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TWENTY-FIFTn YEAR. NO. 212.
WHITE'S HARBOR SPEECH Exposing the Southern Pa cific's Scheme INOMMIWIOBJOS To Secure Public Funds for Pri vate Purposes EXPERT CORTHELL'S REPORT Is Shown to Be Unqualifiedly and Ma liciously Untrue All That Is Askid Is the Appointment of a Skilled Board Tim Southern Pacific Lobbyists Object Only Because They Know No Honest Board of Engineers Will Favor santa nonica Special to the Herald. WASHINGTON, D. C, May 9.—Sen ator White spoke for more than an hour today in continuation of his argument In favor of the adoption of his amend ment to the river and harbor bill to strike out th" appropriation for Santa Monica and appoint a board of army en gineers to determine the relative merits of San Pedro and Santa Monica as har bor sites and to Improve the one favored by this board. His talk was devoted to setting forth facts which prove that the Insertion of provisions appropriating $3,000.0(10 for Santa Monica was nothing but an out-and-out, cold-blooded Job, In which the United States Is to he forced to pay that amount for protection for Huntington's million-dollar wharf and for bettering the fortunes of the South ern Pacific Railroad company and for no other purpose whatever. Senator White took a fall out of En gineer Corthell by relating the Incident of the wreck of a ship loaded with coal at Point Flrmin, which was washed up at Long Beach, seven miles down the coast. Mr. Corthell had stated that the current ran north and would wash the sand into any harbor which might be constructed at San Pedro. "The current does not move coal but does move sand,"said Senator White. "It Is a discriminating current. We have the remarkable proposition that the coal goes south while the sand goes north. The on? Is moved by a current which Influences coal and the other by a current which Influences sand." After this he let Mr. Corthell severely alone. Then Senator White called the aiten tlon of the senate to the different re ports of army engineers, all in favor of Kan Pedro. He asked the senators whether they would be willing to place themselves on record as being in favor of a condemned site for a harbor which no one had asked for except the South ern Pacific railroad. He hoped not In scathing rebuke of the action of a ma jority of the committee lie said: "I do not impugn the motives or doubt the ability of the distinguished gentle men who have passed upon the proposi tion. It seems that a majority of this committee have reached the conclusion that these reports are wrong: that the boards made a mistake, and that these impartial, honest servants of the gov ernment are all wrong. There seems to be an Idea that these boards were In some way prejudiced; there is evidence Justifying such a conclusion. In advocating his amendment he said "l have no desire to provide for a board which will not do exact and equal jus tice to all. I wish a board upon which those who favor San Pedro and Santa Monica can all look with confidence, and upon whose judgment and impartial mo tives we could rely." "But what do we encounter? Here we have a site condemned officially, for which there Is no local endorsement' and the excuse for ravorlng it is that it is recommended by the employed agents of the Interested parties against official evidence. Let me ask any gentleman who objects to the appoinntment of a skilled board to pass upon this subject Why cannot we find some kind of a board somewhere to which we will be willing to commit tills subject? Will senators who have no more knowledge of the mat ter than they derived from the cursory hearings before the committee conclude that they so thoroughly understand the subject that they want no more light upon It? Will anyone contend that he Is unwilling to lay this matter before an Impartial board? The advocates of San ta Monica will not consent to the submis sion of this case to any kind of board They say in effect by this refusal that no board will report in favor of their place. There Is no other deduction possible from their conduct, but that they believe an Impartial board will decide in favor of Ban Pedro. Js It possible to constitute any board to which these gentlemen will submit this matter? No, sir, It is not. You can not devise or suggest any tribunal, any board, any committee or any qualified person or persons, but there Is opposi t.on. They rest in security upon the theory that senators are willing to vote against the report of the government engineers, and they do not therefore pro pose to risk any kind of board. "We will not consent to this amend ment. We have wailed long enough they say. True, they have waited long enough. We are asked to vote this enor mous sum of money simply upon the evidence taken before the committee which the record shows Is slight and in defiance of the recommendation of the authorities upon which we are in the habit of depending. What will this breakwater protect if put up? It will protect that Immense wharf and noth ing else. There is nothing else to pro tect, and the expenditure of this monej will be a donation to a private corpora tion and expending it for the immediate benefit of an Individual. Prospectively, dt may be said, it will benefit others, ■but its immediate object is to effect an Individual benefit and the expenditure of this vast sum of money, not for public purposes, but because It Is asked by an enterprising person, who has Bpent a groat deal of bis money and de veloped a vast amount of commerce at one of the most magnificent places In the world. I think it is nothing less than an outrage pul upon the public to attempt anything of this sort. If th'i advocates of Santa Monica believe they have a good site let them submit it to an impartial tribunal and until some such tribunal has ("stifled that this ap propriation is justifiable I will oppose It, even if 1 am alone in this body in do ing so." During Senator White's speech Sen ator Frye, chairman of the commerce committee, who appears to be one of Huntington's chief lieutenants in Wash ington, sat nervously in his seat, or just as nervously walked around the cham ber. He had evidently had his orders, for he did not leave the chamber during the entire time, He was evidently fear ful of the Impression that Senator White was making, for as the latter announced in closing today that he would conclude his argument later, Mr. Frye attempt ed to bulldoze the presiding officer into ruling that Senator White had no right to more time on his amendment. His tactics hud no effect, however, and Sen ator White will conclude his argument Monday, when it is expected that a greater sensation will be sprung upon the senate than that of yesterday. Sen ator White Is expected to tell the senate about the forged petitions secured for Santa Monica and how the names were procured at $1 each. It Is said tonight that there is already a majority of the senators ready to vote for the amend ment, and the presentation of the as tounding facts in connection with this Job cannot fail to bring wavering sena tors around. Frye will probably make a weak-kneed effort to uphold the com mittee's action on Monday, but his mass of prevarication and misstatements will be blown away like chaff before the wind when Senator White makes his concluding argument and presentation of facts. AN ALLEGED TRADE CHICAGO, May !».—A special to the Tribune from Washington says: In re gard to the coast harbor contest now go ing on In the senate, a singular story has floated out of the depths of the com merce committee, which is to the effect that a political trade has been engin eered by means of which a favorable report on Santa Monica was traded for a vote to seat Colonel Dupont in the vacant seat from Delaware. This is said to be the explanation of the anxiety of the elections committee to have the Dupont case set for a vote after the river and harbor bill had been decided upon. According to the story, which comes from good authority. If the report of the committee is backed up In the senate and Santa Monica gets the harbor, the needed vote to seat Dupont will be forth coming. Tin- senate now consists of forty-four Republicans, thirty-nine Democrats and six Independents. Including Jones and Stewar t, the two Nevada senators. It takes forty-five votes to make a ma jority. If the Republicans should vote solidly together and secure the votes of both ( lie Nevada men. or even of Senator Jones alone, they would be able to seat Dupont and thus forestall any action by the Delaware legislature next winter. There are several Republicans who will vote against the Santa Monica amendment, but on the other hand there are a number of Democrats who will vol" for It or who would have voted for It had not the rumor gained currency to day that Santa Monica and Dupont's seat had be< n com ted by an invisible chain. The lobby in favor of Santa Mon ica is the only strong one which has been present at this «o«slon of congress. Senator Cullom has arrayed himself against the combination, and the mem bers of the third house are now saving that in revenge they will taken crack at the Chiengn harbor appropriation and cut it down materially, to punish the Illinois senator for his independent posi tion. PATTERSON RETURNED He Discusses the free Hsrbor Fight at Washington President W. C. Patterson of the cham ber of commerce has returned from Washington, arriving yesterday at 2 p. m. The public is familiar with his mis sion to the national capital, and Is now looking forward to the result of the sac rificing labors of himself and others in tin- interest of harbor improvements at San Pedro. Mr. Patterson left Washington more than a week ago. having stopped in Chicago on his return trip to visit his daughter. He has kept in close touch with events at Washington though since his departure, and feels encouraged to believe that C. P. Huntington will not succeed In his scheme to get a $3,000, --000 appropriation for Santa Monica, thus leaving San Pedro out in the cold so far as Improvement of the outer har bor there is concerned. Said Mr. Pat terson to a Herald reporter yesterday evening: "The result, of course, is still In doubt, hut all Is not lost. I was amazed at the power which Huntington has in this congress. He is right there on the ground himself all the time, with the best talent to assist him that money can employ. Engineer Corthell is a very brainy mini, and a professional lobby ist, and Huntington counts on his ex pert testimony as to anchorage, cur rents, etc., to offset that of the govern ment engineers, but I think after the roasting Senator White gave him his in fluence with the senators and represen tatives will not count so much after all. "I have read the first installment of Senator White's speech, that is so much of it as has come to us in the press dis patches, and think it is a magnificent effort. He was working on it already before 1 left Washington, so I was pretty well posted in advance on what he was going to say. His minority report on the river and harbor bill was a powerful document, and his speech in defense of it can but be regarded as a masterpiece of eloquence, logic and withering sar casm. In praising Senator White it is but fair to mention Senator Perkins, also. I am proud of our two sonatots. The Interests of California could not be safer in their hands. "I don't know what occurred between Senator Elklns and the Huntington peo ple to Induce him to vote for Santa Mon ica in committee, but he has $1,200,000 in the river and harbor bill for West Vir ginia, as be had been quoted assaying he mount to save that if everything else was lost. Senator Gorman's Hop may be accounted for by his dose relation's with Senator Elklns and ex-Senator Da vis in their West Virginia enterprises. Dick Kerens is moving heaven and earth to bring Elklns end Gorman hack into line, and his efforts may influence their future action, as he is an Intimate of both. Senator Quay makes no secret of the fact that he mortgaged himself to Senator Jones some years ago In favor of Santa Monica, which accounts for his refusal to listen to arguments." Mr. Patterson closed the interview by Intimating that it would not surprise him if several senators who have been counted upon to assist in the Hunting ton grab would find It convenient to lie absent when the matter comes to a vote in the senate. Senator White's expose of the meth ods reported to will make It exceedingly emharrasslng for certain senators to cast their votes on (he side of monopoly THE HERALD LOS ANGEL.ES, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 10, 1896.—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. SENATOR PERKINS STANDS PAT IN THE QUEEN'S DOMINIONS Attention Concentrated on South African Troubles CECIL RHODES SHIELDED Englishmen Generally Are Ashamed of the Transvaal Affair The British Oloat Over Richard Croker's Lick _ of Success—Gossip About Politics In America Associated Press Special Wire. LONDON, May 9.—(Copyright, 1896.)— The South African troubles are the talk of the hour and every other subject seems to have almost disappeared from popular attention. The announcement of the secretary of state for the colonies, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, that no com mittee of Inquiry into the affairs of the British Chartered South Africa Com pany would be approved until after Dr. J atrieson s trial, which cannot be pro ceeded with until June 11, and that Mr. Cecil Rhodes, in the meanwhile, Is to be allowed to retain his position as co administrator of the company's terri tory, and as a director of that organiza tion, have caused great disappointment among the mass of Englishmen and others who have experienced a feeling of shame and humiliation at the recent developments at Pretoria. Mr. Chamberlain, it is well known, yielded to the pressure brought to bear on him by friends of the company who are influential socially and politically, and It seems evident that the govern ment has decided to shield Cecil Rhodes. Thus, looming darkly in the distance, is a scandal that may wreck the minis try. Influential weekly papers here, like the Spectator, Observer and Sun day Review, protest against the govern ment leaders' position toward-the Char tered company, if the latter's complicity in the Jameson raid had been estab lished beyond the possibility of doubt. The Sunday Review, for instance, publishes six pages devoted to expos ing the plot against the Transvaal, and as for the evidence of the guilt of Cecil Rhodes declares that President Kruger has proofs that Dr. Jameson, under Rhodes' orders, Intended to march upon Pretoria after the capture of Johannes burg should have overturned the gov ernment. The formation of an influential com mittee, headed by the Marquis of Lome, to purchase the late Dord Lelghton's es tate for £50,000, to be held In trust for the nation as a permanent residence for the presidents of the royal academy, is not received with general favor. Besides the fact that London has more museums than the people care to at tend. It Is very doubtful whether Sir John Millais, the president of the royal academy, or other presidents to come, would care to exchange their residence for the late Lord Leighton's fanciful structure. The Chronicle, alluding to the subject, says: "The house is an example that has taste often faulty and nearly al ways second rate. The woodwork is an inferior example of cabinet making, the furniture is from modern emporiums, and even the work In the celebrated Moorish court is modern and surpassed in many London houses." Much satisfaction Is expressed in rac ing circles over the non-success of Rich ard Croker's plunge for the Fulwell plate at Kempton park yesterday after noon with Eau Gallle. Mr. Croker and his friends are said to have lost heavily, and the poor showing made by Ameri cus in the Jubilee stakes today has ad ded to his discomfiture. Mr. Croker has sold Red Banner to his trainer for $500. After Eau Gallic had been beaten in the Fulwell race he was claimed under the rule by Mr. Picker ing, but It Is thought Mr. Croker will buy him back. A recent interview on American pol itics in the Chronicle, with Mr. Joseph Pulitzer, proprietor of the New York World, has attracted much attention. The St. James (iazette says: "The owner of the largest and most powerful newspaper in America thinks President Cleveland's message Is simply a party dodge. We do not find this consoling, for it means that the gravest issues of peace or war are at the mercy of any unscrupitlous demagogue anxious for votes." i The Globe remarks: "Political econ omists throughout the world will watch with interest McKlniey and the presi dential campaign. The isolation of Great. Britain through her free trade policy Is becoming dally more com plete." Sir Hercules Robinson, governor of Cape Colony, will sail fcr England May 20th, for the purpose of discussing the South African situation with Colonial Secretary Chamberlain. A dispatch from Buluwayo dated May xth says that Frederick C. Selous, the African explorer, accompanied by a column of troops, dispatched to meet the forces of Cecil Rhodes, with the forces of Colonel Plumber, who Is at the le ad of 150 men on horseback or with wagons, is expected to arrive soon. Six teen camp fires of the Matabeh s are visible from Buluwayo, but the move ments of the enemy remain absolutely a mystery. The question as to whether or not Cecil Rhodes Is to resign from the directorate of the British Chartered South Africa company Is producing great excitement throughout this sec tion. People here regard him as neces sary to the progress of the country. They also think the chances that the com pany will be able to make compensa tion for recent losses will be imperiled in the event of his resignation. A mon ster petition praying for his retention w ill be presented to the government. A TREASURER SHORT A New Jersey Official Keeps Up With the Fashion CAMDEN, N. J., May o.—As a result of the legislative investigation which has been in progress in this city nearly a year. Supreme Court Justice Garrison called today a special session of the grand jury. He said the report of the commissioners showed that the late treasurer, Frank F. Michellon, had re ceived large sums of money which can not be found, and for which there is no record on his books. The justice said the experts working on Michellon's books found that sums ranging from $40,000 to $200,000 had been paid out by Mr. Michellon Illegally. The city had for many years been paying interest to various contrary to law. The justice defined at length, the legal definition of "embezzlement" and urged the grand jury to take up the charges at once. The present city controller. Charles Eallingshead. was also implicated in the allegations of the state to the extent of permitting the muddled condition in the city treasurer's office. THE MORE PROPERTY The Administrator Charged With naladmln istration of the Estate SAN FRANCISCO, May 9.—An out come of the examination of Expert Sher man before Judge Coffey a week ago in the matter of the estate of Alexander P. More Is a complaint which will be filed Monday in the superior court against John F. More, administrator of the estate. Albert W. More. John C. More and Helen W. Howe, heirs at law. wish to have John More removed from his place. He is charged with having made away with 15,000 sheep and 500 head of cattle, and with having sold $26,000 worth of cattle without making an ac counting. The estate consists of the land on San ta Rosa island and the stock thereon, worth originally $880,000. The heirs ac cuse More of paying to himself $35,000 without any consideration, and with sell ing property of the estate to laborers and appropriating the proceeds. Lumber Yards Burned ASHLAND, Wis., May 9.—Fire today destroyed 19.590.000 feet of lumber, ow ned as follows: Shores Lumber corn pan v. 1..000.000; Northwestern Lumber company of Haywards. 3,000,000; J. F. Van Dooser, 1.000.000; George Best. 350. --000; F. Boutin. 310.000; Charles Crog ster, 200,000; Hines Lumber company, 1.000.000; Merlner & Matteson, 400,000. The total loss is $478,000 and the insur ance $350,000. About 400 men are thrown out of work by the tire. The body of Peter Engeman was taken from the bay. His clothes took* (ire early In the day and 1000 people saw him plunge into the water to escape the liames sur rounding him. Two others are known to have lost their lives. Sued for Libel SACRAMENTO, May 9.—Charles H. Oilman, a local merchant, this evening filed papers in a libel suit against C. K. and V. S. McClatchy, publishers of the Evening Bee. demanding damages In the sum of $50,000. The complaint al leges that the Bee publishers were guil ty of libel in republishing an article which accused Oilman of the crime of rape. Me has sued for damages and was awarded a verdict of $.100 In the superior court. The case was appealed to the supreme court, which sustained the ver dict of the lower court. The Bee, in pub lishing the decision of the higher court, reproduced the original article and for this act the new suit is brought. Convict Labor SAN FRANCISCO. May 9.—The state prison directors have decided that con victs must not compete with free labor. Recently the prison directors took a contract to manufacture a number of jute borax bags for the Pacific Borax Co. The Oakland Cotton Mills filed a complaint on the ground that the prison was interfering with free labor and the directors today ordered the manufacture of borax bags stopped after the present contract has been filled. THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS Preparations Made for Invests gating Bond Issues THE RIVER AND HARBOR BILL Occupies the Oreater Portion of the Senate Session Senator White .lakes Lozical Objection to the Appropriation of Public Fundi for Private Purpoe.a Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, May 9. —A large and graceful basket of rare orchids with roses and lilies was on the desk of Sen ator Harris, Democrat, of Tennessee, today in recognition of his choice as a delegate at large to the national conven tion. A hill was passed to allow articles sent abroad for exhibition purposes to be returned free of duty. Mr. Morrill, chairman of the finance committee, reported a resolution recit ing that in view of the recent action of. the senate in directing an investigation of recent bond issues that the committee be authorized to conduct the Investiga tion through a sub-committee, that au thority be given to summon witnesses and administer oaths, and that the com blttee be authorized to sit during the re cess of congress. The resolution was re ferred. The bill was passed for the deportation to Canada of the Cree In dians who fh-d Into Montana at the lime of the Louis Riel rebellion. Mr. Dubois, Republican, of Idaho, cre ated a temporary flurry on the bond question by asking immediate consider ation for a joint resolution providing that hereafter no bonds shall be issued by any officer until the president has communicated to congress the necessity for the bonds and the amount of the is sue, and until congress shall authorize the payment of bonds issued. "That seems quite important," inter posed Mr. Hill, "and it ought to go to a committee." "No," said Mr. Dubois, "let us have a J vote of the senate." Mr. Sherman suggested that this in volved an important change of law and certainly it should go to the finance com mittee. He objected to Immediate con sideration. "Then I would like a vote Monday," said Mr. Dubois. Mr. Palmer, Democrat, of Illinois, re ported back the bill to pension the widow of Captain Allabach, recently vetoed by the president, with a recommendation that it pass over the veto, and gave no tice that he would call it up at the first | opportunity. The bill was passed for the government participation in the Tennessee centen nial in 1897. The president is to appoint a government commission have charge of the government exhibit. Appropria tions of 130,000 for a government building and $100,000 for a government exhibit are made. Consideration of the river and harbor bill w-as then resumed, and Mr. White proceeded with his speech opposing the ; location of a deep-water harbor at Santa i Monica. The senator gave the evidence of ! mariners, commercial men. etc., along | the Pacific coast, showing San Pedro to be preferable to Santa Monica for the deep-water harbor. He answered m detail tiie points made by Mr. Corthell, | who. acording to Mr. White, is one of the engineers representing Mr. Hunting ton of the Southern Pacific railroad. Mr. White quoted from the reports of army engineers to show that San Pedro I was the best protected from the heavy seas from the west. He described San ta Monica as a delightful bathing re sort, frequented by thousands of peo ple, and said that any considerable number of railroad tracks centering there would destroy thy present uses of the place. Mr. White spoke of Santa Monica as "a condemned" place, so far as the army j engineers had passed on the subject, ; and he asked why It was, in making I sucli an enormous appropriation, that ] congress should seek to experiment with I a condemned locality. The views of Lieutenant H. C. Taylor favoring Santa Monica were compared iby Mi. White with those favoring San | Pedro by Major Raymond and Profes ' sol' George Davidson, the latter being lat the head of the coast and geodetic survey on the Pacific coast. To avoid all further conflict Mr. White j urged the adoption of his amendment re ; ferring the question to a skilled board. I He declared that the advocates of Santa j Monica, refused to accept an impartial I board, knowing that such aboard would report against them. When Mr. Hunt ington placed his wharf In Santa Monica j hay no one had any idea of a harbor at I that point. If this harbor was built it j would protect the Huntington wharf I and nothing else. , | "It will be a donation of $3,000,000 to a ; private corporation." said Mr. White. "It will be taking $3,000,000 which the United States engineers have recom mended to be not expended and spend it on an individual. It will not be for a public benefit but for the benefit of an enterprising person who Is developing a large commerce over one of the most j magnificent wharves in the world." Mr. White closed with the declaration l that it. would be an outrage to set aside l the recommendation of army boards and | give a vast appropriation which would specially benefit a private corporation I and an individual. The senator closed !at 3 oclock. I Mr. Frye, chairman of the commerce | committee, said that he desired to make I the closin.g statement, but Mr. White | insisted that as the author of the amend ; ment he had the closing, word. Mr. Gallinger, chairman, sought to I bring forward the pension cases on the calendar. This brought o"ut the signifi cant suggestion from Mr. Cockrell, Dem | ocrat. of Missouri, tbjt it was evident. in view of recent events, that pension I bills would have to be passed speedily so as to permit them to become laws by the expiration of ten days before ad ■ journment. j The senate then proceeded to consider : unobjected bill on the calendar, and | passed a considerable number, including the following: ! Appropriating $300,000 for a public ! building at Butte. Mont.; appropriating i $£5,000 for a monument to Gen. Nathan iel Green on the battlefield of Guilford I Courthouse.N.C.; extending to ten years 1 the time within which the university of | Utah shall occupy lands granted to it; appropriating $10,000 for astatue of Com modore John D. Sloat at Monterey. Cal.; giving to the evidence of private soldiers ! the same weight as that of officers in | pension cases; amending the law of IS9O | so that the absence of an honorable dis , charge shall not be a bar to a pension. provided there is no charge of desertion ! against applicant; vacating Sugar Loaf I reservoir site. Cat, and restoring the lands to public entry; amending the pension laws relative to false swearing I in pension cases: amending the pension laws so as to make mustering into ser vice prima facie evidence of sound body I and mind. Mr. Hill had considerable fun over the passage of the Hutte City bill, referring to the "Chicago-like expansion of this town." When Mr. Mantle, Republican, of Montana, spoke of the thriving charac ter of the town, Mr. Hill remarked that ho was glad to hour of prosperity in Mon tana "in spite of the present gold stand ard." Mr. Hill finally allowed the bill to pass, after extracting an assurance from Mr. Mantle that the bill "could not pass the house." A resolution was adopted inquiring of the several governmental depart ments as to the number of aliens em ployed. A bill to amend the law concerning the distillation of fruit brandies went over on objection by Mr. Harris of Tennessee. Mr. White of California expressed the hope that the bill would not be loaded with all manner of tariff amendments and would be passed, as it was of much importance to the Pacific coast states. At r, oclock the senate adjourned. ARRANGING PRELIMINARIES The method of procedure in the inves tigation of tin- recent bond issues un ci, r the Peffer resolution formed the subject of consideration by the senate committee on finance today. No de cision was reached beyond that to have the Inquiry conducted by a sub-commit tee. The membership of tins commit tee was not announced, nor was a de cision reached as to the number of sen ators who should be appointed on it. Suggestions on this point ranged all the way from three to seven. It was sug gested that in all probability the Inves tigation when begun would be a long and tedious one, and that it; might be come necessary for the committee to I visit other places in the prosecution of the proposed inquiry. Consequently it was decided to ask tiie senate for au thority to visit elsewhere than in Wash- J ington. to continue discussions during j the summer recess and to employ ste i nographers and such other clerical ! help as may be found necessary. A j general disposition was manifested by i members of the committee to avoid | service on sub-committee, and it be | came apparent that It will be difficult •to fill it satisfactorily. The Democrat ic members of the committee genera!!.-.' ! manifested a desire to have the Inquiry begun at an early day, but the lndica i tions are then- will be little progress made before the linal adjournment of congress. POLITICS AND POLITICIANS VV. P. St. John Elaborates a National Independent Party Platform Nevada Republicans Pronounce for Free Sli ver and Home Rule—Populist State Convention Tuesday WASHINGTON, May 9.—Senator Stewart today presented to the senate a document prepared by William P. St. John, president of the Mercantile na tional bank of New York, proposing a national platform for the independent party for 1896. It proposes the mints be opened to the unrestricted coinage of gold and silver alike; demands protec tion in the interest of southern cotton mills; against Asiatic competition; pro nounce for the referendum and initia tive systems; condemnsClevelandism. Referring to the effect of the various declarations St. John says as to the first; "Some would acquiesce in free coinage if they could foresee freedom from a panic on its adoption. If $30, --000,000 in bank clearing house certift i ates can allay a panic in Wall street, the prospect of 1300,000,000 in United States coin certificates is likely to stifle any panic that would arise." NEVADA SILVERITES VIRGINIA CITY, May 9.—The Re publican state convention met in this city today. Six delegates to represent the state at the national convention were chosen and resolutions adopted. The resolutions containing a declara tion for free and unlimited coinage of silver at the ratio of 10 to 1; an expres sion favoring the election of Nevadans who make their homes In this state to offices of United States senators and congressmen. A resolution was adopt ed opposing the funding bill. The na tional delegates are pledged only to use honorable means to nominate an advo cate of free silver at the St. Louis con vention. The delegates chosen were C. H. Sproule. Elko; John Torrey, Eureka; W. S. Bonnifleld, Humboldt; J. B. Over ton and Enoch Strother, Storey; W. D. Phillips, Washoe; A.C.Cleveland, White Tine. The convention was harmonious in every particular. CALIFORNIA POPS SAN FRANCISCO, May 9.—The Pop ulists will meetMn state convention at Sacramento next Tuesday to elect 39 delegates to the national convention at St. Louis, July 22. The Silver party con vention will be held in St. Louis the same day and the local Populists will also choose nine presidential electors and nominate a senator and lieutenant governor. District conventions will al so be held to nominate congressmen. A COMPLETE FAILURE Porter Brothers Turn Over Their Business to the Trustees SAN FRANCISCt >, May 9.—The finan cial embarassment of Porter Bros. & Cc„ commission merchants, has become a complete failure. Idealizing that they were unable to carry out the agreement made with their creditors last December, the pioneer fruit men mave turned over their business to the trustees of the cred itors. A. R. Paul, jr., has been placed in charge of Porter Brothers' store here and the two Porter brothers have entire ly withdrawn from connection with their former interests. December 26th last Porter Bros, an nounced to their creditors that they were unable to meet their obligations. A statement showed their liabilities to be $122,962.52 and their assets $1 SO. 170.17. About half of the assets were in fruit farms. A compromise was effected by which Porter Bros, turned over all their assets but their store to J. W. Wilson of the Sather banking company and S. E. Kiddle of the bank of Hanford, two of the largest creditors, who acted as trustees for all creditors. They also gave four notes for the entire amount of their In debtedness. The first was payable in June. 1896. the second six months later, the third twelve and the fourth eighteen months later. Porter Bros, continued their business uninterruptedly until Monday last, when It was decided it would be better for all concerned to have the firm turn its en tire business over to the trustees, so that the creditors might settle up the affairs of the bankrupts to the best ad vantage. This was done, the Porter bro thers surrendering their store to Mr. Paul. A Bold Robbery SAN FRANCISCO, May 9—Two masked men held up a cab on Walnut street in the western part of the city near the Presidio early this morning and robbed Oeorge Hoog. the occupant, of a small amount of money and some jew elry. Hoog was being driven into town by Barney Mitchell when the cab was stopped by two men. who pointed pis tols at the driver and Hoog and made them give up their possessions. PRICE FIVE CENTS IN THE KAISER'S REALMS Germans Warned Against Emi- grating to America MANY PAUPER WORKMEN With Whom Educate! German Median- ics Cannot Compete The Cabinet Crisii Continues and the Km« peror's Pa'.iencs Ij N'jt Everlasting. Notes oi Americans AbroaJ Associated Press Special Wire. BERLIN, Way B.—(Copyright 1596.)— The Retchsanzeiger today publishes a long article warning Germans against emigrating to the United States and giving extracts from the annual report of the German society of New York re ferring to the increase of the number of ignorant immigrants from Italy. Rus sia. Poland, Ireland and Austria, with whom, the report adds, the educated German mechanics cannot compete be cause they are used to a higher stand ard of living fo aiWlmi. German im migrants with capital are cautioned against investing in land, the title to which. It Is said. Is often fraudulent or doubtful, or which other conditions make unprofitable. Clerks, teachers, officers, scientists and female teachers .specially, are advised not to go to America, no matter how undesirable the conditions at their homes. The Releh sunzelger also says that the new immi grant law proposed will not improve affairs. The Socialist organ, Vorwaerts, pub lishes a story of the existence of high profits in the German gunpowder manu i i turers' ring and promises a complete exposure of its alleged corrupt practices Shortly in the Reichstag. The Vor waerts adds that members of the em • i Tor's entourage belonging to the-ring have hitherto prevented Its exposure. The exhibitors at the exposition gava a banquet on Wednesday last and form ed a society for the purpose of arrang ing for the representation of Berlin at ;ill future expositions at home and abroad. By tomorrow the electric light will be in operation and will illuminate the entire exhibition. A giant telescope much larger than the Yerkes telescope will be put in position in the exposition on June 1. The exhibits, however, are generally away behind and will not bo complete until June 1. Barely 1500 out. of 3000 exhibitors have their exhibits ready. The rivers are rising throughout Ger many. This is due to the heavy rains of the past six weeks, which have caused. Hoods in various parts of the country. The Elbe is fourteen feet above Its nor mal level at Dresden, and great damage is feared. Baron Wissman, the explorer, is now on his way home from East Africa with his health shattered by climatic fevers, and it is probable he w ill not return to his post, ilis recent marriage has made him a very wealthy man. Vie will re side in the house in the GrunewaUl. i There have been several cases of smallpox in the emigration depot at Spandau. All of them have been iso lated 1 . An American syndicate has been bor ing for oil for several months past near Wietz and Steinforde, Hanover, and has finally succeeded In striking oil a-hich will lie put upon the market i" the next two weeks. Experts say that the whole district Is rich In petroleum. The sculptor Raminln, who built the Moorish palace exhibited at the world's fair at Chicago, committed suicide in this city recently. A large number of American tourists have arrived in this city during the past week or so. and many of them have al ready proce 1. or w ill proceed, next week to Moscow, in order to be present at the czar's coronation fetes. General McCook. his brother. Ald-de-Camp Schivn, Commander Nerousen and Ma jor AY. J. Pntzki will leave for Moscow tomorrow. Mr. Henry Jackson, brother of Mr. John R. Jackson, first secretary of the United States embassy, is now In tha city. His home is in Philadelphia. The new United States ambassador, Mr. E. F. Uhl, has, during the week, been received in audience by all the Prussian princes in this city, ant will enter his new house. No. 8 Thlergart-. enstrasse, on May 12th, but he will not entertain nor be entertained until tha fall, as the season is too far advanced. The cabinet crisis continues. The un broken series of parliamentary failures which tlie various ministers are meeting witli iii the reichstag, as well as in the diet, have shown the emperor that the cabinet will not be able to accomplish any legislation of importance owing to its' total lack of Influence over the dele gates and the want of cohesion among the ministers. Some idea of the situa tion may be formed when it is known that the emperor, during the past week, said to a confidant: "It would be better for me to fetch the old man back again." By the "old man" his majesty referred to Prince Bismarck. The emperor is still regretting the dis missal of Baron yon Koeller, the Prus sian minister of the interior, of whom he speaks as being at least a capable man. All the present ministers have been discredited by the country. These facts are openly discussed at court and the possible successors of the ministers are warmly argued over. The emperor is greatly disgusted at tha defeat of the school reform law in the diet, due to Dr. yon Bosses wart of skill, and at the rejection of the chambers of commerce bill, which was a bard slap at Dr. yon Boetticher and Baron yon Berlepsch, However, it is probable that the mem bers of the present cabinet will hold their posts until the fall, as the sessions of the diet and the reichstag are drawn to a close and the emperor has a well filled program for tin- sumn er. whl'-h will keep him in Berlinefor months. In spite of this, it is borne in mind that his majesty has expressed strongly to the court the inability of the cabinet, and there is an impression in court circles that if the ministerial failures continue he may lose his patience and force the • resignation of the whole cabinet. METHODIST CONFERENCE North anil Smith Federation Proposed—Thee logic"! Students - Debts CLEVELAND, 0., May 9. — Today* proceedings of the M. E. general con ference developed no sensations. Then* was a brief conference to the propose! federation of the church North and South, and a resolution was introduced asking for equal representation for tha laymen. At the meeting of the committee on education following the adjournment of the conference, consternation was rais ed by the reading of a report that funds to the amount of more than $600,000 had been loaned to students during the last twenty-two years and that only $50,000 of that sum had been repaid. The report precipitated a lively dis cussion, and a select committee %vas ap pointed to Investigate the matter fully.