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VOL. 28 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1002 NO. 330 PEACE AND GOODWILL AMONG METHODISTS ' Harmony Prevailed Where Bitter Acrimonious Debate Was Expected WAR CLAIM QUESTION TO BE SETTLED AMICABLY Thlrty-thrae Delegates Get Together and Form a Subetltute for Both Majority and Minority Reports. Take Middle Ground. ©alius, Tex., May 20.—Peace and com promise hovered over the morning ses sion of the Methodist Episcopal church conference today. Where a bitter, acri monious debate had been expected, a compromise measure which met with fa vor was presented and harmony was more prevalent than at any time during the conference. Thirty-three delegates, led by Dr. McMurray, presiding elder of the St. Louis conference, met last night and for mulated a substitute for both the majori ty and minority reports on the war claim which takes a middle ground. While the morning session was har monica.; and Indicated a settlement of the day was apparently undone. The attendance today was the largest since the conference convened. There was plenty of life to the debate, but It lacked the acrimony which had been expected. Nothing of wide Importance occurred in the proceedings until the war claim discussion began. The efforts of those who have been working for harmony were made apparent at once and a com promise was presented by Dr. McMur ray. The conference was opened by Dr. Codbey cf Little Rock with devotional exercises. After the reading and approval of the minutes. Bishop Granberry read a brief note asking to be put on the retired list. The paper was referred to the com mittee on episcopacy. Bishop Hargrove took the chair and copies of the minority report on tho war claim, which had been printed during the night in pamphlet form, were distributed. Salaries of Bishops Fixed. The committee on episcopacy fixed the salary of acting bishops af per an num; retired bishops, $2000, and widows of bishops, $1000. The committee on publishing interest re ported in favor of a Methodist museum for the preservation of rare relics con nected with the church. The report was referred to the book committee. Much other business along routine lines was passed on and sent to the calendar. The conference voted to omit the read ing of further reports in order to get to the war claim matter, the special work of the day. The first action on the war claim began when Dr. James Cannon, Jr., of the Vir ginia conference, presented the resolution which constituted the gist of the minor ity report to the conference and moved their adoption. A motion to consider them seriatim prevailed and Section 1 was read. It condemned Major Stahlman and the book agents. The first test came on a motion to table the resolution. It was a close contest and the "yeas and nays" were ordered but the tabling was accom plished. The other resolutions, preamble ana all, were disposed of in the same way. It became evident that thirty-three del egates who had presented the McMurray compromise, held the balance of power. After the discussion of the compromise began, Its strength developed and the fust section was adopted. The minority, debated on their own battle line, then fell in behind the standard of Dr. Mc Murruy. Draws Wide Distinction. The compromise measure draws a wide distinction between both the majority ami minority reports. It' wants the church to keep the money voted it by Congress, hut it wants the entire claim td be kept Intact as a superannuate fund. It is ap parently more to the liking of both ex tremes. W. K. Mahon of Memphis moved that the majority report hr read. This was done. Dr. G. C. Rankin arose to B question of personal privilege. He said he wished unanimous consent to change the verbage cf the majority report slight ly It was granted and he made a few Verbal changes in the report concerning the statement of the United States Sena tors that there was no necessity for fur ther action in the matter. At the request of B. F. Lipscomb, the resolutions con tained In the minority report were read. Hr Lipscomb moved that the minority resolutions he adopted in place of the ma jority A motion to take up the resolu tion r.eilatirr. prevailed. The paper of Hr. McMurray was then read. The first of the McMurray resolutions reiterated the justness and validity of the claim of the church against the government for the abuse of Its publishing house at Nashville during the civil war; says the claim was for a much larger amount but that KSS.’VW was finally accepted by rep r-sentatives of the church In full set tlement of all demands. The fact that cer tain senators criticised the means by which the settlement was reached Is de plorable, and Insofar as the agents of the church are alleged to have departed from instructions, their actions are dis claimed. Church Has Been.Injured. The Senate investigation committee af ter a full review of the facts, having decided "that the church has been in jured hv the misconduct of Its agents." but that tlie church Itself was entirely blameless and the bishops hud offered to take steps to return the money "if the senate by affirmative action de clares that the passage of the bill was due to misleading statements on the part of representatives of the church.” it Is resolved as the diversion by which a large percentage of the claim of the church was unexpended and unknown to members of Congress who voted for the appropriation, the church distinctly repudiates any misstatement or unfair mss used on the part of any person rep aenting the church in the prosecution of tin- claim before Congress, either in tentionally or otherwise. It is resolved that the church pledged Itself to raise ns soon as possible, by such means as the bishops may devise, fbe sum of (100,000 to be Invested as a permanent fund; the Interest from which shall be annually paid to the beneficiaries under the sixth restrictive rules in order that the entire amount appropriated by the government may he kept Intact as contemplated by some of the senators and representatives when they support ed the claim. Finally, It Is resolved that this action be entered on the journal of the general conference as a final disposi tion of the whole matter. The resolutions are signed by 33 mem bers of the conference. The question then reverted to the first resolution of tlic minority report. Dr. Hess moved to strike out the words "misleading” and "deceptive" and to In sert the words "ambiguous" and "liable to deceive.” Dr. Briggs moved to lay Dr. Hoss' substitute and the resolution to gether on the table. The ayes and hays were demanded and resulted: Ayes 152; nocs 112. Second Resolution Tabled. The second resolution was read, and on motion it was tabled, 155 votes having been cast in the affirmative. The third resolution of the minority report, calling for the return of the money to the gov ernment. was read. A motion to table It was made. The ayes and nays were de manded and no dissent was offered. _vs this vote meant more of a test than the first resolution, the interest Increased. The motion to table was carried by a vote of 159 to 105. Dr. E. Walderson moved the previous question on all the remainder of the mi nority report. He later seconded a mo tion on the pending question, which was ordered, and the next resolution was ta bled. The remainder of the minority re port was tabled in rapid order. Dr. Mc Murray moved to adopt his substitute in lieu of the minority report. The report was read again. An amendment to the McMurray substi tute was offered by Dr. James Adkins, asking the United States Senate to de termine how much was due Major Stahl man and proposed to raise the difference between what he received and what the Senate thought he should have had, the money to go Into the church treasury. Motions to table the amendment were made, and Bishop Hargrove ruled that the tabling of an amendment tabled the original motion. Dr. Tlgert appealed from this decision and was overwhelm ingly sustained. The Adkins substitute was tabled. G. M. Napier, a layman of Atlanta, who said he had drafted most of the McMur- i ray substitutes, spoke In favor of its 1 adoption. A motion to adjourn until 8 o'clock was defeated and consideration of the McMurray substitute began. Dr. Smith of Virginia offered an amend ment slightly changing the verbiage. A motion to lay the amendment on the ta ble was carried. Another amendment condemning Major Stahlman and the book agents was tabled and the original section was then adopted. The second section was read and a sub stitute providing for the return of $25,000 of the claim, w'hlch represents a private claim and not referred to before, was of fered. A motion to adjourn until 8 o’clock to- I night was carried and created consider able confusion. At the night sesison the resolution of the compromise paper providing for rais ing $100,000 by the church to bring the Congressional appropriation up to its or iginal sum was laid upon the table. Eliminations in the preamble that were closely connected with the resolution ta bled, were next made. Other changes were made until little was left of the original compromise paper. Most < f :he session was consumed in speeches. Final ly an amendment by Mr. Jordan of Ten nessee was adopted to the effect that the general conference endorse the action of the college of bishops in offering to pro vide means for paying back the money to the government, if the United States Sen ate decides that this should be done; the conference to make the act of the bishops its act and legalize it in all respects as the action of the Methodist Episcopal church South. The conference adjourned until 9 o’clock tomorrow with the pend ing business being to vote on the com promise proper as it had been perfected by amendments. CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIANS. Movement to Stop Immersion Caused Lively Discussion. Springfield, Mo., May 20.—The Cum berland Presbyterian general assem bly today adopted by a large majority a report on overtures, which rejected memorials to rid the confession of faith of its recognition of immersion as one mode of baptism. The report caused a lively discussion. The assembly acted adversely on a proposition to organize a West Ten nessee synod, adopted a report creat ing the salaried office of general man ager of the endowment movement and enthusiastically adopted a vigorous and radical report for Sabbath ob servance, an educational programme being suggested for the permanent agi tation of the question. An unsuccessful attempt was made to hold biennial sessions in the future. The fraternal battle royal which everybody hoped to avert by adoption of the theological seminary agreement is at last considered all but inevitable, more than one report being already in course of preparation. The debate will begin tomorrow morning. THREE WOMEN DROWNED. Were In Bathing In a Creek at Creola. Mobile News. Mobile, May 20.—(Special)—Today at Creola. twenty miles north of Mobile, on the Southern Railway, three young women were drowned while bathing In Gunnison creek. They were Sadie Bet terly, aged 20 of New Orleans. Virginia Pringle, aged 20 of Sims Chapel and Charlotte Burgess, aged 9, of Creola. The steamship Europe of the Munson line arrived here today with a cargo of pineapples which filled two trains of forty-two cars each. John Douglass, a native of Scotland and for fifty years a resident of this city and a prominent citizen died suddenly today. He leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters. The general council tonight gave a pipe line franchise to the J. N. Guffey OH Company for a period of thirty years and also adopted an ordinance allowing the erection of oil storage tanks within speckled limits, the city gets one-elghtli cent per barrel for each barrel of oil piped during the first ten years, one-quar ter of a cent the second ten years and half a cent the third ten years. Patents Issued to Alabamians. Washington, May :.U— (Special.)—Pat ents have been Issued to Daniel L. Brown, Birmingham, for mining car and to Daniel A. Farrell and H. E. Krecse, Annlaton for a non-reflllable bottle. FREEH'S FLAG • FLIES I'ER CUBA Hew Republic Rom Into Ibe Galaxy of Rations HAVANA GAILY DECIMED General Wood and His Staff Em barked on Vessel and Sailed Away as the Cuban Flag Was Hoisted. Havana. May 20.—The United States has redeemed her promise to the world. Havana and Santiago de Cuba were to day evacuated by American troops, the reins of power were handed over to Pres ident Palma and now the government of Cuba Is free and tonight the whole is land is delirious with Joy. Dramatic as was the remarkable dem onstration when the flag of the United States was lowered and the flag of the new republic hoisted in its place at noon today on the place from whence Spain had ruled the island for centuries, it waE hardly more stirring than the mag nificent friendly demonstration which attended the departure of the cruiser Brooklyn as she sailed out of Havana, just a few minutes before 4 o’clock this afternoon. General Wood stood on the bridge of the cruiser and acknowledged the ovation he received by bowing and touching his cap. The enthusiasm in the city was bound less. Many persons were mad with joy over their new-born liberty. The streets were full of surging, cheering men and women. Motley processions paraded the plazas. Giant fire crackers were exploded on the sidewalks and even in the cafes. It was like a combination of an old-fashioned American Fourth of July and national convention. One hundred thousand visitors were said to be in the city, and the police were utterly unable to cope with the Joy-in toxicated people. But President Palma and his cabinet did not give way to rejoicing. As soon as the new government was installed Con gress met and proclaimed the constitu tion and appendix. President Palma re viewed 14.000 school children before the palace and at 4 o’clock he went to the ca thedral where a Te Deum was sung for the new republic. The Natal Day. The natal day of the Republic of Cuba found Havana arrayed like a queen to await the coming of her lord. She seemed reinvested for the occasion with the dig nity of the prosperous days of her power | and wealth. The decorations were universal. There was not a residence, pretentious or hum ble, that did not bear upon its quaint facade some emblem in honor of the event. The many arches erected at the entrances of the plazas by political socie ties, fraternal clubs, residents of various civil divisions of the city and business organizations had an air of real grandeur. Bunting spread on Venetian marts can opied the deep, narrow streets from the rays of the sun. Teneath these canopies the Cuban colors and palms graced the open doorways. Nature seemed in harmony with the spirit of the festivities. The parks were literal ly aflame with tropical flowers and the vaulted sky above might have been chis eled out of turquoise. Above every red tiled ioof rose a Cuban flag. The whole city seemed literally buried beneath a forest of waving banners. Decorations Lavish. The decorations along the water front were exceedingly lavish, and all the shipping In the harbor were dressed in gnla attire. The majority of the Bhlps flew the American insignia at the main and the Cuban colors at the fore or mlz zen. The. United States armored cruiser Brooklyn, which was to take General Wood away, and the steamer Mo.-o Castle, of the Ward line, on which troops were to embark, as well as the foreign warships which had been si t by their governments to be present at the birth of the republic were dressed with streams of signal flags, fore and aft, man of war fashion. The American colors, which were to be hauled down In a few hours, still floated above the grim walls of the fortress which guards the entrance of the harbor. Not another bit of color showed upon them. The early morning was cool and de lightful, and the entire populace rein forced by thousands of visitors were abroad soon after daylight. The streets were swarming with people and were filled with a ceaseless din. There are 4000 public carriages In Havana, and this morning, each one of them seemed to be racing somewhere on a life or death mis sion. . Statue Aroused Curiosity. Much curiosity was aroused by a statue of freedom, which had been raised during the night In Central Park, upon the pedestal where, for centuries, a statue of Queen Isabella had stood. Dur ing the morning a bountiful breakfast was given to several thousand poor child ren by Mr. Paine of Boston, who has passed the winters In Havana for many years. The actual transfer of the control of the Island was scheduled to occur exactly at noon, Havana time, which is 12:30 p. m. Washington time, but those Invited to witness the ceremony were requested to be at the palace at 11:30 a. m. They In cluded, besides the American officers and the members of President-elect Palma's cabinet, tho members of Congress, the Supreme Court Judges, the Governors of the provinces, the officers of the visiting warships, the foreign consuls, William Jennings Bryan, the other visiting Amer ican statesmen, several of Senor Palma's Central Valley (New York) neighbors, Horatio Rubens, counsel for the former Cuban Junta, Col. William Astor Chanler and a few other specially Invited guests. The palace is an Imposing yellow stone structure, the upper stories of its front oelng built over a stone eolonade, giving It a fine architectural effect. For centur ies it was the residence of the captain generals of Spain. Since the American occupation it has been the official head quarters of the military governor. It fronts an exquisite park, the Place de Armar, with Its stately royal palms and species of banyan trees, called "Laurels of India." On either side of the entrance COL. THOMPSON’S PARTY ON MACON COUNTY FARM Entertained at a Barbecue Where Several Speeches Were Made, Cementing a Brotherly Feeling Between the Vis tors and Host—Reception Held Last Night TU8KEGEE, May 3n.-(Speclal)-Thc | Thompson Congressional party was entertained here today at a barbecue on Mr. Thompson's typical Southern plantation. T< night the Con gressmen were guests at a public recep tion and they are as much at home as If they were In their respective districts. Tomorrow a visit will be made to Booker Washlngton’s school, after which they party will leave for Mobile. The speeches at the barbecue today apparently cemented a fraternal spirit be tween the Northerners, their host and the citizens of Macon county who numbered Several hundred. DEATH LIST IS SWELLED TO 95 GOLIAD A TOWN OF FUNERALS. NEW GRAVES DUG AMONG THE RUINED AND OVERTURNED TOMBSTONES. Goliad, Texas. May 20.—Three of the Injured In Sunday’s tornado died today making the total number of deaths 95. W. J. Purl, Mrs. John Augerstlne and a negro woman died this afternoon, and It Is believed se\ eral more of the vic tims cannot survive their injuries. There were many funerals again today and the same short service was observed as on the preceding days. Forty-five ne groes have been buried but there is lit tle effort to obtain their names. The un dertakers are rushed and have not much time for elaborate details. The cemetery where the white people are buried was wrecked and the new made graves are among the overturned tombstones. Committees have been appointed and as fast as supplies are received they are taken In charge and distributed where they are needed, white and black sharing alike, according to their wants. There has been a generous response to the ap peals made, but there is much to be done and it will require a large sum to care for the Injured and homeless. Many persons are encamped by night In the court house yards and during the day work among the ruins. marble stairways ascend to the audience loom, which opens through balconied windows upon the plaza. In this chamber the actual transfer occurred. Signs Document. S^nor Palma attached his signature to a document as president of the Cuban re public. After an exchange of congratula tions the veteran General Gomez as cended to the roof of the palace, where he was accorded a great reception. General Wood lowered the American colors, which were saluted, and with his own hands hoisted the Cuban flag as an act of the United States, Gomez assisting. General Wood and his staff and the American troops embarked Immediately after the hoisting of the Cuban flag and the American ships steamed out of the harbor. At the time the transfer took place in Havana General Whiteside at Santiago turned over his authority to his Cuban successor and sailed away with the American cavalry which had been In gar rison there. The World Is Notified. Washington, May 20.—Secretary Hay according to the plan arranged some time ago, took the final step today of acquaint ing the nations of the globe that the United States government has redeemed Its solemn pledge to make a free people In the Island of Cuba. This was done by the dispatch by cable to every cap ital where there is resident either an ambassador or minister of the United States of an identical note that the mili tary occupation of Cuba by the United States, has this day ceased, and that an Independent government, republican In form, has been Inaugurated under the presidency of Estrada Palma. The am bassadors and ministers are instructed to convey this Information to the gov erment to which they are accredited. From Palma to Roosevelt. Washington, May 20.—President Roose velt received the following cablegram from the President of the new republic: | Havana, May 20. Theodore Roosevelt, President, Washing ton. The government of the island having Just been transferred, I, as chief magis trate of the republic, faithfully Interpret ing the sentiments of the whole people of Cuba have the honor to send you and the American people testimony of our profound gratitude and the assurance of an enduring friendship, with wishes and prayers to the Almighty for the welfare and property of the United States. T. ESTRADA PALMA. President Roosevelt has also received a cablegram from President Loubet of France, dated Cronstadt. today: "At the time when the Cuban republic is proclaimed under the mighty aegis of the United States of America. I make my duty to ofTer to your excellency my very sincere felicltatious and to send you the wishes that form for the prosperity of the young republic. 7890 EMILE LOUBET. Billings Led the Way. Memphis, Tenn., May 20.—C. K. G. Billings of Chicago arrived here to day and took part in the matinee driv ing races at Billings Park. The Chi cago horseman drove in four of the events and led the way to the wire each race. Hontas Crook, owned and driven by Mr. Billings beat Hattie Onward in the wagon race at 2:11^, which makes a new wagon record for the month of May. Peace Is Expected. London, May 20. — Business on the Stock Exchange was very buoyant this afternoon owing to reports of the receipt of the approval of the agreement an nouncing that the Boer conference at Vreenlnglng had voted In favor of peace on the best terms procurable by a delega tion to be sent to Pretoria to confer with Lord Kitchener and Lord Milner, the British high commissioner. Freight Cars Collide. A freight car of the Southern Rail road and one of the Louisville and Nashville collided last night at the Fourteenth street crossing. One of the cars was thrown from the track. No one wa^ injured. HOUSE CONFEREES AGAIN SENT BACK CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE OMNIBUS CLAIMS BILL IS AGREED TO AND THIS PASSES THE MEASURE. Washington. May 20.—For a third time within a week the House has instructed its conferees on matters of dispute be tween the Senate and House today. To day the instructions were given on amendments in the army appropriation bill before the conferees had even con-f sidered the matters in controversy. The motion to instruct was made by Mr. Cannon. Illinois, chairman of the ap propriations committee, it was resisted by Mr. Hull, chairman of the commit tee on military affairs and the somewhat spirited debate which followed developed antagonism between the committees. The ! amendment at which Mr. Cannon aimed j was that which increased the appropria I tion for military posts from three to | four million dollars. The House agreed to the conference I report on the omnibus claims bill, which parses the measure. The urgent defic iency bill also was passed. THE SENATE. Washington, May 20.—The subject of the concentration of the inhabitants in I the Philippines into camps was a leading topic in the discussion of the Philippine bill in the Senate today. Mr. Bacon of Georgia attacked the pol icy of concentration, likening it to the reconcentrado camps established by Gen eral Weyler in Cuba. Mr. Foraker of Ohio defended the ac tion of the military authorities. Mr. Hoar of Massachusetts spoke brief ly in line with Mr. Bacon. Mr. Clapp of Minnesota urged that the Filipinos ought to be taught to admire and respect the United States. OHIO STRUCK BY A VIOLENT STORM FURY OF WIND LASTS ONLY HALF HOUR, BUT IN THAT TIME CIN CINNATI WAS DAMAGED TO THE EXTENT OF $1,000,000. Cincinnati, May 20.—Shortly after 11 o’clock today this locality was stricken by a terrific wind and rain storm, causing the loss of a half dozen lives and injuring many. The fury of the storm continued only a half hour but in that time over a million dollars of damage whb done in the business section of Cincinnati and as much more in other parts of the city and suburbs. Prior to the unprecedented falling of rain dense clouds were seen in the South and the city became as dark as at night. It was afterwards learned? that there had been a terrific water spout of the Lewis burg hills in the southern suburbs of Covington, Ky„ and it moved over the Kentucky suburbs in*o this city passing up the Miami valley, with damage report ed as far as Dayton. Near Covington, K>\, the water rolled down the hills in a wave twenty feet deep in places and about one hundred yards wide. The frame house of Edward Wohrley was carried away for a dis tance of over four blocks and finally dash ed to pieces in the Covington baseball grounds. The house was occupied by four families—Henry WlUen and wife and four children, William Simpson and wife and several qhildren, Henry Qualbrlnk and family and Mrs. George Flaschner. All had narrow escapes except Mrs. Flaschner and Willie Willen, aged 4 years, who drowned. Clem Dovier, who was drajving a team near the flood in the Kentucky suburbs, had his wagon overturned by the water and was drowned. Superintendent Basseler of the United States weather bureau, reported the wind as high as sixty miles an hour, and the rain fall in less than half an hour 2.36 inches, the greatest on record here. At the Cincinnati morgue are the bodies of three victims. George Decker, while driving a beer wagon, was struck by a telegraph polo and knocked from the wagon. He was pinioned to the ground and drowned on one of the principal avenues. Ferdinand Rapp, a peddler, was caught by the rush of water while trying to get goods out of his cellar. D. W. Belleville, a carpenter, was car ried away with the roof of a building on w'hich he was working and instantly killed. There are many reported injured, and Daniel Grace and Louis Kern are seri ously hurt. The damage in the cellars of some of the Jobbers runs as high as $25,000 and $30,000 each. Vrinur tdjjrt Affray. Marshal, Tex., May 20.—In a street affray today between John Terry and Eugene, both of Jonesrllle, the two men mortally wounded each other. Lawrence Botts, a by-stander, was shot through the body and will die. Ed Gregg, also a by-stander, was slightly wounded. The cause of the trouble is not known. Injunction In Kansas City. Kansas City, Mo., May 20.—Judge John W. Henry, In the Circuit Court here today, Issued a temporary order, at the request of Attorney General Crow, restraining Nelson Morris & Co., packers, from fixing the price of meats or from working In conjunction with the beef trust, so-called. INJUNCTION IN FORCE AGAINST BEEF TRUST STONES HURLED FROM VOLCANO PEOPLE OF FORT DE FRANCE BE CAME PANIC-STRICKEN AND FRANTICALLY RUSHF.D ABOUT STREETS—SOON BECAME CALM. Fort de France. May 20.—This morning at 5:30 o’clock a thick, heavy cloud, lit up by flashes of lightning and the rising sun, rose from Mont Pelee. The people of Fort de France at once became panic stricken and In scant jattire rushed ex citedly through the streets of the town. Stones from the volcano as hig as Hazle nuta fell In the streets. Many of the In habitants hurriedly embarked on the ves sels in the harbor, and It was with diffi culty that they were eventually assured At 7 o’clock, however, the excitement was over and the people became calm. The phenomena of this morning was similar to the eruption of Thursday, May G, but not so severe. Governor L'Huerre will leave here on the French cruiser Suchet to inform him self of the situation at St. Pierre. Fear for the Troops. Fort de France. May 20.—The cloud which issued from Mont Pelee this morn ing was composed of cinders. It is esti mated that twenty thousand people rushed out into the streets of the town, shrieking and praying. A tidal wave has destroyed a portion of the village of Le Carbet. EXPEDITION FACES ANOTHER ERUPTION. Fort do France, Island of Martinique. May 19.—The expedition sent to recover the bodies of the American and British consuls at St. Pierre nearly resulted In a fearful horror. The vessels taking part in the expedition were the United States steamer Potomac and the British cruiser Indefatigable. The Potomac, under the command of Lieutenant Benjamin B. Mc Cormick, arrived there first at 11 o'clock in the morning and landed working par ties. One party went to the site of the American consulate and the other head ed by Lieutenant McCormick went to the north end of the town, to the spot where the British consulate stood, from where the lieutenant could see Mont Pelee and noticed that a huge column of smoke and gas was pouring out of the crater In a manner similar to the eruption of May 8 last. He thereupon rushed to the site of the American consulate and oredered all hands to the boats. The American sailors picked up a heavy metoHc coffin in a wood cose, containing the remains of the United States Consul Thomas T. Prentiss and carried It to a boat. The American party was In Imminent dan ger. Lava Poured Into the Sea. In the meanwhile the Indefatigable had arrived off St. Pierre to the left of the shore heading to the sea, blowing her si ren. At that time a huge stream of mol ten matter was pouring into the sea. raising columns of steam, and the whole sea was hideous, having turned a yellow green color, while apparently smoke was rushing from the mountain. The detona- i tlons were continuous and were accom panied by a fearful storm of lightning, thunder and rain. The flashes came with terrific violence, and during the storm new craters opened in Mont Pelee. For tunately the wind kept the clouds of smoke and gas from enveloping the American and British warships and the working party. The coolness and courage of the American sailors were most note worthy. The body of Mr. Prentiss Is now here. There will be a funeral service on boaVd the United States cruiser Cincin nati tomorrow, the 20th. The burial will take place ashore. Publishers Do Not Meet. Atlanta, May 20.—The first meeting of the Southern Educational and Publish ers Association, which was scheduled to be held here tomorrow, will not take place. Several delegates who arrived to day were informed that the meeting, which was to have been held for the purpose of organization, was called off three weeks ago. The association which has for its object the establishment of a genera* southern publishing house, was formed at Charleston, S. C., several months ago. -T-1 -T T 1-t-T-t f t t-T-1-l t t ■ » | I I I » l INDEX TO TODAY'S PAPER The Weather. Washington. May 20.—Forecast for Alau bama: Fair Wednesday and Thursday ; fresh south winds. Page One. Pea*;e and harmony now prevail among the Methodists. Injunction Is issued against the beef trust. United States has fulfilled her promise to the world, and today Cuba Is a free republic. The Thompson party attend barbecue on Macon county plantation. House and Senate agree to the omnibus bill. Another eruption of Mont Pelee fright ens the people of Martinique. Page Two. Young boy caused the terrible mine dis aster in Tennessee by causing leak In an abandoned mine. Weekly summary of crop conditions. Presbyterians have lively discussion on question of infant salvation. Page Three. Federation of Women's Clubs meets in Decatur. General state news. Page Four. War claim question raised by Meth odists reaches Congress. Editorial comment. Gossip heard In local hotels. Page Five. Birmingham and Atlanta Air Line was organized to aid the Seaboard.—More evi dence that great system is knocking at doors of Birmingham. Don H. Bacon elected president and chairman of the Tennessee Coal, Iron *nd Railroad Company. Negro suspected of murdering J. T. Oraney and holding up several persons is In captivity. Sanitary commission refuses to take ac tion on sewer bids.—Bond bids are re acted. Page Six. Social news of Birmingham. Page Seven. Local and foreign market report*. Page Eight. Baseball and general sporting news. Packers Must Immediately Dis continue Uniforn Ar rangements AH! VIOLATION MAKES THEM LIABLE TO COURT Little Opposition Raised Against tKB Government Petition, But Some Objectionable Clauses Were I Pointed Out by Attorney. Chicago, May 20.—The temporary In junction asked for by the government against the members of the so-called packers' combine Is now In force. It was Issued this evening by Judge P. 8. Gross cup after the close of arguments In the United States Circuit Court. The orders give the relief prayed for In the bill filed by District Attorney Bethea on May 10. It Is so wide In Its scope that If the pack ers or their agents continue with their present alleged uniform arrangements they will be taken Into court on contempt proceedings and the burden of proof will be on them to show that they have not violated the order In any particular. Little opposition was raised against the government petition. Attorney J. 8. Mill er for the packers pointed out some ob jectionable clauses in the draft of an or der presented by Mr. Bethea. This con cerned the alleged agreement for credit, blacklisting and cartage. Judge Grosscup thought some of these minor clauses had been made too prominent, and he himself drew a form of order that pleased both sides. Unless the defendants decide to make a fight at an early date in an effort to have the order set aside, they will have until August 4 to make reply to the complaint. The order entered was as follows: Order of Restraint. The court doth order that a temporary writ of injunction Issue restraining until the final hearing, or further order of this court, the said defendants (the court here naming all the defendants whose names have been repeat* diy published), and each of them, their respective agents and at torneys and all other persons acting or claiming or assuming to act under their authority, or that of any of them, from entering Into taking part in or perform ing any contract, combination or conspir acy, the purpose or effect of which, will be as to trade and commerce in fresh meats, a restraint of trade or commerce among the several states, territories and the District of Columbia, either by direc ting or requiring their respective agents from refraining to bid against each other in the purchase of live stock; or, collu sively and by agreement refraining from bidding against each other at such sales, or by arbitrarily raising or lowering prices or fixing uniform prices at which said meats shall be sold, cither directly or through their respective agents or by curtailing the quantity of such meats shipped to such markets and agents or by imposing penalties for deviations from prices; or establishing and maintaining uniform rules for the giving of credit to dealers In such matters or by Imposing uniform charges for cartage and deliv ery of such meats to dealers and consum ers or by any other methods or device, the purpose and effect of which is to re strain trade and commerce as aforesaid. Against Monopoly. “And also from violating the provisions of the said act of Congress by combining or conspiring together or with each other and others io monopolize or attempting tc monopolize any part of the trade and commerce In fresh meats among the sev eral slates and territories and the District of Columbia, by demanding, ^obtaining, or with or without the connivance of offi cers or agents thereof, or any of them, receiving from the railroad companies or other e.ommdn carriers transporting such | fresh meats in such trade and commerce, either directly or by means of rebates, or by any other device, transportation of or of such fresh meats from the points of the preparation and production of the same from live stock or elsewhere 'to the markets for the sale of the same to deal ers and consumers in other states and territories than those wherein the same are so prepared or the District of Colum bia. at less than the regular rates which may he established or in force, on their several lines of transportation under the provisions In that behalf of the laws of the United States for the regulation of commerce ' The evidence presented by District At torney Bethea consisted of twenty af fidavits from persons formerly connected 1 with tlv? defendant packing house, the most important of which Is that of Daniel \Y. Mereceith of Jersey City, N. J. For six years he was manager for Armour ft Co., at Milwaukee and manager in Phil adelphia for three years. Pr»or to work ing for Armour & Co., he had been with Swift & Co. Since 1893 he declared six general man agers for the big companies have been accustomed to meet at least once a week In New York to reconcile the dif ferences between themselves concerning the operating of their business and also to consider the prices which they should place for the coming week on the meat product* w'hich should be sold in that territory, and for thr- purpose of considering the quantity of meats which each concern had on hand and “when the necessities of the trade would re quire they would agree to curtail their shipment of meat from Chicago; their design arid purpose being to limit the quantity of meats in sight at New York and adjacent points and raise the prices.’* The Court Proceedings. Attorney Bethea had with him Assist ant Attorney General \V. A. Day. Solic itor General J. K. Richards, United States District Attorney Worthington of Springfield. 111., and United States Dis trict Attorney Jos. Keating of Indian apolis. On the other side were arrayed the attorneys for the packers headed by John S. Miller and comprising Thos. A. Moran, Louis C. Krauthoff. Jas. F. Meagher, A. H. Veeder and Henry M. Wolf. Attorney Bethea asked the privilege of calling the attention of the court of the (Continued on 8ocond Pago)