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line K"0. 1,093 VASIUJI'GrTON, MONDAY MOK2JfING, MATtCEC 15. 1897 JDiaBCT PAGKE3 ONE CENT m THETHREATTNEDBLOGKADE It Is Possible the Powers May Begin It Today. MANY RUMORS ARE AFLOAT Itnllnus Reported to Have Shelled the lut-urgentK nt Kissiuno Kus telli lliisiu Holding Buck: the Dogs of "War Tlio Cretans Con tinuc tu Bombnrd Splnulongu. Canea, March 14. The belief prevails anions ttic foreign fleets that the powers have linallj decided to make no reply to the answer or Ureeco to their identical note, but to put their threat of a blockade into eriect. It 1b thought that the block ade of Crete and the Piraeus will begin is ttated that the Italians have fchelled the insurgents at Kissmuo Kastelli, but nothing further can be learned- The Insurgents are not the only ones who have been kept m ignorance of the action of the powers- The several con suls here have had no official intimation fronfthclr respective governments of what . was to be done, a fact which lias excited much comment. The town is full of rumors that the powers are about to send troops to the island, but no official intimation to this effect has been recelied. The insurgents are continuing their bom bardment of the town of Spinalonga. The Turkish garrison is still holding out, though the cannonading has now been going on for nearly three days. Loudon, March 14. The Chronicle will, in its issue tomorrow, claim to nave au thority to state that the blockade of Crete and certain unnamed Greek ports will begin on Wednesday, an ultimatum to that crrcct having been delivered to Greece. Various reports concur that a blockade of Crete is immediately Imminent, and a blockade of Grecian ports later if Greece persists in her present attitude. Negotiations are proceeding toward hav ing France and Italy jointly occupy Crete, or Italy alone, with a mandate from the powers. EOLIJS TUli DCGS OF WAR. But for Husf ti u Gicnt Conflict TVouM Now So On. Berlin, March 14. Should the coercive measures tak.-n by the poweis against Greece icsult in a general Euiopcau war, the initial blame, according to public and official opinion here, will fall upon Eng land. .Every step in the cjitical negotia tions which have been and are bUIl pro ceeding has been rendeied uncertain by the vacillating, if not opposing, course of action taken by Lord Salisbury. It the proposals of tile Russian and Ger man governments, made three weeks ago, to blockade the coast ot Greece, had been acceded to Ly the English premier, the dangerous developments of the present time would never have occurred. The pretended participation of the Salis bury government has been a blind, and King George, up to a late point in the diplomatic contest, was led to believe that the influence ot Great Britain would oquarc the situatioiTin favor of Greece. Utter distrust of England is the dom inant feeling at the foreign orfice here, while the entente with Kussia is com plete. But for Russia the Balkan Penin sula would now be in a blaze and Austria and Russia would be mobilizing their troops for war. There is absolutely re liable information that the three Balkan states, Servia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, have concluded an alliance which affects not only Turkey but the claims ot Greece and the aspirations of Austria. These Etatcs are making arrangements for- a concerted movement of troops. Undoubt edly the triple understanding is perfectly well known to the Itussian government and was connived at if not inspired by Kussia. It depends upon Russia to let the dogs of war slip from the leash. Up to the present time the whole policy of the czar Is to restrain ttiem, and if they are let loose, the profound conviction here is that the consequent general embroilment of the powers will be largely due to England's policy. The German officers estimate the Turk ish effective, at Elassona, Monastir, and Janlna, with detachments close to the Greek frontier, at 77,000 men. If this estimate is near the truth, such a force could sweep over Greece, if numbers eount for anything. The spirit of the Greek army is splendid, but late accounts give a bad report as to the reserves, who are as yet merely a mob. undrilled and armed -with our-of-date weapons. The governments of England and France liave not as yet given their assent to the proposal of the other powers to make no reply to the answer of Greece to the Identical uoteof thcEuropean governments, but to proceed with coercive measures in accordance with the terms or the power,' ultimatum enforcing the withdrawal of Greek troops from Crete, and blockading the ports of Greece. Thus far, it is learned, only Germany and Austria have accepted the Russian proposal to put the blockade into immediate effect, and it is believed that if the other powers refuse to act in concert the "warships of the three poyers named will undertake to enforce compliance with their demands without reference to the attitude of the other three. SITUATION AT KISSAMO. Besieged and on FJrc In Several Places. Canea, March 14. A Russian warship which has been cruising to the westward returned here today, bringing news of the situation at Kissamo, which is bituated on Kibsamo Bay, some twenty-five miles west of this city. She reports that the insur gents were bombarding the place yester day arid that the town was on fire in sev earl places. TROOPS OX THE FRONTIER. they Are Suffering From Exposure V and Bad Food. London, March 14.. The Standard will tomorrow publish a dispatch from Janina, Southern Albana, stating that the weather has become very severe- It adds that the Turkish soldiers on the frontier arc badly fed and lodged, and that they arc suffering from disease. The Mussulman redirs destined for the frontier, upon reach ing Arta, returned hurriedly, not liking the looks of the reck irregular troops. The dispatch further bays that the Greek troops on the Macedonian frontier are also suffering from cold and exposure, but notwithstanding this, their ardor is unabated. A GllUAT 31 ASS MEETING. Thousands of Grecian Sympathizers Gather in Trafalgar Square. London, March 14. Another radical manifestation to express sympathy with Greece in her efforts In behalf of theCretan Christians was held this afternoon in Trafalgar Square. At last Sunday's meet ing in Hyde Park there were 20,000 per sons present, and today it -was estimated that the assemblage was Jully as large, if not larger. Greek Hags -were numerously displayed, and many or the persons com prising the huge crowd wore rossttes made ot the national colors of Greece. Six platlorms had been elected for the use of the speakers, who included Messrs. Michael Davitt, Francis Channing, J. Ilavelock Wilson Tind J". II. Dalzicl, nil members of the House of Commons, and several nonconformist nilnlNters. The speakers maintained the ilghtof the Cre tans to settle their political differences themselves, without any intervention on the part of the poweis, and denounced Prime Minister Salisbury for the pait he has taken, in connection with Russia, Germany, Austria, France and Italy, to compel Greece to abandon her attempts to liberate Crete and to Hive the Christian population of the island from Turkish misrule, oppiession and massacre. The'resolutlons that were adopted amid much enthusiasm indignantly protested agains'i the ur-e of British forces to sup press the laudable efforts of Greece in behalf or civilization and Christianity. Ihey also declared that the reply made by the Hellenic government to the note of the powers offered a satisfactory basis for a settlement of the whole question,,, and urged the government not to assent to the policy of coercion Ihat is advocated by certain of the continental powers, notably Germany. RESERVES ARE NEEDED. Relternte Call to Arms Sent to the American Greelts. St. Louis, Mo., March 14. D. Jannalioulo, Greek consul at 5t- Louis, yesterday re ceived a cablegram from Skouzes, the Grecian minister of foreign affairs, urg ing reserves in tills country to comply with the royal order calling to arms the re serves of 1 S6G to 1873. Immediately upon receipt of this the consul Issued an appeal to all the Hellenes in this territory to apply to liim and make arrangements for transportation to Greece, Simultaneously with this call to arms the consul issued a notice for a mass meeting of sympathizers of Greece, to be held Mon day evening next, in Exposition Hall. The consul says: "This call means war, of that I have no doubt. Nothing can now prevent a clash between Grecian and Turkish arms." THE RESCUED MOSLEMS. They Are Said to He Pillaging the Uoiii-e.s of Christians. London, March 14. The Telegraph has a dispatch from Canea, saying that the Moslems who were rescued a few days ago from Selino and Kandamos by Sir Altred Biliotti, and brought to Canea, are pillaging the houses or Christians. A num ber of them entered a leper village on Friday, the Moslems' Sabbath, and ordered the inhabitants to leave- They threatened to massacre the lepers, who are aged people, IT they did not quit the place at once. The Greek bishop has appealed to the consuls and the governor to prevent further outrage and pillage on the part of these refugees- HIGH-WATER MARK PASSED Lowlands Along the Mississippi River Submerged. Railroad Tracks "Washed Out Jn Murjy Places The Main Levee Not "3Tet Broken. Memphis, Teun., March 14 The Mis sissippi River here is higher than since the establishment of the weather office in 1672, and probably since the sinking of the lowlands of Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee by earthquakes. The rise today was slightly above half a foot. On all the islands near here and in the lowlands of Arkansas there is great suf fering, and also gicat loss of stock and property, but no repoits have been ic ceived of persons being drowned. People are leaving the lowlands for this side or the river -without ceremony and bringing all the stock and property they can. Today the Little Rock and Memphis man aged to get its morning train into the city, but made no attempts to move the later trains. It will use the Iron Mountain tracks forits trains tomorrow. The Kan sas City, Fort Scott and Memphis bi ought; trains -into the city until Saturday night over its own line, but later washouts be tween here and Gilmore caused it to aban don the line and use that of the Iron Moun tain to Nettlcton, Ark. The Iron Moun tain tracks are still a few inches above the water, but a slight rise will stop trains. Several small levees or private dikes around towns and plantations have broken, but so far as heard there have been no breaks In the main levee systems, either to lac north or the south. They are being closely watched and twenty shots were fired today at the steamer Bluff City because she went nearer to the embank ments than the guards thought she should. RISE OF TWENTY-SEVEN FEET. Bridges Over the Chattahoochee River Are in Danger. Columbus, Ga., March 14. The Chatta hoochee River is on a big boom at this point, and the Eagle and Fnoenix mills, employing 4,000 hands, have shut down on account of the high water. The rise meas- i tires' twenty-seven feet a few inches below high-water mark and still risiing. If the rains do not cease all bridges here will be in danger by tomorrow. Shot in Self-Defense. Erie, Pa., March 1. Mack Cor.key and a party of friends met at John R. Krueger' s house this evening. An altercation ensued which resulted in Krueger shooting Con key through the abdomen. Conkey will die before morning. Krueger is under arrest. Be alleges Conkey and his friends were rob bing him and he shotin self-defense. joist Straight, Bright, Klln-drled. Libbey & Co., Gth sfc. and' New York ave. Ti M'KEESCRIP MUDDLE Why Judge Lamorenx anil Sec retary Francis Quarreled. PERRINE PATENT INVOLVED The Reported Cause of the Row Between the Secretriry and the Lund Commissioner Gen. Mich ener Explains "Why He Submitted a .Decision to the Land Office. Tho order of Mr. Bliss, Secretary or the Interior, unnulllng the decision of Land Commissioner Lamoreux In the Chi cago Land Scrip cuse and the piobable dismissal of Mr. Lamoreux, although his resignation is in the hands ot the Presi dent, were yesterday the subject ot gen eral discussion. A good deal of the speculation was as to what was the true cause of the quarrel between Mr. Francis und Judge Lamoreux, and also as to the published slutement that the latter had adopted as his the opinion of one ot the lawyers in the case, whose clients would be benefited by a favorable decision to the extent of about $120,000,000. It is known that just hefore Judge Lamoreux left the city lie and Secretary Francis had a lively time over the land scrip case. This was about the time when some of the papers were severely criticising the issuance of the patent by Sceretary Francis to the l'errine heirs. It is said that .Mr. Francis made the point that it would not do to have two sucli large cases involving such tremendous per sonal advantage to the claimants to go out as settled under a Secretary whose whole term of office was short, and in the nature of things, limited to a few months. It is further stated that Judge Lamoreux took the ground that lie had nothing to do, except In a ministerial capacity, with the Perrlne patent, which was issued solely by tho Secretary on a point of law made by the Attorney General for the Depart ment of the Interior. Had Secretary Francis known Unit tho decision had been adverse to the Chicago claimants it Is ap parently unlikely from these coiisidciationa that he would have endeavored to stay its promulgation. It is also apparent that Mr. Francis knew of the progress of tho case, and that there was no way of stopping a favorable decision except by tome extraordinary process- The chance occurred, when it is said, he discovered that the decision hud been written without information to the Secretary- He, therefore, on the 22d of February, a legal holiday, issued the order staying the publication- The here tofore explanation of this act has been that Mr. Francis desired to leave It to his successor, but the opinion, as above stated, was that Mr- Francis did not care to have two such private claims credited to his administration, and it will be observed that there was no criticism of the righteousness of Judge Lamoreux's Judgment by Mr-Francis- The odium, if there was any, of the final det"rniinatlon would, however, fall on Mr- Bliss. These circumstances, It was stated last night, -were the probable cause of Quarrel, and not the mere fact of the news of a decision getting out, and especially where the fact of the publica tion was not traced to Mr. Lamoreux, but to a person to whom the decision was given to be copied and filed alter promulgation in Chicago. As to Judge Lamoreux's using a decisiou written by one of the attorneys in the case: The attorneys for the claimants, In "Washington are Messrs. Dudley and Michener. Mr. Dudley was1 called on last night, but he referred the reporter to Gen. Miclicncr. Gen. Michener admitted that the statement that Judge Lamoreux used his decision practically, but with what ever modifications as seemed to hint best. There was nothing unusual in this, said Gen. MIcliencr.-becausc similar suggestions for a decision were made by attorneys on the other side and this is nothing extraor dinary in practice. Gen. Michener also replied to the state ment that Judge Lamoreux had reversed himself on the merits of the case- He said that as early as last September the suit was instituted. The case was proceeded with up to a certain point when Judge Lamor Ix said that he saw enough in it to send-the surveyors to Chicago and on their report proceedings weie resumed last December when Mr. Francis was in office. The case proceeded without in terruption, was closed, and the parties were awaiting the decisiou of the Land Office- The rest of the circumstances have practically been published. Gen. Michener left no room for doubt as to how the 'premature publication was made. He said that Mr. P.J. Somers, one of the original attorneys in the case, came here about the 20th of February and called on Judge Lamoreux to inquire when the decision would be had. "Why, I have already decided the.case," replied the judge. "I decided it today and in favor of the claimants." Mr. Somers told Judge Lamoreux that as soon as it was made public it wa,s the desire of the Chicago clients to have it filed. Mr. Somers was given a copy, which he took to Chicago, the under standing being that publication would be made here on the 23d, and turned it over to one ot the clients. In the meanwhile, the order of Secretary Francis, staying the promulgation, was issued on the 22d. Later the news of the decision got out and Judge Lamoreux was made the sub ject of the order published Saturday from Mr. Miss, In which the judge was severely criticised for xhis act of per mitting the publication. Gen. Michener said that in the present status ot the case there is nothing for the parties in Interest to do but to go into the trial anew as per the suggestion of tho present Secretary. THE DECISION ANTICIPATED Two Unsuccessful Efforts to Record Land Scrip Pints. Chicago, March 14. Tho Tribune says: Investigation at the office of the recorder of deeds for Cook county yesterday de veloped the fact that two unsuccessful attempts had been made to file a map of the lands on the lake front involved in tho Lamoreux decision, which Secretary Bliss has just set at naught. On November 5 there was filed a bulky transcript of the field notes ot the sur vey of the disputed lands, and other mat ter. At the same time a map was of fered for filing, but it was not accepted. The filing clerk placed his stamp upon the paper before examining it to see whether it was properly certified, accord ing to the State law, and then saw It was not. lie refused to place the docu ment on record, and handed it back to the messenger who brought it. After Recorder Simon succeeded Samuel B. Chase another attempt was made to get theinap recorded, but without success It was pointed out that the law forbids filing in the manner sought and makes the re corder liable to tho amount of 200 for every lot sold In a subdivision platted In this manner. The map must have the cer tification or the city map department, and Hits, it is held, cannoL beolftained, as there are already other plats .on file covering the same property. WIIIIlIAVJIvD BROUGHT DEATH. Two Men Killed -ittfrp OtherH May Die, hi Ohio. Stcubenville, 0., Mnrclu-14.-A whirl wind visited the town of' Mingo Junction lust night, doing considerable damage, and was attended witii fatal results- The wind was so Tierce, that it was with difficulty men cbulc keep on their feet at the plant of the Junction Iron and Steel Company. A lull occurred shortly before 2 o'clock this morning, then In another second the wind lifted up the iron roof of the casthouse, which collapsed, the tall brick walls, which were held by logchains, falling in. Few men were at work at the time, but Frank Hobson and Larry Fa hey were 'caught under- the railing walls. A force of men was put to work to rescue them and Fahey was taken out dead. A wife and seven children survive him. Frank Hobson, aged twenty-nine and single, was so seriously crushed that he died three hours arterwurd. John Weikas, a Hungarian, was struck by falling timbers and biicks and badly crushed. He managed to crawl away, and it was some time before he was found. He may die. Erie, I'a., March ,14. A. terriric gale 6truck Eric this morning and the high wind, sixty miles an hour at times, did a great deal of damage- It Is reported that Wattsburg, a town in a remote part or the county, wag destroyed by lire. The wires are down and the particulars cannot be had tonight. The town la a small hamlet of wooden buiidiugs. THE UNFORTUNATE ARMENIANS. A Massacre Reported to Have 'fallen Place In Slvas. London, .March 14 The Morning Post will tomoriow publish - a dispatch from Constantinople saying that advices hnve been received there from Adana showing that the people of that town are in a terrible condition. TJtc Turkisli officials are using every means to enforce the collection of taxes, despite the fact that the district has been devastated and the people have scarcely an thing to meet the demands made upon them. The Turk ish troops have not been paid In months and Uneaten to commit excesses 'if their arrears of wages are not piomptly settled. Many similar reports have been received from other provinces In Anatolia- it Its rumored that a massacre of Armenians has taken -place in Sivas, hufc no details are given. Itls stated that the Russian troops on the Anatolian frontier will occupy the country In the eveut of disorders breaking out. Advices from another source are to the effect that disorders have occurred at GemerccK, InthevllayetotSivas, and that several Armenians have been killed. An agent named Ytisscr, who was dis bursing U'lief to tlfe sufferers at Sert, In the vilayet of Dlarbekr, has been murdered and robbed of 300 which had been fur nished to him for relief purposes by the Duke of Westminster's Armenian fund. The offenders were probably Kurds. Sir Philip Currle, the "British ambassador, and the Hon. A. W. Terrell, the American minister, have demanded that the potte punish the murderers and restore the moucy stolen. FOnt CUILIHIKN POISONED. Two Are Dead and the Others Rapid ly Sinning. Pittsburg, Pa., March 14. Four children of Thomas Shannahnn, of Wilklnsburg, became suddenly sick Friday night, and after suffreing intensely two of them. Mary, the oldest, and Mnrcclln, aged four years, died last night. The other two children suffeied greatly all of today, and, despite the best medical attention, made no improvement. Late tonight Flor ence, aged six, wa reported as fulling rapidly, withlittlchopesotrecovcry, while Beatrice, aged two years, was constantly growing worse. The children's sudden and mysterious illness is supposed to be due to tone form of poisoning as yet unknown, but probably from eating pie made from cannod pumpkin. The physicians in at tendance pronounce-the cnie cerebro-spinal meningitis-, caused doubtless by poisoning of so violent a form as to pioduce this dread disease. One of J he physicians stated tonight that cerebTo-spinnl meningitis was very contagious and likely to become epidemic. Tonight the three-year-old son or William Rath was taken very ill wtih the same disease as that of- the Shannnhan Chil dren. SENATOR SALTER DEAD. Gold Democrats of Keiitnclty Lose n -Vote. Trankfort, Ky., March 14. State Sen ator J. P. Sulyer, a gold Democrat, of. Morgan county, died- at West Liberty, this morning of heart failure. This leaves the Democrats with sixty six votes on Joint ballot, as Senator Ogil vie is too ill to attend the extra session. There are two Populists and seventy Re publicans, but the indications arc that all the Republicans will not vote for Lr. W. G. Hunter for Senator, so Salyer's death docs not change the situation. The ballot will be taken Tuesday, March 23. Mangled -by. n Train. Tunkhannock, Ta., March 14. A wagon containing two men, Lea Chatkcr and E. C. Carson, was struck lly a tram on the Lehigh Valley Railroad at a crossing west of Wyalusing, at 12;18 this morning, and both their bodies were so badly mangled that they died within two hours. The men had been drinking and had driven recklessly on the track. Telegraphic, Brevities. Dr. Stewart Oliver, Miss Olga Nether sole's fiance, is now -with her in the West. It is announced by Miss Nethersole that their mairlage will tac place in London in July. The American Woman Suffrage Associa tion has established its headquarters in New York city, and henceforth will conduct the business of thfh. great army of women from the metropolis. Blinds, 91; SmnllL Sizes, 75e a Pair. Libbey & Co., 6tbsfr. and New York ave.. Ivy Institute Business' College, StltanclK. None better. S25a year, day or night- iewsesiiofcoighess Will Be Called to Order Noon Today. at WORK OF THE FIRST WEEK A JLarge Number of Men Who Have Served "With Distinction us Rep resentatives Jn Years Gone by Iluve Come Illicit After u Tempor ary Retirement. Today at noon both houses of the Fifty-fifth Congress will convene in extra session. President- McKlnley hns practically com pleted his message, but in view of the ne cessity for an organization of the Houee before the joint committeeof the two houses can bt.- appointed to wait upon him and in form him that Congress is ready to receive the communication, it has been decided not to'undertake to send the message to Con-gre?--"- berore tomorrow. It will probably be laid before the two houses of Congress at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. It is not likelj that the Senate will remain in continuous session during the week, unless the President is much more expeditious than lie has been in making nominations. There is nothing be fore the Sedate, and there will be nothing to require close application to business until the Committee on Foreign Relations reports the arbitration treaty with Great Britain. A special meeting of the com mittee for the further consideration of tills subject lias been called for today. When Senator Davis' motion to refer the treaty back to the committee w;i& discussed during the recent special ses sion there was a general expression ot opinion that the designation .of Judges of the United States Supreme Court, is members of the tribunal, should be elimi nated. It was thought that as jurists in the court ot lust resort In this country the Judges might be called upon to pass on questions similar to thoSe that might arise under this treaty of arbitration, and, should this prove to he the case, the situ ation would be more than embarrassing, us the opinion ot the Judge as a member of our own court might act as an estoppel in the exercise of his rights as an inde pendent member of the tribunal. It is almost certain that the treaty will also be amended along the lines of the Turpie amendment of the last session, so as to provide that every case or question Intended to be submitted to arbitration under this general treaty shall first be submitted to the Senate for its ratifica tion. It seems to be a general impression tnat when the Senator appointed by the gov ernor of Florida to succeed Mr. Call arrives he will be seated. The legislature of Flor ida does not convene until April 7, and six years ago the Senate seated Mr. Pasco, ad interim, under precisely similar conditions. The appointee ftom Oregon, in piace of Mr. Mitchell, has not yet arrived. His claim to a seat is regarded as res adjudicata by the decision of the Senate in the Mon tana, Washington and Wyoming cases in the last Congress. His credentials will undoubtedly be sent to the Committee on Privileges and Elections, as were those of Major A. T- Wood, the appointee of Gov. Bradley, of Kentucky. Meanwhllethe Republicans, in the matter of the organization of the committees, are playing a waiting game. They will make no effort to do more than fill their own vacancies until the legislatures of these two States elect. It Is understood an agreement has about been reached witli the Democrats to this end. The proposi tion to consolidate all elements opposed to the Republicans for the purpose of earn turing the organization and the commit tees, appears to have fallen through owing to the inability ot these elements to come together. The Republican majority or the House, having adopted in caucus, with unanimity, the old ticket, the organization of that body will take but little lime. All the House has to do after organizing is to draw for seats, and this can easily tic done while the Joint committee is on the -way to the White House to notify the President that the Fifty-fifth Congress is ready for business- The House of Representatives, which convenes today, is very differently con stituted in its membership from the one "which ceased to exist eleven days ago While it is comfortably dominated by the Republican party, the opposition will be much more formidable, in numbers and be more representative ot the several sec tions of the country. And there is no doubt that the different elements of the opposition will act in entire harmony. There Is still doubt as to the exact desig nation ot some of the fusion members. Hut there are 203 Republicans, 120 Dem ocrats and 20 Populists, Fusionlsts and members or tho silver Republican paity. There are two vacancies. This gives a Republican plurality over the Democrats Of 77, a majority of 49 over all. This is a great railing off from the figures of the last House, in which at the time of its assembly the Republicans had a plu rality ot 142 and a majority ot 135 over all. This was afterward greatly increased by the result of' contests. The majority is, however, a good work ing one and it is said that Speaker Reed expects to achieve better results than he did with the large, unwieldy majority in the last House. Great preponderance or party always makes a House difficult to manage- The late Speaker Crisp often expressed the desire that the Fifty-second had a Democratic majority of about thirty, which he regarded as the ideal working majority. All recent Congresses have been largely dominated by one party or the other. The last Houses which were at all close were in the Fiftieth Congress, where the Demo cratic plurality was but fifteen,-and the Fifty-first Congress, where the Republicans had only three plurality until the new States ot North and South Dakota, Mon tana and Washington swelled the total. It' would be a sad day for the Repub licans It the control of the new House rested now with these States. The changes in sectional representation are quite remarkable. If the country be divided into its four natural groups of States, Enst, South, Middle West, and West, tliis can be shown at a glance. In this grouping Maryland and Delaware' are placed with New York, Pennsylvania, and Jersey in the Eastern group, because of their close sympathy with those States. Iowa, Minnesota, and the States between the Mississippi and the Ohio are grouped as tho Middle West. The remaining States easily fall into their natural divis ions of South and West. These groups Continued on Third rage BISHOP MALLALIETJ REBJTKED. Roanolce, Vn., Veterans Resent As- perslous ou the Confedei ale Flay. Roanoke, Va., March 14. Some of Roanoke's exConfederates took occasion today, to mildly remind Bishop Mallalictt, of BostoA, that his utterances condemning the Confederacy will not lie" tolerated in the South without protest. In a sermon, in Baltimore last Sunday,' the 'bishop, "who presided over the Baltimore conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, referred to the Confederate flag as a "disgraceful, abominable, and infamous rn'g." "While presiding, today, over a m!s.-vionary meeting in the Academy of Music, in this cltj , the bishop received from Jin unknown source a neat little package. When opened the parcel was round to contain a Confed erate flag, placarded, "The abominable rag which floated over the Confederacy." A typewritten note was also Inclosed which read as follows: "The emblem under which fought the noblest band of heroes the world ever produced. The followers of Lee, and Jackson, and others equally, gallant, con tended for four years with four times their number, wresting victory Trom them on more than one hundred fields, yielding only when starvation and disease had thinned their ranks to sucli an extent that less than 3,000 surrendered to 120,000, and these in line of battle ready to die at then leaders' word. "Whose was the glory?" Bishop Mallalieu made himself acquainted with the contents of the package, but dW not refer to the incident from the plat form. Aftciward he faid he had consigned the contents of the parcel to the flames and hoped that the matter would end there. "If the agitators desire to go farther,"tie said, "they may hear from me again." THE NEW DINGLEY TARIFF The Bill to Be Known by That Name Completed. "Will Re Presented to the House Today and Referred to the "Ways and Means Committee. The conference of Republican members of the Ways and Means Committee, on the new bill fixing customs duties, which will go down to history as the Diugley tarlff bill, was in progress several hours yesterday in the room used for the purpose at the Cochran. It was after 9:30 p. m. before an ad journment was agreed upon. Then it was stated by a member of the committee that no meeting would take place this- morn ing, although the indications earlier In the day had been that further consideration tills morning would be necessary. It is un derstood that the bill is now complete so far as to be ready for presentation to the House. Itls expected that it will be introduced by Mr- Dingley this afternoon, as soon as the organization Is effected, and neces sary routine finished- It will be referred to the Ways and Means Committee, and will then, for the first time, be placed in the hands of the Democratic members of that body- They will take it up in the committee-room in company with the Re puMican majority. It is probable that this first Joint consideration ot it will take place on Tuesday. The Democrats will state their views and offer amend ments in accordance with them. It is probable that in some unimportant par ticulars they will secure changes, but In all the essentials their proposals will be promptly voted down- These meetings to allow the Democratic committee mem bers to study the measure and make their criticisms, which will go to the country as showing the Democratic position, will continue the remainder ot the week, If not longer. Mr. Dingley is said to wish to report the bill Tor discussion in the House early next week. It Is likely to go through without much delay. The Democrats have not manifested any intention to offer any dilatory opposition and the Republican majoiity is ample to secure an early vote and sure passage of the bill. Xo Republican opposition is likely to be given any more consideration than if it were Democratic. The first full discussion of the bill in Congress will then follow. This will be in the Senate and will probably occupy several weeks. Many ot the schedules as passed by the House will almost cer tainly be chnuged, some ot them radically. The articles over which most debate would naturally arise are sugar, wool and woolen manufactures, coal, iron, and lumber. Chairman Dingley has intimated that he will furnish for publication this afternoon a statement which will give the views of himself and the majority of ids Republi can associates regarding the bill. He will interpret the provisions and explain why they were made, giving attention, of course, only to points where important changes have been made. It is expected the bill will be giveu to the press early this afternoon. The pub lication of long extracts from the bill yes terday and the day before, in which por tions, at least, were quite accurate, has caused discussion among the members ot the conference and created considerable feeling outside. Japan's Eye on Hawaii. Honolulu. March 5, via San Francisco, March 1 1. The arrival in this port by the Japanese steamship Shinshiu-Maru of nearly 700 Japanese "students," who are permitted to land as Tree laborers, has given rise to a suspicion among some Government officials that Japan is stealth ilj landing soldiers on the islands with the expectation that at some future time, when the opportunity is offfered, a revo lution may place the Japanese in posses sion. Kins of Landowners Dead.. Keithsburg,Ill.,Marchl4. William!) rury, known as the millionaire landowner, died at his country place, north of this city, last night. He was the largest indi vidual landowner In this country,-having hundreds of thousands or acres in Col orado, Nebraska, Texas and Kausas,, be sides 0,000 acres or the richest farming lands in this comity. Mr. Drury was cighty:sevc:i years old. His investments were made In farm land alone. Anti-Trnst Bill Killed. -St. Paul, Minn., March 14. The senate yesterday recommitted the anti-trust bill, which is "modeled upon the new Georgia law. This action, it is understood, means the death of the bill. OzrmmV; civil service bill, which has been fought des perately from the beginning, mused by a hig majority. Mantels, Any Size, $1.00 Apiece Libbey & Co., 6th st. and N X. ave- How General Weyler Is Trying to Conquer CnLa. THE ATTACK ON BEJUCAfc Insurgents Carried Away the .Ef fects In the Stores General Wej Jer Kept HIh Poveunnent Jn Ittiiorance ot the Guinea Affuir. HeltMilzo 1VJIL Return to Spain, Havana, via ICey West. March 14. Secrec orders have been given by Weyler that whenever an attack is made on a town or city-all the female resident, on the simple suspicion of having connections with the insurgents, shall also be arrested as ene mies of Spain. They will be subject to court-maitial and- dciwrtair.m. TiiK order has aW been earned Into ef fect, for on the day following the entry of rebels nine women, with their fifteen chil dren, the ma Jori ty of the latter being babies, were arre-ted anil brought to Havana- l'erson-j visiting the palace Ihursdny night were shocked ut the sight of poor, forlorn human beings all huddled on the floor of one of the corridors, with their babies in their arum, all crying for vanu of food, they having been deprived of nourishment r drink dr.rnig tne whole day. It was a pitiful hpectacle. Even the volunteers on duty at the palace were moved to companion, and all were in dignant at such cruel treatment of help less women. From the palace orders were given to ijend them atl to the Case de Recogidas, or house of ill-repute for degraded women, and later on to be banished to Puerto Principe. Further details of the attack on Pejucal have been received. Theinsurgentscarried away in carts all the effects taken from the stores, three days ago There were sixteen houses still burning in the out skirts. Two fine horses, belonging to the military commander, were also carried away. The outrages committed there were horrible. Many residents, women and men, perished. The official reporc simply states that it was an attack on one of the forts, and, as usual, the rebels were repulsed with great losses. Persons moving in military circles are authoriry for the statement that Weyler has received a telegram from Spain, in quiring about th Guines affair. It wa not reported officially. Weyler gave aa evasive reply, and tiled to diminish its Importance and at the same time an nouncing hl intention of leaving for tho field rhe following day. Ho was an swered back with an order to remain and await further orders. Gen. Mclquizo. who was responsible for the DelgaJo and many other atrocities in Tinar del Ilto province, resentful at not being promoted toe his '"heroic" deeds, has decided to return to Spain, and. on -the sick, plea, will sail on tho "0th instant. Gen. Solano -will alto leave on the same date. It Is reported that Col- Kestor Aranguren.the Cuban leader who captured the Spanish officers on the Guaiutbacoa train some time ago, has been summoned to Gen. Gomez's- presence to explain th9 reason why he released them without waiting for orders. Col.-Toit, of the civil guards, who was In command of the Guines when the rebels entered the town, has been Indicted ou the charge of neglect of duty and coward ice, and soon will be court-martialed. THIED TO CVl'TTTRE ItEBEfS The Army of (Jen. Catelbmos Had a - Itou:h Experience. Havana, March 1-t. Gen. Jiminez Cas tellanos. learning that the members of the revolutionary government were at San Geranium, started on the 4th instant from Puerto Principe, with a strong Column, with the intention of making an attempt to cap ture them. The official report of the move ment has just been Issued. It states thC during the march of the troops, which occu pied five days, the column was constantly attacked byinsurgent bands. Several lively fights occurred, in all of which the rebels were beaten and "dispersed' with many losses. Notwithstanding these continual de feats and disper-ions, the rebels hung onto the flank? of the column and prevented it from reaching its intended destination. The sufferings of the troops were aug mented by a scarcity or water- While on the road Gen. Castellanos ordered the construction of a fort in which to leave his wounded. After it was completed forty soldiers were left to protect it, and the column moved on. Later a force of rebels attacked the fort but were "repulsed with heavy losses." The official report says that In the different encounters the rebels left forty seven dead on the field. The troops lost two lieutenants and six privates killed, and three lieutenants and twenty-nine prt vate. wounded. TlUi MATT KEItSEY CASE. An Investigation to He Sought Thronyh the State Department. There is a likelihood that the Matt Ker sey case will be referred this week or as early as practicableatter tomorrow to the State Department. Kersey is the Alex andrian who was reported to have been lost at sea on the way to Cuba and IateJ as having been confined in a Spanish prison. His motheris now living in Alex andria. Mrs Kersey will come to this city Xtf morrow and call upon her lawyer, E. T. M. Cleary, No. :?40 Indian avenue northwest, witli ietters, arridavits and other evidence to establish the latter belicr. Some weeks ago a traveler from Cuba stopped in Alex andria and gave some positive evidence that Matt Kersey was not only alive, bnt that he was a prisoner. This information, together with other evidence In the pos sesion of Mrs. Kersey, will add much to the chances ot her having an investigation institutted by the State Department- Several of the friends of Mrs. Kersey and her son, lwth in Alexandria and Washington, have Interested themselves in the matter, and will assist her iu every -way possible tomorrow, and until some action has been taken, looking to a de termination of the facts. The belief is very strong that Kersey is wrongfully detained, and that proper representation & may secure his release Consul McDaulel in New XorU. New Ifrrk, March 14. R. P McDaniel, United States Consul at Eahia. arrived at this port today per steamer Grcciar Prince, from that port. The "Weather. Fair; colder" 'wriucA- - tnda.