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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : FRIDAY , DECEMBER 10 , 1808.
Omaha , December 1 , 1898. Tomorrow's Christmas Buyers Will be fewer than next Saturday take advantage of the time have more freedom in selections , and better attention from our salespeople. Dress Goods for Christmas- Year after year the demand grows for dress goods for Christmas giving a few dollars could scarcely he spent to hotter advantage in gifts. HANDSOME NOVELTY GOODS 12V4e , 15c , 20c , 25C , 33c and f.Oc a yard. Wo cannot recall a tlmo when such' high-class stuff might bo bought for so little. ' * Now I'opllns C9c , SGo and $1.00 a yard. .New Coverts. DOc , 7Bp. 85c to JI.OO a yd. Now Mixtures. EOc. C3c , 75c and $1.60 n yard. Now Plain Cloths. BOc. 69c , 7Ec to $2.00 n yard. Notions Christmas is rapidly nearing. Maybe this brief list will assist yon in finding a'Suitable Christmas gift for the very person you want it. Dr. Scott's Eltctrlc Hair Brushes made or pure bristles , at OOc , ' $1.35 , $1.80 , $2.25 and $2.75. Delt Duckies , in new patterns , at COc , 'flue. 75c , Jl.OO$1.26 and ? 1.BO. Hat Pine at lOc , 20c nnd 26c oach. A pretty Ribbon Holt , handsomely mounted , ot $ lilC , $1.10 , $1.G5 and $2.00 each. Infants' Gold Rings , 25c each. Needtn Books , nlcelv filled with needles , at 23c. COc. 75c and $1.00 each. llandkerchlcfS Eor men. ladies and children. Plain hemstitched , embroidered , lace trimmed or initial. A fresh , clean stock and choice patterns to select from. % Children's Handkerchiefs , three In a box , Initial , 25c per box. Hosiery Nothing makes a more desirable Christ mas present for a lady than a nice pair of silk hose. Wo carry a complete line , both In black nnd fancy. , , A nlco heavy Black Silk Hone , with a high spliced heel nnd toe , also double soles , $2.50. We have that In the new style drop stitch also. Ladles' fancy silk hose , a very new pattern - , tern , only $2.25. Art Needlework Monchoir cases , pin cush ions , sofa pillows , handsome and different from the gen eral run of them embroidered and worked by our own skilled people. Our fancy work department Is full of pretty things for Christmas , Saturday's Special Cloak Sale- Closing out misses' and children's cloaks at spe cial low prices. Jackets which sold at $7.50 , now $5. Jackets which wcro $5.00 , now $3.75. NEW FUR COLLARETTES We handle only reliable furs and ours coat no more than the common kind sold everywhere. Flno combination Collarettes , in brown angora nnd china seal , at $4.50. Extra flno quality of china seal Collar ettes at $7.50 nnd $9.00. Genuine brown Marten Fur Collarettes at $18.00 and $25.00. NEW GENUINE MARTEN BOAS Yesterday wp received a new lot of beautiful brown Marten Boas , price $10.00. Kid Gloves For holiday gifts. We have them in either claso or lace , In the newest colorings and stitching * ; prices , $1.00 , $1.GO. $2.00 and $2.25 per pair. Christmas Presents What is more usefu than a washable table cover for a Christmas present ? Some prices : 6-4 Tabla Covers. $1.25 ' and $1.60. 8-10 Tnblo Covers , $2.00. $2.60. $2.75. 8-10 Table Covers. $3.60 and $4.GO. Inder Garments Light things in woman's wearables. Eiderdown Dressing Sac < iuesneatly rando and very comfortable , at $1.00 each. Ladles' Domet Gowns , best quality Domet Flannel , made very long and extra wldo at Sue , $1.00 , $1.25 and up- , , ward. Children's Domet Gowns , at 46c , 60c , G3o and 75c each. Men's Furnishings White laun dered shirts. 75o each. White Laimdered Shirts In bolter qual ity , open back or open front and back , $1.00 each. The T. I ) . & Co. special brand of Collars nnd Cuffs. Prices arc of collars , lOc each ; cuffs , 20o a pair , or 3 pair for COc. Coon Brand Collars , in all the new shapes. 20e ach or 3 for BOc. Coon Brand Cuffs , cither link or plain , 26c a pair , Ostrich Boas A sensible holiday gift for a lady. 20-Inch Ostrich Boaa at $1.50 and $3.00 each. 36-Inch Ostrich Boas , $ fi.50 each. 54-Inch Ostrich Boas , $10.00 each. I THOMPSON , BELDEH & Co. for the property from kind friends will bo Just ns good this tlmo next year as now and we'll consider them then. At the rate the' subscriptions are coming In I'm afraid we'll have to close the books pretty ioon to keep" the capital stock from getting so big as to bo unwieldy. The legislators .down at Lin- .coin might want to tax It If It gets too big. " ( Laughter and nppiauso. ) E , C. Blckford was called upon to tell what he had heard.nfiout the exposition in a trip through Nebraska. He'said : "I'v ? been to Grand IslariiT , Kearney. Hasj.ln.gs , Fremont. Lincoln , Nobi'askit ? .City s"hud a s dozen other "placed In ttid e'tate 'lately. I've talked wltn'mcn who signed' resolutions against the exposition for next year , and lots of th'em said they would continue to buy their goods of Omaha Jobbers and would cef'tulnly como here to see the cxpo % Itlon If it were held next year. They signed the petitions against It because other peopU In the same town asked them to. A couple of papers out in the state have started this kick and raised a lot , of fusa , and mud * all kinds of threats of what they would dote to Omaha if the exposition were held nest year , and that's about all It amounts to. " ( Applause. ) W. H. Green said ho bellove-d the whole- ealers would join In the movement when they 'found the exposition was going to beheld held , for It wns certainly going to be rar- , tied to success. Opnoiltlon I.nrKdy Sentimental. J. H , , Dumont agreed with Mr. Rosbwater that the opposition of the wholesalers was largely sentimental , and ho said it was about time for Omaha to come to the con clusion that it Is big enough to look aftei Its own Interests and not go against them because there Is some opposition encoun- Formcr Mayor George P. Bemls said : "I'm for greater Omaha , for greater Nebraska , for greater Fremont , for greater Lincoln and all other 'towns in the state. I'm for greater America oed I'm for the Greater America F.xposltlon- bo held In this city , in 1S99. This is the Midway of the whole continent , and we are all ready for a mag nificent exposition of thb colonial products and resources. The whole country will ay. 'Let It go to Omaha. ' U would be a shame to let the' pME-cnt - opportunity go by. What wo need Is patience , perseverance and pluck , and with these qualities wo'll carry the exposition'of ' next year to the. grandest success ever attained by any Institution of this character. " ( Great applause. ) Major T. S. Clarkson said : "I've ' lived fcero a great rnnny years. tl never knew of any enterprise bclng'started here that was not opposed by' a minority. The Transmls- slsslppl Exposition was opposed by such a minority and It was at .flrsj : treated by al most derUlon by other cities and towns ( \bout here. The ' element that Is opposing the exposition' of 1899 'Is n llttlo bit the smallest minority wo have run up ngulnst yet. H In the kind of a minority that Is with us away down In their hearts. We are going to have an exposition here next year and with the co-operation of th ? gov ernment It will bo a magnificent success. Let mo urge all to write letterS'.to the .sena tors and congressmen at Washington telling ; them of the real condition of public senti ment hero on the exposition ot 1S99. " Ilenrty Kiulorm-mciit , ' Thomas Kllpatrick. was heartily applauded m ho nrosc to tpcak. He said : "I'vn not been an enthusiast In this matter. But I hnvo held that' the people should have an opportunity to show their enthusiasm for nn exposition ncxi year. They have done ithls and there Is no doubt about the sentl- pi'nt back of the Idea. I believe the exposi tion will prove a success. I do not like to be connected wth anything that Is not a ucccbs. I will gfvo jny attention early and Into to the work ot the. committee that has been appointed. This committee will meet today and prepare articles of incorporation. The call , for subscribers to pay up their stock subscriptions will shortly follow and you will gieatly help the commltteo by piy- G ItesVw full , regular .action of tha bowrla , do not Irritate Pills tate or Inflame , but leave I1 tin Jollote dljciulva qr- nnlun In verfrit condition. Trr them. K crnU Jhf U 4 uuljr by C. L Used A Co * Lgwtll , I Ing thcso very promptly. I'm proud of what has already been accomplished and hope that much more will bo achieved within a few days. " Herman Cohen promised to do all In Ills power to make the exposition a success. The chairman stated .that while $100,000 hod been subscribed , there would be no objec tions to further subscriptions. Fred T. Cummins evoked much enthusi asm by turning tn a list with over $1CUO worth of stock subscriptions la addition tea a previous amount he had .reported. - , * , MuOIHtr State * . Ajre Inte ftfA , , i-i'Mr. Rosewatort in reply to a/question , said the articles ot Incorporation had been pre pared and when adopted by the committee would bo filed itoday with the secretary of state at Lincoln. After that the books for stock subscriptions would be formally opened and hethought that a meeting ot the stockholders to elect a directory could bo held within a week. Continuing , Mr. .tosewater paid : "The Impression has gene forth that this exposition will be only an Omaha show and not even a Nebraska show. Some think It will bo merely for the Omaha hotels and retail stores. This Is wrong. As a. matter of fact , several weeks before the close ot the Trarsmlsslaslppl Exposition a number of the state commissions and other exhibitors began to suggest and recommend a continuance of that exposition. They said If It were held again next year they would be even better represented. Many states were late with their exhibits this year and Jt-slro tn display them on a grander acale next season. " Mr. Rosewater then read .1 letter from a commercial body In the state of Washington expressing the hope that the exposition would be held In 189ft and promising a fine horticultural and agri cultural display. Similar expressions had been received from Montana nnd when In Washington last week he was told by Sena tor Shoup of Idaho that Idaho greatly re gretted It had not bcwn represented at the sxporltlon of 1808 , but would be on an elaborate scale If the exposition were held another year. "I quotd these incidents to show that this Is not an Omaha affair , not a Nebraska affair , but a greater America af fair , and It will be carried through to a successful result , " concluded Mr. Rosewater amidst -much enthusiasm. Secretary Coates then announced a sub scription of $1,500 from the employes of. the Boston Store , and there w ' morei glee let' loose. Thomas Kllpatrlck urged everyone to sign the petitions In favor ot the exposition to be sent to Washington , and a recess of ton minutes was'taken for that purpose. At'thi ' > expiration of ten mfnutes "everyone , wasi so busy ftlgnlng his name to-the subscription Hat or to the petition , or waiting tls-iturn to perform one of these actsth'atlnn afl- Journment was made. REGULATING COASTING TRADE Farmer Spiutlnli. n Wvll Amer ican VfNuvlii , Arr Allowed , to 1'nrtlclpntp. WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. The order con cerning , the coasting trade of Cuba , Issued by the War department , Is a temporary solu tion of the problem arising from the anom alous situation In Cuba. An explanation ot Its provisions is contained In the , following official statement ; "The coasting trade.of Cuba has hitherto been restricted to Spanish vessels. No foreign vesseU , have , been al lowed to engage In it. This principle bos been carefully preserved In thoorder , as the United States would not bo jvarranted tn imposing en the Independent govern ment of Cuba , yet to be created a policy different from that which has always pre vailed In the island. As the revolution was ngulnst Spanish power the coasting privilege ) should not be'specially enjoyed by vessels under the Spanish flag. To en able residents of Cub * who have hitherto n- plqycd Spanish vessels to continue In the coasting trade the regulations permit such owners to continue trade on making the customary renunciation of allegiance. While the military occupation is in force American vessels will frequently be needed < o bring about normal trade conditions , without prejudice , however , to any different regula tion which any Cuban government may hereafter establish. Foreign nations are not assisting the United States In the mil itary occupation of Cuba and have no title , therefore , lo engage In the trade. As there Is no recognized Cuban government and oo recognized Cuban fits , a distinctive signal or flag ot blue and white is tem porarily to be used , the colors adopted by Argentina , Uruguay , Nicaragua , Guatemala' and other nations of the western hemi sphere formerly under Spanish rule. " BROOKE THREATENS A TRIAL General Denounce * Statement of SimitarliiHiieutor Parker II e- Cnmli ' . yASHIN.OTON , , , Dp * j 15v-Maot. ] . Genera ; jJobTn R. Brooke testified , before the War In-i vgstlgatlng commission today that'most of ! the volunteers at Camp Thomas came sup posedly with ten days' rations , but this was the Bo-called field ration and nt first they wore hungry. This was remedied by 'tho commissary department qulto promptly , The equipment of the volunteers In general was what bad been accumulated "through the pnrslmonlous policy of the War depart ment through the preceding twenty-five years. " , General Brooke said ho had nothing to do with the selecting of the ground at Camp Thomas , bul being assigned there he made It his business to look after the. water sup ply and to see that the necessary sanitary regulations were promulgated and enforced. "I deem It proper to say , " continued General Brooke , "In controvcrslon' of cer tain reports that I have heard that I did Inspect the camp sinks and kitchens con tinually. " "We have plenty of testimony before us , " said General Dodge , "that you did this fre quently. " "It was dally , " said General Brooke. General Brooke aald In the beginning there was a great many complaints of scarcity of medicines , but the army1 had abundant food supplies. The army of the Potomac , , he said , was not nearly so well supplied. Speaking of the hospitals Gen eral Brooke said : "In Justice to myself I should say that the location of ( he first division hospital was not of my own selection. I left this to Colonel Hartsuff , my chief surgeon , and It was the one location I condemned. I visited this hospital and It was working badly , due probably to the surgeon' directly In charge. " General Brooke testified 'that he gave his personal attention to the sinks , the care of the camps , the striking of tents , policing the slnko , etc. , and by this means got things Under control. Governor Beaver read a report from James Parker , sanitary Inspector of the Twelfth Now York volunteers , detailing an unprlnt- ably disgusting siate , of sanitary affairs at Camp Thomas during General Brooke's ad ministration , and General Brooke was asked to state what. he had to say. -"I will say , " he eald. "it is not true nnd If you will give mo a copy of that report' I will see that that young man goes before . court-martial unless he Is protected In hla testimony by this commission. " NOVU3I1IRH EXPORTS AND IMPORTS. nalnnce In Favor of Thin Country Continue * to Grow. WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. The monthly sta'ement of the Imports and exports of the United States shows that during November , 1S98 , the Imports of merchandise amounted to $52,169,560 , about $348,000 less than NovembermsOT. The Imports free of duty aggregated over $22,000,000. The exports ' of 'domes'tlc ' merchandise during last month aggregated $127.483,467 , an Increase over November ; 1897 , of about $13,000,000. For the eleven months' ended with November , ISaS , , .the exports of' the United States amounted $1,117,681,199 , exceeding the Imports by $537,857.046 , an Increase over the same period In 1897 of $143,026,115. The Im ports of gold during November amounted to $5,825,201 , and the exports to $913,467. The diver Imports amounted to $2,268,635 and the exports to $4,023.079. Kniinniii Ordrrril to Manila. WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. In accordance with the policy of tbo administration to re place the volunteer soldiers In the Philip pines with regular troops aa soon as pos sible , orders were Issued today for the Twentieth regiment of regular Infantry at Fort Leavenworth , Kan , , to proceed to San Franctaco and take passage on the trans port Scandla for the Philippine Islands. Co'fouel J. H , Patterson Is In command of the regiment , which U the only one , to far , actually ordered to the Philippines out ot the Infantry regiments selected for service there. LIBERAL GRANT OF PENSIONS General Appropriation Goes Through Houio in Record-Breaking Time. BLL IS NOT DISCUSSED 01 CRITICISED Allen , Kx-ConfcilcrnU- MnkcN n Speech In It" Favor One Hundred nil it Forty-Two Mil lion * Involved. WASHINGTON , DM. 15. The house to day surpassed nil1 , previous records In the expedition with which It passed the Tension appropriation hill. This bill in days gone by has been one of the moat fruitful themes of. acrimonious partisan debate , but today , although carrying $4,000,000 moro than the act for the current year , It was passed In twenty minutes without a word ot criticism. The house then entered upon the con sideration of thu bill to Incorporate the In ternational American bank. This project was recommended by the Pan-American congress. An arrangement was effected for a vote upon the passage of the bill at 3 o'clock tomorrow. It was supported In de- batn today by.Messrs. Brqslus , Adams , Lacey and Walker and opposed by Mr. Cox , Jenkins , Orlggs and Bartlctf. The house adopted the conference report on the bill extending the marine Inspection lawa to sailing ycs'selfc of 700 tons and over , and providing for the licensing ot second and third matcsv Mr. Barney , republican of Wisconsin , In charge of the pension appropriation bill then called up this measure and made a general explanatory statement of Its provisions. M. ' . Allen , democrat of Mississippi , of the appropriations committee , In reply to Mr. Barney , called attention to the fact that when ho first came to' congress fourteen years ago the pension appropriation bill In variably precipitated a bloody shirt discus sion. Ho congratulated the country that congrct > 3 had progressed since then and that there would bo no acrimonious discussion on this bill. The country at last Jiad tnu gratifying Information that the pension roll had reached the maximum. "And I congratulate the country for this , " said Mr. Allen , ' In conclusion , "that while ono of the most desperate , soldiers of the confederacy ( himself ) helped to report this bill , the president of the United States is down in Dixie doing honor to the confed erate dead. We all have cause to rejoice. " ( Laughter and applause. ) There wasno * further debate upon the bill. It was read through without a word of criticism and passed , the whole tlmo occupied in Its con sideration being less ithan 'twenty minutes. This Is the shortest time on record for a general pension bill. The bill carries $145- 233,830. Holiday Ilecefti. The ways and "means committee today agreed to report a resolution for n holiday recess from Wednesday , December 21 , to Wednesday , January 4. Under special bills Mr. Hill of Connecti cut called up the special bill to1 call Into effect the resolution of the international American conference by the Incorporation of the International American bank and it was taken up after the chair had overruled a point of Borderiraised by Mr. Bailey of Texas that Mr. Hill- had no authority to call -up the bill. * Mr. Broslus , Membcral of Pennsylvania , , opened the debate In.'lts favor. The bill , he said , .was the outgrowth ot the Pan-Amer ican congress hejd < la > Washington in 18S9. The development 6f trade > . between the United StateS-nnd South and Central Amer ica he urgedOwiuV'fer Atly' handicapped' by gated , motfl,4haa , , $ S,6i)0OpO,000 ) since the " ' recommendation qf "the p'on-Arnerlcan con gress iwa made , i'Practically iall of It has been carried on .by drafts on London at a coat of % to 1 per cent exchange. This American trade should be controlled by Americans. Mr. Cox , democrat of Tennessee , the rank- log minority member of the banking and currency committee , opposed the bill. He took the ground that the bill contemplated a gigantic banking corporation. There had been no power to charter a corporation to do business beyond the limits of the United States. Mr. Walker , republican of Massachusetts , chairman of the banking and currency com mittee' , supported the bill , arguing that the establishment of nn international bank would reduce the price of exchange. If ex change was purchased on New York in stead ot London It would be to the interest of New York merchants to make the ex change as low as possible. Mr. Jenkins , republican of Wisconsin , op posed the bill , claiming that congress had no power to create such a bank as it con templated. At the conclusion of Mr. Jenkins' re marks it was agreed that a vote upon the bill and pending amendments should be taken at 3 o'clock tomorrow. Mr. Adams , republican of Pennsylvania , earnestly supported the bill. While minis ter to Brazil under the Harrison adminis tration he said ho had become convinced that our South American trade was seri ously hampered by the embarrassments in cident to exchange. At that time North and South America paid millions as tribute to London for exchange. During the debate the Indian appropriation bill was presented. After some further remarks by Messrs. Grlggs , democrat' of New York , and Bart- Ictt , democrat of Georgia , In opposition to the bill , and Mr. Lacey , republican of Iowa , In favor of the bill , the house at 6 p. m. ad journed until tomorrow. AHMY AND N'AVY IIILL IN SENATE. Deficiency'lllll I * 1'onied After a Very $ ulrtd Debate. WASHINGTON , Dec. . 15. The urgent de ficiency appropriation bill , making provi sion for the army and navy for the next elx months , displaced the Nicaragua canal bill In the senate today , preventing even the taking of & vote on the question of postponement until after the holidays , us had been Intended. The deficiency bllf was passed after a spirited discussion , turning principally on the point of keeping the vol unteer eoldlers In-the service. The senate decided on convening today to take a recess from 1:30 : until 3:30'o'clock : in order to permit senators to attend the fu neral of Mrs. Bright , wife of the aergeant- at-arms of the senate. Mr. NVst made a brief personal explana tion the purport of which was "that be hart received a letter from Attorney-General Grlggs denying that at a banquet in New York he had , as quoted , expressed the opin ion that the constitution made for thirteen half-developed colonies could not reasonably be expected to meet the demands of the greatest nation In the world. Mr , Morgan presented a memorial from the National Board of Trade favorable to the construction of the Nicaragua canal , asking that the document bo printed in the Congressional Record. Mr. Allen objected and the objection pro voked the basis of an animated discussion involving the rules of the senate as well as the construction of the canal. Mr. Mor gan accepted tb objection as an effort to obstruct the legislation for the canal and prevent the securing of Information on the subject. Mr. Allen resented this imputa tion , saying that he was favorable to the canal on general principles , though advocat ing government ownership. He predicted that the canal would coat $500,000,000. Without determining the mooted point raised by Mr. Allen , the senate , at Mr. Hnle'ri request , took up the urgent deficiency appropriation bill , Mr. Cockrcll addressed the senate In re gard to the mustering out of the volunteer soldiers , a large majority of whom , ho cald , wanted to bo mustered out and many of whom wcro making sacrifices by remaining In the service. On the other hand , the offi cers who were finding the service moro profitable than the privates had In many cases refused to forward applications for discharge. He thought that in tuch cases the War department should exercise some discretion In the Interest of the private and be more lenient with the enlisted men , Mr. Cockrcll said very few soldiers would bo required In Cuba and Porto Hlco , or for that matter , In the Philippines , where , he said , our footing was very Insecure. He said this. country's occupation there was most meagre1 , and described our attitude as that of standing with one foot on the land and the other In the bay , and that thcro was no probability of war In that direction. "We have no war to nmko on the Philip pines , " he eald , "and can make no attempt to subjugate them unless congress first makes a declaration of war , \\hlch It Is not likely to do. Until that Is done thcro can bo no effort to subjugate those people who are living In peace In their own country , and there can , therefore , be no excuse for the United States maintaining a large stand ing army at those islands. " The Spaniards , Mr. Cockrcll said , would scon bo out of Cuba and as the object of the war was to get the Spaniards out of that Island there was no longer any reason for inhlntnlnlnR a large force under arms. The Cubans wcro perfectly capable of maintain ing n republican form of government and should have the right to do BO. He said that Spain could not cede the Philippines because It did not possess them. The X'nlted States did not want troops to fight the Filipinos and could not do so without ft declaration of war. Replying , Mr. Hale said ho had no doubt that the rank and file of the army abroad had a great desire to return home , and he expressed the opinion that they should be allowed to do so. Ho argued that there was no menace of war unless it was with the Filipinos and there was no danger of our attacking them. It was true the duty de volved upon the government of the Unltca States of maintaining peace and quiet In Cuba for 'the ' present until the Cubans could establish a government of their own. He hoped this would not bo long. In response to questions from Mr. Allen , Mr. Hale ex pressed the opinion that affairs would soon take such shape that the service of the vol unteers could be dispensed with. He thouglu that within the next six mouths 60,000 or CO,000 soldiers could be mustered out. But this was a matter which should be left largely to the administration. He understood that it was the Intention to keep about 20- 000 men tn the Philippines. Mr. Gprroan said be had advocated an amendment to the bill , which would provide In explicit terms for the reduction of from 25,000 to 50,000 by July 1 next , but owing to the representations ot the army authorlti-es he would reserve his amendment until the army bills should come before the senate. In this connection he paid a high tribute to Adjutant General Corbln and then pro ceeded to warn the country against the en croachments of the military element. Natur ally the array officer wanted to preserve his own Importance and maintain Ms employ ment , but this was no reason why the prl- vato citizen should not zealously guard uls own rights. Ho thought coaling stations necessary for the extension of our trade , but announced himself as opposed to unnecessary < necessary expansion by conquest.L Mr. Allen expressed sympathy with the desire to have a large number of volun teers mustered out , but It mustinot be for gotten that under the law the necessity ex isted for tbo immediate reduction of the regular army from. 55,000 toi 25,000.i He called' Attention the Importance'Df a suf ficient force 'to1 malntan 'our coast fortifica tion's , .saying that General Miles had ex pressed the opinion that from 14,000 to 16,000 men would be necessary for this pur pose. In view of these and other facts he considered it wise to follow the wishes of the president and the military authorities In this matter. He was sure there was no purpose to keep the extra force longer than absolutely necessary. The fact must not bo lost sight of that our affairs In Cuba wcro in a transitional state , and under the circumstances , with a large number of Span iards loft in the Island , nothing was so probable as disturbances. Wo had agreed to maintain order in Cuba during the' un settled period and , while ho hoped this period would not long continue , he , for one , would not consent to so reduce our forces ae to be unable to make good our pledges. Replying to a suggestion , Mr. Allison salt ! the president had no power to muster Into our army the natives of any of the various islands unless it should bo done by taking them into our regular army organizations. He suggested legislation authorizing the utilization ot a large percentage of the local forces In the outlying Islands. Mr. Money said bis experience had not been the same as that of other senators who had found regiment and company of ficers unwilling to assist their men to got out of the army service , but , on the con trary , they were generally anxious to aid them. He thought married men should gen erally be relieved from the service. Mr. Sewell said the War department had for the last several months been gradually weeding out soldiers for discharge , and that many thousand had thus been relieved from this duty. He had no doubt that oven with * out legislation 50,000 men would bo released within the next six months. The urgent deficiency bill was then passed. At the Instance of Mr. Harris , the senate adopted a resolution calling upon the presi dent for confirmation as to the status ot the report of the Nicaragua commission. The senate then went Into executive ses sion , and , at 5:03 : p. m. , adjourned until Monday , PENSIONS FOH W STKIIN VETCIIAXS I Survivor * of the Civil Wnr Iluinein. lie red liy the General Covormiient , WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. ( Special. ) The following western pensions have been granted : Issue of December 3 : Nebraska : Original William Jones Clark , Rlverton , $ G. Restoration and Reissue- Charles Koehn. dead , Plymouth , 12. In crease Oscar O'Bannc-n. Seward , $14 to $17 ; Sllvaner Glllosple , Powell , $6 to $10 ; Abra ham Trout , Ord , $8 to $10 ; John D. Mont gomery , Omaha , $16 to $24. Reissue John Basakcr , Wymore , $3. Iowa ; Original David Love , Alnsworth. $8. Additional Ernest Holz. Riverside. $6 to $12. Renewal Henry M. Dolph , Fort Madison , $6. Increase Araoa Hodges , Shen- oudoah , $6 to J10 ; Samuel Bradley , Iowa City , $8 to $10 ; Orwell Blake. Des Molnes. $6 to $8. Reissue Mathlas Jeffries. David City , $12. Reissue and Increase Levl M. Moss , Des Molnex , $ S to $ S , Original , Widows , Ktc. Sarah A. Jones , Iowa Falls , $12. $12.Colorado Colorado : Original Kzeklel Allen , Meeker , $6. Increase Patrick Lynch , Evans , $10 to $12. American Mnelilnery In Fnvnr. WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. In a report to the State department Commercial Agent Stern , at Bamberg , predicts that the United States will soon lead England in the value of the exports of machinery to Europe. The prcaent year shows even a falling off In the case of England , while the Imports of American machines show an increase of 75 I per cent over last year's figures. In 1895 the imports of the United States of three goods Into Germany did not amount to the | sixth part of the amount of the English exports , while today they are equal to 60 per cent of the latter. Dr. Bull' * Couch Syrup eases the life of the consumptive and asthmatic. 25c. OVERFLOWS AND THEIR CURE Souata Committee Reports on Onuses of Mississippi Floods. CUTTING OF TIMBER HAS NO EFFECT JettleH In Unit Clinnnel Found In 1'oor Condition nnd SoiHhvtmt Titan Kavornlily Mentioned nn nn Auxlttnry Houtc. WASHINGTON. Dec. 15. The Fetifcto committee to the report mittee on commerce today agreed port of the sub-commlttco appointed under the resolution of March , 1S97 , to Investigate and report upon the floods In the Mississippi river and their causes and prevention. The sub-committee , consisting of Senators Nel son. Klklns , Vest , McUrldo , Oalllnger , Berry and Caffcry , has visited many points on the Mississippi nnd its tributaries , taking tes timony at various points nnd altogether giv ing the subject careful attention. The report was prepared nnd submitted by Sena tor Nelson as chairman of the sub-coin- mlttcc. The committee nays that the greatest nnd most destructive floods have como from tne Ohio river and were due to excessive rains , but other tributaries have also contributed to the volume of water which has so fre quently In times past submerged the bottom lands of the lower Mississippi. The first Important conclusion reached Is In regard to the cutting of timber at the headwaters of the streams. On this point the corn- mlttco says : Nothing in the evidence or other data ob tained by your committee disclose * ' the fact taut the ucstructlon of timber at or near the headwaters of these river systems tends to cause or promote the floods referred to. Where timber Is cut down for purposes other than cultivation the underbrush remains and grows more luxurious than ever , nnd such underbrush serves to retard rather ihan hasten the movement of water on the slopes nnd hillsides. And where timber Is rut down for the purpose of clearing nnd cultivation the plowed area becomes an en larged absorbent of surface moisture. And It Is a generally accepted opinion that the dcsotruotlon of timber tends rather to di minish than to Increase the rainfall. With reference to the five reservoirs In the head waters of the Mississippi , the committee sajo : "They repress to some ex tent the floods in the river bottoms above Lake Pepln and Improve the navigation of the river In low water down to that point but have no material effect upon the floods or navigation of the river below that point. " IteMervoIrM on the Mlniourl. Taking up the subject of reservoirs In general , the committee continues : "Tho evidence discloses no other points on the upper Mississippi available for res ervoir purposes. On the Missouri the only point where sufficient holding ground could bo found for a reservoir of any magnitude Is on n reach of the river above Great Falls. Such a reservoir. If constructed high enough to bring the waters of the Missouri into the Milk river vnllcv. would be valuable for purposes of Irrigation but would have no material bearing on the floods In the Mississippi river nor on the navigation of the Missouri river. ' "Tho evidence , na well as the other data , discloses that on the Ohio river , ns well as Its main tributaries where the reservoirs could , at any moderate or rcasonablo ex pense and without working far-reaching and extensive damages , be constructed that would at all be adequate to pen up and retain the great downpour from Innumerable mountain torrents during the great freshets of January , February and March. " The committee presents quite a compre hensive 'historical sketch of levees and Jetties In the Mississippi. With reference to the levees It says that the experience ot 1S97 Indicates that a complete enclosure of all the river basins will require from three to. four feet higher Ievec8in Louisiana * and an increase from four to six feet In the Yazoo levees. The committee concludes that no substan tial relief from the floods can be obtained by means of outlets ; hence the further con clusion that only through properly con structed levees can the proper relief be se cured. The committee furnishes an esti mate of the cost of completing the levee system from the head of St. Francis basin to the head of the passes , putting the fig ures at from $18,000,000 to $20,000,000 , and the tlmo necessary at from four to five years. The opinion Is cxprestcd that with this expenditure , levees sufficiently high and strong to afford complete protection could be assured. UredRlnir nn Aid to Navigation. The committee states that good results In assisting navigation have been obtained from dredging with the new style of hy draulic dredge which have proved very ef- fctlve , and recommends that ample provis ion bo made for continuing this work. Speaking of revetment work the com- mltteo says : "In view of the great cost , especially great In view of the results , It1 seems that It would bo more judicious to limit revetment work to levee and harbor protection. Contraction , by means of Jet ties , dikes and dams , supplemented by dredging , seems to have given the best results at lowest cost. There is no doubt that revetments are very efflcaclom. but the cost Is so Immense that Its systematic ap plication la scarcely warranted. " Speaking of tbo jetties In south pass , the committee says that neither these nor the training dikes nor mattress sills have been kept where they were In 1897 , but were allowed to diminish and deteriorate and ai a consequence the channel has not been maintained without considerable dredging. Hence It reaches the conclusion. On the whole , It appears that , although the jetties have accomplished much good end Brent results , they have not wholly succeeded , owing to the causes enumerated , in maintaining the fine channel that existed from 1879 to obtained the dike * , sills and jetties car ried away should be replaced or restored as far s practicable. Besides , the Jetties should be extended seaward further than originally built In order to keep pace with extension of the bar Into the gulf. For practical purposes the pass Is not adequate for vessels drawing over twenty-four , or at most twenty-flvo feet of water. This Is Insufficient for the wants of modern com merce. Vessels drawing from twenty-seven to thirty feet and over ore now" qulto com mon and much moro economical than small vessels. " I'rolilem of Conitructlnir Channel , The commltteo concludes that It Is very doubtful whether a channel sufficient for this larger class of vessels can be ob tained in the south pass. It then turns to the condition of the southwest pass , saying "Tho commerce of the Mississippi valley asks and Is entitled to a much deeper and broader channel to the sea than now afforded or likely to be afforded by tn ? south pass. The southwest pass is re garded In many quarters lay nnd expert as the cheapest and most feasible route through'which to obtain the requisite deep water navigation. Congress has already made provision for a thorough examination and survey of this route. The engineers having the work In charge have not yet made their report nor completed their work , and until they do It will be premature for us to suggest or advise. We may add that to Improve the southwest pass and at the same tlmo to maintain and utilize ( he south pass and thus to secure the odvan- tages of two passes is no novelty. This plan was adopted In 1S56 when work was carried on for tbo Improvement of both passes. In case of extensive repairs or ac cident there would always be ono pass open and available for navigation. The report , a prepared by Senator Ncl- ion , wai amended at the meeting today only In one or two particulars , and those amendments were In the nature ot ad ditions. Ono of thc p additions relate * to reservoirs In the St. Francis basin In which the committee expresses the opinion that the expense of constructing and maintaining such a system would be enormous and fir greater than the cost of leveeing thr > entlr river front of the basin , adding that the tchcmo Is regarded by all engineers and experts AS Impracticable. In short , the com. mltteo can discover no adequate relief trout reservoirs. The commltteo adopted an amendment at the Instance ot Senator Vest declaring In ( aver of the Improvement of the Missouri river so as to afford every facility to naviga tion In the belief that such Improvement will have the effect of reducing railroad charges. After the senate met Senator Nfclson pre sented the report to th.e senate. ENGLISH PEOPLE WAKING UP ( irent .Stride * ItoliiR Mndc In the Con- Ntrnetlon of Klectrlo Street llallvtnjN. WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. Unltc.d Statef Consul Uoylo , at Liverpool , has communi cated to the Btnto department some very In teresting Information respecting the great change that has taken place In England In th matter of street railways. Ho says that from being one of the most backward In the matter of providing such accommodation * the cities of Great Britain nre. now "moving on nn enormous scale toward their construc tion. Ito describes thin movement as ono feature of the remarkable "municipal socialism" which is taking profession kct British cities , verifying the comment of Lord Hosebery that the London common council wns conducting the greatest experi ment In practical socialism the world had ever seen. Not content with municipal ownership of street railroads , electric and gas lighting plants , water supply and tele phones , In several cities the municipal cor porations build dwellings for worklngmen. Workliigmen operate hotels and operate magnificent baths. In Liverpool the council has gene so far as to charge part of what should bo the rent from municipal houses occupied by worklngmen as homes agajnst the taxi-s of the community , Recurring to the subject of electric sfrcet railways Mr. Boyle says the first line woe started In Liverpool ft few days ago and de scribes the equipment. For the benefit of American manufacturers of electric plants , fittings and rails the consul cta forth the best meuns to put themselves In position to secure valuable contracts , though he points out a utrong prejudice on the part of A largo class of people In cities against tbo award of contracts to foreigners. The Liver pool line IB an overhead trolley , a commltteo of experts claiming to have discovered that the underground conduit system , Installed In New York , Washington and Baltimore , la a failure. He speaks of other systems of electric car propulsion which have been brought forward tn England as novelties , but which are well known here , such as the sur face contact system. A scheme under way , ho eays , Is lo connect Liverpool with all the manufacturing towns within a radius ot seventeen miles by light suburban clectrlo street railways which will carry passengers tn tbo daytime and freight at night. 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