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WASHINGTON, MONDAY, MARCH 1.
Three Duy.s More.
Today the attention of tlie Atncricau
people is fixed on Washington and Can
ton. Tomorrow the President-elect ivill
arrive at the Capital, and the country will
Lave eyes for Washington alone.
Mr. McKinley ivill be gloriously welcomed.
He comes the undoubted choice of the na
tion, and for a space at least all America
honors him and wishes him health and
prosperity and all the wisdom that can
enter a mortal mind .
Meanwhile the Cleveland administra
tion drags its slow length along. Its
hours are numbered, but the hours lag.
That the country should be subjected to
even three days more of peisonal misgov
emment is as hard to contemplate as
though it had not already suffered for four
The gallant Dubois (than whom no man
will be more missed in public life) made
a statement in the Senate Saturday, clear
and simple enough to give even Manager
The Republican party," .said Mr. Du
bois to his Republican colleagues, "has
written its last law on the statute books
of this country. If you get your tariff
bill through it ivill not be by Republican
votes. You have not enough of them;
you cannot get them: they do not belong
to you, and you will be farther from getting
them in two years. After saying to us that
you would help us in the fight for hilver,
you came out at St. Louis as the advocate
of the single gold standard, and when you
did it you lost the Pacific coast. Just so
fast as the people of that section have an
election for Senator, just so fast will a
Republican Seuator go down. Just so
fast as the people there liave a chance
to express themselves, just so fast will
you ln:e a Republican Senator If you cliug
to the single standard. You cannot or
ganize the next Senate, nor can you
organize any other Senate."
The.eare facts within the knowledge of
every Democratic and Republican leader In
the country: it only needed that they be
officially stated in a public place by a
man competent to do -m. The new ad
ministration is confronted by a situation
made to iu hand .
An Object Lesson.
Willoughby, Hill & Co., of Chicago, have
failed. This Jinn was an old cne for that
biisk and bieezy city twenty or thirty
years at least. It was not oung and
fr.&ky, it was oM and eonf.ei vative, and as
such adopted the cause of "sound" money
aB it might a long lost relative- It was
this firm that invented the Mexican dollar
object lesson. Soon after the Bryan
nomination was made they got a cart
load, more or less, of cartwheel silver
dollais.put them, with appropriate inscrip
tions, in their show window, and sold a
great many to "students of finance" at
53 cents apiece. They did a great deal
of patriotic defending, and they got an
immense amount of free advertising. But
they have failed. They did tlie largest
ready-made clothing business in the West,
and were supi osed to be solid and steady
if anybody in Chicago was.
It mu6t shake up the ideas of those
fctudents of finance wholfughttheMexicnn
dollars to learn that tlie firm which gave
this interesting, instructive, and profitable
advertising to itself lias been compelled to
confess judgment- It seems as if there was
something wrong somewhere- If the firm
had been a free silver affair, instead of a
53-cent affair, it would be easier to under
stand the failure. It would have been in
that case a plain judgment, instead of a
confession of judgment.
But as it stands, It is awkward. If the
prosperity agents want t- use this as an
advertisement, they had better do some
thing to tlie facts in tlie way of alteration.
The Rnssiun Resolve.
Several days ago The Times predicted
that the sudden outburst or phil-nellenic
sentiment and sympathy in England might
result in a change of attitude by the Brit
ish ministry In connection with the Greco
Cretan situation. That prediction seems
to have been realized, coincidently with
an appearance of hostility to Greece on
the part of Russia, that must occasion sur
prise and bewilderment to all readers
imbued with knowledge of Russia's his
toric and basic ambitions, purposes and
policy applied to the Eastern question.
A further analysis of the European situ
ation, as presented by current news from
the British and continental courts and
cabinets, may furnish us with a key to
this puzzle. In the first place the naval
"power of Jlnssia is largely frozen up in the
Baltic, and that conbidcration makes for
peace from the Czar's point of view; but
of far more value is the certainty that
Russia never has and never will make the
final play for the destruction of the Turk
ish power in Europe, unless or until that
movement appears sure to result in the
permanent occupation of Constantinople
by Russia, and its unchallenged and abso
lute sway over all the countries of the
These conditions would not be met by
an inauguration of the general fight by
Greece, backed by Servia and Bulgaria,
and perhaps Boumania. Such a coalition
now appears possible, even imminent, and
may be further strengthened by impor
tant uprisings In Turkish vassal districts
of Greek race or religious composition,
like Macedonia and Albania. It may bo
taken for granted that a movement of this
description at this particular juncture
would be very unwelcome to Russia. It
would offer too golden an opportunity to
Great Britain to suddenly change front,
support Greece, help to aggrandize that
power by consolidation with the Balkan
states, hitherto more or less under Rus
sian influence, and finally by helping to
establish, as the head of a great Greek
confederation, King George in Constanti
nople, instead of Emperor Nicholas.
There is little doubt that tlie Russian
ruler sees such a possible contingency In
the outcome of the Cretan trouble, and
that is sufficient reason why Russia should
demand that Greece shall keep tlie peace
just now. The rormer knows well enough
that England would like nothing better
than to place a -burfer power between
Europe and Russia on the Black Sea. That
course would at" one operation dispose of
the Turk, and of Russia's hopes on the
Bosphorus. Ah a question of policy it
would be vastly popular with the English
people, and, as offering a non-Muscovite
solution of the general problem, it would
be apt to enlist the assistance of Italy
and possibly of France. So It is not so
strange after all that Russia should have
taken her present stand.
Ilanua and the Cabinet.
It Is iucredible in every way, this ac-.
count of Mr. Banna's dissatisfaction with
the McKinley Cabinet. He took but a quiet
part in making it, having his own grasp
extended for the Ohio Senatorship alone.
Now that no political complications can
possibly take that away from him, he not
only gives to his confidential friends his
frank opinion of the members of Mr. Mc
Klnley's official family, but, if it is not
too late, he proposes to dabble In the
final make-up of it; for It is not yet cer
tain that Mr. McCook, of New York, will
be Attorney General, and upon that com
plication might hang many serious de
rangements of the new President's plans.
Mr. Banna's view is that the men who
made Mr. McKinley's nomination possi
ble have been sadly ..lighted by the now
celebrated Gabinet-maker of Canton.
"What man in the McKinley Cabinet,"
says the McKinley manager, through a
confidential friend, "did a thing to nomi
nate him at St. Louis? Sherman was
idle," he adds; "Gage was a Democrat;
Gary was asked to interest himself, but
pleaded illness; Long had no part whaJ
ever in the convention; Wilson is simply
a sop to Allison; McKenna absolutely re
fused to help McKinley on account of his
devotion to Reed, who had put him on the
Ways and Means Committee, and McCook,
like Gage, voted against Blaine in '84."
Mr. Banna's dissatisfaction is the more
serious and his kick the harder, because
such men as Henry Clay Payne of Wis
consin, and Henry Clay Evans of Ten
nessee fought bitterly and successfully
in their own States to take McKinley
delegations to St. Louis.
Is the McKinley manager, we wonder,
really getting angry already that circum
stances have prevented him from control
ling every political act of the uew Presi
dent, and that other exigencies may pos
sibly prevent him from being the whole
thing here in Washington? Stranger things
have happened in this very neck or woods.
We hardly look for a general eruption '.n
the McKinley Cabinet list as it is written.
It is true, no prospective Cabinet officer
may feel ablutely secure in his position
until he begins clerking in his particular
department. The tenders always have a
hawser to them. It seems pretty well
settled in this particular instance, how
ever, that most of the gentlemen who are
on the way to Washington with their
families, who have in some cases rented
houses here, and whose wives and daugh
ters have caused to be constructed stun
ning gowns ia which they may appear as
the wives and daughters of Cabinet offi
cers at the Inauguration ball, will not be
disappointed; but if Mr. Hanna is dis
satisfied, he cau yet make trouble, for
he ia resourceful and ubiquitous. By
making a little trouble here and there,
indeed, he could possibly upset the whole
mllkpan, so to speak.
Our advice to Mr. Hanna would be, how
ever, that since he is personally faring very
well, he leave the matter of the new Cab
inet to compose itself. Presidents al
ways select their advisers more for per
sonal than political reasons. They do not
reel. In the first place, that they are par
ticularly under obligations to anybody
except themselves, and in certain instances
within the recent past, to an All-wise and
Fore-ordained Order of Things. Perhaps,
too, Mr. Hanna may yet be able to estab
lish the fact that he "has some pull with
the new administration" by procuring con
sulships for Henry Clay Evans and the
others. At all events, he will be In Wash
ington for a couple of months, and he will
have the chance to try.
It is pointed out by the Philadelphia
Reord that one of the immediate results
of the collapse of the steel rail trust will
be a decline In the number of railroad
casualties and consequently greater safety
in travel. According to the Railroad Ga
zette the number of accidents last year
due to broken and bent rails was twenty
six, and this journal adds that this total
was more than the average annual num
ber due to that cause. The trust had put
the price of rails so high that the rail
road companies, particularly since they
had suffered from the general business
depression as much as any others, bought
as few as possible for making needed re
pairs to their roads. As soon as the trust
was broken, however, prices fell, and the
work of repairing tracks with new rails
was actively and generally renewed.
It is pointed out that the enormous num
ber of recent orders for rails shows how
great this necessity was, and how long
it had existed. It is estimated, indeed,
that In the brief space of time since the
Carnegie-Rockefeller alliance 6maMicd the
trusts the orders for rails have amounted
to nearly a million tons. A deduction
of probably 100,000 tons must probably
in -all rairnessbe made on account of tho
number required for export, but the de
cline in the price of rails has nevertheless
been a great boon In promoting the safety
and comfort of railroad travel. What
the upshot of the Carnegie and Rocke
feller alliance will be no one. can foresee
accurately. It is almost universally the
case that a trust either crushes its antag
onist in the competitive market or makes
an alliance with it. The common im
pression was that Carnegie and Rocke
feller would keep closely together; and,
perhaps, they have done so and may con
tinue to do so.
This is against the expectation of ex
perience, however. These vast moneyed
interests, whether they happen at the
present moment to be comprised within
the trust itself or to stand outside of it,
can the better make unearned dividends
upon watered investments by pooling is
sues, and that, in the end they have al
ways been almost sure to do;
Let tho Cadets Come.
There has been a strong feeling on the
part of many people -who arc especially
Interested in tlie Inauguration parade
that a very important part of it should
be the future officers of the Army and
Navy. One of these people especially
Interested is the President-elect, and at
a meeting of bis old comrades, the Union
Veteran Legion, Encampment No. 10,
Col. Charles E.f Trotitman suggested that
a request be sent to President Cleveland
that he order the cadets to be present.
Of course, he can do this if he sees fit;
and the Union Veteran Legion, and those
various people who are interested in this
thing in so large numbers, earnestly hope
that he will see fit. The encampment
unanimously adopted these resolutions:
Several sufficient reasons for the visit
of these military and naval cadets to the
Capital City were given the other day
by one of Gen. Porter's aides. lie said
that it would be an object lesson to the
cadets, a benefit to the National Guard,
and to the American Guard, composed of
public schoolboys; and that the whole
business would cost ouly $0 each from
West Point and return for the West Point
Cadets, with a correspondingly cheap rate
for the Annapolis boys.
President Cleveland might think about
this, in the interval of getting bills signed
and tho furniture packed, and awaiting
his successor. It would be worth a great
deal to the cadets, and it is their last
chance to attend an inauguration as cadets.
It Is interesting Ju6t now to compare tlie
last recorded utterances of the President
elect and his distinguished Democratic op-
orient before the people.
Says Mr. McKinlej :
'Tour money never made am country
rich, and found money will not ami enn
i ot make anyone poor. The eoiueniion be
tween the ti o conflicting ideas r .systems
isan old one, and bids fair always liirvome
way to exist. But let us resolute!) set our
races lor the unlit and never lire "f Its
earnest and feailess advocacy."
Says Mr. Br)an:
"New Yorkcannotfavora financial policy
that makes beggars and tramps f the rest
of the count i y. Let them lorecloe the
mortgages on the farms: tlny will still
have to rind tenants of the farms. The
f a rmer will gi o w to the extent )f his wants.
If necessary, tue wives an'd daugir-.-rs can
go back, like the women of old, and make
ihccloth and clot lies themselves. But while
the farmer is getting his bare living from
the soil your streets will be filled with
idle and hungry men, and it will take all
jour accumulated wealth to keep the peo
ple fiom starving."
The one policy is mellifluous and theo
retical, tne other plain and practical; one
is triumphant, the other bows Its head in
temporary defeat; but over all fctands the
truth: Nothing is ever settled in this
world until it is settled right.
In a few hours now Mr. Cleveland will
be where the communism of pelf can't
"Mr. Cleveland," says La Lucha of
Havana, "will find the island quitechanged
since he was here eight years ago."
Yes, we think he will a change which he
has done more than any man on earth,
save Weyler, to bring about. "But,"
continues La Lucha, "he will be treated
with every consideration due to him for
having resolutely opposed all attempts
to break off friendly relations between
the United States and Spain." Mr. Cleve
land ought really to visit Cuba. In no
other way can he learn iti just what es
timation he Is, and ougfit to be, held by
the American people.
Cecil Rhodes is rapidly becoming the
Mark Hanna of South Africa.
It may be, after all, that the new
Idaho Senator-elect will lose his Heat
and give place, as he should, to Fred T.
Dubois. The first legislative ballot would
There have been some doubts whether
the inhabitants of Connecticut were gen
erally engaged in the manufacture of
wooden nutmegs and in passing them
off as the real thing upon an unsuspecting
public. There ought not longer to be any
question of this. There are Connecticut
people, evidently, who will hardly stop
at anything. The Yale fellows who are
not all Connecticut fellows, to be sure,
but who arc doubtless all more or less
tinged with the color of their wooden
nutmeg environments interfered seriously
on one occasion, not many months ago,
with a speech of Hon. William J. Bryan.
They treated him differently in New
Haven the other night. A large con
course of people listened thoughtfully to
the address of the wonderful young Ne
braskan. Tho Connecticut legislature quite
appropriately inyiti Mr. Bryan to be
come its guest, but then, arter sleeping
on the matter, voted not to invite him
to become its guest. This was dis
courteous enough, little as Mr. Bryan can
permit himself to care about such things.
But it was a good wooden nutmeg per
formance. As for Mr. Bryan, he is today
as much the leader of six millions and
three-quarters of his fellow-citizens of vot
ing age and of sane mind as he was on
the 3d ot November last
Mr. Hanna might take a moment to tell
us whether his middle name is. Alonzo,
Autonius, Auielius, Auanias.or Argentum.
Here is the Republican Baltimore Amer
ican declaring that nobody knows and
nobody cares what the object of Senator
Wolcott's mission was. We- thought so.
"What the Country Wishes to,Ivuov.
(From tho New York Tribune.)
The Cuban question now seems to have
assumed this form: Has Consul General
Lee resigned because the administration,
would not protect American interests, or
Is the administration recalling him be
cause he has tried to protect American
THE EECORD OF CONGRESS
Tlie Firty-fourth Congress, which will
expire at neon on Thursday, will be held
remarkable principally for what it failed
to accomplish. In one respect In the
number of bills and resolutions introduced
It was a J record breaker. In the House
alone .oyer 10,400 bills and 3;100 res
olutions were introduced and referred
to various committees. Only a fraction
of these passed" the House, and .fewer
still became laws.
The principal business of the Congress,
aside from the passage ot tlie appropria
tion bills, was limited to the first session,
the net results of which -were the enact
ment into law of the bills creating the com
mission to determine the true divisional
line between Venezuela and British Guiana;
prohibiting prize fighting in the Territo
ries; permitting appointment in the Army
and Navy or former United States officers
who served in the rebellion; making one
year's residence in a Territory necessary
for a divorce: incorporating the National
Society of the Daughters of tlie Revolution;
defining the penalty for interference with
railway trainsjatid nersous riding there
on, and substlfutiiTk salaries for fees to
United Statesunashals and district at
torneys. ! ; it
Aside from tie, foregoing measures, the
remaining bills jexeijpting the Immigration
bill and the Joliift resolution for an inter
national moiiet(iqyeouference, passed at
the second sessinji were of no general
interest. Included in these were 700
private pension bills- an imprecented num
ber. In another respect the Fifty-fourth
Congress was rcmurkable. This was its
failure to pass a single bill providing for
public buildings. - The House calendar
contained one hundred bills of this class,
including tho Senate bill for a custom
house in New York city. Speaker Reed,
however, in his determination to reduce
the expenditures to the lowest limit con
sistent with the "necessities or the gov
ernment, set his face sternly against all
legislation of this, character. Notwith
standing this circumstance, the present
Congress is the third in American his
tory in whieti the appropriations have
exceeded a billion dollars. If, it is
claimed, these appropriations be deducted
from the sum tota) the aggregate-for the
past two years would be little in excess
of one billion dollars.,
A number or important measures, which
wore reported to the House Inst session,
and were expected to receive ravorabie
consideration during the present session,
were either defeated or left on the calen
dar. The bill to .settle the indebtedness
of the bond-aided railways to the govern
ment, which was a legacy from tho last
session, suffered it "crushing defeat in
January last. The substitute measure
prepared by Mr. Harrison, of Alabama, to
adjust these claims through the medium
or a Cabinet commission, was not per
mitted by the Committee on Rules to come
berore the House, thus Ieaing it an open
question between the supporters and the
opponents or the measure what its rate
would have bcej In the preceding ses
sion upward or Wfty resolutions bearing
upon the Cuban insurrection were intro
duced, although but one passed the House.
During the present session the Cuban
resolutions introduced have been few lu
No erfort was made at the present session
to call up tlie bills' admit ting Arizona, New
Mexico, and Oklahoma to statehood. Tlie
"sound money" men In the House were
a practical unit against the admission
of any Territories which are likely to send
advocates of free silver to the Senate.
Among the bills which passed the House,
but have not been acted upon in the Senate,
are the Morse bill to prevent the selling ot
liquor in the Capitol; the Brosius bill, per
mittingthe establishment o'fTmtioiinl banks
'with a capital oT-Je.ODO- In towns of"
-1,000 inhabitants, and the, Loud bill, to
reclassify second-class mail matter.
The Ways and .Means Committee gave a
series of hearings during, the early weeks
of the session,. and, the remainder of, 'the
time was occupied by the Republican mem
bers in fornmlatlng a new tariff bill.
This will follow tlie general lines of the
McKinley luvy of lSOO, and will be re
ported to the House ati the beginning of the
extra session of tlie next Congress. All
of the contested election cases, thirty-one
in number, have been,dlsposed of.
The work of the Senate during the past
session, has npt been heavier than usual.
The number of bills introduced generally
runs up above 3,000 in number, and this
.session the total lias reached 3,732.
Much of tlie ttme.of the Senate has been
consumed in the discussion of questions re
lating to our foreign relations, and while
no positive action -of any kind lias been
taken, many columns of the Congressional
Record have been filled with speeches on
Cuban resolutions have been intioduced
and pressed for action by the score, but,
beyond precipitating debate, nottiing has
A treaty with Japan has been ratified,
putting into immediate operation the
clause of the treaty or commerce and navi
gation negotiated two years ago. The
general treaty or arbitration with Great
Britain, arter being fruitlessly considered
for two weeks, went over until the next
session. The Alaskan boundary treaty
with Great Britain lias not even been con
sidered in committee.
The Nicaragunn Canal bill, which was
debated for several weeks, was on the
point or final passage with a comfortable
majority in front of it when the protest
or the minister representing the Greater
Central American republics was received.
J. ADDISON PORTER HERE.
The President-Elect's Secretary
Qunrtered nt the Ebbltt.
J. Addison Porter, secretary to the
President-elect, is quartered at tlie Eh
bitt. Mr. Parker's duties are slight as
yet. As representative of the President
elect, he, of course, has examined the
various preparations made for his re
ception and the inaugural, and expresses
himself as very well satisfied with every
thing, but this is about the only duty his
office lias thus far laid upon him.
Mr. Porter promises to be popular with
newspoper men, although he has learned
the truth of the adage, "A closed mouth
gives away no secrets." lie lias not been
bothered much thus far, because he is not
supposed to know much. His troubles with
the enterprising Interviewer will ' begin
after his chief has been inducted into office.
Mr. Porter will probably be as close to
McKinley aB Private 'Secretary Lamont
was to Cleveland. Friendship dictated
the appointment, friendship tlie acceptance,
for Porter is a man of large, wealth and
could have looked higher.
Porter is a man of untiring industry.
He leaves little to subordinates, and if
he can help it leaves them nothing. He
likes to attend to!, thmgs in detail.
Otis A. Smith Released.
Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 2S.-Otis A. Smith's
friends paid the amount ot his shortage to
the Georgia Security and Banking Com
pany yesterday, and he was released from
jail. He took a train for New Orleans, and
said that h e was going "West.
Xo Feni of Indian Uprising.
Denver, Col., Feb. 28. -Gen. Whcaton in
formed tlie United Associated Presses
yesterday that Ills dispatches rrom Col.
Bayon Indicated there would be no serious
uprising of the Papago Indians on the
Mexican border? and that the present
trouble would be easily quelled.
CAPITOL NEWS AND GOSSIP
Congressman Grosvcnor of Ohio has
said some pretty hard tilings about the
civil service law, and as he is tlie spokes
man on tho floor of tlie House ot President-elect
McKinley there are many who
believe that he voices the sentiments of
Mr. McKinley. It this is true the friends
of reform can look out for squalls
-when the new administration gets down
to business. Somebody said to Gen.
Grosvenor the other 'day:
"Grosvcnor, I think you are four-flush-ing
on this civil service business. I
think you will drop the agitation after
the 4th of March."
Gen. Grosvenor, who evidently knows
what a four-Hush is, promptly responded:
"Don't you believe it. I shall make a
harder fight after the new Congress as
sembles than ever 1 did before to show
the Inequalities of the civil service law.
I am not bluffing a little bit. J expect
to see the day when the law will be
so amended that Its f minors won't know
Four members of the Pennsylvania dele
gation in Congress will contest for the
gubernatorial nomination next summer.
They are JosiahD. Hicks, or AltoonajWIII'a n
C. Arnold, or Dubois, and the two Stones,
William A., or Allegheny, and Charles W.,
or Wanen. Other candidates are Frank
Reeder, secretary of State, and Col. S. M.
Jackson, ex-State treasurer. All the can
dtdatesare friendly to Senator Quay, neither
of them being in any way identified with
the combine, of which Dave Martin,' of
Philadelphia, is the head. Senator Ounv
1ms announced that as the fight Is between
ms personal rriends, lie wlll not mix in it.
He will keep hands off, and let the best
man win. William A. Stone is said now
to be the strongest candidate, but there is
a belier that one of the other men named
in the above list will finally be selected.
A mold is looked upon by his friends as tlie
most likely 0r the "short horses." He is
popular throughout the State und has made
a very good record in Congress. His se
lection, it is said, would satisry both the
Quay and the anti-Quay Tactions. C. W.
Stone and Mr. Hicks will both show up
in the convention with a good many dele
gates to their credit, but neither, It is
thought, in a long drawn out battle could
command as much strength as Mr. Arnold.
Representative Wilton, of Idaho, is a
silver Republican and supported Mr. Bryan
for the Presidency. He did not, however,
sigh tlie manifesto issued the ether day by
Senators Teller, Dubois, and tlie other
silver Republican Senators and members.
M r. Wilt-oa'sfrieudsln Congress are wonder
ing ir he is not getting ready to lejoln his
old party. Mr. Wilson, it is said, does not
Intend, at the present, nt any late, to
arfiKate with the Republican party, nor
has he any intention of Joining the Democ
racy at this time. He does net, in fact,
know just exactly where he is "at." It
is certain that he will not identify him
self with the party of Mark Hanna and
McKinley unless it advocates the free coin
age of silver.
AMERICAN AFFAIRS ABROAD.
Railroad Enterprise in China Re
ceives a Set-Buck.
London, Feb. 28. Last month mentioi
was made that "Sheng, the new Taotal
of Tlen-Tsin, favored the American syn
dicate, witli which Mr. C. P. Hunting
ton is connected, in securing a leading
share In the Chinese railway extension
projects. Private advices from Tlen
Tsin now state that Sheng has bad a
set back, which threatens his posltiou,
and will swamp the scheme he was for
warding. In view or the expected McKinley tariff
the London Chamber of Commerce re
cently recommended that foreign con
tracts, or quotations for future delivery
on the basis of duty-paid prices, should
clearly specify that the prices mentioned
are conditioned on the duty or duties
chargeable and the classification of
goods remaining the same ;s at the date
of contract or quotation, and should
provide that the buyer be held responsi
ble for any Increase ot duty taking
place before jthe completion ot delivery.
This recommendation Is already being
largely acted upon by members of the
chamber In their American contracts.
The American ''society in London con
templates making Mr. Bayard some kind
of presentation on the occasion ot his de
parture from the embassy- What it will
be is not exactly decided yet. Another
honor to the departing ambassador will
probably be a dinner or social function nt
the St. James Club, at which Mr. Bayard
will be the guest of some of the most
important foreign ambassadors.
LARGE SEIZURE OF OPIUM.
Treasury Agents Confiscate a Con
sign incut at San Francisco.
San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 28. Special
agents of the treasury have seized nearly
$-100,000 worth of opium alleged to have
been imported into this country illegally.
The treaty with China provides that a
subject of one country shall not import
opium into the territory of the other.
Tlie opium in question was the property
of Fong Tai, a Chinese merchant, who
had the drug consigned to Il.T David
son, an employe of the Bank or British
Columbia. It is not likely that either wUl
be prosecuted, for in case of failure to
convict the opium would have to be ie
turned, while now it can be sold at public
VIOLATION OF BANKING LAWS.
Officers of a Michigan Savings In
Big Rapids, Mich., Feb. 28. D. F. Com
stock, C. W. Comstock and C. W. Cun
ningham, late president, manager and
cashier, respectively, of the derunct Me
costa County Savings Bank, were served
-with warrants of arrest yesterday. C. W.
Comstock and Cunningham were admitted
to bail in $2,500 each. D. F. Comstock
is seriously ill and was not removed from
The complaint charges violation ot the
banking laws, setting up that a month
before the bank closed the president, man
ager 'and cashier executed false and
worthless paper to the amount of $9,000
to the D. F. Comstock Lumber Company,
which is composed of the above-named
Big Elevator for Buffalo.
Buffalo, N. Y., Feb. 28. TheGreatNorth
ern Railway is to con&tiuct here a grain
elevator of 2,C0O,O0O bushels capacity, all
ot steel. The order for the steel, about
5,000 tons, will probably be let in a week
or two. The new elevator will have thirty
bins of S0;000 bushels capacity, and be by
far the largest at Buffalo. It is claimed
that elevators cau be built on this plan for
"loss cost than in the old way, and that
In addition they will save in operating
expenses and in insurance.
Strikers Gain a Point.
Ludington. Mich., Feb. 28. The injunc
tion applied for by the Flint and Pere
Marquette Railroad Company, to prevent
the striking freight-handlers from going
on railroad property to persuade working
men to quit, was decided by Judge Mc
Matioii yesterday, who granted an injunc
tion to restrain the strikers from destroy
ing property, but held the strikers had a
right to persuasion by legitimate means.
The strikers are overjoyed, and determined
to fight to a flush-
NO WINE EN THE WHITE DOUSE.
An Early Statement of Sirs. He
Canton, Feb. 28. There will be no wine
in the White House after March 4. The
Major's foot will not have to be put down
in the matter: Mrs. McKinley settled that
question years ago.
She has been an earnest advocate of
temperance for many years, and while not
an active worker in the cause, yet Mrs.
McKinley, as the wife of the Governor of
Ohio, set a rigid example of teetotalism.
During her long residence at hotels In
drinking in every way, and often earnestly
deprecated its use among her friends and
acquaintances. There Is a well-known
young man in Columbus who was once
strongly impressed with the future Presi
dent's wife's abhorrence of iutoxicants.
He is a brilliant young journalist and was
reporting the session of the legislature for
several Ohio papers. The McKinleys lived
at the Neil House, directly opposite the
State house, and in the hotel is one of the
best patronized saloons in the city.
The last bcssion of the legislature dur
ing Mr. McKinley's Incumbency as gov
ernor was a quiet one, and some of the
correspondents spent time and money be
fore the bar in the Nell House cafe. The
young man In question was noted among
his associates rorhis abstemiousness, and
now and again won their regard and ad
miration by sending out for them the news
when they were busy with more seductive
Be was not a total abstainer, butquietly
said, when asked his principles upon tlie
liquor question, that he knew when he had
enough, and never drank to excess.
This was true. However, into the life
of every man who drinks at all, there
comes nu evil hour. Then he drinks too
much. It may have been so with this
reporter. The incident or his taking one
drop too much, and its consequences are
better told by himseir. The day after
its happening he was in sackcloth and a
Turkish bath. He told inquiring friends
the following story: "I seldom drink. You
all know tills. I know when I've had
enough. This last assertion is false. I
want to say that no man who puts the
awful stufr into his stomach can calculate
"when his capacity Is exactly nttaincd.
"I went to a banquet a night or to ago,
and though wine flowed freely. I diank no
intoxicants. I went heme after llnlshing
my work and got up at 10 o'clock the next
day, feeling poorly. I went in the Neil
House and met a friend who insisted on
my taking a drink. He -was to anxious that
I was really afraid of insulting him, so I
took one. We had another and I foget
whether ive had one more'.
"I was handed a telegram fiom a Cin
cinnati paper, telling me to interview Mrs.
.McKinley on a certain matter. It was
for an afternoon sheet, and I had no time
to waste. I sent my card to the guber
natorial apartments, and received word to
"Going up In the elevator the heat
overcame me and I felt dizzy.
"You know I had not drunk much, and
was Just as sober as I am now, but it
was the steam heat. I went In the reception-room,
and in a few minutes Mrs.
McKinley entered. I was sort of dazed
and stumbled in speaking to her. She
knew me well, and she looked sort of dis
pleased. I tried to explain that I was not
feeling well. She sympathized with me
when I told her that I was subject to
these attacks, and said that I should diet
"I knew I was getting worse, as the
hcat -was just pouring out of the radiators
and all seeming to make a rush for my
head. I forgot what I had come to see
Mrs. McKinley about, and realizing that
I might appear in a wrong light I was
about to go, when she asked me to wait
until she returned. In a moment or two
she came back with a glass hair rull
or something I never knew what it was
and told me to drink it.
"I'd have tossed ort coal oil at that
time, as 1 was anxious to get away. I
did so, and when I was in the jpe:i fir I
got steady again. I was crossing the
State House yard when I felt suddenly
ill. That stuff Mrs. McKinley gave me
was frightful in its effects. I thought
I had been poisoned and went for a
doctor, after I had reached the senate
chamber. The doctor gave me some
thing worse. I took a solemn oath never
to touch, taste, handle or smell liquor
And he kept his word. Mrs. McKinley's
heroic remedy made him a teetotaler.
ROCKKFULLER PAYS UP.
Merrltts Settled With in Mesaba
Iron Range Case.
Duluth, Minn., Feb. 28. In June, 18SK5,
a verdict for $940,000 was rendered against
John D. Rockefeller, or New York, in the
United States circuit court here in favor
ot Alfred Merritt.
Mr. Merritt was one ot the Merritt
brothers of this city, who had explored
and brought to public attention the valuable
Mesaba iron range. Mr. Rockefeller had
been induced to join in the development
and thisjsuit was brought owing to u
disagreement. Mr. Rockefeller promptly
appealed, and after a delay by the court
of a year, the appeal was granted and
a new trial ordered, which was due at
the spring term.
Recently there have been rumors that a
settlementhadbeen effected by thepayn.ent
ot a large sum of money to the Merritts
by Mr. Rockefeller. All doubt wasremoved
yesterday by the filing with the clerk
of the United States circuit court here
of a document, which was executed six
weeks ago, asking the withdrawal of the
case by stipulation. In addition to the
dismissal ot the suit a copy of another
document, duly certified, was filed at
the same time, signed by allot the Merrltts,
and the past as well as any prospect of
future litigation is blotted out.
WITH A BULLUr IN HIS BRAIN.
Strange Story of a Shooting and Its
Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 28. Daniel McFar
lanc, a railroad man, who has worked here
for the past five years, but whose home
is said to be in Buffalo, walked into the
police station yesterday and calmly an
nounced that he had a bullet in his brain
Blood trickling from a wound in the man's
forehead indicated that he had been shot,
and examination indicated that tlie hall
was imbedded in McFarlanc's brain four
inches. The wounded man did not appear
to suffer from the injury, which the doctors
say will prove fatal within three days.
MrFarlane'sstory'was that while walking
along the canal he was shot by an unknown
man, whose fire he returned. As evidence
or the statement he produced a revolver and
three empty cartridges. The police, how
ever, incline to the belier that McF.irlane
attempted to commit suicide.
( True Test of Democracy.
Cleveland, O., Feb. 28. Five hundred
Democrats met in Army and Navy Hall
last night to agree on a candidate for
mayor. Two-thirds were silverites and
the remainder followers or John Farley.
Chairman Hart read a set of resolutions,
the gist or which was that the meeting
recommend that no candidate be nominated
for mayor who did not support and vote
for W. J. Bryan at the last election.
The resolution was adopted by a large
I0ih llth and F Sts. N. W.
We are splendidly equipped for
furnishing hotels boarding?
houses and private families
with the very best values ob
tainable, in whatever is needed
in the way of Inaugttration sup
plies, Knozoing what you
wo7ild probably need we Thave
secured very liberal quantities,
and by so doing can name
prices on goods of genuine
merits which are exceptionally
Dinner and Toilet Ware.
Whit Porcelain CoveredDlshescaCh.
White Porcelain VegetableDlshes ....
White Porcelain Cupsand Saucers
White Porcelain Platters, large, each
White Porcelain Platters, small, each
White Porcelain' Soup Tureeiu, each ..
White Porcelain Dinner Plates, each.
White Porcelain Sauce Boats, each
White Porcelain Pitchers, each
Whitewash Bowls and Pitchers, set.
White Chamliers, each....
WhiteCovered Soap Dishes, each
White Uncovered Slop Jars, each
White Mugs, each '....
White Soap Slabs, each....
Imitation Cut Bottom Tumblers, each, ac
Banded Tumblers, each 3c
BestThin Blown Tumblers, each 3 Ke
loidal or Engraved Tumblers, each.. So
Large Gloss Bowls, each -lOc
Sugar Dishes, each lOc
Cream Pitchers, each lOc
Vinegar or oil Cruets, each lOc
Thin Blown ChampagneGIasses,each.. 3c
Thin Blown Whisky Glasses, each.. 30
Thin Blown Beer Glasses, each sc
Imitation Cut Glass Carafes, each 25c
2-qt. Water Pitchers, each 25c,
ImitationCut Glass Finger Eowla,ech.lOc
li-qt. Coffee Boilers, ball handle, each-T5c
12-qt. Buckets, each SOc
Large Roasting Pans, each 75c
Large Rice Boilers, each 75c
S-qt. Stove Pots, each 50c
Large Coffee Pots, each .49c
Bread Pans, each 15c
Covered Sauce Pans, each 25c
Dish Pans, each 40c
Bread Raisers, each 85c
Chamlier Pails, each. SOc
Cake Turners, each lOc
Best Quality Wool
4x 6 feet, each $2.25
4x S feet, each S2.75
5x S feet, each..... S3.00
6x10 reet. each S4.25
Also 500 All-silk Flags, size 16x2-1
25c each. Usually 37c
Cotton Bunting, Tast and loose colors, .
plain red, white, and blue,, or tri-colored,
25 to 36 inches wide,
4C TO lOc per 'yard.
Muslin Flags, on sticks.
Size 4 1-2x7 1-2 Inches. Per doz-...3oc
Size 12x22 inches, each 5c
Size 20xo0 inches, each IOC
Size 27x43 inches, each 15c
Size 36x56 inches, each 25c
Size 40x66 inches, each..... SOC
Special prices for larg-e quan
tities. Toy Dept. 3d floor.
Three Special Values in All-lineo
Women's All Pure Linen Hemstitched
Regular price, 12jc
Women's All-linen Hemstitched Hand
kerchiefs, hand-embroidered: cliolce de- j
i8c, 3 for SOC "
Regular price, 2oc
Men's All-linen Hemstitched Handker
chiefs, wide and narrow hems.
ioc each A
Regular price, 12 jc ,
Woodward & Lothrop.