Harrison press-journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1899-1905, March 08, 1900, Image 5

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Boers Retreated Six Days Before
Bullar Reached Ladysmlth
Bridges Blown Up.
London, March 6 The war ofiVe has
tet-elved the following dispatch from
jeneraJ Cutler:
"Ladyffmlth. I find the defeat nf th
Boers more complete than I had dared
to anticipate. Thin whoj- district in
completely clear of th-m, an 1, except at
the top i f Van Reenen's pass, where
everal wagons art; vlslbl. I can find no
tract of them.
"Their last train left Modder Sprlut
station about 1 o'clock Friday, and they
then blew up the brldro. They packed
their wagons six days ago, moving them
to the north of Ladysmlth. so that we
had no chance of Intercepting them
but they have left vast quantities of
ammunition of all sorts, herds, grass,
camp and individual necessaries. They
have got away with all guns except
President Kruger Is said to have left
Pretoria with the Intention of meeting
President Hteyn. The place where they
will meet Is not mentioned, but is be
lieved to he somewhere In the Orange
Frcej State.
The Boers are apparently rallying w ith
their accustomed ability to repair a
temporary reverse, and Great Britain
has yet to test their forte as a de
fensive power under the new condi
tions of warfare.
Aside from the meeting of the presi
dents there Is no news Indicative of any
change In the situation. Telegraphing
from Osfontcln today, thanking the
Lord Mayor of Liverpool for his con
tratulations In behalf of that city, Lord
Cohorts gays:
"I trust her majesty's soldiers in this
country will gain such further success
es a will speedily restore the freedom
and prosperity of South Africa."
London, March 6. It Is evident that
ft. strict censorship is being exercised
over the news at the seat of war.
Newspapers Say The War Is Still a
Hard Proposition.
London, March 6. The most interest
ing wax news In the London papers is
for the present coming from the mili
tary experts.
The Morning Post expert says:
"General Buller Is surprised to find
bow decisive was his victory. He is not
very explicit as to the direction of the
Boer retreat. Apparently the guns and
heavy stores have gone by rail and
the bulk of the troops toward the west
"The absence of pursuit may be re
gretted, but the case Is one where pur
suit was hardly practicable.
"Lord Roberts paid a visit to Klmber-
ley yesterday and returned to Camp
Osfonteln, which is five miles east of
jpaardeberg, today.
"The Boer force, 6,000 or 7.000 strong,
fa four miles east of the British camp
It probably will bo attacked speedily
and. If It stands to fight, may expect
to ehara the fate of General Cronje's
"The appearance of the Boer forces in
isolation points to the degeneration of
their strategy Into & warfare of guer
rllia bands.
"Tho simplest line of advance for
Lord Roberts im by Uloemfonteln
and railway toward Pretoria. This
way is better than the Ktmbcrley-Mafe
king line, because It does not uncover
his communications.
"The Boer plan must be to concen
trate only when necessary. Their ob
jective Is the defense of the passes in
the Drakensberg range from an Ree
nen's to Lalng's Nek.
"Four months' experience In Natal
does not encourage a sanguine estimate
of what General Buller's force could do
by an advance on this line. Accord
Ingty, It will not be surprising if the
bulk of his force be transferred to the
western theater of the war as soon as
The war expert of the Morning Lead
er says:
"Some of the military men still left
at home are by no means comfortable
over the abounding Jubilation that fol
lowed the victories of Lord Roberts and
General Buller.
" 'If.' said one of them yesterday, 'we
go half demented with Joy over the
partial defeat of two little mates- pos
sessing less than SO.OoO adult males,
what would be the case If wo won or
were beaten badly by one of our own
sire. The very mob which have been
yelling their gratification would In a
contrary event have ix-eu threatening
vengeance on an incapable ministry.
"It has long been a serious question
with all thinking soldiers, ami the
events of the last few days have given
It fresh life.
"Did we lose a fleet Goschen might
dangle from a lamppost In front of
Nelson's pfilar!
"tlentlemen who were last night and
the night before so boisterously Intol
erant, would. If given the other side
t the shield, have made the throttles of
the executive heads feel a bit queer.
"Lord Roberts Is already face to face
with a reformed enemy. ITobably It
-will not give him much trouble. But
there It is, and not so far away, either."
Minneapolis, Minn., March t.K. If.
Morphy, British vice consul at St. Paul.
Is being severely criticised for his
speech at a meeting of Britlah-born clt
liens here, In which he spoke of Gov
ernor Llnd as a "blatant politician."
who la proclaiming his sympathies with
the Boers, was prostituting his office
for votes. Parallels are drawn with
the Lord Sackvillc West Incident and
Oovernor Llnd has been urged to make
complaint to the federal authorities. He
has declined, however, to take notice
of the Incident. Mr, Morphy declares
that he Is an American cltlsen and
poke as an American cltisen, as was
his right. II looks after the consul
ate's business Incidentally and Is not
ant here ss a direct representative of
Mm British government
Guest of the Ohio Club Banquet at
the Waldorf-Astoria.
NVw V rk, Man h l.-Thc Ohio so, i-iy
of Xe,v York hell its fourteenth an
nual dinner at lh- Waldorf-Astoria.
WillUni M--Kinley, joet-id.-nt of Hit
I'tllt'd states, v. as the sumi c f honor.
More than 4"o oets rn- laid.
It was p);,;0 when Mr. Southaid called
the gu-sts to order and Introduced Mr.
MeKinley. When Mr. Southard men
tioned the president's iiai.it there
gieat cheering, Governor Iloo.-icveh
leading. Three cheers were Riven wbei
Mis M( Klnley a name was mentioned,
tftf guests using. Mis. Mi Kinlcy a run
and bowed.
The toast, "The Pre idel.t." w.it
drunk standing. President M Kmle
then arose amid ti enieiidoua applause .
He said:
"Mr. Toastmaster and tlentlemen: 1
appreciate your welcome and thank
you for t.iis renewed expression of good
will. There Is a bond of ( lose fellow
ship which unites the Ohio people.
Wherever they journey, or dwell, tliej
cherish lenderesl sentiment for their
mother state, and she in turn never
fails of affectionate Interest in her
widely scattered children.
"The statement which has been mi
often made is not far fiom the trulii:
'Once un Ohloan, always and Ohloan.'
It has been years since I was youi
guest. Much has happened in the mean
time; we have had our blessings und
our burdens, and still have both.
"We will soon have legislative abear
ance of tho continuance of the gold
standard, with which we measure our
exchanges, and we have the open door
In the far east, through which to mar.
ket products."
Women Cannot Visit the Graves of
Minors in Idaho.
Washington, I. C, March 5. Kdward
Flanigan of Mullan, Idaho, continued
his testimony before the house commit
tee on military affairs, concerning the
Coeur d'AIene troubles. lie said no
tices were posted early last July for
bidding members of organized labor
from going to the miners' cemetery on
July 11 for their annual ceremony over
deceased miners. The order, witness
said, gave notice that women and other
relatives of miners would be arrested if
they assembled.
Chairman Hull brought out the state
ment that State Auditor Uartlelt Sin
clair signed the notice, as representa
tive of Governor Steunenberg, who, the
witness said, In answer to Mr. Hull,
represented the democratic and silver
parties. Notwithstanding the order,
quite a number of women secretly car
ried flowers to the miners' graves, but
as there was no organized demonstra
tion they were not arrested.
Mr. Flannlgan explained the permit 1
system put Into effect after the military
arrived. Under this system, ho said
men could not go to work until they
got a permit from the state officials
The witness aid permits to work were
purchaseable. He advanced fl.OQ to a
friend, who paid It to a deputy and was
put to work the next day. Letters to
men In the bull pen, he said, were
opened by the officials before delivery
to the prisoners.
Thomas Heney, formerly a miner, and
now an owner of mining and other
property, testified as to his experience
during the trouble. He hail been ap
pointed a deputy sheriff and seeking to
preserve peace ordered the saloons clos
ed. The witness said he was arrested
by one of the state deputies and ac
companied by a squad of soldiers and
put In the "bull pen." He said he could
have given ball up to $100,000, but was
not allowed to do so.
Addresses of the Red Cross Agents
In the Boer Republic,
"Washington, D. C, March 6. The
American National Red Cross Is In re
ceipt of letters of information from
the International committee of the Red
Cross at Geneva, Switzerland, as to the
methods open through Red Cross chan
nels of assisting in relieving the condi
tions arising from the war In Bouth
Africa, of which the following is an
"There existed in the two South
African republics societies of the Red
Cross, one for the Transvaal, the other
for the Orange Free State, which, act
ing with the co-operation and under
the control of their government, reunite
the conditions considered by us neces
sary to be recognized Internationally.
They have their seats respectively at
Pretoria and Uloemfonteln. and are un
der the direction, that of the South Af
rican republic of Dr. J. B. Knodel, Pre
toria, South African republic; that of
the Orange Free State, Dr. Ramobot
tom, Uloemfonteln, Orange Free State."
Offerings of money or material may
be addressed to either of these.
Boer Resolution By Sulzer.
Washington, D. C (."pedal.) Repre
sentative Hulzer of New York intro
duced the following resolution in the
Resolved, That the republic of the
United Slates sympathizes with t lie
brave Boers In their struggle for free
dom and Independence and hereby de
clares that the people of the' South
African republic nnd the Orange Free
State are and of a tight ought to bo
free and Independent and the congress
of the United States hereby protests
and remonstrates against the barbar
ous war now being waged by Great
Britain against the patriots of Souih
And the president is hereby author
ized to take such steps as may be ex
pedient. In his Judgment, to secure and
bring about an honorable peace be
tween the contending parties.
The democrats scored their first vic
tory of the session in tho house on the
motion to take up the contested elec
tion case nf Aldrich against Robblns,
from the Eighth Alabama district. On
two separate votes the democrats, with
the aid of two republicans, Mondell of
Wyoming, and II. C. Smith of Michi
gan, beat the republicans on the ques
tion of consideration.
An agreement was made to consider
the Loud bill, relating to second-class
mall matter, on March 20. ' A bill was
passed to grant an American register
to the ship Windward, in which Lieu
tenant Peary will make on attempt tc
reach the north pole. ,
The Southwest City Leader: "Kansas
City gets the national democratic con
vention. Our nest president will beat
the brand, 'Made In Kansas City, U. U.
A.' The vots stood to ."
Manila Itself is a Nest of Plots and
Plans Against American Rule
of the Islands,
Manila, March 6 Reports reach the
Associated Press from various sources,
including army officers and the heads
of commercial houses with agents
throughout the islands, of continued
activity among the insurgents who are
endeavoring to keep alive the armed
opposition to the United States and are
planning to continue the insurrection
with guerrilla warfare on a larger scale
when the rainy season begins.
A person holding a position second
only to that of the governor general,
tells the Associated Press that he is
convinced the insurgent reorganization
has been remarkably rehabilitated in
the last month, particularly In the
northern provinces.
He Bays the insurgents have a secret
organization patterned after the Katl
punan methods, even In the strongest
garrisoned towns, affording a perfect
means of communication and that the
machinery is managed from Manila,
some of the leaders being Filipinos pre
tending to be supporters of the Ameri
can administration, and many of the
municipal governments installed by the
army forming a part of the machinery.
Two correspondents of leading Amer
ican weeklies who hay traveled for a
month In Bengct and I locos' with let
ters from Insurgent chiefs, going alone
fifty miles from garrisons, and being
everywhere hospitably received, say the
people make no secret of their sympa
thy with the Insurrection. Though ad
mitting that the Filipino soldiers abuse
them, they still protest these soldiers
from the American scouting parties
They claim to have communication with
Paterno, In the northern mountains
of Luzon, Is full of civil and military
officials of all ranks, of Agulnaldo's
government, who were captured or stir
rendered and who were brought here
and released on promise to refrain from
While many of the Insurgent municl
pal officials w ere cont inued In office on
taking the oath of allegiance, residents
who are acquainted with them have
little faith in their adherence to their
All the civil officials of Tarlac. cap
Ital of the province of that name, num
bering eleven persons, have been ar
rested and charged with plotting, and
two insurgents have been captured at
Malabon. with incllmlnatlng papers and
000 collected from the natives.
Some of the municipal governments
appear loyal. On the other hand, one
American general declares he believes
the majority in his district arc agents
of the Insurgents.
A fresh Issue of Insurgent pamphlets
is being distributed, asserting that the
American promises of good government
are merely a musk for commercial ex
ploitation of the Philippines, quoting
Senator Revr ridge s speech and an edi
torial from a Washington newspaper,
headed: "Ix-t us be honest."
The trial of the guerrilla charged
with murder is finished, and It Is be
lieved the commission's verdict will bo
No other report has been received
from General Bates' expedition. He has
probably moved inland, where commu
nlcRtlon with him Is impracticable.
The army throughout the Island is
working very hard, scouring the coun
try for Insurgents and killing a few
dully. The section from Manila to La
gupan has been thoroughly cleared, and
scouting parties being unable to find
any Insurgents.
General Funston and Colonel Kennan
took 200 men through the mountains to
Baler, on the eastern coast, without
meeting an insurgent. But they are
active along the northern coast from
Oagupan to Apparrl. Occasional reports
come of an American soldier being kill
ed or disappearing.
In the southern provinces the insur
gents continue to harass the-Amerlcan
garrisons by night demonstrations.
British Attack a French Newspaper
In Canada.
Montreal, Quebec, March t. As n re
lult of Jubilation over the British suc
cesses In South Africa a race war Is
threstcned In Montreal. Students of
McGIII university broke the windows
of the French newspaper, La Presse,
and 4, W0 students gathered around the
French university and smashed the
windows. The police charged the mob.
Twenty of the students were Injured,
eight so seriously as to require their
removal to the general hospital.
As quickly us the crowds disperse
they gather In Hunt her part of the city.
The French students retaliated. They
stoned the offices of the newspapers
printed In Knglish and marched thro'
the streets singing the "Marseillaise."
In the evening the Archbishop issued a
manifesto to his people to maintain or
tier. This the French students met by
pulling down the union Jack In front
of the Star ofTlce and by dragging the
lag In the dust.
Lord Methuen Is Supplanted.
London, March 6. The London Lead
er, which Is generally believed to speak
with authority, for the first time throws
some light on the mystery that has
heretofore surrounded the Inactivity of
Lord Methuen. He was supplanted by
Major General Colvllle, the Leader
says, because of a scandal, but has
been saved from disgrace by Cecil
"We are bombarded by correspond
ents demanding to know what becomes
of General Methuen. Well, It Is a deli
cate point. He has not been openly de
prived of his command, for reasons
which need not be repeated, but Major
General Colvllle hns got the division
which ho had and Lord Methuen la
governor of Klmberley district, proba
bly by favor of Cecil ithodes, w ho dear
ly loves a lord and who knows Lord
Methuen as one of his chartered share
holders, perhaps a De Beers sharehold
er also. Lord Roberts has engineered a
difficulty nicely without scandal,"
To Be Assessed the Same As Private
Real Estate.
Washlpgton. D. "., March 6. Repre
sentative Robinson introduced in the
house a bill providing for the govern
ment pay on lands held by it In trust
fur Indians, under the severalty act,
and situated in organized counties, the
tame proportion of taxes as is assessed
against real estate held by private own
ers. This bill afTects Thurston and
Knox counties, Nebraska, where large
bodies of these Indian trust lands are
Representative Neville substituted for
his original bill on the same subject
one providing for the acquisition of a
site and erection of a government build
ing at Kearney, Neb., at a cost not to
exceed $7u,0Ou. Judge Neville feels con
fident of a favorable report of the com
mittee on public lauds and buildings on,
tills substitute bill.
The committee of the house that had
the matter under onsideiution, by a.
vote of 7 to 7, refused to report favor
ably the bill urged hy "Buffalo" Jones
of Topeka, to li-ace to him half n mil
lion acres of land In New .Mexico for
twenty yeais for the purpose of per
petuating the American buffalo. Jones'
proposition was to (jive the national
government 10 p r cent of the increase
annually for the use of the various
Zoological gardens In the United States.
It is understood that the committee of
the house will agree on a new bill
whereby the desired amount of land
will be leased to Jones and his associ
ates for the purpose named.
Jones and his associates have 110 buf
falo of a pure strain and about sev
enty grades as the result of breeding
male buffalo to ordinary cows. Jt has
been found by experience that the buf
falo cow almost invariably drops a
male calf, while in captivity. This ex
plains the inability of the zoological
gardens to Increase their herds. On
the range, and If properly handled,
"Buffalo" Jones says buffalo cows may
be made to throw as many female as
male calves.
The market value of buffalft cows
today is $1,000 cash, while malts bring
but $.100 each.
Republicans Preparing for a Warm
Time In Kentucky.
Frankfort. Ky., March 6. The John
son bill, amending the Goebel election
law by removing the party emblems
from the ballots, was advanced in the
house, and this la construed by demo
cratic leaders to mean that this will
be the only amendment to the law at
this session. Mr. Henry Walterson haa
been strongly advocating the repeal or
modification of of the law, asserting
that such a step was necessary to se
cure the United Support of democratic
factions in the state, and Senator-elect
Blackburn has also, favored liberal
amendments to the law, but it Is con
ceded that there will be no changes at
this session, further than those in the
Johnson bill.
The shipments of guns and ammuni
tion to London, Ky., Is said by the re
publican state ofllcials to be only for
the purpose of equipping state guard
companies in that section, and they
pronounce as silly the stories that Gov
ernor Taylor and other state officials
are preparing to set up a government
there in the event that the courts de
cide against them. Governor Taylor
says there is no truth in such reports.
Last of the War Victims.
Washington. D. C, March 6. The
transport McClelland, which arrived at
New York Saturday, brought the re
mains of ninety-nine soldiers who died
In Cuba since Its occupation by the
American forces. These bodies were
collected at Guantanamo, Santiago,
Manzanlllu and other points. Included
In the number are the bodies of Cap
tain V. L. M. Poixotto, Third United
States volunteers; Lieutenant Joshua
W. Johnson of the Third United States
volunteers, which is to be taken to At
lanta for Interment; Walter K. Spicer,
former postmaster at Guantanamo,
which Is to be sent to Boston, and Mrs.
Anna Campos, hospital nurse, which
will be interred at the Arlington ceme
tery. Sixty-six of the bodies will be
brought to this city this week for In
terment at Arlington.
This completes) the work of bringing
home the soldier dead from Cuba and
Puerto Rico, Including all those who
lost their lives during the Spanish-
American war and those who died since.
Hereafter the bodies of soldiers who die
In the West Indies will be brought home
promptly in each case, except where
Immediate removal might prove dan
gerous from a sanitary standpoint.
University is Redeemed.
Lincoln, Neb., March 6. Cotner uni
versity is redeemed at last to the
Christian church of Nebraska. Orig
inally built and established by that
denomination, It was driven, by pan
icky times, Into the hands of the money
lenders, to whom the title finally pass
ed. After years of endeavor, sacrifice
and ceaseless hard work upon the part
of the students, faculty and friends of
the Institution, the money necessary
for Its redemption has finally been
raised, and on March 1 the new board
of control was given a deed to the
entire property.
Ufforis will now be directed toward
the rehabilitation of the school, und
placing It on a sound flnnncinl footing.
The properly originally cost over $100.-
000. and is most favorably located and
well equipped for higher educational
work. Th" student body has Increased
this year, and It Is confidently expected
that next years attendance will in
crease in such measure us will Justify
the heroic fight that has been made
to save the school.
IiOulsvllle, Ky., March 6 After ar
gument by Former Governor Bradley
for the republicans and Zuch Phelps
for the democrats, Judge Field In the
circuit court took under advisement
the case to determine the rights of the
rival claimants to the ofVes of gov
ernor and lleutenat governo,'. An opin
ion Is not expected for several days.
When it Is announced un appeal will
bo taken to tho state court of apjteals,
which the democrats claim has flnnl
Jurisdiction. The republicans, however,
will try to get the case before the
United States supreme court If the de
cision is ugalnst them.
The democratic senate passed the bill
for the appointment of a committee to
hunt down the person or persons who
assassinated Governor Ooebel, and ap
propriating $100,000 to carry on the
work. The bill had been previously is
sued In the house and now goes to
Governor Beckham for approval.
The republican senate, sitting In the
same hail, took no part In the pro
ceedings. )
Arrangement Withdraws the Last
Prospect of Interference With
Eastern Rates. '
Chicago, III., March 6. Another field
of transportation is to be covered by
the syndicates that, within the past
few months, have assumed control of
the railroads east of Chicago and St.
Louis. Those behind the consolidations
have turned their attention to the water
lines and are working ott a. plan to
combine the large boat companies on
the great lakes with the intention of
placing these in the big pool with the
railroads. All the big lines are to be
brought into the fold, and a common
set of rates agreed upon that will not
conflict or cause trouble to the all-rail
lines from here to the east.' It is said
that Morgan, Rockefeller, Harriman
and Hill are the prime movers in the
lake deal.
In the lake pool Mr. Rockefeller will
place his big fleet of ore boats, operat
ing between Cleveland and Buffalo, and
the ore ports of Northern Michigan and
Wisconsin, Hill will add all the big lin
ers of the Northern Steamship company
including the passenger boats, the
Northwest and the North Land Mor
gan will contribute the vessels owned
by the Erie and Lehigh Valley roads
and Harriman will turn over the steam
ers run in connection with the New
York Central railroad system.
This will include 95 per cent of all the
big boats on the lakes, both freight and
Plans a Short Cut from Hershey to
Laramie in Wyoming.
"Wheatland, Wyo., March 6. One of
the surprises of the week in Wyoming
railroad circles was the arrival here on
Wednesday of a. party of seven Union
Pacific surveyors, with a full comple
ment of wagons, tents and supplies for
field work. The members of the party
were reticent, but from what it was
possible to learn, they are to begin
work running surveys for the Union
Pacific's proposed cut-off from Hershey,
thirteen miles west of North Platte, to
Laramie, In Albany county, AVyo.
Whether this line will be built Is, of
course, a matter of conjecture, but it is
known that General Manager Dickin
son, President Burt and Chief Kngineer
Berry made a trip over the route last
summer and that large quantities of
rails, tics, etc., were unloaded at Her
shey. It is said that if the Union Pacific
builds this line, which will follow the
North Platte river, through western
Nebrascka, and on to Fort Laramie,
tapping the iron and onyx fields of
Hartville, the company will not con
struct the Sherman Hill cut-off.
The acttvity of the Burlingtot) in
building Into Wyoming from Alliance
and the securing of a right-of-way on
west to Salt Lah it is believed, has
prompted the Overland to build the
cut-off, that when completed will place
the Union Pacific where it can compete
with the Burlington's new trans-continental
line. ,
The Three Parties Will Work To
gether In That State.
Topeka, Kan., March 6. The state
central committees of the populist.dem
ocratlc and silver republican organiza
tions were in secret session here in an
endeavor to agree upon terms under
which a complete union of the three
parties may be formed for the coming
state and national campaign. The dif
ferences were mainly as to a division
of the offices.
It was finally agreed that the popu
lists are to have governor, lieutenant
governor, auditor, attorney general
state superintendent, congrcssman-at-
large and one judge of the court of vis
itation. Tho free silver republicans are to
have insurance superintendent and one
Judge of the court of visitation.
The electoral ticket is to be divided
between tho democrats and populists
The democrats decided to hold their
convention to nominate delegates to
the national convention on May 23, at
Kansans Murdered in Brazil.
Fort Scott, Kan., March 6. Frank
Greenfield of Mapleton, Kan., who last
fall came home from South America
and secured the co-operation of the
government In a relief expedition to
search for the parly of rubber pros
pectors which was sent from Kansas
City to the Interior of Iirazil In Febru
ary, 1MS, h;is notified his parents from
Cuguba, Iirazil, In a letter Just re
ceived, that the en I ire" purty was mas
sacred by Slials Indians far up the
Xinga river. There were five or six
men In the party. It was in charge
of M. K. Kirk, a civil engineer of Kan
sas City, and consisted of Alfred rGcen
field of Mapleton, Kan.; two men named
Williamson and Urownly of Ohio, and
one or two unknown men. L. B. Price,
a Kansas City banker, was financial
backer. The Brazilian government as
sisted in the search.
Castellane On Imperialism.
Paris, March 5. Count Castcllant has
published a two-column article In the
Gaulols, entitled "The Two Imperial
isms," giving the result of his obser
vations during his recent trip to the
United States. lie declares that Amer
ican imperialism Is superior to that of
ltiilnln, but warns France to beware
of an alliance between tho two English,
speaking countries.
Incidentally he asserts that Ameri
rnn Imperialism receives Its Impetus
from tho trusts, to whom expansion
mentis tremendous business; from
Wall street magnates, whose Interests
rj closely allied with Iindons ex
change, and from the society ring,
whose pose It Is to sympathize with
and ape the ways of British nobility,
New York Member Leads Repubtl.
cans a Merry Chaee.
Washington, D. C, March Nlotfc
ing has happened in the house for
long time that has created so much
laughter as an Incident in the speech of
Representative Amos Cummings Of
New York, during the Puerto Rico tar
iff debate on Wednesday. The time
was approaching for the vote to be
taken, and everybody was keyed up t
concert pitch. It was known that the
vote would be close no one knew how
close, nor whether the bill would pass
or be defeated. About 2 o'clock Amos
Cummings got the floor under the fire
minute rule. jand he started to maka
the best of it, his voice soaring into
fierce but foggy thunder and his arms)
beating the air with the reckless free
dom of flails, voice and gestures being
characteristic of the literary congress
man from New York.
"Mr. Chairman," he began, "wheis
the vital interests of our country are
at stake and the liberty of the people Is
endangered, I believe it to be the duty
of every man upon this floor to rise
above party trammels and vote in ac
cordance with his honest convictions.
Here every member began to listen,
for Cummings, in spite of his rough-and-ready
style of delivery, generally
has omething interesting to say at &
critical stage of a debate, and every
body remembered that Cummings la
mentioned for Mr. Bryan's running
"Believing this, after I had voted! fop
$50,000,000 to be spent by the president
of the United States to prepare us far
war with Spain, and after voting for
the declaration of war, I stood here,
rising above party and voted for the
revenue bill providing money to carry
on the war. In that same patriotic spirit
I declare here today, with a full sense
of my responsibility, that I Bhall vote
for this bill."
The scene that ensued on the repub
lican side is hard to describe. The ap
plause was deafening, and the repub
licans seemed to go wild with enthusi
asm. To the democrats the shook was
like a stroke of paralysis, and amid
the pandemonium of joy . they sat
dumbfounded and appalled.
Cummings was still on his feet. He
waited until the excitement subsided
sufficiently to make himself heard,
when he continued with increasing en
ergy of voice and gestures:
"I shall vote for this bill, Mr. Chair
man, provided it is amended as offi
cially recommended by the president of
the United States so as to provide ab
solute free trade with the island of
Puerto Rico." '
In an instant the uproar was trans
ferred from the republican side to the
democratic, and a pandemonium raxedi
among those who a moment before had
been stricken dumb witb amazement.
Even the republicans enjoyed the joke
on themselves, and Cannon and other
leaders, convulsed with laughter at the
adroit way in which they had been Im
posed upon, crowded Into the aisle aa
Cummings ceased, and told him that h
was guilty of a low-down trick.
David B. Hill Will Be One Of New
York's Big Four.
Albany, N. Y., March 6. David B.
Hill has been asked to lead the delega
tion from this state to the national
democratic convention at Kansas City
on July 4. Richard Croker wants htm
to go and also to assist him In restor
ing confidence in the party throughout
the state. 1
Mr. Croker's wishes were communi
cated to Mr. Hill by John Whalen, the
corporation counsel of New York, and
Mr. Croker's most trusted friend and
adviser. Mr. Whalen and Mr. Hill had
aa hour's conference, the result of
which is said to have been satisfactory
to both Mr, Whalen and the democratic
state leaders. V
Mr. Hill is said to have expressed his)
willingness to be one of the big four at
the convention. To him will be intrust
ed the task of conducting the fight for
a broad and liberal platform, In which
the currency plank will not be too con
spicuous and upon which all factions
can stand. .,
Adopt Resolutions Condemnlngth
Paper Trust.
New Orleans, March 6. At the session
of the Kdltorlal association the resolu-.
tlons against trusts were taken up. J.
K. Lanning of Norwalk, O., made an
eloquent address. He said emphatically
that there was no duty on wood pulp
and here the excitement began again.
President Henry, who had taken the
chair, was compelled to rap continual
ly for order. Delegate John Naegel of
Manitowoc, Wis., said he desired to set
matters right on the spot and showed
conclusively that there waa a duty on
wood pulp. Mr. Naegel drew from his
pocket a little slip of paper. He ex
plained that he had called at the local
customs house and front the collector
of the port had ascertained that there
was a tariff on wood pulp. He had
made a note of the rates.
Mr. Lanning read from what he said
was the free list of the existing tariff
law, showing that wood pulp was In
reality on the free list.
The debate on the question continued
for some time and with much heat.
The resolutions against trusts were
adopted, 244 to 64, with an amendment
urging congress to take Immediate ac
tion against the paper trust.
Money Will Not Reach Boers.
Washington, D. C, March 6. The at
tention of postal authorities to a din
patch stating that a postal money or
der payable to President Kruger at
Pretoria had been returned to the send
er by the department, they said that
an order was Issued by the postofflce
department November 1, 1899, giving
notification that owing to tho war In
progress in South Africa money orders
ran not be delivered if payable In the
Transvaal or Orange Free Htate, and
directing postmasters not to Issue such
orders until further notice. If since
that dule such orders have been Issued!
It was contrary to the department's In
structions. South African money orders
were drawn payable in the Transvaal
and Free State, but were first sent o
Cape Colony, which office acted as In
termediary, as the places In question
were In the relation of dependencies of
Great Britain. Under the present con
dition of affairs the British officials
would refuse to forward money orders
to the countries with which ther are
at war and no agreement haa ever bean
entered Into by which money orders
can be sent directly to tht Transvaal.