Fair; much colder with a'cold wave;
the temperature will fall about 20
AVednesday evening or night;
northwesterly gales, diminishing: -
Circulation' yesterday, 40; 005
WASHINGTON, AVEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY
TIE END IDW IR SIGHT
Spain Haughtily Expresses
a Willingness to Apologize.
A SERIES OF BLUNDERS
It Is Made Plain Tbut Some So it
of Disavowal Wao Neeessnty to
Hold in Check the Republican Con
gress ami Prevent the He cogni
tion of Cutia.
-After a series of diplomatic blunders
that in any European government
would apnea r inexcusable, and tly;
most urgent entreaties that could be
cabled -to its minister at Madrid, the
, .Administration has at last succeeded in
obtaining: a promise from Spain of a
disavowal of the insulting' utterances
written by Dupuy de Lome, and an
apology for the reprehensible conduct
of jits disgraced minister. The blun
deis committed in bringing: about this
result have made the foreign diplo
mats in this country smile, and will be
used in story telling abroad at gather
ings of diplomats for many yeais to
Foreign powcis have always affected
a contempt for American diplomacy,
and this latest effort of the State De
partment will not raise the standard of
;American diplomacy in their estima
tion. It seems to be conceded by all well
infoi med person? as to the internal ma
chinery of the State Department that
nothing but the fear that the refusal
by Spain to disavow would so enrage
tlie American Congress that the bellig
erency of Cuba would immediately be
recognized, and that complications of
a very serious character would follow,
brought about the willingness of Spain
to express regret. There appears to be
no doubt that Spain, when iiist re
quested to dh-111 ow Dupuy de Lome's
sentiments respecting the President,
autonomy and the proposed commercial
treaty, declined to do so, alleging as a
reason that the acceptance of the Span
ish ministers resignation closed the In
cident, t-o far as she was concerned.
This decision was cabled by Minister
"Woodford to Judge Day. and it creat
ed great disappointment. Gen. Wood
ford was cabled to urge the Spanish
government to make some sort of.
disclaimer. This dispatch was repeat
ed two or three times, and in each cass
the answer came back that Spain con
sidered the incident closed.
At last, as a final eiTott. Gen. Wood
ford, it is said, was instructed to make
it plain to the Spanish government
that something must be done by it
to mollify Congiess, and that if no dis
avowal was made the Republican ma
jority in the Rouse could no longer
be controlled by the Administration,
and that a stampede to the cause of
Cuba would ceitainly follow. It was
tills dispatch, it is said, that was cabled
Gen. Woodford last Sunday, and that
the appeal was effectual, results show.
The promise of Spain to Gen. Wood
ford to disavow and apologize has now
asbumed the attitude of condescension,
and when the text of the disavowal and
apology ,1s made public it will be found
to contain nothing that will Indicate
that a demand has been obeyed, but
rather that an entreaty has been
The dispatch received by Judge Day
conveying the promise of an apology
for tlie insolence of Dupuy de Lome,
and a disavowal of his sentiments,
contains a synopsis of the promised
disavowal and apology, but the word
ing lias not been made public Judge
Day has promised to make known tho
text when it ariives.
The stiained relations between this
Government and Spain did not come
up foi discussion at the Cabinet meet
ing yesterday, because such action was
deemed unnecessary, when the Presi
dent announced that the incident was
closed and that its termination was
'The Great Providers.'
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all you desire on Credit.
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satisfactory to the Administration.
There were but four members of the
Cabinet present at the meeting, Secre
taries Wilson and Long, and Attorney
General Griggs and Postmaster Gen
Judge Day refused to admit that lie
had received the message from Gen.
Woodford until after the meeting
of the Cabinet. His reason fo
this action was that it would
be considered improper to dis1
close the Information sent by Gen.
"Woodford until the Spanish govern
ment had ofllcia'lly acted upon the
matter and officially notified the Amer
It appeals that while theie is no doubt
but that the Spanish government lias
conveyed to General Woodford its inten
tions and has given him an outline of the
disavowal and apology, yet it is not
stamped as official, and the full text or it
will not be sent to this Government un
til it has been officially placed in the
hands of the American minister.
It is said at the Stats Department that
the amende made by Spain is entirely
satisfactory and that the incident will be
closed when the complete disavowal
leaches the department.
Judge Day said yesterday that lie
thought he would hardly bo able to
have the correspondence 1 elating to
Cuba, ready for the Ilout-e. to-day. If it
is it will be transmitted by the Presi
dent. It is probable that it will not
i each Congress before to-morrow.
It is understood that a vast amount
of culling out is being done with this
correspondence, and that certain docu
ments relating to the failure of autono
my will not be sent with the unimpor
tant correspondence to the House. The
President has the light to reserve such
correspondence, as he pleases, and this
will result in the House leceiving a
mass of letters that will not at all ex
plain the Cuban situation.
There is a strong belief that Gen. Lee
has written some things about Cuba
and the failure of autonomy that
would", if read in the House, create a
gieat sensation. If this is tuse, no one
expects the documents will lie included
in the papers which the Piesident will
DETECTIVES GFAHD DE LOME.
They Appear a Soon ns lie Kent-hes
II if, Xew York Hotel.
New York, Feb. IS. Senor Enrique
Dupuy de Lome will sail for Southamp
ton to-morrow at noon on the Britan
nic. Senor De Lome's party arrived at
Jersey City at 9 o'clock. They were met
by Proprietor Jordan, of the Hotel St.
Marc, and many reporters. Both Senor
and Senora De Lome gieeted Mr. Jor
dan cordially and then the entile parly
turned their backs on the reporters.
The news that the ex-minister of
Spain, who has been compelled to leave
this country in disgrace, was in the
station, spread rapidly, and as the par
ty entered the mam waiting room they
weie confronted by h curious crowd of
waiting passcngets, who passed un
complimentary lemarks about Spain
and the Spaniards generally, and tho
ex-minister particularly, in an audible
tone of voice.
It was here that a reporter succeeded
in asking Senor De Louie where he Was
to stop hile "in the city and when he
Intended to sail. AH members of the
party peremptorily turned their backs,
while the former minister lifted his hat
in evident annoyance and shaiply re
plied: "Sir, I have nothing to say."
Mr. Jordan is a Spaniard with an
American name. He has been a firm
friend of Senor De Lome for many
years. Mr. Jordan refuted to tell where
the ex-minister was going, and when
he intended mailing. He placed the pat
ty in his private cairiage, which was
driven aboard the Twenty-third street
ferryboat New Biunrfwick, the- same
boat which the Pennsylvania Company
reserved for the us of President Mc
Kinlcy when he last visited New York.
When Twenty-third street was reached
Mr. Jordan ordered bis coachman to
drive as rapidly as possible to the Ho
tel St. Marc and avoid all newspaper
Mr. Jordan appeared later with three
steamer trunks, but declared his ig
norance of Senor de Lomtf's plans. Tho
baggage, however, consisting of thirty
large trunks. was ticketed to the steam
ship Britannic, and sent to the White
Star steamer tonight, consigned for
the hold of the ship. Central Office De
tectives Bairett and Campbell arrived
at the Hotel St. Marc immediately
after Senor de Lome Jiad gone to hin
room and repotted that they would re
main on guard until morning to pre
vent any possible attempt to harm the
Spaniard. They will be relieved in tho
morning by other detectives, who will
watch the party until the Britannic
Complimentary l'liniir Omitted.
Madrid, Feb. 13. In the official ac
ceptance of Senor de Lome's resigna
tion the customary complimentary
phrase, "appreciating bis services" will
lie omitted, with the idea of satisfying
the United States.
MAY NOT BE THE NEVADA.
The ItosnlieV Ciew Doubts' If She
Has. Gone Down.
Tacoma, Feb. 15. The steamer Ros
alie, which -arrived this morning fiom
Alaska, brings news which makes it ap
pear very doubtful if the steamer which
was blown up and burned in the Lynn
Canal last week was the Clara Nevada.
W. R. Dally, of the steamer Rosalie,
makes the positive statement that the
Clara Nevada was pasted by the Ros
alie last Wednesday, just at daik, lying
to, under shelter of Douglas Island, near
If this story is true, some other steam
er, as yet unknown, must have been
wrecked. The steamer Queen, which is
expected to bring definite news, is two
Smallpox in Knoxville.
Knoxville, Teiin., Feb. 13. Six cases
of smallpox are reported in this city,
two of which developed last night.
Nearly one hundred cases are reported
in the neighborhood of Middlesboro,
The disease has spread into several
other Tennessee towns. Vigorous steps
are being taken to pievent its further
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C st. nw.; 'phone 020; or dealers generally.
Chesapeake Nails, Sl.oO n Keg; 100
lbP. Chesapeake willVaretlie best made.
MISSISSIPPI INDUS FIGHT
Tribal War Grows Out of Rival
Ball Playiqg;; ".
THREE MEN ARE'" KILLED
A Hit of Contemporary History
Thnt Heads Like a Chapter From
,7. Fenninioie Cooper Squaws
Triumphantly Carry Away the
Spoil of War.
Memphis, Feb. 13. There lb serious
trouble among the Indians of Missis
sippi. A recent bail game, ten miles
east of Carthage, between the Red
waters and Borne Chittos, both divi
sions of the Choctaw tribe, has result
ed in at least three deaths atid a num
ber of casualties that cannot be accu
During the first game, which took
place the latter part of December, the
Redwaters, for some alleged unfair
play, drove the Bogue Chittos off the
field and took possession of the scaf
fold, whereon it is customary to pile
the wagers. The clothes of the dis
comfited side were under the scaffold,
and they had to go oft in the icy rain In
the abbreviated costume worn during
the play. But this icy experience only
inliamed their rage and when they
finally left the field each individual
was nursing a fierce and eager scheme
About a week agd the Bogue Chittos
sent a challenge to the Redwaters for
a game at the same place. The chal
lengers ieadily surmised that it was net
only a trial of skill that their oppo
nents desired, but Choctaw blood. The
lival bands met, and with the Bogue
Chittos came a number of white men
nnd a covered wagon driven by a
negro. The bets were made by the va
rious Indians and the wager in each
case was tied up in a little bundle and
thrown upon the scaffold.
Then the game began and continued
for a few minutes.
Suddenly the Rogue Chittos and their
allies, the Turkey Creeks, took refuge
behind bome trees and began to fire on
the Redwaters. The latter were thus
held at ba while the women of their
opponents threw down the scaffold,
piled the wealth of Indian bets on the
coveied wagon and drove away.
In the meantime some of the Red
waters had hunted up such firearms as
were procurable and the battle began.
The Redwaters.being taken by surprise,
however, were forced to fight chielly
with rocks and sticks, but they finally
drove their assailants from the field.
Then the Redwaters made a detour and
cut off their retreating forces and a
bloody combnt took place, resulting in
the death of three Indians and tlie se
vere wounding of many more.
KEYSTONE MINERS M UET.
M r. Itntc-hford Prges a Thorough
Altoona, Pa.. Feb. 15. The State con
vention of Pennsylvania coal miners
opened here tills morning, about 100 del
egates being present. These came from
tlie anthracite and bituminous regions,
and tepresent neatly .100,000 workmen.
The convention has a number of grave
questions to consider, among them a
t edicts of the company store grievance,
the insitlauce upon the ratification of
the Chicago agreement by Pennsylvania
operators and a demand of an Increase
of 5 to 10 cents a ton.
The convention opened with Patrick
Dolan, president pro tern of the State
organization, In the chair. In his open
ing address Mr. Dolan fcaid that there is
a feeling of unrest among the machine
mineis in Hie Pittsburg district. He
recommended that the convention take
some action on the Sheriff Martin trial
and emphasized the statement that firm
ness and fair dealing were necessary ad
juncts to a successful struggle for the
icdress of giievanees.
M. D. Ratchford, president of the na
tional organization of United Mine
Woikeis, uiged the delegates to assist
themselves by means of thorough organ
ization. He said that by April 1 tlie
operators must grant the increase de
manded; otherwise the men would have
to submit to the low rate of wages or
stnke. He recommended that negotia
tions be opened for a joint meeting of
miners and operators fiom all fields to
arrange tlie matters in dispute.
THE CHICAGO NEWS TRUST.
It Will Be Heguiatcd in Ohio by
Columbus, O., Feb. 13. The Asso
ciated Press is looked upon b Attor
ney General Monett, of Ohio, and a
great many members of the general
assembly as a trust. A bill introduced
in the senate today seeks to compel
the association to furnish its news ser
vices to all Ohio papers which wish it.
The measure was prepared by Attor
ney General Monett. who gives it as
his opinion that the refusal of this as
sociation to afford all papers equal
privileges makes it a trust in plain
violation of the Sheiman anti-trust
A great many membeis of the assem
bly give it as their opinion that the
Associated Press comes clearly "within
the definition of whuti';constitutes a
trust and express themselves as in
favor of the passage of the
Dodge bill. It is understood the in
quiry of the trust investigating! com
mittee will be extended rb this' corpor
ation, and that If the.ra.are those out
side the State who want to volunteer
any information reganlipjrtlts methods
of doing business thVyiSfill have a
chance to testify. f
Duel in a Wine Room.
Si. Louis, Feb. 15. Thomas Turpin
and Abe Keeler fought a duel with pis
tols early this morning in a wine room
at Jack Turpin's saloon, 198 Chestnut
street. Eight shots were exchanged
and Keeler died at the City Hospital
this afternoon from his wounds.
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Maple Flooring", -1--1 and 5-4 of the
finest quality aud workmanship'.
COLD WAVE COMING.
Temperature Will Fall Twenty De
crees by Tonight.
The chief of the Weather Bureau has
sent out the following: "Hoist cold
wave flag; temperature, will fail 20 de
grees by Veflnesday evening or night."
MR. HANNA'S SISTER WEDDED.
Married at iTIiuiimsvllle, Git, to
S. P. Baldwin, of Cleveland.
Thomnsville, Ga. Feb. 15. Miss Lil
lian C. Hanna, sister of Senator Mark
Hanna, and S. P. Baldwin, of Cleve
land, Ohio, were- married here tonight
by the Rev. Dr. Whitney, of tlie Epis
copal Church. The wedding occurred at
the country residence of Mis. J. W.
Jones, the sister of Miss Hanna.
Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin will lemain
here a week and then depart for Wash
ington and the East.
M. Zola Exults Over the Trend
THE PROSECUTOR IS SILENT
Cumulative Evidence Tending to
Show That Esterhnzy Wrote
Traitorous Letter The Colonel
Is Uneasy About His Aline. Uou
luncy Co r respond euco.
Paris, Feb. 15. M". Zola said in an in
"Whatever tlie ret-ult of the trial, we
are producing a better effect than we
dared to hope. The government is now
forced into the pofcitloa of defendant.
The comic part of tlie affair is that the
public prosecutor, for the last tw o days,
has barely opened his lips."
A world of truth,Js thus put in a few
words. The government is placed in
tlie position of a defendant, and it is
defending Itself badly. The trial will
result in one conviction at least. The
French people will"bc convicted of in
capacity for self-government.
Gen, Gonse appeared in court today to
controvctt tiie gieat speech made by M.
James, the Socialist leader, in the
chnmber of deputies to the jury which,
perhaps, more than anything else, has
opened the eyes, of the Fiench people
and aroused the country.
General Gonse protested that the gov
ernment had no desire to conceal the
truth, nor did it have any fear of any
thing being brought into light. On the
contruiy, he said, the government wish
ed that everything should be brought
"Then," replied M. Laborl, "I beg of
you to produce hete, first, the bectet
pieces of evidence which Central Mer
qler submitted lo trie court-mat tlalL sec-"
ond, to iemove f;om Colqnel Picquatl'Uie
testrictions of professional freciecy. and
.third, to (iir.:et M.-Bertillon to tell the
Gen Goii;e replied: "I have no piwer
lo do thoso thlnus."
jr. Laborl diibvered with. "Tlwn spi alt
no more of ttuth ami light."
M. Crepitus Janine appeared to dfry
the insinuation m'de by M. Teystonieres,
the expeit. .esteyt1ay, that he had tr;ed
to bribe him to change his report up n
the bordereau. He did so emphatically,
and also called attention to several
points shown In Teysonieres' testimony
which he declatcd to be nbstitd as well
The important; point was brought out
again that the fac simile of the border
eau published in the Matin was identical
with the photograph copies which the
government had. supplied to It? experts
and which Teyssonieies had sent to the
Then comparisons were made be
tween specimens of Esterhnzy's wilt
ing, a photographic fac simile of the
bordereau and actual Writings of Drey
fus. One witness went so far as to
declare that any expert who did not
believe the boideieau to be the work of
Esterhazy should be disqualified.
The spectatois several times indulged
in angry demonstrations, M. Labori
protesting against these intert options-.
Declarations by M. Comlnges and
lime. Boulnncy weie read. The for
mer denie.d all knowledge of the "veil
ed lady," nnd refupcd to say any more.
Mine. Boulaney acknowledged receiv
ing several letters from Esterhazy
which were pet haps more compromis
ing than his traitorous Uhlan letter.
She declared J hat the was unwilling lo
submit theseetters to the court.
The defense applied to the court for
a piocess to compel the pioduetion of
certain letters written by Esterhazy to
lime. Boulaney in which the writer had
expressed mosL traitoious sentiments.
Mme. Boulancy's deposition went on in
say that Esterhazy had called several
times recently to demand the veturu of
these letters. Once he gained her door,
which was opened partly, but held
from opening further by a safety chain.
He demanded the letters, but the wit
ness in reply only promised not to pub
lish them. Esterhazy was there again
last Saturday, but tlie witness was
away from home when he called.
Expert testimony, abounding in tech
nicalities, was introduced, showing the
handwriting of the bordereau was Es
tcrhazy's. In the course of the exami
nation of these witnesses there were
frequent outbreaks of disorder on the
part Of- the audience.
Several members of the French insti
tute testified for the defense, declar
ing that Dreyfus was not rullt.v of
writing the bordereau. -
M. Grimaud especially made a nensa
tion by declaring thai because he had
signed a protest against-tlie conclusions
of other experts regarding the origin
of the bordereau, he was summoned be
fore the ministry of war on January 5.
The ministry he said, demanded to
know why he had done this act of a
free citizens and on the following day
he was dismissed.
Railway Rale War in Canada.
Montreal, Feb. ir.. The Grand Trunk
officers have been notified that the
interstate commerce commission has
granted their request abrogating the
long a-nd short haul clause of the inter
state commerce law in so far as it af
fects traffic to points in Manitoba and
the northwest teritorles. A rate war
between the Grand Trunk and the
Canadian Pacific Railroads may now
be looked for.
S3.75 Secures .5 Mack
intoshen at J. Auerbach'.s, G23 Pa. ave.
The ' Weather.
Pair; -miiob colder; with a cold wave.
EXPLOSION ON THE VINE
American Battleship Now in Ha
vana Harbor Disabled.
THE CiyiT WILDLY EXCITED
Heport That Thirty Persons Are
Killed and Many Injured Relief
Boats Hasten to the Vessel's
Aid Spanish Tioops Ordered to
New York, Feb. 15. Dispatches re
ceived in this city tonight from Havana
says that the United States ship Maine,
now in the harbor, was tlie scene this
evening of a terrific explosion. It is
feared that many were killed, but de
tails are as yet lacking. The explosion
occurred shortly after 10 o'clock. The
effect was felt throughout the city.
The streets are filled with excited citi
zens and troops have been ordered to
Boats were sent to tho aid of the
Maine from a number of ships now in
the harbor. The wildest reports are
cut rent, it being declared that as many
as thirty weie killed. It is probable,
however, that this estimate is exagger
ated. Nothing Is known of the caOse
of the explosion. It is feared that the
ship is seriously if not permanently
crippled. There are fears that she will
NAVAL VIGILANCE EVADED.
Useless Hunt After Steamers With
Stores for Culm.
New York, Feb. 15. If ay expedition
has been dispatched to Cuba by way
of Long Island Sound the Federal au
thorities have not found any trace of
It. The hunt has been given up. ami
the two naval tugs which left the
Brooklyn navy yard and Newport yes
terday to search th sound for sus
picuous vessels have been recalled.
The tug Nina, which left the navy
yard yesterday with a crew of twenty
one, including several marines, re
ported today at noon from New London
to ("apt. Gilmore. acting commandant
of the yard, that she had discovered
At the "'uban junta today nobody
would admit any knowledge of an ex
pedition having departed, but every
body seemed happy.
A Reduced Republican Plurality in
Dnvp-Mnrti Wjm a Stennl Victory
Deiiioc-intJ Carry Lancaster
and Make Gains Elsewhere.
Philadelphia. Feb. lo. Returns from
the municipal election up to midnight
indicate a plurality for William J.
Roney, Republican, for tax receiver, of
upwards of 30.000. Twenty wanls out
of CS at midnight give Roney 50,770;
Rhawn. citizens' candidate, 21,005; Don
nelly, Democrat, 13.728.
Since those returns about five more
wards give a proportional plurality for
Roney of about .1,000. The total plurality
may reach 40,000.
The wards controlled by the Quay
leaders turned in fair majorities for
the Republican candidate for tax re
ceiver, except the seventh, where a ma
jority of 200 was given for the citizens'
candidate. The ward is controlled by
Israel W. Durham, the Quay boss in
Philadelphia, and gives 4,000 Republi
can plurality at a national election.
It is impossible to estimate at a late
hour the result of tlie citizens' move
ment for better eouncilmen. The re
sult is a triumph for David Martin,
who retains his influence over the Re
publican organization in the city.
A Republican plurality of only 40,000
in the city of Philadelphia is really a
Democratic victory. McKinley's plu
lality oyer Bryan in 1S96 was li::,139,
and last year, before tlie sham prosper
ity hau been thoroughly tested, the Re
publicans carried the city by 77,019.
DEMDCI1ATS CARRY LANCASTER.
Elect Their Mayor and Achieve De
Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 15. Tlie most
fiercely fought municipal battle in the
l.istoiy of this town ended tonight. with
tlie election of Simon Shissler, Demo
crat, as mayor, by a vote of o.Sfil to 3,
S5S for Samuel M. Myers, Republican.
The present mnyor is a Republican
who, two years ago, had nearly f0tf
The election of Shissler as an out-and-out
supporter of Bryan is regard
ed as a victory for free silver.
Republicans Carry I'ittsburtr.
Pittsburg, Feb. 13. The municipal
election today resulted in favor of the
Republicans, as usual, and they gain
ed live coiincilmen that they lost to
tlie municipal league two years ago.
The chief fight was. In the Twentieth
ward, where George H. Stengel, a"
Democrat, and tlie chief municipal
league councilman, was defeated by
either one or three votes.
Von Dei' A lie to Ho Freed.
Pittsburg, Feb. 15 J. M. Glover.
Chris, Von dei Abe's attorney, arrived
in town tonight with $1,000. President
Nick Young, of the National League,
has instructed President Watkins to
make up the difference, and the league
will be responsible. Von der Ahe will
be released tomorrow morning.
Voluntary Hank "Liquidation.
Boston, Feb. 15. At a special meeting
of the stoekholders-of the National City
Bank today It was voted to so into vo'
unrary liquidation. L. S. Tuckerman
is the ptesldent of the bank, which has
a. capital of $1,000,000.
Cypress Boards, IS in., 18 in., 20
in. wide. Any thickness dressed.
A FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT.
William Baker Is Terribly Injured
Near r.uurel, Del.
Laurel, Del., Feb. 15.-jA frightful ac
cident occurred near here today. Wil
liam Baker, a prominent mill owner,
was tunning a taw through an oak log.
The saw broke in many pieces and the
largest one struck Baker back of the
right ear and tore one side of his face
off with the nose. When his brother
reached him Baker's tongue was hang
ing out at one side of the mouth.
Al'TONOMISTS ARE ACTIVE.
The- Are Trying; to Get Further
Havana, Feb. 13. The Radical fac
tion of the Autonomist party is making
strenuous efforts to convince the Span
ish government of the necessity to
make further political concessions if
peace is to be reached within a short
Senors Amblard, Giberga and other
prominent Autonomists make fre
quent calls upon Capt. Gen. Blanco and
urge him to prevail upon the Madrid
cabinet that the recently decreed au
tonomic constitution should be modi
fied before the next general election.
He Is Said to Have Experienced
a Change of Heart.
HE CONFERRED WITH MURPHY
After tlie (!n:ifi'ciicu Xhw York's
Si-tiior Senator Voted fur lhw
i't'lIi.T Hi-KOlutinii Empire State
Democrats Will Adopt the Chi
cago I'liitfnt-iii tttul H-btike Hill.
New York. Feb. 15. The story was
current in New York political circles
today that Richard Croker favors the
readoption of the Chicago platform by
the New Yolk State Democratic con
ention this year.
Mr. Croker's talks with up-State
Democrats, who have called on him. is
said to have led him to believe that a
combination on platform, candidates
and all can be effected If Tammany will
go into the deal.
The Brooklyn PJagle, which makes
this announcement, further says:
"Nor long ago Mr. Croker favored a
campaign solely on State issues and the
relegation of financial questions to the
Congressional district conventions, but
since former Senator Hill settled upon
that plan as a way out of political trou
bles, Mr.Croker has been, lukewarm. He
does not like to trail along behind Mr.
"Senator Murphy's vote for the
Teller silver resolution was cast after
a conference with Mr. 'roker. who
urged the Senator to maintain his party
regularity and Tammany Hall to a man
will foimally approve Mr. Murphy's
"The forces behind Murphy, the rural
Democrats who supported Bryan, and
Mr. Croker's organization will unite in
supporting the Senator and with the
silver issue thus thrust forward, Mr.
Hill will find it difficult to sidetrack it,
although he is making a dtiff tight to
"Mr. Cioker is very reticent the.e
days when any public uuestion is
broached and the only recent public
statement he has made is that Tam
many will have no candidate for Gov
ernor." CONFEHENCE OF POPULISTS.
Mr. Hryan Not Present tit the Min
Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 15. Mr.
Bryan was not present today in atten
dance upon the confetence of the
Populist leaders, nor is it assured that
he w ill be here during the sessions.
The meeting today was participated
in by Senator Butler, ex-Senator Du
bois, and Gen. Weaver, ail of wlrom
pleaded for the co-operation of the
"Jf TTiere not o-operation," said
Chalfiiian Butler, "responsibility will
iest on those who refuse to make a
common tight for a common end. Went
we to invite them I don't think one
so-called mid-i oader would stand out
when it appears that the co-operation
proposed is on honorable term'."
Ignatius Donnelly and his friends are.
however, net on hand. Anti-fusion-ists
have been running down the poli
tical records of Messrs. Butler and
Weaver, and clain to have unearthed
the lact that neither of the gentle
man in question is a true Populist.
FROM CAPE TOWN IO CAIRO.
Progress of the Railway Enter
prise of Cecil Rhode--.
London, Feb. 15. Accoiding to a dis
patch to the Daily Mail fiom Cape
Town, a considerable pail of the pet
scheme of Cecil Rhodes for the con
struction of a Britisli laihvay from
Cape Town to Cairo is about to be real
ized. The details have baen beltled for
the extension of the Buiuwayo line to
Lake Tanganyika, at a cost of 3,000,000
The line will connect with the Gwai
coal fields. It will eros the Zambesi
River a hundred miles below Victoria
Falls. It is stated that tho engineering
difficultier are exceeding few.
May and Oeectitncr AVeil.
New York. Feb. 15. Richard Hill, the
millionaire thread-mill owner, of Kear
ny, N. J"., was married this afternoon
to Miss Annie A. Parker, daughter of
one of ills former employes. Hill Is
sixty and bis bride nineteen. The girl
was said to be engaged to Ernest Froe
llch. a young, handsome resident of
Kearny, but on Hill's return from Eu
rope last mdntli she apparently forgot
her younger but poorer sweetheart.
Our .V.'i "Rain Conts," S3.73.
LowcMr yet! Auerbach, C2; Pa. ave.
No Matter What. Prices Are Given,
You coriic right here. Ourpricesare lowest.
II APPIJOTIE PEOPLE
United Silver Forces Issue
THE FIRST GUN OF 1898
Democrats, Republicans and Pop
ulists Who Oppose Plutocracy In
vited to Co-operate Document
of Fnr-Heuehliig: Significance All
Are Signed by Representative Meu.
of Their Respective Parties.
The friends of silver of all parties
came out yesterday In addresses
to the people of the United St&tes call
ing upon them to buckle on the armor
and prepare for the fight that is before
them In the contest between bimetal
lism on the one side and the gold mono
metallism of the Republican party on
the other. For the past two weeks the
chairman of the Democratic National
Committee and the Populist and free
silver Republican leaders have been
endeavoring to reach some common
ground from which they might appeal
to the American people for unity of
action 'in the coming campaign. After
numerous conferences it was deemed
best to issue a. statement separately
on behalf of each of the parties now en
gaged in fighting the common foe.
These statements were prepared1 and
given out for publication last night.
It will be perceived that there is u
singleness of purpose running through
all of them, and that the battle Is to
be fought along the lines laid down by
tlie Chicago platform, and that the fre
coinage of silver at the ratio of sixten
to one ia to be the shibboleth of the
forces allied with each other against,
the gold monometallists of the Republi
can party. Senator Jones, chairman of
the National Democratic party, states
the issue In the following addrss.
which the wayfaring man may
read as he runs and understand.
It is well worth reading and Th Tinves
takes pleasure of presenting it
in full, believing that it is or
of the most important documents that
has yet been contributed to the cam
paign which will soon be upon the
country. The text of Mr. Jones's ad
dress is as follows:
To the People; The surrender of the
Republican party to the advocates of
the gold standard and monopoly Is at
last complete. The present Adminis
tration, called to power upon the sol
emn pledge of the Republican national
convention at St. Louis to promote bi
metallism, has formulated and sent to
Congress a bill, the leading purpose of
which, the honorable Secretary of the
Treasury avows, is "to commit th
country more thoroughly to the gold
standard." The country has already,
for twenty-four years, been so thor
oughly committed to this standard,
partly by law and partly by the usurp
ations of the executie branch of the
Government, that its effects are seen
and felt on every hand; wages are re
duced; work is harder to get; the
weight of debt Is doubled; the value of
laud and other property is reduced one
half or more, until the lives of th, peo
ple are "made bitter with hard bond
age." It is certainly not In the inter
est of humanity ro have thia condi
tion of things more thoroughly estab
lished. The continued rise in the value of
gold, or, which is the same thing, the
continued fall of prices, must inevita
bly transfer the property of all those
engaged in active business, the actual
creators of wealth,, whether by hand,
brain or capital, to those who, avoiding
tlie risk sind effort of active business,
only draw interest.
The increase ot 145 per cent, in the
value of money, caused by its increas
ing scarcity, from 1S09 to ism.
as admitted by leading ad
vocates of the gold standard, fouml ex
pression at that time In extremely to
prices and conditions of unparauVIt
distress. The discovery of gold and sil
ver in extraordinary quantities, ami
the great increase In the volume if
metallic money resulting therefrom, re
lieved this distress, and brought in its
stead wonderful prosperity. Prices
rose, business nourished, producers
prospered, all. were happy. SubsUmt'at
ly this condition would have continued
if both the precious metals bad been
allowed to remain In use as money, be
cause they were being found in nearly
sufficient quantities to increase th vol
ume of money in proportion to the de
velopments of business. A wicked con
spiracy, however, deprived me of them
of the" money function. Ik's was done
with tlie deliberate purpose of raising
the value of the other by rendering the
supply of metallic money relatively
scarcer as compared with the demand.
From the hour of the consummation of
this crime mankind has suffered com
mercial disaster and social distress in
almost constantly increasing measure.
Just in proportion to the growth of artii
and civilization nnd the expansion of
commerce, business and industry, the
inadequacy of the volume of gold a
felt, its scarcity is emphasized, its
The repression of life and happiness,
which is inseparable from a. long
course of declining prices, has now
checked development, and if continued,
will ultimately stitie civilization. An
eminent American. President Andrews,
of Brown University, some years ago.
paid: "Our national debt on September
1, 1SB.". was two and throe-quarter bill
ions; it could then have been paid oft
with eighteen million bales of cotton,
or twenty-five million tons of bar- iron.
When it had been reduced to a billion
and a quarter, thirty million bales of
cotton, or thirty-two million tons of
iron would have been required to pay
it. In other words, while a nominal
shrinkage of about 55 per cent had
taken place in the debt, it had, as
measured in either of these two wbrM
staples, actually been enlarged by some
SO per cent."
Although more than half the princi
pal of this enormous debt and every
The Outlook for -BnliaitiKs Every
where Is bad. We are the f Irat tocutMiricesf.
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