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I recti y transmit ted by telegraph, ap to the moment of solas to presa. No. 15,280. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1902-THIRTY-TWC) PAGES. TWO CENTS. Sailed From Bremerhaven on the Kronprinz. CROWDS BID HIM ADIEU HE DENIES RUMOR ABOUT APOLO GIZING TO DEWEY. Program for His Reception at New York ? Will Be Met by Admiral Evans. KIEL February 15.?Admiral Prince Hen fy of Prussia started for Bremen at 8:30 o'clock this morning. Previous to sailing Prince Henry, In con versation with a correspondent of the As sociated Press, referred to the report that he had written a letter to Admiral Dewey apologizing for the conduct of the German squadron in Manila bay. during the war with Spain. "It is all untrue." snid the prince. "1 have never written to Admiral Dewey in my life." The last seen of the prince from the shore here was when he stood on the bridge ? f the Kronprinz Wilhclm, in ad admiral's uniform, and lifted his cap in response to the cheers of the assembled crowds. Cfmmflnder Wm. 11. Beehler, U. S. N., the 1'nited States naval attache at Berlin, bade the prince good-bye for the United States embassy. Senator Tiehlrsrhky. Prussian minister to the Hanseatic cities, bade farewell to the prince for Emperor William, who also sent his brother a telegram previous to the de parture of the steamer. Populace Bids Him Adieu. What looked like hn!f of Kiel's population ?te?embled nt the railroad station to bid farewell to Prince Henry at 8 o'clock this morning. Also at the station were Admirals j von Arnim and von Kocster and fourteen other naval officers of high rank and a large crowd of marines. On the platform of the station the prince kissed the prin cess, his wife, and stood uncovered at the head of the rear steps of the car. in spite of the sharp, wintry air, until the train was out of the station. Itinerary of the Prince. The itinerary governing Prince Henry's Visit to New York has been completed by the President's delegates up to the docking t>T the imperial yacht in New York. As now arranged when the prince arrives at Quarantine aboard the Kronprinz he will be waited on by Rear Admiral Evans, who will go down the bay from Tompkinsville for that purpose on a naval tug. After greeting the prince Admiral Evans will take him aboard the tug, with his staff, and convey him to the Hohenzollern. which will lie at anchor alongside Admiral Evans' fleet at Tompkinsville. On board the yacht the prince will receive Dr. Hill and Adju tant General Corbin. The former will wel come the visitor in the name of President Roosevelt. Mayor Low and a few specially designated committees also will be re ceived aboard the Hohenzollern. Then Prince Henry will return in person the calls of the President's delegates, and officers of his staff will pay return calls, as his proxy, upon the other callers. These ceremonies finished, the signal to the fleet will be given and the Hohenzollern will be escorted to Recreation pier, at the foot of 34th street, where she will berth. Arrival at Bremerhaven. BREMERHAVEN, February 15.?At Hamburg Senator Tichlrsehky joined the party of Prince Henry, and at Bremen, where the train arrived at 1:40 p.m.. Ad miral von Tirpitz, secretary of the adml ralty; Adjt. Gen. von Plessen and other ' high officers, from Berlin, were added to the prince's suite. They lunched leisurely j in the royal waiting room of the Bremen I station and then entered the train, which at "2 p.m. steamed slowly toward Bremer haven. The Inhabitants of every village along the route turned out, gathered along the railroad track and gave the prince a great ovation. Bremerhaven. usually a drearv place, was bright with color in the prince's honor. All the shipping in the river flew American and German flags and the wharves were black with cheering crowds as the Kron rrinz Wilhclm drew out into the stream With her bund playing "The Star-Spangled j Banner." The Kronprinz Wllhelm passed the Ho henweg lighthouse at 5:25 p.m. Fair weath er prevailed and the sea was calm. Admiral Baudissin'8 Movements. NEW YORK, February 15.?Rear Admiral Count von Baudissin, commanding the Ger man imperial yacht Hohenzollern, left ilo boken on the government tug Narkeeta at l<?:4o o'clock today, accompanied by Com mander Clifford West, aid to Admiral Barker. They flFsi visited the battle ship Illinois, on whose deck Admiral von Baudis sin was received by Admiral Evans. A salute of thirteen guns was flred as the foreign visitor boarded the American bat- j tie ship. Admiral von Baudissin manl- ! festal particular interest in the big guns of the Illinois. The officers of the ship culled attention to the Olympia, lying close oy. and the German commander looked wltn Interest at the flagship of the battle of Manila bay. At 12:30 p.m. Admiral von Baudissin boarded the Narkeeta again and the tug steamed up the Kills toward Shooter s Island to have a look at Emperor William's new yacht. As the admiral left the warship a parting salute of thirteen guns was tired. There will be re-liglous service for the 1 crew of the Hohenzollern at 10 o'clock to morrow morning. In the evening Consul General Buenz will entertain Admiral von Baudissin and u party of his officers at dinner. FIREMEN FOUND CADAVERS. Thought They Were Rescuing Persons Who Were Asphyxiated. CHICAGO. February 15.?Firemen who *rop?d their way through fire and smoke and dragged six dead bodies into the street from Bennett Hospital, at Ada and Fulton streets, late last night, carried on their heroic labor in the belief that they were rescuing persons who had been asphyxiated, and not until the flames had been subdued did they learn that the rescued bodies were from the dissecting tables of the Bennett Meelical College. The dissecting room and laboratory of the college were destroyed entailing a loss of $5,000. J ' A score of patients in the hospital were badly frightened, but none was injured The firemen had supposed that the bulluing Was used exclusively for hospital purposes. " ? Count Tolstoi Improving. YALTA, Crimea, February 15. ~Count Tolstoi is somewhat improved today. His pulse is HO and his temperature is satisfac tory. The change for the worse In his con dition which occurred last evening was raused by a spread of the pulmonary In flammation to the right lung. The inflam mation is beginning to subside. RANSOM PAID. It is Not Known When Miss Stone Will Be Released. The State Department has received by cable confirmation of the report that the ransom of Miss Stone has been i>aid down to her brigand captors. It is not known precisely when ike woman herself will be released, but it is understood that an ar rangement has been reached whereby the brigands will be allowed a period of a week or ten days in which to make a safe re treat before the captive is actually deliver ed Into the hands of her rescuers. COL. POPES' DEATH. End of a Long and Honorable Career in the Army. Adjutant General Corbin \yas informed this morning by cablegram that Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin F. Pope, medical depart ment. died last evening in a hospital at Manila, P. I., of acute uraemia. Col. Pope had a long and honorable career in the army, beginning as a volunteer surgeon during the war of the rebellion. He was appointed an assistant surgeon in the-reg ular establishment in May. 1807, and by regular promotion became lieutenant colo nel and deputy surgeon general in Decem ber, 1S98. He went to the Philippines sev eral months ago and rendered valuable ser vice there in the organization and equip ment of the medical department through out the archipelago. He was a native of New York and was appointed to the army from that state. During tlio Spanish war Col. Pope was the chief surgeon with Gen. Shafter's army corps and rendered Rood service in the Santiago campaign and afterward in Cuba. He became a colonel and sissistant surgeon general on the 1st of January last, while holding the office of chief surgeon of the division of the Philippines. TRIAL OF THE ILLINOIS. Statements by Members of the Board Who Witnessed It. The members of the naval trial board have returned to Washington from the final acceptance trial of the battle ship Illinois. They state that the big vessel functioned very satisfactorily, and despite a prevalence of fog. exhib'ted her unusual maneuvering abilities to advantage. No attempt at a high speed was made, it being simply de sired to show her at her best pace under natural draft. Her speed was about 15^ knots, and at some times it ran up to about 15.9. The l?-knot mark, however, was not reached during the trial. THE APACHE PRISONERS. Oeronimo and Associates Learning to Support Themselves. Secretary Root has received a report from Capt. Farrand Sayre, 8th Cavalry, who is in charge of Geronlmo and the other Apache prisoners of war at Fort Sill, Okla homa territory, in which that officer says: "These Indians are making progress to ward becoming self-supporting. No cloth ing was Issued to them gratuitously during the past year, and it Is believed that a re duction can be made in their rations the coming year. They are, however. In need of many things which can only be provided by a special appropriation, as there is no other fund available for this purpose." Capt. Sayre says it is estimated that there will be an expense of J5.000 to carry out the repairs and maintain the establishment at Fort Sill. Vermont's Governor Here. Governor Stlckney of Vermont was at the Navy Department this morning and paid his respects to Secretary Long and Assist ant Secretary Darling. A "Martyrs' Day." A bill has been introduced in the House making April 14 of each year a legal holi day, to be known and celebrated as "Mar tyrs' day." The bill was Introduced by Mr. Wachter, and states that martyrs' day Is to commemorate the death by violence of Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield and William McKinley, the sixteenth, twentieth and twenty-fourth Presidents of the United States. The Metric System. The House committee on coinage, weights and measures continued its hearings on the metric system today. Those who advocated the adoption of the metric system before the committee today were Surgeon General Sternberg of the army and J. A. Brashear of Pittsburg, manufacturer of instruments of precision. George A. Bond, superintend ent of the measuring instrument room of the Pratt & Whitney tool works of Hart ford, Conn., opposed the proposition. Lieut. Winslow Ordered Here. The Navy Department has issued an or der detaching Lieut. Commander C. McR. Winslow from the battle ship Kearsarge and ordering him to this city for duty in the bureau of navigation. Navy Depart ment. relieving Lieut. Webster, who has been assigned to duty on the staff of Rear At'jmiral Crowninshleld as commander of the European station. To Bury Enlisted Men's Wives. A bill to empower the Secretary of War to set aside a part of each national ceme tery in the I'nited States for the burial of deceased enlisted men and their wives has been Introduced in the Hou9e by Mr. Brownlow. The bill provides that when there is no land in any particular cemetery set aside for the burial of the wives of sol diers they may be buried In the same grave as the deceased soldier. To Improve Port McHenry. A Joint resolution has been introduced In the House by Mr. Wachter authorizing the improvement of i.ie ground owned by the I'nited States in the olty of Baltimore known as Fort McHenry. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Navy Department has been informed that the North Atlantic squadron, com posed of the Alabama, Massachusetts and Potomac, with the battle ship Kearsarge as the flagship of the commanding officer. Rear Admiral Higginson, has sailed from Guantanamo for Cienfuegos. The Alert has arrived at San Francisco and the Leyden has sailed from Newport for New York. Personal Mention. Mr. Chauncy Craven Hackett of this city, a member of the junior class at Harvard, has been elected one of the editors of the Harvard lampoon. Gov. Wm. W. Stiekniey of Vermont regis tered at the Cochran last evening. Mr. Solomon J. Fague, one of the oldest residents of the District, is dangerously 111 at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Wil liam H. Sterne, No. .'1009 P street north west, West Washington. Prof. Willis L. Moore, chief of the I'nited States weather bureau. has accepted an invitation to address the Wesleyan Uni versity at Mlddletown, Conn., next Tues day, on "Storm Phenomena." UNFIT FOR JURYMEN Gov. Taft Says Filipinos Need to Be Trained. MUST HAVE EXAMPLES NATIVES HAVE BEEN USED TO COBBUPTION. Philippine Commission Made No Prom ise of Statehood to the Federal Party. Today's hraring of Governor Taft on the Philippine question by the Senate commit tee on the Philippines began with a series of questions by Senator Patterson in regard to the fitness of Filipinos for Jury duty. Mr. Patterson asked whether the native population on which the voting franchise is bestowed could not be trusted to do Jury duty. The governor replied in the negative, say ing they are so used to corruption in the administration of justice that they could not be trusted. "They need to be trained," he said, "to have examples; they are not yet ready for jury duty." Referring to the code of procedure in the islands. Governor Taft said, in reply to a question by Senator Culberson, that it is an American code rather than a Spanish code. Undtr the Spanish regime, said Governor Taft, the courts were not only sluggish, but notoriously corrupt, and the first courts established by General Otis were no better. Under Spanish rule there was a substantial dtnlal of justice. The Federal Party. Referring to the petition of the federal party, Governor Taft said all the cases of imprisonment referred to there were for military and not civil offenses. Practically there are no civil prosecutions for political offenses at this time. Governor Taft said that the original draft of the federal party platform had been submitted to the com mission, and the declaration for statehood was then more explicit than was ultimately adopted. "My recollection," he said, "is that we said to the representatives of the party that this must be far in the future and that we could make no promises one way or the other." "Is not the commission responsible for the formation of the federal party?" asked Senator Dubois. "No, it was not," Governor Taft respond ed. He gave the names of several promi nent Filipinos who had assisted in the or ganization. They had, he said, consulted the* mertibers of the commission and the latter had encouraged the formation as far as possible, because the party was for peace. The promise of statehood had been no prominent part of the missionary work of the leaders. Senators Patterson, Carmack and Culber son asked numerous questions based upon the memorial of the federal party calcu lated to bring out Governor Taft's idea as what, If any, promise should be maele to the Filipinos In the way of government for the future. Replying to an inquiry from Mr. Patterson as to the denunciation in the memorial of a colonial form of government, Governor Taft said the memorialists mean just what they Bay; that they favor ulti mate statehood. Not Fitted for Adoption. Replying to Mr. Carmack as to the wis dom of making the Philippines an Integral part of the United States, the witness Baid the condition In the Philippines today Is such that the restrictions of the Constitu tion of the United States cannot be safely extended to those islandi. A Future Agreement. Governor Taft advocated the establish ment of a stable government for the pres ent, with the understanding that at some time In the future the Americans and the Filipinos could reach an agreement as to what should be done in the way of govern ment or In maintaining relations; "but," he said, "whether the islands should have their Independence, whether they should be given a quasi-lndependence or whether they should be made a state of the Union is so far In the future that I have reached no conclusion. "The great evil of the present time with reference to the Philippines is the current discussion of their future so long before that can be fixed." Re-plying to a question by Senator Car mack, he said that he had not considered the problem of possible statehood fifty years hence. He would not favor a prom ise even of a form e?f government such as is given the territories of the United States. He also said he was opposed to extending the Constitution to those islands. Proposed Surrender of Islands. In reply to a number of questions by Senator McComas based upon the demo cratic substitute for the Philippine tariff bill Governor Taft said that to turn the government of the archipelago over to the Filipinos as therein proposed would in his opinion result in anarchy and in the dis turbance of vested rights to such an extent as to render it necessary for the United States to resume its control with all the work to do over again that had been done In the last two years. He had no doubt, however, that the Filipinos could form a government as they had done under Agul naldo. "Would the condition be such," asked Senator Lodge, "as to lead to the acquisi tion of the islands by foreign powers?" "That is a matter of opinion," responded the governor. "The Philippines are called by the foreigners 'the gem of the orient.' The records will show the interest that Japan has taken in the Islands, and the in vestments made by citizens of other coun tries Indicate what is thought of them. Both the Germans and the English have considerable capital lnvesteel there." The committee then adjourned for tl;o day. STOCK AS COLLATEBAL. Internal Be venue Commissioner Asked to Hold Up His Buling. Rudolph Kepplcr, president of the New York stock exchange, and H. K. Pomeroy, ^Ice president, had a conference today with the commissioner of internal revenue, Mr. Yerkes, on the subject of his recent decision to the effect that the memorandum whifch accompanies stock deposited as collateral security for loans Is subject to stamp tax. The commissioner was reejuested to suspend operations under the riding until the I3.W questions Involved In the case could be a? termined by judicial authority. The com missioner granted the request, and a day or two will go to New York to investigate the matter. It is quire probable that tbe questions will be submitted to the Attcrney General for an opinion on an agreed cas'j submitted to the courts. In the meantime no collections under the ruling will b<? made. Charles T. Yerkes Has a Chill. LONDON. February 15.?Charles T. Yerkes has le-tn conlir^l to his room as the result of a chill, but he has transacted business dally, and Is improving. Mr." Yerkes expects to be out by Monday next. DR. MUELLER COMING BOER ENVOY BRINGS MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. ! -3? Has Great Anxiety to Keep TTi? Mis sion Secret?Sails Under As sumed Name. BRUSSELS, February 15.?It Is said that the desire to keep secret the departure of Dr. Mueller, the former consul of the Orange Free State in Holland, for the Unit ed States was so keen that the Boer emis sary booked his passage under an assumed name. According to the Information from re sponsible Boer quarters, Mr. Kruger's let ter to President Roosevelt, of which Dr. Muller is the bearer, does not appeal for intervention, but expresses regret that he is unable at present to personally congrat ulate President Roosevelt on his accession to office and concludes with a gratified al lusion to the numerous Invitations to visit the great republic which have arrived and are still arriving. Besides reorganizing the Boer propaganda in the United States Dr. Mueller will direct his efforts principally to obtaining govern ment prohibition of the exportation of arti cles regarded by the Boers as contraband of war, thus indirectly eliciting an opinion on the war from the United States govern ment. Dr. Mueller is supported by wealthy Boer sympathizers in Europe and. has great I hopes regarding the result of his mission. I COL. GUENTHER'S RETIREMENT. , He May Be Made a Brigadier Gen eral. Col. Francis I,. Guenther. who for manv * | years had command of the artillery post at Washington barracks and is now in com mand of the Chesapeake artiHery district, which includes command of the artillery school at Fort Monroe, will retire for age on the 22d instant. In view of his long and valuable services it Is probable that , the President will promote him to the grade of brigadier general before his re tirement in order to give him tie benefit of Increased rank and pay In his declining years. Col. Guenther was born in New i York and was graduated from the Mili tary Academy in July, 1850. He served with distinction throughout the war of the rebellion and the Spanish war and is now the senior colonel in the army. He was brevettea four times, the last time as col onel. for gallant and meritorious services at the battle of Shiloh, at the battle of Stone River. Tenn., and for other services during the civil war. During the Spanish war he commanded the first division of the Second Army Corps at Camp Alger, while holding the rank oj! brigadier general of volunteers. CLOSING UP AFFAIRS. The Industrial Commission Expires by Limitation. The industrial commission, created sever-" al years ago to investigate industrial prob lems and report on them with recommenda tions to Congress, expired by limitation of law today. The quarters of the commis sion have been dismantled of most of the furniture, but a number of the Commis sioners, a clerk and a messenger will be here for several days longer closing up af fairs. AN ESCORT OF HONOR. Orders Governing National Guard Upon Prince Henry's Arrival. General orders covering the turnout of the troops of the District of Columbia Na tional Guard as an escort of honor on me occasion of the arrival in this city of Prince Henry will be Issued Monday morning. The brigade will be in position at 9:45 o'clocrf. the morning of the 24th instant. The commanding general and general staff will bo posted on Pennsylvania avenue opposite the northeast gate of the Wnite House grounds. The double line of guards men will extend from that point along Pennsylvania avenue, 15th street and Penn sylvania avenue as far as the strength of the brigade will permit. HOSPITAL FOR FOUNDLINGS. District Commissioners Give Hearing to Board of Trustees. The District Commissionersgranted an ex tended private hearing today -to members of the board of trustees of the Washington Hospital for Foundlings, the subject under discussion being the bill now pending in Congress providing for the transfer of the supervision of the institution from the board of charities to the Secretary of the Interior. The District board of charities has submit ted an adverse report upon the bill, and Commissioner Maefarland, president of the board of Commissioners, announced after the hearing this morning that he would ap prove the stand taken by the board of charities and recommend to his associates that a report bo made to Congress in ac cordance with the views expressed by that board. Dr. Z. T. Sowers, president of the board or trustees of the.Washington Hospital for toundlings, and Messrs. C. C. Cole, A. B. Browne and Wm. F. Mattingly, members or the board of trustees, were present at the hearing and submitted, tbeir views upon the matter under conett^ratioi& It is understood thaLtiiQ reason stated by the trustees for the desired change was that the board of ch^Jlties had recom mended a decrease in. tie fU.OOO annually made for the support^ the institution. 1 he board of charities Samites the point that the institution can juei^a^well demand out side compensation for nijjtny ofijts charges, and that the institution should be made less and less n. burden upon thd*puWic rev enues* each year. The board of trustees maintains that only aboyt $2,000 is secured sources each year, and that the appropriation annually vekod for is necessary to the welfare of the hospital. T** WOUNDED IN FIGHTS. Casualties in Engagements in the Philippines. * . The War Department Is in *ece|pt of a report from headquarters division of the Philippines giving a list of casualties that have occurred in engagements in that com mand since last report, dated December 10, as follows: In engagement at Oalacoon, Luzon, De cember 23 James M. Smitft, tfutrgeant, G, Ut-th Infantry, thigh, moderafe; Corey E. Dtirb.n, private, G, 20th Infantry, left ra dius, moderate; James PbillipL private, A, 20th Infantry, left arm. inori elite. In engagement at Ban Jose&Lnzon, De m ,er. ? Edward Carney, private, F, -1st Infantry, stx bolo wounds, not serious; Patrick A. Connolly, first lieutenant, 21st Infantry, jaw, left side, not serious. In engagement at Amfculong, Luzon, De 2ft th in W^'ate, H. 20th Infantry, thoraJt p?hetrat?fc George Arthur Flavetfe of Chicago, and Charles M. Carrington frf New York, young explorers, are reported dead in the jungles of the unexplored regions of Venesuela. Important Conference, Last ing for Some Hours. LEADERS IN CONGRESS SUMMONED BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. All Reticent as to What Was Discussed ?Schley Case is Sus pected. A most important conference was held at the White House today, lasting a greater part of the President's receiving hours and ! preventing the transaction of other business | by numerous callers. The participants in I the conference were the President, Sena tors Allison. Aldrich and Spooner, Speaker Henderson, Representatives Grosvenor and Cannon. It will be seen at a glance that these men represent legislation in Congress by reason of the fact that, in part, they constitute the republican steering commlt . tee of the respective houses. With the ex ception of President Roosevelt and Senator Spooner, the men present today were those who gathered around President McKinley just before the Spanish war, and who reached the conclusion that Congress should pass a bill providing for a defense appropriation of ITXUJOO.OUO. This was prac tically the first real, vital act in the war with Spain. Since that momentous occa sion, until today, the same men have never been formally summoned together in a con ference at the Executive Mansion. That they were asked to go to the "White House this morning is certain. Of addi tional lmportane is the fact that prior to this conference the President had as his guests at breakfast Attorney General Knox, Postmaster General Payne and Sen ator Hanna. Following the breakfast the President had a long conference with Sena tor Piatt of Connecticut. Everyone Reticent. It is practically unnecessary to say that each of the men mentioned was decidedly uncommunicative. There has seldom been so much reticence observed regarding a White House conference and so little dis position- manifested to give the slightest hint. In view of this, speculation has had full sway. The general tendency of this speculation was to the direction" that the conference was for the purpose of deciding upon the course of important pending legis lation?Cuba, the Philippines, war revenue and isthmian canal. On all of these leading questions the House and Senate are apparently at logger heads and something is needed to get them together so that there will be more har mony -of understanding and Intentions. Such speculation as this would be most natural, but a remark was dropped by one of those present that partly exploded this theory and caused a belief that the Sch'.ey case was the real question under discus sion. The leaders present are men who keep in close touch with public opinion, and the President might have felt disposed, it is said, to consult them as to his pur poses in passing upon the appeal of Ad miral Schley. The President is expected to make public his decision within a short time. Missouri Nominations. After the conference the President saw some of the other callers. Among these were Representatives Joy and Bartholdt of Missouri. They were seeking a consulship for a constituent, Hugo Muench, the son of a Missouri pioneer. The President thinks a great deal of the two Missouri republicans and will probably nominate Mr. Muench as consul to Zittan, Saxony. Representatives Joy and Bartholdt also arranged with the President to nominate George P. Winebren ner as United States marshal for the east ern district of Missouri, which includes St. Louis. Mr. Winebrenner will take the place of Louis C. Bohle, who declined an other term in the marshal's office. Congratulations for the President. A number of senators and representatives called on the President merely for the pur pose of felicitating him on the improve ment in the condition of Theodore Roose velt, Jr. The President accepted these good wishes with manifestations of pleasure. The President has approved a number of bills, among them the following: The ur gent deficiency appropriation bill, an act regulating the collection of taxes in the District of Columbia, an act preventing the sale of firearms, opium and intoxicat ing liquors in certain islands of the Pacific. Still Another Conference. Senator Beveridge of Indiana had a long conference with the President during the afternoon, remaining with him nearly an hour. Senator Beveridge stands well at the White House, and his opinions of prevailing matters are frequently consulted by the President. At lunch with the President this afternoon was Howard Eaton of Medora, S. D.. who has known the President since his first ap pearance on his ranch in Ihe west. Mr. Eaton owns the ranch adjoining that of President Roosevelt, and is a stanch friend and admirer of the President. DIREFUL WORK OF EARTHQUAKE. Russian Town of Shamacka Still Rent by Shocks. TIFLIS, Russian Transcaucasia, Febru ary 13.?Two hundred bodies of victims of the earthquake which destroyed the town of Shamacka had been recovered up to last evening. It appears certain that several hundred bodies are buried in the fissures and debris caused by the shocks. The quakes continue at intervals and the work of excavating in search of the victims proceeds with difficulty. Among the dead are many women who, at the time of the principal shock, were congregated in the various bath houses. BRITISH ARMY .ESTIMATES. About $200,000,000 of It Are Requir ed for Present War. LONDON, February 15.?The army esti mates issued this morning show a grand total for the year 1902-1903 of ?60,310,000, which is intended to provide for 420,000 men, of which 210,700 men are for the ordi nary army service and 230,300 for war serv ice. The estimates, of which ?40,000,000 is re quired for war, show a decrease under this head of ?21,250,000, compared With 1901-1902. In a memorandum the war secretary, Mr. Brodrick, explains that the estimates are sufficient to maintain a field force In 8outh Africa, of the present strength, for eight or nine months of the new financial year. ?? ? Maj. Ruhlen to Come to This City. Major G. S. Bingham, quartermaster, has been relieved from duty at Portland. Ore., and ordered to Seattle, Wash., to relieve Major George Ruhlen, quartermaster, who is ordered to this city for duty in the ouice of the Quartermaster general of the army. HE DID APOLOGIZE TO DEWEY. Prince Henry Slighted the United States at Banquet. The Associated Press today received from authentic sources a statement re garding the report that Prince Henry had written a letter of apology to Admiral Dewey. The information which follows was not received from Admiral Dewey himself, but from an intimate friend of his, .and can be absolutely vouched for. Th4 admiral has recently received a let ter from a member of the United States embassy at Berlin, in which the writer gave a resume of a conversation he had had with Prince Henry of Prussia, at the dinner given the latter by Ambassador Whfte prior to the prince's departure for America. In this conversation the prince, referring to his having hoped to return from the east via San Francisco, after his service in the China squadron, but having been obliged to hasten home via Suez on ac count of his mother's illness, in his usual candid manner and agreeing with a re mark that the present was a much more opportune time for his visit, said: "I know you Americans feel very sore about affairs in the east, and I do not blame you. I myself made a mistake, which I see is now being exploited by the English press, to create a prejudice. When at Hong Kong, at a dinner on the Deutsch land (the prince's flagsh'p in the east), Commodore Dewey was present and was the senior officer: there were two Russians, some English and officers of other national ities which I cannot now recall, when I proposed the health of first the Czar of Russia, then others, and last of all that of the President of the Unitrd States. Dewey was offended, as I learned the next day, ami I realized I had made a great mistake. I immediatrly went on beard the Olympia and saw Dewey, who accepted my apology most graciously." The prince added that he was well aware th: t mistakes ha<^been madffon their part, but that his relations with Admiral Dewey had always been of the most agreeable and pleasant character. He sent his highest re gards to the admiral and expressed his sin cere hope of seeing him during his visit to America. ? ? ? LOCAL WATER SUPPLY. Increased Pressure Since the New Res ervoir Has Been in Use. According to a report made to the War Department by Col. Miller, the officer In charge of the Washington aqueduct, the consumption and waste of water for the twenty-four hours ended at 8 a.m. January 30 was 61,626,901> gallons. This embraces all the water that passed through the sys tem including the tunnel to the Washington city reservoir and thence into the city pipes. The water was turned into the tunnel from the Georgetown distributing reservoir on the 6th ultimo, and the Washington city reservoir was added to the supply system on the 8th ultimo, which gave an increased pressure all over the gravity system ot from twelve to twenty feet. The average dally consumption and waste during the preceding month of December, before the Washington city reservoir was put In oper ation, was 57,996, HUM gallons. During the year 1900 the average daily consumption and waste was about u0.000.090 gallons, showing an increase of over 11,fioo.ono'gal lons In the present supply compared with that period. The water distributed from the George town reservoir showed various degrees or turbidity for twenty-two days during Jan uary and was clear the remaining nine days. During the nineteen days of January when bservations were taken at the Wash ington city reservoir, the water from that resei voir was turbid eight days and clear eleven days. It is too early yet to obtain any fair results of the practical effect on the water by its flow through the additions to the system of the tunnel and the Wash ington city reservoir. More complete ob servations when the entire system has been longer in operation will be required to de termine that matter. Col. Miller says that the operations dur ing the present month are mainly confined to placing the pumping plant In the pump pit at Rock creek, putting roofs on the power houses at Rock creek and Champiain avenue and the east gate house and con tinuing work on general plans for the filtra tion plant. COLOMBIA'S PLEDGE. Protocol Regarding Route for the Panama Canal Practically Completed. The Panama canal protocol, which has been in course of preparation for several weeks past at the hands of Dr. Silva, the Colombian minister here; Mr. Herran, the first secretary of legation, and Mr. Mutis-Duran, the special representative ot the department of Panama, now stands completed In all essential respects. How ever, the protocol has been prepared in the Spanish language, and Mr. Herran will now undertake Its translation into English, so 1 it is probable that It will not be tumid over to Admiral Walker, chairman of the | Isthmian canal commission, before next Thursday. The protocol consists of about twenty-flve articles, and is quite a lengthy document. Admiral WTalker, it Is explained, has had no part in the drawing up of tne protocol, having decided to leave that mat ter entirely to the representatives of the Colombian government, and to avoid any interference with their work before it was complete. In order to obtain the more satisfactory results of oral as compared with written ex planations, Dr. Silva. it is stated at the legation, will probably leave Washington In a short time for Bogota in order to set the provisions of the protocol before the officials at the seat of the Colombian gov ernment and Impart their significance in person. Troopers Reach Fort Huachuca. The War Department is informed that Troops B and D of the 14th Cavalry, 3 offi cers and 147 men, have arrived at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Departure cit Col. Bliss. Col. T. H. Bliss of the subsistence depart ment has left for Havana, where he will resume his duties as collector of customs. Naval Orders. Lieut. Commander B. A. Flske, from the works of the Bliss Company, Brooklyn, N. Y., to the Massachusetts as executive offi cer. Lieut. Commander A. C. Baker, from the Massachusetts to his home on waiting or ders. Naval Constructor E. Snow, from the Union Iron works, San Francisco, Cal., to the Asiatic station, for duty In connection with repairs to be made on the vessels of that station. Bronze Portrait of Washington. A bill has been Introduced in the House for the purchase of a bronze portrait statue of George Washington, to be placed in Statuary Hall, at the Capitol. The bill was introduced by Mr. Cowherd of Mis souri, and no amount is mentioned for the appropriation. Delegates Coming toD. A.B. Congress. CHICAGO, February 15.?Delegates to the D. A. R. continental congress at Washing* ton left Chicago today. Four cars were re quired to carry the Illinois contingent. There is an exciting contest on between Mrs. Alice B. WUes and Mrs. Charles H. Deere for the state regency. * MR,WHEELER'S SPEECH House Democrats Are Angry and Annoyed. REPUBLICANS PLEASED EFFECT ON THE NEXT CONGRES SIONAL ELECTIONS. Will Be Largely Circulated in Statea Having Any Considerable Oerman Vote. The maddest set of men In the House to day are the democrats who have a large I German vote in their districts; by the same token, the gladdest lot are the re publicans who are similarly situated as to constituencies. The former are finning and fr?tting. oppressed with dire misgiv ings of the Teuton wrath. The latter are smilingly complacent, imagining them selves already on "Easy street" for the next congressional elections. It all comes about over Mr. Wheeler's speech in the House yesterday. This ster ling young democrat, who represents one of the "pennyr'yal" districts In southwest Kentucky, and probably hasn't a German nearer to him than Cincinnati, surely did spill the fat in the tire for some of his party colleagues. Not content with calling Prince Henry of Prussia "that little Dutch man," he must needs rub it in on the northern democrats by Inquiring, contemp tously "What do we care about the good will of the German people?" Scene in the House. The scene In the House when that Inci dent occurred yesterday was very Interest ing. When he referred to the Prussian prince as "that little Dutchman" Gen. Grosvenor and Chairman Dick of the Ohio republican state central committee pricked up their ears. When he uttered the second contemptuous sentence they nodded glee fully at each other. Then it was that Gen. Grosvenor got into the game and drew Mr. Wheeler into still deeper water. After the first incident, which occurred early in the afternoon, Gen. Grosvenor and Chairman Dick got together and quickly planned an aftermath. Col. Dick was In high glee. "Great guns!" he remarked, "we won't do a thing to the democrats with that speech, in Uhio. 1 won't have to work any more now." Dater in the afternoon Gen. Grosvenor came back at Mr. Wheeler again, to accen tuate and emphasize, to make plain, so that he who runs may read, the radical utter ances which, fortunately for the repub licans, had been followed by "applause on the democratic side," as the Record shows. During the second act of this little polit ical comedy?which may prove a fragedy for some candidates?the democrats from the German districts fairly wrlted on the gridiron. "Doc" Norton of the thirteenth Ohio walked restlessly up and down the main aisle, the picture of despair, and finally rushed up to the clerk's desk while Gen. Grosvenor was going for the Ken tucklan and pathetically said: "Oh, Lord, Isn't that man's time up yet?" Then he went back and was seen to expostulate with Mr. Wheeler, who, from his gestures, was making unavailing efforts to appease his fears. Republicans Delighted. In the meantime one of the most delighted men was Shattuc of Cincinnati. He was fairly dancing up and down with joy, and brcke In on General Grosvenor to say. "Oh. general, don't forget about the little Dutch man. "Now, don't steal my speech." said Gen eral Grosvenor, "I am coming to that. ' Col. Dick was leaning back in his chair smiling all over his face. The Pennsylvania. Illinois. New York, Missouri and Indiana democrats did not see any fun in the proceedings. They sat silent with long faces, as if at a funeral, and shared the perturbation of "Doc" Nor ton. Today these gentlemen are calling Mr. Wheeler more kinds of a marplot? only they don't say it that way?than the dictionary contains. They say Mr. Wheeler "aimed at a deer and shot the calf." to use a simile familiar to his section. Colonel Dick is preparing to send the Wheeler spcech broadcast through Ohio, and the republican congressional commit tee will distribute several hundred thousand copies In other states. That frequent "ap plause on the democratic side" turned tha trick for the republicans. PROGRESS TO RECOVERY. Young Roosevelt Will Soon Be Able to Come Here. GROTON, Mass., February ir?.?'The re markable progress made by President Roosevelt's son in his recovery from his severe attack of pneumonia continues and today announcement was made that last night was the most satisfactory since the sickness began. Today Dr. Warren, the Groton school physician, will dismiss his assistant and reduce his visits to one a day. Mr. Roosevilt said that she Is plan ning to take her boy to Washington early next week. Miss Alice Roosevelt, daughter of the President, reached here just btfore noon. WARRANT FOR F. C. ANDREWS. Charged With Misappropriating Funds * of Detroit Bank. DETROIT, Mich., February 15.?A second warrant was Issued today by the prose cuting attorney for F. C. Andrews, whose overdrafts and over-certified checks wrecked the City Savings Bank, charging him with misappropriating the bank's funds. He is now being arraigned In the police court. The Increase of Navy. Upon the recommendation of the chiefs of the bureaus of construction and repair and steam engineering the Navy Depart ment has informed the committee on naval affairs of the Senate and House that, ow ing to the delay In delivery of material and other causes, the work on vessels build ing has not progressed as rapidly as was expected at the time the naval estimates were submitted, and that the estimates for "Increase of navy construction and ma chinery," can be reduced by the sum of W.OW>,OOt?, leaving the amount to be appro priated $13,303,010, Instead Of 517,303,010. Asked for m Statement. ^ The commissioner of Indian affairs has called for a report from the Carlisle (Pa.) Indian School, an the report that Henry Sampson, a student, has been refused per mission to go to Bay City, Mich., to see his mother, said to be dying there. Visit of Austrian Cruiser. The Navy Department has been notified that the Austrian cruiser Szlgllvar arrived at Pensacola. Fla., yesterday and will probably visit other ports on the Atlantio coast.