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j TWENTY-FIFTH TEAR. NO. 250.
CONGRESSIONAL FORECAST All Early Adjournment Not En tirely Certain SHIPS AND INDIAN SCHOOLS Are Matten Upon Which Agreement It Not Likely One Senator's Objection Will Be Sufficient to Prolong the Session TUI After the St. Louis Convention Associated Press Special Wire, .WASHINGTON, June 7.—Whether the senate shall be able to conclude the work of the session this week will prob ably depend upon whether a quorum can be maintained. Some senators are op posed to the passage of the new general deficiency bill with the French spoliation clause and the store and supply claims allowed under the Bowman act omitted. Senator Harris makes no secret of his Intention to demand the restoration of these Items to the bill, and says he will not consent to its passage without them except upon a yea and nay vote. If he insists upon this a voting quorum will be necessary. Several senators have an nounced their purpose of leaving the city early in the week and many others will depart about the middle of the week tor St. Louis. Under these circumstances it la possible that adjournment may be postponed until the Republican conven tion, although there will be a very gen eral effort to prevent this. The other appropriation bills which have not been finally disposed ot are the Indian, Dis trict of Columbia, the sundry civil and the postoffice. IN THE HOUSE The house managers have parliament ary machinery In operation which will enable them to secure prompt action on every proposition submitted by the con ferees on the five remaining appropria tion bills, looking to an adjustment of the differences between the two houses. In stead of adjourning last night, the house took a recess until 10 oclock tomorrow morning. That action continues the legislative day of Saturday, which by a special order adopted on Friday was made a suspension day, and will enable the house to vote on any proposition after twenty minutes' debate. The dif ferences between the two houses on the four supply bills (the sundry civil, naval, Indian and District of Columbia) are radical, but by mutual concessions the house leaders believe the differences can be adjusted so as to permit an adjourn ment Tuesday or Wednesday. In the sundry civil bill the house has thus far persistently refused to accept the amendments for public buildings at the capitals of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and the additions for the public buildings at Kansas City, Savan nah, Ga_, and Camden, N. J. In the naval bill tbe house has re mained equally firm on Its Insistence on four battleships and $425 per ton as the maximum cost of armor plate. To both, of these Items the senate has declined to agree and yesterday refused a compromise. The senate Insists on two battleships and a reduction of armor plate to $320 per ton. In the Indian bill, which It has no less than four times voted for the Imme diate termination of appropriations for sectarian Indian schools as against the senate's proposition to allow them to run until 1898, the house yesterday de clined to accept as a compromise their termination in 1897. This same question figures In the differences between the two houses on the items In the District of Columbia bill relating to sectarian charities. Another troublesome question in the Indian bill Is the appropriation for the payment of the attorneys of the Old Settlers' association. The senate has de clined a compromise on this question, which would postpone the payment of the claims. Further legislative action will be had at the next session. On the question of sectarian schools it does not seem possible that the house can be In duced to yield. The probabilities are that the other Items will be compromised, saving and excepting the public build ings Items In the sundry civil bill, which it seems likely the senate will eventually abandon. The main difficulty In the way of an adjournment by the middle of the week seems to lie at the senate end of the capltol, where a single senator can obstruct matters If he chooses until the quorum falls, or until all chances of a sine die adjournment before the St Louts convention will disappear. An Intense desire of members at both ends of the capltol to get away, however, will do much toward Inducing those who are disposed to raise factious opposition to yield their individual desires to accom plish this result. It Is positive that If Senator Harris and others who are rep resented as insisting on the restoration of the southern war claims in the new general deficiency bill should carry their obstruction tactics too far, the leaders at both ends of the capltol might decide to allow the bill to fall altogether In order to bring about the coveted ad journment. While the failure of this bill might embarrass the government, it would not stop all of the government machinery. THE WORK DONE lt) the Way el Tariff ar Financial Uglilatlon —Nothing WASHINGTON, June 7,—lf, as now seems probable, the first session of the Fifty-fourth congress adjourns this week it will be the shortest so-called "long session" since that of the Thirty fifth congress,aud one of the shortest In the history of the government. This record Is probably partly due to the pol itical differences between the senate, house and president, which have fore stalled agreements on lines of legisla tion, and partly due to the determination with which the Republican leaders in the house have carried Into effect Speak er Reed's caucus prediction that the congress would be a do-nothing assem blage. Legislation means appropria tions, the house leaders have said, and as their opinion was that the treas ury's condition warranted no approprla tlons.excepv the most Imperatively nec essary, they have held the doors tightly shut against classes of bills which usu ally receive the parings. Foremost among the inevitable and regular acts of congress are the annual appropria tion bills for the support of the govern ment. Their preparation has consti tuted a large part of the work of th<» session, and five of them are yet hang ing between the house and senate with some of their details unsettled, and for thla reason lt is Impossible to give the exact totals of the bill on the grand total of appropriations made by this eonfress, which aggregate about hair a billion dollars; but the disbursements authorized during the session will be dis cussed hereafter by Chairman Cannon of the appropriation committee and ex-. Chairman Say re a, from the points ot view of their respective parties. Tariff or financial legislation of any genera l character was abandoned for all prac tical purposes when the disagreements between the house and senate were dem onstrated by the fate of the two bills prepared by the house ways and means committee. Other lines of business were tabooed by the house because of the lack of revenues, notably public buildings, public and provincial claims and all sorts of private bills entailing ex penditures, except pension bills,to which last the usual amount of time has been given. One of the most bitterly contested fights which has occurred has cropped out from the provisions of the Indian and District of Columbia bills for gov ernment aid to church schools, a feature which still holds both bills In conference. The Indian bill contains provisions giv ing the homestead settlers on all ceded Indian reservations aa extension of one year In which to make payments and for the completion of the surveys of land In Indian territory. Incidental to the legislative, executive and judicial bill was an advance of the salaries of United States district attorneys, marshals and commissioners with the stipulation that the terms of office of all commissioners expire on June 30,1897. The agricultural bill conferred upon the president au thority to suspend the prohibition against importations of meat cattle, domestic animals and hides on the cer tification of the secretary of agricul ture, that countries or parts of countries are free from contagious or Infectious diseases of animals and authorized the president to take steps to secure the ab rogation of the regulations by Great Britain prohibiting the Importation of cattle from the United States into that country alive. In the sundry civil bill the most Impor tant legislation Is to make effective the Carey arid land act, which ceded arid lands to the public land states for recla mation, by authorizing the states to give Hens on the land to cover the ex penses of reclamation. , The most noteworthy legislation per taining to the navy Is contained In the appropriation bill. The house provided for fifteen new torpedo boats and four battleships, but the senate reduced the number of battleships to two, and a con ference Is pending over that difference. The bill made provision for the enlist ment of 1000 additional seamen. It also made unlawful the employment of na val or marine officers on the active and retired lists by parties furnishing sup plies or materials of war to the govern ment. A special report authorized the ac ceptance by the government of the ram Katahdin, which failed to make the speed required by the contracts, but which satisfied the department, it being largely an experimental craft. The naval reserve system was strengthened by a plan designed to draft.vessels en gaged In the coastwise trade Into the service In time of war. An act was pass ed to establish a naval training station on Terba Buena (or Goat Island) In San Francisco harbor. The secretary was empowered to accept certified checks in lieu of bonds from contractors for naval supplies. - No special legislation was contained In the army appropriation bill. Special bills were passed, however, creating the positions of chaplain (who will also be professor of history, geography and ethics) and an assistant professor of the same branches at West Point academy; making the National Military pak fields , for maneuvers by the National guard or militia, and a resolution appointing Gen. W. S. Franklin of Connecticut, Gen; Thomas J. Henderson of Illinois, Repre sentative Steele of Indiana and George L. Beale of Maine, members of the board ot managers for the national soldiers' homes. Of tariff and financial legislation, this congress, as was said, has accomplished none. With a safe margin of free-silver votes In the senate, and a majority of nearly two to one against silver In the house. It was evident from the begin ning that no general policy could be agreed upon. The two bills framed by the house ways and means committee, and bearing the name of their author, Mr. Dlngley of Maine, one a bill for the issue of a short-term popular loan and of certificates of indebtedness, the other to lnorease the rates of tariff schedules In wool, manufactures of wool and other articles, were killed In the senate by the determination to substitute therefor sil ver coinage measures. On the other hand, the senate resolution to prohibit the Issue of bonds without authority of congress, one of the last Important acts of the senate, was reported adversely by the house ways and means commit tee. The only one of the many proposed changes In the tariff laws which became an actuality, was the repeal of that clause of the Wilson bill giving free al cohol to the arts and manufactures, this being done on the recommendation of Secretary Carlisle and Commissioner of Internal Revenue Miller. This repeal met so much antagonism from members representing manufacturing Interests that It could only be effected by coup ling with a compromise scheme devised by Senator Piatt and Representative Russell of Connecticut, for a congres sional committee to recommend legisla tion at the beginning of the next session by which free alcohol can be secured un der sufficient safeguards for the gov ernment's Interests. The policy of reciprocity was thor oughly investigated by a sub-committee of the ways and means committee, but It was thought not advisable by the Re publican leaders to attempt legislation on that single feature of the tariff sys tem. Although the house committee on banking and currency devoted much time to the discussion of financial ques tions It was able to agree on but two bills, one to permit banks to Issue cir culation to the amount of the par value of bonds deposited by them as security; the other one for the organization of na tional banks In the smaller towns, neith er of which wass passed this session. The only Important bill reached by the house committee on coinage, that for the adoption of the metric system of weights and measures at the beginning of the next century, met with a temporary re buff In the house but will be brought forward again. While foreign affairs, divided with finance the Interest of congress, com paratively little legislation resulted from the discussions because so great a share of the conduct of foreign rela tions rests with the executive branch The first public resolution adopted by congress and that after one hour's de bate tn the house and after a few days In the senate, was that authorizing the president to create the commission to Investigate the Venezuela-Guiana boun dary line. The debate over Cuban affairs result ed In the adoption of a concurrent reso lution expressing the sympathy of this government with the insurgents; call ing upon the president to accord them belligerent rights and to offer the friend ly offices of the United States to Spain to bring the war to aivend. Resolutions were adopted by both branches of con gress denouncing the massacres of the Armenians In Turkey and calltP- upon the signatory powers to the Berlin treaty to protect the Armenian Chris tians. Seventy-five thousand dollars was appropriated for carrying out the stipulations of the Bering sea seal fish eries with Great Britain. Another res olution passed was to defray, the ex Continued on Second I THE HERALD LOS ANGELES. MONDAY MORNING* .JUNE 8, 1896. THE REBELLION IN CUBA As Seen by People Favorable to Spain SPANISH-AMERICAN LOYALTY Exhibited by a Boycott ol United Slates Products Cold Comfort Drawn Prosa statistics ot la •argents Killed, Wounded or Captured During the Present Year Associated Press Special Wire. HAVANA. May 29.—Copyright. 1898. —The Spanish newspapers teem with articles on the loyalty of Spaniards in the republics of Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina But that is too well known to require extended notice. Spaniard's of Argentina and Uruguay have enroll ed as volunteers in Cuba and today over 3000 of them are serving in this Island to maintain Spanish rule and Spanish su premacy. Spaniards In the United States and all Spanish-America have In itiated a naval fund, the subscriptions extending over three years. The latest evidence of loyalty of the Spaniards In Spanish-America has tak en a new form. What is deemed' to be a strong antl-Spanlsh feeling In the American senate and the United States generally has been developed by the press in the mother country as well as In Spanish-America It has led to a calling together of Spanish merchants In the republics of Mexico, Uruguay and the Argentine Republic. They have pro tested against what they regard as the unfriendly utterances of the American people and have unanimously decided to cease further purchases In the United States. The movement was initiated in South America quite recently. The Spanish merchants of Mexico City and Vera Cruz have decided on similar action. Exports to the three republics have been considerable. The following are the largest figures obtainable. They are from United States sources, the re port of the bureau of statistics, treas ury department, Washington, D. C, 1896: Value of American exports 1 to Mexico In 1892, $14,293,999: In 1893, $19,569,634; In 1894, $12,842,149. Value of American ex ports to Argentine Republic In 1892, $2, --927,488; in 1893, $4,979,696; In 1894, $4,882, --764. Value of American exports to Uru guay In 1892, $839,030; in 1893, $960,404; in 1894, $1,015,171. Value of American ex ports to Cuba In 1892, $17,953,670; in 1893, $24,157,688; in 1894, $20,125,321. Some soldiers on detachment duty at the Olympic estate, near Clmarres, on the afternoon of the 24th Inst, went Into the hills of the near-by Toro estate to bring In some horses placed there for pasture. The Spanish column of Parvia was encamped on the Toro estate. The men searching for the horses mistook them for insurgents and fired on them. The firing alarmed the remainder of the detachment at the Olympic estate and they went to the relief of their comrades, but seeing the supposed enemy in large numbers In the woods, they fired a vol ley and fell back to the sugar mills on the Olympic estate. Their retreat de ceived the Parvia column, who also had taken them for rebels and conclud ed that they were retreating, the Parvia column actively pushed them, when the proprietor of the Olympic estate recog nized the mutual mistake and rode In between the Are. He waved a white handkerchief. He in turn was taken for an Insurgent and was fired at by both sides. His horse was killed under him. However, his courage and daring put a stop to the Vlrlng. As a result of the bungle a soldier of the Havana batalllon was killed, while one of the royal engineers was dangerously wounded. / La Discussion of this city of the 27th, under the heading "To General Weyler," editorially refers to the suspects Impris oned in this city, the first case being that of Juan Ponce Gomez, a teamster pro prietor from the Interior of the Island. He owns a transport system of teams, and previous to his arrest had been en gaged in Placetas in transporting mili tary supplies for the government. His alleged crime is having expressed a wish to purchase a revolver from a volunteer, as he alleges, to defend himself when near the insurgents. La Discussion states that Senor Gomez Is well known to the military and city authorities of Placetas and vicinity. While In the common prison since Jan uary last, no specific charge has been made against him, nor has any lawyer or judge been named to inquire Into the case. No doubt the governor-general will put this matter right. Continuing, La Discussion adds: We also ask clemency for Antonio Perez Guerrera and Joseph Vasquero Torres, likewise prisoners since Janutary last, who so far have not been Identified by the, authorities and who have had no judge to try them. There are well known, re liable citizens who will vouch for their loyalty and fidelity. Official advices from Consolaclon del Sur juat published state that during the illness of Gen. Valdez his command in the department of Plnar del Rio will be transferred to Gen. Molina. Gen. Val dez will be promoted for bravery In ac tion. A resident of Calguanabo reports that insurgents following the battles of Cal mito and Calguanabo recovered 140 wounded from the field and safely trans ferred them to their own lines. El Heraldo, Madrid, referring to the statement published by the minister of war giving the casualties among the In surgents, makes the following summary for the eleven months of 1895: Twenty-six chiefs or leaders and 1190 rebels were killed, four chiefs and 368 men were wounded and 218 men were made prisoners. El Heraldo draws a contrast between the early months of 1895 and the early months of 1896. Dudlng January, Feb ruary, March and April, 1896, 37 chiefs and 3086 men were killed, while 12 chiefs and 330 men were made prisoners. The result for four months of .1896, compared with eleven months of 1896, shows a dif ference In favor of 1896 of 11 chiefs and 1895 men killed and 8 chiefs and 126% wounded, while 112 prisoners were cap tured. The band of Acea demanded the sur render of the fort at the village of Gab riel, In Havana province, and sent a threat to blow it up with dynamite. The chief of the garrison detained the messengers who, had, been jpeul, to, parley with him as prisoners. After keeping up a fire for two hours the insurgents re treated, burning fourteen houses. They burled five killed and carried off their wounded. In the course of several skirmishes In Havana, Matanzas and Plnar del Rio thie insurgents have lost twenty killed. Col. Figeuro attacked the Insurgents In extensive positions held by them on the heights ot Santa Barbara, In Havana province. Both sides opened fire simul taneously, but the insurgents soon re treated, abandoning fourteen of their killed, but carrying off their wounded. Capt. Lopez, with 150 Infantry, met a squadron of cavalry at Bayamezs, found 600 well armed Insurgents occupying good positions and forced them 'to re tire with a loss, of eighteen killed. The official report states that the troops had three killed, while Capt. Lopez himself was seriously wounded and eleven pri vates were also wounded. SPANISH BOMB THROWING. BARCELONA, June 7.—A bomb was thrown Into the crowd during the Cor pus Chrlstl parade today and Its explos ion resulted In the killing of six per sons and the injury of fifty. The per petrator Is as yet unknown and his mo tive Is equally a mystery. News of the throwing of the bomb spread like wild fire over the city and caused a panic among the crowds drawn to the streets by the religious festival and the Sunday merrymaking usual to the city. The explosion occurred just as the Cor pus Chrlstl procession was entering the beautiful and ancient church of Santa Maria del Sur. This Is In one of the most thickly populated portions of the city. The sound of the explosion and the distressed cries of the Injured and the friends of the killed created an In describable panic among the great crowd In the procession and lookers-on. The people were terror-stricken with dread of other bombs being thrown and it was with difficulty that they were restrained from stampeding. A terrible scene ensued today after the explosion of the bomb. Several corp ses and forty persons were severely In jured and found to be lying around. The great excitement continues unabated throughout the city. The police have picked up thirty fragments of bombs In the street. MEDIATION ASKED NEW YORK, June 7.—A special to the World from Havana says: It Is under stood here that leading Spaniards and Cuban autonomists are preparing a statement declaring their willingness to accept mediation by the United States for ending tsje war on the basis of auton omy, provided that the United States guarantees peace. It Is said the petition has met the ap proval of 178 of the politicians and Cuban autonomists, who await only the decision of Rafael Montors and Julio Sanguilly to sign It In behalf of the Cuban autono mists and separatists respectively. The petition, finally signed, will be presented to Consul-General Lee. Much doubt Is expressed of Sanguilly's acquiescence. It Is clear that most Spanish Juris consuls and military frnen believe the court of appeals will simply quash the Havana sentence and declare the whole proceedings unwarranted and contrary to the treaties. The court will then or der that the case be tried afresh In Ha vana by ordinary jurisdiction with all the guarantees of fair play stipulated In the treaty of 1877. It is again said In offi cial circles in Madrid that the American state department has signified that it would not object to such a decision as an ordinary jurisdiction In such conditions might pronounce. THE COMPETITOR CASE. NEW YORK, June 7.—A special to the World from Madrid says: The minister of marine, Beranger, received: by the last mall from Cuba and immediately sent to the supreme court of appeals the papers and the extensive report from the admiral commanding the West In dian station on the case of the filibuster ing vessel Competitor. The supreme court will appoint a judge to examine the case and draw up a re port before the furl court pronounces upon the merits of the sentence of the Havana courtmartlal. A decision can not be expected earlier than a fortnight though the government has allowed the court to know Its desire for prompt In terpretation of the text of the treaties, especially that of 887. A special to the World from Havana says It Is expected that Thomas R. Daw ley, the Harpers correspondent, will be released tomorrow (Monday). ADVICES IN TAMPA TAMPA, Fla., June 7.—Advices from Cuba tonigb,t say: Francisco Tarrina, a wealthy planter and an American citizen, has been im prisoned at Cardenas for the past fif teen days without a hearing, and de prived of all communication with the outside world. Rafael Cabrera Is reported to have safely landed an expedition at Punta de Ganado, near Neuvltas, with 1000 rifles and 500,000 cartridges. A PRISONERJRELEASED KEY WESTrFIa,, June 77—Jose Lopez; who was on the setamer Mascotte Wed nesday night at Havana Just before her departure on account of his suspicious actions In destroying a note handed to him from a boat alongside, was arrested, was released Friday and has arrived here. He reports miserable treatment by the officers who arrested him, but he said he was accorded very considerate treatment by the chief of police of Ha vana. BOMBS AT MADRID. MADRID, June 7. —Two dynamite petards were exploded in front of the house of a priest at Orlendam, near San Sebastian, on the Bay of Biscay. Much damage resulted from the explosion, but there were no fatalities. The muni cipal authorities of Seville have offered to furnish the government a second Iron-clad to be built at Genoa. THE SAENOERFEST Tho Twenty-eighth Annual Concert Will Begin Tonight PITTSBURG, June 7.—Everything Is In readiness for the opening of the twenty-eighth national saengerfest to morrow night, and a number of delega tions of singers who will participate have arrived. The city was visited this even ing by a heavy rain, which had the effect of destroying the brilliancy of the deco rations already up on many of the build ings, but fortunately the principal deco rations will not be In place before to morrow. The central board of control held a special meeting today to arrange the de tails of the opening event tomorrow night. President Cleveland, at Washington, will, at 8 p. m., touch the button which will illuminate the Immense electrical lyre In Music hall, thus opening the saengerfest. After the formal opening Paul Schnei der, president of the central board of the twenty-seventh test, held in Cleveland in 1893, will present the flag, the trophy of the saengerbund, to President Dlm llng. Lleut-Gov. Lyons will make an address of welcome and Mayors Ford and Geyer will act In a similar capacity for Pittsburg and Allegheny. The fest oration by Rev. Frederick Rouff ot the German Evangelical Prot estant church will follow. Olbbons Return. BALTIMORE, June 7.—Cardinal Gibbons returned today from Atlantic City In Im proved health. He leaves tomorrow for Cincinnati, where he will deliver the ser mon at the celebration of Archbishop Elder's fiftieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, which takes place June 10th. The cardinal will be accompanied by Rev. A. L. Magnlen and Rev. W. T. Rus sell. The party returns on Friday. A Kurdleh Outrage ATHENS, June 7.—An oHclal report states that a band of Kurds has attacked the employes of the railroad running from Smyrna to Cababa, killing many, including the British, French and Oermari engineers. AT THE CONVENTION CITY Newspaper Men are Sharpening Their Pencils POLITICIANS ARE COMING And Cycloneburg Is Prepared to Take Them In Eminent Statesmen flake Prophecies Which May neon fluent But Probably (loan Nothing—Non-polltlcal Lightning Associated Press Special Wire. ST. LOUIS, June 7.—Up to date there are fully five times as many out-of-the town newspaper correspondents In St. Louis as politicians who have come to the national convention. A baker's dozen of political news disseminators arrived last week, and today's trains brought in as many more, while all told less than half a dozen politicians of national re pute have put In an appearance. It is not expected there will be much real activity In a political way until the ar rival of M. A. Hanna, Maj. McKinley's manager, with his forces. He 1b ex pected Tuesday, as Is also the Hon. T. C. Piatt, who Is coming to look after the interests of Levi P. Morton. It is also said that ex-Gov. Gear of lowa will put In an appearance before the middle of the week, with a corps of assistants, to engage in the preliminary skirmish In behalf of Senator Allison. The bill-post ing brigade for the Hawkeye state can dldate was here today, and as a result lithographs, portraits of Senator Allison, have been hung In shop windows and posted upon the dead walls of the town. The national commlttemen will all be here before the close of-the week. With them will come scores of delegates, es pecially those having contests, and a horde of camp followers In the way of citizens who desire to serve the state, or rather party, in the capacity of as sistant door-keepers and other useful and necessary positions about the con vention hall. Then, too, the crowd In the hotels will be augmented to a con siderable extent by members of congress and other statesmen and patriots from the national capital. All arrangements for handling the con vention have been completed. All the hostelries and boarding houses have laid in their supply of food and extra rooms. The street railway companies have, by working forces of men night and day, repaired the damage wrought by the tornado sufficiently to enable them to handle the crowds of people that are ex pected to come. The convention hall has had the finishing touches and will be dedicated with pomp and ceremony this wek. In fact, St. Louis, in spite of the fact that a fortnight ago a storm swept a hole a mile and a half wide through her center from the western limits to the river, Is ready comfortably to accommo date and handle the scores of thousands of visitors whom It Is expected wUI at tend the convention. None of the managers of the Republi can presidential candidates have as yet arrived. McKinley has a number of lieutenants here, however, who are bus ily preparing the way for the Ohio can didate's manager, Marcus A. Hanna. The latest arrival is ex-Congressman A. C. Thompson of Ohio, who, with Gen. Grosvenor, will argue the cases of the oontested McKinley delegates before the national committee. As yet but two national committee men have arrived. They are G. W. HIH of Tennessee and J. G. Long of Florida. Both are avowed McKinley men. Judge Thompson, who Is looked upon as the only McKinley spokesman yet In the field, said he was certain there will be but one ballot for the naming of a presidential nominee. He also said the Hon. Thomas B. Reed would not accept the vice-presidential nomination. He was quite as positive of this as he was that McKinley would be nominated on the first ballot. In regard to the platform he had this' to say: It will be a 'sound money" platform. It will be a platform that will be accept able to the Republicans east and west. However, some of the delegates may go away dissatisfied at not having been able to word it Just as they desired, yet It will be a platform they can sup port." In making this statement, Judge Thompson said he did not wish to be understood as attempting to dictate sen timent to the delegates or to the party as a whole. He was merely speaking from the knowledge he had of the plat forms adopted at the various state con ventions. When asked as to who he thought would be named for the second place on the ticket, he said he had heard no one talked of by the McKinley men. Regarding the contests, he said he had no Idea how many would be brought be fore the national committee. A week ago there were sixty-seven contests, involving the rights of 156 delegates from the states of Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennes see, Texas and Arizona. Many of these contests, he believed, would be amicably settled or abandoned before the meeting of the national committee. Another of the McKinley force, in reference to the platform, said It would make a square Issue with the 16 to 1 Democrats. It would read so as to admit of no double Interpretation. It would be for a gold standard. "The Tennessee delegation will pre sent the name of H. Clay Evans for the vice presidency," he said, "and will do all In their power to secure a victory for him." According to an interview with Chauncey I. Fllley, the Republican lead er of Missouri, which appears in the Post-Dispatch, William McKinley will not be nominated on the first ballot. "Can McKinley be nominated on the first ballot?" was asked Mr. Fllley. "Yes, but there Is no purpose on the part of his friends and managers to at tempt such condition. Those who talk or urge It are not the friends of McKin ley In the real sense of true friendship. They are evidently unfamiliar with the rules of Republican national conven tions and the courtesies due to every candidate and his right to have his name presented, voted upon and to have the vote announced. It would be the height of presumption if not Impudence to at tempt any other course. The friends of Reed, Allison, Morton and others, even If in the minority, have their rights and they will be respected. The rules of this convention, like others in the past, will, without doubt, provide that when the roll is being called no change of vote will be In order and that it will be announced. Then if a majority has not been had, another ballot will be proceed ed with and continued until there Is a majority of all the delegates elected an nounced. "Hence no stampede or acclamation vote will be In order. Without the con tested southern votes, some 115 of Mc- Klnley's, it Is impossible to nominate him on the first formal ballot. Some times an Informal ballot Is taken." POLITICAL NOTES. CINCINNATI, 0., June 7.—The En quirer's tabulation of the delegates to the Ohio Democratic state convention at Columbus. June 2:1, shows that up to last night thirty of tho eighty-eight counties had selected delegates with the following results: Two hundred and eleven instructed for free silver; eleven for gold and twenty-three uninstructed. The primaries will be held in Cincin nati ttmorrow. HUNTINGTON, Pa.. June 7.—Tonight forty-three out of sixty-one districts In this county have reported upon the re sult of last night's primaries, showing that for senatorial delegate Penrose has received to 49 for Wannamaker. THE LIGHTNING STRIKES. WICHITA, Kas„ June 7.—The Mc- Kinley decorated corn train which will start from here tomorrow to St. Louis, will depart three cars of corn short. Lightning struck the train of forty cars at Oakvllle, this county, this morning and burned three cars before it could be put out. The depot was also burned. The train of forty ears, representing forty counties, was Rotten up by Silver Dixon to run to St. Louis for the benefit of the tornado sufferers. Forty orators accompany the train and will aid Mc- Klnley's boom. A BOLT THREATENED. ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 7—The Rev. Robert Mclntyre, one of the many prom inent divines In the Methodist Episco pal church, for many years in Chicago and many years in Denver, says If the Republican platform does not declare for free sliver the Colorado delegation will bolt the convention. He is a warm personal friend of Senator Teller. FRESNO'S MURDER MYSTERY Proves Utterly Unsolvable by tbe Local Officers Plenty of Speculation, but the Only Thing Certainly Known Is That the Armen ians Are Dead FRESNO, June 7.—The murder of the three Armenians Is as much a mystery as ever. The coroner, sheriff and dis trict attorney have been working on the case, but so far as can be learned they have obtained no evidence leading to the Identity of the assassin. Daniel Shahamarian, the nephew of the mur dered father, Is now generally believed Innocent of the crime as no motive can be ascribed. Besides Daniel is a quiet, inoffensive fellow and does not have the appearance of being capable of such a heinous crime. Suspicion centers upon a Russian whose daughter was once assaulted by the younger Shahamarian, and who had since been bitter against the murdered family. The coroner's Jury adjourned last night for several days to permit the accumulation of evidence, Information now at hand being insufficient to Justify the arrest of any particular person. Many Influential Armenians are now working on the case. They are proceed ing on an altogether different hypothe sis than the officers, as they believe more than one person is Involved in the guilt. Much animosity appears to have existed between the Armenians and set tlers at Russiatown, and the former be lieve the murder was the result of strain ed relations, the elder Shahamarian be ing a leading aggressor in the hostil ities. Much mystery enshrouds the affair, as no reason can be given for all three victims being a mile from home at so late an hour at night. The conclusion most generally entertained is that the elder Shahamarian was Induced to meet some one at the fatal spot upon business representations and was killed; that his prolonged absence caused his son to go on a tour of Investigation, he meet ing the same fate. The testimony of a Chinaman living near that pistol shots were heard at a late hour at night would Indicate that the daughter finally went In search of her father and brother, and coming upon their dead bodies turned to run away and was shot In the back of the head. A RTOLLEY HORROR An Overloaded Car Runs Awas-Pour People Killed NEW YORK, June 7.—An overloaded trolley car ran away on the Incline on the Nassau street railway extension to Coney Island when travel was at its height. More than 100 passengers were in peril of their lives. One lad was killed outright, falling on his head and crush ing it. Twenty were bruised and bat tered in a horrible fashion. A score or more were slightly hurt. Dead: Unknown Russian boy, 12 years old, skull crushed; Lena Beckman, New York; Mrs. Mary Evans, Brooklyn; Leonard Erie, Brooklyn. The Venezuelan Question WASHINGTON, June 7.—The predic tion by the London Speaker of an early decision by the Venezuelan boundary commission respecting the boundary line between Venezuela and British Guiana Is not shared by those conversant with the facts in the case. Justice Brewer, the president of the commission, does not think the commission will render an opinion at an early date. Minister And rade of Venezula does not look for a decision before fall. Terrorized Cretan! LONDON, June 7.—The Times has a dis patch from Canea, Island ot Crete, which says great alarm continues among the Chistlans. It Is said that the presence ot warships only saved them from massacre. The principal source of fear to them are the Turkish soldiers who are the same as those who gained notoriety at Zeitoun at the time of the Armenian massacre. They are selling watches and Jewelry which they openly state they took from Armenians, ft is asserted also that human ears, with ear rings in them, are being sold. Gladstone's Opinion LONDON, June 7.—Mr. Gladstone hits written a reply to a correspondent In which he says: "Iv my opinion the Turkish gov ernment is the greatest scourge of man kind and is the ejrreatest scandal and dis grace to religion, including the religion of Mohammed, on the face of the earth." Kicked by His Horse PORTERVILLE, June 7.—George Starns, a farmer and stock raiser living at Epperson Flat, fourteen miles northeast of this place, was kicked by a young horsa which he Was handling yesterday after noon, dying last night from the Injury re ceived. He was 50 years old. Gunboats at Nnnklng LONDON, June 7.—A Berlin dispatch to the Chronicle says: The two German gun boats, Mis and Princess WUhelm. have ar rived at Nanking, consequent upon the murder of German militury instructors. The Cretan Uprising ATHENS, June 7.—Advices have been re ceived here from the Island of Crete, to the effect that the disturbances in the various parts of the Island continue. The Turkish troops are burning villages. A Sick Olflclal DES MOINES. June 7.—Railroad Com missioner George W. Perkins Is in a critical condition due to a stroke of paralysis. CITY PRICE, P3IHI>ni.S COPY, 3 CBNT*. ON TRANSPORTATION Uißi, s CUNTS THE CAMPAIGN IN EGYPT The Egyptian Troops Win Their First Battle THE DERVISHES SURPRISED And Fierket Falls After a Very Stub, born Defense The Dervish Loss Is Heavy, and nclndes tha Death cf Emir Hammiida and Deny Chiefs Associated Press Special Wire. FIERKET, Egypt, June ?.—This point was taken by Egyptian troops at an early hour this morning and their man ner of acquitting themselves in this, the first engagement of the Nile campaign, has given great satisfaction to the Brit ish officers in command of them. The Egyptian forces left Akasheh last even ing, June ti. The movement was a sur prise, as it seemed to have been deter mind to hold Akasheh as an outpost un til the season was passed, and the period arrived for the advance upon Dongola in the latter part of August or In Sep tember. The force responded prompt ly to orders, however, and was soon un der way for this point. The distance Is twenty miles and it took the whole night to accomplish the march. The greatest secrecy had been main tained as to all the arrangements, and precautions were taken to prevent the news of the advance from leaking out. The long night march was pursued In absolute silence, in consequence of which the arrival of the Egyptians at the dervishes' camp took the enemy completely by surprise. They quickly rallied, however, and rushed to their arms. Far from being routed in the first skirmish of the attack, they stood to their positions and made a stubborn defense of the camp for an hour and a half, during which there was hard fighting. The dervishes were finally put to rout by a Hank movement executed by the cavalry. Seeing themselves in danger er of being surrounded, the forces of the khalifa took flight to the southward to ward Suarda. pursued by the cavalry. Suarda is nearly 100 miles south of here, but Is strongly held by a force of sev eral thousand dervishes. Reports received indicate that the loss to the dervishes will amount to a thous and men. Among those killed is the Emir Hammuda. who was their com mander, besides many important chiefs. Hammuda was in command of the lar gest force at Suarda. He was of the tribe of Habbanla and was well known to Slatin Pasha while the latter was a captive of the khalifa in the Soudan. Slatin Pasha was a great favorite with the kalifa, who promoted him to the rank of emir because he left his own tribe when the insurrection first broke out to servo the khalifa personally It is believed the taking of Fierket was decided upon, owing to the double strength of Akasheh as an outpost, sur rounded as It Is. by low hills, the taking of which would make Akasaheh a death trap. The finishing of the railroad line, from Arras has been rapidly pushed since the expedition was decided upon. By extending it to Fierket, the worst cataract will be turned and early ad vantage can thus be taken of the rise In the Nile at the end of July, for water transportation to Dongola. The offloers in command of the Egyp tian force express great gratification at the conduct in this morning's fight of the Egyptians, about whom some doubts have been felt, and the Soudanese, who have been depended on for good fight ing. They displayed great steadiness and dash. The Egyptian loss In the fight was twenty killed and eighty wounded. Hundreds of Dervishes were taken prisoners. AN ITALIAN CRISIS LONDON, June 7.—A correspondent of the Times at Rome says the Italian ministry Is in very rough water, owing to the publication on the dn Abyssinia, which relates communica tions from Great Britain regarding the Soudan expedition, containing Informa tion which the opposition In the British parliament complain that Lord Salis bury refused to communicate, and the publication of which was criticised by- Mr. Balfour in parliament. The Times' Rome correspondent says there Is widespread apprehension that a cabinet crisis is inevitable. THE NEGUS OFFERS AID. SUAKIM, June 7.—There Is a report here that the Negus Mencllk of Abys sinia has offered to aid the Khalifa Ab dullah, the leader of the Dervishes, against the friends of Italy. OAY WILL HAND Attempts at Rescue Will Be Mat With Bullet! SALT LAKE, June 7.—A special to the Tribune from Helena. Mont., says: lt became known to Sheriff Jurgins to night that a scene Is on toot to prevent the hanging ot Bill Gay tomorrow. Just what, steps will he taken cannot be definitely learned, but from the many stories afloat he Is led to believe that some demonstra tion will be attempted and in the confusion a revolver will be smuggled to the doomed man and he thereby be given the opportu nity to shoot himself. He has aiwaya maintained that he would not hang and In the face of that extra precautions will bu taken to see that the ends of Justine afe not defeated. His death watch has been Increased and armed men are sleeping In the Jail to prevent any disturbance of any character. Gay has many friends *n tht city and as near as possible they will be ex cluded from the execution as a precaution. All deputies tomorrow will be armed and a forcible resistance will be made against any attempt to defeat the ends of Justice. Moped for Sales SALT LAKE, June 7.—Mining interests In the Camp Floyd district have been en livened by the rumor of a large prospec tive deal involving the Golden tl.it. . ,i« of Captain De l.amer and adjacent propes ties. It is reported that the representative of an English syndicate has been muking an examination of the Golden Gate prop erty and if terms are agreed upon, many millions of dollars will change hands. It Is said that the negotiations include also the East Golden (late, the Song Bird and the Jones Bonanza and if successful will be one of the largest deals ever consumma ted in tho state. A Russian Riot LONDON. June 7.—A dispatch from Vi enna to the Dally News says that accord ing to the Pollsh-Gallclan paper there waa a riot nt St. Petersburg on the eve of the coronation day. A drunken crowd, it la alleged, filled up the Newskl Prospekt and became unmanageable, whereupon Cos sacks galloped Into the crowd, which re sponded by throwing stones. The t'os sacks, it is further said, thereupon used their sabres right and left and finally fire.l Into the crowd, of which 250 persons were killed and wounded and .500 arrested. The Matabele War LONDON. June ".—A dispatch to the Times from Buluwayo, dated June 6th, says: The American scout. Burnham, has reported that he rode Into an impl of 909 Matubeles last evening. A column win sent out which routed the Impl, killing ISo natives. A number of Martini repeating rules were captured.