Newspaper Page Text
4:30. p. m. Last Edition EL PASO, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 1901. 21st Year, ffo. 49 Price Five Cents. EL. FA SO J3. NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE Is Making Laws Pretty Fast, But Some are Very Much Needed HEW GAA1E LAW Will Interest Many People, and There are Other Measures of Much Significance Special to The Herald. SANTA FE, Feb. 26 On Washing ton'a birthday the Roswell Record said editorially: "For political reasons is advocated the erection of a monument to the memory of a man who never drew a sword or fired a gun in battle in defense of his country; a man who was never orderea into dui one ngm in both the Spanish-American and Philippine wars and who skulked in that. A few politicians may contrib ute their money for that purpose to get the Spanish vote, but the rank and ' file of the sons of New Mexico will nev er erect a monument to the memory of Maximiliano Luna." The same is sue of that paper devotes over a col umn to calling George Washington a profane libertine who came to his death through keeping an appointment with a woman; Lincoln a vulgar tel ler of obscene stories and a buffoon. and Grant the father of a family of half breed children and dishonest and impure in his life. In answer to such vituperations and scurrilous attack, both houses today unanimously passed resolutions appropriating $1000 for a bust of Captain Maximiliano Luna to be erected in the speakers recess in the hall of representatives in the capi tol in this city. t Good Roads and Inviolate Cemeteries. Representative Walton is considered a lucky dog by his fellow statesmen. Yesterday afternoon three of his bills turned up on top of the speaker's desk and passed without much ado. One fixes a penalty for the desecration of cemeteries and should have had an amendment to Dunish desecrators of the reputation of dead men. His second bill provides for the employment of vaerants udoii the -public roads. The third was a good roads bill. Don't Progress Too Fast. The Springer educational bill passed the house this afternoon but it was considerably amended and changed to suit the more conservative element which does not want New Mexico to progress too rapidly. It is a good bill , and a step forward in the right direc tion. Such a law is very necessary to keep New Mexico in line with its young rival the state of Arizona which has some very progressive legislation upon lis statute books, j , . . . . Bond Issues. The house this afternoon passed the XUitfTnan measure providing for the issuance of bonds by towns and vil lages.' The Sunday Law. The house killed the bill by Manuel Sanchez providing that the Sunday law shall not apply to the actual ne- cessities of life. Poll Tax Collection. The bill providing for the collection of poll tax and its payment into the county treasury to the credit of the district in which collected was report ed and a fierce debate followed. A doz en amendments and substitutes were voted down and the house went into a committee of the whole before it was passed. Luna County. It seems as if the Luna county bill will go through this legislature and will be signed by the governor. The Grant county people north of the pro posed division line fought valiantly against the division but they will probably have to meet defeat. Lands and Brains. In the house Barnes presented and read a petition or rather a joint mem orial to congress, asking that body to deal more liberally by New Mexico in donating public lands for educational nurnoses. It was drafted in response to a suggestion by the educational association. Bills Lost. The Martinez bill in Dersons who have not New Mexico reference to been legally assessed, was adversely reported from the committee on finance in the house and after considerable discussion killed The bill requiring Justices of the peace to be elected at the general elec tion every two years, but not to serve as their own successors was adversely reported from the committee on privi leges and elections and, tabled indefi nitely. The bill providing that sheriff, pro bale judge, probate clerk, assessor, col lector, treasurer or superintendent of schools shall not be elected their own successors, was also adversely report ed by the committee on privileges and elections and the house defeated it by a vote of 7 to 18. To Alter Streets. . In the council the bill authorizing in corporated cities to straighten and al ter streets and alleys passed this fore noon. , Bonds for Sewers. Thu Kill rotnilntintr tha fnnRtrnrtinn A 11 1 . A V-W.W.UQ " . of sewers in cities and providing for j their cost by assessing abutting prop erty owners and authorizing cities and towns to issue bonds for sewerage pur poses, passed the council. SANTA FE, Feb. 27 Both houses cleared away an enormous amount of work today but there is also necessity for this. Bills continue to comein and there is a great amount of pro posed legislation still to be disposed of. On March 21, the legislature must ad journ and republican leaders hope that the hurry and confusion which char acterized the closing session of the 33d assembly will not be repeated for they led to several serious oversights and errors in legislation. The New Game Law. As amended and passed in the house this forenoon Ascarate's game law reads as follows: "It shall be unlaw ful to kill any quaii, prairie chicken, partridge or wild turkey, or to kill. wound, etc., any antelope, deer, elk, or mountain sheep, except that said birds and animals, the animals being with horns, may be killed with a gun during the months of September. Oc - tooer ana itovemDer oi eacn year in the counties of Rio Arriba. San Juan, Taos. Colfax, Union, San Miguel, finarfainiw nd Santa Fe. and durlnr the months of October, November and ier deDt Issuing bonds in excess December in all other counties of the tne 'our Pr cent eal limit of the territory, and providing, further, that assessed valuation. The bill is primari said birds may be killed with a gun in tor the Deneflt Santa Fe county the county of Dona Ana also during whicn 18 negotiating to compromise its the months of January and February; debt- ther counties tn a heavy to provided, further, that no pheasant debtedness and paying a high rate of shall be killed within five years from interest will also be benefited by this the passage of this act and that no proposed legislation, person shall have in his possession I Adjutant General, more than one antelope, elk, mountain , The council passed the bill raising sheep or deer at any one time." the salary of the adjutant general of Savings Association. : the territory to $1000 a year and rais- Mr. Walton managed to get through ing his rank to that of brigadier gen the house this afternoon his bill on eral- savings associations or banks. It j School Superintendents, authorizes three or more persons to or- J The house is bound to take care of ganize a savings bank and trust as- county school superintendents. It sociation with a capital stock of not less than $30,000 except in cities and towns of less than 3000 inhabitants, in which it shall be not less than $15,000. A certificate under oath to the effect that the capital stock is paid in . in cash shall be filed with the secretary of the territory and also with the pro- bate clerk of the county in which such corporation seeks to do business. And such associations already established in towns of less than 300 inhabitants may diminish their capital stock to any amount above $15,000 under the ent low salaries are adequate other general incorporation law. wise for none of the superintendents Buildine Regulations. j The council this forenoon passed Na varro's building law which gives city council and town boards the power to prescribe the thickness, strength and manner of constructing stone, brick or! other "buildings within their corporate i limits and to regulate their nearness to each other, distance from street ! line, provide for fire escapes, establish fire limits and to order the removal of any structure which by reason of decay or other cause has become dan- gerous and prescribe the manner of ascertaining the damages if any, due the owner of any such building. Limiting Terms of Office. The council this forenoon passed a bill introduced but a few minutes be- fore limiting mayors and aldermen of cities to two successive terms. An amendment by Burns to .extend this provision to county officials failed to pass, the vote being 6 to 6. The bill Death of the NEW YORK, Feb. 28. William M. Evarts. former United States sen ator and secretary of state, and also one of the most noted lawyers of his time, died here today. Mr. Evarts was eighty-three years old. The causa of his death was pneumonia. For years he has been, quite feeble. His eyesight wes gone, his hearing most defective. Still he remained the nominal head of the great law firm of Evarts, Choate and Beaman. " The ambassador to England was notified at once of the death of his part ner. Mr. Evarts's life has been a most eventful one. He defended President Johnson in his impeachment trial. He represented the United States in the Alabama claims case. Twenty-five years ago he was senior counsel for Henry Ward Beecher in the fomous Tilton-Beeeher trial in Brooklyn. He was for a time under President Grant attorney general of th e United States. He received frequently fees of fifty thousand dollars for his opinion on a legal question, and was engaged in a large number of cases involving tre mendous financial interests. In 1877 he was the advocate of the republican party before the electoral commission. President Hayes made him secretary of state. In 1885 he was chosen United States senator from New York. Mr. Evarts was a mott brilliant speaker and he was in great demand on both convivial and dignified occasions. Three weeks ago he celebrated his eighty-third birthday, and was visited i hv man v rtit-t innehert m-n of the rountrv. who came to felicitate him noon the occasion. Botha is Said Have LONDON, Feb. 28. All the evening papers declare this afternoon that General Botha -has surrendered to Lord Kitchener, although at four o'clock the war department refuses to confirm the positive statement. The rumors have been persistent all day. The war department ' indi cates that the statement might be "probable." De Wet is camped on the south ba.uk of the Orange river. Herzog's com mand is waiting to cross. The stream is groatly swollen, and it is unlikely that the British can get over -for three or four days should they arrive at the bank to which they are hastening. It is quite evident now that the English position is stronger than ever, and that the Boer force will be crushed shortly. De Wet, however, is in a strong position and will make a hard fight, al though his downfall teems inevitable. I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I i I it I I as orglnal,y introduced passed 8 to 4. Debt Compromise. The council also passed Easley's bill permitting counties to compromise amended the Springer educational bill in their behalf yesterday, practically doubling their salaries. Today it mod- ified its position somewhat and passed a bill giving superintendents $5 annu- ally in addition to their salary for each district visited and making one visit to each district during the year compulsory. While the county school superintendents would deserve all they get under this law they should also be compelled to devote all their time to the public schools. The pres- spends more than a few weeks at the most in the fulfilment of the duties of the office. ' THK WAR REVBNUB REDUCTION BILL IS PlNALLY OUT OF THE WAY OF CONGRESS. WASHINGTON. Feb. 28 The war revenue reduction bin is finally out or tne Early this afternoon the sen- ate agreed to the conference report. No objection being made by the democrats tne Philippine and Cuban amendments stand. THE BARONESS VON KETTELER IS IN GERMANY BUT HEALTH IS BROKEN. BERLIN. Feb. 28 Baroness Von Ketteler arrived from New York this morning. She will not call on Emper or William for several weeks, her health being shattered. Noted William 1. Evarts --::--::":kk:--:::--:-:-:"Mm:::m:----:-': to Surrendered THE KING OF ENGLAND FORMAL LY. EXPRESSES HIS THANKS TO AMERICAN CONGRESS. WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 There was laid before the senate today by presi dent pro tem Frye a letter from the king of England through his secretary, Lord Lonsdale, thanking that body for the respect shown the memory of the deeply lamented Queen Victoria, oy resolutions past upon the occasion of her death. The king expresses his deepest thanks for this mark of esteem from the congress of the United States. FIRE DESTROYS THE BUSINESS SECTION OF THE TOWN OF MARETOA, OHIO. CLEVELAND, O.. Feb. 28. Fire this morning destroyed the business section of the town of aMretoa, near here. The blaze originated in a saloon and spread rapidly to a dozen adjoining buildings, all cf which were soon to tally destroyed. The volunteer fire department was unablo to cope wjth the fire, and aid was summoned from this city. The property loss is over a hundred thousand dollars. THE VOLUNTEER REGIMENTS BE ING RAPIDLY BROUGHT BACK FROM MANILA. SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 28. The transport Meade, carrying the Eleventh cavalry home from Manila, is not yet : frighted. She is due. Tomorrow the transport Pennsylvania bringing home the Thirty-sixth volun teer regiment, is expected, and every we?k hereafter a transport will arrive from the Philippines bringing back the volunteer regiments. i TWO WOMEN OF CHICAGO KIDNAP ' A MERCHANT AND ROB HIM OF HIS VALUABLES. CHICAGO. Feb. 28 Two women at Daman kidnaped H. H. Thomas of Ge- kalb. Illinois, last nieht. : Hurrying him Into a hack they drove' him about the city, took away his val-' uables. ami held him for ransom. This morning the police rescued the merchant, and arrested the kidnapers. Help wanted. See page 7. A POSSE IS LOOKING FOR A BLACK BRUTE WHO ATTACKED A WOMAN IN ATLANTA. ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 28. About 8 o'clock this morning a burly nwrro en tered the house of Mrs. Buchanan, who resides in the heart of the city, com pelled the woman to cook his breakfast, ate it leisurely, then threw Mrs. Buch anan on the bed, set fire to the be& clothing, and walked away. Mrs. Buchanan was seriously burned before her screams brought assistance. A posse is searching for the darkey. THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE IS NAR ROWING ABOUT THE THUG OF CAPITOL HILL. DENVER, Colo., Feb. 28. The circle is narrowing around AI Cowan, charged with being the thug and murderer of a woman on Capitol Hill. This morning Hanson, a hardware clerk, identified Cowan as the man who bought some heavy hammer handles just before the murder. The sweating process, however, fails to bring any signs of a confession. THE COLORADO LEGISLATURE WILL INVESTIGATE CHARGES' OF BRIBERY. DENVER, Feb. 28 The Colorado legislature today took cognizance ' of Speaker Montgomery's charge that some of its members had been bribed to kill the clause in the revenue bill (rivlnv nnnntv accMfinn nrraroi tn toll all they know about their neighbor's property. A committee was appointed to inves tigate. SENATE WILL LOOK INTO THAT LITTLE MATTER OF SAMPSON AND THE GUNNER. WASHINGTON, D. C, Feb. 28. The resolution offered by Senator Allen yes terday calling upon the secretary of the navy to eendJto the senate the letter of Gunner Morgan to Admiral Sampson and all correspondence bearing on the subject was called up this morning and adopted. ; The senate adopted various confer ence reports and devoted the rest of the day to the river and harbor MIL AMBASSADOR CHOATE'S SECRE TARY ENGAGED TO AN EARL'S DAUGHTER. . ' , T ftVTAT no T a 1 'w.u vmuog, tne government will assume the re secretary to Ambassador Choate, was 8ponsibility of dealing with the situa formally engaged today to Lady Sybyl, tion tnere. daughter of the earle of Desert. I The marriage was fixed for April, j - The quarantine against San Fran whin the Cutting family will come over clsco. maintained by the Texas author to attend the ceremony. ities near the state line west of this The wedding promises to be one of 'city, 8till continues in effectual opera the most brilliant function of the fash- tlon. lonable season. EX-GOVERNOR ST. JOHN VIGOR OUSLY DEFENDS MRS. NATION IN AN INTERVIEW. KANSAS CITyT Feb. 28. Ex-Governor St. John, in an interview this morning, vigorously defends Mrs. Na tion. Her position on this liquor question, he says, is like John Brown's on the slavery question. Her methods may be unusual and unrefined, but she is a true reformer and justified in using any means to abte the joint nuisance in Kansas. ' . ANN0UNCEA1ENT To Our Patrons: Today I. L. Webber, who has for sev eral years been connected with The Herald as outside circulator, assumes the position of Assistant General Man ager of The Herald News Company. Henry L. Capell who has been a part of The Herald for twelve or thirteen years, and has had a great deal to do with making the paper such a conspi cuous success, retains the office of Bus iness Manager, and will have charge, THE ST. LOUIS EXPOSITION BILL as heretofore, of the city circulation, j IS COMPLETED AND CHARLES and advertising records. Mr. Webber TON IS LEFT, will relieve him of a part of the work ' WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 The last of collecting, and attending to new stages in the Louisiana Purchase expo business, which has become very sit,on bnl were reached today, when , .., ... . the conference met and agreed upon heavy with the increased patronage of . . . . . 6 the amendment closing the gates on the paper; and the office work is also Sunday. divided. j t. ,, ., ., , , I he I any Herald THE BUBONIC QUARANTINE Will be Relaxed, Says Df. Blunt, if the Commission so Advises. ADVERSE REPORT However, is Looked for by Those Best Informed, With no let Up in Barrier. The chamber of commerce has receiv ed the following letter from Represent ative Bridgers: "Your favor enclosing resolutions of the chamber of commerce was duly re ceived. The bill providing for a min eral and geological survey of the state has by hearty support and has already passed to engrossment, but by a very close vote. As to the resolution regarding an amendment to the anti-trust law, I cannot say at this time what my ac tion will be on ttiat proposition; but 4 promise my careful consideration of the measure before voting upon it. It seems to me that to carry out the rec ommendations of the chamber of com merce would be equivalent to a repeal of the present law. Still I recognize the force of the argument in favor of your recommendations. I thank the chamber of commerce for taking an active interest in legislative matters, and I assure you I will be glad to care fully consider any recommendation at any time. "I had another talk with Dr. Blunt the other day. He says there have re cently been three new cases of plague In San Frandgco, but that he is anx- ious to raise the quarantine at any time that he can consider it safe. He is willing to act upon the report of the government commission that plague does not exist In San Francisco, or he is willinfr to raise the quarantine if Only last night three more persons from, the infected district, who were passengers on the east bound S. P.. were stopped by quarantine officers and there will be no relaxation of the vigilance of those stationed at the . frontier to guard the state from conta gion until the commission appointed v by the government to investigate ' plague conditions at San Francisco has completed its labors and made its recommendations. Then if the report states that no bubonic germs exist in Chinatown and that there is no danger of the spread of the most dread dis ease of -ancient or modern times, the quarantine regulations in force at tnfs . point will be relaxed immediately. . . Commission's Report Expected. It is now learned that the official re port of the board of experts appointed by the United States government to im- ve8tigate plague conditions at Frisco is certain to make its report within the next few days. It is also understood from sources considered reliable that the experts certify tna bubonic germs actually exist in Chinatown. In that event the quarantine will not be relaxed. The government commission, it is said, is now engaged in preparing its report and will transmit it within a few days to headquarters whence in structions will be sent to the officers here. The conference also rejected the ap- propriatfon for the Charleston.' S. G. exposition.