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VOL. I.V. NO. 143.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY, APRIL 2, 190G.
PRICE .TWO CENTS.
OR BITUMINOUS COAL FIELDS AT WORK
Strike Tie-up Complete
MANY SIGNING SCALE
Hard Coal Owners Indicate No
Immediate Intention of
Pending the outcome-of the confer
once In New York City tomorrow be
tween the coal operators and Presi
dent John Mitchell the suspension of
mining in the anthracite coal fields is
practically complete. Of the 1C0.000
men and boys in the hard coal fields
who are affected by the scale commit
tee's susension. less than a thousand
are at work.
In the bituminous fields in many
mining districts the miners are idle
chiefly owing to the celebration of the
S-hour day rather than because of the
wage question dispute. It is difficult
to foretell conditions in the district in
western Pennsylvania until it can be
definitely stated how many independ
ent operators will sign for the 5.55 per
Klrat Operator Mjcnu.
Pittsburg. Pa.. April 2. The first
operator to sign the new agreement
was Iewis Findlay. owner of the mines
at Collieries, V. Va. Orders were at
once wired to Colliers to resume
One Menu la Illinolx.
Murphysboro. 111.. April 2. The Chi
cago & Carbondale Coal company to
day signed the 1903 wage scale for
Observe Holiday In Illlnolw.
Springfield. III., April 2. This being
a holiday among the United Mine
Workers of Illinois, no coal mines are
being operated. President H. C. Per
ry of the United Mine Workers said
today: " -v : -
"I have been busy all morning ans
wering telephone calls from operators
all over the state who are willing to
sign the scale of 1003. as demanded by
the miners. The prospect that large
numbers of mines will be in operation
tomorrow is satisfying.
(iirei No nnirN.
The Illinois Coal Operators" associa
tion will meet in Chicago tomorrow,
so I do not care to give the names of
operators who are signing the scale
today, as I do not wish to embarrass
them. I will say, however, among the
signers are owners of twenty-five or
thirty smaller mines in the Danville
district. Williamson county operators
are also among the signers."
All at Work In a Meek.
Pittsburg. April 2. Today being the
anniversary of the granting of the 8
hour workday almost every mine in
the Pittsburg district Is closed. To
morrow, however, it is expected miners
employed by the Pittsburg Coal com
pany and by several other local opera
tors will return to work and that all
mines in the district will be running
before the close of the week.
Kobbin to Si sen.
Francis L. Robbins, representing the
Pittsburg Coal company, and the scale
committee of the United Mine Work
ers will meet today for the purpose of
signing an agreement for two years,
and the factional fight which has been
in progress in the miners' organization
for some time way cause trouble.
The scale committee of district No.
5 met Chairman Francis L. Robbins it
II o'clock and presented the 1903 scale
for his signature. The conference is
now in session.
Mot a Miner Working-.
Columbus. Ohio, April 2. Chairman
Winder of the Ohio operators today
announced he had received word from
all over the Ohio districts that not a
NEW WAR AT HAND
Reported Russian and Chinese
Troops Are on Verge of
Moscow, April 2. Russkoe Slovo
has received a . sensational telegram
from its correspondent at Harbin, Man
churia, saying hostilities are imminent
between Russian and Chinese troops.
He intimates the Chinese are influenc
ed by Japan and are moving forward,
and that the situation is so tense the
Russian demobilization of troops has
been stopped and General Grodoff, the:
Russian commander In chief, has is
sued instructions to prepare for eventualities.
MINER M ANTHRACITE
WITH TWO HUSBANDS
AT 17 SHE WANTS THIRD
Southern Girl Says Neither of Her
Marital Ventures Is Success
Willing to Try Again.
Atlanta. Ga., April 2. Arrested on a
charge of bigamy. Nora Bell, 17 years
of age, admitted she has two husbands
living, and declared she would take an
other if she could find the sort of man
she fancied. Nora was arrested at the
instance of husband No. 1, who ob
jects to husband No. 2. Asked at po
lice headquarters if she ever had been
married, she replied:
'"O, yes; twice, and both of my hus
bands are living. Neither is much
good, however, and I would marry a
third husband if I could find the right
sort of a man."
According to the girl's story, she
was married when only 12 years of age
to Joseph Arnold. After living with
Arnold two years Edward Duncan at
tracted Nora, and she came to Atlanta
with him from Gainesville, Ga., and
miner of the 40,000 employed is at
work excepting pumpmen and engin
eers. It is unofficially admitted some
operators want to sign the agreement.
Do .ct Accept 1JHI3 Scale.
Johnstown, Pa., April 2. The storm
center in the mining situation of this
district is at Windber, where 4.000 men
employed by the Berwind-White com
pany paraded the streets today, de
spite the fact the company has posted
notices granting the 1903 scale.
The men are not organized, but ef
forts are being made to unionize them.
The sheriff ordered the saloons closed
and has sworn in 20 deputies in antici
pation of disorder.
Complete In Southwent.
Kansas City, Mo., April 2. There
was a complete shutdown today in the
bituminous coal fields included in the
Southwestern Miners' association in
Missouri. Kansas, western Arkansas
and the territories. A few mines oper
ated by non-union men resumed as
usual. No scenes of disorder are re
ported. In almost every district the general
belief is expressed both by operators
and miners an amicable settlement of
differences would soon be reached and
the strike would be of short duration.
fi,KH Oat 1a ArkuuMUM.
Fort Smith, Ark., April 2. Five
thousand miners of this state and C,-
000 in the territory are idle today. It
is predicted an agreement will shortly
be reached by the individual com
panies. Obey In Anthracite Kleld.
Philadelphia, April 2. Reports re
ceived today from the anthracite coal
fields state the order of the miners'
scale committee directing that mining
be suspended until an agreement could
be reached with the operators is being
obeyed almost to a man. In all three
districts preparations were made by
the operators for the resumption of
work this morning. Whistles were
blown at the regular hour and every
thing was in readiness for the men to
go to work, but there was no response
by the miners and the day took on a
Some Are ot Affected.
Firemen, engineers and pumpmen,
who are not affected by the suspension
order, reported as usual, but it was ap
parent the scores of empty coal cars
which had been hurried to the col
lieries yesterday would not be needed
unless an agreement was reached be
tween President Mitchell and the coal
presidents in their conference to be
held in New York tomorrow.
Many io to Kurope.
That a great many miners believe a
strike is imminent and that there will
be a bitter struggle between the work
men and their employers was evidenc
ed by the departure yesterday and to
day of scores of miners from the
Schuylkill regions. The majority of
these men are foreigners who will go
to their homes in Europe and there
await the outcome of the pending
Take Out Mule.
Many of the mules were taken from
tb mines, thus indicating no effort
would be immediately made to resume
mining. Quiet prevails throughout the
districts. As long as the men remain
away from the mines no disorder is an
ticipated. Iteady for Fight.
Philadelphia, April 2. Anticipating
a strike In the anthracite field, the. op
erators have served preliminary notice
upon the state authorities that they
will be expected to protect life and
property while a determined effort is
made to mine coal.
For several months agents of the
coal producing railroads have been
employing men ostensibly to serve as
laborers and private watchmen at the
mines. Stockades have been erected
where none was required in 1900 or
in 1902, and miles of barbed wire
fencing have been shipped Into the
anthracite region during the last week.
Tronble Seema Certain.
Riot and bloodshed will follow any
attempt to operate the mines during
Move Said to be on Foot in United
States and Europe Against
RICH MERCHANTS INTERESTED
Plan to Invade South American Coun
try With Force of 5,000 Men
Ready for War.
New York. April 2. A plot to 'nvado
Venezuela with 15.000 soldiers and
drive Castro from the country is said
to be on foot in the United States and
Europe, according to the World, which
"A number of rich New York mer
chants are said to be interested in the
movement, which, the promoters de
Clare, will involve the employment of
13,000 soldiers and the expenditure of
$5,000,000 in the campaign. President
Castro, if the plans do not go astray,
is to be either expelled or destroyed
and a native Venezuelan statesman . is
to be installed as his successor.
Cantro HoIdlnKM Into ('null.
"In this connection it is said that
Castro, anticipating a successful revo
lution against him sooner or later, has
converted some of his aileged $10,0(10.-
000 fortune into cash and has sent it
to America and France.
"Carlos B. Fergueredo, Venezuelan
consul in New York, said last night at
his home that he had heard such an
expedition was being organized or pro
moted, but had been unable to learn
anything definite about it. He said he
had understood shares in the scheme
were being sold.
" 'I would like to get hold of one of
those shares.' he said. 'I will buy all
that are offered.'
ArniM nod Wnr Munitions.
"The counsel inquired eagerly as to
the point the expedition was to sail
"The expedition is to set out short
ly from Europe in three large steam
ships, which are already under con
tract. They are to carry about 5.000
volunteers, with the following quanti
ties of arms and ammunition: Eight
thousand Mauser" rifles" of the ' latest
pattern, 24.000 rounds of cartridges.
500,000 shells, 8 rapid-fire guns, S.00-J
army belts, 1,000 officers' swords, 1,000
officers' revolvers, 3,000 machetes and
swords, together with other supplies."
AS ROYAL FAMILY
WOULD REPEAT IT
Edition of Russian Newspaper Sup
pressed for Publishing Sacrile
gious Travesty of Prayer.
St. Petersburg. April 2. The edition
of the Russ published today was con
fiscated by the police owing to the pub
lication of a sacriligious travesty of
Lenten prayers. One line of the Lord's
prayer, supposed to be that offered by
the imperial family, was made to read
"Let the people pay our debts, but-not
as we pay our creditors."
a strike. It was attempted in a small
way in 1900. after the great majority
of all the mine workers had quit, and
men whose eyes were shot out, chil
dren who were blown out of their beds
by dynamite, and women who suffered
serious injuries live to protest against
the proposition to work the mines with
There Is authority and evidence to
support the statement that qualified
miners who left the country two, three,
and even five years ago are being
sought by agents of the operators, as
are all of those who have miners' cer
tificates but who are now engaged in
other pursuits in America.
Independents to Yield.
Pittsburg, April 2. After a confer
ence yesterday lasting all day of 12 of
the largest independent coal operators
in this district it was proposed to hold
a formal meeting of all the independ
ent operators of the district about
thirty in all this evening . At that
time it will be decided to pay the in
RENEW STRIKE DISORDERS
French Miners Near Lenz Destroy a
House With Dynamite. 1
Lenz, France, April 2. A renewed
strike disorders has occurred In the
mining region. Strikers at Ganger to
day destroyed a house with dynamite.
There are now about 41,000 men on
Judge Vickers Chosen.
East St. Louis, 111., April 2. Judge
A. K. Vickers, of Vienna, 111., was
chosen by the district executive com
mittee to succeed the late Judge
Charles W. Thomas as republican can
didate for the supreme court from the
First supreme judicial district.
PRESIDENT CONCEDES REVIEW OF
RATE RULINGS BY THE COURTS
Takes Course -to Insure the
Passage of Bill by the
CONFERS WITH - MEMBERS
Personal Liability and National Quar
antine Measures Are Ad
vanced. Washington. April 2. The court re
view amendment to the railroad rate
bill was agreed upon - Saturday at a
conference between President Roose
velt, several republican senators sup
porting the bill, and Interstate Com
merce Commissioners Knapp and
Prouty. It leaves to .the decision of
the commissioa when" , orders fixing
rates shall take effect,! and limits to
the determination of whether the or
der complained of was beyond the au
thority of the commission or in viola
tion of the rights of the carrier secur
ed by the constitution. .
It is proposed to strike out the par
agraph at the bottom of page 14, and
insert as part of section lG. the follow
ing: "That all orders of the commis
sion. except orders for the payment of
money, shall take effect within such
reasonable time as shall be prescribed
by the commission and shall continue
for a sure period-of time, but not ex
ceeding two years, as shall be pre
scribed in the order, of the commis
sion, unless sooner set aside by the
commission or suspended or set aside
in the suit brought against the com
mision in the circuit ' court of tho
United rStates, sitting as a court of
equity for the district wherein any
carrier plaintiff in said suit has its
principal operating office, and jurisdic
tion is hereby conferred on the circuit
court of the United States to hear and
determine in any'such suit whether the
order complained of was beyond the
authority of the commission or in vio
lation of the rights of the carrier se
cured by the constitution.
l.nrKe Attendance in limine.
Washington. April '. 2. This being
suspension day in the house there was
a large attendance of members. The
pension appropriation bill was sent to
conference. The navsl academy haz
ing bill conference report was adopted.
The personal liability bill was called
up. Sterling of Illinois stating its fca
ures. The bill passed the house with
Dcncirncy l,ill Itcportcd.
Washington, April 2. When the son-
ate convened today. Hale reported the
urgent deficiency bill. A joint resolu
tion was passed reappointing Andrew
D. White as member of the board of
regents of the Smithsonion Institu
tlnnrnntine Mnrine Punncm.
Mallory's bill, to further enlarge
powers and authority of the public
health and marine hospital service,
known as the .national quarantine bill,
Fulton then addressed the senate on
the railroad rate bill in a legal argu
ment opposing the house bill without
the court of review feature
GERM AN FORCE BADLYBEATEN
Lieutenant and Ten Troopers Killed
and wagons Burned.
Berlin. ADril 2. An-! fficlnl riisr.utrh
received from German Southwest Afri
ca confirms the renarled disaster to
a German detachmenteonsistinsr of an
officer and 1C men. Tko dispatch says
that on March 2G th Hottentots at
tacked an envoy of eirintv waerons be
tween Ulkamas and the eastern fron
tier, and killed Lieutenant Keller and
10 troopers belonging the escort and
burned the wagons.
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DISREGARD JEROME'S WISHES
Recorder Goff Instructs Present Grand
Jury to Take Upj Insurance.
New York, April 2-Recorder Goff,
at the impanelling of' (he April grand
jury, in the court of. general sessions
today instructed the "Jury to take up
insurance matters, although District
Attorney Jerome has hsked for a spe
cial grand'jury in May for that pur
AIM AT THE KING
Anarchists Planned to Destroy
Entire Spanish. Royal
Madrid, April 2 Spanish authori
ties have discovered an anarchlts's plot
at Lebrljax, 29 miles from . Seville, a
notorious center of blank-bunds to as
sassinate the royal family 'fluring the
visit of King AlfonsUDe4??r Chris
tiana and Infanta Marin. Teresa, to Se
ville during holy wetk. ..The. censor
ship prevents the " sending- of details
regarding the conspiracy. '
TRADE WITH MEXICO
SHOWS BIG TOTALS
United States Bought and Sold $92,
000,000 Worth of Goods in
Washington, April 2. The trade of
the United States with Mexico in the
fiscal year 190f aggregated in value
$92,000,000, as compared with $31,000.
000 in 1S93 and $18,000,000 in 1SS5. Of
Mexico's total imports of merchandise
53 per cent is drawn from the United
States and of her total exports 71 per
cent is sent to the United Slates.
Xo other country except Canada
daws as large a percentage of its im
ports from the United States as does
Mexico, and no other country except
Cuba sends as large a percentage of its
exports to the United States as does
Estimates made by American con
sular representatives and others, and
by persons in the United States famii
iar with the subject, indicate that fully
$1,000,000,000 of capital from this coun
try is now invested in Mexico, Canada,
and Cuba, of which about one-half is
BURN HOUSE OF MINISTER
WHO FLAYED LYNCHERS
Incendiaries Make Attempt to Destroy
Residence of Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn., April 2. Incen
diaries yesterday tried to burn a resi
dence of the Rev. Howard L. Jones,
pastor of First Baptist church, who, in
a sermon last Sunday, denounced the
lynchers of Ed Johnson in the strong
est language at his command. Since
the sermon was delivered Dr. Jones
has been receiving anonymous letters
almost every day, telling him that
something would happen to him. He
is now convinced that not all of these
anonymous threats were idle, and has
secured the services of a detective,
who will keep watch upon his house.
TWELVE NATIVES OF
Postponement of Sentence Caused Ruc
tion Between Imperial and Colo
Pietermaritzburg. Natal, April 2.
Twelve natives condemned to death
for the murder of policemen during
the uprising in February against the
collecting of the poll tax, the postpone
ment of whose execution led to a dis
pute between the imperial and colonial
governments, were shot today.
London, April 2. Announcement ol
the execution of the Natal natives was
received with angry cries of "Shame"
from the Irish nationalists and labor
benches and liberals in the house of
commons this afternoon. A motion to
discuss the manner in which martial
law is being applied in Xatal will come
up for debate this evening.
MME. NORDICA IN FESTIVAL
Appears at the Burtis May 3 and 4 Un
der Large Guarantee.
The engagement of Mine. Xordica
in the May festival given by the Apollo
club at the Burtis, May " and 4 is
creating much comment in musical cir
cles in the tri-cities. She is brought
here under the largest guarantee ever
given an artist in the three cities. The
club guarantees her $1,C00 and $1,100
to the Chicago Symphony orchestra
which appears next day. Already near
ly $2,000 has been raised by the sale of
tickets, and it is almost certain that
only those who have tickets bought in
advance, will be able to hear this, the
greatest festival ever given here.
Signor Angelo Patricolo, the pianist
who plays two piano numbers, is an
Italian, and though little known in
this country, he has received the high
est praise from the European press,
and" Is called one of the great pianists
of the world.
The Apollo club furnishes one num
ber and the balance of the program
will be given by Mme. Xordica.
NO CHANGES ON ROCK RIVER
Hennepin Canal Engineers Handicap
ped by Lack of Funds.
Because there is but $69,000 of the
last appropriation for the Hennepiu
canal left the government will not at
tempt to deepen Rock river for slack
water navigation in connection with
the canal east of Milan this year. This
is what the committee representing the
property owners along the river who
have organized to protect, their inter
ests has learned, it is considered more
likely that the river will be deepened
by dredging than by raising the dam.
Resigns Clinton Charge.
Rev. Alexis Andreen, brother of
President Gustav Andreen of Augua
tana college, has resigned the pastor
ate of the Immanuel Lutheran church J
at Clinton. He will go either to Lind-I
strom of North Branch, Minn. j
LOSE IMPORTANT CASE
LAST OF ELIJAH
Zion City Repudiates Rule of
Dowie the First Apostle,"
V0L1VA IS HIS SUCCESSOR
Even Wife and Son Turn Against Old
Leader Is Failing Men
tally. Chicago, April 2. The open revolt
against John Alexander Dowie which
took place yesterday was followed to
day by the transfer of all public prop
erty of the church of Zion to Alexan
der Granger, the man whose dismissal
had been directed by Dowie in a tele
gram from Mexico.
Kerolt 1 nnnimouM.
Chicago, April 2. Zion. without a
dissenting voice, yesterday repudiated
John Alexander Dowie, and legal steps
will be taken at once to oust him from
all control. In an impressive meeting
in the tabernacle, at which almost ev
ery one of the 5,ot0 residents of Zion
City was present, this action was tak
en after more than live hours of the
most severe arraignment of the first
At its close the prophet was with
out a follower in the gathering, for
even his wife, Overseer Jane Dowie,
and her son Gladstone joined the
ranks of those opposing the founder of
liinav to Yolivu'N ICirtirl.
The step came as the climax of the
efforts of Deputy General Overseer
Wilbur Glenn Voliva, who was named
In Dowie's will as his successor and
was called to Zion to take charge of
affairs when a stroke of paralysis
forced the leader to have his people
and go south.
The efforts of this substitute to bring
order out of chaos in which he found
Zion's affairs won for him the appro
val, admiration and confidence of those
who had lost faith in the future of the
city, because of the growing misman
agement and extravagance of the man
who had built them up. But it
brought down upon him the wrath of
his commander, who made one final
effort to assert his authority, to be
met only with the open defiance that
will sever him from his church and
May Ak n (oiiNcrvntor.
Arguments have been brought for
ward in support of the belief that his
faculties have ben impaired, and upon
the strength of them the courts prob
ably will be asked to appoint a con
servator for his estates. An all night
conference was held by the deputy
general overseer and his council of 12
last night to discuss this plan of pro
The only other one that may be re
sorted to is that of asking for the ap
pointment of a receiver. In either
case it is aimed to place Voliva in the
position of trust, for it is Voliva who
now stands at the head of Zion and
whom the former followers of Dowie
are supporting in the struggle.
PRICE OF ICE GOING UP
Dealers Say They Have Stored Only
Half Usual Amount.
With the beginning of the coal strike
comes the announcement that prices of
ice are to be increased abemt 10 cents
a hundred on all classes, at least by
some of the dealers. The prices to
prevail are 40 cents for families, 30
cents for stores, saloons, and restau
rants, and 20 cents for hotels, with an
extra charge of 25 cents for carrying
the ice up a flight of stairs.
The ice mgn say that only one-half
of the usual amount was cut locally
this winter, and that the wholesale
dealers, who must be looked to to furf
nish the rest of the supply, are charg
ing exorbitant prices.
Dies on Hundredth Birthday.
Wabash, Ind., April 2. The Rev.
Samuel Murray, a well known German
Baptist minister, died yesterday at
his home in Mexico. Yesterday was
the 100th anniversary of his birth and
he expected to celebrate the event by
preaching the last sermon of his life.
He had been in the ministry for 70
Battleship Oregon Home.
San Francisco, April 2. The battle
ship Oregon arrived here yesterday
from Manila via Honolulu. After a
short stay at this port the Oregon will
go to the Puget sound navy yard for
repairs. Entering this port the Oregon
encountered a severe northwestern
wind, in which it lost its port quarter
Files Petition at Cpringfield.
Springfield. 111., April 2. (Special).
James Britton filed his petition as
candidate for the legislature In the
Thirty-third district today.
State Tax Suits Decided
by U. S. Supreme
Civil Service Employe Cannot
be Suspended by Subordi
Washington, April 2. The supreme
court of the United States today decid
ed the Michigan railroad taxes cases
involving taxes of all railroads in that
state for several years past, against
the railroads. The opinion was by
Were 27 of Tliem.
There were 27 of these cases all in
volving the validity of an act of the
Michigan legislature of 1901 passed
under authority given by an amend
ment to th stare constitution adopted
in 1I0. This law changed the method
of taxing railroads and kindred corpo
rations from the old system exacting
the payment of a certain per cent of
their gross earnings to an ad valorem
system, providing for the fixing of the
tax value of railroads on the average
value at which other property in the
state is assessed.
ItrfiiMFil tit l' Dlltrrrner.
Taxes levied against various rail
roads of the siate for 10i2. the first
year after the new law went Into vX
fect aggregated $744.0oO as against
$2011,000, the amount which would have
been called for under the old system.
The railroad companies tendered the
latter sum and lesisted payment of the
difference amounting to $ 481,000. Each
year since the companies have refused
to pay the difference.
About Tno Million at Mikr,
The suits involves! the accumulation
of about two million dollars In taxes
as well as the establishment of a tax
system for the state permanently fix
ing their annual payments at about
three times as much as they have been
in the past.
1n- Sell I iil in o l.nnflN.
The case of I lie state of Wisconsin
vs. Secretary Hitchcock involving the
claim of the government to dispose ot
school sections in the La Point1? Indian
reservation in Wisconsin was today de
cide'd by the supreme court in favor of
Ilrnrx On Civil Servh-r.
The supreme court today decided
that a person employed in the civil
service may recover damages on ac
count of suspension from office by' a
JEFF DAVIS GOES TO SENATE
Arkansas Governor Carries 31 Counties
While Berry Has Only 24.
Little Rock. Ark., April 2. The con
test for the democratic nomination of
United States senators is settled all
but the final result. It is now certain
that Davis has carried 51 counties In
the primaries, while Berry has carried
only 24 counties. The total vote ap
proximately Is 110,000 and the com
plete official returns will show that
Davis received close to r.0,000 and Ber
ry about 50,000 votes.
The counties carried by Davis hav
CI representatives and 21 state sen
ators. Under the old plan of instruc
tions. If all the democratic legislative
nominees are elected they will give
Davis 82 votes in joint ballot, the num
ber necessary to elect being 08.
Bars Sale of Toy Pistols.
Lincoln, Neb.. April 2. Mayor Brown
has notified dealers that giant crack
ers and toy pistols cannot be sold for
PEKIN BANK FAILS
Liabilities of Tazewell Institu
tion Largely Exceed the
Peoria, 111.. April 2. The private
bank of Teis. Smith &. Co.. of Pekln.
Tazewell county, failed to open fo
business today, having assigned to IT.
K. Albertson as trustee.
No official statement of assets' and
liabilities was made. The liabilities
due depositors and other banks Is flld
to exceed 1400.000 against which there
are assets of a quarter of a million, a
portion of which Is worthless. Thri
failure Is due to large sums of money
advanced to the Smith Wagon works
and the Smith Plow shops at Pekln.
Neither institution will be affected by