait?2d at Uie Kansas City conven?
tion. ISie platform was adopted by the
Nebraska Detmocracy with the greatest
Mr. ?Bryan did not write the platform
personally, ?but h'e was (?nsul'ted 'con?
cerning? it, and before it was read to tlie
convention he had approved of It through?
The platrorm adopted by tuie Populist
convention was substantially thft samo
os that adopted by ihe Democrats. It
dlffrcsrs somewhat in form, but conflicts
in no essential point.
Both conventions to-day were enthu?
siastically for Mr. Bryan to the las: de?
gree, and every mention of Ins name '??a?
greeted; with cheers of delight and ap?
pr?ciait ibn.
Instructions were given to both dele?
gations to stand for Mr. Bryan at Kan?
sas City and at Cincinnati.
The Democratic Convention was called
to ordcT to-night by James Dahlman.
chairman of the State Democratic Com?
mittee. He announced that Thomas 3".
Nolan had been selected ns temporary
chairman. Mr. Nolan took the chair, and
after being presented to the convention,
ddlivered an address bitterly arraigning
the Republican party and the adminis?
The temporary organization was made
permanent. The ?rhairman ?then ap?
pointa a committee of eleven on reso?
lutions. They presented the? following re?
port, wblch -was adopte-d amid great en?
It unqualifiedly reaffirms and endorses
the ?Chicago platform. It favors amend?
ments to the Constitution, especially au?
thorizing .an income tax and providing
for tlie eleortlon of United States senators
by a direct vote of the people. It opposes
government by Injunction and the black
list, and favors arbitration in labor dis
putt?s. It favors municipal ?ownership of
municipal frane'nisc-s: the initiative and
referendum: liberal pensions to deserving
soldiers and to their dependents; Imme?
diate construction and fortification of the
Nlcaraguan Canal by the United States. It
?condemns the Dingley tarlfT law as a trust
breedllng and extortion-inviting measure.
Continuing, the platform says:
"We. welcome the opportunity offered
Uils year"1 to take the Federal Govern?
ment out of the hands of the Republican ;
?party, which has abandoned American
Ideas and American ?deals, and, at Uie
command of corporate wealth, has plotted
against the financial independence of the
Individual, and now contemplates the nul?
lification of the Declaration of American
"We pledge ourselves to wage an un?
ceasing warfare against all the trusts?
the money trust, the industrial trust, and
the international land-grabbing trust.
"Instead ot a system whfch would chain
(Continued on Second Page.) j
Was Taken Up in Baltimore on Charge
of Having Stolen United
States Postal Stamps.
The citizens of Halifax county, and of
Houston In rparUcular, are very much
worked up over the arrest In Baltimore
of C. R. French, of Houston. He had
In his possession when arrested $C0O worUi
of postage stamps, which he was attempt?
ing to dispose of.
The broker, with whom he wished to
negotiate, said he could not purchase the
'stamps himself, but he knew a man who
would, and he sent for a detecUve. who
carri?Dd young Frental to headquarters.
French said he got the stamps from a
man on the road. He was given a pre?
liminary examination before the United
State Commissioner yesterday, and the
case was sent on. '.
The arrest follows closely on the fire at
Houston, that burned . the postoffice.
French's stst?3r-in-law #is the postmaster
at Houston, and she lived in the same
house with French and his family.
The arrest of French was a surprise,
and a startling revelation- to the people
of Houston, who always held him in the
highest esteem. He was assistant county
surveyor, and belonged to one of Ihe best
families of that section of the State.
A numbw of witnesses have been sum?
moned from Halifax to Baltimore to tes
tlfy In the case.
He was registered in Baltimore at the
Rennert House ns "H. H. Herth,"
The following special from. Baltimore
gives further particulars of the case:
Charles R. French, alias H. H. Herth,'
?f Houston, Va., was held to-day. by
United States Commissioner Rogers for?
ine acUon of the Federal grand jury.
Tho postofllce at Houston was bum?fl in
February, and ^0. worth of* stamps dis?
appeared.' ..French, turned ?up here a few
?days later with $675 in stamps in his pos?
session, and told <*enfllcUng stories .of how'
he got them. -
Conduotor John H. Smith, of. the South?
ern rail-way, : and Demetriux D, tester,
express agent at Houston, gave damaging
testimony against French.
Shooting Occurred at His
House in Powhatan Co.
He Was Alone in His Room When the
Shot Was Fired,
Left Richmond in a Happy State of
Mind on Friday and no Cause Cnn
be Aswgneil for the Shooting.
Health Has Not Been Good
for Several Months.
Some of the Details.
?POWlHATAiN C. HVVA., "March 19?
Special.?This community was .shocked
this morning- when? the news reached here
that on yesterday at his home, Faxten,
near Genito, in this county, Col. W. F.
Wiekhasn had shot himself. From the
host information that your correspondent
can get the facts are as follows: At
about 3 o'clock P. M. the Colonel'?- wife
I; called him from his room to dinner, and
in an instant she hearJ the report of a
She hastened to his room and found
him lying on the floor with pistol in- hand
and? the blood gushing from his right
temple. The ball had penetrated his tem?
ple, and It took a downward course and
lodged somewhere afoout his jaiw or neck.
Dr. Barley, of Clayville, was sent for in
haste, and soon arrived. Dr. Taylor, of
Amelia, wots called in, and upon examina?
tion, pronounced the wound as not at
all alarming.
Dr. George Been. Johnston, of Rich?
mond, was telegraiphcd for, and arrived
on the midnight train. The Colonel had
bled profusely, and the doctors decided
it best best not to probe for the ball, as
the patient was very weak, but decided
to probe later. j
The .Colonel is conscious as to persons
of hie acquaintance, but is not conscious
of the act of shooting. His family see
no reason for his attempt to take hl3
.life, and assert.that he was as well And
In as good cheer ? as he ever was. He
seeims to think that some one has struck
him, and? sometimes asks concerning his
?assailant. The, Colonel was ait Powhatan
Courthouse on Friday 'last, nnd vy'as
cheerful and looking well, and h's many
friends hope he will soon be well again.
At 5 o'clock this evening the Colonel
was reported to^be resting comfortably,
and getting on as well..as could! be ex?
pected. ,
It was? with general and profound re?
gret that the news of the shooting of Col.
W. F. Wickham was received here yes?
terday from his country residence In Pow?
hatan county.
?Hundreds of Inquiries were made and
much concern was felt. Details of the
shooting were hard to get Several mes?
sages received here from Powhatan were
?meagre, and cointalned. the statement that
the wound was a slight one and of little
consequence, 'but Dr. George Ben John
stqp, who was summoned by telegraph,
said when seen by a reporter for The
Times, that the wound was a serious one,
and while not necessarily so, might prove
Col. Wickham left Richmond Friday
afternoon to go to his home in Powha?
tan county. He took with him his pri?
vate secretary*, Mr. George Talley. On
Saturday the two were to go to Powha?
tan Courthouse to take depositions In
a case in which Col. Wickham was-??
terested. For some reason, the deposi?
tions -wero not taken and Mr. Talley
returned to Richmond on Saturday even- j
Ing. ' '
He knew nothing of the shooting until
yesterday, when/ he received a brief
letter from Mr. ' Lee Dance, brother-in
law to Col. Wickham, stating that Col.
Wickham bad accidentally. shot himself,
but that Dr. George Ben. Johnston, who
had been summoned, had attended him
and he thought he would recover "soon.
A prominent citizen of Powhatan coun?
ty reached the olty yesterday morning and
gave the following account of the un?
fortunate affair.- He said that Col.
Wickham has been in ill health for sev?
eral months, and' at times has been con?
sidered by his family and friends to be
y Siind?v. when the shootlns- occurred
It was about 1:30 o'clock. Col. Wickham '
wa? in his room with his wife. Dinner i
was announced and Mrs. Wickham pre?
ceded, her husband, who remained In
the room, she evidenti*/ thinking he was I
.following her.? . J . ?
- She. had only -.gotten" a few steps from '
the door when, she heard, a shot. and. |
r-iu-hin?-? bkek Into the room, found her hus- I
band had fallen with a horrible wound I
(Continued on Second Page.)
Coroners' Jury Render
Verdict in the Case
Mob Violence Feared and a Dozen
Men Guard Him.
Asks That the Law he Allowed to
Take Its Course?DinwitldSe People
Who Know Itev. J. E. J"t. Rid?
dick Believe in His Claim
That He Was Justified
and Will Aid Him.
BRODNAX, VA., March 19.-SpeciaI.?
j Dr. W. H. Temple, who was shot by Rev*.
J. E. Riddick on the Ilth Instant, died on
j yesterday at 2 o'clock P. M. It was
j thought -by Dr. Temple's attendants that
' he was dead on Saturday afternoon about
5 o'clock, as life was apparently extinct,
i and the family hurried ? messenger to
: Dr. Taylor, who was: delayed at Emporia
on his way back to Richmond on account
of a late train, hence . the message sent
to the papers on Saturday night.
An inquest was held over the bcray of
Dr. Temple to-day, and the jury decided
thathe came to his death from the
wounds intltcted by Rev. X E Riddick.
Dr., Temple will be buried to-morrow
afternoon at the -family burying-ground,
ab-sut four miles from this place.
It is said that Riddick spent a very
restl??ss night after ncaring of Dr. Tem?
ple's death.
IiAWRBNCEVrULE, VA., March 19.?
Special.?Dr. Temple dl<?d Sunday after?
noon at about 3 o'clock P. M. Instead of
SaturifMy at 5 P. M.,as reported. ?Satur?
day afternoon, just before d.o'clock. Er.
T'jmplc summoned his nearer relatives to
his bedside and made some rcqut?sts as
to the settlement of h's affairs after death.
At about d P. M. life:-became apparently
I extinct and hls-family 'supposed he was
?iead, and sen?t a message to a relative, who
lives about two and a half miles from
Brodnax, to that effect, and he came over
to Brodnax, sent telegraphic messages to,
others, hence the mistake.
Dr. Temple rallied slightly soon after 5
o'clock and lived until 3 P. M. Sunday.
His burial will take place to-morrow
afternoon at the 'home of his brother
beside tho graves of his father and
I mother.
One of bis last requests was that the
'? law should be allowed to take Its course
and no violence should be done Mr. Rid?
There was some fear of a mob last
? nlS'l?t, and Mr. Riddick -was ?carried out
in the woods and guarded during the
night by ten or twelve men.
After hearing the request of Dr. Tem?
ple, the authorities deem it useless to
guard against the mob.
PETERSBURG, VA.. March 19.?Spe?
cial.? Rev. J." E. R. Riddick is held in
bipih esteem by the people of Dirrwiddie
county, whom he served as pastor for
several years. Several prominent Metho?
dists ?n that county say that, knowing
Mr. Riddick as they do, they believe his
act in shooting Dr. Temple must have
been justifiable, and tlhey declare their
willingness to pay attorneys' fees for
him. Messrs. Davis & Davis, of Peters?
burg, nnd R. Turnbull & Son, of Law
renceville, have been employed as counsel
for Mr. Riddick.
McLaushliii's Illness Denied,
PALM BEACH. FLA.. March 10?Mrs.
William Courtney, of Brooklyn, arrived
here to-night. Mrs. Courtney Is/a daugh?
ter of Hon. Hugh McLaug-hllni the New
York Democratic politician. She left her
father this morning at Merritt's Island.
In the best physical condition for several
years. She has heard nothing of his re?
ported illness.
Dewey Gets an Oratimi.
COLUMBIA, S. C, Marcft 19.?Admiral
George Dewey was enthusiastically greet?
ed when he passed through the capital
city to-day.
Case of Bank of Iron Gate Transferred
and Statement Demanded of
President Royall
The test case as to the constitutionality
of the federal tax of 10 per cent, on
the .issue of- State -banks, has reached
a point where further action cannot toe
taken until the regular assessment days
come, which are June :1st and December
1st. The action of .Mr. . "William L.
Royall, who, as president of the- -Batik
of Iron Gate, issued notes on that j
bank to the amount of $700, and on them ?
paid no tax. has been thoroughly dis-!
cussed, and has attracted widespread at- ?
tentlon. The federal authorities, be- [
coming cognizant of Mr: Royall's action, I
Immediately instituted; proceedings/but ?
now the case Is practically at a standstill. ?
* As the Bank of Iron Gate Is In the i
Sixth Revenue District, Mr. Park Ag?
new, collector, the procee&ngs were be?
gun there, but as the notes are. to- be ?
redeemed In Richmond,.' the case'/ has '
been transferred to Colonel James D.
jBrady, collector of this,, the Secondi Dis- '
trlct, who has made" ar demand oh'Tttr.
Royall to give a statement of the Bank
of Iren ?Gate issue.'-VP-"-to JuneiJst At
this;? time the tax ; wlH be.;,levl>?d.? and. -
If payment le refused. ?*?l?W? wlU to*
?fttiuH? the court?.
Will Now Pay Southern
War Claims.
Property Damaged by Federal Troops
Will be Paid for by Government.
Honse Acts Favorably on the Ashby
Claim and Major Otey Confident of
? lia .Ratification by the Senate?
Conrt of Claims Finally De?
cides That the Sophia
' Was an American.
!' ? Washington Bureau The Time?,
No. 515 Fourteenth Bire'ei.
WASiHINiGTON, March 19.-Spec!al.?
House Committee on War Claims has
favorably reported the bill Introduced by
Repr?sentative Cooper, of Texas, author?
izing'the payment" of all claims presented
on behalf of churches, schools, libraries,
hospitals, and. establishments ?conducted
for the benefit of churches, or for chari?
table purposes, ..arising from, the use and
occupation of buildings, grounds and
other property injured, consumed, or de?
stroyed by the United' States army dur?
ing t?he war between the States.
^ (Notable among the Virginia. Churches
tttialt will'be benefited by this bill are: St.
Stephen's, Culpeper Courthouse, ?51,1000,
Baptist; Fredericks'burg, $3,C0O, Braddtock
Street Eplscopa?.!, Winchester, ?2,60U;
Methodist Episcopal Church, Winchester,
?"I,?"?? . B-reabyiterian, 'Lovettsville, $431;
Church at Catte?, ?2.S62.
Although it has taken Congress thirty
years to recognize the justness cf these
claims, the following extract from the
report Is of interest:
It is needless to mu?tiply citations.
Every authority on the law of nations
who touches ?his stfbject, frcm Grotlus
to Halleck, agrees" tinat the destruction
of prop?irty of this class Is a violation ot
law. But It. cannot-he maintained that
the government Is liable for all Injuries
committed either by-its authority or
wanftonly by its troops, without orders,
upon property protected by this rule. But
there are many examples in history
which seem to place the case of endowed
institutions of learning, established by
funds given for ptfbllc purposes, upon
grounds of their own, and give them ?
peculiar title to'reparation when so In?
jured which Is not possessed by.the pub?
lic school or even by the church. The
funds or buildings of the public school
are public funds belonging to the hostile
sovereign and appropriated to the fulli'l
ment of a function which that sovereign
undertakes to perform for the citizen.
The? funds of buildings of the church,1
tlhough consecrated to the highest rbjects,
are the property of particular sects, and
are. neither within the control nor for
use of mankind at large. But, in the
?language of an eminent judge, "the arts
and sciences are admitted among all civi?
lized nations as forming an exception to
?the severe rights of warfare, and as en?
titled F? favor and protection. They are
considered, not as the pecullum of this
or that nation, but as the property of
mankind at large, and as ?belonging to
the common interest of the whole spe?
Representative Cooper speaking of his
bill, said to-day that he had every reason
to believe that the measure would become
a law at this session of Congress unless,
owing to..tJhe pian of Republican leaders
to curtail all possible appropriations at
this session, in Which it will go over to
the Short session, and without doubt would
then be favorably acted on. V
The bill paying the widow . of the late
jchn Ashby, of Virginia, $2,S00, th? amount
of one year's salary as consul at Colon,.
which has been passed by the Htouse, was
Introduced i? _ the Senate to-day. - Major
Otey said he thought there would be no
doubt of- Immediate and favorable action
on the bill by the latter body at this ses?
sion of Congress.
The Court of Claims to-day transmitted
to Congress the conclusions of fact con-,
eerning.the Illegal seizure of the schooner
Sophia, which sailed from Alexandria.
Va., December, 1797, bound for the Bar
badoes, and which was,captured on the
high seas by th? French - privateer Le
?Sanopariel and which was condemned by
the French tribunal of prizes on the
ground that master of ' the schooner
Scphia was an Englishman, and naturaliz?
ed since" the war of the Revolution." By
virtue of the action of the French tribu?
nal the vessel and her cargo became a
total loss to the . owner. It has been
proven that the ?Sophia .was an American
vessel and register, and belonged to Wil?
liam Wilson, a resident of Alexandria, Va.
By the decision of the Court of Claims
the government will pay Wilson's heirs,
residents of Virginia, $11.213.
Representative. Hay, of Virginia, will,
in a few-days, introduce a bill to carry
out the findings of the Court of Claims
In the case of R. ? Pritchard -et ah The,
amount involved Is $3.237.37 for the unlaw?
ful seizure of a distillery belonging to tue
above named claimants in Page ' county.
Representative'Hay Introduced a bill to?
day to pay the estate of Henry. M. Baker,
of Fr?dertok county. Va., $3.300 for sup?
plies used by. the Federal army" In 1863.
The Secretary of the* Treasury to-day
recommended tp Congress to refund cus?
tom duties to the amount of $13.25 to Her?
bert Bryan, of. Alexandria, being an over-,
charge on-a quantity of plaster rock.
Captain Lamb returned to the dty to?
day? from ? a visit to Richmond.
The Board of Inspection and Repair of
th? Navy Department.will shortly' visit
the Norfolk Navy Yard for the purpose
of inspecting and surveying all auxiliary
ships at.? the yard. .' . . .??..?
?Senatoi ? Pritchard, of North Carolina,
Introduced a bill to-day to-pension Mary
Elisabeth Moore, of North Carolina. ?
, Lewie FidRcon has been appointed post
jaasttr-at WadeevUle, Va. , .'?; ,
.ryy; :..v;y ;y^? :-'_? - yy.y??y--7-'??
Legislative, Executive
^and Judicial Measure.
Foraker Presents Committee's Amend?
ments But Few are Accepted.
Commission to Determine Damages
Sustained by Americans' Dur ins
the War W it h Spain?Appropri?
?t ions Made?House Refase?
to ?Concur in Senate
WASHINGTON, March ?.?Two meas?
ures of national importance and many
of slightly lesser int?r?t, 'were passed
by the Senate to-day. The legislative,
executive and Judicial appropriation bill,
carrying more than $25,000,000. was pass?
ed, without debate. The committee
amendments -were agreed to as the ?bill
was being read. The measure provid?
ing for the appointment of a commis?
sion to adjudicate and settle claims of
citizens ot the United States growing
out of the ?war with Spain, wa3 'also
passed without opposition.
After a brief time the Porto Rico
Government and tariff measure was un?
der consideration. Mr. Foraker, In charge
of the bill, submitted* some committee
amendments. A few of then? 'iwere
agreed to, but the important ones are
still pending. A free trade amendment
to the bill was ?offered by Senator ?Bev?
eridge, who gave notice that he would
address the Senate Thursday.
A request of the ?House for a con?
ference on the pension appropriation
bill was agretid to, and Messrs. Shoupv
Quartes and Taliaferro wer? appointed*
conferrees on the part of the Senate.
The Porto Rico bill was laid aside tem?
porarily, and; the Senate took up a. meas?
ure ito carry into effect the Btlpu?at?ons
of article seven,, of the treaty between
the Halted States ant? Spain. The. btH
provides for the appoin?nent by the
President of three ?^xnmisstoners to re?
ceive, examine arid adjurf-ncate atl-clabne
of citizens of tfie United State? against
?Spain, whlcrh the United States agreed
to. adjudicate and settle. The sum of
530,000 annaully Is appropriated for the
expenses ot the commission, the life pf
?the <x>m?mission being raxed at cwo years.
Mr. Davis, in charge of the measure,
explained that many of the ctalm? would
relate, of course, to personal wrongs
isufferetrl by . Amterican c?tl-zene. The
bill had been carefully drawn, Mr. Davis
said, because ?of the intermediate nature
ot the claims, end he believed the meas?
ure thoroughly protected the Interests
of the government. Mr. Davis expressed
the belief that substantially all of the
claBms had already been filed; with the
State Departm?3nt. and they aggregated
about ?mooo.ooo.
An amendment proposed by Mr. Hoar
was agreed to, extending the time for
filing claims with the commission from
six months to one year after the organi?
zation of the commission*.
After an amendment offered by Mr.
Cockrell, but one.appeal Is left under the
bill?viz., -from the findings of the com?
mission to thfe^ United States Court of
Appeals. As amended the measure was
passed without division. '
Among the bills passed was one appro?
priating $500,000 for the erection of a pub?
lic building a't Atlanta, Ga. ,
The Senate agreed to the .request of
the House for a ?xwiferertce on the Bill
appropriating $2.095,000 for the benefit of
the people of Porto Rico, and Senators
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
Empress; Confers Greatest Honors
on the Leaders\ of the
AntirForeien Party.
PEKIN, March 19.?The ascendancy of
the anti-foreign party is becoinlng more
pronounced dally. The Dowager Empress
appears unable to sufficiently reward the
officials who exhibit marked hostility to
I everything not Chinese.
' Hen Tung, probably the most bitter anti
foreign official of the Empire, has* been
decorated with the three-eyed peacock
feather, which had not been conferred for
eighty Years. The notorious ti Peng
Hing, .who was dismissed from the gov?
ernorship of Shan. Tung on the,'?German
demand, has been advanced to the first
rank, and the former Governor Yuh Sen,,
of Sbang Tung, has been appointed gov?
ernor of tne Shan ? district, a snub.to
the powers interested and likely to-pre?
judice British interests In the ptov-ince,
as the powers belive his-mal-administra?
tion is the cause of the present state of"
affairs in Shan Tung.
' WASHINGTON, March 19.?A<ImlraL,
Watson has not yet advised the NaTT"
Department of the name of the vesso
selected to proceed from Manila to Take.
In connection with the request of t?6
State Department that a ?ship be sent to
China to safeguard Annarican ?nteres?.
The concentration of the world's attenttan
cpon the Flowery Kingdom lias had Ae
effect of magnifying little troubles In ??
various provinces, out of all proportion lb
their Teal Importance and ?igni ftcan??.
This is said to' be true as. to this UM
demonstration by tbe "Boxers," an anB- I
foreign-secret society., Minister Conjcer**
cablegram to the State Department about
? week ago. while? referring to the
"Boxers," and suggesting the advUwNBtr
of sending a warehlpf to ensur? Um toi
rican mtaabKmtiam frme ?Attack, ?ant
reftr - to any ku?Mat eatbwfc;. aaWt
Boer Troops Must Soon
Quit the Field.
Though! Seemingly Not Quite Cof?
fapsed They are Dispirited. .
Bolter Prepares to Foie? Bfssarahers.
and Natal "Will Probably he the
Scene ot Next Battle ?afore
Troops for South 'Africa.:
Afrikander Band Slake
Plea for Independence
LONDON, March 20.?A dispatch to th?
?Daily Telegraph from Bloemfontein says:
"In a .speech which he made here a few
days before the British entered the town.
President Kruger admitted that his men
would be unable to keep in the Held for
another month."
LONDON, March 20.-4 A. M?The War
Office has had no news up to tSIs hour
confirming the report of the relief of Mafe
king, but George Wyndham. Parliament?
ary Under-Secretary of War, replying ta
? private Inquiry in the lobby ot the
?Souse of Commons? about midnight,
said: "I think it Is all right."
The Free Staters, seemingly, ha.ve not
quite cariaipsed. They are in considera?
ble force around Smlthfleld, although
?much dlsspirtted.* A British spy from
Rouxville report*! thart Commandant? Oli?
ver aaid a commando are going to- Kroon
stad. Kroonstad, where the Boers are
concentrating. Is 137 miles from Blown
fortteln. It Is surrounded by a Jungle oi
woods and hills?
General G>a'tacre 1? now resting a'
Springfontelnv. preliminary to Joining
Lord. Roberts.
G?nerai BuHer'e hill-work before Lady?
smith has given him an experience which
is about to be used in.Biggarsberg Ruige, j
It Is believed that 25,000 of his 40,"0? men *
are about to engage .General Botha-?
force, and the next news ot fight nj.
will probably come from Natal.
The leaders of the Afrikander Bund
axe. circulating a petition in Cape Colony
asking the Imperial government not to
t-?ke aiwaiy the Independence ot the Boers.
Thirty-two thousand additional troopa
for South Africa are now at u-?a. -
The Lorenzo .Marques correspondent ol
the Times, telegraphing Monday, March'
ISth, saysr
"Last night the Portuguese authorities
hurriedly dispatched by special train a
force of Infantry to reinforce the garrison
on the Transvaal border."
.The converging of the troops toward?
Mafeking" may indicate a much more '
serious purpose than merely Ite relief.
Judging from Lord Methuen'3 presence
at Warrenitown and the capture of the
nearby passage ot the Vaal at Fourteen
Streams? keen observers believe Lord
Roberts meditates an advance In force on
Pretoria by way of Rustenburg. This
might start either from Fcurteen Streams
or Klerksdorp, and would probably coin?
cide with on advance via Bloemfontein
and Natal,
Thus Lord Metfiuen may he given the
chance to redeem his reputation, as has
been done with General Gatacre.
CAPE TOWN. March l?y-Owtng to the?
quarrelsomeness of Colonel Sschie'. the
German officer in charge of the Boer- ar?
tillery, who was wounded and taken pris- ?
oner at the battle of ' Elandslaagte, h?
has been removed from the prisoners'
camp to a transport,
i CAPE TOWN, Sunday. March 13.?Gee.
era! Sir. George Stewart White, the de?
fender of Ladysmith, has arrived here,
but is too ill to permit of a public re?
ception being given In his honor.
19.?The Canadian Mounted Rifles and
the Canadian Artillery have arrived her*
with a contingent of Yeomary. Their
presence 'has ha-T an excellent * effect In
the district. It Is reported that a large
?farce ?f Insurgents Is mi ithe vicinity
of Van Wyck's Viet >
?Colonel William F. Wickham shot and
dangerously wounded at his home in
?A former resident of Richmond killed
in South Africa.
?Collector Brady to prosecute the offi?
cers of the State Bank at iron Gate.
?Prominent citizen of Halifax In trou?
ble In Baltimore.
?Captain Angle prevents a tire.
?Two branches .of the City Council ta
meet Thursday night.
- ?Progress of the work in behalf of the
Carnival. . ?
?Death of Dr. Richard A. Lewis.
?Governor presides at a church dedi?
cation, y . ''?- , .
?Complaint made as to desk? used in
public schools.
-A man under arrest In Baltimore fer
robbing the postoftice at Houston and
burning the town. ' . ?'
?Dinwtddle delegates instructed for
Lassiter for the unexpired term.
, ?Robert Kennedy commits suicide I?
Westmoreland county, with hi? children
on the other side of a locked door de?
mamling admittance. ?
?The Shenandoah Reoublicans endorse
McKinley and the State Committee. The
Davis-Lagon faction carry the? convention
and elect a County Committee. t
-Deed of trust filed in Portsmouth for ,
one million dollars. ;
?Mrs. Flora Morris charged with bl^
amy In Norfolk. , _ _, ,
?Louisa. Republicans elect ?? delegate?
and endorse State Chairman Agnew.
?Alexandria. Republioamr have a, co?? :
testing delegation, and hoth elect del??
gates to District and State ?onventtensv
?Dr. William H. Temple died Sunday
afternoon, instead of Saturday, he ha?
fn? rallied when It w-,s thouaht-death
Sd arrived. Rev. X E R> Riddle? ,?
guarded In the woods all night, foe tea?
of nob vtolence. The corone**? Jury rea?
ders a TtrdfefcA The funeral?
' Getteral
?Senat? passes Legislative. Kteeuttv?
and JodW?ry BIU. . _
?House refuse? to concur to Senate's
amendments to Porto Rico Tart? BUI
??fa?. announce Dessocratle piat
^?pultats eadorse Bryaa.
-Kru?*r mm ONU Ms owbel^taeal?? ;
-^Aatl-fuieii? elm?t h? - CM** stow? *,

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