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No. 13,859.
Tlir regular prrminriH family
circulation of l*hc Kveninu Slar
is more than doubl< ih.it of anv
other paper in \\ a*lnn?t< >n,
whether published in the morn
ing or in the afternoon.
As a medium for unobjec
tionable advertisement* it there
fore stands uncqnaled and uo?
Trouble at the Republican Primary at
Laurel, Maryland.
Coffin-Gary Element Dispute the
Count in the Election.
fyn-oj.-il TMsjmti-h to The Eroninjr Star.
LAUREL, Md.. A ?'~ust 2.?Republican
primaries were he!a in this district, as well
as in other districts of Prince George's
county Saturday, for the purpose of electing
delegates to the county convention to be
held in t'pper Marlboro' today, which will
select delegates to the ^tate and judicial
conventions and name a county ticket.
The primary meeting was not without in
terest, although there was no disorder. A
little skirmish occurred over the organiza
tion. as a result of which the Gary element
bolted the primaries and held a separate
meeting. Capt. Wm. M. Potter, who was
designated by the republican county central
committee, called the meeting to order. He
said that he had also been empowered to
select the officers of the meeting ? the
Judges and clerks.
Demand a Judge and Clerk.
The Coffin-Gary element, through their
leader. Mr. G. B. Tlmanus. superintendent
of the Laurel cotton mills, fearing that the
Mudd element, which Potter represented,
would give them no consideration in the se
lection, demanded that they be accorded
one of the judges and a clerk. Capt. Potter
said he was willing to accord them this, but
would suggest the names himself, not pre
ferring suggestions from them. He named
four members of the Gary Club, one after
another, but no response was heard* for the
reason, it is said, that the gentlemen called
were not in the room. The Gary element
suggested certain men, but Capt. Potter
reserved to himself the selection of the offi
cers. This brought forth a protest from
the Gary men, and they withdrew from the
meeting, permitting Capt. Potter to select
three Mudd judges and two Mudd clerks,
(iary Men Withdrew.
The G*rv people then went up on the
second floor of the City Hall building, in
which building the primaries were held,
and organized a meeting of their own. J.
W. Pern called the meeting to order and
selected the following Gary officers: Wm.
H. Robey, George Wilson and Wm.
Crockett, judges: John P. Lewis and
Luther Krashears, jr., clerks.
? '.tpt.iin Potter had in the meantime se
lected the officers for the primary meeting
downstairs. He named the following Mudd
men: Wm. H. Hoffman. J. C. I.ouiiian and
himstlf <Potter), judges; R. Walter Gray
and Thomas Mitchell, clerks.
Ballots were then received by the re
spective judges of the two factions. It
is said that at ?? o'clock the Mudd people
bad polled only 7."i votes, whereas the Gary,
people had polled over 1?*?. However, when
the polls closed the Muad people, accord
ing to their count, had received lliu votes
to the Gary people's luU.
Mudd Ticket Yietorioun.
The vote for the Mudd ticket, according
to the count of the Mudd judges, was <*s
i llows: P. P. Castle, 197; John H. Travers,
A loin F. Fairall, 1 George Mat
thews. colored. 1!?3; Fred. Robinson, col
ored. who was suk>stituted for Wash. Car
ter. colored, who had withdrawn, liH>.
The vote for the Coffin-Gary ticket, ac
cording to the count of their judges, was
as follows: Luther Bra shear's, 134; \\\ H.
Divtn. 133; Jaines E. Shipley. I'M; Robert
Fry*, 132; G. B. Thoma*. 134.
The Coffin-Gary element claim that it
was impossible for the Mudd people to
have secured such a heavy vote; tha. the
iepublican registration hardly justified it.
Their delegation will go to Marlboro' to
morrow to contest the seats of the Mudd
d*legates. Captain Potter, the leader of
the Mudd taction, explains the heavy vote
by saying that the Coffin-Gary faction so
Intimidated the negroes tha? in order not
iiot to offend either side they voted first
downstairs for the Mudd ticket and then
went upstairs and voted the Gary ticket.
i olored lVuple of LiiuIhv Hie, K > Get
Laudanum With Their Food.
LOUISVILLE. Ky.. August 2.?Hardin
Johnson, his wife and daughter and Dan
iit-zlewood. all colored, were poisoned yes
terday and are lying at their home in this
city at the point of death. Late last night
kept was entertained for Hazlewood's re
covery, but Dr. Howard, the attending
1 Vysician, said he did not believe the mem
bers of the Johnson family could recover.
Johuson invited Haziewood to take din
r*e 1 w ft h him yesterday. The former's
wift prepared and cooked the vegetables,
wnich liai been bought the night before.
Shortly after dinner ail were taken sul
dtnly 111. They became unconscious and
appeared to fie dead. Dr. Howard was
eiiiii.uontd and administered emetics. None
c: the patients revived until last night.
I'r. Howar 1 says the poisoning was due
t?_ laudanum placed in the food.
It Is allegeu that Johnson has a neigh
bor who has been jealous of him for sev
eiai months and has attempted to do him
I. jury on previous occasions. The police
s.:e investigating the matter.
Duke of AbruuKa Yaeht Taken the
Prise en Time Allowance.
COWKS, Isle o# Wight, August 2.?The
Duke of Abruzzi's yacht Bona won the
race here today on time allowance. The
course was shortened.
The ('owes regatta week opened today
wall racing under the auspices of the Royal
London Yacht Club. The big yachts start
ed in a race for a prize of ?M0. The course
v.ta from Cowefc twice around the Warner
lightship and VVestleep buoy, finishing off
this place.
Meteor, owned by Emperor William of
Cermarty; Aurora, the prpperty of Charles
Day Rose; B<Jna, the yacht recently built
for the Duka of Abruzzl, nephew of the
King of Italy, and the Prince of Wales'
Britannia started.
Meteor, Britannia and Aurora crossed the
line together, and the Prince of Wales'
yacht suon after assumed the lead, with
Aurora a close second.
Britannia then began to draw away and
obtained a good lead over her competitors.
Meteor allows Britannia 1 minute 5H sec
onds; allows Aurora 18 minutes 1 second,
and she allows Bonn 2U minutes 27 seconds.
Aurora has been- referred to as a possible
challenger for the America's cup.
W. I. Hutmrt Somewhat Better.
SAN FRANCISCO. Cat. At?*. 2.-W. S.
Ilobart, the young millionaire and turfman,
is sufferlam from efuoaio appendicitis and
will probably have to fcubmlt to an opera
tion. He has had a sinking spell during
the past twenty-four hours, from which
he rallied with difficulty. His physicians
pronounce him much Improved, however,
from hie oondnion of a day or two age.
police changes imminent
Commissioners Are Determined to Have a
Complete Beorganization.
Mr. Wight Hun In View a Successor to
Inspector Holltnlicrner?Other
Changes Hinted At.
While the report of the Investigation Into |
the lax discovered In the second
precinct, In the e.-care of the ravisher Carr,
failed to fix the blame upon any one per
Fon, yet sufficient was discovered to give
the officials an opportunity to change ex
isting methods.
Commissioner Wight, in approving the
report, did not rely upen the facts as pre
sented therein, but made a personal inves
tigation of the entire case, interviewing
himself every one who had any connection
with it. His investigation agreed with the
one made by Major Moore, and while he j
hes always been anxious to fix the blame
for what appeared at first glance a miser
able bungle, he is convinced it would be
ir justice to punish severely any one con
nected with the affair. He has been there
fore content to repr inand certain of those
involved. But he is not through with the
second precinct. There is little doubt it
will be completely reorganized, and with
its reorganization will follow other changes
ir. other precincts. They all need a good
shaking up, it is said, and will get it be
fore the autumn winds begin to whistle.
An immediate change is expected In the
detective depirtment. Inspector .Hollin
berger will, it is understood, be transferred
to the posit'on of n ght inspector, and Night
Inspector Cross transferred to a precinct.
There is no doubt Inspector Hollinberger
will b" relieved, although there is consider
able conjecture as to who his successor
will be. It is the object of Commissioner
Wight to put at the head of the detective
elepartment the very best man available,
without regard to whether he is or is not
a member of the fone. There is, in fact, a
prominent detective under consideration
e\en now for the position. Should he be
decided upon, he will be given absolute
authority to select his assistants. Many of
the present force will either be retired,
dropped, or sent back to active duty on the
And these are not the only changes. Oth
ers affecting higher officials in police cir
cles are hinted, and Washington may ex
pect within a short time to find practically
a new management of the police watching
its Interests.
Two Army O Ulcer* to Investigate the
Condition of Things.
Under orders Issued by Acting Secretary
of War Meiklejohn, Capt. P. H. Ray and
Lieut. Richardson, 8th Infantry, have
started from Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., for
Alaska. Their orders are to go as far as
C.rcle City at least an J make as much of
an investigation of the conditions at the
gold fields as the short time remaining of
this season will permit. They will sail on
the .">th from Seattle, ar.d the War Depart
ment officials are confident that they will
not only be able to get into the Klondyko
region this season, but also to make their
exit before the country is closed by win
ter. Upon the report of Capt. Ray will
depend the action of the War Department
in the matter of establishing a post and a
military force in the vicinity of the gold
fields next spring.
Their Condition jin .Shown by the
lleccnt Reports.
Reports made to the controller of the
currency show Ihe condition of the thirteen
national banks of the city of Washington
at the close of business Friday, July ?t, as
follows: Total resources, ; loans
and discounts, L'nited Stales
bends to secure circulation, Hn'J.IjO; lawful
money in reserve, l;H, of which 12,
ji'J.OT.i is in specie; capital stock paid In,
$.;,it7o,t>>J0; surplus fund, tl,43y,m*>; national
Lank notes outstanding, $i21,b35; individual
depos.Ls, Ji;{,Tui,278; average reserve held,
:57.77 per cent.
Settlement of the Dllllculty is Aguln
Fourth Assistant Postmaster General
Bristoe stated today thai no decision had
as yet been reached in the case of Ihe pro
posed removal of IheT post o/tice from
iirightwood to Rrightwood Park. It was
to have been decided Saturday, but the j
Postmaster General was so busy nothing
was done. Mr. Gary was detained in Bal
timore by business today, so the subject
couTd not be discussed. It will most likely
be arranged tomorrow, it is probable that
the fiee delivery system will be made to
embrace Briglitwood Park, in which case
Brightwood will still retain Hie office.
riiius and Specifications Prepured af
the Treasury Department.
Plans and specifications have been pre
pared at the Treasury Depai tinent for a .iew
revenue cutter, intended for service at the
11 arbor of New Yoik, for the construction
of which there i* available the sum of
?175,<**J. The vessel will be named the New
York, and will be about the size of the
naval practice ship Bancroft, r.ow in Turk
ish waters. She will have a displacement 1
of 7'?4 tons, will ba 1S8 teet long by ,W feel
oeamf and will be required to make sixteen
Knots on her official trial. Her armament
will consist of thiee rapid-life guns of
probably the ?l-pounder type. She will be
bo built that she can be easily equipped
with a torpedo tube.
Humored Change by the Capital Trac
tion Conpuny.
A rumor that appeared \o be very well
founded was In circulation today among
the conductors and grlpmen on the Capi
tal Traction Company trains that the com
pany intended to do away with the trans
fer stations at 16th street and the treas
ury and 7th Btre*t and Pennsylvania ave
nue In the near future, and to issue trans
fers by medium of the conductors to pas
gtrger3 before leaving the* cars.
President Dunlop and Superintendent
Carl were not at the power house when a
Star reporter called this afternoon, and
no one else was authorized to speak on the
Personal Mention.
Commander W. W. Relslnger of the Pen
sacola navy yard is at 1209 13th street on
leave of absence.
Mr. Theodore Louis De Land, Jr., of the
United States mint at Philadelphia, Is
spending a week with his parents in Le
Droit Park, this city.
Assistant Naval Constructor Taylor has
resumed his duties at the Nary Depart
ment, after a visit to London, where he
represented this country at the Interna
tional congress of naval architecture and
marine engineering.
Dr. E. Oliver Belt, who has been spend
ing some weeks In the mountains of West
Virginia and at Asbury Park, has re
turned to the city.
Government Receipt*.
Government receipts ? From customs,
S2M.4W; internal revenue, 1807,075; miscel
laneous. $112,175. National bank notes re
ceived today lor redemption, *26*,677.
Eueh of the Forty-Two Claaaea to Be
Taken Se]iarntel>-.
It has been decided that in the transfer of
the books of the Concessional Library
from the Capitol to the new building each
class of literature shall be taken sepf.rate
ly. There are forty-two classes of books
In the library?history, biography, Ameri
cana, etc.
In pursuance of this plan wtork was com
menced today in the library, ticketing the
books to be removed. As soon as all the
books of this class are properly ticketed
they will be transferred to the new qrar
iers and shelved, first undergoing the clean
ing process of "turning the (<?ir) hose on
them," devised by Sui>erlnteinlent Green.
The plan of removal which has been adopt
ed Is expected to decrease the confusion of
the work to a minimum.
The ticketing of the books, which was
commenced this morning. Is being conduct
ed by the regular force of the old library,
which is sufficient. It Is said, for the pur
pose. This was a disappointment to many
who expected that the labor of transfer
ring the books would require the appoint
ment of an additional force.
Librarian Young has decid -d to keep a
strict efficiency record of the employes of
the. new library. He will probably adopt
the system In use in the Treasury Depart
ment. having examined ail of the depart
mental regulations in this respect and find
ing it more suitable for his purposes, lie
wants to know the standing of every em- I
ploye of the library as to the performance
of his duties.
I\Ir. Young Is now preparing sits of rules
for the regulation of the new library, ap
plying to the patrons and to the employes,
it is said he is pleased with the rules lately
promulgated by the Commissioners for the
District building for application to the li
brary employes. He is looking into the
regulations as to patrons of all the great
libraries of the world, and will make up a
system from their best points, modified to
si it the conditions existing here.
Mr. Young will probably cause a suite of
smr.il rooms in the basement or the upper
stiry to be set apart for the exclusive use
of students and authors. This will be done
to afford them quietude in which to pros
ecute their studies and examinations of
bocks ar.d documents and to give them
separate desks, where they can keep their
writings and lock them up over night,
j This plan, it is said, has been followed with
eminent success in other libraries through
out the country.
ChrlHtn|>her Schmidt Will Get
Thrmiffli the Germany KinImikhy.
The Treasury Department has turned
over to the State Depirtment for delivery
to Christopher Schmidt, through the Ger
man embassy, the sum of 33.0U0 as full in
demnity to him for Injuries sustained
away back in July. lSSfj, from a rifie shot
tired by United States soldiers. Schmidt
was passing along the public highway,
near Fort Snelling, Minn., while the sol
diers were firing over their rifle range, and
was struck by a stray bullet. He was a
subject of Germany, but when the ap
propriation was made for his relief, Con
gress expressly refused to admit legal
liability in such cases and made the Item
read: ".Relief of a subject of Germany.
To pay. out of humane consideration, with
out refeience to the question of liability
therefor, to the German government, as
full indemnity, etc."
The sum of Jtl.tKMi has also been placed
at the .di.s|>osal of the Secretary of State
tor the relief of subjects of Italy under
authority of the following provision of the
general deficiency appropriation bill:
"To pay, out of humane consideration
ami without reference to the question of
liability therefor, to the Italian govern
ment, as full indemnity to the heirs of
three of its subjects, Salvatore Arena,
Giuseppe Venturella and Lorenzo Salar
dino, who were taken from jail and lynch
ed in Louisiana ir, ISiKi. $IS,UMJ."
Conaul General Lee'n Report ux to
Generill Weylcr'a lute.
The acting secretary of state has received
a dispatch from Consul General Lee al
Havana staling that he h<-s received
a note from General Weyler, sajing I
that neither the general government nor
that of Matanzas has any knowledge of
ihe declaration which counsel for Samuel
T. '1 olon alleges lit- made before the chief
of police of Matanzas.
I'rlvule Uiialuesa Will Prevent HI*
'luklnit Clin rue Before September.
Col. \V. C. Haskell, the new sealer of
weights and measures, reported for duty J
this morning, but did not take official
charge of the office. He explained that he
had considerable private business which
needed his attention, and it would require
at least a month to complete it. This was
rather embarrassing, but a way was found
out of the difficulty. Mr. John D. Miller
who was appointed deputy sealer, was ap
pointed sealer for one month, and Col.
Haskell left to arrange liis private busi
The miserable quarters assigned to the
sealer of weights and measures on the first
f.jor will be vacated, and hereafter the
st aler s office will be on the second floor in
one of the rooms formerly used by the ex
(?lUll llA'l I'.l
Mr. Rooaevelt Acting ua Secretary.
Assistant Secretary Roosevelt has re
turned to Washington and is acting as Sec
retary of the Navy in the absence of Sec
retary Long. Mr. Ituosevelt devoted the
greater part of his lime while away from
the city in an inspection of the naval militia
organizations of the various eastern and
central states. He says he was surprised
and gratihed to note the growth of the
organizations and the quality of men in the
ranks, giving promise of a large field of
u?e!unless in the future for the militia. He
will make the militia inspection the subject
ol a special report to Secretary Long.
Counterfeit era Arrested.
The-Treasury Department has been in
formed of the arrest of Wm. J. Griffith at
Chico, Cal., yesterday, for making coun
terfeit standard Bilver dollars; also of the
arrest at Sacramento, Cal., yesterday, of
Carl Sweeny, accomplice of M. A. Plumley,
who passed a counterfeit $10 note.
A New Catholic Cathedral.
United States Consul Rood reports to the
State Department from Tientsin, China,
that a new Catholic cathedral was dedi
cated June 21, on the site of the one de
stroyed by a Chinese mob at the time of
the massacre. The ceremonies were semi
private. on account of the threatened in
terference by the natives, and pasRed oft
without disturbance.
Wtaereabouta of the Warahlpa.
The Bennington has arrived at 8an Diego,
the Vesuvius at Boston, the Monocacy at
Kinklang, the Dolphin at New London
The San Francisco has sailed from Copen
hagen lor Cuxhaven.
Colored Margarine Prohibited.
United States Consul Tucker at Martin
ique has reported to the State Department
that under the law which went into effect
April 1? last colored margarine Is abso
lutely prohibited from admission to the la
Naval Orders.
Ensign R. C. Bulmer has been detached
from the Bennington and ordered to the
Independence. Mate James Hill, from the
Frankllnand ?lac?d on wntt|aa^rdei*v
Rear Admiral Beardslee's Official Re
port to the Department.
1 ? * ?
The Fourth of July Had a Double
Rear Admiral Beardslee. commanding the
Pacific station, reports to the Navy De
partment under date of Honolulu, July 17,
as follows:
"Since the date of my last report, June
18, 1S!>7, there has been a series of cele
brations. accompanied by entertainments
and official recognitions, beginning with the
celebration of the queen's Juhilee on the
l?td of June, on which occasion the ships
VLder my command at this port, also the
Xi niwa, full-dressed shir j at sunrise, with
the Rritish Hag at the main, and remained
so dressed until sunset, ajid at noon each
vessel fired a national silute of twenty
one guns. On the evening of June 25 the
British commissioner gaVe a reception,
wl.ich was very largely attended, myself,
the commanding and ottyr officers of the
ships under my command attending in
The Fourth of July.
"The Fourth of July being not only the
ai.nlversary of our owl independence, but
also the third anniversary of the establish
ment of the republic of Hawaii, mutual
notifications to that effect and invitations
to participate in the observance of the
day were exchanged between the Hawaiian
government and myself. The same cour
tesy wa3 extended by both parties to the
Japanese ship Nanlwa.
"A compromise became necessary, and
the matter was thus arranged: We ail par
ticipated in the games, races and illumi
nated boat processions, which were in
order on the :td, and on the oth the ships
were full-dressed at sunrise, with the
United States and Hawaiian ensigns side
by side at the main, the former ?o star
board, except on the Naniwa, where the
Hawaiian was to starboard, and at noon
two salutes of twenty-one giBis each were
fired by each ship and the shore battery.
We also during the early forenoon landed
our battalion to take poft in a mixed
parade of Hawaiian and United Slates
troops, mounted police, tableau floats and
decorated engines, wagons, ctc., which
parade was reviewed by t lie president and
cabinet, myself and officers, from a stand
erected for the purpose.
"At 11 o'clock a.m. there was an Inde
pendence day service at the opera house,
where seats were reserved tor us, I occu
pying one in the box of President Dole.
United States Minister, Sew-dl was orator
of the day, and received an ovation, which
he richly deserved. During the afternoon
Minister and Mrs. Sewell gave a handsome
public reception, which was verg largely
The Full of the Bantlle.
"On the Hth of July, having received
formal notification from M. Voisson, French
commissioner, that it was the anniversary
of the fall of the bastile, and was observed
as a national holiday of the French re
public, and inviting us to participate in the
observance of the day, the ships under my
command and the Japanese ship Nanlwa
were full-dressed from 8 a.m. until sunset,
with the Fn nch ensign at the main, and
at noon each vessel tired a national salute
of twenty-one guns. Mr. Akiyama, the
counsellor of the Japanese foreign office,
has returned to Japan. 1 regret to report
the death by drowning on the lutli instant
of Eugene Ross, fireman, second class,
serving on board the Marion. Tie? general
health of the officers and crew remains
A UlireNt of Ollielnl Deel*lou? and
Opinions Compiled.
A comprehensive digest of official opin
1( ns and decisions relating to pensions and
bounty lands, prepared under the super
vision of the then assistant secretary of
the interior, John M. Reynolds, has Just
bten issued. It embraces leading decisions
| on thtse subjects extending from the organi
zation of the pension system to the present
time, and includes decisions by the War
nd Interior Departments,jas well as of the
Attorney General, and thejjudicial holdings
of the United States Supreme Court and the
Court of Claims. The principal labor on the
big digest was performed! by J. W. Bixler
and W. L. Cliitty of the }>oard of pension
appeals, together with Capt. E. P. Hall and
A. E. Howell of the board and W. T. Pier
son, acting chief of the pension affairs
division. The work is a complete general
reference book as to the laws governing in
the past anci present, the granting of pen
sions and bounty land warrants, and a sup
plement to the compilation contains the
pension laws, carefully arranged and con
solidated by T. Fletcher Dennis of the pen
sion bureau.
Several Plueen Along; the Went River
in Ciiiua.
Alfred Alf, vice consul of the United
States in charge at Canton, China, has in
formed the State Department that the wa
ter course in that district commonly known
as the W<il river has finally been opened
to trade and commerce ^s Car westward as
Woo-Chan-fu, popularly known as Ny
Chan, which has been made a treaty port.
Several other places along the river have
been opened to trade. The opening took
place June 4, a Chinese holiday known as
the "dragon boat festival." Mr. Alf says
one small American schooner already is en
tered for traffic op the river.
Mr. Powderly to Auunv- the Commix
Mloner General of liuiu^rratlon Untie*.
Mr. Terence Powderly of Pennsylvania,
who succeeds Mr, Stump of Maryland as
commissioner general of Immigration, has
notified the Secretary of the Treasury that
he will be at the department tomorrow
morning prepared to qualify and assume
the duties of the office.
Back From Hi* Trip to Boston and
Kew York.
Secretary and Mrs. Gage returned yes
terday from a visit to Boston and New
York. The Secretary made an address be
fore the bankers of Boston on the financial
issues of the day and ctbferrqd with the
( customs authorities in Na> York in regard
to the administration of (he Dingley tariff
law. He wil) remain on tnuty in this c!ty
throughout the summer, pending the even
ings'at his-honte. in Chovy Chase.
A Commercial A(cn?y is Mexico.
Consul General
the State Department that negotiations
for the establishment of a commercial
agency in Mexico, under the vary best
American auspices, are now "pending and
to b
Twenty-Three Men Engage tn a Co in -
petltlve Examination.
A competitive examination begun at the
Treasury Department this morning for the
pt sition of chief law clerk in the office of
the controller of the treasury, paying $2,.vx>
a year, and for positions on an eligible
register from which in the future promo
tions may be made to the position of law
clerk in ai.y cf the offices or bureaus of
the Treasury Department.
The persons eligible to enter the competi
tion must have the following qualifications:
They must be In the classified service of.,
the Treasury Department: they must have
teen admitted to the practice of law before
the highest court of their respective states,
or of the courts of the District of Colum
bia. or they must be graduates of some
law school of recognized standing.
The subjects of the examination will be
as follows:
General qvestions on law.Uen questions,
to occupy the morning session of August
2. A relative weight of one will be given
ti these questions.
Question, on statutory construction, ten
questions, to occupy the afternoon session
of August 2. A relative weight of one will
be given to these questions.
Laws and practice pertaining to the
Treasury Department, including the de
cisions of the controller of the treasury and
of .the auditors of the treasury.
Twenty-seven persons applied for the ex
amination. but twenty-three only appeared
tor examination this morning. They are:
P. A. Auer, J. H. Brunemer. Richard K.
Campbell. Henry J. Davis, T. H. Greene.
J. W. Howard, George G. Hcndrickson.
Henry C. Jones. Charles J. Kellogg. W. M.
Lytic, Allen C. McDonald. Charles e. Mc
Nabb, Edward J. Morton, Henry W. Olds,
FVwln H. Peery, S. C. Pool, Jonn A.
Stagg. J. L. Summers, J. D. Terrill, N. H.
Thompson, Robert Thomson, J. L. Under
uSuhI and Walter W. Warwick.
Mr. De Lard, who has charge of the ex
amination. says that the paper? of each
candidate in this examination will be
marked upon its merits alone, and that the
name of no candidate will be placed on the
eligible list who fads Jo attain the general
average of 80, marked on the scale of 100.
Auninxl the flnlm for Pnyment (or
Illlnol* Swamp l.aml?.
Commissioner Herm'inn of the general
land office has decided adversely to the
claim of Champaign county, 111., as grantee
of the state In the claim of Illinois for in
demnification or repayment of purchase
money received by the government from
the sale of certain lands between 1850 and
1857, and claimed by the slate to have In
ured to it as swamp land. This Is a long
pending controversy between the federal
and state governments, and three diiferent
examinations have been made In the field
by various special agents, and in different
years payments have been made of other
lands likewise involved. The original selec
tion claimed as a basis for Indemnity ag
gregated 10O.5SI! acres. The decision Is a
lengthy recapitulation of the evidence and
the law, as this is a test ca.se involving 100
other similar claims now pending here.
Commissioner Hermann decides the lands
not to have been swamp within the mean
ing of the grant, for these reasons: First,
the evidence as a whole Is Insufficient to
show swampy character: second, the origi
nal field notes of survey (Usprove the
state's claim and affirmatively show the
lands agricultural, not swampy; third,
limant's testimony Is defective, having
iterially changed, while knowledge of
witnesses is unreliable and mostly from
hearsay: fourth, the state has recogniss<yl
the validity and regularity -:f the govern
ment sales of these lands when It accepted
the 5 per centum allowance given by law on
sales of public lands; fifth, the sales were
made by the government to individual set
tlers and citizens of Illinois thirty years be
fore the county agents claimed the lands
as swamp, and patents issued independ
ently of the indemnity acts of March 2,
1S55, and March 3, 1857; sixth, the claim is
suspicious, being presented thirty years
after the regular claim of the county for
swamp land indemnity had been finally ad
judicated by tile government.
No SiKnlHeiince In the Knot That No
Silver Dollar** Were Coined.
The montMy slatement issued by the
director of the mint shows that during
July, 181)7, the coinage execuud at the
United States mints amounted to >570,850;
as follows: Gjld, ?177,000; silver, $2>KMKMi;
minor coins. $3:1,850. No standard silver
dollars were tolntd. It is stated, how
ever. that thepe is no significance in this
fact. All of the mints were closed from
fifteen to twenty days during July, for re
pairs to machinery and the rnnual over
hauling, and In contequenCe the coinage
was unusually lipht. In explanation of
the fact that no standard dollars were
coined, it Is said that <he supply on hand
is sufficient for all reeds and, further, that
the.stock of minor coins has run very low.
In order to meet the present and prospec
tive demands of trade, the mints were oc
cupied in coining subsidiary silver and
pro!>ably would so continue through the
montn of August. In addition there has
accumulated a large stock of uncurrent
subsidiary sliver, which must be recoined
as promptly as possible. During the
nionth of August the large accumulation
of gold bullion at San Francisco, which
now amounts to about $4,500,000. will be
worked tiff as rapiuly as the capacity of
the mint will ih rmlt. The coinage of
standard silver dollars probably will be re
sumed about September 1.
A Department of Labor Employe to
Invrxtlftnte Them.
Samuel C. Dunham of the department of
labor left Saturday morning for the Alaska
gold fields. He will make an investigation,
and finish his report in time for the pro
jected spring migrations. Mr. Dunham is
well equipped for the work, having spent
much time in mining camps of the west,
and for eleven years he has been one of the
corps of experts of the labor bureau, en
gaged In the Investigation of special prob
lems. He has been Instructed by Commis
sioner of Labor Wright to make a critical
inquiry into the opportunities for business,
for investment of capital, employment of
labor, wages, cost of living, climate, best
means of reaching the gold fields, and kin
dred subjects. He will go direct to San
Francisco, and will sail from there August
U. taking the Juneau overland route, and
reaching the Klondyke region about the
middle of September. He will watch the
winter and early spring work, and Is ex
pected to send material for a special re
port, which. It Is hoped, will be published
about March.
Left Tompklnavtlle ThU Morning for
Practice it Newport.
NEW YORK, August 2.?The white squad
ron, which has been anchored off Tomp
kir.sville, S. I., sailed this morning for New
pert for practice off that place. The ships
go-, under way in the following order: The
flagship New York. Commodore Slcard;
Brooklyn, Massachusetts, Indiana and
Maine. The monitor Puritan will follow
Recommended far Retirement.
Lieut. Ridgely Hunt. United States navy,
in char re of the branch hydrographlc office
id New York, has been recommended for
retirement on account of deafness. He waa
examined by the retiring board in this city
last week. He to a son of a former Secre
tary ot the Navy, and la well known to this
Particulan of thn Annexation of the Solo
mon Island Group.
SlrnmiT Mlonrri Also Brlnva \t-n H of
Mnuarrr of British Snlijrrtu by
Jew Gnlnea Natives.
VANCOUVER, B. C.. A-igust 2.-The
steamer Miowera. which arrived from Syd
ney, brought details of the recent annexa
tion of the Solomon group. The work was
?lone by her British majesty's ship Walla
roo. The first Island made a colony was
Bellona, which the Wallaroo reached < n
July Itf. The union Jack was hoisted with
the usual ceremonies. The natives were
very shy at first and much frightened at
the salute, hut they became reassured on
the snip leaving and removed the notice
of the board of annexation and dug up the
bottle containing the proclamation. The
entente cordiale was first established by
the ship rescuing a native blown out to
sea in a canoe.
Bunnell Island was also placed under
British protection the same day. The
island is difficult of access and 110 ratives
were seen.
Pleased to Recome British Subject*.
The Wallaroo called at Maru sound and
proceeded to the Stewart Islands, annex
ing them. The natives are of a high type
and very friendly. They were much
pleased at becoming British subjects.
Runnell and Bellona lie to the southward
of Guadalcanal In the Solomon group, and
were apparently discovered by Captain
Wilkinson in the Indispensable in 17WI.
It is said copper ore Is abundant on them.
Accordlrg to Lieutenant Richards, Bunnell
Island is about forty-live miles iong and
six or seven broad, of a uniform height
of 4<K> feet, densely wooded, but apparently
affords no anchorage. The antives resem
bled those on Tanna. in the New Hebrides.
All the islands are rich in cocoanuts.
Massacres in \>w Guinra.
The Miowera also brings Information that
news of still another massacre has been
teceived at Sydney. Not iong ago great
numbers of Australia's huge army of un
employed were attracted by stories of
fabulous gold panning at Papua and other
.interior points In New Guinea. Their ranks
have been terribly thinned by murder,
starvation and fatal swamp fevers. To
make matters worse every native who
helped a white man was marked for the
The remnant of these white pioneers wvnt
to V^napa for a final effort to make their
fortunes and leturn. Their stores gave out
and for months they lived on "damper"
and tea. Natives in the vicinity claimed
to be ill-treited by the government In the
way of scant stores and decided to teach
the government a lessen by massacreing
all the whites within reach.
Tomahawked at Jii?iit,
The whites were raided at night and put
to death with tomahawks, being easy vic
tims. After long suffering they were sick
and emaciated and could not defend them
stlves. JT3ny~ massacres ,had occurrtd in
the same place previously, but the govern
ment has never attempted to punish the
I .at i-r news confirms the massacre which
occurred eighty-five milts fn m Port Mores
by. The entire settlement of natives and
whites had their heads split open by a
large band of savages. The government
hi;8 sent a large body cf military police to
surround the natives, and shoot if neces
sary. Wholesale arrests will be made. The
natives will be brought Lack manacled in
the hold of a steamer chartered for the
Augfust Mahler Claims His Wife Com
mitted Suicide.
NEW YORK, Aigust 2.?August Mahler,
a bartender, is in custody on suspicion of
having killed his wife, Augusta Mahler,
today, in their flat In West 4!d street.
Mahler alleges that the woman commit
ted suicide by shooting hersell In the h- ad
after attempting to shoot him. The i>ollce
say that the bullet which killed Mrs. Mah
ler entered her head In such a way as to
indicate that it was tired by some one
above her and that the absence of i<owd-.-r
burns makes it improbable that the wound
was self-inflicted.
Mrs. Mahler, who was a widow when she
married Mahler r<cently, was jealous of
her husband's attentions to her daughters.
The couple had quarreled several times
over this subject. #
Firat Woman to Ride Awheel From
Chir?K? to *Filseu.
SAN FB A NCI SCO, Cal., August 2.-Mrs.
Margaret Lelong of this city enjoys the
distinction of being the first woman to ride
a wheel from Chicago to the Pacific ocean.
Mrs. Lelong is now resting after her peril
ous trip, which lasted over six weeks. She
left Chicago alone on the morning of M*y
'M. On the afternoon of July H she crossed
the bay from Oakland and her trip was
ended. During all her Journey she received
not one unkind or discourteous word.
Mrs. belong made the trip purely for
pleasure, ami she says she enjoyed it all
the way. although there were many miles
of walking and many more of riding ov- r
ties. She was once pursued by a herd o."
cattle, but by using her revolver she caused
them to change their course.
Gives Reasons for Opposing a Subport
at Skaicuay Ray.
SEATTLE, Wash., August 2.?Cnited
States Senator Geo. C. Perkins of Califor
nia has arrived In this city from Wash
ington, D. C. The senator was asked con
cerning his opposition to the measure
creating Skaguay bay a subport of entry.
Senator Perkins said:
"My opposition was made on the ground
that in the application for the creation
of the Skagupy bay subport not a single
name of an American merchant or busi
ness mar. appeared. The names were
those of Canadian business men, and were
signed in their own Interest in the sailing
north of the steairshlp Islander.
"There Is no use In converting foreign
bottoms into coasters which the transfor
mation of Skaguay Into a subport allows.
My opinion is sustained by the opinions of
commissioner of navigation and a solicitor
of the Treasury Department, neither of
whom thought the privileges should be
granted. The matter came up at a cabinet
meeting, at which time a dispatch from ex
Secretary Foster on the subject of the
sealing matter contributed the Interest, and
which undoubtedly bad great weight iu
the granting of the request."
Drltisu Forres.Inflict Severe Punish
ment nn the Natives.
BOMBAY. August 2.?Fort Chakdara. In
the ChitraJ district, which was besieged by
a large force of insurgent natives, has been
relieved by th* British force under Gen.
The fighting was severe and the tribes
men lost heavily. The loss of the British
was Ught. No further details have yet
reache-- hera.
Strikers Gather at His Plum and Tur
tle Creek Mines.
President Dolan Arrested, Charged
With Inciting Riot.
PITTSRl'RO, Pa., August 2.- Thr<*e hun
dred strikers from tho Heeeh OIMY mine*,
on the Panhandle railroad.ma.-rh-d through
the city at 2 o'clock this morning. They
were hound for Camp Deterniinttinn. at
Turtle Creek. The men were mostly for
eigners. and carried canes and clubs.
About an hour after the ft?e<-h t'lilT men
marched through, another ghostly regi
ment entered the city from the west and
marched silently toward the De Armitt
mines. They were the Imptrial miners. 4<itt
strong, headed by a brass band. The lirst
delegation also had a band. The march
was without noise of any kind until the
Oakland power house was passed. when the
bands started up a lively marvh.
?IlKKFri Kan Ikr UnaatlH.
It Is stated that all the miners of the
Montour Run gathered at the Plum Creek
mines before the men started to work. A
line was opened up. and as the digg< ra
neared the pit mouth they passed Ixtwitn
the lines of the strikers. There was no
attempt at force, but a numlier of the dig
gers stopped and talked with the strik* ra
and then passed on into the mine. So<n?
were Induced to come out. About an hour
later the strikers moved off in the direc
tion of the -MeCrea school house.
At th ? Oak Hill mine a demonstration
was mude, but no men were Induced to
quit. How many men are in the mine ia
not known. The strikers ssw only eight,
but It is known that fifteen new men w < nt
in. At the Sandy Creek mine many men
are out. The company say lift are at work,
while the strikers say only twenty-two
went In.
At ?:15 the marchers left Turtle Creek
about strong and slat-ted for tue
mass meeting at th- Mcl'rea school ho.i *.
The procession was healed by four brass
b:\nds. The meeting was scheduled for 11
President Ifctlnu Arrested
Pre sident Dolan, who was arr< ste.l early
this morning on a charge of riot and un
lawful assemblage, gave bail for & hearing
on Wednesday, and attain joined tl.e str.k
Speaking of his arr.-at. Mr. Dolan com
mented liitterlv on the action of Superin
tendent De Armitt. He ac?UH*J the opera
tors of trying to incite not by auslng an
arrest at such a time and place. He claims
he was not disturbing any one. and that
his arrest was made without cause, lie
thinks the arrest, however, will help ? i?e
cause of the strikers.
Ilr Armitt Steal* n March.
Th? detachments sent to Plum Creek
mines this morning found that De Armitt
had stolen another march on them. It was
the intention to hold a meeting at the
Bethlehem school house, and to Invite the
Plum ("reek miners there to attend. When
the marchers reached tile place they found
that a fence had been cre-ied around the
school property, and notices pasted that no
trespassing would be allowed. This move
engendered considerable ill feeling, as the
school house grounds were the only public
place in the vicinity of the mines where a
meeting could be held. The leaders of the
marchers saiu they would not disobey the
notices, and the men marched back to
McCrea's school hous. .
The marchers at !? a.m., in the vicinity of
the Turtle Creek mine, numbered l.r*m.
This is by actual taunt of a body of 1,?2Q
men and a careful estimate of smaller
bodies of men. If reports received by the
leaders are true, and there is no reason to
doubt them, there will be .'$,??? men on the
ground by 2 p.m. to try to shame I>. Ar
mitt's men to come out. Other bodies of
men are arriving every few minutes with
brass bands and enthusiasm. This mean*
a long fight if the leaders are aide to con
tinue the good order among the men. So
far during the marching not a striker has
shown any sign of the use of liquor.
PerNuitdc Men Siot to Work.
While the ranks of the strikers at Turtle
Creek were being augmented, parties of
marchers were In the field to Ir.iluce the
miners not to go to work. About 2'tU rail
road men will be at the meeting this morn
ing. None of these delegations hxil been
counted u|K>n by the Ftiikers' oiSeials when
listing the expected recruits from all over
this end of the district.
Four hundred men from the third MJ
nongahela pool miners pissed thro h 1*1 c
Keesiwrt at 2:.'Wi o'clock this morning for
Turtle Creek. They were head.-<1 by two
bands and the American flag. The proces
sion was an orderly one.
About 0*e-Kiinrlh et (tie Miner* Haxe
'jione tint.
FAIRMONT, W. Va.. August 2.?One liy
one additions are being1 made tc the num
ber of strikers in the Fairmont district,
under the efforts of Joseph W. Rea and one
Kleven hundred and thirty men are now
with the strikers, while nearly three Ume<
that r/umber are still at wcrk. It is thou'-'ht
that this will not be the case a week hence.
Rea's work among the miners is prov.nj
very successful. The secret of the general
strike, however, should there be out, is
that the operators are getting no contracts
of over ten days' duration. The men say
this is no permanent benefit for them, so
they will Join the strikers.
Preparation* U* iait Made to Set
2.IHNI Men to Work.
KNOXVILLE, Tcnn., August 2.?Reliable
Information has been received from the
Jelllco district, where the mines have
been closed since May, and over 2,UM> min
ers are out on a strike, that work will
soon be resumed. Preparations are being
made at the mines and everything la ready
for resumption. A number of car* were
loaded Saturday. The operators held a
meeting las', week, and it is understood. -
that a satisfactory wage scale will ben*-o
posed. As yet the miners have ylfperi
enced little suffering on account ' of th?
strike. S
Henry Tc7*?r, the representative of thi
English syndicate which has In view ol
the purchase of the east Tennessee ana
Kentucky coal fields, has made an inspec
tion of the Jelllco district and went today
to Coal Creek.
Walllag tor V. B. Esgis?? Ctaalc
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, via Galveston,
Tex., August 2.?The congress of Nica
ragua waa formally opened today by Presi
dent Zelaya. In hla address to the depu
ties the president said that Nicaragua waa
anxiously a oral ling the arrival of the
United States engineer commission which
la to survey the rout* for the saanttme
c*nai from the Atlantic to the Pacific
acioss Nicaragua.

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