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WASHINGTON, I). C., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1902-SIXTEKN PAGES. TWO CENTS. THE ETEHIHg STAR. PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. Pnilneai Office, 11th Btnet aad Pmujliult Atmsa The Evening 8tar Nowgpapor Company. S. H. KAUTFJIANH, PiWt. Yew York Otficcs lio Tribune BtriMiaj Cbicaro Officc: Bore? Binding. Tie Erenlng Star 1* Forred to mibsrrihors In the rltj \>j carriers. ?>n t'..olr own account. at 10 renta l"'r week, or 44 n-rta per mouth. Copl?*s at the rov.aUT. 2 fonts ?>ai h. I" -na!l-etiTwiiere Id the U.S. orCanada- |-.stafo pr.-paid iffMs i? r moatli. Saturday Quintuple Short Star. $1 per j<*ar; with forrljni postage m? ! d. J.Teg. <Knter??d nt tb.' I'.wt <?fti o at Washington. D. C as wviim'Hlass real! matter.) C-*'"All mall r!|>ll<>n* m;!?t l*? pa'.l In advance. States of advertising made Wn >*.vn r.rs application. GERMAN TARIFF BILL Discussion of Duty ou Grain in Reichstag. EFFORT AT COMPROMISE ATTITUDE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO EE ANNOUNCED. Notice to Ministers if They Reject Amendment That No Bill Con Pass. BKTil.IX, February 1!>.?At :i meeting of th< tariff <? .mmitit-e of the reiciistag today tin si<-<? 11 j?-<l ?? ?nii>-t?r::iso a me ndnie nt rc garoing the grain ihiti.s, raising the mini mum ar 1 maximum r:ttis on wheat to ii iuiil T'_ marks. respectively, and on oats and i?:r' \ t? ? and 7 marks, respectively, was intri>ii:i<-? d. Oilier Proposals Presented. ?'thrr proposals before the committee con t? mplate tlie continuance of existing rates and tiie suggestion of Herr Bebel of the total i? |>.ai of the grain dnties. Speaking in support of th'5 existing rates j JI err i JothVim (radical) urged that the sug- | g? st. 1 minimum and maximum rates were of no benefit to agriculture and would be gravely harmful to the working people and manufactures. The centrist members moved to include hops in th< minimum rates, while Count von Kanitz 11?>* agrarian leader, announced that a similar proposal would be made in regard to flour. Herr Scherre, representing Baden, said Ro\?*? nnirn( wns opposed to niising duties above the figures contained in the government bill. In reply Herr Herold (centrist) pointed out that the compromise amendment was an attempt at conciliation, and that if the go\ ernment r?*je? ted it the responsibilitv toi WKckinj; the bili woidd rest with the ministers. i'he imperial secretarv of state for the ! interior, fount von I'osadowsky-Wehner ' promised to furnish a statement of the i t< ii< ral governments views tomorrow. Deep Cut in the Budget. The budget committee of the reiehstag today cut down the estimates for expendi ture In the far east. Her Richter. the radical leader, who was the moving spirit in the matt. r. secured a reduction aggre gating '.o| o<m marks. under various heads, including a million marks for ex traordinary outlay reiiuin d on warships Jit the tar east, and for demobilization pur p .s.s. This entire item was struck out of the estimates. Motions ,,t Herr Richter ftnd Herr Ba- | them, centrists, proposing a speedy dimi n lit ion of and the eventual .lisba'ndment of the east Asiatic brigade of occupation ! were reject, d. ? ? ? TO DRAFT PLAN OF ACTION Meeting- of Executive Committee on Labor Arbitration. NKW YORK, February l!>.?The first meeting of the arbitration committee of thirty-six appointed through the national civic federation to arbitrate labor troubles was held today with Senator Hanna in the chair. The meeting was in executive ses sion. Nearly all of the thirty-six members of the committee were present. The object of the gathering was to receive a report on a working plan by which strikes, lock outs and other forms of disputes between | capitalists and workmen may be dealt with. Archbishop Ireland of St. Paul, Bishop Potter and Samuel Gompers. president of tin- American Federation of I.abor, attend ed the meeting. Charles M. Schwab, presi dent of the United States Steel Corporation, was unable "to be present, but he sent word that he would attend the dinner to the committee this evening at the home of Oscar S. Straus. GEN. 0. F. LONG ORDERED HERE. He Will Have Entire Charge of Army Transportation. SAN FRANCISCO, February 1S?.?General Oscar F. Bong, superintendent of the trans p< rt service at this port, will soon leave San Francisco to lake charge at Washing ton. I>. C., of the land and water transpor tation of the United States army, com prising the Atlantic as well as the Pacific seaboard. He will succeed General Bird, Who Is soon to go on the retired list. Cap tain Carroll A. Dcvol will succeed General Long at this port. Major Carver Howland has been relieved from duty at Fort McDowell, and will sail for M mila to rejoin his regiment, which is ?bout to return to this country. Lieutenant Colon. I Morris C. Foote, i?th Infantry, is assigned to the command of the post at Angel Island. The police commission has closed sixteen saloons near the Presidio t'.ites. ori Baker and Greenwich streets. The moving cause was a letter from Colo nel J. B. Rawles, commander of the post. DR. HERZL VISITS THE SULTAN. Important Move in the Zionist Coloni zation Scheme. LONlu?N, February 19.?The leaders of the Zionist movement anticipate important developments as a result of the visit of Dr. Thet?Jore Herzl of Vienna, president of the Zionist congress recently held at Basel, Switzerland, to Constantinople. I)r. Herzl was summonen to the Yildtz palace by a special telegram /roni the sultan, and is now negotiating with the sultan for the ac quisition of concessions i?J Palestine permit ting of the unimpeded lmmWrat'on and set tleine nt of Je ws the-re. Dr. .Herat's de mands include a charter grantb^ some simple form of home rule and opening the sultan's crown lands to J< wish colonizatte^n A representative of the Je-wisli Coloniza tion Association, which was endowed by the late Baron Hirseh with a large sum of money, is also at Constantinople, which is taken to signify that the trustees of the Baron Hirsch fund are about to concentrate their resources upon Palestine. Bill to Improve Fort Street. A bill has been introduced in the House by Representative Samuel W. Smith, appro priating *K.r>oo for grading, macadamizing an-1 regulating Fort street between 12th and 14th northeast, Brookland. May Be Used in Hawaii. Mr. Tracewell, the controller of the treas ury, has decided that appropriations made by Congress for the United States geologi cal survey may be used In part in the Ha waiian Islands as a part of the United States within the meaning of the appro priation act. Steamship Arrival. At New York?Friesland, from Antwerp. BURIED A BOY ALIVE FIENDISH DEED OF CHILKOOT IN DIANS' MEDICINE MAN. Boy Had Been Converted to Christian ity and Hod Denounced His Old Religion. SEATTLE. Wash.. February 1i?.?The st'-amcr Dingo, which arrive*] from Alaska, yesterday, bringing news that Chilkoot In dians near Hinsmission, Alaska, tin Feb ruary buried alive one of thtir tribe, a boy fifte<n years of age. The boy had been converted to Christianity by Milo A. Sel lon, a Methodist missionary, and in a burst of religious zeal denounced ;he mumra-rirs of the tribal ieht. or medicine man. This ac: aroused th;- anger of the superstitious old men of the trib?. Recently fourteen native residents of the village of Kluckwan died of consumption, and ich: spread the b lief that the boy. in league with the evil uie. through his knowledge of the white man's religion, caused the deaths. The disappearance > f the boy from school aroused the suspicions of \Ir. Sell on. and he started in search. At the outskirts of the village he found tracks leading to a fresh grave. Digging down he found the bay still alive, his bloodshit eyes rolling in insane agony, his hair torn in handfuls from his head. His linger nails wi re torn off in his efforts to escape from his horri ble prison. The boy was lifted from the grave ar. l carried to tlio village, where he lived several hours, howling and crying out lfk.* a maniac, finally dying from the effects of suffering and fright. The ieht. who is re sponsible f,?r the crime, is Skunn Doo, an old offender, who spent a term in San Quentin penitentiary for causing an old woman to be starved to death In ISM. ? ? ? ? FAILED TO TAKE ACTION. Committee on Rules Considers Propos ed Change in Rural Free Delivery. The House committee on rules met today to consider the advisability of a special rule in connection with the proposed changes of the rural free delivery system in the post office appropriation bill. This subject will come up in a few days, and there is a ques tion as to whether the change of rural carriers from the salary to the contract system can be considered on an appropria tion bill unless a special rule is framed. For the present, however, there will be no action, as it was decided to await the de velopments of the debate. The inaction of the committee on the proposed rule covering rural free delivery changes was regarded as equivalent to a defeat of the proposel rule. Chairman Loud of the post office committee took this view, t'nder these circumstances it is not expect ed that the proposed rural carrier changes will be carried out unless a special bill is framed for that purpose. The committee has not yet considered the recent request of eighty-seven of the repub lican members who met in caucus and ask ed for a special committee to investigate questions of disfranchisement. IMPORTATION OF TEAS. Regulations Amended by Assistant Secretary Spaulding. Assistant Secretary Spaulding has amended the regulations governing the Im portation of teas into the United States by adding the following provision: "In exam ining Japan's green teas and congous, while limiting the comparisons in the mat ter of infused leaf and scum to the specific standard called for, examiners are to admit teas upon the question of quality in the three kinds above cited, provided they are equal, in the case of Japan's, to either the pan-fired or the basket-tired standard; in greens to either the country tea or the PIngsuey standard, and in congous to eith er the North China or the South China standard." This amendment is made upon the recom mendation of the L'nileel States board of experts. The Plague in China. United State's Consul Me Wade at Canton has informed the State Department that the plague is increasing in Shantung prov ince. China. Mr. McWaele says that there have been over sixty deaths from this cause. Yeungkong, Canton, is reported free of the disease. Personal Mention. (it neral Crozier, chief of ordnance, has returned from Leavenworth, Kan., where he went to attend the funeral *>f his wife's mother. Mr. J. I. Hoke, United States consul at Windsor, Nova Scotia, is on leave and while here is visiting his cousin, I. B. Thatcher. Prof. J. W. lieauchamp of .Si>2 K street northwest left this morning for Fort Mead, S. D.. and later will visit the Philippines. Naval Orders. Lieutenant W. B. Whittlesey has been as sigm*d to the Cincinnati. Acting Warrant Machinist J. Bryce from recruitting duty to Newport, R. I., for duty. Acting Warrant Machinist M. A. Rossiter from the Columbia to Newport, R. I., ?for duty. ? Lieut. Marshall Ordered Away. Second Lieutenant G. C. Marshall, Jr., IWith Infantry, has been ordereel from Fort Myer, Va.. to Fort Sbicum, N. Y., for duty with recruits that will probably be sent to the Philippines. To Refund War Taxes. A bill to refunel taxes collected under the provisions of the war tax law to charitable, religious, literary and art institutions, was introduced in the House yesterday by Mr. Richardson of Tenn. Army Orders. Capt. Francis J. Koester, 15th Cavalry, has been orelered to Fort Slocum, N. Y., for duty with recruits probably to be sent t*> the Philippines. >'jrst Lieut. G. D. Frcemand, Jr., 21st In fantry, bas been ordered to Columbus bar racks. Oh.'o. for duty with recruits proba bly to be se^t to the Philippines. Movements of IJaval Vessels. The Monongahela has arrived at San Juan and the Albatross at San r^-ucisco. The Nero has sailed from San Juan for Montevieleo and the Machias from Pensa cola for Cienfuegos. Promotion of a Veteran. United States Treasurer Roberts has fre quently shown his preference, for soldiers whenever promotions were to be made in his office. One of the promotions recently made by him went to John W. Lowell, as chief of division, who for twenty years has been clerk in his office. In 1868 Lowell enlisted at the age of seventeen In the 4th Ohio Battalion of Cavalry, afterwards re enlisting in the 173d Ohio Volunteer Infan try, of which he was quartermaster ser geant, serving until the close of the war. JONES ON THE STAND Rice's Valet Tells of Relations With Patrick. WAS OFFERED A BRIBE THE LAWYER HAD SOME DEEP LAID SCHEMES. Began Work of Corrupting the Witness Gradually?Squabble Over Evidence. NKW YORK. February 19.?Char'cs F. Jones . ontinued today his testimony in the I rial of Albert T. Patrick, accused of the murder of Yv'm. M. Rice. Jones was Rice's valet and clerk. In his testimony yester day Jones referred to an affidavit which lie said was shown him by Patrick and which purported to be signed by Rice. As si-tunt District Attorney Osborne called upon the defense to produce the affidavit. Mr. Moore, counsel for the defense, pro tested that the action of the proseeution was improper, and Recorder Guff sustain ed the defense. The assistant district at torney was urging a reversal of this de cision when the recorder adjourned court, and he resumed his argument today. At the close of Mr. Osborne's plea the recorder ruled that the prosecution might present secondary evidence of the existence of the affidavit. The examination of Jones was then re sinned. lie was asked te> tell what were the contents of the affidavit shown him by Patrick. He said it was a paner swearing off Rice's personal taxes in New York on the ground that he was a resident of Texas. Patrick was asked what Jones re ceived. and on learning that it was *."??> a month, replied that he, Jones, was worth twice that much. Then, said the witness. Patrick showed him a fe?rm of will. The Matter of the Will Patrick said he would help Jones if he read law and would help make a smart man of him. The witness said he diel not believe this. The form of will submitted by Patrick, said Jones, purporterl to leave all the property of William M. Rice to Al bert T. Patrick. "I asked Patrick what he was ge>tng to do with it," Jones said. "lie told me if I would typewrite it he would se-e about the signing of the witnesses. I said I would help him. I wrote it for him. The de fendant took it away. Tie said it would not do and he would have it rewritten at his office. Patrick asked if Mr. Rice had made any other will, and I told him yes. I said 1 had seen it and knew where it was kept. T got it for him, the will e>f 1S(IH. He said he diet not think it right for Mr. Rice to.leave so little of his property to his relative-s and so much for charity. I agreed with him. Patrick told me we ought to get the same witnesses to the new will that had signed the will of 1KJ?0? Palmer and Wetherbee of Swenson's bank. He said all the heirs under the 1890 will would get more under the new will. I told Pat rick he was taking too much for himself and that he would never get such a will probateel. Patrick said: 'Nonsense, all the relatives get more than in the 1X90 will and they will all employ lawyers to get my will probated.' " Replying to questions by Mr. Osborne, the witness said the will of 11)00 was sub mitteel to h'm in a dozen different forms before it took its present proportions. He and Patrick talked over different items in it and some times they would change them. Should Have What He Wanted. "Mr. Patrick said he would give me any thing I wanted," the witness said, "to help the thing through. I objected to be ing a witness to the will and to having to swear to the signature, but I agreed to help get the will probated. It was de cided that I should not be a beneficiary because the heirs might make a claim of undue- Influence. One of the forms of will we discussed made me the heir instead of Patrick. "Patrick wanted to get the 1S90 wit nesses for the new will. Wetherbee called on Mr. Rice to get some money to take up a mortgage on Texas property. He was not successful and I thought It a good chance to get hold of him as a witness while he was suffering from his disap pointment. I called up Patrick on the tele phone and told him about it. Patrick sug gested that I call on Mr. Wetherbee and sound h?m. I called on Wetherbee and told him that Mr. Rice woke up 'dopey' at times and that on such occasions I could get him to sign anything. I said if he would get a will made naming himself as executor I could get it signed." "What did Wetherbee say," asked As sistant District Attorney Osborne. "He said it would be like cutting oft his own head. He said that he would like to be the executor of a big estate like Mr. Rice's, but that he would not go into such a scheme hs that." "Did you tell Patrick about that inter view?" "Yes, and he told me not to bother w'th Wetherbee any more. He said he could get one witness and I would have to be the other. I objected that I could not be a witness and a beneficiary, but he said that difficulty could be gotten over. A few days later, sometime in January. 1!Ki0, he told me David I-. Short and Morris Meyer would serve as witnesses." Jones' Testimony Tester day. In his testimony yesterday Jones said he was employed by Rice in Houston, Tex., and came with him to New York in May, 1897. He did Rice's clerical work, and wrote his checks. Patrick, lie said, called at Rice's apartment in October, 1899, to see Rice, and said his name was Smith. Rice was in bed, and the defendant said he would call again. This he did about a week later. "It was about 8 o'clock In the evening," said Jones. "I saw him hi the parlor. Mr. Rice was in the back room. He spoke of Texas news. Either at that visit or one he paid a week later Patrick talked about the trial of the claim against Mr. Rice under the will of Mrs. Rice. He seemed much In terested, and asked If the case had been settled. He said the evidence was very strong in favor of Mr. Holt. "On his second visit, I think, he told me he was Mr. Holt's lawyer. He told me tne terms of a settlement had been arranged, and said If I would write It out on the type writer he would get 1^ signed. He gave me a sheet of paper, the writing In pencil, that he wanted copied." Bice Did Hot See Patrick. "Did Mr. Rice see Patrick?" asked Mr. Osborne for the state. "He opened the door while Patrick was talking to me. I don't think he recognized him. "Patrick said he thought It would be a good thing to have some old friend write a letter to Mr. Rice suggesting a compromise. He spoke of Col. Whittdsey, but I told htm Judge Hill was the only man who had any influence with Mr. Rice. Patrick said he was sure he could effect a compromise if he could get an Interview with Mr. Rice. But I told him Mr. Rice would not see him if he wanted to talk about the suit." Led by Mr. Osborne, Jones described the letter Patrick wanted him to write. The letter waa to state that Mr. Rice had tost confidence In his Texas lawyer, but that he loved Texas and wanted to return there, and wanted the migration settled. In reply to Mr. Osborne's question, Jones said: "Patrick was to give m<* 5^50 for it, but lie would not give me the money unless 1 would go on the witness stand and swear that Rice signed it. I refused to give him the letter. "Patrick told me Mr. Ho*t had given him $509, and had promised Bim SW.OOO when a settlement of the litigation was effected." "Why did you not a free to earn that $230?" "I was afraid to swear falsely." engineer ford arrives. Will Advise the Colotoibian Minister Regarding Panama Canal Conditions. Mr. J. T. Ford, attache and consulting en gineer of the Colombian legation in this city, who has been absent from his post for some time past attending to his im portant interests in Colombia, returned to Washington yesterday, coming by way of Havana. Mr. Ford's presence in Washing ton just at this time is for the purpose of giving Dr. A. Silva, the Colombian minis ter, anel the other legation officials the ben efit of his valuable technical knowledge, as well as the insight into local conditions in Colombia, in the negotiations relating to the Panama e*anal. Mr. Ford fs the vice presi dent and general manager of the C. M. Railway Company of CarthaRgna. The Panama canal protocol, it is stated at the legation, will not -be present eel to Admiral Walker before Friday or Saturday. THE REPORT PREMATURE. State Department Advices as to Miss Stone's Alleged Release. The State Department aelviees concerning Miss Stone indicate that the* Paris publica tion to the effect that she had been set at liberty is, to say the least, premature. It is gatherenl, however, from the reports e>f the Cnited States diplomatic agents that the woman Js likely to be released very soon, and tlmt the delay is explained by the requirement of the brigands that they be given ample opportunity to insure their own safety. CAPT. DEMING'S CASE. The Attorney General Preparing to Ap peal to Supreme Court. At the reepiest of the War Department Attorney General Knox has taken pre liminary steps to appeal the case of Cap tain Pe>ter C. Deming, forns|erly of the ve'lurtteer army, to the Cnited States Su preme Court in order to have that tribu nal determine the important legal <iues tlons involved in the case. One of these is the jurisdiction of a military court com posed wholly, or in part, of peguler officers over officers of the volnnteer establish ment. The Cnited States circuit court of St. Louts decided that poln4 against the ci ntentlon of the government, but the Sec retary of War has concluded not to accept the opinion erf that court as final unless it shall be sustained by the- United States Supreme Court. It is exj>ectvd that the matter will be brought to the attention of the St. Louis, court on the 2tUh instant. A WHISKY DECISION. Collector at Detroit is Siistained by Department. f The Treasury Department has decided a case involving the right of a citizen of the Cnited States to import whisky from Cana da in certain sized packages. It appears that Canada prohibits the importation of whisky into that country In casks or bar rels of a less capacity than 100 gallons. The tariff act of the United States approved July Ul, 1JSU7, provides that any spirituous liquors imported into the United States in any sized package of or from any country under whose laws similar sized packages are denied entrance into that country shall be forfeited to the United States. In the case in question a Detroit dealer imported a twenty-gallon, cask of Scotch whisky from Relleville, Ont., which was pre?mptly seized by the Unlteel States col lector at Detroit. The contention was that the act of 18U7 applied only to the country of origin ?Scotland). The department holds to the contrary and finds that the wording of the act "of or from any country," etc., makes it apply in this instance to the Do minion of Canada, prominent MASONS MEET. Big Gathering in Cincinnati to Attend a Ceremonial. CINCINNATI, February 19.?Over 1,000 prominent Masons have registered here at the Se-ottish Rite Cathedral for the golden convocation of the rite of the valley In Cin cinnati, which was established in this city fifty years ago today. Among those present Is Dr. J. Diaz, prlo to of Mexico. The thirty-third and thirty second degree men are present from all parts of the country. The program covers four days anel inedudes all the pomp and ceremony of the best ritualistic work. CAUCUS OF democrats. Senators Will Confer Friday Regard ing Policy to Be Followed Monday. A caucus of democratic senators will be held Friday to decide upon a definite line of policy to be pursued Monday next in voting upon the Philippine tariff bill and amendments suggested to It. postmaster ABSCONDS. Defalcation in the Office at Belle vue, Ohi% Chief Post Office Inspector Coetiran re ceived dispatches toda^ announcing that Hamilton Schuyler, postmaster at Bellevue, Ohio, had absconded aoi that Thomas H. Mollard had been dsaljgaated acting post master. The office is a presidential one of the second class. The -ataenint erf defalca tion is unknown. Inspectors are at work on the case. CONSULAR SERflCB REFORM. Foreign Relations Committee* Author izes Favorable Beport. The Senate committee en foreign rela tions today authorized a favoraWe report on the bill reforming the apnsuiar service. The bill requires a civil service .examina tlon of applicants for consular ptoses. To Codify Immigration Laws. After hearing a number of experts on the immigration question, the House committee fm Immigration today began executive ses sions the bill to codify and amend the immigration laws. About half of the bill was gone over and svsd* the proposed increase of head tax and the sSCttes pro viding a fine of $100 for each immigrant brought here contrary, to law going over for consideration later. c Treasury Deficiency Estimate. A deficiency estimate for the contingent expenses in the treasury amounting to $33, 750, was transmitted to the ^Otise today by Secretary Shaw. The items Include $17. 000 for the repair of the treasagy building and I*,000 for repairs to the Better build ing. The balance Is for furniture, fix tures, etc. Iff THE WHITE HOUSE Recent Civil Service Order to Be Construed. PRINTERS WANT LIGHT DIRECTOR MERRIAM HAS A CON FERENCE TODAY. Secretary Cortelyou Confined to His House With a Cold?Some of Today's Callers. E. A. M. Lawson, president, and William 51. Garrett, secretary, of Columbia Typo graphical Union, No. 101. calkd on the President today .*ind asked for an interpre tation of his recent civil service order im posing- p< nalt.v of dismissal upon govern ment employes who seek to influence legis lation which will react to their benefit. As representatives e?f the printing cfaft they wanted to know if employes of the govern ment printing office will he permitted to go before Congress to protest against the re peal of the copyright law, which now pro vides that all works copyrighted in the United States must be printed, bound and the plates made in this country. The re peal of the act will mean the loss of a great amount of work each year by Ameri can printers and binders. President Roosevelt will make an inter pretation of the ruling shortly, and will send it to Mr. L.twson. More people than the printers would like interpretations of the order. In addition to organizations that are vitally interested in difft rent legislation are individual em ployes of the government who would like to know if they would be safe in using in direct influence to secure promotions or transfers or other changes in their posi tions. Department officials are perfectly willing that this uncertain feeling as to what can be done shall continue. It pre vents considerable pressure and annoy ance. I Director Merriam's Call. Dire-tor Merriam of the census bureau had a confer*nee with the President this morning, presumably in regard to affairs in his office. Mr. Merriam holds as high a place in President Roosevelt's estimation as he did in President McKinley's. and there is said to be no doubt that ho will be nominated to succeed himself as head of the census bureau. Those who are in position to know believe that Mr. Merriam is a strong cabinet possibility, especially in the event of the creation of a department of commerce. His name has been fre quently mentioned in that connection and has been favorably commented upon by White House callers. The Minnesota dele gation in Congress will batk him for pro motion. Mr. Bristow May Not Hold On. It is understood to be quite probable that Joseph L. Bristow, fourth assistant post master general, will not continue in that position' for a much longer period. This state of affairs is largely due to the fact that the West Virginia delegation in Con gress, headed by Senator Scott, has made trouble for Mr. Bristow at the White House over Mr. Bristow's action in sending a post office inspector to Wheeling, W. Va., to investigate the private life of a man who was spoken of for postmaster of that city. Whenever the President has procured a suitable man for fourth assistant postmas ter general the understanding is that tiure will be a change in that office. Mr. Cortelyou is Sick. Secretary Cortelyou was confined to his home today, suffering from a cold, and was not at the White House, his work being done by Assistant Secretary I^oeb. This is the first day Mr. Cortelyou has ever lost from his duties at the White House by reason of illness, and his absence was no ticeable. The hope was generally expressed that he would quickly recover and be at his post again in a few days. The President Enjoys a Joke. President Roosevelt is growing in favor as a story teller. This morning there were some western men to see him. among them being Delegate Dennis Flynn of Oklahoma, accompanied by a young man who had been a soldier In the President's regiment of Rough Riders. The introduction brought to the President's mind the joke of a United States Senator about the Rough Riders. The statesman went into the President's room and walked up to the chief executive in a humble kind of way. "Mr. President," he said, "if there are* no Rough Riders around may I speak to you for just a minute?" The President laughed heartily over the joke and has told it to several people. Mr. Flynn learned some time ago, like all others who have come in contact with the President, that the chief executive ad mires frankness and truthfulness and that he is willing to overlook many things if a man is truthful with him. The President, It Is said, would have stood by Ben Dan iels, who was nominated as marshal of Arizona, if the latter had explained to him everything in connection with his life. Delegate Flynn had a candidate for an office who was charged with drinking too much whisky. The President wanted to know something about the charge and so Delegate Flynn wrote to the candidate ask ing for the facts. The reply he received Was something like this: "My Dear Dennis: I haven't drank a drop of red-eye for eighteen months and do not expect to for a long time to come. Prior to that time I frankly admit that I went all the paces in the direction of enveloping various brands of red-eye. If I missed any thing at all It was through ignorance." Delegate Flynn gravely laid the letter before the President, believing that the candidate had no show after his confes sion. The President read the letter, said that the man was all right and nominated him to the office he wanted. Brigham Young's Favorite Wife. Senator Kearns of Utah presented a number of Utah people to the President this morning. Among these were Mrs. Amelia F. Young, who was the favorite wife of Brigham Young, the head of the Mormon Church, two of her daughters Mrs. M. Y. Dougal and Mrs. P. Y. Beattte ?and one of her granddaughters. Mrs. C. L. Barton. These ladies are in Washing ton attending one of the conventions in session here. Representative Bowersock of Kansas In troduced Mr. C. S. Nusbaum to the Presi dent. Mr. Nusbaum represents the Att away Chautauqua, which meets in Kan sas from July 7 to 18. President Roose velt last summer accepted an invitation to attend the chatauqua, but this was be fore he became President. He does not now know whether he can be present. Ex-Senator Carter of Montana intro duced ex-Governor Rickards of that state. C. G. Bennett.* secretary of the Senate, saw the President about Elliott Woods, who is to be made superintendent of the Capitol, to succeed the late Mr. Clark. Capt. McLean Resigns. Captain A. T>. McLean, assistant surgeon, U. S. V., having tendered his resignation, has been honorably discharged from the serviec of the United States. INTEREST IN MEMORIAL HEADQUARTERS AT CLEVELAND RECEIVES MANY INQUIRIES. Resume of What is Being Done in the Several Cities of the Country. CLEVELAND, February 10.?That public interest in th" McKinley national memo rial is on the inereasf is evidenced by the ever growing volume of letters and tele grams received at the headquarters of the national association in this city. Secretary Ritchie is busily engaged in securing infor mation from every section, for his report to be submitted at the Washington meet ing of the trustees on February Richard C. Kerens, who has lately been appointed to the chairmanship of the Mis souri state auxiliary, has opened headquar ters in St. Louis, and says the state will give to the fund. In Kansas City an effort is being made to get a contribution from every resident, ranging from one cent up. Memphis, Tenn., has a hustling commit tee calling from house to house. Duluth, Minn., has subscribed $1.,Vn>. Youngstown has given ?i,0*i0. Cincinnati will not erect a monument there, as the fund is not large enough. The funds raised for the local monument will be givui to the national memorial fund. Both Toledo and Columbus are discus sing the same proposition to turn in ail funds raised for small local memorials to the greater and more splendid tribute of the state to the dead President. "Because of these smaller movements," said Mr. Ritchie today, "the people of Co lumbus, Toledo and Dayton will not par ticipate so generally in the national me morial building. Cincinnati, however, has already set the pace by voting to turn over all the funds to the National Memorial As sociation. Gov. John G. Brady is canvassing Alaska, including the Klondike. The governor is distributing lists through the territory from Dawson to Nome, and while some of the returns will not be in before June or July, jet he anticipates raising a good sized sum. The endless chain letters keep coming. Treasurer Myron '1'. Derrick of the asso ciation received two two-bushel bags of these chain contributions today. New York state hopes to report $100,000 raised for the memorial by the meeting Fehruarv UI5. Knoxville. Tenn., sends a check for $."$11. TUSXEGEE NEGRO CONFERENCE. Booker T. Washington Makes One of His Characteristic Speeches. Tl'SKEGEE, Ala., February 10.?The el< venth annual session of the Tuskegee negro conference assembled at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute today, Booker T. Washington will preside at all tlie meetings. At the opening session Principal Wash ington said: "It is most encouraging to note that the time has come whtn northern people and southern people can co-operate in the up lifting of all classes who need assistance. "it Is with a race as with an individual; the place to begin to make improvement is right where it is. If we cannot Improve our condition In the sovith I do not believe that there are many spots on earth where we can do so. There is an opportunity open in the south for every black man to purchase a farm and make an Independent living upon that farm. Agriculture will give the race the foundation upon which to build and prepare itself for more impor tant things. "Throughout the south the youth of our race should be constantly reminded that we have the occupations that relate to ad vance the mechanical and domestic em ployments. practically in our hands. "There is nothing in politics or in any other avenue of life that can begin to com pare in importance just now to the negrifrs securing a home and becoming a taxpayer and educating his children into all the im portant occupations that are about his doors. "The most lasting and potent protec tion the negro can have in any part of the country is for him to become the most suc cessful man in his community." BANK OF LIVERPOOL FRAUDS. Dick Burge, a Pugilist, on Witness Stand Today. LONDON, February 10.?On the resump tion of the hearing of the charges grow ing out of the Bank of Liverpool frauds at the Old Bailey today, the defense was be gun with an examination of Dick Burge, the pugilist, one of the accused men. He testified that he made ?:?>,0U0 from boxing during the last ten years; that he had known Lawrie Marks, the ipissing Ameri can bookmaker, for eighteen months, and that he advanced him ?2"?0 in October last, on the understanding that they were to divide the profits of Marks' business. Sub sequently Marks informed the witness that James Mantes, an American bookmaker, who is also said to have been connected with the robberies, had a rich friend in Liverpool and suggested that he. Burge, go there with Mances, as a lot of money might be made by their transactions. Burge declared he never saw Thomas P. Goudie, the accused bookkeeper of the bank, until he met him in Holloway jail. The witness never knew that Mances was a friend of Goudie's and never suspected the checks were forged. When he heard of the Bank of Liverpool frauds he had no idea that Marks and Mances wtre con nected with them. AMOS GOULD PLEADS GUILTY. Forged Eleven Notes on Bank at Belle wood, Neb. DAVID CITY, Neb., February 10.?Amos Gould, former cashier of the Platte Valley Stale BanK of Bellewood, yesterday pleaded guilty to the forgery of eleven notes, rang ing in amount from $luO to $1,400. He threw himseLf upon the mercy of the court, saying that if released he and his friends would soon make up his defalcations. In the course of his remarks he admitted the forgery of >o0,000 in notes, but he said he could not tell whether or not that was the total amount of his forgeries. Judge Sorn berger said he would pronounce sentence today. ? ? PACIFIC ISLAND SINKING. Santa Catalina is 270 Feet Lower Than Formerly. BERKELEY, Cal., February lO.-Prof. Win. E. Ritter of the University of Cali fornia has made the discovery that Santa Catalina Island, the famous pleasure re sort, is slowly sinking into the Pacific ocean. While dredging for marine animals on the coast of the island he found positive evidence in rocks and shell fish that the island beach had once extended three-quar ters of a mile from the present low tide limit. He estimates that the island is now 270 feet lower than it was formerly. This movement is apparently going on now while the mainland coast opposite Catalina Island is slowly rising. As 5 to 1 * \Yc obtain at least five times more results from The Star than from any other medium. We consider we owe much to The Star for the rapid growth of our business. WM. A. HILT., of Moore & Hill, Real Estate Brokers, 717 14th St. NAY. Xov. 19, 1901. Representative Corliss on the Cable Situation. ITS EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS STATEMENT SHOWING THE COM PANY'S PROFITS. The American Ally to a British Organi zation Defies Rights of This Government. The cable situation in the far east was discussed in the I louse today by Mr Cor liss, author of thi? <"orllss bill fir (ho con struction of a Pacific cable by the i'nited Stat<s government. In a recent sp?. ch in th House Mr. Corliss discussed the legal asp. ct of the situation. Today he turned his attention to the peculiar monopolistic telegraphic situation in the east. "The Eastern and Eastern Extension Ca ble Companies, with their allied llr.es," he said, "e mbrace a system which a?gregat< ?? nearly seventy thousand nautical mites of cable, covering the most extensive and powerful caole and telegraph monopoly in the world. Their lines reach every contim nt except North America, and the purpose of th? union with their American ally.the Com mercial Pacific Cable Company, is to en circle the globe and extend the influence and advantage of their present monopoly In the Pacific ocian anil the far east. Exclusive Rights Held by This Mo nopoly. "In March. 18!>S, the Eastern Ext? nsion Company obtained from the governm< nt of China a prolongation of its monopoly f?>r twenty years, ending in May. 1!?40. This concession covers not only the Philippine Islands, but Guam and other Spanish islands in the Pacific ocean. "When we ratified the treaty of peace, it was expressly provided therein thai ail con tracts then existing, lawfully Issued by Spain, should be recognized by our country. The Eastern Extension Company claims the exclusive right to lay. land and operate cables with Guam 'and the Philippine Is lands under this contract. Whether such exclusive privileges are ilegally binding upon our country will, in due time, be de termined by a proptr tribunal. It is suffi cient for us to know, in the considerat on of the construction of a Pacific cable, that this great corporation assumes to hold th.se exclusive rights, and lias made a contract with an American ally for the express pur pose of extending her grasp of the cable business into the very center of civilization, and with the hope of monopolizing the growing commercial interests of our people in the Pacific ocean. "The audacity of this octopus and the villainous Ingenuity with which it seeks to evade the conditions imposed upon otlier cable companies and extend its tentacles over our islands in the Pacific and fasten its grasping clutch upon the wheels of progress so rapidly moving from our coun try toward the Pacific ocean are marvelous ly Ingenious and the most audacious usurper of public rights of the present age. How any one representing the interests of the people can sanction such a scheme by his silence and countenance the compact be tween these companies, is beyond my com prehension. Most Dangerous Menace. "But this is not the most dangerous menace to the future welfare of our peo ple and the expansion of our trade and commerce in the Pacific ocean. On various occasions from 18S2 down to the present time China has granted to these cable monopolists the exclusive right to estab lish cable commun cation with China. The last of these concessions was In li?u>. On this occasion Sir Charles Dllke said: 'The effect of the agreement would be that the government wtre binding themselves to maintain for the two companies concerned ?the Eastern Extension and the Great Northern Telegraph Companies?a monop oly in the working of all Chinese subma rine lines. It was the declared policy of the United States government to establish direct communication with China, and the agreement would bind the British govern ment to resist that. He contended that the more competing telegraph lines there were, the greater the advantage to this country, especially In war times.' "The foregoing demonstrates the neces sity of immediate action if we are to pre serve the 'open door' in China. If the Com mercial Pacific Cable Company lc permitted, by the inaction of Congress, to lay its cable across the Pacific ocean, this gigantic cable monopoly will have the future trade and commerce of our country within its grasp; our naval station at Otmm wfft hf trrr wrtrt out cable communication, as it is well known that the intention of this company Is to extend its cable to the Marshall Islands, controlled by Germany, and obtain a sub sidy she offers therefor. "Of what use will the American naval station be to the American navy at the Island of Guam with a cable held and con trolled by a foreign cable company? X charge that the Commercial Company is In fact the Eastern Extension monopoly; this is s'hown by the fact that Mackay made his contract with them In August last before he applied for the privilege of extending the cable." Mr. Corliss here read the test mony of Vice President Ward of the Commercial Company before the House committee to substantiate this assertion. Statement of Eastern Cable Company. "My attention has recently been called," he continued, "to th? semi-annual state ment of the Eastern Cable Company, end ing September ?? last. The statement shows, after the payment of Interest on mortgage debentures, a five per cent divi dend for six months on ordinary stock and $r>o.<KN? reserve tor maintenance of ship: $1.1 20.000 net profit, equivalent to an annual profit of Jt!.240,?Hio, after the payment of all fixed charges, lO per cent on its common stock and a large amount set aside for re serve. "Talk about the trusts in the United States. They are pygmies compared with this octopus. How can we permit the con struction of the cable across the Pacific by the Commercial Company, when In view of the action of our government with refer ence to cables laid in the Atlantic, in which express provision is mude that such cable company, 'nor any cable with which It con nects, shall receive from any foreign gov ernment exclusive privileges," and that such company 'shall not combine with any other line for fhe purpose of regulating" rates.' In flagrant violation of these conditions, this American ally has established relations with the Eastern Comipany and boldly de fies the rights of our government. "How can we maintain peace In the Pa effle and properly direct our army and navjr through a foreign cable company officered and manned with British subjects? How can our tradesmen compete with a cable rate twice the amount charged by the Eng lish government cable." Lake Steamer Burns. CLEVELAND, February 19.?Fire early today destroyed the upper work of the ?teamer Fred Kelly, lying in winter quar ters here. When the flames hadbeen sub dued the fireman found the body of Watch man L Walker lying In the hold of As vessel burned to a crisp.