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No. 14,845. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1900-TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR. PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. IkImii Office. lit* Street tad PeMsylraaia in? The Evening Star Newspaper Company. S. H. KAIJFFMANN, Prea't. New York Office: 12* Trlfcoae BalMIs* Chicafo Office: Bsyce Lao dan Offlcc: Trafalpr BalMlsf*. Trafalfir S^aara. The F>enlng Star la aerved to auliacrlbers to tha city by < anlera. on tbelr own account, at 10 cents n.r wpek or 44 centa per month. Cop lea at tha counter. 2 cents eaib. By mail?anywbers Id the V S. or Canada-pout afo pre paid-Vi cents per monlfc. Sato: day Qnlntnple Sheet Star. 91 per year; wltft foreign p >?ti!*e added |3 og. (Entered at tbe P.*t Offl~e at Washington, D. a. as aeciod-elasa mall matter.) 2 7" All mall tatwcriptioDS Brant be paid to advance. Rates of advertising made known on ssallcatioa. STRIKERS ARE QUIET Soldiers Have Little to do in Coal Region SHOOTING AFFAIR AT SIBLEY Italian Miners Get Into a Row Among Themselves. SITUATION IS UNCHANGED PHILADELPHIA. September 26.?Af fairs In the strike region are very quiet to day. The soldiers are still encamped on the hills near Shamokln, but they have nothing whatever to do and the men are becoming impatient to get back to their homos. Sheriff Harvey's effort to get a couple of regiments of militiamen into Lu zerne county on the plea that the marchers are getting beyond his control, has thus far been denied by Gov. Stone, and the events of today would appear to justify the governor In his attitude. President Mitchfll of the strikers' union, aided by his lieutenants. Is making every effort to in duce the idle men to refrain from violence or trespass, as he fully realizes the moral effect of an outbreak that would necessi tate the sending of soldiers to the Hazle ton region. Both sides claim gains today, but reli able reports received here Indicate that matters are at a standstill, with the battle of endurance progressing steadily. Markle's men at Hazleton are idle today by agree ment. pending a vote on the question of accepting or rejecting the offer of changes in working conditions made yesterday by the firm. Strike Leadera Are Confldent. The strike leaders say they are confident all of the Markle mines will be closed to morrow, as they do not believe the offer of the firm is sufficiently attractive to In duce the men to remain at work. Much warmer weather Is reported from all over the coal region today. A spell of hot weather wiU have a beneficial effect on the present coin situation by reducing the demand for fuel for domestic purposes. According to the official report of General Superintendent Luther of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company, four teen of the thirty-nine collieries owned by that company were in operation this morn ing. Tiiis is one more than yesterday, but | as officials admit, it does not indicate that the companv is making any headway. The additional colliery resuming today is the ?\Yadesvllle. near Pottsvllle. which closed yesterday for repairs to the machinery. XO TROOPS FOR HAZLETOS. General tioliln Anaitfd lb' Order Which Ulil Not Come. SHENANDOAH. Pa., September 26.?The expected order for troops to go to the Hazleton district has not been received by General Gobin. After receiving the in formation that Sheriff Harvey of Luzerne county had requested the governor to send troops. Genera! Gobin immediately made arrangements for transferring a portion of his command. A special train on the Le high Valley railroad was prepared an- the station agent remained in touch with the genera! the greater part of the night. Gen eral Gobin said he had a portion of the In fantry and Battery C in readiness to move at a moment's notice. "I remained up nearly all night." said the general, "but received no information, even those who were to furnish me with news of the situation falling to report." The condition in th:s region remains un changed and everything is quiet and or derly. A number of strikers visited the Girard ville and Gllberton washerles early today and made an unsuccessful effort to induce the workmen there to return home. Pumpmen and Firemen Dlsehnrtccd. The Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company today discharged a number of pumpmen, firemen and outside laborers who have continued at work a. the various collieries which have been closed by the strikers. Preparations are being made to remove the mules from the mines. The situation at Mahanoy City Is un changed. ail the collieries in that vicinity being closed. A report comes from Ashland that the Potts. Bast and Locust Spring collieries resumed operations this morning. Major Millar, provost marshal, today reported to General Gobin that he had been informed by IX R. James of the Cambridge Coal Company that strikers had entered the homes of wme of the men employed at the Cambridge colliery and assaulted them. General Gobin says if he Is furnished with the names of these strikers he will cause their arrest and turn them over to the civil authorities. HARVK1 ASKS FOR TROOPS. Sherlfl of I.uirrne < onnly 1m Appre hensive of Trouble. HAZLETON, lJa.. September 26.?The re quest of Sheriff Harvey that troops be sent to Luzerne county, made yesterday, is still under consideration, but It is almost cer tain that none will be sent here until there are further developments requiring their services. The entire Hazleton region was very quiet today, no marches or disturbances having occurred anywhere during the night or this morning. Sheriff J. B. Harvey was seen today by a reporter for the Associated Press In re gard to his request for state help. The sheriff said he had telegraphed the gov ernor for national guardsmen In any num ber that the chief executive In his Judg ment deemed best to preserve order, as the situation is getting critical. He says he also had a long talk with Governor Stone over the telephone, in which he explained the entire situation and why he had made the request for rroops. The sheriff told him tha.: h*. was wanted at so many places In the county to protect life and property that it was impossible to be everywhere. He frankly told the governor that the situation as it srood yesterday was getting oeyond his control, and suggested to him that two re^uiitiu^ wuulcl be .sufficient to preserve order, lie did not specify any command. Sheriff Opiioxcd to Shooting. lie also informed the governor that un der no circumstances would he shoot a man; that he "would not make the mistake that Sheriff Martin made three years ago, when a score of men were shot to death by deputies at Lattimer." The governor re plied to him that he would take the whole subject under careful consideration and would let him know later what he would do in the matter. Sheriff Harvey will have another talk with the governor during the day. In speaking further on the question of using firearms, the sheriff said: a. better ?f the strikers than they think. I know ihey are fighting foi what they think Is right. I have given positive orders to my deputies that they must not do any shooting; that they must be calm and try to reason with them when they see the strikers are about to com mit a violation of the law. I believe that more can be done with sugar than with vinegar. When I faced the men of Der ringer yesterday morning I kept my depu ties split up In groups so as not to excite the strikers, and went mywrtf to the mob of 300 men unarmed and pleaded with them to let those workers go to the mines who go desired. They positively refused to do so and I arrested all those who were not strictly within the law. If the men will not listen to reason, then force must be used, and that means shooting. The pres ence of the troops will prevent the gather ing of mobs, and that is why I asked the governor to send the soldiers." Strike Situation About tlie Same. No additional collieries were closed up in the Lehigh valley today. The Lents Lilly A Co. mine at Park place in the Schuylkill region, however, was reported as being closed. There Is not a colliery in this region that has its full force of men today. The strikers claim accessions to their ranks while most of the mine superintend ents report a slight increase in the number of men working today. The Lehigh \ alle> Coal Company officials said they were In better shape than on any other day since the strike began. Three strikers were ar rested In the vicinity of this company s. No. 40. shaft, in this city for unlawful assem bly. They were walking on the railroad track within the company's property. SHOOTIXG AFFRAY AT SIBLE1. Three .Men Wounded In Bow Among Italian Miner*. SCRANTON. Pa., September 26.?The first bloodshed which may be laid to the strike of the miners In the Lackawanna region. Is reported this morning from Sibley, a min ing settlement at the foot of the mountains In Oldforge township, about six miles from Scranton. Three men were wounded in the row. in which about twenty revolver shots were fired. The participants were all Ital ians. and were moi*tly men who had before the strike been working in Jermyn No. 1 mine, near Rendham. as non-unionists, but who became members of the United Mine Workers two weeks ago. Previously there was bad blood between these men and others of their own nationality who had been on strike at Jermyn's mine for six months, and several clashes occurred. Last night the men got into a fight on the road way near Barbertown. Revolvers were drawn by several and when the battle was over three men were down in the road, one so baijlv wounded that Dr. Timlin this morning" has little hope for his recovery. The man dangerously wounded is NlcK Gentlicore; only one man is under arrest, the others having fled. Strike Situation I'nchanncd. The strike situation throughout the Lack awanna valley remains practically un changed today, the Lackawanna company working its four washeries without moles tation. These are the Diamond, Oxford, Bellevue and Hampton, but none of the coal is going out over the road at present, l>elng held on the mine switches. This company is believed to be actively prepar ing to get one of Its big breakers. into operation by marshaling sufficient men willing to work for that purpose. Infor mation this morning in effect is that the big companies are prepared tomorrow to grant concessions, provided that at the time the men are actually working and in their em ploy. It appears tha the strike and the threats of the strikers have brought to the attention of the operators In a more marked manner the grievances of their employes, and that in the various conferences held the oppor tunity has been afforded them to discuss the grievances both from their own stand point and that of the men. Public Sentiment n Factor. Public sentiment, especially as regards the question of the price charged miners for powder, has also been a material fac tor In the proceedings, and an understand ing exists that when work Is resumed the terms of the settlement will be made known. But there Is also an understanding that, come what may, the compromise must not be effected through the United Mine Workers. While many miners are anxious to settle the strike and return to work, regardless of the means by which an amicable settle ment Is made, there Is quite a strong sen timent to remain out until the union is recognized and until that organization Is satisfied that work can be resumed advan tageously to the union. Strike at Tower City Colliery. IIARRISBURG, Pa., September 20.?Sev enty-live miners went on strike today at the Tower City colliery, controlled by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company. There are 1,200 men employed at the colliery, and this is the first break In their ranks. A branch of the Mine Work ers' Union is being organized at Tower City, and the strike leaders predict that many of the men will go out tomorrow. ? ? ? AH IlESTS MADE VET. Countable Han Warrant* for Ml** Hart'* Alleged Annailaut*. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HYATTSVILLE, Md., September 2G.? The alleged assault upon Mies Lucy Hart by Sheriff Edward Shea, Wm. Shea, his brother; Tod Fox, Herbert Butler and Leo Smith near Branchville Sunday evening last continues to be the topic of conversa tion. Las*, evening it was learned that warrants l'.ad been Issued for the arrest of the five young men, and placed In the hands of Constable Moffat for execution. The warrants are returnable at Upper Marlboro'. Constable Moffat was seen this evening, and in reply to questions said he had the warrants for the arrest of the five men, and that he would go *o Branchville and take them to Marlboro' this evening. Mr. James C. Rogers has been retained by all of the parties concerned in the affair. It is understood up until the present time no arrests have been made. Sheriff Shea was seen today on a Baltimore and Ohio train on his way home from Washington. SECRETARY ROOT IMPROVING. Sow Able to Walk About HI* Cotta** Ground*. NEW YORK, September 20.?Inquiries continue to be made as to the health of Secretary Root, who is at his summer cot trge at Southampton, L. I. Mr. Root seems to be slowly but surely recovering from the effect of the operation which he underwent a short time ago. In the past few days he has been able to walk about the grounds surrounding his cottage. Secretary Root has not Indicated when ne proposes to leave Southampton. PRESIDENT SENDS REGRETS. Deeply Pained at the Death of Gen eral Palmer. CANTON. Ohio, September 20.?President McKlnley last night sent a message of sym pathy on the death of General Palmer, as follows: "Hon. S. M. Cullom, United States senator, Springfield, 111.: "1 am deeply pained to learn of the -eath of General Pulmer. His noble and patriotic service to his country In war, as well as In peace, will long be remembered by the American people. Please convey to the members of the family my sincere sym pathy. WM. McKINLEY." Destroyer Decatur I,*unched. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. RICHMOND, Va? September 28 ?The tor pedo boat destroyer Decatur was success fully launched here today at 1:1*7 o'clock at W. R. Trigg's shipyards. There was a large crowd present, and when the boat struck the water there was great eheeriilS1. Mt*? Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo at Norfolk, a great-grandnlece of the famous Commodore Stephen Decatur, christened the boat. OUR CHINESE POLICY The State Department Holds That It Has Been Consistent. OBJECT FORIHICH TBOOPSWERESEHT Principles Laid Down ir. the Note of July 3. PLANS UNCHANGED The rapid trend of events in China toward actual and formal war, which is regarded as certain to follow a refusal on the part of Germany and some of the other continental powers to enter Into negotiations for a set tlement with China, is regarded here as jus tifying the decision of the State Depart ment to withdraw the American troops. The object for which these troops were sent into China, and, in fact, the full pur pose of the United States in this matter, was completely set out in the note of Sec retary Hay of July R, and the State De partment officials contend that they have steadfastly adhered without deviation to the principles laid down in that note, and that consequently there is no foundation for the charge of inconsistency brought against the department by some of the European press. The department has held from the first that a state of war did not exist with the Chinese government, and it obtained the assent of every one of the powers to that proposition. It still does not believe there is sufficient ground for changing that posi tion. and refuses to be drawn into war with out such ground. It has apprehended for some time past that, inspired by different motives from our own, it might come to pass that one of the powers, and perhaps more, would break away from the concert on that point and deliberately plunge into war with China. So the ac tion taken in the case of the instruction to Gen. Chaffee may be regarded as one of the precautionary measures which our government has taken to avoid being entangled in any such war. Onr Attitude Defined. The circular note of Secretary Hay sent out July 3 follows: "In this critical posture of affairs In China it is deemed appropriate to define the altitude of the United States as far as pres ent circumstances permit this to be done. We adhere to the policy initiated by us in 1^57, of peace with the Chinese nation, of furtherance of lawful commerce, and of protection of lives and property or our citi zens by all means guaranteed under eX tra-territorlal treaty rights and by the law of nations. If wrong be done to our citi zens, we propose to hold the responsible authors to the uttermost accountability. We regard the condition at Pekin as one of virtual anarchy, whereby power and re sponsibility is practically devolved upon the local provincial authorities. So long as they are not in overt collusion with re belHon and use their power to protect for eign life and property, we regard mem as representing the Chinese people, with whom we seek to remain in peace and friend ship. .. .. .. "The purpose of the President is, as it has been heretofore, to act concurrently with tho other powers, first in opening up communication with Pekin and rescuing the American officials, missionaries and other Americans who are in danger; secondly, in affording all possible protection everywhere in China to American life and property; thirdly, in guarding and protecting all legitimate American Interests, and fourth ly, In aiding to prevent a spread of the dis orders to the other provinces of the empire and a recurrence of such disasters. It is, of course, too early to forecast the means of attaining this last result, but the policy of the government of the I'nlted States is to seek a solution which may bring about permanent safety and peace in China, pre serve Chinese territorial and administra tive entity, protect all rights guaranteed to friendly powers by treaty and international law. and safeguard for the world the prin ciple of euual and impartial trade with all parts of the Chinese empire. "You will communicate the purport of this instruction to the minister of foreign affairs. HAY.' This circular Instruction embodies the views to which this government has strict ly adhered from the beginning of the Chi nese troubles. EITeet of German Action. What effect. If any, a declaration of war upon China by Germany alone or in alli ance, upon China, would have upon the negotiations which Mr. Conger has In hand can only be conjectured. Mr. Conger was to arrange the preliminaries for a meeting between the representatives of the powers and China with a view to effecting a har monious settlement. His action was not to be mandatory In any sense upon any power, and each was free to reject the good offices of the United States if it saw fit. A failure of Mr. Conger's efforts would not, it is believed, involve much charfge in the American program. Our government would simply be obliged to deal directly with China with a view to the protection of our own interests, abandoning any further efTorts to bring the powers into harmony in the settlement. Military Plan* Inchanffed. As to the military plans already laid down, they will remain unchanged, it 13 said here. If the belligerent power or powers seize upon Pekin the American minister will still remain there and Gen. Chaffee's legation guard will remain with him silent observers of what goes on, but taking no part In the war. The power In possession can find no valid objection to the presence of this legation guard. At Constantinople the legations and embassies all have their cavasses. or legation guards, and while they are not numerous, the prin ciple is recognized and mere numbers does not affect It. It is believed that General Chaffee, beln# at Tien Tsln, has by this time received the instructions cabled him yesterday relative to the reduction of his force in China. If he returns to Pekin to execute the order it will be Monday at least before he can be gin the movement toward Tien Tsln. It is believed that with a view to preventing any posftible misunderstanding he has already acquainted the military representatives of the powers at Tien Tsln of the projected withdrawal of the American forces. This is deemed more necessary because of the possibility of the appearance of Field Mar shal Waldersee at Taku or Tien Tsin at any moment. It is desirable that the change of the status of the American troops shall have taken place before he appears on tho scene. The Order* to ObnITee. The text of the orders to General Chaffee for the withdrawal of United States troops from China, with the exception of a "lega tion guard," is as follows: "Adjutant General's Department, "Washington, D. C., September li5. "To General Chaffee, Pekin: "September 26, No. 41. Pending negotla tlons for a settlement, the Secretary of War direct* that a legation guard of a regiment of infantry, four troops of caval ry. with rapid-fire guns and light battery with complete equipment and reserve sup ply of ammunition adequate for any emer gency, be retained in Pekin under your com mand, and that you send the remainder of your force In China to Manila to report to MacArthur. The guard should be amply provisioned, etc., until navigation opens next spring. Retain such officers for staff du tlef as you deem necessary; all others of whatever corps or department wlU be scat to MacArthur for duty as Boon as possible. All stores, transportation and materials* not required for the legation guard sent to Ma nila. Place yourself tn close relations with our minister, acting With him on the lines ahat will best subserf# dur interests, keep ing this department fully advlosd. It is important that you have the confidence of the generals of the Other powers. General Wilson, with his alds< wlH remain in Pekin for the present. Special Instructions may be sent him. Cable MacArthur concerning requirements to carry these instructions Into effect. Inform generfdr commanding forces of other powers of rtuj* intention to with draw part of our f6tees. Show this to Conger. "By order of Lieutenant General Miles. ^ "CORBIN." FOR DENNY AND McKINLEY ATTITIDI! OF GOLD DEMOCRATS IX FOl'RTH MARYLAND. Indications That the State Will Go Republican Again?Wachter Sure of Re-election. ! Special Dispatch to The Brenlng Star. BALTIMORE, Md., September 20.?Repre sentative James W. Denny, gold democrat, was today renominated for Congress in the fourth district without opposition. This dis trict, which contains the nine richest wards of Baltimore city. Is usually democratic by a good majority, and as Mr. Denny voted with the republicans last winter on the currency he will probably be re-elected, al though a large number of his party con stituents will vote for President McKlnley. The gold democrats, however, will make no fight against Mr. Dtnny, notwithstand ing the fact that he Is supporting Mr. Bryan. The republican candidate in the district is Mr. Charles R. Sc-hirm, who was a member of the house of delegates in 18l>8. The democratic convention in the third dis trict which comprises the first nine wards of Baltimore, is in session today, and will probably nominate Mr. Robert F. Leach, jr., a young lawyer who is one ot the clerks of the city council. This district is now represented by Mr. Frank C. Wachter, republican, who has been renominated and who will probably be re-elected. In fact the Impression that Mr. Wachter will be re-elected Is so strong that the demo crats are having great trouble in securing a candidate to make the fight against him. The nomination was offered to ex-Governor William Pinkney Whyte' and several other prominent men In town, all of whom de clined without hesitation and the honor has gone begging. The democratic leaders, including ex Senator Gorman and others of note, are holding a conference at the Eutaw House today to consider the situation. Cnairman Vandiver says they are entirely without funds to pay even the necessary expenses of the campaign, and that the object of the conference Is to raise money. The men who usually contribute the cash to the democratic party treasury are all. with perhaps, one or two exceptions, freely sup porting President McKlnley, and the demo crats have been unable to raise even enough to pay the expenses of the registra tion, which is now going on and which up to the present time is very largely in favor of the republicans. In fact so significant are the registration figures In favor of the republicans that the advocates of McKin ley are jubilant, while the democrats are expressing their ala,rm in no uncertain way and many of the out and out Bryanites are openly accusing the tenders of treachery to the head of the tlclcet and of showing a desire to let the state go to McKlnley by default. In reply to these accusations, Mr. Vandiver and the other officials at head quarters say that they are doing all they can without money, and If the Bryanites want anything more done they must raise the necessary cash. ! By Associr- t<-<1 Prtig. BALTIMORE, Md., September 20.-The democrats of the third congressional dis trict today nominated Robert F. Leach, Jr., And those of the fourth district the Incumbent from the district, James W. Denny. This completes the nominations in this state. WATERSPOIT IX IOWA. Four I'emonii Killed and Several In jured at Kerjtunoii. DES MOINES, Iowa, September 2fl.-Four persons were killed and several others seri ously injured in a waterspout and tornado at Ferguson, Marshall county, last night. The station agent and the telegraph op erator were badly hurt. The railway sta tion was badly wrccked, several cars were blown from the tracks and more or less damaged and many houses were destroyed. Wire connections with Ferguson are in terrupted, and it ia impossible to learn the names of all those killed and injured. The partial list is: Killed?Child of John Lovelady, hotel proprietor. Injured?Wm. Roblnaon, Milwaukee: Jas. Mullen, Western Union telegraph operator; John Lovelady, hotel proprietor. Severe waterspouts and wind and rain are reported from the vicinity of Redlield and Madrid, where trackB are washed out in many places. Towns along the Great Western road also report hard wind and rain this side of Marshalltown. From all sections of this quarter of the state a heavy property loss is reported, but no loss of life is known except at Ferguson. W. M. RICE'S REMAINS CREMATED. Millionaire Whose Death Started an Official Inquiry. NEW YORK, September 20.?The body of Wm. Marsh Rice, the millionaire whose death last Saturday is the occasion of un usual Inquiry, official and otherwise, was taken to the crematory at Fresh Pond to day and incinerated. Professor R. A. Wilthaus, chemist, will analyzed the contents ef the organs taken from the body. Dr. A. Burney Cannon, superintendent of the Bellevue Dispensary, said today that embalming fluid injected into the body after death at once destroys every trace of any vegetable poison which may be in the body. Chief of Detective* McClusky said he had no reason to believe that Rice's death was the result of mar dor, nor did he be lieve that any forgery vai connected with the case. ? ? ? COL. JOHN P. JACKSON DEAD. _ - Collector of the Port of San Francisco Passe* Away. SAN FRANCISCO, September 20.?Col. John P. Jackson, collector of the port of San Francisco, died last night. He suf fered from a painful kidney Affection and failed to rally after a surgical operation which was performed. Col. Jackson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 7, 1833, studied for the bar with Benjamin Harrison in' the office of Bel lamy Storer, and was a '.aw partner of George Hoadley. In 1H02 he served with the Army of the Cumberland under Rose cians and Buell, and- later on detached service with Grant -and Hancock. He ran for governor of Kentucky on the republican ticket, and was candidate for presidential elector on the Lincoln and Johnson ticket. He was appointed kubtreasurer of the United State* at Bant Francisco by Presi dent Harrison, and collector by McKlnley. 4s DalllTer** Ss?cM#or Nominated. DBS MOINES, Iowa. September 20.? Judge Connor was nominated today by the republicans of tha tenth district to succeed Senator-elect Dolllver In the lower house. - - ? ? , . -> >k\ ? _ NO POLITICAL EFFECT Republican Advices Regarding the Goal Miners' Strike. PENKSYLVAK1A SITUATION IMPROVING Railway Men Will Oppose Bryan s Election. MANY BOLTING DEMOCRATS Advices received by the republicans indi cate that thus far the strike in the coal regions has had no reflex action on politics. Representative Loudenslager, in charge of the congressional headquarters, said this morning that up to this time there appears to have been no mixing up of the strike into politics. Apparently, he says, the strike is being kept within the lines of a business proposition between the employes and their employers. There Is a general idea, he says, that the party in power is apt in some way to be held responsible for un satisfactory conditions in any direction, but thus far the dissatisfied laboring men ap pear to have recognized that they are deal ing with individuals, some of whom are democrats and some of whom are republi cans, and who, in the aggregate, represent about all creeds and forms of thought, and that politics has nothing to do with the cat*. Interest* of l^abor. "The fact is," he says, "that while it may be claimed, and perhaps justly in rome ca*?es, that the laboring man does not get his full proportion of the advancement in the value of what he produces, this fact cannot be denied that in periods of depies a;on he has no chance of having recog nized and acceded to a demand for an in crease of wages; but when times are pros perous and work is plenty, If he does not get all that he feels to be his due he gen erally gt ts something, and the chances are in favor of his demands being granted, in part, if not to some great extent. The laboring men realize '.hat their best oppor tunity lies in a continuance of prosperity, and even discontentment with things as they are will hardly tead them to endeavor to make matters worse." Mr. Lioudenslager says that the situation in Pennsylvania is improving, ? and that within the past few days there has been a general awakening, activity taking the place of apathy, and that the managers have not discovered that the strike situa tion is going to have any materially inju rious Influence on the republican prospects In the several congressional districts. In Maryland and West Virginia. The situation In Maryland and West Vir ginia Is every day becoming more satisfac tory from a republican point of view. Con servative men in each of these states say that they can hardly be regarded as doubt ful, or at all events that they are the least doubtful of all the so-called doubtful states. The Wellington disaffection In Maryland ap pears to have made very little impression and throughout the state a very large num ber of influential democrats decline to sup port Mr. Bryan. The most powerful busi ness interests In the state are opposed tp an interruption of the present prosperous conditions by experimenting with a new ad ministration on extremely opposed lines Of policy, and among the most earnest, con servative supporters of the administration are found prominent and influential demo crats. Railway* Opi?o*e Bryan. It is said that Mr. Bryan has lost the support of many very strong men through out the country who earlier in the cam paign expected to support him. The rail road interests and all interests allied to them in the entire country will. It is said, be practically a unit In opposition to Bryan on account of his persistent declaration of an intention to make war on the railroads through the amendment of the interstate commerce law by adding stringent pro visions if he should get in a position to do so. In 1880 the railroad interests, together with other great enterprises, were solidified in opposition to Bryan. But a considerable number of big railroad men. who, prior to 1MM1 had affiliated with the democratic party indicated an intention to support Bryan this year, feeling that there was no danger of his financial views finding ex pression In law, and that their business in terests would not be seriously jeopardized by his election. The quieting of their alarm on the financial question, however, has been counteracted by the apprehension of the disturbance of business Interests through a general disposition on his part to hit every head on which the sunlight of prosperity shines and to endeavor, through legisla tion, to hamper and hinder all great enter prises merely because they are great and prosperous. It is said that If Mr. Bryan had contented himself with doing battle against the trusts or against imperialism, or both, he might have had the support of many business men who will now decline to vote for him, but that his disposition to make an issue of everything existing which does not melt his approval has a tendency to consolidate against him all the interests which his scattering fire threatens. The great rail roads of the country represent an immense capital, are the backbone of all commerce and Industry and represent in direct em ployment a million men or more. By going out of his way to attack the railroads and to threaten restrictions by legislation which would hamper their business and develop ment, it is said that Bryan has arrayed the entire interests against him. Influenced by Employer*' Interest*. How far all the employes of the rail roads will be Influenced by considerations of the interests of their employers is un certain, but in 1896 there was perfect har mony between the railroad managers and their employes, and at this time there is very general contentment on the part of railroad employes in all lines of work, and it is presumed that they will very generally have the same community of interest. Un less labor troubles, which there is now no good reason to anticipate, arise before elec tion, it is believed that Bryan will loBe very' heavily in this vote. This condition applies more particularly to the eastern country, but Is likely to be felt more or less in every quarter, though in the west, where Mr. Bryan's fancy par ticularly dwells, it may be offset by the an tagonism among certain classes to all rail roads. GERMANY HAS SUFFERED. Effect of the Cltlnme Troubles on In ternational Trade. "The effect of the Chinese trouble on Ger many" is the subject of a report made to the State Department by Acting Consul General Hanauer at Frankfort. "Accord ing to a late estimate made by the German imperial navy department," says the report, "the amount of German capital invested in China is $71,400,000. Firearms and am munition represented the principal item of German export to China in 1800, aggregat ing $1,901,000 in value; machinery and iron ware amounted to almost as much; sewing machines and needles footed up $1,235,200; aniline and other dyes, $1,594,?00; braided goods, $737,800; cloths and other woolen textiles. $523,G00; ornamental feathers. $1(IB.000; cotton hosiery, $142,800; beer, $2W,(I00. "Germany Imported from China in 1890: Gold, $l,8o2,tS00; bed feathers, $U42,CU0; tea. $600,200; raw silk, $2:51.800; braided straw, $2:18.000; cattle skins. $190,400. "Germany's total exports to China In 1S!?9 were $(>.902,000 in value, her Imports from China. $12,042,800. "Owing to the troubles in China, trade with that country has greatly diminished, and many German manufacturing lines have In consequence suffered severely. Ac cording to late press reports, the textile and needle industry at Aix la Chapolle Is in sad condition, over 2,W?0 hands being out of work and 1,000 looms standing idl# In the needle factories many operators have been discharged and one factory has stop ped altogether. Other German industries also complain of reduction in the articles for Chinese trade. On the other hand, complaints come from lines working on raw materials and products mainly imported from China, the advance in prices having handicapped trade." GUATEMALA ACCEPTS. Central American Improvement Cu. ?May Extend the Northern Railway. Consul General McNally at Guatemala has notified the State Department that the Guatemalan government has accepted the proposition of the Central American Im provement Company to complete the North ern railway to the city of Guatemala with out concessions or subsidy of any kind save that of a land grant. The railway suffered considerable damage during the past rainy season, owing to The unusually high water in the rivers. Bridges were washed away and part of the road bed of the railway damaged. The Central American Improve- ; ment Company guarantees to complete the railway in thirty months, without cost of any kind to the government of Guatemala. It demands, however, the privilege of op erating the road for ten years, after which time the Guatemalan government Is to pay the Improvement company the sum of $4,000,000 in gold, with interest. In con sideration of this the government cedes to the company 000,000 acres of land contigu ous to the railway. These lands are to be used in the cultivation of bananas. Mr. Minor C. Keith is president and Mr. Rich ard Barthel Is secretary and treasurer of the Central American Improvement Com pany, the headquarters of which Is at New Orleans. .? MOORS MUST PAY fK.OOO. Brutally Mnrdered a Naturalised American Citizen. Instructions have been sent to Consul Gen eral Gummere at Tangier to renew the de mand on the Moorish government for the settlement of the claim of $.\000 made by the heirs of Marcus Azzagul, a naturalized American citizen, who met a violent death at Fez. Azzagul, while on a business visit to Fez, accidentally jostled a Moslem, who took offense and assaulted the American citizen. The struggle between the two men attracted a crowd, which took the part of the native and handled Azzagul in a most brutal manner. It Is alleged he was placed upon a mass of wood and straw saturated with coal oil and burned to death. An in vestigation was made by the French con sul on the supposition that Azzagui was a cittizen of France, and it was shown that he was a naturalized citizen of th? United States, and that Moorish subjects were re sponsible for his death. Although th's responsibility is denied by the Moorish government the officials of the State Department express the hope that the claira will be paid without much further delay and without recourse to force. GROWTH OF THE CITIES. About the Same Increase Between and 11>00 as iu Previous Decade. Statistics have been compiled at the can susu bureau, based on the populations of large cities which have been announced up the present time, which shows a most in teresting fact in relation to the growth of cities. It demonstrates that the 163 largest cities in the United States numerically in creased in population from 1890 to 1900 a! mrst exactly as they did between 1880 and 1890. These 155 cities increased their popu lation 4,700,107 from 1880 to 1890, and 4,?>27, 953 from 1890 to 1900, or Just 78,154 less dur ing the latter than in the former period. Of course, when the aggregate percentages of increase of the population of these 155 cities during these two periods are com pared, they show that the percentage of increase was considerably lower in the last ten years, because the increase is com pared with a larger population in 1900 than it was in 1890. The fact that numerically the increase of the population of these cities has come out just about the same during the last two censuses is more Interesting from the fact that the rates of increase of the various cities have varied greatly. Personal Mention. Dr. I. Bermann has returned from his vacation. Mr. Henry C. Bates and Mrs. Bates and Mr. A. B. LeP. Mesny, all of Washington, sailed for Europe today from New York, aboard the American-Southampton line steamer St. Faul. ?- -*-?? Vessels for the Asiatic Station. The gunboat Vlcksburg, which has been ordered to fit for the Asiatic station, today sailed from Newport for Boston, where she will go immediately into dock. The collier Alexander, which is en route to Chinese waters, sailed today from Port Said for Singapore. Examination of the Baltimore. The Navy Department has ordered a sur vey of the cruiser Baltimore, which was engaged with Dewey's fleet at Manila, and upon which Rear Admiral Watson returned to the United States. She has been in service for several years, and the survey will probably disclose the necessity for a thorough overhauling and general repair of the ship. C'oallnir Station at Newport. Arrangements are being made by the Navy Department to establish a coaling station at Newport, R. I. The proposed station will have a capacity of 23,000 tons of coal and will be the largest station of the kind in the United States naval service. It will be able to supply with coal the heaviest battle ships and will have an anchorage sufficient for a large fleet. One of its greatest advantages, however, is that it is well protected by the heavy fortifica tions forming the defense of the harbor of Newoort. Secretary Long'* Trip. Secretary Long of the navy has gone to New York for a few days on private busi ness. He is expected to return the latter part of this week or the first of next. Will Be Used by the Cadets. The small gunboats Alvarado and San doval, which were captured from Spain during the Spanish war, have been ordered to Annapolis, where they will be used as exercise ships by the cadets. i Whereabouts of Army Transports. Quartermaster General Ludlngton was today informed that the transports Rose cranz and Egbert, carrying quartermaster's supplies, have arrived at Nagasaki; that the Athenian has arrived at Manila, and that the transport Lenox has sailed from Portland for Manila with 370 horses and 100 mules. The transport Flintshire arrived at San Francisco yesterday with Lieut. Winans, 4th Cavalry, on board. Easlaa Nominee In Kentucky. PADUCAH, Ky., September 28.?A con vention of republicans, populists and Brown democrats of the first district has nominated Ben. C. Keys tor member of Congress. ? DEMOXSTRATKD PACT. There is no business that cannot be benefited by ju 'dicious advertising, and there is none that may not waste money bv poor use of space. TIMES IS CRITICISED English Accuse Thunderer of Flop ping on Germany's Proposal. EARLIER EDITORIALS QDOTEB All Sorts of Explanations of the Answer to Germany. WAR PROSPECT IN CHINA LONDON, September 28. ?The attempt of the Ixindon Times ami other European pa pers to distinguish between the view and proposals contained in the German note and their endeavor to lay all stres-s on the proposals without any attention to what Germany "considered a preliminary to any negotiation" is pronounced here to be ut terly at variance with the construction they put on the note when it was first made public. The Times editorially, September li>. declared the German government "rec ognize the force of the contention we have consistently laid down, that the punish ment of the rial authors of the attacks on Europeans must be a condition precedent to diplomatic dealings of any kind with any of the representatives of China." Thriur of the Editorial. That was the theme of the whole edito rial. The proposal that the ministers at Pekin be empowered to designate such real authors of the attacks was, it is pointed out, treated merely incidentally, and as a sequence to the first part of the note, no endeavor being made to separate what Ger many considered essential from what she proposed. In fact, the propo-al regarding the designation of the authors of the at tacks was then thought by the Times and other papers In England and on the conti nent to be a logical result of the powers agreeing that their surrender was to be precedent to the negotiations. This view was fully shared by the Berlin correspond ent of the Times, September 1!>, in spite of his change of base in today's issue, as fol lows : "Information shows that if America or even England misunderstood Germany's meaning it can only be the result of ig norance or an endeavor to enable the Ger man government to retire from a position they find untenable." The St. James Gazette says: "TV* dis covery of the true inwardness of the note is very convenient. It is explained in Berlin that the refusal of America is doubtless owing to the dullards at Washington hav ing confused the two parts of Von Ruclow's document. It is a pity an analytical com mentary was not forwarded with the text of the note." Warlike Snri Front China. Meanwhile the news from China indi cates that events are rapidly drifting in the direction of war between China and Germany. "There is the best reason for believing," says the Shanghai correspond ent of the Morning Post, "that Count von Waldersee. on arriving at Taku. will pre sent an ultimatum demanding the surren der of five leaders of the anti-foreign up rising. After a few hours' grace he will formally declare war: and. taking advan tage of Germany's position as a belligerent, he will proceed to seize everything avail able with the German forces and fleet. "It Is expected that Germany will take the Wu Sung forts and the Kiangan arsenal, thus dominating Shanghai. It is also be lieved that she will attack the Klang Win forts on the Yangtse from the land side and endeavor to seize the Chinese fleet, in cluding the valuable new cruisers. Failing In this, she will at least occupy all tho province of Kiang Su, north of the Yangtse Kiang. "The French will support Germany. This Is not rumor, hut reliable information, and will probably be confirmed at the foreign office. Prompt action is necessary to pre vent a coup, which will constitute a serious menace to British Interests. Russia has handed over the Taku-Pekin railway to Germany." Prince Tumi's Macliinutionn. The Shanghai correspondent of the Stand ard, telegraphing Monday, says: "Chinese officials report thai Prlqpe Tuan has issued a secret edict in the name of the empress dowager to the effect that the imperial court has decided to continue the war against the powers at whatever cost. The edict threatens that any official falling to support the Manchus will be beheaded as a traitor, his whole family executed, and the tombs of his ancestors demolished. TO INVITE KRKiF.lt TO AMERICA. Boer Sympathisers* Form an Organisa tion in Chieaao. CHICAGO, September 2!.?Boer sympa thizers from all parts of the United States, representing various pro-Boer movements and organizations, met here today and formed *a national American Transvaal League. The delegates voted that an Invi tation, on behalf of the American Boer sympathizers, be extended to President Paul Kruger to visit this country, and in the event of his being exiled from his coun try by action of the British governmtnt, to make the United States his home. Permanent officers were elected as fol lows: President, Judge H. D. Peck, Cin cinnati; first vice president. Judge E. F. Dunne, Chicago; general secretary, Her man V. Plotgg, Chicago; treasurer, Peter Van Vllssingen, Chicago. WIND BLEW 12(1 MILES AN HOIK. Great Damage Done hy Severe Storm in Iceland. EDINBURGH, September 26.?News has been received at Drummore, Luce bay, of a hurricane at Oflord (?), Iceland, September 20. The wind, it is said, blew 120 miles an hour. Nearly all the fishing smacks were driven ashore, houses were razed and sev eral persons were killed. There was great destruction to property. LYNCHED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE. Fate of a Negro at South Plttsbnrv* Tens. SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn.. September 26.?Two negroes passed "through here last night with another colored man whom they said they were going to hang for an as sault on a woman. Officers heard of the affair and followed. Today they found por tions of the negro's clothing in the woods on the bank of a creek. It is supposed tho negro was thrown into the creek. PRESIDENT DIAZ RE-ELECTED. Result of the Presidential Election In Old Mexico. CHICAGO. September 26.?A dispatch to the Record from City of Mexico says: Mex ico's congress last night declared the result of the presidential election. Gen. Porfirlo Diaz was unanimously elected, and will be inaugurate! next December. The pres ident has entirely recovered from his re cent Indisposition. Steamship Arrivals. At New York, Friedrich der Grosse, from Bremen; Oceanic, from Liverpool; Furnos sia, from Glasgow. At Liverpool, Nomadic, from New York; Sagamore, from Boston. t