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CLARK PROSECUTION RESTS DEFENCE OF TKB MONTANA SENATOR TO BgS OPEN TO-MORROW. Washington. Jan. 81— Under an agreement be tween counsel In the Clark caae, the Senate Com "ttittee en Privileges and Elections to-day adjourned cntll Friday, when the defence will begin its pre sentation of evidence. Mr. Campbell, speaking for tha remonstrants, eald that he had only two more witnesses to call to complete the presentation against Mr. Clark, and that one of them was In the city. He preferred to examine the two together, and for this reason was willing to rest with the understanding that the two men should be called later. . . . Up to date thirty-seven witnesses have been sum moned In behalf of Senator Clark, Including most of those whose names have been mentioned by wlt ■: nesses of the prosecution as being connected with alleged bribery in Mr. Clark's behalf. The com mittee h*s not allowed the defence to call men whose names have been Incidentally brought Into the controversy as connected with the charges by hearsay, but has asked that only those be sent for apnlnst whom positive charges have been made. On this account only three members of the Legis latur« have so far been summoned. The* are Messrs. Cullen. Jaquette and Bywater. It is un derstood that Senator Clark will take the stand. EXPLOSION ON THE WHEELING. CAPTArN "WTXiDE SENDS AN ACCOUNT OF TH"E ACCIDENT TO THE NAVT . DEPARTMENT. Washington, Jan. SL— Captain Wilde, the senior naval officer ai Carlte In the absenc* of Admiral Watscn, to-day reported on the accident on board the Wheeling, by which one sailor was killed and Beveral were wounded at Hong Kong while firing a salute In honor of Emperor William's birthday. His statement that the accident resulted from the explosion of biank cartridges does not throw, much light sn the cause, but it has confirmed the ord nance officers In their original contention that the gun did not burst. The dispatch from Captain Wilde is a» follows: Cavlte. January 81. Charles Arnold Campbell, gunner's mate, third clans, killed; Albert Nelson, gunner's mate, second class, wounded, probably fatally; Samuel Freeland Long, yeoman, second class: David Conroy, gun ner's mate, first class; Arthur Browne, gunner's mate, first class; Ernest Beicht, gunner's mate, tMrd class, wcunded; Lieutenant Commander Frank K. Matty, slightly wounded; explosion blank cart ridges while firing salute; cause not yet deter mined; injured men not yet able to testify. Campbell, the sailor who was killed, was born In Pepperell, Mass., and his next of kin Is his father, %1 A. Campbell, living at that place. Nelson was born In Bergen, Norway, where his brother, C. A. Nelson, lives. Browne Is an Australian, and his next of kin Is his mother, Klltabeth Browne, living 1 In North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Long is a native of Hartvllle, Perm., where his father, F. S. Long, live?. Conroy is an Irishman from Queens town; next of kin unknown. Beicht Is a native of G.-rmnny, and his wife. Albertlna Beicht, lives at No. 2K Wllllam-st.. New-York. BROOKLYN COURT MARTIAL REBUKED. SECRETARY LONO CONSIDERS THE 6ENTENCE OF LIEUTENANT HOtHRIQAN INADEQUATE. Washington. Jan. SI (Special).— Secretary Long has administered a rebuke to the court martial which tried Lieutenant Hourigan at the New- York Navy Yard last week. The officer admitted his guilt of the charge of Intoxication on board the Prairie at Havre, France, recently, and the court sentenced him to lose five numbers In hlB grade. The Secretary approved the sentence to-day, but expressed to the court the dissatisfaction of the Department that it had not pronounced a sentence commensurate with the offence and left to the •ole authority who could legally exercise clemency such reduction of punishment as might appear to be Justified by the offender's previous good record. It Is understood at the Navy Department that the remarkable action of the court martial oper ated seriously against Lieutenant Hourlgan. who might have escaped with a mere probationary «us penslon and the loss of a single number had not the members of the court shown unwarranted par tiality to him. ... . CHANCE FOR AMERICA'S* CONTRACTORS. URUGUAY WOULD LIKE THEM TO CONSTRUCT IM PORTANT PUBLIC WORKS. Washington, Jan. 2L— lnformation has recently come to Washington from Uruguay of important public works about to be undertaken by the Gov ernment of that country, and that the people are looking earnestly for American contractors. They seem to have great faith In American enterprise and rapidity of construction. The proposed works Include) the construction of a port at Montevideo Involving a large sum of money, and a railroad through an Important section. The Government is said to be prepared to pay promptly, according to agreement. ROBERTS DEMANDS SALARY AND MILEAGE THREATENS TO BRING SUIT IF HIS CLAIM IS NOT PAID. Washington, Jan. 31.— 8. H. Roberts, of Utah, ■who wae recently excluded from membership in the House, has male a formal demand on the ser^eant at-armi for his salary and mileage, amounting in all to about $2,000. The demand was accompanied liy the presentation of papers relate* to the claimant c rights, and a.so. It was saia, with a fcaggesUon that suit would be begun to enforc? the £ I ,tJ mm * n ,r a "I i » U wa * not pald - The sergeant-at ferms declined to accept service of the papers. CEXtWS CHIEF CLERK REMOVED. Washington. Jan. Sl.-The Director of the Census to-Say ordered the removal of the chief clerk A. M. t.hilds. and named Edward F. McCauley as his succewor. No reason Is assigned by the # Di rector for the change, and there are no charges on tn the disbursing office " ecotne a c!e »* A STORM IN THE SENATE. rOontfnned Tt-oir, flrat p««- tiona againet the Spaniards. He never alluded to the w<.r<J Independence In any conversation with me or my officer*. The statement that I received him with mili tary honors or ealuted the so-called Filipino flag is abeolutely false. Sincerely yours, GEORGE DEWET. "That." continued Mr. Lodge, "is the state ment of Admiral Dewey. As betv een the state ments in that pamphlet and the word of George I>ewey, I will take the word of George Dewey." Mr. Spooner argued that there uhould be a line drawn upon the character of matter to be printed by the Senate. The people may divide, he aaJd, as to policy, but there could be no doubt that the people of the United States were united In the deeire to do nothing to sacrifice even one American soldier in the Philippine*. This sacri fice, unfortunately, would be the result of any encouragement given the Filipinos here. Mr. Bpooner read an expression from the late Gen eral Lawton. in which the General said: "If 1 ara shot down by a Filipino bullet It might as well come from one of my own men, because I know the continuance of fighting is due to re ports cent out here from America." Mr. Rawilna criticised the censorship of the Administration "on the threshold of a political campaign." He al»o objected to the use of a latter from a patriot like General Lawton in support of political propaganda. TIME TO CALL A HALT. Mr. Gall'nger com^, lamed of the pain he suf fered In listening to the discussion of any propo sition to give comfort to the enemies of the Duffy's Pure Wait Whiskey cures coughs, colds, grip, asthma, bronchitis, - con sumption, malaria, fever and all wasting diseases. It makes the old young, keep* the yourg . twong. It etlna ulates . the blood. The ffre&test known heart tonic. PAN-AM ERIC \\ CONOREBB LIKELY. PRB3IDKNT M'KINLET-S SUGGESTION FAVORABLY RECEIVED BY SOUTH ERN REPUBLICS. Washington. Jan. 31.— Secretary Hay has received assurances from all the South American coun tries which have diplomatic representatives in Washington of the mDst favorable reception by them of PiMdlM MoKlnley's nugsrestlon that a congress of Pan-American nations be reconvened, this time preferably In the City of Mexico, because the firai. congress was held in Washington. Th» next step toward the execution cf the project prob ably wiil be the extension by Mexico of Invitation* to the nations of North, South and Central Amer ica to participate in such a congress". It is pos plble, however, that Jt may be desirable first to ascertain by informal correspondence what date would be most agreeable to the majority of the prospective participants. It is th*> President's expectation that, aside from the rreat political advantages that may follow a closer association of the nations of the three Amer icas, Important commercial and business opportuni ties may be opened to the merchants of the United State? through the legislation of the congress. It is the intention of this Government earnestly to forward the. project for the establishment of an International bank; to adopt, if possible, measures to simplify the customs practices of the various nations; to secure the universal acceptance of the eystem of commercial nomenclature, the work of many years of the Bureau of American Republics, and perhaps to push the construction of the inter continental railway. There are other projects, too, such as s. universal arbitration scheme and a uni form set of extradition laws and treaties, which may be expec ed to come before the congress. WAR CLAIMS AGAINST SPAIN. SENATOR DAVIS HAS A BILL FOR THEIR INVESTIGATION BY A COMMISSION. Washington. Jan. 31.— The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to-day authorized Senator Davis to report a substitute for his bill providing for a commission to Investigate the claims of American citizens against Spain growing out of the late war. The substitute authorizes a. com mission of three, nominator! by the President and confirmed by the Senate, which is empowered to take testimony and make awards. In connection with the Bitting there are to be an assistant at torney gcnernl, a clerk, typewriter, etc., who are to be appointed regardless of Civil Service rules. The bill provides that "every claim presented be fore said Commission shall be presented by peti tion setting forth concisely and without unneces sary repetition the facts upon which such claim is based. It shall also state the full name, resi dence and citizenship of the claimant, and the amount of damages soupht to be recovered, and shall pray Judgment upon the facts and law. All claims shall be filed within six months from the date of the first meeting of the Commission, and every claim not filed within such time shall be forever barred." It is also provided that the "award in favor of any claimant shall be only for the amount of the actual an<i immediate damage ■which the claimant shall prove that he has sustained." An added clause provides that "remote or prospective dam ages shall not be awarded and Interest shall not be allowed." PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE. DEBATE ON THE INDIAN BILL RANGES OVER MANY TOPICS. Washington, Jan. 31.— Under the latitude allowed in general debate on appropriation bills the Indian Appropriation bill in the House to-day was made the occasion for the discussion of a wiite range of public questions. The policy In the Phlllppfn' Isl ands, the government of Puerto Rico, the leasing of arid lands and election methods in rhe South were in turn brought into the arena. The most in teresting debate occurred over the latter subject Mr. Llnney. of North Carolina, a former Democrat who joined the Republican party in 18*4 and is one of the breezy talkers of the House, used as a text for the introduction of the subject the amendment to the Constitution of We State, which he saffl was designed to disfranchise the negro. Several mem bers were drawn into the discussion, and Mr. Lln ney's statements provoked a reply from Mr. Will iams, of Mississippi, who justified to the fullest extent the action of certain Southern States, on the ground that the non-participation of the ignorant end Illiterate was necessary to prevint the sub mergence of civilization. VETERAN ROLL FOR THE SENATE. PERMANENT TENURE OF OFFICE FOR <">I,D SOL DIERS PROPOSED. Washington, Jan. 31 (Special).— The Senate is con sidering, with the prospect of adopting it, the House scheme o? a soldiers' or veterans' roll. Here tofore the veterans of the War for the Union have been provided with temporary places in the service of the Senate, but there ha? been no special pro vision for a permanent tenure. Some of the leading Senators, especially those who are themselves vet erans, are impressed with the Idea that the House provision of a permanent tenure on light duty ia vastly better than the one prevailing. The matter is before the Caucus Committee, which has chftrge of the changes to be made in the list of Senate employes, and it is said has virtually been decided upon. A roll, it is further stated, is in process of making. Further, it is said on good authority that the total number of officials and servitors to be retained in the service of the Senate is thirty seven. This includes the names of tho prominent officers already mentioned in The Tribune and a few other employes occupying good places. Demo cratic Senators who have long held their scnts will be permitted to appoint a fair proportion of the officers. This means the retention of certain old officials in the offices of the secretary and the sergeant-at-arnis. HAGUE PEACE TREATY CALLED UP. Washington, Jan. 31.— 1n the executive session of the Senate to-day Senator Mason called up The Hague Peace Treaty, but owing to the absence of Senator Davis, who is in charge of the measure, Mr. Mason consented to allow it to go over. country. He was not going to use the word treason, but It was, in his opinion, time that this kind of presentation should cease In the Senate. He complained of what he called Mr. Pettigrew's sneers at the American soldiers an<s his charges against the President. To him the question was simple, and it was whether we should believe a man who was In open rebellion or the hero of Manila Bay. Mr. Jones, of Arkansas, said the most un fortunate circumstance that had happened in connection with the discussion of the Philippine question was the disposition to cut off debate ana suppress facts. He had sufficient confi dence in the American people to believe that they would in the end arrive at a Just conclu sion, but Jn order that they might be enabled to do so they should not be cut off from any of the facts. He would have the censorship removed, not only in Manila but In the depart ments of the Government In Washington. Mr. Lodge had a word more. He had objected only to the circulation by the Government of words attributed to Admiral Dewey which the Admiral had never uttered. "If they are to be distributed," he said, "let it be done at the~eT pense of people who like that sort of thing." SEWELL DENOUNCES PETTIGREW. Mr. Gewell referred to the fact that he had op posed the acquisition of the Philippines, but he said that so soon as the Pf.rls Treaty was rati fied he had sunk his private views and ac quiesced in the result. "I gaw the flag attacked," he said, "and after that with me it was the country and the flag, right or wrong." He re ferred to the fact that he had a son on Lawton's staff, and said his sympathies were naturally with the soldier in the field. "I deprecate beyond measure," he went on, "the action of the Senator from South Dakota." He then declared that under the circumstances he considered Mr Petttgrcw a traitor to his country, and his conduct as monstrous. It was beyond comprehension and outrageous in the extreme that a man clothed with the dignity of a Senator of the United States, representing a sovereign State of the Union, should attempt to furnish here a forum to such an arch traitor as was Aguinaldo. In conclusion he said that General Lawton himself told him that he held that the continu ance of the war was due to those who had not accepted the result of the Peace Treaty ac be XEW-YOUK DAILY TRIBUNE. THURSDAY. FEBR\ JSY 1. A 9O0 * TO RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION. THE HISTORIC OLD FRIOATE LIKELY TO BE PUT IN SERVICEABLE CONDITION. Washington, Jan. 31 (flpeeial).— The movement to restore the famous old frigate Constitution to the serviceable Hat of the Navy, which haa been urged upon Congress for several years, but which has always failed to succee-1 because of the large ap propriation which would be required for the pur pose, now has every assurance of being success ful, since the determination was reached to raise th^ money by popular subscription and to Involve the Government in no expense. Under these cir cumstance" the Naval committees of both House and Senate have JUBt made favorable reports on a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Navy to place the vessel in the same condition as regards her hull and rigging as she was when in active service nearly ninety years ago. The work Is to be done at the Boston Navy Yard under the supervision and control of the Navy Department, and Is to be undertaken ns soon as an amount sufficient to de fray the cost has been subscribed. The action of the two committees is attributable to the recom mendation of Secretary Long in the following let ter addressed to Senator Hale: Sir: The Massachusetts State Society United States Daughters of 1812 has Informed the Depart ment that It desires to restore the old frigate Con stitution to a serviceable condition, in order that she may be agali> placed in commission and used at» ix training ship, or in such manner as may be deemed bi?st by the Secretary of the Navy, the cost of such restoration to be defrayed by popular subscription, and the work to b« done at the Navy Yard. Boston, Mass., and carried on and com pleted to the satisfaction of th* Department. The society has also, in pursuance of this object, re quested the Department to recommend the passage of an act by the Congress granting the necessary authority in the premises. The Constitution as she exists to-day Is a relic of tilt glory of the Navy In Its early days, and the fact that ihe memory of her prowess is still cherished among the people 1» a gratifying evi dence of patriotism thnt should be encouraged. The restoration of this old man-of-war for the Government by voluntary contributions from the people jnder the auspices of this society would be an object lesson of great value to the Nation. I have the honor, therefore, considering also the serviceability to the Navy of the ship should she be restored, to recommend the early passage of an act authorizing her rehabilitation In the manner proposed, providing, however, that the work shall lie done under the supervision of and as directed by the Department. Very respectfully, JOHN D. LONG, Secretary. A survey of the Constitution has been made by naval officers, who estimate that fully $100,000 will be required to rehabilitate the ship. The bill as re portea to Congress provides that the vessel when leady may be converted Into a training shin, "or In the discretion of the Secretary of the Navy she may be used as a naval museum and floating monu ment to the glory of American sailors, to be sta tioned at the Navy Yard, Washington, D. C, or elsewhere." MERRITT ON MILITARY HONOR, COURT MARTIAL FINDINGS IN THE CASE OF CAPTAIN SHUFELDT DISAPPROVED. Washington, Jan. 31 (Special).— General Wesley Merrltt, In reviewing the court martial proceedings In the case of Captain Robert W. Shufeldt. retired, who was declared not guilty of "conduct to the dis grace and scandal of the service" li» avoiding the payment of alimony to his divorced wife, formerly Miss Florence Audubon, of New- York, daughter of the great naturalist, and in violating his agree ment with a Maryland court to obey its orders, administers a caustic reprimand to the court and points out the difference between fh© military honor and th<? Intricacies of civil procedure. In the course of his long indorsement General Mer rltt says: In the foregoing case of Robert Wilson Shufeldt. retired captain, United State* Army, the Court seems to have lo3t sight of the issue before it through the mass of irrelevant matter Introduced by the defence for the purpose of Justifying th« admitted conduct of the accused. It is shown in evidence by the defence that the accused vol untarily Instituted proceedings in bankruptcy. The schedule of unsecured debts submitted by him Bhows that more than one-half of the sum total thereof was due to his former wife for alimony under tho Judgment of a court, and the remainder to lawyers and shopkeepers for services and sup plies. The motive for this proceeding seems to nave been to avoid payment of the alimony. No payment thereof has been made either before or since the institution of the proceedings referred to. It is not intended to question the legality of the action of the civil court in granting the accuser! exemption from being made answerable in legal proceedings for the debts in question, but It ia re marked that it is Inconsistent with the character of a gentleman, which all officers of the Army are expected to maintain, to repudiate Just and lawful debts. The Government does not give officers re spectability of rank and the benefit of retired pay to enable them to take advantage of the Bank ruptcy act in order to rid themselves of indebted ness incurred through their fault and in purely do mestic and private matters disconnected with any business venture. The testimony Introduced in support of the second specification shows, in the opinion of th« reviewing officer, bad faith and de:eit. In conclusion Genera! Merrltt says: It must not be forgotten that in military life, to use the language of one of the courts of the United States, there is a code termed "honor," holding its society to a stricter accountability than is th*> case in that of civil life, nnd that it is not desirable that the standard of the Army shall come down to the requirements of a criminal code. The conduct admitted by the accused in his plea to the first specification, together with the evidence adduced in respect to this as well as the second specifica tion. Justifies, In the opinion of the reviewing offi cer, the conviction of the accused on both specifica tions and the charge. The nndlntjs and acquittal are disapproved. The accused will be released from arrest. CENSUS OF CUBA A\D PUERTO RICO. DECREASE OF POPULATION IX THE FORMKR ISI. VXD-INCREASE IN THE LATTER. Washington, Jan. 31.— Under General Sanger's di rection, the Cuban census supervisors have com pleted the preliminary enumeration of the popula tion of Cuba, and the results were submitted to Secretary Root to-day. The population of the entire island is 1,£72,840. which is between 50,0(10 and iSO 000 less than it was when the last cenaus was taken by the Spaniards. In 1887. The population of Puerto Rico is placed in the preliminary enumeration at 957,679. The last census taken in 1887, showed a population of 806 708 had done — naming:, notably, PettigTew. He be lieved Lawton's death was due to Mr. Petti grew as directly as to the bullet of the Filipino who shot him down. Mr. Teller made a pacific speech. He agreed with Mr. Jones that there had been too much suppression of facts, and not with Mr. Sewell in his denunciation of Senators who were not sup porting the Administration In its conduct of the Philippine campaign. Kvery Senator had a right to express his views !n this chamber, whether for or against the Government. But while he felt thus he was opposed to printing Agulnaldo'a statement, because it raised a question of ve racity, unless Admiral Dewey's denial was to go with it. He saw no reason for the crimination and recrimination that had been heard here, and he saw no occasion for the characterization of a Senator sitting on this floor as a traitor. Still, the fact must be recognized that the country was in a war and the hands of the Administra tion must be upheld. Possibly there had been mistakes, but he did not believe that anything wicked or bad had been done. AIDING THE COUNTRY'S ENEMIES. Mr. Hawley denounced Aguinaldo as a forger, an embezzler and a scoundrel, saying that he was responsible for this wholly unnecessary war. Every one knew that when the proper time came it was the intention to lead the Filipinos Into paths of self-government, but while the war was on he was unalterably opposed *•» giving any comfort to the enemy, and those would cir culate the pamphlet under cons,^ . tion would be responsible for the bloodshed i. would cause If Mr. Pettigrew was fair minded he would pro pose to print Admiral Dewey's letter with the document. "But he will not do that," he added, "because to do so would brand his friend as a liar." Mr. Pettigrew spoke briefly in reply to the accusations against him. "I won't attempt to make reply to the personal attacks upon my self," he said, "or to the chargen made against me of being a traitor. I yield to no man in my devotion to the country or the flag. No one Is more jealous of the country's honor, but I have my own opinion as to how best its honor may b» sustained." He proceeded to Hay that he did not believe it could be sustained by reversing the time honored policy that governments derive their Just powers from the consent of the gov erned and accepting the present Administra tion's policy. Mr. Pettigrew referred feelingly to the death of sixty of the South Dakota volun teers In the Philippines, and declared that they as well as General Lawton might still be alive If they had not obeyed their President after the Peace Treaty was signed. If Agulnaldo'a re quest for a truce had been granted their lives might have been saved and the men restored to their families instead of their bones being left to TO ABANDON SHEATHING. THE NAVY DEPARTMENTS DECISION REACHED AFTER CONSIDERING A / LETTER FROM BAMPSON. / Washington, Jan. 31 (Special).— The decision™, the Navy Department not to put sheathing Jr^ shlps. which was brought about by the overw^" I mlng majority report of the Board on Con* " tlon, will be communicated to Congress io-*> TTOVI with a request to modify the terms of trjf act or last session authorizing sheathed vess* of *" classes. As was first shown The Trr 1 th * discovery was made that the expensive Arood ana copper coating below the water line of j»«* Chesa peake was not only a failure, but roißtitntea a grave menace to that vessel's safety. T*» Admirals of the Construction Board on investigation found that Great Britain had abandoned th*practlce of sheathing, finding It not only worthlek but dan gerous, and promptly urged Secretary Long to re verse his recommendations to Congre* in favor of sheathing— those recommendations having been made on insufficient information an<f without con sulting the Board. ; The Department's determlnatio* to abandon sheathing was definitely reached t*-day after con sidering a letter to Secretary lW from Rear-Ad miral Sampson, who. as commnAdant of the Bos ton yard, was cognizant of the tollure of the Ches apeake. The Admirals letter »3 In part as follows: It Is my opinion that the practice of sheathing vrsKds is still in an experimental stage, and I ques tion, with all due respect for the Departments opinion, whether we have proceeded far enough to warrant the application of thin system to so many large ships without further exp<rlrn ent - To me the advantages seem not only doubtful, but the suc cess of the apllcation of the system seems uncer tain. We have had practically no experience of our own from which to obtain definite conclusions, and, as far as I can learn, we have had Insufficient in formation from abroad to teach us whether the system is a success or not. This Is perhaps due to the reticence of the foreign governments that have experimented with this system to any extent. It is a mistake to imagine that covering ships bottoms with copper will prevent fouling. Some of the foulest ships I have seen were covered with copper. The recent experiments made wltii a large model section of the bottom of the Chesa peake have shown in the most striking manner not only that the sheathing of this new ship is a com plete failure and should now be removed, but that any sheathing thus apnl.'ed will also be a failure. For all of these reason? I venture to recommend, °l' ra . , her > to suggest, before we venture to apply sheathing on such a comprehensive scale as was outlined In the recent appropriation bill, that by some means a statement of methods and experi ence may be obtained from foreign nations that have had the most extensive experience with this system, especially Great Britain; and further, that tne saiae tlm e experiments may be made with some kind of paint or substitute for paint that has l^T ,1 ve VM'}- S r .. may be invented, that will pro in£ « w?4 p a F 0 . 1 . 101 ?' even to the extent of offer iuoh inJs?M* i!! lty t or the Purpow. of stimulating essary & a course may be found nec - ARMY AND NAVY ORDERS. Washington. Jan. 31.— The following Army and Navy orders have been issued: . ARMY. Second Lieutenant JAMES M. LOUD, recently appointed. is assigned to the 7th Infantry. (Vmpany U an;l will proceed, not later than February 12 to Fort Wayne for <Suty and Instruction. The leave of , absenc « on surgeon's certificate of disability granted Captain WILLOUGHBY WALKE, 2d Ar ,l»Jli Deccmb 24. Department o f Havana, is ex . tended one month. The leave of absence on surgeon's certificate of disability £ ,£* r* l " 31 ™ FREDERICK W. SIBLET, adjutant. za a Va ry >, December 16. Department or Matanzas and Santa Clara, Is extended one month. S CO S£inVid Ut nam EDGAR S. BAYHR, Jr.. rec«nt:T ap i££i!2" ♦'" "H""** 1 " 1 to th« 2lit Infantry, and will ?.^™n« i5i 5o j eerr'»n °r'» I«I»nd until th« departure of in £ •* po rt Sumn « 1 for the Philippine I«£nd». He £>rl n a ," !grned i? duty wlth «enSt. on that tran-- E£me" " pon hl> * rrlV l « M<ml!a will lnt hit The iJ*V^T^ lUcI Uc, f^ actlvo ••rrtce of Colonel EDWIN M. COATES, 7th Infantry is announced. Capt fm n m^*T ..r-.J N>f ' 26th Infantry. I. relieved from duty wl "» the Cook's Inlet exploring expedition, •nd will proceed to San Francisco For further orderi. Captain WILLIAM W. ROBINSON. Jr., assistant quar termaster, will receipt to Captain Glenn for the steam ship Duchesnay. now laid up at Tyoonok. Alaska, and for the public property aboard that steamship for which Captain Glenn Is accountable. A Board of Survey, to consist of Captain JOHN R. •VMLX.IAMS, 7th Artillery; Klrst Lieutenant CLINTON C. HEAKXE Artillery, and Second Lieutenant PHILIP R. WARD. 7th Artillery. Is appointed, to meet at the War Department. January 31, for the pur pose of examining; and reporting upon certain quar termaster's supplies receipted, for by Passed Assistant Surgeon George Tully Vaughan, Marine Hospital Ser vice, late brigade surgeon. Leave of absence for alx months on surgeon's certificate of diaabl.ity Is granted Captain HENRY B. MOON, 24th Infantry. The extension of leave of absence on. surgeon's certificate ■ of disability granted Major RUSSELL B. HARRI SON. inspector-general, December 9, Is further ex tended one month. Captain WILLIAM R. ABERCROMBIE. 2d Infantry, and Flm Lieutenant WALTER C. BABCOCK. Bth Cav alry, n-11l report to Colonel George M. Randall. Bth Infantry, now In this city under orders to assume command of th« r>*T>«r«n»«nt of Alaska, for assign ment In that Department. Becond Lieutenant LOUIS RICE BALL, recently ap pointed. Is assigned to the 9th Oivalry. Troop H, and will Join his troop at Fort Wlngate. Captain JOHN L. PHILLIPS, assltant surgeon, ti re lieved from duty as attending Burgeon and examiner of recruits at Boston, and will proceed to Fort Co lumbus, New-York, for temporary duty to r-']|»ve Major James P. Klmball, surgeon, who will proceed to Omaha for duty as eht»f sargeon of the Depart ment of th-» Missouri, to relieve Lieutenant-Colonel Kgon A. Koerper. deputy surgeon-general. Lleutan ant-Colonel Koerper will proceed to his home to await retirement. Acting Assistant Surgeon CHARLES D. NOBLE la re lieved from Co.umbus Barracks and will proceed to San Francisco for assignment. Major GKOrtGK A. CORNISH. 18th Infantry, and First Lieutenant CHARLES F. CRAIN. 15tn Infantry, are detailed as member and recorder of the Examining Board at Governor's Island, vlc» Ma lor Benjamin K. Roberts, 2d Artillery, and First Lieutenant Will lam P. Pence, 6th Artillery. NAVY. Civil Enirlneer L. M. OOX la ordered to duty at the Navy Yard. New- York, February 10. PURCHASE OF DANISH ISLANDS PROPOSED MR. GARDNER INTRODUCES A BILL WITH THAI' OBJKCT IN VIEW. Washington. Jan. 31 (Special).—Representa tive Gardner, of New- Jersey, to-day introduced a bill authorizing the State Department to ex pend any sum of money not exceeding $4,000,000 in acquiring for the United States the West Indian islands owned by the Kingdom of Den mark. moulder In the soil of Luzon, as had been the caae under the present policy of aggression. NO ACTION ON MASON RESOLUTION. FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE AGAINST ANY EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY WITH THE BOERS. Washington. Jan. 31.— The Mason resolution In the interest of the Boer Republic received attention at the hands of the Senate Com mittee on Foreign Relations to-day. There was not a full attendance of members, and def inite action was postponed. The sentiment of the committee, as expressed by those present, was practically unanimously opposed to action because of the effect on other nations than the two involved in the African war. This expres sion was po general as to make It certain that no affirmative action will be taken on the reso lution. THE CURRENCY BILL DIBCUBBBD. Washington. Jan. 31. -After the Philippine debate in the Senate Mr. Berry, of Arkansas, delivered his announced speech upon the pending Financial bili. He charged that trie proposed change to a goM standard was to be made simply because the hold ers of the bonds deemed gold the more desirable. In an incidental reference to the Boer war, Mr. Berry said: "While four-fifths of tht> American people are in sympathy with that struggling people in South Africa, we have reason to believe that the Administration is in sympathy with a mon archy." In conclusion, he said that the people were In favor of bimetallism, and that the pending bill was dictated by the National banks and by those who hold the wealth of the country. Mr. Teller took the floor to continue ht* speech on the financial question. He spoke against the proposed legislation, which, he said, placed It in the power of the banks to dictate in the country's financial affairs. Mr. Teller admitted that In some respects tne. country was more prosperous than U was a while ago. "but." said he. "a system of pros perity which touches a few »»* iur people and leaves out the American farmer Is a vicious system and the prosperity Is a delusion." Mr. Chandler suid that to his mind the great question in the bill was the adoption of the gold standard. It far outweighed any other point. He Inqulii'il whither bonds at present outstanding, under the provisions of the Senate bill, would have to be paid h gold 'There 1= nothing" replied Mr. Aldrlch. "in this bill whl.'li changes the status of outstanding bonds, either directly or Indirectly." After a brief executive session, ihw tienatc at 4:40 p. m. udjournsd. DEWFY BEFORE PENSION mifVITTFF. %X©% X© .-URGES GENEROUS TREATMENT OF WIDOWS '- ."; OF HIS ' OFFICERS, ■" Washington. Ja». 31.— Admiral D«w»y to-day ap peared b&fore the House Committee on Pensions In behalf o' the WHs to pension l\*> widow of Captain Charles V. Gridley. of tr*e OlympU, at the rate of J2*X) a month; the widow of Comi.*rander E. P. Wood, of the Petrel, at $100 a month r the mother of Lieutenant Thotna* H Brumby. Admiral Dewej-'s flag lieutenant, at 160 a it nil Z. /*/ Q/ht ff r aasmafer Trade Sale of Furniture 'THE August and February Furniture Sales at Wanamaker's are events of large and growing importance. The dates for these large movements may strike you as "out of season," but they are timed when the largest economy is possible, and economy is the keynote of this February business. Now February has nothing to do with values — the piece of furniture worth $100 in January is worth the same in February. It is sold for less for one of three reasons — 1st — To adjust our own stocks and to cull out lots not to be re-ordered. This is the small part of it. 2d — To give our regular manufacturers a quick outlet for their larger clearance lots — and it puzzles even experts to decide why manufacturers take losses on goods so thoroughly perfect and right. 3d — Goods made up in the regular way, but at less prices because certain of our orders are given far in advance of the sale times and serve as factory stop-gaps. Not everything in the furniture store is reduced, but the choice b from an aggre gate of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars' Worth and each piece that is included in this sale is plainly and prominently marked by a ticket that gives the exact facts. Twenty-five Thousand Pieces is the gross census of the stock specially at your dis posal today. Market conditions must be carefully considered in the formation of opinion concern ing the prices on the Furniture thus offered. Lumber generally has advanced 100 per cent. Labor of manufacturing cabinet-makers, carvers and finishers has advanced 25 per cent. Plate glass mirrors have advanced 30 per cent. Trimmings and hardware have advanced more than glass. All this means higher prices. These causes have reached manufacturing costs. They are impending over retail prices, and the effect is even now upon the market. But the offerings today will show large reductions from the January prices. Single Pieces, No Duplicates, are Off One=third. Full Lines are Off One=quarter. Add present reductions to next month's certain advances and you will find a saving of not less than fifty per cent, in our Furniture offerings of today. Prudent people will anticipate the future wants of city home or rural cottage, and will find this a golden opportunity. Does this statement seem exaggerated? If so, remember that the occasion is only possible to the largest modern retailing, and that simple truth about this business often reads like hyperbole. A word of detail follows : Brass Bedsteads — 55 styles at prices from $25 to Library Sofas — 16 styles; oak, imitation mahogany $120. *ad mahogany; coverings of corduroy, Sg-ired tad Enameled Brass Bedsteads— s4 styles; all with embossed Telour, and leather; $25 to $75. brass trimmings; $5 to $25. Parlor Tables — 85 styles; oak, imitation mahogany, Bureaus — 52 styles; antique ash, oak, birch, maple, mahogany, and mahogany inlaid ; $5 to $122. and mahogany; $6 to $127.50. Couches — 45 styles; coverings of denim, fancy figured Chiffonniers — 140 styles ; oak, birch, maple, imitation 761001, embossed velour, tapestry and leather; mahogany and mahogany; $5 to $130. $11.50 to $60. Cheval Glasses— 3o styles ; cak, birch, imitation ma- Turkish and Easy Chairs — 45 styles; coverings of. hogany and mahogany; $15 to $62.50. creton, figured Telour, embossed reiour and learner; Bedroom Suites— ll2 styles; oak, birch, maple and $12 to $45. mahogany; $15 to $360. Parlor Suites — 50 styles; some of 3 and some of 5 Wardrobes — 35 styles; some with bevel doors, others pieces; imitation mahogany, mahogany, and ma with mirror doors ; oak, birch, maple and mahogany ; hogany inlaid £nuaes ; coverings of veloux, silk da sß to $225 mask, and tapestry; $35 to $750. Women's Toilet Tables— All latest designs; oak, Parlor and Curio Cabinets— so styles; imitation birch maple, imitation malw»gany and mahogany; mahogany, mahogany, gold and Ternis-martin finish ; $13.50 to $110. $20 to $220. Bedroom Chairs — 72 styles; antique maple, oak, fluslc Cabinets — 28 styes; iir ration mahogany, ma birch, maple and mahogany; $1.25 to $11. hogany and vemis-martin fin h; $5.25 to $80. Bedroom Rockers — 25 styles; antique maple, oak. Hall Benches — 35 styles; goluen oak, Flemish oak birch, maple and mahogany; $1.35 to sls. sad mahogany; many are handsomely carved; $12 Dining Tables— 7o styles; oak and mahogany; $3.50 to $187.50. to $165. Hall nirrors— 2o styles; oak, imitation mahogany sad Sideboards— loo styles; many handsomely carved, mahogany; $5.50 to $35. others inlaid; oak and mahogany; $12 to $350. Hall Stands — 22 styles; golden oak and Flemish oak; Buffets— 33 sryles; oak and mahogany; $6.50 to $78. $6 to $300. China Closets— 7o styles; many have glass shelves tosi4i" orsintbebaCk;OaktndmahOgan7:sl6 Stresses, Pillows, Bolsters, and Dining Chairs— 24o styles; oak and mahogany; seats *snrin?S of cane, leather and rush; $1.35 to $35. v * . Book Cases— l4s styles; oak, imitation mahogany and Mattresses— Of pure horse hair; pnee, $14.75$ mahogany many are handsomely carved, some have *»iue, $20. Some made of mixed hair, at $9.50, open front with rod for curtain ; $7.50 to $120. though worth $12. Both kinds covered with ex- Library Tables— ss styles; golden oak, Flemish oak cellent quality of ticking; weight 40 lbs. In one or and mahogany : both carved and inlaid ; $7 to $160. two parts as desired. liorris Chairs— 4o styles; oak, imitation mahogany Pillows and Bolsters— Of live geese feathers, the and mahogany frames; cushions of denim, figured! 90c quality at 65c a pound. 2 4 -pound pillows, velour, embossed velour, fancy corduroy and leather. 20x30 in., of this grade, at $1.88 each. 5-pound Prices'for chair and cushions complete, from $3 to bolsters, 20x56 in., $3.75 each. 60c quality $37 50 feathers now 50c a pound. Pillows of these, Women's Desks— 9o styles; oak, maple, birch, imi- weighing 2 4 lbs., at $1.25; 5-pound bolsters at tation mahogany and mahogany ; $6 to $140. «.__£ 2 " ~,* • *. -*-. j Fancy Rockers— 3oo styles ; oak, imitation mahogany Springs— Shelf spring tor metal bedsteads, single and mahogany ; wood, upholstered spring and border springs for wood bedsteads, both with hair cushioned seats; covers of velour, tapestry, damask tops and good ticking, at $7.50 each, though good and leather; $3 to $32. value at $8.50 Library Suites— ls styles; oak and mahogany; cover- Woven wire springs, witn curved end bars, extra cordad ings of tapestry and velour ; $85 to $145. edge, No. 21 wire, set screws, at $3 instead or $4, Doing a Double Duty It snowed at Old Point Comfort on Sunday, bat violets were found out of door*. Think of a store big enough and varied enough to clothe folks any day in the year for any climate this country offers. New spring hats, full of Paris chic. They for those of you who will be off for Florida or sunny Southern Europe. New dresses, too — organdie and Swisses. The Cotton Dress Goods are not alone for travelers — stay-at-homes are buying earlier than usual. They appreciate first choice. Have you seen the Cotton Sublime? It's silk in looks— you'd be sure at first glance that it was silk. But it's heavier and very ' much stronger. Two charms — its silkiness and the floral printings that make it a trellis of beauty, 30c a yard. Twenty-four styles. (Just west of Rotunda. ) Women's Costumes — winter weight; spring styles. Fact is, that one gets almost no good of a "spring suit," unless it is bought at winter's fag end. The tailoring we're making better each season — it's man-fashion in thoroughness as well as name, and th« shape of the costume is kneaded into it as the stitches are taken. Good looks that ea dure. $20 to $110 for the very new suits. And yet, fur time is probably not more than half over. It seems a pity that furrieri got frightened and took such great losses. London advices now show these advances in the cost of furs — not made garments — comparisons with last March sale records — Red Fox, 75 per cent, higher Blue Fox, 20 per cent, higher Cross Fox, 50 per cent, higher White Fox, 40 per cent higher Silver Fox, 100 per cent, higher Lynx, 100 per cent, higher Marten, same price as last March. And not over two weeks before this news came we bought a great stock at half December's prices. Market vaults and tumbles have no effect on this business — we do not speculate. So, as usual in late winter, we offer all the Fur Garments here at A reduction of one-fourth from December prices— which makes them a third to a half the prices you'll simply have to pay next winter. For instance, there are — Electric Seal Coats, sable collar and revers, at $33.75. Animal Scarfs— Blue Fox, $20; r^ed Fox, $10; Lynx, $12.50. Ammal Scarfs— the double ones— Silver Lynx, Natural Lynx, Black or Blue Lynx. Triple Scarfs— Btae Lynx, $33.75; Natural Lynx, $26.25; Brown Fox, $37. 50. Storm Collars — Natural Lynx, with head and tails, $12. May this hint of the whole fur stock? JOHN WANAMAKER Formerly A. T. Stewart & Co.. Broadway, Fourth Aye., Ninth and Tenth Street* month, and the widow of '"apfai.i Heary B Nichols, of the Monadnocle, at JIOO a month A4 xniral D-w»y spoke eloquently of. tl» great serrtca these officers of the Asiatic Brjuadron' bad. rendered to their country, and of the deep Interest h« Mt tn the wolfare <vf those they had left behind. Whu> h« did not advocate the amounts asked for In the bills, he appealed to the committee to deal gener ously with these noble women. MM ELECT I TEST DECIDED. Washington, Jan. 31.— House Elections Committed No. 3 to-day decided the Wise-Young contested election case for the lid Virginia District tn fa»«r of the contestant, Mr. Wise.