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VOL.. /IT-NO. 227.
Senator Hoar Advocates Indepen?
dence of the Philippines,
Substitutelor tbe Bncon Amendment
-Tbk Femara? HotWeon fbe Vitlted
Rimea. Ore** Itrllinn and Ger?
tnnny With Iteapeot toHninonn Ial?
Riida-Cougreas Will Pnea No
River nnd Hnrbor Bill-House
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.)
Senator Hoar, of Massachusetts, to?
day Introduced the following resolution
in the Senate:
"Whereas the American people and
the several States in tho Union have
In times past, at Important periods in
their history, especially when declaring
their independence, establishing their
constitutions, or undertaking new and
great responsibilities, seen fit to de?
clare the purposes for which theNnatlon
or State was founded, and the im?
portant objects the people intend to
pursue in their political action; and
, Whereas the close of a' great war,
the liberation by the United States of
the people of Cuba and Porto Rico in
the Western Hemisphere, and of the
Philippine Islands in 'the Far Hast, and
the. reduction of those people to a con?
dition of practical dependence upon the
United States'constitutes an occasion
which makes such a declaration
proper; therefore, be It
Resolved, That this republic adhereB
to the doctrines which were In the post
?et forth in the declaration of inde?
pendence, and In its national and State
That the purpose of its existence and
the objeots to which its political action
ought to be directed are the ennobling
of humanity, the raising from the dust
Hb humblest and coarsest members,
and the enabling of persona coming
lawfully under Its power or Influence to
live in freedom and In honor, Under
governments whose forms they are to
have a share in determining, and in
whose administration they have an
equal voice. Its most important and
pressing obligations are:
1. To solve the difficult problem pre?
sented by the presence of different
races on our own boII with equal con?
stitutional rights; to make the negro
safe In his home, secure in his vote,
equal In his opportunity for education
and employment; and to bring the In?
dian to a civilization and culture in ac?
cordance with his need nnd capacity.
2. To enable great cities to govern
themselves in freedom, in honor nnd
in purity.
3. To make the ballot box as pure as
a sacramental vessel, and tho election
return as perfectly in accord with tho
law nnd the truth as the judgment of
the Supreme Court.
4. To banish illiteracy and Ignorance
from the land.
6. To secure for every workman and
for every working woman wages enough
to support a life of comfort, "and an old
age of leisure and quiet, as befits those
who have an equal share in a self
governing State.
6. To grow and expand over the con?
tinent, and over the islands of tho sea,
Just so fast, and no faster, na we can
bring Into equality and self-govern?
ment, under our constitution, peoples
and races who will share these Ideals
and help to make them realities;
7. To set a peaceful example of free?
dom which mankind will be glad to fol?
low, but never to force even freedom
upon unwilling nations at the point of
the bayonet or at the cannon's mouth;
8. To obstaln from Interfering with
the freedom and just rights of other
nations or peoples nnd to remember
that the liberty to do right necessarily
Involves the liberty to do wrong;, nnd
that the American people have no right
to take from any other people the birth?
right of freedom because of a fear that
they will do wrong with It.
Washington, Dec. 20.?Following is
the full text of the substitute for Sen?
ator Bacon's amendment, whicb. was
offered in the Senate to-day by Senator
"That in pursuance of Section 4,
Article 4, of the Constitution, the
United States will guarantee to the peo?
ple of Porto Rico, and the Pacific isl?
ands and all other States and peoples
within its sovereign Jurisdiction and
control, a Republican form of govern?
ment, nnd will protect them against in?
Washington. D. C, Dec. 20.?The
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
to-day authorized a favorable report
upon the two treaties negotiated with
Great Britain and Germany for the dis?
solution of the tripartite agreement for
the control of the Samoan islands.
Senator Bacon, one of the new Demo?
cratic members of the committee, was
the only opponent of the treaty and he
did not seek to delay the reporting of
It to the Senate. His opposition was di?
rected towards the acquisition by this
country of the island of Tutuila, and
his opposition to that was based upon
the contention that the consent of the
islanders should be first secured. He
was"rnet on this proposition with the
statement that the natives were .noth?
ing more than wandering tribes, ? and
j with the argument that the United
5 States could not afford to forego the
opportunity to secure complete control
ofljago Pago harbor, which this treaty
' Washington, D, C? Dec. 20.?Cbalr
man Burton, of the River and Harbor
Committee, authorized the following
statement to-day:
"There will probably be no River and
Harbor bill at.the present session. One
strong argument against a bill Is the
fact that the engineer force will be oc?
cupied during the coming year with
projects already provided for. In many
cases plans for Improvements are not
even completed. In others advertise-!
menls for bids have not yet been
made. Another fact of importance Is |
the increase in the prio>of material in,
the last year. Some of the projects al?
ready authorized canhot be completed!
lor the amounts estimated by the engl-1
nccrs. Of course, the demands upon |
the Treasury and the amount of reve?
nue are facts to be taken into consid?
eration, although I do not mean to say
by that river and harbor Improvements
are less Important than others. It Is j
only b;cause, contrary to usual custom,
the bill was passsd during the last ses?
sion of-the last Congres. I recognize,
however, that on many accounts It Is
preferable that the bill be considered
at this session. There is so large an
amount of detail and the settlement of
disputed questions arising from amend?
ments of the Senate make It desirable
to have^plenty of time. This Is hardly
possible during tbe short session. Also
there nre several projects ofr urgent
Importance, among them are the im
! prevement of the southwest pass of
the Mississippi, the deepening of the
Delaware river below Philadelphia, and
the provid ng of further facllltlo3*ln the
channels, between Lakes Superior and
Huron. The continuing contracts on the
Mississippi river run out June 30, 1900.
These arc the arguments on both sides,
but as I havo said, there will probably
be no River and Harbor bill ?at this
Washington, D. C, Doc. 20.?Elections
Committee No. 1 of the House held Its
first meeting to-duy and arranged to
begin the consideration of contested
election cases soon after the holidays.
The cose of William P. Aldrich. con?
testant, vs. Gaston A. Robblns, Fourth
Alabama district, was set for hearing
January 8th; the case of Walter
Evans, contestant, against Oscar Tur?
ner, Fifth Kentucky district, was set
for January 11th. Later the committee
will fix times for hearing the Davidson
Gilbert, Eighth Kentucky, and the
Walker-Rhea, Ninth Virginia, contests.
There are six other contests before the
other two election conrmlttoes not yet
assigned. These are Jones-Catchlngs,
Third Mississippi; Whlte-<Borolng,
Eleventh Kentucky; Dockery-Bellamy,
Sixth North Carolina; Pearson-Craw?
ford, Ninth North Carolina; Tnlber-t
Latlmer, Third South Carolina; Wise
Young, Second Virginia,
Washington, D. C, Dec. 20.?The
President to-day sent to the Senate the
treaty negotiated by the powers at
The Hague last July for the pacific set?
tlement of disputes between nations
and the declaration to prohibit for five
years the launching of explosives from
balloons. The Senate Immediately re?
moved the Injunction of secrecy. The
President's message was a formal let?
ter of trnnsmlttal,except that it Invited
attention to an accompanying report
from the Secretary of State urging im?
mediate action by the Senate.
Its Position as Stated by Its Presi?
dent, Mr, Mclntosh.
't'lto Bonrtl Endorse; nixl Ailvocnle tli<>
l>n sin go by CoiincllH or nu Or ?II?
iinncoTluiL will Nnii<>ry Hie Pub?
Mr. George Mclntosh, president of
'the Board of Water Commissioners,
was interviewed by a reporter of the
Virginian-Pilot, in reference to the
question of powers granted by the
City Councils to the Water Depart?
ment, and stated substantially as fol?
"The 'present Board has always be?
lieved and acted under the belief that
the Councils had absolute control of
every department of the city, In fact
the charter of the city of Norfolk pre?
scribes it, and there is no department
of the city which IS or SHOULD BE
EXEMPT from the control, super?
vision and investigation of the legisla- \
tive branch of our municipality. There
is nothing that the Wa'ter Department
can do which is not subject to those ]
rights and duties on the part of the
Councils, nnd it should not'be other?
wise. Speaking'for myself and for my
associates, wc have always acted under
?Ihls conviction.
"The same power that enacted an
ordinance can repeal It. The proper
way to settle this whole matter is
this: Let a fair investigation of the
matter be made, and If the ordinance,
as at present enacted, Is too broad as
to the Water . Department, let it be
curtailed in such a manner as to give
the Councils full control of It.
"I take it that we all want good,
economic government. An ordinance
covering the powers and duties .of the
Water Department, draft.ed In such a
way as will not curtail Its efficiency
too much, but sufficient to meet and
thoroughly satisfy the wishes of the
pvJbllc, Is what- the Board would
heartily Indorse and advocate to be
passed by the Councils.
"The wish of the present Board Is
to co-operate with the Councils and
the puOjlic in anything which will
maintain the department In the most
efficient, as well as in the most eco?
nomic manner."
: Confirmed as Brigadier Gonerole :
: By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
: . Washington, Dec. 20.?The Sen
: ate to-day conOrmed the nomlna
: tlons of Fltzhugh Leo and Joseph
: Wheeler to be Brigadler-Gcnerala
: in the regular army.
Fear in England That His Communi?
cations Have Been Gut.
Only nPotroi-ral AtlHOklna; Foren Cnti
-JIopo to Hinke Hnooeaafal Aiannlt?
Whore IsBnllerT-.llnsatng In Force
at Nlorntborir ? Ponoe Condition*
iltinior-Tlie Now Commnuder-In?
Chlof Snails nesanao to Amorlon,
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pilot.)
London, Dec. 21.?4:45 a. m.?The
gravity of the military situation Is
again becoming accentuated in the
public mind, owing to the complete
ubsence of news. Nothing has been
heard from Lord Melhuen since Sun?
day, and It Is feared that his com?
munications have been cut. If this be
so, his position Is dangerous.
A correspondent of the Dally News,
telegraphing from Modder River last
-Saturdny, says:
"The Boer position, already formida?
ble on December 11, has Since been
greatly strengthened, extending for an
T^c-rd Roberts 5s 67 years of age and hns done his fighting and earned the rest
due him, but the hardest fighting of the hero of Kandahar is yet before him.
area of twelve miles. It Is entrenched
according: to the most modern methods
throughout Its entire length; wire
fences have been placed before all the
trenches at every point, guns have been
got into position, and there is every
evidence that the Boers are well sup?
plied with ammunition. Only a power?
ful attacking force cnn hope to make a
successful assault."
The Times, in an article from the
pen of ,a military expert, laments the
dispersion, of the British forces, quotes
the maxim of Napoleon in favor ?f
concentration, and regrets that Lord
Methtten did not retire to Orange
River a week ago.
The latest dispatches received seem
to show that the British forces are
standing on the defensive at all
points. General Buller is ordering the
troops now arriving at Cape Town to
?proceed to Durban to reinforce the
Natal column? Absence of news from
him has led to a surmise that he Is
.trying to join General White by a
flank movement.
London, Dec. 21.?The Dally News
has the following dispatch from Cape
Town, dated Saturday, Decemfber 16th:
"The Boers intend to make a big
stand at Stormborg, and are massing a
great force at the abandoned British
camp. One commando, of 2,000, consists
chiefly of- rebel Dutch."
London, Dec. 21.?The Madrid corres?
pondent of,the Standard says:
"The Boor governments have recently
Continued on Page II.
Senator Pettigrew Exasperated by
Failure to Secure Information.
lho OottrniDtniofPorio lllco, Hn
wnil und the Phllippluen-Rxiilnif
ntloii by Neniwor lln wloy-Tlmo of
.-Zi the Honie Occupied In Flllbiiat or*
Ins t? Behrtir or Venerable Ex
Hbcnker Grow
(By Telegraph to Vlrglnlan-Pllot.)
Washington, D. C, Dec. 20.?In the
final session of the Senate to-day bo
fore the holiday recess, Mr. Fottigrew
(S. D.), In a characteristically Incisive
speech, demanded to know whether It
was t<? be the policy of the representa?
tives of the Administration to suppress)
proper facts and news when called for
by a Senator.
Taking Major General Brooke's fare?
well proclamation to the people of Cuba
as a text, Mr. Hale (Maine) briefly con?
gratulated the General upon the work
he had accomplished In Cuba, and said
he could now see tho dawn of the time
when the Cuban people would be inde?
Mr. Morgan (Alabama) offered an
amendment to Mr. Bacon's resolutions
guaranteeing to tho people of Porto
Rico, Hawaii and the Philippines a
Republican government, and Mr. Hoar
(Mass.) Introduced a resolution declar?
ing how the people of the Island pos?
sessions of the United States should
bo governed. . **
Mr. Harris (Kansas) announced his
withdrawal from the Committee of Ag?
riculture. Thereupon Mr. Cockrell (Mis?
souri) presented a resolution filling the
vacancies on the Committees on Agri?
culture, Claims, Forest Reservations,
Interstate Commerce, Philippines, and
Pensions, by the appointment of Mr.
Allen (Nebraska), The resolution was
Mr. Butler (N. C.) proposed an
amendment to the Constitution provid?
ing that the Chief Justice of the United
States and United States Judges shall
be elected by the people. It was referred
to the Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Hawley (Conn.), chairman of the
Military Affairs Committee, drew a
sharp speech from Mr. Pettlgrew by a
motion to reconsider a resolution pre?
viously Introduced by Mr. Pettlgrew
and passed, directing the Secretary of
War to forward to the Senate the full
report of the commission appointed by
"thev President to Investigate the con?
duct of the Spanish war.
Mr. Pettlgrew declared that this was
a most unusual proceeding and de
manded to know whether "It Is tv part
of n studied policy to suppress infor-1
matlon." ,.: '
"Is it," he demanded, "along the
lines ot tho suppression ot hews from
Manila, not because it is not proper
news, but because of Its possible, effect
on the people of the country?"
"My belief is that we ought to have
another commission to Investigate tho
entire conduct o. the Spanish vyar.
We might investigate the purchase of.
at my tiun3ports, for which we paid two
or three times what they were offered
for tc others. Is this policy of the sup
presslon of news and fncts to be fol?
lowed for tho purpose of ra-electlnn *ue
present Administration? In my opinion
it Is vastly mote Important that the
people should have all the facts bbJ
talnable. than that any man or men
should bo re-elec ted to office."
In reply Mr. Hawley disclaimed any
intention of an endeavor to suppress
any facts. He then said he had made
the motion simply that the matter
might bo considered by a committee
with a view to nn ascertainment of the
availability of the matter asked for.
Mr. Cockrell, of Missouri, believed
thut the report of the investigating
commission, made by direction of the
President, should be communicated to
the Senate. That would be right and
proper. At his suggestion the resolu?
tion was reconsidered nnd the request
was made of tho President, if not in?
compatible with public interests, to
communicate the testimony and report
of the commission to the Senate.
Mr. Allison, of Iowa, thought, too,
that the Senate ought to have the tes?
timony and report, and said: "I am
sure those who made the Investigation
nnd the President will have no objec?
tion to the publication of the matter."
The resolution was amended by Mr.
Cockrell and was pusscd without dis?
The Senate then, ut 1:15 p. m., went
Into executive session and at 2:50 p.. m.
adjourned until .Tanunry 3d, 1900.
No business was transacted at the
brief session of tho House to-day. The
time was occupied In a filibuster against
a motion to adjourn, hnvlng been In?
augurated by the Democrats nnd some
Republicans In order to give Mr. Grow,
the venerable ex-Speaker of tho House,
tin opportunity to reply to some state?
ments made yesterday by Mr. Gaines,
of Tennessee.
^ Mr. Payne, tj^rnaiorlly leader, was
defeated on two roir calls.
Mr. Richardson chaffed him on his
defeat In a good natured way.
After Mr. Grow had made his state?
ment the House ndjournc-'. until 12
o'clock January 3, 1000.
Julia Morrison's Trial.
(Ry Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Chattanooga. Tenn., Dec. 20.?The
trlnl of Julia Morrison, the actress who
killed Stage Manager Frank Leydcn Kt
a local theater here, has been set for
Thursdny, January 4th.
ryar-sfTb?Trd tight
United Stales District Court Re?
fuses New Yorker an Injunction.
Application Mmin to Judao Vt'nddlll
nt Rlcliuiond Yesterday ?llnelslon
Glvcnon ConditionTTItnt l'rnposed
Consolidation bo ftclnycd, I
(By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.)
Richmond, Va? Dec. 20.?In the U. S.
Circuit Court here this evening, a bill
was nied by Thomas F. Ryan against
John Skelton Williams, J. W. Mltten
dorf and others.
Application was made before Judge
Waddill, sitting as circuit Judge, for a
preliminary Injunction to restrain the
defendants from taking any steps to?
wards consummating the consolidation
of the railroads of the Seaboard Air
Line System with the Florida Central
and Georgia and Alabama roads.
After argument, lasting until after
midnight by counsel, Judge Waddill
held that there was no case for pre?
liminary injunction to restrain the de?
fendants as sought, especially to re?
strain the voting of the stock of the
Raleigh ond Gasten Railroad Company
nt Its meotlng of stockholders of the
21st Instant (to-morrow) at Raleigh,
especially as it Is a numeration of the
State of North Carolina. The Judge
suggested that a speedy hearing take
place and It was arranged that an ap?
plication for Injunction would be heard
on December 28 In Richmond, at which
time all the questions in the case will
be considered with leave to parties to
file affidavits. The result Is that there
can be no Interference with the stock?
holders of the Raleigh and Gaston at
tho meeting to be held to-morrow
This decision was given with the un?
derstanding that the Seaboard and
Roanoke Railroad Company will do
nothing 1n tho meantime towards the
proposed consolidation.
New York. Dec. 20.?With reference
to the deposits of some savings banks
with the Produce- Exchange Trust
Company, which closed Its doors Mon?
day last, Stato Bank Examiner Kll
burn to-day said:
"These, saving-bank deposits amount
to abotrt $300.000. As savings banks
are preferred creditors, there Is"* no
chance of any savings banks deposit?
ors losing anything by the suspension
ot the trust company. They are amply
secured, and I have no doubt that nil
the depositors are secured likewise. I
have not -the 'least doubt that every
depositor will get back every dollar. In
addition to other assets, the stockhold?
ers In tho company can bo held for
two millions and a half, if need be."
Mr. KUburn said there was not a
i shaky banking concern, to his knowl
[ edge, In the city. . ? ,::}?:?''?%
Th? Fertilizer Trust's Big Fight
Against Measure.
? ? ? ? ?
Oppoiod y.ntT iu Rotation to fcie?*?''vi^-|
ulass Persona lo Practice lj??4r*^>$?X
Ilonao Nnnpeuds Operntlons or %
"I.auti Grubber?'? Lnw-Bllla I?
Iroduood nud Dilta Pnised-Billa V
I'nued br the Nennte.
- ""'VI13R ''j
(Special to Virginian-Pilot.)
Richmond. Va., Dec 20?The Jong';
oratorical contest in the Senate tp-day
showed what a strong fight the''for- A
tlllzer trust Is making against tho ton?
nage tax of 15 cents imposed upon their
product by the bill introduced by-Mr. ..'>$
John Whitehend, which has already
passed the Mouse.
The light developed the fact that the
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company . ' '
ha3 a strong lobby working for its In?
terests. The Senate was In session
nearly the whole day, and the bill was
finally referred back to the committee
to give those Interested a chance to be
heard. The fertilizer people say .that
they nre not opposed to a tonnage tax,
but desire to make known their views
before the measure becomes a law.
The first proceedings of tho two
branches this morning was a joint: .
caucus, at which Lieutenant Governor
Echols declared Senator Thomas S.
Martin duly elected to succeed him?
self for a term of six years 1n the
United States Senate.
Contrary to general expectation,
when the bill to abolish the. office of
Register of the Land Office was taken
up by the Senate, there was no debate
upon It. A recorded vote was not
even called for. Lieutenant Governor
Echols, who is presiding, put the ques?
tion on ordering the act to Its third,
reading and engrossment and paused
for any Senator to state his objections.
No ono desired to be heard, and there,
were only two or three "noes" when tha
vote was put.
Scnntor Barksdale offered a bill to
repeal the present law In relation to
licensing persons to practice law. As
now provided, applicants have to pass
examination by three judges of tho
Court of Appeals. The effect of the
passage of iMr. Barksdale's bill would
be to restore the old law, under whloh
candidates for admlsion to the bar
were examined by circuit Judges. Mr.
Barksdalo thinks the examination, to
which cnndldates nre subjected Is too
The light In the House was on the
"Land-Grabbers' " act. which, while not ^
so long as the fertilizer disturbance In
the ntiior branch, was no less aerlmn-?i'.j
nious and Interesting. Tho bill under
debate came over from the Senate, and
Is designed to suspend the operations of
that act for forty days.
Section two of the bill provided that ;, v
no court or Judge should do any act
provided for in the bill Bought to he
suspended during the suspension of said
a?Mr. Parks contended that the result
of euch provision would be endless Ht
1SMessrs. Whitehend, of Norfolk; Shel-*'
ton, Pcttlt, Gent and Duke spoke to tike
question, each contending for passage
of the act. nnd condemning tho land
grabbers' law. ,?
The question was called, namely: To
amend the Senate bill by striking out
the second section, as proposed by Mr.
Mr. Buntln asked for a recorded vote/.- A)
and a sufficient number of members
agreed to insure 6uch vote. Tito request : -?
for e recorded vote was afterwards re?
considered, and the amendment was
put on Its passage. The amendment
was adopted 39 to 30.
Mr. Kelley offered a second amend-.
ment, providing that the suspension
should not apply to applications al?
ready on file.
Mr. Whltehead, of Norfolk, moved
that the last amendment be laffl on the
table, but the motion was votft? &t*vn,
whereupon Mr. Jennings asked fot* re- ;
corded vote, but tho House declined to
have the roll called.
On the vote, the Kelley amendment
was adopted. 39 to 27.
On passage of the bill as amended tha
vote was unanimous.
The bills Introduced at to-day's Be8-:,%
ston were as follows:
By Mr. Gravely?To extend the tlms
Continued on Page 11.
it'emph N?wj?Paws t and 11.
Local News?Pasel 2, 3, S and &
Editorial?Page 4.
Vlrtrinla News?Paus S.
North Carolina News?Page 7.
Portsmouth News?Pajiis 10 arkl u,
Berkley News?Paia tt.
SMpp 102?Pane 9.
Real estate?JPasza 12.

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