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Lord Hamilton Overestimates the
Ocean Tonnage Required.
A Number of Interviews " \VItli Jllgli
Authorities An Knciny'H Army
Could Kittcr the llrltlHli 1 1-
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Could mi Kncmy Ilcach
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LONDON , Juno 13. [ New York Herald
Cable Special to TUB Biii. : ) The clmnncl
invasion scare Intensifies. No sooner baa
parllnniciit , by vetoing tlio channel tunnel
thereby practically admitting England's
Inability to guard n hole thlrty-thrco feet In
circumference , than Lord George Hamilton ,
Ilrst lord of ( the ndmlrnlty , dcenens the
channel Invasion scare by a privileged speech
night before last , upon which half a dozen
newspapers Immediately founded stirring
leaders. I culled upon several tiavnl nnd mil
itary magnates to-day In hopes to get their
views upon the mooted questions which may
be concisely expressed thus :
How many tons of shipping would bo re
quired to carry an army of 100,000 from
Franco to England !
How long would It take to collect the trans
port !
How much time would bo occupied In put
ting the troops onboard ship and taking them
out again ) How far availably the steam
navy of any continental power would bo of
use for the purpose )
Almost everyone visited seemed saturated
with thoughts on the subject , but each ono
was unwilling to utter them. Admiral Sir
John Hay was visited at his residence over
looking Plmllco pier , to-day and was willing
to talk but reservedly. Ho suid : "I tun not
prepared to definitely state whether the ton
nage mentioned by Lord George- Hamilton
for carrying 15,000 soldiers over the channel
Is really required. Lord Gcorgo doubtless
had data for what ha said , which is moro
than 1 have , but I had in my .voungur days
consIdcriiKo experience in the transport
service , owu Impression is that such
soldiers could bo transported with less ton-
nngo than that ho mentioned. As to n sur
prise invasion by sea I bellevo It could bo
made. It is quite feasible. That number of
men from , say France , could land on our
shores and give us a little surprise , but what
the result would be Is moro than I can an
ticipate. You newspaper men can prognos
ticate ! as much above that as njiy one , but I
should think that with the number of men we
have and the clllcient state of our volunteer
system wo could give a good account of our
selves. Of course It would remain with the
people whether or not a scare took place. In
such nn event why should not foreign in
vaders bo able' to surprise this country ?
"William the Conqueror landed 00,000 at Hast
ings and in those days It took two or three
days to row across. Other countries besides
our own have made considerable progress
since then , it Is true , but looking at the ques
tion all round 1 think in these days of mod
ern appliances It could bo accomplished.
Much would depend upon the commander of
the invading body , but I don't believe such a
commandc.i has yet arisen. The actual land
ing would bo a great initiative and the ulti
mate progress of the undertaking would de
pend entirely upon that initiative. "
Sir Henry Havelock Allonbon , the famous
General Havelock and now a retired general ,
said when I visited him : "Lord Gcorgo
Hamilton is iv friend of mine nnd an old
comrade , but looking at this question
from a purely technical point of view I must
disagree with him. You remember I inter
rupted his speech at the house of commons
last night to Inquire how the problem would
bo effected. I was assuming that un invad
ing force should arrive in sections and ho re
plied that such a supposition would destroy
the surprise. But the fact Is so far us I
know neither the great Napoleon , nor Lord
Woolsoy , nor anyone else who has considered
the matter ever counted for n moment on
there being a surprise. If the proposed tun
nel beneath the channel were a reality there
would bo reason for such apprehension. As
it is we may bo sum that the telegraph and
newspapers will keep us Informed 'of the
movements of a hostile fleet. The question
is not whether an enemy could effect a land
ing In splto of our full knowledge of their
plans. I am convinced that the thing Is
possible In fact under certain conditions
nothing could bo easier. Mind , I don't say
what would become of the Invaders after
they liavo landed. I say that Franco could
pluco 100,000 troops on our southern coast
Within two days , and that Germany could
with OUFO land half as many moro men In the
rnino time. Germany's ' advantage would
consist in the largo number of ocean 'steam
ers at her disposal and the superiority of her
troops on the sea. Lord George Hamilton
teems to think a foreign nrmy could not.
1 depend on steamers and men-of-war , which ,
ho uolnts out , furnish inadequate accommoda
tions for troops , but It mtiht bo remembered
thai each Htcamcr can draw two transport
vessel * nnd with the horses and equipments
on their decks the carrying capacity of Jlrst-
class sailing vessels Is soinethingastonlshlng.
Of course progress would bo slow , but sup
posing a French expedition to leave Hlmul-
tnneotiHly from Boulogne and Cherlmrg ,
which Inter harbor Is admirably adapted
to the purpose , I can ECO no rea-
sou why they might not land 40,000
men in England In six hours ,
later to bo reinforced by a like number in an
other six hours and so on. It remains to
consider what such a force could accomplish ,
having reached Its destination , I will not
deny that proi > orly commanded and fully
equipped un unny of 120,000 strong might get
to London , They might slcgu the surroundIng -
Ing heights and bombard the city. Hut now
as to the probability of anything of this kind
coming to puss. It is not HO remote us many
people supiKxe. Within u year Uussia may
seize Constantinople ) . She may do It within
three months. England would bo forced to
submit or light. Submission seems the loss of
thouEOOf the Suez canal and danger to
India. Fighting1 means the concentration of
our licet in the Mediterranean , leaving the
channel open to Russia's ally. Franco might
limit her Hostility to interfering with our
food supply , or she might make such un at
tack as 1 have supposed. "
Sir Edward Hamloy , M. P. , of the Egyptian
military , gives these views : " I had some
dllllculty in believing the tlrst lord of the ad
miralty to bo In earnest when ho lightly ills-
jKised of the possibility of Invasion by stating
the amount of steam tonnage which the oi > er-
ntiou wontd require. What ho said was
equivalent to the assertion that an Invading
army could only cross the channel In stcutn-
fihlps'of the largest site ; and that the whole
of it must pass at ono trip. What folly was
it then that possessed our grandfathers
wheu , on seeing u great army assembled ut
Boulogne for the invasion of England , they
Used such effects by sea autl land to tncel the
enterprise which the first lord perceives to bo
lmiK > sMble , nnd which was presumably ten
times more impossible in the days before
.steam , Nnjtolcon , writing to the admiral
whom ho had apoalntod to direct the opera-
lionstold him that the force ho had assembled
for the Intended descent was 120,000 men
with SOO cuns nnd 10.000 horses. The flotilla
prepared to convoy them consisted of flat
bottomed vessels of thrco classes. The
troops wcro practiced In embarking In this
flotilla. The experiment , says Allison ,
proved that 100,000 inch with 300 pieces of
cannon and their whole caissons nnd equip
age could wind their places In less than half
nn hour. In the same letter Naiwlcon re
marked'Lotus master the strait for six
hours nnd wo nro the masters of the world. '
The Ideas of Napoleon and of the people of
England nl that time , also of the Danes nnd
Saxons , Julius Cicsnr nnd William the Con
queror , were evidently widely nt variance
with those of the first lord on the subject of
the transport of armies across the channel.
But we need not go so far back for examples.
Many nro now living , of whom I nm ono ,
who took part In the landing of nn
Invading nrmy of M,000 men with
121 guns on the shore of the Crimea , the
name nrmy which a few days afterwards de
feated the Russian on Alma. There Is now a
new circumstance greatly In favor of the In-
vndcr namely , the power of n fleet to insure
nn unopposed landing. When Abercromby's
troops approached the shore In Abouklr bay
they entered n tremendous zone of tire from
the French field guns which sank many of
their boats , but n&w every wnrslnji is'an 1m-
pregnublo fortnnd carries guns of Irrcsistablo
power , so that the area of coast Is kept abso
lutely clear for the landing , and us the ilrst
troons landed can either remain within that
area or begin nn advance , the same trans
ports which convoyed them would bo
free to return nnd bring over the
rest. Thus , while the steamers nro not
Indlspcnslblo except to tow transports , the
flotilla need not necessarily be so largo as to
bo able to convoy the whole army at ono
trip. "
The European situation is
to-ilay practic
ally thus : Every continental power has
thoroughly armed Itself suspicious of each
other , while nt last England has a popular
and political scare about a possible French
invasion , the homo rulers saying that Ireland
is ready to become a b.iso of supplies for the
French when the time comes.
LONDON , Juno 1 ! ! . fNew York Herald
Cable Special to Tun Bcc. | Major Gen
eral Sir Edward Bullcr , 1C. C. B. , who is per
haps one of the best military authorities in
England , speaking on the subject of Lord
Gcorgo Hamilton's calculations , said : "I
cannot give you the detailed figures but it
seems that Lord George Hamilton must have
been mistaken. It is difllcult to imagine
where ho got his figures. It almost seems us
if ho calculated the tonnage per man ns re
quired for a long voyage. To my mind ho
under-estimated Franco's transport capacity.
There is the point on which his whole state
ment rested. Few pcoplo would doubt but
that Franco has ample shipping tonnage.
Even 01 * the figures mentioned by the first
lord to carry 100,000 mon , personally
I think that un invasion would bo possible--
tfiat Is if France had control of the sea. The
great question for England is the strength
of her navy. If an enemy were to land the
object for us would bo to have strategical
points of vantage mid to force the invaders
to meet us whore wo would wish and not
where they wished. This difference between
the army and navy departments ; Is certainly
unfortunate and should not exist In a great
country like this. Lord Wolsley will cer
tainly have some reply to make when an op
portunity occurs.
BKIIMK , Juno 13. [ New York Herald
Cable Special to Tin : Bcn.J Tlio stalo-
ment made by Lord Gcorgo Hamilton , first
lord of Iho admiralty , that 120 steamships of
1,000 tons , or un aggregate of 450,000 toirs , erin
in other words moro steam tonnage than
Germany possesses und almost - ns *
much as Franco could command ,
would bo required to convoy across the
channel nn army of 100,000 men , has caused
severe comment and criticism in the military
circles of Berlin. I conversed on Iho sub
ject with several of the most prominent
ofllccrs of the German army , among ihom
Count Von Walder/o , quartermaster-general
of the army. These gentlemen said it
would bo a breach of professional conllr
dcnco to Indicate how an nrmy could bo
shipped from Germany to England by the
means of less than 4SO.OOO steam tonnage ,
but I can say that the figures of
Iho first lord of the admiralty and
the conclusion tlmt ho Intends to
bo deducted from , them namely , that
without taking into account the defensive
power of the British fleet a laud
ing of 103,000 foreign troops In
England is practically an Impossibil
ity is regarded by the most compe
tent military authority In Germany as
utterly absurd and ns simply throwing dust
In the eyes of the British public. Ono of the
most prominent o dicers of the Prussian gen
eral staff , said to mo : "Tho fallacy of the
first lord of the admiralty , or rather ono of
the fallacies in his statement , Is to take It for
granted that the whole of nn Invading army
could only cross at ono trip. Moreover the
obvious use of barges , fishing waft and the
commodious canal bouts of Franco , that
could bo towed by steamers , uro utterly
Ignored In Lord Hamilton's calculation ,
Why , apply Lord Hamilton's theory to act
ually accomplished military facts. If the
reasoning of the head of the British admir
alty bo sound the'n the following examples of
Iho transportation of armies would huvc
been Impossible namely , tha landing of the
Anglo-French armies In the Crimea
in 1855 ; the transportation of general
McClellun's army of the Potomac to the Vir
ginia peninsula in l53 ! ; the transportation of
General Bank's army to tlio mouth of the
Mississlpl In 1SC3 ; the transportation of tha
Fort Fisher expedition to North Carolina
later In the American war. The broud fuet
remains that the lord of the British admir
alty Is utterly ut variance with the calcula
tions made by the ofllcers of the German
staff. "
PAHIS , Juno 13. [ Now York Herald Cable
Special to Tun BKB. ] Vice-Admlrul Dom-
picrro d1 Bomory received the Herald re
porter with that genuine politeness which
characterizes naval ofllcors. After expressIng -
Ing u natural dcsiro not to be askcd _ any too
pointed questions with regard to Franco and
England's relations , ho said ; "To land 100-
000 men in England , or oven f > 0,000 , Is un im
possibility. Unless , of course , you can sup
pose that the English were warned of tlio
enemies intentions und wore kind enough
to retire suftlclcntly far from a largo bench
offering u convenient landing pluco und allow
the operation to bo performed without Inter
ference. Otherwise , where uro the troops to
land ! Ships of the size and tonnage re
quired to transport largo numbers of troops
cannot run too close in shore. The embark
ing is nothing for a short voyage , such as
that from any part of northern Europe to
England. The majority of transport could
curry 2.0CO men each , but the men must bo
landed in cockle shells unless England would
lend ecu qf her docks for the purpjso. Then
ngaln , It Is not only a question of men. You
must have artillery and cavalry If an army Is
to > lo any service , and provisions and equip
ments. Think of the space occupied by
heavy Held artillery and cavalry. This would
almost double the carrying power required
for landing. Uctlovo me , sir , England has
no cnuso to fear an Invasion. She is sur
rounded by n belt of water worth moro to her
than all the standing armies. Her position
Is infinitely superior to that of the other con
tinental nations who nro obliged to ruin
themselves by keeping the whole nation
under arms. I remember during the Crim
ean war , when I commanded the flagship
Vlllo du Purls , the time It took us to land
only So.lXto men. Wo had to press nil our
transports Into service. The English , of
course , had their own. I distinctly recollect
my surprise when 1 found wo were allowed
to land without opposition. Why , had
the Cossacks- been them to reucivo
us wo should not have effected
the landing of half our men fand means.
Coast defences to-day nro very different
from what they were when I was before
Scbastapool. It was for his brilliant conduct
on this occasion that the then commander ,
Dotn Pierre , was promoted to the rank of
post captain. Although seventy-two years
old ho Is still ns active as over , and with his
manly , sunburnt fnco looks quite read } ' ( o
enter active service again In case of need. "
Mr. Hddolph H. Gracfc , Paris manager of
the Inman , Hcd Star and American lines ,
who has hud considerable experience in the
transport service , said : "I really cannot
understand thesO scares in England
ami the strange assertions , that nro
made across the channel hi connection with
them. The Inman steamer , City of Berlin ,
carries 1,500 steerage , 2 < X ) saloon , and 150
second-class passengers , together with about
4,000 tons of cargo. If this ship were used for
troops , according to the measurement or
dered by the government , she could carry
over a,000 , men nnd ofllccrs , while -the cargo
space could bo used for stores , ammunition ,
horse nnd artillery. As for the 480,000 tons
required of which you speak for 100,000 men ,
calculating on the City of Berlin of C.-100
tons , currying ! i,000 men , fifty such ships to
carry 100,000 men would only have a gross
tonnage of 270,030. So General Wolsoloy
seems nearer the mark than Lord Hamilton. "
The reporter then culled at the French
Trans-Atlantic companies' ofllces. M. Vnl-
inon , passenger and trafllu manager , said :
"Our largo ships , like the Champagne , carry
'JOO saloon , SO second-class and 000 steerage
passengers , besides 3,030 tons cargo. If
carrying troops then she could take 1,500 or
moro easily. The cargo space could bo en
trenched upon if not required f6r cavalry.
Our Atlantic fleet of twenty-two ships show
n total tonnage of 05,500 tons , and there are
other companies in Franco beside ours. "
A Change For GooiPln His Condition
The CycllstH.
[ Co/Hp7i ) ] / ( JffS tin James Goitlen Dennett. )
BratuN , Juno 13. [ New York Herald
Cable Special to TIIK BIK. : ] The latest reports
of the condition of the
ports to-night em
peror show n decided improvement. The
artificial feeding1 to which his majesty at first
manifested great aversion has become loss
distasteful , and the operation is now per
formed by Sir Morrtill Mackenzie without
dilllculty. It has been stated to-night that
the emperor has again been able to take food
without the employment of nn instrument ,
but I have not yet been able to sco anyone
who could confirm this statement.
Tne international cycle race attracted a
great concourse of spectators. Again lierr
Lehr , of Frankfort-on-tho-Main , the winner
of the emperor's prize , and now champion of
Europe , fell in the race to-day , but was not
much hurt. In the cvcle race to-day for pro
fessionals , the American , Woodside , pained
second , and Temple , another American , third
pri/e. In another I'ace to-day for profession
als , the first prize was won by Temple , and
the second by Allan ! , of England , and the
third by Woodsido.
Not a little harsh comment has been ex
cited by the fact that the crown prince at
tended the races and gave a luncheon to the
king of Sweden and was a guest nt a rffgi-
mcntal dinner. He is not at Potsdam. The
danger to his father , however , is not so Inn-
ncnt to-night ns it was last night , which may
be the young man's excuse. The doctors are
just as much surprised as the public by the
sudden change in his condition and are of
course moro hopeful than they were yester
day. This , however , does not Justify any
very sunguino expectations that the improve
ment will continue.
The League Council Meeting.
CI.IVEIANI > , Juno 13. The executive coun
cil of the Irish National League of America
concluded Its session to-day. The question of
the advisability of holding u convention this
yeurj was referred to a sub-committee. A
long set of resolutions were adopted reafllrm-
ing the pledges of fidelity to the present
organization the Irish National league and
promising the continued support. All the
friends of Ireland uro called upon to con
tribute In the effort to aid the milTerlng people
ple in their struggle , nnd the ofllccrs of the
different brunches of the leuguo to vigorously
prosecute the work of extending the member
ship and enlarging its resources. Resolu
tions of sympathy to General Sheridan nnd
u prayer for his speedy recovery wcro also
Hurled In the Hunk.
ST. PAUL , Minn , , Juno 1 ! ) . A special to the
Dispatch from Mcnomlncc , Wls. , said n clay
bank in the brick yard there caved in this
morning burying seven men , Two brothers
named Jauscn have been taken out dead und
terribly mangled. Two of the others can
live only a few hours and the remainder
escaped with broken arms und legs and in
ternal iujuries.
Managed to Kill Himself.
ST. LOUIH , Juno 13. This morning John
McCulloch , a broom maker , shot his wife
und then put the muzzle of the revolver to
his tcmpbj uud sent u bullet through his
head , dying Instantly. The woman received
u painful wound In tno head und was taken
to the city hospital. Mrs. McCulloch hud re
fused to live with her husband.
Down With All On Hoard.
LCCKNOW , Ont , , Juno 13. Stephen Martin ,
living on the lake shore near ICIngsbrldge ,
found u bottle on the Iwuch on Sunday last.
Inside was u piece of bark signed by Captain
McDunn and saying the schooner Tillln , of
Hay City , Mich. , went down with all hands
thirteen miles from Godcrlch. There was
no duto un the bark.
Another Victim of the Hlor.
CHICAGO , Juno 13. The Haymarkct of
May , 1SSO , lias claimed another victim.
Police Olllcer Timothy Sullivan , ono of the
detail on that memorable night , who received
n bullet In the thigh , died to-night of blood-
poisoning. _ .
Sheridan's Condition.
WASHINGTON , Juno 13 , General Sheridan
has slept naturally the greater part of the
day. Ho has taken sufficient nourishment
and has not been annoyed by a cough.
A South Omiihu Fire.
At 0 o'clock this morning lire .destroyed
two frame residences in South Omaha , ono
block und a half west of 'Swift's packing
house.Onoof the houses ' \yas'tho property
of a man named Dunn , y'
Heroes of Mnny Battles Gathering
in Chicago.
lie Considers Orcshnm'H Boom Busted
Hy Hln Friends Chairman Jones
Bays Ito Ucnrs No Further
From lllnlnc.
Forerunners of the Convention.
CHICAGO , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram to
TUB HER. ] Among the guests nt the Palmer
are Chaunccy I. Filley of Missouri , and John
C. New of Indiana. Killoy is nn old and
astute politician whoso opinion , if sincerely
spoken , Is always valuable and Interesting.
Ho has no favorites just now. Ho says ho is
for the party Ilrst and that ho wants to find
out who would bo the strongest candidate.
Ho has begun to slzo them up nnd will not
announce his decision until ho has consulted
with the leaders from the other states. Ho
deplores the discord In Indiana. New had a
long consultation with Filley , but failed to
make him bellevo that Harrison , If anybody
from Indiana , should bo nominated. When
Tom Plntt pets hero ho , und Filley will put
their heads together and somebody will bo
hurt. It is surmised , but ho docs
not sny so , that Mr. Filloy is
of the opinion that nn eastern
man with ex-Governor Porter , of Indiana ,
for vice president , would make nn Inimitable
combination. Ho thinks Illalne is clear out
of the light.
Murnt Halstcad , editor of the Cincinnati
Commercial Gazette , came In on an early
train. "Ohio Is undoubtedly for Sherman ,
reports to the contrary notwithstanding , "
said ho. "There may bo a crank in the dele
gation there generally Is one crank in u
body of fifty but I do not think these Is
moro than ono , . if there is that. It
will therefore stnnd by Sherman , "with
Governor Foraker nt the front * loyal
to the choice , of the state. Sherman
has already a large vote assured
moro than 800 nnd ho will grow. Bliiinc is
out of tlio race for good und all , but it Is not
to be denied that the Ohio delegation Is com
posed of Blalne's friends , who would gladly
bo for him if ho were in the Held , but ho
Isn't , and no ono Knows it so well us White-
law Held , William Whiter Phelps , Charles
Emery Smith and other intimate friends of
the plumed knight. " ;
"Uo you think tha'Blalno men nro seeking
to create diversions from this man or that , in
order to get the delegates ) on the ground com
paratively untrammgted to pledges 1"
"No , I do not. In fact they are utterly un
settled themselves. They do not know which
way to turn. "
"Are they likely to turn to Algeri"
"Hardly , but Tom Platt of Now York Is
doins aU in his power to turn the New York
delegation to Algor , nnd ho may succeed , if
Depow is not in the field. Depcw could carry
Now York , but ho might lose Kansas nnd
lowii. Harrison will have n great pull in the
conlldent claim which' is set up for him that
he can curry a state which Bluino lost in
1881 , and the Harrison men urge Phelps for
second place becnnso1 ho can carry New
Jersey , another state lost by Bhiine four
years ago. It must.nht bo overlooked that
this Is indeed a strong combination. It will
receive attention In the convention. "
"And about Greshami"
"Oh , Grcshum has been killed by the
methods of his friends. His boom is just
like that ono wo started for Hristow in 187(1. (
Wo ran it into the' ground nnd broke it off. "
Mr.Lane , assistant secretary to the national
committee , wore a lilainc badge and talked
Bluinc with great fervor. "At least fiOO of
the delegates arc really for Hlaine , " said ho
with enthusiasm. "I think some of them will
vote for him and the woods may bo set on
lire. I don't know who could put the blaze
out , once started. " Ho said there were men
in the New York delegation who would
surely vote for the plumed knight in any
event. Ho also suid Chicago had killed
Gresham by Its prescriptive methods.
Hon. Koswell G. Herr of Michigan was a
conspicuous figure about the Grand Pacific
this forenoon. Referring to the Chicago
Gresham organs , ho said their conduct was
infamous , : uul that they had made the nomin
ation of their favorite impossible. Allison
men have been called In from lown for a con
ference this ovenhrg or to-morrow. Mr.
Christy , of Iowa , while booming Allison ,
said there were ut least 700 delegates ut heart
for Hlaine.
The most notable event of the day politi
cally was the arrival of F. H. Jones , chair
man of the republican national committee
and recipient of the famous Florence letter
irom Ululnc. A rumor was in circulation
that ho was the bearer of anotner epistle
from the man across the water and that the
new missive would give Mr , Hlnino's choice
for the republican presidential nominee. Mr.
Jones was seen by a representative of the
Associated press this evening and nskcd if
hud such u letter. Ho replied , "No , sir , I
kuve not. No communication of n political
kind has been received by mo from Mr.
Hlaine since the Florence letter reached mo. "
"Don't you think -f ho situation calls for
further expression from him nt this time in
case of a deadlock in thb convention i"
"No , I don't think so , The great majority
of Uio delegates como hero unpledged , nnd
they may nominate a candidate at tiio out
set , so the talk of what should bo done in
the event of u deadlock need not bo dis
cussed. "
"Has Mr. Hlnino over admitted to you
that ho would not 'accept ' the nomination if
unanimously tendered I"
"Most emphatically no. "
Chairman Jones said ho would not accept
the chairmanship of tlio national committee
again. Ho Intimated that Senator Quay , of
Pennsylvania , might bo his successor und
that Chairman Coo | > cr. of tno Pennsylvania
state committee , was also n possibility ,
Gossip From the Gathering llostH ut
Iho Imki : City.
CuiOAno , Juno 13. The most remarkable
feature of the political situation throughout
tht ) day wns the strong undercurrent for
Hlulno , There were many men from al
purts of the country around the political
Headquarters who still think Hlalno the
coming man. They quoted speeches In
which ho said that no man had u right to
refuse the call of his country If it came with
unanimity , and concluded that IBlaino would
not bo the first to violate his principle ,
There was great activity ut the Grcshum
headquarters to-day. The register was kept
open and every Grcsham man who dropped
In put down his name. M-iny former resi
dents of New York held n meeting' in
Groshams rooms this afternoon for the pur
pose of booming the judge. They organized
a committee to receive the Now York dele
gation with hospitality. They called upon
all former Now Yorkers , now residents of
Chicago , to lend their active ca-oparation.
The names of those who shall muko the
nominating speeches was the subject of con
siderable. inquiry to-duy. General Algcr
will bo nominated by Colonel Ilobert P. Fraser -
ser of Detroit , u lawyer and old campaigner ,
General Harrison will bo nominated by ox-
Governor Albert G , Porter , of Indiana.
Sherman's name will bo presented by Gen
eral Hustings , attorney general of-Pennsyl-
vania. Judge Gresham will probably bo
nominated by Leonard Swctt , of Chicago ,
The two most observed newcomers to-day
wcro Mural Hulstcod of Cincinnati , und
Chauncey I. Filloy of St. Louis. Hulstead
wus outspoken for Sherman. Filloy was
. Fourteen- national comiuitteemen wore in
the city to-night. The committee -will meet
to-morrow , the chief business being the
election of the temporary ofllccrs of the con
vention , but It Is not likely anything will bo
done In the matter before Saturday.
Tno I'nlntlnl Const Train.
InNVin : , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram to
Tin : UKE.J At 0 o'clock to-morrow morning
the Pacific coast delegation on the way to
the Chicago convention will nrrivo at Denver
over the Union Pacific in ti special train of
nine sleepers nnd two dining cars , which It Is
rcKirted ] Is the handsomest twin that over
crossed the continent. The party Is In charge
of Colonel J. V. Parker , Union Pacific- gen
eral agent at Salt Lake , and Mr. W. U. San-
born , of San Francisco. Tlio delegation sup
plied themselves and friends before starting
with WX ) whlto handkerchiefs , which is In
terpreted by the democrats to Indicate n flag
of truco. The delegation will bo entertained
in Denver to-morrow by the Union club nnd
republicans generally , and spend the day in
driving about the city nnd talking over polit
ical matters with the leaders.
HThcre is little or no talk among railroad
men about cut rates to Chicago. It Is said
the rates have been placed at so low n figure
that there Is nothing In it now , ana each ono
knows by this time about how many It will
have , and the few additional to bo obtained
by a cut rate are not worthy fishing for. The
rate for the round trip Is still maintained ut
11.50. The Burlington and Missouri Pacific
In this city Is In receipt of applications for
space In several sleepers In addition to the
two reserved by the delegates. The Union
Pacific company is already promised cipht
coaches full for Friday night , and the Klo
Grande started In this morning selling berths
In the fourth nnd fifth cars , so the indica
tions arc promising for nn unusually largo
delegation from Colorado.
LAIUMII : , Wyo. , June 13. [ Special Tele-
pram to TUB Hr.i : . ] The Pacific coast dele
gation to the Chicago convention , Including
nil the California delegates and a majority of
the Oregon nnd Nevada ones , en route east
to-day , on the train organized the Pacific
coast delegates and determined to cast the
solid vote for Ulaino on the first ballot. Do
Young , of the Chronicle , suya they have not
agreed upon nny second choice. This is olll-
cial. They were given un immense recep
tion nt this point. Speeches were made by
Chairman Hnmmnn of the delegation and
Corporal Tanner.
Whiskered Young Democrats.
Sriiixorini.i ) , 111. , Juno 13. The conven
tion of democratic clubs of the state mot in
representatives hull to-day with about eight
hundred delegates In attendance. It was
called to order by Stuart Urown , of Spring
field , who delivered the address of welcome.
Dcwitt Crcgier , of Chicago , wns chosen
chairman , Ilalph E. Spriirp , of Chester , sec
retary with four assistants , and Seymour
Jones , of Springfield , reading secretary.
Chairman Crcgier made a speech alter which
the roll of delegations was called and each
named a member of the committee on cre
dentials , on permanent ofllccrs of the state
league , on resolutions and on dclcgutcs-at-
largo to the national convention at Ualti-
more. A recess was then taken until after
In the afternoon the temporary organization
was made permanent with two or three addi
tional secretaries. Resolutions wcro adopted
reaffirming the principles declared by the
national and state conventions and pledging
the delegates to all honorable means to secure
the election of Cleveland and Thurmun and
tlio democratic candidates for the state
ofllces. The committee on delegates for the
state at largo to the Haltlmoro con
vention , reported the following : J. W.
HichnitlH , J. A. King and C. D.Weils , Chicago ;
D. U. Sherwood of Elirin , H. S. Carlter of
Pittsburg , II. Schaldonmun of Dccutur , H.
E.-Kitburgh'of Danville , uml Hcujumln Bur
roughs ol Edwnrdsvillc. The following
were rcporteM as alternates : Joseph Den-
nersberger of Chicago , D. Compton of
Whcnton , W. W. Kyle of Princeton , Ira P.
Morris of Wutscku , D. M. Halstcad of
Koithsburg , Edward Ridgolcyof Springfield ,
A. Hoffman of Mattoon and D. W. Andrews
of Ccntralia. The report was adopted.
The committee on organization of the state
Icaene recommended the adoption of the plan
proposed by the state central committee and
that the officers bo F. II. Jones of Spring
field , president ; J. L. Pickering of Spring
field , secretary ; II. M. Straiten of Moupt
Vernon , treasurer ; J. II. Furrell of Chicago ,
grand marshal , and a vice president for each
congressional district. The report was at
tacked vigorously by Mr. Ecklcs of La Salle ,
who Insisted that Pickering was not a demo
crat. Amid the great confusion that ensued ,
Governor Palmer anpcared , and business was
suspended that ho might address the conven
tion. At the close of Governor Palmer's
speech Mr. Brown of Lusallo urged harmony
and the report was adopted. Delegates were
also reported from each district.
The convention wns addressed by Hon. A.
J. Bell , candidate for lieutenant governor ,
and F. H. Jones , president of the stale
league , and then adjourned.
At night there was u parade of clubs , fire
works und several speeches.
They Want Protection.
PiTTsnintn , Juno 13.t to-day's session
of the Amalgamated association the follow
ing resolutions wcro submitted by the turlff
committee und adopted :
Hcsolved , As representatives of the iron
and steel workers of the United States , rep
resenting Now York , New Jersey , Pennsyl
vania. Ohio , West Virginia , Kentucky , Indi
ana , Illinois , Missouri , Wisconsin , Alabama ,
and other states , wo uro in favor of the senti
ment , "America for Americans , " native and
Hcsolved , That In our Judgment the citizens
and industries in this country can not be pro
tected in any better way than by imposing a
protective tariff on all articles imported from
other countries that can be produced by our
own people , In order that those who produce
them may bo bctler able to do that , which us
citizens und upholders of this government
they are justly entitled to , an equitable share
of the profits of their toll to maintain their
Uesoived , That wo are most emphatically
opposed to any reduction of the present tariff
and wo hereby express our unqualified con
demnation of the provisions of the Mills bill ,
believing as wo do that its adoption as a law
would bo detrimental of the interests of the
American workingmen , and wo respectfully
call upon our representatives in congress to
vote ngaiiiht It.
The balance of the session was devoted to
routine business ,
Colorado Tor Depow.
DKXVBII , Colo. , Juno 13. [ Special Tele
gram to Tin : BKI : . ] Tlio delegates from Col
orado to the national convention ut Chicago
uro rapidly assuming a Dcpow phase , and it
Is thought that the New Yorker will receive
the entire six votes , Gresham has been pop
ular In the west , und particularly in Colorado ,
but the real spirit of the Dcpew boom seems
to have found fuvor hero. Henry Wolcott ,
who heads the Colorado delegation , is nn
out-and-out Depcw man , and will probably
bo instructed to cast Iho solid vote
for him. " Wolcott is very populnr hero ,
and his brother , E. O. Wolcott , is
the most prominent candidate for the seat In
the senate now occupied by lion , T. W.
Bowen. The party in the stateis broken by
factional tights and so bitter has been the
light which lias been concentrated against
Mr. Wolcott that several bitter attacks on
his personal reputation have been published
in the cast und west , The democrats of the
state have refused the inspection of them
und it is believed that they emanated from
factional sources , The fight has been
brought to bear on the national delegated
und the six delegates nro being persuaded
daily to switch from IJcpew to some other
candidate' . It Is probable , however , that
Dupew will gather the prize.
Hepnlillcan CamnulKii Club.
McCooi. JUNCTION- , Juno l'J. [ Spccial to
THE BEE.J Pursuant to u call the local re
publicans of McCool Junction und vicinity
mot at the city hall on lust Saturday evening
for the purpose of organizing a campaign
club. A deep interest was manifested by nil
present , und harmony reigned supremo. Tlio
. following are the officers olectcd ; . Captain
a W. Hays , president ; IV T. 'Lord and
Charles Smith , vice presidents ; J. F. Albin ,
To Boom "Mttlo nrerclies. "
AlANsnr.M ) , O. , Juno 13. { Special Tele
gram to Tin ; linn. ] The story circulated
from Columbus yesterday that Senator
Sherman had concluded to withdraw from
the race is most emphatically denied hero.
Loud complaint U made by Sherman men on
account of the Fornkcr train to Chicago. It
is said this is ono of the means to bo incil to
boom "Little Brooches" for something or
To AVonUcn the Sherman Hootn ,
Nr.w YOIIK , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram to
Tin : Bnn. ] A special from Columbus says
that Foraitor will not tnko second place nnd
says ho would not tuko first plueo. It Is part
of the programme to weaken the Sherman
boom. There will bo nnothcr-gathering of
Hlaine men at Columbus Thursday night.
Judge Wcsfwlll bo ono of the speakers.
Corn I'Nir the Convention.
Sioux CITV , la. , Juno 13. A special train
of Pullman conches will leave hero Sunday
night for the Chicago convention. It will bo
known as the Corn Palnco City train , nnd
will bo handsomely decorated , and Is char
tered by Sioux City people for the round
Call Torn In For lllnlnc.
SAN FIIAXCIPCO , Juno 13. A dispatch from
Wamsutter , Wyo. , states that the California
delegates to the republican convention held
a meeting there to-day nnd agreed to act as n
unit upon Blalno as tlrst choice and to cast
the ilrst vote for him unless they decide upon
a more available man after their arrival at
Chicago. '
Democrats nt Davenport.
DAVKNTOIIT , la. , Juno 13. [ Special to Tun
Bnn. ] The democratic convention for this
judicial district was hold hero to-day and
nominated for Judge , Andrew Huworth , the
present incumbent. Tlio democratic congres
sional convention renomlnatcd by acclama
tion Congressman Walter I. Hayes.
The Blu Procession A ImdIeH' Knnlc
Invitation From Uninlin.
CINCINNATI , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram
to Tun Bnn. ] This was the big day of the
Knights of Pythias conclave. The parade
was u grand success , over 15,000 knights par
ticipating. Tlio brigades were arranged in
the order of their ago. The Indiana brigade ,
the oldest in the order , came first. The
knights were reviewed by Supreme Chan
cellor Douglass from the grand stand erected
for that purpose. At the session of the
supreme lodge to-day numerous arguments
were presented pro and con on the question
of establishing a ladles' rank in Iho order.
The majority favored such an innovation ,
nnd it Is likely that legislation to that end
will result at this meeting. The resolution
providing for the erection of n uythian
temple at Washington ns n permanent
headquarters wus adopted. Tlio ques
tion of tlio disloyal Pennsylvania representa
tives was up for discussion again to-day.
Among the chancellor's recommendations
was that the loyal grand lodge be recognized
as the grand lodge of Pennsylvania Knights
of Pythias.
To-nignt H crand concert was tendered Su
preme Chancellor Douglass by the citizens
of Cincinnati. It whs nn elegant affair.
Among the songs rendered was ono written
by the founder of the Knights of Pythias
order. Justus H. Uathbono. The Omaha
boys all say it is the biggest day's march
they have over had. Still they coino , the in
coming trains -bping still loaded with ar
rivals , and it Is estimated that over 70,000
visitors are hi "town ,
The board of trade of Omaha sent an Invi
tation to the 'supremo lodge to hold its next
bictmiiil meeting there. It was immediately
followed by ono from Indianapolis.
The 1'rico Ciirrunt'H Review of the
Week and Situation.
CINCINNATI , Juno 1 ! ! . [ Special Telegram
to Tin : Bui : . ] The Price Current to-morrow
will say : The week's packing in the west
has been 21f > ,000 hogs , compared with 2lViC03
the preceding wcelc and 15,000 for the cor
responding time last year , making a total of
0-105,000 since March 1 against 2-t 10,000 a
year ago. In the provision market liberal rc-
cuiptn of hogs and continued moderate culls
for the product from consuming depots have
given courage to operators , who have been
disposed to turn their inltucnco toward de-
Dressing values and the weakened and al
ready tired holding interest , under which
values have settled rather sharply the latter
part of the week , yesterday bt'ing lower tluri
at Chicago with some recovery nttho close of
the day from the lowest point. There is con
siderable prevalence of the belief that values
may settle still more , when if u large proportion
tion of the holding of the product centers
In strong hands witli lessened hog supplies
nnd moro liberal exports , under stimulus of
reduced prices , the position may shape so as
to give an upward course to values to bo
maintained for a considerable timo.
An Oinnhii Mini MnKua an Unsiiocess-
1 nl Attempt on Hluljlfe.
Sioux CITV , la. , Juno 13. [ Special Tele
gram to Tun Bii.l : : Irvln G. Hliouds , of
Omaha , n traveling man for the DCS Monies
tank line company , attempted to commit sui
cide hero to-duy at noon , Ho was found
lying in fiomo shrubbery near the packing
houses bleeding freely from cashes made In
his breast by u broken botilu. When the
ofllcors cumi ! ho resisted but wus canturod ,
Ho refuses to say anything , but is evidently
demented. _
A Heavy Halii at ntinlnp.
DUNI.AV , In. , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram
to Tin : BKI : . ] Lust evening a terrible rain
storm struck Dunhip between 10 and 11
o'clock , doing much damage. In u short
time the families , living near the htrcam
which runs through town , wcro driven to
their neighbors or the upper stories of their
houses , the first floors and collars being filled
with mud und debris. All the sidewalks und
mobt , of the bridges in that part of lown nro
wubheit away. As near ns can bo ascer
tained this morning , the storm Is only local
not over a mile or two wide , and not doing
very much damage to cropu.
Death of a Pioneer Preacher.
WATKW.OO , la. , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram -
gram to Tun BuiHev. : ] . Samuel McComn ,
u pioneer preacher in northern Iowa , died
suddenly at his homo in West Bend yester
day morning from apoplexy. Ho settled In
that part of the state In 1WW , organizing the
first Protestant congregation in Palo Alto
county. His remains were taken to Algotm
for Interment.
Finished Their Speeches.
DES MoiNr.d , In. , June 13. [ Special Tele
gram to Tun BKI : . ] The railroad traffic
managers concluded their hearing before
the commissioners this evening. Their talk
to-duy was largely informal , but they do not
know how it was received. The commis
sioners resume to-morrow their work of
completing the freight schedule.
Klcttuihlilp Arrivals.
HAI.TJMOHK , Juno 13. [ Special Telegram
to TIIK Bue. ] Arrived The Baltimore from
Liverpool ,
SOUTIUMPTON , June 13. Arrivt-d The
Lahn from New York for Bremen.
Nuw YOIIIC , Juno 13. Arrived The Del-
gunlund from Antwerp ,
BIIUMBK , Juno 13.r-Arrlved The Wcser
from Baltimore.
QuttNgTow f , Juno 13 , Arrived The Bar-
rowmoro from Baltlnipre.- .
Anxious Dnys and Sleepless NIghta
For Republican Aspirants. : C
_ _ _ _ _ *
DOJIPW Not Considered n I'oisllilllty nt
the Capital Illnlno'N Shot-man
Letter the Kmnnntlon of a
MuUiiiloy S yn It's Hlicrninn.
WASUMNOTON. D. C. . Juno 13. I
Nearly all the conferences have boon hold
by the managers of Iho various candidates ,
nnd the work will , after to-night , bo carried
on by wire. Major MclCmloy did not leave
for Chicago until to-night , having boon de
tained Just before tlio hour of his Intended
departure last night. I saw him nt the
Ebbltt us ho was getting ready for his de
parture , nnd suggested Unit ho ought to keen
down his lightning rod or some of the
electric current might strike htm ; that there
wns n belief that ho stood In danger of being ,
struck with ono or the other end of the
ticket. Tlio major looked earnest when ho
responded : "Oh , I guess not. I nm going
to Chicago for Sherman , and I aui for
Sherman tlrst , last and all the time ,
nnd don't yon get It into
your head that I have nny fear of being ;
struck myself.Vo \ nro going to nominate
Sherman or a lot of us will bo very sadly dis
appointed , It Is n mistake to suppose that
there nro some men In the Ohio delegation
who arc getting selfish or who will do any
thing for personal ends. Blaine Is surely
out of the question. "
As the senators nnd representatives and a
few straggling delegates who nro lingering
here on their way to the convention met in.
the corridors of the capitol during the day ,
they exchanged opinions on the outlook ami
miido appointments to meet in Chicago. Much ,
was said about the possibility of n deadlock
which would result In the selection ,
of Mr. Hlaine. It was noticed that
the feeling that this thing may
occur bus' grciitlv diminished during the
last forty-eight hours. It is the general be
lief that a largo majority of the rcpuU Henna
are opposed to the nomination of Mr. Blalilo
and that being on their guard they will
suffer no complication which will make it
possible for the Muino man to bo brought In
us u whirlwind to tnko the convention off its
feet. The Florence and Paris letters nnd
the report , circulated to-day to the effect that
Mr. Blaine had declined again , have had tbo
effect of bringing out u great deal of plain ,
talk , und this bus materially weakened the
argument of the Blaine men that ho will yet
bo 11 necessity , us they claim ho has been all ,
along. &
Ono thing the people hero seem to bo
pretty conclusive in , nnd that is tlmt is that
Mr. Dcpow's name will not bo seriously
placed before the convention. It is thought
tlmt after ho has received a good endorse
ment his name will bo withdrawn and that
his support will go to three or four stronger
men in the field. Senator Hiscock has not
lost hope of.being n candidate who will fill a
"a long felt want , " and It is said that he ex
pects to sco an emergency arise which will
call for him. All kinds of combinations uro
being made , all of which leave Mr , Blaine
and Mr. Depew out. Among those most fre
quently mentioned nro Allison nnd Phelps ,
Harrison and Morton , Algcr and Phelps ,
Sherman and Phelps or Morton. There is qo
way of diHtruislng the fact that Harrison
slock has risen several points this week.
The Morton nnd Phelps people uro tulKing
Harrison continually. They nro unanimous ,
it .seems , on one point , nnd that is if the head
of tlio ticket comes from the east Harrison
numttako the second place. General GresUam
remains a favorite with western men and ho
will undoubtedly have a largo following from
the east. If the Hlaine men do not combine
against him ho is going to cut a prominent
tlguro in the proceedings. Koprosentativo
Anderson , of Kansas , who has been making
such a determined effort nguinst monopolies
during the past four years , said this after
noon that Sherman wild strong throughout
the country and Harrison or Grcsham would
be the strongest man in the west. Bo rauda
the prediction that the ticket would bo Hat
risen und Morton or Harrison and Phelps.
TIII : iii.Aisi : STOUV A "rAiu : . "
Very little attcnion was paid to the dls
patch received here and published from
Piltsburg this afternoon to the effect that
Mr. Hlaino had written Chairman Jones that
lie would decline the nomination if it was
tendered to him , und declaring in favor of
Senator Sherman. A bulletin came about 2
o'clock announcing ; that such u letter was in
existence and that it would be published ver
batim In the evening pullers , but men in bom
houses of congress wcro disinclined to b'c-
lievo It , although the representation wus per
fect and absolute tlmt there was such a letter
in existence. The representative from Maine )
hooted at the idea of Mr. Hlaine pre-einpto/-
ily refusing in advance to accept the nomlnaj
lion , and declared that ho wus not a maniuu
und would therefore not announce In fuvor
of anybody ; that although It wus well known
tnut Mr. Bluine was very friendly toward Mr.
Sherman , he was very kindly disposed toward
Messrs. Allison , Harrison , Algcr nnd tlio
otlior men who are aspiring lo the nominal
lion. There was very emphatic comment
upon the substance of the alleged letter before -
fore the dispatch wus printed. One of Mr.
Blutno'K warmest friends , who Is a member
from Muino. said that In no event would Mr.
Blaine say that he would accept the nomina
tion , because ho would not refuse It , Ha _
said that Mr. Bhiino was oir record us favorIng -
Ing thrusting n nomination upon a man when
the occasion seems to make It necessary ;
that in ISV1 Mr. Blaine delivered a speech ,
when Dnnnllml Humlin declined the nom
ination for governor of .Maine , in which ho
said that Mr. Hainlln had no richt to refuse-
the nomination ; that ho had accepted other
nominations at the hands of bin party und
was therefore within Iho dictation of the
party , and that ho must uirept , und Mr.
llmnlm accepted. Alter the dispatch from
Piltsburg appeared in print , public-
men said It bore on Its face discredit und that
it was a roorback. The publication has had
no effect whatever. Hud It been u genuine
letter from Mr. Blaine positively declining
the nomination and expressing a preference
for Mr. Sherman it Is said that It would have
great weight in fuvor of the Ohio man , -I
spoke to Mr. Shermun In reference to tlip
alleged letter , and ho seemed to bo In no wav
worked up over It , simply saying that If it
wus true it was Important 1ml that ho did not
believe it was trui ) . Some of Mr. Sherman's
most intimate friends intimate- ( hut there
will bo an announcement made In nn author
itative way ut Chicago uud which will put
Mr. Blalnn fully und fairly before the con
vention lib not desiring the nomination undcf
any circumstances , This may comb In tha
way of another letter but ho will not declirio
the nomination in udvunco.
F. G. McShnnc , of Omaha , n brother of
Representative John McShunc , is at Wil-
Lirtgi Lomla , Fifth artillery , has boon or
dered to his battery.
Major Jiimes Wilson , commissary of sub
sistence , will proceed from Chicago to Mon-
tk-ello , Iu. , on public business connected ,
with tlio subsistence department , und upon
completion thereof will icturn to Ills proper
Senator Paddock to-day received notlca
from the pension oillco that the pension
claim * of George W. Smciily of Brock. Neb ; ,
und Amos C. Evans of Dawson. Neb. , in
which ho has been Interesting himself far
some time pant , hud boon idlowcd by thede
The secretary of the treasury to-day
awarded the contract for the flooring ana
uttio work of the federal building ut Councjl
Bluffs to CudoJI & Lehman , of Chicago , fof
thUbUIUOf $10 , . I'titujrK lle.TB ,