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No. 15,115. WASHINGTON, D. O., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1901?TEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THB ETKglia BTAB. - .nrnmna oailt, szobpt wtoat. Ik? Erwiing Star Oom^jT B. H. IAPTFMAHK, FiWt ' T?k OffioM 126 Tribena BaildlLj. "1J Bojce Building, etoh?B)2Sl2IL8Ur If to ?*b?cm*ra ta tha " D" tBrten, on tbelr own account, at 10 ccntJ ZZmZ? ? * f4 cen|> *?r month. Copiea at tta* iriP^aV.. 7Dt* e*ch- ?T mall?anywbira ta tb? prepaid -80cent* per month. as'^iTM8 ?*' '??"" m?u wbacrtptloM noat be paid la adtaaca. mtca at atrcnWai mad* known oo application. STRIKE ORDER OUT President Shaffer Calls on Steel Workers to Quit Work, MAHOFACTDHERS NOT DNEAST Next Saturday the Day Set for the Walk Out INCIDENTS OF TODAY PITTSBURG, Pa., August 7.?With the is suance ftf the general strike order of Presi dent Shaffer, the tension which kept every body in suspense last week as to what would be the outcome of the dilly-dallying conferences and meetings has now been re lieved. The suspense is over, and, although while the Immediate effect is deplorable, those directly interested are not so much af fected as the graveness of their position would warrant. The text of President Shaffer's call, which was issued last night, follows: "Brethren: The officials of the United States Steel Trust have refused to recog nize as union men those who are now striv ing for the right to organize. The execu tive board has authorized me to issue a call upon all Amalgamated and other union men in name and heart to join in the movement to fight for labor's rights. "We must fight or give up forever our personal liberties. "You will be told that you have signed contracts, but you never agreed to sur render those contracts to the United Stages Steel Corporation. Its officers think you were sold to them just as the'mills were, contracts and all. OhliKiitlon Before Confront. "Remeber. before you agreed to any con tract you took an obligation to the Amal gamated Association. It now calls you to help in this hour of need. "Unless the trouble is settled on or before Saturday. August 10, li??l, the mills will close when the last turn is made on that day. "Brethren, this is the call to preserve our organization. We trust you and need you. Come and help us, and may right come to a Just cause. "Fraternally yours, "T. J. SHAFFER." It Is now generally accepted as a fact that the struggle is on "for good"?as it were? and it will not be terminated until either the one or the other of the contending par ties is defeated. Who this will be is yet a subject of speculation. Still there are some, endowed with more hopefulness than most people, who express the opinion that the order of President Shaffer will not go into effect, and that a compromise will be made before the week is out. As far as Pittsburg is concerned, although it is the headquarters of the Amalgamated Association, few men are immediately in volved in the strike in comparison with other sections, the total number throughout the country being almost 100,000 men. Will Start Ip the Mill*. There is no question that the various com panies of the United States steel corpora tion will make ejfforts to start up some of the idle plants immediately, and thus pre vent the strike, if jK>ssible, before its incep tion. Such a move was made at Clark's plant in this city this morning, and con sternation reigned among the Strikers in the Lawrenceville district when they learned that Capt. Louis T. Brown, general superintende-nt e?f the mill, had stolen a march on them and started up the ten and twelve-inch mills. A few of the strikers were around the plant early, and when they saw the two mills in operation they were speechless with surprise and hurried away to inform their companions. Soon many of them were seen flocking to the works to witness the sight for themselves, as they could hardly belltve their fellows. It was true, nevertheless. The mills started at the regular hour this morning with about 1<?0 men and boys, and Capt. Brown says the entife plant will be running before the end of the week. When interviewed this morn ing Capt. Brown said: "We had no trouble whatever in getting men. Of those that went to work this morning, some are old inen and some new men. We have many applications on hand and will send out word today to those to whom we can give employment, just when to report for duty. The twenty-inch mill has been running steadily since the strike began, the men operating this one refus ing to go out with the strikers. Every thing is running along smoothly and we expect no trouble whatever." Mi-n SeckiiiK Work. About the entrance many men were found who said they were seeding work. In regard to the upper and l.'wer union mills of the Carnegie company. located at 33d and ?tth streets. Capt. Brown, who has these mills also under his supervision, said they were running along qu'e-tly and he does not expect the men to go out on Saturday, when President ShatTi-r's order goes into effect, lie said the lowir mid was not organized by the Amalgamated, and at neither of the mills has tlu?re been any indication that the men would strike. Everything is very quiet around all the mills. The strikers around Clark's mill are very orderly and say they will make no at tempt to get the men out that went to work this morning, nor will they molest them In any way. A report was circulating in Lawranceville this morning that two deteclives were watching for any trouble about ine Clark mill, but it could not be verified. At Painters' mill on the south side, and the Lindsay-M<-Cutcheon mill in Allegheny, everything was very quiet. On.y a few strikers were around to watch lor any at tempt to start the works. At the Pennsylvania tube works, 2d ave nue, which, it is said, will be affected by the strike order, everything w?.s running along smoothly and the management said there was not the least indication that the men would strike. They havo heard no I talk among the men and expect no trouble, j .M?iiu(artorrr? Mot Alitrined. The steel manufacturers generally do not view the strike order with alarm. The combine officials preserved the same reti cence shown from the beginning of the trouble, but prlvate-ly commented upon it, refusing to be quoted. One prominent man ufacturer said that he was very sorry that President Shaffer had taken the step. He said that he ftslt sorry for the men, but that he believed the strike would speedily end and that at its conclusion there would be no Amalgamated Association to worry the manufacturers in the future. He said that there was no tension in the mills on the part of the company. Another said It would be a fight to finish, and he did not think the negotia tions would be reopened. "In the National Steel Company I do not expect them to close any mills except the Bessemer plant and rolling mills at Newcastle and Mingo Junction. At Newcastle they will m^-ke 2 men idle and at Mingo Junction about l.TiOO. They can probably throw into idle ness between 15,000 and 10,000 men, chiefly at Chicago. Joliet and Milwaukee. I do not think they can get out more than M per cent of the ."0,000 men of the National Tube Company." One other manufacturer said that ma only fear was the customary sympathy or worklngmen for workingmen. He said that in a strike of such proportions and for such a cause no one can tell the outcome until the strike order Is actually effective. Pie feared the strike would be more extensive than any are now willing to admit. W. K. Corey Would Not Talk. W. F. Corey, president of the Carnegie Steel Company, the National Steel Com pany and the American Steel Hoop Com pany, refused to make any comrtient on the threatened extension of the strike. This has always been the i>oliey of Andrew Car negie, and Mr. Corey was one of Mr. Car negie's young partners. The effect of President Shaffer's order on the employes of the Carnegie Steel Company is being watched with interest. It is generally un derstood that the mills of the Carnegie Company are depended upon by the United States Steel corporation to keep the strike from closing down its business. The plants are so extensive, the men so thoioughly non-union, the products so varied and ol such a nature that they can be but little affected by the refusal of union men in other trades to handle them, that the situa tion seems to be pretty well in the hands of the United States Steel Corporation so long as they are kept running. In recognition of this the Amalgamated Association is making desnerate attempts to break down the bulwarks of non-union ism in these mills. Organizers are at work at Homestead. Duquesne, Braddoc* and the upper and lower mills In this city, and the Amalgamated people claim to have made many converts In these non-union strongholds. Innble to Or?anl*e Home*tea?l. Since the great strike of?lSJ)2 three unsuc cessful attempts have been made to organ ize the Homestead workers. A mass meet ing of the workmen of the upper and lower mills will be held tomorrow night, when President Shaffer will address the men and endeavor to induce them to Join the asso ciation. The union men who are arranging the meeting say they will close the mills when the strike assumes its new proportions Saturday night. The action of President Shaffer in giving the men until Saturday night to work be fore entering on strike has given the cor poration officials an opportunity of canvass ing the situation. It is stated that every foreman will be Instructed to ascertain the sentiments of every man under his charge. This will be tabulated by mills and dis tricts, so that before next Saturday night the president of the corporation will know how each man in the employ of the corpora tion stands. A rumor was current today that an etiort will be made to keep some of the workers from striking by offering them an advance r in wages. It is doubtful whether this will be done so late In the day. Interview With Mr. Shaffer. The Amalgamated national officers were late in reaching the headquarters this morning, having been busy till long alter midnight last night. In reply to the ques tion as to whether he thought the men em ployed by the Federal Steel Company would : come o\it. President Shaffer said: "1 hat we 1 leave to the men. They have no scale that 1 can hold them from their obligations to the Amalgamated Association. They have no scale that can be transferred to another company. Our people signed scales with I certain companies. These companies have transferred their stock to the United States ! Steel Corporation. This they have no right to do. All contracts that are made by our people are made with a full knowledge cn the part of others. Such contracts are de pendent upon the fundamental law of the organization." ^ , "Will Mr. Gompers be here today? "That you will have to get from him, he said. f- "Will there be any surprises today? was the next question put to him, but this he refused to answer. Mr. Shaffer gave out today notice that there will be a monster mass meeting held at New Castle, Pa., on Saturday afternoon, and said he would be there if nothing prevents him. Secretary John Williams was seen short ly after his arrival at the headquarters, but said that there was nothing new and nothing to give out. He predicted that there would be surprises in store for the ! people before a week had gone by. ! B I. Davis, editor of the Amalgamated I Journal, and one of the association's na i tional officers, speaking on the same sub ject observed: "If this strike gets started right it is likely to expand to proportions not now suspected. You need not be sur 1 prised, in such event, to hear of trouble In the Carnegie mills." MachinlittB May Strike, Too. The extension of the steel strike to the machinists employed in ihe mills affected by the strikes is a possible development. There are between 800 and 1,000 machinists in the steel mills. President O'Connell said today that a request for a sympathetic strike from President Shaffer of the Amal gamated Association would, of course, be given serious consideration, but that such a request had not been received so far. He added, however, that the employment of non-union men In place of the strikers un doubtedly would precipitate a strike of the machinists, w-ho would not work beside non-union men. The general strike of the machinists inaugurated weeks ago is still on and no final settlement or revocation of the strike order is In sight. About 4,000 machinists are still claimed to be out on the machinists' strike, including about 1,500 on the Pacific coast, where there also are several thousand other em ployes, not machinists, engaged in the strike. It is claimed that a settlement of the water front trouble In San Francisco unquestionably would tend to expedite the adjustment of the machinists' strike, whieh. however. Is not now in sight. When word was received at the Amalga mated headquarters that Clark's mill was in partial operation Vice President Gibson hurried to the scene. When he returned he said only one striker had gone back to work, and the rest were negroes. Where they come from he could not say, but sup posed that they were brought into the city last night. He denied Captain Brown's statement that two mills were in operation, and said only one was running. He said the starting of the mill would have no ef fect upon the strikers. They were not dis couraged. and no effort would be made to get the men out that were now working. Concerning the upper and lower Carnegie mills he asserted that when the order went into effect on Saturday it would be found that both mills would be tied up, regardless of what the owners say. AFTER NOX-l'XlOS MEX. I Trouble Expected at -McKeenport If Unionist* Catch Them. McKEESPORT, Pa., August 7.?Six non union men arrived from Scottdale this morning and escaped the strikers by get ting off the train before It reached the sta tion. The strikers are searching for them and if caught there may be trouble. The strike order was received with quiet satisfaction by the majority of skilled men at the tube works, and as the Amalgamated and Federation of Labor control almost all of the skilled workmen the plant will close on Saturday night. Great excitement was caused here this morning by the discovery by the strikers that yesterday evening after dark six car loads of pig Iron had been run Into the W. Dewees Wood mill. The movement escaped the observation of the pickets, who were expecting nothing of the kind. The .lntro (Continued on Second Pa#sl) MACHIAS TO BE SENT Gunboat Going to the Isthmus of Panama. HO PURPOSE TO INTERFERE But Warship Will Be an Observer of Events. THE WORDS OF THE TREATY An order was issued by the acting secre tary of the navy this afternoon for the gunboat Machias, now at the Boston navy yard, to proceed without delay to Hampton Roads and there to prepare for departure to Colon, near the eastern terminus of the Panama railroad. At the Navy Department it is explained that this movement has been ordered with a view of having the Machias take obser vations in the vicinity of the isthmus. In announcing the action of the department it was officially stated that "it is deemed needful that a United States war vessel be in that vicinity at this time." Result of a Conference. The order to the Machias followed a con ference held at the Navy Department be tween Acting Secretary of State Adee and Mr. Hackett. Mr. Adee had the dispatch received from Consul Gudger last night, stating that the revolutionists had held up a train for an hour on the line of the rail road across the isthmus, and only about fifteen miles from Panama City. While this was not regarded as threatening an in terruption of traffic, or giving anv ground for intervention by the United States, yet it was deemed advisable by the officials that one of our ships should be in the neigh borhood in order that suitable observations could be made and steps taken to meet any serious emergency that might arise. The authorities do not feel called upon to set tle in advance whether United States ma rines will or will not be landed, as that will I en*'re'>" upon future developments. Twice in the past our marines have been landed in that locality, but that was due to special circumstances connected with an in cident in 1885, and was not so much an exercise of any rights we may have to maintain free transit across the isthmus. However, for the present there is no belief among officials that there will be any need of landing marines, and the Machias goes chiefly as a watchful observer of coming events. Her commander, Lieut. Commander Mason Sargent, is regarded as an officer of tact and ability, and besides this he has had recent experience in West Indian waters, being in command of the Scorpion when she made her recent trip to La Guayra to keep a watch on American interests in Venezuela. The Machias is a gunboat of 1,177 tons displacement, with twin screws and good steam capacity. She has eight four-inch guns in her main battery, six rapid-fires and one automatic gun. Her arrival at the isthmus depends somewhat on the length of her stay at Hampton Roads. It is believed she will be ready to proceed with little or no delay, and the trip will take about ten days or two weeks. Her stop at Hampton Roads will also permit Commander Sargent to be advised of any late developments at the isthmus. * Maintenance of Traffic. A careful reading of the treaty between the United States and Colombia satisfies those in authority that there is no present occasion for the exercise of any rights which the L nited States may have under the treaty to maintain the free transit across the Isthmus of Panama. The treaty recites that "the government of New Gran ada (Colombia) guarantees to the govern ment of the United States that the right of way of transit acre>ss the Isthmus of Pan ama shall be open and free to the govern ment and citizens of the United States," etc. It further provides that "the United States guarantees positively and effica ciously to New Granada the perfect neu trality of the isthmus, witfi a view that the free transit from the one to the other sea may not be interrupted or embarrassed in any future time while this treaty exists." Colombia'* Obligation. While a casual reading Of this treaty has given rise to the view that the United States was obligated to maintain free tran sit across the isthmus, yet the view now accepted, and the one on which the gov ernment will doubtless proceed, is that Co lombia is in the first place the guarantor of free transit across the isthmus, and that the United States is simply in the position of an indorser of that obligation by Co lombia. "Under these circumstances it is for Co lombia to maintain the free transk, and not until she became utterly crippled in carrying on her sovereign right of pro tecting this territory could the United States intervene to secure free transit. Any other course would amount to a recogni tion of the belligerency of the element now ranged against the Colombian government. Aside from the technical details of the treaty, the view prevails among those best qualified to judge its provisions that the Intervention of the United States is de signed more to protect the Colombian gov ernment from any stoppage of isthmian traffic by an invasion by a foreign power. In the present trouble on the isthmus no foreign power is involved, and the brief interruption of the traffic has been caused by revolutionists. For this reason the pro visions of the troaty are not likely to be Invoked for the present. RevolutionUta Stop a Railway Train. Consul Gudger at Panajna has cabled the State Department as follows: "Liberals detained for r-ne hour passen ger train at Matachin this (yesterday) morning; captured some government offi cials; no looting; no damages." CONTRACTS FOR SUPPLIES. Awnrd* for St. Eli*abetli and Howard University. Contracts have been awarded by '.he In terior Department for furnishing supplies for the Government Hospital for the In sane for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1902, the aggregate of these contracts amounting to ?2S,C00.50. The successful bidders were as follows: Wm. J. Zeli, (100 tons coal, $2,970; Johnson Bros., 300 tons furnace coal, $1,221; National Coal Com pany, 7,000 tons Cumberland coal, $18,060; Thomas W. Smith. 00,000 feet stock culls white pine, $1,320; Church & Stephenson, several bids for lumber, aggregating $3,206.50; Thomas W. Biley, bids for lum ber aggregating $1,342.50; National Mortar Company, 400 barrels lime. J1S8; Grove Lime and Coal Company, 50 barrels plaster of paris, $82.50; National Mortar Company 300 barrels cement, $219. Contracts have been awarded for furnish ing supplies, aggregating $4,000 in value, to the Howard University for the present fis cal year, to the following: Allegheny Com pany, D. C.. coal; Bausch & Lomb Optical Company, Rochester, N. Y.; Church & Ste venson, D. C.. lumber; Amariah G Cox Chicago; Ford estate, D. C., brick; W. T* Galliher & Bro., D. C., lumber; Louis Har tig, D. C.f hardware; James B. Lambie D. C.. hardware; Geo. F. Muth & Co d' C., paints and oils; National Mortar Comi pany. D. C.; W. A. Pate, D. C., general supplies; Queen Company, Philadelphia op tical Instruments; Hugh Reilly, D. ' C paints and oils; Thomas R. Riley D c" lumber; Rudolph, West & Co., D. C.. hard ware; Shoemaker & Busch, PhiladelDhla. chemical supplies. P"4*. TIMELY ARRIVAL ?F GOLD LARGE ADDITION TO THE COUNTRY'S STOCK OF MOXET. Will Allay Apprehension Caused by the Steel Strike and Will Keep the Market Easy. Great satisfaction is expressed at the of fice of the director of thej mint over a large influx of newly mined void expected within the next sixty days. At'the mint bureau today it was stated that fully $25,000,000 of the met** will find it* Way into the United States from the Alaskan fields before No vember 1. Preparations are accordingly be ing made for the strain upon the assay of flee at Seattle and the mint at San Fran cisco for the payment of the required sum of money out of the treasury funds for this bullion. Money will be forwarded to the New York subtreasury within a short time to meet these payment*, it being the cus torn of the assay office at Seattle and the mint at San Francisco to draw upon this establishment for the amount required. The expected incursion of the $25,000,000 of gold will place in general circulation an equal sum of money, payment of which In gold is guaranteed by the government, and for several reasons its arrival is a source of much satisfaction to the financial ele ment of the country. The United States subtreasury at New York yesterday paid $JMS,0<IO for new gold from Alaska, and the sum of $(186,<KX) Monday. The shipments from the gold fields during the past few months have been large, but within the next sixty days, as enumerated, will be much larger. The prospective Increase is due to climatic conditions prevailing in the north. The gold which Is expected to ar rive before November 1 Is largely of the placer variety, and its redundance within the next sixty days is due to the fact that the ice of the north is thawing, thus en abling placer miners to find large quanti ties of this sort of bullion. The $25,000,000 expected will come from both British and American territory, the greater proportion of it, however, from the former. It is ex pected that the British gold regions will produce about $18,000,000 of the total, and the Nome region the remainder. In speaking of the anticipated importa tion. an official of the Treasury Department today said: "This latest addition to the country's stock of money will undoubtedly have the effect of allaying, to some extent at least, whatever scare may be engendered by the unfavorable condition of the market, due to the steel strike. To a great extent this influx of gold will offset the Uneasy feeling which may prevail. The anticipated ple thora of the yellow metal will tend to keep the money market condition* easy, and of course the general outlook is vastly en couraging on this accotint. All this gold must, of course, be paid for, but the money used in payment is put Into circulation to a great extent, and constitutes a substan tial addition to the stock of our circulating medium. There is plenty of money on the market now. judging from reports received The unfavorable crop Conditions were a source of some little worriment for some time, but it appears now that this has been assuaged. The now gold coming In will tend to put a damper on any fear remain ing on this score." THE AWARD APPROVED. Contract for It* I id in k* for the Government Insane Hospital. Acting Secretary Ryan of the Department of the Interior today approved the award of the board which considered bids for ad ditional buildings for the Government Hos pital for the Insane. This award was, as I stated in The Star yesterday, for $5110,000 and was to Horton & Hemenway of Provi dence, R. I. This firm will give a bond for $445,000 to guarantee the faithful perform ance of its contract. Its original bid was for the construction of fifteen building?, to cost $l,.fc>l,082, but three buildings were omitted from the contract; which brought i the whole amount down to $910,000, within the amount of the appropriation 'available. They will finish the work in 550 working days. NEW BUILDINGS AT FT. MONROE. A Iloard C oiislderlnif a I'Iiiu for Gen erul Improvements. Extensive improvements are contemplat ed at the important military posts at Fort Monroe, Va., Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Fort Sheridan, 111., and San Francisco, Cal. Since the transfer of the military prison at Leavenworth, Kan., to the general govern ment several years ago the posts named have been used for the imprisonment of general military prisoners. Under the gen eral plans of the department, it is con templated to improve and enlarge the prison facilities at the above named posts. Fort Monroe has been the military prison for the Department of the East ever since the general military prison at Fort Leaven worth was turned over to the civil author ities, and the present plans are simply lor its continuance as such. In view, however, of the fact that the garrison Is to be large ly increased by the transfer of artillery companies from other posts, It has been deemed expedient to Increase the facilities for the care and safekeeping of soldiers v*?'atIng the articles of war. A board of army officers is now consider ing a plan for the general improvement of the post at Fort Monroe. The plans con template several large new buildings, and It is possible that a prison house will be included in the number. * INCREASE IX ARTILLERY. Consequent Promotions of a Nnniber of Officer*? Under the instructions of Secretary Root that the artillery arm be increased one sixth whenever 1,800 .men have been re cruited, the War Department has directed the issue of an order for a further increase to date August 1. This will cause the pro motion of the following named officers: Lieut. Col. J. R. Myriek, to be colonel; Ma jors A. H. Merrill and ^r. Ennis, to be lieutenant colonels; Captains H. L. Harris, A. A. Murray, W. E. BirHhlmer, T. R. Adams and J. A. Luntfeen, to be majors. First lieutenants to be captains: A. S. Fleming, Brooke Payne# H. F. Jackson. R. E" S* Guln*ard. E. Landon, C. H. McNeil, J. p. Tracv\ L". England, J. W. Hinkley. jr., P. M. messier, J. Hagood. J. T. Patterson, F; li. Fergrusson. R. S. Abernethy, E. O. Sarfstt, A. J. Bowley, B. C. Gilbert and L. S. Miller. This will also cause*thfe organization of n:n? companies fcftjliery, to be assigned at different posts throughout 4he country. REPORTED DELAY AT PEKIN. < - _ ^ ? ? Nothing: Ha* Been Heard From Mr. Rockhlll Regarding: It. The State Department has heard nothing from Mr. Rockhlll for several days as to the situation of uffairs at Pekln, and is at a loss to understand the reasons for the reported delay in signing the protocol. It Is expected, however, Mr. Rockhlll will be heard from verjrt fully on the sub ject In case the delay ftodes any serious issue over the coqclusidn of the negotla tlons. There fs an* earnest desire through out official quarters to Jj^ve done with the long - drawn - out-controversy, and as all parties seem agreed on this. It Is not ap prehended that the present delay will af feet any of the vital features of the agree | meat. TO REPLACE OLD GUN High School Cadets May Receive Krag-Jorgecsen. CAPT. PABKHDRST'S REPORT Result of Inspection of Govern ment Property. DIRECTOR LANE'S REQUEST It is possible that the High School Cadet Corps will receive a new issue of modem arms and ammunition from the government to replace the old Springfield rifles and equipments that have been In use by it for so many years. A strong recommenda tion to that effect has been made to the War Department by Capt. Charles D. Park hurst of the artillery, attached to the 4th Field Battery at the Washington barracks. Capt. Parkhurst has Just concluded an in spection of the government property in the possession of the Washington high schools (white and colored), which inspection was made in pursuance of orders of May 6, 1901. His report was submitted to Gen. Joseph C. Breckinridge, inspector general of the army, and Is now under consideration by that offi cer. Capt. Parkhnrit'i Observations. The results of Capt. Parkhurst's Inspec tion are summarized as follows: Eastern High School?There were found to be at this school 100 Springfield rifles, with steel triangular bayonets, leather belts and leather cartridge pouches. This school is organized into two companies, ' F and "G." The officers' swords appear not to be furnished by the government, but are the private property of the school. Business High School.?There were found to be 54 Springfield rifles now in use and in the racks, with equipments. The re mainder not now in use were packed away in packing boxes. These guns were all in fair order, but minor repairs are needed. ? ? ? This school is organized as one company, "E." Central High School.?There were found to be 187 rifles in the racks in fair condi tion, two gun barrels and ramrods sep arate, but with stock and parts complete readv to assemble. At this school the janitor acts as armorer, and takes especial care of the guns. This school is organized into four companies? A, B, C and D. Western High School.?There were found to be fifty-seven guns, with equipments, in the arm racks, in fair condition. This school is organized as one company?H. Colored High School.?This school was found to be organized into three companies, A. B and C, with uniforms; dark blue blouse and trousers, light blue stripes and chevrons, cadet caps. The armory and drill hall were found to be in a fine room, the arm racks first-class in every particular, with sliding glass doors. The guns and equipments were in very fair order. They were being cleaned and oiled by hired labor at the time of inspection, preparatory to being stored for the summer. It was reported that five stocks had been broken during the year, but that they had been replaced by stocks purchased by the school. Captain Parkhurst gives the following summarv of arms: Eastern High School, 100; Business, 70; Central, 189; Western, 59; Colored High School, 125; total, 543. The acc5untability appears to show a shortage of twelve guns. Correspondence passed between Captain Parkhurst and Dr. F. R. Lane, director of high schools, in regard to this alleged shortage, and reduced the number to five. Cost of Keeping: Guns and Accouter menti. Dr. Lane, In a letter to Captain Park hurst, says that it costs approximately $100 a year to keep the guns and accouter ments in repair. 'Vntil this year," said he, "this money has been raised in the various schools by concerts given by the pupils. This and all other methods of raising money are now forbidden by the board of education. An attempt to pay for these expenses during this scholastic year from the contingent fund of the public schools encountered the opposition of the District auditor, making an appeal to Congress for this item neces sarv. I should be glad to nave you recom mend, if you see your way clear to do so, that legitimate repairs be made at the ex pense of the United States government, under the provisions of the public resolu tion which gives us guns, accouterments, ammunition, etc. It is my impression that between 1883 and 1890 150 of these guns were issued to us, in lots of fifty, as the cadet companies grew in numbers. Within the last ten years the branch schools and the Colored High School have been estab lished, and to the best of my belief the re mainder of the guns were issued within that period." Capt. Parlchurat's Recommendations. Captain Parkhurst, In his report, urgently recommends that the expense of furnishing spare parts for repairs and a supply of cleaning material be at the government's expense, on proper requisitions from the schools. These spare parts and cleaning material, he says, could be supplied by the ordnance department from the large stock of spare parts doubtless now on hand for these rifles, and the stock of cleaning ma terial always kept on hand. "Attention is also invited," says Captain Parkhurst, "to the fact that these rifles have now been on hand a long time in the hands of the High School cadets; that they are in a condition for such use as arming these cadets with a gun for a man ual and the ordinary drills of armed men, but they are generally worn and defaced, with the finish about worn off, and do not present a very good appearance, and never will until they are reflnished, which, of course, can only be done by experts at a government arsenal. "The cadets would take more pride in a fine looking gun than in their present arm. At the Western High School particularly I was told that the arms now in use were the cullings from the arms that had been previously issued to the other schools, this Western High School not being armed and equipped until long after the other schools had received their guns. "A new issue of arms and equipments is therefore recommended. In place of the leather belts and boxes, the woven web thimble belt Is recommended for issue as of more modern form and also as being easier kept clean, as they require no black ing oil or other material for their care." Although Inspector General Breckinridge has as yet taken no action on this report it is confidently predicted by persons fa miliar with his views on the general Fub Ject of arming the militia with modern guns *.hat he will add his Indorsement to the recommendations made by Capt. Park hurst. POSTMEN WEAR THEIR COATS. pew Carriers Avail Themselves of the Shirt Sleeves Privilege. Although it took several years of peti tioning on the part of the letter carriers of the country to be allowed to become shirt-waist men. few of them have taken advantage of this privilege which was ac corded at the beginning of "the present summer season by Postmaster General Smith. In speaking of this fact to a Star reporter today, A. W. Machen, general superinten dent of free delivery, said that there had been but one order Issued on this matter. "That order did not prescribe the way in which the shirt waist should be made," he continued, "but simply the color and quality of the material to be used. As a matter of fact very few of the letter car riers of the country have taken advantage of the privilege of going without their coats, although they are left free to choose any style of shirt they fancy." The new shirt-coat, of which so Much was said at the beginning of the summer, has failed to attract admiration on the part of the letter carriers, either here or elsewhere, and wherever the shirt waist is worn, it is simply an ordinary gray shirt. LIEUTENANTS ASSIGNED. Order* lamed to Army OIHcers Re cently Promoted. Officers recently promoted have been as signed to regiments as follows : First lieutenants?George E. Lovell, 7th Cavalry; Sam Van Leer, 15th Cavalry; Al van C. tSlllem, 14th Cavalry; William B. Gracie, 27th Infantry; Harris Pendleton, jr., 18th Infantry; Samuel A. Price, 28th Infantry. Second lieutenants?Bradley J. Wootten, 7th Cavalry; William H. Clopton, jr., 13th Cavalry; Frank B. Edwards. 4th Cavalry; Archie Miller. 2d Cavalry; Orlando G. Pal mer, 7th Cavalry; Fred H. Turner, 2'ld In fantry; William F. Rlttler, 15th Infantry; Harry W. Gregg. 14th Infantry; Charles W. Barber, 2d Infantry'; Campbell W. Flake, 27th Infantry; Edgar S. Stayer. 2Id Infantry; Clarence M. Furay, 2d Infantry; Benjamin R. Wade, 10th Infantry; John K. Cowan. 18th Infantry; Jason M. Walling, 19th Infantry; Norris Stay ton. 51st Com pany, Coast Artillery; Ralph M. Mitchell, 42d Company, Coast Artillery; John C. Ohnstad, iWth Company, Coast Artillery; Francis C. Ralston, jr.. 07th Company, Coast Artillery; Henry H. Scott, 84th Com pany, Coast Artillery. CONDOLENCE TO KING EDWARD. Preiildent McKlnley ( nlile* nn Expres sion of HI* Sympathy. The President has sent the following ca ble message of condolence to the King of England: "His Majesty. Edward VII, London: "I tender to your majesty sincere condo lences by reason of the death of your be loved sister, her majesty, the Dowager Empress Frederick of Germany. "WILLIAM McKINLEY." MAJOR ALMl'S FUNERAL.. Services Will Be Held in Philadelphia Next Monday. The War Department is informed that the funeral of MaJ. William E. Almy of the Porto Rlcan Regiment will take place in Philadelphia next Monday, and will be marked by the usual military ceremonies. MaJ. Almy died in San Juan several days ago, and his remains are expected to arrive at Brooklyn next Saturday. Nearly all the members of his family are now in Phila delphia as the guests of Mr. John Sellers. A military escort for the funeral will prob ably be supplied from Fort Mott, Delaware. GOV. McMILLIN PRESENTS VOUCHERS Asks for Expenses for Attendance on Capital Centennial. An agreement has been reached by Gov. McMillin and Gov. Tyler of Virginia in the Tennessee boundary matter. The boun dary in dispute Is now being resurveyed. Upon the completion of this work a report on the subject will be submitted to the United States Supreme Courti Governor McMillin was at the Treasury Department today. He presented to the bookkeeping and warrant divisions vouch ers for expenses incurred by him and his staff on the occasion of their visit to this city during the centennial celebration of last December. Appropriation was made for the expenses of the various governors and their staffs during that event. They average about ?250 each. Gov. McMillin will leave the city for New York tonight. TO TEST HEAVY ORDNANCE. Comlnar Trial of the Gathmann Gnn at Sandy Hook. Barring a few finishing touches to be placed on the two big targets to be used in its test, the big Gathmann gun stands ready for trial at the Sandy Hook proving ground, and this event, which will be watched with unusual interest, is scheduled to take place next month, probably in the early part. The law provides that this test be a comparative one to measure the effica cy of the twelve-inch army rifle against that of this new departure In military weapons. The twelve-inch gun represents the highest development so far reached in this country in armor-piercing guns of the army. It sends solid steel projectiles at high velocity and depends on the force of their impact to perforate the target, while, on the other hand, the Gathmann gun re lies on the rending power of its explosive laden shells to do this work, the projectile Itself falling apart when it strikes its mark. The targets will be exactly similar, rep resenting the side of a big battle ship, and provided with side armor to correspond. The mixed board of army and naval ord nance experts which was charged with the work of getting the Gathmann gun ready for test has ceased Its sessions, and now nothing remains but to read the story that will be written on the targets of the two weapons after they are fired next month. INCREASED CUSTOMS RECEIPTS. Collector BldTrcll Reports Effect of New Regulations. George R. Bidwell, collector of customs for New York city, was at the Treasury Department today, and submitted a report to Assistant Secretary Spauldlng of the operations for the past few months of the New York customs house. This report shows, among other things, that during the month of July there was a diminution in passenger traffic to New York from abroad, as compared with the same month of the previous year, but an increase in baggage collections. The figures are: July, 1000, 13,557 passengers, with $18,971 collec tions on baggage: July, 1901, 11,442 passen gers, with $71,456 of collections. "Mr. Bid well also reported that from March 1 to July 31 there had been collected in general customs the sum of 5301,018, as against $06,550 for a corresponding periol of last year. The increase is due to the new cus toms regulations inaugurated in March. Personal Mention. Mr. Walter A. Brooks has returned to the city after an extensive trip through western Pennsylvania and a visit to the Pan-American exposition and Niagara Falls. Mr. Hiram Lewis left here Tuesday for Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Canada. Mr. R. T. Willis of 1411 N street, after two years abroad, studying painting in Paris, is visiting his home here. He will remain about one week. Mr. Charles E. Howe, the manager of the Financial' Review, has returned from a trip to California, which occupied about a month. He went from here to San Fran cisco and then after a visit to Los Angeles journeyed to Portland and Seattle and took the homeward journey through British Co lumbia. John O'Qagan and Edmund Clifford have gone to the Pan-Amerfcan exposition for a short stay. THE STAR BY MAIL. 1 Persons leaving the eltjr for any period can have The Star mailed to them by ordering It at this office. In person or by letter. Terma: 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. FUNERAL ON TUESDAY Remains of Empress Dowagsr to Rest at Friedens Kirche. ARMY TO 60 INTO MODRMIG Some of the Papers Find Fault With Kaiser's Orders. PRINCE HENRY EN ROUTE BERLIN. August 7.?It has been definite ly decided that the funeral of the Dowager Empress Frederick will take place Tuesday next. August 13. The remains will be de posited in the Friedens Kirrhe mausoleum, near Potsdam. Emperor William has issued a decree or dering the army to go Into mourning for six weeks and giving minute details as to how the mourning emblems are to be worn. There will be no military music for eight days. Court circles have been notified as to how the ladies and gentlemen of the court must dress till November f?. The ladles axe to wear full mourning until August Urt, me dium mourning until September 23 and minor mourning until November 5. ftime of the papers take exception to the mourn ing orders. One paper, referring to the prohibition of public entertainments and musical and theatrical performances until after the funeral, says it believes this will hinder, to a certain degree, the purpose for which it was designed. Frederick'* Order Contracted. It contrasts with this order Emperor Frederick's order upon the death of Em peror William I, in which he declined to make any mourning regulations, leaving the people to show their sympathy In their own way. The Hamburger Nachrlchten (Prince Bis marck's old organ) draws upon its editors' reminiscences by saying Prince lJismarck repeatedly asserted in private conversa tion that it was quite untrue that the Em press Frederick caused him great obstacles during Emperor Frederick's reign, adding that on the contrary there was no time In his entire career in which he was freer from friction than during the "ninety-nine days." The Berliner Neueste Nachrichten. an in fluential conservative organ, which also cherlshcs Bismarckian traditions, has re peatedly denied that Empress Frederick took p:irt in the intrigues which caused Prince Bismarck's downfall, saying "she was much too shrewd a woman to do so. BRITISH ROYALTY'S PLANS. KIiik and Queen to Start for Honbarg Friday. LONDON, August 7.?King Edward. Queen Alexandria, Princess Victoria and Prince Nicholas of Greece, who is the guest of their majesties, will start for Homburg Friday to attend the funeral services of Empress Frederick to be held In the pres ence of the family next Sunday. A resolution providing for an address ot condolence with King Edward and sym pathy with Emperor William on the death of the Dowager Empress Frederick, their sister and mother, respectively, was unani mously adopted in the house of commons todav. Mr. Balfour, the government leader. In moving the resolution, highly eulogized the exemplary life' of the daughter, wife and mother, who, throughout her lire, strove to the utmost to promote mutual comprehension and sympathy between two great nations, upon whom so much of the future of civilization depends. BREST. August 7.?Prince Henry of Prus sia, who has been at Cadiz with the Gcr man fleet, is to land here. A special train Is waiting to convey him to Homburg. PARIS, August 7.?The French rapers print long obituary notices of the death ol the Dowager Empress of Germany. Most of them dwell at length upon the energy ! which she displayed in the struggle with j Bismarck. gas THE FRANCO-TURKISH INCIDENT. Relief In PariH That Mlnlnter* Will Hot Re Recalled. PARIS. August 7.?A high official of the French foreign office today explained to the correspondent of the Associated Press here the nature of the difficulty at Constanti nople between the French ambassador there, M. Constans, and the Turkish gov ernment. There are two matters pending between France and Turkey. The affair of the quay company and a number of ejaims of Frenchmen against the porte, the amount of which was fixed and payment promised long ago. M. Constans has been unable to obtain satisfaction in either matter, and in May he intimated that he would be forced to ask for his recall if the Turkish govern ment persisted in its procrastinating tac lies* The French foreign minister, M. Delcasse, returned to Paris yesterday. In the after noon he went to Rambouillet and dined with President Loubet. He will see the Turkish ambassador this afternoon or tomorrow. It is possible that he may have to ?-enew M. Constans' Inti mation regarding his recall, but It is more likely that the incident will not reach that point. In fact, it is probable that the mat ter will be speedily settled in a manner satisfactory to France. The members of the Turkish embassy here maintain diplo matic silence. STRIKE SITUATION AT 'FRISCO. Cycle Hoard of Trade Anxlon* to Ef fect a Compromise. SAN FRANCISCO, August 7.?Governor Gage has not yet been requested to act as mediator in the great Strike now on in this city. The city federation has extended tho strike so as to include the ports of Benecla and Redwood City. The San Francisco cycle board of trade has undertaken the task of enlisting all the retail dealers' associations of the city in a united effort to bring about a compro mise. The labor leaders, however, stato that the struggle is not likely to be ended for some time. A mass meeting to con sider the situation has been called for to morrow night. GALILEAN FISHERMEN MEETING. Proposition to Establish a Bank at Hampton, Va. BALTIMORE, August 7.?The establish ment of a bank at Hampton, Va., and the adoption of an additional plan of life in surance will absorb the attention of the delegates to the forty-fifth annual session of the National Grand Tabernacle of Gali lean Fishermen, a colored beneficial organ ization now in convention here. It Is stated that the bank has already been chartered. Plans for Its establishment and govern ment will be formulated during the ses sion. The bank will not only be a deposi tory for the funds of the fishermen, but will also be a savings bank for colored people. The order is said to have upward of 30,000 members, scattered over the United States and the West Indies.