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1 .WP'5 1, isSSFU rt V WS -THE TTHTIQI? rATTPTTQ . JaliL 11VUUL UT1UVUU. ,$'' Thomas B. Rood to Be Benominatod ':- Speaker by Acclamation. VJ' - THE MINORITY LEADER NOMINATED. Joseph W. Bailey, of Tntii It Chosen by the Democrat at Their Candidate, for Speaker Speeches of " tha Nominee. Washington, March IS. The caucus of republican members-elect of tho Fifty-Fifth congress, which was held Saturday, voted by acclamation to re nominate Speaker Reed and all the of ficers of the last house. The slate was as follows: Thomas B. Kccd, speaker; Rot. llcnry M. Couden, chap- THOMAS II. ItEED. lain; Alexander McDowell, clerk; Ben jamin F. Russell, sergeant-at-arms; W. J. Glenn, doorkeeper; Joseph C. .Mc Elroy, postmaster. Of tho 203 repub licans, 175 were present. An effort to change the house rules failed. Mr. Reed's name was presented by Mr. Payne, of New York, who referred to him as "a man of towering intellect, of sterling republicanism and a peer of tho greatest parliamentarians." In acknowledging the nomination Mr. Reed said: tientleman: I no very Rreatly gratified by your kind action to-nlitht and shall try to ten o your wishes with whatever ability I hare. Wo hare again, as In the last congress, a politically divided legislative power. The houso of repre sentatives will be republican by a considerable majority and, fresh from tho people, will en deavor to carry out their wishes I do not doubt your determination to do all In your power to bring this session of congress to a speedy closi Our duty Is simple and tho peo ple expect us to perform It at once and then leave to them tha recovery of the country from the stagnation and depression of business which havo so sorely tried the pattencoot a vigorous and growing people. What others nay tee tit to do we do not know, but wo halo Ktrong hopes that all branches of the govern ment will bo In accord as to ths policy of giving to the people Immediately whatever relief their wisdom may devise. THE MINORITY LEADER NOMINATED. Washington, March 15. Tho demo cratic members of the house Saturday nominated Congressman Joseph W. llallcy, of Texas, speaker. Although tho election was of ino significance ex cept in recognizing tho nominee as the minority leader there was quite a spirited contest for tho nomination. .Mr. II a 1 1 oy was placed in nomina tion by Air. oaycrs, of Texas; Mr. Mc Millin, of Tonnes- sec, by Mr.Maguirc, J. w. hailev. of California, and Mr. Viand, by Mr. Terry, of Arkansas. On roll call the vote stood: liailey, 50; MeMillln, 30; island, 22. The nomina tion was made unanimons and Mr. Bailey wan escorted to the hall and, after thanking tho caucus for the Ihonor, spoke briefly. Mr. llalley's tIcw of the correct democratic policy and ithc ono which he will urge his follow crs to adopt as their own during tho extra session, is hero defined by him tself: Tho democrats have 121 representatives In 'the present house, and there are besides 32 f u sloaltts, silver republicans and populists, mak ing In all 153 members of tho opposition. Tho republicans have 201, a majority over all of SI. It will bo tho purpose of the democrats, so far as my volco and lnfluenco go In shaping their policy, to interpose no obstructive opposition to tho passage of a tariff bill, but to Insist upon 1elng accorded a fair hearing in the debate vpon that measure. Wo want to go on record as expressing the opinion that republican poli cies and principles, as exemplified In tho proposed bill, are wrong aad will not bring about a return of prosperity. If our riow bo correct, then wo will bo ablo to go before the country two jcars from now and bo returned to power. If tho republican view proves to bo the right ono we may havo to watt In the wil derness for yet another season. Wo propose to mako the challcngu clear, so that thcro can Te no doubt as to tho lssua Having placed ourselves fight on the record as democrats, we Mill say to tho republicans: "Hurry and pass your law and put It Into operation that tho peo ple may Judge of Its effects In time to pass up on It la 18W." So far as I am able to Judge this me policy will bo pursued by the democrats in the senate. With tho country In Its present depressed condition, it would be very Impolitic, and I may say unpatriotic to try to delay tho pojuaga of tho tariff bill. Convict Labor Abolished. Michigan Citv, Ind., March 15. "Warden llarlcy, of tho Indiana state jjrlson, has ordered the instant sus pension of all work by every convict not hired by a binding contract. This sadden action was duo to the discovery that an emergency clause was attached -to a bill xassed by tho general ossein "bly abolishing convict labor, and tho bill thus became a law as soon as Gov. Mount signed it. Tho result is that 200 men arc locked In their cells witli so meuns of employment. Vill t i :Wrmi 'V7 r"" iw Hy X I V s EPIDEMICS IN MEXICO. Tallow, Typhoid and Scarlet rover Basing In Several Provinces. CiTr of Mexico, March 18. Tho re public of Mexico appears to bo having an epidemic of epidemics. Three have already been reported which aro carry ing off hundreds of people in various parts of tho country, and now comes reports from two more which are spreading alarmingly. At Jalapa, in tho stato of Vera Cruz, an epidemic oi scarlet fever is raging to such an ex tent that the people ore fleeing for safety, while In tho same vicin ity un epidemic of typhoid fever, which has much resemblance to yellow fever, has broken out in most vir ulent form. Reports from several gulf coast cities say that a similar dis ease prevails, and tho physicians pre dict an epidemic of yellow fever, as they say this is always a forerunner oi that disease. Tho other epidemics are progressing with unbatcd force, and those cities that are unaffected are bending their energies to preserve sanitary conditions. A BRUTAL DEED. Cltliens of Fort Scott Searching for a Tramp Who Assunlte'd a Young Girl. Foiit Scott, Kan., March 13. Fannie Bacon, tho eight-year-old daughter of L. L. Bacon, an employe of tho Mis souri Pacific shops in this city, was soized by a tramp, forced into a box car in tho Missouri Pacific yards, as saulted and probably murdered. The tramp then locked Jier in tho car and fled; threatening her if she made an outcry. For two hours she suffered with pain and fright, and then began crying and calling for help. Another tramp happened by and was attracted to tho car. lie released her, but sho was unablo to walk. Her mother, who, In the meantime, had been search ing for her, soon arrived and gave an alarm. In a few minutes the 200 work men at the Missouri Pacific hhops had left their work and were in pursuit of the tramp. HOG CHOLERA. A Consignment of Texas "ltazorbacks" to Iowa Die ot the I'lague. Fort Dodok, In., March 13. Tho hog cholera plague, which has de vastated Iowa tho past year to the ex tent of perhaps 525,000,000, has been at tributed by many to an ovcrbrccding of thoroughbred stock, gaining flesh at the expense of vitality. Many thou sands of Texas "razorback" hogs have recently been shipped into tho state for tho purpose of breeding a stronger variety. Among other importers was J. Van Meter, of Van Meter, la,, who brought in two car loads of the long nosed rooters about two weeks ago. Every ono of them was taken with tho plague, and nearly all of the consign ment havo died, effectually riddling that theory. AN AMERICAN "PARTY. Agitation Started at Chicago to Amalga' mate the Antl-Hepttbllran Force. Chicago', March 13. An effort is to be mode to effect a permanent amalga mation of tho factions which were al lied in tho support of W. J. Bryan. Several conferences have recently been held in Chicago, at which the situation was discussed and a decision reached that sorao steps should bo taken to prevent the threatened disruption of what may bo termed the reform forces. Tho April number of a radical magazino published in Chicago voices the sentiment of thoso who havo been in conference In an address which calls for the abandonment of old party lines and a reorganization under tho name of tho American party. STRICT NEUTRALITY. McKlnlryand III Cabinet Hate an Under standing Regarding Cuba. Washington, March 13. It is under stood that at tho cabinet meeting to day tho Cuban situation was discussed and that the discussion ended ylth the understanding that the policy hitherto pursued of Rtriet neutrality and enforcement of our neutrality laws would be adhered to so long as tho conditions remained as at present. Classification of the New Congress. Washinoton, March 13. Tho classi fication of the now congress is nearly completed. The clerk'of the houso of representatives has mado up a list showing democrats, republicans, popu lists and sllverltes upon tho date con tained upon tho election tickets. These tickets showed that there wero 13 fusionists, as follows: Jott and Ba ker, Illinois; Todd, Michigan; Max well, Stark, Sutherland and Green, Nebraska; Brenner, Marshall, Meek ison and McDowell, Ohio; Lowis nnd Jones, Washington. Negroes May Ride In Pullmans. Galveston, Tex., March 13. The court of civil appeals has affirmed tho decision of tho lower court in tho case of Thomas W. Cain, a negro minister, against tho Pullman Palace Car Co. He purchased a first-class ticket from St. Louis to Galveston. The appellate court held that whero a ticket Is sold for a separate coach liko a Pullman, that a negro is entitled to passage in that kind of a car, or tho company is llablo for damages. Rate May be Reduced. Topeka, Kan., March 13.--B. P. Wag goner, of the railroad lobby, has in formed Gov. Lcedy that ho will go to St. Louis and New York next week and mako an effort to have the traffic managers of the sovcral railroads agree to put in a special rate on corn, cattle and coal for Kansas. Mr. Waggener says that he Is prompted to act by a desire to,, see tho railroads nnd tha people gct'closer together. THE HEW CONGRESS. The Fifty-Fifth Congress Meets in Extraordinary Session. ITS CHIEF WORK A TARIFF BILL. The Appropriation 11111s Which Failed to Pan the Old Congress W1U Also Ho Put Through-Arbitration Treaty In the Senate. Washinoton, March 15. Tho Fifty Fifth congress met in extraordinary session to-day at noon In pursuance of President McKlnley's proclamation. The work before it the passage of a tariff bill, Is pretty well cut out in ad vance, but tho Indications aro that It will be a stormy session and its length and scope are as yet mere matters of speculation. So far as the house is concerned tho present determination of the leaders is to direct tho energies of the lower branch to the accomplish ment of the task before it with all ex pedition and throw tho responsibility for nny complications which may arise out of delays In tho senate upon that body. Whether tho leaders will em phasize any inaction by tho senato when tho bill reaches that body by a programme of three-day recesses re mains to bo seen, but It Is likely that the speaker will, at least for tho pres ent, refrain from appointing any save tho actual 'committees necessary for tho transaction of the business in hand. This will prove an cffectlvo bar to the passage of miscellaneous or general bills, as the rules of the house are such that all legislation must come through the agencies ot committers. But even this is not absolutely necessary, as tho committco on rules can be invoked to furnish special or ders. And it is by means of special or ders that tho appropriation bills which failed to receive Mr. Cleveland's ap proval are to be put through at the ex traordinary session. Consideration in committee w ill involve great delay and result, besides, in almost interminable debate in the house, as it is the pecul iar characteristic of a new houso to use every opportunity to talk. Mr. Cannon, the chairman of the appro priations committee, says tho bills as they went to Mr. Cleveland aro all right and he favors their repassagc under special rules without the formal ityof again putting them through tho regular channels. This will be the plan followed, and all the time before the actual debate on the tariff begins will be devoted to the appropriation bills. The new tariff bill, upon which tho republican members of the ways and means committee have been work ing laboriously for three months. Is complete and will be formally intro duced to-day. Vice President Hobarjt rapped the senate to order at noon to-day for tho beginning of the work of the Fifty Fifth congress. The week does not now promise to be a busy ono in the senate, except in the event that the arbitration treaty between this country and Great Britain Is consid ered. Senator Davis, chairman of tho committee on foreign relations, said yesterday he would forco the question of ratification to as speedy a determi nation as it would be possible to do. Tho treaty will bo considered in execu tive session. There will be considera ble opposition to it even in its amended form, but the friends of the treaty as sert that thcro will not bo to exceed 30 opposing votes when the final result Is announced. A number of bills, a ma jority of which will be those which failed In the last congress, will bo In troduced during the week, but as nono of them can be taken up until they re ceive committee action, thcro will be little or no legislative work. FUSIONISTS DEFEATED. 1J111 Preventing Removal of Oklahoma O fa cers Kicept on Trial Vetoed. Guthrie. Ok., Marcli 15. Had a keg of gunpowder exploded on the floor of the assembly it would havo created less of n sensation than did Gov. Ben fro's veto of the bill providing that no territorial appointive officer should bo removed except on trial and conviction of malfeasance in court. Tho fusion legislature had fixed it, they supposed, so that the incoming republican governor would hnvo absolutely no patronage, but had not counted upon a democratic governor saying in a veto that ''he be lieved It right and just that nn execu tive should have tho privilege of choos ing his own confidential advisers and subordinates, unhampered and un trammeled." Chicago Lake Front Case. Washington, March 15. Secretary Bliss has vacated and annulled the orders and proceedings In tho Chicago lake front cases and directed a new trial before the commissioner of tho general land office within SO days. The reason for this action was that Land Commissioner Lamoreaux gave out a copy of his decision in the case to ono party three days before the day set by himself for final announcement, which was in violation of Secretary Francis' orders. The Deadly Railroad Crossing-. CoLuunus, O., March 15. A carriage containing Mrs. O. W. Wells, aged 50, and her niece. Miss Laura Andrews, was Btruck by a passenger train at a cross ing near Marysville. Both were instant ly killed. The carriage was complete ly wrecked and the horse killed. STATE OF TRADE. The Sprint; Demand Showing Itself wttsj Retailers A Drop In Wheat Failure. New York, March 18. Bradstreet'a report says: Continued activity In various Industrial lines, based on. an expanding consumptive demand, fairly steady prices for staples, further Im provement In railway earnings and widespread xmUdence that tlyj volume of business trill ex pand materially In the near future, constitute trade features of the week. Spring demand has begun to show Itself with retailers. There Is a better Inquiry for shoes, hats and clothing, and for light hardware and agricultural Imple ments west and southwest Industrial revival has been offset in Instances by the closing of factories and mills, and In other by continued operation dependent upon paying reduced wages. Offerings ot cotton goods have been in excess of tho demand, notwithstanding the' curtail ment of tha output. Wool continues active and firm In price, but manufacturer are buying sparingly in addition to requirements to meet present contracts. The central west and none wost report that the distribution of general merchandise was Interrupted by floods and washouts. Prices have been ntcady.noteworthy decreases being those of tea, sugar, coffee, lard and wheat. The drop in prices of wheat, in the face of tho government's remarkably bull ish report on stocks ot wheat In farmers' bands. Indicates continued lack ot faith In agricul tural department outgivings at to the size ot crops and stocks of same. Business failures contlnuo to decrease, tha total for the week being 237, against MS last week, 282 In the week a jear ago, 205 In the week two years ago, and 'as compared with 231 In the like week of 1894, NOT PATRIOTIC ENOUGH. Special Committee ot O. A. R. Doe Not Ap prove ot School Histories. Omaha, Neb., March 13. Included in general orders from headquarters, Commander-in-Chief Clarkson, of the G, A. It., includes an extract from a letter written him by the chairman of tho committee appointed at St. Paul last year to examine the histories in use in the public schools. Forecasting the report, the letter says: After a careful examination, and the ex hange of view by the members of the com mittee, It was tha unanimous opinion that so history In use as a text-book gives such in account of the war period as entitles It to the commendation ot tho committee; that no one of them makos any nse ot this Important period In our history, and of It Treat events, to teach lessons of patriotism; that the child without other sources of Informa tion would be entirely unable to determine whether there was any difference In the patriot Ism of those who fought for the preservation of the "national party" and thoso who fought for the destruction ot our government; that there Is In all ot them a general tendency to enlarge upon ind exaggerate the spldlerly qualities of the confederates, and to belittle the valor and enlevements of those who fought upon the other side; that some of these most extensively nsed are so unpatriotic In sentiment as to Justi fy the most severe condemnation. A CURRENCY PLAN. President McKlnley Hope to Have a Com mission at Work Very Soon. Washington. March 13. The plan for the creation of a monetary commis sion for tho study of the currency evils of the country will bo taken up in earnest by the new administration promptly upon the meeting of con gress. President McKinley has given careful, consideration to the relations of tariff and currency legislation and ho does not mean to havo them come in conflict. lie believes that the ques tion of adequate revenue to meet ex penses is of paramount importance, but he has been convinced by the rea soning of Seeretnry Gage, Repre sentative Fowler, Comptroller Eckels and other students of finance that re- Pvislon of the currency system should follow on the heels of revision of the tariff. lie hopes to promote both measures without loss of time by get ting the currency commission to work while the tariff is in process of enact ment, so that a well-digested currency scheme may bo ready for the considera tion of congress when it meets in reg ular session in December. MANY REPORTED DEAD. Thursday Night Storm In the North Wat Very Disastrous. St. Paul, Minn., March 13. Reports from the big storm of Thursday have been coming in faster than the rail road trains, for these are generally de layed or blockaded, and it will be sev eral days before all roads are again in good running order. Reports' from all parts of South Dakota gave evidence of the storm's fury. Some lines aro buried beneath ten to fifteen feet of snow, and tho drifts are miles in length. An Ashland, Wis., special says: It Is rumored that numerous lives were lost in tho great blizzard that swept the shore of Lake Superior Thursday night. The storm camo from the north west, piling the ico 50 feot high on the Apostle islands, and other points on the south shore of the lake. The snow In tho streets of Ashland Is from four to six feet deep. Railway traffic Is al most at a standstill. NEW STOCK YARDS SCHEDULE. At Kansas City the Old Rates Are Cot to Per Cent, to Conform to Kansas Law. Kansas Citv, Mo., March 13. Begin ning this morning a new schedule of charges goes into effect nt the Kansas City stock yards, the old rate being cut about 40 per cent, in accordance with the new Kansas law. Hereafter the yardage charge upon cattle Is to be 15 cents Instead of 25 cents a head; upon calves, eight cents a head instead of ten cents; upon hogs, six cents a head Instead of eight, and upon sheep, four cents a head instead of five. Hay and corn aro to be furnished at still greater reductions. Hay has been SI a hun dredweight and corn 81 a bushel. Un der tho new law the company may charge for feed not over 100 per cent, more than the average market price of tho preceding day. To-day hay will be 45 cents n hundredweight at tha yards and corn 85 cents a bushcL HIGH WATERS. Tho Mississippi River Breaks the Record and Is Still Rising. DISASTROUS FIRE AT ELKINS, W.VA. Almost the Entire Basinet Portion of tho Town Wiped Oat Three Men Killed Through a Whirl wind A Ter- rlae Hailstorm. Memphis, Tenn., March 15. The Mis sissippi river contintfes to rise, and tho situation in the lowlands of Arkansas, opposite this city, is very serious. Last night the river stood at 40.3, a rise of 0.7 since Saturday night This Is the highest record since the establishment of the weather office here in 1872. The rise during the day was slightly more than half a foot, and the indications are that the big stream will continue to rise slowly during the next 24 hours. On all the Islands near the city and in the lowlands of Arkansas there Is great suffering among the people, and there is great loss of stock and property. People continue leaving tho lowlands for this side of the river. Yesterday tho Little Rock & Memphis railroad managed to get its morning train into the city, but made no attempt to move the freight trains. Tho Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis brought trains into tho city until midnight Saturday night, when it commenced using tho tracks of the Iron Mountain. The lat ter road is still a few Inches above the water. At Marion, where a break in the diko occurred Friday night, a scene of deso lation exists. The little town Is four or five feet under water; many houses and cabins have been washed away and the inhabitants havo sought shelter elsewhere. Hundreds of horses and cattle have been destroyed. At Osceola grave apprehension Is felt, and yesterday every man and boy In the neighborhood went to work with a will building an additional levee to protect the town. At San Souc, a small town Immediately below Osceola, the Anchor line steamer Bluff City yesterday afternoon attempted to land her passengers and freight The citizens and levee patrol men ordered the captain to keep his boat moving, Baying that the waves from tho steamers wheels would break over the levee. The captain, however, attempted to land, when the boat was met by a fusillade of bullets from the shore, but fortunately, no one was hurt. At Helena the water Is seven l'eet above the danger line, and at Vicksburg it Is within a foot of It While the Ohio river is falling at Wheeling and Louisville, there was a rise during the last 24 hours of 4-10 of an Inch at Cairo, while the rainfall in the water shed tributary to Chatta nooga in the Tennessee basin has been two inches. Reports from Alabama state that floods there are unpre cedented. At Chattanooga, Tenn., the river stood at 39 feet last night and will probably remain stationary until this evening, when it will begin to rise again as a result of the rainfall of Saturday afternoon and night which fell in that water shed, there being a general fall of nearly two Inches. ELKINS, W. VA., riBK8 WEPT. Wheeling, W. Va,, March 15. At 7:30 o'clock yesterday morning fire, which started in the building of the Elkins Hardware and Furniture Co., in tho town of Elkins, the home of Senator Elktns, burned almost tho entire busi ness portion of the place. Elkins has no fire department &ud the flames were beyond control, having mostly frame buildings in their pathway. In all the buildings were valuable stocks, only portions of which wero saved.1 The total loss is $100,000. WIHBMVIND IN OHIO. Steubenville, O., March 15. A whirlwind visited the town of Mingo Junction and shortly before two o'clock Sunday morning the wind blew off the iron roof of the casthouse of the Junction Iron & Steel Co. and the tall brick walls fell In. Frank Uobson and Larry Fahey were caught under tho falling walls. Fahey was taken out dead. Frank Hobson, aged 29 years, was so seriously crushed that he died three hours later. John Wellas, a Hungarian, was badly crushed and Will die. A TERRIFIC HAILSTORM. Guthrie, Ok., March 15. In the vi cinity of Morrison and Lela a terrific hallltorm prevailed Saturday night Farmers say many wheat fields are ruined. Poultry were killed and win dow glass broken out Old men say they never saw such hailstones, many being larger than hens' eggs, and drift ed up in places two feet deep. Consid erable wind prevailed. WaUlnx Respited Until March 4. Frankfort, Ky., March 15. Gov. Bradley has announced that he will respite the sentence of Walling until March 24. This, coupled with the an nouncement that Jackson must hang, means'that tho governor intends giv ing Jackson every chance to make a confession, clearing, If he desires, his companion in crime. Hunter Named (or Senator. Fbankfort, Ky March 15. Con gressman W. Godfrey Hunter was Sat ueday nominated on the first ballot at the caucus of the republicans of the legislature for United States senator, tho vote being 33 to 27 against the field, as follows: Hunter, S3; Holt, 15i Lewis, 5; Boyle, 5; Yerkes, 3. I , K M U a; f mm v-. ," t f Vila ' it-i J 1 . 1 02 ;JI ' I ;-, a ",& it t.1 4? W?l rA. '5U Vt kii i, '. .3 M . i .&: .ii ! "Is ,! . f -, m? 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