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part Three. BIRMINGHAM STATE HERALD. PartThree; \ + ___•— VOLUME 22: BIRMINGHAM, ALA., SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1895—TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. NUMBER 37. THE HOUSE COMMITTEES Mr. Reed Has Completed His Arduous Labor. NELSON DINGLEY OF MAINE Made Chairman of trie Committee on Ways and Meins. MF.SSRS. HITT, CANNON AND HENDERSON Were Given the Next Best Fla cos—Cobb, Bankhead, Clarke, Harrison. Stall ings and Wheeler of Alabama Were Well Placed . Washington, Dec. 21.—Speaker Ueod this afternoon announced the committees of the house of representatives. The most Important follow; Rules—The speaker: N. B. Henderson, Iowa; John Daltzell, Pennsylvania; C. !•'. Crisp, Georgia. Benton McMillin, Tennes see. Ways and means (republicans eleven, democrats six)—Nelson Dinghy, Jr., Maine; Sereno E. Payne, Now York; John Dated], Pennsylvania; Albert J. Hopkins, Illinois; C. H. Grosvenor, Ohio; Charles A. Russell, Connecticut; J. P. Dolliver, Iowa; George Steele, Indiana; M. N. Johnson, North Dakota; Walter Evans, Kentucky; J. A. Tawney, Minnesota; Charles F. Crisp, Georgia; Benton McMil lin, Tennessee; Henry G. Turner, Georgia; John C. Tarsney, Missouri; Joseph Wheeler, Alabama; J. J. MeDaurin, South Carolina. — Committee on appropriations—J. G. Cannon, Illinois; II. H. Bingham, Penn sylvania; W. W. Grout, Vermont; S. A. North way. Ohio; William A. Stone, Penn sylvania; W. O. Arnold, Rhode Island; E. J. Halner, Nebraska; Richard Blue. Kansas: Mahlon Pitney, New Jersey; James A. Hemmingway, Indiana; John K. McCall, Tennessee; Joseph D. Sayers, Livingston, Georgia; Samuel Robertson, Louisiana; F. C. Layton, Ohio; F. Bart lett, New York. Committee on rivers and harbors—W. B. Hooker, New York; B. Herman, Ore gon; S. M. Stephenson, Michigan; J, E. Reyburn, Pennsylvania; H. C. Cooper, Wisconsin; T. E. Burton, Ohio; W. E. Barrett, Massachusetts; W. Reeves, Illi nois; C. A. Towne, Minnesota; D. B. Dove ner, West Virginia; C. M. Clark, Missouri; J.A. Walker, Virginia; T. C. Catehings, Mississippi; R. E. Lester, Georgia; R. H. Clarke, Alabama; P. D. McCulloch, Ar kansas; A. S. Berry, Kentucky. Judiciary (eleven republicans and six democrats) D. B. Henderson, Iowa; Ca3e Broderick, Kansas; Thomas Updegraf, Iowa; Frederick II. Gillet, Massachu setts; S. M. Strong, Ohio; Henry W. Ba ker, New Hampshire; Charles A. Con noly, Illinois; J. J. Jenkins, Wisconsin; Charles G. Burton, Missouri; Foster V. Brown, Tennessee; John W. Louis, Ken tucky; D. B. Culberson, Texas; C. J. Boatner, Louisiana; Joseph E. Washing ton, Tennessee; Joseph W. Bailey, Texas; ;W. Tory, Arkansas; Davis A. Dear mond, Missouri. Foreign affairs—R. R. Hitt, Illinois; W. F. Draper, Masachusetts; R. Adams, Jr., Pennsylvania; L. E. Quigg, New York; Robert Cousins, Iowa; Charles P. Taft, Ohio; William A. Smith, Michigan: Joel P. Heatnole. Minnesota; Richmond Pearson, North Carolina; J. B. McCreary, Kentucky; Andrew Price, Louisiana; H. St. G. Tucker, Virginia; H. A. Dinsmore, Arkansas; H. D. Money, Mississippi; F. C. Newlands, Nevada. Committee on naval affairs—Charles Boutelle, Maine; John 11. Robinson, Penn sylvania; George W. Hulick, Ohio; S. C. Hilborn, California; Melville Bull, Rhode Island; Frank J. Hanley, Indiana; Fran cis H. Wilson. New York; Charles Ed ward Foss, Illinois; A. G. Dayton, West Virginia; Amos J. Cummings, New York; Adolph Meyer, Louisiana; H. D. Money, Mississippi; E. S. Hall, Missouri; F. C. Tate, Georgia; Joseph J. Hart, Pennsyl vania. Coinage, weights and measures (nine republicans and six democrats)—Charles W. Stone, Pennsylvania; Martin N. John son, North Dakota; C. A. Hartman. Mon tana; Henry C. Brewster, New York; W. F. L. Hadley. Illinois; Addison S. Mc Clure. Ohio; James H. Southard, Ohio; Ben L. Fairchild, New' York; H. C. Lou den Schlager, N. J.; Delegate Frank J. Cannon, Utah; John W. Allen, Missis sippi; J. H. Banlohead, Alabama, Thomas C. McRae, Arkansas; S. M. Sparkman, Florida; James G. Spencer, Missouri; R. H. Clarke, Alabama. Banking and currency (eleven repub licans and six democrats)—Joseph II. Walker. Massachusetts; Marriott Itro rt'imB.vlvuuiu, n . Iiuiin.-VM, til diana; Henry C. Vanvoorhis. Ohio; J. H. McCleary. Minnesota; Charles M. Fowl er. New Jersey; Jacob Lefevre, New York; George Spalding. Michigan; W. A. Calderhead, Kansas; E. J. Hill, Connec ticut; E. D. Cooke, Illinois; Nicholas Cox, Tennessee; Seth W. Cobb, Missouri; James E. Cobb, Alabama; J. C. C. Black, Georgia; Francis G. Newlands, Nevnda; John K. Cowen. Maryland. Merchant marines and fisheries—Chair man, S. E. Payne, New York. Postofflcesand post roads—(nine repub licansand six democrats)—E. T. Loud, California; George W. Smith, Illinois; John J. Gardner, New Jersey; W. J. Lin ton, Michigan; N. D. Sperry, Connec ticut; Thomas Settle, North Carolina; George Huff, Pennsylvania; William Le ortimer, Illinois; J. E. Bromwell, Ohio; E. L. Miller. Kansas; R. H. Mahoney, New York; Delegate N. O. Murphy. Ari zona; John C. Kyle, Mississippi; C. A. Swanson. Virginia; W. E. Crain, Texas; Henrv W. Ogden, Louisiana; George C. Pendleton, Texas; U. S. Hall, Missouri. Elections No. 1—Charles Daniels, New York; Lemuel W. Royse, Maryland; E. D. Cooke, Illinois; F. E. Leonard, Pennsyl vania; W. H. Moody, Massachusetts; Tt. Z. Llnney, North Carolina; Hugh A. Dinsmore, Arkansas; George E. Bajtlett, Georgia; Omar M. Kem, Nebraska. Elections No. 2—H. U. Johnson,Indiana J. B. Strode, Nebraska; George W. Prince, Illinois; R. W. Taylor, Ohio; Warren, Miller,West Virginla;C. G. Long, Kansas; George Harrison, Alabama; L. G. Maguire, California; J. C. Kyle, Mis sissippi. Elections No. 3—Samuel M. McCall, Massachusetts; Henry F. Thomas, Mich igan; T. E. Burton, Ohio; James A. Walker, Virginia; Jesse Overstreet, In diana; James Codding, Pennsylvania; C. K. Bell. Texas; D. A. Dearmond, Mis souri; William A. Jones, Virginia. Military affairs (nine republicans and six democrats)—John A. T. Hum, Iowa; Newton M. Curtis, New York; Benjamin F. Marsh, Illinois; Ephraim M. Woomer, Pennsylvania; Marshall Griffin, Wiscon sin; George N. South wick. New York; Richard W. Parker, New Jersey; R. W. Bishop, Michigan; Lucius. J. Fenton, Ohio; Delegate T. H. Catron. New Mex ico; John T. Tarsney, Missouri; D. Gard ner Tyler, Virginia; George B. McClellan, New York; Joseph E. Washington, Ten nessee; Joseph G. Hart, Pennslyvania; James A. Lockhart, North Carolina. Public buildings and grounds (ten re publicans and five democrats)—Chair man, Seth Milllken, Maine. Pacific railroads (nine republicans and six democrats)—Chairman, H. Henry Powers, Vermont. Interstate and foreign commerce (elev en republicans and six democrats)— Chairman. William P. Hepburn, Iowa. Claims (nine republicans and six dem ocrats)—Chairman, Charles M. Brumm, Pennsylvania. Agriculture (eleven! republicans, five democrats and one delegate)—James Wadsworth. New York; James A. Stahl, Pennsylvania; V. Warner, Illinois; Jon athan S. Willis, delegate; E. S. Henry, Connecticut; Edward Sauerherring, Wis consin: J. D. Leighty, Indiana; William B Baker, Maryland; D. F. 'Wilbur, New York; E. J. Murphy, Illinois; Horace G. Snover, Michigan; Charles F. Moses, Georgia; John S. Williams. Mississippi; John D. Clardy, Kentucky; J. W. Stokes, Noilh Carolina; Alonzo C. Sehofford, North Carolina; Delegate Frank G. Can non, Utah. Mines and mining (nine republicans and four democrats)—Chairman, Daniel D Altkcn. Michigan. Indian affairs (twelve republicans and live democrats)—Chairman, James S. Sherman, New York. Enrolled bills (four republicans and three detnocrats)—Chairman, A. L. Ha ger, Iowa; Samuel M. Clark, Iowa; E. F. Acheson, Pennsylvania; Geoige C. Crow ther, Missouri; Benjamin E. Bussell, Georgia; Ashbury C. Lattlmer, South Carolina: John D. Clardy, Kentucky. Railways and canals—Chairman, Ches ter A.'Chickering, New York. IVar claims—Chairman, T. M. Mahone, Pennsylvania. Public lands (ten republicans, five democrats and one delegate)—Chairman, J. F. Lacey, Iowa. Elections of president, etc., (eight re publicans and five democrats)—-Chair man, Newton M. Curtis, New York. Alcoholic liquor traffic (six republicans and four democrats)—Chairman, Elijah A. Morse, Massachusetts. Library (two republicans and one dem ocrat)—Chairman, A. L. Harmer, Penn sylvania. Printing (two republicans and one democrat)—Chairman, George D. Per kins, Iowa. District of Columbia—Chairman,James A. Babcock, Wisconsin. Education (seven republicans and six democrats)—Chairman, Galusha A. Grow, Pennsylvania. Levees on the Mississippi (nine republi cans and four democrats)—G. W. Ray, New York; R. Adams, Jr„ Pennsylvania; W. O. Arnold, Rhode Island; H. A. Coop er, Wisconsin; A. Milncs. Michigan; C. N Clark, Missouri; N. Clark, Missouri; G. M. Curtis, Iowa; H. G. Hunter, Ken tucky; L. W. Royse, Indiana; J. M. Allen, jvi i as ■ s? ■ | 1» •• • v-». iULL/i'm imm, icinica* see; T. A. Woodward, North Carolina; P. .1. Otcy, Virginia. Invalid pensions (ten republicans, four democrats and one populist—Chairman, J. A. Pickier, South Dakota. Committee on labor (seven republicans, four democrats and one populist)—!’. M. Phillips, Pennsylvania; J. H. Walker, Massachusetts; L. D. Apsley, Massachu setts; J. J. Gardiner, New Jersey; J. T. McCleary, Minnesota; W. Lorrlmer, Il linois; Philip R Lowe, New York; 1’. J. Sorg, Ohio; D. E. McGann, Illinois; C. J. Erdman, Pennsylvania: W. J. Talbert. South Carolina; W. F. Stroud, North Carolina. Patents (nine republicans and four democrats)—Chairman, W. F. Draper, Massachusetts. Manufactures (eight republics s and three democrats)—L. D. Apsley, Massa chusetts; C. F. Coffin, Maryland; F. Hel termari. Pennsylvania; O. W. Faris, In diana; R. O. Crump, Michigan: A. Stew art. Wisconsin; M. H. Culp. Pennsylva nia; C. R Beach, Ohio; P. J. Sorg, Ohio; A. Meyer, Louisiana; W. R. McKinney, Virginia Military (eight republicans and five democrats)—Chairman, B. F. Marsh, Il linois. Private land claims (nine republicans and four democrats)—Chairman, G. W. Smith, Illinois. Reform in the civil service (eight repub licans and five democrats)—M. Brosiius, Pennsylvania; J. H. Sherman, New York; T. H. Gillet, Massachusetts; H. C. Van Voorhls, Ohio; T. A. Tawney, Minnesota; R. Pearson, North Carolina: M. Pitney, New Jersey; J. McLachan, California; E. E. Meredith, Virginia; H. C. Miner, New York; A. M. Dockery, Missouri; J. A. Lockhart, North Carolina; M. Crowley, Texas. Revisions of laws (nine republicans and four democrats)—Chairman, W. W. Bow ers, California. Ventilation and acoustics (four republi cans, two democrats and one populist)— Chairman, W. S. Linton. Michigan. Pensions (eight republicans and five democrats)—Henry C. Louden Schlager, Now Jersey; Charles E. Coffin, Maryland; David G. Colson, Kentucky; Frederick It. Hallerman. Pennsylvania; James R. Howe. New York; N. A. Mosely, Missouri; J. It. Strode, Nebraska; Alex H. Hardy. Indiana; Charles L Moses. Georgia; Jesse F. Stallings, Alabama; William Baker, Kansas; J. C. C. Black. Georgia; William Elliott. South Carolina. Expenditures in department of state (four republicans and three democrats)— Chairman, Lemuel E. Qulgg, New York. Expenditures in treasury department (four republicans and three democrats)— Chairman. Charles II. Grosvenor, Ohio. Expenditures in war department (four republicans and three democrats)—Chair man, W. W. Grout, Vermont. Immigration and naturalization (six re publicans and four democrats)—Chair man, Richard Bartholdt, Missouri. Expenditures in navy department (four republicans and three democrats)—Chair man, H. F, Thomas, Michigan. Expenditures in postofflee department (four republicans and three democrats)— Chairman, H. H. Blekham, Pennsylva nia. Expenditures In department of the inte rior (four republicans und three demo crats)—Chairman. Charles Curtis, Kan sas. Irrigation arid lands (seven republi cans, three democrats and one populist) —Chairman, B. Herman. Oregon. Committee on territories (eleven repub licans and four democrats)—Chairman, J. A. Scranton, Pennsylvania. Committee on war claims (eight re publicans and five democrats)—Chair man. T. M. Mahone. Pennsylvania. Committee on expenditures in the de partment of Justice (four republicans and three democrats)—Chairman, W. R. Ellis, Oregon. Committee on expenditures in the de partment of agriculture (four republicans nnd three democrats)—Chairman, C. W. Gillett, New York; G. E. Foss, Illinois: L Fletcher, Minnesota; W. Evans, Ken tucky; JJ S. Hall, Missouri; J. C. 11c Dearmon, Tennessee; T. J. Strait, South Carolina. Committee on expenditures on public buildings (four republicans and three democrats)—Chairman, T. Settle, North Carolina._ Gold In the Treasury. Washington, Dec. 21.—At the close of business today the treasury gold reserve stood, with all withdrawals out,at $68,841 950. Today’s gold withdrawals amount ed to $492;000, taken for domestic use. NATIONAL CAPITAL GOSSIP Mr. Olney and Colonel Herbert Consult With Mr. Cleveland ON VENEZUALAN MATTERS Utah Will Become a Full Fledgc-.l State on January 4, 1896. THE RAM KATAHOIN WAS REJECTED She Will Be a Total Loss to Her Builders Unless Congress Takes Pity on Them. Cuban Envoys Presented to Ur. Olney. Washington, Dec. 21.—The representa tions made by Minister Terrell respecting the condition of American Interests in Turkey have resulted In the dispatch of general instruction to Rear Ad miral Selfridge at Smyrna, Sy ria, directing him to furnish all protac tion and comfort to such of the missiona ries as might apply for that purpose. There was nothing in the instructions concerning a general gathering of the American missionaries at Alexandretta or some other port where the United States has a warship. The cruiser Minneapolis sailed today from Gibraltar for Smyrna, according to a cable message received at the navy.de partment from her commander. It is estimated that the cruiser will make the voyage lu five days. The arrival of the Minneapolis at Smyrna will give the United States a representation of three vessels in Turkish waters. Tomas listrandas Palamada, who claims to be the envoy of the Cuban pro visional government to the government of the United States, called on Secretary Olney at the state department today. He was accompanied by Gonzales Que sada, the secretary of the Cuban revolu* Mr. Rubens, was introduced as Senor Palamanda’s secretary and who Is said to be from Florida. They had gone to the. state department early in the day under escort of Senator Call, but Mr. Olney was unable to see them at the time and the later visit was arranged for. Senator Call was not with the Cubans when they finally saw Mr. Olney. The visit was of short duration. Palamanda and his com panions are citizens of the United States, and after their visit today the first nam ed said that they had called merely as citizens of this country to pay their re spects to the secretary of state. No ' mention of Cuban affairs and no hint or suggestion concerning Cuban recogni tion has been made, he said. The call was merely pleasantly informal. It is probable tha- when Senator Call made the appoint for the visit of Senor Palamanda and his associates he did so with the understanding with Secretary Olney that the three gentlemen would merely pay their respects as citizens and would not mention Cuba. Senor Pala manda will return to New York tonight. Secretary Olney and Secretary Herbert had a long conference with President Cleveland today about the present and probable future aspects of the Venezue lan situation. Mr. Olney and the presi dent, it is understood, discussed the ap pointment of the Venezuelan commission authorized by congress. According to the wording of the resolution authorizing the commission, the commissioners are directed to ascertain the true divisional boundary between Venezuela and Brit ish Guiana. This, of course, makes their work so much more difficult and in creases their responsibility. It was said today that when the report of the com mission is received the president will adopt one of two courses. He will either send the findings of the commission to congress with a request for action, or else issue a, proclamation declaring the true boundary to be that ascertained by the commissioners. What would follow this latter action can onjy be surmised, but it is probable that the president would use it as the basis for another at tempt to secure Great Britain's agree ment to arbitration before taking any radical steps, provided, of course, that the commissioners did not sustain the extreme claims of the British to the dis putes! territory. Mr. Herbert’s talk with the president related, it is understood, to the projected visit of Rear Admiral Bunce's squadron to the vicinity of the Venezuelan coast. It cannot be ascertained whether any change was made in the Itinerary. Ad miral Bunce will have an interview to morrow with Secretary Herbert on the subject. which was submitted to the attorney general by the president, has been ex amined and approved by that officer. The president will, on January 4, 1896, Issue his proclamation admitting the ter ritory of Utah as a state of the union, and the terms of the state officers will be gin on the following Monday. January 6. In compliance with the request of the delegation that presented the constitu tion to the president, the attorney-gener al has advised the chief Justice of the territory of Utah of the contemplation of the president. Ratifications were exchanged today by the republic of Mexico, through Senor Romero, the Mexican-minister, and the government of the United States, through Secretary Olney, of a treaty ex tending the time allotted the Joint Mex ican and United States commission for determining the water boundary of the Rio Grande river, to settle the dispute over the use of water from that stream. The extension is for one year from De cember 24, 1895. The coast defense ram Katahdln. built by the Bath Iron works of Rath, Me., has been rejected by President Cleveland. This concludes executive action In the matter and the cost of the vessel will be a total loss to the contractors unless a congressional enactment in the case can be secured. General Hyde, president of the Rath Iron works, who was Informed of the president's action today, has taken time by the forelock, and a bill providing for the purchase of the Katahdln by the government has already been Introduced, at his Instance, by Senator Hale of Maine. ___ A Plea for Armenians. Constantinople, Dec. 21.—The German ambassador here, acting under instruc tions received from his government, has again urged the porte to prevent a mas sacre of the Armenians at Zeltoun. Sir Philip Currie, the British ambassador, supported the German ambassador In his attempt to save the livea of the revolting Armenians, but tt Is feared that the Zei toun district has already been largely laid In waste. > SPECIAL LONDON CABLE The Excitement in England Is Dying Out. SYMPATHY IS WITH AMERICA The Locality of the Dispute Is Unknown to the Masses. THE QUEEN SHOWS KEEN ANXIETY Lord Salisbury Keeps Her Posted by Wire. The British Press Express Some Very Cunous Views on the ■ Situation. London, Dec. 21.—No one in the thick of events here and in a position to judge of public feeling can honestly affirm that ; the country is in the state of excitement , over the difficulties that have arisen in . connection with the Anglo-Venezuelan dispute that some of the newspapers re port. Whatever partial eftervence ex isted over President Cleveland's message is now evaporating, and if no new sur prise Is sprung upon the British people the whole matter will soon become a mere newspaper war. Official und diplomatic circles have never shared In the extreme alarmist views that have found expres sion in the press, and the placidity pre vailing at the foreign office may be judged from the fact that the prime min ister, Salisbury, has seen no cause to summon a meeting of the cabinet to Con sider the position. It is expected that no cabinet meeting will be held until the views of tile American government, em bodied in a dispatch that Mr. Olney, the American secretary of state, is under stood to be about to send in reply to Lord Salisbury's note, has reached the foreign office. Upon making inquiries as to when this reply was likely to be re ceived the representative df the United Press learned that it was expected to reach here early in January. It depends upon the nature and tone of Mr. Olney's ! communication whether the situation I will become really critical. In the mean time the policy of the foreign office is to "lay low and say nothing.” English jingoism, braying in response to Ameri can Jingoism, may go on, but It does not represent genuine public sentiment, nor can newspaper opinion be taken as an absolutely sure guide to the national feel ing. The ignorance of the English masses In regard to the real issues between the governments must ere long operate to restrain Lord Salisbury from following an active policy of sheer defiance of : America. The Monroe doctrine breaks upon the bulk of the populace like the enigma of the Sphinx. The locality of the dispute la to them a geographical irrpstery. Even the Westminster Gazette, which is an organ of the educated classes, thinks it necessary to inform its readers that neither British Guiana nor Deme jrara is an Island, as is generally sup posed In England. Before the govern 'ment dares to commit the country the people will want to know what the trouble is about. The queen is showing the keenest anxiety in the difficulty. Lord Salisbury was closeted yesterday at the foreign office, not seeing even the diplomats. In the evening he sent a long dispatch to her majesty at Osborne house, on the Isle of Wight, where she is at present sojourning. The queen's remembrance of the fact that the last official act of the Prince Consort was the preparing of a memorandum counselling a peaceful settlement of the Trent affair will in cline her to interfere to prevent rupture between the two countries. Continuing to collate opinion outside of the leading party organs and the Carl ton, Constitutional and National Liberal clubs, the representatives of the United Press has essayed to ascertain the feel ing in the workingmen's political clubs, on which feeling the politicians were or ganizing popular demonstrations. These clubs remain concealed from view until there are periods of agitation, when the party wire-pullers, finding it ad visable to foment excitement, sup ply funds to call out the mass es. Funds alone, however, would not evoke processions in Hyde Park, nor enthusiasm in the great halls. The workingmen’s clubs can only be ma nipulated on the lines of their own ten dencies. Selecting four of the most no ’ table of these clubs, inquiry revealed the fact that there was an entire absence of ‘ excitement and only a mild interest in the situation. While keenly alive to home politics, the average intelligence of the workingmen who are members of these clubs does not extend to Great. Britain’s foreign relations. The Monroe doctrine, especially, is a hieroglyph to them, but they are sympathizers with .America, ana tneir oener in me justice of American government is profound. To sum up the result of conversations had with several of the best informed members of the clubs, it may be said that the opinion Is that the men must learn more aliout the causes of the quarrel be fore there will be the smallest chance of their responding to party appeals for a demonstration for or against the gov ernment. The recognition of the prime necessity for the spread of information on the subject has led the London week ly papers which have a purely popular circulation to set themselves, in their Is sues of today, to enlighten their readers. One of these papers having a weekly is sue of 700.000 copies precedes its article Witli the admission that many English men will learn for the first time through President Cleveland's message that Orest Britain has a boundary dispute with Venezuela, which it then proceeds to explain. The article concludes with an attack on Mr. Cleveland’s action as calculated to bring the people of Great Britain into contempt. Another of these papers, which has an enormous circle of readers In the opera tive and manufacturing centers, like wise expounds the Monroe doctrine, and then upholds President Cleveland as be ing in the right, insisting upon arbitra tion. It, however, denounces the ’’arro gant pretensions of the United States that in no part of America shall any one set foot except of the permission of the curious gang of corrupt politicians in Washington.” The paper adds: "Grant Ireland home rule and we shall hear little of the Mon roe doctrine.” Another radical workingmen’s paper holds that It Is Impossible for the public to sunport a war on the question of boundary of British Guiana or of teach ing Uncle Sam better manners. It re calls how Lord Palmerston played the "civis romanus sum” doctrine for all It i was worth to get well with the crowd when his name was ill-smelling at court and among his colleagues. Mr. Cleve land, it says, is using the Monroe doc trine in a similar manner, as the last dodge of a beaten party to raise smoke and drown a stench. The most notable feature of the arti cles in these and other papers of the same class—conservative, liberal and radical alike—is the concensus of opinion that Great Britain cannot Submit to the humiliation of accepting the demands of President Cleveland. The Spectator, under the caption of “The Death Warrant of Armenia.” says that President Cleveland's message is a full excuse for all those persons who are desirous of silently deserting an un happy people. It adds that it is impossi ble for Great Britain, when so menaced from America, to risk the outbreak of a European war, in which, owing to the American hostility, she might be power legs to interfere. The Moslems, it de clares, can now carry out their plans. If there arc no Christians left in Arme nia there will be no Armenian question. The service papers do not discuss the situation from a service point of view. The Army and Navy (Jazette protests that a war between Great Britain and the United States would be criminal. The Naval and Military Gazette says that war would be a larrfcntable blunder that would not benefit any power. The queen’s health being feeble has obliged her physicians to order a stricter regimen for her. Early this morning she took a cup of cocoa. At noon she takes an egg beaten in wine. At 2 o’clock she has luncheon, which is the heaviest meal of the day. This consists of soup, fish and fowl. Then she takes a short re pose, followed by a drive or a walk. At 9 o’clock dinner is served. Her majesty then drinks watered claret or a glass of dry champagne. At a meeting of the English Church union, at which the Duke of New Castle presided, it was decided to petition the bishops to order clergymen to refuse to marry persons who have been divorced, such marriages being contrary to the law of the church and a grievous injury to Christian morality. The attempt to compel King Prempeh of Asha:ntee to accept a British resident and grant other demands made by the British threatens to be a harder task than it was at iirst expected. The war officers no longer say that the British expedition will merely have to march to Coomassle, the capital of Ashantee King Prempeh shows no sign that he is desirous of surrendering to the British. The Ashantees are armed with good rifles and have plenty of ammunition, their armament having been supplied by French traders. The great chief. Sam ory, who it was supposed was likely to be an ally to the British in their cam paign against King Prempeh, threatens to join the latter. FINANCIAL REPORT. Bankers Deplore the Venezuelan Blunder, as They Call It—There Was a Contrac tion in Loans. New York, Dec. 21.—The New York Financier says this week: The extraordinary conditions which sent money up to 80 per cent and caused a collapse of values on the stock ex change Friday are not shown fully In the bank statement for the week ending Saturday. There was a sharp contrac tion of $3,344,300 in loans, a decreasei of $2,743,700 In cash holdings and of $5,764,700 in deposits, the result of the week’s oper ations reducing the excess reserve by $1, 302,525. The New York banks have, however, nearly $18,000,000 In cash over the legal requirements, and their action In throw ing immense amounts of money at low rates on the market Friday, when It seemed that the panic of 1803 was to be duplicated In a more serious way, en titles them to the lasting respect of the nation. They stood together, animated by a common purpose, and when the present scare has blown over the true extent of their heroic and patriotic en deavors to stem an adverse current will be better understood and more fully ap preciated. It is Impossible In the present course of events to tell what the next week may bring forth, but the clearing house banks, while operated as purely business institutions, will by their llrm policy of unity do more than any other agency to uphold credit and maintain real values. Leading bankers here universally de plore the Venezuelan blunder, and a dls I>ateh from Chicago to the Financier says that nineteen out of twenty prominent bankers interviewed think that the ad ministration has made a serious mistake. A Boston special to this paper says that hank officers there talk In a similar strain. The total deposits of New York banks are now $517,290,800, or $60,000,000 less than the highest figure reached dur ing the year; loans are $9,000,000 higher than the lowest point. With the prospect of a large gold loan next week some of the $67,000,000 in specie held by the banks will probably be absorbed by the treas ury, and the money market will, in all likelihood record the highest regular quo tations of the year. When the war scare ebbs th»re will he an influx of foreign money in volume sufficient to rapidly lower rates. A SLUMP IN COTTON. It Declined 30 Points Yesterday and May go Still Lower. New York, Dec. 21.—(Special.)—This was a day to be remembered In the cotton market. Liverpool broke badly, altogeth er Ignoring our partial recovery of yes terday. There was much uneasiness and a great rush to sell at the opening, the first sales of March being at 7.91, a de cline of 30 points from yesterday's clos ing prices. The fluctuations between the two hours of trading were frequent anil nervous, with much selling down to 7.78 and up to 7.98. The close, owing to brisk covering by the shorts, was nt about thu best prices, March being 7.97<7i)7.98, with the tone very steady. The bull and bear leaders seem to agree that, had it not been for the war m°ssage of the president, cotton would today be materially higher than a week ago, instead of lower. The movement continues light enough to war rant the most moderate crop estimates, and spinners at last admit that con sumption is likely soon to overtake pro duction, but the financial panic resrflting from the fear of war has overthrown all the considerations that usually influ ence prices. Th? large majority of hold ers, both here and abroad, seem con trolled by the apprehension that troub lous times are ahead, and are anxious to be rid of their cotton at the best price they can get. The dread that the south's reserve holding may at any time be forced uf>on the market by the stress of the southern banks is a potent factor in discouraging buying. While the feeling is very bullish on cotton upon Its own merits, the financial outlook is so serious and disturbed that no one need be sur prised if prices should go still lower; but whether the war scare shall subside or gr6w more acute, we believe that a sharp recovery for cotton cannot be far off. Fight or no fight, the spinners want cot ton, and from present appearances there is none too much of It. RIORDAN & CO. THE HOUSE TO THE RESCUE It Resolved Not to Take Christ mas Holiday, AS CLEVELAND REQUESTED The Two le?ding Committers Authored to 'Get to Work. THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE DENOUNCED Ernzil Sent a Creetingto tho Senate Com mending the President's Message. Mr. Vest’s Silver Resolution May Pass. • Washington, Doc. 21.—Speaker Reed cleared the way today for action by the house of representatives by announcing the list of committees fur this congress. There Were several surprises occasioned by the reading of the list, but generally the assignments made bad been dis counted by current rumors. There was general satisfaction with the work of the speaker and be was commended on all sides for the fairness and ability, as well as the consideration for public Interests, displayed in discharging the arduous and delicate task. i The message of the president urging congress to take action to relieve the present financial distress was read and referred to the committee on ways and means, as was also the resolution provid ing for a holiday recess, it was stated by the leaders of tin* house that it was probable the president’s recommendation would be followed and no holiday recess taken. on motion of Mr. Cannon a resolution was agreed to authorizing tin* committee *»n appropriations to sit during the ses sions of the house. Also on motion of Mi\ Dingley a similar resolution was agreed to for the committee on ways and means. Messrs. Bankhead and Clarke of Ala bama and Hutcheson of Texas appeared on the floor for the first time this session arid were sworn In by the speaker. The house then at 12:5C. o’clock ad journed until Mondav. The Senate. There was nothing of a directly war like character in the senate discussion to day, but there were several very signifi cant financial propositions and declara tions. The first of these was a resolu tion offered by Mr. Vest directing the secretary of the treasury to coin the sil ver bullion in the treasury into stand ard silver dollars, and to pay with them the certificates Issued under the law of July 14, 1890, in purchase of the bullion; also to pay the greenbacks Ir. standard silver dollars or in gold, using which ever may be most abundant or convenient. Mr. Vest wished to have his resolution immediately considered, but objection was made by Mr. Platt and the resolu tion went over the day. A like fate at tended a somewhat similar resolution of fered by the new populist senator from North Carolina, Mr. Butler, directing the payment of the interest and principal of the government’s coin obligations in gold or silver as long as the two metals are on a parity, and in silver when that metal is below parity with gold. The president's financial message of yester day was Renounced by Senators Stewart and Dubois. Thflt message, in Mr. Stew art's opinion, proved that the president was panic stricken. But all that the president had to do to sustain the natlon a credit was to pay the government's ob ligations according to the contract. "Bet him announce that,” Mr. Stewart ex claimed, "and there will be no raids on the treasury.” Mr. Dubois aso condemned the mes sage, and declared that it was "utterly, absolutely Impossible to legislate finan cially in accordance with the president’* recommendations," and all that the mes sage has done was to precipitate a tariff discussion. Nobody, he said, wanted to have bonds issued, and nobody wanted to have greenbacks retired. He express ed his belief that Mr. Vest's resolution would be agreed to on the next legislative day if a vote upon it were not prevented by the action of the president’s friends. A greeting of the federal senate of Bra zil to the United States senate for the "worthy message of President Cleve land, which so strenously guards tha dignity, sovereignty and freedom of the American nations." was communicated from the state department and was read and referred to the committee on foreign relations. The fortifications bill heretofore intro duced by Mr. Squire, republican, of Washington, was reintroduced with an "emergency clause" making the appro priation of $87,000,000 immediately avail able if so ordered by the president. Thia clause, he said, was desirable "In view of the changed conditions." The holiday recess resolution having failed between the two houses, the sen ate, at 1:45 p. m., adjourned until Tues day next. The Roman Way. Rome, Dec. 21.—The Italian soldiers slain In the battle of Ambalagl. Abyssin ia, were commemorated this morning in a meeting held In the University of Rome. The gathering contained a strong leaven of socialists, who interrupted an address delivered by the president of Oratorl by crying, "Down with the African policy of Crispl.” The rest of the audience re torted with cries of "Viva, Italy, and the Italian army,” and the uproar was con tinued for some time. Some of the so cialists cried. “Viva Menele," whereupon a riot ensued, in which chairs were thrown and fists were freely used, many of the gathering being injured. Several students were taken into custody by the police outside of the university because they refused to disperse when ordered to do so. Rater a crowd of 300 students a wreath upon the monument erected in memory of the Italians killed at Dogall. Weekly Bank Statement New York, Dec. 21.—The weekly state ment of the associated banks shows the following changes: Reserve, decrease, $1,302,525; loans, de crease, $3,344,300: specie, Increase, $360, 700: legal tenders, decrease. $3,104,400; de posits, decrease. $5,764,700: circulation, da crease, $17,000. The banks now hold $17,088,S0O In ex cess of legal requirements. Death of a Very Small Man. Atlanta. Ga., Dec. 21.—William Heard, a dwarf, who has been traveling for sev eral vears, died here today at the Grady hospital. He was one of the smallest men in the world. He came here s4ck from Chicago, where he had an engage ment. He will be buried at Union Point, Ga., his old home.