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GALA DAY AT ALBANY
Prince Henry Receives Hearty
Greeting From Citizens.
CALLS ON GOVERNOR
PRESENTED TO B0T3 BRANCHES
Expresses Keenest Delight at All He
Sees and Hears?Starts for
AT.HANY, X. Y., March 7.?It was 12:23
O'clock when Prince Henry boarded his
train In Boston this morning, and 2.05
o'clock when the train departed for Albany.
The prince retired at once. There were no
delays anywhere en route, and the special
was kept several minutes ahead of the
schedule arranged for it. There had been
a very heavy fail of snow in Massachusetts,
bvit there were no drifts, and the tracks
were clear. The prince arose at 7:30 o'clock
and was at breakfast when his tra'n entered
the railroad yards at Albany. He wanted
to leave the table at once, but as the train
was more than twenty minutes ahead of
time a stop was made in the yards, where
he finished his meal. The prince was very
tired when the Boston reception came to an
end, but he seemed quite refreshed when
^he arose this morning.
It was 8:30 a.m. when the special reached
Union depot. The depot grounds had been
eleared, and the police formed a cordon
around the car Columbia. Mayor Gaus and
George Sard, chairman of the reception
committee, were In waiting, and were intro
duced to the prince at once. Ambassador
von Holleben presenting them. Governor
Odell was late In arriving, through some
misunderstanding as to the time, and the
prince and his party waited for him. He
arrived about ten minutes later, and in be
half of the state bade the prince welcome.
Escorted by Cavalry Troop.
The prince was then shown to a carriage
around which formed the smartly uni
formed riders of Troop B. When the party
had all been placed in carriages a start
was made for the city. Broadway was filled
with people, and as the carriago bearing
the prince emerged from the depot drive
way there was a resounding cheer.
Stationed at various points along the
route were companies of the New York
Hundreds of men had been at work all
yesterday clearing away the snow from the
streets through which the procession passed
and they were in good condition. The build
ings along the route presented a brilliant
appearance, being tastefully decorated with
the American and German colors tastefully
intertwined. German and American colors
were draped over the front of the city hall
and the mayor's office, to which the prince
was escorted immediately upon arriving.
Enormous crowds lined the streets and
taxed the patience of both the police ana
National Guardsmen In keeping them back
on the sidewalks.
Admission to both the city hall and ca.pl
tol was by card, but poor judgment had
been exercised in Issuing them, and in boua
places the crush was terrific and many of
those entitled to admission were forced
back by the guards.
When the party entered the city hall they
were escorted to the mayor's office, and
Mayor Charles H. Gaus extended the for
mal welcome to the city. He said:
Speech of Mayor Gaus.
Your Royal Highness: I have the honor
on behalf of the city officials and the com
mon council of Albany to welcome you to
the hlstorio and hospitable capital city of
the empire state.
I assure you, sir, that the city of Albany
feels deeply honored in having this oppor
tunity to add your name to the long list of
the personal representatives of the. head9 of
other governments that have paid this city
a visit. I welcome you as the personal rep
resentative of your brother, William II, the
German emperor, who is the head of a peo
ple who are on friendly terms wnn our
We have here in Albany about 2T>.000 Ger
man-Americans. They are of that class of
men whom you met in the middle west,
men who, at the time we were threatened
with dismemberment, loyally espoused the
cause of the Union of our states. I also
am happy to extend the hand of welcome
to you because as a man you have en
deared yourself to all the American people
that you have met.
Ah a souvenir of your visit among us ;
I have prepared an illustrated parchment
granting you the freedom of the city in- '
closed in its silver case, which I take pleas- }
uro In presenting.
While it is not my purpose to detain '
you and your party with any extended re- j
marks, knowing that you came to Albany j
to see and not so much to hear, still I j
want to call your attention to one fact j
which I think will interest you. When you j
came out of the railroad station you set !
foot on Steuben street, which was named
after the former aid-de-camp of Frederick
the Great, who came to America to put our
revolutionary army in proper shape and
who did it, thereby making the revolu
tionary war a success. As you already
know, von Steuben at our General Wash
ington's suggestion was m;ide inspector
general, with the rank of major general.
Thanked Mayor for Gift.
Tiie prince thanked the mayor for the
gift and said that he would greatly prize
It. The party was then shown the original
Dcngan charter, granted by Governor Don
gun 21*? years ago. A short time was de
voted to Introductions, and then carriages
were re-entered and the party proceeded to
Prince Henry and his escort reached the
capltol at 0:20 o'clock. They were met at
the eastern entrance by Adjutant General
Henry and escorted to the executive cham
ber, where Governor Odell and his staff
were wultlng to receive the royal visitor.
The reception in the executive chamber
was thoroughly informal. Governor Odell
had already met the prince at. the train
and there was no necessity for introduction.
The prince entered with General Henry,
and. stepping forward, grasped the hand of
Governor Odell. He was introduced by the
governor to Mrs. B. B. Odell, Mrs. Henry,
Mrs. Hall of Uarchmont. Hiram H. Odell,
the governor's brother, and the Right Rev.
William Croswell Doane. Introductions
then followed to the members of the gov
ernor's staff and the senatorial committee.
There were no set speeches. The distin
guished visitor chatted with the governor
for a few minutes, expressing great admira
tion for the beauty of the capltol, and par
ticularly of the executive chamber, which,
he said, was one of the most magnificent in
The sword presented by Frederick the
Great to George Washington had been
taken from the state library and placed on
a. table in the executive chamber. It was
taken out for the prince to examine He
?aid that it gave him extreme pleasure to
Ce and handle it. and that It should ever
guarded aa the gift of one great general
Visit to Senate Chamber.
The prince took leave of the governor and
his staff and tl^e other ladles and gentle
Bun present and was escorted to the senate
The senate galleries were thronged in an
ticipation of the visit of Prince Henry, it
was 9:40 o'clock when Clerk Whipple an
nounced the royal visitor.
Prince Henry entered with Senator Hor
ace White of Syracuse, nephew of Ambas
sador White, the American representative
in the German empire. Senator White was
chairman of the reception committee or
five senators, who followed with the prince s
retinue. Arriving in front of the senate
desk Prince Henry and his escort remained
standing while Lieut. Gov. Vfoodruff de
scended from his rostrum and greeted nis
royal highness. He then escorted the prince
to his desk and formally welcomed him in
"It is a high official privilege and a very
great personal pleasure to present the sen
ate of the foremost commonwealth or tne
American republic to his royal highness,
Prince Henry of Prussia, whose diplomacy
and cordial good fellowship have accom
plished a peaceful cotiquest of the united
States equal to any of the historic victories
won by the sword of the house of Hohen
zollern in the lands beyond the seas.
Prince Henry was given a warm ovation,
the senators rising and clapping their harn.s
for half a minute. When the applause had
ceased Prince Henry, smiling very happy
with his reception, said:
Remarks by Prince Henry.
"I wish to thank you most heartily for
the kind reception I met with here. It is
one of the many acts of kindness which 1
have received during my stay In the
United States at the hands of your coun
trymen, and which I am not likely to for
The assembly committee were then pre
sented to the prince and escorted hinj
from the senate chamber.
Prince Henry remained but three minutes
and a half in the assembly chamber. At
0:42 Clerk Baxter, standing near the south
corridor announced in a loud voice: "His
Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Prussia.
Immediately Speaker Nixon brought his
gavel down heavily and everybody in tne
chamber arose. The prince, with Assem
blvman Allds at his right and followed by
his entire suite and the assembly reception
committee, entered. The prince was es
corted to the speaker's desk. Speaker
Nixon, bowing low to the distinguished
"Your royal highness: It Is my privilege
and pleasure on the part of the assembly
of the empire state to extend to you a most
cordial and kindly greeting. Your visit af
fords us an especial pleasure and It indi
cates to us in a most generous manner the
feeling of good will and friendship existing
upon the part of your nation toward ours.
That this same feeling of friendship exists
upon our part you can have no better evi
dence than Is indicated to you dally by the
grand ovations you are receiving from the
"We also extend through you our espe
cial greeting to your Imperial brother, the
emperor of the great German nation, and
trust you may convey to him a report of
interesting and enjoyable experiences here
which shall ever remain a pleasant mem
"Without consuming too much of your
limited time I beg to present to you the
members of the assembly."
Will Report to the Kaiser.
When Speaker Nixon had concluded the
prince, bowing, said:
"I can only repeat to you, gentlemen,
what I have said five minutes ago, and it
is absolutely true what you say of the
ovations which I have received during my
stay in the United States. I am perfectly
aware of the fact that your nation means
well with ours, and all I can do is to re
port to his majesty the emperor the kind
manner In which I have been received, not
only here, but during my stay in the
United States. I am deeply grateful for It
and am not likely to forget It."
The brief response of the prince was re
ceived with applause. When It concluded
the visiting party was escorted from the
After leaving the assembly chamber tho
prince passed down the magnificent west
ern staircase. On reaching the first land
ing he stopped, and after intently looking
for a time he stated that it was one of
the grandest he had ever had the privilege
of looking at. He left the capitol by the
east entrance, and was driven slowly to
the station. All along the route he was
loudly cheered and was kept busy ac
knowledging the ovation. At the depot the
special train was boarded after farewells
had been exchanged and the visitors left
at 10:80 over the West Shore railroad for
l Wfcst Point.
BILL FOR MONTGOMERY COTJNTY.
Provides for Special Election to Vote
on Liquor Question.
Sppflal Piepatrh to The Evening Star.
STATE HOUSE. ANNAPOLIS, March 7.
?Delegate Sellman of Montgomery- has in
troduced a bill to submit the liquor ques
tion to the voters of his county, to be voted
on at a special election June 2, 1902. The
bill provides for local option in the elec
tion districts and for strict enforcement of
prohibition in such districts as vote against
license. For such districts as elect to grant
license a carefully prepared system is pro
There shall be a board of liquor license
commissioners of Montgomery county, con
sisting of Charles H. Griffith, William E.
Mannakee and Charles F. Kirk, who shall
huld their oflice during good behavior or
until their successors are duly appointed
and qualified. In case of any vacancy oc
curring in said board by death, refusal to
act, removal from the county or otherwise,
the vacancy shall be filled by the governor,
who shall have the power In his discretion
to remove from office any commissioner for
neglect of duty or malfeasanse in oflice
upon the petition of ten reputable citizens
or Montgomery county, and proof of such
neglect of duty or malfeasance in office
satisfactory to the said governor, and his
decisions shall be final and conclusive.
MORONG AND RIZAL PACIFIED.
Gov. Wright Declares Reports of
MANILA, March 7.?Acting Governor
Wright says that the province of Morong
and the entire province of Itis&l were never
more peaceful than they are now, and
that the rec nt occurrences were entirely
due to the influence if insu.'rectos who
Had been driven from Laguna an'l Batangaa
The utterances of Senor Ampil, the for
mer presid-mte of the town of Caintra,
Morong, *>io was recently captured by
Insurgents, and subsequently escaped, mo
classed by Mr. Wright as being unreliable,
and as merely the remarks of a man half
crazed wlthr terror. The action of the
band which captured Ampil was largely due
to a personal vendetta. The constabulary
have already dispersed the band and cap
tured many arms, and have completely
broken the power of Montalon, the oid
iadrone chief, who, for years w^s the terror
of the province.
Mr. Wright feels satisfied from conver
sations which he has had with General
Bell and others that tho Insurrection is ex
TO SUCCEED LORD PAXTNCEFOTE.
Rumor That Mr. Alfred Lyttelton is
LONDON. Maroh 7.?The Yorkshire Port
today says It learns that Mr. Alfred Lyt
telton is likely to succeed Lord Pauncefote
as British ambassador at Washington.
Silk Mills for York, Pa.
YORK. Pa., March 7.?The organisation
of the York Silk Manufacturing Company
with a capital of $1,800,000 was consum
mated at New York yesterday.
Four Cabinet Ministers At
tended Today's Meeting.
WAS MOSTLY CONSIDERED AND
Secretary Cortelyou to Give Out News
Secretary Hay, Secretary Root, Attorney
General Knox and Postmaster General
Payne were the four members of the cabi
net who were present at the meeting today.
The other four members are out of the city.
Departmental business was considered and
The President and Postmaster General
have decided upon the nomination of Ed
win F. Blodgett as postmaster at Atlanta,
Ga., to succeed the late Major W. H
Smyth. Mr. Blodgett has been the deputy
postmaster, and is well qualified to be pro
moted. He was Indorsed by the republican
organization of the state.
Cabinet News to Be Given Out.
The oabinet meeting today reached a de
cision that hereafter the work of the cabi
net will be announced at the White House
by Secretary Cortelyou. This will be done,
It is said, to prevent misleading news be
ing printed. Cabinet officers will not be
pursued hereafter for details of the busi
ness considered by the cabinet, and will
allow everything to bo given out at the
President's Charleston Trip.
It Is thought to be likely that President
Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt and members of
thfc oabinet will leave here for the Charles
ton exposition on the evening of March 24,
arriving in Charleston on the 25th. If the
President's intentions are carried out so
that he can leave here at the time fixed t.?e
2t?th of March will be "President's day,
and will be celebrated with great festivities
at the exposition. It is intended that the
President shall visit the South Carolina tea
farm at Summerville on the 27th, leaving
the same day for Washington.
Representative Hooker of Mississippi, who
was born and reared in South Carolina, and
whose ancestors are buried in that state,
called on the President today to say that
"every gentleman In South Carolina will
give you a most cordial reception."
General Hooker congratulated the Presi
dent upon the admirable arrangement for
tho visit of Prince Henry and upon the ex
ecution of these arrangements. He like
wise referred' most heartily to Prince Hen
ry's demeanor and carriage in this country.
President Roosevelt Is receiving numerous
letters and documents from South Carolina
declaring that Lieutenant Governor James
I TlUman does not represent public sentiment
in that state. A largely signed paper from
Gaffney, S. C., contains the following:
"We, as citizens of Gaffney, Cherokee coun
ty South Carolina, enter a vigorous protest
against and denial of the Implied sentiment
expressed in a late message of Lieutenant
Governor Tillman to President Roosevelt.
"We most emphatically repudiate said
I message, as not voicing the sentiment of
I South Carolina's oitlzens."
Conferring About Sugar.
Representative William Alden Smith, one
of the republican leaders opposing lower
duties on Cuban, sugar, had a long confer
ence with Pre*ident Roosevelt this morning,
presumably on the attitude of the House on
this question. Mr. Smith could not talk
about his Interview.
The President saw Senators Piatt and
Dillingham and a few other callers. Sen- |
ator Carter of Hawaii was with the Presi
dent a few minutest and was presented to
members of the oabinet.
Bill to Be Presented for the Admission
of Three States.
At a meeting of the House committee on
territories, held today, favorable action was
taken on the Moon bill, giving a territorial
form of government to Indian territory,
changing its name to the Territory of Jef
ferson, and providing for a governor, terri
torial legislature, etc.
The action of this committee in deciding
to report a measure to make Oklahoma,
Arizona and New Mexico states will doubt
less be brought beforfe the House in the
form of an omnibus bill.
Butter and Cheese Industry.
A preliminary statement lias been issued
by the census bureau on the manufacture
and trade in butter, cheese and condensed
milk, which gives the following, figures:
Number of establishments, 0,355, an in
crease of 98.5 per cent over the number re
ported In 1890; capital, $30,508,015, an in
crease of 119.6 per cent; average number
of wage-earners, 12,865, an Increase of 2.1
per cent; value of products, $131,199,317,
an increase of 109.3 per cent.
Sponsor of the Hull Chosen.
Harlan & Holllngsworth of Wilmington,
Del., have Informed Acting Secretary Dar
ling of the Navy Department of the selec
tion of Miss Mabel Hull as the sponsor of
the torpedo boat Hull, building at their
yard, and shortly to be launched. Miss Hull
la the daughter of Mr. George Allen Hull
of Newton. Mass.. second cousin to Com
mander Hill of the navy, after whom the
vessel Is named.
Ratifying Agreement With Rosebuds.
Senator Gamble, from the committee on
Indian affairs, today reported favorably the
bill ratifying the agreement with the Rose
bud Sioux Indians for the cession of their
unallotted lands In Gregory county, a D.,
to the United States. There are 416.000
acres of the lands and the Indians are to
receive $1,040,000 for them.
The Kilpatrick at Nagasaki.
Quartermaster General Ludlngton Is In
formed that the transport Kilpatrick, car
rying part of the 17th Infantry, has arrived
at Nagasagl on her way from Manila to
Funeral Bxp?na?s of Pensioners.
A bill >??? been Introduced In the House
toy Mr. Keboe which provides for the pay
ment of funeral expenses of pensioners toy
the government. Those who will be pro
vided for In this way are pensioners who
die without leaving sufficient assets to pay
their funeral expenses. In such cases the
Secretary of the Interior is authorised to
By out of the treasury to the extent of
X) in each case.
Lease of Mineral Lands.
A bill was introduced in the Senate today
by Senator Rawlins prohibiting the leasing
of mineral lands on Indian reservations.
CAUSE OF THE DELAY
WHY CHINESE INDEMNITY IS
NOT BEING DISTRIBUTED.
Powers Refused to Accept Slight Se
duction in Their Claims as United
Inquiry here discloses the fact that the
delay In the distribution of the first install
ment of the Chinese indemnity among the
powers grows out of the refusal "ftf certain
powers to accept the proposition of the
United States looking to the slight pro rata
reduction of their claims to bring them
within the total which China agreed to
pay. The report of the ministers who were
charged with the consolidation of the
claims of the various countries who suf
fered from the Boxer uprisings shows that
these amounted in the aggregate to 462,
000,000 taels. Before that total was reach
ed China had agreed to pay the sum of
450,000,000 taels as compensation in full for
all injuries inflicted by the Boxers. So the
difference between the sum to be available
and the total amount of the claims is only
12,000,000 taels?a small percentage of the
total. Rather than undertake to reopen the
negotiations with China, with a view to
forcing that country to undertake to pay
the 12,000,000 taels additional, the United
States government proposed to the powers
interested that each should scale down its
total claim to an amount sufficient to wipe
out this small balance of 12,000.000 taels,
but, as already stated, the proposal has
met with strong objection on the part of
at least two powers. That explains why
the first installment of the Chinese indem
nity, amounting to 1,125,000 taels, is lying
in the Chinese bank at Shanghai undistrib
uted up to this time.
A Pekin dispatch, dated March 0, says:
Chinese officials fear that the refusal of
the bankers' commission to accent the Feb
ruary installment of frhe indemnity will
render the collection of future Installments
more difficult. Sir Robert Hart, director of
the imperial maritime customs, used every
argument of persuasion to impress the
viceroys of the various provinces with the
importance of promptly contributing their
shares of the indemnity. When it becomes
known that the February installment Is
lying in the Chinese bank because the for
eign governments are unable to agree to
the terms concerning its division, the Chi
nese will possibly relax their efforts to
meet the future Installments.
Sir Robert Hart sent letters today to the
ministers of the foreign powers here, call
ng their attention to the complications
likely to result if the money, which is de
posited In the Chinese bank at Shanghai
should be "destroyed or diverted."
DISTRICT MEDICAL SOCIETY.
Two Bills in Which Its Members Are
Chairman Babcock of the House commit
tee on the Diestrict of Columbia today re
ceived a number of communications signed
by W. "\V. Johnston, M.D., as chairman of
the executive committee of the Medical
Society of the District of Columbia, ex
pressing the desire of the society to do
w hate\ er Ilea within Its power "to secure
the enactment of such legislation as may
be needful to protect effectively public
health and to safeguard the Interests of
the medical profession in the District of
In separate communications the execu
tive committee urges the passage of H. R.
11005, to regulate the production and sale
of milk and cream In the District. The
physicians express their willingness to ap
pear before the committee at any time and
explain their reasons for believing that
the passage of this bill Is necessary "If the
community Is to be provided with a supply
of pure, wholesome milk; and such a milk
supply is essential to the well being and. in
very l'ves of many people."
The committee also advocates the passage
of the proposed amendment to the District
code contained In House bill 11403, the pur
pose of which is to provide the same pro
tection for the persons and property of I
citizens rendered incompetent to care for
themselves or their estates by reason of
?e?ihabitual use of opium, cocoaine and
similar drugs as existing law provides for
persons and property of citizens rendered
similarly incompetent by reason of the use
of intoxicating liquors, the latter provision
being also contained in the same bill.
One or two minor amendments to this
aro 8u^?ested by the society to
NICARAGUA ROUTE PREFERABLE.
The President of the Maritime Canal
The Senate committee on inter-oceanic
canals today heard Jacob W. Miller, presi
dent of the Maritime Canal Company, on
the question of the construction of an isth
mian canal. He placed the amount of
money that had been expended by his com
pany at between four and five million dol
lars. He said the stockholders would be
satisfied with whatever the government of
the United States saw fit to give them for
their endeavors to keep the Nicaragua
Canaa^PrMJ,M0t bef?/e thG American people,
n I n nt!! ?lo ^ aceount Of physical
mort desirable.? Nlcara?ua route was the
a7Jl[3 afternoon at 2:.% o'clock Gen. E. T.
hI; who arbitrated the boundary
-P e between Costa Rica and Nicaragua
^ar8 ago. and who is very thor
oughly familiar with those two countries,
came before the committee and testified
concerning his observations while In Cen
Tomorrow Mr. Thomas B. Atkins, for
"'a"y. the expert of the Maritime
H-oah .^01?^anw. ?,n question of the
a ill* y tajie Attracted to a
canal through Nicaragua, will come: before
the committee. Mr. Atkins has studied
this question for many years and Js re
garded as a high authority on that subject.
Meetings to Organise to iBe Held by
The Wisconsin delegation In Osngress
met today and unanimously rhosr Mr.
! Babcock to represent the state on the re
( publican congressional committee.
The joint caucus of the H?use ?i Sen
ate republicans to organize Iks republican
congressional committee will <fce heM Mon
Chairman Richardson of tils democratic
congressional committee- has 'Issued the
following call: "The national democratic
congressional committee Is hereby called to
meet In the room of the minority of the
House of Representative* <m Friday even
ing. March 14th instant, at 8 o'clock, for
organization and for the ferassaetfon of oth
er business." -
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Gen. Johnson's Successor.
An authoritative statement 'feps- irf^> at
the Post Office Deportment ^pfls morning
that Capt. Henry C. New had not indicated
to the Postmaster Genera* W* decision as
to accepting the post of first assistant
postmaster general* sms,% be made va
cant by the resignatica of WlU^un M.
Johnson. It seems tq be genes^4Iy ac
cepted, however, that If Mr. Neir .intended
to accept the position he would have so
decided long ago, and' that accordingly
his declination of the anpolntment -Js only
a question of time.
OCEAN LINER SUNK
Waesland Run Down Off the
CAUGHT IN THE FO&
ALL BUT TWO OF THE SHIP'S 114
They Lost All Their Belongings and
Suffered From Cold Before
Being Picked Up.
The American line steamer Waesland,
Capt. Apgeld, from Liverpool, March 5, for
Philadelphia, and the British steamship
Harmoniides, Capt. Pentin, from Para Feb
ruary 13 for Liverpool, met in collision last
night off -lolyhead, Wales. The Waes?laaid
The Waesland, carried' thirty-two cabin
and eighty-two steerage passengers.
LIVERPOOL, March 7.?Fifty-three of
tho passengers and crew of the Waesland
arrived at Liverpool on board the Har
monides at 3133 this morning. They were
received by tho agents of the American
lino here and were quarteredi at various
The collision occurred In a thick fog at
11:30 o'clock Wednesday night, when the
AN aesland was about forty miles southwest
of Holyhead. The Harmonldes struck the
Waesland amldsliips and there was a terri
ble shock. Most of the Waesland's passen
gers had retired for the night. Perfect or
der and discipline prevailed. The crew of
the steamer rapidly turned out the pas
sengers and succeeded in assuring them that
their lives were safe. The passengers were
greatly influenced by the coolness of the
crew and obeyed instructions willingly and
The Waesland's boats were speed!)ly got
out, and in less than half an hour the en
tiro ship s company had been transferred, to
Two Lives Were Lost.
Unfortunately two lives were lost. The
dead are a steerage passenger named Dan
gerfleld and a child named Elsie Emmett,
the daughter of a cabin passenger.
The Waesland sank in thirty-five min
utes after the collision. The passengers
and crew lost all their belongings. The ves
sel carried no mails. The passengers unite
in the highest praise of the behavior of
Captain Apfeld and his crew. It is expect
ed the company will send on tho passengers
by another vessel next week.
The Waesland left Liverpool at 1 p m
last Wednesday, and the fact that she got
no farther than Anglesey shows that she
must have been greatly delayed by the fog.
The fog is general all over the united
kingdom and is a great hindrance to all
The Waesland Is owned by the Interna
tional Navigation Company, but flic-s the
.Belgian flag. She plies regularly in the
An)er!can line service between Liverpool
and Philadelphia, touching at Queenstown
^ch way. Formerly she was known as
the Russia. She is a four-masted, bark
rigged iron vessel of 3,?S7? tons net, Messrs
J. and G. Thompson built her at Glasgow
In 1>#?7. The Waesland'B dimensions are:
Length, 436.1 feet; breadth, 41.U feet, and
depth, 29.0 feet. She is equipped with elec
*ini^ ^as tr*Ple expansion engines of
3,500 indicated horse power.
Passengers Lose Their Clothing.
When the Harmonldes arrived here her
decks were crowded with half-clad passen
gers of the Waesland, whose pale and hag
gard faces told the story of their trying ex
periences. So hurried was the departure of
the passengers from the sinking ship that
in some cases they were only covered by
blankets, and handkerchiefs were their only
When the disaster occurred Wednesday
night, the two vessels were steaming slowly
off the coast of the Island of Anglesey. The
Harmonldes crashed head-on into the
Waesland, and backed away, but once
again struck the then sinking ship, making
a great gap in her side. Though the sea
was perfectly smooth, the denseness of the
fog added to the terrors of the passengers
of the Waesland. The women rushed on
deck screaming, but were soon reassured
by the officers. Thf boats were quickly low
ered, but the operation resulted in two
fatalities. The end of one of the lifeboats
slipped from its davit and precipitated the
occupants of the boat into the sea. A steer
age passenger, Edward Dangerfleld of Kan
sas, struck his head against the boat's fit
ting and was instantly killed, and Elsie Em
mett. twelve years old, the daughter of the
Rev. A. Emmett, was drowned. The other
persons who were in the boat were picked
The behavior of the passengers, many of
whom were Scandinavian emigrants, was
exemplary. Precedence was given to the
women and children.
Ship's Boilers Blew Up.
As the last boats were leaving the fast
sinking ship, whose decks were already
awash, an explosion announced that her
boilers had burst, and forty minutes after
the first impact the Waesland gave a
mighty lurch and disappeared beneath the
waves, sinking about midway between
Holyhead and Tuskar Light. Nothing was
saved except what the passengers and crew
wore. The boats containing the passengers
were for a time separated, owing to the
fog, but eventually they all reached the
sides of the Harmonides, and the survivors
were taken on board that vessel, where
everything possible was done for their
comfort. A pilot boat met the Harmonides
off the Island of Anglesey and communicat
ed the news of the disaster to persons
ashore, with the result that tugs were dis
patched to search for the Harmonides and
accompanied the steamer to this port. Here
the passengers were landed and comfort
ably housed. They will proceed to Phila
delphia Wednesday on board the Red Star
line steamer Noordland.
The surviving passengers, as a rule, es
caped with only a few slight bruises
The Harmonldes' stem and bow-plates
were so torn and twisted that It appeared
marvelous that she escaped sinking. She
also has a deep rent in her port side.
An officer of the Waesland in an inter
view gave a graphic description of the
loss of the steamer.
Story of an Officer.
He said: "I saw the whole affair. I was
late in t&rning in, as the night was foggy,
and we, naturally, were apprehensive.
Practically all the passengers had retired.
I was taking a last look at the weather
and In so doing peered over the ship's side,
when, without the slightest warning, there
came a fearful crash, which made the
Waesland stagger from stem to stern.
" 'My God' We are struck.' I shouted.
"Then there loomed right over our shin's
bow the steamer which had run Into us
It was terrifying, of course. We tnstantlv
recognised the peril. The darkness at that
time was impenetrable, but, there was no
mistaking the terrible consequences of such
an impact. The nose of the Harmonides
to h?ve eaten right into our
side. We were going very slowly, with no
more speed than was necessary to keep
We were struck at right angles,
a tremendous hole was made and for a
moment the stem of the Harmonkles was
literally inside our ship.
"A rush of excited people from all parts
of the ship immediately ensued. The pas
sengers tumbled up just as they had re
tired for the night. The men, women and
children were in iheir night dresses. In a
few instances the passengers had thrown a
shawl or a blanket over their shoulders.
Terror and bewilderment reigned for a few
moments, but the passengers gradually
ranged themselves in groups about the
decks, where they were best sheltered, and
the crew worked like clockwork in getting
out the boats. The only exception to the
good behavior of the passengers was in
the case of a saloon passenger, who rushed
hither and thither, calling in turn on
heaven and earth to rescue him. Fortu
nately the other passengers were not af
fected by this man's pitiable mental agony,
but were quietly and methodically marshal
ed Into the boats.
Suffering in the Small Boats.
"The experience In the small boats was
trying on account of the darkness and
cold. We did not know exactly where we
were, and, for a long time could not dis
cover the whereabouts of the Harmontdes,
though she was near by. The boats stood
well away from the sinking Waesland,
for fear of being sucked down, and we
could hear the rending and tearing of her
timbers as she seemed to break in two.
Then there was a terrible explosion as the
boilers blew up and all was over.
"We drifted and rowed for. seemingly,
two to three hours, when we finally got in
touch with the Harmonides. We had no
difficulty in getting aboard. All our effects
went to the bottom with the Waesland.
"The collision was terrific, alike in the
suddenness of the shock and in the com
pleteness of the steamer's destruction, and
we think we were most fortunate in escap
ing as we did."
P. R. Ferguson, a saloon passenger, who,
curiously enough, was on board the Waes
land when she collided with a schooner not
far from Philadelphia, savs the principal
excitement took the form of a rush for life
belts. He saw a man who had seven life
belts attached to various parts of his body.
As the last boat, in which Mr. Ferguson
was seated, was leaving the ship's side
cries for help were heard on board of her,
and the boat returned and found that two
of the Waesland's crew had been left be
hind. One of the men had slept throughout
the time from the first impact to the last
boat leaving the sinking steamer, and only
discovered his perilous position when the
sea water Hooded his bunk through the
STEAM RAILROAD BILL.
Discussed by Senate District Com
The Senate committee on the District of
Columbia met today and discussod at some
length the pending steam railroad bill.
Members of the committee exchanged views
on the railroad bill, but no objection to the
measure in a general way was developed.
The proposition for a tunnel under nnd
along the line of 1st street east was dis
cussed, and further information will bo se
cured by the committee on the damage, if
any, that is likely to result to the founda
tion to the Congressional Library building
by the construction of the tunnel and the
running of trains throftgli it. The engineers
who have indorsed this plan are satisfied
that no possible injury can be done to the
library building but questions have been
raised that will cause the committee to se
cure further information. It is expected
the committee will be ready to report the
bill to the Senate at its next regular meet
ing, to be held one week from today.
The committee authorized a favorable re
port on the bill for the construction of the
Aqueduct bridge. The bill as it was or
dered reported appropriates $100,000 for be
ginning the reconstruction of the bridge at
or near the present line of crossing of the
Potomac, the money to be expended by the
Secretary of War, and one-half to be paid
from the revenues of the District. Six
thousand dollars may be expended to se
cure additional land for new piers and
abutments and general right of way. The
bill authorizes the making of a continuous
contract for the construction of the bridge,
which is not to cost more than $840,000, in
addition to the $100,000 carried by the bill.
The committee nlso authorized a favor
able report on Senate bill 2388, authorizing
the payment of $10,519 to Elizabeth L. W.
Bailey of this city, administratrix of the
estate of Davis W. Bailey, deceased, with
interest from July 18, 1892, the day on
which the award for that sum was made
in favor of the administratrix and against
the District in the Supreme Court of the
District of Columbia by J. J. Johnson, the
arbitrator. The case involved the laying
of an asphalt pavement in this city.
AMENDMENTS TO CODE.
Two Bills Introduced by Mr. Babcock
in the House.
Two bills, being amendments to the Dis
trict code, were introduced in the House
today by Mr. Babcock. Both measures
have the Indorsement of and were trans
mitted from the District Commissioners.
One bill is in line with the recent sug
gestion of Judge Kimball and amends sec
tion 934 of the code relating to "place of
imprisonment." The amendment excepts
from the provision "such sentences as may
be imposed by the Police Court."
As this section now stands Judge Kim
ball says it is a very serious question
whether the Police Court has jurisdiction
to try cases where the sentence in the ag
gregate may be in excess of one year, or
whether they should not be held In the
first instance for the action of the grand
jury. This question is raised by the pro
vision in the code that where a sentence Is
imprisonment for more than one year it
shall be in the penitentiary, and that cu
mulative sentences aggregating more than
one year shall be deemed as one sentence.
The second bill amends the code so as to
allow a janitor at $."*50 per annum and a
charwoman at $150 for the office of the re
corder of deeds.
It Is explained that in compiling the code
the act of 1891, in reference to the record
er's office, was used instead of the later act
of 1889, which made provision for these
JUDGE IDE IMPROVING.
Will Be Able to Resume His Duties in
Secretary Root has received a cable mes
sage from Acting Governor Wright at
Manila saying that Commissioner Ide, who
is under medical treatment at Yokohama,
Japan, is improving in health and is ex
pected to be able to resume his duties at
Manila in about a month. The officials of
; the War Department are very much grati
fied at this news, as it was feared that
Judge Ide had broken down and would be
I compelled to return to the United States.
NEW SPANISH TREATIES.
Must Wait for Ratification Until After
The new Spanish treaties must wait upon
the accession to the throne of the young
Spanish king before they can be ratified.
Mr. Storer, our 'minister at Madrid, has
been working indefatigably for more than
ft year, and has almost completed the whole
fabrla of treaties to replace those swept
away by the Spanish war. But he has now
arrived at a pass where he can proceed no
furth?r, owing to internal political condi
tions In Spain and the reluctance of the
existing government to assume any meas
ure of. responsibility pending the expiration
of the regency and the coronation of the
king. This event will occur some time In
May, and as it Is expected that a new cabi
net and a stronger one will be installed it
is hoped that the delay In the treaty nego
tiations wiU be very brief. ^
The Star Is the businesf
man's paper, because it givel
him the latest news,?the new!
of today, not yesterday. Hence,
to reach him, advertise in Tht
The Bill Signed by the Presi
LETTER TO SECRETARY OF INTE
RIOR AS TO APPOINTMENTS.
After July 1 They Must Be Madft
Through the Civil Service
President Roosevelt today took deHslve
action on the bill creating a permanent cen
sus bureau. After conferences with Attor
ney General Knox, Civil Service Commis
sioner Foulke and members of his cabinet
President Rc*>sevelt signed the bill, but
negatived an Important portion of It by
sending the following Instructions to Se?.
retary Hitchcock, directing that no a^.
polntments be made in the permanent cen
sus force except those to be permanently
Instihictions to Secretary Hitchcock.
"WASHINGTON, March 6.
"Sir: I have signed the act providing for
a permanent census bureau. Section 2 of
this act provides that the work pertaining
to the twelfth census shall be carried on by
the census office under the existing organ
ization until the 1st day of July, when the
permanent census office herein provided for
shall be organized by the director of the
census. Section 5 provides that, with ^our,
approval, the director of the census may
appoint Into the permanent census force in
two ways: In the tirst place, from the
present employes of the census office; and.
in the second place, all new appointments
to be made in accordance with the civil
service law. After any of the present em
ployes of the census office have been ap
pointed upon the permanent force they be
come part of the classified service.
"I have been over these two sections very
carefuily with the Attorney General and
their construction seems to be perfectly
clear. You will please Inform the director
of the census that his office will continue to
be administered as it has been administered
until the 1st of July. On that day he will,
with your permission. api?oint such mem
bers of the present force under him as will
constitute the permanent census force, ap
pointing only so many as are to be perma
nently employed. After that date all ap
pointments will be made under the regula
tions of the civil service act.
"Verv truly yours.
"Hon. E. A. Hitchcock, Secretary of the
This step of the President, as stated in
the order to Secretary Hitchcock, was
taken after consultation with the Attor
ney General, whose Interpretation of the
census act has evidently been that there
Is nothing in the law clearly directing that
persons now employed in the census office
are eligible to transfer to other depart
mTheS efTect of the President's '?t<rprcta
tlon of the law is that from 1,000 to 1.200
people now in the census office will lose
their positions In the service between i.ow
and July 1 and will not be eligible to trans
fer to other branches of the government
service. The number will be fully 1,200 If
the rolls now contain 2,000 employes, as is
claimed, Inasmuch as the permanent bu
reau will contain only about people.
The President has all along held that the
transfer of so many people to '.he civil
service rolls was not fair to those who
haie passed civil service examinations
throughout the country.
FUTURE OF CUBA.
Governor General Wood Ordered to
This City for Consultation.
Secretary Root today ordered Gov. Wood
at Havana to come to this city at his ear
liest convenience for the purpose of con
ferring with the President and the Secre
tary of War in regard to the necessary
steps to be taken for winding up the af
fairs of the military government in Cuba
and the establishment of the Cuban repub
lic. It is believed here that transfer of
government can be effected by the 1st of
May and Gen. Wood s summons to Wash
ington is made with a view to the relin
quishment of American control of the is
land about that time. The order to Gen.
Wood directs him to come to Washington
as soon as he lias closed up certain mat
tersnow in hand, and it is not expected
that their consideration will delay lus de
parture from Havana more than a week
at the farthest. The change In the control
of the government does not mean, it is ?aia,
that the Uinted States forces will be with
diawn from the island at that time. It is
said to be the purpose of the administration
to retain a military force in Cuba until
after the conclusion of the treaty between
the new republic and the United States pre
scribed by the so-called Piatt amendment,
ns adopted by the recent Cuban constitu
tional convention. Tile date of the trans
fer of government and the actual time ol
the withdrawal of American troops are
questions which will be determined after
the proposed conference with General
Wood in this city.
ADDED TO ENGINEERS.
Thirteen Eine Officers of the Army
Pass the Examinations.
Thirteen officers of the li?e have been
transferred to the Corps of Engineers in
accordance with the provisions of the act
of February 2. 1901, authorizing that
method of meeting the necessity for addi
tional engineer officers. The transfers are
made as a result of recent examinations of
candidates held in New York, San Fran
cisco and Manila. The following is a list
of the successful candidates and their
First Lieuts. Curtis W. Otwell, 7th In
fantry; H. L. Wigmore, 15th Cavalry, A.
B. Putnam and A. E. Waldron, Artillery
Corps, as first lieutenants; First Lieuts.
M. J. McDonough, F. A. Pope, G. A.
Youngberg, Paul S. Bond (formerly Stan
ley B. Hamilton) and W. P. Stokey, Ar
tillery Corps, and Second Lieuts. Wildur
Willing, Clarence H. Knight and N. E.
Bower, Artillery Corps, and W. I>. Gutn
rie, 12th Cavalry, as second lle"je"anta- .
Lieuts. Putnam. Waldron. McDonough
and Stokey have been ordered to th
Washington Barracks, this ctt>. for d y
at the Engineer School
"ij.uU o1?%'andViS.?no? In th.
Mr.rf ?r^rurt???-.?h ?
tion. respectively, at New Orleans. La., and
New York city. N. Y.
Movements of Naval Vessels.
The Alliance has arrived at Barbados, the
Celtic at Sydney, the Pompey at Cavlte and
the Hartford at Port of Spain.
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