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TWENTY-FIFTH TEAE. NO. 208.
REPUBLICAN POLITICS As Done by the Clans at Sacramento JIM MWU IS RENOMINATED As Congressman From the Sixth District HIS COURSE IS APPROVED But Orders Are Issued for a Change of Tactics He Most Work for Free Silver and All Ap propriations la Sight Arthur of Pasadena riade Temporary Chair man of tha Big Convention—Today's Program la tha Endorsement' ot McKlnley Special to The Herald. SACRAMENTO, Cal., May 5, '96.—The orange-colored badges of the Los Ange les county delegation are one of the con spicuous eights of the Republican state convention at present In session in this city, and as worn they completely bury every other badge In evidence upon the persons of their owners, that being the object of their mission. They were the most noticeable thing in the Sixth dis trict congressional convention in the supreme court chambers at half past nine oclock this morning. That convention renominated James McLachlan, as was known would be the case months ago, and In the next breath gave to the man from Pasadena a plat form which is a censure of his course in the present congress. He Is asked to make the race favoring, If elected, "all harbors within the district," which. If It means anything at all, means that he must not the next time, under any cir cumstances, oppose the Huntington $3, --000,000 steal In favor of Santa Monica. Some men would decline to accept the honor at such a remarkable price, but McLachlan is not one of them. The powers now doing Republican politics In Southern California knew their vic tim long before they had ever branded him with the stamp of approval. Now. If H. G. Otis is a real believer in the code of journalistic ethics, which has always been upon the surface his chief stock In trade, he will bolt the platform snd the man thrown into his teeth by the' congressional district In which he resides today. Col. Glaze of Los Angeles in district convention this morning named aa tem porary chairman, without any oratorical display, Warren R. Porter of Santa Crux. Porter's nomination was second ed, snd he was eleoted by acclamation, A. W. Kinney of Los Angeles being elect ed secretary. Committees of eleven, one from each assembly district, were ap pointed upon order of business, platform snd resolutions and credentials, the convention taking a recess so that these eommlttees could organize for work. Rev. J. 8. Pitman was chairman of the committee on permanent organization, which was the first of the three commit tees to report The list of names of del egates entitled to seats in the convention submitted by the credentials commit tee was adopted without the formality Of a reading. Judge D.P. Hatch was chairman of the committee on resolutions and platform. The resolutions endorsed McLachlan snd free silver at 16 to 1. McLachlan's name received no sign of approval, the free sliver section being greeted with applause, as were also the resolutions endorsing Lionel A. Sheldon snd U. S. Grant as delegates at large to the national convention, and pledging the district to William McKinley. In full, the platform Is as follows: The Republicans of the Sixth con gressional district, in convention as sembled, reaffirm their adherence to the principles of the party as enunciated snd steadfastly adhered to during the forty years of it* existence, and hereby pledge a new ant unswerving devotion to the cause of good government, as represented by that party alone. It Is hereby resolved that this conven tion endorse and approve the course of Its representative in congress, Hon. James McLachlan; and it is further Resolved, That we recognize the vital necessity of a fair recognition of silver in the money of the country, and we therefore are in favor of the free and unlimited coinage of silver at a ratio of 16 to L Whereas, The Sixth congressional dis trict has paid into the federal treasury through customs receipts and Internal revenue taxes, great sums of money, aggregating millions of dollars, only a small portion of which has ever been returned; therefore, be it Resolved, That we favor the appro priation of adequate and liberal sums for the purposes of coast defense, and for the improvement of all harbors within the district, and t ,at we are op posed to the improvement of none. Whereas, It is an indisputable fact that William McKinley is the choice of an overwhelming majority of the voters of this district; therefore, be it Resolved, That our delegates to the national convention at St. Louis are hereby instructed to vote for William McKinley as the Republican candidate for president, and to use their best en deavors to accomplish his nomination so long as there is a reasonable chance for success in that undertaking Resolved, That this convention en dorses L. A. Sheldon and U. S. Grant Jr for delegates at large to the Republican national convention. We heartily commend the work of the Young Men's Republican league of the Sixth congressional district in organiz lnff clubs and for its tireless activity in conducting an enthusiastic campaign for Republican principles. The chlnchbug double harbor resolu tion In the above was anticipated in dis patches filed for The Herald last night As already told, the same influences which three weeks ago hypnotized the city council of Los Angeles, this morn ing repeated that performance, the vic tims this time being presumably of In "telllgence, representing five of the lead ing counties of the southern part of the state. It must be conceded that this latest harbor resolution is a work of art in Its way, concealing what it really in tends to convey in a manner which is pretty nearly perfect. Every delegate on the floor Is, however, stated to have fully known for what he was voting. C. G. Redcliffe, a shockheaded, straw berry-colored young man hailing from Santa Cruz, made the speech renomi nating James McLachlan, who went through cut and dried by acclamation. For district delegates to the St. Louis convention, Rev. J. S. Pitman, who, In Los Angeles does politics on the school board and on Sundays Is the pastor of the United Brethren church, named Hervey Llndley, whom he called by a slip of the tongue "Hon. Hervey Mc- Klnley." C. W. Barnes of Ventura nominated Thomas Field of Monterey. Both were elected by acclamation, as were also Frank P. Flint of Los Angeles and C. W. H. Barnes of Ventura as al ternates. Elwood Cooper, the Santa Barbara vltlculturlst, was named as presidential elector for the district, and then the con vention adjourned sine die. In naming Lindiey as a district delegate, J. S. Pitman assured the convention that although per sonally for William B. Allison, wishes of the Republican voters of the district, at St. Louis support for presi dential nomination Wm. McKinley. ON THE FLOOR Young nr. Arthur's Oratory dot Stuck In the Splicot SACRAMENTO, May 5.— W. E. Ar thur, Pasadena's blooming young city attorney, who would be mistaken for a priest of the Holy church, did he not live under the sacred shadows of Mount lowe, had the opportunity of his life today and failed to be the man of the hour. He was elected chairman of the Republican state oenvention after an exciting twenty-four hour contest, dur ing which time there were pitted against him the brightest Republicans In the state. Arthur beat no less a party leader than Frank L. Coombs of Napa, a man who was a Republican general in Cali fornia when his boyish opponent had hardly attained his majority in one of the obscure states east of the Missis- sippi river. Everybody expected, of course, that the young Pasadena practitioner would, upon assuming the gavel, turn loose a short and pithy flood of oratory which would set Republican enthusiasm roll ing ceilingward; instead of which, the convention got a few rapid sentences, colorless of sentiment and. devoid of force, the purport of .which was that California's delegation 16 the national convention would be instructed, hide bound, for McKinley. The Los Angeles contingent ap plauded, of course, as they were in duty bound to do as a matter of sympathy. The rest of the convention snd the press reporters shook their heads dubiously, thinking, no doubt, of tomorrow, when young Mr. Arthur will be confronted with George A. Knight on the one hand, S. M. Shortridge, C. E. M. Preston of San Mateo on the other hand, and others of lesser prominence In front and rear, all shouting to be recognized at one and the same time and hurling toward the chairman points of order because of motions made by some one else besides themselves. The general opinion Is to night that when that time arrives young Mr. Arthur will wish that he was lead ing a prayer meeting In the church around the corner from the Hotel Green, rather than being up here among the godless of his party, programing for double harbor appropriations and other chestnuts which are at present being pulled out the Are at the command of Stephen Gage and the railroad lobby here assembled In force. The convention today got no farther than the point of effecting temporary organization, the appointment of a com mittee of fifteen on credentials and seven each upon resolutions and order of busi ness, and then adjourned until tomor row morning at 10 oclock. The political star of Hervey Llndley, which was four years ago completely dimmed by a Popullstic comet. Is today again In the ascendant, and it is twink ling and brighter than ever. Lindiey Is in fact the one conspicuous figure m this convention. It was his genius for or ganization that two days ago amalgam ated the full voting strength of the Sixth and Seventh congressional delegations, and for the Balance of the political sea son hereabouts Llndley will have 106 votes upon all of the main propositions to be fought out upon th? floor, as solid ly as though all of the various counties south of Tehachept and some north of the hill were part and parcel ol the third ward of Los Angeles city. As a re sult of the generalship displayed, Llnd ley and Los Angeles have been ever since midnight last night In great demand. John D. Sp-eckles needs the push from the southland to seat his contestingdei egatlon from the Fourth district, and George A. Knight needs the citrus pro grammers to use as a club with which to beat Spreckles to death. Eli S. Denison, the Southern Pacific plant butcher from Oakland, wants Llndley to seat the Ala meda appointed delegates and the pri mary people from across San Fran cisco bay, as also in Sacramento county must have the services of Los Angeles f they expect to take part in the festiv ities which are due upon the morrow. Harrison Gray Otis is in the meantime bl 'ing his lips and sawing wood. The election of Wm. E. Arthur as the convention chairman was a trade, and Los Angeles simply promised all of those who are out of the convention and ale eager to get in, to keep hands off entirely in the preliminary skirmishing. The goods were delivered very faithfully, and rn ', Frank L " Coombs of Napa, who at the eleventh hour made it all the easier for Arthur to win. was made the chairman of the committee on resolu d P/atform. The Loa Angeles merobei of this committee is Rev. J s Pitman, who has pledged Col. Otis that It he can prevent it no 16 to 1 silver plank w ill be reported tomorrow The credentials committee has an all night session before it, trying to settle amicably the various'bit t" Personal contests. The report will probacy ?a vor the seating of the "primary" dele gates from Alameda and Sacramen \ n upon this convention good and hard Its recommendations will be adonted The southern counties are A P A with•'• both fast and around the neck, and they Continued on Second Page." THE HERALD LOS ANGELES. WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 6, 189 G. THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS Peffer Still Hopes to Investigate Bond Sales NO PROTEST IS TO BE MADE Against Execution of American Prisoners In Cuba The Home Refuses to A|(rea to tha Senate* Reduction of the Number ol Warships to Be Built Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, May s.—Mr. Hill added another day, the flfth, in opposi tion to the bond resolutions, In the sen ate today. Early In the day Mr. Peffer, author of the resolution, announced that he would seek to force a vote tonight by holding the senate in session until the resolution was disposed of. It was evi dent, however, that senators were not disposed to submit to the hardships of a protracted and possibly an all-night session, and Mr. Peffer did not carry out his announced purposes. He stated, however, that the resolution would cer tainly pass tomorrow, which, however, is doubtful, in view of Mr. Hill's appar ent ability to speak indlfinitely. M. Pettigrew, Republican, of South Dakota, supported the bond resolution and severely criticised the administra tion of the treasury. The senator also criticised Mr. Sherman fortis recent ap proval of the treasury administration. Some progress was made on the river and harbor bill by taking it up in the morning hour. The only changes made today were those restoring the authori zation of contracts of $1,003,000 fer Sa bine pass, Texas, and $987,000 for Sa vannah (Georgia) harbor*, ; -i, v , The supporters of the resolution' for the investigation of bond sales now hope tc secure a vote before adjournment to morrow. Senator Hill stated that be fore Mr. Pettigrew made his speech he would not desire to go on for more than an hour tomorrow, but he may find Pet tigrew's remarks a text for further com ments. It is not known to the mana gers of the resolution whether other senators will desire to speak in opposi tion to the measure, though It is con sidered possible that Senator Vilas may. Hill, in speaking of the situation today, said he had no disposition to filibuster and that he probably would not have occupied as much time as he had but for the fact that the bond resolutions were taken up without giving him due warn ing. The opponents of the resolution be lieve that it will be so modified before the final vote is reached as to provide that the committee on finance shall make whatever Investigation is to be made, and they are not so strongly opposed to it in thit form. When the senate met today Call, of Florida, introduced a resolution request ing the president to protest against t£e execution of American citizens taken on board the schooner Competitor by the Spanish gunboat and to demand of Spain the prisoners be not subject to cruel treatment. Call asked Immediate ac tion on the resolution, and on a viva voce vote It was adopted with a faint re sponse by the few senators being pres ent. Wolcott of Colorado quickly inter posed, pointing out tbat this was a sur prising course, directing s protest and demand on Spain without any consid eration. Call insisted the case was urgent, re ports being current that the prisoners were to be executed. If Great Britain was Involved there would be no hesita tion. Wolcott stated that if the facts were as Call had stated it was theduty of the president to protest, and it was prema ture for the senate to request the presi dent to do his duty. He objected to im mediate action and the resolution went over. Frye then moved to take up the river and harbor bill, and In doing so he said: "I do not mean to antagonize the bond bill at 2 oclock. I regard the vote of yes terday as the instructions of the commit tee to me not to urge the river and har bor bill against the bond bill at 2 oclock." To this explanation there was no ob jection to proceeding-with the river and harbor bill. By unanimous consent a bill was passed re-enacting the law for a free bridge across the Arkansas river, connecting Little Rock and Argenta. At 2 oclock the bill was laid aside, thirty pages having been disposed of, and the bond bill was taken up. Mr. Hill proceeded with his opposi tion to the resolution. He was endeav oring, he said, to prevent the senate from making Itself ridiculous. It did that often enough, he added. This res olution called for facts that were al ready reported to the senate. To b» sure, said Mr. Hill, there is no law against senators making fools of them selves, but they ought not to do it need lessly by .the "foolish, contemptible res olutions. If you can't comprehend the reports already made, then resign your seats," he said, savagely. Mr. Hill declared that this was a move to manufacture campaign material on the eve of the presidential campaign. The senator yielded long enough to per mit senator Gordon to give no'tlce of an amendment to the pending resslutlon providing that the Inquiry Into the Sor.-i Issues be conducted by the sena" finance committee instead of by a spe cial committee of five senators as orig inally proposed. Mr. Hl!l, resuming, said that as one means of meeting lira ' persecution and mud-slinsirg" a ; 'he secretary of the treasury, he would -r. troduce the affidavit of Mr. Cartl'sie in the suit brought by William Graves to secure $4,500,000 bonds. The affidavit i was read at great length. Mr. Hill, commenting on the contracts I s „ p^ ke ~ the faot that August Belmont & Co., Drexel, Morgan & Co., represent ing Rothschild & Son, London. Seligman & Co. of New Tork, and others, were those who contracted with Secretary ! Sherman. Mr. Hill yielded the floor temporarily 11 , M r Pettigrew for a speech on tariff and finance. The speech was a succinct record of government transactions for le last live years. Pettigrew asserted his belief that the recent financial scares had been pur posely worked upon by the present ad ministration in order to force congress to pass administration measures and af ter that to compel financial transactions to "enrich tho favorites of the president if not the president himself " There had been, he said, a deliberate conspiracy on the part of the ad minis tration to down the government's credit Pettigrew spoke of the part taken by a "former law partner of Grover Cleve "and" in negotiating the bond contract with the Morgan syndicate. The sena tor said if a mayor or a governor of less favored individuality than a president had acted In this way "impeachment or criminal prosecution would have fol lowed 'at once." Mr. Pettigrew believed in a searching investigation which would "lay bare the secret features of the bond transac tions." The bond resolution was laid aside, Mr. Hill retaining the floor, Mr. Peffer having concluded not to press lor a vote tonight. Mr. Allison asked when a vote on the bond resolution would be expected. "Certainly tomorrow," answered Mr Peffer. "Then let a time be fixed for tomor row," said Mr. Allison. Mr. Hill was qirkly on his feet again. "It would be Impossible," he remarked, smilingly, "to fix a date now for a vote." Many pension bills wore pa-used, as were also bills to amend the act grantin right of way on public lands for reser voir and canal purposes by extending the law to electrical purposes; also to provide for the examination and clatißi fication of certain California and Oregon lands( Central Pacific and California, and Oregon lands). At 6 o'clock the senate adjourned. IN THE HOUSE The Senate Naval Bill Amendment Non-con curre.l In WASHINGTON, May s.—The oppon ents Of four battleships sustained an overwhelming defeat in the house today on the proposition to accept the senate amendment to the naval appropriation bill, reducing the number to two. Mr. Sayers, Democrat of Texas, ex-chair man of the appropriations committee, made the motion and in its support ar gued that the question presented was purely a business one and he appealed to the house not to allow political mat ters to Influence its Judgment. He pro ceeded to contrast the appropriations of the present session with the available revenues. The direct appropriations for the next fiscal year, as they passed the house, were $505,000,000, while the to tal estimate of revenue was but $161.- ! 000,000. If no provision were made for tills in,the sinking fund C$50,000,000) the total outstanding obligations would be $455;r>00,00, leaving a working balance of $9,000,000. But in addition contracts were authorized in the sundry civil bill, naval and fortifications bills aggregat ing $95,000,000. In other words, there would be $9,000,000 to meet almost $100. --000,000 of expenditures. With this sit uation staring congress in the face he. Mr. Boutelle, chairman of the naval committee, who replied to Mr. Sayers, thought It unfortunate that "these busi ness facts" had not been brought into the house when we were undertaking to regulate boundary lines In South America and in other ways asserting ] the primacy of the republic. At that time, he said, he had the best of reasons for believing that the senate would agree to four ships; indeed, the fear was that the upper branch of congress would go further and authorize six. Mr. Cannon, chairman of the appro priations committee, took a strong po sition In favor of Mr. Sayers' motion on the ground of the inevitable deficiency in the revenues for the next fiscal year. He did not want his motives to be mis understood. He stood ready to see pub lic buildings and public works in his sec tion stand still, if necessary, for the de fense of the honor of the country, but he desired first to be convinced that the necessity existed. A vote was taken by ayes and nays, and Mr. Sayers' motion was defeated— 81 to 141. On Mr. Boutelle's motion the house re quested a further conference with the senate. A special order was adopted to set aside tomorrow and the 13th for the con sideration of private pension bills, ten minutes' debate to be given to each bill. There are 405 private pension bills on the calendar. Mr. Crisp, Democrat of Georgia, contended that no bill could be Intelligently considered in ten min utes. Mr. Loud. Republican of California, also opposed the adoption of the order. The claims of old soldiers, he said, were not so sacred as to Justify their passage without consideration. Mr. Henderson said that when the hand of the administration was held above the interests of the old soldiers, legislation was needed. If ten hours were allowed for debate on each bill. Democratic tongues, charged with ven om and gall, would be found to con sume it. He hurled back the Imputa tion that this rule was brought in for campaign purposes, and intimated that some of the obstructionists on the other side found obstruction to pensions a great campaign card in the south. At 4:15 the house adjourned. DUTY ON WOOL. Senator Chandler today celculated the i following petition on the Republican side of the chamber: "To the Senate Committee on Finance- The undersigned request that in case my bill relating to internal revenue or the tariff is considered by the senate at the present session.the committee on finance will move and support the addition of a clause providing for an adequate duty on wool." In sending the petition to Senator ; Morrill, chairman of the committee, Mr. | Chandler wrote a note saying that the Paper had not been presented to any of i the members of the finance committee to whom it was addressed, nor to the Re publican senators who had voted against tuking up the Dingley bill. He also stated that the names of some senators had riot been secured because the sena tors were absent. "But," he added.' "I think I am able to say that all the Republican senators (and the Populists as well) are in favor of putting a duty on wool whenever any amendment is made of the present law." The petition was signed by thirty-one senators, as follows: Mitchell of Ore gon, Chandler, Squire, Mcßride. Lodge, Hale, Pritchard, Pettlgrew.Hansbrough, Frye, Davis: Brown, Perkins, Baker, Gear, Blklns, Shoup, Hawley. Wilson, Nelson. Gallinger, Warren, Clark. Bur rows, Proctor, Sewell, Wetmore, Thurs ton, and Cullom, Republicans, and Pef fer and Butler, Populists. The petition was not gotten up because of a preposition to call up a bill for the repeal of the provisions in the present law for the rebate of the tax on alcohol used in the arts and in medicine. A CASE DECIDED. The Aldrich vs. Underwood, Demo crat, election contest case from the ninth Alabama district was considered in the i house elections committee No. 1 today and was practically decided In favor of Underwood, the sitting member. War on Lotteries WASHINGTON, May s.—The campaign of the postoffice department against the operations of the American Coupon invest ment company, with offices in various cit ies, was continued today by the issuance of lottery orders barring the mails against the agencies of the concern In the follow ing cities: Denver, Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. Colo.: Kansas Cltv, Hia watha, Fort Scott and Hutchinson, Kas.; Dallas and Fort Worth, Tex. Fn'-sc n--' Conven Inn SAN FRANCISCO. May s.—The Forty sixth annual convention of the Episcop-tl dioceso of Central California began Its session today in Grace church. Bishop W Nichols presided and conducted the open ing exercises. Blxty-flve ministers and as many laymen were present. Rev. B. J. Lion of San Francisco preached and in the afternoon reports of the officers of the diocese were presented. Chinese Coming MONTREAL, May 5.-The spring tide of Si?' 2,t s . c hnmigration has arrived. Today 100 Chinese came from Vancouver and are now stopping at the two big Chinese board ing houses waiting for a favorable oppor tunity to go to the states. OOM PAUL IS A DIPLOMAT And Has Clearly Outfenced Scc= retary Chamberlain THE VOLKSRAAD IS OPENED To Consider the Interests of South Afri ca's Republic Boer «• mpathv Is Expected to Result In the niligailcn ni John Hays Ham mond's Sentence Associated Press Special Wire. PRETORIA, May 4 (delayed in trans mission).—The volksraad parliament of :he Transvaal was opened today by Pres ident Kruger. Great and unusual inter est was taken in the proceedings in view of the recent disclosures made by the publication of the cipher telegrams ex changed between Cecil Rhodes, then premier of Cape Colony, and btberswho took a more or less Important part in the Jameson raid in i.he territory of the Boer republic, The town was crowded with Roers, many of v horn had ridden hundreds of miles in order to be present here when the volksraad reassembled, an Its pres ent session Is looked upon as being one of the most important in the history of the little republic. Numbers of these sturdy, fighting farmers came here days ago in order to bring their influence to bear upon members of the executive c ouncil In the hope of bringing about the mitigation if not the entire commuta tion of the sentences of the convicted leaders of the Johannesburg reform com mittee. But it is useless to deny that the publication of the series of Incriminat ing telegrams has put a decide.! damper upon the efforts of the Boers to lessen the punishment of the prisoners, but it Is said that much may depend upon the action of the British government to ward Cecil Rhodes, Alfred Beit, the di rector of the British South Africa com pany, who took an important part in or ganizing the raid, and toward the com pany itself, to say nothing of the punish ment which may be meted out to Dr. Jameson and his immediate associates. John Hays Hammond, the convicted American engineer, will, however be more leniently dealt with than his fellow prisoners, In view of the fact that he was opposed to actual rebellion against the Iransvaal authorities. The vicinity of the parliamentary but ding was crowded with a picturesque gathering of Boers long before the hour set for opening of its proceedings, and warm Indeed were the commendations showered upon the diplomacy of "Oom t U has so clever 'y outfenced the British secretary of state for th» colo ftS r, «i°i* p s Chamberlain, from first to last, and who is now so completely master of the situation that ho towers head and shoulders over evervbodv md -'th So r u 5 th OAfHc0AfHca d brief th«t ?hU h I S Sp6eCh sald '» brief that the recent events "due to r r an l r,sh ob Jects" had se eltfc% ? t h r A U ? t , ed the rißht an<l of the bouth African republic, adding m Hml be f n ever W «'ish to pro mote the development and prosperity of the republic In the most peaceable manner possible, so I am firmly con vinced that it Is your sincere wish to co-operate with me in this policy and that you expect with the fullest confl hi' ™? tr "? ute in no sma " manner to the restoration- of peace In this state, in order that, through our united co-oner ation.our country may flourish and pros plauseo b6neflt ° f a " " (Lou * The president then touched on the for eign relations of the South African re public, the most delicate and eagerly anticipated portion of the speech, say •ln spite of past troubles, the republic continues to maintain friendly relations with foreign powers." This subject was there significantly dropped and the president turned to the legations between the South African republic and its sister republic, the Or ange Free state, remarking: "I hope that a meeting of the repre sentatives of the Orange Free State and representatives of the South African republic will shortly be held and plans for a closer union between the two coun tries will be discussed." (Applause.) This utterance of President Kruger was looked upon as confirming the re port that negotiations have for some time past been on foot for an alliance, of ensive and defensive, between the South African republic and the Orange Free State, looking to resisting any attempt upon the part of Great Britain to inter fere with the internal affairs of either country. The president afterwSVd alluded in in appropriate manner to the terrible aynamtte disaster just outside Johan nesburg, February 19th, when about 130 persons were killed and thousands ren dered homeless. In this connection the president acknowledged the assistance rendered by the Uitlanders of the Rand tc the Boer authorities, the foreigners having tenderly cared for the wounded 3:id collected about $500,000 in the first twenty-four hours after the explosion for the relief of the sufferers. Continuing, the president turned to the mining interests of the South African republic, declaring that mining was pro gressing.in a prosperous manner and that the labor question which at one time threatened to interfere with the de velopment of the feature of the coun ties resources had now assumed a much brighter aspect. The president, in his speech later, said that proposals dealing with educa tion and farming were being prepared for submission to the volksraad. Referring to the finances of the re public, the president assured parlia ment that they were In a sound condi tion, although the expenditures of the country were growing. But this, he ex plained, was in view of the fact that it was necessary to keep pace with the progress of the country. Jn conclusion. Mr. Krueger said: "No rloubt, especially In the troublous times, you will strive to fulfill your onerous duties a:iid devote your highest powers lr, the earnest consideration of the cher ished interests of the commonwealth." The president's speech was very well received, being considered most moder ate. In tone, meeting every situation firmly and squarely without bombast or bluster. Those who read between the lines notice In it a continuance of the same strong, though peace-loving, pol icy which the president has followed from the firsii, and It is not likely that there has been or will be any deviation from the course he was called upon by lorce of circumstances to steer after the conspiracy of the British South Africa company was unveiled. The reformers now in prison and awaiting their final sentences have re cently been allowed many more privi leges, than when at first incarcerated, j'hey are allowed better food, can send for little delicacies if required and en- Joy as much exercise as possible under the circumstances. Dispatches from Buluwayo say that Earl Grey, the co-admlntstrator with Cecil Rhodes of the British Chartered company there, who Is in charge ,has officially expressed th< opinion thatt he "hack of the Matabele rebellion is broken," Contlnult ?:, he said he hoped that nil disorder will have been crushed before the Imperial troops arrive. Rulu wayo, he asserts, although at one time in the greatest of peril. Is now, thank:? lo the perfect defense and to the lessons taught the natives by the repeated sor ties, as safe as London or Paris. Gilford's force yesterday had a slight skirmish with Matabele scouts, but the troopers were unable to discover the main body of the enemy. ANXIOUS FOR PEACE LONDON, May D.- Slr William Har couri, the Liberal leader In the house of commons, in a speech tonight at the banquet of the National Liberal club, promised to support the government in probing the Jameson raid in South Africa to the bottom. He expressed Im patience at the delay in the settlement of the Venezuelan dispute and said he believed the country was anxious for arbitration, and no personal pride or diplomatic obstinacy should be allowed to Impede the negotiations. STREET CAR STRIKE The Police Oppoeed by ■ Mob of Brick Threwere MILWAUKEE, May s.—Crowds of strikers, sympathizers largely compos ed of boys, created a number of little disturbances today. The most serious disturbance since the strike was inau gurated, occurred tonight, when a mob of 3000 men and boys attacked three Farwell avenue cars near the East Side barns. The mob lined both sides of the track nnd as the cars appeared hundreds of bricks anrt stones were thrown by the mob. Every winclnw In three cars was smashed and many of the policemen were struck. The patrolmen formed in a square and repeatedly charged the t inters. Several arrests were made. OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE i I Which the French Minister Considered a Little Fiery Secretary Olney Vigorously Insists Upon America's Rights In the Matter of Ex porting Cattle to France WASHINGTON. May 3.—Nowhere in the whole of the correspondence of the United States had during the year with the countries o fEurope, which corre spondence is just now being made pub lic through advance sheets of the United States red book, is there exhibited a more vigorous Insistence on the rights of America than in the course of the ne gotiations with France respecting the exclusion by the government of thac country of American cattle. TJie presi dent himself dictated a small but most important portion of the correspond ence in its eariier stages, and the con cluding chapters contributed by Secre tary Olney sweep away like cobwebs I the spacious explanations put forward Ito jurtjfy the exclusion and make it j plain that retaliation may be expected I ir the unjust restrictions are not abated lor justified. In March of last year, just i after the fact that the exclusion order 1 had been issued would be known to the ! state department through Mr. Vlgnaud, • our charge at Paris. Secretary Oresham I cabled that officer that he had failed to state the rearons for Its issue; that the secretary of agriculture has asserted our acttle were entirely free from dis ease, and that "In view of these state ments the president directs that you in form the French government that the United States regards this prohibition as a needless and unfriendly interfer ence with an important branch of legiti mate trade, and that you remonstrate against Its enforcement." The charge was apparently dismayed at the strength of the message and sought to delay its delivery until an op portunity could be had to consider the propriety of modifying It, on account of other facts entering into the negotia tions, but another cable message from Secretary Gresham three days later left him no recourse, and when he did admit it even the JTrench minister of foreign affairs, who happened to be then, as now, in office, admitted that the protest was a "little fiery." Negotiations at length ensued, In the course of which Ambsasador Eustls, by the instructions of the state department, pressed the French government for a statement of its reasons for the issue of the order of exclusion and showed that these reasons were not based on actual, bona fide cause of disease in any Amer ican cattle that had entered France, but apparently were founded on a desire to exclude American cattle from competi tion with French farmers. Finally Secretary Olney summed up the position of his government in a letter dated Oc tober 12, last, showing that the French argument was based almost entirely upon newspaper publications; that this government had a just ground for com plaint on that score In view of the care it had exercised to secure the inspection of the cattle exported, and finally wind ing up by an intimation that If the French government persisted in regard ing it as necessary for the protec tion of their cattle to exclude the herds of the United States, the some pro cess of reasoning would make it equally essential to the protection of the cattle Cf the United States that French cattle especially the Norman breed which is now attracting so much attention here, should be excluded from the United States. From the correspondence, which closed soon after this passage, it appears that the secretary was prevented from mak ing good this Implied threat, owing to representations that a new French ministry would be favorable to the Uni ted States, T c Princess' Drswine Room LONDON, May S.—At the drawlngroom ; Which is to be held at Buckingham palace on Thursday next, by Princess Christian ; of Bchleawlg-Holstein (second daughter of I Queen Victoria). In behalf of Iter jlaiestv. Mrs. Roebllng of New Jersey, Mrs Sam- ' uel Colgate. Mrs. Alfred (Snkling and Mrs. Charles Dana Gibson will bo pre sented. The Prince of Wales will entertain the Lnited States ambassador. .Mr. Thomas Bayard, at dinner tomorrow, the first timo since he has been here. Com Water tola*-*** , Ma >' S.-The Prohibitionists I held their county convention In Fresno to day and selected the following delegates to the slate convention: A. A. Rowell, Rev J. W. Webb. J. F. Hall, Joel Smith. Rev. Johnson. Job Makbarv. C. L. Meraole Ernest Webb. C. L. Pulllam, B. S. Hoag Henry Dewey. Eleven ladles were selected as alternates. rlnlm«s Is A-ixlon - PHILADELPHIA. May .—Counsel for Mrs. Pletzel. widow of Be ajamin Pietzel. Who was murdered by H 11. Holmes, has received a letter from the latter, offering her a house and lot in Chicago and £Mofl In cash it she will aid In sri tting his execution postponed until May Is. No attention will be paid to the letter. A ■teMaMr Lost SAN FRANCISCO, May s.—The schooner Viking, which arrived today, brought news of the probable loss of the schooner Nor ma. The Norma sailed from here on Feb ruary 9th with ten persons aboard, for the South seas and should have arrived at its destination six weeks ago. CITYPRICR.PRR SINGLE Cr>;»Y, J CRMTS ON LINBS, is CBN I*B THE METHODIST BRETHREN Still Discussing Woman's Right to the Ballot THE QUESTION UNDECIDED Though the Speeches Have Been Lonf and Eloquent Debate Will Flo Continued Today and No Busi ness Disposed of Till the Woman Question Is Settled Associated Press Special Wire. CLEVELAND, 0., May s.—The fifth day's session of the Methodist confer ence saw the great religious body still unorganized for the transaction of busi ness. The debate on the eligibility of woman delegates occupied the entire day and so far as the speakers are concerned there is no evidence of a desire to bring the discussion to a close. Some of the ; laymen are anxious to terminate the con test, and it is said that a motion will be | offered tomorrow to close the debate at I 1 oclock. If that is done it is probable i that a vote will be leached tomorrow I or the first thing Thursday. No sooner had Bishop Andrews called ! the general Methodist Episcopal confer ! ence to order this rrtorning than C. W. I Bennett of Cincinnati presented a reso lution providing for the appointment of a special committee to pass on all I communications from laymen. This com mittee was to consist of one minister and one layman from each district. Af- I ter a good deal otldebate, in which Rev, j Br. Spier of Detriot, expressed regret : that any feeling existed between the clergy and the laity, the resolution was adopted. The woman question was then pre sented by President Daniel Stevenson of Union college, Ky., who criticized tne action of the bishops in deciding against women in ISBB. Rev. (J. Neeley led the fight against the women. He held the question to be one Of law purely..He said it was true that the Bible said men and women are one in Christ, but not in the general confer ence. He held that under the church statutes women are different from men. The question, he said, is a constitutional one, and no one is to be admittea unless specifically mentioned. The delegates were thoroughly aroused and feeling ran high. Judge Caples of Oregon, Senator Harlan. Mr. Buckley of New York, Rev. Dr. Harris of Maine, Rev. Dr. James Chaffey of Minneapolis, i Rev. Dr. J. W. Hamilton. Dr. J. R. Day, ! Dr. Emery Miller of lowa, and several I. other men prominent In the councils of i the church, spoke upon the question j When the hour for adjournment arrived I the conference discontinued debate till i tomorrow morning. No business will be I done until the woman question Is set- I tied. The lay delegates met at 5 oclock and i heard reports from their committee of i thirteen appointed to consider the ques | tion of extending the term of pastorate. One report, signed by Gen. Rlsullng of New Jersey, recorpmended that in ex ! cepttonal cases ministers might be con- I tinued in their pastorates indefinitely. A ' second opposed the change in the rule I regarding the time limit, stating as a I reason that very often ministers re ; mained too long in churches, and an ! amendment was offered by a delegate providing for an extension of time by a ! three-fourths vote of all adult members ' of the church at regular quarterly con | ferences and the recommendation of a majority of the presiding elders of the ! district. Both of the reports and amend- I ments were tabled. A Delaware man asked for the adop i tion of a resolution requiring the confer ' ence to shut off debate on the woman ! question at noon Wednesday, giving as I his reason that the ministers were using that merely as an opportunity to show off their oratorical ability. The meeting considered that this would be discour teous and refused to consider it. ON THE DIAMOND Results of dames Played by National League Clubs PITTSBURG. May s.—Pittsburg waa outplayed at every point and was de servedly whitewashed. Attendance I 3500. Score: Pittsburg 0, hits 5, errors 2. Baltimore 8. hits 11, errors 0. Batteries—Klllen, Hughey and Sug den; Pond and Clark. AT CINCINNATI CINCINNATI, May s—The Reds were unable to hit Stivetts consecutively and Boston found no difficulty in batting Foreman. Attendance 3700. Score: Cincinnati 3, hits 8, errors 2. Boston 8, hits 12, errors 3. Batteries—Foreman and Vaughn; Stivetts and Ganzel. THE COLONELS WIN LOUISVILLE, May s.—The Colonela finally won another game, batting > Flynn out of the box in the second in ! ning and hitting Clarke equally as hard. Attendance 500. Score: Louisville 15, hits 15, errors 4. New York 11. hits 11, errors 8. j Batteries—Cunningham and Miller; j Clarke, Flynn and Farrell. AT CLEVELAND CLEVELAND. May s.—The homa • team was defeated today through lta inability to hit when men were on bases. Attendance 1500. Score: Cleveland 3. hits 12, errors 2. Washington 5, hits 8, errors 1. Batteries—Cuppy and Zimmer; Meyer and McCaulev. AT CHICAGO CHICAGO, May 5— The Brooklyns were victorious today in a game full of 'xcitement at the close, but very poorly played. Attendance, 3100. Score: Chicago 0. hits 3, errors 3. Broklyn 7, hits 15, errors 3. Batteries—Parker and Klttredge; Ab bey and Burrell. AT ST. LOUIS ST. LOI'IS. May s.—The Phillies won today's game in the last inning by hard butting. Attendance, 2300. Score: St. Louis 5. hits 11, errors 0. Philadelphia '.X hits 9. errors 2. Batteries — Klesslnger, Hart ana Douglas; McGill/ Boyle and Clements. A LONG LIST People Killed or Wounded In the Cincinnati Explosion CINCINNATI, 0., May s.—Following Is a iist of those known to have perished n yest rday's gasoline explosion: Robins Davis. Hamilton. O.; Ella Singleton, SSanesvllle, <>.. domestic; Ad dph Drach, proprietor of the cafe whera the explosion occurred; Felix Drach, iged .'> years: C. S. Wells, recently from Texas; Mary Kenney, domestic for Drach; John McCarthy, clerk; C. Fred \ndress, president Andress-Mara Wall Paver Co. The missing are: William Myer. Bar barn Steinmap, Louis Fidick, James Cirant, William Roberts. "Dod" Seaman, William Lauth, John McGarvey, South sfate. Newport, Ky.; ightfoot, Newport; H. H. Wilson. Toledo; John Beers, La fayette, Ind.; William Carr, Newport. .