Washington, Fob. 21. - ciumdier created something ota sensación iu the senatfc Ijy (Hitlinirifi some important steps to hv taken !iy t iiv next congress, ineludinfc a cóngressional nvestlgation of the recent parchase of gold by the president of the United States. Tlie speech oame unexpectbdly, as a.n incident of the Indmn appropriation bil!. The silver bill was displaced by a vote of 5." to HÍ and goes back to the calendar, where Wolcott's declaratory resolution also went. The Indlan approprlatlofa was pending at adjourninent. The opponent of new battleships lor the navy eullered a crüsbing defeat when Sayres' motion to strike out the authorizatlon in the naval appropriation for war vesseis was lost by a vote of ti? to 199. But the house would not upproprlate money to build thé ships aothorizeü. The bill as passed authorizes the construction of three battleships ru oost, exclusive of armor, f4,0U0,Ü(X) each, and twelve torpedo boats to cost $1TÜ,U(W eaoh. The senate aniendinent to the diplomatic; and consular bill appropriating i5U0,0Ü() for a cable to Hawali was discussed without action.