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Republicans Refuse to Listen to
Pleading Democrats
Full Meeting of the Ways and Means Com
Text of the Two Measures Given Complete.
Spirited Discussion Arises Over the
Present Necessity of Such
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
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
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._
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 ..
The Young Millionaire Formally
Opens “ Biltmore House ”
Unprecedented Array of Luxuriant Elegance
and Splendor.
“ George ” IVill Angle the Saucy Trout and
Cbaso the Festive Fox O’er the
Peaks of Old Mount
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.
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.
Police Officers at Atlanta Kept Busy
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.
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
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
Santiago Citizens Join the In
surgents at His Approach.
Yellow Death Stalks Forth and Soldiers Are
Dying Rapidly.

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
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
“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.
One Dollar Caused the Death of Joseph
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.
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
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.
The Afro-American Will Celebrate at the
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.
Wesley Spriggs Shoots a Boy of Eleven
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,
Secret"ry C £.;le Declines to Say Anything on
the Subject.
>; _
Pcrsor g Loiters From Mr. Lamonfc Say
Tb ^ Certain Expressions Are Harm
^ 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
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
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. __
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.
Supposed to Have Taken the Life of Foy
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.

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