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VOL. XXXIII.—IN 0. 127 THE MONTANA MUDDLE. Who Are Her Rightful United States Senators? ARGUMENT OP THE CASE BEGUI Both Sides Represented by Able Counsel—The Facts in the Case Reviewed. Associated Press Dispatches to the Hbbald. Washington, February 15 —The Sen ate committee on privileges and elections today began its investigation of the cre dentials of the various claimants for seats in the Senate from Montana. Before the formal session began, Sounders, one of the Republican claimants, gave a brief statement of the situation. There was a full attendance of tbe committee, and the following interested persons from Montana were present: Saunders and Power, the Republican claimants; Ma- Ginnia and Clark, the Demo cratic claimants; A. J. Seligman, chairman of the Republican State committee; George R. Tingley, ex treasury agent at the fur seal islands; Congressman Carter, Charles Power, son of the Republican claimant; Col. Hal bert, £. Paine, counsel for the Repub lican claimants, and counsel for the Dem ocratic • claimants, ex-Solicitor-General Jenks. Col. Paine presented the case on be half of the Republicans. He said he should attempt to maintain by his argu ment a proposition to the follow ing effect: That the certificates held by the rival claimants contradict each other and are nullities. This being the case, it is the duty of the Senate to resort to secondary proof. As such secondary proof it is competent to show that the House of Representa tives and Senate cf Montana, at the time they voted for United States Senators, contained a majority of the members duly elected to these bodies, and that in this ciae there was no change of mem bership of the Montana Legislature from the time it was organized, November 24, 1889, to January Ist and 2nd, when the election for United States Senators oc curred. In the absence of the certificate required by law, showing the privia facie right of the holder to a seat, the Senate has the right to investigate and adjudicate the claims of the de faclo members of the Legislature electing the claimant, but not to go into the claims of the de jure members thereof. Upon these propositions, in summariz ing, Col. Paine said Saunders and Power had been elected Senators Irom Mon tana by the legal Legislature of that State. • In the case nnder consideration, Col. Paine said the certificates presented by the several claimants contradicted each other, and were nullities, because they bore tbe signature of only one of the officers that the law requires shall be at tached. Therefore, the rights of the claimants must be determined by sec ondary proof. Col Paine then gave a resume of the facts concerning the organization of the Legislature, which are well known, there being two Houses, but only one Senate. As to the position of the five Republican members of Silver Bow county, whose right to seats in the House are in dis pute, he said if it were shown that they were entitled to seats, then the election of Saunders and Power was legal; if not, then the election of McGinnis and Clark was legal. A controversy at this point arose as to the certificates of the Democratic Rep resentatives from Silver Bow county, Col. Paine stating that Governor White issued certificates to the Democratic members. McGinnis, one of the Demo cratic claimants, denied this, saying the certificates were found unsigned in the Governor's office after he vacated. Both Saunders and Power stated that their in formation was that the certificates had been executed-and sent to the members by mail. Proceeding to the duties and powers of the United tstates Senate in the investi gation of the election of its members, Col. Paine argued that if the committee decided that it could go behind the re turns of tho election of the members of the Montana Legislature, it could not confine itself to the five members from Silver Bow county, whose seats were in controversy, but must prepare to go into all cases in which contests maybe made. In Montana these would number more than sixty. He cited a number of au thorities and decisions to prove that a member of the Legislature who acted upon any question in pursuance of his prima facie right to a seat, had the same power as a member whose right to a seat was unquestioned, and that his vote could not be vitiated subsequently. Passing to the basis of the right of the members of the Legislature which elected Saunders and Powers to sit and vote for United States Senators, Col. Paine stated that under the constitution of the State, the Governor and other State officers were constituted a return ing board, with the sole power to issue certificates of election to members of the Legislature. Col. Fame said the certificates of elec tion by County Clerks were not provided for in any way, nor are they of any force. The new constitution superseded the old Territorial law, which made tbe certifi cates of County Clerks prima facie evi dence of the right of members of the Legislature to seats. His next proposition was that the Sen ate which elected a President pro tern December 16,1889, and tbe House which organized November 23,1889, contained a majority of legally elected Senators and Representatives, and they composed the constitutional Legislature of the State. There were no changes in the member ship of the Legislature so constituted, before the Ist and 2d days of January, when Saunders and Power were elected Senators. Therefore they possess a prima facie right to seats in the Senate. In conclusion, Col. Paine said if the inquiry went outside the record, the committee would find from that source, as well, that Saunders and Powers are legally and rightfully elected Senators from Montana. Saunders submitted to the committee, in behalf of himself and colleague, a statement which will be included in the recm d It is to theefket that many ille gal ■ otes were cast in Silver Bow county ..for tho Democratic candidates, and that the election officers failed to comply with the law in Precinct 34 of that county. Ex-Solicitor-General Jenks then began the case for the Democratic claimants. He said there were three points or ques tions to be determined: First. Is thero a prima facie right to a seat in the United States Senate? He affirmed tbat there is, and that it is in favor of his clients. Second. Is there, or was there, a Leg islature to elect Senators? There was, he said, and the certificate of the clerk of the commissioners of Bilver Bow county is the only credential of the right of representation from that county to sit therein. _ Third. In whom ia this prima facie right existing ? Jenks said it existed in McGinnis and Clark. They have tho title, and they have the right back of the title, from the people to represent the State of Montana in the United States Senate. Upon the first point Jenks quoted from the statute of July, 1866, to show what constitutes a prima facie right to a seat in the Senate. The possession of a certificate from the Governor, even though it lacks the seal and countersign of the Secretary of State, fulfills the re quirements of the statute. A colloquy here ensued, in which several members of the committee and Jenks took part, concluding with the statement by Chairman Hoar that it was his understanding that the possession of the Governor's certificate in itself gave no force to the claim of a prima facie right. Senator Teller said the qusstion before the committee was not who has evidence of title or right, but to whom the title or right really belongs. As to the legality of the Legislature, Jenks said the Legislature that met pur suant to the proclamation of the Gov ernor was the only legal Legislature. Jenks argued that the new constitution and ordinances of the State did not re peal the old Territorial law, under which County Clerks certified to the election of members of tbe Legislature. This being the case he insisted that the Democratic Legislature was the legal Legislature, and the person 3 elected by it are the rightful United States Senators. He ar gued that under the new law the State canvassing board had the power to can vass the vote and declare the result of the election. As to the adoption of the constitution, the old law requiring County Clerks to issue certificates to members of the Legislature is still in force. This view was controverted by mem bers of the committee, whereupon Jenks said if it was not still in force, then the power to declare the result of the elec tion and issuo certificates reverts to tbe Governor, as the supreme representative of tho State. The Republican members of the com mittee questioned Jenks as to the neces sity of a canvass by the County Clerks, which did not effect anything and could not effect anything; to all of which ques tions Jenks answered that he could not tell the reason for every law; he could only cite it and give his opinion of its force and effect. j Jenks stated that all the members of the Legislature had certificates of elec tion from tho Governor, except tbe nine members from Silver Bow county, fuur Democrats and five Republicans, whose seats were contested. These nine certifi cates were found in the Governor's office after he vacated, unsigned. Saunders admitted that this was the case, and withdrew his statement to the contrary, made earlier in the day. The Democratic members of the Legislature did not use the certificates of the Gover nor, believirig the certificates of the County Clerks were the correct and legal ones, but the Republicans used the Gov ernor's certificates in effecting the organ ization of their House. The registry list in Precinct 34, Silver Bow county, Jenks said, was made by a Republican and contained 183 names. That list seemed to have been made un der the law and filling all its require ments. The election law (a modification of the Australian system) is very strict, and all the details were carried out with the utmost strictness and rigidity as shown by the affidavits of the election officers. None of the official tickets were missing nor were any false ballots caßt. The list shows that 174 ballots were cast out of a registry of 183 votes. Jenks said affidavits by members of the election board say no one was ex cluded from the count, excepting one man who was drunk and raising an up roar. But even if the election officers did violate the provisions of the election law, so as to prevent voters from expressing their views, it throwing out the precinct would result in changing the result, then the violation is treated as of no force. The county board was not really a can vassing board, and its refusal to count the votes from Precinct 34 was an as sumption of power it did not possess. It could only make an abstract of the voters. A mandamus proceeding to re quire the board to include the vote of Precinct 34 was had, and a mandamus issued; so that, in the eye of the law, only the certificates of the votes from Sil ver Bow county that went to the Btate board contained the votes of Precinct 34. If the sets of ueurpation of the State board are rubbed out, there is a clean record. In answer to questions by Senator Evarts, Jenks stated that after the bal lots bad been deposited in tbe box there existed among the election or canvass ing boards no power, except to count and tabulate the votes cast. And again, as to the limit of the power of the Senate in making an inquiry into the election of members, it could pursue every voter to the" last resort, but it would not be wise to exercise that power after coming into contact with the finding of the judicial tribunal that has jurisdiction. Adjourned till March Ist. Tbe Hiding Senators. Chicago, February 15. —Messrs. Hoff man and McNamara, two of Montana's Democratic Senators, were in the city to day. One went to St. Paul tonight and the other to New York. Officers May Draw Tlielr Pay. Helena, Mont., February 15.—Tbe Suareme Court today decided that State i fireers may draw their salaries without any appropriation being made for tbat purpose by the Legislature. The court held that as the new constitution fixed the rate of compensation, no special leg islation is necessary. There is $40,000 in the State Treasury. Flouring mill Burned. Tebbk Haute, Ind., February 15 — Tne flouring mill of the Terre Haute ng Company burned tonight; loss, « 00.000. SlTi> DAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 16. 1890. the APACHE HOSTAGES. Gen. Miles Objects to Their Proposed Removal. THEY ARE A DANGEROUS B&ND. They Should not be Brought Sear Their Old Haunts—lndian Scouts Despised. Associated Press Dispatches to the Hbbald, Washington, February 15.—Governor Wolfley, of Arizona, and General Hiles appeared today before the House com mittee on Indian affairs, with regaid to the proposed removal of the Apaches to Fort Sill. Governor Wolfley presented* large number of clippings from Western newspapers, which he said showed that the sentiment of the people was that these Indians should not be returned to the West. In speaking of the Indian Chatto, Governor Wolfley said there was no more red-handed murderer than he. The people of Arizona believed in and liked General Crook, but they thought he made a mistake in recommending th c transfer of the Indians. At the conclusion of Governor Woltley's testimony, General Miles, at the request of the chairman of the committee, gave a detailed account of his campaign against the hostilea from the time of his reliev ing General Crook in April, 1886, to the time of their surrender. He declared that he had no confidence in Indian ccouta. If they were true to the mili tary they were false to their own people. He had no übo for men who would hire out at the rate of $13 per month to trail their friends and relatives for delivery to the enemy. He related his efforts in trying to get the Indians moved to h place that was healthful and beneficial to them, and of their removal finally to the East. General Miles also presented a copy of his report on the surrounding of tbe Indians, which was sent through the military channels, by way of San Fran cisco. There, he said, it had been pig eon-holed and was afterwards taken out on an order from the War Department. This report, General Miles said, had never been published. It was dated Fort Bowie, Arizona, September 6,1886, and addressed to the Assistant Adjutant General, of the Division of the Pacific, San Francisco. It contains a buef ac count of the surrender of Geroniiuo and his band, and says: "They arc wholly submissive and can be controlled without difficulty. They expect banishment from this country, and I am now moving all those at Fort Apache. For reasons of eoonomy, safety and health, I still believe Fort Riley ami) ' Fort. Leavenworth would be suitable' places of confinement, and the worst of the men and boys could be placed withiu the prison walls of the Fort Leavenworth military prison. But unless I receive in structions to the contrary, I shall ship them and those at Fort Apache to Fort Marion, Florida. Arizona and New Mexico will then be cleared of an element that has been a terror to the people from the earliest settlement." He referred to the desperate character of the Apaches, and said if they were sent to Fort Sill there would be practi cally nothing between them and the mountains oi Mexico. If they got back West they would in all probability be mounted in six weeks. General Miles said, in conclusion, that he thought the people of Arizona and New Mexico had great cause for apprehension if the In dians were removed to Fort Sill. FIFTY-HRST CONGRESS. Tbe House Shows Resoect to tbe Memory of a Deceased Member. Washington, February 15.—T'.e Sen ate bill providing for tbe ascertainment of the mortgage indebtedness of the country, was taken up in the House to day, and amended so as to provide pen alties for any parson or corporation who refused to answer questions propounded. Atter considerable debate the bill, as amended, was passed. The Senate amendments to the House bill fixing the duty on ribbons, were con curred in. Eulogies to the memory of the late Hon. Richard Townshend, of Illinois, were then listened to. At the conclusion of the addresses, as an additional maik of respect, the House adjourned. » DEMOCRATIC PROSPECTS. Encouraging Reports from all Sec tions of tbe Country. Washington, February 15. —The ex ecutive committee of the National Asso ciation of Democratic Clubs met this after noon, Chauncey F. Black presiding. There were present: Roswell P. Flower, of New York; R. G. Monroe, New York; Lawrence Gardner, District of Columbia; H. W. Ruab, Maryland; H. N. Collin son, Massachusetts; A. T. Ankeny, Minnesota; George H. Lambert, New Jersey, and B. F. Schley, Wisconsin. Encouraging reports were received from all parts of tho country, and a resolution to cooperate with the Democratic Con gressional committee in the work of the coming campaign was passed. After a general discussion of the Democratic prospect, the committee adjourned to meet March* Ist. Waiblugtsn Notes. Washington, February 15.—D. F. Car ter, of Boise City, Idaho, has been ap pointed Superintendent of Construction of the Idaho penitentiary. Governor Fleming, of Florida, and the Attorney-General of that State, who are in the city, called at the White House today and had a conference with tbe President regarding the assassination of Deputy Marshal Saunders at Quincy. The Governor assured the President that the State authorities would certainly as sist in bringing the guilty persons to justice. Representative Struble, from tbe com mittee on Territories, today reported favorably the bill to organize the Terri tory of Oklahoma. Attorney-General Miller has given an opinion that the Secretary of tho Treas ury has full pjwer under the act of March 3,1887, amendatory to the Thur man act, to sell Government 5 per cent, bonds, composing so much of the sink ing fund under the Thurman act as ap pertained to the Union Pacific railroad when the act of 1887 was passed, and re invest the proceeds in first mortgage bonds of any or all "aided" railroads. Baker, from the committee on Terri tories, today reported to the House the Carey bill to provide for the admission of Wyoming as a State. Representative Anderson, of Kansas, has introduced a bill appropriating $250,000 for the purchase of a residence in or near Washington for the President. The Senate committee on public build ings and grounds, at a meeting this morning, ordered an amendment re ported to the Senate bill reducing the ap propriation providing for tbe public building at Salt Lake City, from $500,000 to $400,000. NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR. Tlie Republican State Committee Takes S*art in tlie Controversy. New Yokk, February 15.—The Repub lican State committee met today to con sider the question of the World's Fair bill, and to pass a resolution embodying the attitude of the majority of the com mittee towards the bills now being heard before the Legislature*. Resolutions de nouncing the original bill passed by the Assembly, and favoring the Senate amendments, passed 23 to 6. The committee upheld the acticn of the Republican State Senators in their endeavor to have amended the so-called Tammany Hall World's Fair bill. Resolu tions were adopted vigorously condemn ing Tammany Hall as seeking to make political capital out of the World's Fair. Resolutions were also passed endorsing the course of Speaker Reed, and com mending Secretary Windom for his pro posed abrogation of the Federal contract with the Commissioners of Immigration. DISASTERS ON THE BAIL. Several Bad Bmasb-Cps witti Fatal Consequences. Staunton, Va., February 15.—A loco motive ran into a pay-car in the suburbs tonight, killing two man and seriously in juring nix others. Cleveland, February 15.—Tho partic ulars of a wreck which occurred near Biirdstown, Obio, last night, between a Btock train and a freight, were received here tonight. Brakemen Ellison and Reynolds, and a boy named Bruce Baver sox, were instantly killed. Considerable stock was killed,and the loss to the com pany will be heavy. THE SAENOERFEBT. It Closes After a Most Successful Session. New Orleans, February 15.—The last concert of the Saengerfest was the most successful of the series. A grand re-un ion and supper was tendered the singers ronight in the ball. Sixteen hundred covers were laid. Julius Weis, a promi nent Texan, and editor and proprietor of the Texas Forwaerto, in Austin, was chosen master of ceremonies. The Saengerbund has decided to hold ; a SaeDgerfest once in three years here after. The next fest will be held in i Cleveland, Ohio. THE SAWTELLG TUAIiEV¥. I"he Fratricide Maltes a Partial f Confession. Kochbstsr, N. H., February 15. —Mrs. Hiram Sawtelle today identified the headless trunk of the body found yester day as that of her husband. Boston, February 15.—Officer Shields returned today from the Dover jail, where be had a long talk with Isaac Sawtelle. The latter made a partial con fession. He denied that he did the kill ing, and implicated Dr. Blood and Ed. Russell, a Boston criminal. Isaac also maintained that he did not know where the head of the body was. Accused by a Chinaman. New York, February 15. —There waß some sensational testimony today in the trial of the suit of Chu Fong against Lawyer Seth R. Johnson, to recover $1,800 a demand note for $1,820, payable at the Bowery Bank, dated No vember 22,1889. The note was signed by Man Sing, Son & Co., dealers in Chi nese and Japanese goods, and indorsed by Whong Coung Queng & Co., proprie tors of a similar establishment on Mott street. Chu Fong claimed that although he was a mem ber of tho two firms mentioned, he has no authority to sign the firm name to notes. He accused Johnson with hav ing enticed him to become a partner in the scheino- of wholesale forgery. The Chinaman calmly stated that he had forged the signatures and indorsements on notes amounting to about $50,000 at tho request of Johnson, on the strength of delusive promises that ho should re ceive a generous share of the profits. Chu Fong, who is a member of the Bap tist church, swore on a Bible in a nonchalant manner. Canada's Close Call. Cincinnati, February 15.—1n a speech at the dedication of the First Regiment armory tonight ex-Governor Foraker said he was asked by a telegram from the War Department at Washington in 1887, when the Canadian fishery situa tion was strained, bow many armed men he could rush to the Canadian border ia case of a sudden emergency. He said similar messages were sent to the Gov ernors of other States. He Stole Revenue Stamps. St. Joseph, February 15. —MicLael Clause has been arrested on a warrant sworn to by Deputy United States Col lector Getchell, charged with having stolen $5,000 worth of revenue stamps from the office of the Deputy Collector, in March, 1889. Clauss was at the time an employee of the St. Joseph Brewing Company, and the warrant further charges him with having converted the stamps to his own use. Death of a Historical Cbaracter. Baltimore, Md., February 15.—Miss Susanna War field, the oldest resident of Carroll county, just died, in her 95th year. The "Grand Inaugural March," rendered at the inauguration of President William Henry Harrison, forty-eight years ago, was composed by her. An Investigation started. Baltimore, February 15.—United States Senator Hawley has written Mayer Davidson that the calamities re sulting from the burning of Secretary Tracy's house led him to start an inquiry into the condition of the fire department of Washington. A Dying Blsbop. Pittsburg, February 15.—Right Rev. Bishop O'Connor, of the Roman Catholic diocese of Omaha, was brought to this oityfrorn Bt. Angastino W« * M * room ing in s dying condition. 1 aore are no I hopes of hie recovery RUSSIAN ATROCITIES. The Inhuman Treatment o Political Prisoners. KDE. SIHIDA FLOGGED TO DEATH. Others, Despairing- of Their Cruel Fate, Put an End to Their Lives. Associated Press Dispatches to the Hbbald. London, February 15.—[Copyrighted by the New York Associated Press.] — Provided with a cable dispatch of intro duction from Goorge Kennan, the cele brate d Siberian traveler, the London agent of the Associated Press called this morning on Sergius Stepniak, the well known writer on Russian political and social conditions. Stepniak, when asked whether he could give any information in regard to the outrages in the political prison at Kara, in Eastern Siberia, re plied that the reports already published gave only a hint of the horrible tragedy enacted at Kara. Perfectly trustworthy information, he said, had been received in cipher letters, that tell the story in its main ontlines. The full details of the story cannot be long now in reaching the Western World, coming so soon after the publicity given to the Yskutsk atrocity. The facts-so far received are as follows: Madame Sibida did not commit sui cide, as the earliest reports stated. She died from the effects of a cruel flogging to which she was subjected. The log ging took place on Wednesday, the 6th of November. It was continued till under the brutal blows the unhappy vic tim lost consciousness and lay as one dead. The news of her shocking mar der produced widespread dismay and anguish among her female fellow pris oners, and three of them, unable longer to bear their wretched fate, committed suicide by poison. The names of the women were Marie Kaluzhnaya, Marya Paoloona Karalefekaya and Madyehda Smirnitekaya. Marie Kaluzhnaya was arrested in 1884, a girl of 18, on the charge of dis loyalty. Every means tried to extort a confession from her, implicating her friends, was futile, until Colonel Katauski brought her a forged statement purporting to be a confession of her fel low conspirators, and promising im munity. Marie fell into the trap, con fessed and her confession was ..seel against her friends, who were sentenced to penal servitude. When she learned the deception she procured a revolver and tried to kill Katauski. , For this she was sentenced to twenty years' penal servitude. Marya Faoloona Karalefekaya waa a youDg married lady, about 35 yearn of age, of good family. In 1871 Hue was sentenced to thirteen years penal servi tude with exile to Siberia for life, for be longing to a secret circle. Her husband was cent 1,000 miles from the mines to which she was sent. The separation drove her insane, and in 1881 she was allowed to join her husband in the hope of restoring her reason. She recovered, but the new Governor separated them again, and she was returned to the Kara mines. Madyehda Smirnitskaya was 33 years old and a student in a woman's college. She was sentenced to the Kara mines for fifteen years with penal servitude. Shortly after the suicide of the three women a brother of Marie Kaluzhnaya, also a political prisoner, died suddenly. Another exile, named Botokov, com mitted suicide rather than submit to the cruel humiliation and suffering of a flog ging. The flogging of Madame Sihida oc curred under orders issued by Lieutenant General Baron Korff, Governor General of the province of Amourin, in which the Kara prison is situated. These orders directed that the secret edict of March, 1888, signed by Galkinevraski, Director General of Prisons for" the Empire, should be unflinchingly enforced. The edict was to the effect that political convicts should be treated by the prison officials in precisely the same manner as criminals condemned for common law offenses. In what particular way Madame Sihida trans gressed the prison rules is not clearly ex plained, but the flogging of a sensitive and cultured woman to death for any lack of conformity to prison regulations, Stepniak thought would impress the western world with profound horror. The political prisoners at Kara, Stepniak said, had in some way learned that the political exiles imprisoned at Saghalien had also been subjected to cruel flogging. They were constantly in dread of similiar torture to that in flicted upon Madame Sihida. Stepniak thought it not unlikely that the publication of the facts would force the imperial officials of Russia to take some notice of the affair. But flogging and all other brutalities were entirely due to the direct orders of the Central Government at St. Petersburg. A Canadian Belaulter. Quebec, February 15.—0. G. Davis, a timber merchant and agent here for Bryant, Powis & Bryant, a well known and extensive house of London, Eng land, has disappeared, and the shortage of his accounts is placed aa high as $200,G00. Speculation is said to have Drought about the difficulty. The utmost excitement was caused in commercial circles by the report that Davis was short. It was also stated that he had a power of attorney to the extent of $1,000,000, but this has been stopped by a cable from Liverpool. His absence from the city for the last few days lends color to the report. He is forty years of age, and belongs to one of the best families here. Mexican Advices. City of Mexico, February 15.—Com missioners representing Mexican towns on the frontier of the United States have visited President Diaz to protest against the abolishment of the free zone. There have been rich petroleum dis coveries on the Pacific Coast. The official gazette announces that money is in the hands of Banker Bleich eroder, of Berlin, lor the payment of coupons due the Ist of April. Govern ment bonds are rising steadily here. The German Official Gazette announces that money is in tha hands of bankers which wan offered to President Diaz as a The French bgatbn has no official FIVE C&jsTS. news of the coming of the Count of Paris, and will not notice him. A num ber of French monarchists are preparing, a reception for him. The Toronto Fire. Tobonto, February 15.—1t is* esti mated that the total loss by the uni versity fire will be $1,000,000. This in cludes the library, valued at $100,000. The loss of records, historical documents and many valuable papers belonging to the president, Sir Daniel Wilson, cannot be estimated by dollars and cents, for they cannot be replaced. Foreign miscellany. Havana, February 15.—The Count of Paris and Duke of Chartres arrived to day. Madrid, February 15.—General Rod riguez Arias has been appointed Gov ernor of Cuba. London, February 15.—Right Hon. Alexander Dundas Ross Wishart Baillie Cochrane, Baron of Lamington, is dead. Melbourne, February 15 — The Colon ial Confederation Convention has em powered the Premier of Victoria to con vene a conference again in 1891. Ad journed. London, February 15.—The British schooner George Noble, arrived at Syd ney, N. S. W., reports that the Ameri can schooner Turdor capsized during a gale and foundered. Tbe crew are on Butaritari island. NOT MANSLAUGHTER. Tne Dallas Pugilist was Killed in a Fair Fight. Dallas, Tex., February 15.—Bezinah, the pugilist who killed Tom James, in a sparring match night before last, has been discharged on the ground that there is no law to indict a man for killing an other in a licensed exhibition. The other members of the party, including Kilrain,.were also released. The verdict of the Coroner recites the facts in the matter,and finds that no undue advantage was taken by James's oppo nents, and that no unusual blow was struct; that sparring contests are licensed by the Btate; that the evidence of phy sicians and friends of the deceased justi fies the conclusion tbat he died from a combination of causes, such as great ex citement and the exertion of the pending contest, and finally by a glancing blow on the neck with soft gloves, which was aimed at his head, and in no reasonable sense involving malice, criminal negli gence or intent, and that there is no just or legal ground for holding Bezinah to answer. BOOJIEHS AND INDIANS. The Red Man's Rights Reins' Main tained In Dakota. Chamberlain, S. D., February 15.— The settlers on the townsite have, at the request of General Armstrong, removed their buildings from what has been found ,to be Indian land, at Lower Brule. The removal was done quietly. New arrivals are now settling out on the prairie as fast as they arrive. Several of the land officials have arrived, and it is expected everything will be in condition to receive filings by the laet of next week. News is brought here that the Indians at Lower Brulo agency will hold a pow-wow tonight, at which time all Indians hav ing a grievance to report can do so, and that the cases will be laid before General Armstrong and Agent Anderson for in vestigation. MISSOURI CRUSADERS. More Booze Used for Irrigating the Streets. Fickardsville, Mo., February 15.— The temperance crusade in this section of the State is spreading. Thursday a number of women met and decided to close up a certain house run in defiance oi the liquor laws. Last night they as sembled with rocks, axes, etc., and pro ceeding to the saloon, smashed in all the windows and chopped down the door, then proceeded to irrigate the street with tbe contents of the bottles, kegs and bar rels. After this they demolished the fix tures of the saloon. The Havana Rioters. Baltimore, February 15.—James Tas ker, Ed Woodfork and Norman Wooster, three of the Navassa rioters, pleaded guilty this morning to manslaughter. This disposes of the whole batch, with thie result: Three are convicted of mur der in the first degree, fourteen of man slaughter, and twenty-three of riot. AH will be sentenced next week. Tbe whole business, after all, it is expected, will go to the United States Supreme Court, the question being raised of the jurisdiction of the United States over Navassa. Short, But Not Dishonest. Rochester, N. V., February 15.—A deficit of an uncertain amount has been found in the accounts of City Treasurer Davis. He says it was due to advances to contractors and city employees. The amount of the deficit is estimated at $60,000. His bondsmen are negotiating a settlement. Davis is not accused of dishonesty. Davis has resigned and placed his property at the disposal of the city. If there is any loss his friends will make it np. The Chlckasaws Mean Business. Gainesville, Tex., February 15.—The Chickasaw Legislature has passed a res olution making an appropriation to equip the militia. The Governor of the Na tion, it is asserted, will now have the militia evict non-citizens who refuse to pay their annual permit tax. Serious trouble is anticipated, as the non-citizens have expressed their intention to resist eviction. A Thieving Pugilist. Boston, February 15.—The GZo&esaye: Joe King, the English pugilist, has skipped from the city, taking with him, it is alleged, a gold watch and $200 in money and several gold medals set with diamonds, the property of John Joyce, the ex-champion feather-weight of Eng land, who has been backing him. ) A Tame Wrestling- Hatch. [ Milwaukee, Wis., February 15.—A wrestling match between Jack Charkeek and Connors took place tonight. Char keek won the first, third and fourth bouts and Connors the second. The match was for $2,500 a side, three falU out of five, the winner to take 75 per cent, and gate receipts. It was a tame affair. Suinn'a Tnree Score Yean and Tea. Washington, February 15.—The seventieth anniversary of the birthday of Miss Susan B. Anthony, the veteran champion t>f woman* riehta. was r>«l«. orated by a banquet at tbu Biggs Loupe this evemag.