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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 221.
THE CORONATION FETES Begin With the Royal Arrival at THE POURING RAINSTORM Does Not Decrease the Russian People's Loyal Ardor Special Police Are Absent and Citizens May View the August Features ot the White Czar Associated Press Special Wire. MOSCOW. May 18.—Representatives of the rural population, to the number Of about M) 0, have reached here and are lodged In tne Korch theater, whose atage has been transformed into a vast dining hall. The costumes of the coun try visitors present a most picturesque sight, comprising all kinds from middle Poland to the extreme Asiatic districts of the Russian empire. Over the Maison Perlow, in which the Chinese embassy is located (the build ing belonging to an important firm of tea importers) lloats Li liung Chang's crest, the double dragon. The house is furnished throughout in Chinese style. The arrival of the czar and czarina this afternoon may be said to inaugur ate the festival season in celebration of the coronation, and for which the city and the whole empire has made months Of preparations. Their majesties arrived in their spe olal train at the Smolensk station at 6:80 this afternoon. The station is about half way between .Kremlin and the Petio ▼oskl palace, which is to be the abiding place of the czar until the triumphal entry Into the elty Thursday. The ruin was pouring down In torrents as the train arrived at the station, but this seemed to have no effect on the loyal ardor of the people, and they gathered at the station to the number of several thousand to accord a welcome to their sovereign and to catch a glimpse of his august person. The streets were full of mud and the countless Hags and stream ers fluttered fitfully in a gusty breeze. An Imperial pavilion has been erected at the station. Into which the imperial party stepped from their train, and from which they stepped Into the equip ages which carried them to the Petro voski palace. The pavilion was carpeted and was bright with floral decorations. A squad of the czarina's regiment of Uhlanswas the guard of honor on the platform. Grand Duke Serglus, uncle of the czar, and governor-getieral of Moscow, with a brilliant suite of officers, waited the ar -11 val of the Imperial party at the station. The appearance of the train was the signal for an outburst of cheering and the military band played a regimental march as the train entered the station and the czar left his carriage. The czarina, when first she entered the imperial pavilion, was attired in a white tulle dress, which was adorned with silver spangles, and she was pre sented with a bouquet. Their majesties descended the car peted stairs from the pavilion, entered a carriage and were driven to the Pet rovskl palace, escorted by cavalry of ficers of the highest rank. Following their carriages came three troikas. Which were occupied by the Grand Duke Serglus and his grand duchess.the Grand Duke Michael Mlchaelovitch. cousin of the late czar, and his grand duchess, and by the infant grand duchess, Olga Nleolalovna, daughter of the czar, who Is not six months old. The passage of the party through the streets was greeted with great enthus iasm, the route being lined with great crowds of cheering spectators. One of the special features of the pres ent event in Moscow is the doing away with the custom of employing special constables In citizens dress to guard the route of the czar coming and going from tbe city. On great occasions the route of the czar's progress is guarded by a double line of military, double rank of civilians in the ordinary police uniform, the police of the defense department aiul the detective police. The doing away with the sworn civilian ranks will give better opportunity for the czar's sub jects at large to witness his passage to the coronation. Preparations for the grand entry into the city are not vet completed, but arc far advanced and on all sides the evi dences of confusion and hurrying of the last touches for the great celebration. The character of the preparations is Host imposing. The palace of the Grand Duke Serglus Is especially magnificent, opposite the governor-general s resi de'ice H a great frame screen built to mask an unsightly building used as a guard room for the troops on official duty at the palace. Near at band Is a watch tower of the fire department, which was a clumsy and unsightly ob ject but has been decorated with ever greens and thousands of lamps for Il lumination by night. Nearly all of the buildings In Mos cow are* built of wood and brick and cov ered indiscriminately with a white stucco, the general efTect being that of a wholly white walled city. The cover ing of stucco has been almost univers ally renewed and freshened for the oc casion, lending to the city a peculiarly brilliant aspect. Verskava street, being the routepf the czar's progress to the Petrovskt palace to the Kremlin, has concentrated within Its length much of the preparation. This preparation has necessarily been very elaborate to Insure a point of vantage for the vast number who are under of ficial care. The competition for posi tion among those not officially provided for has been unprecedented. Many houses along the street have been rented at high rates for the whole year merely to secure the lessee's window for the pro cession on Thursday. Kor single win dows fabulous prices have been offered and many bitter disputes over points for seeing the spectacle have already made their way Into the courts. The street shows alOng its length many com - modious pavilions set aside for the use of the favored ones. All are solidly built and have the bulbed roofs and towers characteristic of the Russian architec ture. These pavilions are placed at the intersection of the street with the broad highways that follow the course of the various ramparts which have been built tn concentric rings about the ancient city. The coloring of all these tempo >ary structures Is most brilliant, tn ac cordance with the Russian taste, and Is confined to the primitive colors In broad stripes and splotches on roofs and sidewalks. Great iron columns have also been erected along the street's length for a brilliant electric illumination. Huge obelisks, draped and vividly col ored hy day, and carrying brilliant lights rrom top to bottom by night, are features of the decorations. Electricity Is used for the first time at a exar'fj coronation. Elaborate preparations have been made by the authorities to avail themselves of this agent. Nearly all the public build ings have their complete outlines traced oy ligiit wooden frame work for the .^.'L 16 t ,eotric "B nts an « lamps, which show the architectural outlines of the city traced in fire and light. The walls of the Kremelln itself and the towers of the buildings within It are thus outlined against the night sky by electric lights and by ths%sands of yards of gasplpe perforated at short In tervals for gas Jets. Along the boule vards which run across the Verskava street the decorations and Illumina tions are very elaborate. Everywhere the Russian flag Is flying, especially con spicuous being the yellow imperial ban ner Inscribed Nan.. Many of the pavil ions and grandstands show the wood work elaborately carved. There are numerous triumphal arches inscribed "God Save the Czar," and nightly re hearsals of the Illuminations of the pub lic buildings and of the Kremlin are taking place. LI HUNG IS THERE Li Hung Chang and suite arrived to day from, St. Petersburg.. The Chinese envoy was received In the most brilliant manner and afterward presided at a re ception given In the Chinese embassy, which was profusely decorated with flags. Field Marshal Yamnguta. the Japanese envoy, the duke of Najara, representative of Spain, and crown prince of Roumanla have also arrived. A NEW TITLE RERLIN, May 18.—Emperor William has appointed the emperor of Russia to be honorary colonel of the Second Dra goon Guards, which regiment will here after be termed the Empress Alexan dra's Dragoons. THE HOLT WILL The Document Tattered but It's Pie for the Lswvers WASHINGTON. May IS—The trial of the noted Holt will case began today. It has been pending almost a year. The question nt Issue Is the genuine ness of a tattered alleged will of a former Judge advocate general, Joseph Holt of Kentucky, which was found ii the mails of the registrar of wills last year. Judge Holt, w ho died in August, 1594, was sup posed to have died Intestate and the validity of the alleged will, whose mys terious appearance created widespread Interest, lias been vigorously contested. A notable array ol* counsel was present. The counsel for the heirs at law are ex-Congressman .Tore Wilson, ex-As slstant Attorney General Worthlngton and Attorneys Healy of Washington and Poston of Louisville. Ky. The signatures of General Sherman and Mrs. W. T. Sherman, which were on the will, were Identified as genuine by Senator Sherman of Ohio and Colonel Fred Grant of N""W York testltied to the genuineness of the signature of the late President Grant. SPEED OF SHIPS OF WAR The Oregon's Performance Causes Com ment and Comparison Whatever the Reason, the Union Iron Works Has Turned Out the Fastest Battle Ship Afloat WASHINGTON, May 18.—The supe riority of the battleship Oregon over her sister ships Indiana and Massachusetts in point of speed has been the subject of considerable ill naval circles. An officer who witnessed the recent trial of the Massachusetts said the Oregon could not excel the Massachusetts in re gard to machinery, but the Massa chusetts' engines worked perfectly. It was his Idea that the Oregon's screws were responsible for her record. Con tractors are permitted to use any pat tern they chose so their designs are sat isfactory to the department. As orig inally proposed the battleships were to have screws with four blades. This was altered by the Cramps, who placed three-blade screws on the battleships they built. The Union Iron Works also intimated that It would like to make a change ,but afterwards the firm decided to carry out the original design. An ex pert said he had no doubt that four blade screws gave the Oregon her record. The fastest battleship Is the Sardegna of the Italian navy. She is larger than the Oregon, being 13,500 tons displace ment. The figures officially reported show that during a deep-sea trial a speed of 20.2 knots per hour. The Sar degna is a very powerful ship, carrying a main battery of four 13.5 inch guns, eight 6 inch and sixteen 4.72 inch guns. Great Britain claims that the Renown, during a run of one hour, made 19.25 knots. On the three-hours' run her rec ord was 18.75 knots per hour. These fig ures, however, are unreliable, as they were obtained by the patent log, which Is unsatisfactory, and English officers complain that as a result of Its use they are unable to know definitely what the exact speed of their vessel is. During the speed trial of the triple-screw of the United States cruiser Columbia, the pat ent log registered 24.23 knots per hour, while the uctual speed was found to be 22.81 knots. The British battleships Hoods and Em press of India, of 13,500 and 13,200 tons displacement respectively, whose horse power developed on their trials was al most the same, being 11.625 and 11,315. registered by patent log 16.9 knots and 18 knots an hour. The German battleship Worth, which on a trial over a measured mile made a record of 15.2 knots, although she Is gen erally credited with having a speed of only 16.6 knots. France has the Bren nus, which In a four-hour run at sea over a measured course made 17.3 knots. Russia claims 17 knots for the Sebasto pol, although the official record of the speed of that vessel places It at 16.6 per hour made in a rough sea. Spain's bat tleship Pelayo. which has a displace ment of 9902 tons, has a speed of 16.7 knots made on a measured mile. The Pelayo is greatly inferior to the Oregon and other vessels of her type. FRUIT PRICES California'! Pint Shipment to Chicago Brings Good Prices SACRAMENTO, May IS.—Today the first carload of California cherries sent cast this season was sold by the Earl Fruit company at Chicago at open auc tion. The fruit was shipped from S'uisun May 9. It sold as follows: Black Tar tarian, per 10-pound box; Advance, $2.20 per box; Purple Guigne, firstname.lastname@example.org; Governor Wood, $email@example.com; Belle de Orleans, $1.50; Black Eagle, $1.15; Rockport, 90c. Last night another full car of cher ries—making the fifth or sixth sent east already—was made up at Suisun by the Earl Fruit company, National Fruit as sociation and Porter Bros. It goes to New York. The fruit men viewed this afternoon's shipment with some apprehension, as it is feared If it keeps up it will affect prices of the cherries on the trees dis astrously. Army and Navy Union 1 WASHINGTON, May 18.—The Na tional Army and Navy union began an annual session of several days here to day, and representatives are present from nearly all the states and from many ot the ships of the navy. Nation al Commander Joseph B. Morton of th» war department delivered his annual report, and speeches were made by Rep resentatives Fenton and Northway of THE HERALD LOS ANGELES. TUESDAY MORNING* MAY 19, 1896. DISCOURAGED INSURGENTS Continue to Make It Interesting for Loyalists SOME SMALL SKIRMISHES Result in the Defeat of tbe Cuban Forces Foreign Commercial Houses Complain ol In- Jury Which Will Result Prom the Pro. hibltlon of Tobacco Exports Associated Press Special Wire. HAVANA, May IS. —The Insurgents in the province of Havana are said to be discouraged. The insurgent governor, Aurello Betancourt, and Maceo, the In surgent leader, who have making great efforts to concentrate the Insurgents.but up to the present without success. The insurgent bands commanded by Col. Lazo and Borgea, which have been united with the intention of Joining a larger force of insurgents and attack the majana line, have been dispersed and have sought refuge In the swamps. They are said to stand in fear of Hetancourt and Maceo and to be trying to avoid them. Borges Is said to have surrendered Ito the Spanish authorities. Col. Lazo is reported to have been killed. Maceo and Morjon are reported to have en camped near Corral Falso and to be upon the point of marching in the direc i tion of Jaguey la Grande, province of i Matanzas. The insurgents have burned the buildings of the tobacco plantation of Cega el Itecuerdo. It Is reported that the insurgent lead ers, Francisco Lelte, Vldel ami Nunez have landed on the north coast between Canas y Marabi and Baracos. The local guerilla force of Carralillo, province of Santa Clara, surprised a numerous band of insurgents at Lulsa, seven of the enemy, including the Insurg ent leader, Felipe Rodriguez, whose body has been Identified, were killed and on the government side only the captain ir. command of the guerillas was wound ed. Col. Hernandez, while reconnoiter ing iv the swamp land of Pinar del Rio, met a force of Insurgents. In the en gagement which followed, six of the lat ter were killed and one man was made prisoner. During several skirmishes which have recently taken place In the province of Havana, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, the insurgents lost ten killed and the troops had two men killed and Lieut- Col. Jule and several privates were wounded. Some of the foreign commercial houses have complained to the consuls of their respective countries of the injury which they will suffer through the prohibition of the export of leaf tobacco. Having done this, the consuls cabled to their governments asking for instructions and calling attention to the injury which It Is claimed the proclamation will do to commerce. Tobacco leaf exporters having exten sive foreign orders yet unfilled will sutler serious embarrassment by Saturday's decree stopping exports. They are pre paring a petition to the captain-general asking him to grant an extension of time of ten days more In whlsh to em bark their stock on hand. It is under stood also that the Havana agents of the French, Austro-Hungarlan and Colom bian government tobacco monopolies, through their respective consuls, will file protests. WEYLER IS TIMID WATERTOWN. N. V., May IS.—John A. Flnnegan, the special war corre spondent of the Standard of this city, writes from Majagua, Cuba, the south ern terminus of the trocha. of a trip made across the island along Gen. Wey ler's strong line. He says: "The trocha could be held by a com petent general, but in the end it would be broken by Gomez. Maceo has gone up and down through the west and de stroyed the tobacco crop. The Bermuda has supplied him with plenty of arms and ammunition. The country and smaller towns are becoming fast de serted. I traveled whole days, meeting scarcely a person. It seems the calm before the tempest." Mr. Flnnegan had some exciting ex periences in his trip through the coun try and Is watched by Gen. Weyler's spies. In Havana he says: " 'Incognito Weyler.' as he Is known among the people, lives In fear of per sonal harm. He fears assassination, and has had war vessels always In the bay because a bomb was exploded in the palace once. He has not been on the streets unless in disguise." This correspondent's letters are for warded to Havana through Cuban sym pathizers. PRISONERS RELEASED HAVANA, May 18.—Capt.-Gen. Wey ler has decided upon further acts of clemency in celebration of King Alfon so's birthday, which occurred yesterday. In addition to the remission of the lines against Cuban' newspapers, with this object, he has given liberty to 200 politi cal prisoners In Havana province who had come under military Jurisdiction, and he makes also extensive grants of clemency to persons in other parts of the island. The manufacturers of cigars and the laborers employed by them are arrang ing for a manifestation in honor of Capt.-Gen. Weyler on account of his prohibition of the exportation of leaf tobacco, thus Insuring additional em ployment to them. ' It is reported that all day yesterday numerous bands of insurgents were passing by Palla and over the river San Cristobal In Pinar del Rio. They were undoubtedly from the Bermuda and were marching east. Their object is believed to be to concentrate in obedience to the plan of Gomez and Maceo, so as to have the force* co-operate when they attack the trocha. At 2 oclock In the morning yesterday the insurgents attacked the military line near the railroad station of Artemisa and two hours afterward at Chiquitin with artillery. Nevertheless, they were repulsed. Maceo is now Intrenched at the camp of Igual Cacarajicaras, at Los Posos, near Bahia Honda. Maceo. it Is said here, will not make a formal attempt to pass the trocha un til he! is sure that Gomez, with his forces, will also make an attempt to force th» military line. General Vicuna, who Is suffering with yellow fever, is reported better. FIERY PROTESTS. MADRID, May 18.—In the senate to day Senor Glron, a Liberal, protested against the slanders of Spain, which are uttered in the United States senate. He intended, he said, to denounce the in tolerable conduct of pirates and brigands against Spain. The day had come, he said, when we should have to consider the wretched acts of interference of the dollar princes with the affairs of Spain. He protested also against the Washing ton slanders against the queen regent The Duke of Tetuan, minister of for eign affairs, replied to Senor Glron, that the government might join In the latter protest, but that they could not approve the remainder of Seno G Iron's remarks. President Cleveland and the United States government had given proof of their respect for the principles of inter national law, he maintained. SOME DOUBTS EXPRESSED. NEW YORK, May 18.—Importers of tobacco from Cuba were inclined to doubt today the authenticity of the dis patch from Havana to the effect that General Weyler had forbidden the ex portation of tobacco from uCba. Gen eral Weyler, it is understood, has taken this step because of tlie financial as sistance rendered to the cause of the revolution In Columbia by the Cuban and Spanish Cigarmakers in this coun try and presumably elsewehere out of Cuba. A member of a wholesale grocery house that imports more tobacco and cigars from Cuba than any other firm, speaking of this later alleged order by the Spanish commander in chief In Cuba, said today: "If the telegraphic dispatches con cerning this matter are correct the whole manufacturing tobacco trade in this country will be demoralized. The price of Havana cigars constantly fluctuates as far as the dealers are concerned, al though the consumers perhaps do not know It. There has been a gradual In crease in the price of tobacco the; last two or three months, hut It Is Impossible to say how much the price of domestic cigars Is to be increased by our failure to get tobacco from Cuba. Some Su matra leaf is used for making cigars, but it Is rot so satisfactory, of course, as Is the Havana. The enforcement if General Weyler's decree would greatly Interfere with th factories In Florida. Rut it is early yet to prophesy. I think the manufacturers in this country have Cuban tobacco on hand sufficient to last them for a few months. The importations of leaf tobacco from Cuba ran from 10,000,000 pounds in 18X6 to 21,000,000 pounds In 189:', falling to 20, --000.00 pounds In 1895. Tbe value of to bacco ranged from 84,000,000 in ISS6 to 89,000,000 in 1593. and J7.001.000 in 1,15. Tbe value of manufactures of tobacco fcigars) imported from Cuba in lf>S6 wos 83,100,000, and the importations grad ually increased until 1890, when their value was $3,900,000. Then the importa tions or '-values" declreased until In 1895 the total value of the manufactures of tobacco (cigars imported) was only 82,040,000." SUPREME COURT OPINIONS Georgia's Sunday Freight Law Declared to Be Void The Sluger Sewing Machine Case—Chinese Liable to Deportation Have Personal and Financial Rights WASHINGTON. May 18. — Justice Harlan today delivered an opinion In the supreme court in the case of Helgto vs. the state of Georgia, involving the constitutionality of the law prohibiting the runhing of freight cars in Georgia on Sunday. The opinion held the law valid. In this case, Justice Harlan said, the legislature had a right to designate a day of the week when all labor should be suspended, and it could not be claimed that a working day had been designated. The state law was not, he said, directed at Interstate commerce, but was mostly a rule of civil conduct and It must be respected until super seded by a law goftvv.-eepa-a--rys tdy seded by some national law with which It was in conflict. Hence the decision of the state supreme court was affirmed. The chief Justice dissented on the ground that the law conllicts with the Interstate commerce law. White handed down the opinion of the court in the cases of the Singer Sewing machine trademark. The Judgment of the court below, the circuit court of the northern district of Illinois, against Singer, was reversed. The supreme court held, however, that others using the name of Singer as a trademark should show the source of manufacture. The case involved a conflict between the Singer Manufacturing company and the June Manufacturing company. The action was begun by the Singer com pany to restrain the June company from making sewing machines and labelling them with the name of "Singer" under the claim that the name which gener ally attaches to the machines made by the Singer Company had become a trademark, and hence that the use of the name by another company was In the nature of an infringement. Justice White, in delivering the opinion of the court; held that the right to use a name on articles manufactured expired with the patents on those articles, but said others in using a name, as In this case, must show the source of manufacture. The case was therefore reversed and the district court was directed to enter a decree in accordance with this opinion. Justice Shlras delivered the opinion of the supreme court in the case of Wong Wing and three other Chinese vs. the United States, reversing the Judgment of the circuit court for the eastern dis trict of Michigan. The Chinese were sentenced to imprisonment at hard la bor in the Detroit. Mich., house of cor rection on the charge or being unlaw fully within the Uited States. The court said that the United States can forbid aliens from coming within the borders and expel them, but when congress sees fit further to promote such a policy by subjecting the persons of such aliens to punishment at hard labor, or by confiscating their property, such legislation must provide for a Ju dicial trial to establish the guilt of the accused. An opinion was delivered by Justice Rrown In the case of J. s. Hllborn vs. the United States, affirming the decision of the court of claims. The case involved the right of Hilhorn as district attor ney for the district of California to ap propriate to his own use the fees col lected under the Chinese exclusion law Hllborn claimed that he was entitled to these fees, In addition to his salary but the court held that he must account to the government for such collections The Cueen's Reception LONDON, May 18.-The princess of \\ ales, assisted by her daughters and Prince Charles of Denmark, held the largest drawing room of the season at Buckingham palace today In behalf of the queen. The weather was warm and great crowds lined the Mall. The mar quis of Salisbury and the commander in-chief. Lord Wolseley, as well as all the members of the diplomatic corps, were among those present. The Amer icans presented were the duchess of Marlborough, Mrs. Calvin S. Price and her two daughters, and Mrs. Douglass Grant of New York. Mr. Thomas F. Bayard. United States ambassador, and Mrs. Bayard, and Mr. Carter, Mr Bay ard's secretary', w-ere the only represen tatives of the United States embassy present. Delayed Malls MANAGUA, Nicaragua, May 18, via Galveston.—Sixty sacks of mail matter from the United States and Europe, in cluding letters, etc., from March 12, which had been detained on account of the revolution, arrived here today. Ze laya, a member of the cabinet, haa re signed. IN THE FIELD OF POLITICS Foreshadowed Results of Late A. P. A. Activity JAMES, CARDINAL GIBBONS Remarks That Patience May Cease to Be a Virtue Ar P. A. Officers Selected-Silver Democrats Suggest the N miinatlcm of Russell tor President—Political Notes Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, May IS.--In reply to some questions addresser] through the Key. Dr. Stafford of Washington, D. C, to Cardinal Gibbons, the cardinal has sent the following telegram: BALTIMORE, May 17. Cardinal Gib bons' Residence. My Dear Sir—lt is the duty of the leaders of political parties to express themselves without any equi vocation of the principles of religious freedom which underlie our constitution. Catholics are devoted to both of the great parlies of the country and each in dividual is left entirely to his own con science. We are proud to say that in the long history of the government of the United States the great Catholic church has never used or permitted its acknowledged power by seeking to make politics subsertte its own advancement. Moreover, It is our proud boast that we have never Interfered with the civil and political rights of any who differ from us in religion. We demand the same rights ourselves and nothing more; and will be content with nothing less. Not only Is It the duty of all parties distinctly to set their faces against the false and un-American principles thrust forward of late; but much as I would regret the entire Identification of any religious body as such, with any political party, 1 am convinced that the members of a relig ious body whose rights, civil and relig ious, will naturally and unanimously espouse the cause of the pfl-ty which has the courage to openly avow ihe principles of civil and religious liberty according to the constitution. Patience is a virtue, but is not only virtue. When pushed too far it may degenerate into pusillan imity. Yours faithfully, JAMES CARDINAL GIBBONS. A. P. A. SESSION CLOSED. WASHINGTON, May 18.—The list of new officers of the A. P. A. was com pleted today as follows: Secretary, W. J. Palmer, Butte, Mont.; treasurer, C. C. Campbell, Minneapolis; sergeant- at arms, J. W. Ellis, South McAllister, I. T.; guard, W. E. Howard, Omaha; senti nel, T. S. Henson, Ohio; trustees, W. Al lison Stocker of Denver, Colo.; George Hester, Cleveland, Ohio; W. J. White, Richmond, Va. At noon the meeting adjourned and the delegates went to the capltol and had personal Interviews with members of the house regarding the Indian appro priation bill. They are confident the sec tarian features of the measure will be stricken out. SILVER DEMOCRATS. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 18.—There has been talk araoug a few of the well known gold-standard Democrats here In Indianapolis of forming an organiza tion which shall advocate the nomina tion of William E. Russell of Massa chusetts for president. A well-known young Democrat says he believes if such a club were organized it would be able to gather In a good many members here in Indianapolis and throughout the state. There are also Influential mem bers of the party who are in favor of the nomination of Secretary of State Olney. It Is believed there are few Demo crats, advocates of the gold standard, who will go to Chicago and oppose the nomination of Governor Matthews if he decides to rely upon the free-silver people for his support in the conven tion. IOWA SILVERITES. DUBUQUE, la., May 18.—In an inter view tonight Charles Walsh, secretary of the Democratic state central commit tee, said the silver forces will have near ly three-fourths of the delegates in Wednesday's convention. "They will organize it," he said, "and declare for free silver and endorse Boies for president, and at Chicago the sil ver men will name the candidates and make the platform. NOT ALL HARMONIOUS WASHINGTON, May 18.—A condem nation meeting of some of the delegates of tho American Protective association claiming to represent twenty states was held after the adjournment of the con vention and a preamble and resolutions bearing on the McKinley matter were adopted. The names of the states rep resented by the delegates participating could not be obtained and further infor mation was denied. The resolutions follow: Resolved, That the delegates in con demnation meeting assembled denounce the unwarranted Interference of the paid McKinley lobby with the affairs of the order, and denounce the cowardly denial by McKinley of his endorsement of the principles of the order given by him to our committee; and Resolved, That because of his record as reported by the national advisory board we herewith pledge ourselves to, by our influence efforts, accomplish his defeat. The association finished its business after a long session lasting into the evening and then adjourned. Very much to the surprise of many, Kansas City was selected as the place for the next annual meeting, In place of Washington, after this city had been virtually agreed upon in the third ballot. Another surprise was in not compelling the new supreme president, John W. Echols of Atlanta to move to Washing ton while he holds that office. It was expected that the supreme council would abolish the advisory board and today such action was taken. An amendment to the constitution was adopted providing the duties hereto fore devolving on such body be placed in the hands of the supreme executive board, consisting of the supreme pres ident, supreme vice president, supreme secretary of state, supreme secretary, supremo chaplain and supreme treas urer. Linotype Patents WASHINGTON, May 18.—The recent decision of the board of examiners in chief of tho patent office has no effect on the linotype machines now being manufactured or their users. It had reference to certain details of construc tion in a machine of widely different character. The linotype is fully pro tected by patents which have been re peatedly sustained by the courts and which aro not In question anywhere by anybody. He Left No Clue SAN FRANCISCO, May 18— J. E. Blanther, an ex-Hungarian army offi cer, who ts suspected of cutting the throat iof Mrs. Langfeldt, an aged woman. Is still among the missing. His movements up to Saturday morning have been traced, but after that time his disappearance has been complete. It is known that Blarrlher went to his room la te Friday night. He met a young man named Dodge Saturday morning and they went across the bay to Oakland on the 10 oclock boat. There they sep arated, and the police are inclined to believe that Blanther returned to San Francisco. Kvery train and boat has been carefully watched since Saturday afternoon in case the fugitive should attempt to leave town. It Is now thought that the murderer secured about $75 from his victim, and In that case he would have enough money to get away, once he secured a start of the police. A FATAL FIRE A Conflagration at Washington Started by Lightning WASHINGTON, May 18.—A conflagar tlon which resulted in the loss of almost a quarter of million of dollars, in which three firemen were killed and four seri ously injured by falling walls occurred in this city at 8 oclock tonight. Twenty one buildings with their contents were destroyed in two hours. The burned dis trict consists almost entirely of com mission and wholesale jobbing houses In the square bounded by B street, Louis iana avenue, Ninth and Tenth streets. Thomas Griffin, Daniel Conway and As sistant Foreman Guiles were the fire men killed. The tire started in a branch ofllce of the postal Telegraph company, located on B street, and is supposed to have I een caused by lightning, a severe thun der storm hat ing just passed over the city. The buildings were filled with a mass of inflammable material, which made it difficult for the firemen to cope with the progress of the flames, which spread with great rapidity. After two hours' hard work the flames were under control. A rough estimate places the loss on the buildings on Uouislana avenue at .♦75,000 and on B street at $50,000. Other losses are mostly on stock. Much of the property is held by the Van Ness and Semmes estates and Is believed to be well Insured. A Patriotic Rebel PHOENIX. Ariz.. May 18.—Gov. Franklin, himself an ex-confederate soldier, issued his Memorial day procla mation today. He describes the day as one "Devoted to the memory of men who offered up their lives upon the altar of their country and who died that the republic might live and the union of the states be one and inseparable. Their heroic achievements will live In story and in song as long as civilization ex ists, and their virtues will be extolled and emulated by all who love liberty and revere patriotism." THE METHODIST CONFERENCE Numerous Ballots Pail to Make Choice of Bishops Delegates Opposed to Increase of Number Re sort to Filibustering — Combinations Formed lor Various Purposes CLEVELAND, May 18.—The impres sion ia becoming prevalent that a dead lock will occur In the Methodist Episco pal general conference over the elec tion of two new bishops. Five balolts were taken today without a choice, and the election is aparently as far away as ever. It is evident that there is a strong element in the conference opposed to the election of more bishops, and this ele ment is believed to have been voting in a scattering way for tho purpose of precipitating a deadlock. A motion was made today, without a second, to post pone further balloting Indefinitely, and it Is said the motion will be renewed to- > morrow. The feature of today's ballot ing were the losses of Dr. Buttz and Dr. McCabe, two of the strongest candi dates in the race, and the surprising gains of Dr. Cranston, Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Neely. It Is apparent that a combination has been formed by the friends of Drs. Cranston and Hamilton, while a large eastern contingent whioh Is opposed to the election of either Buttz or McCabe is supporting Dr. Neely. Bishop Newman presided this morn ing. Dr. J. C. Morris and A. E. Perkins of Texas, fraternal delegates from the M. E. church, south, were Introduced. Dr. Morris was shown scant courtesy on the occasion of his previous appearance before the conference, but both gentle men were received this morning with applause. The result of the ninth ballot proved a great surprise. The loss for McCabe was 32. Cranston 27, Buttz 62, Brown 20. The gain for Hamilton was 59, for Neely 40. This bore out the rumor of a break to Neely and Hamilton, and the tenth ballot was awaited with Intense inter est. The tenth ballot resulted: Cranston 259, McCabe 223, Buttz 193, Hamilton 180. Neely 81, Bowen 12; necessary to a choice, 341. When the conference reasembled at 2:30 the result of the eleventh ballot was announced as follows: McCabe 214, Cranston 244, Hamilton 191, Buttz 174, Neely 131. The twelfth ballot was then taken and another adjournment to 5:30 followed. When the conference again convened the ballot was announced. Tt was as follows: McCabe 192, Buttz 138, Crans ton 230. Neely 163. The thirteenth ballot was taken at 5:30 oclock this afternoon, after which the conference adjourned until 7:30 oclock In the evening. The thirteenth ballot resulted: Crans ton, 245: McCabe. 180; Hamilton, 187: Neely, 172; Mutt?!, 125; Bowen, 24. The evening session was devoted to a reception to fraternal delegates. THE WILMERDINO SCHOOL The Site to Be Decided on Today—Oakland l» Hopeful OAKLAND, May IS —Whether Oak land shall have the Wllmerding trades school will be decided at tomorrow night's meeting of the board of regents State university. There has been a very active canvass for the votes of the re gents who are trustees for the fund left for the establishment of the- school by the late J. (_'. Wllmerding. The friends of Oakland have opposed to them partisans who are working for San Francisco and for Stockton. Since the board met a month ago. when Oakland claimed sufficient votes to win, several changes have occurred to disturb the champions of the city of Oaks. They claim, however that there are enough votes yet to win the prize for Oakland, At tomorrow's meeting ex-Mayor Wil liam R. Davis will appear and will urge the claims of this city. He said today: "The situation is hopeful and Oakland ought to win. It seems impossible for Stockton to capture the prize and her three or four votes will give us the vic tory." .loplin Confirms 1 WASHINGTON. May 18.—The confirma tion by the Senate of Frank W. Joplin to be postmaster at Ellsabethtown, Ky., to day, terminates a contest that has been in progress for two or three years. Joplin was appointed soon after the beginning of the present administration, to succeed Kmily 10. Helen, who was n sister of Mrs. Abraham Ldnooln. Mrs. Helen's friends antagonized confirmation and have been able to prevent it up to the present time. The confirmation was made today over ob jection. CI TV PKICn, PRR SINdt.E COPY, , CRVTS on rKANspourAnoN lues. J cents THE FIFTY-FOURTH CONGRESS Alabama Election Frauds Not to Be Investigated YOSEMITE PARK TOLL ROADS To Be Purchased by the Nation an! Made Free Huntington's Hired Man Shows a Strong Dis position to Crawfish on the Harbor Commission Proposition Special to tho Herald. WASHINGTON, May 18.— Tonight there seems good ground for believing that Huntington's man, Frye, Is trying to induce the conference committee on the river and harbor bill to help him go back on the solemn pledges that he made on the floor of the senate when he pro posed the amendment providing for tha appointment by the president of tha three civil engineers upon the commis sion to decide upon a deep-water harbor for Southern California. He Is now try ing to induce the conference committee) to insist on naming the engineers. The) report which has got out of the at tempted job has elicited expressions of unmeasured condemnation from all sides, and it will fail beyound question. IN THE SENATE A Whole Day Devoted to Considering ass Prices Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, May 18.—The senate today by a vote of six yeas to forty-one) nays defeated a motion of Mr. Allen. Populist of Nebraska, to proceed with the consideration of the resolution to In vestigate alleged election irregularities in Alabama, occuring at the Time Gov. Oates was elected over Kolb, Populist. The entire day of the senate after 1 p. m. was given to the bill regulating gas rates in the District of Columbia. Bills were passed authorizing the pur chase by the United States and the mak ing free of tolls the roads pasing over the Yosemite national park; regulating the pay of non-commissioned officers of artillery, cavalry and infantry of the army as follows: Sergeant majors, $30; regimental quartermaster, $30; first ser geant, $30; sergeant, $23; corporal, $17. A proviso to the last bill provides for a continuance of longevity pay as here tofore. The bill was passed appropria ting $200,000 for a public building and site at Deadwood, S. D. Mr. Chandler of New Hampshire se cured the adoption of a resolution call ing on the attorney-general for a state ment of the government suits Instituted in New York city as to the joint railway traffic association between Chicago and the Atlantic seaboard. The resolutions recently presented by Mr. Sherman for the appointment of fivo senators to go to Alaska during the re cess of congress and conduct certain In quiries as to seal life, boundary, etc., was reported back by the committee on contingent expenses and placed on the calendar without recommendation. Mr. Chandler objected to immediate consideration. The proposed inquiry Into alleged election irregularities In Alabama camo up on request of Mr. Allen for uanal mous consent to proceed to the Imme diate consideration of the subject Mr. Hill of New York quickly object ed, saying other business had the right of way and this proposed inquiry was not a privileged question. Mr. Chandler, author of the resolution of inquiry, pointed out that the question had been pending here in one form or another for the last two years, and It seemed evident, said Mr. Chandler, that the resolution could not progress so long as the New York senator was here to object. Mr. Chandler asked unanimous con sent that a final vote be taken on tha resolution on Wednesday at 5 p. m. Mr. Allen added that in order to re lieve the presiding officer, Vice-president Stevenson, from ruling upon the ques tion of privilege, he would move to take, up the resolution. The motion was de feated—yeas, G; nays, 41. Those voting in the affirmative were: Messrs. Chandler, Frye, Gallinger and Morrill, Republicans; and Messrs. Al len and Peffer, Populistis. On the announcement of the vote, Mr. Allen said with some feeling that this disclosed to him what he bad long sus pected, that there was no sincerity on the part of Republican senators, with, the exception of the author of the resolu tion (Chandler), as to proceeding with tho investigation. He had felt satisfied he said, that when it came to a show down Republican senators would join with the Democrats In defeating tbo investigation. He said he desired this vote to go before the country, in view of the claim that the Republican party stood for a fair election and an honest count. Mr. Sherman answered briefly that Mr. Allen had entirely misapprehended the) causes leading to the adverse vote. It was not for the present congress, but for the one assembling March 4th next, to in quire into any questions affecting the seats of Senators or members whoso terms begin ut that time. Mr. Allen rose to state that In his judg ment the vote was a deliberate refusal to carry out the party claims of cham pioning the cause of fair elections. Mr. Chandler said that the vote had resulted largely in tbe unwillingness to displace appropriation lolls. If hr» had been consulted he would have ad vised against crowding a vote as against appropriation bills. With this Hurry over, the senate took up the bill relating to tlie price of gas in the District of Columbia. Te debate involved a general discus sion of tbe cost of gas, lasting through out the day. the bill being passed at 6 oclock. when the senate held an execu tive Bession and adjourned. IN THE HOUSE Unor Bills Passed—lmmigration Bills set for Today WASHINGTON, May IS—lt was ex pected that the house would take up tho consideration of the immigrant bills on the calendar today under a special or der, but owing to the pressure of other matters the order was not presented until just prior to adjournment. It was then amended so as to give tomorrow and Wednesday until 4 oclock for tbo consideration of these bills. There are four of them,- The McCall bill provides for an educational test; the Stone bill provides for consular inspection, and the Mahaney and Corliss bills provide for more rigid enforcement of the present immigration laws and especially deal with Immigration from Canada. Quite a number of the minor bills and confer