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Senators Resume Consideration
of the National Navy-
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
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
Mr. Stewart followed with a financial
speech, and then, at 5:35 p. m., the sen
ate adjourned.
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
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
Mr. Bartlett, Democrat of New York,
asked if the resolution had been con
sidered by the foreign affairs com
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.
"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
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
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
Report of the Senate Committee to Investigate
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.
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.
Antonio Maceo Writes Regard
ing Progress Made
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
"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
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.
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.
A Very Plain Case Against Sergeant Philip
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Hammond and His Companions
Sentenced to Death
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
A Sale Ordered of the Northern
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
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.
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
Native Sons' Celebration
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.

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