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VOL. 30 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. MONDAY, MAY 14, 1900. NO. 12 IS LAST DAY FOR NEW BUSINESS Conference Will Now Begin fo Clear Up lire Calendar TWO SU8JECTS DISCUSSED Restatement of Creed and the Elec tion of Bishops are Matters of Continued Comment Among the Delegates. »♦ ♦ »»♦»♦»♦♦♦ »»4 ♦ ♦♦♦♦ »4 » ♦ ♦ ♦ TODAY’S PROGRAMME. ♦ > - -♦ ♦ 9 a. m.—General conference as ♦ sembles.. ♦ -♦ 2:30 p. m.—Committee meetings. ♦ , 9p. m.—Address at First Method- ♦ ist church by W. 8. Matthews, fra- -* ternal delegate from the northern * Methodist Episcopal church. ♦ ♦ ♦ Today will be the tenth of the general conference of the M. E. church, south, and is therefore the last upon which new business can be introduced for consider ation. The remainder of the session will be devoted to clearing up the matters now on the calendar. Last night the most discussed subjects among the delegates were the number and piobable, personnel of t*he new quota of bishops to be elected by the conference and the proposed plan to name a com mission looking to the revision and re statement of the twenty-fiye articles of religion of the church. The latter proposition Is unfinished bus iness before the conference, and It is be lieved that a vote on the subject will be reached this morning inasmuch as some of the leaders ’have signified their will ingness to have the previous question called. This is one of the most important subjects that has ever come before a general conference, ami .sentiment last night among the delegates seemed to ho to the effect that the opponents and ad vocates of the resolution were not as far apart as would seem to be Indicated by the speeches made during the debates. Not Far Apart. man expressed It by saying that 1 Bishop Wilson was willing to 'ha ve a com mission to make a digest of Wesley’s ser mons In order to have the matter In them more convenient of access, and that Dean Tillet in his argument has simply used the word “restatement." He believes tliat they j are not far apart, and that the two sides will have no trouble In getting together when a thorough understanding is reached. The election of bishops Is. of course, a subject of continued discussion among the delegates. The episcopacy committee has recommended the election of three new bishops, and It Is possible that the report will be reached on the calendar today. It is not regarded as likely that the actual election will be entered upon, however, until tomorrow or Wednesday. Preach at Local Churches. Nearly all of the Protestant churches of the city and suburbs were again occu pied by visiting clergymen yesterday morning and last night. Probably the largest erow'd was that which gathered at the First M. E. church to hear Dinsdale T. Young, the fraternal delegate from Great Britain, at the morn ing service. Standing room ceased to be available some time before the minister began his sermon. Among the bishops who preached wrere: Bishop C. B. Galloway, baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class of the High school at Wylam. Bishop E. E. Horn at Fountain Heights church last night. Bishop H. C. Morrison at Wesley chapel. Bishop J. S. Key at Twenty-first ave nue. Bishop W. A. Candler at Pratt City. Bishop E. R. Hendrix at South High lands Presbyterian church. Among the other well-known ministers attending the conference who occupied pulpits were: Dr. W. F. MoMurray at Fountain Heights, morning service. W. S. Mathews, fraternal delegate from the Northern M. E. church, at the First church, night service. Dr. W. B. Murrah, Five Point?. Dr. J. C. Kilgo at First Baptist. Dr. J. J. Tigert at Eleventh Avenue M. E.. at night service. Collins Denny at Woodlawn. LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON. Carmack Accepts Without Bitterness Result of Election. Nashville. Tenn.. May 13.—United States Senator E. W. Carmack, who was de feated for renomination by former Gov ernor R. L. Taylor in yesterday’s demo cratic primaries, left for Washington to night. Senator Carmack Is a member of the committe on Interoceanlc canals, and his presence at its meeting on Wed nesday next will break the deadlock on the question of type of the Panama ca nal. Mr. Carmack is known to favor a sea-level waterway across the isthmus. Before leaving tonight, Senator Carmack said regarding the result of the senator ial primary: *‘I accept without bitterness or com plaint the verdict of the democratic par ty.” He added that he would have been pleased if his course in the Senate could i.ave won approval instead of disapproval. Gapon’s Body Found. St. P*etersburg. May 13.—The mystery of the fate of Father Gapon apparently was cleared up today by the discovery of a corpse which was almost positively iden tified as that of the former priest, hang ing in the upper chamber of a lonely villa In the suburb of Onerki. Findlan. liecom po«itlon of the face made positive identi fication difficult. PRESIDENT’S TREACHERY IS FURTHER DEVELOPED Washington, May 13.—(Special.)—The President's treachery to the friends of genuine railroad legislation in the Senate was further developed tonight by* a state ment issued by former Senator Chandler of New Hampshire, which he declared that Senator Tillman was correct in his version yesterday. The second install ment of proof will likely be brought Into tho Senate proceedings tomorrow, and in the ensuing discussion. The President’s side of the case may be heard. The Pres ident today prepared a statement, but an nouncement was made at the White House that for the present at least he would not make It public. He may do so tomorrow, but if he does, it will be strong ly against the wishes of his friends who realise that the best thing the President can do is to let t'he matter die out. What caused the President’s sudden change from a narrow court review to the broad est review possible Is still a topic of ani mated discussion here. Among other causes advanced is one to the effect that the Standard OH company threatened to disclose the amount It contributed to the | campaign fund unless its allies, the rail-/ reads, secured t'he broad court review the' were urging under the leadership of S ator Aldrich. SOOTH AMERICAN TRADE REPORTED TOTAL TRADE OF THE UNITED STATES WITH SOUTH AMERI CAN COUNRIES FOR THE YEAR, 1905 WAS $207,000,000. Washington. D. C.. May 13.—In a re port on trade of the United States with South American countries, the depart ment of commerce and labor says that the total trade In 1905 was $307,000,000. of which $60,000,000 was Argentina and Bra zil. The total Imports from all South America in 1905 was $150,000,000 in value, and the exports to all South America were valued at $57,000,000,000, The countries ly ing on the northern coast of South Ameri ca give a fair proportion of their com merce to the southern states, but those on the western coast give but a small proportion. Venezuela sends to the United States for 36 per cent of Its exports, and takes from the United States 36 per ! cent of Its Imports. Peru sends but 9 per cent' of Its exports here, and takes j but 18 per cent of its imports. The re port says: The condition of our trade with the dis tant South American countries appears to be chiefly due to superior transporta tion and business facilities offered by the markets of Europe. Practically all of the commerce leaving or entering the South American countries is carried by steamers or sailing vessels. Most of , that of the countries whose ports are exclusively upon the western coast passes j y? the south and around Cape Horn, ex cept in the case of Ecuador, in which the proximity of American ports north diverts a larger share of the trade In that direction. As a result the bulk of the commerce of the western roast and that of most of the eastern coast must pass the easterly point of South Ameri ca on its way to or from Europe or America. “The number of vessels by which South America may obtain merchandise from the United States is small, while Europe is constantly increasing.’’ SAMAR Is SEEKING ABSOLUTE PEACE Ninety-five Per Cent of the People Desire Extermination of Fanatics. Manila, May 13.—Superintendent of Schools Hoover of Samar and several na tive officials of that Island have arrived here on tiiplr way to Paguio, Province of Benguet. tile summer capital, tu visit Governors General Ide. Mr. Hoover says that 95 per cent of the natives of Samar are anxious for the extermination or the fanatics and the establishment of abso lute peace. The native officials, he says, are organizing bands of volunteers who are scouring the mountains, guarding the trails and capturing or killing outlaws. It Is estimated that three hundred Pula janes are in the mountains. Governor Curry of Samar lias proposed to turn over the Pulajanes districts to the federal authorities for the establish ment of martial law, and the extermina tion of the fanatics, and General Wood agreeing, to place two regiments, as sisted by naval gunboats, in the Island and the adjacent waters, in order to guard against tlie outlaws escaping to neighboring islands. Governor General Ide has reached no decision In the mat ter. The Pulajane leader Is 04 years old, and has been In the mountains for forty years. LOOKING FOR MOTORMAN. B. Jordan Is Held Responsible for , Serious Wreck. Chattanooga, Tenn., May 13.—(Special.) —Officers are after B. Jordan, the street car motorman who Is supposed to have had charge of the trolley car which col lided with a Chattanooga Southern pus- | senger train Friday morning, resulting In the death of two passengers and the se rious Injury of half a score, and if he Is found he will be prosecuted for crimi nal negligence. The conductor has made a statement In which he says that he cannot lie blamed for the frightful acci dent. because he ordered the motorman to stop the car. It Is also charged that the motorman was not at his post of duty, but that he was allowing Fred Fry, who was seriously injured, to run the car at the time. Fry was formerly a street car motorman, and he is Improv ing at the hospital. * ♦ ♦ REQUEST RETRACTION. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Atlanta, Ga., May 13.—(Special).— ♦ ♦ That before Mrs. Jefferson Davis ♦ ♦ dies. President Roosevelt should ♦ wire to her a retraction of his state- ♦ y ment that the president of the Con- Q ♦ federacy was an arch traitor, is the ♦ ♦ burden of an open letter addressed ♦ » to the chief executive today by Al- ♦ » fred C. Broom, a prominent young ♦ y attorney of Atlanta. In the letter Q ♦ Mr. Broom pays a high tribute to ♦ ♦ Mr. Roosevelt's courage and pa- ♦ ♦ triotism. and declares that he now » ♦ has an opportunity to graciously ♦ y right an unintended wrong. Q ♦ ♦ BREAKS ARE FOUND IN WATER MAINS EXPLAINS ONE OF THE CHIEF CAUSES OF THE DESTRUCTION OF SAN FRANCISCO BY FIRE. CHURCH SERVICES HELD. — Sail Francisco. May 13.—One of the causes of the destruction of the greater portion of San Francisco was revealed today when Mayor Schmitz and Engineer Schussler of the Spring Valley Water company, accompany by other officials, made a trip down the peninsula to In spect the huge mains of the water com pany which furnished the city's water supply. Several lilg breaks were found in the mains, and this lias explained the reason why the city was without suffi cient water supply to light the flames. The city Is now receiving a supply of water amply sufficient for domestic needs end fire protection In the unburned dis tricts. Church services were held generally to day. Temporary structures were used by congregations that had lost their church es by fire, and where the buildings had not been harmed in-door worship was resumed. The sightseers were not so numerous today, their pilgrimages having appar ently been satisfied throughout the week. DELEGATES ATTEND SUNDAY SERVICE Locomotive Engineers Are Still in Annual Session at Memphis. Memphis. May 13.—Special religious serv ices were held tills afternoon In the hall where the convention of Tsieomotlve En gineers is holding Its sessions. Hundreds of delegates and visitors enjoyed short excursions on the river during the day. Next week the convention will hear re ports from the various committees and the results of tills will he thoroughly dis cussed behind closed doors. The perma nent suspension of division 105, composed of employes of the Interborough elevated lines 111 New York City because or Illegal ly participating in a strike, was the sub ject of much comment among the dele gates today. The members of division No. 105 arc not restrained from joining another division. A quiet canvass has been set on foot to secure the next convention for Balti more. NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS. Annual Convention Will Assemble in Montgomery Tomorrow. Montgomery. May 13.—The Southern Newspaper Publishers' association will meet In Montgomery Tuesday morning, and a large attendance upon the annual convention is looked for. The business meetings will he hold In the New Ex change hotel and will continue over tainment of Wednesday. An elaborate programme for the enter tainment of the newspaper men and other visitors upon the sessions has been ar ranged by (he Montgomery Commercial club. An old-fashioned southern barbecue will he given at Jackson's lake Tuesday afternoon. BAPTIST CONVENTION. Evangelical and Memorial Meetings Held Yesterday. Chattanooga, May 13.—A mass meeting of evengellsm and a memorial meeting held at the Auditorium were the prin cipal features of today's session of the Southern Baptist convention. Among: the speakers at the former meeting were Dr. George \\\ Trewhltt of Texas. Dr. F. A. McConnell of Kansas City, Dr. L. G. Broughton of Atlanta, and J. B. Gambrell of Texas. Three business sessions of the conven tion will be held tomorrow, and It Is ex pected that the convention will adjourn at the evening, session. Greensboro, N. is the only t> *n candidate for the 1907 convention. \ PORTE’S REPLY. Promises Restoration of Status Quo on Sinia Peninsula. London, May 13.—According to special dispatches from Constantinople, printed in this morning’s newspapers, the porte’s re ply to the British note promises to re store the status quo on the Sinia penin sula, and the delimitation of the frontier by Turkish and Egyptian officials now on the spot. Sir Nicholas O’Connor, the British am bassador to Turkey, insists on the delimi tation by an Anglo-Turkish commission. This is the demand the sultan is trying to evade, as it would acknowledge Great Britain's protectorate over Egypt, and the severance of Egypt from the Ottoman cm- ! pire, while the sultan wishes to maintain before the world that Egypt still is a portion of the Turkish empire. Taylor’s Majority. Nashville, May 13.—Practically complete returns from yesterday’s democratic sena torial primary in this state show' that former Governor Robert L. Taylor Is nom inated over Senator E. W. Carmack by a i majority approximating 9000 votes. Taylor j carried seventy-five of the ninety-six i counties in the state, but in many of I them the vote was very light. * TILLIMI GIVES OUT STATESIENT Confirm,1verily far Position ^>4 Tj^JaleBill Conferenca 6>" V WIDELY OISCUSSED 8V LEADERS Ex-Senator Chandler to Whom Till man Referred In Speech Satur day Declines to Discuss the Matter. Washington, May 13.—Senator Tillman, who yesterday made a statement in the Senate covering the details of his and Senator Bailey's negotiations through ex Senator Chandler with President Roose velt regarding the rate bill, tonight made public a portidn of a written statement madp to him by Mr. Chandler of his various conferences with the President on this subject. The position given out by Mr. Tillman Is largely a repetition of the first part of his statement In the Senate yesterday. It covers, however, that portion where Mr. Tillman had quoted Mr. Chandler as saying that the President had stated that he had come to a complete disagreement with the senatorial lawyers who were trying to defeat or Injure the bill, naming Messrs. Knox, Spooner and Koraker, regarding which statement Senator Bodge subse quently said he was authorized to say from the White House that It was ho unqualified falsehood. The statement giv en out by Mr. Tillman follows: "Senator Tillman said today that on Saturday. May 5, lie Insisted on having from ex-Senator Chandler a written state ment of various conferences by the latter in connection with the plan of the Pres ident to control the railroad rate legisla tion by alliance with the democrats of the Senate and Mr. Chandler gave him such a statement, made prior to Saturday, May 13. and signed by Mr. Chandler. Mr. Tillman said that he would give out a portion of that statement relating to the interview of Mr. Chandler with the President on March 31, which had be come a subject matter of dispute, but would retain the remainder for use in case any other parts of Ids statement in the Senate on Saturday should he de nted." , The following is the portion of Mr. Chandler's statement given out by Mr. Tillman: Chandler's Statement. "On Saturday afternoon. March 31, 1906. a friend of mine came into my orftee and told me of tile White House con ference of that day. In which an under standing as to limited qourt review had been reached with Senator Bong and others, and lie told me that the President wished to get into communication with tile democrats, and would shortly ask me to come and see him. t\ Idle lie was talking a messenger boy arrived with a letter to me from Mr. Boeb, as follows: " 'The White House, Washington, March 31, 1900. ■■ 'My Bear Senator Chandler: The presi dent requests me to say that he would be glad to have you come to tlie White House lo see him at 8:30 o'clock tonight. Will you please let the bearer know whether you can come? Very truly yours, "WM. BOEB. JR., " ‘Secretary to the President.’ "Hon. VV. E. Chandler, 1431 I street.: I told the messenger I would be there. At the time and place appointed, the presi dent said to me that lie wished, through me. to get Into communication with Mr. Tillman. Mr. Bailey and other democratic senators. He stated his purpose slowly and carefully, and in exact substance Ids statement was tills: President's Statement. ••That lie had reached the conclusion that tlie best plan for railroad rate legis lation was to expressly grant a court re view, but to distinctly limit to two points: First, an inquiry whether the interstate commerce commission had exceeded Its authority; and, second, an inquiry wheth er the constitutional rights of the carrier had been violated. He said that he had been much troubled by the advocacy of an unlimited court review by some of the lawyers of the Senate, naming Sena tors Knox, Spooner and Foraker as trying to injure or defeat the bill by ingenious constitutional arguments, but that ho had come to a complete disagreement witli them. He made this point emphatic by repetition; said that he would go thus far and no farther, and that ids decision would he unalterable. Ho declared that he wished to ascertain whether there could be united action In the Senate among the friends of the bill, so that it eould be surely passed without Injuri ous amendments, and he named various republican senators who he thought were true friends of the bill, but said it would take nearly all the democrats to carry the limitation and defeat all obnoxious provisions. “After the President had made his statement I replied that 1 had reason to believe that most of the democrats in the Senate would sustain his limitation of the courts power, but that I was sure Mr. Halley and Mr. Tillman would insist upon coupling with the limitation some re strictions upon the power of the courts to issue injunctions against the orders of t'he commission. Before I had finished my statement on Mils point, the President interrupted me, saying I need not explain further because he was warmly In favor of some such restriction. “That evening I saw Mr. Tillman and toiq him what had occurred.” Is Widely Discussed by Leaders. Senator Tillman's statement In tlie Sen ate yesterday was the principal topic’of discussion in official circles today. The smator had a number of callers at his apartments with whom he talked freely about the matter, among Whom were Sen ator Bailey and ex-Senator Chandler. Mr. Chandler has beep urged by some of ids friends to make public statement over Ids own signature regarding the denial by Senator Hodge of the accuracy of the 1 President’s remarks in reference to Sen ators Spooner. Knox and Foraker. He declined, however, to be further brought into the controversy at this time, saying he would let the matter for the present rest on the statement made public by Mr. Tillman. Attorney General Moody, whose partied pat ion in the rate bill conference was re- . f(rred to by Mr. Tillman, was in N>w i York today. He is expected back in Wash- 1 burton tomorrow. Senator Lodge called at the .White 1 DOWIE MEETING CLOSES IN FREE FOR ALL FIGHT Chicago, May 13.—A meeting over which i John Alexander Dowie presided at Zion j City this afternoon was broken up by a , number of followers of the opposing fac- I tion assisted by several outsiders, and be- ' fere the crowd dispersed a free-for-all i fight occurred. Dowie was addressing the audience, ( numbering about »>00, and made the state ment that the overseers of the Vollva faction were thieves and robbers. At once a number of those In the audience were on their feet shouting: "No. no; you arc the robber!" "Why don’t you pay your debts?" The disturbance became so violent that a Zion guard was sent to restore order. The guard took hold of an old gray haired man who was loudest in his de* j mands for Dowie to pay his obligations, j and this was a signal for a free fight. A dozen men seized the guard and worn j about to drag him down the aisle when j Gladstone Dowie and Deacon Ardlngton j mounted the platform and called' upon the , audience not to create a disturbance, and j to take their seats. After quiet had been restored Dowie | again attempted to proceed with the | meeting, but he was jeered and called ( "traitor" and "robber" until be finally j decided to dismiss t’he audience. A riot call was sent to tin* police sta tion and Captain of Police Walker with four men hurried to the tabernacle in a wagon. By the time the police arrived ,no«t Of the audience had left the build Ing. In the midst of the trouble Burleigh, the negro attendant of Dowle. rushed up on the platform and placed himself at the first apostle's side, while those of the uniformed Zion guards who have taken sides with Dowle formed a line of defense in front of th° platform. No attempt at * o|i*nce was made against Dowle, how ever. Dowle was so weak that he had to be carried from Ids carriage Into the taber nacle by two attendants. It was an nounced at Hhlloh House tonight, how ever, that he had eaten a 'hearty dinner, and that he felt no 111 effects from the excitement of the afternoon. At a later meeting '-ailed for Dowle ad herents only, but which was Invaded by a large number of those who were riotous at the former meeting. Dowie precipitated a second general disturbance. He caused to be read a letter from one of his sup porters. stating that the writer’s wife had passed safely through the crisi£ of a se rious illness wthlle Dowle prayed for her. This fact Dowle compared with the case of Mrs. Camel, wife of an overseer, who d ed last Friday without medical atten tion. while Vollva and his supporters were offering prayers for her recovery. Dowle declared that lie feared the woman would die because she hod associated herself with the rebels. There was immediately a storm of hisses and shouts of "Shame.” "Shame." "There Is death in store for more of you if this rebellion keeps on." continued Dowie. Again the people sprang from theri chairs, shouting gesticulating until the tunjuU became so general that Dowie was again obliged to bring the meeting to a close. ... CROP MOVEMENT SHOWS DECREASE SECRETARY HESTER ANALYSES COTTON MOVEMENT FOR YEAR AS COMPARED WITH CORRE SPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR. New Orleans, May 12.—Secretary Hes ter's analysis of the cotton movement from September I to the close of April. Inclusive, shows that compared with the movement last year, Texas. Including In dian Territory, has brought Into sight tliin season In round figures 266.000 bales less. Other gulf states, Arkansas, Louis iana. Mississippi. Oklahoma and Misouri. have marketed 1,104,000 less and the group of Atlantic states which includes North and South Carolina, Florida, are 264,000 less, making the net decrease in the total of the crop marketed 1,684,000. Mr. Hester shows tlie amount, brought into sight by groups of states for the eight months of this season as follows: Texas arid Indian Territory, 2.777.305 bales; a decrease' under lost year of 265, 981; an Increase over year before last of 33,5<fc; and an Increase over same time in 1 903 of 47,253. Other gulf states 2.836.177 bales; a de crease under last year of 1,103.947; a de crease under year before last 345.289, and a decrease under 19<>3 of 561,381. Atlantic stales 4.2X7.346 bales. h de crease under last year of 263,092. an in crease over year before last of 718,730 ( and an Increase over 1908 of 396,833. Total crop in sight close of April 9. ; 900,802; a decrease under last year of j 1,633,620; an increase over year lief ore laM j of 407,003 and a decrease under 1903 of I 117,295. The groups of states furnished in round figures of the crops of last year and the year before last from Texas and Indian Territory la-st year 3,584.000. and year be fore last 2,876,tWO; other gulf states 4, 473,000 last year and year before last 3,- j 367,000; Atlantic states 5.909.000 last year and year before last 3,768.000. RESUME WORK. Practically all the Anthracite Collier ies Will Begin Operations Today. Scranton. Pa., May 13.—Work will be | generally resumed tomorrow at practical ly all of the anthracite collieries. All of i the Imported men have been shipped j away, and almost all evidence of their oc- i cupaney of the collieries has been re- i moved. None of the companies will post no- j ticca setting fortli that the collieries will i he operated under a continuation of the i HWHi'd ol* the anthracite strike commis sion. GIVES THANKS. Prince of Wales Thankful for a Safe Return from India. London. May 18.—Following the pr^o dont established by Ills father when he returned from India thirty years ago. tin* Prince of Wales today publicly gave tlianks for his safe Journey to the Indian empire at a service held at Westminster Abbey. The service was attended by King Ed ward and all the members of the royal family now here, a contingent of officers and sailors which accompanied the prince on the trip, a distinguished company from the households of the king, and the Prince j of Wales and a largo assemblage of the general public. House this evening and took dinner with the President. Subsequently Secretaries Root and Taft arrived at the White House and Joined the President and Sen- i a tor Lodge Senator Lodge and Secretaries Root and Taft remained with the president until late tonight. At the conclusion of their visit none of the parties present would discuss the visit, and all of them de clined to answer any questions regarding the subject under discussion. __J ♦ CREATED 8EN8ATI0N. ♦ ♦ - ♦ i «. Atlanta. Ha.. May 13.—(Special).— ♦ I +- Tin- Rev. C, B. Wilmer, rector of j «. St. Luke's Episcopal church, ere- ♦ j ated something of a sensation dur- ♦ ♦ ing his sermon tills morning by an ♦ nounclng that lie had received a ♦ ♦ letter from the promoters of the ♦ » Torrey-Ab xander revival now in -♦ ♦ progress here, asking him to ad- ♦ « vis* the parents of his congrega- ♦ + lion to send their children to a ♦ » special meeting for children. Dr. ♦ ♦ Wilmer declared that while he re- ♦ ! « gretted It. he could not consclen- ♦ j + tiously advise parents to send their ♦ + children, as he objected to the in- ♦ ♦ fliiences to which children were ♦ ♦ subjected in revival meetings. ♦ ♦ ♦ INSURANCE LOSSES i ARE MADE PUBLIC NEW YORK INSURANCE DEPART MENT MAKES STATEMENT OF LOSSES OF NEW YORK COMPAN IES AT SAN FRANCISCO. Albany. N. V., May Hi.—The sial<- in surance department tonight made public the figures showing tile losses In the re cent California conflagrations of the Hie and flre-marine insurance companies do- | ing business In tills state, and reporting to the department as given In reports of the companies called for In tile depart ment circular of April 2.1. They show net estlmaed losses to a total of $112,441,695. divided as follows: New York State Stock Fire and Flre marine companies. $18,944,000. Joint stocks Fire and Flre-marine com panies of other states. $4,827,499. Mutual Fire Insurance companies of other states, no loss. Foreign fire Insurance companies, United States branches. $49.«70.l)9t:. The report shows that in most cuses any Impairment of capital will be made good by the directors of stockholders. ASK REVOCATION OF FUNDAMENTAL LAW Assembly Is Astonished at Proposi tion of Shlpoff—Witte Makes Speech. I London. May 14.—'The 'rimes' St. Peters burg correspondent says that at the meet ing of the council of the empire Sunday. Dmitri Shlpoff astonished the assembly by proposing to introduce In the Con gress as a reply to the speech to the throne an humble request that the em peror revoke the fundamental law which to his mind was liable to be the source of bitter conflict with the lower house of parliament. Several bureaucrats who were shocked at M. Shlpoff's audacity, declared that the sovereign already had made sufficient concession. "Former Premier Witte now rose." the correspondent continues, "and delivered a forty minutes* speech involving an apol ogy. He said he had been compelled to do things which he himself disapproved. His motives always had been good, but the circumstances had been too strong for him. He saw no objection to the pro posals advocated by Prof. Hagaley of Kharkoff, who urged the council of the empire to work in unison with the assem bly, and iti^the address to pray that his majesty in limiting amnesty to be guid ed only by the greatness of his own heart, and the solemnity of the occasion. Hut with regard to M. Shlpoff's proposal. Count Witte said it was Irreconcilable with the character of a body like the council of tiie empire to make such a recommendation to the sovereign.” The correspondent says he hears that the council of the empire is likely, how ever, to become converted to M. Shlpoff's view. TURKEY ABANDONS TABAH. British Ambassador Demands Complete Satisfaction. Constantinople. May 13.—Tabali has been evacuated by the Turkish troops by order of the Sultan. The Porte’s reply on FYlday to the British note agreed to the evacuation of Tabah, and the appointment of a com* mlsison for the delimlnation of the boun dary, but It was couched In such terms as to make It not acceptable to Sir Nich olas O’Connor, the British ambassador, and lie has Insisted on complete satisfac tion being given before the expiration of the limit set by the British note. It Is fully expected that this will he ac corded. Jews Joins Democrats. Odessa. May 13.—A dispatch received here today from St. Petersburg states that at a conference between Jewish, constitutional democratic and lal>or lead ers In parliament, It was agreed not to raise the Jewish question separately but to compromise it In the general question of abrogation of national restrictions, and class privileges for which a hill is being drafted. As the result of the agree ment, Jewish and Polish members decided not to form national groups but to join the constitutional democratic group. M. Witte’* Refusal. London. May 14.—The Times’ Paris cor respondent says that when Count Iswol skl represented Russia in Japan, he tried to induce M. Witte, who was Inspecting the Manchuria railways to visit Japan with the intention, approved by the Jap anese emperor and his advisers, of ar ranging a modus vivendi, which would have avoided the war. but on Its Ixdng communicated to M. Witte Ills answer was a refusal couched in cool terms. SENATE STILL ON TOE BATE BIEL No One Can Tell Now Long Measure Will Hold Boards Tillman anxious for vote Events in Russia of Great Political Im portance are Expected During the Present Week — Presbyterian General Assembly to eMet. The United States Senate will begin the week with a resumption of the considera tion of the railroad rate bill and no on© can say how long that measure may con tinue to receive attention. Senator Till man. who Is in charge of tlie bill, ex presses very great anxiety for a vote, but the probabilities are that many of the senators will desire to speak further of the section that deals with the Inter state commerce commission, which is to administer the legislation. Further de bate on the general features of the bill may also be expected, and it is not at all Improbable that the question of Senator Tillman’s negotiations with the President will again be revived. With the rate bill disposed of the Senate probably will be very quiet for a few days. Many of the senators are worn, out from the extra exertion which the bill has occasioned. \nd some of them will leave the city for a few days to rest. Among those who will follow tills course is Mr. Tillman, who will go to South Carolina for a week and on ac count of his absence the nomination of Mr. Barnes to lie postmaster of the city of Washington probably will lie delayed for some time. The first legislation of importance which may lie undertaken Is the legislative, ex ecutive and judicial appropriation bill. That measure is still before the commit tee on appropriations, but It Is in such shape that it can be reported out at. any time. Immigration Bill. Senator Dillingham, chairman of the committee on immigration, probably wilt make an effort .to get action on the im migration bill, but the present prosper* Is that that ‘measure will arouse little If any controversy. Senator Clapp hopes to bring in the conference report on the Indian appropriation hi 11 and there are so many subjects of difference In the Senate amendments to that measure that It is not probable that the report will escape criticism and considerable discussion. It Is generally agreed that some re port of the conferees on that Joint state hood bill will lie demanded soon, but .the conferees themselves are Inclined to believe that it will be postponed beyond the following week as there Is as yet no prospect of either an agreement or a disagreement. The prospect for a report on the question of the type of an isth mian canal Is somewhat better, but is very much befogged by the entanglement In the committee. Two days are to lie taken this week in tiu* National House of Representatives for what 1s regarded us routine business today (Monday), for District of Columbia legislation and Friday for claims. The naval appropriation Dili is still on the way, the five days given to it Inst week were sufficient only to complete the first half of the bill. Chairman Foss es timates that the measure can be passed Wednesday If Tuesday shall be given up entirely to its consideration. Then will tome a contest between three bills which, under special orders, have the right of way over appropriation bills. These are the pure food bill, in charge of Representative Hepburn of Iowa, the naturalisation bill. In charge of Represen tative Bonynge of Colorado, and the bill amending the emigration laws, made a special order at the Instance of Represen tative Gardner of Massachusetts. In the House. Each of these members will endeavor to get lip the bill In his rare. Chairman Hepburn appears to have the better chance of sucres*®. The foreign affairs committee last week completed the diplomatic and consular ap propriation hill, and this, a short meas ure, will undoubtedly lie sem on Its way to the Senate before the week Is over. A committee of the lower house of the Russian parliament having heen chosen to consider and make a report on the possible solutions of t'he agrarian problem li Is said that the sessions of the House will continue regularly until this nll-tmportant question Is solved. Th* cry of amnesty for polities! prisoners ha* been raised and undoubtedly will he kept lo the fore. The Emperor has shown such a desire to act In accord with the parlia ment that order out of chaos may corn* Sftoner than even the most sanguine 'had hoped. This week will also see the preparation of the lower houaes reply to the speach from the throne, after which It may b« considered that the struggle of Russia's representatives for the rights of the peo ple 'has begun. The members of the American tennis team which will compete In England for the Tiwight Davis International trophy, will play In the Invitation tournament of the Crescent Athletic club on their Bay Ridge courts May 14-1*. Invitations have heen accepted by many of the players In the country. This will he the last chance the American team will have to practice before sailing for England. The general assembly of the Presby terian church will meet In Des Moines May 17. The reports of the various com mittees will he submitted and addressee will he delivered by prominent ministers. The American Cotton Manufacturers’ association will hold Its convention In Asheville, X. C.. on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. MRS. DAVI8 BETTER. Physicians Say that the Crisis has Passed. Xew York. May 13.—Mrs. Jefferson Da vis. who Is 111 In this city, and whosa condition was considered grave last night, was better toduv. Jefferson Hayes Davis, a grandson of Mrs. Davis, gave out the following statement! "My grandmother rallied wonderfully following arrival of the family this morn ing. The physicians say that the crisis bus passed and there Is now no causa for alarm. The family will remain with her for two weeks. She was eighty years old last Monday.