Burlington Hawk Eye, May 23, 1890

Burlington Hawk Eye

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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - May 23, 1890, Burlington, Iowa WANT Advertisements in Th® Hawk-Eye Bring tile Best Returns. Special Rates for Want Advertisements by the Month. THE AWK-EYE. 1st Page—General and State News. 3d Page—Editorial and Political. 3d Page—Home News. 1th Page—Sporting and Markets. ESTABLISHED: JONE, 1839.)BURLINGTON, IOWA, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 23, 1890- (PRICE: 15 CENTS PER WEEK. FOR RIVERS AND HARBORS. The Discussion of the Bill Taken Up in the House. Mr* Henderson, of Illinois, Favors the Measure—Mr. Kerr, of Iowa, Objects—Cedar Rapids’ Public Building Bill. Washington, May 22.—In the house, Dunnell,“of Minnesota, from the committee on census reported a bill amending the census aet so as to prescribe a penalty upon any supervisor or enumerator who shall receive or any person who shall pay any fee or other consideration in addition to the compensation of such service or enumerator; passed. Conferences were ordered on the army appropriation hill and military academy appropriation bill. The house then went into committee of the whole on the river and harbor bill. Mr. Henderson, of Illinois, of the committee on rivers and harbors explained the provisions of the bill, saying it appropriated £20,932,000, based upon estimates aggregating £39.5000,000. He believed there was no money that went out of the treasury that was so much in the interest of fin! people as the money expended in the improvement of the rivers and harbors. Mr. Blanchard, of Louisiana, spoke in favor of river and harbor bills, contending they did more to solve the problem of cheap transportation than all the interstate commerce, iii 11 s that could be passed. The fact that great and disastrous flood had recently occurred in the lower Mississippi valley was a sufficient excuse, if any was needed, for calling the attention of the house to the requirements of that stream. It was time congress should bi- waking up to the idea that something should be done to harness the waters of the. Mississippi. That river was too great a national feature to be handled by a state or aggregation of states. The time had come when congress should appropriate money, not only for improving tlie navigation of the river, but for the purpose of preventing floods. The late flood had not demonstrated that the levee system was a failure, but that an adequate system of levees would prevent, floods and the pieee-meal system which the impoverished states of the south were able to carry on was not sufficient to prevent inundation. Mr. Cutchings, of Mississippi, spoke in the same vein. Mr. Kerr, of Iowa, attacked the bill which was defended by Grosvenor, of Ohio. After iii*- committee rose Quinn, of New York, introduced a bill reducing to one cent an ounce the postage on drop letters iii cities of one hundred thousand inhabitants or over. Adjourned. points in de-the a majority of agreed to a Two important divisions have withdrawn. An eastern delegate is quoted as saying the action of the convention would certainly result in the w ithdrawal of a large majority if not all of the New England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania divisions, and the formation of a new organization on a strictly non-striking basis. NOT DISCOURAGED IN DAKOTA. The State Enforcement League Will Fight Original Packages. Sioux Falls, May 22.—Rev. William Fielder, chairman of the State Enforcement League, in an interview, says the Enforcement League is not ready to throw out the white flag since the original package decision. -We are fully determined,” said he. “to make the greatest possible effort to secure absolute enforcement of prohibition in the state. We are likely to make a test ease of this original package business and also demand national legislation. Petitions will be forwarded to representatives in congress. So far as I know, liquor in original packages is being sold in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Armour and one other town. We feel we have struck a great blow at the traffic when we have closed open saloons and abolished treating.” OVER-ISSUED THE STOCK. The President of the Boston Publishing House Turns Up Missing. Boston. May 22.—The Herald this morning says Clarence F. Jewett, president of the .Jewett Publishing company, has disappeared and that crooked transactions in the matter of over-issue of stock in the neighborhood of £75.000have come to light. It is reported that more than twice tin* amount held by Jewett has been sold by him to various persons in blocks of ten or twelve shares for from £800 to £1, IOO. Dana Estes, of Estes Sc Lauriate, publishers, is treasurer of the company, and owns three hundred and seventy-five shares of the company. Jewett's alleged victims assert that he signed his own name and that of Estes to tile, shares which it was his custom to make out as occasion required. It seems that the suspicions of Estes Sc Lauriate wen; aroused two weeks ago by frequent sales of stock by Jewett, and when they made inquiries Jewett left town “far a few days.” He has not returned and his wife and son have also loft their elegant Brookline residence. CRONIN CONVICTS PLOT ANEW. One llis- THE SENATE. Tho Cellar Rapids Public Building Bill Ordered to Another Conference. Washington, May 22.—A message was presented from the president with an accompanying communication from tho secretary of tile interior on the subject of the purchase from the Crock nation of Indians of land for the use of the Seminoles. It was referred to t he committee on Indian affairs. The credentials of Calvin S. Brice as senator from Ohio for six years, commencing March 4, 1891, were presented and placed on tile. A conference committee was ordered on the District, of Columbia appropriation hill; also on the pension appropriation hill. The silver lull was taken up and Daniels addressed the senate in favor of silver currency. At the close of Daniels’ speech the silver hill was laid aside and amendments to the naval appropriation bill agreed to, after which it went over without act ion. On motion of Spooner, a vote agreeing to the conference report on the Cedar Rapids public building bill was reconsidered and the bill ordered to another conference. After an executive session the senate adjourned. ONE-CENT POSTAGE. Belief That It Will be in Operation Within tin' Present Administration. Washington, May 22.—Congressman Bingham, chairman of the postoffice committee, states to-day that the bill for the reduction of letter postage to one cent will doubtless become a law before the end of the present administration. He did not think the bill would bo reported this session, as it would, if now enacted, be too great a reduction, but thought it would come before the close of the administration. Must Not Desecrate the Flag. Washington. May 22.—The house judiciary committee, to whom was referred tin* bill to prevent the desecration of the United States flag, to-day reported a substitute providing that any person or persons who shall print, paint or affix in any manner to a national flag any advertisement shall be tined not exceeding titty dollars or imprisoned not less than thirty days. Washington Squibs. The president yesterday sent the following nominations to the senate:    Post masters in Iowa. Harvey II. Hopkins. Nashua: John L. Whitley. Osage.    ] Attorney General Miller had a slight relapse and was unable to leave his house yesterday. Ile expects to be all right in a few days. The members of the national conference on charities and corrections were given a special reception at the white house yesterday afternoon. It is the present intention of the members of the senate tinance committee to report a substitute for the McKinley tariff bill when their consideration of that rn ensure shall have been completed. This course is deemed better than to report the bill as it came from the house with an amendment. For. when it goes into the conference there will be but one question to settle ii%tead of myriad of the differences upon the tail. For the first time in the history of house judiciary committee its members yesterday favorable report upon the joint resolu tion (introduced by Representative Baker of New York.) providing for the the constitutional amendment to grant tho right of suffrage to women. At the brewers’ convention yesterday officers were elected as follows: President, Thies J. Lefcns, of Chicago: Vice presidents, James Liebmann, New York: N. A. B. Scharmann, Brooklyn: Treasurer, Joseph Liebmann. of Brooklyn. Confirmations: Receivers of public moneys:    Anson S. Baldwin, North Platte, Neb.; David E. Bumgardner, McCook, Neb. Registers of land offices: John I. Nesbitt. North Platte, Neb. A call has been issued for a meeting of the executive committee of the Republican L Clonal committee in Washington i on May 29. __ E. J. Lehmann Adjudged Insane. Chicago, May 22.—E. J. Lehmann, the well known capitalist and owner of the great department store, was declared by the jury to-day to be a distracted person, and his wife was appointed conservator . of his estate. He has been in Bloomingdale asylum. New York, some time now and in the opinion of experts is clearly a lunatic. The trouble results, they say from too much mental work consequent on the managment of his enormous business. Will Disintegrate the Organization. Buffalo, May 22.—It is learned that the action of the Rochester convention of railroad conductors in eliminating the anti-strike clause from the constitution is ^likely to /disintegrate the organization. .. * ...... ■ . ., . .. alb-god report bouse, house of Them Turns Informer and Hoses a Deep Conspiracy. •J oli KT, 111., May 22.—When the Cronin convicts’ investigation at the prison was completed, and the culprits released from punishment, the statement of the prison officials that nothing was discovered of importance and that it was only a simple “grub route” was taken in good faith. However, there is a rumor current that sonic one of the gang had turned informer; that more money had been found, and that tin1 ant borities were busily but quietly engaged in trying to ii lid an plant of £100 more. The was traced    to the    court where one    of the    court officials, an    ex-prison    em ploye. had been confidentially informed by one of the prison staff of the matter alleged. The ex-employe refused to give the name of his informant, stating that it would cost him his position at the prison. The prison    authorities    were next consulted. Deputy Warden Merrell declared emphatically that there was “not a [scintilla of truth in the report,” and he could not tell the source from which it sprung. It is more than hinted that tin* secret messenger service has been repaired and that more money has been received by the prisoners since their release from their solitary cells. The lawyers for the prisoners have visited them and, it is said, advised them to abstain from all infractions of tile prison rules, as it would prejudice their cases. URGE THEIR REJECTION. TRACING CRONIN SUSPECTS. •Si. It. Simonds” Seen iii Chicago.—The Mail WI lo Drove the White Horse. Chicago. May 22.—The fact has been brought to light that J. B. Simonds, the man who bought the furniture for the Carlson cottage whore Dr. Cronin was murdered, was recently seen in this city by the salesman, Hatfield, from whom he bought the furniture. The police, however, have been unable to find him. Yesterday a detective returned from a fruitless trip to Mexico in search of the man who drove tin* famous white horse. Today Chief of Police Marsh said he knew positively this man was in Mexico, but tin* fellow had received warning of the officer’s approach through the garrulousness of some of Dr. Cronin’s friends whom it was necessary to apprise of the object of the search. That New Road. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] Quincy. 111., May 22.—The commissioners of the Indian Grave Drainage District have agreed to allow the incorporators of the new Quincy and Neota road £45,000 worth of lands in the district in view of the groat advantages that will accrue from the strengthening of the levees by said road. The road must be finished by July I. 1891. Hancock people are elated at the prospect of a new road, especially those living in the western portion. Probably Murdered. Clin ago, May 22.—The body of the man found floating in the lake Tuesday afternoon has been identified as that of John Harding, a mail agent of Freeport, Illinois, who has been missing for over a month. When Harding disappeared he Dad a sum of money with him but none was found on the body and from that fact it is supposed he was murdered. Bucklin** Arnica Salve. The best salve in the world for cuts bruises, sores, ulcers, salt rheum, fever sores, tetter, chapped hands, chilblains, corns and all skin eruptions, and positively cures piles, or no pay required. It is guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction or money refunded. Price 25 cents per box. For sale at Henry’s drug store. Accidentally Shot. Gai.ksuurg, 111.. May22.—While William Hensler.of this city, was handling a 42-caliber revolver last night the weapon was discharged accidentally. The ball struck him on the chin and passed through his head to the base of his skull. He can not recover. Senate Bills Whose Passage Would Simply Trammel the Railroads. What It Would Cost in Time and Money to Substitute Other Life-Saving; Devices for Those Already Adopted by Many Lines. To Impose a Tax. Berlin, May 22.—It is stated that Caprivi intends to submit a measure to the reiehstag imposing a tax upon all Germans who are ineligible for service in the army, and upon all German citizens who reside abroad. The American Medical Association. Nashville, May 22.—The American Medical association to-day elected W. T. Briggs, of Tennessee, president. San Francisco Cal., was first named as the place for the next annual meeting, but it was later changed to Washington. Fired By a Drunken Man. Salt Lake. May 22.—A large portion of the village o f Milford Utah, was destroyed by a fire yesterday started by a drunken Man. The loss aggregated £45,-000. _ Sleeplessness, nervous prostration, nervous dyspepsia, dullness, blues cured by Dr. Miles’ Nervine. Samples free at J. H. Witte’s drug store._ The Victims of Longue Pointe. Montreal, May 23.—At the Longue Pointe inquest yesterday the nuns produced a list of fifty-six inmates who perished in the asylum fire recently. Advice to Mothers* Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup should always be used for children teething. It soothes the child, softens the gums. allays ail pain, cures wind oolic, and is the best remedy for Diarrhoea. Twenty-five cents a bottle. Following is the text of the argument of W. C. Brown, superintendent of the Iowa lines of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, before the house committee on railways and canals: Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen: We desire to discuss as briefly as may be the provisions of senate bills 3692 and 8681 and 6950, house files. Bills to regulate the use of safety appliances for railroad cars. I am here as the representative of thee., B. Sc Q. R. R. system of western railroad having a mileage of some 7.000 miles, extending from Chicago west to Denver andCheyenne, south to St. Louis, southeast to Kansas, north to St. Paul and Minneapolis, and northwest to Newcastle, in the Black Hills of Wyoming. We do not come before this committee to-day to attempt to make an argument against the safety appliances contemplated in this bill. Their usefulness has been demonstrated, the imperative necessity for them has been established beyond peradventure, and it is because we favor the adoption of such appliances by all the roads, within the shortest reasonable limit as to time, that we oppose the ligislation proposed in these bills. For years this question of power brakes and improved couplers has engrossed the attention of practical railroad men, and has taxed the mechanical ingenuity of inventors. After some years of trial by the various roads of the different devices offered, a majority of the roads associated in the organization known as the Master C'ar-buildfcrs’ Association recognized the fact that while progress was being made in the desired direction the best results could only be reached by concerted action of all or a majority of the roads in interest. Preliminary work was inaugurated, which resulted in a practical and exhaustive test held at Burlington, Iowa, which was open to any and all of the various inventors who chose to compete; this test commenced July 13, and continued until August 3, 1886. The results were not satisfactory, and at the close of this meeting plans were set on foot looking to a similar meeting the following year. The second test was made at the same place commencing May 9 and continuing to and including May 28, 1887. In attendance at these tests were railroad men and inventors from every portion of our own country as well as some representatives from abroad. The improvement in the devices tested, which had been made during the year which had elapsed since the tost of 1886 was simply marvelous, and at the conclusion of the test of 1887 I think there was little doubt in the mind of any practical railroad man that the question of a practicable power brake and an improved safety coupler was rapidly approaching solution. A committee of eight of the oldest and most able members of the association was selected to carefully investigate still further the question of an improved safety coupler. This committee consisted of Mr. Ii. Iv. Verbryck, of the C. R. T. & P.: Mr. John W. Cloud, of the N. Y.. L. E. & W.; Mr. E. W. Grieves, of the Ii. Sc O.; Mr. John Kirby, of the L. S. Sc M. S.; Mr. F. D, Adams, of the Ii. Sc. A.; Mr. R. C. Black-all, of the Del. A Hudson Canal Co.; Mr. John S. Lentz, of the Penn. & N. Y. Canal Sc ll. R., and Mr. Edward B. Wall, of the Pitts , Cill. St. L. R. R. Every man was a veteran in his profession. Perhaps no committee was ever appointed which was more thoroughly equipped for prompt and successful performance of duty. With a knowledge gained by years of practical experience, re-enforced by the’val.uablo information gained at the two tests referred to, and after giving the matter most thorough investigation, this committee reported to the association in favor of a certain type of coupler, not in favor of any particular patent, but in favor of a type of coupler known as the vertical plane hook, which would interchange with other similar couplers, and naming in the report four different inventions which would answer the requirements. This report was adopted by the association. and the question of the final adoption of this type of coupler as a standard submitted to a vote of the roads represented in the association. The basis of representation entitled each road to one vote for every one thousand cars owned or operated by such road; 424,792 cars were represented, and on October 13, 1887. when the votes were counted in New York, it was found that 474 votes had been cast in favor of the adoption of tho type of coupler recommended by the committee, and only 194 against it. This action was had nearly three years ago; work was common' cd upon almost every progressive road in the country-looking to the adoption of the type of coupler recommended, and I believe that the work in this direction has confirmed and emphasised the wisdom of the action of the committee. Not only has much been done, but great advances in the direction of the adoption of these much needed improvements are in contemplation. The serious consideration and discussion of these bills can have no other effect than to retard the work, whiie its inevitable effect. if either of them shall become a law. must be to absolutely stop all improvements in the direction indicated and to defer indefinitely the end it seeks to obtain. No committee, I care not by whom appointed. or from whence such committee may come, can give this question more thorough, careful, conscientous investigation than did the committee named, and certainly no committee can hope to have so favorable an opportunity for comparing tho relative merits of the various inventions as was afforded during the bra Re and couplers test at Burlington. The railways of the country, and the railway employes whose interest in this subject is one of life aud limb, and compared with’which all other interests pale into insignificance, regard these measures as dangerous to the interest they were evidently intended to serve, and they earnestly hope they will not find favor at your hands. Senate file 3665 and house file 9682 both contemplate securing the result sought for in senate file 3692 and house bills 8681 and 6950, but propose reaching it by a different, and as we believe a better method. As I remarked in discussing senate file 3692. we are in hearty accord with the object sought in all these bills, namely, securing the adoption of these safety appliances. Experience has demonstrated their value as a measure of economy in preventing destruction of property, and the long list of those killed and maimed in accidents which the use of these devices would have prevented, furnish an argument in their favor which no words of mine can strengthen. It seems to me. however, that in considering this or any other measure which it is proposed to enact and make a part of our national law, the first question which should suggest itself is whether or not the provisions of the act are such as it will be possible for those affected thereby to comply with. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy has between 30,000 and 35,000 freight cars. The cost of equipping these cars with the improved appliances proposed in this bill will amount to about two and a quarter million dollars. It will be something less than the Amount named* as we already have quite a large number of our cars thus equipped. In order to comply with this law, involving as it does the expenditure of a vast amount of money, the railroads must be permitted to earn the money necessary to properly maintain the properties and to make such improvements. Failing to earn the necessary money, this or any similar law must be inoperative, or if enforced the penalties would result in bankrupting the road. Legislation, both national and state, during the last four years, has brought the railroad interests of this country to a condition which no intelligent citizen interested in railroads or in the gen 'ral business of the country can view without the gravest apprehension and alarm. At the time when .Canadian competition was just beginning to make itself felt—by a congressional enactment—the hands of our American railroads were pinioned and we were left at the mercy of the foreign lines. Had the Dominion of Canada been accorded the privilege of drafting a measure which should have for its purpose the building up of Canadian railroad interests at the expense of competing American lines no measure more potent or more effective could have been suggested than the long and short-haul clause of the interstate act. The Canadian line can make any rate it desires to make between the Eastern seaboard and St. Paul. Minneapolis or the Pacific Coast, without affecting in any manner its intermediate rates, while our government says to the railroads of our own country, if they meet this canadian competition they must pay the penalty by reducing all intermediate rates. The situation is fairly comparable with two firms engaged as jobbers in the grocery trade. One firm, in order to stimulate trade, cuts the price on sugar, coffee, and one or two other leaders to cost, or possibly below cost. and when his competitor proposes meeting this competition by making a similar reduction, he is met with the admonition that if he reduces the price of one article he must make a similar reduction in the price of every article he sells, The injustice of this proposition is too manifest to admit of argument. The remoteness of the great grain and meat-producing empire west of the Mississippi river from the eastern seaboard, where these products must find a market, makes extremely low rates for the long haul absolutely necessary, not only to the prosperity of these great interests, but necessary to their very existence. The tendency of the long and short-haul clause is essentially to equalize rates^-to increase the long distance through rate in order to reduce the short distance local rate. The interest of the farmer and the stock-raiser of the great west demand the lowest possible rate upon the product of the farm. This class of freight must be moved by tin* railroads at bare cost, or at a rate giving a very slender margin of profit. In order to enable the railroads to make those abnormally low rates upon this class of through traffic they must be permitted to charge a reasonably remunerative rate upon intermediate or local traffic, and a very much higher rate proportionately than upon the long-haul business. Any attempt to make the rate upon through traffic the measure by which to arrive at a reasonable rate for the local traffic must inevitably iii great damage to the transportation lines doing the business or great damage to the producers of the west. Encouraged by the former liberal policy of the government, and inspired by faith in the future of the country and the fairness of the people, railroads have multiplied, parallel lines have been built and competition has been so abnormally stimulated that the right to form associations for an equitable division of the traffic, or the proceeds thereof, was the only practicable means of preventing destructive rate -wars, suicidal iii their effect upon the railroads and demoralizing and damaging to all classes of business. These agreements were never intended, and, I believe I am safe iii saying, never used to maintain unreasonably high rates. They were intended and used to prevent ruinously low rates, but at one stroke an agreement of this kind was made a crime, and for more than two years a practical substitute has been earnestly but unsuccessfully sought after. True it is that the right to make such agreement (or pools, if you please) simply protected the railroods against each other, but experience has demonstrated that such protection is necessary, and to thus remove the only means of protection and furnish no adequate substitute places the responsibility for the damage that ensues upon the agency by which such protection was removed. The government which enacts and enforces measures of this kind is comparable to one who, having a fleet of vessels sailing in close proximity to each other, upon a tempestuous sea, cuts the tiller-ropes and unships the rudders, and when the vessels, buffeted by the waves, dash against each other and are damaged or destroyed, censures the captain and the pilot, unmindful of the fact that he himself has rendered it impossible for the most careful captain or the most skillful pilot to direct the movement of the vessel and avoid danger. The condition of our railroads, resultant from the legislation referred to is simply appalling. Rates from the eastern seaboard to St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the large cities on the Missouri river are to-day fifteen cents per hundred (on goods of first-class) less by the Canadian line than by the American trunk lines. Vast volumes of business which should be handled by our own trunk lines for distribution throughout the northwest and west are being diverted to the Canadian road, giving employment to scores of men in that country and relegating to enforced idleness a similar number of our own citizens. The rates in other sections not directly affected by the Canadian competition are in a chaotic condition, and will doubtless remain so until the roads can be again permitted to make agreements for a fair and equitable division of the business and the maintenance of reasonable rates. The fact that the right to make such agreements or pools was abused does not justify the abolition of that right any more than the fact that the United States mails are sometimes used for the purpose of disseminating objectionable and vicious literature, or for the purpose of swindling the unwary, is an argument in favor of, or would justify the abolishment of the postoffice department. Such abuses in any system can be detected and stopped. It may be asked, what bearing have these things, or the condition of the railroads as described, upon the subject-matter of these bills? In reply I would say there is a connection between them of a most vital and important character. I am connected with a road as favorably circumstanced and as prosperous as any road west of Chicago. If any road run ning west from that city can comply with the provisions of this bill the Chicago. Burlington and Quincy can: but I know whereof I speak when I sav to you that unless relief is afforded from the damage which is being wrought by the effect of legislation, both national and state, it will be an impossibility for a very large majority of the roads of this country to comply with the requirements of this bill. Compliance with the provisions of the bills under discussion involves an expenditure on the part of the railroads of this country of something more than £65.000,-000, and I submit whether it is more than common justice to the railroads, that congress in considering the question of requiring the expenditure of so vast an amount of money, should not at the same time carefully scrutinize the legislation enacted daring the past four years, and modify such of it as lias been proven by (Continued on Page Two.) PREPARING FOR REVISION. The Presbyterian Assembly Adopts a Plan for Doctrinal Charges. It will be Referred to the Churches— Colored Ministers Create a Row in the Baptist Anniversary Meeting-Religious News. or or Saratoga, X. Y., May 22.—At this morning’s session of the Presbyterian general assembly, after the transaction of routine business. Dr. Edwards, president of the college of Welsh Presbyterians. was invited to deliver an address. The special committee on the publication board was continued another year and instructed to consult with a commission appointed yesterday. The chairman of the committee of the amendment of the confession of faith and constitution reported ihat it had been continued from year to year since 1867: that this church has always emphasized the doctrine as a vital element and changes in it should be made under greater restrictions than those in the discipline, and that alterations should be in definite terms. It was recommended that the following overture be transmitted for the action, viz: First—Shall a chapter be added to the form of government making provision for amendment and alteration of the confession of faith, longer and shorter catechism. form of government, book of discipline and directory for worship? And iii the following: Chapter XXIII of Amendments, Section I—Amendments or alterations of form of government, book of discipline and directory for worship, may be proposed by the general assembly to presbyteries. but shall not be obligatory on a church, unless a majority of all the presbyteries approve thereof in writing. Sec. 2. Amendment or alterations of the confession of faith and longer and boner catechisms may be professed to presbyteries by the general assembly, but shall not be obligatory on the church, unless they shall be approved in writing by two-thirds of all presbyteries and agreed to and enacted by the next general assembly, and written votes of presbyteries shall be returned to that assembl y. Sec. 3. Before any amendments alterations of the confession of faith the longer and shorter catechisms proposed by the general assembly shall be transmitted to the presbyteries, the general assembly shall appoint to consider the subject, a committee of ministers and ruling elders, in number not less than fifteen, of whom not more than two shall be from any one synod, and the committee shall report its commendation to t he general assembly next ensuing for action. Sec. 4. No alteration of any provision contained iii the chapter for amending or altering the confession of faith and longer and shorter catechisms or this fourth section shall be made unless an overture from the general assembly submitting the proposed alterations shall be transmitted to all presbyteries and may be approved in writing by two-thirds of their number and be agreed to and enacted by the general assembly. Sec. 5. It shall be obligatory on the general assembly to transmit to the presbyteries for approval or disapproval any overture respecting amendments or alterations provided for in this chapter which • shall be submitted to the same general I assembly by one-third of all the presby- j teries. In such cases overtures shall be I formulated and transmitted by the gen- j eral assembly receiving same to presbyteries for their action, subject to all subsequent proceedings to provisions of foregoing sections. Sec. 6. Whenever it shall appear to the general assembly that any proper amendment or alteration of the form of government, book of discipline and directory for worship, shall have received a majority vote of all the presbyteries, the general assembly shall declare such amendment or alterations to have been adopted and the same shall immediately go into effect. Sec. 7. Nothing in this chapter shall be so construed as to effect the right of two-thirds of the presbyteries to propose amendments or alterations of the confession of faith and longer and shorter catechisms, or of the general assembly to agree to and enact the same. Second—Shall section 6, chapter 12, be stricken out? Your committee would also recommend that presbyteries bo required and directed to answer the overture as a whole by a simple yea and nay and to report their answers to a stated clerk in time for presentation. Dr. Roberts said there were three modes of alteration. One, that of proposal after the committee has considered a year. Second, the mode in section 5. If one-third of the presbyteries propose alterations in either doctrinal or disciplinary standards the assembly must formulate and transmit the proposed alteration to the presbyteries for approval. The third mode is stated in section 6, which provides for alterations by simple majority votes of the presbyteries. All the members of the committee are unanimous, having made concessions on both sides. A desire for harmony was shown at the beginning of the assembly in the election of the moderator, and Roberts wishes the adoption of the report could be equally as unanimous. Dr. Patton said that those of the committee who were opposed to the report at the beginning agreed in supporting this report which concerns the right of the presbytery to overture the assembly and the need of two-thirds for an alteration in the doctrine. In answer to a question Dr. Roberts said the Westminster edict could not be dropped by a t^ro-thirds vote. The report was then adopted with but one dissenting vote. Dr. Patton, of Princeton, chairman of the committee for canvassing answersjof presbyteries on revision, read his report. There were 133 that desired revision and 68 that did not. The others declined to answer. Many desired it but stipulated that the Calvinistic character of the standard should not be altered. Considerable discussion arose as to the classification of the presbyteries. Albany refused to answer to revision but desired a new creed to be used side by side with the old. Dr. McCracken made the affirmative 135 and negative 67, including Albany and Sacramento in the affirmative, instead of the negative. This is a very important point, as the classification of these two decides whether two-thirds have or have not desired revision. Dr. Patton explained the reason for the classification adopted by the majority. Dr. Poole, of Albany, protested against the classification of that presbytery as refusing to vote for revision. Judge Thorton, of San Francisco, of the canvassing committee, defended its report. Elder Day, of New York, gave notice that to-morrow he will move the alternative plan of the constitution committee which plan will be printed and distributed before that time. A number of reports were presented. The committee on Sabbath observance represented Sunday newspapers as a desecration of the day. The board of church erection fund reported the number of applications for aid this year, exceeds that of any other. They were for two hundred church buildings and thirty-nine manses, and called for $136,-445, or $19,288 more than last year. The board has helped one hundred and seventy-four churches In twenty-five synods and ninety-two presbyteries. Of the states that received more than ten grants, Minnesota had fifteen and California fourteen each, Iowa thirteen, and Nebraska twelve. It was mended that £150.000 be raised for next year’s work. Rev. James M. Anderson, of North Dakota, spoke of the fight with the lottery people and the service rendered the cause by the fact that the Presbyterian church buildings could be used for meetings in opposition when those in favor of the scheme had secured every other audience room. He expected there would be another similar struggle next fall. First of the Session. Pittsburg. May 22.—The general synod of the Reformed Presbyterian church convened this morning. Rev. H. H. Brownell, of Coulterville. Illinois, acting as moderator. Delegates were present from all parts of the country. The session was taken up with effecting an organization and other routine business. The synod will probably be in session a week or ten dav. EIGHT ALDERMEN INDICTED. The Iowa Congregationalists. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] Des Moines, May 22.—At a meeting of the Iowa Congregational association this morning there were about 350 delegates present. The meeting was called to order by Rev. J. B. Chase, of Hull. The following officers were elected: Moderator, Rev. A. B. Robbins, of Muscatine:    assistant moderator. Rev. E. Adams, of Waterloo: clerk. Rev. S. J. Beach, of Cedar Falls: assistant clerk. Rev. C. II. Morse, of Muscatine: business committee. S. J. Rogers. William II. Atkins and II. G. Little; noiuinacing committee. A. W. Archibald. S. J. Buck, John D. Sands. A. Wright and J. E. Snowden. The interest in the meeting increases. A ROW OVER COLOR. A Sensational Episode In the Baptists* Session at Chicago. Chicago. May 22.—The American Baptists Publication Society to-day elected Samuel A. Croser. of Pennsylvania, president. A large number of other officers were also elected. A committee report was adopted recommending the managers to appoint men to prepare a catechism for use in Sunday schools. At the afternoon session a sensational episode occurred, involving the race question. Rev. A. liirge, of Virginia, presented a protest from the Virginia State Association of Colored Baptists, condemning tho publication society for an indignity offered tin* colored race by dropping. through race prejudice, the names of Rev. Lowe Simmons and Brooks.from the list of contributors to the Baptist Teacher. Mr. Binger firmly demanded an explanation of the dropping of his three colored brethren. General Secretary Griffiths assumed all responsibility. He said the three ministers in question had said warm things during the bitter troubles at Indianapolis last year which the poo-had exaggerated and misunderstood. The three were thereby unfitted to serve as editorial writers and the publishers, wrho, had the right, so informed them. At the conclusion of tho remarks the protest was referred to the board of managers. It was intimated that during the discussion of the matter citliat unless something isdone to counteract the effect of the dismissal of the three colored writers, the Baptists are liable to have their hold on the colored race weakened. A GREAT FIGHT. Andy Bowen Knocks Out the “Streator Cyclone” in Twenty-Eight Rounds. New Okleans, May 22.—Billy Myer, tin* “Streator Cyclone.” met Andy Bowen, a local light-weight, in a finish tight for £3.000 with five-ounce gloves at the West End Athletic club this evening. Both men entered the ling in a good condition and fit for a hard fight. Considerable money was nj), most of it being laid with odds of two to one on Myer. Pat Kenrick, a prominent local sport, was chosen referee and a great crowd was present. The people began to gather before seven o'clock and at nine o’clock over a thousadd were in the pavilion, including many notables in the sporting line. Jake Kilrain was greeted with great applause. Bowen weighed in at YiO% pounds, Myer 133}<. When they appeared in the ring much delay was caused by Myer having his right wrist bandaged, which he hurt in the fight with Hopper, three weeks ago. This occasioned several disputes among the betters. Bowen for some time refused to fight unless it was taken off, but finally time was called at 10:39. Bowen opened the first round by leading and hitting Myer on tin* shoulders. He then rushed and hit him agaim. Bowen had the best of the round. In the second there was some lively sparring. Bowen getting in five licks to Myer’s three. In the third both men got in telling blows but both seemed about even. In the fourth Myer hit Bowen a terrible knock on tin4 neck and Andy retaliated. Myer was bleeding from one eye and blowing. In the fifth, after some hard in-fighting. Bowen threw Myer and had the best of the round. The next two rounds were sparring for wind.    » From tins to the seventeenth round there alternated cautious sparring and short spurts of sharp in-fighting, no severe blows being given. In the sixteenth Bowen did some hard leading, and hit Meyer on the neck and a terrible blow* under the heart. In the Seventeenth he Hit Myer in the face, but the Streator boy came back at him and after some vicious in-fighting the round ended in Myers favor, Til the eighteenth Bowen landed on Myer’s ear and followed with a swipe on the neck which staggered Billy. They clinched on the ropes and Bowen got the best of it. In the nineteenth both men were con-siderably tired out but Bowen succeeded in landing a good one on Myer’s neck and got him on the ropes. Then after sharp in-fighting Myer knocked Bowen on the ropes by a powerful blow in the neck. Iii the twenty-second round Bowen seemed fresher. After some sparring for wind he smashed Myer square on the nose. In the twenty-third round he led and hit Billy in the chest. In the twenty-fourth Billy did some leading and hit Bowen on the neck, after which there was some hard in-fighting. in the twenty-fifth both men were very cautious. Bowen hit Myer in the breast and then in the month. Billy make a tremendous lunge at his opponent and missed. Both men were bleeding freely. The round ended with hard in-fighting. In the twenty-sixth Myer had a terrible cut on the left eye and blood on the breast. Bowen led and missed. Both men strike each other, but Bowen got the best of it. Myer made a terrible lunge for a knock-out blow but Bowen ducks and gets away. At the end of the twenty-sixth the honors were • about equally divided. In the twenty-seventh both men fought like demons and clinched. The round ended in Myer’s favor. In the twenty-eighth round Bowen lead: Myer got away: both men were exhausted. Myer gets Bowen on ropes: The police separated th<*m. When time w*as called for the twenty-ninth round Mr. Cheney came forward and gave the fight up. He claimed Myer^ had given out in the tenth round. The referee gave the fight to Bowen ending with the twenty-e ght round. W. B. Ball, of ijalary. Elected. Chicago, May 22.—W. B. Bull, of Quincy, Illinois, was elected president of the American Water Works association to-day. Every tissue of the body, every bone, muscle and organ is made stronger and more faithful by the use of Hood's Sarsaparilla. Am OM Time Railroad Engineer at Best. Chicago, May 22.—John S. Cook, an old time Illinois railroad man. died at Jacksonville yesterday* a beautiful complexion. Des Moines Officials Charged with Malfeasance in Office. A Serious Outlook for the Interested Parties—The Eleetrie Medical Society—The Supreme Derisions —Other Iowa News. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] De> Moines. May 22.—The excitement and interest in the alleged boodlerism with reference to last year’s council culminated when the grand jury returned indictments for willful misconduct in office against Adam Baker, M. II. King. John C. Macy, Gee. W. Sheldon (two indictments]. Frank Morris. Mark Egan. Michael Brady (three indictments), dias. Weitz. Alvin G. Hammer, J. P. Smith and II. R. Reynolds. One of the three indictments returned against Brady was for obtaining money under false pretences. Warrants were issued for the arrest of the parties and before night all in town at present have appeared, and given bail which is fixed at from £500 to £2.000 according to the number of indictments against them. Mr. II. King was indicted for malfeasance when alderman but not in his position as a member of the board of public works although grave charges are preferred and an investigation demanded by citizens with reference to the ex-board of public works. The end is not yet. and more interesting developments are expected tomorrow. "Willful misconduct iii office" is misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding one year, or by a fine' not exceeding £500, or both, at the discretion of the court. The charge of false pretenses is felony, punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary or county jail, or both imprisonment and fine. Most of the aldermen have returned the amount which the exposure showed they had illegally received, but it is thought other damaging evidence has been found. Three .of those indicted. Reynolds, Smith and Sheldon are members of the present city council and a demand for their resignation has grown all the stronger to-day since the action of the grand jury has been made known. They however refuse to resign, and it is reported they will absent themselves from all council meetings until the matter is ended. Should this be done it will seriously block the wheels of legislation as such action will c prevent any appropriations of funds which requires three-fourths of a vote of the whole council, an impossibility with three absentees. But a second thought will, no doubt, convince them of the folly of such a course. The money alleged to have been unlawfully taken amounts to nearly thirteen thousand dollars, while considerable difference of opinion is expressed as to the result of their trials. There is no doubt but what some are exceedingly nervous’and scared at the outlook. Considerable suprise was expressed that the ex-clerk. eX-treasurer and others of the old city force are equally implicated. They are not indicted, but it is understood they will be used as state witnesses and indicted at the next term. A JUDICIAL DECISION. No Person Has a Right to Keep a Flare to Sell Original Packages in Iowa. Nevada, la., May 22.Judge Hindman of the district court, in his charge to the grand jury at the opening of court today, took the ground that not withstanding the late decision of the United States Supreme court no person has a right in this state to keep a place for the sale of intoxicating liquors of any kind, either in original packages or otherwise, and that it was the sworn duty of tlie jurors to report to the court by indictment any person charged with the keeping of any such place without regard as to where such liquors came from. He maintained that inter-state commerce has nothing to dt> with the question, and that tile keeping of a place for the sab; of liquors is a nuisance, no matter how they are dealt out. The Eclectic Medical Society. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] Des Moines, May 22.—The Eclectic Medical society continued in session today. A committee composed of J. B. Horner, J. C. Wilson and N. L. YanZandt was appointed to investigate the Iowa Eclectic Medical college, of Des Moines, which has been refused recognition by the state board of health. The election of officers resulted as follows: President, D. B. Roes; vicepresidents, C. Wilson; Ed. Wiley, recording secretary; J. A. Mackiven, corresponding secretary: B. L. Gadd. treasurer; J. B. Horner was chosen to take*the place of Jay I). Miller to be recommended as a member of the state board of health. Iowa Supreme Coart. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] Des Moines, la.. May 22.—In the supreme court: Radford vs. Thorned, from Pottawattamie county, dismissed: Babson, appellant, vs. Wilson, from Benton county, affirmed: Snell vs. Dubuque and Sioux City Railway company, appellant; three cases, from Webster couuty, affirmed on each; Skinner vs. Young, appellant, from Cherokee county, affirmed, Smith, appellant, vs. Heath, from Audubon county, affirmed: Shepherd, appellant, vs. Bridenstine, from Wapello county, affirmed. Struck by Lightning. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.J Des Moines, May 22.—The damage done in this city by the storm this forenoon was considerable. While at its heighth lightning struck several places, causing alarms of fire. One place struck was a building occupied by a drug store and dwelling. It splintered the chimney, following it down to the basement, completely ruining that side of the building, and seriously injured Mrs. Rocky who lived on the second floor. A Serious Collision. Coon Rapid-, la.. May 22.—A serious head-end collision occurred yesterday afternoon on the Chicago, Milwaukee Sc St. Paul railway one mile east of Dedham between the flyer and a work train. The engines were damaged, the baggage car badly wrecked, and five flat ears derailed. Fireman B. C. Davis of the work train was killed and Baggageman C. II. White, of Marion, la., sustained a broken ankle.    _ Des Moines Postmaster. Du- Moines. May 22.—Private information was received this evening that the Hon. Isaac Brandt has been appointed postmaster at I>s Moines. He was indorsed by Congressman Conger and First-Assistant Postmaster-General Clarkson. but was vigorously opposed by the friends of Gen. Tuttle. Arrested for Conspiracy. [Special to The Hawk-Eye.] Knoxville. la.. May 22.—John Brownlee and Frank Duncan have been arrested on a charge of conspiracy to obtain money from O. P. Wright of the Marion County National bank. -- • -'-y MT. PLEASANT MATTERS. A Budget of Personal, Political and Other Information. [Correspondence of The Hawk-Eye.] Mt. Pleasant. May, 21.—The frosts within the last few days have injured much of the early vegetables in this county, but it is believed that the corn crop is all safe. The several showers of rain daring the week have enlivened the growing grain and grasses, and the outlook for crops is good. Dr. Charles F. Morsh has recently returned from Florida, and has taken up his abode with his family in the old family mansion on North Main street. The killing frosts in February which destroyed nearly the entire prange crop in that extreme southern state, convinced the Doctor that he would better come back to a milder climate, and he is more than ever convinced that Iowa is a mighty good state to come back to. Senator Woolson is confined to his house with sickness, although it is not regarded as serious. His many friends hope to tee his smiling countenance on the streets again soon. Deputy Sheriff Buchanon drove down to Burlington on Monday evening over the track of ye ancient Plank Road, and brought back yesterday a team and wagon, which some thoughtless citizen, without a due regard for the rights of property, had taken away. “Bob** seems to bt' taking a good grip on the deputy sheriff’s office, even if he is a democrat. Post master Satterthwaite returned this morning from an official visit to the Normal school at Cedar Falls, of which state institution he is one of the trustees. Evidently President Harrison thought if the people of Iowa could trust “Josh" to run a great state institution he could rely on his efficiency. And thepatronsof the office think he has made a good guess on the recommendation of the best congressman from this state. He is always on duty, is pleasant and affable, and when first seen up town this morning he was walking in pleasant converse with the big democrat whom he displaced—John Walbank. The latter made a good postmaster, but the evidence so far is to the effect that Josh will see him and go him one better. Hon. IV. I. Babb returned last night from a business trip to Des Moines. And this reminds me to say that he is lie-ginning to be talked about as a prospective democratic candidate for judge of the district court this year. This is a republican district: although the majoi-itv is not largo, still it was large enough four years ago to defeat Judge Burton, probably the best democratic lawyer iii the district, lf Babb were not a democrat—but then he is. and that makes a vast difference, you know. Hon. VV. S. Withrow has been selected by the supreme court as one of the committee of lawyers to examine the candidates for admission to the bar at the coining commencement of the state university. Scott is one of our best rising young republicans who. some of bis friends thought, made a mistake in not accepting a second term in the legislature. But he is wide awake, and the party will find use for him again before mony years. As “coming events always cast their shadows before," so we are now in the midst, of the talk and preparation for Memorial Day. Many people still call this “Decoration Day.” hut the true name is “Memorial.” as established by the rules and regulations of the G. A. R. Our citizens have united with the local post and relief corps, and committees have been Sider ted in and out of the G. A. R. Post, and it is expected that all citizens, irrespective of party and without regard to the question as to whether they were or not soldiers, w ill participate in tin* solemn ceremonies of the occasion. Hon. James Harlan will deliver the memorial address in the park, and Rev. II, E. Wing will speak at the Forest Home cemetry. The mayor of the city has issued his proclamation, requesting the proper observation of the day, by the closing of business houses and refraining from traffic, HAWK-EYE ^LANCES. Fell Down a Well.—At Fort Dodge, Christian Will, a well-digger, fell down a well Wednesday morning and received injuries which it is feared will result fatally. An Attractive Business.—The Cedar Rapids Gazette-*ays that one member of the Cedar Rapids school board, one member of the city council, and an ex-church janitor are three of those wiio have gone into the ‘’original package” business there. Washington Water Supply.—The Washington city council is advertising for plans and bids for supplying that city with water, in qualities not less than 75,000 gallons per day. Her deep wells and similar projects have proved failures, and it is probable that she will have to come to impounded water. No Food for Over Two Months.— Thomas F. Sutton, a boy 11 years of age living in Dubuque, who some years ago sustained spinal injuries, has for eleven weeks had seventy-five to one hundred fits a day. His stomach has become paralyzed and for seventy-six days he has had no food except a glass of wine every day. His death is hourly expected. Arrested for Cattle Stealing.— In all of the many thefts and burglaries occurring in northeastern Van Buren county about two years ago, and the many arrests which followed, the state was able to prove but one crime sufficiently to secure a conviction. That was in the ease of William Van Winkle, arrested for cattle stealing. He was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment in the penitentiary, and the supreme court has affirmed the sentence. A Burglar Arrested.—Washington officers last week arrested a suspicious character who had been loafing about that place for several days. When taken into custody the man was on his way to the depot with a heavily laden valise which he had had secreted in the woods. In this grip were found a full ki$of burglar's tools, giant powder, acids, percussion caps, etc., £130 in money and a large lot of goods, which it was afterward learned had been stolen from the store of Mr. Ritz, of Eldon, a few nights before. The fellow had two or three companions, but they escaped arrest. The New iscovery. You have heard your friends and neighbors talking about it. You may yourself tx; one of the many who know from personal experience just how good a thing it is. If you have ever tried it, you are one of its staunch friends, because the wonderful thing about it is, that when once given a trial. Dr. King’s New Discovery ever after holds a place in the house. If you have never used it and should be afflicted with a cough, cold or any Throat, Lung or Chest trouble, secure a bottle at once and give it a fair trial. It is guaranteed every time, or money refunded. Trial bottles Free at Henry's drug store. Drake University Commencement. [Special to the Hawk-Eye.] Des Moines. May 22.—The commencement exercises of Drake University at Des Moines open Thursday, June 12, and continue tit June 19. The past year has been a most prosperous one for the college. Sixty-six choice resident lots are to be sold at auction commencement day • the profits of which go to build the new scientific hall. The Ladles Delighted. The pleasant effect and the perfect safety with which ladies may use the liquid fruit laxative, Syrup of Figs, under a1) conditions make it their favorite remedy. It is pleasing to the eye and to the taste, gentle, yet effectual In acting on the kidneys, liver and bowels. Sentenced to Hard Labor. Doylestown, Pa., May 22.—J. Monroe Shell en berger, the lawyer, whose fargeries and other criminal escapades recently caused such a widespread sensation, was to-day sentenced to imprisonment for twenty-two years at hard labor in the penitentiary. Change of life, backache, monthly irregularities, hot flashes, are cured by Dr. Miles’ Nervine. Free samples at J. H. Witte’s drug store_ Dropped Dead on a Car. Chicago. May 22.—Dr. Moritz Ludwig, for many years telegraph editor of the Illinois SUuitz-Zettung, dropped on a car this morning will return home from work.__ —Men’s congress shoos $1.00 at A. A Adams’. ;

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