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One would think that it would be difficult t<) find a retail merchant of any standing at all in the capital city who is not a regular advertiser in The Star.?(From the Fourth Estate, Aug. 10. iqoi.) A PROPOSED SOLUTION Commission to Investegate Cuban Commercial Distress. RESTS WITH PRESIDENT HIS VIEW ON THE SUBJECT IS NOT KNOWN. House Leaders Are Becoming More Aggressive?Quiet Canvass Being Made. A proposition will be presented to the re publicans of the House In next Tuesday night's conference for a solution of the problem of Cuban relief, and to heal the threatened party dissension over that ques tion. The suggestion will be that further action be postponed until reports shall have been made by a committee of the House, composed equally of the advocates of reciprocity and the opponents of tariff reduction, who shall visit Cuba and inves tigate the situation. The commission, If authorized, would in vestigate the extent of commercial dis tress, existing or threatened, and ascertain who would be th? recipients of proposed tariff relief offered by this government. It Is said that the adoption of this prop osition, or Its rejection, remains with the President, nnd it is expected that between . now and Tuesday night his views upon It will be learned. The beet sugar protection ists, it Is said, would favor it, and It is urged that if the President should accede the ways and means committeemen would have no reason to reject the compromise. Would Relieve Embarrassment. Many members of the House are Inclined to lo.jk upon the suggestion with favor, as It would relieve them of a great deal of embarrassment. No one Is able to say how the President feels upon the subject, al though It le recognized that he may object to it on the ground that it offers a loop hole through which Congress may escape action on Cuban relief. It is well known that the President still believes that some commercial advantage should be given Cuba. It has never been denied that the Cuban delegates who went from Washington about a year ago to ad vise their countrymen to accept the Piatt amendment, had the distinct impression that this government would grant some commercial concessions. The suioess or failure of the proposed compromise, therefore, seems to hinge on the view the President may take of whether the commission will prove but a Subterfuge and a dodging of responsibil ity. or whether the investigation could be completed in time to secure action by this Congress. The compromise In its present state is a subject of suggestion rather than of actuai intention, and has not been absolutely put forward by any faction. It is in abeyance, ? as stated, but if favorable assurances can be obtained from the White House, it is faid. it will be offered Tuesday night in a lcrmal manner. Leaders More Aggressive. The leader* of the House and of the ways and means committee today entered upon a more aggressive campaign in connection with the pending proposition of the commit tee for Cuban reciprocity by means of tariff reduction. Up to this time the aggressive ness has been mainly upon the part of the opponents of reciprocity, who have organ ized successful opposition to the recom mendation of the committee. "It seems that the opponents of reciprocity have been perfecting their organization for Several weeks past," eald a member of the ways and means committee to a Star re orter this aft?rnoon. "Our committee has ot been engaged in organizing, for we have been busy trying to present to the House a practical plan for the solution of the Cuban problem." Finding themselves confronted with the Compact organization of republicans claim ing a majority of the republican members Of the House In opposition to reciprocity, the ways and means committeemen have decided to ascertain if such majority exists in point of fact. A thorough canvas of the House is being made in a quiet way with out attracting much attention, but which is expected to develop between now and Tuesday night whether th>* claims of the beet s .gar protectionists are founded upon fact. It Is said that the President Is still firm in his attitude In behalf of Cuban reciproc ity as expressed in his message to Congress. Speaker Henderson and Chairman Payne ?f the ways and means committee had an other conference at the White House this naming. It is considered signitlcent that it was after that conference the fact be came known that the ways and means com mitteemen and the House leaders proposed t" r :sh the campaign in behalf of the reci procity bill. QUIET DAY FOR THE PRINCE. Visits Grant's Tomb and Places Wreath Thereon. NEW YORK. March 8?Prince Henry of Pru?s;M breakfasted at the Waldorf-Astoria ?t 9 o'clock this morning. After breakfast the prince sent Lieutenant Commander Von Egidy. of his suite, to Grant's tomb to place a wreath on the dead President's sarcopha gus. His royal highness felt the need of rest, and said he would remain in his apart ments until after noon, when he would be the gue.-t of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Mills at luncheon. After that it was his Intention to return to the hotel and rest tintll this * evening. At 8 o'clock he will attend a din ner to be given in his honor by the German Society of the city of New York. The wreath sent to Grant's tomb by the prince was nearly nine feet in circumfer ence, was made almost entirely of laurel . and was tied with broad purple ribbon. Ambassador von Hoileben. Admiral von SeckendorfT, Admiral von Tirpltz. Captain von Mueller, Captain von Rebeur-Paschwitz and Consul General Buenz visited Colum bia University today as representatives of Prinoe Henry, who was unable to make the visit In person. BERI.IN, March 8.?Emperor William has received the following dispatch from Prof. Eliot of Harvard University: "Harvard University thanks your maesty for your Inspiring message to Prince Henry and for your munificent gift. May your acts draw together two kindred people." WRECK ON B. AND O. Canal Managers Say Waterway Will Resume Operations in May. ?p*rtal Dlnpatch to The Evening Star. BOYD'S. Md., March 8.?A freight wreck occurred on the Baltimore and Ohio last night at Buckeystown, about six miles west of Washington Junction. About midnight a westbound freight train composed of about forty cars was passing Buckeystown, and a rail broke and derailed eight big and heavy steel cars, which caused heavy damage to the tracks on account of the speed at which the train was running. The -train consisted of empty cars. The ties in many places were cut In half by the cars that jumped the tracks, and the rails very badly twisted. Another bad break in the canal has been found at Great Falls. It measures one hundred and fifty feet long and is thirteen ftet below the bed of the canal. This seems to be the most disastrous break along the waterway. At a meeting of those in terested Wednesday General Manager Nicholson stated that the canal can be i put in repair by the middle of May, and that about 120,000 or *23,000 will be re | quired to repair the breaks. The money is in hand, and the men and carts it is said, will commence work next l week'to fill in all the breaks. fibe in french arsenal. Reports of Great Value Destroyed at L'Orient. rARIS. March 8.?A great fire has oc curred at the government arsenal at L'Orient. Documents, plans and reports of great importance have been destroyed. PITIFUL TALES OF SUFFERING. Dr. Muller Tells About the Concentra tion Camps In Africa. i Dr. Heinrich Muller, one of the European diplomatic representatives of the Orang<~ Free State, called upon Secretary Hay at the State Department this morning and had a half hour's interview with the Secretary. As in the case of the other Boer represen tatives, Dr. Muller was received upon the distinct understanding that he came in a private capacity, and not as a diplomatic representative. .Unlike the preceding call ers, he did not address himself to the sub ject of Intervention or mediation, nor did he broach the question of the mule shipments from this country to South Africa. concern was with the concentration camps in South Africa, and he told the Secretary a pitiful tale of the sufferings and fr?fhtf"* mortality among the reeoncentradoes, tho t?Selcretar>teHay gave his caller a sympa thetic reception, but was unable to make any promise that the United States govern ment would change the attitude tow.^ subject that it has consistently maintained. Representative Burleson of Texas today introduced in the House a resolution of in nuirv calling upon the Secretary of for "information as to whether he to request the British government to grant passports to Rev. Hiram A. Thomas and wife who are alleged to have requested permission to go to South Africafor the imrnose of distributing funds raist^l In the United States for the relief of non-comba tant prisoners. WAR TAX REPEAL BILL. "Will Be Reported to the Senate Prac tically Without Change. A subcommittee of the Senate committee on finance was in session today considering the war revenue repeal bill. It has been decided to report the bid practically as it enme from the House, with some changes in phraseology, but with no amendment making any change in the reduction of the entire tax. When the bill was under con sideration in the full committee there was some talk about reaching an understanding between the two parties that no amend ments should be made to the bill in com mittee or in the Senate. There was a gen eral acquiescence in me proposition, al though Mr. riatt (Conn.) said there might be a disposition to offer ft Cuban reciprocity amendment. Senator Burrows and others said that If this was done the whole subject of tariff re vision might be opened up and no one could tell where it would end. While no agreement has been made, there seems to be a general impression that no amend ments will be made to the war revenue re peal measure, although some may be of fered in the Senate. EXHIBITS AT ST. LOUIS. Recommendations to the Appropria tions Committee. The House committee on Industrial arts and expositions today authorized Chairman Tawney to recommend to the appropriations committee that the sundry civil bill contain provisions of $KOO,OUO for the government exhibit at tho St. Louis exposition. $40,000 for an Indian exhibit and $200,000 additional for the government building. WILL BE CIVIL ACTIONS. Proceedings Against Railways for Rate Cutting. Chairman Knapp of the interstate com merce commission stated today that the proceedings to be Instituted against rail road officials, as a sequel to their recent admissions of wholesale rate-cutting, would be civil actions in equity to enjoin the car riers from further violations of the law. The proceedings involve the principal rail roads running between Kansas City and j Chicago. Actions against one or two of i these, he said, would suffice for testing the question. The offenses admitted were that they had been cutting under the scheduled tariff on grain, dressed meats and packing house products. ROCHAMBEAU MONUMENT. General's Family May Attend Dedica tory Ceremonies. Mr. Hltt, chairman of the House commit tee on foreign affairs, has introduced a res olution In the House authorizing and re questing the President to extend to the gov ernment and people of France and the family of General de Rochambeau an In vitation to join the people and government of the United States in the dedication of the monument of Rochambeau to be un veiled in this city May 24. 1SHJ2. Important Naval Changes. An Important change will occur in the lighthouse board, under supervision of the Treasury Department, upon the retirement of Rear Admiral Norman Farquhar, chair man of the board, in April next. Rear Ad miral George C. Remey, now on his way to the United States aboard the flagship Brooklyn, has been chosen to fill the va cancy thus created. Capt. James H. Sands, a member of the ! naval retiring board, has been selected to succeed Rear Admiral J. A. Howell, who will go on the retired list of the navy in a few days, as president of that board. Capt. Sands stands fourth on the list of captains and will soon become a rear admiral. New Artillery Stations. The Secretary of War has appointed a board of officers, consisting of Col. Tully McCrea, Artillery Corps; Lieut. Col. J. W. Jacobs, deputy quartermaster general; Majors R. G. Ebert. surgeon, and John Mlllls, Corps of Engineers, with Capt. 1'. M. Kessler, Artillery Corps, as recorder, to meet at Fort Casey, Wash., for the purpose of determining the location thereat of the necessary buildings for a garrison of three companies of artillery, having in mind ques tions of sewerage, water supply,- roads, walks, grading, and the possible future en largement of the garrison. The board will also visit Fort Worden, Wash., for the same purpose. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Morris has arrived at Newport, and the Topeka has sailed from Key West for Port Royal. MARITIME COMPANY Secretary Atkins Examined as to Its Claims. CONCESSIONS OF LAND ENGINEER ALEXANDER FAVORS THE NICARAGUA ROUTE. Mr. Atkins' Testimony Considered by Some as Sensational in Character. Thomas B. Atkins, secretary of the Marl time Canal Company, was examined at con siderable length before the Senate commit tee on Isthmian canals today regarding the concessions, which had been made to that company. He said that the company had paid the Nicaraguan government f-o.uw for lands along the right of way, it having 50,000 acres In one grant. The company still asserted the right to this land, and looks to the United States for protection of Its rights and interests. He said the company could not do anvthtng without the assistance of the United States. The Nicaraguan conces sions had been canceled by the Nicaraguan TrSenl and the company had protested the cancellation. There never had been any r ineeilation of the concessions and fran t hi?es which the Maritime company had ob tained from Costa Rica, and these conces sions were exclusive. The ^"^.^"'Jhese be constructed or operated without uiese concessions in Costa Kiea. He was asked ?what would be the effect if the ^ States should acquire a concessit rv??*ta R*ea along the same route, and re that it would be a violation of the company's concession, but added that the company, while asserting its right to the concession, would not do so otatrucOjrfJ. so as to prevent the Lidted Slates Irom constructing the canal, The spirit ot tn company was to leave the matter to tne ssratps government. believing ui"1 is sssss^bsws rnlor?"=rnaf"PH?men.|.ed four or live million dollars as the value of UT. CpaiAlexan^eer,Camci Ji" engineer, who had spent some time on the isthmus ga\e formation of a technical character to the committee. He favored the Nicaragua r The' testimony of Mr. Atkins Is "garded as of little consequence so far as It am et the building of a canal by friends of tht. Nicaragua project, but those w_ho fa>"?V Panama route speak of it as of the high< Importance, and even as ? Ph tricter This view on the part 01 tne friends of the Panama route is based on what they believe to be a of large magnitude against the Lime States government on the part oi? * time Canal Company. They say tnai im Maritime company, while taking the at tude t?at it will 'place no obstacle in the way of this government going ahead, an while m iking no demand whatever at this SS3mw'SnS until thefUnited States,?.,v KSu.rS arid"'takes KS de'els'ive StWhen fs^one,' f? say. there Is little doubt that the Maritime company will come forward and push its cla. in compensation for not on y the four ana one-half millions of dollars It n<ts e . nended but there will also be a claim, th snv involving the nineteen and one-half millions of dollars of stock and issued for concessionary rights. The> ^egafd this as of the utmost Importance ns bearing on the canal project, and it is likoiv that when the committee makes its report the minority will urge this as an Important reason affecting the building o a Friend!.11 of thTWicaragua route however declare that it will be Impossible to make anything of this Bituat on unfavorable to the building of a canal there. They say that the Maritime company has pursued a most creditable course in the matter, and as stated by Mr. Atkins today before the committee, It Is entirely willing to submit Us affairs 'to the United States government depending entirely upon what might see fit in its good judgment to do in the matter. They say that as a matter of fact The rights of the Maritime company in Nicaragua and Costa Rica are at present a ffimnlete barrier to any other private com nanv going into those countries and com plicating the situation in such as greatly hamper the action of c?nfref%. ? of still greater importance, in thtir > mX%a."cl actional 5S '? migh"t"s"e fit fur the speedy construction of a canal that would come into competition wlth the canal at Panama. They regard the attitude of the Maritime Canal Company as one that cannot call for criticism, and declare that the opponents of the Nicaraguan route if thpv should attempt to make any point LUtast that ruute because of this situation W^U"i?si?a"y rights of the Maritime Pana.1 Company include not only a r,t>ht t khf- ia^n^'mfles^afe'^n tend" through government Tand^This right. that would be completely exercised only in that wo nnmnletion of the canal, when ,CSwlf?dlwoCul?Se available for settlement and subject of sale on the part of the canal company. Improvement of the District. Mr. Charles Moore will on Monday even ing speak before the Men's Society of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, corner of 13th and Yale streets, on the plans of the park commission for the Improvement of the District of Columbia. The lecture will be ll'ustrated by stereopticon views. Mr. Moore has spoken before several organic zations of the District on the plans for the improvement of the capital in response to a very general desire on the part of many people to understand the movement that is so generally approved by Congress for mak ing this city a worthy representative of the nation's progress. Col. Treat Reports. L.ieut. Col. Charles G. Treat of the Ar tillery Corps, commandant of cadets at the Military Academy, reported at the War De partment today lor temporary duty as a member of the army board on uniforms. He is staying at the Army and Navy Club. The Army Uniform. The special board of army officers re cently appointed by the Secretary of War to consider the general question of changes tn uniform, is now in session at the War | Department. General Hughes Is the presi : dent of the board. All the members are i In attendance except Col. Bingham of the engineers. Memorial From Porto Rico. Speaker Henderson has presented by re quest to the House a memorial from the house of delegates of Porto Rico setting forth the depressed condition of the coffee industry and asking that a bounty of 5 cents a pound be paid out of the United States treasury for coffee raised in Porto Rico and exported. WHEN KEVOLT . BEGAN EXAMINATION OF GBJT. HUGHES RESUMED. Questioned Regarding' the Opening of Hostilities in February, 1890? Labor Problem Considered. Senator Patterson continued his question ing- of General Hughes In the Senate com mittee on the Philippines today, taking up the beginning of hostilities in February, 1899. The witness repeated his previous statement that the first shot had been fired by an American. Senator Patterson asked General Hughes what he had meant when he said upon hearing the firing at first, "The thing Is on." There was some sparring between the two as on previous occasions, the senator in sisting upon a direct answer and the wit ness upon replying in his own way. "I in tend," said the latter, "to answer in the best way I can to cover the whole condi tions. 1 wish to answer in my own way. as I am informed I have a right to do. I felt that they had made an attack upon us and that we must defend ourselves," he added. "Did you mean simply that yon should defend yourselves or that you should make an attack also" "I had no intention beyond what I have stated." Mr. Patterson then sought to bring out the fact that the attack was made before the Filipinos were ready and General Hughes admitted that the Filipino mili tary leaders were absent in a conference at Malolos. He said that hostilities were so active the next day that there was no ! opportunity to attempt to heal the breach. ^ President McKinley's Proclamation. Senator Patterson questioned General Hughes concerning the effect of President McKinley's proclamation of January 9, 1809, for the extension of the military occupation of the United States to the entire archipel ago, asking the witness if there was any thing to do but to attack the Filipino j forces. General Hughes replied that the policy was to use only peaceful means so lung as they were effectual, but that when these were exhausted, to resort to war. General Hughes said tne Filipinos made their best fight on the oth of February, 1S99. He denied that in subsequent battles they were slaughtered, but many were killed when corne.red, and continued to fight when they should have surrendered. A number of questions were asked by Senator Dubois on points covered by the Philippine government bill, now pending in the committee. In reply to these General Hughes said that he thought that white labor would be a total failure in tne Philip pines, and that other labor would be neces sary there. The natives are, he said, phys ically weak and lazy, and the witness thought the only resort will be to continue to import Chinese and Japanese labor for the present at least. The Labor Question. General Hughes also expressed the opin ion that it would be well to encourage negro emigration to the Philippines from the United States. He added that the colored troops taken to Samar mixed readily with the natives, and that many of the latter shed tears when the colored soHiers were | thmfJhJ iXt to the American negro he I thought the Japanese most desiraoie. The Chinese labor was the most available, but liaTorihe'VKpiros"* a6<"nst them on ?? Speaking of tha American chamber of commerce of Manila, he said it is composed largely of Englishmen and other Europeans t "X ' not care a ">?' The committee adjourned for the day. ASSIGNED TO ARTILLERY. Lieutenants Ferris and Mortimer Or dered to Fort Myer. Second Lieuts. Chas. J. Ferris and Chas. G. Mortimer, recently appointed, have been assigned to the 28th Battery of Field Ar tillery and the 11th Company of Coast Ar tillery, respectively. Both are Washington boys and military service is nothing new to them, Lieut. Ferris having served In Cuba and the - hillppines, and Lieut. Morti mer In Cuba during the Spanish-American war in the ranks. Both officers are ordered to Fort Myer, , w wn,U7np?raP' duty' fr? which post Kin 'imi t0v r'ort Leavenworth, fceciive?y. Y barrac^. Florida, re THE RETURN FROM twawtt.a Transportation for Troops Will Be Ready by May 15. * It Is said at the War D-partment that there will be little or no delay in the exe cution of the orders recently issued by the Secretary of War for the return to the Lnlted States of all the regiments which went to the Philippines In the year 1899, aggregating about 13.000 men. According to a paper prepared at the department, there will be a sufficient number of trans ports leaving Manila between now and April 15 to move 8,749 troops, and by May 13 to move the entire number of 13,500. The transports available for this move include the Kilpatrlek and Crook now OIl,i v, E wa>T San Francisco with troops which have had long service In the Philip pines. Including fresh troops In the United .now under orders for service in the Philippines Gen. Chaffee wttl have a stand ? ?rmy 3",000 men, nOtto?thstSDdlng the withdrawal of the 13,509 already under or ders to come home. THE REVOLT DST CHINA. Hang-Si Rebels Surprise the Garrison at Kai-Choo. HONG KONG, March 81^-The Kuig-Si rebels have reached Kal-ChAU, a town eighty miles from Kwong-ChkntYuan. They surprised the local noaiulerifos,- over powered the garrison and released the prisoners, who joined in the rebellion. It Is reported that the meiabers of the Triad secret society have joins* Jhe rebels and are looting and burning Tillage*. ? ? ? . ?~ Personal Mtntioa. ? Dr. Selma M. Mason, who fftr several years was connected with hospitals of this city, has settled In Clarksburg. W. Va. Mr. S. A. Cook of Wisconsin, who has an nounced himself as a candidate for the United States Senate to sueceed Senator Spooner, whose term expires next year, Is a guest at the Hamilton Hotel in this city. Mrs. Capron in Chaise. Mrs. Lillian Capron,' widow If Captain Allyn K. Capron, who loot his life In Cuba during the Spanish war, has agreed to take charge of the permanent auxiliary of Har den Command, Spanish 'War Veterans. Mrs. Capron has always been an earnest worker for the Spanish war boys, especially for the Harden Command. She Metres sH ladles who are interested in Its q&ccess to be pres ent at the first meeting. *hich wlB be held In the Spanish War Veteran HaS, 612 E street northwest, Friday March 2L HI THE WHITE HOUSE Another Conference Over Cu' ban Sugar Problem. PRESIDENT'S POSITION HAS NOT IN THE LEAST CHANGED HIS MIND. Hopes for a Satisfactory Solution Miss Roosevelt Not Going to the Coronation. The Cuban sugar problem continues to share time at the White House with other important matters. The President toda> sent for Speaker Henderson, Representative Payne, chairman of the ways and means committee, and Representative Grosvenor of the same committee. They had a con ference in the library, but It is said that the talk was not for the purpose of trying to devise some new and acceptable plan for a solution of the Cuban sugar situation. It was to review the outlook and consider some of the new features that have ap peared in connection with the matter. 'i ne President is keenly alive to conflicting personal representations and publications calculated to stir up strife between him and the leaders of his party in the House. Some of these stories, for instance, put the Presi dent in the position of having changed his attitude on the Cuban question. The effect of all this is patent. If believed by the ways and means committee, the members of that body would have Just cause to feel ag grieved with the President. Many of them have surrendered their personal views and adopted those of the President. The fight upon them Is because of their position in line with the President. Any Intimation that the President had acquiesced in the apparent victory of the beet sugar men and left his own supporters to fight the battl* with a strong majority would create ill feel ing. Such, however, Is not the case. The President's Position. The President does not propose to be kept in the attitude of dictating to Congress, but he has distinctly informed the mem bers of the ways and means committee that his position has not changed In the least, and that he is most sincerely de sirous of seeing something done for the re- 1 lief of Cuba. This is satisfactory to the committee, and it is stated that the fight i for lower duty will not be given up. Mem bers of the committee are still hopeful of success. They say that the intention of the stories that the President has changed front is to stiffen the backs of those who are supporting the beet sugar side of the controversy, as well as to make trouble. There is the same purpose, it Is pointed out, in stories that the cabinet is seriously divided on the Cuban question. Whatever the distinctly private views of cabinet members, each member of the President's official family is warmly a supporter of the President's views. Such a thing as a cabinet officer openly antagonizing the po sition of his chief is unknown, and Is looked upon as ludicrous. Cabinet officers themselves pronounce such stories as made out of the whole cloth. Postmaster General Payne and Senator Hanna had a conference with the President this morning, and it is regarded as not un likely that they discussed some of the po litical phases of the sugar question. Presi dent Roosevelt has a high opinion of the political acumen and ability of Senator Hanna, and has no hesitation in consulting him on both party and personal matters. Mr. Payne and Mr. Hanna are warm friends, and know as much of political con ditions as any two men in the country. The Permanent Census Bill. The President's action on the permanent census bureau bill was taken, as stated in yesterday's Star, after consultation with Attorney General Knox as to the meaning and Intent of section 5 of the act, which contains this provision: "Section 5. That all employes of the census office, at the date of tne passage of this act, except unskilled laborers, may be appointed by the director of the census, with the approval of the head of the de partment to which said census office is at tached. and when so appointed shall be and they are hereby placed, without furth er examination, under the provisions of the civil service act approved Jaaiuary 16, 1883, and the amendments thereto and the rules established thereunder." As originally passed by the House and Senate the bill contained a mandatory pro vision that the employes of the census bu reau "shall be, and they are hereby, placed under the provisions of the civil service." This mandatory language was amended In conference, as shown In section 5, and final ly passed both houses in that form. As signed by the President the bill read that employes "may" be appointed, etc. The Attorney General and the President do not consider this language mandatory, and this led to the President's order to Secretary Hitchcock, directing that no appointments be made except for the permanent bureau after July 1 next. Will Not Go to the Coronation. It is now definitely known that Miss Alice Roosevelt will not accompany Mr. and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid to London on the occasion of the coronation of King Edward VII. The President has decided this for his daughter for many reasons. One of them was that the proposed visit was be coming international and promised to lead to columns of gossip about the young vis itor. who. If she had gone, would have been merely the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Reld and would not have desired Invita tions from court. The President came to the conclusion that it would not be to his liking to have so much ta'.k about the visit, and accordingly advised his daughter to settle the question forever by announc ing yiat she would not go. A story was recently published that Miss Roosevelt had been Invited by the German court to visit Berlin when she went abroad. A close friend of the President this morn ing said: "No invitation whatever was re ceived from the German court for Miss Roosevelt and nothing from the English court. It had never been decided that Miss Roosevelt was to go. The matter had sim ply been talked over exactly as half-a dozen other plans were talked over. Some of these plans have been adopted and some have not. This Is one of the plans which for various reasons it was decided not to adopt." No Censure for Mr. Bidgely. It Is stated on good authority that there is no basis of truth for stories published, a few days ago that the President sharply reprimanded William B. Ridgely. controller of the currency, for alleged appointments favorable to the candidacy of Charles G. Dawes for senator In Illinois. The Presi dent consulted Mr. Ridgely about the charges that had been made, but there was a mo3t satisfactory conference, and Mr. Ridgely left the White House without feel ing that he had received censure. More over, he and the President, are as close personal friends as ever before. The Pres ident, to put an end to allegations of fed eral influence in the Illinois senatorial cam paign. requested that federal appointees keep hands off and have nothing to do with the contest. Civilian Army Appointments. Representative Calderhead of Kansas saw the President with C. L?. Sampson of Sallna, Kan., who was a lieutenant in the 20th Kansas Regiment in the Spanish wax and served In the Philippines. Mr. Sampson wants to be appointed a lieutenant in the regular army, and the President looks fa vorably upon his application and record. Iso civilian appointments to the army will be made until after the graduating class at West Point has been provided for, but if there are openings at that time Mr. Samp son s name will be considered. Representatives Wiley, Thompson and Clayton of Alabama saw the President to ask that he grant a pardon to Ben De Lamas, a veteran federal soldier, who is serving a term in the Columbus, Ohio, prison for a pension forgery. De Llmas' health is bad. Col. Emmet Urell. Capt. Lee M. Lips comb, Capt. J. B. Adams and other local and national officials of th# Spanish War v eterans talked to the President today about more recognition in appointments for veterans of the Spanish war. Colombian Minister Going Away. Senor Don Carlos Martinez Silva. the Co lombian minister, paid the President a fare well call today. Senor Silva will return to Colombia In a short time and will sever his diplomatic relations with the United States. Senator Burrows, Representative Mc Cleary, Representative Russell and others presented friends to the President. ABOLITION OF BOUNTIES. Minister Townsend Corroborates the Report of Agreement. The State Department has been informed by cable from Minister Townsend at Brus sels that he is able to certify as official the statement of the agreement reached by the beet sugar producing countries, namely, the abolition of all bounties on sugar and the provision of a uniform customs tariff of I! francs per 100 kilograms, or about half a cent a pound. Roumania alone of the countries represented in the conference withdrew and refused to enter into this ar rangement, but her total sugar production Is believed to be too sm:ill to affect the In tegrity of the agreement. These facts have been made known to the United States treasury, and they must proceed at once to take steps to remove the countervailing duties now levied on bounty-aided sugar, thus considerably af fecting the revenues. It will be for the treasury officials also to say when the change is to take effect, and 'how cargoes in shipment will be affected. CLERKS FOB THE ASSESSOB. Emergency Appropriation Beported by House Committee. The matter of appropriating $1,000 for the employment of two additional clerks In the office of the District assessor has been favorably acted upon by the House committee on appropriations, and will be called up in the House at the first oppor tunity. At the last session of the House District committee Mr. Jenkins was authorized to go before the committee on appropriations and advocate such a measure. Mr. Jen kins stated to a Star reporter this morn ing that the matter had been acted on in formally by both the subcommittee hav ing charge of the District appropriation bill and Chairman Cannon of the full com mittee, and that the resolution to this end which the Senate agreed to Thursday would doubtless receive like action in the House today or Monday. These additional clerks are made necessary in order to per mit the recent law allowing delinquent taxes to be received at 0 per cent interest in lieu of former penalties, to be taken ad vantage of fully by property owners. THE BRITISH AMBASSADORSHIP. No Intimation That Lord Pauncefote's Successor Had Been Chosen. The State Department has as yet received no Intimation of the selection of a successor to Lord Pauncefote. It has had the impres sion that the choice when made would fall to one of the four under secretaries of the British foreign office, as It was understood that each one of them desired the post. If Mr. Lyttleton has already been selected for the post at Washington the action marks a departure from the usual custom of con sulting the other government as to the ac ceptability of the contemplated assignment. As far as can be learned. Lord Paunce fote's plans for the coming summer do not contemplate a Journey beyond the shores of this country. He will leave Washington in a few days for a visit to Mr. George Van derbilt at Biltmore, North Carolina, where he hopes to recuperate fully from his re cent attack of -gout. DESTRU CTION OF MAINE. Counsel for Claimants May Go Direct to Congress. Late this afternoon It was learned from what seemed to be reliable source that the counsel for the claimants in the disputed cases growing out of the destruction of the battleship Maine are considering?in view of the difficulty they might have even if they were able to overrule the recent de cision of the Spanish treaty claims com mission in proving that Spain destroyed the Maine?the expediency of going direct to Congress, with the hope of getting a law directing the commission to allow reason able damages without such proof. Section 12 of the act creating the Spanish treaty claims commission directs that "all awards of said commission shall be final, unless a new trial or hearing shall be granted by said commission, and no new trial or rehearing shall be had except upon motion made within sixty days of ta'd award." Counsel have said that they would apply for a rehearing, but have not yet done so. Section 1 provides that, "when the com mission is in doubt as to any of the facts in any case before them, they may state the facts and the question of law so aris ing and certify the same to the Supreme Court of the LTnited States for its deci sion, and said court shaif have jurisdiction j to consider and decide the same." This is not an appeal, neither is it a re quirement or demand, but is entirely dis cretionary with the commission, according to - a careful interpretation. The counsel for the claimants have applied under sec tion 13 and there are to be briefs I.Jed by March 17. The Attorney General's brief will be ready by March 2L The question will be taken up by the commission on Monday. March 24. SEVERAL IMPORTANT CHANGES. Rearrangement of Duties in Judge Ad vocate General's Office. Several importarft changes have been made In the stations and duties of officers of the judge advocate general's department. Col. Stephen W. Groesbeck and Lieut. Col. Jasper N. Morrison are relieved from duty In the division of the Philippines and order ed home. Col. Groesbeck is assigned to duty at Chicago as Judge advocate of the Department of the Lakes and Lieut. Col. Morrison at San Francisco for duty as judge advocate of the Department of Cali fornia. Majors Prank L Dodds, now on duty ?n the Department of the Missouri, and Lewis E. Goodier, on duty in the office of Uie judge advocate general, in this city, have been ordered to Manila. Major Dodds will be assigned to duty as the judge advocate of the Department of South Philippines and Major Goodier as Judge advocate of the Department of North Philippines. COPIED AMERICA New Army Regulations Pro posed by Mr. Brodrick. TO INCREASE MEN'S PAT MAJOR ARTHUR LEE MAKES SIG NIFICANT COMMENTS. He Would Be Willing to Go Furtlief in Adopting American Army Methods. LONDON, March 8.?The new army regu lations proposed by the war secretary. Mr. Brodrick, providing for Increased pay and other reforms, which have created so much comment, appear to have bt en directly copied from the United States. Major Arthur Lee, M. P., formerly British mili tary attache at Washington, said to & representative of the Associated Press: "At last we have taken out a leaf from your excellent book, though I do not be lieve we have gone quite so far In that direction as we might, or hope we may. Under Mr. Brodrick's proposed changes a private in the British Infantry now receives almost as much as a private in the United States nrmy. With this change, which I frequently advocated while military at tache at Washington, we hope to get a. class of recruits similar to those secured in America. Under the old pay we were gradually lowering the physical standard, yet still finding it hard to g. t mm, while our desertion percental' was increasing at a rate whieh showed there, was something radically wrong with the system. American Army a Model. "The American army was the only other voluntarily-enlisted body in the world with which we could make serviceable compari sons, the continental armies, owing to con scription and other causes, being perfectly worthless as examples. "A year ago Mr. Brodrick pooh-poohed the idea of copying the United States. Now he has changed his mind and has done what the majority of the members of the house, regardless of party, believe to be the very best thing that could have happened to the army since Mr. Card-well (in lfe72i effected his sweeping reforms. For the first time 'Tommy.' with everything found and higher pay. will be In a better position than his agricultural brother, and from that clasa we ought now to get the b?st Instead of the worst. Yes, it may hurt the agricul tural Interests, or what is left of it in Eng land, but, I do not believe that this damage will be as serious as the evils which the change will correct. Not only is it inter esting to note the influence of the Ameri can system In ttuse sweeping changes, but they will have a tremendous negativu im portance. Fear of Resort to Conscription. "L?ast year the government clearly indi cated its fears that it might have to rtsort to conscription. The present move ban ishes all possibility of this, for I understand Mr. Brodrick Is willing to go even further in copying the United States' excellent treatment of enlisted men, and by liberal finance build up the standard of the army. The increase in pay nuans an additional annual cost of about I2.000,t>00, but I main tain that It will be a direct saving of money, for the better class of men secured will mean fewer men In the hospitals and prisons, as well as obviating other forms of wastage, and will quickly make up for the additional initial outlay. Some day, per haps, we may be able to adopt the sensible plan of the United States of paying the en listed men of all arms at the same rate. But traditions here die hard." BOER MAGAZINE CAPTURED. Located by Canadian Scouts Undev Col. Ross. LONDON, March 8.?Lord Kitchener, in a dispatch from Pretoria dated today, re ports the discovery of a Boer magazine In a cave northeastward of Rietz, Orange River Colony, containing 310,000 rounds oI rifle ammunition, hundreds "of shells and fuses, 200 pounds oJ powder, a Maxim gun, hellos, field tdtgraphs and quantities of stcres. Thirty-five Boers have been cap tured In the same neighborhood since March 4. The magazine was discovered by Canadian scouts commanded by Colonel Ross. PIETERMARITZBURG. Natal. March 8.?The Natal legislature has adopted a resolution in favor of compulsory military service. VIEW POINTS COME HIGH. Extravagant Prices Paid to Witness Coronation Parade. LONDON, March 8.-This city is al ready flooded with illustrated literature, pointing out the advantageous view point# from which the coronation parade may be witnessed. Many single windows opening on balconies at such points as Ludgate Hill have already been let for ?12 each. Single seats in the Strand have been sold for ?3 to ?5. Single windows, with excep tional approaches, on the Surrey side have fetched ?73. Equally elaborate plans for viewing the naval parade are already in full swin?. The demand for high-class steamers is said to exceed the supply. These tours will in clude a four-day cruise about the channel. From 10 to 18 guineas are now asked for single berths. ? ? ? FOR SUBORNATION OF PERJURY. Eugene Engley Arrested on Charge at Cripple Creek. CRIPPLE CREEK, Col., March K?Eu gene Engley, former attorney general of I Colorado under ex-Governor Waite, has been arrested, charged with subornation 1 of perjury and released on $3,000 bond. Two men who testified against Kirch Kuyken dall and Hartley J. Lake, recently convicted of stealing ore from Stratton's Independ ence mine, testified that money was offered them in Engley's office to swear to an alibi in the above case. ARBITRATION AT NORFOLK. * Public Demands Hostilities Cease Pending This Action. Spwlal Dispati h to The Rveutng Star. PORTSMOUTH. Va.. March 8.?While the committee on arbitration Is still In session there has been up to this hour no announce ment of its findings in the street railway strike matter. It Is expected that the com mittee will be ready to announce th? terms upon which the settlement must be effected m a few hatirs, however. The systematic [ cutting of wire and switchl^c off of street ! tights last night, as well as the stoning of cars filled with theater goers, which caused the first shot of the strike to be fired, le deplored on all sides. Now that arbitration is in progress the public is demanding that hostilities cease. The committee la giving both sides the fullest hearing.