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kTATE FUNDS GONE.
South Dakota’s Retiring Treas r ” m-er Missing. oefktals stunned. gets away with something OVER $350,000. y o One Had an Inkling of the State of AffnliH- Has Bank at Redfield Closed, but II I* < lai med that Depositors Will Lose Nothing—Not Seen in New York for Weeks. The state Treasurer Missing. K diield, S. D., Jan. 9.—Special: Th lost startling failure that has ev r ♦eurred in South Dakota or the north .vest was revealed this morning in th - . ws received from Wm. Walter Tay -1 t. the outgoing state treasurer, and Lr.-sidcnt of the First National bank ' t he Northwestern Mortgage Trust •npany, of this city, that he would not ar to make his settlement at J. ■ with iiis successor, Treasur. r vi Phillips, of Deadwood. The mW3 md th ■ closing of his bank here came lii-.p a thunder clap from a clear iky, 1, - ms- both Taylor and the financial t.itions with which he was c .1- n .„ ■: .1 were regarded as solid and r - li?bl. bey..nd question. News from ]• it - shows that no money is h !l I . r. to the credit of the state tre.. - tl--. r. and none is held in the bank h< re. It, is estimated that about $350,000 is missing with Taylor. Aside front th tin; : .-I loss the action of Taylor is a ■k to all who have known and done business with him and the financial , nt. ri rises with which he has b<- n an t- 1 in past years. He and his f i t :1 : is.' 1- re have handled many thousands of eastern capital, and his bank here i is always been regarded as . n-- of th- safest institutions in the state. On Tuesday morning his bank o; --n d for business as usual. Cashier F, W. Humphrey informs The eorr- spondent that the bank held 50 per c-nt. of its deposits in cash and in bonds of approved reserve agents east. Thei-- was tt quiet run on the bank Tu day by parties who had their sus picions aroused by private information fr -in Pierre that Taylor had not shown up there and that something was wrong. ( lanns Depositor* Are Safe. The bank officials decided to close the Institution subject to examination by the comptroller of the currency, and that official was notified at once. The action was taken for the protection of the bank and its many depositors. Cashier Humphrey declares that de- P sitors will be paid in full as soon as ! t!.-> government examiner concludes his examination, as there is an excess of felly $60,000 in good paper and besides <-- per cent, deposited in other banks. The bank li re is not compromised by Taylor’s defalcation. It is lied authoritatively that after the ex u.'nation of the bank and its credit is restored it will reorganize and open 1 ifor business. Taylor was last seen in Chicago on January 4 by a citizen of this place. He went from Chicago to New York, since which time no information has I --a received as to his whereabouts, and it is not known whether the state er his bondsmen have been protected in any way or not by him. No bank -is--where is involved. Pierre banks wwe suspicious of Taylor’s absence and withdrew their deposits from the bank here before it closed. A Tell Tale Letter. The following letter was received Wi inesday morning, January 9, under date of January 6, by the bank here. The envelope was postmarked New fork, January 6. It will throw impor tant light upon the matter and settle all doubts as to Mr. Taylor’s disappear ance: “Dear Frank: I arn compelled to in form you that I will not return to Red field or Pierre. I have counted on friends assisting in making up my settlement with the state, and felt that it would be done until the last few days. I feel re lieved to know that the First National of Redfield is not in any way rightfully compromised by my misfortunes, and hope that its patrons will believe you, as they should, for -ou have kept the bank's affairs in a good, safe condition. 1 here is no reason wh’’ the bank should not continue its business. I offer no ex- Usi s for my condition, although I have many, and believe myself. Yours truly, ... , , "W. W. Taylor.” it develops that a plaster mortgage reached Redfield Wednesday morning and was duly filed In the register of j-b’ed s office transferring to a company m ''hi-a go all his real estate and chat tels in this city and Spink county. Next to tii ■ state the blow falls terri bly hard on his principal bondsmen, who reside here. They qualified in sums representing all they have in the world. The entire city used the bank tor a depository, lienee the news has Paralyzing effect on everyone. Taylor is about 41 years old, married, Jut has no children. He came to Red field from Lafayette, Ind., about the .-11 of 1885 and opened up a banking business. He soon secured the entire i' Id. two banks here going out of busi ness. Taylor got into politics and so ured the nomination for state treas ilt 'h- republican convention at Mitchell i,i 1890, and in 1592 secured the renomination for the same office at Madison. As an indication of his gen ra! standing heretofore in tha state '■'■l the utter lack of suspicion as to •my questionable designs it is noted tliat Gov. Sheldon pays a compliment to Taylor s • -lliciency in his message tc the legislate; >. f'omptrolk r Eckels has wired that i-xaumier Zirinrerinan has bean or. y<»u toft 1 ' a par ln ' many '-ailing fl '.'■"US -.verr. 1 -'F'VII \\ j ■ j s , *c •’Uftprin.r « 1:1 th.. " Lnitvfuli '>'<•'l hav 1 •'onietl to cut. ‘ ’akota front Y a Don, ust , ih.kofA • '• -’A. i il- rat The pr< t'Tininab. ns of j), ion tov 1 in the I! I>. provisi< ’<>n. Wit is of tl, flipped 11. in X ued by f neighbor. hT.ty a g o relieve -Old s urred » Resaif. i J .. f . ■ ... .. ■ . ...... 1 ' eb«;l.'’r c .h?Uk re “ a ' ,d Excrement at Pierre. Pierre, Jan. 9.—Special: The Taylor defalcation has absorbed all interest here. It is learned that the only state money to be found is $15,000 in Taylor’s bank at Redfield and SIO,OOO in a bank at Pierre. Everything else, amounting to $370,000. has gone. Word has been received from the Chase Na tional bank at New York that the SSO.OOO of funding warrants held there are not paid and an answer is now anxiously waited from Albany, N. Y„ where $120.- 000 is held. State banks cannot ba much affected if the people keep their heads, as only two other banks will be Involved on the bonds. Morris & La brio. of the Doland bank, are caught the former for $30,000 and the latter for $-0,000. F. W. Brooks and Frank Beard, bankers of Aberdeen, are also caught for $25,000 each. Personal friends of Taylor in Spink county are numerously victimized. In addition tc those already mentioned are J. O. Pow ers, W. C. Kiser, Jr. and sr., J. A. Kiser, XV . D. Beebe, F. S. Myers, C. H. Vinton and the estate of R. M. Howard. John McChesney and ex-Gov. Mellette each justified for $50,000 and Wm. Taylor father of the treasurer, for $30,000. The total amount of justification Is $345,- 000, several thousand short of the de falcation. Taylor’s friends are weakening, aim although much faith existed this morn ing that he would yet show up. there are but few who cling to that Pope to night. It looks like a cle-.n sweep of the state funds, whih-the bank at Red field will not be 'j largely affected. The ni;>--'t'.ude of the affair can be fully '"".tiized only by those who have >".owledge of the severe straits in which the state was placed prior to this new disaster. There are a few “I told you sos,” but tlie high esteem in which Taylor has been held is mani fest in the almost universal expres sions of astonishment. Although Dep uty Barrington received Saturday a telegram purporting to come from Tay lor at New York, the Herald of that city, in reply to a telegram to look the matter up, replies that Taylor does not appear to have been in the city for some time. Mr. Palmer, of Salem, says he met Taylor in Chicago on the 12th of De cember, closeted In a room, with locked do-r, at a hotel in company with a brother-in-law, S. C. Lepplenian, and a lawyer from Indiana. Attorney General Crawford received a telegram this morning from ex-Gov. Mellette, who is in Indiana, asking him not to proceed on the bond until he should arrive. Mr. Mellette is one of the bondsmen. This telegram con firms the worst fears. Seven hundred and ninety-five thou sand dollars of funding warrants were in New York for payment. They have not been returned, although Auditor Hippie has been expecting them for some time, and it is thought the banks of deposit have been remitting to New York for the payment of these war rants. In addition to the amount neces sary to pay these warrants, the audit or’s report called for 551,000 of cash in current funds. There is also a largo amount of school funds that were soon to be apportioned, making a possible total shortage approximating $350,000. ■Examiner Zimmerman to Eckels. Washington, Jan. 9.—Special: Bank Examiner Zimmerman telegraphed to Comptroller Eckels today that he had closed the First National bank, of Bed field, S. D., of which State Treasurer W. W. Taylor is president. Beyond the fact that Mr. Zimmerman’s telegram states briefly that state funds were de posited in his bank, nothing is known as to the condition of the institution which was closed today. On the 10th of December, when the last report was made, the bank owed to depositors $107,998; to other banks, $37,- 000, and bills payable, $35,000. On that day the capital was $50,000 and the sur plus SIO,OOO. Tlie bank’s total assets were $254,000, and it held a reserve against liabilities of 40 per cent, in cash in its own vaults and in the hands of approved reserve agents, and this would indicate that three weeks ago the bank was in good shape and that heavy drafts must have been made upon its resources since the date of the report. Not Seen in New York for Weeks. New York, Jan. 9.—Numerous in quiries from the west reached the banking houses today in regard to the whereabouts of W. W. Taylor, who, as outgoing treasurer of South Dakota, has failed to appear to turn over his office to his successor, and against whom an alleged shortage in the state funds is recorded. As proprietor of a email bank in Redfield, Taylor did business with the Chase National bank. However, his accounts with that Institution are all right, his indebted ness being amply secured. Mr. Can non said to a representative of the As sociated Press tonight relative to the matter: “Mr. Taylor was here about five weeks ago on business connected with the bank. I have not seen him since and I have no idea where he is. Several inquiries were made today by inter ested parties as to his whereabouts and his standing, but we are unable to give any information as to the former, and regarding the latter 1 have nothing definite beyond the fact that his credit with the Chase National bank was well secured. 1 do not know where Taylor is, but I am certain that he is not in New York.’’ James M. Brown, a banker and broker who resides in Brooklyn, and who is a particular friend of the missing ex state treasurer, said when seen tonight that he had seen nothing of Taylor for some weeks past. He felt certain tha? Tavlor was not in this vicinity. County Surveyors. State Surveyor H. J. Wallace of Wessington Springs lias been tiie recipient of numerous letters since election from surveyorsin the state regarding the sur veyors' law passed by the Legislature two years ago. a great many of whom have re cently been elected county surveyors and had not before fully realized the impor portance of the law. or its exact meaning, though notified in due time by Mr Wallace to have been examined before the last elec tion. Mr. Wallace is advising those who have been elected county surveyors, and cannot qualify under the law, to resign, get their license as deputy state surveyors, and be appointed to the offices far which they were elected by the county commissioners. A REWARD OF §2.000. tHE legislature offers a REWARD FOR TAYLOR. Gov. She I<l on Empowered to Offer a Re ward of I*g.OOO —Hurrying l’p Legisla tion- Session Likely to Be Shortened on Account of Shortage in State Treasury. The Legislature Takes Action. "'C”, In the Legislature on the loth, the defal cation of Mr. Taylor received its first at tention. Each house was disposed to rush action, and the result was a joint resolu tion, passed under suspension <>f the rules without objection, empowering the execu tive to offer a reward of 12.000 for the apprehension of Mr. Taylor. The amount of the defalcation given in the resolution which emanated from the Senate was s!!t>7.- 00t>. This amount includes the money due the school fund, which money must finally Im- made good out of the general fund. Owing to the financial condition of Ha state it is probablethat the session will not run the full sixty days, ami hence there is a hustling to get bills in as rapidly as pos sible. From lift'-en to twenty new bill were introduced in each house, and among them bills that will In-come the hubs, around which legislation will largely cir cle. Tin- railroad bill introduced is an ex ceedingly elaborate and stringent measure, adding much to the powers of the Railroad Commission. It contains forty-nine sec tions and consumed at least two hours in the reading. The resubmission question already appears in a bill to give the voters of the state the privilege of expressing themselves on thequestion of constitutional prohibition. Another bill of seeming im portance, which doubtless will be the starter for stringent legislation in reference to the custodianship of public moneys ami in reference to bonds, was introduced by Mr. McGaughey of Spink. This bill is likely to attract especial attention fiwing to the weakness apparent in the bonds of ex-Treasurer Taylor.ami it is possible that tin- law may be made to require public officers to provide bonds after the style usually required from federal officeholders, which limits the liability of each bonds man to a specified amount, and which would tend to lessen the tendency of bonds men to pool. In the Senate on the 10th. Mr. Alpin in troduced a long irrigation bill, which is amendatory of the Melville irrigation law passed in IS9I ami known as the township law. The amendments purpose to enable townships to accomplish the best possible results underexisting restrictions and will, in its consideration, be taken in conjunc tion with a joint resolution for amending the constitution so that townships may bond at least 15 per cent, of the assessed value for irrigation purposes only. A full list of the chairmen of the Senate committees is as follows: Rules, Aplin: Elections. Johnson: Judiciary, Pease: Ed ucation. Kingsbury:State Affairs, Wilson: Appropriations, Foote; Kailroads. Ken nedy: Federal Relations, Chamberlain: Counties and Towns. Johnson: Public Buildings, Boyce: Public Institutions. Craig: Public Printing. Hebal: Minesand Mining. Rice; Appropriations, Sinclair: Charitable and Penal, Aldrich: Temper ance, Smith: Agriculture, Lawrenee: En grossed and Enrolled Bills, Howard, In surance, Schulber: Banks and Banking, Elliott: Public Health. Bennett: Senate Journal. Allison: Warehouses and Grain Grading. Brooberg: incorporations, Wheelock: Military Affairs, Howard: Im migration, Ellis: Highways and Bridges. Betts: Irrigation. Aplin: Statistics, Schultz: State Library, Jaeobs: Legisla tive Expenditures, Lothian: Suffrage, Al lison. The House committees were announced. The chairmen tire as follows: Judiciary, Glass: Education. Truman; Agricultural, Johnson: Railroad, Dickover; Appropria tions, Gold: Temperance, Williams: Ways and Means. Herrick: Counties, Hokenstad: Municipal Corporations, .McKinnon: Pub lic Printing. Hair: Engrossed Bills, Or cutt: State Affairs. Donahue: Insurance, Ege: Banks and Banking. Saaron: Mines and Mining, Price: Charitable Institutions. Mietemore: Penal Institutions, Smith: Highways. Leach: Immigration, Thomas: Elections, Russell: Indian Affairs. Perrin: Manufacturers, McGaughey: School and Public Lands, Burke: Public Health, Mill er: Warehouses. Jones: Military Affairs, Parker: Federal Relations, Eggbrod: Pub lic Buildings, Allison; Irrigation, Lucas: Rules, Burke: Medicine, Ammerman; Cor rection of Journal, Williams; Usury, Douglas. GLOOM AT PIERRE. Nothing New in Regard to the Disap pearance of Taylor. There is little new in regard to the defal cation and disappearance of ex-Treasurer Taylor, but that little did not tern! to lighten tin l gloom occasioned by the revela tions. Taylor's bondsmen were served with notices that action to recover would be begun against them, but it is not be lieved that 25 cents on the dollar could be recovered from them. The following tire the bondsmen, with the amounts for which tin y are liable. The bond was for $350,000, divided as follows: ,1. T. McChesney, a New York broker....taO.OUO S 11. Vinton, treasurer of the Northwest ern Mortgage Company 25,CW William Taylor, his father 30. i 00 A Kemmerer, Kedtlehl 10,000 C. 'l'. Howard. Speaker of the House. .. 5,0 n) .1 A Ki.-o-r. Oakland. Cal 10,000 W. C. Kis-r, Redfield 15,(0J ,1. (). Powers 15.000 It H. '.lci'aughey 15,0e0 M. I>. Hebe 10,000 !•. s. Meyers.... 10.000 F W. Brooks, Aberdeen president of the First National Hank 05.000 Frank Beard. Aberdeen 25.U0J 1). c. Morris. Poland, president of the First X itlonal Bank 30.000 Ex-Gov Mellette of Watertown 50,0 10 at. I,ahr e. r. Poland, cashier First National Bank ..... 30.000 1 he mail brought a letter to Deputy Bur lington containing over $7,001 in certificates <>l deposits mailed from .New York on Sun day. and the letter accompanying was (’•it • I on Sunday last, and is without ques tion i:i the handwriting of Mr. Taylor. Tti ■ '.ertitu ales .-how deposit.-, at Doland, V ooiisucl et and Artesian. The public ex- ; finer i, sure that all the slate funds were •1». K." at th? examination in April last. • d i: Ta\lor was short the shortage has arisen since. The law only requires one examination yearly. There are now two theories, the first that Taylor has gone to parts unknown with nearly a clean sweep: the second, am) from present indications the most probable; that Taylor is in hiding and hisfri n is will come to his rescue with a proposition that will make the state nearly whole. There is good ground for the belief that the state officials already know where and how Tay lor can be located. It is now known that the sl2o,olWin fund ing warrants held at Albany. N. Y., an! not paid ami the wonder grows why only last week the S3.WJ interest should have b -on paid on the warrants in New York City and the certified ehecks of deposit should be returned. Dundy-Edgerton Row The latest development in tlie Dundy- Edgerton fight and one that is going tc cause no end of trouble, is the order of both judges for the draw ing of jurors for the Deadwood wood term in February. Judge Edgerton holds that Dundy, beingassigned for one term of court in his district, has nc right to issue an order for jurors. His or der was received by the clerk of the circuit court about a week ago. and on the same day an order was also received from Judge Dundy . Clerk of the Circuit Court Pender referred the matter to Judgf-Sanborn of St. Paul, judge of tin- circuit court, asking which order In- should execute. The reply of the St. Paul judge, in brief, was to com ply with both orders, lint not to draw more jurors than the law permitted. It would be a hard matter indeed to com ply with tin-order of Judge Sanborn, no one at Sioux Falls being able to interpret the full meaning. As theordernow stands both orders have been executed and twice as many jurors as are allowed to act at a term of the federal court have been drawn. The I’nited States Marshal is placed in a position not to be envied. When the court convenes at Deadwood but one of these sets of jurors will receive pay. Both judges will order jurors drawn under their order paid. The Government w ill pay but one. If I'nited States Marshal Peemiller refuses to pay he will be lined for contempt of court. This being understood by the jurors who have already been summoned, it is a question w hether the federal court can get sufficient men to act in the capac ity of jurors w hen there is a question as to their pay. Destitution in South Dakota. A letter received at Vermillion by Rev. Mr. Rogers, missionary of the American Sunday School Union, from Rev. George Harding, Tulare, Spink County, says: “I am not able to tell you one-third of the suffering among the people. Many had no crops at all. therefore no supplies for the winter. 1 can refer you to families of from two to six and eight children whQ have not been able to purchase a particle of clothing since last year and many chil** dren are nearly bare. Money is needed to purchase fuel. I found on calling on a family that their only provisions were po tatoes, nothing to burn but green willows to keep them from freezing. This is only a sample ease. Much of the suffering will never be known. Anything in the shape of clothing or money will be gratefully re ceived.*’ Many who have heretofore used hay for fuel are now compelled to find something else, as there was no grass to cut. The destitution in South Dakota lies north ;md west of a linedrawn from Yank ton to Canton. with Spink County about the center of the drouth stricken district. In some counties, notably Spink, Clark, Kingsbury, McCook ami Min r and coun ties west the destitution is severe. To Haise CofTee in Mexico. A compnny composed of several promi nent people of Sioux Falls has been formed for the purpose of engaging in the cotfee business in Mexico. Among those inter ested in the company are Cyrus Walts, for several terms Clerk, of the Courts of Min nehaha County, and Rev. E. B. Meredith, President of the Baptist University of that city. Mr. Walts will leave in a few days for Mexico where he will arrange matters for the reception of the balance of the com pany. which comprises about twenty young men of Sioux Falls. Wai* Against Saloons. War has been declared upon saloons in Aurora County. Allot' them have been closed and drug stores have been notified to sell liquor according to law hereafter. This action is arousing much bitter oppo sition. County Treasurer Short. B. M. Tunley, County Treasurer of Cus ter County, was found short $3,200 on set tlement with the County Commissioners preparatory to swearing in the new officer. Soutli Dakota Briefs. It is stated that the Milwaukee Railroad will reduce its force at Yankton largely. The well borers at Harrison have struck water and the people of the town claim to have a gusher. Hunters near Miller have shot about 4.000 jack rabbits this season and shipped them to eastern markets. Two artesian wells were located in Spink County by State Engineer Fassett. One is in Benton Township find the other in Olean Township, and both will be used for irri gation. Deputy United States Marshal Jake Tsehetter of Bi idgewater, who has recently returned from the Yankton Indian Reser vation, pronounces the horses delivered to the Indians “the rotteuest lot of stock he ever saw.” The coal mines at Cambria are working a large gang of men. At present Kilpat rick Bros. X Collins have over 7tM men at work ami orders for coal are coming in so quickly that it is ditlicult to keep a supply on hand. The coke gang is rushed all the time ami the company is loading about five trains per day with their black diamonds. The vein is a line one ami almost inex haustible. .lust now the Keystone seems to be the coming gold camp of the west. People are Hocking in from all directions. No such rush has been w itnessed in the Black Hills since the palmy days of ISS7. Many are compelled to sleep out under the trees. There is now thought to be ore enough in sight to insure an output of tons daily for the next twenty years. The average value of ores in all the mines is about sls perton. The gold belt at Keystone is one mile in width by four miles in length. DOINGS OF CONGRESS. DAILY REPORT CF WHAT IS EE. ING DONE. Pally Report of the Measures Introduced, and tlie Action Taken Thereon in Both the Senate and Lower House—Gist o! the .Business. The Nation** Solons. Tin' resolution heretofore introduce I by Senator Allen referring to the occupation of the rooms in the basement of tin- Senate wing of the Capitol for restaurant purpo ses gave rise to an interesting debate dur ing the morning hour of the session of the Senate on the 3d. No action was taken on the resolution. The remainder of the day was taken up by Senator Morgan in a speech on the Nicaragua Canal bill. Dur ing the morning session Senator Quay in troduced an amendment to the urgent defi ciency bill amending the tarit,’' law by striking out all provisions for »n income, tax and substituting a m-w woolen sched ule including a duty on raw wool. Before thejeanal bill was reached the Senate passed on a report from the committee on foreign affairs on Senator Lodge's resolu tion calling on the President for papers ii the cases of two Japanese citizens reported to have been delivered by the I’nited States Consul at Shanghai to the Chinese, ami the allegation that they were put to death after being tortured. Prior to the assembling of the House on the 7th, the Illinois lielegation held a meet ing. prepared resolutions and a general plan of action concerning thedeath of Rep resentative Post. When the House was called to order the chaplain referred to the deceased in his prayer. Ou motion of Mr. Johnson of Ohio, the Judiciary Commit tee was instructed to investigate the charges against Judge A. J. Rick of Ohio, w ith the view of impeachment if justifiable. Mr. Henderson, of Illinois, announced the death of Congressman -Post. Resolutions were passed by the Illinois delegation ex pressing sorrow at his death, providing for the appointment of a committee of ninetG attend the funeral, and for an adjournment as a further mark of respect. The Senate adjourned shortly after 3 o'clock on the 7th as a mark of respect to the memory of Representative Post of Illi nois. A speech of Senator Peffer in sup port of a service pension law for the ben efit of soldiers and sailors of the late war and another by Senator Mitchell of Oregon, in support of the Nicaraguan Canal bill, occupied most of the time of the session. Senator Ransom was elected President pro tern of the Senate, in the absence of Presi dent Stevenson and Mr. Harris. A resolu tion was adopted insisting upon the Sen ate amendments to the military academy appropriation bill. Senator Berry of Ar kansas, from the Committee on Public Lands, reported with an amendment the House bill to permit the use of the right of way through the public lauds for tram roads, canals and reservoirs. Senator Lodge moved that the Senate proceed to the consideration of the resolution calling on the Secretary of the Navy for informa tion why United States ships had been withdrawn from the Hiwaiian Islands. It was carried—33 to 12. On the motion of Senator Palmer a resolution expressing the deep sensibility of the Senate on the death of Mr. Post of Illinois and providing for the appointment of a committee of five to attend the funeral was adopted. Then as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, the Senate at 3:20 p. m. ad journed. The Sth inst. was the last day of the gen eral debate on the currency bill in the House and the opponents of the measure hail their innings. All the speakers ex cept Mr. Cox of Tennessee antagonized it. At 5 o'clock the House took a recess until t> o'clock when, under a special order made on the 7th, the bill prepared by the Pen sion Committee for the codification of the pension laws will be formally read. Further debate on Senator Lodge’s reso lution asking for information why Ameri can ships had been withdrawn from Ha waiian waters look place in the Senate on the Sth. Senator Palmer, in accordance with previous notice, delivered a speech against the resolution. At 2 o’clock the resolution again took its place on the cal endar. and (luring the remainder of the day the Senate listened to the eulogies on the late Alfred 11. Colquitt of Georgia, at the close of which the Senate adjourned. The Carlisle currency bill, which has been under debate in the House for about two weeks, was ignominiously defeated on the 9th. It had not strength enough to sur mount the first parliamentary obstacle placed in its path. Senator Coekrill from the Appropriation Committee, reported the urgent deficiency bill, and it was placed on the calendar. Sem.’or Cockrell replying toSenator Quay, said the cc ninittef* had made no amend ments relating to the income tax. Mr. Quay's remarks caused a mild sensation in the Senate. The Senate passed the bill for tin* relief of the homestead settlers in Wis consin, Minnesota and Michigan. On mo tion of Senator Daniel, Democrat, of Vir ginia, the Senate proceeded to the consid eration of the Sibely claim bill, and Mr. Daniel advocated the measure. Senator Platt opposed the bill. At 5:35 the Senate went into executive session, and when the doors were reopened adjourned. The inc-mic tax came up for consider able discussion in the Senate on the loth in the course of the debate on the urgent de ficiency bill which contains a provision for carrying the new law intoopeiation. Sen ator Ransom, who was elected President protein, during the absence of Senator Harris of Tennessee, resigned. At 2 o’clock the N icaraguan Canal bill was laid aside temporarily and the consideration of the deficiency bill continued. The proceedings of the House on tin* 10th were exceedingly dull, most of the day lin ing consumed in the consideration of the District of Columbia appropriation bill, w hich was passed. Several bills of minor importance relating to steamboat matters were passed ami also ten private pension bills. February’ 2 was set aside for paying tribute to the memory of the late Senator Colquit of Georgia. A bill was passed de fining the crimes of murder in the first and second degrees, manslaughter, rape, mu tiny, desertion, and pros iding punishment therefor, ami alsdishing death penalties fur other crimes. Adjourned. , |fcWHh : WF i M'f ■ \ - 'lf ‘ f I ■■ ’’! !«.* : ■>! F» ■ F ■ f i i < f A ! ■ ': ■ I ■' • ■;♦' Ji • >, t •? > I, I A I ‘•I: •b JU twl Ji