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The New Combination Will Have Over 9150.000,000 of Capi tal. N"HSV YORK, April 19.?J. P, Morgan, who Is now abroad, has practically con summated a plan to combine all the lead ing transatlantic steamship lines. London dispatches to the Associated Press an nouncing the combination were today con firmed at the Morgan banking house. The companies to be consolidated will, It Is un derstood. include the American and Red Star Lines. White Star Line, Dominion Line. Atlantic Transport Line and the Ley land Line. The two last-named lines have been under Morgan control for some time. Probable additions to this list are the Cunard. Wilson and Holland-American 1 companies, and it Is understood that a "working agreement" will be reached with ; the other leading transatlantic companies. Including the North German Lloyd, Ham burg-American, General Transatlantic (French), and Allan and Anchor Lines. Mr. Morgan has given the matter much of his time since his arrival on the other side. In this country the more important details have been in the hands of Clement A. Griscom of the American Line, while Charles Steele. Mr. Morgan's partner in i this city, has had charge of the legal pre- J liminaries. It is yet too early to give the exact scope ' of the scheme, but as now outlined there will be an American holding company into which all the steamship companies which propose to enter the combine will put their stock holdings?"pool their Issues"? In ex actly the same way that the various con cerns embraced in the V'nited States Steel Corporation thr> w in their holdings, re ceiving in rtturn stock of the main or par ent company. Over $150,000,000 Capital Required. Just what the capitalization of the com pany will be is not yet known, but the i amount is likely to be well in excess of [ llS<MM).t*N>. This phase of the project will depend entirely upon the number of steam ship companies taken into the combine. One of the most interesting features of the plan deals with the subsidy question. The White Star and Cunard lines receive liberal subsidies from the British govern ment. These subsidies would be withheld or abrogated if the ships of these lines changed their Hag from British to Ameri can. Because of this the ships of the White Star. Cunard and the English subsidized j Companies will doubtless continue nomi- j Rally under British control. George W. Perkins of J. P. Morgan & Co. Is authority for the statement that Ameri- ! can interests will dominate the proposed j amalgamation and declares that the result will prove not only a great triumph for Mr. Morgan, but will make the Cnited States th>- real rulers of the merchant marine ot ) the world. Mr. Perkins also says that the plan will be of greatest benefit to importers and exporters as well as to the great rail road interests of this country. Its effect will be felt by shippers from Maine to Cali- j fornia, Mr. Perkins says, and will also re- ! suit in a bett> r understanding b> tween the ? Commercial interests of this country and Germany. Mr. Morgan Syndicate Manager. "It Is true," he added, "that Mr. Morgan will act as syndicate manager in this com bination, just as he brought together and w?lded the various Interests in the Cnited States Steel Corporation. The financial de tails have been completed to the extent that all the cash necessary for the deal has been subscribed. It Is too soon to speak about the directorate, but let it be borne In mind that control of the company will be held here." It is taken as a matter of course that the Interests now prominent in the va?!ous steamship lines will be taken into the con solidated directory. Banking Interests identified with the pro posed underwriting syndicate said today that the new company would have a New Jersey charter. They thought that no very great amount of cash contributions would be required from the underwriting syndi cate. but were reticent as to how far the owners of underlying companies had* the option to take new stock or cash. The Rothschilds, they added, were to be among the underwriters. Confirmation in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA. April 19.?The an nouncement that the" International Naviga- j tion Company had entered the steamship combination of which J. P. Morgan is the head was officially confirmed today at the office of President Clement A. Griscom by Howard Pusey. private secretary to Mr. Griscom. "All we can say." declared Mr. Pusey, "is that Mr. Morgan's proposition was satisfactory to us. and we accepted it." The details, he stated further, have not progressed to the point where the'officers, : other than .Mr. Morgan, can be specified. | A special act of Congress. Mr. Pusey ex plained. would h?> necessary to permit a for. is:.-built v. ss?I to sail under the Amer ican fl ig. but he said there is nothing to j prevent an American company from owning a controlling interest In a foreign company. I In consequence, vessels affected by ;he com- j bination will sail under their respective | flags, but will be controlled by American ! capital. Mr. Pusey would not admit that the new j combine would practically obviate com petition. but added that the German com panies would work harmoniously with the Morgan consolidation. CROWD WAS LOYAL TO LOUBET. Attempt to Lead Hostile Demonstra tion in Paris Failed. PARIS. April 19.?While President I.oubet was visiting the exhibition in the Jardin des Tuilerles this morning an Individual posted at a window of a hotel opposite attempted | to start a demonstration against the presi dent. His cries of "Abas Loubet" ("Down with Loubet"). however, only endangered himself, as the crowd present started a counter-demonstration and advanced threat eningly In the direction of the hotel. The disturber of the peace was arrested; but. later, hs was released from custody. JEFFRIES REPLIES TO FITZ. Intimates That the Australian Wishes to Avoid a Fight. NEW YORK. April 19.?Robert Fltzsim- | mons today received the following telegram from Jeffries In reply to his message of Thursday last: "1X36 AN<iELES. Cal.. April 18. 1902. "Robert Fltzsimmons, care of the New York Evening Journal. New York: "Your telegram received, and I sincerely trust you are in earnest and that you mean business. Without waslng words, you make ? big mistake In not accepting Los Angeles' j offer, as everything was fair and just to you. Your acknowledgment that a contest is Impossible in the east is only a repetition of nay action toward their bid. Your ac tion toward the California bid led me to be lieve you were trying to avoid a meeting. We pledged mutually to agree on the best bid on a certain date, and at that time the east had not been heard from, and you re fused to accept anything here. I don't want to dictate anything, but want mutual finan cial interests, and will therefore communi cate with clubs In California, which will doubtless insist on deciding what is the best date, and we must agree on something. You deposit $2.5<i0 now with the Examiner. I will do likewise. I am sincere in all I have done, and sorry you have not realized the same. (Signed) "JAMBS J. JEFFRIES." SHOT BY NEGRO HIGHWAYMEN. Two Young Men Killed at Greensburg, Pa. GREENSBT7RG, Pa., April 19.?While a number of young people were returning from a dancing party early this morning two masked negro highwaymen held up the couple in the lead, and at the point of re volvers overpowered Charles McQuillis and forced him to turn over his money and watch. Meanwhile Miss Annie Hill, who was with him, ran back and notified the others, who hurried to the rescue. The highwaymen immediately opened fire, and Alexander McNaught and Frank McQuillis were shot dead. The robbers then fled to a thicket, and have not yet been captured. A reward of $joo has been offered for their apprehen sion, and officers are searching the sur rounding country for them. It Is believed they were miners from the Jamison coal works, where scores of negroes are em ployed. BUN*VCAY CAB OVEBTAKEN. Thrilling Incident on the Cripple Creek Bailroad. VICTOR Col., April 19.?A thrilling race down a mountain side saved a train load of passengers by a margin of four seconds. At Eclipse, on the Florence and Cripple Creek railroad, a loaded freight car broke loose, with Brakeman Lund on top. As Lund applied the brake the chain broke and the car started again at a terrific clip. Conductor Rlondy, on an engine, undertook to capture the car and prevent a collision with a suburban train due to leave Ana conda about the same time. Wrapping a 1 message around a lump of coal, Rlondy hurled it through the window at Eclipse station. The operator succeeded in holding the passenger train as it was pulling out of Anaconda. The pursuit of the freight car was now on in earnest, engine and car taking the serpentine track at full speed, although it seem>'d impossible to hold to the rails on the sharp curves. The car was overtaken four seconds from Anaconda. Conductor Blondy made a coupling from the pilot, the air brake was applied and the runaway was brought to a stop. QUEEN SLIGHTLY WEAKER. Otherwise Holland's Ruler Seems to Hold Her Own. THE HAGUE, April 19.?A bulletin issued this morning from Castle Loo announces that Queen Wilhelmina had a fairly quiet night; that the disease (typhoid fever) is following its normal course and that no complications have supervened, although her majesty's strength is diminishing siight ly in proportion to the duration of her ill ness. In consequence of the queen's illness, the birthday of her husband, Prince Henry of the Netherlands, passed practically un noticed today. Telegrams of sympathy w th her majfsty in her illness are pouring in from ail parts of Europe. The afternoon bulletin Issued from Castle Loo read: "During the day, there has been nothing special to note in the course taken by the queen's illness. Her majesty sleeps at in tervals and remains fully conscious." FORMER POLICE CLERK INDICTED Tony Diesner of Cleveland Charged With Forgery. I CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 19.?The grand jury today indicted Tony S. Diesner, former ' assistant police clerk, for forgery on nine ! counts. Diesner was arrested some time since on the charge of raising police court witnrss fee vouchers to the extent of near ly *9,000. The grand jury also indicted Diesner and Charles W. Dalton for second degree mur der in connection with the killing of a bar tender named Katz several weeks ago. Admiral Schley to Visit Memphis. CHATTANOOGA, April 19 ?Mayor Cham bliss of this city received a letter this morning from Admiral Schley announcing a change in his arrangements for visiting this city. Admiral Schley and his wife will be in M? mphis April 2*. 2i> and .''.0. and will go from there to Jackson and Meridian, Miss., remaining one day at each place. They will arrive in Chattanooga on Satur day evening. May and ltave for Wash ington Tuesday. May 6. New York Saloonkeeper Murdered. NEW YORK, April 19?Louis Troja. a wealthy Italian saloon keeper and real es 1 tate owner, was found murdered in his sa loon on East 97th street early today. The : man's head had been crushed in. appar t ently with a heavy blunt instrument. It is supposed that robbery was the motive. Embassy Purchase Approved. ROME. April 19.?The chamber of depu ties today approved, without discussion, the purchase of a building In Washington, to be occupied by the members of the Italian embassy. H. Clay Evans Denies Rumor. Spe ial Dispatch to The Eyenlng Star. I CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 19.?Com missioner of Pensions Evans, now in this i city, denies emphatically that the President has tendered him the -office of minister to Spain or any other foreign mission. Earthquakes in Transcaucasia. ST. PETERSBURG, April 19.?Severe earthquake shocks occurred in Transcau casia during the night of April 17, causing a panic among the inhabitants who es caped the recent visitations. Earthquake shocks were also felt in the district of Ferghana, Turkestan, early yes terday morning. MEXICO CITY, April 19?A severe earthquake shock was felt here at 7:50 last evening. Its duration wa&a minute and a half, exceeding any expfcrT^ced In recent years. ?> ?? ?? Fire in Pittsburg Mills. PITTSBl'RG. April 19.?The great Mo nongahela plant of the American Tin Plate Company on the South Side was damaged by fire at an early hour this morning to the extent of about 110,000. The works, consisting of twenty mills, covers five acres between South 13th and South 15th streets, and for a time it was feared the entire plant would be destroyed. When the fire broke out several hundred men were at work, and while bo lives were lost there were several naamtw escapes. I COLUMBIA'S MEAD Nicholas Murray Butler In stalled as President. NOTED MEN PRESENT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AMONG THE SPEAKERS. Large Crowd Witnesses the Ceremonies in the Gymnasium of the University. NEW YORK. April 10.?Nicholas Murray Butler was today installed as president of Columbia University in .the presence of a large company of distinguished persons, headed by the President of the United States. Mr. Butler was graduated from Columbia in 1SS2. The exercises of the day were begun with a reception in the Avery library to the presidents and representa tives of other universities and colleges, fol lowed by an inspection of the university buildings. At 12:30 o'clock a luncheon was given by the university council to the visit ing presidents and representatives of other universitie and colleges, and the day's program included a luncheon to be given at 1 p.m. by the trustees of the university to President Roosevelt and those who were to speak during the exercises. The instal lation ceremonies proper were set for 2:;i0 p.m. in the gymnasium, and the list of speakers included the following: Charles Wm. Eliot, LL. D., president of Harvard University; Arthur Twining Hadley, LL. L)., president of Yale University; Francis Landey Patton, D. D., IjL. D., president of Princeton University; William Ralney Har per, I). D., LL. D., president of the Uni versity of Chicago; William Torrey Harris, Li?. D., United States commissioner of edu cation. Gymnasium Elaborately Decorated. The university gymnasium was elaborate ly decorated for the ceremonies. The wall was covered with a ten-foot border of blue cloth surmounted by white rosettes. The columns and galleries bore the flags and shields of the various universities. A stage was erected in the gymnasium and over it was a pediment bearing the seal of the university, supported on either side by the shields of Barnard and Teachers' colleges. The weather was warm and clear. The university grounds were thrown open to the public at 10 o'clock, but long before that hour they were thronged with students and the first arrivals among the thousands ol guests. Among those invited to attend the installation were Lord Kelvin, the. scientist, who arrived today on the Campania. Arrival of the President. NEW YORK, April 10.?President Roose velt, who heads the list of special guests invited by Columbia University to attend the installation of President Nicholas Mur ray Butler, arrived here from Washington at 6:50 o'clock this morning. He was ac companied by Mrs. Roosevelt, Ethel Roose velt, Secretary and Mrs. George Cortelyou, Surgeon General Rixey of the United States navy and Dr. John S. Urie. The party rede in two private cars which were part of the midnight train from Washington over the Pennsylvania railroad. Carriages met the train at Jersey City and the Presi dent and his party were driven aboard the 7:15 o'clock boat for this city. Mr. Roosevelt went to the home of Mrs. James W. Roosevelt, his aunt, where he breakfasted. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler also was Airs. Roosevelt's guest with the President at breakfast. Later Douglas Robinson, the President's brother-tyi-law, called. The President left the home of Mrs. James Roosevelt for Columbia University at 12:lt> o'clock. He was accompanied by former Mayor Abram S. Hewitt and Sec retary Cortelyou. The President was es corted by Squadron A and a number of mounted city policemen. . During a reception held by the faculty in the university library a portrait of W. R. Ware, professor of architecture, was presented to the university by former stu dents of the professor who studied under him at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The presentation speech was made by President Eliot of Harvard, and Dr. Butler accepted the picture on behalf of Columbia. President's Cordial Reception. President Roosevelt arrived at the uni versity at 1 o'tlock. As the President walk ed up the stairs of the library building he was greeted with loud cheers and the uni versity glee club sang the college song. The President bowed repeatedly. President Roosevelt and Mr. Hewitt were met by Prof. Sligman of the faculty. A few min utes after the President's arrival Gov. Odell arrived, accompanied by his brother, C. C. D. Odell. who is a professor of En glish and a member of the faculty. They were received by Prof. Montgomery Schuy ler. Accompanying the governor and his brother were former Congressman John Murray Mitchell and Col. Bird, military secretary of the governor. Mayor Low, the former president of the university, ar rived at 12:40 o'clock. He was enthusias tically welcomed by the students, who packed the broad stairway leading to the library building. Mayor Low was accom panied bv W. C. Schermerhorn, president of the board of trustees. The visitors entered the library, where luncheon was served. THE PRESIDENT'S DEPARTURE. Will Leave New York on His Return to the City Tonight. President and Mrs. Roosevelt-left Wash ington last night for New York. Accom panying them v/ere Secretary and Mrs. Cor telyou, Dr. John F. Urie, the President's physician, and Surgeon General Rixey of the navy. The President's daughter. Miss Ethel, also went with the President. The party occupied the private car Riva, which was attached to the regular tqiln leaving the city at 12:10 o'clock. The President will leave New York on the return trip to Washington tonight. By Whom Cuba's Sugar is Held. The Secretary of War has sent to the Sen ate a communication from General Wood concerning Cuban sugars, and again assert ing that the planters and Cuban sugar deal ers hold the bulk of Cuban sugar. The amount is so great, he says, that they must unload very soon. He says this large amount when throws on the market will greatly reduce the price and that "any ac tion which delays reduction of the duty on sugar in the United States is playing di rectly into the hands of the sugar trust. Ill-Health Brought a Pardon. The President has pardoned'Alfred Plant, formerly a United States soldier, wfto is now serving a four years' sentence In Hong; Kong for robbing a pawnshop in China. The pardon was granted mainly because of tho extreme ill-health ol the prisoner; BREAKS OlITAFBESH TROUBLE BETWEEN TWO RIVAL LABOR ORGANIZATIONS. American Federation Prohibits Car penters From Working With Those of Any Other Bo$y. The troubles between the local assem blies of the Knights of Labor and the Fed eration of Labor have broken out afresh, this time- among the carpenters. An order was Issued from the federation headquar ters this morning prohibiting the federa tion men from working for any firm that employs carpenters belonging to any^other organization. The order also stipulates that no workman may work on a job where other than federation men are em ployed. There are in this city over six hun dred carpenters belonging to the Federation of Labor and several h'" d belonging to other labor organizations affiliated with the Knights of Labor. Unless the firms with which the federation men are employed discharge those belonging to other organi zations the federation men are ordered to strike. The federation men are ordered to quit work tonight on any job at which they are employed unless their employer ac cedes to these demands. The Federation of Labor I# the enly or ganization in this city recognized by the. Central Labor T'nlon and has a member ship of several thousands. Mr. A'an Ness, the business agent of the federation car penters, when seen by a reporter this af ternoon refused to make any statement other than that he expected the trouble would be over in a few days, as the Fed eration of Labor was too strong an organ ization for other labor unions to oppose. In case the shops do not recognize the de mands of the federation carpenters the work of the builders will be temporarily paralyzed, as the federation men compo.t? a large majority of the carpenters in this city. Refuses to Discuss the Matter. An official of the Knights of Labor organ ization when seen this morning refused to say anything about the matter except that there had been no action taken by the K. of L. carpenters as yet. It is understood, however, that the K. of L. men will con tinue at work until they are officially noti fied by their employers or by an official of their organization as to what cours". of ac tion they shall pursue. It was stated at the K. of L. headquar ters this morning that though there are not enough carpenters in the-organization at present to 111! the demand in this city in case the federation men should go on a strike, they could be procured from other cities, as was done by Oie Federation of Labor during the recent painters' contro versy in Pittsburg. GUNNER MORGAN'S CASE. Examined for Promotion by Men of His Grade. There seems to be sane misunderstanding about the case of Gunnep Charles Morgan of the navy. According to a statement made at the Navy Department today Gun ner Morgan was receiitfy examined to de,' termine his fitness for promotion to the grade of chief gunnifr. The examination was conducted at the Washington navy yard by a board composed of Chief Gunners C, B. Magruder, Thomas M. Johnson and Frank C. Messenger. The board made a unanimous report, in which it Is stated "that the mental and professional fitness of the candidate to perform the duties of a naval officer at sea in the next higher grade has been established to their satisfaction, | but they are not satisfied as to his moral fit- i ness. owing to his general reputation; and, j therefore, we certify that Gunner Morgan. ) United States navy, has the mental and progesslonal, but not the moral, qualifica tions to perform efficiently all the duties. 1)Oth at sea and on shore, of the grade to which he was to be promoted, and do not recommend him for promotion." The medi cal board also found Guner Morgan physi cally disqualified for promotion on account of defective vision. In view of this report Secretary Long has ordered that Gunner Morgan be named on the naval list as a gunner. He has been listed as a chief gunner ' subject to exami nation." Rear Admiral Sampson had nothing to do with this case. His objection was to Gun ner Morgan's appointment as an ensign in the navy. Morgan was never examined for commissioned rank, being^aelt^ible on ac count of age. MORE AMENDMENTS. Suggested by Commissioners to Union Station Bill. The Commissioners hav? sent to Senator McMillan, chairman of the Senate commit tee on the District of Columbia, additional recommendations of amendments for the bill to provide for a union railway station, &c. In section 5, defining the area In which the company may have Its freight delivery yard and terminal In Eckington, it Is recom mended that the words "and also to extend its yard tracks and switches north of V street to Rhode Island avenue" be Inserted. The provision "that the B. and O. Railroad Company shall make adequate and suitable provision for carrying T street across the railroad" is changed to make it read "over the railroad." The end of section 6 is amended to read as follows: "It being the true intent and meaning hereof that the lines of railroad and terminals hereby au thorized (except such portions of the ter minal structure or viaduct as may be con structed and used for storage or like com mercial purposes) shall be assessed and val ued for the purpose of taxation and taxed on the same basis as if the sane were not constructed and maintained by means of such bridges, tunnels, viaducts, retaining walls and other structures.? In the above the Commissioners recom mendatlon favors Inserting tha words "ter mlnal structure or." It Is questioned whether the al>ove amend ment by Implication would no* exempt the union station Itself from taxation, It being understood that the bill in Its present form would result In taxing the entire union sta tion for whatever purpose it may be used. CHANGING BANKRUPTCY LAW. Chairman Bay's Expiration of Amendment* Proposed. Chairman Ray of the'House aommittee on judiciary said today to & Star aeporter, rel ative to the amendment to the bankruptcy law reported yesterday; "The amendments propose four additional grounds for refus Ing a discharge to a bankrupt. "1. His having obtained property on credit on material false statements. 2. Hav ing made a fraudulent transfer of any part of his property. 3. Having been granted or denied a discharge In bankruptcy within six years. 4. Having refused to obey any lawful order of the court or to answer any material question approved by the court. "After inquiries -made in many quarters less than ten per cent of the answers from all sources oppose the law aS U stands and this objection )s based mainly upon the defects' in tha law which the bill re ported from the committee remedies." Strike Declared Off. SCHENECTADY, N. Y.. April 19.-The stride at the General Electric worka was declared oft at lOfi p.m. todajv House Leaders Must Concil iate Insurgents. EFFECT OF DEFEAT CONDITION OF THINGS WHICH CANNOT BE OVERLOOKED. Speculation as to Fate of Bill in Senate ?Senator Teller's Resolution of Inquiry. Yesterday afternoon's events in the House bring up two interesting questions: First, what will be the fate of the Cuban reci procity bill in the Senate? Second, what will be the future of the republican insur gents in the House? The second question is the most impor tant, because it is the most imminent. There is no concealing the fact that the situation in the House is very important from the viewpoint of the House leaders. They have been ridden down and overruled in a way which is most emphatic and sig nificant. It brings to the front immediately the question of what shall be done to pre serve the prestige of the leaders in order to carry out the policies of the party and the administration for the remainder of this Congress. itie most conservative opinion expressed today is that the leaders will be compelled immediately to adopt a conciliatory pro gram. It is known, of course, that for some time there has been a spirit of resentment in the rank and file of the republ'cans of the House against what they term, whether justly qr not, the autocracy of the leaders. This feeling of resentment has been grow ing for weeks. It received partial expres sion Thursday in the speech of Mr. Cush raan. The remarks of the gentleman from Washington, while radical, and perhaps ex treme, express, it is claimed, someth'ng, at least, of the general feeling existing in many republican state delegations. Condition That Cannot Be Overlooked. The decisive overruling of the House leadership yesterday emphasized the situ ation. It showed the House leaders that a state of affairs exists among the rank ang file of the republicans which cannot longer be overlooked. One of two courses must be followed. Either a policy of con ciliation must be adopted or the House leaders must stand firm in their alleged isolated position of direction and command. The conservative opinion expressed about the House today was that the House lead ers would be compelled to adopt the policy of conciliation; that there would be. end must be, an effort to reach an understand ing between the little group of three or four men who have been accustomed to di rect the affairs of the House and the rtreat body of representatives who might or .might not differ upon Important party questions. There Is no mistaking the sighfficance of yesterday's vote. It made public record of a state of affairs which has been recognized to exist for some time. The disposition of republicans to yield to party discipline is well known. The fact thfcre has been such a positive revolt from party discipline is taken by many to indicate the necessity of frequent conferences with the end in view of destroying the old harmonious system, even if at the sacrifice of arbitrary opinions entertained by a few leaders. Therefore it is believed that before the Cuban reciprocity bill comes back from the Senate there will be a radical revision of the present system existing in the control of the House, and that the House leaders will be compelled to hold some conferences with factions which hitherto have been overlooked in the equation. The first question of the prospect of the Cuban reciprocity bill in the Senate Is very much Involved. It is known that the beet sugar men will make a vigorous fight in the Senate. They will be supported, of course, by the democrats, who not only want to embarrass the administration as much as possible, but who could consistently vote for the amendment removing the differen tial duty on sugar, because that would be democratic policy. A Desire for Cuban Reciprocity. I But back of it all lies the fact that .the j republican administration, which 1b in ma I jority in both the House and Senate, desires ' this Cuban reciprocity to pass. It is re I garded as an hereditary obligation. The statement Is not denied that Mr. McKlnley promised, as far as it lay In his power to promise, to the Cuban delegates who came to Washington to agree upon arrangements for the vacation of American power In Cuba that a commercial arrangement of the kind proposed in the pending bill should be made. That agreement, although tentative of necessity, is held by the present adminis tration to be binding. It will be enforced, if it Is In the power of the administration to enforce It. The question therefore arises whether it is possible for the republican ad ministration, controlling, as it does, a ma jority in the House and the Senate, to carry out the tentative arrangement suggested by the former republican administration. The best judgment of senators and repre sentatives competent to express an opinion is that ultimately the Cuban reciprocity bill will be enacted, providing for a reduc tion of tariff duties amounting to at least 25 per cent, and that in such a bill will be no provision removing the tariff which af fords protection to the American sugar re finer, including beet and cane refiners as well. Effect of the Amendment. Chairman Payne today pointed out that the effect of the amendment was to take oft J not only the differential on sugar, but also the countervailing duty provided by the Dingley law, a result not Intended by the author of the amendment. Under the Ding ley act an additional or countervailing duty Is levied on sugars coming from countries paying a bounty on sugar equal In amount to the bounty received. This Is by section Ave of the Dingley act, and Is a provision separate from that making a differential between the duty on raw and refined sugar. Mr. Payne holds, however, that as the, amendment specifies that the rate of 1.825 cents shall be "to lieu of the duties thereon now provided by law," it takes off both the differential of about 12 cents a hundred pounds and the countervailing duty of the Dingley law, amounting to between 26 and 27 cents a hundred pounds. Representative Morris of Minnesota, who framed the amendment, is examining the Dingley and other laws to determine whether Mr. Payne's point Is good. Mr. Morris Bald that from his Inquiry so far he did not think the claim was good, but If it was the matter could easily be remedied by amendment. The Senate Situation. The Senate Is by no means decided as to what It will do with the Cuban reciprocity bill. The measure reached the Senate a few minutes after that body convened to day, and was received with-exceptional In terest. which was made evident by the private comments of senators. The bill has been referred today to the committee on relations with Cuba, which is composed of seven republicans and four opposition senators, Mr. Piatt of Connecti cut being chairman. When asked today if he felt disposed to outline his view of the probable course of the committee with reference to the meu ure. Senator Piatt declined to say more than that a meeting would be called at an early I date to decide upon a course of action, merely adding. "We are not going to lose our composure, but will consider the ques tion carefully." The best opinion is that the I bill will remain in committee for some tim?. ' and a republican senator suggested the pos sibility of an Investigation Into the question I of the probable beneficiaries under the pro l posed reduction If made. Mr. Teller Proposes an Inquiry. Mr. Teller (Col.) today Introduced in the I Senate the following: "Whereas It has been currently reported that nearly the entire crop of Cuban sugar has been purchased, end is now held by what is generally known as the 'sugar trust.' which Is the principal consumer of raw sugar In the 1 United States, and that any concession given to the raisers of cane sugar in the Islmd of Cuba or any measure intended for their relief by admitting their sugar at reduced rates of duty into the United States will only benefit the sugar trust, and that the Cubans will receive no real I btneflt from such concession; and "Whereas. It Is alleged that a number of citizens of the United States have acquired large holdings of cane producing lands In 1 Cuba, and are now (specially urging the reduction of duty on sugar, under the claim that such reduction will benefit the people of Cuba, therefore be It. "Resolved. That the committee on rela tions with Cuba be directed to make an In vestigation as to the truth of such charges I and-to report to the Senate; and to report. I in addition thereto, what Is the normal cost of making sugar in the island of Cuba; and also, if and concession shall be made In the way of a reduction of the duty on sugar coming from Cuba Into the United States; what concessions should be made by the government of Cuba, about to be | established, on articles produced In the ; United States and exported Into the said Is land of Cuba, in order to make a reciprocal and equitable arrangement as to exports to Cuba and Imports therefrom to the United States." The resolution was referred to the com mittee on relations with Cuba at the sug gestion of Mr. Piatt (Conn.) chairman of that committee. WHY HE DID IT. Representative Coombs Explains His Vote on Cuban Reciprocity. "The amendment to the Cuban bill was for the purpose of killing It, and for the purpose of showing that In the future we propose io protect our own people first." This was the remark this morning of Rep resentative Coombs of California, one of the republicans who joined in the revolt against the leaders of their party yesterday, and shows the mental attitude of beet-sugar republicans generally. Continuing. Mr. I Coombs said: "I have found the commercial centers of the great east organizing for reciprocity with an idea of striking at the agricultural Interests for what they call trade relations. | This proposed treaty with Cuba would be , but the beginning. "I believe every member of Congress rep resenting an agricultural district should be on guard and not permit any Industry of the soil to perish for what is termed the extension of trade." CAPT. NEUMANNS TRIAL. General Court-Martial to Be Convened at Fensacola Navy Yard. A general court-martial will convene at the Pensacola navy yard on the 22d In stant for the trial of Capt. Bertram S. Neu mann of the Marine Corps for alleged Ir regularities in financial matters. Including reported failure to pay his debts. The charges are of long standing, having been before the Navy Department for more than a year. Capt. Neumann has been detached from duty at the Norfolk navy yard and ordered to Pensacola for trial. The court is composed of the following named officers: Col. P. C. Pope, Lieut. Col. A. C. Kelton, Majs. Thomas N. Wood. George Barnctt and Charles A. Doyen of the Marine Corps and Commander John B. Collins, Passed Assistant Surgeon S. G. Evans, Lieut. L. F. James and Passed As sistant Paymaster H. H. Balthis of the navy, with Capt. Henry Leonard of the Marine Corps as judge advocate. TROUBLED IN CONSCIENCE. * Money Returned to the Government Through Post Office Department. Postmaster General Payne's mall of this morning contained the following communi cation. postmarked so Indistinctly that the office cannot trace even the course of the letter through the malls: "Hon. H. C. Payne, "P. M. Gen'l, "Washington. D. C. "Dear Sir? "Some time ago I appropriated to myself out of gov't funds the sum of V<0.00. I do I not feel right over it and have concluded to refund that amount to the gov't, through you. You will kindly place same In the 1 'conscience fund' and great oblige, "Yours truly, ." This recalls Postmaster General Wana maker's experience with the conscience fund. Some one wrote him. saying that he addressed him because of his well-known character as a "Christian gentleman," and Inclosed as a conscience contribution the left-hand half-sections of five 11,000 bills. The next day the mall brought the other halves of the bills, with a statement that the sender had defrauded the government out of $5,000 In Internal revenue taxes and could not rest until the fraud had been ex piated. ASPHALT WAR AGAIN ON. The Warner-Quinlan Syndicate Pro tests to the President. The asphalt war has taken another turn, ; and the Warner-Quinlan syndicate has lodged with the President a protest against what It regards as the unwarrantable In terference of the United States government in the legal proceedings now In progress in Venezuela between the two asphalt com panies, which Interference is alleged to be In the interest of the Bermudez company. As the facts are known to the State De partment, the Warner-Quinlan syndicate obtained a victory in one of the lower Ven- , ezuelan courts over Its opponents In the oontest for the possession of La Felicidad asphalt lake. The Bermudez company, being in possession, appealed to the Ven ezuelan supreme court, before which trlbu; nal the case is now pending. Meanwhile the Warner-Quinlan people secured an order from the lower court to give them possession of the lake. At this stage United States Minister Bowen lodged a vigorous protest with the Venezuelan government against arbitrary action of that kind. In sisting that the status as to the possession of the asphalt lake should be maintained until the supreme court decided the case. It is against that action that the Warner Quinlan syndicate protests. Mr. Bowen has, accordingly, been supplied by the State Department with a copy of the protest, and requested to make a statement as to what he has done. Vacancies in Grade of Lieutenant*. There are still a number of vacancies in the grade of first and second lieutenants of the line of the army, and until all these have been filled there cannot be a comple- , Hon of the lineal lists. There remain of | vacant second lieutenants, two in the .in fantry, two in the cavalry and six In the artillery. There are fifteen first lieutenan cies unfilled la the sxtiUetj, i Rebels Said to Have Takea NarrNing. TELEGRAPH WIRES 01JT THE REBEL FORCE NUMBERS ABOUT 10,000 MEN. Missionary Says the Movement is Not Directed Against the Foreign Residents. CANTON. April 19.?The reliels ar? b?? sieging Nan-Ning. an important city In th* province of Kwang-St, and It Is reported that the place has already fallen. The tel egraph wires beyond Wu Chow, between Canton and Nan-Ning, have been cut. A dispatch from Hong Kong says: Th* Rev. Mr. I^andls. an American missionary, who has arrived here from Nan-Ning, prov ince of Kwang-Sl. confirms the reports of the seriousness of the rebellion In southern provinces of China. He says all trade be yond Nan-Ning is paralysed. The store# there are packed with goods stopped on their way to the Interior. The total rebel force numbers about 10,? 000 well-armed men. The country around Nan-Ning Is simmering with discontent arising from the oppression of the prefect of that district. The rebels are friendly toward foreigners and Christians and allow the imperial post to penetrate into the rebel districts and de liver mail to foreigners. LONDON, April 19.?A dispatch to a news agency from Shanghai, under today's date, says the foreign merchants there are in creasing their opposition to the tariff pro posals of Sir James I. Mackay. the British tariff commissioner, which include the abo lition of the likin and the Increase of the import duties. The American and lirltlsh commissioners met and fully discussed the question. Subsequently the American com missioner announced that his decision was against Sir James' proposals. The Japa nese commissioner also condemns them. PURE FOOD LAW. A Senate Bill Would Repeal Many Af fecting the District. Considerable correspondence relating to the pure food law of the District of Colum bia has been placed before the Senate com mittee on the District for its consideration. In a communication, dated yesterday, ad dressed to Senator McMillan and signed by Commissioner Macfarland, the latter calls attention to the fact that the enactment of Senate bill 8342, for preventing the adulter** Hon, misbranding and imitation of food, &c.. which has been reported from the com mittee on manufactures and Is before the Senate, would. If pass< d, in effect repeal many, if not all, of the laws relating to the manufacture and sale of adulterated food. Ac., In the District of Columbia, without ?rovidlng any efficient substitute therefor, 'he Comtnls6i9ntr8_rej(j.mme.nd ilia', this blil be so amended a"s to preserve the exist ing laws relating to such matters In the restrict until there may bf some demon strable necessity for their repeal. NEW SHIPS FOR THE NAVY. Secretary Long Gives His Views to the House Committee. Secretary Long was before the House committee on naval affairs today and dis cussed the building of new ships and other Items of naval expenditure. The Secretary favored a provision for three battle ships, two armored cruisers and" several smaller ships this year, along the lines of his recom mendations of his annual report. He also explained ft-atures of ibe improvement at the United States Naval Academy and ihe expenditures uncier the emergi ncy fund. When asked as to the building of war ships In government yards, Mr. Long re newed bis disapproval of such action, on the ground that the -cost would be about &> per cent greater and that it would have a tendency to build up political organ'.xations at the navy yards. As to submarine boats, the Secretary thought it would be well to defer further action until boats now under construction had been completed and tested. At the close of the hearing Chairman Foss and his colleagues Joined in expressions of high regard for Mr. Long, and regret at his early retirement from the head of the Navy Department, to which the Secretary made a felicitous reply on the cordial relations be tween himself and the members. Final action on the item of new ships and on the appropriation bill as a whole went over. LIKELY TO BE RETAINED. Buildings of the Port Royal Naval Es tablishment. The Navy Department places the total value of the buildings at the naval estab lishment at Port Royal, S. C., at JSMH.WW, of which a little more than half is the ap praised value of the dock. It was contem plated to use the buildings which would be vacated by the transfer of the naval prop erty to the new naval station at Charleston, S. C., for training purposes. Objections were raised to this by some of the bureau chiefs, and a board was appointed to in vestigate. This board was not unanimous In Its findings, and the report was for warded to Rear Admiral Taylor, prospective chief of the bureau of navigation, who headed the former board which reported upon the transfer of the naval station from Port Royal to Charleston. He finds no objection to retaining some of the shops in commission at Port Royal un til the work at Charleston is farther ad vanced, and he also approves of utilising two buildings at Port Royal for the re ceipt of recruits until the Charleston naval station is ready. As the board on torpedo boat bases has recommended the estab lishment of a base at Port Royal, and the bureau of equipment has a coaling station there, the Navy Department does not deem it well to sell Its property there. PAINE WILL BE TRIED. Killed Ag?es William*, Water Tender on the Cincinnati. The Navy Department has ordered the trial by court-martial of James Paine, the blacksmith who killed Agne* William*, a water tender aboard the United State* ship Cincinnati, while the ship wa* at Charles ton, 8. C. Paine will be tried at Port Royal, where the court, headed by Rear Admiral Cooper, Is now stationed. He 1* charged with manslaughter. Gen. Rafael Reyes Here. General Rafael Reye*. the De*ign*do of Colombia and Colombian mlnl*t*r to France. 1* In Washington in ooa*nltatlon wttb tbe official* oX th* Colombian k|*lloA|