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No. 14 816. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1900-TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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ONLY RAY OF HOPE The following correspondence was given out by the State Department this morn Ins: I. Handed to Mr. Adee by Mr. Wu, August ?jo. r.ioo?1(1:15 a.m. Cablegram dated Ausu.?t l!> from Viceroy Li Hung Chang, was* transmitted by the Chinese minister in London and received by Minister Wu on the night of the same day: "It was the declaration of all the minis ters f>?r foreign affairs of the great powers that the expedition of the allied troops was solely for the rescue of the ministers in Pekin. Now. the allied troops having en tered I'ekin and found all the ministers ?safe, it seems proper that hostilities should at once cease and that negotiations should commence. I therefore request the United Stat. s government to appoint an envoy with full or appoint the minister now in I'ekin for the purpose, as he is necessarily acquainted with the affairs between Chi n. and foreigners, and to inform me if the conference will take place in Pekin. After receipt of a definite reply, I will at one-- proceed to the north. Please request the Secretary of State to lay the matter bf fore his excellency, the President. I await reply." II. Received at the Department of State, Au gust -1. 11MJ?3:17 p.m. Cablegram from Viceroy Li Hung Chang, dated August ill. U?*t, and received by Min ister Wu on the same day: "The Boxer rebels in Pekin, having been dispersed, there will be positively no more fighting. Further military operations on part of the powers are greatly to be de plored. Resides urging cessation of hostili ties. phase confer with Secretary of State ui*>n subject of withdrawal of troops and appointment of plenipotentiary to negotiate settlement of all other questions, so as to preserve amicable relations. I await early reply." IIL Sent to the Chinese minister, August 22, 1:3?? p.m. Memorandum in response to the Chinese minister's communication of cablegrams from Viceroy Li Hung Chang, dated August l!i and 21. proposing the immediate cessa tion of hostilities and the appointment of an envoy to conduct negotiations, received at the Department of State, August 20 and 21. l!#>o: "While the condition sej forth in the memorandum delivered to $i ? Chinese min ister, August 12. hap not l4?:-n fulfilled, and the powers have been c<tnpelled to rescue their ministers by force of arms unaided by the Chinese government, still this gov ernment is ready to welcome any over tures for a truce, and invite the other pow ers to Join, when security is established in the Chinese capital and the Chine.se govern ment shows its ability and willingness to make on its part an effective suspension of hostilities there and elsewhere in China. When this Is done?and we hope It will be done promptly?the United States will be prepared to appoint n representative to Join with the representatives of the other similarly Interested powers and of the au authorltative and resjionstblc government of the Chinese empire to attain the ends declared in our circular to the powers of July :t, 11 >00. "ALVET A. ADKK, Acting Secretary. "Department t#f State, Washington, August 22, It*hi " lira. ( linfTee ( ongrnt tila ted. The War Department has made public the following: "War DEPARTMENT. August 22. "Major General Chaffee. Pekin via Taku: "The President Joins me in congratula tions to you and the officers and men of your command on the brilliant achieve ment, in which the courage, fortitude and skill of the American forces in China have played so honorable a part. With mourn ing for your fallen comrades, the whole country is proud and grateful for your great success. "ELIHU ROOT. Secretary of War." Attitude of (?uvernmenf I'nc Imaged. The text of the reply of this government to U Hum? Chang bears out the forecasts of It which have bet n made in the press during the past two days. The attitude of the government, as announced In the reply to Earl Li. Is plainly stated, and is not to b?> changed until the conditions stipulated have met compliance. The officials of this government are very much concerned over the situation, how ever. The 1 nlted States is In a peculiar PoaKiuCL For every reanon the United States desires the early withdrawal of its own soldiers and the troops of the powers from Chinese soil. At the same time it is recognized that withdrawal is impossible at present. More than this, the latest re ports of the actual conditions at Pekin show no prospect of the early restoration of a state of affairs which will make with drawal possible. Minister Conger, under date of August 19. advised the State Department that there were no members of the Chinese govern ment In Pekin, and that conditions were chaotic. The imperial family had fled, the capital of China had been abandoned, and there was no semblance of authorized government anywhere. In the continuation of such a state of affairs it is evident, it is said, that it will be impossible for the pow ers to comply with Earl Li's request for the opening of negotiations looking to the re sumption of amicable relations. The Main (ItieMtlon of the Future. How long this chaotic condition will con tinue is the main question upon which de pend the movements of the American forces in China for the near future. It is impossible for any one connected with this government to Judge of the length of time which may elapse before the Chinese au thorities will be able to collect the scattered forces of the imperial authorities, put down the rebellion and bring about "an effective suspension of hostilities." The reportp from General Chaffee and Admiral Remey of yesterday showed that up to the 10th of this month there had been no cessation of hostilities. A force of 1.<nh> Boxers had engaged the allies outside of Tien Tsin no later than Sunday last. Fighting within the walls of Pekin con tinued, as was attested by the casualty list of the American commander, for two days. It was these reports which led the Presi dent and his advisers to take the position which is outlined in the reply to Li Hung Chang. Within the next few days Ae efforts of this government to increase its military es tablishment in China will continue. As long as the situation is as unpromising as at present, men and munitions of war will continue to go forward and everything pos sible will be done to strengthen the hand of General Chaffee for any emergency which the future may develop in China. The Only Hay of Hope. The only ray of hope in the gloomy out look is the consideration that the Chinese may be able, by a desperate effort, to re store at least a semblance of order, re-es tablish a form of government and suppress the rebellion. It is realized that they have everything to gain by such a course, and that every day's delay will add to the ulti mate distress of the Chinese empire. There is no doubt that other powers will follow the lead of the United States and refuse to withdraw troops until peace is re stored. It is likely that the allies will also continue to increase their military strength in China, pending the armistice. All of this means that the money indemnity which will ultimately be asked of the Chinese will daily reach greater proportions. It may grow, it is explained, to such an amount that China would find it difficult to pay. That would certainly mean, it is said, the occupation of Chinese territory by the foreign troops until the indemnity was assured. A foothold of this kind, once obtained, would be a great advantage to nations which are known to be seeking territorial expansion in China. Such a situation would be distasteful to the United States. The President has al ready announced and repeated that the policy of the United States was not one of territorial grasping, but on the contrary to preserve the physical and administrative entity of China and to keep the commer cial doors of the great empire open to the nations of the World. In this consideration of the case, the United States will be Interested to a de gree only second to the concern of the j Chinese themselves In securing an armis tice and bringing about a renewal of friend ly relations between China and the out side world, with the withdrawal of the large armaments. Whether this can be ac complished before the Russians overwhelm China at New-Chwang, before the British land at Shanghai and spread over the land and before the French, Japanese and Ger mans disembark their armies upon Chinese soil is a question in which this govern ment Is deeply concerned, but which can not be answered now. *o Dltliei.lt> !u Lai.dl.iK Animal.. The War Department has received infor mation that there Is now no difficulty in landing animals at Taku. A dispatch from that point says that with the facilities they have GOO animals can be landed a day and lh" horses for the cavalry, as well as mules for transport service, will be unloaded as fast as the ships arrive. Preparations ar> still going forward for wintering the army in China. The quartermaster's department will have all supplies at Taku before the ice prevents further shipments, with pos sibly the exception of hay and grain, and i these, it is expected, can be supplied from the port of Lin Yu. which is open during ths winter. The commissary department Is j prepared to send in the food supplies for tho army before the port is closed. The department expects to have information soon concerning the railroad from Lin Yu to Taku. It is informed that the winter conditions at Taku, Tien Tsln and Pekin art- about the same as at St. Paul. Minn. Action of (irrman Government. Official cable dispatches were received here this morning stating that the German government today had taken action sub stantially similar to that of the United States in rejecting China's peace proposal. The German foreign office delivered the answer to the Chinese minister at Berlin this morning. Germany insists that no ne gotiations can be conducted with Li Hung Chang until his credentials make plain that he has authority from the responsible heads of the Chinese government. The Conditiona Chaotic. The State Department announced late yesterday afternoon the receipt at an early hour Wednesday morning, through the con sul at Chefoo, of a telegram from Mr. Con ger in the department cipher to the fol lowing effect: "PEKIN*. August 10. [ "Secretary of State, Washington: "The entire city, with the exception of the imperial palace, is occupied by Japan ese, Russians, British, Americans and French. It is being apportioned -.'into dis tricts for police supervision. The Chinese army fled. The imperial family and the court have gone westward, probably to Si-an-fu, In the province of Shen-si. No representatives of the Chinese government are in sight in Pekin, and the conditions are chaotic. The palace is expected to be taken immediately. Many missionaries have started for home, while others re main in charge of the Christian refugees, numbering about 1.0U0. CONGER.' From Jnpanewe Source*. The Japanese legation has received a telegram, dated August 21, from the for eign office at Toklo, giving the following dispatch, received Monday, from the Jap anese acting consul general at Shanghai: "A dispatch received here from a Chinese I official at Paoting-Fu says that, by the empress dowager's orders, Hsui-Yung-YI, Li-Shan and Lien-Yuen were executed on the 11th and Yun-Lu, who was to have shared the same fate, is now in a jail of the judicial department, and that the emperor and the empress dowager left Pekin on the 13th, escorted by Tung-Fu Shiang troops, for Wu-Taishan via Chu chow and Tse-Ching-Kwan. Kang-Yl, it is further stated, has been appointed com mander-in-chief of the Wu-Wel army, while Princes Tuan and Chwang and Tsong-Chi, Kang-Yi arjd Hsui-Tung have been ordered to remain at Pekin. "Another telegram, dated the lGth, has been received here from Paoting-Fu, to the effect that, though the empress dowager has left Pekin, the emperor has decided to remain behind." The Sew Or leant* at ShanKhal. The cruiser New Orleans was reported at the Navy Department as having arrived at Woo-Sung, the port of Shanghai, yes terday. Tribute to Caitt. Reilly. Col. Lee, military attache of the British embassy, called at the War Department yesterday to obtain authentic news of Capt. Reilly. He was grieved to learn that the brave artilleryman was dead. He paid a high tribute to Capt. Reilly as a soldier and a man. He said that Reilly came to Cuba with his battery at a time when there was considerable gloow among the Ameri cans and those who sympathize with them and he was most welcome. He said he never knew a man who was so willing to fight and so fearless of danger as the gallant Reilly. Sieve llHttericN Will Not Go. The batteries of siege guns which were to be sent to China will not go, but will remain for the present at San Francisco. The necessity for these guns has passed. In order to have siege guns for early use. In case they were wanted, a battery was sent over from Manila to Nagasaki. This battery, however, was not equipped, hav ing neither horses nor mules to transport It after it reached Taku. The battery which was to be sent from San Francisco was fully equipped for service. *--?-? ELECTRIC POWER PLANT. That for the X?w York Navy Yard Ready for Delivery. The Navy Department has been notified by the Wettlnghouse Company, the con tractors for the big electric power plant whiclP is to be installed at the New York navy yard, that the machinery In question is ready for delivery, and asked to be ab solved from any delay incident to its In stallation In the buildings which the other contractors have not yet Completed. The contract for this big power plant was let about a year and a half ago. and when In stalled will make the New York navy yard the first in this country to be fully equipped with electric driving power for all its ma chinery and machine tools. The entire power plant will represent an outlay of 1 nearly $1,000,000. RIOT IN AKRON, OHIO Two Killed, Many Injured and Public Buildings Destroyed. MOB WAS AFTER NEGRO RAPIST He Had Been Removed to Cleve land by the Sheriff. MILITARY NOW IN CONTROL AKRON, Ohio, August 23.?As a result of last night's riot two are dead, two will die, sixteen others are more or less Injured and fully $1,000,000 in property has gone up In smoke. The city hall is totally de stroyed. the Columbian building, which ad Joined the city hall, is a heap of ashes, and several smaller frame buildings in the vi cinity are in ruins. The destruction was wrought by the wild mob which held possession of the city from dark last night until almost dawn this morning. It 'is estimated that the mob was com posed of not less than l.tKK* men. The list of killed and injured follows: L,l?t of Cwnaltifi. Killed?Glen Wade, aged eleven years, son of Lillian Wade, Empire Hotel, shot through the heart. Rhoda Davidson, aged f?ur years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M Davidson, 111 Allyn street, shot through brain. Fatally injured?Fred. Vorwerk, 343 West North street, buckshot wound in abdomen. I Iniured?W H. Dussel, flesh wound in teg? 207 North Forge street; Park Strair, flesh wound in teg. 1<>4 Hill street; John E_ Washer, scalp wound from brick. Arthur E Sprague. teamster, scalp wound. John Ahren, painter, 143 Benjamin street, flesh ' wound; A. E. Chemlostky, 143 South Main street, flesh wound, hand; Albert ^rant, flesh wound below knee; Frank Sours flesh wound in hand; Fireman L. Manchester, flesh wound, cheek and neck; Fireman 1w. Roepke, flesh wound In neck. Fte?nan Miner Fritz, flesh wound in cheek. Fire man David Phillips, flesh wound In cheek, t Fireman John Denious, flesh wound in leg, Fireman A. Eberly, flesh wound In breast. Policeman Alva G. Greenlee, struck over the heart with a brick, serious; PoUceman John King, struck on knee Mvith a brick. Detective Edward Dunn, struck on the back with a brick; Albert Stevens of ura ham station, shot in foot. . Chief of Police Harrison has left the c.ty and his whereabouts1 is unknown. He is suffering from a severe nervous shock. Officer A. G. Greenlesse has been appoint ed by Mayor Young as acting chief. Oriffln of the Trouble. Louis Peck, a colored man, was put In Jail yesterday on the charge of criminally assaulting the .15* tie daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Ma as. Peck was arrested between 1 and i o'clock yesterday morning by Officer John Duffy, and during the day confessed to Prison-keeper Washer Of having attempted to assault Christina, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Maas, Industrious and respectable people who live on Perkins' Hill. The story of his confession spread like wild-fire through the city, and officers learned that an attempt would be made at night to lynch him. Peck was badly frightened. In police court yesterday he pleaded guilty, and was bound over to the common pleas court. His bail was placed at $5,000. A large crowd gathered about the city prison at 7:30 o'clock and forced In the doors. The prison was soon packed with the mob. and the officers offered no re sistance, as Peck, earlier in the evening, had been quietly taken .away to Cleve.and. To satisfy the mob the officers suggested that a committee of si* be appointed 10 search the cells, and go through every part of the building. This was done, and as the negro was not found, a yell was made. "Now for the county $ail. Glve^us the nig ger and we will deal with him." Hnxh for the Jail. A mad rush followed for the jail, and soon the ja", was in the hands of the mob. After going through the private apart ments of the Jail, the crowd started to bat ter down the big iron doors. Deputy Sher iff Stone stood In front of the prison doors and made a speech. He informed the crowd that Peck could not be found in there, and he told the people in the mob to select a committee, and he would allow the committee to search the jail from top to bottom. A committee was quickly selected, and the jail was searched, every cell being examined. Satisfied that the nef?ro was not there, the mob then rushed across the street and forced open the doors of the county court house. The old couri house was soon packed, aiul all rooms searched except the rooms In the treasury department. A start was made to tear off the iron doors of the treasury department, but the mob decided not to tackle the job, and then the thous ands of men and boys again rushed back to the city prison, crying for the blood of Peck. The city prison was again surrounded, and hundreds of people forced their way into the prison for the second time, in sisting that Peck was there. Mayor W. E. Young at this time appeared at one of the windows in the upper part of the building. He addressed the mob as best he could, saying that Peck had been taken out of the prison at 4 o'clock by Sheriff Kelly and driven out of the city in a closed carriage. The people In the mob would not believe the mayor, and con tinued to yell and demand that Peck be surrendered. At 10 o'clock the mob began for the third time to attack the city prison. Some one In the crowd began shooting at the build ing. This was followed by several more shots. The officers in the building appeared at tha^ windows and began to shoot over the heads of the pcopte. A man with a shotgun then fired at the officers. Shortly after midnight the mob broke into a hardware store and stole all the flrearms and ammunition it could find, including guns, rifles and revolvers, and proceeded to the city building and opened fire on the defenders, and finally set fire to the Columbia Hall, which adjoins the city building. Mob t'Hea Dynaurite. Immense charges of dynamite were placed under the city and covnty buildings and then to complete Its work the mob applied the torch. With the approach of dawn this morning the riotous mob melted awfcy and when the sun arose the streets pf%sented their usual appearance. At ? o'clock this morning Company. C of the 8th Ohio Regiment arrived on a spe cial train from Canton and was at once marched to the scene of last night's riot ing. The militiamen were at once placed on guard duty around the county buildings, but they found little to do. Guards are strung along Main street to keer back the crowds ot curiosity seekers. The excitement has palmed down and now the people of Akroa are ruefully con templating the smolderlrK' evidences of the wild fury of the mob. Itfls not likely there will be further trouble. Only flame-scarred wallB remain of the city hall and great heaps of ashes mark the site of Columbia ' hall, which stood next to the city building. Fire completed the havoc wrought by dy namite at the city hall. Groups of firemen are pouring water into the smoldering ruins. Chief of Police Harrison la reported in sane over the awful events of last night. The last seen of Chief Harrison he was driving rapidly out of the city toward the south. Nine companies of the 4th Regiment ar rived at 9:20 o'clock. Special Meeting: ol Council. Mayor Young has called a special meet ing of the council for 10 o'clock. In the destruction of the municipal wild ing the city has lost all the records of the city clerk and the records of the city en gineer. City Engineer Hayne said the loss In his department will be fully half a million. The old post office building, at the corner of Broadway and Mill street, has been secured as temporary quarters for the city offices. Akron's streets present a decidedly war like appearance. Soldiers, tanned by a week's encampment, are marching to and fro, with belts filled with cartridges. Col. J. D. Potter Is in command. Under him are forty-one stafT ar>d line officers and JWO men of the 4th Regiment. Assistant Adju tant General Adams and Surgeon Major Taylor of General Speak's staff are also here. Company C of Canton, forty-three men, Is under command of Capt. W. A. Fisher. Mayor Y >ung said this morning: "We did everything we could, but nothing would satisfy the mob. Two committees searched the building from cellar to garret and re ported Peck was not to be found; but the mob would not take their word. News paper dispatches from Cleveland stating that Peck was in jail there were read, but all were hooted at by the mob. "Then the assault on the building began. We resisted as long as we could. I feel that we did right, as we could not permit the building to be sacked. I suppose the mob released eight or ten male prisoners in the city jail in the basement. I don't know who they were or what became of them." May Declare Martini l.nn. Mayor Young was asked if martial law was likely to be declared. "That will de pend on subsequent events," he said. "It don't seem necessary from the outlook now." Mayor Young said last night the mob seemed to him to be made un of the rough element of Akron. Of course, there were thousands of spectators. Ho said this morning: "I can remember positively but one man who took an active part in the rioting." Who this was the mayor would not state. Akron will virtually be under military control until tomorrow at least. Mayor YounK told Col. Potter at noon that he wanted the troops to remain over night, possibly longer. Although everything Is quiet today the mayor does not propose to take any chances. Albert GreenU ss^, who was appointed act ing chief of police, has declined to serve, and John Durkin, jr., has been appointed in his place. Durkin is the oldest man on the force. Up to noon nothing had been heard of Chief Harrison. Coroner Leberman will view the bodies of young Glen Wade and Haby Davidson today and will probably postpone his in quest until later. No arrangements have been made for the funerals of the victims. The city hall is a complete wreck. None of the city records were saved. The auto mobile police patrol wagon was practically the only thins saved from the building. The front wall litters the street and the rear wall crushed the boiler room in the rear. The side walls are Intact, but bulged badly. Columbia Hall, a frame building, former ly user] as a skating rink, 75 feet long and 40 deep, is only a heap of ashes, bent and battered scraps of agricultural implements, that lilied it, mingled with them. John Whitelaw'r> saloon, a two-story frame building next south, was also burned to the ground. The Christy block, across the street, north of the city hail, had many broken windows and was also damaged by water. Windows were broken in many ad joining blocks. While the city hall was burning the mob broke into the patrol station nearby, took out the automobile patrol wagon and ran it up and down the street amid wild yells of approval. A man brandishing a big knife acted as motorman. During the excitement earlier In the evening a colored man was chased from a street car. Some one start ed a story that it was Peck. During the riot colored people wisely stayed at home. No attention is paid to colored people, however, on the streets to day. TALK OF TSIXG DYNAMITE. Mob at Akron Threatens to Attnek the Military. AKRON, Ohio, August 2It.?It is reported that a mob has forced an entrance into a pottery in East Akron and secured a large quantity of dynamite, and that this will be thrown among the troops tonight. Officers commanding the troops say that any attempt to start a riot will be the sig nal for a charge by the militiamen. There are now 025 troops here, enough, it is be lieved, to quell any further trouble. Pro miscuous threats are being made against the police. The mob fired Columbia Hall and the city building through a ruse practiced on the officers penned up in the building. While a display of force was made at the front of the building a detail reached the walls in the rear and crawled under Columbia Hall. A pile of paper was ignited and in a mo ment the building was in flames. Meanwhile the mob had secured dyna mite. This was placed under the front of the city building and exploded. It did little damage, and another charge was tried. This blew in the entire front and set fire to the structure. The mob shouted wildly as the building was destroyed. The tire department was called to save the building, but when the firemen arrived they were ordered to not turn on the hose. Four fire men who endeavored to do so were beaten into submission. The militia from Canton arrived at 6:23. The;- marched directly to.the city building. No attempt was made to prevent their progress. As soon as they arrived a cor don was> established around the building. At 7 o'clock the streets in the vicinity were crowded, but there was no attempt to break 1 through the line of soldiers. PECK IN JAIL AT CLEVELAND, Held There for the Sheriff of Summit County. CLEVELAND, August 23.?Louis Peck, the Akron rapist, whose life the Akron mob so eagerly sought last night, is locked up in the county Jail in this city. He was brought here from Akron early last night by a deputy sheriff, together with William Howard, another negro, who had been a prisoner in the Akron jail, charged with some minor misdemeanor. The men are registered as Louis Peck and William Howard, and "held for the sheriff of Summit county" placed after their names on the Jail docket*. Peck when seen by a reporter was very reticent about his arrest. More informa tion was obtained from Howard, who was brought to Cleveland because it was feareJ that the angry populace would not stop to Inquire whether Howard had been in jail two months or not, as he says he had. The story told by Peck is as follows: "I was arrested at Akron by Deputy Sher iff Duffy Tuesday morning. I left Akron early Tuesday morning to go to Youngs town on business and remained in that town a few hours, returning before dinner time. I was charged with assaulting a girl. How ard was already in Jail on some other charge. I remained in jail over night and until 2 o'clock Wednesday, when the dep uty sheriffs came and took Howard and myself out. There had been no demonstra tion and I did not know where we were going to or why we were going. We went, over to the Valley depot and got on a Pitts burg and Western passenger train and I then began to surmise that we were being brought to Cleveland, though I did not know why. The officers did not tell us." In answer to questions Peck said be Is thirty-six years old. married and has one child. He is a carriage painter by trade, but has not been working for several weeks, all of which tim# he says he was in Akron. "When asked whether he thought his wife was in danger. Peck replied: "I hope not." Howard said: "I don't want you to mix me up in this affair, as I was in jail before Peck was arrested and my case has nothing to do with his. I was taken out of Jail because the sheriff felt that no colored man would be safe there." A confession was obtained from Louis Peck, the alleged Akron rapist, by Deputy Sheriff Barry at the county jail here to day. Peck said he had attempted to assault the girl, but was very sorry for it. He at tributed his act to liquor. He said he had been on a spree for a month. Peck is fearful lest he may suffer from mob vio lence. and becomes greatly agitated from any noise in the Jail. Peck Claimed in Paternon, N, J. NEW YORK, August 23.?Peck, the col ored man over whose arrest a race riot broke out last night in Akron, Ohio, is said to have been a resident of Paterson, N. J. A man of that name disappeared from that city in May, 1808. He had been accused of committing an assault on John Sweezey, an eight-year-old boy. C. P. HUNTINGTON'S WILL, Abstract to Be Given Ont to Newspa pers Tomorrow. NEW YORK, August 23.?Charles Tweed, legal adviser for the late Collls P. Hunt ington, announces that the will of the late financier will not be made public today, but will be filed for probate tomorrow. An abstract of the will prepared by Mr. Tweed will be given out to the newspapers Fri day. Referring to the published dispatch from New Orleans that the death of C. P. Hunt ington would bring about the abandonment of his scheme to make Galveston the gulf terminus of the Southern Pacific railroad, Charles H. Tweed, vice president of the company, today said he saw no reason why Mr. Huntington's death should make any change in the work being pursued for the accommodation of the Southern Pacific road at Galveston. ODELL AGREES TO ACCEPT. Says He Will Not Rnn Away From Convention's Wants. NEW YORK, August 23.?When Chair man B. B. Odell of the republican state committee walked into headquarters today he was asked about the printed report that he had consented to be a candidate for gov ernor provided the nomination should be tendered by the republican state conven tion. Mr. Odell replied: "It looks as though I were up against it at last." He was asked if he had told Senator Piatt last night that he would accept the nomination. "I was in Newburgh last night, but the statement might have been made some other time. I won't deny it. I will not run away from anything the convention wants me to do, or decline any honors it wishes to confer uoon me. But I will still remain chairman of the republican state commit tee and work my hardest for the election of McKiniey and Roosevelt." ROBBED IN SLEEPING CAR BERTH. Experience of Two Men on Chicago and Northwestern Train. OMAHA, Neb., August 23.?E. E. Balch, assistant cashier of the Omaha National Bank, was slugged and robbed in his berth early today on the Chicago and Northwest ern train coming from Chicago to Omaha. He offered resistance and was badly pound ed on the head. Eugene Amoretti, Jr., of Wyoming, also a passenger on the same train, was robbed. Other passengers and the conductor heard no outcry from the victims, and the rob bers escaped before the alarm was given. It is not known how much they secured. SHOT IN SALOON ROW. Bartender and Porter Fight Over a Drink. PITTSBURG, Pa., August 23.?A fight with one revolver between the bartender and porter at the saloon of Dach & Hart man, on Union street, today, will likely result in the death of both men. Reinhart Ehreet, the bartender, refused William Brown, the porter, a drink, and Brown, snatching a revolver from a drawer behind the counter, fired two shots into Ehreet'^ back. Ehreet grappled with him and wrenching the pistol fnm his hands shot him twice in the stomach. The men are still living, but the physicians say they can not recover. ? ? ? CLEAN WATER AT CUMBERLAND. People Rejoice Over the Improved Conditions. Special Pispntch to The Evening Star. CUMBERLAND. Md., August 21.?There is great rejoicing here over the purification of the water of the Potomac river, the source of Cumberland's supply, as the re sult of the closing down of the pulp mill at Luke. For the first time in eight years the water Is clear and odorless and the bottom of the river can be seen to a depth of five or six feet. Fish driven down by the pollu tion are again coming up and are being caught In this vicinity. So greatly pleased are the people of Cum berland over the change that they will hold a big jollification along the river front at Riverside Park next Monday night. There will be a procession qt illuminated canoes, fireworks, illumination of the river front, aquatic sports and music by the Cumber land Concert Band. Tomorrow night the executive committee of the Pure Water League will meet to officially take cognizance of the change. The shut-down at the pulp mill Is due to the substitution of the soda for the sulphite process, which is now in progress. The new process is harmless to running water. TOPEKA'S WELCOME TO BR VAN. Streets and Buildings Profusely Dec orated in His Honor. TOPEKA, ansas, August 23.?Topeka put forth her best efforts today to welcome William J. Bryan, who, at 3 o'clock this afternoon will be notified by the national populist party and the national monetary league of his nomination for President of the United States. The streets and hotels were profusely decorated and the city is well filled with visitors. Hot, sultry weather came with the dawn and at 10 o'clock a drizzling rain began falling. Mr. Bryan and party were scheduled to arrive at 10:35 a.m. They were met in Atchison by a special commit tee consisting of ex-Governors John W. Leedy, L. D. Llewellng and John P. St. John, John W. Breidenthal, Judge Allen, Colonel E. C. Little, E. R. Ridgely, Senator Harris John Madden and O. T. Boaz. The committee escorted him to this city. Shooting AllCly at Distillery. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. FREDERICK, Md., August 23.-Mr. Levi Price, owner of the Green Valley distillery at the southern section of Frederick coun ty, yesterday shot and perhaps fatally wounded William Bowie, a young colored man. The trouble arose when Bowie, who is not of age, insisted on having some whisky, which Mr. Price had refused to selt The negro became abusive and was ordered off the premises He then became threatening and Mr. Price grabbed his shot gun and emptied the contents into the ne gro's face and head. THE STAR BY MAIL. Persons leaving the city for any period can have The Star mailed to them to any address In the United States or Canada, by ordering It at this office. In person or by letter. Terms: 13 cents per ?week; 25 cents for two weeks, or 50 cents per month. Invariably In advance. Sub scribers changing their address from one Post-office to another should give the last address as well as the new one. AT THE WHITE HOUSE The President May Not Be Abb t? Visit Chicago. CHINA AFFAIR MAY EEP HIM HEBE Situation May Need His Constant Attention. FEW CALLERS RECEIVED Secretary Cortelyou this afternoon ad vised Mr. William H. Harper, executive director of the thirty-fourth national en campment of the Grand Army of the He public, that, while the President had In tended leaving Washington tomorrow, Fri day, reaching Chicago Saturday afternoon, to participate in the exercises of the en campment, the condition of public busi ness here of immediate Importance will de lay his departure from Washington and may possibly prevent him from visiting Chicago at this time. If the President finds that he can leave here so as to be present at some of the exercises he will do bo, and Mr. Harper and others having them in charge will be promptly notified. llue to Chinese Situation. The postponement Is wholly due to the Chinese situation, and has been looked for since the conference at the White House yesterday. By going to Chicago the President would be greatly Incapacitated in attending to public business. The program for the week contemplated his almost constant participation in public exercises, from a review of parades to banquets and visits. There would be little time to give to Chi nese or other questions. Here or at Can ton he can consider these questions in pri vate and without molestation. A Great Disappointment. The probable inability of the President to attend the Grand Army encampment at Chicago Is a great disappointment to him. For many months past he has been look ing forward with pleasurable anticipations to this opportunity to meet his old friends and army associates, and it Is only that his public duties imperatively demand his pres ence In Washington at this critical time that he has decided to cancel his Chicago engagement. Nevertheless he has strong hopes that the tension In Chinese affairs may relax within the next two or three days sufficiently to warrant his leaving the city for a short time, in which event he will notify the Chicago committee of ills coming, even if he can arrive only in time to participate in the closing exercises of the encampmcnt. The President fully realizes that another crisis Is rapidly approaching in China, and that momentous questions which may involve the life or death of the empire may at any time be presented for solution. Under these conditions the Pres ident deems it to be his duty to remain at the seat of government until the crisis, for the present, at least, has passed. Few Calient Received. President McKinley was too busy on im portant matters today to give much atten tion to the numerous callers at the White House. He saw few people and remained at his desk ail day going over government al papers, largely connected with the Chi nese situation. Representative Boreing of Kentucky, Representative Flynn of Okla homa, Representative Hawley of Texas and James M. Beck, the new assistant attorney general, were the only callers received up to a late hour. Mr. Beck has just returned from a trip to Europe, and has enterod upon his duties at the Department of Jus tice. Representative Hawley has returned to the United States from a long visit to Cu ba. and told the President of what he had seen and heard among the people of the is land. The President and Mr. Hawley wero in conference some time. As there were no Important dispatches from China to be answered, the President did not have any conferences with Stat? Department or other department officials. >1R. JOHN SOX SWORN IX. New First Assistant Postmaster Gen eral Takes the Oath. Mr. Wm. M. Johnson, the newly appointed first assistant postmaster general, arrived here this morning and was sworn Into of fice at the Post Office Department. The simple ceremony took place in the office of Postmaster General Smith in the presence of Mr. Smith and chiefs of bureaus who will be subordinate to Mr. Johnson." Mr. J. R. Roache, an employe of the de partment, who is also a notary public, swore the new official in, after which Mr. Johnson received the congratulations of all those present. Mr. Johnson made an ex tremely favorab'e impression among the officials of his bureau. After he had been empowered with authority as first assist ant postmaster general he visited the rooms he will occupy and talked with his chiefs of bureau in regard to the condition of the business now before them. He was told that his entrance into office was at a most favorable time, when Congress is not here to make work and just before the reports of chiefs to be embodied In his annual re port have been made. Ail conditions were favorable for Mr. Johnson taking off the month of September, in order to arrango his affairs before settling in this city. About October 1 he will take active charge of his office, at which time the work in volved In the making of his annua! report will begin. BOTH HAVE! INCREASED. Population of Jersey City and Holto ken tiUen Out. The population of New Jersey and Ho? boken, N. J., was made public by the cen sus office today. Jersey City has a popula tion of 206,433 against 103,003 for lfcWO, an increase of 43,430, or 20.04 per cent. Hoboken's population is 5U.304, as against 43,1148 for 18U0, an increase of or 30.01 per cent. Personal Mention. Mr. H. H. Craft has gone for a trip north. Messrs. George R. May and Francis Javlns of this city are spending the month of August at their cottage at Atlantic City, where they are entertaining many of -thoir Washington friends. Mr. May has pre sented the mayor a fine specimen of Chi nese poodle. Capt. A. A. Thomas, who has been away for the past three months, spending most of the time roughing It in the Hudson Bay country, Canada, has returned to the city. His health Is very much improved and ho has gained in flesh. In a day or two he ex pects to go to Wisconsin, and will return here about the 1st of October. P. H. Devine of this city is in San Fran cisco, ill of fever, contracted while serving as an officer in the 47th Infantry in the Philippines. The latest report is that he is well on the way to recovery. He returned to this country from Manila in July. Mr. George W. Wise of West Washington has returned home after an extended trip through Europe, during which he visited the Paris exposition. Miss Alicia De Riemer, English teacher of the Central High School in this city, has been elected professor of geography in the Wisconsin Stat* Normal at Steven* Point.