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ANOTHER FINANCIAL PLAN
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Trade /• I (that, with Extention of the Nation Sal Banking- System, will Bring Re S lief—Torrey Bankrupt Law Keccm K mended—Revision of the Postal ■ Laws Urged—.Nicaragua Canal Fa ll vored. _ x Washington, Jan. 29.—The National Board of Trade at its morning session Bday, discussed at some length the re port of the committee to which has been referred the several resolutions bearing upon the money and currency questions submitted by a member of the constituent bodies of the board, The committee in its report states that it finds the unfortunate conditions which existed one year ago to be sub stantially unchanged, and states that, j„ -the judgment of the National Board of Trade, the establishment of a bound, stable and efficient monetary system is essential to the restoration et confidence and the prosperity of our industrial Interests, and such restora ■Ktion is an Immediate and urgent duty jS§®of Congress: that the essential provis I I I. . in such a system ■ condl t t i°" s ~hich 'Vil mamtaln our I œuntry a safe^nd ample cüfrency to tS 6 :' t t h h e o n comm S fite e e lr was The report of the committe adopted h y a Y° I e T 4 :i T 1 ° J*; BANKKUFl LiAW. The committee on bankruptcy re ported the following, which after dis C ■îMafir.nni Rr«rd of m T £de° affirm! its Ippr^val of thfTorrey * bankruptcy bill, and urges upon Congress f Its enactment of the only measure that S can give permanent beneficial results to I al e t Natlonal Interests of the United States. _. . „„„„„„ I tabfe bankrupt law durinf the prient ' session of Congress is imperatively de I manded in tue interests of the entire 7* country." The committee on reciprocity, of . : which Bellamy Storer is chairman, K made a report, embodying the follow I ing resolutions, which was unanimous ly adopted: j;:| f That the National Board of Trade ur I gently demands of Congress the enact s|8 ment of such legislation as will establish - ÎJ and secure our former reciprocal trade re lations between the United States and Mexico, the Central and South American countries and Spanlsh-American colonies. -1 POSTAL REVISION. A report was submitted by Mr. Finley Acker of Philadelphia, chairman of the committee on posctal regulations. Among the recommendations were to change the rate of postage on first class matter, letter postage, to 1 cent for each half ounce: to restrict second class matter, at the present rate of pos tage, to strictly bona fide daily, tri-' weekly, simi-weekly and weekly news papers, and to charge to every depart ment of the Government now using the franking privilege the actual cost of the service. Th'e report was adopted. L L. M. Haupt of Philadelphia pre lerrted the . report of the waterways ismmittee. The report recommends fa vorably deep draft connections between Lhe lakes, the Ohio and Mississippi livers and the Atlantic, continuing the Improvement of the great rivers of fte central basin consecutively, and tie construction of an interior coast wise canal for domestic commerce and Rational defense. The report also u-ges on Congress the immediate grant lig of such financial aid and support is will -secure the control of the Niea fcgua canal to the Government, free Wolft foreign interference, provided, fcwever, that in extending such aid it ■11 acquire such title thereto as will ■pure the ultimate payment of the ■nds guaranteed or the money ad H|ced. H was also decided to hold the next ^Kial meeting of the board in this Hon the fourth Tuesday i:i January. Large Western Claims. jhington, ' Jan. 29.—Senator Stew-j Hwrr the Committee on Claims, to ■fnade à ravorable report on the bill j Ving an appropriation to reimburse ; W States of California, Oregon and pvada. for expenditures made in the ;uipment of troops during the war. he claims amount in the aggregate, ! tincipal and interest, to $4,691,891. j j j ! ! CUBANS SAY THE "HAWKINS" ; ttt a c* oeTTTTT-pn , _. , „ , _ ,, The Disaster Spreads Gloom Over tne j Cuban Leaders—Small Engage- j ments in Cuba. I TREACHERY CHARGED. York, the headquarters of the Cuban revolu lutlonary party today. The leaders, who would not admit last night that any filibustering expedition had met with disaster, freely admitted that the reported wrecking of the steamer "Hawkins" was correct. Thomas E. Palmer, the acknowledged head of the Cuban revolutionary party, said about $100,000 had been expended in fitting out the steamer "J. W. Haw kins," including arms and ammunition, One Cuban made the startling an nouncement it was evident there had been treachery. Said he; "We hired an expert to examine the steamer be fore we purchased her. This expert reported the steamer seaworthy. Now, either the expert did not do his duty properly and the steamer was not fit to go to sea, or else a traitor on board deliberately scuttled the ship. The lat ter would seem to be the case. Neither Gen. Garcia, who was in command of ihe expedition, nor his son, the second in command, nor any others at the head of the movement, nad any idea. whatever that the steamer was leaking until it was too late to save her. A searching investigation is being made, and if there was any plot to scuttle the ship, we will unearth It." •ONILVDILS3ANI SaiLIHOHL.TV New York, Jan. 29.—United States) District Attorney McFarland admitted today that in accordance with instruc tions from Washington the authorititfe — I ? ■ here had been for some time investigat ing the doings of the Cuban revolution ists in this district. "3o far," he said, "no warrants have been issued in the case of the steamer 'Hawkins'." Under the act of June 20, 1874, which requires a report to be filed within five days by the owner, agent or master of every wrecked vessel with the Col lector of Customs in the district to which such vessel belongs, those re sponsible for the loss of the "Hawkins" can be punished. Was the Hawtcins a "Plant"? Chicago, Jan. 29.—A special from Washington, D. C., says: There is a curious r ■ir afloat here to the effect I that the true story has not yet been ! told as to the alleged wrack of the j steamer "Hawkins," which had set out ; to carry a load of men and ammunition i to Cuba. Some people close to the revolution ists say that the whole thing is a "plant" and the Spanish Minister and the United States have been cleverly fooled. For some reason that cannot he definitely traced, there is a belief in the Cuban colony that the arms sup posed to have been on the "Hawkins were either trans-shipped at sea or else were sent out secretly on some other vessel and suspicion intentional ly directed against the Hawkins_ for the purpose of throwing the Spanish spies and the Lnlted States retenue authorities off the track. People here are wondering what the steamer was doing on Long Island after the steamer and lts inte nded con ^rt all the way from Hampton Roads Ä stories of the survivors ap pe ar to reafl straight enough, the gen e ral opinion is there has been some thing crooked about the whole transac ° It ' ls known here now that in a pre . vious case the Cuban revolutionary committee supplied the Spanish Minis ter with false information regarding an alleged filibustering expedition, and then while he was busily engaged, with the assistance of the United States, in endeavoring to head it off, a genuine expedition slipped out without notice and made a successful landing in Cuba. The understanding seems to be some thing of the kind was attempted to be done in the case of the steamer "Haw kins," but just what the wreck had to do with it, or whether it was part of the programme at all, cannot be defin ltel y ascertained. POSTAL GOLD SUPPLY. BUTTE'S RECEIPTS ONLY 10 PER CENT IN GOLD. But a Few Months Ago Gold Was from 50 to 60 Per Cent of the Total Receipts. Butte, Mont., Feb. 1.—Postmaster J. V. Lynch, in answer to questions asked by Postmaster-General Wilson relative to the feasibility of the scheme pro posed by the Cleveland, O., postmaster, for the maintenance of the gold reserve, says the receipts of the Butte office and from western Montana and north ern Idaho offices are 10 per cent gold J : and 90 per cent currency. Prior to two months ago the poportion of gold was between 50 and 60 per cent. Mr. Lynch says the sudden and startling change is a further revolt of the hostility of Eastern bankers toward Western in terest, as they have refused to ship more gold to their Western exchanges, and compel them to accept currency. Mr. Lynch does not consider the scheme of the Cleveland postmaster a feasible one. It is far from a solution of the problem, he says, for the reason that it does not go to the root of the evil. So long as the endless chain ex ists by which Treasury notes must be redeemed in gold and the treasury has the right to reissue the same notes over I and over again, it seems like an ab I surd proposition to attempt to keep up the gold reserve by the limited supply of gold that could be furnished by the [ postoffices. BOND BIDS COMING IN. Sum of the Offers Believed to be in Excess of $100,000,000. Washington. Jan. 31.—Nothing defi nite can be learned at the Treasury de partment as to the number and amount of bids already received for the new bonds. As fast as received the bids are deposited in a safe, where they will remain until next Wednesday, when they will be opened and their contents announced. It is certain, however, that a large number of bids have been re ceived, and every mail brings consid erable additions. As to the amounts or P rices offered, even the Secretary of the Treasury knows nothing, except in the few cases where he has been privately advised by letter. There seems to be no doubt that the amount of the bids will exceed the $100,000,000 to be offered, and it is expected that the foreign of fers will be considerably more than was political abroad, it is believed, will contribute to this end. ment that bidders who intend to pay for their bonds in foreign coin will be given the preference in making the awards, is expected to stimulate for eign competition for the bonds, thing most to be feared in connection j with the sales, it is said at the treas ury, is a possible combination by which j a large percentage of the offers will be at uniformly low rates. Should this ; prove to be the case, there seems to be no doubt that Secretary Carlisle would not hesitate to reject ail the bids below __ _ ... _ _ Train-Robbing in Indian territory, Washington, D. C., Jan. 31.—The epi demie of train-robberies in the Indian Territory during the past year induced the House Committee on Judiciary to day to approve a bill Introduced by Mr. Broderick of Kansas, partly aimed to prevent those crimes. The bill pro vides a penalty of not more than twen t.v yea'-s' imprisonment for shooting at trains in the Indian Territory, throwing missiles or derailing trains. If any person is killed directly or indirectly through such acts the crime is made murder. The Improved situation The semi-official announce The what he would regard a« fair both to the Government and to the purchaser. Police Commissioner Church of pt ver resigned at a Jete bo**- ** Msïfc,.. SILVER SUBSTITUTE PASSED Finai Vote in the Senate Aye 42, Nay, 35. ! Populist Members Wanted to Tack on an Amendment Prohibiting Bonds—Assertion. Made that Har rison Threatened to Veto a Pi-ee Morrill's Coinage Bill—Senator Speech Against Silver. Washington, Feb. 1.—The Senate opened at 11 o'clock today with a speech by the venerable Senator from Ver mont, Mr. Morrill, who said the House had promptly responded to the Presi dent's message and supplemented it with an emergency tariff revenue bill. The free silver substitute for the bond bill, he added, "may not be the first time when bread has been asked for and a stone has been presented, but It is the first time the committee of the Senate seems, to have perpetrated a practical joke, almost good enough.for a clown of Barnum's menagerie." The Senator thought a deficient National income should be not less swiftly rem edied than an excess, saying: "The present Administration, however, ex hibits a bashful diffidence about ac knowledging any deficiency revenue de rived from a tariff bereaved of its parents in early infancy, but with hands behind them, they may quietly take whatever money Congress may place in their hands for the treasury, where the outflow of gold has been so swift as to make even the heads of the keepers dizzy." Referring to the assertion that France maintains silver at par with gold, he said: "Because there is no blustering silver party and no silver-plated Demo cratic party that are daily striving to pull down their money standard to that of depreciated silver, they keep silver to the amount of $386,000,000, with $772, 000,000 of gold, on a ratio of 15% to 1. The United States has been the friend and patron of silver to its own hurt. If our late Investments of nearly $500, 000,000 In silver have been notoriously Improvident and unprofitable, the dis astrous results will appear as a drop In the bucket when compared with what must flow from the enormity of the present proposal to open all our mints to the free coinage of the silver of all the world." Mr. Morrill paid his respects as fol lows to threats to form a new silver party: "Some whispered threats have floated in the air that the extreme sil ver men, now fraternizing here and at home with the Republican party, would band themselves together on one domi nant idea, and, with auxiliary Demo cratic aid, hitch onto the tail of the great Republican measure at the first opportunity, some tinkling silver amendment, hoping thereby to secure the triumph of this hybrid silver com bination, although the grand old Re publican party might perish. But there is little fear of these eruptive threats, for, if carried out, the riot act might be read at home to these offenders, up on whom public opinion would not fail io piaue ns brand, and whatever party might survive, not all the garroters of the Republican party would he among its members." Mr. Morrill said the Republican party intended to retain both metals in circu lation, and the recent elections showed the people had confidence in that party. "The election," said Mr. Morrill, "of Republican Governors in such States as New Jersey, Maryland and Kentucky indicates that the old Whig States of the South are wheeling into line with their former brethren on questions which concern their industrial prosper ity. The Republican party, at its earli est opportunity, will seek the co-opera tion of the leading nations in the coin age of silver, and will in the meantime maintain the integrity of the business affairs and the honor of the country by the maintenance of every dollar of money in the hands of the people, with out depreciation, at its full face value." Mr. Teller (Rep., Colo.) replied tTiefly to a reference Mr. Morrill made to the cheapness of silver when coming from the mines. He said the samej:ouId be said of gold. The very remarkable mines of Cripple Creek were turning out gold at 25 cents per ounce. Mr. Teller referred sarcastically to the fre quent characterization of "silver bar °n s >" and asked what had become of "LS, sold barons . i fitst amendment, that of Mr. But ier of South Carolina prohibited the is suance of bonds without authority of Congress, and also provided for a ^ JL redeem Y^ greenbacks in nf t ll iJ,T g t0 the fluctua - Mr rv!?ir.wn°' , T . ... -, fDom D nen ' a laiL^ n r d v 1 ^ Ir 'R C L, r w (Dem., Del.) spoke against the Butler amendment, urging it would tend to disturb the parity of the metals. Mr. Jones (Dem., Ark.) pointed out that the main purpose of this measure was to secure the free coinage of sil ver. The committee did not wish to complicate this main issue with col lateral questions. He appealed to th* friends of the measure to pass the free coinage amendment without scattering their energy by side amendments. Mr. Teller added his appeal in the | same line. "I am sorry to see the friends of free coinage weakening," said Mr. Alien, as he proceeded to support the Butler amendment, pointing: out that it was a desirable and essential feature of the main proposition for free coinage. "It Is useless to have free coinage," interjected Mr. Butler, "unless the Sec retary of the Treasury was directed to carry out its spirit by paying obltga tinns in Rllvpr ** sÄsfe *ä' T p,,c *Æ? «r r," q . U Â n Fîu c p ,na 8fi? tvlth the Butler amendment, the last-named say ing. No greater obstacle has been en countered by silver than this continual rlisposffion to try to get loo much. Mr. Peffer (Pop., Kan.) supported the B . u :L" r 5 mendment ' he bein S the fourth of the Populist Senators—Butler. Allen, Stewart and Peffer—who had resisted the appeal of the main silver element for the adoption of free coinage with out complicating issues. The amendment was defeated, 13 to Those voting in the affirmative were: Allen, Brown. Butler, Cameron, Cannon. George, Hill, Kyle, Peffer, Pritchard, Roach. Stewart and Till man. Mr. Stewart (Pop., Nev.) ridiculed the discussion going on. It was all dress parade, he said. Everyone knew the pending measure would receive no at tention after leaving the Senate. As it was merely a question of recording opinions, the vote should be taken on all collateral questions. The amendment of Mr. Allen, forbid ding the issue of interest-bearing bonds, was next taken up. This brought a re newal of the discussion of complicating the main question. Mr. White (Dem., Cal.) referred to the vote of Mr. Hill, just given, which he said was evidently done to "load down" the measure. Mr. Mills (Dem., Tex.) stated that while he did not approve the pending silver substitute as reported from thi /v/-fcfYiTTiif♦ pa qmii hr. n'Aiitf- i. 'L' i rdn as it fj. ob "? x,ous n 01 " 1 oill as it came from the House. : . ! amusing tilt between ,, _ . Ä and several Senators while Mr. Lindsay was speaking. He had declared that free coinage was always pressed when it could not pass, and never seriously pressed when it could The Mr. £> Mr. Ste trt interrupted to ny that 1 the question was not pressed in 1890, I for, said he, it was useless to press it ! when the President would have veto 1 ' «Who Qfiiri ho toA.ii *o exclaimed Mr^Ä Vet ° ed ^ .< w _ „ Stewart ' himself, answered Mr. : ' i . ,, „ ! at . J, asked Mr. Gray. Mr. Stewart did not immediately an swer. but Mr. Voorhees renewed the controversy by asking Mr. Stewart by what authority he stated that Mr. Har rison, who was President in 1890. would have vetoed a free coinage It. ment. • "He did not tell me," answered Mr. Stewart, tlon." Mr. Teller added that he had personal knowledge of Mr. Harrison's proposi tion to veto free coinage. When Mr. Allen had made the final plea for his amendment, saying he wanted to put the protestations of the silver men to the test, the vote taken and the Allen amendment defeated, 21 to 54, as follows: Yeas—Allen, Bacon, Baker, Berry, Blanchard, Brown. Butler, Call, Cam eron, Cannon, Hill, Hoar, Irby, Kyle, Lindsay, Mills, Peffer, Pritchard, Roach, Stewart, Thurston—21. Nays—Allison, Bate, Burrows, Car ter, Chandler, Chilton, Clark, Cockrell, Daniel, Dtbois, Elkins, Faulkner, Frye, Gallinger, Gear, George, Gibson, Gor man, Gray, Hale, Hansbrough, Harris, Hawley, Jones (Ark.), Lodge, McBride, McMillan, Mantle, Martin, Mitchell (Or.), Mitchell (Wis.), Morgan, Morrill, Murphy. Nelson, Palmer, Pasco, Per kins, Platt, Proctor, Pugh, Sherman, Shoup, Squire, Teller, Tillman, Vest, Vilas, Voorhees, Walthall, Warren, Wetmore, White, Wilson—54. Mr. Morrill (Rep., Vt.) offered amendment providing that the seignior age on the coinage of silver be retained by the United States to the extent of the difference between the coinage value and the commercial value of the bullion. "I was not in communica was was a n At four minutes to 2 o'clock Mr. Gor man began speaking. He spoke of the fruitlessness of the efforts to secure the final enactment of a free, coinage law. It was reported by a finance commit tee hostile to the Administration. It was well known that it would be im possible for such a measure to become a law p.ior to March 4, 1897. "Why?" interjected Mr. Morgan. "Because," replied Mi. Gorman, "the declarrtions of the President of the Uniteo States convince every man that such ptovision cannot receive his as sent." Mr. Morgan asked if Congress should not proceed on Its course without ref erence to the executive branch. Mr. Gorman replied that, he fully rec ognized the need of complete independ ence from executive influence. He re gretted that there had not been more of this independence in the past. Mr. Gorman closed by moving to lay the silver substitute, as reported by the Finance committee, on the table. The motion was rejected. 35 to 43. Yeas—Allison, Baker, Burrows, Caf fery. Chandler, Darts, Elkins, Faulk ner, Frye, Gailinger, Gear, Gibson, Gor man, Gray, Hale, Hawley, Hill, Hoar, Lindsay, Lodge, McBride, McMillan, Martin, Mitchell (Wis.). Morrow, Mur phy, Nelson, Palmer. Platt, -'Proctor, Sherman, Thurston. Vilas, Wetmore— 35. Navs—Allen. Bacon, Bate, Berry, Blanchard, Brown, Butler. Call. Cam e ron, Cannon, Carter, Chilton, Clark, Cockrell, Daniel, George, Harris Irby Jones (Ark.), Jones (Nov.). Kv! ' Man j t]e , Mills, Mitchell (Or.j, Pasco, Peffer, j Perkins, Pettlgiew, Pritchard. r> ugh, | n Jac h, shoup, Squire, Stewart, Teller, Tillman. Turpie, Vest, Veorh.vs. Wal j thall. Warren, White, Wilson—43. i xhe following pairs were announced. those for the motior being given first: Cullom with Blackburn; Aldrich with Hansbrough: Seweil with Gordon; Brice with Wolcott; Gray with Mor with ruihni» Duboi Thenext vote was on the amendment off . el ' e r < FT' J prOVidn t s ft i r ÎJ* e lf>tention Government of the seigniorage for the silver coined under " h J s . a °^' It .^ as defeated, 3 ■> to 44. , this point a complication arose as 1° I* 16 na -ture of the unanimous consent agreement for a vote at 2 o clock, Mr. Harris contended that any amendment offered after 2 o'clock was a violation of the agreement. His en ! tire purpose was to get a final vote at 2 Mr - Chandler and Mr. Lodge urged all debate was to be closed at 2 ° clock, but that it had not been under stood that all amendments should be Tun? 1 trf * , . u Harris said he would not ask the P. residi "& °«lcer to pass upon the ques con ?£ nt w SL«5iSi 4, ^f reeoamize H * th X deslred to recognize it. a? r.ia jj e W ould r cognize amendments as offered. j[ r , Cockrell urged the Senators to j -abide by the agreement." He declared . that never In the history of the Senate had such an agreement been broken.. I "This will be a dangerous precedent." said Mr, Cockrell "and Senators may no l it rising up hereafter to give them serious trouble." Mr. Chandler *aid the Senators from Missouri (Cockrell) and from Tennessee (Harris) were indulging in threats be cause their interpretation of an agree ment was not accepted. "When have I threatened?" asked Mr. Harris, with characteristic sharp ness, rising and crossing the chamber toward the Republican side. "I have made no threats." "It was the Senator's threatening manner," said Mr. Chandler, as the Tennessee Senator paced across the chamber, laugh at the episode, Mr. Chandler read from the Record that it was expressly understood that amendments should not be cut off. Mr. Gorman added an appeal on this same line, saying there should be lib ! erality in hearing amendments. I "I as k unanimous consent," said Mr. j Gorman, "that amendments be re j ce À v . ed '," T .. . . ! And I object, said Mr. Harris with I ?* pIos jve effect, which again amused th ®^galleries, Î atonal Rpcord in h3nd. saicl h6 i never had known of a violation of unanimous consent. He felt from : reading the journal that a final vote was to be taken at 2 o'clock. But Mr. Sherman asked in the cause of harmon izing misunderstandings fliat a half hour be allowed for amendments, "No more extensions so lr : have charge of this subject," said Mr. Harris, each word coming like a fire cracker. Mr. Baker (Rep., Kan.) said that as The galleries enjoyed a a3 I 1 I .. 0 . . . ! the Senate had gune into Justice court ' p ? tt, ,£'J* in £" and was relying on tech nicalitfes, he for one would withdraw the amendment he had offered in order to «»/>"' the strict enforcement of this unanimous consent. : There was great confusion In the ! chamber. The presiding officer rapped repeatedly and called on the sergeant at-arms to enforce order. There was a momentary pause, and then, no amend ments being, offered, the presiding offi cer ordered a vote on the main ques tion, the silver substitute. As the vote proceeded it excited keen interest, many tallies being kept, president announced the result in the committee of the whole, yeas 43; nays 35. The vice The detailed vote was the same (ex cept those who voted nay before voted aye on this motion) as on Mr. Gorman's motion to lay on the table. The bill was then reported from the committee of the whole to the Senate and was passed, 42 to 35, as follows: Yeas—Allen, Bacon, Bate, Berry, Blanchard, Brown, Butler, Call, Cam eron, Cannon, Carter, Chilton, Clarke, Cockrell, Daniel, George, Harris, Irby, Jones (Ark.), Jones (Nev.), Kyle, Man tle, Mitchell (Or.), Pasco, Peffer, Per kins, Pettigrew, Pritchard, Pugh, Roach, Shoup, Squire, Stewart, Teller, Tillman, Turpie, Vest, Voorhees Wal thall Warren, White, Wilson—42. Nays—Allison, Baker, Burrows, Caf fery, Chandler, Davis, Elkins, Faulk ner, Frye, Gallinger, Gear, Gibson, Gor man, Gray, Hale, Hawley, Hill, Hoar, Lindsay Lodge, McBride, McMillan, Martin, Mills, Mitchell (Wis.), Morrill, Murphy, Nelson, Palmer, Platt, Proc tor, Sherman, Thurston, Vilas and Wet more—35. Mr. Mills changed from yea to nay, and this was the only difference from the detailed vote on Mr. Gorman's early motion to lay on the table. There was an immediate emptying of .the galler ies, "as when the curtain falls for the last act." A brief executive session was held, and at 5:15 the Senate adjourned until Tuesday. 1 . w Pacific Funding Bill. Washington, Jan. 31.—Representa tive Maguire of California addressed the House Committee on Pacific Rail ways today in opposition to a funding the point of whether the Government holds the prior lien on the property to the other interests. Chairman Powers appointed Messrs. Arnold of Pennsyl vania. Watson of Ohio and Bell of question of the priority of the lien. Texas a committee to investigate the ANTI-FUNDING MEMORIAL. San Francisco, Jan. 31.—The commit There was much discussion upon tee appointed by the recent anti-fund ing convention to draft a memorial to Congress protesting against the pas sage of the Pacific railroads funding bill met today and agreed upon the wording of the document, mortal, which contains about words, recites the history of the al leged dishonest transactions of the builders of the Pacific roads, and asks the Government to foreclose the mort gages on the roads Instead of taking possession of and operating the roads. The me 6000 Public Building Appropriations. Washington, D. C., Jan. 31.—The sub committee of the House Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds have agreed to report favorably on public building bills as follows: Altoona, Pa., $150,000: Indianapolis, $1,250,000; St. Paul. Minn., increase limit to $1,000,000: Omaha. Neb., increase limit to $2,000. 000; Hot Springs. Ark., $10.000; Oakland, Cal., increase limit to $350,000; Salem, Or., $100,000; Spokane, Wash., $500,000; Topeka, Kan., additional to complete building. $30,000. These amounts are subject to change by the revisory com mittee, which goes over all bills before they are reported to the House. Cabinet Meeting. Washington, Jan. 31.—The meeting of the Cabinet today lasted for about two and a half hours, and it is believed much of the time was occupied in the discussion of the expediency of ac ceding to the request of Congress as set out in the concurrent resolution rel ative ta Armenian affairs, and com municating with the governments of Europe on the subject. Election Contests. Washington, D. C., Jan. 31.—The Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections today decided to report in favor of seating Dupont (Rep.) as Sen i 1 1 , ator from Delaware. The committee divided on strict party lines, being five for to four against. The House adopted the election com mittee report in favor of Crowley in the contest of Rosenthal (Rep.) from the Tenth Texas district. Nominations. Washington, Jan. 31.—The President today sent the following nominations to William H. Cannon. United States Marshal for the Western district of Wisconsin. William Galloway, Receiver of Public moneys. Oregon City, Or. Republican Reorganization. Washington, Jan. 31.—The Republican Senators at their caucus today decided upon making an attempt to complete the reorganization of the Senate and >t again next Friday for the pur to ro< pose. Treasury Statement. Washington, Jan. 31.—Today's state ment of the condition of the treasury shows: Available cash balance, $180, 021,329; gold reserve, $50,109,513. preliminary examination of "Cot d" Schmidt and the negro, Sam The tonhead Foster, for the murder of Bertram A. At water. the Chicago artist who was held up and shot at Cottage Grove, was held at St. Louis. Both men were bound over to the grand jury.