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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 9. 1900.
WE DESIRE TO flHHOUNCE A HOST IMPORTANT FACT:
Our large and most elegant new stock of this Fall Season's Goods
have arrived, and we find that to properly place them will cause over
crowding: in our big store at Fourth and St. Charles. To remedy this we
have rented the spacious building: at
m north BROADWAY,
Next door to Kennard Carpet Co., and we will inaugurate a great sale.
We will sell all our lribt season's patterns at private sale. During entire
month of September we will offer elaborately carved Sideboards that we
sold for as high as $200. Large Bookcases, suitable for law offices or
private libraries, beautiful Dining-Room and Library Tables, elegantly
upholstered pieces for library or parlor, such as large Davenports or other
Sofas, also Reception or Arm Chairs, in leather or fine tapestry. Quite a
line of Leather Dining Chairs. A nice line of Bedroom Furniture, etc.
This sale will include some exceptional large pieces that would be suitable
for hotels, clubhouses and offices.
We propose to sell thee grand goods at just one-half former prices.
It will pay out-of-town buyers to attend. Sale commences
ffiO&'DAY, SEPTEMBER SO.
Remember that everything goes at o0 per cent off of former prices.
Wait for it. Watch for it,
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SPECIAL. BY CABLE.
London. Sept. S (Copyright, IDO by tha
New York Herald Compan.) All the Power-
of Europe eagerly watch the trend of
American thought lit the world of toHUcs.
European diplomats an. actually looking to
America as a guid?
Xot that the trained if'Iitlcians of Eu
rope can see any superiprlt) In the "new
diplomacy" of Washington, but it la rec
ognized in all the capitals of U'.e Old World
teat the new giant over the sea Is entire!)
free to act untrammcled bj dangerous al
liances. While the talk of an Anglo-American al
liance Is continually heard, It 1 cry gen
erally believed here that the American peo
ple havo not forgotten the warnings of tho
lounceis of the Kepubllc that understand
ings with c.nlant,Ied nations of the old
World must be of a superficial character.
England just now Is the most friendless
nation in the world, and it quite ready to
tullnw America's lead tor the sake of be
lli,; on bOmebodj's side
Americans retcming home who have
come close enough In touch with the war
spirit In Europe, and h.ie seen enough of
tm heal) burdens of Imperialism, mj be
ery thankful their own countrj has gone
no deeper In the mire of world conquest.
Taking it as a matter f collars ana cents,
the essence of imperialism is little more
than greed for gold
lteturning American travelers carry back
the hope, as an American cpresied It to
me the other day, that "the United Slates
will sia at heme auj saw wood."
Carnecie'h Method Is short
Andrew Carnegie's action in sending for
the president oi the Carnegio Steel Com
pany only a few da after Mr. Schwab re
turned to Pittsourg from Europe ii not an
li.d ration ot a ntw rupture In the steel
coipau's affairs, as Mr. t arr.egie a te e
gram showed. It Is an Illustration of Mr.
Carnegie's buVnes ecce-itrl-lties
Mr. Camesle. all the time ha 1' at hla
BY J. CORNELY.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Paris. Sept S tCopj-right by the New
York Herald Company.) Will he come, or
will he not come?
For weeks past we hae seen public opin
ion reduced to this somewhat childish di
lemma The subject of the riddle was, of
coarse, the Czar. Nicolaq II.
Friends of the Government discounted his
arrival and enemies of the Government
counted on hH stopping away.
When We consider tho point of bitterness
which political parties have reached, when
they try to mako capital out of catastro
phes, fires or the collapse of bridges, tho
Journey or the Czar may well be trans
formed Into an argument.
Well, then, the Czar ! not coming, but ha
has arranged things so that none can tri
umph or take umbrage at his absence.
He ha sent to M. Louln-t the Grand Cor
don of St. Andrew, and our Republican'? ad
miringly point out that this order Is re
served excluslvelj' for sovereign.
In addition, the Czar has sent with the
plaquo an autograph letter in which be gives
DENIED AT BERLIN
Copyright. 11, by the Associated Press.
Special Berlin Cable Letter.
Berlin. Sept. S. The number of cable
grams, arriving seriatim, imputing to Ger
many compromise propositions In answer
to tha Russo-Amerlcan proposals, appear
baless. The correspondent of the Asso
ciated Press learna authoritatively that
Germany, replying to the advice to with
draw her troops from Pekln. has sent Rus
sia detailed reasons why this seems Inop
portune and calculated to prolong instead
of shorten the war.
The arguments cited In detail In support
of this contention -were those already given
to the Associated Press by a Foreign Oflice
official recently, and appear identical with
the arguments advanced by several other
Powers. The situation In China still con
tinues difficult in a diplomatic sense, rather
than from a military standpoint.
Entente Holds in Any Event.
The question of doubtful credentials In
the case of LI Hung Chang and other
would-be negotiators continues to play an
all-Important role. It Is understood that
Doctor Mumm von Schwarzensteln. the Ger
man Minister to China, reported from
.Shanghai to the Foreign Office here that he
does not believe LI Hung Chang 13 properly
castle In Scotland, receives detailed reports
as to what Is going on at Pittsburg. At
ccry meeting of the company's directors
a stencgrapher takes down ecry word,
nnd. it is said, a typewritten report Is Im
mediately dispatched to Sklbo Castle.
Mr. Carnegie scans these reports care
fully, and if thero Is anything he does not
understand and wants to know all about, ho
Immediately sends for tho director whose
remarks Interest him
The director gos from Pittsburg to Sklbo
Castle post haste, answers ilr. Carnegie's
iui-tions and then goes back home.
Ono day not long ago Mr. Camegla at
Pittsburg calkd up one of his New York
lawyers by long-distance telephone.
The steel maker wanted to ask questions,
but could not make himelf understood
cltarly over tho telephone, so he asked the
lawyer to come to Pittsburg.
The lawyer said he had an Important ap
pointment in New York next day and could
not get awaj.
"Come oer now, then." Mr. Camegla
"Can't get a train." answered tho lawyer.
"Hire a special," was the answer which
came back from' Pittsburg.
So the lawyer engaged a special train,
went to Pittsburg and saw Mr. Carnegie.
Tho steelmaker asked the law jet's advice
ns to the questions troubling him and called
for yes or no. The lawjer answered "No."
"Thank you," said Mr. Carnegie. "Good
The lawjer. who had said less than twen
ty words, for which he receled $5,010, said
"Good night. Mr. Carnegie." and took a
special train back to New York In time to
keep his appointment next day.
liners Frlenil Is Still ritnl.
Pt John Gaffnej- stopped in London this
week on hl way back to New York. Mr.
Gaffney has not lost a bit of his enthusiasm
for the cause of his friends, the Boers, nor
his hatred of England. The Boers might bo
Ot A3 E? EurPe Scents Danger in the Present
J I V V r Iv Grouping of the Powers.
repeated assurances of friendship and ex
presses regret at being unable to undertake
the Journey to Paris at this moment.
All the Journals have commented ad nau
seam on these three words, "at this mo
ment," which contain. It appears, a world of
thought and Intention.
I belleva that they express. In the first
place, tho fear of the Czar to risk himself
In tha enormous crowds. In which no sur
veillance Is possible, and In which the life
of a sovereign Is at the mercy of any mad
man: and. second, thy obligation under which
the ruler of Russia Is at the present mo
ment to be at home, near his councilors, in
his study, at a llmo when extremely im
portant events may take place in China,
and even In Europe.
I'uiicm UreHklnir Into Grnnp.
It is clear nt the present moment that In
China tho civilized Powers tend to break
up Into several groups.
There is on ono siJe Germany, which has
taken the head of the movement, which has
prepared It for two years past, which has
furnished the generalissimo and the largest
contingent of troops, and which drags with
authorized. Judging from repeated Informa
tion which tho Minister received therg on
A Foreign Office official, answering ques
tions of the correspondent of the Associated
Press to-day. said:
"Thero are no signs that Russia means to
repudiate her proposition. But It is already
clear that the entente of tho Powers will not
be affected therebj-. Germany gave Rusrla
formal answer to her proposition, but I am
unable to state whether this answer
amounts to a rejection! I cannot give an
expression on the subject. The Foreign
Office knows that the most recent and very
contradictory news cabled here from Wash
ington Is most unpleasant to the I'nited
.Status of LI Huns Clianir.
"The doubt regarding LI Hung Chang's
credentials remains strong. He has not
been recognized by the Powers as China's
peace Plenipotentiary. Doctor Mumm ven
Schwarzensteln, who is still at Shanghai,
has not made a visit to Li Hung Chang,
nor did the latter visit the Minister. If Li
Hung Chang is Plenipotentiary, as he
claims, it Is his business to approach the
representatives of the Powers first. If
Doctor Mumm von Schwarzensteln w ent to
LI Hung Chang first, the Chinese would
have used this to show that the hated for
VON DER AHE LOSES HIS SLIT
FOR PRICE OF WEIL'S MEDAL.
Bandmaster Declares lie Can
Now Wear I he Token of
Esteem With Pride.
COURT GIVES NO REASONS.
Action the Result of Presen
tation Made by E-Boss
"I can continue wearing my medal with
prldo and dignity." saM Bandmaster Wil
liam Well jeterday, when lio learned that
Judge Culllnanu had decided In hiss favor
tho suit brought ngalnht him hy Clirli Von
der Ahe for SM, tho price or the token pre
sented by the "ex-boss president.'"
Tho presentation was made In June. 1SK,
when Well's band was plaj lug at Sports
man's Park. Von dor Alie alleged that
Well came to him and stated tint It wouU
be of much benefit to him. in his grocery
business, to hae Von der Alio present Jilm
with a medal, and that he agreed to do "a.
In presenting tha token. Chris, It tt,u
stated, cried in making tho speech. He s.iid.
It ! staled, that Mr Weii had been al
Kind to him and as attentive to his Intere-ts
a- a son. August Lelivere, one of the mem
bers of Mr. Will's band, who was present
on the occasion, testified at the tilal for the
medal that the sight of Von der Ahe'tf emo
tion nfTeeted him so that he could not piny.
Von der Ahe. when asked in regard to hH
exhibition of emotion, laughed, and Kild that
he did not remember. He said he might
have done something of tho kind in order
to make. It strong
The suit wa tried before Justice Culll
natio last Wednesday and was taken under
advisement. Mr. Well was represented by
his brother, Emanuel Well.
Professor Well denied that thero had bAn
nnj understanding between him nnd Von
der Ahe In regard to the medil. Ho said
that the first that he knew about tho nut
ter was when ho was calkd out on tho
All Europe Watches the One Nation Un
hampered by Alliances.
beaten to-day, he said, bj- an army of 23),-
mm, but the)' would rise against Eng
land when they recovered their strength.
Mr. Gaffney told me ot the failure of his
attempt to get pro-Boer and pro-Canada
planks in the Republican platform at Phila
delphia. He was at a loss for words to ex
press his disgust at what he termed the
pjcophancy of the administration to the
British Government. "John Haj." said Mr.
Gaffney, "Is Lord Salisbury's tool."
Scarcely a kind word has been uttered by
the dramatic critics for Mr. Sjdney Grun
dj's now play, "The Debt of Honor," which
Mr. George Alexander has produced at tha
St. James Theater.
One of tho critics eaj-s thero Is not a sin
gle living character In the whole play, not
a single Incident of dramatic Interest, and
that every opportunity for a fine scna has
been hopelcsslj- missed Every situation
that might have been of Importance is de
void of strength. Ecrj- act the verj' play
Itself terminates In an anti-climax and
marks the ultimate depths of pathos.
Mr. Grundj's play would bo cither
laughed at or hissed oft tha staga In New
York, for apart from the fact that Its
dramatic construction Is iignally weak, the
whole moral tone Is lamentably low, and
teaches no lesson, as some ot Mr, Grand) 's
plajs are supposed to do On tho contrary.
It gives repellant pictures
"Considering the character of Mr. Grand j's
plaj'. It Is rather odd that Mrs. W. K. Clif
ford comes forward to plead "not guilt)"
of plagiarism In her new play, "The Like
ness of the Nlsht," which Mr. and Mrs.
Kendall are to produce. Mrs. Kendall Is
amazed by the similarity between "Tho
Debt of Honor" and "The Likeness of tho
Night" and has asked Mrs. Clifford to
change the construction of the play.
Flit) a Arc Strangely Alike.
Mr3. Clifford saj-s tho slmllarltj- Is no
doubt an Incident, although It extends to
her her two allies In Europe, Austria end
Germany Is forced to do romcthlng. and
something great; that Is to say, dangerous.
On the other hand are Russia and Fjica,
who have both witnessed without pleasure,
but without protestation, the preponderating
part which German)- arrogates to herself,
nnd neither ono nor the other of which de
sires to leave her troops too long under
tho command of a German chief.
These two Powers allege that the results
sought for have been obtained, nnd that the
time has now coma to negotiate in order to
obtain reparation for the past and guaran
tees for the future.
Now, to treat wltn anj- one, tho first con
dition Is to let him return to his place of
residence and to cease to occupy his capital.
This la why Russia and Franco are disposed
to bring back their troops to the coast.
Thus, for the Dreibund tho campaign
Is beginning, while for Russia and France
the campalqn has closed.
Vmsnt K-nr of European Conflict.
Vls-a-vls of these groups are England.
Japan and the United States, who desire to
- ?,rtr,,sorslLNr'i - Prop-
eigners came and "kotowed" before LI Hung
A member of the United States Embassy
here told tho correspondent of the As
sociated Press that "all tho Powers, with
the exception of Germany, are anxious to
make peace with China and that they will
practically recognize LI Hung Chang as
Colonel Lamborne of New York has ar
rived here from Russia.
The Emperor and Empress of. Germany
were festively received In Stettin, where,
yesterday evening, the whole harbor und
the river shore for miles were gorgeously
Illuminated. The fine squadron, composed
of ten huge Ironclads nnd a number of
smaller vessels, which has been maneuver
ing In the Baltic, will remain iq Stettin
harbor till Monday, when tactical move
ments In conjunction with the army man
euvers will begin. The naval maneuvers
will last until September H, and will be
directed b- Admiral -von Koester.
Catholic .National Convention.
The Catholic National Convention 'was
held this week at Bonn. Important matters
were transacted. The convention passed a
resolution in favor of the Government giv
ing suffering German agriculture a larger
tariff of protection In the coming commer
cial treaties; also urging the readmlsslon of
111 ftWi, I )
the medal th t cai'si:d all. thh
night of thn prestation by Von der Alio
and given the medal He denied that he
promi d to pay for It
Justice Cullin me, in parsing on the case,
did not give hla leasoni. When court
opened jeslerdaj morning he simply an
nounced tint In the cjfe uf Von der Ahe
against Weil, Judgment would he for the de
fendant. VON KETTELER SHOT IN NECK.
Wound round That Wa Iitantlv
Berlin, Sept. S. A UNpatch from Shanghai,
diteil rrldaj. Sept- mbf r 7. s.ijs:
"The staff surgeon of the German Lgi
tlon iinnounces tint an examination shows
tho entire of Baron on Kettcler'a death
to have been a bullet through tho mek,
which must have been instantaneously fatal.
"At the funeral Minister Conger made a
stirring speech to tho diplomatic bod All
tho foreign detachments were present"
close verbal similarity In soma lines of dia
logue, but then Mrs. Clifford goes on to
relate that her play Is founded on a story
bhe wrote fifteen j-ear ago for Temple
Bar. She dramatized It six ) ears ago. and
sent it to Mr. Alexander. lie refused It,
sa)s Mrs. Clifford, but was most nice about
It. and thought sufficiently well of It to
read It again. Last February. Mr. Hawtrey
most kindly gave a. copyright performance
nt tha Avenue Theater, and It was pub
lished tho following month In tho Anglo
Mr. Grundy, who confesses tho unfavor
able notices of his play have greatly Irri
tated him, regards tha similarity as a
mere coincidence. He had the idea for the
plaj- for twenty years, he says, and would
not be surprised to find whole sentences of
dialogue Identical in the two plajs. It Is
certainly a remarkablo coincidence.
English race-course followers think that
WIsliard. Mr. Croker'a American trainer,
who has captured sumo handsome purses
for Mr. John A. Drake, ought to spell his
namo "Wizard." This week he amazed the
knowing ones nt Derby by Imitating bis
famous performance at Goodwood, where
Rojal riush won 1CO.CO0 guineas for John
W Gates. King's Courier was tho horse
that many expected would carry off tho
Peerll of the Peak Plate, the prize of the
meeting, but King's Courier was kept In.
while Sir Hercules, another despised selling
plater, which Mr. Drake picked up at New
market In July, was turned oer to Johnny
IJke Itoj-al riush. Sir Hercules won In a
canter. The American clique, to use their
own expression, made a "big killing."
American jockeys are still far In the lead.
The British seem to win big stakes as they
please, but when selling-platers. In tha
hands of Wishard. carrj- off rich stakes, it
seemi that It Is something mora than good
Jockej'shlp that Is winning races for Amer
take the side svhich soems most sure and
There Is thus divergence enough, and In
consequence enough causes for conflict. God
crant that there bo no dissension, and that
If there Is discord In the extreme East,
no one will aid in the criminal work of
putting a violent end to It In Europe.
In the meantime we carry on at ono
and the same time pucitlc und bellicose
works, the exposition and extreme and vio
lent politics. The strikes, however, are
d) ing out. We shall know In a year's time
what harm they have done to our iorts
und our commerce.
Republicans and Nationalists are fighting
continually, and the Socialists ar prepar
ing for a battle with each other in the
Congress of the partj-. which will take
place this month, at which Socialists who
cannot lie Ministers will denounce all those
who support the Government.
On thu top of all this the Duke of Or
leans asnm.s us that he will return to
France, and that he will decentralize the
Government. Decentralization 13 tne es
sential part of the programme of every
opposition. It seems superfluous In the
piosramme of all Governments.
the Jesuits to Germany and fav orinsr. the
maintenance of the Catholic mission! In
The Prussian Government has Issued In
struction permitting convicts. In gangs of
from twelve to thirt)-, to assist in reaping
the harvests throughout the Kingdom, ow
ing to the scarcity of labor.
A bill has been prepared by the Prussian
Government for the Diet providing hravy
Penalties for breach of contract bj" rural
Prussia has begun negotiations with the
rest of the German States to extend the re
duction of the railroad tariff on foreign coal
uniformly throughout the Empire.
In Konitz began to-day the trial of Israel
sky for complicity In the murder of the boy
Ernest Winter, wh'e-h crime led to the series
of anti-Semite riots s-ome months ago.
MR. SPRAGUE SAYS
You will like the chicken broth at tho
Delicatessen it's very fine.
Butler, Mo., Sept. 8. The Democrats ot
Northwest Bates County held a picnic at
Elkhart to-day. Congressman De Armond
made an address aa th Issues of tha day.
m n z 4
ctimte of JJS
No. 7 Cook Stovp, H-lnch oven,
guarantied to bake, and made
p a Iron Beds, white
illillillil enamel, brass
e a knobs and trim-
jl xuius, anysize
H Easy Payments.
D'ABRUZZI MAY WED
QUEEN OF HOLLAND,
rrompted to His Great Deeds as
nu Explorer by
NOW PROVED A MAN OF WORTH.
Feople at The ITague Believe That
His Achievement Will Give Him.
First Place in the Affec
tions of .Wilhehnina.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
The Hague, Sept. 8. (Copyright, 1D0O, fcy
Yv". R. Hearst.) Nowhere has the news of
tho return of tho Duke D'Abruzzi from his
voyage of Arctic exploration excited more
interest than here, whero ho Is well known
and a particular favorite at court. Indeed,
his namo Is freely mentioned as the proba
blo husband of Queen Vt'llhelmlna.
He was here a good deal during the year
preceding his departure In search of tho
North Pole, and at court It Is alleged that
one of tho principle objects of his under
taking and enterprise, which has proved fa
tal to so many previous Arctic explorers,
was to render himself worthy of the band
of the joung Queen.
Tho latter Is a very high-spirited girl,
with an enthusiastic admiration for deeds
of daring and everything In tho nature of
heroism. And there Is no doubt that what
with his feat of being the first to ascend
Mount St. Ellas in Alaska, and his having
broken all records in Arctic explorations, ho
will now have a greater claim upon her
heart and uponhcrhand than any rival
suitor, tho most Important of whom Is her
cousin. Prince Wllhelm Zu W'icd, a pleasant-faced,
chcerj' J'oung German officer, far
from handsome-, and with notblns to In
spire cither his wife or her subjects with
Tho fact that the Duke D'Abruzzi, who
has lost two fingers during his stay In the
polar teas, happens to be a Roman Catholic
would prove no obstacle to his becoming the
consort of the Queen of Holland. For about
half her subjects and a similar proportion
of the members of the Dutch Cabinet, are
members of the Church of Rome. There Is
no state rel'glon here, all creeds enjoying
similar recognition by the Government, but
If It were necessary the Duke might be
ready to embrace the Reformed Faith to
win the hand of Queen Wllhelmina.
Tho marriage would be a ery popular ono
with the Dutch people, who fear, not with
out some reason, that the marriage of their
joung Queen to a German Prince would
have the effect of rendering more acute that
danger which everj' Hollander dreads so
profoundly, the absorption of the Nether
lands by the German Emperor.
The Duke is tho second son of King Hum
bert's brother, Amadeus, and enjoys the
unusual distinction for an Italian Prince of
tho blood to be at the same time a Spanish
Infant, having been born at Madrid, while
his father was on the throne of Spain.
NEW ANARCHIST PLOT.
Dozen Assassins Assigned to Kill
as Hany Potentates.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Tarls. Sept. 8. The French secret police
claim to have unearthed a new anarchist
plot, hatched by the notorious Count Maja
testa and aimed at the rulers of Europe.
Evidence, it is declared, has been gathered
showing that a dozen anarchists have been
assigned to assasrlnate as many potentates.
Included among the Intended victims are
the new King of Italy, Victor Emmiuel:
King Leopold of Belgium, King George of
Greece, the Czar and Kaiser Wllhelm.
Further details are withheld on tho
ground that the plans of the detectives
might be frustrated by too free publication
of the facts.
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CHAMBERLAIN IS SCORED
BY PRESS AND PUBLIC.
His Use of Private Letters for Political Cap
House of Commons Also Censured for Not Resenting: His
Assumption of Power Over Members.
BY HERBERT W. PAUL.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
London. Sept. S. Copyright by tha New
York Herald Company.) I carefully guarded
myself In my last letter against assuming
that the very Important letters from Sir
Henry Do Vllllers, the Chler Justice of
Capo Colonj". contained In the parliament
ary papers on South Africa, had been pub
lished without his leave.
I am glad I did so, for I have since
learned on tha highest authority that Mr.
Chamberlain did consult the Chief Justice
before publlshlnr them, and that some
passages were, by Ills desire, omitted.
At tho same tlma it must bo said there
was a good deal of room for misconception,
for in the first place the Bluo Book did
not state that the permission of the Chief
Justice had been obtained, and. in the sec
ond place, Mr. Chamberlain told the most
subservient House of Common which has
ever sat In England that h considered
himself at liberty to publish tha letters
found at Pretoria from members of Par
liament, with or without the consent of
Perhaps the simple announcement that
would have cleared the matter was for
gotten In tho desperata hurry with whlch.
Mr. Chamberlain brought tho papers out
when he found that Mr. Labouchere had
It is true that neither Doctor CUrk nor
Mr. Ellis protested against the publication
of their letters, and that Mr. Labouchere
published his own. but the fact remains
that an Eng'feh gentleman, the Secretary of
State, considers himself Justified in making
any use he please of private correspond
ence which may accidentally fall Into his
hands. It hu can thereby damage his po
Clinmlierluln xVan Impertinent.
No other House of Commons, at least
within living memory, would have endured
to be told by a Minister of the Crown that
he should call upon private members to ex
plain their conduct to his satisfaction.
Mr. Chamberlain's letter would havo been
defensible if it had been addressed by the
head of the Government to a colleague, but
written, as it wns. to men over whom he
had no sort of control, it was tha merest Im
pertinence. Lord Palmerston, at the height of his
power, woald not hive dared to do such
a thing, but upon this Houe of Commons
any Minister may wipe his boots.
Tho affront to Mr. Ellis, a highly respected
member of the Society of Friends, was felt
by manj' people- who do not agree with him
about the wur. Mr. Ellis is a man ot the
most scrupulous. Integrity, the mot sen
sitive honor and the most courteous disposi
tion. He has presided over many Important
committees of the House of Commons and
often occupied the chilr of the whole House.
If be has a fault, It Is that of extreme
It was highly characteristic of him.
TO STUDY AMERICA.
Composer Puccini Will Visit Xew
World for New Ideas.
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Rome. Sept. S. (Copyright. 1WD, by W. R.
Hearst.) Maestro Puccini, the famous com
poser, said to-day of his forthcoming visit
to the United States:
"I intend going first to New York, whero
two of my operas, "La Boheme' and -iLa
Tosca, are about to lie performed, but I
nm not going to gather fresh laureN I
have another aim In view, an aim essential
"I know America only from what I havo
read In papers and books. It Interests me
to the highest degree, for I am convinced
that not only the future of science, but of
the arts. Is with the American people. I
have seen the Paris Exposition and must
affirm that In the development of the fine
arts one must seek for new and live ideas
in American products.
"We Europeans have remained In our eld.
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though apparently unintelligible to Mr.
Chamberlain, that he should have Insisted
upon the amplest evidence for every al
leged abuse of martial law.
The fact Is that the discovery of thesn
precious documents has been a bitter dis
appointment to the Jingoes. Everybody
knew- that Doctor Clark was a pro-Boer,
and that Mr. Labouchere was against tha
Public Appetite Disappointed.
The public appetite was to have been fed
with much more exciting material than
these letters. We were promised conclu
sive proof In black and whlta of a great
South African conspiracy for setting up an
independent Republic and driving the Brit
ish into the sea.
Not one shred of evidence that any such
conspiracy has ever existed has been found
at Pretoria, where, if anywhere. It would
have turned up. This monstrous fiction has
exploded with a loud crash, and those who
mede their political livelihood out of It for
months don't know where they are.
They would gladly drop it, and would
not have It mentioned again, but they can
not be allowed to drop It. Those who as
serted It will have to substantiate or with
draw It in the most public manner, or the
country will never again, believe a word
As for Chief Justice D Vllllers, though
his pacific and conciliatory" letters are high
ly creditable to him. he still has some rea
son to complain. His effort to avert tha
war was not confined to our side.
In writing to the Boers he naturally dwelt
on and acknowledged thu faults of tha
Boer Government, and urged they should
be corrected. But he was essentially a
mediator. He used his Influence at Capo
Town as well as at Pretoria.
IIo'tt to Do Simple Jnatlcr.
Now, It Is only fair that hla letter to tho"
High Commissioner should be published
with SlrAlfnxI Mllner" reply. The course,
however,' would show moro clearly than any '
formal dispatch whether Sir Alfred wished (
It would also do simple Justice to Sir,
Henry Do Vllllers, whose position blnds-hlm
not to ba a partisan, though It leaves him t
perfectly free to smooth erery difficulty be-, i
tween the BrltUh and the Dutch. ,
The collapse of tha great Dutch eon-1
splracy makes the Idea, of a khaki, election ,
much less temping to the war party. Most
of the gas Is out of that bladder.
Captain Lambton's clever and amuslmr re
ply to Mr. Brodrick Tilt the Government be
tween wind and water. This valiant sailor,
who did to much for the relief of Lady
smith. Is the Liberal candidate for New
castle. He declares that tho diplomacy at
the Colonial Office Is as bad as tho guns
of the War Office, and that it could not
possibly havo been worse.
traditions, whilst the breath of a new life
comes to us from the New World. To-day
it Is the fine arts which draw from Ameri
can sources: to-morrow it will be music. I
I am going to study the New World for many
reasons, but above all for my new opera.
Why should I not choose an American
"For some years I have been seeking a.
subject for a libretto from all parts i'i
Italy. I went to Zola to assist me with a
subject. Aftet having long searched for
"something original. I 'believe I have found
if in "Madam Butterfly." the remarkable
drama by David Belasco. The libretto would
bo of two acts, with a symphony Intermez
zo and overture. The personages would ts
American and part of their environment
American. I have already sketched soma
ideas fcr the Intermezzo, which ought to bo
a chief feature of tho opera,
"I don't say I have absolutely fixed upon
Belasco's drama. My voyage to New York:
should influence my decision. I count upon,
finishing the work, when fairly entered upon
it, in six months or a year." '
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