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THE LVKWIKQ STAR PUBLT8HED DAILY, EXCEPT 8TJNDAT. Pwlneea Offlra, 11th Ptzwt tad PanniylTsnia Avmrafr The Evsnine Star Newspaper Company. 8. H. RAUTTMAirs. PrWt N?w York OfBooi 126 Tribune Bailding, Chiotfo Office: Boroa Buijding. Tb# Kmlai Star In ierr?d to ntwrlbni to tb? Hty by < arriera. on tbelr own account. at 10 centa per week. or 44 centa per month. Coplea at the counter. 2 centa each. B*- nail anywhere In the U.S. orCanada?poatape prepaid?flOcenta per month. Ratunlay Quintuple Sheet Star, $1 per year; with frrelfn poatape added. <3.08. (Entered at the Post Office at Washlncton, D. O.. ?? eecond-class mall matter.) All mall auha<'rlf>ttona maat he paid In advance. Rate* of advmialng made known on application. GENERAL WOOD HERE Main Object of His Visit to Washington. TRANSFER OF CONTROL WILL CONFER WITH PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF WAR. He Does Not Believe a Reduction of 20 Per Cent is Sufficient for Cuba. Genera 1 I^fonard Wood, who arrived in Washingt >n from Cuba this morning-, called at the White House for a few minutes be fore going to the War Department to re port and to confer with Secretary Root and other officials. After paying his re spects General Wood went to the War De partment. lie returned to the White House for lunch with the President. While in Washington General Wood will spend much time with the President, socially and offi cial 1>*. He is a guest of the President and will remain at the White House while here. (Jen. Wood said that he did not care to say much as to the Cuban tariff proposi tions until after he had conferred with the President and Secretary Root. He ear nestly hoped, however, that Congress would reduce the duties more than 20 per cent. Gen. Wood's own opinion was that any thing less than 33 per cent would be inef fectual so f.ir as sugar is concerned, and would be a hardship on the Cubans. Main Object of His Visit. The main object of his visit to Washing ton at this time is to arrange with the President and the Secretary of War for the transfer of .the active control of affairs in Cuba to the Cuban republic. May 1 next." Soon after his arrival Gen. Wood went over to the War Department and had a j long talk with Secretary Root regarding the condition of affairs in Cuba. Subse quently the two officials went to the White | House and had a conference with the President. The principal arrangements for the military evacuation of the island will be quickly made. Gen. Wood's plans re quire that he shall leave here not later than Tuesday on his way back to Havana j to carry into execution the program pre- ' pared by the administration for the formal j transfer of government affairs. He will re turn to the Cuban capital by way of New York, in order that he may meet and con sult fully with President-elect Palma and agree upon the joint program of action. An arrangement has been made for such meeting In New York. President Palma will be Inaugurated at Havana May 1. and American control in the island will terminate on that date. Owing to the short time intervening and the extent and importance of the work in volved !t will be necessary for all officials concerned to act promptly and without un necessary delay. Gen. Wood's Views. Since coming to this country Gen. Wood has made an interesting statement In re gard to the situation in Cuba, and expressed the strong hope that Congress would make more liberal concessions to Cuba than those proposed by the republican caucus. The general says that unless a greater reduc tion in the tariff on sugar than 20 per cent Is made a crisis may soon be reached in the Island's affairs. The people are depending upon the United States to give them a market for their two principal crops?sugar and tobacco?and they have every reason to expect that the government will afford them the relief. The general looks upon the Cuban people as his charg'-s, and is going to see that they get the best terms possible from the United States. He '.hlnks It absolutely necessary to the welfare of the Island that the tariff on sugar be reduced not less than 33 1-3 per cent. We may as well make up our minds to thut If the island Is to prosper, and we are responsible for the future of the island and Its prosperity. We have promised to see the people through, and we must do it. He say8 It is not a question of a territory thousands of miles away, but of land right at our doors, and must have our aid and protection. There is but one way for the island to remain prosperous and healthy, and that is through the revenue gained from its sugar and tobacco. Its remaining Interests are not of much importance. He doesn't believe a reduction of 33 1-3 per cent on Cuban sugar and tobacco would be detrimental to any one in the United States. The reciprocal arrangements which would follow would give us a trade the benefit of which would be felt by a greater number of Americans than are engaged in the 8ugar industry. The trade of the Unit ed States with Cuba is now S?8.000,<>00 a year, and with moderate encouragement to the sugar and tobacco industries it would soon be two or three times that amount. He says that practically all the trade of the Island would come to us under a reci procity arrangement. The people believe absolutely that the United States will make a liberal reduction on the ground of just and fair treatment to the island, which has accepted the Piatt amendment and assum ed responsibilities that will require a liberal Income to sustain and carry out, such as sanitation, schools, the avoidance of bor rowing money and the maintenance of a stable government with all the machinery it requires. He believes the people of Louisiana will have an unlimited niark't for their rice if reciprocity arrangements are made with ( uba The rice and cotton goods trade would soon become enormous. That in rice is now worth $3,(#*).(?*? a year and almost all of it comes from Java and the East Indies. It would be the same way with the wines of t allfornia. and Cuba consumes an nually *1.000.(100 of wines such as are pro duced there In three years this country would furnish them all. All Cuba's cotton goods would come from wLa.8t year r,lha bo?Kht *5. OUO.OOO worth of cotton goods from KuroDe More than *2.000.000 worth of leather goods was bought from Kurope In 1001 The United States can get all this trade bv reci procity. MR. MANLEY DECLINES OFFICE. Business Reasons Prevent Acceptance of the Offer. AUGUSTA, Me., March 22.?Joseph H. Manlev today announced that for bdsuuss and personal reasons he had declined to ac cept the position of first assistant postmas ter general, tendered him by Postmaster General Payne. THE REVOLUTION IN CHINA. Rebels Capture the Town of Xam-Chou in Hwang Tung. HONG KONG, March 22.?The rebels fcave captured the prefectural town of Kam Chcu, In the province of Kwang Tung, and have selxed the arsenal and granaries. The mandarins of the garrison fled and ap pealed to Canton for reinforcements. The viceroy of Canton replied that it was Im possible to further deplete the Canton gar rison and urged General Ma to make the Vtmost efforts to put down the rebellion. HEALTH OF HAVANA IMPROVEMENT UNDER AMERI CAN OCCUPATION. Almost Total Disappearance of Yel low Fever, the Scourge of the Island. An interesting statement concerning the improvement in health conditions in Ha vana since the American occupation of Cuba, with special reference to the vital statistics for the calendar year 11)01, has been made public by the insular division of the War Department. Particular atten tion is paid to the purging of the city from yellow fever during the past year by the destruction of infected mosquitoes. It is of vast importance, the statement says, that these facts should be made known to the world extensively and as rapidly as possible. During the past forty-five years, with scarcely an exception, some deaths have occurred from yellow fever in every month of the year; the maximum, 2,058 deaths, taking place in 1S57; the minimum, 51 deaths, in INWi: with the average, ioI. The number of other infectious and con tagious diseases has been small during the calendar year 11* H. There has been very little diptheria and typhoid fever, and the tuberculosis rate is about that of most cities of civilized coun tries. A rapid decrease has taken place since American occupation. A marked de crease in malaria also has occurred since the mosquito work began. The statement concludes as follows: "The army took charge of the health de partment of Havana when deaths were oc curring at the rate of 21,252 per year. It gives it up with deaths occurring at the rate of 5,720 per year. It took charge with smallpox epidemic for years. "It gives up with not a single case having occurred in the city for over eighteen months. It took charge with yellow fever epidemic for two centuries. "The army has stamped out this disease in its greatest stronghold, there having been onlv five deaths in the last nine months of the past year and no deaths and no cases during the last three months of the same year; and it has demonstrated a system by which yellow fever can be certainly controlled without the interfer ence to commerce." OPPOSED TO AMENDMENT. J * District Commissioners Say Present Anti-Smoke Law is Adequate. The District Commissioners have for warded to Representative J. Babcock, chairman of the House District committee, an adverse report on House bill 11840, "To amend an act entitled 'An act for the pre vention of smoke in the District of Colum bia, and for other purposes,' " saying: """in the judgment of the Commissioners the present statute on the subject, which has for its object the prevention of nuis ances from smoke solely by the prosecu tion of the persons responsible for its emis sion in violation of the law, affords a much more simple, reasonable and practicable remedy than that offered by the proposed amendment. "Under the proposed amendment the ap proval of the Commissioners for the instal lation of a smoke preventing device would acquit the owner of all penal responsibility for any nuisance resulting from the smoke emitted from the plant, regardless of the incompetency of the attendants whom he might employ in its management, the use of improper fuel, or the extent to which firing might be forced, and. In the event of the failure of the appliance, leave all the responsibility upon the Commissioners. "The only recourse that would be left to the Commissioners would be an effort to maintain an impossible surveillance over each plant to avoid the emission of such smoke; or if the requirement for such ap proval might be construed as Implying also the power to recall their sanction of an in efficient plant, by directing the installation, after six months' notice, of a new plant In 1 each case of the failure of one they shall have approved." Accompanying the Commissioners report Is a statement by Dr. W. C. Woodward, the ' health officer, which has heretofore been printed in full in The Star. CHINESE AS SAILORS. Prohibition Stricken Out of Exclusion Bill in Committee. By an almost unanimous vote the House committee on foreign affairs has struck out of the Mitchell-Kahn Chinese exclusion bill the paragraph prohibiting ships flying the American flag from employing Chinese sailors under $2,000 for each ofTense. This provision has proved one of the chief sources of controversy over the bill. The main argument leading to striking out the provision was that American ships on the Pacific compete with English and Japanese lines, and that the latter ships would Indirectly receive a great advantage In continuing the employment of Chinese at a month, whereas the American ships would have to pay about $30 a month for white sailors. Representative Kahn of California has talked with Speaker Henderson as to the exclusion bill when It reaches the House, and it is understood that while Mr. Kahn considers the sailors' clause most Import ant, he will not insist upon It to the extent of jeopardizing the entire exclusion meas ure. FOR A LINCOLN MEMORIAL. Cullom Commission Holds Informal Meeting. Secretary Hay today presidtd over a short conference at the State Department, at which were present Secretary Root, Sen ators Cullom, McMillan and Wetmore. Mr. St. Gaudens and Mr. McKim. The object of the conference was to perfect some de tails of the pending Cullom bill, looking to the erection of a memorial to Lincoln, and also to the acquisition of the Lincoln relics, now on exhibition in this city In the house where Lincoln died. This house belongs to the government, but the relics are the prop erty of Mr. Oldroyd, the custodian of the building. j The persons who gathered this morning 1 were those named in the pending Cullom bill as the commission to devise plans for the memorial. Today's meeting was an ticipatory of the enactment of the law, and lacking full powers nothing definite could be accomplished officially. However, it was agreed that the site for the memo rial should be that fixed in the plans of the park commission, namely, on the north bank of the Potomac, near the old naval obst rvatory. Messrs. St. Gaudens and McKim were charged to prepare rough outlines of the proposed structure as a basis for the ascer tainment of the amount of the appropria tion which Congress will be requested to make. Pellisson Wins Spring Cup. LIVERPOOL, England, March 22.-The Liverpool spring cup at the third day's racing of the Liverpool spring meeting to day was won by Pellisson. Glenart was second and Black Sand was third. Eight horses ran. ? ? ? Cecil Rhodes Weaker Again. CAPE TOWN. March 22.-Cecil Rhodes was weaker today. won jy cmmt Great English 'Varsity Boat Race at Putney. OXFORD BADLY BEATEN THE TIME WAS 19 MINUTES AND 9 SECONDS. Light Blues Led by Eight Lengths at Finish ? Very Tame Event. PUTNEY, England, March 22.?The Cam bridge crew today fulfilled the expecta tions of the prophets and won the fifty ninth boat race with Oxford as they liked. The time was 19 minutes 9 seconds. At no time throughout the race did O.xford in the slightest degree flatter the hopes of the supporters of the dark blue. Any possible chance which the Oxonians might have had was shattered by the result of the toss, giving the light blues (Cambridge) all the advantage of station. Immense crowds, as usual, turned out to view the contest, and the weather, though showery, was not so inclement as it had been most of "the pre vious years. Cambridge was the first to take the wa ter, Oxford following after a slight delay, and both crews paddled to the moored skiffs at the starting line. The start was delayed owing to the force of the tide mak ing it difficult to keep the boats' noses straight. Lieut. Col. Frank Willan, the umpire, however, finally got them away in a capital start. Cambridge Takes Lead at Start. As was anticipated, the livelier stroke of the light blues gave them the earliest advantage and their lead was increased at every stroke. By the time Craven Steps were reached Cambridge had a clear length to the good, and it was patent to every one that they had the race in hand, barring ac cidents. Huntley's somewhat sluggish stroke appeared to be too slow to suit some of the powerful Oxford men behind him. Their weight would have told, at least in the earlier part of the race, had they been given more chance. As it was, each land mark on the river banks found them fur ther and further in the rear, and at Har rod's stores their troubles were increased by the wash of their opponents' boat. Off the saccharine works the dark blue stroke made his effort, and the Oxford crew strug gled gamely, but only for a short distance. Nelson (Cambridge) did not quicken his stroke and the gap was reduced to about a length as the boats shot under Hammer smith bridge. The effort took all the steam out of the Oxonians, their stroke dropped from 37 to 32 and the race was practically over. Cambridge Eorges Ahead. Cambridge came right away, pulling com fortably at an average of 36 strokes to me minute, and increased her lead without the slightest effort. Before reaching Barnes bridge the dark blues were in the greatest trouble, while the light blues, amid hearty cheers, paddled past the ship at Mortlake, the easiest winners of the tamest univer sity boat race in many years. The official time of the finish was 19 min utes 9 seconds, and the distance separating the two boats was officially given out as being five lengths, but It was nearly eight lenerths. The spectators, especially the Oxonians, were not slow to show their resentment at the somewhat rare spectacle of a university "eight" absolutely rowed out. The defeated crew included the brothers Milburn. This was the first time on record that two Americans participated in an Oxford-Cambridge boat race. The experts agreed that the two Buffalo boys showed fine style. Shortly after the race the Mllburns in formed a representative of the Associated Press that they had been so well trained and coached that they had quite recovered from the strain and felt in fine condition. Many old "Blues" congratulated the Amer icans on the fine showing they made, and hopes were freely expressed that they would both row next year. Large crowds of Americans were present to see the Buffalonians row. ? ? ? NO VEBDICT IN WILCOX CASE. Fear of Mob Vengeance in Case of Acquittal. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. ELIZABETH CITY, N. C., March 22 ?At 1 o'clock tnis afternoon there is no verdict. An early morning street rumor said the jury stood eight for conviction. Now they say the Jury stands ten to two for convic tion. These reports are not credited. Offi cer Pritchard, who has charge of the jury, said the reports had no foundation in fact. He gave the assurance that he did not know what they were doing, and nobody else could. The jury is having lunch 'about 1 o'clock. The local public is waiting anxiously. The general impression is that Wilcox would live longer if convicted than if he were freed. The feeling here is like dyna mite in a mine. REVOLUTION IN VENEZUELA. pTrouble Has Broken Out Afresh in Past Five Days. WILLEMSTAD, Island of Curacoa, March 22.?During the past five days the revolution In Venezuela has broken out almost everywhere. The government can not control the country east of Cumana. Barcelona is still besieged by the revolu tionists and Carupano is partially in their power. The mission of Minister Velutlni to Barce lona has not been successful and he is re turning tomorrow to the capital. General Estralante, the governor of Cara cas, with 1,200 men, will replace him at Barcelona. President Castro has sent First Vice Pres ident Gomez, with 1,500, against the revolutionists under General Riera, who is in the vicinity of Capadare. in the state of Falcon. Second Vice President Ayala. who had previously been sent against Rlera, re turned to Caracas without vanquishing the revolutionary general. It is believed that if the revolutionists win one important battle all Venezuela will rise against the government of President Castro. The latter Is recruiting day and night, and every man and boy procurable is being pressed into the service. The vil lages are deserted and the negroes and In dians have sought refuge in the woods, in the hope of escaping recruiting officers. Belgian Deputy's House Dynamited. BRUSSELS. March 22.?Dynamite car tridges were exploded last night under the home of M. Derbaise, a Catholic deputy at Blnche, province of Hainaut. The house was greatly damaged, but nobody was hurt. There is no clue to the perpetrators of the outrage. INAUGURATION DATE CHANGE TO BE ADVORATED BY NATIONAL COMMITTEE. Meeting to Be Held in This City April 7?Forty-One Governors to Co-Operate. There was an informal conference at the District building this morning among the local members of the national committee being organized for the purpose of securing [ a change in the date of the inauguration of the President of the United States. Jt was agreed at the conference that the first meeting should be called for Monday, April 7, at which time it Is proposed to organize. The plans to be submitted at that meet ing were talked over today. Forty-one governors of states have so far accepted service on the committee and it is expected that favorable responses will yet be had from the others. It is not ex pected,. of course, that the governors will be present at the meetings, and much of the work will be done through correspond ence. The members of the committee for the District of Columbia are Justice John M Harlan of the United States Supreme Court Admiral George Dewey of the United States navy, Lieutenant General Nelson A Miles of the United States army, Commissioner Henry B F. Maefarland, president of the District board; Mr. John W. Foster Mr C. C. Glover, Mr. Theodore W. Noyes Geh m? Y' ?oy"ton- Mr- Beriah * Wilkins, Mr. frank A. Munsey, Mr. S. W Wood ward, Mr Thomas \V. Smith, Mr. James L. orris, Mr. Charles J. Bell and Mr. John Joy Edson. The three last-named gentle men were chairmen of the three last in f^Tml ism1111"4*' respective,y- in iW". List of Governors. The governors who are to serve as mem bers of the committee are as follows: Arizona, X. O. Murphy; Colorado. James B. Ormond; Connecticut, George R. Mc Lean; Delaware, John Hiinn; Florida, W. S. Jennings; Georgia. A. D. Candler; Idaho, F. W. Hunt; Illinois, Riehard Yates; In diana. W, T. Durbin; IoWa. Albert B. Cum vv-in?- ^ Stanley; Louisiana, >>. \\ . Heard; Maine, John F. Hill; Mary land, John \\. Smith; Massachusetts \V. M. Crane; Michigan, A. T. Bliss; Minne sota, 8. R. Van Sant; Mississippi, A. H. Longino, Alissouri, A. Al. Dockerv; Montana, J. K. Toole; Nebraska, Asa P. Savage; Nevada. R.'inhold Sadler: New Hampshire, Chester B. Jordan; New Jersey, Franklin Murphy; New Mexico, Miguel A. Otero; New York, Benjamin B. Odell, jr.; North Carolina. Charles B. Aycock: North Dakota, Frank White: Ohio, George K. Nash; Oregon. T. T. Geer; Penn sylvania. William A. Stone; Rhode Island, Charles Dean Kimball; South Carolina Al B. MeSweeney; South Dakota, Charles X. J.r1 1 tah- Hpber M. Wells; Vermont. William Al. Stickney; Virginia, A. J. Alon tague; Washington, Henrv McBrlde- West Virginia, Albert B. White; Wisconsin. Robert Al. LaFollette; Porto Rico, William H. Hunt. FOOD ADULTERATION. Chemist Wiley Declares Hepburn Bill Broad and Honest. Dr. H. W. Wiley, chemist of the Agri cultural Department, today continued his statement before the House committee on commerce as to adulterated foods and the need of an effective pure food law. He de clared that the Hepburn bill was a broad and honest measure designed to protect the public and not to annoy the trade. He char acterized other so-called pure food meas ures as subterfuges brought forward to de feat the Hepburn bill. Dr. Wiley showed samples of many adul terated goods, including specimens of al leged coffee made of wheat and molasses molded Into the shape of the coffee berry. He maintained that the public as consum ers. and the farmers as the chief produc-' ers were the main sufferers by deceptive goods. The hearings will be resumed next Alonday. VESSEL REPORTED ON FIRE. Fifteen Miles From Oregon Inlet Station. Chief of the Life-Saving Service Kimball this morning received a telegram from Kitty Hawk, N. C.t stating that the keeper of the Oregon Inlet life-saving sta tion reports a vessel on fire about fifteen miles southeast of the station. The keeper of the station further reported that he saw a steamer pass the station at daylight this morning, and this is believed to be the vessel that is on fire. Army Orders. First Lieut. Harry A. Woodruff, 27th In- i fantry, has been transferred to the 17th In | fantry. Capt. John S. Fogg, assistant surgeon, Ljilted States Volunteers, haS been honor ably discharged from the service of -the Lnited States, to take effect May 25 next. Second Lieut. Christian Briand, 1st Cav alry, has been ordered to examination for promotion. Alajor George F. E. Harrison, Artillery Corps, has been detailed as artillery in spector of the Department of the East and ordered to Governor s Island, N. Y., to enter upon his duties as such. Second Lieuts. E. S. Hartshorn, 14th in fantry, and E. N. Coffey, 12th Cavalry, have been ordered to examination for pro motion. Contract Surgeon M. A. Probert has Dern relieved from duty in the Philippines and ordered to Fort Crook. Neb., for duty. First Lieut. G. McD. Van Poole, assistant surgeon, has been ordered from the Presidio of San Francisco to Hot Springs, Ark., for treatment. Treaty With HHyti Signed. Secretary Hay and Mr. Jf N. Leger, min ister for Hayti, today signed at the State Department a naturalisation treaty. The convention Is drawn on 'the usual lines and will be submitted to He Senate for its action. Personal Mention. Air. W alter R. Hensey is snaking a trip through Alexico and will probably return about the middle of April. E. W. Lathe of Massachusetts Is spend ing a few weeks In the rjjty. Cruise of the OJynijria. ? The cruiser Olympia, now Jn Hampton Roads, will sail Wedne*Kiay morning, after taking as large a coal siipplj' as ? possible, to join the North Atlantic squadron, now cruising in West Indian waters. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Wilmington has sailed from Amoy for Shanghai, the AUiancJf from Barbados for St. Christopher, the Prairie from Port or Spain for Guantanatso and the Dol phin from Key West for Havana. Admiral Remey'q Progress. Th? Nary Detmrtment has received a cablegram from Rear Admiral R?mey an nouncing his departure yCsterJtay from Cc lombo for Port Said aboard Ms flagship, the Brooklyn. AT THE WHITE HOUSE A Conference Over Some Mis~ ? souri Appointments. SENATOR QUAY CALLS PENNSYLVANIA REPRESENTA TIVES WANT A CHAPLAINCY. Commissioner Barrett Talks About the . Provisions of the Pending Chinese Exclusion Bill. Representatives Joy and Bartholdt of Missouri, the only two republican repre sentatives in the House from that state, were at the White House today. Both wanted a conference as to Missouri ap pointments before leaving for St. Louis to look after congressional political condi tions. For a number of years, up to a short time ago. the three representatives from St. Louis were republicans. The unanimity of republican representation was broken when Representative Butler de feated William M. Horton for the seat from the twelfth district. The democrats apparently didn't like so much republican representation from St. Louis, and so when the state was redistricted under the census of 1900 one sure republican district was created, while the other two were made safely democratic. Representatives Joy and Bartholdt were thrown into the same district, which is largely made up of th?^ district now repre sented by Mr. Bartholdt. The latter is a candidate to succeed himself and has the backing of his old friends. This includes the brewers and others. But the legisla ture very unkindly unloaded a number of "silk stocking" republican words on Mr. Bartholdt and his district. The various elements won't unite well. The brewers and the workers in the breweries will not unite with the aristo cratic republicans against Mr. Bartholdt, and so Mr. Bartholdt finds it necessary to go home and look after his political fences. Mr. Joy will not oppose Mr. Bartholdt, but the situation may take such a turn that the republicans of the district may find it best to unite on him. in the meantime Mr. Joy is goii:n to look after the organization in his old district and get things in shape there for a nomination if he should desire to become a candidate. The complication is an exceedingly inter esting one. and the many personal and po litical friends of both of the principals will watch the outcome with interest. Senator Quay's Conference. Senator Quay of Pennsylvania returned from his Florida place last night, and was with the President today. Senator Quay is brown-skinned from his outdoor life under a warm Florida sun, and says lie has real ized much benefit from his sojourn. While Senator Quay was with the President a number of Pennsylvania representatives Messrs. Sibley, Dalzell and Showalter in cluded?called with Rev. J. L. Hunter of Jamestown, who was chaplain of the 10th Pennsylvania Regiment, which served with distinction in the Philippines. Mr. Hunter wants to be a chaplain in the regular army, and the Pennsylvania republican congress men are pushing his cause as much as pos sible. Mr. Barrett Going East. John Barrett, the accredited commis sioner of the St. Louis exposition to the east, called on the President today to bid him good-bye before going away. Mr. Barrett leaves for St. Louis tonight and after staying there awhile will go to San Francisco, from which place he will sail for the orient early In April. Mr. Bar rett will confer with all the eastern coun tries. Australia Included, as to exhibits at St. Louis. Mr. Barrett called the attention of Presi dent Roosevelt and Secretary Hay to sec tion 50 of the proposed bill for the exclu sion of the Chinese from this country. This bill goes a step beyond any ever enacted, in that it proposes to forbid China men coming to this country for participa tion in fairs and expositions. This would be a blow at the St. Louis fair. China has accepted an invitation to take part in the fair, but would probably refuse to partici pate In case of the passage of the section. Mr. Barrett considers the section a blow at China direct, and hopes to see it with drawn. The section was inserted in the bill by reason of the fact that Chinese brought over to different expositions have never returned, but have managed to evade the immigration laws and make their home in this country. Printers Are Exempt. President E. A. M. Lawson and Secre tary William M. Garrett of Columbia Ty pographical Union, No. 101, called upon the President today to request an answer to a matter they had submitted to him some time ago in an interview. At the February meeting of the typoghaphical union the of ficers were directed to call on the Presi dent and lay before him a request to know how far the executive order prohibiting persons in executive employ from interced ing for advancement in Congress or else where would affect either officers or com mitteemen from taking an active part in matters pending in Congress affecting the organization of printers as a whole. In a letter signed by President Lawson and Secretary Garrett the President was informed tl^at members of the local union are frequently called upon by the Inter national Typographical Union officers to co-operate in efforts to defeat certain legis lation considered inimical to the interests of the printing trades of the United States, and that a number of committees of the international organization are frequently composed of printers in government employ. In answer to the inquiry Secretary Cortel you handed to the two officers today the following response: "The President directs me to state that he has come to the conclusion that the leg islation to which you refer in your letter is legislation affecting the interests not of government printers as such, but of print ers generally; that if this is the case, there is nothing in the President's order which in any way interferes with your con tinuing to interest yourself in such legisla tion in the future as In the past; nor is there the slightest need of any member of the association to which you refer resigning for that reason from the positions enumer ated in your letter." Invitation From Miss Helen Gould. John J. McCook of New York, who took lunch with President Roosevelt this after noon, extended the President an invitation to attend the dedication of the new build ing In Brooklyn that is to be known as the naval branch of the Y. M. C. A. of New York. Miss Gould has spent about $400,0?>0 in building and equipping this branch of the Y. M. C. A., and hoped to have the President attend when it is dedicated next month. The President did not know whether he could leave here at that time. The Plague in Lahore. LONDON, March 22.?A dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Company from La bore says the plague mortality has reached 2,000 daily. The outbreak, which is the worst on record, is attributed to the policy of non-interference in caste custom?. Steamship Arrival. At New York?Philadelphia, from South ampton; La Touraine, from Havre. PREVENTION OF SMOKE MB. HARRIES REPLIES TO HEALTH OFFICER WOODWARD. Takes Exceptions to Recent Report on Pending Legislation?Indulges in Comparisons. George H. Harries. vice president of the Washington Traction and Electric Com pany. has written a letter to Dr. VN. C. Woodward, the health officer, regarding the recent report of the latter to the Commis sioners regarding pending anti-smoke legis lation. Gen. Harries says, in part: "In connection with "your report upon H. R. bill ? a legislative proposition which Is not devoid of the human element?you quoted from a letter written by me to you as long ago as July 10. 1901. Through what was doubtless an inadvertence the date ol the letter in question was not given, and as a result there may easily be In circula tion an impression wholly erroneous. W h?-n I said to you that we were equipping our central power plant so as to bring about a smokeless condition I hail no idea that the authorities would insist upon a literal aud Impossible compliance with th>' terms of a statute that cannot reasonably be enforced. Statement Criticised. "You say that the practicability of se curing heat and power without dense or thick black or gray smoke, as required by the law now in force, is demonstrated daily at a number of places, among them being the District building, an apartment house and a hotel. The fact Is that I have In my possession ample and recent testi mony as to the frequent emission of law breaking smoke from the chimney of the District building, and much more of equal ly precise evidence against the U street pumping station and the workhouse build ings?all under the complete control of the District Commissioners. "For the emission of black or dense gray smoke from the chimneys of either of the work houses or the District building little excuse can be offered if your theories are correct and the law which you defend is just. As a matter of fact the complete elimination of smoke Is almost impossible, except under laboratory conditions. Efforts to Comply With Law. "We have already diminished the smoke emission at our main plant more than 50 per cent and when the work of installing smoke-preventing devices has been com pleted we expect to diminish the volume of smoke emission fully 05 per cent. \\ e have done and are doing everything hu manly possible to be in accord with the law and with the sentiment which Is be hind the law. We deem that to be our duty. We are also engaged in the opera tion of quasi-public functions under our charters. That also is our duty. To ex pect of us this latter thing and at the same time to Insist upon it that the stacks of our 7,000 horse-power plant shall emit no more smoke than is created by the operation of a fifty horse-power plant is to expect the unreasonable and the impossible." REVISION OF REGULATIONS. Committee Reports on Bill to Punish Those Sending False Alarms. The committee on the revision of the po lice regulations, consisting of Messrs. Francis Nye and Daniel Curry, has sub mitted a report to the District Commission ers on the draft of a bill "To punish per sons using the District of Columbia flre alarm boxes or flre alarm wires to send in false alarms of flre, and for other pur poses," submitted by Chief Robert W. Dut ton of the flre department. "While we appreciate fully the annoy ance, expense and dangers incident to an swering such false alarms," say the com mitteemen, "we believe the Commissioners have authority to, and may. by police reg ulation, prescribe such penalties as would adequately punish the crimes referred '.o in the proposed act. "The prosecuting attorney of the Police Court and the Judge presiding over the District branch thereof think the present penalty, the maximum flne being $40, is sufficient, and state that the imposition of this fine has the effect of deterring the of fender from ever committing the offense again. If the flne may amount to *50 or more the defendant would be entitled to a jury trial. This would not only be an ad ditional expense to the District, but it might be thought that In some cases the chances of the offender to escape punish ment might be increased, because of the fact that juries might not be easily impress ed with the necessity for so severe a pen alty being inflicted as the judge, who has been imposing the maximum penalty of lata. "However, the chief engineer, who Is the official most concerned, believes that many of the offenders should be punished more severely in the flrst instance, and certainly so should the offense be repeated. There fore we have provided a much heavier maximum penalty, sufficient, we think, to punish the most aggravated cases, in a tentative amendment to section 1 of ar ticle XI of the police regulations, which we submit herewith. In the proposed amendment we have Incorporated the pro vision suggested by the major and superin tendent of police for the punishment of persons making false reports of crimes having been committed or attempted, with some slight alterations from the original draft, which we have deemed it expedient to make." The penalty in the amendment proposed is a flne of not less than $5 nor more than $200. ort by imprisonment in the workhouse of the |l)istriet for not more than twelve months! or by both such fine and imprison ment. The report has been forwarded to Commissioner Macfarland, who has super vision u'f the fire department. DISEASE IN THE ABMY. Officers Enjoined to Try to Influence Their Hen. The War Department officials, alarmed by the rapid increase in disease among the troops in the Philippines and other tropical stations, have issued an order to command ing officers enjoining upon them the strict est scrutiny over the habits and morals of the troops and requesting them to endeavor by personal example t? influence the men to preserve their health, both by abstain ing from drink and the liability of con tracting preventable disease. LAUNCH OF THE BABBY. Torpedo Boat Destroyer Built by Philadelphia Firm. PHILADELPHIA, March 22.?The Barry, the third of the series of torpedo boat de stroyers which have been built for the ? United States government by Neafle & Levy, was launched at noon today. Miss Charlotte Barnes, a descendant of Commo dore Barry, after whom the craft is named, christened the boat. The little fighter had steam up when the launching took place and took a short spin down the Delaware river. The Barry is 245 feet long, with a 23-foot beam. She will have 45?? tons displacement, 30 tons more than the original contract called for. The speed originally contracted for wa* 2!? knots, but on account of the increased displacement it will be 28 knots. The en gines are four-cylinder triple expansion of 8,000 estimated, *.500 actual horee-puwer She will carry five 6-pounder and two 12-pounder rapid-firing rifles. . ? T It would take 35.000 circulars to reach the homes The Star reaches. At one cent postage the mailing alone would cost $350, with twice as much more for printing, envelopes and ad dressing. or over $1,000 to say what The Star will print for a few dollars. Irish Nationalist Papers Back Up Dillon. TOPIC OF THE HOUR TRADE PAPER POKES FUN AH I SECRETARY'S CLOTHES. Amusing Incident Follows the Scenfl in the House?Women Suf fragists Rebuked. LONDON, March 22.-The sensational exit of Jofin Dillon, the Irish nationalist, from the house of commons, Thursday last, as a result of his calling Mr. Chamberlain, the colonial secretary, a "d d liar," con tinues to be the topic of the hour. Trte Irish nationalist papers buck up Mr. Dil lon's declaration regarding Mr. Chamber lain's lack of veracity with cheerful frank ness, though the Dublin Evening Telegraph remarks that Mr. Dillon was guilty of a slight anticipation regarding Mr. Chamber lain's damnation, which. It says, is only coming, though already In sight, adding: "As to his being a liar, that goes without saying." The object of all this abuse has created another sensation, not, as usual, by biting Invective, but by his clothes. The Tailor and Cutter, which paper was accustomed to belaud the colonial secretary as the very pink of fashion, now says: "We are sorry to note that Mr. Chamberlain is developing quite a stoop, and fear he is losing some of his old-time smartness. It is true that tils monocle is still in its old place, but we miss the familiar orchid, and, as we have examined his garments, we could not but feel that conversatlsm was sadly apparent, for there was much in them that was not up to date." Coat Not What It Should Be. Mr. Chamberlain's coat Japels. says the Tailor and Cutter, arc plain, heavy and disfigured by a long, gaping breast pocket, "like some ugly wound calling for assist ance." The "washing vest" of Mr. Chamberlain, the paper also says, was quite out of har mony Willi his coat, while his trousers were wide and unshapely. The Westminster Gazette humorously comments on the fact that a weak spot has at last been found in Mr. Chamberlain's ar mor. adding : "Remembering the weird and wonderful clothing with which the doorkeepers of th<# house of lords were startled in 18!W, when the home rule bill gathered the noble clans together, we can only come to the conclu sion that Mr. Chamberlain is beginning to qualify for a seat in the house of lords." In the meanwhile, Mr. Dillon, exempt from the critical eye of the Tailor and Cut ter's editor, la the hero of the hour in Dublin. One of the most amusing sequels of Mr. Dillon's forcible retort occurred in the grand committee room of the house of com mons, where a deputation of women grad uates was presenting a petition asking to be given the power to vote for the election of members of parliament. Miss Beatrice Harraden, the novelist, who was one of the delegates, warmly supported the petition, claiming that It was unfair that women should have to pay the Income tax and yet not be allowed to vote at parliamentary elections. The members of parliament who were listening were hurriedly called to take part In the division on Mr. Dillon's sus* pension. Caution From Mr. Lecky. "William E. Lecky, the historian and unionist member of parliament for Dublin University, who was among the members who heard the statements of the support ers of the petition, returned and addressed the graduates, saying he wondered if they would like a seat In parliament. In view of the fact that they would run the risk at any moment of being called "d?d liars t" Mr. Lecky concluded with saying he be lieved the emotional element in politics was quite unduly developed as it was without women entering the field. COL. GRIMM HAS CONFESSED. Russian Officer Who Sold Information to Germany ST. PETERSBURG, March 22.-The semi official Russky Invalid today announces that Col. Grimm, the Russian officer who was recently condemned to death by a court-martial at Warsaw, after having been convicted of systematic revelation of mili tary secrets to a foreign power, has con fessed to having been guilty of high treason. About sixty arrests have been made at Warsaw in connection with the trial of Col. Grimm, who. It has been asserted, during ten years revealed to Germany every plan prepared by Russia In the event uality of war between the two countries. The discovery of the colonel's treason was due to his wife, who denounced her hus band in revenge for his having paid at tentions to another woman. TRIAL OF MAJ. WALLER. Defense Claims Shooting of Natives Was Justifiable* MANILA, March 22.?The prosecution In the trial by court-martial of Major Little ton W. T. Waller of the Marine Corps, on the charge of executing natives of the Island of Samar without trial, closed today. Capt. Arthur T. Marlx of the Marine Corps, representing Major Waller, then opened the defense by promising to show five tilings? the work of the firing party, the nature of Major Waller's services In Samar, the treacherous character of the natives, the conditions at the base and Major Waller's | status there, and that the executions were necessary, lawful and justifiable. Capt. David D. Porter of the Marine Corps testified that he was present when Gen. Smith ga.ve Major Waller his orders, which Major Waller never exceeded. At the outset Major Waller warned his com mand that they were opposed by a treach erous. brave and savage foe, and that all treachery should be punished with death, ! and closed with an appeal to the command to remember the fate of their old China comrades of the 9th Infantry and avenge them. CHOLERA IN PHILIPPINES. Fifteen Deaths Among the Natives in Two Days. MANILA, March 22?The board of health Is making a strong endeavor to prevent the spread of cholera. There have been six teen cases and fifteen deaths among the natives in two days, and other natives are suspected of having contracted the disease. The importation of vegetable matter from > China Is prohibited. Inspection camps ere being established in.every district and leaf lets are published advising the people to bcil their drinking water before using It. Finally, every one Is hrged to co-operate In the destruction of this dangerous enemy.