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No. 14,820. WASHINGTON, J). C., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1900-TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THBBVBNINQ STAR. PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. Offkt. lltk Street and Pcmnylrania Avanss The Hvtdlng Star Newspaper Company* S. H. KAUPFMANN, Prea't. N?w York Offtot 111 Triksne Building. Cklasto Of ft t?i B*;c? BalUlnf. L*ad?a Oflicai Trafaltar BalUlsgi. Trafalgar Sqaara. WOODRUFF IN CHAIR Lieut. Governor Galled to Preside Temporarily at Saratoga. BLACK Will NOMINATE ODELL Formidable List of Speakers <to Make Addresses Tomorrow. SPEECH BY THE CHAIRMAN SARATOGA. N. Y.. September 4.?A tele gram was received today from former Gov ernor Frank S. Black Baying that he would make the speech nominating Benjamin B. Odell. Jr.. for governor tomorrow. This makM the list of orators for tomorrow's session of the republican convention Include Theodore Roosevelt. Chauncey M. Depew, Fra:ik 9. Black and N. Stranahan. Senator Depew Is now here and Governor Roosevelt Is expected this afternoon. The only discussion before the conven tion met at noon was over the trust plank of the platform, and It was thought the party declaration on this point might give the committee on resolutions some work to do. TIk- convention, which Is to nominate a full state ticket, was called to order soon after noon by State Chairman Odell, who Is to be nominated for governor. Lieutenant Governor Woodruff, who is to be renomi nated. was chosen temporary chairman by acclamation. Mr. Woodruff spoke In part as follows: Clialnunn WootlrnCT* Speech. Mr. Woodruff in opening said the republi can party Is the giant instrument for the attainment and maintenance of high politi cal ideals. The republican party Is more than the instrument of republicans, said the speaker. "It is the ever-renewing hope of i others. Since the democracy of Seymour, I Tilden, Cleveland became the prey of the ! popullstic fanaticism and vagaries of dream- I ers supplanted the doctrines of statesmen j the republican party has become the home ?f many thus driven from the household of their ancient faith. They do not look for us to renounce republicanism; they do not | ask us to become democrats; nor do we in- j sist that they shall become republicans. ! Either as allies or republica-ns we welcome them for the countp-'s good. "The people of this state believe in honest money: they believe in the protection of American industry and labor; they believe i In the establishment of the independence of Cuba, a sound government in Porto Rico and the Philippines and the protection of our people in China. They believe in the suppressing of unlawful combinations of every character." Referring to the money question Mr. Woodruff said that should Mr. Bryan be I elected it would be within his power, and his duty In view of his platform, to pay the Interest and principal of the bonded debt in silver. The tpeaker declared that free trade had always been the fundamental principle of democracy. "The attempted subordination of sound money and protec tion," he continued, "to the 'paramountcy' of so-called 'imperialism* cannot retire these issues from the campaign. "No Such Tliintr na Imperialism. "The absurdity of "Imperialism' is that there Is no imperialism. The republican party simply stands for the establishment In the Philippines and Porto Rico of such government as it gives to Its own people. If that Is imperialism, then the republi can party Is Imperialistic. Our opponents may call it imperialism, or even piracy if they please, but the republican party will hot be swerved from the line of its duty, nor will the people be fooled by so trans parent a device. Is he an intruder and 'usurper of inalienable rights' who has res cued helpless children from wild beasts that orphaned them? Does he deprive them pf liberty because he fosters and protects them until they are able to care for them selves? The man who denounces our work of rescue and the establishment of a just and generous government In which the in habitants shal! have the largest participa tion of which they are capable, and who undertakes to base that denunciation upon a phrase of our Declaration of Independ ence. is an insincere and base perverter of that immortal document." Mr. WoodrufT denounced the attitude of the democratic party on trusts as hypocriti cal. praised the republican state adminis tration and closed with a eulogy of the na tional republican tl-cket. Mr WoodrufT arraigned the officials of New York city for their alleged connec tion with the ice trust. References to Mc Kinley and Roosevelt were greeted with loud applause. At the close of the county chairman's ad dress the usual resolutions for permanent organization, etc.. were adopted, and a re cess voted until i p.m. Lemuel E. Quigg of New York was nrnde chairman of the committee on permanent organization. M. A. Daly of Kings, chair man of the committee on credentials, and John Raines of Ontario, chairman of the committee on resolutions. A subcommittee of five was named by the resolutions committee and it was" an nounced that the full committee would pass on the platform about 0 o'clock. SHAKES HANDS Willi.F. HE TALKS. W. J. Ilrjnn Makra a Ilrlef Speech at /.aaearllle, Ohio. CAMBRIDGE. Ohio, September 4.?Mr. Bryan found several hundred people await ing him when he arrived at Zanesville early thls morning. The train carrying him to his destination in West Virginia made a five-minute stop at that point and, in re sponse to repeated calls for the presidential candidate to speak, he appeared on the tear platform of the sleeper. Mr. Bryan declared laughingly that he could not shake hands and make a speech, but came near doing so, for he grasped a largo number of outstretched hands, and while doing so proceeded to make a brief talk to the people who stood eagerly wait ing. The speech waa informal and was frequently applauded. After recalling his visit to Zanesvllie in 1NP6, at which time he said be was compelled to climb up the fire escape in order to get Into the hall where he was to speak. Mr. Bryan said: "We are in the midst of another cam paitjn and you are to have your part in the Settlement of the questions which are at issue. In every campaign several Issues gre considered, but some one Issue must be ?aramount in the mind of each person. In his campaign the democratic party be lieve* the question of Imperialism to inost Important. The party stands wh^re It did in 1KXJ on the money questii?n, but It believes that the form of government Is more Important than the kind of money, kin] Imperialism attacks the principles of government. In saying this we are not In dulging in prophecy. The Porto Rlcan bill aitserts the doctrine that the Porto Rlcans are beyond the protection of the Constitu tion. Never until within a year has any party asserted the doctrine that the flag could be carried to places where the Con stitution could not go." At Cambridge Mr. Bryan also spoke to a good crowd. He suggested a number of questions to be put to republicans. Sfayoar Vataa Wr?"k ?? His DeSi. NEW YORK, September 4.?Mayor Van Wyck returned to his duties this morning after a month's absence. The mayor is working on his answer to the oharges before the governor in connec Jlon with his dealings with the American ce Company and has two weeks more to tnlak Ms answar. CANNOT COLLECT THE TAX PEDEK.tli JIDGE'9 DECISION RE GARDING CHEROKEE NATION. Kccrelnry of Interior Enjoined Froi Collect tnic Tribal Tax In Indian Territory. CHICAGO, September 4.?A special to the Record from Vlnlta. Indian Territory, wiys: "In the United States court, Judge Jo seph A. Olll, rendered a decision In the case of W. O. Rogers against George Wright et al., officers In the Interior Department, restraining the Secretary of the Interior from enforcing the collection of the tribal tax in tho Cherokee nation. W. O. Rogers Is a merchant and has large stores at three places In the Cherokee nation. The tribal law provides that each citizen of the Chero kee nation selling merchandise shall pay a tax of one-fourth of one per cent on all Invoices of goods received by him for sale In the Cherokee nation. The Curtis law abolished the tribal courts, and the Secretary of the interior, through ?the Indian police, sought to enforce the col lection of the tax from Rogers. The Pol^e seized the store of Rogers and the offi cers Of the Interior Department were en joined from further interfering with the stores. The temporary injunction was to day made perpetual. The court, in his opin ion, said: ? ?'Congress has parsed an act forbidding the enforcement of tribal laws In the I. nited Slates courts and to hold that the becretarj of the Interior, without due process of law, can close the business of an Indian trader or collect the traders' tax from an Indian, Is to hold that he has absolute, unqualified and undisputed autocratic sway over the in tertrade of the Cherokee nations." I1H1TISH BESET IN LADYBHASD. fears That They Will Have to Snr render to Boer?. LONDON, September 4.?From Maseru, Basutoland, a dispatch of yesterday's date says: "Commandoes under Fouril, Grobelaar, Bemmer and Hassebrock, together with two hundred of Theron's scouts, are Investing the British garrison at Ladybrand. "It Is reported that the troops have al ready burned their stores, and it is feared that they will be compelled to surrender. "General Hunter Is hastening to their re lief." A Pretoria dli>patch of today's date says: "General Baden-Powell started for Cape Town on Saturday."' _ , D . Under date of Saturday last, Lord Rob erts reports from Belfast: "I have today issued, und>?r her majestj s warrant of July 4, proclamations announc ing that the Transvaal will henceforth form a part of her majesty's dominions. Under today's date a Cape Town dispatch says: "The communication today to the assem bly of Lord Roberts' proclamation announc ing the annexation of the South African republic, which will hereafter ge known as the Transvaal, was greeted by the opposi tion with silence and by ^the ministerialists with prolonged cheering." CROCODILE RIVER VALLEY, Trans vaal, Sunday. September 2.?Gen. Builer today reconnoitered the Boer position in the mountains overlooking Lvdenburg. Gen Botha and 2.<M?0 burghers had pre viously joined the forces holding the pass. The Boero opened with three long Toms, and fired continuously all day long. The British had few casualties. ANOTHER I'LAGl'E CASE FOl'ND. Spread of I)i?ea*e In fila?KOW Steamer From There. GLASGOW, Scotland, September 4.?A bulletin issued by the medical officer of Glasgow this morning shows that an addi tional plague case has been reported. The total is now thirteen; doubtful cases, three; under observation, 13. NEW YORK, September 4.?The steamer State of Nebraska arrived today from Glas gow and reported all well on board. How ever. as she came from a plague port, she was held at quarantine for examination. It is expected that her passengers will be re leased some time this afternoon. President Murphy of the New York city health department said this morning that he had no fear of Infection from the bu bonic plague. Every precaution known to science has been taken. Ships from in fected ports are subjected to the most rigid Inspection. No passenger not within half a degree of the normal temperature will be allowed to land without going to the detention hospitals. LONDON, September 4.?A report was current today that two cases of the plague had been discovered in the vlcintly of the London docks, but the medical officer, when questioned on the subject, said he knew nothing about the matter. THE THIRD PARTV CONVENTION. Over Hundred l)el?*itnte? Expeeted to Attend Tomorrow. NEW YORK, September 4.?Acceptances of invitations to the third party conven tion to meet in this city tomorrow to nom inate candidates for President and Vice President now insure an attendance here of more than a*hundred delegates. Among those who are likely to take an activc part in the convention are Wm. Ev erett of Massachusetts; Chairman T. M. Osborne of New York, Henry W. Lamb of Massachusetts. Louis R. Erich of Co'orado, Francis P. Nash of Massachusetts, Flske Warren of Massachusetts and Paul Fuller of this city. From Kentucky, where the managers ex pect a number of fights for the control of congressional districts, there will come as delegates J. H. Joubert, E. Spears Haveley and Prof. R. H. Dorn. Judge Wm. R. Hough and Ralph G. Wells are expected from Indiana. Among others Representative A. B. Farquhar and Charles J. Hlller will represent Pennsylvania, and Colorado sends six or seven delegates, In c'uding Wm. J. Palmer and Louis It. Ehrich. CONFEDERATE FLAGS RETURNED. Ohio Regiment Gives Baek Color* Captured In Battle. COLUMBUS. Ohio, September 4.?The col ors of the 30th Louisiana Regiment, cap tured by the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the civil war, were returned to a committee of the survivors of the Louisiana regiment at the reunion of the 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Worthlngton, a sub urb of Columbus, today. The flags were captured at Ezra Court House, Just out side of Atlanta, Ga., and have been in the rello room of the state capltol here for many years. Governor Nash was present and participated In the exercises. POST OFFICE CLERKS' CONVENTION. President's Address Will Deal With Pending Legislation. ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., September 4.? ] The convention of the United States Post Office Clerks' Association spent the morn ing session in acting upon credentials, and this afternoon will hear such reports as the national officers have to make regarding I the membership and financial standing of the organisation and also recommendations from the president. The president's address will deal largely with toe legislation pending in Congress touching on the salaries and grading of I poet offloe clerks. CONGER HEARD FROM No Material Change at Pekin Re ported. POWERS SEND REPLIES TO RUSSIA Final Action of All Not Expected for Several Days. DISPATCH FROM CHAFFEE Mr. Cor.ger has been heard from again, his latest advice being dated at Pekin on the 30th. This message was received last evening, so that It came through inside of four days. Preceding dispatches have oc cupied a week in their transmission from Pekin, according to the estimate of the State Department, so that Mr. Conger's message marks a distinct betterment of the means of communication. Beside, it In cludes the date of dispatch, something, the department has been trying ineffectually to have included for many weeks. The sup position is that this particular message came down from Pekin to Tien Tsin by courier, and was put on the wires either at that po'.nt or at Taku. Acting Secretary Hill deciddd to make no statement as to the contents of the message beyond the simple one that Mr. Conger's communica tion did not mark any material change in the situation in Pekin. Powers Will Address Hnssia. It appears that whatever responses are to be made by the powers to the proposi tion to evacuate Pekin are expected to be addressed to the government of Russia and not to our own State Department. Of course the Russian government in turn will notify the United States government, as well as all the other governments con cerned, as to the nature of the responses Our government has led the way in this sort of notification, and it has gone further, in publishing its communications. Correction of a Misconception. The disappointment expressed on account of the failure of all the powers to respond promptly to the memorandum of the United States with reference to the Russian com munication is founded on a misconception. While some of the powers, two or three, have responded with communications to this government, it was not essential for any of them to do so. The communications of the powers with reference to the with drawal of troops properly belong to Russia. The United States has made no proposi tion to the powers for the withdrawal of the troops from China nor has it joined in the Russian proposition. The communi cation of th'e State Department was In reply to Russia, and. because it was sug gestive to the other powers, it was trans mitted as a memorandum to our represen tatives at the several seats of government. While this communication makes objection to the Russian plan and suggests an agree ment between the powers by which Russia may be induced to modify her policy of withdrawal, the proper response to this suggestion would be conveyed in communi cations from the powers, not to the United States, but to Russia, and the responses re ceived by our State Department, while gratifying, are not demanded by the. cir cumstances. It is somewhat perplexing to officials here that the Russian announce ment of policy should be spoken of so com monly in discussion as if it were the Joint policy of Russia and the United States, whereas the communication of the United States distinctly objected to the Immediate withdrawal of the troops, while stating that we would have to withdraw also it Russia persisted in doing so. It is stated that up to the present less than a majority of the powers interested in the Chinese question have made response to the Russian proposal so far as our own government is advised, and our officials agree with the general tenor of the Euro pean dispatches this morning In the con clusion that final action on the part of all the powers may not be had for several days at least. Thin Government*!! Attitnde. It is not for the United States govern ' ment to press for any action that would lead to Immediate evacuation of Pekin, hav ing already indicated Its belief that a bet ter settlement could be effected by remain ing there. But everything now depends on the action of Russia, the attitude of the other nations being negative, and if she does not hasten to carry out her announced purpose to withdraw the troops the other governments will probably be content, cher ishing the hope that in the meantime some kind of Chinese government can be re established in Pekin, with which the powers may negotiate for a final settlement. LI HonK Chanit'N Attempt. LI Hung Chang's attempt to secure im perial warrant for the institution of peace negotiations through himself and the Chi nese notables referred to in the European dispatches is Regarded as a step in the right direction, while 011 the other -and some disquiet has been caused by the re port that the Internationals In Pekin have been arresting some of the members of the tsung 11 yamen who were seeking to open negotiations and re-establish the govern ment. There is no disposition here to con done the offenses of any of these Chinese officials who "may have participated In the outrages in Pekln, but It Is questioned whether the present Is an opportune time to administer punishment. Dispatch From Chaffee. The War Department has been concerned over its inability to either reach General Chaffee or to get dispatches from him. A number of important dispatches have been sent the general which the department is anxious he shall receive at once in order to guide his action in the present crisis. General Barry, who can bo reached at Taku, was instructed to spare no pains or expense to forward dispatches to and from General Chaffee. The department feels that his views on the situation are necessary for a correct disposition of the international questions that have arisen since the occupation of Pekin. The War Department today received a dispatch from General Chaffee. Although It Is undated it bears evidence of having beer sent at a recent date. Hostilities Practically Ceased. The following is the message from Gen eral Chaffee In regard to the military situa 1 tlon: TAKU, China (no date). Adjutant General, Washington: Written report of operations up to relief of legations will be forwarded as soon am possible. Present conditions are that hos tilities have practically ceased. Only occasional shots arc Urad from cover j i on small party repairing telegraph line and foraging. No considerable body of Chi nese troops or (Boxers?) discovered here, or along line of communication. ? ? ? We hear LI Hung Chang has full power, but he is not here. Will United States keep military force here until terms of peace are arranged? Troops now In China about 5,000 (effective), | 6th Cavalry, Light Battery F, 5th Artillery; batteries 3d Artillery, 9th Infantry, 14th Infantry, 1,000 marines. I think ample force for United States unless political rea son, not apparent to me, demands larger I force. ! "Shall take five thousands as basis of mv requirements for supplies. If troops re main must winter In tents, and conical wall tents will be required, one tent for ten men. Escort wagons mentioned In of 18th will be required immediately. Have mules for same shipped. No more pack trains re quired; wagon transportation best. "Water falling in river rapidly; must soon haul supplies forty miles. Satisfied railroad will not be required before river freezes. CHAFFEE." ~ All the transportation and tentage asked for by General Chaffee had been anticipated by the department, and has been shipped? much of It at Taku?the balance due there very soon. EXPERIMENTS WITH INK EFFORTS TO PREYEXT WASHING 1* TEK\AI< REVEM'E SJAMPS. A Sen Ink Discovered That Will Dis appear Inder the Influence of Acids. By a long series of experiments the chem ists of the Treasury Department and the bureau of engraving and printing have succeeded in n.aking a "fugitive" ink for use in the printing of Internal revenue stamps, thereby stopping the washing of stamps. For over a year the Treasury Depart ment has been losing thousands of dollars by the washing of canceled Internal reve nue stamps. The men engaged in the busi ness?most of them in and around New York city?secure canceled stamps of all denominations, wash them clean In an acid, regum them and place them on the market again. A number of arrests were made, but the washing of stamps continues, with consequent loss to the government. It has been estimated In Bome quarters that the government has lost several hundred thou sand dollars. A Punitive Inlr. Something had to be done to put a stop to this easy violation of the law, and experi ments were begun by the blending of Inks to bring about an ink that would disappear or change color when it came to contact with the acids of the criminals, thus de feating all their plans. The experiments were successful, and Assitsant Secretary Vander Hp has ordered that all internal revenue stamps from now on shall be, printed with fugitive ink. When the stamp Vajhers begin work on the stamps hereafter they will find that a strong acid will completely deface the stamp, while acids more or less weak will change the color so that the .stamp cannot be passed on any one. It Is believed that the new criminal industry will be com pletely wiped out. No change is to be made In the designs of the stamp, and the color will remain the same, notwithstanding the composition of the ink is so different. MACARTIll R'S LATEST CASUALTIES. Victims of Disease and Dnllet In the Philippines. General MacArthur at Manila reported to the War Department today that the fol lowing deaths have occurred since last re port: Dysentery?August 21, Company I, 22d In fantry, First Sergt. Henry 8. Booream; August 20, Company A, 17th Infantry, Sergt. llelnrlch Groth; August 22, Com pany F, 32d Volunteer Infantry, John An derson; July 22, Company E, 47th Volun teer Infantry, Thomas Henderson; August 27, Company D, 22d Infantry, James Cul len; August 2!?, Company C, 17th Infantry, William R. Estes; Company A, 30th Vol unteer Infantry. John Gertz; August 2d, Company E, 25th Infantry, Benj. Franks; August 25, Company B, 37th Volunteer In fantry, James Manning; July 25, Company K, 18th Infantry, Joseph C. Pauley; Au gust 10, Company L, 0th Infantry, George C. Mautte; June 9, Company G, 40th Vol unteer Infantry. Ulysses G. McCloud. Dlarrhoeu?July 10, Company G, 47th Vol unteer Infantry. Corp. Frank C. Smith; Au gust 24, Company L, 32<1 Volunteer Infan try, Sidney L. Coonce; August 25, Com pany F, 30th Volunteer Infantry, Eldo Del linger; August 20. Company B, 42d Volun teer Infantry, Addison E. Knifrer. Typhoid fever?August 28, Company M. 21st Infantry, Corp. Jnhn W. Mardner; July 5, Troop C, 11th Volunteer Cavalry, Edward Carter: June 22, Company A, 45th Volunteer Infantry. John Olson. Malarial fever?August 20, Company C, 40th Volunteer Infantry, Charles V. Wig ley; August 22, Company A, 4'Jth Volunteer Infantry, Henry Batton. Pneumonia?August 31, Company I, 48th Volunteer Infantry, William Smith. Septicaemia?August 2!t, Company M, 22d Infantry, Corp. Victor Leroy. Nephritis?August 20, Company L, 17th Infantry, William H. Kingery. Splenitis?August 25, Company B, 37th Volunteer Infantry, Edward A. Crowe. Tuberculosis?August 30, Company K, 33d Volunteer Infantry, Victor A- Pool. Bright's disease?Company I>, 33d Volun teer Infantry, George W. Keath. Variola?August 2ft. Augustus Riles. Drowned?August 18, Company A, 48th Volunteer Infantry. John Fuller; Company K, 48th Volunteer Infantry, James Sanders. Killed by comrade?August .16, Company L, 40th Volunteer Infantry, James H. Green. Killed by native prisoner?August 17, Company C, 20th Volunteer Infantry, Jas. T. Bur gey. Accidental fall-August 22. Company E, 34th Volunteer Infantry, Joseph M. Ryan. Homicide?August 27* Company I, 25th Infantry, William A. Weakley. Suicide, hanging?August 23. Company M, 33d Volunteer Infantry, Joe Marek. ?? -? LI KIT. RIRC HARD'S DEATH. He Had Been In the Philippines Less Than a Year. The War Department has been Informed of the death of First Lieut. Baston Bur chard, assistant surgeon, 40th Infantry Vol unteers, who died of dysentery September 2, aboard the transport Grant at Nagasaki. Lieut. Burchard was a native of Osage county, Missouri, entered the service as as sistant surgeon in the 5th Missouri Volun teers May 4. 1898, and was honorably mus tered out In Novepber of that year. He received his appointment as first lieutenant and assistant surgeon. 40th Volunteer In fantry, August 17. IftOO, and served with his regiment at Fort Riley, Kani, up to October of last "year. when he embarked with his regiment for the Philippines. ? e ? ' ? Retire of- Gen. Lee. Quartermaster General Lodlngton Is In formed that the transport Rawlins left Havana last evening for New York with fifty-seven cabin p&saengers, including Brig. Gen. Fltshogh. Let, commanding the Eastern Department of Cuba, who has been granted leave of absence for the pur pose of visiting his Virginia home to at tend to some privals business. STILL KEEP SILENCE No Replies to the Busso-American Note by the Powers. CONDITIONS AT PEKIN UNKNOWN Germans Reported to Have Taken Hill in Imperial City. SUSPICION OF RUSSIA LONDON, September 4.?The absence of news regarding the actual situation of af faire at Pekln continues as complete as the lack of authentic Information regard ing the ultimate attitude of the powers toward the proposals now before the con cert. Shanghai reports that an imperial edict Issued at Tai-Yuan-F*u appoints Li Hung Chang, Yung Lu, Hsu Tung (tutor of the heir apparent), and Prince Ohing commis sioners to negotiate peace. The unmistakable condemnation of the proposal to Immediately withdraw from Pekln, which is voiced from all the for eign colonies in the far east. Is taken in some quarters as a forecast of the opinion which may be expected from the ministers when their views are obtainable. As al ready suggested, the Russian proposals are cajiable of modification, and it Is thought In well-Informed circles that Lord Salis bury Is striving to conform tht>m more closely to the terms first formulated by the government at Washington. According to a special dispatch from St. Petersburg, dealing with the question of Manchuria, the Russian officials repudiate ajjy Intention to permanently occupy or annex Mancburir.. The dispatch adds that Russia will claim no territorial concessions provided the other powers refrain from so doing and expresses the hope that the ques tion of Indemnities can be settled by uie co-operation of the allied powers. Four German warships arrived at Woo sung September 3. FOUGHT IMPERIAL TROOPS. German Lieutenant's Experience in Flrat Attempt to Reaeh Pekln. SAN FRANCISCO, September 4 ?Lieut. Von Krohn of the German navy, who was with oneof the relief columns under Admiral Seymour which made a futile attempt to rescue the beleaguered foreign legationers at Pekln in June, has arrived here on the steamer Doric, much the worse for his ex perience at the hands of the Boxers. He lost an eye in the retreat to Tien Tsln, and is on his way home on sick leave. Lieut. Von Krohn said it was not until the relief column started to return that they learned thoy were being opposed by the Chinese Imperial troops. He said: "We were not prepared for a siege campaign, or we cotild have made it more Interesting for the Boxers, and, I might add, the Im perial troops, for it was not until we start ed on our return that we realized that the latter were supporting the Boxers. Imperial troops from Pekln, armed with modern weapons and apparently well drilled, closed In on us, and throughout our retreat we had to contend against tremendous odds. "Our most eventful incident was during the night of June 22, when we routed a for midable body of troops holding a fort on the opposite side of the river from Chee Ku. The Chinese soldiers did not Are until we were within speaking distance. The fire was galling, but it caused the col umn to swerve only for a moment. Then a dash was made. The German troops cap tured two guns and the English took an other, and no time was lost in turning them upon the Chinese, who were soon put to flight. We were subsequently Informed that the fort was garrisoned by 8,000 im perial troops and Boxers." GUNBOAT HAS GOOD EFFECT. French Warsblp Stop* Troubles on the Hanc-Klang. PARIS, September 4.?The French consul at Canton, under date of Monday, Septem ber 8, cables that the French gunboat Comete has returned to Canton. He adds that her trip to Swatow (on the estuary of the river Hang-klang) has had a good ef fect and has ended the troubles and agita tion against foreigners which were spread ing in the region north of Kouang-toung. The consul also reports that a missionary was attacked and wounded in the district of Fat-Kong, 100 kilometers from Canton. GermanM Occupy Hill in Pekin. BERLIN, September 4.?An official dis patch from Taku announces the receipt of a telegram there from Pekln, dated Au gust 25, saying the German troops have taken possession of a hill within the im perial city. The dispatch adds that 2.000 additional Italian troops have reached Taku. Decoration for Bendemann. BERLIN, September 4.?Emperor Will iam has conferred the Order of the Red Eagle on Admiral Bendemann, command ing the German squadron in the far east, for the services he has rendered in China. A Spanish Commercial Nuiieum. The Department of State has received a report from Mr. Herdllska, secretary of le gation at Vienna, to the effect that Spain is about to establish a commercial museum In that city for the display of Spanish wares. The consul of Spain will act as di rector. The object of the exhibit Is to bring about an increase in exports to Aus tria and foster trade relations with that country, ? m * Naval Movements. The Kentucky, Kearsarge, Indiana, Mas sachusetts and Texas arrived at Bar Har bor yesterday. The Prairie sailed from Portland yesterday on her cruise. The Bancroft is at Sag Harbor. The Mayflower arrived at San Juan yesterday. The Wil mington has sailed from Montevideo on a cruise. The training ship Buffalo has sail ed from Singapore for Colombo. The train ing ship Topeka will leave Boston about September 10 for Tompkinsvllle, where she will pick up landsmen and proceed on her winter cruise. ? t A Test at'Indian Head. The naval ordnance bureau will hold a test at the Indian Head proving ground Thursday next of a Carnegie plate, des tined. to form group two of the side armor for the monitor Afkansas, now building at Newport News. The test will be in charge of Lieutenant Davis of the ordnance bu reau. ? ? ? Watchmakers Wanted in Vienna. The bureau of foreign commerce has re ceived a letter from Jacques Balog, 1 Sals gries 0, Vienna, requesting the addresses of United States manufacturers of watch es, nickel and gold plated; also of makers of watch chains, bracelets and necklaces. Industrial Commission Meets. The Industrial commission met today for the first time since their adjournment last spring. About the 11th instant the com mission -will resume the taking of testi mony on the subject of arbitration. THE ORIGIN OF LABOR DAY BXPLAIKKI) BY COL.. PKARRH IN SPEECH YESTERDAY. Robert Prlre of Lonaoonlnir* Mary land, Coined the Term Rack In 1KM3. Si>p< lnl PUpatrh to The Kvenln* Star. CUMBERLAND. Md.. September 4.?Co!. George A. Pearre, who spoke lit the l^abnr day picnic here yesterday, wm heartily received. After he had finished his ad dress he was surrounded by the laboring men, who showered him with congratula tions. Three thousand people attended tb* picnic. Col. Pearre said in part: - The suggestion of this day as a holiday began as far back as 1882. In that year the Knights of Labor convened In general assembly In New York city. The Central I,abor Union of New York, an independent organization, con tained many bodies affiliated with the Knights of Labor, and this union Joined In a union parade September 5, when the knights were In session. The general a? cembly of the Knights of Labor was in vited to review tne parade. As the various organizations passed by Robert Price of Lonaccrlng, Md., said to the general worthy foreman of the Knights of Labor. "This Is Labor day in earnest, Uncle Dick." Since then this day has always been referred to as Labor day, so named by Robert Price of this state and county. The worklngmen of Maryland, therefore, and especially those of this county, should take a deep local interest in the celebration of this day. It gives you. my friends, an opportunity to mingle together in social in tercourse and to discuss with each other new plans for the betterment of your con dition and your general welfare. Labor day Is only one of the results of many of the well-directed efforts of labor organizations. By united effort they have secured the passage of salutary' laws in tne state of Maryland, namely, the law prohib iting the employment of children in fac tories under the age of twelve years; the law making ten hours of work a day a legal day; the act prohibiting the use in manu facture of any goods which are apt to com municate disease to the worklngmen. ana prohibiting the employment In factories of any one suffering from contagious disease, and requiring in such factories the temper ature to be not higher than 80 degrees dur ing certain season of the year, and prohib iting the employment of worklngmen in rooms in which light was furnished by ar tificial means between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the by-weekly pay law; the law giving a preference over other creditors in cases of insolvency to labor employes of three months' wages, and many other salutary laws. Upon the urgent request of labor organ izations, national legislation has been se cured authorizing the incorporation of labor unions; limiting a day of labor for govern ment employes to eight hours. The last House of Representatives passed a bill pro hibiting the use of convict goods made by thfi government, thereby destroying com petition between convict labor and honest labor'; Without organization the laboring men of the United States would never have been able to secure the passage of these laws. Through their organizations they have made these Just demands upon the national Congress and the state legislatures, and have succeeded. The wisdom of salutary laws Judiciously limiting the age at which child labor can be employed Is thereby made manifest. All other nations are governed by the classes. The United States is governed by the com bined wisdont and patriotism of all Its cit izens. Morality based upon Christianity and education are the twin corner stones of the republic. Upon them rest the ends of the arch whose keystone is patriotism, and upon that unbending, unyielding struc ture rests the magnificent fabric of our free government. ? ? ? HARTFORD'S GREAT GROWTH. An Inerense of Over RO Per Cent Made tn Ten Year*. The population of the city of Hartford. Conn., as officially announced today, is as follows: 1900, 79,850; 1890, 53,230. These figures show, for the city as a whole, an Increase in population of 26.620. or 50.01 per cent from 1890 to 1900. The population in 1880 was 42.015, showing an increase of 11,215, or 20.69 per cent, from 1880 to 1N90. The census bureau announces that the population of Richmond, Va., is 85,050, as against 81,3*88 In 1890. This is an increase of 3,662, or 4.5 per cent. The census bureau announces that tlio population of Fort Wayne. Ind., is 45,115 as against 35,393 in 1890. This is an increase of 9.722. or 27.47 per cent. The census bureau announces that the population of Charleston. S. C., is 55.807 as against 54,955 in 1890. This is an increase of 852, or 1.55 per cent. ? Naval Order*. The orders of Capt. E. Longnecker to ex amination for retirement have been re voked. Lieut. Commander F. H. Sherman has been detached from the Montgomery and ordered to the Bancroft as executive. Pay Inspector W. J. Thompson has been assigned to duty as general storekeeper at the' Puget Sound naval station, relieving Assistant Paymaster E. C. Tobey. who is transferred to duty at the Mare Island navy yard. Passed Assistant Surgeon C. M. DeVa'.ln, to the navy yard, Portsmouth, N. H. Soldiers' Deaths In Cuba. Gen. Wood at Havana reports the follow ing deaths among the trops In Cuba: Plnar del Rio, August 21, Harry F. Frye, civilian employe, quartermaster department, yellow fever; 25th, Ellis Wilbur, civilian employe, quartermaster department, yellow fever; 30th, Viggo Tung, civilian, yellow fever. Guanajay, 21st,'Charles H. Burnham, de tachment Troop I, 7th Cavalry, gunshot wound. ? ? ? A Market for Cloalc Goods' Consul Warner of Leipzig quotes the fol lowing from the Lelpzlger Tageblatt, o" July 27: "Cloaks and capes of fries (baize) are much worn by the country people and sol diers of Venezuela. The cloth from which these capes are made Is either red or dark blue in color and can be purchased almost everywhere throughout the country. Tills cloth Is Imported exclusively from Great Britain. As the demand for these goods is quite brisk, Venezuela should be a good market for German manufacturers to dis pose of some such materials." Personal Mention. The following Washlngtonlans are book ed to sail for Europe on the St. Paul, which wilt leave New York tomorrow: Copt H. R. Lemly, U. S. A,; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Mason and Misses Ethel and Ruth Mason. Mr. Mahlon N. Haines returned Saturday, after a tour of Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland. Franee and the British Isles. Dr. L. Fleet Luckett has returned from Asbury Park. Dr. Charles R. Collins has returned from Jamestown. R. I. Mr. Howard Benson Yost has returned to the city after spending the season at As bury Park, N. J. Mr. Edwin P. Willis of tt. Elisabeth is visiting his family at Routts Hill, Va. *HB STAR RT MAICm Persona leaving the city for *ny period can have "The Star mailed to them to anjr address In the United States or Canada, by ordering It at this office. In person or by letter. Terms: 18 cents per weehj iJS tents tof twd Weeks, or fin eents per month. Invariably In advance. Sub Serlbers changing their addrees from one Post-office to another ehoutd give the last address as well as the ttew one. AT THE WHITE HOUSE A Short Meeting of the Cabinet Held. DISCUSSION OF POLITICAL MATTERS The President at Work on His Letter of Acceptance. SPACE GIVEN MONEY JBBUE Attorney General OH*** ha* returned to Washington r.nfl was at the cabinet session today. Th? meeting was a abort one. There was not a thing new In th? Chinese problem, and consequently ho time was lost In going over that field. The European na tions are still waiting to fix their positions as to China. They have before them the Russian and American views of what should be done, and It may be a week or more before all of them will have decided what they are going to do. This govern ment has nothing new to propose. President"* letter of Acceptance. The President and cabinet talked for more than an hour on politics. The President Is rapidly completing h!s letter of acceptance, and this and other political matters were discussed. It Is understood the President will give a great deal of space in the letter to discussing the money features of the campaign. He will urge that no chance should be created to tamper again with the financial laws of the country. The letter of acceptance w'.il be ready for publication before a great while. The Pres ident is working on it at night, after the arduous duties of the day are suspended, If not over, and lays it aside until the next night. SatUllrd With Uage Interview. The letter of Mr. Carl Schurz In reply to the recent Interview of Secretary Gage in The Star was referred to. The administra tion Is said to be highly satisfied with the good effects of Mr. Gage's interview. It has. It is said, brought thousands of waver ing republicans back into line. It is pointed out that Mr. Schurz saw this and is trying to stem the turning tide. Secretary (rage will probably answer Mr. Schurz's letter. The President'* Departnre. It has been practically decided that the President will not go to Canton until he attends the marriage of his niece at Somer set. Pa., Wednesday. September lii. The President will probably go from here on the 11th to Somerset. It is llke-ly that he will go on to Canton after the wedding iiiBtead of returning here, but his program in this respect will depend on the state of public business at that time. Invited to a Virginia llarbreae. The President had a unique visitor today. He was William Haisiup. a gray-haired white Virginian with eighty yearB to hie credit. The President enjoyed the visit of the old man Immensely, and Is giving con sideration to an invitation Mr. Haisiup verbally extended him to attend a barbecue at Spottsylvanla Court House In October. For be it known, first, that Mr. Haisiup la what Is spoken of in the south as a "barbe cuer" of the first water. To be able to cook a southern barbecue means to obtain high distinction and to be loved by all. "I've bin cooking barbecues since I wns a boy," said Mr. Haisiup. who came to Washington yesterday from Fredericks burg, Va., especially to ask the President to go down and enjoy the greatest food man ever had. "Four years ago they paid me fer cooking an ox an' making squirrel soup at a barbecue fer that man Bryant, but I've come to like Mr. McKlnley and I'm going to vote fer him. I've bin a dlm mycrat fer fifty or sixty years, but I never saw slch a change In my life. All up through Spottsylvanla ther people Is chang ing and McKlnley will be our next Presi dent sure. I think Syottsylvania will go republican this time. "Did you never tend a barbecue? Well, we cook a whole ox over a coal fire, kill some sheep an' shoats an' cook them ther same way. an 'make squirrel soup. Oh, yes, squirrel soup Is mighty fine. Ther iast big barbecue we had one hundred squirrels cut up in ther pot of soup. We put onions, pertaters an' lots of good things in ther soup. We takes some of ther meat from ther ox an" makes hash. I jest knows that if ther President comes down to Spottsylvany to our barbecue he'll eat ther finest grub he ever had in his life. I'm ther onlyest man In my county that can roast a whole ox, an' when ther Presi dent comes down I'm going to have ther fattest ox In ther state of Virginny." FOIM) HIMSELF PEXSIO\ABLE. CoininlHMloner Evnn? Discovered That He Had Defective Hearing. The commissioner of pensions discovered the other day that he was pensionable under the law. Not only is Commissioner Evans pensionable now, but for many years he could have drawn $?1 a month from the government for defective hearing. Tills discovery was made on an occasion when some pension cases were being dis cussed in the commissioner's office by the chiefs of divisions. The proof to establish defective hearing was being considered. One of the chiefs of divisions approached the commissioner from the left with a watch which he gradually moved to the commissioner's ear. Mr. Evans could not hear the ticking of the timepiece until It was within an Inch of his ear. He was at or.ee assured that he was unquestionably pensionable for partial deafness. Mr. Evans had never suspected that he had any de fect of hearing. -? Army Ordera. Second Lieutenant John Royden Kelly, recently appointed, has been assigned to the 8th United States Infantry, and ordered to proceed to Fort Snelling, Minn., for assign ment to duty. The following named acting assistant sur geons have been ordered to San Francisco for assignment to duty with troops destined for foreign service: John L. Burkart, at Grand Rapids. Mich.; Max. F. Clausius, at Barrington, III.; Samuel C. Lindsay, at Sallnevllle, Ohio; Irvine W. Patton. at Huntsvllle, Ala.; George M. Ekwurzel, at Philadelphia, Pa.; Charles A. Rosa, at Leopold, Ind.; Charles L. Baker, at Duf field, W. Va., and Charles R. Reynolds, at Philadelphia, Pa. Acting Assistant Surgeon William J. S. Stewart, U. S. A., has been ordered to proceed from Vineyard Haven, Mass., to Fort Slocum, N. Y., for duty with troops destined for service In the Philippines. . Acting Assistant Surgeon Elmer E. Mansfield, U. S. A., has been ordered from Wllmer, Texas, to San Antonio, Texas, for assignment to duty with the 25th United States Infantry, under orders for foreign service. Major C. K. Winne, surgeon, has been relieved from duty at Fort Crook, Neb., and ordered to Fort Porter, N. Y. Lieut. E. R. W. MeCabe, recently ap pointed, has been assigned to the 17th In fantry and ordered to' accompany recruits from Fort Wood, N. Y? to the Philippines. Lieut. Louis D. Lawton, 9th Infantry, now at San Francisco, has been ordered to this city for treatment at the general hos pital, Washington barracks. Lieut. W. D. Connor, oorps of engineers, at San Francisco, has been ordered to Fort Totten, N. Y., for duty with the battalion of engineers. Major William O. Gambrill. additional paymaster, United States Volunteers, 'fig been assigned to temporary duty at Sag Francisco. ? \