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J’>Ulure of rarrk*rs to deliver should be promptly reported at the business office. TELEPHONE CALLS. Business Office.230 Editorial Rooms.231 All calls after 9 o’clock p. m. should be sent to the Editorial Rooms. • THI3 AFTERNOON. This afternoon the two committees of , the Commercial club having the matter of the proposed steel plant in hand will hold a joint session at the club rooms at 3:30 o’clock, and such action will be taken as the occasion may warrant. The property owners of the city have been invited to attend this meeting, and it is hoped they will be there in such numbers as will evidence their interest in the enterprise. There is much to be gained from this movement. If those who own idle and really valuable lands around the city, as matters now stand, can be made to realize that they can give those lands a market value by placing them into a company to build a steel plant, certainly they should be anxious to bring this about. With a fair subscrip tion in lands the committee who are to be sent to Chicago will have something to work on, and the more land the easier it will be to raise the needed money, since it will lessen the risk, while increasing the value of thl land. Then the plant will meet a long-felt want for the city. All development here tofore of our iron interests has been for the district outside the city, In a great degree, and city development lias been neglected In consequence. No greater work for Birmingham could have been performed by the Elyton Land company than the establishment of a furnace to sell to smaller industries of Birmingham Its products at market values, less the freight. We would have had 100 Indus tries to one now here,and real estate val ues would not have gone back to present prices. This can now be remedied in the steel plant if it is built by Birmingham property owners, as It should be—or at least controlled by them. There is no estimating tiie effect such a plant will have on Birmingham property, for it will insure at once rapid and substantial in dustrial development—the very founda tion of all prosperity tor Birmingham. The meeting this afternoon should therefore be well attended, and such ac tion taken as will place the enterprise on the sure road to successful consum mation. THE FERRY FLAN. The plan recently adopted by the coun ty democratic executive committee of Ferry county is precisely the plan adopted by the committee of that county two years ago. The primaries were held un der that plan and every citizen allowed to participate who called himself a demo crat. The delegation sent under that plan to the state convention was admit ted, and no question was made as to Its regularity. There are gold standard men and bimetallists upon the Perry committee, and all without on exception voted for the resolutions as adopted. There was not a dissenting opinion. Each member, as his name was called, gave oc gent reasons for voting In favor of the plan. Each member of the committee, as Ills name was called,said that he knew of men would come back to the party if the primary doors were opened. It is said by citizens of that county who know the people that the democratic party will gain at least 200 votes in Perry by the liberal resolutions adopted by' the execu tive committee. When the resolutions were under consideration no member made any reference to the currency ques tion or to the possible candidates for state or local offices. They voted solely with a view to strengthen the democratic party. The patriotic action of Perry county deserves praise, and should be Imitated by every county In the state. THE CHOPS OP 1S95. The Philadelphia Inquirer estimates as follows: 189>. 1894. Cotton. * 241,751.250 $ 227.Mti.000 VVheut. 225.289,700 229.212 900 Cot * . 6M.324.00n 553,035 000 Oats. 199.220.000 217,309,800 •i'olal .$1,2139,599,950 $1,227,551,700 The figures for this year are open to re vision, as the wheat crop lias probably been underestimated, ami. besides, prices seem more likely to advance in the case of wheat and cotton than they are to fall. There can lie nothing too rich for the farmer s blood, and it is to be hoped that he will do better this year than now seems probable. ANOTHER VIEW. Of course the next war will not be popular with everybody. There will be kickers and growlers. There were torles in the revolution, blue-light federal trai tors along the New England coast in 1812, and there were mossbacks in 3861. At present the feeling Is pretty unanimous for unfurling "Old Glory” and singing "The Star-Syangled Banner.” But pret ty soon'we fear that the line Italian hand of Baron Rothschild will be seen In the editorial columns of many of the north ern prtss. Already the New Tork Even ing Post, so long the able mugwump de fender of the president, is being warmly applauded by the British press. That paper savs: "The question which Mr. Cleveland's warlike message suggests Is mainly which of - the two parties is likely to get most capital during the presidential year out of this Venezuelan dispute. That we are going. In the name of the Monroe doctrine, to assert such ownership of the American hemisphere as will enable us to trace all the boundary lines on It to our own satisfaction In defiance of the rest of the world, is a thesis which we do not be lieve is yet ripe for discussion. What Interests us most is how his proposal to appoint a tracing commission will strike the republicans. Will they give him the money for its expenses, and enable him all next year to pose os the war candi date for the presidency? Or is his pro posal sufficiently near war to make It a delicate matter to reject It. in view of the jingo vote? Will they consent to have him put his own men on the commission, and thus get weekly glory out of the whole business between now and next October? These are the most important questions now pending. Mr. Cleveland showed in 1S88 by his treatment of poor Sackville West that he was not incapable of using foreign questions to achieve domestic victories. The present message shows that his party may still count on him for further assistance from the same source.” COMPARING ^THE NAVIES. The Olobe, St. James Gazette and oth<-r papers publish comparisons of the Brit ish and American navies. The Globe, for Instance, says: "Of America's twenty six ironclads, against Great Britain's sixty-four, many are useless, and of tor pedo gunboats, Great Britain has thirty three and the United States one.” Continuing, the Globe states that of the torpedo destroyers Great Britain has forty-two and the United States not one. Great Britain Is also said to have ninety five torpedo boats against two American torpedo boats. Besides, the Globe points out, Great Britain already has thirteen ships in her North American squadron, five on the southeast coast of America and six on the Pacific coast. —;--** As an indication of French sentiment, we have the following news of Be Temps: “A fratricidal struggle between Great Britain and the great republic of the new world would seem a crime against hu manity and civilization. As much as it is inadmissible that England can accept the arrogant pretensions of the message, so it is to be hoped that she will discover a pacific and equitable solution of the dif ficulty. As to an Anglo-American war, It is impossible. These periodical ebulli tions cannot result in such a crime against civilization. In 1888, when Mr. Cleveland was on the eve of a presiden tial campaign, he acted as a Chauvinist in giving Sir Lionel Sackville-West his passports. Nothing further resulted. There will be a great deal of outcry, chiefly because Mr. Bayard's mal-address and Lord Dunraven’s misadventure have excited the people, but all will finally be arranged. Whatever lesson arrogance on one side and a spirit of conquest and do minion on the other side deserve, we hope and expect a peaceable solution of the af fair.” __ The Westminster Gazette says: “Pub lic opinion will unanimously support Lord Salisbury, but it Is a pity he en larged the dispute and attacked the Mon roe doctrine. The fact Is that the present situation is the result of an unfortunate combination. On one side a foreign sec retary who was once a Saturday Review er, and who could not avoid the tempta tion of scoring in an argument; and on the other side a president who could not resist the temptation of scoring in Sir electoral campaign. But the mass of the people of both countries regard the possi bility of war on any such issue with blank incredulity.” __ The Glasgow merchants do not expect a rise in the price of wheat as the result of President Cleveland’s message to con gress on the Venezuelan question. If they don’t make their government be have Itself they will And a rise in wheat and a balloon ascension of cotton and a famine in Lancashire and>a rise in the rate of marine insurance that will astonish them. What the little Alabama did in the matter of killing off yankee commerce will not be a circumstance when we let loose our privateers on British commerce. The long-drawn horrible tragedy in Ar menia still goes on. The massacre during the year of not less than 100,000 defense less men and women at the hands of the accursed Turk only begins to- measure the total suffering, outrage and misery of the people. Under the distinct and de liberate policy of the sultar the pro gramme of utter impoverishment, star vation and extermination is now, as win ter comes on, made to cap the climax of Aendish cruelty on the part of the Turk ish government. The French paper, La Patrie, referring to President Cleveland's message, re marks: ‘‘The United States will obtain complete satisfaction by the vigorous at titude. Great Britain is only strong with the weak. She is prudent with those who are determined to defend the dignity of their country. The affair will be a great lesson to all nations."_ In spite of all the prominence which all the newspaper* give to President Cleveland's message to congress on the Venezuelan boundary question, the gen eral public in England refuses to get ex cited or even interested in the matter. At the hotels, clubs, railroad stations, etc., the matter is rarely alluded to. Congressman Powers of Vermont asks for the repeal of a section of the revised Statutes which provides for docking members of congress when absent dur ing a session for some other cause than sickness. It might as well be repealed, for it is not enforced._ The editorial comments of the New York World and the New York Evening Post on. the situation are reprinted in London with approval, as indicating American opinion of the situation. Senator Sherman is making more out of his book than he ever made on Wash ington real estate, according to all ac counts. His reputed prottts are reaching above the $100,001) mark. The Clan-na-Gael will pretty soon have an opportunity to free Ireland. They must go over there and organize the peo ple and raise the Irish standard. Those republicans who were expecting to make capital by inaugurating an ag gressive foreign policy can now look out for some other issue. The journals of the German empire and the leading statesmen condemn the atti tude of the Uaited States. William stands by his grandma. The London Saturday Review attrib utes the aggressive stand of the adminis tration on the Venezuelan question to Secretary Olney. Thus far this has been a busy week in Birmingham. FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The French, German and Austrian Papers De-. nounce President Cleveland—Sir Mi* chael Hicks-Beach's Speech. London, Dec. 19.—In a speech delivered at Bristol today the Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Hicks-Beaeh, chancellor of the ex chequer, made a passing reference to President Cleveland's message. Some people, he said, appeared to regard a war between the United States and Great Britain as impossible owing to their ties of friendship. Nothing, however, was impossible. War had already happened between them. If kinsmen unhappily differed they became sometimes very bit ter enemies. But he did not believe that many persons, if any, on either side of the Atlantic thought the people of the United States or Great Britain wanted war. He was confident that when a true statement of Great Britain’s case was ably and fully explained, and Lord Salis bury’s dispatches were laid before both peoples, the result would be peaceful and honorable to both sides. Lord Salisbury did not come to London today. Business at the government of fices went along as usual and there w'as no bustle or excitement. It is the opin ion in official quarters that there will be no developments in the Venezuelan mat ters before Christmas. All the morning papers tomorrow will publish columns of lengthy extracts from the French, German and Austrian papers denouncing President Cleveland’s posi tion. The articles, however, are in no wise all friendly to England. Affairs as Bad as Ever. Constantinople. Deo. 19.—Dispatches from the interior of the country predict a renewal of the massacres unless the powers interfere to prevent them. The distress arising from tyranny is as bad as ever. The Armenian insurgents at Zeltoun have imprisoned the delegates who were sent to treat for their surrender, believ ing them to be Turkish spies. Turkish troops have occupied the last defile lead ing to Zeltoun. and a battle is dally expected. The Uuited States cruiser Marblehead has arrived at Mersina. Mr. Christie, a missionary, and his family have arrived at Mersina, seeking pro tection. Gomez on the Move. Madrid. Dec. 19.—A dispatch from Ha vana to the Liberal says that Gomez, with 60.000 infantry and cavalry, Is on the banks of the Hanabana river, which forms part of the western boundary of the province of Santa Clara. He has two field pieces and a large quantity of ammunition and dynamite. He intends to invade the provinces of Matanzas and destroy property. Laughable and Grave. Paris. Dee. 19.—The Temps says that the possibility of a war between Great Britain and the United States contro vents the proverb that "blood is thicker than water.” and pricks the bubble of a gigantic Anglo-Saxon federation. It adds that the violence of American poli ticians is laughable, although the mat ter becomes grave when it is remembered that the excitement is echoed in Eng land. To Meet the Irish-Amerioan Army. Belfast, Dec. 19.—A newspaper here prints a suggestion that the Orangemen volunteer their services in the event of a war with the United States to enable th"m to have a chance of meeting the proposed Irish-American army. Population Moving Southward. Baltimore. Md., Dec. 19.—Special reports to the Manufacturers' Record show an increas ing southward movement of population from the west and northwest. A dispatch from Georgia giving particulars regarding the colony which is being established on the 100,(XX) acres of land recently purchased by western people, shows that within three months over 3500 people have settled on tile property and 500 permanent houses are now under construction there. The organizer of tills colony, Mr. F. F. FlUSprald of Indiana, states that it will be projected as an out come of Ihe movement inaugurated last winter bv Mr. R. H. Edmonds, editor of the Manufacturers’ Record, for the shipment of grain and provisions to the northwest, where there was such suffering on account of the short crops. A contract lias been closed during the week for the sale of ,500,000 tons of Virginia eoke to the Illinois Steel company, and among the industrial enterprises aro the equipment of a 8000 spindle cotton mill in North Carolina and the purchase of a water power ill the same state for a $500,000 cotton mill; a $50,000 knitting mill company in Charleston; the report of a large mill to bo built in South Carolina by Now England people; the addition of 10.000 spindles to a mill at Whitney, S. C., and a cordage fac tory in Mississippi. A large rolling mill at Anniston, Ala., has been leased by a new $50,000 company and will be put in operation. Several iron ore and cog) mines Idle for some years in different parts of Alabama will be reopened at once and the sale of 8000 acres ot coal and timber land was re ported in Kentucky._ Strikers Are Quiet. Philadelphia. Fa., Dee. 19.—Only a few dis turbances of a comparatively trivial char acter marked the thiiil day of the strike of the employes of the Union Traction com pany. and on several of its lines the com pany succeeded in effecting a partial re sumption of Its Interrupted trafflo. Such cars as were run, however, were heavily guarded by police. The police authorities since the outbursts of Tuesday have acted with great tlrmness and have succeeded in keeping the mob spirit within bounds. On the lines on which cars were run the pres ence of the policemen on their platforms encouraged people to ride, and there were many more passengers carried than yester day. Despite the few disturbances today the mol> spirit was still apparent In the streets, and to avoid the risk of any out break the company again today ceased run ning cars at nightfall. General Manager Heetemay of the company claims to have all the men he wants, arid said that he expects to increase the number of cars on each line each day until the regular order Is restored. A Feature of Negro Day. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 19.—One of the features of negro day. to be held at the exposition on December 26, will be a celebration by the colored barberB of the country. In the col ored citizens’ meeting a committee of the barbers were appointed and adopted resolu tions yesterday calling upon the colored barbers of the United States, and particu larly Georgia and Atlanta, to close their shops and come to the exposition on the 26th. Committees have been formed and a great display by the colored barbers -Bill be one of the main features of negro day. A Step Grand-Grandma. Harmony between the Montgomery Advertiser and the Birmingham State Herald is similar to an Irresistible force coming in contact with an Immovable Bubstance.—Morgan County Herald. About ten years ago. the defunct Dis patch, then published in Montgomery, dubbed the Advertiser "grandma,” upon the grounds that she was then in her dotage and an Inharmonious factor in \Uabama Journalism. From that date until this the only way any paper or person has been able to secure harmony with the old woman has been to obey her every beck and call, light her pipe and let her do all the smoking ‘fgardless as to who Is furnishing the too^cco or Its cost. And since accepting her name her de sire has been to ever pose as a real grandma to all the Alabama papers, and It Is only recently that a very large ma jority of the newspapers and a still larger majority of the people of Alabama have learned that there really exists no blood or political relations between them and the old gal, that In fact she is not even a step grandma, but a hypocritical old maid with a misspent life, whose greatest pleasure consists in creating a fuss in the family. BUYING FOR CHRISTMAS MADE EASY. LOOK OVER OUR... OFFERINGSi India Seat Rattan Rocker Cobbler Seat Rocker. Comfort Rocker. Sewing Rocker. Iron Bed. Brass Bed. Fancy Work Basket. Sofa Pillow. Mirror. Baby Coach. Fur Rug. Sleepy Hollow Chair. Leather Couch. Folding Bed. Chiffonier. Fancy Table. Dressing Table. Hall Tree. Tabouret. Curtain Poles. Art Square. Sideboard. Dining Table. China Cabinet. Buffet. Roman Chair. Chamber Suit. Wardrobe. Book Case. Ladies Desk. Office Desk and Chair. Music Rack. Carpet Sweeper. Parlor Suit. Corner Chair. Onyx Table. Etching. Turkish Rockep. Kfeeel. Pfcuire. Hassock. Tea jjible. MediClne Chest. One In Of the Purchasing Advantages Christmas Gifts Which a person has who makes a pur chase at our store lies in the very ex tensive variety offered for choice. Take, as an instance. Rocking Chairs. We h^-e about 400 designs shown on our i floors. The same in Chamber Suits, Par lor and Dining Room Sets. These have been gathered from every source whence good furniture comes. The past week brought us several shipments from Grand Rapids factories, the very cream of their season's products; also, two from New York’s best factories, and three of the finest sent from Chicago. The above holds good throughout our entire stock of FURNITURE and CARPETS. Hundreds of styles to select from at all prices, from the very cheapest. / JA Come early and avoid ^ the rush. Get the benefit of the [ choicest selection of Xmas I goods in the State. L 2011 COAL MINE DISASTER. Thirty-eight Miners Perished and Twenty-five Escaped—Explosion of Gas Was the Cause. Raleigh, N. C., Deo. 19.—There was an explosion of gas in the Cumnock bi tuminous coal mine in Chatham county, forty miles from here, this morning. There were about forty men at work in the mine, and a telegram just received says it is feared all these are killed. There is great excitement. These mines have a contract to furnish coal for loco motives of the Seaboard Air Line rail way, and this week began furnishing coal for ships at Wilmington. The prin cipal shaft is over 500 feet deep. Ma chinery costing over $200,000 was put in last year. The mine owners are nearly all Philadelphians and the superintend ent is Samuel R. Henszly of that city. The output of the mine has recently been 150 tons daily. Native labor is largely employed. This is the first serious acci dent at the mine. The explosion was heard at Moncure, fourteen miles distant. Physicians are going to Cumnock from all points in that section and special trains are running to the mines. Reports have reached here that four bodies have been taken out. Advices at 6 o’clock this evening from Colon regarding the explosion were that forty-three persons were caught by the explosion and that all hope of rescuing was abandoned, owing to fire damp, which at several times nearly overcame those who attempted to rescue the im prisoned men. Once two of the rescuers were in sight of some of the victims, but had to retire In the face of overpower ing fire damp. A telegram at 7 p. m. says there are thirty-eight dead and that twenty-five escaped. Telegraphic communication with the scene of the disaster is difficult. THE TRIAL UNCOMPLETED. The Battleship Texas Did Well for Three Hours, Then Q,uit. New York, Dec. 19.—1The four hours’ trial of the United States battleship Texas, post poned yesterday on account of fog and at tempted today, was not completed. The suction pipes of the drainage system lead ing from the engine room to the bilge pumps were not large enough to carry off the water used for keeping the bearings cool, and after an'official run of three hours and six minutes the starboard engine was shut down. The primary cause of the stop page was a hot' bearing on one of the circu lating pumps. The main engine crank pits, however, were filled with water and oil, which being thrown over everything in showers at each revolution, made the en gine room uninhabitable, and rendered the taking of data from the recording instru ments impossible. The ship being in com mission, Captain Glass held his chief engi neer responsible for general conditions, and it being deemed unlikely that the machinery could be manned for the remaining hour by the contractor’s force and the recording engineer’s, under existing circumstances, the trial was declared off. The difficulty does not affect the efficiency of the engines, nor does it reflect upon their builders, the Richmond, Va., Locomotive works. A computation made from unofficial data taken at different periods during the prog ress of the trials shows that the main en ginps developed a sustained average of 8900 horse power on an average 126 revolutions per minute for both engines. During the same time the patent log, deducting allow ance for variation, showed an average speed for the time the trial continued of 17.82 knots per hour. The designated horse power un der the specifications is 8600, to be developed with 123 revolutions of the propellers. Taken as a whole the test made was a success, the defects rendering completion of the trial impracticable being structural. It is understood that Captain Glass’ re port to the navy department will bo highly favorable to the contractors. It is likely that the ship will be taken to the Brooklyn navy yard, so that the lack of capacity in the engine room drainage sys tem may be remedied, the matter having been heretofore reported for correction, af ter which the official trial will be held for the full four hours. • To Work Alabama. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 19.—A committee of directors, headed by Vice-President Hemp hill, Including Mr. Frank P. Rice. Capt. A. J. West, Mr. P. H. Haralson and Mr. Henry Richardson of the Atlanta Journal, will leave Atlanta tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock for Montgomery and Selma, to pre sent the Invitation of tne board of directors to the people of those cities to attend the exposition on special days. The party will be accompanied by Capt. John A. Gee, gen eral passenger agent of the Atlanta and West Point railroad. The party will be in Selma Saturday morning and in Montgom ery Saturday night. TERSELY TOLD. The various bazaars are having an ex cellent trade. Go to Chalifoux & Co. and buy a nice umbrella or hat for a holiday gift. A little vacant shed on Morris avenue was slightly burned yesterday morning. Some claim that the high east winds last night were direct from England, and indicate war. Never in the history of Birmingham were there prettier Christmas" displays than can now be seen. Don’t buy your Christmas goods un til you read the offers made by the live merchants of Birmingham in Sunday’s State Herald. The committees of the Commercial club appointed on real estate and manu facturing will meet this afternoon at the club rooms. If you have lost an overcoat call on Of ficer Nix and identify it. He attempted to arrest a suspicious negro, when he drop ped the coat and fled. The preliminary hearing of Officer By ars, charged w.th the murder of the ne gro girl, Lizzie Durr, will be called in Justice Benners’ court today. Ladies’ and men’s silk handkerchiefs, neckwear and gloves make very appro priate holiday gifts. Chalifoux & Co. show an unlimited choice of these arti cles. Frank Howard was arrested yesterday on the charge of vagrancy by Officer Culpepper and Captain Donelson. It is said that he is quite a frequent pick-up by the police. MT. Allen Brooks, the bookkeeper for Collins & Co., was held up by two ne groes near the Eagle hotel, while going to his home Wednesday night, and his pockets rifled. Finding no cash, they gave him a kick and made off. Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad checks are received by T. C. King, 2026 First avenue, at 90 cents on the dollar for shoes. He has just bought about 10,000 pairs of ladies’, children’s and men’s shoes at a reduction of 10 to 40 per cent. You will certainly do yourself an Injustice if you do not see his shoes be fore you buy. Mr. Emil Kohn of Montgomery is in the city for the purpose of consulting Capt. Sid Jones relative to lands along the Louisville and Nashville railroad. Mr. Kohn Is the gentleman recently men tioned In the State Herald as located in Jacksonville, Fla..working in the interest of immigration direct from Germany. He has recently established an office in Montgomery. A prominent gentleman yesterday as sured a State Herald reporter that the people of Birmingham who do not want war between England and the United States need have no apprehensions on that score, as the Birmingham police force would not allow a battle between the two countries within three miles of the city.__ Spain Is Weakening. Key West. Fla.. Dee. 19.—Passengers by the steamer Olivette report that great excitement prevails In Havana over a report that a great battle is imminent between Spaniards and insurgents near Matanzas. Four thousand Spaniards under General Pando are said to be fac ing a large body of insurgents, and when the Olivette left Havana it was believed that a great battle would occur In twen ty-four hours. It is reported in Havana that the Madrid government has ordered Campos to make desperate efforts to break the power of the Insurgents within the next few weeks. The finance minis ter has cabled Campos that unless de cisive victories are won over the in surgents shortly Spain will be unable to procure money to maintain an army on the Island. Campos is urged to sup press the rebellion no matter* by what methods. Hector Dane Will Be There. Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 19.—Tomorrow will be farmers’ day at the exposition, and 25,000 farmers from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina will. It Is believed, be present with their families. A special feature of the day will be the exhibition of the new American cotton picker, which the exposition has In vited the farmers especially to see. By In vitation of the president Hon. Hector D. Dane, commissioner of agriculture for Ala bama; Hon. R. T. Nesbitt, commissioner of agriculture for Georgia; Hon. E. L. Roche, commissioner from South Carolina to the exposition, and Col. R. J. Redding, director of the Georgia experiment station, will be present to witness the exhibition and make official reportsLupon the new process. The new method packing cotton In cylindri cal bales will also be exhibited as a feature of the day. Special attention will be given to agricultural exhibits In the government building, the Georgia building, the forestry building and the transportation building. Committee Announcements. Washington, Dec. 19.—Speaker Reed will announce the house committees to morrow, providing the resolution for the holiday recess from December 20 to Jan uary 3 is concurred in by the senate, but in case of non-action on the resolution the announcement of committees will be postponed until the day of ad journment for the holidays. The work is practically completed, although changes may be made until the moment of their announcement. Speaker Reed explained today that he changed three chairmanships in the Fifty-first con gress while the list was being read from the clerk's desk, and that the haste with which the committees were made up this time might result similarly. It was asserted tonight that Mr. Hen derson of Iowa will not be chairman of the approbation committee, of which ho is the senior republican member. The report is apparently \gell founded. There Is little doubt that the position will go ]PRESENTATIONS FOR THE HO LI DA VS. —*— NECKWEAR. SUSPENDERS—Silver Buckles. HANDKERCHIEFS—Linen & Silk. UMBRELLAS. SMOKING JACKETS. BA III ROBES. —♦— L. ROGAN & CO. again to Mr. Cameron of Illinois, \v.ho held the chairmanship in the Fifty-first congress. It Is not unlikely that Speaker Reed, In order to compensate Mr. Hen derson for his disappointment and to show his appreciation of that gentle man's excellent services, will place him upon the committee on rules and bestow the chairmanship of a good committee upon him. Previous statements indicating that Mr. Dingley of Maine will be the next chairman of the committee on ways and means and that Mr. Sereno Payne of New York will be placed second on that committee are repeated with so much positiveness as to give assurance of sub stantial foundation, though, as Speaker Reed himself says, he may revise his list even after it gets Into the hands of the clerk of the house. Campos Will Resign. Madrid. Dec. 19.—The Herald repeats Its assertion that Gen. Martinez Campos Insists upon resigning his command In Cuba, and that General Weiyler, com manding the Fourth corps of the Spanish army, stationed in the province of Cata lonl. with headquarters In Barcelona, will succeed him. The statement cannot be confirmed. Americans Abroad Are Pleased. Berlin., Dec. 19.—The members of the American colony, Irrespective of party preferences or affiliations, are unani mous in aproval of President Cleveland’s message, which they regard as a matter of national honor, not of party tactics. The colony cheer the Americans from rousing from their recent inaction in tha face of foreign assumption. Awarded Highest Honors—World’s Pair. DR BAKING POWDER MOST PERFECT MADE. * I-me Grape Cream of Ta-tar Powder. Fret •om Ammonia, Alum or any other adulterant. 40 YEARS THE STANDARD * *V.