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No. 15,375. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JTOE 6, 1902?TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS. mjsTMnwJTA* mtlMIt DART, BXCETT 80TTD1T. Tk? Evening Star Rewapap-r Company. 8. ?. lAOrnum, Pm'h hm Tort OfBow Trftmiw W% (Wasco Office: Triboas Building. 1W tear la aarreri to nntttcribefs In th# rtty bjr rarrlem. on their own arcoont. at 10 cent? P?* w*?k. or 44 cents per month. Coplea at the counter, 9 rents each. By mail -anrw'.ere In ths C.8. or Canada-poatr.** prepaid?60 ceuta per mcath. Saturday Star, *U parea. $1 per year; with tor ?lf> poatage ad('M7 93.K). (Entered at 'jie Tout OBleo at Washington D. C., ?a aecond-rlr.m mall matter.) C7 41I m>U aubarrlptlona maat be patd tn ajrtoce. Ratea of .idrartlaing tuada known on application. COAL REGION STIRRED Last Night's Shooting May Cause an Outbreak. EXTRA POLICE ON DUTY "UGLY FEELING AMONG THOU SANDS OF IDLE MEN. Many Attempts Made at Arson? Sheriff Jacobs Called Upon to Protect Property. WILKESBARRE, Pa., June 6. ? The shooting affray at the Stanton colliery at South Wilkesbarre last night, in which a thirteen-year-old boy was seriously wjund ed by coal and iron policemen, has stirred up this community more than any other happening since the coal strike began, nearly four weeks ago. Although the region is quiet today." there Is an ugly feeling among the thousands of Idle men. The strikers have the utmost contempt for the deputies and coal and iron police, and trouble can be started at the least provocation. The condition of the boy remains critical. Police Spirited Shooters Away. The police were fortunate in getting the four men who are accused of doing the shooting safely away from the colliery. A crowd of several thousand persons re mained in the vicinity for hours after the shooting, not aware that the men had been quietly taken from the place. There was also a throng at the police station at midnight waiting for the pris oners, but the men were hustled into the station so quickly that the crowd could not get the men. At 8 o'clock today another coal and iron policeman was arrested for coming out of the Stanton colliery and flourishing a re volver in a threatening manner. Sheriff Appealed To. Sheriff Jacobs of this county had a par ticularly busy time last night. He was called upon by several of the compamies to protect their property. Men were sent to some localities where trouble was looked for, prepared to read the riot act, but this was not done. The coal operators hereabouts deplore last night's occurrence, but they feel that the coal and iron police cannot be held respon sible for what may take place. There have been many attempts made at arson and hundreds of yards of fencing sur rounding collieries have been burned by boys and young mtn. The coal companies' officials hold the m'ne workers responsible for all the dis turbances. Hearing of Accused Postponed. They argue "that if the strikers wish to ktep the peace they should prevent their sons from starting trouble. The hearing of the accused policemen has been postponed until this afternoon. A small crowd surrounded the police sta tion all morning. Extra men have been placed on duty there eo that the police may nip any attempt on the part of a mob to get at the prisoners. There was no change today as far as the strike of the engineers, firemen and pump men is concerned. President Mitchell had nothing to give out. Sheriff Calls on Mitchell. The sheriff called on President Mitchell today for the purpose of enlisting the aid of the national strike leader in preventing any further overt acts upon the part of the Mle men and boys. Mr. Mitchell assured the sheriff that he would do all in his power to have the men keep the peace, and that striking miners would be asked to ht-lp guard companies' property from destruction. The worst time for disturbances is 6 o'clock in the evening, when the men leave for their homes. The sheriff announced that he would swear In during today twen ty trusty men. who will be kept in readi ness at his office in the courthouse for any emergency. Trouble is Anticipated. SORANTON, "Pa., June 6.?Shutting down of the small screens and culm washeries erected at some of the refuse piles of long abandoned drifts and tunnels Is now engag ing attention from the coal strikers of the Lackawanna valley. In every section where these exist thi several local unions thereabouts have begun their closing. The strikers in North Scranton plan a march on the place this afternoon and are confident they will close it up. Some persons look for trouble. District President Nlcholls said reports continue to come of the desertion of many Imported men, and the situation continued most encouraging to the strikers. Strikers Checked Non-Union Men. HAZLETON, Pa.. June 6.?Nearly one hundred strikers stationed on the public road leading to the Drifton colliery of Coxa Bros. & Co. stopped the non-union firemen and pumpmen employed at that mine from going to work today. The company officials report that there was no display of violence on the part ot the strikers. Some of the Imported men who left the service of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company at Yorktown last night are reported by the strikers today to have disposed of their revolvers for very trivial sums in order to raise money to get back to Philadelphia. The Yorktown local has requested the women and children of that place not to congregate at the barracks where the im ported men and deputies are stationed. HARRISBI'RG, Pa, June &?The situ ation in the Lykens Valley region is be coming more serious. Sheriff Kelff has de cided to increase his force of deputies. The strikers decline to serve and the sher iff has sent word here to swear in a small force. The additional deputies will go to Lykens and Wiconisco this afternoon and remain on duty until the trouble is over. The strikers congregate every morning and evening on the south side of the col liery and hoot and Jeer at the pumpmen and firemen as they pass to and from work. There are no signs of a serious outbreak, but the sheriff is preparing*to meet trouble. LYNCH WILL NOT BE SEATED. Irishman Who Fought With Boers Will Be Arrested for Treason. LONDON, June 6.?According to a news ?gency, Col. Arthur Lynch, who fought *rith the Boers In South Africa, and was ?iected in November last to represent Gal ?ay in the house of commons, and who, it was announced last night in a dispatch to the Associated Press from Paris, had decided to go to London early next week and attempt to take his seat in the house, will not b? allowed to carry out his inten tion. He will be arrasted, It Is said, on the charge of treason immediately after land ing in England. A sharp watch Is being kept for Col. Lynch, and if he reaches Westminster it will be by strategy. BUENCAMINO'S VIEWS WHAT HE SEEMS ESSENTIAL FOB PHILIPPINES. Suggests an Exposition at Manila in Which Ex-Insurgent Leaders Could Be Employed. Mr. Felipe Buencamino, now civil service commissioner at Manila, formerly secretary of state under the so-called Aguinaldo gov ernment. has written a letter to the Secre tary of War in exposition of his views on the Philippine situation. He says that he has concluded his statements before the committee on insular affairs of the House of Representatives, and that he has at tempted to show to the honorable members thereof that the following are the most urgent requirements of the Philippines: "A civil government with full powers for the reconstruction of the ruined govern mental organisms of the Philippine people. "A legislature composed of a high and low chamber in accordance with the pro visions embodied in the bill reported by the committee to the House.. "The appropriation* of $.">0,000 per annum from the Philippine ?-evenues for the pur yoes of sending Philippine students to the United States, giving preference to those wno wish to study industry, commerce and agriculture. "Full amnesty after a declaration of peace. Increase of the number of teachers to 6,000. with an increase of their salaries to double what they are now receiving. "In answering the objections of the dem ocratic members, I incidentally brought to the attention of the committee the humane conduct of the army and the enormous and excellent work performed by the Philippine civil commission in organizing a provisional government ur.der the wise instructions re ceived from you and the Intelligent direc tion of Gov. Taft. "This government now established in the Islands, which is to the Filipinos of the midddle and lowest classes highly satisfac tory, will be re-enforced by the provisional I measure pending before the House, to the ! satisfaction of the higher and in'elligeut I classes. "I thus believe that I have compiled with the principal of my duties toward my peo p!e and the government in the Philippines, which is under your worthy direction, and I therefore would like to devote the rest of the time of my leave of absence to visit ing the public buildings, especially the De partment of Agriculture, for which pur pose I request permission. If you wish to utilize my services to prepare a statement of the events of importance which have taken place in the Philippines since Amer ican occupation, purging it of the lamenta i ble mistaken ideas which some Americans j entertain and rectifying the opinion of America with regard to said events and the intervention which the government of I the never-to-be-forgotten President McKin ley had therein, with the data which I possess with regard to said events and ' with those which may be on file in the War Department, consisting of Philippine documents, we may be able to.throw much light upon the subject for the purpose of correcting the errors above indicated. Wishes to Make a Tour. "If you do not consider this work neces sary or useful, then permit me to return to | the Philippines after visiting the cities of | Canton, New York, Charleston, St. Louis, Boston Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit, as well as the widow of Gen. Lawton. At the last named place I desire to visit the Filipinos who are students at the Univer sity of Michigan, in order to give them cor rect data with regard to the Philippines and prevent them from falling into the same errors as the democrats, which I have had occasion to learn recently. Afterward I wish to return to San Francisco, in order to be with my sons for thirty days and know that city and establish there Philip pine commerce, because I expect that the port of San Francisco will be in the future the basis of Philippine trade with America, and vice versa. Suggests an Exposition. "I wish to prepare a small exposition in Manila in honor of Dr. Rizal, similar to that held in Charleston, with an approprla 1 tion of $100,000. The receipts would prob i ably be a similar amount. I would employ j in the direction and management of this exhibition Malvar, Trias, Mascardo, Ale i jandrina and other prominent ex-insur gents. under American control. They would I be very useful and active on account of the numerous data which they have with re gard to our secret wealth, and they would, j furthermore, be distracted from the theo retical political ideas they entertain and can practically know all the benefits of American civilization. "Such is the resume of my private inten tions upon this long trip, with the purpose of creating better relations of a commercial | character between the Philippines and America. If these purposes have your ap proval I would thank you to furnish me such facilities as you can to carry them out. "I conclude with the statement that there is a real complaint in the Philippines from the owners of houses and other buildings occupied by the American forces, because in some cases these owners receive no pay and I in other cases an unduly low rental Is paid. There was a military., tribunal of claims, but the decisions of the same were very arbitrary in the opinion of the public, l respectfully request, Mr. Secretary, that you see to it that justice is soon done the owners who complain, among whom are persons very loyal to the government, although this distinction of loyalty and dis loyalty has disappeared forever, because [ they are all now loyal. "Very respectfully, "FELIPE BUENCAMINO." POLITICAL, NOT ECONOMIC. Ship Subsidies So Regarded by Emi nent English Authorities. LONDON, June 6.?Sir Robert Giffen, for mer president of the Statistical Society, and former chief of the statistical department of the board of trade, testifying today be fore the house of commons committee on steamship subsidies, said the changes In the position of British shipping, compared with I those of other countries, was due largely to | circumstance* apart from subsidisation. There had been a diminution of British ! progress, while elsewhere, especially in Ger , many, there had been a great advance. The i number of American-owned ships sailing i under the British flag, quite apart from I those with the combine recently formed, had largely increased, and was still Increas ing, and he regarded is as obvious that, 1 notwithstanding the fact that the White i Star line steamers were sailing under the | British flag, the United States government regards them as being American vessels, and would be prepared to defend them, as the property of American citizens. Sir Robert also said he regarded subsd'es to be a political rather than an economic question. MAD DOO SCARE. Seven Persons Sent to Pasteur Insti tute for Treatment. DBS MOINES. Iowa, June <The mad dog scare In Ellsworth, Hamilton county, continues. Two more persons were taken today to the Pasteur Institution, Chicago, for treat ment. They were Conrad Charleson and Florid Lekin. This makes seven persons who have been sent to Chicago for treatment, all having been bltu-a by a mad hound. GLAD WAR IS OYER BOER GENERALS AT BERMUDA ANXIOUS TO GET HOME. British Government Has Respect for Kruger's Age aijd Will Waive Claim. HAMILTON, Bermuda, June fl.?The Boer officers who have been living In the prison camps on the islands near here have bten allowed their liberty on parole. Several of th^m came ashore here today and were interviewed. Gens. Cronje, Wes sels, Botha and others were inclined to be reticent, but they said they were glad the war was over, and would be delighted to get back to their homes. It is understood that the rank and file of the Boers will be allowed ashore in batches of ten. The officers have been invited to an "at home" at government house tomorrow. Respect for Kruger's Age. LONDON, June 6.?The Brimingham Post, the organ of Colonial Secretary Chamberlain, today says that owing to his age and infirmities the British government has waived its claim for the acknowledg ment by Mr. Kruger of British sovereignty over the Transvaal, and has guaranteed to all the Boer delegates in Europe a safe conduct to their homes in South Africa. BRYAN TO ROOSEVELT. Asks the President What He Will Do With Beef Trust. LINCOLN, Neb., June 6.?In today's Com moner William Jennings Bryan addresses a letter to President Roosevelt, urging him to cause criminal proceedings to be-started against the alleged beef trust. Incidentally Mr. Bryan declares the Presi dent to be a courageous man. He begins by quoting the provisions of the Sherman anti-trust law, and continues: "You are the only chief executive of this nation, and as such are not only empow ered, but are required to enforce the law. By commencing a civil action against the members of the beef trust you declared that tho members of the trust are, in your opinion, guilty of a violation^ of the law. "Why do you hesitate to commence a criminal action? The penalty fixed in the statute is insignificant compared with the penalty prescribed for a violation of less Important statutes. If the members of the beef trust have raised the price of meat 1 ceivt per j)ound they have laid a tax of millions of dollars upon the people of the United States. "It is publicly stated that some of the capitalists have condemned you for at tempting to enforce the anti-trust law even by civil process. It is even hinted that they threaten to oppose your renomination if you show the strenuousness in this direc tion that you have shown toward the Phil ippines. but can you be scared by such threats? "You have shown physical courage and bravely upon the battlefield?you were not afraid of bullets whei? any one of them might have taken your life. Will you now fear to face coventrated wealth? Civil suits may annoy the 'captains of indus try,' but If you are going to shackle cun ning you will have to shackle it with crimi nal laws. "A prison cell will prove more effective in the prevention of monopoly than Judgments or decrees for the payment of money. You have a chance to show that you were in earnest when you made that Minneapolis speech." POPE WILL GIVE AID. Assures Gov. Taft of His Interest in the Philippines. ROME, June 0.?While talking with the pope yesterday Gov. Taft reviewed in a summary way the questions in the Philip pines which require settlement. He pointed out to his holiness that the readjustment of the relations of church and state In the islands was not an indication of hostility of the United States to the Catholic Church, but declared that such readjustment was merely a necessity under the American Constitution. Gov. Taft referred to the prosperity and the freedom of the Roman Catholic Church In the United States, and cited these con ditions as an assurance that the Vatican had nothing to fear from the extension of the authority of the United States over the Philippine Islands. Replying to Gov. Taft, the pontiff said that the Roman Catholic Church had the greatest pride In the United States. He said he earnestly desired to help the Amer ican administration of the Philippines in every possible way, and he assured Gov. Taft that the Vatican would approach all questions raised in the broadest and most conciliatory spirit. The pope said also that matters of detail in connection with the questions to be de cided would be referred to a committee of cardinals, where they would be considered at length, and that all the issues would be treated with the sole aim of reaching a. settlement satisfactory to all parties con cerned. The pope appeared to be in excellent health during his Interview with Gov. Taft and was of vivacious humor. He referred pleasantly to Archbishop Ireland in what he had to say concerning the Roman Cath olic Church In the United States. PEARS FOR THE FUTURE. Bishop Coadjutor Mackay-Smith's Ad dress to Graduates. PHILADELPHIA, June 6?The Right Rev. Alexander Mackay-Smith, bishop co adjutor of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Pennsylvania, in his sermon preached to the graduating class of the Divinity School, bitterly assailed the tendencies of modern civilization. "Three conditions make dangerous an un taught man in our time, if he is simply the product of a material civilization and noth ing more," he declared. "These three are Increased information through a cneap ress, which floods him every day with alf truths and false history; Increased power through the tendency of all institu tions toward democracy: increased comfort through public improvements and cheap manufactures, which gives him the taste for and keeps him always longing after some luxury just beyond his reach. "Last of all, what is material civilization doing for the wealthy and educated? She Is always tending to Increase wealth, but has yet no remedy for those colossal for tunes which are the curse and threat of our time. She separates classes, making one fastidious and another envious. "She is the Cleopatra calling on Antony to leave his Roman virtues and their sa bine tasks and worship at the throne of mere beauty and comfort. This is me terri ble Indictment of material civilization, as the word is generally used." CHAMBERLAIN ELECTED. Oregon's Democratic Governor-Elect Has Narrow Plurality. PORTLAND, Ore., June 6.?Complete re turns. except from email precincts, from every county In the state, gives Cham berlain (dtm.) for governor 341 majority. The discovery of an error in compiling re turns from Multnomah county resulted in favor of Chamberlain by 213 votes. President Not to Act in Coal Strike. CHANGE IN BABCOCK SINCE HE HAS SHAVED HIS FRIENDS DON'T KNOW HIM. Surveyors Are at Work in Anticipa tion of Appropriation for New Office Building. President Roosevelt and his cabinet today decided that there Is no legal ground for Interference by the President In trying to adjust t<he coal strike In the Pennsylvania coal fields. The President and his cabinet discussed the action of the New York board of trade and transportation in adopting, resolutions asking for presidential Interference under the provisions of the law of 1892. It was ascertained, upon Investigation, that the law which conferred that authority upon the President was repealed In 1.898. This left no legal ground for Interference in any way, and the President has no desire to assume authority to take action that would probably result in trouble all around. The official determination of the Presi dent will not be announced In advance of a conference the President will have with the New York committee ihls afternoon. He will then settle the suggestion of his inter ference. A Note to the Pope. The following statement was made at the White House today: Upon the occasion of Governor Taft's call upon the pope, he presented a set of the President's books, with a brief note accom panying the volumes. In which the Presi dent asked the pope's acceptance of them, thanked him for his repeated expressions of good will to America and wished him many happy and prosperous years of life. At the cabinet meeting this morning the public buildings bill was discussed fu'.ly, and it was decided that it should be signed. The cabinet also webt at length into cer tain matters connected with Cuban reci procity measures, but no decision was reached. Inasmuch as It appeared that Judge Taft had presented the instructions of the Secretary of War to him to Cardinal Rampolla, Secretary Root will send these instructions to the Philippines Committee. Industrial Work for Indians. Rev. W. C. Roe and Rev. J. M. Vander melen, two missionaries of the Dutch Re formed Church working among the Chey enne and Arapahoe Indians of the Indian territory, talked with the President thU morning about the Industrial work being taught the Indians. The missionaries ot the Dutch Church are striving hard to de velop the old-time arts of the Indian wo men through what is known as a Mohurk lodge. Bead work is especially advised. This art has a ready sale and at prices likely to make the Indian woman self-sup porting. The Indian men cannot be taught to do any work, but the women work hard and do not mind any kind of labor. Extradition Treaty With Servia. Charles S. Francis, minister of the United States to Greece, Roumania and Servia, called at the White House this morning to pay his respects. Mr. Francis has just con cluded the first extradition treaty ever en tered into between the United States and Servia. The treaty Is now In force. It follows very much the treaties this country has with Austria and Denmark. His Friends Don't Know Him. Representative Pabcock, chairman of the republican congressional committee, has not only shaved off his short beard, but has grown much thinner by reason of his recent illness. The consequence is that even his closest friends don't know him. Mr. Babcock went to the White House this morning and there ran Into Senator Fair banks. He had to introduce himself be fore the tall and dignified senator from Indiana could know hiin. Then followed explanations. Soon after Senator Warren of Wyoming walked In, sat down near Senator Fairbanks and Representative Babeoek and began talking to the former without showing the slightest recognition of his old friend Babcock. The latter nudged Senator Fairbanks and said: "Introduce me to your friend." Turning t) Senator Warren, Senator Fairbanks said: "Let me present my friend, Mr. Jenkins of Indiana." The Wyoming senator bowed obsequious ly and gracefully. "Glad to meet you, Mr. Jenkins," he said, still not recognizing his friend. "What state are you from, senator?" the alleged Mr. Jenkins inquired. "From Wyoming, sir." "Is that state this side or the other side of the Mississippi?" Senator Warren looked up with Just a little surprise and answered: "Oh, you young men who call on the President for the first time are exctted and don't know where the great state of Wyoming Is lo cated." Senator Fairbanks held his right hand over his mouth to conceal his broad smile and then he told this little story to Sena tor Warren. "Secretary Hay came to the President the other day in great perturbation of mind and said: 'Mr. President, I have Just had a call from Representative Overntreet and another young representative with a smooth face, who said they came from you. I ''Id not want to ask the young man's name and I ^confess I was puzzled.' " *A smooth-face manT Inquired the President. " 'Yes,' answered Secretary Hay. " 'Wasn't It Representative Babcock?' in quired the President. " 'Oh, no!' answered Mr. Hay, 'I know Mr. Babcock well. He is one of my best friends.' " 'Well,' said the President, 'Mr. Bab cock was the man.' " The story had Its point. Senator Warren took a good look at Mr. Jenkins, discovered his mistake, and then everbody laughed heartily. The Pnjsident had to hear the story, too, and he greatly enjoyed the joke. Surveyor's Are at Work. Surveyors were taking measurements around the White House grounds this morn-j lng in anticipation of an appropriation by Congress for a new office building for the President on the west side of the grounds. It Is generally understood at the White House that Congress will make the required appropriation, and it is proposed to have the buiidirig constructed wi^hrin a few months so that the rooms now occupied by the President and his Office force may be converted into rooms ior the use of the Roosevelt family. Going to Minnesota. Governor Van 8ant of Minnesota was in formed by the President this morning that the latter had definitely decided to ac cept the invitation to visit Minneapolis on Ithe occ&Mo* of the meeting of the em ployers' and e-mployes' convention. Thl3 will be September 18 to the 22. The gov NICARAGUAN VOLCANOES AS PAINTED BY HAXNA. HILL: "Admirable!" PANAMA CO.: "Superb! Magnifique!!"' ernors of all states and the senators and representatives In Congress have been Invited to attend the convention. A Chaplaincy Wanted. Senator Kearns of Utah presented to the President the name of Rev. John T. Axton of Utah as a man well qualified for an ap pointment in the army as a chaplain. Mr. Axton Is a Congregational minister, and Senator Kearns hopes to see him selected. A Presidential Nomination. The President today nominated Wm. B. Orear of Georgia a contract surgeon in the United States army, to be assistant sur geon of volunteers, with the rank of cap tain. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. Chairman Hepburn Authorized to Con fer With the President. The House committee on commerce today authorized Chairman Hepburn and such as sociates of the committee as he might se lect to confer with the President relative to the bill creating a department of com merce. The committee has expressed Itself favorably on the measure, but In perfecting Its details (many difficulties have arisen as to transferring bureaus already existing to the new department. Several of the bu reaus have protested against the proposed change, and it is destred to know what the executive branch wants. The tendency In the committee appears quite general In favor of a department of commerce, with such limitations as not to create confusion by the transfer of too many existing bu reaus. The discussion today was as to placing immigration affairs and Chinese exclusion under the new department. For the present, however, the perfecting of the bill awaits the conference with the Presi dent. The Senate bill to Increase the efficiency of the marine hospital service by making it the public health and marine hospital service to day was favorably reported by the commit tee. It continues the present service with the changes of title and with functions pertaining to public health as well as to marine hospitals. In time of war authority is given the President to utilize the service for military purposes. Provision also is made for co-operation between the federal and state health and quarantine authorities by means of conferences. STREET RAILWAYS. Several Bills Introduced in Regard to Them. Mr. McComas today Introduced a bill In the Senate to extend the time for the con struction of the Kast Washington Heights Traction Railroad Company one year from June 18, 1902. It also authorizes the com pany to extend Its lines by single track across the Pennsylvania avenue bridge, to connect with .the eastern terminus of the Capital Traction Company, the plans and specifications to be approved by and the ccnstruction to be under the supervision of the Commissioners. Mr. McMillan Introduced a bill authoriz ing the street railway companies in the Dis trict to operate over their tracks cars for the purpose of conveying smail freight and express matter, and between 12 o'clock mid night and 5 o'clock a.m., cars for the con veyance of fuel to be used in the operation of power plants furnishing power for the propulsion of cars. Mr. McMillan also Introduced a bill pro viding that after sixty days from the ap proval of the act the several street railway Companies operating in the District, be di rected to station at such intersections as may be designated by the Commissioners, uniformed flagmen, who shall under the I direction of the companies perform the du ties of the special policemen. CAPT. WTTHERELL'S CASE. Owing to His Mental Condition Action is suspended. The War Department has been Informed that Capt. Charles T. Witherell, a retired officer living at Detroit, Mich., has been adjudged mentally Incompetent and a guar dian appointed to cure for aim. This offi cer was recently convicted by court-mar tial of duplicating his pay accounts and sentenced to be dismissed the service. The case was recently presented to the Presi dent for action. In view of the fact that Capt. Witherell has been found mentally Irresponsible It has been decided by the President to suspend action in the case. WILL NOT VISIT PRESIDENT. New Tork Board of Trade Committee So Decides. NEW YORK, June H.?The board of trade and transportation received a telegram from President Roosevelt today saying that he would be glad to receive the committee ap pclnted by the board to ask the President to appoint a commission to investigate and talie steps looking toward the settling of the anthracite coal miners' strike. The telegram, which was signed by <3eo. B. Cortelyou, secretary to the President, pointed out that the law empowering the President to act in instances similar to the anthracite miners' strike was repealed In 1898, but added that the President would be glad to see the committee if it decided to visit him. After considering the fact that the law had been repealed the committee decided not to visit the President. GOMEZ REFUSSES PENSION. Says He Has Bill Against Cuba That Will Sometime Be Paid. HAVANA, June 6.?Gen. Maximo Gomez has published an open letter here. In which he refuses to accept the annual pension of $6,000 provided for him in a resolution now before the Cuban house of representatives. Gen. Gomez asks his friends to defeat this resolution, saying It would be unfair for him to accept money, so long as the other Cuban soldiers have not been provided for. Gen. Gomez asserts he has a bill against the government for war services, which some day will have to be paid, but that he is willing to wait until such time as Cuba can pay all her soldiers. BURGLARS BLEW BANK SAFE. Explosion Aroused Citizens, Who Shot at Them as They Fled. HARRISBURG, Pa., June 6.?The safe of the Duncannon National Bank of Duncan non, fourteen miles west of this city, was blown by burglars about 3 o'clock this morning. The damage to the safe was slight, the dial plate being blown off, but the vault was not entered. ? The burglars secured about $5 in small change, which was In a drawer, and a re volver. The noise of the explosion aroused the people of the town, and those In the vicinity of the bank saw five men at the bank. A posse of citizens formed quickly and gave chase to the robbers, several shots be ing fired. The burglars fled along the creek and were followed for quite a distance by the citizens. The shots apparently d'd not take effect. In their flight the robbers left behind sev eral railroad picks and crowbars. WHITE CAPS FLOG WOMAN. Warned That She Take Better Care of Her Stepchildren. NEW ALBANY. Ind., June 6.?Mrs. Alice Hanger, wife of Otto Hanger, a farmer, living about thirty miles west of this city, was taken from her home by a band of twenty white cappers, tied to a tree in the yard and severely switched. Her husband was held under guard in the house by part of the gang while she was flogged. After the whipping the woman was warned by the band to be more careful in the care of her stepchildren, or she would receive another visit from the mob. EMULATE THEIR FATHER. Sons Enjoined in Will to Defend Coun try When Required. STERLING, 111., June 6?The will of the late Judge John I). Crabtree. after dividing his property, amounting to $200,000, among eight children, says: "I enjoin upon my son John, and all of my sons, that should the occasion arise (which God forbid! when our country requires their service, that they be as ready to devote their lives to her defense as their father was in the dark days of 1801 and 1805." MISSIONARIES IN SESSION. International Union Begins Conven tion at Clifton Springs. CLIFTON SPRINGS, N. Y.. June fl.-The first hour of the opening session today of the International Missionary Union was called "memorial hour.'* Especial mention was made of Dr. Ches ter, who died recently on the field in India. The Rev. Canon E. Sell, secretary of the Church of England Missions, was among the prominent personages who arrived to day. Table Works Burned. S|h ctal Plspatch to Tlie KT*n<ng Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., June 0.?Fire today dAtroyed the Keyser table works, which employed 130 men and was oi>erated by Robert F. Whitmer of Philadelphia. Loss. S75.000; insurance. $35,000. Five Spanish Officers Drowned. GIJON, Spain, June 0.?A boat containing eight Spanish artillery officers was run down hy a steamer today and five of the officers were drowned. Movements of Naval Vessels. The cruiser Buffalo sailed from New York yesterday for the Philippines by the Medi terranean route, with many officers and .100 enlisted men for service on the Asiatic station. She will stop at Gibraltar for coal. The Ajax has salltd from I.ambtrt' Point for New York, and the Celtic from Towns vlile, Australia, for Uan'la, with meat sup plies. , ? There it much in merit, but of two stores of equal merit the one that adver tises most will do the moit business. STORM'S FIERCE WORK Veritable Cloudburst in Ne braska and Iowa. GREAT DAMAGE DONE SMALL STREAMS TURNED INTO RAGING) TORRENTS. Lightning Causes Havoc in Omaha-# Many Buildings Struck?Rail road Traffic Delayed. BEATRICE, Neb., June 6.-Report* re, celved today from Cortland, the scene yesterday's cloud-burst, indicate a mors serious condition than at first reported. A foot of mater fell In three hours. The streets in the towns >f Cortland. Princeton and Plckr< 11 were unaWIe to c:?r? ry away the Immense volume of ?aterL and basements of dwellings and stores wer? flooded, doing a great amount of damage. Crops In a great many places are a total loss, being entirely washed away. Streams Become Raging Torrent*. Creeks and other streams became rapr a torrents and a number of persons on low lands w?re compelled to remove to placcs of safety. The water ran over the Union Pa dflo tracks between^Plckrell and Cortland to a depth of two feet In some places and wash ed out a number of bridgt s and culverts. 8everal trains were held until this morn ing waiting for the water to subside and for damaged tracks to be repaired. Large gnngs of men are working on the tracks and telegraph and telephone Hues. Rain in Blinding Sheets. Rain fell In blinding sheets at Omaha and lightning struck several buildings, among them tht Caxton Hotel and the Omaha Bank building In the latter Is located the office of the Western Union Telegraph Company. an4 the stroke played havoc with the wlr> ? f?r some time. A great many cellars were flooded and considerable other damage done. Several washouts on railroads are reported, but their extent Is not serious. Central Iowa Afflicted. Ceneral Iowa suffered severely. Damage was done to highways, railroad tracks, growing crops and In many ? as>-s to buildings. Reports coming in indicate that corn lis many places was washed out. Webster City reports a high wind fol lowing the fall of rain. The Baptist Church there was struck by lightning and the w<eple split from top to bottom. Mltchellvllle reports that the corn planted on the slopes was washed away and ?:il require replanting. Railroad Tracks Damaged. The track between Slater and Ames on the Northwestern settled considerably !n consequence of the enormous fall of wate# and trains pass at slow speed. At Clarinda 5.24 Inches fell inside of threg hours, while In Des Moines 8.14 Inches wer? recorded by the weather bureau. SCEPTRE WINS OAKS STAKES. ~~ King Edward and Large Crowds At tend Epsom Summer Meeting. LONDON, June 6.?At the Epsom * ,m mer meeting today the race for the o.tks stakes, of 4,S00 sovereigns, for three-y< ar old fillies, about one mile and a half, was won by R. S. Slevler's bay filly Sceptre. Colonel H. C. McCalmont's chestnut liily Glass Jug was seoond and Lord Cadog.tr. 3 bay Ally by Prisoner, out of Simoon, was third. The betting was 5 to 2 against Soeptre. 10 to 1 against G'ass Jug and 2T> to I ataii t the Simoon filly, which was ridden by Maher, the American Jockey. Ladles' day at Epsom was marred by tha weather. King Edward, the Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family started for the course In a down pour of rain, and, consequently, the roads leading to the Downs lacked much of tlulr usual picturesque appearance. A majority of the race-goers preferred to travel by train, but a good sprinkling of people adhered to the time-honored cus tom of attending "the Oaks" In coaches and other conveyances, and at Intervals between showers tlx luclosures were g.ijr with bright dresses. The Acorn stakes were won by Baroness Lafleche, ridden by J. H. Martin. Sir J. Blundell Maples' bay filly Simony led to the straight, where Sceptre, who had started well, took command, apparent ly at will, drew to the front and won easily by three lengths. A length and a half separated the second and third horses. Ballantrae was fourth. The time was The race was run while heavy rain was falling. Mr. Slver and Sceptre received a rare ova tion. "BABY TAYLOR" RETURNS. Kidnaped Four Years "Ago and Case Caused Excitement. CINCINNATI, June C- Margaret Taylor, who was kidnaped from this city over four years ago. arrived lure today, accomj>anl< d by her parents and her brother Edward, aged three years, whom she had never n^< n till they met in New York this week. "Baby Taylor." as she became known here, was met at the depot by a force of newspaper reporters, who Interview her, 6ome of whom she confused by conversing in Italian. When the party reached their home In Cummlnsville there was an ovation of neighbors and sympathizing friendt. FATAL WRECK ON BIO FOUR. Brakeman and Large Number of Ex port Horses Killed. BELLEPONTAIN E. Ohio, June 6.?A special train of export horses on the Big Four railroad was wrecked by a defective rail west of here today, killing Brakeman Jim Borden and severely injuring Engineer I)a nit I Kunkel and Fireman Oeorge Bo yen. A large number of horses perished. CHALLENGED Ttf DUEL. Sequel to Heated Discussion In Italian Chamber of Deputies. ROME. June 0.?As a sequel to a heated discussion in the lobby of the chamtx r of deputies on the subjtct of the Erltrcaa (Italian East Africa) budget. Sign or K ran ch* tti, a member of the chamber, has chal lenged the foreign minister. Signer PrinetU, to fight a duel.