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A COMPROMISE IS PROPOSED Mr. Bowen Suggests That the Allies Have a Month's Preferential * Payments. It Is Said They Are Holding Out for Six Months or for a Year Instead. Jhe Situation Complicated by the French Demands and Castro's k_ Eecent Cablegram. Washington Feb 2 Minister Bowen is w Uling that the allied powers shall receive prefeientlal payments of their claims, against Venezuela for the period of one month provided they accept the remainder of hii pioposition and agree to the im mediate lifting of the blockade He m foimed the representatives of the allied powers heie to this effect several davs ago but has not yet received an an*we This impoitant fact was developed to day bv the announcement from another quarter that the allies might be induced to modify theli demand that they be paid before the other claimant nations to the extent of contenting themselves with preferential treatment for six months or perhaps a year There is no indication as vet that they will consent to cutting this period to a month but owing to the activity which France and the other claimant nations are showing regarding the protection of their interests in Venezuela it will not surpilse the officials here if the allien yield still turther The situation is somewhat complicated b\ the action of President Castro in cabling to Washington that he desires that all claimant nations be a."orde the same treatment litis message from President Castro was received in Washington yes terday and Mi Bcwen will at once ac quaint the allies with its import PRESSURE ON GERMANY Baron Von Sternberg Finds Relations Rather Strained. New Tork Sun Special Service "SYashington, Feb 2Both Mr Bo-wen and Baron von Sternberg refuse to talk but it is known that neither will be dis appointed if a definite settlement is not received from Germany before Wednes dav This will give ample time for all the correspondence that is thought to be necessarv It did not take Baron von Sternberg long to disco\er that the Ven ezuelan situation is much more serious than it was when he left Berlin or than he supposed it to be when he first arrived in Washington The baron s knowledge of American wavs and his friendly relations -with high officials enabled him quickly to discern the drift of public sentiment and ascer tain the feeling of the administration From his talks with the president and others the baron learned that this goT ernment is getting readv shaiplv to call both German} and Britain to a halt and # 0 an' accounting If they do not change their course He learned that while there is a suspicion of botn countnes it Is especially strong against Germany, be cause of the actions of German ships in going far beyond the plan presented to the state department for the coercion of Ven ezuela- To his surprise perhaps the baron dis cov ered that while the administration s confidence in Britain s friendship and hon est motives has not been seriously shaken the relations with Germany are so btrained that there may be a break at anv time He found it to be the feeling of the administration that Britain will gladly join Germany in accepting Mr Bowen s proposition and raising the blockade, and that it is for Germany to say whether the affair is to be settled or whether pressure must be brought to bear -5 CARACAS IS INDIGNANT Foreigners There Are Unable to Under stand the Situation. Caracas, Feb 2 The members of the American, French and Spanish colonies held a meeting vesterday and addressed protests to their legations against the out rageous proposal of the blockading powers that the United States should be the tool of Germany The French colony declared that ' France cannot agree that, in the bankruptcy of " V enezuela, Germany should receive spe cial treatment on a loan which is com parati\e only to the Mme Humbeit loan What Castro Says. In leplv to Minister Bowen s inquiry as to what Venezuela intends to do regard ng the demand for preferential treatment bv the allies, President Castro has tele graphed 4 The Venezuelan go\ eminent desires equal treatment for all the creditor na tions in Europe and America keeping in mind its diplomatic convention and an terior stipulations President Castro said in the course of an interview "I cannot grasp the news from Wash ington I fear that the Venezuelan con flict will be made a pretext for a world "As far as I can see, the French claim is absolutely perfect, yet the blockading powers seem to desire to invalidate it This is a strange procedure indeed, when %ou recall that the French, Belgian and Spanish claims already have that solemn sanction which the blockading powers pre tend to be desirous their own should re ceive "Yet I am hopeful, yes, always hope ful Mr Bowen has cabled me to be pru dent and patient I shall be both, and we will exhaust all peaceful means with the understanding that when that lias been done we will not give in but will fight We have concluded that if there is no honor among nations nor virtue in inter national agreement we must defend out eelves and to insuie tranquillity "we must take possession of Trinidad and other ad jacent places from which with the con sent of unfriendly powers filibustering ex peditions ha\e started and have made Venezuela welter in blooa ' The Ban Righ, which -sailed from Eng land and the expedition under the com mand of General Carlb Vidal, which sailed from Trinidad, landing arms two weeks ago at Higuerote, would cost England al most as much as the Alabama claims, had we equal rights with the strong ' Activity by France The French legation has notified the Venezuelan government that, in virtue of the convention of 1867, France was al lowed to collect directly part of the reve nues of several custom-houses in Vene zuela as a guarantee for her diplomatic claims arising out of the previous revolu tion France, it is said, renounced for ever, by the convention of 1885, the exer cise of this right on condition that the interest on this debt should always be regularly paid A? this payment has not ben made France without asking the authorization of Germany, England and Italy, intends to revhe her right of col lection The French charge d Affaires has twice called on president Castro during the past foit-v -eight hours The actmt\ on the part of France evidently is in connection with her Intention to reviW her rights and is considered as an answer to the attitude adopted by the allied powers A COMPROMISE PROPOSITION, Allied Powers to Gt Prefentl Treat ment Half of tbeCTIme. Washington, Feb i.pfoposittons in volving a compromise | f the allied, powers' contention for preferential treatment in the settlement of their claims against Vene zuela have been submitted to the govern ments of Great Britain, Germany and Italy b\ their I epresentatives at Wasn ington and, while no answers have been received as e there is reason for the belief that the allies will see a way to accept the latest proposition This compromise has been suggested b one of the representatives oftile allies here and while it has not formally re ceived the indorsement of Minister Bowen it is felt that he will not enter serious ob jection to its adoption provided, the Unit ed States and the other claimant nations outside the alliance can be convinced that their own interests in Venezuela will not be substantially injured by yielding to a plan which seems to offei a solution of the present serious hitch in the Washing ton negotiations - The plan suggested provides ttoat foi a short period perhaps six months, ar a year Great Britain Germany and Italy shall receive exclusively 30 per cent of the customs receipts of the ports of Porto Cabello and La Gualra and that at the end of the period, the exact length of which is yet open to decision, all the claimant nations be placed on the same footing and the 30 pel? cent of the ie celpts of these two ports be dlyided among all the claimant nations in ratio based in the amount of each nation's claim "" ENGLISH PUBLIC OPINION It Does Not Cut Much Ice with the Pres ent Government London, Feb 2 The Dail Mall savs that the more the British nation struggles to escape from the German alliance and the Vene2uelan imbroglio the more irre trievably and inextricably is it involved, that there are obvious reasons why Ger many should seek to protract the quarrel to the utmost possible limit and that she now so controls British policy that all the remonstrances of the English press appear to be futile In some quarters serious complications are feared as a re sult of the rejection of Mr Bowen s scheme It is curious that while Lord Cranborne's speech has been roundly con demned in this country it has given im mense satisfaction at Berlin as showing the friendliness of the British govern ment The British press it is said, may write against Ciermany, but so long as the government is friendly it does not much matter The German press ignoras altogether public opinion m England Castro's Troops Defeated. New Tork Feb 2 President Castro s troops hav e says the correspondent of the Herald at Willemstad island of Curacoa, met with defeat at the hands of the Vene zuelan revolutionists at a point fort miles south of Caracas Ha' Here's Mysteries Washington Feb 2 M Jusserand the new French ambassador who arrived in Washington Saturdav night called at the state department to-day accompanied bj M Bouefve the chancellor of the French embassj The ambassador had a half hour s private conveisation with Secre tary Hay No date has yet been fixed for his presentation at the White House. DOGTOR UP FOR MURDER He Performed ?Three Operations and Another Doctor Fears the Worst. New York Sun Special Service Charlotte Mich Feb 2 W E New ark one of the leading physicians in this city was arrested to-day for murder, the complaint being sworn out by Sheriff Hol laday He is charged with the death of Mrs W H Wirtz of Marshall, who died at a local boarding house this morning Mrs Wirtz, accompanied by her hus band, came here about two weeks ago the couple having been married a few days Dr Newark is proprietor of the Charlotte Sanatorium and Mrs Wirtz came here for treatment It is alleged he performed three operations on the patient Her condition became critical and her husband called in another physician To protect himself should the patient die the latter physician asked that the woman made a statement before a justice, which she did, Justice Bowley having the same in his possession THE BITUMINOUS FIGHT The Increase of Wages Demand Re- sistedJoint Conference May Break Tip. Indianapolis, Ind , Feb 2 The Indiana, Ohio and Illinois and western Pennsyl vania operators and miners took their fight back behind closed doors to-day, and the joint scale committees are at work threshing over the demands It will be surprising if a settlement is made in less than a week or ten days Predictions are even made that the miners and the opera tors will not get together and that the joint wage conference which has now held together four years, will go to pieces There is a considerable difference be tween the maximum demands of the operators and the minimum of the miners There wil1 of mine basis demand of the mme is on the seven cents differential between pick and machine mining and the flat Increase of 30 pel cent in the wages of mside labor The brunt of this fight will fall especially on the miners and operators of the Ohio and western Pennsylvania dis trict Pine Harvest in the Virginia Country Progressing Under the Best of Conditions. Special to The Journal. Stillwater Minn Feb 2 Timothy Donovan, one of the most extensive log gers in the Virginia Minn, country, brings good reports from the woods The fall of snow has been just right and the roads have been prime most of the cut ting season As a result, the work is well advanced and a large cut is certain Frank Goodrich, who was sent into the country about Tower, Minn to buy furs and pelts foi his brother, Charles Good rich, a hide and fui dealer had not been heard from for two weeks until to-day when a letter came anonuncing his safety He had been with trappers and Indians in remote sections where he had no op portunity to write home Company K is preparing to celebrate its twentiethe anniversary on April 6 In ad dition to a committee on arrangements from its own ranks, the following ex members Captain O E Lee, N A Nel son J P Mastcrman and L H Seymour , be a long fight over the run GOOD WORK IN THE WOODS will assist in making up a piogram for legulation of state banks do not extend the occasion The company will be in spected on the 19th inst. J. j , " ^ ^ ^ WON HIS WAGER : LOST HIS LIFE Wesley O'Brien, Colored, Bet That He Could Drink a Quart of Whisky. He Succeeded in Performing the Feat, but Died Within a Few Hours. A Post Mortem Examination Shows That Death Was Directly Caused by the Liquor. Wesley O'Brien bet he could drink a quart of whisky in an hour and now his body is awaiting buiial He won his bet OBnen 's home is 247 Twelfth avenue S He died at an early hour this morn ing An autopsy held this morning re vealed the fact that death was due to acute alcoholism O Brien, his brother and several other colored men were drinking together last night when O'Brien remarked that the liquor was exceptionally good and that he could drink a quart of it One of his fi lends bantennglv offered to pay for the liquor if he would drink It, and a wagei was laid The crowd proceeded to a sa loon near the Great Western station and two pint bottles of whisky were ordered O Brien, although he was at the time already undei the influence of liquoi, started m to drink the whisky He drank the first pint without hesitation but the second one was not so easy With grim deteimination he kept at the task and an houi after entering the saloon, he took the last drop of the quait A minute latei he was lying unconscious upon the floor O Brien was carried to his home and Dr Alfred Lind summoned He found the man lying on the floor gasping for breath and, before anything could be done for him, he died Hariy G Irvine, deputy coroner, was summoned and oi dered the remains removed to the county morgue, where the autopsy was held this morning The coroner is investigating, and it 's likely that the attention of the police will be called to the saloonkeeper who sold the liquor ANTI - GBIGSBY CHARGES He Is Said to Have Left Nome Last Winter Without Per- mission. New York Sun Special Service Washington, Feb 2 Serious charges have been made agamst several federal officeholders in Alaska and the depart ment of lustice is making a thorough m \estigation The officeis chiefly con cerned are United States District Attorney Frank H Richards and Tjnited States Marshal Melvm Grigsby of the Nome dis trict Tt is charged that District Attoinej Richards expense \ouchers ha\e been padded and that he has been guiltv of othei misconduct m office The puncipal complaint against Marshal Gugsby is that heMeft his post at Nome for the winter without permission from the department of justice 4 BANKER EASTON WINS The Supreme Court Favors the De corah Man. Washington, Feb 2 The case of Easton \prsus the state of Iowa was de cided by the United States supreme court to-day in favor of Eatto thus reversing the supreme couit of the state The case involved the applicability of state laws regulating state banks to national banks In this instance Easton was president of a national bank at Decorah and he was sentenced to five years in piison under the state law for accepting a deposit of $100 when he knew his bank to be insolvent Th decision was delivered by Justice Shiras who said that state laws foi the // to banks incorpoiated undei an act of coneiess MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2. 1903. &> $225,000 FOR THE POSTOFFICE This Item Appears in the Sundry Civil Bill in the House. %jf - The Bill Also Carries $223,579 for Continuation of Work on the Meeker Island Bam. From The Journal Bureau, "Room 45, Post Build vag, "Washington Washington, Feb 2 The sundry civil appropi iatlon bill *"i eported to the house to-day contains an appropriation of $225,- 000 for the continuation of the etxension of the Minneapolis public building, also of $110 000 for the purchase of abont 8* acres of land lj ing fcputh of the Fort Snell ing mllltaiy reservation, for use as a tar get range, at not |jceeeding $100 an acie The bill also carries the following amounts of interest to the northwest .Public BuildingsAberdeen, S D , completion, $75 000, Atlantic, Iowa, $7,500, Baraboo, Wis , $lr600J Boone, Iowa $25 - 000 Burlington Iowa, $15 000, Center vllle, Iowa, $8 750, Deadwood, S D , con tinuation, $50 000,. Eau Claire Wis , $80 - 000, Fergus Falls, Minn , $15,000, Fond du THE GROUND HOG SEES HIS SHADOW. Lac, Wis , $15,000, Green Bay, Wis , $35,- 000, Iowa City, Iowa, $15,000, Marshall town, Iowa $21 250, Stillwater Minn, $15 000 Superioi Wis , $56,250, Waterloo, Iowa $37 500 Wasau, Wis $12 500 Tor lighthouse depot, eleventh district, to be erected at Minnesota Point, Minn , $14 000 For maintenance of fish hatchery at Du luth, $4 440, Manchester, Iowa, station, $4 020, Spearfish, S D , station, $3 480 The bill also carries $223,579 for con tinuing the lock and dam work at Meeker Island and for improving the Mississippi from the mouth of the Ohio river to the mouth of the Missouri, $650 000, and from tne mouth of the Missouri to St Paul, $400 000, for repair to military cemetery at Prairie du Chien, Wis $3,000 For current expenses of Battle Mountain Sanatorium, Hot Springs, $20 000 is re appropnated, and $350 000 addition for the completion of this branch W. W. Jermane. A SMASH IN A DENSE FOG Bear End Collision on the Illinois CentralTwo Killed, Five Badly Hurt. Chicago Feb 2 Two men were killed, five senouslv injured and six others slightly injured in a rear end collision of east-bound stock tiams on the Illinois Centei at Cloverdale to-da The dead aie William Poston of Marcus, Iowa and Jackson, fireman the seriously injured are Enck Scott, Charles Bas I rank Wlnt all of Maicus Iowa, George Billings and Louis Duncan of Claighorn, Iowa The slightly injured are K D Loucks Lai rabee Iowa George Hooper Tames Thompson and \I 1 Wells Marcus Iowa J T Mahan LcMars Lo^a, Benedict McGoldrlct conductor All but the conductor and fireman were stockmen Ihe collision occurred in a dense fog, which prevented the engineer of the sec ond tram from seeing the tram ahead un til almost upon it The occupants of the caboose and the first train were like wise unaware of their danger until their car was practically telescoped The dead and injured were brought to Chicago on a special train and the latter were taken to St Luke's hospital The wreckage caught fire and the caboose and five cars of stock were consumed PROFITS OF $1,384,125 Half Yearly Report of Republic Iron & Steel. New York, Feb 2 The half yearly re port of the Republic Iron and Steel com pany was made public to-day It shows net piofits of $1 381125a gain of $451,- 000 President Thompson savs the com pany has acquired oie properties making now a total of 19,000 000 tons or enough to supply the companj s plants for thirty j ears Hr complains of tiansportation fa cilities. ^^-t^r^-u^ fiUAY-FORAKER : ^CONSPIRACY" What One Leading Republican Sen ator Sees in. the Statehood \ Will the Reins of Power Slip Out of the Hands of the Dominant - ' * Party? Both Quay and Foraker Are Said to Be Out After the Scalp of Mr. Hanna. New Tork Sun Special Service Chicago, Feb 2 Walter Wellman, in a Washington special to the Record Herald says ' Behind the statehood bill is a conspiracy to overthrow the repub lican majority in the senate and to set Matt Quay and Joe Foraker up as the real leaders of that body ' So said one of the leading republican senators The senator was bitter He is one of the coterie of a half dozen men who in the past have come very neat to having things all their own way in the upper branch, and who are now in great distress because of the dangei that the reins of powei may slip out of their fingers and into the hands of the men of their own party who have dared Question their supremacy Not only is the omnibus statehood scheme a bad one," continued this sena tor, but it is pressed upon us in a way which makes it impossible for use to as sent to it The question whether or not the republican majority m the senate is to retain its control of that body or whether we are to bow down to a coalition be* tween a squad of republicans and the democratic majority is now a vastly more important question than that of the ad mission of rejection of the four territories who are seeking statehood If the repub lican majority cannot rule the senate, then we have come to a pretty pass If a handful of republicans can form an al liance with our political opponents and hold up all other business till the measure they are interested in is passed, then our whole system of party government Is a failure That is the real question pend ing in the seate to-day, and it is one which we must fight out to the bitter end I think the republican party is the responsible and dominant power in the senate, and that no combination of kick ing republicans and democrats will be al lowed to overthrow it "Of course we all know what is behind this scheme," continued the senator "It is a conspiracy born in hatred and cu pidity Quay has a grudge against Hanna because the Ohio senator voted against his admission to the senate on the ap pointment of the governor of Pennsyl vania, and as circumstances turned his vote decided the issue against Qua Quay has never forgnen Hanna for that, and uses e-\ery opportunity to work his ie\enge He found Hanna one of the leaders of the senate in working har monv with the republican side of the chamber and opposed to the omnibus statehood bill No one denies that Hanna Is opposed to it because, as the official head of the national organization, he be lieves it his duty to guard against the bringing in of too many democratic sena tors and presidential electors Quay thinks this a fine chance to get even with Hanna He also wants to help some of his friends in New Mexico to make some money out of their railroad and other schemes, and to aid one of them in car rying out a bargain which he has made with a view of getting into the senate " "How does Foraker get into if" "That is Hanna again Foraker really hates Hanna He pretends he doesn't, but we all know he does His feelings are reciprocated There is no love lost be tween the senators from Ohio Hanna has the upper hand in the politics of the buckeye state, and Foraker is consumed with jealousy Quay knew all this, and used it to get Foraker in with him on the statehood scheme Anything to have a crack at Hanna Another trouble with Foraker is that he has not been given as influential a place in the senate as he thinks he is entitled to and now he has loined the coalition which aims to show the old wheel-horses of the partv- that they are not longer absolute masters. If jl&anfyt Bill Fight. , ^ Quay and Foraker win this fight they must become the real leaders of the sen ate, and at any time that any members of the majority party want to kick out and go over to the opposition for pur poses of revenge or to put through a measure that they want but which does not commend itself to the majority of their party colleagues, they will have the precedent at hand That means the end of party government in the senate and the rule, not of a majority, but of a cabal from which the minority are not ex cluded It Is revolution and nothing else " s ! SOLD OUT TO THE SULTAN The Beni Ourein Tribe Helped t Thrash the Pretender for '-- a Consideration. Tangier, Feb 2The details of the sultan's victory Thursday over the forces of the pretender show that the battle was stubbornly contested and that the former's success was largely due to the co-operation at a critical moment of the Beni Ourein tribe, whose .defection from the rebels the sultan had previously pur chased The artillerv of the imperial forces, which were commanded by the minister of war," consisted of eight Max ims and four Krupps The sultan's troops opened the attack early in the morning and shortly afterward the pre tender's camp was assailed in. the rear by the Beni Oureins In spite of the surprise and disadvantages of position, the rebels stubbornly maintained their ground and desperate fighting continued for three hours The slaughter was very great The remnants of the repel army then broke, abandoned the camp and fled in the direction of Tazab The imperial troops are pursuing the fugitives , and if the pretender is not among the slain, his capture is confidently expected There is great rejoicing at Fez as a result of the victory of the sultan's forces *- ' The Morocco Beaten on Pretender Jan. 29. THE N. W. FIGHTING MEN 14 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. BU is WHIPPED Tangier, Feb 2The tide of war has suddenly turned m favor of the sultan A messenger has brought news that El Menebhl, commanding- the sultan's troops, surprised and rushed the camp of Bu Hamara, the pretender, on Jan 29, cap turing the pretender and killing or oap turing almost all of his force El Mene bhi seized quantities of provisions and ammunition and recaptured the guns lost on Dec 23 A second messenger from Fe* confirms this news with the exception of the cap ture of Bu Harmara, which he denies but it has not yet been ascertained whether the pretender is among the slam The pretender's khalifa and staff were captured There is gieat rejoicing here, where it is believed that the sultan Is now infinitely stronger than he was\before the rebellion Even if the pretender escaped the popular belief in his saintship will be destroyed and he "will never again obtain a following Abont 90p,OQ0 Boys in the Five ^^StafeejB^Whd Mifcht Bear - Arms. v i From The Journal Bureau, Boom 48, Post Build ing, Washington. Washington, Feb 2.Adjutant General Corbin to-day sent to congress a report of the militia strength of the various states for tHeT year 1903 The Minnesota Na tional guard has! 144 officers aria" 1,681 ^en- listed men, a total of 1,825 with 200,000 men available for military duty North Dakota has 69 officers and enlisted men, total 727, and 54,000 vallable for service South Dakota has 129 officers and 1126 men, total 1,255, with a reserve of 55.96J Wisconsin has 207 officers and 2,379 men, a total of 2,616, with a reserve of 316,668 W. W Jermane. G8AYE ROBBER'S TRIAL Dr. Joseph C. Alexander of Indian apolis Was Arraigned This Morning. . Indianapolis, Feb 2The trial of the first of the now-celebrated grave robbing cases began to-day when Dr Joseph C Alexander w as arraigned in the criminal court to answer to four counts In a grand jury indictment The case bids fair to be the forerunner of cases that will take many weeks to dispose of Thirty-nme men are under indictment, many of them in jail, charged with devastating the graveyards around Indianapolis ADMITTED HIS GUILT Ellison Stole to Raise Money to Visit His Children. Special to The Journal. La Crosse, Wis , Feb 2 Sheriff Lueth arrested Haugan Blison this morning He is charged with stealing a horse from John M Coburn at West Salem, last night Ellison brought the horse to this city and sold it for $100, the purchaser paying down $10 Shortly afterwards he was arrested and araigned before Judge Brindley, pleading guilty He says he stole the horse to raise money with which to visit his children, who are in an or phan asylum He wil receive sentence by Judge Fruit The case agains Alderman Henry Lex ins charged with embezlement, was dis missed by the district attorney to-day on the ground that H E Home, the prose cuting witness, had gone to Mexico and did not desire to prosecute The defend ant is father of Mrs Anna Lexius Ton kers of Milwaukee, who recentlj was presented with $40 000 for her kindness Robert C Goodwin was found guilty by a jury on a charge of robbing Hotel Bur lington and sentenced to Waupun for a year and a half to-day by Judge Fruit He says his home is in Minneapolis Word was received to-day of the sud den death at Wauwatosa, Wis , of L W Foster of this city, who, up to a few months ago, was a prominent merchant here He went to Wauwatosa for the benefit of his health YOTOGER'S CASE UP His Application Considered by the Pardoning Board To-day. The state board of pardons resumed its session this afternoon, taking up the cases of Cole Younger and of Reuben C Pickett, the Minneapolis man serving a twelve-year sentence for manslaughter A P. M FOR DELANO, KINK. Special to The Journal. Washington, leb 2Postmasters appointed to dav MinnesotaDelano Wright eonntv C J BucWey .ortl DakotaSldnev, Towner toimtv T W Poimfl. WisconsinColgate, nr*uir**aa county, Albert' Wauldtey. &JESBAY AITEBlRHHr X "MR. NELSON' ^ OBJECTED" t * *T*. r - ' ^ Senator Quay Tries to Set the Day, February 18, for a Vote on - Statehood Bill. **'* The Water Cure in the Philippines Again Conies Up in the Senate. Mr. Proctor of Vermont and Mr. Berry of Arkansas Have a Little Set-To. Washington, Feb 2 When the senate met to-day Mr Hale called attention to an alleged combination among attorneys to maintain excessive fees in claims filed with the Spanish treaty claims commis sion These, he said, have been placed at 33 1-3 per cent, as shown by a report of the commission He did not suppose the commission would report the full amount of the claims$61,000,000but even if a reasonable amount was reported the attorneys would still receive in fees over $3,000 000 Mr Cullom, chairman of the foreign af fairs committee assured Mr Hale that the committee was now considering a bill fixing the fees Mr Rawlins' resolution railing for in formation regarding courts-martial in the Philippines was then taken up Mr Berry (Ark ) said he never heard of a more remarkable defense of an officer than Mr. Proctor made of Captain Brown ell, mentioned as having been connected with the death of Father Augustm Cap tain Brownell, he said, had admitted git - ing the water Cure to Father Augustin, and yet'the autopsy is said to have shown that he died of fatty degeneration of the heart Father Augustin, he declared, had been murdered, and yet Captain Browneh -was to be held up as the highest specimen of the American soldier OP American officer Replying, Mr Proctor, with some em phasis, said "The senator from Vermont defended Captain Brownell and continues to do so, and resents the implication of the senatoc from Arkansas that he was guilty of mur der " Captain Brownell, he said, was in a sit uation where he had to defend his men ^% from treachery, in which Father Augustin 1 was the prime mover. j Mr Berry said that if Mr. Proctor ap- " ^ pioved of Captain Brownell s conduct, that * * was a question for him to decide "As to , his saying he resents," he said, "I don t ' know what he purposes to resent" Mr Proctor made no reply * i Mr Quay asked for unanimous consent * for a vote on the statehood bill on Feb 18. Mr Nelsorr objected - ~- The army appropriation bill iras then taKen up A PUBLIC LAND Blt-LTW The House pefeats an Interior 0*ft#H_ me nt Measure. Washington. Feb % W***, fin^g^kgOd met to-day Mx. , Cannoi? Reported, "4E^f sufidry civil appropriation bill and gave notice that he would can It tip at the earliest opportunity It carries atf ag gregate appropriation of $78,007,929, which is $8,8S6,432 less than the estimates and $17,355,870 more than the current appro priation The committee recommends an appropriation of $3 000,000 for the relief of distress in the Philippines This was suspension day-and the speak er recognized Mr Bates (Pennsylvania), who moved the passage, under suspen sion of the rules, of a bill to provide for the "better separation and utilization of public and private lands within the lim its of railroad land grants In the arid re gion ' Mr Bates explained tnat the bill was recommended by the interior depaitment. It permitted the .secretary of the interior, he said to exchange arid and semi-arid lands within the limits of railroad and wagon grants for public lands of equal value in order to assemble public and pri vate lands in more compact bodies, so as to permit them to be advantageously used Mr Jones (Wash ) protested vigorously against the consideration of such an Im- I portant measure under suspension of the rules He declared that the amount of land involved was from 50,000,000 to 70 - 000,000 acres This was a proposition, he said, to pass with twenty minutes* debate on a side, a bill affecting one-flfth of the public domain of the United States Those who had purchased lands from the rail roads now desired the government at its expense to segregate them from the rail road lands in order that they could be used to advantage If they received the privilege of exchange thev would select the best lands available The bill was de feated on a viva voce vote The senate bill to authorize the construc tion of a new building for the department of agriculture at a cost of $1,500,000 passed GOAL COMMISSION WORK More Statistical TestimonyWages, Bank Accounts and Baer * on Murders. Philadelphia, Feb 2Statistical testi* mony was presented to-day by the Read ing company to the anthracite coal strike commission Statements were introduced showing th average annual earnings of employes, oth er than wine workers in a number of Pennsylvania cities The number of wage earners affected by these statistics were 47S 780 the average individual earnings being given as $462 annually Tables showing the comparative bank statistics of the anthracite bituminous and agricultural sections of Pennsyl- ^ ania were also presented Per capita deposits in the hard coal region were given as 81 50 A statement of the tax statistics showed the value of taxable piopertv in the anthracite region to b $215 589 15.' The mine workeis' lawjeis to-dav took occasion to correct the statement pub lished recently that the union had with diawn its demand for payment by weight m the Schuylkill region The demand had never been made he said with regard to the Schujlkill field and cansequently could not have been withdrawn The Reading company lawyers In % statement to the commission said Presi dent Mitchell had said that President Baer of the Reading had charged tha mine workers with the responsibility for twenty-one murders during the recent strike Mr Baer, counsel said, desired to correct the impression He had never made the charge that twenty-one murders had been committed by members of th* union The commission here took a recess. 's A SCARLET FEVER 6ERUK. *~i Berlin, reb 2 Professor Bagineky, of tl Emperor and Empress Frederick Children s hos pital of Berlin announces that a discorery of a serum against scarlet fever has been made br Di Aronson Good icsults hare alreadv beet obtained The professor believes the serjam, will 1 orore to be a specific for this disease. ,' - VsSf it ( v /"