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— ' • ' VOLUME 22; BIRMINGHAM, ALA., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1895.-SIXTEEN PAGES NUMBER. 25. AT THE NATION'S CAPITAL The President’s Message Will Result in More Bonds. TAX PAYERS PAY TRIBUTE Comments From the Alabama Delegation in Congress. THEIR VIEWS ON THE MESSAGE Hon. G. A. Hobbins Talks Out—What Gen eral Wheeler Sayff-For the Indus trial School—Personal and Pertinent. Washington, Dec. 4—(Special Corre spondence.)—The president's message ar rived at the house of representatives a little after 12 o’clock on Tuesday last. It was a strong presentation of the gold standard side of the financial contro versy, but there is not the slightest possi bility of the suggestions contained there in on that question being enacted into a law, therefore it is expected that before the rifcw year shall have stood trembling on the threshold of time that the greed of the money lenders will have been sa tiated by more bonds. Alas that the tax payers of the country are compelled to pay so much tribute to the misconceived patriotism of a few servants In authority. The following from members of the Alabama delegation in congress shows the sentiment they feel toward the mes sage: Hon. G. A. Robbins: The message is devoted mainly to foreign affairs and our monetary system. It is well written and I am specially pleased with his definition of the Alonroe doctrine, and to know that the influence of the executive will be spent in upholding this time-honored democratic policy. "While the president only briefly re fers to tariff legislation it clearly appears that he now approves of the tariff act passed by the last copgress. He points to several advantages which have al ready come to us in our foreign trade, and notes with pride that the act passed by the last democratic congress, while the custom rates are lower, raises a greater amount of revenue than the high ler rates of the McKinley bill. Those who supported the bill in the senate and house have just cause for gratification. "It is a matter of regret that the presi dent should oppose bimetallism, and recommend ‘a standard,’ instead of sug gesting to congress the use of both gold and silver as standard moneys; also I regret that he has recommended an in crease of our national bonded indebted ness and the extension of the national banking system, instead of recommend ing to congress in the vigorous language which he is capable of using the repeal of the 10 per cent tax on the issue of state banks, for I am of the opinion that this tax is both unconstitutional and un defhocratlc, and every one knows that the. democratic natiopal convention in i892 expressly demanded its repeal." Hon. Joseph Wheeler: “What Air. Cleveland says upon the foreign policy of the government will, I think, meet with general approval of the people, espe cially his determined stand upon the Monroe doctrine. "He makes the ablest argument pos sible in favor of the gold standard, and sustains it by assuming many things to be true which are firmly controverted by all bimetallists. “His statement that in the event of silver coinage ‘everyone who receives a fixed salary would find the dollar in his hand ruthlessly scaled down’ is a positive assertion that bimetallism would largely increase the price of cotton, wheat and other farm products. “He also argues that the money lenders would also suffer. The history of the world shows that government which leg islates in the interest of salaried men and money lenders retrogrades and de cays. while legislation in favor of the producing and industrial classes is what makes a nation great, prosperous and powerrui. “I do not think that congress will enact the financial recommendations o£ Mr. Cleveland into law." Hon. O. W. Underwood: "That portion of the message which refers to our rela tions with foreign governments is clear, explicit and in keeping with what we should expect from the president of the United States in his treatment of great questions of state. I am in thorough ac cord with the message in the position taken in reference to the Venezuela con troversy. It is thoroughly American, and if maintained, must culminate in the recognition by the British government of the Monroe doctrine. When considered in connection with the ultimatum of Great Britain to Venezuela last summer it can mean only one thing, that is the English nation must retract its ultima tum and submit its boundary dispute to arbitration or the United States will con sider its refusal to do so in the light of an unfriendly act. “I do not think the president in his message treats the financial question at all fairly. He assumes as the basis of his argument that all our obligations are payable in gold, whereas they are paya able in either gold or silver at the_option of the government. "The gold reserve in the treasury is not the cause of the financial distress of our people. We need sufficient good money to transact the business of the nation, without relying on a fictitious credit sys tem to facilitate the exchange of values. "The president recommends the retire ment of the greenbacks and treasury notes. This would contract the currency $500,000,000, or one-fourth of the money we are now reported to have in circula tion, and in my Judgment the Inevitable result of such a contraction would be an other panic. I am opposed to a contrac tion of the currency in any form, and do not think a greater wrong could be done the American people than that which would destroy one-fourth of the money of the country.” For the Industrial School. Congressman Robbins of the Fourth district was the first of the Alabama del egation to present any bills to the Fifty fourth congress, and the sixteenth of the entire house. Besides bills for the erec tion of public buildings at Selma and Anniston, and to provide for the making of Selma a port of entry, Mr. Robbins Introduced a bill providing for the dona tion by the United States of 25,000r'acres of land in Alabama to the state, the pro ceeds of which, when sold or leased, to forever remain a fund for the use of the Industrial School for Girls at MontevaJlo. Personal and Pertinent. A. T. Goodwyn, contestant for the seat In congress of Hon. J. E. Cobb, from the Fifth district, is in the city in the vain' endeavor to get, through partisan preju dice, what he failed to acquire by the suffrage of the people of his district. W. F. Aldrich says he is not a candi date for the nomination of the populist republican combination, but if he should be he would certainly be elected. The wealthy mine owner and former resident of New York state mistakes the condition of affairs in Alabama. He is no doubt a reader of the Advertiser and Register only. Hon. R. H. Clarke is the only missing member of the Alabama delegation. He is detained in Mobile in the Lavretta will case, but is expected in Washington in a day or so. The Alabamians here connected with the house of representatives are waiting for the yellow envelope informing them that their services will be dispensed with on and after that date. There is no civil service humbuggery about the places in the gift of the house, although the mem bers thereof have never had th" hardi hood to strike from the statute books the law which they themselves do not maintain right under their noses. To the victors belong the fruits of victory is the legend written above the door of the house, and with thirteen months’ notice of their ultimate discharge there is no room for kicking by the employes about to be displaced. There were four places to be given the minority of the house, and in the caucus of the democrats held on Monday last the south, which ought to have had at least three of the four places, received only one, and that went to Virginia. When it is remembered that there are only thirteen democrats in the house north of Mason and Dixon's line, it is a sad commentary on the capacity of the average southerner to get patronage. Ohio, with two democratic members, got one of the places; New York, with five, another, and California, with only one, the other. Mrs. C. M. Shelley, who has been vis iting relatives and friends in Alabama, has returned to Washington. Gen. George H. Harrison, the repre sentative from the Third district, is at tending the meeting of the grand lodge of Masons in Montgomery. DEPARTMENT GOSSIP. The Chinese Government Facilitating the Commission—A Riot Act Read to Postoffice Employes. Washington, Dec. 7.—Reports received at the state department indicate that the Chinese government has done everything to facilitate the Inquiry of the United States commission at Cheng Tu to inves tigate the riots in the province of Szechuan In June last, and has made special efforts to impress the natives of the dignity and importance of the com missioners. No information that the commission has reached Cheng Tu has come to the department, but it is be lieved that they have arrived there. The reports mentioned state that the com mission, consisting of Sheridan P. Read, United States consul at Tien Tsin; Com mander Merrill of the United States na vy, and Mr. Cheshire, an Interpreter, started from Tien Tsin for Cheng Tu on October 6, accompanied by an escort of twenty Chinese soldiers, magnificent ly mounted and equipped. The Chinese government directed the provincial judge of Szechuan to co-operate with the com mission. This Judge has the highest Ju dicial authority and his assignment Is considered as further evidence of the good faith of the Pekin powers. The route taken was also with a view to im pressing the natives. Bids were opened at the treasury to day for ventilating the New York post office. The Dalton company of Charles ton, S. C., at $7008, were the lowest bid ders. The postmaster-general issued the fol lowing special order respecting all em ployes: That hereafter no postmaster, postof flce clerk, letter carrier, railway mail clerk, or other postal employe, shall vis it Washington, whether on leave, with or without pay, for the purpose of influ encing legislation before congress. Any such employe who violates this order is liable to removal. Postmasters and oth er employes of the postal service are paid by the government to attend to the respective duties assigned them, which do not include efforts to secure legisla tion. That duty is .assigned to the rep resentatives of the people elected for that purpose. If bills are Introduced In either branch of congress affecting the postal service upon which any informa tion or recommendation is desired I am ready at all times to submit such as lies in my power and province. Comptroller Eckles today appointed J. F. Flournoy receiver of the Chattahoo chee National bank of Columbus, Ga., which failed a week ago. MARYLAND DAY A SUCCESS. Next to South Carolina It Surpassed Other States. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 7.—Maryland has surpassed all other states. South Carolina excepted, in her representation at the exposition. The militia exceeds in num ber the displays of any other two states combined, with the exception named. New York and Chicago days, brilliant as they were, are excelled by Baltimore and Maryland. The parade of 1400 mili tia was imposing. The line comprised the Fourth and Fifth regiments, Com pany B, First regiment, Captain Fisher commanding; First Naval battalion, Commander Emerson; the Gate City Guards of Atlanta, Brigadier-General Stewart. Col. Frank Marshal command ed the Fifth regiment and Col. William Howard the Fourth. The parade es corted Governor Brown of Maryland and his staff. The bands played “Mary land,” "Dixie” and other southern airs, while thousands along the streets cheered the soldiers continuously. The day was bright and beautiful, a crisp wind blow ing from the west. Governor Brown re viewed the column from the stand In front of the Pennsylvania building. Speeches were delivered in the Auditori um. Governor Atkinson speaking for Georgia. His remarks were very short, but his welcome was cordial. Governor Brown, responding, was received with long applause. Mayor Porter King spoke for Atlanta, expressing in a few words the pleasure of his fellow-citizens at the presence of the Marylanders. Mayor Hooper of Baltimore followed. Rev. W. U Murkland, orator of the day, spoke at considerable length and with fine effect. Daniel Miller, president of the Merchants and Manufacturers' association of Bal timore, made the closing address. The exercises at the Auditorium were fol lowed by a reception of the militia and civilian visitors. The Marylanders left tonight at 11 o’clock for home. Last of the Georgia Central • Montgomery. Dec. 7 —The Montgomery and Eufaula railroad was sold at public outcry today under decree of court and bought by J. W. Hurthins for Thomas & Ryan of New York. The price was $500,000. This Is the last of the property of the old Georgia Central railway, and it is understood there will be no change In the management, the road still being part of the system to be operated as heretofore. THE HOUSE DISAPPOINTED On Account of the Delay in Getting LORD SALISBURY’S LETTER ; Contested Election Cases to Be Settled Ac cording to Evidence. CIVIL SERVICE RULES EXTENDED It Is Now Certain That Two Election Com mittees Will Be Appointed—A Place on the Committee Is Much Sought Alter. Washington, Dec. 7.—Great disappoint ment was expressed by the house today that the president should have left the city yesterday and thereby delay laying before them the information contained in Lord Salisbury's reply to Secretary Olney's letter, which reached Washing ton last evening. Such of the represen tatives as feel a keen and patriotic in terest in the Venezuelan boundary ques tion—and these constitute practically the whole hoiise—have expected that the British premier’s answer would be imme diately forwarded by the president in a special message to congress. The pres ident’s absence will prevent the house for possibly ten days from receiving this information unless some other method of procuring it is reached. Mr. Livingston of Georgia, who is conspicuously friendly to Venezuela, believes that he has evolved a plan which will get the Salis bury letter before the house by next week. This plan looks to the Introduc tion of a resolution when the house re assembles on Monday calling upon the secretary of state for his letter to Lord Salisbury, written in July last, and the British premier’s reply received yester day, If this be not incompatible with the public service. Mr. Livingston will ask the immediate consideration of his reso lution, which, if adopted, may be fol lowed with the correspondence within the next twenty-four or forty-eight Hours. So far as Speaker Reed's influence goes the conclusions reached in the contested election cases now before the house will be based on the law and evidence, with out regard to partisan considerations. Upwards of fifty members of the house have applied for assignment to the elec tions committee, and many of these gen tlemen have preferred their request per sonally. Mr. Reed has repeatedly sought from these applicants an expression of opinion as to the spirit in which their work would be undertaken in the event they were placed upon the committee. To such as he has talked he has ex pressed a desire that the work should be expedited, in view of the very consider able expense which will accrue to the government from delaying a (settlement of the cases, and he has also emphasized his belief that the committee’s conclu sions shall be wholly free from political bias, and that each contest shall be set tled strictly on its merits. There is now apparently little doubt that two elec tions committees will be formed in order to facilitate matters, and it is one of the strong prababllities, so far as anyone can anticipate Speaker Reed's action, that the chairmen of the two committees will be Messrs. Daniels of New York and Call of Massachusetts. The president has amended the civil service rules and brought Into the clas sified service about forty-five additional employes. The amendment reads that the special departmental rule No. 1 Is amended by striking from the list of places excepted from examination the department of labor statistical experts and temporary experts. So much of ex ecutive orders as provides for the ap pointment or special agents In the de partment of labor by non-competitive ex ecution is hereby revoked. KILLED IN NICARAGUA. A Chicagoan Who Talked Too Freely About His Wealth. New Orleans, Dec. 7.—Confirmation of the assassination of Joseph Hlssmaier, a German resident of the city of Chicago, in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, was secured to day by a Southern Associated Press re porter from a gentleman who Is en route’s to Nicaragua and who is perfectly fa-; miliar with the circumstances attending the tragedy. A year ago Hissmaier came to Nicaragua, and often spoke of the money that he was possessed of. This ex cited the cupidity of the natives around, and one night they set upon the Chicago an and literally made mince meat of the poor fellow with their machetes. There being no law calling for the infliction of capital punishment on the statute books of Nicaragua, and, as It is the habit In all of the Central American republics, only a loose administration of law. par ticularly where foreigners are concerned, a number of resident Americans, know ing the parties who had done poor Hiss maier to death, went to work, and, catch ing one of the ringleaders of the outrage, promptly lynched him. Half a dozen of these American regulators were arrested, but on trial were discharged. One of these gentlemen made no secret of his conn 'tion with the lynching. There was a so- of resolution made by the Nicara guan officials to have the case reopened and the self-confessed regulator again put on trial. Fearing that he might get into trouble over the second trial, this gentleman made his escape from that part of the country. The gentleman that gave the above facts to the reporter says that it is re markable that Minister Baker made no report of the case, as the facts of the assassination and the subsequent lynch ing were well known throughout the re public. _ “A FARMER’S LOSS. His Barn, With Much Corn and Stock, De stroyed by Fire. Mobile, Dec. 7.—(Special.)—A. T. W1I kerson, a wealthy farmer living at Gas tonburg, on the Mobile and Birmingham railroad, sustained a heavy loss by Are this morning. His barn, 1000 bushels of corn, eight mules and one saddle horse were entirely consumed by the flames. No insurance._ Complicating the Question. Boston, Dec. 7.—Prominent colored cit izens have signed a petition for tomor row’s meeting on Armenia asking, for the sake of Christian consistency, that the lynching of negroes In the south without trial or before court shall be con demned equally with the Turkish mur ders of Armenians. WOULD MOB SALISBURY If He Should Tell All That He Knows ABOUT ARMENIAN AFFAIRS Mr. William O’Brien's Recent Article Is At tracting Unwonted Attention. OWING TO EASTERN DEVELOPMENTS The English Public Is Taking Little Inter est in the Venezuelan Question, But the Leading Papers Have Muoh to Say on the Subject. London, Dec. 7.—(Special Cable Let ter.)—What information is obtainable and the nature of the consular reports that are reaching the foreign office con firm the worst fears of the destruction of the Armenians within the area from Trebizond southeast to Van, thence southwest to Alexandretta, on the Bay of Iskanderoon, from Alexandretta slightly northeast to Kara-Hissar and from Kara-Hissar northeast to Trebi zond. Whole Christian towns and vil lages have been pillaged and burned. Those who have been left alive have been forced to adandon their faith and turn Mohammedans. Accurate details concerning the condition of affairs in the district beyond the immediate sphere of the consulates remain wanting, but there Is no reason to doubt the reports derived from fugitive survivors and the better Sort of Turks who have not shared in the outrages that a similar condition of affairs exists In those places. The correspondent of the Speaker, the paper which first gave publicity to the Armenian outrages, is npw known to have close relations with the consulates in Constantinople, and from Information derived from them he estimates that not less than 500,000 persons have been either killed or are now dying of starvation, beyond the chance of timely relief. He says that after the soldiers had sacked the Armenian towns and villages the Kurds completed the plunder. The lat ter mixed the grain they could not carry off with dung and set fire to the houses leaving the people with no food and theij homes heaps of smouldering ruins. The ambassadors have advised the porte to permit the Red Cross Bociety to undertake the relief of the distressed people, but the presence of hundreds of Red Cross agents would reveal horrors that the porte must conceal. This fact debars the possibility of the government giving its assent to the plan. The representative of the United Press who has been for some time in Constan tinople in the Interest of that organiza tion has received a letter from the Hadjin mission, which begins with the words: "We are alive, praise the Lord.” The let ter refers to the prominent part Circas sians have taken In the atrocities around Hadjin, and says that 10,000 Circassians and Turks were actively employed in sacking the Christian villages. The gov ernment did nothing to protect the Chris tians, and even refused them permission to defend themselves. H did, however, promise the aid of regular Turkish troops who. the writer states, were of the same feather as those engaged in the murders and pillage. In the face of these statements the official Turkish statements, repeatedly communicated to the press, that order has been restored everywhere, become worthless. If the foreign office publish ed all its Information, says the Speaker, Lord Salisbury would not dare to appear in public. He would be mobbed in the streets. All ttlllUIC Wllliui O'Brien for the Review Politique, on "The European Aspect of the Irish Question," has attracted unwonted at tention, owing to the developments in the east. Mr. O'Brien argues that the Irish bond of sympathy with England's ene mies has not entirely disappeared. The new movement begun in Chicago ought to be for statesmen a matter of study. The Irish-Americans have sufficient In fluence with the United States govern ment to stop the programme of a family entente between the two great English speaking nations. They have also the power to arouse an enemy that England has the most reason to fear In the world. The-young men of Gaelic athletic asso ciations. he says, would form a ready made army for a French or a Russian ex pedition. which would put rifles In their hands, and they would capture Cork and Limerick and hold them long enough to allow Irishmen to rally (heir flag. Mr. O’Brien is of the opinion that the English fleet watching the channel could not pre vent a landing in Ireland. The latest instance of British greed for new territory is the proposed protector ate over lower Siam, which would place the whole Malay peninsula, from Singa pore to Burmah. under British rule. The Westminster Gazette states that the ex tentlon has been on the cards for years and has been clearly explained by France. Such a protectorate. It Is claim ed. would be welcomed by the Malays, who are now only nominal tributaries of Siam while the mineral and other re sources of wealth in the country are of grsat Importance to Great Britain. The other papers curtly refer to the acquisi tion in a similar strain, as if it was the natural consequence of the position of the territory between countries already held by England. In accordance with unvarying prece dent the reply of Prime Minister Salis bury to the note of Hon. Richard Olney, the American secretary of state, on the Venezuelan dispute, will not be Issued by the foreign office until It is presented to parliament. The English public takes small inter est in the dispute and in) the attitude of the United States on the matter. Not the remotest reference to the subject has been made on the political platform dur ing the period that the prime minister has been wrestling with Mr. Olney's note and the reply thereto. The comments in the press alone Indicate the line of Brit ish opinion, which, according to the newspapers, is unanimously against any arbitration concerning the territory within the Schomburg line. . The Statist says neither for Its own sake nor ours ia it expedient for the United States government to put for ward a claim as of right to dictate how we shall conduct a dispute with another country relative to territory that has long been held by the British. The Unit ed States government is entitled to ofTer Its good offices, but there Is a wide dis tinction between these and intervention based on the ground of the United States having right to forbid any government in the world to enlarge the area underits jurisdiction in any part of the American continent. Still there is no occasion for heroes. The bit of territory in dispute Is of small value, while good relations with the United States are of the highest value to us and civilization. The Spectator says: President Cleveland addressed Great Britain in the tone of a master in laying down principles so absolutely. His sent ences read as if Great Britain was order ed to choose arbitration or war. Negoti ations will not be carried on in that tone unless the president and the American people are seeking war, a crime of which we would not even mentally accuse them. The Economist, treating of the same subject, declares that Mr. Cleveland’s words means that Great Britain must not defend what she considers her own soil against any Spanish-American state under penalty of the United States de claring war. It is impossible for Lord Salisbury to yield to such pretentions, yet it Is more difficult for him to deal with them so as to avoid exasperating American feeling. His only sensible course is to repudiate seeking for any extension of territory and do nothing,; leaving on Venezuela or the Unite/ - States the responsibility for aggressk> All of these supposed leaders of hi * class opinion in England make the u?^ commonplace reference to the Amer i vote Influencing utterances of thotrSf.u political life. ^ Alluding to the suppression by the for eign office of the consular statements concerning the massacres at Anatolia, the Spectator says it hopes the foreign committee of the American senate will procure the publication of Minister Ter rell’s dispatches, as it la quite clear that he has not minced matters in reporting to his government. By agreement between the powers the official details of the massacres are meanwhile withheld, as their publication would endanger the safety of the consuls and ambassadors. It is held to be possi ble that the sultan, if his deposition were imminent, might permit or incite an at tack on the embassies. During the revo lution that resulted in the dethronement of Abdul Aziz the Russian ambassador filled the precincts of the embassy with Montenegrins. The Austrian embassy was guarded by hundreds of Croats and the French embassy by marines. The British embassy is by far the strongest of any embassy in Constantinople, and is best adapted for defense against sud clous grounds overlooking the Golden Horn. Its one entrance Is flanked by massive structures, in which guards art; constantly on duty. A strong and solidly built iron fence 10 feet high surrounds all the grounds. Report has It that its internal armament includes several can non. Sir Henry Elliott, the British am bassador at the time of the deposition of Abdul Aziz, deemed the security of the embassy so complete that he took none of the extra precautions adopted by other ambassadors. The report that Sir Phil lip Currie, the British ambassador, has called in blue jackets from the British guardship to guard the embassy is doubtful. Said Pasha has chosen the best refuge In the city. In the event of the sultan being deposed and the powers selecting a successor pledged to reforms, Said Pasha is the man who is most likely to be made grand vizier. Letters have been received from Aden stating that the Arab revolt in Arabia is spreading. Indian pilgrims arriving at Jedda have been warned that it is unsafe for them to attempt to proceed to Mecca without an eseort. Medina, the city which contains the tomb of Moham med, is inaccessible, being surrounded by insurgents. Sir Matthew White Ridley, the home secretary, has undertaken to reconsider the case of Mrs. Florence Maybrlck, the American woman who is undergoing life imprisonment on conviction of having some years ago poisoned her husband, a well-known Liverpool merchant. Mrs. Maybrick’s friends are hopeful that Sir Matthew will find grounds to release the prisoner. BLACKBURN’S CHANCES Improved by the Election of A. J. Carroll, Democrat, Over Charles Blatz, the Republican Candidate. Louisville, Ky., Dec. 7.—Tn the special election held in the Sixth and Seventh wards of Louisville today the. Hon. A. J. Carroll, ex-speaker of the last house, de feated Charles Blatz, republican, by a majority of 452. The majority is the normal majority of the district, though the republicans carried it in the Novem ber election for governor. The re-election of Mr. Carroll makes the general assem ble a tie on joint ballot, with sixty-eight democrats, sixty-eight republicans and two populists. One of these populists is pledged to vote for the republicans, who indorsed him, -and the other with the democrats. There are still seven avowed candidates for the senate among the republicans, but it is regarded as certain that no one save W. Godfrey Hunter, republican In congress from the Third district, has any show. The defeat of Blatz may serve to throw a slight damper on th^ Inaugura tion of Governor-Elect Bradley Tuesday. The republicans hoped at that time to be able to lay claim to the senatorshlp, but this cannot now be done until after the house is organized. The inauguration, however, will be the most elaborate ever held In Kentucky. Special trains will be run from all parts of the state, and all people, irrespective of party, have united to make it a social function as well. SALISBURY’S NOTE DELIVERED. The Usual Formality of Reading It Dis pensed With. Washington, Dec. 7.—At 11 o’clock to day Sir Julian Pauncefote, the British ambassador, came to the state depart ment, bearing in one of the character istic blue envelopes, with the accom panying red seal, which form the dis tinguished features of British diplomatic correspondence, Lord Salisbury's reply to Secretary Olney's note in regard to the proposed Venezuelan boundary argu ment. The document was In print, with the usual wide margin for notes and printed in the customary legible type pertaining to such communications. The British ambassador was saved the neces sity of going through the formula of reading to Secretary OIney the exceed ingly lengthy and argumentative com munication of which he was made the official bearer, by perceiving that Secre tary OIney himself had a duplicate in his hands, which had been transmitted to him by Ambassador Bayard by the same steamer as that which conveyed Sir Julian Pauncefote’s missive, and which had consequently reached him last night. This naturally shortened the official ceremony. The presentation of the note barely occupied ten minutes; the reading of It would have consumed several hours. Sir Julian Pauncefote left the depart ment before 11:15. Secretary OIney him self shortly afterwards disappeared, and his confidential clerks declared with much emphasis for some hours after ward that the British ambassador had not been at the state department today and that the British note had not yet been received. > WILL HAVE A CANDIDATE That Is What We Hear From the Capital, HE WILL SOON ANNOUNCE A Gold Bug So Informs a State Herald N Reporter. 4^ _ governor charged by the braves 0 __ ^ - P 'rom Birmingham in the Interest of Mr. Crawford-Pleased With I heir Trip. Wo Appointment Until the Expi ration of Present Incumbent. Montgomery. Dec. 7.—(Special.)—Th°re is no doubt but that Captain Johnston will have active opposition for the nomi nation. In less than a week, perhaps, his competitor will be announced. "We are forced to present a candidate,” said a prominent administration demo crat to the State Herald's correspondent this morning. "Joe Johnston, Senator 1 ugh and the other silver leaders have called us republicans and persistently abused democrats of our way of think ing, and as a matter of principle we must resent It. As a matter of policy we do not think Captain Johnston Is the man to lead the democracy to victory. We are going to have an enormous fight next! year. If the combined opposition to de juin.Tu.i-y snoum nominate some clean and able leader, like David D. Shelby (republican) of Huntsville, or Col. Hen Long (republican) of Jasper, 1 should be very apprehensive of our success. I think we would have a practically easy con quest if some of the populist agitators should be selected to lead the opposition.” "Yes, I confess that conferences are be ing held and available candidates are be ing discussed. You can state with all that a sound money democrat will be offered for the nomination. I venture the assertion he will be nomi nated, too.” "In view of the fact that Captain John ston has not taken occasion of late to force national issues into the campaign for the nomination, do the sound money element in the party regard It as un wise to inaugurate a family fight at this perilous time?" asked the correspondent. "No. The campaign cannot be divorced from national issues entirely. If Captain Johnston's friends had pursued the even tenor of their way after his defeat in the last convention and had told the people that they aspired for him to serve the state as governor on account of his abil ity. his Integrity and the service he had rendered the party the friends of the administration would have rallied to him. But instead Captain Johnston's mouthpiece, the. Birmingham State, de voted almost all of Its efforts and its space to abuse of the democratic admin istration and the democrats who ad hered to the administration’s policies. T he captain has also been busy organ Izing silver leagues and never allows an opportunity to go by to advocate free silver and abuse the president’s policy. His nomination and election would mean the return to the United States senate of a free silver senator, and the sound mon ey democrats of Alabama are not dis posed to see this done. Yes, the ’gold as they are pleased to-eali us, will have a’candidate for the guberna one** nominatlon and he be a good Unterrified Birminghamians. A special car brought to the city this morning about thirty of the unterrifled who came to press before Governor Oates the candidacy of Mr. Webb W. Crawford for president of the Birmingham police commission. The delegation called in a body on Governor Oates at 10 o’clock and spent about an hour with him. The governor gave them a most cordial recep tion and listened attentively to what they had to say. The members of the party have evidenced the best of spirits since the Interview. The governor told them he could make no appointment until the term of the present Incumbent expired. He did not commit himself any further, but the boys say they like the way he talked and looked. They Appear greatly encouraged over their candidate’s chances. The following were of the par ty: Messrs. Charles G. Brown, John C. Carmichael, Hugh McGeever, Pat Bren nan, A. J. Camp, John M. McCartin, J. T, Mullen, A. S. Cowan. Robert JVar. nock, D. A. Green. J. C. Curran, William Cutcliffe, F. W. McCarthy, W. C. Coch ran, E. G. Chandler, W. T. Johnston, Sylvester Daly, Robert Waldrop, John, D. Miller, J. L. Lockwood, Thomas O’Byrne, P. Cosmlnsky, P. Houpperti Henry Zoebel, W. P. Ward. John Patter son, A. Hood, James E. Webb and J D. The party returned to Birmingham this afternoon. An Infirmary Burned. The Watkins Infirmary, comprising four large frame buildings, situated In Highland park, south of the city limits, was burned to ashes this morning. There were some eighteen or twenty patients in, the buildings, all of whom were safely re.' moved to the residences In the neighbor hood. The fire caught from a defective flue. Dr. Watkins saved a large portion oft his furniture, but his Instruments, whlclfc are said to be very valuable, are a total) loss, and it Is reported that several pa tients at the Infirmary have sustained losses of property, the amount of which could not be ascertained. One patient on going to bed Friday night put a purse under her head containing $25. When she was removed the purse dropped, and when It was found and returned to her it contained only 1 cent. The building destroyed. It Is estimated, cost about $15,000, and the trrtal Insurance held by Dr. Watkins was $7000. Dr. Watkins, it Is said, will make ar rangements to rebuild at once. ~ A>Flyor” WreckedT New Castle Pa., Dec. 7.—The Pitts burg Flyer, a fast train on the Pittsburg and Bake Erie railway, which left New Castle at 6 o’clock this evening, collided with kn eastbound freight train near Newport station, six miles from thia, place. The Injured are: Engineer Frank Adams, both legs cult, off, skull fractured: will die. Fireman John Doubt of McKee’s Hock, knee cap torn off, badly scalded; may not recover. W. W. Bishop, mail clerk of Pittsburg, badly scalded; recovery doubtful. Unknown passenger slightly hurt on scalp. The wreck caught fire and a panic re~ suited among the passengers, all oft whom were badly shaken up and terribly frightened. Willing hands fought bad* the flames, and the passengers escaped: serious injury.