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No 15,2637. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, *AtY 31, 1902-SIXTEEN PAGES TWO CENTS.
THE EVENNG STAR. rUB BED DAILY, 12MnE 811UmAY. Suaus Ons, 1ih Dbmt sal Penlvmi. Avon& The Emvning Star Nwspaper Oompany. . . KAUFFAN, PrnL low Yek Offmat IN Tra.w lg. Chiao ffee: Bsyes Bidng. Thke Eening Star is served to subscribers t the city by caries, on their own acoust. at 10 cents per week. or 44 cents per month. Copies at the Counter. 2 cents each. 1- 'nall-anywbei Ia the U.S. orCanada-postage prepaid--50cents p6r month. Saturday Quintaple Sheet Star. $1 per year; with feeign postage added, 13.08. (Estered at the Post Offire at Wasbington, D. ., as secoad-class mail matter.) g7All mall subscriptions most be paid in adatuce. Rates of advertising made known an applicatien. MAY BE THE BIDDLES Pennsylvania Officials Chasing Two Men and a Woman. TEY En STOL1N A S83,0H Pittsbuig Police Think the Cul prits are Hiding Thera REWARD FOR CAPTURE PITTSBURG. Pa.. January 31.-A Coop orstown. Butler county, Pa., dispatch says officers are in pursuit of two men and a woman believed to be the Biddies and Mrs. Soffel. The fugitives stole a sleigh at Coopers town and drove in the direction of Saxon burg. If overtaken, they will be arrested for stealing the sleigh. PI'1TSBURG. January 31.-Not a trace of John and Edward Biddle. the escaped mur derers. or of Mrs. Kate Soffel, the war den's wife. Who. It is alleged, accompanied thEm. has been secured by the police since the fugitives left the prison yesterday wcrning. Every policeman In the city, as well as every detective, Is provided with a cir eular giving a description of the escaped murderers and Mrs. Soffel. Every town of any size in the United States has been pro vided with these circulars. which offer as ar inducement a cash reward of $1,4"N5 for the men's capture. dead or alive. Despite the alluring inducement of the gash reward and the fame that would fol John Biddle. low the men's arrest. the convicts are no zearer arrest than they were when they Arst left the jail. The police believe that Done of the three is more than five miles from the court house, and that they will remain In seclusion until the excitement over their escape subsides, when an at tempit will be made to get south. It is not thought that they will risk cap iture in (lcreland. Chicago or eastern cities where they are known. Warden Soffel is on the verge of col lapse. He has made up his mind to ten der his resignation as warden after the eonclusion of the prison board's investiga lion. Local Pollee Interested. Members of the local detective force are very much interested in the case. and Capt. Buardman has instructed the members of his force to be on the lookout for the fugl tives. The fact that one of their victims was a Pitt sburg detective increases inter est in *J affair. Dettetive Fitzgerald was known to every member of the local de tective force. all of whom regarded him as an alle man in his line of business. He had frequently performed duty here during cel *br.tans when large crowds were attracted to the- city. At the time of his funeral a bandsome floral design was sent by the mnmrs of the Washington police force. One of the local detectives also attended his funeral. At the time .of the arrest of the BIddles they gave their names as Wright. and the picture of John Biddle hears the name "Jean;: Wright. alias Biddle." His brother Edw~ard. who was shot and beaten by the off1. rs who made the arrest, was sent to the h'.spital and his picture was not ob tained for the rogues' gallery. Photo graphs of Robert Wilcox, who turned state's evidence, and also of his wife were secured, however, as was the picture of Jessie Wright, the reputed wife of John Bureau of identifleation. Supe'rintendent Evans of the national bureau of criminal identification was ready at a moment's notice to render valuable as sistance in the case.., He had in his offiee an excellent likeness of one of the escaped murderers as well as a complete descrip tion of him. In addition to this he was able to furnish photographs of others con Deeted with the case. One of these photo graphs was that of a woman t'hose move ments may eventually lead to the capture of her reputed husband. The local police think the work in this vase by Superintend ent Evans sp.-aks well for the bureau of tde-ntitieatioen and .sho'uld assist them in th'-ir efforts to have ''ongress make the In stitution a government affair, The women were arresqted, charged wIth JessIe B314l. weeelving stolen property, and were subee quently released. It is now believed that they were In communication with Mrs. Sof-i fel, the warden's wife, who is alleged to have assisted the Biddies to escape. TheI mnen had thr'eatened to kill Wilcox, whoe name has been prineted in the dispatches from Pittsburg as 'Dorman." His name was called by one of the Biddies about the time they were leaving jail. and it to sai thtone of the escaping prisoners would ~ked- him had the opportunity at Wtinx, alias Dorman, te a expert dik Rie aed sole reamar. Ho has not yet hem S~ frthe part he glgfin the binder of the gE9ert and eta&e They realize that the Biddies will not be taken without a fight. The reward for $1,000 offered for their ar rest will, it is expected, interest detectives all over the country, private. detectives as well as members of city forces, and the men's capture, it is believed, will be ef fected in a short time. Reports from Pjttsburg are that the men started west, but members of the Wash ington force think they may not have gone far from Pittsburg. The men, it is believed, will remain under cover within the limits of the Pennsylvania -city where they committed the crimes which resulted in their receiving death sentences. Story of the Murder. The report of Inspector Gray of the first police district of Pittsburg, made to Chief OYMara, explains how Detective Fitzgerald was murdered. His report states: "On the morning of April 12 at 11 a.m., in company with Detective P. X. Fitzgerald and County Det6ctive R. G. Robinson, I Robert Wilcox, went to 1714 Bedford avenue. and there ar rested Robert Wilcox and his supposed wife. We found in his room three revol vers under the pillow of his bed, and also revolvers in different parts of the room; in addition found burglar tools of all descrip tions, dynamite. chloroform and burglar's lamp. We also discovered a lot of stolen goods. diamonds, watches and silks. We took the prisoners to No. 2 police station, Center avenue. and locked them up. From there we went to 32 Fulton street, and, meeting Offleer Wess on the way, we took him along and stationed him on the out side. In the house, and on the first floor, we found and arrested John Wright. A re volver was found in his hip pocket. We left the man in charge of R. G. Robinson, and, with Fitzgerald. went upstairs. There we found Edward Wright. who was trying to escape by the window, and when he saw us he turned and started to tire, and killed Fitzgerald. I then clinched him and threw him down and wrested the revolver out of his hand. Begged for His Life. "He begged of me not to kll him. said he was done for and wanted to kiss his wife. I thought at that time he was about dying, as I supposed he was shot three or four times. I went to the window after that to call Officer Wess to come upstairs, and then dragged Wright into the hall and left him there in charge of Officer Wess. I went down stairs and told Officer Robin son that Fitzgerald was killed. Robinson asked 'What became of the other fellow?" and I said 'he is dead, too.' and he said, 'that is good.' I asked him where the woman had gone, and he said downstairs in the basement. I went down and got her, and when on the ground floor heard more shooting upstairs-three or four shots in succession. I ran up, thinking an other men had come on the scene, and I found Edward Wright in 'holds' with Of ficer Wess. We knocked him down, nnd had him removed to No. 2 police station, Center avenue, and from there he was re moved to the Mercy Hospital. He was Jennte Wilcox. shot three or four times. These men mur lered T. C. Kahne, a grocer of this city, at his home, 13 Albert street, and it was while in pursuit of them for this murder that Detective P. E. Fitzgerald lost his Life. Kahne was killed about 3 a.m. and Fitzgerald was killed the following day about 12:10) p.m. WADE AND DALTON HANCED. 1 F'wo Men Who Murdered J. B. Morrow in Portland, Ore, PORTLAND. Ore., January 31.-Joseph Wade and B. H. Dalton were hanged in the younty' jail yard this forenoon for the mur ler of James B. Morrow. November 14 last. Both men retained their nerve, and just r~efore the rope was put around Wade's rieck he said: "You may think I'm happy, aut I'm not." . Joseph Wade and B. H. Dalton murdered rames B. Morrow. intending to rob him, I hiorrow had been calling on a young lady and was on his way home about midnight mn November 14, when Wade and Dalton 1 itepped in front of him and ordered him to hrow up his hands. Morrow made a move is if to put his hands in his pockets, when le was shot dead, The murderers were ar 'ested three days later, At first each se aused the other of being the murderer, but mfter a few weeks Wa'de confessed that he ired the shot, Wade was born near Pittaburg, Pa. and Dalton at Atlanta. Ga. Wade and his vic tim were both under twenty-one years of ige, while Dalton was only twenty-three. )n Wednesday night Wade, who had treat !Md his approaching execution with levity, professed religion. According to a mission try who had visited the prsnr.Wade's yonversion was due, in part, at leasat to the prayers of his fellow-murderer, Dlton, who had received spiritual advice several weeks. Rural Free Delivery Route. The following rural free delivery routes will be established in Maryland March 1: Girdletree, Worcester county-Onte car rier; length of route, twenty miles: area covered, sixteen square miles; population served, 650; number of houses onrte 107: carrier, Robert El. Hickman, Hyattsville, Prince George's county--One carrier; length of rouate, twenty miles; area I govered, ten square miles; populationi served, 574; number of houses on' route, 135; carrier, Fred. A. Soule. Martne Corse orders. Capt. U. A. Jonas haa been deticed frota the marine barracks, Wj~igo navy ' 'ard, and ordered to Pi4sp1afer' duey. Cht t B, alsaaiI GOV. TAFT TESTIFIES Before the Senate Committee on the Philippines. Tells of Setting Up Governments in the Provinces. NATURE OF THE NATIVES The investigation into, the conditions In the Philippine archipelago apropos of the effort to secure legislation for the govern rnent of those islands was begun by the senate committee on the Philippines today. W. I. Taft, civil governor of the archi pelago, was the first witness called. There was a full attendance of members of the 3ommittee, and Senator Lodge. chairman f the committee, explained that the com nittee desired not only the fullest informa Lion concerning the islands, but any ad rice that Governor Taft might offer con !erning the questions at issue. Governor Paft began by saying that he had gone to the Philippines in the spripg of 1900 and lad visited almost all the provinces during the past year. He said that in all the Fill pino or Christian provinces there is a form if civil government. There are thirty-four >f these provinces. The Moros are all rriendly, except a few who had never been atherwise than hostile to the Spaniards. Even these were now being brought over by the prospect of trade, of which they are very fond. Going back to the beginning of the com nission's tour of the Island, Governor Taft said that it had only been undertaken after the re-election of President McKinley, when the time seemed ripe for the estab Lishment of local government in the islands. Describing this tour, he said the course was to present to the dignitaries of the narious places visited an explanation of the provincial and municipal acts. "We had some oratory," he said, "not from the rear platform of the train, but generally from the windows of the car." Provincial Governments Established. He then gave in detail the proceedings of the meetings at the various places visited, saying that some seventeen capitals of the rovinces were visited on the first tour. At iach place the delegation of the people were net, the prescribed special act was passed ind a governor appointed, who was author zed to organize municipalities. These pro rincial governments consist, he explained, >f governor, secretary, superintendent, :reasurer and a fiscal or prosecuting attor iey. In all cases where the selection could 3e made without arousing jealousies, na :ives had been chosen. All these appoint nents are temporary and next month their muccessors will be elected. When the fac :ions were too strong Americans were )laced at the head of each provincial gov ?rnment. In all cases the treasurer and uperintendent were Americans. Everywhere Received Cordially. The commission had first given its at :ention to the northern provinces, and in kpril started south on a trip of fifty-four lays. They had been received most cor lally everywhere. This latter remark led the witness into L few discursive remarks upon the subject >f Filipino hospitality. "The Spaniard," ie said, "will always tell you that his house a yours, but he doesn't always mean that rou should take him at his word, but the Pilipino will tell you the same thing and ie always means what he says. He will urn his family out and Install you in his iabitation.' Speaking of the Island of Negros, he said t was peculiar in its topography, and that 3rior to the coming of the commission there was difficulty in the matter of government. l'here were so many officers in the govern nent that of the $200,000 (Mexican) only tbout 110,000 was left for other expenses Lfter the payment of salaries. Gov. Taft said the commission had had in interesting experience in trying to re )rganize the province of Antique, but that he people resisted vigorously. He men loned that at San Jpse, the capital, they lisplayed a model of liberty enlightening he world, which was twenty feet high, and tad been dragged seven miles over a very ough road. On this monument there were itatues of Washington and McKinley. The Two Sultans. Gov. Taft said it had been found impos rible to put Filipinos over the Moros. The atter are subject to their datos, or chiefs, Lnd refuse to recognize the authority of a i'ilipino. There were, he said, two sultans, me in Mindanao and the other in the Jolo rroup, but the sultans do not always con rol their datos. The sultan of Mindanao s, he said, very .poor, but the sovereign of he Jobos is a thrifty man, who is con tantly trying to increase, his income, and onstantly getting into a row about It. The Jo1o sultan had, he said, refused to ecognize Spain's claim to any property on hie islands except the customs houses, and here is considerable question as to the wnership in many instances. This comn ilication existed not only between the sul an and the United States, but between the ultan and his subjects. In the Moro Provinces. In reply to Senator Hale, Governor Taft aid that no effort had been made tio extend he civil government of the United States o the Moro provinces beyond making a few uggestions bearing upon the revenue laws. Nothing has been done in that direction," e said. "Everything is going on just as it vas and the islands are under the control f the War Department, so far as the Inited States is concerned." Asked if the Moros were generally peace ul, the witness replied that they were ao xcept in individual instances. "There is," he said, "no war, nor even in urrection, in the M(oro provinces, but there .re occasional reports of the murder of tmerican soldiefs." He had no knowledge .f the reported fights in Mindanao. On its our the cnmamision had been attended nly by a corporal's guard on the steamer, ut thpre was a garrison of United States roops at every capital visited. Governor Taft referred to the federal arty in the islands, and said that he had een given a petition from this party to be resented to the American Congress, but ad not yet decided how to present it. The committee adjourned to meet at 11 'clock tomorrow. Governor Taft said as e left the committee room that he desired o return to Manila by May 1. Naval Orders. Lieut. E. T. Fitzgerald has been detached .s an assistant inspector of equipment at be Newport News Shipyard and Dry Doch 'ompany, Virginia, and ordered home on ick leave for two months. Chief Carpenter JT. G3. Tilden has been ilaced on the retired list of the navy, He rill continue duty at the Boston navy yard. Assistant Surgeon G3. M4. Mayers, from he Cavite Hospital to the Isla do Cga Aspesant Pamse G. W. Reeves,,fm he Zatiro to the Annaois L"eu* W. R. Gherardi, from the jnnap.o is to the Villalo. Ensign c. H. Fischer, from the w~aios ate~I ?sietfress thd*Eepts to SERIOUS DAIAGE ~DONE WATER HAS .WK&%hW4)"K POST OFFICE B!IODtNI3 WINDOWS. Files of the Slath Audaoe an Have Deen 14i, IiJuxMe--Eforts to ,Sp--Rof brabty. Serious dainw=g ha been lone to the files - of the sixtil. auditor's elice on the ninth floor of tbl ist building by snow water, which has bved through the -windowar3At belOi tbe 1in roof. In several roomms tie -floors are covered with water am iml4EP. Alcoves all along the main corridor have been emptied because of water which dripA steadily from the wall and ceiling. By noon today the clerks had cleared nearly alt the file books away from the water. The dalimage already done is thought to have: been very serious. For several hours yesterday afternoon the clerks'ascribed' the dripping water to a leak in the copper roof below the glass roof. At the end of thle glass skylight over the large court the roof descends perpendic ularly about ten feet and continues to the main walls in a series of dormer roofs, with copper draining channels between. These dormers shelter the spaces on the ninth floor, now .used as file rooms. The ceilings of the file rooms and the walls which rise from the floor In the corridor to the glass roof are now spltched with water and in many places dripfteadily. The as ptct is very much what it might be if a series of leaks had let the snow water through the roof. The Real Cause. Investigation has developed, however, that the real cause was not a leak in the roof. Instead the snow water has backed up and soaked through the walls under the window casings and the eaves of the glass roof. While the water 9pouts remain open the roof does not leak at all. But when the pipes are closed, as they are now closcd by ice and snow, the water 'Nbacks up" between the dormer windows and is held there as though in a tank. The most driving rain in the history of Washington could not overflow the water pipes. But the drifts of snow now hang ing at the edge of the glass roof have no waste channels at all. The files most seriously affected are those of the pay division and the division of assorting and checking. By law the auditor must retain his/ files for seven years. Some of these, Ath a series de voted to the reports of postmasters for the year 1898, are directly in line with the dripping -water and have been wet through. All the file books in t~e roomis where tihe water stands on the floor have been re moved to dry quarters, but were wet be fore they could be 'reached. Most of the books injured in this way contained the contracts for railway Mail service, foreign mails and star route service. It is be lieved none of the file books has been so badly injured as fb make their con tents illegible. Extent of tie InuJry. No one connected with the department would estimate the injury. If the wet pages dry in rolls and "crinkles" the bind ing of the books may liave tb he renewed. Several of the file cases must be replaced. The plaster is expected to dry, properly, but may possibly fall in the couloe of the op eration. While the donsequinces of the leakage are so probleniatical any estimate of the damage would, of course, be value less. Chief Clerk Taylor And the superintendent of the building, Rufus B. Merchant, will do, of course, everything in their power to avert further damage. Canvas has been hung between the wet walls and the file cases. The drip is being caught in buckets. This afternoon men will examine the roof from the windows and ascertain whether the snow can be shoveled away without en dangering the lives of the workmen. PROPOSED STATUES. Memorials of Joba Paul Jones and L'Enfant. Mr. Lodge has introduced in the Senate a resolution appropriating $10,000 for pre paring and improving a site upon a public reservation in this city for a monument to John Paul Jones. Mr. Gailinger has introduced a bill ap propriating $M),000 for the erection 4f a statue to L'Enfant in any public reserva tion other than the. Capitol or library grounds in this city. The Secretary of War, the officer in charge of public build 2ings and grounds, the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on library are appointed a commission to select a site and superintend the erection of a statue. CESSION TO VIRGINIA. The Attorney General to Inquire Into the Surrender of Alexandria County. A bill inquiring into the validity of the cession of 1846 by which the United States gave back to Virginia the land which that state had ceded as a part of the District of Columbia has been introduced in the House by Mr. Greene of Massachusetts. The bill authorizes the Attorney General to bring such suit or other proceeding at law, or in equity, on behalf of the United States, against the state of Virginia, or otherwise, as may, in his judgment, seem appropriate to ascertain and determine if the cession of pert of the District of Co lumbia -to the state of Virginia in 1846 was lawful and constitutional. If decreed uncon stitutional, Alexandria city and county are thereby restored to the jurisdiction of the United States4 to ascertain and report to Congress what sum will, in his judg ment, be a fair and just amount to~-be paid by the United Stat., to Virginia in place of the revenues that state now receives from the said city and county. GOVERNMENT-CVONTROLLED LINES. Consul Roosewttlepo e one the Bel staa ,4wys. Consul RtooseiesIt 4.iusbhas muadeai report to the State y manint in regard to the government rs~rads" of Belgium, from which it aupeast' tlt the state ex pended nearly ,OM;4e uiing the year 1900 in etist b gnsf r a~and increas ing traction . tra rthtion conven lences. During tpsa ~etthe receipts of the governmez rao *amounted to $40,380,000, being Ian iewUrof $1,540,000 over the receip4 for ths 14evious year. The adminstrat~ haW d a new 1o comotive wtl inge' er, for the purpose of giving gres, to freight trains. This- loonotj *vided with Wetigouebrake, *aiI~be used in drawing accomme 4~t~.ger trains consisting of a cona*%Wnumber of cars. The adminstra also ordered a new type of pase hving three axles, a latteral '4 permitting intereirculation aa4 *mdl agg car presenting the a eiharacterltics. These cars reontutiso thiat the guards can cireilate ro the end and ex ercise full uTIo Speelal ~~a ta. Mr. Mco~illan iodu UA i the Oen iwest of o. AT THE WHITE HOUSE: t ' An Executive Order as to the Use of t Influenoe. e, 00 GV SH CABAN SUAR tc ii secretary Gage Receives Regrets i and Good Wishes From Associates ti GOV. SHAW AT TREASURY 3 tc The following important executive order jo was issued by the President today before eq the adjournment of the regular meeting c of the cabinet, which had discussed the matter before the order was prepared: p3 Executive Order. c: All officers and employes of the United c( c States 6f every description, serving in or under any of the executive departments, hi and whether so serving in or out of Wash- c ington, are hereby forbidden, either di rectly or indirectly, individually or through associations, to solicit an increase of pay p or to influence or attempt to influence in their own interest any other legislation~ whatever, either before Congress or its committees, or in any way, save through th the heads of the departments in or under at which they serve, on penalty of dismissal H from the government service. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. p White House, January 31, 1902. re It is stated that the matter was first pI called to the attention of the President si some time ago by the Post Office Depart- n( ment. Later the subject was discussed at more length by other cabinet officers, all agreeing that something should be done-to er prevent the exertion of influences on Con- c gress for increases of salaries. Whether 81 the Postmaster General called to mind any o particular case deserving of an executive w order of the kind issued is not stated, but it is suspected that several bills before Con gress for the inerease of pay of postal em ployes belonging to various organizations R, probably had much to do with the order that the President has finally signed. These bills were pushe'd by the organizations. The subject was discussed for some time today before any action was taken. The t cabinet officials approved the President's In order and expressed the opinion that it was P1 eminently proper. m Duty on Cuban Sugar. e The President talked to his cabinet for el some time today on the duty of this coun- re try to Cuba and the rates that should be made for customs charges on Cuban sugar and tobaccos. The President did not refer particularly to tobacco, but expressed the opinion without qualipcation that there should be a reduction of approximately 25 per cent in the duty on Cuban sugar. It is F stated that the President has in no way pe weakened in his position as to what should in be done with Cuba, and his statement to the cabinet was probably to set at rest w anything that might arise tending to show pe a change in views. The President does not pe want to do any damage to the beet sugar m industry and the Louisiana planters, but feels that Cuba should have a reduction in Vi the neighborhood of 25 per cent. The beet NI sugar people claim that such a reduction to would ruin them,. and that at the outside da they could not stand more than 10 per cent. Secretary Gage Goes Out Tomorrow. tk This was Secretary Gage's last cabinet th meeting, and the President and the Secre- hi tary's associates individually expressed to tb him their sincere regret at the severance h1 of relations which always have been of the te, warmest and closest possible character. so The President said that he particularly re- rel gretted to say good-bye. At the close of the meeting the Secretary received a hearty hand'shake from each of the members pres ent, and in return for their good wishes ex- St, pressed the hope that time would deal gently with them and that they would be blessed with health and happiness. Ex-Gov. Leslie M. Shaw will take the lic oath of office as Secretary of the Treasury an tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the du Treasury Department, and a number of friends will be present. Justice Shiras will administer the oath. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw ro arrived in Washington last night, and went of to the Arlington Hotel; where they will fIN make their home for the present. This ino morning Mr. Shaw went to the treasury, ca where he had a talk with -Secretary Gage. T With the latter and Frank A. Vanderlip, trng ex-assistant secretary of the treasury, Mr. of Shaw went to the White House as the cab- de Inet was assembling, and was presented to fie] all the cabinet officers. Tonight Mr. Shaw al( and Mr. Vanderlip will attend a farewell Ba linner to Secretary Gage, to be given by the Treasury Club, composed of officers of the Treasury Department. Mr. Vanderlip ame to Washingtort from New York for He that purpose. Mr. Shaw spent this afternoon at the treasury looking into the workings of the :lepartment. He reiterates that chang-e. o wtill be few, if any. cal C. V. Rich, private secretary to Secretary he Trage, will remain with Mr. Shaw for the bil present at least. Mr. Rich has many offers be l'or employment with New York and Chi- mi 3ago banking houses. an About the Isle of Pines. on Senators Quay and Penrose presented T. Y. Keenan of Pittsburg to the President. IMr. Keenan was chairman of a meeting *, f Americans and others held at the Isle :>f Pines to pass resolutions urging that p steps be taken by which the isle should be Co tnnexed to the United States. The follow- a ng resolutions were passed at the meet- b ng, and these were presented to the Presi- b lent: ent "Resolved, That we, the undersigned, list >roperty owners and residents of the Isle T af Pines, representing in our own persons 335 r as authorized agents the ownership of to nore than one-half of the area of the Isle inc >f Pines, respectfully petition that the 'j formal acquisition of the island by the 31 Linited States be accomplished as speedily af Ls possible, and we earnestly hope that 'j s'hatever change in government such so- me luisition may involve, may be a change 313 n form only and that the flag of the T~ 'Jnited States, which for more than three the rears 'has floated above our island, may per iever be hauled down."nu Under the Cuban constitution the Isle wh2 >f Pines is not incorporated in that instru- bos nent as part of the republic, and its exact itatus is to be a question of determination. A l'he Americans think that the falland col c e ceded to the United States without Lifficulty. rep The Isle of Pines Is about as large a Asu he state of Rhode Island, 'has a wonder- froi ully delightful climate and a population of mr bout 3,000 people. eita A Talk With WoodwuE. wh< Lieutenant Govei-nor Timothy Woodruff ~ if New York had a conference with the ape Mrsident this morning about several New rork matters, The retention of Robert faarkey as naval officer of "the port of 8 lew York wasn oe of the subjects, Mr. See Woodruff is a fresid of Mr. harkey and of elieves the latter wil be given another GM era as naval -offlee. dittee. The committee will meet Monday ad report the il to the House, and it Is le purpose of Mr. Payne to begin the con deratio of the omsure in the House im ediately following the consideration of ae anti-oleomargarine bill. The reduction bill is rather long. as sev ral schedules have to be readjusted. All ites, however, are brought back to those dating before the Spanish war. The re eat section is brief and restores the old tes. In some cases, as in that of cigars. abacco, beer, etc.., changes have been iade since the original war taxes were aposed, so that a simple repeal of exist ig law would not restore the old rates. peelal sections cover these cases. But the ill effeet of the measure Is to restore all ke old rates, except that on mixed flour. ENLARGES I'M POWgag, I Prescribing Procedure for Spanish Treaty Claims Commission. The House committee on the judiciary day authorized a favorable report on Mr. Mkins' bill prescribing the mode of pro dure before the Spanish treaty claims Immission. This procedure is to conform so far as acticable to the mode of procedure of the rcult courts of the United States. The mmission is vested with authority to impel the attendance of witnesses, and te marshal of the District of Columbia or a deputies are authorized to serve all pro sses Issued by the commissIon. THE SWEEPING OF CHIMNEYS. laced Under Government Surveil lanee by Mr. Babeoek's Bill. A bill which places chimney sweeping in e District of Columbia under government surveillance has been introduced in the ouse by Mr. Babcock. The bill was pre Lred by the Commissioners, and is also commended by the chief of the fire de rtment. The bill authorizes the Commis Dners to appoint superintendents of chim w sweeps and to prescribe their duties. A communication from the Commission s to Mr. Babcock states that complaints ime to them as to the way chimneys are rept, and at present there Is no District ilcial whose duty it Is to supervise this ork. LIEUT. BROWN'S CASE. ecommendation of Clemency Ap proved by the President. rhe President has approved the recom- r endation of the Secretary of War that e sentence of dismissal imposed by court artial in the case of First Lieutenant reston Brown, Jr., 2d Infantry, be com uted to the loss of thirty-five files in lin .1 rank and forfeiture of half of his pay r nine months. Lieutenant BroWn was arged with having killed a Filipino who fused to rescue a: drowning soldier. TITLE TO PANAMA CANAL. E-Senator Pasco Will Give His Views t to the Senate Committee. 1 rhe absence of former Senator Pasco of 1 orida from the city prevented his ap arance before the Senate committee on p teroceanic canals today. Senator Pasco 11 appear before that committee, it is ex cted, some time next week. He will ap ar as the lawyer member of the Isth ian canal commission, and wil give his t ews In regard to the ability of the Pan- I Ma Canal Company to give a clear title its property to the United States in s the latter should decide to purchase as has been proposed, for 10,000,000. nator Pasco will be very closely ques- I mned by members of the committee on is subject, and will have placed before a the views of those Who are convinced at the Panama Canal Company could not re a clear title to Its property. Tie aring will not be before the full commit- C !. but before a subcommittee, appointed W me time ago for the taking of testimony ating to the subject of the conla. n THE ATLANTIC IN PEBRUARY. t army Weather May Be Expected q North of Hatteras. [he naval hydrographic office made pub- I today its ofilcial forecast for the wind I d weather over the north Atlantic ocean a ring February. It is as follows: 'Stormy weather along the transatlantic d ites and off the American coast north Hatteras. Fresh to strong gales, chiefly i the western quadrants, at times reach. Las far south as the 25th parallel. Oc- L sIonal northers in the Gulf of Mexico. ades to the east of the Bahamas, inclin to the northeast. Occasional fog north the transatlantic routes, longitude 4!1 I rrees to 06 degrees west. Icebergs and d ,d ice to the east of Newfoundland and C mng the eastern edge of the Grand nks." U REPORTING TYPHOID FEVER. ouse Bill Passed by the Senate With- F out Amendment. t he Senate this afternoon passed with t amendment House bill 8750, to require ses of typhoid fever In the District to be ported to the health department. The 1 was passed Immediately after it had en reported to the Senate from the comn ttee on the District of Columbia without tendmnent. It was passed by the House o the 27th instant. CAPITAL TRACTION COMPANY. er 2S,O000,000 Pauseuger. Carried- ti Receipts Over 1,500,000- a resident Dunlop of the Capital Traction a mpany today transmitted to tjxe House tatement covering the receipts and dis- ti -sements of that company for the year a lIng December 31, 101, together with a f1 of the stockholders of the company. p he receipts for the year, which include a ,547 balance in the treasury, amounted $1,515,212. The operating expenses, not luding interest and taxes. were 1501L,171. he company has a paid-up capital of1 ,000,000, a funded debt of $1,00,000 ad loating debt of $20,0.ie he total cost of the road and equip nt, including real estat is given as he number of paengeer. carried during I year was 2S,3U,565. There were 151 won. injured during the year. Of this saber 68'were burt tn stepping off earsa lie in motion and 3 in attempting to trd a moving ear. di enerlem Gets Mewsman Ceneeuatem. w mnul General Banns at Monterey has ti orted to the State Department that an l erican citisen has obtained a eonneemion ~ in the Megia government floe a mnod gas plant for liting and heating the of Monterey. he ost of the pet a completed, will be $1SIS0gandthe ipinent, which will be fuerned ian the ted State., will he monnen in every re..b at ""mie' Maomas itediaed a 6bl in the i late today proW~mg bir the ewamagam Wy-mings' ausnne fea nastrest to U impiaa avenue, . lanotes ---nd et 4-m gtbm, -00& WHat og flmnasama am mma his seam aE me Ami WsmnalmE DO YOU WANT ANYTHING? If so, make yew want knows through the advertising cohanms of The Evening Star, and the chances are ten to one that it wil come to you or that you wi hear of it at once. 3' Everybody in Washington reads The Star. WELCOME TO SCHLEY Ditizgna of Nashville Have Planned a Great Demo..tration, IOIIE-IAIII ET ICE 11 DEW The Program Includes Visits to Two Un:versites Ther. BANQUET BY TEMPLARS NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 31.-A 1oisy welcome awaits Admiral Schley. Every bell, whistle, cannon and noise-saok ,ng device will be set going when he -eaches the city this evening. The reception committee will meet the rain at Bowling Green. U7pon their ar rival the Admiral and Mrs. Schley will be secorted to their hotel by the Knights remplar and members of the Retail Mer :hants' Association. The formal exercises will begin at 6:30 )'clock tomorrow morning with a parade >f two companies of confederate vett rans n uniform, the state militia and fraternal, Ivic and commercial organizations. Th-sA >odies will escort the Admiral and Mrs.. lchley to the capitol, where addresses of welcome will be delivered-by Governor Mc dillan and the representative of the Cnights Templar, city and commercial or anlzsations. Admiral Schley will visit Vanderbilt and iske universities in the afternoon, and at ight he will be given a banquet by the Knights Templar. The ladies of the pa riotlc societies will tender a reception to Ira. Schley at the time of the Templar banquet. Admiral and Mrs. Schley will be taken :o the Hermitage on Sunday morning and will attend services in the old chuirch rected by Andrew Jackson and in which ie worshiped. The program for Monday Includes a visit o the Peabody Normal College in the norning and a public reception at the Tab ,rnacle In the afternoon. At night the Admiral and Mrs. Schl. y 0il be given a reception by Maj. and Mrs. 3. B. Stahlman and on Tuesday murning he guests will leave for Knoxville. Last Day at Leuisville. LOUISVILLE, ky.. January 31.-Aftr wo days of constant activity Admiral Ichley's last day In this city was spent Luietly at the home of his host. Marion S. .aylor. president of the Louisville bo-rd of rade. Both the admiral and his wife, rearied by yesterday's exertions, ftlt the teed of a rest. and only a few callcrs wtre eceived at the Taylor residence. A committee of Nashville citizens. com osed of E. B. Stahlman, C. F. Frizzolt, E. V. Foster, Th'odore Cobley. J. E. Wash ngton, John W. Morton. A. W. IN ails, m. I. Brennecke, W. W. Northern and L. R. Uastman. is expected to arrive In Wtwling Ireen to escort Admiral and Mrs. Schley o Nashville. The city's guests will leave ,ouisvllle at 3 o'clock In te Private car of "resident ]Wilton H. Smith for the Tennes ee capital. EAUTE1UAEE AND LANDSLIDE. kemutain Rent by the he a 1S119 of Washlagten. PORT TOWNSEND. Wale., January 31. -According to a report which has Just eached here an earthquake and landslide ccurred In the Olympia mountains in the restern portion of Jefferson county just rior to the big storm last week. The ewe was brought here by a passenger ar lying from down the straits, who stated at Indians report that a number of earth uake shocks were felt. They were fol iwed by a cracking noise. The next day indian hunters came to the coast and rc orted that one of the peaks in the Olym Ic range had brokers off and mld into a mall valley, which was uninhabited anid as a favorite nunting ground of the lii lans. DOER ATTACK REPULBUED. crd Kitehemer Reports an Atteek em Du Meuitm' Oamp. LONDON, January 31.-Lord Kitchener, a dispatch from Pretoria, dated Thurs ay, January 30, reports that the camp of ol. L E. Du Moulin of the Sussex Regi lent, was attacked by Niewboudt's comn and and that after severe fighting the oers were repulsed. Lord Kitchener also reporta that General rench captured twenty-six men belonging >Fouche's command, in the northeastern irt of Cape Colony, and that the command as completely scattered. muST SETTLE ALL ACOOUWTB. Centred et Army Omeers meee Leavtag OCuba. The War Department has received copieq a circular letter issued by General Wood, ie military governor of Cube, intended to sa.ar against any entanglemnents in a zanclal way incident to the outgoing of ie military administration of the island id the establishment of the Cuban gov -nment. The order is as follows: ''In order to facilitate the setitlement of reir accounta, all officers of the U. 5. my ,responsible for insular property and inds, will furnish without delay such ex lenations as may be elled for by the Aditor for the'TIlawd of Cuba, No eooer ill be permitated to leave the Mandi untif is accounts are settled, and in order to rold an unnece=sary stay in the idand Nter the military government is turned mor to the Cuba governmena tr~,iet lengdiance with these orders Is 4* DEAIaman PATNE'S STATEMEWT. eaSes Repert easedlmg Efeet et Aetten om Was Rewme Taxes. D~haraman Paye of the Hessm ways ant an asomittiee tay eatherins e gel winag statemen: "A ripest in haas in strioedy eatee to te Mdt that the iy5 and means esammitte b te dkig -o in em tije 26 redsing war tanee, baa direstly sought to pe gf the suligeet Cohba .e~~dy 1 ees- he thrfe estsad the -roee pert eapears to he the see of a mix we etuIrst m and ewarranted ameestes. Th test is that the ways 14 moans a==mmmen ha. taham ao Wate the musst Cubam recipsesty, not is theas bee ebene mer e x ss et WISYD anen th ...ma-s, e? muag t e eeu-ilo et me atmane medl warat any m ha , ths -me e perpese to with the inbin me sweeneases -a up ese was ~ ate of at