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-TWELVE PAGES.
TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAB.
PUBLISHED DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAY
AT THE STAR BUILDINGS,
1101 Pennsylvania Avenne, Cor. 11th 8treet, by
The Evening Star Newspaper Company,
S. H.^KAUFFMANN, Pres't.
Kew York Office, 49 Potter Building.
The HN-enlng Star I* served to syhscrlbers In ?he
city by carriers, on ihelr own account, at 10 cents
per week, or 44 cents p?-r month. Conies at the
connter 2 rents each. By mall?any where In the
United States or Canada?postage prepaid?50 cents
per month.
Saturday Quintuple Sheet Star, $1 per year, with
foreign postage added, $3.00.
(Entered at th?- Post iNBet at Washington, D. C.,
as secood-dnsg mail matter.)
(7All mail subscriptions most be paid In advance.
Rates of advertising made known on application.
TWO LAID OFF
Binders Charged With Loafing by
Foreman Espey.
PUBLIC PRINTER BENEDICT'S LETTER
He Explains His Duty to the Gov
ernment and the Men.
ARBITRATORS CONFER
When the men in the bookblndery of the
government prlrrtlng office reported for
duty this morning Foreman Espey handed
to President Hyde of the Bookbinders*
Union, who is one of the workmen in the
office, the following letter which ha? been
received from Public Printer Benedict:
"Office of the Public Printer, Washington,
D. C., June 13, JB06L
"Mr. H. C. Espey, Foreman of Binding,
Government Printing Office.?Dear Sir: I
received this noon a communication from
Local Union No. 4, International Brother
hood of Bookbinders, referring to an issue
which has arisen in the bindery, under
your charge, concerning the work upon a
certain book now in the office, and also a
resolution of the local union bearing on the
matter, adopted at a meeting held yester
day, a copy of which communication and
resolution has been forwarded to you.
"I desire that a conclusion be reached in
this matter that will be Just both to the
service and to the employes in your di
vision, and that full consideration be given
to the conditions under which the office
works and to the precedents established in
the disposal of like questions which have
not infrequently arisen.
"As public printer it Is incumbent upon
me to execute the public printing and
binding, employ labor and compensate same
in accordance with the provisions of stat
ute. The statute provides that bookbinders
shall be paid 40 cents per hour for time
work. I know of no scale or piece price
rates in connection with the bindery work,
and I cannot favor any task allotment of
work #in this office, for the reason that
such a method would, I fear, sacrifice the
quality for quantity of work done. But
I would not have you understand that I de
sire you to demand from any employe in
your division other than a fair day's work,
and in the particular case at issue between
you and the employes in your division, I
ask you not to require of any employe
more than industrious, careful application
to duty during the hours he is employed,
keeping in view at all times the urgency of
work and the necessity for good work?
work creditable alike to employes and to
the administration of the office.
"Truly yours,
"TH. E. BENEDICT.
"Public Printer."
Two Men Laid Off.
Foreman Espey directed that the usual
amount of work should be given out, and
this was done, the men being given to un
derstand that they would be expected to
work steadily all day, but that no one
would he expected to do more work than
bis capacity permitted.
Within an hour there was trouble in the
office. Two of the workmen were reported
to Foreman Espey a3 not doing their full
amount of work. They were called into the
office, and both insisted that they were not
loafing. One said he had waited awhile
for some bindings and the other said that
wl)He it ^ras true he had talked some at
his work, he had not neglected his
business, but had labored fairly. The ex
cuses of the men were not accepted, how
ever, and they were summarily laid off.
The men protested that they were being
treated unjustly, but Foreman Espey was
firm in his decision that they had neglect
ed their duties and must go. He sent them
to Public Printer Benedict, who sustained
his action.
"I laid those men off because they were
loafing at their work," Mr. Espey said
when asked about the matter by a Star
reporter. "I simply want to have it un
derstood from the start that a man will
have to do his work ritfht and to keep at
it during the hours in which he is paid to
work."
During the forenoon the workmen in the
Shop who compose the arbitration com
mittee of the union asked leave to with
draw that they might hold a conference
over the situation, and this was granted
by Foreman Espey. Together with Presi
dent Hy&e they retired and spent the fore
neon discussing the situation. A copy of
Mr. Benedict's letter was given them for
their consideration.
No Conclusion Reached.
Up to a late hour this afternoon the
committee on arbitration had not reached
a decision. The bookbinders are at work
and the officials of the government print
ing office have received no information of
any changes in the condition.
DISTRICT GOVERNMENT.
Paving Florida Avenue.
During the last session of Congress, at
the request of the Senate committee, the
Commissioners submitted an estimate cf
$12,(Ktf) for paving Florida avenue between
Connecticut avenue and 18th street.
In the appropriation act it was finally ap
proved, although the amount was reduced
to $6*000. As the entire work cannot be
completed with the limited appropriation,
the Commissioners have written to the
first controller stating that it is their de
sire to do such part of the work as seems
to them best meets the needs cf the uub
11c, namely, to pave one-half the width of
the roadway from Connecticut avenus to
18th street, and request to be informed
whether there Is any objection thereto.
Not DiMtiirlicd.
The Nelson Morris Beef Company, which
Is defendant in the gas engine controversy
before the Commissioners, had its innings
today. Attorney Garnett introduced a score
of witnesses, all residents in the immediate
neighborhood, who testified that the gas
engine used by the company in no way
disturbed their rest or comfort. After
listening to this testimony for over an hour
the Coirmissioners adjourned the hearing
until tomorrow, when linal arguments will
be heard. 0
Reason* for Delay.
Referring to a communication of the
Secretary of the Navy relative to the de
lay in the work of extending the Gth and
0th streets s?-wers, the Commissioners today
notified the Secretary that tl;e work was
suspended for some days on the Gth street
sewer, owing to the lack of piles, and also
the fact that the pile driver belonging to
the subcontractor who is driving the piles
was attached by parties in Alexandria. The
work Is now progressing rapidly.
Des(ro)iiig Garbage.
Representatives of the Dixon Crematory
Company had a hearing before the Com
missioners this morning for the purpose of
explaining their device, which, it was
claimed, was far superior to any one now
in use for cremating garbage and ni^ht
soil. This company stated that when bids
were opened for removing and destroying
the' garbage it would submit a proposition.
Building Permits.
Building permits issued today were as
follows: Mrs. M. L. Norton, to erect a two
story private brick stable in rear of 1330
L street northwest, to cost $3,000; T. W.
Mallon, to erect one two-story, basement
and attic brick and stone building, 'J7 B
street southeast, to cost $10j000; C. C. War
ing. to erect two four-story and basement
brick dwellings, 18'Ju and 1822 New Hamp
shire avenue, to cost $30,000.
A NATIONAL LEAG U E
It Will Direct "Democratic Silver
Olubs.
Result of a. Conference at McmphiM
LuKt Night?Plans to Be
Curried Oat.
MEMPHIS, June 14.?A meeting was, in
the Gayoso Hotel, held late last night by
a number of prominent democrats from
the various states. It was decided to or
ganize a National Bimetallic League, for
the purpose of giving directions to and re
ceiving reports from all democratic bi
metallic leagues and clubs of the country,
and to encourage the formation of leagues
in all the .counties of the various states.
Senators Harris of Tennessee, Turpie of
Indiana and Jones of Arkansas, with sev
eral others, were made a committee to ap
point a democrat from each state to form
a national executive committee to carry
out the plan of organization.
The Position of Democrats.
At the session of the silver convention
last night the letter from Senator John
T. Morgan of Alabama was presented,
but not read on account of the press of
business of the convention. In it the Sena
tor says:
"We invite all the friends of money that
was 'sound' until silver was struck below
the fifth rib by a jealous brother and hav
ing survived the assassin is still 'sound* to
come into the democratic camp and to aid
us in healing the wounded feeling of the
able servant of the people. It should be
considered a just reproach to an old-fash
ioned Jackson democrat to go outside the
party to find a new creed as to gold and
silver, or .to defend our time-honored and
j time-proven doctrine as to these metals,
but when the President passes the thresh
old and oversteps the* line with our colors
in his hands it is our duty to follow him
and rescue them from the dishonored posi
tion of sheltering a 'mugwump' demonstra
tion.
"More than 00 per cent of the democratic
Senators in the body when Senator Harris
and I entered it wore *n favor of the im
mediate and full restoration of the law of
1837, signed by Jackson. There was not
then a 'single gold standard' democrat in
[ that body. There are some there now; only
a 'lew, and they are wearing silver masks
to disguise themselves, but the great body
of democrats in the Senate from that day
to thi3 have upheld the old democratic
creed of 1S>7, that gold is the only safe
and constitutional currency."
The National Zeitung of Berlin says that
replies have been received by the govern
ment from the majority of the federal gov
ernments to the inquiry regarding the
expediency of an international monetary
conference. The replies generally indicate
a conviction that such meeting will be
fruitless.
THE CASE OF CHAPMAN.
It Will Probably Not Come t'p Before
Next Wednesday.
It is doubtful if the trial of Broker El
verton R. Chapman, one of the indicted
contumacious sugar trust witnesses, will
be proceeded with next Monday. The case
was set down by Judge Cole several weeks
ago for trial before him next Monday, pro
vided, of course, District Attorney Birney
and Messrs. Shellabarger & Wilson, coun
sel for Mr. Chapman, were ready for trial
that day. Both Mr. Wilson and District
Attorney Birney are engaged in the How
gate case, which will hardly be concluded
before Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday
morning, so it is more than likely that
Judge Cole will on Monday postpone the
Chapman case until Wednesday.
Mr. Birney stated to a Star reporter to
day that there was not the slightest truth
in the printed statement that he had with
drawn from the Chapman case and had
placed Assistant District Attorney Hugh
T. Taggart in charge of it. In view of his
other engagements, which had occupied so
much of his time, he had requested Mr.
Taggart to assist him in the case. Assist
ant Attorney General Dickinson would
also assist him in the manage
ment of the case, as well as Assistant
District Attorney Tracey L. Jeffords; Upon
the conclusion of the Chapman case, which
Mr. Birney believes will be concluded with
in a week's time, he stated he would call
the case of Billy Williams, Desmond and
Auffort, charged with robbing the office of
the Washington Steamboat Company, and
after that, probably, the case of Patterson,
; Wells and Auffort, charged with burning
' the steamer Lady of the Lake last Febru
I ary.
Those cases disposed of, Mr. Birqey said,
he would try parties in jail awaiting trial,
hoping to conclude all of them before the
first of July, as no jury cases are expected
to be tried during July or August.
TO WATCH FILIBUSTERS.
%
The Rnlefffh Left New York for Key
West Last Evening.
The crulrer Raleigh left New York last
evening for Key West, under special or
ders to prevent the departure of Cuban
filibustering expeditioi.s from that vicinity.
The vessel will make her headquarters at
Key West and make short cruises#along
the neighboring coast, using her launches
and boats to Inspect Inlets when necessary
to look after conspirators. The plan of the
department Is to keep the Raleigh on this
station for a month If necessary, and to
send another vessel to relieve her in case
the necessity continues for a naval patrol
of the southern coast. Owing to the ex
treme heat of the locality, it is not deemed
prudent to keep one set of officers and men
on duty there for more than a month at a
time. It is calculated that it will take the
Raleigh about three days to make the trip
to Key West.
NAVAL RESERVE MILITIA.
Assistant Secretary McAiloo to Make
a Tour of Inspection.
Secretary Herbert will return here to
morrow from a visit to his home., in Ala
bama, and will relieve Assistant Secretary
McAdoo of charge of the Navy Depart
ment. Mr. McAdoo will leave here Sunday
on the dispatch boat Dolphin for a cruise
along the Atlantic coast, visiting iu turn
all important points where r.aval reserve
militia are mustered. He will first visit
Wilmington, N C., and then work his way
slowly along tne ccast to northern ports.
Lieut. Niblack, his naval aid, will accom
pany him.
Admiral Kirk la mi's Squadron.
A cable message was received "at the
Navy Department from Rear Admiral
Kirkland, s-aying that the cruisers New
York, Columbia and San Francisco left
i Copenhagen this morning for Kiel. The
I Marbleheacl, tlje other vessel of the United
States navy to take part in the Kiel cele
bration, is at Hamburg. She will be hi the
I procession of smaller vessels, which will
go through the canal from the Braunsbut
; tel sluice to Kiel.
Tlie Distinguished Sick.
Representative Hitt. Is still confined to
his bed. There has been no marked change
in his condition.
Miss Abagail Dodge continues to improve.
She was conscious for some time this
morning and recognized those about her.
She is able to take more nourishment than
formerly. It is thought if the improve
ment continues she may be able to be re
move 1 to her home in Salem, Mass., within
a week or ten days.
?
IT TAKES IN ALL
The Aegis of Civil Service Covers
All Government Printers.
DETAILS OF THE OBDER
How the Classification Will Be
Made Up.
EXAMINATIONS TO BE STRICT
The details involved Jn putting the gov
ernment printing office under the civil
service rules are practically settled by the
rule prepared by the civlj service com
missioners and signed yesterday by the
President. Doubtless amendments will be
made from time to time, as necessity oc
casions, but for the most part the thorough
consideration given the matter by the pifb
c printer and the commission has left
little to be suggested in the way of al
teration or addition.
The classification provided for in the or
der signed by the President yesterday is
as follows:
1. AH clerks receiving an annual salary
ot J,_(> or less, this not Including, of course
day laborers, charwomen or rough labor
of any kind.
?i. All clerks receiving an annual salary
of JS40 down to 1720.
3. All receiving from SS10 to $<100 a year
4. Thosj getting from $l?wi to {1,(100.
year havmg frora to $l,aio a
- ?!?OSe p,linK fr01n M.200 to $1,400.
? ? 1 nose having from J1.400 to {1,(100.
o -Tl!ose Kt;tt nK from ?.<wi to $i,8o(i.
a?SyeaCr r 8 SeU'"B fr0m to
tion'oTfh^;eC0er1Vm^ean a"nUal
Ho?v Piece Wiikph Are Reckoned.
In a Iaige number of positions In the of
fice the compensation is not made in a reg
ular annual saUry. but by piece wages.
All such employes will be rated as hereto
fore by thiir pay during their annual leave
of absence. Thus, for instance, a composi
tor receives during his leave {3.20 a day
for u month He would accordingly be
rated os a clerk of the fifth class, recelv
h a year. The same rule of classi
fication v ill be applied in all lines of piece
bin iori^r?iU ,he ?mce- ln the book
binders department this will include a
ed laborers ?' Women emP!oyed as skili
The Examination*.
The examinations foT places in the office
will be divided into two grand divisions
the first of which will include such practi
cal tests of the applicant's fitness as the
commission may determine upon, and the
second will embrace all the data apper
^fnn'^,.t0'each aPP'ica"t as the eommis
\nVr?, n de?m. n?cessary to put on record.
An applicant for a trade place will be re
quired to answer a series of questions.
account of his experience in his
R',ar ""e- where he has worked, how
Icng, Just what he has done, for whom he
hasi done: trade work and all other Infor
mation that the commusioners regard as
essential for he good of the service AH
th.s will b? taken under oath, ard the com
missioners will in each case verify the
statements made in this way.
Itecixtriillon Exniulnntlonn.
For all places where a competitive exam
ination is not practicable there will be a
system of registration examinations on ihe
same plan as that in successful use at
some of the large post offices, notably that
at Boston and Chicago, where applicants
arc required to make the fullest possible
olth and ?h n ,h tlualiHcations. all under
oath and then the appointing boards are
required to begin at the head of the list
and give consideration to each applicant in
the order of priority. If for any reason an
^?Pp"<;ant is not fitted for the work re"
quired his name Is passed over, and ?ome
considered f?"?*'ing on the lisi is
?L-iTihtLeXan,llna"ons ln practical efficiency
ci'Ji,.be?n.duCted under th- direction of the
civil service commissioners by practical
?heev^rio.,e,Ct^ ,by thu commissToners from
tne \ariou3 divisions of the covprnmoin
printing office. These practical tests will
be very much what they have Xayi been
1 he applicant will in the first place be ask
{SI** 6winter? a^'hl's' Zk'TnVti
he wH?rbe "given ? ?? ?ar Jhen
"take," and his fun wlfl begin ' d a
Number of Applicant* Reduced.
It is not a difficult matter to see that the
first result of the application of the civil
service rules to the office will be to exclude
a large class of applicants that have
itherto had a chance there, especially ln
tem w t"n,''S WhCn the spoils s>s"
partmeius?" !lZ "inqui^6 ffiT^'cl^I
service commission will make intn ih ^
a''P""a? Will serve^rd'e-"
priiitl the 3
before the civil service commission.
Tfce Age Limitation*.
It will be observed that the age for male
applicants Is from twenty-one to forty-five
and for female Is from eighteen to thlrty
?ve. In the case of men the idea Is to al
low t me for acquiring a trade. An appli
cant twenty-one years old must show that
and one? ye^ir * as' i"T ? "" a^?'?
would takif him back" J^sTxT^n th^
$ffZ app rent lce s ? o r '^as
Their employment Is principally as Sa
tnha?wobr?k0kthey are S5SX
frifi uS' h "J y arc not credited to the
trades, but are put down as skilled labor
ers. 1 he age limitation will not be drawn
against women who apply as skilled la
borers who want to set type.
1 lie .Mailer of Trauvfem.
Under the rule just made transfers will
be allowed to employes in the government
printing office, but only within the lines of
each trade. Thus, for Instance, a type
setter could not ask to be transferred to
the land office as a clerk, but he could be
wfth ,T"ed V? the rHnting office connected
with the railway mail service or to the
weather bureau s printing office. In other
h" his transfer must be to a place for
which he has peculiar trade qualifications
an' t? no otner. A bookbinder could only
^k,?t??be tran.s'erred to a bookbinding
office in some of the departments
K?0d .dea' of Curiosity is manifested to
know just what parts of the printing office
are included in the rule. It practical!?
takes in everything that the act of Con*
giess -ast January placed under the nubile
printer. All the branch offices in the de
partments are Included except the printing
offices in the railway mail service, thf
weather bureau, the War Department and
the bureau of war records and the offices
connected with the Department of Agri
culture and the treasury bookbinding of
fice. All of these offices except that in the
railway mail service are already under the
civil service rules. The various printing
offices connected with large post offices in
the various cities will be Included.
? Reinstatement*.
The order provides that where an em
ploye is diopped or laid o(t by any neces
sary reduction of the force he may be re
instated without examination within one
year.
The principal objection made by the book
binders, who did not Join the other unions
in asking to have the office placed under
the rules, was that there would be
chance for unjust removals. The answer
made to this by the civil service commis
sioners was that the operating cause for
arbitrary removals was gone when the head
of a bureau must take some one of three
unknown persons certified to him bv ih?
commission. This was shown in the'prac
tical working of the Baltimore post office
where, under Postmaster Adrian, before the
application of civil service rules, there was
tr' per cent of removals, and under Post
master Warfleld, under the rul^s but 2
per cent.
the silver outlook
No Party Split Likely Until After the
Conventions.
ConceMlonn for 41ie White Metal?
Tills Will lie the Demand of tlie
Sllverltea?Populist* Pleased.
The fight for silver will be prosecuted by
both democrats and republicans with a
view to capturing the national convention
of one or both of these parties, and will
not he carried beyond party lines, if at all.
until after presidential nominees have been
chosen.
It is believed by democrats in this city
that the failure of the silver convention at
Memphis to adopt a resolution in favor of
forming a new party will settle once for
all the idea of extremists among the free
silver men that old parties should be
abandoned, and that silver should be made
I he one Issue of a new organization. Ex
Representative Bryan of Nebraska, during
the latter days of Congress, was careful
to make it known that he believed in car
Sf ?? a s?ver tight within the demo
cratic party, and that he thought the na
sl?vemesnVent'?n C?U'd ^ captured h>' the
Hut Mr. Bryan's action at the Memphis
convention has sh >wn that ho has ?own
edUv^h " "J6 povverru, influence wield
set nd money men of the admin
istration, and thinks it is obaut time the
party harness should be cast off. Mr. Slb
,py Pennsylvania, so long mentioned as
a good leader of the silver party and as a
presidential possibility along populistic
party SaU^'^ ^ ^-eriiVg
No Hciiflvrny fur a Neip Party.
But Senator Harris and other prominent
democrats at the convention saw the dan
ger Into which the party was drifting, and
wire cs forcible in pronouncing against
any dissolution of the -party organization
as they were In arguing ih favor of free
coinage of silver. The effort wag being
made by a faction of the convention to se
wnlfn ad?ptlon c{ a resolution which
part if WnrH a fcrmation of a new silver
Party. Word was passed around among the
speakers at the convention, so that In the
acUo^took'i .h?T opposed to this line of
action took occasion to coi demn It, and it
was not poisible to make ehy headway on
th? part the new party men. *
This action is regarded as a keynote for
n.iKiir me" both the democratic and re
publican parties. Members, both republi
cans and democrats, of silver tendency,
now expect to stand firmly within their
Finn/ Hn<VS ."J"" thcy so t0 their conven
tions. But they will have it clearly un- i
c!srSioPn? -,,lat,h'hey wil1 Ket lmportant cofi
tE ?I? 1 i national gatherings or I
they will look outside the old parties for
a man and a platform to vote for in 18JXJ.
PopullxtM Are Pl?n?ed.
This course of action is looked upon with
great favor by populists. The populists
think that if silver men wait until after
the rational conventions in order to deter
mine whether they will bolt or whether
they will support the party nominee that
there will be no time td effect a satisfac
mln organization for the nomination of a
rnrht tlif ,silver,t? in a national
tS !\ ? populists are inclined t? believe
the'V 'I16 tirS,e the conventions are held
their party will have received important
accessions from both democrats and re
publicans and that their organization will
' ,',"crea^ed f? in Strength and import
ance that silverites will not think It neces
ry oul?the?r ldeaesWhere f?r * Party '? ?ar"
That so many democrats at the Mem- '
phis silver convention were loud in talking
down the movement to form a new party I
is regarded by very many silver men as an
evidence tnat these members of the partv I
??^Ve?.that they can carry the national i
convention and adopt a silver platform and
"m iiate a. l?an for presidency who
will favor either the free coinage of silver
or who will pledge himself not to veto any
Jver Ic?isIat*on by Congress. ,
Whatever the outlook for silver may be,
there is a feeling of satisfaction amone
strong party men of the democracy that the
sentiment shown in the Memphis convention
against a split of the party indicates that
at least until after the national convention
?v!e ?ounc* money and the silver wings of
the democratic party will flap together.
' ?
Diml>nrre<l From Practice.
N. O. Price of Washington city and Jenny
R. Root, nee Chapman, Waterbury,
Conn., were today disbarred from practice
before the Interior Department, the former
In'rid^hiani<II?rlg 11]|gal f?e8 in a pension case
n?n?? k f having associated in I
hr^n her father, who had I
been previously disbarred. 1
Naval Movement*.
The cruiser Olympia left -San Francisco
today for Santa Cruz to take part In the
flower festival. The Atlanta has arrived
fL?eZ Ij0n,!ior!' and the Raleigh has sailed j
fiom New York for Key West
Government Receipts.
National bank notes received today for
re|t?"!^' *25*.675. Government receipts
140Sn"t- if?!^ revenue, $4(IK,10^; customs,
W'lS.uoi, miscellaneous, $a>,4,w.
Duty iin Al.l-,|e-Cnmp.
Second Lieut. Wm. J. Glasgow, first cav
alry, has been ordered to San Antonio,
Texas, for duty as aid-de-camp to Brig.
Sent of Tex?sSS" commandtRS the depart-'
To Attend the Encampment.
Capt. Charles M. O'Cftnnor, eighth cav
alry, has been ordered to attend the en
campment of the second regiment of in- I
fan try v National Guard of Missouri, at Se
dalia early in August.
Called on the PreHldent.
Maj. Gen. Ruger called on the President
yesterday afternoon to pay his respects.'
Reported at the Departnient.
Commander J. C. Forsyth has reported at
the.Navy Department under orders from
Assistant Secretary McAdoo.
The Highway Commission Organized
This Morning.
READY TO REVIEW PLANS
Capt. Fiebeger Made Permanent
Secretary of the Body.
METHOD OUTLINED
Promptly at 0:15 o'clock this morning the
highway commission, consisting of the Sec
retary of War, the Secretary of the In
terior and the chief of engineers of the
army, met and organized In Engineer Com
missioner Powell's private office at the Dis
trict building. MaJ. Powell looked thor
oughly satlslied this morning when the
commission went Into session. At last the
first section of the highway plan was to be
taken o!T his hands. Not that he desired to
shirk any responsibility, but he was glad
that at last the actual work preparatory to
the final disposition of the subject was
about to commence. Col. Cralghill, chief
of engineers, was the first member of the
commission to arrive. He went at once to
MaJ. Powell's private office and busied him
self while waiting for his colleagues scan
ning a blue print of the first section, which
was hanging on the wall.
"Yes, sir," he said to a reporter of The
Star, "it is true the highway commission
is about to organize. There will be nothing
of any consequence done, however, today,
beyond organizing and appointing a per
manent secretary.
"This street extension matter is a most
important subject, and the widest Py^1"
licity will be given to the action of tne
commission. There is no desire to. keep
anything away from the public, which
is so deeply interested in this matter. It
is an excellent thing to do. this extension
of the city streets, and the good resu.ts
which follow wilt be immediately felt. It
is my impression the commission will get
to work at once. This is an important
matter. The commission will give hearings
to all Interested, I have no doubt. J^ist
then Major Powell came in and greeted
his chief cordially. Secretary I^amont fol
lowed shortly afterward, and Secretary
Smith was only a few minutes behind.
Commissioner Powell retired, and the
commission proceeded to business. lne
first thing to do was to appoint a Pfr?a:
nent secretary. It was acknowledged that
a careful selection should be made, for
the appointee should be peculiarly qualified
fo* the onerous duties incident to the of
flee. He should be a man who has the re
spect and confidence of the community,
and one who exercised a wise discretion.
General Cralghill paid a high compliment
to Captain G. J. Fiebeger, first assistant
ei.glneer commissioner, who, he said, was
Just the man for the position, and Secretary
Lamont had heard of his popularity, and
so he was unanimously appointed perma
nent secretary. Captain Fiebeger was sent
for. and immediately entered upon his
dx't was decided to tnsert a notlce ln each
of the newspapers of the city, Invittng all
Interested in the first Fectlon, who had any
complaint to make regarding any street or
part of street, to embody their objections
or suggestions in a letter to the chief of
engineers. Such letters would be received
and considered up to July 15. During the
remainder of the month the commission
will examine the subject, and upon August
1 will give a public hearing to those who
filed objections or complaints, that they
may have a better opportunity of explain
ing their case. It was unanimously agreed
that no Individual member of the commis
sion would hear any oral complaint or sug
gestion until after August 1.
The meeting adjourned shortly after 10
o'clock, to meet at the call of the chairman.
Tl'ESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.
Secretary Olncy Will Not Receive
Visitors on Thouc Dny*.
Secretary Olney has decided to reserve
Tuesdays and Fridays?cabinet days?en- I
tirely to the consideration of official busi
ness, and will not receive visitors on those
days, except In cases where the business
to be presented cannot be postponed. He
will endeavor, so far as possible, to confine
the consideration of public business to the
regular hours of labor, so as to have the
nights for rest and recreation.
The closing of his office to visitors on
cabinet days is In accordance witft a rule
promulgated by President Cleveland in
April, 1KW, which directed the closing of
the offices of all the members of the cab
inet on Tuesdays and Fridays, in order
"to promote the uninterrupted and more
efficient transaction of the business of the
departments." This rule was strictly ob
served for a short time, and of late has
been more honored In the breach in most
of the departments. This was especially
the case with the State Department, Sec
retary Gresham receiving visitors on all
days alike.
Secretary Olney thinks well of the rule,
however, and will undertake to enforce It.
He feels that he will need the few hours
preceding and following the session of the
cabinet for the dispatch of business con
sidered thereat.
MINISTER RANSOM'S ILLNESS.
It May Rennlt lit Illn BmlKning tlic
Mexican Mifmion.
It Is reported that Mr. Hansom, U. S.
minister to Mexico, Is seriously 111 at his
home In North Carolina, but the report
cannot be verified at this end of the line.
Mr. Ransom Is advanced in years, and has
not been 'in good health for some time.
His visit to the City of Mexico was In
jurious to his health, and the rarified at
mcsphere at ^iat capital affected his heart
so seriously uiat his physician would not
allow him to remain there. He obtained
leave of absence and came home to re
cuperate. There Is considerable doubt as
to his return to Mexico, and it Is almost
certain that he will be compelled to re
linquish the mission unless his health un
dergoes material improvement, as it is
not likelv he can stand the climate of the
City of Mexico in his present enfeebled
state. His illness may prove only tem
po! ary, however, and he may soon- re
cover his health, in which event he will
undoubtedly return to his diplomatic post.
The Mexican mission has many attractions,
not the least of which is the salary at
tachment bf {17,500, equivalent to $35,000
in Mexican silver.
PnrdonH Denfeil.
The President today dcnl?d the applica
tion for pardon in the case of J. H. Kvans,
convicted in Tennessee of passing counter
feit money and sentenced to two years'
imprisonment. He also declined to Inter
fere In the case of Aaron Johnson, conylet
ed In North Carolina of retailing liquor
without a license and sentenced to two
months' Imprisonment.
To Be HetlreiJ.
Commander Oscar F. Heyerman, United
States navy, has been found physically in
capacitated for further active service by a
l aval examining board, which met at the
Navy Department. His retirement is
recommended. He recently suffered a
stroke of paralysis in Brooklyn.
CUBANS' SIDE GIVEN
Eighteen Thousand Insurgents Said to Be
Under Arms.
SpnnlKh Soldiers Dying: of Disease
and Hunger?An Appeal to
Sympathisers.
TAMPA, Fla., June 14.?The following
proclamation, translated, has just been re
ceived from Cuba: *
"To the Cuban people: Maximo Gomez is
in command, with 2,000 men. The Marquis
of Santa Lucia, with the cry of 'Cuba
Libre/ has Joined him with 1,500 men.
Twenty of the most noted gentlemen of
Puerto Principe accompany the worthy son
of Camaguey. There is no hope for Spain.
Remidos has protected the landing of
Roloff and his 280 men. He brings muni
tions of war and 5,000 pounds of dynamite.
The landing of Yero and Seraphin Sanchez
is confirmed. They bring American pyro
technics. Santa Spirite has already seven
armed bands. General Maceo, with his
G,00y Macheteros, is destroying and burning
everything which he finds in his way.
Liberal Spaniards have nothing to fear.
Lives and property will be respected while
assistance is not rendered to the govern
ment.
"If Spain had hunted for a general whose
mission was to annihilate the Spanish
army, no one would have been better suited
than Martinez Campos, who does not let
poor and tired soldiers have any rest. They
die of hunger, for they ^"e without food
or clothes -under a burmng sun in this
deadly climate.
"The autonomist party says that insur
rection in arms is unnecessary to force the
government to favor autonomy. Shame to
these false patriots, who live on'miserable
bread, that the despot throws to them.
Soldiers from Mahon, a Spanish province,
have gor.e over "to the insurgents* ranks.
The daily expenses of Spaniards run up
ta $150,000. Martinez Campos has lost al
ready 10.CMK) men. Soldiers in the city of
Manzanillo die in the streets of fever and
dysentery. Famine spreads through the
province of Cuba. In Baraco and Guan
tanamo there are 18,000 insurgents in arms.
Liberal Spaniards, the sons of Riego and
Pinto, hurrah for liberty. To arms and
down with the metropolitan government
and tyranny! Hurrah for Maximo Gomez!
(Signed) Revolutionary Committee of Ha
vana."
Cuban advices received here are to the
effect that eleven thousand Spanish troops
will land at Neuvitas on the northern coast
of Cuba today, being the second install
ment of troops dispetched to Campos by
the home government.
Tiie Filibusters Landed.
NEW YORK, June 13.?A special to the
Herald from Havana, Cuba, says informa
tion has just reached here to the effect
that the Cuban filibustering expedition on
the tug George W. Childs, under the com
mand ef General Carlos Roloff and Gen
eral Serafln Sanchez, which slipped away
from the Florida coast on last Thursday,
has larded the party with all their arms
and munitions of war at a point near Aqua
dores, in the province of Santiago de Cuba.
STABBED WITH AN ICE PICK.
Pugilidt Mnber in an Altereation at
Coney Island.
BROOKLYN, N. Y., June 14.?William A.
Maber, alias "Shadow," a pugilist, twenty
seven years old, who was billed to fight
young Corbett at the Seaside Athletic Club
tonight, became involved in an altercation
at Coney Island early today with Christo
pher Gernio, an Italian watchman. Gernio
stabbed Maber in the left breast with an
ice pick, inflicting a painful but not a dan
gerous wound. His wound was dressed,
after which he was locked up on a charge
of intoxication, while Gernio was held on
a charge of assault.
DISCUSSING THE MATTER.
Electrieity for the L Roads in New
York.
NEW YORK, June 14.?Russell Sage was
asked today about a report that the Man
hattan Elevated Railroad Company had
contracted with the Westinghouse Com
pany for the electrical equipment of the
Manhattan railway. Mr. Sage said there
was no truth in the statement that a con
tract had been made, but it is a fact that
the Manhattan company is considering the
problem of operating the "L" roads with
electricity.
FRENCH "PATRIOTS** PROTEST.
Will "Wear Crape During: the Kiel
Celebration.
PARIS, June 14.?The League of Patriots
continues to organize meetings to protest
against the participation of France in the
approaching celebrations at Kiel in com
memoration of the opening of the Baltic
and North Sea canal. Placards have been
posted in various parts of the city calling
upon the inhabitants to display flags drap
ed with crape so long as the French ships
are at Kiel.
GREENHIT AND OTHERS.
Charged With Losing: Whisky Trust
Money in Speculation.
CHICAGO, Juno 14.?Receiver McNulta
has filed an additional bill against Presi
dent Greenhut, Herbert L. Terrell, Nelson
Morris, Wm. N. Hobart, Lewis H. Green,
Peter J. Hennessey, Warren H. Corning
and J. W. French, former directors of the
whisky trust, praying that the defendants
be made to account for $500,000 alleged to
have been lost in speculation.
To Study Effects of Alcoholism
ALBANY. N. Y., June 14.?Governor Mor
ton has decided to sign the bill providing
for the studying in the public schools of
the nature and effects of alcoholic drinks
and other narcotics in connection with
physiology and hygiene in the public
schools. .
Eight Prisoners Broke Jail.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N. J., June 14.?
Eight prisoners," one of them George Ste
fanke, an alleged murderer, escaped from
the Middlesex county jail at 2 o'clock this
morning. The fugitives had been confined
in two cells directly under the roof of the
jail.
The Norway-Sweden Crisis.
CHRISTIAN A, Norway, June 14.?M.
Svredrup, the leader of the Norwegian
moderates, who was asked by King Oscar
to form a new cabinet, has declined the
proposition.
Interior Department Promotions.
Vivian Brent of Maryland has been ap
pointed first assistant attorney In the In
terior Department, at $2,750 a year, in place
of Emory F. Best, who was yesterday ap
pointed assistant commissioner of the gen
eral land oillce.
Robert W. Hunter of Virginia has been
appointed assistant attorney, at $2,500 a
year, In Mr. Bient's place. Both appoint
ments are in the line of promotions for
skill and efficiency.
Fourth-Class Postmasters.
Twenty-five fourth-class postmasters were
appointed today, twenty-two of whom were
to fill vacancies caused by deaths or resig
nations.
ZH proof of ffk t's
in tfyc eattng. ^erfcr^ap'c
Jifar confatneb 51 cofumns
?f ?&?erft6emenf6, mafce up
?f 835 separate announce;
menf*. ?fitee n^tjerftsers
Bought pufificifg-nof merefg
space.
FOUR WERE KILLED
Bursting of a Boiler Wrecks a
Building.
TERRIBLE DISASTER AT FALL BIVER
Firemen Fought the Spread of the
Flames.
SCENES OF TEREOB
FALL RIVER. Mass., June 14.?Tho
worst catastrophe that has visited this
city since the granite mill fire occurred
this morning at the Langley harness shop",
a four-story building on County street.
A new boiler exploded in the basement
of the building, blowing out the entire end
ot the structure and allowing the upper
flcors to settle into a mass cf ruins. There
were about sixteen persons at work in
the shop.
Four were killed. Many are badly hurt.
Spread of tlie Flamed.
The flames communicated with the
ruins soon after the explosion and they
began to burn briskly. The firemen rushed
to the scene and exerted heroic efforts in
their endeavor to rescue the imprisoned
work people. Shrieks from the girls in
the ruins were mingled with the agonized
cries of their friends who had hurried
to the scene when the first news of the
catastrophe spread.
Ambulances were sent out hurriedly and
every physician who could be reached was
sent at once to the scene. The offices
and the houses in the vicinity were turned
into temporary hospitals.
At 0 o'clock the badly charred and scarce
ly recognizable body of a woman had Leen
taken from the rums. The fire had been
quenched, but it was still smoldering, and
the work of rescuing went on with great
difficulty.
A girl named Jall>ert, who worked on the
third floor, escaped, and says there was a
terrible report, followed by a shock, so
that the roof seemed to lift and then fall,
completely demolishing the whole build
ing. She and her sister-in-law were thrown,
into the middle of the road. The latter was
badly cut about the face and arms.
Ail" who were in the building at the time
of the accident are now accounted for.
Mr. Langley, the proprietor, is in a criti
cal condition, and has been removed to his
home for treatment.
The shock broke in the windows of the
Stafford mill, and injured several of tha
operatives. The harness r.hop is a totar
wreck, but the flames are under control.
The Star Music Hall has been made a
morgue, where Medical Examiner Dolan,
with a corps of physicians, is installed.
The engine was situated in the northwest
corner of the building, and was of fiftjr
horse power.
The list of dead is as follows: Adele Doe,
aged twenty; Leila Horton, aged seventeen
years; Adolph E. Bellefuelle, forty-five
years old; Robert Murray, aged twenty-one
years.
TO CONTROL PAPER MAKING.
A Great Trust Sal'd to Be Content*
plated.
NEW YORK, June 14.?The Press says a
great trust is forming, which will have for
its object the entire control of the wood
pulp paper making industry in the United
States. Nearly all the prominent paper
men are in the city, and a meeting will be
held tomorrow for the purpose of mapping
out a campaign. Among the principal
members of the trust are Messrs. T. S.
Coolidge of the St. George Paper Company,
F. P. Parks of Glens Falls, George Jerome
of Bangor, Me.; H. M. Knowles of Boston,
R. M. Burbank of the Burbank Paper Com
pany and Hugh J. Chisholm. They are ex
tremely reticent concerning their plans,
though they admit that they intend to com
bine and obtain control of the paper busi
ness.
It is claimed that a combination of in
terests will enable makers to manufacture
paper with gx'eater economy, and, conse
quently, more profit, although it is said to
be no part of the idea to raise'prices.
GOVERNMENT WAS BEATEN.
Railway May Run Through the Kick
apoo Reservation.
PERRY, Oklahoma, June 14.?The su
preme court of Oklahoma has handed down
a decision dismissing the appeal to the Uni
ted States government for an injunction
against the Oklahoma and Choctaw rail
road. This means that the construction of
the road will begin and be pushed to com
pletion at once. The people of Tecumseh.
Oklahoma, enjoined the railroad from
building through the Kickapoo reservation
unless they came through that town, which
is the place selected for a town site by the
United States government. Attorney Gen
eral Olr.ey joined Tecumseh in the ngiit.
The lower court dissolved the injunction
proceedings some weeks ago and the gov
ernment appealed. This appeal is dis
missed by the supreme court. The railroad
people propose to build a town of their
own.
TO KEEP PEACE.
Powers Did Not Intervene for Love of
I China.
I VICTORIA, B. C., June 14.?Letters to
the King Tai Company from Shanghai,
I give the news that the Russian, German
and French ministers in Pekin paid a joint
visit to the Tsung Li Yamen on May 23
and presented the following statement:
"The coarse taken by .he three powers
in giving advice to Japan by suggesting
she should not permanently occupy Liao
Tung peninsula was dictated merely by
the desire of those powers for a Listing
peace in the orient, but not to promote
any interest of the Chinese government, or
on account of their sympathy with China.
1 he Chinese government is, therefore,
warned not to misunderstand the object of
the three powers and thus to lely upon
them in the future in connection with af
fairs the settlement of which is now pend
ing." m
CONVICTED OF Ml'RDER.
Patrick Sheelian Found Guilty of
Saloonkeeper Garbs' Death.
JERSEY CITY, N. J., June 14.?Patrick
Shechan was today convicted of murder in
the first degree. Sentence will be passed
upon him tomorrow. Sheehan killed D. H.
Garbs, a saloon keeper at Bayonne.
Tlfi. Vice PrcwiUcnt nn LL.D.
CHICAGO, June 14.?At the commence
ment exercises of the Northwestern Uni
versity, held at the Auditorium last r.ight.
President Rogers announced that the hon
orary degree of doctor of laws was con
ferred upen A. E. Stevenson. \ ice Presi
dent of the United States. There was a
storm of applause from the 4,1* "> ueoplo
present when the annourcement was made.
Southern Railway IMrcctfir* Meet.
NEW YORK. June 14.?A meeting of the
Southern Railway Company directors was
held here today, at which the accounts of
the Richmond Terminal reorganization com
mute" up to April 5 were approved, and
the committee given further lime for ac
countirg to Decern Iter IS l*!k>. 1 resident
Spencer stated to the board the plans he
had made for securing an entrance into
the city of Norfolk.

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