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President Not Seeking Revenge on
"Stand Patters."
IPaSfesßtton, May — The President* insist-,
ence on the "most favored nation" treatment- 1
, or t h* ntted States government in so far as
*ts gases for the Panama Canal are con
cerre a has caused no split in the Cabinet, and no
f-ieiion exists among the President's official
jy, tT t is. as was related in these* dispatches
i 2? t night, a wide difference of opinion In the-
Cabinet. Secretaries Shaw, Wilson and Metealf
not agreeing With the President, and the rs
ir.alncf-r of the Cabinet approving the "squaw
deal for ourselves." but a simple difference of
opinion d n^s not Indicate friction, and there. Is
r ,r, warrant whatever for the statement that
Secretary Shaw will resign in advance of the
da;e he ha? already set. February 1, 1900.
Several Cabinet changes are likely to occur
rext fall and winter Secretary Morton ha*
•".•-eauy announced through these dispatches'
hss intention of retiring from public life next
*c!i. It is now said for the first time that the
Becretary of Commerce and Labor. Mr. Metcalf/
vii! retire about tho same time, as he desires to
■devote his attention to his private Interests.
The Attorney General, who has remained in
the Cabinet only at the urgent request of th»
President, will also, in all probability, decide
VV t hat he cannot neglect his law business much
longer, and will probably return to Massa
chusetts to practise aw about the same time.
Beyond these, there are no indications of: Cabi
net changes nt the present time, except •for"
the possibility that Postmaster Q.ineral Cortel
you may be induced to head the reorganized
Equitable Life Assurance Socloty.
Ittorr.ey General Moody stands squarely with
the President on the 'most favored nation
policy." and so does Secretary Morton, but
neither Mr. Shaw nor Mr. Metcalf does, and It
Is a reasonable presumption that wh<sn their
places are filled, as they will be within a year,
eg "stand patter" need apply.
Although various "standpatters" are prone
to attribute the President's new policy to an
effort to secure revenge on the men of their
faith who so effectually defeated th© President's
efforts to secure proper modification of th« tariff
schedules in the last Congress, especially in the
House, their assumption is entirely unwar
ranted. A clear perception of. the grasping
policy of the combinations, enabled, by reason
of certain improperly high tariff schedules, to
charge extortionately high prices for machinery
end material to be used on. the canal, led the
President to render, at the request of Secretary
Taft and the commissioners, the decision made
public Monday. The fact that this decision will
of itself prove a powerful object lesson to the
people at large and will doubtless result In bo
vigorous a popular demand for tariff readjust
ment that the "standpatters" wll be unable
to withstand it is purely an incident, although
r. very gratifying one to the President.
The intention of the President to express him
self In no uncertain terms regarding the neces-
E'ty of tariff readjustment In the message which
lie ttl!J send to Congress next fall was announced
in unequivocal terms in these dispatches long
before the inclusion of the United States among
the "most favored nations'* was enunciated, and
naturally anything which will tend to Impress
on Congress the good to be attained by carry
ing out the President's recommendations will
r.ot prove ungrateful to him.
The few "standpatters" now In "Washington
tslie a gloomy view of the situation. They had
supposed that the refusal of the House to ar
range for recess meetings of the Committee on
Ways and Means had so discouraged the Presi
4Eat that hp would content himself with striving
for railroad rate legislation, the agitation for
which has been constantly aided and abetted by
certain "standpatters" with th« hoi that it
would entirely eelipso the tariff issue In the pub
lic mind. For that reason, the present attitude
of the President has proved a shock to those who
have lulled themselves into fancied security, and
now they are ready to concede that nothing can
*aye them from th« necessity of heeding the
President's recommendations and overhauling
- certain Dingley schedules when Congress meets
in the fall.
In the light of present facts the foresig\Ued
r.ess of Senator Aldrlch In securing from Sen
ator Gorman a pledee thai the Democrats In
the nate would not filibuster on a tariff bill
at the coming extra session stands out as a re
r.:arkahlo (ample of the perspicacity of the
Rhode Inland statesman. It Is also noteworthy
that the Senator from Rhode Island, who al
ways exercises an effective supervision over iho
selection of members of the Finanes Committed,
of which be is chairman, has secured in the last
few years several new members, such as Sen
ators Spoouer and Hansbrough, who are fa
vorable to tariff readjustment, and it is a fair
that the successor of Senator O.
H. Platt on that committee will also be required
to furnish evidence that he is "of -the faith"
before he is •■sen.
Thero are strong Indications that Speaker
Cannon has bad his ear to the ground to somo
purpose, for he delivered to the newspaper men
«t the White House to-day a little homily on
"knowing when to let go." He remarked,
apropos of the Panama Canal decision:
"It's a great thing to know when to let go.
Let me give you an Inside tip; knowing when
to quit is the principal part of statesmanship."
From which it may be assumed that the
Epeaker has arrived at the conclusion that the
"stand pat" proposition is a good thing to let
go of.
Speaker Cannon did not warm up to any de
cided extent when asked for his views on the
Jian of purchasing goods for the P.anama Canal
abroad if prices in the home markets are higher.
"All that I have to say on that subject I have
eaid before," he replied, 'and it could go in
: ISI 'hat much of a column."
The Speaker illustrated by measuring off half
the length of his forefinger.
"No, I don't know of a bit of news," he con
tinued, as he proceeded to climb Into his auto
rnbbile. -Will you fellows tell me if there Is
anything going on? No. 1 suppose there is not
BMch. If you fellows didn't feel that you had
to write something to earn your salaries, the
newspapers would all be blank these days. By
* th« way, what's the news from Chicago? Have
they settled that strike up there yet? I heard
they were fixing to end It to-day. When I saw
by the paper* that Gompers had been summoned
I came to the conclusion that both sides wer«
ready to quit. Guess they want to let go bad
«'.ough, but neither one seems to know just
how to do it. I tell you. it's a. pretty ticklish
thing to have a bear by the tail and not know
how to let go. It's a great thing to know when
and how to let go. Let me give you an inside
tip: Knowing when to quit is the principal part
of «t&tesciaEJshlp."
M.W. «r|U«W^ft^ mtmUm NEW- YORK, FRIDAY, MAY 19. 1905. -SIXTEEN VAQESr-^-n^SSS-jSS^^
Front rcWk f»m lelt to -rlgrhtX CtuwteiV'a^XiOra OrtanOmr?. oeorge A. Tl«arn» Frank R. Lawrenoe, "VTiltelaw Eeid, Seth Low, William H.-McElroy. Walter S. Logan (standing).
'Lieutenant . Killed - Before r . Troops— <
Murder Suspected.
El Reno, Okla., May 18.— In a sham battle at
Fort Reno this morning. Lieutenant G. L. Chap
man, of the 25th Infantry, adjutant of the post,
was killed with a shot through the body. His
fellow officers are grief stricken by the occur
rence. The cause ■ assigned Is that of accident,
hut as loaded cartridges are not used In these
exercises there Is suspicion that some one In
the ranks with a grudge against the. young offi
cer used the occasion to satisfy hie resentment.
A careful Inquiry Into the affair will bo ordered.
Lieutenant Chacman wag assisting- in com
pany manoeuvres. Six .companies of Infantry
were called out for field manoeuvres in the pres
ence of Brigadier General Jesse M. Lee.
W2ille engaged in a running ncht across the
prairie. Lieutenant Chapman received a shot
from a battle cartridge fired from one of the
companies opposing him. He died where he fell.
General Jesse M. Lee, Colonel Bailey of the
25th. Infantry, Adjutant Chapman and. Lieu
tenant Mosely. of General Lee's staff, drove out
la an ambulance to watch the manoeuvres. Sev
eral companies had begun their advance on the
position held by the other soldiers. As the ngh;
commenced General Lee asked Adjutant Chap
man how- the various detachments had been
placed. As the adjutant turned to reply he was
struck: by the bullet and almost Instantly ex
pired. The bullet went through the body from
back to breast. The bullet also made an abra
sion on Colonel Bailey's face. The firing parties
were from three hundred to sixteen hundred,
yards away from the ambulance.
GranvUle Chapman was appointed from Tennes
see as a second lieutenant in the lot Infantry in
1901, and became a first lieutenant the sejne year.
He was transferred to the 25th in 1902. He had pre
viously served three years In the volunteers as
first lieutenant, from IS9S to 3899 in the Ist Tennes
see, and from 1&*S) to 1901 In the 37th United States
Infantry. He was born in Tennessoe in 1874.
Police Captain Burns Hand in Get
ting Policy Evidence.
To prevent tho destruction of pvlder.ee In a
raid on an alleged policy shop at No. 175 South
2d-st.. Wllllamsburgr. yesterday, Captam Edwtird
Gallagher, of the. Bedford-aye. station, grabbed
a handful of blazing pieces of paper, said to bo
policy silpj, out of a redbot stove. His right
hand was badly burned.
A week ag-» Captain Gallagher began to sus
pect that th-> place was being used as a head
quarters for thi distribution of policy slips in
the Eastern District, and he sen! Policemen
Median and McDonald, in plniA clothes, to got
evidence. About the same time Centra! Office
Detectives Murray and Reynold* began to watch
the house.
festerday Captain Oa'lngher, Meehan and Mc-
Donald went to the house and began to batter
down the front door. They had Just got the door
down when Detectives Murray and Reynolds
Coined them. When they got into a rear room
they found three men shoving the last of a. lot of
alleged policy slips into the etova.
Considerable Damage to Deutsch
land—Steerage Deck Flooded.
The big ocean gTeybound Deutsohland. of tho
Hamburg American Line, warped Into her pier
labt night at 10 o'clock, after an unusually
stormy voyage.
Captain Kaempff wa* thoroughly tired out last
night and retired soon after the steamer docked.
He was on the bridge for twenty-eight hours on
the 14ih and 15th, and reduced the speed of the
liner to about seventeen knots. On Sunday a
giant comber broke over the port bow and
smashed the main forward hatch into splinter.
The water poured in on the steerage passengers,
and for a while caused considerable excitement.
Some of the immigrants said that the water
flooded their compartment with terrific force
and was fully thr*o feet deep. I'unips and hose
vere promptly used and the steerage deck was
M>on dry Captain Ka*>:npff said that apart from
th* breaking' of the hatch there was no damage
done Monday was the roughest day of the voy
aep A heavy high .sea was running, aecom
nanled by a westerly ga'«v Notwithstanding
the reduction of speed the Deutftchland made the
trlD from Cherbourg in 6 days, I hours and 67
minutes The lowest days run was on Sunday,
when the steamer recorded 39 1 knots.
v o Visitor to N. v can afford to miss Hudson
River Doy Line one day trips. .—Ami.
' (Photoeraph by A. E. Dano »
Philadelphia, May 18. — Amid scenes of dis
order unprecedented In the annals of Philadel
phia's legislative body, City Councils to-night
voted to lease the city'B gas works to the United
Gas Improvement Company for a term of seven
ty-five years, for $25,000,000. the money to be
paid in various amounts before the end of 1907.
Council chambers and committee rcoms were
crowded with excited citizens protesting against
the lease to the United Gas Improvement Com
pany, from 1 o'clock when the proceedings
opened in the finance- committee room, until
after 8 o'clock when Select Council passed the
bill and sent It to the Mayor.
climax was reached when the vote In the
Common Council was announced, after thre*
hours of debate. The moment President George
McCurdy of the Common Council announced
the vote a great upror>r was started in the gal
lery, which was crowded to the door. From all
over the gallery came hisses and cries "Thieves!"
The outburst was somewhat startling to the
presiding officer, who made a vain effort to quell
it. Finally he Bent for a squad of police to
clear the gallery. This started the disorder
ancv. . Tha crowd continued to hiss and call
the councilraen thieves and other names until
the police arrived and started to clear the gal
lery. As the people moved out they sang un
complimentary Bongs. In clearing- the gallery
there were several clashes between the police
and some of the spectators, but no one was
All throuph the session of Common Coun
cil there was disorder. In Select Council ther*
were so many policemen on duty that no one
dared to interrupt the proceedings. There was
neither a cheer nor a hi=s when the bill passed
that body.
The agitation against the passage of the bill
resulted in the Common Council amending the
measure so as to provide for a slight reduction
in the price of gas. The amendment as adopted
provides that the pH^e of gas from the date of
the lease until January 1. 1911. shal! be $1 a thou
sand cubic feet, the s:ui:e as the present price;
from mjl to !'.•-!. 95 cents; from 1921 to 1936,
1(0 centsj from 19SG to 1956 85 cents, and there
after until the expiration of the lease in 1980, 80
Mayor Weaver has announced himself as un
alterably opposed to tht> lease, and In favor >>t
a postponement of the whole question until 1007.
when tn-.- first ten yeara of the present thirty
years' lease to the United <las Improvement
Company will expire At that time tho city haa
the right to take back ihe works on payment
to the gas companj of tho amount of money
expended in Improvements Mayor Wea
expected to veto the bill, and In that event
both chambers will probably pass ir over his
veto. The vote in Common Council was 74 to
0, and in Select Council T. 7to 4. There is only
ont Democrai In each body, and both voted
against tho lease.
There is some talk among citizens who fought
the lease to take the matter to the courts.
The proceedii gs ol the day began at 1 o'clock,
when the Finance Committee heid a public ses
sion to hear protests from citizens' organlza-
There was a large crowd, and disorder
began almost at the start. The committee had
before it two propositions one from the United
G.is Improvement Company and the other from
E. B. Smith & Co., bankers, of this city, repre
senting New-York and Philadelphia capitalists.
Tbe Smith bid differed from the other in that
It proposed to share the profit? with th» city
at ih*» rate of one-third for ten years, an
Four Injured on Illinois Central in
Louisville, May 18.— Eight trainmen were
killed and four persons were injured to-day in
a head-on collision between Illinois Central
freight trains south of Echols, Ky.
Turkish Forces in Running Fight
with Greek Band.
Salonica. May IS.— Fighting has been going
on since Wednesday between Turkish troops
and a larse Greek band, near Baatflks, three
hours distant from Salonica. Reinforcements of
three hundred n I t*ro guns left here
half for the remaining sixty-flvo years, and also
provided that the city could reduce the prtce
of gaa an the profits increased.
The committee began its session with the hear
ing of the report of a sub-committee which fa
vored the lease of tho United Gas Improvement
Company. The report stated that the city was
in Immediate need of $49,u00,000. and that the
present borrowing capacity of the municipality
was only $13,000,000. In view of these facts, tha
report stated, the best the city could do would
be to lea.se the gas works for a long term of
years, the money to be paid In advance, and
that the offer of the United Gas Improvement
Company was the best proposition in hand.
A letter from Mayor Weav«f was read, asking
the committee to postpone action for the present.
No action was taken on the, request.
The committee then announced itself ready to
hear protests from citizens. Select Councilman
Charles Seger, one of the Republican organiza
tion leaders of the city, moved that each speak
er's timo be limited. This suggestion was re
ceived with hisses and cries of "Shame:" and
"Robbers!" Order was restored with difficulty,
and Mr. Seger's motion was withdrawn.
Those who spoke against the United Gas Im
provement Company's proposition were John C.
Winston, chairman of the Committee of Sev
enty, a municipal reform organisation.; Francis
B. Reeves, chairman of the Committee of Nine,
appointed at a recent mass meeting of citizens;
William Potter, former Minister to Italy; W. T.
Tildes, a member of the Committee of Nine;
<■;. W. Morris, representing th" Smith syndicate,
and former Judge ■! Gordon.
At the conclusion of the meeting, which con
tinued stormy throughout, the committee fa
vorably reported the gas company's tease to ihe
Common Council. In the latter body the debate
was bitter and aroused the spectators to .such
a pitch that the proceedings were frequently
disturbed by hisses and othei cries of disap
proval. The chair a half :i dozen times threat
ened to have the gallery cleared, but did not pur
his threat into cxc ution until the till had
passed, when he complete!: losl control of th«>
crowd. Several an ■' by op
it6 ol the lease were voted down,
Fifteen mlautes afu r th • Ml] pae •• 1 the Com
mon Council it was taken up by tbe Select Cham
ber, which had taken a recess to aw;ii: the meas
ure, li was read, quickly, and a motion to post
pone action for the pie^, n! was defeated. Samuel
Crothers, who fought the I'll! in this chamber,
shook his risr. ir, the faces of tho leaders and
said it w:is '-the blackest crime ,\pr perpe
trated by Councils on the city of Philadelphia. "
who favored the bill said ihe city was in
urgeni need of money an.i tha! publi< sentiment
•>t agalns* the lease.
The Committee of Nine to-nisht Issued the
following statement "to th -itizens of Phila
Yon received to-day the
from your councilmen ever given to the people
great American city. Despite reason and
r for t!i" rifrhts of the people, the city
councils voted to confer upon a corporation the
unhampered control of your «.i«* works. Your
committee, appointed by town meeting, now
calls on you:
First, to awaken to your injuries, which are
A -Insult to your declared opinion and th"
expressed wish of your Mayor asking for delay.
B Theft of your property.
c Enslavement for thre« gen< o a gas
Second, to rise In your might, and by per" >nal,
unceasing effort make Impossible the consum
mation of the kti eal ever attempted:
A -By assemblage in every ward, by personal
demand and pressure upon -our local council
B -By full and immediate use of the car
literature distributed by the committee, as well
as other forms of written protest.
«• By preparing for a greal rally that will
block the final nttempt to complete the
spiracy. when tbe ordinance is again cona
aft^r the Mayor hi - vetoed it.
Negotiations for Purchase of Car
Lines Under Way.
Chicago, May 18. — Representatives of th» chi
rallway companies to-day declared
their willingness to sell th<>ir traction properties
to the city. The value to be placed on the
and the terms "f salt I for future
■ •i. Upon the request of th*» tra.-tion
time was granted bj tbe city's
representatives for the fixing of a definite price.
In return the tiactlon companies .iKr<-".i to place
no obstacle In the way of "municipal owner
'r-n,, meeting to consider th* negotiations ar
ranged by Coun "' by
the rei eivera foi ' !li :> y
city officisls.
Plata. nls.. mo-anted in Kilid diver/ KrW-, low.
Mermod Juccanl & Kitio*. at No. iOO Fifth Aye.-
Members of Tremont Church Oppose
Appointment to Offshoot.
The congregation of the Tremont Methodist
Episcopal Church, or.* of the oldest and most in
fluential churches in The Bronx, threatens to
withdraw from th<» Methodist Church, organiza
tion in a body if Bishop Hamilton, the presid
ing biehnp. appoints a minister to the Mount
Hops Methodist <"hurch. an offshoot of the older
This move- is the result of a long and bitter
fight in the Tremont Church, which began more
than three years ngn. At that time the Young
Men's League of the Tremont Church was dis
banded. There was a considerable amount of
money in the treasury, which some members
wished to have turned into the treasury of the
church, a course not approved by otbter mem
bers of the congregation. The dissenters left
the Tremont Church, at 17Sth-st. and Washteg
ton-ave., and founded the Mount Hops Meth
odist Church, at 177th-9t. and the Grand Boule
vard, of which the Rev. Sherman ?.I. ■Williams
became pastor. The pastor of the Tremont
Church at that time was th« Key. A F. Bar
In a few weeks the trouble had spread be
cause of the recognition of the new church by
the presiding: elder of the district, the Rev. Dr.
Millard, who died last week. H-^ recognized the
church in face of the most decided opposition
from th» Church Extension ar.d Missionary So
cl ty. which has supervision over ull new
churches. The Church 1- Society t>>..k
the part of the Tremont congregation and
foug-ht against any recognitli n of the new body,
material!} aiding the Tremoni Church, which
tri.Vi bard to cripple tbe younger body.
After throe investigations by the Church Ex
tension Society, of which the Rev. s. M. North
w. is finally carried to the
church location board, which ts the court cf
last appeal After .i full investigation they up
held the Mount II •■ ■ . d formally rec
ognized th^ churcl Bishop Hamilton dj
nounced his Intention of filling the pulpit of the
ii»'\\ church with torn formally appointed
clergyman who has led the Tremont congre
Ex-Convict 3 Who Murdered Wife.
Made Oath After Rebate.
It has been discovered tha( City .lu.!i;<- Will
iam C. Kellogg, of Fonkers, fa tarked
for death by John Johnson, the ex-convict, «h>>
murdered bis wife t'.ur- on Moi
time ago ; ; : lohnson to Jail for an
assault committed on a six- year-old girl While
bfM!-g take - Counts Penitentiary
Johnson uttered a threat against Judge X
After his release he swore on h
••v Square thnt he « ■
liff. Hie threats cam.- to the attention
nts \u the City Court, but o« de
siring to disturb the Jurtg "s tranquil
tell hin
St. Louis Authorities Unable to Prosecute
Showman, as Witnesses Are in Orient.
St Louis, May 18 A letter from Cairo. Egypt,
received to-day ers tells the
Nicholas Saba, who raui
Mi. hael Azzi on -'•'■ 's m Cairo ai
be arrested there at any time. The letter was
by Vbraham Axsl, brother of the mur
■ raham
\z'i tracke I S '■■
Louis to New-York, from New-York t.i Cairo,
to Vlexandria to Easi India and back to ■
Azzi begs th»» St. I.ouis autl bring
Saba to SI Louis and punish I he au
thorities are In an embarrassing position. The
. • , t h e killii X ■"■•■ widely scattered.
.. only f..r the fair, and moal of
them have tetumed to the OHent. whence they
- found no fund
. to defraj the expensea of !.rui£;ins the
■ sending an officer to take de
n foreign oountrt
Marion, tad 1 ■■' ■•:■ ' s
old, who was in eharg imping
In the oil field, went ><n dutj
■ ■ ■

It was dia ■ „,
\ pott fast train >i In* N>w York «>ntral l*-av>-s
Orami »>ntrnl Station 2:C'» P M.; arrives Albany,
k "i- tics. 7:1*: Syracuse, 1:3: rtuchester. 9:3«;
Buffalo. 11 *J0 P. -V- No excess fare.-Advt.
Prominent Men Wish New Ambas
sador to St. James's Godspeed.
The Lotos Club gave a farewell dinner last
night in honor of Whltelaw Reid. United States
Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, who is
soon to sill fnr London.
Representatives of church and state, finance
«nd philanthropy, journalism, politics and ped
agogy assembled to hid Mr. R-i<l codspoed.
Mr. Reid sat between ex-Mayor Low an 1
Frank R. Lawrence, the president of the club.
Others at the president's table were Edmund
Clarence Strdman. Senator Chauncey M. D<*pew.
President Butler of Columbia University. Geors?
H. Daniels, the Rev. Dr. Ernest M. Slirea. the
Rev. Or Minot J. Savage, the Rev. Dr. Donald
Page Mackay. dark Howe!!, of "The Atlanta
Constitution;" M H. De Young, of "The San
Francisco Chronicle;" Hart Lyrr.an. of The Trib
up.». and Dr. William Wallace Walker
The long list of guests at the other table* In
cluded Justice Vernon M Davis. John De "Witt
"Warner. Isaac N. .--He- Emit Boas and
William Mover.
The menu was an etching on Japanese vellum,
the portrait of Mr. Reid in the centre beins?
flanked by sketches of him as a war correspond
ent at the beginning of the Civil War. the
Tribune tower, the mansion that Mr. Reid oc
cupied In Paris, and the entrance to St. James's
Palace. Below was Inscribed:
"United States Minister to France. . ISSO-1592.
Member of the Pence Commission. ISO*. Special
Ambassador ro Queen Victoria's Jubilee, IS9T.
and Special Ambassador to the Coronation of
King Edward VII. 1002."
More than three hundred gussta wars present
at the dinner, which was one of the most suc
cessful in the history of the club. Th? Walla
were half smothered in a tasteful profusion of
dogwood, roees and lilac, the sssne blossoms
furnishing the table decorations.
President Frank R. Lawrence, in Introducing
Mr. Reid, said:
J*et us congratulate ourselves upon this happy
Occasion and upon the auspicious event from
which it grows.
Our warmest friendships are ever formed In
youth. Later on as we pass through life others
arise, but we often pause and look back at the
attachments and associations of our earlier
years, for none others can ev«»r possess the same
enthusiasm or charm.
The connection between the Lotos Club and
the guest in whose honor we assemble to-nigh;
dates from the earlier days of both. Almost
from the organization of the club he was a
leader among those who laid the foundation for
its future. And as we have watched his late:
career/in which one distinction has rapidly fol
lowed another, it has be.=n one of the happiest
memories and inspirations of this club that for
fourteen years he presided over Its affairs so
wisely and successfully as to furnish an example
which, however those who came after him
might strive to equal, they could never hope
to excel.
He went forth from us to become the Minis
ter of the United States to the Republic of
France, and we. his old friends of this club,
have felt a sense of nride and almost personal
participation in all his achievements since.
To-night we hail th*- Honorable Whltelaw
Reid as the Ambassador of the United States
to the Court of St. James, the most distin
guished station which can be held by an Ameri
can abroad.
The relations between the United States and
Oreat Britain are so Important that they can
not be overestimated. In a larsre sense, th"'*
two great countries hold in their keeping the
rear*, the advancement and the welfare of i;,:
civilized world.
We may he assured that through no act o£
our distinguished guest will that peace •>" wel
fare ever be endangered.
It has long and fortunately been th» custom of
cur government to choose the representatives of
this country at the great court of Kurope from
jjrnong the wisest and the best men of our na
The respect in which Americans are held
abroad has been greatly enhanced, and the
American name has been infinitely dignified by
the presence in London to represent our people
there of Motley and Lowell and Ph»l_r« and John
Hay, not to mention the Illustrious Chnat?. who
Is now about returning: home. The high level
which these men hive established can only he
maintained by sending to succeed them *nch a
man a« Whltelaw Reid.
We know that whatever emergency arises the
interests of thi* country will be safe in his
hands. As his friends, as members of this club,
and as citizens*, we hail with delight this last
distinction which has -one to him as th" crown
in? honor of a great pulilic career.
Mr. Reid's speech was listened to with close
interest, and was frequently Interrupted by ap-
Dlaus». He said:
More than ever, you convince warn thai it is ail
a mistake. We used to talk about the Lnto*
Ciub as a land where it seemed always after
noon. But it is nothing of the kind. On the
contrary it seems always in the morning—quit
early In the morning— the momma: of life, of
cheer, of hope. th- morning of ardent beliefs ana
of hearty appreciations.
I am not vain enough to fancy that «••■
smilin^ f:tccs. these voices of good wi'.l. this gen
erous warmth of recognition, are the jurt dr.* of
any merits of mine. I know well how they come
fro , the vivid memories and the red blood of a
public spirited lab that has learned to carry th-»
freshness of its morning friendships throughout
its full and successful day.
You yourself Mr. President, illustrnt* p<*r
feetly now Ions; this morning last* In spit- of
all the rears you have hold thi? post, the Lotos
charm keeps for you still the air an.l the quick
sympathy of the yoanfE lawyer who succeeds
to my place and bettered my work, away bacc
In the eluhtles.
What men — this ever generous and ever
fresh grret'.ns of the Lotos evokes! Ho often
have I stood here extending In your name the
first welcome to newly arriving guests from the
Old Home! You will recall the proud pleasure
we -til tooik U\ l>eii:g the first to receive on :hes*
shores the author of "Th« Three Fishers" and
"Alton Lo<ke" and "Westward Ho." Preacher,
novelist and t»"et. and fascinating alike i: each
relation. Omvm JCingsley's stay was too short
for us. though unhappily too lnntr for him. and
Ihh a year or two afterward two nations
mourned his loss. Then cam', hut a few months
lat?r. the most hrillianr word-painter the study
of history has given to English literal in
hr.'f a century, James Anthony Froud?. and you
bad? rr.e welcome him to your board. The next
year brought another Englishman. Wilkle Co!
lire?. whom you took to your hearts from the
moment when. In reply to some playful refer
ence of mine, he gallantly avowed t<» you that
his sole mission in life was to produce what
heavy people called light literature. And th<*u
e:im^ another, a statesman and poet wboxn w»
still like to call by the name under which we had
learned to admire his work. Monckton MMnos.
Some of you will remember how the r. roud parent
could scar • keep back his t»ars when Bayard
Taylor spoke admiringly of the manly, broad
shouldered young fellow he had seen at the
home of the gue* of the evening, a your.s fal
low who would seme da be Lord Houghton
himself. How time files. That broad-shouldered
youth who had caught our traveller-poet'? fancy,
and whose name the Lotos members apptsudetl
because they saw it plecsed his father, has sine©
been Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and is now
known aa the Earl of Crewe.
But why should I prolong th*>*-? rsr.-.'.niscerices?
W« could never recount them aIL Matthew
Arnold, thai rarest Ore^k in the later English
world of letters: Sir Edwin Arnold and Sir
Henry M- Stanley, Edmund Yat*s and Octr*
Augustus Sala and d^ar old Tom Hu^h*?. wttom
you never could learn to call anything h\ir Tom
Brown, and Sir Henry Irvlns? batons to th- enr
lier days. William S. O>il><?rt and Sir Arthur
3p»i-tal tour via Pennsyhmpla Railroad. Mar !?-
CarrlaK'> drive owr ['imo'i-i hattt»n»M. Prinrtpfl
points of interest '.n Wa*hln^f»n. Kat>*. $r?. oovti
necessary expen"*. Consult tlck"t as^-ts.— Ailvt.

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