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VOL LXVI.-HO. 24. NEW YORK, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1808. -COPYRIGHT, 1898. BY THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION. PRICE TWO CENTS."
PLOT TO BEAT ROOSEVELT.
mor. black' rnrKxnt axd tam-
I . MAJtT VEMOCKATS MAKB A MOST
ijrTKUKartva ntncormr.
Attempt to Prove Hint n Non-Resident
nnd CoMmtB tly Ineligible for
t )tomJntlB for the Governorship at the
State of New Terk Pom, Aldrldge Mid
Lonterttneh Alto la the Plot Chairman
Odell' Timely Discovery-Old Rooeevelt
Lota Clttsonshlp la Km York Whoa Ho
W.tii to Washington at Assistant See-
rotary of the Nary T-HIa Affidavit Made
to tha Tax Commissioners Piatt Repuh-
tteant Hold a Conference The Oovtrnort
Friend la Oroat Oloo Tholr Predictions
ThU Is ths story obtained from smlnent Re
publican In conference at tha Fifth Avenue
HeUl latt night of the conspiracy of Tammen v
Hall and Gov. Black and his friends at Albany
to defeat CoL Theodore Roosevelt's nomlna
KL tton for Oorernor In tha Beptfblloan Btate
Jbnvention at Saratoga nest Tuesday. For a
week or more Superintendent of Insurance
Payn. Gov. Blank's campaign manager for re
sjominatlon. has whispered to his friends In
K Albanr and Now Fork that he had " something
I ma his slssre " whioh at tha last moment would
K ' p need to defeat Roosevelt In the oonTontion.
Mr. Payn did not make this announcement un
it til It was apparent to Ten the most dlsinter
Mtod person that OoL Booseralt was far In the
ad for tha nomination and would certainly
K slefeat Oot. Blaok in the oonTontion.
For many rears Mr. Payn and Biohard Croker
ted the Tammany Hall leaders hare bean like
brothers In their political and bnslneat affilia
tions. It was apparent to all who heard Mr.
Fern's comments that he did hare "something
3 tip his sleeTe." and that he was not relying
wpon the number of Black delegates In the
aonventlon to defeat OoL Roosevelt. He simply
said thst hs would maka it Impossible for any
power on earth to nominate Col. Roosevelt ; he
made no attempt to Impeach the integrity,
j courage or sincerity of the Colonel, but con-
tented himself with asserting that ha had
"something up his sleeve" whion. like a polttl-
R ami assassin, he waa to use at what he oon-
B Idered to be the proper time to kill Col. Boose-
D,- . Talt's aspirations for the nomination.
W 'i Furthermore, It was made known last night
( by the admissions of Edward Lautorbach,
r Clarence Lesow and Judge William M. K. Ol-
aott that Got. Blaok himself knew of this
"something" to whleh Superintendent Payn
referred, and that associated with the Gov
ernor In this information were the following
Tammany Hall and McLaughlin Damooratlo
Tax Commissioners of New York city:
Thomas L. Feltner. Edward C. Sheeny. Thomas
j. Patterson. Wulllam F. Grell and Arthur 0.
tialmon. The other Blaok Republicans who
participated In the information are George W.
Aldrldge. Superintendent of Public Works;
i Cornelius Collins, Superintendent of Prisons,
and Frederick 0. Easton. Superintendent of
Public Buildings. The Blaok Republicans la
V the conspiracy feared Col. Rootevelt in the
Republican State OonTontion and the Tam
many Hall-McLaughlin Democratic Tax Com
missioners, and their friends feared him at the
polls on election day.
The Republicans who spoke bitterly of this
matter last night at the Fifth Avenue Hotel In
the conference pointed out that while Col.
Theodore Roosevelt was at the head of his
troops at Santiago, facing death like an Amer
ican soldier. Oot. Black and his friends,
with the aid of the Tammany Hall-McLaughlin
Tax Commissioners, had hidden under their
cloaks what they believed waa tha political
knife that would out Col. Roosevelt's heart out
t Saratoga. This was the practical admission
MT made by Oot. Blaok'a friends at tha Fifth Av-
BT onne Hotel last night when they disclosed a
I conspiracy which in its meanness would dis
grace the pettiest politician In Ooiiears
Hook. In a word, these men who
aid they came as a committee from
Got. Blaok. declared that for some time they
nd others of tha Governor's friends had had
in their possession the copy of an affidavit filed
With the Tammany Hall-McLaughlin Tax Com-
mlsslocera. whloh on its face deolared that
Col. Roosevelt was ineligible as a candidate for
Governor, for the reason that this affidavit
Sled with the Tax Commissioners had been
Interpreted to read that Col. Roosevelt was not
ft resident of the elty of New York, but of
Washington. Aftor announcing that Gov. Blaek
was In possession of a copy of this affidavit.
( Got. Black's committee quoted from the Con-
stit ution of the State of New York Artiole IV..
section 3. as follows:
No person shall be eligible to the office of
Governor or Lieutenant-Governor except a
ettUen of the United Htatef. of the age of not
M than 80 years, and who shall have been
Its years next preceding his election a resi
dent of this State.
Got. Black's committee In giving their inter
pretation of this affidavit of Col. Rooeevelt went
an and attempted to show that It had been filed
tor the purpose of giving him an opportunity to
svtde the payment of personal taxes In this
elty. In other words. Oot. Black's committee
H " made a frank admission of what the Oorernor
and bis frlenda had had " up their sleeve " to
L bring out at the laat moment In an effort to de-
Kpr feat Col. Roosevelt's nomination at Saratoga.
It is the affidavit which was filed with the
Tax Commissioners early In the year, while
I v Mr. Roosevelt wts busy with his duties as As
sistant Secretary of the Navy.
The Roosevelt Republicans who spoke of this
matter said that Gov. Black's committee had
attempted to show that the man who faced
I Spanish bullets unflinchingly at Santiago had
H attempted to dodge the payment of personal
taxes in New York, and In doing so had filed
an affidavit with the Tax Commissioners whloh
declared him to be a resident of the District of
Columbia. Then tlieso Republicans who are at
I , Col Roosevelt's back In the present contro
versy declared that It was Steve French's
forged telegram which had brought about the
humiliating defeat of Charles J. Folger for
Governor seventeen rears ago. Judge Folger.
It was sddi-L was Innocent of all knowledge of
the forged telegram.
Gov. Rlaek's ivminlUec. by their statements,
admitted I hat the Governor and all of his
friend hsd been conversant all along with
tha trick by which the Gcvernor hoped to
secure a rononilnatloii. It s an old maxim
that " All Is (air In war. love and politics." The
Republicans who recalled this momentous
episode last night said that the people of the
State or New York did not think ao when they
politically burled Charles J. Folger. an inno
eeut man. and broke his heart, and yet Judge
Folger was only the victim of a polltloal cheat,
and waa not himself one of the conspirators.
Several day ago the 11 ju Benjamin B. Udell.
It., Chairman of the Republican State Com
mittee, began an invettigstion as to what Oot.
Black's frlsuds hud "up the alette." Chair
man Udell was perfectly aware that more than
700 delegates to tha approaching state Con
vention had algalOed luelr tnteution to vote for
Oat, feoosovslt, and Inasmuch as there ate on If
W I ill sataHnal
071 delegates In all. the defeat of Got. Blaek
was thus assured. Yet Chairman Odell, con
versant with the tootles of the enemy, set on
foot an Investigation, whloh resulted In bring
ing to Mcl.t on Thursday night the fact that
Got. Blaok and hla frlenda rolled for victory at
he last moment on the affidavit filed by Col
Roos-volt's attorney. John K. Roosevelt, w.tli
the Tax Commissioners.
Chairman Odsll told Senator Flatl of hi dis
covery, and with Shipping Commissioner
Joseph Dickey and District Attorney William
J. Young of Queens county they put them
selves In communication with Col. Roosevelt at
Oyster Bay. Col. Roosevelt replied that he wts
emar.ed that any set of politicians could rely
for support upon the affidavit he had filed with
the Tax Commissioners. He aald that he
would come up to town at once, and he and
other Republicans met at the Fifth Avenue
Hotel at 5 o'clock last evening. Early In
the day Col. Roosevelt had obtained from his
attorney, John E. Roosevelt, and from his
brotner-ln-law. Douglas Robinson, all the
paper In the case, and they were laid before a
conference which assembled at the hotel last
evening at the time mentioned. Those present
were Senator Piatt. Col. Roosevelt, Bllhu Boot,
Chairman Odell of the State Committee. Presi
dent Qulgg of the New York County Commit
tee, Oolleetor of the Port George R. Bldwell.
Frank H. Piatt, Albert B. Boardman. Douglas
Robinson and James R. Soley. Ellhu Boot pre
sided at the conference.
A copy of the affidavit whloh had been filed
with the Tax Commissioners waa produced
and all the correspondence between Col. Roose
velt and hla attorney, and. In fact, all of the
documents bearing upon the case were laid
out for inspeetlon. The conference wan in
session for three hours. When It was about
half over Senator Piatt received the cards of
Mr. Lautorbach. Mr. Lexow and Judge Olcott.
Senator Piatt aent word that he would set all
three at onoe. and he adjourned to his own
apartments. The conference at which Ellhu
Root presided was held In another part of tha
hotel. After a short half-hour Senator Piatt re
turned to the Root conference and announced
that Mr. Lautorbach. Mr. Lexow and Judge
Oloott declared that they had just come down
from Albany as a committee from Oot. Blaok
to toil him what Oot. Black and hla friends had
" uo the sleeve " for Col. Roosevelt.
"Mr. Lautorbach, Mr. Lexow and Judge
Oloott." reported Senator Piatt to the Root
conference, "called upon me for the purpose of
giving ms some wonderful news, they said.
Then they told how they had had for some
time a copy of this affidavit, ana how Gov.
Blaok and all his friends had copiss of the affi
davit, and then Messrs. Lauterbaoh. Laxow
and Olcott announced to ms that the affidavit
would make OoL Roosevelt ineligible as a can
didate for nomination for Governor. They
seemed to think that they were telling me some
new. They asked me if 1 had read the Con
stitution as to the eligibility of candidates for
Governor and Lieutenant-Governor. I told
them that I had. Moreover. I told them that a
number of Republicans hsd known about this
affidavit for some time and had not bothered
about It as they did not think It of sufficient
Importance.
"However. I wont on to say that the friends
of OoL Roosevelt had deemed It proper at this
time to make everything clear concerning the
affidavit, and for thatl reason I told them there
Were a number of Republicans downstairs at
this very moment dlsousstng the subject. I
told Messrs. Lauterbaoh. Lexow. and Oloott
that the affidavit didn't amount to shucks, snd
that eminent lawyers had so declared. Then.
gentlemen. I not I fled them that the Republi
can frlsndt of Col. Roosevelt would nominate
him for Governor in the Republican Btate Con
vention on Tuesday next."
" How did they take all this?" was asksd.
"Oh." replied Senator Piatt, "they seemed to
beamaxed that we knew anything about this
affidavit. They thought tbey were telling
us new. Tbey said that ex-Judge Edwin
Countryman of Albany and Charles ',. Lincoln.
the Governor's legal adviser, had investigated
the affidavit and believed that OoL Roosevelt
hadn't a leg to stand upon. Then, gentlemen,
they departed."
The point was raised that no friend of Col.
Roosevelt could have got a copy of this affl
davlt from the Tammany Hall-McLaughlin
Democratic Tax Commissioners. Edward
Lautorbach and Superintendent Payn got one.
and. no doubt. It was said, the Tammany Hall
McLaughlin Democratic Tax Commissioners
were glad enough to give It to them.
It was apparent to those In the Root confer
ence that ex-Judge Countryman and Mr. Lin
coln would be substitute an Black delegates in
the Saratoga Convention for the purpose of
making a fight against Col. Roosevelt, the basis
of whloh will bo the affidavit, a copy of whleh
the Tammany Hall-McLaughlin Democratle
Tax Commissioners gave to Gov. Black's
friends. The Root conference decided to sub
stitute Ellhu Root a a delegate from this city.
Mr. Root will take with him to Saratoga, right
Into the convention hall, all of Col. Roosevelt's
correspondence In the matter, and he said very
pointedly last night that the affidavit could not
Injure Col. Roosevelt In the slightest degree.
IV.
The Root conference went exhaustively into
the filing of the affidavit. Its wording, the let
tors of Col. Roosevelt to his attorney, which
followed immediately the filing of the affidavit,
and the Interpretation put upon all the docu
ments by the Root conference was announced
In the following words:
"In January last ths Tax Com mist loners of
tha city of New York notified Col. Roosevelt,
then Assistant Secretary of the Navy at Wash
ington, that he had been assessed $60,000 In
personal taxes, which were due Oct. 1. 1S08.
Col. Roosevelt replied by sending an affidavit
to the Tax Commissioner which had been
drawn up by his attorney, John E. Roosevelt of
New York city, and whleh Col. Roosevelt signed
in Washington, that he did not live In New
York city and had not lived In New York city
since Oct. 1, 1807, having been appointed by
President McKlnley Assistant Secretary of the
Navy In tha preceding April, and that since
Oct. 1. 1897. he hsd resided and at the time he
filed the affidavit was residing In the olty of
Washington.
" Ths Const! t ution of the State of New York
declares:
" No person shall he eligible to the office of
Governor or Lieutenant-Governor except a citi
zen of ths United States of the age of not lest
than 30 year, and who shsll have been five
years next preceding his election a resident of
this Stats.
"Those hostile to Col. Roosevelt have at
tempted to make a comparison with the shove
provisions of the Constitution and Col. Roose
velt's affidavit, for the purpose of attempting
to eliminate him as a Republican candidate
for Governor. We have known for some
time that those hostile to Col. Roosevelt
havs had a copy of this affidavit. We did
not consider It of sufficient importance
to Inquire Into. We have dtoided. how
ever, to get together Ellhu Root and other
eminent lawyers und they have gone over the
affidavit and the correspondence of Col. Roose
velt with his attorney. John K. Roosevelt.
Among the documents there are several letters
from Col. Rooeevelt in Washington to his at
torney in this olty. whloh followed the filing of
the affidavit and which called Col. Roosevelt's
attorney's attention to the affidavit he had
filed and Its possible significance In depriving
him. ths Colonel, of hi vote In Oyster
Bay. Ho says In this correspondence thst
under no circumstances could thst result be
permitted, as he did not intend to abaudon
I Oyatcr Bay as a residence. Col. Rooeevelt in
I his correspondence simply explained that he
snd his household goods were physically In
ViMUoctoasjad not physically in Mew York
city, lit added In this correspondence that he
wts a citizen of Oyster Bay, and sooner than
any ontroveray should arise he would psy the
personal taxes which the Now York olty Com
missioner assessed him with, whether he
owed them or not. In other correspondence
Col. Roosevelt Instiuc'ed his attorney to pay
the taxes without question.
"Some time e'npsed. nnd Col. Roosevelt had
gone to the front and was at Santiago when
John E Roosevelt, the Colonel's attorney, so
confident was he of the Impropriety of Col.
Roosevelt paying personal taxes In New York
olty, began certiorari proceedings, the result
of which was that the Tax Commissioners
Insisted on the fact of Col. Roosevelt's residence
In New York city for the purpose of collecting
personal taxes from Col. Roosevelt. Col.
Roosevelt did not know of these proceedings
until he came to New York city to-day from his
home In Oyster Bay. These proceedings only
show that the Tax Commissioners Insisted
upon receiving the money whleh Col. Roose
velt, before leaving for the war, positively In
structed bis sttorney to pay.
"Residence being chiefly a matter of Inten
tion, and with the many avowals of his purpose
to maintain his residenoe at Oyster Bay, and
with his Instructions delivered In March last
to his attorney to pay the New York elty per
sonal taxes when they came due. Oct, 1. 1806,
It Is the opinion of the lawyers present that
the matter as a matter of law Is of too
small consequence to require a moment's at
tention." V.
Messrs. Lauterbaoh. Lexow and Olcott, after
leaving the Fifth Avenue Hotel, journeyed up
town and had a consultation with Superin
tendent Payn and Superintendent Aldrldge,
who came from Albany late In the evening. Mr.
Lautorbach Is a lawyer, and he stoutly insisted
that the affidavit filed with the Tax Commis
sioners made Col. Roosevelt Ineligible as a can
didate for Governor.
The Democrats at the Hoffman House laat
night were greatly delighted over the whole
affair. They, too, were convlneedlthat the affi
davit rendered Col. Roosevelt Ineligible.
The ACsdavit.
The following is the affidavit as given out by
Gov. Black's friends:
WoiMnften, i'i.'rirl of Columbia, MI
Theodore Rooeevelt, belug duly sworn, tayt: On
April 19 last I was appointed Assistant Secretary of
the Navy. 1 came on to Washington and took up xut
residence here. On May 1, 18U7, 1 and my family
moved out of the house we had been occupying in New
York city snd my sister moved in. I had rented the
house from her. my understanding being that my
family should move out on May 1, but that 1 could
atay there until Oct. 1. 1RH7, if I so desired.
I hsd no residence In New York olty, aad did not
vote aad could not vote there at the laat election.
Since October, ISHT, I have not had any domicile or
residence in New York city, and have not and do not
now own or lease any dwelling house there whatso
ever. Last Jane I rented the house in which I em now
residing with my family at No. 1810 N street. Wash
ington. D. O. In October last my family came on
here from Oyster Bay, I.. 1., and since then I have
been and now am a resident of Washington.
TaxoDoax ltoosrvri.T.
Sworn to before me this Slat day or March, ISM.
Enwre p. H as , Notary Public.
BLACK WAITS fOH THt: XKs.
Bit Delegation to the Party Manager to
Toll Then About Kootevelt.
Ai.dam. Sept 23. Gov. Blaok remained in
his private room In the executive cheap, ber
suite until a late hour to-night wotting for a
telephone communication from hla campaign
manager. Louis F. Payn. the State Superin
tendent of Insurance, concerning the result of
ths announcement to Mr. Piatt that Col. Roose
velt waa ineligible as a candidate for Governor
on the grounds that he is not a resident of the
State. The Constitution provides that a man
to be eligible to the office of Governor must
havs been a resident of the State for a period of
five years next preceding his election.
Oov. Blank's friends assert that while Col.
Roosevelt was holding an official place in
Washington he swore off his taxes in this State
by making an affidavit that he was a resident
of the District of Columbia. Through such ac
tion they assert that OoL Roosevelt lost his
residence in this State, as five years have not
elapsed since the affidavit was made and the
present time.
The "find " against Col. Roosevelt's eligibil
ity was submitted to Judge Edwin Country
man, a Democratic lawyer of this city. Judge
Countryman examined the claims submitted
to him and made his report to the Governor
to-day. Apparently It was satisfactory, though
both the Governor and Mr. Countryman re
fused to discuss It.
As soon as the report was received Gov.
Black and his friends were In high glee and
his supporters about the Capitol were jubilant
for the fl rst time since the Governor an uounced
he was a candidate tor a renomlnatlon. The
" card " which Mr. Payn and the Governor had
up their sleeve was not made public generally.
It having been decided to send some of the
Governor's friends to New York, to see Mr.
Plstt snd make known their "discovery."
Accordingly Mr. Payn and Mr. Aldrldge left
Sr New York on the 3:10 P. M. train to see
r. Piatt, but they must have been grievously
disappointed st the result. Mr. Piatt and his
friends have been familiar for the past two
days with the question now raised by Gov.
Black regarding Col. Roosevelt's eligibility as
J i candidate for Governor. Mr. Piatt so in
ormed several friends of his here, who tele
S honed him this afternoon regarding the mat
r long before Mr. Payn and Mr. Aldrldge ar
rived in New York.
The question as to Col. Roosevelt's eligibility
wns first raised at a conference of the Demo
cratic leaders in New York city several days
ago. but tliey resolved to keep It quiet until
the Republican convention. Mr. Lautor
bach. it Is said, learned of the contention and
promptly Informed Gov. Black and his friends.
Lieut. -Gov. Woodruff and Michael J. Liady
reached here on the 4:20 o'clock train this af
ternoon, and when Gov. Black Informed them
of to-day's developments they retraced their
steps and left for Brooklyn on the Empire State
express to-night, accompanied by Mr. Col
lins, the State Superintendent of Prisons. The
Governor's friends took It for granted that the
Information Mr. Payn brought to Mr. Piatt
would dispose of Col. Roosevelt's candidacy.
and ware of the opinion that Gen. Stewart L.
Woodford of Brooklyn would he the candidate
of the organization. Taking this view of the
fiituatlon. Gov. Blaok requested the Brooklyn
saders to at onoe return home and round up
the Kings county delegstes for Black and
Woodruff. Before leaving here the Lleuten-
ant-Governor telegraphed all of the Brooklyn
lstrlct leaders to meet him by to-morrow
morning.
WOODrOBMfB BKBIQXATIOS.
Not to do Back to Spain -Possible Candi
date for Cnltod States Senator.
Washimotom. Sept. 23. Officers of the Ad
ministration admit that Gen Stewart L. Wood
ford has tendered his resignation as United
States Minister to Spain, but are not able to
give any reason for that action other than that
Gen. Woodford practically relinquished his
diplomatic post whsn he received his passports
from the Madrid Government last April and
has not been drawing any salary for more
than two months. The tender of the resigna
tion meana. of course, thst Oen. Woodford will
not return to Madrid when diplomatic relatione
between the United States and Spain are re
sumed There is a report in Administration circles
that Oen. Woodford want to be United States
Senator from New York, and has resigned In
anticipation of a campaign to that end. He ex
pected to become a member of the Pease Com
mission, and some surprise was created among
his friends when ho was not appointed, as they
had been given to understand that he was ons
of the first mer. selected by the President
Many Insurance Companies Indicted.
FBAKgrOBT. Ky, Sept. 23 Indictments were
filed in ths Stats Fiscal Court this morning
sgaiuat sixty-one leading fire insurance oom
i panic of ths United States for conspiracy.
Their offenoe oontlsts In uniting In an agree
ment fixing rates.
K fattest train trots Mew York to Washington is
the " Boral LiuilUd." via UslUuiore east Okie Sell
toad. It Sua I twura.-ta,
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STILL EMPEROR IN PART.
MIKtHTKK WV TlNa-rAlfO KXH.A1KS
CBIKA'a JVATSy HKOIHK.
The Kmperor Will Have a Veto Over the
Work of the I to wager Empress The
Kdlet of Abdication Id Hung Chang Not
Unfriendly to England Altlano Plan.
Washinoton. Sent. 23. "The abdication of
the Imperial Chinese throne Cy the present
young Emperor In favor of the Empress
Dowager will not result In a change of the
policy of progression and reform which has
been Inaugurated by the Emperor and latter
day Chinese statesmen of the empire."
This significant statement, correcting the
Impression prevailing that a change In the
rulers of the Chinese Empire will result In the
closing of the doors of that vast empire to for
eign commerce and the Investment of foreign
canltal, was made to the TwMt to-day by Mr.
Wu Tlnr-Fane-. the Chinese Minister.
"I received a copy of the Emperor's edict latt
night." said the Minister. "It was Issued by
the Emperor upon his own volition, and. con
trary to popular Impression, created hy the
press despatohes from Ohlna. he was not co
erced Into doing so. The edict, freely trans
lated from the cipher cable Is as follows:
" ' Now that Ohlna Is disturbed, and there is
need that all business shall be well done, we,
the Emperor, agitated from morning to even
ing for the welfare of all affairs, and fearful
lest errors may occur, observing from the be
ginning of the reign of Tung Chi that the
Empress Dowager had twice given Instructions
to the Emperor, each time with signal ability
and success, so we now, considering the im
portant Interests of the empire, have begged
the Empress Dowager to give the Emperor the
benefit of her ripe experience and her in
struction. " ' Ths Dowager Empress has been pleaaed to
accede to this request. Therefore, it Is to the
good fortune of the whole empire that this
auspicious event Is brought about. From to
day the Empress Dowager conducts the busi
ness In the Imperial Parliaments, and on the
eighth day of the present month (Chinese cal
endar, meaning to-day English calendar) we
will take all the Princes and Ministers to per
form the ceremony in the Chin Chung Palace.
Let the Yemen (foreign office) prepare that the
ceremony may be performed with fitting
honors.'
" The Emperor has upon several occasions,"
continued the Minister. " requested the Dow
ager Empress to resume the government and
it has only been after a great deal of persua
sion that she has been Induced to step In and
assume active control of the executive affairs
of the empire. The Emperor, while nominally
abdicating, will still have a potent voice In the
affairs of the Government. No edict or procla
mation can be Issued without his sanction and
any plan agreed upon by the Empress and her
advisers can be vetoed by him. That veto will
kill any proposition which may be formulated
ly tlm Empress and which Is distasteful to the
Emperor. The Empress, according to my ad
vices, will assume the offloe to-day.
" It is a mistake to assume that the inaugura
tion of the Empress will result in the discon
tinuance of the reform policy of the country.
On the contrary, she Is in thorough aotord
with the progressive movement, and will do
everything in her power. I believe, to further
the plans outlined by the young Emperor. She
has not assumed the throne with any idea of.
suppressing the Emperor. She Is in accord
with his idoas. and will prove of valuable aid
to him and their progressive advisers In
the furtherance of the reform movement. Ths
people of China have awakened to the realisa
tion of the fact that free commercial
Intercourse with foreign nations will be of In
calculable benefit to the empire. They are
deslrious now of securing the investment of
foreign capital in mining, railroads, and other
Industries. A vast majority of the people view
the subject of reform In the light of progres
siveness for the nation, and the Empress repre
sents their sentiment in being in favor of
encouraging foreigners to trade with and In
vest among our people.
" On all her movements toward perpetuating
the policy Inaugurated by the Emperor, how
ever, she will hsve his advice. He will be con
sulted In everything. The despatches from
China. I observe, are to the effect thst the Em
press proposes reinstating LI Hung Chang in
the foreign service for the purpose of smother
ing the reform movement of the Emperor.
"Now, any one who Is at all familiar with
Chinese affairs knows that Li Hung Chang is
the very archtype of the progressive China
man, and that he has all along favored the
policy of free commercial Intercourse with
other nations and the granting of railroad and
other franchises to foreigners who hdve money
to Invest In that way. Again, it Is a mistake to
assume that Li Hung Chang waa ever stricken
from the rolls of the Emperor's advisers. Yon
must understand that In China a man
can hold several offices at the same
time. For Instance, while LI Hung Chang was
at the head of the Foreign Offloe he held several
other Government offices which brought him
In contact with ths Emperor as an adviser. Bo
thst when he wss deposed as the Chief of ths
Foreign Office that action did not necessarily
mean that he was being banished from the
counsel of the throne. He still held his office of
Grand Secretary to the Emperor, and io that
capacity has acted as the Emperor's adviser,
press reports to the contrary notwithstanding.
"Ths belief has been expressed in this coun
try that Li Hung Chang was deposed from ths
Foreign Offloe at the instigation of the English
Government. It Is alleged that the great
statesman was too friendly toward Russia. I
think this is a mistake. LI Hung Chang has
always been friendly toward the English Gov
ernment and I think now Is as kindly disposed
toward England as he Is toward Russia. He
was probably relieved as head of the Foreign
Offloe because of the fact that duties as ohief of
several offices became too burdensome for him.
There has not been a time, however, sines he
surrendered the Foreign Offloe portfolio that
he has not been an adviser of the throne.
" It should also be understood In this con
nection that, although the Dowager Empress Is
to take charge of the affairs of the Govern
ment, all of the Emperor's advisers will be re
tained In their respective capacities to serve
under the Empress. Tho same Cabinet that
served under the Emperor will servs under the
Empress. Their policy will remain ths same."
" Is there anr truth In the report that the
Government is favoring an offensive and de
fensive alliance with Japan?"
"Not being on the ground, I cannot tell just
what the sentiment of our Government is on
thit tubject," he replied. " My personal opinion
It that an alliance between China, Japan, and
England would redound to the benefit of the
empire. Japan Is so situated that a better un
derstandlng between her snd us would work
to the advantage of both countries. Her people
are of relative root to ours, and her manners
and customs are in a great many retpests
alike. For Instance, although ws speak
different language, our literature Is iden
tical. Ths oontlugulty between these two
countries would also be of groat commer
cial advantage. I understood, of course, that
among some of our people a bitter feeling
exist against the Japanese, but when the
mutual benefit to be derived by the two coun
tries by an understanding Is explained, there
could hardly be any objection to ths e'llanoe.
Ths presents of England in this alliance would
also be of great benefit to all ths countries
oonoernsd. Ths amoral effect of the presence of
this grass pewtr In the uutWretoadlsg bttwtsn
the nations would have the effect of preserving
the Integrity of the nations Involved.
" I am not In receipt of any advices concern
ing ths reported attempt to assassinate the
Emperor, and believe that the rumors havs no
foundation."
wit.z. Ksar.Axn iirrmrKjt
A Report That She Will I.ond Sailor on
the china Coast Near Pokla.
Avert! Cabin DMpoMtM l T HrtK
StiANonAi. Sept. 23. The British Consul here
has entered a protest against the action of the
Chinese officials In stopping the steamer El
dorado and searching her tor Kong, the Can
tonese reformer.
It is reported that Admiral Seymour, the
British naval commander, contemplates land
ing a party of sailors nnd marines at Taku.
The Taotai Governor has asked ths assist
ance of the Hrltti h Consul In capturing Kang,
whom ho described as a degraded criminal.
There I no doubt that if he is arrested he will
be promptly executed.
BxnuH. Sept. 23. The nnWiirter Eeifuna's
Tientsin correspondent says that railroad com
munication between that place and Pekln is
stopped. There arc serious rumors concern
ing ths situation in the capital.
Londok. Sept 24.-A despotoh to the Iwnts
from Pekln says thst everything Is quiet. The
Emperor and all the higher officers of Stole
rendered homage to the Dowager Em prats to
day. A despatch to the Central News from Pekln
dsted to-day says that the Emperor Is In good
health, but Is much disturbed at the realisation
of the existence of a conspiracy against him.
Tho Emperor issued nn edict this morning
ordering the guards of the palace to patrol
with extra care. The guards at the doors and
elsewhere within the precincts of the palace
have been strengthened. The European com
munity in Pekln believe that the life of the
Emperor Is in danger. He is no match for ths
wily Dowager Empress and Is sadly In need of
foreign protection In his emergency. English
men think that the present state of affairs is
Great Britain's opportunity.
A despatch to the Central News from Shang
hai says that the report of the death of the Em
peror of China Is not confirmed. It seems,
however, that his life has been endangered.
The Taotai (Governor) of Shanghai to-day of
fered a reward of f 2,000 for the arrest of the
leader of the reform party, who Is accused of
being the leader ota plot to murder the Em
peror, but whether there was an actual attempt
to kill him Is not known. The authorities are
now searching vessels arriving here from the
north in the hope of arresting him and his con
federates. Pskln advices received in Shanghai sty that
the oity gates were closed yesterday to prevent
the escape of Kang, whose arrest had been
ordered. Search was made for him throughout
the city, but without suooess. The execution
of the tudden order to close the gates probably
gave rise to the rumor of the Emperor's death.
Whether Kang was a real plotter against the
Emperor's life, or Is only being msde a scape
goat to shield others from the consequences of
their Intended crime, is not known. It is cer
tain, however, that there hat been a violent
eruption In tht palace at Pekln.
The Emperor and the Dowager Empress are
In violent opposition to one another, the Em
press being highly displeased at the reforms
Which the Emperor Inaugurated. She Is de
sirous now that Prince K ting's grandson shall
be placed upon the throne, with herself at the
guiding spirit, and acting under the advloe of
Li Hung Chang.
A despatch from 'Shanghai to n local news
agency says that the Imperial decree Issued
yesterday appoints the Emperor Dowager
nominally to assist the Emperor In the direc
tion of the Government, but It practically
amounts to the regency of the Empress. The
Emperor henceforth will be a mere tool, and
Li Hung Chang, who will direct the Tsung-II-Yamen
(Foreign Board), will have greater
power than ever. Great interest i centred in
the action of the British fleet, which Is at Taku.
In the Gulf of Pe-Chlll. Admiral Seymour will
join the fleet at Taku to-day.
The Chinese Embassy here has been officially
notified of the resignation of the Emperor.
.10,000 PKRHOKS HOMELESS.
The Hurricane of Barbados Attained a
Velocity of Heveuty-five Miles an Hour.
fpttiml Cmblr nrtvmtrh It Taa He.
Rinoston, Jamaica. Sept. 23 News received
by mall from Barbados Is to the effect that
30.000 persons were rendered homeless by the
recent hurricane, and 4,487 houses were de
stroyed. These houses, however, were mere
boxes and can beputupagain for a few shillings
each. No substantial building was destroyed.
The house that were wreaked will be replaced,
the Legislature having voted 940.000 for the
purpose and $15,000 for the relief of the
sufferers.
Ths hurricane lasted for ten hours, and at
one period tho wind attained a velocity of
seventy-five miles an hour. Roofless and col
lapsed dwellings were seen everywhere, and
homeless people walked the streets.
Eighty-seven deaths were reported to the
police. Six persons who had taken refuge In
an unfinished church were crushed to death
hy the falling roof of the building while fer
vently praying for protection. One woman,
during ths height of the storm, was so badly
frightened that she gavs premature birth to a
child. The next moment the father, mother
and infant were killed hy their house falling
upon them.
The sailing vessels Loanda, I.apland and
Grace Lynwood were driven from Bridgetown
harbor and wrecked on the coast of the Island
of St Vincent Their crews were saved. Much
local shipping was lost.
The Governor and his son had a narrow
escape from Injury by the collapse of a house
In which they were staying.
Experienced sugar planters say that ths
sugar drop is absolutely ruined. Others are
more optimistic, and expect the canes to re.
cover. Ths most ooncern It expressed about
the damage to ths sugar factories and boiling
houses. Until these are repaired laborers will
havs no work. Ths Imperial Government will
be asked to make aloan for the relief of ths suf
ferers from tht storm.
COLOMBIA UMIAKS WITH ITALY.
Italian Consulates Closed and All Belntlont
Severed.
Jhwrisi Cet Duwttk t Tag Bus.
Colon, Colombia, Sspt. 23. Colombia has
severed all relations with Italy and all of the
Italian consulates hare been closed.
There Is much indignation throughout the
repunJlo at ths recent aetiona of Italy.
4,ooo rouNits or uold
Shipped from the Seattle Assay Office to
the Philadelphia Mint.
Burru, Wash.. Sept. 23. -To-day the Seattle
Assay Offloe shipped twenty boxes of gold
bullion weighing 200 pounds each to the Phil
adelphia mint.
Ths stesmer Alkl arrived from Skagway thlt
morning with 200 miner. 130.000 in gold dust
and 1.000 sacks of ore snd concentrate from
the mines of Bsrnsr Bay.
Army offloers at St. Michael report an exten
sive gold strike at Ooldolphln Bay, ninety miles
from St. Michael, which pay tl 80 to the pan
The And has oaused a stampede and St
Michael la deserted Council City, the new
camp, already contain 400 miners.
Worth seeing.
ft!meon 'a sew loss office and asit septet! vault.
US West M ., nest aVoadway.-de.
DBMAXBB Or TUB fOWBHU.
They Will Notify tho Saltan to Withdraw
froa Crete.
Sprtlal Cfeet Ptlpestkat to Tn fitm.
Atbbks, Sept. 23 Despatches from Rome
confirm positively tns tattmantt that Russia,
Francs and Great Britain hairs formally
accepted Italy's proposal that a de
mand be made on the Saltan for
the withdrawal of the Ottoman troops and
officials from Crete, ths potrsrs undertaking
the government of ths Island until the arrival
of a Governor, whom they will Immediately
pmoeed to nomlnata.
Thlt It regarded st the most Important
step In the direction of ths stttlemsnt of
the Cretan question that has been taken
In two years. Nevertheless, it remains
to be seen whether ths four powers will
ngrco on the measure to be adopted In the
event of the refusal of the Bultan, to whom
will be offered aa a reward for compli
ance the suzerainty of the island and
the organisation of the gendarmerie un
der European command. This will effectually
guarantee the lives and property of the Cretan
Mohammedans.
Constantinople. Sept. 23. The Porte has
addressed another circular to the four powers
controlling affairs In Crete protesting against
the disarmament of the Mussulmans In Crete
unless the Christians are also disarmed simul
taneously. There have been a great many arrests of
Mustulmtns hero within the last few days.
The motive for the arrests It not known.
Oandia. Crete. Sept. 23. -The Christian lead
ers, complying with the request of the Ad
mirals, have given a written undertaking that
the Christians will surrender their arms when
the Turkish officials and troops are withdrawn.
Arrr.AL or TUB riLIPlXOB.
They Will Ask l's to Recognise the Inde
pendence of tho Islands.
Sprrial Cablr DetjMtcA to Tag Itm.
Manila, Sept. 23. The National Assembly
has decided to appeal to the Unltsd States to
recognise the Independence of the Philippines
and to establish a protectorate with reference
only to external affairs.
The United States will also be asked to in
duce ths powers to recognize the independence
of the Islands.
The Assembly resolved to request the ap
pointment of a joint commission of Americans
and Filipinos to arrange the details ts to how
tho Philippines shall reciprocate the serrioss
of the United States.
xo n mil ts ix tub 1'iiiLirriXKs.
Spain Will Tell Us at Paris We Really Have
No Status There.
Sp'ritl cablr DfMitairh la Tag Sir.
London. Sept. 23. A special despatch from
Madrid says that ministerial authority has de
clared that the United States Government has
no right to a protectorate over any of the
Islands of the Philippine group, and that the
Spanlth Peace Commissioners will energeti
cally defend Spain's rights to their possession.
WILDMAX MADE XO PBOMIBBH.
Agulnaldo's Representatives In Error About
Our Hong Kong Consul's Declaration.
Washington, Sept. 23. The statement made
In San Francisco yesterday by Phillppo Agon
cello, who arrived there from Manila, and with
Jose Iiper. his compan Ion. will proceed to Paris
to represent the interests of Agulnsldo and the
Filipinos before the Peace Commission, that
Rounseville Wlldman, the United States Consul-General
at Hong Kong, had made a com
pact In the name of the United States with
Agulnaldo for driving the Spanish out or the
Philippines, created some interest In official
circles to-day. The officials, however, laugh at
the statement, and. while contending that the
idea of such an agreement Is nonsense, tew of
them appear to be definitely Informed as to the
real truth of the matt -r.
Inquiry revealed that more than a month ago
the State Department sent a message to Mr.
Wlldman asking him as to the truth of the per
sistent reports that an arrangement for an
American-Filipino alliance had been made be
tween Mr. Wildman and Agulnaldo. The Consul-General
made a prompt response. He said
in his telegram that there had been nosuch ar
rangement, and that he had conferred with
Agulnaldo only so far as It wns necessary to
prevent any misunderstanding In regard to the
American attack on Manila. Mr. Wlldman's
telegram was exceedingly brief. Whether he
followed it with a mailed report on ths subject
could not be ascertained.
It ts not likely thst the Filipino envoys will
be received officially by President McKlnley
when they reach Washington. They will prob
ably be admitted to the Whit House as unof
ficial visitors, and be allowed to state thslr
grievances and desires, but the Administration
will not recognise any claim to an alliance be
tween Agulnaldo and the United States. There
!s no Intention to snub Agoncello and Looea,
nit they will he made to understand that they
tave no official standing with this Government.
COLUMBUS'S REMAINS.
Rlnneo Orders Thnt They Re Taken from
Havana Rack to Spain.
Sptrial Cabll DnpalrX to TBS BOM.
Havana. Sept. 28. Capt.-Gen. Blanco has
ordered that the remains of Columbus, whleh
are In ths Cathedral here, be transported to
Spain.
ESTERHAZT'H BOOK,
He Will Print What Ho Alleges to Re His
Dreyfna Confession.
Apenal Cablr JTupafe to Tns sirs.
London, Sept. 23. Grant Rlohards, publisher,
of 0 Henrietta street, Obvent Gardtn, has se
cured ths publication rights of Major Ester
hasy't confession of his connection with the
Dreyfus cans.
The statement will be contained in a book of
the slss of ths ordinary alx-shilllug novel, and
will be issued as soon as possible.
POLICBMBX OBT XBW SHIELDS.
Captain' Radges Resemble Those Formerly
Worn by Inspector.
The new shields for the Police Department of
Greater New York wsre reoelved at Head
quarter yesterday and Clerk Stone was busy
all day in distributing them throughout the
various boroughs. They will all be delivered
this morning, and to-night, at the 0 o'clock roll
call, every policeman in Greater New York will
ttep up to the desk, remove hla old shield aad
receive a new one. Seven thousand five hun
dred and seveuty-tix shields were ordered to
equip the force.
Chief Devery was anxious that tho public
should be lully informed of the change, so that
po ons would resist a policeman s authority
because his shield did nut 100k familiar. . ,
Tht new patrolman's shield it more graceful
than the old. It bears the coat of arms of the
city In the centre. Above this In raised letters
are the words "City of hew York. Police." and
underneath is the policeman s number. The
roundsman' badge It surmounted by an eagle.
The Sergeant' I distinguished by being eom-
""The Captains wllTwear a badge exactly re
sembling tht old Inspector s shield, with the
exception thst the lettering Is In gold on blue
enamel. Ctpt Delaney of (he Fifth street sta
tion was the first to, receive a Oaptaii.'s badge,
and Sergt. Flood of Chief Devery s office pinned
on the first Sergeant's badge. Patrolman
Fisher of the bridge squad will wear shield
No. 1.
Poland Spring Water.
rirfftmtni1ff tad nnsenbtd lor It rare parity.
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DREIFUS CASE DECISION.
XT IS SAin TO BK AOATXST RBOPMB
IXO 1MB CASK.
MSB. Pauimler Takes Often at nn Article
In La Lanterns nnd Mortally Wounds
M. Olivier Pleounrt Accused of Com
plicity with Droyf us-M. Onorin Thinks ate
Dreyfus Case Should Havs Roon HsTttssl
-Ministry May Fall -Talk of Revelation.
.eperial Cmblr rxtpdetto to Tns Stnt,
Paris. Sept. 23-Th Dreyfus Revision Com
mission hat reached a decision in the m altar
of revising ths trial. Ths committee was to
have met again at 10 o'clock to-night, but tht)
meeting was postponed till to-morrow morn
ing, when the final draft of Its report will ha
prepared. It It rumored that ths commission
has decided against a revision of ths Dreyfus
esse. An extraordinary session of ths Cabinet
will be held to-morrow,
M. Charle Pauimler. a well-known member
of the Che inner of Deputies, wrote a letter to
the Ministers who sr hostile to revision con
gratulating them on their patriotism. That
called forth from the newspaper 1m Jnlm
this morning an article Insulting to M. Paui
mler. The latter'a wife was vary much axel ts
by ths article, and. procuring a revolver, ths
proceeded to the office of I.a f.antmw. whsrs
she stw the secretary. M. Olivier. After sneak
ing a few words to him she drew the revolver
and fired nt him six times. Four of ths bullets
hit M. Olivier, mortally wounding him.
The shooting of M. Olivier oaused grigs
sensation. Mme. Pauimler was formerly
Parlslsn blond beauty, and she Is still a fins,
handsome woman, though old enough to bs
the mother of a marriageable daughter.
The artiole which smused her indignation
was written hy M. Mlllennd. In It he recalls!
a lawsuit. In which, years ago. M. Pauimler
waa defendant In an sotlnn brought by his mis
tress, and virtually Imputed that M. Psulmier's
household was now a " Menage a trols." (Fam
ily of threo.l
M. Pauimler Is absent from Paris, and his
wife accordingly undertook the punlhment of
the newspaper nssailnnt of his and hsr good
name. When Mme. Pauimler arrived at ths
offloe of I.a '.(interne she demanded to sag
M. Mlllsrand. She was informed that hs
waa absent, hut the continued to In
sist that she see him or his repre
sentative. M. Olivier, who was not aware of
the purport of her visit, entered the room,
smiling and bowing. He was met by n torrent
of angry. Incoherent words, and then the shots
followed. M. Olivier fled, wounded snd crying
for help.
Mme. Pauimler did not attempt to leave tho
office, but awaited the coming of the polios. A
grent crowd quickly gathered and escorted ths
carriage In whloh she was conveyed to tha
police depot. The crowd was not aware of tho
true nature of the affair, but the understand
ing wss that tho shooting was an outrage con
nected with tha Dreyfus affair.
Mme. Pauimler defended her conduct before
the Police Magistrate. She said she waa sorry
M. Olivier was wounded, but shs was mora
sorry that she had not seen M. Mlllerand.
It is learned that M. Olivier was in no way
connected with the srtlcle which provoked tha
shooting.
It Is learned that It was Oen. Chanolne and
not Gen. Zurlinden who actually transmitted
to the military government after tho adjourn
ment of ths Cabinet council on Tuesday tha
dossier forming thebsslsof the fresh charges
sgtlnst Col. Pieqimrt. These papers hs re
ceived from Oen. Zurllndon.
Le Kappri declares that Oen. Chanolne was
trapped Into ordering military proceedings
against Col. Picquart. the order for his pross
cutlon having been surreptitiously slipped hi
among a lot of important document placed
upon the Minister's desk tn be signed.
It is reliably declared that Prime Minister
Brlsson. before he consented to Lleut.-Col.
Plcqnart'a transfer from a civil to a military
prison, required the War Office to undertake
thnt he should have an open trial on the charge
of forgery. Now.acoordlngtotheiWrantigosnt
and other Jew-baiting journals. Lteut.-Ool.
Picquart will be oharged with complicity in tha
Dreyfus case.
These papers represent that OoL Picquart
nnd Dreyfus worked originally In concert ia
different bureaus of the General Staff, and
that the former was compelled In self-defsnoa
to work In behalf of Dreyfus after his convic
tion. If this is true Col. Picquart is going to ha
oharged with treason, as well as forgery. Tha
promise of a publio trial will possibly be Ig
nored. Col. Picquart Is now "ex secret," and
access to him has been denied to his counsel.
London. Sept. 23. A despatch from Paris to
the Exchange Telegraph Company confirms
the statement that Oen. Zurlindnn acted
against Col. Picquart without the knowledgs of
the Cabinet. The appointment by the Minister
of War of Lleut.-Col. Foulon to act as commis
sary for the Government in the prosecution of
Picquart Is in accordance with the military
code which prescribes that the commissary la
atrial by court-martial shall be equal In rank
to the accused. Picquart, though commonly
alluded to as Colonel. Is actually a Lieutonsnt
Oolonel. Foulon, in reality, takes the place af
Public Prosecutor. Cspt. Tavnler will act aa
Judge Advocate.
M. Gudrln. who was Minister of Justice at
the time that Dreyfus was sentenced, said la
an Interview latt evening:
" I do not know whether the Dreyfus dossier
contains tny documents which It would bs
dangerous to make public. Oen. Mercler. Min
ister of War. informed me in the council of
Ministers that he hsd ordered the arrest of
Dreyfus because of the disappearance of docu
ments from the War Office. Neither I nor any
other member of the Cabinet had anything
further to do with the matter, except that I
gave Gen. Mercler the name of an ax
pert in handwriting. The affair waa
not considered so grave then, but to-day
It is a different matter. It has beea
exceedingly serious since Lleut.-Col. Picquart
declared that the handwriting of the borde
reau was that of Eaterhaay, snd It became
known that the court-martial deliberated upon
evidence which was not communicated to
Dreyfus or hit counsel.
" The duty of Premier Meline wss to hsve de
manded the annulment of the trial. It would
have been easier then than now, aa prior to tha
Zola trial the amour propri of thssrmy wastsw
called into question."
In conclusion M. Gucrln said tie thought tha
annulment of the trial was the only courts ts
betaken.
English correspondents in Pari generally
take the view that the high-handed action of
Gen. Zurlinden In overriding the civil govern
ment, whether with or without the connivance
of the Minister of War. imposes on Prime Min
ister Brlsson the necessity of taking eaergetw
measures to reassert his authority in ths Got.
The ftlandarlfi Pails correspondent declares
that If M. Brlsson doe not Immediately dismiss
both Gen. Zurlinden and Oen. Chanolne and
arraign them for treasonable conduct, a mili
tary dictatorship will be on the eve of becom
ing an accomplished fact.
The 'VoonlWe'a correspondent fears thst ths
position will cause a premature convoking of
the Chambers, with grave, unforeseen results.
A despatch to the Itailv Mail says It is be
lieved that the Ministry will fsll whenever ths
Chambers meet, whether In usual course oa
Oct. IB or earlier
Elsewhere there is talk of a eoup d'etat,
whither, in the opinion of the German press,
events are certainly drifting.
The preliminaries of Ccl. Plcoutrt't trial may
takes month or tlx weeks, durlug whleh ho
will be hidden from the world behind the por
tals of tht Cheroha Midi prison.
Th decision of ths Revision Commrttonjp
anjlat pits sat aaa only bs a sabisot U n its?
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