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VOLUME LXXXI.-NO. 57.
APPEAL FOB THE
PERISHING POOR
Chicago's Mayor Calls Upon
Well-to- Do Citizens
for Aid.
Forty Thousand Families Sorely
iD Need of Fue ! , Food
and Cothing.
Heroic Efforts of the Police Depart
ment Temporarily Allay the
Awful Suffering.
CHICAGO, iM-t Jan. 25.— The people
,pf Chicago in bodies and as individual
•:zens were aroused to-day to take
i orapt and generous action for the
prompt relief of the two score thousand
destitute families who are in want of food
and clothing, their distress having
reached a critical stage during this in
tensely cold weather.
Between 5 and 7 o'clock this morning
the weather bureau in the Auditorium
tower, where it is warmer than on the
street, recorded 20 degrees below zero.
Only once in the history of the bureau,
December 24, 1872, when it was 23 below,
has the temperature fallen lower. From
9 a. M. to 2 p. h. there was a gradual rise,
the range being from 18 to 12 degrees be
low, but the relief was hardly felt when
accompanied by a cutting wind from the
northwest. The highest temperature for
the day was 10 degrees below zero, and to
night the bureau' thermometer is moving
slowly down again with no hope of relief
held out for to-morrow.
Mayor Swift issued a proclamation to
day, according to his expressed intention
yesterday, appealing in urgent language
to all citizens who have the means to
spare to contribute at once money and
supplies to prevent the starvation and
freezing of unfortunate thousands. He
. urged the subscription of $100,000 as beine
none too much to afford the relief needed.
Mayor Swift's proclamation is as fol
lows:
To the Gcntrous People of Chicago: The pres
ent severe weather must naturally excite the
keen sympathy of every kindly disposed per
son for the worthy and suffering poor. A pro
tracted period of business depression has
thrown thousand!" of men and women out of
employment and brought want to families not
previously familiar with it. No startling
emergency exists, but the need constantly dis
cerned in cities is now augmented by the
hard times and the extreme cold. You hava
ever been found generous in behalf of all
worthy objects, and I think if proper at this
::ui ;n this way to call your attention to
special occasion now existing for a mani
festation of your reasonable generosity.
The distress of women and children in their
homesoughtespeciallv to be relieved. Thoreare
many worthy persons who hesitate to seek as
sistance but suffer in silence. I propose to
utilize the police department, havr; them In
vestigate cases of destitution, particulftrly in
homes, and give prompt help to thoße found
wortny.
I ask contributions of money, food and
clothing. Money maybe sent to E. .I. Keith,
president of the Metropolitan National Bank,
and all money contributions should be desig
nated as intended for the "Mayor's Relief
Fund."
This will be expended under the direction of
the General Superintendent of Police for the
purchase of fuel and food. Contributions of
food and clothing may be sent imme.iiately to
the General Superintendent of I'o.ice 8t the
City Hall. George B. swift, Mayor.
The funds of the charity organizations
have' become depleted, owing tothp extra
ordinary demands made upon them even
during the mild winter weather which
lhas prevailed here until a lew days ago,
and the Chicago Relief and Aid Society
was compelled to make a special appeal
for money last week to carry on its work
because ol the unusually larce number of
heads and supporters of families who are
unemployed while willing to work.
■ Before the Mayor's proclamation was
issued contributions to the special fund
came pouring into his office in currency
and checks, while various offers of pro
visions, clothinu, coal and wood were re
ceived on a liberal scale. The Board of
Trade and other organizations started to
raise relief funds and the churches and
palvation armies began making sys
tematic and extensive arrangements to
help in the charitable work along their
special lines. Souphouses and shelters
will be established and maintained as long
as necessary.
[ A plan which the Mayor and Chief of
Police Badenoch agreed upon at a confer-
V eoce to-day was immediately put into
effect. The city will buy with the special
fund food and fuel and distribute them on
demand through the agency of the police
department. This relief is to be afforded
without the usual investigation until the
regular charitable organizat ons are able
to take up the work. All police stations
have been thrown open to the freezing
multitude.
The Mayor's proclamation is the first
of the kind to be issued in twenty-five
years.
The worst and most numerous cases of
Buffering were reported from South Chi
cago and Kensington, where thousands of
men have been lnid off at the steel mills
and other establishments.
. The savings of most of these victims
have been used these hard times to pay
for their little homes, leaving them prac
tically penniless, although not paupers.
Much da mace has been done in the sub
urbs to telegraph and telephone wires by
the cold. Traffic with Cicero was sus
pended until lale 10-day by the collapse
of cable poles.
The worfc of affording instant tempor
ary relief during the inclement weather
was pushed by the police agents using
patrol wagons and ambulances in such a
systematic manner that no case of desti
tution reported remained unattended to
I to-night.
At midnight the thermometer registered
111 degrees below, and it is believed the up
ward tendency will continu-. Police sta
tions about the city are filled with lodeers,
many of whom applied for shelter with
frozen ears and fingers.
Colorado in the Icy Grip.
PENVER, Colo., Jan. 25.— The coidest
weather of the winter has prevailed in this
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city and throughout the State during the
past forty-eight hours, and still continues.
At 8 o'clock this morning the thermome
ter registered 8 deg. below zero. Several
cases of probable suffering were reported
to the County Commissioners and relief
was promptly furnished. Trains are pull-
In* in and out on schedule time and no
serious delay is reported either on moun
tain or prairie roads.
JBEPOBTb FROM MISSOURI.
I Thousands of Families in St. Louis Are
in Dire Distress. .
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Jan. 26.— The cold
wave which gathered in British Columbia
on Friday swept down on this section
yesterday and still continues here though
slightly abated to-night. At 7 o'clock this
morning the temperature was exactly
zero. At. noon 3 degrees above was re
corded and at 5 p. m. 4 degrees above. This
extremely low temperature following
sharply upon a long season of mild
weather found thousands of ( poor families
unprepared.
The demand upon the associated chari
ties for food and fuel was never so great.
Nearly 300 men and women were in line
to-day waiting for assistance. The Police
Department is doing everything possible
to relieve the distress. Twenty-two frost
bitten victims were treated at the City
Dispensary to-day, and three amputations
were necessary. Hundreds of homeless
people are sheltered to-day at the police
stations.
The river has not yet closed here, though
it is full of floating ice, which endangers
shipping. Trains were generally on time
this morning, but this evening all those
due from points west ana south were late,
in one instance two hours and ten min
utes. All were delayed by snow block
ades. Special dispatches show that no
section west or south of this city has es
caped the sudden fury of the blizzard.
For the first time ice formed for a short
time over Lower White River, in Arkan
sas, to-day. Snow is reported in West
Tennessee and Southern Illinois. The
great fruit section of Southwestern Mis
souri, and Northern Arkansas has es
pecially suffered, and nothing can save
the crop. A fall of snow that would have
saved trie wheat fields of Missouri. lowa
and Nebraska did not come with the cold
wave, and predictions of disaster to the
crop were frequent on 'Change.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 25. — The
coldest weather this winter has prevailed
during the last twenty-lour hours in this
section of the Southwrst. There is no
snow, but a high, freezing wind has added
to the suffering. Great loss cf livestock is
reported. Tne cold wave extended to the
territories. An average of 4 degrees be
low zero is reported in Kansas, with no
prospect of immediate relief.
FR O M TH E SOU TH WES T
Mercury 32 Below and Great lints of
Livestock. It hear d.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 25.— Excessive
.cold is reported again to-day alt over the
Northwest. It is 20 below in St. Paul and
as low as 32 below at points northwest of
here. Signal service reports, however, in
dicate that 1 there will be a slight modera
tion to-morrow. . ... , .. : ........
Railroad trains . are all running here,
but are from one to four hours late, ow
ing to the inability of the trainmen to
keep up steam in such intense cold. The
South Dakota rotary snowpiows are work- '
me to raise the blockade caused on all
railroads by Saturday's and Sunday's
storm.
The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad
will soon have its East and South lines
open from Huron. A snowplow has been
sent to the train snowbound at Higbmore,
S. Dak., since Saturday last with about
forty passengers.
The Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad
in Dakota is completely tied up, and it
will be several days before an attempt
will be made to open the Great Northern
line between Watertown and Huron.
Nothing concerning stock on the ranges
can be learned for several days, but it is
feared the intense cold and deep snow will
entail severe losses.
Apprehension is also felt for settlers in
remote districts where fuel is scarce. The
storm covers a vast area of South Dakota
and in many respects is more severe than
the storm of 188*, when 107 persons per
ished.
DULUTri, Minn.. Jan. 25.— The Gov
ernment thermometers here to-day regis
tered 32 decrees below zero, but private
instruments went much lower. There is
no wind. It is 51 below zero ou the rang°s
at Virginia, 42 at Tower, 40 at Ely and 28 i
at Two Harbors.
S VFFR AGJSTS FROZ Hit OUT.
Few Delegate* Coming to the Woman's
Convention at Hen Molne*.
DEB MOINES, lowa, Jan. 25.— With the
mercury lor the past three days having
scarcely mounted up to zero and most of
the time 10 to 25 degrees below the at
tendance will be disappointingly small
when the annual convention of the Na
tional Woman Suffrage Association opens
to-morrow. There is hardly a delegate
from south of Kentucky, and the East
will be poorly represented compared with
expectations. The Far and Central West
will be fairly represented. As a result the
executive committee to-night discussed
having the conventions hereafter in the
summer or fall and a change will probably
be made. The more noted leaders are
nearly all here. To-morrow afternoon
Susan B. Anthony, the president, will de
liver her annual address and the reports
will begin. They are expected to show
the work to have made encouraging
progress.
AT CLBV£I.AXD, OHIO.
Ao Suck Want and Misery Were Ever
H'for- Known.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan. 25.— The ter
rible cold continues and the suffering
among the poor of Cleveland eclipses any
previous record. " ;. *
This morning the mercury had dropped
to eleven below, which brought a number
ot half-starved, frozen 7 families to the
relief departments of the city. They ap
plied for food and coal. Red tape in < the
matter of the investigation was dispensed
with, arid for the first time in the history
of the city the applicants- for relief were
given the benefit of a doubt.
At 10 o'clock to-night the United States
Weather Observatory gives n record of 8
degrees below, with.' a prospect of 15 or 16
: degrees below before morning. 'To-night
the theaters are practically 'deserted.*' "4 \"j
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Jan. 25.— There
have been no fatalities from the extreme
cold here, though it is reported that ther
mometers on particularly exposed points
on the hills around here *, registered
10 deg. below. There is considerable suf
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fering among the poor.'but the charities
have responded to ail calls for relief.
DKSIITVTIOI* JM AKB Kji.SK.4.
Omaha SuvpHes a 'Ihowttnd Families
■ With Food and Fuel. • ■
OMAHA, Nf.br., Jan. 25.— Pitiful stories \
of destitution are com:ne to the attention
of the authorities, aggravated by the in
tense cold, which still holds its grip on
the city and State. The ci'y authorities
to-day bad over a thousand families to
provide coal for in addition to food and
clothing. Toe charitable institutions are ■
able to assist only a small proportion or
those in need of actual protection. \ ' ■
• There a report to-night that a woman
and baby have been frozen to death at
Oak Hill, a suburb of this city. 'Several
persons were injured by bursting water
pipes, and one child cannot recover from
injuries received. The Missouri River is
entirely frozen over, and ice has lormed
a foot thick on the streets.
The thermometer registers from 15 to 17
degrees throughout the State, it being
coldest in Columbia, 100 miles from this
city. Stock seems to stand the weather
better than expected.
TEXAS IS ShirtßtNG.
Snow and ' Sleet, Fallowed by Heavy
■ Fro-t in 3la:iy Places.
GALVESTON, Tex., Jan. 25. — The
weather to-day at Galveston has been the
coldest experienced this winter. It sleeted
all afternoon, and indications joint to a
heavy fall in temperature before night.
At Dallas it has been freezing all day, and
the temperature is "' falling. The ther
mometer registers 22 degrees above.
At San Antonio this has been the cold
est day for many years; the temperature
was 18 degrees above zero. Indications
are that it will be much colder before
morning. The ground is' frozen hard.
Seve big ranches west of here are re
ported suffering with ■ the cold and much
damage will result. At El Paso the
temperature is 46 degrees above and fall
ing. ;
Unalleriateit >vff> ring at Milwnu'see.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., Jan. 25.— The cold
wave which came here Saturday was here
to-day 111 full force. This morning the
thermometer registered 20 degrees below
zero. The relief organizations of the city
are overwhelmed with applications lor
help from the suffering unemployed, and
there is mucn distress that cannot be al
leviated. Lake traffic continues under ob
stacles, a most impenetrable mass of
steam arising from the water.
Georgian* Get the Chill*.
ATLANTA, Ga.. Jan. 25.— The ther
mometer touched the lowest point in the
history to-day by touching 33 degrees be»
low zero,. The thermometer has been
creeping down for tha last twenty-nine
hours. The fir-t effect was to almost un
man the railroads, the brakemen not be
ing used to such severe weather, and
most of them pave np their places. The
thermometer in the southern part of the
State ranges from 30 to 3"i degrees higher
than the northern section.
Extremely Cold ir» If i*con*in.
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 25.— The temper
ature was recorded at Wash barn Observa
tory to-day at 23 deg. below zero. The
absence of the wind diminishes tlv suffer
ing among the poor., As the day advanced
the temperature rope a few degrees.
7/ie Wave Strike* Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 25.— Thecold
wave struck Alabama last nipht and it
has been getting colder ever 3ince. The
lowest temperature reached up to 10
o'clock to-ni ht was: At Birmingham 20
above, Montgomery 23, Mobile 27.
Growing Coldrr in Michigan.
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 25.— The in
ten>ely cold weather moderated some dur
ing the day and at 7 o'clock this evening
the thermometer registered 3 deg. below
zero. Later, however, it again grew colder
and at 10 o'clock it i-< 8 deg. below.
Six Abore 'Aero i" *etc lark City.
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 26.— The aver
age temperature here to-day was 10 de
grees above. At midnight the thermome
ter registered 6 above. This is the lowest
so far this winter.
INCIDENTS OF THE FOLSOM EXCURSION.
WEYLER'S PATH IS
MARKED BY FIRE
Illuminates the Way So the
Insurgents Have Time
to Avoid Him.
Assistant Butcher Fondeviella Is
Causing a Terrible Reign
of Bloodshed.
Continues to Arrest and Slaughter
the Unfortunate Citizens of the
Town cf Guanabaco 1 .
KEY WEST, Fla., Jan. 26.— Advices
from Havana say that the conflict be
tween the sugar planters and Weyler con
tinues with more bitterness than ever.
Both are deiermined to carry out their
purposes and the unusual spectacle is pre
sented of two contending parties tiehting
with one another without openly declar
ing their hostilities.
Of the war little that is new can be said
Weyler continues on his march without
deviating from the highways and railroad
line?. Despite the strong column march
ing w'th him, he fears to enter the unex
pioied regions. As he burns and destroys
everything in his passage, he illuminates
his way as if be curried a torch in his
hand, and the rebels can easily avoid any
encounters with his solid column. Thus
it is explained why he has no encounters
with them. '
As an idea of the notorious Fondeviella's
character, it is said that when it was re
ported to him that all the Spanish officers
captured by Aranguerin had been re
leased he remarked: "Aranguerin did well
in setting th*;m free, or there would not
remain a single Cuban alive to-day in
Guanabacoa."
The arrest and Killing of the nnforiunate
citizens of that town continues, and as he
has prohibited their removai to this city
or other places, the situation can ba un
derstood. Persons who have visited the
town say there could not be a more shock
ing sight. All the houses are closed, ladies
fear to look out of the windows, as the sol
diers will surely insult them; few citizens
walk around the streets, only armed sol
diers, soiled and repulsive, are to be scan.
Reports of the landing of expeditions
have baen afloat in Havana for the last
few days. One is said to have landed in
Pinar del Rio and the other around Mau
zanitlo. The exact location has not yet
been ascertained.
The forces under Weyler's command
number 14,000 infantry, a cavalry regi
ment and twenty-two pieces of artillery.
Fit Old .~arJ xJsß.ao ujtctcs.
Information Given Out by the Legation
at Washington.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25. --"The
most complete news that we have yet re
ceived from Cuba." said Mr. Dubosc, the
first secretary of the Spanish legation ,
to-day, "reached us to-day by cable from
Madrid. It is a telegram from the Minis
ter of Foreign Affairs, Duke Tetuan, em
bodying the points of a dispatch sent to
him by the Captain-General at Havana.
The Duke's dispatch reads as follows:
" 'General Weyler at the head of four
teen battalions has traversed the provinces
of Havana and Matanzas, compelling the
principal rebel chieis to fly to Las Villas,
abandoning their horses in the river Ha
bana, many of the fugitives perishing in
Maritimas. Weyler considers that in Ha
vana and Matanzas there are no longer
great organized bands to disperse, and that
both provinces may be regarded almost
entirely pacified. The sugar properties in
the rear of the troops have already begun
to grind.'
"This information the Minister, Mr. Du
puy de Lome, authorizes me to give to the
United Associated Presses," said Mr. Du
bosc. '"Aside from the fact that it comes
from the Minister of Foreign Affairs it
has been confirmed by several other
sources and may be relied on as entirely
correct. The legation is very particular
not to give out news t»at cannot be sub
stantiated. This is the second dispatch
that the legation has mod's public in two
months. The other waa at the time of
Maceo's death, which was at first denied
here and in New York and afterward,
when it was no longer denied, it was im
puted to treachery.
"I should explain," Mr. Dubosc went
on, "that General Weyler started on his
present trip about ei<sht days ago. The
province of Pinar del Rio has been under
practical subjection ever since Maceo's
death. The province of Santa Clara can
hardly be said to have ever been in revolt,
and as a revolt we now have four pro
vinces in which there is little, if any, dis
turbance. When the new reforms for
Cuba are promulgated, as they will prob
ably be in the next fortnight, they will
be put into effect in all the six provinces
of Cuba. You ask me if the Cubans are
ready for these new measures. I have no
hesitancy in replying in the affirmative.
The only people who oppose the reforms
and desire the continuance ol revolution
are the patriots in New York. The rebels
in Cuba are anxious for peace. In my
opinion the days of the insurrection are
numbered."
MOST BARHARO US WARFARE.
Foreigners Protest in fain Against
Spanish Atrocities.
NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 23.— A dis
patch to the Sun from Havana says: In
the province of Havana the war has as
sumed the most barbarous character since
Wcyler gave his last orders to Jay waste
the entire country.
Around the town of Guines the Span
iards have destroyed everything. Noth
ing can stay their inhuman work, and the
property of either friend or foe is reduced
to ashes. Many foreigners have vainly
protested. The protest of a foreigner is
brought to Weyler, or, in his absence, to
his secretary, the Marquis de Pelmerala.
The reply is generally: "Let the foreign
ers present their claims through diplo
matic channels."
Senorita Sigarron, a distinguished
young woman, has received orders to leave
the island within a week under pain of
imprisonment. Another Cuban lady,
Etnelia Cordova, has received a similar
order of banishment. Clemencia Arango,
sister of the Cuban Colonel Raoul Arango,
was the victim of still more cruel treat
ment. The police searching her rooms for
letters from her brotner treated her so
rougiily as to arouse the indignation of all
the neighbors.
An editorof the Diarfo de la Marina was
summoned to the palace of Admiral Na
varro as soon as the news was circulated
of the destruction of the Spanish gunboat
Cometa by the insurgents near Cayamos,
Matanzas. The editor received orders to
deny the news, and accordingly the fol
lowing lines appeared in yesterday's edi
tion of the paper: "The splendid gunboat
Cometa is dbiug her duty on the coast of
Cuba. She has not been destroyed by the
insurgents. The press of New York has
again been deceived by the lies of the
Cuban sympathizers, who, by way of Key
West, send to the United States all kinds
of false reports." >
La Lucba publishes the same denial as
official, which relieves it of any responsi
bility in case the authorities are in the
wrong. However, the Cubans here have
ratified the news. It came to Havana
through a trustworthy Cuban agent.
That the town of Cayamos, where the
cunboat is said to have be n blown up,
surrendered to the insurgents and was
destroyed is beyond any question.
Admiral Navarro was so angry over the
news that be said; "I will order the
Cometa to enter Havana harbor with all
her flags flying and salute Morro Castle
with twenty shots." Time will show
whether Admiral Navarro is playing a
game of blnff.
In Brujo, Pinar del Rio province, a hot
engagement lasting four hours was fought
on Friday, in which the CuDans num
bered 2000 men. In Sagua another en-
I gairement of importance has occurred, in
which the Spanish Captain Carerras suf
fered losses, and the Cubans lost thiee
well-known leaders— Estanilas, Jose Rogue
and Pedro Nod arse.
Near Victoria de las Tunas another en
counter is reported between Calixto Garcia
and the Spaniards, in which a Cuban vic
tory is beyond any doubt. The Spaniards
confess to seven killed, which is an ex
traordiuary admission in an official report.
Around Havana and even in the poor
districts of the city famine is spreading
and if the destruction of all the country
continues, as Weyler intends, the misery
of the once rich capital of Cuba will at
tract the attention of the world. The
epidemic of smallnox is augmenting. The
cases number 3200 to-day.
ARIIESTISI* lH CUBA.
President Cleveland Submit* .Some In
formation to the Senate.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25.— The
Presiuent to-day sent to the Senate, in
response to a resolution, a list of American
citizens, either native born or naturalized,
who have been arreste.i in Cuba since the
beginning of the present insurrection,
together with the action taken in each
case. The arrests number seventy- four.
Of these seven have been tried, and ap
peals were taken in two instances from
the sentence imposed — those of Sanguilly
and Someilian. In the case of the five
Competitor prisoners a new trial has been
ordered. Seven American newspaper cor
respondents were also arrested and ban
ished. ________^__
SMALL FIREARMS IN DEMAND.
Chicago Dealers Have Not Done Such a
Thriving Business Since the B/g^
Railroad Sirike.
CHICAGO, 111., Jan. 'Js.— On the prin
ciple that it is an ill wind that blows no
one any good, dealers in small firearms
are congratulating themselves that the
carnival of store and street holdups has
given their business a more decided boom
than it has experienced since the great
railroad strike and the so-called Chicago
riots. Despite the heavy penalties pro
vided by law for the carrying of concealed
weapons it is said that from 50 to 60 per
cent of the male population who are out
after nightfall provide themselves with
means of protection. In most of the
saloons, especially in the outlying dis
tricts, a revolver can be found reposing on
a shelf under the bar or in the hip pocket
of the bartender, and the same applies to
drugstores and other places of business
such as restaurants that keep open until a
late hour or all night. In the business
offico of one of the largest gas companies
in the city a big navy revolver rests in full
view on the counter immediately beside
the cash drawer, although the receiving
clerk is protected from outside attacks by
ar. abundance of wire netting.
It is the consensus of opinion among
dealers that there are more revolvers be
ing carried or otherwise used for purposes
of protection in this city than ever before.
Loaded canes, on the other hand, are a
drug in the market. All the ticket-sellers
of the Metropolitan elevated road have
also been equipped with revolvers.
TOLUXTEEKS OF AMERICA.
Gathering at Xeto Ttork City to Attend
//»«• Grand < nunrii.
NEW YORK. N. V., Jan. 25.— From all
sections of the country officers of the Vol
unteers of America are on their way to at
tend a grand council beginning next
Wednesday at headquarters, Union square
and Sixteenth street.
Besides Commander and Mrs. Booth
there will be present, among others. Lieu
tenaut-Colonels Fielding of Chicago,
Washington Blackhurst of San Francisco.
Cheeron of Grand Rapids, William Wool
ley of Buffalo and Patty Lindsay of New
York.
Perhaps th#t most important topic to be
discussed will be the question of branch
ing out in foreign fields. By-laws and
rules for the government of the Volun
teers will be adopted.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TO PROBE THE
GREAT SCANDAL
Speaker Cocmbs Announces
the Committee on the
Temporary Roll.
It Is Believed That an Effort
Will Be Made to Suppress
the Evidence.
Members of the Assembly Would
Rather Duckworth Take the
Blame Than Themselves.
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. 25.— Speaker
Coombs this morninc announced bis com
mittee to investigate the scandal of the
temporary roll. They are: Waymire,
Ken yon, Strain, Keables, Boone, Emmons
and Stanseli. The resolution authorizing
their appointment called for a fall, free
and fair investigation of all matters con
nected with the temporary organization
of the Assembly, and Judge Waymire
seems determined to carry on the inves
tigation in that way.
The committee met in the library at 5
o'clock this afternoon in a pokey corner
where the newspaper tiles are stored and
after calling the meeting to order Chair
man Waymire made a little speech call
ing the attention of the members to the
importance of the duty required of them
by the Assembly. "It »s our duty as
legislators," be said, "to allow no more
men to be employed than are necessary.
If we have permitted any more men to be
employed than are necessary we are to
blame. If Duckworth, as the clerk
charged by us to attend to this matter
that no more should be employed than
are necessary, has violated that duty we
should know it."
Waymire went on to say that he had
heard that Duckworth had remarked that
he would employ more men the next
time. It would be well to inquire wheiher
the clerk had made that remark. It was
In order for the committee to devise a plan
of procedure.
Enimons suggested that it would be
well to inquire how certain powers of at
torney got to Sacramento so soon after
the warrants for mileage, etc., had been
drawn. He moved that the committee
should first ascertain how many men
were employed in the temporary organi
zation, what it had cost, by what author
ity had they been employed, and whether
in appointing toem any wrong was com
mitted and who was to blame.
Chynoweth said that he had accepted
his appointment on the committee with
the understanding that he would be al
lowed to make a thorough investigation,
so as to place the blame wh ere it be
longed. Chynoweth was thereupon se
lected to examine witnesses on behalf of
the State.
Judson C. Brusie appeared as counsel
for Duckworth. Belshaw placed the com
mittee in possession of a letier which he
said be had recently received. It was
written on a letterhead of the Monterey
Meat Company and was signed "Thos.
Doud." The writer said that C. A. Rod
riguez, A. Gunzensdorfer and W. H.
Kearney, who had been placed on the
temporary roll at $5 per day, were in Mon
terey during the temporary organization
ot the Assembly and were not in Sacra
mento at all. They were intimate friends
of Duckworth. The letter concluded, "If
you will investigate you will find that N.
Friedman, the man who cashed so many
of the warrants, is Duckworth's brother's
political partner in San Francisco."
Brusie at this point entered a protest
against the mode of procedure pursued bp
the committee. He said that it would be
very unjust to Duckworth if the commit
tee accepted evidence in his absence and
which might be used against him subse
quently.
Emmons said that he was there as a
member of the Assembly to rmrga the As
sembly of the charge of stuffing the roll.
"It seems," he added, "that we are mak
ing a good deal of Duckworth and very
little of the investigation. Wherever the
blame is there let it be placed and let
everybody know it. I believe in going to
the root and bottom of this thing."
The remaining members of the commit
tee seemed to be of the same mind. It is
reported that an effort will be made by
Assemblymen on the committee to star
chamber the investigation, because tut
movers do not wish to have ail the facts
published regarding the appointments
made at their request, and several other
matters.
But the composition and temper of the
committee are such that the effort to sup
press the facts will fail. The people of
the State demand all the facts in the case
and they are entitled to have them through
the only unprejudiced medium— the press.
The committee will meet to-morrow after
the third reading of the file ha* been fin
ished, and will proceed to examine the
temporary roll and take evidence thereon.
Duckworth's brother i* satisfied with the
personnel of the committee. He exhibits
the following dispatch from the chairmen
of the Republican and Democratic com
mittees of Monterey County:
Salinas, Cal., Jan. 23, 1897.
To Hon. 8. J. Dmdtwortk: Yonr friends in
this county indorse the stand you have taken
in not resigning, and believe you are right.
Do not weaken for the sake of others.
M. R. Merbitt,
F. H. Lang.
iy BBtfATtS AXt> ASSK.V Bhl.
Bills of Small Importance and an Ap
propriation for Printing.
[ • SACRAMENTO,' Cal., Jan. 25.— 1n the
: Assembly to-day Shanahan arose to a
question of privilege and denied the asser
tion 1 made in a San Francisco paper that
lie had had "two friends pat on the tem
porary roll.
: Speaker Coombs announced the follow
ing committee to investigate ■ the Duck-
Worth matter: Way mire, Kehyon, Strain,
Starisell, Keables, fimmoiis-and Boone. l
Belfhaw's bill fixing tiie number of tem
porary and permanent attaches of future
Legislatures was reported back by the
Retrenchment Committee with the rec
ommendation that it be passed. Monk

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