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DR. CURTIS RESIGNS
Charges in Relation to Management of Freedmen's Hospital. TO EiVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION Strong Movement to Secure His Reappointment. DR. WARFIELD IX CHARGE T>r. Austin M. Curtis, surgeon-in-chief of Freedmen's Hospital, has tendered, and the Secretary of the Interior has accepted, his resignation, which took effect August since which time Dr. W. A. Warfield. first assistant, has been acting surgoon-ln-chief of the institution. This action was the re sult of a series of charges made aguinst Dr. Curtis, which were so seriously re garded by Secretary Hitchcock that he de manded his resignation. These charges relate to the administra tion of the hospital and do not affect the professional work of the surgeon-in-o*iief. One of the most prominent of these charges is it is understood, that Dr. Curtis had his family living In the administration build ing of the institution, and that he support ed It wholly from the funds of the hos pital. These and other charges being placed before the Secretary of the Interior, l>r Curtis' resignation was promptly de manded. \Vii?t a Xnrprlitp. It is understood the board of visitors of the hospital recommended that Dr. Curtis bo discontinued as the head of Freedmen's, and It was on its recommendation as well as the charges before him that Mr. Hitchcock acted. This action came to the employes of the hospital as a complete surprise, and a day or two after it was taken the Secretary left the city on his annual vacation. InvcMtifcntion Demanded. As soon as Dr. Curtis' friends knew of his difficulty a movement was started to secure a fuller investigation and his re tention in his place. Senators Cullom and Mason and Mr. Dawes of Illinois, it is said, all t< 1? graphed Secretary Hitchcock re questing that a complete investigation be made and that Dr. Curtis be given an op portunity to more fully reply to the charges against him, and the Secretary held the case open for further consideration. Dr. Curtis prepared a very voluminous reply to criticisms of his management, ac companying it with numerous affidavits, but this was not tiled at the department until after Mr. Hitchcock had left the city, and It will be considered immediately upon his return. When Acting Secretary Ryan was seen by a Star reporter today tie said the matter was entirely in the hands of Secretary Hitchcock, and that he would leave it to be acted on after his return. He said he did not feel at liberty to dis cuss the matter or to make public any papers relating to It. Dr. Ciirti* Reticent. Dr. Curtis, when seen this afternoon, de clined to discuss his case, as he feared it would prejudice it before the department, but his friends say they believe his reply to the charges has been so compute that when Secretary Hitchcock returns he will be re appointed. The surgeon-in-chlef of Freed men's Hospital was appointed through an examination held by the civil service com mission, and the fact that Dr. Curtis has resigned places some legal obstacles in tie way of putting him back as the head of that institution. Had he been dismissed he could have been reinstated. Dr. Curtis was appointed surgeon-in-chief of Freedmen's Hospital over three years ago. He was at that time a resilient of Chicago, ill., and a graduate of the Rusk Medical School of that city. He had for merly graduated from l.incoln University. Pa. He *s a native of North Carolina. He is about thirty-five years of age. Dr. \\\ A. Warfield, who has been desig nated by Secretary Hitchcock as acting surgeon-'n-chief, is a grad uate of Howard University, having entered the hospital as an inturn In 181V4. and for four years he has been first assistant to the surgeon-in-chief. The position of surgeon-in-chief of Freed man's Hospital pays ?1.000 per annum. StRI'RISU AMD LAUGHTER. Innpired by tirrmnn Fear of Our 1 Iterlor Motive*. There was an entire absence of develop ments on the Colombian-Venezuelan situa tion at the Navy and State dej>artments to day. Some surprise and amusement has been caused by the comments of the Ger man press, to the effect that the United States has ulterior motives in taking pre cautionary m??asures relative to affairs on th? isthmus. Such expressions. It is stated, show an entire lack of knowledge of the plain purposes of this government to take no hand In the southern troubles except for the protection of American interests or in execution of the requirements of our treaty with Colombia. However, these comments receive no serious attention from those In authority, as they are expressive only of individual opinion. It is noticeable, hi wever, that the South American coun tries most concern"d have no such concern as to American purposes as those expressed in some of the European newspapers. Per?onal Mention. Mr. O. B. Brown has gone on his annual vacation, and expects to be absent thred weeks. Messrs. Wm. C. MeKim, Wm. J. Fen tress, A. Thomas. Jno. Murray and How ard and Joe Butterworth, members of St. Michael's choir, have Just returned from a two we? ks' visit to their friends in Aurora, W. Va. lima Proeeedlna to Panama. The Navy Department today announced that the battle ship Iowa, which has been utnlerRoinK repairs to her boilers at San Francisco, will leave that port some time today on her trip southward to Panama. Hay Hum Muat Pay Tax. The commissioner of internal revenue his derided that bay rum manufactured In Porto Rico, when brought into the United States, is liable to internal revenue tax as distilled spirits. i'hauicea la Fire Department. Robert W. Dutton, chief engineer of the fire department, has recommended the fol lowing changes in the personnel of the de partment: "I have the honor to recommend that the inclosed resignation of Mr. J. J. Membert, machinist In the fire department, be ac cepted. to take effect this day. Mr. Membert resigned for the purpose of aecepting a government position. He was appointed July 1, 1IMI, and has performed the exacting duties falling upon him in a manner most satisfactory to the depart ment. and the department regrets very much to lose htm. "I recommend that Engineer Thomas M. Robinson of engine company No. 14 be pro moted to be machinist, vice Membert, re signed; that Fireman George F. Burga be promoted to be engineer, vice Robinson, promoted; that Private Patrick McGarry be promoted to be fireman; that Watchman George H. Moran be promoted to be pri vate. vice McGarry, promoted, and that William N. Morrison be appointed watch man. vice Moran. promoted, the promotions and appointments to take effect August 21, 1UUL" MUST EXCHANGE TICKETS LAW ttOVERXMG STREET RAILWAYS IS THE DISTRICT. Decision of Juilffe Mill* in Case Attain*! Washington, Alexandria and Mt. Vernon Company The case of the District of Columbia against Columbus Brown, charged with disorderly conduct, was dismissed today by Judge Mills, after a lengthy hearing. Ed ward G. Niles represented the defendant and A. Loftwich Sinclair represented the District. The case was one of importance, and was bitterly fought by both sides. The main question at issue was whether the act of Congress of May 2o, 1894, applied to the railroad companies of this city. The act makes it compulsory upon every street railroad company in the District to ex change with each other the car tickets which they sell, and recites that each car line shall sell its own car tickets in strips of six for twenty-five cents, and that no car ticket shall be used twice. Brown got on the car at l>th and F streets and of fered the conductor a Washington, Alex andria and Mt. Vernon Railroad Company ticket. It was refused. He then rode 14th street and New York avenue on the Metropolitan Railroad Company's car, and again offered this ticket. The conductor refused to take it, and forcibly ejected h:m from the car. had him arrested and taken to the station in the patrol wagon, and, it is charged, "otherwise humiliated him." The evidence proved that there was no disorder, and Mr. Niles argued forcibly for a dismissal. Judge Mills, in the District of Columbia side of the Police Court, ren dered his decision, which is as follows: Question Under Consideration. "The question before this court is as to whether the defendant is guilty of disor derly conduct, and in connection with thai question arises the question of whether the defendant was guilty of beginning the alleged disorderly conduct. Whether it was something of his cwn fault or something caused by the fault of others. "A street railroad company is not a quasi corporation, but it is an absolutely public corporation. It is a common car rier. with a duty to the public, and that duty is .to transport all orderly and well behaved people, who are ready and will ing to pay the I?gal fare demanded for transportation. V street car company is one that uses the public streets, and for the use of the public streets they are re quired to perform ???rtain conditions. Their relations and their obligations are recip rocal. They must perform for each other such duties as Congress prescribes that they shall perform in the exercise of the franchise conferred. "A street railroai, therefore, is properly a railroad that has a transportation ticket within the limits of the streets that the railroads traverse, provided the railroad has an office in tne city of Washington, and they exchange tickets usually with other railroads fur the transportation over their lines. "While the charge is disorder, and that is in testimony here, the^ real question seems to be more this question of the ticket, and it is a very important ques tion, and one that will probably not step here. It matters not which way the court may" decide it: it really ought not to stop here. It ought to be disposed of above. The question here is whether that man, being on that car, had a legal right on the car. If he had no legal right on that car the company's agents were right In eject ing him. and it was right for them to use sufficient force to eject him. He was abso lutely right in refusing to get off the car at the request of the company's agent If he had a legal ticket. Refers to Testimony. "The testimony of this gentleman, who is auditor of the Washington and Alex andria Railroad Company, is that a por tion of the road is in this city, and on that part of the road they use tickets which they sell six for a quarter, and that these tickets are Interchangeable with the tickets of other railroads." Judge Mills, continuing, said: "All the other railroads must receive them under the law, and the auditor of the Washington and Alexandria railroad, in the regular course of business, ex changes those tickets. All railroads hav ing an office In the city, such as the Washington, Alexandria and Mount Ver non. the Metropolitan. T*>nIeytown and the suburban roads, which go beyond the city limits, have a right to issue a ticket over their route within the limits of the Dis trict, and that this ticket when issued is a legaJ ticket, and the conductor of any other road is bound to receive it. When he undertook to put this defendant off he put him off wrongfully and at the com pany's risk, and the defendant had a right to resist being ejected, and is therefore not guilty of the charge of disorderly con duct with which he Is charged, and I there fore now dismiss him." Mr. Niles thereupon moved the court for the refund of the defendant's collateral and an order of record to show the pro ceedings, intimating that the case would be taken to the Supreme Court for dam ages against the Metropolitan Railroad Company. Drum Corp* Practicing. The Old Guard Drum Corps, from Wash ington, has selected Congress Heights as the place in which to prepare for work for the coming Grand Army convention in Cleveland. Ohio, and practice was begun last evening at the residence of Mr. Daniel Kelly, a member of the corps, on 4th street. Congress Heights. The drum corps com prises thirteen pieces and will form the escort of the Department of the Potomac. Declared to lie of Incendiary OriKin. The fire in the house of Mrs. Annie Bar rick. No. 707 12th street northwest, Sunday night, as published in yesterday's Star, was oi Incendiary origin, according to a report made to Chief Dutton by Fire Marshal Drew yesterday afternoon. During the marshal's visit to the house he made a careful Inspection of the two floors, where the fires started, and arrived at the con clusion stated. The police have been work ing on the case, Out no arrests have been made. Death From Strangulation. An autopsy was performed last night on the body of Maivin Burton, the colored boy, who was choked to death yesterday by a piece of meat, as published in yester day's Star. The examination showed that dtath had resulted from strangulation, and Coroner Nevltt jjave the necessary death certificate. ? Building Permits Iinned. Building permits were issued today as follows: G. W. Morgan, to erect one two-story frame dwelling at the southeast corner of 6th and Savannah streets, Congress Heights, to cost $1,:M)0. Mrs. Laterner, to build rear brick addi tion and make general repairs to 908 D street northwest, to cost $1,100. District Sued for Catherine Green this afternoon Qled suit at law against the District of Columbia to recover damages in the sum of |5,000. The plaintiff has an Interest in premises 2011 K street, along the east side of which the District government has bulk an alley ex tending north as far as King's court. The roadway of the alley is said to be three feet higiier than the cellar of the house referred to. The plaintiff alleges that the District of Columbia caused a drain to be built under the alley about fifteen years ago, as a result of the alleged defective condition of which, It Is claimed, the cel lar has been flooded from time to time and th-i wall saturated, to the detriment of the property as an investment and to the health of the occupants. Attorneys Davis and Tucker represent the plaintiff. Xcw Lamps Recommended. Thomas J. Fisher, inspector of electric lights, has recommended that two Collis lamps be established, one at the northeast corner of 1st and B streets, and one at the northwest corner of ?th and Grant place northwest. Electrical Engineer Al len has indorsed the recommendation and forwarded the matter to the Commission er*. THE COLOMBIAN WAR Unfriendly Comments of German > Press on Situation. INTIMATION OF BID FAITH Germany Justified in Sending Warships to Colon. TO GUARD PRIVATE INTEREST BERLIN, August 20.?The Berliner Tage blatt says. "It seems fairly clear that Washington statesmen have taken sides lather openly for Colombia, as they are provoking unbounded mistrust toward Sen or Castro, president oT Venezuela, who is indubitably one of the most energetic and active statesmen in South America. Presi dent Castro may one day prove the 'Rocher de Bronze' against which the Monroe doc trine will be powerless." The Post says: "It is not expected that the sending of a German warship to an American harbor would be considered as an attack on the Monroe doctrine. Our object is not politi cal intervention, but merely protection of German commercial interests. Therefore certainly nobody would object. The possi bility that the United States could regard the sending of a German warship as an un friendly measure has not been seriously considered, the more so as the United States Itself does not consider the whole conflict from a political standpoint, but merely from a commercial point of view." Intimation of Trouble. The Neue Frei Presse says: The Ven ezuelan and Colombian conflict appears to, be developing into an international ques tion which it will not be easy to solve. The United States is most immediately interest ed in this conflict, which, without a formal declaration of war, has already given rise to sanguinary encounters. On account of the Clayton-Bulwer treaty, which Ameri cans would so much like to tear to shreds, England has also a word to say regarding e\ents in Central America. "The North American, acting on the Mon roe doctrine, regards the universal eco nomic question of a canal across the Cen tral American isthmus as a specific Amerl I can question. The plan of a greater Co lombian republic has little prospect of suc I cess. It iwll no longer fit with the North American's Monroe program. It may per haps be hoped that the men at the head of affairs io the two rival republics will si lence their own personal ambitions and recollect that a war will produoe develop ments which may prove ominous to both re public." View of the Vosslsehe Zeltang. The Vossicne Zeitung, discussing the at titude of New York newspapers regarding [ European vessels going to the Caribbean sea, points out that a large United States naval force has been sent there, and raises the question whether the "American im perialists" view the present situation as of fering a welcome occasion for extending the sphere and power of the United States, or whether it is an honest attempt to re store peace. The paper continues: "If the Americans intend nothing more I than to protect the reasonable interests of citizens of the United States, then they should rejoice at the presence of European vessels having the same object in view. Even the co-operation of various powers would be possible. "But the very fact that the United States minister a* Caracas undertook the business of the eongeed Colombian minister was calculated to arouse distrust of the Inten tions of the Washington government, which thereby got control of events at one of the m<*st important points." Referring to the report circulated Jn Washington that the trouble is likely to spread to Nicaragua and Ecuador, the | Vossische Zeitung says: "It does not look as if the United States was trying to qu-inch the flames, but, on the country, as if that country was try ing to spread them as much as possible, in order, in any case, to have a pretext for military intervention." Attitude of' Nlraragua. SAN FRANCISCO, August 20.?Chester Donaldson, United States consul at Mana gua, Nicaragua, has arrived here on a two months' leave of absence, during which he will visit his former home in New York. Speaking of affairs on the Isthmus, he said: "I do not believe that Nicaragua will join forces with Venezuela. The republic Is at peace and the revolutionary spirit has died out altogether. President Zelaya rules with a strong hand and has become very popular. He will not allow Nicaragua to become involved in the troubles of the South American states. "" "In his last message to the Nicaragua congress President Zelaya took a decided stand in favor of having the isthmj^n canal constructed by the United States. That is the popular sentiment. "In commerce with Nicaragua the Unit<?d States has been making great progress dur ing the past few years, and now holds first place. "The Influence of the United States is stronger in Nicaragua than that of any other country. President Zelaya has often said to me that he looks to the United States as the protector of the small repub lics, and in case of trouble would look first to this country. He told me not long ago that he will never make a treaty with &r?y power that might be detrimental to the In terests of the United States." ? ? ? Objections Filed. A pole erected on 10th street between Rhode Island avenue and Q street to carry the wires of the fire alarm and police patrol service has been objected to by B. G. Pool, M. D., of !>4o Rhode island avenue. Mr. Pool will be informed that the pole was erected in accordance with the act making appropriation for that purpose. Electric Connections Made. George H. Harries has written the Com missioners. as the vice president of the United States Electric Light and Potomac Electric Power companies, stating that the connections which have been made between the conduits of the two compa nies have been made with the approval of the two companies, and that requests will be made from time to time to make further connections of the same character throughout the city. Suit to Recover on Bonds. Suit at law to recover $3,570.30 on bonds was instituted this afternoon by James B. LamWe, through Attorneys Diavls and Tucker, against Joseph H. Hobson and the Union Surety and Guarantee Company. It is stated that in June, 1000, Hobson entered into two contracts with the War Depart ment to furnish labor and material for the erection of certain officers' quarters and other buildings at Fort Washington, Md., and Fort Morgan, Ala. The defendant company was his surety. The plaintiff al leges that Hobson is Indebted to him In the total sum of S3.576.36 for hardware supplied in connection with the contracts mention ed, and that he has been unable to collect the same. Wife Secures Divorce. Justice Barnard of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia today signed a de cree granting Lucy L. Brice a divorce from Edward C. Brice because of the desertion of the wife by the husband. Mrs. Brice is given the custody of uie child of the couple until further order. Additional Policeman Appointed. The request of Frederick Cowdney to be appointed an additional private on tbe met ropolitan police force for a period of three years for duty at Mt. Pleasant has received the approval of both Major Sylvester and Commissioner Ross. Seat Home to Klsa and Make Up. John Lenbie, colored, was today charged in the Police Court ?ith assaulting his wife, Maria Lenbie. After recommending that the couple "go home, kiss and make up," Judge O'Donnell released the defendant on personal bonds to keep the peace RENAMING ALL STREETS ?i k?*. WHAT /IS CQXTE1PLATED - W PLATS RECENTLY ?I'BMITTED. Views ot a Dldrirt Official Converi With the Scheme ? More Aotenta lulled. Some imere^ing features of the plan re cently sijbmitted at the order of the Dis trict Cogunissioners for the renaming' of the streets of the suburbs have been re vealed through the discussion of the mat ter by officials at1 the District building. "The plan as a whole contemplates the renaming of every street in Washington," said a District official conversant with the scheme, .but who declined to be quoted on 1 the subject, to a Star reporter today. "The authority to do this will have to be ob tained from Congress, but the plan recent ly submitted has been compiled with that end in view. Beginning at the mall, it is the Intention to rename all of the lettered streets, both north and south. The names selected, however, begin with the consecu tive letters of the alphabet. Words of one syllable have been selected for the streets of the city proper, or until the letters of the alphabet have all been used once. "Beginning with the suburbs, or the sec ond use of the letters, names containing two syllables have been chosen. When the city grows so that the alphabet will have to be used a third time, names of three syllables have been selected." It is known that not all of the Commis sioners are in favor of renaming the streets of the city proper, and it has been stated that it would likely be some time before Congress would consent to such a plan. However, the present plan, which is re ceiving so much criticism at the hands of the residents of the suburbs, is com piled on this principle, and as the alphabet has been used once before it reaches them, names of two syllables have been selected for the streets immediately outside the old city boundary. Additional Comment. A. B. Jameson of 3223 School street has written a protest against the proposed change of the name of School street to 14th street place, to which S. L. Lee has added his indorsement. Mr. Jameson "Herewith I wish most earnestly to add my name to those who have entered their protests against the changing of the name of School street northwest to 14th street place, as I am informed is contemplated under the new nomenclature for streets lor the city. Of all misleading names tor streets, and difficult to find, that of place is most confusing. School street is ex actly on the line of where 15th street will i come when it is extended, and has been so marked on all maps prepared by the com mlssioners for the extension of streets. Fifteenth street now terminates at Kene saw avenue. , . . _ ? "School street ends within less than 100 yards of Kenesaw avenue, and there Is a public necessity for its opening to Kenesaw avenue for the convenience of those attend ing the Johnson School, located on School street (In a pocket). I have no doubt it will be opened in the near future, and an ticipating this action, permit me to sug gest that the new nomenclature of School street be made '15th.' This will give ud the full number of numbered streets both on Park nnd Kenesaw. and can be easl y found, whereas 'Hth street place would be most difficult to find. I therefore most respectfully urge that the new nomencla ture be so amended that School street be changed to 15th." Mr. Lee Coneors. Mr. S. L. Lee of 3222 School street adds to the above: "I most heartily concur In the protest of Dr. Jameson against the change of School street to that of '14th street place.' I wish also to urge with all earnestness the adop tion of his suggestion that the name be changed lo loth street. There Is now no 15th street beyond Kenesaw avenue. Pir.e street will be obliterated by 10th street, and School stceet is located between the two numbered streets, and its most natural name is 15th street." On Washington Heights. Mrs. C.'a. Oswell and Miss Harriet Rich ardson. both of whom are property owners on Washington Heights, have written the Commissioners protesting against the change of the name of several avenues In that section of the city. Their letter reads: "We as property owners and taxpayers decidedly object to changing the beautiful names of the following avenues, on whioh ?ome of our lots are located: Wyoming, Vernon. Kalorama. Belmont: because, first. It will cause great confusion, annoyance and inconvenience, not only to ourselves, but to friends, merchants and others who will be unable to locate the residences In the Commissioners' subdivision. "Second, there will be an unnecessary outlay of public money In changing prop erty records, maps, tax lists, etc., in the District offices; also an expense to replace new street signs on lamp posts; besides many other expenses to real estate men for plat books, maps. etc. "Third, we prefer the money which would be uselessly expended in this way to be used in improving and beautifying the city in general. "Fourth, surely the names of Belmont, Kalorama. Wyoming, Vernon and Califor nia avenues are much more beautiful than Zane, Vait, Wirt, etc." J. M. Blshow has written the Commis sioners urging that In the renaming plan the name of John Sevier be used. Sevier, states Mr. Blshow, was a famous Indian fighter prior to the revolutionary war. He also took a conspicuous part in that war and was afterward elected governor of Tennessee and served two terms In Con gress. Commends the Plan. R. B. Taylor of 1433 Stoughton street northwest commends the plan and con gratulates the Commissioners upon being upon the right track -to give Washington a splendid system of street nomenclature. He says that in the general expression of opinion in letters from the people he ven tures to send a word of commendation and possible encouragement. "Your aim seems to be," he says, "to in troduce a comprehensive plan where no system now exists; to reduce the. number of names of streets, and to distinguish be tween streets and places, all to facilitate the finding of streets and to do away with the necessity of memorizing a purely ar bitrary arrangement. Surely this is com mendable and should have been done be fore. I assume that you have the legal right to make the changes, and if you have not you ought to have. "While I am heartily In favor of the proposed change. I think it susceptible of improvement. For instance, I think In some cases there might be a more felicitous choice of names. Short streets running north and south might, to avoid confusion, be given the one-half numbers; for in stance, 14% street Instead of 14th place, and that^'each"1 letter be used but once? not Hooker and Hamlin. Indeed, if the Commissioners uhad the power 1 think t>n ideal arrajngen^ent for both city and sub urbs would be to call all streets running east and west, numbered avenues, and all streets running: north and south numbered streets, leaving the diagonal avenues to be called after the- various states, as at pres ent. Thhf would be simple, capable of in definite eitensldn. and would do away with the necessity dr any discrimination in the choice o^ names. QItM (Encouragement. "But. sla I understand, your jurisdiction in the n^itfcer ^s confined to the suburbs, don't, I beg of jrou, be discouraged. Don't abandon the project because you cannot please everybody. President Mendenhall's work In defence of the metric system ap plies helfc. In speaking of the prejudice being Attached--1 to human progress he re fers to It as an obstinate conservatism which makes people cling to what is or hug been merely because it is or has been, not being willing to take the trouble to do better, because already doing well, all the while knojrlW that doing better is not only the easier, but more in harmony with ex isting conditions. "You are on the right track. Improve the system of street names if you can, but do not abandon it Beautiful names and old associations are Important, but they are not so important as a plan by which streets can be readily located and easily found, especially by strangers and future generations of residents." Condition Improved. The condition of Precinct Detective Latchford. who has been very 1U at Provi dence Hospital for some days, was, upon inqntry there this afternoon, reported to be ?little better* - if8 EVADE PAYING TAXES Prominent Merchants of Porto Rico the Worst Offenders. DEALERS ffl EDM AND TOBACCO Companies Organizing to Raise Fruit on the Island. DEARTH OF SMALL COINS Correspondence of Associated Press. SAN JUAN, Porto Rico. Wednesday, August 14, 1901. The internal revenue agents are kept busy looking after dealers who seek to evade paying tax on rum and tobacco. The worst feature of the cases is that the large dealers are the chief offenders. Jose Vicente, a councilman of Mayaguez (one of the largest cities of the island), and a republican leader, recently saved a $1.80 tax and paid a $300 line. Julio Castro of Cabo Rojo is the latest capture. He was dealing in contraband rum. It is safe to say that the illicit business done in to bacco, sugar and rum is enormous. In several instances political Influence has been brought to bear, and friends of the accused even came to San Juan to ask that the cases be dropped. Gradually, however, the people are beginning to com prehend that the United States authorities cannot be offended with Impunity. Dearth of Small Change. The last steamer which sailed from San Juan to New York carried $84,000 away from the island. Of this amount $70,000 was in dollars, halves, quarters, dimes and nickels, while $14,000 was in a draft There has been a great need for small Change on the island for a long time. Re cently the island treasurer had $50,000 in fractional currency to relieve the situation and to provide money to transact business. Much of the money was never taken out of the original packages, but was shipped back to New York to meet the payments for money orders sent from here. This last shipment roused the authorities, as it was seen that it would soon be impossible to carry on business. Accordingly Acting Governor Hunt cabled an account to Wash ington and arranged to have Postmaster Landis of San Juan deposit the money with the treasurer of Porto Rico, and have the amount charged against the island's fund held in the United States treasury. Frait?Growi?K Company Organised. Fruit farms are the latest scheme to pro mote Porto Rlcan interests. A company with a capitalization of $100,000 and backed by New York and San Juan firms, is nego tiating for land in different portions of the island, on which will be grown all kinds of tropical fruits, winter vegetables and tropi cal nursery stock, both fruit and orna mental. The produce will be shipped to New York. A farm of 100 acres is already In operation at Rio Pledras, six miles from San Juan. The city councils of San Juan and Maya guez have declared a tax of $125 on every 1,000 kilos of foreign coffee coming into the island. A kilo is 2 1-5 pounds. This step was taken to protect the coffee industry here until Congress can meet and settle upon a tariff. ? ? ? Army Orders. The following transfers are made at the request of the officers concerned: Capt. William C. Rivers, from the 11th Cavalry to the 1st Cavalry. Capt. Herbert A. White, from the 1st Cavalry to the 11th Cavalry, Troop E. First Lieut. Harry L. Steele, Artillery Corps, will proceed to Fort Greble, Rhode Island, on official business pertaining to the transfer of public property. Contract Dental Surgeon Edwin P. Tig nor. United States army, will proceed from Baltimore to Fort Riley, Kansas, Leave of absence for one month and twenty-two days, to take effect August 24, 1901, is granted Capt. Edgar Jadwln, Corps of Engineers. The leave of absence on surgeon's certifi cate of disability granted Cadet Orville N. Tyler, second class, United States Military Academy. May 10, 1U01, is extended until January 1, 1902. Lieut. Col. William C. Forbush, 10th Cav alry, Is relieved from duty In the Philip pines. and will proceed to join his regiment in Cuba. Capt. Charles D. Parkhurst, Artillery Corps, is detailed as a member of the ex amining board convened at Fort Myer. vice MaJ. Peter Leary, Jr., Artillery Corps, relieved. MaJ. George A. rwdd, 14th Cavalry, now at Fort Leavenworth, will proceed to Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont, for the purpose of adjusting a quantity of property belonging to Troop F. 3d Cavalry. Second Lieut. Frederick L. Dengler, Ar tillery Corps (recently appointed), is at tached to the ll?th Company, Coast Artil lery. Lieut. Dengler will report to the com manding general, Department of Califor nia, for temporary duty, and upon the com pletion thereof will Join his company at Fort Screven, Georgia. MaJ. Medad C. Martin, quartermaster, upon the completion of his duty ot Fort Warren, Massachusetts, will proceed to Fort Preble, Maine, thence to Fort H. G. Wright, New York, on business pertaining to the quartermaster's department. First Lieut. Charles DeF. Chandler, Sig nal Corps, Is relieved from duty at the sig nal corps post. Fort Myer, and will proceed to San Francisco, Cal., and there take the first available transport for Manila. Leave of absence for one month, to take effect August 20, 1901, Is granted Contract Surgeon Earl 3. Bullock, United States army. Capt. Orln B. Mitcham, ordnance depart ment, will proceed to the United States powder depot, Dover, N. J., on official bus iness pertaining to supplies being procured by the ordnance department. The army retiring board convened at Governors Island. New York city, is dis solved. An army retiring board is appointed by the acting secretary of war to meet at Gov ernors Island, New York city, at the ear liest date practicable, at the call of the president of the board, for the examination of such officers as may be ordered before it. The detail for the board: MaJ. Gen. John R. Brooke: Col. James M. Moore, assistant quartermaster general; Col. Henry Llppln cott, assistant surgeon general: MaJ. Wm. H. Corbusier, surgeon; MaJ. Louis V. Ca zlarc. Artillery Corps, assistant adjutant general; Capt. James T. Dean, 10th In fantry, ald-de-camp, recorder. Capt. Ed ward T. Winston. 19th Infantry, is directed to report in person to MaJ. Gen. John R. Brooke, president of this board, at such time as he may designate, for examination. Filed for Probate. The will of William Daw, dated July 10 last, was filed this afternoon for probate. It Is' directed that the estate of the testator be divided among his daughters, Isabella Daw Birch and Marietta Daw. and his son, Joseph Albert Daw. To his son. William H. Daw, $10 is left. The property disposed of Includes premises 916 and 916tt 22d street and a building In rear of the latter. Court Aaked to Appoint Receiver. Suit In equity waa instituted this after noon by Adolph Feldvoss, treasurer, and Herman H. Bergmann and George M. Em mtrich, trustees of the German-American Building Association No. 8, against Lizsie F. Clark and George B. Clark, her husband. The court Is asked to appoint a receiver for lot 75 In Beall's subdivision of lots 11 I to 14. block 2, Trinidad, known as 1112 Florida avenue northeast, and to require the defendants to discharge an lndebted I ness secured by a deed of trust thereon. In default of payment it Is sought to have the property sold and the proceeds ap plied to the payment of the alleged indebt edness. Transfer Recommended. Health Officer Woodward has recom mended the transfer of Rudolph Murphy from laborer in the disinfecting service to laborer in the scarlet fever and diphtheria service, from August 19 to 22, owing to the absence of Thomas P. Ball, who is on leave of absence during that -period.- t SMART SWINDLING SCHEME KOTBS or A DEF1XCT STATE B A\K LARGELY CIRCl'LATKn. Four Mta Arrested by Secret Service Atccnts ? The Problem of Their Prosecntlon. Some weeks ago the officials of the secret service of the Treasury Department re ceived information from several sources showing that notes were being circulated in all the principal cities of the country that had been printed from the original plates of the state bank of New Brunswick. N. J. This bank went out of business several years prior to the civil war, and it was supposed that the plates had been de stroyed. Since receiving the information agents of the secret service have been giv ing the matter considerable attention with the result that Frank f. Perry, an ex-con vict: William Hagan and Edward W. Smith have been arrested in San Fran cisco by the secret service agents, charged with passing these notes. In their pos session were found DUO of the notes in sheets of three. Their correspondence dis closed the fact that their source of supply was Jacob Welgel, at New Brunswick. N. J. The officials at New York were notified and today Weigel was arrested and $17,300 In notes were secured, together with sev eral copper plates of different denomina tions. State* May- Have to Prosecate. Acting Chief Moran of the secret service said in reference to these arrests that the proceedings in San Francisco were had un der the direction of the United States at torney there, who expressed himself as having no doubt that the offense clearly came within the federal statutes. If, how ever, it appears that the government is un able to hold the men who have been ar rested, on the ground that their offenses were not against United States laws, they will be turned over to state luthorities for prosecution. The secret service officials say that thou sands of the notes have been circulated and have been accepted as genuine national bank notes. The fact that the notes are not counterfeits of any government obliga tion is what makes it doubtful whether the men can be prosecuted' for violating the counterfeiting laws. They cm be pros ecuted in the various states in which tho notes have been passed for swindling. DISORDER OX STREET CAR. Conviction of an Employe of Chesa peake Jnnction Resort. Lizzie Jones and Charles Howser. the latter employed at Chesapeake junction in charge of the pavilion, were today con victed in the Police Court of disorderly conduct last night on a Columbia line car. The evidence showed that it has been the custom of the woman to accompany How ser to Chesapeake Junction about twice or three times a week. After boarding the car to come to the city last night several men who were seated near the woman made offensive remarks about her. An angry dispute of words followed, and final ly when the men left the car, Howser and ; the woman also alighted, and the former, ] It is said, attempted to take the men to j account for their conduct. The woman also became involved in the difficulty, and both she and Howser were arrested. The former attempted to bite the officer who made the arrest. Judge Mills decided to fine the woman $10 and the man $r>, and both fines will, It is stated, be paid during the day. Henry, alias "Shad," Bennett, a young man well knon in Northeast Washington, was arrested last night while on his way from Chesapeake Junction. He waa charg ed with disorderly conduct on a street car and with an assault on the conductor. He Is now being held at the ninth precinct sta tion on suspicion of being concerned in a recent robbery at the house of Mr. Morri son, No. 1004 Massachusetts avenue north east. It Is stated that last evening Bennett, in company with a young woman, went to Chesapeake Junction, where they attended a rooster dance and the woman won a rooster. On the return some man Is re ported to have said: "Why don't you let the rooster go?" Seizing the bird, it Is said, the questioner threw it from the car. A fight ensued, during which the conductor of the car Interfered, and it Is alleged waa whipped by Bennett. The arrest of the latter followed in due course. The case will probably be heard In the Police Court to morrow. NEW MtWCIPAL HOSPITAL. Commluioiieri Invite Plans From Architects. A program for architectural competition for the proposed new municipal hospital was today Issued by the Commissioners. Plans are desired for the following build ings: Administration building, service building, ward buildings, superintendent's residence, nurses' quarters, mortuary, sta ble. Struck by Engine. A horse attached to a dirt cart in charge of Edward Johnson was killed on the S street crossing of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad about 8:30 o'clock this morning. The engine drawing the train from Freder ick Inflicted the fatal injury. It appears that the animal stumbled and fell, with its head resting on the track. The colored boy driv ing the cart, realizing the danger, caught hold of the bridle and tugged away at the animal, hoping he would be able to keep its head away from the track until the train passed. Just about the time the train reached the north end of the crossing the animal tried to get up, and the boy fear ing the train might injure him, released his hold on the bridle. The animal's he^d fell directly In front of the moving engine, and the first blow of the wheel caused instant death. Snit for Maintenance. Mrs. Ida A. Shipman, through Attorney J. I. Peyser, this afternoon petitioned the Supreme Court of the District of Colum bia to compel her husband to provide for the support of herself and their four chil dren. Mrs. Shipman charges that her hus band deserted her In November, 1890, since which time he has contributed very little toward the support of the family. Government Bonds. Bid. Asked. 2 per cents, teglstered 10T% 108% 2 per cento, coupon lo.s^ 3 per cents, registered, 1903-11128.... 108Vi 100 3 per cents, coupon, 1908-1928 108V4 109 4 per cents, registered, 1907 113 113% 4 per cents, coupon, 1907 113 113% 4 per cents, registered, 1925 137 138 4 per cents, coupon. 1925 137 138 5 per cents, registered, 1904 10734 108% 5 per cents, coupon, 1904 107% 108% ^ Baltimore Markets. BALTIMOIIK, August 20.?Flour quiet, unchang ed; receipts, 24,092 barrels; exports, 414 barrels. Wheat re-y Arm; spot. 75%a75%; the month, 75 asked; September, 74Via74%; October, 73a75V?; steamer No. 2 red, 70%; receipts, 187,825 bushels; exports, 232,144 bushels; southern by sample, GO* 77; do. on grade, 72a77. Corn firm; mixed, spot, 61%u61%; the month, 61 %; steamer mixed, 60%a 00%; receipts, 11,762 bushels; southern white and yellow corn, 65 sales. Oats steady; No. 2 white, 40% sales: No. 2 mixed, 39a3W%; receipts. 32.419 bushels. Rye firm; No. 2 nearby, 56%a57; No. 2 Western, 57%a58; receipts, 6,106 bushels; exports, 8,517 bushels. Hay quiet and easy; No. 1 timothy, $16.SOa$17. Grata freights very dull, rates easy; steam to Liverpool, per bushel. Id. August; Cork for orders, per quarter. Is. 9d. August. Butter firm, unchanged; fancy Imitation. 17al8; fanrj creamery, 20*21; fancy ladle, 10al7; store packed, 12a 14. Kgg? firm, urn-hanged; fresh, 16al6%. Cheese firm, unchanged; large, 10%; medium. 10%; amall. 10%. Sugar firm, unchanged; fine and coarse gran ulated, 5.25. Grata, Provisions and Cotton Markets. CHICAGO, August 30.?Grain: Open. High. Low. Close. Wheat-Sept 71 71%-% 09%-% 70 Dec 73% 73% 72% 721 Cora-Sept 58% 58% 57% 57V, Dec. 80% 60% 59% 50% Osta-Sept... 35% 35% 35 m"T Dec 37 87 % 30% CHICAGO, August 20.?Provisions: Open. High. Low. Close. Pork-Sept 14.40 14.1o 14.20 14.27 Jan 15.72 15.72 15.40 15.47 Lard?Sept 8.93 8.93 8.80 8.82 Jan.... 8.92 8.92 8.75 8.80 Bite-Sept 8.30 8.82 8.22 8.22 Jan. 8.07 8.07 7.90 7.90 KBW YOBS. Angsst 20.?Cotton: % *>%-% (^m. Hlffc. Low. Close. September 7.34 7.32 7.24 7.80 October. 7.88 7.44 7.35 7.44 December. 7.48 7.82 7.48 7.B3 January. T.48 7JM 7.44 fJM FINANCE AND TRADE Stocks Were in Better Demand od Wall Street Today. LONDON STARTED THE BUYING The Standard Railway Shares Had the Preference. GENERAL MARKET REPORTS Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. NEW YORK, August 30.?<Opening prices this morning wore generally steady ami held well throughout the morning under a small volume of business. London sent over a higher range of prices, but sold more than she bought in the local mar ket. There was a good continental de mand for the Pacific shares, and soma good local buying went into this group. Union Pacific was given the preference, the buying coming from influential source*! and was said to be based upon prospect* of favorable inside developments. One rumor which had some weight pre. dieted the early issue of rights as a paiH of the plan for financing the Northern 1*?. ciftc purchase. Developments in the mat' ter of the selection of a new president fot? Southern Pacific, with the prospect of such selection being made to cover both that road and Union Pacific, are promised in the rear future. These stocks are being care fully watched by the commissi.>n house fol lowing as something out of the ordinary is expected once the market g?*ts under way. Southern issues were again in splendid demand and had the usual advantage of a favorable exhibit of earnings. The com? mon stock was liberally trade*l in by con? servatlve houses and reflected a very con? fldent demand. The buying of the high grade standard shares was called good an| came from commission houses. Here and there covering purchases were numerous, but there was little effort to force covering. The traction shares gave evidence of a new demand, which seemed to come from inside sources. There was little in this movement beyond the fact that good earn ings and a short interest were disclosed simultaneously, and an effort was made to take advantage of the fact. Sugar was marked up moderately under a mixed demand and the industrial list as a whole reflected a steady undertone. News from the steel strike was mixed In character and void of new features. So long as pacific means are used the con test is likely to drift along without serious influence on the stock market. Hostilities and an increased display of force would be a distinct setback to any favorable de velopments now in prospect. Cautious but persistent buying of the coal shares continues to be in evidence and this group is counted upon to ilgure con spicuously in the next advance. Erie and Reading among the hard coal stocks and Norfolk and Western in the soft coal sec tion seem to attract the best demand. The subtreasury was debtor at the clear ing house $1,852,000, the bulk of this amount being for Australian ko1<1 deposited at San Francisco. About $2,.Vi0.00i> addi tional is en route from the same source. This announcement had an encouraging ef fect upon sentiment. The money market was practically unchanged, although some activity is expected shortly. The market rallied during the last hour to the best prices of the day under an improved demand. The Pacific stocks and the coalers attracted the bulk of the de mand. The attitude of the leading commis sion houses seemed to be favorable to higher prices without a marked gain In ths volume of ? trading immediately. FINANCIAL AND COMMEKCIAU !*ew York Stock Market Furnished by W. B. Hlbbs * Co.. banker* and brokers, 1419 V ttt.. members New Yorli stock exchange, correspondents Messrs. La denburg, Thai man n * Co.. New York. Op?B. filch, l/iir. n??? Amalgamated Corper__ 1VM lift n?% 1I!W< Araer. Car A Foundry.. 29% 29% 29% 2M? Am. Car A Foundry,pfd. 85* 85 85 8ft American Sugar? 188 134 132% American Tobacco- ...... _ Atchison- ? 7? ;6% 'jg ' Atchison, pfd ? 96% 96% 9ft U 96% Baltimore & Ohio? ml 98li 97% 98>i Baltimore .V Ohio, pfd * ....... BrooklvnRapid Transit- 74% 75% 74?<2 itiii Chesapeake a Ohio 47% 47?-: 46% 46% Chicago. B. a Q.? JZ .JTZ JZZ Chic, a Northwestern . _ ? C. M. and St. Paul 165% 1W ' 165% 166% Cnicago, K. I. a Pacific. 142 14.1% 14a 143% Cnic.A u. Western......... 22% 22% 22 riw Col. Fuel and Iron * Consolidated Gas_ 223% 223S* 228 22S% Con. Tobacco- .... Con. Tobacco, pfd Delaware* Hudson- 162 163% 162 163% Brie......m??.??% :*% 30 hne. 1st ? 66 66': 66 66% General Electric Illinois Central 145% 145V' 144% 144% Louisville .* Nashville... 103% 104U 103'~ 103% Metropolitan Traction.. 166V, 168'J 166% 167% Manhattan Elevated 117% U#!; 117% 118% Missouri Pacific lOl^i I ft!1, 101% 102 M.. K. *T? pfd 55 * 66 ~>4% 55 National Lead Co_ New jersey Central 160 160 160 i?ki' Wow York Central 163W 1541-: 158% 154% N Y.,Ontario * Western- <*4% J4% S3'-i 34% Northern Pacific __ Northern Pacific, pfd 97 97 97 97 Pacific Mail- 40*4 41% 401,* 41% Pennsrirania K. K 144% 145% 144% 14512 People's lias 112% '113% 112!, 112'4 Phila. A Heading,1st 78% 7*% 78 78% Reading rom 4^ 42^ 42% 42% Reading 2nds j'>% 53U 52% 58% Southern Pacific? 56?$ 58%;. 66% 57% Southern Railway? 31% 32?i 31% si% southern Haiiwav. old. 86% 87% 86% 87 Texas Paeitic 42% 42% 42% 42% ienu. Coal and Iron 02*4 63% 62% 63 Lmon Pacific- 99'Z 98<^ 9?% Union Pacific pfd 90% 90l~ 90 90% U S Leather .. 13% 13% 13% 13% n S. Leather.,pfd ?1% 81% 81 81 U.S.Uubber 18 18 18 18 1U.S Steel- 42? f42% 41% 41% U.S.Steel.Dfd 92% 92% 91'g 91% Wabash pfd__ 3?% 39% 39 S iW'-i Western UnionTeL. 93!* it3% y-27. 92% 1 Ex. div. 1%. Washington Stock Exchangee. Sales?regular call. 12 o'clock m.?Capital Trac tion 4s, $1,000 at 106%. <1.000 at 1U8V*. Mergen thaler Linotype, 2 at ltW/ii. After rail?U. 8. cou p*.n 3s. |500 at 108'-,. District of Columbia Bonds.--3.05s. 1024, 124 Md. Miscellaneous Uonds.?Capital Traction 4s, 1US<4 bid, lU5> askt il. Washington Traction and Electric coll. 4VitS, '*4Vj bid, 07 asked. Metropolitan Hall road 5s, 115U, bl<l. Metropolitan Railroad cert. In debt.. A, 103 bid. Metropolitan ltallroad eert. In debt., B, 103 bid. Columbia Railroad 6a. 117 hid. 12o naktHl. <Jol<imhia ltallroad 2d nior|. 5m, 106 bid, 109Va asked. City and Snburl)an ltallroad 5s, H0 asked. Ana<*o?tia and Potomac 5s, IK* mk?-d. Wash ington tias 6s, series A, 107 bid, 110 asked. Wash ington Gas Oh, xerles B, 107 bid, 110 ask>*d. C. S. EWtHe I.ijrht deb. imp. 6-s. lo5 bid. I?. S. Electric Light cert, lndebt.. 0s, lo6V? bid, 100 asketl. t.'bes upcake an-1 Potomac Telephone 104 bid, 105 asked. American Security and Trust 4s. 100 bid. Washington Market 1st tia. 110 bid. Washingtoa Market Imp. 6?, 110 bid. Washington Market extn. 0s. 110 bid. Masonic Hall Association 5s, 106 bid. American Oraphophone deb.. 5s, 100 asked. Safe Deposit and Trust tympanies.? National Safs Deposit and Trust, 145 bid, ISA asked. Washington Ijoan and Trust. 171 bid. 175 asked. American Se curity and Trust. 210 bid, 230' asked. Washington Safe Iteposlt, 00 bid. Union TVust and Storage, 108% bid. 100 asked. National Bank Stocks.?Bank of Washington, 350 bid. Metropolitan, 725 hid. Central, 235 bid. Farmers and Mechanics'. 235 bid. Second, 165 bid. CttUens', 165 bid. Columbia, 1T0 bid. Capital. 156% bid, 170 asked. West End. 120 hid. 130 ask ed. Traders', 1S2 bid. Lincoln. 120 bid, 125 asked. Rallrotd Stock*.?Capital Traction. 102*4 bid, 102Vi asked. City and Suburban. 25 asked. Insurance Stocks.?Firemen's, 26 bid. 27t4 asked. Franklin, 41 bid. Metropolitan. 75 bid, 80 asked. Corcoran, 63U bid. Potomac, 64 bid. 70 asked. Ar lington. 27 bid, 30 asked. German-American, 225 bid! National Union. 7^ bid, 0 asked. Columbia, 10 hid. 11 asked. Itlggs. 7 bid, S asked. People's, ? bid, 6% asked. Commercial, 4 bid. 5 asked. Co Ionia 1. 117 aekcnl. Title Insurance Stocks.?Real Estate Title, 80 bW, 00 ssked. Colombia Title, 4% bid, 54, asked. Washington Title, 8% asked. District Title, 4 bid. Telephone 8tocks.?Chesapeake and l*otomac, 68 bid, 65 asked. ' Gas St jeka.?Washington Gas, 60>4 bid. 61 asked. Miscellaneous Stocks.? Mergentbsler Idsotype, 160>4 bid, 100% asked. Lanston Monotype, 13% bid, 14% asked. American Graphophone com.. 9% bid. 9U asked. American Graphophone pref. 0% bid, ll asked. Pneumatic Gun Carriage. .06 bid. .10 asked. Washington Market. 14% bid. Norfolk and Wash ington Steamboat, 161 bid. Restoration Will Prevent Pnnlaknseat. John Thomas, colored, was today con victed In the Police Court of the larceny of a watch and chain valued at $15 from Irene Gilbert, and Judge O'Donnell fined him $30. with ?txty days In jail in default- Sentence was suspended on condition that he would return the stolen articles to the owner by Saturday next.