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No. 13,374. WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1896-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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Small Boats.
CAPTATN PAINE'S ACCOUNT
BOSTON, January 14.-The Gloucester
fishing schooner Fortuna was sunk in a
collision with the Boston Fruit Company's
fruit stealter Barnstable, off Highland
light last night. Nine of the Fortuna's
crew were drowned,
Those lost are William Ackman, Robert
4 s, Harry NeFee, Thomas Stewart,
Crawford unach, Harvey Emeneau,' Simon
Devan, John Clark and William Tobin.
The first news of the dimter reached
the city on the arrival of the Barnstable
today, with fourteen survivors of the For
tuna's crew on board. From these men It
was leprued that the collision occurred at
about 7:30 p.m., when the vessels were
about four miles off Highland light. The
night was extremely dark and a lumpy sea
was running.
The Fortuna was bound for the Georges,
carrying a crew of twenty-three men, In
cluding the captain, John W. Greenlaw.
The schooner was on the starboard tack,
going at a good rate. The Barnstable's
lights were seen, but, knowing she had the
right of way, the schooner's course was
not altered until too late. - *
The steamer struck her well forward, cut
ting a deep hole, and the schooner began
to settle inmedIately. Before the boats
could be cleared she went down and the
crew were left struggling in the water until
fourteen of them were picked up by the
Barnstable's boats. The others had gone
down.
Capt. Paine of the Barnstable said to a
representative of the Associated Prers: "We
were about three or four miles. off Highland
Light, west by southwest, when we struck
the schooner right under her bow. We
were proceeding on our way, never dream
ing of the impending calamity, when sud
ienly we saw the starboard light of a ves
sel directly in our course.
"It seems as if the light had been covered
by the fnretackle, and the wind at that mo
ment had blown it clear, thus enabling us to
see the great danger we were in. The wheel
was hove around to port, but it was too late
to avoid the collision. We struck the For
tuna about three feet aft of the forerigging.
and she sank about four minutes later. We
Irstantly launched our boats and made
every effort to save the crew. We got four
teen of them, among whom was Captain
Greenlaw, but nine were drowned."
Captain Paine displayed much emotion as
he described the accident, and expressed
profound regret at Its fatal results.
The rescued men were properly cared for
o:. board the Barnstable, and immediately
'pon their arrival this morning were sent
to their homes in Gloucester by train. The
list sailors all shipped from Gloucester.
The Fortuna was a vessel of about 116
tons, and was insured in the Boston Marine
Insurance Company. Capt. Greenlaw was a
part owner. The other owners all reside In
Gloucester.
FORAKER TO SUCCEED BRICE.
Receives a Majority in Each Brameh
of the Ohlo Legislature.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 14.-J. B.
Foraker today in the senate received 2)
votes for United States Senator, Brice 6
and George A. Groot, populst, of Cleve
land. 1. The senate has 30 republicans.
Senator Porter was absent on account of
sickness in his family. The six democrats
-voted for Mr. Brice. The populist, William
M. Conley of Mercer, voted for Mr. Groot,
and Is the only populist ever elected to the
Ohio legislature. Gov. Bushnell and ex
Gov. McKinley were present.
Foraker's name was presented by Senator
John J. Sullivan of Trumbull, and seconded
by Senator Adolph Ruemer of Cincinnati.
Senator Hysell presented Mr. Brice's name.
In the house the vote stood-Foraker, 87;
Brice, 21; John H. Thomas, Springleld, 1;
Mr. Cage, 1; Judge Blandin of Cleveland,
1; Lawrence T. Neal, 1; all of whom, ex
cept Foraker, are democrats. Foraker re
eelved the full republican vote.
The two houses will vote in joint ballot
tomorrow.
PREPARING TO CELEURATE.
Third Amniversar'y of the Hawaiian
Revolution Aiproeching.
SAN FRANCISCO, January 14.-Advices
from Honolulu are to the effect that prep
aratlons are under way for the third cele
bration of the anniversary of the revolu
tion which overturned the monarchy. It
will take place on January 17, and the
prediction is made that the parole of ex
Queen Liliuokalani will on that day be at
an end, an-I that she will be granted a
full pardon. president Dole is said to have
informed a correspondent that the govern
scent hoped to see Its way to pardon the
ex-queen in a short time, and the third
anniversary* of her dethronement will, in
all probability, witness the last act in the
drama.
The ex-queen Is frequently seen driving
about the city and Is enjoying much better
health than at any p~eriod in the last three
years.
LOUISIILLE'S MAYOR DEAD.
Control of the City Government Give.
-to the Rlepubhneas.
LOUISVILLE Ky., January 14.--Henry
S. Tyler, mayor of Louisville, died at 7:45
o'clock this morning at his residence, 5th
and Oak streets. He had been Ill for about
five weeks. The cause of death was con
agesdon of the kidneys and uraemig poison
in. Mayor Tyler was forty-four years of
age and a native of Louisville. His death
give. control of the city government to
the repubik ans.
EXPERT ENGINEERS.
Consulting on the Subject of thme
Local Water Seppiy.
The board of expert engineers consider
lng the subject of ~the water supply of
Washington had a long session at the War
Department t' day. They will continue In
daily session until they have concluded theI
co'nsideration of the important questions
left to their determination by the chief of
en~gineers, the rirnclpal of which Is the
best method of increasing the water supply
of the city of Washington. The board In
epee-etedj the Lydecker tunnel yesterday, and
will prchably not ind it necssasry to make
It another visit. The boardl will pro'bably
be prepared to submit its, conclusions to
the chief of engineers In about a week or
ten days.
CAPITOL TOPICs.
The House Restaurant.
The House committee on public buiildings
and grounds today awarded the privilege
of conducting the House restaurant during
this Congress to Mr. Mcrgan D. Lewis of
Willard's Hotel The vote In the commit
tee 'was on party lines, the republicans
supporting Mr. Lewis and the democrats
indorsing Mr. Thomas J. Murrey, the pres
sat ineumbent.
POLITICIANS' SUPERSTiTIONS
They Are Oropping Oat in Democratic
National Convention Talk
Some Cities Considered as Hoodoos
How Personal Fortunes of Can
didates may Be Afected.
Politicians have their superstitions, and
some of these are cropping out now that the
contest is on among the cities competing for
the next democratic national convention.
One of the questions asked of a visiting
boomer is, "How is your town for luck?"
This invariably follows the fluestion about
hotel accommodations, hotel rates and a
guarantee fund. It so happens, too, that all
of the ecmpeting cities have records in the
matter of national conventions, and these
are being "drawn" ore after another on the
different committees as the fight warms up.
Some Hoodoo Cities.
"New York?" repeat the men who want
the convention held on the other side of the
Alleghanies. "We mustn't go there. Rtemem
ber Seymour and Blair, nominated there In
1868. The ticket was beaten out of sight,
and- the party all but annihilated. Then
think of Wall street, and of how the repub
lcans would shout all through the campaign
about the Wall street candidate and the
Wall street platform. If New York is se
lected let the funeral be arranged for at
once."
"Cincinnati?" repeat the New Yorkers.
"Have you gentlemen forgotten Horace
Greeley and Winfield S. Hancock, both nom
irated there? Aren't the fates of those two
men sufficient to proclaim the place a hoodoo
tLwn? Don't go to Cincinnati unless you
want to eat crow and wash it down with
Ohio river water."
"St. Louis?" New 'York, Cincinnati and
Chicago raise their voices In chorus. "We
nominated Tilden there in 1876, and Cleve
land there in 1888. Recall the results of
both campaigns, and be wise. St. Louis
couldn't bring us luck with the aid of four
teen rabbits' feet air tied together with a
bolt of yellow ribbon."
The Trouble With Chicago.
"Chicago?" The. lake city points to Cleve
land's nomination in 1884 and again in 1892
as evidence of what she cai. do for a candi
date who gets his commission within her
gates. "Yes,". reply the other fellows,
"but we don't want another close shave
like that of 1884, and as for 1492, the democ
racy Is not clear in her mind today whether
the result that year may be set down as a
winning for her. Things have happened
since that have givein her mixed feelings on
the s'zbject. She might not be able to sur
vive another winning like that. It may turn
out that she has not survived that. It is a
question in some quarters as to whether or
not we are alive today. We nust, of course,
affect animation if we have it not, and in
our doubt on that polat we ought to seek
the best quarters. No. 'no. Not Cnicago,
lest we be kept in doubt for a week, as in
1884, about whether wo have a majority, or
for three years, as since 1892. in an effort to
decide whether the man we have elected Is
a democrat." n *
Personal Fortunes of Candidates.
While no man's personal fortunes are be
ing thrown into the scale to influence the
decision, there is some informal discussion
as to that feature of the situation. New
York, it Is thought, would be favorable to
the candidacy of either Mr. Olney, Mr.
Whitney, Mr. Hill, or even Don M. Dickin
son. Col. Morrison and Mr. Stevenson
would fare equally wela at Chicago. St. Louis
or Cincinnati. Mr. Carlisle would flourish
Lke a green bay tree at Cincinnati, and ex
Governor Campbell would be well treated
there if he could be produced in fairly good
shape. As for Mr. Cleveland, like the sea
sons, he has all cities for his own. If a
fourth nomination for him is on the cards,
it Is conceded that it can' be as effectively
made in one placa as another. It will come
from influences that no one section could
successfully resist or materially advance.
It will be Kismet.
IS HARRISON OUT OF IT t
Sigaicant Remark by His Friend,
Ex-Senator Palmer.
From the New York Tribune.
Ex-Senator Thomas W. Palmer of Michi
gan, who is now in the city, had a long
conference with ex-President Harrison at
the Fifth Avenue Hotel yesterday. After
seeing Gen. Harrison, Mr. Palmer said:
"In my judgment, Gen. Harrison will not
be a candidate for the presidential nomina
tion."
This statement is regarded by politicians
as important on account of the close rela
tions of personal friendship that have long
existed between the ex-President and Mr.
Palmer. They served in the United States
Senate together and their intimacy was of
a marked character. After Gen. Harrison
became President, he intended that Mr.
Palmer should have a place in his cab
inet, and proposed that he should accept
the ost of Secretary of Agriculture. Mr.
Palmer, however, was bitterly opposed by
Gen. Alger and other Michigan republicans.
Mr. Palmer declined to place the President
in a position of antagonism to the domi
nant faction of the party in Michigan, andi
Gen. Harrison gave the portfolio to Gen.
Jeremiah Rusk of Wisconsin.
Gen. Harrison afterward appointed Mr.
Palmer minister to Spain. Their friendship
has since been continued without interrup
tion or impairment, and it was believed
last evening that the ex-President had con
fided his purpose to cx-Senator Palmer of
keeping out of the race.
LIKE ALL RUMORS.
Minister Hatch Discredits the Alleged
Hawaiian Secession.
Relative to the story that the Island of
Hawaii desires to secede, Minister Hatch of
the Hawaiian legation said to a Star re
porter today that he did not think there
was the s'ightest vestige of truth In it.
"The story," said Mr. Hatch, "is one of
those foolish yarns that drift up from Hono
lulu once in awhile. All we can do Is to
await the arrival of the next steamer for a
confirmation. By that time the story is for
gotten, and nothing more is ever heard of
"Hawaii is the largest island of the group,
and probably the most populous, as it is
nearly as ~large as all the rest put to
gether, although it contains but one
town of any iportance. I -fall to see any
possible mot~ve for secession, even if I put
any' credence in the rumor, but I hardly
think they are foolish enough to desire ser
eral different governments in the Hawaiian
Islands. All I can say is that I have not
had any communication from Holfolulu on
th~e subject, as I probably should hv a
if there was anything in it." eha
Promotions in the Navy.
The death recently of Commanders John
C. Rich and Louis Kingsley and the recent
retirement of Commander F. M..Barber,
nas~ai attache at Pekin, have resulted in
the following promotions in the line: Lieu
tenarnt Commanders WV. T. Swinburne, W.
H.- Emory and George A. W""'.at t-. '
commanders; Lients. A. B. Speyers,. E. S,
Prime and N. E. Niles to . mes
commandlers: Lieuts. ijunior grade)- John
Gibson, John Bell and J. A. Dougherty to
be lieutenants; Ensigns H. W. Whittlesey,
A. C. Dieffenbach and T. C. Fenton to be
lieutenants (junior grade).
N'avni Movements.
The flagship Philadelphia arrived at San
ta Barbara, CaL, yesterday, and the bat
tleship Indiana sailed from Newport today
TALK ON . PENSIONS
That Subject Occupies the Attention
of Both Houses.
DEBAE ON THE QEMTION OF RANK
The Regular Appropriation Bill
Continues in Discussion.
MR. MILLS' FINANCIAL POLICY
The Senate started today with a discus
sion of the bill called up by Mr. Lodge
(Masa.), granting a pension of $75 monthly
to the widow of Brigadier General
Coggswell, a Representative in Congress at
the t & e of his death.
Mr' Hill and Mr. Mills wanted information
as to the system pursued in granting these
special pensions.
Mr. Allen (Neb.) opposed the discrimina
tion shown in these pension allowances.
There was no rule, he said. The other day
a $50 allowance was made to the widow of
a brigadier general, and now a widow who
is without a family was to be allowed $75.
"I want to go on record," said Mr. Allen,
"as opposed to any distinction between the
widow -of the private soldier and that of
brigadier generajs, major generals or any
other generals."
Mr. Allen said it was the plain private sol
dier who met the brunt of the war. To hear
Senators talk it would be thought that
brigadier generals won the war. It was a
species of "namby pambyism and flunkey
islm." It was an un-American discrimina
tion.
Questionus of Rank.
Mr. Hawley (Conn.) suggested that the
world recognized questions of rank, even if
the Nebraska Senator did not. It recognized
the difference in rank between the Senator
from Nebraska and some country lawyer.
While eulogizing the services of the plain
soldier, Mr. Hawley pointed out that the
mortality among officers was greater thap
that among men in the ranks.
Mr. Hoar asked if Mr. Allen's logic would
lead him to approve placing the salary of
Gen. Miles, commander of the army, at $13
per month, the rate paid a private soldier.
"It Would doubtless measure the value of
his services in many cases," answered Mr.
Allen
Mr. Hoar asked if the Nebraska Senator
did not "pocket 3,000 a year, while some
poor constituent made only 75 cents a day."
"At least I pocket no more than $5,0^0,"
replied Mr. Allen suggestively.
"Except your mileage," added Mr. Hoar.
Mr. *Atllen said these Senators talked as
though God made some distinction between
the soldier and the general.
"Then who made the distinction?" asked
Mr. Hawley.
"You gentlemen make it," replied Mr.
Allen.
Mr. Thurston (Neb.) made his maiden
speech in the Senate in support of liberal
pensions. He spoke in resonant tones, and
with a force which brought out a ripple of
applause as he closed. He eloquently por
trayed the services of his deceased father
as' a plain soldier. He urged that the fol
lowers of Grant and Sherman and other
heroes of the war should have the amplest
pensions. This bill, instead of having its
allowance reduced, should serve to advance
the allowance of all who served in the war.
Mr. Thurston expressed satisfaction that
his first words in the Senate should be in
support of a pension.
Mr. Vilas said the Senate would certainly
show full justice in granting pensions.
But he pointed out that *certain peculiar
influences prevailed resulting in discrim
inations in pensions to widows of officers,
which bore severely' on the old soldiers, and
they felt it.
Mr. Lodge's Sharp Reply.
Mr. Lodge sharply resented Mr. Vilas'
suggestion of "peculiar influences." He de
clared that Mrs. Coggswell had never
sought a pension, nor had her friends. She
had sought employment. He (Lodge) had
himself urged this allowance as a matter
of common Justice. He was amazed at
these attacks and covert suggestions. "This
widow asks no pension." concluded Mr.
Lodge emphatically, "but Massachusetts
asks it for her."
Mr. Allen disclaimed all purpose of at
tacking the widow. The Massachusetts
Senator (Lodge) was never heard passion
ately in behalf of the plain soldier, but
when the blue blood was touched this
Senator grew eloquent.
A sharp and at times ainusing colloquy
occurred between Mr. Hawley and Mr.
Allen as to where the officers were during
the battles of the war. Mr. Allen insisted
that the officers were in the rear, usually
at elevated points. At times they were
three miles in the rear doing "stab duty."
Mr. Hawley contended that officers were
not expected to be in front of their ranks
when a volley was to be fired. He chal
lenged Mr. Allen to name one instance of
an officer remaining three miles in the
rear on "stab duty."
A roll call was had on Mr. Allen's mo
tion to reduce the allowance to $50. The
amendment was not agreed to, 23-36, the
democrats, with some exceptions, support
ing and all the republicans against.
The bill was then passed without divi
sion.
Foraker's Election Noted.
The Associated Press bulletin announcing
the election at Columbus. Ohio, of Mr.
'Foraker to the United States Senate was
received in the Senate and started a buzz
of comment among the Senators. Mr.
Sherman read the bulletin and nodded
his head approvingly. Mr. Brice was not
present.
Mr. Mills' Seven Deelaration.
A new phase of the financial question
was pres'nted by Mr. Mills in the form of
a resolution giving seven declarations of
policy, .substantially as follows: First,
agaist the retirement of outstanding legal
tender notes; second, favoring the coinage
of the silver bullion in the treasury; third,
the issuance of emergency legal tender
notes in the case of a deficiency; fourth,
against interest-bearing bonds; iifth, es
tablishing the policy of the -rnited States
In paying obligations in both gold ,.nd
silver; sixth, repudiating the theory that a
public debt is a public blessing; seventh,
urging the rapid extinguishment of the
national debt and the maintenance of the
sinking fund therefor.
Mr. Mills' resolution went- to the table
until tomorrow, when he will make uome
more remarks upon it.
A bill granting to the Atchison 'and
Nebraska Railroad Company and to the
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
Company a right of way across part of the
Sac and Fox Indian reservation was
passed.
Mr. Builer Against Bond Issues.
The bond-silver 1)111 was taken up at 2
o'clock, and Mr. Butler (N. C.) offered an
amendment prohibiting the issuance of in
tcrest-bearing bonds, and directing the
Secretary of the Treasury to pay in gold
or silver according to the market, values
of the coins.
Mr. Butler .spoke in opposition to bond
issues.
THE HOUSE.
The House went into committee of the
whole as soon as the journal had been ap
proved] today, and proceeded with the con
sideration of the pension appropriation bilL.
Mr. Northway (Ohio), who was first rec
ognIzed, replied at some length to the
criticisms offered by Mr. .Bartlett (N.Y.)
whether pensions were legaI gratuities
or c('nstituted vested rights. loraly they
were higher than vested rightsA0iTAld be.
The spirit In which penslonk' should be
given should be broad, catholic and
humane. The old veteran should not be
placed in the position of a mendleant. He
considered that the spirit In Which 'the
pension laws were now beingadminhitered
was manifestly unfriendly to the soldier.
In proof of this he cited the of a
soldier who had lost one arm one leg,
who was deprived of his penslb# under the
total disability act of 18M0 becaIs he was
able to earn $25 a month as guard at a rail
road crossing.
Reason for the Amendment.
In the case of widows, under the act of
180, the pension department rhiled that if
her Income exceeded S06 a yqar she was
not entitled- to a pension. A olhier's widow
should not be obliged to stan* shivering and
starving at the door- ot t2WVendion ofice
In order to obtain a penpion, and, therefore,
the pensions committee had seen. fit to report
an amendment to the present 1aw requiring
that as a condition precedent t64eceiving a
pension she should prove that her net in
come should not exceed 3500.
Mr. Hemingway (Ind.) favored the, adop
tion of the Graff amendmept prohibiting.
the suspension of pensions until fraud had
been proven in a United States 'court.
He predicted, amid republican kpplause,
that In November next the e would
elect a republican President who ould ap
point a loyal man from the north retary
of the Interior to administer -the pension
laws with justice and fairness t6 the old
soldiers.
STREET EXTENSION CASES
The Jury to Go on With the Qther Subdi
vision&
Meantise Owners Will Seek Relief
From Court to Court *ad Try to
Question the ValiiditS; of the Act.
It is probable that Thursday next Judge
Cox, in the District court, will listen to
argumenfts respecting the constitutionality
of the street extension act. As reported In
yesterday's Star, about all of the land
owners In case 419, In which the jury re
ported their findings to Jud*e Cox Satur
day, are dissatisfied with the v~dict, id
it Is understood that not Onfy'will they
ask that it be reversed or set odde, but
they will also question the vadiit of the
act under which the condemnitioneproceed
ings were instituted.
Mr. Nathaniel Wilson, repraeling' sv
eral of the land owners, todWp intimated
to Judge Cox that he would' MA the court
to. consider the matter ThesdW - next.
There Is little doubt of the Piesent ap
proving the act passed by Me House of
Representatives yesterday, prO44114 for En
appeal from the District cour*tio the Court
of Appeals. This right of [email protected] is se
eured to both the District ant to the land
owners, so whichever way , qfe Vox de
cides the question raising .the adity of
the street extension act, the- will
be carried to the appellate tri.~
Of course, there Is little d&uqlmt from
that court it will be carried to4ht United
States Supreme Court. Heide,4the ques
tion will',probably rermiln unageermLned
finally for months. Meantime, it Ia tli in
tention of the District, it issaid, to go on
with the remaining forty--five, uibdivisions
embraced within section' ope -.K the ap
proved plan of street exte si4e. with all
possible dispatch, so that in th4 event et
the law beiun finally sustainld Congress
will be then fully informed- as to the
amount required to be appropriated in pay
men; for the land condemned.
- Personal Mevition.
Ex-Congressinan J. J. Richardson, mem
ber of- the national democratic committee
fuom Iowa, Is at the Ebbitt, to attend the
meeting of the body Thursday.
A trio of prominent citizens of Memphis
at the Ebbitt consists of Judge S. P.
Walker, T. B. Turley and B. W. Sand
street.
Judge Thos. B. Bond of Lak port, Cal.,
is at the Riggs.
Col. Joseph H. Rickey has Wturned to
Washington from St. Louis. drs. Rickey
is with him, and they are at the Riggs
House. The colonel will do some speit
binding with the democratic committee in
behalf of having the convention held in
St. Louis.
A delegation at the Riggs House consists
of H. E. Queen of Covington, Ky.; V. A.
Puston and J. W. Fletcher of At. Joseph,
and J. P. Thrasher and 0. E. Fileld of
Benton Harbor, the latter being the mayor.
They are here to urge an appropriation for
the improvement of Benton Harbor, Mich.
The wife of Senator Shoup of Idaho and
Miss Lena Shoup have arrived at the
Normandie. 'Mrs. Joseph Glendenning and
Miss Bessie Glendenning of Salt Lake ac
companied them.
George Westinghouse, Jr., head of the
great electric company that 'bears his
name, is at the Arlington. Mrs. Westing
house will reach WashingOn next Satur
day. They will not occupy the Blane
mansion until about February la as certain
repairs are Incomplete.
Sir Henry Irving and Miss Ellen Terry
- are at the Arlington.
James Creelman, the newspaper corres
pondent, and Mrs. Creelman are at the
Arlington.
Gen. George R. Davis, director general
of the Chicago world's Columbian exposi
tion, is at the Arlington. He has complet
ed his report on the exposition, which will
embrace seven volumes, copiously illus
trated. Gen. Davis is here for the purpose,
it is understood, of securing action on the
part of Congress providing for the publica
tion of his report as a public doument.
Louis Felipe Carbo, the new minister
from Ecuador to the United -States, is at
the- Arlington.
Augustus St. Gaudens, the seulptor, Is at
the Arlington.
Liout. John S. King, medical *partment,
Is in the cIty on leave of a*
Gen. Vincent is acting adjtant general
today in the temporary abseanse' of Gen.
Ruggles.
Lieut. L. M. Garrett of the~'n~eavor is
In the city on . leave. He is stopping at
1006 Sunderland place.
Lieut. C. P. Shaw, retir44; 4s visiting
friends at 1319 Vermont avenue..
Commander McGowan hasyresoned his
duties at the Navy DepartInept- 'after .a
short absence on account df illness.
Edwin Barbour, who wasg e known
and popular here when. he Irseg ecretary
to the late Senator Barbo~, Is at the
Raleigh. He now resides in e1w'York.
Lieuit. F. S. Strong, U. S. A.) and Mrs.
Strong are at the Ebbitt.
Lieutenant. Colonel J. G. C. Leei'quarter
master generals department s at the
Army and Navy Club.
Captain W. S. Edgerly, seventh- cavalry,
is in the city on leave from' Maine State
college.
Post Chaplain C. W. Freeland is visiting
friends at 2418 14th street.
Al. Hayman, the manager of the' "Shop
Girl,"~ is at the Raleigh.
Bishop Walker of Dakota Is at the Eb
bitt.
Dr. H. J. Coleman of New York Is at the
Ebbitt.
Captain W. R. TiadalIl- of. the army is at
the Ebbitt. -.
*- Lieutenant Commander H. O~ . Colby,
commanding the. Blake, is in ~*e city, en
business beforearthe coast survey.
Mr. Thomas S.. .ry~rp th~ dead letter
office, formerly- of Sot'ejI Ind., hali'
presented to a ladlesf lUrrsociety- juf
that place a portion of his libr .
William M1. MorrIson, presl of the
board of county commlssloner(<ee
ick county, with his nephew, C. wtGilson
of Frederick City, paid a flying visit to
Mrs. James Bladen ot attal Hilt.
THE FARMERS' SIDE
Mr. Birney's Statement to the Sen
ate District Jommittee.
Unlawful to Force the Payment of
a License Tax.
OTHER DISTRICT MATTERS
Mr. Win. Birney, counsel for the Wash
Ingtcn Market Company, has sent to Mr.
McMillan, chairman of the Senate commit
tee on the District of Columbia, an answer
to the letter of the Commissioners of the
6th instant regarding the removal of farm
ers and gardeners from one point of B
street to another point on the same street,
Which, he says, seems to him to be mis
leading as to facts and the law.
Mr. Birney says the market company is
assailed from the beginning to the end of
the Commissioners' answer, and says:- -
"This continued assault was not called
for, and no pretext can be found for It,
either in the rsolution of the Senate or
your inquiry."
Mr. Birney says the Commissioners' an
swer failed to show that what was legal
on one part of B street was illegal on an
other. "The Commissioners demonstrate to
their own satisfaction that farmers have
no right to sell their own produce without
a license except from door to door; that if
they wish to stop in the streets and sell
they must have a vender's license, for
which, I believe, the fee is $23. This Is the
first time In the history of Washington
city that such an opinion has been de
clared by any official, and so far as I
know any lawyer. It is based, first upon
the absence of any law giving the farm
ers in express terms the right to stand
on the streets opposite the markets an-l.
during market hours; second, upon a strict
Interpretation of article 222 of the Revised
Statutes of the District of Columbia, prd
hibiting the occupancy of any public street
or public ground by any private personsor
for any. private purposes.
"By the same kind of logic the Commis
sioners might easily prove that no citizen
has the right to ride a horse sor drive a
vehicle or even walk upon any private
Oreet. Certainly there is no statutory
grant of such a right. For what purpose,
let me ask, other than a private one, does
any ClUtsn use the streets?"
The Telephone Companies.
In response to a Senate resolution, the
Commissioners have sent a communication
to Mr. McMillan, chairman of the Senate
committee on the District of.Columbia,
giving information regarding the Chesa
peake and Potomac Telephone Company in
the District of Columbia, the only tele
Vhone company here.
"There are two additional companies now
seeking to do business in the District of
Columbia," the Commissioners say, "name
ly, The Standard Telephcne Company of
Washington and Baltimore City and The
Home Telephone Corrany of Washington
City. ,
"The presiderit of this company," Com
missioner Ross says, "Informs me that the
company has secured contracts from over
-3.5) business men in and around Washing
ton to use its system for three year's."
The Water Supply.
Capt. D. W. Gaillard, corps of engineers.
in charge of the Washington aqueduct, will
appear before the Senate committee on the
District of Colunibin, some day next week
to make a statement of the condition of the
uater supply of 'this city, together. with
means for Increasing and Improving the
character of the supply.
THE RED CROSS WILL GO. g
The Society Will Rely on Treaty Ob
ligations.
Although the notice to the Red Cross
Society that it will not be permitted to dis
tribute relief in Turkey did not come to it
in official for in, it is taken at the head
quarters L.cre as a sufficient indication of
the purpose of the Turkish government.
Now the society, It is explained, did not
initiate the movement for the relief of the
sufferers in Armenia. but simply expressed
a willingness to undertake to act as a dis
tributing agent if the American public de
sired it and the means v:ere forthcoming.
Ir asmuch as the Turkish government has
signified Its purpose to exclude the society
or any other agent of relief it now remains
for the national Armenian relief committee
at New York to take the next step, If It
is desired to carry forward the work.
A dispatch from Chicago states that Mrs.
C. E. Gross, a member of the Red Cross
Society, when informed of the announce
ment made by- the Turkish legation, said:
"The Turkish government has a treaty witi
the.Red CIoss Society which will give Miss
Barton free entrance to Armenia and pro
tection while she is at work there. This
was the reason the missionaries asked to
have her sent there. They all knew the
goverr.ment would not dare molest her or
interfere with the work of the Red Cross.
Miss Barton will positively sail on the day
which has been set -end anrnounced. She
did not undertake this work without know.
Ing every turn which affairs might take,
and no announcement frcm the Turkish
legation will stop her. The Red Croeg does
not go into forlorn hopes, and this move
ment wili be. carried through."
Can Do Little.
Senator Cullom of the Senate foreign
relations committee and chairman of the
subcommittee on Armenian affairs, said to
day he did not see what action the United
States could take in the matter of the
exclusion of the Red Cross from Turkey.
Any government has the right to exclude
persons from Its territory. It is a right
which all nations reserve, the IUited States
as well as others.'
-Senator Culla says that there Is little
that Congress can do in the matter of Ar
menian outrages except to express horror
of the outrages and direct the Secretary
of State to communicate the action to the
Turkish government.
Yesterday Miss Rebecca Krakorian, an
Armenian, called on Senator Cullom and
made a statement of the conditions exist
ing there. She .claimed that this govern
mient should stop the slaughter of Armen
lans. The missionaries which have been
sent to Armenia, she argued, have taught
the people Christianity and made them
selves and their pupils the subjects of Turk
ish hatred. It is row no more than right,
.she said, that the - people of this country
protect the missionaries and the converts.
FINANCE, NOT WAR.
Today's Cabinet Meeting Was Marked
by the Absence , of Secretary Olney.
All of the members of the cabinet were
present at the regular meeting today ex
icept Secretary Olney. The latter came to
the White House early, and had an Inter
view with the President, lasting for half
an hour, before the cabinet assembled, andJ
then returned to the St'ate Department,
where he had an appoinment with Senator
Sherman, the chairman of the Senate com
mittee on foreign relations. This would
seem to indicate that foreign 'affairs did
not come up for consideration at. the npeet.
ing. It is generally understood that the
financial situation is engaging most of the
attention of the President and his advisers
at the present tinma
NATIONAL BANK ELECTIONS
Dixecter homsen in leady AU Thes In
ttu ions in the Distrio
in Most Instances the Old Boards Were
Re-Eleeted-XNumber Reduc
ed In One Case.
Most of the national banks in the District
elected their directors for the ensuing year
today. The results were as followS:
National Metropintan.
John W. Thompson, Wa. Thompson.
Nath'l Wilson. Henry A. Willard. James E.
Fitch, J. Ormond Wilso. Norval W. Bur
chell, S. H Kauffmann, W. B. Gurley.
Second NationaL
M. G. Emery, M. W. Beveridge, W10. F.
Mattingly, Lewis Clephane, Geo. W. Pear
son, W. W. Burdette, Samuel Fowler, A. A.
Thomas, Simon Wolf, E. E. Jackson. Chas.
Schneider.
Limee..
Wn. E. Abbott. Job Barnard. C. H. Bur
gess,Augustus B. Coppes, H. Bradley David
son, Edw. W. Donn, George T. Dearing, W.
S. Hoge, Peter Latterner. T. A. Lambert. W.
D. Sullivan, Burr R. Tracy, Richard A.
Walker, G. Taylor Wade, J. B. Wilson.
These directors will meet to choose general
olflcers Thursday next.
Columbia.
Chas. B. Bailey, W, E. Barker, C. C. Dun
canson, John Joy Edson, Albert F. Fox,
John B. Larner, Benj. F. Leighton. Frank
B. Noyes, E. S. Parker, M. 3. Parker, 0.
G. Staples, George Truesdell, B. H. Warner,
H. K. Willard and S. W. Woodward.
Washington Loam and Trust Compamy
Charles B. Bailey, A. L Bprber. Wn. E.
Barker, R. N. Batchelder, Charles Bam,
John R. Carmody, John 3. Clapp, Augustus
Crane, jr., Horace S. Cummings, J. J. Dar
I;ngton, James T. DuBols, John Joy Edson,
Albert F. Fox, James Fraser, William B.
Qurl4y, John A. Hamilton, John B. Larner,
Theodore W. Noyes, Isadore Saks, N. H.
Shea, Ellis Spear, Frederick C. Stevens,
John A. Swope, George Truesdell, B. H.
Warner, A. A. Wilsan, Louis D. Wine, S.
W. Woouward, A. S. Worthington e< H.
K. Willard.
The Taders' Bank,
William Barnum, Wm. H. Butler. Ed
ward F. Droop, Wm. A. Gordon, Geo. C.
Henning, Wm. IL McKnew, Samuel Mad
dox, Richard E. Pairo, Isadore Saks, Emil
G. Schafer, Samuel S. Shedd, Emmons S.
Smith, Marvin C. Stone, John T. Varnell,
Beriah Wimrins
National CapitaL
John E. Herrell, Thomas W. Smith, I
bert Carry, Allen .C. Clark, Charles G.
Dulin, B. B. Earnshaw, H. A. Griswold,
George F. Harbin, W. P. C. Hazen, P. J.
Lockwood, W. H. Marlow. H. C. McCauley.
George F. Pyles, J. W. Whelpley. Samuel
H. Walker.
Bank of the Repubtle.
An amendment to.the by-laws, reducing
the number of directors from nine to seven,
belil adoDted.- 1blowing, all members
of the old board, were 14-ectd directors
of the National Bank of the Republic:
Daniel B. Clarke, A. A. Wilsoni, Ge. B.
Lemon, W. J. Sibley, John E. Huerre, J.
M. Wilson and Thos. E. Waggamamr The
number of directors was reduced because
of the death of Director 0. C. Green and
the removal from the city of Director Geo.
Ryneal.
Farmers' and Meehanies.
Henry M. Sweeny, S. Thomas Brown.
Philip May, M. J. Adler, A. B. Jackson,
Louis D. Wine. George W. Casel, S. C.
Palmer and C. H. Craigin. The board will
held a meeting and organize on Thursday.
Central National mank.
Clarence T. Norment, H. Browning, 0.
T. Thompson, W. B. Webb, Levi Wood
bury, F. P. May, T. J. Mayer, Edward
Graves, James B. Clark, W. K. Menden
hall and James S. Edwards.
Bank of WashiMn.
Charles A. James, James L. Norris, C.
W. Howard, W. F. Mattingly, Robert Port
ner and Charles E. White.
West End.
F. C. Stevens, R. N. Batchelder, John V.
Barrosa, Horace S. Cummings. John R. Car
mody. W. R. Wilcox, John A. Carson, John
H. Magruder, Wn. B. Hibbs, T. E. Roessle,
George E. Emmons, John F. Vogt, A. P.
Fardon, James R. Ellerson and John H.
Moore.
Real Estate Title Board.
The old board of diregtors of the Real
Estate Title Company were re-elected, as
follows: M. Ashford, L 0., Holtzman. E. G.
Davis. C. C. Duncanson, E. Francis Riggs,
William Galt, Charles B. Bailey. A. F. Fox.
George W. Pearson.
. CAPITOL TOPICS.
An International Dank.
The House committce on bankingr and
currency has considered the project for
an internat.onal American bank which was
one of the recommendations of the pan
American congress, and Wras largely the
idea of the late James G. Bilaine. Among
the would-be incorporators are Cornelhus
Bliss and Charles R. Flint of New York. T.
Jefferson Coolidge, Andrew Carnegie, J. S.
Clarkeson, P. D. Armour arA . M, . Estee of
California. The bill puts the capital stock
at V,0,00,. and authorizes the hank to
act as the dnanicial agent of any govern
ment, state or municipality, or corpora
tion; to handle bonds, etc., but bars it
from issuing notes to circulate as money in
the United States.
Controller Eckels addressed the commit
tee, stating that he favorel the establish
meat of such a bank under proper re
strictionis.
Comimodore William T. T. Hughes 4 New
York, S. C. Neill and Charles J. Bell ex
plained the details of the plan.
In Regaitd to Rear Admiral Meade.
Mr. Mahany (N.Y.) has submitted to the
House a joint resolution recounting the
patriotic services of Rear Admiral Richard
W. Meade, who voluntarily retired from ac
tive duty in the navy May 20e, 1603, and
tendering to him the thanks of Congress
with such appropriate testimonials as cus
tom and usage in such cases prescribe.
MAJOR CHARLES ALLENt.
He Wili Relieve Major Davis of the
Duty of Imiproving the River Pront.
Major Charles J. Allen, corps of engineers,
reported to Gen. Craighill, chief of engin
gers, at the War Department, today, in
pursuance of orders recently issued, to re
lieve Major C. E. L. B. Davis, corps of en
gineers, of a large portion of the duties
now in his charge. These dutles include
charge of the improvement of the Potomac
river and Eastern branch In the vicinity
of Washington: the survey, plan and esti
mate of cost of a bridge across the East
ern branch near the foot of South Capitol
street; the repair of the Aqueduct bridge;
the- river and harbor works .in Virginia, and
charge of the defenses at Forts Washingr
ton and Foote on the Potomac river. Major
Dsvia was also in charge of the Washing
ton aquedut'ntil recently, when he was
relleted~ of that- special duty by -Capt. D.
D. Galitard, the officer who had been more
directly in -charge of the Lydecker tunnel
Inspeoan.
1 you want todays
news today you can Ind
it only in The Str.
TWO CUBAN RUMORS
Frames to Recogis the Inusgemt
far a caM..iaiT ty.
Em nuz M Eam nuz
England to Loan Spain Money aid
Take the Custom House.
SOLICITUDE IN WASHINGTOT
Within the past sdxty hours the Cuban
situation has ammn a ompleWon of
somewhat serious importance to the Uted
States if the a afoat an tres. Et
was reported last week that the reeen
tatives of the Cuban goverument had re
ceived overtures from France lehklug to
the arrangement of plans whereby the
French republic would recognine the lights
of the belligerents in the Island: The lnvi
tation. it was aid, provided for the rcep
tion of a comass=o from the Cuban gov
ernment. equipped with fmn autherity to
enter Into a broad recipreity treaty be
tween France and Cuba In retarn for the
recognition of the latter by the European
republic.
To Centeel tEe uboaad'I Trade- .
An stated here, this treaty was intemded
to be even more generas tMan anything of
the khN ever entered into between natmems,
and was to be practicaly the esabahment
of free trade between the Conte.es,
France thus to secure a virtual mepeyss,
of the Cuban tobaceos and sOr tes.
T=e negotiations are sti in PeWgr At
Enuland to Loam. sam aimry.
Another and more serious part at the
complicated condition, however. is teVmd in
the statement being freely amade that Ene
land has otered to give 8 sin maother 1en
coupled with previsions that am extra
ordinary. The provisons under which Xkg
land is aid to have oeered to eaUM the
depleted' eachequer of Spals nd enable
her to continue the war agmainT the rwaeta
tionas. are that she is to take osse..io.
of the various castom houes of Cuba and
hold them as a security for te paymnta
of the interest and prteI et the le0n.
It is pointed out that no O cnm"y.
and partieularty do- United taes, seadt
object to ngland thas tarng po..ur.
of the custom houses, a- she W10ul hel
them mterely as a creditor. just as ohe Ad
the custom house at Crtato, Nicaragua.
recently. which she oedmma in order to as
sure the payment of the am=nifmy, and
which she held untl that debt w paid.
This sovernment did not interpose any
objection to the course of D0laned A that
Irstance, even when the Cott c1stom
house was forcibly taken, and it Is held
that the United States could nat objeet. if
it desired to. to Great Britain's centrut
the Cuban peas whe It
fr Ia mutual larement
and Spain.
Te Interest in meal asene.
Naturatw thise pha e I th 'o I
receiving thoughtful attematift 1h A aea
circles, and, coupled a ith the growing s
timent all over the country and an increaus
ing belief on the part of Representatives
and Senators that thq war being prosecuted
by the revolutionists is so.maltug mre
than a mere upridag, there are many who
telieve that politicai eigemaeos," as they
are called, cannot very long withhOld tie
recognition of the Cubans rights as bet
ligerents by -the United States.
Those who ale open and ardent in their
demand for such action point out that the
Spanish governamt is evidently poweres
to put down the revolutie., and that any
bargalp with England whida wod ge
her another possession In the West s
which would be practioly the emit Ot
taking possession of the Cuban ports, a
be an additidnal menace to the Sweeriglnty
of the United States in the American conti
nent. It in considered hihls probable.
tb~ore, that Cuba ant Its aEsira' will ae
ctagreat deal more attention by thme
aministration and Congress than hmain
hitherto the case.
A Cnarm nepeeneeaitve en the Sub.
Mr..Gonsma do Quesada, who isone of the
Cuban represtatives here, in ecmpany
With President Palma. was ased lay a Star
reporter today if there was ay feo
for the rumor. thqt Ftanee was rngUngsm
with the Cuban revolutionists to rem"Ten.
them as benemgment. In return Sir a red
precity treaty with their government when
it was genanly established. Mr. Ammme amid
that he did not feel at liberty to say any
thing on that subject, eqeafl., in the ab
sence et President Palsma.
In relation to Spain entering into nego
tiations with Engfl regarding the oma
torn houses of the slsdMr m. Qussala, eaB
ed attention to the visit of meme repreemta
tives of an Anglo-P4each syndicate to Cua.
several months before the revolution. Car
the purpose of ascertaining the condion
of the Island, and see if it was advisable to
make any loan. Mr. Quesmaa said that the
representatives reported that same meet ot
home rule must be given to the Cubans,
otherwise revolution would came. This Ned,
he continued, to so-called retiorms gronrad
by the Spanish government. and the qsm
a paragraph from a paphlet pse
by the Cuban committee ton rne
title ago in explanain of themn.
The paragraph states thtat under a grieat
pressure the Spantih Cortes granted what
is known as the Abersusa law with re
gard to Cuba. which provided for a haoese
of representativem In Cuba at thiirty mem
bers, of which fifteen we to he ekseen
by election and fifteen by the Saiseh gay
ernent.
"The captain general, as chairmsan, with
the decisive vo and right et vetn," men
the npamnhlet. "was authorined to Moims
any af far as tem of the mnembsers, and the
house was to continue nevertheless s it
complete.
"As a matter of course the fifteen me.
bers appointed by the governament would he
men ready to do anything ordered by the
captain general, and as. besides, he could
dismniss as far as ten at any tie.e it desn
not require much perception to understand
that the Introduction of the maid house
would have rendered the conditions of Cu
bans mnore desperate even, if possible. Aag
so it would have been had the refolatima
not broken out, because already a eactnt
transaction was on the way thema the Spi
ish government to raise a'loa ot Gsmaama
guaranteed by the Cuban emm housn6
and approved by the said house of repre
sentatIves. On account of the revolution
the transaction fell through."
"As that pamphlet was written In [en
don," maid Mr. Quesada. "the waiter neces
sarily had to be vague in his stateaments at
the other parties to the transaction, but ft
Is generally understood that England em
to have advanced the funds."
LIKEEL 'W BE PAS.m
gerespects of the Maupim Alnti-Gan.
hWing BURE
Spei Disiutch to the F.reaing ftar.
IRICHMOND. Va., January 14.-It ha -s
more than likely that the Maugin a e
gambling bill preliting the .e.ag at
pcols pad booakmaking tn the state will ho
cae a law. The cmmittee en ----*ta
cities and towns this miening dadmed IS
report the bill favorably, without aemru

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