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No. 14,696. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, APRIJ. 5, 1900-TWENTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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THE SORTIE FAILED
Unsuccessful Attempt to Relieve Gar
rison at Mafeking.
COL PLUER'S COLUMN REPULSE
.Boers Still Closing in South and
East of Bloemfontein.
ROBERTS' BASE THREATENED
LONDON. April 5.-A special dispatch
from Lorenzo Marquee says sharp fighting
occurred April 2 in the neighborhood of
Mafeking. The garrison made a sortie,
while Gen. Plumer's cavalry attacked the
Boers at Ramathiabama. Both attacks
were repulsed. Twenty of Col. Plumer's
men were found dead on the field and six
others were made prisoners. The federal
losses were small.
TRIALS OF ESCAPED PRISONERS.
Capt. Haldane and Lieut. Le Mesurier
LONDON, April 5.-Further details just
received from Lorenzo Marques in regard
to Capt. Ialdane of the Gordon Highland
ers and Lieut. Le Mesurler of the Dublin
Fusiliers, who recently arrived there after
escaping from Pretoria, encountering peri
lous adventures in the way, show that
their experiences were very similar to
those of Winston Churchill. the war cor
respondent, who also escaped from Pre
toria In December last. Hiding in swamps
during the day time, having narrow es
capes from Boer patrols and traversing
It) miles of country. ('apt. Haldane and
Lieut. Le Mesurier at length reached
Watervalcover, in the South African re
public, where they hid in an open railroad
truck, covered with tarpaulin.
Ccntinuing the narrative of their ex
periences. the two officers said:
"At daybreak, to our delight, the train
moved off. After eight hours we arrived
at Komatie Port, but were dismayed by
the switching of our truck to a siding,
while the remainder of the train moved
on into the promised land, only a mile dis
tant. After half an hour, to our great con
sternation, we heard some one unfasten
the tarpaulin, the darkness of the truck
was changed to brilliant daylight, and a
Dutchman looked over the contents. For
hours we did not move and were cramped
and stifled by the heat. The following
morning, to our intense delight, the truck
was coupled to a goods train and we soon
crossed the line into Portuguese territory."
Capt. Haldane added that he and Lieut.
Le Mesurier hope soon to join their regi
ments and face the Boers again. The two
officers show traces of the hardships they
have endured, their long hair and un
shaven faces being particularly noticeable.
THREATENING ROBERTS' BASE LINE.
Parties of Boers East and South of
LONDON, April 5.-Detached bodies of
Boer horse, numbering from 5W) to 1.000
each, have appeared at several places to
the southward and eastward of Bloemfon
tein, threatening the railroad, but commu
nication by wire and rail is not in the least
affected. One of these forces is near East
Springfonteln. on the Bloemfontein rail
road, and General Gatacre's forces are re
ported to be about to engage it. Lord Rob
erts, except to safeguard the railroad,
seemingly declines to send columns chasing
the Boer bands. He is reserving his cav
alry and transport animals for the forward
movement. Explanations havir.g indirect
origin In the war office as to why Lord Rob
erts is inactive are that there has been a
lack of horses for remounts, but new horses
are arriving by train loads hourly. The
-pressure on the railroad is so great that
private parcels and the offieers have not
been forwarded from Cape Town for three
Situation in Free State.
The si:uation in the Free State remains
far from clear and Is unsatisfactory to
British observers. The sickness among the
Boer prisoners at Simonstown continues to
increase. Five men died April 3. The pris
once-s who were on board the transport
L.iongolian have been transferred to the
shore camp. Unless the sickness abates it
is not Ukely that more prisoners will be
sent to St. Helena.
A dispatch from Cape Town dated yester
day anrounces the departure for the front
of the second contingent of Canadian
Rudyard Kipling has returned to Cape
STETN STILL HAS HOPE.
Free State President's Address at
Opening of the Rand.
PRETORIA, Monday, April 2.-In his
speech at the opening of the Free State
raad, President Steyn declared that in spite
of the surrender of mtoemfontein he had not
lost hope of the triumph of the republican
causE. The war, he said, was forced upon
the Transvaal, and nothing remained for
the Orange Free State but to throw in its
iot with the sister repubilic, In accordance
with, the terms of the treaty. The war, he
continued, was begun with the object of
maintaining by arms the independence
bought with the blood of the forefathers of
1:he nation, and had been so successful
that It had caused the greatest wonder
throughout the world and even to the Boer.
After payingr a trihbrte to the memory ot
G*n. .,,ubert. I - -sident Steyn said that the
British, n! witr.-anding their overwhelm
ling numbers, wree vIolating the flag of
true and the Red Cross and he was com
pelled to report the matter to the neutral
The presIdent further remarked that the
attemtpt to create dissension amtong the
burghers by the issuing of proclamations
Rteferring to the correspondence betweeu,
the South African presients and Lord
Sa.1sbury, President Steyn proceeded:
"Not only were those efforts made. bul
the republics hadt dispatched~ a deputatiori
to E-urope. and A merica in order to bring the
influence of neutral powers to secure a ces.
eanion ..f the bloodshe~d. and I greatly de
sire- that these efforts be crowned with sue.
After stying that the government had
raised a temp -rary I.oan with the Transvaa:
o~residtent Steyn concluded, with a prayer
that the Free State be preserved from be-.
lig forced to g.we up Its dear'y loved in.
Piumer'a Start for Mafeking.
GABERON ES. Bechuanaland, Wednes
,'ay. March 'A--ol. Plumer, with a forc,
of British mounted infantry, started on
daring march Sundlay. March 25. with the
object of threatening the Boer lines of conm
rr'unication,. After two rapid night marche;
through Transvaal territory they arrive,
at dawn, March 27, withIn twelve miles o
Zeerust and distinctly heard the bombard
ment of Mafeking. Having reconnoitere,.
the country with the view of future opera
tions without sighting a single white mat,
Col. Plumer crossed the railroad south o
Lobatsi, which he found in posseasion of
Boer force, and returned. Thence, tindin;
the railroad hence damaged by Gen. Sny
man's main force, he returned to the vicln
Ity of Mafeking.
Rtumors reach here that a relief column I
anpeakt. 3aIakt fremm the ....ea.
MONEY FOR THE NAVY
Amount Carried by the Appropria
tion Bill $61,219,916.
WARSHIPS TO CO3T $28,000,000
Armor Plate at $545 a Ton
OUR POLICY IN THE FUTURE
The naval appropriation bill was today
reported to the House by Acting Chairman
Foss of the naval committee. The amount
carried by the bill is $61,219,916-the largest
ever reported to the House from the naval
Aside from this the report, which accom
p.nies the bill, is remarkable for its ar
rayal of facts regarding sea power the
world over, foreign naval programs and the
comparative strength of the navies of the
great maritime powers, accompanied by
colored charts showing the upbuilding of
the various great navies.
Under the head of "naval program," the
report says as to new ships: "For the pur
pose of further increasing the naval es
tablishment of the United States the com
mittee recommend that the President be au
thorized to have built by contract two sea
going coast-line battle ships, carrying the
heaviest armor and most powerful ordnance
for vessels of their class upon a trial dis
placement of about 18.500 tons, and to have
the highest practicable speed and great ra
dius of action, and to cost, exclusive of
armor and armament, not exceeding $3.
600.000 each; three armored cruisers of
about 13.000 tons trial displacement, carry
ing the heaviest armor and most powerful
ordnance for vessels of their class and to
have the highest practicable speed and
great radius of action, and to cost, exclu
sive of armor and armament, not exceed
ing $4,250.000 each; and three protected
cruisers of about 8,000 tons trial displace
ment, carrying the most powerful ordnance
for vessels of their class, and to have the
highest speed compatible with good cruis
ing qualities and great radius of action,
and to cost, exclusive of armament, not ex
ceeding $2,800,000 each.
Continuing the report says:
Largest Naval Program.
"The maximum cost of the ships herein
authorized, exclusive of armor and arma
ment, will be $25.350,000. This is the larg
est naval program ever submitted by the
committee on naval affairs of the House
and is in accord with the wishes and rec
ommendations of the Secretary of the
Navy and Admiral Dewey. and will. we
believe, meet the just demands of public
sentiment. The past year in naval con
struction has been marked by the most
liberal naval program on the part of all
foreign nations. At the present time there
is pending in the reichstag of Germany a
naval bill which, if passed, will increase
the tonnage of the present German navy
422.000 tons, a larger tonnage than that
of her present navy."
Contracts for Armor Plate.
As to armor plate, the report tells of the
futile efforts to secure armor at $300 and
$400 and says: "The battle ships Maine,
Ohio and Missouri, now in process of con
struction, require 7,359.42 tons of armor,
or 2,453.14 for each vessel. It is believed
by the committee that these battle ships
of nearly 13,000 tons displacement, the
largest in design which have ever been
planned by the Navy Department, should
have the best obtainable armor, and, ac
cordingly, your committee recommend that
the Secretary of the Navy be authorized
to contract for such armor at a cost not
to exceed $545 per ton. The best obtain
able armor at the present time is. accord
ing to all naval authorities, the so-called
Krupp armor, which is at least, and has
been so proven by ballistic tests, of 25
per cent greater efficiency than that of
the Harveylzed armor. Every nation in
the world is using the Krupp armor today.
Your committee believe that it is little
short of disloyalty to recommend any other
than the best protection and the best
armor for these battle ships to be placed
between the bodies of our officers and
men and the bullets of the enemy.
"Under the last naval appropriation act
Congress authorized the construction of
the three battle ships Georgia. Pennsyl
vania and New Jersey, and three armored
cruisers, West Virginia, Nebraska and Cal
ifornia, but inserted a provision therein as
"'That no contracts for the armor of
any vesse's authorized by this act shall be
made at an average rate exceeding $3500 per
ton of 2,240 pounds, including royalties,
and in no case shall a contract be made
for the construction of the hull of any ves
sel authorized by this act until a contract
has been made for the armor of such ves
"Your committee recommend that this re
striction be removed and that contracts be
authorized so that the construction of the
hulls of these vessels may go on without
Our Naval Policy.
One of the most interesting features of the
report is that which discusses "our naval
policy." It gives the gradual upbuilding of
our new navy year by year under Secre
taries Chandler, Whitney, Tracey, Herbert
and Long, and says: "We have a navy to
day which includes a considerable number
of vessels of every class, and, ship for
ship, it will equal that of any navy In the
"Seventeen years ago we had practically
no facilities for building ships, and what
we had were discredited. We were obliged
to buy our armament and armor, and even
in one case our pans, from foreign coun
tries. Today we are not only building ships
in American shipyards of American ma
terial by American labor on American plans
for ourselves, but also for some of the lead
Ing nations of the world. Such has been
the advance which has been made In naval
progress in our o'wn country.
"The question may he asked, What shall
be our future naval polIcy?
"Let us bui'd as we have been building
gradually on broad lines and upon the most
advanced ideas of naval construction; not
so fast that we will be ahead of the ad
vance of naval progress, but slowly enough
to secure all the benefits of new improve-.
ments and new inventions, or. better still,
to do as the Americairnavy has always
done when given an opportunity, to lead
the march of the best naval construction,"
Admiral and Mra, Dewey Unsrecognsis
ed at the Railway Statlo.
Admiral and Mrs. Dewey left Washington
at 11 o'clock this morning for Philadel
phis. There was no demonstration at the
depot when they alighted from their car
riage and passed through the crowded
waIting rooms to the train. They drove to
the Pennsylvania station unattended ex
cept by the footman and Chinese attend
ant. When they entered the station both
the ladies' reception room and the general
waiting room were well filled with people
waiting to take trains or to meet arriving
friends. Few, if any, present recognized in
the erect. gray-mustached little afan of
dapper appearance, proud walk and eaver
hat, with a stylishly dressed lady leaning
on his arm, the Manila hero and-recentip
annonneed candidate for the presidency.
IAttended by their two servants, they went
Since studying this subject I am convinced that the office of the President is not such a very difficult
one to fill."-From Admiral Dewey's statement.
BLOOD CALLS BLOOD
Socialists Condone Attempt on Life
of Prinoe of Wales,
ALLUDE TO WAR 'WTH BOEES
Hot Debate Provoked in Belgian
Chamber of Deputies.
SIPIDO MAKES CONFESSION
BRUSSELS, April 5.-In the chamber of
representatives today the president, Baron
Snoy, said he felt sure he was but voicing
the feeling of the whole Belgian nation in
expressing, in behalf of the chamber, the
indignation created in all minds by the at
tempt made on the life of the Prince of
Wales. "The youth of the criminal," he
continued, "leads me to hope it was only
the act of a person unconscious of the
enormity of his offense; but we feel bound
to express to England and the Prince of
Wales our most sincere regrets."
The minister of foreign affairs, M. Ie
Pavoureau, In behalf of the government, as
sociated himself with the regrets of Baron
"The government," he said, "yesterday
forwarded to the Prince of Wales and
Queen Victoria an expression of the indig
nation to which so odious an outrage had
The socialist leaders announced their
unanimous approval of the words of the
previous speakers, adding, however, that if
srcialists condemned individual crimes they
blamed with no less energy the "great col
lective crimes being committed at present in
South Africa, and they protested at the in
action of Europe, which was indifferent to
the crimes the English perpetrate in South
Africa. But at the same time they deeply
felt the attempt against the Prince of
"Blood calls for blood," said M. Van Der
Velde, the leader of the socialists. His re
marks called forth protests from the right
ists, who recalled the fact that Great
Britain had always been the best guarantee
of Belgium's neutrality.
M. Lorand, leftist, while admitting Great
Britain's services to Belgium, said he could
not neverthelesss, "forget she had betrayed
her traditions In attacking a free people."
The minister of foreign affairs expostulated
at the last remark, and said that the leftists
ought to observe the reserve which was
the most elementary of the rules of cour
tesy rendered incumbent upon them, which
M. Van Der Velde retorted.
"You failed to blame the red sultan. You
have, therefore, no right to find fault with
us. We protest against the attempt on the
Prince of Wales' life, but we also protest
against the Infamous, shameful war the
English are waging on a free people. You
have protested in the name of the govern
ment; we protest in the name of the
Belgian people and send to the Boers our
The minister of foreign affairs again pro
tested against these attacks on a friendly
nation, when M. Furnement, socialist,
jumped up and shouted: "Long live the
Boers," whereupon the president of the
house appealed to the patriotism of the
chamhr vit to prolong the discussien,
Congratulations Poer In.
LONDON, April 5.--Congratulations upon
the escape of the Prince of Wales from the
attack of the would-be assassin Sipido at
Brussels yesterday continue to arrive in
great pumbers at Marlborough House from
all quarters of the globe. All the crowned
heads and chiefs of states have wired ex
pressions of sympathy. The papers are full
of comments and the foreign press is unani
mously voicing the profound Indignation of
the British at the madness of such an act.
Dr. Leyds' Congratulations.
Dr. Leyds, diplomatic agent of the Trans
vaal, has telegraphed to the Prince of
Wales congratulating him on his escape
from assassination. The members of the
Transvaal legation here called at the Brit
ish legation and subscribed their names in
the visitors' book after hearing of the at
tempt on the prince's life.
DENIES THAT HE TALKED.
Ex-President Cleveland Did Not Ils
enss Dewey's Candidacy.
PRINCETON, N. J., April 5.-Former
President Grover Cleveland today declared
that he had not given an interview to any
one on Admiral Dewey's candidacy. Re
ferring to published expressions of his
views he dictated the following:
"This statement is outrageous. It is false
from beginning to end. A number of young
men representing different papers called on
me yesterday for my opinion In relation to
Admiral Dewey's announcement of his can
didacy, and 1 intariably declined to say
anything whatever on the subject. If by
any possibility I should see fit in the fu
ture to give any expression on this subject
it will be done 'n a way that will leave no
doubt as to its authenticity. In the mean
time it is safe to calculate in advance that
any less authoritative statement which may
be attributed to me will be an unjustifiable
BIG FIRE AT RAVENNA, MICH.
Business Portion of Village Destroyed
-Gas Engine Explodes,
RAVENNA, Mich., April 5.-The business
portion of this village was destroyed by fire
which started last midnight from an ex
plosion of coal gas in a saloon. A portion
of the residence section also burned. The
total loss is estimated at upward of 1300,
000, with insurance light in most cases.
Every business building in the city except
Wm. Patterson's general stone was con
sumed. Help was summoned from Grand
Rapids, and a fire engine, which helped
check the flames, was sent from that city
on a special train.
During the progress of the fire a gas en
gine exploded. Several men were badly
hurt, and one of them. H. Marion Higgins,
proprietor of the Ravanna House, died this
morning, the result of his injuries.
JAPANESE EXPECT WAR.
Russia's Methods in Corea Exeite. the
YOKOHAMA, March 23, via Williams'
Head quarantine, B. C., April 5.--While the
tone of the native press is exceedingly mod
erate and guarded, It is quite evient that
thinking Japanese are impressed with the
serious character of the situation regarding
Russia. It certainly looks now as if there
was something serious in the pertinacity
in which the occidental press has been in
sisting on imminence of a war between
the two countries.
In the last few days it bas been definiteiy
announced that the Russlan method of In
sinuating has been applied to Corea in the
usual form of a court adviser and a large
War Preparzations Continue.
SHANGHAI. April 5.-The Ominous prep
arations of the Russian and Japanese war
departments continue. The Ru-sians are
nmaking strenuous efforts to fill Phrt Arthur
with grain, even a* panic prices, ah are
importing quantities of wheat from North
Japan has called out her naval reservec
for service during the approaching ma
neuvera, when the entire Japanese dset
will bh ena.
?s a cUssART As Seas.
Today advertising is as
necessary to the transaction
of certain lines of business
as steam and electricity are
to machinry.-R J. Gun.
THE PRINCIPAL TOPIC
Views at the Capitol Regarding
GENERAL TREND OF THE MUM :
Belief That the Admiral Has Made
MANY POINTS OF VIEW
The candidacy of Admiral Dewey for the
presidency was the principal topic of eon
versation among senators and representa
tives at the Capitol today. Men talked more
freely privately than for publication, and in
such a case the expressions were inclined
to be more bitter than otherwise. The gen
eral trend of sentiment in the unreported
talks of senators and representatives was
that Admiral Dewey had made a mistake.
that there was no demand for hiscandidacy,
and general surprise was expressed that he
should have made the announcement.
What is Said In the Hemse.
Following are comments at the Capitol
on Admiral Dewey's announcement:
Representative Loudenslager. New Jer
sty: "I don't think the people want Mr.
Dewey as President. They are willing to
allow him to retire on the honors he has al
Representative Hill. Connecticut: "My
judgment is that Mr. McKinley will be the
republican candidate. Mr. Bryan tht demo
cratic candidate, and that disposes of Mr.
Representative Morris, Maine: "No, sir,
not a word."
Representative Lorimer, Illinois: "What
tick-'i does he want to run on?"
The reporter gave it up.
"If I knew that I might giva you an in
terview." said Mr. Lorimer.
Representative Linney, North Carolina:
"My own opinion is that no man, be he ad
miral or occupying any exalted position,
who announces his candidacy without in
any way Indicating the political organiza
tion to which he looks for support may ex
pect anything from the people that would
tend in the least to encourage such candi
dacy. He will not only not receive the
support of any, but will not get the sup
port of any township in the Union.
Representative Lacey. Iowa: "I am a
great admirer of Mr. Dewey. I am sorry
he came out. In the navy, we knew which
side he was on. We don't know which side
he is on now."
Representative McCullough (Ark.)-"I
don't think he will be in it at all."
Representative H'epburn (Iowa)-"No,
thank you; don't care to say anything."
Representative Loud (Cal.-"I have very
pleasant recollections of Mr. Dewey. I
don't want to cause him any pain by say
ing anything now."
Representative Shattuc (Ohio)-"He'd bet
ter have stood by his original declaration.
My judgment is that the admiral would
have been mistaken in his opinion that the
presidential ofiee would be easy to AL"
Candidate Without a Fellowing.
Representative Brownlow (Tenn.)-"In
my opinion he is a candidate without a fol
lowing and without a party. His candidacy
is bound to fall flat before the American
people. I had a great admiration for Ad
miral Dewey and would like to see him suc
ceed in any reasonable undertaking, but I
don't see that any political organixation
Representative Livingstone, Georgig:
'"There was a time when he could have
been elected President by either party. I
think he is too late. I' know the demo
crats will nominate Bryan, and I believe
the republicans will nominate McKinley."
Representative Mahon, Pennsylvania:
"I am with the republicans for McKin
ley. The democrats are for Bryan. Where
Is Mr. Dewey?"
Representative Brosius. Pennsylvania:
"If Admiral Dewey is serious in his pur
poses to become a candidate for the presi
dency he Is making the mistake of his life.
It must be a poignant grief to his dearest
friends that he is even taking the matter
into serious consideration."
Representative Sulzer, New York: "Ad
miral Dewey's candidacy is not taken seri
ously by either republicans or democrats.
I regret for the admiral's sake and reputa
tion that he has allowed scheming poll
ticians to use his name."
Representative Littlefield, Maine: "Mr.
Dewey's candidacy does not impress me as
a matter of any serious consequence at
Representative Underwood of Alabama
said that Alabama was solid for Bryan, and
that the south was solid as ever, and that
It Admiral Dewey thought he could get any
part of the south in an effort to take the
nomination from Bryan he was greatly mis
Representative Brownlow (rep.), Tennes
see. said: "Dewey is a candidate for the
presidency without any following or party
behind him. His candidacy can only result
in an injury to him personally by destroy
ing the estimate in which he has been held
by the American people since the victory
at Manila, Dewey never did a foolish thing
before his marriage and has not done a
sensible thing since."
Mr. Cox of Tennessee said: "I am dead
out for Bryan, regardless of Dewey."
Mr. Pierce-"I do not think there is any
chance for a third candidate. The demo
cratic party is solidiy behind William J.
Bryan. He represents its principles and its
hopes of success. McKinley corresponding
ly represents the republican party, I re
gard Dewey's candidacy as a joke."
Representative Sims of Tennessee said:
"I think it's absurd, and will not be s
riously considered by the country."
Representative Grosvenor, Ohio: "My
opinion Is that it is the outbeaking of a
secret conspiracy to drive Suizer oif the
Representative Henry, Connecticut: 'It
seems to me a case of ambitious woman."
Representative S. W. Smith of Michigan:
"I was very sorry to hear of his announce
ment. I regard it as very unwise in view
of his former declaration."
Representative Cooper. Wisconsin:**
won't say a word in criticism of Admiral
Dewey. I can never forget what he did
at Manila, but I have nothing to say about
Reoresentative Lents, of Ohio, who is
among those spoken of as a vice presiden
tial candidate with Bryan, said: "I believe
McKinley will be nominated at Philadel
:hia, and as far as the democratic party
is concerned we have already nominated
Bryan and are only waiting for the Fourth
of July to formally ratify the nomaina
"'Well' Well' Welt" said Senator Deboe.
"how silly it is. It is a great mistake on
the part of Dewey."
Senator Cuilom said: "Oh, there is noth
ing in It. Dewey has made a mistake.
It Is too bad: he sheould have kept tdlL.
His being an independent candidate would'
make no impression on politics,"
Representative Bingham of PennsylvanIa
said that he had known Admiral Dewey for
years, and bad the highest admiration for
him; but that he thought the announce
mnent, coming at this time, when public sen
timent was well settled upon the candidates
of the two parties, so that the decision
would not be canged, was Wl-advised. hA
for running as an independent candidate,
be thought the admiral would find that very
uncomfortable and unsatisfactory. Be
could not express too highly his admniration
and eteem of Admiral Dewey peresafly.
Representative Campbell of Montana said:
"I do not think Admiral Dewey has a ghost
of a chance for the nomination by the corn
vention of either party, and as an indepen
dent candidate he would not have a ghost
af a chae af eaien. If he werma te am
180, which had been attached to the 11
o'clock train for their accommodation.
They were met at the gate by the station
master, who escorted them to the car,
which they occupied by themselves, their
servants leaving after putting wraps and
reading matter aboard.
DEFENDS SENATOR CLARK.
Roger Foster Argues Before the Elee
Attorney Birney continued his argument
in the case of Senator Clark of Montana
before the Senate committee on elections
He was followed by Mr. Roger Foster in
Mr. Clark's behalf. Mr. Foster's plea was
quite sensational in its denunciation of the
prosecution against Mr. Clark. There was
an effort, he said, to make it appear that
Mr. Clark was more profligate and more
corrupt than any of them-a veritable
Count of Monte Cristo. But this was all
the dream of an opium smoker and was
untrue. Mr. Foster then turned his attention
tion to the law in the case. He asserted
that if all the testimony taken were true
it would not affect Mr. Clark's right to his
seat in the Senate, and proceeded to sus
tain this position by an elaborate presenta
tion of authorities.
JUDGE BROWN'S ACTION
Denounced by the Solicitor General
The action of Judge Brown of the United
States district court at New York in re
fusing a warrant for the removal of Con
tractors B. D. Greene and J. F., E. H1. and
W. T. Gaynor, indicted in Savannah, Ga.,
in connection with the frauds alkged to
have been perpetrated by Capt. Carter, was
a great surprise to the officials of the De
pdrtment of Justice.
Attorney General Griggs spoke of the de
cision as unwarranted by the law or the
facts, and said that under it violators of the
laws of the United States could escape pun
ishment, except by chance they were appre
hended in the district where the offense
Solicitor General Richards characterized
the decision as outrageous, and said that it
would defeat the ends of justice in a very
large number of criminal cases. The crim
inal statutes, he said, could net be enforced
if Judge Brown's decision were allowed to
stand. It is learned that the government
will take steps to nullify the decision.
WILL FAVOR CONCURRENCE.
Republican Leaders' Plan on Porto
The republicans of the House will hold a
conference on the Porto Rican tariff bill
at 8 o'clock tonight for the purpose of try
ing to get together on some plan of action.
It is expected that the bill will be reported
back to the House Tuesday or Wednesday
of next week, with a recommendation of
concurrence. It is doubtful whether the
question will be presented to the House in
such a way as to permit a direct vote on
the question of substituting free trade for
the tariff provision; and it is likely that the
opponents to the tariff will have to choose
between taking the bill as it Is or of de
feating it outright.
Will Not Attend the Conference.
The republicans of the House who voted
against the original bill at an informal
conference held this afternoon decided not
to attend the conference tonight. One of
the members most prominently identified
with the opposition stated that "the spirit
of insurrection is as strong as ever," and
that a recent private meeting had showr
there was no falling off in the strength of
The republican members of the insular
committee of the House held an extended
conference today on the Porto Rico bill.
Those present included Chairman Payne of
the ways and means committee, Chairmar
Cooper of the insular committee and Memssa
Cannon, Hitt, Hepburn, Loud, Moody and
others. No definite agreement was made,
but the general sentiment was favorable te
taking the judgment of the conference of
all republican members to be held tonight
While the views expressed at the meeting
differed somewhat as to whether the genat,
changes should be accepted the general dis
position on plans and policy appeared to I
along the lines heretofos Xivem.
AT THE WHITE HOUSE
MR. W. S. KNOX SUGGESTED FOR
Appointment Made for Delegation in
His Interest-Successor to Webster
Davis Probably Selected.
The list of candidates for District Com
missioner 'has been increased by one, the
name of W. S. Knox, president of the
Business Men's Association, having been
suggested today. Frank Raymond and
Barry Bulkley, friends of Mr. Knox, and
officials of the Business Men's Association,
were at the White House and made an ap
pointment for a delegation to call on the
President next Monday in the interests of
There is no material change in the situa
tion at White House, the President not
having been called upon to consider the
District appointments during the day. There
Is no probability that ho will announce a
selection of Commissionr 9 until he has gone
over all the facts w;9h have been pre
sented to him and arc Vet to be put before
To Succeed Webster Davis.
Secretary Hitchcock was with President
McKinley this morning, and it is thought
an assistant secretary of the interior has
been decided upon to fill the vacancy,made
by Webster Davis' resignation. There are
several opinions about the vacancy. One
is that it will not go to a Missourian, be
cause Secretary Hitchcock is from that
state. The other is that it will go to Mis
souri for that very reason, the belief being
fiat the Secretary will insist, as others be
fore him have done, that his main assistant
shall be of his own selection and from his
own state. There is talk today of the pro
motion of a Missourian in the Interior De
Other Callers Today.
Representative Morris of Minnesota, ac
companied by Representative Mahon of
Pennsylvania, saw the President in behalf
of Major Kirkman, a Minnesota man serv
ing as a volunteer officer in the Philippines
and in trouble with a court-martial and its
sentence. The President will take the mat
ter under consideration.
Prof. Booker T. Washington and Prof. R.
R. Wright, heads of noted eqiored schools in
the south, saw the President for a few
Representative Dayton and Maj. Ran
dolph Stalnaker, ex-secretary of state of
West Virginia, had a few minutes' tak
wiith the President. Se did Representatives
Corliss, Cushman, Sheldon, Overstreet,
Senator aFirbanks, Cgmmissioner Duell of
the patent office and. others.
President McKinley has approved the bill
for the payment of tAyalld 4tnd other pen
sions; the bill making lpropriytions for the
diplomatic and consular service, and the
bill to establish a miljary post at or near
The President today sent the following
nominations to the Segate:
For promotion in She anny-Regulars,
corps of engineers- To be major, Captain
To be captain, First Lieutenant Herbert
To be first lieutenant, Second Lieutenant
Clarke S. Smith.
SECRETARY ROOT AT THE CAPITOL.
In Conferenee With Senate Military
Secretary Rbot spent most of this morn
Ing at the gapitoi in consultation with
members of the Sm ate Animittee on mil
itary sfmlra The Secretary's discourse
covered, the 'whole bro d field of military
conditions. IAsBdIin i not only the immedi
ate needs of tbaseggslce to be provided for
in the annual appropriation bill, but the
comprehensive iEorswnation project tas
mulated by the Secretary and outlined in
his annual report, and many questions re
lating to the personnel of the army.
Probably the Secretary would have been
heard upon these same subjects by the
House committee on military affairs, but
the business of the committee had become
so obstructed by the continuance of the in
quiry into 'the Coeur d'Alene mining trou
bles that War Department officials now de
spair of obtaining any legislation during the
present session beyond the regular army
appropriation hill, and even that is some
what endangered by the backward state of
the committee's docket.
COUNTING TILE POPULATION.
When the Clerical Work of the Census
Bureau Will Begin.
As soon as the census enumerators begin
to send in the results of their labors the
work of counting the population of the
United States will begin. This work will be
done in Washington, in the new census
building. A force of 800 will be required to
do the work, and the most of them will be
women, experience having demonstrated the
spuperiority of the fair sex in this work.
Director Merriam has . notified senators
and representatives of the new appoint
ments, and invited them to submit recom
mendations. Many of these positions will
go begging as far as non-residents are cot.
cerned, or the reason they are only for a
short period and the salary is to be but $50
a month. It is estimated the entire count
can be made in eight months. and few peo
ple (save those who live nearby) will care
to come to Washington fur so short a period
and such modest compensation. Alt this
will redound to the good of the residents of
Washington, from whom, it is believed,
many of the temporary force will be select
ed. Tne work upon which this force will be
employed is known as that of the tabula
tion division of the population division un
der Superintendent lunt. The Star has al
ready fully described the punching ma
chine, which the tabulators are to use in
JUDGE BROWN'S DECISION.
It Was a Surprise to Department of
The action of Judge Brown of the United
States district court at New York in refus
ing a warrant for the removal of B. D.
Greene, J. F., E. H. and W. H. Gaynor, the
contractors indicted in Savannah, Ga., in
connection with the frauds alleged to have
been perpetrated by Capt. Carter, was a
gteat surprise to the officials of the Depart
ment of Justice. Attorney General Griggs
spoke of the decision as unwarranted by
the law or the facts, and that under it vio
lators of the laws of the United States
could escape punishment, except by chance
they were apprehended in the district where
the offense was committed.
Solicitor General Richards characterized
the decision as outrageous, and said that it
would defeat the ends of justice in a large
number of criminal cases. The criminal
statutes, he said, could not be enforced if
Judge Brown's decision were allowed to
,stand. It is learned that the government
will take steps to nullify,the decision.
THE KRUPP WORKS.
Consul General Guenther Sends an In
Interesting data about the Krupp works
is contained in a report to the State De
partment by Consul General Guenther. The
total number of people employed by Krupp
at present is 41,750, of whom 25,138 are at
Essen, 3,458 at Magdeburg, 2,728 at Kiel
and 10.844 at various smelters and coal
mines. The foundation for these immense
works was laid in 1810 by the grandfather
of the present head of the firm. Essen had
then 4,000 inhabitants. It now has 105,52.
The firm owns a large number of iron ore
mines, among them the great Bilbao mine
in Spain. A railroad owned by Krupp
takes the ore from the mines to the sea
coast, and from there a line of four Krupu
steamers conveys it to Rotterdam. The tet.
Ing grounds for guns at Meppen, belonging
to the firm, have a target range of 72,000
feet. In 1802 the famous Gruson steel
works at Buckau were purchased, and three
years ago shipbuilding yards were started
at Kiel. which, when completed, will em
ploy 7,000 mn.