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Tonic DELICIOUS \ ! - A vV" ?#? I GUARANTEED TO CURE OR MONEY RETURNED. HENRY EVANS, DRUGGIST. LYXCHIXGS I* THE SOITII. One in AlnlmniH niul Three In MIikI* m i i > i> i llfcrntly. A dispatch from Smithvllle, Tenn., last night says: The first lynching in the his tory' of De Kalb county was recorded to day, when Charley Davis, the man who was chiirged with assaulting Miss Kate Hues last Sunday evening, was taken from the court house by a mob of about twenty five people and hanged about a quarter of a mile from town. The assault on Miss Hues was committed last Sunday evening and Davis' trial was being held today. The sherifT, one of his deputies and a constable, who were trying to prevent the lynching, wore severely injured in a clash with the mob. A dispatch from Birmingham, Ala., yes terday says: With a rope around his neck and death before him, Charley Bentley, a negro, confessed to the murder of Jim Vann, alias Williams, a white man. and was hanged by a mob near Leeds, Ala., in St. Clair county, at noon. The body was riddled with bullets. The murder was committed early in the morning, while Vann and his wife and child was asleep in a camp three miles from Leeds. Vann'* skull was crushed with a rock, and his slayer then grabbed Mrs. Williams around the throat, but she screamed for help and the negro ran into the woods. A hole in the bottom of Bentley's shoe enabled the posse to trace him. A dispatch from Carrollton, Miss., last night says: The air has been rife with rumors of additional lynchings all day, but these reports are without foundation. A posse of men is scouring the country in an effort to apprehend several negroes sus pected of complicity in the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Taliaferro, but up to 0 o'clock to night no arrests have been made. Gov. Longino has returned to Jackson from Carrollton, where three negroes were lynched Thursday night. The governor says the state has again been disgraced by this affair, which is all the more horrible because the lynched negroes were accused not of the assassination of Taliaferro and his wife, but simply of complicity in the crime or of guilty knowledge of the fact. Everything was quiet today and no further trouble is expected. ? TO DIG RISSIAN GOLD. A Vast Government Concession to American*. The New York Tribune of today says: Arrangements were completed at the Wal dorf-Astoria this week for the development on a vast scale by American and French capital and engineers of eleven hundred square miles of .gold, silver, copper and platinum bearing mineral lands In the South Ural mountains, Russia. The tract is on the railroad leading from St. Peters burg to Irkutsk, near the latter place, and has been rfserved as crown mineral lands by the czar's government. The parties ap pearing in the transaction at the Waldorf Astoria were Prof. George A. Treadwell, a metallurgist, living at the Waldorf-Astoria, and friends of Paul Annasaff, one of the builders and at present an associate man ager of the Trans-Siberian railway. The czar himself has taken a keen Interest In the negotiations, as the development of this imperial mineral tract is expected to have an important bearing on mining en terprises throughout the Russian empire. SECRETARY WILSON AT OMAHA. He Is Mnklnff ? Trip Through the Corn Rett. Secretary Wilson of the Department of Agriculture was in Omaha yesterday on his way from Lincoln to Sioux City, where he goes to further investigate the condition of the corn crop. In an interview he said: "I decided to make a personal inspection of the corn and wheat belts of the United States. We have plenty of people in the various parts of the country capable of making the correct percentage reports of average, but I thought I would like to see for myself. ""Corn Is somewhat seriously Injured in all the states of the corn belt. How much I cannot pretend to say. Our monthly bul letin. issued August 10, will give the per centage. You people In Nebraska are not going to starve: it is only a question of how much money you will be able to put In the bank. #"I notice wheat in Nebraska Is good, but oats have probably ripened prematurely." HIG SHIPYARD FOR THE GILF. Alnhamaport to lie the Site of a Big Plant. A dispatch to the New York Sun from Mobile, Ala., says: Alabamaport, thirty miles south of Mobile, on the Gulf of Mex ico, Is to have a shipbuilding plant to cost M.OOO.WiO and cai?able of building six steamships at one time. The work of construction will begin in November. The plant will employ 3,000 hands. This an nouncement was made last night by Mr. S. B. McConnlco of New York, one of a party who spent the day investigating the advantages of Alabamaport The Gulf Coast Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, which will build the plant, was chartered by the Alabama legislature at its last session. It has a capital of its officers are: Robert C. Mor ris, president: S. D. Scudder, vice presi dent; S. B. McConnlco, second vice presi dent and secretary; W. D. Munson, treas urer. All the officers are of New York. Because of the greater tonnage seeking dockage facilities at New Orleans the com pany will construct there an Immense dry dock, which it is expected will pay Interest on the entire investment. For the Sleepless Horsford's Acid Phosphate Just before retiring, half a teaspoon in half a glass of water, soothes and rests the nerves, nourishes and invig orates the body, and induces quiet and restful sleep. A Tonic and Ntrvt Food. Tfc* (twlM Lew* the name " Hort&wd't " on label. THE SUPREME COURT ROOM. THE SUPREME COURT Repairs Now Being Made to the Hoof. A MEASURE TO INSDRE SAFETY Former Interior Finish to Be Ex actly Reproduced. OTHER IMPROVEMENTS If the nine Justices of the "United States Supreme Court were to walk into their court room at the Capitol today it would be difficult for them to repress the shock they would receive. As all roads lead to Rome, so all traditions of the Supreme Court lead to one sentiment, and that Is a reverence for the past and a veneration of everything spiritual or material that has come from generations that have passed away. If the Justices were to visit their court room they would find it a mere shell, without furnishings, with Its board floor ing torn up and its roof being demolished, with only a rough board scaffolding be tween the brick floor and the sky. Never before In the history of the chamber has it been invaded by the spirit of Improvement. The dome surmounted by a cupola that acted as a sounding board when Webster, Clay and Calhoun held forth in senatorial debates Is being removed and in place of the timber there will be a roof of steel. A Meaiure of Safety. This invasion of the sacred preclifbts of APPOINTMENT ILLEGAL DECISION AS TO THE GEOGRAPHER OF THE CENSUS. Controller Rales Against a Man Hold Ins Two Offices, Even Is One Is Without Compensation. The controller of the treasury today ren dered a decision in the matter of the salary of Mr. Henry Gannett, commissioned last March as geographer of the census office, holding that Mr. Gannett's appointment to that office was illegal and that he is not entitled to draw pay for discharging duties Involved therein. The decision Is one against dualism in government office. Mr. Gannett now holds the position of geog rapher In the geological survey also and the decision today is based upon the law which prohibits any person from holding two positions under the government, the compensation of either of which Is more than |2,500 per annum. Mr. Gannett was appointed to his position in the census "without compensation," presumably with a view to asking Congress to authorize the payment of the salary in case the con troller should decide he was not entitled to it under present law. Although he does r.ot decide the point the controller raises the question whether Mr. Gannett's pres ent salary of $3,000 as geographer In the geological survey is not $1,100 In excess of the amount authorized by Congress. The decision was solicited by Director Merriam of the census bureau, who related to the controller the facts in the case, the question turning upon the construction of the word office in the appointments. The Controller's Decision. In his decision the controller says: Ordinarily this office could not properly concern Itself with any question growing out of your power of appointment under the law, but as the question you submit involves payments to be made, I am au thorized and required to render a decision thereon. In answering your question, the follow ing provisions of law must be considered: "No officer In any branch of the public service, or any other person whose salary, pay, or emoluments are fixed by law, or regulations, shall receive any additional pay, ext^a allowance, or compensatioon. In any form whatever, for the disbursement of public money, or for any other service or duty whatever, unless the same Is au thorized by law and the appropriation therefor explicitly states that It Is for such additional pay, extra allowance, or com pensation." (Section 17t>5, Revised Stat utes.) "No person who holds an office, the salary or annual compensation attached to which amounts to the sum of $2,5<iO, shall receive compensation for discharging the duties of any other office, unless expressly authorized by law." (.Section 1703, Re vised Statutes.) "No person who holds an office the salary or annual compensation attached to which amounts to the sum of $2,500 shall be ap pointed to or hold any other office to which compensation is attached unless spe cially heretofore or hereafter specially au thorized thereto by law; but this shall not apply to retired officers of the army or navy whenever they may be elected to pub lic office or whenever the President shall appotnt them to office by and with the ad vice and consent of the Senate." (Act of July 31. 1894; 28 Stat., 205.) Section 1705 presents no difficulty. Whether the positions held by Mr. Gannett In the Interior Department and In the cen sus office be considered as offices in both cases, or as employments with salary, pay, or emoluments fixed by law or regulation, or as an office In one case and an em ployment in the other, he is not forbid den by this section to hold both positions and to receive the compensation attached to ea<ch. Section 1703 and the act of July 31, 1804, supra, present greater difficulties. They are directly aimed at dualism or pluralism in office, and their most obvious effect is to take certain offices out of the construction given by the courts and the accounting offi cers to sectipn 1765, as above noted, .by declaring that a person cannot hold two offices under the government If the salary or compensation attached to one equals the sum of $2,500 per annum, and any com pensation Is attached to the other. The Questions Involved. The questions for decision therefore are: Was the position held by Mr. Gannett In the Interior Department at the time he was appointed geographer in the census office an office within the meaning of taese laws; and was his appointment as geo grapher in the census office an appointment to an office within the meaning of said laws? Compensation amounting to ..he sum of $2,500 per annum Is attached to each position. You express a doubt whether eitbar po the old Senate chamber and present Su preme Court room was not entered upon with any desire to demolish the relics of the past connected with the early history of the country. It was decided upon only as a measure of safety and after It had been decided that the question of making the changes now under way was one of balancing human life against a love of an cient relics. It was a question whether the nine Judges of the court would prefer to have a strong steel roof over them or a timber one that might some day give way and come down on their heads and the heads of attorneys and visitors. They didn't care to play the part of nine pins perhaps some day to be knocked over by a falling timber. They preferred keep ing that game out of their room. But even In the face of danger, which they were assured hung over them, they only gave their consent to have the celling and roof removed after they "were assured that when they return here for their October term they will not be able to detect, from the Interior view of the court room, the least change In the celling. Every portion of the vaulted celling with numerous ornaments in the form of rosettes has been photo graphed, and careful measurements have been taken so that it can be duplicated without the least variation In the details. Before the work now under way was be gun all material had been received here for making the Improvements contemplated. Jiew Roof on Stntoary Hall. In a short time the work of removing the dome and cupola from over statuary hall, the old hall of the House of Repre sentatives, will be begun and that hall will be provided with a steel roof. The statues in the hall have all been covered with a wooden protection In anticipation of this work. . , The removal of these two domes and cu polas will be in accordance with the general Walter plan toward which the Capitol building has been tending since that plan was adopted by Congress. The Walter plan contemplated a flat ef fect In the roof of the building, which will be secured when the improvements under way are complete. sition held by Mr. Gannett is an office within the meaning of these laws. If either is not an office, the status of the other would not ordinarily have to be considered, but I find that a more orderly and satis factory examination of the question can be had by considering both positions. On March 15, 1809, Mr. Gannett held a position In the Interior Department under the following appointment: "DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Washington, June 26, 181X1. "Henry Gannett of Maine is hereby ap pointed a geographer in the geological sur vey at a salary of thirty-six hundred dol lars per annum, to take effect July 1, 189H, by transfer from chief topographer, at |3,COO. 'Temporary force.' "HOKE SMITH, Secretary." On that date he received from you the following appointment: "Department of the Interior, "Census Office, "WASHINGTON. D. C.. March 15, 1800. "Henry Gannett of Maine is hereby ap pointed geographer in the census office, without compensation, to take effect when he shall file the oath of office and enter on duty, to fill an original vacancy. "W. R. MERRIAM, Director.' In transmitting, at my request, a copy of the foregoing you say in your letter of the 17th ultimo: "This commission was Issued with the understanding on both sides that section 2 of the act of July SI, 1804, prohibited Mr. Gannett from receiving the salary attach ed by Congress to the position of geogra pher. The commission accordingly was made to read 'without compensation.' In case I have misinterpreted that statute, and on that point I have asked you to iule, I presume that I have authority to substitute for the commission, a copy of which is Inclosed, another commission dat ing from the time your decision is received and reading 'at an annual salary of $2,500.' In case I have misinterpreted that statute I may also be bound to pay htm arrears of salary, notwithstanding the form of com mission which lias been Issued him. On both of these points I have the honor to re quest a ruling." Geological Survey Appointment. The general provision of law to which you refer in your first letter as the author ity under which Mr. Gannett was appoint ed geographer in the geological survey is found In the act of July 7, 1884, and is as follows: "And the scientific employes of the geo logical survey shall be selected by the di rector, subject to the approval of the Sec retary of the Interior, exclusively for their qualifications as professional experts." The specific provision of law under which he was employed and paid was evidently the appropriation made in the sundry civil act of June 11. 1800. which provides, among other things, for the appointment of one geographer at $2,700 and one at $2,500 per annum in the geological survey. When It is considered that specific pro vision was made by Congress In the same act for two geographers at salaries of $2,700 and $2,500, respectively, jt Ij difficult to Bee in the act of July 7, 1881, supra, or In the above provision for tha "pay of temporary employes in the field and of fice" any authority for the permanent em ployment of a geographer at an annual sal ary of $3,000, especially in view of the stringent provisions of section 4 of the act of August 5, 1882. However, the ques tion of the legality of Mr. Gannett's em ployment and payment In the geological survey is not now before me. Your appointment of Mr. Gannett as ge ographer in the census office was made by virtue of the act of March 3, 1800, to pro vide for taking the twelfth and subsequent censuses. It is manifest that the question involved in this case hinges on the meaning of the word office as used In the act of July 31, 1804, supra. If the positions held by Mr. Gannett are both offices in th? meaning of that act his appointment to the office of geographer In the census office was illegal; nor do I think that an appointment "with out compensation" would cure the illegal ity. The prohibition In tha act is not against receiving the compensation of the second office, but against btirg appointed to or holding the office if compensation is attached thereto The controller then discusses the meaning of the word office as interpreted by the several acts of Congress, opinions of the Attorney General and decislon3 of the Su preme Court, and concludes as follows: Appointment Illegal. "The distinction between an office within the meaning of the Constitution and one not within Its me&nlng Is obvious enough If one is looking for finely diawn distinc tions in the meaning of the word office, but I do not see In that word as used in the act of 1804 any such finely drawn or narrow meaning. Congress was legislating to prevent a real or fancied evd or to ts tabllsh a policy believed to ba wise, and I am unwilling to adopt a construction or to make a ruling which will tend to defeat that object. "While admitting that the question is not free from doubt, I feel constrained to hold that the appointment by you of Mr. Gan nett as geographer In the census office was illegal, and that he is not entitled to toy W0W6WWCWW0 WWJ0WW6WCWWW WNMWWCWOWWWti WJWWWWWWWWflWWWW*, 1 Leave the News Coluinnl Read this. It Affects You! !?: ? Mosquito==Kretol, Its Destroyer. WASHINGTON, D. C, July 22, 1901. R. W. BROWNE, Pierrepond Hotel, Atlantic City, N. J.: Just secured remarkable report from Dr. Howard; Kretol most effective against mosquito at one to five thousand. He will gladly respond to any inquiries and indorse Kretol fully in this connection. (Signed) " EDWIN SEFTON. Dr. Lelarad O. Howard, Chief of the Entomological Division of the Agricultural Department, one of the most eminent Entomologists in the world, and noted author, will gladly corroborate the following statement: "KRETOL is most effective against the Mosquito at a dilution of 1 part of KRETOL to 5,000 parts of Water." KRETOL is a coal-tar product. It retails at $2.00 per gallon. AT A DILUTION OF 1 TO 5,000 IT COSTS EXACTLY 4-10 OF 1 MILL PER GALLON. Water containing Kretol at this ratio can be drunk with impunity. The Mosquito Must Go And Kretol is its deadly enemy. Besides being a gemiicide and insecticide, it has no superior as a disinfectant and deodorizer. The Mosquito larva and pupa cannot live where Kretol is used. This preparation thoroughly diffuses itself through water with out any stirring. Write to the home office, Washington, D. C., and let us quote you prices on Kretol in any quantities. Attend to This at Omce. If you are not satisfied with our statement of the efficacy of Kretol in destroying the mosquito, write to Dr. L. O. Howard, Agri cultural Department, Washington, D. C., and ask him what he thinks of Kretol. Read the Following Report off W. H. Park, M.B., the Eminent Bacteri= ologist off the Board off Health off the City off New York, April 23, 11901. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, CITY OF NEW YORK, Southwest Corner Fifty-fifth Street and Sixth Avenue, Borough of Manhattan, NEW YORK, April 23, 1901. Dr. W. H. PARK, Assistant Director Research Laboratory: Dear Sir: I have the honor to submit to you the following report on the Disinfectant Kretol: One-half of 1 per cent destroyed typhoid bacilli after an exposure of 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 minutes, and 1 per cent solution destroyed typhoid bacilli after exposure of 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 minutes. t Respectfully submitted. (Signed) , ROBERT J. WILSON, Assistant Bacteriologist. 'P. S.?Pure carbolic acid is not as efficient as Kretol. W. H. PARK. a ? ' "> .is rri; 2foi (1 ^BE SURE YOU HAVE THE NAME RIGHT?KRETOL?as there are similar sbunding names which are palmed off on the pyhlic. The following is a partial list of druggists who are now selling KRETOL: J; t t Henry Evans, 920 F Street N.W. Jtl: 1 1 F. 8. William*. 8th and F its. n.w. Edward Stevens. 8th and Pa. ave. n.w. Hertz Pharmacy, Columbia Theater. F. }. Dieudonne ft Son, 11th and F ats. n.l Thoe. II. Atkinson, G and 11th ata. n.w. Z. D. Oilman. 627 Pa. are. n.w. WHOLESALE. F. A. Tschiffely, Jr., 475 Pa. Ave. N.W. RETAIL. Cbristiani Drug Co., 484 Pa. ave. n.w. Harry Smith, 8th and F ats. n.e. James O'Donnell, 3d st. and Pa. ave. s.e. Lewis Flemer, 7th st. and Md. ave. n.e. Jno. C. Haley, 801 E. Capitol at. E. S. Leadbeater & Sons, Alexandria, Va. R. N. Harper, 608 Pa. ave. n.w. . Affleck's Drug Store, 1428 Pa. ave. n.w. W. E. Shaffer, 808 E St. n.w. E. M. McComaa, cor. L and 14th ata. n.w. Elliott's, cor. 11th and M n.w. riain Office: 11224 F Street N.W., Washington, B.C. fr/rforrfo(rfo(n\(Th(n\(Tfo tn\tn\(n\fn\(n\fn\fn\(rv\ /rt\m\m\(n,/n\m\ fn\/n\fn\nrt\frr\/r*\nrt\/n\trT\nrt\ /n\/n\/rr>/r*\ /t fl \ /f1f\ /F8 v yamrv > compensation under the censm act of March 3, 1809, supra. If I am wrong in so holding Mr. Gannett has redress of any wrong done him in the courts. If I am right I have only shut one door to dualism in office, which in my opinion Congress intended should remain closed when it passed the act of July 31, 1894. HONOR TO FRANCES WILLARD. White Marble Statue to Be Placed In the Capitol. It has been announced that the statue of Miss Frances E. Willard will be placed by the state of Illinois in statuary hall in the Capitol. It will be modeled by Helen F. Mears of Oshkosh, Wis. The commissioners to award the contract are Miss Anna Ad ams Gordon, Mrs. Susanna M. B. Fry, Mrs. Mary F. Matzger, Mr. J. J. Mitchell and Mr. W. R. Jewell, all of Illinois. The statue will be of white marble. Miss Mears for two yea.*s studied with Augustus St. Gaudens, and has assisted him in his work In his Paris and New York studios. The state of Illinois now has one statue In the Capitol, that of Gen. James Shields. By an act of Congress each state of the Union has been sriven permission to place two statues of its distinguished citizens in the Capitol. This privilege has been em braced by only seventeen of the forty-five states; of these seventeen states only ten have sent two statues. Those that have two statues at the Capitol are Pennsylva nia, Vermont, Ohio. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Missouri, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. States that each have one statue In the hall are Michigan, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maine and Virginia. These statues merely remain in the Capitol in the custody of Congress, the states still own ing them, and they would have the priv ilege of withdrawing them if they should so desire. J: ? 1 1 1 y .? ? ? . Objection to Oloiagrapo Station. The bureau of construction of the Navy Department objects to the location of the Philippine naral station at Olongapo, on the ground that there is at present no rail road connection Between Manila and the harbor there. It points out that in the se lection of a tor a naval station ques tions of labo? and. materials should be the first consideration As against this view of the bureau- of construction It Is stated that there is p railroad projected from Ma nila to Olongapo, and that part of the road has been already completed. Some of the bureau official* o* the Navy Department believe It would ikay the United States to build the remainder of this road. If private enterprise doe* not do It, In order that this naval station could be located at the har bor of Olongapo. Mr. MacLeanan Baclc. Mr. W. P. MacLennan, chief of the book keeping and warrant division of the Treas ury Department, has returned to the city from a trip to Hawaii, and Is confined to his home, 1916 F street northwest, by Ill ness. Mr. MacLennan went to Hawaii at the instance of Secretary Gage-In connec tion with the settlement of the Hawaiian debt contracted while the islands were un der independent republican form of govern ment. He will probably resume his duties at the department next week. If you want work read the want oolumns of The Star. STRIKES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. Consul Dudley Report* Dlnpates Be tween Capital and Labor. In a report to the State Department In regard to recent strikes in British Colum bia, United States Consul Dudley, at Van couver, says, under date of July 4 last: "The difficulties between labor and capi tal in this province have paralyzed business to an alarming extent. "The salmon fishermen are on strike, de manding higher prices for the fish. The salmon are now running, and few fisher men are out. In the long run, this may be advantageous to the fishing industry, as a much larger number of fish is likely to reach the spawning grounds than would be the case were the fishermen at work. This may result, some four or five years hence, in a much larger run. "The trackmen of the Canadian Pacific railway are on strike. The railroad people think that a settlement may be reached at an early date. "At Rossland all the employes at the Northport smelter are on strike. During the shut down of last year some 2,000 men left to seek employment elsewhere, chiefly in the United States. If the present trouble is long continued there will again be a similar exodus. Many of the miners are American citizens." In later reports the consul says that the fishermen have resumed work; but the re curring troubles with the canners may lead to the establishment of traps to take the place of boats. He continues: "The Rossland difficulty is serious. The mines have been shipping 10,000 tons of ore weekly, and if the strike continues business there will be at a standstill." Courtesies Shown Admiral Remey. The Navy Department has received a long mall report from Admiral Remey de tailing the courtesies shown him and his officers and men upon the occasion of the Brooklyn's visit to Australia, to be present at the opening of the first parliament of confederated Australia. Every honor was shown him and many pleasant things were said of the relations between this country and the British colonies at the round of banquets and dinners which took place. The Charleston Naval Station. Within ten days it is expected that the property selected by the board which lo cated the naval station at Charleston, S. C.. will have passed Into the ownership of the United States. The Department of Justice, which examined the titles to the property, reports the titles all clear, ex cept for a small portion of the ground. The purchase price is >80,000. Sudden Illness. Richard Callahan, thirty-five years old, was taken suddenly ill while on a street car at 5th and Q streets northwest about noon today. He was removed to his home, No. 06 K street northeast, by the police. Reduction and Promotion. Chief Engineer Dutton of the District fire department has forwarded to the Com missioners a recommendation that Private John A. Walsh of Engine Company No. 0 be reduced to the rank of watchman and transferred to Engine Company No. 12. Chief Dutton also recommends that watch man T. F. McKeaver be appointed private, vice WaUh, reduced in rank. THE OLD WAR SHIP VERMONT. Will Be Burned or Sent to the Junk Shop. The historic old warship Vermont has been abandoned by the government and will either be destroyed by fire or sent to the Junk shop. This doom of the Vermont results from a recent sanitary inspection of the ship, which showed that its condi tion was a serious menace to the lives and health of the sailors. It was reported that the interior woodwork was water-soaked and filled with disease germs, and that In some parts decay and dry rot had set In. This state of affairs accounted, in the opin ion of the medical officers, for the un healthfulness of the ship's crew. The Vermont was one of the sailing frigates of the old navy, and when she was taken to the New York navy yard years ago to be dismantled she bore many marks of the numerous naval encounters In which she had been engaged. She was fitted out for a training ship, and many men-of-war's men have seen service on her. During the past year nearly 10.U00 jackies served their final apprenticeship on the Vermont. She will be replaced temporarily as a training ship at the New York yard by the protected cruiser Columbia, now In reserve at Philadelphia. That vessel cannot accommodate as many men as the Ver mont, and hereafter many of the men en listed at the New York yard will be sent to other stations to await assignment to duty. The orders for the Columbia's new as signment, which were issued while Ad miral Crowninshleld was acting secretary of the navy, have aroused a great deal of adverse criticism among naval officials who regard the assignment as a very in ferior one for a triple-screw cruiser and the fastest warship of her displacement afloat. Admiral Melville, chief engineer of the navy, has been especially vigorous in his condemnation of the move, looking up on the action from the viewpoint that It Is making a thoroughbred racer perform a draught horse's duty. Derelicts, old wood en ships of the civil war and other con demned vessels have heretofore been as signed to duty as receiving ships, and naval men generally are at a loss to ex plain Admiral Crownlnshleld's action. Leaving out the question of dignity, it is contended that the Columbia is less adapt ed for duty as a receiving ship than al most any ship of her size In the navy, having scant berthing space and being otherwise unfit. Triple-screw war vessels. It may be stated, have long been the hobby of Rear Admiral Melville and also of Rear Admiral Hlchborn, but certain line officers have not been kindly disposed toward them. Glrl'a Absence Causes a Seareh. W. N. Sinclair, a resident of Virginia, whose home is near Bailey's Cross Roads, asked the local police last night to look out for his daughter Gertrude, who, he said, is fifteen years old. She left home yesterday morning with her brother-in-law, and when she failed to return home at a late hour last night ber father became uneasy. Recently Appointed Officers Assigned. Officers recently promoted have been as signed as follows: Colonel David H. Kln *le. Lieutenant Colonels George G. Green ough and Selden A. Day, Majors Edward Davis, Joseph M. Callff, Charles W. Hobbs, Clermont L Best and John D. C. Hosklns to the coast artillery and Captain Samuel A. eKphart to the 46th Company, Coast Ar tillery. ASKS FOB RECONSIDER ATIOX. Application to Have Residence Light ed by Electricity. In a communication to the District Com missioners A. Gonard of 723 14th street northwest a few days ago asked permis sion to have his house at No. 10 Q street northeast connected with the lighting: ser vice. The matter was referred to the at torney for the District, who submitted an opinion to the effect that the Commission ers were without authority to grunt the requeBt. Mr. Gonard has written again to the Commissioners relative to the matter, stat ing that he has consulted with his attor ney, and that he has been advised that the attorney for the District is mistaken and misunderstands the case. Mr. Gonard say&: "His opinion is based upon the provision contained in the sundry civil appropriation act for the year ended June 30, 1808. name ly, 'It shall be unlawful to erect wires for electric lighting purposes, ? ? ? provid ed, however, that the Commissioners of the District of. Columbia are hereby au thorized to issue permits for house connec tions with conduits and overhead wires now existing and adjacent to the premises with which connection is to be made.' "Now my street, Q street between North Capitol and 1st streets northeast, is lighted with electricity. There is an electric lamp a few feet from my door, and it would take only a few feet of wire to connect my house with the wires now existing in the street." It is requested that the matter be recon sidered with a view to having the opinion of the attorney modified. Army Orders. Second Lieutenant John R. Musgrave, Ar tillery Corps, has been ordered to join the 41st Cotqpany of Coast Artillery at Fort Monroe, Va., Instead of to duty in the Department of California, temporarily. Col. Greenleaf A. Goodale, 17th Infantry, has been granted an extension of leave for one month. Lieutenant Colonel Albert L. Myer, 27th Infantry, has been transferred to the 11th Infantry. Lieutenant Colonel James P. Kimball, deputy surgeon general, has been granted sick leave for four months. Col. Charles L. Davis, recently promoted from lieutenant colonel of 11th Infantry, has been assigned to the 5th Infantry. To Extead Paraguay's Trade. Consul Ruffln, at Asuncion, Paraguay, re ports to the State Department that the im porters and exporters of that city have formed a company to .control the exports of Paraguay. The company will mal^ ad vances to producers, receive products In consignment for export on commission, and transact such business as may In the opin ion of the board further the Interest of the company. In view of the generally; prosperous conditions and the fact that no failures have taken place for the last few years. Consul Ruffln says business men In the country seem disposed to Invest capital; and there is every hope that Paraguay will take advantage of her Improving credit In foreign markets and extend her commer cial relations. By Test Has Prsves Best. Qmn Tasteless Chill Toole.