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NO. 15,269. -WASINGTON, D. 0., MONDAY, JNROARY a, 1902-TWELVE PAGES. TWO OENTS.
TEE NM mr" MMIUUmK aMu, Tnsr NDAY. Swim= Cbee, 1dl MWsi ' lmPy Avnas, The Eveaing Sta Newspape ompay. . . KAUFFRANN, PneL Now Yok offis in Trimas Umi The Evening Star is served to subewether t the ity by carriera, on their mw we at 110 cents per Week. or 44 cents per mth. at the eounter. 2 cents each. P- 'aal-as IN the U.S. orCanada-postage peepid-ocents per nsth. Saturday Quintuple Sheet Star. $1 Per year; With foreign pnotage added, . . (Entered at the Post Offce at WanhitonD. D 0., as seeond-class ma matter.) E7All mall snbecriptlons must be paid in advanee. Rates of advertising made known = applisation. BUILDING HEIGHTS Conference Today Between Commis sioners and Senate Committee. COISTRUCTIOI OF TAIL STRUCTURED Measures to Prevent Disfiguration of the District. VIEWS OF THE AUTHORITIES The District Commissioners met In con ference this afternoon with Chairman Mc Millan and a subcommittee of the Senate committee on the District of Columbia in the committee rooms at the Capitol at 2 o'clock for the purpose of discussing the present law limiting the height of buildings in the District and possible amendments to the act. The conference was brought about by the following letter forwarded to the Commissioners by Mr. Charles Moore, clerk of the Senate District committee: "The matter of the height of buildings in the District of Columbia was brought be fore the committee at its meeting this morning (Friday), and it was decided to tr.ke up at once the matter of amending the present law so as to prevent the erec tion of buildings calculated to disfigure the District. The subcommittee will be glad to meet the Commissioners of the District of Columbia at 2 o'clock on Monday next to discuis this matter with them; and in the meantime the subcommittee would be pleased to have the Commissioners draft such amendments to the law as in their judgment will be calculated to attain the object sought." It Is understood that generally speaking the Commissioners are in favor of the regu lations as they stand at present. The Sen ate committee is understood to have taken up the subject of further limiting the hicght of buildings in connection with a grand scheme for the beautification of the capital city in accordance with the report of the park commission recently printed. Proposed Construction. One of the reasons that lead up to the lrmediate consideration of the matter, it is stated, is the reported proposed erection of a tall building on the triangular lot at the southwest corner of 17th street and Penn sylvania avenue, the site overlooking the State. War and Navy building, and the serares proposed to be condemned at some t-me in the future for additional depart ine ntal buildings. The plans for the pro f-SO:d new building have not as yet been sohmitted to the Commissioners for ap proval. It is stated that tinder the presemt law the building could not be greater than 111 feet in height, because Pennsylvania avenie at that point is only 140 feet wide. Th: Senate committee recently wrote to the Commissoners inquiring as to this pro posed building and were answered in line with the statement made above. The Law in Force. The present law on the subject of height of buildings is contained In Public Act 102, approved March 1, 1899. Prior to that date the law was In the shape of a regulation adopted by the District Commissioners. Section 4 of the act provides: "That no building shall be erected or altered on anf street in the District of Columbia to exceed in height above the sidewalk the width of the street in its front, and in no case shall a building ex ceed 90 feet in height on a residence street nor 110 feet on a business street, as desig nated by schedule approved by the Com missioners of the District of Coumbia, ex cept on business streets and business ave nues 16Q feet wide, where a height not ex ceeding 130 feet may be allowed. The height of buildings on corner lots shall in all cases be regulated by the limitations governing on the broader street: Provided, that spires, towers, and domes may be erected to a greater height than the limit herein prescribed, when approved by the Commissioners of the District of Colum Other sections of the act prescribe that no combustible or non-fireproof building in tended to be used and occupied as a resi dence or as an apartment house or hotel shall be erected to a- height of more than five stories or raised to a height exceeding 60 feet from the sidewalk; that buildings intended for business purposes solely may be erected to a height of 75 feet without being of fireproof construction and that all buildings, except churches, hereafter erected or altered to exceed 75 feet in height shall be fireproof or non-combustible and of such materials throughout as may be prescribed by the District Commission ers. Churches must be of fireproof con struction up to and including the main or auditorium floor. Was Carefully Drawn. These regulations were drawn up. it Is stated, after a careful inquiry into othe question of height- of buildings and a study of the regulations in effect In Amer ican and European cities. The Commission -ers believed that aside from the estheule standpoint and the desire to bring about a conformity in the buildings of the city there must also be a practicable reason given for promulgating the regulations in order that they might hold in a legal proceeding. Thus it was that the element of practicability andl public safety entered largely into the deductions drawn In considering the mat ter and finally settling upon the heights in dicated. The chief of the fire department was called into consultation, and he asserted that it would be impossible for the Wash ington department to fight a fire above :he height of ninety feet. The Commissioners thereupon fixed ninety feet as the max imum height for dwellings and apartment houses in the residence sections of the Dis trict. Upon this statement It was also pro vide.d that businees buildings non-fireproof in construction should not exceed seventy flve feet In height. The owners of buildings taking advantage of the greater heights al lowed .on business streets have been com pel led to provide for fire-proof construc tion.. Partly a Comapromise. - The law on the subject as It Stands at present is something of a compromise, too. When the regulations were under consid eration considerable pressure was brougnt to bear on the Commissioners by those in favor of still further limiting the height of buildings and those in favor of placing no limit whatsoever on fire-proof construction. The Commissioners considered the regu lations of Chicago and New York on the subject. It seems that in Chicago there was a regulation limiting the height of buildings to 130 feet, but the commercial spirit of the city is such that when a pinch came the city authorities waived the reg ulation and allowed the owners to con struct buildings practically to their own desired height. It is stated that the same state of affairs exists in New York, where the regulation prescribes 150 feet as the maximum, and where exceptions have been miade to permit of the construction of a "sky-scraper". 305 feet high. A number of authorities on the subject et buildings and acquainted with the legal aspects of the situation doubt very much U a limitation of height. based purely on an esthetic foundation or consideration of et the diagurement of the city, could be enforced. Endustralj Ce L~ma w aur - A joint resolution introduced In the hgouse by Mr. Ote provide. tha the imustral e""io*"s. shall turn ose to the Lasary Sf . Cog aD eBIts e l mal am and aa 0. the volummes and paMphete wate i hae alced fro-n th a rioause slates d t BODIES IN MORGUE Bemains of Biddle Brothers Taken to Pittaburg. CROO UlNRULE TO SE TEt Mrs. Soffel is Getting Better in Butler Hospital. PREPARING A DEFENSE PITIBBURG, Pa., February 3.-The re mains of Edward and John Biddle, the dead bandits, arrived at the Pittsburg and West ern railroad station shortly after 8 o'clock this morning and were at once taken to the Pittsburg morgue. In spite of the intense cold and the comparatively early hour of their arrival hundreds of persons gathered in the waiting room by 7:30 o'clock, and by the time the train arrived the crowd had in creased to a thousand or more. When the train drew in there was a rough scramble to get to the platform of the depot, during which several were bruised by being crushed against the side of the stairway. The remains were in rough boxes, in charge of Detectives Roach and Swinehart, who were accompanied by Dep uty Sheriff Hoon, Constable Aaron Thomp son and J. Holliday of Butler. The morgue wagon was waiting and the bodies were quickly driven to the morgue for identifica tion. An immense crowd soon gathered, but a large detail of police prevented them from entering the building. The remains of the murderers will be turned over to their brother. Harry Biddle, who will see that they receive proper interment in the South Side cemetery. The funeral will be conducted as privately as possible and Rev. Father Sweeney, the priest who rendered spiritual advice to the Biddies while they were in the Pittsburg jail, will conduct the services. Mrs. Soffel's Condition. Dispatches from the Butler hospital this morning report Mrs. Soffel's condition as unchanged. While it is believed she will get well, the danger is not passed, and on account of this uncertainty in her condition nothing is being done in the way of prep arations for her removal to Pittsburg. If she lives, in addition to answering to the charge of aiding prisoners to escape, she will be confronted by charges of furnishing the Biddies with firearms and aiding .e felonious assault upon the jail guards and the officers who effected the capture In Butler. Mrs. Soffel is already taking steps to de fend herself. and has written to a promi nent Pittsburg attorney to engage his serv ices. Her father is said to be q'ulte well to do, and as her parents are relenting she hopes to receive aid from them. The prison board is satisfied Mrs. Soffel had assistance within the prison walls, and before the Biddle incident is finally closed it is probable there will be an a'lmost en tirely new force of attaches at the jail. The county authorities do not believe Ed Biddle's dying statement implicating Jennie Seebers in the Kahney murder, and it is not likely any action will be taken by them. Biddies' Plan to Escape. Wearing the garb of nuns of the Roman Catholic Church, under the protecting wing of which the condemned murderers had found spiritual rest, the Biddies and Mrs. Soffel hoped to make their escape. It was Mrs. Soffel's plan, and the arrangement was that as soon as the trio had reached a place of temporary safety they were to don the black robes and veils as traveling Oasters of Mercy. They had planned to make for some remote mining place in Catlda, where they were to live together. Mrs. Soffel's dead lover had told her that he intended to give up his former nefari ous trade and work in the mines with Jack. This plan was made known to Dr. McCurdy Bricker at the Butler hospital by Mrs. Soffel, and was confirmed by Jack Biddle on Saturday. It was not Jack's intention to always re main with his brother and his sweetheart. While Dr. Bricker was attending the dis pirited woman at the hospital she con fided to him this plan of escape. 'Jack Biddle told Dr..Bricker before he died that they were at a loss for some plan to disguise themselves when they broke jail. This problem was unsolvable to them for days. At last Mrs. Soffel hit upon this means for her lover and his brother. it was proposed to the condemned men only two weelks ago. That was the only link in their chain of flight that had not been forged by the men. Ed. Biddle tolil Mrs. Soffel he had many friends in Toledo, Ohio, and in Michigan. When once among thei they would secure qome assurance of their future freedom. With Mrs. Soffel rId. Bid die planned their future as -husband and wife. The thought that tUough the result was death, she had assisted her lover to escape the scaffold, seemed to soothe Mrs. Soffel's mind and wounds today. She remarked to the attendants in the hospftal that she had accomplished her purpose arid was ready to meet her fate. I '. LEAVES OF CLERKS. Statements Compiled in the War and State Department. A statement compiled by the War Depart ment in regard to leaves of absence taken by its employes during the calendar year 1901 shows that the average aggregate leave taken by each emnploye during the year was 33,17 days, of which 25.90 was an nual leave and 7.27 days' leave un account of sickness. It is stated that 1,152, or more than US per cent of the 1,728 employes of the War Department took less than 80 days' annual leave. Only 134 employee took the full 30 days' sick leave, and 675 em ployes took no siek leave; 8 took less than one day, 95 took one day, 81 took two' days, 79 took three days, 73 took four days, 55 took five d'ays, 66 took six days, 37 took seven days. 41 took 8 days. 41 took nine days, 27 took ten days, 20 took eleven days, 21 took twelve days, 27 took thIrteen days, 28 took fourteen days and 21 took fifteen days; to summarize, 1,393, or more than 80 per cent of the 1,728 employes did not ex ceed 15 days sick leave during the year. A similar statement prepared at the De partment of State shows that each of the eighty-nine employes of that department took an average total leave of 31 day. during the calendar year 1901, made up of an average of 23 days' annual leave and 8 day.' sick leave. FIRST PAYMElNT BY CHINWA. Minister Conger Reeeves an Install ment ga the Indemaity. A cablegram has been received at the State Department from United State. Min ister Conger at Pekin announncing that ho has received the first payment from the. Chinese gorersnent on account of the in dmanity. Es will hold the me~ to his order unti the qualification of te trust comuny wich Is about to undertake to do an American banking bnutnnem in C and the Philippines, Clalmo'e U... Willoett. The House eemmamae' on ak.td ' agre te vapust a I ew' the adft .e ugm 2= dmaa WIammse a. GALE AT NEW YORK Two Tags Founder Trying to Aid Stranded Steamer. BOTH CREWS WERE 81D Wreckage Coming Indicates.That There Have Been Disasters. SEVERAL VESSELS ASHORE .I NEW YORK, February 3.-A strong gale from the west-northwest, which began early last evening, continued all through the night and this morning. The maximum velocity of the wind was sixty-five miles an hour, and at 9 a.m. today the local weather bureau instrument showed that it was blowing at the rate of fifty-six miles an hour. All the nearby marine sta tions reported the sea rough, and from dif ferent points along the coast there came news of wrecks and of vessels ashore. The tugs John E. Berwind and E. S. Atwood, which were sent to the stranded steamer Cavour at Long Beach yesterday, were un able to return to port and both sank about eleven miles east of the Sandy Hook light ship. The crews were rescued by the Ger man steamer Barcelona. The tugs left the Cavour about 4 o'clock yesterday after noon, and within an hour both were in a sinking condition. The seas broke over the craft and washed away everything movable, the water gradually filling the holds until it was above the floor of the fire room and began to put out the fires. The Berwind's pilot house was smashed, and the water flooded her Tire room. Rescued by the Barcelona. About 5:30 o'clock the Bareclona was seen approaching and the tugs steered to ward her to ask assistance. She stopped and made a good lee, so that the tugs were able to run alongside. A rope ladder was lowered and the men from the tugs scram bled on board. Fourteen men, all told, were saved, seven from each tug. Fifteen minutes after the rescue the Atwood went down and some time later the Berwind dis appeared. Fire Island reported a ship ashore at Point Loohout and a barge in distress near the Forge Rivesi life-saving station. The barge was anchored about two miles off shore, and was rolling badly. Those on shore could not tell whether there was at:y one on board the barge. The name of the ship could not be seen from the Point Lookout station. Atlantic City reported that an unknown four-masted schooner went ashore during the night on the Brigantine Shoals, :ear where the Claverdale grounded yesterday. Fire Island reported that the beach five miles east of the Bellport life saving sta tion was covered with wreckage and it was believed that a coal barge had been lost. Steamship Cavour Still Aground. The steamship Cavour, which stranded several days ago off Long Beach, L. I., weathered the gale well, and with the kedge and lines which she has out held her position well. No effort will be made to ull her off until the weather has set PHILADELPHIA, February 8.-Only one serious disaster to shipping had been re ported to the maritime exchange from the life saving stations between the Delaware Breakwater and Barnegat up to 10 o'clock this morning. This was the grounding on Brigantine Shoals, near Atlantic City, of an unknown four-masted schooner which went aground during the night near the big steamship Claverdale. Barnegat reports that an unknown five masted schooner, with all its sails torn away except the jib, passed that station this morning bound north. The wind at the Delaware Breakwater which reached a velocity of nearly fifty miles an hour last night, had fallen to thirty-three miles an hour at 9 o'clock to day. No damage has been reported to the shipping at the Breakwater. Two Wrecks Reported. LONDON, February 8.-The first officer of the French ship Chanaral was landed at Falmouth today. He is the sole survivor of tll crew of twenty-two men of the ves sel, which was capsized off Ushant. The bark wrecked off the Sicilly Islands last evening, and which was supposed to be a German vessel, turns out to have been the Italian bark Lofaro. The bark Lofaro was built in 1876 and was owned by F. Lofaro, of Naples. She was of 063 tons net register. The Chanaral was owned by A. D. Bordes and Son of Dunkirk, France. She was built at Greenock in 1875, and was of 1,388 tons net register. The ship was 239 feet 4 inches long, had 38 feet 3 inches beam, and was 21 feet 4 inches deep. Ushant is the most westerly of the is lands off the coast of Brittany, France. Schooner Edith Alleu Ashore. ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., February 3. The schooner which went ashore on Brig antine Shoal is the Edith L. Allen, from Brunswick, Ga., for New York, lumber laden. There is no change in the position of .the British steamship Claverdale, which strand ed on Brigantine Shoal in a dense fog yes terday morning. A high wind prevails, and the wrecking tugs have not been able to render assistance to the distressed vessel. It is probable it will be neessary to re move her cargo before she can be floated. The Claverdale was bound from China an Japan for New York, 'with a cargo valued at $,500,000, consisting of 4,000 tons of tea and 8,000 tons of general cargo. The cw of twenty-five men remains aboard. Te stranded ship is visible from the boardwalk here, and thousands of visitors are viewing the unusual spectacle of a great steel steamship lying almost out of the water. The Claverdale is almost a new vessel. having beep built at Stockton, England, in 1899. She hails from London, and-is owned by F. Haslehurst & Co. She is built of steel, andi is a modern cargo carrier, reg isteripg 300 gross tons. Her length is 330 feet, beam 48 feet, draught 24 feet. STORM RAGING INLAND, TOO. New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey All Visited. MALONE, N. Y., February 8.-No storm in recent years in northern New York has reached such serious proportions as the one now prevailing. It commenced at noon on Bunday and in less than eight hours three feet of snow had fallen. ,For the last ten hours the wind has been blowing asal~e. The New York Central train from Utica is five hours late and similar con ditions exist on the Rutland ,railroad. IqEWARIK, N. Y., February 8.-The worst storm of the season is raging inWae county. It began atO 9o'clockyetsa morniag. The temperature was fu o grs above sero at 8 o'clock this ssorn. lng. Trains on the New York mentral, Wst Obare and Pensyivania -rd 4 delayea ad all country reads are sie... UALLOTON, NL., aBibrusty' 3,..&te before It. Stu uses were roched by the EBENSBURG. a .-The most severe snow dtOrna at has visited the mountains in recens.teamhas been raging here for tt 1OM tWD days. Busi ness is almost ended ng its con tinuance. Al ins 2on ter Ebensburg branch of the Cabrl and Waarfield divi sions are snowe0 up. The-regular pas senger trarw In a rUt east of Vin tondale and--trWS lIs beeh suspended. Rifts- ten feh stah in angr. places block country rOas PHILADELPHIA, February .-But lit tle snow-has-tallen in this section of the state during the -last twenty-four 'hours, but the high wiun has done considerable damae t tei.Ub and %@ephone wires. Reperta Mrmti:. peat regim state that the celd is in many plas the mercury having fallen thirty degrees In twelve hours. UTICA, N. Y., February &.-A fearful blizzard prevails in central and northern New York. The railroads are tied up and there is no prospect of the north and south lines getting open tot. several days. On the Central a few passenger trains are being pushed through from four to eight hours late. Freighirtrains are abandoned. The telephone system here has been great ly disarranged. Spaelal Dippateb to The Evening Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., February 3.-A blizzard prevails in this section, being es pecially severe at Frostburg, where streets are almost impassible from snowdrifts, and where some people are shut up in their houses by snow five and six feet high piled against their doors. Many country roads are impassable and the delivery of rural mails is stopped. It is with great diffi culty that the roads are kept open. CORRY, Pa., February 8.-The worst bliz zard for many years 'hah raged in this re gion for the past twenty-four hours. It has caused great damage to the railroads and to telegraph and telephone wires. The Pittsburg express from Buffalo, haul ed by three engines, arrived here eight hours late. Getting Cold at Cleveland. CLEVELAND, February 3.-The furious storm that prevailed throughout this sec tion yesterday was followed by a sharp drop in temperature. The government thermometer at the local weather bureau registered zero early today, while on the streets many 1-rstruments indicated three or four degrees. blow 'serd. Traffic on the trunk lines east of Cleveland is badly im peded owing to the unusually heavy fall of snow. Trains on the Lake Shore reported from the east were from five to seven hours late this morntrig. The delay, how ever, was said to be all east of Buffalo. On the eastern end of the Erie road pas senger trains are runiting from two to three hours late, whilesIanytreight trains are entirely tied up IJ hug snowdrifts. The storm proved most disastrous on the line between Meadville and Salamanca, where immense snowdtrts, from seven to ten feet in depth. fornod on the tracks. CHARGED WITi. SWINDLING. James B. Agnew of Wew Work Under Arrest in Shirago. CHICAGO, February K-Janes B. Agnew, who claims relationshIp to a well-known Philadelphia family of that iame, is under arrest here charged with swindling several hundred physicians'i Minols? Iowa, Michi gan, Minnesota and Whtort out of small sums of money. He is hargetwith having fraudulently obtained 4h sibscriptions to a Chicago medical publll on; Agnew came to Chicago f New SUICIDE'S IDENTITY ISCOVERED. Mrs. Hammond Modrq Killed Herself in 'Iisco. SAN FRANCISCO, February .-The identity of a middle-aged, richly-dressed woman who committed suicide in Stockton on Friday night has been established by friends in this city. . She was Mrs. Ham mond Moore of New York city, the widow of Col. Hammond Moore, an officer of the confederate army, whoe-settled in New York shortly after the civil war. She came to San Francisco from Guatemala last May in the course of a tour around the world, which she began three years ago, and which had just been concluded. The cause of her suicide is unknown. GOING TO THE PHILIPPINES. Secretary Root Hopes to Visit the Is lands Next "mmer. In case it can be arranged Secretary Root will visit the Philippine Islands during the coming summer for the purpose of making a personal Inspection of existing condi tions. He had intended to go with Adjutant General Corbin and other bureau officers last year, but was prevented by ill-health and the press of business. He would like to accompany Civil Governor Taft back to Manila in May next, but feels that it would be inadvisable to absent himself from the United States during the session of Con gress, especially during the consideration of important measures affecting the gov ernment of the Philippines and the'military service, as well as the measpres relating to the affairs of Cuba. Unless something un foreseen prevents the Secretary will start for the Philippines soon after the adjourn ment of Congress, and arrangements are now being made with a view to his departure in August at the latest. It Is predicted that the Secretary will be able to straighten out. the taigles in the government of the Phil ippines arising from the di'vided responsi bilities between the civil hbnd military au thorities. PROPERTY USED DY GOVERNMENT. Reports Made on Eselh Claima by an Army DBedt,, Congress at its last session provided that the Secretary of Wat snipuld investigate and report on claims a.fi otisens residing within the limits of tjie United States for private property.. use4 or taken by the United States during the Snish-American war. A boardbf oliners ~as appointed to consider all such claj reelved at the War Department. Thewea~d stade a report on nach claim and thb repts have been transmitted to Congreasmsasured by law. These reports are prgnedl aiouse Docu ments 502, FIf ty-4mt ~gn, second ses sion, and 151, Fifty-seel .ongress, first session. Rouse bill 86at, Fi Congress, proposes to aprlaten* asum of $55, 775.21 to pay the pa~perty taken and used by the govrn - Many inquirles ar ssnelved at the War Department borgts as well as from senators ana a~fe as to the status of these elaiie 4Utment is of flcially made at the 4t that noth ing can be done jn until Con-. gress makes theon. INDIANA LUIAV 4 CAO. Movements 9f Ote Regeated to the Nayp p rm amt. In consequence of the NaI4 peaceful con dition of affairs im Vettsem., the Navy De partment has with wgthJe batl sh Indiana from Curseso, Dutch Gune, where sh, was held 1ik isqines to proceed to La Guaira, th.r ges in asg of emergency. Th~ e "ojth at Culebra, ar The Nt~ AT THE WHITE HOUSE resident Getting at Facta in the Sohley Case, TLD WITH FOUR NIL MICERS Another Conference on the Cuban Sugar Tariff. OTHERS OF TODAY'S CALLERS President Roosevelt has begun considera tion of the appeal of Admiral Schley. He is going at it, too, in a most thorough and systematic manner-in a way !Ighting over again the naval battle of Santiago. With the President for a long time today were four of the commanders of vessels in that memorable conflict between the navy of Spain and the United States. These men were Rear Admiral Evans, who command ed the bat~e ship Iowa; Rear Admiral Taylor, in command of the Indiana; Cap tain Clark of the famous Oregon, and Com mander Wainwright, who handled the Gloucester. These men arrived at neon and after that the President denied himself to all callers, the only other person received being Sec retary Hay, who had a matter to be dis posed of. It is exceedingly rare that the President becomes so deeply engaged in any matter as to deny himself to callers for the remainder of a day, and this goes to show the importance he attaches to this case. Constant interruption would prevent his getting a continuous and firm grasp ot the fact he is seeking. It was a rather in teresting coincidence that two Maryland representatives, Messrs. Wachter and Schirm, were among the visitors who were asked to call again. On finding that it was consideration of the Schley case that pre vented their being received they expressed gratification. They were accompanied ' by James T. Bradford, colored, of Baltimore. They will later present Mr. Bradford to the President as a suitable candidate for an auditorship. The four naval captains were with the President in his office until after 1:30 o'clock and then went down to lunch with the chief executive, continuing to discuss the Schley case until they left the White House several hours later. The President Is securing from these men every avail able fact in connection with the case. It is regarded as certain that he will have inter views with other naval captains and officers who were at Santiago before he will reach any conclusion as to the appeal of Admiral Schley. Conferring About Cuba. Another important conference at the White House was held early in the morn ing. Representatives Payne and Grosvenor of the ways and means committee of the House, the former chairman of the com mittee, talked for some time with the Pres ident about a tariff on Cuban sugar. They -found the President. unchanged in his at titude thit something must be done for Cuba by a reduction of duty on sugar. Representative Grosvenor had with him a leather case full of facts and figures. It is regarded as practically certain that the House will ultimately make a concession in favor of Cuba, but the question now is, how much will the reduction be? The House republican leaders will do this, if at all, against their Judgments and largely to avoid a conflict with the President. The White House Farce. Representative 'Hemenway of the appri priations committee of the House had a talk with the President and Sedretary Cor telyou this morning about appropriations I for the executive force of the White House for the next fiscal year. The White House has made a reuets of the appropriations committee for three. additions to the cler ical force, and it will probably be granted. There are a number of detailed clerks in the White House force, and when excep tionally good men are found it is frequently desired to add them to the permanent rolls. The appropriations for the White House under various headings will probably be Increased the coming fiscal year. Diserimaination Against Union Labor. James O'Connell, president of the Inter- 1 national Association of )1achinlsts, and E. C. Barry, from Rock Island, Ill., saw the President and furnished him with afidavita to prove the charges made 'some time ago that union machinists are discriminated against at the Rock Island arsenal. When the charges of discrimination were made some time ago the President said that if they could be substantiated he would issue - an order that would put a stop to discrimi nation at Rock Island or anywhere else. It is claimed that the affldavits presented to day substantiate -the charges, and Mr. O'Connell expects -the President to take. some action when he has had time to con aider the affiadavlts. The President has in formed his labor callers that a man has a right to joint labor unions if he is so dim posed. The Came of Judge Noyes. Senator -Kearns of Utah again called to I the President's mind today the nomination of a judge for the Cape Nome, Alaska, district, to succeed Judge Noyes, who will C not be returned to that district. Senator C Kearns wants a Utah constituent selected E for the Nome district, and has put before t the 'President the name of A. B. Hayes of OgUen. The President has made no selec- i tion. It was some time ago officially an niounced that Judge Noyes will not be senti back to Nome, his usefulness there having been destroyed. The Department of Justice i is now considering the matter of retaining "r or dismissing Judge Noyes from the federal a service, and Attorney General Knox is pro cebding slowly and with deliberation. *A number of lumber dealers from Ijansas, Missouri and Okurhoma were received by the President. 'They are in the city on an excursiofh. -BSenator McLaurin of South Carolina hadt a talk with the President about some of fices in his state. Senators Nelson and Mitchell and Representatives Siblei n Curtis were among the callers. cya, c Wili Kill Ris Snecessoru. c "Yes, the President will kill all of hi. uccessors," eaid ex-8enator Chandler, who called on the chief executive. The former r~ menator explained this statement by maying 0 that he had found that the President', call Ing list was no sallner titan It had been at the beginning' of - the amlnltfration, when thr had been an unparalleled rush. Th e ythe President wa such ~ tha mcessrs would undoubtedly feel the efects if they tried to eqa it. A MINT AT TACOMA. Pes' thej~esuee.e et Theme nse ing Presn Metaig Weem ans. The Heum On g em as.i hmg moted favoammy en R a MARGIN OF ONE VOTE Mr. Babook's Narrow Defeat in Ways and Kean Committee. OFPTHERIILTO CUT DUTIEGI STEEL Mr. Steele Moved 25 Per Cent Concession to Cuba. MOTION LATER WITHDRAWN 0 There were lively times in the ways and means committee this morning and the high protectionists of the republican majority had all kinds of trouble on their hands. The protectionists won out as usual, how ever, and successfully resisted all attacks. The trouble began with Mr. Babcock, who with blood in his eye had been awaitig in opportunity to establish a record on his bill reducing the excessive duties on cer tain iron and steel manufactures. Some Lime ago there was a vote in the committee )n this bill, upon motion of Mr. Richardson (dem.), and the report had been circulated by republicans that Mr. Babcock had voted against his own bill. Mr. Babcock's Motion. So this morning Mr. Babcock moved to report his bill to the House with a favora ble recommendation and demanded a roll mall upon the vote. The motion created con iternation among the high protectionists, which was increased when Mr. Tawney of Ifinnesota, republican, and Mr. Babcock voted "aye" on the motion to favorably re ?ort the bill. The roll call developed six ayes and seven ioes, and by this narrow majority the motion was defekted. Chairman Payne was visibly agitated and n a voice which trembled with emotion threatened Mr. Babcock that the commit tee would "go up into Wisconsin and take he duty off lumber." This threat failed to appall Mr. Babcock, iowever, to any appreciable degree, the report says. To Reduce Cuban Tarif. Then Mr. Steele of Indiana, republican, save a shock to his high-tariff colleagues >y offering a motion to amend the war tax 'eduction bill by reducing the tariff on uban sugar 25 per cent. This suggestion 'aused a cold shiver to run through the lit .le group of high protectionists near the mead of the table, for It was known that dr. Hopkins and Mr. McCall, republicans, iad a leaning toward Cuban concessions, mnd it was feared that one or two others were weakening. So Mr. Grosvenor of Ohio interceded with dr. Steele to withdraw his motion. The Alea was so urgent that Mr. Steele consent d, and this burning question was not )rought to an issue. The war tax reduction bill was then re 3orted to the House without further out areaks from the insurgents. The ways and means committeemen are Fery much concerned over the certainty of heir war tax reduction bin mestins with opposition in the Senate. Several senators ave come out in interviews against the ex essive reductions, Senator Hanna being Particularly vehement in objection to such cut. Tax Reduction ]MR RepeArted. The ways and means committee of the :ouse by unanimous vote today ordered 6 favorable report on the war tax reduc ion bill. The closeness of the vote on Mr. Bab ock's amendment reducing the steel sched le caused much comment. Messrs. New ands and Cooper, democrats, and Long .nd Hopkins, republicans, were absent. It vas explained on behalf of the absent mem ers that they were either out of the city r detained at important committee meet rgs elsewhere, and that the Babcock mo ion was entirely unexpected. Representative Robertson of Louisiana, vho is opposed to a reduction to Cuban ugar, was among those who voted for the labcock amendment. Following this, Mr. Iteele made his motion, and a sharp but 7cod-natured parley occurred between Mr. Iteele and Mr. Robertson. The latter sug ested that if any motion on sugar was to e made, Mr. Steele should broaden his roposition so as to include raw and re ined sugars, placing them all on the free Lst. 1 DECLINES THE APPOINTMENT. apt. Gardner Was Chosen Aid to Gem. James U. Wilson. Capt. A. T. Gardner of Boston ban de lined the appointment of aid to Gen. ames H. Wilson, U. S. A., retired, at the oronation of King Edward VH. Captain ardner Is a son-in-law of Senator Lodge .nd was formerly a member of the Ma... achusetta state senate. He served on the taff of General Wilson during the Spanish rar. MINISTER~ WU CRITICISED. resident Gonmpers Before the Hemue Foreign Afairu Committee. Minister Wu Ting Fang was severely riticised this morning before the House ammittee on foreign affairs by President amuel Gompers of the American Federa on of Labor. Mr: Gompers was addressing the commit ~e in behalf of the Chinese exclusion bill ow being considered. Turning his attention to Minister Wu, e remarked, hotly: "I resent the sneering smark of a foreign diplomat that I am an gitator, or a labor agitator, or that the tboring people of this country who are on eavoring to protect themselves from Chi ese labor are agitators.( "I deny the right of a representative (.f ( foreign government addressing himself an official of our government and re irring to American citisensu by name in ich a matter as this, and particulauly 'hen such reference is of a derogtory garacter. "The Chinese minister is treated. in this mutry with every becoming courtesy, and a has no right to mae insinuations upon a merican -ettisensa. Upon behalf of the. iboring men of this country whom I re A sent as the president of the Irederation Labor I repeat that I resmnt these re larka on the part of the Chinese minister.** War Dbewnstment Changs Chang-s yave 'been mads at the War De- 1 martment as follows:C Apponts by eert.i.a*n of the niwif ' arylce caamissio-4ffee et the shied er t naieer-Isaa T. Einmei et Pemat- ~ mam, elerk t P04, Pay M t~ efi SL Jeff.rsom t 'Ten.e un.... r. at 7.e Star I the I-sineP sa's pape. becase t give bhi the latest news,-the news of today, not yesterday. Heace, to reach him, advtise in The Star. COMMISSION'S WORK Off. Taf Qouthu fts IDewiptiam of Philippine onuditiom. mu'm F Mn311! cn= He Declares That a Purely Native Government Would Fail. RELIES ON EDUCATION Governor Taft today continued his state ment before the Senate committee on the Philippines regarding the conditions exist Ing in those Islands. Answering a question by Mr. Lodge. be Aescribed the condition of the Island ot Samar, where the people are still in Insur rection, and said he was not prepared to state that this Island was never wholly sub fected to Spanish rule. He then described the qualifications re auisite for an elector in the different towns where the commission had established gov ernments. These were that such person shall speak and write English or speak and write Spanish, or have filled a municipal affce under Spanish rule, or that he shall pay $15 gold taxes a year. Work of the Commissen. Governor Taft then entered upon a gen Dral narrative of the work of the commis sion. When the commission arrived at Ma nila they found the people divided Into three classes, those in favor of the exclu sion of American sovereignty altogether, the Spanish party In favor of this govern ment, and a large body of ignorant people who were entirely Indifferent. Governor Taft said that the instructions to the commission, which gradually placed more power in the civil government, had had a marvelous effect upon the people. rhe insurrection, he said, had been most tetive in September preceding the elections in this country, with the view of influencing them, and for this reason it had been difli nult to bring the Filipinos to a discussion if legislation which the commission were macting. There was doubt as to what the olicy of the United States would be. "The subordinate military officers." he continued, 'were a little bit contemptuous of what we were doing. because it seemed to play so inimportant part in the situation, but when he power over the purse strings began to ighten In the matter of appropriations hose gentlemen who were spending the isi Land's funds began to appreciate that there was some power behind the commission." Gov. Taft said It will be found, on In restigation. that the surrenders by the in surgents of arms and men were far in ex !ess of the actual captures by the mill ary. The munidipal code was not put in .o operation, he said. until after the preos lential election in the United States, be :ause of the unsettled condtion of aairs. mt as soon as it became known to the people that the commission had thought it wise to provide for the electioft of gover Mors. which occur next month, the Fin pjnos flocked to them with expressions of ITatifeatimn NHeorY of the ,emnamoon He said that the theory ot the comlip lon In their formation of civil government a that the indispensable aid to the 0i1 nate success of popular government Is the Ixtension of education, but that the cffect of this could not be felt for a generation, mntU the children had grown to manhood. L'here were, he said, 10000 adults engaged n the study of English. "In the mean Ime." said he. "the reliance of the com nislion is on the small educated portion >f the community, who form a nucleus Lbout which, with the aid of American con rol. we think a stable government can be .rected." A Native Govesmeut We=Ed plt. He could assert without begtation, he aid, that lacking American iaitiative and american knowledge of how to carry on a roverniment' any government there must be ,complete failure. In explanation of the obstacles to the romplete tranquillity of the Islands, with he exception of Samar, Batangas and La nuna, he said that the lack of quarters for he troops, which was the cause of their eing brought into close contact with the eople, was the principal one, and he urged hat such quarters be provided. Gov. Taft declared that the chief aim of he commission was the good of the Fill sino people, and that they had constantly indeavered to gain their confidence. In his they had been successful, the people ,elieving they will be given the best gov rnpaent possible and be secure in the en oyment of their rights. He sought to prove the susceptibility of the Filipinos to ilndness by the results achieved by the ommission. It was not hard, he said, to xplaln the attitude of the Filipinos toward he army, because they could not be ex sected to love the instrument by which sunishment is inflicted upon them. Gov. Taft discussed at some length the llfferent parties which had been formed in he Philippines, but the federal party, he aid, was the one which represented peace and influence. The committee adjourned until tomorrow .t 10:30. at which time Gov. Taft will con Inge his statement. SAILENG OF TUE TUONAan lenarture of the Araly Tremuspee fe the Phllines. The War Department is advised of the ailing of the transport Thomas from San 'rancisco from the Philippines, with the llowing passengers: Col. Burt, 25th Infan ry; Major Owen and Captain Demoy, med-. sal department; Major Paulding, 3d Infan ry; LUents. Shaffer, 13th; McFeely, 10th; luchan and Evans, 0th; Piumuner and irchard, 3d; Rensiehausen and dacobs, 5th avalry; Screws and Bake, 19th Infantry: 'ecbheimer, 11th; Deems, Artil~ery Corps; aldwell, Hutchnsom, V. aym Hansea, larlow, Morley and Clarmsnt~P~lpa outs. Puhr deutract suemn, tern has Ital and rares Signal Corps man Us ruits unassignma ee as. 1.11; cavalry. W; Coast Artillery, US; ls Artillery, L, wenty easusin and tunety-three recruits asigned as follows: Imfamry. 12th, 1; 13th, 24th, 1; 2Uth, 4; nUth, 1; Cavalry, 5th, 1; 10th, 2; SUta Company Coast Artillery, L. Capt. Stehaom Perney et the eoast and 5dti suve in in the city to esMt Ith the suot mA f his departmeme. Ipt. PerWe has been with the coast ma er be thity-swa yease and has meve het -seima en eesstaet asses s He rel ser te his asehe es be Chemsaebe havia bwe hs ed Whemis et t