The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 18, 1900, Image 1

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Two Gases That Will Deckle tlie
Status of the Philippines
and Porto RIgo.
A Soldier Returning from the Phil
ippines Olnims That as the Islands
Belong to the United States, No
Duty Should Bo Charged Upon Ar
ticles Brought from That Country.
Constitutional Phases of the Situa
tion Arguments Hade and Cases
)y Kicltiilve Who from Tlic AMciitnI l'nv.
AVu.shIngton, Dec. 17. In the ITnltotl
States Supreme court today argument
was begun In two cases, the decision of
which Is expected to Ilx tlm status of
Porto Rico and the Philippine Islands
nnd other Insular possessions ncuulred
through the war with Spain with re
Hpeot to the United States proper; to
cay whether the people are citizens, anil
to Indicate whether the constitution
follows the flag.
One of the eases is that of John IT.
Ooetze, who in June, 1i!i!, Imported
from Porto KIco u quantity of leal'
tobacco Into the United Stales through
the port of Now Yotk and molested
against the assessment of duty on the
importation, claiming that the tobacco
was not subject to d,uty because "Porto
Uleo at the time of the Importation
was not a foreign country, and because
therefore the imposition of duties on
goods brought from a place within the
territory of the United States into a
port of the United States is not lawful
and valid under the constitution. The
collector of the port and the board of
general appraisers both rided against
him, as did the United States Circuit
court for the Southern district of New
York, when Gootze took the case before
that tribunal. From the opinion of that
court the importer appealed to the
United States Supreme court.
The other case Is known as the Four
teen Diamond Ring case. In that suit
the claimant Is one Manuel Pupke, u ho
served as a soldier or the United States
In I.uzun In the Philippines. While
there he purchased, or acquired, the
rings In question and brought them into
the United States without paying duty
upon them, some time In the year 1S9D,
between July 31 and September 2.",. The
rings were seized on May IS, 1800, at
Chicago by a United States customs
officer as liable to duty, which should
have been Invoiced and was fraudu
lently imported and brought Into the
United States contrary to law. An in
formation for the forfeiture of the
rlncs was tiled on behulf of the sov
ernmont, June 1, 1900, to which the
claimant pleaded, setting up that at
the time he acquired the property Lu
zon was a part of the tenltory of the
United States and that the seizure wa.s
contrary to the claimant's rights as a
citizen of the United States under the
constitution, and particularly Sections,
Article IV., thereof, and lie Insisted
that under Article I Section s, con
gress Is required to see that all taxes
and duties shall be unlfoim through
out the United States. To this plea
the United States demurred, and upon
hearing of the demurrer, the district
court gave judgment of forfcituie for
the government. This Judgment the
claimant removed into the Supremo
court by a writ of error.
The Goetze Case.
The case of Gootze vs. the United
States Involving the status of Porto
KIco was taken up In the United States
Supremo court at 3.1)0 p. m. Attorney
General Griggs was present in behalf
of the government and a number of
prominent attorneys, including foimer
Secretary Carlisle, were Jnteiested lis
teners. Edward C. Peiklns, of counsel for
Gootze, asked that the Porto KIco case
and that involving the status of the
Philippines bo combined, The attorney
general assented to this and It was ar
ranged that each side should haw live
hours. The opening argument in behalf
of Gootzo was then begun by Kverlt
Mr. Brown rehashed the main fea
tures as to the cession of Porto Rico
with the circumstances of the enact
ment of the tariff law of IM7 nnd the
Imposition of the duties on tho goods
of Goetze, The main contentions, ho
said, were that Porto KIco was not a
"foreign country," as contemplated by
tho tariff net and that Porto KIco was
within tho United States so that an Im
port duty against the goods of Porto
KIco would bo In violation of the con
stitutional provision that "all duties.
imposts and excises, (.Hull be uniform
throughout the United States." Mr.
Ilrown remarked that the counsel who
had opposed this view hud maintained
that Poito KIco was a part id' the
United States only In u Pickwickian
sense, It was conceded, ho said, that
"tho people of tho United States con
stltuted an absolute sovereign nation;
that tho power to deeluru and curry on
war had been delegated by the people
to Its constitutional agents anil that
this Includes the power to occupy for
eign territory subject only to tho rules
and usages of civilized wnrfuio nnilor
International laws,
(t was also conceded, Mr. Ill own,
mid, that the people had delegated the
power to add permanent acquisitions
to Its territory, Hut with these con
cessions, Mr, Brown declared that the
people had established certain consti
tutional limits never to be transcended.
This cuso was something moie than
one of ex proprlo vJgore. It went to
the extent of denying tho right of any
aranch of government to transcend the
tho limitations laid down by the con
stitution. lie closed bin bilef Introductory pre-'
mentation of the ease by refeirlng to
Its momentous character, which he and
his colleagues legarded as the most
piofotindly Important that they ever
hud been called upon to pieseiit.
Constitutional Phases.
Mr. Perkins followed, taking up more
particularly the constitutional phases
of the ease, lie spoke of the grave
and serious Interests Involved not only
for the present but for all time In the
future, It was only because of the
extraordinary events which the nation
had participated In of late that this
case had arisen, Mr. Perkins main
tained that the constitution was in ef
fect u power of attorney and the ques
tion was us to whose powers. The
prosecution of the war to Porto KIco
or elsewhere, or the acquisition of this
or that place, were all questions which
must be brought within the power of
the constitution. The question as to
the constitution following the flag ho
regarded as equivalent to saying that
u man's shadow followed him. The
tlrst constitutional point urged by Mr.
Perkins was that "the claim of unlim
ited power in new territories Is opposed
to our entire theory of constitutional
A. large number of eases were cited
to show the attitude of the United
Slates Supreme court on nnnlagous
eases in the past. An unbroken tenet
of decisions, it was maintained, es
tablished that the prohibitory clauses
of the constitution apply In the gov
ernment of the tenltory of the United
States. In one decision as late as hiht
March, Mr. 1'eiklns said that Justice
Harlan had held that the seventh
.'lnendment to the constitution se
curing the right of trial by jury ap
plies to judicial pioceedings In the
The other chief points advanced In
behalf of the appellant were: The
treaty of Paris is not open to the
construction that It provides for the
governing of Porto Uleo without re
gard to constitutional llinltH and as u
country foreign to the United States.
If it were possible to place that con
struction upon the tienty, the provis
ion would be void, as contrary In the
constitution, but tills would not In
any way pi event or affect the accom
plishment or tlie usual results of an
nexation. "If the tiiiilf act Imposes a luty or
tax upon goods brought from t'orlo
Itico to a place elsewhere in 'li"
United States-, after the annexation,
the Imposition is void as being in con
flict with an expiess provision of the
"When the treaty of Paris too' ef
fect, Porto -Uleo ceased to he 'a for
eign country' within the meaning of
these words, as urcd In the tariff act."
Mr. Perkins argument was in pro
gress w.hon at 1.30 p. m. the court ad
journed until tomorrow, when Mr.
Perkins will continue and the other
counsel will be. heard. The five hours
on each side which the' courr has al
lowed will extend the hearing through
tomorrow and part of the next day, if
all the time is occupied.
Conference Held at Chicago Under
Auspices of the National
Civic Federation.
By i:clu-iiu Who from The A-.uiiated I'rua.
Chicago, Dec. 17. A conference on
"Industrial conciliation and arbitra
tion" under auspices of the National
Civic Federation began here at 10.20
o'clock today. Stelnway was half
filled when tlie speaking began, but.
Secretary Italph M. ICasley, of the
Civic Federation, declared that tho nu
merous tabor captains present from
various points of the country formed a
good return on the Invitations sent out.
The conference has as Its object the
stirring up of public sentiment by
means of Intelligent discussion be
tween rcpiesentntives of labor and em
ployer, rather than taking definite ac- n 1 1 lifiin.h It lo lint Hint-
some resolutions giving tlie sentiment
of the conference on the best ways of
dealing with the Industrial disputes
will come up before the close of the
meeting Tuesday night. The audience
during the forenoon listened with close
attention to the variety of views pre
sented by the speakers. President
Samuel Clampers, of the Federation of
Labor, was present. He will speak to
night. The conference was called to
order by Franklin MncVeagb, chair
man of the committee on arrange
ments. Carroll D. Wright, United
States commissioner of labor, followed.
He was greeted with applause.
John 'Mitchell, president of the United
Mine Workers, followed. lie was re
ceived with vigorous applause. Ills ad
dress was extemporaneous, Mr. Mitch
ell said his organization has favored
for over ten years an adjudication of
differences by conciliation and arbitra
tion and that them has not been a,
great strike that the mlneis had not
first tried to apply the principle of
conciliation and arbitration before en
gaging In the strike. In the recant con
test In the anthracite coal fields of
Pennsylvania, Mr. Mitchell said, ilm
mine workers' organization exhausted
every honorable and every posslblo
means beloro striking. Tho operators
being sincere in the belief that the men
would not strike and tho feallnt; that
the employes had no grievances and
refused to treat with tho men's organ
ization and to meet (hum In joint con
Hy Ewliulvc Win- from Tlie Associated Press.
I'lillailelphli, Die, 17. After niuui-inni lesa
lepi ami dcl.ijs tlie rountir equity suits be
tweeu William b. lllkliw, 1'. A. 11. Wldcncr,
(ltuiir.t W. r'.lklns, William I'llni, Jchua llhodei
and M. K. McMulK'ii, plaintiff, and Pieicl &
Co. nnd Whitney It Mephcnjoii, defendants, hale
In in atuliably ottli.l. Tin- litigation uto nur
tho iousolldallon pf true Hull llnct) In I'itlobiiii?.
Strike at Kingston,
lly Kulusiie Who firm 'fie Avioiialed ifcsj,, Pie. 17, The strained relation
which hale cUtitl,or mine lime pat beliuun
the Kingston Coal company a"d It J,000 cin
plojcs, culminated toda in a xtrike. The lire.
men uml pump runners were alWed to remain
ut woik.
The Mllltaru Board o? Inquiry Be
gins to Hear Evidence
at Bristol.
The Father of the Dead Student Tells
of Letters Received Describing the
Tortures Inflicted Upon the Vic
timA Mother's Opinion of the
Conduct of Superintendent Mills.
Testimony of Physician An Un
willing Witness.
By Bullish p Wire (inn 'Jho Associated Pita.
Philadelphia, Pee. 1". The taking
of testimony In the case of Oscar I..
I5oo2, the AVest Point cadet who died
two weeks ago from injuries which,
his parents allege, were indicted at
I the West Point military academy,
I was begun today by the board of In
quiry appointed by the secretnry of
war. Thiee sessions were held dur
ing tlie day, two at liristol, the homo
of the Booz family and a short Ijcm
' slon In this city late in the afternoon.
The members of the board, Gonetuls
Brooke, Clous and Bates, accompanied
by Captain Dean, of the Fifth artil
lery, who acted as recorder, arrived
at Bristol at 10.'10 and shortly aft"--v:ird
went Into .cession. Tho court sat
in the study of I lev. Dr. Alexander
Alison, the pastor of the Hi Istul Pres
byterian church, which adloined the
Booz homestead.
The -illnesses called weie Willl'im
II. Poo;;, father- .Mrs. Saiab Vlrot,
I'lolhcr, Nellie Booz, sls-ter of the
young man: the l!ev. lr. Allison, Dr.
Weaver, a Ilrlslol physician, who at
tended Oscar Hooz, and seveial othes.
1. Ittlo of the testimony was new. Af
ter hearing all the Bristol witness's,
the hoard made a Hying visit to thli
citl. wheie It took th testimony of
Dr. .1. fc-'olls Cohen, who bad Oscar un
der treatment, and S. S. Albert, a for
mei cl.'ssiiiate of Oscar Hoot:. Til
boa id l"ft Cor Xew ork tonight and
vlll sit at Wi.'-t Point tomorrow af
ternoon. Hearing at Bristol.
liristol, Pa.. Dec. 17. Tlie niilllaiy
board of Inquiry appointed by the -ei!-ri't
iry of war to investigate charges
made by relatives and friends of Oscar
L. Hooz, the former West Point cadet,
that he came to his death on December
C, at his home heie, as the result of
hazing by fellow cadets at the academy
two years ago, began the taking of tes
timony here today. The board consists
of Major ( John A. Brooke,
Brigadier General Alfred K. Hates and
Colonel J. H. Clous.
The Inquiry was held in the study of
Hev. Alex. Allison, pastor of the Bristol
Presbyterian church. All the lions! fam
ily was present. Mr. Hooz, the father
of the dead student, testified on the
lines of his recent published Interviews.
He said his son had wiltten him of the
brutal treatment he had received In
hazing; how he had been forced to fight
an expert boxer, and how he had re
ceived in tho boxing a severe heart
blow, and furtbeimore, that tobas-o
sauce had been forced down his throat,
while he had been tightly held by a
number of the upper class men.
Mr. Hooz told of his son's return to
his home In broken health and spirits
and that ho was finally forced to take
his bed, from which he did not arise.
lie said his son stoutly refused to re
veal tho names of tho students who
persecuted him.
Mrs. Booz a'so testified of her son's
complaints In letters to her of the
brutal treatment he received at "West
Tolnt. She said her foil never told a
l'e and never acted a lie. She thoutrht
Superintendent Mills, of "West Point,
should be made to apologize iie calling
her son a liar. NeMe Hooz, -i slstt.' of
decepfod, also testl'led that her brother
hail complained to her i,f 111 tieatment
received In hazing .it "West Point. She
said ho had told her that If he had not
swallowed the tobacco sauce he would
have been strangled. They were hold
ing him down and he could do nothing
Doctor Refused to Answer.
Dr. AVeuvor, the physician of the
Hooz family, testified that when Oscar
left for West Point he was in robust
physical condition, but when ho re
turned home a feu- months later ho
was pale uml thin. On examining Os
car's throat after his return he ad
vised him to consult a Philadelphia
specialist, which advlco he followed.
Dr. Weaver refused, for professional
erasons, to tinswer the question of Gen
eral Hates as to whether tobaseo sauce
would disease the boy's throat. He was
Informed that he was In 'contempt of
court but tho board could not exact any
Kov, Dr. Allison In his testimony paid
a high tribute to the character of Oscar
Hooz. He had received a letter from the
student shortly after ho had gone to
West Point In which Oscar had told of
ill treatment ho hud received and
added that It was hard to bu a Chi Is
tlun at West Point.
Some other witnesses were examined
without the olleltatlon of any thing new
and tho board then adjourned to meet
at Philadelphia later In the day,
At Philadelphia, Dr, J, Soils Cohen,
a tin oat speclallsl. testified to huv
Ing treated Oscar Booz. Ho said tho
lutter's c-aso was a hopeless one. He
said he had noticed on examination
he found J3ooz had an old Injury In
the throat, IIo could not tell how long
ho might lmvo been troubled with the
affection. He thought If tobaseo
suuen had been forced down liooz's
throat It may lmvo inudo him more
susceptible to the disease, i
Slgmond S, Albert, n fellow-studont
of Hooz, at AVest Point, proved nn
unwilling witness. Ho admitted,
however, that tho fourth your men
were undo to suffer Indignities by the
upper class men, hut would not go
Into details. He said Hooz never
coniplntncd to him of 111 treatment.
He told of olio night when come
fourth year men were Mood up In u
tent nnd told to open their mouths
nnd shut their eyes. They obeyed,
and then someone squirted Into their
moutliH what he believed to be tobas
eo sauce. It did not hurt him bocaus-j
there was not enough of It. lie did
not see tho light In which Hooz was
The board left tonight Tor AVest
Point, where the Inquiry will bo con
tinued tomorrow.
Officers Secure Two Colored Crooks
at Altoona.
Hy Kxiltuiti! Wire from The Assoi-luti-d l'rc-t.
Altoona, Dec. 17. Officers llarr, Swnr
tel and Hrown. of Tyrone, went down
to Spruce Creek this morning to arrest
u, couple of bad negroes, known as
"Hocks" and Brooks. They were armed
with shotguns, revolvers and other Im
plements of war. "Hocks" was tho flist
arrested He was left ut Drake & Strat
ton's ofHce. while the party went after
Brooks. "Hocks" made a desperate at
tempt to escape. He sprang out of the
office, followed by Superintendent
Thompson, who 11 red four shots after
him. "Rocks" took refuge In the now
tunnel, and was dually recaptured.
After Brooks was arrested a search of
the camp was made. Overcoats, mack
intoshes, gold rings, ladles' coats and
other articles were found. Some of
them have no doubt been stolen from
Altoona, Bellwood and Tyrone.
Brooks was the man who sold them
at Spruce Creek. Prisoners and booty
were brought to Tyrone this afternoon.
"Hocks" Is tlie negro who stole the
conductor's satchel off the "Ooal" one
night a week ago.
The Projected Alliance Between Prince
Charles and the Princess
U V.iiuir Wni Mom 'flic A'vsv'tlali-tl f'rm.
Madrid. Dec. 17. General Azcarra
ga, the premier, in full uniform, read
today in the chamber of deputies, a
loyal message announcing the pro
jected inuriiage of the Princess of the
Asturlns to Prince Charles, second son
of the Count of Cuserla. Subsequeiit
ij accompanied by hu other minis
l"is. be piocei'di'd to the senate cham
ber, where the message was again
A committee Is drawing up a reply
to the message, unanimously favoring
the u 111. nice. It is reported, however,
that at a private meeting Honor Sa
gasta, former liberal premier, decided
to vote agalnsi the marriage.
l'u- some months, it has been as
serted in responsible journalistic cir
cles In Spain that the chief of the dy
nastic liberals, Senor Sagasta, despite
Ids well-known personal devotion to
the queen regent and to the Alton
1st branch of the Bourbons, would not
refrain from stating in the cortes in
the name of his party that he must
ceiuure the man luge of tho heiress
presumptive to the throne to a Neai o
lltuu Bourbon; of n man who was
chief of stuff to the pretender in the
last civil war, when Don Carlos was
confronted by Alfonso XII, rather of
the present king and the princess.
The Concensus of Opinion of Specta
tors , Is That Ruhlin Had the
Best of the Bout.
Rvuhbliu Wile fiom 'Hie Aiwclaici) Pli-33.
Philadelphia. Dec. 17. Ous Huhlin
and Peter Mtiher met tonight at the
Penn Art Athletic club In a six round
contest that proved to be one of the
fastest and most furious bouts of that
length between heavyweights which
has been seen In some time. Under the
local laws governing boxing no deci
sions are permitted, judgment as to
the outcome being left to the specta
tors. The concensus of opinion was
that Huhlin had by far the better of
the fight nnd clearly outclassed the
Irishman, notwithstanding Malicr put
up one of the gamest battles that he
has in somo time. Uoth men were ap
parently In excellent shape and from
the first sound of thu boll to the end
of the fight went at it hammer and
tongs. Maher was especially active In
tho first three rounds, after which he
did not show tho same form, but ap
parently avoided the heavy swings of
Ruhlin. Attendance, 4,000.
Representative Ray Proposes a Death
11 Kxihulic Win; from The Aoilafol Pi cm.
AVashlngton, Dee, 17, Representative
Hay, of New York, today Introduced a
bill "for tho suppr Wlon of train rob
bery in tho territories of the United
States and elsewhere," It provides the
death penalty for those guilty of a
"holdup" In caso the death of any per
son on the train results.
In i.-iise no ope Is killed the penalty
Is made hard labor from twenty to
forty years.
Steamship Arrivals.
Hy Inclusive Wire fiom 'Hie AsaotUtuJ I'rfsJ.
Kiw Voili, Hoc. 17. Arrlu'ils Vlcloiln, fiom
Vjilt(j; Umliiia, Llu'ipoo); la CluinUi;iio,
llJiie. CUarcil: !.iUit Wlllirliu III, .S'ui'li
uml (i'tiio.1. .Milwcip Arrlird; Xnoitlhuit, from
.NViv Voile. nilnalUrAilliui: Columbia, Xuv
Vnik fur .ipli-s tuij (itnoj. Sailed; Allcr
(fiom (ioncu mill Viples), Jfsw Yoils, Mvi-iioo
AiiIkiIi Kliurla, New Yoik. I.UarJ-l'Jwid!
I'oUljin, Xcw Yoik for Itotteuljiu.
Strike at Sunmoain.
ty KxcliMive IViru from The Associated I'reu.
SJiaiiiokin, I'a., Pec, 17. Tvebo tiunJretl im'H
ami liojs nt NaUllc colliery, operated hy the
MiuiiioMu Coal cojiipjiij-, tlruik today because
fifteen hlaikunltlm mil mqiotitm lu lint heeu
jliiu the tu I'll' cent. Increase In waged.
The Senate Reaches an florecment
on the Hau-Paunce-
tote Affair.
Under Suspension of Rules Impor
tant Measures Concerning Kentucky
nnd West Virginia Are Passed.
A Fine Tribute Ib Paid to Repre
sentative Charles A. Boutelle.
Upon Request of Mr. littlefleld He
Is Placed on Retired List.
Uy Inclusive Wire from The Awoclalnl Pros?.
Washington. Dec. 17. Just before
adjournment late this afternoon, the
i senate gave Us consent to the fixing
A definite time to vote upon the Hay
Pauncefote treaty. Senators Money
and Mason hud occupied the time of
Pie executive session In making
speeches upon the treaty, and when
Mr. Mason, who was the last speaker,
concluded. Senator Lodge renewed his
inquest to take a vote next Thurs
day. No voice was raised in opposi
tion and the unanimous agreement
was recorded. The understanding is
that the voting shall be on the amend
ments at 3 o'clock, and that tho sen
ate should continue In session until
th': first vote on the treaty itself is
Senator Money's speech was a Hat
protest against tlie entire proceeding
in connection with the treaty. He
talked for two hours, contending for
the right of the I 'nlted States to act
in this matter independently of other
HHtlons. lie said that conditions had
changed greatly since ISJO, when the
Clnyton-Hulwer treaty was made, and
add edthat while the interest of Great
Britain In constructing n canal across
the Isthmus and in maintaining Its
neutrality had dlniNhed greatly be
cause of the construction of the Suez
ennal, the interest , of the United
States in an Isthmian canal had beu
vastly enhanced, because of growing
tiado and our newlv-acqulred posses-
slim In the Orient. He said while
! England demanded that the United
i States should not fortify the proposed
Isthmian canal, she herself hid for
tified points practically controlling
the Suez. He read copious extra"ts
from speeches by Stephen A. Doug
las, Secretary Frellnghuysen and Sec
retary Blaine (the last in his In
struction to Minister Lowell), In sup
port ot his position. He called atten
tion to the fact that the Hepburn bill
provides explicitly for the defense of
the canal and he assrtod that the
treaty should be defeated outright
and the canal bill passed In its st-ad.
Senator Mason spoke In support of
his suggested amendment authorizing
the United States to defend the canal
as it mnv deem proper In caso It con
structs the canal, presented the argu
ments In support of our night to de
fend the water-way in concise and
forcible terms, and received careful
attention. He conected at the out
"t the Impression that in his effort to
have the treaty amended ho is seek
ing to antagonize the administration.
Nothing, he said, was further from his
thoughts, because be believed that In
this, us in all other matters, the ad
ministration had been entirely pa
triotic. His difference of view was
due, lie said, to a different conception
of tho way to reach n common end,
that common end being the welfare of
tlm American people.
Ho then proceeded to make his ar
gument for the right to defend the
canal In case this country constructs it
with Its own money. He contended
that our national right for defense Is
more definitely fixed under Internation
al law that under the Clayton-Hulwer
treaty and said 'that our rights would
be made stronger If the canal were
built by tho nation as such than If
constructed by private enterprise, even
though tho enterprise be American. In
conclusion ho urged the senate to pro
tect all tho natural rights of the na
tion. In the House.
Under suspen. 'on of the rules the
house today passe bills to divide, Ken
tucky and AVest A'lrglnlu Into two judi
cial districts, to create another dis
trict judge in the northern district of
Ohio nnd to refer to the secretary of
the Interior for Investigation tho claim
of the state of Texas for money ex
ponded on Improvements In Oreer
county before the decision of the su
premo court placed It within the Juris
diction of Oklahoma. An attempt was
made to pass a bill to give soldiers and
sailors of the Civil war, the Spanish
wur and the wur In the Philippines
preference In tho mutter of appoint
ment to and retention In positions In
the executive departments of the gov
ernment, but It aroused opposition on
tho ground that It would practically
shut out of the government employ for
years to come all civilians, and was
overwhelmingly defeated. One hun
dred nnd two prlvato pension bills were
Just before the house adjourned a
fine tribute was paid to Representative
Charles A. Boutelle, of 'Maine, who
served eighteen years in congress and
who has been je-eleoted to tho Fifty
seventh congress, Mr, Llttlefleld. of
Maine, asked unanimous consent for'
tho consideration of a bill to place
him on the lettrcd list us a captain In
the navy, Mr. Boutelle having been a
captain in tho navy during the Civil
war. Mr. 'Llttleueld stated that Mr.
Houtelle's condition was such that he
undoubtedly would resign. Tho condi
tion of the Maine representative was
well known to the representatives and,
although some of them were Inclined to
protest against tho proposed legislation
as establishing a dangerous precedent,
no objection was made and the bill was
Weather Indications Today,
1 Oencral l!x-l'ri"lilent CIcM-lnnd'n Opinion ot
(he Deinui Mill- t'.ilt.v.
Two llnlmttnlit Ctlsiw Iti-fnie the Ntinelilp
Km itc Sell u ll.iy for n Vote on the Treaty,
lleoz IIhIhk Imestllrillnu,
2 I.oi al Itrport of the .Silmiil Continllen.
0ilnlrni on the Cluinire In City Charier.
I.lihiiwami.t County .Vein.
;l i.oiMl-r'oniolliI.illori of lIlRlit Coal Companies,
driiiil of the Dhorce Mill.
4 lMllorial.
Note mill Comment.
." Itiieut Itoanl nt Tinilo nmi City
".truer Ailia1l Itepalr bill Held Vt.
0 l.oial West ScMiiton ami Suburban.
7 Northeastern Pcnrw.rhanla New.
Klti,incl.-il and Commercial.
8 I,le Neus of the t.alior Wotld.
Thought to Have Been Concerned in
the Murder of Simons Militia
Arrives Too Late.
n.e Kxclintip Wire from The .Usoeialeil l'less.
Uockport, Ind Dec. 17. John Rolla,
Zwho was lynched tonight at Boon-,
vllle, was Implicated by Rowlands, one
of tho negroes lynched lost night at
Uockport, but denied his guilt. He told
conflicting stories, and it was learned
that he was away from the Verandah
hotel, where he worked, about the time
Simons was murdered. Confronted with
this evidence. Holla weakened and con
fessed his share in the crime, admit
ting that he struck the first blow nnd
that the other two negroes helped him
to kill Simons.
The militia from Evansvllle arrived
at Boonvllle fifteen minutes too late,
and the dead body of Rolla mot their
gaze as they marched Into town.
The citizens of Rockport held a meet
ing tonight and formed an organization
for the purpose of maintaining law and
order, and assisting the officers in the
prosecuting of criminals. It was also
resolved to make an effort to take
municipal affairs out of politics. AVhile
the lynching was only Incidentally dis
cussed, the general sentiment of the
community upholds the action of the
mob In taking affairs in their own
There is no purpose to prosecute any
one concerned in the mob.
Five Passengers on Dallas and Har
vey's Lake Electric Railroad
Are Injured.
By Kxcliuivp Wire from The Aoeiateil Press.
AVIlkes-IJarre, Pa., Dec. 17. A coal
train on the Lehigh Valley railroad col
lided with a car on the Dallas and Har
vey's Lake Electric road at Luzerne
borough, near here, this morning, with
the result that five passengers were
uulte seriously injured. The names of
the victims are: Dr. C. A. Spencer,
seriously hurt about tho back and par
tially paralyzed; E. .1. Newman, seri
ously hurt about back and bruised;
Mrs. T. Oldershun, hurt on back; James
Eley, hand injured and bruised; L. J.
Bartrum, bruised abput body.
The coal train was on the crossing,
but the motormun could not hold his
car, owing to the wet rails. AVhen tho
crash came the passengers were thrown
in all directions, and the ear smashed
into kindling wood.
Capital Question Is Not to Be Settled
Place of Mllner's Residence.
By Euliitlio Wire from The Associated 1'ieij.
London, Dec. 17. General Kitchener,
in a despatch received by the war of
fice, contirsm the Associated Press de
spatch from Aliwal North, Cape Col
ony, of last night, announcing the cap
ture by the Boers of u iletnchment of
Urabunt's Horse, Dec. 1U, near JCastron,
Orange Hlver Colony, and says 107 men
wore made prisoners on that occasion.
The colonial olllcc, In announcing
that .Sir Alfred Mllner succeeds Lord
Roberts us administrator of tho con
iiuered territory in South Africa, says
his taking up residence at Johannes
burg on account of his health must not
be regarded as a settlement of tho oupl
tal question.
Cape Town, Dec, 17, Seven hundred
Boers have crossed from Orango River
Colony, near Aliwal North, and lmvo
reached Kaapdaol,
By Exclmlve Wire from Tho Associated: Prew
.New Voi It, Dec, 17. .lutUe llrmy 11. Ileek
nun, of the supreme touit, illnl in front uf hh
risliluiie on V't Heientci'Mli street tuiliy. He
luil Jut left III Itoiwo tu tin I" court. Mi.
lleel.Hi.iti iwi 3'i jears of Jk'i'. liirly III hU IikiI
i-jreer ho wa recnirnlwd as a man uf
attainments, uml when Ahum H, Hewitt was
nominated for nujor ho ilenumleil that Henry
R, Ileekinan lie nainul en the ticket with him
iu thu Democratic candidate for m-oldcnl of the
hoaul of alilumen, rtalUIns that Mr. lloeLnun
uoiiM frequently he called upon to asuime the
duties ot aithiR mayor. Mr. Hewitt waa ill for
some timo after Ills election, ami the pieluVnt
of the hoaul of aldermen by ililiie of the olllce
utleil m the cltj'n I'ltcutlie.
Industrial Commission,
Hy Ktrlmhe Wire from I ho Associated Pfesi.
I'hiludelphlJ, Dee. 17. The Industilal lummN
hlon bi-KJ'i a fpcclit teflon at the Manufacture
uV i luh hero todoy, and lepiCheutathci of all
the important Industries in i'cmLiylvanU hare
Ken imitcil to aprear,
Porter's Neck Broken.
By Exclushc Wire from The Associated TrcM.
WIILro-liairc Dec. 17. John Nusscr, a portei
(mplojcd at the l.uzmie hotel, I.uzcrnc kor
ouch, near here, fell down stairs tills utornluy
awl biuke Lis neck
His Opinion of the Democratic Partu
Expressed to a Correspondent
of the Atlanta Journal.
The Ex-President Believes in n Be
turn to First Principles The Dem
ocratic Party Has Not Been Fatally
Disorganized, but Needs Rehabili
tation In the Judgment of Mr.
Cleveland It Has Wandered Off
After Strange Gods A Return ta
the Old Time Doctrines Necessary.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated Trend.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 17. The Atlanta
Journal this afternoon published an In
terview with former President Cleve
land, obtained by a stuff correspondent
at Princeton, N. J. Mr. Cleveland la
quoted us follows:
"In my opinion the great need of tha
Democratic party Is n return of first
principles. Tho Democratic party Ulan
not been fatally disorganized, but It
sadly needs rehabilitation on purely,
Democratic lines.
"AVhat Is tho matter with the party?
It has In my humble judgment simply
wandered off after strange gods. A
large mass of Democratic voters saw
this before the last election. They re
mained quiet but when the time cama
to vote, they said: 'This is not Democ
racy,' and they refused to support it.
"Aa I see it, it Is the duty of Demo
crats everywhere to aid In tho rehabil
itation of the party. There are soma
signs of an Insistence upon the neces
sity of a return to Democratic doctrines
In the south but they are not so general
as I would like to see."
"AVhat of the future" was asked.
"With a sincere return to Its old time
doctrines," Mr. Cleveland replied, "the
old time victories of tho Democratic
party will certainly, be won, . t
Fifty Washington Citizens to Have
Charge of the Ceremonies.
By Exclusive Wire from The Astociatert t'ress.
Washington, Dec. 17. The inaugural
committee, which will have charge ot
the forthcoming presidential Inaugural
ceremonies, was announced officially
today. It consists of fifty prominent
citizens of AVashlngton, as follows:
John Joy Edson, chairman; Theophll
us E. Itoessle, vice-chairman; Colonel
George Truesdell, second vice-chairman;
E. Southward Parker, treasuter;
Harrison Dingman, secretary; Justice
Harlan, John AAr. Thompson, James It.
Marshall, General Ellis Spear, John B.
Larner, Beriah AVilkins, Stllson Hutch
Ins, Henry A. WUlurd, Colonel Myron
M. Parker, II. B. AVarner, John B.
AVIght, Michael I. AVeller, AVilliam V.
Cox, Professor George AV. Cook.
Thomas AV. Cridler, James L. Nor
ris, George E. Hamilton, General
George H. Harris, AVilliam W. Dud
ley, Major James E. Bell, Cuno H.
Rudolph, Edward J. Stellwngen. Wil
liam H. Rapley. Charles C. Glover,
Charles J. Bell, Colonel James G. Bcr
rett, General IT. V. Boynton, Henry E.
Davis, Theodore Noyes, Arthur B.
lliowne, John AV. Poster, John AV.
Cotton, Clarence F. Norment, General
Nelson A. Miles, AVilliam S. Knox, Al
beit A. AVIlfon, A. S. AVorthlngton.
Thomas P. AA'nlsh, S. AV. AVoodward.
Isador Saks, George Gibbons, John F.
Cool,-, S. II. lCauft'inann. Louis D.
AVlno. Slnum AVolf and John T. Bo
A Number Advanced in Order to
Make Way for De Lima Affair.
By r.jclushc Who, from Tho Auociated Prcw.
AVashlngton. Dec. 17. Chief Justlco
Fuller today advanced a number oC
cases involving the i elation between
the United States and Porto Rico, so
as to bo heard with the Do Lima, case,
In which this question Is ut Issue. The
Do Lima case la set for January 7, nnd
will bo argued' by Former Secretury
It wits nt his Instance that (hree of
the cases wore today advanced,
Killed on the Tracks,
lly r.u huha Wire from The AuocUted I'icm.
Ilarritibtirg, Dec, 17, Hhvaul Stahlmaii, age
1! yaw, M Instantly Killed at li.wlc elation on
tln middle illusion ut the IVimlvaiiU railroad
.i lu last r.inlit, SMhliuaii, In imnpany with
several other men, while n.ilkliu mi the tr.i'-l.,
was titinck by a hm-uij;i r tmin. Alex.,
nuid 'i.i, mui so wrlouly Injured that he may
ikiC iceoier.
Hopkins Reapportionment Bill.
By Kiclmlio Wire from The Associated Press.
lVahiiiglon, Per, 17, The house committee on
renuH by a lole of seven to kl- asieed to report
the lloptdus rcappottlonmcnt bill, lciilnir the
total membeibhlp of the home at 357, as at pres
ent, and rc-arranglng a number of state deleira
lions, The bll will not be taken up until alter
the holiday.
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Washing-ton, Dee. 17. forecast for
Tuesday and Wcdnesdaj ; L'aitcru Penn
sylvania Paitly iloudy and warmer
Tucadjyj probably rain or snow in ex
treme noithern poilh.iu Wednesday, ftirj
light southed)- vInK
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