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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 45.
COLLAPSE OF
A RESERVOIR
Wall of Water Rushes
Down a Ravine Near
Matteawan, N. Y.
DEATH AND DEMOLITION
IN ITS WAKE.
Lives of Seven Persons Lost,
While ISO Are Rendered
Homeless.
RECENT HEAVY RAINS CAUSE
THE DISASTER,
Miraculous Escape of an Express
Train— Saved by a Vigilant
Night watchman.
MATTEAWAN, N. V., July 14.— With
a roar which was heard for miles, even
above the battle of the elements, a mighty
wall of water swept down the narrow val
ley east of Fishkill three hours before
dawn this morning, tearing down trees
lifting bowlders and bearing destruction
to everything in its course. Seven per
sons lost their lives in its onset and 150
were rendered homeless. House after
house was swept away in the van of the
water, which left in its course a farrow
lice a river bed, and when dawn broke at
la-t a spectacle of destitution and ruin
was presented.
Five bodies have been recovered, among
them that of Mrs. John Conroy, a sur
vivor of the Johnstown flood.
The reservoir which caused the dis
aster was situated high upon the hills
and its overflow ran into the Hudson in a
small stream known as Towanda Creek,
running through a narrow ravine for about
a quarter of a mile, which opens into a
plain between the river mi the foot of
the hills. It was through this ravine that
the mighty flood of water swept. What
houses were in its vay were picked up
bodily from their foundations and either
dashea to pieces or whirled along in tbe
torrent like chips on an angry sea.
Tne heavy rains of the last Jew days
had swollen the reservoir to the brink.
Every little rivulet that fed it had become
a rushing stream. At 2 o'clocK this morn
ing, when everybody was asleep, the dam
between the upper half of the reservoir
and the lower half gave way and the full
weight in the upper part was precipitated
against the lower dam, which could; not
stand the strain. The down-coming rush
of water swept it away as completely as
though it had been a wall of cardboard,
and with a roar] that brought the sleepy
farmers out of their beds trembling with
fright the mighty torrent leaped down the
ravine. Nothing could withstand its ter
rible force.
Between the ravine and the river are
the New York Central tracks on the edge
of a little plain. Between them and the
hills on the lowlands were about a dozen
buildings, chiefly dwellings, and the ex
tensive brick works of Van Bur? n &
Timoney. Two of the houses were occu
pied as boarding-nouses for the employes
of the brickyards and contained a large
number of persons. When the flood
poured out of the funnel-like ravine and
spread over the flatlands it gained an
awful impetus and demolished the brick
works utterly. . Not a vestise of the ex
tensive building was left. It tore away a
hole in the railroad tracks 100 yards wide
and hurled one of the workmen's big
boarding-houses bodily into the Hudson.
Many residents rushed from their beds
for safety, but many did not. One family,
Perry by name, in its wild flight left the
baby behind. Most of the killed were in
the workingmen's boarding-houses.
The Montreal express, which left here
last nignt, had a narrow escape*. It was
due at the place just about the time the
flood came. The watchman at the brick
yard heard the roar of the torrent and
thought of the train. He snatched up a
signal lamp and ran wildly up the track.
As he heard the whistle of the locomotive
it was drowned by the crash of the flood
striking the buildings behind him. The
express rushed on, and in an instant the
glare of the headlight was in the watch
man's eyes, He waved his lantern fran
tically, and the engineer put on the air
brakes and reversed the lever.
Before the train could be stopped the
forward trucks of the locomotive were in
the water. In another second or two the
train would have plunged into the wash
out. Passengers throneed out of the cars
and shuddered when they realized their
narrow escape. The damage to proporty
is estimated at $100,000.
The reservoir is of oval shape and abont
500 feet long and .''.oo feet wide and thirty
or thirty- five feet dfcep. It is used as an
auxiliary supply to the regular water
works system of Mattewan and Fishkill
Landing, from the main source of which
it is distant about four miles.
Ths largest reservoir of this system is a
considerable lake near North Beacon,
which has massive masonry and is intact.
A second reservoir, situated much lower
down the mountain, which was built to
reduce the pressure in the pipes, is also
unbroken. These two have no direct con
nection with the Duchess Junction reser
voir, though all three feed into the same
pipes. ! '- ' : ' '.».' -fy'
the HI V Oaa co mis TO' time.
Pretence of • Hat-ship. Urinal funi/th
tiirnt to ltabber*.
WASHINGTON, D. CL, July 14.— The
United States Consul-General at Tangier,
Morocco, lias informed tbe Slate Depart
ment that the men who assaulted and
robbed the agent of an American firm in
Tangier have been arrested and punished
by the authorities. This tardy action was
secured by the presence of the .rubers
San Franc sco and Rajeigh at Tangier.
The Raleigh reached Gibraltar.yesterday
and the i.an Francisco joined her to-day.
The State Department t. ill mako a de
mand for indemnity.
The San Francisco Call
PRISE DE LA BASTILLE
THE loyal sons and daughters of
France yesterday celebrated with
that enthusiasm for which, every
true descendant of Gaul is noted
the anniversary of the taking of
the Bastile. The tricolor was flung to the
breeze, and its folds lapped the glorious
stripes and stars of the sister republic.
All business was suspended for the day in
the active French colony. The "Marseil
laise" was on every tongue and its senti
ment shrined in every heart. ,
As on all the previous anniversaries the
arrangements for a fitting commemora
tion were all that patriotism could prompt
and perfect co-operation of devoted citi
zens could do.
At the Chutes, where the public cele
bration was held, the innate taste of the
children of sunny France and their true
love of the beautiful were everywhere ap
parent in the tasteful and elaborate deco
ration?.
The tricolor, the stars and stripes and
wreaths of evergreens only were used, but
the artistic arrangement made a beautiful
ensemble.
The general committee of the fete con
sisted of the following gentlemen: ,
President of honor, L. de Lalande, Consul of
France; honorary president, Sylvain Weill;
president of the day, P. A. Bergerot; vice
presidents, E. J. Dupuy and J. B*vle; . treas
urer. Jules S. Godeau; secretary, J. Deschamps.
Following were the sub-committees:
Finance— E. J Dupuy, J. Bayle, Charles LP.
Marais, 0. Bozio, A. Bousquet.
Invitations— A. Goustiaux, S. Levy, C. Mail
hebuau, A. Bousquet. E. Remond, J. Longe.
Literary exercises— C. L. .P. Marais, X. Me
fret, A. (Joustiaux, C. Melquiond, E. J. Dupuy,
A.F. Blancnard. ::.:?. ~ 7
Decorations— Godart, G. A. Berger, C. Pau
chon, L. L. Remy, A. Laplace.
11 Announcements— C. L..P. Marais, E. J. Du
puy, L. L. Remy.
Music— P. Bigue, M. Fucbs, J. Coudeu, J.
Arees, L. Godon. ■ . fff.f.
Order— J. Arees, J. B. Carrere, P. Bigue, L.
Lacsze, C. Mailhebuau. - : . • .
Ball— A. Laplace, J. B. Carrere, L. Lacaze.
Dancing— J. B. Carrere, floor, manager; A.
Laplace, J. Clerfayt, assistant floor j managers.
Aids— L. Lacaze, B. Olymjie, M.'Audlchou,
F. Medevlelle, J. Bauchou, E.Montauban,' J.
Longe, P. Bellocq, J. Lasserre, F. Merle, T.
Capdevlelle, M. F. Berges, F. Sehablague, B.
Cassou, J. Noble, M. Clavere, C. Robert. T. J.
Lacoste, L. Leger. .'•-.','.- ;: "*- 'ff- ■-"- 'fff'ffy '.-
The general committee comprised the recep
tion committee. . ...-_.
The exercises were held in the big
pavilion at the west end of the Chute..,
and the stage was- a bower :of flags and
fragrant blossoms. After the overture
from "William Tell" Alexander Bergerot,
president of the day, was introduced. His
address was in part as follows:
France and all her children spread through
the whole world glorify to-day the one hun
dred and eighth anniversary of a date which
opened a new era in the history of humanity.
In seeing the road she has traversed France
has' the right to-day to be proud of herself
and her children. She has been able to raise
herself up with an indomitable energy after
the most cruel trials. And now that she has
attained, , if ; not j passed, the • end which she
proposed to herself she pursues in calm aDd
peace the work of progress and civilization,
and the century whicn she will so gloriously
crown by the approaching l universal ;exposi
tion 7 : will leave a luminous, un forge table
trace in her history. .
Without, France has taken an eminent place
in the concert of the nations of Europe and
among all the powers of the entire world. She
is counted in all questions concerning the
European? equilibrium. She can be. proud,
also, to see her friendship sought on one hand,
" The monument of arbitrary, -despotism: , a mighty
dam -in the stream of the Paris revolution. "—Yon Sybel.
SAN FRANCISCO. THURSDAY MORNING. JULY 15, 1-97.
her susceptibilities regarded on another, for
all this snows that among foreign nations
there is a consciousness of her force and po
litical importance.
The stability of the republic, demonstrated
by an .experience of twenty-three years, is
doubted by no one, any more than the wisdom
of the nation which has sufficiently proved
that lit she remains mistress ot herself and
make- herself respected, she will uot give her
neighbors cause for inquietude,. nor be a brand
of trouble and discord in Europe.
When the applause that this stirring
oration bad created subsided. Mile. Julie
Cotte was introduced and sang with much
dramatic effect "Salut a la France."
'"Laurence de Lalande, the French Con
sul, was the next speaker. Among other
things the Consul said:
Our national commemoration has become a
general fete, because of | all people being in
sympathy with our country.' " ' '-.''tt':"
This is true in the different countries where
I have been, but particularly in the United
States, where we meet republicans of a very
patriotic character themselves.
I am glad to see here a number of American
friends • and people from many land!*, and I
especially than* Mayor Pnelan and Mr. Sydney
Smith for their participation in our celebra
tion. - • ff'yyf yyf
Then came more music, a trombone
solo, "I' Alsace et la Lorraine," by Alfred
Roncovieri, and Mayor Phelan followed,
speaking as follows:
Ladles and gentlemen: San Francisco is one
of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world,
and from the very beginning its French popu
lation has been' conspicuous in its.develop
ment. Their love of the Republic, their en
thusiasm for freedom, their artistic tastes and
accomplishments have contributed to the up
building of the City and the strength of j the
State. The character of California's soil and
climate, resembling-France, makes them feel
at home, and has wedded them with ties of
love and affection to the Goldeu State.
'This is the French national holiday, and its
significance is in full accord with the princi
ples that underlie the structure of- the
American Government. America celebrates
the 4th of July; France, a few days later, the
14th. The one following the other is more
than a coincidence— it is a consequence. The
example of America in .1770 was closely fol
lowed by the French people in 1789, and the
success of freedom's cause in this country was
the inspiration of Fr.nch patriotism which
overthrew that frowning emblem of despotic
rule— the Bastile. So the Declaration of in
dependence was inpependence for America
and France alike. The two nations thus born
of a common cause celebrate a common birth
day in this month of July. They are Free
dom's children and are drawn together almost
unconsciously by fraternal bonds. Therefore,
my fellow-citizens, *we are together to-day.
The friendship of the two countries, formed
in the infancy of national* life, has been en
during, and long may it endure-
When , France presented the statue „of
Liber to ■ the -United States, what form did
the acknowledgement take? American citi
zens forthwith set up in "Paris a statue to
Lafayette. For the fame of Lafayette, the
lover of liberty, pure patriot and generous
friend, is as dear to the American heart as to
the people of France. *It Is an obligation of
the two countries to preserve his fame, and 1 it
should be honorable and becoming in Human
ity itself, as in the case of Washington, to as
sert that no country can claim him, and that
ho was a gift of Providence . to the human
race. The part that he played in establishing
the Independence of America perhaps saved
the revolutionary cause, which was the cause
of mankind. He was an unselfish soldier for
the right. He volunteered his services at a
critical lime; and when even forbidden by his
Government, which at ,that time was des
potic, to engage in the American" con
flict, which he was ' quick to . see was a
struggle for ♦ human rights everywhere,
he evaded arrest,- thrust aside • consid
erations of family and ' fortune, . fitted out
a transport and sailed away to take part in the
momentous struggle. , Washington received
him as a, personal friend. BHe was made a
major-general in the Continental army, and
led our troops -on many a hard-fought field.
And when the fortunes of war were wavering
in the balance he Went back to France for aid,
and without that aid which he secured we can
only, gather t rom ; the words of Washington
what might have been the outcome of the
Revolutionary War, upon .which so much de
pended. Washington wrote at this time to the
American representatives in Paris: "We are
at the end of our tether, and now or never de
liverance must come." It came with Rocham
beau and De Grasse. France, moved by the
ardor of Lafayette,' saved the cause of the col
onies and stirred Thomas Jefferson to exclaim
in the transport of his joy, that henceforth
every American has ". two countries— his own
and France.
The Mayor's eloquent address, which
was frequently interrupted by enthusiastic
applause, , was followed by "The Star
Spangled Banner,". sang by a quartet of
soprano voices. '.vi*:
Jules Godart, orator of the day, . was
then introduced, and spoke in part as fol
lows: . ■„.;. ........... .
"Frenchmen and Iriends of France, "salut et
fraternite" to you present here, in the name
of our native land, to celebrate an anniversary
of the revolution.' - ■'- "7 . ' * '' "' '"'-'.'
And let us express our feelings '.of : gratitude
to the men who gave that country freedom. .
i Let us express also our thankfulness to the
United States lor her noble and generous -hos
pitality; which allows us to celebrate here I to
day the glory of our ; . native country. For
fourteen hundred years the lot of the paople
was to suffer and 'obey. The judgments \of
their kings were without appeal,' and in' the
prisons the great defenders of humanity were
dying. , /: ■.1 7 ; 7 :'
.But it is vain to try to arrest the march of
progress, and on the 14th oi July, 1780, the
whole people of Paris were in full revolt.
After a very hard | fight the people destroyed
that dark blot called '■ La Bastile in a single
day.'-— V--* ' '-'■ yyy-yf^yf; '■ ff.y ■■ f 'ff
The people separated forever the dreadful
past from, a future tilled ,with hope. On the
14th of July France" shawed her new banner
and wrote upon it her beautiful motto, "Lib
erty, egualite fraternite." -■: f y'f.y
In France public men; forgot their quarrels,
putting above them i their patriotism, their
love of liberty. The cry, "The country Is in
danger I" was heard by ihe people and Carnot
enrolled armies. ''- fy :: ' *
' With these armies Kellerman,' Hoche,Kleber
and Marceau won tame on the battle-fields. ;
"At the same time; Dan ton, Robespierre, C*.
mille Desmoulins and St Just gave humane
and just laws which kept : the. integrity of the
republican motto. "; 7'
Very often men had to pay with j their lives
for the devotion to tneir country,' but even on
the scaffold their iast thought was for the hap
piness oi the people, premised by their doc
trines.*'."'•,.■■'.-.."',i...._.'-•■ ■ -'-.~:'
Since the first revolution the march of prog
ress has I never been . stayed. . /After the , 1 8 1
Brnmaife. the republic, .badly defended, fell
into the hands of Bonaparte, who soon estab
lished the empire. f Then after Waterloo the
Bourbons took the throne ngain. v But -tinder
the folds of the tri-colorcd flag l the peop.e re
gained their liberty. '.?'..-. >» '-V s rYf ■ ?¥. ■ -' :
..In lt_s_! again the republic showed the King
the way to exile, bin a man who wanted. to
repeat .the. 'lßth Brumiiire ;* on the *2d ... of
December and to deprive! the people 'of- their
patriots by sending them to Cayenne and Lam
ess a . arose, and 'alter ,- an eighteen ; year.'
reign Napoleon 111 made a cowardly surrender
at Sedan. I . ■. ■ ; ; . ,
The republic" called all Frenchmen to her
defense, and then appeared Gambetta, Chanzy
and [ Feildherbe, who saved the honor of the
country. .During the last twenty-seven years
the nation has entered frankly Into the path
of progress;: and developing continually the
republican principles, , sue has given to the
people the inheritance she received from the
great revolution. . '
* • Strongly organized within herself France Is
able to d* fend her frontiers, but this word re
mains'to us— that two of our most cherished
provinces are -till suffering under a foreign
ruler. „--■ -yy; i'«:7K. ..r?; •.-;:•.>:>■•■* >■ ■-■■
-Let us hope . that the. hour for deliverance
for, Alsace-Lorraine is approaching. Long
live Alsace-Lorraine; long live liberty; long
live tho republic; long live France!
"Next followed .' Mme. Lucie Fichter,
who, attired as .tbe Goddess of Liberty,
sang "The Marseillaise." During, the song
tbe entire audience remained standing.
; Sydney M. Smith was the last speaker
on the programme. Mr. Smith said: .
.Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen : I beg
to thank you for the compliment conferred
upon the society I have the honor to repre
sent by being invited to be present upon this
noteworthy occasion,' and I appear before you,
not as the individual, but- as the president of
the Sons rot :• the American Revolution, . a
society composed,' as its name indicates, of the
lineal descendants of those who participated
in that great strife, and whose purpose is to
teach respect to the American flag, to preserve
historic I fandmarKs, to rear monuments to de
serving heroes, to stimulate a close acquaint
ance with oar National history and to keep
alive an observance of anniversary days of
events in the early life of our Nation, in the
same wav that you here to-day in this spot, so
far removed irom sunny France, meet »o
rescue from oblivion the even a of that 14th
day of Jury, of over 'a' century ago, that you
may keep fresh in your own minds the causes
of the episodes of that day that means so
much to you all, and to teach your children
the 'Source of that .stream of; liberty upon
whose surface they so peacefully float a'ong.
.*. Ad .-. anniversary is in ' its '■ purpose : a monu
ment whereon men carve as on lasting bronze
some great name or some historic event, but
the same law wnich- bids time to crumble the
marble to dust and to wear away the inscrip
tion on memorial brass holds sway even when
an annually,^ recurring day is deeply graven
with some record dear to • us, unless '■ we make
some special. observance of it, and like that
cnaracter. that you wilt recall of Sir Walter
Scott's "Old Mortality," a quaint old man who
used to pass his time silently visiting the
lonely and neglected graveyards anions the
Scottish hills, ana devoted his life to deepen
ing the tast-fadins: epitaphs of the persecuted
Covenanters, so must we," year by year, meet
on occasions like this and deepen in our minds
the impressions of the events in which our
ancestors payed important parts. . y :... . .
■< One cannot run over the pages of the history
of the American Revolution and read of its
stirring episodes without being strongly im
pressed by the Important part and the active
Interest taken in it by the French -people, and
how much their moral support, their personal
participation in the conflict, and later, their
political alliance contributed .to the enfran
chisement of the new world; and Illustrious
Freuch names figure s side b/ 'side with our
own most honored heroes, forthesame current
of ideas were marked at. the time in each
• yj. Whose':. downfall shook all France to the deepest
foundations of her existence and. crystallized her into
one : mass of . sharp-cutting steel." — Carlyle. b b
nation,' and " the progress of ,our strife was
hastening the crystallization ot events with
yon— that it was that blew into flames in your
country the smoldering embers of new ideas
of government, and so fired were men with in
dividual enthusiasm that those of the highest
rank vied with each other in impatient
zeal in soliciting commissions in regiments
in our aid, and the passion for republican in
stitutions increased with each success of our
arms to such an extent that profession of lib
eral opinion became as indispensable a pass
port to the saions of fashion as to the favor of
the people, so general had the feeling become.
With you, as with us, the logic of events had
brought about a feeling of self-confidence in
the people, that they could successfully resist
oppression and that they were capable of gov
erning themselves;, and at the first note of
alarm we see our yeomen and' workingmen
leaving their teams and lorges to rusn
t> the defense of a principle, and as
our General Putnam left his plow ln
the field and rode seventy miles to
participate in the battle of Bunker Hill,
whose anniversary we have just celebrated, so
did your Louis Tournay, a cartwright of the
Savais, an old soldier of the Regiment Dau-
Shine, leave his work and join the Garde
National, and as Carlyle says, "Never on nave
or felloe had his ax struck such blows as be
showered on the outer drawbridge chain of
the Baaiile," and alter the first conflicts with
you and with us, what was yesterday a rebel
lion had to-day become a revolution, ana so
perhaps it is meet that we should be here to
day, not alone, as a compliment, but because
of oa.-. active sympathy with you, in having
passed through' similar experiences and with
similar. results, and we of to-day may have
more faith in a republican form of govern
ment than- our fathers for we know that it
works, while they only believed that it would.
It is the cheap thing that *is acquired with
out difficulty or self-sacrifice to which men
become indifferent, so we and you love and
have a pride in our respective countries in
proportion as we appreciate the sacrifices that
were freely offered to provide our noble herit
starting in our ; national lives as , repub
lics, together as two children we . have grown
to manhood, and may we always preserve
those feelings of mutual respect and amity
that have prevailed in the past.
! In the evening the grounas were again
thronged, it being estimated that, at 9
o'clock there were - not - less than 10,000
people present. The programme 7 began
with a grand concert by a chorus of ■ 280
voices, under. the leadership of J. D. Mc-
Kenzie. The programme included the
"Star-spangled Banner" by a double
quartet, consisting of Miss Minnie Powell,
L. Lampe. L. B. Cornell, Jennie Parson,
Mrs. IG.l G. Menhlner, Mrs. .lames Izt and
Miss Wefferburg, "The Father of - Vic
tory" by the entire chorus, ; and ' "Le
Chant dv Deport" by Miss Minnie Powell.
A grand display of fireworks, under the
direction of N. L. Squires, took . place at
the end of the lake, the set pieces being
"Welcome," shield of France, American
shield, Goddess of Liberty, the Bastile
and the American and French-flags
closed." Showers of .rockets, and bombs
were also sent up and an illuminated
fountain was shown on the lake.
'After the fireworks all adjourned to the
hall, where terp .chore held sway forthe
balance of the evening. S
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National League Clubs
Convention Elects
Officers.
OMAHA THE NEXT PLACE
OF MEETING
Delegation Contest Settled and
a Sound Platform
Adopted.
THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS
COMMENDED.
Course of the Administration on
Lead Ins: Public Questions
Warm Indorsed.
DETROIT. Mich., July Combina
tions on league officials and the location
of the next convention were the topics of
active discussion among the delegate* to
the convention of the National League of
Republican Clubs prior to the calling to
order of to-day's session. Secretary Dow
ling appeared to be in line for re-election
in case ot victory for either of the leading
States. :f d 'y~} : y
The three leading combinations were
about as follows: L. I. Crawford of Ken
tucky for president; Dowling for secre
tary; Omaha for the next convention.
Fred W. Fleitz of Pennsylvania for
president; Dowling for secretary ; Chicago
for the next con yen tion.
M. M. Higgins of Indiana for president;
Dowling for secretary ; Kansas City for
the next convention. y.y
While the convention was assembling
the delegates gave vent to enthusiasm
over the entrance of the Young Men's
McKinley Club of Dayton, O.iio, who bad
come to visit the convention. The boys
were given seats of honor on the platform.
• At 10:45 Chairman Woodmansee called
the convention to order. The committee
on rules made its report on order of busi
ness aiid rules of. business. The rules of
the Fifty-third Congress were recommend
ed ior the g. vermm-nt of the convention,
and tbe delegations were each to cast the
full vot«_ The report was adopted. .
The committee on credentials reported
that the question of seat- had been settled,
with tbe exception. that the Louisiana del
egation of twenty-six headed by H. H.
Blunt (colored) "was recommended to be
seated and tnat the delegation of foar
headed by C. C. Wilson be excluded. > >j
Augustus Straker (colored) of Detroit
moved to amend the committee's report
by seating the four contestants from Lou
isiana as well as the twenty-six who were
recommended to be seated by the com
mittee. ■ ' . ■ •
Mr. Blunt of Louisiana, cbairman|of the
big delegation, look the platform and in a
speech insisted that the four contestants
had no rights as delegate. He intimated
that they were out only for the loaves and
fishes, because the Republicans were in
power. Ho moved to table Mr. Straker' a
amendment.
Straker defended his action. He wanted
to waive technicalities and pay no atten
tion to the local quarrels from Louisiana.
Other colored delegates asserted that
some of the contestants wero free-silver
men. There was a brief stormy scene, in
which several black and white men tried
to talk at once. - Then Mr. Blum's motion
to table Mr. Straker' amendment was
carried Dy a very large majority and the
report of the credentials committee was
adopted.
The resolutions, which were reported
tiiruiigii the chairman of the resolutions
committee, Colonel Bundy of Ohio, de
clare "unfaltering allegiance to the prin
ciples and policies of the party of protec
tion, sound money and reciprocity as ex
pressed in the St. Louis platlorm."
"The faith which prompted the nomina
tion and election of William. McKinley
and a Republican Congress," says the
platform, "has been justified, and we con
gratulate the country upon the evidences
of returning prosperity. We pledge anew
the organized effort of league men
throughout the Union for the party, of
Abraham Lincoln."
The platform commends the President
and Congress for sending a monetary
commission to European nations; for in
augurating measures for the annexation
oi Hawaii aDd for an attitude on the
Cuban matter thai has tended to lessen
Spanish atrocities in that laud. It urges
upon Congress the earliest possible pa .
sage of a discriminating duty measure to
protect American shipping. Congress is
commended for fostering- the beet sugar
industry by legislation. The question of
equal suffrage to women is recommended
to members of the league as a matter of
education. President Cleveland's .' civil
service changes are vigorously condemned,
and a modification of the rules and pro
visions of that law are favored in tbe in
terest of good service and to correct the
injustice alleged to have been thus perpe
trated. Restriction of immigration is
favored and sympathy expressed with
miners and other laboring men in their
struggles for living wages. •
Several negroes tried to offer a resolu
tion against lynching,, but the president
ruled it out of order on the ground that
the convention had previously determined
to refer all resolutions to the committee
without debate.
C. A. Cottrill (colored) of Toledo moved
that the committee be instructed to report
an anti-mob law resolution. The presi
dent announced that the committee, not
having ' been discharged, could prepare
such a resolution.
Meanwhile the next order, election of a
president of the league, was proceeded
with. ';•'
Leonard J. Crawford of Kentucky was
elected president of the Republican Na
tional League and the committee on place
and time of the next convention has se
lected Omaha as the meeting city.
fOLICK OX BICYCLES.
Special .Protection _ from. :. Annrrht.ls
Giren the, President of France.
PARIS, : France, July 14.— 1n view of
anarchistic threats special precautions
were taken for the protection of President
Faure while en route to the review to-day.
Many of the suspects were; arrested. The
thicket near the Cascade, in the Bois de
Bologne.the scene ofthe last bomb out
rage, was surrounded by detectives. | More
than 150 detectives mounted on bicycles
wer_ ready at various points to carry out
instructions and to pursue ararchtsts in
case any emergency should arise.

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