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S".fK '.*M Senators Depew and Burrows, Not Invited, Said, to Be Resentful. Wedding of President's Daughter Will Be Event of Surpassing Elegance. By W. W. Jermane. TAWNEY THE ONLY MINNESOTA MAN TO ATTEND THE WEDDING FEW WESTERNERS WITNESS BRIDAL "Washington, Feb. 15.Bepresentative James A. Tawney, chairman of the house committee on appropriations, is the only member of either house from Minnesota who is invited to the Long worth Kooseveilt wedding, and he is fur nishing up his wardrobe todav and get ting special pointers as to what he ousrht to wear. Three members are invited from Wis consin, Senator Spoouer, because he is the president's personal friend and de fender on the floor of the senate, and Representative* Otien and Cooper, be cause they were members of the Taft Philippine partv. Mr. and Mrs. Spooner will give the bride a bindsome lace fan decorated with emeralds and turquoises, made bv Tiffany^ Senator Alger and Representatives Loud and Denbv are the onlv members of the Michigan delegation invited. Alger comes in tile list, which include all senators K'ho were formerly cabinet members. Loud was a member of the Philippine party, and Denby is a mem ber of the foreign' affairs committee. Senator Burrows of Michigan is said to be very indignant because he was over looked. Depew Feels Snubbed. Senator Depew will go over to New Tork tomorrow night to remain until Monday, according to an announcement made todav at his Washington home. When asked if be would send a pres ent, the reply was a negative, delivered very curtly and somewhat angrilv, which leads to the belief that the DP pws were not invited to the wedding. It is possible today to get a fairly complete and accurate list of senators and congressmen who are invited. These will go from the senate: Alger, Elkins, Knox,, Proctor and Teller, because they were former cab inet officers and are at present in Wash ington Dubois, Long, WarreD, Patter son, Stone, Scott, Newhwids and 'Fos ter,-because they weTe members of the, Philippine partr Aldrich. Allison, Bev eridge, Crane, Cullom, Dryden, Frye, Hale Hemenway. Kean, Ledge, Mar tin, Spooner and Wetmore, because they are personal friends of the president, end in some cases because, further, they are chairmen of prominent senate com mittees Foraker and Dick, because they are senators from the bridegroom's borne state. From the House. These will go from the house: The members of committees of foreign af fairs and pensions, to both of which the bridegroom belongs Grosvenor, Hep burn, Payne, George W. Smith. De Armond, William A. Jones, H. A. Cooper, Gillette, Curtis, Edmund Foss, Hill of Connecticut, Otjen, William Howard, George A. Loud, C. K. Scott, A. Wiley, Bourke Cockran, Shirley, Gilbert and McKinlav, because thev were members of the Philippine party Richard Wayne Parker of New Jersey and J. F. Rixey of Virginia, the for mer because he is a personal friend of the Roosevelt clan, and the latter be cause the president is his constituent when he visits his farm in Virginia Hill. Ta,wney, Sibley, Overstreet, A. P. Gardner of Massachusetts, Ames and Adams, for personal reasons or because thev are prominent men in the house. Invitations have bpen sent to the widows of former presidents, Mrs. Mc Kinley and Mrs. Garfield, neither of whom will attend, the former on ac count of her poor health, and the lat ter because she is spending the winter in California. Invitations have alo been sent to Mrs. John Hav and Mi* Garrett P. Hobart, a,nd the latter, at anv rate, will attend, as she is spending the winter in Washington. Advice to Tawney. Representative Tawnev of Minnesota has beep offered some amusing advice as to the proper dress to be worn to the wedding. Last night he was calling at the home of one of his colleagues, and hal| a dozen other congressmen and their wives were present One of the women" of the party remarked that she reallv didn't know what was the rule in Washington, but she did know what was done at a recent "swell" weddinp at Youngstown, Ohio. to tell about'it, she said 1K that aAsked the Youngs town wedding, which took place at noon, all the men wore full evening diess The prevailing opinion of last night's party was that while this might be the prevailing custom in Youngs town, Mr Tawney would hardly be safe in following it in this city. The invitation list includes seven men who were former cabinet ministers. Wavne. McVeagh, W. E. Chandler and John W. Foster were invited because they now live in Washington. Lyman J. Gage, Charles Emory Smith, Robert W. Wynne and Paul Morton are invited because they were former]v members of the Roosevelt cabinet. The invita tion list does not embrace former cab inet" officers who were not in the Roose velt cabinet, excepting where such offi cera are now residents of Washington. Distinguished Names. Some distinguished names are the list of personal friends. Among them pre Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Harriman, the Misses lselm, Mr. and Mrs. E. Reeve Merritt and some forty members of the Roosevelt family. One hundred guests will come from Boston and vicinity, including Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lee, grandparents of the bude Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lee, Jr.. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Phhp Saltonstall, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parkman, Miss Cornelia Wekott, Miss Hetty Sargent and Mrs. Mumsford. XJincinnati'& quota of guest* will be ^Trx3pyt*^rTvijt^je*TTXJ'x:tTV,ii W. O. WHITEMAN Of Ortonville, President State Editorial Association. Continued on 2d Fage, 2d tJolumn. Continued, on 6th Page, 5th Column. A si# sft ~J& _jr fias PRICE TWO CENTS. THURSDAY EVENING^PEBRUARY 15, 1906. i rT STATE EDITORS TALK FOR CHANGE Their State Association Meets in Minneapolis for the Annual Convention. "The power of the press" was much in evidence this morning when nearly two hundied editors ancf publishers of newspapers met in the mayor's' reoep tion-ioom at the city hall for tfceV for-' tieth annual meeting of the Minnesota Editorial association. The attendance was the laigest at any meeting in the history of the organization, and the pro gram was decidedly interesting. Tho scheduled to convene at 10 a.m., it was nearly 11 before President W. C. Whiteman of the Ortonville Herald Star, called for order. After an invo cation by Rev. G. L. Morrill, President Whiteman briefly introduced Mayor David P. Jones oi: Minneapolis. Mayor Jones, after a few preliminary remaiks of greeting, spoke at consider able length on city problems. "You are invited to inspect this great building in which you are meet- ing," said the mayor, "nom basement*-k The-8losses to the* upper-ffoor Itfckup', "where I as sure you, you will be entertained with k*1111]* more than the usual courtesy accorded B. Benson, $1,000 those accustomed to visit that place. 1 known. "During the past year I have taken notice of the press thruout the state, and have found that it has stood for those things which are decent, orderly and upright, and in so doing you have strengthened the arm of the executive of this city to do his duty. Special Privilege Problem. "The problem which confronts good government a city like Minneapolis, to a large extent is the same as that in the smaller communities of the state. It is not a question of personal liberty lo a gienter or less degree, of morality, of honesty, but it contains all these elements. This is a new era, when the people are awakening and are making an hon est effort to find out where we are at in the matter of permitting special privileges. The problem in Minneapo lis is that of the special privilege. In regard to the liquor traffic, we are try ing to divorce it from its old-time rela tion to criminality. But not all the special privileges are being taken from the saloon 'man. We are asking that all saloons be closed on Sundays. The liquor traffic has been getting $1,000,- 000 a year from illegal Sunday traffic in this city. And this money has been paid to the saloons by a class which could least afford the expenditure. We therefore say, we are restricting the liquor traffic simply within its right and ligal limitations. "In concluding, gentlemen, I would like to tell of an incident I experienced on a sleeping car coming from Chicago. 1 wfcis with another gentleman, who asked the porter if it was true that the lid is on good and tight in Minneapolis, and that a man can't get any kind of a drink there Sundays. 'Well,' was the response of the porter, 'they do say the lid am on pretty tight, but then I always notice a little steam manages to escape from under de tightest lid.' Gentlemen, that may be true. But if it is, I offer the city to you just as you find it, and hope that its inspection will give you both profit and pleasure." Compliments Mayor. President W. C. Whiteman briefly re sponded to Mayor Jones' welcome. 1 am sure we all feel it a personal privi- lege," said Mr. Whiteman, "to be able to see face to face the man who has accomplished so much for Minneapolis, and that we are glad to meet the one mayor in the one city where the execu tive has done as we should each like to have done in our home towns." President Whiteman then delivered his annual address. He spoke of Min nesota as being in advance of the other states as a field for women journalists. "This is doubtless due," said the speaker, to the talent, and energy, not to say the loveliness, of our average Minnesota woman." He believed the past year has been the greatest in the history of the state for the number of people who have read newspapers and for the amount of ad vertising newspapers have carried. He told of the success of the last summer outing of the association, last summer, praising the executive committee for its work. As prospective points for next summer's trip, he mentioned Salt Lake City, New Orleans or Cuba. President Whiteman suggested legis lation to create a county printer for fair distribution of county printing to newspapers. He condemned the sale of printed envelopes by the govern ment, as~ an un-just infringement on the business of the printer, and named Joel Heatwole as the only congressman who had ever tried to remedy this for the printers. The hit of the morning waa a witty paper by P. G. S.ioblom, editor of the Minneapolis Telegram. His subject FIREMEN RESCUE HELPLESS WOMEN Blaze Starting in Sioux City Mil linery Store Destroys Six Stores. Special to The Journal. Sioux City, Iowa, Feb. 15.Six busi i ness concerns in the Cohen Magoun 3 block at Fourt and Douglast streets, and theadjacenh buildings, los heavily 5 by a fire early today that started in v, I the millinery store oi Mrs. Nellie Sau jj ter. The latter, with her companion, i Miss Shindele, was nearly sujf o cated when rescued by firemen. The total loss will reach $75,000, not more than half of which is covered by insurance. The Chicago Newspaper Union, the Sioux City Journal, and half a dozen other concerns were endangered from the fact that fire engines refused to work and the water pressure from the hydrants was not strong. There being no wind, the flames did not spread. The origin of the fire has not been as ceitaincd. The princioal losses were,* Cohen Magoun block, $30,000 Kloster & Duncan, drugs, $15,000: Mrs. Luther, millinery, $3,000 Mrs. Nellie Sauter, millinery, $2,500 Nick Jefras, confec tions, $2,000 Al Rygg, saloon, $3,000 George's bakery, $3,000 office property on second floor and lodge paraphernalia on third floor, $12,000. --Big Fire at Fort Pierre. Special'to The Journal. Fort Pierre, S. D., Feb. 15.A fire that started in R. J. Mathieson's saloon on Deadwood street today swept half theNstreet and destroyed thousands of dollars worth of property. The Mathie son building and contents, Dr. C. S. Vin cent 's office building, the Gas Belt Land company's office, Robert Barkley's har ness shop, the Fort Pierre restaurant, the Thayer & Coffing grocery, and New man's barber shop were all wiped out. The heroic efforts of the Pierre fire department and local young men saved the halls over the saloon and hotel, and the livery adjoining. The loss is esti mated at $20,000. Owners of t_e burned stores have already expressed their de termination to replace them with sub stantial brick and concrete buildings. ****e&$e5,0OO Fire at Michigan, N. D. Special to The Journal. Michigan, N. D., Feb. 15.Late last night fire broke out in the large depart ment store of J. P. Lamb & Co. The flames spread to the postoffiee, Lamb's bank and a restaurant. N. B. Benson's drug store was damaged considerably. J. P. Lamb & Co. 's store, the bank, the postoffiee building and Lamb's old store are a total loss. The Lamb de partment store was one of the finest of its kind in the state. Within the last year a new addition was built, and the whole store thruout was equipped with modern conveniences. At midnight the fire was under con trol. thtuj far-are estimated as i_ J. P. Lamb & Co., $50,000 Lamb's bank, $10,000j postoffiee, $2,O0P i J.. Insurance not 0 0 Faculty Fights Fire. Special to The Journal. Madison, Wis., Feb. 15.Fire today destroyed the home of Professor J. B. Parkinson. The loss is $10,000 insur ance $5,800. President Van Hise, Dean Birge and an army of students assisted the firemen. Wayne Bissell, son of for mer Senator Bissell of Lodi, was badly cut. An overheated furnace caused the blaze. New York, Feb. 15.The Standard Oil company of New Jersey has de clared a dividend of $15 a share. The dividend declared at this time last year was at the same rate. KA.*yA!U,A 'jvrvwst-i&MmtiM ff*v wxTts tit *rvrims nt t* itr-t* st.s mm. /AA BIG COIL MEN IN: STBIffi COUNCIL United Mine Workers and Oper ators Meet to Debate Over Demands. Big Coal Carrying Roads Ar raigned Against Mitchell's ^""*4 JPorces.' New York, Feb, 15'.The conference between the coal operators and the United Mine Workers of the hard coal fields of Pennsylvania, at which efforts will be made to formulate an agree ment between the employers and the men, to go into effect April 1, when the award of the anthracite strike com mission expires, will be Meld this after noon. All the coal companies will be repre sented and the interests of the em ployees will be looked after by the spe cial scale committee of thirty-six which is made up of the mine workers' ex ecutive board of three anthracite dis tricts. President Mitchell is chairman of this committee Among those who will attend the meeting are President George F. Baer of the Philadelphia & Reading W. H. Truesdale, president^ of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western T. P. Fowler, president of the New York, Ontario & Western F. D. Underwood, president of the Erie E. B. Thomas, president of the Lehigh Valley David Willcox, pres ident of the Delaware & Hudson com pany. The independent operators will be represented by Frank TPardee of Hazle ton, Pa., and J. L. Cake of Pittston, Pa. W. L. Connell of Scranton, Pa., an in dependent operator who is president of the anthracite board conciliation, will also be attendance. The Pennsylvania railroad will not be directly represented, not having been invited to the conference, but wjll abide by any action taken by the presi dents of the other coal-carrying rail roads. In case a technical discussion shall ensue after the miners have formally made known their grievances, the oper ators will call in officials of the various coal companies who have a practical 'knowledge of the mining conditions. BOSTON'S FIRE CHIEF FALLS DEAD AT POST Boston, Feb. 15.While responding to an alarm of fire today Chief William T. Cheswell of the Boston fire department was stricken with heart trouble and died while being taken to the hospital. Chief Cheswell hajl been connected with the department sipce 1&62 and was one of the best-Jtnown, fire- g|i|&er& in, the country. 'He waa 62 ^ears old. \J&.* c,-..r. .j FROWN ON HIT KIT JOHN D. New York, JFeb. 14.Barnard college students, who planned to buy -several hundred seats at the Broadway thea ter, where Elsie Janis is appearing in "The Vanderbilt Cup," have decided not to do so because Joha D. Rocke feller and his son are burlesqued in thr play. This is due to the fact that the elder Rockefeller has been very gener ous with the institution in the past. MURDERER REFUSES TO FLEE. Raleigh, N. C, Feb. 15.Burton (Jar rell, convicted or murder, escaped today from jail, while Garfield Hicks, who was sentenced to death for being implicated in the same crime, and is almost certain to be hanged, refused to flee. TTHB SENATE TO THE HOUSE. "The poor old ship subsidy bill once more serves two ends without damage to any one but himself.$ K. lia .*3W.s A.O.AAAJ AAA"A.A*AAAAAAAAA A A\ AA\,A A W AA JM A AA-JTAAAA A AAAAA* A. APAAXCT.i/A%^AJtfKXAX2MXA*(M NO TARIFF WAR, KAISER'S DECISION German Government Takes Steps to Avoid Customs Crisis with United States. Journal Special Service. Berlin, Feb. 15.The German govern ment has decided to face the opposi tion of the reichstag, and apply forth with for consent to submit a demand to the federal council for power to grant to the United States provision ally the favorable tariff terms of the convention that expires March 1. It appears that this decision has been taken on the government's own initia tive, without even negotiations with the United States, with the object of avoid ing the possibility of a tariff war, and of gaining time for the formulation of a fresh treaty^ hoping that in the meantime American statesmen may rec ognize the spontaneous action of the German government, and see their way to meet Germany on a basis of reci procity. FRENCHMEN ABET ATTACK ON FEZ In Return for Concessions They-|" Offer Money to Aid Moor ish Pretender. Journal Special Service. London, Feb. 15.The Tangier cor respondent of the Times reports that certain Frenchmen, including M. Say, founder and owner of Port Say, Al geria, have offered the Moorish pre tender $200,000 and 70,000 rifles and ammunition in exchange for the con cession of the whole coast between Melilla and the Algeria frontier, in cluding the minterland. The company urges the pretender as soon as he re-- ceives the money and arms to march on Fea If he is successful, the com pany will take possession of the afore said territory. The pretender's posi tion now is undoubtedly strong. Situation Improves. Berlin, Feb. 15.lt is semi-officially declared that the reply of M. Revoil, the head of the French mission at Al geciras, to the explanation by Herr von Radowitz, the first German dele gate, of Germany's views on the Mo roccan police question, produced an excellent impression on the German delegate and that in consequence the present French attitude towards the situation at Algeeiras is- much im proved* t^v-f-~. -fcTJBNAND QUITS "PUMrOH." London, Feb. 15.Sir Francis C. Burnand, the author, for twenty-five years editor of Punch, has resigned and will withdraw from that periodical. Owen Seaman, who has been the as sistant editor, will succeed Sir Francis as editorial nBad of the publication. The reason for the resignation of Bur nand has not been made public. FIEE IN INDEPENDENCE, MO. Independence, Mo., Feb. 15.Fire to day destroyed the Clinton block on the public square here, occupied by seven firms. Loss, $65,000. George W. Clin ton, owner of the building, may die from excitement and overtaxation in trying to save some of his property. *^*A^A^Jiij!,A .7*y.*.. xvAA^C^WK^^W^^OB* 4 y%wmvMKtacKX9xmjrf COLE OF DUMTTK, S Peacemaker and New Head of the Cop S per Combine. LABMAniCKS COMBINE Boston Man Will Try to Let Light Into the Heinze-Amalga- mated Deal. By Thomas W. Lawson. Boston, Feb. 15.For many years Angustus. Heinze has fought the Amal- ._i.^jk*iii. ^r courts _._ ro"und.QQjjjpaay at $190,000,000. They settled by-li^ formation of a new company for $40,- 000,000, which by the payment of $25,- 000,000 is to aequire Heraze-'s right to sue Amalgamated and Amalgamated's right to sue Heinze. What Each Gets. Heinze has taken in payment for his $25,000,000 the stpek of the new com pany and the Amalgamated owners have taken the balance. As the capitalization of the new company is millions more than Heinze's capitalization, and as the earning power is the same as formerly that is: What Amalgamated is compelled by law to pay to Heinze and what Heinze is compelled to pay Amalgamated and as theSe^diaphanous amounts will become the asset of the new company now owned by Amalgamated and Heinze, the problem works out about as did the case of the man and woman, each of whom got a divorce decree com1 pelling each to pay the other $10,000 id PAGESFIVE O'CLOCK. POWERS STRENGTHENmu FORCES IN CHINA ON EVE OF BIG REVOLT Durin the fight HeinzeTas stolen millions of dollars' worth of ore from Amalgamated, and Amalgamated has stolen millions of dol lars worth of ore from Heinze. I say "stolen," because both have been con victed by the couits of stealing ore. Sogers and Eockefeller have stated re peatedly, privately, publicly and under oath in court, that Heinze's entire out fit was not worth $5,000,000, and Heinze has duplicated their assertions to the effectrthat under no circumstances could Amalgamated be worth $50,000,000. Then they both started to settle, whereupon Heinze's stock, because of the coming settlement, shot up until it 'is selling today at $30,0/30,000. and Amalgamated until it is tsSaayseHmje1 1 1 a year alimony. After awhile they con-1 ^"j*?.. eluded to patch up and live together, capitalizing their alimony upon a 5 per cent basis, or $400,000 in all. It being a dead sure investment, they did not let any of the stock get out of the family. It worked to perfection until upon the death of both they left the $400,000 worth of stock to charity. The story goes that the executor went "bug house" trying to unwind the af fair and the Lord only knows what hap- PJtneJJoJhe beneficiary. -"hrtnyfnto the Courts. ***'r A number of stockholders in the United Copper, North Butte, Anaconda and Amalgamated, with some minoritv stockholders of the Butte & Boston and Boston & Montana, have joined me to go before the courts of New York, Montana and New Jersey to have the deal elucidated. I can promise the victims of the deal that our tale to the court will be a scientific dissertation on formalizing the art of extracting atoms from vacuums and gold dollars from copper pennies. It should be interesting instruction even tho painful to some. Our court tale will be entitled "Vacuumized Bricquettes Financialized." COLE AT THE HELM Heinze Says He Himself Is Not Bound by Compact. Journal Special Service. New York, Feb. 15.F. Augustus STeinze gave an interview today con firming the reported settlement of the great copper war. There is no telling when Heinze will be on the outside again, fighting the Standard Oil mil lionaires with the same vigor and ef fectiveness that has just made them confess defeat. Heinze is authority rfor the statement that he is in no way bound by any private agreement to ab stain from fighting or from competing with the new company that is now formed to make peace possible. No More Fighting. "The re can be no more fighting over properties that have been the sub ject of dispute," said Mr. Heinze. There is no further possibility of con flict over the properties taken over by the holding company. I will continue as an independent frol *oducer, but the properties I still con outside of the new holding com pany are so far to one side of the hith erto disputed claims that there is not the slightest possibility* of any dis pute. Mr. Heinze was asked if he was in any wav bound not to start a new fight on the Amalgamated pe'ople and therebv bring on a new war. Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column .*i.* SLAUGHTER BEGUN IN ONE PBOYINGE Many Persons Killed Near Cait ton, Where the Rebels Are Drilling. American "Army-' Officers Other# Declare Uprising Tn Imminent. Journal Special SwtUa. Peking, Feb. 15.All the leg*tok guards have been warned of the im pending danger. The secretary of tilt German legation has obtained an addi tional field battery. The situation vx Ghana in becoming increasingly ugly. The trouble prob ably will spread from the south to tho north. The government, eager to the dynasty, is seeking to placate ths foreigners. "Viceroy Yuan Shin Kai, on the pre tense of suppressing tho Chnnohasof (bandits), who are absolutely quiescent, is sending six regiments with artillery to Chinchow. It is presumed the real reason for tho dispatch of these troops is that the army is honeycombed with secret socie ties and the government wishes to e move a dangerous weapon from' tna neighborhood of the capital. Slaughter Begins. San Francisco, Feb. 15.The offuysf* of the Doric bring the news of the dis patch of two British gunboats to Can ton just before their departure from the orient. The vessels were the eon boats Moorhen and Sandpiper, which were lying at Shanghai and steamed up to Canton under secret orders. Just before the Doric left Shanghai it was reported that there had bean a uprising In the Sunning district near Canton, and that tho magistrate and many people had been killed. I waa stated that rebels had gathered in fores and were marching on Sunning city. The inhabitants of the district wera fleeing-to Maco. I Canton the boycott i& most rigid. Three messages from San Francisco Chi nese merchants urging a- continuance of the boycott ate pasted on the walls. In addition to the antiforeign agita tion in Canton there is also'an antidy nastic movement. Tl-ofFier* t^*^A D|iric,Bsfl*e#Haiat jOanton, Himan- 0|^^^5^a-to^djeU^.with,a viw^v or taking part in an uprising against the present dJWhjfe^. ?J^^*TlJ^ Uprising bsrai&enfc v%. --V C. E. Young, an eyewitness" of *ha recent riot in Shanghai, arrived on the Doric. He tells oi the intense antifor eign sentiment that exists among" tha Chinese and predicts that an uprising will take place within the next few months. Young says that 200 Chinese wer* killed in the riot in Shanghai and tha* only the presence of the foreign gun boats at Shanghai prevented the whole sale slaughter of Americans and Eng- lishmen. Young represents a local firm* but because of the boycott he was un able to transact any business with tha Chinese merchants. Young said: Trouble a Certainty. "That there will be trouble in is almost a certainty. All the Chinese"5a11Chfc want now is a leader.a The hatred of 6 ther \IAA 4. 4.-1. __" YtA^\ r. I want is someone to stir them to repeat the atrocities of the Boxer uprising. The foreigner who visits Canton, at pres ent does so at the risk of his life, Tht crowds gather about foreigners in tna streets of the city and on several oc casions I have seen women insulted by the Chinese. "The trade conditions in China al present are frightful. The boycott is as rigid as ever. Not one Chinese mar chant would look at my.goods. It ii absolutely useless to endeavor to sell American-manufactured goods to tha Chinese. In the interior it is worse thaa in the larger cities." Grave News Concealed. au 5 !L tb ^P* Major C. A. Devol, general etrporia tendent of the transport service in San Francisco, shares with other army of ficers the apprehension of those in tha far east. In an interview today he said: "The awakening of China is here. There were the same rumblings heard' previous to the late Boxer outbreak*, Every army officer expects trouble ia^ China. An officer who arrived here to day from Washington on his way China said he knew the war depart ment had grave news from China, but was not-making it publjc." The transport Meade is now on haf wav to Manila loaded with troops. The Warren and Crook lie here ready to go* into commission whenever orders comst fiom Washington to get them ready. PLOTS AND OOTJNTEBPLOTS- as to American-Japanese Agreement China Is Beported. Washington, Feb. 15.For the'pttx4 pose of maintaining peace in China, as. understanding has been reached be tween the United States and Japan, ac cording to a diplomat at Peking whet wrote a rather startling letter to aj member of the diplomatic, corps Washington. Neither the recipient or the writer of this remarkable letter will consent to the use of his name, but its publication int a local newspaper has caused much gossip in official and diplo matic circles. When Secretary Bool was questioned about the matter he said he knew nothing of such an agree ment and pointed out that it was not the policy of the United States to make offensive or defensive alliances W-itJt any power. Following are some extract* from the letter: China, today, is surrounded by mye* tery. There is an ominous atmosphere surrounding all the actions and words of those who represent China and to the representatives of the nations in Peking this silence is eloquent. At recent informal 'meeting of the diplo mats we came to the conclusion that China has turned the tables on us and that instead of the powers directing her Con^inued.on 2dpP6ge,jithjCoJttnUu:.