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Refunding of Debts of the
Pacific Roads Virtually
Agreed Upon.
Central Pacific People to Be Given
a Long Time in Which
to Settle.
No Relief to the Coast Will Be Given
in the Measure Prepared by the
Joint Committee.
WASHINGTON. D. C, March 30.— The
joint sub-committee of the Senate and
House on Pacific railroads has completed
a bill which will be reported to the full
committees of both houses at their next
meeting, and with the exception of some
changes of little importance it will un
doubtedly be reported in the Senate and
House at an early date.
The bill is divided into two parts, that
referring to the Union Pacific and
branches and that relating to the Central
For the Central Pacific and Western
Pacific companies the bill requires the
Treasury Department to determine their
indebtedness as it will stand on the first
day of 1897. Precise directions for this are
made at length. The companies must de
liver to the Secretary of the Treasury a
mortgage to bear date of January 1, 1897,
for the full amount of indebtedness and
covering the entire property of said com
panies of any and all description, real, per
sonal or mixed, or in securities and all
beneficial interests which it may have in
the lease of its property to the Southern
Pacific Company.
An inventory of all said properties shall
be filed at the Treasury Department. This
mortgage shall be he id as security for the
payment of the principal of the debt and
the interest on bonds.
The Central Pacific Company is to issue
bc:iJ» in an amount equal to the full in
debtedness of the roads. These bonds
shall be of $1000 each, to bear interest at
2 per cent per annum payable semi-annu
vith the Ist of July, 1897,
at,<i c-"rit'nulncr with ttie life of the bona.
The bonds shall be delivered to the Secre
tary of the Treasury as provisional pay
ment of the indebtedness. The corporate
character of the Central Pacific Com pan y
shall continue until the bonds shall have
been fully paid.
The Central Pacific Company shall on
the Ist of January of each year fora period
of ten years, commencing January 1, 1898.
pay into the treasury in addition to the
interest then due on its indebtedness, the
siim of £300,000 per annum, and for a
period of ten years following it shall pay
in addition to the interest $500,000 per an
num, and thereafter, in like manner, com
mencing January 1, 1888, it shall pay an
nually $730,000, until the whole amount of
the bonds shall have been paid.
These payments shall be applied to Ihe
redemption of bonds of the Central Pacific
in the order of the numbers of such bonds,
beginning with the highest unpaid num
ber, and no other bonds under said mort
gage shall be issued by the company in
lieu thereof. As soon as all the bonds
have been redeemed the total indebtedness
BhalJ be wholly discharged, and the Secre
tary of the Treasury shall discharge the
The statutory lien now subsisting under
the acts of Congress approved July, 1862,
July 2, 1864 and May 7, 1878, is to stay in
force for the security of the Government
debts until all liens on the property af
fected by the company's mortgage shall
have been paid and discharged. When
ever the President of the United States
shall deem it necessary for the preserva
tion of the security of the United States
in respect to its mortgage or other
interest in any of the company's property
named in this act, upon which paramount
title is held by the United States, the Sec
retary of the Treasury may be authorized
by him to redeem any such paramount
title or other incumberanee by paying the
sum due thereon out of the treasury, and
the United States shall thereupon be sub
rogated to all rights pertaining to the
deots of the title when tuch payment shall
have been made.
It is provided that in such case of pay
ment by the United States repayment may
be required from the company of all money
paid for such purpose, with costs; and if
the company fails to make such re pay
ments within one year after notification
the entire indebtedness of said company
may become due and payable, and all the
Government's rights thereon shall be en
The Central Pacific Company is allowed,
without injury to the present lien thereof,
to extend the payment of, or refund, by
issuing new bonds secured by mortgage,
any of its indebtedness authorized by sec
tion 10 of the act of July 2, 1864, as
amended by the act of March 3, 186 a, at a
lower rate of interest than it now bears,
not to exceed S per cent, payable semi-an
nually. Should tnere be default continu
ing for six months in the regular pay
ments of interest on bonds or of principal
required in this act, the entire
debt due tne Government shall, at
the option of the President, imme
diately mature, and the United State* may
take possession of the mortgaged prop
erties of such companies without applying
to court or Congress, or may institute pro
ceedings in any court of competent juris
diction to enforce its claim. The bonds
muet include such stipulations as shall
B.;cure said bonds and the application
thereto of the money paid to the Govern
ment, these to be approved by tbe Secre
tary o f the Treasury. Certified duplicates
of boii'is snail be kept for public inseer
tion an : shall be placed for that purpose
with the clerk of the Circuit Court of ihe
United States and of tlie Superior Court of i
The San Francisco Call.
territories wherever any part of the rail
road lines concerned traverse their do
While any bonds ivmain unpaid no
dividend shall be declared by the com
pany which issued the same, unless really
earned, nor unless the company shall have
paid all the interest due on the debt hav
ing a lien prior to the Government and all
matured installments of the principal and
interest (hen due on the Government debt,
nor unless said earnings snail warrant
such dividends.
Dividends of more than 4 per cent shall
not be paid unless an amount equal to
siioh excess over 4 percent shall be paid to
the treasury to be applied to the redemp
tion of bonds. Fines and penalties are
provided for any action subverting this
requirement. The act is to go into effect
upon the written acceptance of its
terms being tiled with the Secretary
of the Treasury on or before January 1.
1807; for the Union Pacific Railroad, and
within three nonths after the passage in
the case of the Central Pacific, subject,
however (as to the Central Pacific), to the
adjustment of the debt as provided for.
The Central Pacific is required to change
the terms of the lease of its road to the
Southern Pacific Company. The latter
company must guarantee the payment by
the Central Pacific Company daring the
continuation of such lease of the interest
and installments on the principal of the
bonds provided for in this act. The modi
tied lease shall be worded, that should the
Southern Pacific Company agree to ter
minate it before the payment of the debt
it shall guarantee that the Central Pacific
Company pays such interest and install
ments while any of such bonds remain un
The lease shall require that sums
amounting to about $2,439,000, now
credited in the treasury to the Central
Pacific Company for services rendered on
non-aided lines, a portio'i of which is now
in the judgment in favor of the Southern
Pacific Company, shall immediately be
applied to the cancellation of the bonds
as herein provided for.
A duplicate original of the modified
lease shall be riled at the Treasury Depart
ment by the Central Pacific. Should the
lease be abrogated by the parties thereto
the principal of the bonds shall, at the
option of the President, mature at once.
As long as the bonds are owned by the
Government any of the railroad com
panieß may redeem the whole of them.
The United States will sell any of the
bonds at any time for not less than their
face value and accrued interest.
"When this act is accepted the Govern
ment directors are wiped out and all the
laws relating to the collection of any per
centage of the net earnings or to the with
holding or application of any sums due to
the Government other than provided for
in the bill shall end.
The railroad companies must transmit
dispatches over their telegraph lines, and
mails, troops, munitions, public supplies
and stores whenever called upon, allowing
the preference to the Government at all
times, and the Government shall pay a
reasonable price, not greater than what
would be charged private parties.
The Attorney-General shall enforce this
act and shall report to the President
every year (or oftener) thereon, which re
port shall be transmitted to Congress.
This act is to be subject to alteration or
repeal at the hands of Congress, and noth
ing contained in it shall impair any right
or remedy in the premises now existing in
favor of the Government.
The provisions of the Union Pacific Com
pany require that its mortgage shall em
brace all property, terminals, land and
everything pertaining to it, real personal,
or in security. Interest and principal on
its bonds are arranged on the same basis
as is shown in the foregoing for the Cen
tral Pacific Company. It may issue a cer
tain amount of stock, provided that from
the proceeds of the same all existing
bonds upon its property or lands or hold
ings be extinguished and all mortgages
Such new mortgages as are authorized in
the bill must be a new lien on the property
of the railroad covered by existing mort
gages and the second mortgage authorized
in the bill to be made to the Government
shall be junior and subject to no other lien
than the new first mortgage. The Union
Pacific may execute its bonds under date
of January 1, 1897, to mature January 1,
1947. Interest is not to exceed 4 per cent
and principal not to exceed the
face of the amount of the out
standing first mortgage bonds prior to
the lien of the United States on subsidized
pirts of its railway, and those secured by
mortgages constituted for liens on parts of
some or on terminal properties, equipment
or upon lands of said company and those
secured by "mortgage upon the Omaha
bridge, aggregating $54, 731,000.
Bonds must be secured by a firßt mort
gage upon all properties, terminalor other
wise, and all the then unsold land grant
lands and all the then outstanding lands
and all other property shall be included in
such existing mortgages of the Union Pa
cifi Railroad Company and upon all of its
rights, titles, privileges and franchises.
The Union Pacific may issue its pre
ferred stock to not more than its present
stock ; but no dividends shall be paid upon
it over 4 per cent nor except out of such
net or surplus earnings as shallte acquired
by the company in that year of the divi
dend and as shall remain after the pay
ment of operating expenses and interest
upon new first mortgage bonds and on the
fixed annual sums required to be paid upon
its second mortgage bonds.
Should the railroad and property of the
Union Pacific Company contemplated to
be included in the new mortgage be sold
under pendinc foreclosure proceedings, or
other proceedings, but subject to all the
existing liens of the United States, or
parts thereof, the purchasers of said rail
way and other property who shall have
acquired the same, subject to Government
liciiF, and who shall have filed with the
Secretary of the Treasury their written
acceptance of this act within the time
limited, or within such extended time not
exceeding six months as may be pre
scribed by the President of the United
States, shall be, together with their asso
ciates and their successors, created a cor
poration by name and style of the Union
Pacific Railroad Company.
These purchasers and their associates
must file with the Secretary of the Treas
ury a written instrument executed by
them as incorporators indicating fifteen
persons who shall act as directors of said
corporation, and such persons so desig
nated, or a majority of them, shall meet
within thirty nays afttr the filing of such
instrument at the place where the annual
meetings of the stockholders of the Union
Qmiinucdon Tliird Page.
For San Francisco, brighter; Rainey in Southern California.
Dan Lamonfs Objections to
the Promotion of
Why the War Secretary Thinks
the Lieutenant Generalship
Should Not Be Revived.
Gallant Record of the Man Who Was
Not in West Point Is Skimmed
WASHINGTON, D. C, March 30.— The
letter of Secretary of War Lamont, re
turning to General Hawley, chairman of
the Senate Committee on Military Affairs,
without approval, a bill pending before
that committee bestowing upon General
Nelson A. Miles, the General commanding
the army, the grade of lieutenant-general,
was to-day made public. Accompanying
the letter were voluminous extracts from
the military records of Generals Scott,
Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Schotield,
wbo held tne grade of lieutenant-general,
and of Generals Miles, Ruger and Merritt.
The letter follows:
War Department, Office of the Secretary J
Washington, March 5, 189.t>. j
. Hon. Joseph R. Hawlcy, Chairman Committee
on Military Affaire, United States Senate— Sir:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt
through your reference of Senate bill 113,
also Senate resolutions 41 and 81, now pend
ing in the present session of the Fifty-third
Congress, and relating to the revival or be
stowal by assignment of the grade of lieuten
ant-general. In response to your request for
information and remarks respecting these
measures I respectfully submit the following:
Since the organization of the Government
but six officers of the army have held the grade
of lieutenant-general and in no instance has
an officer attained this rank until lie has suc
cessfully commanded the whole or separate
army in battle and campaign. The grade was
created in 1708, when a Commander was to be
provided for an army expected to be required
in the impending war with France. Washing
ton, who had been general-in-chief throughout
the seven years' war of independence and had
been eight years President, wasrhost-n to fill
the position. Fortunately the expected hos
tilities were averted, only a small part of the
army was enrolled and the necessity for a com
mander-in-elnef was of short duration. The
office ceased to exist fn December, 1799, with
the death of Lieutenant-General Washington.
The grade has been revived three times since
its first creation and always with the object of
conferring complimentary rank upon generals
who had rendered "eminent and distinguished
services" or those "most distinguished for
courage, skill and ability' 1 in war. Five be
sides Washington were thus honored, of whom
four had received the thnnks of Congress by
name for most distinguished military service,
wails the fifth had commanded a separate
army during the late war, had attained the
highest regular grade thirty years before his
promotion, had held the chief command of
the whole regubir army for seven years
und had successfully discharged most
delicate and responsible military and
civil duties. The officers promoted in pursu
ance of the statutes reviving the grade of lieu
tenant-general were Major-Generals Scott,
Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Schofleld. The
promotion of General Scott was not authorized
until eight years after the service thus recog
nized was rendered, and General bcaofleld's |
! advancement was postponed until the eve of
: his retirement from active duty. Lieutenant
! General Sherman while on his deathbed was
promoted to general. The reorganization act
of 1806 fixed the strength of the army at sixty
i regiments, and the corps, of general officers
■ consisted of General Grant, one, lieutenant-
I general, Sherman; five major-generals,, Ha
l! leek, Meade, Sheridan, Thomas ! and Hancock,
! end ten brisradier-eeneral*. Powell,' Cooke,
Pope, Hooker, Schofield, J-r^tfard, Terry, Ord,
Canby and ' Rousseau.-. }■.{**/ "■ '
lint four year* later force v.c« reduced
to forty regiments, the major-generals were re
duced to three, the brigadiers to six and the
grades of general and • lieutenant-general,
when next vacated, were not again to be con
ferred. At the time of the enactment of this
statute forbidding further promotion to lieu
tenant-general there still served on active duty
several officers who had successfully . com
manded the whole army, separate armies or
army corps during the Civil War, and as such
had rendered most distinguished services, but
the power to reward by further promotion
such men as Halleck, Meade, Hancock and
others was deliberately taken away. -It
was enacted in 1870, during the administra
tion of President Grant, that the offices then
held by Sherman and Sheridan, when next
vacated should .not be filled. The, present
major-generals of the army attained brilliant
reputations for gallantry while commanding
subdivisions of army corps during the late
conflict and have added to their laurels since
by efficient performance of arduous ; service
upon the Indian frontier but it is no reflection
upon these excellent officers to say that the
services they • have so far rendered are not of
that exalted character that has hitherto been
regarded as a prerequisite to the advancement
now proposed: •
Noting that the grade of lieutenant-general
has not been, regarded as a permanent office
necessary to our "army organization, and has
been conferred t only ; upon a few officers who
have rendered marked service in war; that tha
complimentary rank, when bestowed, has
often been withheld until years after the de
monstration of their superior ability, and has
only been voted as a reward of great military
genius and a conspicuous leadership, the con
clusion is reached that whatever the merits
and promise of any officer of our peace estab
lishment they will as yet have no'opportunity to
demonstrate their genius and capacity as com
manders of large armies, but the measures here
tofore required and the existing conditions do
not demand its revival at this time. Very re
spectfully. .! .- . • I '.-••, ' . .
:.;:,- „ Daniel 8. Lamont, Secretary of War.
Discovery of the Remains of a
Missing Farmer in
Wounds on the Body and Other Marks
of Violence Indicate a Terrible
WICHITA, Kanr., March 30.— The mys
tery surrounding the disappearance of W.
W. Huddleson, a wealthy farmer, near
Douglass, Kans., from his home last
Thursday morning, was partly solved to
day when one of the numerous searching
parties found his body in the Walnut
The body was lodged in the projecting
roots of a big tree. There was a gaping
bullet wound in the head, dirkknife
wounds in several places on the body, and
other marks of violence, showing that a
terrible struggle had taken place. The
dead man's clothes w f ere in snreds. and his
pockets had been rifled.
The Coroner was notified and is making
every possible effort to unravel the mys
tery. The country has been scoured for
days by friends of the missing man. The
Coroner believes he has a clew to the per
petrators of the deed, and arrests are
looked lor to-morrow.
Gut a Complete Xeira Service.
WINONA, Minn., March 30.— The Dally
Herald of this city, the most influential
journal in this section of the State, to-day
began receiving the service of the United
LA CROSSE, vVis., March 30.—Begin
ning to-day the United Press will" render
iis news service to the Daily Press of this
city, uu old-established newspaper.
Shot by the Spanish in the
Government Fortress
at Cabanas.
Heavy Damages Demanded for
the Bombardment of a
Cuban Insurgents Declared to Be More
in Need of Arms Than
HAVANA, Cuba, March 30.— The rebel
leader, Eprique Aleman, was shot this
morning in the Cabanas fortress. Other
executions will take place this week.
General Melguizo had an encounter yes
terday with a rebel party under the leader
Aguirre at a point one kilometer south of
Bninoa, between Havana and Matanzas.
One Spanish captain and three soldiers
were wounded with machetes. Eighteen
rebels are reported killed.
Here is the story of the three brothers
Farrar, all American citizens and joint
owners of the coffee plantation Estrella in
Havana province, near Alquizar. It does
not differ greatly from the experiences of
many other owners of estates in the inte
rior, but as these men happen to be Amer
icans and have made sworn statements
protesting against the excesses committed
by Spanish troops and demanding dam
ages, the affair has become one of official
record. The papers are now in the hands
of Consul-General Williams. Miguel Far
rar, one of the brothers, has furnished me
with a copy of his statement. It is as fol
•'On Saturday, March 21, the dwelling
house of the coffee plantation Estrella
was the oDject of a wanton attack by the
column of General Bernal, operating in
that region. The said building received
cannon shots of grace and cannisier,
breaking the doors, one window, several
piazza columns and greatly endangering
the lives of the families of my brothers,
Don T.i sco and Don Luis Farrar, both
American citizens. There were two small
children la the house. From information
it appears that the troops mentioned
had sustained fire with a rebel band
in Paz plantation, a quarter of a
league from Eatrella. The rebels hav
ing flea toward Buena Esperanza
Plantation, the Government troops
advanced toward Estrella. in quite an op
posite direction from that taken by the
rebels. On arriving at the borders of Es
trella plantation the Spanish troops began
firing cannon at the dwelling-houoe and
we were immediately invaded by soldiers
who ransacked the house, carrying off
wardrobes, all jewelry, men's clothing, as,
well as the sum of $60 in money. They
also took away everything found in
the workmen's dwellings, arresting at the
same time twelve of the occupants whom
they conducted to Alquizar as insurgents.
It should be observed that the cannon
were fired soleiy at the dwelling-house of
the ownera, although there were twenty
other buildings on the plantation and the
place was entirely clear of insurgents.
In consideration of all the above, and
particularly on account of the danger to
which his relations were exposed, and also
for the unjustifiable looting on the part of
of the regular troops in the service of a
constituted Government, the undersigned"
does most solemnly protest and asks an
immediate indemnity for the damages
suffered, which he values at $5000, as all
work has been stopped on the plantation
and everything abandoned.
The Spanish official account of what
happened qn the Estrella plantation is as
"The column of General Bernal found
several bands of rebels, who made them
selves strong in the house of the planta
tion Estrella, where they were beaten, and
by artillery shots and cavalry charges the
enemy were dislodged from their position.
Twelve were captured, besides arms, am
munition and instruments to destroy rail
road tracks. It is believed by the trails
of blood seen that the rebels had many
doad and wounded. All the prisoners will
be summarily court-martialeu." ,
On Wednesday twenty prisoners, taken
in the recent operations around Artemisia
and Alquizar, arrived in Havana. On
being escorted through Obispo street to
the palace they were followed by a mob,
who shouted "Viva Espana" and "Death
to the rebels!" The men were kicked,
beaten, and one had his head cut open by
a flying missile. It was a pitiful sight to
see the poor wretches with arms pinioned
and a mob at their heels shouting for
blood. By the time the prisoners reached
the palace the mob numbered between 200
and 300. General Ahumada, the second
chief of the Government, came out and
ordered the guards to disperse the mob.
' General Weyler has had several inter
views with Jose Maria Calves and other
leaders ol the Autonomist party. He asked
if it was true that the party intended re
maining away from ths polls in the com
ing election. Senor Calves said no de
cision had yet been reached. General
Weyler then said:
"If you do not take part in the elections
it will be because you are enemies to
Spain, but have not sufficient valor to go
to the held. I will guarantee your party
three Deputies, and in case you do not
take part in the elections I shall treat you
as I treat our enemies."
In all probability the Autonomists will
go to the polls. The reformists still say
they will not take part in the elections.
During the past week the principal war
news has been the destruction of the
c;imps, hospitals and strongholds ef the
insurgents in Siguanca Valley, near the
Cienaga. and at Los Palos. While Maceo
wa.s in the west and Gomez moving east,
columns acting under special ordprs have
razed these camps and many wounded
lebels have fallen into the hands of the
Spanish troops. J. Frank Clark.
An Expelled Correspondent 'Scores Wey
*vT: ler- for Hi* Blunder*.
NEW YORK, N. V., March 30.— Elbert
Rappelve, the Cuban correspondent of
the Mail and Express, who was recently
expelled from Havana, arrived here to
day on the steamer Yucatan. In an inter
view with a reporter of the United Press
Mr. Rappelye said :
.'. "I come ' bacK from Cuba as a deportado
of General Weyler. * In his ( decree ex
pelling"■ me from •■ the island •. I :am
called an enemy of ' Spain, that
charge being based on letters pub
lished in the Mail and Express over my
signature. Any person familiar with ex
isting conditions in the island of Cuba
will know that the only enmity, if any,
I've shown toward Spain has been in tell
ing the truth without fear or prejudice. \
This, of course, has resulted in my expul
sion. As an impartial observer sent to
Cuba to study and inform myself and re
port the progress of events there without
restriction having been placed upon me
when I accepted the mission, I unhesitat
ingly wrote that within throe months the
insurgent cause would be triumphant if
the United States Government . would
grant the belligerency rights and give the
Cubans anything like a fighting opportu
"The Spanish are now on the defensive.
Every . battle fought in Cuba in the past
thirty days has been invited by the rebels.
They have more ammunition now than
they have ever had, and if they can main
tain a source of supply there is not any
thing that can prevent them from winning.
General Weyler has been Spain's greatest
mistake in the war. ■; His name and repu
tation carries an odium which attracted
the attention of the world. The best evi
dence! of his bad generalship is bis com
plete failure to hold the insurgent armies
back after they .had; left the western
provinces of Cuba. Maceo started bis
western 'campaign, which is now com
plete, with 15,000 men, one-third of whom
had not a single "arm to right with. Those
who had guns went into Catties with one
or two cartridges and fought, knowing
that unless they captured the enemy's
ammunition they would have nothing to j
fight with the next day. ' They are coming
back now with the whole cargo from the
Bermuda and General .Weyler is S.'with
drawing the Spanish defenses from at
least one-half of the principal points of the
island to bar, their progress. f'_ \'_', '
"This leaves Gomez with a larger army
than Maceo, practically unrestricted to do
as he pleases in three-quarters of the area
of Cuba, while the barrier which Weyler
is attempting to place before Maceo is ac
knowledged by one of his own generals
with whom I talked before my departure,
to be much stronger numerically than
Maceo's army, notwithstanding the fact that
in all tl>e invasions heretofore the Spanish
have unsuccessfully attempted to prevent
them with the numbesr in their favor, of
at least 4 to 1. While there have been
doubts, perhaps justified, about the military
organization of the rebel armies, they
need not exist any longer as they are per
fectly organized with commanders of
every rank at this time, and all their op
erations are being conducted as systemat
ically as those of the Spanish. Their one
appeal to the world ia not for sympathy,
but for ammunition."
Boyish Enthusiasm That Will Probably
. . He Excused. ■ .'...'■
. WASHINGTON, D. C, March 30.-Gen
eral Weyler cabled to the Spanish Minister
to-day that the case of young Walter
Dygart, who : was captured near Guines
February 22, is under investigation. When
Dygart was captured by Spanish • officers
he was wandering'- helplessly ; about in the
interior, trying to find a band of insurgents
which -i he ; wanted to > join. The Spanish
think he was led by * boyish enthusiasm
and as he had not accomplished his pur
pose they are disposed to release him. ,
Governor Hughes Struck
Down by a Newspaper
The Blow Breaks His Eyeglasses
and Causes a Serious
No Opportunity Given Him to Defend
Himself— Result of a Political
PHCENIX, Ariz., March 30.— Governor
Hughes was assaulted at noon to-day by a
newspaper correspondent named P. J.
Clark. He was walking up Washington
street with Price Behan and Colin Cam
eron, members of the Livestock Sanitary
Commission, and, when on the corner of
Center street, was accosted by a friend who
handed him a letter, which he paused to
read. While engaged in reading the let
ter, Clark approached, and, before his
presence was known to any one, dealt the
Governor a stunning blow in the face,
breaking his eyeglasses and sending him
stunned to the sidewalk.
The broken glasses cut Governor Hughes'
eyelid badly and the wound bled pro
fusely, and the bystanders feared that the
sight had been destroyed; but this proved
erroneous. His cheek was also cut.
Clark was seized by the Governor's com
panions before he could do any further
damage and placed under arrest. One
peculiar and yet unexplained feature of
the assault is that the blow tore a hoie
through the rim of the Governor's hat im
mediately over the eye, as though made
by some pointed instrument. Whether
Clark hpld a weapon in his hand or not is
not known. He is out on Bonds, furnished
by B. A. Fickas and Tom Smith, two.lead
ing anti-Hughes Democrats.
This assault is the denouement of a
long and bitter political fight made against
Governor Hughes by members of bis own
party. Clark has been a very pronouncod
enemy and has worked with those who
sought to secure his removal. This has
provoked the Tucson Star, the Governor's
paper, to speak of Clark in very uncom
plimentary terms on various occasions,
which served to intensify the hatred. It
is believed that this assault was pTecipi
tated by an article which appeared in ihe
Star a few days ago, which reflected upon
President Cleveland yominates a Succes
nor to the Governor.
PHCENIX, Ariz., March 30.— A1l Phoenix
is alive With excitement to-night. Bands
are playing, and bonfires burning around
the executive chamber and on the princi
pal streets to celebrate the appointment
of Colonel J. B. Franklin as Governor of
At the Commercial Hotel hundreds
called to serenade the new Governor. He
made a brief address, simply expressing
the hope that his administration would
meet the approval of loyal Arizonian3 of
the better class.
This afternoon Secretary of the Territory
Bruce received this dispatch from Wash
ington :
Order for Governor Hughes' removal signed
by the President to-day. Reynolds,
Acting Secretary of Interior.
The news soon spread over the city, and
it was later learned that the President had
nominated Franklin for the place. Gov
ernor Hughes was seen by The Call cor
respondent to-night and said he had re
ceived no intimation of his removal except
the dispatch to Secretary Bruce. One
year ago charges were preferred against
htm by members of the Democratic party,
some of the charges dating back twenty
five years.
Special agents of the Interior Depart
ment were sent here to examine into
them and made a most thorough ana
rigid examination. The Governor appar
ently answered these accusations satisfac
torily, for nothing was done toward his
removal. He requested that the depart
ment inform him it he had failed to refute
the charges in a single instance, and in
formed Secretary Smith that his resigna
tion was ready at any time it might be
Through a friend the Governor had re«
ceived the most positive assurances during
the past three months that the President
and Secretary Smith were entirely satis
fied with him and that he need give him
self no uneasiness, and he had no intima
tion that other charges had been preferred
within twelve months.
The news was a surprise to him and he
was at a loss to conceive the cause. He
will insist on a thorough examination by
the Senate into the causes which prompted
the President to remove him and will meet
all charges that may be preferred.
Secretary Bruce gave out to-day that he
would assume the oflice of Governor at
once, but leading lawyers express the
opinion that while the Senate is in session
the President cannot remove the Governor
without its consent, and that be should
continue to discharge the duties of his
office until his successor is confirmed by
the. Senate. It is safe to say that a lively
fitiht will follow.
Colonel B. J. Franklin, who has been
nominated by the President for Governor,
is a lawyer of ability and stands well here.
He came here about three years ago from
Kansas City, Mo., and has established a
lucrative practice. Two years ago he was
the Democratic nominee for District At
torney of Maricopa County, but was de
feated by Hon. Jerry Millay. During
Cleveland's first administration he was
Minister to China and he has served two
terms in Congress from Missouri.
For Interesting Pacific Coast Tele*
grams See Pages 3 and 4.

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