BIRMINGHAM STATE HERALD.
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
A PAN-AMERICAN UNION PROPOSED
In a Eesolution Offered by Mi'. Allen of
Nebraska—Senator Vest Modifies His
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
LANGUAGE OF THE CABLE
Successful Ambuscade of the
Turkish Forces at Zeitoun,
BARBAROUS ORDERS GIVEN
Soldiers Destroying Property and Sparing No
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.
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
Two Cruisers Go Down.
London. Doc. 24.—The bark Eliza has
been wrecked on Cahore Point, County
Wexford, Ireland, and all hands on board
The British schooner Rupert stranded
off Tynemouth today and capsized. All
on board were drowned.
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.
Superintendent Miller's House Burned By
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
RIVERS STILL RISING.
The Million Mark Already Reached in
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
A NEW LINE OF STEAMERS
To Ply Between Palm Beach and the
TELEGRAM FROM PRESIDENT SILVA
Indorsing the President’s Message on the
Venezuelan Matter—Right and Lib
erty Consecrated in Monroe Prin
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
REPUBLICANS ARE RESTLESS
And Propose Quick Action on a
IMPORTANT SESSION HELD
Horizontal !• *vace the Topic of Discussion at
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
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
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
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.
Sheriff Notified of the Arrest of Badly
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
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
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