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No. 15,127. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 1901-TEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVEHINQ STAB. PUBLISHED DAILY, EIOEPT StTSDAY. lhuiress Off.oe, 11th 8tre?t *nd Pennsylvania Arenas. Tho Evening Star Nawapapar Company. 8. H. KAUFFMASN, Pres't. Kew York Office: 120 Tribans Building. Chicago Office: Boyce Building. The Evening Star Is served to subscribers In the city by carriers, on their own account, at 10 cents per week, or 44 cents per month. Copies at the counter. 2 cents each. By mall?anywhere in the V S. or<"anada?postage prepaid?&>rents per month. Ssr-r! i- Quintuple Sh'vt Star, |1 per year; with f..r iHx'.age added, $3.08. ?"Mi ;? J at the 1*081 Office at Washington, D. C., as second-class mail matter.) lO'Ail mail subscriptions must be paid in advance. Rates of advertising made known on application. OFFER TO ARBITRATE Strikers Make Another Overture tc the Steel Trust. BEARER OF IT IN NEW YORK Proposal to Leave the Matter to Three Arbitrators. LULL IN STRIKE EVENTS Special From a Staff Correspondent. PITTSBURG. Pa., August 21.?Another and an important effort for settlement of the strike is now on. A member of the Ohio state board of arbitration has gone j to the steel trust officials in New York with a proposition to leave the dispute to j a board of three arbitrators. The arbitrator for the strikers would be M. M. Garland, former president of tjie Amalgamated Association. Shaffer has agreed to name him if arbitration is ac cepted. It is said that the first move of the arbi trators would be to call off the general strike ordered by Shaffer two weeks ago and le-t the men who are under contract re turn to work. The arbitrators would then proceed to consider the questions which were at issue when the last conference came to naught. Confidence in Garland. Garland has the complete confidence of the men In the Amalgamated Association. He also stands high with the manufac turers as a conservative and a man who always kept and enforced the contracts made between the Amalgamated and the manufacturers. If the steel trust agrees to the plan of arbitration it is believed that Garland can make terms for settlement of the strike. Senator Hanna has declined to Interfere in the strike until the men who went out in violation of their contract return to work. He has always been a friend of the Amalgamated Association, but did not In dorse the striking of the men who had signed the scale and were under contract. It is said that the proposition to call off the second strike as a condition precedent to further negotiations will be made as an | inducement to the steel trust officials to agree to .arbitration. It was considered ' certain that the steel trust would not agree to any compromise as long as the contracts with the Amalgamated stood violated. If arbitration is entered into it will take up the dispute where it was dropped at the last conference. It will be remembered that there were divisions in the executive board of the strikers at that time. The conservatives, if permitted to rule, could have settled the strike. If arbitration is agreed to, the conservatives will be in the ascendency. ^ It Is impossible to forecast from this end the outcome of this latest effort, as It will all depend upon Schwab's attitude. Ilaslnenn Men Take a Hand. The movement for arbitration organized In business circles in Pittsburg and is in dorsed by Shaffer. The bankers, manu facturers and merchants of the town, be coming alarmed by the growing magnitude of the strike, determined to take the af fair in hand. The efforts at mediation are being supplemented by pressure brought to bear on President Schwab in New York from his former associates here. The most important business interests of'the commu nity are joining in advising him to accept arbitration. The movement now under way is regard ed as the most important of the strike thus far on account of the Interests back of it. and the concurrence of the strike leaders. There is ground for the state ment that if arbitration can be brought about according to the plans of the pro moters peace is nearer than at any time since the men struck. Up to a late hour this afternoon the pro moters of the arbitration plan were still awaiting word from New York as to the acceptability of the suggestion to the steel trust. Lull In the Strike. Today shows a lull in strike events, the two giants in the great wrestling match pausing a moment in the struggle to get wind and to wonder what hold the other will try next. No perceptible progress has been made within twenty-four hours by either side. The steel trust has steam up in several mills, ready for returning workmen, and offers alluring terms, but there is "nothing doing." There is a notable scarcity of skilled men. The strikers, for their part, are reaching out for more mills to make idle, but the morning turn failed to show any shut-down. In the meantime, while this big fight is going on. somebody is holding the bag namely, the laborers thrown out of work by the strike of the skilled men. They are the first and greatest sufftrers in a strike of this kind. There are already murmur lngs among the unorganized laborers, but they cannot get into the mills until the skilled workers start the machines. In several of the mills started recently with non-union men costly damage has been wrought the machinery by the unskilled workers, and the mills have been compelled to stop. The Amalgamated Association Claims to have all the skilled workmen in its ranks. Spirit of Inioiiisiu Spreading;. The spirit of unionism is spreading rap Idly in this district, seemingly stimulated by the efforts of the steel trust to crush it.* 1-ast night about 2.3U0 former employes of the tube works who went out on a sym pathy strike organized themselves into a union and Joined the Federation of Labor. There Is a movement on foot to establish a separate branch of the union for the tube mill workers, similar to the Amalga mated Association. If this idea is carried out the steel trust will have a lot of trou ble on its hands. The strike leaders here are worried over the situation at Wellsville, where the mayor appointed the non-union workmen spt-elal officers on the police force, thus giving them the right to carry arms. Re ports to headquarters indicate that this action has aroused strong feeling among the strikers and that there is danger of a conflict at any moment. In Duquesne. the seat of a number of the Carnegie big non-union mills, upon which the strikers are working in hope of effecting organization, several labor meet ings were held last night. They were os tensibly called by the railway switchmen, but it is learned that other workmen were Invited to be present, and the strike was discussed. It is said in Duquesne that the severe repressive efforts of the steel trust man agement to prevent organization Is result ing in arousing a spirit of resentment and obstinacy among the men and that a se cret organization is making rapid head way. N. O. M. ATTEMPT AT INCEXDIARISX. AII('k<m1 Effort to Wreck the Monon Knhelu Work*. By Asuocintcd I'rew. PITTSBURG, August 21.?The strike situation was not materially changed to day. The strikers have not called any mor>? men out and none of the plans of the manufacturers for additional resumptions with non-union men have matured. The feeling of irritation at Wellsvllle has been increased by the appointment of thirty strike breakers as special officers to guard the plant of the American Sheet Steel Company, and the police here have had to disperse noisy crowds at.the re cently tied-up tube plants, but there has been no serious trouble at any point. It is claimed that an attempt was made last evening to fire the Monongahela works of the American Tin Plate Company, and the police have been called into the case to run the supposed incendiary down. According to the story told by John Schuster, general labor boss of the plant, a pressure gauge was knocked off an eight-inch gas main and burning paper thrown into the place with the idea of destroying it with explo sion and fire. He says he plugged the break before the brand was thrown and saved the works. The strikers indignant ly deny that they had anything to do with any plot to wreck the plant and are inclin ed to discredit Schuster's story entirely. No Ilrealc in CnrneKie Mills. The promised break in the Carnegie prop erties has not yet come. As far as out ward appearances go, the lower Union mill In this city has not been affected, but the strikers insist that they have seriously im paired it. The strike leaders are trying hard to gain a foothold in the Clark mill, which is running with non-union men. but that property, too, seems to be going at practically full capacity. It Is quieter at Duquesne, but the fight for supremacy there is by no means over. Very I Preston of the United States steel corporation was in the city today and con ferred with the officials of the Carnegie company. He and the other officials are still silent as to their plans. The some what shop-worn rumor of peace has again been revived, but the mildest suggestion of it at authoritative places produces long and positive denials. STRIKER SHOT IX THE HEAD. Outcome of ClaNh With Non-l'nion Men at Troy, X. Y. TROY, N. Y., August 21.?John Dugrin ler was shot In the head and dangerously wounded last night in a disturbance grow ing out of the strike of shirt, collar and waist cutters. As the non-union hands were leaving the Lion factory they were attacked by strike sympathizers. The non union men ran, followed by a crowd of men and boys, hooting and throwing stones at them. One of the fugitives turned on his pur suers and fired into the crowd, and John Dugrinler fell unconscious, struck In the head. A piece of nis skull was torn away. He was carried to his home and may die. Two brothers named Collins, who recently came from Montreal to take the places of strikers, were arrested on suspicion of having shot Dugrinier. One of them ad mitted that he did the shooting, but said It was in self-defense. Later several strikers encountered a non union man whom they had previously driv en out of town, and in the row that follow ed he drew a billy and struck one of the strikers on the head, knocking him sense less. ? ? ?? S. P. ANGLE FOR SHERIFF. Nominee of the Republican County Convention at liaKerittonn. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md., August 21.?The republican county convention, which met here yesterday to nominate a coun ty ticket, passed ringing resolutions con demning the action of the democratic bosses in Washington county. Among other things, the resolutions cited the appointment to the office of constable "a man of notorious criminal record who was Indicted by the grand jury while in office for aiding a prisoner to escape from the Jail." George A. Davis, chairman of the county central committee, called the convention to order, and former Prosecuting Attorney Charles D. Wagaman was made chairman. The biggest fight centered In the nomi nation for sheriff. The names of seven candidates were before the convention, but after the first ^allot the contest settled down between Samuel P. Angle and Joseph E. Newcomer, the latter the candidate of the organization. Following several with drawals Angle was nominated on the third ballot. Nominations are yet to be made for house of delegates, county commissioners and county surveyor. The convention was har monious. CAMPAIGN IN OHIO. Republicans Will Open at. Delaware September SI. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 21.?The re publican state executive committee met here yesterday afternoon and decided upon September 21 as the date and Delaware as the place for the opening of the political campaign. Governor Nash Is not favorable to the plan for a series of Joint debates between himself and Colonel Kilbourne, as suggest ed by the latter. He said today that no challenge had yet been sent by Colonel Kil bourne. Of course, he will accept if one is sent. He expressed himself today as be lieving that no converts were made at such debates, because the audiences are made up of claquers who cheer their favorite and howl down his adversary, so tha* thinking people generally remained away. Evidently a Private Matter. It appears that the efforts of Dr. Tenney to secure repossession of certain university property at Tien Tsin now held by some of the foreign forces has been under consider ation by the authorities here for the last year. Dr. Tenney claims title to the prop erty. The matter has never been regarded as serious, and of late no additional repre sentations on the subject have been re ceived. Spanish Village Swept by Hurricane. SARAGOSSA, Spain, August 21.?A hur ricane has swept over the village of Vil larlego-Jilota. Forty buildings were razed to the ground; six persons were killed and numbers were Injured. The damage done is estimated at several million pesetas. Suspected of Train Robbery. AUBURN, Ind., August 21.?John W. Brown, a machinist employed in the gas engine works here, was arrested yesterday on a charge of complicity in the attempted hold-up of the Baltimore and Ohio train near Whiting, several weeks ago. Steamship Arrival. At New York, Grosser Kurfurst, from Bremen. QUITS WITH TURKEY French Minister at Constantinople Breaks Off Diplomatic Relations. CHARGES BREACHES OF FAITH Trouble is Over the Settlement of Disputed French Claims. ACTION TAKEN TODAY CONSTANTINOPLE. August 21.?The French ambassador, M. Constans, has no tified the sultan's first secretary that all diplomatic relations between France and Turkey are broken off, and that the am bassador has informed his government to this effect. M. Constans communicated direct with the sultan because the latest negotiations were transacted with the sultan person ally. The ambassador justifies his action on the ground that the sultan broke his direct, personal promise, given to M. Constans, at an audience in the Yildiz Palace, Thurs day, regarding the purchase of the quays and the settlement of the disputed French claims. The foreign minister also gave for mal assurances that the agreement would be carried out; so, in view of this double breach of faith, M. Constans holds that it is impossible for France to continue diplo matic relations with Turkey. The American minister at Constantinople, Mr. Leishman, has not been heard from relative to the reported crisis in Franco Turkish affairs, nor is the matter of a character to make it likely that he would advise the authorities here. AGITATORS ORDERED TO LEAVE. New Move of the Tampn DnHlne?* Men'* Committee. TAMPA, Fla., August 21.?The business men's committee which deported fifteen of the leaders of the striking cigar makers two weeks ago yesterday notified seventeen of the new leaders of the union, who con stitute the central committee, that they must leave the city within twelve hours. The committeemen at once resigned and all but three of them left already, it is said, for Key West and Havana. Between four and five hundred members of the Resis tencia Union seceded from the ranks of the strikers and issued a manifesto to the busi ness men of the city and the cigar manu facturers stating that they wished to go back to work at once. The secessionists will go back to work to morrow, and by Monday all of the strikers, it is believed, will be at work again. Evictions by renting agents are causing great excitement. It Is believed that more than 100 women and children slept in the streets last night. The central committee of Resistencia Union has cut down the soup house allowance to one meal a day. Another proclamation was issued yester day In the name of "the people of Tampa and surrounding country." It urges that Immediate steps be taken by all parties concerned to have the factories opened, and states a determination to protect the in dustry of cigar manufacturers in Tampa and the employes and laborers in such fac tories. It closes with tne statement: "We proclaim to the cigar makers that the citi zen# will not allow any oppression or abuses or ill-treatment imposed upon them." ? RECEPTION TO MR. ROOSEVELT. Vice President to Be Guest at Camp Lincoln Friday. SPRINGFIELD, 111., August 21.?Invita tions have been issued to the reception to be tendered Vice President Roosevelt at Camp Lincoln on Friday of next week. The invited guests will include United States senators, representatives, officers of the United States courts, state officials and members of the legislature. In addition the commander of each brigade and regiment in the Illinois National Guard will be in vited. Dinner will be served In the governor's tent at Camp Lincoln at 7 o'clock. Toasts will be responded to, and It is expected that the Vice President will make a speech from the band stand in front of the head quarters. The Vice President and party will leave at midnight, after the reception, for Chica go to inspect the naval militia there on the following day. Accompanying the Vice President will be Mrs. Roosevelt, Gov. and Mrs. Yates, Gen. and Mrs. J. N. Reece and Col. Strong, whose guest in Chicago the Vice President will be on Saturday. KIPPER GETS LIFE SENTENCE. Former Negro Soldier Who Attacked a Texan Jail. DALLAS, Texas, August 21.?John Kip per was late last night found guilty of murder and sentenced to imprisonment for life. Kipper was one of the negro soldiers who made an attack on the El Paso county Jail about a year ago, when one soldier and one peace officer were killed. The case had been tried three times, once in El Paso, where a life sentence was imposed, and twice in Dallas. The El Paso verdict was reversed by the court of criminal appeals on the ground that there had been dis crimination against negroes In the selec tion of the grand jury which returned the Indictment. A change of venue to Dallas was then granted* The jury was unable to agree on the second trial. SOLD DILLS AS CURIOS. E. W. Smith's Defense to Charge of Violating Carrcncy Laws. SAN FRANCISCO, August 21.?Edward WT. Smith, confidential clerk to Major Blakeney of the life-saving service and partner In a curio shop, was arraigned be fore United States Commissioner Heacock on the charge of having passed bills in the similitude of government obligations. His bondsmen were formally accepted, bail having been fixed at $2,000. He claims that the State Bank of New Brunswick, N. J., notes are regularly catalogued by dealers in the east like rare stamps or old coins, and that he bought and sold them as curios. ? ? ? Two Chinese Professors. SAN FRANCISCO, August 21?Hfang and Tsal, Chinese professors In the Wil liam Nast College at Kinkang, Klangsle province, China, have been landed and will proceed east to prosecute their studies. They speak English perfectly. They are the first Chinese to arrive from Kiangsie province, the dialect of which Is not un derstood by the Chinese now in the United States. The Iowa Sailed Yesterday. The battle ship Iowa sailed from San Francisco for Panama at 3:30 o'clock yes terday afternoon. She will stop at Aca pulco for coal. The distance to Panama is 3,274 miles, and the trip will take ten or twelve days. FUNERAL OF SENOR VICUNA RENAI.\S WILL BE BROUGHT HERE tomorrow. They Will Lie in State Cntil the Ar rival of a Chilean War ship. BUFFALO. N. Y., August 21.?The body of Senor Don Carlos Morla Vicuna, the late Chilean minister, will rest in St. Joseph's Cathedral, guarded by a detachment of United States soldiers, until tomorrow even ing, when, escorted by government troops, it will be conveyed to the Pennsylvania railroad station and sent to Washington in a special car attached to the 8:30 p.m. train. At Washington the body will lie in state at the Chilean legation until the arrival at Baltimore of the Chilean naval training ship Baquedano. The Baquedano is ex pected at Halifax daily. When the vessel reaches port she will at once be ordered to Baltimore to receive the body. An escort of midshipmen will be dispatched from the Baquedan to Washington to accompany the body to the vessel. The Chilean building at the exposition is closed and the exposition flags are at half mast out of respect to the memory of the dead diplomat. Senora Vicuna will accompany her hus band's body to Washington, and after the funeral ceremonies there she will go to Deer Park, Md., where three of her chil dren now are. A dispatch was sent from the State De partment yesterday afternoon to Director General Buchanan of the exposition at Buf falo. authorizing him to represent the de partment in such ceremonies as will b3 held for the late Minister Vicuna, and ask ing him to send a floral wreath in the name of th ? department. Secretary Hay, in speaking of the de ceased diplomat, said: "The death of Mr. Morta Vicuna will be profoundly regretted here and in Chile. He was a man not only of great learning and experience, of remarkable ability in the field of diplomacy and politics, but also a most charming and attractive personality. He neglected no occasion to act in the in terest of his own country, but he was a man of such delightful address and such true amiability that he was a favorite everywhere among his colleagues and among those American officials who were brought into contact with him. He will be deeply mourned and greatly missed in this country, while his death will be to his own government a lamentable loAs." A dispatch has been seat from the State Department to Director General' Buchanan of the exposition at Buffalo authorizing him to represent the department In such ceremonies as will be hel j for the late min ister and asking him to send a floral wreath in the nam# of the department. Minister Vicuna began ffls diplomatic ca reer in Washington in 18t0 as first secre tary of the Chilean legation, serving in that capacity for two yeafs, and was then transferred to London. Subsequently, while filling the same office to* the legation in Paris, he was appointed financial secretary of Chile in connection Xlfrith the various European legations. In he was ap pointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the republics of Uruguay and Paraguay, and in lb'JOt was transferred to act in that capacity in the Argentine Re public. During the latter part of 181)6 he was made secretary of state In the Chilean cabinet, and after holding that oflice for a period of ten months was sent as minister to the United States. A High Tribute Mr. William C. Fox, acting director of the Bureau of American Republics, pays the following high tribute to the deceased minister: "Mr. Vicuna came to this country as a representative of Chile in 189S. Chile was the only country that had never had a representative in the international union, although she had been represented in 1889 and 1890. Mr. Vicuna was such a wide awake man that he wag here only a few months when he saw the necessity of hav ing his country join the union. Within a few months after his arrival he prevailed upon the Chilean government to join it. Mr. Vicuna was a diplomatist of the Bis marck style. He stated frankly what ho wanted. He was aggressive in regard to the interests of his country. They were paramount with liim, and In his every ac tion, diplomatically, he put his country to the front. He was a linguist, and he had the power of vigorous expression in several languages. He was an inordinate worker, of the most scholarly attainments, and even those of his colleagues whom he felt it his duty to comnat in the service of his country had the highest respect for him, and it is a significant fact that they were his best friends." DR. CTRTIS' RESIGNATION. The Result of Hoard "of Visitors' In vent igntion. It is said at the Interior Department that the charges on which Secretary Hitchcock based his action in calling for the resigna tion of Dr. Austin M. Curtis, surgeon-in chief of Freedmen's Hospital, include a number of specifications in addition to the charge that he had wholly provided his family's table from funds of the hospital. These various charges were placed before the Secretary, and it is understood they were not made by any one connected with the hospital service. The Secretary refer red the charges to the board of visitors of ths hospital, which consists of Mr. George W. Evans, disbursing officer of the In terior Department; Mr. W. T. Pierson of the board of review of the pension bureau, and Dr. John J. Darby of the patent offloe. The members of this board are the personal representatives of the Secretary of the In terior in the management of the hospital. They made an investigation, and it was on their report rather than the original charges that Secretary Hitchcock acted. REPRESENTS US AT CARACAS. Mr. Russell, the Chargre d'Affairs, Well-Known Hereabouth. Mr. William W. Russell, United States charge d'affaires at Caracas, Venezuela, who has been selected by the. Colombian government to take charge of its embassy at Caracas, is a Rockviilian. and well-known and highly esteemed in Maryland and Washington. He is a son o&the late Major Russell, who was a major In the United States Marine Corps. Mr.JEtunpll attended the United States Naval ^cadezny at An napolis, but resigned a short wjiile before he would have graduated and did not enterv the naval service. He entered the diplo matic service by appointment o* President Cleveland. HEAVY INCREASE IS- 8SAIXPOX. Comparative Figures la the Recent Public Health Report. The public health report just issued by the marine hospital service shows the ex istence of 8,258 cases of smallpox in the United States, against 3,432 At the same time last year. Minnesota had the largest number of cases, 1,102. f Assistant Surgeon Kerr at Hong Kong, under date of July 2. reports a great im provement in the pla?ue situation, the num ber of cases declining abrusfcly from fifteen to twenty dally to from one to eijfht. The reports concerning yellow fever in the West Indies, Central and 8outh America are very favorable. A few sporadic cases of plague are reported in various parts of EJurope, all brought firon the far east, and one case at Honolulu, the sum of which unknown. POTTER AT THE HEAD Nominee of Pennsylvania Republican Convention for Judge. FRANK G. HARRIS FOR TREASURER Ticket Nominated by Acclamation Little Interest Manifested. TEXT OF THE PLATFORM HARRISBURG, Pa., August 21.?The re publican state convention, which met in the Harrisburg Opera House today to nominate Judge William P. Porter of Pittsburg for supreme court judge and j State Representative Frank G. Harris of j Clearfield for state treasurer, was a most unusual gathering. The ticket was nomi nated by acclamation. United States Sen ators Quay and Penrose and other party leaders were absent. There was an un usually small attendance of active party workers and a large majority of the dele gates never attended a state convention be fore. Judge Potter was formerly Governor Stone's law partner and was appointed to the supreme bench last year to succeed the late Judge Green. Mr. Harris Is serving his third term in the house of representa tives and has always been a follower of Senators Quay and Penrose. The platform on which they were nominated indorses the national and state administrations and the official acts of Pennsylvania's United States senators, commends the last legislature, concedes the right of labor and capital to organize, and denounces "yellow journal I ism." j Text of the Platform Following is the platform: The republican party of Pennsylvania, ! in convention assembled, makes the fol- i lowing declaration of purposes and prin ciples, upon which it invites the support of the people of our commonwealth: We congratulate the American people on the good sense shown in the re-election of President McKinley. His administration has met every question with which it has been confronted in a wise, patriotic and statesmanlike manner. In all the vexed questions growing out of the war with Spain our national administration has shown itself entirely capable and worthy of the greatest public confidence. We congratulate the people of Pennsyl vania on the splendid prosperity which they now enjoy. The farmer, the mechan ic, the laborer and the professional man all either have, or may have, remunerative employment. We regret that under such prosperous conditions contests should arise between capital and labor, but we hope and believe that these disputes will be finally settled on an equitable basis, that | will dc full justice to the contending par ties. The right of capital to make proper and legal combinations has been recog nized by legislative enactments In many of the states, a.nd this carries with it the right of labor to organize In proper and le gal ways for Its protection and advantage; but neither capital nor labor has the right to resort to violence or illegal methods to redress wrongs or obtain rights. The spirit of mediation and concession should prevail in all disputes between capital and labor. Harmony in the Ranks. We congratulate the republicans of Penn sylvania that there is no longer any divis ion in the republican party; that harmony has been restored; that respect for the will of the majority prevails, and that we pre sent a united front, arrayed only against the common enemy?the democratic party. We are amused, rather than concerned, by the declarations of the late democratic state convention, for we readily recognize, as all the people must, the co-operation of certain newspapers in their preparation, which papers, failing in their attempt to disrupt the republican party, have crawled under the tents of the democracy with their stale and false charges and succeeded In having them adopted as a democratic plat form. The platform of the late democratic state convention will be found In the files of the so-called yellow journals during the past few months. We believe in surrounding the press with every constitutional guarantee vouchsafed to it since, the foundation of our government, but it is a public menace that these constitutional guarantees should bo so misused as'to have permitted many of our newspapers to have degenerated into a yellow journalism such as is detrimental to any state or country. We charge the so-called yellow journals with being sub sidized by the full page advertisements which they carry. The advertiser is per mitted to dictate their policy and at his behest these newspapers have perverted the news columns and the editorial page from being an honest record of dally events to a labored attempt to misrepresent facts. Democratic Party Arraigned. We arraign the democratic party as In competent, incapable, Insincere and un trustworthy. The citizens of our state, within a very few days, have witnessed a spectacle seldom seen in the history of a political party asking the suffrage of the people. The democratic party, ashamed of its record in the past, and afraid to name a single issue of a national character on which it is willing to appeal for support, asks the people to forget that in the past, when intrusted with the administration of public affairs, it has ruined our busi ness enterprises, shut down our mills, closed our factories, put in idleness our great laboring classes, ruined credit of the state and nation, and now appeals to the public on what it chooses to call local Issues. We condemn it in the adminis tration of our state affairs as much as in the incompetency shown in its administra tion of our national affairs. When the de mocracy went out of power in our state It left to the republican party a legacy of almost $40,000,000 of debt. ,This debt, by wise administration under republican rule, has been almost entirely paid. We have increased the appropriations to the com mon schools until we stand at the head of the American states in support of popular education. Under republican administra tion there has been paid each year for educational purposes more than was ap propriated by the democratic party in their quarter of a century of misrule. We have increased our appropriations for charitable and eleemosynary Institutions until we can make the boast that no state between the two oceans supports these institutions as well as does our own. The platform concludes with an indose ment of Gov. Stone's administration and eulogies of Sena/tors Penrose and Quay, j. O. Brown Temporary Chairman. j O. Brown, Pittsburg's director of pub lic safety, was temporary chairman of the convention and David H. Lane of Philadel phia permanent chairman. Mr. Brown is the personal representative of Senator William Flynn of Allegheny, former leader of the anti-Quay republican organisation in Pennsylvania. Mr. Flynn was urged by Governor Stone and other leaders at a con ference last night at the executive man sion to serve as temporary chairman, but he declined. He was a delegate, and for the first time In many years took no active part in the proceedings of the convention. Mr. Lane is a personal and political friend of Mayor Ashbridge of Philadelphia General Frank Reeder of Boston was re elected chairman of the state committee at a meeting of the candidates after the con vention. The speeches of the chairmen and the nominating speeches were noteworthy for their brevity. ? ? ? MONEY RETURNED. Ex-Chief Clerk Shepard Turns Over JUW.OR on Demand. Acting Secretary Ryan of the Interior De partment has caused a demand to be m.\de on Edward V. Shepard, late chief clerk of the patent office, for a return of the $S!Mi5 alleged to have been stolen from funds in the custody of the chief clerk, and Mr. Shepard has turned over to the commis sioner of patents that amount of money. The mail of the patent office is being han dled under a new system now. Formerly a large portion of the mail was opened directly by the chief clerk. Now it is opened by a committee of five ladies, clerks in the office, and an account is kept by them of all money inclosures. The clerk who finds money in a letter makes a note of It and passing it to a second clerk the amount is recounted and again recorded. These accounts, with the letters, are at once pass ed to the financial clerk of the patent office, who takes charge of the cash. The work of the committee of five ladies is done at a round table about which they sit, the mail being deposited in its center by the mailing clerk. This plan is a temporary one, as the whole transaction of opening these letters will, it is expected, shortly be placed in the charge of the financial clerk. A successor to Mr. Shepard has not yet been appointed, and will not be until after the return of Secretary Hitchcock. Mr. Charles M. Irelan is acting chief clerk. Officials at the patent office within the last few days have received a letter asking for a copy of a recent article by Mr. Shep ard entitled "Safeguards," which is a nar ration of safeguards that were thro.vn about the handling of valuable material in the patent office, and which was published only a short time ago. WARDEN HAWK HERE. Making Plan* for Openins (he New Atlanta Penitentiary. S. A. Hawk of West Virginia, who has been appointed warden of the new gov ernment penitentiary at Atlanta, is now in the city making plans for the opening of that Institution in October. Heretofore the government has "boarded out" its pris oners at various state penitentiaries. Most of the District of Columbia convicts have of late years been sent to Moundsville, In West Virginia, and the authorities there are eagerly inquiring how soon they are to be relieved of this contingent. Ohio Jails also have a good many government prisoners. Several interesting incidents have arisen In connection with the opening of the new penitentiary. The bill as presented to the congressional committee for manning it. called for a "photographer and record keeper" among other employes, meaning some one to apply the Bertiliion system of records. A clerk at the Capitol could not understand why a photographer was needed in a jail, and so changed it to a "stenographer and record keeper," which Is quite another matter. All the positions except three are under the classified serv ice; those are the warden, chaplain and physician. PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS. A Number of Army Officers Receive Commissions. President McKlnley* has made the follow ing appointments: War: To be captains In the Artillery Corps?Joseph Wheeler, jr., Adrian S. Flem ing, Brooke Payne, Harry F. Jackson, Rob ert E. Callan, William S. Guignard, Edwin Landon, Clarence H. McNeil, Joseph P. Tracy, Lloyd England, James W, Hlnkley, Jr., Percy M. Kessler, Johnson Hagood, George T. Patterson, Frank K. Fergusson, Robert S. Abernethy, Edwin O. Sarratt, Al bert J. Bowley, Bertram C. Gilbert, Law rence S. Miller, George H. McManus: To be first lieutenants of infantry?Hilden Olin. To be second lieutenants of infantry?Mor ris C. Foote, Roy C. Kirtland, Shepard L. Pike, Wylie Conway. Navy?Charles E. Vreeland, to be a com mander. A number of pardon cases received from the President last evening have been for warded to the Department of Justice. REPAIRS TO MAYFLOWER. Board of Survey Also to Examine the Bennington. The Navy Department has received the report of the board of survey which in spected the gunboat Mayflower at the Brooklyn navy yard. The Mayflower has been In commission for about two years, serving the greater part of the time as the station ship of Gov. Allen of Porto Rico at San Juan. The board's estimate of cost for a thorough overhauling, docking and painting is $10,000. The department has ordered a survey of the Bennington, which has Just arrived home from the Asiatic station, and is now lying &t the Mare Island navy yard. Naval Orders. W. L. Burdick and H. Gage, commission ed lieutenant commanders. Lieut. E. T. Fitzgerald, from the torpedo station to home on two weeks' leave; upon expiration of leave, to duty as assistant to inspector of equipment, Newport, "News, Va. Lieut. A. MacArthur, from the torpedo station to the Holland. Lieut. R. Earle, to the naval proving ground, Indian Head, Md. Lieut. T. F. Carter, to the Norfolk navy yard. In connection with the machinery of the San Francisco, and on board when com missioned. P. Herbert, warranted boatswain. Capt. W. H. Emory has been detached from the command of the Monongahela and ordered home. On August 29 he will take command of the naval cadet training ship Indiana. Commander C. B. Reeves has been detached from the torpedo station and ordered to command the Monongahela. Lieut. Commander C. B. T. Moore will be detached from command of the Brutus when she is placed out of commission and proceed home on waiting orders. The cablegram from Admiral Remey to the Navy Department of August 16 should have read, Commander A. B. Speyers de tached from Cavite station to command Mo nadnock, Instead of to command the Brook lyn. Funeral of Col. Hynea. Funeral services over the ashes of the late Col. Thomas Hynes, who died last Tuesday evening of gastric catarrh, were held at the Arlington national cemetcry yesterday afternoon under the supervision of the G. A. R. The deceased was sixty two years of age and is survived by a widow and one daughter. The services of the Episcopal Church were held over the remains at his home on Tuesday morning, and after, a service conducted by the Ma sonic fraternity, his remains were taken to Lee's undertaking establishment and cremated Saturday morning. Col. Hynes was a Mason of the thirty-second degree, and representatives of the Blue Lodge, the Knights Templar, the Mystic 8hrine and the Scottish rite orders of that lodge con ducted the Masonic service. The Chlcojro at Plymouth. The Navy Department has been informed of the arrival of Rear Admiral Cromwell, aboard his flagship, the Chicago, at Ports mouth. England, where the cruiser will go Into dry dock. THE STAR BT MAII* ' Personi leaving the city for anf| period can have The Star mailed to them by ordering It at this offioe, la person or by letter. Terms: IS cents per week; 25 cents for two weeks, or 60 cents per month. Invariably la advance. The address may b? changed os frequently as desired. Always give the last address, as well as the new one. A MAZE OF MYSTERY Conjecture Over Morning Conference at Navy Department. WAS ABOUT ADMIRAL HOWISON He is Said to Have Expressed No Opinions on Schley Case. PREPARING COURT ROOM It is expected that an important an nouncement will be made at the Navy De partment late this afternoon regarding offi cial correspondence in the matter of the selection of Admiral Howison for servico on the Schley court of Inquiry. This announcement is said to be the re sult of a conference held this morning at the department between Mr. Hackett. act ing secretary of the navy; Admiral Crowninshield and Lieut. Ward of the navigation bureau and Solicitor Hanna of the office of the Judge advocate general of the navy. The conference was held behind closed doors in Mr. Hackett's office, and at its conclusion the gentlemen participat ing therein were closely questioned as to Its character, but none of them would divulge any facts In its connection. Mr. Hackett, however, stated shortly after ward that in all probability the depart ment would give something out later in regard to the Howison controversy. He declined when questioned to state the ex act nature of the announcement expected to be m-ade. A great deal of conjecture was Indulged In at the department following this confer ence, and it was learned from an apparent ly reliable source that the statement to be given out will contain a part of the cor respondence between the department and Admiral Howison prior to the latter's se lection as a member of the court of in quiry, and also letters between the depart ment and counsel for Admiral Schley re lating to the same matter. Stringent Precaution* Taken. This correspondence. It was stated, will show that in the matter of the selection of Admiral Howison the department exer cised the most stringent precautions in de termining whether that officer harbored any bias or prejudice likely to affect the outcome of the case. It is the custom of the department in the selection of officers for service on the usual courts of inquiry to use ordinary means of ascertaining if any prejudice exists, but in the present case extraordinary proceedings were adopted. Admiral Howison was communi cated with and questioned most minutely on this subject, and his reply Indicated that he had absolutely no feeling either one way or the other in the matter. He Is on perfectly friendly terms with both Admirals Schley and Sampson; had never expressed up to that time any opinion as to what he thought the merits of the case were, and had never seen the official record of the subject or Its appur tenances. That he Is a friend to both of ficers is evidenced by the simple fact of his acceptance of service on the court. Naval etiquette In all instances of this nature demands that In case a prospective member of a court is not friendly with either of the parties involved he shall ask to be excused from service upon the court. In regard to the matter of giving pub licity to certain correspondence between the department and Admiral Schley and his counsel as to the acceptability of Ad miral Howison as a member of the court it will be shown, according to a statement afloat today, that at the time the selec tion was made Admiral Schley stated that the choice was entirely agreeable to him and that he was perfectly satisfied to have Admiral Howison appointed a member of the court. This statement, however, was made prior to the publication of the al leged interview with Admiral Howison in a Boston newspaper, which was the cause of the inquiry made yesterday by Ad miral Schley's counsel regarding" the publi cation. Speculation Over the Letter. It cannot be learned from the depart ment whether the communication submit ted by Admiral Schley and his counsel In closing the alleged interview and asking whether It was authentic or not has been sent to Admiral Howison. In view of the statement which is expected to be an nouncced this afternoon every indication points to the fact that it has not been for warded. There is no official proof that the letter lias not been forwur<le<l, however so that all talk in this connection is pure ly conjectural. It would seem that the department in making its anticipated statement late this afternoon has but one object in view and that is to point out that there is realiy no necessity for sending the communication to Admiral Howison, as requested. The admi r^?' llt,,wl!l recalled, recently denied un officially that the interview was correcct Acting Secretary Hackett stated this niorning that Capt. Lemly, judge advocate cT"',ffoul(i be in Washington on A telegram from Capt. Lemly to that effect was received today. Capt. Lem ly upon his arrival here Is expected to be gin work at once upon the task of com piling a complete list of witnesses to be summoned before the court. This list a ?f was reQuested by Admiral arV* ^1S counsel, will be communi catea to those gentlemen as soon as It Is prepared. Mak,n* Heady the Court Room. Rear Admiral Endlcott, chief of the bu reau of yards and docks, has given orders for the preparation of the court room at the navy yard. One corner of the room se lected will be partitioned off as a retiring room for the court. The court will sit at this end. and tables will be prepared for ?hert!n1tatII?u?r the Press either inside railing with the court or directly out side the railing, which will be run kcross the room so as to divide it into one-third rt*'?~fthirds' respectively. The tables fusing 8Versely' and to Prevent con newspaP?rs represented will be asstgned permanent seats. In the rear of the room chairs will be provided for tha spectators who will be admitted by card No attempt will be made at decorating the room and the furnishings wlir be of the plainest description. WILL BE MADE USELESS. Decision of Powers Regardisg the Chinese Forts. The press dispatches from Pekln saying that the Chinese forta will be destroyed, even though the subject Is omitted from the protocol, appears to be the result of a discussion which has been going on for seme time. Some question has existed as to whether the forts should be "destroyed" or "dismantled." In any event the origi nal program contemplated that they should be rendered innocuous, and the reported plan Is probably a middle ground which has been chosen for leaving to the military authorities such attention to the forts as they may regat-d necessary. Fourth-Class Postmasters. The following fourth-class postmasters were appointed today: Maine?J. A. Merrill, Curtis Corner; 8. B. Luce, New Vineyard. Maryland?A. M. Klrkpatrlck, Granite. New York?M. A. Wheeler, ChurchvUle. | Rhode Island?GL JB. Money, Liberty,