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President Consulting Republican and
Democratic Senators.
JFVcra Tt» tSBBBBS BWMaa.l
Washington. April 6.— Senator Tillman made
another attempt to-day to have a date set for
the vote or. the rate bill, and although he was
unFa< vessful there are indications that the pres
ort situation will not be greatly prolonged. Mr.
Tillman announced that, so far an be could as
certain, si! the *;peeche3 i.i be made on the Deni
(vra»ir ri<3e cf the chamber would be delivered
« n the costins Bract BoaaM that Senator Bailey
you'd speak on Tuesday next. No one on the
T>ruK'ca.n *i<3« of In * chamber, however, was
w^V.rg •o coning! that side, to a date or predict,
*vm approximately, when a vote could be
Tie fa^t is ••■ .♦ the conservative Republicans,
Including Senators Aldrich, Crane, Knm. Ppoon
*r and pthera, «■"• row at work on a court re
view provision which will be a combination of
the Knox arid (*pooner amendments, and for
Wjrtch. when finally perfected. they expect th«»
fuppcrt of a large majority of the Senate. To
the principle involved In this amendment upward
cr forty RepuMK'-an nr.d Democratic Senators
nre now absolutely committed, and it is believed
that as « rr«ult of further discussion and ener
ccUc work In cloak and committee rooms, with
jTSFIMy come minor changes In the form of the
nrr.endmcnt. a far larger number of votes can be
obtained. When all that can be done in this dl
rection has been accomplished a vote will be
fjn-eed to promptly, although the date will not be
an early one.
It Is expected that Senator Bailey will again
advocate his amendment restricting the power to
fmnr an injunction against decisions of the
Interftate Commerce Commission to the higher
courts, but that If. as is regarded probable, he
Is ur.iible to convince any large number of his
cslleag-jes r f both the constitutionality and the
expediency of adopting his proposition, he will
fomir.H himself to the policy advocated by the
conservative HepuWirar.B. It is largely this be
lief which leads the conservatives to resist the
j.rpssure. to set a day for a vote until they an
judge of the effect of Mr. Balk remarks.
" Senator Tlayrer spent pome time at the White
Boom this morning nM on reaching tiie Senate
«=a'.d that he had been conferring with the Presi
dent on rate legislation. Intimating that he had
been F<-nt for by the Executive. Mr. Rayn*r
lir.rneoiateJy began an active campaign to pro
note tb-i proposition to ca'.l a caucus of the
Itemo'-nnir, BJtora. with a view to binding
tbexsmlrea to uphold the efforts of Senators
liOTig, Dolliver, Clapp, Cullom and other Repub-
Ucui« m pe'-Tjre the adoption of the Long
;.!r^dy amendment. Apparently, however. Mr.
n.-.yr.cr's efforts In this direction proved unsuc
oessfui. as when ill** Senate adjourned the call
for a. caucus had received no Flgnatures in ad
dition to the twelve affixed yesterday. it would
r^u're Iweoty-two votes to call ■ caucus.
Th» President explained to F>>me of his callers
to-ftey that In eorisultlrg Democratic Senators
ret:nrfllr.|c rat* legislation he was merely pur
filr.g; « ceasjßM ' policy of viewing the Hep
burn bill as an economic, and not a partisan,
u-mmur+4 +vi £ia»d that he would be glad to.
TnJk vUh fiM friends of rale legislation, regard
)nr* of j.p.rtr.
T"o:io-wi:iR the visit of Senator Rayner ft the
M'liite House Senators Allison. n f lowa, and Nel
non, of Minnesota, had a talk -with the. Presi
dent. They, too. discussed the rate situation.
SUIT OVER #13,000,000.
Tmncsxcc Railroad Properties and
W. If. Thompson Estate Involved.
Ft. Lou!s. April G. — Fuit was filed to-day in
the Circuit Court by 11. clay pierc. id J. <•.
Van Blarrom against the William 11. Thompson
Trust Company, executor of the estate of th<»
late \\\ 11. Thompson, who was president of the
T".ark of Commerce and treasurer of the World's
Tbe Tx^sesslon rmd division of Tor. :f-s*>» Flail
road property, valued at about $13,000,000, ]_•
Involved in the -lit.
-"P. as
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tors of

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several propen t hat
Polkralag this agreement, the. petition alleges,
the three pooled Interest! and acquired o'her
tt*'"kx :in<l bonds of the Tennessee Ontral prop
erty, find borrowed money to do so. The petition
Rate* thai many »>f the i.oies are yet unpaid.
U is sft forth that the executor of the, Thomp
*rv. *«ta'.e., the William H. Thompson Trust
<*oinjiai;y, has repudiated the <>ml agreement
nnO refuses Vi Kettle with the plaintiffs. The
j'l.'iinilffs avk the court to order an amounting
ihht the property may \«- divided and the stocks
• n<J bonds «iutsta»idii.g may b* used to Lake up
"he Tifiies fogi.ed iiv Van IJlarcom. and release
■ecuritie* j>if<ipf-d by Pierce. .
Parent Sinned to Educate Daughter,
Who Faints in Court.
(Ry 7V!<-er.«ir>h to T»i« TVil.un*.]
T'lUst.-jrc. April tl.—'l tr.arle the first false step
' ' Try llf«- for my little drl. For love of her I
It po of everything >!im I might have the
means t<. provide ber with ah irdncatlon. What
I MB 1 BSD for lier sake, »r.4 ?hc. does Ml know
<■' hey pioiii«-r:; disgrace."
This van the tesdnony K'.vm by Mrs. IJiaaia
1-anibt-rt Walters i:i court to-day In lh« babeaa
<x»rpuK bearing beg^in by her bosband, William
J Waiters, to icio\rr possession of tb«ir four
tw-n-year-old d&ugbter. As tbe mother told the
««T of fur love for !itr daughter, a love so
Sr>-a'. that Jt had driven her iuto a life of shame,
the youi:£ girl nat with fiorrorstri<-k«-»i face and
';s!eii«-,i Then, with a erri-ain, BBC fell to the
Boor in an agony of hysteria and the hiring
v fes f-tnj>f,e<i crfclle fche was carried from the
courtroom un<x>nsclous. •
W.'ih.-rs married his wife In Johnstown in UffMt
POUTS laier he left her and went West, where
hi Obtained a divorce. He is an expert mining
eiiSlneor. in Portland, Ore., and worth, aceord
|,'C tr, h!e testimony, hundred* of thousands of
The mother's story was the ■*••* traffic
lisv-r.ed to in court for years. After struggling
fr.r etvcral years to maintain her child hon
•aily, a jear ago last November she began a
'M* f.f Cham* and maintained her daughter at
th* f a*n!onal> I'smJllne Academy.
-Jrs Waiters f=ta»**d on tfsn ftend that sh*
*ouM kill ber husband if t:e s»-curr«l the custody
Of U» plrl.
£/* ial lour via P. nr.syJvanla It-ilro*!. leaves
V'- Vfik Baitirday. Ajuil "■ Ka»* VJi or til. in-
C!t -ifc Uo 4*tV \>\.\e.\ board.— Atfv-
To-morrow. 'I,**' and warmer.
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Column of Flame a Thousand Feet
High— Lavas Rapid Flow.
Naples. April - The Inhabitants of the vil
lages near Mount Vesuvius are in a condition
bordering on panic. Many homes have been
abandoned for the open air* although there has
been a thick fog all day and the atmosphere
has been dense with volcanic, ashes and the
fumes of subterranean fires. The churches are
crowded day and night with people praying for
deliverance from an impending peril, signs of
which are heard and felt In explosions which re
semble a heavy cannonading, and In the trem
blings of the earth, which are constantly recur
The main stream of lava proceeding from Ve
suvius is 200 feet wide, and it advances at times
at the. rate of twenty-one feet a minute, the
Intense heat destroying vegetation before the
stream reaches it. The peasants of Portlci, at
the west foot of Vesuvius, cleared their ground
of vineyards and trees In the effort to lessen
the danger from fire, and resisted the progress
of the lava to their utmost. The population of
Boscotrecase. on the southern declivity of the
mountain, have sought safety in night, and
Bosco Reale. to the eastward. is also threatened.
Women of this village, weeping with fright, car
ried a statue of St. Anne as near as they could
go to the flowing lava. Imploring a miracle to
Ftay the advance of the consuming stream. The
cemetery at Boscotrecase has been invaded by
The scene at night is one of mingled grandeur
and horror. From the summit of Vesuvius there
leaps a column of fire fully a thousand tt^t
In height, the glare lighting the sky and sea
for many miles. Occasionally great masses of
molten stone, some weighing a? much as a ton,
a-e ejected from the crater.
Tii* village of Torre del Greco. wMck has been
eight lime* destroyed an d aB often rebult. is
again threatened, arid the inhabitants are In
fxtrerne terror
Signor Matteucci. director of the observatory,
is working lndefatigably. He has had military
engineers establish telephonic connection be
tween the observatory and points within the
zone of volcanic activity. The director said this
evening that. although the eruption presented a
grave menace, he did not believe It would reach
the village*. Indeed, he said, the present activity
was not altogther unmixed with good, for If It
had not come, to pass a violent and sudden
eruption, having a far wider radius, might have
The main mass of lava ha* divided, one stream
threatening Ottniann. a .itnmanc of 20,000 in
habitants. and tf.e other Torre del Greco, which
has ■ population of 20,000.
From the new crater, .which is twenty feet In
circumference, the lava has moved two miles and
a half In the direction of Pompeii. Hot mud.
ashes and Mack sand are also ejected, which
mixed with rain produce th« so-railed caustic
rain which Is dam agin* to vegetation. Although
the showers of cinders here have diminished,
people can be Been holding up umbrellas as pro
tection against the ashes.
Tart* del Greco Is a flourishing town standing on
one of the lava streams of 1631. which destroyed two
thirds of the elder town. The lava streams of '" :
and 1754 b>o caused the town great damage The
enrth<iuak»» of MR and th« eruption of IS6I were
ivm more destructive. Every April a large fleet of
bouts leaves Torre del Greco for the coral fishing
off the rop.st of Africa and Sicily, returning in No
vember. The polishing of coral Is the chief indus
try of the place.
Hoscntrecase is the usual starting point for trav
ellers who wish to make the ascent or Mount Ve
suvius from the south.
< tuajano is at the northeast base of the moun
tain. twer*"i BITWa east of Naples.
Club* Manager and Cook Risk Lives
in Saving Others.
Portland. Ore.. April C— Fire to-night de
stroyed the upper story of the Chamber of Com
merce Uuilding. The entire floor was occupied
by the Commercial Club. A high wind blew
dense clouds of smoke toward the northwestern
corner, where crowds of men and women es
caped by means of the fire escapes.
Firemen took men and women from the tipper
stories of the burning building by means of the
fire escapes and ladders. Homer Hallock Jumped
from the eighth story into the court and was in
stantly killed. Another man was fatally in
jured by Jumping.
Thomas Richard*.'.:-, imi^er of :h» Commer
cial Club, and one of the coo«» did heroic work
in saving the employes of the club. Richardson
and the cook gathered the employes together
and assisted them In Jumping into the !lf«n<-t«<.
Richardson worked his way later to the seventh
floor, vrhere he was rescued. He was severely
burned. The cook was burned about the face
and hands.
Causes Panic at Meeting May Have Es
caped from Bronx Park.
A l>!«* sn:ik» «.f the cobra sportes was killed
last night in the Salvation Army meeting hall,
nt No. Ml! K:.Kt 138 street, after it had driven
iiliiuist a dozen women into hysterics. An "old
timer" was ghing testimony; when Mies Sophia
Koser, <>; S><. VA> Host 138tb street, shrieked
with pain. Women rushed to her side and, look-
Ing down, saw •»■• reptile crawling away from
l;«-:\ It Bad •«'•-'! a hole through her shoe, she
Mid. The snake crawled about the women, hiss
ing and throwing Its head forward and Its mouth
wMe open.
H. Hi men ar.d uom*n Jumped on their seats.
and the captain in charge of the meeting called
for a hymn, lie did not know what had caused
the excitement, but supposed that the "old
timer's" testimony had caused some woman to
fain*. The women continued to shriek and th
snake crawled about determinedly. Patrolman
William Hagen hurried to the hall and. after
{»me difficulty, crushed the snake's head Th«
police think the snake escaped from the Bronx
Z<;ologi<al Park.
There was sunshine pr.:t o.' each of three hundred
nf..i flit,— -even tZStt dey* ln-si year at <o!or.t<lo
Fnrinp^' ih* New V«»ik Central l^nra n>kei you
Vii Chicago. • •in. inn.. t, or St. Lou ■ to Colorado,
Utah. California ar.d the Pactfle Coast.-Advt.
Concessions by Both Countries —
Dr. Wekcrle Premier.
Vienna. April o.— Peace between the crown and
the Hungarians has been concluded. The Par
liamentary crWa is over. Premier Fejervary
has resigned, and Alexander "Wekerle has been
appointed Premier, with a mandate to form a
conciliatory CabtnH (or Hungary. This action
marks the end of fourteen months of contro
versy, always of an acute and often of a bitter
nature, between the throne and the coalition
parties. Both sides express satisfaction with the
The news of peace is received with rejoicing
in both halves of the monarchy, every one be
ing heartily tired of the struggle, which had had
such a disastrous effect on the financial and eco
nomic situation In Hungary. The compromise,
which <■&:•.*» unexpectedly, was chiefly due to the
efforts of the coalition, who feared a period of
absolutism if the elections were- not held before
April 9. as prescribed by the constitution. Th«
Fejervary Cabinet welcomed the overtures of
the coalition, and •an agreement" is us apeeasav
reached. Hungary can now return to her nor
mal political existence. The elections will be
held within the proper time and. parliamentary
government being re-established, the crown will
get the recruits wanted, the army funds for mil
itary service will be voted, and the customs
tariff and commercial treaties will be ratified by
the Hungarian Parliament. The. commercial
union with Austria is assured until J917.
Francis Kossuth, th« coalition leader, to-day
expressed himself BBtiefled. He said th« result
was no) a victory for either party. Herr Kos
suth announced that ho, would not enter the
Cabinet, but would remain the leader of the In
dependence party. Count Apponyl also will not
enter the Cabinet.
Count Andrasay and Herr Koasuth were re
ceived in audience by Emperor Francis Joseph
to-day, and afterward conferred with Premier
Fejervary. The Emperor approved th* proposal
that Alexander Wekerle be chosen to form
It is expected that the appointment of the
new Minister* and the proclamation of election*
will bi announced on Apr;' R,
T'nder th* terms of the agreement th« Em
peror-King assent! to the formation of a new
Cabinet by th« coalition to carry out the elec
tions under the old Limited Election law- thti
month, and to bold a session of Parliament in
May. The government guarantees to pass the
budget, of 1903- 'OO. and also the recruiting:, mili
tary ans investment bills and international com
mercial treaties, and to maintain the status quo
between Austria and Hungary. The new Parlia
ment will be asked to pass a bill adopting gen
eral suffrage, and will then be dissolved, allow
ing the election of a new Parliament under the
general suffrage system to deal with the military
demands and rights of the crown under the con
stitution. The government, after the universal
suffrage election, will be formed in conformity
with the, desires of the majority of Parliament.
It is probable that the Emperor-Kins:. aft"?" a
year's absence, will visit Budapest on April 9 in
order to swear in the Wekerle Cabinet.
Dr. Alexander Wekerle was born in 1844. Iff* en
tered the Department of Finance in 1870. In ISS«>
was Assistant Minister of Finance and was ap
pointed Minister of Finance In in* From 1S»- to
1£"« he was president of the Council of Ministers.
SETTLE $7,000,000 CASE.
Schamlcin Will Contest Amicab!//
Arranged, Sous Attorney.
Milwaukee. April *'• The 17.00tt.000 Behandein
c«m lias been settled oul of court- Qeorga P.
Miller Hti attorney, made iiii* announceroei r • <~
"behalf of all parries In Judge Halseys court
thin afternooH
Mr. Miller said that while the <-ase bad been
adjusted to the satisfaction of ;ill partlei
r et lied, he raQueatad that it i>e continued until
next Monday In order th;»t the terms agreed
upon ma) be reduced to writing. The case was
therefore pul over until that t.
The. cas* was <i\f.- the estate of >-
Behandein, flrhose property was \.ti'.
,«7 ( ««<..«»i. <if this amount ■ share e»i
Xt' $6,000,001) was left !■> Mrs Jacob Heyl, a
daughter. Most of ih«« remainder, estimated In
value at |BttU.oltf>, was willed lo two other < hil
«ireu. Mrs. Ella Prank and Emll Bcbandeta, the
contestants In the suit
The. vilil v..is admitted Hi probate by Judge
Carpenter after ■ long ainl sensational trial,
end the preseul suit was brought on an appeal.
The Blueoher Unable to Leave Port — Move
ment Spreading.
Hamburg, April o.— The strike among the sea
men, which began several day* age* has as-
Bun serious proportions. The stevedores have
parti) Joined the strike, and preparations are
being made or a. general strike next week. The
■ailing of the rlamburg-American liner BlOdMr,
which was set lor y«sterday, was delayed.
Philadelphia Wants $5,000,000 Re
turned by Filti'dtion Contractors.
Philadelphia. April »>.— Civil proceedings were
be^un to-day by the city against the contractors
and former city officials interested in the con
struction of the municipal nitration plant to re
cover .<r>.o<">o.o<¥>, which sum is alleged to have
been wrongfully retained by the defendants.
A bOl In equity was filed with the prothono
tary of the Common Pleas Court by City So
licitor Kinsey and ex-Judge James <i. Gordon,
Mayor Weaver's private counsel. Thi»se named
in the bill are Israel W. Durham, formerly Re
publican leader of this city; State Senator James
P. McNichol, Anastasia afcNlcnol. his wtfw
Daniel J. McNichol and John M. Mack, all of
Whom were at one time members of the con
tracting firm of Daniel J. McNichol & Co.; Hill
lam C Haddock, and Peter E. Costello. former
directors of Public Works, and John W. IIUI.
former chief of the Filtration Bureau. The bill
is aworn to by Mayor Weaver.
The bill is in the form of a paper book of
more than four thousand pages, containing the
history of the filter plant contracts and setting
forth in detail the mass of evidence gathered
allowing the alleged wrongful acts of the de
The bill Is expected to give the public the
facts upon which the Mayor and his counsel rely
to prove the charges that have been made from
time to time against D. J. McNlchol & Co. II
Is the first of the Ctrl] suits to be begun by the
city since the beginning of the investigation Into
the construction of the filters, ami many of the
statements contained in it are along the lin« of
the report made by the Filtration Commission
and signed by Major Oaaslus E. Gillette as
chairman of the commission just before the elec
tion last November.
Dcy Home, at Preakness, Was Once
Washington 's Headquarters.
[B] Tplf graph to The Tribune 1
Passale, N. J April S.— The Dey house, ones
Washington's headquarters, at PreakneSS or
Blc-omburg Manor, was sold under mortgage
foreclodnre proceedinga this afternoon by Sheriff
Charm Bergen of Paaaale County. Albert
p ren „l sident of the American Chemi
cal Company, of No. 26 Broadway. Kew York.
purchased the house for I^BOtt He lives in
Mr. Prench'a mother wa« a great-great-grand
daughter Of Colonel Oarret Dey. who built the
nous*. Mr. French intends to make a summer
home out Of It It" previous owner wai William
He!. -her, the mlssmg Mayor of Paterson. Mr
h was the «-n!y bUder. The honsa was
built In 1740. •
General Washington occuptM the house July
1 to 29 and October * to November ".. l.>x>.
making his anVial homo where he had pre
viously been a guest.
Darlington Orders Out Fifty In
spectors—Hopes to Stop Nuisance.
Health Commissioner Darlington gave orders
yesterdar v that fifty Inspectors be sent out to
day to ferret out every case of violation of the
smoke nuisance ordinance. The orders given to
the menVore that directly they discovered an
offender steps were to be taken at once to hale
him to court. Hitherto it has been the practice
that Inspectors flrst report the violation to
headquarters, but as this entailed a certain
amount of delay. Dr. Darlington told the men to
go ahead on their own responsibility.
By Monday or Tuesday, at the latest, the big
offenders will be summoned to court. Great care
lias been exercised In the preparation of the
case's, and It in hoped that convictions will be
obtained That the corporations concerned in
matter up to the Cowrt of Ap
,:..•;•«, •.« ;., •• . ■■• :hat a lons
legal" contest will ensue Is certain.
Municipal Ownership Advocates Say Be
count Will Give Them the Victory.
Chicago. April a charges of fraud In there
turn* upon the municipal ownership proposition,
votjtl on last Tuesday, bar* been received by
Coloration Counsel Lewis and the County
Court and the election commissioners will be
asked to Investigate th* matter.
It is asserted that in forty-one precincts the
returns upon all of the three propositions rela
tive to municipal ownership show exactly the
same vote, and this Is said to be an Impossi
It Is said by the advocates of municipal own
ership that a recount will show a gain of 8.000
votes for the proposition, and these, together
with the same loss for the negative votes t and
un error of 1.000 votes already found in the foot
ins of the vote In the loth Ward, will give the
immediate operation proposition sufficient votes
to become effective.
Rumor Said He Would Gather Com
mittee to Shore Control.
State Chairman Odell at th« Fifth Avenue
Hotel last night said that the dispatches from
Albany alleging that h*» was going to call a
spe.ial meeting of the Sfit" CaasJOßttee to de
monstrate his control of the organization were
"Did you Bee the story T* he was asked.
'■Yes." said Mr. OdeU; "1 read the same story
in two e\enlng papers. It wonU be very inter
esting if true."
"Is it untrue?" he wag asked.
"It Is absolutely untrue so far as I know any
thing about the conditions." said Mr. OdsaH
"No one has asked me to call a special meeting
of the- committee In the immediate future, and I
know of nothing that would warrant calling to
gether the committee at this time."
"Colonel Dunn, of Blnghamton. Is quoted as
saying that Immediately following the adjourn
ment of the Legislature the committee will meet
and sir ft a new chairman." It was suggested.
"That also. Is Important if. true," said Mr.
o.ieii with a good-natured grin.
The state chairman talked with various lead
ers about the reapportionment of the Senatorial
districtsjvanjj he had long conversations on the
telephone with Senator Page and Assemblyman
T'.vo of his Cillers yesterday were Abraham
C!ruber and John H Gunner, both hitherto ad
herents ef rueiJenl Paisont hi Urn cosuttj com
"I have looked at both reapportionment plans."
said Mr. C.ruber. "and I am free to say that I
prefer the one got up by Mr. Halpin and the
state chairman. I* strikes me as a fairer all
around plan than the other. I do not see why
there should be any contest over the adoption
of a plan, If one plan Is manifestly superior
to another its merits ought to l«e. and I believe
will be, recognized by the executive committee.
I doubt whether Mr. Parsons will urge the
adoption of his plan after he examines the other
plan and finds that it is better than the one
formulated by Mr. Wilson and himself."
The state chairman will be In town to-day,
and to-night he will attend the dinner at the
Savoy Hotel in honor of Senator Batters Prob
ably he will make a speech.
"It is not true." said William Halpin. formerly
president of the county 'committee, '"that our
reapportfcmmant plar. makes Senator Page's dis
trict a Democratic district. If is not radically
changed In its political complexion. I believe
that the plan we have been preparing will have
the unqualified approval of at least twenty-two
of the district leaders."
President Parsons of the county committee
was In town yesterday on account of the death
of his youngest child In Washington this week.
Mr. Parsons returned to Washington last night.
It is expected that the county executive com
mittee will meet on Tuesday or Wednesday of
next week.
Brave Chef Saves Tivo Men When
Steam Pipe Bursts.
Two men, the engineer and fireman, were se
verely aided and burned by the bursting of a
6>incb steam pipe last night In the boiler room
of Pabst's Palm Garden. No 'JoG to 2GO West
r_T.th street. Immediately following the burst
ing of the pipe the Whole building was plunged
hi darkness and the big garden and balconies
became (Hied with steajn. The four hundred
persons In the place became paniestrirken and
made a wild scramble for safety.
The injured men ••■:<• Michael L.ehnert, the
engineer, of No. Tt» Harrison avenue. Westches
tcr. and Valentin* 1 Detz. the fireman, of No. an
West U3th street They probably owe their
lives to the bravery of August BnHlns;. the chef,
who nulled them out of the sieani. Sufling was
a volunteer and m:id.-. a search for the men.
Who were found to be mlsstoC after the accident,
after the police had declined to go until the
steam had cleared away, Both men were se
rioualy scalded about the fa-e and hands.
Fully five thousand persons gathered In front
of the building ami the reserves had to be.
called out to ke^p order.
Secretary Bonaparte Says Question Is One
for Congress to Settle.
Washington. April 6.— Congress must decide
whether the United States needs a now national
air. Secretary Bonaparte has advised Julius I
Lyons, of New York, that after consulting with
other members of the Cabinet, he has decided
that national music is a subject for legislative
consideration, and does not fall within the prov
ince of members of the Cabinet."
Mr. Lyons sought the co-operation of Mr.
Bonaparte in a movement to give a prize for a
suitable national air to replace, the. "Star
Spangled Banner" and "America."
London. April 7.— A dispatch from Pay —
Salaam. published this morning, reports a vic
tory of Captain yon bbbojbJ over Watagorr> na
tives In German East Africa, who lost 205 killed.
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May Agree to Submit Whether
There Are New Phases.
The prevailing impression yesterday was that
the anthracite operators will on Monday refuse
the arbitration proposition of President Mitchell,
but may be willing to arbitrate the question
whether or not there are any new facts which
were not covered by the award of the Anthracite
Strike Commission.
A meeting of the anthracite operators will b#
held in this city to-day In the office .if th*
president of one of the anthrarlte companies t»
consider the answer to b« given to Mr. Mitchell'*
proposition. It is thought that this meeting
may b« attended by operators outside th« allied
companies, so that every anthracite Interest may
be represented.
President David Willcex «f the Pelawarft A
Hudson Company In his latest pamphlet on
the anthracite situation says that the only ques
tion open Is whether there, are any n#w tad*
which raise new questions beyond th«» scope of
th«» Anthracite Strike Commission's award, Ho
also says that no such new facts hay« been
made public, and this may ©pen the way for
arbitration as to whether such facts exist.
None of the coal presidents would talk on tho
subject yesterday. E. B. Thomas, president of
the Lehlgh Valley Railroad, said that he would
not discuss the question of what reply would
be made to Mr. Mitchell before such reply was.
President Baer of the, Philadelphia. & Reading;
Coal Company sent from Philadelphia, a dental
of a statement attributed to him in a published
dispatch, in which he Is made to say that ho
had made a canvass of the operators and found j
them opposed to arbitration. In his denial ho
says that ho made no statement whatever on
the. subject.
"There Is nothing In the story,** lie said. Th«
Independent operators are In session, and! ovea ■
if I were so Inclined, which I was not. I eaessf
not authorize such a statement aa was attrfh*
uted to me."
President Dettrey of District 7 of the AnQirs*.
ctte Mine Workers, who is a> member of thai)
board of conciliation of tha Anthracite Coal
Strike Commission, and would be one of the ar
bitrators If the anthracite operators accept tho
arbitration proposition aa it stands, disrussedi
the question of the arbitration proposition when
seen at the Xshland House.
"The presldenrs of the coal carrying roads."*
he said, "'have for some time been upholding tha
awards of the strike commission. Wo now nro-«
pose to arbitrate with the agentof th* cornmH
slon created — the conciliation board. As th%
operators have all along praised that board, I
do not see how they can refuse to arbitrate th*
existing differences."
It was stated that It was a question whether
Judge Gray would be willing to act as an um
pire or appoint an umpire. In srich case h<»
would bo practically arbitrating th» awards of
his aw/a hoard.
President Mitchell sent the following telegram
yesterday in reply to John H. Winder, president
of the Ohio operators, who suggested arbitration
of the differences between the miners and soft
coal operators) of Western Pennsylvania^ Oftkv
Indiana and Illinois:
Telegram forwarded from Indianapolis re
ceived New York City. I have no authority
either to accept or decline th" proposition you
make to arbitrate different between bituminous
operators and miners. The. International ****"
ttve board Vnited Mine Workers of America will
convene at Indianapolis the 17th inst.. at wli, ■•»
time your telegram wilt be laid before it and the
decision communicated to yon.
In reference to the soft coal situation. Mitchell
said he was pleased with It
•From the papers." he said. "T see that not (*
colliery In Indiana Is working. They will not b«
working until the operators sign our scale."
It was learned that many soft coal agreement*
may be signed if there. Is an anthracite strike
which will not be signed If th»r« la an anthracite
President W. R. Sweet si the Empire Coal
Mining Company. No. 1 Broadway, which has
Interests in Clearneld. said yesterday:
"I believe If there la an anthracite strike th*
Clearneld operators will sign ana union scale. A3
the price of soft coal will then go up. ■ ther«
Is no anthracite strike they could not afford to)
sign It." . '
The complaints of the New Topic coal dealer*
that they are getting no anthracite from th»
sales agents of the companies were borne out hal
SS of "ne sato a«ent 9 yesterday. With th«
exception of the L*hlffh Valley company th*
New Tork at present. The reserve held by th*
Spa. es would b^^oted '„rgely «• PfoJ**
tng the wants of poor people la caeo of •
long strike. t .
Ohio Coal Operators Would Wet*
come Arbitration Committee.
[By Tel»«raph to Th» Tribunal
Cleveland. April 6.— Ohio> coal operators w"J
meet here to-morrow to discuss the striko situa
The proposition of John H. Winder, chairman
of the Ohio operators, that President Roosevelt
appoint an arbitration committee, will. It Is be
lieved, meet with the approval of the operators.
The'operators are threatening •■ operate their
properties as non-union mines. The object of
to-morrows meeting hi to formulate strike plana.
Washington. April -President Roosevelt ha*
received ii telegram from John H. Winder, presi
dent of the bituminous operators of, Ohio, a du
pli. ate of which was sent to President Mitchell
of the miners' union, proposing arbitration. At
the White House to-day It wa.l stated that the*
telegram was sent to the President for his infor
mation; that no r*ply is expected, and none will
be sent.
Boston Official Suspends Company's
lAcense — Extortion Alleged.
Beaton. April (I— Secretary of State William
M. Olln to-day suspended th»» license of tha
Metropolitan Coal Company, of this city, which
had been charged with fixing extortionate pric«»
on coal sine* the coal strike movement was
Secretary OUn does not actually find, how
ever, that the prices are extortionate, and he
does not revoke the license on that complaint.
He concludes that there Is a fair question as
to whether the price of coal as recently fixed
by the company Is not exorbitant and excessive.
and he suspends the license under the statute
which permits him to take such action "for Just
and sufficient reasons." Secretary Olln believes
that the entire question Is one for the Judiciary,
and his finding is in the nature of probable
cause, so that the question may be considered
by the Superior Court, to which the coal com
pany now has the right to appeal.
Secretary Olln reports that he found no evi
dence of a monopoly or of a general ■iwemanf

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