THE SUN, BALTIMORE, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 31, 1897. In contrast with, the vast cattle interests of the country. Iowa was more Interested In hides than wool. She marketed annually $3,000,000 worth of hides and not 10 per cent, of that amount of wool. He de manded tual lilts nap ii-uu uii'uua i uuilui l- tee allow the sense of the House to be taken on this question, and affirmed with great positlveness that every republican iroru 111? t L Ail v it u a uuij vli aim "We insist," he shouted, "that the tan mnu UI1U IfULlitl wuucuicfl VL .tv.n., PunnovlTrmid and New England should not be" allowed to stifle the demands of the Vest." Debate at this point was forced to a close by Mr. Dingley's amendment to limit debate on an amendment, which was adopted, reducing the duty on cocoa fiber snd rattan matting from 8 to 4 cents a t-puare vard, and on mats of similar ma terial irom a io - cents. Lodze Threatened Defeat. Mr. Pockery contributed to the controversy over hides the statement that the additional Information" obtained by the committee In 1S0, which induced them to transfer hides from the dutiable to the free list, was the protest of Massachusetts. "You were notified," said he, by a member of the Senate, then a Representative on this floor, (Mr. Lodge,) that if hides were not left on the free list Massa chusetts would defeat tne diii. Mr. Norton (democrat, of Ohio) made a vicious assault on the majority. Instead of denouncing Mr. Cleveland oa every occasion, he said, the other side ought to be down on their knees at the feet of his "perspiring obesity and ponderous ponderosity" thanking him for the opportu nity he haa given mem 10 agaiu iuu mo people." An amendment rating steel strings for musical instruments at 45 per cent., one putting bolting ciotns ior mining purposes at "5 per cent., (free under McKlnley bill,) were adopted. Mr. Mahany (republican, of New lork) ,-.i o r.rntst nfainst the continued efiort of the democracy to unload Grover Cleveland on the repuDiican party, u m a favorite accusation of the silver forces. "There is no amendment pending to Place a tariff on Grover Cleveland, ' remarked Mr. Carmack (democrat, of Ten- "No" but there should be a section In this bill to prevent the democratic industry from unloading him," replied Mr. Ma- ha"Magnesla. not medicinal," was placed on thefree list. Carbonate of potash and sheep flip were placed on the free list. Not framed In the Interest of the East. Mr. Henderson, of Iowa, took occasion at this point to deny that this bill was framed in the Interest of the East. He pointed out that the West held a ma-iority on the committee and were entirely icn peient to care for the interests to which they were committed Mr. Cowherd (democrat, of Missouri) declared that the tariff on Mexican cattle was a blow at the farmers and the wool schedule also. The cattle came in .young and ate ur the farmers crops and paid for them Trade had been increasing with Mexico in oranges and other products which the bill proposed to stifle. In reply Mr. Dolliver had read a letter from Norman Gibbs, of Mount Vernon, Alo president of the Short-Horn Association asking a duty of $10 a head on Mexican cattle in the name of the cattlemen of that Bectlon. The committee amendment permitting entrance free under bonds of works of art for exhibition by public associations was proposed by Chairman Dingley, whereupon Mr. Smith (democrat, of Arizona) talked about the cattle schedule, assert-In? that the rates amounted to T5 per cent, ad valorem so far as they concerned Lis territory. In rebuttal of Mr. Dolllver's letter. Mr. W heeler (democrat, of Alabama) read a letter from Hon. Norman J. Coleman, of t. Louis, the first Secretary of Agriculture, asking for an ad valorem duty on eaule that Mexican stock might be brought Into this country for feeding. Depends on Whose Ox Is Gored. In the course of this discussion Mr. Simrson (populist, of Kansas) attempted to score a point on the chairman of the ways and means committee by reading. In connection with the alleged policy of exclusion toward Mexico contained In the bill, the provision allowing lumber cut on the St. Croix river and sawed in New Brunswick to be admitted free of duty. That was, he said, reciprocity for the benefit of Maine, but when it came to Mexico It was different. It depended on whose ox was gored. Mr. IMnsrley explained that this provision was made necessary by the treaty of 112. which decided that the lower part of the St. John river was in Canada. Since that time the lumber grown oa the upper part of the St. John had been floated down the river, sawed and reimported into the United States. Mr. Tracker (democrat, of Michigan) denounced the duty of $2 on lumber as rob-berv. The lumber barons were permitted to go into Canada and have their lumber Hawed by the cheap labor there. It was iree trade in labor and protection for the manufacturer. The amendment pending was adopted; also another permitting free books, scientific apparatus, maps and charts, not produced in this country, imported for educational or scientific purposes and not for sale; also, an amendment increasing the rates on horses and mules to those of the act of 1SU0. Leather shoe laces less than 33 Inches In length were placed on the dutiable list 8t 05 cents per gross pairs and 20 per cent, ad valorem, and over 36 Inches 60 cents and 23 per cent, ad valorem. tarty speeches continued to be wedged In at every opportunity, keeping partisan feelii.g at a high tension. Mr. Davis (democrat, of Florida) submitted an argument against lowering the duty on pineapples from 2 cents each to So per thousand. Mr. Mahany contended that pineapples were one of the luxuries within the reach of the poor and should not be Increased In price for the benefit of a few growers. "Why not Increase the duty and reduce the price: that is a republican stock argument," interposed Mr. Carmack, (democrat, of Tennessee,) while the democrats laughed. Iutch metal, or aluminum, in leaf, was reduced from S to 4 cents per package of 100 leaves. The rate on surface-coated papers printed in metal leaf was Increased from 30 to 40 cents per pound. The duty on mica was Increased from 3 cents per pound and 13 per cent, ad valorem to 2 cents per pound in dimensions of one square Inch or less, and 2 cents additional for each square inch, with a maximum of Eo cents per pound. A Selfish, Wicked Measure. Mr. Wheeler (democrat, of Alabama) read a letter from a "prominent republican of Philadelphia" characterizing the Dingley bill as a "selfish, wicked" measure. He also read a denunciation of the woolen schedule from a textile journal. Mr. McMillin said, relative to the proposed change of duty on mica, that It would make the higher grades dutiable at 00 per cent. Mr. Grosvenor said experts had testified that the rates In the amendment would not exceed 35 per cent. This completed the committee amendments. Mr. Dingley, In reply to a question said that nine-tenths of the amendments offered by the committee yesterday and today had been suggested by members and oiTered after mvestiaration. Mr. Kichardson asked if the chairman of the ways and means committee would not be kind enough to allow the minority to "offer just one little amendment." "I presume it is to strike out the enacting clause," said Mr. Dinglev. "No," replied Mr. Richardson. "It is to Btrike out the differential on sugar." Mr. McMillin followed this up with a request that the committee now proceed to tii consideration of the sugar schedule. Several republicans objected. "We will eft to that schedule," said Mr. Hopkins, if you will allow us to proceed." "All right," replied Mr. McMillin. "We will let the reading proceed and see how sincere you are." The clerk then resumed the reading of the bill where he stopped on Saturday. Protest Against Higher Coal Duties. Mr. Lentz (democrat, of Ohio) was the first to Interrupt the reading of the bill. He presented a number of protests from bituminous coal miners against the restoration of 75 cents a ton on coal. He declared that the restoration was In the Interest of the anthracite coal pool of the East. Mr. Grosvenor, (republican, of Ohio,) in reply, said no suggestion against the restoration of the duty on coal had come until after the bill had been reported to the House. The East was In favor of a lower duty on coal. The introduction of coal on the Atlantic seaboard did effect the coal market in Ohio, and his district mined one-third of the coal of his State. He said the committee still had under consideration the question of adding a proviso having for Its object the negotiation of a treaty with Canada for a mutual reduction of duty on coal. Canada now imposed a duty of 00 cents per ton on our coal. Our duty was now 40 cents. Mr. Lentz denied that foreign coal on the Atlantic seaboard could drive back coal from the interior. Pennsylvania Ohio, Indiana and Illinois exported five times as much coal to Canada as was imported on both the Atlantic and Pacific seaboard. This duty would destrov that market. Canada would reciprocate. It was a blow at the United Mine-Workers' Association. Reciprocity with Canada. Mr. Hopkins (republican, of Illinois) explained tnat Mr. Ellsworth, of Chicago, whose name had been mentioned in the debate, had approached him in the Interest of reciprocity with Canada in coal. He bad himself been convinced that it would be advantageous to us. But other members of the committee, including Mr. Grosvenor, had been cautious about entering Into such an arrangement without further investigation. West Virginia and Siaryland especially had protested against the present duty. An attempt was then made to extend the debate an hour tomorrow, but the republicans refused to agree to this unless the democrats would agree to vote on the amendments tomorrow in gross. But the democrats declined to accede to this condition and all negotiations fell through. Mr. Wheeler tried to secure consent for a night session, but Mr. Dingley said it would be Impossible be obtain a Quorum. A EETROACTIYE CLAUSE. The House Will Try to Check Antici patory Imports by an Amendment to the Tariff Bill. Washington, March 30. -Chairman Ding ley and his colleagues of the ways and means committee will attempt to have the duties Imposed by the new tariff bill go into effect before the bill becomes a law. This was definitely resolved upon at a meeting of the republican members of-the committee held toniebt. The sub-committee, consisting of Representatives Grosvenor, of Ohio; Tawney, of Minnesota, and Dalzell, of Pennsylvania, which was authorized to report upon the proposition presented an amendment which they bad written, and their colleagues in structed Mr. Grosvenor to offer the amend' ment tomorrow in the House. There is no doubt that it will be adopted by a party vote. The amendment provides that the duties imposed by the bill shall be enforced and collected on all goods imported subseouent to April 15 and prior to the passage of the act. not purchased or in transit prior to April L It creates a HeD upon the goods thus im ported for the amount of the duties imposed, and also makes the importer and the person in whose possession the goods may be found. if not a retail merchant or a carrier, liable for the amount of the duties or for the ex cess Imposed by the above amendments such articles may have paid. It also requires custom officers to retain samp'es of imported troods to the end that the evidence os itientifiaatioa may be pre served. It provides for bringing sui;s o re. cover the duties, both against importers and wholesale merchants, and gives to circuit courts of the United States full and complete jurisdiction to hear and determine such actions and to enforce the Judgments. The members of the sub-committee had investigated the question of the constitu tionality and validity of the proposition per sonally and bad secured the opinions of able lawyers, among them the attoruey-general of Ohio. When they presented to their col leagues the authorities on which they pro pose to sustain the amendment there was no dissent from their views. The chief precedent on which the com mitte relies to sustain its action is a decision of the Supreme Court, growing out of the Wilson act. Thtt act did nut become law until August 23. 1834, although the bill stated tnattbe duties t herein imposed should be levied on and after August 1. It was be fore Congress nearly a month after the time fixed for its beginning. The Supreme Court decided in effect, however, as its opinion is interpreted by the ways and means com mittee, that the rates of the act become operative on the date declared by the act, although that date was twenty-eighi days before it became law. REBATE ON TIN-PLATE. Employes of the Cumberland Works Send a Petition to the Senate Opposing It. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, March 80. Senator Welling ton today introduced In the Semite a petition from the owners and employes of the Cumberland Steel and Tiu-Plate Works asking for the repeal in the pending tariff bill of the provision in the present law for rebates on tin-plates imported for the purpose of exporting again as cans containing goods. The Senator also presented petitions from the Enwor h League of the Baltimore Meth odist Episcopal Conference against the sale of liquor in public buildings, the use of the telegraph for gambling and the transtnihsiou through the mails of matter describing prizefights. Senator Gorman introduced the following bill: To pay to David T. Wathen 55,000 for injuries received in falling off a scaffold wh;le engaged as a laborer in the construction of the State, War and Navy Departments building, in this citv; to pay to John J. Shipman. of this citr. S35,862 58 for work done and material furnished and accepted by the board of public works and the commissioners of the District of Columbia: to remove the charge of desertion from the mili tary record of An' on Ernst, who ws a mem ber of company E.. Second Maryland Infantry, and to give him an honorable dis charge from October 15, 1863. representative Mclnure Las introduced in the House bihs granting pensions to William tt. Steinmentz, .Mrs. Hek-n Earned and Jlw. Annie Dulany, of Baltimore, and also a bill to pay the heirs of the late John W. Bran-bam, a surze oa in the marine hospital service. wo died in a yellow fever infected city in 1893, S4.BQ2. BANQUET TO MR. BABC0CK. Postmaster-General Gary and Senator Wellington Were Amon Thoee Present. Washington, March 30. Over one hun dred and fifty guests attended a banquet at the Arlington tonight given to Chairman Babcock, of the republican congressional campaign committee, by bis frienas in Congress and residents of Washington as a recognition of his services in the last campaign. John Franklin Fort, of New Jersir, acted as to a tin aster. Addresses were made in which Chairman Baboock was highly eulo gized, but Senator Hanna was the most en thusiastic In pvaiseof the work accomplished by Mr. Babcock's committee. Anions: those present were Postmaster General Gary, Secretary Wilson, Senators Hausbrough, Hanna. Wellington. Mitchell, Piatt, of New York, Sewell, Spooner, Stioup. Eikins, Chandler and Thurston; Representatives Arnold, Brumai, Cannon. Davidson, of Wisconsin, Davidson, of Kentucky, Hemenway, Henderson, Hull, Heatwole, Hurley. Johnson, Grosvenor, of .North Dakota. Kirkpatrick, Loudensla-ger, Lj braud, Wm. A. Stone, of Pennsylvania; Northway, Overstreet, Pugh, Pear-Son. Ray, Sperry, Shannon, Sturtevtint, Walker, of Virginia; Williams, of Pennsylvania, and Baker, of Maryland; Hon. J. T. Dubois, Gen. S. S. Burdette. James Boyle, Gen. Powell Clayton. John B. Cotton, Gen. K. E. Cochran, R. E. Doan. Coi. M. M.. Parker, Capt. R. H. Pratt, Pniletus Sawyer aud Oliver Drake Smith. GREAT RCSK OF IMMIGRANTS Pouring Into the United States in Advance of the Adoption of Restrictive Legislation. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, March 30, Many inquiries are couiiug here as to the prospective fate of the immigration bill introduced by Senator Lodge at the beginning of the extra session of Congress. There has beeu no indication of any purpose to press the bill for consideration in the Senate, and it would be useies to do bo if the proprietor of the House of Representatives, Speaker Reed, adheres to bis lormally announced purpose to permit the passage or no other measure than tne tariff bill. In the meantime, appearances justify the impressiou of a tremendous spring and summer rush of immigrants. A lew days ago 1.100 Italians came into this country ou one vei-e.. It it, said the steamship coinput.ies have already "booked" aonie thousands more of this class, which has never beeu regarded as a very Uesirabie element to add to our popu.ation. According to report, the steamship companies are working busily to bring in all thay can from every part of Europe iu advance oi the anticipated restrictive provisious to be adopted by tne United b.utes. In consequence of the threatened general hostilities iu Europe, it is supposed there will be a considerable exodus of those llaole to conscription. This would include, of course, tnauy u bie-bodied and comparatively young men. They would be more welcome, naturally, than the aged, the paupers, the invalids and the criminals tuat European countries nre so fond of unloading upon us. but in these times of depression we have more able-bodied men now thau cau Hud remunerative employment. Pension Commissioner Evans Policy. Washington,' March 80. Henry Clay Evaue, of Tennessee, whose nomination for commissioner of peusious was sent iu yesterday, reached here from Chattanooga today. He said that he had no policy formulated other than that of liberal administration or pension laws and the application of a thorough efficiency standard of employes. He thought the broadest construction, a far as consistent with reason and goou judgment, should be given the statutes aud rules in the adjudication of the great mass of pension cases. He added thct there were many fraudulent claims, but- their existence would not affeoi the Ire, ment of tho worthy cases in any way. International Marine Conference. Washington, March 30. The American members of tne International Marine Conference, which met here several years ago and formulated regulations or rules of the road for the government of vessels at sea, will meet here tomorrow with a view to amending the American rules as to Inland or harbor waters so as to conform more closely to the international rules. The conference probably will last two or three days. Dolly Madison Spoons Not Melted Over. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, Marco SO. A foolish story has been published in sensational papers In New York that the Dolly Madison spoons had been melted over by order or Mrs. Cleveland. 1 here is uo truth la the story, which isofficlally denied at the White House. The steward of the Executive Mansion says the spoons are Bare in his keeping. Assignments in District Courts. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, March au. The following are the assignments for Distr.ct Courts for Wednesday: Circuit Court No 1. Nob. 4Td, 496. 454, appeal 72, 602. 504, 500. 508. 610. 468. Criminal Court No. 1. Nos. 21152, 21198. 21199, 11U6, 21182, 21183, 211b6, 21190, 2U91 TO LEGALIZE POOLING. Senator Foraker Introduces a Bill for the Relief of Railroads. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION. It May Disapprove of Contracts Made by the Roads. Commission's Orders, However, May Be Reviewed by the United States Circuit Courts and by the Supreme Court on Appeal Railroad Schedules to Be Kept Open to Public Inspection Washington. March 30. Senator Foraker, of Ohio, today introduced a pooling bill. It is Intended to meet the objections to pooling which were raised by the Supreme Court of the United States in its decision recently rendered in the Trans-Missouri Freight As sociation case. The first section amends the interstate commerce act so as to renaer it lawful for railroad associations to enter into pools under the following conditions: "Every contract, agreement or arrange ment shall be in writing and filed with a commission created by this act, and shall be come lawful and enforceable between the parties thereto at the expiration of twenty dars from the filing- thereof, unless the com mission shall in the meantime, and upon such Investigation and consideration as it may deem proper, make an order disapproving of the game, and it shall be the duty of the commission to make suoh order of disap proval whenever it shall be of opinion that the operation of any such contract, by reason of Its provisions or for want or necessary restrictions and limitations, would result iu unreasonable rates, uujust discrimination. Insufficient service to the public, or otherwise contravene any of the provisions of this brL" commission to Investigate Complaints. It U also made the duty of the commission to observe the workings of such contracts or aa-reemi-nts as affect the transportation busiuess of the couutry and to investigate all complaints relating to rates or facilities afforded by pooling associations, and "whenever the commission, after due notice, shall find that anv such rates. facilPleS or prac tices are excessive or unreasonable, or result in anv uulust discrimination as between in dividuals. localities or articles of traffic, or are otherwise in contravention of any of the provisions of this act, tne commission soau issue an order requiring such rates, charges. etc.. maintained by or under such contract to be cuanaed. modified or corrected." The authority of the commission goes to the extent of allowing it to disapprove of the contract itself and reouiring lttobetermi nated at a titne mentioned, which time, it is provided, shall not be less than thirty days. The effect of this order. U is specincany stated, would render the contract unlawful and nun-euforceaile. but lc is provided that the orders and nudingi of the commission m such cases shall bo subject to review by the United Sta.es Circuit Courts upon petition. A further appeal U allowed by any of the partit'S to the supreme Uuurc or tneunitea frtates, wntre such cases are to be eiven the right of advancement on tiie docket as gov ernment cases. The contract is to oe uniaw. tnl durinsr tho nendenov of the cases in court it the decision has been against the pool. Schedules Open- to Publio Inspection. The bill reauires ail common carriers to print aiid keep open to public inspection their schedules of both passenger ana ireignt rates, giving full particulars as to the classification of ireiiiht. terminal charges, &c. the schedules to be plainly primed in large type nud posted in conspicuous places in every depot. No advance is to be made la rates or charges except after teu da? s' public notice, and ic is made unlawful to rtceivo a greater or less compensation for the trnnsportation of either pasenirers or freight than specified in the schedules. All rauroaa ana otner traus-Dortatiun comDanies are required to file copies of their schedules with tne interstate commerce commission. All joint schedules are aiso to oe tiled with the commission and to be made public as the commission may deem practical, it is also made unlawful for a uartv to anv lolut tanir to reaeive otner compensation than that provided for in its" schedule. Common Carriers May Enter Into Agree ments. Another clause provides that "it shall be lawful for common carriers, whether subject to this hctor not, to enter into agreements cot f orbiddeo by the fifth section of this act in resrard to making and maintaining the lawful rates, fares and ctiarirea specified in the separate or joint tariff scoeduies pub lished as required by this section." Compulsory Clauses. The bill :s compulsory in reouiring com mon carriers to file and publish schedules. making them subject to writs of mandamus to be issued by the federal courts, failure to nompl with wh;ch is to be punished as con tempt of court. .Provision is maoe ior com plaint ou the part or persons claiming 10 oe damaged to the interstate commerce com- miss. on. Tnev are also given tue alternative of suits for damages in the federal courts. A Hue of 85,000 is provided ugmust any cotu-rtnv subject to toe provisions of this act trruutiug a rebate, drawback or allowance in violation of the provisions or the act. inis nroviston is made to operate specifically against lessees, receivers, officers, directors, agents or employes. A like provision is made for a fine against a shipper receiving favors io the way of re bates or reduction or aies irom transporta tion companies. There are bisj strict provisions against false classification and false weighing lor the evasion of the requirements of the bill either oa the partoi railroad com panies or shippers. It is also provided that in anv criminal Droceedings service of a writ shall be deemed sufficient when made upon an asrent of a raiiroad company. Slay Inquire Into Railroad Business. Section 12 of the interstate commerce act s amended so as to give the Interstate com merce commission authority to inquire into toe management of tne business ot ali common carriers, aud the commission is n quired to kaep itself informed as to the manuer in which they conduct their business, ihe commission H autborizad to summon witnesses from any part of the United States, author ity beiug given to Invoke the aid of any Luited fctates court lu case or Qisooedience of a subpena. Any failure to obey tne court's order in such cases is to be punished as contempt of court. A section is added to the interstate com merce act providing for redeariugs in cases decided by the interstate commerce com mission, the decision rendered remain mg in force until the teaearlng may be consum mated. The- bill requires annual reports irom common carriers lo be nled with the commission, showing the capital stock is sued, the amounts paid thereior, the dlv dends paid, the number ot stockholders, the profit and loss, &c. TO HASTEN A DECISION. Joint Traffic Association Lawyers Yill Join in an Effort to Bring: Up Their Case. New York, March 30. A conference was held in this city today by the legal representatives of the railroad companies in the Joint Tralfio Association. The gathering was called to discuss the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the case of the Trans-Missouri Freight Association. It was decided to join the Attorney-General n an effort to secure an early bearing of the appeal of the Joint Traffio case. "The Attorney-General is to make a motion with our concurrence, in the Supreme Court Thursday." said Mr. Lewis Cass Ledyard, "so that the casa of tho United States against the Joint Traffic Association can be beard at the present term. Iu the meantime the association is advised to continue to act as It has acted heretofore pending the determination of tho legality of its organization." The Hues represented were: New Tork Central. Frank Loomi, general counsel: Pennsylvania. ex-Judge James A. Logan, general solicitor; Erie, 7. B. Jennings; West Shore, ex-Judge Ashbel Green; Lshigh Val ley, C. B. Alexander; Baltimore and Onio, Receiver John K. Cowen and E. J. D. Cross; Jersey Central. J. W. De Forest; Ontario and Wes:ern, J. B. Kerr; Laokawanna. Hamiltou Odell; Chesapeake and Ohio, Henry Wick-ham; Wabash, W. H. Biodgett and Clarence D. Ashley. Ex-Senator George F. Elmunds and Ed ward J. Phelps, ex-minister to England, were also present. Messrs. James C. Carter and Lewis Cass Ledyard represented the Joint Traffic Association. Henry Clews said yesterday: "Under the Sherman anti-trust law as decided by the Supreme Court ic is a question in my mind whether it is not illegal to kill bens, as to do so Is a restraint upon the egg trade, and a combination with tho dealers In poultry. On the same principle it is a so illegal to kill cows, as to do is a restraint on the milk trade, and may be a serious tax on parents who bring up their children on fresh mi k. Tho owner of a cow when he sells to a butcher to mako beef makes a combination detrimental to the milk trade. Judge Peck- ham's decision clearly sets forth that combi nations and anything that is a restraint to trade are Illegal under the anti-trust law." Speaking mow seriously. Mr. Clews said: 'The tff.-ct of the joint traffic associations Is o bold up the weak roads, whereas the de cision of the Supreme Court is to drive them nto bankruptcy, which will enable the strong roads to acquire them oa their own terms. This will make poor corporations the poorer and rich corporations i bo richer. If railroads are to be compelled to surrender to he decision of the Uuited States Supreme Court, then consolidation of roads will be the Inevitable result, uu l before the clo.-e of the next decade we may witness in this country four or five great systems of railroads through leases and purchases instead of, as at present, several hundred of them." Atlantic Citt, N. J., March 80. About 25 representatives of the Central and .Eastern Traffic Associations arrived here today from New York, and are in convention discussing the recent decision of the Supreme Court against the Trans-Missouri Association. One of the representatives stated that no aotiou has yet been taken' by the meetintr. The conferees will meet at the Brighton Casino tomorrow. Chicago, March 30. The passenger repre sentatives of the Western roads met today at the office of the Western Passenger Asso ciation to consider the future of that organization. It was decided to recommend to the execU' tive officers, who will meet tomorrow, that tho association be continued in existence. but that it shall hereafter have nothing to do with rates or the maintenance of rates. It was also recommended that tho organiza tion be a bureau of information and statis tics only, but that the bureaus which have the handling of the clergy tickets and of mileage transportation shall be coutinued in force. These bureaus have nothing to do with rates, and it is not believed that they come under the scope of the Supreme Court decision. Chairman Caldwell will remain at the head of the organization and will have control of all the subsidiary bureaus as well. The Western roads have come to the con clusion that they will bo compelled to aban bandon their immigrant clearing house in New York. This was run on' a pooling ar rangement, and the Supreme Court decision does not leave it a leg to stand upon. St. iioms. Mo., March 80. An informal conference of traffic officials representing St. Loui3 lines was held yesterday in the office of the Southwestern Truffle Association to discuss tho rece it ruling of the Supreme Court. It was suggested that It might be well to continue the existing organizations for the purpose of classifying freight and to serve as a clearing house for regulating joint rates. The officials do not believe such an organization wouid be a violation of the law. A committee was appointed to formulate a plan of action, to be presented at some future day. The committee is composed of Vice-Presidents Yoakum, of the 'Frisco, Ramsey, of the Wabash, aud Miller, of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas. WORK OP THE SENATE. The Cuban Question Brought to the Front Again by Senator Morgan's Resolution. Washington, March 30. In the Senate today the Cuban question was brought for. ward again by Mr. Morgan, of Alabama who presented a resolution requesting the President to inform ihe Senate whether letters had been received by the present and former Chief Executive from Gen. Maximo Gomez, commander of the revolutionary forces in Cuba. The resolution recites at length the letters said to have been forwarded to President McKinley and his predecessor from Gomez aud published in the newspapers today. The President is also requested to Inf rtn the Senate whether the Spanish authorities in Cuba have refused to allow cipher dispatches to be transmitted between the Unite 1 Mates consul at Sagua la Grande and the United States con-ul-gen-eral at Havana. At Mr. Morgan's request the resolution went over until tomorrow. Mr. Hoar, of Massachusetts, suggested that the resolution should call for all letters received from Gomez, and not these specific documents. Mr. Morgan answered that he would readily accept an amendment when the resolution was acted on, calling for all of Gomez's lettf-rs. Mr. Allen (oopulist, of Nebraska) was then recognized for a speech on his resolution declaring it to be unconstitutional to impose tariff taxes on the necessaries of daily consumption in order to enrich certain favored classes at the expense of the masses. In the course of hi3 speech he siH: "VVe have a right to consider the character and occupation of the men makinir this claim lor protective legislation. They are not me laoorers themselves- those whom, it is said, protection is to benefit nut thev are the manufacturers, the bankers, the attor neys and th lobbyists who appeal to us in the name of the wage-earner. Tliere are very few of the laborers and producers who. uuhbvh wages are raised subiiiantiaiiv bv a high tariff, and still fewer wno desire that such a tariff sh ill be levied ou the articles ot necessary consumption." THE SENATE COMMITTEES. Republican Caucus Decides to Make a .Definite Effort to Complete Organization. V ashin'gton, March 30. The caucus of republican Senators today for the purpose of considering the question of filling the Senate committee vacancies resulted in the appointment of a committee on committees. This means that the republicans will make a definite attempt to organize, and that they will go to th extent of entering a motion to this t Oct in the Senate and of fsuinresirina- the namfs of republican Si-uators with whiou to fill the vacancies they think should be filled from the republican side of the cham ber. e-enator Allison, chairman of the caucus committee, said that as the Senate was divided at present the republicans, if they should hav8 the co-operation of Senator Kyie, would still need one other vote, and be did not know where this vote could be ob tained, because not only the democrats but the silver republicans and the populists were arrayed against them. He said also that ihe democrats insisted upon the republicans carrying the silver republicans and the pop- uii5(.s iu cneir representation on committees. Tne caucus also discussed tho ouesti.in nf the power of the committees to transact business with les than the legal membership. Senators Hale and Frye advanced the opinion that the resolution empowering the committees ot the last Congress to act un.il ne ones should be apDointed was sufficient authority to ibe committees as constituted to proceed with the business of the Sente. Seuator Galliuger did not accept this view. MEETING OF THE CABINET. Appointments of Assistant Secretaries and Bureau Officers Were Discussed. Washington, March 30. The cabinet meeting today was short, and so far as can be learued was unimportant. Secretary Sherman, who is suffering from rheumatism, was the only absentee. Several contemplated appointments of assistant secretaries and bureau officers were discussed, and it is expected that one or more nominations will bo made tomorrow, among tbem that of Benjamin Bu'terwortb. of Ohio, as commissioner of patents. This nomination has been definitely decided upon. The President aud the Attorney-General after the cabinet meeting bad a conference which lasted more than an hour. It is understood that the case of the four New Mexico murderers was under consideration. As the respite extended to them by the President expires next Friday.it is believed the President will take action within the next twentv-four hours. General Draper, of Massachusetts, whose nomination as ambassador to Italy is ex- pecseu, was a caner toaay at the White House. It is thought that this nomination and that of Andrew D. White as ambassador to Germany may be sent to the Seuate tomorrow. A. P. Steele, of the committee on arrancfi. mei.ts for the Grant celebration in New xorK, had a conference with Secretarv Por ter and Secretary Bliss today about the visit which the President will make to New York; and the part he will take in the celebration. It is urobable that a special train will convey the President and members of thp nahiriBt. m New York. THE ARBITRATION TREATY. Mr. Hoar Would Exempt Territorial Questions as Well as Foreign and Domestic Folioy. Washington, March 30, In the executive session of the Senate today Senator Hoar introduced an amendment to the arbitration treaty which is intended to meet the objec tions which have been urged in the recent debate against the agreement. The new amendment is similar to the amendment origiuaily suggested by the committee on foreign relations to the first article exempting- all questions of foreign and domestic policy from the operations of the treaty. The Hoar amendment al-o Includes territorial quest. oris in this exemption, leavlug it practically suoh a document as was originally eusrgestcd by Lord Salisbury, Mr. Hoar said that his amendment, if Incorporated, would render the document more acceptable to many Senators and Dro- vide suoh safeguards that none could cavil at its terms. Senator Chilton contrasted his amendment with that submitted by Mr. Hoar, contend ing for the sufflcionce of his own. In reply to a question from Senator Plart, or Connecticut, he said that his amendment was preferable to that offered by the committee, because it was more explicit and would leave no excuse for doubt noo.i the Dart of either Great Britain or the United States as to its purport. Senator Morgan said that the acceDtance of either of the amendments by the Senate would result ia the improvement of the treaty as a whole, but that no change proposed could render such a treaty desirable. He said he was opposed to the treaty in any form. According to agreement the votinor on the amendments offered by individual Senators will begin at 2 o'clock tomorrow. The amend ments so far offered are those suggested by Messrs. Hoar, Chiltou. Foraker. Chandler and Bacou. Senator Hoar's amendment Is in the nature of a substitute lor Senator Chilton's, and Senator Bacon has announced that if Senator Foraker's is accepted be will not press his. Maryland and District Patents. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington. March 30. Ptnra wr issued today as follows: Maryland Oliver W. Ketchum. Baltimore, button; Alvey M. Smith, Jr., Cockeysville, spike for railway or other purposes. W ash ington Samuel E. Kabbitt, fire-proof partition for buildings; Arthur W. McCurdy, gate. MGR. SCHR0EDER DENIES. Says He Is Not Responsible the Recent Attack on Liberal Catholics. for ARTICLE NOT PENNED BY HIM. His Name Used Without His Knowledge or Authority. Tbe Editor of a St. Eouis Paper Made Selections from Matter which He Had Written or Spoken at Various Times and Published Them Over Monslgnor Schroeder's Signature Publication May Have Cost Him a Bishopric. Special Dispatch to fche Baltimore Sun. Washington, March 30. A sensation was created recently by the publication In a German-American Cat holic paper in St. Louis of au article over the signature of Monsignor Joseph Schroeder, of the Catholic University, in which ho made a bitter attack upon the liberals in the church. The article was reproduced and elaborately commented on la Washington and New York papers. Monsignor Schroeder denies positively that he wrote tbe article or was in any way responsible for its publication. Ho made this statement in bis classroom before his class on dogmatic theology. He asserted that the article whs composed of matter which he had spoken and written at different times, but that Mr. Preuss, editor ot tbe St. Louis paper, had taken extracts from bis sermons, lectures and conversations and put them together into an article which he bad printed over Monsignor Schroeder's signature without his knowledge or authority. While Monsignor Schroeder stood responsible for tho Eentim.-nts of the article in so far as be bad uttered them and in the connection In wblch be had uttered them, he did not 6tand responsible for the article an published In St. Louis. This repudiation was in a measure a publio one ani .vionsinnor Schroeder has told others in private that he did not write the article. It is expected that Mr. Preuss will uive an explanation of the matter in tbe next Issue of bis paper. The attack was so bitter that it aroused considerab e antagonistic feeling among his opponents, and it has been rumored that it cost Monsignor benroeder a bishopric. Ac cording to reports he was slated for the bisbourio ot St. Uioud, a suffragan bee of Archbishop Ireland's. The lormer Bishop of St. Cloud was tbe tit. Kev. Martin Mariv, a Germ -o, and as strong in bis prejudices as Monsig'ti"' Schroeder. When he died it was expected hat hi- See wou d be filled by a German. ad it was recently reported that Archbishop Ireland bad selected Monsignor Schroeder for the nlice. Jsow it is stated that Archbishop Ireland tok Monsignor Schroeder's name out of consideration when be beard of ihe attack in the St. L'uis paper on the liberals over Monsignor Schroeder a name. "That Archbishop Ireland was not oblivious to the attack aud to others which have been recently made was proved by a paragraph In his sermon at St. Patrick's Church last Sunday night end printed in The sun on Monday. The Archbishop then said: "It is asked sometimes. 'Are not Catholics divided on the lines or race?' Not at ail. I speak for myself, and in what I say I know I speak for all true Catholics and loyal fol lowers of the Pope. There is for me no race and no color and no language. Irs? above all such accidentals and recognize as my brethren all who work for Gd and truth. When French Catholics are with the Pope I am with them; when thev are auainst the Pope I am against them. My position is the same with German Catnolics or Catholics of other races. If I differ from some of them, it is because of their ideas, uot because of thir race. t 'It is well that this be understood. Efforts have been made to identify certain refractory tendencies with whole races. TBis is wrong. It Is unjust to thos races, th if rent numt er of which are most loval to the Pope, most arient to follow bis direction and to work with him. Some self-constituted leaders are too willing to pose ns representatives of races of which they both misunderstand and misrepresent." Every one who had been watching the course of events had been expecting thai tbe Archbishop would give voice to some-tning important, and it has been taken to mean that while the speaker refrained from naming any one, he meant this part of his sermon for Monsignor Schroeder. It would have been undignified for him to have mentioned names in the pulpit unier suoh circumstances. But the sermon hud its effect, and all interested kuew what the Archbishop meant. NEWS OF THE NAVY. Designs of the New Torpedo-Boats Trial Trip of Battle-Ship Iowa. Washington, March 80. The board of naval bureau chiefs today arrived at a conclusion as to the main features of the torpedo-boats authorized by tho last Cong res. They will be thirty-knot craft of about 240 tors when ready for trial run, and 270 tons with all weights aboard ready for service. They will thus be larger than any other tor pedo-boats tbe government now has built or is building. Secretary Long has decided that the appropriation of S8UO.0O0 made by Congress for these boats is exclusive of the cost of armament, so that i. is thus possible uot only to secure larger boats, but la all likeli hood to get three ot them. The Navy Department has made all ar rangements for the trial trip ot the big bat tle-ship Iowa. S'.e is expected to arrive in Boston next Tuesday ihe trial run will be made over the coi rse from Capo Ann to Cape Porpoise, a no will come off on Thursday or as soon afterward as the conditions permit. Tbe naval engineers calculate that tbe ship may make about seventeen knots in good weather, which wouid give a premium of $100,000 to her builders. Ihese naval orders have been issued: As sistant, Surgeon C. I). Costigan bus been de tached from tho Vermont aud ordered to tbe Lancaster. Commander F. P. Giltnore has been assigned to duty at the New Tork navy yard. Lieutenant - Commander 'Frederick Sanger has been detached from the Terror and ordered to the Italeigh. exchanging places with Lieutenant-Commander Perry Garst. Assistant Surgeon F. C. Cooit has been ordered to examination lor promotion. Capt. H. L. Howison has also been ordered to examination for promotion, to succeed to Admiral liamsay's vacancy. Major-General Ruger's Retirement. Washington, March 30. Iu anticipation of the retirement of Maj.-Gen. Thomas H. Kuger, commanding the Department of the East at New York, Friday next, Maj.-Gen, Wesley Merritt.commanding the Department of the Misscuri at Chicago, has been notified by the Secretary ot War to make arrangements for his early transfer to that command. Although not entirel ' settled, it is more than probable that Brig.-Geo. J. tt. Brooke, com manding the Department of Dakota at St. Paul, will stJCC'?eu General Merritt In command of the Department of the Missouri. The retirement of General Buger will result in promotions in every grade of tbe line from major-general down to second lieutfiiuiit. Unless present stgns fail, urla-.-Gen. Frank wtieatou. commanding the Department of Colorado at Denver, will get the major-geu- eralship and Col. W. R. Shatter, commanding the fir t regiment of inlantry, stationed at San Francisco, will get the brigadier-generalship. Helena's Trial Trip Satisfactory. Washington, March 30. A telegram from tbe president of the naval trial board. Com modore Dewey, confirms tbe press report of -tbe performance yesterday of the gunboat Helena on ber trial trip, namely 15.8 knoti. uncorrected for tides and wind. Commander Brownson, a member of tbe board, sneaks in terms of praise of tbe boat, as well as of ber sister ship, the Wilmington. The naval officers have been surprised with tbe sea-going quail-les of the craft and Commander Todd, who took tbe Helena round to the sound from Newport News, says that she behaved beautifully in the swell. The final ntting out of the Wilmington and the Helena win take about six weeks, and when they are shaken down one of tbem will be sent to tbe South Atlantic station to relieve the Yantic. Cigarmakera Protest Against Tobacco Duties. Washington, March 30. A committee from the Cigarmakers' International Colon, headed by J. J. Lynob, of Chicago, and T. J. Tracy, of Boston, is in Washington. The union enrolls about 150,000 people and has made a formal protest against tbe change in tbe duties on tobacco as made in tbe Dingley bill, claiming that they will deprive many-workers of employment by causing a larger proportion of the cigars consumed in the United States to be made abroad. They de clare that the advances on manufactured tobacco iu the bill are so much higher than on cigars that importers will find It moro profitable to have their cigars manufactured abroad than to import tbe tobacco to be manufactured into cigars in this country. Nominations Confirmed by the Senate. Washington, March 30. The Senate in executive session today confirmed tbe fol lowing nominations: Edgar Thomson Scott, of Pennsylvania. secrnd secretary of the United States at Paris; James M. MilUlten, marshal western district or North Carolina: Commodore Joseph N. Miller, roar admiral io the navy; Massed Assistant burgeon xx. is. .tuts, sur geon in the navy. The Senate committee on postomces and post roaas today authorized favorable reports on Joseph L. Bristow, of Kansas, to be rourth Assistant Postmaster-General, and Wni. M. Shallenberarer, ot Pennsylvania, to be SecoudAsststant Postmaster-General. The nomination of the first named has been held up because a quorum of the committee could uot be secured to make a report. Andrew arnegie's New Daughter. Greenwich, Conn., March 80. Andrew Curuetrie received news today of the birth of a daughter in his New York home, where Mrs. Carnegie went a few days ago. Mr. Carnegie was able to be out of doors today for the first time since his attack of pleurisy. about five weeks ago. DISTRICT OP COLUMBIA. Mr. Badendrier Robbed of $1,700 Libel Suit Against Mr. C. G. Conn Dismissed. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, March 30. A satchel containing $1,700 disappeared from the Vatoldi lunchroom this afternoon and the polioe are bunting for the thief. Mr, Arthur O. Baden-drier, superintendent of the Ninth street division of tbe Metropolitan Railroad, was the sufferer. Shortly before 2 o'clock he went to the Washiasrtnri Loan and Trust Company and drew 1,700, which be placed In a baud satchel. This be does every Tuesday about the same hour, the money being used to pay current expenses. According to Mr. Badendrier's custom be then went to tbe Vatoldi lunchroom, where be handed the satchel o the cashier and stepped to the rear, w Here he ate his lunch, when be returned to tho desk and asked for his satchel it was gone. It Is suspected that someone had learned of Mr. Badendrier's visits to tbe bank and to the lunchroom and laid in wait for him today. A man about fifty-five years of aire, 5 feet 5 inches in height, stout and florid, with gray hair and moustache, was seen in front of the lunchroom about this tim acting in a suspicious manner. Case Against Mr. Conn Dismissed. It took very little time today tor Justice Bradley to reach the conclusion that tbe case against M. C. G. Conn, former proprietor of tbo Times, charged with criminally libeling Commissioner Truesdell, should be dismissed. He, therefore. Instructed the jury to find for the defendant. The Justice took the ground that Mr. Conn's responsibility for tbe article and its publication bad not been clearly proven. In ruling on the case Justice Bradley remarked that It Involved many interesting questions. The government having charged that Mr. Conn both wrote and published the article must prove its assertions. He said an agent is uot liable for the offenses ot a subugene and if the case on trial was a civil proceeding and It was proved that tho alleged libel was prepared by an interior and published tbe company might be held responsible, but not the general manager. He held that as the words In the article are represented to bo those ot a Western Seuator the government should have referred to them as such. Not ouly should tbelr tenor be indicated, but the passaee in entirety should have been used so as to give the jury a fair opportunity to judite regarding the malice or defamation involved. Mr. Cridler to Succeed Assistant Secretary Raldwin. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Washington, March 30. The successor of Mr. William W. Baldwin, as third assistant Secretary of State, will be Thomas Cridler, now chief of the diplomatic bureau and for twenty-two years one ot the most useful men in the department. Mr. Cridler co:nes from Harper's Ferry, W. Va.. is about forty-five years of age, and knows more of the workings of the department than any man In it. He has been strongly supported for the position, had the indorsement of Secretary Omey, General Foster and others, besides prominent men la the councils of the republican party. His nomination has been made out and will go to the Senate in a few days. Several other important changes in the State Department service will occur at tbe same time Mr. Cridler is promoted. Mr. Keuick, the present chief clerk, is said to have been marked. If the civil-service law Is strictly adhered to it seems difficult to assign caue tor his removal. Palmer to Be Public Printer. Washington, March 30. The President today sent the following nomination to ihe Senate; Frank W. Palmer, of Illinois, to be public printer. Mr. Palmer was public printer under tne Harrison administration, and made such a good record that he was widely Indorsed by public men for tho position. He also bad the indorsement of his State delegation. TOBACCO CO.'S NEW MOTE. Factors' Agreement Withdrawn as a Result of Recent Legislation In the States. New York, March 30. The American Tobacco Company' today issued a circular in which formal notice is given of the abandonment of the factors' agreement which has existed between the company and its customers. The reasons for the change are set forth in a circular which was mailed tonight to tobacco jobbers In all parts of the country, and which reads in part as follows: "In many States the Legislatures have recently passed laws Intended to make Illegal all contracts and arrangements by which manufacturers seek to comply with the natural demand of dealers in their products to secure to them legitimate compensation; such laws are calculated to keep the trade In a constant state of uncertainty, and to involve those engaged therein in expensive litigation. "In view of these conditions, and that, in the Interest of the trade generally, we are engaged now In testing such laws In several States, and because of delays, annoyance and expense of lawsuits, we have determined that, in the face of those laws, which so seriously affect the permanency of any arrangement by which the manufacturer undertakes to benefit the dealer, and which involve you as well as ourselves In their Inconveniences and penalties, It is proper, in your Interest and our own, to terminate all arrangements relating to the sale of our products. We, therefore, respectfully notify you of the termination, on this date, of our contract with you relating to the consignment of cigarettes, and of the abrogatioii and withdrawal of all conditions pertaining to the sale by you of any of our products." A second circular, after giving the revised price list of cigarettes, says: "It is our hope that the success of our business will warrant our making donations of money or merchandise to our customers from time to time, In recognition of their interest in distributing our goods." STRIKES IN TWO CITIES. Tanners Stop Work ia Chicago, and Steamfitters in New York Continue Their Struggle. Chicago, March 30. Fifteen hundred men employed by tbe tanneries in this city went on strike today. This action was unanimously decided upon at. a mass-nieeting held last night. A final effort was made at the meeting to induce the men to submit their case to the new State board of arbitration,, but without succi S3. The strike is over tbe question of hours of labor, the employers insisting on a ten-hour working day instead of eight, as at present. Tbe men struck about two months ago, but returned to work pending an attempt at settlement by arbitration. The recent removal of the old board by the Governor while the case was still under discussion threw the situation back to its original state. Many of the employers, it is said, have decided not to recognize the unions hereafter and to put a ten-hour day into effect next week. New York, March 30. There has been no apparent change in the status of tbe steam-fitters strike here. None of the strikers have applied for work, and all of tbe shops are picketed to prevent new men from tak-iDg the places of strikers. Mr. Williams, of tbe firm of Blake & Williams, said that all or tbe principal concerns involved In the strike had received by this morning's mail letters from steamfitters In neighboring cities ap plying for work. A RICH MAN'S SUICIDE. Charles P. Houghton, Who Was Said to Be Worth Half a Million, Shoots Himself at Geneva, N. Y. Geneva, is. Y., March 30. Charles F. Houghton, principal owner of the Corning Glass Company, who was reputed to be worth half a million dollars, shot and killed himself here today. When Mr. Houghton failed to return to his borne last night bis family became anxious. Early in tbe morning searoblng parties were organize!, and after several hours he was found dead in tho sandhouse of tbe Corning works. A pistol with two empty chambers was beside him and it was evident that be had committed suicide. The only reason assigned for the suicide is that Mr. Houghton's mind bad become unbalanced owing to severe illness. A Lesson from the B. and O. St. Louis, Mo., March 30. The directors of tbe Terminal Railroad Association here have under consideration the problem of chang ing the motive power of the terminal system from steam to electricity. It Is one of the largest undertakings that has ever been discussed by a St. Louis corporation, and in volves tbe investment of millions of dollars. The plans of tbe directors are to dispense with steam locomotives and move all trains that enter the Union Station in fact, all trains entering this city by electricity. An aver age of 150 passenger trains a day enter the great passenger station at Eighteenth street aud tbe number of freight trains is larger. Florida's New Senator. Savannah, Ga.. March 30. Col. John A. Henderson, vice-president of the Florida Central and Peninsular K.illway and United States Senator b.v appointment from Gov ernor Bloxbam, of Florida, was in Savannah tori ay. He says decidedly that be Is not a candidate for re-election as Senator. Large Wool Sale. Calpwelij, Idaho, March 30. One of the largest wool sales of tbe year was completed here today. James E. Clinton, Jr., represent ing Height. Llebman & Co., of Boston, bougbt of .Robert Noble 400,000 pounds of the dip of 1895. The terms are private. HAVOC FROM A TORNADO. Twenty Persons Reported Killed and 150 Injured at Chandler, Okla. DARKNESS FOLLOWS STORM And Impedes the Search for the Victims in the Ruins. Groans and Cries for Help Were Ileard on Every Side The Full Extent of the Disaster Will Not Be Known Until Daylight Aids the Rescuers. Guthrie, Okla., March 30. At 6 o'clock this evening a tornado, followed by hail and flood, swept through tbe town of Chandler, forty miles east of Guthrie. Three-fourths of tbe residences and business houses of the place were wrecked. It is reported that 20 persons were killed and 150 were Injured. Darkness came on and the work of rescue Is conducted under great difficulties. The telephone office was destroyed. At 10 o'clock tonight a telephone was connecied with the wire two miles awav, and a message was sent hero for assistance. Up to that time Mr. and Mrs. Woodman. Mrs. Henry Mitchell, Mrs. Thomas Smith, John Dawson and two unknown persons had been found dead. Mrs. Emery Foster and her baby were believed to be fatally hurt. Chandler Is a town of 1,500 people. It is built on a bill in thick timber, and tbo mass of torn trees and wrecked houses makes it Impossible to reach the injured in the dark. On every side can be heard groans and cries for belp. A large number of physicians and other persons have left for the scene with surgical instruments, drugs and other supplies. A later message sta es that a large number of people known to have been In business buildings are missing, and It is feared they are dead under the ruins. The true state of affairs cannot bo learned until daylight. "MILK" THAT INEBRIATED. An Illicit Distillery In New Jersey Conducted Under the Guise of a Dairy farm. Passaic.X. J., March 30. A raid was made this morning on an Illicit distillery In Somerset, on the Newark Branch of the Erie Railroad, near this city. The place had been doing business for some time and had been under suspicion about a month. The men who operated it are Hungarians. Their names are Martin Winter and Leopold Goodmand. The distillery is in a two-story frame building, only a few feet from the Somerset station. It was supposed to be part of a dairy farm. Several cows were kept and every day cans of what was supposed to be milk were shipped to New York. The raid was made by Deputy Collector Francis C. Cogan, of this city, and Joseph Slnsel, J. M. Garner, Edward Littleficld and E. L. Moore, United States olllcers from New York. They drove over from Passaic and dropped down on the place while the moonshiners were busy preparing the whisky. The material confiscated included a first-class distillery capable of turning out a large quantity of liquor. All the apparatus was seized and the operators arrested and taken to Paterson. In the absence of United States Commissioner Alfred A. Van Hovenberg, they were arraigned before Recorder Senior and committed to the county jail In default of $1,0.. bail each. They say the still was owned by a New York man, and that they were only hired to operate it. ALL. CAN HONOR GRAN T. No Question as to Which Side They Fought On Will Be Asked of Persons Wishing to Parade. New York, March 30. Iu reply to inquir. les received yesterday at the Grant monument parade headquarters, the following statement was made: "There have been several applications for places in the parade from Confederate organizations from Southern States and from the son's of Confederates of this State, and tbey have been given places. No questions are asked as to what side they fought on; if they desire to perpetuate tho memory of General Grant they are welcome." Allen S. Towson. of 120 West Eighty-first street, whose suggestion to raise a cavalry squadron among the eons of ex-Confederates In this city has met with approval, was at headquarters again yesterday, and reported a growing interest In the formation of tbe squadron, it is said that either Gen. Bradley T. Johnson or Colonel John S. Mosby, a personal friend of General Grant, from whom, as President, he reoived an appointment as consul to Hong Kong, will be Invited to accept tbe squadron of sons ot Confederates as a special escort In the parade. It is expected that a meeting of the sons of Confed erates will be called in a day or two for electing officers and perfecting details of or ganlzation BISHOPS HEAR PROTESTS. Revs. T. A. Corkran and S. 31. Morgan, of the Wilmington Conference, Are Transferred. Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun. Wilmington, Del., March 30. Bishops Walden and Ninde and tbe four presiding elders of the Wilmington Methodist Episcopal Conference met at the home of Mr. Job H. JacksoD, here, today with a view of adjusting the difficulties over some of the appointments made at the last session ot tbe conference at Chestertown. Delegatious were received from New Castle and Georgetown, Del., Snow Hill and Northeast, Md. The delegation from New Castle tried to get the Bishop to reconsider the action resulting in the removal of Pas'or Vaughan S. Collins, but the Georgetown people entered a protest and asked that Mr. Collins remain with them. The congregation from Northeast wanted Uev. A. Wiso sent to that charge, but the people from Snow Hill insisted on Mr. Wise remaining there. Tbe Bishop and the presiding elders listened to tbe statements made and then announced the following changes: Rev. T. A. Corkran, from Northeast to Newcastle; Rev, S. M. Morgan, from New Castle to Snow Hill. In spite of the protest of the New Castle congregation against the removal of Mr. Collins it was decided that be must remain m Georgetown, which practically sidetracks his chances for a presiding eldership next year RAILWAY DISCRIMINATION.""" Jobbers, Cotton Dealers and Lumbermen Summoned to Testify in Texas. Austin, Tex.. March 30. Texas railway circles are considerably agitated at present over tbe fact that tbe Texas Railway commission is believed to be preparing a big sen. satlou. Tbe Interstate commerce commission will come to this city April 16 to hear several cases and the Texas commission will sit with it upou that oocasion. In tbe meantime the Texas commission has summoned nearly 200 jobbers, cotton dealers and lumbermen to this city for a hearing and has made their subpoenas very strong so as to make all of tbem put la an appuarance. It has been intimated for some time that Texas roads were violating both State and interstate laws In regard to discrimination, and as the Texas commission has several cases of this kind In view it is believed tbey will be laid before tbe interstate commission when it meets here. New Tork and the Tennesse Centennial. New York, March 30. The New York city commission to the Tennessee Centennial Exhibition held a meeting today, at which it was announced that Mayor Strong had added E. M. Post, Saml.Fairchild. R. A. Grannls. L. W. Lawrence, Judge Henry E. Howland, S.S. Clark, John Daniels and A. B. Farnsworth to tbe commission. A committee of three was appointed to canvas tbe subject of gottlug up an exhibit which shall be typical of and peculiar to the trade and commerce of New York city. It was stated that the movement to secure a fine representation of women's work from this city was progressing favorably. Nine Shipwrecked Men Rescued. Pensacola, Fla., March 30. The British steamer Janeta, which arrived this morning from Port Elizabeth, bad on board the captain and crew of eight men of the shipwrecked schooner Margaret, which sailed from Mobile March 11, with lumber for Cieu-fuegoes, and which was wrecked off Capo San Antonio, Cuba. The crew were rescued on tho 27th. The Spanish forces took tbe sohooner for a filibuster, and her master was Interviewed by Spanish authorities after he had gone on board tbe Janeta. Monsignor del Val at Quebec. Quebec, March 80. Monsignor Merry del Val. the papal delegate to Canada, arrived in this city from New Tork tonight. He was esoorted to the Basilica, where a solemn tbanksirlvlng servioe was sung. Afterward tho clergy assembled at the Cardinal's hoifse, where a reception was held and Monsignoc del Val'a commission was read. EIGHT FRUITLESS BALLOTS. Hunter Men Try to Force tbe Fight la the Kentucky Legislature but . Fall In Their Tlaa. Frankfout, Kt March 30. The Kentucky Legislature took eight ballots for tho United States senatorshlp today, but there was no election. It was generally understood that the republican nominee. Dr. vv. G. Hunter, would make a final effort to win the raco. altnouiru, tbe bolters now number seven instead of six. Rumors of bribery and corruption were flying thick and fast. It was also stated thac tbe silver democrats of the third congressional district were willing to vote for Hunter in order to get him and his contest out of tbe way of Congressman John 8. Rhea. The first ballot of the day and the sixth of the contest resulted as follows: Hunter, 60 Blackburn. 43; Davie. 13; Boylo, 7; Stone, L Ni ccssary to a choice, B3. On the seventh ballot there was no change in the voting. A motion to adjourn was then made and lost, tho silver democrats voting with tho Hunter men in order to give the latter all the balloting tbey wauted. Tho eighth, ninth and tenth ballots ro-sulted as did the sixth and seventh. Tbero was evlden ly a determination to elect a Senator before tho Joint session adjourned. The Hunter men were fighting desperately, but a break; from their ranks was lookod for at any time. There was still no change on the eleventh ballot, the members taking the situation complacently and munuhimr sundwiciies ia their seats, regardless oT tbe rules of the Joint assembly. Representative Clark again moved to adjourn and pandemonium then reigned. Members were on their feet shouting that ther would never leave until a Senator was elected. Partial quiet was finally restored and a call of the roll on tho motion to aojourn was ordered. The vote on this motion to adjourn wast To adjourn, 11; to remain In session, 110. Representative Clark then asked for a recess until 3 o'clock. This request was tabled by a vote of 109 to 6. The twelfth ballot resulted as followsi Hunter. 53; Blackburn, 42; Boyle. 7; Davie, 13. Tho loss in Hunter's column was by temporary pairs. Again tho Joint assembly declined to adjourn by a vote ot 73 to 45. The thirteenth bailor, resulted: Hunter, 59; Blackburn, 42; Boyle, 7; D.ivIr, 13. aud Stone, 1. Tbe change was on account of a temporary pair. The joint session then adjournal until tomorrow. PENNSYLVANIA R. R. CHANGES. D. T. McCalie Succeeds William Slew-art as General Freight aud Trallio Manager. Pittsbdrq, Pa., March 30. A number of important cnanges in the freight department of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company's linos have Just been made puulio. Wm. Stewart, tho votcran general freight and traffic manage-, who retires from active bus ness, will be euoeceded 05- D. T. MoCabe, general freight agent of tho Pan-Handle at Columbus. Chas. L. Cole, general freight agent here, who recently reslgnod and tg seeking an appointment as United States consul at Dres'ion, will be succeeded by James P. Orr, of this city, James B. Hill, for a number of yars division freight agent of the Pan-Handle at Chicago, has boon chosen to succeed Mr. McCabn as tho general freight agent ot that road, with heal-quarters at Columbus. C. W. Randall, chief clerk in Mr. Hill's office, has been offered, the position in Chicago which the luticr abandons. Tbo Southern freight business of the Pan-Handle has assumed such proportions ia recent years that It has been deemed advisablo to appoint a general Southern airent, with Atlanta ns his headquarter.. G. W. Golger, division freight agent of tho road at Louisville, will be sent there. M. S. Connelly, who tor a number of years has been enter clerk Mr. Geiger. takes tho latter's old position. FIREBUGS IN ALTOONA. Four Alarms in Two Hours and a Half Sounded In Different 1'urt of the t ity. ALTOONA. Pa., March 30. Four incendiary fires were kindled in different part of tho city betweeu 11 P. M. Monday and 1.30 A. M. today. Tne loss will aggregate between 50,000 and 60,000. There is scarcely a doubt that the fires wereoT Incendiary origin, as they started In places where tbe material wascf tbe tuost inflammable character and in widely different suctions of the city. The first fire was discovered In a stable In thi third ward and was quickly extinguished with hut slight damage. At 12.15 A. M. an u arm was turned in from the first ward. This time it was for a fire in the workshop In rear or the hoine of V. F. Yeatts. Tiiis blaze, too, was extinguished with slight loss. While the firemen were returning to their stations thev were called to tho fifth ward. There the large lumber-storaee shens of M. Poets were ablaze, and after a fierce tight the flames were subduerl. The storago warehouse of Armour & Co. was damaged to tho extent or 1,000. while Mr. Poets' loss was about S1.500. At 1.30 A. M. the fourth alarm was turned In. This time It was the large planlng-mill of Willium Stokes that was on tire. Boforo tho firemen arrived the mill was doomed and all efforts were directed to saving adjoining sheds, lumber piles and near-by residences. The mill was destroyed, causing a loss of S50.000; insurance. $10,000. Death of Hon. George L. Converse. Columbus, Ohio. March 30. Hon. George L. Converse, ex-member of Congress, died here today. He bad been sick seven months. Mr. Converse was In tbe seventieth year of bis age afnd was born in this county. He was graduated at Denison University in 1841), read law, served us prosecuting attorney and In the House and Senate of tbe Ohio Legislature from 1800 to 18G5, and again in the House in 1873, when ho was Speaker. Ho was in Congress three terms aud wus a Randall protective tariff democrat. Two Ships Aliasing. San Francisco. March 30 Lloyd's agents I have received word that the fine four-masted British ship Lord Duffcrln aud tho British bark Bunkholme aro missing. All hope for tho Lord DuU'erin is abandoned, but there Is still some hope for tho Bunkholme. The combined crews of the ships numbered sixty-seven men, all of whom are supposed to have perished. Both vessols were in tbe vicinity of Montevideo on the name dates, and one of the theories advanced is that tho ships were in collision and went dowu with all on board. Ex-Sen-tor Angus Cameron Dead. Milwaukee. Wis., March 80. 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