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VOLUME 22: BIRMINGHAM, ALA., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1895. NUMBER. 20. FREE SILVER SENATORS _______ They Wish to Capture the Fi nance Committee. DEMOCRATIC HOUSE CAUCUS Selected the Four Officials to Which They Are Entitled. REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL CAUCUS Mr. Sherman Continued as Chairman. They Are in No Hurry to Reorgan ize-Mr. Carlisle’s Estimates for Next Year. Washington, Dec. 2.—A conference of senators favorable to the free coinage of Eilver was held this morning in the mar ble room. There were present about fif ty senators, made up of republicans, democrats and populists. Prominent among these were Teller, Stewart. Call, Allen, Tillman and Mantle. The confer ence was called for the purpose of en abling those favoring silver to discuss the subject In an informal way. An ef fort was made to outline the formal plan of the campaign. The spirit that ani mated those present, however, showed that they intend to continue the fight In the senate in future as vigorously as they have in the past. The president is bound, Mr. Teller says, to open up a dis cussion of the financial question, and there can be no impression of the ques tion. he asserts, without a discussion of the free coinage question. It was agreed that no point should be waived and that In general manner the silver question should be forced to the front whenever an opportunity presented itself. Another conference will probably be held later in •the- session. inert? wa» auuit? ium uu me l cm. a. few more ardent silverltes of attempt ing to reorganize the senate on a silver basis, but this was not taken seriously. It Is not thought possible that snch an effort will be made. The silver men will content themselves with the capture of the finance committee, they having held the committee during the last congress. Their opponents will enter no protest to this plan. The western silver men ap pear to favor the selection of Mr. Wolcott of Colorado for the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. McPherson of New Jersey. Three hours were consumed by the house democrats In caucus this afternoon selecting the four officials of their party to which they are entitled by their minor ity representation. The veteran Ohioan, Col. Isaac Hill, who was deputy sergeant at-arms of the last congress, was elected 8peclal employe over H. II. Moler of Illi nois, who held the office of cashier in the Fifty-third congress. The office of spe cial employe makes Its possessor the legislative whip of the minority and Is worth $1500 per year. After a long discussion. Interspersed with numerous roll calls, G. L. Brown ing of Virginia and Thomas Cokely of New York were elected special messen gers with salaries of $1200 each. Mr. Cokely is a well known member of the Tammany society, and widely popular about the house. The caucus finished its work by elect ing James F. English of California page. The republican senatorial caucus, after b brief session of half an hour, adjourned until Wednesday without having accom plished anything beyond a continuation In office of Mr. Sherman as chairman and Mr. Dubois as secretary. The caucus developed the fact that the senators were not In any hurry to take up the work of reorganizing the senate. The suggestion was made that a candidate for president pro tempore of the senate be made, but this was combatted on the grounds that when this was done the caucus should be ready to put forward candidates for the other eleven offices of the senate. There appears to be a disposition on the part of the republicans to nominate a ticket for all the offices, and It is believed that this will be done at the next meeting. Secretary Carlisle today sent to con gress the estimates submitted by the several cabinet^ officers of money re quired for conducting the government for the fiscal year ending June 30. 1897, amounting to $408,091,073. The appropri ations made for the present fiscal year ending June 80, IS96, amounted to $412, 753,284. Among the mass of detailed estimates poled are: Improving the harbor of Charleston. S. C., $100,000; Improvement pf the harbor of Galveston. Tex.. $1,140, 000; for expenses at Norfolk. Va., navy (yard. $75,750: naval station at Port Ttoyal. F. C , $338,182; dry dock. AlRlere, La., $100,000. total cost of which will he $1,250, C0O; public building. Savannah, (la.. $100,000. A. K. WARD CAPTURED. Memphis’ Alleged Embezzler Is on His Way to New Orleans. Washington, Dec. 2.—A. K. Ward, the alleged embezzler from Memphis. Tenn., was arrested yesterday on board of a steamer at Livingston. Guatemala, by the chief of the Memphis police. The information came in an official tel egram to the slate department. Ward Is now on his way to New Orleans,-In custody. There Is no extradition treaty between the United States and Guatemala, and It is presumed the Guatemalan govern ment consented to surrender Ward as a matter of International comity. It was recently reported that Ward had been captured at Puerto Cortez. Honduras, and In the absence of an extradition agreement the government of Honduras did as Guatemala Is supposed to have done. It was learned subsequently, how ever, that Ward managed to get out of Honduras, and his whereabouts were un known until the telegram containing the news of his arrest was received today. A warrant authorizing the Memphis c*ief of police to bring Ward to the United States was recently sent that official by President Cleveland. CLUBMEN’S VICTORY. South Carolina’s Supreme Court Decides Against the Dispensary. Columbia, S. C., Dec. 2.—Judge Charles H. Simonton, sitting In the United States circuit court, today handed down a de cision in the case of James Donald vs. J. M. Scott. This case that which was brought by members of the Columbia club against the dispensary authorities for raiding their club rooms last Au gust. The case was one which occa sioned great excitement among club members In the state. The judge orders that the policemen who were present be discharged, as they had been present merely for the purpose of keeping the peace; that State Dlspensor Mixom re turn (he liquor seized to Its owner, and that the constables be held by the United States marshal until they have paid the entire charges of the same. The decision Is a complete victory for the club, and club members throughout the state are rejoicing over it. Ordered Out of Cuba. Key West, Fla., Deo. 2.—Ignacio Be lancourt and Ignacio Agramonte, with their families, passed through this city on the steamer Whitney yesterday morn ing en route for New Orleans. Agra monte is a son of General Agramonte of the last rebellion. Belancourt is a wealthy planter, having several planta tions near Puerto Principe and a ranch, with thousands of cattle. He and his family were passengers on the train from Puerto Principe which was blown up with dynamite near Nuevitas. Both speak In the strongest terms of the atrocities perpetrated by Spanish sol diers on the Cubans and their families. Demands were made on these gentlemen by the Spanish government to contrib ute funds with which to build forts. They refused and were ordered out of the coun try. They say on the 26th Generals Go mez and Maceo laid siege to and cap tured four small forts near Puerto Prin cipe. The Spanish commanders have since been court-marshaled and ordered to be shot. Belancourt and Agramonte claim there is no foundation for the re port of a battle between insurgents un der Gomez and Maceo and the Spanish troops. School Children Killed. Paterson, N. J.. Dec. 2.—The falling of a celling In public school No. 3 in Main street shortly after 11 o'clock this morn ing resulted in the serious, if not fatal injury, of one little girl and the painful injury of at least a dozen pupils. The accident occurred without warning, and created a panic throughout the school building. The ages of the pupils range from 9 to 12 years. The injuries to some of them were caused in the rush for es cape that followed the fall of the celling. TREASURY ST A1 EM ENT. The Customs Receipts for November Show a Gain of $6,000,000 Over Novem ber, 1894. Washington, Dec. 2.—-The debt state ment issued today shows a net increase in the public debt, less cash in the treas ury, during November‘of $2,046,502. The interest bearing debt increased $400. The non-interest bearing debt decreas ed $495,509, and in cash the treasury de creased $2,541,651. The balance of the several classes of debt at the close of business November 30 were: Interest bearing debt, $747,361,960; debt on which interest has ceased since maturity, $1, 676,180; debt bearing no interest, $376, 845,857. Total, $1,125,883,997. The certificates and treasurp notes, off set by an equal amount of cash in the treasury, outstanding at the end of the month were $582,087,673, a decrease of $8,116,000. The total cash in the treas ury was $810,120,692. The gold reserve was $79,332,966. Net cash balances, $98, 072,420. In the month there was a de crease in gold coin and bars of $13,792, 893, the total at the close being $129,567, 945. Of silver there was a decrease of $918,397. Of the surplus there was in na tional bank depositories $14,408,308, against $14,256,694 at the end of the pre ceding month. The comparative statement of gov ernment receipts and expenditures for the month of November and the five months of the fiscal year of date was is sued by the treasury department today. The deficit for November is $1,212,780 and for the five months of the fiscal year $15,869,327. The receipts for November were $25, 986,503 and the expenditures $27,199,283; as compared with November, 1894, the re ceipts for last month show a gain of nearly $6,000,000, while the exposes are $1,250,000 less than for November, 1894. For the first five months of the current fiscal year the receipts were $147,279,116, which is $2,750,000 greater than for the corresponding five months of 1894. For the same period the expenses were $167, 148,443, or $2,700,000 less than for the cor responding five months of 1894. The re ceipts for November were nearly $2,000, 000 less than for October last and the ex penses $7,000,000 less, due to interest pay ments in October. Customs receipts for the five months of the fiscal year were .$12,000,000 greater than for the corre sponding period of 1894. Internal Revenue Commissioner Miller has compiled tha collections of Internal revenue for the four months of the cur rent fiscal year. They aggregate $51,494, 692, a decrease of $13,264,992 as compared with the corresponding four months of 1894. The principal sources of internal revenue were: Spirits, $26,877,637, a de crease of $14,417,013. arising from the withdrawals In 1894 to evade the in creased tax of 80 cents a gallon; tobacco, $11,036,350. an increase of $658,915; fer mented liquors. $12,964,612, an increase of $793,273; oleomargarine, $485,297. a de crease of $172,848, and miscellaneous, $130,786. a decrease of $127,319. The re ceipts for October, 1895, were $13,750,213, against $6,714,575 In October, 1894. A NEW YORK SENSATION. Walter S. Langerman Was Convicted of Rape Upon False Testimony—His Accuser Admits She Lied. New York, Dec. 2.—There was a great sensation in part 2 of the court of general sessions this morning when Recorder Goff called Walter S. Langerman to the bar for sentence. Langerman was con victed on last Tuesday for rape In the llrst degree for criminally assaulting Barbara Aub. When Langerman was culled to the bar this morning the re corder, Instead of sentencing him to at leflil fifteen years, as almost everyone expected, startled the throng of specta tors by saying: “Barbara Aub has ad mitted to me in an aflidavlt that Langer man Is Innocent of the charge of rape upon which he was convicted. She al most admits that her testimony at the trial against this man was entirely false. Langerman Is therefore discharged upon the charge of rape upon his own recogni zance. He stands committed, however, to the house of detention as a witness in probable cases against Barbara Aub for perjury." Langerman sobbed aloud as the re corder spoke. Barbara Aub was brought into court a little later. The recorder committed her to the city prison to await the action of the grand Jury. He said to her: "You have done more harm to the law than you did to Langerman.” L. & N. October Report, New York, Dec. 2.—The Louisville and Nashville railroad reports for October gross earnings of $1,979,599, an Increase of $114,403; expenses. $1,204,130, an In crease of $59,496. and net, $775,469, an in crease of $24,917. FIFTY-FOURTH^ CONGRESS The Most Youthful Ever Assem bled in America. THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Will Be Delivered to the House and Senate Todav. GORMAN WAS CORDIALLY RECEIVED The IIouss Was Organized With Mr. Reed as Speaker—The Reed Rules of the Fifty-first Congress Adopted by the House. Washington, Dee. 2.—The Fifty fourth congress began Its session at noon today with crowded galleries and many other manifestations of acute interest in its proceedings, including, of course, the inevitable floral decorations. For the third time In the last twenty five years, the popular will found expres sion In a reversal of political dominance and the new congress was called to order with democratic ascendancy In the sen ate on the point of disappearing and the house overwhelmingly republican. There were fifteen new faces among the senators, not counting Mr. Chilton of Texas, who reoccupies the seat he once held before by appointment, and there wore in addition thirteen re-elected sen ators to be sworn in by Vice-President Stevenson as their own successors. Of the holdover senators whose terms will expire two years from now some of the nn/st prominent, including Blackburn, Brice, Hill, Voorhees, Vest and Peffer, took their seats today with a shadow unogius uvti . '7,,; ., . bility that their places may be tilled by others when this congress expires. In the house of representatives the changes were still more marked. One of the features which provoked comment from the galleries was the youthful ap pearance of many of the pew members. Several states have sent men as repre sentatives who are still in their twenties. Probably two score of others are under 40. In point of age the present house is the youngest In the history of American legislation. These boyish-appearing members, bright-faced, intelligent-look ing, well-groomed, well-mannered and well-dressed, college men, most of them, presented a striking contrast In their youthful appearance to their veteran as sociates, such as Grosvenor of ■» Ohio, whose flowing white beard gives him a venerable appearance disproportionate to his age; to Ex-Speaker Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania, hale, hearty and vigor ous, despite his 70 odd years; to Culber son of Texas, now entering upon his eleventh term, and others of the house veterans whose political prospects were not temporarily submerged in the No vember elections of 1894. The Senate. There was an unusually large attend ance of senators when the Fifty-fourth congress convened today, the only re corded absentees being Mr. Hill of New York, Mr. Lindsay of Kentucky, Mr. Wolcott of Colorado and the two senators from Louisiana. Mr. Palmer of Illinois and Mr. Jones of Arkansas were absent during the first half of the proceedings, but came in In time for the adjournment. The only Interesting feature was the swearing in of the new senators. But being officially advised that the presi dent’s message would not be delivered until tomorrow the senate Immediately thereafter adjourned until tomorrow. The cordiality with which Senator Gor man of. Maryland was received by his associates on both sides of the chamber was one of the marked features of the day. He entered the chamber closely followed by Mr. Brice of Ohio, and as the two stood talking and Joking Sen ator Frye of Maine and others joined in the badinage, and Senator Frye in an audible voice remarked: "They have not downed this man yet.” Senator Sherman entered alone and took little part in the general congratu lations. Tlie House. The machinery for the organization of the house of representatives worked to day in a very satisfactory manner, with out the slightest Jar. Mr. Reed of Maine, In pursuance of the unanimous decision of the republican caucus, was elected to the speakership by a vote of 234 to 95 for Mr. Crisp of Georgia, the democratic candidate; 6 for Mr. Bell of Colorado, the populist candidate, and 1 for Mr. Cul berson of Texas, democrat. The six votes for the populist candidate were given by Messrs. Baker of Kansas, Howard of Alabama, Kem of Nebraska and ShifTord, Skinner and Stroud of North Carolina. The one vote for Mr. Culberson was giv en by his colleague, Mr. Crain, this be ing the only deviation from the party programme. Mr. Reed’s speech in taking the chair was brief. He would not speak for the past, he said. The past could speak for Itself. Nor would he speak for the future, as they were not pulling oft the harness, but pulling it on. He sug gested that those who had acted with wisdom in the past might be fairly ex pected to act with wisdom In the future. After the oath of office had been ad ministered to the speaker and all the members, the next step In the republican programme, the election of house officers, was taken up, and Messrs. McDowell of Pennsylvania, Russell of Missouri, Glenn of New York, McElroy of Ohio and Cou den of Michigan were chosen as clerk, sergeant-at-arms, doorkeeper, postmas ter and chaplain respectively. The rules of the Fifty-first congress, popularly known as the Reed rules, were adopted for the government of the house for the present, after an assurance from Mr. Cannon republican, of Illinois, who had offered the resolution, that they would hereafter be referred to the committee on rules, and that the house would have an opportunity to discuss the report of the committee. The assurance was to satisfy Mr. Crisp, who had raised the question, and the matter went through without further contention. After some further preliminary pro ceedings and a drawing for seats In the usual manner, and in which drawing many of the prizes fell to some of the least known of the members and many of the blanks to some distinguished, the house at 3:35 p. m. adjourned until to morrow noon. Mr. Hinton, republican, of Michigan, had the honor of introducing the first bill In the Fifty-fourth congress The meas ure provides for a reclassification of rail way postal clerks. Under It they are di vided into ten classes Those of the first class are to receive a salary of $800 p5r year, from which sum their salaries are graded up to $1800 per year. Promotions are to be based solely upon efficiency. DELIBERATELY^ WRECKED A Train on the Delaware, Lacka wanna and Western. REWARD OF $5000 OFFERED For the Detection and Conviction of the Train Wreckers. THE ENGINEER AND FIREMAN KILLED The Train Was Going Down Hill at the Hate of Sixty Miles an Hour When It Ban Into an Open Switch. Cortland, N. Y., Dec. 2.—The wreck of the New York and Philadelphia night ex press on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad at Preble station at 11:05 o’clock last night was the result of a most deliberate i lot on the part of per-, sons unknown. The train was due at Preble at 11:01 p. m„ but does not stop there. It was four minutes late In pass ing, and-had ten miles of straight track on a down grade, where the train is usually run at the rate of sixty miles an hour. The train consisted of the engine, the "San Sloan,” an express car and a car or scenery for the show troupe, "A Bow ery Girl;" a baggage car, a smoker, a day coach and a Pullman sleeper. Ten rods north of Preble station there Is a'switch which sidetracks cars behind the station. There Is a water tank a few rods north of the switch, so that the switch cannot be seen from the north till the water tank has been passed. The switch is an automatic affair, and has to be held up to open it. The ball lever was propped up by an Iron bar and1 a piece of fence board. Seven freight cars stood on the sv\itch track. The passengers' first notification of anything wrong was the trembling of the train as the atr brakes were set hard. Two car lengths further ahead the collision oc curred. The engine was completely wrecked beyond all repairs, torn to pieces and turned on its left side, and its nose ploughed a hole in the ground 5 feet deep. The freight cars were smashed to pieces and several others were driven down the track. The express car turned oir to me ten, the body resting on the engine tender; the baggage car turned to the right and was partly upset; the smoker and day coach were derailed, but not overtufned. The Sleeper did not leave the rails. Fire man Webster Rofe. 40 years old, of Syra cuse was found beside the engine under the wreckage badly scalded. He was taken nut alive after an hour's work, but dte,4 on the way to Cortland at 4 o’clock this morning. Engineer Dick Young of Syracuse, 35 years old, unmarried, could not be found until 5:30 o'clock this morn ing, when he was discovered at the mouth of the Are box. His hend, arms and one leg had been burned off. The flesh was still burning, so that water had to be poured on the body to extinguish the flames before it could be removed. The engineer’s watch was found to have stopped at 11:05 o’clock. None of the passengers were hurt, hut all were badly shaken up. They all got out of the train safely with their baggage. The baggage and mall was all saved from the bag gage car, and about half of the scenery of the theatrical troupe was saved. The wreck took fire from the lamps and the wood work of the engine and four cars was burned up. The sleeper wras detached from the train and was backed from the burning wreck and saved. A reward of $3000 has been offered for the detection and conviction of the wreck ers. A TENNESBEE FEUD. The Two Principals Are Probably Fatally Wounded—The Sons Fled. Chattanooga, Dec. 2.—A street duel, the sequel of a feud of long standing, re sulted today in the fatal wounding of William Smith and Jesse Bruce and the probable arrest of three sons of the lat ter as accessories to the murder. All the participants live In the village of St. Elmo, in the Seventeenth district of this county. Smith is a blacksmith, while Bruce’s home adjoins his shop. Bruce laid in wait for Smith this morning, and as the latter dismounted from his horse Bruce began shooting at him with a re volver. The second shot struck Smith In the right temple and embedded Itself dn the skull. Smith, who was prepared for trouble, fired one shot In return. As Bruce fell, with a bullet just above the heart, his 14-year-old son, Charley Bruce, appeared In the doorway with a Win chester and followed up the assault by firing five shots in rapid succession, all going off the mark at Smith, who took refuge In a neighboring house. The three Bruce boys, all armed with guns, kept watch on the house for a time, but Smith failing to come out they fled to avoid ar rest. The senior Bruce was arrested on the charge of assault with Intent to kill, but was allowed to make bond, owing to his serious condition. Officers are search ing for the Bruce boys. The enmity ex isting between the men dates back to a dispute over an account against Bruce for services. Afterwards the latter Charged Smith with enticing his daugh ter away from home, which he denied, but a later grievance seems to be jeal ousy of Bruce’s wife’s attention to Smith. The shooting caused great excitement, as ft occurred on the turnpike running through the heart of town._ A Mob Is After Him. Atlanta, Dec. 2.—A special to the Con stitution from Rome, Ga„ says that a posne was hunting all day for a negro school teacher named Harris, but failed to ftnd him. Harris went to the home of the Hammock family yesterday #nd at tempted to force an entrance Into the house. There was no one at home ex cept'a daughter about 19 years old. Her Screams brought help and Harris was frightened off. He fled, and although the pnob got in a few feet of him once he has not been captured. The blacks will pro test him If they can. MAY GET THE CONTRACT. Newport News Makes the Lowest Bid on the Battleships. Newport News, Va., Dec. 2.—The Amer ican line steamer New York arrived here early this morning, - and was put into the dock of the ship building company, where she will undergo a thorough over hauling. this being the third time the New York has been extensively repaired heie. The Paris of the same line pre f ceded the New Tork In the dock here for the past ten days, and was floated on I Saturday preceding the arrival of the New York to resume her regular voy ages. The Newport News company pos sesses the only dock In this country capa ble of receiving vessels of the largest size, and has come into prominence as one of the great repairing stations of the world. There is great joy In the workshops here over the propspect of battleships Nos. 5 and 6 being constructed here, the bid of the Newport News company being $390,000 below the next lowest competi tor. It appears that the navy depart ment can save $600,000 by building both the Kearsarge and her sister ship here, instead of awarding one to the Pacific slope, where still another additional ex pense would result from paying the freight across the continent of ail the armor and eouipmnnt. Under these cir cumstances President C. P. Orcutt of the Newport News company Is confident that both battleships will be built in the southern states. Jackson, Mirs,, Won. Jackson, Miss., Dec. 2.—The supreme court decided a ease of great local impor tance today. Sometime since the city council entered suit to annul the contract with the -water works company, and Chancellor Conn decided favorably to the city on the point that a twenty-year contract was illegal. The supreme court holds that the twenty-year contract Is valid, but remands the case of the com pany to show that it has maintained sufficient fire pressure._ Sugesville Postofflce Robbed. Montgomery, Dec. 2.—A special to the Advertiser from Suggsville, Ala., says: The postofflce at this place was broken open Saturday night and robhed of si* registered packages, $8 in stamps and $65 in money. One of the registered packages contained a fine watch and a lot of jewelry. An Amevics-n’s Bentonce. Havana, Dee. 2—Julio Sangully. who claims io be an American citizen, and who Ihas been on trial on the charge here of aiding and abetllng rebellion, was found guilty today and sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. FROM THE CAPITAL The Circuit Court Dealing With the Randolph Licence Cases—Montgomery News in General. Montgomery, Dec. 2.—(Special.)—In the circuit court here today the cases of the state vs. D. Fleming, A1 Galatas and others, on account of licenses alleged to have been paid to the late probate Judge, F. C. Randolph, for which no credit was given, were called. The first case taken up was that against Dave Fleming, who is charged up with three years' licenses, aggregating $900. Hon. A. A. Wiley, representing Mr. Fleming, presented demurrers to the complaint, alleging that the claim for a license was not a civil contract collecta ble at law. That a license was a privi lege tax, carrying with It a penalty for non-payment, and It was provided that should it not be paid there should be a penalty of three times the sum of the li cense, and that its collection could be en forced by criminal prosecution. It dif fered in tills particular from a tax. The auditor is authorized by low to institute suit for the collection of taxes, but the statute does not authorize him to sue for the collection of licenses. The court heard Captain Wiley in sup port of the demurrer, and when he con cluded rendered his decision, sustaining the demurrer in the cases against Mr. Fleming. The attorney-general gave notice of an appeal to the supreme court. All the other cases are dependent on the result in the case against Mr. Fleming. About $7000 or $8000 are Involved in these cases. The defendants in all these cases claiml that payment was made to Judge Ran dolph, but admit that no licenses were Issued for the years for which suit is brought. f __a-— Land Sale. At noon today a sale of city and su burban property took place at Knabe’s corner, Mr. Hill crying the property. The 50-foot vacant lot on Perry street, a portion of the Knox property, known as the Wilcox lot, was sold to Mr. J. B. Nlcrosi. who bid $4000. Mr. C. J. Dougherty bid in five lots in Oakley plat, fronting 50 feet each on Goode street, at $120 each. Mr. Barnett bought two lots in the same plat front ing Court street at $135 each, and two other lots, one at $102.50 and the other at *100' _ - Officers Elected. At the regular annual meeting of St. Peter's Branch. Catholic Knights of America, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, M. B Graham, vice-president, John P. Kohn; secretary, L. Dunne; financial secretary. Paul Sangulnetti; treasurer, John C. O’Connell; sergeant-at-«rms, Robert C. Taylor; sentinel, M. J. Byrnes. These officers will be installed at the regular meeting next month. Mr. Iieon Strauss Dead. Mr. Leon Strauss, a popular young man, died at 12 o'clock tills morning. Strauss has been 111 about two weeks, and while his death was not unexpected It was a shock to his family and friends. He was a nephew of Mr. Jacob Strauss, and his parents live in Europe. He was about 25 years old, and has been in this country a great many years, where he has made many friends, all of whom mourn his sad death. His funeral took place at 3 o’clock this afternoon. A Southern Girl’s Success. Washington, Dec. 2.—A young south ern girl who recently made her debut lr( New York achieved success In light ope ra tonight at the LaFayette Square op era house. Attracted by favorable press notices In the metropolitan Journals a large audience, of whom a liberal propor tion were southerners, and among whom were VIve-President Stevenson and Secretary Carlisle and their families, came to see Miss Hilda Clark as Princess Bonnie in Willard’s comic opera of that name. Her success here was even more pronounced than In New York . Miss Clark is a native of Kansas City, where her father was once a wealthy banker. She is closely connected with distin guished southern families, her mother being a Miss Winston, who was a grand daughter of Col. John Winston, to whom a statue was recently erected at Greens boro, N C., in honor of his distinguished military vistories during the American revolution and his services as a states man. Patrick Henry was a first cousin of Colonel Winston._ American Missionaries Protected. Washington, Dec. 2.—Mavroyeni Bey, Turkish minister, called on Secretary Olney with a message from the porte to the effect that the American missionaries throughout the Turkish empire had the greatest protection and that sufficient troops had been detailed to protect them "from the attacks of the Armenian riot ers." The message also said that the missionaries had expressed their grat itude tor this Imperial protection. HARRISON THE NOMINEE So Says Our Washington Cor respondent, UNLESS A MIRACLE OCCURS The Ex-President Will Stand by the "Exs” if He Is Elected. CONGRESSMAN N SCAR W. UNDERWOOD >s. C - V Is Being F - .ably Receivod--His Grand father <■> nited States Senator From O' K jeky—Alabama Members at Their Post of Duty. >• V -jj'.ilngton, Nov. 20.—(Special Corre sp s> once.)—Benjamin Harrison of the state where the Hoosier. flourisheth will he the nominee of the republican party for the office of president of the United States xif America. Benjamin Harrison will, unless a miracle or some manifesta tion of unthought-of, marvelous interfer ence intervenes, be inaugurated as the chief executive of the greatest republic in the world on the fourth day of March, ini the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and ninety-seven. If the foregoing be a rash assertion, the Washington repre sentative of the State Herald stands ready to hereafter abstain absolutely from making any prediction whatever of events political that are to transpire. During the past week the ex-president has been in New York, and from more than one source has come the Informa tion that his mission was political and Investigative. The opinion in Washing ton Is that Mr. Harrison is the man Speaker Reed and Mr. McKinley are to beat if they would pluck from the repub lican tree the luscious fruit of a presi dential nomination. The same reasons ana the same causes that gave to Grover Cleveland in the Chicago convention In 1892 the over whelming vote that nominated him on the first ballot, and the same reasons and the same causes that prevented James G. Blaine, the most popular man in his party, from receiving the nomination in that same year and gave to Benjamin Harrison the large vote by which he was nominated, will give again to an ex president enough votes to make his "calling certain and his election sure. Had it been known before the election of delegates from the several states to the memorable Chicago convention that Mr. Cleveland, when elected, would, as his first official act, veto the application of all “exs" for appointment to office X take It that not near so many votes would have been cast for the gentleman from Buffalo on the first ballot; and what a difference would exist today In the ranks of democracy. Mr. Harrison will take means to have It, known that should he be elected no such rule would be promulgated. When you come to think of It that In every state in the union, by past favors shown, Mr. Harrison has a nucleus around which an organization can and will be formed, it does not seem near so rash to assert that he will be the nom inee of his party for the presidency. Mr. Reed, Mr. McKinley and Mr. Allison may effect an organization in a state here and a state there, but Mr. Harrison has an organization in every state and terri tory in the entire union, and It would be passing strange if he did not carry a great proportion of them. Yes, like Cleveland like Harrison—his tory will repeat itself next year and Har rison will receive at the hands of his party a nomination for the presidency for the third time, and having been nom inated will be elected. Personal and Pertinent. Several Alabamians were in New York during the past week and the register at the Fifth Avenue hotel bore the following inscriptions: Gaston A. Robbins, Selma; James E. Cobb, Tuskegee; George P. Harrison, Miss Mamie Harrison, 'Baby George' and nurse. Miss Mamie Harrison went to New York to pursue her studies. General Harrison and his family, with Judge Cobb as his guest, went to New York in President Smith's (of the Western of Alabama railway) private car. They had a pleasant trip and reached Wash ington Friday night. R. A. Moseley of Birmingham arrived in the city Friday and Is registered at the Metropolitan. W. F. Aldrich, T. H. Aldrich and Pey ton G. Bowman are In the city at the Ebbit. J. S3. AllUU Ul ini iiiiufiiiain is a i uk Metropolitan. Miss Klla Wise, who has been visit ing friends In Virginia, spent a few days In Washington during the past week. The Post has the following about the Ninth’s popular representative: The new member from the Ninth Ala bama district, Hon. Oscar W. Under wood. who Is stopping at the Metropoli tan. is but little past 30, and, being Inno cent of beard and fair complexloned, looks n good many years younger. He is a Kentuckian by birth, and comes of a distinguished family In the Blue Grass State, his grandfather having served in the United Rtates senate. Mr. Under wood's handsome face and winning man ners are apt to make him one of the popular men of the house. He Is a law yer. and his ability at the bar brought him his congressional honors. Supreme Court Decisions. Washington, Dec. 2.—The supreme court of the United States today disposed of a dozen or more cases, some of them upon technical grounds. Among those dismissed for want of Jurisdiction was the case of the Little Rock and Memphis Railroad company vs. the Kast Tennes see, Virginia and Georgia Railroad com pany et al., wherein the Little Rock road sued for an injunction against defendant companies to prevent them from alleged discrimination against It In the sale of through tickets. The circuit court for the W'estern district of Tennessee dis missed the bill, and the Little Rock road appealed. News From Turkey. Boston. Mass., Dec. 2—Word was re ceived by mail this morning at the ruoraa of the American board that there had been a terrible uprising among the Mus sbmans at Oorfa, a station of the Cen tral Turkey mission Christians and a few Musslemans had been murdered— in what proportion is not stated. Pillaga and murder occurred all day on October 28. The premises of the mission of the American board were surrounded by armed Christian". The only missionary of Oorfa is Miss Cortona Shattuck of Louisville, Ky.