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Blair of New Hampshire Nominated as Envoy Extraordinary and Min.. iater Plentpotentiary to China. EXHAUSTIVE REPORT ON INDIAN AFFAIRS A New Bill Agreed Upon That Will Entirely Change the General Land Systen, of the Government. " An Important Measure That Bears Particularly to the lorth western States. WAsuxorTos, Feb. 27.-The president today sent the following nomination to the senate: Henry W. Blair of New Hampshire,. envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to China. The resolution heretofore offered in the senate by Manderson, instructing the committee on Indian aifairs to inquire into the condition of the Indian tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and elsewhere, and whether the care and control of the Indians living in tribal re lations should be transferred from the in terior department to any other depart ment of the government, was taken up and agreed to. The conference on the bill to repeal the timber culture law and amnendatory of the land laws generally, have practi cally reached an agreement on an en tirely new bill, which will be brought forward at the first opportunity. Tue bill agreed upon will change the general lana system of the government. The bill first repeals the timber culture act, but with a reservation in favor of bona fide claims heretofore initiated. In comput ing the period of cultivation in claims al ready accruing, it is provided tiat ti-e time shall run from the date of entry if the necessary acts of cultivation are per formed within the proper time. The pre paration of land and the planting of trees are to be construed as acts of culti va:tltou. Persons who have co.lnlied with the provisions of the timber culture act fur tour years may prove up their claims by the payment of $1.25 an acre. Tue dbiert land act is amended by requiritug the tiling of a map showing the proposeul method of reclamation, and Lo person t shall receive patents for land under the act unless he has exended in I the work of reclamation at least $3 per acre, $1 to be expended within each year. After four years title may he I secured by payment of $1 per acre. Sec tion 2,288, revised statutes, is amended so that any bona tide settler may have the right to transfer any portion of his claim for the right of way for irrigation pur poses. as well as for church, cemetery, 1 railroad, or school purposes. The pre emption law is also repealed except as to claims heretofore initiated and except as to pre-emptions by counties under spe cial law. Section 2,28 as amended so that per sons already holding 160 acres of land or who abandon their residence on their own land shall not have the right to make homestead entry. Entries may bhe suspended for correction of clerical er rors. The United States is estopped from the vacation of any patent on claims heretofore initiated unless suit is brought within live years and on future claims within six years. It is provided that in Coloiada, Montana, North and South Da kota, Wyoming and the gold and silver regions of Nevada and 'tah, it shall be sufticient defense in any prosecution for trespass to show that timber culture was for agricultural, mining, manufacturing or domestic purposes and was not trans ported out of the state; this provision, however, is not to apply to railroads. Towns and cities, it is declared, may make toansite entries on mineral lands, but this right shall not interfere with the working ot underglouud mineral claims. Provision is made for grants of right of way for irrigation purposes, but reservoir sites are not to contain any more laud than is necessary for their con structlio and maintenance. The masi. mrnum amount of land which any person may acquire is limited to three hundred and twenty acres. The president is given the right to set apart and reserve in any t-rritory forest lanst as public reserva tions, not subject to be entered upon. This will meet the principal aim of what is known as the Yellowstone Park bill. The senate passed the following house bills among others: Amendment of var ious acts relative to immigration and im portation of aliens snider contract or agreement to perform labor. To amend act of March 9, 1880, for the relief of certain volunteer and regular soldiers of the late war and the war with Mexico. For the allowar.ce of certain claims for stores and supplies taken and used by the United States army, as reported by the court of claims under the provisiin of the "Bowman act" (withamendments.) The house after a long discussion ordered the shipping bill to the third reading-147 to 145. The senate confirmed the following nominations: Senator Blair, minister to China; W. 8. Stanley of Wisconsin, con suit at P'icton, N. 8.; Nelson E. Mason, collector of customs district of North and South Dakota. Conferees on the house and senate bills to establish a private land court have reached an agreement, the house con ferees agreelngto accept the bill passed by the senate, with several modiflcations. The most importatof these modifications is to provide that the court shall consist of one chief justice and four associate justices, instead of one chief justice and two associlate justices, as both house and senate bit aproposed. Among the changes and additions made by the senate committee in the In dian appropriatlon bill as It aine from I the house are as follows: For the pay of the commission to negotiate for the re- I adjustment of the boundary line of the I Ruse Bud and Plee Ridge agencies, or I for the transfer of IndIans, $6,000. Sic etaon and Wahpeton Indians at Devils Lake, for lands excluded from thair res ervation, $80,OUO. The committee also transferred from the middle to the end of the bill all treaties inserted by the house a and added those that have already passed the senate (with (rosventres and Stiseton and Wahpeton) in older t~aecure action by this congress. Tihe senate t.nk up the Indian appro priation bill. A provlsion for the pur chase of Irrigating machinery In Arizona and Nevada for the use of Indian reser vations was amended by additoon of the -tates of Idaho and Montana. The ap prnprriation for the support of Indian schools was increased from 0900,000 to $1,000,000. On motion of Mr. Dawes (in charge of the bill), all tile amend ments recommended by the com ,,tiee on appropriations reduc lug per capita the rate for the support of Indian pupils at varlo.us schools throughout the cruntry to $167 to $150, were disagreed to, he explaining that the committee had changed its view in reiapect to the matter and had authbur ized him to reconmend a disagreement. The only exception was as to the Indian school *it Fort Totten, N. D.. where the former rate per scholat was preserved. Sanders argued agalnst the propriety of making that exception. Plumbexpressed the conviction that an average of $150 a year for Indian pupils was much too high; and also that no permanent advan tages derived from the system of Indian training which now cost $2,000,000 a year. He did not believe that it had advanced the Indian one single iota in the march of civilization. The Indians who bad be fore been kept on reservations and had had no schooling were far better Indians than those wlho had had what was bup posed to be the advantages of education. He described the Indians as being taken by the nape of the neck and "yanked" ngo to a pnane of civilization where they were like seed sown on untertile ground, which, when the sun came out, was parchned and withered. TI'here was not a single lIving evidence, he said, of permanent usefulness of such a system of education. "Education of the Indian meant nothing but retined loafer tam. On motion of Pettigrew the rate of in. t-rest to be paid to Sissetn and Wahpe tn Indians was increased from 8 to 5 per cent. The proposition by Pettigrew to reduce the settlenment price of the Slsse ton and Wahpeton lands to $1 25 per acre instead of $2.50 as proposed in the substitute was the subject of some dis cussion. Finally it was arranged the substitute should be agreed to, the bill was reported to the senate and then the wh.,le matter will go over till tomorrow, when amendments can be offered. The reading of the inll was closed at about 10 o clock, when it was laid over till to morrow. Tue shipping bill as passed by the house is radically different from the measure sent to that body by the senate. It mnerely iuthorizes the postmaster general to enter Into such contract for not less than five nor more than ten years with American cit!zens, for carrying mails on American steamships between United States ports and foreign pu1ts (Canada excepted) as will subserve and promote ptatal and commercial In terests of United States mail service to be equitably distributed among the At lantic, Mexican gulf and Pacific norts. Vessels contracted with must be of American build and officered by Amer ican citizens. The senate today passed the legislative, executive and Judical appropriation bill. SDUN'S TRADUK tRPORT. f, The Condition of Trade. Though Not Brisk, Is neeouraging. o EW Yonia, Feb. 97.-R. G. Dun & Co's - weekly review of trade says: "There is not much change in the condition of trade, but there is little more dullness at r the south and in the northwest, with a o little more stringency in the money mar ket, and complaint about slowness of col lections. In general business is still hes. s stating. The larger cause is undoubtedly it a partial loss of crops, which has left a great many farmers without means for the usual purchases. At the same time r a collapse of the real-estate boom which e so widly inflated prices throughout west r and south, has affected business more than has yet been realized. To this in. Sluence is added at the south the extreme , ly low values of cotton which affects tarmers more because so many of them y tried, by holding back their crops, to force a higher level of prices. The money markets, though still generally called easy, give signs of a steady ap proach to stringency, and at Omaha money is quite close, at Milwaukee in ac tive demand, and at Cleveland rather stringent, much being locket up in iron ore. At Boston the same scarcity of loan. able funds is noticed and rates are firm and higher. Southern reports generally not a fair demand, but no Improvement in trade, while northwestern reports are on the whole less favorable than before as to state of business. At Denver business ii better and at Milwaukee, and no change is noticed at Kansas City and St. Paul, but it is only fair at Omaha, not so strong at St. Louts, quiet at Cincinnati, except that the carrigo trade is active,and only fair in many manufacturers at I)e troit. At Cleveland trade is fairly good, but brisk in hardware and manufactured iron, and the strike strengthens iron at Pittsburg. But at Chicago there is some decrease in receipts of nearly all products except cured meats and wool, and it is noted that warm weather and low prices keep down shipments of.boots and shoes to the country. Business failures during the last seven days number 90 as against 297 last week. For the corresponding week of last year the figures were 801. Iagersell Takes eold of It. ST. JosgPH, Me, Feb. 7ST.-Suit for $20,000 damages has been commenced against the editor of the New York )ruggist circular by Col, Robert G. Ingersoll, attorney for Redam Microbe Killer company. Several months ago the Druggist circular made an attack upon the Microbe Killer and assailed the com pany by saying: "Every man connected I with it Is a disreputable scoundrel." It i is said Ingersoll will receive the largest fee ever paid a lawyer with two excep tions to manage this case. CONGRESSIONAL PROCEEDOINGS I The Misenila & Northern Railway Se cares Right of Way Through the Flathead Reservation. THE UHND BILL PASSES THE HOUSE. it Incindes the Repeal of the rim her unlture and Pre-Emption (laim Laws. An Extra Session Probable-Au Im portant Bill for North Dakota Passes the Senate. WASHINGTON, March 2.-On motion the senate bill was passed granting to the Missoula & Northern Railway Co. the right of way through the Flathead In, dian reservation in Montana. OENERAL LAND BILL PASSED. WAsHINGTON, March s.-The general land bill passed the house today without friction. A fight on the measure was made Saturday night. This bill carries with it the provisions outlined in w ash Ington dispatches last Friday. It includes, the repeal of the timber culture and pre emption claim laws and many minor pro visions of great interest to the northwest. The Si-seton amendment was agreed to t y the senate conferees today. This re dures the price of land to settlers from $2.50 to $1.25 per acre. The Sisseton I reserVytion will be opened to settlers) early in the spring. Outside of land that will be held by Indiana, 700,000 acres will be thrown open to ~ettlers. The C eseton and Wahpeton Bands will get $500,000 for their immediate use. PIERCE TO BE HONORED. WM'ASIuNTON, March 2.--T.ere are signs at the white house today which in dicate that Gilbert A. Pierce, the pretent senator from North Dakota, may be ap pointed minister to China. Senator Blair was appointed to this position, but he has, told President Harrison, it is said, thathe t can not accept. In the event that he does not Senator Pierre's name is sure to be sent to the senate at once in his stead. it is known that the president desires to do somethino handsome for Pierce. If he does not vet an appointment to China some appointment equally good will be given him. There is a strong movement in Pierce's favor amnions his colleagues in the senate. Whether Pierce will accept is not known. AN EXTRA SESSION. MINNEAPOLIS, March 2.-A Journal special from Washington says: The Indi cations today are that President Harrison will call an extra session of the senate. If such a move should be made the ses sion will not last over three weeks. The whole matter is in the hands of Secre tary Blaine. If he gives the word an ex tra session will be called. It is learned from the most reliable source that Mr. Blanoe has several reciprocity treaties about concluded. Cuba is one of the countries that he is trying hard to com plete negotiations with at once. A rep resentative of the state department re turned from Cuba yesterday, and it is supposed that he has important informs tion for Blaine. The only work to be ae complished in the extra session is the ratiication of treaties with several South American republics that the secretary of state is now negotiating with. MRs. PORTZR GETS A PENSION. WAsnHIxToN, March 2.-The public debt has increased $2,994,750during Feb ruary. The house today pased the bill grant ing a pension of $2,500 a year to the widow of the late Admiral Porter. Senator Stewart's amendment to the agricultural bill appropriating 920,000 for the collection and publication of in formation as to the best methods of cul livating the soil by irrigation, and ex tending the limit of time until January 1, 1892 was agreed to. WEATHER-CROP BULLETIN. WAssINOTON, March 2.-The weather crop bulletin for February says the weather for the month was generally mild throughout the winter-wheat region, attended by excessive precipitation. The month closei with a decided cold wave preceded by general rains throughout the entire wheat region, but owing to the backward condition of the crop it is probable that no serious injury will re sult from this sudden freeze. There is excess of moisture throughout the greater portion of the wheat region, and March opens with general snows throughout the northwest and the conditions are favor. able for grain covering the central val leys. PERMENENT SETTLEMENT OF TITLES. A resolution introduced by Senator Casey and adopted by the senate Satur day having for its object the permanent settlement of titles of settlers in the northeastern part of North Dakota is of great importance. The St. Vincent ex tension of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba railway by the terms of its grant laid claim to land on both sides of its constructed road between St. Cloud and St. Vincent. This extension, how ever, runs north from Fergus Fails,often at a distance of less than the ten miles al lowed by the grant, from the Red River of the North, the boundary line between Minnesota and North Darkota. Never theless, the company claimed the right to the full ten miles, notwithstanding the fact that it would include large tracts of land across the river rad within North Dakota. This claim was di allowed by the interior department on the ground that as the railroad was built wholly within the limits of Minnesota it could not properly claim lands lying within a leighboring state. The supreme court, however, subsequently in the case of this company against Philllps wholly disregarded the boundary limits of the state, and thus recognizsed right In company to such lands within North Dakoua as lie within the extended limits, free from claim,atdate the definite locaton of the road, December 10, 1M1. The ruling In that oase will govern In thb present cae. No grant up to time of the Philips' decialou iavlng been recog.ised In North Dakota, the government baa disposed of and patented large tracts of these lands which, under this decision must be held to have enured to the com pny. These lauds include parts of argo and other Important towns and settlements. The court in its decision re ferred to, further held that it was no de fense to the acthn that lands Involved would nlclude thriving towns and vil lages, and that the company was not in laches in not bringing rult earlier. Appli licatlon has been made by the railroad company to secure adjustment limits of its grant within North Dakota, and until such adjustment has been made no re liable estimate of the amounnt of land In volved can be made. In cases where j atentes have been issued, the atter is now beyond the jurisdiction of the government and company must assert its claim through courts. ~enate resolu tion adopted Saturday directs the secre tary cf interior to negotiate with the railroad company with a view to secur Ing its consent to make selections of other public lands in lieu of these lands in North Dakota. The decision rendered today bIy the supreme court In the matter of over-lapping granted lands between this company and the Northern Pacific company, it is said, has practically ren dered it impossible to wholly satisfy a grant to the Manitoba company within its limits. If negotation and settlement is possible, therefore, it will likely be in the line of senate resolutions; namely, by arreement with the company by which It would take lands outside of its limits. It has been suggested that the company might accept a settlement on cash basis. Persons conversant with cases of similar character, express the opinion that the government will hardly permit persons holdiong its patent to their homes to be enjoined after twenty years residence until all measures for their relief have failed. The conferees on the Indian apn propriation bill have failed to agree and will report to their respective houses ask ing further Instructions. SUNDRY CIVIl, BILL. WAsHINGTON, March 2.-The sundry civil bill as agreed upon appropriates $37,509,808, being $1,651.175 less than when it passed the senate, and $8,206,893 monr than when It passed the house, $7, 771.081 more than the current law. and $1,801,719 less than the estimates. The following senate public building amend ments are retaine:I: $400,000 for public huidings at St. Paul, Mints.; authoriza tion of the sale of the old public building and site at Milwaukee, Wis., proceeds to be used on the new building. AN AGREEMENT REAC(tED. WAuHINGTON, March 2.-The conferees on the sundry civil bill have reached an agreement on points of difference be tween the houses. The paragraph rela tive to the world's fair is amended so that as reported it will ap propriate $3150,000 as propoa.-d by the house instead of $300,000 as proposed by the senate for the ex penses of the government exhibilt and for thie World's Columbian commission $95, 500 Is appropriated, of which amount .86,000 shall be for the board of lady managers. A motion to suspend the rules and pass ,he senate meat-inspection bill (with amendment) passed the house-yeas 161, nays 70. The Northern Paelie Wins. WASmaoTor, March 2.-The supreme court of the United States today affirmed the decision of the United States circuit court for Minnesota In the case of the St. Paul & Pacific railroad against the North ern Pacific road. The case involved the ownership of many thousand acres of land along the line of the Northern Pacific in Minnesota and which under tie* de cisien today remains with the Northern Pacific. Will Test the Anti-Leottery Law. WAImINGTON, March 2.-BannisTaylor, as counsel for the publishers of the New Orleans States and Mobile Register, who were convicted of violation of the anti lottery act, today moved in the United States supreme court for leave to file peti tions for writs of habeas corpus and cer tiorari no the part of the publishers in order that the constitutionality of the anti-lottery law might be tested. Needy 5ettlers Get Relief. WASHINoTON, march 2.-Senator Petti grew has worked through a $150,000 pro priation for the purchase of seed wheat for the needy settlers in North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. It has been attached to the agricultural appro priation bill which passed the senate to. day. Ruylng Bilver. WAsHImTON. March 2.-The treasury department today made the first purchase of silver for the current month. The amount offered was 748,000 ounces and the amount purchased 105,000 at 98@4. IN WASHINGTON. The Missernia Northern ecaure the RIight of Way Through the Dlathead leservation. WAHmNGTON, Feb. 28.-In the senate today the senate bill granting to the Mis souls & Northern Italroad company the right of way through the Flathead Indian reservation in Montana was passed. The Indian appropriation bill was then taken up pending the question being on an amendment offered last night by Mr. Pettigrew to section 26. The amend ment makes the settlement price of the Biseton and Wahpeton land $1.25 an sore instead of $2.50. Agreed to. A resolution requesting the secretary of the interior to negotiate with, the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railroad company as to selecting public lands in lieu of lands occupied by settlers was reported by Mr. Plumb and agreed to. A Commeretal Congresse. Br. Louis. Feb. 27.-The state senate passed the bill similar to that passed by Kanses and other legislatures calling for a commercial congress, to meet at Kansas City, April 15, to consider economic measures of interest to the west and southwest. It is the intention to have every state west of the Miasslsippl river rep esented. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS5 Representative Bartine of Nevada Submits a Favorable Report on the Free Coinage Silver Bill. SENATOR HEARST OF CAUFORNIA DEAD Much Dickering Indulred in Over the Adjudication of Indian Depreda. tion Claims. The Missoula & Northern Rallread Secures the Right of Way Through the Flathead Reservation. WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.-Representative lartine of Nevada in behalf of the mi nority members the house coinage com mittee today submitted a report in favor of the passage of the silver free coinage bill. Senator Hearst of Call!ornla died at 9:10 o'clock this evening. The bill to provide for the adjudication of Indian depredation claims, as agreed upon in conference atnd passed by the house today, gives the court of clainms au thority to hear and determine these claims. The bill provides for the ap pointment of assistant attorney general who is to assist the court in its work. The bill as It passed the house originally provided for consideration by the court of all claims, arising from depredations committed by the Indians generally. The senate bill provided for the co nsid eration ofclaims arising from depredations committed by Indians in amity with the United States. The house conferees insisted on more liberal provision of the house bill, and acompromise was finally effected, which enlarged a class of claims that may be considered so as to include all claims that have been favorably passed upon by he interior department and whose in vestigation have been authorized by va rious acts of congress, including the Indian appropriation bills. The original house bill provided that all claims passed upon favorably by the interior depart ment should be held by the court to he prima facie correct. The senate proposed an amendment to this, which the house conferees accepted, requiring that the c suit shall pass judgment upon allow ances made by the interior department. The court is to fix amount of attorney fees, but in no case are these feas to ex ceed 15 per cent of the amount ot the judgment except where 'unusual services have been rendered or where the amount of the judgment is less than $500, or where necessary expenses have been in curred by the attorney, and then the fees are not to exceed 0 percent. All claims accruing previous to 1865 that have not been presented to the interior department or to congress are barred, and for depre datlona committed subsequent to 1865 claimants will have three years in which to preosnt their claims. The consideralion of the Indian appro priation bill having been resumed, Atll son's amendment to strike out the pro vision lisating to the Cheyenne and Arapaho agreement was disagreed to. Dawes' motion to strike out the house provisions in connection with six agree ments with Indian tribes, and to substi tute the senate provisions therefore was agreed to. Regan offered an amendment which was adpted, to pay 200,000 to friendly Sioux Indians during the late trouble, for property lost or distroyed by obedience to orders of the government. Carey of Wyomning offered an amend ment which was adopted, providing for a couemisst.on to negotiate with the 8ho suone Indiansof Wyoming for cession of their reservation. The bill then passed. A conference was ordered on the bill, and Dawes, Plumb and Call were aup pointed conferees on the part of the sen ate. WASHINGTON. Feb. 28.-The president has designated Assistant Secretary Nettle ton to act as secretary of treasury, an the absence of Secretary Foster, and Assist ant Becietary Spaulding to act in the ab. Bence of both. The vacant assistant sec retaryship will he tilled in a few weeks. PAKIR EXCITMD. The Visit of Empress Frederiek Fans Pop. hlsr Haired Aginsit Germany. PARIs, Feb. 28.-it is no exaggeration to say that this has been one of the most critical weeks for France and Germany both since the outbreak of the Franco Prussian war of 1870 and 1871. So early as Tuesday last It began to be felt in sev eral circles that the Empress Frederick was prolonging her stay in Paris to a dangerous extent. The surprise caused by her practically unannounced and sud den arrival and the curiosity which her movements occasioned, slowly gave way to a feeling of anxiety. Eearly in the week a prominent member of the diplo matic corps privately informed Count Von Muster, the German ambassador, that it was evident that the empress was making a mistake in staying so long in Pars. To this the German ambassador replied: "! am quite of your opinion, but I am ptwerless to change the situa tion of afair." Then in rapid succession occurred thre events, which raised the Ire o" the Parisians to a dangerous point and which crowned the empress' mission, both in Its political and artistic aense,with disaster and actually threatened the peace of Europe. First of these events was a drive to Versailles. When the public clamor caused by this drive arose on the day following, the attention of the em press was called to the matter by the wi ofone of the prominent membeta of r diplomatic corps. In reply the Emp Frederlck amid: "I went there for rease of sentiment; so many recollections my husband center there." This rems. was made before the newspapers of city. They took up the Incident and gun by their unfavorable critlcisms the Imperial visitor's action to fan smoldering spark of discontent I flame. The second canme, which sij further excited the Parisians, was thoughtless removal by an over-sert oicial of the wealth laid on the tanmbI Henri Regna, a celebrated Fret painter, who died fighting against t Prussians during the France Prussi war. The third incident and one whk most ernraged the Parisians, was the pu lication of an anti French article in i Cologne Gazette of Thursday, and re by people here at the very mome thle ex-empress was driving to the rail way station. The savage editorial utt ly destroyed every vestage of good th might have otherwise been done by t Imperial visit. The feeling of gen. confrrence that the unpleasant incid had ended with the departure of t empress was udely shaken today u the public learning of Chancellor V Caprivi's order with reference to p port regulations. The proposed miti tin of regulations was for the purpose enabling the inhabitants of French con munes adjoining the frontiers of Alan Lorraine to attend the markets and vi the fairs in upper Alsace. The chanc lor's action has caused great exciteme A portion of the press are depounncing In fierce and bitter terms anc calllng it willful provocation of the people Frenc. PROOBEDINGS IN BELENA. No Important Work Dose by the Seleas h Either HBose. HELENA, Feb. 27.--[tpeclal to the Ta BuNE.]-No important work bas bee: transacted in either house during tb past two days. Several bills of minor is terest have passed both bodies. Tic two county division bills in tb, house are enjoying s season of innocuo, desuetude. Their outlook is not so ea couraging to friends as it was a few dav ago. The house is holding 28 senate hill which have passed the upper house This action ofthe houselis provoking much criticism. THE STATE LEGISLATURE. A Number of New Laws-The lalverslti Bill Put to Sleep. IIELENA, Marcl' 2-i8pecial to tha TaRBuax.]-New laws today: An an appropriating money to the lMontana Sla Ilhrary. An act appropriating to pr memters and officers of the first sta legislative assembly. An act requiris; railroads to fence their tracks and pal damages for killing or maiming stock. Little prospect 'of Titon and Valley counties bill becoming a law. It will not be reached in the house. By a rarty vote the house knocked out the state public examiner's bill this after The bill locating the university at Mis' soula was discussed in the senate corn mittee of the whole this afternoon. The committee recommended that the bill be placed on the general file to be taken up immediately after the disposition of the agricultural college bill. Thie Are Met to be CeasoUdated. Cnscano, Feb. 27.-The report from St. Paul that the consoladation of the Northern Pacific and Wisconsin Centrl roads is to ire rendered complete heci Monday, after which time the latter wit be known as the Wisconsin Central d division of the Northern Pacific, is de nied by the people' who claim to knol whereof they speak. There is said i be no intention whatever of making the relations of the two roads any closer than they are at present, or than they have been since the Wisconsin Central was leased by the Northern Pacific. ISaaioes Demolished. BU1vvALO, N. Y., Feb. 27.-A bad acci dent occurred here today caused by an open switch. An Erie freight engine was rtanding still when it was struck by a Lehigh Valley engine, which was coming at a rapid rate of speed. Both englnee were a heap of ruins. Killed end in jured: Lehigh trainmen, Enuiaeer T. D)e trick,. mortally hurt; Extra Engineer Jas. ltyan, burned; Fireman Jno. J. Manning, seriously burned; Helper Esrlander, se riously Injured. Relouver Diseharged. PORSTIAND, Ore., Feb. 27.-In the United States court today Judge Deady ordered the discharge of Joseph Simon, frum the receivership of the Oregom IN provtment company, to which position be was appointed November 29, 1800. The company is now in a position to pay all claics against It. Big Minai5 Deal. Aspan, Col., Feb. 87.-Negotiations are under way for the purchseof all mining properties in the lower part of Aspen mountain by English capital Ists. Price stated it in the neighlber hood of $17,000,000. The sale will doubtless be closed in a few days. It is the biggest mining transaction in years of this section. Devastatiou l Meatleo. CITY or Maxico, Feb. 27.-The port of San Felipe has ber. flooded by a storm. One schooner, one lighter, and thirteen smacks were wrecked. Eighteen houses were destroyed and many families made homeless. A number of lives were lost and many cattle drowned. Nateonal Republlee Ieague tieavestles. Naw Yong, Feb. 37.-President John M. Thurston of the Republican League of the United States will tomorrow issue a call for the lourlh annual convention, to be held at Cincinnati, beginnung. April 21st.