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Citu Office Complete.
. tUT TELEGUAni ra THK TRint'XK.l
Washington, May 11.— s. W. Tulloch, comply
ing w-ith a second r^aueat o£ the Postmaster
General that ho furnish Information In veri
fication of his publishe.l Interview, chr^rpiisc:
prave Irregularities in the Washington city
postoSlce, has agreed to prepare a statement
•which he -will <s««rid to Mr. Payne by Friday of
this •week.
The Postmaster General's second request was
in th« form of a letter to Fourth Assistant Post
master- Generr.l Brisiow, reiterating the opinion
that Mr. Tulloch ought to furnish all the In
formation in his possession. This letter was
■ajßaßttteol to Mr. Tulloch yesterday by two in-
Fpector*. to whom he gave a verbal summary of
the grounds for the charges and promised to
prepare ■ written statement later. When the
Tulloch interview was published Mr. Payne
v.-rote to ex-Portroaster General Charles Emory
Frr.ith. Postmaster Merritt. Controller Trace
«paH and Mr Bristow, asking for infov
mation regarding the charges made. Latf-r
he wro*.o to Mr. Tulloch. asking for a more ex
plicit statement, but the latter, believing that
the replies of the men named must have snir>
stantiated his charges and offended at certain
language used in reference to himself by Mr.
Payne, refused to say anything more without
first seeing the replies which the Postmaster
General bad already received. Mr. Payne's
second appeal, however, will be complied with
in writing, as it has already been verbally.
PostcTTice inspectors have completed an in
vaatflgatiaa. of the Washington city office. Post
saaatw General Payne Fiiid this afternoon that
a corps of inspectors had been thoroughly over
*amdß|f( the local office for some time. Their
report* however, has not yet been submitted,
and Am results of the inspection have not been
made V'nown.
Actfn? Superintendent Fosnes of the free
delivery division and his asistant. Inspector
Thorpe, of New- York, are making a rigid in-
EpeetHm of the files of the free delivery ser
vice, and the former is proceeding with
caution in signing the great bulk of papers
■which have to be approved every day. Much
of the mail has been signed perfunctorily, on
the authority of a subordinate official, who
initials the papers, but the current business of
the free delivery service is now being subjected
to a careful examination as a neceaaarjr in
cident to the investigation.
Lieut. Chester Reports That Monitor Must
Wait at St. Genevieve for a Flood.
Washington. May 11.— Lieutenant Chester, tne of
the wat h officers of the monitor Arkansas, arrived
at the N.ivy Department this morning from St.
Genevieve. wh» r. tac itwiifi is lying, and reported
that in his judgment it would be impossible for
a*a to mak' her way down l!:e Ittaabuippl t;II nexl
pprir.g unless ;>n unexpected and unseasonable
flood occurred.
The Navy Department officials will make their
plans acc'jrdii!p;!y. Some of the vessel's crew will
be transferred to other varahisa ::i the East and
those remaining <<n ■:!•• Ark.-'i:s:> ■ wil! put in Ihe
rummer and autumn In coaaprebeaalve drills
<rcirh trill probably m.-;k<- the boat an attraction
■„ n*«sterD peopic. Th< Arkansas was nna'.ly ac
i "■}!:<•-<] by the Aot'nsr Secretary of the Navy to-
O !>y. !ipvir.?; fulfilled all the revttrementa of her
The Case Beaches the Supreme Court, but
Cannot Be Argued Before October.
v.-jthlr-stor.. May'U.— TEe record In the case of
thr- \:nit<xl States asatiKl tbe-Northern Securities
Cibscpaiiri recently 'decided by the United States
circuit Court for h. District of Minnesota against
the Securities Company, reached the Tnited States
Supreme Court to-dny on appeal, and was docketed
as No. 630. The docket covers almost seventeen
bondred printed pages, and Is confined largely to
•;■ t«sttaionv. Ex-Attorney General GricßS, Fran
cis Lyndc Btetson. of New- York; C. W. Bunn,
George B. Young and M. D. Grover enter their ap
pearanoe as counsel for Ite company. As the call
of the docket has been suspended for the present
fr.Tr;. the case cannot be called before next Oc
Interstate Commerce Commission Calls the
Union Pacific to Account.
Washington. May 11.— The Interstate Commerce
Commission has begun an investigation to deter
mine whether The payments or allowances made by
the Union Parifl- Railroad Company to Peavey &
Co., of Kansas City and Council Bhiffp. for grain
elevator facilities or service and the grain rates
made to that concern by the Tnion Pacific are in
violation of the Interstate Commerce law. The
Urlon Pacific is made the respondent in the pro
ceedings and has h'< n ordered to fll» a full answer
to the charges by May 25. and to explain the al
lered rebates satisfactorily at a hearing to be
fixed hereafter.
Generals Schwan and Blis to Address
"Washington. May 11.-Twenty-Elx of the recently
appointed members of the General Staff of the
army assembled at the rooms of the War College
board to-«av. The correspondence between Secre
tary Root and General Young regarding the staff
•was read, and there was a brief discussion of the
duties of the staff. To-morrow the officers will
listen to an informal talk from General Schwan.
r-lired. who has been giving the matter a great
deal of attention. The following day General Bliss,
who is to bo a member of the General Staff, will
r^r<«« the officers. It is expected that a num
ber of boards will created to consider various
matters pertaining to the army.
The New Militia Law Suggests Similar Leg
islation for Navy.
Washington. May 11 (Special).— The naval author
ities are- greatly interested in the success 1 which
has attended the Interest taken by the National
Guardsmen in the new militia law. It is one of the
pjans or the Navy Department to provide a naval
reserve. This." of course, requires special legisla
tion, and to that end. it Is understood, Lieutenant
Fiank X Hill, now attached to the buivau of
ordnance, will apply himself. Lieutenant Hill has
been acting as as Inspector of militia, which or
raniiation he describes as varying in quality from
excellent to very poor. They pursue different lines
o* drill, routine, etc.. and are lacking In uniform
ity of organization and management. The depart
ment a scheme contemplates some such method as
that adopted for the national militia, so that the
raval NMTV* may lx- uniformly equipped and
brought under a "similarity of control and Identity
The naval militia has been Indifferent to any effort
the Vavv P artn : ent has made for its improve
mVnt. but it Is hoped now to work up a sentiment.
that by the time Congress meets there will be
combined action in behalf of the legislation for a
mvsi reserve.
Slight Decline in Condition of Win
ter Wheat Since April 1.
Washington. May. 11.— monthly crop report
issued by the Agricultural Department shows the
average condition of winter wheat on May 1 to be
92.t>, against 97.3 on April 1. The acreage is 33.107,000.
The report follows:
Returns to the statistician of the Department of
Agriculture made up to May 1 show the area under
winter wheat in cultivation on that date to have
been about 33.107.000 acres. This is 054.000 acres, or
2.8 per cenl, less than the area sown last fall, and
4,525,000 acres, or I.">.S per cent. in excess of the area
of winter wheat harvested iast year. The per
centage of abandoned acreage in all the Important
winter wheat growing States is unusually small,
the abandonment. Including the area to be cut for
hay. reaching 109,000 acres only in Kansas, Texas
ami California. For the area remaining under
cultivation the average condition on May 1 was
92.6. against a condition of 97.3 for the total area,
sown reported on April 1. 19C3. and 7C.4 on May 1.
3902: MJ at the corresponding date in 1901. and
82.5 the mean of the averages of the last ten
years for the arc;is remaining under cultivation on
May 1. While there- has manifestly been some de
terioration of condition during the month, special
field agents dispatched to the principal winter
wheat States on the occurrence of the frost of
April 30 and May 1 report the wheat cro;« as piac
tically uninjured by the cold snap. - - ♦
The following table shows for the principal
States the averages of condition on May 1. the cor
responding averages one month, one year and two
years ago. and the mean of the corresponding
averages for the last ten years: '
May I, Arril 1. May 1. May 1. year
State*: 1803. 1908. . . IMS. WOl. .ay age.
Kansas H «T 57 . 105 .»
Missouri *7 S«5 i»l J<KJ ~
California 83 M 88 *•» 12
Irdiana »5 i»7 74 »J 'i
Nebraska M 9fi «♦ •* t'
Ohio .. . St.". I*7 7», W i»
Illlcois «•-' W >7 . l'W •»
Pennsylvania . . •-.:. 1<» W M ,bO
Oklahoma ... I' 7 I<*> «5 M t«i
Texas BO 9* '<> ■ ->■* '*|
TVnnes9*e .... S> M «7 ' ™ "i
Michigan «<> SO •»« '* ■ -»J _
United States.. 1*2.6 «7.S 76.4 1>4.1 •*>-->
•Fly» years. tThree years.
The average condition of winter rye on May 1
was 93.3. as compared with 97.9 on April 1. DJSJ.
83.4 on May 1. IMS: 94.6 at the corresponding dato
In 1931. and SS.-J. tho mean of the May averages of
the last ten years. New- York reports 8S and Per.n
sylvanla and Michigan each 94. these three States
containing sfi per cent of ttie total winter r>o
acreage of the country. . i o _j 0
a< The S average condition of meadow mowing lands
on May 1 was 12.8, against 86.6 on May 1. 190-: 9-.8
at the corresponding date in 1901. and 90.4, _ the
mean of the May averages of the ££tenyeaw.
The averaga condition of spring pastures on May
1 was 92 ™liurt 54.9 on May 1. iyO2. 91.5 at the cor
responding date In 1901. and 89.9. the mean of th<^
May averages of the last ten years. a few States
The conditions which, in mowing lands and
have been favorable to meadow mowing lands ana
Tpasturea have, with almost equal uniform
ltv been unfavorable to spring ploughing and the
proportion. 57.9 per cent, of the amount reported
5s contemplated that was actually done up toMaj
1 was th."- lowest, with one exception, in twenty
years. The area ploughed up to the correspondinK
date Jast year was 72.3 per cent of the total
amount Intended, and was within one-half of 1
per cent of the ten year average.
Statistician Brown, of the New-York Produce
Fxchange. yesterday figured the government crop
report as indicating a winter wheat crop of 546.
2C5.000 bushels. This compares with last month's
Indication of 559. 411,000 bushels, the reduction being
due. in the first place, to a decline in condition
from 97 3 to 92.6, which, according to the statistl
i"e from Amount ttg. ****?££* havir ' B
reported the abandonment of 9(54.00*) acres.
Officially Reported as Large as Hens' Eggs
at Port Royal
Washtawton. May 11 (Special). -Officers of the
Navy Department who have seen the official re
port' from Ova Engineer Mackay. in charge of
the engineering work at the Port Royal naval sta
tion, are amused at his statement of the dimen
sions of some hailstones which fell in a storm at
that station on May 4. He describes a destructive
thunderstorm as having visited the locality. He
Bays that nearly six hundred panes of glass were
broken and for five or six minutes at the begin
ning of the storm "lumps" of ice descended, the
largest of which, by personal measurement, was
three inches thick by four inches long, the jagged
edgo? having the appearance of snow ice. The
majority were outwardly of hard, clear ice. with
white or opaque centres, these stones being about
as large as hens' egjgs." This is supposed to be
the first official authentication of the proverbial
supposition that the hailstone must be the size
of a hen's egg. Civil Engineer Mackay s measure
ments verify the traditional dimensions.
Opposition to Proposed Regulations Restrict
ing Vacancies.
Washington. May U (Special) — Enlisted men In
the army who have a chance of obtaining cQmmis
slons are greatly exercised over the action of
Judge Advocate General Davis and Secretary Root
in preparing an order which will have the effect of
appointing enlisted men who pass the examination
of next September to such vacancies as are avail
able on the preceding July L For many years it
has been the custom, after the West Pointers have
been appointed, to reserve all other vacancies for
rnlisted men who are eligible to promotion. When
the successful candidates have exceeded the num
ber of available vacancies, certificates of eligibil
ity have been furnished to the surplus men. and
they have been regarded as eligible to appointment
In the twelve, months succeeding the September
when they passed their examination. This limUa
tion of the vacancies to those places which exist
at a date two months before the enlisted men pass
their examinations is regarded in some quarters
as arbitrary action of great injustice to the en
listed men who are on the eligible roll as successful
candidates for army commissions. It is under
stood that this view has Deen pointed out to Mr.
Root and considerable interest is taken in the
prospect that he may abandon the idea which he
has under consideration and which, it is understood,
he favors to some extent. It is probable that this
year the incident would make littlf oifT^-ence, be
cause for the enlisted men to pass the examina
tions in September next there are likely to be
enough vacancies on July 1 to anticipate the eli
eibles' 1 and to provide as well for a large number
of civilians but the new method of appointment
would eventually prove discouraging for the soldier
who Is working for a commission.
, • ■ —
Due to Overcrowding — Relief To Be Given
by Use of Tents.
Washington. May 11.— Overcrowding at naval
training stations along the Atlantic coast is caus
ing concern to the Navy Depanment. There has
been considerable sickness among the men recent
ly, it is feared, due to this cause. Cases of diph
theria have occurred at Norfolk and Newport,
meningitis at League Icland and scarJetina at
New- York. The department has decided to relieve
the congestion by quartering- the overflow In tents.
Two hundred tents have already been placed In
service at League -Island, and a similar course
probably will be pursued at New- York. At Norfolk
tents have beea satisfactorily used for several
weeks. The Yankee, the Dixie and the Cleveland,
which will shortly go Into commission, will take
their crews from the most crowded stations, and
show overcrowd
,"l Puget Sound and San Francisco, and the
d.^iartmeiii has authorized the quartering of tho
n'n b en I throughout the summer. Con»r«ji
wiil b^ urced at its next session to provide shore
Quarters f6r the men at the training stations, in
steld of aboard the antiquated hulks now in use
The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery contends that
the health of the men will be improved therrt»y
It is believed also that desertions will decrease
materially If the recruits are better cared for when
first enlisted. .
Neither Nevada N. Stranahan. Collector of the
Port nor Mr. Hamilton, his solicitor, appeared to
be much impressed yesterday by the statements
of ex-Special Treasury Agent Theobald about hl«
knowUdg^ of smuggled diamonds In this city.
-If Mr Theobald has this information." said the
<'nt'i" to- "nobody knows better than he that thera
N bg"ch"r,.- to max. some money in prosecut
ing t'.e cals.'; for U» government pays a liberal
Worm*, o. T.b.
Police Captain Samuel Hardy, of Brooklyn, who
■was suspended last week under charges of neglect
of duty growing out of the Key. Dr. Cortland
Myers's protests against poolroom*, made applica
tion for retirement on a pension yesterday. A«
Hbhlvwm appointed a policeman in 1«66 under a
law applicable only to Brooklyn, there is a question
as to hs right to ret. r. ... a pension when he Is
f-nd-r charge--. General Greene yesterda) decided
in Jk for an opinion from Corporation Counsel
Klvm bifore i taking action on Hardy* application.
General Davis Reports the Close of
a Successful Campaign.
- "Washington, May 11.— War Department
has received the following dispatch concerning
operations in the*. Island of Mindanao:
■ . Manila. May 10, 1903.
Adjutant-General, Washington:
Captain John J. Pershlng has completed a ■ir
cuit of Lake L-inno via the oast coast from
Camp Vicars. Had a sharp fight at Taraca.
Captured ten fort?, many prisoner*, thlrty-slx
lantacas and sixty rifles. All other dattos
friendly. Liberated Y>risoners. destroyed hostile
forts and lantacas. Our losFep. two Wiled and
four wounded. ■ '
Every hostile Lanao datto has now been
chastised. All Moros know our friendship is
valuable, and is freely extended to all v/ho de
serve It. No property, Have hostile fort?, has
been molested. Troops returning to Vicars via
the west coast. * . •'
Moro labor eager for employment on the roaqs
and sheiter buildings: former about finished;
the latter progressing rapidly. Troops have be
haved splendidly, not only in contending fan
atical savage foe, but a dreaded disease, and
beßides had to construct many miles of road
through tropical jungle. - • ' '•
Xo more hostilities nre anticipated. beyond oc
casional sniping . ..' ■ DAVIS.
Secretary Root sent the following cable dis
patch to General Davis to-day:
■I congratulate you on the workdoneln Min
danao. Express to Captain Pershlnc and offi
cers and men under his command the thanks
of the War Department ■ for their able and
effective accomplishment of a difficult and im
portant task. • - * • ■
Pershing's Column Kills Many Natives Near
Manila., May 11.— Straggling Moros attacked
the rear guard of Captain Pershing's column,
near Bacolod. Island of Mindanao, on Saturday
morning, wounding Lieutenant Rutegles and
one soldier. The guard killed all of the at
The latest reports place the number of Moros
killed at the capture of Taraca at three hun
Brigadier-General Sumner. commanding the
Department of Mindanao, has issued a congrat
ulatory order to Captain Pershing's troops.
Recommendations of Monetary Commission
ers Sent to Governor Taft.
Washington, May 11.— Secretary Root. Mr. Ide. of
the Philippine Commission; Colonel Edwards., of
the Insular Bureau, and members of the Monetary
Commisslon held a conference to-day and dis
cussed the Philippine monetary situation in its
relation to the operation of the new currency laws
fcr the islands. After the conference the follow
ing cable message was sent to Governor Taft. for
Ms Information:
Taft. Manila: Henry C. Ide. Charles A. Conant
and Professor Jeremiah \V. .lenks recommend no
time be fixed for establishment of coM stindard
until full preparations have been made covering
in detail methods of maintaining parity. Letter
on the subject will be mailed you in a few days.
Recommend continuing present policy as to fixing
ratio between Mexican and I'nited States currency.
Recommend no legislation to interfere with either
Import or export of Mexican dollars. Recommend
ultimately taking up Spanish Filipino currency at
approximate bullion value. Recommend that Mexi
cans be not taken up at any time by Philippine
Government, but their use discouraged by receiv
ing them for government duties only at rates below
bullion value after sufficient supply of new cur
rency is on hand to meet wants of business. Sec
retary of War approves all these recommenda
lions.- ____^___ EDWARDS.
Manila. May 11.— A petition, signed exclu
sively by Filipino women, has been presented
to Archbishop Guidi. the Apostolic Delegate in
the Philippine Islands, asking for the retention
of the friars. It declares that no reason ex
ists for their expulsion, asserts that their with
drawal will leave hundreds of parishes without
spiritual advisers, and says that a small mi
nority Is responsible for the anti-friar move
Fresh Outbreak Causes Much Concern to Sec
retary Wilson.
Washington, May 11.— The State Department has
informed the Department of Agriculture that the
foot and mouth disease has again broken out In
the Argentine Repub.lc. and that the exportation
of animals from the country has been prohibited.
Secretary Wilson views the outbreak with great
concern, and says that if the disease once gels a
foothold on the open ranges In Argentina the re
sults must be serious to the livestock industry
there. A part of the fight against the epidemic in
Xew-England has been made w!th a view to keep
ing the disease from spreading Into the West,
where the greatest danger would exist. The foot
and-mouth disease is not new to the Argentine Re
public. The British Government quarantined
against Argentina on this account for about two
years, but the quarantine was removed several
weeks ago.
Secretary Wilson to-day received word of a fresh
outbreak of the disease in a herd at FraminKham
Mass It was believed by the department officials
that the epidemic had beer, wiped out in New-Eng
land Secretary Wilson said to-day that he had
contemplated lifting the quarantine altogether from
New-England in a fortnight, but that action must
now be postponed indefinitely. The quarantine has
been lifted from all the States ori inally involved
except Massachusetts, and New-Hampshire, and it
Is impossible to foretell, particularly in view o[
the approaching w:.rm weather, when the restrio
ttve measures against those States can be remo\ed.
Petition of the North to Join the Wash
ington Heights Rejected.
By a vote of 48 to S the members of the Pres
bytery of New-York decided at their regular meet
ing, which was held in the Old First Presbyterian
Church. Fifth-aye. and Eleventh-st.. yesterday af
ternoon to deny the petition of the congregation of
the North Church, in West Thlrtieth-st., to con
solidate with the Washington Heighs Church, in
West One-hundred-and-flfty-third-at.
The land on which the North Church now stands
has been condemned for the new Pennsylvania
tunnel station, and the trustees of the church
have received $172,500 for the property.
The Rev. Dr. George Alexander, the Rev. Dr.
John B. Shaw, the Rev. Dr. W. R. Richards, Rush
Taggart and H. W. Jessup were appointed a com
mittee at the last meeting of the Presbytery to con
sider the plan of the North and Washington
Heights churches uniting. This committee report
ed adversely at the meeting yesterday. B Among
other things the report deprecated the fact that
the Sunday school of the North Church had been
disbanded practically, and that the uniting of the
churches would "form an artificial union and de
stroy the organic continuity of both congrega
tion^" The report urged the members of the
North Church to consult the Church Extension
Committee as to the selection of a new site for
the North Church. This will be done.
Washington. May 11.-Director Roberts of the
Mint Bureau to-day purchased 175.000 ounces of
silver in several lots, aggregating 64.374 cents an
ounce; 423.000 ounces were offered.

Borough President Cantor yesterday In justifica
tion of his appointment of Henry S. Thompson.
Superintendent of Buildings, in place of Perez M.
Stewart, removed, directed attention to the follow
ing indorsement from "The Real Estate Record and
The ,-ew Superintendent of Buildings Henry S.
tC n«nn has as yet, announced no changes in
?. h TCrtment' but it Is understood that he will
hlS^?«n^ chief inspector and a new secretary.
m? Thompson while youn* in years. Is a builder
Mr. T»nJ?nnal experience, and also ha« the advan
ce ofas" n"fl training. As the former head
of a very Urge building concern he COM! with a
ri^rH th«t f*w men of hie calling anywhere .an
ma?ch BynomS is he lifted from otoeUTlty
h«inr appointed to the moM important office
that a builder .... *u.-h | can occupy in America.
\Vhi\- -ecretting the retirement of his predecessor.
•>The Record .Virt Guide" h. «itate S not to extend
Its bee i |MM to the new Incumbent
Immigrants on Wrecked Vessel Had
to Drink Sea Water. f
Norfolk, Va.. May 11.— The 433 shipwrecked
Portuguese immigrants from the barkentine
Vera Cruz 111. driven ashore at Ocracoke In- \
let, N. C. on Saturday night, are still being
cared for on the coast to-day. A revenue cut
ter will carry them to New-Bedford. Mass..
whither the barkentine was bound. Of the im
migrants 300 are men. One man -died from
starvation. The others are well.
; A thrilling story of the experience at sea of
the barkenttne came here to-day by the gov
ernment seacoast telegraph from Hatteras.
N. C. The Verm Cruz, bound from the Cape
Verde Islands to New-Bedford, Mass., was
within 135 miles of the Massachusetts coast two
weeks ago. when a terrific storm carried away
her sails and drove her far out to sea. It was
thought the craft would founder, "and most of
those aboard abandoned all hope of reaching
shore. - Jury sails .were rigged, but another
storm carried them away.
The bark»ntlne arrived oft Ocracoke helpless
on Friday afternoon. The immigrants had been
drinking seu water for nve days, and food of all
kinds had given out. The immigrants' baggage
and part of the ships deckload had to be burned
to make as good condensation of salt water as
possible. The next night a storm drove the ship
ashore. All the immigrants are destitute and
dependent on charity until the government takes
charge of them. ' . ~ ••■ ■•\-_ _„_„
The Merritt & Chapman Wrecking Company
intended sending the steamer Rescue to make
an immediate attempt to save the Vera Cruz
which lies high and dry. but later this plan was
abandoned, and W. S. Tooker. the agent. left
here this afternoon by rail to inspect the \essel
and ascertain if she is worth saving.
An Attempt to Avoid Payment of Immigrant
Head Tax Indicated.
Washington. May 11— Information reached the
Immigration Bureau- of the Treasury Department
to-day that from two hundred to five hundred
Portuguese immigrants bad been landed at Oc
racoke Inlet, N. C on Saturday, from the Vera
Cruz, a Portuguese vessel plying between Cape
Verd ■ and New- Bed ford. Tho revenue cutter Bout
well was immediately dispatched to . Ocracoke to
Investigate. Reports received were from officials
of the lighthouse and lifesavlng services and al
though meagre, indicated that .be \ era Cruz had
attempted to lnnd the immigrants at this out-of
the-way place to avoid payment of the head tax of
J2 The Vera Cruz went ashore, and is reported to
l> An^ntesngaMon may develop that the y,ra Cruz
put Into Ocracoke on account of t tn c weather and
went Tshore in a galo. Some of the telegrams re
ceived state that the immigrants are in a starling
condition. ■
Governor Odell Signs Bill to Investigate
Passaic Trunk Sewer, and Many Others.
Albany. May 11 (Special).— Governor Odell signed
sixty-one bills to-day passed by the legislature,
some of them of considerable importance.
One of these was Senator Stewart's bill author
izing the Governor to appoint a commission to
learn whether the waters of New-York harbor
are to be polluted by sewage from New-Jersey.
The commission is to have five members, who are
"to investigate the alleged contemplated construc
tion of a sewer or sewers in the State of New-
Jersey and the discharge therefrom into the waters
of New-York Bay." The commission is to confer
with the authorities of New-Jersey and to make
"such investigations as it may deem advisable to
determine the character of such threatened pollu
tion. If any. and the means necessary to effectually
prevent the same in order to protect the health
of this State." The commission is to report to the
Governor the result of its Investigation, "together
with such recommendations as to needed legisla
tion or other action on the part of the State to
prevent the pollution of the bay as it may deem
advisable" on or before February 1. 1904.
Another act sl«ned by the Governor was the bill
of Assemblyman Rogers, appropriating $100,000 to
pay the tuition fees of non-resident pupils from
schools not maintaining an academic department
in schools maintaining such a department. The
money Is to be expended upon the joint certificate
of the Chancellor of the University of the State
and of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
"in accordance with regulations jointly established
ov them to such schools as maintain a course of
Ptudv approved by them." Governor Odall recom
mended that provision should be made for the pay
ment of the tuition fees of the non-resident pupils
at the University Convocation last July
Governor iMell also signed Senator Amblers bill
relative to the adulteration of food products. The
act says that confectionary shall be considered to
have been adulterated if it contains terra alba,
barvtes talc, chmrao yellow or other mineral sub
stances or poisonous colors or flavors. An article
of food is to be considered as "mis-branded If tt
be mixed colored, powdered or stained in a man
ner whereby damage or inferiority is concealed.
State Superintendent Disburses $3,575,180 —
Largest Amount Ever Paid Out in One Day.
Albany, May -Charles R. Skinner. State Super
intendent of Public Instruction, to-day signed and
forwarded to the several county treasurers of the
State checks aggregating $3,575,180 75. These checks
are for the State school moneys apportioned by the
department to the various counties. The aggregate
apportionment is $3.995,(*A The checks range in
amount from $i.WM4. to Hamilton County, to
*1.2f5.."8!* 56 apportioned and paid to greater New-
York. This payment la the largest ever made in
any oni» day from the State Department.
Governor Signs Bill Authorizing City to Bear
Half the Cost of Improvements.
Albany, May 11 (Special!.- Governor Oriel! to-day
signed a bill abolishing more than sixty grade
crossings of highways and railroads in the Borough
of Brooklyn. It was introduced by Assemblyman
Morg2n. and is intended to provide for ne-essary
changes of grade of streets and of portions of the
railroad and right of way of the New-York. Brook
lyn and Manhattan Beach Railway Company,
leased to the I>ong Island Hailroad Company, and
the Brooklyn Union Elevated Railroad Company,
leased to the Brooklyn Heights Rr-.ilroad Company.
The changes to be made are defined in the act.
Mayor Low is to appoint a grade crossing commis
sion of five members to superintend the work.
The act says that one-half of the cost of the grade
crossing Improvement shall be borne by the city
and one-half by the railroads, but the city is not
to be called upon to expend over R.jMt.ow on th.it
part of the improvement to b«- kno*-n .is "the Bay
Ridge Improvement," nor more than J750.000 on that
part to be known as "the Brighton Beach Im
orovfment " Any cost in excess of these amounts
is to be borne and paid by the railroad corpora
tions already named.
J. S. Hord. Who Prosecuted Naval Officers
... at Porto Rico. Here.
John S. Hord. who until a short time ago was
chief of the internal revenue service of Porto Rico,
arrived here yesterday on the steamer Philadel
phia from San Juan, with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Hord's resignation has generally been consid
ered as a forced one, owing to his zeal in prosecut
ing charges of smuggling preferred against United
States naval officers connected with the squadron
which has been manoeuvring in the neighborhood
or Porto Rico. Some of the officers went ashore,
and It was charged that they took dutiable articles
with them.
Mr. Hord was loath to discuss his resignation.
"In these cases," he said, "the procedure was aa
provided by th« revenue laws of Porto Rico and In
the light of all the precedents established by the
two years' operation of these laws. I shall go to
Washington in the course of the next three days
to make some interrogation*. There are some
matters on which I am not clear."
In regard to the story that Attorney <V-n»ra!
Knox had sent a dispatch to San Juan directing
that the prosecution be dropped he said that the
District Attorney In the island, N. B K. Pcttlngill.
bad caused to be published In "The Sun Juan
News" what' purported to be a dispatch from At
torney General Knox dlrectin* him not to proaa
cute these eases.
Axminster Carpets
The designs are effective in color
ing and most decorative, and tho
fabric has undisputed wearing qual
The direct route from Chicago is via The North- 1
Western Line. Four trains per day, with unexcelled
service of chair cars, parlor cars, dining cars and Pullman
compartment and drawing-room sleeping cars.
The "Best of EVrptMng.
The North =Western Limited '
\ is an electric-lighted, superbly appointed night traia between
Chicago and St. Panl-Minneapolis, diily. Perfect equip
ment*rtga ticket, via tW. route For fun
Information call en or address H. A. GROSS
•;en - l Eastern AR^nt-
Chicago 4 North-Western Ry.
s^^ 401 DreailfTajr. s
Xciv York.
Two Thousand People Homeless— Defective
Water Supply.
Ottawa. May 11.— In the western part of this
city a Bolitary chimney or broken walls stand
ing here and there and wreckage still smolder
ing'tell the tale of an awful conflagration which
laid waste the area between the Ottawa and
Parry Sound Railway tracks on the east. Albert
on the north, and the tracks of the Canadian
Pacific Prescott line and Third-aye. on the west.
About two hundred and fifty houses were de
stroyed, probably 2.000 people are homeless
and the financial loss is about ?5u0,000. One
half of this amount, possibly more, is covered by
insurance. No lives are known to have been
lost. Every available vehicle in the city was
used in moving furniture from the fire area.
For a time the whole city was threatened.
Nearly an hour elapsed without any water,
through an accident to the water pipe, and in
this time the nre .made great headway, travel
ling over wood piles and extending cityward.
Assistance arrived from Montreal, but was
not required. The military was called out
to aid the civil power in combating the flam*!".
The fire started in the lumber piles, and while
the theory that it was the work of an incendiary
was generally believed last night, doubts are
thrown upon this to-day. If is said that the
fire was seen In the grass before it seized the
lumber. There were from 10.000.000 to 15,000
000 feet of lumber burned. The buildings de
stroyed are dwelling houses and scores. The
fire st^stel at 3:30 p. m.
The City Council to-day appointed a relief
committee which has opened a 11*1 : for sub
scriptions. It will remain open for ten days,
and will be for local contributions onl>. The
city will appropriate $10,0<>»>.
San Francisco Highbinders Had Planned to
Kill Three Hundred.
San Francisco. May 11.— Four of the eleven
presidents of the See Yup Society have been ar
rested on a charge of conspiracy to murder the
three hundred members of the Chinese Society
of English Education. Two of them. Oee Hong
On, who is not only the president of the On Tick
Highbinder Tong. but of the See Tups, and I-ee
Ying. president of the Bow Leong Tong. have
confessed to the police. The other seven presi
dents are In hiding, but will be arrested as fast
as they can be found, upon . harges of con
spiracy to commit murder.
It is" believed that the evidence a'read> ob
tained is sufficient to send them all to the peni
tentiary for long terms. The men under the ban
of the See Yup Society were suspected of glMng
the authorities information regarding gambling
under poli- c protection in Chinatown.
Washington. May U.-Thr following army and
navy orders have been issued:
Fim Ueiterant KuUH'.TO. VAN HORN, from 17th In
fantry «• '2th infantry, ompany C.
_. , T ,„,.„,.. F"£AN"CIS J. XrOONXELJ.. frr>m 12th
In£n?ry to lllh Influitry. Ueut^n.nt MCo.XXKLL
from rwruittn* duty. Scranton, Join proper station.
Captain DWIGHT E. AIXTMAS. artillery ccrps. to
Cactaln Uftl— P. DAVISON. sth Infantry. t:om
M Washington Barrack* to Platt.burg Barracks.
The following officers will report to examining
board at Fort Monroe:
\falor CHARUE3 NEWROLJ}. paymaster. r«!lev»d from
dtity Department of Texaa. June 15; proe*«i home M
await mlrement. N AVY
■ear Admiral F. J. HIGGIX3ON. detached genera! board
July 1. to be commajniant navy yard. Wa»htn«tot».
U«utenant Commander J. H. SEARS. detached ■ branch
bydrographlo omce. .N«w-V-:k. to Brooklyn M exfeu
tlve officer.
Tj^ufnarit E. WiNSHIP. from Navai H««pltal. N*»w
Tork. '-> San Francisco as assistant Inspector tr.ion
Iron Work*.
LJmtenant C. E. r.II.FIN dMacbed Hartford; horn«.
Chaplain C. Q WRIOHT. detached Massachusetts; horn».
PMMd Assistant Burg«on R. X SMITH, detached Wis
MH.hlrrr.an A. ANDREW? detached Main*: to^phte.
paymaster W T GRAT. detached Dolphin; to navy yard,
i^ajru* Island.
Assistant P«yniMt»r r, A. DEEHING. d«t*eh»d FT«Jrt»j
to Dolphin.
Assistant Paym*st«r D. C. CROWELU appoint**.
E are offering a largo
assortment of patterns
of the well-known
A STFCK PIANO is not to be :
round in a variety store. Its .
half century of intimate asso
ciation with all that is highest
and best in music is adequate ;
support of its legitimate claim •!
to be J
Warerooms, 1.36 Fifth Aye.
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Recent experiments by the Chi'-agw > j
;; Board of Health havp proven that pure. I W
unfermented grape jui'-e will prevent I
j Typh' Fever. V
But for nuny years Welchs Grape Ju!c« \
'j has been prescribed by physicians as a S
i preventative medicine and as a tonic food. tj
"When one hears ot "pure.** tmfer- •.\
: mented grape Juice they naturally think | j
i of "Welchs" and risrhtly. too. -,
At dnursrists ard jrmrerst tn quart «b<S I i
' pint tvift!»-« A«"« for VOlch's. Th» | i
i Welch Grap* Jul<r* C<x. VTestSeid. X. T. |{
TteM are many pood trains to cM
enco but certainly none letter than
the black diaraontl express of the le
high rallpr. fare only nineteen dol
lars, try It. -osrrrarioo!* 35T> broad
way, a number of other ticket officem.
see time-table in this paper. nl;ht
trains also— loavinj: fvtO r>. m.
Flint's Fine Furniture
Special of Summer Rnsi
3lattinj;s, Draperies, Ettff ■
45 West 23d Street. %
The C. H. BROWN CO. |!
?r£ j 2-» X- 3-HTII ST. TfL 1681— fS
AIR. | Taking up. Altertng*. Rasß/lag- %.*•
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