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WASHINGTON, TUESDAY EVENING,' MAY 28, 1912.
Sixteen Pages.
PKIOE ONE CENT.
PARTY LEADERS
HOLD MEETING
IN N W Y
ORoosevelt Managers Discuss
Program for Chicago
Convention.
HAFT FOLLOWERS
SHOWING WEAKNESS
All Former Feeling of Confidence
Fades as Campaign Nears
Close.
By JUDSON C. WELLIVER.
Leaders of the Roosevelt organi
zation are in conference in Now'
York" today, considering the pro
gram for the fight immediately' pre
liminary to and in the Chicago con
vention. Today 1b accepted by the
politicians as substantially ending
the first phase of what may bo
roughly called a three-part perform
ance. '
The first stage is concerned with
the selection of delegations, and
will, in effect, end with the primary
in New Jersey today. The second
will deal with the preliminary work
of the national committee, the hear
ings of contests, and the preparation
of the temporary roll of the con
vention. The third, of course, is the
convention itself.
Greatest Since 1892.
There has been no great convention
fight for a Republican nomination for
President since 1832. In that year Har
rison defeated Blaine in the great
Minneapolis convention. In 1896 McKIn
ley had the nomination surrounded be
fore the convention, and it was a ratifi
cation. In 1900 it was a reaffirmation,
in the face of pretty cetrain victory. In
,:1004 Roosevelt 'had sporadic opposltlooh
In the early stages, but It didn't live to
get in sight of the convention, and 1908
saw the Taft nomination assured before
the convention met, though the con
test for delegates had been a most ani
mated one.
This year there is fighting, and plenty
of It, in every one of the three periods.
No such struggle for delegates has
ever been made as in the last three
months. Likewise, every inch will be
contested In the long series of hearings
before tho national committee. The
foundation will be laid there for a fur
ther contest that will In all human
probability be carried before the com
mittee on credentials of the convention
itself.
Party Existence At Stake.
With more than 200 seats In the con
vention In controversy, the work of the
committee will be of the greatest possi
ble Importance. Never before In the
party history has the absolute necessity
for a Judicial consideration and a
wise determination of contests been so
absolute as new. It is a common ob
servation among political old-timers
that the very existence of the party
may be at stake.
The delegates to whom the national
committee awards seats, will con
stitute tho temporary organization, an-l
will plunge at tliii very outset of the ses
sion lf.to tho third stage of tlw fight
ing ampalgn -the choice of a temporary
chairman. This wll be. In many
wav. n, crllloal affair. The temporary
chalimar. will wield tho navel dining
the citiral stage when the committee
nn credentials will do Its work, make Its
report, and lhat report will be debated
anil voted on.
Some VHrv prartteal politics was pro
moted Into the situation todav bv tho
report that the fintl-Taft candidate for
wmpomry chairman will be Gov. Frank
K. McGovern. of 'Wisconsin. M"Oov
rn Is ii La Follotta delegate-at-larze.
Jt Is p'MUmsa that he would have the
import of the thirty-six La Follette
dnJefites from Minnesota and North
Dakota.
Roland for An Oliver.
Tn this proposal, the Roosevelt people
pass bad; a Roland for the Taft men's
Oliver, represented by the choice of
Root to handle the baton In the tempor
ary stages. Root was selected. It !s
Etnto-1, because of the belief that he
can hold the New York delegation solid
ly In line, nnd thus gather in some
twenty-four vots tht otherise would
co to a Roosevelt candldute
In addlt'on. eight or ten delegates In
the I'llncls list iro said to be wllltn?
to suopori a Tnft chairman, thouah ln
Htrected for Roosevelt for President.
That would make . possible thirty to
till" ty-five Roosevelt delegates whom the
Tuft people ol in to pr off bv the use
of Senator Root for chairman.
But the candidacy of McGovern, It Is
calculated, would counter this by draw
ing In the thirty-six La Follette men to
take the places of those lost to "Roof.
It would be well nigh Impossible for La
Follette to refuse to let his delegates
support McGovern. Indeed, there are
reports that the La Follette people had
Intended to present McGovern as their
I candidate for temporary chairman even
before the suggestion of the all-progressive
coalition on organization had
been made. To refuse to support Mc
Govern would put La Follette in
the position not only of rejecting one
of his loyal supporters at home, but,
further, of using his position to help
the reactionary forces get control of the
convention.
Taft People Would Lose.
In addition to the thirty-six La Fol
lette delegates who are expected to
Bupport McGovern, the half-score of
Cummins delegates are counted upon as
a sure accession to the progressive
cause In the light for organization con
trol. Thus the Roosevelt people stand,
apparently, to gain rather more voles,
by skillful politics, than the Taft people
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
alienists will
watchpageas
he tellsms
Linen Merchant Hisses,
Shouts, and Gesticulates
in Court Today.
PROSECUTION TO
TAKE NEW COURSE
Employment of Specialist Pre
sages Startling De
velopment. Indications that the charges of
criminal libel against Henry W. A.
Page, the New York linen merchant,
may take a startling turn, developed
in Criminal Court No. 2 today, when
at least two alienists appeared at
the instance of the Government
prosecutors to listen to tho spec
tacular recital of the defendant on
the witness sfand.
The alienists are Dr. George H.
Schwinn, assistant superintendent of
the Government Hospital for the In
sane, and Dr. D. Percy Hlckline, of
the Washington ABylum Hospital.
They occupied Beats directly in front
of the defendant and kept their eye
intently fixed on him.
Face Flushed.
His face flushed and his voice tense
with the emotion that seemed to pos
sess him. Page stood up In the witness
box for two hours and a half and read
to the Jury correspondence that passed
between himself nd Congressman
Henry D. Clayton, chairman of the
House Judiciary Committee, and resulted
In his Indictment.
Condemnatory utterances were fairly
hissed at the Jury, so earnest was the
witness In the presentation of bin pica
of Justification. , Sometlnreahe gesticu
lated or pounded the' side of the wit
ness box In the favor of his remarks,
and frequently he shouted out his sting
ing statements only to revort to moder
ate tones with dramatic force.
The prosecutors refused to divulge
their plan of action or to say whether
they had engaged more than one alien
ist. Neither would they say whether
Dr. Hlckllng will be placed on the wit
ness stand when the defense rests.
When the New York linen merchant
took the witness stand this forenoon
Justice Barnard Inquired how long he
would take to tell his story.
"Your honor, If I am not Interrupted,
I think I will be able to finish In two
days," responded the witness.
There was immediate objection on the
part of the prosecutors, who explained
to the court that they had reasoned
that the trial would be expedited by
letting Page tell his story In his own
way, but that they would certainly
have to protest against his consuming
two days. Page declared that It was
necessary for him to go Into details.
Reads Letters.
Justice Barnard permitted the defend
ant to talk and read from letters dur
ing the morning serslon. The letters
were filed with denunciation of the
New York Judiciary and the House Ju
diciary Committee.
The witness read from the objection
able pamphlet called "Death of Liber
ty," containing the utterances on which
the indictment is based, and was de
cidedly dramatic at times.
He also read letters bearing on his
attempt to have the House Judiciary
Committee institute Impeachment pro
ceedings against New York Judges who
, had granted his wife a divorce from
him and had awarded her (4.000 a year
i alimony and custody of their children.
With the conclusion of the testimony
I by Page the defense closed this aftcr
l noon. The linen merchant wished to go
I Into further details, but the court would
not permit and asked that other wit
nesses be called. There was practically
no cross-examination of the defandant,
as he admitted the authoiship of the
utterances on which the Indictment is
predicated.
Congressmen Not Called.
Page summoned nineteen members of
Congress in his defence, but when court
convened this afternoon his counsel,
Samuel Bell Thomas, of New York,
stated that all witnesses for the de
fense would bo excused, and that his
side would close.
Attorney Thomas stated that he knew
that Dr. Hlckllng was In court to ob
serve hlB client, but said he felt satis
fied that no charge of insanity would
develop before the case went to the
Jury.
"We will flght any such suggestion
to the limit," declared Attorney
Thomas.
The defendant laughed at the idea of
his being lnsan, saying that he would
not be surprised If his enemies went to
the length of making such accusations.
He said that Insinuations against his
saanlty had been made by his enemies
In New York.
II is belU'ed that the case will go
to the Jury before night. Attorney
Thomas hus In his possession newspa
per clippings of accounts of political
speeches wherein the word "crooks"
was used bv Colonel Roosevelt. He also
has editorials ppeaking harshly of pub
lic men, which he will use In his ad
dress to the Jury.
WEATHER REPORT.'
VnPPPAST PAP TUL. IMt.n,,
Unsettled; showers late tonight or on
Wednesday.
TEMPERATURES.
U. S. BUREAU I AFFLECK'S.
OU. Ill W I
3 a. m "2 i
10 a. m "5 I
11 a m 77 I
12 noon SO I
1-p. m 82 I
s a. m
9 a. m
10 a. m 80
11 a. m &!
12 noon S2
1 P- m. (In sun). 85
2 p. m Si
I 2 p. m. (In sun). Ii
Main Points in Senate Titanic Report
BLAMED.
Captain Smith, commanding tho
Titanic For ignoring repeated ice
warnings, without decreasing
speed, doubling lookouts, and
warning passengers following col
lision. Capt. Stanley Lord, of the Call
fornian -For ignoring distress
rockets, for "indifference or gross
carelessness" when less than nine
teen miles from sinking Titanic.
Titanic's Officers For failure to
notify passengers of danger; to
load lifeboats to capacity, and to
maintain discipline.
British Board of Trade For cursory
tests and inspection of new ship,
lax life-saving regulations, obso
lete maritime laws, and anti
quated rules.
White Star Line For suppressing
news sixteen hours, and sending
misleading messages.
Survivois of Ciew For failure to
"bunch" survivors, and return to
drowning persons.
PRAISED.
Captain Rostron, ot the Carpathia
"For following a course deserv
ing of the highest praise and
worthy of especial recognition"
in his work of commanding the
rescue of the Titanic passengers.
COWARDICE AND INEFFICIENCY
CHARGED IN TITANIC REPORT
RAYNER
AS I
STREET CAR LINES
OFiSlGT
In Discussing Titanic Disas
ter, Senator Attacks Pub
lic Service Institution.
Senator Rayner of Maryland, In the
course of a speech on the Titanic dis
aster this afternoon, bitterly criticized
the street railroads of Washington.
Senator Rayner in the course of his
speech said the Titanic taught the les
son of corporate responsibility. Legis
lation must be enacted to mako the su
perior oflcers of corporations crimin
ally responsible for the careless and
negligent management of the public
sorvlce corporations which they control.
In this connection he said:
"Did we ever hear of a director or a
president of any public service corpora
tion being Indicted for manslaughter in
an American court In any case whatever
where the accident was directly at
tributable to the oversight, neglect or
carelessness of the company's manage
ment? "Take the street railroads of Wash
ington. I have never In any city of
the Lnlon seen such an utter disregard
of tho people's rights. I have time and
time again Intended to offer some mea
sure here to bring them to bay and
call them to terms, and I expect to
follow up this purpose.
"I have been In these cars hundreds
of times when afflicted and helpless peo
ple have been made to stand simply be
cause tho management will not give
a sufficient number of cars and will not
give to the people of this District tho
rights they are entitled to. They forget
that they are the trustees of the public
as well as the trustees of the stock
holders." Mad With Ambition.
"The sooner we awaken to a realizing
sense of our responsibility, the better
It will be for the elevation of the coun
trywe are running mad with the lust
of wealth and of power and ambition.
May the heartrending scenes upon the
night of anguish and woe on which the
Titanic sank give up faith and lead us
back to the altars of our fathers."
Thus did Senator Rayner of Mary
land eloquently sum up the sermon he
preached to the Senate this afternoon
on the Titanic disaster. The Maryland
Senator, one of the most forceful speak
ers In the upper house, swayed his au
dience with his burning oratory.
"What this nation needs are some se
vere lessons that will strengthen the
pillars and the altars of Its faith," he
declared. "We are to a great extent
today defying the ordinances of God.
Wo are separating society Into castes,
with fabulous fortunes upon the one
side, and destitution and poverty on the
other.
Warning for Americans.
"It takes a terrible warning to bring
ua back to our mooring and our
senses. If this disaster teaches no les
son or points no moral, then let us pass
It by with stoical indifference until the
next disaster comes, and In the mean
time let the carnival go on. But may
the heartrending scenes upon that night
of anguish and woe give us faith and
lead us back to the altars of our fore
fathers." Rayner pictured In eloquent phrases
the agony of separations on the ship,
and explained that he knew one pas
senger and his wife that died the wife
refusing to -leave her husband. Ho told
of the "rallying cry for the living and
the dying" the strains of "Nearer, My
God, to Thee "
"As the sea closed upon the heroic
dead." he concluded, "let us feel that
the Heavens opened to the lives that
were prepared to enter. Father of the
Universe, what an admonition to the
nation!"
Rayner declared that tho admiralty
and navigation laws must be changed
this was the main lesson of the Titanic.
lilSPiESlRPgJSl'
BffiK S. TbbBILLM
CAPT. E. C. SMITH,
Of the Titanic.
CAPT. A. H. ROSTRON,
Of the Carpathia.
SfflTOR SMITH
URGES CHANCE
INJAWS
Drastic Reforms Necessary
to Prevent Similar Dis
asters on Sea.
With rare force and eloquence.
Senator William Alden Smith of
Michigan, chairman of the subcom
mittee of investigation, presented tho
report on the sinking of the Ti
tanic on the floor of the Senate this
afternoon.
Those responsible for the loss of
hundreds of lives were arraigned in
scathing terms for the needless sac
rifice, while high tribute was paid
to tho courage of the heroic men,
whose deeds have become known.
Cowardice and criminal inefficien
cy were keenly portrayed, and rec
ommendations offered which, if car
ried out, will make the recurrence
of such a gigantic disaster nt sea
impossible.
The report was accompanied by a
speech of the chairman.
Brings Tears to Many.
The address of Senator Smith, at once
a severe denunciation of the White Star
line, a caustic criticism of the British
board of trade, ana Its laxity of regu
lation under ancient and Inadequate
shipping laws, and a sad and mournful
eulogy of the noblo men and women
who were plunged to their ocean graves
on that fateful Sunday night, not soon
to be forgotten In marine annals.
A gold medal and the thanks of
Congress carrying with It the rare
privilege of admission to the floor,
was recommended by Senator Smith
as a fitting recognition on the part
of this nation, of the bravery of
Captain Rostron, of the Carpathia.
Smith Introduced a resolution to
this effect at the conclusion of his
speech. The measure ei'logized the
commander In glowing terms for Mb
rescue of 706 of the Titanic survi
vors, and specified that President
Taft be authorized to have struck
and presented to Rostron a medal
containing $1,000 worth of gold.
The resolution was adopted unani
mously. In anticipation of the report and the
address, a large crowd of spectators
lilted the galleries, and there were many
wet eyes as the Senator from Michigan
told, In striking fashion, the succinct
and moving story of the Titanic's loss.
Overconfldence and neglect of the
warnings given him. faults In part ex
piated by the heroism of his death,
were charged to Captain Smith, the
commander of the Ill-fated vessel. For
J. Bruce Ismny. Senator Smith had only
Implied criticism to make. He did not
judge In specific terms 'of the conduct
of lsmay in quitting the ship and leav
ing the great bulk of those on board
to go down. For some of the Junior
officers who quickly deserted the ship
he had severe criticism to offer.
Captain Lord, of the Callfornlan, who
was within easy reach of the Titanic,
who was warned of the fact the Tl-
(Continued on Seventh Page.)
RECOMMENDATIONS.
That no vessel be licensed to carry
passengers from United States
ports until all regulations and re
quirements of the United States
laws have been fully complied
with.
That statutes be amended as to
definitely require sufficient life
boats to accomm6date every pas
senger and every member of the
crew of passenger boats.
That passengers and crew members
be assigned to lifeboats before
sailing.
That every ocean steamship carry
ing too or more passengers be re
quired to carry two electric
searchlights.
That a wireless operator be on duty
on steamships at all hours, and
that auxiliary power, either stor
age battery or oil engine, be re
quired. That all ocean and coastwise sea
going ships carrying joo or more
passengers have bulkheads so
spaced that any two adjacent
compartments may be flooded
without sinking the vessel; that
all water-tight bulkheads and
decks be proportioned to with
stand, without permanent deflec
tion, a water pressure equal to
five feet more than the full height
of 'the bulkhead.
TO URGE CONGRESS
TO
E
Money Needed to Properly
Observe Battle of Gettys
burg Anniversary.
The conference on ttte celebration of
the fiftieth anniversary of the batt'l
ot Gettysburg resolved Itself this after
noon into a series of committees of one
to wait upon members of Congress and
urge the Immediate passage of tho bill
Introduced by Senator Oliver of Penn
sylvania yesterday afternoon, which pro
vides an appropriation of $150,000 for the
peace memorial.
A committee, composed of Gen. Felix
H. Robertson, of Texas; Gen. C. Irvine
Walker, of South Carolina; Gen. Ell
Torrencc, of Minnesota; H. G. Bartlne.
of Nevada, and G. K. McClellan, of
Hawaii, was appointed to wait on the
House Rules Committee to urge tho
passage of the Oliver bill. Another
committee, composed of Edward O.
Skelton, Gen. E. M. Law, and Admiral
J. C. Watson, was appointed to wait
on Speaker Clark to urge his tavorablo
attention to the measure.
The Oliver bill provides that tho Fed
eral Government and the State of Penn
sylvania shall divide the expenses of the
proposed camp next year, provided the
total expense does not exceed $300,000.
The War Department estimates that It
will cost KS7.000 to maintain tho threu
days' camp In July, 1913.
The f.rst estimates of the cost of tho
camp woie much higher, but the War
Department decided that wooden doors
would not he needed in the tents during
the warm July weather, and this decis
ion effected a saving of $72,000.
A resolution was adopted this morning
urging Governors of States to Issue pro
clamations with the view of finding out
how many veterans expect to attend the
Gettysburg encampment.
The State representatives will go be
fore the several State Legislatures dur
ing the coming winter to ask the States
to appropriate money to send the vet
erans there. New York has alreadVan
proprlated $275,000 for this purpose. Six
other States appropriated money last
year for commissions to ascertain the
size of the soldier population and the
cost of sending them to Gettysburg.
The camp proposed" at Gettysburg Is
the largest that the Government hai
maintained In recent years, and present
difficult problems because of the ace
of the men. In 1S9S there were 35, (Xw
men in camp at emegamauga parK, but
they were young men. The average age
of the 40,000 veterans expected at the
Gettysburg camp will be over seventy
years.
MOTOR CARS NEEDED
FOR THE VETERANS
m order that many veterans too feeble '
to take part In the Memorial Day par-
ade may not be deprived of attending I
the exercises at Arlington, following the
parade, the Memorial Day Committee
of the Department of the Potomac Is-
Biied an appeal this morning to auto-'
mOwneer08WSf "motor cars are asked to!
bring them to the G. A. R. Hall on I
Pennsylvania avenue, near Fourteenth '
street, Thursday morning at 10 n. m. ;
Those who resDond to the call will hbW
for Major Howard or other members of
the committee, who will make assign
ment of veterans to cars. It Is expected
that some car owners will send their
chauffeurs In charge of the automobiles.
The main body of veterans will take
cars on B street and rldo to Arlington
via the Washington, Alexandria and Mt.
Vernon Railway.
PA
MEASUR
CARRYING
$150,000
NEW ORDER WILL
SEND MORE SHIPS
TO FLORIDA PORT
Whole Atlantic Fleet to Be Off Key West
Within Week Torpedo Boats to
Escort German Vessels.
ALL OFFICERS DENIED LEAVE;
SEA FIGHTERS PROVISIONED
Within one week every available battleship of the At
lantic fleet will be anchored at Key West.
This was learned at the Navy Department this after
noon when it was announced that the Kansas, Louisiana,
South Carolina, and New Hampshire, which had previous
ly been instructed to meet the German Imperial squadron
off the Virginia Capes May 30, would not perform this
duty, but that the escorting squadron would be the second
division of the torpedo fleet, commanded by Lieutenant
Commander Bennett.
The Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and South
Carolina have not yet received orders to sail for the Flor
ida port, but they have steam up, and are fully provisioned
at Hampton Eoads, are ready to start South at a minute's
notice.
PiCTORE SHOW
BLAZE IN SPAIN
COSTS 103 LIVES
Doors Open Inward, and
Women and Children
Are Trapped.
MADRID, May 3. Today's advices
from Villa Real; In Castellon province,
add to the magnitude of the holocaust
that accompanied the burning there last
night of amoving picture house. It Is
now known that 103 were burned to
death, most of them women and chil
dren, and that many of the Injured will
die. So serious Is the calamity to the
little village that nurses and doctors
were asked for and sent from Castellon
city.
The theater was only recently opened
and. In addition to being constructed
only of wood, had very few exits ex
cepting the main entrance. The cine
matograph was installed on a platform
directly over the entrance, while the
doors swung Inward Instead of out
ward. The house was crowded, the
audience beinir mart nn nlmnnt entirely
of women and children
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Doors Blocked Them.
A spark set fire to a film, and the
lmflammable celluloid blazed upward in
a flash, setting firo to the entrance
doors. There was a wild panic imme
diately, and the audience broke for the
flaming exits. Weaker women and little
children were knocked down and
trampled on.
Only one of the doors could be swung
open, the others being held tight by
the fighting, struggling mass of people,
who were pressed upon them by tha
greater crowd In the aisles.
A few cooler heads managed to throw
open the windows, and in this way
many were led to safety.
No Firemen.
The town had no firemen, but the ma
jority of the males who arrived on the
scene got to work on the doors
with axes, and after breaking them
down managed to get a few persons
out before being driven back by the
rapidly spreading flames.
it was not until today that the ruins
had cooled sufficiently to permit tho
search for bodies. Eighty-three were
taken from the pile of charred forms
covered with debris at the main door
way, whilo the other bodies were taken
from varldus parts of the auditorium.
The disaster has caused mourning
throughout the entire province. Tho
governor of Castellon wired today that
he has ordered a careful Investigation
to placo the responsibility.
L0RIMER DISREGARDS
PHYSICIAN'S ORDERS
Senator Announces He Will Leave
.
Chicago Today For Wash-
inotnn
lngion.
lCtA ?-"" "V
vlce of n,B Phvslclan. Senator William
borlmer announced today that he would
leave during the afternoon for Wash-
lngton
Mr. Lorlmer refused to affirm or deny
the report that his departure for the
East was hastened by the visit of Vice
President Sherman on Saturday last.
Gentry Bros.' Shows, i6th & U Sts.
N. W. All thU week. 25c Advu
Furloughs Denied.
Every officer connected with this, the
second, division of the Atlantic fleet, has
been denied furlough, and those who
were absent have been recalled and
warned to be ready to sail upon receipt
of official orders for active sea service.
The battleships Utah and Florida, now
at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which were
to be Included In the squadron to meet -the
German vessels. hhvolBwcefvr
ordera superseding theavintfuctio,
nnd they are nqy preparing to jyt to
sea, ostensibly for Cuban waters.
The battleship Delaware, now an
chored In the Hudson river, off New
York city, will sail Bouth Friday.
When this program is carried out the
battleships Michigan. North Dakota, Ver
mont, and Idaho will be the only first
class ships left In North Atlantic wa
ters, but It Is pointed out that these
could be sent South with little delay.
The State Department today admit
ted that thousands of the followers of
the Cuban Insurrectionists who feel
themselves obliged to live by pillaging
are causing the most serious trouble in
the Island.
Property Threatened.
Officials of the department are worried
over the fact that vast foreign holdings
in the easternmost provinces are threat
ened. The fact that the Cuban authori
ties have had a large armed force on
the spot well equipped for an effective
campaign against the rebels and that
notwithstanding this no Important en
gagements have occurred, creates a sit
uation difficult to explain, according to
State Department officials.
U.is rPrted on the authority of one
or the Cuban ennpm). iiiot .kA.A ...
Per,"aPs 3.000 armed negroes In revolt
I and that the unarmed noprnpn urn mnM.
,.,,.. .i ::.:-?.."r. -". "'."
o.r;7 "i i"uv'te oj. unenie wniie
about 7 W0 developments- numbering
Further re-enforcements were to leave
Havana yesterday for Santiago on
board the Cuba under command of Gen
eral Mpnteagudo. This force Bhould
"f""8, tne army In Orlente up to fully
4,000 troops by tonight.
The rebels are reported to have col
lected forcibly J1.000 from the manager
. ,lhe $JL M1Kuel sugar mill, to have
stolen Ja.000 from a Spanish shop in El
Cainey. del Sltlo. and to have burned
fullv $80,000 worth of sugar cane on the
property of the Esperanza mill, a Bpan
ish concern. v
After setting fire to this tract the in
surrectos were frightened awav bv ru
ral guards.
The strike situation in Havana seems
to have Improved materially, as the
pineapple growers seem to be willing
t0. "hUnue their direct arrangement
with the lightermen and stevedores and
the latter are likely to continue their
present armistice for twenty-five days.
The State Department Is of the opin
ion that the growers win suffer consid
erable loss by this arrangement, but at
the same time It should serve to save
their crops.
Rebels Safe From
Attack in Hills;
Signs of Weakening
SANTIAGO. Cuba, May 2S. The at
tack of federals against General Ivon
efs army of 1,200 negro rebels has been
postponed until re-enforcements arrive.
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IN CONGRESS TODAY
SENATE.
Senate met at II o'clock.
Senator Smith speaks on Titanic dis
aster. Submits report of Commerce
Committee on Titanic inquiry.
Senator Rayner of Maryland speaks
on Titanic.
Conferees hold first meeting on Dis
trict bill. Will meot again Saturda
Secretar Stlmson before Canals Com
mittee on Panama bill.
Early vote on Steel bill expected.
Senate passes resolution giving thanks
of Congress to Captain Rostrom and
the officers and crew of the Car
pathia. HOUSE.
House met at U o'clock.
Debate of naval bin resumed.
Congressman Roberts of Massachusetts
offered amendment providing for two
new battleships, and expected flght
over navnl Increase developed.
Archbald investigation continued.

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