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Ti " Terns Investigating Committee
of Financial Operations.
Austin. Tex . Feb. 10.— Senator Bailey testified
to-day before the legislative committee In reply
to charp«s preferred against him by Representa
tive Cocke. Senator Bailey reviewed his life's
history from the time he came to Texas from
jjigfisfippl, in IRSS. He began to practise law
ani entered politics. He. was elected to Con
gress in 3590. ar.d to the T'nited States Senate
in •'1.
He said that he met ex-Governor Francis in
jfifti when nogrer Q. Mills was a candidate for
Speaker of the House, lie cultivated the ac
quaintance of Governor Francis and his asso
ciates of the Missouri delegation, hoping thereby
to advance Mr. Mi'ls's Interests.
Jlr. Bailey raid he formed a ''lose friendship
with Mr. Franc-is and never i seed through St.
I/juls without stopping: to see him.
In reply to the charge that he (Bailey) had
been • ■■. a deal with a brother of Mr. Francis
and other parties, Joseph Blbley among them,
In th« G4bba ranch transaction. Mr. Bailey Bald
that he had first known Mr. Blbley in 1892, and
that ho was then, as ha is now. a clean and
honorable man.
Mr. Failey said ha had no Intention at first of
purchasing the ranch, but that Mr. Glhbs had
told hlra nbout the land and said he wanted to
cell a quarter each to Governor Taylor of
Tennr-ssee. Senator Culberson, of Texas. and to
himself Hey), and kr-ep a quarter. He told
jlr. Gibbs that only Senator < 'ulberson was
financially able to purchase the land, but at
Mr. Gibbs's solicitation he went to look at the
lar.fl. He said he then thought ho might sell
the land for Mr. Gibbs. who was anxious to dis
pose of !t or might get assistance in buying it
himself. He said that he got an option on the
property, and later closed tho option, with the
undfrstandins that the deal would not b» co.i
gummated until after his cainr-Hign for Senator
had closed.
Later Mr. Francis transferred his Pecos Coun
ty land to Mr. Gibbs, said Mr. Bailey, and the
Gibbs property was transferred to Mr. Francis,
who had furnished the greater part of the pur
chase price by putting In these lands. There
remained due to Mr. Gibfcs lOUt $5 320, of
•which he paid 54,000. obtair.ed from the Red
River National Bank of Gainesville, and the
remainder i ,ii paid to Mr. Gibbs out of the sale
of vhe crops. There was also a debt of $10,000
en the cattle, and later he negotiated with the
help <■' Mr. Francis a loan of Slii.OOO from a St.
Louis bank, -with which be paid debts of $10,000
and $4,000, owed to Texas banks.
Mr. Bailey also told how he had settled the
indebtedness for the Gibbs ranch and cattle by
reading part of his testimony at the Investiga
tion in 1901. He also explained how he had
paid the St. Louis debt by the sale of cattle.
Mr. Bailey explained that after it had been
charged that he had received the Teens County
lands as a fee from the Waters-Pierce Oil Com
pany, he had determined to relieve Mr. Francis
of possible further embarrassment, so he per
suaded Mr. Gibbs to deed these lands back to
Francis. He said Francis neither made nor lost
ty the deal. He said that he (Bailey) cleared
about $30,000, and would have made more could
he he.v« held the land, but not having the
money end the political differences arising he
preferred to selL
Mr. Francis never discussed any legislation
with him, Mr. Bailey £aid. nor sought his eld
for any measure except the World's Fair ap
propriation. He had never known of any legis
lation In which Francis was Interested directly
or Indirectly except as a good citizen or Demo
crat. He said Mr. Francis had never men
tioned H. C. Pierce to him except through the
letter of Introduction.
He taid Francis and a man named Cobbs bad
asked his rapport for the World'a Fair appro
priation, and he told them they were wasting
breath, as he was unalterably opposed to appro
priating public money for any such purpose. li«
paid he thought he had been paired when tbe
proposition for the ?5/JOO.OOO came up. When
the preposition came up tht> second time he waa
In the Senate, and he had resisted it and-alrnost
defeated it. offending his St. Louis friends, who
lied thought he would support it because of a
provision, relative to shipment of cattle which
had been made a, part of tbo bill.
Governor Hughes Asked to Grant
Texas Application.
[By T«legTaj>tl to Th» Tribune. ]
Austin. Tex., Feb. 13. — Oovernor Hughes of
New York has been asked by the Texan authori
ties to grant an application for the extradition
cf H. C. Pierce, of th« Waters- Pierce Oil Com
pany, who Is wanted here to answer an Indict
ment Cor perjury. If a favor;. reply Is re
ceived Governor Campbell will Issue the applica
tion for a requisition for Pierce and the latter's
arrest will be ordered.
Jefferson City, Mo., Feb. 19. — Governor Folk
to-day postponed the hearing on th<j requisition
for H. Clay Pierce, of St. Louis, hea-1 of th«
Watf-rB-Plerce Oil Company, asked by the Texas
authorities, until to-morrow, to await the arri
val of the sheriff of Travis County. Texas.
Governor Folk told the attorneys for Mr.
Pierce that unless they ngr^ed to produce Pierce
et Jefferson City within • • ••.■'■ days, he wouH
honor th« requisition, ns he has b<v-n assured by
the Attorney Cr*n*ru\ that the papers are In the
proper form.
One Man Killed — Passengers
Shaken, hut X one Seriously Hurt.
London, Ont.. Feb. 19#— The Chlcago-Pa<-fflc
Express, westbound, was wrecked In th« East
l<ondon yards to-night. One trainman wns
kli'ed and th«» four hundred passengers on the
express were badly Fhaken tip. An east bound
freight train, consisting of thirty-four refrig
erator <-arF, waa pulling into a Riding off the
main llr.e, when the expreFs came into the yards
at the rate of thirty miles an hour. Th«» express
Istds-awlped M the oars on the end of the beef
train, overturning the engine and the baggage
car of the former.
George Bar.ton. of London, a travelling; engi
neer, who was rifling on the passenger engine.
■was torn to pieces. The fireman and other
trainmen Jumped, and escaped with slight in
juries. Traific was blocked for several hours.
Ambulances and doctors were called from all
parts of the city on the report from trainmen
that scores of passengers had been injured.
Many of the passengers were treated for severe
bruise*, hut no one was seriously hurt, and all
of them continued their Journey to the west at
mldnlsnt. -_V
Want to be
1O days -will
point the way,
Indications of Large Radical Ma
jority in Parliament.
St Petersburg, Feb. 19. — Tho available returns
of to-day's balloting in the final elections of
era to parliament Indicate a docji<i\i*
1 fur the opposition over th« government
- coupled with a Figninonm ovprmastering
.■f the Constitutional Democrats by th? more
radical parties, such ns tho croup nf Toil, the
Social Democrats and the So. ml Revolutionists.
The oft reported promises that the second par
• <>(" Russia would be more Irreconcilably
■ l ■■> bureaucracy than tho first Is thus
beii z fulfillo.j.
Th^ Constitutional Democrats lost ground in
both directions, surrendering tin [ ECiefz,
Kishineff, Kazan and Tula to f h*» Conser^
and the city of Tver and thf province md
of Saratoff ro the I^ f r party. The present indi
cations arf th^.t tho Constitutional Democrats
will rot y, P tho controlling group in th<
legislative bo,i\. and that they will be driven
either to co-operate n-i»h the Octobrists in tacti
cal questions, or will drift nn ( l»r the don i
of the Radicals. Th^y succeeded, however, In
capturing Mosoi w province fn m th^ Conserva
tives ana i-lec-led Ptodor «".o:o.-in.
Th" next house will probably h« composed of
three big groups, of which tho Rieht viii bo the
weakest, th«» Left the strongest, while the Centre
will !■• | o f Constitutional Dei
nn.i i ' ■
tion returns from about one hundred mn
stltuei clayed. nnd will not I
untU tp-morrow.
to Valifkhan. Social Democrat, was
Tashkent nnd M Bobin. Constitutional
rat. was ele t« 3 to represent Yaroslav.
- Ay " - ' ' - elected are M. Krushevan, of
Kishineff, the notorious anti-Semite
tionary Bishop P Kieff; M Dolzhenkoff,
tutionai Democrat, of Kursk, and M.
Kusmm-Karavaieff, Constitutional Democrat, of
Nationalists Defeat Jercs and So
cialists at Polls.
Warsaw, Feb If> " [ mem
bers to the • • - i ■ iited In
Poland In victory for I malists and the
nd the Socialists. <~;roat
tism has been shown throughout Poland,
I that H<
• "ho has b(<-r. seriously i.
hitis -\v,-is carried from ins sickbed to the
Ninety-five Injured in Hospitals —
More Trouble Feared.
Odessa, Feb. 19 — Ninety-five Jews and Jew
esses hnve been removed to hospitals, suffering
from injuries sustained in nn attack made upon
them last night by members of the Union of
Russian Men. Racial 111 feeling runs high, and
th« Jews here are in hourly expectation of other
Call for National Convention —
Freyre Andradc's Views.
Havana, Feb. 19.— crisis as a result of recent
dissensions between rival factions In the Liberal
party, led by Alfredo Zayas and Jose Miguel
Gomez, is Indicated by the action of Befior Car
not. vice-president of the "National Liberal As
sembly, in directing the secretary of th« national
convention to summon that body in extraordi
nary session. This step Is taken In compliance
with a petition signed by twelve delegates to
the convention, all of whom are followers of Jose
Miguel Gomez. Beftor Carnot also Is an ardent
'partisan of Beflor Gomes, and his convocation
of the convention follows a futile attempt to get
Sefior Zayas to take action.
The twelve signers of the petition say that tho
organization of a committee to revise tho laws
of Cuba Is unconstitutional (this committee was
recently appoint by Governor Magoon), nnd
they proclaim 11 to be the urgent duty of Lib
erals to demand tho Incorporation of their do ■-
trines in new legislation, and to this end they In-
Fist on full discussion of all legislative projects
by ti.ts national convention. .
The ulterior object of the followers of Josd
Miguel Gomez is believed to bo to get control
of the- convention In the interests of ttie presi
dential aspirations of their leader. The follow
ers of Zayas declare they are indifferent to this
new movement, and assert that Seflor Carnot
Is legally Incompetent to convoke the conven
tion. Seflor Zay;iß, they . c ny, as the recognized
leader of the Liberals, alone has this power.
There is a possibility of two conventions, one
of tho followers of Zayas and another of the ail
herents of Gomez.
General Freyra Andradn arrived hera yester
day from Washington and New York. While in
Washington lie had an interview with President
Roosevelt, and he now says he then obtained
tho impression that Mr. Roosevelt would def.ir
the re-establishment of the Cuban republic until
the, and had been placed h. the control of the
Conservatives General Andrade predicted also
that Washington noon would adopt a stronger
policy in Cuba, to be preceded by th*> recali of
Governor Magoon.
Government Expected to Reduce Contracts
with American Packers.
London, Feb. 10 The, War Office Is taking
steps to ascertain the possibility of obtaining for
iTip T-Jritlsh army larger supplies of canned meats
from Australia and New Zealand, so that con
tract* with American packers may be reduced.
When asked In the House of Commons this af
ternoon whether th*> colonies could not have the
first rhanre to obtain the n**xt contracts, Mr.
Buchanan, Financial Secretary to the War
Office, said:
Jn anti<!pation of an tncroajed demnnd, and
the revelations regarding American
canned ment last mmm>r, bs well ns the gov
ernment's desire for a wider area of supply, a
special officer has be*n dlßpat<-hed to Australia
and New Zealand to report on the meth
tho parkins? houses and the capacity of those
colonies to furnish increased quantities of
canned meat.
Admiralty Refuses to Make Publio Corre
spondence with Lord Charles.
London, Feb. 19. — In the interest of the public
service Mr. Robertson. Parliamentary Secretary
to the Admiralty, declined. In behalf of the Ad
miralty, in the House of Commons this after
noon, to make known the contents of the com
munications exchanged between the Admiralty
and Admiral Lord Charles Beresford regarding
tho Channel fleet. Mr. Robertson added, how
ever, that it was not Intended to increase the
Channel fleet beyond fourteen battleships, four
armored cruisers and three unarmored cruiser*,
us decided in January. The destroyers attached
to the home fleet would be placed at Admiral
Beresford's disposal for practical exercises.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.l
Richmond, "Va., Feb. 13.— 1n 6pite of efforts to
preserve secrecy. It became known last night that
Judge C. E. Nicol, In the Circuit Court for Alex
andria County, had granted Mrs. Cartyl© Herbert
Smith an absolute cUvorce mom her husband,
CpurUand S. smith. th* tt»U knowa. horseman.
Th * papers la the CM* wtra ordered' »eal*d, to f
main so fotiver.
He Declares M or monism Does Not
Interfere 'with Duty to Country.
[From The Tribute B'Jreou.]
, Washington. Feb. 19.— "1 formally and solemnly
affirm that in every vote an 1 action as United
States Pe na or I simtl y,<> governed In the future, as
I have bc»n in the past only by my convictions of
what i best for the whole people of the T'nited
States, under my oath to support the constitution
and laws of this nation.
"Let me say, under my obligation as a Senator,
that which I have said under oath before the com
mittee, that I have never taken any oath or obli
gation. reli.Rious or otherwise, which conflicts in
the slightest o^er«e with mv duty as a Senator or
os a citizen. 1 ■■■■ no allegiance to any church or
other organization which in any way int°rferes
with my supreme alliance In civil affairs to my
country- -in all plan >• which I freely, fully and
gladly give."
With these words Senator Smoot olo?ed to-day
his long expected speech in the Senate in defence
Of his right to retain his sent In thnt body. Mr.
Smoot made an excellent impression^ He spoke
quietly an.l distinctly, md showed little feeling ex
cept in his peroration. II« announced t'-.Tt he would
not go into the l^cnl nrsnrr.ent of th» cn<=<\ which
h id been and would he po ably discussed by oth
ers before th« vote to-morrow afternoon, nnd ho
contented himself with a brief review of th* fao(
in the situation. He pointed out thnt .if against
2.4.*1 polygamous famines in the Mormon Church
when, in 18fr>. the manifesto was l??u.-d. there are.
to-day not over five hundred. He nhowe<3 that the
first presidency nnd rou-.c'.l of apostle*, prior to
his selection in IS9O, were composed of ten polygam-
Ists nnd fivn monagamlsts, whereas by ISO 6 thesa
figures had he.^ n reversed. He declared his convic
tion that every man who has contracie.l a polyg
amous marriage since the manifesto should be pros
ecuted, and. if convicted, should be punished.
Senator Smoot maintained, that most of the
polygamous marriages contracted since isro had
been performed outside of the United States, and
asserted that all such were in defiance of the moat
solemn pr'Mert ar.d admonition ot the Mormon
Church. He declared thai he had never practised
or preached polygamy, and he reviewed the ser
vices to the rnifd States o* Mormons who hy/I
pervel In the army as officers nnd enlisted men.
... conclusion of his speech! Mr. Smoot was
congratulated hy many of his colleagues.
Senntor DiHingham followed Mr. Smoot, oppos
ing th<» adoption of th<> commit tea resolution pro
viding for the, uiisrntiriß of the Mormon Senator.
To-morrow- Senators Spdoner, Carter, Beverldge,
HansbrougTi nnd others will speak on the subject,
and at 4p. m. the vots will no taken. The indica
tion! are that the Senate will reject the proposi
tion to expel the Senator from Utah by a vote ex
ceedlng two-thirds its membership, that is. r>y up
ward of sixty to something less than thirty.
Senate Votes to Have Special Revenues
Turned in to Treasury.
Washington, Feb. 19.— Tl I U Ap
propriation bili was tak-T. up by the Sen
■ mediately after Ihe cl m of tl
tlon of tbe Bmoot ca.<=.
Provls! m» were t) en a I
quire d
Forestry Bureau and .
adopted a bolinhing th<
been s
the sale tlmb« . er July
l ii»xt. by :
ii" t ii
Coroner Harburger Advocates Bill to Prevent
It as Measure of Humanity.
Albany, F< I 10 ■ i
York I
New I
Committee for theii
•in ;i dyiiiß condition foi the purj t
keeping down tl
• . ent this thai the Hut
ided In va
.'.rt. nist the
man liol


<'• •! oner Htu burger
"This bill.

up the
awful practlc ••

Family Physician Swears to Declarations
Concerning Death Mystery.
Dr. a '
the atti
Whose mur*:-
Is in t!:e Tom> s awaiting the Inquest to-day, was
Dr. Olur-k was called on to swear to statements
that he made to Mr. Corrigan before Mrs Binge's
death. Theye statement* wer* made at several in
terviews r>r. Gluck had with th" District Attorney
previous to Mis. Wailau'a arrest. Mr. Corrigan
also oald yeMerdny that he had served notice on
Marry I, Hass, or counsel for Mrs Wallau, that
he must prodjc • Mrs Binge's will at the Inqtvest
"U-forH <"oron<-r Acritelli to-day
Edward LAUterbach, counsel for Mrs. Wallau,
said that ho was convinced of bis client's Inno
cence, but us yet h«» had not mapped out his plan
of defence.
House Passes Bill in Regard to Assessment
Life Companies.
Washington, Fell. 10.— The House has passed
a bill •■ me%ltng the code of the District of Co
lumbia In regard to assessment li f o insurance
companies. Tl - bill provides thnt such com
panies must have $."»0.000 assets when they do
not lusue policies above $1,000, and $100,000
Invested assets if they do issue larger policies,
and that these assets shall always be at least
8 per cent of the total risks of, the company.
Th" small sick benefit companies <■■■ required
to have a guaranty fund of at least $10,000, and
it must be at least '■> per cent of their out
standing life risks. It Is also provided that
expenses of such companies shall not exceed 50
per cent of the premiums received In any year,
co that at least the balance of premiums and
nil forfeitures :,hall be paid ii losses or divi
dends or placed in reserve for the benefit of the
policyholders. At present leas than one-quarter
of the premiums usually goes to their benefit.
Washington, Feb. 19.— The President has appoint
ed the following as principals ar.a alternates to the
Naval Academy for 1907:
Principals— Sherwood king, son of late Ad
miral Picking; Oscar Charles Badger, son of Com
mander Badger; Whltley Perkins, son of Major C.
N. Perkins, U. S. M. <' , James Carroll Byrnes,
eon of Surgeon J. C. Byrnes; Frank Messenger, son
of P. C. Messenger, chief gunner, U. S. N.
Alternates— Edward Randolph ESberle, son of
Lieutenant Commander Eberle, U. S. N.; Stephen
Elliott, son of Captain Charles. P. Elliott, U. S. A.,
retired; James Hamilton Little, son of ~ommander
Little; Charles D. Davis, son of Lieutenant Com
mander O. T. Davis; Edward Fletcner Dickinson,
son of Medical Director Dickinson, U. S. N.;
Charles G. Elllcott, son of Lieutenant Commander
John M. EUieott: John Forsyth Melgs, son of Lieu
tenant Commander Melgs; William Marion Har
mon, son of the late Eugene Harmon, U. S. N.;
Francis Sanderson Craven, son of Lieutenant Com
mapder craven, U. 8. N.j Robert War* Gait, son
oX Pay Director William W. Gait, V. 8. X.
A bottle of
Evans 9 Ale,
a good chop
or steak,
a good friend,
a good cigar
and life is all
■ ■
Japanese Message to President —
Squadron at Honolulu.
Honolulu. Feb. 10 — At a mass mating of
Japanese hold ln«t nipht the following cable
message was ordered sent tc President Poose
The Hawaiian T v ully protest
-t the pro
hibitl Hon to the United
to Hawaiian

The meeting illowlng dispatch
to the .
Tha ■ are unanimous in
• i ■ f tl ■ >-rican
hibiting them from emigrating
i which Is incompatible with t':e
and ruinous to Japanese in
. ' I - tion is re-
The Japanese training squadron, consisting of
the cruisers Matsushima. Hashidate and Itsuku
shlma, arrived here to-day. At 10 o'clock this
morning Admiral Tomlka, from the flagship
Matsushima, communicated his approach by
means of wireless telegraphy. Rear Admiral
Very replied, welcoming him. Hundreds of sam
pans went outside the harbor to greet th*
As tho Japanese warships entered the harbor
n national salute was firod. Tho admirals then
exchanged salutes, nnd the Japanese vessels
docked at the naval wharf. At 1 o'clock official
visits were exchanged.
All the shipping in tho harbor is rated,
and American and Japanese flags are floating
Five thousand Japanese In holiday attire were
on the harbor front awaiting ■ he arrival of the
Calls between the officers of the squadron and
Governor Carter will be exchanged to-morrow.
Many entertainments for officers and men have
boon provided by both Americans and Japanese.
The cruisers are painted a lead color.
After remaining here a week the cruisers will
go to Australia. ,
This Morning's Tokio Papers Ac
cept the Situation.
ToU • -of the leading news*
Francisco school question is

■ ■ • le In Article
I .ludg
- or failure of

: hi, In an Interview.
that when the present

n gov

Popular Leaders Hope for Conces
sions from I '>/!((! States.
Tokio. Feb, 19.— The official text of President
Roosevelt's amendment of the exclusion bill has
been published. As expected, it has created the.
strongest dissatisfaction among the interested
parties, although the movements of procedure
have not yet assumed a definite shape. '
The Japanese residents of ih«» Hawaiian
Islands have telegraphed President Roosevelt
nnd the Hawaiian Representatives in the House
Indicating the seriousness of tho injury which
will be caused to their rights and interests by
this legislation. The lenders of opinion ere are
aware, however, that under the circumstances
the only alternative is to calmly resign them
selves to the situation, hoping that the govern*
ment <; ( ti arrange with tho American aurhfiritte3
to reduce the sacrifice In tho interest of Japan
ese emigrants to a minimum.
They regret tho now law lest the Sin Fran -
eiscj people, glorying In their success, should
ossums an overbearing attitude News of i is
kind would only lend to injure Japanese sus
ceptibilities, which President Roosevelt has boon
M"'. lally careful f<» avoid.
4 San Francisco Consulate T^urs
Statenteni to This Effect.
i ■
„...■ ■
■ ■ ■ the Jip
Wr> have received no official Information re
garding tha matter, but if the newspaper reports
are correct^ 1 om sure that the Japanese people
as n whple, will lie pleased with the terms. We
have every confidence in President Roosevelt In
this matter. We have insisted that the Japanese
ns a people nimll not ho discriminated against!
and 1 believe that this !*! * secured by the agree
ment reached in Washington^
Measure Carries $104.137.540— Change in
Regard to Spanish Treaty Claims.
Washington. Feb. ID. -.Appropriations aggregat
ing Jlt"i4,l3T,s^> are carried in the bit*; providing for
the sundry civil expenses of the government in,,
19% rc-rorted to the House to-day by the Commit
tee on Appropriations. The amount carried in this
bill for 10<"7 was $111,146,884.
The committee failed to Include a clause in th?
Kill prevent the sale of beer In national soldiers'
homes after March I. a prohibition Included in last
year's bill but It Is generally believed that the
House ?iUI add the provision when the measure
Is taken up on the floor.
Among the limitations in the bill is one which
will work h revolution in. the affairs of the Spanish
Treaty Claims Commission. The government has
paid the cost of taking the evidence of claimants,
but the bill provides that hereafter claimants are
to bear this expense.
It Is provided* that hereafter the United States
Capitol is to be, kept open to visitors from 9 a. m
to i p. m. on Sundays and holidays.
Tho appropriation for the Isthmian Canal Com
mission to continue construction on the canal Is
$-:4.va«.<00. For this purpose $25, 4.'*;, 416 was appropri
ated last year. The next largest item is an appro
priation of $14,254,752 for the construction of public
buildings, Including marino hospitals and Quaran
tine station*.
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President Hears Oliver's Partners on
Canal Contract.
[Fnnra Tha Tribune Bur»au. 1
Washington. Feb. 19.— President Roosevelt
this afternoon granted another heating to the
associates of William J. Oliver, the lowest bid
der for the Panama Canal contract. Secretary
Taf t. Chairman Shonts and R. R. Rogers, of the
Canal Commission, were present for the admin
istration. Patrick F. Walsh, of Davenport,
Iowa; P. J. Brennan and R. A. Chester, of
Washington; Robert Russell, of Lynchburg. Va.,
and L. C. Guenther, of Knoxville. Term.. were
all heard In turn by the President and his ad
Although no announcement was made after
the hearing. It is understood that the session
was devoted mainly to a recapitulation of the
enterprises upon which Mr. Oliver's associates
have been engaged during their business ca
reers. Th«» President has now heard all ">£
Mr. Olivers partners except the dredging peo
ple, and it is not yet decided whether they will
he called upon to "show cause" or not. Secre
tary Taft said after the hearing that the Presi
dent expected to reach a decision m the canal
matter by March 1.
Mr. Shonts Removes Objection to His Con
firmation as Commissioner.
Washington. Feb. 19.— At to-day's meeting of the
Senate Committee on Interoceanie Canals an effort
was made to have reported for confirmation the
tinmen of the recently appointed Canal Commis
sioners, but It was frustrated by an objection from
Senator Culberson. who stated that he had heard
It reported that Mr. Shunts was ''.raw a large
salary from the Int»>rborougli Railroad Company
In addition to Ms salary as Canal Commissioner.
Mr. Shonts was s»nt for and denied the report,
but the denial was received too late to permit ac
tion at to-day's meeting.
Seimtor Klttre.lse was authorized to report nn
amendment to the Sundry Civil Appropriation bill
providing for the purchase of the outstanding Pan
ama Railroad bonds, amounting to j;.CjS.36T.
A favorable report on Senator MiUard's bill, gtv
inK the President discretion its to the size of the
Canal Commission, also was authorize!. The bill
provides that the commission may consist of either
uii^ or seven members, us the President may de
Ficksburg or York! oxen Offered In
stead to .V. Y. Nautical School.
[Frcm The Tribune r-ireau. 1
Washington. Feb. 19.— Opposition from Ad
miral Dewey and naval officers at the depart
ment will prevent the New York Nautical
School from getting the famous old Hartford
for use as a schoolshlp. The time worn and
wave washed St. Mary's, now used by •he
school, has become obsolete and practically use
less for tho purpose, and the managers of tht;
institution, backed by all the Congressman from
the city, have for several weeks been making
a strong effort to secure the Hartford In her
plate. Two or three weeks ago the President
was visited by the representatives in a body.
and they present) l ■ request for the use of th©
Hartford, and while the Executive did not give
them any assurances that he would order the
Change made, the friends of tne school were
canguine of success. They had told the Pres
ident thai the St. Mary's, being perhaps further
out of date than any other ship flying the na
tional flag, was of BO practical us.-> whatever
as. a training ship. Everything th" boys learned
aboard rier nbom her physical features and her
management they had to unlearn afterward, and
..,, the ship was really more of a detriment than
an aid i.. nautical preparation.
To-day the President informal Representative
c.xks thnt Admiral rvwey and several other
naval officers strenuously objected to turning
Commodore FarragTit's old Rag»htp over to th*
'school, and for th.it re.ipop he did not feet jus
tified in making he ord«>r Tl*" told Mr. Co.-ks.
however, that if New York would be satisfied
with either the Vleksburg or the Torktown, he
would -■■••• thai whichever '-hip was chosen would
bo sent to replace the St Mary's
| n>- Trles'Mph W Th» Trttmne. |
St. Paul, Minn.. Fob. iv President Stickney
of the Chicago^ tlreat Western Railroad, In di?i
cusslng railroad legislation, said to-day:
There are hard times ahead if the legislatures
r>f the various states do not stop tinkering with
things which are not fit subjects for legislation.
The present rail road baiting is bound to lead to
iisnstpr to the country .-it large if it Is not
.•necked. The trouble will come In perhaps
throe, perhaps four, perhaps five years. It is
high time for the good of the country as a
whole thai there should be a let-up to the rail
road baiting, which is becoming a favorite sport
with legislators and state officer*.
At the nine-eenth annual dinner of the Fordham
Club, which will t?»ke place at th* clubhouse.
Fordhaaa Ro.i.i a!i«l Morn? avenue, to-morrow
evening, Jamas A. Donnelly, Deputy Attorney
Geneva] for New Tort County, will preside.
An-., ng those present at the annual dinner and
reception of thi Polar Star "Lodge. 245. F. and A.
M , which was held on Monday night at the Lex
ington Opera HoUse. were Townsend Scudder,
Qrand Master of the Masitns of the State of New
York, and Past Grand Masters William Scherer
and John Stewart.
At its semi-monthly meeting the Bankers' Trust
Company elected yesterday, as a director. Edward
M. Bulklay. of Spencer, Trask & Co.
S. La. Josh!, an East Indian convert to Christian
ity, will lecture at the Bible Teachers" Training
School, at No. 641 Lexington avenue, at 10 o'clock
this morning, followed by Dr. Thomas Whltley, of
England, at 12 o'clock.
The "bal maaque" of the Now York Art Btudents
will take piaoe to-morrow nlftu at th* Manhattan
Casino, at 156 th street and Eighth avonua.
flDabison Square XUcst
Introduces a* the newest fashion is
* "Four in hand" tie of
in toft shades of solid colors unat
tainable in other materials.
Price $2.00
Mr. Macon Starts Sharp Fight Over
Postoffice Bill.
[From Ths Tribune Bure»u.l
Washington. Feb. 1?. — Efforts to improve th«
postal service In the larger cities, Including New
York, involved the House in a keen controversy
to-day, when the Postofflce- Appropriation bill
was taken up for passage by sections in that
committee of the whole. So violent did this be
come that for a time many members expected a
scene between Representative Macon. of Arkan
sas, and Representative Fitzgerald, of New York
Mr. Macao made points of order which struck
from 'the bill the proposed promotions of clerks
and carriers In the offices of the first and second
classes. Mr. Fitzgerald angered Mr. Macon
when he announced by way of retaliation that
he would make a point of order against the in
crease In pay to rural carriers when the para
graph referring to them was reached in the bilL
The sparring between the two members amused
the House, as well as the attempts of Mr. Cur
rier, of New Hampshire, chairman of the com
mittee, to prevent troub.e. It is generally under
stood that the increased pay paragraphs will ba
reinserted in the Mil by a special rule to-day or
The scheme of promotions proposed by the bill
was not satisfactory in all details to the New
York delegation. Mr. Bennet. under general
debate, made a ppeech on behalf of the city car
riers, in which he stated his belief that the Com
mittee on Postoffice? and Post Roads had
"handed th**m a lemon." Mr. Parsons and ilr.
Olcott, both of New York, introduced amend
ments for the purpose of making th* 1 bill more
specific and to protect tho clerks ar.d laborers
now in the post service in New York City. They
will come up for consideration to-morrow, when
the reading of the bill will be continued.
Death of Paredes Has Not Ended
Insurrection, Friends Say.
Two cable dispatches were received yesterday
In this city conrlrming the killing of General An
tonio Paredes. the Venezuelan rebel leader. One
of these messages which came to Ylcancr Bole?.
the local representative of the dead general, was
from the latter's brother at Port of Ppain, Trin
idad, and differed from the official version of hi 3
death, which was that with some of his follow
ers he was shot while trying to escape after
General Paredes's brother, however, denounces
hi* death as an assays-nation, after which. 'ha
says, his body was thrown Into a creek.
The local Venezuelans, all of whom knew Gen
eral Paredea and saw him here in December,
were shocked to learn of his unfortunate end.
which came about a week after his landing in
Venezuela to head an insurrection. Evident
ly the large following which he had counted
on had not had time to reach h'.rr;. and with the
small force with which he landed he stood no
chance against the government forces. Al
though much affected by the death of his friend
and compatriot, Mr. Bolet said yesterday th.it
the movement begun against the Castro ad
ministration by General Paredes would go on
until the last of his men were .killed. Nothing
is known in this city of th- three Americans
who are reports to hay» been with Genera!
Paredes and killed. It is be!i-?ved that they
were Britishers, who joined the expedition at
General Paredei was about thirty-flve years
old. In the Andrade administration he- was
commander of the fort at Puerto Cabello. where
he distinguished himso'f by his bravery.
Washington. Feb. 19.— The State Department has
been informed by a cable dispatch from the Amer
ican Corisol at Port of Spain. Trinidad, of the com
plete extirpation of th* litest attempted rebe.Uon
in Venezuela. The n»ws Is contained in the fotlrn*
inar <V<:
■Jen^r il Antonl t*^rp<3?s*. with s*£v^nt**^n -h-^rs,
w.ts shot ifter being captured' by sfovernment
troops neai Barancas. In th* Stste of Rertnudez.
about tb» 13th inst.
Pared** landed on the coast of Venezuela from
one of the West Indian islands about two weeks
hko His party consisted of about twenty men.
but It was stated th.it he had ample funds and"
that he would soon receive a- large supply of wear
on* -with which to arm the natives whom he «
peeled to flock to his banner.
Meeting of Senate Committee Called for
To-day — Favorable Report Expected.
Washington. Feb. 19— A meeting of the Penat*
Committee on Foreign Relations has been called
for to-morrow to consider the Santo Domingo
Treaty, which the Republican members expect will
be reported favorably.
President Roosevelt sent to tho Senate during Its
session to-night the original copy of the new Santo
Domingo treaty. A telegraphic copy of the treaty
was laid before the Senate several days ago.

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