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No. 15,111. WASHINGTON, D. C., FK1PAY, AUGUST 2, 1901-TWELVE PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE* EVEimrS STAB. PUBLISHED DAILY, EIOBPT 8OTDAT. PmtiiMi OffW, 11th Stmt and PenniyIrani* An The Evening Star Nowipaper Company, 8. H. lAPTTMANH, Pwrt. Hsw Ysrk Offioei 126 Tribana Bnilcttrj. Chicago Offic?t Boyoe Building. The Evening Star U ?mo4 to sabscrlben to tbe city by carrier*, on their own sccouat, at 10 cents o?r wtrt, or 44 cents per month. Copies at ths counter, 2 cents each. By mall?anywhere la ths U.S. or Canada?postage prepaid?AO cents per month. Saturday Quintuple Sheet Star, $1 per ysar; with foreign postage added. S3 OS. (Entered at the lv*t Office at Washington, D. 01, as second-class mall matter) E7A11 mall subscriptions most be paid ta advance. Bates of advertising mads kaowa oo application. AWAITING A REPLY VacaDcy in the Schley Court of In quiry Yet Unfilled. LETTER OF REAR ADMIRAL K1MBERLY Captain Paikar Continues His Scorch for Points. LIEUT. WARD SUMMONED The Navy Department did not announce ti>day the successor to Admiral Kimberly on the Schley court of inquiry. The de partment is awaiting, It is believed, an an swer to a communication sent to one of the retired admirals, and the selection will not be announced until the department has definite assurance that the officer selected can serve. Acting Secretary Hackett to day gave out the following correspondence with Admiral Kimberly, relative to the lat ter's declination: WEST NEWTON, Mass., July 29, 1901. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of rescript of a court of Inquiry which Is to convene on the 12th of Sep tember. In which I am named as a mem ber. 1 regret to have to request that I may be detached from said duty, owing to disability from a weak heart, and Its at tending complications; being under medi cal treatment for the same. Much to my mortification this is the first department order that I am unable to honor, during a naval life of fifty-five years. I am very respectfully, your obe dient servant. L. A. KIMBERLY, Rear Admiral U. S. N. (Ret.) JOHN D. LONG, Secretary of the Navy. Washington, D. C. Navy Department, Washington, D. C., August 2, 1901. Sir: The department Is in receipt of your letter of 29th July, expressing a regret on your part at being obliged to ask that you may be detached from the duty of serving upon the court of inquiry convened the 12th of September next. The department learns with regret that you are suffering from a ?weak heart and Its attending complica tions, for which you are under medical treatment. Such being the case, the de partment is reluctantly compelled to grant your request. Your letter continues: "Much to my mor tification, this Is the first department order that I am unable to honor, during a naval life of fifty-five years." Let me hasten to assure you that there is no cause for mor tification at this incident. On the con trary it affords an opportunity of which the department gladly avails itself to con gratulate you for a record so loyal to the service. Moreover, this record amply Justi fies the wisdom of the Secretary of the Navy In assigning to you the grave and conspicuous duty of serving upon the court. Permit me to express the hope that your health will continue to improve so that In future should a less arduous duty be required of you you may be fully able to respond. Very respectfully, F. W. HACKETT. Acting Secretary. Rear Admiral L. A. Kimberly, U. S. N. (Ret.), West Newton, Mass. ('apt. Farker Continues Ills Search. Captain Parker, the ex-naval officer who ia acting as Admiral Schley's assistant counsel for the purpose of examining the official records in connection with the movements of Schley's fleet during the Santiago campaign, continued his work to day. It Is expected that he will complete his examination before the close of the department this evening and return home tomorrow. Captain Parker has been con stantly under the surveillance of a naval officer detailed from the bureau of navi gation since he began his examination of the records. At times the officer detailea for this service has walked up and down like a sentry on guard In front of the desk at which Captain Parker was work ing, and the latter lias been so annoyed by the officer's movements that he complain ed yesterday to Assistant Secretary Hack ett. The assistant secretary suggested to the bureau of navigation that the officer detailed to watch Captain Parker should refrain from pacing the floor to the lat ter's annoyance. A separate table was also provided for Captain Parker, who has here tofore been using the large desk in the office of Secretary Long. I,lent. Hard Summoned. Lieut. If. H. Ward, who compiled the official dispatches and records published by the Navy Department in relation to the Santiago campaign, was summoned to Washington a day or two ago to assist In the preparation of the case, which is be ing prepared by the judge advocate general for presentation to the court of Inquiry. Lieutenant Ward was one of Admiral Crownlnshield's principal assistants In the bureau of navigation during the Spanish war, and for two years after its conclu sion As the official compiler of the rec ords in question he probably knows more about them than any officer In the depart ment. Recently he has been on duty at the Newport torpedo station. Since he was summoned here a few days ago he has occasionally relieved Lieutenant JIarnes in the duty of watching Captain I'arker and seeing that the records are not tampered with. The department makes no secret of its purpose In keeping up the espionage over Captain Parker. Precau tions taken In the present case have at tracted mui'h attention and occasioned gossip about the department. Assistant Secretary Hackett, however, treats the whole matter as trivial, saying in efTect that Captain I'arker Is being shown every possible courtesy, and that only the usual precautions are being taken In the mat ter. TlttlMi FILII'IXO MIHUEREHS. The Military Courts Kept llusy With Their Cases. Copies of additional orders promulgated by the Division of the Philippines received at the War Department show that the military courts are still busy trying native murderers, assassins and others guilty of violating the rules of war. In many cases It is found that these attacks are directed against natives who have been friendly with American officers and the American government. The records show that many persons who have supplied the American army with provisions have been murdered in an outrageous manner by Filipino ban dits. One instance Is recorded where a man v ho had taken the oath of allegiance to the American government accepted a gov ernorship from the insurgents and issued orders to assassinate Americans whenever it could be done with safety to the assas sins. The death penalty Is Inflicted upon the most atrocious cases, while in others life Imprisonment and sentences of twenty and ten years are imposed. Greatly Increased Export Trade. Cnited States Minister Dudley at Lima r? ports to the State Department that the export trade of Peru In 1900 Increased 46.4 per cent compared with the preceding year. The United States received 21 per cent of these exports against a little over 4 per cent la the preceding year. A THREE-CORNERED FIGHT FRICTION IN BOTH PARTIES IN PHILADELPHIA POLITICS. StroKKle AKainut the Machine, W hich May Extend Into the State Election. Politics are at a boiling pitch in Phila delphia and a three-cornered campaign of exceeding bitterness is impending, involv ing the election <>f city officers. The fric tion is likely to extend to state politics, however, and to become accentuated. The trouble began with the efforts of a certain republican element in the city to purify municipal politics and to destroy a ring of politicians alleged to be using the municipal administration to the per sonal advantage of its members and caus ing scandals in many branches of the city government. In this movement the repub licans were being aided by many demo crats and a fusion of democrats and re publican forces aecmed likely a little while aKO. As this prospect brightened, however, a flank movement was made by the leaders of the democratic faction having charge of the party's machine in Philadelphia. Messrs. Donnelly and Ryan. They induced ex-Gov. Robert K. Pattison, a democrat of high standing in the state, to accept the chairmanship of the city committee, hop ing. it is claimed, to thereby bring to the support of the machine the democrats who were likely to join the fusion movement. The next step was to nominate a candi date for district attorney, the office about which the fight centered. Three Candidates for an Office. This made three candidates for that office in the field, the "ring" republicans having one and the "Independent" republicans an other, and defeated the prospect of fusion. It was alleged that the democratic ma chine was working in harmony ,lf not in collusion, with the republican "ring" and that Governor Pattison's acceptance of the chairmanship of the committee was a retro grade movement for that gentleman, es pecially as he had often received the sup port of the independent vote in the past. The democratic state convention meets in Harrisburg August 15, and the anti machine democrats are preparing to con test the seats of the delegates from Phila delphia, this being part of a plan, it is said to attempt to destroy the present or ganization of the machine. At a meeting of the Jeffersonlan club in Philadelphia last night, attended by Gov ernor Pattison, he was severely arraigned for not co-operating with the independents and the anti-machine democrats, and after vainly endeavoring to bring about harmony he was compelled to leave the hall. The Quay and anti-Quay factions are of course mixed up in the affair, and it is probable that the politics of the state will become involved before the trouble Is quieted. The independents propose to in augurate a campaign in September that will surprise the city and the state. NEW ARGENTINE REPRESENTATIVE. Arrival of Minister Garcia-Meru to Succeed Dr. Wilde. Senor Garcla-Meru, one-time minister to Washington from the Argentine Republic, has just returned here In the same capac ity. He was succeeded here by Dr. Ed uardo Wilde, in May, "1900. The returning minister called at the State Department today in company with Senor del Vlso, who has been acting as charge since Mr. Wilde's retirement, to arrange for the presentation of Senor Garcia-Meru. This will not take place till fall, but Acting Sec retary Adee has extended a conditional recognition, and the new minister may per form his functions. These have become important through the issues recently raised between Chile and some of her South American sister republics over the program for the approaching pan-Ameri can congress in the City of Mexico. NEW FRENCH FIELD GIN. It Will Be Tented by the Ordnance Board at Sandy Hook. The board of ordnance and fortifications is now in session at the War Department. Besides disposing of considerable routine business the board heard a report upon the progress made in constructing the new field gun which is modeled upon the French fit-Id gun. It has been decided not to test the new gun at Bethlehem, where it is be ing manufactured, but to have it enter the competitive test of field guns at Sandy Hook, when all guns proposed will bo given a trial by the board and the best gun selected for the army field artillery. The artillery committee of the board visited Sandy Hook today to test the pneumatic gun carriage which has caused consider able discussion among members of tho board. ARCHBISHOP IRELAND HERE. He Discredits the Report of His Coin ing Elevation. There was general interest in Catholic circles today over the report cabled from London that Cardinal Gibbons had said that Archbishop Ireland of the American church Is to be made a cardinal. Archbishop Ireland is in Washington today and was beseiged with congratula tions by his friends over the report that he was to be made a cardinal. But the arch bishop was inclined to throw cold water upon the congratulatory expressions. "I have no reason for believing that Cardinal Gibbons said the things which are credited to him in the cablegram," he remarked to a friend. "In fact, I do not believe he said them. If what he is cred ited with saying is true, you may be very sure he would not talk about it first In the newspapers." Archbishop Ireland leaves tonight for his home in St. Paul, Minn. Personal Mention. Mr. John R. Procter of the civil service commission will leave tomorrow to spend his vacation in the Berkshire Hills. Messrs. Cullen and DeNeil Wilcox have gone north on their vacation aud will re turn about the middle of August. Charles H. Venable, e. gunner In the United States navy, has recently been sta tioned at the Washington navy yard. Mr. Venable is a native of Washington and haa seen service during the past few ycara, while in the navy, at the various navy yards along the two coasts and In cruising around the world. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Ailes has gone to Cape May to join Mrs. Ailes, who is sojourning there. Mr. Aiies will be out of the city for ten days or two week.'?. A letter was received at the Treasury Department today from Director of the Mint Roberts stating that he would be in Helena. Mont., this ween, where he will Inspect the mint at that place. Rev. Augustus Davisson returned today from an extended vacation trip through Ohio. While away he attended the Chris tian Endeavor convention at Cincinnati. Rev. Mr. Davisson will proceed to Ilem don. Va? this evening. He i* pastor of the Congregational Church at th?t place. The following Washiiietonian* are booked to sail for Europe on the Westernland, which will leave N*w York tomorrow: Miss Frances Lee Allen. Win. M. JInnnay, Dr. John C. Laurence, Mrs. Camilla Leftwich. Dr. J. F. Moran, Mr. R. E. Sullivan, Miss 11. A. Moras* Mimm u. k. Walau, John Barry, Mrs. M. A. Mllward, Miss Cora C. Mil ward and Mrs. S. V. Proudfit. Postmaster General Smith returned today from Bast Gloucester. Mass. Joseph L. Bristow, the fourth assistant postmaster general, has returned from a trip to Maine. Rev. Dr. Sterrett and son have gone into camp on the Raquette lake in the Adiron dacks, for the rest of the season. Mr. John J. Howley, private secretary to the first assistant postmaster general, left Thursday for Buffalo and the Thousand Islands, to be absent until September 1. Army Orders. Major Walter S. Scott has been granted four months' leave of absence on account of sickness. Captain James A. Ryan, 15th Cavalry, has been ordered to the Presidio of San Francisco for appointment and duty as adjutant for the 15th Cavalry. Captain Samuel D. Sturgis, Artillery Corps, at San Francisco, has been assigned to the 4th Company, Coast Artillery, at Jackson barracks. La. Captain Herbert H. Sargent. 2d Cavalry, at San Francisco, has been ordered to join his regiment at Matanzas, Cuba. Dental Surgeon Wm. C. Fisher has been ordered to Fort Sheridan, 111., for duty. Dental Surgeon Ord M. Sorber has been ordered to Fort Sam Houston, Tex., for duty. Captain Hugh J. Gallagher, commissary, has been ordered to report to Major Wm. H Baldwin, commissary, purchasing com missary in this city, for temporary duty as assistant in his office. First Lieutenant Earle D'A. Pearce, Artil lery Corps, ? has been granted one month's additional leave of absence on account of sickness. Captain Guy G. Palmer, 30th Infantry, at Salt Lake City, Utah, has been ordered to duty at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. A New Chief Clerk. A telegram was received by Acting Di rector of the Mint Preston today from Superintendent Leach of the Sar Francisco mint stating that Chief Clerk Walter Dim mlck had been removed and B. W. Day appointed in his place. Increaie In the Gold Fond. The gold fund of the treasury continues to soar to heights unprecedented in the his tory of the government. The fund today amounted to $506,233,539. This involves an increase of $K<)0,000 since yesterday. To Arbitrate Labor Disputed. According to Consul Johnson at Venice, a labor commission, consisting of eighteen members, under the presidency of the mayor, has been formed in the commune of Legnano, having the following scope: (1) To settle by amicable means disputes between owners or lessees of property and workingmen, also between employers and employes; (2) to procure work for the un employed within possible limits; (3) to pre vent usury being practiced upon the work ingman and to guard him against making illegal contracts; (4) to promote the welfare of the workingman and to foster respect for existing laws. Park Commission Returns. The park commission which has been in Europe during the past two months study ing park systems with a view of adopting desirable features in their plan for the District of Columbia returned to New York yesterday. The party consists of D. H. Burnham of Chicago, chairman; F. L. Olmstead jr., of Boston, and Chas. W. McKim of New York, together with Mr. Charles Moore, clerk of the Senate com mittee for the District of Columbia. The members of the commission upon landing in New York expressed themselves as well pleased with the results of their trip. To Retain Their Civilian Offices. An order of the Division of the Philip pines has been promulgated containing a resolution adopted by the Philippine com mission giving Gov. Taft authority to con tinue in the civil service such volunteer officers as were discharging civil duties un der military detail, but who would be mus tered out at the close of the fiscal year. The resolution directs that these volunteer officers, when so continued, shall receive the same pay and allowances from the in sular funds that they had received while attached to the army. The object of this resolution was to prevent the disorgani zation of various civil departments when the volunteer army was discharged. The War Department has been informed that Capt. Charles C. McLaln, 47th Infan try, U. S. V., has been appointed provincial treasurer of the province of Tayabas, in place of First Lieut. John W. C. Abbott, 30th Infantry, who has been relieved, and that Second Lieut. Richard K. Sutherland, 44th Infantry, U. S. V.. has been appointed provincial treasurer of the province of Bo hol, relieving First Lieut. Frederick L. Der.gler, 44th Infantry. U. S. V., retired. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Brooklyn has left Batavia for Cavite, P. I., and the Hannibal has left Newport for Lambert's Point. The Potomac has sailed from the Norfolk yard for the League Island yard. The Leyden sailed from Portsmouth, N. H., for Newport yesterday. The Pawnee has left Newport for New York. The Con cord has arrived at Seattle, Wash., and the Helena at Hankow. The Potomac has arrived at the League Island yard. It was stated at the Navy Department today that the Mayflower would probably be put out of commission the 12th instant. Commanders of Artillery Companies. Capt. Charles F. Parker and First Lieut Samuel F. Bottoms of the artillery corps have been assigned to the 30th and Oth Companies of the Coast Artillery, respect ively. They will proceed to join their regi ments. Since the publication of the order for the organization of pine additional companies of Coast Artillery a change has been made in the assignment of commanding oPleers. Capt. John C. Gilmore, jr., will command the 101st Company at Fort Totten, N. Y., and Capt. Harry E. Smith, the 103d Com pany at Fort Howard, Md. ? Engineer Maxson Criticised. Protest has been made to the Nay De partment by contractors of the new Bos ton dry dock against the course of Civil Engineer Maxson in rejecting material used In building the big basin and in refusing to accept stono which the contractors say meets all the government specifications. Indian Service Appointments. The following appointments In the In dian scrvice are announced: George Butler, superintendent of irrigation; John Charles, Wisconsin, supervisor of construction; R. M. Pringle, Missouri, superintendent of en gineering; Clivo Hastings, Minnesota, has been appointed a special agent of the gen eral land office. ~ . G. II. 1'hllllps to Resume Monday. CHICAGO, August 2.?Attorney Goodwin, who is in charge of the George H. Phillips Company, which temporarily suspended business on the board of trade yesterday, informed Mr. Phillips today that overnight developments in the matter of disentan gling the accounts Indicate that the fiim will be in shape to resume business Mon day. , ? K ruger May Not Came at All. THE HAGUE, August 2.?People who are ?n close association wKh Mr. Kruger say that up to the present it has not been de c-Mod that the Boer gt&tesiAan will visit the United StalM. MEN IN UGLY MOOD Strikers at McKeesport Deport Those Who Come to Work, THREATEN THEM IF THEY BETDRH Conference at Pittsburg Continues Without Result as Yet. LESS CHANCE FOR PEACE PITTSBURG, August 2.?A McKeesport dispatch says: "The presence of three supposed strike breakers was the cause of considerable ex citement here last evening, and the news of the threatened breaking off of the peace conference added to the confusion. The men decided that the Dewees Wood man agement was trying to get enough men to start up the mill, and all patrols and pick ets were doubled. The first of the supposed strike breakers was discovered about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and gave his name as Edward Meyers. He fraiikly announced his intention of going to work in the De wees Wood mill, and was told just as frankly by the patrol which was question ing him that such a move would result in some accident occurring to him. He was put on a street car and taken to Pittsburg by several strikers. Two n&nre men were found in the evening, and after consider able questioning were requested to leave town. They promised to leave, and then gave their guards the slip. Patrols made a search for them during the night, but could not locate them. The strikers threaten to handle them without gloves when they are found." The Conference Situation. The situation In the Amalgamated steel strike this morning is anything but favor able to an amicable adjustment of the dis pute between the association and theUnited States Steel Corporation. As far as can be learned President Shaffer of the Amal gamated has not received any reply from the New York officials of the company re garding a further conference except the telegram which, it is said, arrived last night, and which declined a further dis cussion of the questions at issue between the labor leaders and the company. This telegram gave the substance of a letter which had been mailed and which was ex pected to arrive in the first mail this morning. The refusal of the steel company officials to enter into another conference, if ad- j hered to, leaves only two ways open to the Amalgamated Association. One is to order the striking workmen back to work under the best terms obtainable, .and the other is to proceed with the strike In the hupe of involving all the union men employed In the constituent concerns of the . United States Steel Corporation. The first course [ certainly holds little promise for the work men, since the strike-tos abrogated all j the union scales In force before the trouble started, leaving them Entirely at the mercy of the manufacturer^ The second course means a struggle to the death for the association, as the an nouncement has been made on good author ity that the mills will be started next week with non-union men, if the strikers do not resume work. Today's Meeting? AH Important. Today's meeting of the executive board is expected to tell the story, and It is ac knowledged that this, is the most critical period of the strike. The board went into session at 10 o'clock, and James Nutt, sec retary of the labor bureau of the Republic Iron and Steel Company, and Joseph Bish op, secretary of the Ohio board of arbitra tion, were present. No information was given out, but a statement is anticipated later in the day. It is reported that the final effort of the Amalgamated Associa tion, before proceeding with the strike, will be to bring every influence to bear toward arranging for another conference with the company officials. One rumor was current to the effect that the Amalgamated Association at its ex ecutive board meeting today would with draw from a position which was thought to be untenable and would sign an agreement with the combination. Prominent associa tion men denied this, and declared that un less peace could be secured with honor and credit to the association the strike would be continued. Nothing can be learned from 1 resident Shaffer or the leaders of the or ganization on this matter, however, as they say whatever they have for the public will be given out in the form of a statement. This statement may be given out at noon, and perhaps not before the adjournment this evening. In lane of u General Strike. It is said that before a general strike is ordered the officers of the United States Steel corporation will be fully Informed of the intention of the*. Amalgamated officers if more favorable terms are not promptly presented for the consideration of the board. A reasonable time will then be given before the extreme jneasures are re sorted to by the association. It seems al most certain that if the request of the Amalgamated Association for another con ference is refused the strike will be ex tended to all the plants controlled by the big steel corporation where the Amalga mated Association has a foothold, and that It will be the bitterest struggle between capital and labor ever seen in tills country. In the big plants of the Federal Steel Company, the National Steel Company and the National Tube Company all the organ ized men will be called out and every ef fort made to close the mills. It was reported that J. E. Schwab left last night for New York, but he was in the city this morning. President C. M. Schwab of the United States Steel Corporation was reported from New York to have left that city last night for Pittsburg. He had not visited his office at 11 ? o'clock, and none of the officers arouild the building seemed to have any knowledge of his in tended visit. Striker* Are Diaeoumtfed. The strikers at Clark * mill? in this city are very much discouraged at the turn af fairs have taken with regard to the set tlement of the trouble, and as a result several of the most enthusiastic strikers have intimated their intention of returning to the plant at the earliest moment on the most favorable terms possible. It was expected that some of theae would put this in execution this morning, and ii was to prevent their return that the pickets were placed on guard with orders to head them off for the next few days. The strikers at Painter's mill and the Lindsay & McCutcheon plant are still en thusiastic, and say they will stay out until the leaders notify them to return to work. At wellsville, Ohio, the feeltng is grow ing that there will uot be an early settle ment. "I do nqt "believe there will be a aafcerted Organiser Harry .. V?, 8. teday fe discussing the situation SL ^ urK- '^be strike is too young." That statement, frank aod open, reflects *5. ?' great majority of the strikers. ThP strikers are not relaxing one lota of tnetr vigilance. Every avenue of entrance to the town is being closely guarded. It a that an. atte mpt may be made Saturday to bring In men while the strik ers are picnicking at Chester Park. They I will not be caught napping here If tnls is done, and the strikers say the picnic may eventually prove only an outing for the women and children. SENATOR CILLOM OX THE TARIFF. He In Opposed to a General Revision of the Law. CANTON, Ohio, August 2.?Senator Cul lom of Illinois spent the day with the Pres ident, with whom he conferred on matters, none of which, it was stated, was of public interest. "I do not look for any general tariff re viMon, and hope there will be none," he said. "I think we can make the few need ed tariff changes without muche trouble and without the disturbance that might follow general revision." DRAWING PRACTICALLY OVER. But Tliere Are Blanks to Be Taken Oat. EL RENO. O. T., August 2.?After the last of the 13,000 names were drawn for homesteads on the Indian lands from the wheels last night the great boxes contain ing the 154,000 names of unlucky appli cants were taken to the school house. There the work of drawing was continued, but no record other than numbering the envelopes and notifying the various per sons is being made. It is thought not less than 20,000 names- a day will be drawn from now on. The last numbers giving a homestead were drawn in the El Reno district by C. H. Palbrook of Portland, Mich., and by Harvey F. McLaughlin of Arkansls City, Kan., in the Lawton district. The closing scene was tame and unmarked by any kind of demonstration. The streets today were lined with prairie schooners, laden with household goods, all headed south. The town, which last Monday accommodated about 40,000 visitors, was nearly deserted. The commissioners who will have charge of selling town sites will leave today or to morrow for their districts. The sales will begin on August 6. ' NEGROES SUPPLANT STRIKERS. Netvltura Mill* at Cleveland Manned by Colored Workmen. CLEVELAND, August 2?The big steel combine is utilizing negro labor to supplant Its white workmen in the Newburg mills here. Already a couple of hundred of brawny colored men have come to the city from Pittsburg, Homestead and adjacent Iron centers in Pennsylvania. They are brought here by one of their own race, who is acting as agent for the steel cor poration. When the colored men arrive they are sent to the mill, where a large dwelling house is used as a domicile. Many more negroes, It is said, will be brought here, and a general emigration of colored workmen familiar with the manu facture of iron and steel, from the south, is prophesied by a colored agent of the steel corporation. The negroes from Alabama and Tennes see, according to the same authority, see In this strike a glorious opportunity to im prove their condition, and they are flocking north in large numbers. It is also asserted that the steel corpora tion has given authority to Us agents to gather all the colored iron workers possi ble and to center them at the various points of the strike. It is claimed that the men who are going into the mills here are practical lrtm work ers, having done similar work elsewhere. 'FRISCO STRIKE NEAR SETTLEMENT. Belief That Men Will Resume Work Next Monday. SAN FRANCISCO, August 2.?An early settlement of the trouble between the em ployers' association and the city front fed eration now seems probable, and an early end of the strike is anticipated. The labor leaders and prominent merchants are alike hopeful that tomorrow at the latest will see peace restored and that on Monday the striking workers will return to their for mer employment. Mayor Phelan has in his possession a let ter from the city front federation, asking for more light upon some features of the terms of peace upon which the employers insist. This letter will be laid before the | employers' association today. Numerous conferences will be held, and It is expected by many of those Interested that an under standing will be reached before night. Whatever decision may be reached will not directly affect the striking Iron workers, who are not Included In the city front fed eration of unions. TWENTY STOWAWAYS ABOARD. Curious Case of the Italian Steamer Nord Amerlea. NEW YORK, August 2.?Pilot Dennis Reardon of the steam'pilot boat New York, who brought the steamer Alliance into port this morning, said on reaching quar antine that at dusk last evening the out ward-bound Italian steamer Nord Amer ica had cleared the bar after dropping her pilot. The pilots on the New York shortly after ward were attracted by the incessant blow ing of the Nord America's whistle. The New York then bore down to the steamer and were informed by the captain that he had twenty stowaways on board, whom he wished to land. The pilot boat's yawl made four trips to the steamer and trans ferred the stowaways to the New York. The people denied that they were stow aways. They said they were passengers, but had been robbed of their tickets and money. They were landed at Atlantic Highlands this morning. GEORGE C. THOMAS ARRESTED. New York Broker Fighting the War Revenue Act. NEW YORK, August 2.?Geo. C. Thomas, a broker and a member of the Consolidated Exchange of this city, was arrested today and arraigned before United States Com missioners Shields, charged with violating the war revenue act In failing to place rev enue stamps on sales of stocks. He waived examination and was held In $1,500 ball for examination. Mr. Thomas contends that the tax Is il legal and he was arrested in order that a test might be made in the courts. TRIED TO KILL SWEETHEART. - Rejected Lover Then Turned the Rifle on Himself. MANTI, Utah. August 2.?Rasmus An derson, aged twenty-seven, shot Miss Em ily Campbell, aged twenty-two, and P. C. Christensen, a stage driver, and then com mitted suicide. Miss Campbell had been visiting at Salt Lake, and Anderson, a dis carded sweetheart of the young lady, had Inveigled her home by means of a forged message, telling of her mother's approach lng death. Miss Campbell, while being driven in the stage toward Mansfield, her home, was met by Anderson, who fired four shots at her Two of the bullets entered the young wo man's body and one penetrated her arm The fourth shattered the arm of the stage driver. Anderson then turned the rifle on himself and blew out his brains. Miss Campbell may recover. British Torpedo Bom Sunk. PORTSMOUTH, August 2 ?Torpedo boat No. 81 has been sunk off the Island of Al derney, In the English channel. No details have been received beyond the fact that there was no loss of life. Later it became known that the torpedo boat sank oft the Aldemey breakwater. All her guns and stores were saved. The boat I will be raised. TO TEST THE TAX IN COURT COMMISSIONER YERKES MOVES I\ THE CASE OF A BROKER. Latter Hon Ignored Provision* of the War Revenue Act, Claiming They Are Unconstitutional. Commissioner of Internal Revenue Yerkes tcday ordered the revenue bureau agent at New York to consult with the district at torney for New York city with a view to securing evidence against George C. Thomas, a broker, justifying the latter's prosecution on the ground of violation of the law relating to the tax of 2 cents on every hundred dollars' worth of stock sold, exchanged or transferred. Mr. Thomas, who is a director of the Consolidated Stock and Petroleum Exchange of New York, proposes to make a test case of the-jjro vision of the war revenue act applying in the premises. This tax has been the sub ject of a great deal of controversy be tween brokers and internal revenue agents and the result is awaitefl with great in terest. * ? It is probable that Mr. Thomas will be arraigned on the charge, a trial proceeded with and a decision rendered. Mr. Thomas claims that the law is unconstitutional. The section of the law in question is embraced In schedule A of the act of June IS, 18t?8, as amended by section 8, act of March 2, 15>01, and is as follows: "On all sales, or agreements to sell, or memoranda of sal>?s or deliveries or trans fers of shares or certificates of stock in any association, company or corporation, whether made upon or shown by the books of the association, company or corporation, or by any assignment in blank, or by any delivery, or by any paper or agreement or memorandum or other evidence of transfer or sale whether entitling the holder in any manner to the benefit of such stock, or to secure the future payment of money or for the future transfer of any stock, on each hundred dollars of face value or frac tion thereof, 2 cents." Mr. Thomas has openly refused to obey the law under which the government has been collecting $2 for every 100 shares of stock sold in the exchanges. It is stated that Mr. Thomas began to ignore the pro visions of the law May "22, and in order that there might-be no concealment in the matter he notified his legal advisers of his action, who in turn sent notice to the col lector of internal revenue for New York. It Is stated that since that date Mr. Thomas has continued to transfer stock unstamped and that the lawyers have continued to keep the collector pasted on his attitude, but the department has only just now de cided to act in the case. Mr. Thomas will be prosecuted if the facts warrant and the penalty will be imposed if the law is sus tained and the broker is convicted. The penalty for such a violation is a fine of not less than $,rrf(0 and not more than $1,000, or imprisonment for six months, or both, in the discretion of the court. As Mr. Thomas has been refusing to pay the tax for two months or more, it is stated that he is liable to fines aggregating $1,000,000 or more and to imprisonment for a period of about 300 years. If the law is declareei unconstitutional, brokers from all over the country will have ground for the presentation of claims for money paid by them under its provisions. These claims will aggregate millions of dollars. FINALS AT SHINNECOCK HILLS. Li?t of the Competitors In the Three Seta. SHINNI3COCK HILLS, N. Y., August 2." ?The semi-finals and finals In the annual golf tournament of the Shlnnecock Hills Golf Club were played today. The com petitors for the first set were C. B. Mac donald, Garden City, and U. A. Murdock, Shlnnecock Hills, and C. Tiffany Richard son, Harvard, and R. C. Watson, jr., West brook. In the second set Louis Livingston, West brook, met Stephen Nash, Columbia Col lege, while Roy De Raismes, Baltusrol, played A. M. Brown of Shinnecock. In the third set Dan Chauncey, Dyker Meadow, played Percy Pyne, second, Princeton, and Nebald Edgar, Newport, met C. F. Watson, Essex County Country Club The weather was Ideal for good golf when the start was made in the semi-final round. The first match completed was that be tween Livingston and Nash, the former winning by 8 up and 2 to play. The other match in the second set be tween De Raismey (correct) and Brown was won by Brown by 1 up after a very spirited match. In the third set Payne beat Chauncy by 6 up and 5 to play, and Watson beat Ed gar by 3 up. The most brilliant golf was played in the first set. Watson doing the course in 81 and beating Richardson by 1 up. Richard son played the course in 84. There was a 21-hole match played be tween C. B. Macdonald, Garden City, and U. A. Murdock, Shlnnecock, which was won by the former by 1 up. NEW RUSSIAN WARSHIP. Rett lian, Built by Cramps, to Have a Trial Trip. PHILADELPHIA, August 2.?The second vessel of the Imperial Russian navy re cently built in this country', the first-class battle ship Retvizan, will be taken to the government course off the New England coast for the builders' official trial trip on August 25 or September 1. This is the program outlined by the officers of the Wm. Cramp Ship and Engine Building Co. If the gun tests are made at the time of the speed trial the Retvizan will leave the yard the first of next month, but ir the imperial naval commission decides to try the guns at some other time the ship will sail in August. Under the specifica tions there must be a speed of 18 knots an hour maintained for twelve hours, and the builders feel confident that the Retvi zan will exceed the requirements of the Russian government. There will be an other trial in October after the vessel Is fitted out, which will be the official trial of the Russian government. ? ? ? UTAH CITY INUNDATED. Cloudburst In Canyon Above Monti Does Much Damage. MANTI, Utah. August 2.?A cloudburst In the canyon caused a tremendous flow of water to rush toward Mantl creek and Inundate this city. For a few hours great excitement prevailed. Thousands of cords of logs and other debris which was brought down with the great wall of water dam med up the ordinary channels, and a rag ing torrent poured through the principal streets of the city, forcing down fences, flooding yards, running through houses and doing great damage. The water has subsided, leaving the city covered with mud, huge boul'lrr? and de bris. % ' - ^ GUARDS AMERICAN INTERESTS. Minister Bryan at Rio Prevents Hos tile Tariff Legislation. RIO DE JANEIRO. August 2.?Owing to the efTorts of the United States minister here, Charle* Page Bryan, proposed tariff changes, prejudicial to American commerce and favored by British, Italian and Ar gentine Interests, have been defeated hi the Brazilian congress. Nevr Rector of Berlin University. BERLIN, August 2.?Prof. Itelnhard Ke kule von Stradonitz has been elected rector ot ths Berlin University. THE STAR BT MAIL. Persons leaving: the city for an* period can have The Star mailed to them by ordering it at this office. In person or by letter. Terms: 13 cents per week: 25 cents for two weeks, or 60 cents per month. Invariably In advance. The address may be changed as frequently as desired. . Always give the last address, as well as the new one. ] DISTRICT BANKS Proposition in Regard to Those of a Private Character. A REGULAR REPORT OF CONDITION Should Be Made to Treasury or District Commissioners. AN OFFICIAL'S VIEWS A proposition affecting tho management of many District of Columbia banking In stitutions has been submitted to the office of the controller of the currency which Is attracting a great deal of attention among officials of the Treasury Department. This project contemplates the enforce ment of some law compelling all the private banks, the loan and building associations and the savings banks of the city to fur nish either the national government or tha District Commissioners a monthly, semi annual or yearly statement of their condi tion. As the law now stands all such in stitutions are not obliged to report their respective conditions from time to time, as tfte national banks and trust companies of Washington are obliged to do. and officials of the controller's office believe that it would be a wise measure of precaution to force them to do so. A Decree ??f Uncertainty. It is claimed by those in authority that the absence of detailed reports from tho banks In question affords a degree of un certainty regarding the standing of private subject to all the provisions of the Revised continued may eventually result harmfully to depositors and stockholders of such in stitutions. These banks usually make pub lic from time to time statements of their condition, but they are not compelled to do so, and it is stated at the Treasury De partment that such statements are entirely voluntary in character, and may or may not be exact and reliable. Under the law all savings and other banks organized un der act of Congress In the District shall bo subject to the provisions of the Revised Statutes, but there are a great many banks In the city not organized under act of Con gress. and which therefore are beyond the jurisdiction of the federal law requiring periodical reports of condition. The stat ute regarding the banks formed under au thority of Congress is as follows: "And all savings or other banks now or ganized or which shall hereafter be organ ized in the District of Columbia, under any act of Congress, which shall have capital stock paid up in whole or in part, shall be subject to all the provisions of the Revised Statutes and of all acts of Congress appli cable to national banking associations, so far as the same may be applicable to such savings or other banks." The provisions of the statute thus referred to require all such banks to submit reports from time to time to the controller of the currency as to their financial condition. AU the savings banks of the District with one exception are ex empt from the provisions of this act and ail the private banks and building and loan associations likewise do not come within the requirements of the act. Rot Obligatory Under the Lnw. The consequence of this condition Is that reports of the state of the various Institu tions not embraced within the scope of the law are not obligatory In nature and are submitted to the public and to depositors and stockholders only at the pleasure of the bank officials. If the management de sires to do so It may submit any sort of a statement it desires, there being no official examiner appointed by the government to Investigate the condition of affairs or any other officer authorired to go over the hooks and see what the state of finances is. Th? result is that persons having money in volved are not In poslUon to secure the same information available to depositors and stockholder?! in the national banks, which Is of an official nature. The District of Columbia is not alone in this respect, however, for the states of Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada and Ar kansas are similarly situated. In most of the other states state bank examining boards are maintained, which do the re quired work, but in the District of Colum bia and the states enumerated no protec tion whatever is afforded. The controller of -the currency usually sends out a circular letter bearing upon the subject and calling for information from the management of private banks, but answers to such letters are not com pulsory. An Official's Hew. In speaking of the subject an official of the controller's office said to a Star reporter this afternoon: "It seems to me that some sort of measure ought to be adopted af fording the people of the District the pro tection required In this respect. I note that a commissioner of Insurance has been cre ated for the city, whose duties shall in clude a general examination from time to time of the affairs of the various insurance companies here. That is a good Idea, and a similar one appertaining to the private banking Institutions of the city ought to be adopted. As the situation now stands there is no assurance to depositors ana stockholders that they can get information of the exact and trustworthy nature thit Is given them by the national banks and trust companies of the District. I think the Interests of depositors demand sucn re ports The proposition has been submitted to this office and is receiving considerable attention. The consensus of opinion is that some step ought to be taken to insure the statements required." PRAISES HIS TKOOPS. Gen. MacArthnr'i Wordu in Tnrnln* His Command Over to Gen. Chaffee. Gen. MacArthur, in turning over tha command of the division of the Philippines to Gen. Chaffee, highly complimented the troops in an official order. He said: "In thus terminating service in the archi pelago the undersigned desires to pay a warm tribute of admiration and respect to the troops of the division and to thank them for the splendid response they have always made to every demand upon their fortitude and courage, in pursuance of which they achieved results which cannot be measured In terms, and which cannot be adequately rewarded. "All men who have served honestly and faithfully In the Philippines at any time since May 1. 1MW, deserve well of the re public, and may indulge to ihe full limit the sense of satisfaction that arises from consciousness of duty well per1form1ed. Every obligation has been discharged with patriotic fidelity. "Acoordingly It Is a great pleasure to commend to the favorable consideration of the distinguished officer who succeeds to :he command a body of troops so thorough ly familiar with the best traditions of the profession and so celebrated for good work n the field." Bids for Inaane Hospital llnlldlnara. Bids for the construction of fifteen build ings in the grounds of the Government Hospital for thd Insane were opened at tho Interior Department at 2 o'clock this after Boon. These buildings are to accommodate 1,000 additional persona, and tha appro priation of Congress for their building unounts to fM)0,000.