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Honey Alleged to Have Been Offered for
Votes Against the Wilson BilL
Approached the Virginian Through the
Medium of His Son.
The South Dakota Man Turned Him Over
to His Secretary.
Neither Senator Will M Uo 1'iilillc the
> uie nf the Mini Who Mmle the
Offer but Will Tell It to
the Committee.
WASHINGTON , May 16. Senator Lodge
soon after the senate met today Introduced
a resolution authorizing the appointment of
five senators to Investigate charges of at
tempted bribery of senators In connection
with the pending tariff bill , and also the
charges In a long article published In the
Philadelphia Press on Monday morning con
taining allegations relating to the Influence
of the Sugar trust upon the tariff legislation.
He nsked for the Immediate consideration
of the resolution , but Senator Cnckrcll of
Missouri asked that It He upon the table
until tomorrow.
Humors of the use of money to Influence
action one way or the other on the tariff
bill have been In circulation here at various
times during the past few months , but
heretofore have received little attention.
It Is learned definitely today that certain
senators Jmvc received Intimations that a
money consideration could be secured for
their votes against the tariff , though
whether the alleged briber had any author
ity for his promise Is a matter of some
doubt. The negotiations apparently have
gone no further than Intimations to the
clerks of Senators Kyle and Htinton. These
Intimations came from a North Dakota man
who .Is known as a lobbyist on several
schemes. He was formerly a member of
congress from one of the southern states
and was Identified with the so-called carpet
bugging. x ,
The amount which It was Intimated Sena
tor Kyle could rccel\e was $14,000 , and
41,000 was to be retained by the man mak
ing the negotiation as a commission. Mr.
JlcFarlune , clerk to Senator Kyle , says the
matter never went any further than an
intimation. He promptly Informed Senator
Kyle. The latter Is now In South Dakota ,
and will return to Washington Saturday.
. The character of the man who la said to
have made .JJie intimation stamps the whole
affair with the seal of condemnation. It Is
scarcely possible that any syndicate of per
sons who could control the amount of money
necessary in order to make an attempt to
purchase votes would entrust It to the. man
who made the intimation to the clerks of
Senators "Kyle and Hunton.
. -Representative C , W. . IJuttz of Buttz-
vJHU , N. 1) . , whose name was mentioned In
connection with the alleged attempt to pur
chase the votes of Senators Kyle and Hunton
o'n the tariff bill , has asked a full'investiga
tion at the .hands of the senate on the
charges made against him. Major Buttz
called on Senator Hansbrough of North Da
kota late this evening and ajked advice as
to what he had better do , Ho made a gen
eral denial of the charges made against him
nnd said ho wanted , a rigid Investigation of
them. Ho was not willing to rest on the
possibility of the passage of the Lodge reso
lution calling for nn Investigation of the
bribery alleged and of the Influence or the.
Sugar trust on the makeup of the tariff bill.
Ho told the senator ho wanted a personal
investigation as speedily as possible.
He said he had both reputation and Inter
ests which were suffering and that he
wished to have a chance to clear himself.
In his Interview with the senator the details
of the bribery charges were not gone over ,
but Major Buttz's denial was emphatic and
absolute. Mr. Hansbrough finally advised
the ex-congressman to write him u letter
nsklng for a personal Investigation and
agreed to place It before the senate. This
Major Huttz agreed to do. Senator Hans-
brough expects to receive the letter and
present It In the senate tomorrow.
Senator Hunton talked freely today about
the attempt made to briber him to vote
ngalnst the tariff bill. The matter first
came to his attention about a month ago ,
through a letter from his son , ilattd at War-
rentown , Va. , the home of the senator and
Ills son. He Immediately laid the matter
before sir or eight of his most' Intimate
friends In the. senate , that they might know
what was going on. The senator says that
he never saw the man who offered the
bribe , and ho declines to give the man's
name , but said that all tha negotiations , It
the proceedings may bo called such , were
conducted through his Eon. The would-be
briber , the senator said , went to Warren-
town early In April , carrying a Inter of
identlllcatloti from n man In Washington ,
whom Mr. Hunton did not know any bettor
than the men he Introduced. lie repre
sented that ho wanted to employ Mr.
Hunton as attorney In a land case ho was
Interested In , and after talking a short time
on this topic ho brought up the- tariff bill , to
which h ? was opposed. Ho said then that
the bill would never pass , that there was an
argument to be- brought against the bill
which had not yet been used , -but which
would dispose of It effectually. Asked by
Mr , Hunton's son what the argument was ,
lie said ho would give * It to him If he would
Mend It to his father. Ho then proposed to
pay Senator Hunton5,000 ( or his opposi
tion to the tariff bill , and Mr. Hunton Im
mediately Informed his father of the propo
"Did you think the proposition was made
In earnest ? " the senator was asked.
"My son Is satisfied that It was , and
furthermore , I am satisfied that $100.000
would bo paid It It had appeared that that
sum would secure the coveted vote. "
Senator Hunton said that the negotiator
Old not say whom ho represented. "Tho
moniy , " he said , "was not to be paid until
the votes should ba cast. "
Senator Hunton said that he did not pur
pose making any "investigation.
"I have , " ho said , "placed the matter
In the hands of my friends , but I had not
intended asking for an Inquiry , because I
had supposed that my reputation' was such
as to need no support such as an Investi
gation would develop. If , however , an In
vestigation Is undertaken , I shall be glad to
furnish all the facts In my possession. "
Discussing the man who bad offered the
bribe , IIP said that he had understood that
Jio went to Virginia as a carpet bagger and
attempted to secure a nomination for con-
Kress , but falling , had then gone to South
Carolina , where he had been nominated
and sent to congress , serving one term.
He said he had no objection to giving the
name of the man except that If there waste
to be an Inquiry he thought It pro | er that
It should be. first given to the committee
pf Investigation.
It Is understood that Senator Uyle has a
record of the alleged briber's conversation
nd proposition. Ha was approached directly ,
tut turned the fellow over to bis private
ecretary with Instructions to take full notes
upon all that he said. Mr. McFarlane ,
Senator Kyle's clerk , refused to say any
thing further than to acknowledge that the
offers were made nnd says that when the
Investigation Is had he will tell all about It
and will then give the name of the man
offering the money , and what he said , The
man told him he represented New York
parties , but whether or not he gave their
names cannot be learned. Mr. McFarlane
refined to give any name * .
The person to whom the description of the
alleged would-be corruptlonixt best applies
Is Major C. W. Huttz of Huttzvllle , N. I ) .
He was once a member of congress from
South Carolina and now follows the occupa
tion of farming. He has spent considerable
time In Washington In recent years lobby-
Ing. One of his principal efforts has been
to reopen a contest over the townslte at
Great Falls , Mont.
N < ! irri.\i : ANXIOUS ,
Tlnl Up lit Washington While Coiuentloim
Arn Heine Held.
WASHINGTON , May 1C. Members of
congress are growing more restlvo every
day. Word reaches them from home that
congressional conventions are being called ,
primaries being held and delegates chosen.
Many conventions have already been held
and quite a number of the present mem
bers of the house have been renomtnuted
These Include Representatives Clark of Mis
souri ; Flllilun , Lane and Smith of Illinois ;
Johnson of Indiana and Layton of Ohio , In
the district of Representative I'ayntcr of
Kentucky the convention has been held and
Ilolla K. Hart nominated , as Mr. Paynter
declined to be a candidate. Finis Downing
has been nominated for one of the new
districts of Illinois. Heports have been pub
lished that Representative Hopkins of Ill
inois had been rcnomlnated , anil that Rep
resentative * McDonald of Illinois and
Cooper of Indiana have been defeated , but
the districts of these three members have
not yet held their conventions.
Besides the conventions already held ,
many are set for the near future. The
near districts are particular ! ! ) * active.
Representative Morgan's ( Missouri ) conven
tion Is next week and he has assurances the
Instructions to delegates will rcnomlnate
Representative Heard's ( Missouri ) conven
tion Is Juno G and his rcnomlnallon Is ex
pected. Representative Hall of Missouri
Is canvassing his district and Is said to be
sure of renomlnatlon. Representatives
Bland and Hatch have little or no opposi
tion in their districts.
In Illinois all the dcmccrat'c congressional
conventions at Chicago are set for July 10.
The republican conventions have not been
Representative McDonald's convention Is
June 17. The conventions of Representatives
Cannon and Hopkins are not far off. The
other conventions have not yet been called.
In Indiana the conventions In Representa
tive Johnson's district is the only one that
has made a nomination. Several of the
republican conventions have been called for
June and July. It Is expected that Repre
sentatives Holman , Dynurn and most of the
other Indiana members now serving will be
Michigan has had no conventions as yet.
nor are any called. Chairman Campail of
the democratic state committee was hero
recintly and arranged to have an early state
convention. The congressional nominations
will follow soon after. In Ohio Representa
tive Layton's district Is the only one In
which action has been taken. Three of
the republican conventions are set for June.
In Kansas , where a nurnbtr of districts
are represented by populists , the populist
conventions are being cnlljrt. That of
Representative Davis Is on June 7 and the
republican convention of the district Is to
Ths conventions ft Minnesota and Wiscon
sin are far off , asre other western states.
Moat eastern congressional conventions
will bo late In the summer or the early
fall. The practice In New England districts
and through Nev/ / York and New Jersey Is
to hold the conventions only u few weeks
before the election. Some of the Pennsyl
vania conventions are being called , but
the dates are late , that of Representative
Erdman being August-20.
Most or the southern conventions are also
late , but the precinct contests ore already
proceeding actively.
In Texas Representatives Gresham and
Crane have carried most of the precincts
thus far contested.
The West Virginia conventions are ex
pected to be In August and those of Louisi
ana In September.
This activity In different states through
out the country makes members anxious to
get homo and attend to their Interests.
They say the most effective ivorK Is done In
the months leading up to the conventions ,
Instead of Immediately before the meetings.
The recent practice- "docking" salaries
has made It very expensive to go home
to attend to a canvass. These considerations
are urging members to hurry along with
legislation , complete the tariff bill and ad
journ as soon as possible.
Uncle Sum tu' I'uy for It by an I sue of
Legal Tender Noted.
WASHINGTON , May 1C. A plan for the
completion of the Nicaragua canal by the
United States government , by a new sys
tem of financiering , was Introduced In the
house today by the author. Representative
Bryan of Nebraska. While some features
of Senator Morgan's project are repeated ,
n great Innovation IH brought forward by
provisions Intended to Increase the circu
lating medium of the country by paying for
the stock of the canal company by an issue
of legal tender notes , modeled after the
greenbacks of 1S62. The plan Is designed
BO as to meet favor from ( he anti-bond men.
According to the bill the stock of the canal
company Is to conslbt of 1,000,000 shares
nf $100 each , for which legal tender United
States notes Identical In character with
those Issued under the act of February
25 , ISC. , are to be Issued , redeemable to
the same extent and In the same manner
as the notes of 1S62. The secretary of the
treasury Is to purchase$70,000.000 of the
stock of the company , and pay for It ut
par by the issueof the notes described ,
which are to bo kept In circulation as a
part of the currency at the country. Six
million of the capital block Is to be Issued
to the government ot Nicaragua , $500,000
to Costa Rica and the remainder , $23.500-
000 , Is to be held In the treasury until the
government decide * whether to purchase or
permit It to be cold by subscription ,
except nn amount not to exceed $7,000,000 ,
to be usd by the company In taking up
Its outstanding stock. Provision Is made
for an Immediate Issue of $2,000,000 as a
working capital , and the Issue of the re
mainder In qiurterly Installments as maybe
bo necessary to carry on the work of con
Newly Appointed Ijinil Olllre Ofllelnl * Con
tinued by the Semite ,
WASHINGTON , May 16. The senate In
executive session today confirmed the fol
lowing nominations :
Receivers ot public- moneys : Andrew J ,
Robertson , at Broken Dow , Neb. ; Rimer
Williams , at O'Neill , Neb. Nicholas A.
Coverrublas. United States marshal In the
southern district of California ; C. II.
Adams , register of the land otllce at Broken
Bow , Neb.
Postmasters : Colorado William T. Beans ,
at Glcnwood Springs. Utah A. II. Snow ,
at Box Elder.
Lnbor OtllchiU In Convent Inn.
WASHINGTON , May 10Tho tenth
national convention of the-ofllclals of bureaus
ot labor statistics of the United States began
here today , Carroll D. Wright , the United
States commissioner ot labor , waa chosen
president and L. G. Powers ot Minnesota
secretary ot the convention.
Denver Want * u .Mint.
WASHINGTON , May ! . A bill to provide -
vide for coinage at the branch mint at Den
ver , Colo. , has been Introduced by Represent
ative Pence. It appropriate * $600.000 for
the construction ot the necessary plant.
Reviews Tariff Legislation from the Landing
of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Nnmcron * Committee Amendments Adopted
Reduction In Opium Duty Cnuneii Con-
( Idcniblo I ) | CII | IMI I'ri'nont Ituto
u Premium on .Smuggling.
WASHINGTON , May 1C. Mr. Allen's reso
lution calling upon the secretary of the
treasury for Information as to the number
of persons directly affected by the protective
duties and by competition with foreign la
borers In the United States was discussed In
the senate today until 12 o'clock , when the
tariff bill was taken up. Mr. Jones having
moved to Increase the duty on linseed , flax
seed and poppy seed oil to 20 cents , Mr. Gal-
linger arose with a formidable appearing
array of manuscripts and announced that he
was about to give a history of American leg
islation on the tariff since the landing of
the Pilgrim fathers. From this he read
until 2 p. in. , when , saying ho had brought
the ftory down to 1816 , he gave way to Mr.
Dubols , who delivered u carefully prepared
Tlut portion of Mr. Dubols * speech de
manding immediate action upon the pending
bill , either Its passage or Its defeat , as the
quickest means of restoring at least temporarily
arily commercial prosperity , created some
thing of n fcnsatlon as Indicating the atti
tude of the far western republicans. It did
not precipitate a controversy , however.
The Jones amendment fixing the rate of
duty on flax seed.oil at 20 cents was then
agreed to.
The rate en olive oil. reduced on the
original senate bill to 25 per cent , was re
duced to 35 cents per gallon , the house rate ,
and the house rate on peppermint oil , 25 per
cqnt , was also restored.
Mr. Perkins of California thanked Mr.
Joner for restoring the duty on olive oil.
In the next paragraph , opium for medical
purposes , the house rate was 25 per cent.
The senate amendment made It 20 per cent.
The latter was agreed to.
The next Jones amendment was to place
crude opium , not adulterated , containing 0
per cent or over of morphia , dutiable at $1
per pound in the house bill , on the free list.
Mr. Palmer of Illinois demanded an ex
planation. Ho said he would like to see
this damnable drug absolutely excluded.
Mr. Jones replied this was unmanufactured
opium , designed for manufacture for medi
cinal purposes. The duty on smoking opium
was placed at $6.
Mr. Sherman criticised the reduction ot
the duty en opium prepared for smoking
from { 12 to SC per pound. Hu agreed with
Mr. Palmer that this drug should be prohib
ited and he would vote for any rate.
Mr. Mitchell of Oregon declared that to
prevent smuggling this duty should be
cither reduced or its Importation absolutely
Mr. Vest said the duty had been reduced
at the suggestion of the Treasury depart
ment. The ofllcials along the Pacific coast all
believed a reduction of the duty , reducing
the premium on smuggling , would tend to
break up that practice and would furnish the
government larger revenue. With such a
long coastline It was Impossible to prevent
smuggling while the duty was at such a
high rate.
Mr. White of California testified to the
truth of the Impassibility 'of collecting the
duty on opium as long as It remained at $12.
Smuggling had become so common that
opium was offered for sale on the streets of
San Francisco at $10 a pound , when the
duty was $12.
The amendment to transfer crude opium to
the free list was agreed to.
Mr. Sherman then moved to Increase the
duty on smoking opium from $6 to $10 a
pound. Lost , 20 to 31.
At 6GO : the senate went Into executive
cession and shortly afterward adjourned.
Heavy Increase In thn Appropriation for
the ( lovernment Seed IlurcHii.
WASHINGTON , May 16. The house today
passed the bill for the validation of affidavits
made before United States commissioners In
all land entries.
The Joint resolution authorizing an Investi
gation of the Industrial depression was re
ported from the committee on labor.
Mr. Springer gave notice that early next
week he will call up the bill to remit the 10
per cent tux on state bank circulation.
Then the house went Into committee of the
whole on the agricultural appropriation bill.
Mr. Marsh of Illinois severely denounced
the practice of the Agricultural department
of collecting and publishing statistics of
crops , upon which speculators were enabled
to manipulate the grain and cotton markets.
Mr. Wilson of Washington offered an
amendment , appropilatlng $800 to enable the
secretary of agriculture to continue experi
ments In the production ot hemp and flax in
the state of Washington. Agreed to.
Mr. Coffeen of Wyoming offered an amend
ment , which was adopted , Including the
"sheep scab" with pleuro-pncumonla , tuber
culosis and other diseases ot animals which
the secretary Is authorized to Investigate.
Mr. Halner of Nebraska proposed an
amendment directing the president to enter
Into correspondence with the authorities of
Great Britain for the abrogation or modifica
tion of the law which requires * cattle tin-
ported into Great Britain from this country
to bo slaughtered at the port of entry and
prevents them from being carried to other
parts of the kingdom. Agreed to.
Mr. Plekler offered an amendment Increas
ing the appropriation for the purchase ,
propagation and distribution of seed from
$130.000 to $160,000. Agreed to.
An amendment was agreed to providing
that after May 1 the secretary of agriculture
should distribute all the seeds on hand , giv
ing preference to those persons whose names
and addresses have been furnished by sena
tors und representatives In congress , and
who have not bjfore during the same season
been supplied by the department. Tim com
mittee rose , and at G p , in. the house ad
journed. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
1'opc Will Not Intervene to Settle I ) I ( Tor.
enee In ThU Country.
WASHINGTON , May 16. The Intimations
published by the London Chronicle of an Im
mediate and direct Intervention from the
Roman headquarters between Mgr. Satolli ,
the papal ablegate , and his American oppo
nents , met an emphatic denial at the resi
dence of the ablegate In this city today. Dr.
Papl , private secretary of the ablegate , char
acterized the reports as untrue.
"We have no knowledge of any such In
tention , " told Dr. Papl. "The matter has
not been broached to the ablegate and no In
formation whatever bearing on the subject
has been received at the legation. The state
ment , I seo. Is also made that another na
tional syned of the American hierarchy will
bo ordered with the plan of directing Cathol
icism In this country. I think that Is also
untrue and without foundation. The lega
tion knows nothing of such a move. All
these stories printed tliU morning lack foun
dation so far as the legaUon has knowledge.
The ofllcials of the Catholic university are
also Incredulous ot the accuracy of the state
ments attributed to the London Chronicle. "
Iteptihllran Senator * Still Dltlded.
WASHINGTON , May 16 , Republican sen
ators had a second conference today upon
the policy to be pursued In regard to the
tariff bill. No conclusion was reached , but
the majority showed a desire to let the
bill come to a vote as soon as opportunity
had been given for reasonable debate. Du >
bola of Idaho was the leader on that side ,
Uormnni 1'rollt by the 1'ulr ,
WASHINGTON. May 16 , IniUed States
Consul Monoghan at Obemnltz , Germany ,
In a report to the Department of State ,
warns American manufacturers against the
pirating of thtlr wares by certain unscrupu
lous European manufacturers. He cites the
case of a Chemnitz man who was attracted
by a superior pump exhibited at the World's
fair , and bought six ot the pumps under pre
tense of acting as an agent for the com
pany. But when they reached him he took
them apart , and copying their construction ,
put on the German market a number of
Imitations. The consul cites a simitar case
where nn American knitting machine Is
Imitated and sold for 30 per cent less than
the price In the United States , nnd mlvlses
American manufacturers to take out German
patents on their products.
Killing on thn Clilncnn In\r.
WASHINGTON , May 16. Attorney Gen
eral Olney has ruled that Chinese merchants
doing business In the United States on No
vember 13 , 1S93 , whether under their own
names or not , do not come within the pro
visions of the third paragraph ot section 2
of the act of the date above given. All such
merchants. It Is held , as were here when
the statute took effect may return to the
country should they leave It.
Senator * Mimt Work Longer Hour * .
WASHINGTON , May 16. The democratic
leaders In the sena'te decided today to call
up Senator Harris' resolution for 10 o'clock
sessions after tomorrow. They have reached
the conclusion the tariff bill Is not making
satisfactory progress , and think the time
has come when they should extend the
hours. The resolution Is likely to lead tea
a spirited debate when called up.
Utah AilmUslou Hill Itcportcil.
WASHINGTON , May 16. The senate com
mittee on territories had authorized the re
porting of the bill for the admission of
Utah , with an amendment fixing the date
for the election of delegates to the consti
tutional convention at November 0 , the con
vention to meet the first Monday In March ,
Orover linn FUliIng Enough.
WASHINGTON , Mny 16. President Cleve
land and his party nre expected to return to
Washington next Monday or Tuesday mornIng -
Ing from their flshlng trip.
Libel Suit A Kill ml Florence u flutter of
Deep-Seated Concern.
SIOUX FALLS. S. D. , May 16. The two
$20,000 damage suits Instituted by Mother
Superior Stanislaus and Sister Mary Clement
of the Roman Catholic convent here against
Miss Florence Kllkelly are the subject of
no little discussion among local Catholics.
As the matter Is based on the trouble be
tween the church and the convent , so the
members ot the church .have taken sides In
this new matter. The members who have
been antagonistic to the sisters , heretofore
still retain that attitude .while the friends
of the sisters 'heretofore arc still their
Miss Kllkelly.who Is quite a talented
young lady , spending her time in translat
ing French Catholic-pamphlets Into English ,
and writing descriptive articles for mag
azines , came to this city about a month
ago. She nt once .went . to > the convent ,
where she settled down .for a visit. During
her stay there she endeavored to secure all
the details rgardlng. th church and convent
trouble. Sher- apparently sided with the
sisters In the matter. The week before last
the plaintiffs in these damage actions went
to St. Paul to see Archbishop Ireland , to
whom has been refrredthe _ matter of the
charges preferred asaln i the sisters by the
local priest. Ths > cnbl , ihop being away
from St. Paul , the slaters were delayed
there a week.
Wliile they were away Miss Kllkelly as
sumed the "bossing" role at the school , run
ning things her " "own way. She became
angry because the sisters refused to tell her
what fhelr errand was to St. Paul , and that
Is the apparent reason "for her turning
ngalnst them. She went to Sioux City last
Wednesday and while there wrote the llbel-
ous letters to the sisters and members of the
congregation of the Catholic church. The
sisters intended to keep the matter silent ,
but when they found that the reports , were
being circulated publicly they > claimed the
privilege given them by Mgr. Satolli , when
they were before him wlih their grievances ,
to bring a civil suld against any one who
attacked their characters. They , there
fore , secured a lawyer and- the two actions ,
aggregating $40,000 , * * .were brought against
detainer. In her letters Miss Kllkelly calls
the sisters "booncompanions of disreput
able women , " "black hearted hypocrites , "
and says their " house Is Impregnated with
vice. " This will prlng tea , head the church-
convent trouble , and force a ; settlement of
that long delayed trouble. (
Sioux Fulls In the Hands of Odd Fellowfl.
SIOUX FALLS , S. D. , May 16. ( Special
to The Bee. ) The Odd" Fellows have the
city. The grand lodge Is In session here
with the state convention of the Daughters
of Rebekah. About 100 visitors are here
and the city lodge Is" giving them a great
time. The parade' yesterday wan a gorgeous
one , the Odd Fellows appearing In uniform.
Today about seventy dadets from the-Brook-
ings agricultural college arrived to add tone
to the meeting. yho Initiatory degree
was exemplified by contesting teams
from Yankton , Mitchell , Madison and
Sioux Falls. The , prize , which Is a
gold medal put up bj the Northwestern Odd
Fellows' Review was won by Sioux Falls.
This being the third successive victory for
Sioux Falls , the medal la now permanently
located. Madison won second prize and
Mitchell third. The report of Ivan W.
Goodlier of Pierre , grand secretary , shows
that the total membership In the state
D.Tcmber 1 , 1S93 , Was 4,749 , a net gain of
510 over last year.- There are 911 past
grands In the jurisdiction and eighty-five
lodges. During the , past year twenty-three
brothers and fifteen wives of brothers were
burlsd and 290 members relieved. Four
new lodges were organized during the year
and One lodge surrendered Its charter. The
total amount exppnded In relief was
$7,245.85. The total .receipts' of the lodges
were $ t5,605.S3. The Subordinate lodges have
Invested $77,486.29. j There are twenty-threj
Rebekah lodges , with a total membership of
892. I
The grand lodge of the Odd Fellows today
selected Yankton for the grand lodge meet
ing next year and chose the following of
ficer * : Grand master'N. C. Nash , Canton ;
vice , C. J. UaEchVUi > rley : deputy grand
master , W , E. Bendlct , Hot Springs ; vlco ,
N. C. Nash , Canton ; .wtuul warden , Ivan
W. Goodner , Pierce , 4vico W. E. Bendlct ,
Hot Springs ; grandi fecrotarr , Hurvey J.
Rice , Huron , vice Iran-W. Goodner , Pierre ;
grand treasurer , E , l | Lostotter , IroquoU ,
re-elected ; grand representative sovereign to
the grand lodge for tV-o years , , Abbott G.
SmithDcadwood , , vl < Jo F. S. Emerson ,
Sioux Palls. ,
Dlicoverei by u Boy.
PIERRE , S. D. , Mayil6. ( Special to The
Bee. ) Charlie Moore. , aihalf-breed , who has
been In the lockup foriliorse stealing , filed
one of hla fetters off.Ulso ttta bars of his
window. He was discovered by a boy. who
was playing around ( intslde the Jail. No
threats nor bribes kept the boy from telling
the jailer. Moore Is 'one of the toughest
thieves that has ever teen In the county.
Switchmen Getting Along Slowly ,
EVANSVJLLE , Ind. , May 16. The blen-
nlal conference of the SwItchmen's Mutual
Aid association Is progressing slowly , owing
to the enforced absence of Grand Secretary
and Treasurer Slmsrott by Illness. Ills
books and accounts arrived today , and It U
expected business will progress more rapIdly -
Idly DOW , Tqday'a business consisted ot
reading delayed , , reports.and the appointment
of standing committees. There Is very little
gossip about any changes la the official
Crane' * Cottaco llurned.
Shortly after midnight , for the second
time , the hous'e formerly occupied by L.ewls
Crane , 1472 South Sixteenth street , now
under arrest for criminal assault upon Pearl
Bovce , caugbt fire. ! t was destroyed.
Lively Session of the European Miner's ' Con
ference in Berlin ,
Looked for n Time nn Though thn Conference
Would llrciik tip In n Itoir but Oil
Dually Toured on the
Troubled Wlltcru ,
BERLIN , May 16. Scenes of protracted
confusion arc witnessed dally at the miners
International conference owing to the many
different languages used by the deputations.
The British deputation today elected Dele
gate John Wilson as the principal chairman ,
the Germans chose Struntz to preside over
the German section and the French dele
gates selected Delegate Lninedln , Upon the
lattcr's refusal to take a scat upon the
platform Chairman Wilson called upon dele
gate Abraham to speak on behalf ot the
Welsh miners. Mr. Abraham was greeted
by a storm of protests which rendered it
Impossible for him make himself heard.
The Gerr-an Interpreter , Ledcbur , objected
to the ruling ot the chair and resigned his
Delegate Waldstcln , n member ot the
Christian Catholic Workmen's club of
Silesia , protested against the election of
the German chairman of the day. Delegate
Struntz , on the ground that the latter was
a socialist. Delegate Waldstcln also pro
tested against the spirit of socialism pre
valent among the delegates at the congress ;
the men he represented were royal to Em
peror William and to the pope.
A great uproar followed , during which
Delegate Cowey of the British contingent ,
shouted that If this sort of thing was to
continue they had all better go home.
This caused an additional uproar and the
exchange of many bitter remarks. The
Germans , who desired n chairman of some
other nationality than that of Mr. Wilson ,
proposed M. Lninedln , the French delegate.
Herr LlcbUnecht , the socialist leader , act
ing as Interpreter , succeeded in smoothing
over the troubles and the congress adjourned
for half nn hour In which to consider the
question. When the session was resinned ,
Principal Chairman Wilson declared the
British delegation desired to further the
general Interests of the miners of Europe.
All were equal nnd the British delegates did
not seek to monopolize the influence. Mr.
Wilson proposed that the congress should
elect a president for the day , each section
choosing a. vice chairman. M. Lamedln was
chosen president for the day by unanimous
vote and Interpreter Ledcbur. after a satls-
facctory explanation , resumed his functions.
President Lamedln eulogized the British
delegates for their frank declarations , and
Delegate Abraham addressed the congress
on the subject of the Welsh miners nnd
their condition. Mr. Abraham asserted
the miners of Wales were In favor of hav
ing the mines Inspected by practical miners ,
and were also In favor of eight hours per
day as a uniform day's labor and of bank
to bank to work. The present condition of
the Welsh miners was 30 per cent above
the standard of 1S89. but there had been a
great Influx of labor this year.
Several Prussian delegates described the
condition of the miners of Prussia , which
they said was wretched. This was par
ticularly EO Jn the case of the workers In
the mining districts of Saxony , All ex
pressed therr Belief'-In the superior organ
ization of the British miners.
Herr Schroeder , a German delegate , was
elected president for tomorrow.
You Can Pay Your .Money nnd TaUo Your
LONDON , May 16. The Associated press
learns that United States Ambassador
Thomas F. Bayard has Intimated to the
British government the desire of the United
States to withdraw from the Berlin agree
ment , provided all rights of United States
citizens In Samoa are safeguarded.
The representatives In London of the
Australian colonies recently Intimated that
It was the Intention of their governments
to persist In the request that the present
arrangement be terminated. The Imperial
government replied that steps were being
taken to reconsider the Berlin act and that
pourparlers with Germany were proceeding.
U is stated in Government quarters that
the Anglo-German negotiations will be
greatly Influenced by the results of the Ot
tawa conference.
WASHINGTON , May 16. Members of the
senate committee of foreign relations of both
political parties say they have no knowledge
ot the news .in an Associated press cable
gram to the effect that Ambassador Bayard
was negotiating for a withdrawal of the
Samoan agreement. Senator Morgan , chair
man of the foreign relations committee , says
he has only to reiterate what he had before
asserted , that whatever Is done In Samoa
the harbor of P.igo-Pago must be secured to
the United States and permanently secured.
It Is said at the State department to be
entirely Improbable that Mr. Bayard , our
ambassador at London , has made any state
ment to the British government that could
be construed as committing his government
to a desire to withdraw from the Samoan
agreement. Secretary Greslmm has not gone
to the length of seeking to terminate the
Berlin treaty , but has confined htmeelf to
bringing the disordered condition of affairs
In Samcu und the unsatisfactory working
of the treaty to the attention of congress ,
and that Is as far as the matter has gono.
Not mi Opportune Tlmo for Invefttlgntlo'i.
BUDA-PESTH , May 16 , There . was a
heated debute In the Hungarian Diet today.
The opposition members made an attack
upon the premier , Dr. Alexander Wekerlo
and upon the minister of justice in regard
to n statement that the government had
secretly purchased two newspaper organs
ot the opposition in order to deceive the
public by publishing In them articles
favorable to the government. The two min
isters hotly repelled the accusations , de
claring them to bo u baseless Blander. The
opposition flnnlly demanded a commission
of Inquiry be appointed In order to Inquire
Into the charges. Premier Wekcrle declared
such an Inquiry was Inopportune and the
housu adjourned ,
Horrible . \troeltlen In llunalii.
MOSCOW , May 16. Six peasants living
near the town of Ostrogolsky have recently
engaged In wholesale thefts of wood from
the forests ot Peskowa , selling It and brib
ing the keepers of the forest with part of
the proceeds , One keeper named Goworog
Informed upon the thieves , whereupon they
seized and bound him and subjected him tu
the most horrible torture , tearing1 out his
tongue , plerclnR his eyes with pins until
his eyeballs were mere pulp , tearing off his
finger and too nails and finally trampling
on his body until It was lifeless.
Xeivealuml Ktlll Wunti
MELBOURNE , May 16. The premier of
New Zealand has sent a telegram to the
premier of Victoria expressing his opposl.
tlon to the suggestion originating In Ger
many that Great Brltlan bo given control
of the Tonga Islands In exchange for the
surrender of the Samoa to Germany. The
New Zealand premier adds that the question
will probably come up for dlccustlon at the
colonial conference at Ottawa ,
Mluoarl ltob kuh Elect Officers.
ST. LOUIS , May 16. The Daughters ot
Ilebekah ot Missouri , who hnve been In
convention here for several days , elected the
following officers for the ensuing yetr today :
President. Mrs. M. T. Baxter of St. Louis ;
vice president , Mlts Rosle Oranier of Pat-
tonburg ; secretary , Mrs. M B. Young of St.
Joseph ; asiUtant secretary , Mies Lena
Comrades of Trenton ; treasurer , Mrs. R. L.
Gunn of Trenton.
At today's session of the grand lodge In
dependent Order of Odd Fellows , Captain 11.
K. Thomas of Carthage , Mo. , was elected
grand warden. The next annual convention
will bo held at Nevada , Mo.
iiuxnr.n ir.utmiut'SE ntnixtXH.
Early Thin Morning- Tire Wn lllKeinereil In
the lto ton CnMotii lloime.
BOSTON , May 17 , Flro started In the
five-story granlto bulldlnc In State street at
2:05 : this morning. U was discovered
In the United States appraiser's ofllco nnd
rapidly spread to the bonded warehouse
connected therewith. When the department
arrived the flames had gained such head
way that n second , third nnd fourth alarms
were Immediately sent In.
3:30 : a. in. The lire so far Is confined to
the appraiser's ofllce , the sampling and
weighing rooms nnd the bonded warehouse
In the upper stories of the building. Next
door the firm of John M. Williams & Co. ,
Importers of liquors Is situated. Thus fur
the flames have not reached their stock ,
but the firemen are of the opinion they can
not long keep It out. The building IH owned
by Mrs. Paran Stevens and Is leased by the
government. It Is ono of the finest buildIngs -
Ings In the city.
4 n. m. Flrcls under control ; loss , $35-
BOSTON , May 16. A stretch of smoking ,
blackened ruins , covering imore than , n
dozen acres , shows thef > ccnc of last night's
fire. Household furniture and property of
every description litters the streets , and hun
dreds of those made homeless by the con
flagration arc vainly searching the ruins ot
their houses In the hope ot finding some
thing of value remaining uninjured. About
$500,000 worth of property was destroyed.
Ono hundred and thirty-seven buildings ,
over two-thirds of which were wooden
structures , were consumed and twenty-two
more were partially burned. For the most
part they were occupied by the poorer
classes , and 467 families , or about 2,300 per
sons , are homeless. The Boston Base Ball
association and the city of Boston arc the
heaviest financial loosens. The property of
the former was valued at $70,000 and IK a
total loss. The city's loss Is over $100.000.
But one fatalllty has bron reported , a
3-months-old baby having been suffocated
on Berlin street. About seventeen persons
were Injured , none of them seriously.
.Nearly a dozen Invalids residing in houses
now In ruins were conveyed to the hospitals
during the fire. During the night fire
Started again In the top of a brick block
on the west side of Cabot street and burned
for an hour. The building was destroyed.
Early In the day thirty-five children were
reported as missing as a result of yester
day's great conflagration , but this evening
the number is greatly decreased. .Many of
the little ones were In the homes of stran
gers , who cared for them until they were
found by relatives. Several children are
yet to be found by their friends , but they
are undoubtedly safe in the keeping of par
ties In the vicinity of the fire.
Depletion the Coal Supply.
PAWTUCKET , R. L , May 16. The city
Is Illuminated tonight by the blap of fully
50,000 tons of coal consumed by a dlKatitrous
fire on the water front this afternoon. A
conservative estimate of the loss is $500,000.
The flro Htarted from a spark wnfted from
a kettle to the burn of the Newell Con ! and
Lumber company , whoso oiitirc property Is
In ashes. The flames commntilcatpd with
the coal nnd lumber yards of Olney &
Payne Bros. , and their stock and structures
were wholly consumed. The flames next
darted across the river , enveloping ta their
fold the coal and lumber yards of the J.
T. and the City Coal com
pany. Several buildings were also destroyed.
The destruction Is most complete , for there
is neither n coal nor a lumber yard In the
city tonight.
He 1'riHiiHri a Sciihatlon ns the ISrMill of
Ills Little ln\e.stlgiitliif ; Tour.
RUSHVILLE , Neb. , May 16. ( Special
Telegram to The Bee. ) The trip of Senator
Kyle , sub-chairman of the senate committee
en Indian depredations , to the Indian reser
vations for the purpose of Investigating
claims against the government. Is likely to
result in some fpicy revelations and Indi
rectly affect certain prominent oillclals of
the government. Senator Kyle has only
been gene from Washington a fortnight , but
In that time he has taken the testimony of
a number of witnesses at different points in
South Dakota , and accidentally ran across
evidence that will In nil probability lead to
another government scandal.
For some time past the senate committee
on Indian depredations has had Its attenton :
called to suspicious claims tiled against the
government , and so rapidly were they ad
judicated In the court nf claims that at the
present time they amount to over $500,000.
The evidence Senator Kyle has collected In
reference to these claims Is decidedly .dam
aging to them , and the chances are that not
ono half ot them will be provided for In the
senate appropriations. What Is more , an
elaborate Investigation Is likely to follow and
Inquiry raised how Judgments could bo ob
tained In the court of claims on ex parto evi
dence. Indeed , this ex parte evidence Is
shown to have been manufactured out of
whole cloth and could fccarcely have been
received as such except through the collu
sion and connivance of certain government
Among other things the testimony of some
ot the witnesses taken before Senator Kyle
shows thnt prominent claim lawyers have
visited the Indian reservations and have
manufactured claims against the govern
ment which have not the shadow of a foun
dation. It was further shown that wit
nesses worn liberally paid In these claims
to swear falsely , and that In several cases
the parties bringing suit were in blissful
Ignorance of any such suit , but neverthe
less It was boldly prosecuted by the nurrep-
tltlous uuo of their names. Owing to urgent
business , requiring Senator Kyles' immediate
presence In Washington , many of the claims
cannot be fully Investigated just now , but
every ono of them will be carefully looked
Into. Fully 50 per cent ot those examined
thus far are more or less fraudulent.
ChrU Coimansh Arrested'for AKMUiltlnj ; u
Me.rclmnt' Wlfn.
Chris Connaugh was arrested last evening
for assaulting Mrs. R , CEncwold with a
razor. The prisoner says that five years
ago ho loaned Enowold $1,100 without
security , taking his promissory note. All
that ho has received since * that tlmo hax
been $400 , and recently Connaugh has made
repeated visits to Enowold's store. Twenty-
third and Cumlngs streets to get Enowold to
settle. Lately lie has usually found only
Mrs. Enowold there , who would tell him
that her husband was away.
Last evening ho called at the store and
was told by Mrs. Eriewold that her husband
was In Council Bluffs. It is alleged that
ho then jerked a razor from his pocket and
started toward the woman , saying : "Tell
mo where ho Is or I will cut your heart
out , I have been fooled long enough , "
Her screams were heard by Unewold , who
caused Connaugh's arrest , The prisoner
denies that ho had a razor In his hand , al
though ono was found In his packet when he
was arrested.
Movement ! of 8niioliii ; VoteU May 10.
At Baltimore Arrived Darmstadt , from
At Southampton Arrived Trava , from
New York ; New York , from Bremen.
At London Arrived Alecto , from New
At Glaigow Arrived Furnessla , from
New York.
At Movlllo Arrived Sardinian , from
At New York Arrived Lahn , from
Excessive Rains Raise the Rivers Far Ont
of Their Banks.
Another Partly Destroyol by Dynamite to
Save the Remainder.
Saw Mills , Bridges and Railroad Tracks
Swept Away by the Plooil ,
Chlppeirn City , Ithcr Pull * mid lllnrk filter
rail * , H'U , unil Stlllnatcr , .Minn , ,
Are AIIIOIIK the. Sufferer * Telegraph -
graph Linen Demoralized.
ST. PAUL , May Ifi. Severn storms In the
nature of n cloudburst extending over about
250 miles of territory with St. Paul on the
western edge of the storm did terrible dam
age last night.
The amount of damage la uncertain but la
very heavy.
River Kalis , WIs. , reports a dam burst and
three bridges washed away , the damage tut
the dam being at least $25,000. New Richmond
mend , WIs. , reports trains unable to run on
account of washouts.
Mrs. William Brennan of Erwln Pralrlo
was killed and others severely Injured by ,
lightning. All Chicago roads suffered fe-
vercly , no trains arrjvlng on tlmo and sonio
are not expected to arrive. Washouts still
hold yesterday's train on the Omaha at
Hudson and last night's train nt Eau Claire.
A cut at Hudson has been washed full and
the track Is Impassable. The Wisconsin
Central trains cannot run on account of
washouts. The Burlington got In very lain
by going around over the Milwaukee anil
that road also got Its trains In by a round
about way. On the Burlington the wires
are down near Prescott , WIs. , ntul dcflnitu
news of the trouble there Is unobtainable.
It Is still close and threatenlnc In this
city , and It Is feared the worst may not bu
over. Electric car lines were much demoral
ized during the storm last night. Great
damage was done to cellars throughout thu
city. Flats are Hooded and residents are
compelled to seek high ground.
RIVER FALLS , WIs. , May 1C. A de
structive Ilocd Is sweeping down Black river
valley. A large number of dams , mills-
Iron bridges and other property have been
destroyed. ,
A special from Chlppewa Falls also rt.v
ports great destruction to property. In the
Chlppewa river valley. All railways re
port washouts and .no trains from the north
or west will reach Milwaukee until this
The wall of water-struck this place at i
o'clock thls.iiiornlng. The fire nlarm bells
were rung CjJ the people hurried from their
homes to the aid of those living In thu
lower part of the city In the path of the
Hood. The dam of the Pralrlo mill checked
the rush of water for a few minutes , but
walls of wood and stone could not withstand
the pressure und the dam 'gave way. Two
big bridges were swept from their fasten
ings and were carried away on the torrent.
Several small buildings followed , Mealey's
starch factory wufc torn from Its founda
tion and went down stream. Another largo
bridge went i-ext. Foster's saw mill wan
in the path of the tide , and it suffered 12,000
damage. The damage at the Pralrlo mill
Is 12,000. and at Fortune's mill It Is $4,000.
Railway lines suffered severely from wash
outs. All the families on the lowlands
were rescued.
At Bloomer , In the Chlppewa valley , sev
eral dwellings , a large planing mill , the
city pumping house and the fire englna
house are cone.
The Immense dam across Black river near
Black River Falls was In danger , and the.
west wing wes blown up to save the re
mainder of- the structure. This sent a
great Hcod down the valley on Black River
The mill district of Glenwood Is a seen ? of
wreck and ruin. The big dam ami fclulce-
way over the Glenwood Manufacturing com
pany and several hundred thousand feet of
logs were carried away. Every bridge on
the entire length of Tiffany creek U gone.
Many dxvelllngs In the lower part of the
vllhiga are under water. The Wisconsin
Central Chicago train is laid out by wash
outs and Is In the woods about n mile nnd
half from town.
At Chlppcwa Falls and north toward
Bloomer the valley is under water. A ton-
feet raise Is promised at Eau Claire , where
the water Is now very high , before 10.
o'clock tonight. This may cause heavy
IOSKOI to mill owners and others.
Advices at the railway ofllccs In Milwau
kee report washouts on all roads north anil
west of the city. No trains are arrlvinjj
today from St. Paul or Minneapolis on any
Washouts exist on the Chicago , Milwau
kee & St. Paul , the Chicago & Northwestern
and the Wisconsin Central to a great ex
tent , tli ? complete extent ot which rannot
be learned by officials hero up to noon today
owing to the fact that the telegraph wires
were down or badly crippled.
The flood loss In the Chlppewa volley
alone Is estimated at J2.000.000. At
Bloomer the dam , saw mill , planing mill ,
bridges , hoiixcx and G.000.000 feet of logs
were cairled away. No lives are reported
lost. In Chlppewa Falls damage was donate
to the extent ot $1,000,000 to streets , bridges
and railway property. The city suffers the
loss of five bridges , cutting off tradlc with
the Omaha road , and the loss of the gan
works. Brldgiswatcr avenue. River ami
Lower Bridge and .Spring streets arc flooded ,
together with buildings on the street. Chlp
pewa Lumber and Boom compay's office
building , "barn and mill are afloat ,
also the American house. Box &
Squire. Lang Bros , , S. F. .Martin ,
E , Hedge , Good Luck company , postofflce and
I'anler Wagon works ; alee the woolen mill ,
saih and door company nnd many tmall
buildings and residences situated near the
creek , Chlppewa City , six miles north of
Chlppewa Falls , the saw mill , dam , bornir ,
lumber yarn , und in fact almost the whoju
city nre completely washed out , together
with 6,0"0.0"0 feet of logs. Ohlppvwu
river U ten feet above low water mark , but
the worst has not come yet , as reports are
that Little FalU dam and Flambeau dnm
have given way , which , If true , will raise
the river fifteen feet more , completely floodIng -
Ing the business part qf the city ,
DENVER , May 1C. A gale Is blowing la
thin region today that la Interfering seri
ously with telegraph and telephone lines.
The west wing of the Immense dam at the
Dells has been blown out to save the rent of
It. The water Is rising rapidly and the
break Is now 300 feet across ,
MINNEAPOLIS , May 10. A Stlllwatcr
special to the Journal say * : Last nights
storm left this city In worse condition than
any of Its predecessors. Many streets wer
washed out badly. Several houses on Fourth
street were- undermined and let down Into a
gully thirty feet deep. The yard and ( hop *
ot the state penitentiary were flooded with
land and water and the loss to the state will
be heavy. At on time the water wan tir
feat deep In the yard. The convicts are all
at work clearing the Hand out. The railroad
tracks are badly washed out , and there will
be no train * In or out tor several daiK , Tk