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you made a study of the writing of Moll
"For over a year."
"A -lose study?'
"Yes: very close."
''And do you feel cettain he wrote exhibit
*AT" (The poison package address.)
"Now, there is another man, Bustanoby;
what did he think about this writing?'
"le thought Molineux wrote IL"
"Weren't Helies. Barnet, Cornish. Harp
ster and Molineux all in the club at the
'Who left first?"
"I think Helies."
"MoHneux left Barnet and Cornish In the
"That's all. Mr. Adams."
Helles is the man who testified earlier in
the case that he had written, at the insti
gation of Molineux, the letter to the De
trait drug firm making Inquiries concern
Mr. Weeks Asks Questions.
Mr. Weeks asked Mr. Adams on recross
examination if he ever saw any evidence of
a cl.,se friendship between Molineux and
Helles. He said not, but be understood
that they were on very friendly terms.
Mr. Adams was then excused, and H. B.
Cornish was recalled to the stand.
Mr. Cornish told Mr. Osborne that he had
spoken of receiving the poison package to
Mrs. Adams at the flat the day before he
took the bottle home. He had lost the key
to his desk at the club and had to break
It open to get the bottle.
VW ELL-KNOWN LAWYER DEAD
IsaaC La Re Johillon, tle Title Expert,
Iie Was am Eminent Mason--Amether
Death In the Same Family
Isaac La Rue Johnson, one of the oldest
and most highly esteemed members of the
local bar, an eminent Mason and a gentle
man of wide personal popularity, died yes
terday at his residence, No. 914 New York
avenue, of heart failure, after an illness of
Mr. Johnson was born in Warren county,
N. J.. October 16, 1837, but came early in
his youth to Washington and entered as a
student in Columbian College. now the Co
lumbian University, where he was grad
uated with honor.
He studied law with Walter D. Davidge,
and after his admission to the bar devoted
himself largely to equity work. While thus
engaged he perceived the desirability of be
ck ming familiar with the various laws gov
erning real estate in the District.
Originator of Tite Compainies.
In following up this object, he realized
the necessity for recording titles of prop
erty and eliminating, as far as possible,
the clouds that might rest upon them,
owing to the many uncertainties regarding
them whici existed on account of the pecu
liar customs that had been in vogue in
con'inection with transfers and sales of real
ty in the District. Consequently, in associ
ation with Mr. Buchanan Beale, Mr. John
a provereld to make a caretul record of
all the titles on record in the recorder of
d-ed' oMee, and the documents thus lire
pared were sold to the Real Estate Insur
aCm CompanY of this city, and led to the
f-rmatin,,t of that organization.
Mr. Johnson was an eminent Mason. He
v-s a nimmb-r of the Scottish Rite, a mem
b-r and on'ce eminent commander of lie
M1lay Commandery. Knights Templar; was
p4ast grand master of the District Grand
'1d1e. ani a member thereot; a trustee of
the Masnic Hall Asseciation, and a mem
ber -f National Lodge. F. A. A. M ire
rnarriel a daughter of the late John C,
Harkness. vaho. with a daughter, the wife
of Mr. William S. Frankland, survives him.
The funeral will take place with Masonic
h,-nors Sun lay afternoon at 2 o'clock from
Mr. Veinmn Place Church. and interment
will h- at Oak Hill cemetery.
A %ad Coleidenee.
A particularly sad event in connection
with the death of Mr. Johnson was the
pasig away in the same residence of an
aunt of his, Miss Eliza J. O'Neill. She had
be.n Ili only a week. She was a native of
Fredetick. Md., and connected with some
of th- t"ading families in the state. The
furerl will take place tomorrow afternoon,
ati will be private. She will be buried at
O.k Hill, and Mr. Johnson's remains will
'b- laid by the side of hers the next day.
MR. WINES' TRIP.
He Will Persemally Instruct Cessus
The suprrvisors of the census throughout
th tt'nited States will receive instructions
in their duties from Assistant Director
Wines. Dir,-ctor Merriam ordered the as
5:stant director to proceed next week to the
f"'liovinz places wiere the supervisors of
the respective states wil! assemble to obtain
a o: f the duties: Charlotte. N. C.,
J-! Uary 4: Atlanta. Ga., January 5;: Mont
g aery. Ala.. January 6; New Orleans. Jan
t:r ' ill'uston. Tex., January 14,; Mem
January 11. and Cincinnati,
J 'u. *y l .
Xst'mt Director Wines, in conversation
Sa r, i rter cf The Star today, said that
ry next he would meet the su
' -r- o North and South Carolina at
A' Atlanta he would discuss
tn1matt,-rs with the supervisors of east
-.-rgia and Florida. On Satur
- s X nr: omery, he would meet the su
f A alma. On Monday. at New
the. supervisors of Louisiana and
S'uth-rn Mississippi would receive instruc
t iu,- 40n Wednesday, January 10, the Trex
as supernisors would meet him. On the
11:1 ulti'n,, the supervisars of Arkansas.
as Te tnesee and northern Mis'sissippi
wouhl assemble at Memphis. The trip will
end! at 'l'mernati on January 12, when he
w',bll meet the supervisors of Kentucky,
southernt Indiana and southwestern Ohio.
The pla fo'llowe I is to go over the enti're
neeus siuheet. gliring information concern
lng :h.. ttrteetion of enumerators and ex
limiting the different schedu es. The super
!'rs ppedint th.' enumeraitors and the as
sistenr director explains thoroughly their
da.c'rmpensation~ and method of making
BROt Gin' BlACK FROM MA!WILA.
Re-sars af Trasports With Pasaen
Hera and Remaas.
Tlgaswere recived at the War lie
trtmn't today from General Shafter. at
m 1- Fratei-4,>. announcing the arrival of
the transports Tartar and Newport from
Mantdla. Among the passengers on the New
pr: w,-r, Major Kilbourn, paymaster; Cap
tini T 'rrey. :gh Infantry; Captain Jones,
~d Infatry; ieut. Iturgess, 5th Artillery:
L..ua. M*rew. 16th Infantry; Lieut. Schin
di 41:h infantry.
The Newport also brought the remains 'of
ILit Mxwell Keyes of the :id Infantry.'
5ho lost his life in the Philippines.
The Tartar bro~ught five discharged 'ol
dy.s. and, the remaitns of Samuel D~as.
private. 4' impany G. .,"th infantry. who
diad in the Philippines, and the remains of
James W iggs. private. C. li~th Infantry.
wih., died oif chronic dysentery on the
0* -'.e from Manila.
iiaval Vessels to Be Sold,
Tlhe Secretary of the Navy has arranged
for the' sale of the collier Scipio to Ludwig
Rutlilli of Philadelphia, at $41.55i0, and for
the sale. of the naval tug Rocket'-to James
Tregarther & Son of New York. at $1.i'm
The' purchbae'r in each case made the high
est bid received for these vessels, which
were recently condemned for naval service.
Ta Repert to Ges. Keywoad.
Second Lieutenants F. M. E=Hck. J. M.
Salladay, Rt. R. Wallace. H. Basbb and H.
L. Roosevelt. recently appointed to the
Marine Corps, have been ordered to prneure
their uniforns and report to the general
<onnandant af the Marine Corp ta n. es
BOERS SICK OF WAR
Free Staters Anxious to Botrn to
THEY FEAR CONFISC1I1O1
Col Baden-Powell Issues Procla
mation to Burghers.
FACTS AS TO UNITED STATES
LONDON. December 29.-Dispatches from
all parts of South Africa emphasize the
great enthusiasm among the troops and
public, occasioned by the appointment of
Gens. Roberts and Kitchener. The an
nouncement that the former will have su
preme command and that the latter will be
chief of staff has largely dispelled the
depression in Cape Colony caused by the
recent reverses, while the soldiers antici
pate everything from the presence of
"Bobs," from success in battle to cheaper
Advices from Cape Town, dated Decem
ber 24, say an investigation shows that
the reported disaffection among the Dutch
In the Victoria west district has been over
drawn. The farmers, it is pointed out, are
mostly land owners and will not risk the
loss of their farms by rising.
A dispatch from Lorenzo Marques, dated
December 24, says a curious story is cur
rent. emanating from Boer sources, that
Matt Steyn, brother of the president of
the Orange Free State, and 800 Free Stat
ers have definitely refused to continue the
-Matt Steyn. acting as spokesman of the
party, is reported to have told the presi
dent that he was only authorized to in
tervene in the interests of peace, and that
the burghers did not feel they were bound
by his "unwarrantable conduct," especially
as they ran the risk of the confiscation of
their property, and they simply desired to
be permitted to farm in peace and pro
posed to immediately return to their farms.
The text of Col. Baden-Powell's procla
mation to the burghers besieging Mafeking,
the gist of which has already been cabled,
comes from Lorenzo Marques today. After
asserting that the republics cannot hope
for flreign intervention, and pretending to
relate the exact attitude of all the Euro
pean powers, including Emperor William,
who, the colonel said, "fully sympathizes
with England." Baden-Powell makes the
extraordinary statement that "the Ameri
can government has warned the others of
her intention to side with England should
any of them interfere."
Sir Charles Howard Vincent, member of
parliament for the central division of Shef
field, and colonel of the Queen's Westmin
ster Volunteers, has been appointed to com
mand the infantry division of the city of
London Imperial Regiment.
BOERS RUN TRAINS TO COLENSO.
Rumor That One of Methuen's Big
PRETORIA. December 25 (Monday).
Gen. Schalk-Burger reports under date of
December 23 that trains are now running
to Colenso, indicating that the Boers have
built a connection around Ladysmith.
Gen. Cronje reports from the Modder riv
er, December 24, that the Boers captured
two British forts at Kuruman December 17.
It is rumored that Gen. Methuen's big
naval gun has exploded.
The Transvaal government has promul
gated a new gold tax law, by which indi
viduals and companiEs working their own
mines are taxed :30 per cent of the output,
while mines worked by the government will
pay 50 per cent. Sispended mines sill pay
30 per cent on their probable output, cal
culated on three months' workings. Re
ducing works will pay 3t per cent of their
net profits. The law is retroactive to Oc
Boers Mount Another Gun.
PIETERMARITZBURG, Wednesday, De
cember 27.-A dispatch from Ladysmith,
dated December 22, says:
"The Boers have mounted another how
itzer on Surprise Hill, replacing the gun
captured in the sortie' of the rifle brigade.
While they watch us nightly with a seerch
light and bombard the place daily, they
show no signs of assaulting the town.
They probably think they can starve us
out, but we have plenty of provisions.
"The total casualties since the siege be
gan are seventy men killed and 236 wound
Firing Heard at Stormberg,
CAPE TOWN, Thursday, December 28.
A dispatch from Cradock reports heavy
firing in the direction of Stormberg. It is
supposed this is connected with Gen. Gat
acre's attempt to reopen communication
with the Indwe collierles.
LONDON. December 29-The war office
has received the following dispatch:
"CAPE TOWN. Thursday, December 28.
-The Indwe Colliery line Is now working
No Change at Stromberg.
LONDON, December 29.-A dispatch re
ceived by the war office dated Cape Town.
Thursday, December 28, says there is no
change in the situatior' so far as Generals
Gatacre and French are concerned.
A war office dispatch from Colonel Baden
Powell. dated December 12. after announc
ing that Lady Sarah Wilson had arrived
safe and well at Mafeking, adds that the
bombardment and musketry fire continue
daily on all sides and that the health and
spirits of the garrison are very satisfac
Mr. tutor Gives to War Fund.
LONDON, December 29.-Win. Waldorf
Astor has subscribed il.000I to the Bucking
haishire fund to equip the county's con
tingent of yeomanry.
Boer Sympathy in Mexico.
CITY OF MEXICO, December 29.-The're
is a marked display in the press here of
sympathy with the Btoers. It is reported
that British residents are raising volun
tears to join the army in South Africa.
BRITISH CABINET BLAMED.
London Pout Advoeates a Military
Distator a Minister,
L.ONDON, December 29.-During the con
tinued lull in the military operatitons in
South Africa the papers are filled with let
ters and artkies criticising the government
and the campaign, and suggesting reme
dies, improvements, alterations in the
plans and the like..
Mr. Henry Spenser Wilkinson, the Morn
ing Post's military expert, In his review of
the situation today says: "The time has
apparently arrived for the nation to in
Fist, if not upon a military dictatorship, at
least upon the admission Into the cabinet
of a military minister empowered to veto
any proposals detrimental to the success
fui prose'cution of the war, and also that
the administration of the army should be
placed wholly in the hands of a tried mili
The Times complains of "needless cen
sorship and concealment" It cites the fact
that nothing has yet transpired to show
how Gien. Glataere came to lose 600 men at
The British government now evinces a
marked change from its attitude in the
eariy stages of the war, and shows a dis
position to Sccept assistance from any
It is now estimated that the war wIll cost
at least i451.000.000 (p0,MM).000), and it is
suggested that the sinking fund of the na
tionai debt should be suspended for five
or six years in order to defray the cost,
A dispatch frum Pietermarltsburg, dated
Saturday, December 23, says:
"Every day ree some new fact re
garding the strength of thse Boer position
at Colenso. Thanks to the services of con
tinental officer,, the character of the cam
paign has caenead, We are no longer
lighting a foe who relies upon guerriiia tac
ties, but we have to deal with whet is
rapidly becoming a disciplined army, em
joying the advantages of knowing the
country andi of selecting the scene of con-'
test without the burdens ot a cembersome
"'he Boe have cunverted the bills ag
Celenso into fortresses of immns
traiches, many of them bomb-proof. Tram
way linew permit thhifting of guns with,
asmtomishn rapidity. The main positions
an eomeotedoWith the outlying posltionsby
un und p" and the forts prop
grwith no guns, that copa
and the appteacbes. Probably mines an
"One hear 1e0. nowadays about Boer
shells not bursting. Observers of the Co
tenso ight way the'Boer shell fire was vy
effectie. This is due largely to the f
that .the. distaneme are marked off with,
"The enemy's disoipline Is Improving.
The trenches represent great manual labor,
for which the Doers have a keen dislike,
and the waLy In which they restrained their
fire when our troops were advancing is
another proof of Improved soldiering."
British Prisoners Would Sauer.
LONDON, December 2.-The Traasvaal
government, according to information sup
plied by Boer sympathizers, threatens to
"reduce the rations of British prisoners If
Great Britain stops the entry of food by
The Standard says: "Lord Salisbury
would be reluctant to bring pressure to
bear upon Portugal except in a case of
urgent necessity. Great Britain would pre
fer not to place herself in the Invidious po
sition of using force toward another petty
country, and there is no temptation to
raise any further International questions."
The Standard says that no credit should
be given to the rumor from Berlin of a
secret Anglo-German-Portuguese treaty fort
the partition of the colonies of Portugal.
A correspondent at Lourenco Marques
"Delagoa Bay is the residence of Herr
Pott. a Hollander, who is consul general
for the Transvaal, and consul for the Net.h
erlands. Pott Is the principal medium be
tween Pretoria and Dr. Leyds. in 'Europe.
He controls the Netherlands railway
through the Transvaal, and is -the head of,
the Transvaal customs. He Is also head of
the Dutch East Africa Company, and has
the ear of the Portuguese governor, as well
as the chief of each department.
"It is openly asserted that Pott has a
private wire to the frontier, and knows
twenty-four hours before others what is
happening. About him gather all the other
consuls, the Portuguese officials and the
German forwarding agents.
"If Delagoa bay is closed the Boers will
retaliate by raiding Portuguese territory."
Views of Military Critics.
The German press continues to comment
upon the war In South Africa. The Militair
Wochenblatt of Berlin, the military organ,
contains a severe criticism by a high officer,
In which the writer claims that hitherto
the Boers, both leaders and men, have
proved far more efficient In every way than
the British. The National Zeitung pub
libhes a similarly severe al-ticle. The Kreus
2:eitung says editorially:
"The best solution for Germany would be
a peace guaranteeing the Boers their inde
pendence, and securing the future; that is,
creating a state whose frontier touches the
sea, in order to enable it to adapt itself to
the new times upon which Africa is enter
"That must be the policy of the Boers.
We do not desire the British to be wholly.
expelled from Africa, but we do not see the
necessity for making the entire African
contingent British. The ideas of Cecil
Rbcdes will -plit upon the rock of Boer
RATIONS OF PRISONERS.
Consul Hollis' Reports Do Not Corrob.
orate Reports About Boers' Threats.
The reports that the Doer authorities
have threatened to reduce the rations of
the British prisoners at Pretoria in case
Great Britain stops the entry of food sup
plies at Delagoa bay are not borne out by
the official communications of United States
Consul Hollis, at Pretoria. By direction of
the State Department Mr. Hollis Is looking
after the British interests. and in particu
lar is seeing that the British prisoners are
afforded every proper facility and personal
His reports have been quite full con
cerning the care of the prisoners, and such
attending circumstances as were warrant
ed. These, however, give no intimation
that the rations of prisoners are to be re
duced. but, on the contrary, the entire tenor
of the official report goes to show that there
need be no apprehension that such a threat
will be put into effect.
THE SEIZED AMERICAN FLOUR.
Contention Regarding the Rights of
The seizure by British warships of sev
eral merchant ships carrying cargoes of
American goods to Delagoa bay, on the
ground that the goods were destined for the
Boers, Is bringing out the fact that several
new contentions on the law of contraband
are involved in the case.
Thus far the discussion has turned on
the point that the consignors were Ameri
cans. residing in Philadelphia. But it is
contended in some official quarters that
the first question in the case is -as to the
consignee, not the consignor.
According to this view, the original ship
ment might have been in good faith, but
so long as the consignment was likely to
pass Into the hands of the Boers it was
subject to the rules governing contraband
of war, and could be seized.
It is expected, therefore, that when the
inquiry Is prosecuted by Ambassador
Choate at London and Consul Hollis at Pre
toria they will have before them not only
the facts as to the original consignment,
but also all of the evidence relating to the
bona fides of the consignees in having no
connection with the Boers.
It is held by other able jurists that food
cannot be considered contraband unless in
tended to be used in military service, to
succor a besieged city, or releve a suffer
ing army or lleet. It is claimed that this
doctrine was distinctly enunciated by Eng
land when Lord Granville, writing to the
French ambassador. protested against the
position taken by France that all rice ship
ped to any port north of Canton was con
traband. France being at war with China.
This doctrine was maintained by the Su
preme Court of this country in the case of
the ship Petertrof. She was seized by a
federal vessel during the civil war while
on her way to land sup~plies for the confed
erates at Matamoras. Mexico. whence they
were to be sent overlantd into Texas.
The Supreme Court held that the arms
and ammunition found in the cargo were
contraband, but not the provisions.
These jurists therefore hold that, even if
the seized flour were meant for people ia
the Transvaal, it was not contraband un
less intended for military operations.
CUMBERLAND CITIZENS AROUSED.
Leagme Formed to Continue Fight on
Poilutiou of River.
Spetall Dxispatchx to The Evening Star.
CU-MBERLAND, Md., December 2!1-Cit
izens of Cumberdand generally are in an
unusual state of agitation as the result of
the acquittal of the West Virginia Pulp
and Paper Company for Potomac riv'er pol
lution. and at an overflow meeting in the
city council chamber last nigiet It was de
cided to renew the fight and continue it to
the bitter end. Gen. Joseph Sprigg of the.
Ctumberland bar, ex-attorney general of
West Virginia. presided, and in an earnest
speech referred In eulogistic terms to Rep
resentative George A. Pearre and Senator
George L. Wellington, believing that both
would make an effort to enlist the Interest
of Congress in the purification of the Po.
He was in favor of appealing to them to
get some action by Congress, and was also
in favor of appealing to the Maryland leg
Islature to take some steps.
He advocated a statute prohibiting the
Introduction of other pollptions In a pol
lution case. Gen. Sprigg was frequently in
terrupted by William Kornhoff, a wealthy
property owner, who -said the court was not
treating the penlple right, that there were
no laws in Alleg'emy county,. and.that those
that swore that water ran u> 4xill ought to
be run out of town. Glen. Sprlgg said he
camie pretty near agreeing with Mr. Korn
hoff on some points.
On motion of Dr. Hervy Laney, it wras de
cided to form a league "to fight the "matter
to the death." A matzensa. committee of
ten. composed of President of Council Rob
ert Shriver. . W. 8. Cochrane, Sigmund
Tanner. . g~geP. Hast, John B. Widener.
Samul D.Winliam P. iser., C. C.
Hedges, Wintisr (. Deveemom and Charles
R. Martis, esas i---- to isert resole
tUons. Tlhe enemit**e asked far timste to fer
uleit a assort and asiked that the smeet
ing he adiosrned nt Snardey emeig.
'The convenitee -ceea to the ca...-m.
TO BE COURT-MARTIALED
Dmwx'st by 04 Tai
1e se "to uisn.kla Within the
deriad a of 3arylame
'1he War f 'ent has accepted' the
def of Capt. Shufeldt. U. 6. ik, re
tired. and ha ,a-nmad all the papers
referI to tlo easn af tait oficer to Saj.
Gen. Enhtmanding the Departrqent
of the last, At New York, for court-martial
Several days ago the adjutant general, by
direction of the Secretary of War, prdered
Capt. Shufeldt to place himself within the
jurisdiction of the civil courts of Maryland,
before which that officer was the defendant
In divorce proceedings. That order was
based on representations of the attorneys
of the wife of the officer that. he had failed
to comply with the orders of the court for
the payment of a'stated amount of alimony,
and that he remained outside the jurisdic
tion of the' state conrt in order to evade his
- Capt. S9infeldt's Aetion.
-Subseqtiently the officer's counsel in
foried the War Department that, acting
6h his adVICe, Captain Shufeldt would de
cline to 'comply with the order to place
himself within the jurisdiction of the court.
The attofthey mdid he based his advice on
the -fact that his client had recently been
declared a bankrupt by the courts of the
District of Columbia, and was consequently
relieved from the payment of the alimony
decreed by the Maryland court, amounting
to date to about $600. A compliance with
the orders of the War Department would,
the attorney stated, undoubtedly lead to
Captain Shufeldt's imprisonment without
proper cause. The attorney furthermore
declared that the proceeding was a scheme
on the part of ~the prosecution to put his
client in prison, and he stated that Cap
tain Sbufeldt would stand the consequences
of court-martial proceedings rather than
obey the order, which virtually meant his
incarceration without legal support.
Letter to the Secretary of War.
Captain Shufeldt also wrote a letter to
the Secretary of War protesting against
the action of the military authorities, and
notifying him that he must decline to obey
the order to place himself within the juris
diction of the Maryland court. He told
the Secretary that he had been under
military arrest for more than a year, and
that he considered the order issued In his
case as unreasonable, as would be one
which required him to commit murder or
some other crime.
All the correspordence In the case has
been referred to Gen. Mer tt. with instruc
tions to order a court-mrtial for the trial
of Capt. Shufeldt on charges of scandalous
conduct and of conduct unbecoming an offI
cer and a gentleman.
In caSe of his conviction on these charges,
Capt. Shufeldt will be subject to dismissal
from the army.
QUESTION PRECEDHNCE SETTLED.
Change in *o1dlng of the White
The prograA fr the President's New
Year receptiow Issued today, is accepted as
settling all questions of precedence at of
ficial receptiohs in the three branches of
the military kervke, the army, the navy
and Marine Corps: According to the pro
gram, the departments rank in the order
named, thus adhering to the custom estab
lished many years ago of placing them In
line according 'to seniority of organization.
Although the order in this year's pro
gram is practleally the same as It was In
last year's program and those of previous
years, it differs from all its predecessors in
that it specifies in order "officers of the
army, officers of the navy, officers of the
Marine Corps, ete.." whereas, in all previ
ous programs the same drder was main
tained under the general statement of "of
ficers of the army, navy and Marine Corps."
Therefore, if Maj. Gen. Miles, the head of
the army, and Admiral Dewey, the head
of the navy, pay their respects to the Presi
dent, as commander-In-chief of the army
and navy on New Year day, they will take
their places in line in the order named.
one at the head of the military ine and
the other at the head of the naval line. In
asmuch as ladies have no place in the line
with the army, navy or Marine Corps, no
question can arlse on that occasion as be
tween Mrs. Miles and Mrs. Dewey.
COALING SHIPS AT SEA.
A Satisfactory Trial made of the Mil
The naval bgard which conducted the
trial of the Miller coaling system has sub
hitted Its report to Admiral Bradford,
chief of the equipment bureat. The board
condtfdted these experiments with the bat
tle ship Massachusetts and the govern
irent collier Ma'cellus, the battle ship tow
ing the collier; *idch supplied the former
with coal in 800-pound bags by means of
the towing lines, which made an aerial trol
The tests were conducted under varying
conditions of weather, and In the opinion
of the board were eminently suapessful.
In weather as heavy as It was practicable
to coal ship under any conditions, the de
vice transported about twenty tons an hour
safely. Altogether, the board concludes
that the apparatus will be of value during
war time, and consequently the plant with
which the experiments have been conduct
ed will be paid for by the government un
der the terms of' the contract made last
On his own application, Maj. John Egan
has been detailed as professor of military
science and tactics at St. John's College,
Fordham, N. Y.
Lieut. W. A. McDpniel, recently promoted
from the ranks, has been assigned to the
Lleut. R. R: Stogsdali, 3d Infantry, has
been ordered to Fort Siocum, N, Y., to ac
company 'recruits to the Philippines, where
he will join his regiment..
Maj. Leon A. Matile, 14th Infantry, has
been assigned to duty at Fort Slocum, N. Y.
Lieut. Fitzhugh Lee, .ir., has been re
ieved from duty on tihe staff of Glen. Lee
at Havana and Is ordered to New York
Lieut. Win. E. Bennett, recently promoted
from the ranks, has been assigned to duty
with ther 13th infantry. -
Capt. F. Mi. Page, Puerto Rico Battalion
of Infantry, han'bedn relieved from duty at
Havana and ordered to join hie company In
- ,'. .1-r
RUN ol'Ei1f TE CARS.
Death etf Lien 3~'yker After Living
Thtbwa-h pE.f Warfare.
Gen._ Ot~is akuJiejsecabled :the War Do-.
partmnenaxkoda3r. skt'Pirst Ldeut. Edorard
R. Taylo't, -12thdIzfntry, was rurn over by
a train crossing wne Aio river, near Bau
tista, on the 2th4nstant, and died in a
few hours. . hI b.
'aiut S'-'*lra liort In illinois' and
was appointed9td01!he army from idaho in
June, 18SR: He( 'hgmeduated at the Mill
tary Academ asigned to' the 12th
Infantry, with.(iiib 'he served in South
Dakota and -~l~aup to the time of
theutmbreat 4 S'patdlsh war" during
irhich lie - eipkihid -the exeition~
against Satntiago, Cuba.. At the close of the
war he rejoined mis regiment and servedt
hrr Kansds- and. %Ilskouri until February.
18419, when .le aeccompdi~ed his regimnent to
the PhilippInes. where -he remained to thei
time of his .ath
Promettens, Appointmnta ahd Resg
.ataeuu In Interter Degartmnt.
The follelut~official change. liaye tiem
made in the Deparmnt of the InterIor:
-Office of he~ Beairtery: Prem-,-a. ,a
Harry Wdisbrod -f Pesy~ai aaei*-.
ant enginetaP6, tp esder, P. vie
Femnim . Both amesam a
phifte Waring of Maryland, copyist. M05.
Appointen-Cbharie L. Gross of Alabama,
fireman, .1VW Resigmations-Miss Jennie
S- arveye of Mihigan. clerk. 3L400: Mrs.
m2 M. Pattms of New York, clerk.
11,416; Otte C. Rinhordson of Ohie. elerk,
Prenotidns-Charuem E. O'Connor of A]&
basis, clerk. 31,20. to 1.00; Charles S.
Wheeler of North Carolina, Miss Etta Stee
of anasA. H. Davis of Indian. and
ijsamin , -ergusonf Kentucky. leerks,
31.0. to $1,400; Charle S. Rice of Penn
sylvania, MON Fannie 1. Andrews of Wy
oting, Reuben X. Morgan of Kansas. Jas.
B. Ennia of Texas, Muss Naomi Baker of
exs. John W. Hall of Georgia and Miss
Lyda Worthington of New York, clerks.
$1,010. to $4200: Miss Benobla Porter and 1.
Heylin McDonald of New York. Mrs. Helen
A. Engle and Daniel A. Whitesell of Penn
sylvania, Charles Newsom and Mrs. Sudle
B. Pratt of Indana. copyists, 900. to
DEATH OF THOMAS MACKELLAR.
Senier Member. of Philadelphia Type
PHILADELPHIA, December 29.-Thos.
Mackellar, senior member of the firm of
Mackellar. Smith & Jordan, type founders,
died today of pneumonia at his home In
Mr. Mackellar, who was a printer, poet
and author, was born in New York August
12, 1812. At the age of fourteen years he
evinced an adaptability for the printers'
craft and was given employment In the
office of the New York Spy, and later in the
publishing house of J. & J. Ha-per. In
183 he came to this city and- secured em
Ployment as proof reader in the type and
stereotype foundry of Johnson & Smith.
In 1845 he was taken into the business as a
partner. On the death of Mr. Johnson a
new firm was formed under the title of
Mackellar. Smith & Jordan.
Mr. Mackellar received the degree of doc
tor of philosophy from the University of
Wooster, Ohio. He was the author of
numerous books, poems and hymns, his
most successful venture in the literary line
being "The American Printer," a treatise
on practical printing.
He was president of the Typefounders'
Association of the United States and was
a member of numerous other organiza
PLAGUE AT HONOLULU.
Reassuring Advices Received by Sur
geen General Wyman.
The following hap been received by the
supervising surgeon general of the United
States marine hospital service, from Sur
geon D. A. Carmichael, at Honolulu, H. .
HONOLULU, H. I., December 20. 1849.
Via Victoria, B. C., December 28. 1899.
There are two cases reported plague, Ho
nolulu; two deaths December 12. No new
cases to December 20. Quarantine against
infection raised December 19."
Surgeon General Wyman, In referring to
the dispatch, said he did not consider the
situation critical in any respect. He said
also that Honolulu had a competent board
of health. This organization had In times
past manifested ability to take good care
of the public welfare in the matter of
health, and he had no doubt it would prove
equal to the emergency in the present in
stance. Dr. Wyman said that Pacific coast
ports In the United States had been noti
lied of the reports from Honolulu and that
for the present no measures would be re
sorted to beyond the exercise of extra vigi
lance on the part of the health authorities.
- M. PIEROT RECEIVES WARNING.
Must Not Enlist Men Even for Boer
CINCINNATI, Ohio, December 29.-Mr.
Pierot was arraigned before United States
Attorney W. E. Bundy on a charge of vio
lating the neutrality laws. M. Pierot has
been known as a recruiting officer here for
the Boers for some time. and through him
many men have been transported east.
He claimed today that he was engaging
these men for the hospital corps, and not
for enlistment in the army. Still he was
advised by the United States district attor
ney that he must stop engaging men even
for the hospital corps. or he would at once
be arraigned for contempt of the United
States court that issued the order through
The secret service has received informa
tion of the arrest of A. Guadello in San
Francisco. The detective who made the ar
rest captured Guadello in the act of coun
terfeiting 35 gold pieces, and secured all of
the molds and other paraphernalia. Gua
dello was released from San Quentin prison
last May. after having served a ten-year
sentence for counterfeiting.
Export of Watches to Russia.
Vice Consul General Hanauer writes from
Frankfort, November 18:
"During late years Warsaw has become
the center of the watch trade in Russia.
rhe dealings between foreign and Russian
merchants are consummated there, these
parties meeting once a year for the trans
action of business in this line. At this
time the Russian buyers from Moscow, Tu
la, Sarataw and Siberia give orders for
the next twelve months and settle for past
purchases. This trade is quite important.
A few Geneva watch making firms sell over
L,000,000 rubles' worth here annually. Swiss
watcl manufacturers purpose now to estab
lish an extensive depot of goods in their
Ine at Warsaw. to increase the sales and
nonopolise the Russian watch market. They
.ave applied to the Swiss consul in War
taw to furnish them detailed information.
)ur export associations would do well to
>btain similar data from our consuls."
More Inspectors General Wanted.
Inspector General Breckinridge has pre
pared the text of a proposed bill for the
ncrease of the inspector general's depart
nent. The bill provides that the number
Af Inspectors general shall be Increased
Irom nineteen to twenty-five officers, to
rank as follows: One as brigadier general,
,ight as colonels, eight as lieutenant
:olonels and eight as majors.
American Missionaries Criticised.
CITY OF ME'XICO, December 29.-El
P'ais, the Catholic penny daily, attacks the
american mIssionaries, /charging them with
nisrepresenting Mexico in their organs. de
>lctlng as barbarous the land where they
abor among the heathen. The paper asks
why they do not publish articles showIng
he great progress made here in railways.
elegraphs, education and manufacturing.
iut concludes that if they did not make
he 'American people believe Mexico to be'
teeped In paganism and barbarism. they
ould not secure funds to maintain their
Hawaiian Steamner Wrecked.
SAN FRANCISCO, December 20.--Ad
rices .from Honolulu say the island steam
*r Kilohsana was wrecked December 10 at
Ahaina. She ran on the reef between Ia
taina and Kaanapali, and is a total loss.
qo lives were lost.
Smalipox Amuoag the Indians.
SPOKANE, Wash., December 29.-A tele
hone message received here reports that
mallpox has broken out among the In
lane in the southern half of the Colville
Rev. Sylveater Malone Dead.
NEW- YORK. December 29.--Rev. Sylves
er Malone, pastor of 'the Roman Catholic
'hurnch of Saints Peter and Paul. Bieoklyn,
.nd'a member of the board of regents of
he University of New York, died today,
Lgod seventy-nine years. He had been In
'ailing health for some time past, and tcok
o his bed about three weeks ago.
pecial Dispatch toe Eveni cing Star.
CUMBERLAND. Md., Desember 29.-Miss
lertrude May Diehi, daughte of 1. Frank
)iobl. and Mr. Warren Snyder of Wash
ngton, D. C., were married yesterday at
iedford by Rev. Emory N. Stevens.
* Geld Going Out Teomeureg.
NEW YORK, December SS.-flshgaek.
&siheime & Ce. wlship 1s aaas ug
1I' teissewa asmm. T__ ..a. a got.
sls t, Wras aS tiw ani. oe.ean
FJNANCE AND TRADE
hiMmore nd Ohio Shares Show
RUIOI OF TRIC OOL
Higher Price on Short Covering
and Good Demand
GENERAL MARKET REPORTS
Special Dispatch to The Eening Star.
NEW YORK, December 29.-The market
hesitated slightly during the opening hour
this morning and subsequently became ir
regular under a mixed volume of business.
London traded both ways and seemed dis
posed to follow New York in any activity
which might be sanctioned by local condi
tions. Some realizing In the industrial de
partment, especially Sugar, had a tendency
to hold the market back for a time, but
good buying of certain specialties soon
forced a general advance.
The demand was always aided. if not in
spired, by the short interest, but there was
exceptionally good buying of certain of the
railroads, which had been conspicuous prior
to last week's decline. Baltimore and Ohio
shares, for example, were unusually strong.
and forged up under a demand which was
said to be for accounts heretofore identified
with the buying.
The preferred stock was in especial de
mand and was not offered freely, the ad
vance following without special effort in
The buying of these shares very naturally
revived the arguments relating to the bene
fits to be derived from the company's rela
tions with Pennsylvania.
The eastern group of railroads concerned
in this traflic arrangement were all advan
ced under the general demand.
Should the market continue its advance
early In the new year, and the impression
obtains that it will, the eastern trunk
lines are considered to be among the prob
able leaders of the movement.
The Pacific stocks are being given excel
lent support by influential interests, and
all of them respond willingly to the buy
ing. Union Pacifie, Northern Pacific and
Southern Pacific all show a disposition to
advance. Here and there realizing sales are
in evidence, but hardly to the extent that
The last days of the year were looked
upon as being likely to show a second re
action back to panic prices. The short in
terest, however, has destroyed this theory
and Is being closed out on a scale which
makes the whole market strong. The steel
stocks are finding friends because of assur
ances of good dividends during the coming
year. The buying is cautious, however. and
the fears of bank discrimination continue
to keep the movement down to rather
The one fact which stood out prominently
today was the willingness of certain large
interests to be long of stocks over the
Gold shipments aggregating about $3,10,
0(0 were announced, but were passed over
as factors. Call money rates ran up to 9
per cent for a time, but this movement was
The money market is expected to be easier
after the first of the year. and there is a
general sense of re'ief from last week's
fears and sentiment is more cheerful in
FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
New York Stook Market.
OpMo ig1 Low'. Close.
American Cotton Oil_ , 3. ...
A S. Wire. ..... 46 4846 48
Am. Steel & Wirepfd..... go 9 4 89%
American Sugar........ 12/ 125 I
American Tobacco.....9 99% 9jq
Atchison......... . .....i ...._.,
Atehison, pfd........... fi0v' m r1"
hialtimore & Ohio, pfd 7 774., 74
IaiLtimiore&Ohio,w .. 55 55 597
brooklynllapid Transit. 72', M1. 71V 72
Chesapeake a Ohlo........ 29
t., C. 4. c St. LOUIS........ V 61 6' 61
Chicago, I. & ............ 121% G3
Chie & Northwestern. ........
cnicago Gas ...._..... 10L.% 5 2
C , M. and St. PuL........ 117% 118 1161
L0ca1o L.1. & Pacific 106 1 10P 1106
Chie., 8t P., X. & 0...... 0 ........
Chic, & G. Western........ rM
Consolidated uas....... my, 12a1s - 19
Gon. Tobacco ....... ...... r2 S- 1
Con. Tobacco, pfd......... a8%
Delaware a udson... 117% 118% 117 11V
FederalStee..... . 0% .2..
'ederal Steel. pfd........ 73 4% 74
2tienerai Electric....... 121 4 1 14
Illinois Central... ......... 112 I2% III-%
Louisville & Nashville. 78 79% iy, 29
Metropolitan Traction.. 174% 177 1-2 176
Manhattan Elevated.. 96%% 96 97%
Miaou Pacife............. 39% 4
M.. K. & T.. pid.......... 32 2
National Land co........ 24% 24% 24y 2ig
New Jersey CentraL.... 116% 119 U6i I1k
gNewYora Central,X-rts 10 11 129 1,
Northern Pacific, pfd. ....
Pacitic Rau ............. .. 4
i'acili Mali.- 40% 44 4~4
Pennsylvania it R. 180 112% 129% ....
*leading, 1st pd..... 5w% 51 40 1
Southern 'aciec.......... 37 3
boutnern hailway. .....
Southern hallway, pfd. 537' h4(
Texas Pacific............ 1 1 1
Tenn. Coal and iron...... 880,, 83%
Union Pacid . ........ 47 476 - 47%
Union Pacific, pfd......... 73% 74 74
U 8. Leatner, pi....... 72 7 1%
U.S. ubber.............12 4214 4 !0 %
Wabash, pf4.............. 220 1 V!1
% estern L nion Tel. 4%
Colorado Fuel and Iron 43 44
Ontario & Western........ ........
Ex-div., V 1%.
Washington Ste.k Excaoe.
Sales-tegular call-i! o'clock m.-lDlstriet of 0o.
lumbia 3.65~s, *75t at 118. Columbia Title mInor
a&ne, 65 at 5. Capital Traction. 1 at U13%. Wasb
ingote Gs. 10i at 56,j. After call-Washingi.,n
G2as. 10 at 19
District of Columbia Bonds.-Fnndiug currency
3. a 11. bMd 121 .Askd
Mlclineua1i~cs.Mero0ila R55ra 6s
12hd 16 sed Mto 6l1a R 61adcet
jileit.A,11 akd.Me 122lla illra et
indbi. B 11 bd..16a ied omisi- Railoa
CompnySen A. .. 1 11bi % W 111sao 11sa
titte Eecri Lgh crt ld11984 116 asked
Cheapeke nd otoac elehon 129ll id 0
askd. heapeke ndP 7tma 7T8phu co
Is.10% skd.AmrianSeunt4an 41's 44,
100hi. aslstoeSirkt oman 1's 132.
112%bid W.. ugon arke C 9pa g ins Os
112 bi. WshigtoMa3e Cm ay tn s.
11% id asni ai Asoit11 . 16 bid,
11 akd.Aercn lrpo 54a e. 5600bd
Natona Bak tec 15-a of 15higtn
Lincolnil., b4. 16akd
Wa a phintn Trst empk ExchNatiae.af
Des-euar call-.12id13 asloke.Dshinet on o
Leantaia Tr6st, 175 aid 18 asked.i Amte Besu
aune. s5at 5.rcatal Tratin. 6 at3d. Wasb-g
tnon a s. 0 hid56. 19ased.al--Wsigo
ias.u10atc 56c.-iees s2hd rsia
D2 idtricto olumia 2Bods.-Faukd.ingcurency
30 . Pomc.18bd 120 askd, 9akd Alais
143 bid 152 asked. Mermpianmras.h20 d r.
indeonal Aion. alO .I sked. MerpoianIala cert
1idt. B111b31 asked. Columbi id 9akd Pello-d
6,5bid. 11 -sked. Columbia ailroald 2d,
mr.E,17bd,10asked. Washington Gal.sbi.DsrctTte
Cmny e.Ad.11%bid. Washastkn da
Copay bid. B. as. 110%gebod. Usatd tas
Eetownic bigdeh. m.6.16 se.Uie
Stats adElectric Light cetocne.U6si116 ased
Chesapeake3 asd.t Teeepone Gas. 103 bid,u
aTeled.n tk-Chesa p and Potomac,n con
11% id.las ntaon. MrkeCmpean ip.e,
152% hId. Wa7%bingnaked.Lnte omyta. 6s.
bid.ae Amran Graophone 12 bdb.. 10 abid.
Natioal Beapnne Stocks hi.--Bak o Waintn
Pne0aic. 400 aked.2tp2ta=5 bid, kd 575
asked. Centrat. 177ld1 bed. Lirmerad 5.eehan
bid, 70 skd. Clmix5 d aia.x3
Lol. di18ded. 15akd
aeeosit an Trus Comis.-tialsf
Loan arst. 155iadr akd.Aere. e
cprt rantd Tru, st6% d '' ased W1=Ma
42 Md. estoa, esat8 d. 123%ka Carn
x0r baid. Poo a6aM.7 nkd rnee
14 bid. 12ts ase.tGra-ren 256 s bid.
1p3 e.1asked. .~ 138 . 118 asedUP
bid. 3%. asked.
Ralra Stck.CptlTato Cman
own sad e
361st marI. an l p a7%;
*emSh3A i : a m .. . s or .
te :am yene esta. du le1-No
Wbi a" dull
. 2- . se; Me 2 wems. m. Haye tay
"S0. I tli , .a an" .Qmis fright dal ad
esq-Msm ta tidemGePa. Per Wht. 4.. Jame
mry; Cor. sfr . 11.. her.
oSta. Pr=isiem ad Oseem tram.
Furbhed by W. BE. Hibbs & Co.. bankers
and breokers. 1419 F st.. memb.'s New York
stock e esse, omepOnent Meses. La
deuburg. Thalmann & CU., New Tout.
C2ICAGO. December 6.-0mb:
Wheat-May........ 0= %ar
C~aOO. Decesme 2.-Froemm:
Ik-J ......... 112 '0. Z
May.. 0- 10.85 10.41 10.47
tard-,sa...... 67 5.67 552 50
May. . 6.3 1.3 53 5.46
be---Jan.... 5. 5.35 5.32 5.259
may....... 5.55 &.5 5.10 a =A
NEW MK. Derember W.--Ontte.:
Oam. H"g. ULr. "
Janary.......... 7.0 74 .7.30 7.4
Mar . .. . 7.40 7.63 7.41 .4
May .............. 7.55 7.65 7.48 T-49
Augast .............. .8 7. 1T 7.50 1.11
THE STRINGING OF WIRES
Amendment to Regsisa, a epo..
mended, Adopted by On i.inea..
Conditions 1pe" Whik Peormiat Are
te Be 11ereafter lissoue-Attorney
Mr. W. C. Allen. the District electrical
engineer, several days ago recommended to
the Commissioners that article 1i of the
police regulations be amended so as to en
able his department to fx the responsibility
for unauthorized stringng of wires and to
Identify the workmen engaged in such
work. The matter was referred to the
attorney for the District, who today ad
Vied the Commsioners to amend section
5 of the article In question so that it shall
read as follows:
"No permit to string any additional wire
or to change the location of, or to repair
or replace any pole or wire, shall be issued
to any telegraph, telephone. messenger. sig
nal or electric lighting company. or to any
person or company owning. operating or
maintaining overhead wires or poles in the
District of Columbia, until such company
or person shall have filed In the office of
the Commissioners of the District of Co-.
lumbia a complete list of his or its poles
and overhead wires, giving their locations
and designating such poles and overhead
wires by numbers: and it shall be unlawful
to string any additional telegraph, tele
phone. messenger. signal or electric lighting
wire. or to change the location of any pole
or wire, or to repair or replace any pole or
wire, without a permit specIfying particu
larly the proposed location And change or
repair thereof. For every violation of any
of the provisions of this section the party
offending shall, on conviction thereof In the
Police Court of the District of Columbia, be
punished by a fine of not less than $10 nor
more than $25 for each and every offense."
Providing for Identilention.
To provide for the identification of the
workmen the attorney suggested the fol
lowing as a section of the article:
"Each lineman, repair man or other em
ploye of any telegraph. telephone, messen
ger, signal or electric lighting company.
while engaged in stringing, repairing or re
placing any overhead wire, or while en
gaged in erecting. restoring or repairing
any pole of such company. or while doing
other work In cor.nection with such poles
or wires. shall wear a conspicuously num
bered badge indicating the name of the
ccmpany by which he is employed. For
every violation of the provisions of this sec
tion the party offending shall on conviction
thereof in -the Police Court of the District
of Columbia be punished by a fine of not
less than $1 nor more than $2I- for each and
The amendments, as suggested by the at
torney. have been approved by the Com
ADMITTED TO SCHOOLS.
Opinion of Attorney for the Distrlet
in Two Case.
The attorney for the District today ad
vised the Commissioners as to the enforce
ment of the law requiring non-residents
to pay for taition of their children attend
ing the local public schools, in the case of
Mrs. Julia B. Steever. and also in that of
Mrs. C. S. Carpenter. both of whom reside
at Fort Myer, Va.
It appears that Mrs. Steever is the wife
of Maj. Seever of the 3d United States
Cavalry, who owns property in the Dis
trict and resided here until August last.
when he was ordered to the Philippines,
his family residing at present at Fort My
er. The fort is a government reservatioi
and a military outpost of the national cap
ital, and the attorney thinks that an inten
tion to ctrtail the then existing educa
tional opportunities of the children of the
army establishment cannot be rightly im
puted to "the patriotic and historic Fifty
lifth Congress." in his opinion such a pur
pose shouad be-clearly apparent in any law
enacted by it. It should be plainly put in.
he says, so as not to oblige one to read it
into such a law. He is. therefore, of the
opinion that Maj. Steever's child is n.t
within the Intent of the provision of th,
act of Congress referred to, and that the
child Is entitled to be admitted to and
taught free of charge in the public schools
f the District. -
Mrs. Carrenter is the widow of an army
officer, owns property here, where she r.
%ided until last June: is postmistress at
Fort Myer. and, as such p-stmistrees. ha.
rccasion to visit Washinglon on business
rearly every day. He is, therefore. of the
)pinion that her child is also entitled to the
-me privileges. because, as he states, she
is "engaged in business or publIc dutIes In
W. C. Mots Appointed Exeestor et
Louis Ders's Estate.
In the matter of the contest over the
staate of Louis A. Dorr. deceased, the
aveators. Mrs. Ann C. Bruehi and Mrs.
"lara Augusta Stictenoth. today, through
Attorneys Inmbert & Lamnbert. withdrew
heir caveat, heretofore fled against the
will of Mr. Dorr, and In pursuance of its
erms Mr. W. C. Mots was appointed execu
or. The case has been pendIng in court
iince last August. when, in addItion to sig.
ilfying their objection to the probating of
he will, the caveators also filed a hill in
sqlty to have receivers appointed to take
~harge of the estate. The court appointed
hiesaes. E. G. Bruehal and W. L. Elterich
in the Detition against the will It was
tLeged that undue Influence had been ex
rted upon the testator, end that, therefore,
he will was invalid. This assertion was
lenied. and as by the will the caveatore
ecelved substantial dredjoes in trust, ani
imicable settlement of thste out of court
ras reached. Attatgle '. L. Elterich
tnd Arthur O'Cennor eppeared for the
Pensions were Issued todag to the folluw
ng residents of the Didtriot of Colemia:
oseph C. Windsor. *k Inydla K. GJranger.
8; A. 1. Tate. $8; Pbii.e in
rease, $12 to $1d. and EhoaA. McCaua
Chamnes in Medleni me..ma.. Doora.
The cm..mm.. of pensioas today madea
he folldtring change in the local amedIcal
enn e---ns-a b~oards: Dr. a. w. n.a.e
o aueeeed Dr. j. P. Barweit, and Dr. F. V.
frooks to sensed Dr. A. C. L.tmenr as
sitesnate ts the seve85t boede.
lzEmemdti Wemgsumeos d6w the DnwF.
The Nasy Depemmet has dscdesd to
pee a see eing tmsemsm at (tevdaame
Ibi. in mao~mam n~h Ms geMeg et ean
Isi m-$sm the Mmb. es he as
Lsma. iatm 3. E., -...as wm
-e -am in df ea tCsoe