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Washington. Nov. 2.- Silver parchases by the goverument ceased Wednesday. The purpose for which Mr. Cleveland called congress in extraordinary session was accoinplished at 4:25 Wednesday afternoon when he affixed his name to the bilí to repeal unconditionally the purchasing clause of the Sherman law. The Btruggle in the house was short. Only 27 men could be rallied for the last stand by the silver leaders, Messrs. Bland and Bryan. Mr. Bland and his colleagues, knowing that further opposition was futile, preferred to sacrifice the opportunity for a few hours' debate offered by Mr. Wilson, in order to force the rnajority to bring in the cloture and concur in the senate amendment by duress. But even in this they failed. Their sinall following might have succeeded had they been led by experienced and skilf ui parliarnentary tacticians. Neither Mr. Bryan nor Mr. Snodgrass, his lieutenant, is well versed in parliamentary procedure, and when thrown off their guard bv a momentary distraction they exposed" their flank by failing to follow one filibustering motion with another. Speaker Crisp overwhelmed them by putting the pending motion to order the previous question. It was carried with" a roar. The filibusterers had been caught napping and nothing remained for them to do except to submit. For 30 minutes under the rules followed the rattle of oratory amid the greatest confusión and excitement. At its conclusión the vote was taken on Mr. Bland's free coinage substitute. The majority again was still 27. Then came the final vote on concurring in the senate amendments. The vote stood 198 for concurrence and 94 against. When the original bilí passed the house Aug. 28 the vote stood 201 to 100, bo that although the total vote Wednesday was smaller the proportion was practically the same. The final vote was taken at 2:50 p. m. The bill was engrossedimmediatelyand 20 minutes later, at 3:10, the formal announcement was made to the senate that its amendment had been agreed to by the house. The bill was hurriedly enrolled by Chairman Pearson of the committee on enrolled bilis and at 3:30 was presented to Speaker Crisp for his signatura. A fleet footed messenger carried it to the senate, where it was signed two minutes later by Vice President Stevenson. Chairman Pearson with the bilí under his arm entered a carriage waitiag for him in the plaza in front of the Capítol and drove rapidly to the White House. The president had been kept duly advised of the progress of events. Indeed he manifested so much interest in the vote in the house that at his request a duplícate of the names of those who had voted for and against the concurrence was made soon after the roll cali was coinpleted and this list was lying on the desk when Mr. Pearson arrived with the bill. Secretary Carlisle, Attorney General Olney and Private Secretary Thurber were present. After felicitating with each other for a few moments over the victory that had been achieved the president took up the engrossed copy of the bill and read it aloud. Then picking up a quill pen he affixed his autograph at 4:25. And thus 85 days 4 hours and 25 minutes after the extraordinary session convened the remedy for the financial distress which Mr. Cleveland demanded in his message was applied.


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