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THE TIMES. WASHINGTON, EbNESPAY, DECEMBER 29, 189T.
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Kniiuv In Cuba.
A v-ty lr part r the debt which
!Im who, wlifc the ChImii Rovereiewty
ih4I if vemie- asstwnity. is leW in FraiK-e
(Prm tlW prtMt of view, it is matter Tor
itMCtei. thought that ) Fiencli poveni
ment ts dihiHitclied u commissioner to the
1-lcuid ti- lnvet1cto ami report upon the
omMlitious existing there.
The impottance to us or this action on
the part or our sister republic lies in the
iiotoriiMjs Tact that, elauninjr to be I ne
meiitoi and nation paramount of Hie
"Western neir.ispheTc. wo have allowod
without protect a neishloTing conn o
ouiuplt'tely within tlie sphere or our doim
nunt Influence to be mercilessly and use
lessly -vreyked. and 600,000 of its peac
ful intmbitrnts starved or butchered witM
in the past twelve months. Civilization
stands aghast at the s.igbt; -pecially in
view of the knowledge that, at any tiui",
we could have stopped the devastation
and .slauglitei by calling Spam to a halt.
-All munkiiid knows mat a finn stand, such
as" was made by Great Britain in 1?40, win 11
the Elliott treaty, compelllns the Spm
ia'Sds to prosecite civilized warfare, was
imposed upon them, or a threat ornu'itual
intervention, would have rendered impos
fcjble the horrors of the past year.
- Every consideration of national ihi-ittju
and hoi.o: heforetlie world: every American
precedent; the dictate-8 or international
law. and Christian duty: and, beyond "hit,
the plain spiritof the Monroe doctrine, liave
made it mandatory upon n- to step in aid
put an end to the hideous crimes of Spain
against humanity in our own nelghlorh.l.
That, in failing to do so, the preceding and
present Administrations liave placed the
nation ot Washington, Jefferson, and Lin
coln in an altitude of cowardice and in
famy does i.ot require argument. Suffice
It that this is the light in ivliiolt ire are
resarded. and justly so, by the modern
It follows that, w to the application f
our vaunted Monroe doctrine, as np;!icd
"to Cuba, wc have put ourselves out of
court. Since we decline to excroi the
riRlith and duties which our situation and
"llic canons of international law impose
upon ub, wc are not in a position t plead
our traditional policy as to Enroiwan
intervention ii American affairs, in tor
of any action that the coalition of wesl orn
Europe may seem justified in taking in
the interests ot common Immunity. By oar
"own tort, wc aie estopped from hold
'iiiK that, ivneteas we arc willing that
the Cohan v.omen and children siiall I e
outraged and butchered, and that our
own citizens bhall be tnacheted or tor
tured und iiiurd'.-nii in Jails no Eunp-m
1. at ion shall interfere to end such a reign
of fiendish terror.
Suppose that Fiance, under the mandate
of western Europe, should say to us: 'Ton
have abandoned your Monroe doctrine, in
that you have acknowledged a 'noJl-Uhe,,
an not applying it to the most flagrant lio
lation of its precepts and principles, in the
history of your foreign relations! To sae
an unhappy people from a perpetuation of
the conditions which your alliaucc with
Spain's de ilishwarfarealone hasrendered
possible, the French Republic will undertake
to Jae a brave people people fighting for
lilierty as once France baved you!"
Supposing such a case, what in the name
it justice or decency rould we say?
Tlie Hus.Mi-Cliinesc Treaty.
If the statement reported as emanating
from the Clducse legation in Washington
he true, and it Js true that Russia ha
undertaken to guarantee the integrity of
the Chinese empire f rrr western European
asgresston, the destiny of continents wil
have been changed. It is the most Impor
tant international -movement of the cen
tury's closing decade. There Is an air
or probability- about the story that ap
peals very strongly to the mind of any
one yUid has studied the far Eastern sit
uation, in connection with Russia's tradi
tional policy, position and opportunities-.
Today the Czar Is paramount in caster 1
JLsia He dominates Manchuria and TCor-a.
He is In a position to pour a horde 3f
soldiers duv 1 tc the Miorcs ot he Yellow
Sea and -to Inueh at any military fjfe
Ills rival, could Jand tlicrc. With Fmiee
as an ally trc naval power lie can g n
maud Tor practical purposes 1s equal to
that or Great Britain. He can, if he
ivs.h&t put an instant veto upon the loot
or China by Gennany and Inland, and
dictate the development or the celestial
tfiniidom" under friendly Uussjan auspices.
Tliat China .should accept Mich a pro
tectorate -With equanimity if nut stranKO,
Cuiisidenne. tin danireis that encompass
her; daubers tr dismemberment and the
scKrewition -of lier people under many
soVcrciKiitics Husrda lias tin leciml of
just , equllableandlcindly nile overoriental
people?, which England, Tor instance, has
not. l(us-ia interferes little, or not at j.1,
"with the customs, inhits or religion ,f
the nations it dominate or annexes, Un
der !Ls Mvay they attain to material de
velopment and aie protected from inter
necine Jdrffc. Semi-oriental itself, Russia
can ..sympathise -with, assimilate and utilise
oriental populations as no other power
of caith is ahk to
It will be a Kood tiling for Hie futur.'
of Asia audbf the world If it be true that
J the Czar has declared himself the pro
lector of China. For America, intrinsically,
it would be the best holution of the Chi
nese problem With lcursia in .af- coi
trot or the Asiatic Tacirie front, and a
bold policy on this tide, calculated 10
keep the hai.O- or western Europe off
this hemisphere, the fituru will be
brii;hlei than its possibilities have f.e?nud
I to appear for some time More pow-r to,
i t.ur friend the Czar!
T'uluri' of HiimMuUiMii.
For Oearnes of exprei-i-lon ami clov
reasoning lie puper of Senator George G.
Vest on "The Future or lti'itctoIli-.m,' in
the January Fuiuni. is highly commendiblo
In It tlSw ator cays tin vhat tlicfrieniN
K IdmeUillisiii tlenouucc l.s the closing of
Ue n iut t silver coinage, and then umiic
thi nuiim iv4al ilopreciHliau ofsIlverbullMu
as a it nrgHtuout aiwinst silver iiMiuey
Tiy 1 1 r.ige an 1 utlUcs Hipn them
liutt ttrcn is ihu ciMui:li sold and silver in
! vil(l rr tb neeitli" l buolncs
mid that tin mints bBve b-ii cln-d to
sitv t ir ibe purjM' or ii'crss4njj ihe
cttltttM irf. redeiiipitou money, hi is to In
crease U iHirctMii; jMwer or .tl. The
believe iist the peitdlug Kiruggie is the
new TWt' Ha N-n wnerd in all th
cinmri.- tin jitrwpt t u.Rorriim.'i:wd
)Hwrs by tin- rldi and kAciTil to iu
cr t eir inotiiiLi h ti- evpusc of the
nwm. No liiU'llluriu or hun-t man
vxpeeis c eiwct. laws which will put
iikhx-' HH the Mcltels ff tiMse vIki !
tmi latmi. IM money smi-.i1i1 not le de
nih'lstM i in vtiluiiH' brtow ti iiikiuiii
tteees'arv to afford every liuumu being fair
iHlknuiiiiy tc s-eur' Just onaipenratlon
lor th p-Mluel ofhUor her enterprise and
loll The slimle sold standard I an in
strumcur of tranny tt fo: or that euual
ItT whlel is the basis or free 'nsti'utious.
Senator "V esi is a Democrat and, as siu-li.
is a clwinpion or thoe 'fiee institulioiis"
which it is the aim and purpose of ocier
Amcnran statesinen, or Republican pro
cliltie.s, like Secretary Gaue. to destroy
by committing America once for all to t i'
gold Mandird. The tilings which Mr. Gijje,
and thoe who are associated iith Jii.n.
adiocatc and Iwlieve in, are incompatible
with "free institutions."" The general pros
peril y "which was diffused amou.T the
masses i.t dcr old et.'idilion, when we hid
4hc money of the Constitution, was anta
oni-tic to the demi nation or trusts, monopo
lies ami a pl'itocra y. A prosperous people
will not tolerate such things, ami have the
means and compile tfi suppress them, ant
they are the life and breath or the H
publican Administration. They purchased
itselcation to power. They expect to kp
it, or its like, in continued power, by the
exercie of coiriiptloii. Uut a free and
popelolsc.Ilstituelcy e not puichasihls
Hence, anything thit will tend ty the
poverty of tin mas-ses is 'J 'icon lo ;he
cause of the oppress o's. Every -poiat
gained in the direction or t cntractionhelps
loinrreai-fthe (Kiwer of theiilutocrac, a id.
In the s,atne ratio, to increase the burdens
and the helpless subser irney or the people
T1k fight r0i Inmetallism is the fight of
liinct V per tent of iur populaticut roreca e
inim tin ceiisinty of economic eiislac
nient ly tlie c thci ten.
It is 10 S-e loped that thepr.vent r-es'i. 11
or the Congress will not c allowed to
pass witbcri witnessing a straight .m-1
staniy flglit. 011 the part of the pop ilir
jiarty. agaii m the iniquity of thepropos"d
Rc(HiMican gW st ndard slaiery.
Tlie I'm" of Wifi'-Ilwitiim.
On an Indictment charging shocking
physioa" alms and brutality, visited upon
a Jovel and holpless little wife, the em
inent Mr. Katcliffe actor and "matinee
idol." bos lifei! tried and sentenced to
amu himself in the retirement of a jail,
wltlHtut bit ttt or any labor. Tor a period of
six tnM th.
Tills is an outrage, pure and simple.
Either Hatcll'fewns innocent of the smash
ing. pounding, slapping and kicking, with
which he was clmrRcd, In which case he
should have been acquitted; or lie was
guilty, as the jury found him; in which
event hi ought to have been sent to the
stale's pi if on for a term of years, with hard
lalior. It is-the interest of society that such
people shouid exercise their poinding
proclivities iq on stone, rather than upon
We aie afraid that the crime or ivife
beatinc is not regarded by the judiciary
of New York as theflagrantoffenseagainit
decency and humanity it surely is. In a
Western community, a wife-beater would
fare worse. Out in the Rocky Mountain
country it used to he the unwritten law to
treat such persons, first by moral suasion,
with a piece of telegraph wire; and, for a
second orfencc, to hang them.
But we arc becoming effete in the East.
A few months hence Mr. Ratcliffe will be
starring ii. a first-class company again,
and will make his appearance once more bc
fore the footU&lits in Washington. His
appearance should be the signal for such
an ovation as would satisfy any man
agement that it ought to be his last ap
pearance upon any stage.
There Is a namesake of the President
out at the Cincinnati Zoo, and he is a
nlncteer-months-old and peculiarly un
foitunate lion. Since this lion received
his name he has had a number of things I
happening tc him, and the latest affliction
which has overtaken him is the mumps.
The poor animal woke -up Christmas morn
ing with his stockiug full of bnd luck,
and at his lusty yowls the keeper came
running, diagnosticated the case, and
reported that McKlaley had a bad case
of what Mai k Twain might call epluribus
unumnnmps. Other members of the cat
tribe Were removed hurriedly from the
ilclnity of MeKinley, and the steam was
turned on to 100 degrees. The jaws of
tcKinley were swollen to an abnormal
size, ami down the cheeks of MeKinley
coursed big tears. A piece of flannel
dipped in. ainica was tied about the face
of MeKinley, and he was a sight to pro
voke latightei and tears together. He
had never had the mumps bufoic and did
not know what It was, and nobody could
tell him. The keeper stood iround looking
apprehensive, foi he .lid not know how
many of theotheranimalswereliiforas well
time that Christmas. He said that if all
the lions and tigers and leopards and
panlheis and hyenas got twisted up with
the mumps. tliS-Lord only could tell what
would happen, but he hoped to M to--Christmas
the 700 would be spatcd the
experience, for it Would be "a mump
circus like you never read about!" At
last accounts, however, MeKinley was tho
1! 1-. piubublc th-U. Great ltrilaiu is be
ginning to expect an early ratification of
the Hawaiian annexation treaty. The larg
est number or Uritlsh vessels ever assembled
under tin flag or its Xorth Pacific squad
ron is being brought together at Esqui
nault, on our border. Perhaps itmayonly
be intended for use in a naval demon
stration in front of San Francisco or
somcwl ere else, t, back up a demand
The departure or the North Atlantic
squadron foi Key West has been post
poued. There is a slight suspicion that
the reason is, its presence so near Cuba
might give ei-tourngcment to the repub
lie and embarrass Spain. Such a reason
would be more than sufficient.
In 1.-53 the pension list hk published,
and, as a consequence, a great nuiiilvr of
frauds were exposed, to the benefit oT
Justice and equity. There is a popular
demand rr mother publication, in view
of .1 widespread suspicion that it is full
f rottenness. JsCcretiry Hliss, ho.vevr,
i opposed to publication. Why? it.i-e
the eccentricities of Ir. Gage in another
deptrtment rendered -Mr. Bliss .uious jf
the astonishment and mirth they have
Mr. MeKinley might as well ilismlsB his
Civil Service Commission and reopen the
office brokerage concern at the Glover
Building. A teinble secret society has
developed in Lexington. Ky.,in'h-bound to
destrov the merit system. A very strong
and sane opinion is growing in Republican
circles tint it is Inconsistent in tlie Ad
ministration to turn the country er to
plunder 1 1 the fusts and monopolies, and
not give 'the hoys" a chance to loot the
ofrices. Ai.d It does hvui so!
Eord Salisbury declines to join with
America, Rus'la and Japin in a suspen
sion of pelagic sealing in Pehring Sea,
anil Sir Wilfrid I-atirior, up in the hyper
boreal wilderness of Ottawa, is saying. "It
is, it is a glorious thing to be a pirate
king." The Canadian fleet id seal thieves
will now proceed to business and fin
ish orf prett much all that is left ot the
The Angle-Japanese- fleet is reported at
Port Hamilton, and it also is reported that
Russia has occupied Kin Chau, a port
nort'i of Port Aitl.ur. Thus the navies of
the princijial contestants for territorial
honors in China are within covenant
distance for the excliange of courtesies,
andanythiiigclsetli.it orders and exig"ncies
The placid beauty of Blanco's rule in
Cuba is exemplified in the news that, rather
than allow twenty wounded Spinish
prisoners to rctun to their lines, after r;
lease by Gen. Ducasi, who had defeated the
Spanish in a terrible luttle last month, a
command or gucriillas was sent out by the
Spanish commander to murder them. The
guerrillas obeyed their orders in most in
human fashion, setting fire to the ttnt in
which their comrades were placed by the
Cubans, anil burning them to death. This
was done to keep them rioni spreading the
report of the disaster within the Spanish
The Associnted Press..
1 From the Chicago Inter-Ocean.)
A newspaper, whose plentltudc of bo
gus news betrays the Influence of Mis
manacr Stone, publishes the following.
"Tlie rules ol the Associated Press make
it possible to suspend or fine any member
receiving orgivingnews to anyassociation
antagci-istic to that organization
And the directors or the Associated Pres
may see fit to make an example of the
We have ir.vitcd Mismannger Stone re
peatedly to "make an example' of us. We
have dnied htm to enforce his boycott and
defend his monopoly in the courts. We
have snapped our fingers at his threats
and lu.ve exposed the rascality behind
them Y c have stuffed his own reputation
down his throat and yet he has given no
sign of fight. If there is any "example,"
present or future, in all this, it is cer
tainly that of a bully and a coward hoist
by his oiwi petard.
The Immortal Quinoy.
(From the New York Sun.)
Don't try lo make JosiahQuincys so com
mon. Some annalists maintain that three
Josiah Qnineys hae been mayors of Bos
ton, but modern research tends to the be
lief that there neier was but one Josiah
Quincy. The present mayor of Boston is
laiown to be more than three hundred
years old. He was born in -Northamptonshire
some time in the sixteenth century,
and has beer, a candidate for ma yor four
teen times in this century besides perform
ing considerable public sen ice in the seven
teenth and eighteenth centuries. His calm
ness Is due to the fact that be has always
had plenty of time.
"Worthy of Dv. Johnson.
(From the Chicago Times-Herald.)
In a sermon on the resurrection, "Rev.
Dr. Alderson, of Topeka, last Sunday, in
a moment ot impassioned oratory, ex
claimed: "And so we see tbo beauties
of spiritual life, even as nature lifts "her
skirts, and reveals n entrancing spec
tacle." Tliis seems to be an original
view of the subject.
The Jai rary Cosmopolitan is a great im
provement over the Christmas number.
Frederick Remington ,.7ames S.Easby-Smlth.
Mrs. John Shei wood, Harold Frederic John
11, Yau Wonrer, Jullen Gordon, andFrancis
Taingston arc among the contributors. Mr.
Frederic's new noiel is entitled "Gloria
It l expected that Congr.vB will, at an
early date, call -Tor the correspondence
between this Government and Spain since
the appolctmnnt ot Geli. Woodford as the
Americun mil Isjcr to Madrid. It is ai
bellcvi d that inc' cSrrespondc'iCis Will
not be withhold on the grounds or public
policy. It is well "known that the notes
of tills Administration-have been written
with a care to fcuustlno offense, and as
n membci or tlie House one dnycxpiesseu,
"each Is as lendcr'n a love letter."
That the latcstnote of Minister Woodfoid
should have excited some reeling at
Madrid is said to be a caue of surpris
at th-J I-epnitment of State, and it cer
tainly has created thoughts in the minds
of some of tlie members of th House
Comm'ttee oa Foreign Relations, which
the am ouncement that the note cannot
be made public because the contents of
the preceding one is yet. a sccral will
not dispel. The members of this Coin-inltte-i
a iu particularly anxious to be
kept well infonned on an affairs relative
to Cuba, and there seems to be but littl:
doubt but ti.e correspondence will oe
In the- initial note Gen. Woodford point
ed out the Interests ut this country 111 an
early termination uf fire present struggle
in Cuba, ami asked wlieu such a conclusion
ciyild lie expected. The Spanish govern
ment Jn its reply acknowledged our in
terest in tlie matter, but suggested, after
stating v hat it Intended to do to ameliorate
conditions in Cuba, that America could
best exercise JlS goil office by its slop
To this Minister Woodford responded with
his note of b.st week. It is said to be a
purely aigim.entative statement of the
position tat-en by the American Govern
ment, and the facts set out are sub
stantially those so strongly drawn in the
President's message to Congress, of which
it was supi scd the Spanish public Jind
been fuUyadvised through the newspapers
The must forcible statement in the note,
it is said, IS based upon the facts collect en
and published recently by the Treasury
Dcnartiucut. exhibiting the great expenses
to which the AiiierJi-ariGocnimenthidheMi
put by reason of its effcrtH to patrol an
enormous civisi line In the pursuit of a few
filibustering expeditions, 'and the remark
able success of the Government oWculs
In stopping ihc'c expeditions, as contrasted
with the feebli efforts of the Spanish
.niitlioritfi'i 10 maintain a on'rol around
the island of Culm. All of thve facts, it
is j-aid, were included In Gen. Woodford
note, and while he put them in his own
language Ir preentiug them to the Spinish
foreign orf ice it is -aid ibar the state
mentsconocnionlyeient.sthatlnTealready been touelwd upon.
While these faeu are believed to be
about all of iiiMiortaiice that the note .son-
tained rt Congress will not, it is sa'.l.
be satisfied mull tlw correspondence has
been calH d for. 1 'l
Those Western 'members of the House
who opposed tru bill or Mr. lint, pro
hibiting. jib"oIuiely. Americans fnm -n-uaging
diiectiy ttr indirectly sn 'lie seal
Industry in hfhrlim Sea and- the north
Pacific Ocean, are now saynK to Mr. Hitl
and the Foreign Relations Committee: "I
told you so.'' Ml. Hitt declared the 'ob
ject of tiir hill was to siio'v tin enmestnes-,
of tiili Government in Its desire to preserve
the industry, and that If America took the
initial Plops to prevent pelugic -ealing.
EniilaLd vould fall In line. 1-ord Bali
bury, the Drlsish preniier, evidently does
not agr-v with Mr. Illt'i, for h- has w .?n
a note to Ambassador Hay In which he
states that Great Britain declines to enter
into an tieatj with America. Rus-ix, and
Japan, to stOp'sealtiur. Russia iii'i Japan
Kive signified tbeit entire -niliu?uis 'u
co-operj.te yith the Ameriiin Governiti nt.
The reason given by Lord Salisbury for
the refusal of Great Britain Is that Canrla
is unwilling to lvecouie a party to such an
agerecmMit as proposed by thlsjroveriiin nt,
awl, therefore, England would not be justi
fied in acceding to the proposals. Tins
meaiiH that the subjects of Great Rri- -1111
may continue without hindrance by any
one to kill tne seals and reap the profits or
this valuable industry, and that Ainerieiii
are prevented from enjoying the same
privUege.althotmhthpv have a last am ..'ill
of capital invested in the business. Jt
is possible that Lord sjaiisbury'e, curt note
may cause Mi . Hitt to do some thinking
Judge LilSler, of Illinois, will not be
the only man disappointed over th- detor
inluati mi of the President to appoint Judge
raxson, of Pennsylvania, as the nio'iib?r
of tli" Interstate Commerce Commission, to
succeed Judge -Morrison . Ex-Atto J-y
General of Ohio and ex-Representative
from the Columbus district David K. Wat
son was promised the place by Jlamn.
An interest inu story iu this coiiuecVcui
nov. comes from Ohio. Watson ha- al
ias been loyai to Hanua, and was proni
iseu something good wlreu the caru-iilgn
was oer. 111 which he 'did some energetic
work. He could have ha 1 a pl.ic? abro td,
but did not care to leave the country.
He wanted something more in line w.t 1
his professional inclinations. During the
campaign Hanua encaged in the pernicUcrs
habit of Milling letters, and in one of
these lie used the language so frequently
quoted during the campaign, to the ef
fect that a. public man owed the pu'ilic
111.1 ling. That letter fell into the lunds
or Wat-son, and was preserved by bim.
All this time Watson had been promised
tht" Interstate Commerce Commisslonership
b Raima, ami fully expected that he
sbi uld get it. Peforc the announcement
was made that Paxson was to be ap
pointed, Watson was prevailed upon to
give up the Indiscreet letter referred to,
and turned it over to Ilanna. After 'mi
ingdone Banna's worlcand saved him from
his own indiscretions, Watson is row
turned down and will get nothing. It
is hut another instance of the ingratitude
of Ilanna towaid those who labor mosc
xcoit'usly in his behalf.
An ur.ufual case of discourtesy was wit
nessed at thu Postoffice Department yes
terday afternoon. Some time ago Peter
Clarke was nominated to be postmijter
nt Pulr.ski, Term., and the nomination is
now pending before the Senate committee.
Recently charges liuve been preferred
against the nominee, t Yesterday Senator
Bate, -sf that State, called at the depart
merit and askcdito-see the papers. This
request was denied on the ground that Mie
Senatorvas not a member of HiaPostofQie
Committee. The Sanator said that he
was a mmbci 'of the Seriate and was
naturally Interested iu the affairs that
concerned his own State and wanted lo
know tlie nature, of 'the charges ajimst
the nominee so that he might vote intel
llegntly. Nevertheless Uic department ic
fused to permit him to see the papers.
Representative Cox, in wliose district I u
hieki is located .was also denied acci-s to
the papers. It is said that this condiKt
on tlie part ofthePostornce Departmental
offieinls will be called to the attention of
Thee "was some amusement at the Cap
itol yesterday ove'r the expressed deter
mlnation of Mr. Mason to push his uncnd
menfc. to the tules and force tlirojgli the
Senate an amendment to those time hon
ored ins;Wtutions that would lead to the
limitation or debate. Mr. Mason is some
thing of a hustler and liclieves that the
way to do things is to do them. He has
little patience with the slow procedure
of the Senate and is aching for a clnnce
to inaugurate a little -wholesome reform
But Mr. Mason will do nothing of the kind.'
The rules or the Senate aie a little ybl,
but they will not be changed. TIktis is
no hope for cloture in that body. Debate
will proceed In the future as It has in the
past until cerybudy is fired out and
when everybody i willing to taken vote
on a particular question the vote -rill lie
There ran be just as much discussion er
the proposition to change the rul-'s us
over any nthei subje'et, and if it Is uiee
brought forward In serious ieln the 3 .'ii tie
will proceed to dbcuss it cr costpo i. it
as the moul strikes the members, am! Mr.
Mason v ill find It impossible to rea.-ii a
vote. Every amendment to the rules f
fered Is referred to tbe Committee on Rules
arid the pigeon holes or the desk or Mul
committee have proven the graveyard of
many a proposition illustrating therightcous
indignation of Senators who have va'.iiy
sought to introduce modern methods n
an ancient body.
One or the Interesting contributi u-s
to the Hav alinn annexation literat'iie is
the remonstrance or ex-Srnator Fr;d T.
Dubois, laid before the Senate by Sen i"or
Pcttigrew, and printed a3 .1 document.
Mr. Dubois relates his visit and his Investi
gations on the island, and advances ar-J-i-ments
going to show why they ahojld
not be annexed. Mr. Dubois makes some
st'ciig statements, but (he American P'o
pie. will liuuliy agree with Jits closing
statement in which he says: "It is my
calm, deliberate judgment that tt.u?re
is not a just-minded, unbiased, diohi er
csted American living .vho would tii.ir
annexing the Islands to the United Staes
after asivrtalrilng the conditions e-cistiug
there, through a fair and personal in .'-s-1-gat'on."
CONGRESS HAS MUCH TO DO.
An Inert Polity Will Not He
Unless il.e President settles some of the
rorelgu complications that are staring the
Uni'-ed Ftalei in the race, in a .vuy satis
factory tc. the American seitltnerit.h" will
probably hat Congress on Ills hands for a
mud irnger period tl.ui he may deslr".
Thpre is t growing feel lug among Senators
that Congress should not adjourn until som.
positive Heps pave b-en taken In the mat
tors nov. pending. In whMi thJs Govern
ment has a vital interest. Inother vorl-.
the f'ongrcss is afraid that the President
will not ileal with the subjects in tint
American manner promised for him before
election, tiul of which since election, there
has lieei- 1.0 evidence- The lack of verte
brae on tlie part of the President la caus
iugs"vere criticism, and chee criticlsim are
growing it iuten-ity every day.
A prominent member or the Senate Com
nnttee on Foreign Relations said yester
day that it would Ik? unsafe for Congress
to adjou'n until the skie-. had cleared off
very m?te'Jall. "There are so mi-iy
things stirring now In which wo are in
terested," said he, "that It would be
most unwise foi Congress 10 adjourn until
the situction lias made itself plain. I
am quite confident the Senate will not
agree ro an adjournment, whatever the
House mr do, until we know what the
future has- in store The complications
in China are of the most vita! importance
to us. True, we do not care to co
oierate In the cutting up of that em
pire, not do ve look for a slice of that
country. Still, we have Interest there
that cannot be Jeopardized . Onr trade
relations with Cliin-i are large -uid our
trade is growing yearly. If we run up
auamst new conditions that will be en
forced against us l the European powers
that take psvfIoii we will lose a'l that
we have p u.ed during the years tint we
have been building up 1 ir comm-rce with
The Hawaiian annexation question will
also prolong the session for that result,
gieat! to be desiied, though it is, will
not be reached without much delay and
only after long debate. The situation
In the Orient only makes it the more im
perative that thl count iv miould control
the Islands, ard the lrlends of annexation
will renew the fight after the holidays
with increased zeal.
Trie Cubai question rs also one in which
Congres will iot loee interest. The time
seems to Ik? almost at hand when Congress
will threw aside the Executive shackles
and deal W1M1 this question after its own
fashion. Thr- President may be given a
lew more weeks in which to see what the
policy or Spain iniy bring forth, and if, in
tlie meantime, there has not bee'i a Spanish
otitbreaii to precipitate mattors, or the
Cubans have not settled the question in
heir own way, by whipping thcSp-iniards
off rhe island, Congres-s will take action
that will notify the world what it believes
s.houl.1 lie done, and that action will be of
the most decided character. Tile President,
as it now appears, will le unable to keep
tlie IIouso or Representatives much longer
in chock. The Sei3te is. or course, ever
ready to act asir basnet ed in the past.
Anot her foreign complication that Con
gress visl.es tc see disposed of before it
leaves the city is ti.e entanglement with
Great Britarr. growmgout of thesealques
tion. Great Britain lias hacked and filled
on this matter so lonu that the American
people are fast losing patience with tee
British. Thai government is properly
charged with acting in bad faith. The
United States hns done everything in its
power to stop the killing of seals and
now it Js compelled under the terms of
an arbitration treaty to pay the Canad
iaris a round sum or money for protecting
the property of the United States.
C HECK-FORGING OPEK ATJOXS.
Y.'nrnitiijs. Sent Out to Bankers, by a
New York, Dec. 28. Expertcheckforg ts
have recently been attempting to swindle
the banks of this city. One of the banks
01 which a forged check was- offered lately
is II e Corn Exchnnge Bank. The man
win. offered the check got away before
th teller could summon the special j.h
lir-eman employed by the bank. It is re
ported that the desks or two tenants of
tn - Corn Exchange building were recently
bioken open and that a number of can
celed checks "were stolen, and that the
signature on these checks had boen imi
tntet! by the gang as a basis for some of
tl eir forgeries.
The following warnings to banks hav
fceei: sent out by the Piiikerton agency:
"A lock was broken off and stolen from
a street mail box the other evening in
dicating that letterbox thieves and forgers
ar pieparlng to swindle banksin this city
vvlth checks stolen from the mail. Keys
from this box would open any letterbox,
fioic which checks nrc abstractcdr and
with acids the payee's name and amounts
taken out. Usually "cash'' or "bearer"
is substituted tor payee's name and the
arnr-unt of check increased. Banks are
warned against paying checks to strangers
except on personal Identification.'
GASTRONOMY ON THE EXCHANGE
Bro"ker Mec-key Exhibits mms,elf ns
nt Oyster-Eating Clinmiiion.
New York, Dec. -8 Harry Michaels,
E. ,T Hoffman, Clarence U. Tcrhune and
F. . Maekey, brokers, got into a discus
sion today on the floor of the Consolidated
Exchange concerning feats of gastronomy.
Mr. Uf.' ckey's descriptions of what lie
could dc were so blghly colored that the
others refused to believe him.
"I'll bet you that you can't eat fifty
uysters nt a sitting," said Mr. Michaels-
"111 bet each one of. you $1 0 that I
can eat. 1 00 of them."
Thpy all went down to the cafe, j A
waiter opened a pile of oysters and Maey
began. Ey the tune he had put fifty out,
CRAXD OPEKA HOUSE.
Kerrian & Rife, Managers.
-MATINEE TODAY AT i.
'10NIGIIT AT 8.
ml tei Unrivaled ''ompiiiy In
TESS OF THE
Not Week Charles E. Blney's "BOY
WILL APPEAR AT
I unng tin- week commencing
lor siso vonlng and tv jriatln
MO.V. EVE. I Mr. Wllljrd ia
FKI. EVE. I DAVID OARRHK.
SAT MAT. I First tlio-in WanhimtloH.
TUBS EVE. I TOM l-IXt II.
WED. -VAT. I H fharl Ddtteim
WED. I'VE. I First Mm ; Washington
-ri 1 1 - im u THE ROGIE'.S COMEDY.
Flit. Lis. i.v, h. t, ity Hpiirv-Arthnr.Irtie.
by Henry ArtiurJ.mes.
Tb Perfornanees win commoner 5ncli
evening n H K p. m and W inesdiy ami
Saturda afternoon it - IS P m.
Vi: llii ar earnes'ty requested to b
seated bv the hour adverrlced Tor the rl'
Ing ot the curtain. ile2y,:i
"f.., ll-i!AM-.! rw
Supported by MELBOURNE McDOWELL.
Thur-uay, Friday, Saturdiy. and -Matinee
NEXT WEEK Ht Sale Tomorrow,
W. Ha CRANE
And his admirable company, will prese-nt
a comedy by E. W.Presbrey, entitled
A Virginia Courtship
Sho mg seme delightful pic'ures ot
soci-il life in irgiuia earl in the prs-en
century. The comeilj pror.ouuc m1 tli?
most d'-tightful ever presented by Mr.
Mir . -Ian. i. TTJK sKXATOH.
(Ov er Center M irkel 1
Friday Kvcinr. Dec. oi.
Finest c ullr f.e musical organization in tbe
countiv. Tiekels tor this eiitertainm -nt,
also for the entire course, at Droop's Music
Store and Central Hall.
Course tit Vet-1, St. lor nine h:gh-clas,,
varied l r.ter talnrneiim. It
a r a nctvsv -Ni:;v " ear-s week
ALAUJClVlI. POPULAR TRICES.
MATINEE TOD VY. J5cand0c.
25 People, 0 Horses, -0 Fox HwiikN.
The Great Engll-h Hunting Scene, the
Kuined Abiiey bv iloonlistit, the Cotntmt
on Horse! ack, the Marvi'lou-. Explosion,
the Realistic tattle Tableau.
Next Week Denman ThnnpoM- Prodoe
Uon, "bunshlne of Paradise Alley."
Only Matinee Saturday. (New Year's.)
M R. ( HA KLES "FKOMMA " Presents
WILLIAM GILLETTE'S feutccWul Play,
With the Company and Production
Fiorri Jew York aud London.
MR. GlLLE'lTEas 'Capt. Thonie."
wi'fk Beginninr" Konday, Jan. 3.
Presenting on Monday, Tuesday, and
Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mati
nee, for the first production iu this citv,
a new play, -'The Devil's Disciple," by
G. Bernard Miaw. Thursday evening. "A
Parisian lloinance;" Fridaycvening. "Reau
Brummeli." and on salurjay evening,
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
SETt vxs S-l-E illt i.auAY, Dr"C. 30
COi USD 33! 3 9 Afternoons at 2-13.
EXTRA MATINEE TODAY AT J:1"J.
"The World's Sublimest Tragedy,"
The Passion Play,
Presented in "Moving Pictures," by
ELLTUEE BY PROF. ERNEST LACY.
Prices. Evenings. 25c. to ?1.00. After
noons, 25c. and 50c.
Next Week -"My Friend From India."
KEHNAN'S EYCEUM THEATER.
ALL THIS WEEK.
Matinees: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
A Happy New Year Attraction-
Next Week-Sam T. Jack's Company.
BIJOU THEATER-Mat. Every
Day Every Night at S.
High-class Vaudeville and Burlesque.
TheC.icnt TROJA UEktIE 'iii,-uN.
And Ten Other Big Stars.
Prices 10,20, ao cts. Mats... 10, 20 cts.
B0 X SEATS, .i0 and To Cents-
of sieht qwitc a crowd had collected, 1 1 1
side bets on the result were- freely made,
with odds againt the eater. He finished
strong, and as the one-hundredth oyster
slid ccv.ii his threat he aroe with a
smile and called upon his friends to pay
up. They were three surprised men,
but the-y responded promptly -with the
money, while Mackev, $30 and 100 oysters
in, walked off, amid the cheers of the
SENT LETTERS ON THEIR WAY.
Kind Action of n TVell-Knovvn P.'iU
anthropist. L'oston.Dec 23. -Benjamin Cutler Clirfc,
well known as a philanthropist and as a
friend to eliminate, for whom he his jp-en
provided counsel, including Mate Brim,
of the Herbert Fuller, did a graceful act
today by going down to th" postofflce nnd
providing moa"y enough lo pay the post ise
on all the detained Christmas mail.
A large quantity of mail had been Iie,d
To" postage, anil Air. Clark was obliged to
pay out somethinglike $60 to clear the lor.
This lias bcei- a yearly custom with -Mr
Clark, but until this your he has always
managed lo conceal his name-
10th, 11th and P Sts. N. W-,'
invite attention to theii se
lections and direct importa
tions from Paris, from
Lyons, from St. Gall of
for the Debutante, for Re
ceptions, for TTcddings, for
Dinner Parties, for Theater
Parties, for Balls, for all
Fashionable Occasions aud
Hurt and Damaged
Made necessar,- bv the "Teat crowds
which thronged our Bco'c Store
during the dsv-s before Christmas.
Some of the Eooks have the covet
scratched; some are finger marked;
some are a bit battered, while
others are of a style of binding
that hasn't met with general favor.
In every case the reading matter is
com j lete and as good as ever.
Hundreds of volnmes are repre
sented, including Standard Att
thors, Poetry, Recent Fiction,
Birthday Books, Historical Works,
Illustrated Gift Books, Essays,
Cook Books, Books for grown boys
and giris, Books for little children,
Iu order to close out the entire
collection we have made the fol
lowing Yen Decided Price Keiliicfioiis:
Were 25c and 35c.
Were 50c and 65c.
Were 75c and $1.
Were S5c to $1.25.
On Centrr TaWe. lB Ha-.etB-nt.
One lore Day.
Capt. C. Y. 1UGGS.
The crowds that visited the Wig
wam Monday and Tuesday con
vinced us that many intending pur
chasers postponed their visit until
after the Christmas rush was over.
That none may be disappointed, we
have arranged for this vast displni
to remain with us TODAY, during
which time some great bargains
will be offered. Amoug these aie
large choice Rugs, formerly $35
and $40, now S22.50; Moccasins,
formerly S3 and $4, choice of the
Jot for $2; 20 Rugs, formerly $8,
10 andSis, choice now for $6.
25 per cent discount on all Bas
kets, aud the large choice Ollas
(hat have already been reduced
nearly or quite half.
All the Pottery at greatly re
Rare bargains among them.
fl & Lotlirop