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BIRMINGHAM STATE HERALD.
■ ) .' " VOLUME 22: BIRMINGHAM, ALA., SATCJRDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1895. NUMBER. HO. , REDUCED RATES TO ATLANTA They Are Much Lower Than Ever Before Made. A CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Presents Will Be Distributed to All of the Atlanta Orphans. THE CONGRESS ON AFRICA CONVENED Governor Atkinson Welcomed the Mem bers in a Few Well Chosen Words, in Which He Said That Slavery Cannot Be Justified. Atlanta, Ga„ Dec. 13.—Railroads south of the Ohio and east of the Mississippi river have just made, for the 19th to the 25th of December, inclusive, rates much lower than any ever made before. The round trip from Washington city to At lanta, thirteen hundred miles, can be made for $8.75. This Is but little over half a cent a mile. Other rales are in the same proportion. Round trip from Richmond, $0.20; Nashville, $4.30; Knox ville, $3.80; Birmingham, $3; Chatta nooga. $4.60; Savannah, $4.20; Jackson ville, $5.25; Macon, $1.75; Columbus, $2. 25; Montgomery, $3.1f>; Mobile, $5.30; Selma, $4.05; Anniston, $1.85; Columbus, Miss., $4.35; Louisville, $6.70; Cincinnati, $7.15 ($4.30 lower than the previous ex cursion rate); Lexington, Ky., $5.90; New Orleans, $7.45; Brunswick, Ga., $4.20; Augusta, $3.10; Athens and Home, $1.45; Albany, $3.30; Norfolk, Vn.. $7.90; Ports mouth, Va., $7.90; Ocala. Fla., $6.20; Fa latka. $5.60; Hanford, $6.10; Charleston, $1.65; Columbia, $3.80; Greenville, S. C., $3.50; Orangeburg, $4.55; Spartanburg, $3.70; Rulelgh. N. C., $6.80; Wilmington, $7; Charlolte, $1.40; Lynchburg, Va„ $7. 50; Evansville, Ind., $6.80. Tickets are good to return in five days. On next Wednesday. December 18, there will be a children's Christmas fes tival at the exposition. The fifteen pub lic schools will each contribute twenty boys and girls, each school representing a nationality. The boys will represent soldiers and the girls will be dressed in the costume of the country. There will be a float, with Santa Claus and twelve Brownies to head the procession of all nations, which will march round the plaza. The parade v/111 terminate at an Immense Christmas tree, where presents will be distributed to all the orphan children In the asylums about Atlanta. < A committee from the woman’s board Is co-operating with Superintendent Siatan and the teachers of the public schools. It is expected that an Immense crowd will come to see the festival. The congress on Africa convened this morning at the colored Methodist church. President Thierkleld of the Gammon Theological seminary acted as chairman. The opening prayer was offered by Rev. K. S. Rust, D. D., of Cincinnati. Gov ernor Atkinson welcomed the members. Among other things, the governor said; ’’From the midst of pressing business cares I come to welcome this important gathering. Slavery was a hard lot. Sla very, in my judgment, cannot be justi fied. And yet, may It not have been a part of God’s plan for the redemption of your race, that you might put up a pray er to God and man fof the redemption of your fatherland? There are those who said thirty years ago that you could not learn (yet I believe even then they ad mitted that you could sing). Let any one who Is In doubt visit the commencement of Clarke university, Atlanta university, Georgia Industrial institute, then he must say that what has been done can be done. , . „ . "These things,” he continued, should lead you to a deeper Interest In the sal vation of your fatherland. Each must decide for himself whether he will go or remain here. You are free citizens of this republic. If you care to stay the choice is yours; if you think best to cast your lot among the people of your old country no man may say you nay. The question of duty presents Itself, and you owe a duty to your fatherland, So long as I have a voice In the affairs of Geor gia I shall do my utmost to see that the colored man has his rights." Others who spoke were Bishop Duncan Heli Catnlnin, the celebrated African ex plorer and linguist; J. H.^Smlth, colored, Richmond, Va.. and Dr. Alexa Crumell of Washington. , . . , I At the afternoon session the speech Dy Orlshetukel Fhduma of the, Yambo tribe, west Africa, was the feature. Tonight Mr. Cyrus C. Adams of the New York Sun lectured on “New Things We Have Learned About Africa.” PRE8IDENT CLEVELAND LOST. He May Know Where He Is, But the Out side World Don’t. Norfolk. Va.. Dec. 13—President Cleve land and his party have succeeded today In thoroughly losing themselves to the outside world, for no one knows where they are at present- The Violet was to have left Hatteras today, but whether she did so or not is unknown, for a gale has been raging over the North Carolina sounds, and the wires between Kitty Hawk and Hatteras are down. At Kitty Hawk the wind blew at the rate of sixty eight miles an hour and was probably much heavier at Hatteras. No vessels have arrived from North Carolina, and It is the opinion of sailing masters that the Violet could not have made the run up Pimlico sound under the heavy winds prevailing. Another obstacle presents Itself to the president on his return. The water in the Albermarle and Chesapeake through which the Violet must pass on her way to Norfolk, now measures only 6V4 feet, the lowest ever known In that connecting link between Virginia and North Carolina. It is probable 'that the presidential party will have to go to Elizabeth City. N. C.. and conte to Nor folk hy rail. The storm today around Hatteras is the worst so far this season. THE SEABOARD TRANSFERRED. All of Its Properly Now in Charge of an Agent of the Trustees. Mobile, Dec. 13.—(Special.)—Edward C. Wright, representing the trustees) of the Seaboard Manufacturing company, who suspended operation of their extension works in Washington county last week, arrived in Mobile early this morning. The trustees of the company are the Lombard Investment company, Frank Hagerman, Sanford B. Ladd and James L. Lombard. He Is also representing Frank Hagerman, receiver for the Lom bard Investment company. Upon his ar rival he secured the services of Attorneys Russell and Drshon and ^ made a demand on Vice-President Mid k dleton of the Seaboard for a deliverance of all the property of the Seaboard In vestment company. Mr. Middljion wired the substance of said demand to the New York office and this afternoon received a reply from the president of the com pany requesting him to act in accord ance with the instructions of said de mand. This will transfer all. the Sea board property to the possession of the trustees, who are amply able to begin operation again at once, and will doubt less do so. All the employes of the com pany have been provided for and will be sustained during the time of suspension. “ The Bird Has Flown." Atjanta. Ga., Dec. 13.—A man supposed to Be a most notorious crook quietly and firmly, apd without any unnecessary demonstration, slipped out of a window at the police station this morning, and has up to date eluded arrest. His name, according to himself, is H. M. Rothery. He was arrested in connection with a big diamond stolen. Hp swore his inno cence in great, heart-breaking oaths, and requested to be permitted to remain und^r guard of an officer, and not be placed along with, low. vulgar men. At lanta’s police department, always sus ceptible, fell an easy victim to Rothery’s guiles, and now it is another Instance of the proverbial "Rird has flown.” Ro.thery requested his guard to step out side and close the door. The police think he has gone td Conders, N. Y., from where he claimed to have come. Rothery was captured at Marietta, Ga., about twenty miles from here. He says he escaped because he had a chance, and does not fear a trial. His guard has been suspended, and police officers are in con stant fear of suspension, by the board. An Egg Thrower Under Bond. New York, Dec. 13.—Louis Silverman, who threw a rotten egg at Herman Ahl wardt, the anti-semite agitator, while the latter was making a speech last night in Cooper union, was this morning ar raigned In the Essex market police court and held for trial in $500 bail. Ahiwardt was not in court, but was represented by counsel. Silverman is an assistant of City Marshal Gross of the Fifth district court. RED CROSS TO THE RESCUE _ f They Have Decided to Accept the Sacred Trust of Endeavoring to Relieve the Starv ing Armenians. Washington, Dec. 13.—The following official announcement was Issued from the national headquarters of the Red Cross today: Owing to the unanimous and urgent appeals from the friends of humanity, representing nearly all of the people of this country, the American National Red Cross has decided that it must accept the sacred trust of endeavoring to relieve the starving Armenians in Asia Minor. According to conservative estimates there are 350,000 utterly destitute people in that country who will have to be as sisted six or eight months (until the next harvest). Fully realizing the difficulties and dan gers to be met, the Red Cross will start for Turkey as soon as sufficient funds are placed at its disposal or guaranteed to insure success. Funds may be sent to Miss Clara Barton, president and treasurer of the American National Red Cross, Washington. Authorized agents to receive funds and materials will be published in a few days. The Red Cross also suggests that goods, grain and other material may be sent by chartered steamers. AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS, CLARA BARTON, President. The final determination of the Ameri can National Red Cross to go to the re lief of the Armenians, though not wholly unexpected, in view of the numerous ap peals for such action which have come to them from every direction in the past few weeks, was not definitely reached until today, when it became apparent that if effectual aid was to be rendered it must be commenced at once, and no other benevolent organization in the world was in a position to successfully undertake It. The action of the society is regarded by Its executive committee as the most Important any organization has ever undertaken. Nevertheless, never before have so many difficulties been pre sented or such extensive measures been necessary. For the first time the field of the famou Red Cross will be transefer red to a foreign country, for from its main base of supplies and abounding with dangers, 'riie organization will be hampered by an utter lack of facilities for transporting food, clothing and other supplies, by unfamlllarity with the land and by a general state of lawlesness that Is known to exist in that part of Turkey. Notwitstanding the conditions, Clara Barton, in spite of more than fifty years' service in benevolent work, has de termined to go in person into Armenia and In person control the disbursement of the funds subscribed for Red Cross re lief. The Red Cross in tne past rew weens, ever since the pressure for it to under take the responsibility became too strong to resist, has been thoroughly consid ering the character of the work required, and Its estimate that 350,000 are abso lutely destitute and starving is declared to be thoroughly conservative. While it cannot be determined until the field is reached how much money will carry these people over to ihe next harvest, missionaries who are familiar with the country and people think $5,000,000 a fair figure. Of course all this will not be needed at once, and the RedOoss offi cials at Washington are confident that whatever Is needed will be forthcoming. They are In close touch with Benevo lently inclined people throughout the world and the appeals of which having reached them no doubt the people gen erally will evince their practical sympa thy with the movement. Miss Rarton and her staff will be ready to leave for Turkey next week if success Is assured through responses to the an nouncement made today. It will take her two weeks to reach Constantinople and two weeks longer to initiate the ac tual work of relief in Armenia. In the meantime at least a month of suffering and distress is inevitable. She regards every mflhient lost as wasted and is now engaged In perfecting every possible de tail of work that can he done in advance for announcement to the public In a few days. A Disastrous Fire. Council Bluffs. Ia.. Dec. 13.—The most disastrous fire in the history of Council Bluffs visited this district this evening shortly after G o’clock, causing a loss of over $250,000. The estimated loss is as follows: Deer Wells. $185,000; Combi nation Fence works, $10,000; Wler Shu gart company, $10,000 nil building; West inghouse Rnglne company, $10,000; Stoughton Wagon company, $4000: Ful ler. Johnson & Co., $600; Molin Buggy company. $5000; Warder, Bushnell & C.lesner $5000. Deer Wells & Co. carried about enough 4nsurance to cover two-thirds of their less. On the Combination Fence works there was only $2500 insurance. The oth er losses are for the most part insured. The cause of the fire Is hot known. MB, CARLISLE'S REPORT May Not Be Presented to Con gress Until Tuesday. WAGON MAIL CONTRACTS LET Mrs. A, F. Warner's Profitable Business Stopped by Mr. Wilson. SHE GOT A THOUSAND LETTERS A DAY Italian Oranges Will Be Shipped Hero This Year in Quantities-The Famous Su gar Trust Cases Have Again Been Postponed. Washington, Dec. 13.—Unless there Is other unforeseen dejay Secretary Car lisle’s report will be presented to con gress on Monday next. That Is. if the president should return in time to hold a consultation over it before congress meets on Monday. The dispatch which Private Secretary Thurber sent to the president two days ago stating that it was the desire of the members of the cabinet that a special meeting be held not later than Monday next is under stood to have met with a response Indi cating that the president will be back Washington on or before that day. It would surprise no well informed official if the presentation of the report were de layed till Tuesday next. Postmaster-General Wilson today de nied the privileges of the malls to Mrs. A. F. Warner of Jacksonville, Fla., for conducting a fraudulent business. Mrs. Warner adopted a novel method, in which she reaped considerable profit. She advertised in newspapers through out the country glowing descriptions of flowers, shells, etc., to be obtained in Flor ida during the winter months, and stated that upon receipt of a certain amount in postage stamps she would send these ar ticles. She failed to keep her part of the contract. The postmaster at Jacksonville report ed to the department that her mall av eraged 1000 letters a day, each containing probably from 10 cents to 25 cents in stamps. Mrs. Warner had previously been denied the privileges of the mails, but upon her promise to discontinue this character of business the fraud order was revoked. Wagon mall service contracts were to day awarded throughout the southern states. The largest contracts were those of the regular mall wagons. .1. P. Stew art of Clinton, Mo., secured the contract for Memphis, Tenn., at $5100, and E. A. Chilton of London, Ky., the contracts for Louisville, Ky., and Atlanta, Ga., at $6090 and $1880 respectively. According to H. G. Huntington, United States commercial agent at Castela marre, Italy, Italian oranges will be ship ped to America in large quantities this rfhason. This has been brought about by reports concerning the damage to the Florida orchards. It is said in Italy that Florida will supply only about 200,000 boxe3, as compared with from 3,000,000 to 5,000,000 boxes, the estimated crop before last year’s damage by frost, and as a re sult the Italian exportation, which usual ly begins at the end of January, will com mence during the present month. The quantity of fruit exported from Sorrento to the United Staes last season, says Mr. Huntington, was approximately 22. 000 boxes of oranges and 30,000 boxes of lemons, while for the present season the amount will probably be 145,000 boxes of oranges and 20,000 boxes of lemons. Mr. Huntington does not, however, explain the seeming discrepancy with his other statements. A report Just received at the depart ment from Mr. Seymour, our consul at Palermo, says that on account of the un usually long drouth, which still exists, the maturity of all fruits has been re tarded. At Palermo lemons for shipment com mand a high price, and owing to the low prices in foreign markets a majority of the shippers are Idle, waiting for a more favorable time to begin operations. The lemon crop in the Palermo district is a very large one. The somewhat famous sugar trust cases, the first of which, that of Elverton R. CJiapman, the recalcitrant broker wit ness, was set for trial on Monday next, the 16th instant, have again been post poned. District Attorney Birney has no tified Chapman’s attorneys that owing to the pressure of business upon the courts It will be impossible to reach the Chapman case at the date named. No time has been fixed for the trial, but It cannot now possibly begin before the middle of January. In the meantime the supreme court of the United States may rule upon the motion made by the attorneys for Chap man a fortnight ago for an order from that court,directing the district court not to proceed with the trial of Chapman until the appeal from the Judgment of the district court of appeals denying a writ of prohibition to the criminal court to the same end has been heard and de cided upon by the supreme court. A WRECK ON THE SOUTHERN. One Freight Train Collided With Another With Fatal Results. Charlotte, N. C., Dec. 13.—Thursday night about an hour before midnight a fatal wreck occurred on the Southern railway at Thlckety, S. C. The freight train running as third 42 ran into an other freight, second 42, killing Engineer D. M. Curiee of Charlotte, and nearly demolishing the engine and two cars. The first and second sections of 42, going north, had side tracked at Tliickety under orders, but third 42 had failed for some reason to receive the same orders. The flagman of the second 42 was sent back to flag down the third section. He left torpedoes on the track and when third 42, under a full head of steam, “struck the torpedo the engineer reversed and blew for brakes, but too late. He ordered his fireman to Jump, but himself stuck to his post, while his engine crash ed into the rear of second 42. The engine was demolished and cars piled up so high they broke down telegraph wires. En gineer Curiee lived only a short while. His remains were brought to Charlotte, and will be buried tomorrow. Strikers Return to Work. New York, Dec. IS.—The housesmiths who have been on a strike for nearly four weeks against the iron firms of J. B. & J M. Cornell and Milliken Brothers agreed to go back to work at noon to day. The men return to their Jobs un der the same conditions as existed before the strike was called, with the under standing, however, that the employers are to meet a committee of their work men to agree upon a spale of wages which shall be uniform among the mem bers of the iron league. THE INDICTMENTS QUASHED Ex-Premier Giolitti Accused of Stealing Documents WHILE A CABINET OFFICER _ The Matter Will Be Hushed Up to Prevent Po litical Bitterness. ■ SERIOUS DISTURBANCES IN MADAGASCAR The Christian Mission at Hamainandro De stroyed by 6000 Hovas, But the Mis sionaries Escaped—Britishers Want Protection. Rome, Dec. 13.—In the course of the de bate in the chamber of deputies on the report of the parliamentary committee investigating the charges against Ex Premier Glolitti of having stolen the doc uments that were abstracted from the Banca Romana and taken to the minis try of the Interior while Glolitti was at the head of the department, the ex-pre mler contended that the charges were not devised In the public Interest, but had been formulated and brought for ward solely for political ends. He defied his accusers to produce proof that he had been actuated in the matter of the Banca Romana or the prosecution of Sig nor Tanlongo, the governor of that insti tution, by personal interests. Signor Gallenda, minister of justice, in reply alluded to the magistracy in terms which cast doubt upon their integ rity and judicial fairness. In an Instant there was a tremendous uproar In the chamber, amid which could be heard cries of protest from all sides. The din drowned the minister’s voice, and he was compelled to stop. The excitement in creased beyond the power of the presi dent to control it, whereupon all of the tothcr ministers filed out of the cham ber, leaving Signor Gallenda the sole representative of the government in the house. The uproar was so violent and protracted that the proceedings of the chamber were temporarily suspended. When the sitting was resumed Signor Cavalottl, radical, declared that the Chamber ought to deal with Prime Min ister Crispl In the same measures It might adopt against Signor Glolitti. The feupporters of Signor Giolitti maintained the. necessity of a direct inquiry into the matter before the chamber, or, failing in this that the ex-prime minister be sent to the high court of justice. The gov ernment supporters agreed that it would be dangerous in the present situation to awaken political bitterness by prolong ing the inquiry in the high court. A ma jority of the chamber finally voted that there was no cause for sending Signor Glolitti before the high court. This decision Is tantamount to quash ing the whole affair. The Cause of the P&nio. — Constantinople, Dec. 13.—Details of the scare here and at Galata and Pera yes terday Illustrate the Intensity of public feeling. One of the two Armenians who started the panic by engaging in a street brawl discharged a revolver at his op ponent. The Christians within hearing immediately surmised that another mas sacre had commenced, and the shops In the vicinity of the disturbance were closed with astounding rapidity. The alarm spread, and the people, filled with a vague terror, rushed aimlessly hither and thither. The streets soon furnished a scene of incredible confusion, hundreds of people making their way as fast as possible towards Galata and Pera, on the northern side of the Golden Horn. The dwellers In these suburbs, seeing the fugitives wildly stampeding, either Joined In the flight, making for the open country, or barricaded themselves strongly within their houses and shops. The Armenian porters, who were work ing about the streets as usual, hastily dropped their loads, and with terror de picted on their faces, fled, as they thought, for their lives. A number of English ladles were af fected by fear and fled from their places of residence to the British embassy, where they claimed the protection of the ambassador. Fifty Armenians sought and were given shelter in the residence of Hon. H. M. Herbert, the secretary of the British embassy. , As soon as the authorities heard of the trouble, and that was almost immedi ately, many troops were summoned to the Yildiz palace. The officials acted promptly and well. The police were well handled, and cavalry and Infantry were detailed to parole the streets. The panic lasted for some time, and then subsided almost as quickly as It had started. A report of the trouble was issued la ter which attempted to minimize the af fair It ascribed the trouble to Arme nians telling the crowd that was at tracted by the revolver shot that Mussul mans were going to loot the shops before the arrival of the British and Italian guard ships. _ Cuban War News. Havana, Dec. 13.—Colonel Rubin, with a column of Spanish troops, arrived at Zaza on December 10, after having had an encounter with a rebel hand under Quintin Bandera and other leaders at z^iba The rebels were dispersed, with hiavy loss In killed and wounded. The Spanish force had three men killed and tlrirtv wounded. On December 10 three combined rebel pirties under the leadership of Gomez and Maceo passed Manaca Rodriguez, marching in the direction of Manlcara gOa. On December 11 the Spanish col umn under Col. Oliver Panca passed the stfme place. Captain Conte of the Spanish army, with a body of troops, was assisting to repair the prostrated telegraph lines when he was attacked by a rebel party 300 strong. The losses are not yet known. , Capt.-Gen. Martinez Campos has ar rived In Cienfuegos. ToContinue the War on Socialists. • Berlin. Dec. 13.—In the reichstag to day Dr. Von Boettlcher. Imperial minis ter of the interior, introduced a bill to prevent Illegal competition in bourse transactions. A majority of the members who spoke on the measure expressed themselves as being In favor of it. Tt Is considered probable that the socialist members will support the bill. The cabinet council which was held last evening, all thp members concurring, decided to continue the campaign against socialists upon the basis of the common law. .The council sat five hours. A Mission Destroyed. Paris, Dec. 13.—Advices from Anta nanarivo, the capital of Madagascar, un der date of November 30, say that a mob of 6000 Hovas have attacked and de stroyed the Christian-rfiission at Ram ainahdro, but that Missionary McMahon and his family, occupying the mission, succeeded in escaping unharmed. A force of 6000 French troops were dis patched to the scene to quell the dis turbance and all Europeans were or dered to the capital as a measure of safety. China in Possession of Port Arthur. Londop, Dec. 13—The Globe publishes a dispatch furnished by ihe News agency saying that the Chinese officials resumed possession of Port 'Arthur December 111. General Sum. on behalf of China, taking over the station iToni the Japanese of ficers. Britishers Want Protection. London, Dec. 13,—A public agricultural conference was held here today, at which many influential men were in attendance. •Tonies Lowther, ■member of parliament, presided and stated the object of the conference to be the establishment ot a system of protection. PATRIOTS OF AM ERICA. The Objects and Constitution of Harvey’s Society Made Known. Chicago, Dec. 13.—'The new soml-seeret order known as the Patriots of America, organized by W. H. Harvey in the inter est. of free silver, has made public Its objects and constitution. These will ap pear this week In pamphlet forni. The temporary officers of the order are: W. H. Harvey, acting temporary first national patriot; C. H. McClure, tempo rary national recorder; J. F. Adams, temporary Rational treasurer. McClure Is an ex-newspaper man and a republican politician of Charolette, Mich., and Adams Is a Missouri farmer and merchant, who Is said to be a demo crat In his political affiliations, and is now a resident of Chicago. Officers Re-elected. Washington, Dec. 13.—The civil service reform league today re-elected all its present list of officers and approved the budget of the finance committee for the expenditure of $4500 during the ensuing year. THE TEXAS ALL RIGHT. The Itinerary of Admiral Bunce’s Squadron Doesn’t Include Venezuela—The Min neapolis' Voyage Was Slow. Washington, Dec. 13.—The trial yes terday of the government-built battle ship Texas, whose several misfortunes have given rise to many conflicting opin ions as to her capabilities, resulted in an entirely satisfactory performance, ac cording to Capt. Henry Glass, her com mander. Captain Glass says: "With moderate w^id and sea on bow or quarter she is very steady, and a speed of 18 to 17.4 knots was made with engine revolutions from 115 to 124. At these speeds the absence of excessive vi brations in any portion of the hull is very marked. The ship ‘handles’ at per fect ease at any speed and possesses, X think, great maneuvering power." The engines of the Texas were run at full speed for four hours, excepting sev eral times when it was necessary to slow down or stop them for a few minutes because the Journals became overheated. The trial was finally discontinued on ac -eount of this, and Captain Glass says that certain Journals of the main en gines will have to be overhauled and put In thorough order. He recommends that as the Texas has had two days of sea trials no further preliminary trial be directed until the board of engineers has been appointed to conduct the offi cial trial, as in his opinion when the work on the Journals has been completed nothing further can be done to put the engines as now arranged in condition for service. Orders were issued by the navy depart ment this afternoon directing that the of ficial trial of the Texas shall take place on the 18th instant. The armored cruiser Maine is practically ready for service. A telegram to the navy department dated at Newport, R. I., today from Cap tain Dewey, president of the naval board of inspection, says the Maine Is entirely ready for sea and it will not be necessary to send her to any navy yard for repairs or anything of that nature. Had weather has prevented her from leaving New port. Captain Dewey says that the board has completed the inspection of the ves sel, including a successful full speed trial, except obtaining her tactical diam eter, figure the turret guns and testing her hydraulic machinery. The telegram leaves a doubt as to whether the torpe does were tested, and Acting Secretary McAdoo has wired Captain Dewey on the subject. If the torpedo test has been made the Maine will be ordered to coal and Join Admiral Bunce’s squadron of evolution at Hampton Roads without de lay. The squadron is scheduled to sail December 21. The itinerary of the fleet, subject to such changes as Admiral Bunce may de sire to make, is as follows: Hampton Roads, St. Thomas, Santa Cruz, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, Matlnlque, St. Lucia, Bar badoes, Porto Rico, San Domingo, Port au-Prince, Kingston, Jamaica, Colon, Chlrlqul, Port Limon. Greytown, Dry Tortugas, Florida Bay, Key West, Hampton Roads, arriving at the latter port on May 12. Chirlqui and Port Limon and Grey town, Admiral Bunce states, may be omitted. Coal will be taken on at St. Thomas, St. Lucia and Key West. Dur ing the stay at Trinidad the squadron will have a drill and target practice in the bay of Parla. Much attention has been drawn to this squadron by rumors that its voyage to the tropics hinged on the Venezuelan controversy, and the warnings of the British newspapers that a visit by the squadron to any Venezuelan port would be looked on with disfavor by Great Britain. The itinerary shows that Kingston will be the nearest approach to the territory in controversy. Admiral Bunce’s squad ron will consist of the New Vork, the Columbia, the Raleigh and the Cincin nati, all cruisers, and the Maine, some times described as an armored cruiser, but more frequently as a second-class battleship. The cruiser Minneapolis, under orders to proceed to Smyrna. Syria, in connec-. tion with the protection of American In terests. arrived at Gibraltar today. The Minneapolis passed through the Virginia capes, outward bound, on No vember 27, and was, therefore, sixteen days in making the voyage. As she is considered the fastest ship of the new navy, her low average rate of about nine knots an hour causes some surprise, al though the vesrel was not ordered to pro ceed with dispatch. Five Candidates in tho Field. Washington, Dec. IS.—There are five candidates for sergeant-at-arms of the United States senate now In the field and working energetically to secure their election They are: Capt. G. A. Curtis of New Hampshire, backed by Senators Chandler and Galllnger; Smith D. Frey of Iowa, Ex-Sergeant-at-Arms Valentine of Nebraska, Mr. Shaw of Washington and Major Grant of North Carolina. WEEKLY TRADE REVIEW The Price of Manufactured Products Is Receding FROM THE HIGH WATER MARK n - The put of Iron Is Much Greater Than the V ^ Consumption, - PRICES HAVE AGAIN DECLINED i - jtroleum, Coffee and Cotton Were tlie Only Staple Products to Show an Ad vanoe in Quotations- Birmir.g Lam Shows Improvement. New York, Dec. 13.—It. Cl. Dun & Co. will say tomorrow in their weekly re view of trade: Failures for the first week of December show liabilities of $3,104,831, against $4, 036,806 last year and $4,761,400 In 1893. In manufacturing $1,157,760, against $1,427, 415 last year and $1,730,044 in 1893, and in trading $1,892,821, against $2,401,451 last year and $2,591,365 in 1893. Failures for the week have been 338 In the United States, against 349 last year, and fifty four in Canada, against forty lust year. It has been a very quiet week without anydlsturbances, prices of manufactured products slowly receding from the high water mark of speculation and no mate rial increase in demand is now expected until after tlie holidays, but there is gen eral confidence that greater activity will then appear. Speculation in products is not very brisk and Iri stocks decidedly inactive, except in a few industrials. The outgo of gold does not expand and the outward movement of products is a shade less. Clearings are 10.4 per cent more than last year. The government crop report caused scarcely a ripple of interest though in dicating less than 6,400.000 bales of cotton and a larger acreage than had been ex pected of winter wheat. The great sup plies of cotton brought over from pre vious years render it unimportant wheth er the yield of 1895 was 7,000,000 or 6,000, 000 bales, except as affecting future planting, and the extensive organizations of planters to keep back their cotton de prive small receipts of their natural In fluence. Whether from that cause or not receipts have recently been over 40 per cent smaller than last year, but takings of spinners and exports are also smaller. Iron furnaces in blast December 1 turned out 216,797 tons weekly, against 217,306 November 1, with an increase of 8000 tons in stock unsold. But actual con sumption is much smaller than the out put at present and prices again declined —No. 1 anthracite to $13.75, Bessemer pig at Pittsburg to $12.60 and gray forge to $12, Finished products are weak and sell bplow quotations, (hough quoted prices average about % of 1 per cent lower for the week. Heavy orders by the Rocke feller Interest for plates and other mate rial to build vessels for transportation of Mesaba ore next year have strengthened the market somewhat, but the demand at the east is very light and most of the works have shortened force considera bly, while at Pltsburg structural forms, plates, sheets and pipe are In light de mand, and some bnr mills in the valley have shut down for want of otders. Higher prices are expected for ore and coke, and It Is believed this will cause an upward turn in iron. The shoe manufacture Is getting rather more numerousrbusiness mainly In cheap business by a reduction in prices, which averaged nearly 4 per cent since the last week of November. Business in cotton has not gaiMd and print cloths are lower at 3%c., while a few more reductions are noted in prices of other goods. The manufacturer has had a highly profitable season. Bradstreet’s Review. New York. Dec. 13.—Bradstreet's to morrow, December 14, will say: With the exception of mild weather at cities in Missouri, Kansas. Nebraska and Min nesota, colder weather has stimulated sales of seasonable merchandise at near ly all points, but only by contrast with preceding weeks. Wholesale trade is dull, merchants preferring to reduce stocks at the end of the year to make ready for annual inventories. In rela tions there has been a marked increase in demand. Irregularity is shown in mer cantile collections. The general trade throughout the country is relatively most satisfactory in the central Mississippi valley. . Bank clearings throughout the United States this week aggregate $1,129,000,000, a decrease of 9 per cent from last week, which is not unusual. As compared with clearings for the second week of Decem ber. 1894. this week’s aggregate shows an increase of 10 per cent. The course of prices of staples contin ues downward. Lumber remains steady and without particular activity. Iron and steel continues what appears to be^ regular weekly decrease, although re ductions this week are fractional. The only advance In quotations record ed was among the more important sta ples. petroleum, coffee and cotton. Phil adelphia textile plants running on full time are those at work on orders for im mediate delivery. Philadelphia manu facturers* of morocco have begun run ning on short time. There are 313 business failures reported throughout the United States this week, compared with 315 last week, 383 In the like week a year ago. 337 two years ago, and as contrasted with 298 In the second week of December. 1892. Among the con spicuous trade features are the disap pointing Christmas dealings. Among southern cities the single Instance of Im provement is at Birmingham. Ala., al though most distributing centers expect an increased demand after January 1. Cotton receipts are unusually ismall at almost all southern points except New Orleans, where they are liberal. Gal veston reports the Christmas trade smaller than one year ago. A Cold Day in December. New York. Dec. 13.—ThlF Is the coldest December 13 the motropolls>»Jia.s expe rienced In twenty-three years. In 1873 the temperature went down to 12 degrees above zero, and at 4 o'clock this morning It touched 1.3 degrees above the mark. Not onlv was this the coldest day In twenty-three- years, but It is the coldest teo far for this winter. Nixon Won't Vote for Blaokburn. Frankfort. Ky„ I^sc. 13.—State Senator Waiter C. Nixon, democrat, announces that he will not support Blackburn for the senate. The legislature being so even ly divided this is believed to foreshadow that Blackburn cannot be elected. ,. *