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THE ONLY. REPUBLICAN DAILY IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY.
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THE COMING WEEK
Forecast of Proceedings in Senate and
House of Representatives.
MEASURES THAT ARE NOW LAWS
Six Appropriation BillOuc W ith trill
the Preia'ut' Aiprouil--Coi
tented Election Case in the llou.e.
Washington, May 24. The senate
committee on appropriations Is sur
prised at the headway It has been a bin
to make in the matter of pushing Its
bills through the senate. Of the llf
teen great annual budgets all have now
passed the senate but the general de
ficiency bill, and Mr. Hale In charge of
that measure, has given notice that he
will call It up tomorrow. It Is unusual
for this billl to be reported so far in
advance of the generally accepted date
of adjournment, it being a catch-all
for appropriations and dellciencies
that cannot be got In until the last
minute. Owing to the rapidity with
which this bill has been acted upon it
may become necessary before adjourn
ment to pass a small urgent deficiency
measure covering items that the treas
ury may yet cull to the attention of
congress. It Is expected that an agree
ment will be reached that will result
In a vote on the Butler autl-bond bill
either tomorrow or Tuesday. The
"filled cheese" bill, which Mr. Sher
man is urging, is In "parlous" shape
owing to numerous proposed amend
ments. Now that the house lias acted
on the Immigration measures before It,
Mr. Lodge, of Massachusetts, will seek
to pass one of the measures through
the senate ro that out of the many
conflicting plans some law may be se
cured that will remedy wnat are held
to be existing evils In our present im
biix of the great appropriation bills
are now laws, one the agricultural
without the president's appiova'.) The
Indian bill has been agreed to with
the exception of four items, the most
Important of which is that relating to
appropriations for sectarian schools.
The final report on the legislative bill
wns agreed to In the houae yesterday
but the senate has not acted upon It.
The naval Mil has been agreed to with
the exception of the senate reduction
in the number of battleships, the pro
visions as to the pric? to be paid for
armor plate and the prohibition of the
employment by government contractors
of naval officers on leave. It Is thought
that the agreement will finally result
In three new battleships as a com
promise between the four authorized
by the hous? and the two authorized
by the senate. Another partial report
on the sundry civil bill wa agreed to
yesterday and one more conierpnc; wi'l
doubtless set this large bui'get out of
the way. The District of Columbia and
the fortifications bills are in confer
ence. The river and harbor bill nw.ilt3
the president's approval, veto or non
action. HOrSE ADJOURNMENT.
The leaders of the house expect that
congress will reach a final adjournment
for the session two weeks from tomor
row, which will be June 8. That was
the statement made this evening by Mr.
Dalzoll, of Pennsylvania, a member of
the committee on rules. The' program
of business In the house in tiles.' two
wee!;s will be n matter of arrangement
from day to day, and only the most
general outline can be given now. The
committee cn affairs of the District of
Columbia are entitled to the session to
morrow under the rules, and should
Chairman liabcoek claim it, only a con
ference report, or tha determination of
the house to consider a contested elec
tion case will prevent him from having
It. The committee on rules are desir
ous of clearing up the election cases
now on the calendar, three of which,
especially, will provoke some debate.
They are: Murray vs. Elliott, from the
first district of South Carolina; Johns
ton vs. Stokes, from the seventh dis
trict of South Carolina, and Mitchell
vs. Wnlsh, from the eighth district of
New York. In all of thse the commit
tee's u-port recommends that the
contestants be seated. In the case of
Yost vs. Tucker from the tenth dis
trict of Virginia, the committee recom
mends that Tucker retain his scat, but
General Walker, the single Republican
representative from ihut state, will
make a vigorous effort to bring In a po
litlcal colleague. It is the expectation
that these cases will be disposed of this
week, should the consideration of con
ference reports, which Is always lirst
In order, leave time enough.
Before the session ends It Is probable
the committee on territories will be
given a day In which to present two or
three bills demanding Immediate ac
tion, relating to affairs In Alaska and
New Mexico. It Is also among the
probabilities that unother effort will be
made to Pass the Phillips labor com
SUFFERING IN ALASKA.
Miiiers at Cook' lul ! Pacing a (ircnt
Victoria, B.' C, May 24. Captain
Meyer of the steamer Danube, which
returned yesterday morning from a
trip to Sitka, reports great suffering
among the miners, prospectors, and
others at Cook's Inlet. The steamer
Bertha had just arrived at Sitka from
the inlet bringing many who had gone
there with the Idea of making their for
tunes. Thty could stand 11 no longer.
The weather has been bitterly cold, and
there Is not sufficient accommodation
for the men. However, many are hold
ing out, and, despite bad reports, others
arc going In. Those who came down
on the Bertha say there is a lot of suf
fering ahead for those remaining at
The Bertha also reported that the
steamer Utopia, which took a large
number of passengers and a big cargo
of supplies from Seattle is high and
dry in Cook's Inlet. She went on the
beach at high tide and it Is hardly pos
sible that she can be' floated. It Is
feared that she will break up, as there
are no appliances there for floating the
vessel, and the first heavy sea will
wreck her. No difficulty was exper
ienced in landing the passengers, as the
accident occurred near the settlement
The freight was also landied.
DEL AMATER BOBS UP.
The F.-Pennslvauian Said to Be
Fighting McKinley in Alaska.
Seattle, Washington, May 24. The
steamship Alkl, which arrived this
morning from Juneau, Alaska, brings
advices that the Republican territorial
convention waa held in Juneau May 14,
and that the delegates to the St. Louis
convention were uninstructed as to
presidential candidates and stand upon
a platform which Is silent on the money
question being in fact merely -a request
for better representation for the terri
tory In eongrest and more adequate
legislation to meet the growing needs
of the new Klaurado.
It 1s probable that a contesting dele
gation, consisting of C. A. Young and
C. S. Blaekett. of Juneau, who accord
ing to the Mining Record of that city,
are against McKinley at- all hazards
and for Reed if possible, will also go to
SI. Louis. The Record claims that the
selection of Young nnd Hlackrtt wns
brought about by (!. V. Delumater.who
a few years uro achieved distinction
as .Senator (Quay's candidate for gov
ernor of Pennsylvania. It says:
"About two months ago G. VV. Dela
mater, formerly of Pennsylvania, but
now of Tacoma. came to Juneau sup
pusedly n private business. The na
ture of his mission leaked out. He was
here to secure an antl-McKinley dele
gation to the Republican national con
vention and to pledge the delegates for
iieed If possible. After remaining some
time and employing several trusty lieu
tenants, he departed. A campaign was
then Inaugurated which culminated on
the 14th Inst., when a rump conven
tion 'in this city elected Young and
lilackett delegates to r!t. Louis."
ASSERTS PRIORITY ON M'KINLEY.
New Yorker Say lie Predicted His
Victory in '00 Six Years Ago.
New York. May 24. C. C. S-hayne,
vice-president of the Republican Na
tional league for this atjite, claims to
be the original McKinley man. He
"When he ran for governor in 18S0. I
mnde a speech for hint In Pomeroy. O.,
and predicted he would be nominated
for president In 1896, and elected."
TOM FLATT TALKS. .
The New York Leader's Opinion o
McKiuIcy's Campaign Savors,
New York. May 24. Ex-Senator
Piatt, while talking about the political
situation, tonight said:
"It is now plain that the McKinley
managers propose to continue to the
end their plan of claiming everything
and conceding nothing, without re
gard for facts a scheme they have
persisted In for many weeks. Their
lieutenants here are equally determined
to aid them Just as persistently for
ends and purposes essentially differ
ent ends and purposes with which
Major McKinley and his managers
have no concern whatever and with
out the slightest consideration for any
one but themselves, and this, too, with
out a thought for the welfare of the
business interests of the nation.
"The business men of the country,
however, may confidently rely upon It
that their views will be expressed at
the St. Louis convention, both as to
the maintenance of th? gold standard
and, as to the nomination of a candi
date who can appropriately stand on
a gold platform. New York will pro
fent such a candidate and the vote of
this state will be cast for him almost
"I observe that ex-Senator Miller In
a recent Interview says tnat I have no
commission to spnk fur our delegation
on that point. It Is a small matter
whether I have or not. The Impor
tant thing Is as to the tact, and Mr.
Miller will Kcarcely deny the fact.
He, for Instance, having been elected
a delegates at Governor Morton's re
quest, having attended the conference
at which It was resolved to place Oiv
ernor Morton In the field and having
been the flrFt man there to advocate
that action and the first man to pro
claim to the world by a forms 1 Inter
view when the conference adjourned.
he, of course, will bo the governor's
staunchest supporter In the conven
tion. He says I must not speak for
him, but I can certainly recall his rec
ord In the matter nnd I can at least
express enough confidence In his char
acter as a man to say tnat he will keep
faith with himself and make good his
"What Is tru of Mr. Miller in this
respect Is similarly true of the other
delegates, whether they represent dis
tricts or the state at lar,e. It should
be plnln to the public that all this Mc
Kinley hullabaloo In New York Is sim
ply so much empty sound. It will not
afreet the vote at St. Louis of a single
New York delegate. It Is a familiar
noise. V.'e heir It every spring and
fall. It proceeds from the same old
crowd of 'antls' who have been per
forming In this way these many years.
And there Is not an intelligent man
who does not know that If the regular
organization today were advocating
McKinley ull these people would be
denouncing McKinley and declaring
him unlit for public station. They
don't cure a fig about McKinley. they
simply make uee of his name and posi
tion to aid their cons'iiracy for the
overthrow of the Republican organiza
tion. "Meanwhile the Republican organi
zation of New York, standing In the
Interest of the business community and
a sound public sentiment throughout
the country will loyally support the
nomination of Governor Morton and
the adoption at St. Louis of a plain,
unequlvcal, direct pledge to the people
that the gold standard shall be main
tained and our currency system re
formed on that basis. It will oppose
the nomination of Major McKinley on
the ground that he is a dangerous and
misleading candidate, whose votes and
speeches show that he has no settled
convictions on the money question nnd
whose managers have endeavored to
secure support In one part of the coun
try by declaring that he Is In favor of
the gold standard and in other parts
by declaring that he Is in favor of sil
ver, producing In each of such parts
of the country those peculiar portions
of his record as seemed to sustain the
Impression they desired to create in
that particular locality."
IVES A WINNER.
He Defeats Sclincfcr in the Billiard
Tournament nt Chicago.
Chicago. May 22. The billiard tourn
ament came to an end last night, Ives
winning second money by defeating
Schaefer In the final game by the score
of 600 to 247. The standing of the play
ers was as follows:
Gamier, won 3, lost 1; Ives, won 2.
lost 2; Schaefer, won 1, lost S. "This
is the last time I shall hit a ball In this
town," said Ives after the game, "the
crowd haa no love for me, and I have
about the same for them. I am going
to Germany as soon as I arrange my
The spectators noisily applauded the
Wizard's Indifferent work and hissed
while Ives was playing a sure finish.
TWICE THE MARK OF LIGHTNING.
Old Adage Disproved at West Dixon
. During an Electrical (florin.
Dixon. III., May 24. The old adage
that lightning never strikes twice In
the same place haa been disproved.
During an electrical, storm nf great
severity last night the residence of
Frank Selbolt, in West Dixon, was
twice struck, and Mrs.- Selbolt was se
AT SALT LAKE
Horrible Crimes Said to Have Been Com
tnittcd by Rev. Francis Hermann.
HIS MANY VICTIMS WERE WOMEN
A Scandinavian Sinister Accused f
Murders Kquiilliug Those of Duruat.
Two ;irl Killed and Cremated.
Three When Die MyMcriouly.
Salt Loke, Utah, May 24. A horrible
tragedy. In many respects similar to
the murders said to have been commit
ter by Durant at San Francisco, has
been unearthed in this city. In this
case, as in the other, a church was the
scene of the crime and the victims two
women. The iiastor of the church. Rev.
Francis Hermann, is accused of th
murders. The ecene of the crimen was
the First Scandinavian church.
Last year the paster's wife died and
he engaged Miss Clnwson, an attrac
tive young woman, of 25 to look after
his apartments In the church building.
In September last Miss Clawson sud
denly disappeared and has not been
seen alive since. Immediately after
her disappearance, the pastor, although
the weather was hot nt that season, or
dered a big fire built in the furnace In
the basement o? the church. He sent
everybody away and lighting the fire
himself kept It going for hours. Per
sons residing In the neighborhood de
tected exceedingly bad odors at the
time, and remonstrated with Hermann,
but he said he wanted to give the flues
a thorough test before cold weather
came. It was In this furnace a few
days ago that the bones of Miss Claw
son together with blackened razors, a
butcher's knife and part of a woman's
garter buckles were found.
rOL'CK ON THE TRAIL.
The other victim Is Miss Annie Sam
son. She was engaged to be married to
the preacher but mysteriously disap
peared In February last, and It Is sup
posed her remains are concealed some
where about the church. The police
who have been secretly working on the
case for several days, found a barrel,
the head of which is covered with hu
man blood and their theory Is that the
murderer, after killing his victims,
carved them up on the barrel head.
Bloodstains were also found on the fur
nace door and floor.
The Rev. Hermann, for whose arrest
a warrant has been Issued on the
charge of murder, loft Salt Lake on
May 7 on a missionary tour. Since his
departure he has r.ot been heard of.
Among his effects here, which are In
the hands of the police, are letters, ar
ticles of Jewelry and clothing belonging
to both the dor.d girls.
Hermann is of Scandinavian descent,
but waa born In Knglnnd. He is about
40 years of age, exceedingly educated.
He has been married three times, and It
is said all his wives have died under
suspicious circumstances. ,,In. his study
wpre found a largy collection of poisons
and drugs of various kinds. The detec
tives believe the girls wrre assaulted
and then murdered by the preacher.
A SECOND HOLMES.
Further developments in the Scandi
navian church tragedy Iwd to the belief
that the Rev. Francis Herman in a man
)th a record of crime little less exten-,
slve than tbnt of the notorious Holmes.
His first wife died In England under
suspicious circumstances. He was pas
tor of a Scandinavian church nt West
Superior, Wis., In 1SW0 and in 1S!U and
there married a highly respectable lady,
who in less than a year dh d very sud
denly with hor two weeks old baby. An
Inquciit was held but nothing beyond a
suspicion cf foul play was elicited.
Ilcrrman soon married again and came
to &ilt Lake in 114 with hi-; wife. He
fore long a ba!y waa born and the
mother and elilid died suddenly a few
W'f l a later.
Then his acquaintance with Miss
Clavsnn eorr.-mt need nnd It Is churg?d
In the cimplaint which hnij been sw.nn
t" by John Sanson, a member of the
church here, that he murdered and cre
mated the body in the heating furnace
In the church basement.
Ke was engaged to marry Miss Sani
ue'son in February of his year, but she
disappeared and it in charged that he
polroned her n''ter seducing her and
caivcd un the body In the1 church cel
lar. As far as yet discovered It Is be
lieved he has murdered seven persons.
The church officers r.ny that Herrman
was suspended recently for embezzle
ment of church funds, confessed bis
guilt In that regard and was waiting a
hearing before the annual Methodist
conference. He wns a tine looking man
and very generally liked. He Is repre
euted as having a great liking for the
Ktudy cf medicine, anatomy und kin
dred subjects and often delivered dis
quisitions on the human form. So far
the police here have no tidings of him.
BALLOTING FOR A BISHOP.
Methodist Conference Will Choose a Suc
cessor to Bishop Taylor of
Africa The Coior Line.
Cleveland, O.. May 24. Tomorrow
morning the Methodist conference will
proceed to ballot for a successor to
Bishop Taylor, of Africa. The vote
will be taken at 9..10. It Is on this elec
tion that the color line will be most
Bharply drawn, as the colored dele
gates are determined to do all In their
power to elect one of their number to
the position, preferably Dr. J. W. K.
Bowen, president of the Cannon Theo
logical institute, of Atlanta. Another
colored man who is being considered
for the place is Dr. H. A. Munroe, who
heads the delegation from the Dela
ware conference. His friends urge
that he has the necessary experience,
having been a member of the board of
managers of the missionary society for
years and that he has sufficient age to
warrant his selection. About the only
white candidate Is Rev. Dr. Hartzell.
of Louisiana, who has been for some
For the Freedman's Aid and South
ern Education society, Dr. A. 8. Leon
ard has been spoken of, but it is not
thought he would accept the place.
When this matter Is out of the way,
there remains one matter of grave im
portance to be disposed of. Dr. Ruck
lay will inaugurate and lead a fight to
make the college of bishops co-ordinate
In power In India with Bishop Tho
burn. FIRE AT HAWLEY.
Residence of Thomas Grndy Des
troyed. -Two Persons Injured.
Special to the Scranton Tribune.
Hawley. Pa,, May 24. About 12
o'clock Saturday night Thomas Grady's
residence nt East Hawley waa de
stroyed by fire.
Mrs. Giady was seriously burned
about the face also had an arm broken.
A little girl named Brophy was alao
badly, burned about the body.
THE NEWS TIMS MOBMXG.
Weather Indications Today
ClouJy, Followed by Fair.
1 Coming Week In Congress.
Tragedy In I. interne.
i'I'wii Platl Talks.
1-Ullotiiig for a lllshop.
2 An Able Sermon on True Patriotism.
Tribune's Popular Want Column.
I Special Sermons to the Veterans.
Meeting of Select Council.
Highest Kidder was Favored.
5 Second Report of Grand Jury.
Newspaper Men at Lake Ariel.
Grlshka'a Money Gone.
6 (Sports) The Tide Has Turned.
Wilkes-Unrre Lost Three Straight to
7 Suburban Happenings.
8 News Up and Down tha Valley. '
Joseph Kohuke Fires His Buildings and
Then Commits Suicide Insane
Jealousy the Incentive.
Wllkes-Barre. Pa.. May 24. A horri-'
ble ragedy took place in Dorinnce tow n
hip last night that canted great excite
ment among the inhabitants. A well-to-do
farmer, a German by birth, destroy
eel all his property by fire and then
killed himelf. fits name was Joseph
KohukP, and he resided on his farm
near Triangular lake. For some weeks
past he has shown a disposition to be
quarrelsome with his family. He made
several threats against his wife nnd
for her safety it was necessary to have
him arrested as he hud for a long time
been jealous of her, entirely without
cause, tin being released he returned
ho.ne and after being on the farm a
day or two he renewed his attack on his
wife who was compelled to leave her
home yesterday morning p.r.d seek pro
tection on a neighboring farm.
On learning later in the day he was
to be arrested he took a shot gun from
hia hourfe and went to the barn, mean
while his frenzy becoming so great that
he made up his mind rather than engage
in a light with the authorities he would
set fire to his residence and outbuild
ings.. Up to midnight no one had put in
an appearance f- he fired the handsome
homp and two of his barns which were
nil consumed by the flames. Knowing
what a desperate character he was the
neighbors did not venture near the
place for fear of being killed. During
the burning of the buildings n shot wis
beard, and after almost complete sil
ence about the place, which was early
thla morning, a body of men determined
te go to the farm. On arriving there
the bullilings and contents were in ru
ins. Kohuke wns found on the ground
lying between two beams In one? of the
barns, burned to a crisp. His shot gun
was by Ma side tojetlipryWlth a box of
ccrtrldpcs. He only lircd one shot, the
load entering his head and the body
fell so close to the burning building as
to furnish himself f;iel for the flames.
He was 64 years of age and leaves
four sons. There was no Insurance on
the property. There Is not even a chair
lfft. Kvr-rythlng about the place was
doFtroyed by the hand of the J?nlous
husband v. ho" was doubtlessly Insane
when he committed the deed.
Consecration of the Imperial Stand
ard in the Kremlin.
Moscow. May 24. At 2. TO o'clock this
afternoon In the armory in the Kremlin
to:ik plan the Interesting ceremony "f
the consecration of the Imperial stand
ard. This standxvd will a feature
of the coronation on Turvday when the
emperor will swear allcc-ianoo to the
colors In the cathedral of the Assump
tion. At one end e.f the room was a
onvt fif altar on '.vhieh was a golden
vi ssd flllr-d with consecrated water. In
the center wai a golden crons, at either
side of which were lighted candles.
The standard banning from a staff, was
held by a color bearer, who stood at til"
left of the altar. The bishops and
priests of the Kremlin cathedrals In
gorgeous chasuble!) of gold cloth, at
tended by Acolytes bearing censors.
fito"d In front of the altar, while at tin?
right was the Imperial male choir from
St. Petersburg, dressed in black with
crimson eloaka, liehind the priests, at
a little distance from them, was tin
emperor and nil the members of the Im
perial family present nt Moscow, with
their respective suites and ladle's of
honor. A short religious service', dur
ing (be singing of the choir, all the
members of the Imporiul family filed
before the altar t:id kissed the irons
und the bunds of the priest who bore it,
niter wbieh the standard was taken
from this room to another apartment
to be safely guarded ntll the coronutioii
on Tuesday. After the service the em
peror and empress drove back to the
Alexanderlna palace, escorted by a
squadron of .'niru slei s. They received
along the route the loyal ucclumutioiia
of the people.
NEW PARTY IN ILLINOIS.
(old Democrats Decide to Organize.
Against Silver l.lciiient.
Chicago. May 24. At a representative
meeting of the sound money men of Il
linois, held at the Palmer house yester
day afternoon. It was decided that a
new Democratic party organ in Illinois
should be iuatiguiated. The main ob
ject of the new party will be to defent
the sliver men, and to that end they
Ignore the present county and state
committee, and will not take part In the
primaries called for tomorrow.
They will also hold a state convention
of their own, at which a delegation to
the national convention will be chosen.
This delegation will be pledged to the
single gold standard idea. Another
meeting will be held next Thursday and
a complete action will be outlined.
Dr.Uurckhnrdl Defends Them Against
the Condemnation of the Kniser.
Berlin. May 24. In consequence of the
emperor's condemnation of the party of
Christian Socialists, Dr. Burckhardt of
Bremen has taken up the cudgels in Its
defence. In an address delivered be
fore a gathering of Christian Socialists
ot Bremen Dr. Burckjiardt declared
that the government when the Vor
warts, the leading Socialist organ, fav
ored the subsidizing of the Christian
Socialists, placed funds at, their dls
The matter excite general attention,
ansd Dr. Burckhardt's declaration' will
doubtless lead to the unearthing of a
scandal In the Reichstag.
Herald's W rather Forecast. -
New York, May 23. In the Middle states
today, fnlr, warmer weatb" "" prevail,
with southeasterly und souttUiV winds,
followed by local or thuni'im storms in tho
northern districts. On Tuesday, fair to
partly cloudy, warm, southwesterly winds
and local thunder torm, followed by
Knights Templar of the State
Will Pour Into tbe City. '
ADVANCE GUARD IS HERE
Tky Came to Haka rn;arations for
CITY IS HOW IN HOLIDAY ATTiRE
Arrangements fcr ite Entertainment
of tee Visitors.
THEY ARE OF AH LUECR&TE NATURE
Numerous Receptions Are to He Held
This lIvening-.Toniorrow Mornins
the Great Parade Mill TnWc 1'lacc.
Nearly All Hie Commondertcs in
Lino Will Be Headed by it llnnd.
Invitation Extended to the Knight
by the Elks.
Tomorrow morning begins In Scran
ton the annual conclave of the grand
commnndery of Knights Templar of
It will be the fourth time that such
an honor has been conferred upon tjie
city and its resident commaiulerles
an honor because the general high
standing of the grand commandery
members at home and at large makes
them desirable and welcome visitors
In any community.
For weeks Scranton has been active,
alert and lndcfatlgible In Its effort to
second the preparatory work and ptar.a
of the executive committees of the two
local commanderles, Mellta and uoeur
de I.Ion, and the result will be seen to
day on every hand, not in the decora
tions and exterior things alone but In
the spirit of welcome, anticipation and
glad-hand which prevails generally
throughout the city.
Possibly the visit of the grand com
mandery would not alone warrant the
elaborate and expensive Kinri 01 pre
paration that has been made, but there
will be here Hundreds 01 visiting
Masons and Sir Knights who are not
grand commandery members and
n?arly as many wives and daughters
and a crowd of sightseers which will
be attracted by the show and splendor
of the thing and whose numbers can
be only estimated.
Altogether the conclave will cause
the presence here tomorrow of about
12,000 strangers nnd nearly as large a
number on Wednesday. Every hotel
of any consequence, nine in all, and
every lnrire boarding house has had
Its transient accommodations engaged
for several weeks, and in many cases
for mirths abend. A large portion of
the visiting throng will be quartered
in rooms engaged of friends or will be
entertfflned by relatives.
WILL BEGIN TOMORROW.
While the conclave proper does not
really bein until tomorrow morning,
wh.'n takes place the magnificent par
ade and review, the visiting comman
d 'lies will begin to reach here by noon
today, und by 9 o'clock tomorrow
morning ull wlil have arrived.
For the w'plion of fti great a crowd
and because of the prominence and re
pute of many of the Sir Knihts. the
city at large has vied with Kcranton's
Coeur de Lion und Mellta commander
les and the execu'lve eon: mi t tee of
those two organizations In extending a
royal welcome. To this end Scranton
has pndutbly revr before been so
lavish in Its decorations and other ex
terior tokens. From center t-i rlrcum
f era nee the business nwliim in draped
and fe.uoor.'.rl and b'tlaggcd. and by
tomorrow morning nearly every luiuse
along the short line of march through
the ivridenoe section will display Home
token uf recognition. Th larger
business concerns have sho-.vn a grent
spirit of rivalry In decorating tlnlr
Htnivs and buildings. Klcctriu displays
for night will form n conspicuous fea
ture of the rain ullire.
It Is Ihecor.i'.voti.ipieiim of thes'-t eral
tirand olllcers now in the city and !oc:d
Sir Knight, tlml never in the history
of the cran.l eveiir.ianiiery conclavs
luiminy IVnusylvaiilu city, not "scent
ing f'hihtdt-lphiit or Pittsburg, been
nior li.'iudsoinel:' decorated or mnde
KU"h elaborate mhU complete urrangi'
meiits as has Scranton this year.
KAULY ON THK SCKNK.
Mont II. Smith, grand recorder: Isaac
Alhertson. grand treasurer, and Wil
liam II. Dickson, chuiiiiiun of the tin
Htlee eomiiii'tee, reached here from
liilladclphia. Saturday uml Immediately
established the headquarters of the
grand oflieetvt In lioom wii. n large
apartment on the second door e.f the
Hotel Jcrmyn. other Sir Knights here
uro Henry W. Smith, of St. Milan's,
Philadelphia, who Is at the Jermyn.
anil .1. 11. Mussina, of the -Hospitaler
comnuindeiy, Lock Haven, at the Con
way house, each of whom arrived early
In order to make arrangements for the
reception of their respective organiza
tions. K. M. Johnson, grand king of
the Orand chapter. Is at the Faurot
At 11 o'clock this morning Instead of
11.4r. as previously announced, the re
ception committee will meet at Masonic
hall. A large number of the commit
tee will go to Wilkes-Iiarre to meet in
coming commanderles on the Lehigh
Valley. Jersey Central land Delaware
and Hudson roads, and others of the
committee will meet the commanderles
hero on their arrival on tho Lacka
wanna rond. The lirst commandery to
arrive will probably be the Hugh de
Payrn, of Easton. It will come on this
morning's 11.45 lrkawanna train.
Wilkes-Ilarre's commandery.the Dleu
Le Vent, proposes that Its arrival shall
be known. It will be accompanied by
the Ninth Regiment band. Arrange
ments have been made to have Kauer's
complete Scranton bnnd join the
Wllkfs-rtarre musical organization on
tho arrival of tomorrow morning's
8.i0 Jersey Cenral train and the massed
bnnd will play in concert during the
march from the depot the new two-step
"T'p a Tree." composed by Professor
Alexander, "the Ninth Regiment Band's
Following Is an abbreviated pro
gramme of tho most important events
of tho three. days:
PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY.
Monday (evening) At home of the Coebr
de Lion and Mellta commanderles, Scran
ton Rowing club rooms. Spruce street, (
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