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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 164. THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS THE CUBAN DEBATE REACHES A SOME- 1 WHAT UNEXPECTED CLIMAX Mills Introduces ■ Very Warlike Resolution and Then the Whole Question Is Recom mltted-Blackburn Welcomed With a Twelve-loot Bouauet—Legislative Notes Asroclated Press BDeclal Wire. Washington, March 2.l.—An unexpected climax to the Cuban debate was reached in the Senate today when on motion of Mr. Sherman, chairman of tho committee on foreign relations, the Cuban relations were recommitted to the committee. The vote to recommit was unanimous and without the formality of a roll call, representing a general consensus of opinion that the com mittee should ao change the resolutions as to overcome tho opposition that has devel oped. Mossra. Sherman, Morgan and Lodge were appointed to represent the sen ate in a further conference. Simultan eously with this action Mr. Mills reporied a resolution which proposed to go further than has been suggesled at any previous time. Mr. Piatt nlso introduced resolu tions limiting tho action of congress to an expression of sympathy for Cuba's strug gle and authorizing the president to extend the friendly offices of the United States to ward securing a free, independent repub lican form of government. With the Cu ban resolution recommitted to the confer ence the senate turned its attention to the executive appropriation bill, which was not disposed of when the senate adjourned. Senator Blackburn's return to the senate today after the exciting and fruitless sena torial contest before the Kentucky legisla ture was signaled by an unusual demon stration by his colleagues. On the sena tor's desk was the most mammoth and elaborate floral design ever brought to the senate, rising twelve feet from the floor and overhanging the desks of Senators Walthall and Vest on either side. The main design represented the coat of arms of Kentucky, with two huge dolls clasping hands as the central figures, around which were worked the state motto, "United we stand, divided we fall." Above this was a large horseshoe of La France nnd Pearle roses, while below and around were great sheaves of oak leaves and lily of the val ley. The whole was topped with wide spreading branches of American Beauty roses. The tribute came from Mr. Black burn's senatorial associates. Mr. Blackburn entered the chamber shortly after the session opened and was warmly greeted by his associates. In presenting petitions from Edward Everett Hale, Julia Ward Howe, the facul ties of Yalo and Williams colleges and many distinguished public men and scien tists, Mr. Gallinger showed the heavy mor tality from pulmonary diseases and urged that the government might well give at tention to saving human life. When Mr. Sherman brought forward tho Cuban resolutions there was an animated debate as to securing a final vote. Mr. Cullom, in charge of the legislative appro priation bill, said he conld not give way to an indefinite extension of the Cuban de bate to tho exclusion of appropriation bills. Mr. Sherman responded that the com mittee desired a vote, and he thought it re markable, with the war proceeding in Cuba, that the question could not be speedily acted on. Mr. Piatt, Kepublican of Connecticut, said the trouble with the resolutions waa that three senators on tho conference com mittee had thrown aside tho senate resolu tions and had accepted the house resolu tions. "And I venture to say," proceeded Mr. Piatt, "that not five eenatora approve the house resolutions now before us." The senator suggested to Mr. Sherman and his associates that they recede from agreement to the house resolutions which senators did not want and present some thing more acceptable. "if we had any assurance," said Mr. Sherman, "tint the senate would accept and dispose of the subject in another form, then we would bo quite willing to accept the Btiggeetion." Mr. Piatt went on to say that he could speak only for himself, yot it must be ap parent that sonatoro did not wisii to adopt resolutions which were contradictory in their terms. "I suggest to tha chairman of the com mitte," said Mr. Hoar, rising and address ing Mr. Bnerman, "that he ask the unani mous consent of the senate to a disagree ment to the conference report, thus send ing the subject back to the conference committee." "But why not vote?" insisted Mr. Sher man. Mr. Hoar said the whole thing could be dealt with fn two minutes if Mr. Sherman would ask unanimous consent to recommit them. "Then," said Mr. Sherman derisively, "I will make the motion to test the ques tion." This colloquy proceeded out of order, as Mr. Palmer of Illinois had the floor for a speech against the Cuban resolufions, and insisted on going on. He yielded, however, to allow Mr. Sherman to give the following formal notice: "I now give notic9 tbat in order to expe dite action ou this subject and in order to dispose of the question, I will more to re commit the pending resolutions to the con ference committee." As Mr. Palmer had Hie floor, Mr. Sher man did not secure immediate action on bis motion. Mr. Palmer urged the unnecessarily of fensive and contradictory terms of the house resolutions. They embraced a needless threat or in tervention which, if executed, meant inter vention by war. The senator spoke of the unorganized condition of the Cubans. This brought out protests Iroin Mr. Morgan and Mr. Call. Tho former read the proclama tion of Cisneros, president of the insur gents, together with a letter from Crosby r. Noyes, of the Washington Star, giving assurances of their authenticity. Mr. Morgan said lie approved every word of i hat splendid appeal of Cisneros. Mr. Mills offered Ihe following ji'int res olution, after which lie slid he would speak on the resolution tomorrow: Be it resolved by the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America, in congress assembled, that the president of the United States is hereby directed to request the government of Spain to authorize ihe people of Cuba, sub ject to tho sovereignty of Spain, to insti tute such local government as they may wish, and to invest it with sucli powers as they may think necessary to secure to the people of Cuba the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Section Two —In case Spain shall refuse to gra T it to the inhabitants of Cuba the rightful power of self-government, then the presid en of the United States is hereby tlirected to lake possession ot the island of Cuba with thu military and naval forces of the United States and hold the same until the people of Cuba can organize a govern ment deriving its just powers from the con sent of the governed, and arm and equip such military forces as may be necessary to protect them from invasion. Mr. George of Mississippi spoke in oppo sition to the resolutions. At 2 oclock there was a lull In the speeches, whereupon Mr. Sherman sought to secure a vote on his resolutions to re commit the resolutions to the conference committee. A vote was about to be taken when Mr. Allen offered a speech. Many senators urged him to wait, ao tho Sherman motion would dispose of the subject for this present. Mr. Allen insisted on going on, and the vote was not ordered. Mr. Allen said that if the United Slates stood by while Spain applied the knife to the throats of the Cubans, we would be justly chargeable by the world with im potency and cowardice. Ho ridiculed the waning patriotism of senators. At lirst senators had "fallen over each other" to aupport the resolutions. Then the senator from Maino (Halo) had souneded the signal for the retreat. "And now," concluded Mr. Allen, "the senator from Ohio (Sherman) moves to recommit. It looks as though he joiued in the retreat, and this will bo the last of his resolution." As soon as Mr. Allen closed Mr. Sher man pressed hia motion to recommit. There was no opposition, and the presid ing officer, Mr. Bacon, put the question. Not more than twenty senators were present. There was a chorus of ayes and no nays, and the motion prevailed. No re quest for n roll call was made, anil the senate immediately turned to other busi ness. The recomraital came so quickly that tho crowds did not realize what had been done until the clerk began to read the items of the legislative appropriation bill, which bad been taken up. Subsequently Mr. Piatt offered another phase of tiie Cuban subject by presenting the following current resolution, which was referred to the committee on foreign rela tions: Ke6o!ved, That the senate, the house of representatives concurring, hereby ex presses its earnest desire and hope that Cuba may soon become a free, independ ent and republican government, and the friendly ollices of the United States should be offered hy tho president to the .Spanisli government to secure this result. Mr. Hoar gave notice of a proposed amendment to the rules for the purpose of "enabling the senate to dispose of public business more promptly." it proposed that when any bill or resolution shah have been undorconsideration not less than four days it shall be in order for nny senator to demand that Ihe debate thereon be closed. If the demand is seconded by a majority of those present the resolution is to be forthwith taken without further debate, and the pending measure is to take prece dence of ail other business. If the senate decides to close the debate the question is to be taken on the measure in its succes sive stages, according to the rules, but without further debate, except that every senator desiring shall be permitted to speak not more than onco and not exceed ing an hour. The legislative appropriation bill was pending when, at S:ID, the senate went into executive session aud soon afterward adjourned. IN THE MOUSE Not Enough Members Present to Transact Any Business Washington, March 23.—The house spent most of the day considering the Cur tis bill to abolish the death penalty in all cases whore it is prescribed in the federal statutes (sixty in number), save in cases of murder and rape, under sections 533!) and 5345 of the revised statutes, where the jury might qualify the verdict "without capital punishment." The hill makes no changes in the penalty that can be inflicted by military and naval courtmarhal. Among tho crimes now punishable by death abolished by the bill are murder and robbery on the high seas, accessory before the fact to murder, piracy, etc., on the high seas, destruction of vessels at sea, piracy, arson of vessels of war,etc. The bill failed to pass for want of a quorum. The senate bill authorizing the leasing of educational lands in Arizona, which was a modification of the hill passed by the house over the president's veto some time ago,was passed,as wete also several bridge bills. An attempt was made to pass the Curtis bill, abolishing the penalty in certain cases and permitting jurors in cases of rape or murder to bring in verdicts qualified "without the death penalty." There was considerable opposition and after a num ber of amendments had been defeated and the bill placed upon its passage, a point of no quorum was made and tiie house adjourned. Legislative Notes The senate committee on foreign rela tions today had Secretary Olney before it and asked him questions concerning the treaty for the commission to hear ami ad just the claims of Britisli stealers against the United States for seizures in Bering sea. The committee Eome time ago amended the treaty in some minor par ticulars and report ed it to the sonate. It had not been referred back to the com mute, but it is probable that such a request will be made when the senate is next in executive session, iv order that changes suggested by Mr. Olney and mem bers of the committee may be made. Although there are not now pending any claims of A merican sealers against Ch-eat Britain, the amended treaty will provide that if there are any such they ' may be considered by the commission. Other for eign matters were not discussed with Mr. Olney, although it was supposed at first that his visit had some reference to the Cuban situation. The house committee on the election of president and vice-president reporied favorably the bill introduced by Mr. Cor liss of Michigan providing for the election of senators by the direct vote of the peo ple. The president today sent to the senate the following nominations! I rank W. Roberta. Maine, consul at Cape Town, Cape Colony; K. Hughes Long, Alabama, consul at Novates, Mexico BEET SUGAR Srreckels Is Ambitious But Not for Political Honors Santa Cruz, March 23.-Clans Spreck els. who is spending a few days at his Aptos country residence overlooking im provements whicli he is making on his ranch, said yesterday iv an interview that he will go to Europe next month tor the purpose of inspecting sugar factories with a view to investigating any improvements that have been made, and will return in July. He said thai as yet he has not se lected a location for five sugar factories he contemplated erecting. He thought Wood- I laud, however, woulfl be a good place for a I factory. The new factories will not have a daily capacity of less than 2500 tons each. The Waisonville factory has a daily capacity of 1000 tons. He will offer every encouragement to farm ers to raise beets, so as to ascer tain the adaptability of the soil before deciding to locate a factory in their local ity. He has not decided to erect a factory in Salinas valley, although he purchased recently 10,000 acres. He expects to have the Valley road completed to Fresno in July, even if necessary io institute con demnation suits to obtain rights of way. Mr. Spreckels said he had no ambition to be a United Stales senator or to hold any political office. He had many plans in contemplation for improvement of the state. As regards his investment in Sa linas lands, be eaid that some of the land for which he paid 05 cents per acre yields an annual revenue of $12 per acre. The Vulcan Mine Horror Glenwood Springs, Col., March 23.— The coroner's jury in ihe Vulcan mine ex plosion met hero today nnd concluded their labors, returning the following ver dict: "Said Edward Welch and iorty eight others came to their death by an ex pi oeion of gas and coal dust in the Vulcan coal mine, on the morning of March 18, 1806, at 11:27 oclock. The immediate cause of the igniting of the gas and coal dust is to the jury unknown." THE HERALD LOS ANGELES. TUESDAY MORNING, MARCH 24, 1896. THE RIGHT OF THE COURTS TO COMPEL WITNESSES TO MAKE AN SWER IN CERTAIN CASES The Law Relieving Prom Proeecollon Wit nes.es In Interstate Commerce Cases Held to Take Prom a Witness • Right Guaranteed! Iby the Constitution. Associated Press Special Wire. Washington, March 23.—A decision was rendered by the Btipreme court of the United .Stales today in the case of Theo dore F. Brown, involving the right of the court to compel answer hy a witness to questions in interstate commerce matters, notwithstanding he miy plead solf-incrim lnatlon as a result of hia answer. The de cision was opposed to Brown's contention that he was protected by the constitution from this requirement, and the decision of tlio court below affirmed. The opinion was handed down by Justice Brown. Jus tices Field, Sliiras, Gray and White dis sented, holding the constitutional provis ion was sufficient to relievo Brown from the requirement of answering. In an nouncing liis opinion Justice Brown said the question involved waa whether the law of 1893, specifically relieving witnesses in interstate commerce cases from prosecu tion when tiiey reveal facts which might incriminate themselves, operates to take from witnesses in such cases Ihe privi leges of silence as guaranteed by the con stitution, and the conclusion was that it did. He said this act was in the nature of a general amnesty in such cases and had been so regarded and upheld in half a dozen decisions in the state courts. Re plying tt, the objections that while the act served as a protection to witnesses against prosecution it did not shield from the dis grace involved in confessing a criminal net. Justice Brown said it did not, nor was it contemplated by a provision iv tho con stitution, that one should he shieljed. He added, in response to objections, that the law would operate to protect a witness from prosecution in the stale conns, Hie federal statutes being superior to those of the statea, that the latter statutes are tho supreme law of the land, and apply in the state aa well as in the federal courts. He also advanced the opinion that in this cane the refusal nf Brown to give his testimony was due rather to bis desire to shield others than himself. As Brown was only the auditor of Ihe road, his duties were not of such a character that he could he held criminally liable for any violation of the law. It wbs the intention that the consti tutional provision should protect from real and substantial dangers, and not from Imaglnaiy evils, as in this case. The con sequence of granting immunity from an swering to such officials would inevitr.bly be to render the interstate commerce laws incapable of enforcement, and the reault would be to prostrate congress at the feet of the powerful railroad corporations of the country. i lie decision of the circuit court for the western district o* Pennsylvania requiring him to answer the questions as propounded was, therefore, affirmed. Justice Brown said the case involved an alleged incompatibility between that clause of the fifth amendment to the constitution which declares no person shall be "comj polled in any criminal case to bo a witness against himself," and the act of congress of February 11,1 893. This act had, he said, been passed to meet the defects of the interstate commerce act. This clause of the act was, he said, susceptible of two interpretations. If construed literally, and the witness be left to determine the matter for himself, the practical result would be that no one could be compelled to testify to a material fact in a criminal case unless lie chose to do so, or unless it waa entnely ciear that the privilege was not est up in good faith. If, on the other hand, the ob ject of the provision is to secure the wit ness against a criminal prosecution, then if no Htich prosecution bs possible, a stat ute absolutely ('touring to him such im munity from prosecution would satisfy the demand of the clause in question. "The danger," he paid, "of extending the principle announced in Councilman vs. Hitchcock is that the privilege may be put forward for a sentimental return for a purely fanciful protection of the witness, and for the real purpose of securing immu nity to a third person, who is interested in concealing the facts to which he would testify. Every good citizen is hound to aid in the enforcement of the law, and has no right to permit himself, under ttie pretext of shielding his own good name, to be made the tool of others who are desirous of seeking shelter behind this privilege." In the present case, he said, it was clear that Brown was not the chief or even a substantial offender against the law, and that his privilege was ciaimed for the pur pose of shielding the railway or its officers from answering to a charge of having vio lated its provisions. To say, notwith standing his immunity from punishment, tie would incur personal disgrace from an swering these questions, seems too much like an abuse of language to be worthy of serious consideration. But, even if this were true, he would si ill be compelled to annwer if the facts sought to be elucidated wero material to the issue. If, aa was justly observed in tiie opinion of the court below, a witness standing in Brown's position were at liberty lo set up an immunity from testifying, the enforce ment of the interstate commerce law or other analogous acts wherein it is for the interest of both parties to conceal their misdoings, would become impossible, since it is only from the mouths of those having know lenge of the contracts that the facts can be ascertained. On tin- point of shielding a witness from disgrace he said: "A person who commits an act ia bound to contemplate the conse quences of exposure to his good name, and ought not lo call upon the courts to protect that which he has himself esteemed to be of such little value. The safety and wel fare of an entire community should not be put into the scale against the reputation of a self-escaped criminal, who ountit not, either in justice or in good morals, to re fuse to disclose that which may be of great public utility in order that his neighbors may think well of him. The tlesign of lite constitutional privilege is not to aid the witness in vindicating his character, but to protect him against being compelled to furnish evidence to convict him of a crimi nal charge. If he secured legal immun ity from prosecution, the possible mpairiuenl of his good name is a penalty which is reasonable, and he should be compelled to pay for the common good." Justice Sliiras read a dissenting opinion, in w hicli Justices Gray and White con curred, in which he look the position that the federal law would not shield the wit ness from prosecution, and expressed the opinion that the failure to enforce the law of 1893 would not weaken the interstate commerce law. Justice Field also read a dissenting opinion. He held that the am nesty grunted iv the congressional act of 1893 was in effect a pardon, and said that only the president could exercise the func tion of pardoning. He contended that tbe constitutional provision was intended as much for tho purpose of preventing the disgrace a man might bring upon himself by incriminating himself on the witness stand as for his protection against prose cution. He contended that the law in question did not abrogate die legislation because the state did not abroga'e any protection conferred by the constitution, and second, because the stntute does not puruort to abrogate the offense, but only provides protection against any proceed ing to punish it. "The legislational safeguards for secur ity and liberty," aaid he. "cannot be thus dealt with. They mint stand as the legis lation has desired them. They cannot be set aside and replaced by something else on the ground that the substitute will probably answer the same purpose. The citizen is entitled to the very thing which the language of the constitution assures him." CASES TO BE HEARD Washington, Marcli 23.—Chief Justice Fuller announced today the pension case of Judgo Long, which has once been argued, has been restored to the docket for argument before the full bench of the supreme court, and that it would be heard on the second Monday of the next term, after the other eases already set for that date. The case of Wong Kirn Ark, to test the citizenship of a person born in this country of Chinese parents, was set for the same date. The chief justice announced that on Thursday the court may take a recess until Monday. April 23d, anil that tho present term was suspended. The court will ad journ finally alter the May term. BOND THIEVES j San Frencisci Ofllc.-rs Think They Have a N ted Criminal San Francisco, March 23. —William Loughbridge, a recent arrival from the east, is locked up in the city prison at the request of the police officials of Kansas City, Mo. Dr. B. B. Lee of this city is also in ciintody as an accomplice after the fact in the crime whicli it is supposed Lough bridge and other crooks committed. Oli the night of February 7th of this year Ihe Stale bank at Savanna, Mo., was entered, Tho safe was cracked and four teen bond«, worth 11000 each, belonging to Mrs. Eliza llreckenritige, were stolen. On March I Ith Chief Crowley received a communication from the police of v City calling his attention lo the crime, giving a description and number of the : stolen bonds, and a request for the j arrest of Loughbridge, Jake Weber, otherwise known as Dutch .lal.e, I nnd William O'Brien, a gentleman !of many crimes and aliases, known Jin different vicinities upon whicli ho had j imposed his unwelcome personality, as I Kt'd O'Brien, John O'Brien and Denver Red. Accompanying tiie order for the ar rest of ttie worthy trio waa an offer of a reward of SIOOO for the apprehension of the safe crackers and the recovery of the property. Loughbridge wss aoon located and placed under police surveillance, but not arrested, ttie police hoping to capture the other two thieves. Ibe Market Streot bank rotltlsd the police that the bonds had been offered for ante, and Dr. Lee, ihe holder, was in duced to call asitiu. When ariesied Lee claimed that he was an innocent party negotiating the sale of the bonds for a friend who had acted for Loughbridge. The latter lias been em ployed in a local real estate oflice and says he came here from Texas. Ho will try to secure his liberty by habeas corpus pro ceedings. None of the bonds were lound in liis rooms. Tiie police believe that Weber and O'Brien are not here, but that after dividing the plunder they fled from Savannah in dl" "lit directions. LABOR'S DAY A Concentrated Effort to Secure the Eight- Hour Day Indianapolis, Intl., March 23.—The ex ecuiive committee of the National Federa tion of Labor met in this city today. Those present were President Gompers. Secre tary August McCraith, John B. Lennon, treasurer: P. J. Maguire of Philadelphia, first vice-president; James Duncan of Bal timore, second vice-president; James o' 'Connell of Chicago, third vice-president, and N. M. Garland of Pittsburg, fourth vice-president. The conference lasted un til a late hour this evening, and was de voted chiefly lo a discussion as to the host means lo bring about an eight-hour day. It was the sentiment that a concerted ef fort should he m vde, and in order tc devise ways and means, the matter was referred to a sub-committee composed of Messrs. Maguire, Lennon and O'Connoll. There are three national organizations, the carpenters, iron oro workers and horse shoers, who have volunteered to tlo any thing that the council may order, to bring about the desired effect. It was said that the Carpenters' National union will he selected to make the test, and when questioned a member of that body said it was not only possible hut probable that the council would order a Birike of this union through out the country to bring about the desired result. The secretary submitted a report today and shows a remarkable increase in the fodoration finances and membership, two charters have been issued so far this year to one during tiie same time last year. NO DRY DOCKS The Navy Committee Decides to Economize. Ihe New Warships Washington, March 23.—The provision in the naval appropriation bill for three new dry docks to be built at Algiers, La., Mare Island, Cal., and Portsmouth, N. H., was reconsidered today by the naval affairs committee of the house. A. motion to drop these projects for a time was made and carried by a decisive vote of 7to 4. The reason for this step is mainly found in tho condition of the treas ury, which the Republicans believe does not juatify the expenditures at this time. It was also decided to have one of the four new battleships built on the Pacitlc coast and one of the torpedo boats, another of the fifteen to be constructed on the Gulf of Mexico and another on the Mississippi river. The usual provision will be made, however, that the cost shall not be exces sive, anil in case it is, the president may have these vessels constructed elsewhere than at the points named. The five larger torpedo boats, it was decided, must attain a speed of twenty-five knots an hour, while Hie others must be of the greatest speed possible, no limit being fixed. The committee has accepted an invitation to witness the launching of the lowa, at Phil adelphia, next Saturday. CUT HIS THROAT The Leader ol the Train Robbers Cheats the OallcwJ Visalia, March 23.— Lovorn, the leader of the gang of Iruin robbers, iv jail for , attempting to hold up a train last week, cut liis throat with a razor tonight and will probably die. Lovern's condition was dis covered* by liis fellow prisoners shortly after 6 oclock and the alarm was given, j When the officers arrived he was dying ' j from loss of blood. He had cut his throat ' from ear to ear, severing the windpipe and . I all the smaller blood vessels, but missing i ihe jnuular vein. Lovern secured the . ! razor from Hilly Edwards, on ihe pretense i ! that he wanted to shave. Lovern's action is considered an acknowledgment of tho , guilt of the gang. A Philadelphia Fire ' Piiii.AriEi.rnn. March 23.—Chestnut 1 street, west of Fifteenth, was tonight vis • ited by a destructive lire which broke out 1 about 5 o'clock in the six story building of i the Thockery Manulacturing company, 1 manufacturers and dealers in fancy gas fixtures and candelabra, at 1524 and 1526 ' Chestnut street. The firm employs about • 200 hands, who were at work at the timo. ' The fire was not discovered until it had ' eaten its way from tho front cellar through ' the lirst floor. Before the engines arrived , the entire front part of the building was on i fire. Meanwhile a majority of the work ' men made their escape. About a dozen or ■ more, however, were hemmed in and had to be taken from the wit d >we. Loss • 5400.000. POLITICS IN THE OLD WORLD GERMAN STATESMEN TROUBLED OVER ACTIONS OF THE SOCIALISTS English Insistence Upon the Gold Standard Disappoints the Blmetalllsts-The Britiah House of Commons Discusses tho Exclu sion of Foreign Bred Cattle Associated Press Special Wire. Berlin, March 23.—1n the reichstag to day a question was asked regarding the publication, without authority, on January 1, last, by the Vorwaerts, of the amnesty decree. The minister of war, (leneral Bronsart yon Schellendorf, replied that Socialist workmen had been induced ta steal it by their Socialist tenets, and there fore Soicalism connived at theft. The general prcceeded to deliver an in dictment against the principles of the So cialists, and cited a number of cases in support of his assertions. He declared, for instances, that Herr Bebel, the Social ist leader, had frequently allowed men to tell him lies and then come to the reichstsg ns the mouthpiece of gross untruths. His (Bebel's) assertion of arbitrary conduct and injustice in the army, said the general were unfounded. The army, ho insisted, was above these charges ami attacks. Herr Licbiens replied that the abstrac tion of the amnesty decree was a harmless act. The minister of war pointed out that tho publication in the middle-class press of drafts of bills which could oily be obtained by a breach of confidence was in every way reprehensible. During the course of the stormy debate on the subject which followed, the president of the reichstag, Buron yon Btiol-Berenbertr, frequently called Herr Bebel to order for violent lan guage Ihe latter assorted that the court which sentenced tho publishers of the am nesty decree was biased, and lie accused the Conservatives of surpassing rascality. Baron yon Hammerstein and several Con servatives followed. They charged Herr Bebel with mixing trutn with lies and then exaggerating the result. The debate was adjourned. DISAPI'OINTEU BIMtTALI.ISTS. London, March 24.—The Berlin corres pondent of the Times says: In the course of the debate in the reichstag over the bill embracing Dr. Lieber's plan to form a sinking fund. Count yon Kardoff confessed that German biinetallists were bitterly disappointed at the declarations of the British cabinet to the effect that although Great Britain would participate in an in ternational monetary conference, Great Britain herself would not recede from a gold standard. CATTLE FROM AMERICA. London, March 23.—Curing the discus sion of the second reading of the bill intro duced by Mr. Waller Long, president of the board of agriculture, providing for the permanent exclusion of foreign bred cat tle, Mr. J. Martin White, Liberal member for Forfarshire and a merchant of New York City; Mr. 11. J. Price, Liberal member for Eastern Norfolk, the Xt, Hon. Sir George Treve lyan, liberal member for the Bridgeton division of Glasgow, and others opposed the measure, urging that there was no danger in the importation of Canadian cuttle and claiming that Iho passage of the bill would seriously injure British stock raiser. - '. Mr. Long, in reply, raid that the bill was only intended to give the security neces sary to the farmers. Diseases, ho ex plained, remained latent for a long time. Only recently there was an outbreak of pleuro pneumonia in England and a whole herd had to be killed. Kt. Hon. A. J. Mundella, radical msm bsr and president of tiie board of trade and member for Sheffield in the former liberal ministry, thought it would become necessary to excludo Canada from the operation of ihe bill. Mr. Balfour, government leader, spoke in favor of the bill, repeating the points in the argument made hy Mr. Long, its au thor. The bill was then read a second time, receiving 214 votes. Following the discussion, papers were discussed by the goveri msnt relating lo the importation of cattle. The board of husbandry, writing to Mr. Chamberlain, secretary of state for tho colonies, on March 16th, repeat the opinion that the proposals contained in Mr. Long's bill are not more likely to prejudice the develop ment of the Canadian cattle trade than they have the trade in cattle from the I niled States. . Canadian Politics Ottawa, Ont., March 23.—Today's de bate in the house of commons was occu pied with a resolution from McNeil to the effect that it would be to the advantage of Canada and the empire as a whole that a small duty, irrespective of any existing tariff.be levied by each member of the empire against foreign products imported by them, and that the proceeds from such duties be devoted to the purposes of im perial defense. Mr. McNeil pointed out that tho money thus collected in Canada would be devoted to a fast Atlantic steam ship line, the Pacific cable and Atlantic coaet defenses. Messrs. Davis anil Wel i don, Conservatives, supported the resolu | tion, while Mr. Charlton, Liberal, charac terized the proposition of England depart ing from its free trade policy as utterly absurd. N. 0. C. Inspection Sacramento, March 23.—Adjutant-Gen eral Barren has ordered thegeneral annual i inspection of the National guard of the j state, and for the past week or more Capt. | i F. IL L. Carrington, U. S. A.,and Col. J. C. I Currier, inspector on the staff of Major- ] I General W. H. Dimond, have been carry- | | ing on the work. The adjutant-general says that this is the most thorough in spec- \ ! tion and muster ever made in California. | | The inspectors will have finished the San j i Joaquin valley tonight, and the result i I shows much improvement in that section j I over 1895, The inspectors will leave for Bakerstleld tonight and commence there I tomorrow. Adjutant-General Barrett will meet them at San lose tomorrow and ac company them on their visits to the differ ent companies in the state. A Vessel *fire Pan FRANCISCO, March 23.—The British bark Alexandria was towed into port to day by tho tug Fearless in a burning con dition. She left Newcastle. N. S. W., on December 27. 1895, for Port Los Angeles. On March IP. in latitude 34.42 north and I longitude 12 1 50 west, smoke was discov ered issuing from her hold. She fell in ■ villi the schooner Helen N. Kimball.hound i from Port Harford for Tacoma, tbe next j day, and the captain of the schooner agreed to stay with the burning vessel if : her captain would put into San Francisco. I 'f hesloies and baggage of ttie burning ves sel were transferred to the schooner, and her head turned toward this port. She was picked up by the Fearless near the Far.illones today and towed to the mud flais, where sac was beached. It is not known what the damage will amount to. Under rtartlal Law Tegucigalpa. Honduras, March 23. — The republic of Honduras continues under martial law in view of the revolt in Nicara gua, and the aid extended to President Zelaya by President Bouilla. Trouble for Reed Austin, Texas, March 23.—After an all day wrangle to arrange a combination be tween the Allison and Reed men, the en 50 Cents a Month by Carrier tire business wti knocked Into a. cocked hat late tonight by the Alliaen roan, with Cuncy at their head, announcing they would make the fight singly and alone for Allison, and for Cuney for temporary chairman. The Reed man are apparently badly flustered by this action. McKinley's forces say they will fight to a finish, and this will probably be suicidal to the Reed men, although some seem to think that they will combine with the McKinley men, if assured a divided delegation will be sent. 1 MORTONS FRIENDS. Find McKinley Men at Work In New York State. New York, March 23.— J. Bloat Fassett and S. K. Payne were among today's ar- - rivals of prominent Republicans who will participate in the state convention tomor row. Mr. Fassett is actively working up the presidential candidacy of Governor ! Morton. Mr. Payne is said to be slated for 1 an elector at large. T. 0. Piatt kept, his 1 room all forenoon on the plea of indispo- 1 sition. He was able, however, to give aud- 1 ience to several leaders from the interior < of tiie state. It ie said by those who should know that t the platform will deal only with national 1 affairs aud that no mention of state issues 1 will be incorporated. Adherents of the McKinley boom circu- 1 later! among the delegates tonight and in- 1 duced many of them to attend the mass 1 meeting held in McKinley's honor. The fact that Covernor Morion had not only ] signed the Raines liquor tax bill, but had 1 also indorsed it in a long heief, made some ' of the city members rather willing to be 1 approached by the Oho candidate, and 1 many expressions of disgruntlement were heard. The state committee met at the 1 Fifth Avenue hotel tonight to appoint tern- 1 porary officers for the convention. Corns* 1 bus R. Parsons of Rochester was named 1 as temporary chairman. Congressman G. H. Southwick of Al- 1 bany will be made permanent chairman. 1 It has been decided by the leaders that there shall be uo mention in the platform of anything connected with state affairs, except the endorsment of the administra tion of Governor Morton. It has been thought that it, would perhaps be well to have a separate motion endorsing the Raines hill, but the leaders are afraid of a 1 demonstration on the subject. The platform, whicli is in Senator Lex ow's keeping tonight, is quite brief. It fa vors a sound currency on a gold basis: re- < affirms the tariff policy of protection, but asks that it be so guarded as not to prove monopolistic in any sense, while still protecting American industries. This, in brief, besides the endorsement, is all that ia to be said in the resolutions. It waa finally decided early tonight that Comptroller Roberta could not go as an alternative because of the Erie county del egation's attitude. Ex-Senator Daniel McMillan was slated to go in his place, and this did not seem to stop the trouole, for it was announced this afternoon if the above fact was made public that Erie county delegates would renounce Mr. Morton and would not even promise him support at the first ballot. The slato as arranged, with the addition of McMillan, will probably not be changed. It was decided tonight that tho electors at large should be E. H. Butler of Buffalo and Gen. Benjamin Tracy of Brooklyn. Each of the congressional districts will have representation on this committee*. CHARGED WITH ARSON An Explanation of Persistent Incendiarism at Woodland Woodland, March 23.—Phil M. Coilins and C. A. Shepard, late lessees of the Woodland mills, wore arrested today on a charge of arson. The Woodland mills were set on fire on the night of January 27, but it was discovered in time to to save the mills. Un the following night another fire broke out and this time the mills were destroyed. E. R. Shirley, night watchman at the mills, is the chief witness against the men. Shirley says that Collins and Shepard told him that they had tried to hum the mills on January 27. and that they offered him $1000 to join them in another attempt. Shirley at first con sented and an agreement was made that the mill should be burned on the night of January 28. Shirley repented, however, and told Collins and Shepard that he would have nothing to do with the plan. On the night of January 28, Shirley was laid off and another watchman employed. That night the mill and its contents were burned. Collins and Shepard have been held in $2000 bail, which they will prob ably secure. All lor McKinley Boston, March 23.—At the Tenth Con gressional district Republican convention tonight A. L. Sweet and C. H. Hammond were elected delegates to St. Louis. Both men are the candidates of Congressman Harry Atwood, an avowed McKinley man. MaNKATO, Minn., March 23,—The Sec ond Minnesota district Republican conven tion today elected VV. R. Edwards and W. W. Williams delegates to St. Louis. They are instrucled for McKinley. STATE NOTES Mrs. Theodore Marceau at San Fran cisco has liled application for the custody of her infant son and for alimony pending the decision in the suit for divorce begun against her by her husband. Henry H. Burtt, who was arrested in Stockton Saturday, under the supposition that he was il. H. Ilurke, wanted at Wood land for forgery, was released yesterday. It was a case of mistaken identity. Fresno's county assessor, Campbell, has levied UDon 240 head of stock in the Canty pasture belonging to '-White Hat" Mc- I Carty & Sen, for their taxes and costs. He ! assessed the stock at $18,000 and the sale j day is fixed for Monday, March 30, at 10 ; a. m. I The trial of Heniy Linton for the miir i der of Henry Vogele commenced yester ! day at Jackson. Vogele attempted to j collect a bill from Linton. The latter gave j him a check, and after Vogele turned to go ! it is alleged Linion shot him in the back. I John Black, an old and highly respected businessman of Sacramento, died yester -1 day. His ilea - h was supposed to have been ; hastened hy injuries sustained to his hip ' while getting off a Btreot car some weeks ; ago in San Francisco. Mr. Black was 05 years old and a native of Ireland. At noon yesterday the north bound pas senger train at Paso Robles, ran over and instantly killed the eighteen months old I child of t'. (I'.icrg. The little girl stumbled ! and fell with her neck across ihe rail, the j wheels severing the head from the body. 1 The fireman made n bold jump from the ! engine to save die child but he stumbled, 1 fell and canto near rolling under the en ' gine. i Last night a young man named Thomas ; Lichtenatein, a clerk in a pawnbroker's shop at Sacramento, was arrested on a ! charge of having received goods knowing i them to have been stolen. A few days ago I lie purchased for $30 a set of diamond ear i rings worth $250. The jewels had been ! stolen from Mrs. J. F. Richardson by Fanny Buchanan, a servant girl, who is now in jail. Lichtenstein is out on bail. The Republican congressional commit tee of the Second congressional district met yesterday noon in Ihe state capitol to make arrangements for selecting delegates to the forthcoming state convention. The congressional committee had evidently arranged a program, for it waa in session but a short time. It was decided practi cally to leave everything In the hands of the county central committees. The peo ple may select their delegates by primar ies or in convention, or leave that duty to the county committees. CITY PRICE, PER SINO.LE COPY, 3 CENTS ON TRANSPORTATION LINES, s CENTS SAYINGS OF SALVATIONISTS BALLINGTON AND MRS. BOOTH ISSUE A, A FORMAL STATEMENT Not for a Moment Will They Consider An* Proposition to Resume Their Command mt the American Salvationists—Ths Chlcaca Oflcers Are Divided. Associated Press Suecial Wire. New York, March 23.—Ballington and Mrs. Booth issued a statement, through) Lieutenant Colonel Glenn, today to the est* feet that they will, under no circumstance*, take command of the Salvation army in the Cnited States. This was prompted by a report from London that efforts are being made to induce the Booths to accept tbeit old command. The statement followsr "Commander and Mrs. Booth will not fof" a moment consider any proposition whatSs soever made to them from the interna* tional headquarters of the Salvation arrnjaj "While Commander Booth will not re» fuse to see liis sister as a sister, both hot and Mrs. Booth are positively and finality determined to enter into no discussion add. listen to no proposition concerning IhS) reconsideration of their position. Tbarfr step waa taken definitely and prayerfully when they publicly, two weeks ago, coin-* mined themselves 10 the starting of a maw movement, and no advances whatsoever? will iead either of them, or the officers what are at their side, to depart from the decliir* ations they have made. International headquarters is perfectly aware of the resolutions which underlie the whole ques tion and make it impossible for Comman der and Mrs. Booth to continue under their' orders." The leaders of Ihe new movement claim the London officers are playing a triok; that they talk reconciliation to prevent many American officers from leaving that Salvation army to join in tbe new move* ment. At the Fourteenth street headquarters Colonel Eadie received a telegram front London on Sunday saying that the orders to bid farewell were not the result of any thing he may have done in pursuits aa an officer in the army. Colonel Eadie said there seemed to be a sentiment prevailing, for which there was no reasonable excuse), that he had been a disturbing element in the army. He did not say why he had been recalled. He stated, however, that lie should be here to attend the grand re ception in Carnegie hall to the Booih- Tuckers. This meeting has been postponed a week until April 7th, a cablegram having been received which says Commander Booth-Tucker disembarked from the steamer to the tender and returned to Southampton. Mrs. Booth-Tucker, how ever, is aboard the steamer. Word was received at tho Biblo house headquarters today that Captain Booth and wife had joined the "volunteers." CHICAOOANB LOYAL Chicago, March 23.—About 150 officers of the Salvation army were present at a meeting held here today. Commissionet Eva Booth addressed the meeting, which, was behind closed doors, on the questional loyalty to General Booth. "1 have traveled over Australia, India and all the world," said Miss Booth, refer ring to the rebellion in the east, "but any thing more disgraceful than this lament able affair 1 have never witnessed." The cheers which greeted this outburst of the commissioner augured poorly fof the success of an attempt to sever the I American army from the main branch in America. Secretary Fielding, of the north western branch of the army, said there I was not a single officer present at the ; meeting who would be disloyal to General ' Booth. Every one of the 450 officers pres ent was solid against secession. But now that Hva Booth has come and gone tlie division of tiie Chicago Salvation army still exists. Three of the most efficient officers at divisional headquarters have declared to tho commissioner their intention of leav ing the army. They are Washington Black hurst, adjutant; Chrißtopher C. Herren, I divisional secretary with rank of adjutant, j and Mrs. Bertha Herren, adjutant. I This afternoon the commissioner waa closeted in individual interview with the field and staff officers. The purpose of these taiks was to make a test of the loy alty of all, and where necessary to re animate flagging zeal. Mr. and Mrs, Herren were summoned to an interview about 4 oclock, and for more than an hour Eva Booth labored to persuade the officers to forsake her brother. At the end the; declared their resolution unshaken. WIRE WAIFS By a vote of 107 to 7 the Wilmington, Del., M. E. conference yesterday voted against the admission of women as lay delegates to the conference. Mrs. Jennie R. Kimball of Philadelphia, the well-known opera company manager, died yesterday in her private car at the union depot at St. Paul, Minn. William H. Webster, chief civil service examiner, died suddenly of heart disease iat his home in Washington yesterday. He had occupied the position since September, 1886. A negro man named Ike Pizer was lynched at 8 oclock yesterday morning near Emporia station. La., on the Shreve port and Houston railroad, for attempting; to assault two young ladies. A London dispatch says that Thomas Hughes, 14. C, author of Tom Brown's School Days, Tom Brown at Oxford, etc., and the founder of the British settlement at Rugby, Term., is dead, aged 73. Jackson and Walling were arraigned at Newport, Ky., yesterday lor the murder of Pearl Bryan, both pleading not guilty. Judge Helm granted the motions for sepa rate trials, and Jackson will be tried first, on April 7. Bicycle tourists from the United States and other countries w ill this year he re ! quired to deposit at tho Canadian customs I house the full retail price of their wheels j on entering the country, and when they are I exported back the money will be refunded , to owners. Cadets have been appointed to the naval I academy as follows. John W. Catron of Santa Fe, N. M., with Charles W. Catron 'of Santa Fe as alternate; E. N. Bowen of : Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; H. B. Miles of Cam- I bria, Wyoming; Charles A.Tuttle of Craw ford. California. The gas in mine No. 1 at Adrian, Pa., ; operated by the Buffalo, Rochester and I Pittsburg Coal and Iron company, ex- I j loned last night and the mine is on fire, i The number killed In the explosion is fourteen. The bodies have all been recov- I ered from the mine and are being made 1 ready to he taken to their late homes. All lof the men were married with the excep- I tion of one, who was » son of one of the ■ killed. All of tiie families are loft iv very poor circumstances. Chancellor McGill bas filed a decree granting absolute divorce to Mrs. Charlotte Coleman Drayton from J. Coleman Dray ton, on the grounds of desertion Mrs. Drayton is a daughter of the late William Astor. In the decree the judge says: "It is impossible to escape the conviction that the defendant's suspicion of his wife's in fidelity were not destitute of foundation, but 1 fail to find any judicial precedent whicli holds that under a statute similar to that in tiiis state the husband may with impunity be guilty of desertion of bis wif* 1 merely because he believes her to havff been guilty of adultery."