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Compulsory Education Measure Fa
vorably Reported by Committee.
Eighteen of Twenty-five Members of the
Committee Consider the Measure Mr.
Scyfcrt Gracefully Acquiesced to
the Judgment of Committee.
Special to the Seranton Tribune.
Harriaburg, Feb. 6. The Farr com
pulsory education bill won a decisive
victory today before the education com
mittees Eighteen of the twenty-five
members on the committeee were pres
ent, orid by an unanimous vote de
cided to report the Fair bill with a
. favorable recommendation. Sir. Sey
fert, the author of the other compul
sory education bill, who Is also a mem
ber of the education committee, grace
fully acquiesced to the Judgment of the
commltte"r but reserved the right to
submit amendments to the house when
the bill is considered on second reading.
While there were natural complica
tions arising from the fact that Farr
and Seyfert. both members of the same
committee, Jiad submitted bills on the
same subject there never has been a se
rious doubt but that the Farr bill would
be the one decided upon. Particularly
so has this been the cuse since the two
bills were printed, giving opportunity
for critical comparison. So thoroughly
in harmony was the committee with
Mr. Fair's views of a compulsory edu
cation bill that the amendments made
to the bill were those suggested or
favored by Mr. Farr and In ways that
will strengthen the measure without
making It oppressive or in any way
obnoxious to thoughtful people.
The reporting of Mr. Farr's bill gives
Keneral satisfaction becaflse his work
in the education line as the author of
the free book law and his persistent
championship of compulsory education
has been recognized and appreciated.
For three sessions of the legislature,
or since 1S91, Mr. Farr has concentrated
his energies for a compulsory school
law. lie lias awakened and stimulat
ed thought In favor of such a measure
by facta and figures that have startled
educators, but have never been dis
proved by thorn. Twice Mr. Farr's-4
bill passed both house and senate, for
the lirst time in the history of the com
monwealth, though there has been a
constant agitation for compulsory edu
cation forimany years, and various
measures were pushed only to be de
feated in early stages of legislation.
Twice Governor Pattison thwarted the
wishes of the legislature by vetoing Mr.
Farr's bill, and for the third time that
persistent and energetic gentleman has
his bill before the house. ,
- -The Bill as Reported. -
The exact language of the Farr bill,
as favorably reported from committee,
is as follows:
.Section 1. Be it enacted, etc., that every
parent, guardian or other person in this
commonwealth having control or charge
of a child or children between the ages of
8 and 13 years shall be required to send
such child or children to a school In which
the common English branches are tausht
during at leat sixteen weeks of each year
In which schools in their respective dis
tricts shall be in session unless such child
or children shall be excused from such
attendance by tho board of the school dis
trict In which parent, guardian or other
person resides, upon the presentation to
Bald board of satisfactory evidence show
ing such child or children are prevented
from attendance at school or application
to Btudy by mental or physical or other
urgent reason; provided that In case there
be no public school in session within two
miles of the nearest traveled road of any
I person within the school district he or she
shall not be liable to the provisions of this
act. Provided that this act shall not np
ply to any child that has been or Is beln
otherwise Instructed In the common Knx
lish branches of learning for a like period
of time; and provided further, that the
certificate of any principal of any school
or educational Institution or of any teach
er that any child has been or Is being so
instructed, issued to such child or its
parents or guardians, shall be sufficient
ami satisfactory evidence thereof.
Sec. 2. For every neglent of duty imposed
by the first section of tills act the person
ofTendlng shall be guilty of a misdemeanor
and shall, upon conviction thereof .before
a Justice of the peace or alderman, for
feit a lino not exceeding $2 on tho lirst
conviction and a fine not exceeding 'i
for each subsequent conviction. Pro
vided, upon condition the defendant or
defendants may appeal to the court of
quarter sessions of tho peace of the proper
county within thirty days upon enter
ing into recognizance with one surety
for the amount of fine and costs. Pro
vided, however, that before such penalty
shall be Incurred the parent, guardian or
other persons liable therefor shall be noti
fied in writing of such liability and shall
have opportunity by compliance with the
requirements of this act then and there
after to avoid the imposition of such pen
alty. For Truant Officers.
Sec. 3. If deemed necessary for the bet
ter enforcement of the provisions of this
act boards of school directors or school
controllers In cities, boroughs and town
ships shall employ one or more persons
whose duty it shall be to look after tru
ants and others who fall to attend school
in accordance with the provisions of this
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the as
sessor of voters of every district at the
same time that the June registration of
voters Is made to make In a substantial
book provided by the county commis
sioners for that purpose a careful and cor
rect list of all children between tho ages
of 8 and 13 years within his dis
trict, giving the name, age and residence
of each, and whether in charge of a par
ent, guardian or other person, together
with such other information as may be
Ideemed necessary; which enumeration
shall be returned by said assessor to the
county commissioners of the county In
which the enumeration is made, whoso
duty it will be to certify it to the secre
tary of the proper school district, who
shall Immediately furnish the principal or
teacher of each school with a correct list
of all children in his or her district who
re subject to 'the provisions of this act.
Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of each
teacher In the school district to report
immediately to the secretay of the board
cf directors or controllers at the close of
each Bchool month and thereafter the
names of all children on the list previously
furnished by the secretary who were ab
sent without satisfactory cause for five
successive days during the month for
which the report shall be made, when if
, it shall appear that any parent, guardian
. or"other person having control of any
' child or children shall have failed to
' comply with the provisions of this ac-J
. after due notification in writing, as pr-
; vlded in section two, the secretary, in the
' name of the school district, shall pro-
I ceed against the offending party or parties
In accordance with law by complaint Jie
' tore any alderman or justice of the peace.
"' I
Provided, that If sufficient cause be shown
for the neglect oCthe requirements of this
act the cost of said proceedings shall be
paid out of the district funds upon a
proper voucher approved by the board of
Sec. 6. The secretary of any board of
directors or controllers who willfully re
fuses or neglects to comply with the pro
visions of this act shall be guilty of a mis
demeanor and upon conviction thereof be
fore, an alderman or a Justice of the peace
shall forfeit a line not exceeding JUS.
The only change of importance made
in committee was the striking out, in
Section 5, of the proviso exempting
from penalty parents or guardians
who, on trial, prove that "indigence or
other satisfactory excuse" has been the
cause of the non-attendance. The
striking of this out will mot, however,
be oppressive, as the first section men
tions reasons for non-attendance suf
ficient to cover every case deserving of
legal leniency.
Cannot Be Found When Wanted to Tes
tify at tho Debs Trial-Kugcno on the
Witness Stand.
By the United Press.
Chicago, Feb. 6. It was expected
that George M. Pullman would take the
stand at the opening of the Debs trial
this morning, but the marshal report
ed he could not find him, and that it
was his belief that the palace car presi
dent was in his office part of the day
yesterday, but refused to allow the offi
cer to gain admission to his presence.
Later on, it is claimed, Mr. Pullman
took a train to Florida.
Eugene V. Debs was the principal
witness of the day. He told the story
of his life from the time when, at 14
years of age, he became a fireman of
a locomotive through the successive
stages until his election as president of
the American Railway union, at a sal
ary of $9,000 a year.
Mr. Debs said the object of the or
ganization of the American Railway
union was to unite warring factions of
railroad employes and make their
cause a common one against the Gen
eral Managers' association. This was
made necessary by the fact that the
large roads were constantly swallow
ing up the smaller ones, and a move
ment was on foot to reduce wages.
When he first heard of the troubles at
Pullman Mr. Debs sent Vice-President
Howard there and told him to avert the
threatened strike if possible. Judge
Grosscup himself took the witness in
hand and Interrogated him concern
ing the condition of the Pullman em
ployes. At the afternoon session Debs was
the only witness, and his testimony
was not concluded at the adjournment
of court. Ho related the preceedings
of the American Railway union conven
tion in detail, and sakl that during the
contlnuaince of the strike he at no time
was guilty of any violation of the feder
al law, nor did he at any time from the
first meeting of the American Railway
union until the end of the strike, coun
tenance any acta of violence or advise
anyone to violate the laws of the na
tion, the state laws or any city ordin
ance. He emphatically stated that all
meetings his words were to the effect
that under no circumstance must mail
trains be Interfered with.
Before court adjourned Attorney
Gregory, for the defense, requested
Judge Grosscup to order an investiga
tion concerning the constable's inabil
ity to serve a subpoena on George M.
lie Enters a Bank and Hinds and (lags
the Cashier.
By the United Press.
Portland, Ore., Feb. 6. An attempt
was made to rob the First National
bank of East Portland shortly after
noon today.
J. C. Reed, a sensationalist preacher,
entered the bank and taking from his
pocket a package said to the cashier:
"This Is enough nitro-glycerlne to blow
you and me to hell." Before the cash
ier could act, Reed bound and gagged
him. Then the cashier of the bank
across the street, noticing that some
thing was wronk, picked up a shot gun
and ran to the First National. He
found the doors locked, but got the
drop on the preacher through a win
dow. A large crowd collected.
A window was broken and the res
cuers climbed through. . The cashier
was liberated and the preacher taken
to jail, followed by an excited throng.
He is believed to be insane.
Another Furnace Lighted.
By the United Press.
Reading, Pa.,' Feb. 6. The Temple fur
nace, which was blown out four weeks
ago for repairs, relighted last night. The
stack has a oapaclty of about BOO tons a
week. Tho Reading Iron company's fur
nace No. 2, which was banked up several
weeks ago because of an accident to the
machinery, was started tonight.
Mr. Morgan I Satisfied.
By the United Press.
New York, Feb. C J. P. Morgan said
today: "I am satisfied no announcement
of a bond issue will be made until aftor
the vote In the house on the Springer
bill. I am also satisfied that Mr. Cleve
land and Secretary Carlisle are keenly
alive to the situation."
Suicide of a Salesman.
By the United Press.
Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 6. A. N. Frltchie,
a traveling salesman of this city, shot
himself this afternoon, with suicidal In
tent, dying instantly. Despondency is the
Bupposcd cause. He was about GO years
old, and leaves a family.
For forgeries aggregating $1,300, 'Millard
Haugh, of Frederick, has been arrested at
Judge Riddle granted only thirty-five
liquor licenses for Cumberland county a
decrease of six. , ,
Owing to technicalities the vote cast in
Republican primaries at Kenntt Square
has had to be recounted.
A freezing dog was thawed out by Mrs,
Dantrlch, at Reading, only to turn and se
verely 'bite its benefactress.
As a result of burns sustained' in her
blazing home, Mrs. John Zeller, of Adams
town, died, as did her grandson.
. The federal authorities at Altoona held
Photographer H. A. Orlpp, of Tyrone, for
trial for fraudulent use of the mails.
Allent'wn social clubs that Bell liquor
are worried over Philadelphia and Pitts
burg legal decisions against such sales.
Jordan Lutheran church, Allentown, Is
almost rent asunder by an Issue of ver
acity between Pastor M. J. Kuchner and
Oscar J. Hellman, a school teacher.
A rush of coal fatally hurt Thomas
Murphy In tho Bast colliery, Ashland, and
David Pores was killed by Patterson col
liery mine wagons, near Bhamokln.
Queen Lil Divested of Her Yellofo
Fcuther and Other Symbols.
The Coffee Blonde Ilus No Further Desire
to Govern tho Sandwich Islunds.
Sensation at the Trial of tho
Rcbcls-Sprccklcs Accused.
By tho United Press.
Sun Francisco, Feb. 6. The Aus
tralia, which arrived this morning from
Honolulu, brought confirmation of the
reported capture of Wilcox and Now-
lein, the 'leaders of the recent revolt,
and also the arrest of the ex-queen, who
is a prisoner in the palace.
The ex-queen has renounced all her
sovereign rights. The military com
mission is still trying the rebels, but
no decisions have yet been rendered.
The ex-queen, in her letter to Presi
dent Dole, asks clemency for those un
dergoing trial for treason and concludes
the document by taking the oath of
A sensation was created at the trial
of the rebels when John A. Cummings,
ex-premler of King Kailakaua, testified
that he was told by another conspirator
when he inquired where the money to
pay for the arms used in the recent up
rising was to come from that he (the
other conspirator) had been given a
letter by the queen to Rudolph
Spreckles, who would furnish the ne
cessary funds.
The Government's Reply.
Honolulu, Feb. 6. The government's
reply to the ex-queen was as follows;
Executive Building,
Honolulu, Jan. 2, 1895.
Madam A document by you, purporting
to contain an abdication and renunciation
of all sovereign rights heretofore claimed
by you, has been delivered on your behalf
to the president. As you were under ar
rest at the time the Instrument was
signed, it is desired before accepting and
placing the same on file to make clear to
you, in order that no misunderstanding
may hereafter arise, the views of the gov
ernment in the matter.
First The execution of this document
cannot be taken to exempt you in the
slightest degree from personal and Indi
vidual liability for such complicity as due
investigation and trial may show that you
had in the late conspiracy against the
government and the consequent loss of
life, which position is recognized by you in
your letter.
Second It cannot be conceded that Buch
rights and claims as you now voluntarily
relinquish have had any legul existence,
since Jan. 14, 1895, when by your public
announcement that you had no longer
considered yourself bound by the funda
mental law of the land under which you
took office and by your action In attempt
ing by the mere exercise of you own will
to establish a new system of government,
the contract existing between you and the
people was dissolved and all sovereign
rights therein invested In you were lost.
The statement by members of your then
cabinet that they could not control your
action and their appeal to the citizens of
Honolulu for assistance was the next
step which led to a resumption by the
people of the rights of the government.
Third So far as your communication
may be taken as a notice to the disaffected
that it is your desire that the republic
shall be recognized by them as tho sole
and lawful government of the country Is
fully appreciated, In this connection your
unselfish appeal for clemency for those
who took part In the late Insurrection will
receive full consideration.
By order of the executive council.
(Signed) William O. Smith,
Attorney General.
To Mrs. Lilluokalani Dominis.
The above reply was made to the
communication of Mrs. Dominis by
speeiul advice of F. M. Hatch, minister
of foreign affairs.
Admiral Jlcnrdslcc's Instructions.
The Instructions to Admiral Beardslee
reached Honolulu some days before tho
admiral, who arrived on the Philadel
phia last evening. Much comment has
been made upon the words "refusing
protection to American citizens par
ticipating in attempts to maintain as
well as to overthrow any existing gov
ernment." Nearly every Amerlcun cit
izen In Honolulu has taken an active
part on one side or the other in this
unpleasantness. The general opinion
is that the admiral's instructions leave
him with nobody to protect and little
to do hero.
British Commissioner Hawes takes an
entirely different view about affording
protection to British subjects. The
editor of the Bulletin, until lately a
Royalist, consulted the commissioner
on the subject, and was explicitly In
formed that it would be highly proper
for him to render active support to the
government, and that he would not
forfait his protection as a British sub
ject by doing so.
State of the Weather at Various Locali
ties Through tho Commonwealth.
By the United Press.
Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 6. The weather
throughout the Wyoming Valley and
Luzerne county during the past twenty-four
hours has been a record breaker
and not In the past fifteen years has
such severe cold been felt This
morning at 8 o'clock the temperature
in this city was 9 below zero. Glen
Summit, 26; Shlckshlnny, 25; Lehman,
16; Fairvlew, 19; Harvey's Lake, 10.
At Stauffers, on the Wllkes-Barre and
Eastern railroad, it registered 22 below.
During the day the temperature moder
ated in this city to 2 above, but at 8
o'clock tonight the thermometers reg
istered 6 below.
Philadelphia, Feb. 6. The weather
througho-it the state is moderating. At
9 o'clock this evening the thermometer
at PottsvHle registered 2 degrees above
zero; at Wllllamsport, 2 below; at Har
rlsburg, 10 above; at Wllkes-Barre, 6
below; at Johnstown, 7 above; at Al
toona, 6 below; at Reading, 6 above; at
Lebanon, 8 above; at Reran tori, 6
above. All report clear weather.
At Johnstown this morning the tem
perature was down to 8 below; at
Harrlsburg, 8 below; at Pottsvllle, 8
below; at Wllllamsport, 18 .below; at
Seranton, 11 below.
In this city the temperature at 7
o'clock this morning was 3 degrees
below. At 8 o'clock tonight it was 1
above; slightly cloudy.
Berlin, Feb. 6. The weather Is In
tensely cold in western and central
Europe. In Vienna, the thermometer
1b at zero, and snow is falling heavily.
Atchison, Kan.Feb. 6. Advices from
northern Kansas are to the effect
that the storm Is the most severe in
years. The thermometer has fallen 30
degrees since 0 o'clock this morning,
and a regular blizzard is raging.
Fargo, N. D., Feb. 6. A blizzard is
raging here with high winds at 18 be
low zero.
Grand Raplda, Mich., Feb. 6. The
cold wave which struck this section of
the state Saturday night still contin
ues with intermittent snow squalls.
St. Louis, Feb. 6. With the thermo
meter around the zero point, a snow
storm set in this morning that grew
into a gale of blinding sleet by night
fall. This long continued cold weather
Is without parallel in this section, and
tonight's blizzard will add to the suf
fering that was already great. Tele
grams from po.nti yrttl and southwest
show that the storm Is widespread.
Three Children Alone Two Days with
Their Dead Mother,
By tho United Press.
Wllllamsport, Pa., Feb. 6. A pathetic
story comes from Cogan Valley, this
county, where three children ranging
from 6 to 2 years, were found alone
In 'their home with the body of their
dead mother, having survived cold and
privation two days and nights. Moses
Ohart, a woodman, left tils home on
Sunday for a lumber camp, and re
turned last evening to find his wife dead
In a chair, and the almost frozen and
famished children huddled together in
a bed.
Mrs. Ohart had died Sunday soon
after her husband left, and the children
had remained alone and unattended
until the father's return. Most of the
time the temperature was 12 degrees
below zero. The 6-year-old girl ran to
the door once to hail a passing sleigh,
but her weak voice was not heard by
the occupants. The woman died from
heart disease.
A Movcmcincnt Is on Foot to Sccuro tho
Famous Battle Field for a National
Memorial Plot.
By the United Press.
Washington, Feb. 6. Corporal James
Tanner yesterday issued general order
No. 4 to the Union Veteran Legion of
thi I'iiited States as follows, and It will
be sent to the commanding officer of
ev?ry encampment as speedly as possi
ble, but it is hoped they will act with
out waiting to receive the order olll
clally: The national commander desires to
coll the attention of every encamp
ment of the Union Veteran Legion to
the fact that a movement Is now on
foot to have the government secure for
a national park the battlefield of Appo
matox. This la a project which should
receive the hearty co-operation of all
surviving veterans of both armies.
The ground on which Grant and Lee
met for the lust time In opposition;
the ground on which they terminated
the awful struggle of four years dura
tion on, terms magnanimous on tho
one side, and honorable on both sides;
the grojund on which their hitherto
warring legions laid aside forever their
character as enemies, and turned their
hopeful faces from the dark valley of
internecine war, towards the shining
uplands of peace, may well be held
sacred by all future generations. This
ground should belong, in fact, as it does
in sentiment, to all the people, and Its
physical conformation be preserved as
near as possible as It was In the days
when) It was the stage which command
ed the attention of the civilized world
and on which was set the mightiest
tragedy of centuries.
Believing this, the national com
mander earnestly recommends that
each encampment of the Union Veteran
Legion express by resolution Us views
upon the matter, and through the rep
resentative from Its district communi
cate the same to congress.
l'ie:ieh and Verdigris Kid Will lie Taken
Dead or Alive.
By the United Press.
Muscogee, Feb. 6. For two weeks
Deputy United States Marshals West,
Davis and Smith have been in pursuit
of "French" and "Verdigris Kid," two
desperadoes. Yesterday the officers
were ambushed near Brlartown, thirty
miles east of here by the outlaws and
West was killed at the ilrst fire, Smith
and Davis escaping.
West's three half breed sons have
now taken up the trail and will either
kill "French" and tho "Kid" or bo
killed themselves.
Phenomenal Grit of a Fellow Who Was
By the United Press.
Uoyersford, Pa Feb. 6. A young
man named Kirk, of Phoenixville,
slipped and fell under a train which he
was trying to board Inwe last evening.
The car wheels cut off one of his hand.
After the train bowled away Kirk
coolly picked up vthe severed hand,
placed it in his pocket and walked
across the hill to a doctor's and had
his wound dressed.
Hiccoughed to Death,
By the United Press.
Allentown, Pa., Feb. 6. Armot W.
Herrmann, a young silk weaver, of this
city, died last night after three weeks of
terrible Buffering with hiccoughs. Physi
cians were, powerless to relieve him.
Dill Cook Guilty.
By the United Press.
Fort Bmlth, Ark., Feb. .The pury In
the "Bill Cook" nd ."Cherokee Bill"
eases received the case this afternoon and
returned a verdict of guilty in twenty
minutes. Sentence posponed.
Japan Is to have a great watch factory,
equipped with American machinery.
Cholera has again broken out at Con
stantinople and quarantine is again in
Rich and ox tensive gold fields are re
ported along the upper branches of the
Rivers Bay a, Nona and Ulbat, in East
Thomas Casey, the fifth victim of the
Washapaug Pond (R, I.) boiler explosion,
Is dead.
Three weeks aftor installation as pastor
of a Denver church, Rev. Dr. John P.
Coyle Is dying. ,
Without food, money or Are, Emma
Schuller, the "ossified woman," was found
In a Chicago tenement and given aid.
The explosion of a boiler near Blounts
vllle, Ind killed Newton Anderson, Har
vey ' Taylor, John Walker and Wilson
The Populist Claims That His Doc
trine Ilus Been Endorsed.
Proposed Measure Discussed for Five
Uours in the House Mr. Oroslus
Makes an Floqucnt Flea-Mr.
Seranton Introduces a 11111.
By tho United Press.
Washington, Feb. C Another acqui
sition to the strength of the Republi
cans In the senate was made today in
the person of Mr. Clark, of Wyoming,
who appeared and took the oath of
office. The senate now consists of
eighty-seven members, of whom forty
three are Democrats; thirty-nine Re
publicans, and five Populists.
The diplomatic and consular appro
priation bill was taken up today, and
a long debate took place upon an
amendment reported from the com
mittee on appropriations for the con
struction and maintenance by the
United States government of a telegraph
cable between the United States and
Hawaii, and appropriating $500,000 as
part of the cost. The debate drew out
a reference by Mr. Hale (Maine) to the
United States Press dispatch from San
Francisco announcing the abdication of
the late queen In favor of the Republi
can government; and this act Mr. Hale
treated as a removal of one of the ob
stacles to a peaceful solution of the
difficulties there, and as leaving the
existing government strong and not
likely to be disturbed.
Mr. Alien (Nebraska) asked Mr. Hale
sarcastically whether the proposition
to build a telegraph cable by the gov
ernment of the United States did
not "smack somewhat of paternalism."
Mr. Hale thought not. It was a busi
ness proposition just like the acquisi
tion of Louisiana and Alaska.
"Does the senator mean," Mr. Allen
went on to ask, " that the United States
government shall own and operate this
"Yes," was the reply.
"And It is not to be leased or Bub-let?"
Mr. Allen continued.
Mr.- Hale did not give a direct reply
io this interrogatory.
"Does the senator see any dlstinc
ion," Mr. Allen asked, "between con
structing and operating a telegraph
line and constructing and operating a
railroad line?"
Mr. Hale did see a marked distinction,
and he explained it at some length.
Mr. Allen pressed his point, and sev
eral senators took part In the dialogue,
which closed with a remark of Mr.
Allen that he thanked senators for
their concession as to the controverted
policy of the Populists
Appeal of .Mr. Brosliis.
The currency and banking and gold
loan bill was discussed five hours to
"day, after 2 o'clock, under the C-mln-ute
rule, when amendments were in or
der. The principal speech in general
debate was made by Mr. liroslus
(Pennsylvania), who made an eloquent
appeal in the name of patriotism and
duty for united action to relieve the
country from its present condition. He
said It was apparent that the commit
tee on banking and currency had not
met with much success in Its efforts
to reach a conclusion on the subject
that would be satisfactory to a majori
ty of the house. But that did not ex
cuse the house for failing to act
promptly, by unity of effort, to meet
the crisis which faces the treasury and
the country. While congress waited
the difficulty increased. Patriotism
and duty were the only two words
which should actuate members at this
time. Ills own remedies for the trou
ble were three:
First To compel the payment of half
Of all custom dues In gold.
Second To stop the redemption of
greenbacks which do not stay redeemed
until the present exigency be passed, to
kill "the auriferous tappworm that wrig
gles back and forth between Wall street
and the treasury," and,
Third To authorize the secretary of the
treasury to borrow money suflicient to
meet legitimate demands upon the treos.
Mr. Broslus closed with an earnest
and eloquent appeal to all members tc
lay asiuo every consiueration mat
could divide them in this hour and ad
mlt only rivalry as to which could
carry the banner of the country far
thpst into the ranks of the enemy. (Ap
The amendments proposed by the
committee, with two exceptions, were
agreed to after an interesting and at
times exciting debate, during which
there was much confusion on the floor.
The committee proposed to strike out
the section to retire all national bank
notes of less denomination than $10 and
all Bllver certificates of higher denomi
nation than $10, and to require national
banks to keep their lawful reserves In
gold coin or gold, certificates. These
propositions were rejected. Numerous
amendments were proposed by indi
vidual members, but of those agreed to,
only two were of Importance.
One offered by Mr. Haughcn, Wis-
consln, reduced from $50,000 to $20,000
the minimum capital stock of national
bamks; the other, offered by Mr. Hart
man. of Montana, required the pay
ment of half of the customs dues col
lected to be In gold and half In sliver.
Mr. Bland's free sflver proposition, as
a substitute for the bill, was ruled out
of order by Chairman Richardson, and
from that decision Mr. Bland appealed
No quorum voted on the question ot
sustaining the appeal.
Mr. Seranton, Pennsylvania, today
Introduced In the house the bill to
create the northern judicial district of
Pennsylvania, already offered in tho
senate by Mr. Quay.
The new district Is to be composed of
the counties of Susquehanna, Lacka
wanna, Luzerne, Columbia, Northum
berland, Montour, Sullivan, Bradford
Potter, Tioga, Wyoming, Clinton, Union,
Snyder, Center and Cameron. A judge,
marshal, district attorney and clerk are
authorized for the new district.
No Effort Has Ilccn Mudo to Communl
cato with Commander Craig.
By the Unltod Press.
Washington, Feb. 6. Secretary Her
bert has received nothing official corv
cernlng the reported capture of tho of
ficers of the United States steamer
Concord near Chlnklang. The navy de
partment has made no effort to com
municate with Commander Craig of the
vessel, presuming that ho would have
reported so serious a matter If it had
occurred. i
Relatives and friends of officers on
the Concord are indulging In consider
able criticism of the departments at
titude in the matter.
Carl Fenecke Murders William Becker in
a Fit of Jculousy.
By tho United Press.
New York, Feb. 6. A double tragedy
occurred today in tho Germanta hotel,
at 110 Greenwich street, a resort for
immigrants of the poorer class. Will
lam Becker, aged 30, was murdered
there by Carl Fenecke, aged 32, with
whose wife Becker is said to have been
Intimate at one time.
After shooting and killing Becker,
Fenecke killed himself, Fenecke and
his victim arrived here from Hamburg
on, Sunday, Fenecke'S wife, who Is sev
eral years younger than her husband,
accompanying them.
Another Prominent Citizen of Honesdalc
Passes to tho Great Beyond History of
an Eventfnl Life.
Spoclal to the Seranton Tribune.
Honesdale, Feb. 6. Charles Petersen
died at his home, on Second street, tit
9.30 o'olock this morning of heart fail
Charles Petersen was born at Copen
hagen, Denmark, Nov. 15, 1S26.
At the age of 14 he was entered as an
apprentice to Jearn the trade of watch
maker with his father. After his
father's death, in 1843, he completed
his apprenticeship with a man
Stelnmetz, at Copenhagen. In 1848 he
left Copenhagen and worked at his
trade in Berlin, Prague (Bohemia), and
Vienna. He participated in the revo
lution of 1S49 at Vienna, and upon the
government troops entering the city
fled to Switzerland, where for two years
ho was the pupil of the celebrated Jules
Jurgenson. Irj 1851 he cufne to New
York, and, from many offers made
him, accepted the one by Moses Cum
mings, of Honesdale, coming here the
Bame year. The year following he
bought out Mr. Cummings, and started
In business for himself, with his
brother, Herman, as partner. Later
he conducted the business himself, and
in 1856 erected the store from which his
business is now conducted. Many of
our own jewellers and watchmakers,
and some of Seranton and other places,
owe their first steps in the watchmak
er's art to him.
In 1S5S he became identified with a
movement to re-build the old Cornell
telegraph line. In 18G2, by permission
of Chief Engineer R. F. Lord, of the
Delaware and Hudson Canal company,
he built the first illne along the canal.
Later he extended tho line along all
the Delaware and Hudson railroads.
He was made superintendent of the
telegraph department of the Delaware
and Hudson Canal company, which po
sition he held up to the time of his
In 18S2 he was interested In the or
ganization of the Honesdale Bell Tele
phone company, and with J. Merrl
hew, Philadelphia,; H. L. Storke, New
York; Richard O'Brien, Seranton, com
posed the stockholders. He was made
superintendent. In 18S3 the plant was
transferred to the Hudson River Tele
phone company." He still retained the
office of superintendent.
Mr. Petersen was a member of the
vestry of Grace church. He has been
a Mason since 1854.
He was married to Charlottle A. C.
Roth, at Chaux. de Fonde, Switzerland,
June 11, 1851.
He is survived by two daughters,
Carrie S. A. Petersen and Mrs. G. W.
The funeral will be held from the
house Friday morning at 11 o'olock.
Operators Give Them Rent and Fuel but
Provision Is Scarce.
By the United Press.
Washington, Pa., Feb. 6. The stories
In regard to the destitute condition of
Washington county coal miners have
been officially confirmed. At Venetla
the miners and their families to the
number of 1.00 persons are in a deplor
able condition, and unless quickly sup
plied will suffer seriously from starva
tion. Tho general business depression and
labor troubles have contributed to their
precarious condition. The coal opera
tors permit the use of their houses rent
free, and allow the miners to supply
themselves with fuel. They are In Im
mediate need of food and clothing.
They Object to Nino Hour's Work for
Seven Hour's Pay.
By the Unltod Press.
Wllkes-Barre, Feb. 6. Work at the
Franklin mines was suspended today
owing to a strike of the runners, driv
ers and door boys at the mine. Their
grievance Is the same that caused the
recent strike at the Prospect colliery.
The boys claim that they are com
pelled to work eight and nine hours
a day and are only paid for seven hours
work, or breaker time. A committee
has been appointed to see the officials of
the Lehigh Valley Coal company with
a view to a speedy settlement.
Treasury Gold Ucscrye.
By the United Press.
Washington, Feb. 0. The treasury gold
reserve at the close of business today
stood at $12,182,031. The withdrawals for
the day and late Tuesday at Now York
aggregated $1,074,570. No general resump
tion of gold withdrawals Is xpected.
Blssell, Hoke Smith and Carlisle are all
spoken of for tho supreme bench.
The naval appropriation bill will prob
ably coma up In -the house on Friday.
Advices concerning the health of Asso
ciate Justice Jackson are very discourag
ing. Charles Denby, jr., secretary of the
American legation at Peking, has reached
The president has appointed Lieutenant
Colonel George L. Gillespie, corps engi
neers, to be a member of the Mississippi
river commission.
Correspondent Shriner and Broker
Chapman gave $1,000 ball each before
Judge Cole to answer for refusing to tes
tify before a senata committee.
For eastern Pennsylvania, heavy snow;
north to northeast winds.
For the next ten days it will be
to your interest to visit our
And see the values we are offer
in title German, Scotch and Irish
Table Linens, Nankins, Tray
Cloths, etc., etc.
Numbers in German Linens, ''Sil
ver Bleach," eitra line quality
and heavy :
56-in. Sale Price 48c, Reg. Price 60c
60-in. ' 59c, " 76c
62-in. " 75c, " 90c
72-in. " 89c, " $1.10
Napkins to match the above.
65 doz. 5-8 $1.55, Regular Price $1.75
75 doz. 3-4 2.35, " 2,75
In Fine Bleached Towels :
25 doz. Colored Damask Border Huck,
,U)0 doz.. Re. Price $420
25 doz. Bird's Eye, hemstitched,
43c. cncU, Rep. Price (53e
15 doz. double hemstitched buck, extra
size, 50c. each, Reg. Price 75o
Our Special Muslin Sale continues
all this week. Muslins, Sheetings,
Counterpanes, etc., at "Rock BottOIU
510 and 512 Lackawanna Ave.
H. II.
Closed Evenings Except Saturday,
the Jeweler, can repair
your watcli to give per
fect satisfaction, having
had ten years' experience
in our leading watch fac