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No. 14,846. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, SEPTE#l|5fR 27, 1900?FOURTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR. PUBLISHED DAILY. EXCEPT SUNDAY. OfTke. lltt Street aad PeaaayW*"* Amm The Evening Star Newspaper Company* S. H. KAUFFMANN. Preat. New Yaffc OTOca: Itt Trtkaae BalMla* Chkafo Office: Bayce Laatfaa Office: Trafaltar BaiMlafa. Tralalpr Sqaara. The Erenlnf Star la aerre? to wbjteribewlnth# city by carrier*, on their own acc.mD^atlOc*tit? per KNk. or 44 rente wr month. Oplea at the Counter. 2 mu each. B|' ionth TrF.?r,r>iVt, .. ?. a. mm wrond-rliKa mail matter.) - ? rr All mall nobaerlptlona mast be paM ?? ajraaea. Birea of adrertlalng made known on application. GAIN FOR STRIKERS What Changes Have Occurred Are in Their Favor. MANY OUT AT MAKKLE M1SES Locust Spring Colliery Also Shut Down Today. SHEARING IX DEPUTIES PHILADELPHIA. September 27.?Where there were any changes In the coal strike situation today the changed conditions were in favor of the strikers. The Locust Spring colliery, an important mine near Mount Carmel. Schuylkill county, which has been working with a re duced force, finally closed this morning, the strike leaders having induced the workers to quit. The mine Is owned by the Philadelphia and Reading company. The leaders claim that the North Franklin, an other of the Reading company's collieries, will be closed down by tomorrow evening. The mine workers at Minersville, Schuyl kill county, were formed into an organiza tion late last night, and they announce they will go on strike tonight. In the Wyoming and Lackawanna re gions, which have been practically tied up for some time, the situation today remains unchanged. Interrat in the Markle Mine*. In the Lehigh region the point of interest centered on the Markle mines. It is report ed that many of the employes at these mines remained away from the mines this morning because of the refusal of the firm to grant the increase in wages asked for. It could not be ascertained how many of the men were at work there today. The sujm rintendent declined to discuss the sub jtct beyond the statement that work was started up in the mines this morning. The official daily report of the situation at the collieries operated by the Philadel phia and Reading Coal and Iron Company shows: a slight change from yesterday. Thirteen collieries were working today, one less than yesterday. The Locust Gap col liery, which has been working since the j strike began, was the one that did not ] atart up today. Twenty-six collieries own ed by the Reading company are now idle. j An effort was made to see President Har ris of the Philadelphia and Reading rail aay today in reference to the reported meeting of the presidents of the coal roads in New York yesterday to discuss the mine workers' demands. Mr. Harris declined to be seen or to have anything to say on the subject. STRIKE HAS NOT BEEX SETTLED. Prenldrnt Mitchell of Miner*' I'nlon l>eii ie* a Humor. HAZLETON. Pa.. September 27.?Presi dent. Mitchell of the United Mine Workers was asked this afternoon what he knew of a report that the strike had been settled, it being explained to him that rumors to that effect were in circulation in New York and other parts of the country. In reply he said: "The report that the anthracite coal atrike had been settled is absolutely un true. The strike cannot be ended without my knowing it. and I have no knowledge; of any efforts which would lead to an imme diate settlement. No overtures have been made to me." IX THE WYOMIXG VALLEY. Men ConHilent of Winning?Statement hy the Operator*. WILKESBARRE, Pa., September 27.? Everything is quiet In the Wyoming valley this morning. The striking miners in the Pittston division are today receiving their pay due them. The mine at Monaqua, the only one in operation in the valley, Is work ing almost full handed, i- st night some breaker boys tore down the shutters at the Stanton mine, operated by the Lehigh and Wilkesbarre company. The damage was repaired this morning. The company offers a reward for the detection of the guilty partb s. At the strikers* headquarters the infor mation was given out that the men are confident of winning and that they are diiiy gaining accessions t<> their ranks. The operators issued this statement this tnorn.r.g: "Everything quiet in the Wyoming valley this morning. The 'West End Coal Mining Company's mine at Mcnaqua has i*J per eer.t of its r> gular force at work. The Le high and Wilkes bar re Coal Company re tiurts that thirty men raided their culm bank at the Stanton mine last night and tore down the chutes. In the Shamokin re gion there has been no change since yester day. The colliery at Williamstown is work lag force. In the Lehigh region the follow ing collieries are working: Hazleton No. 1, Hazleton shaft, Markle, Hazlebrook, Cran berry. Latimer and Coxe Bros. "In the Mahanoy region the mines work ing are the Bast and Potts of the Phila delphia and Reading company, 'i iie Midvale mine is working short-handed. The men at Work there were stoned on their way home last night. This materially reduced the force this morning. The Locust Spring and Cambridge mines were compelled to suspend Operations this morning. The Reading col lieries south of Broad mountain are report ed to be working. The Heading company is t?kif>g out its mules in the Mahanoy and Shenandoah regions. The same thing is be ing done at the William Penn mine." WEIXUW HAJLS AT SHEXAXDOAH. Soldier* (an Xow (iet Water?Strike <'omlition Inehniined. SHENANDOAH, Pa.. September 27.?The long period -of dry weather was ended tarly today by a heavy tain which came as a gr* at relief to everybody here, especially the soldiers, who have suffered from lack of water. The strike situation In the region between Mahanoy City and Ashland is unchanged. At the latter place, according to reports r< reived here, the Bast and the Potts col lieries are still in operation, while the Lo cust Spring colliery at Locust Gap failed to resume today. Tin- mules at most of the Reading com pany's colli, ries in this vicinity are being removed frt>m the mines. This town is orderly and peaceful. MA i Tin TO BREAK STRIKE. V I LhvihiiliII Operator* Expected to Start I p Xe*t Week. BCRANTON. Pa.. September 27.?There Is no ra<U?aJ change in the anthracite strike i situation in the Lackawanna region. The Only places n't whifh work is being done are the washeries, five in Scranton. one at Taylor and small drifts at Carbondale, Murrins Mid Burtons. The latter two places may be closed by Mine Inspector Roderick, his attention today being called to alleged flagrant violations of the mining laws there. The departure of General Superintendent ?omis of the Lackawanna Company early it fnorntng has given credence to rumors that he ha* been summoned to New York tr> discuss the situation with the heads of the coal companies. Mr. Ixiomis is chair man of the Mining Superintendenta' Aiwo elation. Much secrecy is maintained at his offices as to the movements, but it is ad mitted he is out of the city. The commis sioning of sex-eral hundred coal and iron poliee by Gov. Stone, at the request of the several companies here, is taken to mean that each of these companies will under take to break the strike the coming week by operating at least one each of their col lieries. The strike leaders say the attempt will be a failure. The return of Grand Master Hawley of the Switchmen's Union to Scranton from New York and his statement that there would be no action by the switchmen just now, does not disconcert affairs at the headquarters of District No. 1. Secretary Dempsey this morning said the switchimn had not been asked to take part In the strike, and wh&t they had been doing was of their own accord. It appears they had grievances of their own, and they U6ed the miners' strike as a means whereby to have them rectified, and this, it is said, tliey have accomplished. ANOTHER MINE SHITS DOWN. I.ocust Spring Colliery's Men Quit Work Today. SHAMOKIN, Pa.. September 27.?The Locust Spring colliery, near Mount Carmel, went on strike this morning, the big mine being tied up completely. Before the gen eral strike was ordered by President Mitch ell between 1,200 and 1,300 men and boys were given employment. It Is owned by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company, and had been in constant opera tion. Strike leaders held numerous mass meet ings to induce the men to stop. About half the total number ceased toil from day to day. until only the Ashland and Lavelle men remained. Their failure to come .to work this morning left the mine with no one to cut coal. The strike leaders are highly gratified, and predict the closing down of the North Franklin colliery by to morrow night. That colliery is also ope rated by the Reading Company. It employs Wjo men and boys, and is working today with only thirty miners on strike. MANY OF MARKLE'S MEN QUIT. Proprietor. However. Says He Started Up This Morntnjr. HAZLETON, Pa.. September '27.?Interest In the mine workers' strike in the Lehigh valley today centered around the mines of G.- B. Markle & Co., at Jeddo, Oakdale and Highland. It was predicted yesterday that the firm would lose many men today be cause of the refusal of the employers to grant the advance in wages asked for by the workers. It Is difficult to learn the exact number of men who returned to work this morning after yesterday's holi day. The strikers, however, say the firm's collieries are practically "dead" as far as mining coal Is concerned. No. 5 Jeddo col liery Is reported to be completely idle, while the number of men at work in the other Markle slopes is said to be small. When j W. H. Smith, general superintendent of the Markle mines, was asked today by a re porter for the Associated Press how many miners are at work, he replied: "All I will say is that we started up this morning." Of the twelve collieries located on the north side seven are reported by the op erators to be mining coal. Several of these are hardly doing anything, while the others are getting out more or less of their nor mal daily production. Not one, however, is working full. On the south side, where there are nine collieries, the tie-up re mains almost complete. Only one colliery in that locality, the Beaver Meadow opera tion of Coxe Brothers & Co., is working. The mine is short handed. The four col lieries on the west side are in operation with reduced fortes, while the quartet of collieries of the Lehigh Valley Coal Com pany in and about Hazleton are reported by the company to be producing more coal than on any previous day during the strike. The Stockton colliery, on the east side, is not In operation. President Mitchell, for the strikers, esti mates that fully '.?0 per cent of the miners in this district are now idle. The entire valley is quiet this morning. Mlnersvllle Men Will Strike. POTTSYILLE, Pa., September 27.?The mine workers of Minersville were late last night addressed by Division President John Fahey of the United Mine Workers, "Moth er" Jones and others. Upon conclusion of the speaking at midnight a branch organi zation was forme!, and it was decided that all the members should tonight lay down their tools and join in the strike. EXTRA SESSION IX VIRGINIA. Governor and Member* Seem to De at Cross l'urposes. Sjierial Disi<ateh to The Evening Star. RICHMOND, Va., September 27.?Gov ernor Tyler will probably not be allowed to settle the whole matter of whether a spe cial session of the legislature shall be called to act on the constitutional conven tion question. There Is a strong determina tion among many of the members of the. legislature to deal with this matter. When they voted for it in the last legislature they e>pccted to have a voice in its disposal. If the legislature is not convened before next March, then a new legislature would have to pass upon it. It is confidentially stated here that If the governor falls to call an extra session two-thirds of the members of the legislature will call it over his head. It is also pointed out that should the governor not call the extra session the election of a judge of the supreme court to succeed Judge Reiley would also go over to a new legislature. This would naturally strengthen the chances of Judge P-hlegar, the governor's friend, whom he appointed temporarily to the position. The governor had apparently decided to call the extra session for January 2 next, but has since changed his mind. OTIS ANl> W IIEEI.ER IN XEW YORK. They Will Re Guests at ? Grand Army liaiitiuet. NEW YORK, September 27.?Major Gen eral Elweil L. Otis, with his aids. Major Henry Greene and Capt. David Stanley, are at the Murray Hill Hotel today. Major General Otis having come to this city to attend the dinner to be given in his honor tonight at Delmonico's by the members of Lafayette Post. No. 140, G. A. R., of which he is a member. At noon Gen Joseph Wheeler, late com mander of the department of the lakes, arrived at the same hotel from Alabama) also for the purpose of attending the din ner tonight. Gen. Otis was given a complimentary breakfast at the Murray Hill Hotel toduy by Commander Allen C. Bakewell of La fayette Post. JlDOE JENKINS NEARLY ULl\"D. Submits to an Operation jOP Cataract* at Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE, Wis., September 27.? Judge James G. Jenkins of the 'United* States court is at present In a darkened room at St. Joseph's Hospital, in this city, after an operation performed mr-hitf ey*s~ for cataracts. It will not be known for sev eral days how successful the operation has been in restoring the judge's sight. The surgeons believe it will be restored. Should the operation fail to give him the use of his eyes to some degree he may re tire from the bench. ?? Three months ago the judge submitted to a preliminary operation, and !?tnre that time he has transacted all the business of his court, although practically'Tjllnd. Nominated for Cobbkii. CINCINNATI. Ohio, September 2S>-Jofin B. Peaslee and Heniy Keller were ,nomi r.ated today for Congress by the' demo crats of the firet and seoond districts re si>ectlvfcljr. QUESTION OF TERMS % Denial of Salisbury's Reply to Ger many a Mere Quibble. FACTS SUBSTANTIALLY STATED Pending "Formal Reply" Germany May Modify Her Proposal. TO AVOID COERCION LONDON, September 27.?The statement that Lord Salisbury had verbally answered the German ambassador, Count von Hatz feldt-Wildenburg, In the same terms as the United States government used In replying to the German note regarding China"has called forth many denials throughout Europe. In the first place, it may be re Iterated that Tuesday last the British pre mier told the German ambassador here that Germany's idea of the surrender of the authors of the outrages as a precedent to peace negotiations was not feasible, and in doing so Lord Salisbury employed terms similar^ to those used in the note from Washington. Though this was intended as a refusal of what is regarded in Downing street as the only really important feature of the German note, it was not accepted as such by the German ambassador, on the ground that Lord Salisbury did not "for mally" answer the note, and left the latter part of the German proposal (i. e., that the ministers at Pekin should designate the of fenders) unanswered, pending an hourly ex pected message from Sir Claude MacDon ald, the British minister at Pekin. A Constructive Denial. The British foreign office has issued what may be taken in England to be a denial of the statement made to the Asso ciated Press, saying that the British an swer has "not yet been sent." This was expressly set forth in the dispatch an nouncing Lord Salisbury's reply to the German ambassador, and it was added that the answer might not be sent for several days. There Is no reason to believe that the awaited message from Pekin will have any bearing on Lord Salisbury's determination to agre# with the United States in refusing to consent to the only proposition of any weight contained in the German note, though the formal pronouncement of such disagreement may be staved off at the last moment by Germany receding from the position she has taken up and submitting to a compromise. If such is the case (and a high German official in London has al ready hinted to the Associated Press that it might come about! it is only natural that Berlin and the other capitals in accord with Germany will use every effort to conceal the fact that Germany was coerced Into a compromise arrangement by the action of Great Britain and the United States. Other Diplomat* Informed. Count von Hatzfeldt-Wildenbiyg was not the only recipient of Lord Salisbury's views Tuesday, for during the usual foreign office reception several foreign representatives sounded the premier on Great Britain's at titude toward the German proposal and they were all satisfied Lord Salisbury's de cision was against Germany. HER SISTER WAS Ml'RDERED. Mrs. Clapp of Minneapolis Hears Bad Hews From China. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., September 27.? Mrs. M. D. Clapp of this city today re ceived a letter containing the information that her sister, Mrs. G. F. Ward, formerly of this city, together with her two little children, were murdered by Boxers in China about eight weeks ago. Mra Ward, with her husband, who is an English missionary, were at Chang San, southern Ohina, for several years. They remained at their post until it beearile evident their lives were en dangered. Mr. Ward placed his wife and children on a boat and started them down the river, while he and some native Christians start ed overland. When Mr. Ward reached the river a hundred or more miles from Chang san he was horrified to learn that his wife and children and all others on the boat had been murdered. Their bodies had been ter ribly mutilated. MORE MISSIONS DESTROYED. I'riest In Charge at Shelc-Lang: Makes His Eseape. HONG KONG, September 27.?The Amer ican Presbyterian and Catholic missions at Shek-lung, on the East river, have been destroyed. The priest in charge of the Catholic mission escaped and was protected by a mandarin. Numerous anti-Christian disturbances are taking place in the provinces of Kwang su and Kwang-tung. The authorities are employing active measures to suppress the outbreaks and there have been several exe cutions. Native Christiana are flocking to Canton. FEl'D ENDS IX TRAGEDY. Serious Shooting Afray In Depot at Wllkesbarre, Pa. WILKESBARRE, Pa , September 27?A shooting affray occurred at the Lehigh Val ley depot In this city shortly before noon today, which may result in the death of one of the victims, for some years past bad blood has existed between the families of Wm. O'Day and Archibald Campbell of this city. Campbell and his wife were at the depot ready to take the 11 o'clock train when O'Day came up. A few words were exchanged and then O'Day pulled a re volver and fired two shots at Campbell and his wife. One bullet lodged in Campbell's back and the other bullet went through Mrs. Campbell's right arm. The woman's wound is not considered serious, but Campbell is in a critical con dition and his recovery Is said to be doubt ful. O'Day was promptly arrested and committed to jail. WITHIN HIS JURISDICTION. Alexandria's Mayor to Proceed Against St. Asaph Pool Room. Special UlsjMitch to Tbe Evening Star. ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 27.?By direction of Mayor Simpson City Engineer Ilolcombe measured the shortest distance ?between the corporation limit and the St. Asaph's race track shortly before noon to day. The space .vas found to be less than a mile, and the pool room to be within that area, and consequently within the mayor's jurisdiction, which extends'a full mile from the city. The engineer was accompanied by the mayor. The latter stated this after noon that proceedings will be instituted against the Hill Brothers, directors of tne pool room and track, as soon as the proper papers can be made out. ? Shot His Wife and Took Poison. CHICAGO, September 27.?Joseph Sloup, employed as a watchman, shot and fatally wounded his wife yesterday. Sloup then swallowed carbolic acid, and, pressing his revolver against his temple, fired. Death was immediate. _ ? SEEKING NEW/1 HQMES 1* Increased Immigration to ^his Coun try Reptrtad. DECREASE FROM DRTHEffi EUROPE Coming From Kaly and the Balkan States. EXCLUDING CONTRACT LABOR Thomas FItchie, commissioner of immi gration at New York, has submitted his an nual report of the work done at the New York station for the fiscal year ended June 30. That year marks the close of the first ten years of federal control of immigration. The total number of aliens arriving at the port of New York for the year was 400,842. In addition to these there were 99,760 American citizens who came within the scope of the Inspection process by reason of the fact that they shipped in a manner to secure tickets at immigration rates and to save the usual expensed Nearly one fourth of this number shipped as steerage passengers. Mr. Fitchie submits some tables showing the illiteracy of the races of people that arrived. The Portuguese and Italians rank about in the same order in Illiteracy. The figures show that the greater the illiteracy the smaller the amount of money per capita brought in. In every instance the race or people having less illiteracy bring more money. The English, French and German people brought close to the same amount of money per capita this year. For Instance, a south Italian would reach this country with an average of less than $9 in his Pocket, while an Englishman, Frenchman or a German would have about $30. Immigration From Southern Europe. Commissioner Fitchie says that the stead ily increasing tendency of immigration from south European and oriental countries has become more marked than ever during the past year. He says: "Notwithstanding the fact that the immigration for this year shows an increase of nearly 100,000 over that of the previous year, our old source of Immigration, namely, the Scandinavian countries, the German empire and the united kingdom, altogether, contributed but 9,722 immigrants toward this increase, while Great Britain itself actually ?ent us a smaller number of immigrants than ever before. The immigration from these coun tries is, therefore, rapidly reaching a point where it may be considered as a negligible quantity. Immigration from Austrla-Hun gary has increased from 63.0MI to 90,000 since the last annual report, and although Russia shows a considerable numerical and relative increase, still this Immigration con tains no new elements. It is made up of about the same proportion of Hebrews, Poles, Germans and Finns as usual. No other elements in Russia's complex popu lation evince any inclination to come here, and It is highly improvable that they ever will. There are, frOwever, ahuadant Indi cations that for new develop meats in im migration we should not only look to these elements in Austria-Hungary's population now well represented, but also realize that this movement Is steadily extending to the southeast and is going to show increasing numbers from the Baikal* states, Greece and Turkey. From Southeastern Europe. "The immigration of the Croatlans and Slovenes, which started but a few years ago, Is now more than double that of the English. Roumanla sends us practically as many as Norway, and, while the immi gration from Roumanla itself is confined entirely to the Hebrew population, Rou manians from within the borders of Hun gary have started here in sufficient num bers to suggest an extension of the move ment among all people of their language. The Servians and the Bulgarians also form the njcleus for colonies in several of our large cities. From just such small begin ning a few years ago the Or*eks and Sy rians have come to have important colonies In nearly every city in this country. HanKe of Illiteracy. Speaking of illiteracy and money per capita, Mr. Fitchie savs tjiat the variation is great. He says: "It nfay be noted that whije the southern Italian has an illiteracy of 4(R? per cent, and brings $8.79 per capita, the northern Italian has an illiteracy of 11 per cent and brings The latter, how ever, judging from the sntaller ratio of fe males, has even less desire to remain here than the southern compatriot." He points out that the Bohemians have a very small percentage of illiterate,, but the other races from the same empire show an illiteracy of from 15 to 40 per cent. The Hebrew from Russia and Galicia show an illiteracy of at least 10 per cent less than their Sla vonic neighbors. Classified l?y Races. Mr. Fitchie says that the occupation sta tistics given by him are only valuable so far as they show the calling which the im migrant pursues prior to leaving his na tive country. This does not Imply a de sire or ability to follow the same pursuit in this country. An immigrant's race, however, is a fairly good criterion of the field of Industry which he will enter in this country. Races having a common tongue and interests go into certain occu pations. Of the total Immigration, 228,414 were males and 113,298. were females. By races and people the immigration was as follows: Armenian and Syrian, 3,000; Bohemian, 2.329; Croatians ana Dalhiatlans, 9,521; Dutch and Flemish, 1,510; English, Scotch and Welsh. 5,917, against 6.187 last year; Finnish, 0,783, against 3,849 last year; French, 1,956; Germans, 23,821; Greek, 3,734; Hebrews, 44,520; Irish. 23,20ft; Northern Italy, 10,090; Southern Italy, 82,329, against 03.475 last year; LithunUfia, 9.170; Maygars, 11,353; Polish, 36,835, against 23.015 iast Sear; Portuguese, 3,779; Rutbenlans, 2,*153; candlnavians, 22,817; ^loivacs,.26,392; Span ish, 309; all others, 897. Only the English, ScoteM-and Welsh, the French and the Armenian Syrian show a decrease from the previous y*?r. The report states that |IS5 alien immi grants who became public (barges within a year after their arrival lp tjhe united States were deported. The commissioner suggests legislation to compel tjie steamship compa nies to accept as passe^ifcerp to Europe per sons who have beconte lnpaae within one year after their arrival f jom causes that have arisen subsequent to their landing. Necessity for,a.Standard. Mr. Fitchie contends thqj a standard of eligibility for 4he admis?ioh of Immigrants can and ought to be established and main tained; Regarding the contract labor law Mr. Fitchie says: "It is my earnest convic tion that since the nassage of the law a large proportion of tne aliens deported as coming in violation of the alien contract labor law were of the very best class of aliens coming here. I further' believe tha^ their deportations were of no benefit to the American workingmen, and, in fact, were worked to his disadvantage. because he was lulled Into a belief of security, when, in fact, his principal danger was the alien coming here without a cent or any means of livelihood, who was compelled to take what was offered him or starvfe, and was his principal opponent and most dangerous enemy in the labor market* Contract labor Is one of the two prinrfpallfeauses of exclu sion from fandlng, the otMr being that of persons likely to beojmoHpubliC charges from lack <ft resources pr from physical de fects or J?ere rfcental or physical Infe riority." ? TUAN'SAPPOINTMENT Action Not the Besult of Our Chinese Policy. STATEMENT OE THE OFEfCIilS Secretary Hay and the President in Full Accord. MORE VESSELS FOR REMEY The State Department has been advised by Sheng, the Taotai of Shanghai, of the appointment of Princ^ Tuan, the father of the heir apparent of China, as grand secre tary to the emperor. He says nothing of the reported designation of Tuan as presi dent, or a* a member, of the privy council, but it Is believed here that it is entirely ac cording to Chinese forms for a prince of Tuan's rank to All both posts simultane ously. This Is the more easy of accom plishment in his case by reason of the fact that a Chinese privy councilor Is, like hie English prototype, merely an advisory offi cial, and is not necessarily in constant at tendance upon the throne. Foreign Mlnapprehenilon. The tone of the foreign press comment respecting Tuan's appointment has gone far to convince the officials here that, either through rigid censorship, or because of very inadequate sources of news, the course of the United States in that matter Is being criticised upon an entire misapprehension of the facts. Thus, for instance, it has been asserted with great energy in some of the continental papers that the course of the United States In rejecting the German proposition relative to the surrender of Chinese officials directly inspired the em press dowager to appoint Tuan to be grand secretary in defiance of the powers. As a matter of fact the records of the State De partment show that Tuan's appointment was publicly announced September 23. hav ing occurred several days previously. On the other hand, the State Department did not make public its answer to the German note until September 23. and then at a time of day which made it impossible for the note to have been received in China, and particularly at the imperial court* in the in terior, for at least one or two days there after. In the opinion of the offlciiiis that is convincing evidence that the action of the United States government in that par ticular case did not influence the appoint ment of Tuan. EnKland'ii Attitude. The State Department has not as yet been made acquainted with the character of the reply to be made by Great Britain to the German proposition, but confidence is felt that It will, like its own reply, except to the leading feature of that proposition, namely, the demand for the surrender of the perpetrators of the Pekin outrages as a preliminary to the negotiations, and in view of the answers already received from other powers In the same line, the officials are at a loss to account for the statement in some of the European papers that the United States stands "isolated" in respect to this German note. Mr. Hay and the President. In view of the reiteration of the report that Secretary Hay Is not In touch with the administration, the statement was made today by Assistant Secretary Adee that not a single day, excepting Sundays, has passed within the last month without the receipt of a letter from Secretary Hay treating upon the current business of the State De partment by either Dr. Hill or himself. Furthermore, as showing the character of the connection kept up by the Secretary with the department, it Is positively de clared that on almost every Important mat ter, and especially the Chinese negotiations, Secretary Hay has not only been fully ad vised of the developments, but has actually shaped them himself, while in'additlon it Is stated that there has been the closest possi ble agreement between the views of the President and those of Secretary Hay. The Secretary has improved rapidly of late In physical condition, and it is now ex pected he will return to Washington early next week and resume the duties of his office, relieving Dr. Hill, the acting secre tary, who has been suffering froiji a ma larial attack. The Warihlpo Destined for China. Of the six warships which were last week ordered to proceed to the orient to rein force the Asiatic squadron, the Albany and the Wilmington have already started on their long journey. The Albany sailed from Piraeus yesterday and today the Wil mington left Montevideo for Bahia, Brazil. Thence she will cross the Atlantic and pro ceed via the Mediterranean. It was ex pected that the big battle ship Kentucky, one of the vessels ordered to the east, would not be delayed beyond a few days In her preparations, but after going into dry dock at the New York yard yesterday it was decided, after consultation with the naval authorities here, to make some changes which will probably delay her de parture for three weeks. The principal alterations will be made in connection with her turret guns. Capt. Chester, who com mands the Kentucky, found, after firing, t?at the turret guns ran out too quickly and made too great a shock on the gun carriages. The ordnance bureau therefore decided to put in counter recoil checks to remedy that defect. The work will prob ably require ten days or two weeks. The converted yacht Dorothea, fitting out at the League Island yard, is expected to be able to sail In the course of ten days. Capt. Helm, who Is to command her, was in command of the Hornet during the Spanish war, and is considered one of the ablest of the younger line officers. Some question has arisen concerning the ability of the Dorothea to make the long sea voy age owing to her limited coal capacity. She Is a thlrteen-knot ship, of 600 tons burden, but carries only about ninety tons of coal In her bunkers. Even if she cross ed the Atlantic via the Bermudas and Cape Verde Island, which would reduce her unin terrupted run to the lowest possible dis tance, it would require six and possibly seven days for her to cover the Btretch between the Bermudas and Cape Verde. As her coal consumption ts about fifteen tons a day this would exhaust the coal capac ity of her bunkers. It will therefore be necessary to put a deck load of coal aboard of her or else find room for more coal In her hold. The gunboat Vlcksburg is fitting out at the Norfolk yard and the gunboat Annap olis at the Boston yard. The preparations aboard the Annapolis will require several weeks, as she was fitted out after the Span ish war for use as a training ship. _ MR. SHAFROTH'S VIEWS. Snyft Interiununtain State* Are Abno lutely Sure for Bryan. Representative Shafroth of Colorado ar rived in Washington last night and will b<i here a few days. He says that t-e claims of the republicans that they are going to carry some of the intermountaln states which were carried by Bryan in '90 are simply absurd. Colorado, Utah, Montana and Idaho are, he says, absolutely sure for Bryan. He says that the democrats of California claim that they are going to carry that state. As to Washington, he says he has no information; Wyoming is Very close and uncertain, and he does not think the democrats are counting on being able to capture Oregon. "The way the situation seems to me," he said to a Star reporter this morning, "we are losing? a lit tle in the number of votes in the far west and afe graining very considerably in the middle west and in the east. The question, of course, is whether the gains where they are being made are going to be sufficient to turn the electoral vote of any of the states, and whether- where there are losses they will be enough to effect the electoral vote. I know that in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana the shrinkage in the Bryan vote will not be enough to endanger either of those states. In the middle west there Is evidence everywhere of the Increase of Bryan's strength. It is plain enough to be seen by any one that he Is very much stronger than he ^vas 'n '9?, and the pros pects of his election are exceedingly bright.' Speaking of the rough treatment of Roosevelt at Victor, Col., yesterday, Mr. Shafroth said that he was sure no political organisation was responsible for it. Victor i and all the Cripple Creek country, where the republicans seem to think they can do something, is in the gold mining district, not silver; but, he said, the miners are not influenced in favor of the republicans be cause of that fact, since it is a labor ques tion with them, and the mining of gold gives less employment in proportion to the value of the product of the mines than does the mining of silver. The Cripple Creek country, producing about twenty mil lions of gold a year, employs only about 3,000 men, while silver mining, when at its best, employed about 1,000 men to each million dollars of product. In 'tn> Victor cast about 3.000 votes, and only nineteen votes were cast for McKlnley. Bl'ILOING WILL. BE READY. Col. Michael Look* After Govern ment's Interest* at Buffalo Exposition Chief Clerk Michael of the State Depart ment has returned to the city from a visit to Buffalo, where he inspected the govern ment building now in process of construc tion at the Pan-American exhibition grounds. He found that the building had not been so badly damaged by the recent storm on L<ake Erie as was supposed. The contractors informed him that they expect ed to be able to fully repair the damage and complete the construction of the build ing within the time specified in the con tract. Col. Michael is a member of the government board at the exposition. A meeting of this board was held at the State Department yesterday afternoon, and Col. Michael took pleasure in assuring the mem bers that the government building would certainly be ready for occupancy in time for the opening of the exhibition. May 1 next. ? 4 ? ABOl'T ILLINOIS. No Reason for Republican Apprehen sion in the State. Mr. Holmes, a lawyer ot Chicago, who has been on the stump in that city and in the state, was at the republican congres sional headquarters this morning. He says that he sees no reason why the republicans should be apprehensive about Illinois. The political meetings which he has attended, he says, have been larger than they were in 181W, and in the matter of interest thus shown in the campaign they are about two weeks ahead of the 1MW campaign. He had thought the labor conditions might afreet the situation in Chicago to some extent, but the large attendance at the republican meetings indicated that the republicans were not losing any ground in Chicago. He expresses the opinion tiw?t the republican majority in the state outside of Cook coun ty will be larger than usual. . > ? WHAT SENATOR MASON THINKS. Republicans Making Gains in the Rural Districts of Illinois. Senator Mason passed through Washing ton today on his way west. Speaking with a Star reporter about the situation in Illi nois, he said: "I have held twenty-flvs or thirty meet ings In Illinois, and not one of them has been a failure either in attendance or en thusiasm. In the rural districts we are making gains. No one can tell at this time what is the condition in Chicago, but indi cations are that we are holding our own. The question is one of majority. Of course, democrats are claiming that we have the same fight that we did on Harrison for sec ond term, but there is an element in this campaign few people understand rightly; that is the personal following of President McKinley. President Harrison did not make the sort of friends McKinley does, by personal contact. Practically every man who has had business with McKinley, al most regardless of party, is anxious to see him re-elected." ? ? t Bids Wanted on a Telegraph Line. The State Department has been Informed by Vice Consul General Albert at Constanti nople that bids will be opened in that city on the 10th proximo, or as soon thereafter as possible, for supplies for a new telegraph line in Turkey. The telegraphic supplies hitherto furnished the Ottoman autnorities have been of English and German manufac ture. Consul Norton at Harput says that one of the leading firms of Constantinople Is desirous of securing quotations from a first-class American house to use in the coming competition. The firm feels that the time Is ripe for American material of the character in question to enter the Turk lsh market with a fair prospect of success. Lieut. Danner Accidentally Shot. Gen. MacArthur has notified the War Department that Second Lieut. James D. Danner, 2Sth United States Volunteer In fantry, died at Manila today as the result of the accidental discharge of his pistol. Lieut. Danner was a native of Pennsyl vania and had prior service as private in the 8th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American war. The Trial of the Sierra. The Navy Department has ordered a board of inspection to be present at the trial of the Sierra, a merchant ship, built by the Cramps, under the provisions of the postal subsidy act. Under provisions of the law the ship must be capable of being converted into a war ship by the govern ment In case of a war emergency. Trial of the Wisconsin. The battle ship Wisconsin has gone Into dry dock at Puget Sound yard preparatory to her trial trip, which will occur next week. She will leave the dry dock Satur day next and sail immediately for Santa Barbara channel, where the course is laid. The Adams will be present at the trial. Personal Jlentlon. Secretary Long has returned from an ex ceedingly brief \1slt to New York and was at the Navy Department today. Dr. Wilbur M. Phelps of Colonial Beach. Va., a recent graduate of Washington schools, will leave today for Cape Breton Island. Canada, to conduct some scientific experiments for Mr. Alex. Graham Bell. Volunteer Officers Honorably Dis charged. First Lieut. Jesse L. Hall and Second Lieut. John A. Jackson, 33d Volunteer In fantry, have been honorably discharged from the service of the United States, on account of physical disability. Capt. Charles W. JefTerson. 40th Volun teer Infantry, having tendered his resigna tion, has been honorably discharged. ? Assigned to the McClellan. Captain Charles M. Auger, assistant quar termaster, U. S. v., now In New York city, has been assigned to duty on the transport McCtellan. .?? The Craven Sails for Newport. The torpedo boat Craven has sailed from Portsmouth, N. H.. for Newport. THE ROAD TO FOKTfTNV. The Road to Fortune it through Printer's Ink.?P. T. Bar num. TO DRAFT A TREATY Suggestion That Ministers in Pekin Be Given Authority. PLAN JAVORED BY FRANCE Action of United States Discon certing to the Powers. RUSSIA'S LATEST DESIGNS PARIS, September 27.?The practical deadlock In the efforts to open peace nego tiations with China has given an Impetus to the suggestion that the ministers at Pekin be instructed to hold meetings for' the purpose of drawing up the terms of a treaty of peace. The fact that the powers, through the exchange of views between their respective foreign offices, are unable to reach any agreement, has, it is claimed, clearly emphasized the difficulty of settling on terms regarding occurrences at so great a distance, and, It Is added, it has shown that the ministers on the spot are the per sons most fitted for and capable of working out a common ground of settlement. Gen- 1 eral instructions only, it is further suggest ed, should be given to the ministers, the details to be left largely to their discre tion. Favored at French Foreign Office. An official of the foreign office here ex pressed th? hope today that such instruc tions would be forthcoming within a week, and that the general instructions would be under three heads?first, punishment of tha conspirators; second, compensation for loss es sustained, and third, guarantees for the future. The determination of the United States to withdraw her troops from China, while at the same time increasing the strength of her fleet in Chines*? waters, is rather discon certing to the powers. But the interpretation put upon It in official circles is that the United States is resolved to protect the policy of the open door to the extremity, and is therefore preparing a fleet for the purpose of maintaining that policy by a show of force. The publication of an alleged Russian edict announcing the annexation of Man churia has caused a tlecideclly uneasy feel ing, but no one seen here was able to defi nitely affirm or deny Its authenticity. Afcalnnt Partition of CUiiia. In discussing this point the same foreign office official quoted above expressed em phatically a desire that the United States should know that France has no sympathy with any movement toward the partition of China, and that she will lend all her influ ence toward averting what she consider^ would be a mistake and a wrong. Rumors are plentiful in diplomatic circles. The latest is that Great Britain had ac quiesced to Germany's position. A representative of the Associated Press has learned that France has not sent a formal note to Germany, her position "being made known rerlnily to Germany's charge d'affaires at a call he made at the foreign' office here. SEARCHING FOR WINTER BASE. Gen. Chaffee Will Select Camp Some* where Xear Tien Tain. (Copyright, 1900, the A?ooiatetf Prees.) TIEN TSIN, September 24, via Taku, September 2f>.?Gen. Chaffee has arrived and conferred with the staff officers of different departments with a view of es tablishing a winter base in the "vicinity of Tien Tsin. He paid a visit to Tongku, making a general inspection. The present plan is understood to be tentative and based upon the possible retention of the existing force. The plan contemplates placing the troops under canvas outside the city. Gen. Chaffee paid a visit to Li Hung Chang and informally discussed the out-, look for a settlement. It is understood he proffered an American officer to accom- j pany the viceroy to Pekin. No other power cxcept Russia has yet officially recognized Li Hung Chang's presence. Field Marshal Count von Waldersee, commander-in-chief of the international forces, will arrive here tomorrow. He will be received by a review of the troops of all the allied nations. It is reported that the Russians, after the capture of the Lu-tai forts, began rush ing troops north along the railroad for the purpose of occupying Shan-hai-kuan. I1RYAN STARTS CAMPAIGNING. I He Will Speak Aimoiit Continuously Till Election. LINCOLN, Neb., September 27.?W. J. Bryan started today upon his last tour of: the country in the interest of his presiden tial campaign. His departure was in every way simple and unostentatious. No un usual crowd gathered at the depot, but among the number were many personal friends. Only Mr. Bryan's private secre-| tary and three of four representatives of the press accompanied the candidate. To day was to be spent in eastern Nebraska and tonight Mr. Bryan will cross the Mis souri river to Sioux City, Iowa, where to morrow morning he will take the special j car provided by the national committee fo* his accommodation during the remainder o? the campaign. Mr. Bryan expressed him-.; self as feeling in excellent physical condl? tion. He said: "Beyond experiencing a little fatigue front the loss of sleep last night, due to the late , return from the Nebraska City meeting, ^ I am in excellent order, and am confident i that barring unforeseen contingencies, I shall continue in good order for the cam? P Mr. Bryan also expressed himself hopeful aa to the outlook, and said that he would not return to Lincoln until two or three days before election. He will speak in this city Saturday night preceding the election. EMMA ABBOTT'S FATHER INSANE. __________ I His Son Applies for Guardian In Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE, Wis., September 27.?Ap? plication has been made to Judge Wallber for the appointment of a guardian for Seth Abbott, father of the late Emma Abbott. Mr. Abbott was adjudged insane in the Chicago courts last Friday and his com mitment ordered to a sanitarium at \\ au watosa. The application for a guardian is made by Frederick Abbott, aJteon, who asks that . he or somu other suitable person be ap pointed guardian. Judge Wallber has tix^d the hearing for October 22. PERIL. OF INSANE MAN. Found CkftBKlnK to the Top of High Sniokentack. CHICAGO, September 27.?Fired by a re ligious frenzy, Michael Folaski, a Polish laborer, yesterday climbed to the top of a. 130-foot smokestack at the Illinois steel works at South Chicago, and clung there, muttering prayers and shouting hymns, preparatory to taking the leap which he fancied would land him In heaven. He was rescued by John Sonalaski, a fellow- 1 workman, who climbed up after him and persuaded him to come down. Once on the ground Folaski was overpowered and re-' moved to the detention hospital.