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VOLUME 22' BIRMINGHAM, ALA., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1895. NUMBER 39. DEBATE IN THE SENATE! Over the Immediate Passage of Hill’s Ex-Confederate Bill. MANY MEMBERS TAKE PART And the Measure Is Adopted After Much Use less Talk. A PAN-AMERICAN UNION PROPOSED In a Eesolution Offered by Mi'. Allen of Nebraska—Senator Vest Modifies His Coinage Hesolution—Adjourn ment to Friday. ■Washington, Dec. 21.—The attendance of the senators at noon today was quite as good as usual, no falling off on account of the Christmas holidays being noticea ble. The senate galleries were pretty well filled. Resolutions and memorials from Ohio, indorsing the action of the presi dent in relation to Venezuela, and in favor of recognizing the Cuban revolu tionists as belligerents, were presented by Mr. Sherman, republican, of Ohio, and re ferred to the committee on foreign rela tions. In Introducing a bill for the issue of Springfield rifles to each state and terri tory, for the national guard thereof, in exchange for the rifles now held by them, Mr. Hawley, republican, of Connecticut, explained that it had nothing whatever to do with the idiotic war scare. The bill was referred to the committee on mili tary affairs. Mr. Squire, republican, of Washington, Introduced a bill requiring the engineers of a subsidized lino of American steam ships to be American citizens. Referred to the committee on commerce. Mr. Allen, populist, of Nebraska, of fered the following resolution: "Whereas, Recent events have shown that European nations are making an ag gressive attempt to obtain a greater foot hold on the American continent; and, "Whereas, Such attempt shows the ne cessity of a closer union of the American republics; therefore, "Resolved, That it is the sense of the senate of the United States that America should as speedily as possible Invite all American republics to enter into a closer union, to be known as the pan-American union, for the purpose of promoting the general industrial and commercial wel fare of the members thereof, and secure said respective republics from European or other foreign encroachments. Such union should be made of lasting benefit to the people of the several republics forming It, and a unit of value should be established and maintained therein, which should be a full legal tender and circulate freely between the various re The resolution was referred to the com mittee on foreign relations. Mr. Hill asked the senate to take up and pass the bill Introduced by him last week to repeal the statute which prohibits ex Confederate officers, who had previously been commanding officers In the United States army or navy, from holding posi tions In the army or navy. Mr. Sherman, republican, of Ohio, de clared himself ns heartily in favor of the bill, but thought that It should take the ordinary course and be referred to the committee on military affairs. Mr. Hill argued that the bill was a per fectly simple one and needed no consid eration by a committee. He thought that It would be n good tiling, just before Christmas, to make this present to the old Confederate officers who had former ly held commissions In the United States army. Mr. Chandler, republican, of New Hampshire, favored the bill and declared that it ought to be passed, and passed today. It was simple in its character. As the senate had the oilier day unani mously, without distinction of party, come to the support of a democratic pres ident when he announced national prin ciples in relation to Venezuela, so he hoped that today, without delay, with out criticism, without amendment, freely and generously, this bill might be passed by the affirmative vote of every senator. Mr. Hawley, republican, of Connecti cut, while favoring the bill. Justified the act which it was now proposed to re peal. It was proper legislation at the time It had appeared, but that time had now passed away. Mr. Daniel, democrat, of Virginia, fa vored the bill and presented resolutions of the Virginia legislature favoring its passage and the. president's message. He said that when the Confederate sol diers laid down thier arms they laid them down and were done lighting. The dis agreeable memories of tlie war were ob literated and every one. the men of the south and north, were one people with a common country. It should not he for gotten, he said, as to the young men who had been educated at West Point and Annapolis, that the expenses of those institutions had been contributed to pro portionately by their own states. Mr. Sherman submitted the motion to refer the bill to the committee on milita ry affairs. Mr. Voorhees, democrat, of Indiana, was Inclined to favor the motion to refer. He attached no great importance to the bill now except as an expression of na tionality, brotherhood and total reconcil iation. He called attention to the fact, however, that Confederate officers of the highest rank who had resigned their com mission In the union army, Longstreet, Joe Johnston, Maury and others, had been confirmed by the senate for many important positions. Mr. Platt, republican, of Connecticut, had examined the bill and was satisfied that It was in proper form, and lie was so full of forgiveness this morning—the day before Christmas—that he was will ing to join the senator from New York in presenting this Christmas gift to those officers who fought in the Confederate army, and who, he was sure, would re joice to fight in the army of the whole country If the opportunity presented it self. of which he believed there was no prospect at present. Mr. Allen, populist, of Nebraska, ex pressed his belief that the bill would not have been heard of If war had not been threatened, and if President Cleveland had not been “twisting the British lion's tall." He hoped, however, that the mo tion to refer would he withdrawn, and that the bill would be passed at once. Mr. Hill said that he had not suppose^ that the bill would have occasioned such a long debate. Evet'y senator had heard the bill read, and yet for divers reasons no senator wished It to pass Immediately. It would have to be referred to a commit tee which knew all about It, and which would have to take some time to consider It. Why, he asked, go through these use less forms? He had labored under the Idea that if last week the senate could af ford to take up and pass the Venezuelan commission bill, Involving consequences of peace or war, w ithout action by a com mittee, it would not scruple to pass this little bill, and to give to those old Con federates that Christmas present. He thought that the spectacle was one of straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel. He remembered that tlie senator from Ohio (Mr. Sherman) had moved to refer that bill to the committee on for eign relations, but he had not pressed that motion ndr voted for it himself. As to Mr. Platt’s reference to newspaper ar ticles lauding him (Mr. Hill), he said that he would like to have seen some of those complimentary notices, as he saw7 very few such in print nowadays. (Laughter.) After further discussion a vote was taken on Mr. Sherman’s motion to refer the bill, and the result was: Yeas 8, nays 30—less than a quorum. A subse quent roll call showed the pr°sence of forty-seven senators, over a quorum, and then Mr. Sherman withdrew the motion to refer the bill, and it was then read a third! time and passed. Mr. Vest modified'his silver coinage resolution of last week by making it a joint resolution and changing it in snme other particulars, so that it now directs the secretary of the treasury to coin as rapidly as possible the silver bullion in th^ treasury purchased under the act of July 14. 1890, into standard silver dollars, and with such dollars to redeem the treasury notes issued for the purchase of the bullion when offered for redemp tion. “such notes to he destroyed as soon as they are redeemed.” It also directs the secretary of the treasury to redeem the treasury notes commonly called greenbacks, wThen presented for redemp tion. in standard silver dollars, or both, as the condition of the treasury may re cpiire, the greenbacks so r deemed to be reissued, as provided by the act of May 31. 1878. Mr. Hill indicated a purpose of discuss ing the resolution, hut questioned the pro priety of beginning the debate today. Mr. Morrill moved to refer the resolu tion to the finance committee, hut before the dosing of a vote on that motion he moved an adjournment, and the senate at 2 p. in. adjourned until Friday next. The committees of the senate will he reorga nized next week, and will then pass into the hands of the republicans. The democratic steering committee held a long session this afternoon in the room of the committee on appropriations, and heard those senators w'ho desired to he heard with regard to their committee as signments. After this w'as done a sub committee headed by Mr. Cockrell wras appointed to take the whole matter in hand and report to the full committee Thursday. This committee will then call a caucus of the democratic senators, probably Friday, w7hen the assignments as agreed upon will be approved. As soon as this is done the list will he hand ed to the republicans, and the motion will he made! the next day In the senate to reorganize the committees in accord ance with the list, which will he sent to the clerk’s desk. * THE OKLAHOMA LANDS. Secretary Smith's Relatives Not Interested. Statement Showing Imports From Great Britain for the Past Five Years. Washington, Dec. 24.—Secretary Hoke Smith sent to the house today a reply to a resolution introduced by Delegate Flynn of Oklahoma and adopted by the house, calling for information relating to the allotment of the Wichita Indian lands in Oklahoma. Replying to the sec tion of the resolution as to the cause of Ihe delay in opening the lands to settle ment. the secretary says that the matter of the ownership of the lands is not yet definitely settled, and he is of the opinion that it would be unwise to throw these lands open to settlement while the claims of the Choctaws and Chlckasaws are un settled. It is unnecssary, he says, to dis cuss the serious complications which might arise involving the settlers, the Indians and the government by such ac tion. Replying to that part of the reso lution asking if any of Secretary Smith’s relatives are interested In delaying the opening of the lands to settlement, Sec retary Smith says: VMlfc* UL tut* UUUUSCI lUi LUST vyiumac In the litigation is the husband of the second cousin of my wife. It will be seen that the compensation of this counsel Is to be a percentage of the money derived from the sale of the surplus land in case it is decided that the 'octaws and Chlckasaws have no reversionary inter est in those lands. I am not aware of any interest which the counsel of the AVichitas can have in delaying the allot ment and sale of the surplus lands. Neither has ever suggested an Interest or desire on their part or their clients’ part for delay. No connection or rela tion by blood or marriage of mine is act ing as attorney for any party or parties interested in delaying the opening of these lands to settlement. No party or parties have presented to the interior de partment any objection to the full and immediate execution of the act of March 2, 1895. which provided for the opening of the lands.” Representative Meyer of Louisiana this morning received a telegram from John Murphy, president of the Louisiana sugar exchange at New Orleans, inquir ing as to the action of the ways and means committee with reference to an in creased duty on sugar. Mr. Meyer re plied that the committee had not as yet considered that schedule, but that he would inform him officially when a con clusion was reached A member of the committee stated this morning that in his opinion the sugar schedule would be passed without action. In response to a senate resolution the secretary of the treasury this morning sent to the senate a statement showing, during the five years and for the whole period, the gross amount of the imports from ports of Great Britain and her col onies and dependencies, together with the amount of the exports to such ports. The totals for the whole period of five years are. as follows: United kingdom, Imports $800,340,150, exports $2,184,048,634: Bermuda Imports $2,222,463. exports $3,620,675; British Hon duras. Imports $902,554, exports $2,065, 769; Canada, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec. Ontario. British Co lumbia, etc., imports $179,184,682, exports $237,760,759; Newfoundland and Labra dor, Imports $2,103,627, exports $7,492,483; British AVest Indies, Imports .$67,556,432, exports $42,230,435; British Guiana, im ports $21,021,262, exports $9,913,067; Brit ish India and East Indies, imports $110, 194,324, exports $18,410,214; Hong Kong, Imports $3,873,663, exports $22,342,235; British Australia, Imports $30,635,988, ex ports $49,471,244; British Africa, Imports $3,732,575, exports $19,482,824; all other British, Including Aden, Falkland Is lands, Malta, etc., imports $9,319,582, ex ports $2,804,060. Big Real Estate Transfer. Norfolk. Va., Dec. 24.—The considera tion in a single transfer of real estate in this city today was named as $620,000. The Norfolk company transferred to the Ghent company 6200 shares of its proper ty in preferred stock, covering nearly the whole of the real estate owned by the former. LANGUAGE OF THE CABLE Successful Ambuscade of the Turkish Forces at Zeitoun, BARBAROUS ORDERS GIVEN Soldiers Destroying Property and Sparing No Man’s Life. WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE EASY PREY Schooner and Bark Qojkiwn With Crews. Truth’s Advice Concerning the Ven ezuelan Question—Fri nee of Naples to Be Married. Constantinople, Deo. 24.—An ■ icial tel egram from Zeitoun reports that the Turkish forces which have b i n advanc ing for some time upon the latter place made a successful ambuscade, and were victorious, but withdrew to Marash, which place offered better facilities for the encampment of the troops. Other reports of the engagement have it that the Armenians won a victory over the Turkish troops and took about 100 prisoners. Letters received in Constanti nople from the interior show that orders have bpen issued to the Turkish soldiers to spare neither man. woman nor child. A protestant clergyman, pastor of a church in Zeitoun. has acted in the ca pacity of envoy in the parleying that has taken place between the Turks and the Armenians at Optic, the later being in possession of the town. A division of the Turkish army has ad vanced to Geben, two days’ march from Zeitoun. Upon the appearance of the troops the inhabitants of the town, about 2000 persons, tied and took refuge in Zei toun, leaving their cattle and other prop erty. The soldiers are burning all of the houses and their contents as they go along. When the soldiers arrived at Geb en they ordered 8000 loaves of bread to be supplied by the Christians. The bread was furnished, and the ravenous soldiers ate every lOaf before the last animal bearing the food was unloaded. Another division of troops is advancing upon Zeitoun from Marash, but the pre vailing floods make the fording of streams difficult. A third division is ad vancing from Coekoun. This division must traverse a difficult pass which 100 men can defend. The general opinion is that the Armenians In possession of Zei toun have nothing to fear except hunger. It is reported that the United States cruiser Marblehead has fired a number of blank shots at the town of Mersina, in Asia Minor. If the report is true, the shots were probably fired with the object of frightening the Turks as a means of securing the protection of American property at Tarsus and Adana. An official telegram, dated December 24, says that the Armenians at Zeitoun have made an attack upon the village of Mehel, killing two men, five women and three children, and carrying away all of the cattle and goods in the shops and houses. The inhabitants of the village fled to Genksunad. Still Besieged. Vienna, Dec. 24.—The most recent ad vices received here from Asia Minor say that the Armenians at Zcitoun are still besieged. The official report of the at tack on Mehel is probably intended to dis count a fresh or impending slaughter of Armenians. Two Cruisers Go Down. London. Doc. 24.—The bark Eliza has been wrecked on Cahore Point, County Wexford, Ireland, and all hands on board drowned. The British schooner Rupert stranded off Tynemouth today and capsized. All on board were drowned. Truth’s Advice. London, Dec. 24.—Truth advises the ref erence of the questions concerning the entire territory in dispute between Great Rritaln and Venezuela to the arbitration of the Japanese government. Prince of Naples Engaged. London, Dec. 24.—A dispatch from Rome to the Pall Mall Gazette says that the Prince of Naples heir to the Dalian throne, is engaged to be married to Prin cess M&thilde, granddaughter of Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria. JASPER. Superintendent Miller's House Burned By Hnk&owu Parties. Jasper, Dec. 24.—(Special.)—Superin tendent Miller's house, at Gamble mines, was destroyed by fire last night. Last October a strike at the above mines was declared on. J. Clyde Millar, mining superintendent of the Sheffield Coal, lion and Steel company, was or dered there to take charge. After consid erable delay the mines were started, al though considerable friction still ex isted. He was frequently warned, and last week discovered that dynamite was to be used. Last Saturday morning he was called up Into the Iron regions on the Tennessee river, returning Monday afternoon, but leaving again on one of the night trains for Birmingham. Near "midnight the building was fired, con suming everything, and the negro help In the back yard barely escaped with their lives, as their building was also burned. Mr. Millar is now there, but so far has failed to trace the ones that did the deed. RIVERS STILL RISING. The Million Mark Already Reached in Missouri. St Louis. Mo., Dec. 24.—Yesterday’s subsidence of the flood was only tempo rary. Rain and snow fell over a large area last night and. this morning and flooded the streams, A rescue party from Seneca left this morning to aid Walter Hennls and Dave Beeman and their fam ilies, who weic forced to take refuge in tree tops in the Spring river bottoms. The Osage river for 200 miles is again over its banks and rlBlng. The damage throughout the state has already reached the million mark. _ Bouthern Railway Earninga. New York, Dec. 24.—The Southern rail way reports for November gross earn ings of $1,870,364, an Increase of $86,735; expenses and taxes, $1,161,200. an Increase of $55,474, and net eamlr.gs of $709,163, an increase of $30,987. and from July 1 to November SO gross earnings of $8,504,624, an Increase of $541,099; -expenses, $5,633, 323, an increase of $291,139, and net earn ings of $2,871,300, an increase of $250,060. QUIET DAY IN THE HOUSE The Session Lasted Only Forty Minutes Yesterday. A NEW LINE OF STEAMERS To Ply Between Palm Beach and the Bahamas. TELEGRAM FROM PRESIDENT SILVA Indorsing the President’s Message on the Venezuelan Matter—Right and Lib erty Consecrated in Monroe Prin ciples. Washington. Dec. 24.—Mr. Cooper of Florida offered in the house today a bill making Palm Beach a substitute port of delivery and entry, and asked consent tor present consideration. The necessity for the passage of the bill was that Mr. Flagler, the oil anil hotel magnate, in tended to put on a line of American steamers between that port and the Ba hamas, (he first steamer of which, the Northumbert, was due to arrive at Palm Beach January 17. At present there were no facilities for entering and clear ing the vessels nearer than Key West, which would involve a week’s delay in ev ery case. The bill was passed. A resolution introduced by Mr. Hep burn, republican, ‘of Iowa, providing a personal clerk for the chairmen of the most important committees, to receive the same compensation as is paid to the clerks of members, was referred to the committee on accounts. An unsuccessful attempt was made by Mr1. Turner, democrat, of Georgia, to gain unanimous consent for printing in the Record Secretary Smith's reply to the resolution of inquiry proposed last week, relating to his action In the matter of the Wichita reservation. On motion of Mr. Dlngley, republican, of Maine, it was agreed that when the house adjourn it should be until Thurs day next. The usual resolution from the ways and means committee, distributing the president's annual message to the sev eral committees having jurisdiction of the subjects treated, was reported. Mr. Lacy, republican, of Iowa, called attention to the fact that the resolution referring to the Nicaragua canal ques tion went to the committee on interstate and foreign commerce. Until the canal was built, he said, the subject was prop erly under control of the committee on railways and canals. This motion to so change the reference was lost—80 to 8. The resolution was then agreed to. Speaker Reed laid before the house th following telegram, although he said it had reached the chair in an irregular manner: "Kto ae Janeiro, uec. zj. “President Chamber of Representatives, Washington, D. C.: "The chamber of deputies of the united states of the republic of Brazil congratu lates the chamber of representatives of the North American union for President Cleveland's worthy message, which so nobly and highly defends the rights and liberties of the American nations conse crated in the Monroe principles. “Roasa E. Silva, President.” The reading of the message was fol lowed by applause. At 12:40 p. m., on motion of Mr. Ding ley, the house adjourned until Thursday. ' STORM IN TEXAS. Big Washouts and General Damage Done Tuesday Night. Dallas, Tex., Dec. 24.—The worst storm for years prevailed over north and cen tral Texas from midnight until 6 o'clock this morning. The wind blew a hurri cane, and rain fell in torrents. Much damage has been done to railroads, and all trains are late. Big washouts are re ported on the Missouri. Kansas and Tex as railroad, and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe are entirely lost, so far as abil ity to hear from them Is concerned. The telegraphic communication between Dal las and Kansas City and Dallas and New Orleans is badly crippled. There is a bad wreck reported on the Santa Fe system to the north, but where it is, or how serious, has not been learned. UV/I\ iiik urjw iv/ Arkansas River Playing Havoc With Ev erything in Its Course. Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 24.—The Arkan sas river has continued to rise during the past forty-eight hours. The river is full of trees, brush and debris. At Fort Smith between 8000 and 10,000 feet of bridge timber were washed away, the water rising so rapidly that it was Im possible to save It. Ail work for the time being has been abandoned. Traffic on the Kansas and Arkansas Valley railroad has been abandoned be cause of the washing away of the steel bridge at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. The through Kansas City train, which leaves here at 8 a. m., has not made the trip since Friday. The nver is only 1 foot below the danger line. QUIET IN PHILADELPHIA. Strike Settled and Everything Running Smoothly. Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 24— The settle ment last night of the strike of the motor men and conductors of the Union Trac tion company, which was Inaugurated a week ago today, was followed this morn ing by complete resumption of traffic on all lines of the Union Traction system. The city has again assumed its normal appearance. Cordons of mounted police, which gave material aid in quelling riot ous disturbances during the past week, have been dismissed, and policemen are no longer acting as guards on trolley cars. CATASTROPHE AT CHA RLESTON. Engineer and Firemen Meet Horrible Deaths in a Wreok. Charleston, S. C.. Dec. 24.—Engine No. 36 of the South Carolina and Georgia road pitched into the Ashley river this morning through a West Shore terminal trestle about two miles from this city. Engineer George Baxter and Brakeman Clarence Turner were burled under the wreck and met terrible deaths, while Fireman William Boyle was seriously and perhaps fatally injured. Conductor M P. Dounar was also on the engine, but he escaped unhurt. The engine had warrled a train of cars from the yards to the West Shore wharves and was backing out of the yards again. Suddenly one side of the trestle sank and the engine plunged into the liver about 12 feet below. Baxter was buried under It ami his body has not yet been recovered. Turner's body was cut into pieces against the timbers and Boyie was fearfully bruised ami crushed. No explanation of the catastrophe can lie given. Engineer Baxter lias been with the road for years and he Is said to be the oldest engineer in the state in point of service. His home was at Ridgeville, where he leaves a widow' and a large family of children. Turner was from Shelby, N. C. He was 27 years of age and unmarried. Boyie lives in this city and has a wife. II AY NEVILLE. Marriage of a Prominent Young Couple Last Night. Haynevllle, Dec. 24.—(Special.)—The Marbury-Mushaf. nuptials w'erc celebrat ed in the Presbyterian church at Hayne villo by Dr. P. C. Morton at 8 o'clock this evening. The ushers were Messrs. L. R. Brightman and E. H. Pritchett. Miss Irene Belgard admirably rendered the wedding march. The attendants were Mr. George Flowers and Miss Meva Mar bury, Mr. Ripley Beasley and Miss Evelyn Caffey, Dr. J. P. Mushat and Miss Alice Marbury. Mr. Ford and Miss Isa bella Mushat, Mr. Farris and Miss Jen nie Cook. The church was magnificently decorated with ferns, evergreens and flowers. A brilliant assembly thronged the church. A reception was held at 9 o'clock at the home of the bride, at which a beautiful collation was served. Many rare and costly presents adorned the par lor. Mr. Marbury Is an energetic and suc cessful business man, and president of the Marbury Lumber company. The bride is a beautiful and accomplished fa vorite in society at Haynevllle, where she has reigned a queen. LOSING FLESH AND HAIR, But Shockey Continues His March Around the World. Jackson, Miss., Dec. 24.—Samuel W. •.Shockey of Ohio, who is walking around the world on a wager of $10,000, passed througli Jackson today. Ho goes from here to New Orleans, then next to Gal veston and Pan Francisco, and says he has no fears in making the long journey In forty-eight months, the time allowed. Shockey has lost sixty pounds in flesh since he started from New York, and his hair is falling out at an alarming rate, but he and his dog. his only companion, are both in good health and spirits. He declares he never experienced such de lightful weather in his life as he has encountered in the south. The thermom eter registered 60 degrees today. New Passenger Train. Savannah. Ga., Dec. 24.—The Florida special vestibuled train, by the Pennsyl vania railroad, Atlantic Coast Line and Plant system, will be inaugurated on January 6, leaving New York at 4:30 p.m., making the run to Jacksonville in twen ty-six hours, connecting at Way cross with special train for Tampa. ON ACCOUNT OF LOVE. Walter Scott's Persistence Wins the Woman of His Affection and Costs Him His Life. Des Moines, la., Dec. 24.—Walter Scott, a young business man. and Miss Clara Dawson were.married at 3 o'clock this afternoon by a justice of the peace. Scott went from the office of the justice to the home of the girl's father, S. R. Dawson, and was shot dead by the father. Nearly two years ago Scott and the girl met, and the friendship ripened into love. The girl's father forbade them to see each other, but as they persisted he took the girl before the insanity commission and gave testimony, on the strength of which she was found insane. She was released, and her father, still bent on preventing the marriage, took her to Chicago and placed her in a convent. For some time she was unable to communicate with Scott, but at last got a letter to him. He went to Chicago and Induced the manage ment of the instituion to release the girl. Then her father took her somewhere in .Ohio and placed her In a private school. She managed to get away from there, and her father brought her hack to Keo kuk and placed her in charge of friends. Scott went to Keokuk to secure her re lease, and was arrested on a warrant sworn out by Dawson, charging him with sending a letter to the girl. Scott, how ever, was released, but the girl then de clared to the friends she would not marry him till her parents were willing. How ever, he met her from time to time, and yesterday she sent him a note, saying she was ready to run away and he married. They met this afternoon, were married and soon after Scott went to her home to get her belongings. He took an officer with him. Dawson refused to give them what they demanded, and as they were leaving the house drew a revolver and shot Scot. He fired four times, and three of the balls took effect, killing Scott. Dawson was arrested. BIG FAILURE AT DES MOINES. One of the Oldest and Wealthiest Financial Concerns. Dps Moines, Iowa, Dec. 24.—The Lewis Investment company, one of the oldest financial concerns In the city, and al ways regarded as strong, assigned this afternoon, naming Nelson Royal as as signee. The company had $400,000 capi tal. The failure was directly caused by the refusal of local banks to further carry the company's accommodation pa per. The concern had extensive Invest ments In real estate mortgages In this city and Omaha, and in the last two years has been compelled to take much unproductive property. It had also sold mortgages to the amount of about $.!, 000.000 In the east and in Europe, but the offloers say these were not guaranteed by the company. The schedule of assets and liabilities was not filed, but President George H. Lewis says the assets are about $425,000 nominally, and liabilities $400,000. It is believed here the assets will shrink In liquidation to about 50 cents on the dollar. A Loop in the Loft. Bartow, Fla., Dec. 24.—About 7 o'clock this evening Bill Daring, a negro employed In Light Lewis’ livery stable, discovered the body of a man hanging in the loft over the stable. The deceased was identified as John A. Morris of Un lontown, Pa., who was spending the win ter at Fort Meade. He was hanging to one of the rafters in such a way that his feet touched the floor, his legs being bent under him. He was last seen alive between sunset and dark and appeared to be in good spirits No cause can be as signed for the rash act He was the owner of considerable property in Fort Meade. He was about 50 years old. Bonk Failure at Framington. Canton, Ills., Dec. 24.—The Bank of Framington, a private institution lo cated at Framington. ten miles north of here, failed yesterday afternoon. Jack son Mason was the owner. Assets and liabilities about $20,000 each. Poor col lections are assigned as the cause of the ! failure. REPUBLICANS ARE RESTLESS And Propose Quick Action on a Revenue Measure. IMPORTANT SESSION HELD Horizontal !• *vace the Topic of Discussion at **"iesterday’s Meet;r,g. V MATE/ Cl CHANCES IN THE SCALE / Erf a?Debtte Arises Over Iron and Steel. •< . -gar Ir I,ot Severely Alone—Time Is Chosen for Consideration cf «5r the Measure. Washing!on, Dec. 24.—“Let the coun try understand," cried a leading republi can member of the ways and means com mittee today, “that the bill we shall pre sent to the house on Thursday Is a pure revenue measure, hurriedly prepared to meet the exigency in our national finances and in response to the presi dent's plea that some measure of relief must be afforded by congress. There has been no attempt at tariff revision. Our measure is purely a revenue meas ure.” The correctness of this declaration was shown by the action of the committee to day In declining to hear Judge William Lawrence of Ohio, president of the National Wool Growers' association, who desired to be heard In support of a higher rate on wool than that previously agreed upon. Repeated applications have been made to the committee In its collective and Individual capacity from eastern manufacturers, who have deprecated hasty action in the preparation of the bill, that a postponement he had until their arguments could be presented. To all these applications the committee have turned a deaf ear. At this afternoon's session of the re publican members of the committee sev eral changes were made in the rates agreed upon yesterday. wnen an adjournment was uau at o o’clock the frame-work of the bill hail been completed, and nothing remained but to put It In proper form. At yester day’s meeting it was decided that farm products, including live stock, should en joy a 25 per cent horizontal Increase over the present law. because of the ruinous competition whicn the granger element along the northern frontier claimed to suffer from their Canadian neighbors. This led some of the eastern members to ask a corresponding increase on manu factures of iron and steel. This precipi tated a spirited discussion, in which the committee divided practically on geo -grafihlcal lines, the western men strongly opposing a higher rate than 15 per cent. After some debate an agreement was reached that the agricultural schedule should be placed In the same category as the other schedules, namely, at a 15 per cent horizontal Increase. This was the only serious difference of the day, and it was speedily settled. Sugar alono is exempted from change. It was deemed inexpedient to include sugar in the horizontal increase. Lumber will be placed at 60 per cent of the McKinley bill. The bond bill was completed today, and will be sent tonight to the govern ment printing office. The revenue bill will be laid before the full committee at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning. The committee on rules will report and pass through the house a resolution set ting aside Thursday for the consideration of the tariff bill and Friday for the bond measure. The bond bill is simple in its details. It provides for the issuance of bonds, interest and principal payable in coin and redeemable at the option of the gov ernment at the end of five years No pro vision is made in the bond bill regarding the legal tender notes. The bill, by separating the redemption fund from the general assets of the treasury, puts it in the power of the secretary tempo rarily to Isolate the legal tenders when redeeemed. The two bills will go into efTect upon their passage, and remain In operation until August 1. 1898. EVERGREEN. Sheriff Notified of the Arrest of Badly Wanted Criminals Evergreen. Dec. 24.—(Special.)—Sheriff It. F. Irwin of this county was notified by wire this morning of the arrest of Jeff and Fate Salter in Cameron, Tex. These parties are under indictment for the mur der of the negro mall carrier, Silas Hab ley near Rellville, a. little village twelve miles west of here, last summer, an ac counC of which was given through the press at the time. The mail pouch was also robbed of quite n number of regis tered letters and packages, which In duced th* postoffice department, through Inspector Whiteside, then at Chattanoo ga. Tenm., to offer a reward of *500 for the arrest and conviction of the perpetra tors of this dastardly crime, which no doubt led to the arrest in Texas. Sheriff Irwin left for Montgomery this afternoon, armed-with necessary papers to get a requisition on the governor of Texas for these parties, and will leave tonight or early tomorrow for the Lone Star State for the purpose of bringing bark these fugitives front Justice to an swer to charges of the highest crime known to the law. Hanson Kills a Tramp. St. Louis. Dec. 24.—Henry Larson, a tramp, entered the house of Constable Hanson at Pine Lawn, a suburb of this city, last night, and attempted to as sault little Ressie Hanson during tl“ ab sence of her parents. Hanson arrived Just In time to save his child and arrest the brute At the station, while await ing a train for the city. Larson knocked the constable down and started to run. Hanson fired two shots, one entering Larson's brain. He died at the city hos pital this morning. To Institute Suit. Raleigh, N. C„ Dec. 24-The supreme court today gave Attorney-General Os borne leave to Institute suit to test the legality of the lease of the North Caro lina railway to the Southern railway. No order Is issued to Institute suit, but in conformity with the law he is given leave. The matter is yet within his dis cretion. James Heney Sen'onced. San Francisco, D"C. :!4. -James Heney. who was convicted of stealing bullion from the Fnlted States mint in • son City. Nev. was this morning sentenced to eight years in prison and a fire- of *5000.