The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, January 23, 1901, Image 1

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England's Ruler Passed Peacefully Away at Osborne
House Last Evening.
Regained Consciousness About Noon Yester
day Later She Fell Asleep and the End
Came at 6.30 P. M. Pathetic Scenes in
the Bedchamber End of the Longest
Reign in English History New King Noti
fies the Lord Mayor of London Parlia
ment to Assemble Within Twenty-four
Hours Privy Councillors and 'Ministers to
Meet at Once and Be Resworn.
B.v nxcluihe Who frm Tim Associated I'rrs.
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23. Tho
fjueen la dead iind Edwnrd VII reigns.
The greatest event in the memory of
tills generation, the mcist stupendous
change In existing condltionH that
could possibly bo Imagined, has taken
place quietly, almost gently, upon the
anniversary of the death of Queen Vic
toria's father, the Duke of Kent.
The end of this career, never equated
by any woman in the world's history,
came in a pimply furnished room In
Osborne. House. This most respected
of all women, living or dead, lay In a.
great four posted bod and made a
shrunken atom whose aged face and
figure were a cruel mockery of the fair
girl who In 1537 began to rule over
Around her were gathered almost
every descendant o her lino. Well
within view of her dying eyes there
hung a portrait of the Prince Consort.
It was he who designed the room and
every part of the castle. In scarcely
audible words the white-haired bishop
of Winchester prayed beside her as he
had often prayed with his sovereign,
for ho was her chaplain at Windsor.
AVItli bowed heads tho imperious ruler
of the Ucrman empire and the man
who is now kins of England, tt wo
man who lias succeeded to t title
of queen, the princes and princesses
nnd those of less royal designation
listened to the bishop's ceaseless pray
er. His o'clock passed. The bishop
continued his Intercession. One of the
younger children asked a question In
a shrill, childish treble and was imme
diately silenced.
Tho women' of this royal family
sobbed faintly and tho men shullled
At exactly half past six Sir James
Held held up his hand nnd the peoples
in the room knew that England had
lost her queen. Tho bishop pronounced
the benediction.
Suffered No Pain.
The queen passed away nulla peace
fully. She suffered no pain. Those
who were now mourners went to their
rooms. A few minutes later the Inev
itable ele-fen of materialism stepped
into this pat etlo chapter of Interna
tional history, for the court ladles were
busily at work ordering their mourn
In'' from London.
('ho wheels of the world wore jarred
when tho announcement came, but In
this palace at Osborne everything pur
sued the usual course. Down in the
kitchen they were cooking a huge din
ner for an assemblage the like of which
has seldom been known In England,
nnd tho dinner preparations proceeded
Just as If nothing had happened.
Tho body of Queen Victoria was em
balmed und will probably bo taken to
'Windsor Saturday. Tho collln arrived
last evening from London.
An Incident churucteilsllc cf tho
queen's solicitude for others, occurred
two days ago, when In ono of the. In
tervals of consciousness, she sum
moned strength to suggest to her dres
sers, who had been acting as nurses,
to tnko the opportunity of setting
some fresh nlr.
Monday nfter noon sho uskej that
her llttlo Pomcrnln spaniel bo brought
to her bed.
It was feared that the queen was
dying about 'J In tho morning and car
riages were sent to Osborne totlugo
and the rectory to bring all tho
princes nnd princesses nnd tho bishop
of Winchester to her bedside. It
seemed then very near the end. but
when things looked tho worst, tho
queen had one of the rallies due Jo
her wonderful constitution, opened her
eyes und recognized the I'rlnco of
Wales, the Princess und Emperor Wil
liam. Sho asked to seo one of her
faithful servants, u member of I lie
household. He hastened ti the room,
hut before ho got there tho queen had
passed Into it fitful sleep.
Boginninp of tho End.
Voup o'clock marked tho beginning
of the end. Again the 'family won
summoned, nnd this time tho relapse
was not followed by recovery.
The I'rlnco of Wales was very much
nifectcd when thn doctors at last In
formed him that his mother had
breathed her l.isl
Nmperor William, himself deeply
ff"!ted, did hts best to minister ?om-
for to his sorrow-stricken uncle, whose
new dignity he was the tlrat to ac
knowledge. Krom nil parts of the world there
are still pouring Into Clowes messages
of 'condolence. They como from
crowned heads, millionaires, trades
men nnd paupers, and aie variously
addressed to the Prince of Wales and
the King of England.
Emperor William's arrangements
are not settled. Ills yacht will ar
rive here today (Wednesday), but It
is believed that he will not depart un
til nfter tho funeral. Several other
royal personages arc likely to be pres
ent at the function.
Text of the New King's First Mess
ago to Him.
My Exclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
London, Jan. 22. The text of the
Prince of Wales' dispatch to the lord
mayor Is as follows:
Osborne, 0.1.1 p. in. My beloved mother lias
just paswd awuy, surrounded by Iior children
ami grandchildren.
(Signed! Albert Kdward.
The lord mayor replied to the Prince
of Wales as follows:
Your royal tiiglincas telegram announcing the
nation's great Ion I hac received with pro
found distress and grief, and hava communi
cjled this most rail intimation to my fellow
citizen. Her majesty a name and memory will
forever live in the heatt of her people.
May I respect fully comcy to jour royal
highness and to all the member of the royal
family (he eamej-t sympathy urtii condolince of
the city of London in jour great sorrow.
At Gates of Osborne House.
Osborne House Outes, Isle of Wight,
Jan. 22, 7.03 p. m. When the I p. m.
bulletin announced that the queen was
sinking, till the watchers at the gates
of Osborne house made up their minds
to remain to tho end. The cold was
Intenso nnd a few favored ones sought
shelter In the royal lodge, just inside,
where they waited In absolute silence.
The telephone bell rang at 7.0-1 p. m.,
but before n royal servant had time to
take tho message the chief of the
queen's police emerged from the dark
ness nnd, with bared head, suld:
"Cicntleinon. the queen passed away at
All present leverently uncovered, and
the shrill whistles outside and the ring
ing of the bells of the bicycles In wait
ing were tho signals for messengers to
ineo to Cowes with the news. In a few
moments the place was deserted. Sim
ultaneously mounted messengers, on
whlto horses, dashed from Osborne.
On their urrlwil at Cowes the corre
spondents found the news known both
at East and West Cowes fifteen min
utes before It had been announced to
those In waiting at the gates of Os
borne house. The streets were already
tilled with sorrowful crowds, discussing
her majesty's death.
House of Lords and Houso of Com
mons Will Take Oath of Alle
giance to Edward VII Today.
Hy Inclusive Wlro ficm T) Associated Picas.
London, Jan. 23, l.or. a, m. Absolute
sllenro reigned tonight In tho vicinity
of Uucklngham palnco and Marlbor
ough houso. A small bill, signed "Bal
four," was posted outside, announcing
tno uemiso or tho monarch.
Everywhere tonight the one topic of
conversation was wlint would happen
under tho new reign. Much Interest
was evinced In tho way In which tho
enormous fortune of thn dend queen
would bo distributed, tho general notion
being that Osborne houso would go to
Princess Peatrlce, nnd that she and
Princess Christian would 'come into a
considerable portion of Victoria's
The probability that King Edward
will take up a practically permanent
resilience In Buckingham palace was
much canvassed. This Is a question
that comes very much homo, to Lon
doners. Queen Victoria's preference for
Balmoral castle and Osbornn house has
been a complaint of long standing In
the metropolis; and It Is hoped that
tho new reign will seo a change In this
Thu presence of tho court In London
would give a brightness and gnyety
which have long been absent.
Not until Queen Victoria lias been
laid to rest beside the prince consort
ut Frogmorc will the theatres or music
halls reopen.
Moreover, business will como to a
practical standstill. 'Tito music In nil
the hotels nnd public places haa
ceased. Fashionable resorts were
empty, and very few oi this nightly
habitues were In evidences. The St.
James, Princess nnd othor prominent
restaurants had already discarded nil
other colors but -tombrc bt.ick.
Shortly before midnight, tut official
announcement was Issued calling par
liament to nsesmblo at 1 o'clock this
(Wednesday) afternoon to enable tho
members of the house of lords and
house of commons to tnko tho oath
of allegiance to King Edward VII.
Telegrams arriving from nil parts of
the, country re-echo the deep feeling
of sorrow pervading all classes. These
show that everywhere bells have been
tolled and public performances and
private functions suspended.
In Dublin, tho expressions of regret
were universal. The bells of St. Pat
rick's cathedral were tolled. Earl
Cadogan, the lord lieutenant, was ab
sent from Dublin yesterday, but It Is
expected that he will return Imme
diately to preside nt a meeting of the
Irish privy council to proclnlm the new
The privy council will meet In Lon
don today and the proclamation of
tho king will occur thereafter at all
places required by custom. The king
will come to London to preside over
tho council.
Procedure to Be Followed in Pro
claiming Albert Edward Ruler
of Great Britain Formali
ties to Be Obsorved.
'Uy r..xclusbe Wire from The A.sochitcd l'rei".
London. Jan. 22. At tho offices of the
lord chamberlain at irtt. James Palace,
of the city remembrancer at the Guild
Hall and at the College of Heralds the
officials were buey today, even before
the deuth of the queen wns pronounced.,
preparing for the formalities which
will attend the proclaiming of a now
ruler of the United Kingdom and In
dia. All the ancient gazettes, court
circulars and other papers which de
scribe the ceremonial of 1S37 had been
taken from the libraries, that the offi
cials may familiarize themselves with
the forms of pageantry whereby a sov
crlgn Is proclaimed.
Tha city remembrancer said today:
I "It will depend on thn pleasure of tho
new monarch to decide now tar tno
ancient customs will be modified to
6ult modern methods, but In a country
where precedents are so llrmly adhered
to as England It may be anticipated
that we shall follow closely on thu acts
which prevailed when the queen as
cended thu throne. The privy council,
which Is a very large body, will meet
at St. Jnmes' Palace, where the form
of proclamation declaring that 'wo,'
etc., 'with one voice and consent of
tongue und heart declare and proclaim
tho high mighty, Prince Albert Ed
ward,' etc., who, by the death of the
monarch, has become our only lawful
nnd rightful liege, etc.
"This proclamation will give the new
title the king may assume, but this Is
not yet announced to us. The procla
mation will then be sent to the Her
alds' college and the following day
Earl Marshal, tho garter klng-at-arms, I
the heralds' pursuviunts und other olll-
rials, the college members, with the
household troops, will proceed from tho
palace, clad in their splendid surcoats,
and proceed to Trafalgar Square. I
There tho klng-nt-arms will halt, com-
maud silence and rend the prnelama- 1
tlon. Proceeding down the Strand to
Temple bar a hall will again bo made
to demand an entrance Into tho city
to proclaim thu king. Then tho lord i
mnyor sheriffs In their carriages will
form n great procession, and when tho
Earl Marshal's party comes just within
tho city boundary the proclamation will
bo read again and tho procession will
pass down Ludgnte 1 1 111 and Chsnp
side to thu Royal Exchange, where
similar ceremonies will close the nuec
tacle, Quiet in London.
This evening there wero few visible
signs In London thnt anything un
usual had happened. A drizzling rain
kept most peoplo within doors. Those
who wero turned away from theaters
or musln halls, wandered ulong the
streets of the west end without special
object. No largo crowds gathered
Tho shops closed as soon ns tho
bells began to toll, and the blinds of
tho mansion houso wero drawn down
ns soon ns tho message from the
I'rlnco of Wales was received by tho
lord mayor.
Tho bell tolled at St. Paul's cathe
dral was the gift, of William III. and
Is used only on occasions of tho death
of royal parsonage?, archbishops of
Canterbury, lord mayors of London
and bishops of London. The tolling
continued for two hours today nt In
tervals of a minute nnd could bo
heard for miles In tho direction of tho
Homo hundreds of peoplo stoud In
front of the cathedral, nrouirl tho
tpot where Queen A'lclorla prayed oa
tho sixtieth anniversary of her acces
sion to tho throne.
At the ubuuI dinner r.r tho Hilary
term of dray's Inn, tho master teacher
"Amid great sorrow wo must fol
low tho practice of tho constitution
and recite 'Hod Save tho King." "
Tho chapel bell tolled eighty-two
tlnws find tho benchers drrnk thu
health of tho king.
At a late hour this evening It wus
not known whether tho king would re
turn to London before morning, but It
was expected that ho would hold a
bbIiiii . t 1 n 12 TsilrStf linlllnii An1l
tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
French Parliament Adjourned as a
Sign of Mourninjr.
Py Uxcluslic Wire from Tho Associated Tress.
Purls, Jan, 22. The news of the death
of Queen Victoria wns known In Paris
ut 8 o'clock this evening, through spo
clul editions of the evening papers
which newsboys carried throughout tho
city. Clrcttt sympathy was expressed on
all sides.
As soon as definite Information
reached parliament the presidents of
tho chambers announced that the next
session would bo adjourned us a sign
of mourning.
The news arilved too late for tho
afternoon journals to comment upon It,
but the Temps, discussing the outlook,
"The sadness, alarm, anxieties, moral
sufferings and pecuniary tares arising
out of the Transvaal war have created
a new feeling In England. Queen Vic
toria has been like a mother of a fam
ily, 11 living link with the prosperity of
tho past, an anchor of security for the
llrltlsh people. With her disappear
ance will come the unknown, the grop
ing Into the dark future."
Brief Sketch of Her Career from
Babyhood Her Successful Reign
nndHappy MnrriedExistence.
Ily i:.cluslc Wlio Irom 'ilie Amociatcd I'm.
Queen Victoria was the only child
of Edward, Duko of Kent, the fourth
and most respectable son of Georgo
III. Ills persnnl virtues, engaging
manners and amiable disposition
earned for him the nickname of tho
"Popular Duke." Ho was a tall, hand
some man or somtoriy nearmg, anu
so generous that he outstripped his
allowance fiom tho public treasury
and died Ir. debt. One of the first
nets of his daughter after her acces
sion to the throne was to relieve his
memory from Its one reproach by pay
ing debts which had been outstanding
from his decease, seventeen years be
fore. He Is said to have been ti mem
ber of Mxty-llvo different charitable
societies ut one time. He wns a train
ed and qualilied soldier, ami wus colo
nel of the Iloyal Scots. He Introduced
many reforms nnd Improvements Into
the army, was of regular nnd temper
ate habits, and his urivnte life, un
like his two royal brothers, was dig
nified and correct. It is probable that
the queen's personal virtues are to be
traced to her father.
When the duke was n bachelor of
fifty he visited In 18tS Prince Leopold,
of b'nxe-C'oburg, then In retirement nt
Clarcmonl, mourning his wife, Prin
cess Charlotte, the only child of
Oeorge IV. The prince gave thu duke
letters of Introduction to his sister.
Her Serene Highness Victoria Mary
Louise, daughter of tho Duke of Sato-Cobeurg-Saulfeld,
and widow of Emleh
Charles. Prince of Lelnlngen. The
princess wns living quietly In tho cas
tle of Amorbach, Bavaria, devoting
herself to the education of her two
children. The young widow was a
handsome and fascinating woman,
charming and vivacious in munenr,
elegant in figure and with n wealth
of beautiful brown hair. Love at first
sight was the result and murrlage fol
lowed at Coburg May 2!, ISIS, accord
ing to tho rites of tho Lutheran
church. Tho couple returned to Eng
land shortly nfter nnd unother mar
riage ceremony according to Angli
can rites was privately performed in
Kuvv Palace. The pair took up their
residence in liavnrln. But in the en
suing year, tho prospect of nn holt
caused the duke to Insist! upon return
to England, thnt hts offspring might
be British born. So in April, 1819,
they journeyed to England, tho duko
In his extreme solicitude driving the
luuiuge himself through the entire
land Journey. At 4 o'clock In the
morning of May 21, 1819, n healthy
little princess, "as plump as a par
tridge," said tho doctor, was born to
tho Duchess of Kent. As Is required
at tho birth of a possible heir to tho
throne, a party of ministers und prls'y
councillors attended lu nn ndjolnlng
chamber, among them tho Duke of
Sussex, a younger son of George III;
, the Duke of Wellington, Canning,
Archbishop Manner?, Sutton of Can
terbury and Lord Lansdowne.
The Baptism.
Tho baptism of the Infant princess
took place on Juno 21 In the grand
salon of Kensington palace. The arch
bishop of Canterbury performed thu
ceremony, nsslsted by tho bishop of
London, that prince regent (afterward
George IV.) was godfather, and the
sponsors were the Emperor Alexander
I. of Russia, represented by the Duke
of York; thu Queen Dowager of Wur
temberg, represented by tho Princess
1 Augusta, and the Duchess Dowager of
Coburg, represented by tho Duchess
Dowager of Gloucester. Tho duke en
tertained a. presentiment from tho first
that his child would some day bo sov
ereign, and ho wished her named Ellza-
I both, on account of the popularity
with thn people of England which the
reign of Queen Elizabeth had given to
her name. Tho prince regent, how
ever, with cnarncieriHiic perversity,
gavo her only the ntiinp Alexundrlna,
fur tho czar. Thu father asked in a
whlsMr that another 11111110 lie added,
upon which tho regent said, "Give nor
her mother's also, then; but It cannot
go before tho emperor's." Until she
camo to the throne Alexandrlnn was
her name and "Drlna" her nickname.
Tho regent's mnlleo was attributed to
his annoyance that his nleco was not
named Georglana, after himself. When
three months old the princess was
vaccinated, nnd was the first royalty
that received tho benefit of Jenner'a
Tho duko wis a most fond and proud
father. Hut ho was not spared to seo
tho growth of tho bo:by girl In whom
he took such enthusiastic dellcht.
(Continued on I'uge 0.)
Ojiiclal Notice ot the Queen's Death
Is Given In the flali-Mastlna ot
Flaa Over British Embassu.
Actual Dispatch of the Message from
the President to the Now King of
England Is Belayed Only Long
Enough to Recolve the Physician'
Statement The Half-Masting; of
the National Ensign an Unusual
By Exclusive Wire fiom The Awdated 1'rcm.
Washington. Jan, 22. Four days of
anxiety had In a largo mensuro pre
pared otllcial Washington for the news
which was Hashed across the cable this
afternoon of the death of the queen of
England. So It happened that all things
that could be decently done in antici
pation of thu sad end hud been dis
posed of, and all was lb readiness for
the execution of the formalities which
ore Indispensable to such events. While
the cabinet was In session during tho
noon hour, tho president and his ad
visors were In receipt, from time to
time, of all the news which came from
Osborne house, vo when the end camo
later In the afternoon It found appro
priate messages of condolence framed
and oven orders ready for execution
looking to the half-masting of Hie Hugs
over the executive' departments and
tho carrying nut of the usual formal
ities. The half-mnsttitg of tho national
ensign was an unuriial tribute to the
memory of the deceased sovereign. It
Is said that this has been done rarely
on the occasion of the funeral of some
great world's ruler, but never before In
the case of the death of a monarch.
Messages to the King.
The actual dispatch of the messuges
from the president to the now Uing ot
England and from Secretary Hay to
Ambassador Choatc was delayed only
long enough to receive the physician's
statement announcing the demise of
the queen, and then they were sent
forward at once and copies wero fur
nished to the press.
The. TJrltlsh embassy also received
tho press news us of full worth, and
tho royal standard, flying over the em
bassy billldlng, was perhaps the first
in Washington to sink slowly half-way
down the tall staff, giving notice to
ofllelal Washington of the sad event.
Tho rapidity with which tho news
spread was remarkable, and within a
short half-hour the members of the
diplomatic bodies here began to appear
at the British embassy, bearing cards
of condolence.
Another unusual mark of the high
appreciation of the worth of tho de
ceased queen wns the action by the
houso of representatives In adjourn
ing ah a mark of respect to her mem
ory. Nothing now remains to he done by
the United States government save to
exchange, through the slow process of
tho mail, tho formal expressions or re
gret which arc prescribed by Interna
tional etiquette.
Sincere Sympathy of the American
People Is Offered.
fly Uxcluhe Wire from The Associated Tien.
Washington, Jan. 22. President STe
Kinley sent tho following message of
condolence to King Edward VII:
Telegram, sent from Wellington, Jan. CJ,
Ills .Majcoty, the Kins, Oiborne Homo, Me of
Wight :
1 have received with profound sonow tho
lamentable tiding of the death of her majesty,
the ipieeii. Allow me, tr, ti offer my rln
tero bvnipathy und that of the Aniciiean peo
ple In jour personal bereavement and In the
lom (treat. Britain lu KUtrertd in the death of
ft vcmrabli: and illmtrious sovereign, who,c
nuble life and benetkicnt inl'.uencc have pro
moted the peace and un the affection of the
world. fsigncil) William McKlnlcy.
Flag at Half Maat.
Washington, Jan. 22. The flag on tho
executive munslon was placed at half
mast at ii.tiO o'clock this afternoon. So
far as any record goo, this is tho llrst
time In tho history of this country that
this mark of respect has been paid to
the memory of a foreign ruler.
Ratified in Executive Session of the
Senate at Washington.
Dy Uxcluilva Wire from Tho Associated Prest.
Washington, Jan. 22. Tho senate to
day, In executive besslon, ratified the
treaty with Spain for tho acquisition
of the islands of Sibutu and Cogoyan,
of the Philippine group nt d cost ot
There were no votes to spare, two
thirds vote being needed and the vot
ing standing as to 1ft.
In the debate, prior to ratification,
a number of tenutors manifested a
disposition to opposo the further ac
quisition of Oriental territory. Sena
tors Lodge nnd Chandler spoko In be
half of the treuty und Senators Bacon,
Money and Pottlgrow In opposition,
Mrs. Carrie Nation Under Bail,
fly Kxcluiltp Wire from Die .Nwvlaled lrei.
WUhlta, .Ian. 22.Vl. Tnrrie Nation and
Iter eolleaguetf In je.terday'a alion Miuitlilii
cuii.uh', wte airalgncd In the illy eouit to
day snd alved a prcllmliuty hearing, Julge
Kirk llxeil tlnlr bor.d at iM.fuxi each, which wat
promptly given ai;d the vmmeh rclea.fd,
1 Sharkey and Mnher Matched,
Ily Kxtlukhu Wlro from The AmocUuh l'reu.
bouliillle, .tan, 12. Tom Shailey and Peter
Malier were tday matched to meet In a twi.nty.
round contrtt before the luUville Athletic club
during the month of Vibruiry. They will meet
ut catch wclghla.
Weather Indications Today.
1 (li'iictut Qtieen Victoria li llead.
CVmrrtM I'.im Uiwdulloni of Sjinpalhy en
(jueeii Vlitorla'H Dentil.
How the New Waj liccelntl at Washington.
2 Local-Toxt of tho 1'ivmciI Chatter for Sec.
end cla.s Citlm,
3 Local CloJnB Scs!on. ef the Ariluloaconry.
Superior Court Hands Pawn n llii; llatili nf
i IMitorlal.
Note autl Comment. x
0 Local Sad Tragedy in n houth side family.
Superintendent ol Tnin'porlatloti Paly l!c
0 Local Wat Saatilon .Hid Nibntlnn.
7 (leneral N'oitlioul-rn Petiiilvjnla.
I'inanial ami rommrrUnl.
S Lieal Live Xc nf th.- Iiiihutihl WorJ !.
Pint Bill' Comes Up for Pinal Pass-
age at Uarritburg Other
Matters Considered.
By Etclule Wire from The AvweiatiM l'rei.
llnrilsburg. Jan. '12. The senate In
executive session today conllrmoil u.
number of nominations sent In by tho
governor, among them the appointment
of lion. I.ouls E. Atkinson, of .Mllllln
town, to be judge of the Eortv-ltrst
judicial district, which comprises Per
ry and Juniata counties.
In open session Henutor Qua II.
Schuylkill, pretenti'd a resolution an
nouncing the death of Senator Samuel
A. I.osch, whose demise occurred In -tween
the sessions, and n committee of
eight was appointed to draft suitable
The first bill tn come up for Until
passage tit this session was the senate
bill relating to the compensations or
commlbslonarM of county oillceis, which
piovoked considerable discussion.
Senator Henry. Philadelphia, pre
sented an amendment to the bill pro
viding that all fees In- turned Into th"
treasury. The amendment was at
tacked by both Senator Grady and Sen
ator Scott, ot Philadelphia, they
claiming the amendment .vu present
ed tn block reform In the mutter of ex
orbitant fees. Th? amendment was de
feated, and the bill pass-ed by n vole
of P.6 to 1. Senator Henry voted In the
Tho bill creating an additional com
mon pleas court In Philadelphia also
occasioned some debate, and the meas
ure was defeated by a vote of 21 yeas
to 8 nays, two less than a constitu
tional majority.
These bills passed finally: Itepeullng
nn act to establish and to regulate the
affairs of school districts and sub
school districts In cities of the second
class and to repeal all local and spe
cial laws Inconsistent therewith.
To make valid certain elections of
municipal corporations held under an
act to regulate the manner of Increas
ing the Indebtedness of munlepalltles,
To provide for Increasing the capital
stock and Indebtedness of corporations.
Among the bills rend the first time
wns that of Senator Muchlbronner, ot
Allegheny, providing for a new char
ter for second-class cities.
At 12.1.1 a recess for half on hour was
Immediately after the scnalo rc-con-vened,
adjournment was taken until
S.30 Wednesday night.
Wcll-Known Jurist Passes Away at
His Homo in Philadelphia.
Py Kxclunha Wire fiom The oclatnl Pien.
Philadelphia, Jan. 22. James I'. Stor
rett, former chief Justice of tho Su
preme court of Pennsylvania, dlfd to
night at his home here, aged TS years.
Death was due principally to the weak
ening effect ot n carbuncle.
Chief Justice Sterrett was born In tno
Tuscarora valley, Juniata county. Ho
was graduated from Jefferson college,
tills city. In 1S1.", and remulned with
that Institution one year as principal
of the preparatory department. He
wns admitted to the Virginia bar In
ISIS nnd 11 year later began the prac
tice of law In Pittsburg. In 1SU2 be
was appointed president judge ot the
court ot common pleai of Allegheny
county to fill a -vacancy and In the fall
of that year was elected to the olllco
for a term of ten years, being re-elected
in 1S72.
In 1877 Governor Ilnrtianft appoint
ed him to fill the position of associate
Judge of tho Supreme court and In 1S78
ho was elected to the office. In Febru
ary, 1S03, Chief Justlco Edward Paxton
resigned his place on tho bench and
Justice Sterrett succeeded him as chief
justice. He retired from tho bench In
January, 1000. Judgo 'Sterrett was a
staunch Republican.
May Move Muhlenberg College.
By Exclusive Wire from Tin Associated I'rcts.
Allintonn, Jan. 22. The board of trmtces of
Muhlenberg collcjjo today considered tho qiiii.
tlon of continuing thu college hero or mmln
it 10 heading. No definite cction wai taken
and the matter went over to (he annual meet,
lug In June. ( 'harlot A. I'ondemiiUh, nf Ijii
ca.ter. uai elected a tvuites, vice J, A. Qulgli'.v,
deceased. The treasurer reported an uhIo.v.
nunt fund of $Kil.ft!.5l. lnter-colliglalo alh
kiln wrio authorized.
Steamship Arrivals.
Il.y I'Aolmlvc Who fiom Tho Awoclated I'rfrf.
Krw York, Jan. 22. Clearedi Southwark,
Niutlumpton and Antwerp, M.ijetle, Mii'ipooli
olmnbla, (icnoa, etc. I.I vn pool Anindi Sil
via, from New Vork. Moville Arrived: 1'nr.
Honda, Now York for (lla.go-. Antwerp -Ar-rlied:
Kensington, New York via Southamp
ton. Kuttrrilain-Airived' PoUdim, New
York 1I.1 Itoiilcgne. l.lard-I'a.wid! Trae,
New York for fr-outliampton and llrcmeni Cap
1'iio, Niw Yoik for liambuig.
Striko Avorted.
By Exclusive Wire from The Associated l'reu
Shawn, Jan. 23. 'I he thriatencd strike of
furnace men at hhaton and Slurpgvllle, Kt for
Feb. 1, will, It la thought, be aterted by tho
manufacturer and employes aOectlng a com
The House ol Representative!
Takes Action In Expresslno
Reurct at Queen's Death.
Resolution Ordered to Be Engrossed
nnd Forwnrdcd to the Prime Min
ister of Great Britain Little Busi
ness Transacted in tho Senate.
The Houso Decides to Send to the
Court of Claims tho Claims of
Crnmp and Sons.
Ily lUi:lve Who from The rte.
Washington, Jan. 22. The house to
day adopted a resolution expressing
profound regret and sympathy for the
English peoplo on account of the death
nf (jueon Victoria. The. president was
leqilcstcd to communicate thn expres
sion to tho llrltlsh government and 111
a further mark of respect to the mem
ory of the queen the house Immediately
The action of the house was partic
ularly Impressive In thnt the resolution
was adopted without a word nf dlss-'tit
or debate. Th" resolution followed the
precedents and was In utmost the Iden
tical language of the resolutions adopt
ed upon tho occasion of the deaths of
tlje president of tho French republic
mid tho czar of ltussla.
lletore the announcement of thn
death of the queen tho house passed, tha
bills to send to the court of claims the
claims of Cramp & Suns, amounting
to something over $1,300,000 for alleged
damage done the company on account
of tho failure of tho government to
promptly furnish armor plato and oth
er material used tn the construction
of the New York, 'Columbia, Massachu
setts und Indiana. The claim has been
prominently before congress for sev
eral years. Tho senate bill to extend
the placer mining laws to Sallno Isl
ands was passed after a rather spirited
A special rule was adopted for the
consideration of tho bill to promote the
efficiency of the revenue cutter service
after the disposal of thu bill for the re
vision of the postal laws. The District
of Columbia appropriation bill was
taken up and sonic progress was made
with It.
Senate's Action.
The announcement of the. death of
Queen Victoria, today conveyed unoffi
cially to the senate, was recognized by
that body In the adoption of an nppro
prlate resolution, which was ordered
to be engrossed nnd forwarded to tho
prime minister of Grout 'Britain.
During this Mttlng of the senate In
open session, the legislative, executive
and judicial appropriation bill wus
completed, ho far as thn committee
amendments were concerned, it l.i
now subject to amendment by Indi
vidual senators. Little other business
of Importance wns transacted.
A Proposition to Have the Silver
Orator Give Opinions on Cuuency
Il.v i:iliiahn Wire lioru The .WotJaud l'ie-.
Washlngton.Jan. 22. The proposition
was made before the house committee
on eolnuEo today that William J.
Itryan bo Invited to appear or to com
municate his views relative to the
pending bills to ledecm tho silver dol
lar In gold. Representative Shafrnth,
of Colorado, made the suggestion,
whli h elicited much Interest and com
ment. Mr. Shufrulh pointed nut thnt
the heatiiiL'9 thus far held had been
occupied almost entirely by thosu
favorable to gold redemption. The most
able students nn both sides of the
question, lie said, should be heard.
(.iiali'inun Southard stated that he
had Invited many to appear. Hint the
Invitation was general and open to all
desirous of appearing. Yet tho time of
tin- committee might not permit It to
wait to hear from Jlr. liryun. whew
whereabouts were not known. Mr.
Hhafroth said Mr. JJryan could readllv
be reached at Lincoln. At tho chair
man's Miggestlon the question was de
ferred for consideration some other
By Cxcliuhe Wire from Tho Auoclated l'reu.
Toptka, Jan. Si J. H. burton, Itepuhllian,
wa today elected United Males heualor to cuc
ceed l.uulen Hiker.
Plene, . !.. Jan- " '" Migrate rewiou
today llobert J. (Iambic. Republican, was elect
ed to the United States uenalo to aaccced It.
l I'etllgtew.
Springfield. 111., Jan. 5?- In Reparate se.nlon
ioday the legislature re-elected United States
fccnator Shelby M. Cullom for another tenn of
six years.
Charlcbton, W. V.I., Jan. 2-. Stephen D. Elk.
ins, Hepubllran, was ro-clected United RMtts
senator by separate vote of the two houses of
the legislature today,
Mttlo Hock, Ark., Jan. 2.-Unlted Klatef
Senator llery, Democrat, was re-elected todsf
by icparato sote of tho two brandies ol tS
ltalrlgh, N. O., Jar. 22.-F. M. SlmmonJ
chairman of the state committee, was todsl
elected United States senator to succeed Marlol
Decision for Bobby Dobbs.
Memphis, Jan. 22. Hobby Dobbs ws awatdtil
the decision ever Young Peter Jackson, of Kan
I'ranclwo, tonight, at tho end of tho tartntt
ctb round.
Washington, Jan. 22. Forecast for
Wednesday and Thuuday: Cistern Penn.
Fjlvanla Fair Wednesdays rising tenv.
peratuio in northern portions; north
utcrly wlndi, becoming (oulhcrly,
fie.l) to brink en tho coast. Thmtdiy,
I'lcljlily fair.
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