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No. 14,696. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, APRIJ. 5, 1900-TWENTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. THE EVENING STAR. 5m AILT. EIPT SUN T 1.wgesry Beuim es. Som, I0 Peassl Assam. New Tet ONce: 126 Trees 3ens3. Chas. Oin: Sales amess 140m0 O Tesbilgr kUdgs., Trawler Spm r. 1T Eveniag star in wrse to sbsertbaet In the eity by carrier., oe their own secoest. at 10 cattS oe r 44 coot. pr meoth. at the ater. cents each. Baym--i in the t"ted ostat..r oad-,ostao ...d-d -oots tie mouth. ntwray Qsai!ol. sheet Star. $1 per Fear. with foerefro p rstage ad.ed (Etered at the Poot A at Washtinstaa. D. . m .e...d-ela mail matter.) gAn mai eaberiptiooa miust be paid in advanc. sate. of adeeri'ng made known eo appliletiona THE SORTIE FAILED Unsuccessful Attempt to Relieve Gar rison at Mafeking. COL PLUER'S COLUMN REPULSE .Boers Still Closing in South and East of Bloemfontein. ROBERTS' BASE THREATENED LONDON. April 5.-A special dispatch from Lorenzo Marquee says sharp fighting occurred April 2 in the neighborhood of Mafeking. The garrison made a sortie, while Gen. Plumer's cavalry attacked the Boers at Ramathiabama. Both attacks were repulsed. Twenty of Col. Plumer's men were found dead on the field and six others were made prisoners. The federal losses were small. TRIALS OF ESCAPED PRISONERS. Capt. Haldane and Lieut. Le Mesurier Give Experiences. LONDON, April 5.-Further details just received from Lorenzo Marques in regard to Capt. Ialdane of the Gordon Highland ers and Lieut. Le Mesurler of the Dublin Fusiliers, who recently arrived there after escaping from Pretoria, encountering peri lous adventures in the way, show that their experiences were very similar to those of Winston Churchill. the war cor respondent, who also escaped from Pre toria In December last. Hiding in swamps during the day time, having narrow es capes from Boer patrols and traversing It) miles of country. ('apt. Haldane and Lieut. Le Mesurier at length reached Watervalcover, in the South African re public, where they hid in an open railroad truck, covered with tarpaulin. Ccntinuing the narrative of their ex periences. the two officers said: "At daybreak, to our delight, the train moved off. After eight hours we arrived at Komatie Port, but were dismayed by the switching of our truck to a siding, while the remainder of the train moved on into the promised land, only a mile dis tant. After half an hour, to our great con sternation, we heard some one unfasten the tarpaulin, the darkness of the truck was changed to brilliant daylight, and a Dutchman looked over the contents. For hours we did not move and were cramped and stifled by the heat. The following morning, to our intense delight, the truck was coupled to a goods train and we soon crossed the line into Portuguese territory." Capt. Haldane added that he and Lieut. Le Mesurier hope soon to join their regi ments and face the Boers again. The two officers show traces of the hardships they have endured, their long hair and un shaven faces being particularly noticeable. THREATENING ROBERTS' BASE LINE. Parties of Boers East and South of Bloemfontein. LONDON, April 5.-Detached bodies of Boer horse, numbering from 5W) to 1.000 each, have appeared at several places to the southward and eastward of Bloemfon tein, threatening the railroad, but commu nication by wire and rail is not in the least affected. One of these forces is near East Springfonteln. on the Bloemfontein rail road, and General Gatacre's forces are re ported to be about to engage it. Lord Rob erts, except to safeguard the railroad, seemingly declines to send columns chasing the Boer bands. He is reserving his cav alry and transport animals for the forward movement. Explanations havir.g indirect origin In the war office as to why Lord Rob erts is inactive are that there has been a lack of horses for remounts, but new horses are arriving by train loads hourly. The -pressure on the railroad is so great that private parcels and the offieers have not been forwarded from Cape Town for three weeks. Situation in Free State. The si:uation in the Free State remains far from clear and Is unsatisfactory to British observers. The sickness among the Boer prisoners at Simonstown continues to increase. Five men died April 3. The pris once-s who were on board the transport L.iongolian have been transferred to the shore camp. Unless the sickness abates it is not Ukely that more prisoners will be sent to St. Helena. A dispatch from Cape Town dated yester day anrounces the departure for the front of the second contingent of Canadian mountedl infantry. Rudyard Kipling has returned to Cape Town. STETN STILL HAS HOPE. Free State President's Address at Opening of the Rand. PRETORIA, Monday, April 2.-In his speech at the opening of the Free State raad, President Steyn declared that in spite of the surrender of mtoemfontein he had not lost hope of the triumph of the republican causE. The war, he said, was forced upon the Transvaal, and nothing remained for the Orange Free State but to throw in its iot with the sister repubilic, In accordance with, the terms of the treaty. The war, he continued, was begun with the object of maintaining by arms the independence bought with the blood of the forefathers of 1:he nation, and had been so successful that It had caused the greatest wonder throughout the world and even to the Boer. ttnemselves. After payingr a trihbrte to the memory ot G*n. .,,ubert. I - -sident Steyn said that the British, n! witr.-anding their overwhelm ling numbers, wree vIolating the flag of true and the Red Cross and he was com pelled to report the matter to the neutral The presIdent further remarked that the attemtpt to create dissension amtong the burghers by the issuing of proclamations had faIled. Rteferring to the correspondence betweeu, the South African presients and Lord Sa.1sbury, President Steyn proceeded: "Not only were those efforts made. bul the republics hadt dispatched~ a deputatiori to E-urope. and A merica in order to bring the influence of neutral powers to secure a ces. eanion ..f the bloodshe~d. and I greatly de sire- that these efforts be crowned with sue. After stying that the government had raised a temp -rary I.oan with the Transvaa: o~residtent Steyn concluded, with a prayer that the Free State be preserved from be-. lig forced to g.we up Its dear'y loved in. de.pendence. Piumer'a Start for Mafeking. GABERON ES. Bechuanaland, Wednes ,'ay. March 'A--ol. Plumer, with a forc, of British mounted infantry, started on daring march Sundlay. March 25. with the object of threatening the Boer lines of conm rr'unication,. After two rapid night marche; through Transvaal territory they arrive, at dawn, March 27, withIn twelve miles o Zeerust and distinctly heard the bombard ment of Mafeking. Having reconnoitere,. the country with the view of future opera tions without sighting a single white mat, Col. Plumer crossed the railroad south o Lobatsi, which he found in posseasion of Boer force, and returned. Thence, tindin; the railroad hence damaged by Gen. Sny man's main force, he returned to the vicln Ity of Mafeking. Rtumors reach here that a relief column I anpeakt. 3aIakt fremm the ....ea. MONEY FOR THE NAVY Amount Carried by the Appropria tion Bill $61,219,916. WARSHIPS TO CO3T $28,000,000 Armor Plate at $545 a Ton Recommended. OUR POLICY IN THE FUTURE The naval appropriation bill was today reported to the House by Acting Chairman Foss of the naval committee. The amount carried by the bill is $61,219,916-the largest ever reported to the House from the naval committee. Aside from this the report, which accom p.nies the bill, is remarkable for its ar rayal of facts regarding sea power the world over, foreign naval programs and the comparative strength of the navies of the great maritime powers, accompanied by colored charts showing the upbuilding of the various great navies. Under the head of "naval program," the report says as to new ships: "For the pur pose of further increasing the naval es tablishment of the United States the com mittee recommend that the President be au thorized to have built by contract two sea going coast-line battle ships, carrying the heaviest armor and most powerful ordnance for vessels of their class upon a trial dis placement of about 18.500 tons, and to have the highest practicable speed and great ra dius of action, and to cost, exclusive of armor and armament, not exceeding $3. 600.000 each; three armored cruisers of about 13.000 tons trial displacement, carry ing the heaviest armor and most powerful ordnance for vessels of their class and to have the highest practicable speed and great radius of action, and to cost, exclu sive of armor and armament, not exceed ing $4,250.000 each; and three protected cruisers of about 8,000 tons trial displace ment, carrying the most powerful ordnance for vessels of their class, and to have the highest speed compatible with good cruis ing qualities and great radius of action, and to cost, exclusive of armament, not ex ceeding $2,800,000 each. Continuing the report says: Largest Naval Program. "The maximum cost of the ships herein authorized, exclusive of armor and arma ment, will be $25.350,000. This is the larg est naval program ever submitted by the committee on naval affairs of the House and is in accord with the wishes and rec ommendations of the Secretary of the Navy and Admiral Dewey. and will. we believe, meet the just demands of public sentiment. The past year in naval con struction has been marked by the most liberal naval program on the part of all foreign nations. At the present time there is pending in the reichstag of Germany a naval bill which, if passed, will increase the tonnage of the present German navy 422.000 tons, a larger tonnage than that of her present navy." Contracts for Armor Plate. As to armor plate, the report tells of the futile efforts to secure armor at $300 and $400 and says: "The battle ships Maine, Ohio and Missouri, now in process of con struction, require 7,359.42 tons of armor, or 2,453.14 for each vessel. It is believed by the committee that these battle ships of nearly 13,000 tons displacement, the largest in design which have ever been planned by the Navy Department, should have the best obtainable armor, and, ac cordingly, your committee recommend that the Secretary of the Navy be authorized to contract for such armor at a cost not to exceed $545 per ton. The best obtain able armor at the present time is. accord ing to all naval authorities, the so-called Krupp armor, which is at least, and has been so proven by ballistic tests, of 25 per cent greater efficiency than that of the Harveylzed armor. Every nation in the world is using the Krupp armor today. Your committee believe that it is little short of disloyalty to recommend any other than the best protection and the best armor for these battle ships to be placed between the bodies of our officers and men and the bullets of the enemy. "Under the last naval appropriation act Congress authorized the construction of the three battle ships Georgia. Pennsyl vania and New Jersey, and three armored cruisers, West Virginia, Nebraska and Cal ifornia, but inserted a provision therein as follows: "'That no contracts for the armor of any vesse's authorized by this act shall be made at an average rate exceeding $3500 per ton of 2,240 pounds, including royalties, and in no case shall a contract be made for the construction of the hull of any ves sel authorized by this act until a contract has been made for the armor of such ves sel.' "Your committee recommend that this re striction be removed and that contracts be authorized so that the construction of the hulls of these vessels may go on without further delay." Our Naval Policy. One of the most interesting features of the report is that which discusses "our naval policy." It gives the gradual upbuilding of our new navy year by year under Secre taries Chandler, Whitney, Tracey, Herbert and Long, and says: "We have a navy to day which includes a considerable number of vessels of every class, and, ship for ship, it will equal that of any navy In the world. "Seventeen years ago we had practically no facilities for building ships, and what we had were discredited. We were obliged to buy our armament and armor, and even in one case our pans, from foreign coun tries. Today we are not only building ships in American shipyards of American ma terial by American labor on American plans for ourselves, but also for some of the lead Ing nations of the world. Such has been the advance which has been made In naval progress in our o'wn country. "The question may he asked, What shall be our future naval polIcy? "Let us bui'd as we have been building gradually on broad lines and upon the most advanced ideas of naval construction; not so fast that we will be ahead of the ad vance of naval progress, but slowly enough to secure all the benefits of new improve-. ments and new inventions, or. better still, to do as the Americairnavy has always done when given an opportunity, to lead the march of the best naval construction," NO DEMONSTRATION. Admiral and Mra, Dewey Unsrecognsis ed at the Railway Statlo. Admiral and Mrs. Dewey left Washington at 11 o'clock this morning for Philadel phis. There was no demonstration at the depot when they alighted from their car riage and passed through the crowded waIting rooms to the train. They drove to the Pennsylvania station unattended ex cept by the footman and Chinese attend ant. When they entered the station both the ladies' reception room and the general waiting room were well filled with people waiting to take trains or to meet arriving friends. Few, if any, present recognized in the erect. gray-mustached little afan of dapper appearance, proud walk and eaver hat, with a stylishly dressed lady leaning on his arm, the Manila hero and-recentip annonneed candidate for the presidency. IAttended by their two servants, they went IN TRAINING. DDIS Since studying this subject I am convinced that the office of the President is not such a very difficult one to fill."-From Admiral Dewey's statement. BLOOD CALLS BLOOD Socialists Condone Attempt on Life of Prinoe of Wales, ALLUDE TO WAR 'WTH BOEES Hot Debate Provoked in Belgian Chamber of Deputies. SIPIDO MAKES CONFESSION BRUSSELS, April 5.-In the chamber of representatives today the president, Baron Snoy, said he felt sure he was but voicing the feeling of the whole Belgian nation in expressing, in behalf of the chamber, the indignation created in all minds by the at tempt made on the life of the Prince of Wales. "The youth of the criminal," he continued, "leads me to hope it was only the act of a person unconscious of the enormity of his offense; but we feel bound to express to England and the Prince of Wales our most sincere regrets." The minister of foreign affairs, M. Ie Pavoureau, In behalf of the government, as sociated himself with the regrets of Baron Snoy. "The government," he said, "yesterday forwarded to the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria an expression of the indig nation to which so odious an outrage had given rise." The socialist leaders announced their unanimous approval of the words of the previous speakers, adding, however, that if srcialists condemned individual crimes they blamed with no less energy the "great col lective crimes being committed at present in South Africa, and they protested at the in action of Europe, which was indifferent to the crimes the English perpetrate in South Africa. But at the same time they deeply felt the attempt against the Prince of Wales." "Blood calls for blood," said M. Van Der Velde, the leader of the socialists. His re marks called forth protests from the right ists, who recalled the fact that Great Britain had always been the best guarantee of Belgium's neutrality. M. Lorand, leftist, while admitting Great Britain's services to Belgium, said he could not neverthelesss, "forget she had betrayed her traditions In attacking a free people." The minister of foreign affairs expostulated at the last remark, and said that the leftists ought to observe the reserve which was the most elementary of the rules of cour tesy rendered incumbent upon them, which M. Van Der Velde retorted. "You failed to blame the red sultan. You have, therefore, no right to find fault with us. We protest against the attempt on the Prince of Wales' life, but we also protest against the Infamous, shameful war the English are waging on a free people. You have protested in the name of the govern ment; we protest in the name of the Belgian people and send to the Boers our fraternal greeting." The minister of foreign affairs again pro tested against these attacks on a friendly nation, when M. Furnement, socialist, jumped up and shouted: "Long live the Boers," whereupon the president of the house appealed to the patriotism of the chamhr vit to prolong the discussien, Congratulations Poer In. LONDON, April 5.--Congratulations upon the escape of the Prince of Wales from the attack of the would-be assassin Sipido at Brussels yesterday continue to arrive in great pumbers at Marlborough House from all quarters of the globe. All the crowned heads and chiefs of states have wired ex pressions of sympathy. The papers are full of comments and the foreign press is unani mously voicing the profound Indignation of the British at the madness of such an act. Dr. Leyds' Congratulations. Dr. Leyds, diplomatic agent of the Trans vaal, has telegraphed to the Prince of Wales congratulating him on his escape from assassination. The members of the Transvaal legation here called at the Brit ish legation and subscribed their names in the visitors' book after hearing of the at tempt on the prince's life. '~ I DENIES THAT HE TALKED. Ex-President Cleveland Did Not Ils enss Dewey's Candidacy. PRINCETON, N. J., April 5.-Former President Grover Cleveland today declared that he had not given an interview to any one on Admiral Dewey's candidacy. Re ferring to published expressions of his views he dictated the following: "This statement is outrageous. It is false from beginning to end. A number of young men representing different papers called on me yesterday for my opinion In relation to Admiral Dewey's announcement of his can didacy, and 1 intariably declined to say anything whatever on the subject. If by any possibility I should see fit in the fu ture to give any expression on this subject it will be done 'n a way that will leave no doubt as to its authenticity. In the mean time it is safe to calculate in advance that any less authoritative statement which may be attributed to me will be an unjustifiable fabrication." BIG FIRE AT RAVENNA, MICH. Business Portion of Village Destroyed -Gas Engine Explodes, RAVENNA, Mich., April 5.-The business portion of this village was destroyed by fire which started last midnight from an ex plosion of coal gas in a saloon. A portion of the residence section also burned. The total loss is estimated at upward of 1300, 000, with insurance light in most cases. Every business building in the city except Wm. Patterson's general stone was con sumed. Help was summoned from Grand Rapids, and a fire engine, which helped check the flames, was sent from that city on a special train. During the progress of the fire a gas en gine exploded. Several men were badly hurt, and one of them. H. Marion Higgins, proprietor of the Ravanna House, died this morning, the result of his injuries. JAPANESE EXPECT WAR. Russia's Methods in Corea Exeite. the Gravest Apprehension. YOKOHAMA, March 23, via Williams' Head quarantine, B. C., April 5.--While the tone of the native press is exceedingly mod erate and guarded, It is quite evient that thinking Japanese are impressed with the serious character of the situation regarding Russia. It certainly looks now as if there was something serious in the pertinacity in which the occidental press has been in sisting on imminence of a war between the two countries. In the last few days it bas been definiteiy announced that the Russlan method of In sinuating has been applied to Corea in the usual form of a court adviser and a large loan. War Preparzations Continue. SHANGHAI. April 5.-The Ominous prep arations of the Russian and Japanese war departments continue. The Ru-sians are nmaking strenuous efforts to fill Phrt Arthur with grain, even a* panic prices, ah are importing quantities of wheat from North China. Japan has called out her naval reservec for service during the approaching ma neuvera, when the entire Japanese dset will bh ena. ?s a cUssART As Seas. Today advertising is as necessary to the transaction of certain lines of business as steam and electricity are to machinry.-R J. Gun. ning. THE PRINCIPAL TOPIC Views at the Capitol Regarding Dewey's Candidacy. GENERAL TREND OF THE MUM : Belief That the Admiral Has Made a Mistake. MANY POINTS OF VIEW The candidacy of Admiral Dewey for the presidency was the principal topic of eon versation among senators and representa tives at the Capitol today. Men talked more freely privately than for publication, and in such a case the expressions were inclined to be more bitter than otherwise. The gen eral trend of sentiment in the unreported talks of senators and representatives was that Admiral Dewey had made a mistake. that there was no demand for hiscandidacy, and general surprise was expressed that he should have made the announcement. What is Said In the Hemse. Following are comments at the Capitol on Admiral Dewey's announcement: Representative Loudenslager. New Jer sty: "I don't think the people want Mr. Dewey as President. They are willing to allow him to retire on the honors he has al ready received." Representative Hill. Connecticut: "My judgment is that Mr. McKinley will be the republican candidate. Mr. Bryan tht demo cratic candidate, and that disposes of Mr. Dewey." Representative Morris, Maine: "No, sir, not a word." Representative Lorimer, Illinois: "What tick-'i does he want to run on?" The reporter gave it up. "If I knew that I might giva you an in terview." said Mr. Lorimer. Representative Linney, North Carolina: "My own opinion is that no man, be he ad miral or occupying any exalted position, who announces his candidacy without in any way Indicating the political organiza tion to which he looks for support may ex pect anything from the people that would tend in the least to encourage such candi dacy. He will not only not receive the support of any, but will not get the sup port of any township in the Union. Representative Lacey. Iowa: "I am a great admirer of Mr. Dewey. I am sorry he came out. In the navy, we knew which side he was on. We don't know which side he is on now." Representative McCullough (Ark.)-"I don't think he will be in it at all." Representative H'epburn (Iowa)-"No, thank you; don't care to say anything." Representative Loud (Cal.-"I have very pleasant recollections of Mr. Dewey. I don't want to cause him any pain by say ing anything now." Representative Shattuc (Ohio)-"He'd bet ter have stood by his original declaration. My judgment is that the admiral would have been mistaken in his opinion that the presidential ofiee would be easy to AL" Candidate Without a Fellowing. Representative Brownlow (Tenn.)-"In my opinion he is a candidate without a fol lowing and without a party. His candidacy is bound to fall flat before the American people. I had a great admiration for Ad miral Dewey and would like to see him suc ceed in any reasonable undertaking, but I don't see that any political organixation wants him." Representative Livingstone, Georgig: '"There was a time when he could have been elected President by either party. I think he is too late. I' know the demo crats will nominate Bryan, and I believe the republicans will nominate McKinley." Representative Mahon, Pennsylvania: "I am with the republicans for McKin ley. The democrats are for Bryan. Where Is Mr. Dewey?" Representative Brosius. Pennsylvania: "If Admiral Dewey is serious in his pur poses to become a candidate for the presi dency he Is making the mistake of his life. It must be a poignant grief to his dearest friends that he is even taking the matter into serious consideration." Representative Sulzer, New York: "Ad miral Dewey's candidacy is not taken seri ously by either republicans or democrats. I regret for the admiral's sake and reputa tion that he has allowed scheming poll ticians to use his name." Representative Littlefield, Maine: "Mr. Dewey's candidacy does not impress me as a matter of any serious consequence at all." Representative Underwood of Alabama said that Alabama was solid for Bryan, and that the south was solid as ever, and that It Admiral Dewey thought he could get any part of the south in an effort to take the nomination from Bryan he was greatly mis taken. Representative Brownlow (rep.), Tennes see. said: "Dewey is a candidate for the presidency without any following or party behind him. His candidacy can only result in an injury to him personally by destroy ing the estimate in which he has been held by the American people since the victory at Manila, Dewey never did a foolish thing before his marriage and has not done a sensible thing since." Mr. Cox of Tennessee said: "I am dead out for Bryan, regardless of Dewey." Mr. Pierce-"I do not think there is any chance for a third candidate. The demo cratic party is solidiy behind William J. Bryan. He represents its principles and its hopes of success. McKinley corresponding ly represents the republican party, I re gard Dewey's candidacy as a joke." Representative Sims of Tennessee said: "I think it's absurd, and will not be s riously considered by the country." Representative Grosvenor, Ohio: "My opinion Is that it is the outbeaking of a secret conspiracy to drive Suizer oif the track." Representative Henry, Connecticut: 'It seems to me a case of ambitious woman." Representative S. W. Smith of Michigan: "I was very sorry to hear of his announce ment. I regard it as very unwise in view of his former declaration." Representative Cooper. Wisconsin:** won't say a word in criticism of Admiral Dewey. I can never forget what he did at Manila, but I have nothing to say about his candidacy." Reoresentative Lents, of Ohio, who is among those spoken of as a vice presiden tial candidate with Bryan, said: "I believe McKinley will be nominated at Philadel :hia, and as far as the democratic party is concerned we have already nominated Bryan and are only waiting for the Fourth of July to formally ratify the nomaina tiosn." "'Well' Well' Welt" said Senator Deboe. "how silly it is. It is a great mistake on the part of Dewey." Senator Cuilom said: "Oh, there is noth ing in It. Dewey has made a mistake. It Is too bad: he sheould have kept tdlL. His being an independent candidate would' make no impression on politics," Representative Bingham of PennsylvanIa said that he had known Admiral Dewey for years, and bad the highest admiration for him; but that he thought the announce mnent, coming at this time, when public sen timent was well settled upon the candidates of the two parties, so that the decision would not be canged, was Wl-advised. hA for running as an independent candidate, be thought the admiral would find that very uncomfortable and unsatisfactory. Be could not express too highly his admniration and eteem of Admiral Dewey peresafly. Representative Campbell of Montana said: "I do not think Admiral Dewey has a ghost of a chance for the nomination by the corn vention of either party, and as an indepen dent candidate he would not have a ghost af a chae af eaien. If he werma te am 180, which had been attached to the 11 o'clock train for their accommodation. They were met at the gate by the station master, who escorted them to the car, which they occupied by themselves, their servants leaving after putting wraps and reading matter aboard. DEFENDS SENATOR CLARK. Roger Foster Argues Before the Elee tion. Committee. Attorney Birney continued his argument in the case of Senator Clark of Montana before the Senate committee on elections today. He was followed by Mr. Roger Foster in Mr. Clark's behalf. Mr. Foster's plea was quite sensational in its denunciation of the prosecution against Mr. Clark. There was an effort, he said, to make it appear that Mr. Clark was more profligate and more corrupt than any of them-a veritable Count of Monte Cristo. But this was all the dream of an opium smoker and was untrue. Mr. Foster then turned his attention tion to the law in the case. He asserted that if all the testimony taken were true it would not affect Mr. Clark's right to his seat in the Senate, and proceeded to sus tain this position by an elaborate presenta tion of authorities. JUDGE BROWN'S ACTION Denounced by the Solicitor General as Outrageous. The action of Judge Brown of the United States district court at New York in re fusing a warrant for the removal of Con tractors B. D. Greene and J. F., E. H1. and W. T. Gaynor, indicted in Savannah, Ga., in connection with the frauds alkged to have been perpetrated by Capt. Carter, was a great surprise to the officials of the De pdrtment of Justice. Attorney General Griggs spoke of the de cision as unwarranted by the law or the facts, and said that under it violators of the laws of the United States could escape pun ishment, except by chance they were appre hended in the district where the offense was committed. Solicitor General Richards characterized the decision as outrageous, and said that it would defeat the ends of justice in a very large number of criminal cases. The crim inal statutes, he said, could net be enforced if Judge Brown's decision were allowed to stand. It is learned that the government will take steps to nullify the decision. WILL FAVOR CONCURRENCE. Republican Leaders' Plan on Porto Rican Bill. The republicans of the House will hold a conference on the Porto Rican tariff bill at 8 o'clock tonight for the purpose of try ing to get together on some plan of action. It is expected that the bill will be reported back to the House Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, with a recommendation of concurrence. It is doubtful whether the question will be presented to the House in such a way as to permit a direct vote on the question of substituting free trade for the tariff provision; and it is likely that the opponents to the tariff will have to choose between taking the bill as it Is or of de feating it outright. Will Not Attend the Conference. The republicans of the House who voted against the original bill at an informal conference held this afternoon decided not to attend the conference tonight. One of the members most prominently identified with the opposition stated that "the spirit of insurrection is as strong as ever," and that a recent private meeting had showr there was no falling off in the strength of the opposition. The republican members of the insular committee of the House held an extended conference today on the Porto Rico bill. Those present included Chairman Payne of the ways and means committee, Chairmar Cooper of the insular committee and Memssa Cannon, Hitt, Hepburn, Loud, Moody and others. No definite agreement was made, but the general sentiment was favorable te taking the judgment of the conference of all republican members to be held tonight While the views expressed at the meeting differed somewhat as to whether the genat, changes should be accepted the general dis position on plans and policy appeared to I along the lines heretofos Xivem. AT THE WHITE HOUSE MR. W. S. KNOX SUGGESTED FOR DISTRICT COMMISSIONERSHIP. Appointment Made for Delegation in His Interest-Successor to Webster Davis Probably Selected. The list of candidates for District Com missioner 'has been increased by one, the name of W. S. Knox, president of the Business Men's Association, having been suggested today. Frank Raymond and Barry Bulkley, friends of Mr. Knox, and officials of the Business Men's Association, were at the White House and made an ap pointment for a delegation to call on the President next Monday in the interests of Mf. Knox. There is no material change in the situa tion at White House, the President not having been called upon to consider the District appointments during the day. There Is no probability that ho will announce a selection of Commissionr 9 until he has gone over all the facts w;9h have been pre sented to him and arc Vet to be put before him. To Succeed Webster Davis. Secretary Hitchcock was with President McKinley this morning, and it is thought an assistant secretary of the interior has been decided upon to fill the vacancy,made by Webster Davis' resignation. There are several opinions about the vacancy. One is that it will not go to a Missourian, be cause Secretary Hitchcock is from that state. The other is that it will go to Mis souri for that very reason, the belief being fiat the Secretary will insist, as others be fore him have done, that his main assistant shall be of his own selection and from his own state. There is talk today of the pro motion of a Missourian in the Interior De partment. Other Callers Today. Representative Morris of Minnesota, ac companied by Representative Mahon of Pennsylvania, saw the President in behalf of Major Kirkman, a Minnesota man serv ing as a volunteer officer in the Philippines and in trouble with a court-martial and its sentence. The President will take the mat ter under consideration. Prof. Booker T. Washington and Prof. R. R. Wright, heads of noted eqiored schools in the south, saw the President for a few minutes. Representative Dayton and Maj. Ran dolph Stalnaker, ex-secretary of state of West Virginia, had a few minutes' tak wiith the President. Se did Representatives Corliss, Cushman, Sheldon, Overstreet, Senator aFirbanks, Cgmmissioner Duell of the patent office and. others. Bills Apggovgl. President McKinley has approved the bill for the payment of tAyalld 4tnd other pen sions; the bill making lpropriytions for the diplomatic and consular service, and the bill to establish a miljary post at or near DesMoines, Iowa. Today's Newinagons. The President today sent the following nominations to the Segate: For promotion in She anny-Regulars, corps of engineers- To be major, Captain John Mills. To be captain, First Lieutenant Herbert Deakyne. To be first lieutenant, Second Lieutenant Clarke S. Smith. SECRETARY ROOT AT THE CAPITOL. In Conferenee With Senate Military Adlsim Commnittee. Secretary Rbot spent most of this morn Ing at the gapitoi in consultation with members of the Sm ate Animittee on mil itary sfmlra The Secretary's discourse covered, the 'whole bro d field of military conditions. IAsBdIin i not only the immedi ate needs of tbaseggslce to be provided for in the annual appropriation bill, but the comprehensive iEorswnation project tas mulated by the Secretary and outlined in his annual report, and many questions re lating to the personnel of the army. Probably the Secretary would have been heard upon these same subjects by the House committee on military affairs, but the business of the committee had become so obstructed by the continuance of the in quiry into 'the Coeur d'Alene mining trou bles that War Department officials now de spair of obtaining any legislation during the present session beyond the regular army appropriation hill, and even that is some what endangered by the backward state of the committee's docket. COUNTING TILE POPULATION. When the Clerical Work of the Census Bureau Will Begin. As soon as the census enumerators begin to send in the results of their labors the work of counting the population of the United States will begin. This work will be done in Washington, in the new census building. A force of 800 will be required to do the work, and the most of them will be women, experience having demonstrated the spuperiority of the fair sex in this work. Director Merriam has . notified senators and representatives of the new appoint ments, and invited them to submit recom mendations. Many of these positions will go begging as far as non-residents are cot. cerned, or the reason they are only for a short period and the salary is to be but $50 a month. It is estimated the entire count can be made in eight months. and few peo ple (save those who live nearby) will care to come to Washington fur so short a period and such modest compensation. Alt this will redound to the good of the residents of Washington, from whom, it is believed, many of the temporary force will be select ed. Tne work upon which this force will be employed is known as that of the tabula tion division of the population division un der Superintendent lunt. The Star has al ready fully described the punching ma chine, which the tabulators are to use in this work. JUDGE BROWN'S DECISION. It Was a Surprise to Department of Justice Ofieials. The action of Judge Brown of the United States district court at New York in refus ing a warrant for the removal of B. D. Greene, J. F., E. H. and W. H. Gaynor, the contractors indicted in Savannah, Ga., in connection with the frauds alleged to have been perpetrated by Capt. Carter, was a gteat surprise to the officials of the Depart ment of Justice. Attorney General Griggs spoke of the decision as unwarranted by the law or the facts, and that under it vio lators of the laws of the United States could escape punishment, except by chance they were apprehended in the district where the offense was committed. Solicitor General Richards characterized the decision as outrageous, and said that it would defeat the ends of justice in a large number of criminal cases. The criminal statutes, he said, could not be enforced if Judge Brown's decision were allowed to ,stand. It is learned that the government will take steps to nullify,the decision. THE KRUPP WORKS. Consul General Guenther Sends an In terestiag Report. Interesting data about the Krupp works is contained in a report to the State De partment by Consul General Guenther. The total number of people employed by Krupp at present is 41,750, of whom 25,138 are at Essen, 3,458 at Magdeburg, 2,728 at Kiel and 10.844 at various smelters and coal mines. The foundation for these immense works was laid in 1810 by the grandfather of the present head of the firm. Essen had then 4,000 inhabitants. It now has 105,52. The firm owns a large number of iron ore mines, among them the great Bilbao mine in Spain. A railroad owned by Krupp takes the ore from the mines to the sea coast, and from there a line of four Krupu steamers conveys it to Rotterdam. The tet. Ing grounds for guns at Meppen, belonging to the firm, have a target range of 72,000 feet. In 1802 the famous Gruson steel works at Buckau were purchased, and three years ago shipbuilding yards were started at Kiel. which, when completed, will em ploy 7,000 mn.