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MILITIA' CALLED OUT PATROLLING STREETS TO PRE VENT DISTURBANCES. Street Car Strike at Pavvtucket As- , sumes Serious Aspect?Police Inadequate. PAWTITKET, R. I., June 12.?A boy has bt-tn shot.-fatally, it is said, in a volley fired into a crowd by deputies. Militia Called Out. The citv officials having declined to in crease the police force to meet the unusual conditions resulting from the strike of the I'nion Traction Company's men here and in Providence, by order of Gov. Kimball eight companies of infantry and two troops of cavalry are patrolling the streets today. Governor's Prompt Action. The action of the governor was precip itated by a serious disturbance which took place last evening, when a detachment of sixteen special deputy sheriffs were at tacked by a crowd which had held up and demolished a street car. The oflict rs were stoned and a number of persons were injured. There was no sem blance of trouble this forenoon. The soldiers were stationed at short spaces and maintained practically a solid l;ne while the cars were run. each with a guard of deputy sheriffs, the schedule be ing maintained with some show of regu larity. There were few passengers. Stones Crashed Through. Windows. Just before 1 o'clock a car. escorted by a s?mad of cavalry and filled with deputy sheriffs, was stal'eJ on Main street by a m^b. Stones crashed through the windows and a tumult was raised. Then a volley of shots fired by the depu ties rang out. Tanner Peterson, twelve years of age, who was in the crowd, fell, having been hit by a bullet. Apparently he was the only one Injured, but the incident staggered the crowd. The ear passed on. It was badly battered. All the windows were broken. A doctor, who was near at hand, exam ined the Peterson boy and said that he was critically injured. Troops Caused Excitement. The quiet which prevailed when the troops arrived was broken just before noon wnen four cars became stalled in a crowd on Pawtucket avenue. The car.- were each guarded by four dep ut> sheriffs and a detachment of special i Hirers. A troop of the cavalry was hur lltd to ;h>- locality ami a company of in fantry followed As th- soe lie rs neared the crowd they w? re cheered at first. Th>n there were signs of hostility. The soldiers made their Way to tin center of th multitude and part formed ah<ad of the ear and the remainder in the riar. Just tr.-n a bomi?arc!ment of stoms began. A number of the officers and men were struck and slightly injured. The deputies arrested the onslaught by tiring a volley fr m tl.? r pistols, aimed high This caused the crowd to fail back and the cars pro ceed* el. The ino'dent seemed to awaken the dis turbing element. Ch ? f of Police Kice ael v.-ed the- people to clear the streets and av.rid the- possibility of a conflict, but the cr<w is we re disposed to be inseile nt. In Biuefield Region. BM'FFIELD. W. Va.. June 12.?Regard less of th ? statement made by the union m< n that not 2 pe r cent of the mini-r.-?rwould re-turn to work this morning, more- men are at Work today than any day since the strike- b- gan. This is partially accounted f ir by the 1m porta tie n of loo cr m >re Hungarians into th-- fieiil last night. It is very probable that from 1T"> to '_io i ::rs wi 1 b - load ?i in this r?-Kion today. Eighty-five per cent of the m? n are still out. ? ? o Sir&INERS ELECT OFFICERS. Imperial Council Adjourns to Meet at Saratoga Next Year. SAN' FRANCISCO. June 12. The- Mystic Shrine rs have elected the foil- w.ng officers: Imp* rial potentate, Henry C. Aiken. Omaha, Neb Imperial deputy pe>te-ntate\ George II. Greene-. l>al'.as. Texas. Imperial ihief rabban, George I... Bre>wn, Buffalo. N Y Imperial h ?h priest and prophet. Alva P. Clayton. St Joseph. Mo. Imperial oriental guide. Frank C. Itoundy, ' Ch'cago. Imp'r.al rtceirder, Benjamin W. Howell. Ljnn! Mass. Imperii:', treasurer, William S. Brown, Pittsburg. Th<- imperial council adjourned to mot at Saratoga. V Y . next year. BERTI S TROOPS LAND Colombian Forces Mobilizing for At tack on Rebels at Agua Dulce. COl>>N. Coleimbia. June 12.?The Colom bian government ships which conveyed Gen. Be-rti and ..ne thousand e>f the best troops from Panama. Sonelay, to Ptscaeltrias, have return-el to Panama, after safely landing the force. which is intended te> attack the rebels it Agua Dulce. in combination with G? n. Castro's troops, which arc to leave Panama tov'.ay. WORK ON 'WARSHIPS. Monthly Report of Operations Shows Gcod Progress Being Made. The monthly report of the- naval construc tion bureau Showing the state of th?- work on the vessels of the navy June 1, anel made public today, records a gooel rate eif progress on all vessels. and particularly on th' big battleships and e-ruisers. Especial ly rapid advance was maele e>n the armoreei erulsers West Virginia and Maryland, building at Newport News These- ships advanceel respectively fre?m 17 to 22 per cent, anel fre.m IK to 2l> per cent. The Ne braska is the e>nly one of the five nesw bat tleships usted at lero. but her keel will be laid on the 4th e>f July, anel then the work e>n every ship now contracted for will be under way. Gen. Biabee's Application. Brig. (Jen. William H. Bisbee. recently promoted and ne>w serving at Manila. P. I., has applied to the President lor retirement under the forty years' service clause. The application will he granted and the Presi dent will have a chance to appoint another brigadier general. TEE ATMENT OF N ATIVES TESTIMONY OF A FORMER SER GEANT OF VOLUNTEERS. Told of the Burning of Philippine Vil leges and Giving of the 4< Water Cure." Mark IT. Evans of Des Moines, Iowa, for merly a sergeant of Company F, 32d Volun teer Infantry, today testified before the Senate committee on the Philippines con cerning the administration of the water cure to Filipinos on four different occa sions during his service in the islands- He also related the particulars of the burning of several native villages. He was ques tioned by Senators Patterson, Beveridge and McComas. All these events occurred, the witness said, during the year I'JOO, in the province of 15atan. Island of Luzon, and in or near the town ot Orano, where his headquar ters were. Three of the cases of water curt? occurred outside the town. In one case the cure was administered by native scouts, and in the other by an American soldier. The first case occurred at a little town where there were supposed to be some in surgents. The scouts picked out the sus pected people, and taking one of them to a nearby creek, poured a quantity of water into his mouth from a canteen. The pur pose in this as in other cases was to obtain a confession. Ducked the Natives. On another occasion during an expedi tion to neighboring islands the witness said that he had seen an American soldier take two suspected natives into the water and duck them, holding them under for per haps half a minute at a time. He secured a confession as to the hiding of guns in one case, but none in the other. After the first case of ducking the vic tim seemed, the witness said, to have been quite disabled, being apparently so weak that he was unable to rise. In another instance of the administration of the water cure in Orao a tooth of the victim was knocked out, but so far as he knew no other injury was inflicted. Mr. Evans said he had been present at the burning of four or five native villages, and that the destruction of those places had been c'ue to the presence of insurgents. The orders wre to destroy all the native huts along the coast near the mountains for thirty miles in Batan province, so as to force the natives to come in, and this, he said, was done. Natives Not Appreciative. Replying to questions by Senator Bev eridge, the witness said the orders to the troops were to treat the natives humanely, and that, with the exceptions noted, their treatment had been in accordance with these instructions. The natives had not, 011 the other hand, shown any appreciation of this consideration. They refused to di vulge information in their possession, and in many cases they subjected the American troops to indignities. In one case, he said, where two soldiers were killed, their ears were cut off. When -Mr. Evans concluded his testimony the committee took a recess until 2 p.m. Former Private Testifies. Seiward J Norton of Eos Angeles, late private in Company L, 1-Sth United States Infantry, was the witness at the afternoon session. He served two years in the Is land of Panay. Answering questions by Senator Culberson, Mr. Norton stated that except in isolated cases the treatment ac corded the natives by I'nited States sol diers "was humane, and all that could be expected e>r desired." CHURCH CLAIMS PROPERTY. Bishop Blenk of Porto Rico Consults State Department Solicitor. Bishop Blenk of Porte Rico called at the State Department today to consult Solicitor Penfnld respecting certain convents and conventual lands in Porto Rico. It ap pears that there were two convents, one valued at ilOU.OOO and th ? other at $70,000. with land to the value of $C0,000, in the possession of the Spanish government when Porto Rico passed into the possession of the I'nited States. The Catholic Church claims the*se conventfi and lands, and it is understood that the governor of Porto Rico regards th? clt'im as equitable, but is with out authority of law t<> turn eiver the prop er! v. whieh Is now in his possession, to the church Therefore Bishop B'.enk is seeking legislation at the- hinds of Congress to straighten the title t?> the property. CRUISE OF THE CHESAPEAKE. Will Sail Along the New England Coast, Returning to Annapolis Aug. 28 It is stated at the Navy Department that the practice ship Chesapeake, which left Annapolis Me>nday w th naval cadets aboard, will cruise in Chesapeake bay until the 2uth instant, when she will proceed to the naval station at New I?ndon, Conn. From New Eondon she will go July 5 to Newport, to remain there from July l'? to 14; exchange cadet crews with the battle ship Indiana at Orient point on July IN. spend a week or so cruising in Gardeners bay. Block Island sound and Buzzareis' bay; arrive at New Bedford e?n July 2t>; sail from there em August 2: arrive at Portland, Me., . on August !>: leave there August 14; arrive at the- Virginia capes on August '?1, and end the cruise at Annapolis August 28. NO OFFICIAL ADVICES. Nothing Known Here Regarding the Bombardment of La Guaira. Mr. von Holh ben, the German ambassa dor here, asserts that the dispatch of the two German gunboats from St. Thomas to I.a Guaira, as reported from Berlin yes terday, has absolutely no connection with any pending Cerman claims against Ven ezuela. The ships are geiing to Venezuelan waters in the ordinary course of naval duty, merely to look after German inter j ests during the existence of revolutionary i troubles there. No advices have been receiveel at the State Department by cable touching the i reported be;mbarelment of La Gviaira by S government gunboats. A mail advice just I come to hand is dated about a fortnight back anil contains no news touching the 1 revolution which has not already been I treated in the cable dispatches. ? WILL ARRIVE TODAY. First Minister From Cuba Expected This Afternoon. Senor Ganzalo de Quesada, first minister to the I'nited-States from Cuba, is expected to arrive in Washington this afternoon. He reached New York city yesterday on ihe Ward line steamship "Morro Castle." American Medical Association. SARATOGA. N. Y., June 12.?'The Ameri can Medical Association met in twelve sep arate sections today and the reading and discussion of papers was continued. The house of delegates also met and continued consideration of reports. Its Consideration by House District Committee. TESTIMONY ELICITED REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH ROADS HEARD. The Position of Each Toward the Measure Fully Stated?Some Questions Asked. The union station biil was discussed from 10:.'SO to 12 o'clock this morning before the House committee on the District of Co lumbia by citizens of Washington interest ed in that measure. This was the initial consideration of this important District measure by the House committee, and the committee room was taxed to its full ca pacity to accommodate those who wished to be heard and to hear. A large line map of the section of the city through which the railroad passes, showing change of route and location of the new station, was in evidence, also a drawing of the proposed new station. As soon as the meeting had been called to order. Mr. John P. Green, first vice presi dent of the Pennsylvania railroad, was in troduced by Mr. Babcock as the lirst wit ness. Position of Pennsylvania Road. Mr. Green stated that the proposition to elevate the tracks and provide better ter minal faculties had been a line question for thirty years. He said the position from the standpoint of the railroads had been most admirably stated by Senator McMillan in the report on the bill to the Senate. He read that statement, which indicated that the roads had no initiative interest in the matter. However, he declared the roads had a pride in erecting here a handsome terminal. The present station on the mall, because of its crowded condition, was, he said, almost disgraceful. Mr. Green said that it was going to in crease the cost to the roads under the item of terminal facilities from the present cost of 40 cents a car to SI.20 a car. This, he explained, would be the actual cost to the roads of maintaining the proposed large terminal?$1.20 for every passenger car en tering the station. The Pi nnsylvania road was about to spend $40,(XXi,000 for t? rminals in New York. The road, he said, could get into New York for much less, but the company was considering the esthetic features, and did not think it right to treat New York or Washington in any but the best way. Mr. Green reviewed briefly the history of the terminal legislation, and said that the present plan was going to cost the roads $3,.->im>.ooo more than the bill of ISXjI, which piovided for two terminal stations. He ex plained. in detail the cost of the proposed improvement, which footed tip for the Pennsylvania road alone to $8,<XW,0yj. Some Questions Asked. Mr. Sims asked Mr. Green if the plans provided in the bill of 1001 would be car ried out should the present bill fail of pas sage. To this Mr. Green replied that the pres ent conditions made it absolutely neces sary that something should be done at once. "Would you be satisfied to have this bill cut off behind the.ears, as Mr. Cannon sug gested in the House the other day regard ing another measure?" asked Mr. Mudd. "If you had asked me a year ago I should have said yes," replied Mr. Greene. "Hut we have gone ahead, and now we believe that this bill is right." Mr. Mercer asked if New York as a city was paving any of the *40,000,000 the road was to pay to get into that city. The reply was that no assistance was given l?y New York in the shai>e of money, but the city had given the road the right to tunnel un der her streets, the road to pay- only a small rental. Mr. Cowherd asked If It was not true that the road here was not given the use of the streets without any rental and without even being credited with this contribution. Mr. Green replied that when the road first came into Washington the city was very glad to give it the use of its streets. Mr. Cowherd said he merely wanted to call attention that no credit was given to Washington for the streets which it gave to the roads. He also called attention to the fact whleh Mr. Green acceded to, that neither Chicago nor St. Louis paid the roads anything toward, getting into those cities. It was very difficult, Mr. Green replied, to get any sort of concessions out of New York, Chicago or St. Louis. Just before Mr. Green concluded he was asked by Mr. Cowherd if there would be any objection to a substation Just at the city end of the Long bridge, to accommo date Virginians who work In the city. Mr. Green said there was no objection to this in his mind. As to the B. and O. Road. Mr. George E. Hamilton, attorney for the Baltimore and Ohio road, was heard next. He said that his road at first was against the proposed plan. It set their terminal back farther, and seemed at first not as ad vantageous as the plan of inoi. This opinion had ehangid, and the Baltimore and Ohio was now in favor of the legislation. An emphatic denial was made, both toy Mr. Hamilton and by Mr. Green, that the Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio roads were under the management of the Penn sylvania road. This question was asked by Chairman Pabocck, who said it had been stated that the Baltimore and Ohio road was against the proposed union station because it was the Intertlon to make a freight line of the Baltimore and Ohio, while the Pennsyl vania wnuU take the passenger traffic. Mr. Green stated that the Pennsylvania road did not own the majority of the stock of the Baltimore and Ohio, and had only four of the thirteen members of its board of directors. As to the charge that the Pennsylvania was to take the passenger traffic, he said there was no truth in the statement. In reply to a question by Mr. Cowherd as to what was the difference in the cost to the Baltimore and Ohio under the pend ing bill and the old bill, and the difference in amounts to be paid by the District and government to the road. ? "The additional cost to the road is $;!00. 000. while there is no addition in the amount to be paid the Baltimore and Ohio," replied Mr. Hamilton. Turning to section 11 of the bill, which provides tha[ if any of the railroad com panies shall refuse or omit to accept the legislation within ninety days after its pas sage then the provisions of the act shall become null and void. Mr. Mudd wanted to know why such a section was inserted, in view of the fact, that both roads had in dorsed the bill. Mr. Hamilton replied that the bill "as it stood now was acceptable to the roads, but if it should be mutilated it mi#ht not be. Mr. Sims repeated to Mr. Hamilton the question he had asked of Mr. Green as to what his road would do In case the present bill failed of passage. The reply was that the whole question of tfrminal facilities would have to be very carefully consid ered. Who Originated the Bill. Some little diseussion was Indulged in Its to" who was the father of the present bill. Both Mr. Green and Mr. Hamilton bad stated that it did not originate with the railroads, and Mr. Pearr* asked where it did originate. Mr. Mudd interjecfed that its paternity was a matter of very great interest. The first 'paragraph of the Senate report showed that the union station plan was an inception of the park commission. This statement. Mr. Hamilton said, could be taken as correct. The railroads had not .asked for any ad ditional legislation, he continued, were per fectly satisfied with the odl of 1961, but were willing to accept the presfnt plan, and, having done this, were anxiorts to have the matter settled as speedily as possible. A short executive session was held by the committee at the conclusion of Mr. Hamil ton's statement, which had consumed all of the morning hour of the committee. As there were a large number of citizens of the District present who dtsired to be heard the committee fixed next Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock as the time for hear ing these gentlemen on the bill. Delegations were present to be heard from the South Washington Citizens' Association, the North Capitol and Eckington Citizens' Association, the East Washington Citizens' Association, the West Washington Citizens' Association, the Northeast Washington Cit izens' Association, the East End Suburban Citizens' Association and the Business Men's .League of Alexandria, SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC TEN CASES ABE REPORTED AT HANCOCK, MD. Authorities Exerting Every Effort to Check Spread?Excitement is Great. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md., June 12?With ten well-developed cases of smallpox and a number of other persons siek, excitement is running high in the vicinity of Han cock, this county. John McCusker, a farmer, seven miles west of Hancock, near the national turn pike, died last night, and the condition of three of the other victims is critical. Dr. C. R. Scheller of Hagerstown, the county health officer, is doing all in his power to check the spread of the disease, but this has done little toward allaying the excitement. The death of John Mc Cusker last night is the fist -death since May 7, when his brother, Jacob McCusker. died from smallpox in its most virulent form. Jacob McCusker had been working at Pinto, Allegheny county, where the disease is prevalent, and visiting his brother John when taken sick. He lived only four days. AMERICANS'IN" LONDON WATSON AND WILSON REACH ENGLAND'S CAPITAL. LONDON, June 12.?This was a busy day in American diplomatic circles. Rear Ad miral John C. Watson and Gen. James H. Wilson, who will represent the navy and army of the United States at the corona tion of King Edward, reached London to day from Southampton. They called on W hi tela w Reid, the spe cial ambassador of the United States, and Joseph H. Choate, the American ambassa dor, and in other ways fulfilled the official preliminaries of their mission. ELUDE PURSUERS Escaped Convicts Defy Posse and Suc ceed in Getting Away. PORTLAND, Ore., June 12.?Harry Tracy and David Merrill, the escaped convicts, who were surrounded in the woods near Gervais by the sheriff's posse and state troops, eluded their pursuers during the night. At <5 o'clock this morning they were seen five miles north of Gervais. The fugitives stopped at a farm house> where they ob tained food. ELEPHANT EXECUTED. Went Mad, Broke Chains and Tried to Kill Keepers. TOURS, France, June 12.?A crowd of about persons witnessed the execu tion at midnight, in the city park, of the largest of Barnum & Bailey's performing elephants. While on the way to the railway station the animal suddenly went mad, broke Its chains, tried to kill Its keepers, and had to be killed Immediately. Two hundred men tugged at the rope which strangled the elephant. ?? ? VESSELS WRECKED IN GALE. All the Crew of One Drowned Except Captain. EAST LONDON, Cape Colony, June 12.? The Norwegian bark Atbara. the Swedish bark Aurora and the German bark Elise Linck have been wrecked during a heavy southeast gale. All the crew of the Atbara were drowned except the captain, who wfcs ashore. The crews of the other two vessels were saved. The coast is strewn with wreckage and portions of the barks' cargoes. STEAMSHIP HUGONA AGROUND. Captain Lost Bearings In Dense Bog at New York. NEW YORK. J?na 12.?The freight steamship Hugona of the New York and Porto Rico Steamship Company went ashore in the harbor todajt, The vessel had arrived from Norfolk, Va., and Capt. Mc Lean. her commander, intended to make an anchorage off Liberty Island, when, owing to a dense fog. he lost his bearings and the ship stranded on Oyster Island. ? * ; _ i." Lord Pauncefote's Successor. The new ambassador of Great Britain to the United States, the Has. Michael Henry Herbert, was among the callers at the em bassy. A large party has been Invited. to the dinner which Mr. and Mrs. Choate will give to Mr. and Mrs. Reld tonight. H. Clay Evans, the new United States consul general, spent a quiet day at his hotel. He will probably assume control of the consulate October 16. ' ? . - > . PeraaB&l Xention. Mr. Charter*: Wethertree of Bath, Me., and Mr. Charles ?.fain*! of Net* York are at the Shorehanj^ Mr. George N- Gardiner of New York and Mr. C. W. Merrill 4f Indianapolis, Ind., are at the Arlington. ? Mr. J. I. Quackenbnsh of Buffalo, N. Y? and Mr. David C, G#e*man of New York are at the New Wtilard. Mr. A. Rutherford of New York and Mr. S. B. Rath bone of Indianapolis, Ind., are at the R&leixh, District Appropriation Bill Sent to the Printer. SUBCOMMITTEE'S WORK1 WILL BE CALLED UP IN THE SEN ATE MONDAY. Personal Tax Provisions of the Meas ure?The Estimated Revenue?An Advance by the Government. The District appropriation bill is now nearly completed. The District subcommit tee of the Senate committee on appropria tions has conclude-d its consideration of the bill and today sent it to the government printing office in order to have it printed in readiness to be submitted to the full com mittee either tomorrow or Saturday morn ing. The subcommittee has been at work on the measure nearly four weeks. Sena tors Allison, McMillan anil Cockrell having given their time almost exclusively to the bill during that time. Senator Quay worked cn the bill until he was called to Pennsylvania to take charge of his forces in the convention which nomi nated Pennypacker for governor. Senator Tillman, the fifth member of the subcom mittee, has also carefully gone over the bill at various meetings Mr Cleaves, the clerk of the committee, has worked without cessation 011 this District measure, bringing to bear on it his extensive personal knowl edge of local affairs. Personal Tax. In some respects the bill will be a sur prise. A large part of it is devoted to the subject of taxation. The personal tax bill of Senator McMillan in a general way is substituted for the provision placed in the bill by the appropriations committee of the House of Representatives which provided the machinery for the operation of the per sonal tax law of 1S7S. But as agreed upon by the subcommittee even Senator McMillan's plan for personal taxation has been mrdified.and largely upon his own motion.in order to make the meas ure as free as possible from what have been termed inquisitorial elements, and to bear as equitably as possible on interests in the District in view of peculiar conditions that exist here. This has been the object of Senator .Allison and ail members of the subcommittee as far as it could be done without sacrificing revenue to too great an extent. Estimated Revenue. As It stands now the i>ersonal tax pro visions will raise, it is thought,from S300,*M> to $7<JO,(HX> of revenue. A feature of the bill will be its bearing on the license law. Provisions have been inserted facilitating the collection of license taxes and some licenses have been increased. In the case of liquor licenses an increase will be made from $4<x>, which is now the retail liquor license, to or $800 per an num. It is not thought that tIlls Increase will result In reducing the number of such licenses, and the change was not made for that purpose, but in order to obtain more revenue. The wholesale license will b( $300. Advance by the Government. The subcommittee has provided a plar. for obtaining an advance from the Vnited States treasury for such sum of money as may be needed to allow the District to pay half of the appropriation provided in the bill.. This plan is adopted somewhat as a temporary measure until Congress can learn just what revenues will be raised ti. the District, both from the operation of this bill and also from the increase of revenue due to an equalization of real estate as sessments which is now in progress. Tax on Corporations. The tax will be 4 per cent on the gross earnings of banks and trust companies, as well as of the gas and telephone companies. The subcommittee came to the conclusion that while some banks and some trust com panies here could pay the tax that had been proposed on their capital stock, yet there were companies on which this tax would operate as too great a hardship, and it was decided to collect "from all of them 4 per cent on gross earnings, which Is the same as is now collected from the street railroad companies. Some of the Appropriations. Appropriations are made 1 beral for work on the sewers and the filtration plant. For a site for a Business High school $75,fl00 is provided, together with a sufficient pro vision for securing plans for a High School not to exceed in value $175,000. It is not thought that the bill Is one that will be any considerable opposition on the part of the conferees of the House of Representatives. Senator Allison will call the bill up In the Senate for consideration next Monday. THE DISTRICT JUDGESHIP. Question of Selecting Judge Bradley's Successor May Be Deferred. It is stated on excellent authority at the Department of Justice that the President and Attorney General Knox have not had opportunity to take up the question of the nomination of a Judge of the Supreme Court of the District to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Bradley. When the attorney general returned from Old Point Comfort he found a number of more pressing matters for consideration, and he and the President left the District judgeship, as well as the Court of Claims judgeship, In its present status, concluding to take it up later. It is possible that some consideration of the subject will be given by the President and Attorney General to morrow or Saturday. They will certainly take up the two judgeships when they have disposed of more pressing and important business. Several District people have discussed the judgeship with Attorney General Knox. To most of them he has appeared to he favorably impressed with Mr. Thompson, his assistant attorney general, and there was little doubt of his recommendation of that man. Some strong representations as to the requirements and needs of the Dis trict, as well as the fairness of the case, were made to Mr. Knox by different peo ple, and these may induce some chailge in his recommendations. This, however, is considered improbable. The suggestion has been advanced that a District man be ".ppointed judge at this time and provision made for Mr. Thompson upon the retirement of Judge Bingham or Hagner, but the friends of Mr. Thompson meet this with the suggestion that there would be just as much wisdom in select ing Mr. Thompson now and appointing a District man'to the next vacancy or vacan cies in tha court. There Is said to be no particular reason for hurry tn the matter o# either of the vacant judgeships, and ?o the whole mat ter may ge over until next week. Senator McLaurin's nomination lor the Court of Claims will probably not be made until toward the close - of the session of Con gress. BURIED IN THE DEBRIS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAUGHT IN FIERCE STORM. Seek Shelter in School House, Which Collapses and is Blown Away. DES MOINES, Iowa. July 12-For the first time in two days telegraph ami tele phone communication with Washington has been obtained. Four wagon loads of students enjoying a picnic at Coppoc. nine miles south of Washington, were caught by the storm during their return journey. One wagon containing nine members of the high school class whic.i had Just grad uated sought shelter in a school house, which was blown to pieces, burying all in the debris. The Injured. Mildred McAtlin, will die; Charles Chance, recovery doubtful: Myrtle Stewart, I Blanche Stewart, Myrtle Shields, Jessie I Klein, Gertie Reeves, Mary Jerrard. COMPROMISE REACHED. Two Committees Will Conduct Repub lican Campaign in Cleveland. CLEVELAND, June 12.?The Leader prints the following special from Hot Springs, Va.: A compromise has been arrived at be tween Congressman Burton and several re publicans who came from Cleveland to try j to bring about peaTe in the matter of the proposed withdrawal of Congressman Bur ton as a candidate for re-election to Con gress because of alleged "petty bosses and bossism." The compromise reached is that there shall be a Burton committee as well as a general republican committee and that the Burton committee shall have charge of the fall campaign. NAVAL MILITIA CONVENTION. Officers of the Navy, With Assistant Secretary, Will Attend. BALTIMORE, June 12.?The annual con vention of the National Naval Militia As | sociatlon will begin aboard the war sloop Dale at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, bringing to Baltimore about seventy-five of the foremost naval reserve officers In the country. Every state In which there is a naval militia organization will be rep rt-sf nted. The feature of the Important gathering will be the presence of first Assistant Sec retary of the Navy Darling, who will I be accompanied by several officers of the navy. MISS HECKER IN FORM. Lady Champion Easily Runs Away From Miss Underhill. NEW TORK, June 12,-The second day of match play for the woman's metropolitan golf championship at the Essex County Country Club developed several Interesting contests. The better known of the players. Miss Genevieve Hecker, the present cham I pion; Miss Ruth Underbill, Mrs. E. A. Man I ice and Mrs. N. P. Rogers were ail on one ! side of the tournament and the match play meant the defeat of two of them. t)n the other side of the tournament also were some strong players. Besides the four championship matches there were four for the consolation cup. Miss Hecker won her first hole from Miss Underhill at the second green and lost no hole on the outcourse, winning also the fourth, sixth and eighth. The champion was four up at the turn. Miss Hecker was playing the fastest golf that has been seen in this tournament, going out in one under woman's bogej-. The totals for the outplay were: Miss Hecker, 4<K Miss Underbill, 47. Miss Hecker won the tenth and eleventh holes, standing six up In playing for the twelfth hole. Mrs. Shippen beat Miss Willis, four up, two to play, the totals being: Mrs. Shippen, 4i? out; 3y in. Miss Willis, 50 out; 43 in. Mrs. Manice and Mrs. Rogers had a close match, both playing steadily. Mrs. Manice was two up at the turn. The totals for the in-play between Miss Hecker and Miss I'nderhill were: Miss Hecker, 37; Miss I'nderhill, 45. Miss Hernandez beat Miss Ellis by 2 up and 1 to play. In the championship semi-finals tomorrow Mrs. Shippen will ptay M;es Hernandez and Mrs. Manice will ptay Miss Hecker. For the cosolatlon prize Mrs. Morgan will play Miss Howard and Miss Smytho will play Miss Kyle. NEW COMMISSIONER. Crank P. Sargent Expected to Arrive Soon. Frank P. Sargent, who Is to succeed Ter rence V. Powderly as commissioner general of immigration, Is expected in Washington the last of this week or the first of next to take the oath of office and enter upon his duties. The President has not yet taken steps to provide a place tor Mr. Powderly, but It is supposed that so soon as he finds an opening suitable to the outgoing official he will make the appointment. Damage to Gen. Forwood's Goods. By direction of the Secretary of War a board of survey to consist of Major George Ruhlen, quartermaster; Capt. Edward L. Munson. assistant surgeon, and Capt. Hugh J. Gallagher, commissary, has been ap pointed to meet at the War Department to day, for the purpose of reporting upon the circumstances, fixing the responsibility, and assessing the money value of damage re ceived by the personal effects of Gen. Wil liam H. Forwood. surgeon general, while en route from Ogden. Utah, to this city on government bill of lading, September 4, 1901, from the quartermaster's agent at Og den. Utah. Capt. West to Be Retired. Capt. Clifford H. West, who was recently attached to ihe navy yard. New York, is to be placed on the retired list on account ot disabilities Incident to the service. He en tered the navy from New York in Septem ber, 1N63. and because of his service in the war of the rebellion.he will be retired in the advanced grade of rear admiral. Wherebouts of Naval Vessels. Word has been received at the Navy De partment that the torpedo boat Blakely, which recently met with an accident to her machinery, is at Newport ready for her official acceptance trial. The Princeton and Arayat are at Zani boango. P. I.; the Puritan at New Bedford, and the Prairie at Punta del Gorda, Axores. Assistant Secretary Hill's Address. Dr. David Jayne Hill, assistant secretary of state, yesterday delivered the commence ment address at Union College, Schenec tady, N. Y. Dr. Hill was appointed hon orary chancellor of the college, which con I ferred upon him the degree of LLD. OFF FOR WASHINGTON President Leaves West Point This Afternoon. CENTENNIAL CLOSES DIPLOMAS PRESENTED TO MEM BERS CLASS 1902. Gen. Dick. Secretary Rcot and (fen. Miles Made Speeches in an , Open Tent. WEST POINT. N. Y.. June 12 - The President left Wist Point this afternoon by train for Washington. The centennial calibration of the West Point Military Acadimy was < r.dctl today with the presentation of diplomas to the graduating class The wiathrr was fine and the ceremony took place out of doors on that part of the parade grounds known as Calvary Plain. An open tent over a platfrcm hart been erected for the speakers and officials, and, standing at the front of the platf' rm. Pr< s ident Roosevelt pnsrnttd tach new officer with his diploma. Shook Hands With Each Cadet. It was expected the President would make a few remarks. but he simply shook hands with each cadet. On the platform besides the President were Oer,. Horace Porter. Gen. Miles. Secretary Hoot. Secretary Moody, Postmaster General Payne, Mr Wu Ting Fang, Senator Pettus of Alabama. Senator (Juarlrs of Wisconsin. Gov. Odell. the Italian ambassador. Generals Corbln, Young. Schotleld, McCook. Brooke, the Right Pev. Dr. Conaty, the acade mlc board of the academy, Cheklb Bey and Repre sentative Dick of Ohio. Many ladies in fashionable summer cos tume and the entire cadet corps and several hundred visitors occupied chairs on the lawn under trees. The clear sk> and beau tiful scenery about West Point gave the exercises a picturesque setting Gen. Dick Speaks. The speakers were Gen. 1 Uck for the board of visitors. Secretary Root for the government and Gen. Miles for the army. Gen. Dick, after giving advice to the ca dets. said in part: "The wars conducted by th*> United States never have been for conquest. Cuba is now a sister republic, and Porto Rico has more freedom and contentment than ever. The war with Spain was unavoid able, and we came Into the possession of the Philippines as a result. Our authority there must be as absolute as our responsi bility. That we will succeed gloriously in the work we have taken up in the Philip pines the world now know.*." He said that West Point would last as long as the nation needed an army. Secretary Root. Secretary Root said it w is a fundamen tal principle that the military branch of the government should be subject to the control of tile civil. He told the cadets to bear in mind that their education was not by any means complete, and that they could go on learning to b> go id soldiers until they retired, if th.y were lucky enough to live until the ag ? of sixty-four. The regular army in tinv of war, he said, was a nucleus of a great- r organization, including the militia and National Guard, and he advised the csdets to git the good will of these bodies and of citiztns inter ested in the army. Praise for Chaffee. The Secreatrv told how an old officer in the late war happened to come under the command of a young volunteer officer, and yet continued to do his duty without giv ing any sign of the feelings he must have had as an old and faithful e .Idier. "His conduct attracted attention and tho President," said the Sccrratry. "pick- <1 him out to lead the American army In Pekin. Gen. A. R. Chaffee. It was because ho ruled his own spirit that the President thought he could take a Cttf." The crowd of visitors gradually left early in the afternoon and after the Presi dent had gone there were few left on tho academy grounds. Porter and Miles. The two most-talked-of incidents of the celebration are the speech of Gin. Horace Porter, which made a deep impression, and the defense of the army in different speeches. General Miles' remarks today were Chiefly those of an older to younger officers and referred almost wholly to the business of war. He said there were supri m>- moments In the life of a soldier, one whin an officer knows he Is doing Just what the enemy thinks he is not. and when he feels one more victory has Ik en added to American glory. General Miles was loudly cheered and ap plauded when he rose to spi ak. TO INVESTIGATE BOER WAR. Commons Notified That Commission Will Be Appointed. LONDON, June 12?The war secretary, Mr. Brodrlek. announced in the house of commons today that it was the intention of the government to appoint a small royal commission and institute a general Inquiry Into the South African war STEEL TRUST ANSWERS. Rule for Injunction Issued Mondfty Still in Force. NEWARK, N. J.. June 12,-The United States Steel Corporation filed an answer to day to the suit brought by Miriam Barger of Sullivan county, X. V.. to restrain the company from retiring fc!utU*1MHK? of pre ferred stock and issuing b-inds instead. Tomorrow the constitutional p Ints raised _in the bill will be argued. Meanwhile the rule to sh >w cause granted by Vice Chancellor Emery last Monday acts as a stay. ?? ? PEKIN FIGHTERS RETURN. Transport Warren Fetches Co. I, 9th Infantry. SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 -The U. 8. transport Warren reached here from Manila today bringing :**> murines and ?!5<> casuals and short term men. Company 1 of th* Oth Infantry commanded by Capt. Fred Palmer,, which made up a portion of the relief column that entered Pekln and which saw desperate fighting at Tientsin and Sa mar. is among the detachment* brought back. v Mrs. Rooaavelt at Old Home. OYSTER BAY, L.. I.. June 12.?Mrs. Theo dore Roosevelt and children have arrived here on the United States dispatch boat Dolphin. They will spend a part of the summer at Sagamore Hill.