, E W&SSSZWWKKLIXGh \\r. VA., WtiDXESDAV, MAY 12.1897.VOL. 35: NO. 803.
v. Note Presented to Minister
ms Are Accepted Under
L on-lit Ions Imposed Greece
. 3 Her Interests to the
, — S eps Taken at Con
ple t o Cheek the Advance
c Turkish Army.
May H.—A collective note ]
acts on the subject of mcdi- I
i presented to the Greek I
r foreign affairs, M. Skou
the Russian minister here,
1: is said that the Greek gov
.. accepted the conditions
has confided its interest to
: the powers.
asures. it is further stated,
at Constantinople to-day to
vther advance of the Turkish
a r the command cf Edhem
ive note of the powers is to
a mg effect: "Upon a formal
r. by Greece that she will re
t-oops and agree to such an
regime for Crete as the
heir wisdom shall deem best,
unreservedly the counsels
’A. rs. they will intervene in the
matic pourparlers which
proceeding all the morning
brought to a definite conclu
.. has formally adhered to
. uiinaries of peace as agreed
. ”.v- • n the powers, and the heads
different legations have received
trances invesitng them with
treat with Turkey. Nego
ens are regarded as cou
.. \thens correspondent of The
r Chronicle says: "The real and
..use f 'he Greek retreat to Phar
= i was the blunder of one who mis
it of the i nemy for a tor
v i: vernent designed to outflank
i; ,vks, and therefore ordered a
treat. Crown Prince Constan
l.arissa because he believed
• \ >ggerated reports of danger to
•' .>s. It is a fact, however, that
evening of the retreat Edhem
desp.i ring of breaking the
■ da special messenger to '
it The state of tba i
meat was bIb
i terror reigned at the
’ . l f Kimberly, the Liberal
\d . •• in t •* House of Lords, asked i
Greece had an
• w ingness to withdraw
i , • ere, and whether
bad requested t powers to medi
u t»j Turkey. The Marquis of Salis- ,
•\ • ' that the Greek govein
• 1 ! n t asked for mediation, but
• nf that government bad ex
... >. desire for mediation. The
r, k g \ ornment as a whole, the pre
>d. did not intend, to the best
. l ef. to ask for mediation. The
L . \ eminent does not conceive
■ will be consistent with its posi
• promise an immediate and in
• • withdrawal of the Greek
• s from Crete, but he (Lord Salis
mderstood that the Greek gov
» is preparing to say that it will
■ \y jrs troops from Crete in the
v distant future. Continuing,
juis of Salisbury said: "I am
m say that I do not think this
_•• is entirely satisfactory to all
: .vers. Our instructions have been
• n in any procedure for the purpose
• ■ •ring upon mediation which is
s p-nhle to the oth^r powers. In our
•he main point is to arrest as far
». • ....'hie the effusion of blood, and we
- v. rv particular about the forms.
• -tp' exceedingly that the Greek
ment is more particular about
• •' • ■; than the circumstances in the
FOUGHT WITH VALOR.
Troop* Provfd Thpiuwlvw
: '■oUtir r* «t Vele»tino I utlcr tieneral
■ York. May 11.—The Journal
■h;« a cable dispatch from its
v »ndent who witnessed the bat
? \V>siino. where Gen. Smolenski
uck the forces of Edhem
■ .at. The dispatch says:
>’ino has proved that the Greek
rs when well led can cope suc
'• with the Turks even though
r :r?-.: * r» <1. This battle has proved ,
’ " - I fighters, long fighters .and
To be sure the army retreated
V■ V.-tino. but it was no fault of
The commander bit his
: i i ursed when the order came
He knew that his army
:■'!>• within its grasp. For
;.i\s he had been holding the
ti h*. k. killing them as fast as
upon him. In the middle of
' rion of victory came the or
frived at nooa of the second
roll of musketry was tre
s From a distance It was like
. loth: nearer it sounded like .
roof and close up it was just
sh after crash. It was more
than the roar of Niagara
than thunder or avalanche—
‘ had the wonder of human
ghter of the Turks was enor
fire of the Greeks was so
'he Turkish soldiers while
1 ! led ‘heir eyes with their
K ght charges the Turks
' *hey were repulsed each time,
f* Turkish cavalry even at*
■ enemy on a steep, rocky
;nsane. wicked squadrons
1 fully annihilated. Scatter
uts slid slowly back, leaving i
'ck with wounded and dead <
h rses. From a distance it j
t ~ une. There was no blood.
'n. uo horror'to be seen,
'uults of tha*Turks resulted
• '■v to them. The Greek troops
ith steadiness, never tired,
tplained. It was a magnifi
i'ion. The Greeks fought
' t.*' with the artillery fire on
in a musketry lull, but no
n.Ied anything. The Turks
feat numbers and fought ac
t ,t - t she precepts of their religion.
- Greeks were never daunted
a::d whipped them well. Some times
it was fighting among gaunt Ir’ls, some
times fighting on green pi- but al
ways the Greeks held th' A .on.
When night came s* .st infre
quently. lighting r’ .ness. By
the red flashes Is .ounded taken
to Yolo. Thej- cry little outcry
among them .A were mostly silent,
v- ip _
A Force\ i 3.000 >lcn Sent Forward to
Lamia. May 11.—Two thousand
Turk> have been sent to Lake Nezero,
south of Domokos, to close the road
l). tween Domokos and this port. An
| outpost skirmish occurred near Domo
! kos yesterday morning.
Three thousand Greeks have been
I dispatched to reinforce the Greek troops
! at Domokos. The efforts of the Greek
commanders are directed toward pre
: venting the Turks from surrounding
Domokos. This latter is apparently
the plan of Edhem Pasha, and would
possibly result in the capture of the
main body of the Greek troops under
the Crown Prince Constantine.
The Offer or Mediation Accepted By
London. May 11.—In the House of
Ci.mmoi s to-day the first lord of the
treasury, A. J. Balfour, announced that
instructions had been received this
morning from all the representatives
of the powers at Athens, saying that
mediation between Turkey and Greece
had been offered to the latter country
and had been accepted by the Greek
Women and Children Massacred and Ml*
London. May 12,—The Athens corres
i pondent of the Daily Chronicle says:
M. Ftalli. the premier, showed me to-day
dispatches and r ports from Col. Manos
an»l various civil authorities in Epirus,
stating that fourteen villages between
Ton lour and Kastroskviaz have been
burned by the Turks after all the wo
men and children had been massacred.
Xot a stone cf the village of Kam
arina is left standing. The men fought
like lions in defense of the women, who
sought refuge in the woods and caves of
Mount Zalongos. and when chased by
} the Turks jumped from precipices to
avoid capture and dishonor.
TEXT OF THE NOTES.
ATHENS. May 11.—Following is the text
of the note of the powers:
• The representatives of France. Italy.
Great Britain. Germany and Austria.
irge M Onou. the representative of
Russia and the Dean of the Diplomatic
Corps, to declare In the name of their re
spective governments that the powers are
ready to offer mediation with the view to
| obtain an armistice and smooth the dif
ficulties actually existing between Greece
tnd Turkey, on condition that the Hel
j 'enie government declares that it will pro
I r ed to recall its troops from Crete, ad
I (e re formally to autonomy for Crete and
a vep: unreservedly the counsels which
the powers may give in the interests of
The reply of the Greek government was
“The royal government, in taking the
note and declaration of the Russian rep
resentative. acting in the name of the min
. isters of the powers, declares that It will
I proceed to recall the royal troops from
] Cr-to. tdheres formally to autonomy for
i Cr* te. and confide thr interests of Greece
| to the hands of the powers.”
Ol'T OFF ARMS AND REGS.
ARTA. May 11.—It is reported that the
Turks have severed the arms and kgs of
all the Greeks found in a village on the
plain of Louros and left the mutilated
bode • by the roadside to terrorize the pop
ALL GLAD TO SEE PEACE.
London. May 11.—Up to the present
there is no sign of a revolution or of a
definite anti-dvnastic movement at
Athens. The people appear to tie re
lieved at the prospect of mediation and
will be only too glad to see peace re
MAY HE POSTPONED.
The foncroittluiml-lliiuip of C'oiujions
( hr<n Match—Pillabury to Coach.
WASHINGTON. May 11.—Mr. Pearson,
the chairman of the congressional com
mittee on the cable match at chess be
tv. < n the House of Representatives anti
t A N.
i\ In his absence Messrs. Shannon and
Handy, of the committee, requested Mr.
John D. Elwell. of Brooklyn, who is in
\\ isl : gton. to telegraph Harry N. Pllls
bury, the champion chess player, to come
here to-day and coach the American team
for the match. This is set for the l.th
inst.. but it may be postponed for a week
to allow a little, longer practice. When
here it is expected that Pillsbury will give
an exhibition of blindfold chess play, play
ing eight games simultaneously, for the
benefit of the prize fund of the Ladies- In
ternational Chess Tournament, which will
take place at the Hotel Cecil. In London,
OHIO BILL POSTERS MEET. •
Special to the R< gister.
Steubenville. Ohio. May 11. The
’ Ohio Association of Bill Posters met in
the Opera House here to-day and be
sides the transaction of considerable
business, elected officers:
President. C. S .Bryan. Cleveland;
vice president. S. E. Ribert. Galeon:
secretary W\ Terrell. Lima; treasurer.
ti B Oliver. Findlay; delegates to na
tional convention, S. E Ribert Galeon:
r 1 Vogle Steubenville; H. L. Futon,
Bellaire. Sidney was chosen as the
place of meeting for next year.
THE MrRnF.RER LOCATED. •
Milwaukee, May n.-R^hard Ashby.
a farmer of the town of 1-rankbn. Ka
? ne “untv. reache 1 Racine at IrM this
afternoon and report-.1 that Pouch the
triple murderer, -vis at ha> ntar
Franksville. surrounded by a cot don ot
citizens. The sheriff and deputies have
gone to the scene.
STOLE A BICYCLE.
Special to the Register.
Marietta. Ohio. May 11.—TVilliam
Willis to-day plead guilty to an indict
ment charging him with stealing a
bicycle, and was sentenced by Judge
Jones to eighteen months imprisonment
in the penitentiary.
The Senate Devotes a Day to the Dis
cussion of Morgan’s Resolution.
The Matter Comes Up Again To
Day for Further Consideration.
Morrill and Caffrey Against the
Resolution, Lodge and Foraker
Favor Delay and Mills and Al
ien Want Immediate Action.
Valuable Information from Con
sul General Lee--Preeident Sends
Washington, May 11.—The Cuban
question occupied the entire attention
of the Senate to-day, the debate taking
a wide range and at times becoming
spirited when comparisons were made
between the attitude of the former ad
ministration and the present on the
subject of Cuba. Senators Morrill, of
Vermont, and Caffery, of Louisiana,
spoke in opposotion to the resolution,
Senators Lodge, of Massachusetts, and
Foraker, of Ohio, advocated deferring
the question until further information
could be secured from the State depart
ment., and Senators Mills, of Texas, and
j Allen of Nebraska, urged the immediate
! passage of the resolutions. The debate
went over until to-morrow.
During the debate in the Senate on
the Morgan Cuban resolution to-day. a
strong plea was made for its reference
to the Committee on Foreign Relations
on the ground that the State depart
meat is in possession of recent official
information on the Cuban question
which it is considered should be con
sulted before action is taken by the
Senate. This information consists in
the main of a report by Consul General
Let.-, dated the latter part of April, in
wh-c-h he deals with the general Bitua
tio-i and presents all the facts at his
command without making any recom
mendations as to the policy to be pur
sued by this government. Gen. Lee
states that the insurgents are not in
creasing in numbers but that according
to the most trustworthy information at
hand there are more of them now than
when he went to the island. He ex
plains the apparent want of organiza
tion by the statement that it is against
the Cuban policy to conduct the war
after the accepted modern idea on this
den. Lee also dwells upon the con
dition' of affairs in the island. The
document is of a private nature, hut
while it could not be presented to file
Senate it is believed that it would he
accessible to the committee.
The President to-day sent to the Senate
a report by the Secretary of Staie con
tai ting the State Department s transla
tion of letters written by Gen. Gomez, of
the Cuban army, to President Cleveland In
February last, and to President McKinley
In March, appealing for the sympathy
and support of this country. The letters
are the same which were published six
weeks or two months ago. differing only
on account of the fact that translations
were evidently made by different persons.
In the same communication the Secre
tary takes up the report that the Cuban
authorities have refused to permit the
consul of the 1'nlted States at S.tgua la
Grande to communicate with Consul Gon
eiv.l Lee at Havana by means of cipher
He says the consul did receive such pro
hibition from the mayor of Sague ir
Gmiide, but that the mayor was promptly
reprimanded upon a protest by General
Lee. by the Governor General. A copy of
the Governor General's letter is transmit
ted. He says the mayor misinterpreted
his instructions not to allow personal
cipher dispatches to be sent without seeing
the code used, but that in orckr to avoid a
repetition of such acts he has ordered
that "the mayor be severely reprimanded
and that the governors and mayors be
hereafter instructed not to obstruct official
telegrams addressed to l nited States 1 ow
mercial agents or consuls in this island
and their superior® or Inferiors.”
The Secretary says this terminated the
incident, and that since this occurrence
neither the department nor the United
States consuls in Cuba have experienced
any difficulty in the matter of telegraphic
A LIBERAL VICTORY.
The Conservatives Completely Routed in
the Oucbec Provincial Elections.
MONTREAL, May ll.-The Quebec pro
vincial elections took place to-day and
resulted in a complete overthrow of the
Conservative r-irty. In the *1ast Legisla
ture the parties stood: Conservatives^;
Liberals ZO. These figures have been re
versed as a result of to-day's election, the
Liberals having elected fifty members,
with a probability of 53, and the Conserva
tives about 20. Among the prominent
Conservatives defeated are Ct. A. Naiitel,
commissioner of public works, and Louis
Beaubin, commissioner of agriculture.
The hsues of the campaign were for the
most part local. The Liberals fought hard
for power, telling the voters that a victory
for their party in Quebec would strengthen
the hands of the Freneh-Canadian prem
i r Wilfred Laurier. Clerical influence
played only a small part in me election,
although a number of the Liberals elect
ed openly pledged themselves to secure
free public schools to be controlled b> the
people alone, and In this way out-agonized
th eclergv in several parts of the pro
vince. Both partir* were pledged to an ex
tension of the public school system in the
province and the expenditure of a much
larger sum of money for this purpose than
has heretofore been expended. The vic
tory of the Liberals in this province to-day
puts that party in control of the provin
cial legislatures of all the great provinces
of the dominion, as well as the dominion
WANT A CURFEW7 ORDINANCE.
Special to the Register.
Charleston, W. Va.. May 11. At a
citizens mass meeting to-night a cur
few ordinance was framed and a com
mittee was appointed to present the
same to the City Council and secure
| its passage.
THE WAR IN fiUBA.
Gfn. Gomez Is Reported to Have Approach
ed Within Thirty .Mites of Havana.
NEW YORK, May ll.-The Sun's Ha
vana correspondent sends the following:
Eighty wounded SnanUh soldiers have
been brought to Havana. It is believed
that they fought in a battle against Gen.
Gomez. It is said Gomez is in Havana pro
vince, and that a big battle was fought
yesterday near Guines, thirty miles from
the city of Havana, in wtiich the Spaniards
were routed with heavy losses. At an
earlier hour excitement was created here
by the news that Gen. Gomez was at Ber
meja. in Matanzas province, less than fif
teen miles from the border of the province
of Havana. The Havana authorities de
nied the fact in a semi-official way. and
asserted that th< Cuban chief at Bermeja
was Gen. Quintin Banderas, with his
force of infantry from Orient: but Quintin
Banderas happens to be in I’inar del Rio
province, and another report was received
here confirming the news of Gen. Gomez s
presence so near Havana.
The entire guerrilla force of Bermeja
was captured by Gen. Gomez, and ten.
Spanish soldiers who belonged to the guer
rillas wore Fet free by the Cuban leader.
They returned to the Spanish outposts,
declaring that the commander of the Cu
ban forces, who had a talk with them,
was Gen. Gomez himself. They declare
that he has about 2,000 well armed men. al
most all cavelry. It is said among the Cu
ban soldiers that the Cuban general. Fran
cisco Carrillo, is following Gomez with 3,
OOO men, and that ho is probably in about
the centre c? Matanzas province.
Tin Bermeja guerrilla band captured by
Gen. Gomez was composed of 42 men. 32.'of
them being Cubans employed hv the Span
ish government on account of their knowl
edge of the country. Gen. Gomez freed
the ten Spaniards of the guerrillas and
ordered the 32 Cubans to be hanged on the
spot as traitors to their country. 1 he or
der was immediately executed.
THE FLOOD SITUATION.
Excitement Caused at the Different Points
fly Drealcsin theEevce*.
NEW ORLEANS, May 11.—With a
slightly falling river and tine weather the
levee excitement is greater than at any
previous time. The Raton Rouge break
at the Burton lumber mills naturally hods
first? place. The* break this morning will
make it doubtful if a levee can be built
around the danger spots, or whether the
whole upper portion of the Pontchartraln
line, running from Baton Rouge to Now
Orleans, will be endangered by back
water. The latest news from the break In
the Burton levee shows a large force of
men at work there, and the hope Is enter
tained by those on the spot that the flow
of water will be checked before night.
Excitement was caused by the partial
failure of the new’ work upon the site of
the old Davis crevasse, considerable of
the box levee built by the railroads and
planters giving way. New work was start
ed this morning with .W men, and the
struggle will be interesting. The situation
at Bayou Lafcuroho. where many rich
sugar plantations are situated, has also
grown more critical, and after to-day no
more steamboats will be allowed to enter
the stream until the water subsides.
A Drunken Peace Disturber. When
Asked to Behave. Fires Five Bul
lets Into a Crowd.
Logan. Ohio. May 11.—A double mur
der was committed Monday night at
Longstreth. a small mining town near
here Abgut 10:30. while an ice cream
festival was in progress at the church,
Arthur Barber, of Monday, a mining
village two miles front Longstieth,
while intoxicated, entered the church
and raised a disturbance. 1 pon being
ordered to leave he drew a rc\ol\cr and
fired seven shots into the crowd. Five
of the balls entered the body of “Dunk”
Christian, killing him. Charistian's
fiither received the other two tosl 1 s *uui
is dying. During the excitement fol
lowing the shooting Barber escaped. A
posse of miners are scouring the coun
try for the murderer, and he may be
lynched if caught. _
Shake t lie Island* of Guadalaape and
Montserrat an« Cause Many Iteaths.
New York, May 11.—The Journal
savs earthquakes are shaking the is
lands of Guadaloupe and Montserrat of
the leeward group, in the \\ est Indies.
\t Antigua, fifty colored people were
killed and buried in the ruins of their
houses. In a brick church a congre
gation of 200 people were caught by the
collapse of the walls and fifty crushed
to death. Twenty-five or thirty people
lost their lives at Point-A-I itre.
TO WHOM DID HE REFER?
London. May 12~A dispatch to the
Daily News from Berlin sa>s that Em
peror William has attended the conse
cration of two new churches and pre
sented to each a bible containing his
autograph and a text of scripture In
one case the text s from the Gospel
according to St. John, t hapter - ,
Verse 5: "For without ine ye can do
In the second, the text is from the
book of Jeremiah. Chapter HI, Ve«
•>o. -obey mv voice and I will be your
| God and ye shall be my people."
NOMINATED BY THE PRESIDENT.
Washington. Ma7rH.^The President
! to-day sent the following nominations
^T^bfconsuls of the United States
Albion W. Tourgee of New ^ orfc. at
Bordeaux. France; Sidney B Everett.
« “j. S
Smls. wKriSrf Ephr'am
HARRISON CmCHT COURT.
S;'"drThe ™"o^ainS, property own.
Jur-V: 11 , .,.Jnrr in property to asses
Ss we?e argued to-day. A number of
sors were • , aea|nst property own
nonees were ap i
i ers to condemn tnen
IN THE FOURTH.
Congressman Miiicr Recommends the Ap
pointment of Postmasters and Pension
Special to the Register.
WASHINGTON*. D. C., May ll.-On
Congressman Miller's recommendation,
the following boards of pension examining
surgeons have been appointed in his dis
At Huntington—Drs. H. A. Rrandenberg,
G. R. I.esage and A. J. Reardsley.
At Winfield. Putnam county—Urs. Jos.
Mayer. J. Y. Martin and James McGill.
Congressman Miller has recommended
the appointment of the following postman
ters in the Fourth district:
Goose Creek—John A. Garrison
Goffs-E. C. Goff.
St. Mary’s—A. M. Cole.
Glenwood—J. W. Starkey.
Sarah—A. H. Melrose.
Lubcck—J. W. Robinson.
Saulsbury—D. O. Mozena.
Genoa—T. A. Howell.
Wasp—Thomas C. Davis.
Teays—J. H. Smallridge.
Horseneck—John C. Malone.
Buff—John A. House.
Reedyville—L. A. Rober.
Marshall—John J. Miller.
OFFICIAL TRIALS ORDERED.
Navy Department Instructs That Tests of
the Wheeling and Marietta Be Made.
WASHINGTON. May ll.-The Navy De
partment has sent out Instructions to San
Francisco for the trial of the two gun
boats Marietta and Wheeling, built by tho
Union Iron Works. The date of the trips
is left open, so as to permit weather con
ditions to be regarded in making the runs.
Captain Sumner will be president of the
John A. Ccler. of Glencoe, Pa.. Jumps
From a Rapidly Moving Train in :
In anElfort to Kill Himself.
Baltimore, Md., May 11.—John A.
Coler. of Glencoe, Pa., under sentence
to serve fifteen years in the Maryland
penitentiary for forging Union Pacific
bonds, made a desperate and probably
successful attempt to commit suicide j
to-day by jumping from an express
train on the Baltimore and Ohio rail
way while the train was going at full
speed. Coler was sentenced yesterday
in Cumberland, Md., and almost imme
diately after took poison in the jail, but
was pumped out and a deputy sheriff
started this morning to bring him to
Baltimore. He was handcuffed to the
deputy, but made an excuse to leave his
seat, and upon returning struck his
captor a terrific blow with his manacled
hand and before he could be stopped
sprang through a window. The train
was stopped and Coler was found lying
beside the track unconscious. The
physicians at the Maryland general hos
pital say he sustained injuries which
will probably prove fatal. He had pre
viously served nine years in another
State for forgery.
For West Virginia Tow ns. Appointed Yes
terday—A Big List.
Special to the Register.
WASHINGTON. D. C., May 11.—Of the
57 fourth class postmasters appointed to
day. 35 were in West Virginia. Those ap
pointed have all been announced In the
Register as having been recommended for
the places by the meml>ers of Congress.
INSPECTING THE B. A O.
The Receivers and Chief Executive Officers
to he in Wheeling To Hay.
Pittsburg, Ta., May ll.-Receiver
John K. Cowan and Oc-ar G. Murray,
of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, ac
companied by their chief executive offi
cers. arrived here to-day on their semi
annual inspection tour of the road. One
of the objects the receivers have in
view in making this inspection trip is
to make a curtailment of expenses
wherever possible without lessening the
standard of the service. The new pol
icy of the Baltimore and Ohio is some
thing which the road has never known
before. By November 1. next, there
will have been spent for improvements
and betterments fully $9,500,000.
The inspection party will leave for
Wheeling in the morning.
MRS. COWLES SEEKING DINORCE.
NEW YORK. May ll.-The Herald to
day says: Eugene Cowles, the basso of the
Bostonians, is the defendant In a suit for
limited divorce brought by his wife. Mrs.
Cowles, through her counsel. Col. George
instituted proceedings for divorce
some weeks ago. The matter was kept
quiet, and instead of an open court hear
ing August C. Brown was appointed ref
eree to take testimony and report to the
court whether, in his Judgment, a decree
of divorce should issue or not. Private
hearings at Mr. Brown's office are being
held. Friends of the couple say that In
compatibility 1^ the cause of the separa
BODY FOUND IN A WELL.
M A HO NY CITY. Pa., May 11.—The body
of Anthony Konitskuski, swollen nnd di.
flgured. was fished from a 20-foot well in
Boston village to-day. Appearances
Indicate that he met his death by violence.
The well Is the main supply of the fien In
habitants of New Boston village, and Kon
itskuski's remains have in all probability
lain there at least two weeks.
EMPEROR WILLIAM’S CONTRIBU
Paris Mav 11.—Emperor William, of
Germany iias instructed the German
ambassador here. Count von Munstt*
Ledenburg. to remit the sum of 10,000
francs ($2,000) to the committee of the
yir C. Sohnepf. the Opera House drug
gist, made the following observations of
the weather yesterday: 7 a. m., 9 a.
m.. ©I 12 m.. SO; 3 P- m.. S2; 7 p. m.. 69.
WASHINGTON. May 11.—For West Vir
ginia-Threatening weather with rain;
southerly winds, becoming westerly.
For Western Pennsylvania and Ohio
Threatening weather with showers: cooler,
light southerly winds, becoming wester.j.
The House Considers Amendments to
the Sundry Civil Bill*
President Cleveland s Forest Res
ervation Order Draws Forth
Speeches from Numerous West
ern Members—Mr.Hartman Gives
His Opinion of Cleveland’s Ca
pacity for Making Mistakes.
Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian
Treaty Under Discussion.
Washington, May 11.—The considera
tion of the Senate amendments to the
sundry civil appropriation bill was fin
ished by the House to-day and the bill
sent to a conference. President Cleve
land’s forest reservation order was the
subject of much debate and the House
voted not to concur in the Senate
amendment to annul the order with the
understanding that the conference
should arrange an amendment which
would have the same effect.
The debate on this subject followed
closely the lines of that of yesterday.
It was participated in almost exclusive
ly by Western members, who pointed
out the injury to present 9ettlers that
would result if President Cleveland*
order should become operative. Sev
eral amendments were offered but with
Short speeches criticizing President
Cleveland’s order were made by Messrs.
Underwood, (Dem., Alabama*), Ellis,
(Hep., Oregon), Knowles, (Pop., South
Dakota), Lacey, (Hep., Iowa), Brucker,
(Dem., Michigan), Devries, (Dem., Cal
ifornia), Bailey, (Dem., Texas), and Mr.
Hartman, (Hep., Montana). Mr. Lacey
remarked that Mr. Hartman assumed
that President McKinley would repeat
the mistakes of President Cleveland.
“I don’t think there is any man on
the face of the earth such a blunder
head that he could make one thous
andth part of the mistakes made by
President Cleveland,” retorted Mr.
Hartman. “I did not support President
McKinley, but thank God he is an
American President, and the first one
we have had in four years.”
Mr. Lacey withdrew the amendment
proposed by him yesterday, other pend
ing amendments were withdrawn and
the House voted 100 to 39 to non-con
cur in the Senate amendment with the
understanding that instructions be
made to the conferees later.
The most interesting debate was on
the appropriation of $50,000 to improve
Pearl harbor in the Hawaiian islands,
which was rejected by a vote of 85 to
53. Mr. Hitt, of Illinois, past and pros
pective chairman of fhe committee on
foreign affairs, earnestly urged the im
portance of taking steps to aonflrm the
title of this government, to the harbor
in view of the Senate proposal to abro
gate the Hawaiian treaty.
Mr. Hitt said the Senate has now be
fore it a bill which will abrogate the
reciprocity treaty. There is a conten
tion on the part of the Hawaii govern
ment—and that contention would be
supported with the utmost support that
could he given by the governments of
Great Britain and Japan—that the
grant in the supplemental convention
would fall with the origina treaty and
thus we would lo9e Pearl harbor.
The treaty in which is pressed the
consideration granted to the United
States for the favor of reciprocity says
expressly that it shall coutinue while
that treaty is in force. That consider
ation was the absolute exclusion of all
other governments in the world from
any right to lease or hold any part of
the territory of the Hawaiian Islands.
1 do not wish to discuss the question
of annexation, for I think it has noth
ing whatever to do witli this question.
We have tried for thirty years to se
cure naval stations in many parts of
the world, and not one have we to-day.
The navy of Great Britain, which is so
powerful, can be placed in any part of
the globe and be within reach of sup
plies as well as facilities for repair. Our
nation in case of war would be helplesa
as soon as its coal ran out. In the Pa
cific ocean the groat powers of the
world—England. France. Germany,
Spain—all possess one, two, ten. twenty
spots from which to fit out ships that
would devastate our coast.
Now, if that treaty fails—if R is abro
gated—Great Britain will instantly
press for new' relations with Hawaii.
Instantly Japan will be pressing, and
fiercely pressing. In the telegrams of
this morning I read that the cruiser
Ninevah has already arrived at Hawaii
to press threatening claims upon that
feeble government. We have here a
moment in which by this small expen
diture we can put our foot down and
do more than have a hypothetical right,
to have something more than a con
tention in a diplomatic discussion, to
plant our flag at the entrance of that
liver, and it will not come down In a
thousand years. (Loud applause).
Mr. Cannon replied to Mr. Hitt, say
ing that this government was in no dan
ger if Congress did not make the ap
propriation at this session.- The harbor
had been granted to the United States,
absolutely for all time, he said, and
was as much our property as any harbor
on the Pacific coast. The appropria
tion was not sufficient to buy a foot of
land or begin a naval station. Mr. ( an
non did not believe in magnifying the
importance of these international mat
ters and becoming frightened at this or
Mr Cummings, (Dem., N. V), spoke
earnestly in favor of the appropriation.
“I have faith enough in the patriotism
of President McKinley.” he said, "to
believe that before he leaves the White
House the Hawaiian islands will he an
integral part of this republic.” (Repub
The vote was then taken on Mr. Hitt _
motion to concur in the Senate amend
ment which failed by a vote of 53 to 8a.
The Pearl harlmr amendment was
sent to conferenee.
The House ratified the action of the
committee of the whole on the various
amendments except that for continuing
the investigation of the seal fisheries,
on which the House, at the suggesti 3
of Mr. Sayers, reversed the action and
accepted the amendment. Messrs. Can
non. Sayers and W. A. Stone of Penn
sylvania. were appointed conferee* am?
then, at 5:30, the House adjourned unit
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