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SCRANTON, PA., WEDNESDAY MORNING, APRIL 2, 1902.
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Investigating Committee from the
House Is Probing the
OP MR. NIELS GRON
He Explains His Object In Attract
ing the Attention of Congress to
the Charges The Difficulties That
He Has Experienced in the Task.
Opposition Provoked by Parties in
Copenhagen Who Were Adverse to
the Transfer of the Islands to the
Il.v i:-tlu-de Wire fiom 'the .Wiiiated dm.
Washington, April 1. The investiga
tion of charges made in connection with
tho Danish "Went Indies purchase was
begun today before the special commit
lee of the house appointed by Speaker
Henderson, in addition to the mem
bers of the committee there was present-
Niels Gron, who brought the
barges to the attention of Representa
tive Richardson, and a number of in
,i rested spectators.
Mr. Gron was the ilrst witness sworn
V the chairman, Mr. Dalzell. The wit
oss spoke in good Ihigllsh, with a
flight accent. He said tbat In Febru
ary last persons in (Jopcnhugen who
opposed the transfer of the Danish
"West. Indies to the United States con
ferred with him and brought to his at
tention the Christmas report.
Mr. Daissell asked for the names ot
the persons. The witness said they
were members of the Danish upper
house, but he did not think it proper to
give their names. Mr. Gron said he
was at present their representative in
Mr. Gron then, continuing his state
ment, explained bow the persons in
Denmark who are opposed to a sale of
the Islands, had persuaded him to come
to Washington and place the Christmas
report before congress and the public,
ho that the facts would be known. He
told of having obtained a note of Intro
duction to General Grosvenor, of Ohio,
of arranging to meet the latter In
Washington, his purpose being, he said,
to carry out assurances given at Copen
hagen that he would place the matter
before iniluentlal men and thus bring
it to the attention of congress and the
Mr. Gron desciibed In great detail
how the papeis weie brought befoie
General Grosvenor, who at lirst seem
ed Indignant, and spoke of laying the
matter befoie the proper persons in or
der that .suitable action might be tak
en. The witness said that later Gen-
i cral Grosvenor concluded that It would
be proper to lay the matter befoie the
f-ecretury of state. That was done and
Sir. Gron said he learned that the state
department held that it could take no
action, and that the authorities here
had In no way committed themselves
Gion said that after Gi-netul Clios
venor had decided not to proceed with
the matter he (Gion) hud prepared a
htutemt.. for the Associate Press and
had asked .Mr. Crane, u newspaper
man, to send some out" from the Asso
ciated Press to him for the statement,
nnd uls-o to General Grosvenor for as
surances as to Gi on's standing, He
, learned later through Mr. Crane that
General Giosvenor said he knew noth
ing about the mutter. He said he was
lufoimed the day after he submitted
the statement that the Associated
Press could not use It, Afterward he
submitted his statement to several
newspapeis and more or less of It was
The witness then detailed how lie
had placed the matter before Represen
tatives Richardson and Underwood.who
had gone over the papeis.
"What was your purpose In bringing
It before members?" asked Mr. Dulzell,
"To get It Into the house and beforo
the American people," answered the
In response to Inquiries the witness
took up various blanches of the ease.
He, said he represented the "no sale"
party in Denmark,
Ho ieferred to the reports thut ho
(Gron) had himself been trying to ob
tain u commission for the sale of the
Islands and that the whole mutter was
a quarrel between Christmas and him
self over the commission, That Mr,
Gron denied, and In support read a
i letter saying tluit an old alliance be
tween certuln Danes and Americans in
the fall of 1S97 wuh declared off eigh
teen months ago. He mentioned the
jinnies of H, H. Rogers, Churles K,
Flint and himself as the Americana in.
terested at that time In negotiating the
sale of the Islands,
Asked specifically about a statement
In the Christmas repot t that Rogers
hod agreed to accomplish the sale ot
the Islands for 10 per cent, of the pur
chase money, Mr. Gron suld that theio
was no such agueinent. He told how
the negotiations conducted by the com
mltteees In Denmark nnd In Ameiicn
had progressed almost to a successful
conclusion Just beforo the Spanish wur,
when they weio declared off In Den
nmilt. When Christmas Came.
Mr, Gron said he. undertook to reopen
the negotiations after the war, The com
mittees In Coperihugen and America had
not been dissolved. (iulstmns came to
the United States in December, USD.
Mr. Gion was questioned closely as to
whether a proposition was mudo for
briatnias und Rotrn and himself to
divide the commission. He replied that
there were various propositions.
Asked as to the threat attributed to
Rogers In the Christmas report (In
which Rogers was made to say that he
had twenty-six votes in the senute nnd
could defent the negotiations), Mr. Gron
said he was never present at an Inter
view between Rogers and Christmas,
He had never heard Mr. Rogers 'make
such a threat. He denied absolutely
the statement Unit he (Gron) had
signed a, contract with Christmas by
which he (Gron) and Rogers were to
have two-thirds of the commission. He
had never made any contract of any
character with Christmas, bur the lat
ter had made over a power of attorney
to him which later he (Gron) repudi
ated. Mr. Rogers saw Christmas but once.
After that Rogers refused to see the
man or answer his letter or telegram.
As to the Christmas Interviews In
which Christmas was made to say that
he hud had negotiations with Abner
McICInley which Christmas In his re
port declnred had been instigated by
Gron, the witness said that he had no
connection with them. Mr. Hltt asked
him specifically If lie knew what press
associations were referred to in the
"1 do not know," replied Mr. Gron.
At that point the committee took a
recess for luncheon.
Mr, Orosvenor's Statement.
When the investigation was resumed
after recess, Representative Grosvenor
appeared and made a statement con
cerning thu subject. He spoke of re
ceiving the note introducing Mr. Gron
and of going over the papers with him.
At that time Mr. Grosvenor felt that
the matter should be looked Into, with
a view of ascertaining if there was any
Irregularity. With that end in view,
he conferred with Chairman Cannon, of
the appropriations committee and
asked that If an appropriation bill for
the Danish purchase came up, any ac
tion on it be deferred until Mr. Gros
venor saw Secretary Hay in relation to
the matter. It was the view of the
secretary of state that there was noth
ing in the charges of which cognizance
should be taken.
Resuming his testimony, Mr. Gron
related his connection with the Scandi
navian department, of the national Re-.
publican committee of 1896, to whuh
place, he said, Senator Hunnu had ap
pointed him. Later, he said, Senator
llunnU gave him a letter of recommen
dation to the two Massachusetts sena
tors, Messrs. IIo.tr and Lodge, and the
latter. In turn, joined in a letter re
commending Gron to the president for
appointment as minister to Slam.
Mr. Gron said he was a Republican;
had canvassed for that party In 1892
and IS96, and in 1S97 had been a candi
date for the Danish mission. He pro
duced a letter In favor of his candi
dacy, signed by Senator Cullom, of Illi
nois, und endorsed by the late Senator
Davis, of .Minnesota.
In leply to specific questions, he said
ho knew of no senator or representa
tive who had been bribed or whom
any oiif had attempted to bribe. At the
state department, he had only person
ally seen Mr. Kusson.
Mr. Gron was then excused. Chair
man Dalzell announced that he had
summoned Abner McKlnley, Colonel
Drown and Fischer Hansen, and that
they would appear Thursday.
By Kl1ih1 Who fiom '1 lie Associated Ciess.
Philadelphia, Apt II I. Hie I'enii.jlvanla Hall
load cmupiny'-, rcmiii.iili.oii of i .lining .mil is.
piims fur t lie month of ' 'iiuuy, l'ifi-i, ,uit im
lu month-, ending 1'elmi.iiy l'Oi, with the
same peilod of l'Kil, I .s follows:
I'fiin-t Ivuul.i It.iihoad I.ine-s dlrnllv upir
nteil, month of Febriuty, Vdi, guns raining,
imri'.iM' IJIOS.JOO; e.peiuc, ii.cnMc y.l'HM'uO; let
camlngH, Inue.i.e fl&.'iM).
1'llil.ulilpliia, Wilmington dial llillhnoie Hail,
loul compiny, month of r'cbiniry, 1!KW, xiofi
carnltiifs, ilccie.in" .fiOO; expense?, iIciicim! i7,.
4(10! not cunmits Increase !?X.
Noithern Crnti.il Itallv.-ay ioinpan,, mouth of
I'tlniMry, I0O-J, i;roi;i carnlint-i, incn-an, nv,00;
Muti-cn, Increase s2,W0; net earnings, incicw
Wot JeiM-y ami Sea-hoie llallioad lompaiir,
month ot Kihnui.1, 1'MrJ; i.'iovi earning, de.
cicato, $11,100; cpcne-, iniic.c ?10,t0i); u-t
earning, deieae 2l,M0.
I.I1114 west of I'llNiurs anil Krie, directly i p.
rutted, monlli of Kebiuaiy, )(: (Iron cnn.
iliKS inirease, ifJIU.UOOj iNpfiiiifii, limea K!M,.
MO; not famulus incieai-e 'J.l.i.ODO.
rennayhania, Ilallio.nl Lines directly operated,
two inontlw, ruiilnsr JVImiuy sa, lsXJt iio.i
r.iiiiliiff, inciejfce SIM,;!); epciisc, ineieae
$kV.i,000; pet lainlnif, liurease sj","00,
1'lilladelphl.i, Wilmington and Ilaltlmore Hall'
1011I company, two months imllnif I'ebiuary i8,
JUO-J: (iro Laimns, Ir.uea-'c, flJ.tW;' en
penhw, Increase iflO.SOti; net luinliigi, inutMir
.Voithein (Vutial Hallway lompany, two
iiiorulu cndlnrt February '.'S, llnt-ii fito earn
iiiit;, Int least t,onOj espemos, dcuraM- iJ10.j(K);
net iMrnins, Inrreawi $SI,M0.
Vct .leioey and Sanliore llallroail roinpiny,
Hi inonllu endnu Kebniuy i, WOl; rJro.s
carnlnir. ! npcni.es, Inctcjso iMfiO; net
earnings, doorejse it 10,100.
l.lnrii veA of I'Utkbure and Krle, dlieetly, up;
ruled, two months endlnit Fibrnary it, lWj's
( i rno catnlniru. (ncruM1 fcX),100; cvpeqoe. In.
(lease, $013.'2UH; net earning, Increase .'Jtrt.
Strikes at Fall River,
lly i:ducho Wlru from Tho A-w-otlatid 1'iess,
Tall Hirer, Mas., April J. seural inlnoi
slilki-s are on in tliU city today, betldiN the
ttriko already repoilril in iwn of the mills o
the (lloto Yarn plant. The cloth loom (drls
rlni; tplniien ami card loom help of the Mar-
craved and I'aikrr mill ueru all out lodav,
'llu- caul room help -at tlio Cointll mill ttrutk
V mornlui;. The operatives claim tbat they
not RCtttni; the full 111 per rrnt. kduiice
promibcii and in onie raifs no adtancc at all.
Work Suspended at Hozleton.
lly Kxtltubii Wire fvm 'I lie A&joclatcj I'rus.
llazleton, fa., April 1. The annherury of the
Krantlirx of the right hour day fu the bltumluaui
region vra olutnid b III" inlneil of the llatlf.
ton ilUtrUt by a general nupeiulon of work.
Hot few collieries were in operation ami these
were cilppUd (or lack of men. About &.0D0
United Mlno Vorker4 paraded at JlcAdoo thU
afternoon. IMght-hour ralllu were ircld in every
tonn heieabouti tonlgbt.
HARTZEtL CASE DISMISSED.
Evidence Insufficient to Sustain
Charges Against the Minister.
By Ku'IibIvc Wire from Tho AooeUteil I'rnn.
Hcllefdnte, Pa., 'April 1. This after
noon the committee ot Inquiry In the
ease ot Swallow utralnst Hartzelli re
ported Insufllelent evidence to sustain
the charges and the case was dismissed
by the conference and Ttev. Hartsiell's
character passed. The select numbers
In the case of Hnrtzell vs. Swullow and
Swallow vs. Vocum are still nt worl;
but expect 'to finish some time tonlrrht
though the verdicts will hurdly be nu
nonced before morning when the last
session of the confeience will be held,
and the appointments announced.
Tho examination ot candidates was
held this afternoon and the following
passsed and were admitted on trial:
Ell I. Hponsler, Charles "V'. Utiner,
Juy It. Woodcock, William E. ltuth,
Stephen 11. Hldlack, James McK. Itelley,
Frank T. Hell, Martin C. FleKal, Otto C.
Miller and Samuel J. I'lttenger.
SIX PERSONS ARE
BURNED TO DEATH
Philip Mitchell and His Pive Chil
dren Perish in the Plames.
His Wife Escapes.
lly Km Invite Wile fiom The Asioilated l'iis.
Johnstown, Pa., April 1. Sis persons
were burned to death tonight in Pros
ser Hollow, a mile from the outskirts
of this city, in a lire which destroyed
their home. The dead:
PHILIP V. MIT011KI.L, aged :.! j car".
lACOll V. JinCUEMi, aged 21.
MAHV .MART UK MITt.ilKLL, aged 11.
CilAHLKS KDWAR1) MrrClllU.L, aged 11.
.HftSK M. llTK.iir.Lt,, aged S.
AMCi: I'llANCKb MITCHKI.L, agul (I.
The Are occurred between S.30 and 9
o'clock. The members of the family
had retired, with the exception ot one
son, who was away.
In the house at the time were sleep
ing Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, the chil
dren who were burned and three other
Mrs. Mitchell and her daughter, So
phia, were the fit Bt to be awakened by
the heat and smoke of the Humes. They
woke the father and ran outside and
screamed for help. Neighbois wete
aroused but could do nothing but
stand helplessly by and watch the
house being consumed, and with it the
bodies of the father and five children.
Mrs. Mitchell endeavored to save the
children and'- gathered them In u room
above the kitchen. They were fright
ened and as fast us she -got lheiufiiit;p
this room they ran back irifo'lhd tire.
Finally she was compelled to abandon
her efforts to save ull the children.
Mitchell, as soon as he knew what
was wrong, rushed down stairs to the
kitehen to'get'some water to extinguish
the fire. He did not realize the extent
of the flames when be left his room,
but when he reached the first lloor he
saw It was -Impossible to save the
bouse. Then ho went back upstuiis
and was not seen alive attain. He per
ished in the burning rafters of his own
home, trying to save the lives of bis
children. The five children were never
seen by any one outside the house.
Mis. Mitchell was seriously burned,
but her Injuries will not piove fatal.
Xo effort was made tonight to rescue
the bodies of Mitchell and his child! en
from the smouldering embers of their
home. The house was 1 educed to a pile
STORY OF A MOST
Robert Keissig Shudders When Re
lating Circumstances Attending
Mmder of Carrie Larsen.
By Kliliwbe Wlie fiom 'lilt- .WucUlfd I'll.
Chicago, April 1. Robert Kelsslg,
whose accusation bi ought about the su
rest of Louis G. Tooms for the murder
of Carrie Larsen, luht winter.was placed
on the witness stand today. The court
room was crowded with people, who
listened to the details of the most re
volting crime in the history of Chicago
for yea is past.
Keissig said that Toombs had gone to
an employment agency and having met
Cnrtie Larsen, promised her work as tin
assistant cook on the boat Peerless,
then lying heie fust In the Ice, The boy
Keissig, who was 19 years old, averred
thai on the night of the murder he was
lying in his bunk on the boat. Toombu,
ho said, was undtessed und also lying
down, Citnlo Larsen wuh lu her state
room. In order to get her out, he said,
Toombs ordered her to come out and
cook his supper. She left the security
of her room, only to bo attacked by
Toombs, He assaulted her, the witness
said, and fco frantically did she buttle
that in doing fro, Toombs choked her to
death. ToombH laid down for awhile,
leaving the body stretched on tho cabin
floor. Keissig, horrified Into speechless
ness, still stared fiom his berth. What
happened after Toombs again aiose Is
The witness shuddered as he told the
story and there weie many averted
heads In the court loom.
Attorney Humes said that this Is the
llrst time In the .history of Chicago
that such a churgi) has been uttered
ag.iliiHt an alleged murderer.
The witness regained composuro
when asked to tell of the disposal of
the body, Ho declared that 'Coombs
tied the rope around It, weighed It und
then ordered Keissig to help liliu eairy
It to a hole u the lee near the bout.
This was done and Keissig Mild thut
for somo days afterward ho was afraid
to speak, fearing that Toombs would
lly LxiliblU' Wire fmin The Awilatcd lift.
At flupel Hill. X. L'.-Uiilursity, of Noiih
Carolina, 7: Lclilgli, U,
t Allum, (,a. Cornell, S; L'niuuly of
At UroiKilown, l. U Gcoigetown, 2j Vale, 1.
At Charlottesville, Va. Princeton, 9; Uiilcr
tlty of Viiglnta, b.
At Hampton, Va. L'uheuity of I'mnsvlianla,
23: 1'oit Monroe Aitlllcry tiliool, (.
William Lane, a Colored Butler,
Shoots His Mistress and
MURDER ON RECORD
Fearing He Would Be Arrested for
Stealing, William lane ReBolves
to Wipe Out the Whole Family,
nnd Nearly Succeeds Little Eloise
Purbush Lives to Accuse the Mur
dererCaught While Waiting for
a Train at Station.
fly i:EchU)le Wire from The Awoclated Pre".
Philadelphia, April 1. Fearing that
he would be arrested for theft, William
II. Lane, a colored butler, shot and
killed his employer, Mrs. Ella J. Fur
bush: her 12-ycnr-old daughter, Made
line, and probably mortally wounded
another daughter, Eloise, aged 7 years,
at their homo, No. 625 North Fifteenth
street, shortly before noon today. Lane,
who is 25 years of age,- escaped from
the house and four hours later was cap-'
tured by Philadelphia detectives, while
waiting hi Camden. N. J., to board a
train for Brldgeton, N. J. He was Im
mediately brought to this city, was
Identified by little Eloise, and confessed
The murder was one of the most cold
blooded that lias been committed In
this city for some time. Mrs. Furbush
lived with her daughters in a fine four
story house, which was furnished with
nil the comfort 'that an ample, purse
could provide. Lane had been her but
ler since Christmas, and besides him,
she had another colored servant, it col
ored woman named Agnes. Recently
Mrs. Furbush had been missing small
amounts of money, and finally she in
formed the police, -who began an in
vestigation, .which was still in progress
when today's tragedy was enacted.
Suspicion fell on Lnpe, und a warrant
was sworn out for his .arrest. Accord
ing to Lane's, confession, he saw Mrs.
Furbusbson Monday night- cnuuthtf? a
large roll' of bills. Knowing where she
kept the money, he bjded his time nnd
at an opportune moment late In the
evening he stole.$70. This morning Mrs.
Furbush missed the money and ques
tioned the colored man. but he denied
all, knowledge of having seen it. Ex
pecting thiit the theft would be placed
on him and ,that Mrs. Fuibush would
have hint arrested, Lane planned to
murder the mother and her children,
rob the house and disappear. At li
o'clock he went to the third Moor and
found Mrs. Furbush in one of the
middle looms. He Instantly shot 'her
twice, once In the breast nnd then
through the heart. She died instantly.
Eloise, who was in another room, heurr
ing the noise, ran In to see what was
tho matter, and as she entered Lane
shot her In the abdomen. She fell, and
he thought he had also killed her.
Without even attracting the attention
of the other servant, who was ironing
in the out kitchen, Lane went to the
front door and called in Madeline, who
was skating on roller skates on the
sidewalk. He told her that her mother
wanted her on the third floor, nnd with
out the slightest suspicion of the trag
edy that was being enacted and thut
she was going to her death, Madeline
climbed the stairs without removing
her skates. She went into a room ad
joining thnt In which her mother lay
dead. Lane followed her and us she
cheerily called her mother, the negro
shot her through the heart, killing her
Eluded the Officers.
Lunc, In Ills confession, says lie then
proceeded to rob the house. He found
$120, two wntches and a pocketbook,
und while he was searching for the
jewelry ho was interrupted by the ar
rival of two special policemen who hud
a warrant for his arrest on the charge
ot larceny. They asked to see Mrs,
Furbush, und Lane showed them to
the sitting room on the second lloor
und said he would call his mistress.
Recognizing one of the men as an offi
cer, Lane hastily donned his overcoat
und escuped by the rear of tho house.
All was uulet In the house, and the
policemen heating a moan, started an
Investigation and on tho third floor
hallway found little Klolse, To tho
policemen she said:
"William shot my mother and my
sister, and tried to kill me."
She was Immediately sent to a hos
pital und the police dragnet was put
In motion. Lane wus traced to the
Pennsylvania tallroad station at Cam
den, where he was recognised by ono
of the policemen he had admitted to
the house. The otllcers hustled him on
a ferry boat and out of the Jurisdiction
of tho state of New Jersey and took
him to the city hall,' Uefore going to
Cuinden he purchased u suit of clothes,
a light overcoat, a valise and a box of
cigars. He woro the now clothes and
had his old suit of clothes sent to his
sister's home, in Uuiilngton, N. J, At
thu Camden stutlon lie telegraphed
another sister at liiidgeton thut he wus
coming to see her.
At the police mutton Lune suld he
wus sorry for what he hud done. He
was suipiised to hear that Eloise was
alive, ami said he always liked her and'
hesitated to kill her, but "It was neces
sary to do so," i '
"Now that I huve beei caught," he
added, "I hope she will recover. uin
also sorry for Mrs, Furbush and Made
line, but poverty tempted me to do 'It,
and I mubt now suffer."
Later Lane was taken to the hospital
where Klolse Identllled him, saying:
"Ho Is William Lane, tho'niau who
killed my mother and sister and tried
to kill me. You know yau did, Wil
liam." In his presence her statement was
taken, and Lane put the seal cf accu
racy to It by saying, "Everything the
child has said In true."
I.ano is the son of a preacher who
lives In Brldgeton, and ban served a
term In' the Mt. Holly, N. J Jail for
larceny, nnd has been confined- In tho
Huntingdon, Pa reformatory.
There seems to be a mystery regard
ing the domestic life of Mrs. Furbush.
In the neighborhood where she lived
she was variously known as Mrs, Fur
bush and Mrs, Fisher. The woman,
who was 42 ears of age, w;as well sup
plied with money,, owned the flne.house
she lived In, hud her own horses and
carriages, and lived u life of ease. As
a result of an Investigation. Coroner
Dugun Is endeavoring to secure the at
tendance at the Inquest of Charles A.
Furbush, a wealthy manufacturer of
milling machinery, ot this city. Mr.
Furbush was out of the city today on
STRIKE AT ALTOONA; .
10,000 MINERS OUT
Threatened Trouble for' Pittsburg
District n Reality Mr. Robin
By Exilulte Who from The Associated fre.
Altoona, Pa., April 1. After mass
meetings of the Rochester and Pitts
burg Coal, and Iron company's miners
were held at Punxsutuwney nnd Sykes
vllle today, the threatened strike was
formally declared. It involves 10,000
miners, and wilj have the effect' of cur
tailing the employment- of nearly as
many more railroad men employed by
the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburg
Railroad company, whose freight traf
fic will be nearly paralyzed In conse
quence of the strike. Not a mine worker
employed by the Rochester and Pitts
burg company will be ut work tomor
row, except the pumpers and track
layers, It being agreed to keep these
men nt work to protect the mines. It
was decided, by-a vote, that If General
Manager L. W. Robinson should at
tempt to evict the strikers from their
homes, many of which are "owned by
the company, the pumpers and track
layers will, also be called out, and the
mines allowed to flood. It was also de
cided that any overtures for a settle
ment must come from Robinson. Any
attempt to import other minets will be
resisted. The strikers have assurance
of support from the district and na
tional treasuries of the United Mine
Workers of -America.
The strike was ordered not for an ad
vance In wages, but because Lucien W.
Robinson, general manager of the
Rochester and Pittsburg Coal and Iron
ment of the miners' and operators' con
ference at Altoona hist week. The
agreement at thut conference wus the
same as during last year, except that
In the mines along the Buffalo, 'Roches
ter and Pittsburg railroad, all of which
are managed by Mr. 'Robinson, the
miners were grnntecli their demand to
have mules haul thecals out Instead ot
pushing them, as is the case in the
mines of ,thln veins.
Regarding this controversy, Mr. Rob
inson said to the Associated Press rep
resentative today at Punxsutawney:
"The Altoona confeience would not
concede to the Rochester and Pittsburg
Coal and Iron company the same con
ditions of labor as to other operators
present, on the gfound that In thin
seams of coal the miner was willing to
perform more labor for the same pay
than-in the thick seams of the Roches
ter and Pittsburg Coal and Iron com
pany." Mr. Robinson says his company pro
posed to pay the sui'ne .icale of wages
for mining their thick seams as other
operntors paid in' thin seams oC coal,
but insisted it was unfair to discrimi
nate against his company in not grant
ing the same rights as the Altoona con
ference, agreed to wth all other oper
ators us to handling curs, the same in
thick seams as In thin. Mr. Robinson
nlso agreed to meet any price for min
ing In uny competitive field.
The miners have been earning better
wages than ever before, but they say
they are tired ot pushing cais.
An Agreement Is Made to Vote on
the Bill on i Thursday Busi
ness in House.
lly i:xi.lu-.Wf- U'lic from The AteocIateJ I'res-i.
Washington, April 1. An agreement
was reached by the senate today to
vote on the pending oleomargarine bill
before adjournment next Thursday.
Debate on the measure was continued
throughout today's session. Mr. Hett
feld, of Idaho, opposed the bill, because
he believed that It proposed to drive the
oleomargarine Industry to the wull. Ho
strongly advocated the adoption of the
substitute offered, as he said that would
eliminate the possibility of fraud as
certainly as the pending measure would
and would do no Injustice to anybody,
Mr. Unlllnger, of New llampshlre, ad
vocated tho bill, because It was a pro
test against fraud and against an in
dustry "which depended for Its success
upon duplicity and dishonesty,"
Mr. Spouncr, of Wisconsin, imulu an
extended legul and constitutional argu
ment lu support of the measure, tic
said such a tux as It imposed, lu his
opinion, was in tho interest of the whole
Mr, Halley, of Texas, began an argu
ment In opposition to the bill, but hud
pot concluded when the senate, tit C.13,
The house toduy made rapid progress
with ,tho sundry civil appropriation
bill, completing ! of the 13!) pages of
the bill. Efforts to amend the bill were
successfully resisted us a tule by Mr,
Cannon, tho chairman of the uppioprl
u!oii committee, who wus peisoually
n"charge of the measure. During tho
consideration of the bill Mr. Robinson
Und.) discussed tho "passing of tlin
house," us a deliberative body to which
Mr, Bell (Col.) had addressed himself
yesterday. The senate, which now per
fected legislation, he complained, was
dominated by thirty senators, tepie
scutln llftecn states with less popula
tion than either Nov York or t'euiir
sylvanlu. The picsent condition of
affairs In the house, he said, was due
to the concentration of all the power
of the house In the hands of the speak
er and the committee on rules.
Mr. Grow (Penn.) discussed the ques
tion of electing senators by popular
vote. He favored a- constitutional
amendment for that purpose. Mr.
iKnox. from the committee on territor
ies, reported the bill for the admission
of New Mexico, Oklahoma nnd Arizonn
aiid gave notice that he would call It
up nt some convenient time.
OPINION ON RIGHTS OF LABOR.
Decision of the Court of Appeals at
Albany Favors Unions.
lly i:u1ule Wile fiom The Asuclated l'im.
Albany, Aprjl I. The question of
whether or not i members of a labor
union have the right to decline to work
with non-union men and to order a
stilke to have such right respected
was determined In the affirmative by
the court of appeals (today in u- decision
handed down In the case of the Na
tional Protective Association of Steam
Fitters and Ileipeis and Chailes Mc
Queed, appellant, against James Mc
Cuinmtng and Pattriek J. 'Duff, as
tteitsuior of the Enterprise association,
impleaded with others.
The court Is divided In Its decision,
the pt'ovulling opinion being written by
Chief Judge Parker and concurred In
by Judges, Gray, O'Brien and Haight.
It Is dissented from by Judges Bartlett,
Martin and Vann.
A Resolution Passed Calling on
the Legislature to Pass the
By i:xilule Wire from The .Woiiilcd Tie.
Beilefontei Pn'., April 1. At the open
ing of the Methodist Episcopal conter
ence' toduy the bourd of stewards on
necessitous cases distributed to the Indigent-ministers'
and ministers' widows
A resolution was passed calling on
t lie. next session .of .the legislature to
pass t,he "Yiin'dyke "bill regulating the
sale of liquor, which wus defeated at
the luKt session. In- speaking' for the
resolution,--Rev. J. B. -Mann declared he
knew of -Methodist 'ministers who even
signed petitions for license. Rev. E. H.
Yocum, G. W. Stevens, J.,F. Anderson,
T. S. "Wilcox and J. A. Wood were elect
ed delegates to the anti-Saloon league
convention to'b'e held In Altoona.
An unusually prolonged and heated
discussion was provoked over the re
port of the committee on constitutional
prohibition, ' which . was , finally voted
down because it was deemed too much
of a dictation on the ministers' ballot.
The last year's reports were then re
ufUrmed At -11 o'clock the conference went into
-The conference' decided that Dr. S. C.
Swallow must undergo another trial.
By a considerable, .majority It referred
the charges. of lying, -mudc by Presiding
Elder Yocum. of the Hnrrlsburg dis
trict, to -Presiding Elder AVIlliam W.
Evans, ot the Danville district, for trial.
The chartce is .based on publications in
the Pennsylvania. Methodist since the
Swallow tilul last fall.
The committee of Inquiry hi the case
of Swallow vs. Yocum reported tonight
that, white the latter used some epi
thets that weie to be regretted, they
hu'd not sufficient evidence to send the
case to trial.
MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD.
lly i:Hliiili Wire from The Aoclateil 1'rc.vi.
ilanisburg, April 1. The state medi
cal examining board mot here- today und
organized by tho election of tho fol
lowing otticeis, after which the mem
bers of the board culled on Governor
Stono to pay their respects.
Presidents, Henry Urates, jr.. Phllu
phla; secretary, II, s. McConnell, New
Medical examination dates agreed
upon are June i'3 to 28, three days, be
ginning at a o'clock p. in. In I'lttsburg
tho examinations will ho held at the
Central high school and In Philadelphia
ut tho liidustiial hull.
By Kxilirtiir Wiic fiom The .Uwiuted Pim.
Yolk, I'.i,, April 1. .Mill Waui.ei, aiii-d H
eau, nu- ,uc iiltnlally ,-lu.t .nul llllril l.y lit-,
brolher lloiv.inl, aueii Si eai, jei-tcil.iy at
their home 111 JiliirfleM luwuliii. 'Ihf jouiik
men cii' f.iiiilnl;,- u cuii uheu llowaiil la,
fully imlniej the uraiioii .it liU hrolhi-r. UN
flui-er laiue in lontact with the trlrctr iHv
ihaigtni; the i-ttii .unl the entile ihusi- look
eili-it in .li'lm'. hh-, killluir hint uliuo-t in
btaiilli. Steamship Arrivals,
Uv Kuhulw Wlie hum The Av-otlaieil I'u.w,
New Vork, April 1, Arnteili l.a llutaittie,
llavie; J-uuthwuil., Anwi. (.leainlj (Keanle,
Mieqiool', I'llivUml, 'y,wr)i: 't. Caul, f-uiisli-uuipton,
L'hel Injurs -A .fn ull Kulwr Wlhilm
ilei- tlioe, New VniL tla'l'I.MUoiitli for lluni.'ii.
Iloiihmiu Aniteil: Ma.i'-ilaui, V il. iur
Stiilte nt Chattanooga,
lly i:-n.lule Wae noiii The .VnoiUteU Cn-.
Cluluniioirj, Trim., Apill 1,-Tlie iuiilo.tei
of I lie lirake il io.' uYunim-nt of llu llot-M;h.iu
tvoiU lo-ljy joined tho luouhlttK in '' null"-
ablo uepailmcnt In thcii alrlke aiul J.W nidi ale
No Mltltiiunt teem Imnudlalrly In
Sir. McLeod's Illness.
fly Kuliuhi Wlie fiom The- Asoilated frn.
New- Vork, Apill I, Tiie condition Of A, A.
Ml,rod, who i bcrloualy ill of acute heart
liouhle, m tiild tonight to be lltlitly Im.
ily Culuslie. Wire, from Tlw AsiOcMtcd I'rwi.
Wathlugtou, April J. Marl Conroy (widow),
of Duumore, lias teen fTantrd. l pension of Vs-
Generals Steun and De-La Reu
Found- Conference to ,
Be Held Soon.
TO BE ARRANGBP
It Is Thought That Botha Kay Bi
Present Commandant de Villiers
Asks, for Terms Surrenders Oc
curring Daily General DeWetts
Men in Another Trap A British
Troop Train Wrecked.
By Kxilmhi- Wire fiom 'Hie Awoclated Creaf.
Pretotla, March 31. Ex-President
Sleyn. or the former Orange Free State,
and General De hi Itey Jiave been
located. A meeting between them and
.acting President Sehalk-Burger Is to be
at ranged, it Is expected, without further
delay. It Is repotted that General
Botha will attend the conference. '
Commandant- Meat-? has sent In word
that his command will, abide by the de- f
clslon of the Boer government. w
Commandant de Vllll.ers, who has
been operating In the Klmberley dis
trict, has sent In a Hag of truce, asking
Fiom Heidelberg. Transvaal, eoihen
the news that Commandant Alberts has
called a meeting of the Boers in his dis
trict to take place thirty-five miles cast
of' the Springs station, In order to dis
cuss the proposal for a general sur
render. It Is suld that General Hans
Botha has summoned a similar meeting
nt Amsterdam. Surrenders are occur
ring dolly In the Stunderton district.
The pence movement, however hus in
no way interfered with the military op
erations. The British are -again sweep
ing the northwest districts of the
Orange IJiver colony, where, It Is. be
lieved, they have about 1,000 of General
DeAVet's men within the cordon.
A' party of constabulary and niitlv.
s.'outs was umbushed.,auuulleidelberg,
on March 30. Six of them' were killed.
The Boers eluded pursuit.
As cabled fiom The Hague yesterday
afternoon, Mr. Kruger, Dr. Leyds arid
the Boer delegates In Eiiiope are ex-'
pected to hold an Important meeting 'in
Utrecht tomorrow to consider the 'situ
ation. In view of acting President
Seljuik-Burger's peace move. Well-informed
pel sons ut The-Hugue express
the opinion that General Schalk-Bur-ger
was' evidently influenced by the re
ceipt of the news of the. result ot the
Dutch note to Great Britain on the sub
ject of pence in South Africa, 'and otherv '
dispatches sent him from the Nether-
A TROOP TRAIN WRECKED.
Thirty-nine Soldiers Killed, Forty
five Hurt in Transvaal.
Ily Kuhi.'he Wlie ii.ilu The A-.o,'Ialed Press.
. Pretoria, April 1. Thirty-nine British
sol'dlers were killed and forty-five were
Injured in a ruihuiut wieck.Murch 30,
near Barberton, Transvaal colony,
Loudon, Apill 1. The war office, in
reporting the railroad wreck at Bar
beiion. Tiansvaal colony, merely says
thru It was accidental. The victims al
most all belonged to the Hampshire
CANADIAN TROOPS ACCEPTED.
Chamberlain Said to Have Taken TJp
Offer of Mounted Hen.
lly lu'lil-ie U'ne fiom 'I he Ituiclatcil Cnw.
Ottawa, April , It is understood
thnt a cubic message has been received
fiom Joseph liittmbeiiuiu ucceptlug
Canada's offer of if.OOO mounted tioop.i
for South Africa, but no otficiul state
ment has been given out.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
Ily lluluiiii- Win- lioiu The AoiiJted I're'-i.
Niw Vuil., Apill l.-'lhc Hit. MioIj-i IIiiji ,
H. ! died loilfy nf pueiiuiciil.i. Cither Itiii-o
was for ii alti.it tinit' ueiidenl ot lloitnn iollge,
mid had oniipled llu- ill ill' of plillotophy lu
llotoii, NVe Voik .nul tseiiiseiowu. 01 lil
r.ii he liul ileuHiil hluwlf evilmlwly to llu.
twlfue of lliillau immitaanti. iiuivlnir ar port
mill Ills hard uoik, hi- lolnntiiy poverl.i, and
hN t'Mui-uin In lld- Hue, hnuighl nil the III
lu., of v. lilt It lie died He -H horn III Italy
In I HI.
Lancaster Revenue Collections.
lly l,'( lihlte W lie (unit The .Wilaled l'ie.
I.ama-lu, Cu Apill 1. llutenuo I'olleelor
lleiidicy lepoiH ifcelpta of W.',liJ.M Mi ilio
month of Jl.iuli fiom the Ninth internal iee
line dliliiit. lumpoeeil ot the following' teim!
flu if. .17U,-it:.21j toliacco, ti,li.2il;' wiuif,
M.M.0J fplrllfc, J91ai(I.SUi beer, iu",ll8.00; doo.
imieiiuiy, fuo.li. Thin H 3.1,UU.W lea than
the leielpU for the corresponding month of Utt
(.ii. Of llu- Iwt ,'ibD.KI ma on ili;au alone,
Mayor of Milwaukee.
lly HuliMte W'lm fiom The Associated I'rnn,
MIlH.iukie, WK, Apill 1, Mayor nad Ilo.o
(lliiuoii.it) ua today re-elected wllli plur
allli i lo.e o .1,0)0.
m ' ' '
l-ocal data for Apill 1, UWJ
lllttimt timpuatiiic ,...,
I.oui-H Uiupeiatuie ,....,,,.,.
,f .., It destftl
.,., 22 degrece
s j, in .,,...,,,,,., 81 per rent,
: p. in. !! .,,... 04 pT rent.
Precipitation, 24 ltour, ended 8 p, ni..,, ,Ii inch
-f t .
Watlilnglon, April J. Foiccatt for
Wednesday and Thursday; l.'aatein I'eim
ijlwuila, partly cloudy U'edneiiy ind
Thursday; wet wuiat dliiuiiljnlii.
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