i;il'E 2c!^^--_ AVMEEL1NQ. W VA- FRIDA Y MAY -21 1897._VOL. 35; NO. S1A
;cr the Belligerency of the
xl by the Senate by an Over
. . ng Majority—Only Fourv
aators Voted Against the
tre, of Whom Twelve Were
iicans—Cuban Affairs Fur- ,
the House a Subject, Also,
IS -ter Partisan Debate Fol-1
a the Presentation of the
-Alleged That McKinley
Dicker on Foot to Secure
• 1 impendence of Cuba.
■ ::on. May 20.—The lorg and
mate on the joint resolution
^ the existence of a state of
a and declaring that strict
shall be maintained by the
S: .tps passed the Senate by
.-tv vote of 41 to 14 at a late
f afternoon. The announee
:he vote was received with tu
> applause, which drew from
Hawley an emphatic protest
mob demonstration.” The
n as passed is as follows:
• d. etc., that a condition of
.tr exists between the govern
>pain and the government pro
. and for some time maintained
. f arms by the people of Cuba,
• he United Slates of America
main a strict neutrality be
• • contending parties, according
i' 1 he rights of belligerents in
and territory of the United
. m the final passage of the
a was as follows:
M - -r«. Bacon. Bate. Berry.
, - Butler. Carter. Chandler.
,rk. Clay. Cockrell. Cul
Ii ■ sblOUgh. Harris ( Kan
Jor»-s (Arkansas). Ken
v. M' Bride. .Mantle, Mason.
M s'. Pascoe. Pettigrew,
ar ! Shoup. Stew-j
. . Tinman. Turner. Turple.
A . Burrows. Cattery. Fair
Hale. Hanna. Hawley,
S w ■ ingtoa. Wetmoee.
\\ .. W.Ison—14.
An ana..^.' if the vote shows that
u ,:T: . was cast by IS Republi
, .as U* 1 ’• in ;ati and 4 Populists, and
. . iblicans and 3
’rior t the fin . vote, the motion of
i ir Hale to i fer the resolution to
mnjit: e nti foreign reiations was
yeas 34, nays 19. Mr. Fair
• ct Indiana, proposed a substi
provitiing that the President ex
: the good offices of the Vnited
s to Spain towards securing an
. to the conflict a..d the ultimate in
p. mi* ace oi the island. This, too, I
> tabled, ye. - 35. nays 15. Then
wed ;.'.e adoption of the original
:.e \ 'ting occurred after an ex
g (b >ate. participated in by Sen
Thutston, Nebraska; Klkins,
•• Virginia; White. California; Fair
Indiana; Hale. Maine; Spooner,
sin. and Gorman. Maryland.
Thurston, who presided over the
• an national convention at St.
•• •:< ■ ailed the stirring scene when
nventiou enthusiastically in
Cuban plank in the platform,
red that this resolution was
al fulfillment of that pledge.
Elkina and White urged a
•.alive course and an inquiry by
ia;::, the first vote—that on
tion to refer. It was a test
•i-nii and the defeat of the mo
ir ; the passage of the reso
Mr.‘ Fairbanks tried to stem
ie v offering a compromise
.' r;. a somewhat on the lines of
Tank adopted at St. Louis,
* t the same fate as the Hale
•might Mr. Hale forward for
test. He spoke with intense
; stuess and feeling and with a
•' bitterness in his words. He
that the elements opposed to
had furnished the bulk of
u favor of the resolution and
eign policy of the adminis
w : s thus to be dictated by its
He expressed the fear
• the resolution would lead to
Spain. Mr. Spooner added
against tying the hands of
mistrauun. .m. wimou
e debate, resenting the sug
n *hat party lines were drawn
’•solution, and asserting that
k‘ ,,tru nlstration should have dis
a war vessel to Cuba to pro
- officials on the island. The
was then taken and the Pen
urned until next Monday.
nston spoke of the bloody
which had raged during the
years. There was ample in
B to its extent, from
n correspondents who had
•' r d spatohes on the field or
’ iro the reports which filled
v U of <ne Senate and in the
<f the State department.
> ' itor referred to the St. Louis
over which he presided.
r-d the scene when, “with a
tout that seemed to lift the
\e our heads." the Cuban reso
' passed by the convention.
>*‘:.ator spoke at some length
nts of International law in
>1 closed as follows:
the Cnited States of Amer
-titutionally do. Let us do
' I us despatch the mightiest
' th Cnited States to Cuba,
her in the harbor of Ha
r frowning guns m.iy dis
• t of tyranny by night and
'hitting stars may cheer the
who are struggling to be
- •« broke into appltuse at the
nee -o a battleship hut the
! tr quickly checked the dem
Tiurjt jn spoke the galleries
' overflowing and crowds were
■v-c« awaiting an opportunity
M« r... .
' of W-'st Virginia, followed in
'* “ r- urging that, the Senate should
not act precipitately hut should await
the inquiries now being made by the offi
cials of the government. He insisted that
there was nothing before the Senate to
warrant action at this time. There was no
Cuban government to recognize, he assert
ed. What was the postoffice address of
its president, if the recognition was to be
s-nt to him? asked Mr. Elkins. It would
have to be delivered by General Miles with
the army behind him. asserted the Sena
tor. He derided the statement of Mr. Ma
son that Cuban babies were taxed at birth
and Cuban brides taxed at the altar.
“What becomes of the grown people?"
he asked sarcastically.
“Wry few of them grow up.” answered
Mr. Mason, amid laughter.
Mr. Elkins went on to say that the pos
sibilities of war were being treated very
lightly. He added:
"Spain can declare war and not fire a
gun and it will cost this nation $500,000,000.”
The Senator urged that the President
was as patriotic and as zealous to pro
t t our interests as any Senator. Why.
he asked, should this Senate see k to coerce
the President to action and place him in
a false position?
Mr. White, of California, opposed the
resolution and was led into several lively
and amusing exchanges with Mr. Chand
When the presiding officer tnnounced the
passage of the resolution the pent up feel
ing of the spectators found expression in
a noisy and long continued demonstration.
Mr. Chandler, who was in the chair,
pounded hi> gavel, and Mr. Hawley,
springing to his feet, exclaimed: "T pro
test against the mob.”
A moment later the Senate went into
x cutlve session and a 5:40 o'clock ad
journed until Monday.
Cuban affairs furnished the House
with a day of bitter partisan debate.
The resolution appropriating $50,000
for the relief of American citizens was
adopted without a dissenting vote, but
the Democrats endeavored to force con
sideration also of the Morgan resolu
tion for recognition of the belligerency
of the insurgents.
They accused the Republicans of en
deavoring to evade this issue, but the
dominant party through its spokesman,
Mr. Hitt, made the important state
ment that the Republicans desired not
to embarrass negotiations which were
being projected bv President McKinley
to secure the independence of Cuba.
While Mr. Hitt disclaimed Presiden
tial authority for his statement, it was
w< ; known that he had been in con
sultation with Mr. McKinley on the
question and knew whereof he spoke.
The committee on rules presented a
report giving two hours' debate on the
relief resolution. Mr. Bailey endeav
ored to present the views of the minor
ity of the committee and to move a re
committal. but was declared out of
order by Speaker Reed. He made a
strong speech and was given the unani
mous support of Democrats. Populists
and Silverites. while the three Republi
cans. Messrs. Cooper, of Wisconsin.
Colson, of Kentucky, and Robbins, of
Pennsylvania, voted to consider the
Senate resolution. The galleries were
packed and manifested their usual sym
pathv for Cuba. The speeches were
made by Messrs. Dalzell. of Pennsyl
vania. Bailey. Hitt. Grosvenor, of Ohio.
Williams, of Massachusetts. Living
stone. of Georgia. Wheeler, of Ala
bama. Adams, of Pennsylvania. Clay
ton, of Alabama, McMillin, of Tennes
see, Bell, of Colorado. Simpson, of Kan
sas, Hull, of Iowa, and Brown, of Ohio.
Mr. Robbins, of Pennsylvania, gave a
graphic description of the situation in
Cuba, based on a personal visit.
The House rejected the third confer
ence report on the opening of the Utah
gilsonite lands and instructed its con
ferees to support a plan proposed by
Mr. Lacey, of Iowa, by which the Sec
retary of the Interior would lease the
lands, the government receiving a roy
alty and provision against a monopoly
MAY AMOUNT TO NOTHING.
Speaker Kept! Oppose* the Morgan Resolu
tion ami lias it in His Rower to Kill it.
The President Also Seeks Delay.
WASHINGTON, May At—President Mc
Klnley is not likely to be. called upon to
take action, upon the Cuban resolution
passed by the Senate to-day for some time,
and perhaps not at all. Th» resolution
woud not be sent to him for his approval
until it had been adopted by the House,
and whether the House take* it up must
lie decided hereafter. It is known that
Mr. McKinley desires the postponement of
final Congressional action on the Cuban
question until the report of Mr. Calhoun,
who Is on the Island to Investigate condi
tions there. has been made.
Mr. Hitt, the Republican leader in the
House, said guardedly in the debate to
day that the adoption of the Morgan reso
lution at this time might embarrass ne
gotiations which the President has in
mind to secure the independence of Cuba,
and although Mr. Hitt expressly disclaim
ed that he spoke by authority, it was well
known that he had been in consultation
with the President on Cuban affairs and
his utti ranee was taken ts a reflection of
the wish of the executive. The Senate
resolution can be brought before the
House only by a special rule, and Speaker
Reeed is known to be opposed to its adop
tion at this time.
THE KITZ COMMISSION
Formally Organized at Havana—Gone to
I Havana. May 20.—The Ruiz commis
sion was formally organized this morn
ing and will go to Guauabacoa this
at'ternon to commence the inquiry into
the death in the jail at that place of
Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, a naturalized Amer
ican citizen. Senator Enrique Roig.
whose uame was presented by Dr.
Congosto. the Spanish consul at Phila
delphia. who accompanies tlm I'nited
States commissioner. W. J. Calhoun,
was finally accepted as counsel by
Consul General Lee and Mr. Calhoun.
Cordial relations prevail among all
the parties concerned. Dr. Congosto
and General Lee breakfasted together
SPAIN WILL NOT SELL.
Madrid. May 20.—A semi-official
declaration is issued to the effect that
Spain will never agree to the sale of
Cuba, or to foreign mediation in “a
question which she regards as exclu
sively concerning herself.”
OIL CITY. Pa.. May 30.—Certificates.
90 cents: credit balances. S9 cents. Ship
ments, 7S ts» barrels; runs, 101,bar
An Associated Press Correspondent
Gives a Picturesque Account
Of the Fight of Last Monday Be
tween the Turks ancl Greeks.
A Confirmation of the Complete
Breakdown of AU the Greek
Military Organization and the
Failure of Their Generalship.
Forty Thousand Miserable Refu
gees—Soldiers in a Deplorable
State of Privation and Distress.
Athens. May 20.—The correspondent
of the Associated Press who was with
the Greek army after its retreat from
Domokos, has arrived here. He was
unable to transmit his dispatches from
Domokos on account of the wire being
blocked. He furnishes a picturesque
account of the battle of Domokos,
fought on Monday last, confirming the
stories previously told of the heroic
conduct of the Greeks, but also furn
ishing confirmation of the complete
breakdown of all the Greek military
organizations and the failure of their
generalship. He says:
Un Saturday Crown Prince Constan
tine informed the Pritish ambulance
doctors (Red Cross Society) that there
would be no fighting; that they had
better disband the hospital and ambu
“On my way to the front I found
around Lamia 40.000 refugees, miser*
able from three days incessant rain,
having no shelter except, a few blank
ets. Women were giving birth to
children on the sodden ground, and the
road along the precipitous pass was en
cumbered with commissariart trains,
composed of rickety country carts
drawn by feeble horses.
“I heard sad accounts of the state of
the army. The men had no tents in
the heavy rain, and for days they lay
in the trenches or on the open ground.
The weather was bitterly cold, the
neighboring heights being covered with
snow, and there was much fever and
• dysentery among the troops.”
The correspondent then describes the
battle of Domokos. his account agree
ing with the stories already cabled.
In writing of the bravery of the Greeks
he refers especially to the young re
cruits and to the Garibaldians. who “in
red shirts and caps and green trousers,
did splendid work and inspired all.”
Continuing the correspondent says:
“With the Garibaldians was a Vlvan
liere with a rod jacket She fearlessly
attended the wounded under a hot fire,
and during the confused retreat never lost
touch with her wounded until she had
them safe in the German ambulance hos
pital at Port Marino.”
Touching upon the r- treat from Porno
kos. the correspondent says:
“At about ft o'clock at night (Monday
last), when it was evident that the fight
was lost, orders were given to retreat,
and. although the road to Lamia was of
ten blocked by the peasants with flocks,
bullock carts and donkeys, and by the
belated commissariat carts going to the
front and the remount horses for the
cavalry and artillery, there was no dis
order. The bright moonlight saved the
refugees from a panic.
“The Crown Prince had watched the
battle from the balcony of his head
quarters building or from a rock above
the town. A carriage with postillions
and an escort of cavalry awaited him.
At dawn the Trince departed.
“Late that afternoon, while T was In
the square at Lamia, watching a long
siring of carts and carriages bringing in
the wounded, or.e of the Prince’s servants
appeared and whispered: 'Prince Con
stantine is outside the town.'
“A little later I saw the Prince, with a
large escort, making a detour of the
town of Lamia, wisely avoiding .entering
that excited place.
"On entering Domokos the Turks set
fire to many portions of the town.”
THE GREEKS TO BLAME.
Efforts to Arrange an Armistice Trove
Entile—Shelled the Turks and Ignored
the White Flag.
Berlin. May 2ft.—A telegram received
here from Constantinople this after
noon says that the attempt of the Turk
ish commander in Epirus to treat with
the Greeks for an armistice has result
ed in failure, owing to the Greeks hav
ing ignored the flag of truce and to
their having attempted yesterday with
two batallions of troops to make a
fresh incursion into Turkish territory.
The Greeks, it is further stated, also
shelled the Turkish positions.
In conclusion the coiiolantinople dis
patch says the Turkish government dis
claims all responsibility for what may
ATHENS. May 20.—An nrmirticr be
tween the Turkish and Greek troops In
Thessaly to extend over a period of sev
en^ n days, was formally concluded to
WILL CONFER DIRECT.
C mstantinople. May 20— Although
It is not definitely settled, it is thought
the peace negotiations will be con
ducted between Turkey and Greece
direct, and that afterwards following
the precedent of the treaty of St.
Stefano. the terms will be submitted
to a European conference, which will
probably meet in Paris.
A TOWN DESERTED.
Lamia. May 19.—(Night—Delayed in
transmission). This town is deserted
with the exception of the prefect, the
newspaper correspondents, the tele
graph operators and a few others.
FOR SEVENTEEN DAYS.
Constantinople. May 20. nip. m.).
An armistice was#also formally in
cluded to-day for seventeen days, be
tween the Turkish and Greek troops
on the frontiers of Epirus.
THE^ REPORT CONFIRMED.
Chicaeo. May 2ft— D. B. Martin,
manaser of passenger traffic of the
I Baltimore & Ohio, confirmed this
merning the rumor that D. S. Wilder,
of the Big Four, would become divis
ion passenger agent of the Baltimore &
I Ohio at Columbus, Ohio, on June 1. j
KHirjm io m
Dr. Sheldon Jackson Elected on the
By a Decisive Majority — There
Were but Two Candidates, Dr.
Jackson and Dr. Henry C. Min
ton; Both of the .Pacific Coast,
the Former Representing the
Home Missionary Work of the
Church and the Latter a Semi
nary Frofessor—Claimed to be a
Victory for the More Liberal
Branches of the. Church—The Re
tiring Moderator’s Sermon.
Eagle Lake. Inch, May 20.—As was
indicated yesterday there were but two
candidates for the Moderatorship of
the Presbyterian General Assembly—
Dr. Sheldon Jackson, the home mis
sionary, and Dr. Henry C. Minton, the
seminary professor. Both represent
the work of the church on the Pacific
coast, but the rank and file of the
commissioners rallied to the standard
bearer of home missions. The politi
cians of the assembly were treated to
a, great surprise, and the election of
Dr. Jackson by a vote of 313 to 23S was
characterized by many delegates as
a “breaking cf the machine.” It was
claimed as a victory for the more lib
era branches of the church and was in
line with the election of Dr. Withrow
last year. The new Moderator, in tak
ing the chair, disclaimed any personal
elements in his election, hut charged
it to the desiro of the church to for
ward the home missionary work, of
which he is an exponent.
The meetings of the assembly have
been arranged to begin at. nine a. in.,
with a half hour devotional service,
and to continue till noon. The after
noon session will last from half past
two until five. To-day’s afternoon ses
sion began at 3 o’clock and was occu
pied by the roll call and the election
of a Moderator. When the call for
nominations was made, Dr. J. Wulbur
Chapman, of Bethany church, Phila
delphia, took the platform and placed
Dr. Minton, of the San Francisco The
ological Seminary, in nomination.
He spoke of the candidate as a par
liamentarian. a man of wide experi
ence and catholic sympathies; a pastor
in former years and now a trainer of
pastors, a successful professor and a
representative of no faction in the
Geographical considerations were
adduced, and it was stated that he
stood for the old bible and the denomi
national standards. The nomination
was seconded by Dr. Henry Ward, of
Buffalo, X. Y.. and by Rev. S. Palmer,
of Oakland, Cala.
For a moment it looked as though
there were to he no further nomina
tions, when Elder J. H. Worrison, of
Richland Center. Wis., rcse in the rear
of the house and nominated Dr. Jack
son. After some difficulty, the speaker
was induced to take the platform and
made a brief speech.
The nomination was seconded by Dr.
George L. Spining. of Orange. XT. J.,
in an address that was frequently in
terrupted with applause. He began by
saying that no man who did not have
a message had a right upon the plat
form. He said that this highest honor
of the church ought to he conferred
upon a representative of the cause of
home missions, not a representative ot
a coast or of a part of the church. He
said that Dr. Jackson, too, was loyal
to the old bible and the standards and
that he was put forward by no faction
or clique. The nomination was sec -
onded by Rev. Richard M. Hayes, of
uregon, wno aeprei-au-n auj
which seemed to indicate any sectional
feeling. Dr. George M. McMillan, of
Richmond, Ohio, also spoke for Dr.
Jackson. Nominations were declared
closed and the election proceeded, with
the result already stated.
When the ballot was declared. Dvs.
Spining and Hayes were appointed a
committee to escort the successful
candidate to the platform, where he
was welcomed with a few remarks b\
Dr. Witherow. The new Moderator re
sponded briefly, and after a few; notices
the assembly adjourned until etening,
when the sacrament of the Lord's Sup
per was celebrated. Dr. W itherow pre
sided. He was assisted by Dr. Stephen
W. Dana, of Philadelphia, who ad
ministered the bread, and Dr. II ilson
Phraner. of New York, who served the
cup. The elements were distributed hv
elders, headed by Lx-President Ben
jamin Harrison and Mr. John II ana
Dr Sheldon Jackson, the Moderator
of the Presbvterian General Assembly,
was horn at Minavile. N. Y.. in 1834.
Ho was graduatod at T mon rollogo in
ISao and three years later at Princeton
Theological Seminary. With the ex
ception of n portion of the period of
the civil war. when he was engaged in
hospital work In Tennessee, and in the
cm pi nr of the Christian Commission
in -V.aUama. the whole of his life
has been spent in the home mission
field in almost every State and terri
tory west of the Mississippi river as
Preshy ter ial and Synodical missionary.
In the course of his labors he has
traveled 600.000 miles, three hundred
and forty-five thousand having been
done In thirteen years. Tn IS,, he
went to Alaska and was the father of
missions in that reeion. Subsequently
he became united commissioner of edn
cation for Alaska, and continues to
hold this position. In 1892. he was in
strumental in effecting the importation
of Siberian reindeer into Alaska, thus
furnishing means of transportation to
ihe natives, and in 1894 he imported
some Laps to act as herders.
Recently be devoted his pritate
means to the founding of a college
The Assembly was opened on
the Winona assembly grounds this
forenoon, the retiring moderator, the
Rev. Dr. John L. Withrow, of Chicago,
presiding and delivering the annual
The subject of Dr. Withrow was “The
Chiefest Grace of Christianity,” and he
toon as nis text, “And above all things,
have fervent charity among your
selves.”—I. Peter iv.:8.
He first examined the nature of the
grrce, saying that not a few confined
the idea of charity to almsgiving. But
there was more than alms deeds meant
bv the Holy Spirit when he bid us
“above all tilings have fervent charity
among yourselves.” The substantive
term in the original, translated charity
in the text, was one of two that stood
for love in our language. It was not
love as defined in Tucker’s philosophy,
nor as described in Tennyson's graceful
verse. It was not such love that Holy
Scripture extolled and called us to have
among ourselves. The line of defin
ition must be dropped many a fathom
lower to touch the bottom sense of tihs
divinest term. And when we did take
soundings In the depths of Scripture,
what riches were found reposing in
that one little word "lpve.” Eliminate
from the gospel what It had concerning
the love of God. and nothing left would
serve a human heart more than an
i empty cupboard would a hungry man.
To make the message of God's love im
pressively plain was the supreme re
sponsibility of those who knew it, more
than to do anything else.
“Here, then, was discovered yie
source and spring of the charity which
the text demanded. It was the deepest
pulse of che lire or the cieuy, wno
must he kept beating in everyone who
would hope to pass the great crises
which are yet to come on Christians
and the visible church. It was but as
we "loved one another” that ‘‘God
abideth in us.” Thus th« questions of
one's tolerance toward others of oppo
site opinion was made a criterion of
He next considered the greatness of
the need of this grace, and said its pos
session alone proved one to be a mem
ber of the Lord’s body. Eloquence of
Christian profession did not prove the
possession of Christian principles.
Though he should subscribe his belief
in every vowel, point, paragraph anti
portion of the Hebrew Scriptures and
to every accent and affirmation of the
Now Testament, and though he were
ready |> drive any who would not agree
to such extreme doctrine of inspiration,
yet if his heart were not gentle and tol
erant and tenderly careful of the faith
and feelings of others, then he was
nothing—of no account, according to
Paul’s estimate of what it took to make
"We live in the most restless era our
earth lias had since Adam came upon it.
Everywhere there is disquiet and dissat
isfaction with existing evil, economic, so
cial and religious conditions. Idolatries
ware dying and atheism was succeeding
in heathen states because nothing better
than the discarded beliefs were offered In
their stead. And in the countries where
the cross of Christ had a supremacy over
all other insignia of religion, there was a
withholding of acceptance of Christian
ity and a looseness of loyalty in mun>
who did accept which might well awaken
apprehension for the future. And there
was enough evidence to indicate th.it the
intelligent and thoughtful were apprehen
sive. For what plentiful devices were In
vented to induce the unchurched to eomo
into the fold. Even the sobriety and sol
emn! ios of religion was sacrificed to sen
sationalism in hope of catching the care
less. But the decoy did not succeed more
than fairly well with such as showed a
studied shyness of the church.
What would draw them? Would wider
learning and sharper criticism of creeds
multiply the followers of Christ? With
al! the service that learning had rendered
to Christianity it had never been suffi
cient of itself to till empty pews on Sun
day, nor greatly multiply names on the
sacramental rolls. Still !t was a most
common remark that something Is want
ing more than they had. to recommend
the religion they professed to those who
were passing it by. Was there any rea
sonable grounds for doubting that the
topi-' pointed to the supply of the need?
"Above all things have fervent lovo
among yourselves.” Could any one esti
mate the salutary effect it would have
upon those asking no claim to the Chris
tian name, if from this day on there,
should never he heard one harsh word
between those who profess to be brethren
Divergence or views mere ihum
ir.g out of constitutional and educational
caus* s. Hut what was needed was such
fervent charity among them that conflicts
between Christians would be unknown.
When such a condition should prevail
among Christians men of the world would
not mock at the text: “Behold how good
and how pleasant it is for brethren to
dwell together In unity.” for they would
no longer see faction pulling the hair
of faction, as soon as the Amen ended in
pious service of prayer and song. In that
*;,|.py and halcyon day .which they might
hope for, the world outside the church,
tossed as the world was with trouhulous
thoughts and civil convulsions, would see
such conditions of amenity and calm with
in the communion of saints as would
make multitudes crave admission. Thus
could the world he won. and by no other
means. The poor heart of humanity nev
(•r became so hopeless as not to believe
in the power of charity and the felicity
of fervent love to lift It to,a better life
and make it happy there. And this Is ex
pected first and most from those who
claimed to he His who said: I com
mand you. that ye love one another.”
Most of the commis'ioncrs and many vis
itors arrived yesterday and the buildings
here are crowded, many having to seek
quarters In Warsaw, two miles away.
Last night a foreign mission meeting was
held in the auditorium.
THE C. P. ASSEMBLY.
The Sixth-Sixth Session Opened With 250
CHICAGO, May 20.—The sixty-seventh
general assembly of the Cumberland Pres
byterian church convened to-day, with
about 2-'/0 deb gates present, representing
twenty-five States and Territories, most
of them, however, coming from the South.
It is the first time in the history of this
denomination that it has come so far
north as Chicago to hold its annual as
semblage. The convention will last ten
| days. Retiring Moderator Rev. A. W. .
Coatlnued on Foiirth Page.
William T. Bryant Says Rev. J. George
Gibson is the Murderer
Of Blanche Lamont, for the Killing
of W horn Theodore Durant is in
Jail Under Sentence of Death.
Says He Was in Emanuel Church
the Night of the Murder and Saw
Gibson Carrying the Body
Through the Church Toward the
Entrance to the St eaple—Bryant
an Old Soldier, and a Forty-Niner.
Montevista. Co!., Ma\r 20.—William
T. Bryant, an aged inmate of the Sol
diers’ Home at this place, to-day made
a sworn statement to the effect that
Theodore Durrant, who is under sent
ence of death for the murder of Blanche
Lamont in Emanuel Church, San Fran
cisco, is not guilty of the crime, but that
Rev. J. George Gibson, pastor of the
church is the murderer. His state
ment is as follows:
“My names is William T. Bryant. I
am 63 years old. I have lived in Cali
fornia since 1849 up to March 1, 1896.
I am familiar with the location of the
Emanuel Baptist Church in which
Blanche Lamont was murdered. I was
in the church the night of the murder.
I saw Rev. J. George G'bson with a
woman in his arms in the body of the
.church going toward the south corner
of the church. I hear him say: ’This
kills that evidence.’
“I know Rev. .1. George Gibson per
fectly well. 1 heard the woman groan
a number of times as though in mortal
“I make this statement as an act ot
justice to an innocent man. Theodore.
Durrant did not murder Blanche La
ment, but Rev. J. George Gibson did.
“WILLIAM T. BRYANT.
That Puddlers Wages Should Ba
Advanced If McKinley Was Elected.
Were Not Kept,
Detroit. Mich.. May 20.—The general
wage committee of the Amalgamated
Iron and Steel Workers’ Association
has practically agreed that the puddler
rate for the coming year shall be
$4.50 per ton, the same as the present
rate. There is a strong sentiment for
a $5 rate among the puddlers because
they say that the Pennsylvania mill
owners premised them an increase this
year in the event of McKinley’s elec
tion, and many of them express sore
ness over the poor outlook for any
higher rate. It is probable that nc
change will be made in the muck men’s
rate over last year’s, which was an in
crease of 12% per cent over the pud
Detroit will doubtless continue to
be the annual meeting place of thf
AMONG THE POSTMASTERS.
Special to the Register.
Washington, D. C., May 20.—G. O.
Mosena was to-day appointed postmas
ter at Saulsburg, Wood county. West
Virginia, vice J. C. McWilliams, re
signod, and N. M. Hervey, at Tridel
phia. vice Mary Spriggs, removed.
II. M. Cox was appointed postmaster
at Macksburg. Washington county,
Ohio, vice O. S. Gilchrist, removed;
and T. S. MeCowan. at Moss Run.
Washington county, vice J. W. Shreves,
A GENERAL STRIKE.
The Miners in the Pittsburg District
to Go Out the First Week in June.
Pittsburg, Pa., May 20—In accord
ance with the action taken at the
Miners’ National Convention, recently
held at Columbus. Ohio, the miners
of the Pittsburg district are prepar
ing for a general strike for the restora
tion of the 69 cent rate.
The miners’ officials are reticent but
it is understood that the strike will
take place about the first week in
.Tune. There are 23.0CO miners In the
district, but it is not believed that all
of them wifi strike. Pending the gen
oral strike the miners have been noti
fied to stop all individual strikers and
to return to work until the general
strike is ordered.
BIG FIRE AT TORONTO.
Toronto, Ont., May 20.—The John
Eaton Company's departmental store
and stock, approximating about
000. went up in flames at 3:30 o’clock
this morning. The origin of the fire U
unknown and will remain a mystery.
thief under the red.
Early this morning a man about *> feet
10 Inches high, wearing Prince Albert coat
and brown dicer, registered at the Hot-1
Windsor at O. <1. Hearn, ami was assigned
to room, 50. T. X. Dick-on. who occupied
room 4R. left to go down stairs, and re
turned to find Hearn under his bed. about
three o'clock this morning. He was or
dered ont by the hotel officers and Lieut.
! * e
d-pot. Letters found in two of his va
lises show th at lie has several aliases.
Mr C. Schnepf. the Opera Hou-e dmg
Pitt, tna<! the following observation* of
the Weather yesterday: 7 a. m.. Cl: 9 a
n,.. 67; 12 m.. *). 3 p. m., «; 7 p. m .
WASHINGTON. May 20.—For Westm
Pennsylvania—Rain in the morning. fob
lowed by clearing weather in the after
noon; cooler: brisk to high westerly
winds, becoming northwesterly.
p w< ■ Virginia -Thieal nl g ■
cr. with occasional showirs; coo.erj
For Ohio—Clearing in the rar.y morn
ing; generally fair Friday: brisk to higb
west of norUiWekt wind*
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