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Irma Wood, Carrie Frear, Lillie Hill and Kate Lewis, Eanta Rosa. Miss Rose (£rooks of San Francisco, the maid of honor, was gowned in soft poid colored organdie. Queen Laura moved Blowiy down the aisle, followed by twelve picturesque Jittle Hoys," dressed as pages. Charlie Thompson and Tom Gale held her sv.eepinp Watteau train of white satin ana tulle, which was garlanded with pink roses. Her corsage, which was cut decollete, was also trimmed with roses and her large sleeves were draped with white tulle. Her Majesty.v.'hoisapretty, jtiquante brunette, was deliberate and verv dignified in all her actions. She ascended the platform amid applause, and Miss Lena Hoag tripped up the steps of the theater and made a pretty little coronation speech to Queen Laura, concluding with "I crown you Queen of the Roses." The crown, a gorgeous, glittering thing of pearls and diamonds, sat as comfortably on her Majesty's head as if she had been in the habit of wearing one all her life. Its rays caught the light and glittered in quite a regal fashion as she ascended the throne and settled herself back gracefully to receive the homage of Mayor Jesse, who had ji^t appeared on the scene staggering under the weight of a huge gilt key. The first thing the Mayor did was to hand this outwar.l and visible sign of the possession of Santa Rosa into Queen Laura's keeping, and as her Majesty took the key the Mayor Mid: "Most Gracious Majesty: The moment has arrived when your many loving sub jects call for you to ascend the throne amids-t a wealth of flowers, bedecked streets and buildings, with the air laden with sweet perfume and insence to Queen Flora. Amidst a vast array of beautiful maidens, fair ladies and gallant men there is a universal voice saying, 'Let her Majesty be crowned,' and the wish of the populace lias prevailed. Gracious Queen, surrounded as you are with vour retinue, the chief executive of tnia fair city of roses, upon me devolves the pleasant duty, let me say the honor, of extending an open and most cordial welcome to you and your court from a host of subjects, for whom I can bespeak loyalty, love and affection." The Mayor's speech closed the corona tion ceremony. The Queen and her ladies withdrew to the dainty pink and white boxes that bad been prepared f<?r them beside the stage, and every one present en joyed an illustrated concert by Ron covieri's band. While the*e things had been going on inside the theater, crowds of people who had been unable to obtain admission were parading the streets to inspect the decora tions. One of the most admired trans parencies was a representation of the new Call building, which hung outside the Santa Rosa Call office. Tne transparen cies were colored and were represented as having all the windows illuminated. Above the device was draped tiie carnival colors. The programme for to-iuorrow includes the tilting tournament, which will take place at 11 a. m.. on Mendocino street. At 12 o'clock the grand floral parade will be held; at 2 p. m. the balloon ascension will take ylace and the bicycle races will be re sumed, and in the evening the carnival bail will be held. Most Interesting of 'he Kporta Were the Wheel Jiaces. SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 30.— bicycle races were fairly well attended on this the first day of the meet and the Santa Rosa "Wheelmen received many compliments on the fine track and perfect arrangements. A large number of ladies were present, and during some of the ex citing finishes stood upon the bleachers and cheered their favorites to the echo. The first race was a third of a mile Bcratch for amateurs. There were twenty five entries and sixteen starters in the race, and it was run in three heat?, the first and second man qualifying lor the final neat. There were three prizes, con sisting of unset diamonds, for the first, second and third man of the final heat. The first heat was captured in 4'j seconds by G. P. Fuller, 0. C. W., Ben Noonan, & R. \\\, being a close second. In the second heat B. C. Raymond, B. C. W., was rim in M 1^ .'•cconds, with W. H. Hammond, S. J. R. C, second. The third heat went to ri. F. Terrill, B. C. \Y\, Tony I>elmas, G. C. C, coming second. Time, hl\i seconds. In the final Fuller, Downing and Delmas crossed the tape in the order named and were awarded the prizes. Time, olji sec onds. The second race was a mile novice, Henry Noonan, B. It. \V. T capturing the rim heat in 3:24 and the linal heat aud tie $10 medal offered in 3:07. Chester Armstrong was first in the second heat and a good second to Noonan in the final. In the mile handicap for amateurs there were fonv-one entries and twenty-six starters. J. J. Carroll of San Jose took the first heat, with J. C. Near (S. R. W.) second and C. Armstrong (S. R. W.) third. Time, 2:41. In the second intall ment of this race B. C. Raymond (B. C. W.), "W. H. Hammond (S. J. R. C.) and H. Noonan (S. R. W.) were first over the line in the order named in 2:44. The third heat was taken by Tony Delmas (G. G. C.) in 2:34, with G. P. Ful ler (0. C. W.) second and J. C. William son (S. R. W.) third. In the final G. P. Fuller (50 yards) took the first prize, Tony DfJma8 (15 yards) a close second and Hammond (80 yards) lapping wheels with Delmas. Time, 2:45. The amateur mile scratch, which was the next event, had twenty-five entries and sixteen starters. H. F. TerriU (B. 0. \V.) took the first heat, J. J. Carroll of San Jose being necond and B. C. Raymond (B. C. W.) third. Time, 3:0S. The second heat whs won by J. C. Near, S. R. W., in 2:46, George Felix, S. R. W., taking second place. The third heat went to H. Noonan, B. R. W., in 3:17, H. Down ing of San Jose second. In the linal heat Referee Plummer announced a tinio limit of 2:50, which nad the effect of lowering the time to 2:51, which being considered exceptionally good time the iimu was de clared off. The prizes went to Downing, Terrill and Carroll in the order named. The final event was a one-mile handicap for professionals and attracted great in terest. B. B. Barnes of Healdsburg hav ing competed for & money prize in a Fourth of Juiy celebration was of course, classed as a professional, but being con sidered clearly out of the fight with such fliers as \V. P. Foster, J. E. Edwards and Allen Jones, was allowed 200 yards. W. A. Terrill had 35 yards, Allen Jones 50 yards, and Foster started from scratch. By a fine burst of speed Foster caught the'buncb, but the Heaidsburp man was still 200 yards in the lead, and after the second lap it was clear that the bandi capper had underestimated the speed and endurance of Mr. Barnes, for he was never headed, coming in 150 yards to the go»d, but very tired. Jon?s and Foster sprinted it out for second money, the former taking the place. The prizes in this were $50, $30 and $20 cash. The running hiph jump wafc a tie, Charles Goshen of Petaluma and H. Wooley of Santa Rosa each clearing five feet two inches The 220-yard dash was won by G. Dubois of Sauta Kosa in 2-k seconds. Dynamite and Not Gas the Cause of the Big Scare. A WARNING TO WEYLER. Gomez Again Advancing With a Large Force of Faithful Followers. HOT FIGHTING IS EXPECTED. Several Minor Encasements in Which the Spanish Forces Are Routed. HAVANA, Crux, April 30.— A dynamite bomb caused the explosion in the captain geueral's palace Tuesday and not a gas engine as reported. The noise was tre mendous and caused intense excitement in the palace and vicinity. The general and officers rushed about giving orders. General Weyler left the room greatly ex cited. Only one person was hurt and he slightly. The others escaped miraculously. The whole palace was shaken by the force of the explosion. Clouds of dust blinded all persons inside and many windows were broken. The bomb destroyed the parti tion wall of the principal counting-room and broke two *safes. The bomb was placed in the watereloset at the southeast corner of the palace, on Mercedes and Obispo streets. The occurrence is the general topic of conversation. It is be lieved to be the work of laborers. The police are making diligent search, but no arrest has been made. Strong measures, it is said, will be adopted to prevent a repetition. This happened at 11 a. m. Gomez's advance is confirmed. It is now reported he has enterad Matanzas province with a strong force of 10,000 or 12,000 men, five pieces of artillery and plenty of ammunition. It is presumed an attack on the trocha on both sides in com bination with Maceo will follow, and hot lighting is expected. News of a bloody battle near Zanjo, province of Santiago de Cuba, has been re ceived. General Munoz tried to prevent General CaliytO Garcia from crossing the Canto River. Munoz organized a strong Jand column and, ordering gunboats up the river to co-operate, left Munzanillo to intercept Garcia. The latter, with Rabi's column, made a junction with the forces of Maria Rodriguez, from Camazuey. The combined insurgent forces attacked Munoz as he was advancing and defeated him. Munoz lust over 200 killed and 400 wouhded. But for the gunboats Munoz's column would have been destroyed. Munoz retreated to Manzanillo, and Gar cia is now operating witnout opposition. Colonel Andanaz has- arrived at Holguin. He reports that his command had two en gagements with rebe's near Zanjo and Caibaguan. The insurgents had many kiiled and wounded. The troops had three men killed and two officers and fifteen privates wounded. Captain Pozo, commanding the Palma guerrillas, who captured two men be longing to the Lahorde expedition, had a hot right with the rebels near Rio Blanco. Captain Pozo was seriously wounded, A lieutenant was slightly wounded and one of the guerrillas was killed. The rebels lost seven killed and many wounded. A rebel band, commanded by Bandera, attacked the town of Artemisia, which is situated on the military line across the iskind. They burned a few houses and the neighboring cune lields. The garrison re pulsed an attack from the trenches, using artillery. The troops had two wounded. News reaches hereof an important battle on Friday last between Colonel Sepuera's command and the rebels under Robau, Nunez and Zayas, about -four leagues southwest of Sagua la Granda. No details have been made public. Consul-General Williams to-day visited Caotain-General Weyler and the marine authorities on behalf of the Americans alleged to have been captured on the fili bustering schooner Competitor, which was seized Tuesday off the north coast of the province of Pinar del Rio. Mr. Williams refused to say what the result of his inter view was. declaring that thd con tulate wa6 no news agency. Fifty-one political prisoners were de ported to Ceuta, Africa, to-day, by a Span isft mail steamer. That Account of Hit F.ieape Frotn Morro ( n-tit- Branded a fake. PORTLAND, Or., April 30.— "What's the sense in publishing snch abominable bosh as this?" exclaimed Senor Francisco Sancho this afternoon in the Portland Hotel loboy, as he handed The Call corre spondent the morning paper containing an Associated Press dispatch from Spring field, 111., headed "Escaped From Morro Castle— Interesting story told by Walter 8. Whitcomb." "The merest glance at the map of the slightest bearing upon Morro Castle puts the stamp of 'fake' on the story, although there is nothing particularly bad about that phase of the matter, but the fake is so outrageously weak that it make one who knows anything about Cuba and the condition of affairs there simply exas perated. In the first place there is no such port or province on the island as Del Rio, which translated means the river. In the second pli»ce, would a pass from An tonio Maceo be a proper paper with which to enter Havana, a city occupied by Span ish troops? Again, th» fellow states that at night he was confined in the great, dingy tower, after being placed in Morro. I was born in Havana and have spent many pleasant hours playin* about the weather-beach front of Morro Castle, and the only tower I ever saw about the fort was that used as a lighthouse, which is not higher than the fourth story of one of the business blocks of Portland, and also is not fitted with cells, all prisoners being placed in dungeons of the fortress and in that portion facing toward Havana. "But the bribing of the guard and swinging off into the Gulf of Mexico to swim to a boat and escape is the silliest portion of all tha story. Had the fellow who wrote or told the yarn but taken the trouble to procure a photograph of Morro, he could readily have seen how impossible such an attempt would be. The only facade of the fort which ia really swept by the sea id that fronting directly on the harbor entrance and at the oase of this wall are sharp, jasgert rocks whicb even at hieh tide are not wholly covered. To attempt to clam ber over these to deep water would mean to be shot through and through from the rifles of a dozen sentinels in'the parapet above. On the weather and landward sides are Bandy boaches patrolled day and night by soldiers. If this fellow Whit comb would only tell how he managed to drop into the 'Gulf of Mexico,' as he calls that part of the Atlantic Ocean which sweeps into Havana harbor, he would con fer a favor on many Cubans who have friends and relatives now confined within the walls ol the fort." Charges of Conspiring Against Baker and Hill to Be Investigated by the Grand Jury, CHICAGO, III., April 30. —On complaint of William Skakel, tbe "bucket-shop king" of Chicago, the Grand Jury to-day decided to investigate charges of conspiracy pre ferred by him against President William T. Baker of the Board of Trade and Civic Federation; John Hill Jr., chairman of the bucket-shop prosecuting committee of the Board of Trade; Thomas Candy, a civic federation detective who obtained evidence against the raided bucket-shops and others. The alleged conspiracy is in connection with the procuring of Justice Court warrants on which the successive raias were made by the police. The Grand Jury did not return a bill to-day in the new cases against SKakel, which have been considered for two days. The investiga tion of the Board of Trade officials was taken independently of the State's Attor ney, who repudiates tbe Skakel complaint, although aadressed to him. Tells of His Peculiar Experien ces in the Prison at Cincinnati. With Boyish Simplicity He Tries to Fasten Pearl Bryan's Murder Upon Another. CINCINNATI, Onio, April 30.— When court opened in the Jackson trial this morning Attorney Crawford asked for the letters written by Jackson. When they were produced Crawford passed them to the prisoner, who read them seemingly with great care. After he had finished be took the stand. He detailed his life up to the time he first met Peari iiryan, which was during the holidays of 1894. He re ferred to the conversation he had with Wood at various times on the subject 01 Pearl Bryan's, condition. He s&id Wood was very much concerned about her, and if something was not done soon he said he would have to leave town. Jackson said the last time he saw Pearl alive was the Wednesday before her body was discovered. He says it was on Tues day night that ha was with her at Wal hngford's saloon. Jackson detailed minutely all the cir cumstances in connection with his move ments lor the three days immediately pre ceding and those immediately following the murder. He fixed the hours of his meals, his arising in the mornings and his reiiripg at night with exactness. Skil fully and witu wonderful tact and cunning he told, wiLh the simplicity of a boy, be ii feigned or genuine, oi all the damaging evidence against his own character, while the entire drift of his testimony was 10 make Woods the betrayer of the girl and Walling the supposed and only man di rectly concerned in her death. The sensation of the afternoon proceed ings was in that part of Jackson's testi mony relating to his prison experience. On this point his counsel drew him out fully. Some of his statements were highly sen sational. Alluding to his experiences in Cincinnati, he said that before his removal to Kentucky Chief of Police Dietsch came to him alone and said to him that a re moval to Kentucky most probably meant ueatii as soon as he reached Kentucky soil. He said after Colonel Dietscli had worked on his fears he pulled out his watch and said: "Now, Jackson, I'll jiive you rive minutes to tell about this murder and tell me where the neaJ is." Jackson says that Dietsch paced up and down the flour for some time with hia watch open, but not being able to get a confession from him lei't. Colonel Nelsou announced that the prosecution wouid not cross-examine Jackson. Relief Refused the Southern Pa cific in the Matter of Reduced Rates. Western Trunk Lines Protest Against the Encroachment of Terri- torial Rights. CHICAGO, Ili», April 30.— The chair man of the Transcontinental Passenger Association to-day refused relief to tbe Southern Pacific in tbe matter of making reduced rates to tbe convention of the American Society of Civil Engineers to be held in San Francisco next July. The competitors of the Southern Pacific voted against making any reduction in rates, al though the Canadian Pacitic is reported to have offered concessions, lhe Southern Pacific will probably give notice of inde pendent action. The Northwestern gave notice to-day that it would make the same rates from ti.t* Atlantic seaboard to Australia via San Francisco as the Canadian Pacitic make via Vancouver. At tbe request of the Northwestern a proposition to remove trans-Pacific busi ness irum the Western PassengT Associa tion agreement haa beeu submitted to a vote. Western trunk lines are protesting against what is considered an arrogant en croachment of territorial rights on the part of the board of manaeers of the Joint IraUic Association in relation to the issue of joint rate sheets. Although a Western or transcontinental road wants to reduce rates on its line and pay the Eastern con nection it!- full proportion of the through rate the Eastern magnates nave decided that Mich rate sheets cannot be issued without the approval of the board of man agers. The compiler! of the Missouri Kiver, Kansas City and Illinois rate sheets have already been taken to task in this re spect, but the Illinois official has entered a vigorous protest against such interference. A number of roads will not comply with the demands. NEW YORK, N. Y., April 30.— James Mitchell, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, died suddenly in Brooklyn this mormug of heart failure. Premier Meline Makes a Statement to the Deputies. RECEIVED VERY COLDLY Interrupted by a Radical Who Declares the Constitution Is Violated. THIS CAUSES A BIG TUMULT. Various and Needed Reforms Are Promised by the New Ministry. PARIS, France, April 30.— M. Meline, President of the new Council of Ministers, made a statement of the policy of the new Cabinet in the Chamber of Deputies to day. The Chamber received tue state ment very coldly, scarcely half of the Dep uties applauding his utterances, and the Socialists interposing their accustomed in terruptions. In the Senate the Ministerial declaration waa read by M. Darlun, Minister of of Justice. As he was beginning the state ment M. Girault, Republican Radical, shouted: "It is useless to read it; the Cabinet is unconstitutional." A tumult ensued, but after it subsided M. Darian proceeded with his reading and at the conclusion he was applauded. In his statement M. Meline made an appeal for reciprocal goodwill toward the Ministry on the part of the Chambers, which, he said, would solve and settle all discords. He placed the fiscal reforms before the Chamber as matters of the first importance. The probate laws and the laws regulating the traffic in drink, be saiil, would be introduced in the budget and would be operated under a system which dispensed with an inquisitor or any other arbitrary measures, and assured a better division of the direct taxation, thus relieving small taxpayers. The Government, he said, would vigilantly apply the economies which the nation demands and simplify the present com plicated administration. They would also spare no effort to aid the interests of agri culture, to complete the national defense, to regulate the hours of labor and the liability of employers and to organize pen sion funds. M. Goblet, Republican Radical Socialist, offered an interpellation, saying that un der the circumstances of its formation the Cabinet had violated parliamentary rules. The Cabinet, he declared, did not repre sent the Republican majority of the Chamber. It was the result of a plot formed by the Moderates, who, in order to give the country such a Ministry, had pro voked a conflict Jjet ween the Senate and the Chamber of iVputifes. The Premier, he said, must render an account of his vio lation of the constitution. The programme of the Cabinet was contrary to the de mands of a majority of the Chamber, as it rejected the income tax. It was in fact, a ministry in defiance of the majority of the Chamber. M. Descbanet, Republican, said univer sal suffrage w:is. certainly supreme, but to declare that the Chamber of Deputies was omnipotent and the Senate powerless was a negation of the sovereignty of the people. The Bourgeois Cabinet, he said, had for five months exercised upon the Chamber a sort of moral blackmail. 'Ihe president, M. Brisson, interrupted the speaker and demanded that he with draw his expression in regard to tho late Ministry. M. Deschenet modified the expression by substituting the words "outside the Chamber" for "urpon the Chamber," and continued, saying that during his term of office as president of the Council of Ministers M. Bourgeois had not executed ■ single reform, but had merely propagated collectivist doctrines. Ex-Premier Bourgeois maintained that either dissolution of the Chamber or re vision of the constitution was the only proper solution of the situation. Premier Meline replied that the Cham ber must now choose between a policy of the conflict with the Senate or a policy of conciliation. The Chamber, by a vote of 279 to 251, refused to give prior' tv to the proposal of M. Henri Ricard, reaffirming the Cham ber's right to preponderance in the repre sentation of the principle of universal suf frage. The Chamber then adopted a resolution, which received 660 affirmative votes, affirming the sovereignty of universal suf frage. The Chamber, by a vote of 531 to 196. approved M. Meline's declaration, and then adjourned until May 28. Charles McCann, skull fractured, face cut; T. \V. Gerbeck, head and neck badly cut; Larry Maroney, blown off ladder, seriously injured; K. H. Smith, superintendent of water work?, injury to head and lace caused by flying glass; Ed Oabey, fireman Davy Hose Company, badly injured; Lee Corcoran, fireman Whitney Hose Com pany, injured: W. S. Fisher, injured; Grant Lewis, foreman fire company, badly injured: Herb Winkler, Davy Hot>e Com pany, arm crushed; George Layden, Georgetown, hands broken and lacerated, n«ad and face badly cut; H. D. Ordway, may die; J. \V. Lynch, Loveland. Colo., arm blown off; Willis Walker, mining enfcin >er, seriously injured; John Evan, cut on face and head ; Chris Coff more, tire man, severely injured. Dr. Crane broke his leg to-day while assisting to lift an injured man out of a wagon. A corps of twenty-five insurance adjust ers are trying to figure out their losses. They roughly estimate the property loss at $1,250,000, not more than 20 per cent of which is covpred by insurance. The loss by the two fireB will reach $2,000,000, and the total insurance loss about $400,000. There will be little trouble experienced by the officers of the city iu preserving the best of order to-night. The people need only rest, food and shelter, all of wUicli has beea fairly well supplied to-nifrht. Departure of a Second Relief Train From DENVER, Colo., April 30.— A second relief train, supplied with everything ne cessary to the comfort of the sufferers at Cripple Creek, left the Union depot at 4 o'clock to-day. All the morning loads of contributions were dumped out upon the depot platform, and many telegrams offer ing cash were sent to the proper commit tee in the camp. The Clearing-house made a cash subscription of $1000, and the fund was run up to $10,000 before night. Bene fit concerts have been planned, and local eocieties are collecting supplies. The railroads are transporting the provisions and clothing free. Generous Action of the Chicago Mineral and Mining Hoard. CHICAGO, III., April 30.— At a special meeting of the Chicago Mineral and Min ing board held to-day, the following reso lution was adopted : "This board having heard with deep re gret of the terrible disaster which has over taken the city of Cripple Creek, desires to extend its heartfelt sympathy to the suf ferers in the hour of their extremity. The president is hereby empowered to tele graph the Mayor of Cripple Creek, in structing him to draw on this board for $500 to assist in caring for those who have been rendered homeless and destitute by rire." In addition a committee was appointed to solicit and receive subscriptions to a re lief fund to be forwarded to Mayor Steele of Cripple Creek. One of the Murderers of the Meeks Family Pays the Death Penalty. With His Brother George, Who Recently Escaped, He Committed a Fearful Crime. CARROLLTON, Mo., April 30.— Bill Taylor wa^ hanged here to-day. At ten minutes to 11 Father Kennedy placed a crucifix in Taylor's hands and the march to the scaffold began, Taylor walking with a firm step. His nerve never deserted h ini after ascending the scaffold. Taylor's legs were then pinioned, he kissed the crucifix held by the priest, Sheriff Allen waived a white handkerchief, the trap was sprung noiselessly and Tay lor dropped. His neck was broken, and the body hung motionless. In ten minutes he was declared dead and the body was cut down. Old Mrs. Meeks had forced her way into the jailyard with her blind son George, and was an interested spsctator. Five thousand people surged about the inclos ure surrounding the jail, but there was no disorder. The crime for which Taylor was hanged was the murder, on the night of May 11, 1894, of Gus Meeks, his wife ar. 1 two little cnildren. George, Bill's brother, was to have Deen hanged with Bill, but he es caped from jail and has not yet been cap tured. On the night of the murder the two brotners called at the Meeks home and induced Mr. Meeks to leave for an other part of the country, promising to assist him. The Meeks family started away that night in a wagon, with all their belongings. Next morning the dead bodies of four of the family were found under a haysiack on George Taylor's farm. The sole survivor, a girl aged seven, gave the alarm and posses were organ ized to capture the Taylor brothers. It was several weens before thuy were appre hended. The first trial resulted in a disagreement by the jury; but on August 3 the jury in the second trial, after being out a few min utes, found the prisoners guilty, and Judge Rucker sentenced them to be hanged. The case was appealed, but the lower court was sustained. Pending the carrying out of the sentence tne two brothers escaped, but Bill was captured. The Supreme Court of the United States refused an appeal for a stay of proceedings. Governor Stone also refused a like appeal, and the execution of to-day followed. Bill Taylor was a lawyer and banker in Lynn County. He had a bad reputation, but held his place in society by reason of his wealth. He had been arrested on several charges, the latest "beinz stealing cattle. Gus Meeks, tue murdered man, was an accomplice in this crime and was the principal witness against Taylor, which was probably the reason for the quadruple murder. letuptrane- Women Have at Last Called In Their Petition. CHICAGO, III., April 30.— There is con siderable jubilation among the members of the various branches of the National Keeley League over the report that the Women's Christian Temperance Union has abandoned its advocacy of the Eujflish scheme of imprisoning inebriates in State institutions. Petitions in favor of this project have been scattered throughout the country by the department of legisla tion of the union, of which Mrs. N. B. Ellis of New Jersey is National superin tendent, and the Legislature of every State that has held a session since tne be ginning of the year has been petitioned to enact laws imprisoning drunkards from one to two years as a measure of reform. The Keejeyites have made a vigorous fight against the iaea and have, so it is claimed, aroused public sentiment on the subject to such a pitch that the depart ment of legislation of the Women's Lnion has decided to call in its petition and al low the issue to go by the board. CHADRON, Nbbr., April 30.— Judge W. tf. Westover to-day appointed A. A. Record of this city receiver of the Chadron Bunking Company. The report of the bank examiner shows that a number of persons owe the bank, which will probably be lost. The dei<osits amount to $120 000 of which there is $4000 county tunas. PHILADELPHIA. Pa., April 3O.-With the refu>al of Governor Hastings to grant Holmes a reprieve tne last hope of the murderer is killed, and unless death bv natural means or suicide should intervene he will surely swing from the gallows on May 7. INDIAN APOLIS.Ind., April 30.— The re cent conference of Indiana coal operators at which it was decided to reduce the scale of 55 cents resulted to-day in a strike, which extends generally over the coal belt. Nearly 4000 miners quii work. BOSTON Mass., April 30. — "Warren Fisher, who vaa involved in the famous Mulligan letters with James G. Blaine, died at his home in Rozbury this morn ing, aged 71. Vigorous Efforts to Reduce the Number of Battle- Ships. FINANCES AND POLITICS Allen Predicts the Collapse of Both the Democratic and Republican Parties. GORMAN'S AMENDMENT BEATEN Senator White Prefers Better Coast Defenses to an Increase in the Navy. WASHINGTON, IX C, April 30.— The naval appropriation bill had the undivided attention of the Senate to-day; but when the session closed no progress had been made upon the bill beyond the exclusion, on a point of order, of Quay's amendment to increase the number of battle-ships from four to six. Gorman's amendment to reduce the number to two was the proposition before the Senate when it met and remained so when it adjourned. Speeches were made by White of Cali fornia, in favor of coast defenses rather than of an increased navy; by Allen of Nebraska, predicting the collapse of the Democratic and Republican parties — the former within three months and the latter by the 4th of March, 1901, and by Gorman of Maryland in enforcement of his views as to the necessity of that economy in ap propriations. Immediately after the routine business the naval appropriation bill was taken up, the pending question being the amend ment offered by Gorman (D.) of Maryland reducing the number of Sattle-ships pro vided for in the bill from four to two, and the addition to that amendment offered by Quay (R.) of Pennsylvania to increase the number to six. White (D.) of California, while declaring himself ia favor of an effective navy, argued as to the greater necessity for coast defenses, particularly on the Pacific Coast. He quoted statements of Generals Miles and Craighill and of Admiral Walker in support of his argument. Allen (Pop.) of Nebraska spoke of the interest which he had felt in the debate of the last two days and which he said dis closed to the country the fact that the issue to be made in the approaching Presi dential campaign was the issue of tariff, rather than the issue of financial reform. The financial condition of the treasury would not warrant an appropriation for four battle-ships unless there was an over shadowing necessity for the Nation to prepare for some contemplated war. In the course of a lone speech Allen asserted that the McKinley act had not produced sufficient revenue, and he declared Mia belief, if the Harrison administration had remained in power, it would have issued United States bonds before the 1st of April, 1893. He remarked that rumor had it that Secretary Foster would have profited largely by their issue. Piatt (R.) of Connecticut asked Allen to give his authority for that statement. Allen naid that he made no such state ment, he merely mentioned it as a rumor. He had read at the time in the press dis patches that Mr. Foster was to make two and a half million dollars out of that transaction. In the course of a long speech, Allen pre dicted the disruption of the Democratic and Republican parties and the uniting of the people under the banner of Populism (or some other, like name), having for its | motto, "A Government by the people, for I the people and of the people." At the closo of Allen's speech (at 4 p. M.), the question was stated to be on Quay's amendment to Gorman's amendment in creasing the number of battle-ships to six. A point of order was raised by Gorman against Quay's amendment, that it in creases the approDriation without an esti mate, and the point was sustained. Remarks favoring the bill for four battle ships were maae by Call (D.)of Florida and Bacon (D.) of Georgia, the latter giv ing as a reason for his position the fact that there was now a surplus in the treas ury. Gorman contradicted that statement and showed that the surplus in the treasury was more than covered by appro priations made oy Congress, but not ex pended. "Every Senator knows," he said, "that it will take every dollar now in the treasury to meet current expenses and these extraordinary appropriations, and then will occur— before December next, in my judgment— precisely what occurred last year. The moment the treasury has not a working balance the money sharks will make another raid on the treasury go'd. It will be run down below the $100,000,000 limit, and then will follow the sale of bonds again." Chandler (R.) of New Hampshire said he would be willing to see Gorman's amendment adopted if an appropriation were made for torpedo-boat destroyers and torpedo-boats. The reduction of battle-ships to two would bo a saving of from ten to twelve millions. He there fore gave notice of an amendment appro priating $4,500,000 for thirty torpedo boats and torpedo-boat destroyers. The bill went over without acrion. Hale stated that if it was not passed at 6 o'clock to-morrow he would ask then for an executive session. House bill increasing the pension of William Grose of Newcastle, Ind., briga dier-general of volunteers, to ?100 a month was passed with an amendment making the pension $75. The Senate at 6 p. m. adjourned until to morrow. Three Contested Election Cases Are I)ia- posed Of. WASHINGTON, D. C, April 30.— The House to-day disposed of the three con tested election cases from Mississippi by adopting the resolutions reported from the Elections Committee confirming the tittle of the sitting members, Allen, Wil liams and Spencer, Democrats, to their seats. The contestants in these cases based their claims for the seats upon an alleged violation of the Federal law regu lating the representation of Mississippi in Congress by the constitution of that State. The committee declined to make a declara tion upon that question. A bill was passed increasing the pen sion of General William Grose 01 Indiana from $20 to $75 a montb. Five hours were then devoted to a further discussion of the bankruptcy bill, the general debate clos ing with to-day's session. The principal speakers were De Armond (D.) of Mis souri, Tawney (R.) of Minnesota, and Bailey (D.) of Texas, against the bill, and Burton (R.) of Missouri, Culberson (D.) of Texas, and Ray (K.) of New York, in fa vor of the bill. The latter two admitted their conversion from an attitude of opposition to a bill containing the invol untary feature. The discussion developed the fact that the House was practically unanimous in favor of a bill providing for voluntary bankruptcy — the difference in opinion was as to the incorporation of the involuntary feature. The letter of Governor Upham of Wis consin, offering to Congress the statue of Father Marquette on behalf of the S*ate ol Wisconsin, was referred to the Committee on Library. At 5:40 o'clock the House adjournea until to-morrow.