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Harmony Prevailed Where Bitter
Acrimonious Debate Was
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Hew Republic Rom Into Ibe
Galaxy of Rations
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
United States has fulfilled her promise
to the world, and today Cuba Is a free
The Thompson party attend barbecue
on Macon county plantation.
House and Senate agree to the omnibus
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
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
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
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
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.
Attorney Bethea asked the privilege of
calling the attention of the court of the
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