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Robert* is making laborious progress, and there Is no evidence that he considers his campaign at an end and the functions of the army re duced to police work. As for China, everything is without form and void. Peking might as well be on the planet Mare, co far as definite lnfor msti n respecting what is goipg on there is con cerned. How inscrutable is the mystery of Peking may be judged from a single fact which comes within my knowledge. Sir Robert Hart. Inspector-General cf Customs, hasilived in China toT forty yeans, and has not been in England for seventeen years. He 1b familiarly known in Peking as "Chinaman' Hart, and is universally trusted and liked by th« mandarins. His wife is now in London, and has not recetved a single dispatch from him during the last (fortnight to assure her of his 6afety. He ought to have un rivalled fa<..lities for sending a courier to the coast or making use of the Chinese telegraph service, tut Lady Hart does not know to-day whether he is alive or dead. There is some mystery respecting- the fate of the legations end the relief column, and Tlen- Tsin, although only thirty miles from Taku, is cut off from the world. There must be more light in darkest Apia before the Government or the English people can settle down to a political canvass at h< me. Affairs abroad are so con fused that politicians of -.horsey tastes are mak ing private wagers that} the general elections will net come on before spring. Lord Salisbury has beemdemonstrating his fit ness for continuance In public life by remarkable exhibitions of intellectual keenness and cynical humor. His speech at Exeter Hall on the dan gerous and terrible snares in which missionaries are entangled as political agents fairly took away the breath of the ioneers of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. It was not the conventional, pious speech which doctors of divinity and the amiable mis sionaries expected, nor were the anti-Crom welllans in the House of Lords prepared for the light touch of pleasantry with which he dis armed the bores who attempted to run stilt against the statue in what he called a hole In the palace yard. Lord Salisbury's high spirits and genial persiflage in the critical times for China and South Africa are proof that he is not disqualified for conducting the Government. He may give up the Foreign Office to Mr. Balfour, but Is not likely to resign the office of Prime Minister. The death of Count Muravieff has removed the ablest diplomatist who was pitted against Lord Sallsburr in any European capital. It is the fashion in England to say that Muravieff was an unscrupulous and bitter enemy; he was a sincere and downright Russian, but not anti- English. If he had been the enemy of England he would have shown his hand during the last eight months, when he could have done so *£afely. Count Lamsdorff, who was Muravieff's right hand man. will probably conduct Russian diplomacy during- the interval caused by the Czar's search for a new Foreign Minister. A most Important meeting of the English Church Union has been held under the presi dency of Lord Halifax, which serves to convince "The Times" that the Ritualists, if not lawless, are militant; or. to change the figure, that they are trying to sail as near the wind of Roman doctrine as possible without actually throwing Anglicanism overboard. The speeches of Lord Halifax. Mr. George Russell and others seemed to imply a determination to ignore the authority of the Archbißhops and the prayer book as the standard of worship, doctrine and discipline, and to bring on an irreconcilable conflict by which the peace and unity of the English Church will be Imperilled. The Khedive's Illness has involved the can cellation of a long series of royal and other en gagements made for him. Lord Loch's death has reminded the public of the stirring story of his Chinese captivity, when the order for his execution was evaded by a quarter of an hour, and also of his remarkable career in various quarters of the Empire. The chief dramatic events of the week have been the revival of "The Liars." at Wyndham's Theatre, and the brilliant production of "The School for Scandal" at the Haymarket. Mr. Wyndham ie seen to the iu-st possible advantage In Mr. Jones's play, his impersonation having gained in technique and comic spirit. Mr. Cyril Maude and Miss Emery are not, perhaps, fully equal to the requirements of the screen scene. but their Impersonations are ingenious and brilliant. The opera at Covent Garden is main tained at a high level of efficiency and excel lence. The performance of "Die Walkiire" to night has called out an immense audience. Herr Mottl conducted the orchestra with splendid fire and power, and Fraiilwln Ternir.a, Herr Van Rooy. Mile. Bauermeister and other artists ex cited great enthuEiasrr.. Mr. Henry Arthur Jones and Mr. J. K. Jerome made capital speeches last night at the ladies" dinner of the New Vagabonds' Club. I. N. F. PARIS. THE SOCIAL BEAJSOX NOW AT ITS ZENITH. ARISTOCRATIC ENTERTAINMENTS— DOINGS OF AMERICANS AN IMPORTANT ART S.\ I [Copyright; 1900: By The New- York Tribune.] [l'.T CABLE T<< THE TIUBUN'K.J Paris. June 23. — The social season seems now to have reached Its zenith. Scores of dinners and dances are recsrdt-d each day. The fashion able dressmakers — Worth, Doueet, Elejane, Felix and Laferriere declare that not since the hal cyon days of the Second Empire have such vast sums of mom been expended In Paris for smart frocks and gowns, which they also say nave never before ■en In mure exquisite taste than , during the present season. Notwithstanding the mourning caused by the death of the Prince de Jc-invilie, there have been not less than sixteen tails given during the week by prominent lead ers of Parisian society, one of the most brilliant Wins that on Thursday night given by Prince in Princee3 EJmcnd de Polignac in their superb residence in the Rue Cortamber. Ninety-eight guest 3 sat down at small tables for dinner in the drawing rooms and the music room, after which a cotillon took place in the studio, led by the l>uchesse de Noailles and Count Marius de Galliffet. The names of the dancers, which ai ; gestlve of a page from a description of the battle cf Fontenoy, include the Due and Duch eg£e de Luyr.es, Due and Duchesse d'Uzes, Due and Duchesse de Noslllcs. Due and Duchesse de la Rochefoucauld, the Due and Duchesse de Blsaccia, Due H«sas Grazzioll, Marquise de Balilcul, and numerous scions of the houses of Gra!!.i::ont, Brlssac, Gontaud, Biron, Beaumont, Harcourt, Contades. Montmorency. Montgom ery, Rohan, Chabot and Montesqulou. Among the Americans present were Mr. and Mrs. George Munroe, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Singer. Mrs. Waddington and Mr. and Mrs. Klngsland. The cotillon was followed by an elaborate supper. Dancing was kept up till long after daylight. Another entertainment with a musical recep tion on the came night was given by the Countess Rene de Beam at her residence in the Avenue Bosquet, close to the Exposition. The Male Choral Society of Vienna, now visiting Paris, won enthusiastic applause by their ad mirable singing of a well selected programme. Among those present v.ere Princess Metternlch. Due and Duchesse d- Rohan, Duchesee de Grammont. Duchesse de Baeeano. Ducheese de Grevl*e, Duchesse de Brtasac, Comtesse Edmond de Pcurtale*, Comte and Comtesse de Ganay, Marquis and Marquise Jaucourt, Comte and Comtesse d'Hausponville, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ridgway, and Comte and Comtesse Jean de Ker groulay. The Americans and other foreigners at these select entertainments were few and far between, but meanwhile the United States contingent haa not been behindhand in keeping; up its part of the grayety. Mr. an* Mrs. Joseph Stevens gave a charming dinner at the Pavilion d'Arm&nonvllle. Among; those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. Ol iver leelin. Mr. and Mrs. Louie Rutherfurd and Dr. W. Seward Webb. Mrs. Ingraham gave a delightful coaching party and luncheon at Belle vue Heights. Among her guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Munroe, Mr. f ands, Mr. Martin, and a few others. Mrr De WeVz 1b Brlvina; a serten of smart dinner at h«»r resirlenr-p In the Avenue Bois de Boulogne. The favorite outing for fashionable Americans is an excursion to Fontainebleau in the com fortable ten seated automobile which runn on al ternate days from "The Herald" office, Place de I'OpeYa, to Fontainebleau and back, taking In Frannhard. Barbißon and most of the pict uresque part of the forest. Among those who made the trip this week were Mr. and Mm. Will iam G. Tiffany, Mr. and Mrs. Ix>uls Rutherfurd, Mr. and Mrs. Iselln. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Homer and Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Benedict. General and Mrs. Horace Porter have been giving some charming and elaborate dinners and receptions to officials of the T r nlted States com missions to the Kxposltlon and their wives, which are much appreciated, for they are thus brought into contact with many agreeable Parisians of the fashionable as well as of the official world. The National Commissioners have been unusually gay this week. They clubbed together yesterday and gave a dinner and rousing welcome at the Pavilion d'Armenon ville in honor of Mrs. Potter Palmer and Mrs. Daniel Manning, two women appointed by Presi dent McKlnley aa members of the Commission. M. H. De Young, of San Francisco, as president of the Commission, sat at the head of the table, having Mrs. Potter Palmer on his right and Mrs. Daniel Manning 1 on his left. Among the other guests were Ambassador Porter, Commis sioner-General Ferdinand Peck, Mrr.. Peck, whose Wednesday receptions are well attended and appreciated; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Waleh, whose hospitable dinners, coaching par ties, rural luncheons, boating excursions and Puppers are decidedly successful ; Connul-General Gowdy, Miss Gowdy, Mr. Potter Palmer and Mr. Charles Collier. Mr. and Mrs. De Young are now installed In their apartment in the Avenue d'Antin, recently occupied by the Landgrave of Hesse, and are about to give a series of dinners and receptions during the Exposition. Several dinners were given during the week by Mr. and Mrs. Lucker meyer. Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. William Carter. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Curtis, Mr. De Hoffmann and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gould. Among the arrivals In Paris are James Gor don Bennett, in robust health and bronzed by the Mediterranean sun, after his perennial yachting trip in Southern waters. He is now in stalled in his rustic little hotel In the Avenue Raphael, nex f to the Bois de Boulogne. He is almost as enthusiastic a motorman as a jour nalist, and is daily seen flying about the country in his red automobile at a lightning pace. The Duke of Loubat. fresh from his visits to the Pope and to the Emperor William, is once more In Paris, living in his hotel in the Rue Dumont d'UrviUe. The Duko became godfather to one of the Pope's grandnephews, and at the family party of the Ppccl family, at the Vatican, took part in the confirmation and sat beside the Pope, talking with him on various subjects for half an hour. He found the Pope In first rate health and spirits. The Duke then made a trip to Berlin and lunched with the Kaiser at Pots dam. The sale at the Hotel Drouot of the Gerard collection of porcelain was the centre of attrac tion for Americans this week. The proceeds so far reach 350,(H)0 francs. The collection con tained some remarkable specimens of Italian majolica. Delft and Hfcvres. A small dish of Gub bta ware, with green and ruby metallic reflec tions on blue ground, dated 1519, was sold for , r i,2<H» frnr.cs Ma New -York amateur. A large I'rbino dish, with polychrome decorations, rep resenting the adoration of the Magi, brought H.iiiii francs; a diminutive Delft liqueur flask, decorated with Mack arabesque on a blue ground, ■old for 2,600 francs; a solitary cruet stand of Sevres pate tendre, dated IT.">B, brought 4,600 francs, and was acquired by a Boston amateur. The sale is regarded as a highly important one by experts here, for It shows a marked falling off in the values of Florence porcelain which is out of all proportion to its scarcity, there being only about fifty specimens of this porcelain known to exist. A small bouquet holder of Florence ware that brought at the Spitzer sale 3.f>00 francs some years ago. went for 1,600 franc 3 yesterday. On the other hand, the prices brought by Sevres and Rouen poly chrome were higher t'^an ever before. For in stance, a pair of minute bulb jardinieres, dec orated in polychrome, that might have been either Sevres or Vincennes ware, as they were dated 17.">< i. the year when the factory was trans ferred to Sevrf k, brought 9,800 francs. The same vases sold for S,(>Oi> francs at the Fournler sale, twenty years ago. At the Hotel Drouot yesterday "L,a Mare," a rather pretty but not highly finished Corot, measuring <"■<> by 4.~> centimetres, was sold to a New-York dealer for 22,.">»0 francs. The passengers on the St. Louis fro.m Cher- I'ourg Include Mr. an.l Mrs. EQdward R. Whar ton. Mrs. Charles H. Colburn, Miss Alice Col burn, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alvord, Mr. and Mrs. H. Benedict, Mrs. T. C. Hat^s, Mrs. Frances Batcneller, Mrs. Oeorge Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. A. Cass Canned, the Misses Oanfleld. Mr. and Mr?. A. V. Fraser, Mr?. Gambrlil, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hayden, Colonel K. F. Holmes, Mrs. Holmes, the Misses Holmes, Baroness Halkett, Dr. and Mrs. Marion Cox. Mr. arid Mrs. William McKlnney, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Lennoyer, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ryeraon, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Thomas, Miss Alice Turnbull, Mr. and Mrs. Crme Wilson and sons, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Walsh, jr., Mrs. A. P. Walsh, A. A. Adee, F. Coleman, J. W. Carey, H. K. Dyer, John Evan*. 3. B. De Gersdorff, William P. James, Edward Wassennan, Egerton L. Winthrop, T. L. Johnson. H. 8. Hurst. R. P. Martin, A. A. Tucker. J. R. Pringle, John 3. Barlow and H. W. White. Passengers on La Touraine include Mr. and Mrs. A. Bragglottl, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Mac-key, Mrs. E. Sloane, Frank Glllesple, Sartell Pren tice, E. D. Rush, Samuel E. Morss and James Hazen Hyde. The following sailad on the Kaiser Frledrlch from Cherbourg on Friday: Mr. and Mrs. A. Friedlunder, James Parrish. S. Parrlsh, Mrs. Parrish and Miss H. I#ee. Passengers who left Paris to sail on the Etru ria: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel 'lobert. Dr. J. H. Billings, S. Sickles and G. M. Mather. The following are booked In Par)s to gall on Wednesday on the Oceanic: Mrs. M. A. Hanna and three children, William C Codman. Guy G. Major, Robert Adams, W. M. Baldwin. A. T. Moore. W. H. Parish. Mr. and Mrs. D. O. Reid and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Campbell. c. I. B. ANOTHER CASE OF PLAGUE AT OPORTO. Oporto, June 23— A frewh cape of the bubonic plague has b^en reported here. As announced In a dispatch from Lisbon on Feb ruary 7 last, a decree had been Issued there an nouncing that the bubonic plague had disappeared from Oporto and that th© quarantine of that port had been raised. raw- YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, SUNDAY. JUNE 21. 1900. WHAT LONDON TALKS OF. Liondon, June 23. PACIFICATION OF SOUTH AFRICA.-Oreat Britain's great army in South Africa is slowly ac complishing th© work of pacification. The smoul dering embers of what once was fierce resistance occasionally flare up, but the hard fighting seems to be practically over. Th© British military prog ress In the Transvaal is scarcely more interesting now than the events In the Orange River Colony in the last two months. The Transvaal annexation firoclamation Is soon expected. Almost all reports ndlcate that the P,o«r» are rapidly realising the fu tility of c further struggle when opposed to such an overwhelming force. HARSHER MKASCRES ADOPTED One of the most noticeable features of the week In South Africa was l,ord Robert s's abandonment of humane measures toward tee Hoers. which he had ko long persisted In, despite the criticism oT the British colonists and many officers. The stern vengeance that now will be visited not only on those who give fhe Boers passive assistance, hut on those who. after surrender, fall to Rssist the British arms, savors more of (Jeneral Kitchener than of "Bobs." THE ASIIANTEE SITUATION— Cootnassle still awnlts relief. Governor Hodgson Is expected to hold out, but even after the siege ends little can be done to subdue the natives until the rains are over. In December a punitive expedition, with a corps of white troops, will probably he sent. The mortality among the officers of Colon .M Wiilcocks's staff Bhows how useless It would be to send many white troops at present. SICKNESS OF EGYPT'S RULER.— The Khe dive's unfortunsite Illness has robbed Ixmdon of much of the expected festivities, and In some re- Bpects has made the visit somewhat of a fizzle, some such stimulus to trade Is badly needed, as. in spite of the efforts of the royalties, the season is dull In the extreme. JOSIAH QUINCVS LECTURES— The course of lectures being delivered by ex-Mayor Joslah Quincy, of Boston, before the London School of Economics and Political Science Is well attended. He Bald: "I find a keen, broad interest among English students in American municipal matters. I am not trying to draw comparisons*, or endeavoring to apply our systems to England, but I am simply bringing out the best points in the administration of Boston, dealing especially with charitable organizations, rapid transit ar.d taxation. I find they are very progressive over here, especially In the County Council." Mr. Quincy, With Ills bride, returns to Boston In October. A DEFENCE OP AMERICANS.— SeveraI papers this week printed long articles alleging that Lon don Is overrun with gangs of American swindlers. Colonel Sir Edward Bradford, the Commissioner of Police of the metropolis, said In an interview: "It Is absolutely untrue. I suppose there are American swindlers, lust as there are English. German and every other kind of swindlers; but to say the Amer ican swindler predominates Is a libel on on- of London's best class of visitors." AMERICAN OFFICERS IN LONDON.— Colonel Cary Panger. United States Army, who is collecting facts regarding the South African war for the t'nited States War Department, is completing his report op Great Britain's volunteer organization, while Colonel Samuel S. Sumner. the Military At tache of the United States Embassy here, is pre paring to leave here ant) is hoping to go to China. Colonel ganger entertained this week at dinner Lord Wolsplpy. the Commander in (,'hlef of the British forces; George Wyndham, the Parliamentary Secretary of the British War office Joseph H Choate, the American Ambassador, and others While here Colonel Sanger believes he has seen much which may he useful to the American volun teer service. ART TREASURES TO BK EXHIBITED —When Hertford House Is opened to the public on June 25 London Will have become possessed of one of the llnest collections of pictures and curios In the world. They were secured by three Marquises of Hertford, and were left by Sir Richard Wallace. whose widow bequeathed them to the nation Hert ford House was then bought, and is now added to the capital's great sights, though it took the com mittee, which Included Lord Rosebery nnd Lord Rothschild, two years to arrange the works of art. EARL BEAUCHAMP ATTACKED -By publicly sneering at the critics of Joseph Chamberlain's Federation ideas. Earl Branch" nip. the Governor of N.-w South Wales, has got himself into hot water with the Australian delegates, and may be recalled. Mr. Kingston, a delegate, writes to "The Times" demanding that lie be officially rebukeo 1 . while Sir Philip Oakley Fysh. the Agent-General for Tasmania in London, publicly refers to the Peer ns "a foolish youns man with a BWollen head." QUESTION OF RUSKIN HALL.— The London Trades Council is determined not to bo Identified with the gift of a Rusk'u U.nll to America. The oflVialfl declare that they know nothing about it. deny that funds are beinp subscribed by English trades unions ar.d are issuing a circular warning th'"> labor organizations against an appeal for sub scriptions. The American unions have been sim ilarly communicated with. A correspondent of "The Chronicle" avers that the money has not been sub scribed, but was merely announced aa a ixiit for further subscriptions and decries what is allege 1 to be "Vrooman'S attempt to \oi-e the aspirations of British democracy." MISS GERTRUDE ELLIOTT'S SUCCESS. -The most interesting theatrical news Is the engage ment of Gertrude Elliott as leading woman by Forbes Robextsoa for his autumn tour Miss r.i llott. who came to England a few years ago as ■ companion of her sister. Maxlne. has made rapid strides :n her profession. 'The Chronicle" says: ■She is an almost now and certainly delightful t>pe of the ing-enue. Her possibilities are obvious, and it will be interesting to see what she can do as Ophelia or Desdemona." MANY VISITORS IN LONDON. -London li teeming with Americans, who find difficulty in get ting aocommoriaf ions at the hotels. On every steamer n'.Rht cab loads are turned away from the leading metropolitan hostleries, which are reaping a richer harvest than ever from tills class of cus tomer. Yet in a few daya they start for Paris, and their rooms are taken by more Americans. Compared With the eagerness of the hotel mar.a g-erK and storekeepers in awaiting the coming of Americans the Khedive's arrival in England was merely a trifling incident. MR. COLLJNB To RETURN HERE. -Among th« American visitors this week was former Consul- Genrral Patrick A. Collins, who Is making h flying trip to England and Ireland on personal business. He sails on the oceanic on June IT. He paid a visit to his successor, William M. Osbome. C< MMKNT ON THE CONVENTION.— The few editorials and dispatches printed here created only a mIKI sort of interest in the Republican National Convention it Philadelphia, us the result was ie garded as a foregone conclusion. Though most of the correspondents of the English papers declare Frr-siiient licKinley'a re-election is certain, the people here are more likely to take keener Interest i". the Democratic National Convention at Kansas ■ !tv. for by the proceedings there it is generally thought the strength of the anti-English, or rather pro-Boer, element m America may be gauged. ATHLETES PREPARING FOR GAMES. The arrival here of the Americans who are to compete in the Amateur Athletic Association's champion ship games on July 7 lias awakened English sports men to the fact that they are likely to lose many laurels. Princeton's team looks fit and well, but the young athletes are much afraid of K'-'ting out of training before the games come off. They have g-one to Brighton to practise, and will probably enter several events of the London Athletic Club meeting on June 30. Captain <'regan said they be lieved they had a fair chance of carrying off a few prizes. The Syracuse, Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Michigan. Chicago and New-York Athletic Club competitors are now awaited. Secretary Herbert of the Amateur Athletic Asso ciation was asked what he thought were the chances of the British athletes against such an aggregation. Mr. Herbert said: "I fear they are pretty poor. T'p to the half mile we have no men eijunl to yours— oo paper, of course. We nave pot to make allowances for cli mate, and expect all the best men in England will compete, bu<. unfortunately, most of the unlversltj cracks have accepted army commissionp and are now In South Africa. No other foreigners have entered, and, ; i usual in sporting matters, the championship lies between England und America." the London Athletic Club team which went over \<j the United States, only one man is likely to compete — I E. HutchinH. PRAISE FOR AMERICAN BISHOPS— The American Bishops taking part In the missionary celebration have won golden opinions for their elo quence and force. Commenting on Bishop Doane's and Bishop Dudley's si 'lies. "The Westminster Gazette," after referring to their wonderful flow of language, delightful wit. fir*- and force, and the ease with which they passed from humor to pathoa and back again, declares: "one f.it that our Eng lish speakers simply were not in It, and the rest of the speeches fell rather Hat In consequence. They had something to say, and knew how to say It in the moat perfect form, and Primate and Premier leaned bark in their chain and laughed delightedly at this unexpected outburst of American forensic power." CHAUTAUQUA EXCURSION. $10 00 round trip by ERIE RAILROAD, July 6 Tickets good for return until August 4th. .*. PAHISIAy POIXTS OF VIEW. Paris. June 23. DEATH OF COUNT MURAVIEFF.— The sudden death of Count Muravieff, F.u*ian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the strong bulwark of the Franco- Rupslati ftlTiaricfc. has caused deep concern among the members of the French official and political world. Count aiuravteft was a bitter antagonist of England, and in him France felt that she had nn influential friend In the ?vent of difficulties with Great Britain. The cordial relations of the Foreign Offices of Russia and France, moreover. have not rest) d on a purely political basis. A great element of strength wan fcund in the per sonal friendship existing between M. Delcasse, trench Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Count Muravieft, and to the former the less of his friend came as a severe blow. The removal of Count Muravtefl from the councils of the C*ar Is gravely commented upon by the French press, and in the hopes expressed that the policy of Russia will not be affected thereby one tilsceins apprehensions lept the foundations of the Franco-Russian al liance should be rudely shaken by the lopping off of one of its strongest roots. M. Dalcasse, talk- Ing with a friend on the subject, set aside these fears, laying stress on the fact that, while the personal feelings of Muravieff were of great value In cementing sympathetic accord between the two nations, yet the renl Foreign Minister was the Czar, and M has given repeated tokens of sincere friendship for France. Therefore, according to M. Deicaase, Frenchmen could regard the political future with perfect serenity. Warm appreciation of Count Murnvleff was ex pressed to the correspondent of The Associated Press to-day by Charles Hutchinson and Martin Ryerson, who, with Charles Crane and President Harper, all of Chicago, recently had an interview with the Czar and Count Muravieff. "America ha* lost a sincere admirer in Minister of Foreign Af fairs Muravieff," said Mr. Hutohlnson. "We found him a man of groat scholarly attainments, and un usually conversant with affairs in the United States, and with American Institutions. It was gratifying to us to learn of his acquaintance with the educational Institutions of our cities, Our interview with the Czar we consider more of a compliment to Ambassador Tower's relations with the Russian Court than to ourselves. It left us with a thorough Impression that the Czar was a man of a strong, progressive mind, and, although hampered m fulfilment of his Ideas by traditions and his deep rooted Interests In the aristocracy, yet in th» course of time he will undoubtedly reach the goal to which he Is working, and place his country in the very vanguard of commercial and social progress, we found in the Czar none of the cold reserve usually associated with mon arch?. He has a frnnk, candid manner, and Is kindly of speech." P:i"aklng or their reception among the Russians generally, they emphasised the hospitality of the nation and the evident desire to aid f< reigners in securing Information about their country. Ever. among the peasant class there was nothing of that antipathy to aliens *■> noticeable abroad tr> many countries. THE CHINESE CRISIS.— The veil drawn over events in Peking hy the interruption of communi cation serve. l to Increase the anxiety felt hers. Littlo doubt is now expressed that the Kmpress Dowager 1« at the bottom of all the mischief, and the belief is pHning ground that she and her re actionist advisers will ere ions be hoist by their own petard, [ndleatli ns point that the Powers. If developments produce clear proof that the Empress Dowager Is Implicated, will depose her. clear away her anti-foreign Council r.nd nominate an F.m peror with an advisory board composed of pro gressive Chinese. Nothing Will be definitely deter mined until Peking is relieved and fhe Boxer in surrection stamped out. The French iress. how ever, does not appear altogether sure that a divi sion of China may not take place. The papers are urging the Government ts strengthen Iti hold upon the southern provinces which adjoin the French Tontjuln possession. The French Government recopnizes that it may be cailed upon to play a leading par* in Eurc-peSn intervention. As a Foreign office official said to a representative of The Associated Press; "Apart friin our general interest in common with the Other Kreat Powers, Prance has three special In terests -her protection of the missionaries through out i 'htna, the protection of French Investments and the mines and other industries of Btte-Chuan Province, which amount to several hundred million francs, and the French built railroad of Yunnan. Pan of the troops which Franco is sending tie China k>> to TakU, the remainder will be used in the s'ltrthern provinces which come within the French s|>li<-i-> of Influence, if found necessary. The French Boverowient i i ; extremely anxious re gardlne the position of the French Consul an«l the gathering of French subjects with him at Yunhan l"u. The latest dispatches state that they are in less peril than a week ago. Hut they will n nt« > t lie Out of danger until they reach French territory." M. Delcasae, Minister of Foreign Affairs, speak ing on thi- subji in, expressed the opinion that the first duty of the Powers wfla to overcome the re bellion and Insure the safety of slip lives and prop erty of all foreigners. "An effort could then be made." said M. Deitasse. "to re-establish the im perial Government, but with such conditions and assurances that all financial, religious and other interests should be absolutely protected. If the Dowager Kmpress is r>n involved that this is Im possible, a joint protectorate mifrht br> th" out come, or, possibly, a joint selection of some indi vidual to gov< m. backed by the forces of all the Powers, the last extremity to be the division of the Kmair • " The position of th^ United States last year in de claring herself In favor of the open door policy greatly strengthened her righ's in the present situation, forit is regarded in diplomatic circles that had she riot at that time asserted publicly her determination to br- an influence In the com merc'al future of China ,-h" could not at this late day when there is a possibility of the division of toils, have stepped In to demand a share. NAVAL MANOEUVRES.- Naval mnriipuvr. s nan extensive sr-ale will begin next week in the Kngllah Channel, Whers the Mediterranean and Northern squadrons will go through a number of evolutions under war conditions. Admiral Gervals. who took part In 'lie Franco-Russian demo:istr?.'i >n? at St. Petersburg In the early days of the alliance, has been placed !n chief command of the naval forces. It will be the most powerful fleet France has yet brought together. The Mediterrnnean fleet. Which !. it Toulon on Friday for the North, alone com prlses thirty-four .--hips, including ten ironclads and ten cruisers. TIIK EXPOSITION.— The Exposition can now be described as finally completed. Everything is quite ready and the exhibits nre all Installed. The jurors are hard at work in all of the sections, with the usual amount of grumbling and discontent on the ,ii of those not receiving prizes. The insurance nolicles on the official exhibits against tire and robbery amount to over (40.089.000. The largest portion is naturally absorbed by the fine arts sec tlon. DKFBNDTN I THE PRBBIDBNT. The Senate hai passed the Government bill to repress the scur rilous attacks on the President of the Republic— a measure to facilitate punishment of the offenders by providing for a summary trial In the police eouri Instead of legal proceedings, often tedious. before the asslxe courts. The press severely crit icises the Government for inventing a new game instead of remaining contented with its present weapons. AMERICANS IN PARIS. Many Americana of wealth and s.. iai prominence are bow in Paris, iitiil the results are a continuous succession of social functions— so many, in fact, that the dates con flict At present life tn the American colony, as augmented by the visitors to the imposition. Is ex ceeuingly %• > M. H. De Young haa taken the house which "the 1-andgrave of Hesse made famous by elaborate entertainments last winter. » SERIOVB TROUBLE /V BULGARIA. MANY KILLEI' AND WOINDED IN KKJHTINU BKTWKKN TROOPS AND PEASANTS. Sofia. Bulgaria. June 28.— 1t is teamed that ninety persons were killed and 872 wounded In the recent conflict between troops and peasants in the Varna district. A stute of siege bas been proclalflMd in the districts of Varna, Shumla. Tlrnova, Rasgrad, Rustohuk and RlstOTatx. The Government is ai xioua to limit the number of newspapers, and haa issued stringent regulations aa to the quali fications which must be possessed by editors. WILLI I M UOt KEtEFI.ERs DEER PMEBERVB Greenwich, Conn., June 23 (Special). — A com pany of eight men. carpenters and employes on William Rockefeller'? farm here- will start to morrow for the Adirondack!, where they expect to be engaged for five months in building live houses and I large game preserve for Mr. Rocke feller. Twenty deer were sent from the Rocke feller park here last winter to Mr. Rockefeller's extensive possessions in the Adirondack.^, and many more will be shipped as soon v the new preserve is completed. Th» Greenwich park ad joins the present residence of William O. Rocke feller, and it is said that SI soon as the remain- Ing deer are sent to the mountains the present park of sixty acres will be transformed and a costly house be erected for the younger Rocke feller. TjQJELY TOPICS IX BFAU.IS. Berlin. June 23. VACATIONS FOR THE CABINET Parlia mentary season is now fairly closed, and the Cabi net officials here have begun their summer vaca tions. Prince yon Hohenlohe. the Imperial Chan cellor, to-day started for Ragatz. Switzerland, to take the baths; Baron Rhelnhaben, Minister of the Interior, in a fortnight will go to England: Herr Thlelen. Minister of Public Works, hns left the city, and Count Posadowsky-Wehner. Secretary of State for the Interior, will leavo. in the corning week. Among th« diplomats who have left Berlin for the summer recess Is Sir Frank Lascel.es. the British Ambassador. Dr. Ltet>er. the Centrist l*ad »r, will soon begin a long trip abroad, which will In clude a visit to the I'nl'ed States. The tour will be made partly fcr recreation and partly for study. TO KEEP PRICES DOWN.— To-day hefir^ starling for the convention In Bremen of the Ger man Free Trade Society Dr. Theodore Barth, the Freisinnlge leader, «?a!d to the correspondent of The Associated Press: "in the tight against .in Inrreas* in agricultural duties as the Agrarians want them fixed In the coming commercial treaties much will depend on the laboring classes. If they orfani** an energetic campaign against such Increased prices on the necessaries of life, which are to be made for the benefit of a few thousand large « tate holders, the projected Increase will be pre vented.". THE GUTENBERG CELEBRATION.— The semi millennial celebration of the birth of John Gu tenberg, the inventor of printing. b«gan to-day at Mayence. The fete to-day consisted of the opening of a typographical and historic exposition, with fine exhibits from the State printing estab lishment* and the departments in Beriin, Vienna. Paris. Lisbon. Madrid and St. Petersburg. A per formance of Handel's "Maccabees" win occur to morrow, also an academical celebration In the City Hall. Then will follow a musical and ora trrical Celebration at the Gutenberg monument. The Te Deum will be sung at this place by «lx hundred boy choristers. On Monday will follow a magnificent historical procession. Among those In line will be three thousand men. women and cmi dren clad in the costume of the fifteenth century. There will be forty-one big floats, drawn by enrht hundred horse*. A grand banquet will follow in the evening, as well as concerts. The Gutenberg Museum will also be founded the same day. Dele gates from scores of scientific Institutions in France. England. Italy and America are in attend ance on this ration, among them Professor Hunt, of Princeton University. OPERATION ON BULL FIGHTER.-The famous Spanish bull fighter Oerrita is now a patient at Professor V. Rergmann's clinic here, and will un dergo a dangerous operation. - FEW AMERICANS IX -Comparatively few Americans are passing through Berlin, fewer even than in the Spanish-American War. They seem to confine themselves to the Rhine and the Oberammergau regions. INTEREST IN AMERICAN NEWS.— As indl latlng the Increased interest in American mat ters taken by the German newspapers, it Is worth noting that the great German news gathering or ganization, the Wolf Bureau, now sends to the Ger man press nn Interesting weekly American mnil letter, written by a special correspondent in New- York. AMBASSADOR WHITE TO SPEAK.—Ambassa dor Andrew D. White and Mrs. White have been spending two day? at Halbertadt. AmbAssartor White will go to Olpslc on the Fourth of July. where he will probably deliver an address. SON OF COUNT MURAVIEFF.— M. Muravieff. son of the late Russian Minister of Foreign Affair?. has Ju*t passed through Berlin. He Is returning to St. Petersburg, in connection with matters relating to fhe funeral and burial of his father. Count Muravieff. TO REMOVE CUB AX GARRISOXS. GENERAL WOOD RECOMMENDS WITHDRAWAL OF REGIMENTS -NATIVES PLEASED. Havana. June 23— Now that the elections are sat isfactorily over, General Wood will recommend the removal of an infantry regiment from the Island. General Wood feels, as he has for over a year, that the troops could be reduced by removing almns; ths. entire Infantry except in phices where they can be used a* mnun'pii. The removal of the troops a* proposed gives to the Cubans a feeling of content ment aVd confidence In the Joint resolution of Con gress. They appear to believe that each removal means another step toward Cuba's freedom. PATEMBQS SILK WEAVERS GO OS BTMIKE, GENERAL COXODOM SAY? HIS COMPANY IS UEIN<3 DRIVEN OUT OF THE CITY. Paterpon, N. J.. June 23.— One hundred and fifty braid silk weavers employed in the Ph«nlx Silk Mills went on strike here to-day. The firm has cut the rate one cent a yard on goods, and the em ployes demand the retention cf the old rate. The strikers say that they are determined to remain out until the former figure is restored. General Joseph W. Congdon, vice-president of the Phoenix Silk Mills, declared to-day that his company would move its plant to its annex at Allcntown. Perm. Speaking of the trouble. General Oongdon said: This time the public will not side with the strikers. The silk business was never so dull, and we have tried to keep our looms going rather than lay off any of our employes. We can have our orders Riled at AUentown much cheaper, and we Intend going there. We are actually being driven out of the city." » COURT MARTIAL OF LIEVTEXAXT MARTIX. THE SEMTBKCB BF.MEVED TO BE DISMISSAL FROM THE ARMY Washtr.^ton. June 23.— Judge Advocate-General Ueher has received the record of the court martial proceedings in the case of Lieutenant E. H. Martin, of the sth Artillery, recently tried at Fort Hamll t> n, New-York, on three charges of forgery. The court was ordered by General Brooke, command ing the Department of th? Fast, and the fact th tt he has forwarded the record of the case tr» the War Department without takiner final action him self leads to the belief in military circles that I.ieu ten*nt Martin was found guilty <>r\ some of the counts and sentenced to be dismissed from the Army. A sentence of that kind requires the action of the President. PORTO RTCO A CUSTOMS hi STRUT. ORDKR ISSUED Bl THE TItTASrUY DBPAKTsfENT 1 - SAN JIAN THE PoRT OF ENTRY. Washington. June 23. -Acting Secretary Spau!.!- ; In* has issued a circular tfaaMag Porto Rico a i customs collection distrl-t, with Ran J\ian us the port of entry. Ponce. Miy:i!,"i»i, Areoibo, Ac ri- Jllla. Humacao, Arroyo and Fajardo are desig- | nated as sub-ports, at which customs officers are t to l>e stationed, with authority to enter and clear ■ vessels, receive duties, fees and other moneys, and ; perform such other services and receive such mm- , pensatlon as in the judgment of the Secretary of - the Treasury tlie exigencies of the service and '-i>;n- : rrerce may require. SEEKS AUMOWt AS rOWON IAW WIFE. THE PLAINTIFF'S t'NCI.K BAUD TO HAVE BEEN i PRIVATE SECRETARY TO BKLGITM*fI KINU Application was made yesterday to Justice Dickey j In Brooklyn to set aside an order of discontinuance entered In 1*97 in the suit of Horten»=e p. Ben.«:n:ll->. ! of No. 203 West One-hundred-and-tT.enty-fourth-st.. : against M. Anwell Joseph Beriemllis for separation. : The suit was based on an alleged common law ! marriage. The plaintiff had applied for alimony ; and counsel foe. declaring that the defendant ha.i i deserted her. The plaintiff alleged yesterday that j a letter had been found among <!'.- papers of her | father, in Belgium, in which the defendant ad- ; dresses him as father-in-law and speaks of his marriage to the plaintiff. It was asserted that the plaintiff, believing that ; the denial of her motion for alimony defeated her . claim as being th* defendant's wife, had consented I to accept $1.*«) In full settlement and had d.soon- | tinned the action, ] Peter Mahoney said that Mr. Benemllls was for tnerly his client, but that he had not heard from ■ him for two and a half years*. Be told Jostles '■ Dickey thai tie appeared without authority t.> pro- ; tect, as fur a* possible, hi* client's Interest. He said that at the time of the «Haronlitmanre-of the , motion the plaintiff had Mlgneil * document hi-- f knowlWlfing that she never 'had bees the de- I fendant'! wife. ! Harry 8. Davis, who appeared for the woman, j said that hi« client was the niece of the former j private secretary of the Kln»r of Belgium. Her maiden name was Ho'ten»«» Pardon, and ><h.> came to Ameilea In 18T7. She met the defendant In this city. Mr. BencmllU married Mary Story Patterson In im. He is a Cuban -ml It said to t" a silent partner In the tobacco firm of Oray a O Hailoraa, of Park Place. He la Mid to be in MuMchuMtta. Inexpensive Goods for Children's Country Wear. The inflowing article* have the style and finish charact< «md will \-.f appreciate wish to clothe their economi cally and \\ ell. BOYS* BLOCSES of percale, pretty •*» combinations of colors, tie to match. «5uC« BOYS* OVERALLS, Of blue denim. 50c. CHILDREN'S TAM O'SHANTERS. white luck, trimmed with navy, red or wh!te .»: k /a bands embroiderer! in various do?!gr.9, OVC. BOYS' AND YOUTHS' NEGLIGEE SHIRTS, of fancy madras, collars and cuffs OSL« attached. *OC CHILD'S 3AILOP.S, rough and ready braid, plain white and combinations of ct (\(\ colors. * • -W» BOYS' ANT' YOUTHS' STRAW Ci « HATS, rough ami ready braid?. •*» * »OO» BOYS* KILT SUITS, percale batiste or -rash, 75c, 98c. & $1.38. BOYS' WASH SUITS. CO I*J fn ** »* galatea and madras. s*'^ tU W-W. GIRLS' SAILOR SUITS of imported pique, polka dots and stripe?. «1 tr ♦-. fit ft? sizes 4 to 10 yrs.. * 1 • 1 9 lO * ■ .00. GIRLS' ALL LINEN SAILOR SUITS. strips and plain coiora. Eizos c'j « Trk Ci is 4 to 10 yr» .. 94.00 IO 00.10. SUN BONNETS of rllmity. pink and whits stripe, blue and white strip?, aiso all <j- r white, sizes I to 12 yrs .. **<•• - : S GIRLS' OUTING HAT?, of navy, red and cadet galatea: also cf white pique; -n_ soft crown, stitched brim. »?UV» WHITE CORDED SWISS CAPS. «(» all sizes. IVC » GIRLS' WAISTS of white lawn, full front, neck and sleeves trimmed with edging; can be worn as a gulmpe or with skirt?, pa. Blacs 4 to 12 yrs.. . « *»* BOYS* AND GIRLS' TAN BUTTON OR LACE SHOES. mode.rat»ly heavy rxtensicn soles, hand sewed, sizes T to lOVj. $2.00; 11 to 2. JR^.nO. 60-62 West 23d St. REED & BARTON, SILVERSMITHS, Broadway and 17th Street, N.Y. 6 Maiden Lane. N. Y. CARPET THE c H. BROWN co A! CJIAlOStlft 221 EASt 3Sth St., an* UICANOINU 525 West 23rd St. Steam 6 Air. Altering & Relaying. M. 1531 3StH. CARPET GLEANING. J. & W. WILLIAMS. ESTABLISHED »3 west wth st. .0-7- Cartage free. Alt-ring and R»laytaa\. 18/3. s.->nl p.«MI. Telnphon- 8W» Columbu*. FOURTH M A\ BITTEy BY A ST. BERSABO. HE TEARS OFF THE LOBE OF A MAX'S EAR IS SOUTH-ST.-POLICE COMPLAIN OF HIM. The big brown St. Bernard dog owned by Jolia Fagen. a saloonkeeper, of No. 12 South-st.. ha» been a terror all along South-st.. from Whitehall to Fulton, for some time. He has bitten at least four men. the last one having been attacked last night. George H. Spiertn. a tugboat cook, was petting the Ivrute when it sprang at him and sank Its fangs Into his left ear. tearing the lobe so that it is not expected to grow on again, although Dr. Page, of the Hudson Street Hospital, sewed up the rent. The police complain of the dog. and say that when they try the locks of Fagen' s place at night he bounds against the door with the fury of a .ion. Spierin Is fifty-four years old and a veteran of tna Civil War, having served m the 47th Regiment, Company B. New-York Volunteers. G. CROCKER A\'D PRICE. M'CORMICK S CO. LIABILITY OF SPECIAL PARTNER FOR INSOLVENT FIRM'S OBLIGATIONS DISCUSSED IN WALL STREET. There is some discussion in Wall Street as ts the status of "Crocker as a member of th« insolvent firm of Price. MeCormlcl* & Co. Mr. Crocker Is the special partner, having contributed $500,000 to the firm's capital, and as such hi* 11*" blllty would be limited to that Bum. It 13 the opinion of some men in the Street, how ever, that it may develop that Mr Crocker had taken so active an interest In the conduct of tlia firm's affairs as to cause him to be classed as a general partner. In which case he would be held liable for a percentage of the firm's debts pro portional to his share of the total capital invested. It Is understood that the total capital was Jl.Kft-* 000. which would make Mr Crocker; In case It should be decided that ho was a general partner. liable for 33 1-3 per cent of the Indebtedness; and. as th« schedules filed by Iks assignee on Friday showed that the liabilities exceeded the assets W im.au Mr Crocker's additional liability would be 176.213. On this point ex-Judge William J. Curtis, the assignee, sad yesterday: It Is the accepted Idea that a man Hues •pa* c!al partner in a firm fcr the reason thai is «uca he may escape all but the limited liability for tna debts Incurred by that firm. A creditor may. of course-, institute proceedings to ascertain the extent of a special partner's liability. Mi Crocker ha* been acting by advice cf competent counsel, .ma n« will oppose any sorb action. I feel sure. Should the Court hold Mr. Crocker liable-, the creditor* will be much benefited, but to what extent I am not prepared to say. as I have not given tiM matter much thought. The recent sharp advance In the price of cottoa has been of some advantage t-> Price. McConnld & Co.'s creditors, as it has increased the .iSeSta by several thousand dollars. THREATEXED COSBVI \TT>> LIFE. Kingston. Jamaica. June —A sailor name* Burke entered the Cnlted States Consulate to-day and demanded money fr<->m Consul Kthelbert Watts. Being refused. Uurke became violent aj>d threat ened the Consul's life, it* was secured and handed over to ike police befo:<» he could execut* n» threat. ATTEMPTS gnr/oi AT COKEY // > • i v/>. A man savins, the nan of A. '-':■■■ attempted suicide yesterday morning it Herman stadi'» hotel, Coney Island, by iiirmntj on the gas ia W» bedroom there. He was rtmoveil In an ur.coasclofM condition to the Kings County Hospital. In as* picket were a notebook. In which was written ••O. A Durieh. ase«»t. No. €S7 State-st.." and a number of Insurance policies. H was s.\ld at tB« hospital last ever.ins th;it P-,:rk-h. which was ts« name under which he waa rc-eivod at the hospital, would be well enough tt> leave the hospital to-4*T- ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OX A STREETCAR. ... * IMwnr.l Bailey, a pallor, twenty-two years old. .lit; at No. 21J» Bowery. Is ioche«l up l:\ the \V#st One hundred ami Hftl police station be caaM he attempted to snatch a purM Mi tbs band* of Mrs. Mary Burke, of No. 413 West Forty olKhth-st.. as he passed In from of her to fet off a streetcar. He then made a Jump lor the pave* tnent, •tumbled and fall. Before he ik>ulil rtse th* conductor grabbed him. Policeman W#»t«:h«n»»f»; o( the \v««t Fortr-««v«nth««t. puUaa »t»ttsn. en ajs way downtown, arrama Bailey. TJa* aam •» , tilr.f d SI 15.