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o. 15,556. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, - JAUrtVi 3, 1903-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THU EVENING STAR. PUn ur DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. Ranm 0Me, Uth Strut an1 lPansyllania AVeWA, The Evening Star Newspaper Ompany. S. . KAUrrANN, rnulin., Se yk 010": Tromme Eilfing. Chiage Oils: Tribm kihIng. The Evening Star is served to subscribers In the city by carriers, on their own account at 10 centS per week or 44 cents per month. & Ples at the counter. cents each. By mall-enywiere In the U.8. orCanada-postage prepaid-W0 cents per month. Saturday Star. 82 ge% $1 per year; with for. *lgn postage added, .00. alhtd atsre Post Offce at Washington, D. Q, a" second-class rall matter.) 17All mail subscriptions must be paid In advanW Rates of advertisins made known on applicatfor CANAL TREATY SOON Most Troublesome Questions Have Been Settleds TO VERIFY FIGURES ANNUAL PAYMENT TO COLOMBIA YET TO BE DETERMINED. The Prospective Ownership of the Panama Railroad Must Be Estimated. The Panama canal project received an other Impetus this morning after a long period of stagnation, and the friends of that canal now assert that the negotiations can be concluded within the present month. Mr. Herran, the Colombian charge here, and Mr. Cromwell, counsel for the Panama Canal Company, called at the State De partment today by arrangement, sepa rately, though In pursuit of a common purpose. Naturally In the Incomplete state of the negotiations the State Department officials are unwilling to discuss details for publication. Mr. Cromwell, however, was willing to be quoted to the effect that now, in the judgment of the canal company officials, the negotiations are progressing very satisfactorily and promise to result in a speedy settlement and the signature of a treaty. Annual Collections by Colombia. All questions of principle have been mu tually agreed upon. The issue of sover eignty over the canal strip, of legal juris diction and of length of franchise have been adjusted to the satisfaction of both artles. the United States and Columbia. All that remains to be settled is the amount of the annual collections made by Colomlbia under existing conditions on account of isthmian traMe, of which she would be deprived under a treaty, and for which she Is to be reimbursed by the United States. According to the Colombian statement these collections amount annually to $650,000, made up of an annual payment of $250,000 from the Panama Railroad Company, a perfectly sound asset In view of the busi ness of the railroad, and $400,000 annuasly on account of light house dues, port charges, wharfage, mooring fees and sev oral other smaller items. In addition Colombia would become the owner of the Panama railroad at the ex piration of sixty years from this date, the property being valued at somewhere be tween $10,000,000 and $13,000,000. Colombia would not lose all of the port charges referred to If she signed a treaty with the United States, for although the latter would make thg two terminal ports free as to tariff charges on through freight, Colombia would still collect port dues on local shipping not using the canal. To Verify ligures. Now, the United States government does not intend that Colombia shall actually be an annual loser on account of the construc tion of the canal, and it will be willing to turn over to the government of Colombia a sum corresponding to the amounts which are now received from these port charges about to be lost to Colombia. As the United States government might itself fix the canal tolls at a sum sufficient to Include port charges of a corresponding amount, the canal representatives hold that It would not thereby impose any burden upon the United States treasury. There fore what is now In progress Is an inquiry with the purpose of verifying the figures as to the canal port dues presented by Colom bia, and when that work is completed and the basis of the annual installment to be paid by the United States is ascertained only a few formalities will remain to be disposed of before the treaty Is completed and ready for the action of the United States Congress. DISCRIMINATION IN RATES. Charged by Missouri Live Stock Ship .per Against C., B. and Q. Gilbert Barr of Kearney, Neb., has tiled a complaint with the Interstate commerce eommission against the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, alleging the cxaction of an unreasonable and unjust tariff on live stock. The complainant, who is a live stock shipper, says that since October 4 the rail road has compelled him to pay for trans portation of live stock In carload lots from Kearney to Chicago 23%. cents per 100 pounds, although a reasonable charge is 12 cents per 100 pounds. According to the complaint, the defend ant, by compelling complainant to pay the higher rate, while exacting froni other shippers for a like service the lower rate, Is subjecting the complainant and the local Sty from which he makes shipments to un due and unreasonable prejudice and disad vantage, and Is violating the interstate commerce law. An Investigation and a reparation of the charges alleged to have been unlawfully collected are asked. jive-Masted Schooner Ashore. COTTAGE CITY, Mass., January 3.-The five-masted schooner Van Allensboughton of Camden, Me., went ashore here early today. The vessel lieu broadside on the beach and a rough sea Is running. Spanish Minister for Gold Basis. AMADRID, January 3.-FInance Minister Villaverde is preparing for presentation to the chamber a financial scheme providing for the free coinage of gold and the abso lute prohibition of the coinage of silver. .The budget surplus will be empacod In the improvement of the monetary circulation. lire at Sthaniokin, Pa. SHA-MOKIN, Pa., January 3.-A fire of unknown origin broke out today in the Grand Union tea store. The building and stock of this company, as well as that of Josiah Richards, dry goods, and the Singer sewing machine store, were entirely de stroyed. Loss, 825,000; partIally Insured. Hindoo Bavant en a Tour. LAN FRANCID00, January 3.-Swami * rigunatita, a distingulshed Hindoo savant, ham arrived bes direct fresa the Rama Erstna amonastery, in al-nta, India, to mak, a. pilmege aroned the leid that will occupy train three to five yearn' time. DRUmDnw, la-e-y, Janary a.-KIng George is evidently growing weaker. H3i pulse is eqtremiey Irregular and smesamma. 1y is imperceptible. The attending physi elass are stimulating his majesty with qui nine. The king's heart action Is febe and hin temperature vacillates five and a half '- degrees in half a day, falling to UI%, His majesty's condition has grown worse thre agthe nismnes of the patient In dis chara esvermentbusiness. DOUBTS ITS VALUE Chairman Jenkins on the Hoar Anti-Trust Bill. BASED ON OLD LINES ALLEGED INVASION OF CONSTI ' TUTIONAL RIGHTS, Says That the Corporations Have Nothing to Fear From It and the People Nothing to Gain. Representative John J. Jenkins, chairman of the House committee on the judiciary. was seen by,a Star reporter today when he expressed his opinion of the bill for the reg ulation of trusts framed by Senator Hoar. Mr. Jenkins said the trusts have nothing to fear and the people nothing to gain by the new anti-trust measure. "It is practically on the lines of bills heretofore introduced." said Representative Jenkins. "Its scope and effect are the same. and the main difference is in phrase ology. What I say with reference to the bill has no application to those bills relat ing to foreign commerce, as, in my judg ment, the power of Congress is much more limited in interstate than in foreign conj merce. The trusts have nothing to fear from it, and the people nothing to hope for, in case it is written into the statutes of this country. Congress Powerless. "For many years I have had decided views on this question and have been very clear that Congress could do nothing constitutional which would be benelcial or practical. We must have a con stitutional amendment giving Congress control of commerce in the states as well as over comunerce between the states, and placing all of the agencies and instruments of commerce under federal control. In a radical and apparently vin dictive manner we are asked to undo in this bill what this government was organized to do, and what our people have been doing in a lawful manner for over a hundred years. If this is all that can be suggested after months of study by such an able and distinguished gentleman, I am content with my judgment. Chief Constitutional Objection. "The principal constitlutional objections are that it Is a clear exercise of the police power of the government, never conferred upon Congress, but expressly reserved to the states. In other words, it assumes to exercise powers enjoyed only by the states. It operates as a restraint upon commerce, something beyond the power of Congress to do, as Congress has only power to regulate commerce between the states, and not re strict it; it interferes with the liberty of contract guaranteed to the citizen by both state and federal constitutions; it deprives the citizen of property without any com pensation; it is an attempt to legislate in the interest of one class against another; it exempts a class.of persons and corpora tions engaged in interstate commerce, which the Supreme Court of the United States says Congress has no power to do-that is, to create exemptions. Two Features of the Bill. "There are only two prominent features in the bill. One is commonly called the publicity feature and the other seeks to prevent discrimination in sales. As far as the publicity branch of it is concerned. it is only aimed at those corporations engaged in bnsiness where there is no double liabil ity of stockholders. This is a question of no interest to the people at large, and only affects creditors of the corporation when. the corporation becomes insolvent. Hence, such publicity will be of no value or serv ice to the people demanding remedial legis lation. If this provision should be held by the Supreme Court to be constitutional it could be evaded by the states imposing a double liability on all stockholders-and to this I have no objection-or the corporation can withdraw itself from interstate com merce and compel the purchaser to go where the manufactured product is, and thus force the purchaser into interstate commerce which violates no law. Or the corporation, protected by the laws of the state, can sell to a local dealer, who will engage in interstate commerce in place of the offending corporation, and who will not come within the condemnation of this bill. Understand, there are many things that I think the states ought to do, but I am con fining my observations to the power of Congress, and am not suggesting to the states their duty. Powe of Congress. "To a more perfect understanding of the question, we must keep in mind that the power of Congress is limited to interstate comerce. That is. the states have su preme control over the manufactured prod uct, even though expressly manufactured for the purpose of interstate commerce, and under the law the power of Congress can not be exercised until the subjects or arti cles of commerce are started on their jour ney to another state, and the power of Con gress is then retained until the product reaches its destination, and as soon as placed for business purposes, as other prop erty in the state is placed, the power of the state attaches.. If the state receives the property willingly and treats it as other property in the state the power of the fed eral government ceases as soon as the property reaches its destination. Attorney General's Authority. "I am therefore at a loss to know how Congress can interfere with manufacture or sale, and I am also &t a loss to know how th~e Attorney General can be author bed by Congress to go either to the monop ly of manufacture or the monopoly of sale and ascertain what contracts have been en tered into for mnanufacture and sale, both elements being in the power of the states and absolutely beyond the power of Con grss. The Supreme Court of the United States has passed most fully on the monopoly of manufacture in the sugar trust. case, hold in that that great monopoly in manufac ture is wholly within the control. of the state of New Jersey and beyond the reach of the powers of Congress. The same principle applies at the end of transit., In other words. before and after the transit' the subjects of interstate commerce are beyond the power of Congress. But the lim itation on the sale is with reference to the fair market value of the product, or at less price than it is aee sto amindgo tatlt .msskme ecomed take his ention to se Wia hr amasket vetees. whie would hbeu tmt to peeve. or sell at the ma ub that he hed bees -s monmend to demad *11ere is an totesterence with the Ubesty of emtmEat. when the amannlkmat strogly en=.amn If a man ha. a large anount of property on hand and has many obligatIons to meet, to pay labor -and bills. he cannot sell his product, but maust go to jail, and theo corporation go into hank rupty. On the other hand, the consumer, wo 1 ipterested In puroasifuag s heaggy privilege. Such legislation is suggestive I N WCBEK P UY tr"b aeilgl n aoslgsa of a new departure, not only unwarranted jto nbiglbkaest eipioe by the Constitution, but extremely dan gerous in principle and effect. If there is o pietr esgsBtenSn fr etn ntesreswt hlrn any call for such extreme and doubtful PacsoadHnll.ATVT PVLAOS legislation, what is the objection to imme- SNFACSO aur .TEnw_____ diately removing all doubts by the creation of a new power which will permit the nee-Porccbehsbe coddwt e-Pol o eta mrcnCte essary legislation to deal with this ques-sasevrsnetefrt luercmAamdbyEu ios tion?" truhtewr rmHnll hrl OLD ISSUES GOE feetoeaosto-un tteSnSnFacso aur .Tevlaoo Perry Heath Can See No Reason fortieoupetra.Wnthcalwaishotnotfrendtngtilmnts Opposing Republican Policies. ie vrt h otatr atngtotehaesIo aymls Mr. Perry S. Heath, secretary of the na- ta ,0 od a ~sd~twe a ot qoe tional republican committee, who is at the FacsoadIlnllt vr ods slo nSlaosot ot mk Raleigh, said to a representative of The faseth le ih py Abu an lva vry afhor nd tngt Star today: "Not one of the issues of either ogtuary esag Wettrgh lva un don hem nai sdena 1900 or 1902 will, in my opinion, cut any avrgn te WodtoiefesgeThe sram ffr. figure in the national campaign of 1904. Iweefo th puicofcasoHaai TenabatsfGaemlCtyer comne, as you know, from a silver state,an thpulcbdeofteilnsfrm tttevocoatAtanwlbekot Utah, my home. The elections of both 1900fo aiu hmes0 omread h ecatfrmn ie srw and 1902 eliminated silver as an issue in bad ftaeo h alosoe rm wt uiesoefo h ocn at any sense. Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Mon- svrllrecmecashpe n rm Mra tana, all gave large republican majorities prat nidusatbtenso th last Nov'emnber-majorities for the gold wie standard. 'Imperialism,' expansion a~nd oe o opietr eae ops President Roosevelt's government of theModymrigtqlnwilbreual ovaadPruAeeRadngSt Philippines were mentioned, but the more opndfraimeae. teetofDsu. they were mentioned the greater became *aaTeBlva iitrhsrcie a the republican victory. Tariff revision is CLIEA TET008M.bermsyn htteBlva oen not demanded generally, and the talk ofethssge ret o rirto reducing the. tariff on trust-made articles, mcrc ad Cbe~r- rs o ihterpbi fPr ostl h on or punishing the trusts by free trade, isayqeton h rirto eetdi regarded wherever I have traveled duringe the past six months as a fallacy, and is not CIA OJnay 3.'8irlpsos_ ___________ popular. The democrats first raised thisa r question, raised it for the purpose of creat-colsneaytdyatMla ee vnu ing an issue and dividing the republican an Hase stetbe eeacaltri BACLNSi,-Jnuy -h party, but they have not succeeded. The democrats are free traders first and last,ananeetica.Teerweecodd pocehvseedarclm inisudb and protectionists will not take to this adapncese mn h asnes retn nrhssadamda eo proposition. Republican. do not beleve in Ablne adpto aosrmvdQin otvc rsdn fAgnia killing a patient in order to cure it, Dur- teijrdt h optlwoi o nti iy h netv o ing the past six weeks I have been asked teatc ntevc rsdn a h by at least a score of democratic business Thknw inue:rctex lso ofarcss*ro te men what issue divided the two parties, AtoyTs;ctaotfc.adlgii retn eulc and I could not inform them. They all jrd sad they were for sound money, retentionOtochae;bhlgsmned ieasanaSa. of our new territory, and opposed to free trade as a means of killing the trusts. It FakEca;lgfatrdadbusd LNOJnay3-h y-lcina we were to begin a national campaign to-abuboy anorrow I have no idea what the democratsArhrBafr;ipiroctaNwaktyeedytoiltevcny would present in antagonism to our present Thslpeycniiafteriscudinhe ose fcmm scuedb te plceofprogress and prosperity."th acietdetofHry calotrsuedna GEEETINGS PROM HONOLULU. RERTDBY*3ID. C.DRoe(iea)4,1;LBrsy(cn Postmastet General Payne Hears Promtinhdamjryofuwdof10,M. Postmaster Oates.LNDNJaur .T&riiicesThAno-eanplncaantVne Postmaster General Payne received a ca- i etn nhrereu nIeuie ul lydapoietpr ntecm ble dispatch from Honolulu this morningpagM.Rsviousy poin th announcing the completion of the cable be- adte~isaiigte~rnt' ul tween the Hawaiian territory and the akolde nterpf e i eet 5f''y sol nteRcs United States. The-dispatch was from Post-comteofheoseoudJIadt master James If. Oates, as follow's: dy u h eeisrgzdd CIAO aur .AWbs as "The postmaster and the staff of the. pos- o a-ecig .wytasoti n h ok tMntu tal service at Honolulu send the compli- Tecm itefns ~ ~ adi onigt ics asacsoc ments of the season to ,the Postmasteras Garehn-ssofwhc wul cs eral en the completion of cable communica- tenwppr npbbn trigoe 3000 tion between Hawaii and the United States,. rcs u h owte ~o ae oI_________ "JAMES M. OATES, Postmaster,"reomn sprhbii it dnl..-** The Postmaster General sent a suitable t norg ihn~y gtO Lcy adi a acr reply to the greetings. New Pourth-Class Peastes -at e There were twenty-nine fourth-class p - tionena oing obst-e to cancrion masters appointed today, of whom tenty- C his S f b th on che shyciadrwn o gerous cIng ofncpl the casct say ther paten thre were to fill vacancies causedby death F tio an onso b to lad reignato an three to Il me i SAN RA O Jan edia ey removal at ths cr+=et-hin poate# the felewing cs we Virgina: i c hL bASO Tena Aur C.-Nes Robert P. Nasse Jr.. Churchwood, Pu- ..bl lnt i1 pteSuhr a~i esaylgsaint deal wit th~ qus s a s w tve since !~~iu e'hs ee the fistfltercaellrmdy Eruptione tion?" ~*thu ?- ~ ?7 thewr rmHnll hrl wORNTO icarzgtiedDepmer 15u, ia INk~ m . after J11sC D'cloc -ew Yeasiihned.-dif Franctsc Instrument -i Ae e a , tsd. e eh post ASseee wa Rassn t rc as e a dispatch froer pFlo l0 i given oher to the antnlsng-rt heve many Dles the arrest in that territory -o Rafel Rled- Mud, nea t, rigus on a charse of etehn0lmenrtd Rod Rico. rad it is alleged he stole about th e w Francsn66 Ee word so leasi Savdr shots forthsmk halds.gh a t a rrseoftatie oaf hve fa en ao e wte pay. Abo t n aaeeyhl orada ih from the mails that passe s through hiw 1Mo 90 bees , Ia n mysw opinion cprut. ny avrgn tnwrs letes hs tea m fie an . The patlir b i oh caak and190 eimiatd slve a anIsue n Complime tary oftesag esletw en frm wtSanc -oe rmtevocn at any en~. Clorao, tah Idao, on-se Fra ncisgeco ecaio s and fronoluli. tana, ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ A aRACICO Janure eulcn aoiis rvt ndvdas a ry 8.--Tens fhee thw roug th wi e f o Io ol l h rl last Noember-ajorites foferento T o peadtomrstok turns atle thle an33 RBT ATD stanard. 'Imeriaism, exansin a Frapncisrcopirmentafr nieteaen conpscu President ~ ~ ~ ~ ~iv Rosvl'hoeneto h ouymrninesterda. WhAen thil-e ceabl wa iisn Pr ge egrigSt they ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ie over totine the contrator beaast0-nhiglvinmiiserhsteciedaoa not ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ts detsde qualities, and tns rumlnk ,nd lessssindateayfrarirto red cin th - trif ontrut-m de rtile avEecring ten d tobl e hessage.h Tese t herpbi f eut etl h on or ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ n thesin publi bodies of thee tslands fromIL-I - - _ FIGHT FOR STATEHOOD Delegate Smith Talks on the Situation. A CLEAR MAJORITY HE CTATIM OMNIBUS ETI. HAS IN SENATE. Says the Bill Will Pass 'or Look Out for an Extra Session of Congress. Mr. Mark A. Smith, delegate in Congress from Arizona, has returned to town from a vacation spent at his old Kentucky home. He comes back chuck full of fight in behalf of the omnibus statehood bill. In the pres ent status of the bill-it is in the Senate he cannot do much more than 'stand out side and hold the sponge while he cheers on the fighters, but he is ready and willing to do what he can. "That omnibus bill will pass Congress, or there will be an extra session," he said to a Star reporter today. "When I say that I do not mean to make threats of obstruct tig the business of Congress on the part of friends of the bill. They are not the ob structionists. in this case; it's the other side that is doing the obstructing. Has a Clear Majority. "As the case stands the omnibus state hood bill has a clear majority of six votes in the United States Senate. That is the minimum figure. There are four or five more votes under cover. Now, all the friends of statehood ask is that the ma jority of the United States Senate will be p( rmitted to express itself by vote. "The friends of the statehood bill are ready to have a vote on that bill after the reading of the journal in the Senate to morrow, or at any moment or hour there after-the sooner the better. The bill has influential friends in the Senate among re publicans. In my opinion it will pass. There is some talk of going on with debate on the trust bill. Well, if the Senate wants to talk trusts they will find that Senator Quay can talk, too. The interposition of a trust debate is merely obstruction. The Opposition. "The opposition to the bill comes from the coterie of omnipotence in the Senate that would rule everything their own way. The entrance of six more senators, provided for in the bil!, means the dilution, perhaps, of the power of the coterie. It means that six more voices will be heard in council and in making committee assignments." Mr. Smith was asked his opinion of the suggestion to incorporate Arizona and New Mexico as one state. "That proposition is untenable. The state would be an empire in area. The traveling expenses of carrying on the ordinary busi ness of state officials would bankrupt the community. The people do not want the two territories combined. We want what the national conventions of both parties have promised us, statehood for Arizona and New Mexico. "If a policy of obstruction is pursued by the minority of the Senate and this bill is held up, look out for an extra session of Congress." Senator Quay Ready to Resome. Senator Quay, the leider of the fight for the statehood bill, who has been recuperat ing in Florida during the recess, will be on hand when the Senate meets next Monday to resume the fight for his bill. He proposes, it is said, to contest every motion that may be offered to set other business before the bill. The bill has the right of way, as un finished business, and can only be displaced by a majority vote of the Senate or by unanimous consent. Senator Hoar has given notice that he proposes to address the Senate on his anti trust bill next Tuesday. Army Orders. The leaves of absence granted Lieut. Col. M. B. Hughes, 10th Cavalry; Second Lieut. William E. Gilmore, 15th Infantry, and Second Lieut. Robert G. Caldwell, 13th Infantry, have been extended one month in each case on account of,.sickness. A board of survey, consisting of Major Charles Byrne, 30th Infantry, and -Capt. Henry D. Borup, ordnance department, and Capt. C. F. Kieffer, assistant surgeon, has been ordered to assemble at the quarter master's depot, Philadelphia, to ascertain and fix the responsibility for any deficiencies or damage to the quartermaster's property received at that depot during the calendar year beginning January 1, 1908. The Navy Department is informed that the torpedo boat Worden has been placed In commission at the navy yard, Norfolk. Naval Orders. Capt. A. B. H. Lillie has been ordered to the navy yard, League Island, Pa.. Paymaster W. B. Wilcox, from the New ark to the Alabama. Chief Boatswain J. J. Killn, from recruit ing duty to the navy yard, Portsmouth, N.H. Paymaster .C. S. W~iflas from the Ala bama to the Newark. l'ersonal Mention. Mr. H. F. Robinson and Mr. John Hill Morgan of New York are at the Arlington. Mr. W. S. Harvey of Philadelphia and Mr. J. F. Nolan of Albany, N. Y., are at the New Willard. Mr. R. A. Cartet t Plttsburg and Mr. Boyle Ominroff of Paris are at the Raleigh. Mr. L. Albert Samstag and Mr. Walter Lewsohn of New York are at the Raleigh. Mr. Roscoe Walsworth of Arizona is via Iting Washington. Mr. Ed*ard J. Graham of Albany, N. Y.. formerly private secretary to the Secretary of the Treasury, is on a visit to this city. He is at the Raleigh. Dr. Frank Lee Biscoe of 813 21st street northwest has returned from New York and will reside permaflently in this city. National Bank Circulation.' The monthly circulation statement issued by the controller of the currency shows that at the close of the caedar year the total cienamnqgnational bank notes wasn $88929.84, an Increase for the yedr of $24 60058, and an increase for, the month of ,270. The circulation burne on United States bonds amounted to P38220A4 an tfeise lfor t~0- ear et P1US5S aanan a rresse fqr th~e month of $1,02448. Th cirulationi secured by lawful enmser emo ggL S4 1,9l40,. an inesse forth yea of1L21.G.and a deoreeae ter sie meth ef 4U.~4%e 6pn" of aita iculaing note was R4u en Ma and to secure pablic deposi% U38,SS..0 POW ?OWNBEND. ag.aga It would take 35,OOasdrcularl to reach the homes The Star1 reaches. At one cent postage the mailing alone would cost $350, with twice as much morea for printing, envelopes and ad dressing, or over $i,ooo to sak, I what The Star will print for a t few dollars. AT THE WHITE HOUSE! Five Hundred Scientists Re ceived by the President. BEET SUGAR SITUATION HENRY T. OXNARD HAS A CON. PRENCE TODAY. Perry Heath Pleased at Republican Prospects in West-Other of Today's Callers, President and Mrs. Roosevelt went for horseback ride today, and the callers who visited the White House after 10:30 o'clock were informed that the President would not again be in the office during the day. Shortly after 10 o'clock the President re ceived about 500 members of the American Association for the Advancement .of Science, which has been in session in this city. The reception was by card. The scientists were placed In the state dining room and the President stood just inside the red room. the line passing him there. The east rooza was closed on account of some work, and that is why the reception was not held there. Mr. von Holleben, the German ambassa dor. called on the President early this morning and presented the new naval at tache of the German legation, Command Schaefer. Assistant Secretary Brigham of the De partment of Agriculture presented the members of the executive committee of the National Grange. The committee consists of Aaron Jones, master of the National Grange; C. J. Bell of Vermont; E. B. Nor ris, master of the New York Grange; Capt. W. W. Miller, secretary of the state board of agriculture of Ohio, and F. A. Derthick. master of the Ohio State Grange. The cona mittee was called to meet In Washington by the death of John Trimble, for many years secretary of the National Grage. His burial was fixed for today, and the committee came here to attend that and to take charge of the business of the offlce. The Beet Sugar Situation. Henry T. Oxnard, the head of the beet sugar trust, had a conference with the President early this morning. Mr. Oxnard will probably remain here until the meeting in this city next week of the bect sugar in terests of the country. It Is stated that while the beet sugar men believe it would be unfair to them to cut the duty on Cuban sugar 25 per cent they will not oppose rati fication of the Cuban treaty for the reason that their business is being hurt more by continued agitation of the question of lower duties than it will be if the cut is made. They desire. it is claimed, to have this question settled at this session of Congress one way or another, so that capital may know on just what kind of a basis it may invest in beet sugar enterprises. It is said among beet sugar men t comparatively little capital .has been vested in the beet sugar business since the beginning of the Cuban tariff reduction or reciprocity agitation, and that capital wI continue to be tkmid In this direction unti the matter is settled permanently, which it is hoped will be done soon. Henry S. Foote, judge of the citizenship court of Indian territory, called on the President this morning to pay his respects. A Mormon Wil Be Speaker. Perry Heath, former assistant postmaster general, called at the White House today. His connection with one of the large* newspapers in Salt Lake has placed hism back In newspaper work in a way to allw him to get some satisfaction out of life, Reply ing to a question as to the election of a senator from Utah to succeed Senatoc Rawlins, democrat. Mr. Heath said: "The republicans have the legislature by an overt, whelming number, and will send a republi can senator here. The Mormon faith is largely represented in the legislature, and it is well understood in Utah that a senatog of that religion will be chosen. Mr. Smoot, an apostle of the Mormon Church, is one of the most prominent candidates, and the opinion of many members of the legislature is that he will be elected to fill the vacan. cy." Mr. Heath is pleased with general re publican prospects throughout the west, and regards the cutlook for the party as the best. With the reassembling of Congress the President's brief holiday respite will be ended, and from Monday on be will follow the daily routine of seeing and talking with members of Congress about legislation, ap pointments, personal and political matters. Soon after Congress adjourns in March the President will begin to complete his plans for a long trip through the west, extending as far as the Pacific coast. He will be gone from Washington proba'bly two months. PEOPOSFD. CHANGES, National Metropolitan Bank Building to Be Improved. It has been decided by the directors of the National Metropolitan Bank to mnake some changes and alterations in the bank ing building on 15th street between F and G streets. The principal change will be the lowering of the floor of the banking rocom, so as to bring It about on a level with the street. It Is the Intention to do away with the flight of steps that now give access to the principal entrance, so that the latter will only be a step or two up from the street level. There will be no Interruption in the business of the bank while the alteratione are In progress, and It is expected that the work will be begun and completed in the early spring. In view of other plans which the directors have in mind these changes are only of a temporary character, and will be under' taken mainly because it was found that It would be impossible to erect a new buid ing on this site within a remmaehe limg, An order for a steel vault could not be alled for two years, and in other reetlnas it was discovered that in the event an at tempt was- made to erect a now streeture the work could not be carried ona with the requisite promptness The erection of a new building is there fore deferred until the conditions are more favorable. DIscrmnaic Charges Thated The Southern railway has fled, with the interstate commerce commiesion an answer denying the allegations of 4:-erimlnatm made In the compait of R. WA. Austia ot Kaerville, Tenn., who charged that his "Live and Let Live C on," fe"ado to furnish coal cheaply to the poor, was belig discriminated ayainst in the furnishng of marrytag f.ans= tion of the ak.stno h rudta with-intha th "ere has hmBs* wude ora enie hat these or bee erim.t=sa as to lersns or leaiiise.. ays it esuid not osmpty with the ume of the ansmplesiname whoe is not a goal ah - per, without-u -tdi- "" aNW Year. Jan.ary san4as Etiettea.he Frews -atr arstes hes naeu I& *nmeS on 3ase,