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Proposals In Order Till Midday ,
February 23.
Propositions Should Ho AriilrcxiGil to
the Secretary of the Trcannry
NctiraHkn'ri Undrawn Prop *
crty Territorial Matters.
1 513 FoUllTBnwl ! STtftRT , >
WASHINGTON , D. C. , Fob , 14. I
Senator Mnndcrsoii was in receipt to-day
of a teply to his recent letter to Supervising
Architect Freret in regard to the selection of
n site for the Omaha postofllcc. The in
quiries concerning the method in which the
location would ho made nnd when It would
tnko place were so numerous that the sen
ator determined to mnkc the earliest possible
discovery of the Intentions of the govern
ment m regard thereto , nnd to make public
Ills information. The answer ot Architect
Frcrot is as follows :
WAbins'oTON , Fob. M. To Honorable
Charles F. Mamlerson , United States Senate
Sirt I have the honor to iicknowlcdge thu
receipt of your communication of the 12th
inst. , with reference to the proposed public
building at Omnhn , Neb. , and in reply , I desire -
sire to inform you that . .he advertisements
Imvc neon authorised for insertion In the
Onlly newspapers published in Omaha , invit
ing scaled proposals for tlio sale of property
Huitnblo for a public building site.
a copy of which Is enclosed
herewith for your information. No coin-
mltcioncrs will be appointed to locate the
I , , i site , ns this custom bus been dispensed with
| j 1' by the department , and In lieu thereof an
I' ' " ngent from this ofllco bus been selected who
will visit Omaha on thu 'jU : Inst.with n view
of Inspecting the different properties offered
for sale. It is expected to obtain a suita
ble site by purchase , and not to resort to
condemnation , but this question cannot be
I' ' determined until after the proposals are
opened. Any suggestions you may wish to
make in relation to this subjeot will J > o grate
fully appreciated , Kospcctlully Yours ,
roitM or ruorosMj.
The following is the form of the proposal
referred to in tno above letter :
OITICI : or TIM : Po-miAsmi , Omaha , Neb. .
Feb. , 188'J Sealed proposals will bo received
until li ! o'clock noon , on the ! 23d day of Feb
ruary , 1SSI ) , for the sale of property suitable
for a site for the public building authorized
to bo erected in your city. A corner lot is
preferred , and the dimensions should not be
lens than ' . ' 00 feet by ! J"iO feet ;
if not u corner lot the dimensions should
bo not less than 200 feet by SOI ) , the ! > ! )0 ) feet
to bo street frontage ; any building on the
property selected to bo retained and removed
by the owner. The department reserves the
right to reject any und all proposals. Propos
al ! ) should bo marked "proposals for the sale
of property for a site for the public building
nt Omaha , Nob. , " and should bo addressed
to the secretary of thu treasury. This information
mation will doubtless relieve the minds of
the anxious real estate people in Omaha , and
indicates that there is to bo no delay in push
ing the work.
Under two old statutes , passed in ISKrt and
1871 , each state on its admission is entitled tea
a set of the customary nnd metric standards ,
nnd they are very valuable , Nebraska never
secured these , and Senator Manderson has
recently applied to the secretary of thotrcas-
urs for the same. The reply is that they will
bo delivered to the state on requisition of the
governor , when provision shall have been
made for their safe keeping.
TWO fiovr.itsoits.
The reports from West Virginia indicate
that there arc likely to bo two governors in
that state from and after the adjournment of
the legislature , which soon expires by limi
tation , and President Harrison will bo com
pelled to recognize ono or the other of them.
There is very little probability that any one
will bo elected to the senate , in which case
each governor will fill the vacancy by ap
pointment , and two sets of credentials will
bo sent In. Thus the titles of the governors
' will bo submitted to the senate of tlio United
States for its decision.
Chairman Springer has made a miserable
"list of It" in all of his work on the omnibus
territorial statehood bill. Ho has been com
pelled to buck truck and vacate every posi
tion ho has taken on the subject of creating
now states. In the first place , ho attempted
to have Dakota admitted as n whole. Then
lie proposed To submit the question of ttivis-
on to both the north nnd south half sepa
rately. Then he proposed to permit South
Dakota to come in under proclamation of the
president , and the north half to bo given an
enabling net , provided the territory as a
whole voted for division. Then ho proposed
that thu submission of the question of divis
ion to u vote of the people should bo loft out ,
nnd nn enabling net should bo given North
Dakota and an absolute admission , by the
president's proclamation for the southern
half. Each one of these concessions , coin
ing nearer and nearer the position taken by
the president , was forced upon Mr. Springer
by pure popular opinion in the house of rep
resentatives , which Is democratic. As Mr ,
Springer evacuated each of the positions hu
had occupied , he ucgan to hedge. Hu llrst
demanded that Utah should come in with
Dakota. Then he dropped Utah and took up
Now Mexico , which was to come In with the
two Dukotas and Washington and .Montana
territories , To-day every element of Spring-
crism was thrown out of the omnibus
bill by thu house and republican
ism was substituted. Sunset Cox ,
who has proven himself to bo the most
liberal minded democrat in the house , led the
principles fought for by the republicans , and
succeeded in securing oven more thnn the
republicans hoped to got. It was agreed by
thu republican conferees , on the part of the
two houses , that the question of division and
admission and the election of new states and
federal officers should bu again submitted to
Dakota. Now Mexico was to bu thrown nut
of the bill , The democratic conferees con
ceded that New Mexico would have to go
out , but they contended for further voting
in Dakota , lor thu sole purpose of securing
further delay for statehood. When thu re
port was laid before the IIOUFO. Mr. Cox
moved as n substitute to the republican pro-
pysitlon.u resolution Instructing the conferees
to ugrro to strike out Now .Mexico , divide
Dakota , and admit to statehood North and
South Dakota , Washington and Montana
territories upon proclamation of the presi
dent. This was a little farther than the re
publicans hud hoped to go , It was what
they wanted , but tnoy were afraid to nsk
font , Mr. Springer antagonized the propo-
Hltion ns bitterly ns possible , and was seconded
ended by Hrceklnridge of Kentucky and
other ultra-untl-statehood democrats. As
BOOH as the debate was over it was evident
that Mr , UOX'H proposition would bo adopted ,
ns twelve or fifteen democrats had indicated
that they would vote for it. Hrccklnrldgo
of Ifentucky asked for a division on the
question , so that thu house might
lirst votu upon the proposition to.
strike Now Mexico out of the'
bill. This was carried by a vote of 185ayu'3
to 101 * nays. Hreckinridgu changed his vote
from no to nyu , so that he might move to re
consider. As the vote upon the motion to re
consider was being taken , Hrcckinriugu , Mc
Millan , Springer , Crair.e , and others , rushed
over to the democratic tide , asking the mem
bers there to stand together. Others hurried
around the i-npitol to drum In the absentees.
Their labors did no good , 'j-ln | former vote
was unstained by a vote of ii" : ayes to I Oil
nays. Then a vote wan taken upon the latter
claiifcinf the Cox proposition to grant ad
mission upon the proclamation of the presi
dent , without any further expressions from
the people in the territories. Tills also car-
rlcd , Then Hrcckinridgo changed his vote
and moved a reconsideration ,
Mr. HaUer , of New Yurk , moved to lay the
motion to reconsider on the table , pending
which the house adjourned with nn under
standing that the question would uo finally
disposed of at 1 o'clock to morrow. There is
now no doubt that Springer has been effect
ually "turned down , " and that there xvlll bo
four new states admitted to the union by act
of this congress North and South Dakota ,
Washington and Montana. Mr , Hreckin-
rldjo in his filibustering was not supported
by a single republican. The object In laying
the question itxm | the table over nictit waste
to drive Into line the refractory democrats ,
who voted with the republicans. There is
no indlruthin , however , that Mr. Springer
nnd his crowd will meet with any degree of
isniAV roMMiisiosnu onniu.v ,
Kvidontly Indian Commionur Oberly is
nfrald of being removed from ofllco for in
subordination. Ho said thu other day to
your correspondent that thu law was being
grossly violated , und orders disregarded In
the cutting of timber from certain Indian
liinds In Wisconsin ; that his requests for the
removal of Indian Agent Gregory had boon
refused by Sccrntiry Vllns , who know that
the iigunt wan permitting the law to be out
raged , and that ho would expose the whole
business when called before Senator Chan
dler's committee on Indian depredations. To
day Mr. Oborly had nn opportunity to make
the expose , but ho refused to do so , and evi
denced a strong desire to shield Mr. Vilas.
He said to the committee that the
only thing that was being done
which hu diil not approve of was the reten
tion of Agent Gregory , who win n llowing
the timber to bo cut without the approval of
the secretary. Evidently Mr. Oberly was
reminded since his announcement of an In
tention to tell nil ho knew about Vilas of the
summary treatment of Land Commissioner
Sparks and Civil Service Commissioner
Kdgerlon , who wcro summarily reliovcd for
Insubordination mid talking about their su
perior officers. Oborly did a good Job of
"crawling into his hole and pulling the hole
m after him" to-day. As n reformer hu has
proved a dead failure ,
Carroll D. Wright , of Hoston , has been
confirmed us commissioner of labor.
C. N. Dcitz and wife , F. Colpctzcr and
wife and C. H. Gulon and wife , of Omaha ,
who have been at the ICbbitt for a couple of
days , will leave to-morrow for Hichnioiul and
other sections of Virginia.
S. II. M. Hyers , of Iowa , author of "Slier-
mnn's March to the Sea. " and consul atCeu -
rieh during the administrations of Grant ,
Hayes and Arthur , is Iu the city , stopping at
d03 F street.
Gnorgo C. Hiiker and K. A. Kobertson , of
Des Molnes , are at the Ebbitt.
Hon. J. P. Dollivcr , congressman-elect
from the Tenth district of Iowa , is at 1)24 )
Fourteenth street. Mr. Dollivcr will bo the
youngest member of the Fifty-first congress.
Alt.MV OlilintlS.
Leave of absence for four months , to take
effect en or about March 1 , is granted Second
end Lieutenant Charles D. Clay , Seventeenth
First Lieutenant G. S. Young , Seventh
United States infantry , on leave from Fort
McICimio.v , Wyu. , is at present with his pa
rents , Captain and Mrs. D. J. Youmr , at 1320
Corcoran street. Pimiv S. Hi.mi.
His Statement. Up-ardinH ; the Timber
Contracts on the Iia Point Acc-ncy.
WASiii.NOTojf , Fob. 14. Indian Commis
sioner Oberly , before Senator Chandler's
special committee on Indian traders to-day ,
submitted correspondence relating to timber
cutting contracts in the La Point , Wis. ,
agency. On March 13 , last , 731 such con
tracts were suspended by order of the com
missioner. On January 29 the operations
under 50'J of them wcro ordered resumed by
the commissioner under instructions from
Secretary Vilas , who suggested , in view of
the imminent danger of loss to
both contractor and Indians by delay at that
season , and because of the largn expenditure
to which the contractor had gone in prepar
ing to carry on his work , nnd because the
work.done under contracts has not yet been
approved , that the commissioner approve
such contracts as hud been made with the
owners of allotments approved by the presi
As to the removing of Agent Gregory , the
secretary wrote that ho ( Gregory ) had nskcd
several times to bo relieved , but until the
nomination of his successor was confirmed
by the senate there had been no change
made. Agent Gregory's replies to Commis-
missioner Obcrly's communications regard
ing illegal cutting , were very unsatisfactory
to that official , and finally the commissioner
telegraphed him as follows :
"Your evasive replys to my telegrams
have convinced to met hut you have been very
direlect in regard to this mutter. "
In one of hi % replies the agent said , in
effect , that ho presumed cutting was still
going on , despite the orders to stop
it ; that the camps were . so far
apart that ho could not reach
some of them In fourteen days. Hoforcjthu
committee last year Gregory testified that ho
could reach any point In the agency within
twelve hours , On February 5 Mr. Oborly
recommended to Secretary Vilas that Clerk
Allen , in the commission ofllce , bo detailed to
visit , the agency and investigate the condition
of tilings , but the correspondence does not
disclose any action on this recommendation.
The examination of the commission was
concluded , and Senator Chandler will now
beijin the preparation of his report.
It Proves Kininciitly Sattaiitctory in
Every Particular.
Piui.AiinM'fiiA , Fob. 11 , The United States
gunboat Yorktown returned this morning
from a trial cruise down Delaware bay and
out into thu ocean. Commodore Fitzhugh
spoke generally in high praise of the craft.
On Wednesday a run was made straight
away out to BCU , nnd in coming
back the Yorktown made the run in
four hours with a forty knot brecvo "dead
on , " and behaved admirably. Captain Stcelu
says that she did not roller pitch , and he-
never had a vessel that was moro plumb and
steadier. In uuothur four hours run she
mtido an average of lfi.83 Unots per hour , or
about twenty miles , thus proving her to bo a
very Ileot ocean craft , as well as a remark
ably steady ono.
The engines of the Yorutown proved to bo
perfect marvels fur hteadincss and
jiower. liauh engine on its regular
test recorded "j , revolutions per min
ute , .implying a horse power far
ahead thu contract requirements , but thu
exact sum of which cannot bu given for some
days , or until all the imlicstois can bu com
puted and differentiated.
The ship was tried in every cotifU'yabln
way , in river , bay and ocean , and WUT par
ticularly maivjuvrai by Cuptuin Stco'.o
under the direction of Commodore Fiuliugh
us If engaged in battle , She answered
every movement of thu helm
promptly , nnd moved with the most
satisfactory celerity , nil the tlmo steady and
solid so that guns might be used with the
very best effect In action.
Onu of the marvels of thcso maneuvers
was starling the Yorlctowii ahead ut full
hpci'd. ThU feat was uccomplishcd in ono
minute und fifty-seven seconds , mi extraor
dinary result under any circumstances.
While at sea the sails were tested and it was
found that in this particular the hhlp was ns
trim and complete us in any other. The
olllccrs and cruiv , from tlio commodore dawn
to thu stokers , are loud in their
I'rnlbuof thu YorKtown , and believe that she
will nrovo the pride of the now American
navy , at least until the mammoth cruisers
Hiillimoiv , Philadelphia nnd New Voric shall
co mo forth to hear thu American Hug.
Commodore FiUhujrh promptly announced
thu general result to thu secretary of the
navy. ' 1 hero seems to ho no doubt that his
report will bu entirely favorable , and the
gunboat Yorktown will bu accepted and prepared -
pared at once to receive her command.
Protidt-ntlnl Noin I nations ,
WASIIINOTO.V , Fob. 14 , The president today -
day sent the following nominations to the
senate : Commodore George 11 , Helknnp , to
bo rear admiral ; Captain John (3. ( Walker , to
bo commodore ; Commander L. A. Casov , to
be captain ; Lieutenant Commander .lames
to bo fouiuiuuUcr ,
Superintendent Chase , of the Indian
Tin ; HhorlnKO Kstlnmtcd at. About
$ U.- , OO ( lly the Government In-
Hpector He Kohhud liven ,
the Children.
A Chnso For Canada.
Gnsov , Neb. , Feb. 1-1. ( Special to THE
Uiii : . ] As the investigation nt the Indian
school progresses , it becomes more nnd more
evident that Superintendent Chase com
menced to swindle the government from the
very llrst of his administration , four years
ago. His methods have been varied , and , in
nearly ovcry transaction ho has madeslnco
hu became superintendent , he has managed
to rob the government of sums ranging from
$ , - to S200.
Inspector Mollctti * authority for the state
ment that g2 * > ,000 will not cover the steal
ings ,
Chase has even robbed the Indian children
of their little earnings to the ex
tent of several hundred dollars , and nlso
pocketed nearly ail of the t per month which
tha government allows the children for
spending money.
In nearly every case whcro parties have
been employed to dr > work for the school they
have been presented with blank vouchers ,
which they have carelessly signed nnd which
now turn up in the hands of thu government
for , in many cases , ten times the amount of
their bill , The case Is reported of one man
who signed a voucher for what lie supposed
to be ? " . He was somewhat astonished when
Inspector Mullett presented him with one
bearing his signature calling for f 150.
Some of the citizens have aUo been sur
prised to learn tnat they have been drawing
salary as regular employes of the school.
Chase's personal indebtedness in this
town is estimated at $1,000 , winch taken to
gether with the S OOO ho has stolen from
the government , and S'J.OOO salary himself
and family have drawn , makes a uicu little
Thcro is a rumor on the streets to-day
that , in the temporary absence of the inspector
specter yesterday , Chase seired his grip and
quietly stolu nway to parts unknown.
Special Indian Agent Whltu arrived yes
terday and took charge of the school.
Cattle Thicvo * Captured.
AIVSWOKTII , Neb. , Feb. H [ Special Tele
gram to Tun Hr.c. ] The vigilant ? * , about
live hundred strong , have c.iptured six or
eight leading members of an organized band
of cattle thiuvos. Some of the captured ones
have made confessions implicating many
others , and dcvolopcuients are awjiited iin-
uaticntly. The has infested this p.irt .
of the state for three or four years , stealing
cattle and shipping by the cir load. The
vigilantes are quiet but determined , and it is
not known wh-jttnr they will hand the cap
tives over to justice or to Judge Lynch.
Dr. Kelly's AHsailnntfl.
NOHFOI.K , Neb. , Feb. 14. [ Special Tele
gram to Tun 13ii : . ] The preliminary ex
amination of Soudicr , Uarno nnd Oliver was
commenced at Madison before Judge Dun
can , yesterday , and concluded to-day. Se'v-
cral of tlie witnesses introduced by the gov
ernment saw more or less of the shooting
and identified the prisoners. The jlcfcnso
called no witncssss. Oliver was discharged.
The two others were held in the sum of
$2,500 for their appearance at court.
Indian Payments. -
OMAHA AGENCY , Neb. , Feb. 14. [ Special
to Tun I3in. ] Judge Crawford , of West
Point , is hero to-day taking the census pre
paratory to paying the Omaha Indians
? 35,000. He expects to pay them some time
this month. This $ : . ' ! i,000 is half of the bal
ance of $ ro,000 , duo the Omahas in seven
equal annual payments. This is to be divided
among 1,250 Indians , giving them about 5,7
or WS each. The Omahas have been prac
tically self-supporting for many years.
Stores Knrjjlnrlzccl.
DAKOTA. CITV , Neb. , Feb. 14. [ Special
Telegram to Tne 15uu. | Uurglars entered
Schrieter I3ros' . and Stinson & Hcnweg's
stores , gaining an entrance to botn places
from tno cellar doors on .the outside. The
booty secured was trilling. While many be
lieve it was the work of parties acquainted
with the town , others pronounce it profes
sional work.
Skipped Justin Time.
UEATniciNeb.Fob. : 14. [ Special Telegram
toTiic Uiil Gilbert , alias employe
at the sewer pipe works , skipped yesterday.
To-day parties from Shclton , Neb , are herewith
with Underwood , deputy sheriff of Uuffalo
county , looking for him. Ho is said to have
committed forgeries of notes und mortgages
amounting to $1,000. Ho is supposed to hare
gone to Hockford , 111.
An Occnn Steamship War.
Nnw YOHIC , Feb. 14. In regard to the war
between the ocean steamship companies , the
evening papers say that the lirst blow at
freight rates has been struck by the Whitu
Star companies. It Is the same with the
steamship lines ns with the railroads. They
have had an understanding with each other
to maintain high rates , but one of the
companies has kicked over the traces
nnd broken the tacit agreement. The repre
sentatives of the Union , Anchor , Inman , and
National companies are prepared for the
light. If oil is not speedily thrown upon the
troubled waters the public may expect to
witncss'tho most bitter warfare that ever
broke out between trans-Atlantic lines.
There are indications that thu trouble may
extend to passenger traflic also.
Hud. For thu Agreement.
CHICAGO , Fob. 14. [ Special Telegram to
THE HIC.J : The main toplo of conversation
among the railroad men to-day was the
mooting of thu presidents next Tuesday , . at
which the famous agreement will again bed
d c'j sed. President Ilughltt , of the North
western , ana Hoceivcr McNulta , of the Wabash -
bash , are as certain as over of tha ultimata
adoption of the agreement , but a protracted
search disclosed the fact that they were
nearly alone in their opinion , Seven out of
the twenty-two roads have refused , at least
temporarily , to sign the agreement , and it is
thu prevalent opinion that not moru that fif
teen will bo presented at the meeting.
Now Mexico ZtlcmnrlalH.
\V\fciii\OTo.s , Fob , II. President protein
Ingall to-day laid before the snnato two peti
tions of the citizens of Albuquerque , Now
Mexico , denouncing as misleading- und false
the allegations contained In the memorial re
cently presented to the senate protesting
against the admission of the territory us a
A memorial from the legislative council of
Now Mexico was presented to the senate to
day , praying that all agricultural lands in
the territory bo opened to settlement ut $1.25
an acre , and the price of coin lands within
llftesn miles of a railroad bo llxed
aero ,
For Protcotlon at Panama.
\V43iiixoTo.v , Feb , 14. The house committee
teeon foreign affair * to-day Instructed the
chairman to report favorably the senate bill
appropriating $250,000 for the protection of
American interests nnd citizens at the Isth
mus of Panama , In view of the fact that
work on the canal census tomorrow , the
committee resolved to make 11:1 : effort to se
cure ImiiK'Jiato action by the Uouse.
TICK HlCfeo' lt\W.
CIlizcnH nl' Sioux 'County Strongly
Favor IjOCnrOptlon.
Humi oy , Neb. , Fobi4. : [ Special to Titn
rtcE. | The bill in the state legislature
known ns house roll 03 , killing that part of
the existing statutes leaving it optional for
counties to decide for themselves whether
herd or fence laws shall obtain within their
boundaries , has awakened interest. In Jan
uary of 1SS7 this ( Slou.x ) county , availing
itself of the privilege accorded by the laws ,
suspended the herd law. At the last election
the county commissioners granted n petition
for a now vote on the question of suspension ,
nnd it was again carried. There were polled
in the county at this election 501 votes , and
the majority in favor of suspending the herd
law was nearly a hundred ,
The people here nro formers , combining
stock raising with tilling thu soil , and thu
vote maintaining the suspension of the herd
law was a fair index of the sentiment of the
majority. Hut the question having been
raised has since served ns n topic for agita
tion , and efforts have been miule accomplish
by net of legislnturo what the majority of
the people Imvo discountenanced. To effect
this , avowals have been made that the
county is overrun with range cattle ; that
stock from Wyoming nnd Dakota Imvo made
aggressions upon the crops grown in this
county , and that the United States land laws
relating to timber culture cannot bo complied
with by reason thereof. Such avowals are
not in harmony with the facts In thu case.
Thcro are no range cattle in the county. The
day of range cattle Is over in this county ,
and stockmen in Wyoming nnd Dakutu
have line riders Who restrain the cuttle
from entering tlie state along the line.
Divided among the residents of Sioux county ,
as indicated bv the total vote last fall , are
about ! t,40U cattle and 2 , il horses. The
county contains 2,100 square miles , and of
this area there are cultivated about 2,000
acres less than one acre to the square
mile.Tho free range existing hero for the past
two yours hits proved acceptable to the pee
Clc , who corroborate the opinion expressed
y Mr. Hurnhnm , ofICeyaPnhacountywhen
the bill was being discussed in the house , he
afllrmtng that a fence law was to the host in
terests ot his county. There aru rough portions
tions of the county unsulted to ngrieulture ,
but affording good pasture , and the large
areas of uncultivated , land nro utilized in this
way , farmers fencing their Holds. The canyons
yens ami bunks of streams abound in timber ,
furnishing posts free : for the taking from
government land.
Sioux comity is receiving a goodly influx
of settlers from tile east , who unite with
older residents in .protesting against the
killing ot the optional herd law now in our
statutes , desiring to determine for them
selves whether the law bo suspended or re
vived. Tlie action to bo taken by the senate
is looked forward to 'with ' considerable in
At a meeting of the > epublican county cen
tral committee , resolutions wcro adopted con
demning the action of L. W. Gilchrist , repre
sentative from this district , in advocating the
repeal of the optional'tierd law , and censur
ing him for his insulting language toward
one ot the citizens of- this county.
They Ilohl an Impartial Conference
nt Indianapolis.
INDIAXAPOM : ? , Fob. lj. An moortant
conference of colored men was held here to
day. It gathered at the instance of Prof. , T.
M. Lanu'ston. Seven 'states ' wcro represented
by the delegates pte ent , South Carolina ,
Georgia , Virginia , Tennessee , Kentucky ,
Florida , nnd Missouri , and letters wcro
read from other southern states ,
The conference jfwas held with
closed doors , and'an address to General
Harrison was formulated. In substance , the
address says that they are loyal to the re
publican party and [ residents , of states in
which a fair election would give the elec
toral vote to the republican party by a largo
majority , but such 'undue influences and
frauds are brought to boar against the
vwtcrs that scores of the republican
masses are constantly defeated.
"Wo cannot doubt that you agree
with us that the fifteenth amendment should
bo maintained with .fairness and vigor , and
that you desire that such object shall bo ac
complished in the incerest of seven millions
of American citizctisjwho to-day in the south
are practically disfranchised , and whoso
cause wo represent and plead. In view of
o.ur present and prosperous condi
tion under your administration of
the government , wo are profoundly
interested in the construction of your cabi
net , especially as concerns the attorney gen
eralship. The importance of the absolute ne
cessity for the appointment which wo name
of a man who , in addition to great learning
in law , is free from undue feeling and bins ,
becomes apparent iu a single moment's re
flection. Such being our opinion , wo have
ventured to bring it formally and earnestly
to your consideration. "
During the afternoon it was presented to
the general. It was' supposed that the conference
ferenco would oppose the appointment of
General Mahono to the cabinet , but nothing
of the kind was done.
The general had' n number of callers ,
Among them were Dan McCauley , Senor H.
F. Guzman , Nicaragua ! ! minister nt Wash
ington , and Milton Ji. Hutler , who was pres
ident of the electoral college of Nebraska.
Missouri Railroad
jKn-EiisoN Cur , Mo. , Feb. 14. [ Special
Telegram to TUB BKE. ] There are pending ,
both in the senate and the house , n number
of bills proposing to reduce passenger fares
in this state over main lines from U to 2 cents
per mile , and on branch lines from 4 to ! $
cents per mile. The committee oh railroads
und internal improvements of both houses
met this afternoon and listened to an argu
ment in opposition to the pro
posed reduction by Mr. P. S. Kus-
tis , general passenger and ticket
agent of the Chicago ; Huriington & Quincy.
Mr. Kustls reviewed at length the passenger
business of all the roads in the "Q" system
for the past three yeiirs , and contended that
the business had been done at a loss. During
18S7 it cost 20 per cent more cr mile to carry
each passenger than the rate In Hie proposed
bill , which , if passed , would prove opprcs
fllvo to the roads and make a corresponding
entailment of expenses , facilities and wages
necessary. This address will be printed and
bo ready for dcliver/to the members of the
committee next Wednesday. The commlttoo
will moot again to-iriprrow.
of Naval Ofllccrs.
Fob. 14 , Captain F. Ham-
soy was to-day ordered by the secretary of
the navy to duty as cpmmandunt of the navy
yard at Now York. ' '
Secretary Whl tnpi1 to-day issued nn order
detaching CominodoreCcorgo Hulknup from
Ills duty ns coinmatitmut at thu Mnro island
navy yard , Gal , , andTordcrlng him to duty In
command of thu Asiatic station , to take the
place of Hear Admiral Chandler , who died
last Sunday.
- - -
Western Postal ChnnucB.
WASIIIXCTON , FolifH. [ Special Telegram
to Tun HIIK.J L. K. Stitton has been up-
pointed postmaster dt Puxton , Keith county ,
Neb. , vice John , T. Onrtright , resigned , an
Luvum U. KtUiy atQoshcn , Uinggold county ,
Iu. , vlco M. P. lUuison , resigned. A post-
ofllco has been established at Lakcport ,
Woodbury county , la. , with Hobert L. Hum-
inon as postmaster ,
Denied hy governor AlK ? ' ,
Mi.VNKiroi.ifl , Feb. 14 , The Journal's
Gladstone ( Mlcti.j ) special says that Gov
ernor Alger denies J that hu Is connected in
any way with the proposed Twin City &
Ubcunaba railroad , us has been affirmed.
S Ut liOIIIIC' .
HOONB , la. , Feb , ' 14. [ Special Telegram to
TUB HED. ] The residence of George W
Harnett was enjorad by burglar * yesterday
and property , .constating of Jewelry and other
valuables to the amount of fJ50 , was tnkmi ,
The robbery was not discovered till evening ,
and in the meantime the t/urylnis escaped ,
probably by tub afwrnoop train , No clue
has yet 'jcou fouud.
A Dlsnffrooniout Reported On the
Territorial Dill.
With Instructions to Kvelmle New
Mexico From tlic Provisions ol
the .Measure A Prohlbl-
tluii Argument.
\VASIIIXOTON , Feb. 1-1. Tim resolution
hcrutoforo offered by Mr. Stewart for tlio se
lection of u cotninlttco of seven senators on
the irrigation mid reclamation of arid lauds ,
with a clerk nt § 0 per day , was agreed to.
Senate bills granting a right of way to the
Cherokee Central railroad company through
the Indian territory , and to the .lamustown
& Northern railroad company throughout
the Devil's ' Lake Indian reservation , were
reported and placed on the calendar.
The house bill for the allotment of land In
severally to Indians on the Hlda reservation ,
Wisconsin , was reported back adversely and
placed on the calendar.
Mr. Morgan offered an amendment to the
resolution reported from the committee on
privileges and elections , which was laid on
the table and ordered printed. U instructs
the committee to frumo legislation on
the subject of elections , that it .sinil 1
not apply to any state whoso constitution and
luws provide ample security for the honest
exercise ot the right to vote , for a Just and
impartial count and return of votes , aud lor
a Just , impartial and true ascertainment nnd
certification of results in those slates where
these requirements have not been honestly
complied with.
Mr. Wilson , of Iowa , addressed the senate
in support of the bill relating to imported
liquors introduced by Mr , Fryo on December
" 1 , 18bT , and reported back adversely from
the judiciary committee March 18 , ISbS , nnd
then placed on thecalendar. Tlio bill ruads ;
"The consent of congress Is hereby given
that the laws of the several states relating
to the sale of distilled and fremented liquors
within the limits of each state may apply to
such liquors when they have been imported ,
in the sumo manner us when they have been
manufactured in the United States. "
Mr. Wilson dwelt at considerable lengthen
on tlio bcnollcont effects of the'anti-saloon
laws in Iowa , quoting opinions of the Judges
as to the reduction of crime since the law
had gone into operation. Ho quoted ouc of
the judges as saying , in regard to his judi
cial district : "In many counties the jail is
an almost unnecessary bulhting. In the last
three counties visited there is not an oceu-
pauc in the jail. " He spoke of the illiteracy
of Iowa having boon brought down to 1 'J-10
per cent , Iowa being thus placed ( ho said )
"at the head ol the educational column , not
only of this country , but of tlie world. "
Such a state might hopefully ask congress to
remove a judicial construe Jon which alone
stood as an obstruction in tlio way ot the
rightful exercise of her police powers , by
which removals slio could successfully sup
press crimes within her borders.
No action was taken on the bill , which still
remains on the calendar.
A conference committee was ordered on
the legislative appropriation bill , and Messrs ,
Allison , luwcs and Uockrcll appointed as
Tne senate then resumed consideration of
the resolution reported from the committee
on privileges aud elcoti < jns and was ad
dressed by Mr. Caico. He 'declared that the
committee was unjust , one-sided , nnd par
tisan. The senate and country should recol
lect in reading the report that it was politics.
It was based , principally , on the testimony
of three memorialists Hackworth , Moore
and Suhutzo and took no note of the testi
mony of twenty-seven witnesses to the effect
tlmfHuchworth and Schutzo were men of
Infamous character and unworthy of credit ,
and tbat Moore was about as bad as the
other ? . These three tried to make it appear
that they wore forced to leave the county
because of their politics ; while the fact was
that they had left it because they wcro re
garded ns moral lepers , unlit for the decent as
sociation , lie declared that when memorial
ists lost the public oillce which they had held
in the county they had been covered all over
with indictments forotlicial malfeasance.
Mr. Coue sent to the clerk's desk and had
read aloud a counter-memorial of the citizens
of Breham. painting in very dark colors the
characters of Huckworth nnd Schutzc , deny
ing all their material allegations , and pre
senting tlio democratic side of the troubles in
Washington county.
Without concluding , Mr. Coke yielded for
other business.
After a brief executive session the seuato
WASHINGTON , Feb. 14. In the house to-day
the senate amendments were non-concurred
in to the legislative and executive appropria
tion bill , and conferees were appointed.
The bill to divide ft portion of the Sioux
reservation in Dakota , and to secure the ro-
linquishmentof the Indian title to tlio re
mainder , was passed after various attempts
at amending it.
The committee on appropriations reported
back the fortification appropriation bill with
senate amendments , and asked for its pres
ent consideration , but on : i point of order
raised by Mr.-Townslicnd of Illinois , it was
referred to tno committee of the whole.
Air. Springer of Illinois called up the con
ference report on the senate bill for the ad
mission of the state of South Dakota. The
report , which reports u total disagreement ,
was agreed 10.
Mr. Springer moved that the house insist
on its amendments and ask for another con
This motion having been agreed to , Mr.
Baker of New Yoric offered a resolution giv
ing the IIOUBO conferees the following in
structions : First , to exclude thu territory
of Now Mexico from the bill. Second , to
amend the bill so as to provide for
the admission of South Dakota by procla
mation of the president under tlio Sioux
Falls constitution , to ho rusubmittcd to the
people of South Daicota , with a provision for
a new election of state nnd federal ollleers
nnd without a new vote on the question of
divisision. Third , that the proposed states
of North Dakota. Montana and Washington
shall bo admitted on the bamo basis , cither
all by proclamation of the president or by
formal acts of admission ,
Mr. Cox of Now York offered a substitute
for the resolution , differing only from Mr ,
Baker's proposition in that it provides for
thu admission of North Dakota , Montana and
Washington by proclamation of thu presi
dent. Ho earnest ! / favored immediate ad
mission of thu territories ,
Mr. Springer InMstcd on retaining In the
bill a provision for the admission of New
Mr , Symcs did not see why the people of
Now Mexico should be forced into the union
by having tlio provision tacked on to the
Dakota bill for political purposes.
Mr. Hreokinridgu of Kentucky , nrgucd
against the exclusion of New Mexico.
Mr. Joseph of Now Mexico , spoke for ad
Mr. Huker accepted the Cox resolution ns
a substitute for his own.
Mr. Hrecklnridgo of Kentucky , demanded
a division of the instructions , and a vplu.was
llrst taken up to that portion of the resolu
tion instructing thu conferees to eliminate
New Mexico from the bill. It was agreed to
yeas 135 , nays 100but at the last moment
Mr , lirccklnridgu changed.his votu from the
negative to thu aftlrmative for thu purposu of
moving a reconsideration.
A motion of Mr , linker to reconsider was
laid on the table ,
The next clause of the resolution which
was voted upon-was that Instructing the con
ferees to so amend the bill ns to provide for
the admission of South Dakota by proclama
tion without further vote on the question of
division. Ay rued to.
Motions to reconsider und lay on the table
were inado'by Mr. Ilaker , and the yeas and
nays wore ordered , on the latter motion ,
Mr. Urecklnridgo interjected a motion to
ndjourn , but this was voted down.
Mr. Maker appealed. In the nninoof the ap
propriation bills , to > Ir. Urecklnridgo not to
filibuster ucralnst this measure.
Mr. McMillan of Tennessee , then inter
polated another motion to adjourn , mid de
manded the yeas and nays , which were
ordered , but the motion was voted down.
Mr. HroeKlnridjro followed it up with a
motion for n reces * until 11:30 : to-morrow ,
nnd raised a point of no quorum ,
Messrs. U.ilcernnd llroeklnndgo then at
tempted to reach an nrrangenu'iit by which
n vote on the motion to table the motion to
reconsider should bo taken now , hut n de
mand for the "regular order" from .tho re
publican side cut short any agreement , nnd
Mr. McMillan again moved adjournment.
The motion having been voted down , an
arrangement was affected whereby a vote on
the resolution shall bo taken to-morrow at
12:13 : , and thu house adjourned ,
Another Times Placed on the
LONDON , Feb. H. Soames , solicitor for
the Times , testified before the Parnell coin-
mission to day tnat ho visited Dublin In May ,
ISSS , In quest of evidence. He interviewed a
person who was introduced to him as a for
mer employe in the ofllce of the league , and
who produced a slip bearing the signature of
Anna. I'arnell , specimens of Patrick ICgan's
handwriting , and a bundle of documents.
These documents wore brought to London
in ISSS and embodied In an nflldavit in
O'Donnoll's suit against , Walters for libel. '
Attorney General Webster. In arguing In
favor of the admission of the loiter alleged
to have been written by Parnell , let slip the
fact that they were received from a man
named Phillips , said to be the accountant of
the league. The court refused to admit the
letter. Soames , continuing , produced live
letters , including the letter , n fae-similo of
which was printed in the Times.
The witness submitted genuine specimens
of Parnell's signature. Soames said ho had
obtained specimens of the writing from
Honvy Campbell , Parnoll's secretary.
Soames said that ho boliuvcd the body of
the letter was in Campbell's writing , while
the signature was Parnell's. When he dis
covered tlie Parnell letters ho also came
across documents which he supposed to be
Egan's. Three of Kgan's letters wore found
in Carey's house , whcro two letters m Cam-
bell's ' writing wore also discovered. The wit
ness produced these letters , together with
others , as specimens of Kuan's writing.
Sir Charles Russell said : "We are only to
give these documents cursory glances. The
court must rot assume that all will bo un
questioned. "
Soames further tostillcd that Hichard
Pigott gave the Parnqll letters to Houston ,
secretary of the Irish Loyal mid Patriotic
union , who handed thorn to MacDonald. On
cross-examination Soamcg said he was not
consulted regarding the publication of the
articles on 'Parnellisin and Crime. " though
he knew they were buing prepared early in
1SS7. Mr. Flanagan , son of an Irish Judge ,
co-operated with gentlemen on the staff of
the Times in preparing the articles. Up to
January , 1SSS , twelve letters had been ob
tained from Pigott. Later more letters ,
written by Kgan , O'Keilly nnd
Davitt were obtained , making n
total of seventeen. Ho did not
know precisely what was paid for the letter.
Probably whatever was paid passed through
him. The first payment of ? 1,000 was made
to Houston. It was partly for his expenses
in going to America and partly for payment
to Dr. MaGuire and other assistants. The
successive subsequent payments to Houston
were rJOO , : , JMO , l'JtlSO , . 550 , i'342
and 100. Witness paid Mosers about 2,000 ,
Kirby .W50 and another agent named Thomp
son i'-oi ) > .
Touching Dantt's letter , witness said he
took pains to form n conclusive opinion , and
he decided that it was genuine.
A Probability That It Will Not BeHeld
Held Under the Cleveland llccinic.
lUi.TiMoaiFob. 14. A Washington special
says : It looks now very much as if the
Samoan conference at Herlin will not be hold
by representatives of the present adminis
tration. Count Arco-Vallcy , the German
minister , called upon Secretary Hayard yes
terday and informed him that the latter's
answer to Uismarek's proposal for a confer
ence had been sent to Horlin by mail. It
will reach Herlin about the 20th. The Ger
man foreign office will probably take several
days to consider IJayard's suggestions , and
its answer , If sent by mail , would hardiy
reach this'country before the beginning of
Harrison's regime. There would scorn to bo
no good reason why the correspondence
should not have been conducted by telegraph.
The assumption is that Hismarck's resort to
the mails is simply n trick to gain time in
which to punish the Samoans be
fore negotiations at Herlin will bo-
gin. In well Informed quarters bore
there is n suspicion that Germany has al
ready sent a reinforcement to Samoa to re
venge the killing of n number of men in a
recent light witn Mntaafa. and it is not at all
unlikely that wo will ultimately hear of an
other bloody battle.
If , however , Hlsmarck is playing fair and
accepts Hayard's proposal of a truce In good
faith , a commissioner will be sent by Hayard
to represent this country at Horlin , provided ,
of course , Bismarck's reply is received in
time. It is thought to bo quite'possiblo that
Hismarck will insist ui > on reprisals by way
of asserting German prestige in the Pacific-
and satisfying national pride , which has been
touched in a tender spot by the defeat of the
Gorman landing party by Mntaafa. Hayard ,
however , has made a most vigorous protest
against such a course , aud has already hinted
that it would bo scarely worth while to hold
n conference unless Germany gives practical
evidence ol a sincere deslro to promote the
restoration of ponce in the Islands by forego
ing her desire for vengeance.
Tlio Situation Unchanged.
AUCKLAND , Fob , --Litest ( advices from
Samoa Kay that there lias been no change in
thu situation since the hist report. There
has been no lighting and Tamnseso and
Mutaafa remain in their strongholds. The
Hritish consul has warned Hritlsh subjects
not to supply the natives with arms , and to
maintain strict neutrality. The Hritlsh
warship Calliope has replaced thu warship
lloyalist. The German and American war
ships remain stationary , llcrr Hrandoro ,
thu lending partisan of Tanmseso , hus been
recalled to Herlin.
Notes From
Cur.STOX , la. , Fitb , II. j Special to THIS
Hnn.l Miss Kate Vincent , of Omaha h vis
iting heru.
Mrs. O. S. Morrow , who has had n pro
longed illness , died at her homo in this city
at 4 a. m. Tuesday , of heart diaauso. The re
main * wcro taken to Greenwood , Mo , , for
There are several c.ises of sourlut fever
and diphtheria in thu city. Kxtra precati-
lions linyn boon taken to prevent a spread of
these dreaded diseases ,
Prohibition or no prohibition , all the
"Joints" are running just the same , the
mayor ami the common council , thu citizens
and the state of Iowa to the contrary not
withstanding ,
Mulloy Committed for Trial.
LONDON , Feb. 14. In the How street po
lice court to-day , Patrick Molloy , who is
charged with committing perjury when tes
tifying before the I'arnell commission ,
plended not guilty mid reserved his defense.
Ho was committed for trial.
Never * Hoard of I < i > t'nrnn.
OTTAWA , Out. , Fob. 14. In commons last
evening , MoMullcr Inquired whether there-
| ) ort In the newspapers was trim that Lo Ca-
ran , the Informer.had received secret Horviro
money from the dominion govern meat for
several years. Premier McDonald , in reply ,
said that the dominion government hud been
unaware of the existence of l.u Curou until
he appeared before the Purucll commission ,
Result of the lown University In-
llinrichs' Pntnphlot tlio Croat nro of a
Disordered liiii ; iiuntoti--'l'lio
Monti Atmosphere n Tcltlo
Ont of Order.
The ITnlvri-riity All
Dr.s MniNi:4 : , In. , l-Vb. 1 1. f.Spi'dnt Tola-
gram to Tin : HuiThe : ] legislative commit
tee appointed by the last general assembly to
Investigate the aff.ilrs of the state university
nt Iowa City is in session here , and this even
ing 1ms about llnished its repot t. The committee
mitteo consists of Senators Dodge nnd
Mescrvcy and Uepresontatlves Wllber , Me-
Farhind and Hotchklss. It will bo remem
bered Unit the prohibitionists and some others
stirred up a great rumpus ever the removal
of three professors of the university , charg
ing that their removal was duo to the fact
that these men were active prohibitionists.
Then Prof. Illnrtcht , the professor of chem
istry , who had been removed for other rea
sons , published n pamphlet nttaeking Dr.
Peck , of Davenport , the dean of
the medical department , clmrpiiig him with
cruelty and indifference to the
Interests uf poor patients in the
hospital , etc. These charges were re
iterated by ono or two unfriendly news
papers , and so much fuss was mndo that the
legislature determined to sift the charges to
the bjttoiii. So ihis committee was ap
pointed with full power to take testimony
and prepare a h'eport to tlio governor and
clear away , if possible , the atmosphere of
suspicion that has been around tlio university
so long.
The committee sat continuously at lown
City for ever sixty days last summer , then
held another session in December , and is
now finishing IN work. Thu report in gen
eral fails to sustain the charges against the
university or its individual otlh-crs. As to
the charge that there was a bargain between
the regents and certain anti-prohibition
members of the Twenty-second general
assembly to vote liberal appropriations
to the university on condition that certain
obnoxious professors wcro removed , the
eommiltoo report that they Hud no evidence
to sustain the charge. Tins was the great
point on which tlio prohibitionists rolled.
They claimed that the regents came to Dos
Monies during the session of the legislature
and madu a deal with some nnti-nrohihitioii
members who wanted to see Profs. Follows ,
Leonard and Pnruer removed uccnuse they
hud been very active against thu saloons of
Iowa City , but the committee refused to sus
tain the ch.irgi1 , and for the most part ap
prove of the removal of the profe.s-.ors . , for
other and valid reasons.
It is understood that Dr. Wilbur , one of
the house members of the committee , is dis
posed to report that while thcru was no deal
with the regents , yet prohibition was the
chief reason lor their removal. Dr. Wilbur
is a great prohibitionist himself , aud
represents the radical views of the
committee In thU respect. As to the charge
that President Pickard had misappropriated
funds belonging to the university , the com
mittee entirely exonerated him , but severely
cor.Meinned the system of _ parcelling out , frco
scholarships , by which it was shown that a
student from Indiana was getting free tuition
on the credit of a scholarship from Mills
county , Iowa. As to the spoclllc charges oE
of Hmrich's pamphlet , againstDr. . Peek , the
report in general refuses to sustain them. It
admits that in ono or two cases more care
should have been taken , but denies that the
general management of thu medical depart
ment has been brutal and cruel. As to tha
cliargo against the ' 'moral atmosphere" of
Iowa City , the committee find that there arq.
morn oion ) saloons than there were last
spring , and they recommend that steps bo
promptly taken to close thorn. In general ,
therefore , they phew that the charges were
unfounded and not .sustained.
A 151 IK : Grans Convention.
CnnsToN , Ta. , Feb. 14.-Special [ to TUB
HUB. | There will bo held at the superior
court rooms in tlie new court house in this
city , February 20 , what is termed a "blue
grass convention. " The object of this meet
ing is to bring together representatives from
all the counties in southwestern Iowa , to
formulate plans setting forth moro thor
oughly and uffuctivcly the superiority of the
soil and climate and numerous other advan
tages found in this portion of the state ,
which are nowhere elsu to bo excelled in the
state. George Vim Houton , secretary of the
State Agricultural society , will ho in attend
ance on both days of the convention. Good
speakers from hero and abroad will talk
each ovuning and a general good time is an
ticipated. The Huriington has madn a special
rate of ono and a third faro for thu round
trin for all attending who come within u ra
dius of 100 miles.
Fell Thirty Feet.
FOHT MADISON , la. , Feb. II. [ Special Tel
egram to Tins HUB. I George H. Wlicelhouso ,
wh'le ' employed in the improvements how
being made at the waterworks reservoir , mot
with an accident yesterday thatwhile it may
not result fatally , will lay him up for several
weeks. He fell a distance of thirty feet from
he top of a ladder , striking nn his face and
hip .His fac-o , eyas , sldu and hands were ter
ribly bruised , but , nt range to say , no bones
were broken , Ho bind profusely , and whoa
picked up was supposed to bu dead. Ills
feared ho will die.
A Itrnknnmti Injured.
CLINTON , In. , Fob. II.Spoeinl [ Tolo.
gram to TUB Hr.i : . I-C. W. Uhinohart , u
brakcmun on the Huriington , Cedar Kuplds
Northern , running between Clinton an
Iowa City , fell from a car of btonu whila
.switching nt Kollils , and sustained a iuirlou
fracture of tlie thigh. Ho was brought to
Clinton and taken to his boarding house ,
whcro hu was made us comfortublu us poo-
sihlo. His home is In Cedar Hapnls , where
his family , consisting of u witu and two
children , reside ,
Made Up and Ktasod.
CitniTON , In. , Feb. II , [ Spoclul to Tin ?
Hii--Tom : : ] Dare , who was arrest-id Satur
day at Fulrileld , la. , and brought to this city ,
was arraigned before . ( iHtleoWIIlott and ploud
guilty to the ehur > ; o of seduction preferred
by Miss Mary Hnrgur , of this city. The case
was settled by D.iro promising to marry the
girl , which hu did. Justice Willutt per
formed the ceremony , after which ' -Tommy"
said : "Now , Mary , you uro iiilnu : give mo
a kiss. " Mary compiled and a vi ry affecting
und amusing scene WH wutohud by the by-
> lnd < ; i ) Itiii'
DBS MotN-iif , In. , Fob. 14. [ Wpoclal Tele
gram to Tun llHi : . ] Judge ,1. li. Hoed , of
tin ) supreme court , and congrosBinun-clcct
from thu Ninth district , to day tendered his
resignation to the governor , to take effect
February 'is. There are twelve nppllcunts
for the vacant position aim thu governor ex
pects to huvOJIninlied louKlng ever tholr let
ters of endorsement by flui last of next week
when he will appoint atmucostor.
The governor to-day accepted the roslgnn-
tlon of Senator Swcnoy , congressman-erect
from the Fourth dlbtrict , to tuUo effect/
March 4.
Found Dead In Hed ,
ATMNIJC , la. , Fob , II. [ Special Telegram
to Tin ; HJJ.J- ; Henry Tobin , aged flfty-slx
yenra , was found dead In his bed hero Ihls
morning , He Is supposed to have cam *
nutted suicide , but thu cuubc of the act In nut