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! A NEW DEPARTURE.
» Important Ruling by Postmaster General Payne. Hereafter Fourth-Class Postmasters Wdl Be Removed From Office For Cause Only—Decision By the - Postal Department. TVashington. j\*b. 15.—An official statement of the new policy that here after will govern appointments of ourth class postmasters was made by Postmaster General Payne, who .-*aid: “The policy of the administration *5 not to make removals of fourth class postmasters without cause. The re moval of an officer i3 a proposition entirely different from the naming of a successor at the expiration of a post master's commission. It is. therefore, desired that removals be not made ex cept for some good reason, which af iccts the service, or the request of a senator or representative indorsing 'he petition for such a change made b> patrons of the office in question. In some sections of the country, nota bly in the south, not represented by republican representatives in con gress. the demands for changes in lourth flats post offices are made. not for the good of the service, or for any proper purpos? hut to subserve the in terests of rival factions. The admin istration does rot believe that the of!], cers of the government should be used to subserve the interests of any petty Tart ion in states where there is hardly a semblance of organization in the party. To prevent this abuse it is necessary to discourage these arbi trary removals. No order on this sub ject. however, has been issued. ANOTHER HUNTING TRIP. Ex-President Cleveland and Party Goes to Cur rick Sound. Norfolk. Va.. Feb. 15.—Ex-President Cleveland, accompanied by Van Dyke, cf Princeton university, and a party of friends, arrived here on the steam er Pennsylvania on their way to the Dark Bay Gunning club for a two wor.K’s duck hunt. They were met at I he wharf by Joseph Seelinger, of Nor folk. president of the club, and driven to the Norfolk and Southern depot, where they took the train for Currick Sound. The ex president looked the picture of health. THE FIRST AMERICAN FLAG. # House of Arch Street. Philadelphia, in Which It Was Made. Sold. Philadelphia, Feb. 15.—The Ameri can Flag House and TWy Ross Memor ial association purchased the historic 1 welling on Arch street, in which was made the first American flag. The pur chase price was $25,150, of which $19.. 150 was paid, a mortgage of $0,000 re maining. The association was Incor porated four years ago. and the money to effect the purchase was raised by individual subscription of ten cents. PLOT AGAINST THE SULTAN. The Object Was to Either Kill or De throne Him.—Two Arrests. ✓ - Paris. Feb. K.—The Constantinople correspondent of the Echo dc Paris says that a plot against the sultan has been discovered, and that two of the -ultan’s aides have been arrested, and :t is reported that a number of cour iers are implicated in the plot. The ib.iect of the conspirators was either to kill the sultan or Imprison and de throne him. DIED IN THE DEPOT. The Woman Had Recently Been Oper ated on for a Cancer. j Chicago. Feb. 15.- Mrs. Cora C. Cooper, wife of George Cooper, a busi ness man of Rockford. 111., died at the Illinois Central railroad station from thr rffects of a recent operation. She i had boon suffering from cancer and was believed to be convalescent when -he was taken to ‘h* station. She died while waiting for the train that was to take her home. Heme For Aged and Infirm Persons. Nr w ^ ork. Feb. 15. Py the terms of the will of Cornelius S. Rathcone, of this city. f!>d for probate In the j ^ ‘urro£.ite'« ofTir.*, property and money \o the extent of 170,000 Is 1>oquoathod for the purpose of founding and main I tninlng an Institution to be known as the Rath»o.,e memorial ho*ic for aged * and Infirm persons at Evansville. Ind., ^ where the testatrix owned consider- j ' at-le property. Price cf Broomcorn Advanced. Arrola. III., Feb. 15.—An advance of t2(> a ton in the price of broomcorn resulted when prominent manufactur ers atempf-d to sra*her In all the brush row In the farmer's bands. The ad vance will nrreftgitatc n corresponding atlvat.ee In the price of brooms when the manufacturers meet in Chicago rert week. Wasnington Gill Dead. Kansas Ctty, Mo., Feb. 15.—Wash Incton 0111, for many y**srs city engi neer of Richmond, Va . and superin tendent <f construction of the bridge across the Missouri river at St. t'harlcs. Mo.. Is dead at his homo in this city, a.jed 83 years. Deadly Bubonic Plague. T ahorc. India. Feb. 15.—The bubonle \ plague has the district of Punjab com pletely In Its grasp. The disease is spreading through fho district with i frightful rapidity and 1.000 deaths ar# i reported dalljr. SEVEN MEN KILLED. Hugh Boulder Crashes Into a Ca boose Car. Little Rock. Ark.. Fob. 15—Seven men were killed and at least 14 were seriously injured by a huge boulder, weighing 15 tons, crashing into the caboose of a work train on the Choc taw, Oklahoma & Gulf railroad. 2') miles west of Little Rock. The work train was headed west, the engine pushing six cars and a caboose. It was in charge of Conductor J. R. Gam ble. Engineer Nazor and Fireman \V. H. Evans. As the tialn was prising tinder the hjgh bluffs bordering the river two miles west cf Little Matt melle, the crew saw a heavy rook roll ing down the steep declivity, having been detached from the hillside by the rains. The train was going slowly, but was almost upon the rock when ;t struck the track. Engineer Nazor re versed his engire at once, hut the train struck it with almost full force. The caboose was at the head of the train and was shivered into splinters. Most of the toon who were killed a*.d injur** I were in the caboose. There was a crew of 54 men, white and colored. Just back of the caboose were three cars of sand and many of the men were burled underneath the sand, which was thrown forward by the terrific im pact. Six men nre known to have been killed outright. Three were left on tb • scene and three were brought tc l ittle Pock on the train that was dl3 patched to the scene as soon as the news could be sent to the city. Fif teen injured were brought to Little Rock and are now at St. Vincent’s In firmary. One of the most desperately Injured died on the way to the iatspitai from tho depot. It is believed there are others killed or buried under the sand at the- scene of the wreck, as there nre several miss ing, and as yet unaccounted for. A crew of workmen are clearing the wreck and looking for the bodies. If the engineer had not stopped the train when he did the entire train must have been hurled down the embank ment and all on board killed. Conductor Gamble had a close call Two trucks passed over him but he stooped down and the first did not touch him. The second passe*] over his foot, crushing it so badly that If may have to be amputated. IMPROVING RAPIDLY. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Partakes o> Solid Food—May Sit Up Monday. Grofon. Mass.. Feb. 15.—Theodore Roosevelt, jr.. has Improved very rat* Idly and for the first time since his illness he partook of stolid food, meat being Included in the diet. The Gam mol and Potter hoys also partook ot meat. Th/» boys rested comfortable ail day. Dr. Shattuck. of Boston, ha? discontinued his visits, leaving Dr Warren, of Groton, in charge. Dr. Jewett, of Boston, spends his time at the Infirmary, tarrying out the orders of Dr. Warren. At eaeh taking of the chart, the respiration, pulse and t<*m peraturc of the patients were normal and from all appearances the conva lescence was uninterrupted. It is hop ed that the boys will be able to sit up by Monday. Young Roosevelt's lungs are rapidly clearing with the possibil Ity of resolution being completed In a very few days. All the out of town newspaper correspondents here left Groton. Rome. Feb. 15.—The pope has sent his congratulations to President Roose vent on tho improved condition of young Roosevelt. At 4:15 p. m. Thursday the pres! blent. accompanied by Mr. Cortelyou Mr. Barnes, the executive clerk; Prln clpal Peabody, of the school, and two secret service officers, left In a car riage for Croton Station. A special train wras in readiness. Washington, Feb. 1 \. — President Roosevelt and party reached the nn tioml capital Friday forenoon. THE CREW WAS SAVFD. The Schooner Osprey Wrecked on * Reef Off Cape San Bias. Pensacola, Fla., Feb. 15, — The schooner Osprey, owned by F. K. Saunders fr Co., of this port. Is a total wreck on a reef ten miles off Cape San Bias. The crew of six men were pick ed tip by the Welskettle, of the same company, and much of the property of the vessel was saved. N»ws has been received that the schooner Con test. one Of the finest of the Saunders fr Co.'s vessels, which sunk at Trlan gje reef, near Vera Cruz, wag a total loss. The crew are safe and are being cared for by the United Stares consul. Third Pair of Twins. Wheeling. W. Va., Feb. 15.—The home of John f). Marsh, dairyman of this city, has been blessed by the ar rival of a third pair of twins— boys. The other children, two hoys and two girls, arp living and are healthy. Contemptuous Use of the Flag. Boston. Fell. |f».— For using an oM United States flag as a hag In his bush j ness of collecting rags. Meyer Ratz man was flned $20 In the municipal court, the charge being "contemptu ous use of the United States flag." No Truth in the Report. Belgrade, Servla. Fe|». 1 f;.—There Is no truth In the report circulated by a news agency in the United States that two soldiers of King Alexander's body guard, while on duty outside his apart ments. were recently chloroformed and killed. Theater Named by Popular Vote. Jackson. Tenn., Feb. 16.—The new theater recently erected here will be named the Marlowe. The selection of the name was made by popular vote, and of the fi.oon vote* cast Mins Julie Marlowe received over 4.000. THE BRITISH IN A TRAP. Deadly Fire Poured Into a Com pany of Mounted Infantry. The British Were All Fresh From Home 4nd Unused to the Boer Tactics—Maj. Dowell Was Among the Killed. Pretoria. Feb. 17.—Oue hundred and fifty mounted infantrymen, while pa trolling the Klip river, south of Johan nesburg. February 12. surrounded a farm house where they suspected Boers were in hiding. A single Boer broke away from the house and the British started to pursue him. The Boer climbed a kopje, the British fol lowing. Immediately a heavy fire was opened upon them from throe sides. The British found themselves in a < trap and in a position where they were | unable to make any defense. Fight of the British officers made a gallant ef fort and defended the ridge with ear bines ami revolvers until they were overpowered. The British had two officers and ten men killed and sev eral officers and 40 men wounded be fore the force was able to fall hack under cover of the block house. I-ondou. Feb. 17.—According to spe cial dispatches from Pretoria the mounted infantrymen who were trap ped at Klip river were all fresh from home and unused to Boer tactics. The bulk ot the casualties occurred during the retreat of the British. The killed included Maj. Dowell, the commander of the force. Lord Kitchener. In addition to re porting the Klip river affair, says: “A party from the South African constab ulary line on the \ 'aterval river en countered. February 10. a superior force of the enemy near Vantonders belt and was driven hack with loss." Durban. Feb. 17.—Mrs. I>eWet. in an Interview held at the Marltzlmrg con centration camp, said that two of her sons were still fighting with their fa ther. She regretted that the govern ment had not permitted her to com municate with her husband, and said she was certain ho would never sur render. Mrs. DeWet declared she would rather see her husband die than submit. IN BATANGAS PROVINCE. Gen. Bell Has Practically Cleaned Up the Insurrection There. Manila. Feb. 17.—Gen. J. Franklin Bell has practically cleaned up the in surrection in Batangas province, the troops under his command having made a clean sweep of the district, it Is not believed that ail the insurgent arms have been captured or surren dered. but that a number of them have been taken by the insurgents to other provinces or safely hidden. The in crease of robber hands in the pro vinces of Taya has and Cavite show the effects of the drastic measures in Batangas ami Laguna provinces. Gen. Bell says the people of these lat ter provinces never realized the ter rors of war until they personally ex perienced its hardships, owing to tho closing of the ports ami the concent ra tion of the natives in the towns. Gen. Bell believes that tin* Insurgent leader Malvar is becoming exceedingly unpopular with the Filipinos, and that when the natives cease to fear his ven geance. many will he found willing to betray him. What has been said of Batangas pro vince applies almost equally to La guna. FOR SOUTH AFRICA. Three Thousand Horses Purchase* For Use in the British Army. Salt Jjike. Utah. Feb. 17.—Thrc* thousand western horses, known a* Cayusen. gathered from the ranges of the Inter mountain afates. are to be shipped to South Africa for use In the Britiah army. The animals were pur chaaed by agents of the Britiah army who had hern scouring the country for weeks and have been concentrated in corrals in this city and Grand Junc tion, Col. THE ANTARTIC EXPLORER. Chas. E. Borchgrevink Reached Within About 800 Miles of the 8outh Pole. New York. Feb. 17.—Chas. E. Boreh* grevlnk. the antarctic* explorer, arrived In New York Sunday on the steamship Etruria. Sunday night he told In an Interview of how In 1899 he and a par ty of scientists had reached the 78th degree, 80 minutes south latitude, about 8<to miles from the south polo, and the most extreme southern point that any rnan has ever reached. Business Portion Partially Burned. Nashville, Tonn., Fob. 17. About two-thirds of the business portion of Woodbury. Cannon county, burned Sunday night, the loss being estimated from $50,000 to $75,bbO. Th ■ fir'* forced the long distance telephone operator? to move out and the details arc mea ger. Death of Cornelius Roosevelt. New York, Feb. 17. — Cornelius Roosevelt, the only surviving son of the late s. Weir Roosevelt, hrd a cous in to I’resldem Roosevelt, is dead of heart disease In this city. Mr. Roose velt was l#orn in this city 51 years ago. Memorial Services Held. Boston, Feb. 17.—The first annual memorial service here for Those who lost their lives on the battleship Main? in Havana harbor was held in Fanned hall Sunday under the the direction of the I.sagne of Spanish war veterans. ~ \ THE PACIFIC CABLE. The House Committee Advises It* Construction. ^Washington. Feb. 17.—The report filed Momliy by the house committee on inter-state and foreign commerce recommending the passage of the bill introduced by Representative Corliss providing for government ownership of a Pacific cable says that the United States, by the annexation of Hawaii and the acquisition of the Philippines and other islands through the ratifica tion of the Paris treaty, assumed tho responsibility of maintaining peace iu the Pacific ocean. This obligation, tho report says, was deliberately under taken by this country, nnd approved b.7 the united voice of the people. It adds: "The future peace nnd prosperity of these islands will largely depend upon the facilities extended by our govern ment for the advancement and enlight enment of the people there. If we are to continue in control of these islands, the p< oplc must be made to understand the character and purpose of our gov ernment. and to fool the benefits of en lightened civilization nnd American liberty. This ran be accomplished tbiough the medium of cable commu nication. The advancement of our own people and the benefit of rapid communication through tho telephone, telegraph and railway lines, illustrate tho advantages and the progress that may be achieved through cable mes sages. England for 50 years has been con stantly acquiring by purchase and con struction cable communication with her vast possessions, until she has ex pended upwards of $100,000,000 for this purpose, nnd operates her own cattles connecting her colonies. England is now constructing a Pacific cable from Vancouver to Australia at n cost of nearly $9,000,000. and In order to give her tradesmen and manufacturers the benefit of this communication at tho least possible expense, has fixed a rate ot two shillings, or 50 rents, per word for cable messages from Vancouver to New Zealand. "1. therefore, contend that the Pa eifle cable should be owned, controlled nnd operated by the government of the United States. It should be made bv an American manufacturer, laid by an American ship under the American flag and operated at actual cost for the dissemination of knowledge, the prop er direction of our army and navy■, and the advancement of our trade and com merce In the Pacific. The transmis sion of communication should he held by the state. Uen CJreeJy, chief of tho signal serv ice of the war department, who has charge of the telegraphic lines owned by the government and who has given the subject careful consideration and constructed several hundred miles of cable under the control of the war de partment, the report says, estimates the entire cost of a Pacific cable, in cluding ships and all possible contin gencies. at fiO.OOo.OOO. and places the annual expense at $525,000. His judg ment is confirmed by the opinion of Rr. Adm. R R. Bradford, chief of the bu reau of equipment of the navy. A MINIATURE MINT. A Ten-Year-Old Boy Arrested Charged With Counterfeiting. Birmingham. Ala., Feb. 17.—On a charge of counterfeiting the police have arrested Ernest Matthews, a 10 year-old boy. He and ten eompanions are alleged to have received Instruc tions from an old man and established a miniature mint near the North Birm ingham Iron furnace where they manu factured spurious silver quarters from crude molds. Several of the coins were successfully passed on merchants of the city. Secret service men are work ing on the case and more arrests are expected. The coins arc made of lead and pewter. Woman Terribly Burned. Rome, fia., Feb. 17.— Kstellc Swann, the young white woman found In a burning cabin near Rome, is in the hospital here with injuries which It Is thought will prove fatal. W. 1). Barnes, who claims to be the husband of the woman, is in Jail charged with attempting to murder her and after ward burn her body. He says the woman's clothing caught from a Are <n the grate. Miss Swann declares Barnes is not her husband. Wife Murder and Suicide. Helena, Mont., Feb, 17. Harold M. Cole, a prominent citizen, connected with the American Smelting and Re fining Co., shot his wife and commit ted suicide Sunday nlghf. Mrs. Cole Is a young and handsome woman. The theory is that the husband found some correspondence belonging to his wife, that there was a quarrel and then the tragedy. Can Obviate Pain. N'ew York, Feb. 17.—Announcement has been made by Dr. C. f*. f'arroll that h*> has found a way to short dr cult the nerves by means of electric ity so that operations will be pain less. Mis theory will he explained In detail next month at s meeting of the Medico Legal society. Thoucando Killed By the Earthquake. Berlin. Feb. 17. It Is reported nere from Baku. Transcaucasia, that thou sands of persons were killed by the eiffthquake In the Rhamnka district and that the towns and villages for 20 versts around Shamaka suffered se verely. No Revolution at La Quaira. Willemstad. Island of Curacao. Fo> 17.- The Herman cruisers Veneta an/ Falkc and the Dutch cruiser Utrecht left l a Hualra Sunday The reports of revolutionary disturbances st I,a Huai ra are without foundation. J KILLED BY SAVAGES. Part of a French Scientific Party Attacked by Cannibals. The Remainder of the Mission Came Up. Opened Fire on the Canni bals and Put Them to Flight. Killing 3?. Paris. Feb. 17.— 1a Palrio publishes a letter received from M. Rouyer. a survivor of the maaaacre of u French scentifie mission by cannibals at Si lerakn. New CJulnea. January 1. M. Ronyor relates that the yacht Snl vattl. with the mission on board, had anchored otT the coast of New (Juinca and that several of the explorers land ed. ATter an apparently friendly re ception from the natives the latter treaclu.ioiuJy attacked them during the night, murdering 25 of the party including Huron Villars. Count DeSaint Homy and Mm. Hagenbeck and Vries and wounding 33. including the writer of the letter. M. Rouyer. the chief of tlie mission, and another Frenchman named Ueliner. M. Rouyer writes: *'\Vo were ail sleeping peacefully when there was a great uproar and we were attacked by hundreds of natives carrying torches. Scvernl of us were felled to the ground with clubs, hatchets and spears. Oth ers were overpowered, carried away and hound to trees. I was among this number. I received a blow on the bead from a club and fainted. When I recovered consciousness at 5 o’clock in the morning I found myself tied hand and foot and surrounded by sav ages. who, believing me to lie dead, were keeping me for themselves. I snw tlie body of Ilaron Villars near me. hound to a tree, ills body was naked, Ills head had been split open, ills eyes hail been gouged out and his groin was horribly mutilated. The Count De Saint Iteiny had been decapitated and liis head stuck on the end of a spear as a trophy. M. Hagenbock wus spit ted on a bamboo and was being roasted over a fire. The savages wore about to cut him up. I waited my fate. I was afraid to move. My head hurt me dreadfully. All around mo tlie ground uns strewn with corpses. Suddenly a great clamor arose, followed by a fu siilade. I opened my eyes and saw Dr. Koriter and the remainder of the mission from the yacht firing on the cannibals. I shouted ami the rescuers ran to me and cut the bonds which hound nie to the tree. The cannibals fled, leaving 32 dead. The clothes of M. Veyes were found, but his body was missing. He had evidently been devoured by the savages during the night.” THE LIBERAL TROOPS. Casho’s Forces Repulsed Them Twice at Agua Dulce. Pauanrn, Feb. 17.—A government soldier who was a prisoner In the camp of the liberal general. Herrera, made his escape and arrived here. He re ports that last week an Indian chief named Lorenzo attacked the govern ment forces under tho command of fieri. Castro, at Agua Dulce, and was defeated. Reinforced by 800 men sent by Gen. Herrera. Lorenzo made anoth er attack on Castro's forces and was again repulsed. The government gun boat steamed from here Sunday morn ing on the lookout for tho Nicaraguan gunboat Momotomho. which Is believed to be bringing coal, provisions and am munition to the liberals. ON HIS WEDDING TOUR. Edward McFarland, Leading Resident of Hawaii, Dies in Chicago. Chicago, Feb. 17.— Edward McFar land, a leading resident of Hawaii and proprietor of the Royal Hawaiian ho tel, died Sunday at the Auditorium ho tel from acute pneumonia. Mr. McFar land waa married but two weeks ago to Miss Florence Ballinger, of San Francisco. The couple were on route to New York on their wedding tour when Mr. McFarland contracted a se vere cold which developed Into pneu monia. The body will be taken to San Francisco for burial. The Transport Wright. Manila. Feb. 17.— The United States transport Wright, which sank In 15 feet of water November 28 last, by striking an uncharted rock at the en trance of San Jacinto harbor and which was successfully raised this month, has arrived at Cavite In tow of the gunboat Wompatuck. The Wright has six holes In her bottom which nave Ireen temporarily patched. She will he dry-docked Immediately. Four Lives Lost in a Collision. Marshalltown, la , Feb. 17.- Four lives were lost In a head on collision on the Iowa Central one mile north >f Gifford Hnuday, a light engine, north bound, crashing Into a passenger train. \ number of passengers were slightly Injured. Engineer Frew, of the light engine, should hsve cleared the pas senger train at Gifford, but for som » reason did not do so. Evangelist Needham Dies Suddenly. Philadelphia. Feb. 17.- Rev. George "arter Needham, the noted evangelist, died suddenly of neuralgia of the heart at hlR home at Narberth. a suburb of this city. He returned last week from a three week's evangelistic campaign through Tennessee. Queen to Sign Treaty. Madrid. Feh. 17.—Tho queen regent signed the treaty of friendship witn the United States Monday. Gen. Way ler. the minister of wsr. will sunmit tu the eortes a proposal to reduQ* th« ' Spanish army by fo A FIFTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS. Washington. Feb. 11. — Senate — Throughout nearly the entire seas'. of the senate Monday the Philippic* tariff bill was under consideration. Mr. Turner (Wash.) concluded hia speech begun last Friday on the legal and constitutional phases of the Phil ippine question. A bill was introduced by Senator Cullom giving to the Span ish claims committee the same i>ow «r to compel the attendance of clnimnnt.-i and witnesses and to require the pro duction.of papers that is exercised by circuit and district courts. Authority Is conferred on the commission to pun ish for contempt. House—General debate on the oleo margarine Hilt was closed Monday. The friends or the bill have decided to offer an amendment to make the ten cent tax apply to oleomargarine in imitation of butter “of any shade of yellow.'* Washington Feb. 12.—Senate—A stirring debate on the general Philip pine que tlon «a precipitated In the senate late Tuesday, the principal par ticipants being Mr. Platt (Ct.) and Mr. Hoar (Mass.). Mr. Teller (Col.) had concluded for the day his argument against the enactment of the pending Philippine tariff hill. Karly in the day the senate passed a joint resolution submitting a constitutional amend ment changing the time of presiden tial inaugurations and the termina tion and cemmeneement of congresses from the 4th of March to the last 1 luirsdny in April. The senate agreed to a conference on the pension ap propriation bill. Mouse 1 he voting on amendment* to the oleomargarine hill Tuesday in dicated a considerable change of sen timent since last congress, when the bill bad 106 majority. While passage oi the (dll is not endangered, it is not likely that the majority Wednesdav, when the final vote Is taken, will ex ceed 30. in committee or the whole two important amendments were adopted, one providing that nothing in tlie act. should Im construed to pre vent the manufacture and sulc of oleo margarine in any• state for consump tion entirely within such state, ami the other to provide for the inspection and branding of renovated or process butter. Hills introduced: To provide tor the selection of a site for a Unite ! States naval station and dry dock on or near Sabine Pass, or the Neelies or Sabine river, Texas; requiring the pay ment of two per cent, interest on .gov ernment funds In national banks. Washington. Feb. 13.—Senate—With the exception of a sharp clash between Mr. Lodge and Mr. Pattorson over the matter of admission of representatives ot the press to the Investigation which tho Philippine committee is conduct ing. the discussion of the Philippine tariff .hill in the senate Wednesday was quiet. House Tho house passed the oleo margarine 1)1 II. There was no dlvisio'i on the final passage, the real test of strength having been made on a mo tion to recommit, which wns defeated by a majority vote or 34. The provis ion to require tho inspection and branding of renovuted butter, which was adopted in committee of tho wl*ol j Tuesday, was retained on an aye ami nay vote. War claims occupied the attvntion of tile house after tho pas sage of the oleomargarine 1)111 and the day was made notable for the pas sage of the first, hill for the payments of claims of United States citizens arising out of the Spanish war. It car ried something over $56,000 for the payment of 202 claims for property ta ken within the United States for the use of the army. An omnibus hill car rying Haims aggregating $2,114,662 for stores and supplies taken from loyal citizens during the civil war also was passed. Washington, Feb. 14.— Senate_ While no definite agreement has been reached a vote on tho Philippine tariff hill in the senate seems to he In sight It appears likely. Judging from a dls’ mission of the subject late In the day'H session, that the vote may he had next week, although the matter yet Is In volved in some uncertainty. House The house unanimously adopted a resolution proposing au amendment to the constitution of th*» United .States for the election of sona tors by direct popular vote. There was no demand for time to debate the question. This Is the fourth time th'« house has adopted a similar resolu tion. Hills passed: To provide for the payment of the claims of confed erate officers and soldiers whos» horses, side arms and baggage wero taken from them by union soldiers contrary to the terms of the surrender of Lee's and Johnson’s armler. The amount to be paid under the bill was limited to $.",0,000: to confer on the .Spanish claims commission authority to send for persons and papers and to punish for contempt. Washington, Feb. 15.—Senate—The bill rreHtlnv, a permanent census office was under onslderatlon Friday for a time, but was not disposed of finally. After the pansage of a large number of private pension bills, the senate etilo srl'.ed the Ilf® and character of the late Representative Rroslus (Pa.). I louse- During the day 127# private pension hills were passed In 37 min utes. House adjourned until Monday. The monotony of a private pension day of the house was enlivened by a sensational spepch from Mr. Wheeler (Ky.) in denunciation of what he de nominated “flunkeyism” to foreign countries. He took the recent state ments emanating from continental cabinets regarding the attitude of Great Britain during the Hnanfsh war as a text for a wholesale attack upon tho trend of our recent diplomacy. Marino Hospitals. Washington, Fob. 15.—Bills estab lishing marine hospitals at Pittsburg and at Savannah, Oa.. wore ordered fa vorably reported by the house com mittee on commerce. fieri. Egbert Brown Expirea. West Plains, Mo., Feb. 12.—Gen. Eg bert Brown, who was in command of the tinion troops at Brazos. Tex., In the last battle of the civil war, after peace had be*u declared, died here Tuesday, aged So years. His burial will be at Cuta, Mo. Schiey In Silver. Baltimore. Feb. 12.- A so'id stiver statuette of Re. Adm. Schley *ix Inches high has been received by 1 ddor ner. counsel for tte admiral Mr. nor has no Idea wh-> sent hti statuette.