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WashiüQtun, D. C, Mav 13. 1895. I President Cleveland is taking things easy and enjoying these dclightful May days at his suburban home, only coming in to the White House on cabinet days. Fur the I first time in many months the wheels of government are moving without a ]ar. All the threatening foreign compucations have been peaceaDiy straightened out, or have reached a stage at which they are no longer threatening; and our domestic affairs are all in a promising condition, notwithstanding the extra time put in by some people in concocting sensational storles about the condition of the treasury, and the regular weekly newspaper resignation from the cabinet. If this period of quietness lasts it is probable that the president will accompany Mrs. Cleveland and the children when they go to Gray Gables for the sumtner. The supreme court has decided the income tax cases, but the nature of the decisión will not be known until next week, unless some enterprising newspaper man finds a way to get at it before it is officially announced, as was done with the first decisión. There are surface indications that Justice Jackson voted to uphold the constitutionaiity of the law. His vote was practically the decisión, unless there has been some change among the other eight justices, who were equally divided as to the constitutionaiity of the tax when the first decisión was made. Secretary Carlisle is being deluged with invitations to make financial speeches in Kentucky, but he has not yet finally decided how many speeches he will be able to make in that state, nor at what places or time they will be made. lt is probable that he will go from the Memphis sound money convention to Kentucky. Admiral Meade has proven that the adcninistration had excellent grounds for fearing to put hirn in a position where a war with a foreign country raight depend entirely upon his discretion, by showing that he has no dlscreticm.-'liis intervi-ew whïle in New York not only shows him tobe a man without discretion, but to bè vkyit'jio army or navv officer should be - an tensely bitter political partisan. It is the opinión of naval officials that Admira! Meade's injudicious and ailter public criticism of the government has made him liable to be tried by court-martial, under article 235 of the naval regulations, which prohibits officers communicating, by interview or otherwise, any comments or criticism of any department of the government. Under that same article a court-martial is to convene next week to try Medical Inspector Kershner, upon charges made by Admiral Meade. The personal popularity of the hot-headed, but brave and generous admiral, may be cient to keep him from being courtmartialed; but should any officer of the navy make formal complaint against him, the president would be almost compelled to either order a court-rnartial or an examination as to the mental responsibility of Admiral Meade. It ís understood that Secretary Herbert has asked him for an explanation. Ex-Congressman Vanee, of Ohio, says of the political situation in his state: "Democratie sentiment is predominantly in favor of the nomination of ex-Governor Campbell. He is for sound money, and would make the best race on account of his personal popularity and good campaigning ability, and he would draw both elements of the party around him, the silver as well as the sound money men. Of course the party is divided on the silver question, but the leaders are almost all for sound money, among the exceptions being Allen G. Thurman, ir., chairman of the state executive committee, and Secretary Taylor; but looking the state over I find that the big men of the party are for sonnd money, and believe that the democratie state convention will on sober second thought so declare itself. As for the republicans, they will probably adopt a resolution referring the whole matter to the incoming republican congress." Democrats generallv regard the position taken by Senator Gray concerning that alleged election of Col. Dupont to be a United States senator by the Delaware legislature as the correct one, and believe with him that the senate will not allow Col. Dupont to take bis seat. Even ' bs radical a republican as Senator Mitchell, of Oregon, expresses doubt of Dupont's claim. Senator Mor gan, of Alabama, doesn't believe that Dupont will be seated, nor that the United States senate has any corr-'.itutioual right to question the l"-'aHfy of Gov. Watson's vote as senator while acting governor of the state. Senator Morgan also calis i atieatioii to the fact that only one , man has been allowed during his Ur-natorial career -to take a the senate without first presenting the governor's certifícate of his election. That man was Roscoe Conkling, but in his case the certifícate had been sent by the governor of New York, but was delayed in the mails. Dupont will not, it is certain, get a certifícate from Governor Watson.


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