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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 220.
THE REBELLION IN CUBA Not the Only Drain on Spanish Resources UTTER FAILURE OF CROPS Threatened by Prevailiaf Drouth and Insect Pests ONMaI Reports Bring News of Insurgent Defeat!, but the Rebels Continue to Ravage and Burn Associated Pre** Special Wire. WASHINGTON. May 17.—Coming im mediately upon the severe drain of re sources caused by the Cuban rebellion, the Spanish people have now to face the prospect of an almost total loss of the wheat crop, caused by drought and in sects. United States Consul Burke at Malaga writes to the state department that a new Insect pest, as destructive to wheat as the phylloxera is to the grape, has damaged the crops in sev eral provinces, while, owing to severe drought, not only will the entire wheat crop be a total failure, but there will be a shortage ot every other crop of grain. The poor are suffering much and unless rain comes the crops will become a total loss and great suffering and want will prevail throughout the whole country. Efforts will be made to have the govern ment reduce or remove the Import grain duties and heavy Imports must be made during the current year. AFFAIRS IN CUBA. HAVANA. May 17.—Today Is the tenth anniversary of the birth of King Al fonso XIII., and In order to celebrate that event the fines which have been laid upon the Cuban press have been remitted. Later details have been received of the engagement near Limonar. In Matan sas. The local forces of Limonar made a reconnoisance after the engagement and found nineteen more bodies of In surgents besides the bodies of fifteen which were left on the field. Reliable Information has been received by the authorities that the Insurgent loss is much greater than at first believed and that their leader Is seriously wounded, besides one insurgent captain killed. The Insurgent leader, Gavllan, Is also wounded. Near Patta Orva, In Havana province, at the farm of Gardon, three squadrons of cavalry surprised a band of Insur gents, who left three killed when they retired. It Is believed the Insurgent. Delgado, was killed or wounded. Cap tain Rapadan met the Insurgents under Sangullly at Mount Castellanar Agua cato. In Havana province, and killed four Insurgents. The column of Colonel Alonzo, pass ing by Gulnes de Nleranda, in Santa Clara, pursued a band of Insurgents and came up with them six separate times. Inflicting upon them a loss of twenty-six killed. The column of troops had four wounded. Major Gandlnes has been operating about Vertelnles and Jacob and Boca de Jabusco. In the province of Santiago de Cuba. He met Delgado's insurgent band numbering 800 and. after a fight, put them to flight. They left twenty-eight killed. The Spanish column had one killed and eight wounded. Advices from Matansas ssy the insurgents have burn ed the Guantana farms of Cantel. Cas ualldad and Desteno, which were valued at millions of dollars. They have hang ed Juan Delgado Gomes, the proprietor. After the engagement between Col onels Segura and Panquela with Gomez. Zayas, Albertos and other insurgent leaders, In which the Insurgents sus tained a great loss. It Is learned the In surgents marched toward Vueltas, in Santa Clara, near a place called Guan ama. The Insurgents at Barbaras num ber 15,000 cavalry and Infantry. The majority of them were very poorly cloth ed. There were distributed there.soo. --•00 cartridges, whloh were brought by Carlllo, and half of which were Intended for Maceo; also one rapid-fire cannon. Carlllo will lead the vanguard of Gomes' forces, and Zayas the.rearguard, and each will be six miles from Gomez' main force. The flanks will be guarded by Castillo and Rodriguez. General Obrleston, with a Spanish force, passed through Guaracabulla, In Santa Clara, and It Is believed will overtake Gomez. AID TO BE ASKED. PAJRI3, May 17.—The Gaulols says that Senor Canovas del Castillo, the Spanish premlelr. ts about to ask the Intervention of the European powers with regard to the Interference of the United States In Cuban affairs. The committee of the Spanish chamber of deputies appointed to verify the elec tions, has withdrawn because the Lib erals threatened to cave the chamber If the eectlons In Cuba were declared il legal. The Imparctal vigorously protests against language used by Senator Mor gan of Alabama In his speech In the sen ate on Saturdday and against his charges of cruelty against the queen re gent. It also says the Spanish govern ment will make energetic representa tions against such calumlnous asser tions. A FURIOUS RIOT Pennsylvania Italians Revenue the Beating of ■ Countryman HAZLETON, Pa., May 17.—Six per sona shot and a number of others seri ously Injured during a riot at Macadoo, a town four miles from here, this after noon. The Injured are: Joseph Ward, shot'in the knee. Thomas Kalrns. shot in the arm. James Muldowney, finger blown off. Burke Brennan, shot In shoulder. James Brennan, shot In arm. Mary Burke, shot In back. Antonio Rlzzo, nose broken. Mrs. Rose Vlechlo, scalp wound. A game of baseball was In progress when a gang of drunken Italians charged upon the players and specta tors with revolvers, clubs and stones. Last night an Italian had been arrested for assault and battery. A number of young men took him from the constable and unmercifully beat him. The Ital ians, hearing of this, threatened re venge. They fulfilled their threats to day. The first Inning had Just been fin ished when there was a pistol shot. It was followed in a fewwninutes by a pro miscuous discharge of firearms. The crowd attempted to run away, but the Italians chased them, discharging their Pistols and throwing stones. The for eigners were almost mad with rage and blared away Incessantly until the police arrived. Several of the Italians were arrested and more will be taken into custody tomorrow. FREE SPEECH DENIED Delaware Hoodlums Attempt to Break Up a Single Tax Meeting wi?,Ji' J ? nNG T£ N - Del - May 17.-At Middletown, this state, last night, while £,'_ -. Het ? el and R - E. Powell, single tax campaign speakers, were address iTifu a t mee " n «- a mob of men antfboys with tin horns tried to break up the meeting with noise. Failing In that they threw stale vegetables and eggs at the speakers and audience. The speakers talked two hours against opposition. Po licemen were appealed to, but refused to arrest or check the assailants. Many farmers from the surrounding country had come to hear the speeches. A bloody riot was averted only by the coolness of the speakers, as the decent citizens were wildly indignant toward the assailants and worthless officers. The single tax ers declare their Intention to test the right of free speech In Delaware. SUNK IN COLLISION The Schooner Ayer Ooee Down With Halt Her Crew CHICAGO, May 17.—The schooner Mary D. Ayer was sunk In collision with the steamer Onoko In Lake Michigan off Crosse Point, early this morning, and five members of her crew were drowned. Those lost were: Captain Williams; Charles Matson, mate; Henry Shea, seaman; Tom Jones, seaman; Fltz, cook. All are from Chicago. After the ac cident the Ayer drifted down the lake and was picked up by the City of Duluth. Shortly after being taken In town she sank and only seven of the crew were able to escape. The captain lost his life In endeavoring to save the schooner, which he could have easily abandoned In time to escape. There was a dense fog at the time of the collision, and the accident Is not believed to have been the result of carelessness. The pnoko was damaged but not seriously by the shock. Every effort was made to save the drowned men, but without avail. The Ayer was valued at $50,000. Yon flotx Sentenced LONDON, May 17.—A Berlin dispatch to the Standard says: A military court has sentenced Count Yon Kotz to two years' Imprisonment In a fortress as a punishment for his duel with Baron Yon Schrader, which resulted In the death of the latter. SUNDAYS RECORD OF FIRES Heavy Damage Caused by West Virginia Forest Fires Th* BuilneM Portion ot a Chicago Suburb Wiped Out—Sever* LoMe* Reported From Other Place* DAVIS. W. Va., May 17.—A1l day long hundreds of men from all sections have bravely but Ineffectually fought the for est fires which at 7 oclock tonight, after continuing forty-eight hours, are, if possible, burning more liercely than ever. Lumbermen who this morning estimated the probable loss at $500,000, now state the amount has been exceed ed and are unwilling to make any fur ther predictions of the loss. The Middle Fork tract is completely wiped out and the adjoining forest Is now burning. The weather Is still dry, the high shifting winds continue and the air is stifling with smoke and heat. The women and children from the mountain villages are tonight arranging to leave their homes to take refuge tn the larger towns. As the fire started In several places at the same time from no known cause. It Is now thought to have been the work of incendiaries, who were prompted by re venge against the new owners. As far as known no lumbermen nor other cit izens have been caught in the forests. AT BLUE ISLAND CHICAGO. May 17.—Nearly half the business portion of tbe suburban town of Blue Island was destroyed by fire to day. Altogether twenty-six buildings were consumed, entailing a total loss of $150,000. A shifting wind was blowing almost a hurricane at the time of the Are and It spread rapidly. Three hun dred people were attending a dance in Saenger hall and had a narrow escape from death. The building caught Are while the dance was in progress and a stampede ensued. Many persons were bruised though none were seriously In jured. The last of the escaping crowd rushed through a clond of smoke and heard the sound of burning timbers be hind them. In spite of the efforts of the firemen all the buildings In Grove street between Western avenue and Henry street, the west side of Western avenue between Grove and Vermont streets, and every building on the east side of Western avenue were destroyed. AT ATLANTA ATLANTA, Oa., May 17.—The most serious conflagration this city has ex perienced in ten years broke out shortly before 11 oclock tonight In a block in the center of the city. The Markham house, adjoining the Union depot, was destroyed, Involving a loss of about $75. --000 on building and furniture; insurance, $50,000. At midnight the Are had made a complete sweep of the block and was threatening to spread across Decatur street. The total loss on the Markham house Is probably $300,00, largely cov ered by Insurance. AT SAKNTA SARNTA, Ont., May 17.—Fire toady destroyed James King's elevator, Aour and feed mill. .Loss, $45,000; J. F. Lough pad, hub and spoke works, loss, $30,000: the King business block with Its con tents; the Presbyterian church and some residences. Total loss, about $90, --000; total Insurance, $29,000. METHODIST DELEGATES Proposition to Permit a Majority to Elect Bishops CLEVELAND, O. May 17.—The dele gates to the M;. E. general conference found time today to discuss politics In connection with the election of bishops. The failure of any of the leading candi dates to receive a two-thirds vote has inspired talk to the effect that a motion will be made tomorrow to change the rule so as to provide that the election shall be by a majority instead of a two thirds. It is also said a motion will be made to elect three Instead of two bishops. It is not believed, however, that cither of these motions will prevail. The friends of Dr. Buttz, Dr. McCabe and Dr. Cranston are still confident of the success of those candidates, and much earnest electioneering has been done to day, and the contest, when the balloting is resumed, Is likely to prove spirited. A Serious Charge SACRAMENTO, May 17 —A young man named Delos H. Bennett was ar rested today upon a charge of having criminally assaulted Katie Hermann, aged 17, and her cousin, Annie Peters, agen 19. It is alleged that the girls went out walking with Bennett last night, and that while on the river tront'he forced them, at the muzzle of a revolver to submit to him. Bennett is employed in the railroad shops and belongs to a highly respected family. He has been released on bonds. Tabor's Great Es ate DENVER, May 17.—That the Tabor opera house and the Tabor block will soon be sold at public auction seems certain, as the state supreme court has confirmed the action of thel Arapahoe county district court giving the North western Mutual Life Insurance com pany authority to foreclose its first mortgage of $500,000. Mrs. Laura D. Smith, who holds a second mortgage for $40,000, has also obtained from the court permission to foreclose. THE HERALD LOS ANGELES. MONDAY MORNING* MAY 18, 1896. CONGRESSIONAL FORECAST District Appropriation Bills Will Lead to Debate THE SECTARIAN CONCERNS Will Not Receive Aialitaace Without Strong Objection Conference Resorts Will Be Mad* on Naval and Harbor Bill*, snd Lively Fighting It Anticipated Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, May 17.—The pres ent week In the senate bids fair to be given up largely to maters pertaining to the District of Columbia, The consid eration of the "dollar gas bill" will con sume considerable more time, amjrwhen It Is disposed of the District appropria tion bill will be taken up if it is not cut out by the conference report on the legislative appropriation bill. It is expected that the District appro priation bill will lead to considerable discussion. There are numerous items In It which will call for explanation and provoke antagonism, not the least of which is the amendment changing the house provision cutting off the specific appropriations for charitable institu tions. It is alleged that many of these concerns are sectarian and there will be an effort to have the house provision re stored. It is expected that there will be an effort to have the legislative, executive and judicial appropriation bill recom mitted for further consideration of the provisions in regard to United States commissioners, as the house provision, which the senate conferees have ac cepted, is distasteful to many of the senators. It Is expected that the con ference report on the river and harbor bill will be made early in the week, but whether this will coiuCme much time will depend much on what the senate conferees may concede. The senate members are still disposed to press the appropriation bills to the exclusion of other business, and will have the fortifications bill ready to take up as soon as the District bill and the conference reports on the other appro priation bills are disposed of. They do not contemplate giving way to other bills to which no opposition is made until the last of the appropriation bills are passed. There are still three appro priation bills which have not received the attention of the senate. They are the District of Columbia, fortifications and general deficiency. IN THE HOUSE The house probably will devote much of its time during the week to the con sideration of conference reports of ap propriation bills. It is expected the con ference reports on both the naval and the river and harbor bills will be pre sented, and on both lively fights are anticipated. The senate amendments to the latter bill, placing half a dozen additional projects under the contract system at a cost ot $12,000,000, will at tract the bulk of the opposition, and In case the senate does not yield to the house on.the naval bill In respect to the number of new battleships to be author ized another attempt will be made by the economists of the house to agree to the senate reduction. If the conferees yield the matter will be practically be yond the Jurisdiction of the house. It may be the committee on rules will ar range for the consideration of the Im migration bill this week If opportunity offers. The Murray-Elliott contested election case from the Fifth South Caro lina district is also scheduled for con sideration this week. The majority re port unseats Elliott. Tomorrow is com mittee suspension day, and a variety of matters may be brought forward. ADJOURNMENT QUESTION The Impression is growing about the capital that the sliver men will soon take a position against an adjournment before the national conventions. The movement embraces silver advocates in both houses and of all parties. -There has been flo formal agreement so far. but there has been a general exchange of views, and there Is no doubt that some of the leaders hold the opinion that It will be wise to postpone adjournment until there shall be opportunity to know what position the conventions will take on the financial question. ON THE DIAMOND Results ot Osmes Played by National Lssgus Clubs CINCINNATI, 0., May 17.—The Reds started out under a handicap but fought their way up gradually, overcome the lead of nine runs secured by Brooklyn In the first Inning and batted out a vic tory. Attendance 11.400.Score: Cincinnati, 16: hits, 19; errors, 3. Brooklyn, 10; hits, 16; errors, 8. Batteries—Fisher and Peltz; Harper Payne, Grim and Burrell. LOUISVILLE, May 17.—The Senators hit Frazer hard, while the Colonels could not touch German, who succeeded Mer cer In the fifth, the latter having his fingers spilt by a liner from Hassamaer's bat. Attendance 9000. Score: Louisville, 6; hits, 6; errors, 2. Washington, 13; hits, 18; errors, 6. Batteries—Frazer and Dexter; Mercer, German and McGulre. CHICAGO, May 17.—The Champions gave Griffith a fearful pounding today. The Colts played a poor game In the field, could not touch Hotter and but for his muff would have been shut out. At tendance 18,931. Score: Chicago, 1; hits, 5; errors, 7. Baltimore, 13; hits, 6; errors, 2. Batteries—Griffith and Kittredge; Hot ter and Donnelly. A TRIPLE EVENT Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Citizens C elebrato at ninncepolis MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 17.—This afternoon 9000 people assembled at the Exposition auditorium to celebrate what really was a triple event: the interna tional singing tournament, the unveiling of Jacob Fjeldes' statue of Ole Bull, and to pay a tribute to the memory of tho great sculptor who died just after fin ishing this greatest of all his works. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish na tionalities predominated. Eight singing societies from Minne apolis and St. Paul contested and the prizes will be awarded tomorrow. The great statue was unveiled by Miss Caro line Boeckman, with the immense audi ence standing out of respect to the mem ory of Ole Bull and Jacob FJelde. A hid den orchestra played one of Bull's com positions. Bndeayor Convention SAN JOSE. May 17.—The last day of the Christian Endeavor convention was characterized by large crowds at all the services. Denominational rallies were held at the respective churches this morning. An Immense throng assembled at St. James park this afternoon to hear an open air concert by the First Congre gational Church band of Oakland, and an evangelistic address by Rev. w T Elslng of New Tork. At 3:30 3000 per son* attended services at the pavilion. FRENCH BICYCLE TACTICS Compass the Defeat of Johnson, the American BETTER WORK IS PROMISED When the Men Oet Used to the French Climate Morin Wouldn't Set the Pace, Though John eon Sst on the Fence and Waited for Him Associated Press Special Wlra. PARIS, May 17.—Morin, the celebrated French bicyclist, beat John S. Johnson, the American", in both heats of the 2000 metres race at the Velodrome de la Seine today. There was extraordinary inter est displayed in the race and there had been great warmth of feeling developed between the two principals over misun derstandings as to the time and place of the meeting. Both were in a de termined mood and the spectators felt sure of a good race. The appearance of the two riders was the occasion of a hearty outburst of ap plause. Again, during the race, John son was accorded an ovation when he stopped to allow his adversary to change a punctured tire. Upon the resumption of the race John son led, and after several attempts to get Morin In front, so as to force him to set the pace, both stopped and leaned against the railings. Morin thereupon dismounted and walked off, while John son finished the coarse. This match was, however, declared void, owing to the leaning on thy rail ing. Upon this the crowd hooted and applauded according to the direction their sympathy took. A pacemaker was then provided. John son took the lead and all efforts to get Morin in front proved futile. At the last bend in the course Johnson spurted, but Morin caught him and finished a length ahead. The second heat showed a rep etition of the tactics In the first heat, Johnson being forced Into the lead. He spurted upon entering the lap and gain ed about, thirty yards on his adversary, but was again caught and beaten by about a length. The defeat of the Amer ican pleased the crowd and the winning Frenchman was frantically cheered by the thousands of spectators. Some of Morin's admirers flocked to the track and surrounded him. tearing his sweater from his back and replacing it by a trl-colored Jersey, In which patriotic ap parel they escorted him around the track in a triumphal procession, amid yallinge and acclamations. Johnson took his defeat in very good part, though he did not relish the treat ment that had been accorded him either by his opponent or by the crowd. After the race Johnson said: "I was fairly outpaced on both finishes all right enough, but I desire to express my re gret that I was not treated in a more sportsmanlike manner by Morin. After he had been paced for two laps he flatly refused to render me any similar service. The crowd also pelted me with gravel as we went around the track." Tom Eck, Johnson's trainer, said that the men would do better in a fortnight. Johnson Is engaged to race In Paris next Sunday and Monday, May 24th and 25th. He only raced todal, Eck said, to satisfy public curiosity. OLTPIAN GAMES. ATHENS, May 17.—The government has drafted a bill for holding quadren nial Olympic games commencing In 189 S. This is the outgrowth of the de cision on the Olympic games which were .held in this city, to hold the next quadrennial games in 1900 in Paris, leaving the choice of location for the next games in 1904 open between New York, Berlin and Stockholm. It was the Intention further to hold the games at a definite point in each succeeding four years and so carry the institution from one country to another around the world. It is the purpose of the Oreek gov ernment, on the other hand to hold the games every four years in Athens, In the stadium which was restored for this purpose by M. Averoff, and which he has determined to rebuild in marble. The Greeks argued that the attrac tiveness and significance of the games would be lost unless they were held on the historical spot and amid the historic associations of the new stadium at Athens. A COMMERCIAL CONVENTION To Consider Tariff Prom a Non-Partisan Standpoint The Promised Attendance exceeds Kxpects. tlens—Questions to Be Discussed Prom a Commercial Point ol View DETROIT, Mich., May 17.—1t now transpires that the national non-par tisan commercial tariff convention, which meets in this city June 2d, will be considerably larger than its projectors at first anticipated. Secretary S. B. Ar cher of the tariff commission league has received credentials already from com mercial bodies who have chosen over 1000 delegates. There will also be some delegates from labor and agricultural organizations. At least double that number of accredited delegates are ex pected, representing boards of trade and chambers of commerce and other bodies of like character. Other persons who attend will be en titled to vote on all questions excepting those concerning permanent organiza tion. From letters received the senti ment favoring holding annual non-par tisan tariff conventions is almost unani mous. The Santa Fe's woman board of trade, the only organization of its kind, sends four delegates'. The convention committee, consisting of presidents of boards of trade, com mercial bodies and labor and farming organizations, representing various sec tions of the country, will meet June Ist and arrange the final details and choose temporary officers. Auxiliary to the convention and de signed to facilitate discussion, there will be appointed four large committees. Their provinces especially will be to recommend ways and means for taking the tariff question out of partisan poli tics and make It a business question, to suggest ways and means for Improving the consular service In the way of In creasing our foreign trade, especially with the Central and South American republics; to report upon the advisabil ity of recommending to congress the creation of a department, its head to be a member of the president's cabinet; to make recommendations as to permanent organization and the holding of annual conventions for considering the tariff and other national questions. The convention Is to be absolutely non-political and all questions must be discussed from a purely commercial standpoint. The convention will prob ably continue a week or more. IN THE FIELD OF POLITICS The A. P. A. Council Meeting Is Practically Over DEMOCRATS FIND FAULT Because the Advisory Board Mentions Only Republicans The Chicago Labor Congress Formally Nsmas Eugene V. Debs for President—Silver Convention Called at Denver Associated Press Speotal Wire. WASHINGTON. May 17.—Many of the members of the supreme council of tha A. P. A. have departed for their homes, but over a hundred yet remain to finish up the business tomorrow, which in cludes the election of the remainder of the supreme officers and the selection of a place of holding the next annual meet ing. There seems now to be no longer any doubt that the next convention will be held here, and there Is talk of an amendment to the constitution to be proposed at the gathering In 1897, pro viding for the holding of yearly sessions in this city. Where ever the parent or der locates It seems reasonably certain that the Woman's Protective associa tion will establish permanent headquar ters. The woman's association holds its next annual meeting in this city in Oc tober. After final adjournment the new executive board, which consists of the first six of the newly elected supreme officers, will meet and audit the ac counts of the past supreme officers and outline the work and polley of the or der for the ensuing year. The McKinley matter Is still the up permost talk among the hold-over del egates. Several strong adherents of the Ohio candidate are angry at the tenor of the report and the fact of its publi cation. Some few of the Democrats among; the delegates find fault with the advis ory board's report because it mentions only Republican candidates for the presidential nomination as being worthy of the support of the A. F. A. DEBS FOR PRESIDENT. CHICAGO, May 17.—Eugene V. Debs was named for the presidency of the United States by the Chicago labor con gress today. The resolution provoked a discussion which consumed three hours, but It was Anally adopted by a slight majority. It was recited In the resolution that as the corporations, syndicates and trusts are seeking to have presidential candidates nominated who are In sym pathy with the existing order of Indus trial things, labor, organized and unor ganized, should be equally solicitous that a man be nominated who Is known to be friendly to workers and wealth producers. The congress expressed be lief that Eugene V. Debs is best Atted to become the leader of the .industrial classes. VERT MYSTERIOUS. WASHINGTON, May 17.—Thomas F. Piatt arrived here last night and return ed to New York this afternoon. During his stay in Washington he was the gnest of Senator Quay, at his residence. Both Mr. Piatt and Senator Quay refused any Information as to the object or result of the conference. NOMINATION DECLINED. KANSAS CITY, May 17.—James Gib son, who has been considered the leading free-silver candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, has Issued a letter to the public in which he declines to permit the use of his name as a can didate. A SILVER CONVENTION. DENVER, May 17.—1. N. Stevens, committeeman for this state, has called a state convention of the national silver party to meet on Thursday, June 25th, In this city, to elect seventy delegates to the national convention to be held at St. Louis. AMERICAN COAL Official Statistics ol Production During the Year 1893 WASHINGTON. May 17.—Mr. E. W. Parker, statistician of the United States geological survey, has completed the compilation of the statistics of the coal production In the United States during the calendar year of 1895. The total output from all mines was 171,804,742 long tons; 192,421,311 short tons, having a total value at the mines of $197,572,477. This shows an increase over the produc tion In 1894 of about 19,350,00 long tons, or nearly 22,000,000 short tons, and an Increase in value of about $11,500,000. The output of anthracite coal in Penn sylvania Increased from 46,358,144 long tons in 1894 to 51,785.122 long tons in 1895, a gain of over 54,000,000 long tons. The value increased only about $3,500,000, from $78,488,063 to $82,019,272, showing that anthracite coal was cheaper in 1595 than in 1894. The product of bituminous coal in creased from 118.820,405 short tons of 2000 pounds in 1894, to 134,421,974 short tons in 1895, a gain of over 15,500,000 tons The value increased about $8,000,000. There was an increased production In all but Aye of the coal producing states. Alabama and Pennsylvania showed phenomenal gains of more than 25 per cent. Alabama Increased from 4,397,178 short tons in 1894 to 5.769,755 tons in 1895, with a valuation of $5,348,795, and Penn sylvania from 39,912,383 short tons to 50, --017.446 short tons, valued at $35,902,678. The states In which a decreased pro duction was shown were Georgia, Kan sas, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. The greatest loser was Kan sas. The decreases In the other states were slight. The production among the other leading coal states was: Illinois. 17.735.864, value $14,239,157; Ohio. 13,376. --137, value $10,637,553; West Virginia, 11, --424,853, value $7,887,120. JAPANESE PROORESS A Commission Sent Out to Investigate Elec trical Systems SAN FRANCISCO, May 17.—Among the passengers on the steamship China is a special commission from the mikado of Japan to study into the workings of the electrical power and telephone sys tems of the United States. The commis sion is composed of S. Mine, R. Nata yama and Y. Wadachi. They will be about two weeks in examining into the telephone and electrical systems of San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and oth er cities and will then proceed to eastern olties. They may also visit Europe. They expect to be absent from Japan six or seven months. "All over our empire now," said Com missioner Mine, "there is great interest In electrical power and in electrical lighting. Electrlctlty has been Intro duced in several cities, but the govern ment wants It all over the country. It Is the same way with telephones. We have seen the value of them and desire to have them generally adopted. It is our intention to study Into the workings of both systems In the United States. We want to generate electricity from the many powerful waterfalls in our country and use It for electric railways, general power and lighting. "Wherever we can we intend to use electricity. It will, according to the Ideas of our government, be especially valuable in connection with our various public and private enterprises. It ts our desire also to utilize the long dis tance telephone In Japan." ADULTERATED BUTTER The Imported Article Average* Worse Than Home Product WASHINGTON, May 17.—1n a com munication recently received from the British board ot agriculture, by acting secretary of agriculture Dabney, return Is made of samples of imported butter analyzed under the direction of the board, from May. 1895, until February. 1696, inclusive. The total number of samples so analyzed was 995, represent ing the products of twelve different countries. The countries In whose pro ducts adulterated specimens were found were as follows: Belgium, five samples, one adulterated; Denmark, 182 samples, 8 adulterated; Germany, 154 samples, 48 adulterated; Holland, 2f,0 samples, 66 adulterated; Norway and Sweden, 109 samples, 2 adulterated; Russia, 49 sam ples, 5 adulterated;. The countries con tributing samples among which no adul terated specimens were found are: Ar gentine. 4 samples; Austria, 57; Canada, 39; France, 62; New Zealand, 21; United States, 63 samples. In regard to the adulterated products, the noteworthy points are the tremen dous proportion of specimens, over 39 per cent, from Germany: the large pro portion, numbering over 26 per cent, con tributed from Holland, and the fact that Denmark, by far the largest contributor of foreign butter products to the butter market and hitherto enjoying a good rep utation, should have contributed on a total of 182 specimens, 8 adulterated, or nearly 6 per cent. In regard to the other countries, the presence of Argen tina in the British butter market, even though no doubt to a very limited ex tent, is worthy of note. THE CZAR OF THE RUSSIAS Takes His Departure from St. Peters hurt for Moscow All the Detail* ol th* Magnificent Ceremon ies ol th* Coronation Are Complete. Today's Fetes ST. PETERSBURG, May 17.—The czar and czarina, with their infant daughter, the Grand Duchess Olga Nlcolalevana, accompanied by a numer ous suite and by the whole imperial household, took their departure this evenfeg for Moscow. The august cere mony of the coronation of the czar and czarina and the fetes which precede and follow'that event will fill up the time constantly from now until June 7. which Is the date fixed upon for the return of the imperial party to St. Petersburg. The train which carried the imperial party to the ancient capital of holy Rus sia was especially built throughout for this journey, and is said to be the finest that ever rode on rails. The appointments and finishings of it are on a scale of magnificence In har mony with everything else connected with the coronation, for which the most lavish expenditures have not been spared, even to the minutest details. No speed record is attempted with the imperial train, the safety and comfort of the august Inmates being the sole consideration. All traffic ceased over the Hne before the departure of the train from here, and no wheels other than those of this train will run at the same time on the tracks between here and Moscow. The line between St. Pet ersburg and Mosoow runs almost in a straight line for the 400 miles. It Is re lated that when the engineers desig nated to build the line appealed to the czar for his orders regarding the route, he placed a ruler upon the map and drew a straight line between the two cities, thus solving the engineering diffi culties with an autocratic hand. Today the 400 miles of the line are guarded by a double guard of soldiers. Every detail of the Journey and of the ceremonies in Moscow have been ar ranged for months, an army official having been engaged upon the work In this city, amid much stir and excite ment and also Intense anxiety. To facil itate their work wooden models were constructed of all the various buildings at Moscow In which the more Important ceremonies will be enacted, exact in every proportion and relation, so that the program of the coronation has been precisely arranged and gone through with in miniature. The arrival of the czar and czarina at the Petrovsky palace outside Moscow is to be tomorrow, which is the anniver sary of his majesty's birthday. This will be celebrated tomorrow at the Petrovsky mansion, where their majesties will remain until Thursday, May 21, the date fixed for the triumphal entry of the czar Into Moscow, which is to be one of the most Imposing specta cles In all the ceremonies attendant up on the coronation. REFORMS PROMISED. LONDON, May 17.—The correspond ent of the Daily Telegraph at Moscow anticipates that after the coronation of the czar an edict will be issued liberat ing thousands of exiles In Siberia and also proclaiming the abolition in the em pire of corporal punishment of all kinds. Rear Admiral T. O. Selfridge, who ar rived at Cronstadt on board the United States steamship Minneapolis last week, has started for Moscow to attend the coronation of the czar. Interstate Q. A. R. SUPERIOR, Neb., May 17.—A very en thusiastic meeting of the Interstate G. A. R. of Nebraska and Kansas and also Woman's Relief Corps was concluded here today. A full delegation from each district was in attendance. The meet ing was Impregnated with the spirit of patriotism and clearly showed that the "boys" who stood side by side from 1861 to 1864 were standing shoulder to should er. Col. Shuler was elected commander with Col. J. D. Stlne of the Superior Jour nal senior vice-commander, and Col. H. E. Pond of Red Cloud junior vice-com mander. The reunion for this year was located at Superior, the time to be set by the citizens' committee and com mander-elect. Last evening a camp fire was held with Col. Shuler presiding. Col. Henry delivered the main address at the afternoon meeting. A Banker Arreeted OMAHA, Neb.. May 17.—A special from Chadron, Neb., to the Bee says: A. C. Putman, president of the Chadron Banking company, which went into a receiver's hands recently, was arrested today for receiving money when he knew the Institution was Insolvent. Creditors declare that Putman has wealthy relatives at Fredonia, N.Y.,who are ready to make good all losses. The Queen's Physician Dying LONDON, May 17.—Sir John Russell Reynolds, physician in ordinary to her majesty's household, and professor of the Royal College of Physicians, is in a critical condition and Is growing weaker. Sir John Is 68 years old and the result of his Illness, It ia feared, will prove fatal. CITY PRIOR, PER SINGLE COPY, j CENTS ON TRANSPORTATION LINES. 3 CENTS IN THE CYCLONE SECTION Towns in Kansas Visited With Dire Disaster CITIES IN KENTUCKY ALSO SUFFER Hundreds of People Are Left Homeless SCORES DEAD OR INJURED The Property Loss Not Yet Estimated but Is Heavy Farm Buildings and Slock, Private and Pub lic Buildings Swept Away A Cyclone ot Tremendous Power and Extent Aids to tne List of Dead Before the Shermm Victims Are Burled Associated Press Special Wire. KANSAS CITY, May 17.—The follow ing telegram is just received by the As sociated Press: FRANKFORT, Kans., May 17.—Cy clone struck Frankfort at Sp. m. All the northwest and west part of the town blown down. Henry Kennedy, Capt. S. B. Todd and a colored woman inlured. (Signed) J. M. WATSON, Mayor. Frankfort is a town of 1(100 Inhabit ants in Marshall county, on the Missouri Pacific railroad. THE TOWN WRECKED FRANKFORT, May 17.—At 5 oclock this evening a territlc cyclone swept down" on the town of Frankfort from the southwest. Everything from the north and west ends of the town was completely wrecked. Probably three score of buildings were razed to the ground. Some of the best residences of the town were blown to atoms. Reports coming in from the country, where heavy damage has been done, will ma terially swell the loss. Many are re ported painfully Injured, but so far as known no one has been killed. Many head of horses, cattle and other stock have been killed. The Methodist and Christian churches were demolished, and the Presbyterian church was badly wrecked. Scores nf people were left homeless and are being cared for to night In public halls and in the houses of more fortunate citizens. Those most seriously injured are: Henry Kennedy, nose broken and bad ly bruised. P. Cudmore, head bruised. Mrs. Moran, badly hurt. Mrs. Arthur and two children. Jack Rodger?. Capt. B. B. Todd. The small number of casualties Is ac counted for by the fact that nearly all the people fled to their cellars and cy clone caves. Reports coming from Vlelts and Se«(e eca say the cyclone was severe at those points. The latest reports are that fully 100 buildings have been destroyed In the town and surrounding country. SABBTHA STRUCK TOPEKA, May 17.—A funnel shaped cyclone struck" the north part of th n town of Sabetha. a small place north east of here, near the Nebraska state line, destroying the Grand Island rail road depot and elevator. About t'. em v resldences were demolished and t" en'V or twenty-five people wounded, s tr 1 of whom will die. Twenty families were rendered homeless, losing everything they had. It passed off toward Fall City and evidently did great damage. Owing to darkness and heavy rain par ticulars are hard to obtain at this hour. Early In the evening a cyclone wan seen to form over the town of Mil tort - vale, Kans., and struck the ground a few miles from town, but did not do much damage. It Is probable this Is tho same that struck Sabetha. MANY FATALITIES. SABEHTA. Kan., May 17. —A cyclone) from the southwest struck Sabetha at 7:30 oclock this evening and tore an ugly gap through the business and resident s portion of the town. A score of building* were destroyed, and several person* were badly injured, two of whom will probably die. The Kock Island depot was razed, together with a dozen resi dences in its vicinity. Five persons woo were In the depot at the time escaped without serious injury, though Mr. Aus tin, the telegraph operator, was car ried several blocks by the force of wind. On Main street the front of nearly every store was blown in. Tonight a large force of men with lanterns are patrol ing the streets and doing all they can to relieve the homeless. G. A. R. hall has been thrown open to the Injured, and all the doctors of the town are In attendance. The most seriously injur.* t are: William Carey and wife and eldest daughter: all badly hurt, the latter prob ably fatally. Mrs. Eliza Murphy, colored, will die. S. P. Hayes, buried beneath tbe ruins of his home. Jaw broken and serious In tternal injuries. The family of E. Horton were In then? big hrlck block, when the whole side was blown out. and the walls came tum bling down, hut all escaped uninjured. DAMAGE AT SENECA. KANSAS CITY. Mo., May 17.—Report* received here Indicate that the cyclone which passed over Marshall and NemehS) counties, Kan., late this evening, swept over an unusually large territory, deal ing death and destruction throughout the two counties. A dispatch lo tha Times from Hern, Nemeha county, re ports that Seneca, the county seat, wal struck by a cyclone at 7 oclock this even ing. One-third of the residence portion of the town was destroyed, and five per sons killed and fifteen badly Injured. The county's magnificent new court house, the town's big big school house and the Catholic church are among tho buildings wrecked. Five hundred of the citizens of Seneca are reported to be homeless tonight. The property loss is estimated at $100,000. The five dead ara two children of M. Everhes. two children of Mr. Connel, and a son of Peter As. semacher. Everything In the path of the storm was completely wrecked. Couriers from the country report great damage to property and probable loss of life. In this city four were killed and a number Injured. The killed are a boy and a girt of M. R. Connell, a boy of M. E. Voor hees and the 15-year-old boy of Peter As senmachers. The seriously injured aro M. E. Voorhees, John Helshaw and) Alonzo Hawley. The latter will not re cover. .There were many miraculous escapes from instant death. The streets are impassable, being blocked with de bris of buildings and fallen trees. That