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VOLUME LXXXI.-NO. 19.
MAY RECOGNIZE THE PATRIOTS Freedom of the Cubans to Be Recommended to the Senate. Belligerency of the Insurgents Kecogniz?d by the Foreign Relations Committee. But the Measure Will Be Opposed in the House and Vetoed by Cleveland if Passed. WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 18.— The Cuban situation took an unexpected turn t-.his morning when the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations decided without any •erious opposition to report Senator Cam eron's joint resolution recognizing the in dependence of the republic of Cuba. This report will be made to the Senate Monday, but there is no prospect of deci sive action in either house of Congress before the holidays. Meanwhile the situ ation in Cuba, as it develops during the holidays, will undoubtedly affect the formal action of Congress on the resolu tions. Only two adverse suggestions were made in the committee on the Camerou resolution. Both of these counseled de lay until after the holidays. These sug gestions came, it is understood, from Sen ators Hale and Sherman. The action of the Foreign Relations Committee created great surprise. Tbe House was in sessson and the Cuban sym pathizers crowded to the front. The par liamentary programme for the Cameron resolution is to pass the Senate and the House— not until after the holidays, how ever — and then go the President, where it is thoucht a veto awaits it. In the Com mittee on Foreign Relations the senti ment was quite general that the President would veto the resolution. It is believed the Senate and House will both pass it, if the Cuban discussion could receive a setback during the holidays. But it is expected that a long debate will be held on the resolution in both House and Senate, and tbe date when the reso lution will reach the President for his action is several weefcs ahead. An amendment was made in tbe text of the resolution, and as finally agreed to it reads as follows: Retolved, That the independence of the Republic of Cuba be and the same is hereby acknowledged by the United States of America. Section 2. That the United States -nill use its friendly offices with tins Government of Spain to bring to a close the war oetween Spain and Cuba. Secretary Olney, who had been re .cd to appear before the committee sby Senator Sherman, was present for one hour, and laid before the committee all of ihe information in tbe possession of the State Department. He stated to the com- mittee very fully the policj' of the Admin- iMration and the reasons that actuated it in its present attitnde toward the insur- rection in Cuba. No member of the com mittee is willing to make any statement as to what Mr. Olney said, each one look ing upon his statement as a confidential matter between the Secretary and the committee. Sufficient is known, however, to show that Mr. Olney laid before the committee the information received from Consul-General Lee and other sources that has been steadfastly kept from the general public. Mr. Olney's argument did not appear to have much weight with the committee, if it was against the passage of the reso lution, for immediately upon his with drawal the resolution was laid before the committee for action. There was no aye and no vote, but the resolution was agreed to without a dissenting voice. The only point of difference was as to whether the action of the committee should be made public to-day or withheld until Monday. One Senator thoucht action of any sort should be postponed until after the holi days, but the will of the majority pre vailed and there was practical unanimity in the vote. Senators Gray and Daniel were both absent, but it is said that neither of them is favorable to the action taken by the committee. Senator Cameron was instructed to pre pare the report that will be submitied to the Senate Monday. As a matter of fact, the report was written and was «übmitted to tlie committee this morning. It is looked upon as an exceedingly strong document and eoes into the diplomatic history of the United States very fully to show our policy in the matter of recog nzingnew States. Some few additional alterations were suggested by other mem bers of the committee, but the report as drawn by the Senator is practically com plete. OPPOSITION IN THE HOUSE. RrpretentotireM in ->o Hurry to Go to War With Spain. WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec 18.— The House heard with surprise of the action of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in recognizing the independence of Cuba, and if the opinion of the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee and some of the leaders in the House is to be taken as a criterion, the popular branch of the Gov ernment will not sustain the position taken by the Senate Committee. Hitt of Illinois, the chairman of the Hou«e Committee, is out of the cUy and is not expected to return until after tne holi day recess. Several other members of the committee were not in their seats to-day and nave presumably left town. Of those who remain— and of this number a United Associaied Presses reporter talked with five -the entire quintet strongly opposed any action at this time. The Republicans ob jected to any steps which would, in their Opinion, bring about a war with Spain on Jie eroiind that the McKinley administra tion ought not to be met at the very mo ment oi coming into power by so serious an international problem. A member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said that the time for action had parsed ; that the island was bankrupt; that American interests in Cuba are de stroyed; that our commerce with the The San Francisco Call island has practically disappeared and that recognition now would be a mere sentiment without a practical considera tion behind it. "If," said he, "we want a war with Spain for a sentiment we are at liberty to have it, but not with my con sent." Another member of the committee ex pressed the belief that me United States had better attend to its own business and not go dancing through the congress of nations with a chip on its shoulder spoil ing for a fight. A prominent member, a Republican of the House, pointed out that a promise of better times was made to the American people if Mr. McKinley should be elected to the Presidency. Mr. McKinley, he added, had been elected and now it was purposed by the Senate to take a step which would involve us in complications with Spain and retard a return to pros perity for several year?. He expressed the belief that all the RepubliCiin leaders as well as the influential Democrats In the House would eet their laces strongly against the adoption of any Cuban resolu tion which might properly be regarded by Spain as an unfriendly act. Members of the Foreign Affairs Com mittee expressed their surprise at the change of sentiment amons; their col leagues. The prediction was freely made that, notwithstanding the unanimity with which the resolution was reported by tbe Senate Committee, it was doubtful if the Senate would adopt it, or at least not without a very considerable delay. Not a single member of the House, out of a score or more of leaders, could be found who believed that tbe Senate resolution con Id pass the House. The opinion was freely expressed that the Senate, from being a conservative branch of the Government, has changed places with the House, and that the latter is to-day by Jong odds the conservative branch of Congres?. The member of tho Foreign Affairs Committee who did not hesitate to ex press his views publicly was Quigg, h. New York Republican. He said: "I don't think the Senate resolution can pass the House at this session of Conpress. Ido not know a member of the House Com mittee on Foreign Affairs who is in favor of it, nor do 1 think it possible to obtain from the House Committee a resolution of any sort this session. The disposition of the House Committee is to leave the mat ter to the incoming administration. Per sonally, while I entertain the liveliest sympathy with Cuba, I am opposed to the conduct of foreign affairs by Congress." Pearson of North Carolina, another Ke publican member of the committee, had no criticism or comment to make on the action of the Senate comruiitee. The Re publican party, he said, had promised the country prosperity, and the question pre sents itself, "Will war or rumors of war or apprehensions of war lead to the promised result?" Shafroth, the silver merab3r from Colo rado, expiessed surprise at the action of the Senate committee. "Before the elec tion," he said, "when the candidates had yet to appeal to the people, the Cuban revolution was a live subject, but now it will be found that the business interests of New York must be protected. You will find that the New York press to-morrow will denounce the action as threatening the relations between Spain and the Uni ted States, and dangerous to the trade be tween New York and Cuba, Wall street will not permit the passage of the resolu tion through the House. It may pass the Senate, but that will end the matter." READY FOR EMERGIENCIES. Hear Admiral Bunce Hold* the Atlantic Hquadron for Action. NEW YORK, N. V., Dec. 18.— A Herald special from Washington says: Under orders sent Wednesday by Secretary Her bert, Rear Admiral Bunce came to Wash ington yesterday ana had a conference with the officials in regard to the vessels of his squadron and the future of its move ments. The fact that H. C. Taylor, presi dent of the war college, under whose in struction a clais during iast summer pre pared a plan of defense from naval attack for the gull coast, is also in Washington gave rise to war rumors around the de partment, none of which could beverifiod. It it undoubtedly a fact that Admiral Bunce discussed with the officials the plans of the department with regard to the movements of his fleet, but it is stated positively that this discussion has not made any change in the department's in tention of holding the fleet at Hampton Road.-, when all the vessels are assem bled there. The department declines to state what decision was reached during the course at the naval war college as to the best plan for the defense of thccoast, but tie same is on file at the naval intelligence office ready to ba used in case of emergency. None of the officials will permit them selves to be quoted as to the object of Admiral Bunce's visit, but they say there was nothing unusual in his call. TO AI D THE CUBANS. Secret Sleeting of the Chicago Local Jte lief Committee. CHICAGO, 111.. Dec. 18.— A secret meeting of the local Cuban relief commit tee of 100 was held this evening at the Union L?ague Club house. The at tendance was small, but those present made vigorous speeches in favor of Con gress immediately recognizing the inde pendence of Cuba over any President's veto. Senator Cullora was congratu lated for his recent pro-Cuban spsech in Congress. A resolution was adopted urging the raising of funds for the purchase of sup plies for the Cuban armies, anu the press of the country was requested to receive and forward contributions. A committee of five was appointed to take charge of the money-raising work. Chairman Cragin read a letter he had re ceived from President Palma of the Cuban Junta stating: "I am sorry to sny that we do not see our way clear to send Dhysi ciana there, but should circumstances change we shall be glad to avail ourselves of the services of American trained nurses and physicians. The best way to help ns in our struggle aeainst Spain is to furnish money to purchase war materials to send to our armies in Cuba," The chairman also reported that Presi dent Palma^bad told him during his last conversation that they had besides an urniy of 40,000 men from 6000 to 8000 men who have no arm?, but vho are fighting for home, life and family. These men can live on sugarcane and other products of the island and stay in the swamps without detriment to their health, but Americana were apt to find it necessary to go to the hospital.- The Cubans cannot buy quinine, drugs or any medicine on the SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 19, 1896. THE NEW ; ; JO XJ PI IN" .A. LISM. island, death beine the penalty for those who supply the insurgents with medical store?. The money raised ber*» will be sent to New York with the specification that it is intended for the purchase of hospital sup plies, because that kind of aid is allowed by law, but if the Cuban Junta uses the money for other purposes there will be no disposition here to investigate or criticize. AS FIEWED IS ENGLAND. Comment of the Daily Xetrs on the Com- mitte't Action. LONDON, Eng., Dec. 18.— Commenting to-morrow on the action of the Foreign Relations Committee of the American Senate in agreeing to report favorably Senator Cameron's resolution recognizing the independence of Cuba, the Daily N«ws will say it is oi the opinion that the com mittee's action will not tend to any imme diate result. It remarks that the con dition of Cuba is a serious matter, and is naturally irritating to the free neighbor ing Republic. The strength of the sup porters of the resolution lies in the fact that Spain is unable to subdue Cuba or let tbe island alone. ACTION AT LOS A NG ELES. Resident* JCarprest Iheir Sympathy far Cuba and Demand llecognilion. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec. 18.— A rous ing meeting was held in Music Hall to night to express sympathy with the Cuban patriots. Three thousand people wore present, and many could not gain an en trance. Captain F. J. Cressy was chair man. Speeches were made by General Johnstone Jones, Frank Domingues, Colonel Messmer, Mrs. KateTupper Gal pin, L. C. Young and J. R. Ruih. Strong resolutions were adopted favoring im mediate recognition by Congress of Cuban independence, whether it involved wnr with Spain or not. Light Battery A, a new organization of this city, under com mand of Captain Henry Steere, sent a letter to Chairman Cressy expressing a wish that Cuban libre would soon become a reality, and offering its services to tha Government. The letter was received with great applause. Call for a Aldus- Mrctlnr/. LINCOLN. Nebr., Dec. 18. -Ex-Mayor Hardy has issued over his signature the following call for a Cuban mass-meeting in this city to-morrow night : "Since there is no lonizer any doubt that BOUND TO BEAT THE REFUNDING BILL. WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 18.— The Committee on Koles of the House cf Representatives met this morning, and among other thin s considered the resolution introduced by Representative Powers of Vermont, chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads, setting aside a time for the consideration of the Pacific roads refunding bill. The Powers resolution set January 5 for calling up the measure, general debate to continue three days, with speeches under the five- minute rule on the fourth day. The Rules Committee practically azreed to report this resolution a week a.o, as stated exclusively in The Call, but at to-day's session it was thought best to defer the bill's consideration for two days. Accordingly a resolution was reported to-day to consider th 2 bill in the House on January 7, 8 and 9, the vote to be taken immediately after the meeting of the House on Monday, January 11. Judee Maguire appeared before the committee this morning and protested earnestly and vigorously against consideration of the Powers bill or any other refunding scheme. He was ably supported In this protest by Representative Ben ton McMillin of Tennessee, the only member o' the Rules Committee who seems to be opjiosad to Mr. Huntington's measure. McMillin is regarded as one of tlie ablest debaters in the House, and since tiie death of ex-Speaker. Crisp of Georgia is looked upon as the leader of the Democratic side. Judge Maguire is very much pleased with the earnestness shown by McMillin and believes that his aggressive opposition to the refunding bill will very greatly assist the Calitornia delegation in their right against the bill. During the session of the Committee on Rules this morning Read, who, by virtue of his position as Speaker of the House it chairman of the Rules Committee, asked Judge Maguire if he would use filibustering methods if the rule reported by the committee of the consideration of the Powers bill omitted a provision entitling the supporters of the bill to demand the previous, question at the end of the debate. Judge Maguire replica that he would me every means at his command to prevent * vote being taken on the bill, and would filibuster to the end of the session if necessary to defeat tlio bill. Genera! Maceo, the Cuban patriot, is dead, and as every evidence conclusively points to his having been murdered under a flag of truce by Spanish hirelings, now, there fore, the liberty-loving descendants of our revolutionary fathers are requested to meet on Saturday evening next, at the Lindell Hotei, for the purpose of organ izing a Cuban club and making plans for holding a rousing patriotic meeting in the near future." TAYLOR, ALIAS PLATT, ARRAIGNED. To Be Taken From England Back to Kentucky, Where He Murdered an In- mate of a Lunatic Asylum. LONDON, Exg., Dec. 18.— It is learned that Edward Richard Taylor, alias A. W. Platt, for whom a warrant wag issued on Wednesday on the application of the United States embassy, is a Canadian- American. The warrant was served to day and Taylor was brought from Oxford, where be has been serving a sentence of six months in jail lor theft, and arraigned in the Bow-street police court upon the charge of having murdered one Jesse Tyree in the State of Kentucky in 1885. After his formal arraignment Taylor was remanded until Tuesday. Platt did not say anything in his de fense when charged with the crime of murder, but rather admitted that the charge was true. He appeared perfectly cool. Mr. Hobson, representing the United States embassy, was present, as was also an officer from Lexington, Ky., who came to England to take the prisoner back to America, when the order for his extradition is issued. The prisoner would not say where he had been since 1885, but it is thought he has spent much of the time in Enelish jails. LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 18.— Taylor, alias Platt, who was arraigned In London to-day for the murder of Jesse Tyree, was known in Kentucky as Arthur W. Platt He killed Jesse Tyree, an inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, in 18S5. At that time Platt was an attend ant at the a3ylum and Tyree was in his ward. He refused to co to dinner when Platt ordered him, and the Englishman, becoming angry, shot him through the heart. He made his escape and went <o England, wheie he was put in prison for theft at Oxord several months ago. Srieriff Grass oi Lexington has gone to England to bring Platt back for trial. PRETTY ROMANCE IN REAL LIFE Love Finds the Way to Outwit an Objecting Parent. Governor Drake's Daughter Be comes the Bride of George Wood Sturdivant. Followed to Colortdo by the Girl's Father, Who Forgives and Blesses the Couple. DENVER. Colo., Dec. 18.— A pretty ro mance in real life was disclosed in society circles of this city this afternoon when the facts concerning a quiet wedding cere mony recently performed by the pastor of a promine ntchurch here was for the first time given publicity. The contracting parties are none other thnn Miss Mary Lord Drake, only daughter of lowa's Gov ernor, General Drake, and George Wood Sturdivant, a prominent young business man of Centerville, lowa. Miss Drake will be remembered as the young lady who christened the battle-ship lowa when that magnificent vessel was launched at Philadelphia late last sum mer. A ter her social triumphs in New York and the Ei«st following the christen ing ceremony of the lowa Miss Drake, ac companied by Miss Carpenter, h,er firm friend and companion and a cousin of the groom, came to Colorado, and after spend ing several weeks at the prominent moun tain resorts the young iadies concluded their tour of the mountains with a visit to Colorado Springs, where at the Antlers I hey were joined by Mr. Sturdivant, who came to the State partly on business, but principally to visit the sweetheart whom he nad grown up with from childhood. Inasmuch as there was some opposition on the part of the bride's father, it was decided that there was never a more op portune time for a wedding ceremony. The three young people came to Denver and quietly registered at a prominent hotel on the morning of October 28. On the afternoon of that day a license was procured, and Rev. C. M. Col burn of Trinity Church pronounced the happy couple man and wife. On account of the ambitions entertained by the war veteran and Governor for the future of his daughter, it was determined not to acquaint him with the fact of hi 3 daughter's marriage, but to wait until the return of the party to their native State and then tell him, trusting to his personal clemency to forgive the impulsive act of the two young people. This programme would have been carried out, but a few days after the marriage Mrs. Sturdivant was taken suddenly ill with pneumonia, from which she has fully recovered after a short illness. Governor Drake arrived in town last week on a pleasure trip, and was told of the marriage. The Governor at first re fused to believe it, but the young couple produced their marriage certificate, and the grizzled veteran gracefully acknowl edged that he had been outgeneraled. General Drake and his son-in-law left for the East on Tuesday, and were fol lowed to-day by the bride and her com panion, Miss Carpenter. Mr. Sturdivant will shortly engage in the banking business in Louisville, where hi? mother resides. Mr. Sturdivant is about 24, and is not wealthy, but, it is said, will be backed in his ban King enter prise by his fatber-in-law. MANGLED IN A MINE'S SHAFT. Five Men Fall With a Cage to the Bottom and Meet a Terrible Death. OUR AY. Colo., Dec. 18.— A frightful accident occurred in the Virginias mine near here this morning by which five men were almost instantly killed. Tne dead are: Gabriel Russ, John Antras, Charles Swanson, Charles Anderson, Louis Jack son. The accident occurred in the shaft of the Virginius mine, where the unfortunate men were at work repairing the timbering of the shafti They were working from the cage suspended in the shaft, having it raised and lowered as they progressed with their work. Just what caused the accident is not positively known. The men were several hundred feet below the sbafthou3e at the time their last signal was given for the movement of the cage. The engineer in answering the signal was horrified to find the cable connecting the hoist with the cage had become slack and be instantly realized the awful fate of the five workmen. There was nothing to obstruct the de scent of the cage, and It foil wit& light ning rapidity to the bottom of the shalt, which is 1400 teet deep, 'ihe shock was terrific and the cage was broken into thousands of pieces, the men being crushed into shapeless masses in the wrecked cage, their bodies being terribly mangled. The dead men were well known in Ouray and nil Jeave families. State Mine Inspector Lee, at Denver, has been notified, and will leave to investigate the accident. PRIOE^TVE CENTS. VENGEANCE OF A KENTUCKY MOB Bloodthirsty Men Enter a Jail and Kill Three Prisoners. Arch Proctor and His Father Hanged to a Tree Just Outside of Town. Bill Proctor Defies the Lynchers to Take Him Alive and Is Shot Down in His Cell. RUSSELLVILLE. Ky., Dec. 18. — A bloodthirsty armed mob of men from Lo gan County, half of whom came from Adairville, reached this town after mid night this morning and killed three prisoners who were in jail waiting for trial on charges of murder and conspiracy. Arch Proctor, who mnrdere I Aaron and "Doc" Crafton at Adairville, October 4, was taken from the jail with his father, "Dink" Proctor," charged with conspiracy in the Crafton case, and both men were hanged to the same tree just outside of the town. "Bill" Proctor, a half-brother of "DinK," and classed as being a real desperado, who had terrified the Adairville district for a number of years, was riddled with bullets in his cell, defying the mob to take him out alive and cursing them with his last breath. The man-hunters were pitiless and were well oreanized. They refused lo allow Arch Proctor to see his mother, who was sleeping in a neighboring hotel, before being deprived of life. The jailer pleaded with the mob not to lynch the men and then made a special plea for "Dink" Proctor, who had always been a quiet citizen, the Crafton murder 3 being the first trouble he had been mixed up in. But the only answer of the leaders was, '•Dead men tell no tales." The Adairville mob came into town about 100 strong and attacked the jaii at 1:30 o'clock. The door of the main en trance soon gave way before the onslaught of sledgehammers. The keeper of the jail was forced, on the peril of his life being taken also, to deliver the key of the Proctor cells to the mob's leaders. The victims had been apprised of the coming of the lynchers and their intentions, none of the three being in bed at the time their cell doors were opened. They faced an excited, cursing mass of armed men. Bill Proctor, who was a powerful man, showed his desperate character when brought to bay. He swore no one should take him from his cell alive, and no one cared to engage him in a test of physical streneth to get him out alive. One of the mob cave the signal for the murderer to he killed where he stood by shooting him. A charge of buckshot entered the desper ado's tody tlie next second and he fell. As he lav on the floor writhing in pain, a volley of bullets was fired at him. When he was apparently dead, a man entered the cell and placing a piatol barrel at Proctor's head, pulled the trigger to make sure that the most feared and murderous man of Logan County was dead. Then the mob turned toward the cells of "Dink" Proctor and his son Arch. They were taken ffom their cells without resist ance, the jailer's pleas were unheeded, and the hands of the victims bound. By this time there wera fully 200 men in the mob, and no attempt was made to interfere with their lynch-law plans. The prisoners were taken to a three-limbed cedar tree on the Nashville road. The empty limb was in tended for Bill Proctor, and on the other two limbs were strung father and son, without giving either any time for speeches, coniessions or prayers. Mrs. Proctor, the wife and mother, who had come to attend the examining trial to-day, was sleeping in a hotel unconscious of the tragedy which was being enacted close at hand, and by order of the loaders the procession to the improvised gallows was not allowed to stop at the hotel to grant the last pitiful plea of Arch to see and say good-by to his mother. The bodies, swinging side by side, were cut down this morning, and big crowds same to the jail to see the three bodies laid out there for the Coroner's inquest. The mob on its way to Adairville cue all tbe telegraph wires ieading from that place in order to prevent notice of their coming being given. The law-abiding citizens of Adairville congratulated each other that "Bill" and his nephew had been put away, but the people of the county generally say that "Dink" was not deserving of death. The brothers were acquitted of the charge of killing Aaron Crafton, and Arch was held for trial in $2000 bonds. Tbe trial of all three was set for to-day in the other mur der case. "Bill" killed several men and has been on trial four times for his life. Decitit of n French Litterateur. PARIS, France, Dec. 18.— M. Paul Auguste Arene, the French litterateur, is dead. He was 53 years of age. NEW TO- DAT. «V <«M W oristmas •— Gifts MBf ittSiffKr j^^uß f\ra ftf^* WaJm H^ BTT^ KF* 227P0ST5E 717 FM FSH