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VOL. XXV.—NO. 147.
Democrats of House and Sen
ate Think the Time to
- Act Is Here
HOUSE CAUCUS CALLED
"PROMINENT MEMBER SAYS re-
PUBLICANS ARE BOUND TO PRE*-
"YOUR UNCLE" LOREN WARNS
Fletcher Says Project Will Be Pro
lific of Scandal and a Boomerang
for Any Party That
From The Globe* Washington 15u-
pcnn, Post Ruilding.
WASHINGTON, D. C, May Demo
cratic members of the house and senate
believe the time has come tor the passage
of an isthmian canal bill, and Chairman
3lay, of the house caucus, has issued a
caij for Wednesday, the purpose being to
devise ways and means for compelling
the passage of the canal bill at this ses
' The people of the United States want
oa^al legislation.. They have spent sev
eral millions of dollars for various com
missions of experts to examine routes
and make estimates. New that work
has been done to tne limit, and there, is
no further excuse for delay, the Re
publican leaders have no intention to
have the. bill passed this session.
"It is their plan to debate and ten
to pats a bill different from the house
bill, and have it die in conference. We
shall try to force the senate to pass the
bill which has already gone through the
Lcren Fletcer says the Democrats can
make no worse mistakes than to take the
responsibility for Republican legislation.
Fletcher has claimed from the beginning
that the canal' project would be prolific
Of scandal, and would be a boomerang
for any party fathering it.
ADVERSE REPORT ON CANAL HILL
Senate Committee Objects to For-
tion Regarding Route Selection.
WASHINGTON, D. C, May 26.-Senator
Morgan, from the committee on Isthmian
canals, today submitted to the, senate the.
adverse report of that committee on Sen
ator Hoar's bill placing . the selection of
a route for 9 isthmian canal in the
hands of the president. The committee
opposes the bill on the ground that it
makes no provision for further explora
tion of routes and leaves the president
to make a selection on the state of facts
already ascertained. It is contended that
"however safely the country may rely on
(the Wisdom and just discretion of the
executive, the policy is not wise nor safe
as a rule of government."
The report discusses the protocols with
Colombia and Nicaragua and Costa Rica,
and it is stated incidentally that former
Colombian Minister Silva was invited to
appear before the committee, but declined
to do so.
Of the agreements with Costa Rica and
Nicaragua, it is said that "they are defi
nite and complete as to the character
and scope of the rights they have agreed
to concede to the United States," and it
Is argued that if they are ratified nothing
will be left to dobut to complete the, de
tails of the arrangements necessary to
carry the agreements into effect.
Colombia, on the other hand, is charged
with playing for delay, and it is stated
that "to hold Colombia to her present
offer it is necessary, under Article 27, the
ratifications shall be exchanged within
tight months from its date and the prac
tical impossibility of concluding all the
necessary arrangements provided for in
her proposition within eight months
shows that her most earnest purpose is
to cause delay."
It is charged that Colombia does not
by her protocol propose to sell us the
Panama canal and railroad property free
of all existing claims, concessions and in
cumbrances, but leaves us to work out
a title with the Panama company. It
te then charged that "the insincerity of
the attitude of Colombia with reference
to the completion of the Panama canal
is shown, almost without, disguise, in the
character of the demands made by that
government as to the condition of trans
fer of the canal and the stock in the
Panama railroad to the United States."
The report adds:
•'Colombia is anxious to get rid of the
Panama Canal Company without giving
offense to France, so that she can seize
arid possess all the plant of the. canal
company, all the lands and houses it
owns in Panama, including the great hos
pital, the machine shops and wharves
at Colon, all the vast machinery in use
by the canal company, the hospitals and
the houses, the palaces built for De Les
seps and his son, and become the owner
of it all, along with the Panama rail
road, which reverts to her in J9C6.
—If the convention should be adopted,
not only would delay attend the opening
cf the canal, but the United States would
as'ume obligations to the world that' it
will be impossible to keep, and relations
with Colombia that will deprive the canal
of all value to the United States and will
n ako it a cause of irritation that must
Involve the most series consequences."'
Women and Children
Should Attend thi
Jhe Snteriainment by the J'tar Vaudeville
Performers *9s the Best Jhat &ver Came
to St. Paul. <~* pjpt <-% rs.
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DAY'S NEWS SUMMARIZED
Weather for St. Paul and vicinity: Fair;
Wednesday fair and warmer.
Signs in South" Africa indicate a contin
uance of the war.
A whole Turkish battalion Is wiped out
by rebels in Arabia.
Terms of agreement between Morgan
and German steamship ' companies are
made public. _
Lightning strikes a German military
balloon and army officer has narrow es
cape from death. '
Australia suffers heavily from drought.
The Democrats of- congress take steps
to force passage of the isthmian canal
The United States navy "department
will transport lumber donated by Cana
dian government to the homeless people
of St. Vincent.
Manufacturers of oleo believe they see
a loophole in the recently passed bill.
There is considerable activity among
settlers at Cass Lake in filing land ten
Frank Robinson, aged 20, kills his
sweetheart and attempts suicide at Kan
Judge at- Athens, ~*Ky., assesses offen
ders against law and order $10,000 in one
Student at University of Vermont is
drowned as result of a class fight".
Presbyterian general assembly adjourn.-".
President Mitchell and members of
Union Civic Federation confer on strike
situation at Chicago.
I Attempt to hold up a Burlington train
in Missouri fails. "**
Jealous husband in Brooklyn fatally
shoots wife and kills himself.
Mayor Smith has signed the ordinance
permitting the merging of the Grand
avenue and Lafayette street car lines.
Chamber of Commerce goes on record
as opposed to Dr. (Dirge's contentions in
public baths controversy.
Dr. Jacob E. Schadle testifies on wit
ness stand as to his transactions with
Broker C. H. F. Smith..
Alwin B. MargrafC dies as a result of
being crushed between two Selby cars
at Seven corners.
West Side meeting denounces Dr.
Ohage's condemnation scheme in vigorous
Friends of Rogers and Tegner are not
disposed to let St. Peter hospital case
end with statement Issued by board of
Auditor Dunn hopeful that Minnesota
will secure favorable action from secre
tary of interior regarding indemnity
Board of control settles Red Wing case
according to its original decision.
One-third of North Dakota's wheat
area cannot be seeded.
Representatives of Hennessey & Cox
may Institute suit to prevent paving re
pairs being awarded to Indianapolis com
Gov. Van Sant appoints Mrs. G. F.
Stevens to fill her late husband's unex
pired term as surveyor general of Duluth
Former students of Shattuck Military
academy have formed an association with
Reuben Warner, Jr., as president.
Closing meetings "of the Baptist Home
Missionary society are held. Convention
closes with joint meeting of all societies
Norwegian Lutheran synod unable to
agree on plan of union.
Minneapolis is to have a new agricul
tural implement manufacturing company
capitalized at $300,000.
First of the police bribery cases to be
taken up today. -
Mayor Ames publicly announces his
positive withdrawal from politics.
Eleven cases versus former Sheriff
Phil Megaarden nolled after two trials
resulting in disagreement .
Gov. Vant's Washington trip is said
to be in interest of his candidacy for
There is Ohio Republican talk of Sen
ator Hanna succeeding himself next year
and running for president in 1904. ' -
Stock market is more active, but at
the expense of the standard stocks.
Wheat prices rise; all conditions favor
ing the bulls.
Edwin H. McHenry becomes chief en
gineer of the Canadian Pacific system.
Owing to extensive betterments the
local waterfront presents a much im
Northern Pacific buys out the Duluth
Transfer Railroad company.
St. Paul-Minneapolis game is postponed
on account of wet grounds and cold
Otto Seiloff secures the decision over
Art Simms in the eighth round.
Tommy Ryan wins from Jimmy Hand
ler in the fourth round at Kansas City.
SCHEDULED TO OCCUR TODAY.
Metropolitan—Coliseum benefit, vaude
ville performance, 2:30 and 8:15.
Grand—Decause She Loved Him So, 8:15
Star—Miss New York, Jr., burlesquers -
2:30 and 8:15.
Lexington Park—St. Paul versus Min
neapolis. ' J ,_..:.
MOVEMENTS OF STEAMSHIPS.
Port. * Arrived. Sailed.
New York .. Zealand...
Boston ....... Merlon. ■
St. Johns B. Ayrean
London —.. Manitou.-
Bremen ..... Bremen.
•Hongkong..... .-. Victoria.
Plymouth..... K. W. der G.
Sydney,NSW Loana. - - .
TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 27, 1902. —TWENTY PAFES.
NEW HAM SCHEME
To Succeed Himself as Sena
tor and Then Run for
PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR
This la One of the Enterprises Dis
cussed on the Eve of the Ohio
Republican Convention- y2Af
Attitude on Trusts.
"ELAND, Ohio, May 2C—With tho
exception of Senator FoTaker, the Ohio
Republican leaders are all here for the
state convention which convenes tomor
row. Gov. Nash, the temporary chair
man; Gen. Grosvenor, the prospective
permanent 'chairman; Chairman Dick, of
the state executive committee, and other
congressmen and leaders spent the even
ing at the residence of Senator Hanna
considering disputed planks in the plat
It is proposed'to oppose all trusts that
.fix prices against consumers, but not to
oppose such combinations as save ex
penses in productions. Those insisting
on a reduction of the tariff on industries
that they claim no longer need protection
do not want to go further than to recom
mend such reductions as congress may
see fit to make, without specifying where
or how congress should reduce the same.
Cuban reciprocity is the most disputed
point before the platform makers.-
Looking* to Next Year.
Next year members of the legislature
that choose the successor of Hanna are
to be elected, with a full state ticket, and
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KING EDWARD MIGHT: DO A STATUE-GIVING STUNT.
one of the purposes of the leaders this
year is to secure the control of the party
machinery for the Important state con
test" of 1903, and for the presidential elec
tion of 1904. The Hanna men claim to
night that they will secure at the district
meetings tomorrow eighteen out of the
twenty-one members of the state central
committee. There is some comment on
Hanna for senator to succeed hiself next
year, and for president the following
year. .7- .
The feature is the skirmishing for the
nomination for governor next year. There
are more candidates here for nominations
next year than this year. Those who have
friends here in the interest .of the guber
natorial nominations next year are Con
gressmen Dick, Taylor, and Nevins; Har
ry M. Daugherty, who was defeated by
Gov. Nash for the nomination three
years ago; State Senator W. G. Harding,
of Marion; Albert A. Douglas, of Chil
licothe; Myron T. Herrick, of Cleveland,
the Ohio member of the Republican na
tional committee, and Judge Ferdinand
J. Jealke Jr., of Cincinnati. - "7
IS HE THE VALET
OF A HUMBERT?
Rnmored Arrest in Jersey City In
Connection "With Story of :.
Swindling; in Paris. 7
NEW YORK, May 26.—A rumor, which
could not be verified, was circulated at
detective headquarters in that city that
Capt. Titus' men had arrested in Jersey
City today the valet of one of the Hum
berts, the people charged with -wholesale
swindling in Paris. The man's name could
not be learned..:.-.-• f z..--...
It is said that the New York detective
department received information that a*
valet 7of the Humberts had preceded
them, presumably for the purpose of
scouring, the ground here for a hiding
place. An accurate description was. for
warded by the Paris police, and the New
■York plain clothes men have been keep
ing up a keen watch for this man...■
They. believe he arrived here on May 13.
He was -traced j. to Bensonhurst, L. 1.,
.where his trail was lost. It, was. learnc-d
there, however, that a man answering to
the description of the Humbert valet had
crossed over 7 the Brooklyn bridge into
New York and had been seen in .Jersey
City.'- "J _■•- -. '.... * - - .-. ■■■
There- is an element of doubt that the
man in Jersey City is the -fugitive valet,
but theiinformation*comes; in ;an indirect
way from j police * headquarters that the
arrest is a; most important 7 one. ■:■-. -fy
. Just a Little Surrender.
PRETORIA," May 26.-Forty-six Boers
with .-eir wagon-! and cattle surrendered
at Balmoral, Transvaal, yesterday. —
RAILROAD IS SOLD
Northern. Pacific the Purchaser, nnd
Now Owns the Entire
fy'if Big Dock; -
DULUTH, 7 Minn., May 26.—The Duluth
Transfer Railroad, company has been sold
to the Northern Pacific road for '$550,000..
The transaction was authorized' at r a
meeting of. the board of directors and of
the .stockholders held in Duluth this aft
ernoon, General Counsel Runn, . of the
Northern Pacific road, representing that
corporation. *f .ff2ffff . .. -.-.
The sale Is one of the most interesting
feces of railroad "news: that has devel
oped at the bead -of the j lake *in many
ears. The Duluth Terminal is consider
ed a most important piece, of terminal
property, and will add much to the North
ern Pacific's already complete system in
this city. . The Northern Pacific company
had $22,000,0000 in terminals on bo.th sides
of Superior bay before it acquired those
of the old St. Paul'&7Duluth.'_The trans
fer company owned twenty-two miles of
track and the'west; side of the big dock
at the foot of Seventh avenue west.
The Northern Pacific now- owns the en
tire dock. The Northern Steamship
company has a lease of the west side
of the dock, which has just been sold
with the Transfer railroad to the North
ern Pacific and haij used it for steam
ship purposes for tne past eight or nine
years. .7. If- ■ -~ zfrf ";■''■'■'f^'f
The Duluth, Trar.^far railroad line ex
tends from Duluth through the West
End and West Du'.ui.i to Ironton, where
it connects with the. old Duluth & Win
nipeg lino, now the Eastern Minnesota.
It makes connected with many im
portant points . for; the delivery of cars
in and out. Albert "Harrington, of Min
neapolis; O. H. Simonde,'■■of Duluth, and
the late John Wiliafd, of Mankato, were
among the"leading promoters of the com
pany. The purpose-.of the railway was
to serve the St. Louis Bay front Indus
tries and the ultimate intention was to
extend to the Superior side. The company
secured a charter for a bridge across
the St. Louis river with that object in
BUSY DAYS FOR THE
CASS LAKE SETTLERS
Decision of Supreme Conrt in Hod
Lake .Case Causes Many to
File Tenders. —-
Special Telegram to The Globe.
ST. CLOUD.May 26.—Judge McClennan,
as trustee representing the settlers, will
offer to the St. Cloud land offlce a filing
on the northeast quarter of section 16,
on which, the thriving little city of Cass
Lake is situated. •"
This tender will be made tomorrow, and
will be rejected by the officials of the
St. Cloud land office on the grounds that
the land is located within an Indian res
ervation and consequently not subject to
entry. " From this decision an appeal
will be taken to the 'commissioner of the
general land olllce.
Since last Friday the settlers in the
Cass Lake country : have been busy, and
on that day and „ Saturday, four filings
were offered by Cyrus T. Harris -and
William T. Caveny, £ Minneapolis, and
James E. O'Brien -i and " Robert Harris
Cox, 7 St. Paul, on section 16, six miles
east of Cass Lake.- .Today George H.
Walsh, of Cass Lake, offered seven fil
ings, sections 16 and 36, covering allot
145-:-l-G6. y ■* 7 - '■;■:■ i f . 77
• Several other similar tenders were
made; during the day. The activity is 7 the
result of the recent decision .of the su
preme court of the United States; in a
.Red 7Lake case;, holding that sections 16
and 36 were I not reserved. for Indians "or
allcted to the state. This Is .the way
-those who are filing on the sections nam
ed read the decision.' - - ;._; :
; Others - are of the opinion that the . set
tlers are losing valuable time 7 in! making
such | tenders . of \ filing \ and 7 appealing 'to
the higher, authorities. The filing fever
has started in earnest,; however,, and it
is . expected that every quarter of the sec
tions named, in 7 the Cass Lake and Leech
lake reservations will be filed **-~>. n.-
LEADERS IN CHICAGO
President Mitchell Confers
With Members of <_ivic
MAY CHANGE SITUATION
Session Is an Executive One, bat It
* Is Understood That Another Meet
• ing of the Anthracite Workers
Will Be Called in Few Days.
CHICAGO, May 26.—A conference that
promises to change the aspect of the an
thracite strike situation was held in this
city today between several members of
"the National Civic Federation and union
interests. President John Mitchell, of the
'United Mine Workers of America, who
has been in Chicago several days relative
to the situation In the bituminous coal
fields/met Frank P. Sargent and Frank
lin MacVeagh, of the federation, and
Samuel Keefe, of the "Longshoremen's
union and plans for further j arbitration
endeavors on the part of the federation
In Executive Session.
The meeting was executive and definite
statements as to the details of the con
ference were not announced. It is under
stood, however, that the plan agreed upon
contemplates calling another conference
of the mine operators and the whole
committee of the National Civic Federa
tion at New York with a view to arbi
. trating the S|trlke question.
It Is said that the plan will be sent to
Senator Hanna for approval before a
recommendation for further arbitration Is
made. If the plan is carried Into effect,
it, is expected that some definite an
nouncement of it will be made within a
week or ten days. '
-.- ■ * -
No Signs of Weakening;.
President Mitchell declined to go into
details of the meeting, but said it was
not called by him and that his presence
in this city was not for the purpose of
bringing about a settlement of the an
thracite difficulties. He said further that
the mine workers were showing no indi
cation of weakening in their position.
Franklin MacVeagh said he was not in
a position to speak, save that the meet
ing was not called at the request of
President Mitchell. . 7-£7
OUTCOME IS STILL IX DOUBT.
Position of Mine Engineers Uneer-
tain—Firemen Will Strike.
WILKESBARRE, Pa.. May 26.-It is
still a. matter of conjecture whether the
mines in the anthracite region will be
completely shut down next Monday, when
the order issued by the executive boards
of the United Mine Workers, governing
the hours of labor and wages to be paid
engineers, firemen and pump runners
gees Into effect. - . -
The United Mine Workers and tho of
ficers of the Stationary Firemen's asso
ciation on the other hand, claim that
unless the coal companies grant the de
mands made upon them the-great bulk
of the engineers, firemen and pump men
will, quit work. The operators are bring
ing all the influence they can to hold the
men at. work, while the striking miners
are also doing missionary work. Many of
the engineers do not like the predicament
they are placed In. If they quit work
they will displease the company officials
and may never be reinstated, while if
they remain at their posts and the miners
should win the" strike, they would prob
ably; find things . would not be so pleas
ant for them at the collieries in the
future. In order to reach those who are
wavering, a call was issued tonight for a
mass meeting of all engineers," pump men
and firemen in the Wyoming district In
this city -next"'-Friday , evening. *At ; a
largely attended meeting in this city 7 to
night a committee from 7 local No. 484,
United ff Mine Workers, * v reported that it
had called upon many engineers during
the day and that . nearly all had given
their word that they would join the other
strikers next \ Monday unless the demand
for a .shorter work day was granted. -
'".While the position that will be taken by
a great many of the engineers and pump
men 'is not" known, it is known for a cer
tainty.where the firemen stand., They will
Continued on Sevenlii Page.
PRICE TWO CENTS—J gM-^gJr,. i
OLEO MEN THINK THEY
SEE LOOPHOLE IN BILL
Contend That Wording Will Allow
Them to Mix Butter With But.
terine and Escape Tax.
From The Globe's Washington Bu-
rean, Post Building.
WASHINGTON, D. C, May 26.—Makers
of oleomargarine believe that they have
a ••joker" in the law recently passed
which will let them out of the 10-cents-a
pound tax on the product. The alleged dis
covery was brought to light in a hearing
today before the treasury department,
where regulations are being drawn for
enforcement of the law. Tawney, who
•was present, listening to the arguments of
Una butterine people, is convinced that
there is nothing in it, but the manufac
turers intend to carry their point to the
courts in case the treasury officials do
not admit the contention.
The dispute turns on the word "arti
ficial," as applied to coloring of butter
ine. The oleo people claim the right un
der law to mix real butter with their
product, taking for the purpose butter
which has a naturally high color and
thus imparting to their oleo a color
which, while rather light, will still make
it look Tike butter and be salable. This
coloring, they contend, will not be arti
ficial coloring matter, and the mixed
product^ they say, should be treated sim
ply as renovated butter, and be subject
only to the tax of *4 cent a pound.
The department has not yet ruled on
STUDENT DROWNED AS
RESULT OF CLASS FIGHT
Xclson P. Bond, Freshman at Ver
mont I nt versify, .lumps in Lake
To Evade Sophomores.
PLATTSBURG, N. V., May 26.-The
feeling which has existed between the
freshmen and sophomore classes of the
University of Vermont, culminated here
today in the drowning of Nelson Pease
Bond, of Burlington, Vt., treasurer of
the freshman class.
The freshmen had arranged to have
their annual banquet at the Cumberland
house, and Bond, with four other fresh
men, came over on the morning boat
from Burlington to make the final ar
rangements. Five sophomores sailed to
Port Kent on the sloop Alert and took
the train for Plattsburgh, arriving in the
afternoon. The main body of freshmen,
forty in number, arrived on the steamer
Vermont at 7 in the evening, after a hard
fight on the Burlington dock.
Bond left his companions at 5 o'clock
In the afternoon for a stroll, and it is al
leged was set upon by two sophomores,
presumably for the purpose of kidnap
ping him and keeping him from the ban
quet. He fled before his pursuers until
he reached the Wilcox's dock, an out o.
the way place on the north lake front.
Tbe pursuers claim he jumped into the
lake in an effort to escape by swimming.
They endeavored to rescue him by a boat,
but could find no oars, and he sank be
fore they could reach him.. "f
Coroner Monasters will hold an In
quest,* and the matter will be probed to
the bottom; Bond was nineteen years
FRIGHTFUL FEATURE OF
Horses' Palates Silt So They May
Revive by Swallowing Their
LONDON, May 27.—Cabling from Syd
ney, N. S. W., the correspondent of the
Daily Mall gives an account of the terri
ble drought from which, as a climax to
seven dry years, Australia is now suffer
ng. The correspondent fays that the
losses in stock in Australia since 1899
amount to $75,000,000. Unemployed men
•are drifting into the cities by thousands,
and there the state governments are pro
viding them with relief.
The only districts that have escaped
the drought are the Northern rivers dis
trict o/ New South Wales, and parts of
the Rlverna district.
The situation has been aggravated by
the federal duties on fodder, which pre
vent its Importation. Coirmunication in
the interior has been paralyzed, as the
waterways are unnavigable. Owing to
•the expense of fodder, the firm which
had the contract has abandoned the haul
ing of the Queensland mall, the cost of
this transportation having risen from
$30,000 to $150,000 annually. The sheep are
dying ty the million,' and even the rab
bits are starving. Animals have strip
ped the bark from the trees for feod.
A common method of treating exhaust
ed horses is to slit the animal's palate
with a knife. The, horse is revived by
swallowing his own blue 1. Numbers of
"Sundowners' and "Swagmen" have been
found dead by the wayside. The gov
ernments are doing everything possible
to alleviate these conditions, but meteor
ologists despair of an early change in thj
YOUTH USES A GUN
WITH FATAL RESULTS
Kills His Sweetheart, "Wounds a Ri
val and Tarns Weapon Upon
KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 26.-Frank
Robinson, aged twenty years, today Bhot
and killed his sweetheart, Gertie Raw
lins, aged sixteen years, shot and fatally
wounded hia-rival, Albert H. Ferguson,
aged nineteen years, and fatally injured
himself, in an apartment house in this
, Shortly before the tragedy was com
mitted Robinson wrote a note to his
mother in which he said that as Fergu
son had supplanted him In the affections
of the girl he loved, he purposed to kill
them both and then kill himself. He
proceeded to the room where Ferguson
and the girl were, and upon being admit
ted, drew his revolver and opened fire
on the couple. '"_ .
The girl was shot near the heart. She
rushed screaming into the street, where
she fell dead. Ferguson was shot in the
abdomen. Robinson shot ...mself in the
left breast, and his death is momen
LOSSES TO FRENCH
ART AND LETTERS
Benjamin Constant, Painter, and
"Henri Greville," Authoress,
Die in Paris.
PARIS, May Jean Joseph Benjamin
Constant, the painter, js dead. He was
born in Paris, in 1845. .
Henri* Greville (Alice Marie Celeste
Durand), the French authoress, is also
■ dead.- ■ .. -. ' ' '-'' yf
New Phase Suddenly Assum
ed in the South Afri
SIGNS ARE LESS HOPEFUL
TOO MANY POINTS OK IHKKI. . < IJ
BETWEEN Ml It(.11
CAN'T BUDGE THE MINORITY
Recent Optimistic Feeling in Con.
ncctlon With the Negotiation..
Has Little It Any Basis or
PRETORIA, May M.—Tbe prevalence
throughout South Africa of the optimis
tic feeling in regard to the peace ne
gotiations is hardly based upon solid
facts. The protraction of the conference
at Vereeningen la not necessarily a hope
The delegates to the conference, al
though they have abandoned their hop< 3
of securing independence, .-till have many
points of difference 1 with the govern
ment, while an obstinate minority con
tinues to regard the resumption of hos
tilities as *he best outcome of the present
situation and at any moment these points
of difference may be accentuated Into a
refusal to continue the negotiations.
It is most likely that those who aro
in favor of peace will throw up the
sponge so long as a decent minority
Is desirous of continuing the struggle.
and all these dissonant elements must
be taken into account before it Is pos
sible to give any sort of prediction as
to the issue of the present negotiations.
Latest British Refusal.
THE HAGUE, May 26- It is said in
Boer circles here that the peace pro
posals made to the conference at Vcr
eenlngen, Transvaal, include the condi
tion that the Boors in the held be allow
ed to consult with me Boer delegates in
Europe before i definite settlement Ih
reached. It is dccl also upon tho
same,authority that the British govern
ment refused, May i.;, to accede to this
Insists That Peace Approaches.
LONDON,"May 2C.-Thc Dally Mail this
morning says the cabinet council to bo
held today will decide upon 'points of
detail nostly or a financial nature which
have teen raised by the Boers In tha
negotiation*. Great Britain's decision
will then be communicated to the Vercen-
Ingen conference by the delegates at
Pretoria, and being the beat obtainable
terms, they will almost certainly be ac
cepted. Th results should be announced
officially either Thursday or Friday of
this week, probably <> * Friday, the day
upon which King Fuward's birth la cele
brated. Peace is quite certain. Fays the
Mail, and the delegates at Pretoria aro
only engaged in endeavoring to gild tho
pill for the Verecningen conference to
swallow. The Mail says further:
"Our dispatches from. Pretoria assert
that numerous communications are pass
ing between Lords Kitchener and Milner
in South Africa and London. Lord
Kitchener, although he Is still full of
energy, is much aged In appearance as a
result of (he severe and continuous strain
which he has undergone. The consensus
Is that the recent negotiations have
proved Lord Kitchener to be a great
diplomat as well as a great soldier
"It is difficult to appreciate the mag
nitude of the. difficulties Lord Kitchener
has had to contend with. The Boer
leaders are all deeply Impressed with his
personality and trust him implicity. It
is understood that Lord Milner, the Brit
ish high commissioner In South Africa,
has gracefully admitted that the ultimate
credit for the accomplishment of the
great task is due to Lord Kitchener."
Parliament Hears of the Hitch.
Just before parllrnent rcse after mid
night last night, a rumor reached . the
lobbies that a hitch had occurred in* tho
peace negotiations. Nothing official con
cerning this rumor could be ascertained,
but the press despatch from Pretoria may
be regarded as an Indication thai such
a hitch has occurred. Little information
from Pretoria has been able recent! to
pass the censor there.
That the government yesterday fully
anticipated a speedy conclusion of peace
is believed to be shown by the post
ponement from yesterday until Friday
or later of the budget 'ill in the com
mittee stage with the view, as was frank
ly admitted on the government side of
the house, of enabling the budget to be
recast in the event that peace Is secured.
The tax or. grain nas proved so un
popular throughout the count- and has
had such an unexpected effect in reunit
ing the Liberal party with a most ef
fective election cry, thai there i.s little
doubt the government will welcome an
excuse to drop it.
Grain Tax to tie Dropped.
The belief that the government intends
to drop the tax on grain Is so strong
that all members of the house of com
mons who have leanings toward protec
tion met informally last night and cent
an appeal to the ministers to dispense
with this tax.
Another strong reason for the desire-to
do away with this tax is the effect it
has had In the colonies, where It has been
regarded as an opportunity to demand
preferential treatment—a demand which
win be strongly pressed at the eon ng con
ference of colonial premiers in ixuidon—
and which Is likely to caui«o the govern
ment considerable difficulty by emphasiz
ing a sharply defined divergence of opin
ion in the cabinet. There the Chamber
lain party Is advocating a "zollvereln"
policy and the retention of the grain tax.
while the Balfour party advocates Jut-t
the reverse. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach,
the chancellor of the exchequer, ls said
to be quite willing to surrender the tax
on grain, .fy'f 'f:ffr
Predicts Cabinet Dissolution.
The Daily, News predict, that, once
peace Is secured, the present ministry
will go to pieces ln twelve months
through the irreconcilable dissensions be
tween the Salisbury and the Chamberlain
sections. Meanwhile Lord Rosebery la
drawing the Liberals closer together. lie
has consented to preside at a Liberal
meeting to be held in London to protest
..gainst the government's education bill.
This bill has also proved to be an un
popular measure, bq much no. that many
ot ths government's support are urg
ing the government to modify It.