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TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR. NO. 222.
POLITICS AND POLITICIANS Wild Claims Made by Free Sil- ver Advocates ADMINISTRATION EFFORTS Will Scarcely Suffice to Prevent Con- demnatory Resolutions Bookwalter Declines c Congressional Nomina tion—lowa Democrats Hold Their State Convention Today—State Politics Associated Press Special Wire CHICAGO, May 19.—A special to the Post from Washington says: The pres ident has been told that not only will the sound money element lose Its fight ln Chicago, but that a triumphant and meciless free silver majority will In sist upon the adoption of resolutions In structing denunciation of his course on the money questlo. Senator Harris estimates a free sliver majority ln the convention of not less than 200. Cor respondent Mnßride, who has all the sources of Information that center In John R. McLean of the Cincinnati En quirer, says the majority will be nearer 250, and Congressman Ualley of Texas, who is running for senator on a free sil ver platform, will not be satisfied with a free silver majority under 275. The ultra-conservatives have raised their minimum estimated majority from seventy-five to ]2.'>. The free sil ver sentiment among the Democrats has the same ground swell roll to It that the McKinley movement has among the Republicans. The efforts of the administration from now on will be to prevent the adoption of condemnatory resolutions by tho national convention. If that can b< done the friends of the president vvll feel they have cause for congratulation The honest money Democrats have decided to have a state central commit tee of their own and to Ignore State Chairman Hinrichsen's combination After two hours of discussion the spec ial committee on state organization re ported in favor of organizing a commit tee consisting of two members from each congressional district and four from the state at large to have charge of the campaign against the present state centrai committee. Governor Altgeld and free silver. The conference was for the purpose of taking into con sideration what should be done In view of the fact that the silver wing of the state Democracy was resorting to un fair methods In the primary elections to carry the state convention for free coinage. Resolutions were adopted protesting against the methods of the silver men of the party, and declaring that they should be taken to the state and nation al conventions if necessary. STATE POLITICS FRESNO, May 19.—The Democrats of Kings county in convention Saturday adopted a plutforin covering every issue under consideration in the country. They began by reaffirming their faith in the Democratic party and Its prlucl piles and denouncing "protecetlon." A declaration was made for free silver at a ratio of 16 to 1. and the election of United States senators by direct vote of the people was demanded. The plat form recommended the foreclosure of the Pacific railroad debts by the gov ernment and their operation in the in terests of the whole people, endorsing the action of the Democratic members of both houses of congress thereon from this coast. While resolving upon these weighty problems the convention did not neglect paying some attention to the fair ones, for it declared in favor of "the removal of restrictions preventing the exercise of the inalienable right of suffrage by women." It Is worthy of note that the committee on resolutions did not make It necessary for the con vention to insert the funding bill plank. IOWA SILVERITES DUBUQUE, la., May 19.—The fight between the gold and silver factions which had been expec ted at tomorrow's convention seems tonight to have been settled in advance. The gold standard delegates held a conference this even ing and practically gave up the contest, though many favored a bolt. Ex-Gov. Boies was given an ovation on his ar rival today. Boies badges are seen everywhere and talk In lobbies is all of him as a presidential candidate. He wns urged to accept the permanent chairmanship, but declined. He will probably name the man who Is likely to be chairman, Judge Van Wagener of Sioux City or Michael Healey of Fort Dodge. Figures given out tonight as showing the relative strength of the fac tions ln the convention are: Silver 663; gold, 257. E. M. Carr of Manchester' a silver man, will probably be tempor ary chairman. QUAY DIDN'T COME CINCINNATI.May 19.—The Commer cial Gazette special from Canton, Ohio says: Nothing is known here about Senator Quay's proposed visit to McKinley Sen ator Mitchell of Oregon has just return edform a visit to McKinley. There are many visitors daily and several promi nent Republicans are expected en route home after the adjournment of con gress, but if Senator Quay is coming ex-Gov. McKinley is Instructed for gold The leaders will make a strong effort to prevent the instructions of any other kind or any declaration whatever but it is doubtful if this plan will win. For national delegates J. M. Woods of Rapid City and Col. W. R. Steele of Deadwood have no opposition and will be elected, although they are recog nized as gold standard men. IOWA DEMOCRATS. DUBUQUE, lowa, May 19.—The Dem ocratic state convention will meet at 10 oclock tomorrow morning. A majority of the delegates have already arrived and have been in caucus today on pre liminaries. The state committee had de cided upon S. S. Wright of Tipton for temporary chairman, but the silver men are today talking of a change on account of objectionable features of his Intended speech. Should they refuse the commit tee's choice, E. M. Carr of Manchester is likely to be elected, pnd he may also be made permanent chairman. Trie res olutions will be uncompromisingly for free silver nt 16 to 1, and for Boies for president. Sliver men claim seven hun dred out of 947 delegates and unless their present program is changed, will begin the fight on the opposition at the very opening. BOOKWALTER DECLINES CINCINNATI, May 19.—The Demo cratic convention of. the Seventh Ohio district offered the. congressional nom ination to John W. Bookwalter, who de clined it. Tt is understood Bookwalter is a candidate for delegate at large ln the interest of free silver. James John son, Jr.. of Springfield and Gen. J. Long of Troy were selected delegates to the Chicago convention. The congressional nominee and the delegates were in structed by resolution for free silver NO INSTRUCTIONS CONCORD, N. H., May 19.-The Democratic state convention to elect delegates at large to Chicago will as semble in this city tomorrow. Hon. Harry Bingham will probably preside. The platform will declare for a gold standard, aud it is expected no candi date will be endorsed. A PRtSS BANQUET Distinguished Newspaper Men Make Prepara tions to Ln|oy Themselves NEW YORK, May 19—A party of dis tinguished newspaper men left today on the Pennsylvania limited for Chicago to attend the annual meeting and banquet of the Associated Press in that city to morrow. Among those ln the party are Hon. Charles Emory Smith, Philadel phia Press; Col. Clayton McMlchael, Philadelphia North American; Mr. John Norris, New York World; Mr. J. 8. Sey mour.New York Evening Post; Mr. Fos ter Coates, New York Commercial Ad vertiser; Mr. Stephen O'Meara, Boston Journal; E. L. H. McDowell, Lewiston (Me. Sun; Mr. John S. Baldwin, Wor cester (Mass.) Spy; Mr. A. P. Langtry, Springfield (Mass.) Union; Mr. C. G. Sherman, Troy Standard; Mr. J. A. Mc- Carthy, Albany Press and Knicker bocker; Mr. <}. W. Hills, Bridgeport Post; Gen. Felix Angus, Baltimore American; Mr. Frank A. Richardson, Baltimore Sun; Mr. C. H. Grady, Bal timore News; Mr. M. B. Beckhofer, Bal timore Herald; Mr. Frank B. Noyes, Washington Star; Mr. H. H. Cabannls, Atlanta Journal; Mr. Charles S. Diehl, assistant general manager of the Asso ciated Press, and Mr. C. F. McMlchael of the Philadelphia North American. Other eastern members of the Asso ciated Press left yesterday and today over other routes. Mr. Horace White of the New York Evening Post and Mr. St. Clair McKelway of the Brooklyn Eagle and Mr. Herman Bidder of the New York Staats Zeltung. who had ex pected to attend the annual meeting, were prevented at the last moment by personal and business engagements. UNIVERSITY REGENTS MEET Tbe Wllmerding School Will Go to San Fraocisco Sutro'a Extension ol Tims Accepted—No Pee Will Be Charged studente ol tbe Saate University SAN FRANCISCO, May 19.—The board of regents of the state university met this af lei noon at the Hopkins insti tute of art for the purpose of considering the location of the proposed Wllmerd ing school of industrial arts. Represent atives from various local commercial bodies were present, as were also dele gates from Stockton and other Interior cities, for the purpose of presenting rea sons why they thought the school should be located in their respective cities. Executor Alvord was tho first person heard upon the question of site. He said he thought that Mr. Wllmerding had not meant that the school should be lo cated at any place outside of San Fran cisco. Uov. Budd, who wants the school at Stockton, asked Alvord if Wllmerding had ever mentioned San Francisco as the place where the school should be es tablished. Alvord replied that he had proposed to Wllmerding that the Potrero would be a good site, in view of the fact that so many manufactories were located there. He said Wllmerding was pleased with ttie idea. Gov. Budd, who Is basing Stockton's claim to the school upon the silence of the Wllmerding trust as to San Francis co as the location of the school, said that it was Significant that, notwithstanding all this talk about the Potrero, there had been nothing of the sort incorpor ated in the will. Mr. Lamb, who had been Wllmerding's financial agent, said that Wllmerding never had in view more than two places as locations for the school. One of those was in the Western addition, where he owned prop erty, and the other was in the Potrero. He did not seriously entertain the West ern addition site. "If I should state," said Lamb, "that Wllmerding died in the belief tthat this school would be located in the Potrero I would state only what is true." Lamb said that Wllmerding had ln view a particular class of boys he ex pected to reach with the school. He had called his attention to the boys in the Tar Flat region, he said, and pointed out that such a school would enable them to make a good living. This ended the talk as to the location and the matter of the kind of school to be conducted was taken up. The resolution offered at last week's meeting of the board of regents, accept ing Mayor Sutro's offer of a six months' extension of time in which to begin con struction of the affiliated colleges build ings, was taken up and adopted. The recommendation of the finance committee that students of the state university be charged an annual fee was taken up. Gov. Budd said he had exam ined the law in the matter and would rule that any such action was out of order. A resolution offered by Regent Wal lace that no fee be charged was then adopted. WORKERS' MEETINGS The Annuel Convention ol the Verlone Leber Organ Izatlona DETROIT. Mich., May 19,-One hun dred and seventy-five delegates were present when the annual convention of the Amalgamated Associetlon of Iron and Steel Workers of America was called to order today . President Gar land of Pittsburg presided. The dele gates present directly represent 50 000 workers, but 500.000 employes of tho iron trades are actually governed by the de cisions of this body. Forty-five lodges have been enrolled during the past year, and the representation today is the largest since the Homestead troubles ST. LOUIS. Mo., May 19.-At the Southern hotel this evening about 100 members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers met in annual convention. The business session begins tomorrow. BUFFALO, N. V.. May 19.-The na tional convention of Journeymen Horse shoers received the reports of commit tees today. John O'Neil of Chicago pre sided. The entire clay was spent in the transacting of routine business Tomor row night there will be a banquet and hall. The election of officers is set down for Thursday. The Olflcera Discharged MERCED. May 19.—The inquest over the body of the stranger who was shot a week ago by Officers Collins and Dowst on suspicion of being Burns, who es caped from a Selma officer at Livingston a few days before, was concluded tonight The verdict of the jury was that the man came to his death by a gunshot wound. The officers were neither Im plicated nor exhonera ted by the verdict, but were immediately released from custody. Coal Buildings Burned RICHMOND, Va.. May 19.—The build ings over the Grove shaft, Midlothian coal pit, twenty-five miles from here, took lire last night and were complete ly destroyed. A gang of men who were at work in the pit at the time were res cued to day without injury. THE HERALD LOS ANGELES, WEDNESDAY MORNING* MAY 20, 189fi. METHODISTS IN CONFERENCE End the Suspense by Electing Two Bishops M'CABE AND CRANSTON WIN Amid Howls of Delight From Conference Delegates The New Members ol the Episcopal Boerd Heve War Records and Are Men ol Ability Associated Press Special Wire. CLEVELAND, 0., May 19.—Thirteen ballots for bishop had been taken when the M. B, conference assembled this morning and the convention was prac tically in a deadlock. Key. C. L. Staf ford of lowa moved to postpone indefi nitely the election of bishops, saying a large number were opposed to increas ing the episcopal board. Dr. J. M. Duck ley opposed the motion. The committee, he said, recommended three bishops and the conference by a majority of twenty five substituted two. He reviewed the conference of 1888, when eight ballots were taken. To postpone Indefinitely would make the conference ridiculous in the eyes of the world. Dr. Buckley said the difficulty now lay ln the fact that individuals who had no possible chance to secure the necessary two thirds vote still permitted friends to vote for them. Hey. C. D. Hills of New Hampshire presented a substitute which provided if no election should result on the four teenth ballot, the lowest one to be dropped each succeeding ballot. Bishop Bowman, presiding, ruled that the mo tion was out of order. The motion to- postpone was defeated by a large majority. An attempt to se cure a suspension of the rules In-order to present a substitute to elect three in stead of two bishops was defeated. Then the fourteenth ballot was taken. Five hundred and four votes were cast, making 336 necessary to a choice. The vote was Cranston 261,McCabe, 258, Ha milton 149, Butts 124, Neely 112, Bowen, 37, scattering 70. The fifteenth ballot was at once taken. There were 504 votes cast: necessary to a choice 336. Of these C. C. McCabe of New York received 344 votes, electing him by eight votes. The delegates stood yelling and wav ing handkerchiefs. Calls for "McCabe," "Song," "Speech," rose from all parts of the hall. In the first lull the motion to Invite Bishop McCabe to the platform was carried with a whirl. As Dr. Mc- Cabe walked down the aisle the demon stration was repeated, but Dr. McCabe begged to be excused from saying any thing or singing. The fifteenth ballot showed a gain for Cranston of 67. The sixteenth ballot resulted ln elect ing Dr. Cranston as the second bishop; 504 votes were cast; necessary to a choice, 336. Cranston received 366 thus electing him by 30. The conference went wild again. Handkerchiefs were waved a nd the noise continued several minutes, while Dr. Cranston Wlked forward and bowed. An attempt by Judge Caples of Oregon to make the elections unanimous was howled down. The conference then took up the elec tion of two book agents for New York. Among the nominees was John D. Ham mond of California. On the first ballot Dr. Homer Eaton of Troy, N. V., was overwhelmingly elected. The nomina tions for two agents of the Western beck concern at Cincinnati were made. After taking the first vote on the Cincinnati concern and a second on New York the conference adjourned. The vote will be announced in the morning. THE NEW BISHOPS. Bishop-elect Charles McCabe was born on October 11, 1536, at Athens, Ohio. In U62 he became chaplain in the 122 d Ohio ■volunteer infantry. At the battle of Winchester, Virginia, he was captured and taken to Libby prison, where he re mained a captive over four months. Af ter release he rejoined, his regiment, but with broken health was sent back to the hospital at Washington. Since the war he has been in the service of the Ohio Weslyan university and board of church extension. In 1844 he was elec ted Missionary secretary. Through his efforts the cry, "A million for missions," once a prophecy.ls now one of the bright est facts ln the history of the Methodist Episcopal church. Dr. Earl Cranston was born on June 27, 1840, at Athens, O. He enlisted in the United States service and rose to the rank of captain. His first service in the church after the war was in the Ohio conference. He was finally transferred to Denver, Col., where he was presiding elder. Since 1884 he has been book agent at Cincinnati. He Is a pulpit orator of the highest rank. Bishop Walden, speaking of the re sult, said it was an Ohio day. Both of the bishops elected are natives of the Buckeye state, and six of the sixteen bishops now on the board were born in Ohio. They are Bishops Merrill. Wal den, Joyce, McCabe, Cranston and Tho burn. Bishop Foster, who was retired, is also an Ohio man. Some of the delegates are worklng.to have the staff of the church extension society decreased. This cropped out at a meeting of the committee of church extension today. The committee recom mended that a work on state and inter national law as it applies to the holdings of churches be Included ln the course of reading of theological students. It was voted that where a church asks aid in building and accepts It the building must conform with plans approved by the church extension board. There was a hot discussion before the committee on missions on the proposi tions that persons may specify the pur poses for which special gifts to the church shall be used. Bishop Thoburn Is exceedingly anxious that this be done. A few days ago he said that If better support was not given the mission worjk In India one out of every six mission aries there would be compelled to return home. Today he said that while that might not be the case, a eontlnuance of present conditions might prevent his returning to India. The change pro posed met the opposition of Dr. McCabe and Dr. Leonard. The matter was held over. The book committee today recom mended subsidies amounting to $18,280 per year for several of the church papers. REALITY AND ROMANCE An Arabian Prince Borrowed Real Money on Imeglnarv Security LONDON. May 19.—A series of re markable divorces, breach of promise and other trials are at present occupy ing the law courts. The chief Interest however centers in a romance which was unfolded before Justice Hawkins. It was the case of Briggs vs. the Emir Hafiz, an Arabian prince, who has paid several visits to America and who has resided in princely style for years at various London hotels. Briggs, who is a lawyer, testified that he met the Emir when the latter was a youth under tho guardianship of Miss Burton, a sister of the famous traveler. According to a letter from Miss Burton, Emir Haflz's father was a prince, the ruler of Mecca, and a thirty-third descendant of the prophet, fiafiz claimed his family for tune amounted to £20,000,000, of which he was entitled to one-quarter. In 1888 Haliz summoned Briggs to Ox ford and informed him that his family was coming to England to invest the fortune, which had been melted into gold bars and packed In salt, in order that they might be carried more easily. On the strength of this story Briggs lent money to Hafiz and afterward on vari ous pleas and upon the Emir's repre sentations that it was necessary to send messengers to Arabia to communicate with Ilaflz's parents and send ships to the coast to meet the treasure caravan. Briggs also furnished other sums of money, amounting to £.liioo. The lawyer admitted to writing a let ter to Hatiz to the effect that the advan- ces wore "made out of love," but he has complained that this letter was written at the dictation of the Kmlr, whom he described as excitable. Counsel for Hatlz said that the latter lived on an In come furnished by his tribe, amounting from £7000 to £12,000 yearly. He added that the Briggs family had for years lived with Haftz, dominated him and hoped to profit ultimately when Haftz ruled over Mecca. Hafiz had given Mrs. Briggs sums of money aggregating £6000, in addition to clothes and jewelry. Ultimately the Briggs family and Hafiz quarreled and the suit to recover the money advanced followed. The trial lasted five days and resulted yesterday ln a verdict for Briggs. Straw Bonda divan SACRAMENTO, May 19.—A notori ous Frenchman named Eugene Bos quet was released on $4000 straw bonds this afternoon, pending an appeal to the supreme court. The character of the bonds was immediately discovered, however, and the prisoner arrested be fore he had time to leave the city. The signers of the bonds and the man who vouched for them will appear In court tomorrow to answer for contempt. THE AUSTRIAN NOBLEMAN Charred With the Murder of Mrs. Pall* ipina Langfeldt A Real Nobla and Also Past Master of the Art ol Dodging the Sherift'a Officers SAN FRANCISCO, May 19.—Joseph Blanther.the suspected murderer of Mrs. Philipina Langfeldt, is a knight of the AUBtro-Hungarlan empire, entitled to place the aristocratic "yon" before his name. He was a lieutenant in the army ot Emperor Franz Josef and served with such distinction that he received as special tokens of imperial favor at least lour crosses and decorations of knightly orders. In the possession of Captain Lees are the decorations themselves and the documents accompanying them, all found among the effects! of the missing man, which establishes these facts be yond a doubt. The most Important of these docu ments is the highly illuminated imperial order of December 12, IS7S, conferring knighthood, a crest and a coat of arms i upon Josef Blanther, who is described as Drat lieutenant in the sixty-fifth Aus trian Infantry, commanded by no less an important persoi «ge than the Arch duke Ludwig Victor. This document interests the police of this city mostly from the fact that it fixes beyond a doubt the age of Blanther at 37 years. He was born in the year 18D9 at Kankerburg, in Steirmart. He must have entered the army at a very early age and have been descended from a good family to get such a berth as first lieutenant ln the archduke's regiment when only 19 years old. Previous to that he had evidently done some peculiarly noteworthy ac tion, for the highly prized Iron cross of the third order had already been con ferred upon htm. Later on, from papers found ln Blanther's effects ,lt would ap pear that he was with his regiment in Bangkok, Siam, with the title of major. By some special act of bravery the at tention of King Humbert was attracted to the knight, Yon Blanther. Among other documents found by the police is one bearing the royal seal of Italy, whereby knighthood in the Order of the Crown of Italy Is conferred. This was in November, 1881, and in obedience to the royal will the golden insignia of the order, the double-headed eagle of the House of Savoy and a patent conferring the right to wear It, was dispatched?o Blanther, who was then a lieutenant ln the Thirty-second infantry regiment of Austria. With such a record in the army, the wearer of so many highly prized deco rations drifted into other walks of life— for what reason Is not known. During the four years following his service in Siam he probably traveled in the Orient and became tinged with that mysticism which his acquaintances have noticed cropping up In his works. It is more than likely that his action In leaving the army was tiot altogether voluntary. That at one time in his career Blanthe" was very proud of his uniform and his decorations is attested by a photograph of himself in that uniform wearing those decorations. The photograph was found among his papers. It was taken in Vienna about fifteen years ago and shows a very handsome young man. Blanther arlved in the United States about ten years ago and has resided in this country continuously ever since. He resided In New York, Chicago and numerous towns in Florida. Blanther arrived in San Francisco on February 2 and with the exception of a short trip to Portland. Or., has remained in this city ever since. He is now in the shadow of the gal lows. The web of circumstantial evi dence that is being woven around him is drawing closer and closer. Tt has been left to the man himself to supply the most damaging testimony of his own guilt, and although he has not yet been caught, the energies of the police have been redoubled In the last twenty four hours. STILL MISSING STOCKTON. May 19.—Blanther. the man wanted for the murder of an old Oorman woman in San Francisco, is be lieved to have been here today at noon and left on a bicycle for Sacramento. He called at the T. X. L. store at 11 oclock and bought a suit nf overalls. He was riding a wheel. The clerk who talked with him reported the matter to Sheriff Cunningham and he has been looking up the matter ever since. Tt Is believed the wheel had been repaired here, but that cannot be ascertained. The officers believe that the man Is the fellow who is wanted. Y. M. I. Convention HAYWARDS, May 19.—The grand cil of the Young Men's Institute was called to order In Native Son's hall this afternoon by Grand President Lynch. The afternoon was devoted to the con sideration of the report of the commit tee on credentials and the appointment of committees. Abyssinian Prisoners MASSOWAH, May 19.—The remain der of the Italians held prisoners tn Tigre territory have been handed over to Gen. Baldissera's forces by the Abys sinians and are retiring toward Den gello, Barachita and Senefe. CEREMONIES AT MOSCOW Attended by Vast Throngs of Loyal Russians A MANIFESTO OF THE CZAR Promises Amnesty to Political Offenders Exiled to Siberia Catholic Pritata to Be Pardoned for violation! ol Public Worship Laws and Religious Liberty Increaaed Associated Press Special Wire. LONDON, May 19.—A dispatch to the Daily News from Moscow says: A hun dred thousand persons awaited the czar's arrival for two hours ia the ele gantly decorated perron. The station was a brilliant spectacle with the glit tering uniforms of nearly every regi ment. The czarina looked charming in a white dress and bonnet. The czar was plainly clad in the uniform of a captain of Infantry and with no decorations, making a striking contrast with the brilliant suite. There were thirty spec ial correspondents on the platform Two new and resplendent baldachins have THE CZAR AND CZARINA been prepared for the coronation, one for the czar and czarina and one for the dowager czarina. The first is lavishly overlaid with gold on each of its four faces, the interior ceiling being adorned with the imperial arms, including the chain of the Older of St. Andrew. Around the imperial shield are group ed the nine different escutcheons of the kingdom and principalities of Russia, ln each corner is the imperial monogram worked In the chain of St. Andrew in glittering folus. On the exterior cor nice are embroidered sixteen largo and four small angles with the imperial monogiam. Alternately placed at the corner there is a gold crown in relief and a number of gold eagles with small er crowns, upon which are sixteen plumes of black and yellow ostrich feath ers bound with ribbons of "the same na tional colors. The imperial baldachin will be borne by sixteen generals. The second baldachin Is half the size of the first and similarly but less elaborately adorned. The three ancient thrones of Ivan 111, Michael Teodorovitch and Alexis Mieh aelovitch will be used for the carriage. The monogram of the czar is embroider ed upon that of Michael Teodorovitch's throne, that of the czarina upon the throne of Ivan 111, and that of the dow ager czarina upon the throne of Alexis Michaelovitch. The new imperial stand ards arc mounted upon a black and yel low shaft, surmounted by a gold en ameled eagle. The Chronicle's Berlin correspondent says that the Berlin Tageblatt claims that the czar's manifesto will give am nesties partial or complete to Russian prisoners in Siberia. Those sentenced to life penal servitude will receive litiga tion of the sentence and offenders domi ciled in Siberia will be permitted to re turn to any part of European Russia except St. Petersburg and Moscow. The sentences of those in jail in European Russia for serious offenses will, be re duced by one-third. A large number of minor offenders will be pardoned. Num bers of those who left the country for political relief will be pardoned on con dition of their taking the oath of alle giance. The peasantry In certain poor districts will be excused from arrears of crown dues. Even the Jews will not be for gotten, and ill-starved Hebrew agricul tural colonies at Ekeratinaslav will also be excused from arrears. The Rome correspondent of the Chronicle also hears that the Vatican has received Information that the czar will pardon all Catholic priests who have been imprisoned or sent to Siberia for breach of the public worship laws, and that he also promises to grant grad ually a large measure of religious liberty to a}\ the subjects, including the Catholics. Cardinal Agliarci, the Vati can representative at the coronation, will hand the czar an autograph letter from the pope, urging an extension of religious liberty. The correspondent of the Times at Moscow says: In the first draft of the coronation manifesto a paragraph pro vides for the cancellation of warnings of the censor's standing against Rus sian newspapers, which amount to three million roubles and the suppression of the papers. Most of the Russian papers have had a couple of warnings hanging over their heads for years past. This paragraph in the manifesto was omit ted at the instigation of certain court ministers. Russian pressmen are nat urally displeased, but it remains to be seen if the paragraphs will be recov ered. Criminals and debtors will doubtless be favored and political prisoners will not be forgotten. The impecunious nobles whose es tates are heavily encumbered will prob ably be relieved by reductions of the Interest of their loans. There is also talk of the sons of merchants and man ufacturers receiving the same rights re garding the movements as the nobility. NOTABLE VISITORS MOSCOW, May 19.—The duke and duchess of Connaught, representing Queen Victoria at. the coronation cere monies, arrived here at noon and were accorded a brilliant reception. They were met at the railroad station by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Ser gius, the Grand Duke and Grand Duch ess Vladimir and a guard of honor. A band played God Save the Queen. The military tattoo, which was sched uled for tonight to take place ln the presence of the czar, has been post poned owing to the inclement weather. The grand duke ami grand duchess of Hesse. Prince and Princess Louise of Uattenberg, the hereditary grand duke of Haden, the crown prince of Denmark and Prince Sudanaru of Japan arrived during the clay and were received at tho railroad station by members of the im perial family and guards of honor, ac companied by bands of music. An es pecially grand reception has been ac corded to the Emir of Bokhara, who has been received in private audience by the czar. Admiral Selfridge of the United States navy and party arrived today. There was no official reception accorded them, but they were met at the station by H. H. D. Pierce, secretary of the United States legation, and by Lieutenant- Commander Rodgers, naval attache to the legation. The correspondent of the Daily News at Moscow notes the presence there of the Bishon of Peterboro as the spec ially accredited legate from the see of Canterbury at the coronation of the czar. . "His presence does not excite com i ment," says the correspondent, "as no | intelligent Kussian accepts seriously the recently mooted project for effecting a union between the Angeliean and the orthodox Greek churches." The correspondent also remarks upon the coldness of the reception of other members of the imperial family besides the czar. This, he adds, does not de rote displeasure, but he is inclined to doubt this, as he observed that the Grand Duke Vladimir and QueenOlga of Greece were only too much pleased to acknowl edge the very few respectful salutations on their arrival. The Times correspondent at Moscow f-ays the real reasons for postponing the military tatoo,which was scheduled to take place tonight in the presence of the czar, was the receipt of bad news of the death of the Arch Duke Charles Louis of Austria. A Moscow dispatch to tho Standard says: Crowds of people wait patiently in the streets for hours for a glimpse of the foreign royal personages in the city. When they appear the crowds treat them respectfully but almost silently. The Russians are not accustomed to Indulge in a noisy demonstration. The brilliancy of the scene is sadly marred by the persistent rain. The whole mil itary forces were under arms tonight for the tattoo when the arrangement was suddenly canceled, owing to the receipt of the news of the death of Arch Duke Charles Louis. The vast crowds were disappointed, but the troops marched back to the barracks singing. CUBAN NOTES An Engagement Reported but the Result Un. known HAVANA, May 19.—1t is reported here that an engagement between a de tachment of Spanish troops and a force of insurgents has taken place at Car rido. The enemy, it is said, were pro tecting the landing of an expedition in the vicinity of Sagua La Tanamo. Gen. Vicuna is dead of yellow fever at Corral Falso, in Matanzas, where he has been sick for several days past. His body will be buried in the city of Ma tanzas. Gen. Bernal will take eomand of Gen. Vicuna's column of troops and has been ordered to oppose the invasion of Ha vana province by Maximo Gomez, whose Intention it i» to force the trocha. MADRID. May 19.—The fact that the I'nited States minister. Mr. Hannis Taylor, has arranged with a transport agency to convey his personal furniture on board the steamer Conde Wifredo, bound for New Orleans tomorrow, led to the report that the minister was to leave Madrid. This, it is said, Is not the case. Mr. Taylor's family is returning to the I'nited States, but tbeir depart ure has nothing to do with politics, and the minister is going to reside at the legation. Oil at Fresno FRESNO. May 19.—The first carload of Fresno oil was shipped from the Coal tnga field today. It goes to Lindsay. Tulare county. The exceptional quality of the oil is attracting wide attention, and it is authentically reported that a strong company is being organized in Pittsburg to commence operations In the new field on a large scale. Sup plies and materials are said to have been purchased to put down 100 wells in the immediate future. Arctic Exploration ST. JOHNS, N. F., May 19.—The Arc tic explorer, Lieut. Peary, is going north again this summer and a steamer is now being arranged for that purpose. The object of the expedition is believed to be to secure for the Philadelphia academy of science the forty-ton me teorite near Cape York, which Peary discovered last year. t crnts O.N T*AN3l>o«rAri(>N Li "IBS, g CKN f3 IN THE NAME OF DECENCY Senator Frye is Called on to Halt THE Fi Fl Of I SHE Demands Cessation of Juggling Methods Pursued JUST WHAT MR. WHITE SAID May Not Have Been Pretty But It Was Very Interesting The Conferees' Report on the Deep Water Harbor Will be Made It v Quite Certain That the Commission Will ba Atp ii iel aa P rmally Agreed Upon—Proceedings in Sen* ate and House Special to The Herald. WASHINGTON, May 19.—Senator White went to the room of the confer ence committee this morning to inquire about the reported attempt on Frye's part to go back on his agreement of last week and induce the conference com mittee to Insist upon itself naming tho deep-water harbor commission. Frye and Hooker, chairman of the river and harbor committee, admitted that they had such intention. From all reports just what was said by the California senator during the next quarter of an hour was highly Interesting to his audi tors, but in some parts too hot to be re produced by The Herald's linotypes. He wound up by demanding that Frye keep his agreement with him, and gave both Mr. Huntington's chairmen to un derstand that any other course would undoubtedly result in the public of the United States being invited to ascribe the proper motives to such dishonest ac tion as was proposed by his principal auditors. It is reported upon good authority to night that a number of senators have served notice on Frye that he is going too far and in the name of decency and the fair fame of the senate have called a halt. It is quite certain that White has been informed that the conference committee will not insist on disturbing the matter. There was also a spirited scene ln the rooms of the senate committee on com merce this afternoon, when Senator White appeared before the conference, committee engaged on the river and harbor bill. He was invited to give his opinion on the change proposed to be made naming in the bill commissioners to decide whether the proposed South ern California harbor shall be located at Santa Monica or San Pedro. White took the position that to make this change would be a violation of tha agreement made in the senate, and inti mated if the change should be made in the conference report it would arouse far greater oppositon in the senate than the original report created. Hooker of the house conferees here intimated lie was opposed to all the pro posed improvements in the vicinity of Los Angeles, and that it would be best to strike out all appropriations for both outer and inner harbors. To this Sena tor White replied that such a course would be taken, if at all, only to annoy him and to force him to acquiesce ln the proposed change in the commission, which, he said, he would not do, because, the change would place the entire mat ter in the hands of the friends of Santa Monica. Growing somewhat excited un der the iniluence of tho situation, he declared that if the course proposed was pursued the people would reach the con clusion that congress was under tha control of ulterior influences. He replied that he had no apprehen sion on that score. The conference committee adjourned for a day without reaching a conclusion as to whether to insert the names of the commissioners or leave the amendment as made in the senate. The committee proposed a commission composed of Pear Admiral Walker, Prof. T. C. Men d.-mhall, late superintendent of the coast and geodetic survey; Thomas C. Clark, president of the American society of civil engineers; Alfred Noble and CoL H. G. Prout, both of New York. The agreement was reached on all oth er amendments made by the senate. It is believed the conference will be con cluded and the report made to the aen ate. IN THE SENATE A Vote on Appropriitlons lor Sectarian lew stitutions WASHINGTON, May 19.—The senata today passed tiie District of Columbia, appropriation bill .carrying approxi mately $7,300,000. A debate on the ques tion of appropriations for sectarian pur poses cropped out on the paragraph making appropriations for charities in the district. On a vote the senate sus tained the committee in providing spe- Cifio appropriations for numerous pri vate charitable Institutions, some of them of sectarian character. A further provision was adopted for investigation into the charity system ot the district with a view to ascertaining what, if any, of the public appropriations are used for church purposes. Shortly after the reading of the bill began a terrific rainstorm broke over the capitol. The senators were first startled by a report like the discharge) of a heavy gun on the roof. Then tor rents of rain swept across the roof, forc ing a way through the glass ceiling aa-