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THE BEET SUGAR MEN SAY THEY WILL VOTE WITH THE DEMOCRATS. Effort to Open the Pending Bill to Amendment?Action of Last Night's Caucus. The situation in the House during the earlier hours of the afternoon today In re gard to the Cuban reciprocity bill was ex ceedingly ter.se. Numerous conferences be tween republican factions were held and a general air of excitement and uncertainty pervaded the republican side. The absorbing question was whether the b<et sugar republicans would vote with the democrats to overrule the decision of the chair and admit general amendment to the Cuban reciprocity bill. The chief of these amendments would be to remove the dif ferential duty on refined sugar. In order to accomplish this removal it would first be necessary to overrule the chair in its de cision that the amendment was not ger mane to the bill. It is understood in ad vance. of course, that such would be the chair's decision. It is added that the de cision is backed by a long line of prece dents. After deciding that the amendment was germane the next question confronting the beet sugar men would be whether they desired to destroy the last vestige of pro tection to the beet sugar industry by adopt ing such an amendment. The only reason which could be advanced in support of such a course would be that the removal of the differential would embarrass the bill. Action of Democratic Caucus. The situation for the republicans was complicated very much by the action of last night's caucus of the democrats of the House. By an overwhelming majority vote the democrats in caucus assembled adopted the following resolution: "Resolved. That we favor the removal of the differential on refined sugar, both from Cuba and elsewhere, and believe that such amendments are properly in order, and we insist that it is the duty of all democrats to vote whenever opportunity is given to have these amendments added to the pend ing bill providing for Cuban reciprocity. "We are opposed to the adoption of the previous question when the bill is reported to the House, unless It shall have been properly amended in committee of the whole, as this will prevent an opportunity for just and proper amendment with re corded votes of the same. "Resolved, further. That the action of this caucus is binding." The adoption of this resolution was pre ceded by a statement from Representative Underwood of Alabama, one of the demo cratic leaders, that overtures had been made by the republicans to this effect: That If the democrats would support the republi can leadership on the reciprocity bill the Crumpacker resolution to investigate south ern election methods would be killed. Mr. l'nderwoods statement of this offer was verified by other democrats testifying to its correctness. The offer made to Mr. 1'n derwood was very tempting to some of the democrats, especially the southern men. in the caucus, but it was the decision of the majority that better politics could be played by refusing the overtures and standing to gether on a policy the object of which would be to put the republicans, especially the beet sugar men, in a very embarrassing position on the Cuban reciprocity bill. An Angry Set of Men. The maddest set of men in Washington today were the republicans who have been advocating the Crumpacker resolution. They have suspected for some time that they were being utilized by the House lead ers to trade with. In connection with the Cuban reciprocity bill. They recall the fact that the House leadership had for several weeks opposed the Crumpacker resolution, and had caused the adjournment of one or two caucuses of republicans which were in clined to recommend the resolution. They point out that it was during the critical period when the House leaders did not know whether or not they could swing a majority of their party in favor of the Cuban reciprocity bill that word came from the committee on rules that the Crum packer resolution was to be reportid within ten da>?. At that time Air. Crumpacker was a meinlxr of the steering committee of the beet sugar republicans. After the House leaders had gained a ma jority for the Cuban reciprocity bill there was. it is recalled, a sudden diminution of Interest in the Crumpacker resolution, not withstanding the fact that a republican caucus had unanimously rj commended fa vorable action upon it. It had been ru mored about the corridors for the past two or three weeks that the House leaders were using the Crumpacker resolution to gain democratic votes in support of the leaders' program on the Cuban reciprocity bill. The Crumpacker men were very excited this afternoon and held several conferences with the beet sugar republicans. All kinds of propositions promising trouble for the House leaders were discussed, but no bind ing agreements were made. The position of the House leaders this af ternoon was explained to be as follows: That the democrats have agreed In party caucus to.make political capital out of the Cuban reciprocity bill and have determined beforehand to oppose, on partisan grounds. ?II rulings of the chair, whether those rul ings were supported by parliamentary law and precedent or not; that the question for the beet sugar republicans to consider was whether they could, in the face of such an evident partisan attempt, afford to go with the democrats to overrule a republican chair, who was backed by a long line of decisions, and to throw the Cuban reciproc ity bill open to general amendment. It is apparent, of course, that the great light will come on the question of amend ment. The democrats will not vote against the bill In Its final form, as they are com mitted to the 20 per cent tariff reduction which It proposes. Will Vote With Democrats. Late this afternoon a member of the Michigan delegation In the House stated that the Michigan. California, and Minnesota delegations, numbering twenty-six votes Id ?11. would vote with the democrats to take |k? differential duty off refined sugar. As soon as this reported decision was clrcu lated instant pressure was brought to bear upon them from other republicans not to persist in that course. The beet sugar men claimed that such action on their part would kill the Cuban reciprocity bill, inasmuch as the American sugar trust would be compelled to oppose it. They insisted that they would persist in their intention. It cannot be stated with certainty that this course will be followed by all of the re publicans mentioned, but it is admitted that it complicates the situation of the Cuban reciprocity bill very seriously and places the outcome in doubt. . At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon one of the leaders of the republican- beet sugar faction stated to a Star reporter that in his opinion, based upon his talkswithrepublicansduring the day. at least thirty republicans will vote to take the differential duty ofT refined sugar. If the democrats should stand solidly by their caucus instructions of last night such a vote would cause the amendment to be adopted. Mr. Littlefield of Maine, one of the most eloquent talkers on the republican side, will make a speech before the close of debate advocating the removal of the differential duty on refined sugar. Final Determination. The beet sugar republicans have .decided that while they may vote for the amend ment removing the differential duty on re fined sugar in order, as they claim, to im peril the bill, they will not open the bill to general tariff amendment. In other words, that their fight will be simply In the inter ests of the beet sugar industry and not to begin general tariff revision. What House Leaders Say. The House leaders say that even if the I amendment removing the differential is adopted the bill will not be abandoned, but ' will be passed. It is assumed by the House j leaders that the Senate will not agree to an amendment removing the differential, I and. that In the end the contention of the Senate will prevail and that a Cuban reciprocity bill providing for a tariff reduc tion of about 25 per cent will become a law ! before the close of the session. ? i AWAITING ADVICES. Nothing Heard From Commander McCrea at Bocas del Toro. The Navy Department is rather expecting a cable report from Commander McCrea of the gunboat Machias in view of the re ported dispatch by him of his steam launch from Bocas del Toro to Port Limon with dispatches. This Is a sixty-mile run In the open sea and may be difficult for so small a boat. Pending the reception of the report the officials remain confident that Comman der McCrea has acted wisely at Bocas, not withstanding the complaint attributed to Governor Salazar of Panama. Assuming that the launches seized by the revolu tionists were unquestionably of American ownership, it is realized that there are still grave reasons why Commander McCrea should proceed cautiously before actuallv intervening. The property of the United Fruit Company is entitled to the protec tion of the Colombian government, and that government must formally declare its ina bility to afford such protection before our navy would be justified in taking active measures to recover the boats. One nec essary step would probably be the tempo rary possession of the isthmus by the United States to insure the full exercise of its authority, and it is doubtful whether the Colombian government is ready to ac cept that condition. ACTION POSTPONED. Foreign Relations Committee Did Not Take Up Reciprocity Treaties. The Senate committee on foreign rela tions today considered the reciprocity treaties, but again postponed action upon them, agreeing to vote at the regular meet ing of the committee to be held next Wed nesday. Senator Cullom made a detailed statement before the committee showing the extent to which commerce between the United States and each of the countries involved would be affected by the ratification of the treaties, and the points involved were very generally discussed. While no vote was taken upon any test proposition, the dis cussion developed the fact that the opposi tion to the more important of the treaties is so pronounced as to render it doubtful whether they will receive a favorable in dorsement from the committee. TO BE BURIED TOMORROW. Major Wilson's Remains Will Be Paid Full Military Honors. Funeral services will be held at the vault at the Arlington cemetery at 11 o'clock to morrow morning over the remains of Maj. James L. Wilson, U. S. A., retired, who died at Aiken, S. C., a few days ago. lie will be buried with full military honors. The pallbearers will be selected from the officers stationed at Fort Myer, Va. Major Wilson was a native of Virginia and was graduated from the Military Academy in the class of 1S74. During the war of the rebellion he served as a musi cian in Company K. 2d West Virginia In fantry. While captain of the Cth Cavalry y J""p, 189S. he was appointed major and enief quartermaster of volunteers and served creditably as such during the Span ish war. He reached his majority in the regular army a few months ago, and was retired on account of disabilities incurred in the line of duty. To Amend the Bankruptcy Law. The House committee on judiciary today directed a favorable report on the bill of Chairman Ray amending the bankruptcy law in a number of particulars. Messrs. Clayton and DeArmond voted against the bill, preferring a repeal of the bankruptcy act. One of the most important amend ments of the bill is that allowing corpora tions to become voluntary bankrupts, with the proviso that this shall not release the corporation officers and stockholders from Individual liability under state or federal laws. .Numerous changes also are made in the procedure and methods for obtaining a discharge in bankruptcy. ? Would Strengthen the Commission. John D. Kernan, counsel for the New York produce exchange; J. W. Tomlinson of the Chicago live stock exchange and Wm. H. Chadwick, representing the Chicago board of trade, were heard by the Senate interstate commerce committee today. Thev Nelson bill, strengthening the interstate commerce commission. Gunner Morgan Found Unfit. Gunner Charles Morgan of the navy was recently examined for promotion. The re port of the board just received at the Navy Department shows that Morgan was found rnoraliy unfit" for the advanced grade. Morgan came into prominence a year or two ago as being the person to whose pro motion Rear Admiral Sampson objected. Money for Public Buildings. After a session lasting several hours to day the House committee on public build ings and grounds went over the rough draft of the bill making appropriations for PUbHc buildings throughout the country J?***"* the District of Columbia, and pot It in shape to be voted on at a meet lng of the committee to be held Monday. Un ?. w bni are to be made Pub lic until after this vote on Monday. AT THE WHITE HOUSE Matters Discussed at Today's Cabinet Session. THE ISTHMIAN CANAL ITS SITUATION TALKED OF AS TO CERTAIN FEATURES. Effort to Prevent the Retirement of Lieut. Gen. Miles?President Going to New York Tonight. At the regular meeting today the cabinet discussed certain features of the isthmian canal situation; matters connected with the New York customs service and the immi gration service; and also subjects connected with second-class mail matter. The future postal relations of the United States with Cuba were touched upon. The President heartily approved of the under standing reached with the new President of Cuba to continue the two-cent rate of post age between the two countries, and also in relation to the money order service. The cabinet was not in session long. The Case qf Gen. Miles. Senator Proctor of the Senate committee on military affairs was with President Roosevelt this morning. Later Assistant Secretary Sanger and Adjutant General Corbin, who has not been at the* White House for several months, conferred with the President. These visits led to consider able speculation, the foremost thTiught be ing that the conferences were in connection with the contemplated retirement by the President of Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles, but they said that their business re- I lated entirely to the Philippines and that the name of Miles was not mentioned. President Roosevelt has had several talks recently with senatorial friends of General Miles and political friends and advisers. Among these are Senators Allison. Hale, Hoar and McComas. Some of these men iire personal friends of General Miles and would regret to see his compulsory retire ment by the chief executive. Others are friends of the President, who believe it would be best to allow General Miles to continue his service until the date for his retirement under the law. This is in Au gust, 11)03. The'appeal in behalf of General Miles was strongly urged and as a result the President dccided to withhold action for the present, at least until the return of Secretary Root from Cuba. The Presi dent's Inclinations are opposed to delay. He believes that the continuation of General Miles will mean the continuation of dis cord in the War Department and his de termination Is unchangeable that this shall not be the case. The President has no fear of the comment, political or otherwise, that might follow compulsory retirement, and if he should forego hia intentions as to General Miles it would be with the dis tinct understanding that the latter will cease antagonism to the administration. It is said that friends of General Miles have promised that the latter will follow such a course if he is not disturbed. President Roosevelt is said to have infor mation in his possession that General Miles engaged in a course of action that practical ly resulted in furnishing opposition to the republican policy in the Philippines. Going to New York Tonight. President Roosevelt, accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt, will leave Washington at mid night tonight for New York to attend the installation of Nicolas Murray Butler as President of Columbian University. The special car will reach New York about 7 o'clock tomorrow morning, and the Presi dent and Mrs. Roosevelt will be driven to their home at No. 4 West 57th street. They | will remain there until about noon when, ; under an escort of the National Guard of New York the President will go to Colum- j bian University, lie will remain there un til about o'clock, returning to his home, j Toward midnight he will take a train for Washington, reaching here Sunday morn ing. Sons of the Revolution. President Roosevelt today received the delegates who are attending the annual gathering of the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution. Each delegate was introduced by ex-Gov. John Lee Carroll of Maryland, and the occasion was a most pleasant one. Senator Kittrcdge was with the President a few minutes. Senators Mailory and Tal liaferro of Florida presented a friend. A Temporary Executive Officer. Representative Mercer, chairman of the House committee on public buildings and grounds, called at the White House today for the purpose of consulting the Presi dent's wishes with regard to the erection In the White House grounds of a temporary structure to be used as the office of the President and his executive force. Mr. Mercer believes that the President's offices should be separate and distinct from those of any department, and says that the proposed temporary building is contem plated pending a final settlement of the question of enlarging the White House, the placing of the executive offics In a more imposing building or the building of a home for the President. A temporary building would be used no longer than necessary to settle the question of the fu ture of the White House. Presidential Nominations. The President today sent the following nominations to the Senate: Promotions In the revenue cutter service: First assistant engineers to be chief engi neers?Geo. B. Maher, District of Columbia; Henry O. Slayton, Maine. First lieutenants to be captains?Frank H. Newcomb, Massa chusetts; Charles H. McClellan, Maine; E. C. Chayton, South Carolina. Second lieu tenants to be first lieutenants?Percy H. Brereton, New Jersey; Godfrey L. Garden. California. Third lieutenant to be second lieutenant?Wm. G. Blasdell, California. Marine hospital service?Assistant Sur geon Hill Hastings, passed assistant sur geon. Army^-Clark R. Elliott, Minnesota, second lieutenant of Infantry. FOR GEN. YOUNG'S USE. Quarters for Proposed Head of New War College. Temporary quarters have been fixed up Jn the rented building at the corner of 18th and G streets for the use of Major General Young and his aid, Lieut. James F. McKin ley, in connection with the Army War Col lege, which Is to be established at the Wash ington barracks, *lf Congress makes the neccssary provision. Genera] Young Is to Jjo the first president of the college. He was recently relieved from duty at San Francisco in command of the Department of California. Lieut. McKlnley Is a nephew of the late President JdcKlnley. Qualified for Promotion. Lieuts. (junior grade) Frank Lyon ani Roscoe Spear and Gunner Joseph R. Ward of the navy have been reported qualified for promotion to the next higher grade. TROUBLE AT WHEELING DELEGATES TO CONVENTION THREATEN TO WITHDRAW. Report of Committee on Contested Seats Sure to Cause Discord Among Them. WHEELING, W. Va., April 18?At to day's session of the Amalgamated Associa tion convention the report of the committee on contested seats is being made. It Is a compromise report In the interest of har mony, but there Is a possibility of a rup ture in the organization over this very mat ter. There are lodges which have in structed their delegates to withdraw from the convention if any concessions what ever are granted the delinquent lodges. This puts a serious phase on the situation, and adds much interest to the convention proceedings today. While it is hardly prob able that the delegates instructed to with draw will adopt such extreme measures, they are apt to stir up a row. The feeling in the convention is at a white heat on this, as well as other questions, and stormy times are ahead. The situation presents so many possibilities that the finest grade of diplomacy will be required of the officers and cooler heads to preserve harmony. There are many evidences that the strike organizers of the Amalgamtrd Asso ciation have been actively at work among the non-union mills. Proof of this is in the fact that there are several delegates in the convention whose lodges and addresses are not made public for fear the mill owners will become aware of the lodges' existence. A boom for Thomas Williams of Zanesville, one of the veterans of the Amalgamated, has been started for president. President Shaffer and Assistant Secretary Tighe are the principal candidates. Columbus delegates are making an active campaign for their town. They have distributed red and blue streamer badges, bearing the legend, "Co lumbus, 1803." The convention will prob ably adjourn tomorrow at 11 o'clock to allow the delegates to takp the excursion on the City of Wheeling to Slstersville. 4 QUEEN HAS TYPHOID OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON WIL HELMINA'S CONDITION. Report at Berlin That a Regency is to Be Established in Holland. THE HAGUE. April 18.?An official bulle tin was issued this morning from Castle Loo stating that Queen Wilhelmlna passed a fairly quiet night. Her fe*er continues. The alarming fever which complicated the queen's condition is now- ofBelaliy admitted to be typhoid. . A special edition of. the Official Journal, this morning, publishes the doctors' state ment, as follows: "The supposition, entertained by the queen's physicians since the commencement of her majesty's illness, has become a cer tainty. It is now established that the queen is suffering from typhoid fever. "Up to the present time the malady has run Its ordinary course." BERLIN, April 18.?The Cologne Gazette today revives the report of the probable convocation of the Dutch states general, in order to establish a regency in Holland, on account of Queen Wilhelmlna's illness. FUNDS FOR SHAREHOLDERS. Final Wind-Up of Affairs of the World's Fair. CHICAGO. April 18.?The $450,000 which remains in the treasury of the World's Co lumbian Exposition Company probably will be divided next week among the 20,<300 shareholders. ' The last lawsuit against the company has been decided, and the board pf directors has concluded to distribute the money as soon as preliminary work can be accomplished. The dividend, It is estimated, amounts to about 45 cents a share. Shares were sold for $10. About one-fourth of the 20,000 stockholders held one share each. The city will get about $285,000 as its dividend on the $5,000,000 bond issued. The funds have been tied up all these years by litigation against the world's fair company. About 200 suits were brought for damages, the claims aggregating nearly $500,000, and the money was held to meet possible judgments. Most of the cases were decided against the claimants, however, Judgments being secured for less than $15,000 of the required amount. HAD HIS LARTHX REMOVED. Extraordinary Surgical Operation Per formed at 'Frisco Hospital. SAN FRANCISCO, April 18. -The life of Aaron Johnson has been saved at the city and county hospital through an operation never before performed on this coast, the complete extirpation of the larynx, on jvhich was a cancerous growth. This will rank as one of the three or four success ful cases on record in the world, for the danger point is now r?xarded as passed. An artificial larynx is being made for the patient, which, it is as?irted, will enable him to speak, though his> voice will bt con fined to a monotone. ? ? ? FAMINE AND FEVER IN RUSSIA. Acute Suffering Among the Residents of ffibariju ST. PETERSBUBG, April 18.?The re ports received here from th? famine-strlck en districts of Russia more than Justify the anticipations of acute suffering in those lo calities. Scurvy and tj^?hoi<* fever are dev astating the peasantry throughout the whole of the Altai (highlands of Siberia) region, formerly the afelef granary of Si beria. The starving people tSere have -con sumed even the last remnants of their seed grain, and no spring crops have been sown. The last wheat sold it Altai fetched 2Vi roubles per pood, agalast the normal price of 16 to 20 copecks per pood- In some places'* the scarcity of fodder is so great that half the houses have been unthatched to save the lives of the cattle and horses. The gravity of the situation is evidenced by the latest disease statistics. At Men selinsk, government of Cufa. there have been upward of 4,000 cases of typhus hunger and scurvy; at Belibeisky 662 cases have been reported,.and ?t A&molllnak over 1,000 cases have oeeurrtjtf. Similar reports come from Voron?? Kasan and 8aratoff. ? The Red- Cross Wveiety is T^wnlshlng all the aH at ita command in the -way of free kitchens and medfttnes. . ?' f * * T~ ? Guilty of Peter Hallqnbeek's Murder. HUDSON, N. Y., April- 18.?The Jury In the case of Burton, Wilttk and Frederick Van Weriaar. r her sad with the murder of. their uncle, Peter A. Hallenbeok, today re turned a verdict of murder In the first de cree against all three ot the accused., Gov. Dole Before a House Committee. LEGISLATION NEEDED HE TELLS OF THE GENERAL CON DITIONS. Land Laws, the Labor Situation, Wages and Other Matters Touched Upon. Talking to the tentative proposition of what legislation may be necessary for Ha- I wall, Governor Sanford B. Dole of those Islands engaged the attention of the House committee on territories for some time this I morning. , Preliminary to beginning Chairman Knox I asked members of the committee if any I special Information was desired. Mr. I Robinson suggested that the whole Indus- I trial field should be covered. i . In reply Governor Dole said he should be I glad to have questions asked. Mr. Lloyd I asked if there was necessary any change In I the organic law. | "There were some things we should have I been glad to have had different," was the 1 governor's reply, "but we are endeavoring to get along as best we can." Asked what I the c-iticisms were, Governor Dole dis- I claimed any intent to criticise. What he I had in mind, he said, was first the ques- I tion of elective franchises. j "We had thought the franchise might I have been properly limited farther than to I Asiatics. Second is the question of land I matters. There is some vagueness regard- 1 ing the provision allowing corporations to I hold 1,<K>I acres. Whether this is to be held I in fee simple or simply by lease or other- I wise is not seemingly understood by our I people. Election of Senators. "There is also another very important I matter that may result in confusion in the I future, and that is as to the method of the I election of senators." Under existing con- I ditions he explained that there was a grave doubt as to which of the sen?tors' I terms expired in four years and which ones I held over for double that time. There are I to be fifteen senators go out at the expira tion of four years. Governor Dole was of I opinion that an entirely new election would I be necessary to properly settle the ques- I tion. | Mr. Knox said the committee had prepar- I ed a bill which would take out four of I those senators known as the "home rulers" I and three "republicans," and to drop the senators of this class according to the I number of votes they received, those re- I ceivlng the less number to go out first. -I Mr. Robinson of Indiana raised the ques- I tion of politics in this plan and some ques- I tlons were propounded along this line. | Chair/nan Knox suggested that a political discussion wou\0 not net the committee the results that a discussion by the governor I on general topics would. The Land Question. j The land question was then taken up, I and Mr. Knox asked what land laws would | be helpful. "The large plantations are j mostly on leased lands," replied the gov ernor, "and these leases are now limited I tc five years. If this could be extended to ten years it would be more satisfactory, as It takes some eighteen months to pro- 1 duce a sugar crop." j As to whether the amount of land that [ can be leased by a single corporation should I be made less Mr. Dole thought no change I should be made. However, he said that 1 there was a provision which prevented the I purchase of such large tracts. } Mr. Robinson then took the governor in I hand and plied him with questions as to I how many large holders of lands there I were in the islands; how many leases of 1 large holdings came down from the mon- I archy; how many leases were made during | the republic? "I cannot answer those questions," the governor broke In. "I don't carry those I figures in my head." Mr. Robinson persisted in his questions, I until Mr. Knox Interrupted to inform Mr. I Robinson that the answers to all his ques tions were In print In a subtle report. ) "What were about the number of acres I leased during the interim between the an nexation and the passage of the organic I act?" continued Mr. Robinson. j Gov. Dole did not know exactly. Mr. I Lloyd suggested that there was no need to ask these questions, as the answers were all down. j "It is only to bring out the industrial conditions," continued Mr. Robinson. "I understand there has been a recent lease I of 12.000 acres?will you explain that?" I "That was a lease given to Mr. Baldwin I of timber lands, and the lease was to pro- ! tect the forest, and the rights are simply for water," was the reply. j Labor Conditions. | The labor conditions of the islands was I the question then taken up by Mr Robinson. I Governor Dole made a general statement I that the labor employed was Chinese, Jap- I anese and native Hawaiians. He was tit opinion that a system should be inaugu rated whereby laborers could be encouraged I to work land on shares. There was a 11m- I lted demand for American skilled labor, but I there had been no opportunity to expert- I ment with American agricultural labor. There -had been, however, a co-operative plan tried on one plantation in which a number of white men from California were working. This, he said, had proved a fail ure. "So far as the physical conditions in the Islands are concerned I see no reason why Americans should not work land on shares. They, of course, will not work In gangs under an overseer." There were, he said, a considerable num ber of white men In the islands other than Americans. For the present the Industries of the | islands could not be carried on without the Chinese and Japanese. In answer to a question as to whether a change could be made In less than fifty years In the class of labor. Governor Dole replied that the change would naturally be very gradual, unless a systematic and energetic effort was made to bring about an immediate change, which was not likely. Mr. Robinson wanted to know if there was any system whereby laborers could be encouraged to work small holdings. This, Mr. Dole said, was one of the problems now being worked out by the government there to this end. Mr. Robinson then asked if some system should not be proposed and legislation ob tained by Congress to Americanise the Islands. , "I think our present development along that line with our present laws is or would be better than any system Congress would be likely to enact." Question of Wages. Mr. Flnley asked what wages were paid to laborers on sugar plantations. "With the rent and fuel included the wage amounts to about $1 a day." Leaving out the rent and fuel, he said, the wag^s aver aged between fiS and $19 a month. Governor Dole made the statement that plantations were not now paying. Mr. Fin ley wanted to know If wages should be higher American labor would not go there, but Governor Dole said he was not in touch with American labor. . ^ff Amer'can colored labor had been tried Governor Dole said It had. but owing in his mind to the fact that the American negroes sent to the Islands were not taken from the agricultural districts of this coun try the experiment had not been a succcs* Most of them landed in jail in a short time. As to the cost of producing a ton of sugar in the islands Governor Dole seemed to cause some surprise to members of the committee when he stated that post was between *30 and $40. Jurisdiction for right of way in Hawaii lor irrigation ditches was called up l.v Chairman Knox. "I understand by the press that you dis approve of a pending hill in Congress grant ing a right of way for an irrigation com pany. Is that right?" Governor Dole explained that, in .is opin ion. it was clear that the territorial gov ernment of the islands had jurisdiction over the matter, and was also In a better position to judge of the merits of such proposition than Congress. Municipal government for cities ana towns was favored by the governor. A bill ror this purpose, however, had reached him about two hours before the legislature adjourned, which he did not sign "I should have vetoed it, I think. If it had come to me earlier," he remarked, "be 2"?5 ,f?me features of it which were not right. Mr. Robinson wanted to know If there *as harmony between the legislative and executive branches of the government. As i have noticed some newspaper criti cisms regarding myself. 1 should judg. exis^ 6 'larmonJI 's not supposed to ? Do you expect to have harmony?" asked Mr. Robinson. That may depend on the elections." I don t mean political harmony." con tinued Mr. Robinson. "But you know Con gress has the right to legislate for the is lands as well as the native legislature and do you believe harmonious conditions can prevail so that this will not be necessary'" Gov. Dole answered this by stating that although the first legislature accomplished little on account of lack of experience, the last session had passed some twenty bills besides the appropriation bills. The con dition In this respect was declared to be generally Improving. With this statement the hearing was con eluded. TO BE FAVORABLY REPORTED. Action on Several Bills by the 6enate District Committee. The Senate committee on the District of Columbia held a meeting today and ordered a favorable report on Senator McMillan's proposed amendment to the District appro priation bill providing that eleven medical Inspectors of public schools, at $500 each, be appointed by the Commissioners after competitive examination to perform the r duties under the direction of the health officer and according to rules formulated by the health officer and approved by the board of education, and by the Commission ers. A favorable report was also authorized on the joint resolution which has been recommended by the assessor of the Dis trict providing that all of the tax on real J?ate.??2T the tax >*ear 190:1 be paid in May, 100.1. This is for the purpose of al lowing the assessors more time in order to complete their work of assessment and equalization. A proposed amendment to the District 5^ '' "?tice ?f which has been given by Mr. McMillan, for the grading and macadamiz ing of 14th street, was also votfd on favor ably. This amendment provides for the grading and macadamising of 14th street after all the land required for Its extension to the District line has been dedicated with out cost to the District. The committee also discussed the ques tion of insanitary houses in the District of Columbia, and inclination was shown on the part of very many of the senators to push some measure for dealing with what are regarded as insanitary conditions exist ing in many of the alleys and elsewhere. It ?v,aSwnen this question, together with the bill relating to the height of buildings, would require considerable discussion and a special meeting of the committee was arranged to be herd next Tuesdav after noon. These questions will then be dis cussed and also the amendments proposed by Senator Heitfeld to the personal tax bill. ADJOURNED UNTIL MONDAY. Senate Philippine Committee Did Not Hear Testimony. The Senate committee on the Philippines did not hear testimony today because of the failure of a wjtness to arrive. This ex pected witness is Grover Flint of Cam bridge, Mass., who spent some time in the Philippines and who Is reported to have stated that he had seen the "water cure" administered. He was called at the sug gestion of Senator I^odge. A telegram was received from htm saying that he had missed his train in New York, and would arrive at 2 o'clock today. There was ar effort made to secure a meeting of the (?mmittee for this afternoon, but Senator Beveridge moved to adjourn until 10 o'clock Monday. Senator Carmack then staied that he had requested Edward Atkinson to come to Washington for the purpose of testify ing tomorrow, adding that without giving the name he had notified the committee that he would ask to have a witness called for tomorrow and that the committee had directed that the witness should be sub poenaed for that day when his name should be given. Senator Beveridge replied that as Mr. Atkinson's name had not been pre viously stated the committee could not be bound by the notice. The committee by a party vote of IS to 4, adopted Sena tor Beveridge's motion to adjourn until Monday. The Revolt in Hayti. In mail advices to the State Department from San Domingo City, dated April 8, Wm. F. Powelf, United States minister to Hayti and the Dominican republic, says that the San Domingan insurrection was slowly spreading and had reached Azura province, where, according to rumors, fighting oc curred on April 7. The government, Mr. Powell says, was dispatching troops to that province and had in the field about 2,400 men. Additional reinforcements were to be sent. Since this report was mailed Mr Powell has telegraphed the State Depart ment that the rebellion has been crushed. WILL RETIRE SOON. Generals Snyder, Bird and Auman to Make Way for Others. Gens. Snyder, Bird and Auman. yesterday nominated as brigadier generals, will be re tired a few days after their confirmation, in order to make vacancies for three more veterans of the war of the rebellion who are near the age of retirement. The thr?e officers named will be retired on their own application under the forty years' service clause. The Speaker and the Shipping Bill. In view of published reports that Speak er Henderson was opposed to the ship sub sidy bill, following the opposition of the lo^a senators, it was stated today by those aware of the Speaker's views that he has expressed no opinion and has reached no 1 conclusion on the subject thus far, pre to wait u 111,1 the committee in charge of the measure has formulated ac tion. ! Ordered to His Regiment Captain William M. Bright, 2d Infantry, has been relieved from duty at Reading! Pa., and ordered to Join his regiment, under orders to the Philippines. DEAL WITH S, A, L, Belief in Norfolk Regarding the L. and N. CHANGE IN POLICY LOUISVILLE HAS LONG WANTED SEAPORT TERMINAL. Rumors in New York Tend to Cou firm the Impression in Southern City. Spertal niK .slcl) (o The Evening Star. NORFOLK, April 18.?The belief is strong here that some arrangement ha.- been ef fected between the Seaboard Air Line rail way and the Louisville and Nashville which will afford the latter system an Atlantic seaport, which may be Savannah. Wilming ton or Portsmouth. It has Jong been known that above almost everything else th<- Louisville and Nashville desired a sea port on the Atlantic coast. For that rea son alliances have been sought repeatedly with roads possessing these advantages. It Is pointed out that should there really be such a sweeping change In policy of the road as is predicted as a result of the r< cent deal, existing arrangements, which debar the Louisville from making other advantageous contracts, will be abrogated. The positive assurance of the president of the Southern railway that his line dots not and will not own the Louisville and Nashville is taken to mean that some ar rangement has already been efTeeti-d l>e tween that line and the Seaboard Air Lino. The two lines meet at River Junction. Fla.. and at Montgomery. The facilities for Florida travel, which could be given the Louisville by the Seaboard, will, it is b< lleved by railway men here, be almost as great a temptation for an alliance as the seaport facilities. Conference in New York. NEW YORK, April 18.?John W. Gates and August Belmont were In conference with Morgan representativt s today. It was understood that several large lot# of Ixiuls ville and Nashville stock were deposited with Morgan & Co., In accordance with tho Belmont-Gates agreement. A report that the Gat?s faction had sold a large amount of Louisville and Nashville stock to Morgan & Co. at ll."> could not be confirmed and was generally dis< redited. Another report to the effect that the Sea board Air Line had "bid" 1.10 cash for the Gates holdings in Louisville and Nashville was also discredited. COURT DECISION AS TO "NOON." The Moment When Sun Crosses a Local Meridian. AKRON, Ohio. April W.?Noon conies r.t 11:27 legal standard ilme in Akron. nccoJd ing to a decision just handed down l y tho supreme court. Thomas Miir took out a fire insurance policy on hiv saloon ni 11.39 standard time four years ago. the policy being dated noon of that day. At the very minute he was getting the policy the sa loon caught fire :>r.d was burn?d. OMo law makes standard time legal time ar.d the company refused to pay the $-'*<< in surance on MIit's .=alr>an. Tht case w;is fought through to the supremo court, which has decided that "ntx n" meant the time the sun passed :he meridian at Akron, which is at 11:27 standard time. Th< court ordered the insurance company to I ay. MEAT DEALERS ARRESTED. Charged With Using Borax at Minne apolis, Minn. ST. PAl'L. Minn., April 18.?The whole sale meat dealers arrested at instigation of retail dealers, have been arraigned on a charge of using bora* as a meat preserv ative. They demurred to the charge at.d th?ir cases were contiuned until April 29. A case similar to these is now pending In the supreme court, and It Is expected that a decision will be had before the date of trial. Testimony was Introduced in the Minneapolis case tending to prove that the use of borax is not injuiiojs. On this point the decision rests. BOERS TO CONFER FURTHER. Lord Kitchener Concedes Practical Armistice to Leaders. LONDON, April 18.?The government leader, A. J. Balfour, in the house of com mons today made the following important statement: "After two conferences between Lord Milner, the British high commissioner ot South Africa, and Lord Kitchener Hnd the Boer delegates at Pretoria, Lord Kitehener, while refusing to grant an armistice, on military grounds, has agreed to give facili ties for the election and meeting of repre sentatives of the various Boer commands to consider the position. The Boer leaders have, therefore, left Pretoria to carry out I this plan." Mr. Balfour added that it was not expect ed that communication between the British authorities and the Boer leaders could be resumed in less than three weeks' time. Mr. Balfour's statement made a general ly favorable Impression. It was argued among the members that the action of tho i Boer leaders demonstrates that, at any rate, a majority of the delegates favor the acceptance of the suggested British peace terms. The submission of the question to a plebscite of the burghers is according to Boer law. which requires the leaders of armed forces in the fle'.d to take the opin ion of their followers before concluding peace. THE HAGUE, April 18.?A. D. W. Wol marans, the Boer delegate, said today that he had no knowledge whatever of any par ticulars regarding the South African >?ace negotiations, nor of the report, publlslv.-d In Amsterdam, to the effect that the negotia tions had been broken off. LANGLEY TO MEET DUMONT. Officials of 6t. Louis Exposition Writes to Former. 8T. LOUIS. April 18.?An effort is being made by the exposition officials to induce Prof. 8. P. LangUy of the Smithsonian In stitute at Washington to accompany M. Santos-Dumont and members of the world's fair staff to St. Louis for the conference which la to be held Monday. This confer ence will, if possible, be made the occasion for defining the rules and regulations of the aerial tournament. The mass of correspondence which has been received on this subject, most of which was in the form of questions relative to the tournament, has made it highly Im portant that definite plans should be pub lished without delay.