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WASHINGTON, D. .,. WEDNESDAY ?lBUARY 26, WELVE PAGES. TWO C
DEAD IN HIS OFFICE I
Suicide of Joseph A. B-own at Nun
KE JE= wI CMMT8BISTOAT
$-Bull" Hickey of Chicago Killed by
a Butcher. b
TRAGEDY IN SAN FRANCISCO t
MUNCIE, Ind., February 26.-Joseph A. u
Brown, e-ncity clerk, real estate and in
surance agent, a prominent Odd Fellow, i
Red Man and 0. A. R., was found dead in 1
his ofice by his son this morning at 3 a
'cloc'k. A bullet had been sent entirely 1
through his head, causing instant death.
He leaves a large estate to his second wife.
Suicide in a Motel.
NEW TORX, February 26.-George Wat
son, sixty-seven years old, a walthy re
tired clothing merchant of Newark, N. J.,
but who has lived with his wife and son
since last October at the Gilsey House,
commtted suicide there today by cutting <
his throat with a razor. No reason for his <
act Is known.
NEWARK, N. J., February-26.-Mr. Wat- 1
son was the senior member of the firm of
George Watson & Son, clothiers. of 7ir2 and
'.4 Broad street, this city. Watson for
two months past had been residing at the .
Gilsey House in New York with hs wife
and his son George. Clarence Watson, the p
son, who has been conducting the clothing
business in Newark, could give no reason
why his father should commit suicide. He
said the busines was good, and that his
firm was making money. Watson further
stated that the reason that his father haua
not visited the stoie was bezause he had J
an idea that they were not getting much
business. This might have caused Watson
to kill himself.
IN A DEADLY RAGE.
*aeeb Dietsel of Chicago Shot His
Daughter and Himself. t
CHICAGO, February 20.-In a fit of rage n
today Jacob Dietzel, sixty-eight years of 1
age, shot his daughter, Mrs. Henry Ohner,
and then shot himself, inflicting wounds a
which in both cases will probably Irove e
fatal. Dietzel was once In prosperous cir
cumstances, but of late years has been de- 3
pendent upon his children for support, and
their frequent taunts on his conditon, it
is said, was ;he cause of the crime.
11LLED THE DESPERADO. d
"Blal" Miekey Tried to Rob a Chi
CHICAGO, February 26.-Edward Hick
ey, well known in police circles as "Bull"
Hickey, lost his life last night In an at
tempt to "hold up" F. Haas, proprietor of &
a meat market on Oakley avanue. Hickey d
entered Haas' place of business, and while C
the latter's back was turned seized him by e
the throat and threw him to the floor. A
terrific struggle ensued, during which the r
butcher managed to grasp a long bladed
knifo, which he plunge'l into the desper- a
ada's side. Two "pals '' who accompanied c
him escaped. t
Shot Down Mim Wife.
SAN FRANCISCO, February 26.-Nico- S
las Claussen. a baker, shot and killed his r
wife last night at No. 13 Everett street, at
the house of a friend named Foley, where
Mrs. Claussen was apparently hiding to f
escape the wrath of her husband. Claus- n
sen entered Foley's house with a pistol in N
his hand, and told his wife that he was t
going to shoot her, but she begged for her n
life, and he put the pistol in his pocket a
and started to leave the room, but when b
he reached the door he pulled the weapon I
from his pocket, and, rushing at his wife, I
fired three shots, two of which entered the I
body near the heart and the third striking a
her in the arm. She died immediately. r
Claussen was taken into custody. The wo
man was the mother of three children and
was very comely.
One Dead, the Other Insensible. I
NEWCASTLE, Pa., February 26.-Max
Thompson, superintendent of the Raney &
Berger furn;Ace, was found in his ofilee
this morning insensible, and lying dead on
the floor near him was Mrs. Carlisle, wife
of a well-known citizen. The woman had
evidantly been dead several hours. It Is
supposed that they were asphyxiated.
Thompson is a married man. His recovery
is doubtful. 'l
FIRM AT READING.
Less of $UO,000 Caused by the Flames
READING, Pa., February 2&.-The four
story building at 8th and Oley streets, oc
cupied by the Star Machine Screw works,
Joseph McConnell's nickel plating and bi
eycle works and A. J. Brumbach's fac
tory, was destroyed by fire early today.
with all the contents. The loss will reach
150,000. Over 2-4) persons were thrownt
out of employment. The origin of the fire a
Less of $100,00 at Port Huron. (
PORT HURON, Mich., Feboruary 26.-The
Bryce block, occupied by Melsel Bros., dry
gcocds, and M. 0. Young, shoes, burned
this morning; loss, $100,000; insurance,
The fire originated in Young's store in the
basement. The adjoining buildings were a
only slightly amaged.
TO RCOVER MANY ACRES. 1
6vernment Suits to Re Brought
Against the Central Pacile.
SAN FRANCISCO, February 25.-The
United States district attorney ham received I
telegraphic orders from Washington to
commence suit against the Central Pacific
Railroad Company without delay to re
cover 9,66 acres of land in Butte, Butter,
Tehama, Yuba and Shasta counties, valued
at the present time at close upon 5,U0u,0U.
The claim of the government to a portion
of the land it seeks to recover is based
upon the allegatiofi that it was 'erroneously
ptented to the Oregon and California A
aiway Company, a predecessor of the
FLOATED TUE LaUINGTIO1.
The British Fruit Steamer Deing
Towed to New York.
NEW YORK, February 2.-The steamer
Lamington, which went ashore off Lone
MIlD life saving station the night of Feb
ruary 4, was floated at high tide today.
She was takena in tow for this port imme
diately. The extent of the dtamage she has
austained cannot be ascertained until an
9=aminnataon In dry doek. The Lamington
is a BrItish vessel, was loaded with fruit
from Mediterranean ports. While aground
she was buffeted by two storms, In a lo
eslity which has come to be-known as a
"ship's graveyard," from the number of
eraft which, gseunding there, have .been
knooked to pieces by the waves.
MOUNT HOLLY, N. J., February 21A-An
everturned kerosene oil lamp set fire to
the realtenee of Dr. R. BL Parsons last
t.Intying to etuuih the flames
a. o say urnd tat
ENGLAND AND VENEZUELA
fodification of Great Britain' shim Grow
ing Out of the Uruan Incident.
lo Change of Venesuela's Attitude
Vpon the General Settlement of
the Boundary Question.
It is regarded as probable that there will
e a satisfactory settlement between Eng
and and Venezuela of the trouble growing
ut of the Uruan incident. There is ground
or the belief that Englanid has modified
be terms of her demand of damages for
he arrest of Guianan police by Venezuelan
uthority. The first demand was based
pon the claim of violation of territory by
he Venezuelan authorities in making the
.rrest. This claim involved the whole
*undary dispute," in as much as the exist
nee of damages was made dependent upon
he validity of the British claim to the ter
itory in which the arrest occurred. i'or
his reason the Venezuelan government re
used to recognize the demand, which was
made through the German minister to Ven
The Demand Mqdiled.
There are reasons to believe that the de
3and has been so modified as to make the
laim not dependent upon the territorial
uestion, but as to place It on the general
round of damages to a British subject,
rhich might be claimed if the arrest had
ccurred anywhere within the undisputed
erritory of Venezuela. This modification
rill make it possible for Venezuela to cn
ider the claim without compromising her
osition as to the boundary dispute.
When the arrest occurred a claim was
iade for damage to household goods and
'enezuela promptly paid the small amount
laimed in the case of one individual. It
ras then said that there were other dam
ges of a character to make a valid claim
egardless of the question of territorial
urisdlction, but the amount of the claim
ras never stated. It is agreed by Venez
ela that circumstances m ght exist under
rhich an arrest of a fore!gner even in
'aracas might involve damages. With the
laim made for damages on account of the
Truan affair modified so as to exclude the
Lrritorial question, they will be ready to
ike up the question and give an oppor
unity for it to be shown if any damages
rere incurred, and if so, how much.
The matter being presented In this new
spect will, it is believed, greatly facilitate
peaceable settlcment of the whole Ven
o Change on the Boundary Question.
In this connection it may be said with
uthority that there has been no change in
he attitude of Venezuela, either in the
irect matter of the settlement of the
oundary question or in that of opening up
iplomatic relations with Great Britain.
[either is there understood to be any effort
n the part of the United States to induce a
hange of position. It is only upon an en
Ire change of the grounds of the damage
laim In the Uruan affair that the British
emand will be considered, and only upon
rreat Britain signifying a willingness to
nter into negotiations for the arbitration of
be whole boundary question will diplomatic
elations be resumed. Attention is called
3 the fact that Venezuela has held out
gaInst Great Britain heretofore, when this
Duntry was not taking any active part in
,e matter, and the suggestion is made that
enesuela would not be apt to change to a
Gs firm position, now that the United
tates has taken a hand to enforce the Mon
3e doctrine, and all the sister republics are
The talk about a joint commission has
ot excited any interest among those in
Drmed on the subject here, and no settle
ient directly between Great Britain and
renezuela is expected before the comple
[on of the work of the United States com
;ission. The statement that Great Britain,
a well as Venezuela, will be represented
efore the commission by a special agent
o see that the British side of the question
i properly presented is confirmed. This
n-dcates a disposition to await the report
f the commission before entering into di
ect negotiations for a settlement.
Favorable Aspect in the Case.
The favorable aspect In the case is found
s the .vidence of a strong sentiment In
'reat Britain in favor of arbitration, which
s expected to have come influence upon
.ord Salisbury, and in the alleged modifi
ation of the Uruan claim and in the qual
led participation in the work of the com
ORGANIZED FOR THE CAMPAIGN.
he Democratic Congressional Com
mittee Preparing for Work.
Tne .kmoeratio congressional committee
aving beer. permanently organized for the
pproaching campaign, with Senator
'aulkner as chairman and Mr. Lawrence
Ardner as secretary, proposes to begin ac
ve work at once, and headquarters will
e opened in Washington within the next
&w days. The completion of the member
hip of the body, which is in charge of a
pecial committee, consisting of Represen
Ltive Hutcheson of Texas, chairman; Ben
ter Mitchell of Wisconsin and Represen
mtives Wheeler of Alabama, Maddox of
loorgia and Dockery of Missouri, will be
he subject of a report to be made to a
meeting of the whole committee, which will
e held rtext Monday evening. The sub
ommittee, of which Represenlative WII
am A. Jones of Virginia is chairman, and
s which was referred all questions relat
ig to finances, including the selection of
treasurer, will also make its report,
rhich, it is understood, will embrace a
omprehensive plan of securing funds for
he campaign expenses. The work of se
uring statistics from the various congres
lonal districts has been going on uninter
uptedly since the last election, under the
lrection of Mr. Gardner, and the commit
ee will begin this campaign with a better
nowledge of the exact conditions in the
everal states than it has in former years.
AN EXPERMENTAL TANK.
leeretary Herbert Thinks it Should
Be at the Old Observatory Grounds.
Secretary Herbert has written a letter to
Etepresentative Hilborn of California In re
:ard to the establishment in thls city of a
node! tank for the United States navy.
'Believing," he says, "that the construction
if an experimental tank of the character
proposed in H. R. 4045 would be of great
mae and benefit to the navy, the department
oncurs in the opinion of the bureau of con
truction and repair, and recommends the
pili in question to the favorable considera
ion of Congress. With regard to the loca
ion of such a tank, it appears, upon In
juiry, that for want of room It could not be
stablished at the Washington navy yard;
mut it Is thought that the old observatory
prounds, which form a government reserva
:ion and are under the control of this de
artment, would be a suitable place for its
onstruction. In any event, if the bill here
a referred to becomes a law, the depart
nent will be glad to find a location for the
onstruetlon of the tank.*
Congressmen Visit Carlisle SokooL
About two weeks ago the superintendlent
if the Carlisle, Pa., Indian school Invited
he members of the House commiittee on
ndian affairs to make their annual inspec.
ion of that institution. A maiority of the
onnandte left here today with piembers
if their fainiman and will robabi'rotutn
FREE LIBRARY BILL
Hearing Before the House District
THE BOARD OF TRADE EASURE
Necessity for Such an Institution
Here Fully Shown.
A FAVORABLE OUTLOOK
The House District committee gave a
hearing th a morn.ng upcn the b.ll providing
for a free circulating library, the pro
visions of which measure have been pub
Kshed heretofore in The Star.
Gen. A. W. Greely tirst addresse4 the
coumittee, fqvoring the bill, with certain
amendments. Gen. Greely said he repre
sented the Washington City Free Library
recently orgarized by public subscription,
now containiug 4,100 volumes. He said the
support which has already been given this
lilirary accentuates the necessity for an
adequate free circulatiTg library. He felt
that the promoters of the Washington City
Free Library should receive recognition for
their work, and to this end he offered an
amendment providing that the Washington
City L'brary shall be received as a part of
the library organized under the pending
bill, stating that the trustees have unani
mously voted to turn its books over to the
proposed public library. He also proposed
an amendment provid ng that the assistant
librarians shall be appointed after profes
sional examination by the board of trus
Mr. T. W. Noyes' Address.
Mr. Theodore W. Noyes. representing the
library committee of the board of trade,
then addressed the committee. He said that
in this bill the people of Washington asked
to be placed on an equal footing as far as a
free library was concerned with other in
tell:gent and progressive communities. Ac
cord:ng to library statistics, the people of
Washington have a greater number of
books per cap:ta, in their city than those
of any othsiT American community, but ac
cording to cold fact they have the actual
enjoyment of fewer books per capita than
the people of many of the villages of the
United S.tates. The million bozks in the
congressional and departmental libraries
are .iaccessible as circulating libraries, and
in the evening to the general public, and
the average Washingtonian is tantalized
with the sight of what he cannot enjoy. It
is another case of "Water, water every
where, nor any drop to drink."
Al. Nyed said tonat what :s needed is a
tax-supported circulating library, with read
ing rooms open in the evening as wel as
during the day. Since 1850 the library sup
ported by the municipality as an adjunct
to the public schools ha been recognized as
the only true public library in the modern
sense. Six hundred towns and villages of
the republic now enjoy tax-supported libra
ries of this kind. The stage of municipal
development in this matter attained nearly
half a century ago by certain American and
English cities, and now reached by numer
ous young and aspiring communities all
over the land, may reasonably be demanded
for the capital of the republic in 1P8.
Popular Sentiment Asks the Legisla
Popular sentiment appeals for the legisla
tion outlined in this bill without a dissent
ing voice. The board of trade has unani
mously indorsed it, and the library commit
tee of that organization has obtained sub
scriptions of some 39,000 from a few public
spirited citizens with which to help to equip
the library with books when it has been
created by suitable legislation. Other sub
scriptions of money and books are assured
when the library bill becomes a law. Citi
zens' associations in various sections of the
city have added their in-lorsaments to that
of the board of trade.
The most important function of the mod
ern library is its service am a supplement of
the public school, to be utilized by all pupils
in connection with their studies, and to be
enjoyed as a kind of free univerelty for
evening attendance by those oppressed by
poverty, whose school studies are cut short
by the necessity of laboring during the day
for support. There are in the neighborhood
of 70,00 children of school age in the Dis
trict, and about one-half of this number are
over twelve years of age and in special need
of library facilities. The school trustees of
the District are alive to the fact that such
a library is a necessity to the fullest mod
ern education, and at a recent meeting they
unanimously adopted indorsing resolutions.
The District Commissioners, the official su
periors of the trustees, have repeatedly
indorsed the library project.
Appeal From Workingmen.
In behalf of this legislation there comes
also a powerful appeal from the District
workingmen. According to the census of
180 there were then engaged in the Dis
trict in lines of work classified as manu
factures over 23.000 adults. To this number
must be added the thousands of working
men in other lines of work not classed~as
manufacturers, and then this number must
be multiplied, since many are the heads of
families, to ascertain the number of read
ers. -The local Federation of Labor, repre
sentitig the organised workmngmen of the
District, has on two occasicns indorsed tho
project, and recently the legislative com
mittee of that body, acting under instruc
tions from the federation, memoralized
Congress, petitioning fpr the passage of the
The nation, Mr. Noyes said, is interested
in the creation of this library, not only as
a partner in all municipal concerns of the
nation's city, but also for the reason that
it will be a money-seving device in respect
to expenditures which have heretofore been
purely national. When this library is in
full operation it will serve as a general de
partmental library for the 20,000 persons in
this city employed bd the national govern
ment. The nation will thus be saved the
expense of duplicating miscellaneous col
lections of books now enjoyed by a few of
the departments, which in justice and con
sistency would otherwise need to be repeat
ed in every department and bureau of the
The creation of this library and its con
duct on a broad scale would give to the
small number of clerks who are now favor
ed with limited library facilities a much
finer circulating library and would supply
to a great. body of government employes
egsof which they are now entirely
rPived. It would serve as an economical
substitute for the score or more of small
libraries, which, as already suggested, must
in justice and consistency be scattered
among the different departments and bu
reaus, each with its librarians, its duplicate
standard works, and its wasteful duplica
tion of occupied space for book room and
for administration purposes. Moreover its
creation would thus cause the local tax
payers to share with the government the
expense of a departmental miscellaneous
library-an expense hitherto borne by the
The circulating and reading room facili
ties supplied to the school children and
other youthful readers will relieve to some
extent the Congressional Library from
overcrowding on holidays and saturdays
and permit this great collection 'to' bepome
more and more distinctively a reference
library for students,
A.. a People's Uakversuity,.
Viewing the proposed library. however.
solely- as a supplement of the pubil
schools and a. a people's niversity, cpen
at night for the local werkin=uien, its
areatian iedrale. . a. .. .a iepa
THE CENTRAL PACIFIC
Mr. Hubbard Completes His State
ment in Behalf of the Road.
HOUSE COIJITTEE HEARING
What He Says as to Improvident
THE FUNDING BILLS
Mr. Hubbard, attorney for the Central
Pacific, appeared before the House Pacific
railroad committee this morning to com
plete his statement in behalf of the road.
He took up the question of whether the
Central Pacific Company had diverted
funds or property. He said that property
to be converted must be owned by some
one other than the one making disposition
of it. The property which is said to be di
verted, he declared, did not belong to the
Money Made by Promoters.
As to the question of vast amounts of
money being made by the promoters of the
Central Pacific, he said that he did not
know how much money had been made.
He wanted to call the attention of the
committee to the fact that the Canadian
Pacific road had been given outright by
that government, vastly more than this
government loaned the Central and Union
Pacific. He said be did not want to con
trast the liberality of the two govern
ments, but wanted to impress the commit
tee with the appreciation which the Cana
dian government had of the difficulty of
the construction of such a road, when they,
after the Union Pacific and Central had
been built, gave a much larger sum of mon
ey to aid the construction of the Canadian
Mr. Boatner asked: "Was not this after
it became absolutely necessary, by reason
of the construction of the Union and Cen
tral Pacific, to construct the Canadian
Pacific in order to hold the commerce?"
Mr. Hubbard said he did not think so. The
Canadian Pacific did divert commerce from
the Union and Central Pacific In certain
lines of trade, and thereby lessened the
earnings of the American roads.
As to Improvident Dividends.
As to the "improvident dividends," Mr.
Hubbard declared that, after complying
with the requirements of the law, the com
pany was not justified in withholding divi
dends against a possible contingency. He
argued that the company was not required
to make provisions for the settlement of the
bonds and interest.
Mr. Boatner asked if it was not true that
if these bonds had been held by private par
ties the company would have made pro
visions to meet these obligations.
Mr. Hubbard saidbe did not think so, ai.d
added that the stockholders would have a
right to object to such a course. The road
had a right "to' rely upon a new issue of
bonds to meet the obligations of the old.
Mr. Eieatn prssed the question in -a
other form. He asked if when the company
know that the sinking fund provided for by
law was not sufficient, was it not their duty
to make further provisions.
What a Sensitive Conscience Would
Mr. Hubbard said that if he wanted to
kr.ow what a man of sensitive conscience
would do under such circumstances he
would reply that he might make further
provisions for the debt, as suggested; but
if the matter was put as a business propo
sition he would say that there was no re
quirement tnat such a policy should be
followed. He did not think the company
were called uron to do more than the law
required. He wished that they had rra'ie
some further provision, but maintained
that they had done their duty in comply
ing with the letter of the law. The road
had a right to act upon the theory that
their earnings would grow. On the general
question of the relations between this gov
ernment and the roads, he called the at
tention of the committee to the liberality
of other governments towiard railroads. He
also made a comparison of rates, and de
clared that the American rates were more
reasonable than foreiga rates.
The Funding Measures.
Speaking of the funding measures, he
said that the Frye and Smith bill had some
things to recommend it. This was much like
the Anderson and Little bill, but that it was
better in being on the b asis of 100 years ex
tension, instead of fifty. One advantage of
this Frye-Smabt bill was that it gave no
profits to bankers. Another advantage was
that the government coulderaise the cash
on these extended bonds--8u,00o,0u0-by in
The better plan, he thought, was to let
the principal and interest run on until the
principal tails due.
In response to a question, .he said that the
bonds that had fallen due had not been tak
en up yet, though they could be paid out
of the sinking fund. He thought the sinking
fund might be applied to the payment of the
government debt, and, as the government
bends became due, the company should ex
tend its first mortgage bends to a sufficient
amount to pay the governmunt the amount
then due, and then should provide for the
interest due by the issuance to the govern
ment of fifty-year bends at 2 per cent. In
other words, he would extend the first
mortgage to meet the second mortgage held
by the government. In answer to a ques
tion by the chairman as to whether the third
mortgage bends would be prejudiced, he
said that the first and second mortgage
bends might be extended if the amount was
not increased, without prejudice to the third
Application of the Stnking Fund.
The sinking fund, he said, it was contem
plated by his plan should be applied to the
rayment of the bonded debt to the govern
ment. He said that the interest on the ex
tended debt, representing interest, would
meet all the charges against the govern
ment for transportation and carrying of
The committee then adjourned until 10:30
tomorrow to hear Mr. Stubbs, general traf
fic manager, on the subject of discrimina
tions of rates, etc.
-TIlE CITY POST OFFICE.
Contract for the Floor Arches Award
ed to a Chicago Firmn.
Acting Secretary Wike of the Treasury
Department today awarded the contract for
floor arches, etc., for the Washington city
post office building to EI. V. Johnson & Co.
of Chicago at their bid of 349,350B. Bids for*
this work were opened in the office of the
supervising architect on the 14th instant.
There were seventeen in alt, and the fig
ures ranged from $49,850 to P194,700. The
bid next lowest to that of Johnson & Co.
was that submitted by A. Davis, jr., of
.West End, Va. His bid was 309,700, or $,
841 in excess of the successful bid. The ac
tion of Acting Secretary Wike was based
on the recommendation of- the supervising
They Wat Free Coinage.
Mr. Cameron of Pennsylvania, presented
to the Senate today a memorial from the
National Association of Glass Bottle Mak
ers, adopted in convention at Philadeiplida,
urging the enactment of the law for the
free and unlimited coinage of silver at the
ratio-of 16 to L ,
the capital's educAtio aslyvem. The cost
of its creation and mkU"4ace is a proper
municipal expense, to-beinet under exist
ing law like other 'inmicipal outlays. In
its rational capacit and Without regard to
the pectiliar relation whiqh it bears to the
capital, Congress has atly pursued the
policy of fostering educa onal efforts. and
has given millions Of acres of public lands
and Millions of doilars to the states for
educatonal purposds. Among these dona
tions may be menitned the grant of over
80,40,I00 acres for state universities, near
ly 10,00,u0)0 acres' fdr agrieultural colleges,
and numerous cash giftst mainly from the
proceeds of public lands, aggregating many
nillions. Not a foot of - public land has
ever been donated to the Distrift for edu
cational purposes. .
The appeal in this case is not, however,
to the national legislature, whicli has lav
it-hed millions upon s5te universities, for
the application of a similar liberal policy
to what Carlyle calls the people's univer
sity, proposed in the shape of a public li
brary for the nation's eity, but the appeal
is to the District's local legislature, Wash
ington's only common councils, for muni
cipal legislation, which is now enjoyed by
little villages in every section of the Union
through the action of their wide-awake
The Questlo. et Expenoef.
Mr. Richardson asked if one-half the ex
penses shall be borne by the general gov
Mr. Noyes replied that as it is a munici
pal object the appropriation should be made
according to the law of 1878, under which
one-half of the expenses of the District are
charged to the government. He felt sure
that the board of trade would not desire
any departure from this rule and would
rather see any municipal improvement fall
than to have it succeed by a breach of the
contrnct made between thle trovernment and
Concerning the amendment suggested by
Gen. Greely, Mr. Noyes said the bill al
ready provides for the reception of sub
scriptions of books and money, and this
would cover the case of the Washington
City Library. He added that the board of
trade committee would have no objection,
however, to an amendment which "would
put the bill in precisely the same shape in
which it had been reported from the Sen
ate District committee.
Col. Flint, as a mtnber of the board of
trade committee, added a. few words of in
dorsement to what Mr. Noyes had stated
to the committee, and with this the hearing
came to an end.
Favorable Report Expected.
When the hearing concluded It was past
12 o'clock, and the bill was consequently
referred to the subcommittee on education,
of which Itepresentative Wellington Is
chairman, to be reported back to the
full committee at its, ne-t Wednes
day meeting, when pctmu will be taken
upon it. All the expressions concerning
the measure by individual members of the
committee were favombli to it, and Chair
man Babcock, who intredwed the Meas
ure, expects that it willbe favorably re
ported at the next meetig of the commit
tee, and brought up for adtion in the House
on next District day.
THE CIVIL SERVICE
A Bill in Lieu of the preum Law Relating
The Report of theEFa. Committee
In FavorablV Reporting
The House committee on civil service has
favorably reported the following bill, in
lieu of the present law relating to prefer
ences in the civil service:
'Preferences in appointuents to the civil
service of the United States shall be given
to the persons and in the order herein des
ignated, namely: First, to persons honor
ably discharged from the military or naval
service of the United. States by reason of
disability resulting from wounds or sick
ness incurred in the line of duty; secondly,
to all honorably discharged Union soldiers
and sailors of the war of the rebellion and
the widows of such honorably discharged
persons: Provided, That they are found to
possess the business capacity necessary
for the proper dischgge of the duties of
The committee report on the bill as fol
"Under existing law the class to which
preference is given In appointments is ex
tremely limited, so mucl% so that In the
year 1894 there were but fourteen of that
class placed upon th- eligible list for the
entire. classified service of the United
States and only ten secured appointments.
In the year 1893 fifteen were placed on the
eligible list and thirteen received appoint
ments. From June 30, 1894, to January 1,
1896, only four were apppinted in the- de
partmental service.- -After the lapse of
thirty years from the close of the late
war, and in view of the widely prevailing
sense of gratitude and generosity toward
the surviving defenders of the Union, it is
believed that the extension of the prefer
ence, not to interfere with the surviving
remnant who now enjoy the preference,
but as a second preferred class, to all hon
orably discharged sold-.ers and sailors of
the late war would -be an act of justice
which the people of the 'United States, in
grateful recognition of the services and
sacrifices of those who served in the army
and navy in the war for the Union, will
"It is believed that the- average age of
the surviving Union goldiers is. about sixty
years, while the average age of those pass
.ng examinations is about twenty-seven
years. It is therefore apparent that the
number of this class- who will pass the
merit test under our civil service rules will
be very limited. The extension of a pref
erence to the widows of soldiers and sailors
who were honorably discharged from the
service of the- United States would -be a
recognition of a meriforIous class- to whom
the patriotic women of A erica are quite
willing to concede 'the- gaght advantage
which will inure to -them through the pro
"In the nature of the ~e~sonly a comn
piaratively small num~ber.4f this class will
oe able to enter the cliil service. From
June 30, 1894, to January 1. 1896. but one
woman was appointed, fenm. the clerk and
copyist list in the departmental service, so
that to give precedence s boe who suc
cessfully pass the examiqa nis only put
ting the law in harmony wIhthe generous
sentiment and common f of the coun
try, without the slight ager of any
impairment of the publie p~. "
THE ARMY EU..
Important Amend4mengeeeded on in
the Senate Cosmittee.
The Senate commnittea giSSappropriations
toiday completed its coIgeration of the
army appropriation bill, inhe it was after
ward reported to theSennate. The most im
portant amendment reade in the committee
consisted in striking out the House pro
vision in the bill discontinuing the prac~tice
of withholding a part of the pay of enlisted
meni to be given them in bulk at the expira
tion of service. The conagnittee increased the
total amount appropriated to the extent of
$8,00o, making the entire amount $28,279,402.
The cruiser Bostonarriyej at Yokohama
this morning from el~acso, by way
of Honolulu, The I!rl4rved at Nagas
aki this morning' a*i( Ydi'ktown sailed
from that portT for ~etv
. Capt. James R. er urth cav
alr* was placed en thel m list of the
army today ei of ihysical disa
Policeman Mulvey Oaugt a Burglar Last
Just Entering a Groeery Ste-Sew
eral Alleged Aceempneeg Ala Ar
rested - Other Charges made.
Policeman James Mulvey of the sixth pre
cinct captured a colored burglar this morn
ing about 2:30 o'clock at Bielaskl's grocery
store, corner of 224 and H streets north
west. The burglar, although young in
years, has committed a series of robberies
in the northwest section of the city, and bi
arrest proves the source of much comfort
to the storekeepers in the section. John
Archer is the name of the prisoner, and his
age is given as seventeen years. In addi
tion to the burglary which he was com
mitting this morning when arrested, he has
confessed to four other similar crimes, and
before he Is taken into court the officers
expect they will fasten as many more of
fenses on him.
Policeman Mulvey has been detailed for
duty In the third precinct during the past
few weeks, because cf the good detective
work he had done In other precincts, and
this morning his efforts in this work were
He was patrolling the streets about the
time mentioned, and, wearing rubber shoes,
his footsteps could not be heard even a few
feet from him. As soon as he turned the
corner of 21st street he heard a suspicious
noise, and stopped long enough to locate It.
Then he approached the fence in rear and
to the side of the premises of the grocer.
The side gate was open, and he concluded
that he was not far from a burglar. Going
quie-.y Into the yard. he saw the form of the
boy moving about the window in rear of the
store. The top window was lowered, and
just as the boy had put one foot through the
opening, intending, of course, to enter the
store, the officer, with pistol pointed
toward him, sald:-"Come down from there,
partner. I want you."
"I'm-coming," gasped the badly frightened
boy, who raised his hands to show the ofi
cer that be Intended to submit to arrest
Then the frightened Lurglar made excuses
and apologies, as It he thought he might be
released, but, seeing he was going to be
locked up, he implicated others.
Although the officer had seen nothing to
indicate that Archer had accomplices. he
thought he would sumomn officers from
different directions, and chance one of
them capturing a fugitive. Sergt. Mc
Neely, Precinct Detective MlcGlue and Po
liceman Flathers responded to the call,
but no other burglars were captured.
Archer told stones which Impdicated sev
eral others, and the omicers went w-.th him
to South washinigton, where Louse alley
was visited. danuel Cornish, nineteeu
years oid, and William Biacaburn. three
years older, were arrested. Archer impn
cated Cornish at first, calling hm Blaca
burn, and later, when the latter was found.
he was arrested. The oeicers learaed from
Archer that at had been stopping at the
house of Airs. Majors, near zata and ii
streets, and had been sleeping with her
sous. This house was vanted, and James
and Isaac Majors were arrested.
From members of the Majors family the
officers learned that John Archer had been
stopping there since Christmas. He had
como there a perfect stranger, and because
of his pitiful story Mrs. Majors gave him
a home. Last night he was in the house
early, and was in bed when a boarder
named Jackson returned them about 11
After the other roomers were asleep he
went out and was caught repeating what
he had done a number of times betore.
When the five victims of the police were
behind the bars the oslicers returned to
the scen3 of the first brrest, and recovered
a knife and hatchet that Archer had useu
in cutting the slats.
Today tergt. McNeely and Precinct De
te:tive Metiue toos: Archer into a private
room and had a long talk with him. It was
in this conversation that he admitted hav
ing entered and robbed four other stores.
They were Leech's, corner of 23d and L
streets; Walter Poure's. 24th and I streets.
Buckley's, 21st, between E and F streets,
and M.chael Flynn's, 21st and H streets.
At these places he had taken quantities ot
cigars. cigarettes, tobaccoR whisky and
small anounts of money. He had also
taken several hats, a pair of gloves ano
similar articles. These goods he had used
or given to his companions, and the hat
taken from Flynn's store has .been recov
The police believe that the other persons
arrested had nothing to do with the rob
beries committed by Archer. They will
hold Archer at the station until the inves
tigation is completed, and then he will be
taken int, court.
Some Names seat to the Sernate by
The President today sent to the Senate
the following nominations: State-To be
consuls of the UnIted States, Samuel Com
fort of New York, at Bombay, India; Sam
uel H. Keedy of New York, at Grenoble,
Frnce; Jaimes H. Mulligan of Kentuckyr,
at Cape Town, South Africa.
War-LUeut. Col. James P. Canby, deputy
paymaster general, to be colonel and as
sistant paymaster general; Major Frank
Morrell Coxe, paymaster, to be lieutenant
colonel and deputy' paymaster generaL.
Interior-Gorge J. Roskruge of Arizona.
to b~e surveyor general of Arizona.
Postmasters-E. Prentiss Bailey, at Utica;
N. Y.; Mary Kate Cleveland, at Water
ville, N. Y.; Albert Snyder, at Greencastle,
Mr. Mulligan of Kentucky today nominat
ed as United States consul at Cape Town,
South Africa, was formerly consul at Apla,
Samoa. The consulate at Cape Town has
gained considerable dignity and importance
because of the recent troubles in the Trans
vaal country. The salary of the office has
just been raised from $,000 to $P,000.
Mr. A. Maurice Low, Washington corre
spondent of the Boston Globe, is author of
an Ingeniously constructed mnurder mystery
story entitled 'The Marchburn Mystery,"
in the March number of The Black Cat.
Capt. George S. Anderson, sixth cavalry,
and Lieut. Wilmot E. Ellis, fifth artillery,
have been granted leaves of absence for
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Herman are regis
tered at the '"I'raymore," Atlantic City,
for the month of March.
Mr. David S. Hendrick, president of the
Life Underwriters' Association of the Dis
trict, was one of the guests of the New
York Life Underwriters' Association at its
annual banquet, at the Waldorf, last even
Mr. J. B. Nickelson, who at one time was
a resident of Southeast Washington, ard
for the past twelve years has resided in
New York city, is visiting relatives In this
CoL. Harrison Gray Otis, of the Los An
geles, Cal., imes returned from New York
this morning, and -Is stepping at 5)1I street
northwest. Col. Otis was formerly a resi
dent of Washington, but has not been
here for several years, and expreses binm
self both surprised and plase'd with the
marked improvement and growth visible
on every hand since the days of his mo
MORE TARIFF TALK
Mr. Allen's Prposition in ralf
of the Populist.
The Van Horn-Tarsney Election
Contest in the Hous.
MR- TAWRNEY'S ARGUMENI
Mr. Quay (Pa.) reparted the army appro.
priatlon bill, and gave notice that he wOal
call It up tomorrow.
Mr. Allen (Neb.p returned to the tarif
question by referring to the statements of
Mr. Morrill. Mr. Sherman and Mr. Piatt
during the exciting debate yesterday. Mr.
Allen said he had believed that it was the
honest purpose of the republican party to
enact a law placing gold and silver on equal
terms. But the debate of yesterday do.
veloped that the republican leaders inme
no circumnst&nVCM would nccept a free cola.
age measure. independently or as aa &men&.
ment to any other bill. Under these cii.
cumst&nce. Mr. Allen said he would submit
a distinct hrepsiiona to the chairman c the
finance committee, Mr. Morrill, namely. tha
If he (Merrin) desired to command sufficient
votes to Pass the tariff bil, he (Alen) isould
assure GuIclent populist votes to give a
majority of the Senate. if the passage at
the tarW bill was leconpanied by the adop
tion of a free silver amendment.
Mr. Morrill remained In his meat without
responding. but Mr. Hoar (Mass.) made the
point that the discussion was out of order.
Mr. AMen Preeedm,
Unanimous consent was given, howevet,
to Mr. Alien to proceed. He went on to critS
else the financial record of Mr. Sherman.
The republican party couid not Weape, said
Mr. Allen, from the attitude of declining to
"The populist Senators are ready to swat.
low your nauseating a-1d unjust tarif
measure," said Mr. Allen. "-if you wil pLaLe
silver on equal terms with gold, bat yon
will not do it."
Mr. Allen next terijkd his attention to Mn
McKinley, and had. read from the desk a
speech said to have been delivered by the
ex-governor of Ohio. Mr. Allen referred to
Mr. McKinley as the "ch-~ apostle of pro
teCtion," and the speech purported to give
Mr. McKinley's sevem criticism against tie
demonet.zation of 8:lver. In conclusion. Mr.
Allen held up a bill, exclaiming:
"Now to test your integrity and your good
faith. I offer this bil. It is your tariff bil
without a t uncrossed or an I undotted. ex
cept in the title. And I say to you that
you are ready to show the good faith ot
your aserions for silver and link It with
the tarit bill, we pledge you six populist
Mr. Allen's bill was read. it be!ng the
tariff bill and a free silver bill coabined.
Mr. Uaker's Sngwmmutem.
Mr. Baker (Kan.) asked if Mr. Allen
would agree to deliver the ax popuittie
votes for a tariff bill, with an amendeug
restrIcting to silIer produoed by Americas
"1 havc rot consulted my colleagues on
that.*' responded Mr. Allen. "and I do nog
undertake to direct the populist vote
yond this specific proposition Personall
wouid not agree to It."
There was some d.scusslon as to the merite
of Mr. Baker's suggestion.
The Ae CO-Pronmme bill went to the
Mr. Lindsay (Ky.) offered an ainendment
to the tariff resolution of Mr. Carter, direct.
ing the finance committee to report back a
repeal of the one-elgh-th differential duty
Mr. Carteres spieek.
Mr. Carter (Mont.) then took the noor rep
the speech which had been anticipated with
keen Interest. defining him attitude on the
tariff bill. He spoke with great earnest.
ness, and with a deoberatenaes which em.
phasised every word. His statement at the
outset that he had "no apologies to offer'
was given with explosive tore,.
Mr. Carter had his manuscript in han,
but was so familiar with it that he ada
dressed himself directly to the Senatom
He paced back and forth in the rear area
where his seat is located, using many enk.
Phatic gestures and shaking his index linger
an scornful rebuke of those "self-appomnted
censors" who Lad undertaken to drive him
and his associates out of the republican
Mr. Carter, whose speech will be founG
elsewhere In The Star, was still speaking
at 2 o'clock, when the morning hour ex
pired, and the presiding officer announced
that the Cubun resoluuons were the order
of business.. Mr. Sherman, Mr. Hoar and
Mr. Frye arose together to ask that Mr.
Carter be accorded the privilege of going
on, and at the suggesticn of Mr. Sherman
the Cuban question was temporarily laid
KM. fleer'. Questdeams.
Mr. Carter clo&d at 2:15 o'clock and was
greeted with hearty applause from the
crowded galleries, and with eongratulationm
from a number of his cofleagues. Mr. Hoer*
Immediately arose to question Mr. Carter.
The Massachusetts Senator prefaced hais
question by referring to him long continued
support of a protection to wool. New Eng
land had uniformly supported protection t
wooL. even when ihe reprementatives
western wool-growing slates voted for free
Mr. Hoar asked if the Montana Senater
failed to accept President Benjamin Hag
rison's construction of the MInnapoli
platfcrm on silver. Mr. Carter replied that
President Harrison's course did not give
entire satisfaction, but at that time it was
a beacon light of hope.
Senator GVgr Interrupted to tell Mr. Catr
ter that his silver associates, Messrs. Jones
of Nevada and Teller of Colorado, had writ
ten the financial plank of the Minneapolis
Mr. Carter retorted that whaen they wrote
It they did not think the English languma
would be tortured into misrepresentato.
Mr. Gear asked: "Was it not thepln
on which you tried to carry Colorado for
the republican party?"
"Yes." said Mr. Carter, "for I believed
the republican party would lIve up to Its
Mr. Carter adde I that it was met suppome4
that the platform would he costrued te
mean that the last vestige of ditver legida
tion sbould be wiped off the statute books.
Mr. Teller said that the first lInes of the
republican platform were written by hUse.
He dId not write the restrictIons, and w
afraid that It would be used for evasion
skillful politicIans, as they have done e
-When the Hods. met todag the Senate
amendments to the House bill to extend the
time under the act of 1W1 within which the
government might bring suIts to annul
patents to public lands under tallroad or'
tvagon grants, were laId before the Homrw
Mr. Lacey, caman of the aomunittee em
public lar-ds, moved to concur in the
amendment, which reded the exteuduis
of time from five years to e year. Mfs
Mc~ae (Ark.) mharply ontested the mue.
tion, and demanded the ya and nays.
The moation to enenur was agreed to..
1554. The remaitning mui==ments0 were
aise namme in without Evison.
The Van EMee-1Ensee (1b=e.
Time mumtmsan of the Van Berm-Tham