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VOLUME 22: BIRMINGHAM, ALA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER ,26, 1895. NUMBER 40. THE! TUI A DEAF EAR Republicans Refuse to Listen to Pleading Democrats ON FINANCE AND REVENUE Full Meeting of the Ways and Means Com mittee. EOTII REPORTS WILL BE MADE TODAY Text of the Two Measures Given Complete. Spirited Discussion Arises Over the Present Necessity of Such Bills. Washington, Dec. 25.—Despite demo cratic appeals for delay and democrat ic assertion that such legislation was un necessary, the tariff and bond bills pre pared by the republican members of the ways and means committee were ordered to be favorably reported at the full meet ing of the committee this morning by a strict party vote. All the members of the committee ex cept Mr. Grovesnor of Ohio and Mr. Mcbaurin of South Carolina were in at tendance. The session lasted two and one-half hours. The democrats made a general protest against both measures. The tariff bill was first considered. As each section was read Mr. Turner of Georgia moved to strike it out, the demo crats voting in the affirmative and the republicans in opposition. Mr. McMil lin of Tennessee then entered an earnest plea for more time in which to consider both bills. He argued that this being a holiday the departments were closed; that it woulo Le impossible to secure from the treasury department before Thursday the data necessary to support the democratic contention, and closed with a motion that further consideration of the measure in committee be post poned two days. 1 lie motion was aeieaieu, .is a™ his motion for Itwenty-four hours’ delay. After this the discussion for awhile be came general. The democrats contended that the treasury now contained a cash balance of $170,000,000; that this was ample to meet any deficiencies which might arise for several years; that the receipts before the close of the fiscal year would equal expenditures, and that no tariff legislation was necessary. To this Chairman Dingley responded with a' general disclaimer. He stated that $70,000,000 of that amount was in greenbacks, which had not been received as revenues, but which were redeemed with gold, and that they belonged practi cally to the redemption fund. They were a part, really, of the cash balance, and ought not to heused for current expenses. He showed that the greenbacks were used as an “endless chain’’ to draw gold from the treasury, and approved of the policy of the secretary In locking them up. The purpose of the tariff bill. Mr. Dingley continued, was to furnish the money needed for the expenses of the government without trenching on the gold reserve or the greenbacks which bad been redeemed in gold. He admitted that In offering these revenue measures the republicans had waived for the mo ment their protection principles, and they made this concession hoping that the president would be equally unselfish In putting Ills own objections behind him. Mr. Dingley Insisted that the bill was not Intended as a party measure. It was, he explained, non-partisan In character, and he hoped that it would poll the full vote of congress, in order to save the credit of the government, which, accord ing to the president’s message and dis closures made In private by Secretary Carlisle, was in great danger. The con dition of the treasury, he Insisted, de manded prompt action. Every day’s de lav added to the embarrassment of the administration. Inasmuch as no revis ion of the tariff was attempted ill the measure In question, no discussion in committee at this time was necessary. had taken the tariff low of 1894 ns a bals. and. according to the Importations for that year. t,he new bill would add $40,000, 000 annualiy to the revenues. Of this sum $12,000,000 would be derived from du ties on raw wool, $14,000,000 on manufac tures of wool and $14,000,000 additional from the horizontal increase on the re maining schedules, except sugar, which was not changed, and lumber, the duty on which would be 60 per cent of the McKinley tariff rate. The first and only break In the demo cratic column was on the motion of Mr. Turner, democrat, of Georgia, lo strike out the second section of the bond bill authorizing the Issuance of $50,000,000 of certificates of Indebtedness On this motion Mr. Tarsney, democrat, of Mis souri, voted with the republicans and the amendment was lost. Thereupon Mr. McMillin. democrat, of Tennessee, offered an amendment that the certificates Issued should be subject to taxation, as a/e the greenbacks nnd other moneys, b t this amendment was also rejected, the republicans voting against it. Chairman Dingley has been author ized by his republican associates to pre pare the report of the majority, which he will present to the house tomorrow. There Is no Indication that a report will be presented by the minority. Inasmuch as they have not yet been furnished with copies of the bill as amended in com mittee this morning. It may be stated, in explanation, that the tariff schedules A, B, C, D, F. O, H, 1. J. L, M and N of the act of 1894, spe cifically mentioned In section 4, on which a duty equivalent to 15 per cent In ad dition to that Imposed by the present law shall be added, are the schedules pertaining to chemicals, earthenware and glassware, metals, manufactures of woods, tobacco, agricultural products, spirits and wines, cotton manufactures and flax, hemp, Jute, silks, pulp, papers and books, and lastly sundries. The following Is the full text of the revenue bltl which the ways and means committee will report to the house to morrow: A bill to temporarily increase the reve nue to meet the expenses of the govern ment and provide against a deficiency. Be It enacted, etc., That from and after the passage of ‘this act, and until August 1, 1898, there shall be levied, collected and paid on all Imported wools of classes 1 and 2, as defined In the act hereinafter cited, ap proved October 1, 1890, and subject to all the conditions and limitations thereof, on all hair of the camel, goat, alpaca and other like animals, except as hereinafter provided, and on all noils, shoddy, gar netted waste, top waste, stubbing waste, roving-waste, ring waste, yam waste, and all other wastes composed wholly or in part of wool, and on woolen rags, mungo and flocks, a duty equivalent to CO percentum of the duty Imposed on each of such articles by an act entitled "an act to reduce the revenue and equal ize duties on imports and for other pur poses,” approved October 1, 1890, and subject to all the conditions and limita tions of said act; and on all wools and Russian camel's hair of class 3, as de fined in Baid act, approved October 1, 1890, and subject to all the conditions and limitations thereof, there shall be levied, collected and paid the several duties pro vided by such act, approved October 1, 189a, and paragraph 279 of schedule K, and also paragraph 685, in the free list of an act entitled "an act to reduce taxation, to provide revenue for the gov ernment, and for other purposes,” which became a law August 27, 1894, are hereby suspended until August 1, 1898. Section 2 That from and after the passage of this act, and until August 1, 1S98, there shall be levied, collected and paid on all imported articles made In whole or in part of woo!, worsted or other materials described in section 1 of this act, except as hereinafter provided, 80 per centum of the specific pound or square yard duty imposed on each of such articles by an act entitled "an net to reduce the revenue and equalize du ties on imports, and for other purposes," approved October 1, 1890, and subject to all the conditons and limitations thereof. In addition to the ad valorem duty now imposed on each of such articles by an act entitled an act to reduce taxation, to provide revenue for the government, and for other purposes," which became a law August 27, 1894, and on carpets, druggets, bookings, mats, rugs, screens, covers, hassocks, bedsides, art squares and other portions of carpets or carpet ing, made in whole or in part of wool, the specific yard duty Imposed on each of such articles by said act approved Oc tober 1, 1890, and subject to all the con ditions and limitations thereof, in addi tion to the ad valorem duty imposed on such articles hy said act, which became a law August 27, 1894. Section 3. That from and after the passage of this act and until August 1, 1898, there shall be levied, collected and paid on all imported lumber and other articles designated in paragraphs 874 to 6X3, inclusive, of the act entitled an act to reduce taxation, to provide reve nue for the government, and for other purposes,” which became a law August 27. 1894, a duty equivalent to 66 per cent of the duty imposed on each of such ar ticles by an act entiled an act to re duce the revenue and equalize the duties on imports and for other purposes,” ap proved October 1, 1896, and subject to all the conditions anil limitations of said last named act, but pulp wood shall be classified as round manufactured timber, exempt from duty, provided, that in case any foreign country shall Impose an ex port duty upon pine, spruce, elm. or other logs or upon stave bolts, shingle wood, pulp wood or heading blocks ex ported to the United States from such country, then duty upon the lumber and other articles mentioned In said para graphs G74 to 683, inclusive, when im ported from such country, shall be the same as fixed by the law In force prior to October 1. 1890. Section 4. That on and after the passage of this act and until August 1, 1898, there shall be levied, collected and paid on all the imported articles mentioned in sched ules A, 13, C. I), F, o, H, I, J, L, M and N of an act entitled “an act to reduce taxation, to provide revenue for the gov ernment, and for other puropses,” which became a law August 27, 1894, a duty equivalent to 16 per centum of the duty imposed on each of said articles by ex isting law in addition to the duty pro vided by said act of August 27. 1894, pro vided. that the additonal duties imposed by this section shall rot in any case In crease the rale of duty on any article beyond the rate imposed thereon by the said act of October 1. 1890, but In such e.ase the duty shall be the same aF was Imposed by said act, and provided fur ther, that where the present rate of duty on any article is higher than was fixed by said last named act the rate of duty thereon shall not be further increased by this section, but shall remain as pro vided by existing law. The full text of the financial bill, which Is also to be reported tomorrow, is"as fol lows: A bill to maintain and protect the coin redemption fund nnd to authorize the is sue of certificates of Indebtedness to meet temporary deficiencies of revenue. lie It enacted, etc., That In addition to the authority given to the secretary of the treasury by the act approved January 14, 1875. entitled "an act to provide for the resumption of specie payments.” he is authorized from time to time, at his discretion, to issue, sell and dispose of. at not less than par, coin, coupon or registered bonds of the United States to an amount sufficient for the object stated in this section, bearing not to exceed 3 semi-annually, and redeemable at the pleasure of the United States, In coin, after five years from their date, with like quantities, privileges and exemp tions provided In said act for the bonds therein authorized. And the secretary of thn treasury shall use the proceeds thereof for the redemption of the United States legal tender notes, and for no other purpose. Whenever the secretary of the treasury shall offer any of the bonds authorized for sale by this act or by the resumption act of 1875, he shall advertise the same and authorize sub scriptions therefor to be made at the treasury department and at the sub treasuries and designated depositories of the United States. Section 2. That to provide for any tem porary deficiency now easting, or which may hereafter occur, the Secretary of the treasury Is hereby authorized at his discretion to Issue certificates of Indebt edness of the United States to an amount not exceeding $60,000,000, or multiples thereof, with annua] coupons for Interest at the rate of 3 per centum per annum, and to sell and dispose of the same for not less than an equal amount of lawful money of the United States at the treas ury department and at the sub-treas uries and designated depositories of the United States and at such postoffices as he may select. And such certificates shall have the like qualities, privileges and the exemptions provided In said re sumption act for the bonds therein au thorized: and the proceeds thereof shall bo used for the purpose prescribed in this section and for no other. The committee adjourned at 1:20 p. m. after a session of nearly two hours and a half._ RUMORS OF RACE RIOT. Reported That Negroes Were Playing a Counter Game. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 25.—No further trouble ha* developed at Fayetteville, the scene of the conflict Tuesday night, In which one negro was killed and a white man badly hurt. It was feared that the friends of Cashlon.the white man Injured, would make an attack upon the negroes. A great deal of excitement was created today, when It was rumored that the ne groes were playing a counter game, and were Intending to mob Cashlon. Such action would surely lead to a war of ex termination. but It Is not believed that the blacks would be so reckless. Cash Ion still claims that the negro who was killed was shot by one of the other ne groes. _. ...... __i .. VANITY OFJMOEBHLT The Young Millionaire Formally Opens “ Biltmore House ” TO HIS RICH RELATIVES Unprecedented Array of Luxuriant Elegance and Splendor. BIG AND LITTLE VANDERBILTS THERE “ George ” IVill Angle the Saucy Trout and Cbaso the Festive Fox O’er the Peaks of Old Mount Pisgah. Asheville, N. C., Dec. 25.—George W. Vanderbilt, ttie youngest male member of the Now York family of millionaires, for mally opened Ills country home near Asheville today. All Immediate mem bers of the Vanderbilt family are now in tills country are guests at "Biltmore house." Among them are Mrs. William II. Vanderbilt, mother of the owner of “Biltmore;” Mrs. Bromley, his aunt; Mrs. Kissam. Miss Kissam, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. W. Seward Webb and their daughter and son, Cor nelius Vanderbilt and family, W. K. Van derbilt, W. D. Sloane and family and others. All of these persons have come here In their own private cars and brought with- them an army of servants. For two weeks past G. W. Vanderbilt has personally directed a corps of carv ers, Joiners, decorators and florists in giv ing the finishing touches to the great mansion, and it doubtless stands today, in connection with its surrounding park and outlying hunting and fishing pre serves, the most valuable as well as the most extensive private property in America. The house tract contains 8000 acres, upon which seventy-five miles of unrivaled driveways have already been constructed, while the hunting preserves embrace 87,000 acres, in which Is included Mount Pisgah, one of the most prominent peaks on Ashville plateau, which boasts the highest point east of the Iloeky mountains. For two weeks provisions of all kinds have been arriving in car loa's. Confections In hundred pound parages, game, fish, fowls of all sorts, frozen meats in car loads, all give intimation as to the bountiful good cheer which is to be dispensed. Today at 11 o'clock a Christmas tree was given to all the em ployes on the estate, numbering between 300 and 500. Barrels of mistletoe and wagon loads of holly and cart loads of packages were put Into this feature, and the banquet hall was crowded with eager, happy faces for more than two hours. After the Christmas tree a bountiful din ner was spread. While the company now at Biltmore is made up exclusively of members of the Vanderbilt family, the festivltlis will broaden towards the close of the week, when a large company of Mr. Vanderbilt’s New York friepds will be his guests for perhaps ten days. The time will be spent in coaching par ties, hunting parties, fox chasing, quail shooting and fishing. PROF. SAUNDERS SHOT. While Acting Santa Claus a Prominent Citizen of Jackson, Miss., Is Instantly Killed by Mistake. Jackson, Miss., Dec. 25.—Prof. L. W. Saunders, a deaf mute, and for many year s teacher in the state deaf and dumb asylum, was shot and instantly killed tonight at 7 o’clock by his nephew, C. R. Young. Professor Saunders was to act Santa Claus at the Christmas tree gotten up for the amusement of the deaf and dumb children in the institute, and called by Mr. Young's house in his Santa Claus garb. His knock at the door was heard and Mr. Young, the only occupant, de manded “who is there?” a time or two, and receiving no reply, fired through the door at what he supposed was a burglar. Professor Saunders dropped Inside the hall, and died in two minutes. The 44 caliber ball had passed clear through his body. Professor Saunders is a brother of Capt. R. L. Saunders. World’s fair commissioner from this state, and was highly respected both as a man and teacher of deaf mutes. The affair is the most deplorable In the history of Jack son, and Mr. Young is crazed with grief. SHOOTING AND CUTTING. Police Officers at Atlanta Kept Busy Yesterday. Atlanta, Dec. 25.—The police say that this has been the worst Christmas ever seen In Atlanta for shooting and cutting. Policeman Ed Walton shot and fatally wounded John Lumpkin, a negro, today. Walton was about to arrest Lumpkin, when the latter thrust a pistol in the po liceman’s face. The officer drew his pis tol and fired. The ball passed through the negro's body. Lumpkin is dying at the Grady hospital. Last night Lewis Mason, a negro gambler, shot Will Durand, and today Durand died. The negroes had heen quarreling. Policeman Upchurch arrest ed Durand, and Mason walked up, shot the prisoner and escaped. A great many arrests have been made for shooting and cutting, but only two fatal cases have been reported. The weather was beauti ful today. CHEAP RAILROAD RATE3. Extension Given to Passengers by the Va rious Routes. Atlanta, Ga.. Dec. 25.—The railroads have granted a week’s extension of the low rates which were to expire today. Until January 1 tickets will be sold at the same rates quoted for the 19th to the 25th, good to return within five days from date of sale. These rates are less than any ever offered by the railroads, and figure little more than V4 cent a mile. They are in effect throughout the terri tory of the Southern States Passenger association from the Ohio and Potomac rivers to the gulf and the Mississippi river._ Por Aiding Insurgents. Chicago, Dec. 25.—William Campbell, colored, and until last year a student In the law school at the University of Michi gan, is recruiting soldiers In Chicago for the army of the Cuban insurgents. The departure of fifty men In the last two weeks, ostensibly for Mexico, but in reality for some port on the gulf coast, from Which they will be taken to Cuba, Is said to be a result of the young man's work. Another batch Is expected to leave (his week. I OREAD PRESENCE OF PANDO Santiago Citizens Join the In surgents at His Approach. HATED FOR HIS BRUTALITY Yellow Death Stalks Forth and Soldiers Are Dying Rapidly. — NEWS OF AN ENGAGEMENT AT SONGO Tho Government Army Men Are Not Al lowed to Travel by Rail on Account of Dynamite—New Expedi tions Reported. Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 17, via Key West, Fla., Dec. 25,—The Trrrival of Gen eral Pando in this city has produced a shock almost as great as if a bombshell had been east among the people, for he Is well known and hated here for his bloody and brutal instincts. Men leave the city to Join the insurgents daily by the hundreds and soon Santiago will be left entirely to women and children. The concentration of largo Cuban forces in this district is expected by the end of the present month, when it is probable that many bloody battles will be fought. Several sugar estates in this jurisdic tion are preparing to grind their sugar cane, but it is very much doubted here that they will be allowed to do so by the rebels. The Iron mining companies are working steadily and nave many la borers working for them who refuse to work In the sugar estates because of want of security both of their persons and their wages. Fearing the use of dynamite by the Insurgents the government does not now send the soldiers by railroad to the inte rior, but compels them to make long and tedious marches to the pluecs where they are sent. For the same reason passen gers do not use the trains. Yellow fever is raging hero fearfully In spite of the winter season. The death rate among the officers is something dreadful. In four days a commander, four captains and two lieutenants have died of the disease. In the military hos pital of this city there are more than 1000 sick soldiers, of whom from ten to fifteen die every day. The government has forbidden the publication of news about the death rate of yellow feverl News has come of an engagement near Songn between a Spanish column. 400 strong, and rebel loader Pancho Sanchez, with 250 men It Is said that the Spanish loss was heavy as the rebels used machetes, which always strike terror among the Spanish soldiers. No de t" ils yet. Santiago de Cuba. Dec. 14. via Key West. Fla., Dec. 25.—On the morning of the 10th Instant the whole garrison of Dos Camlnos, a town, joined the rebels. The Spanish Colonel Tejeda’s battalion of guerrillas was In a state of excite ment, as the time of their engagement was up and the government wanted them to re-enllst. They refused to do so, be cause, they were not paid regularly and because they were very badly treated. In consequence forty guerrillas joined the rebels, with their arms and ammuni tion. The government Is now trying to dlsolve the battalion. The village of Venta de Casanova, near Romanganaguas, defended by a Spanish garrison, has been taken by the leader, Rabl. The garrison surrendered, with arms and ammunition. This morning (December 14) two battal ions left this city for the town of Cpbro, which Is threatened with an attack by the insurgents, who are encamped near that place In great numbers. At this moment (10 a.' m.) the sound of heavy firing is heard, and It is said that the Spaniards and rebels are fighting In La Loma de Le Cruz, between this city and Cobro. It is reported here that two expeditions have entered the island lately, one in Boca de dos Rios, between this port and Asseradero. and the other near Rara coa. The Spanish gunboat Nneva Kspa na came Into this port yesterday (the 12th Instant) with her propeller broken. On the 12th Instant the gunboat was sailing near the land off Rarm-oa. when she re ceived several cannon shots, one of which broke her propeller. It is said that this was done by the expeditlonarles, who had a cannon with them. On the !>th instant the Spanish com mander Prats, with a large column, had an engagement with the rebel Colonel Cartagena and his party near Sagua de Tanamn. The Spaniards had five killed and nineteen wounded, and the Insur gents seven wounded. News Received Today. Key West. Fla., Dec. 25.—Passengers by the steamship Olivette today report that Martinez Campos left Havana last night for Matanzas with 10,000 troops to meet the insurgents under Gomez and Maceo, reported marching on the prov ince of Havana. It is reported that a big battle will take place within the next fifteen hours, which will decide the fate of the Cubans. All communication with Cardenas has been cut off, and no rail road tickets are sold beyond the city of Cardenas, as all the track beyond that point has been blown up. Brigadier-General Laeret is reported in Los Palos, province of Havana, with a strong band of Insurgents, and there Is another band in Colondron, about thirty ml lee from Havana. On the 23d Gomez captured the town of Roque, between Colon and Matanzas, _*nd hoisted the Cuban flag on the public buildings. The officials of the town came In and offered their congratulations. Go mes took all the city funds. During the past two days the Insurgents have de stroyed twelve sugar plantations. The Diario de La Marina, published In Havana, publishes an article this week calling on all loyal subjects to come to the rescue of Spain. A supplement to La Lucha, dated the 24th, reports a battle on the 23d in the province of Matanzas, in which the in surgents were defeated, and that Gen. Suarez Valdez has taken a position in front of Gomez’ command. Cablegram to Dupuy tie Lome. Washington, Dec. 25.—Senor Depuy de Lome, the Spanish, minister, believes that the insurgent forces reported In the vicinity of Havana are In great danger of being completely routed. He has not as yet received any untoward news from official sources that Havana Is in danger, and laughs at the idea that the city will probably be beselged. His cofidence in the success of the Spanish army is in creased by a cablegram he received to night from Madrid, which is a conflrma- , tlon of the message he received yester day from General Arderius, acting gov ernor-general of Cuba. The dispatch says: “The bands of Gomez and Maceo are mounted and are riding about burning plantations. The commander-in-chiet (Campos) met the most important of the bands, under Gomez, near Cimarrones, defeating and dispersing them with great losses.’’ Senor de Lome says it, is foolhardy to suppose that Maceo and Gomez will at tack Havana. It is reported that the in surgents have a force of 12,000 men to do this hazardous work, but according to Minister de Lome's inside informa tion the number is loss Ihan GOOO men. Havana, he says, has a militia, or vol unteer force, of 30,000 men, who, in most cases, have seen active service, as from time to time imprisonments are made from their number for a month’s service with the Spanish army. It is the minis ter’s opinion that the insurgents have ventured too far Into the government lines and will have a great deal more difficulty In retreating than they have had in advancing. Gloomy Christmas in Spain. Madrid, Dec. 25—The war in Cuba has made a gloomy Chris,mas in Spain. Besides the absence of the 11G.OOO soldiers sent to the island, many families have been crippled financially by redeeming their sons from service in Cuba. Kigh teen thousand, out of 85,000. conscripts have each paid $300 since September. The-midnight Christmas masses were more numerous and more largely attend ed than in recent years, while the ordina ry revelries were less than usual. KILLED OVER CRAPS. One Dollar Caused the Death of Joseph Jackson. Steubenville, O., Dec. 25. — Joseph Jackson, colored, was shot and intsantly killed today at Bloomfield tunnel on the Panhandle railroad by James Rice, also colored. The 200 employes at the tun nel celebrated Christmas by getting drunk and gambling. Jackson and Rice quarreled over a game of craps. Jackson was the loser, and wanted Rice to re turn a dollar. Rice pulled a revolver and fired four times, killing Jackson instant ly. Rice has the reputation of a desper ado. Last night he shot a colored man named James Hamilton in the groin. He has not yet been arrested. STREET RAILWAY STRIKERS. Union Traction Company of Philadelphia Hav ing More Trouble With Motormen, But Temporary Adjustment Is made. Philadelphia. Dec. 25.—The street car strike is on again this morning on the Gi rard Avenue division o? the Union Trac tion company. The strikers of this di vision, who with all the other Union Traction men returned to work yesterday morning pending prom ised arbitration of their grivances, pro tested this morning that the superinten dent of this division was discriminating against them by giving employment to the non-union men and leaving those who had been on a strike without assign ment to work. They declare that all the earlier cars in starting on their trips this morning were manned by non-union men. The feeling among the ex-strikers grew to such an extent that they finally drove the non-union men out of the depot, and those who had started out with cars were driven back. Some of the non-union men were badly punished. A squad of police was quickly hurried to the depot and order was restored. At 11:30 o'clock the differences between the superinten dent of the Girard Avenue division and the ex-strlkers were adjusted and traffic was resumed. The union men were given their old positions on the scheduled cars and the non-union men were al30 pro vided for, some of them being placed on regular cars and others on the "trippers.” The union men accepted this adjustment, pending further arbitration of their com plaint that they are not being fairly treated in the assignment of work. The full complement of cars of this division are In motion at noon and no further trouble Is anticipated for today at leaBt. The disturbances on Girard avenue to day were as serious as any that have occurred during the time the strike was on. Every car manned by a non-union crew was wrecked by the mob and the arrival of the police In one Instance prob ably saved the lives of the motormen and conductors, who were being beaten se verely by the crowd. The withdrawal of the non-union men from the cars tempo rarily put a stop to the trouble today, but there Is much dissatisfaction among tHe men over the settlement of the strike, and It Is not such a remote contingency that the strike may be declared on again. During the rioting the police made nine arrests. The Girard avenue division men openly state that If they are not given their regular runs tomorrow morn ing they will tie up the whole system of the Union Traction company again. The officials of the Amalgamated Associa tion of Street Railway Employes and the more conservative members of the asso ciation are opposed to a renewal of the strike and are doing everything in their power to persuade the dissatisfied men to give the company time to adjust their grievances. The employes of the Girard Avenue branch of the Union Traction company are holding a meeting at this hour (1:45 a. m.) and the question of agreeing on the strike on that division will be put to a vote later. NEGRO DAY TOMORROW. The Afro-American Will Celebrate at the Exposition. Atlanta, Dec. 25.—The public spirit of Atlanta once more showed itself in the large number of people who left home on Christmas day to visit the exposition In honor of "Collier Day.” In spite of the threatening weather the street cars were kept busy during a good portion of the day in moving the crowds. Tomorrow Is negro day at the exposi tion, and the committee of thirty-five ne gro leaders has worked up great enthu siasm. The white people have been ap pealed to to give their servants holiday, and this will be done. Everything Is now making ready for the close of the exposition, which will oc cur December 31. That is directors’ day, and another big turnout Is expected. SPIRIT OP BRAVADO. Wesley Spriggs Shoots a Boy of Eleven Years. Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 25.—In a spirit of bravado, Wesley Spriggs, 17 years of age, this morning fatally shot Walter Brown, a lad 11 years of age, In the head. Spriggs was drunk and want ed to have some fun, making the boy run from his pistol._ Minister Ransom at Home. Raleigh, N. C., Dec. 25.—M. W. Ran som, minister to Mexico, spent Christmas at his home In Northampton county. He says he is not as well as he would like to be, but much better than he had been earlier In the year. His son, Robert Ransom, returned from Mexico with him. Minister Ransom has thirty dayB' leave. To Furnish the United States $400,000,000 of Gold, SAYS A WASHINGTON RUMOR Secret"ry C £.;le Declines to Say Anything on the Subject. ARMY P.'ICERS SEVERELY REBUKED >; _ Pcrsor g Loiters From Mr. Lamonfc Say Tb ^ Certain Expressions Are Harm i*i ^ 1 to the Army's Population and Discipline. Washington, Dec. 25.—Secretary Car lisle today declined to say anything for publication concerning u story that Rus sia stood ready to loan the United Stateg $100,000,000 in gold and that the United States was considering the acceptance of the offer. The story goes further and says the offer has been pending since early in the present administration. A high treasury official, possessing the entire confidence of Secretary Carlisle, says he never heard of the original offer and does not believe such an offer is in existence. The treasury officials say this story is ab surd, as the United States has already, during the past two years, sold $104,315, 000 of bonds to obtain gold, upon which it is now paying a high rate of inter est, and if our policy permitted it the United States had certainly rather have borrowed from a friendly power than to have increased its national debt as it has. It is pointed out. too, that the appli cation of the Monroe doctrine, which prevents our interference in European political affairs, as well,*as it prevents the united powers frtrn interfering in territorial affaire on this continent, would estop the United States as a nation from dealing with Russia as a nation in financial matters. Russia is on a paper basis, but the government has, according to the official report of th ■ director of the mint for 1895, about $500,000,000 visible gold, be sides large credits in London, l’arls and Berlin. During the past two years Russia has accumulated through gold prisluction and by excess of gold Imports over gold exports about $255,000,000. Certain army officers, who have ap peared in recent Interviews in the news papers in the discussions of the possi bilities of war and outlining their ideas of what should be done In such an eventj have received personal letters from Sec retary of War Lainont severely depre cating such talk. Blxpresslons fV©n*siueh sources, h- pays, are not only given undue significance, but they are also injurious to the good reputation of the decipllne of the army and harmful to this country in contrib uting to an unwarranted apprehension. It has been practically decided by Sec retary Herbert to award the contract for the construction of the battleship Kearsarge and her unnamed sister ves sel to the Newport News, Va„ Ship Building and Dry Dock company, in ac cordance with the recommendation of the naval hoard of bureau chiefs. The bid of the Virginia firm was $2,250,000 for each ship. It is understood that It was the suggestion of the board that the sec retary give the Union Iron works of San Francisco an opportunity of securing the contract for one of the ships by scaling. Their bid was rejected by Mr. Herbert on account of a precedent es tablished by Secretary Tracey that bid ders should be allowed to scale down only when their proposals came within 3 per cent of the bid offered by the successful competitor. The alternate proposition of members of the board that the Union Iron works and the Cramp company of Philadelphia be given an opportunity to secure two ships each, through an ap propriation by congress, on the recom mendation of the secretary for four more battleships, is said to be still under con sideration. __ ALmUOi A IT AIM AO. Venezuelan Question Causes a Standstill in the Tobacco Market. Henderson, Ky., Dec. 25.—Considerable excitement was caused in this city yes terday by the receipt of several cable grams addressed to tobacco buyers Henderson is the largest strip tobacco market In the world, and most of the product, amounting to 30.000.000 pounds annually, Is shipped to England. Yes terday’s cablegrams were from partners of local handlers, advising them not to buy any more tobacco until further no tice. As the product is now being bought at a very low figure it is believed that the English tobacco men are afraid of the Venezuelan complications. A war with England would damage this section of the United States severely- before It would touch anywhere else, on account of the tobacco exports. At the tobacco exchange yesterday there was almost a panic. Prices on all grades broke sharply and very little trading was done. Unless the pressure is shortly relieved business will come to a standstill. ARSENIC IN CIDER Supposed to Have Taken the Life of Foy Green. Raleigh, N. C„ Dec. 25.—Six months ago Foy Green of Caldwell county died suddenly after having taken a glass of cider carried to him by his wife. Within a few weeks she married Albert Frank lin, with whom it is said she had been too Intimate. Suspicion was aroused, and the body of Green was exhumed and the stomach removed and sent to the state chemist for analysis. This result ed in the discovery of arsenic in the stomach. The sheriff received instruc tions to arrest the persons thought to have been implicated in the crime. Al bert Franklin has Just served six month* In Jail, and was arrested, the charge being murder, as he stepped out of the Jail door. Mrs. Franklin was also placed In Jail yesterday, both to await trial at the March term of court._ Three Boat Races. Fort Monroe, Va„ Dec. 25.—At 3 p. m the battleship Maine arrived and saluted the flag of Admiral Bunce. The salute was returned by the New York. Thro* boat races filled up the afternoon. Th* first was a cutter race between a boat from each of the four shlpB over a two mile course, with a turn. This was wot* by the Raleigh's cutter in fine style. The second, a gig race, was won by the Columbia, and the dingy race by the crew of the New York.