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The Indian Republican
Abstracted / Transcribed byLinda Haas Davenport
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<A calendar for June 1898>
National news in Brief. Complied from Various Sources
In the senate, on the 6th, an urgent deficiency bill, made necessary by the war with Spain and carrying an aggregate of $17,1745,000 was passed. The greater part of the remainder of the session was devoted to consideration of the measure providing for the taking of the twelfth and subsequent censesus, without any progress being made. In the house the revenue bill was sent to conference after which routine business, chiefly under suspension of the rules, occupied the session, a number of bills being passes. Adjournment was taken pending the disposal of a measure providing a code of criminal law and procedure for Alaska.
In the senate, on the 7th, consideration of the bill for the protection of people in the Indian territory was continued for three hours when it was passed. The discussion of the census bill precipitated a civil service debate, which had not been concluded when the senate adjourned. In the house after disposing of the urgent deficiency bill, as passed, with amendments, by the senate, the house took up the conference report upon the sundry civil appropriation bill, and began voting severally upon the 45 amendments, three of which were adopted and five rejected.
In the senate, on the 8th, the bill providing for the taking of the twelfth census, which had been under consideration for three days, was passed. It provides for immediate preliminary arrangements for taking the census of 1900. In the house senate amendments t the sundry civil appropriations bill were disposed of and a further conference agreed to. The conference report on the post office bill was adopted without debate, and the house proceeded to consider a bill to provide for participation of volunteer soldiers in congressional elections.
In the senate, on the 9th, the "omnibus claim billy," carryover $9,000,000 was passed. Considerable discussion was developed in connection with rejection by the government of the steamship Centennial as a transport, and some ugly charges against ship owners on the Pacific coast were made and controverted. In the house the conference report upon the way revenue will was presented and adopted - 154 to 107. Consideration was resumed of the bill to enable volunteer soldiers to vote in congressional elections.
In the senate, on the 10th, after discussion lasting four hours, the conference report on the war revenue bill was agreed to by the decisive vote of 43 to 22. Every republican, eight Democrats, one silver republican and one independent voted for the measure. In the house the feature of the day's session was the securing of an agreement to consider (for four days) and vote upon the Newlands resolution to annex Hawaii, the vote to be taken on the 15th. The bill will enable volunteer soldiers to vote at congressional elections was passed, and a number of minor measures, chiefly of a private nature were considered.
Personal and Political.
The president, on the 9th, granted a pardon to Capt. John D. Hart, who was serving a sentence of two years for engaging in a filbustering expedition to Cuba.
A Hong Kong dispatch of the 9th said the insurgent march toward Manila was reported to have been so successful that Gov. Gen. Augusti surrendered the city to Gen. Aguinaldo, the insurgent chief, the terms of surrender being that there should be no massacre, and that order should be preserved by the Americans.
According to a senator who was in consultation with him on the 9th, the president has in contemplation the submission of a special message to the two houses of congress calling for immediate annexation of Hawaii as a military necessity.
On the 9th Miss Evangelina Cisneros, whose romantic escape from a Spanish prison in Havana several months ago is recalled, was married in Baltimore, Md., to Carlos F. Carbonet, who assisted in her rescue.
On the 9th it was said that Mrs. Day, wife of the secretary of state, had so far recovered in health as to leave the Cleveland (O.) general hospital, where she underwent a dangerous operation, and, was under treatment for six weeks. She has returned to her home in Canton.
Statements sent from Ottawa, Ont., that the Dominion government had decided to deport Senor Dubose and Lient. Carranza, the alleged Spanish spies, lack foundation. Power to do so may can only be exercised by special act of parliament.
On the 10th S.R. Fuller, identified for thirty years or more with the lumber trade of Chicago, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, died in Chicago. In addition to his lumber business, he was interested in a number of railway enterprises.
Frederick H. Wing may be appointed assayer in charge of the United States mint at Seattle, Wash.
On the 18th additional returns received from the election in Oregon swelled Greer's (rep.) plurality for governor to 10,371.
Crimes and Casualties.
On the 8th Ella, Edith and Harville Watts, children of Charles Watts, of Ferney's Hill, near Wood's Run avenue, Allegheny, Pa., aged eleven and seven years and four months respectively, were so badly burned by the explosion of a can of oil that they died in a short time.
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At 3 a.m. on the 7th, on the Baltimore & Ohio railway, six miles east of Parkersburg, O., a freight train was derailed and a passenger train ran into it. John Henry, engineer, was killed, and seven persons were wounded.
On the 10th a torpedo in the St. John's river, at John's Bluff, 18 miles below Jacksonville, Fla., exploded, killing <ink blot> ... and wounding Lieut. Hart, of the United States engineer corps, in charge of the work of fortifying the river at that point.
On the 8th an official note published in Madrid closes with the admission: "The American projectiles, however, sank the Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes, five sailors and 29 marines being killed."
It was stated on the 9th that the Morgan and Senator would be added to the transport fleet of the second expedition to sail from San Francisco on the 15th.
In reply to a request from Admiral Sampson for the exchange of prisoners, Gen. Linares, commander of the Spanish troops in Santiago, replied that such negotiations were only possible with Cap. Gen. Blanco.
It is reported at Tacoma, Wash., that importers are making a quiet but extraordinary effort to hurry all the tea possible into America before the prospective war duty shall become effective.
On the 9th the California state prohibition convention, at Fresno, nominated J.E. McComas of Pemona, for governor, and Robert Somers, of San Jose, for lieutenant-governor and named a full congressional ticket.
Some apprehension exists in Washington over the outbreak of seven cases of yellow fever at McHenry, Miss., and steps have been taken not only to check the spread of the disease from McHenry, but to prevent any possibility of an epidemic in the south.
A strong protest has been entered by Japan against the uniform duty of ten cents a pound on tea provided for the ware revenue bill. The government will give due attention to the protest.
It is stated that the British government, following out the policy adopted in connection with its big naval stations, will store an immense supply of Cardiff coal, the best steam engine coal produced, at the Esquimault (B.C.) dock yards.
A report from the collection of customs at New York shows that the imports of diamonds at that port from January 1 to April 30, 1898, amounted to $2,085,435, as compared with $241,175 for the same period in 1897.
On the 10th the Fifty-first regiment of Iowa volunteers, numbering nearly 1,000 men arrived in San Francisco. The soldiers from Iowa re the best equipped of any that have reached San Francisco.
The senate was not in session on the 11th. In the house the Hawaiian debate was begun, and six speeches were made covering generally the contentions of the support and opposition to the resolutions providing for annexation. There was a good attendance in the galleries, but barely a quorum at any time on the floor.
Steamers arrived at Liverpool from Sierra Leon, West Africa, report that 1,000 persons were killed in the recent uprising in that district. One hundred and two inhabitants of Freetown, most of them traders, are known to have been massacred, and other colonists were harried into the bush by the "war boys' and undoubtedly met a worse fate. Three hundred friendly natives were killed, and, besides the white misionaries, six colored missionaries of the United Bretheren of Christ were murdered at Manohbargru. The English missionaries are at the mercy of the war boys, but have not been molested.
The Niger boundary dispute, in which English papers and politicians have seen a war cloud, is praactically settled. A convention covering all disputes is ready for signature. France gets to commercial depots on the lower Niger for outlets for French trade with Upper Dahomey, while Great Britain's gains, consist of territory on the gold coast.
Measles threaten to become epidemic among soldiers in Camp Merritt at San Francisco, and Surgeons Owen, Morris and page, in charge of the field hospital and bending all their energies to prevent the further spread of the malady.
An imperial edict has been issued at Pekin provided for the establishment of the University of Pekin on European models. The dignitaries have been commanded to confer immediately for the carrying out of the scheme.
Recruits to the number of 850 arrived at San Francisco, on the 11th, from Fort McPherson, Ga., and went into quarters at Camp Merritt. The Red Cross society breakfasted the men at the society's headquarters.
Several Spanish generals are quoted in Madrid as saying that Spain can continue the war in Cuba for two years, and that it is useless to talk of peace unless on the basis of statu quo ante bellum.
Political circles in Madrid declare that no suggestions for peace have been received. Such suggestions would be declined, for Spain has decided to pursue the war to the bitter end.
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