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_ _ # * _ VOLUME 21 BIRMINGHAM, ALA., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1895.-SIXTEEN PAGES NUMBER. 324 The Launching of the Two New War Vessels, NASHVILLE AND WILMINGTON "Were the Names Given Them by Their Pretty Sponsors. THE SAME WAYS USED FOK BOTH Secretary Herbert. With His Special Party, Was Present, and They Had a 3oily Good Time W ith the Naval Officers. Newport News, Va., Oct. 19.—The launch of the gunbouts Nashville and Wilmington today was the occasion of an unusual naval demonstration, Admir al Uunce asembling the North Atlantic squadron in Hamilton Roads, opposite the ship yards, and Secretary Herbert •with the distinguished party coming from Washington by special steamer to participate. Ashore and afloat profusion of flags and large crowds of people made a brilliant spectacle. The event was remarkable as the first Instance on record of two warships being launched on the same day from a single set of ways. The vessels had been con structed one ahead of the other "tandem” fashion upon a continuous incline, the Nashville nearer the water, with her bow a few feet from the Wilmington, both vessels taking the water stern foremost. "1 christen thee Nashville.” As these words were uttered in a clear, musical voice the gunboat named for the Tennes see city started down her ways this morning at the yard of Newport News Shipbuilding and Docking company, where at 8.30 the last filler of the beam which held the vessel in place was sev ered by a saw. Miss Emma Thompson, daughter of Joseph H. Thompson of Nashville, gracefully cast at her bow a beautifully decorated bottle of cham pagne. At the next Instant the sparkling contents of the bottle were streaming down the side of the gunboat. In a few seconds the stern of the vessel struck water and her entire bottom was im mersed below the waves. As the Nashville plunged into the river the tumultuous cheering of the vast throng in the shipyard was drowned by the screeching of steamboat whistles, which welcomed the vessel to her natural eiemni. After floating out into the river a short di8tanoe the Nashville was towed to her pier by a tug, and preparations at once made for launching the Wilmington. Senator Gray's daughter, Miss A. B. Gray, stood on the platform at the ves sel’s bow ready to perform the pleasant duty of sponsor. When the exciting mo ment came she broke the bottle of wine on the bow of the gunboat and murmured the christening name. The vessel sped down the greased ways as gracefully as a swan, reeivtng an ovation similar to that accorded the Nashville. The voyage of 300 feet was brief, but It was the longest ever made In this country by a vessel on her launching trip. She was going at the speed of eleven knots an hour. When she struck the water her stern settled and rose again, while the stem bowed her ac knowledgement to the spectators. The Nashville and Wilmington were constructed on the same building slip, onte ahead of the other, and were launch ed from the same set of ways on the same day. It is the first Instance of the kind in shipbuilding history of the United States. At the banquet which followed the launch Ihe Rev. McKay Kmlth of Wash ington responded to the toast "The Pres ident," and referred to the chief execu tive as a model of patriotism, a true hus band and kind father; and to Mrs. Cleve land as the honored wife of an honored American, and a woman whom all Amec leans adored. Secretary Herbert in responding to the -'toast “The American Navy," reviewed the great achievements of its more prom inent representatives, paid high tribute to the sailor boys, thanked he Newport News Ship Building company for the good work it has turned out toward the establishing of the new American navy and predicted for the plant a great and prosperous future. President Orcutt of the Newport News company thanked the secretary for his kind sentiment, reviewed the history of the work and read a congratulatory tele gram received today Trom Mr. C. P. Huntington, who is now in California, in which that gentleman wished the guests of the company to understand that the Newport News yard, in serving the gov ernment, desired to make sure of turn ing out efficient work, even at the ex pense of profits. I UIlglTMinaii ▼ » .. .v » delivered an impromptu address and was enthusiastically received. Major Jeffries of Wilmington, Del., responded feelingly to the toast "Wlltfflngton." Other brief nddresses were made, occupying the time until :t p. m., when tho guests from Nash ville. Wilmington and Washington were taken out to ihe different vessels of the squadron, where they were royally en tertained by the respective officers, and several Impromptu dftnees were given in the vessels' decks. At 8 o'clock the guests were carried to Fortress Monroe, where the early evening was spent in social In tercourse and dancing. At 10 p. m. the steamer Newport News, with the"friends of Secretary Herbert on board, left there on their return trip to Washington. Secretary Herbert has ordered the White sqriadron to sea on Monday next for a week's target practice. The Nashville is a light draught, twin screw gunboat designed for the usual du ties of cruising naval vessels. In coast work the moderate draft of water will enable her to enter many ports that most men-of-wnr are excluded from on ac count of their greater draught. She Is 220 feet long on the water line, with 38 feet beam. At her normal draught of 11 feet her displacement is 1371 tons. She Is schooner-rigged, with two smoke pipes, and her total coal bunker capacity is 390 tons. She Is provided with two iypes of holl ers—cylindrical and water tubular. She will be able to cruise, without coaling, for long periods at moderate speed, using h r cylindrical boilers only, being able to rapidly increase her speed to Its extreme limit by stnrting fires under her remain ing boilers. No attempt has been made to secure over fourteen or fifteen .knots an hour, that being sufficient for Uip duties re oulred ot such a vessel. When running at full power the high pressure cylinders receive steam from the Yarrow billers directly, while the two cylindrical boil ers supply s.team to the receivers between t the high and first intermediate cylinders. At mudetale speeds the low pressure cyl inders being disconnected, steam can be supplied td the two tripple expansion en gines, so forrhtSd by either of the batteries of boilers. The main battery consists of eight 4 inch breech-loading rapid firing guns. Four of these guns are on the upper deck and two one pounder rapid fire guns and two Catling guns. There is one fixed torpedo tube mounted in the bow and one search light, placed Just above the pilot house and forward of the foremast. The Wilmington has been built for en tirely different service. Although in ev ery respect a perfectly safe seagoing ves sel, the Wilmington and her sister ship, the Helena, whose launch will not take place for several weeks, are designed es pecially for river service. It is frequent ly necessary to send gunboats on foreign stations long distances up rivers to pro tect American citizens, such vessels of necessity being of light draft. Sometimes the difficulty of a foot in draft means suc cess or failure of such an expedition. On the Asiatic station the paddle wheel steamer Monocacy ha^ for many years rendered valuable assistance to Ameri can missionaries and other citizens in China, at times going up Chinese rivers 1000 miles from sea, and merely by her presence preventing riot and danger to foreigners of every nationality in China. In external appearances the Wilming ton resembles a small battleship, hav ing a large military mast, with two mil itary tops, similar In all respects to the one on the battleship Iowa, which serves to command the banks of a river or house in any town where she may have to prevent rioting. A conning tower on the mast just below the first military top enables the ship to be maneuvered at a height of 45 feet above the water line. The space available for quarters is very large and affords bathing capacity for many additional men besides her crew. To facilitate landing her large body of men she has ship boats of an unusual size, her steam cutter and sailing launch being each 33 feet long, or as long as those supplied to the heaviest battle ships. The machinery consists of triple ex pansion twin screw engines. The total coal bunker capacity is about 280 tons. The rudders are provided, one ahead an other, so arranged that it may be possi ble to run the vessel into a bank and let her swing around with the current when turning in narrow channels. The battery is the same as that of the Nashville and she is provided with a search light placed on her military mast, but has no torpedo tubes. MR. RANSOM’S SALARY Ordered Paid by Comptroller Bowler From August 29, the Date of His Second Appointment. Washington, Oct. 19.—Comptroller Bow ler has rendered an opinion holding that Hon. Matt W. Ransom is entitled to draw his salary as United States min ister to Mexico under his last appoint ment by the president. It was the knowl edge of Comptroller Bowler's intended action that caused Secretary Carlisle to direct some weeks ago that Minister Ransom be paid. The decision is dated October 19 and is regarded as important as establishing a precedent. The comp troller says the facts in Mr. Ransom's case appear to be as follows: A vacancy existing in the office of min ister to Mexico during the last session of the senate, on February 23 the pres ident nominated for appointment thereto Matt W. Ransom, and he was duly con firmed by the senate on the same day. On the 4th of March, before the adjourn ment of congress, Mr. Ransom took the oath of office as minister to Mexico at the state department. It is stated that his commission was signed by the pres ident on March 5, although dated, ac cording to the custom of the executive office, February 23, the date of his con firmation. Mr. Ransom, until the expiration of congress on March 4, a senator of the United States from the state of North Carolina, his term expiring on that date. On March, 1991. the compensation of the minister to Mexico was increased from $12,000 to $17,000 per annum, and has con tinued at the latter figure from that time and including the present fiscal year. When the act increasing the salary of the minister to Mexico was passed Mr. Ransom was a member of the senate. The fact that the salary of the minister to Mexico was increased was overlooked by the president on February 23, when he was nominated and confirmed and was not discovered until some time af ter Mr. Ransom had been appointed, qualified and acted as minister to Mex ico. For reasons stated by the attorney general in his opinion of October 15, 1894, the appointment of Mr. Ransom was il legal. On August 29, 1895, Mr. Ransom was appointed by the president as minister to Mexico to hold tihat office until the end of the next session of the senate, in ac-' cordance with the provisions of the con stitution. He took the oath of office upon the same day, and thereupon became the de jure as well as the de facto min ister to Mexico. The question for deci sion is whether under the facts as above stated the vacancy which Mr. Ransom was appointed on August 29 to fill was one which existed during the session of the senate within the meaning of those TTW.'I.-; ill or-v.1 mu iini, irvisea statutes. The comptroller holds that It was not. It Is truei he says, the appoint ment WO* illegal, and in contemplation of the law it may be said that the vacancy existing during the session of the senate was never filled and continued to exist August 29, 1895, when by the legal ap pointment of Mr. Hansom It was first filled. Hut Mr. Hansom was the actual Incumbent and de facto minister to Mex ico from March 4 until he ceased to be recognized as suoh by virtue of the opin ion of the attorney-general of August 15, 1895, and as suoh de facto officer In fact, If not in law, held the office of minister to Mexico by virtue of an actual confirma tion by the senate. "I am clearly of the opinion," says the comptroller, "that the de facto filling of the vacancy which existed during the session of the senate by Mr. Hansom under the circumstances above enumer ated takes his present case under the appointment made August 29, 1895, out of the prohibition contained in section 1701 and that the vacancy to which he was appointed: that the latter date was not one whioh existed during rhe session of- the senatJe within the meaning of those words as used in section 1781, but arose when the illegal designation of Mr. Ran som as minister to Mexico was discov ered and he ceased to be trated as such officer. "The payment of Mr. Ransom’s salary from August 29, 1895, being authorized by the foregoing reasons, 'the decision of the auditor is therefore overruled." I,ost Securities Found. Kansas City, Mo.. Oct. 19.—The securi ties of the closed Fort Scott, Kan., bank, amounting to $120,000, which were lost by Bank Commissioner Brledenthal of Kan sas while changing trains, were found in the Rock Island office at Denver last evening. FROM THE NATIONAL CAPITAL No Prophet Can Tell What 444 Men Will Do. THECAMPBELLSARECOMING Forty-Seven Million Must Be Made Up, But How? CARLISLE MAY RECOMMEND A BEER TAX To Overcome a Majority of One Hundred and Thirty-Seven Thousand is the Her culean Task Undertaken by the Ohio Democracy. Washington, D. C., Oct. 19.—(Special.)— What the Fifty-fourth congress will do or not do is a, matter of much speculation just now. Every day some senator or representative who happens to be in Washington is interviewed by the local papers here, and those who have She temerity to vouchsafe an opinion differ widely in their conclusions. But who is it, be he prophet or son of a prophet, that can with anything like success fore tell what 444 from as many localities will agree upon in regard to almost as many measures? With 356 members in the house and eighty-eight in the senate, It is not strange then that there are divers opinions on what is to be accomplished by the coming congress. i nt! uouse. In the lower or popular branch of the nation's legislature must originate all measures raising revenue for the support of the govrnment. In the Fifty-third con gress a bill was drafted and after sundry amendments passed by the house; had tha>t bill been enacted Into a law. In stead of the treasury being embarrassed by a deficit of $47,000,000, as It will be at the end of the calender year, Mr. Carlisle would have seen the enormous amount of nearly $90,000,000 on the wrong side of his ledger. The Wilson bill,^with its free Iron and free coal, was not accepted by the senate, however, and to Senator Gor man and a few other democratic sena tors, among whom, be it said to their honor, were Senators Morgan and Pugh, is due the credit of giVlhg to the coun try the best tariff it nas experienced since the Walker act; what was “party dishonor and perfidy” then has been changed to democratic credit and sagac ity. The $47,000,000 of deficit now existing must be made up; but how? That's the question. Mr. Carlisle will probably recommend an increase of $1 a barrel on beer, the republicans will fear to pass such a bill, as to do so will take from them the party that does It the votes of thousands of workmen, whose beer is their only luxury, for despite the repub lican theory to the contrary, the con sumer pays the tax. In place of the beer tax the republicans will offer for the pres ident’s signature a bill putting a duty, on wool, which, of course, Mr. Cleveland will refuse to sign. The advisability of taxing checks, matches, mortgages, deeds, etc., will then come up; so it is easily seen that the house will have its hands full to past the regular appropria tion bills, attend to making up the deficit in the treasury and get away In time to devote much time to the campaign of 18-1+6. The Senate. At the close of the last congress it is said a number of leading republicans de cided that upon the reassembling of the senate no effort would be made by the re-, publicans to reorganize the senate. This has been denied, but as the republicans have only forty-three senators, and to ef fect an organization a trade would have to be made with the populists, who have six of their number in the senate, the chances are that there will be no reor ganization along republican lines. There is a. chance for reorganization, however, and It is growing stronger every day; that is, for the silver senators, ir respective of party, to take hold of the committees. The senate is for,silver by a majority of five or six, and It would not surprise me to see Stewart of Ne vada, Jon>s of Arkansas, or perhaps our own Morgan chairman of the committee on finance of the senate. The Campbells Are Coming. To overcome a majority of 137,000 is the Herculean task that the democracy of Ohio have set about to accomplish, with Jimmy Campbell as their leader. That the republicans are on the run is evidenced by the fact that a number of big guns are to come to the rescue of McKinley, Foraker and IlUshncll, and enter vigorously into the campaign. Even Heed has consented to come out of his hole and make three speeches for the cause, and Morton and Harrison are down on the cards. In Cincinnati Wednesday night last fully 20,000 men tried to get into Music hall to hear Campbell speak. Only half of that number succeeded and two tre mendous overflow meetings were held. Never before has there been such enthus iasm In Hamilton county, the pivotal county of the state, and while the more conservative are not claiming victory for the democracy they say and will wager their money that the democratic ticket is not defeated by 30,000. There are let ters coming to Washington daily from prominent democrats in Ohio that predict Campbell’s election, and should be be victorious his name will be extremely prominent before the next national con vention. Personal and Pertinent. Those who believe that the circulation per capita Is, as was stated by Secretary Herbert in Birmingham last week, $22 or $25 ought to read a speech made by Sen-1 ator Vest at Fayette, Mo., last Saturday. Of course the figures given by the secre tary Is the amount that ought to be in circulation, but Senator Vest shows that after the gold and silver bullion not coined, notes locked up in the treasury vault, national, state and savings banks’ reserve and loss by fire, flood and ship wreck have been dedneted, thpt the ac tual circulation per capita Is about $3.84. President Cleveland has returned to the White House, having come over from; Buzzard's Bay 'on Banker Benedict’s yacht. It will be remembered that in an interview some time ago Banker Bene dict declared that should the democratic convention fall to declare for monometal lism and the redemption of the green backs he would not vote for the candi date named by the democracy. The supreme courfbegan Its fall term last Monday and appropriate resolutions were adopted by the bar on the death of Justice Jackson. Mr. A. T. Bondon of Birmingham has been In Washington during the week. FROM THEjTATE CAPITAL Journalist’s Friends to Ruin Him With Legislative Honors. THE SENATOR DIDN’T SAY IT Mr. Clarke and Governor Oates Pitted for the Senate. GO TO WORK OR GIVE UP THE JOB Osteen-Dillard Marriage-A Grocery Firm Fails-Gin House and Cotton Burned. Superintendent of .Education After Somebody’s Scalp. Montgomery, Oct. 19.—(Special.)—The friends of Editor James B. Simpson, re cently of the Montgomery Journal, are strenously urging him to become a candi date for the legislature from this county. They are now encouraged to believe that he will accede to their request. Mr. Simp son is a loyal democrat, intelligent and pntroltle, and he has friends .all over the state who would be delighted to see his genial countenance up behind a desk In the next house. The Senator Didn’t Say It. A fake interview with Senator Pugh has been going the rounds, In which that gentleman was made to declare he was In favor of Mr. Morrison of Illinois for the next presidential nomination and that he would get all of Alabama's electoral votes. Referring to the matter Senator Pugh writes as follows to the Eufaula Times, his home paper: "I see you have noticed editorially that I am reported as saying the democrats of Alabama are for Morrison as the nom inee of the convention for president In 1896. 1 would not notice the report but you seem to credit it and others may do so and 1 desire to correct the mistake. 1 know Morrison well and think highly of him in many respects, and if he were to pledge himself to approve a bill to restore silver to free coinage, even to the extent of the product of our own mines, ho could be elected and would make a good presi dent. 1 have heard that the free coinage democrats of Illinois have great faith in Morrison on account of his vote in con gress for free coinage, and that they be lieve that he would approve a free coin age bill as 'president, but lam not for Morrison and never said the democrats of Alabama were for him or any other man who has not the courage to declare him self without equivocation In favor of the Passage of a bill for the free coinage of silver and gold at the old ratio and thut he will approve such a bill If elected pres ident. Tour obedient servant, ’’JAMES L. PUGH.” Osteen—Dillard. A quiet marriage took place Friday evening. Miss I.,illie Dillard of tliia city and Mr. Osteen of Troy were united In the holy bonds of matrimony In the pres ence of a few relatives and intimate friends. Rev. Mr. Frazer ofllefcating. Th ■ bride Is one Sif Montgomery’s accom pUshed young ladles, while the groom is one of Pike's prosperous farmers. They left on the evening train for their future home in. Troy. That Facet our Journal. The Montgomery Journal,always on the alert for something breezy in politics, teds the following: “Governor Oates was present at the Rankhead-Clarke dpbate last Friday night, ami so were the friends of Capt. F. A. Graham, who asked the governor to make him probate Judge to fill the vacan cy occasion -d by the flight and Impeach ment of Judge Randolph. They were there by a large majority. They sat im mediately In-the rear of Geovernor Oates. Mr. Clarke and Governor Oates are now pitted ’against each other for the fed eral senate. It may not have really been intended, but It looked as though they wanted to pour cold water down the gov ernor’s back when Mr. Clarke stepped upon ‘the stage. The applause that greeted Mr. Clarke was quite flattering.'' A Grocery Firm Fails. The retail grocery firm of Birch (i Crawford, doing business on Commerce street, assigned yesterday, naming Mr. M. P. Wilcox, an employe, as assignee. Attachments were levied by the Morris bank for Jf.OOO and by Armour & Co. for a less amount, and the firm decided to quit business and settle up as far as they could. The assets and liabilities have not been ascertained. This is the first failure of any importance in Mont gomery for more than a year. A in WWVVWl. News was received this morning of the burning of the gin house of Mr. H. C. Parker at Lowndesboro Friday. There were eight bales of cotton in the gin house, which were also destroyed. The cotton and gin house are a total loss, there being no insurance on either. Three Hundred Bales Burned. About 300 bales of cotton at Coal sta tion on the Western Railroad of Ala- ' Jama, caught fire from the sparks of a passing engine and were burned. There were several bales of cotton saved. The cotton belonged to the Tallassee Falls Manufacturing company and was fully insured. Work or Give Up the Job. Superintendent of Education Turner has issued an order to county superin tendents instructing them to remove from office all township trustees who fail or refuse to return a census of the school children in their townships. As it is many trustees fail to make returns and the school funds of the state are, therefore, not equitably distributed. The township trustees get no salaries or fees, but they get some honor, an exceptional opportunity to deliver a commencement address and get rid of poll tax and road and Jury duty. The state superintendent thinks, and properly so. that if a man un dertakes the Job he should attend to the incumbent duties or get out. AN INCREASED RESERVE For the First Time Since September 1—Gold Export Rumors. New York, Oct. 19.—The New York Financier says this week: For the first time since September 1 last the weekly statement of the asso ciated banks of New York city show an Increase In the reserve, the expansion for the week ending_October 19 being 91.203, 275. The total specie holdings are now $61,851,000, as against $75,867,000 for the first of this year. The legal tender item also shows the effect of the crop move ment, the total amount reported for the week Just ended being $86,509,300. The largest holdings of legal tenders arc re ported by the New York banks this year —119,888,500—which amount was reported on August 17 last. There has been a steady decrease up to the present time, the loss in round numbers being $33,000, 000, or at the rate of over $3,000,000 per week. There was a decrease in the loan Item for the current week of $2,285,700, due probably to mercantile settlements and the calling in of loans by banks which had fallen below' their required reserve. The reserve item, in fact, has been one of more than ordinary importance of late, owing to several cases which have oper ated to place some of the banks in a position w’hore a contraction of loans was imperative. The total.loans of the New York banks have shown a decided falling off in the last six weeks, the total of $504,320,300 reported October 19, com paring with $518,365,800 on September 7, a decrease of over $14,000,000. The money needed for crop purposes shows no dimi nution from bast week’s average, the ac tual remittances amounting to some thing like $2,000,000 per week. There is no reason to believe that this money is liable to any sudden check, but the ad vantage which a drain on the New York market has occasioned has been rather weakened by the influx of money from the treasury during the past few weeks. It is estimated that no less than $5,000,000 | has thus entered the market in two W'oeks. The rumor of gold exports has been re vived. but the fact that no gold went out Saturday had a reassuring effect on tho market. Whether the next week will witness a revival of shipments is proble matical. Wants Some of Brice’s Money. Columbus. O., Oct. 19.—The democratic state committee published this morning a letter purporting to be from C. W. Hcoffer, republican member of the pres ent legislature and candidate for re-elec tlion, lad dressed to 'the committee, In which he offers to support Senator Price in his canvas to return to the senate in consideration of flnacial support in hie campaign for representative from Park county'. A Snow Storm.' Detroit, Mich.. Oct. 19.—A special from Menominee. Mich., to the Journal says there* was a snow storm there last night; there being over an inch of it on the ground. EPISCOPAL CONVENTION I he Question of tstabhshmg a New Mission ary Diocese in Japan Was Up Again Yesterday. Minneapolis, Oct. 19.—There was a no ticeable falling off In the attendance of deputies at the "Kpiscopal convention to day. Half the lay delegates were not present. There was some discussion on a new canon, defining the relative duties of rec tors, church wardens and vestrymen, but the question was finally put off for three years. Debate was then resumed on the reso lution carried over from last evening, pro viding that in all future editions of the hymnal the humand name of the Savior be spelled "Jesus,” instead of "Jesu,” as printed in a large number of hymns. There was much opposition and finally, with all amendments, it was laid upon the table. The sensation created yester day by the refusal of the house to consider the message of bish ops and the establishing of a new missionary diocese in Japan, with Rev. J. M. Francis as bishop, was now re newed by a report of the committee on the new dioceses In response to a repeti tion of a message. The. report declares that in view of the rapidly approaching time when the church in Japan would be In a position to control Its own affairs, it was inexpedient to erect a new missionary Journal and that therefore the message be non-con curred in. A minority report approving the new Journal was submitted by Dr. Harrison of Springfield in behalf of four of the nine members of the committee, and Mr. L. H. Morehouse of Milwaukee asked for its adoption on the ground that the request originated with the Japanese themselves. The debate was continued by Drs. Me Vicar and Fulton of Philadelphia. Olaze brook of New Jersey and Mrs. Parks of Massachusetts, all of whom were strong ly opposed to the scheme of the bishops for dividing the Japanese diocese. The vote on refusing to concur with the bishops on the proposal to establish an other bishopric was by Jiocesps and or ders for refusal. Clericals—Yeas, 34; nays, 13; divided. 5. Lay delegates—Yeas, 26; nays, 9; divided, 2. The house adjourned until Monday morning. A oTaIa£ ORDERED. Twenty-Five Shousand Pennsylvania Gcal " Miners Will Be Effected. Dubois, Pa., Oct. 19.—A general strike of the soft coal miners has been ordered and indorsed by the miners in this vicin ity. The strike was ordered l>ecause of the refusal of the Central and Northern Pennsylvania coal operator? to grant 5 cents per ton advance asked by the con vent ton of October 2. The territory covered by the strike ex tends from Cambria to this place, and 25,000 men are in the movement. The strike leaders counsel a policy of peace, and will endeavor to accomplish their ends without resort to violence. Moonshiners Raided. Central City, W. Va., Oct. 70.—For sev eral months a number of moonshine stills have been in operation on the Green briar river in Montico county, and all efforts to capture the illicit distillers proved futile up to last night. Yesterday United States Marshal M. H. Vinson and a posse raided the camp at midnight and captured J. A. Poole, Tom Shrewster, James Quinlin and Hurry Torrence, while three others made their escape in the pine thickets. Several hundred gallons of pomace and brerndy were found. The three men who made their escape with bullets raining upon them were learned to be Charles Farley. Will McCoy and Warren Harford. It is thought some of them arc injured. Struck Against a Reduction. tJnlontown, Pa., Oct. 19.—The Yough iougheney river region miners have gone out on a strike against a reduction in wages. All the mines on the Youghlou gheney are affected, except the Wash ington Coal and Coke company's mines plant and the Luce and Ha ugh mines. Two hundred men are idle. The strike is against a reduction in wages from the pcale rate, 5G cents p^*r ton. established recently to 51 cents per ton. Mayor Pingree Renominated. Detroit. Mich., Oct. 19.—The republican city convention was held here today to nominate a city ticket. There was no opposition when Mayor H. S. Plngre? was renominated for a fourth term, and his nomination was made unanimous. The remainder of the ticket was filled by the Pingree nominee*, IS APPROACHING A CRISIS All Kinds of Rumors Are in the Atmosphere AF;JT VENEZUELAN AFFAIRS * Britain Is Said to Have Sent Her £ Ultimatum. .Pill the united states interfere? The British Ambassador Denies That He Called on Secretary Olney to Ask for More Time in "Which to Answer His Recent Note. Washington, Oct. 19.—British Ambassa dor Sir Julian- Rauneefote authorizes an unqualified denial of the published state ment that he called at the state depart ment on a mission of great importance and that he Informed Secretary Olney that In view of the Interpretation which the country places on the Monroe doc trine in connection with the Venezuelan dispute Great Britain would ask for de lay in preparing Its reply and submitting it to this government. Sir Julian said today that he> was not at the department yesterday. He called on the day previ ously, which was diplomatic day, upon the usual routine business connected with the embassy; that he has -been the bearer of no letters from Lord Salisbury with refrenee to Venezuela, and that he has had no connection with any correspond ence with the state department or the London foreign office affecting the Ven ezuelan matters for many months. Quite the most Interesting as well as sensational phase of the Venezuelan boundary dispute with Great Britain has been developed by the ultimatum which her majesty's government Is said to have sen/t to Venezuela, growing out of tine ar rest last year of Sergeant Behnrens and two assistants of British police force by the Venezuelan authorities at Uruan. Sergeant Behrens claimed that at the time of his arrest certain numbers of his household effects were seized by the Ven ezueian soiuiery. After his liberation "he was reim bursed by the Caracas government for the personal loss alleged to have been sustained by him. It is now believed that the Venezuelan government will flat ly refuse to accept any ultimatum which will look to the payment of an indem nity on its part to Sergeant Behrens or any apology for his arrest. State de partment officials, who are familiar with the dispute. between the two countries, believe that Venezuela will rest the case on the assertion that the British police were the aggressors In the first case In eVoSsing the river and planting their flag on the west bank occupied by the Venezu elans; that the arrest of Behrens, while not strictly legal, would not have oc curred had he not taken the initiative and thus aroused the anger of the Vene zuelan soldiery. Moreover, the country In which the arrest was made Is at least fifty miles west of the Schomburgk line. It lies in the part of Venezuela which is In dispute between the two countries, but the control of which Great Britain Is willing to have arbitrated. The Venezu elans, on the other hand, insist that the point where the arrest was made Is as much their own territory as the country surrounding the capitol at Caracas. It is believed that the ultimatum will be deliv ered to Venezuelan authorities by the German minister at Caracas. Great Brit ain has had no diplomatic representative at (he Venezuelan capital for sonif years, not since the contention between the two governments has assumed so acrimonious a shape. The former German minister to Venezuela represented her majesty’s government whenever occasion demanded and it is presumed that his successor, who qualified six months ago. will dis charge the same functions. Diplomats who are excitedly discussing this lal-st phase of the Venezuelan question today are asking if the few weeks wtll'see In Venezuela a repetition of the Corinto In cident of last spring. Kverything will depend upon the character of the ulti matum. Should the United States urge President Crespo to stand firm and to neither pay an indemnity nornupolnglze, this advice no doubt will be promptly taken and Venezuela will shift her quar rel with Great Britain to the shoulders of the United States. Should the United States, on the other hand, decline to be drawn into the affair, Venezuela's course is somewhat uncer tain. That she will tamely submit either to an invasion of her country until the indemnity is paid Is not believed by those who are familiar with Venezuelan char President Crespo, who has proven him self to be a wise and humane, ruler In peace, has also a high reputation for bravery and no little military skill as well. He inaugurated the revolution sev eral years^igo which resulted in the over throw of the Palaceo government, and which resulted in his subsequent eleva tion to the chief magistry of the coun try. He has at his command nn army of veteran troops, which, although nu merically small, at present could lie easi ly increased to 100,000 available fighting men, most of whom have seen hard ser vice. These troops, it is said, could be thrown Into British Guinea and there re taliate upon the British for any reprisals that the latter-might demand upon the seacoast, and at the same time take pos session of ail the country which has long been In dispute between the two govern ments, and hold it against any force which might be sent against them. If the British government attempts tl repetition of the Corlnto Incident their first step in the collection of an indem nity would he the occupation of Vene zuela's three ports of entry. Baguayra, Porto Cabellos and Maracaibo. Vene zuela's revenue is derived principally from customs duties, of which the major part Is collected at Baguayra. The mon eys arising from this source aggregate annually $10,000,000. Baguayra is forti fied to some extent, but the fortifications are not sufficiently strong to wlthsand an attack of the powerful fleet Great Britain would doubtless send there to enforce her demands. The Trust Retaliates. St. Bouls, Oct. 19.—Th - American To bacco company has purchased the ex tensive plant of the J. G. Butler Tobacob company. In this city, and will at once begin lihe manufacture of plug tobacco. The movement is believed to be in retalia tion of Ih ■ action of the local tobacco con cerns in manufacturing cigarettes in op position to tihe trust. The price paid for the plant has not been made public, but owing to the peculiar circumstances at tending t-he sale It Is believed that a fancy figure was named. , .