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The Launching of the Two New
War Vessels,
"Were the Names Given Them by Their Pretty
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ordered Paid by Comptroller Bowler From
August 29, the Date of His Second
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
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
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
"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
No Prophet Can Tell What 444
Men Will Do.
Forty-Seven Million Must Be Made Up,
But How?
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
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
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
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.
Journalist’s Friends to Ruin Him
With Legislative Honors.
Mr. Clarke and Governor Oates Pitted for
the Senate.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
I he Question of tstabhshmg a New Mission
ary Diocese in Japan Was Up Again
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
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
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
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
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*,
All Kinds of Rumors Are in the
* 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. , .

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