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POLITICAL CONDITIONS
15 SOUTHERN STATES
J/K. T.U'TS CHAXCEB IS
T HI -SOI. 1 1) SOITH."
Democratic Lamia* Worried Over
the Situation There.
Kan Occasional Correspondent of The Tribune.]
Santa' Aug :4 -"Will the 'Solid South' he
,ken jTI the national campaign this year?" Is the
. rtion vhieh developments since the Republican
d Democratic national conventions were held have
•' de of primary and grave importance to Demo
atic j^ders throuphout Th South. Its importance
»* th » : : " : of th ' > l ead * r;: of the party does not
i> ••, the shifting or a few electoral votes from
„ va i, 11. Tart - That - to them - seem* compara
tively inFisrnificant. for the history or past national
campaigns has shown that the vote of the South
cannot now either defeat or elect a candidate.
Breaking the "Solid South" has a far deeper siß
nifici'i,- in their minds. They would interpret it
& nwanlf.S the beginning of the dissolution of the
Vim x party, and it is for this reason mainly
that Southern leaders will attempt to inject some
life tit • the present national campaign, although
fed or lima believe that Bryan will be elected.
*In jib i slim of the "Solid South" the states of
Maryland. West Virginia and Kentucky must be
eliminated. They are no longer considered as parts
of the 'Solid South." Not in recent years have
c O uihern Democratic leaders felt that there was
any real danger of any of the Democratic Southern
states polns Republican. There has. of course, in
each campaign bern more or less talk of Virginia or
North Carolina or some other state beinsr counted
j'j, the Republican column, hut Southern Democrats
EiraW read these reports and smiled, secure In the
belief and knowledge that there was no possibility
C f such a happening.
GOOD FEELING TOWARD TAFT.
This year things are entirely different. The Demo
cratic parry renominated Bryan, who had twice be
j ore yy^-r, defeated and who had aroused the bbitterr r
est antagonism from the start on the pact of the
conservative element of the Democratic party. The
Republicans nominated Taft, a man in whom the
men of the South. Democrats and Republicans
alike, have confidence. The Tribune's correspondent
ha* talked with Southern Democrats from nearly
ail the Southern states and has yet to talk with one
who will not admit that he believes Mr. Taft would
raake a g.njd Chief Executive. And this is putting
it icildly.
Following his nomination Mr. Taft moved to Hot
Springs for rest and .exercise. This step appeared
£•' the time insignificant enouph. but it cannot be
denied that it has had considerable effect on the
national campaign in the South. Hot Springs is in
a way a Southern mecca. Each summer represen
tative people from every Southern state go there,
and in visiting "The Springs" this year they have
seen and in many, instances talked with Mr. Taft.
"Seeing •""■ Taft," as one Democratic leader in
Georgia, puts It. "is becoming a friend of his." The
Republican candidate has made in this way a host
of friends throughout Southern states, and perhaps
many supporters Certainly the effect of his 6tay
Til have a material effect on the vote in Virginia
fer<i West Virginia. It is because of the cumulative
effect of the general belief in and liking for Mr.
Taft throughout the South, the dislike of the con
servative clement of the Democratic party for
Bryan, the prevailing feeling that the Xebraskan
rannot win and the consequent almost universal
tnatnr. combined with the extraordinary efforts
Southern Republicans are putting forth, that Demo
;ratic leaders see clouds on the political horizon
and seriously fear for the solidness of the "solid
South."
Any ore cognizant of the real feeling that exists
fa the South will say without hesitation that the
South cares little whether William Howard Taft
or William Jennings Bryan is elected. The South,
however, does care for state tickets, and Southern
Democrats will see that the Democratic state tick
ets axe .elected. There is a large element of th«
D»mocrati« party, part of which will not vote at
all and part of which will vote the Democratic
ticket, that would prefer to see Mr. Taft elected.
All indications point to a growing feeling among
tt-inkins; Democrats in the Southern States that
Bryan Is an opportunist, a man ready to grasp at
any issue which he thinks will catch the popular
fancy and gain him votes, and this feeling will
mean the loss of many thousands of votes to the
Nebraska!!.
While the Democratic leaders see and acknowl
edge grave danger in the situation they eventually
wind up e**iji argument by saying: "Why. this
■late won go Republican, for the people would
have to vote with the negroes if it dots." If the
Solid South is not broken It will be due to this—
nothing else. Were It not for the fact that ne
groes almost as a unit vote the Republican ticket.
It is not going too far to say that half of the
Southern Suites would be found in the Taft column
this year when the rote hi counted. *
After •• careful study of the situation as It Is
sad after talks with political leaders throughout
the (Tamil, the Republican party still appears to
have a fichtins cliance of winning over one. or
josslbly two. hitherto "dytd-in-the-wool" Demo
cratic stat»s. but not more than a fighting chance.
Of Ihe states f=outh of Mason and DfjßOn*S line
there m erven which the Democratic party will
have a stiff fight to carry, two and probaWy three
of arfalch are almost certain to go Republican.
These states are Maryland. West Virginia. Vir
ginia. Kentucky. North Carolina, Tennessee and
G<ore: of these Maryland is practically certain
to go nepuMicnn by a large majority. West Vir
ginia wou:d go to Taft without doubt were it not
for the bitt«?r factional war on in the Republican
party which gives the Democrats a chance, albeit
this chance is generally considered a slim one. and
Kf»nti>fky ••,■.;: in all probability give Mr. Taft a
1- nds me plurality.
THE SITUATION IN MARYLAND.
What the Republicans a^sfrt and I»«-mocra"ts
are beginning to admit is that the iinal blow to
Democratic hopes of carrying Maryland was struck
when "The Baltimore Sun" declared unreservedly
for Taft. It is hard to overestimate' the effect of
this on the people of Maryland. They believe In
"Th<? Sun" and in "The Sun's" views, and when the
regular Democratic organ of the state deserts Bryan
it is unreasonable to believe that many of "The
Bun's" <■• ad' rs will not desert him. too. In this state
t!>- negro h<ilds the balance of power, and it can be
conservatively said that Mr. Taft will poll three
quarters of Ihe negro vote. The vote of Baltimore
City counts heavily, and then ran be bo question
of Baltimore going Republican. The business
Interests there are almost solidly for Taft. and
the**, combined with the city's large negro vote.
insures raft a big majority. Then, too, there are
many Democrats in the state who will neither
f'.Tiset nor Bsrzfve Mr. Bryan for snubbing Gor
man. This will cost him votes. In fact, BO confi
dent are the Republicans of carrying the state
that the other night, one of them, ■ prominent
fcaataea* ma:, in Baltimore, while talking politics
■ the Maryland Club, offered to bet $1,000 to JTOO
that Taft would carry the state, and got -no tak
ers, although there nert several Democrats in
the pi-sup.
In the Western Bart of the stale Republican
•eutiment !s particularly strong. The Cth Con
gress District, which is now represented by
George A. I'earre. is sure to poll a large Repub
lican vote. Of the towns in this section of the
etate. Cumberland, the home of the late Gov
ernor LowndesV family, will probably go over-
T.heimingly Republican. The Democratic strength
will probably He more in the Eastern Shore of
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Maryland, although a Republican Congressman
represents that section now, and the southern
counties of the state, but. because of the exceed
ingly large negro population In these sections Dem
ocratic pluralities, if there are any, will be ex
ceedingly small. At present there are three Dem
ocratic and three Republican Congressmen from
Maryland, but the Republicans confidently assert
that when the returns come in in November there
will be at least four Republican Represent?.' i\ "■
to two Democratic. The Congressional fights all
promise to be exciting, and the campaign in Mary
land this year will not be a dull one.
VIRGINIA.
The situation in Virginia has be°n treated before
In this correspondence. There has been no recent
change in the situation as far as the national cam
paign goes. Republicans in Winchester. Front
Royal. Roanoke and other valley towns are
strengthening their forces and preparing, they say,
to poll the largest vote in twenty years. The Mar
tin poll tax decision, which practically disfranchise
four-fifths of the Democratic vote, still remains In
force, and the state leaders are devoting all their
energies at present to have it reversed. It is ru
mored that Holmes Conrad, of Winchester, who
was appointed by President Roosevelt several years
ago to assist in the investigation of postal frauds.
will be one of the lawyers who will argue against
the decision when it Is upon appeal. Henry T.
Wickham. of Richmond, is also mentioned in this
connection. For many years Mr Wickham repre
sented his Senaie district in the State Senate. He
is a son of the late General Wickham. of the Con
federate States army.
The two counties of Northampton and Aecomac,
which together form what is known as the Eastern
Shore of Virginia, may go Republican. Acoomac
probably will, and if tho Democrats succeed in car
rying Northampton It will only be by the slimmest
of margins. Roanokr. Norfolk and Portsmouth,
Republican leaders say, will poll an unusually
heavy Taft vote, and Roanoke is counted on as? g"
ir.g Republican.
WEST VIRGINIA. '
The fight between Charles W. Swisher. the regu
lar Republican nominee for Governor of West Vir
ginia, and Arnold C. Scherr. who bolted the regular
convention, goes on apace, and is a. cause for some
anxiety on the part of the men who are running
Mr. Taft's campaign. West Virginia Republicans
still insist that the differences between the two
candidates will be patched up in plenty of time for
the rank and file of the party to forget any bitter
ness that may have been aroused and to unite and
work harmoniously and enthusiastically for the Re
publican state and national tickets. They say. how
ever, that if both men insist upon running, the
effect may be disastrous to she state ticket only, If
disastrous it be at all. and scout the idea that Mr.
Bryan stands any chance of carrying the state.
Efforts will undoubtedly be made to get Scherr
to withdraw in favor of S wisher, but unless the
Republican National Committee takes a strong
hand it seems likely that Mr. Schorr will be ex
ceedingly hard to persuade that the best interests
of the party lie in his withdrawal. Even assuming
that the warfare will go on unabated up to Elec
tion Day, it is hard for Democrats to be optimistic
over Mr. Bryan's prospects Of carrying the state.
That the warring factions in West Virginia will
be harmonized now seems certain, for New York
dispatches to-day announce the appointment by
Chairman Hitchcock of a special committee to deal
with this situation. The committee consists of
Messrs. Ward. Brooker and Dv Pont. All five Con
gress districts of West Virginia elected Republicans
at the last election, and the main efforts of the
party leaders will be directed toward returning a
solid Republican delegation to Washington.
GEORGIA.
Of all the Southern States, th» situation In
Georgia is the most complex and at the same
time the most Interesting. Georgians may bo said
| to be "directly interested" in four national tickets
! this year— the Democratic ticket, because that
' is the ticket of the party to which the majority
of them belong: second, the Republican ticket, be
cause it will receive the support of the mill and
j many other business Interests; third, the Populist
j ticket, because "Tom" Watson is its head, and
• fourth, the Independence League ticket, on which
; John Tempi" Graves is running for Vice-President.
Both Mr. Watson and Mr. Graves are Georgians.
J Both have wielded great influence In the state-
Mr. Graves, until he entered the "Hearst service**
and was promoted to second place on Mr. Hearst's
national ticket, was an editorial writer on one
of the leading Democratic papers of the state, and
his editorials were widely read. He is a man of
recognized ability, and his beliefs, as expressed
editorially, undoubtedly carry considerable weight.
This has been somewhat counteracted by his con
nection with a Hearst newspaper and because of his
rapid conversion to Independence League princi
ples. Still, it is safe to say that because of his
nomination for the Vice-Presidency the Indepen
dence Leap-;* win poll many votes that it would
not otherwise, and in passing it might be well to
say that these votes will be just so many taken
away from the Democratic party.
Everybody in Georgia knows "Tom" Watson and
"has heard tell" of his long and varied political
career. He was several times elected to the state
Legislature on the Democratic ticket, and was once
Democratic elector-at-large. He also represented
his Congress district at Washington for two years,
running on the Populist ticket. In 19W he wan
nominated for President on the People's party
ticket. That Mr. Watson still Is a power in Georgia
politics cannot be denied, and that be will poll a
heavy vote in the state, and that. too, at th» ex
pense of the Democratic party, also seems assured.
Th» mill interests in Georgia as a political factor
should not be overlooked. For the last eight years
Northern capital has been flowing steadily into the
state. Cotton mil! after cotton mill has been built
throughout the state, and built by Northern men,
many of whom have migrated here from the New
England states. These men. with ail the votes they
can control, will be for Taft. Thus it would seem
that the fates are with the Republican nominee for
once. —
It is because of these important factors of the
situation that Republican leaders are beginning to
Speak optimistically of the Georgia situation.
"With Watson and Graves both drawing hundreds
of votes from Bryan, and with Genera] Apathy in
the saddle, running over the Democratic ranks,
why shouldn't the Republicans walk in and clean
things up?" This is the question Republicans are
smilingly asking themselves, and the most t optimis
tic ones are already beginning to figure how large
Mr. Taft's plurality will be. The vote of Atlanta,
the capital city, will be watched with especial In
terest this year. There is undeniably a chance of
the Republican party carrying the city, and bets
have already been made that "William Jennings"
will not run better than third in this city. Watson
at present seems to have the best chance Of carry
ing the city, with Taft— so Republicans say —
second, and Bryan trailing a. close third. Hiagen,
because Of Mr. Graves, may be able to land a bad
fourth. In Augusta there is no Bryan enthusiasm
at all. although both the leading papers of the city
support the Xebraskan. General Apathy reigns
fcupreme there. Columbus will so Democratic safely.
TENNESSEE.
z The two principal factors of the national politi
cal situation in Tennessee are Secretary of War
Wright and the split in the Republican party. From
talks with leaders of both the Democratic and Re
publican parties the logical analysis of the situa
tion would seem to be this: If Tennessee Repub
licans unite and work harmoniously, and if Secre
tary of War Wright takes the stump for Mr. Tart,
then Tennessee v.ill be an exceedingly doubf'ful
state, with the .Republican ticket having slightly
the- best chance. Natives of the state, particularly
those living in rural neighborhoods, are proud of
the fact of having a Tennesseean in the Cabinet,
especially since he i. c an ex-Confederate soldier.
Mr. Wright exerts great influence throughout the
state, and should he take the stump and make an
active campaign for Mr. Taft. there appears to be
a strong probability of the latter carrying. the state
by a small plurality.
The split in the Republican party because of
this probability comts at a particularly unfortunate
time and may be sufficient to turn a possible vic
tory into a certain defeat. The regular wing of
the party nominated G. N. Tillmnn. of Nashville,
for Governor. The so-called Rrownlow-Austln-
Houk wing nominated Ashury Wright, of Sloane
County, for Governor. The fight between these two
factions is not a new one, although recently It has
grown In bitterness to such an extent as seriously
to menace Republican prospects in the state. Mr. i
Tinman is supported by such men as H. Clay
Evans, former. Commissioner of Pensions, and con
sul general at London. Nathan W. Hale and New- !
ell Sanders, chairman of the Republican State
Executive Committee. Governor Patterson was
nominated by the . Democratic party, and Indica- j
tion! point to his election. Republican leaders In i
NEW-TORK DAILY TRIBUNE. THURSDAY, AUGUST 27. 1908.
the state are planning to visit Mr. Taft, and. after •
laying before him both sides of the questions in
volved. ask him to intervene in behalf of one side j
or the other. Each side apparently seems willinp j
enough to accept Mr. Taft as an arbiter, and. if
he consents to this, it Is considered probable that
once more the Republicans of Tennessee will facs
tho Democrats with a united front.
NORTH CAROLINA.
"Why North Carolina should think of going Re
publican is more than I can see, and yet it looks as
if it might do just that thing." This is the wail of
more than one Democratic leader of the old North
state. Taft sentiment in North Carolina is remark
ably or, as the Democrats wou!d put it. "unreas
onably" strong. It is in fact so strong that Vir
ginia. Georgia and South Carolina "spell binders"
will be called upon to assist in the campaign. Con
servative North Carolina, Democrats will not vote
for Bryan. «uid all the business interests of the
state, with a few exceptions, are for Taft.
Why there is so much Taft sentiment in ordinar
ily so strong a Democratic state is hard to explain.
It is there, however, whatever the reason may be.
let at the present time North Carolina is repre
sented in Washington by a solid delegation. While
ultimately the state may stay In the Democratic
column, the situation now is serious enough to make
the Democratic leaders do a lot of worrying.
WANT AN ACTIVE FIGHT.
Republicans throughout the South, and particu
larly those In the states which have bten dealt with
in this correspondence, want the Republican National
Committee's assistance in making a vigorous cam
paign. They will ask that some of the party's best
speakers be sent them. They believe that if Mr.
Taft could be persuaded to make a trip South,
speaking In the principal cities, the solid South
would at last be broken. They will make every ef
fort to get Mr. Taft to make such a tour and are
honest In their representations of probable victory
If he does.
ELLIS ISLAND CONTRACTS.
Straus and Wheeler Will Visit Im
migrant Station To-day.
[Fmm The Tribune Bureau.)
Washington. Aug. 26— Before leaving here for
New York to-day. William R. Wheeter. Assistant
Secretary of Commerce and Labor, announced that
contracts had Iveen awarded to the following bid
der"! on the improvements to be made at Ellis Isl
and:
For electric lighting and insulating the office
buiidtng and the contagious disease hospital, to the
Commercial Construction Company, of New York,
Ji.nOO: for a!! labor and material for the new power
house, to the" Commercial Construction Company,
JI6.HX>: for plumbing, drainage and water supply,
to C. F. Metzinger & Sons. New York City. J25.."i:.;
for the installation of heating in the office build
ing, $42,427, to Evans, Almiral & Co., New York
Cltv.
Mr. Wheeler wil! meet Ferr.etary Straus In New
York, and they intend making an Inspection tour of
Ellis Island, at the prime time dis<iissiiig the ques
tions of concessions rind the restaurant privilege
Another matter which will be taken up is the im
mlgratlon agreement between the United States
and Japan in regard to the admission of Japanese
laborers on students' passports. Mr. Wheeler Faid
to-day that he had no knowledge "hat any labor
ers were evading the immigration ss.ii imi nl by
this means, but he baa made a special search for
a clause covering this point and finds that It is
not mentioned.
Mr. Wheeler believes that the Japanese govern
ment may be Impose*! upon by laborers who ob
tain student?' passports and enter this country
under false pretences, and he Intends laying the
matter before Secretary Straus in order that some
provision may be matte to cover this point. It in
his opinion that the bert solution of the question is
to deport all Japanese who enter this country as
students and who do not follow a course of studies.
It is probable that Secretary Straus will authorize
Mr. Wheeler to tek» the matter up with the State
Department.
CALL DECISION PTJUE FOOD VICTORY.
Court's Decree in Whiskey Case Pleases
Three Washington Departments.
Washington, Aug. 26.— The decision rendered by
Judge Thompson last Monday. in the injunction
proceedings Instituted at Cincinnati by the Whole
sale Liquor Dealers' Association, the text of which
was received at the Treasury Department to-day,
is regarded as a great victory by the officials of the
three departments here which participated in pre
paring th.- new regulations concerning the brand
ing of distilled spirits. The departments interested
are the Treasury Department, the Department of
Just] and the Department of Agriculture, the lust
named being more especially Interested in the in
junction proceedings on account of the bearing
Judge Thompson's opinion will have upon enforce
ment of the iiur«- food law.
Under the new regulations a rectifier, before his
product is branded, must declare to the government
the name under which it is to be sold, and that
name must be consistent with the titles given to
the different grades of beverage spirits in internal
revenue circular No 723. One of these designations
is "imitation whiskey." which is the name most
seriously objected to by the wholesale, liquor deal
ers, and which they nought to abolish through the
injunction proceedings. The question presented
to Judge Thompson was whether neutral spirits
reduced to potable proof and artificially colored and
flavored made whiskey or only an Imitation of
whiskey. Judge Thompson, in substance, held that
the resultant product was imitation whiskey, and
If the rectitier, under the new regulations, Calls to
so declare it to be he violates not only the Internal
revenue regulations, but likewise the pure food
law.
NO ORAL ARGUMENTS ON JEROME CASE
Governor Will Allow Counsel to Submit
Briefs Next Week.
Albany, Aug. 26.— 1n a letter to-day to Franklin
Pierce, counsel to the so-called minority committee
of stockholders of th<-- Metropolitan Street Railway
Company, which preferred charges against District
Attorney Jerome of New York. Governor Hughes
says that he does not desire to hear oral arguments
on the report and findings recently submitted to
him by Richard 1.. Eland, of Bllzabetbtown. who
was appointed commissioner to take testimony upon
the charges. The letter is In reply to one re
ceived from Sir. Pierce, written before Mr. Hand
made his report. In which Mr. Pierce requested a
hearing in case the report did not sustain the
charges.
Tli. Governor says that lie will consider what
ever Is presented to lilni in writing on l»-gul points
and facts. Mr. }'ier-<- will have until Beptember
2 to submit briefs. District Attorney Jerome will
have until Beptember " to file his aiiHWor, if any
papers are submitted.
JUDGE BAKER REPLIES TO CRITICS.
Defends His Decision in Standard Oil Case —
No New Jersey Indictment.
Chicago, Aug. 26.— A dispatch from Goshen, Ind..
says that Judge Francis E. Baker, of the United
States Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed
the decision of Judge l>andis fining the Standard
Oil Company S».u00,000, rfplled yesterday to his
critics. He said:
In the first place, it .was not the Standard Oil
Company incorporated under the laws of New Jer
sey the parent concern, that was "ii trial, but. the
Standard On Company Of Indiana, an offspring
undoubtedly, but ,a much smaller and weaker or
ganisation. But when it came to pass judgment it
was on the offences of the parent company mat
the Indiana oflspting was found guilty, and it was
in accordance with the properly ana revenues of
the parent company that the flue of tile offspring
was gauged ll It was the desire and purpose of
the court 'to punish the Standard Oil Company of
New Jer^ev, that concern should have been indicted
either jointly or separately and have been brought
into court.
Every corporation has exactly the same rights as
an individual, no more, no ltss. The parent com-
Pi>ny is of course, more or less responsible for the
acts of' the Indiana company. The people will
sooner cr later realize that, the courts are not
swayed by any other influence than law ana prec
edent What any one man may say In regard to
the decision of a court counts for no more than
his opinion. All I know in reality about the case
1<» that ■ common thing has occurred— motion
for a rehearing hat been nled-
Panama Canal Contract
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tract both for quality and capacity. Its present productive capacity is over 40 000
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Panama of 10.000 barrels a day is only a portion of its daily production, and is
being constantly increased.
The United States Government, undertaking: to build the strongest structure
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ARMY AND NAVY NEWS
Canvas Naval Hospital at Norfolk,
Va., a Success.
[From Th«" Tril^in* Bureau.]
• Washington. August 2*.
PATIENTS PROSPER IN TENTS.— One of the
chief United States navy hospitals Is just now
under canvas, during the extensive alterations
which are being made in the hospital building near
the Norfolk Navy Yard, where Is to be created the
first of the great Atlantic Coast bases of opera
tion- for the fleet. The hospital at Norfolk is one
j of the. oldest In use. and. as It is constantly occu
pied to a greater or less extent by officers and
enlisted men of the navy and marine corps. it has
always been difficult entirely to close the institu
tion. Advantage was taken, however, of the ab
sence of most of the ships from the Atlantic Coast
i on the globe circumnavigating cruise, and a con
tract was awarded, with the understanding that
I the alterations. improvements and extensions should
be made With all possible haste, in the hope that
: the. Improved and enlarged buildings might . be
completed and ready for use early next year, by
the time the Atlantic fleet returned to home waters.
The climate at Norfolk makes it possible to quarter
most of the patients out of doors, and this Is being
■ done by an arrangement of tents, to which are
transferred all the hospital appliances and the sup
plies. The reports of the naval surgeons show that
the arrangement has 'proved a great success, and
those who have been treated out of doors under
the unusual conditions have been benefited by the
situation. The Improvements have so far pro
gressed that all the present patients may be re
turned to the. permanent building along the middle
: of November.
ORDERS ISSUED— The following orders have
been issued"
Leaves of absence: Colonel CHARLES A. WILLIAMS.
21«t Infantry, three months, with permission to apply
for extension of two month* and ko beyond the sea;
Second Lieutenant RAYMOND S. BAMBERGER, 7th
Cavalry. thre» month*, and K»con<l Lieutenant WILL
IAM N. HEXSLEY. Jr.. :3th i -nvalry. one month.
Second Lieutenant FREDERICK W. BOSHCHIEJC. 16th
Infantry, from Fort Rlley to Fort Crook, thence to
Denver, for staff duty.
NAVY.
Lieutenant T. I- JOHNSON, detached command navy
rifle team: home, await orders.
Medical Director W. A. 'Ll'Hil. detached niemtx»r of '
Mil examining and naval medical examining boards;
to home.
' Passed A»«l«tHnt Hurifenn K. M. BROWN, to navy re
cruiting station. Los An«cl-<
Assistant Surgeon .1 T. DI*HIOC detached recruiting.
I»k Anceles; to Tactile torpedo fleet.
Assistant Surgeon <;. S. Hathaway. d«-faih<*i naval
hospital. Hoston: to Washington, examination for pro
motion: th«n await orders.
Assistant Surgeon J. A. HIELLO. detached pacific tor
pedo fleet; to naval hospital. Mar- Island.
MOVEMENTS OF WARSHIPS.— following
' movements of vessels have been reported to the
I Navy Department:
ARRIVED.
Auc 2.V— The Dolphin, at Portsmouth. N. H. : the Arkan- ;
sas, at Portsmouth. Va. ; the liufTalo. at Seattle; the i
Mayflower, at Puprto Cortez.
SAILED.
Auk 2fl — The. Wolverine, from Macklnac Island for -De
troit: the Olympla, toe Chicago, the Hartford and the
Nevada, from Hampton Roads for Annnp.>lls; the
Arkansas, rrom Hampton Hi.ads for Norfolk: the
Nero, from Newport for Newport News.
GOVERNMENT HAS 754.895,296 ACRES.
"Washington, Aug. 26.— From reports recently re
ceived from the various local land offices in the
public land states and Including Alaska, the gen
i eral land office has compiled its annual statement
showing that the government still has an area of
704.890.296 acres of surveyed and unsurveyed public
lands, of which Alaska contains 3C5.021.509 acres.
WRIGHT TO GO ON INSPECTION TOUR.
Washington. Aug. 26.— Secretary Wright will
leave Washington Saturday for Fort Leavenworth. |
where he will attend the opening of the military i
school at that post on Tuesday. On Wednesday he ,
will review the regular troops at their manoeuvres
at Fort Riley, Kansas. The trip of the Secretary
is simply a tour of Inspection. He expects to re- !
turn to Washington the la»t of next week. j
m
i CABINET POSITION FOR ARANGO. i
Washington. Aug. 26.— Sefior Jose Augustine- ■
Arango, Minister of Panama to the United States. ,
has been selected by President-elect Obaldla to be '
Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Panama, according to a cable dispatch from Min
ister Squlera to-day. Other members of the Cab- .
met have already been announoed. I
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Sub- Commit tee Ends Washington Work —
Will Meet Next in New York.
Washington. Aug. 26. — The sub-committee of the
Senate , Committee on Finance which has under
consideration proposed changes in the administra
tive features of the tariff law to-day completed Its
preliminary work in Washington and adjourned to
meet in New York at the call of the chairman.
Senator Burrows. Assistant Secretary Coolldge
bad Chief Montgomery of. the customs division of ,
the Treasury Department, were again before, th»
committee to-day. Their testimony was composed
largely of suggestions for technical changes .a '
the machinery of the tariff law.
M- M..n!|*m»ry T^ent through the Dtngley law
section by section and pointed out* the various re
spects In which It failed to operate properly. He)
also named a number of statutes which have be
come obsolete and ■.«.;•-•■.•. repeal in the interest
of simplicity.
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