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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAB. NO. 201. THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS Senators Resume Consideration of the National Navy- RETIRED NAVAL OFFICERS Will No Loafer Work Por the Armor Plate Makers The House Pastes tba Plckler Oeneral Pension Bill—HammonS's Case Causes Die * cmelon—Committee Work Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, April 28.—The senate resumed consideration o£ the naval ap propriation bill today, after some routine business had been disposed of. The pending question was on the amendment offered by Mr. Chandler, making it un lawful for retired naval officers to en ter the service of contractors furnishing material to the government. Before proceeding to this amendment, Mr. Ba ton (Democrat o Georgia) reported a new amendment frem the committee on naval affairs. It provides as a condition to the building of four battleships aB provided by the bill, that In case the sec retary of the navy makes separate con tracts for armor or armor plate, he shall not accept bids exceeding $350 per ton for such armor, and in case the secre tary cannot make contract within such limits he shall delay action and report the facts to the next session of congress. The Chandler amendment was agreed to, 45 to 11. As adopted, the prohibition against naval officers serving naval con tractors goes Into effect June 30,1897. This brought the debate to the most Important feature of the bill, appropri ations for four battleships to cost $3, --750,000 each, three thirty-knot torpedo boats at $800,000. and ten torpedo boats at $500,000. Mr. Gorman moved an amendment to fix the number of battleships at two in stead of four, and Mr. Quay fixing the number of battleships at six. The whole country, he said, had been stirred up by the message of the executive, and re sponsive to this the public and the press had been In a state of excitement as to our relations with other nations. When congress assembled It was in formed by the executive that the finan cial condition of the country was of the lirst moment; that the condition of the treasury demanded economy or else the country would be confronted with either an Increase of taxation or else the sale of bonds. But when the war scare took posi esslon of us more vessels were de manded, appropriations greater than those of war times were proposed, and the secretary of the navy revised his recommendation of two battleships by proposing from four to six battleships. The senator added that of the amounts paid'for pensions and ships, $162,000,000 oame from the sale of bonds. This pre sented the question whether it was a time to make these great appropria tions. It was evident that there would be no legislation in this country for the relief of the treasury. Mr. Gorman had been speaking with much earnestness, and it was evident that a debate of more than passing in terest had been opened. The galleries quickly filled and the rear and side areas were crowded with representa tives who came over from the house. During Mr. Gorman's last statement Mr. Sherman rose for an Interruption. "I am very glad the senator has con fessed the sin—the greatest in the Democratic party," said Mr. Sherman. "The Republican house of representa tives has framed a bill Increasing the revenues of the government $",0,000,000, and that bill was sent to the senate. Here it was defeated by the votes of the other Bide of the chamber, so that the only measure offered to this congress to raise more revenue was defeated by Democratic votes." 1 This precipitated a question of who controlled the senate, Mr. Gorman de claring Republican control of the com mittees settled the point. "We warned you," he said, "that you had not the power to relieve the country and asked you to Join us in a non-parti san measure of relief. But our offer was rejected. You knew there could be no action, and in my Judgment this pro posal to relieve the treasury was in tended as a failure." "I most emphatically deny that," •gain interposed Mr. Sherman, as he proceeded to show that the revenue bill was not partisan In character, but a relief measure, pure and simple. Mr. Gorman responded that the Ohio senator knew no agreement could be reached on a measure such as had been brought in. Mr. Hale interrupted and asked Mr. Gorman when there was a tender on his part of Democratic co-operation in fram ing a revenue bill. "When was this dicker proposed?" asked Mr. Hale. "I never heard of it before." Mr. Gorman replied that no dicker had bean proposed, but that he had suggest ed when the Republicans were about to take control of the committee that both ■Ides come together on a general policy. "I now recall," proceeded Mr. Hale •that the senator suggested the best thought of the senate should come to gether and reach an understanding as to organization ,but I never supposed the senator meant to come together on the great question of tariff and finance " Mr. Sherman at this point called atten tion to the fact that the tariff bill had been defeated in the finance committee with a silver bill for which all the Demo crats had voted, but Mr. Gorman re fused to be diverted to the silver ques tion, and reasserted that the Republic ans were in control of the finance com mittee and responsible for legislation. After further parleying on this point Mr. Gorman, resuming his speech, charged that the scheme was to provide greater appropriations than the reve nues could meet, and thus to prepare the way for a higher tariff. He read a state ment of the secretary of the treasury Baying that while the situation might not require more revenue, it was such as to require the strictest economy. "Yet, in the face of that statement," he ejaid, "we will have a bill appropriat ing $51,000,000 for the navy in time of peace." The expenditures next year would be $620,000,000. the revenues but $374,000,000. But, in addition to this enormous dis crepancy between the revenues and the expenditures, the house had authorized contracts by the war, navy and treasury rJ?v rtments to the amount of $84,500,000. The appropriations in the river and harbor bill, with all its defects, he re much more important to the puoiio than the appropriations for the " a >T" He endorsed Secretary Car lisle a action in using the proceeds of bonds sold to meet these deficiencies, and declared that "it would have been criminal not to have done so." In closing his speech the senator, with great sarcasm, referred to the secretary of the navy and his ambition to build up man and equip "a aplendid navy." He described the demands of the sec retary with contempt, and attributed much of his aspirations to association with naval officers who were anxious for ships to command. He made an ap peal to the senate to limit expendit ures so that the revenues could be in creased. Mr. Stewart followed with a financial speech, and then, at 5:35 p. m., the sen ate adjourned. IN THE HOUSE The Pension BUI Paesed—Himnon'l Case Comes Up WASHINGTON, April 28.—The house today passed the Plckler general pen sion bill by a vote of 187 to 54. The Re publicans and Populists voted solidly In favor of the measure, and the Demo crats, with six exceptions, solidly against It. The section to which the bulk of the opposition was directed pro vides that veterans otherwise entitled to pensions shall not be disqualified on account of prior service in the confed erate arm;-, provided they joined the Union forces ninety day* before Lee's surrender. The bankruptcy bill was taken up under a special order providing for a vote Saturday at 4 oclock. Quite a number of minor bills were passed before the regular order was de manded, among them a bill to restore the lands embraced in the Fort Lewis military reservation, Colorado, to the public domain. At 1:40 p. m. Mr. Mahaney, Democrat of New York, created a flurry by ask ing for the immediate consideration of the following resolution: Resolved, By the house of representa tives, that, whereas, the cable report announces that John Hays Hammond, otherwise described as Eugene Ham mond, an American citizen, has been condemned to death for treason in the Transvaal, the secretary of state take immediate action to safeguard the in terests of said Hammond and exert the friendly offices of the department in his behalf, if the secretary of state, in his Judgment, deems such interposition ad visable. Mr. Bartlett, Democrat of New York, asked if the resolution had been con sidered by the foreign affairs com mittee. Mr. Mahaney explained in reply the urgency of the case. It was a matter of life or death. Hammond might be executed under the sentence at any time and any delay might be fatal. "Is not the secretary of state compe tent to deal with the case?" asked Mr. Bartlett. "Certainly," replied Mr. Mahaney, "but the case might escape his attention. With the house of representatives be hind him he can proceed vigorously." The whole power of the English di plomacy, he said, was being employed to safeguard the Interests of the subjects of the queen who are being tried at Prae tcria. Some one would be made the scapegoat of this affair, and he was de termined that an American shall not be the man. i "Are you a member of the foreign af fairs committee?" asked Mr. Bartlett. "I am not, but I am a member of this house and have the right to seek the protection of an American citizen any where on the globe." (Applause.) "I desire to say," interrupted Mr. Hill, Republican, of Connecticut, "that some time ago, at the request of some of my constituents, I wrote the secretary of state regarding this case and received the usual American reply to the effect that the interests of Americans In the Transvaal were guarded by the English government. I think it high time," he continued, emphatically, "that the American government protect the Inter ests of its own citizens." (Prolonged applause.) Mr. McCreary, Democrat, of Kentucky, thought the state department would take such steps as are necessary for the pro tection of American interests without instructions from the house, and he ob jected to the resolution. Mr. Mahaney disclaimed any purpose of .reflecting upon the state department and appealed to Mr. Hitt. chairman of the foreign affairs committee, who had just entered the hall, to give his opinion on the subject, but the opposition of Mr. McCreary prevented further discussion. The resolution was then, at Mr. Ma haney's request, referred to the foreign affairs committee. The bill to authorize the president to retire John M. Quackenbash as a com mander of the navy was passed by a vote of 161 to 49. Mr. Henderson, Republican, of lowa, then, from the committee on rules, re ported a special order.whlch was adopt ed without division, for the considera tion of the bankruptcy bill, debate to run until 4 oclock Saturday, when a final vote shall be taken. The house accordingly went Into com mittee of tho whole and entered upon the consideration of the bill. It was ar ranged that Mr. Henderson should con trol the time in favor of the bill, Mr. Bailey, Democrat, of Texas, who fa vored a voluntary bankruptcy bill, one fourth, and Mr. Broderick, Republican, of Kansas, who opposes the enactment of any law on the subject, the remain ing one-fourth. Mr. Henderson took the floor and sub mitted an extended argument in favor of the bill as reported by the judiciary committee. The bill before the house, he said, had for its basis the Torrey bill, which had been urged upon congress unsuccessful ly for a number of years. It had been stripped of the harsh features criticised in former bills, and could not be object ed to by an honest debtor. At 5:10 p. m., upon the conclusion of Mr. Henderson's speech, the house ad journed. ARMOR PLATE Report of the Senate Committee to Investigate Fraud WASHINGTON. April 28.—The senate committee on naval affairs today made public the testimony taken in the armor plate investigation. This investigation was directed largely by Commander Fol ger, who had accepted a position witli the Harvey company after his retire ment from the office of chief of the bu reau of ordnance of the navy depart ment. In his testimony Mr. Folger said that he did not agree with the Har vey company to enter its employ until after he had resigned as chief of ord nance. He had, however, received a proposition to accept a place with the company about IS months before he left the bureau, but he had declined to con sider it, nor was any offer of shares of stock made to him them. In reply to a question as to the cost of manufacturing armor plate and the price paid by the government he said he believed the cost to be from $250 to $lioo per ton, while the price paid is $550. Secretary Herbert explained in his tes timony many points under Investigation, among others the reason why Secretary Tracy provided a fund of two cents per pound on armor plate made by the Car negie company, in addition to the price paid, saying it was to indemnify the company against the Schneider com pany of Creusat, France, for infringe ment of patent. He said the money thus provided had never been paid and that its payment had been resisted. Taylor le Doomed JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. April 28.— Attorneys representing Bill Taylor, the condemned murderer, have heen here today endeavoring to prevail upon Gov. Stone to at least order a postponement of the execution. Tonight the governor announced positively that he could not Interfere In any manner. THE HERALD LOS ANGrEI.ES. WEDNESDAY MORNING* APRIL 29, 1896. CATCHER HANNA—Mac, this fellow is dead onto your tariff curves and drops. You'd better give him his base on balls, for you can't fool him.—Buffalo Times. THE REBELLION IN CUBA Antonio Maceo Writes Regard ing Progress Made EXTREME MEASURES USED Only Became Weyler'a Courae Made Such Action Neceaiary The Destruction of Property and Stopping ol Business Produces a Deplorable Con dition In Plner del Rio Associated Press Special Wire. NEW YORK. April 28. —A letter from Antonio Maceo, one of the chief Insur gent leaders In the field, has been re ceived at the Cuban revolutionary headquarters here. The letter was writ ten at El Rubi, Plnar del Rio, and is dated April 14. It is addressed to Thomas Estrada Palma. The writer says: "With us everything goes on very well, and there is no doubt of our abil ity to triumph. If by no other means by exhausting Spain. If the United States, observing their own laws, would not in terfere with the shipments of arms and ammunition for us.it would be a great service rendered to Cuba without pro voking any complications with Spain, for, as I understand it, these shipments would be perfectly legal. "I have been compelled by circum stances to resort to extreme measures. Gen. Wewler, In his desire of gaining glory and of obstructing the recognition of our belligerency, went, In his proc lamations, so far as to promise the plant ers that they would be able to grind their sugar cane, while to the govern ment he gave.the assurance that the elections could be peaceably held, and to the country at large he declared that Plnar del Rio and some other provinces would be soon pacified. Some of the planters, showing themselves willing to believe that the general would keep his promise, began to get ready for grinding the cane. Under the circumstances I made up my mind to Invade Plnar del Rio again, in order to show that we are fully able to compel obedience to the or ders of our government. "I am perfectly satisfied with the suc cess which has attended all my opera tions during this second Invasion, which shall last as long as there Is anything to destroy." A dispatch to the Herald from Ha vana says: Trains are running to Pinar del Rio city. The general health is bad and there are many poor people from the fields who are without homes and are dying. No business Is done and there is great suffering. Many planta tions around Dlmas, including ,100 build ings, have been destroyed and there is nothing left to support life. Three thou sand hands in the tobacco fields are without work. More than 40.000 bales of tobacco were destroyed. The loss Is es timated at more than $1,000,000, that of Pedro Murias alone being $700,000. A BOMB EXPLOSION. HAVANA, April 28.—An explosion, be lieved to be due to dynamite or some other high explosive, occurred in the palace of the governor-general at 11:80 this morning. Part of the roof of the palace caved In. The walls were torn, great stones fell and a printer belonging to the captain general's office was wounded. The cause of the disaster is not known. The greatest excitement prevails here as a result of the explosion, which naturally is attributed to the in surgents or their friends. HELP FOR MURDER A Very Plain Case Against Sergeant Philip Lashley FAIRBANK. Ariz., April 28.—Ser geant Philip Lashley. who shot and killed Private Sanders at Fort Huachu ca on the 13th instant, was today re manded for willful murder by the United States court commissioner. Judge Dun can. A Mrs. Jennings. In the employ of Cap • tain Dodge, where the tragedy occurred, appeared to be the cause of the trouble. Both men were calling on her and met on the fatfil night, when she was going to walk with Sanders. As they were leaving the house Lashley pulled his pistol, saying, "I promised to kill you, and I'll do it." Three balls entered San ders and he died instantly. Both men belonged to Company C infantry. After the shooting Lashley walked out of the garrison, remaining for four days, when he returned, giving himself up to the cnmmandng officer for protection, fear ing that he would be mobbed. A TRAIN PITCHED Fourteen Passengers Injured, But All Fortu nately Escape Death CEDAR RAPIDS, lowa, April 28.— Passenger train No. 2 on the Illinois Central road, leaving Waterloo at 1:40 and having this morning several extra coaches conveying visitors to the state G. A. R. encampment at Cedar Rapids, was ditched by a washout half a mile east of Raymond. The storm causing the accident was the heaviest in years. The train was running at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. Several cars were telescoped and badly smashed. Fourteen persons were injured more or less severely, the one most seriously be ing Charles Baldwin, an engineer on the road, being a passenger on the train. The passengers were unable to tell by what fortunate circumstance a great disaster was averted. The injured per sons were taken to Waterloo for medi cal treatment. The remaining passen gers were sent to Cedar Falls for con nection with the Burlington, Cedar Rap- Ids and Northern special to the encamp ment, arriving at Cedar Rapids at noon. Mellne'a Cabinet PARIS, April 28.—The announcement was made tonight that M. Mcline had succeeded In forming his cabinet as fol lows: M. Meline, premier and minister of agriculture: M. Barthou, minister of foreign affairs: M. Cochery, minister of finance; M. Lebon, minister of the colo nies; M. Valle, minister of commerce; General Billet, minister of war; M. Dar len, minister of justice; Admiral Ber nard, minister of marine; M. Jacombe, minister of public works; M .Rambaud, minister of public instruction. Comfortably Merrled LONDON, April 28.—Mr. George Dus ga, member of parliament for Derby,was married today to Miss Ethel Ismay, eld est daughter of Mr. Ismay, of the White Star line of steamships. BULUWAYO STILL BESIEGED The Latest Reports Increase the Feeling of Anxiety A Fierce Battle Reported, In Which the Na tives Were Defeated, but the Mnta belea Have Been Reinforced CAPE TOWN, April 28.—The dis patches which filtered through from Buluwayo yesterday increased the feel ing of anxiety felt here regarding the fate of the bcselged town. According to the latest advices the circles of fierce warriors behind the mound fortifica tions had again been drawn ellser to Buluwayo and at the same time ex tended. The Matabeles, when this news was sent out from the endangered town, had been further reinforced and another larger body of men was leaving the Mattoppo hills, expecting to effect a junction with the other bodies of hos tile natives and completely surround the place from all sides while keeping south of the fortified pass which is the key to the situation in that direction. In ad dition, another strong force of hostiles has gone in the direction of the route being followed by the relief corps, of about 000 men and nine machine guns, advancing from Mafeking. Conse quently it Is believed that there is se vere work rut out for the force, the ad vance guard of which, it was hoped, would reach Mangwe about May 7. Another dispatch from Buluwayo says that a coach, laden with arms and am munition reached Buluwayo yesterday from the south. Earl Gray, one of the administrators of the territory of the British Chartered company, is expected to arrive at Bul uwayo today with a strong escort of troopers. It is now announced that Sekombi, one of Lobengula's leading chiefs, was among the killed during the fighting near the TJmguzza river, which was the second sortie of the British, and about 500 natives were killed. Late last evening it was reported here that there had been further severe fighting about Buluwayo and that the Matabeles were defeated with great loss. Fresno Fruit Canning FRESNO, April 28.—The plant of the Tenny Canning company of San Francisco has been moved to Fresno, arriving this morning, and workmen are now at work setting the machinery in place. It is expected that it will be ready for work by June 10. It will em ploy several hundred hands, and the pay roll during the canning season will run from $lf,oo to $3000. Jackson's Trial NEWPORT, Ky., April 28.—1n the Jackson trial today Attorney Haines of Greencastle, Ind., was called to the stand as a witness and offered a number of letters written by Jackson to Pearl Bryan. The letters were couched in friendly language. Several other wit nesses were examined without any thing important being adduced. Plague at Hongkong LONDON, April 28.—Sir William Rob inson, governor of Hongkong, tele graphs there have been seventy-five new cases of bubonic plague and sev enty-five deaths from the disease in Honkong for the week ending today. An Historian Dead BERLIN, April 28.—Henry Gotthard yon Teitsche, the historian; Is dead. He was born in 1844. THE TRANSVAAL TROUBLES Hammond and His Companions Sentenced to Death CLEMENCY IS REQUESTED President Krueger is Expected to Com* mote the Sentences The Transvaal Statesman Very Firmly De clines to Visit England te Discuss the Ultlander Grievances Associated Press Special Wire. LONDON, April 28.—The secretary of state for the colonies, Joseph Chamber lain, announced in the house of commons today that the five leaders of the re form committee of Johannesburg, J. H. Hammond, Francis Rhodes, George Farrer, Lionel Phillips and Charles Leonard, have been condemned t* death. Chamberlain added upon hear ing the news he cabled the governor of Cape Colony, Sir Hercules Robinson, to j communicate the following to President Krueger: "The government has just I learned that the sentence of death has I been passed upon five of the leaders of | the reform committee. They feel no i doubt that your honor will commute | the sentence, and have assured parlla ! ment that this is your honor's inten- I tlon." The sentence of the reform eommlt : tee to death has caused a.great sensa i tion In London. In well informed cir cles, however, the sentence has caused I little surqrise. It has long been under ! stood that very severe sentence would ! be passed, in order that the clemency ! that President Krueger is certain to ex | erclse might appear greater. It is I thought that the sentence of death will ' be commuted to a short term of impris onment and a big fine, unless Mr. Chamberlain's dispatch to President ! Krueger, read in the house of commons, should irritate the chief magistrate of the Transvaal into greater severity than i he would otherwise exercise. Mr. Chamberlain's telegram Is re ; garded here as being precipitate, and as leaving President Krueger no time to act on his own account, and as hav ing, moreover, the ring of dictation. The trial of Dr. Jameson, the Trans vaal raider, and his associates in that undertaking was resumed In the Bow street police court today. After imma ' terlal evidence had been presented, the trial was again adjourned until June it, i in order to permit of the arrival of aev- I eral important witnesses from South ■ Africa, KRUEGER'S REPLY CAPE TOWN, April 28 —The text of i President Krueger's reply to the invita tion of the British government through I the secretary of state for the colonlea to visit England and discuss matters connected with the Transvaal and its future is a voluminous document and plainly indicates the firm attitude as- I sumed by the Boer statesman. ! The president begins by stating that i Ids visit to England has depended upon i the settlement of a basis of discussion, ; and he regrets that the basis has not yet ! been reached. Continuing he says: "In friendly spirit, but from the very first, the government clearly saw and ' recorded Its opinion that no foreign in t terference in the affairs of the republic j could he allowed. Mr. Chamberlain ad- I mits the justice of this position, yet he ] intimates that Great Britain desires that particular international measures be taken by the Transvaal. The latter cannot allow to pass unnoticed the ex pression 'admitted grievance,' and ex pi'3ss regret that haying-intimated its desire for a reconsideration of the Lon don convention, in consequence of the inroad of Dr. the position should be assumed that in the discus sion of the so-styled 'admitted griev ance,' must be included as a sine qua non, in the event of a reconsideration of the convention being agreed to." Krueger adds that the South African republic has always been prepared to serve and consider In a friendly spirit the private suggestions of the imperial government regarding the interests of British subjects, although it has never admitted the existence of the so-called "admitted grievances," and must deny on that account that the right exists to create rebellious movements. "It appears to be wiser," he says, "not to press the question of my proceeding; to England any further at present, but to leave it open, especially in view of the coming session of the volksraad, and the desirability of my presence during at least a portion of the session, when im portant measures are to be considered, is apparent." In regard to Mr. Chamberlain's pro posal to guarantee the Transvaal pro tection from outside attack in exchange for a remedy of the Uitlanders' griev ances, President Krueger says: "Some thing is offered the South African re public which It already possesses as the obligations of the South African repub Bycarrterfiltycentsamonth lie to Great Britain, recognised by inter national law, precluded an attack upon the independence of the republic." In conclusion President Krueger says: "Under existing circumstances the (South African republic will not, at pres ent, press a reconsideration of the Lon don convention and a substitution for it ef a treaty of amity and commerce, but will rest satisfied with pecuniary compensation and with the appearance of no violation of its territory will be repeated." MONSTROUS PENALTIES LONDON, April 28.—The Chartered South African company has a cable gram from Johannesburg giving fur ther details of the Judgment of the high court at Pretoria in case of the mem bers of the reform committee. This dis patch states that In addition to the sen tence of death passed upon the leaders ef the reform committee, sixty other members have been sentenced to two years' Imprisonment, a fine of £2000 and three years' subsequent banishment. The dispatch adds: "There Is great excitement In Johan nesburg, and unless the sentences are speedily commuted trouble is expected." The Times says in an article on the judgment of the Pretoria court: The sentences were a complete sur prise, but were regarded with equanim ity solely because It was perceived that they could not be executed. This ap plied with equal ferce to the monstrous penalties against the other prisoners (those sentenced to death). We rely on President Krueger's common sense. To execute these sentences would be a crime from which we gladly believe Krueger would shrink. It would be an egregrious error. It is hardly necessary to discuss the certain oonsequences of the execution of the sentences. "The putting them to death would kindle a blood feud between the English and the Transvaal Boers. No politi cian can doubt the ultimate issue of a conflict between Great Britain and the Transvaal, whatever its alliances." A dispatch from Pretoria to the Times gives the text of statements signed by Messrs. Hammond, Phillips, Farrar and Col. Rhodes, which was presented to the court at Pretoria on Monday and the chief points of which have already been cabled to the Associated Press. The principal new features in the statements that are knowing Dr .Jameson's inten tion to come and assist Johannesburg, two delegates of the Transvaal execu tive council gove the reform committee a virtual promise that their grievances should be redressed: that the reformers offered to guarantee with their persons that if Dr. Jameson were allowed to en ter Johannesburg unmolested he should leave again peacefully as soon as pos sible. HAMMOND'S CONDITION NEW YORK, April 28. —A dispatch to the World from Cape Town says: When Hammond left Cape Town for Pretoria Pretoria on Saturday he was assured that his presence was required only as a formality. He was quite 111, suffering from heart weakness, but accompa nied by his physician, he went. The four condemned men are again in Jail. Mrs. Hammond is here. Her condition has been pitiable ever since she heard of her husband's sentence. AT WASHINGTON WASHINGTON, April 28.—Manhany. Republican, of New York, in the house this morning asked for immediate con sideration of the resolution calling on the secretary of state, in view of the re port that John Hays Hammond, sen tenced to death for treason in Trans vaal, South Africa, to safeguard his in terests as an American citizen and in terfere In his behalf, if such action is deemed advisable. After discussion, McCreary, Democrat, of Kentucky, ob jected. Senators Perkins and White were very much surprised when shown this Asso ciated Press cable announcing that Hammond had been sentenced to death. It was the impression when the plea of guilty was made that an understand ing had been reached which would not mean the death penalty. Senator Per kins expressed his belief that the law required the death sentence, but that the government will commute it. The California senators probably will ask through the state department that clemency be shown Hammond, al though Senator White says in face of the plea of guilty of high treason he Is rot sure that this government could make a very strong representation. The belief Is expressed here that Hammond, before returning to Praetorla, had some understadlng on the subject of the sen tence to be pronounced, and the pro ceedings that would follow the sentence. It Is believed he will not be put to death. United States Vice-Consul Knight at Cape Town cabled Secretary Olney this afternoon that it is understood that Hammond's sentence will be commuted. When Senator Stewart, who Is a per sonal friend of Mr. Hammond, heard of his conviction, he immediately set to work to prepare a petition in Mr. Hammond's behalf which he had cir culated among senators and members of the house. The petition Is addressed to President Krueger and is a plea for pardon. It sets forth the high charac ter of the accused, and while it is con ceded by the petition that the crime to which he has pleaded guilty is a most serious one and directed against a gov ernment for which the signers have a high regard, they still ask as an act of clemency that the offense be condoned and the prisoner liberated. The peti tion was signed by all to whom ft was presented. THE GRATEEUL HOTEL MEN Present Brother Bilicke With an Elegant Diamond .Ring Bilicke, Jr., Kissed All the Ladles-Resolu tions of Thanks Passed-The Home wrrd Journey Is Begun SAN FRANCISCO, April 28.—The ho tel men and their companions left this city tonight for their eastern homes full of joy and gladness over their trip through California. Previous to their departure form the Palace Hotel the Ohio and Indiana delegations presented A. C. Bilicke of the Hollenbeck hotel, Los Angeles, with an elegant diamond ring, as a manifestation of their personal re gard for him. Resolutions of thanks from the officials of the several delegations were present ed to the members of the several com mittees who had aided in their enter tainment. The scene at Oakland mole this even ing, previous to the departure of the train, was an interesting one. There were cheers for various members of the committee of arrangements and Messrs. Lynch and James were called out and responded feelingly. Then the enthus iastic easterners took Lynch and Bil icke on their shoulders and carried them about. It was a time of Joy and merri ment, as well as of parting. As a final salute Bilicke, Jr., in the absence of "papa," klssf'. all the ladles on the sev eral trains, ".hus receiving satisfaction for his arduous labors. Finally, with three cheers all around, the au revoirs were said, with hopes of meeting in Bos ton in "97. Oerman Sugar Bountlea BERLIN, April 28.—The reichstag committee, by a rote ef 12 to 9, today paseed the sugar tax bill. CITY PRICR, PKRMNOLB COPY, 3 CENTS ON TRANSPORTATION LINES, 5 CENTS ALONG THE RAILROAD LINES A Sale Ordered of the Northern Pacific A TREMENDOUS BOND DEBT Farmers' Loan and Trust Company the) Probable Bnyera Valley Road Manager nose Completes HUf ~ First Freight Tariff-A not her Assess* ment la Called far Associated Press Special Wire. MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 28 —The) decree ordering the sale of the Northern Pacific railway and all of the properties of the company was signed by Judge Jenkins in the United States court this morning. The decree gives the court the right to make any modifications he may see tit, both as to the terms and conditions of the sale, and as to the diny trlbution. The reservation of the court gives the creditors of the Northern Pa cific, outside of the bondholders, both in and out of the reorganization agree ment, the right to come into court at any time and apply for relief, which the court reserves for itself the right to grant, especially reserving jurisdiction for this purpose. Judge Jenkins also signed a supple mental decree which orders the sale of lands west of the Missouri river and which are held to be subject to a lien of the preferred stockholders. The land Is to be sold in parcels in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington. The total Indebtedness from the issu ance of bonds alone by the company, Is found by the decree to be SI 52,336,155.13. This, however, does not include the issu ance of receivers' certificates, the col lateral trnst indenture bonds amount ing to more than $15,000,000 and the back interest on bonds amounting to $44,051, --500, which includes the general first mortgage bonds and those Issued under the mortgages on the Missoula and Pend d'Oreille division. The sale is to take place in West Superior, Wis., within sixty days unless Judge Jenkins sees fit to Interfere in the meantime. Specia 1 Master Carey is to sell the road in three parcels, covered by the general second, the general third and the consolidated mortgages. The gen eral second mortgage is adjudged to be a Hen on the entire railroad property of the Minnesota line and subject to the general first mortgage and the Missoula and Pend d'Orielle division mortgages. The third mortgages cover the proper ty not covered by the general second and the consolidated mortgage and is secured mainly by stocks and bonds. For the first parcel the bid must not be less than $10,000,000 for the second not less than $2,000,000, and for the third parcel not less than $200,000. A deposit is to be exacted from all bidders. The court reserves the right to set the sale aside. A special provision is inserted giving: the Farmers' Loan and Trust company the right to bid if It desires. This leads to the belief that the Trust company will be the purchaser. Kx-Senator Spooner moved for an or der discharging the old receivers, Messrs. Payne, Oakes and Rouse, for all liability on the bond, and asking that their accounts be aproved and their compensations fixed. Mr. Turner of the Farmers' Loan and Trust company and Col. Petit both said they had no objec tions. Judge Jenkins signed the special or der and took the matter of compensa tion under advisement. As soon as copies of the decree can be made the lawyers will leave for the west to file them with all the courts along the line. THE VALLEY ROAD SAN FRANCISCO, April 28.—Traffic Manager Moss of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley company, has com pleted the first freight tariff for the new road. It pertains to rates on grain shipments from points along the line to tide water. The tarilf was submitted to the directors for their approval to day. The meeting was held with closed, doors, and at its conclusion the direct ors stated that it had been decided not to print the rates or make them public until shortly before they are ready to haul wheat. They expect to have the road in operation as far as Merced on June Ist next. Probably by that time they will announce the road open foe wheat shipments, but for nothing else, because they do not want to take busi ness to the extent of interfering with the construction of the road to Fresno by, August 15th. The directors decided today to issue another call to the subscribers for a IB per cent assessment. This is the seventh call for 10 per cent, and it will become delinquent on June L Each of these assessments have amounted to $224,450, so by June 1 next the stockholders will have paid In $1,571,150. The total sub scriptions when the road was com" menced amounted to $2,224,450. Aftee next June the remaining sum of $673,- SDO will be called for in quick succession in three 10 per cent assessments. The directors feel fully convinced that they, have enough money to build and equip the line to Fresno. Regarding the pro posed bonding of the line for $6,000,000 to complete the extension from Fresno to Bakersfield and from Stockton to Oakland and San Francisco, they can not take any further official notice until after the legal meeting of the trustees as the trust representatives of thel stockholders, on June 16. Some $60,000 worth of bridge contracts were awarded today. Colton Bros, of this city were given the contract to build the big bridge over the San Joa quin river. The structure will cost about $40,000. The company will furnish a good deal of the material. It will be about 1000 feet long. Darby, Laydon & Co. were given a contract amounting to J20,000 to build some fifty or sixty trestle bridges between Merced and Fresno. They w ill vary in length from 16 to 304 feet. Native Sons' Celebration SAN LUIS OBISPO, April 28—The grand parlor. N. S. G. W.. by a vote of 132 for Redwood City and 79 for San Francisco decided to hold the grand par lor meeting of 1597 at the former place. The Idea to hold grand parlors perma nently in San Francisco was cham pioned by Charles M. Belshaw, but met with little favor. It was voted to cele brate the fiftieth anniversary of the raising of the bear flag at Sonoma. June 14. It was decided that the Admission day celebration of 1900 should be held iv San Francisco. The evening session wa» given to the exemplification of the rit ual by Los Osos parlor, No. 61, San Luis. Brlberv Cuts SALT LAKE, Utah, April 28.—Ths Hayken selectmen furniture bribing! case was taken up again today and the examination which begun last evening; was resumed. The most of this fore noon's session was taken up in reading the contract between Andrews ek Co* and the selectmen.