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No. 15,591. WASHINGTON, D. C.,- FRIDAY, FEARUARY 13, 1903-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR. PYA MD DAMY, JMOPT SUNDAY. WssW em no lineS ad ekt .hyavania Lesaas. T oeming ar Nwspapr CoPSAy.. L L mVYXrM, PresideaL Sm Tab 010w: Trians Building. ObMge 011m: Tri Building. The EWning Star Is served to subscribera in the eity by carriers, on their own necount at 10 CGIt per week or 44 cents ner month. at the counter 2 cents each. By mail-OW In the U..or&nada-poPtage prepsid-0cents per mnith. Saturday Star 32 g $ per year; with f at the 't Ofee at Washington. D. a,@ as second-class mail matter.) g7A.1 mail subecriptions must be paid in advanaP tse et adverstiser made known an aolicatir. DISTRICT BILL PASSED Action by the Senate This Afternoon. TELEPHONE RATES AMENDMENlT EPATIG BILL PIXING THEM DISCUSSED. Tbrown Out on a Point of Order After Quite a Lively De bate. The District appropriation bill was taken up in the Senate this afternoon and the pro posed amendment repealing the telephone rates in the District of Columbia was called up. Senator Gallinger made an explanation In regard to this mattser. to the effect that the company had reduced its rates from an average of $98 to $53, and showing that the company is now expending a million dollars to improve the service. "The management of the company," said Senator Gallinger, "has changed since the law was enacted in 1898 reducing the rates. It has gone into the hands of progressive men, who desire to give the best possible service." He explained that the committee had ex amined into the matter and decided upon a favorable report. He read portions of the report of the attorneys of the Telephone Subscribers' Association to the effect that the old rates were never regarded as satis factory by that association, and withdraw ing its opposition to the proposition for the repeal of the statute. He said that four citizens' associations had also appealed for the repeal of the law. "My judgment is clear," said Senator Gal linger. "that this matter should not hang over this corporation longer." He said the number of telephones had in creased since 1898 from 2,500 to 5,000. He said that the gentlemen representing the telephone company would welcome an in quiry at the next session of Congress into all matters connected with the corpora tion. "If there is any complaint," said Mr. Gal linger. "when the next Congress meets, if I am alive I shall myself offer a resolution of inquiry concerning the methods of this corporation if there is any demand for it." Mr. Tillman Objects. Senator Tillman wanted to know why it was necessary to repeal this law at this time. He thought the Senate had better wait until next year, when more extended consideration could be given the matter. He said he was a member of the appropria tions committee, and it had not been brought before him. Senator Gallinger explained that the com pany is now giving the statutory rates to subscribers who are engaged in litigation, with the agreement that if it goes against them they shall pay the full rates, and this is hanging over the heads of these tele phone subscribers. They could be relieved of that by the passage of the amendment. He said the controller of the treasury was also acting in a way to make it uncomfort able for the company under the law. "I believe controllers have greater power than all the rest of the officials of the gov ernment together," he said, "and they are holding this company up, insisting not only on the statutory rates in view of 'the liti gation, but also Sequiring things of the company, such as the putting in of switch boards and the extending of the line, some times as much as half a mile, to reach the home of some secretary or clerk. For this extraordinary service the government only pays the usual rate. If that rate were un usual for such service it would ballkrupt the company in a year." Senator Berry opposed the amendment. He reviewed the fight that has been made against the telephone compan-y and saw no reason why the law should be repealed 'without providing anotiier law in its place. If tihe rates established were not satisfac tory some other rate should be fixed to curb the company in its charges, If this law is repealed, he said, there would be nothing to prevent the company from going back to its old charges. Senator Blackburn made a vigorous argu ment in reIation to the amendment. He fa vored its passage, and claimed that the whole fight that was made against it was conducted by a rival telephone company that wanted to get into the District. Mr. Bacon's Understanding. Senator Bacon said that he did not so un derstand the matter, and he was a member of the District committee when the provi sion to fix the rate for the telephone com pany was considered. He said that it was the citizens of Washington, the userq of the telephorre, who desired the statutory rates. Mr. Blackburn insisted that it was such common knowledge at the time the law was passed to the effect that the rival telephone company wanted it alone, or chiefly wanted it, that every messenger and page about the Capitol knew the fact. "You are entirely wrong about that," said Senator Bacon, Senator Blackburn said that it was prac tically extortion and blackmail exercised by the government against the telephone com pany to insist upon the service it, has been getting, especially in having special lines run at the ordinary rates, and he wanted to see it stopped. Senator Berry again strongly opposed the amendment. He also said that he supposed the law passed by Congress had had some thing to do with the reduction in rates that had been made by the telephone company. Senator Gallinger said that he agreed with Senator Berry that if there were grievances Congress had the right to regu late the price of telephones, and stated that the agitation for lower rates was begun by citizens and subscribers to the telephones, and that the rival company had come in later. Senator Heitfeld thought that the amend ment should not be paused. He said that although a member of the District commit tee he had not been present at the meeting this morning, and while that report was made unanimously, he was opposed to the amendment and would have voted against it had he been there. Subject to Point of Order. Senator Allison said that the more he looked into the pending amendment the miore he agreed with the District committee in its view of the matter. He stated, however, that it was subject to a point of order and that if any one made objection to it it would go out of the bill. Senator Jones (Ark.) indicated that when the proper time came he would object to it Senator Mallory reviewed the course of litigation in the telephone cases and ex plained the situation of these cases now in court. He also pointed to the fact that those who bad asked for the legislation had been before the committee to ask for its repeal, and that had satisfied him as a member of the subcommittee to consider the matter. Senator Dubois said he could not see lNow the withdrawal of the opposition on the part of the Telephone Snhamrribers' Associa tion could be cnclusive in deciding upon such a matter as the repeal of the law reg uangtelaPlhone rates. ~~aqeto rMr-Debi amid that he would obligAt himt to de whatever -wasIJn.j m .~ interthemsmam benator Dmlimgbea chairman of the mub ment was referred. then made a statement in relation to it. He said that the agree ment of the telephone subscribers to the compromise and the withdrawal of their objection to this amendment was with .the understanding that if there wa* any griev ance next winter against the telephone com pany the committee would take the matter up and make a thorough invesCgation. At the eonclusion of Senator Dillingham's statement Senator Heitfeld arose and made a point of drder against the amendment, which threw it'out of the bill. On motion of Senator Teller an appro9pia tion of $10,000 was, provided for grading and macadamising Connecticut avenue ex tended, and that was adopted. The bill was then passed. NOT TO BUY GUNBOATS GERMANY GIVES UP IDEA OF NEW ACQUISITIONS. Vessels Being Built for Argentina and Chile Not Suitable to Kaiser's Needs. BERLIN, February 13.-The German navy department, after considering the pro posal that Germany purchase the four bat tle ships being constructed for Argentina and Chile in England and Italy, has decid ed not to do so, for two . First, because the gove is not will ing, in view of the present itate of the im perial finances, to ask the reichstag for the $17,500,000 required; second, because the general staff of the navy does not wish to incorporate into the German navy guns of different calibers, and turret machinery and other essential features of warships which are not similar to those in use on board German-built vessels. Would Impair Navy's Homogeneity. It is pointed out that the present homo geneity of the navy would be impaired were the four warships to be acquired by Ger many, as the gunners can now be changed from ship to ship without loss of their ef ficiency. But If the foreign-built vessels were taken over with their armaments and separate stocks of ammunition differently drilled crews would be netessary. It is also asserted that the construction of all four of the ships is so far advanced that the German constructors would be unable to change the plans. The Ansaldo Company of Genoa has in formed the naVal authorities here that the second of the Argentine battle ships build ing there will be launched. next week. BODIES OF NINE SAILORS. Victims of Massachusetts Explosion Brought From San Juan. NEW YORK, February 13.-The collier Ajax, which arrived here today from San Juan de Porto Rico, has on board the bod ies of the nine sailors of the battle ship Massachusetts who were killed by an ex plosion in the twelve-inch-gun turret on that vessel. The bodies were brought here for interment. .300,000 TO BE VACCINATED. Frick Company Expends Ten Thousand Dollars for Virus. UNIONTOWN, Pa., February 13.-The great prevalence of smallpdX in the coke region has prompted the officials of the H. C. Frick Coke Company to issue an order calling for the free vaccination of all its employes and their families. As the Frick company has about 5,00 men on its pay roll this order will affect about 300,000 persons. Ten thousand dollars has been expended in vaccine virus, and contracts have been made with doctors in every dLstript to prick the arms of the employes. Fifty physicians ir all have been engaged, and they will begin their stupendous task Saturday next. YELLOW FEVER ABATING. New French Minister to Ecuador Reaches Guayaquil. GUAYQUIL, Ecuador, February 13. Frederic Mercier, the new minister of France to Ecuador, has arrived here. . Miguel Valverde, secretary of the interior, has been appointed secretary for foreign affairs. He will retain charge of the Inte rior department. Colonel Paul Clement, a Frenchman; for merly military instructor of. the Peruvian army, after a short visit here left Guaya quill this morning for San Francisco on board the Kosmos line steamer Theben. The yellow fever epidemic is dirminishing. INDICTED FOR MURDER. George Perry Charged With Death of Miss Agnes McPhee. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 13.-An indictment charging the murder of Miss Agnes McPhee at Somerville, in October -last, was reported today against deorge L. 0. Perry, the young negro who was arrest ed in connection with the series of murders and murderous assaults which occurred In Boston and vicinity in the fall. Perry is dangerously ill in prison of typhoid fever. GONE TO THE JTURY. Case of Dr. Alezander, at Indianapolis, Charged With Grave Robbery. INDIANAPOLIS, February 13.-The case of Dr. J1. C. Alexander, on trial on the charge of comlicity in grave robbing, was sullmitted for the consideration of the jar:p this forenoon. The jurors received ~their Instructions from Acting Judge Bailey and retirgid about 10 o'clock. Bailey's instructions covered over fort:y typewritten pages, and it required qver ai hour to read them to the jury. TUMULT IN FRENCH CHAlBR.u Nationalist Brings Charges Against Members of Cabinet, ?AkIS, February 13.-The. sitting of the chamber of deputies this afternoon was suspended amid an -uproar, -'which was pre cipitated by charges brought by Maurice Binder, nationalist, against the Dremnier and other ministers in connection. ith tildiugn. bert case. M. Binder refused to withdraw Sr apolo gize. He was censured ad the sitting was suspended, but M. Binder reained In pos session of thle tribune until the house re assembled. IIe then refused to leave the tribune unti threatened with expulsion. Vemie Arrival& AT THE WHITE HOUSI More Gossip About an Extri Session IF TWO TREATIES FAII INTEREST IN RATIICATION 0: THOSE OF CUBA AND CANAL. No Agreement as to the Nebraska Dis trict Attorneyship-President In vited to Banquet at Seattle. The menace of an extra session hang over the Senate because of the lack of prog ress on the treaties now pending in tha body. The President is not saying anythin on the subject, as he supposes that the In rortant treaties will be ratified, but it : the opinion of senators that if two of th treaties are not acted upon the Pres!der will call an extra session. These are th Cuban and canal treaties. Senator Culloi of the committee on foreign relations ha a conference with the President today abot the rather precarious condition of the trea ties, both of which are strongly opposed b influences that are working every wir against them. Senator Cullom had hope to be able to get the treaties more often be fore the Senate, but the program of Senatt Quay prevents this. There is comparativel so little time between now and the adjourr ment of Congress that opportunity for dis cussion will be minimized, and the variou influences at work against the treaties ma declare that there is not sufficient time i which to act upon them. Every day < failure to get the Cuban tre'aty before th Senate is that much against the chances < its ratification before the close of the ses sion. The same is true of the canal treaty The President is greatly interested in bot of them, and realizes that indirect influence of no mean strength are constantly operat ing to prevent the treaties receiving the at tention they deserve. If they could g time for consideration their ratifica.to would be assured, it is declared. Senato Cullom himself believes that if the treati fail of action the President will not hesital to call the Senate in extra session imme diately after adjournment of this Congres Senator Quay made his regular mornin visit to the President, remaining with hir some time. These early calls of the senic Pennsylvania senator have been going o for several weeks. Senator Quay has visil ed.the President three or four mornings thl week. It is naturally supposed that th visits pertain to the statehood fight in th Senate, as it would not be necessary t make so many visits in connection with ap pointments. Senators Foraker and Hanna have agree upon recommending the renominations o E. R. Mumford as postmaster at Cincir nati and Vivian J. Fagin as marshal o the southern district of Ohio. The fou year terms of each of these men are abot to expire. Nebraska District Attorneyship. Williamson S. Summers, d4strict attorne of Nebraska, continues to hold his positio because the two senators from his state ar at Variance in their plans as to who sha have the positi6n. Senator Millard has rec ommended the ieteftion of Mr. Summere whose four-year term expired last Decemr her. Senator Deitrich has recommende Harry C. Lindsay, chairman of thd repub Ilan state committee, for the positioi 'Neither senator shows any apparent inter tiont to change his attitude and unite .upo one man and so Mr. Summers holds on an draws the salary. In the meantime the sen ators hope to settle the differences by gel ting Congress to pass a bill dividing Ne braska into two judicial districts. Thi would allow Senator Millard to name th attorney in one district and Senator Dietric in another. But the bill is hanging in Cor gress. If it does not pass the President wi have to reach a decision in the spring an make an appointment. A Wepublican Club Banquet. Representative Jones of Washington to day presented to the President an invita tion from the Young Men's Republican Clul of Seattle to attend a banquet to be give by the club when the President goes t the west this summer. W. B. Allison, nephew of Senator Allison of Iowa is pres: dent. of the club. The date for the ban quet will be fixed to suit the convenienc of the President and to accord with li itinerary while' in the west. Representatives Boutell and Bishop pre sented friends to the President. Repre sentative Hull of Iowa presented Joseph I Rowen and John Connolly of Des Moines. Representative Babcock _had an inter yiew with the President, and Senators Wai ren and Gamble conferred with him abot~ some appointments in whieh they are ir terested. ~Cabinet and the Canal. For an hour and a half today Presider Roosevelt and his cabinet were in sessioi While no statement of the details of ti! meeting was made, it is known that seriot consideration was given to the status.< the Panama canal treaty in the Senate The attack made by Senator Morgan upo the validity of the treaty and the senator' expressed determination to offer man amendments to the~ document during i1 consideration by the Senate gives no cor cern to the' administration, except tha thereby considerable delay in the dispos tion of the treaty is likely to ensue. Th President and his advisers are convince that no valid objections to the treaty ca be raised. Therefore, it is understood, a aggressive fight for its ratification will 1: urged upon'its advocates in the Senate. The cabinet discussed with the Presider the selection of the United States cozmii aloners under the terms of the A1l=1ka boundary treaty, which was ratified a fe' days ago. The commissioners have bee chosen, and they may be announced ver soon. Secretary Hay presented some of the di talsU of the Cuban loan bill which has bee passed by the Cuban house of represents tives, but no action upon the matter we taken. A few important departfnental mattei were discussed, but no announcement coi cerning the.m was made.. PROGRESSING SATISPACTORTT! C1ains Against San Domingo in a Pal Way to Be Settled. The issue between San Domingo and ti United States arising from claims of cit seas of the latter country gre in a fair vs to be amicably and satisfactorlly adjuste Ithrough the energetic eW0rrs . of Ministi Powell. One of the principal cianma nani ly, that of the San DomingO Imnprovemeu Company, invetving the transfer to the Di minica government of. a, ailre.A PropehJ vatued at several i.ea .doinen :ia e reedy been referred to arsbitrat*oanan taalt opgent, ed the Biate arm t uafsm Wet Weather 1-lnItS *AUi1nar Work on ANW Camge. Maj. Sewe, carps of hnginesreports to the War Depatmout that -helis having considerable troubke Ith the Preliminary work on the A=y Wax College and other buildings to be drected:o the Washington barracks reseryation. This condition of af fairs is due to the lofg-bontift"d spell of wet weather; whieh hab left te ground in such bad condition tha4 It isnost Impos sible to proce& with thme work il the foun dations of the projected buildings. Maj. Sewell is now devoting his principal atten tion to a system of concrete rles for use where buildings are located on filled ground. not alwaya,wet. so that wooden piles can - not be used. Owing to- the heavy fall of rain and snow the driven holes refuse to re tain their form in earth that was hard and dry last August. 0 Notwithstanding these. drawbacks, Maj. Sewell says, the process adopted gives promise of considerable -economy, despite the delay caused by bad weather and the time required to overcome certain difficul ties. It has become necessary, he says, to -mold concrete pits and drive with them a sheet-iron casing, which is withdrawn after the concrete has been aeposited. t All the work so far has necessarily been confined to the officers' quarters, but even that could not progress, very rapidly in the soaked condition of the ground. A number s of experimental piles have-been put in, but e several of them were failures on account t of the unfavorable conditions. The later ones, put in with a port of canvas bag dumping a-t the bottom, promise to be quite successful, though none of-hem is yet hard I enough to test. ~ t At the War Collele building the founda tion has been finished. the corner stone re ceived and ready to be bek- anid the stands V intended for use of spectators at the dedica e tion are completed. Operations have been Aspended at the site of barracks No. I olf account of the large collection of water I* the excavation. r To meet this condtiorA a. motor has been y ordered for the purpise -of runping a cen . trifugal pump, and it Is expected to have the -barracks site pumped out- soon, so that work may be resumed, T. G. RATHBONMS PTITION. LBeuest for an Invedtigaton Beferred - to a Subcom;nttee. The Senate committe4-*n relations with s Cuba today considered art application mado - by J. G. Rathbone, diector. of posts for - Cuba during the American occupation, for t an investigation into tLhef rcumstances con A nected with his trial on 4harges of irregu larities made by thip:government. Mr. R Rathbone filed a petit0',v#g1 the commit - tee, in which he allego thEn injustice had been done him-that he- Was not al!owed to summon witnesses wbiV wem necessary to - the proper presentatiW-,of .JbIs case, .nd r that he was not permWed ft make an ap 2 peal. The petition wassrefered to Senators Platt of Connecticut ald geoer for further inquiry. Army akdeni The following-nameg offi s .have been I ordered to evamination!1or-proemetion: First f Lieut. David M. Ki ot4ance depart ment; First Lieut. 'ies . Ames, ord nance department; Seond eut. Franklin t P. Jackson, 29th Infant Second Lieut. Franklin 8. Leisenrf 1%= 0;fitry; and Second Lieut. Chatley J-arews, 7th In , fantry. a Contract Surgeop Ar!tidEf Agramonte, now at Havana, Cuba b,as b** ordeied to 1 Cabana. b arracks, puba3, lr tempora duty, - Capt. George A. Zinni Lieut. Wil , .liam J. Barden and Secon eut. George - R. Spalding, Cdips of Ei1gine*t0,- have been I ordered to examination for ptiomotiori. - Capt. J. M. T. Partello. Oth Infantry, and Capt. Oliver Edwards 2P Infantry, have exchanged plates. Captain Frank W. Coe, Artillery Corps, I has been relieved froin duty at Fort - Adams, R. I., and ordered to Fort Totten. - N. Y., for duty as adjutant of the school of submarine defense. - Captain Henry L. Ripley, 3d Cavalry, has been ordered to examination for promo tion. Becond Lieutenant Sherman A. White, 12th Infantry, has been transferred to the 23d Infantry, and will Jbin that regiment en route to the Philippines. NavaYQrders. Lieut. Commander W. ?mith has been detached from the RMlegh and ordered to Newport News, Va.j for duty as assistant inspector of machinery 4 the works of the L Newport News ShipbuildIng and Dry Dock Company. I a Lieut. CommarideiH. P. Norton, from the Albany to duty a-.Inspector of machinery at the works of the -New4ork Shipbuilding Company, Camden, N. J. Lieut. Commander L.. D Miner, from the Newport News ShlDbuflcVag and Dry Dock Company, Newport New, Va., to the Ra leigh. - Lieut. M. A. Andevsdi from the navy yard, Boston, Mass., to the Albany. - Lfer.oW W. Bud~aaan has been detached frmcomraand of-the -Het and ordered to the navy yard, Maire Island, Cal., for duty on the Independenc.e ip connection with crew of Bennington, and iuty on board that t vessel as executive .officer when commnis -.- sioned. e -Ensign D. 0. Hanrahan to the Bennington. 8 Naval Constructor F. B. Zahm granted three months' siek leamve. Chaplain G. L. . yard to the Chicago. Garid HospiinI Egtension. Senator Gallinger lies given notice of an Samendment to the sundry civil bill appro priating $100,000 for the erection of another t building on thle Glarfield Memorial Hospital -ground,, and for the ergation and furnish ing of new surgical rooms .with modern e appliances. To Pay 213Msa 1lorqthe's Executor. e A bill iwas: ln*a'uced ~ he Ho'tse today by Mr.Pesres $19,570 to pay the exeter a rsthe. This sum I injb. in ton for ser M io tmeadsreg Forsythe as as weli~a for on orth recordsadt,eta imade by him and which are now Iofteur a veyor of the Distri hia. James - H. Forsythe is nent .the bill as the s executor. -. - Suspected at@1a The Post (lace - ut has con cJuded an investigat M;rebpipg of a number of the rural m - bessesin the'vicinity of $y *li n=spa r the arrest ot-A.rth 6. It iseal -ieged by the best - oes tkat-M. Guir'e has c.oqmitt robberies that * have serlou*lr in -d the people of the locality in ~ 'obpetted. In spector Martini of _ .-Lois district 1 had clip%e of 4he-I'ngaI, and caused a the arrest of McGuir4. night. t The Navy - eparte t -ise'nformed that the gunbodat )Mam ,fthe ~s INFIGHTING MOOD Senator Quay Will Not Yiel to Canal Treaty. ON POSTOFFICE BILL OMNIBUS STATEHOOD MEASURE MA DE A "RIDER." Efforts for a Compromise Suspended Will Be aFight From Now On. The advocates of the omnibus statehood bill stiffened their lines today and showed a more aggressive front. .1enator Quay declined to give way to the canal treaty this afternoon, and insisted upon getting his bill before the Senate, supsequently yielding for 'the consideration of the Dis tr.ct of Columbia appropriation bill. It was well understood about the Senate today that the- statehood people propose to push the fighting from this time forward. The efforts for compromise have been sus pended fbr the time. Action of the Post Office Committee. The Senate post office committee today attached the omnibus bill to the post office appropriation bill as a "rider." The vote on the motion to amend was 8 to 5. The members who voted for the proposition are: Elkins. Mitchell and Penrose, republicans. and Clay, Culberson, Dubois, Simmons and Taliaferro, democrats; those who voted in the negative were: Beveridge, Deboe, Dol liver, Lodge and Proctor, all republicans. Senator Mason, chairman of the committee, presided and did not vote. Will Vote as to Point of Order. When the bill gets into the Senate a point of order Ivill be raised against the amend ment. Senator Quay and his friends 'ay that they have sufficient number of votes to overrule the point of order; Senator Beveridge and his friends say that they have sufficient number of votes to sustain the point. A roll call will be necessary to decide. The opponents of statehood still claim that the omnibus bill shall not pass, and that if the rider is attached to the appro priation bill the proceeding will have to bc discussed at such a length as to imperil the passage of the appropriation bill. SENATE DISTRICT COMMITTEE. Action Taken Upon Several Measures of Local Interest. The Senate committee on the District of Columbia- hcld a meeting today and ordered favorable reports on several- measures of local interest. The proposed amendment to the District bill repealing the act of Con gress regulating tlephone rates in the Dis riftt wa-spproved -by the committee, and a favorable report to the Senate was ordered. -V%e committee also ordered a favorable -tep~ ton the. prosed -a-enentt, the District bill apr6prilating Sid,000 for an additional building for Garfield Hospital. - Senator Gallinger's bill to amend the act inqorporating the Pintsch Compressing Company, allowing it to extend its pipe line to. the union passenger station, was acted upon favorably, as was Senator Stewart's resolution in relation to the wholesale mar ket, and giving the Commissioners- author ity to set aside part of the sidewalk on the south side of B street between 7th and 12th streets and on 10th street, 12th street and Little B street, adjacent to the wholesale market square, for the accommodation of farmers, gardeners and truckmen selling produce of their own raising. The committee l.aid on the table Senator Stewart's resolution appropriating $20,000 for the building of a stable or shed for farmers' wagons on the wholesale market square. This latter action waa taken .in view of the proposition to erect a building for the National Museum on the mall fac ing B street opposite the wholesale market square. It was not deemed advisable to make the change for this purpose. A favorable report was ordered on a bill to appropriate $15,000 to pay amounts with held from pensioners of the police fund. Favorable reports were also ordered made on the Senate bill for t'he further prevention of communicable diseases in the District and on the House bill to provide for the abatement o-f nuisances. The latter bill will be reported in the form of a substitute. A favorable report was made on the joint resolution against the building of 'houses on the line of Massachusetts avenue wherb it extends through the Washington Asylum grounds. CANADIAN OFFICIAL EFRE. Secretary Smith Studying Methods of the Rural Free Delivery Service. Mr. William Smith, secretary of the post office department of the Dominion of Can ada. is in this country and has visild the Post Office Department fori the purp6se of making a careful investigation of the ineth ods of the rural free delivery servicel Mr. Sir:ith called on the first assistant. post master general, who introduced him to General Superintendent Machen of the free delivery ser.vice, and under Mr. Machen's guidance Mr. Smith will pursue his in vcstigations. He left for Westminster, Md., today, where he and Mr. Machen wiji go over one or two of the rural free de livery routes tomorrow. After thoroughly investigating the meth ods pursued by the department in the field Mr. Smith will spend some time~ in this city for the purpose of obtainig an idea of the administrative business -of 'the de partment. The government of the do minion desires to establish a rural free de -livery system which will be as complete in detail and as near perfect in operation as possible. The system here will, there fore, be given the most careful study by Mr. Smith, ivho winl probably remain in this country a month or more to complete his investigations. NAVAL STATIONS IN CUEA. &election in Conformity With Findings of the General 'Board Here. The selection of two ststions for naval use by the United States is' in conformity with the findings of the naval general board -here, which has .satisfied itself that that will be a sufficient number to ineet, naval needs. One station is to be located at Guan tana, on the southea# coast, and one at "Bahia Hondo,: on the aonthwest, th6s git ing epannand of the twQ great channels of commerce at egeh end of Cuba. Bahia Hondo is little known here, owing, for oneress'og, to 'what Is' regarded As an noneinade .Io6sy on the pakt of the aubaa the' urvey of their waters by way. The roadstead is about two miles broad and the entrance is narrow, and con sequently capable of easy defense. The place does not compare in any degree with Havana as a naval station, but because of its western location, giving command of the Yucatan channel, it is deemed desirable by the general board. Guantanamo is well known through the use made of it during the Spanish war by Capt. McCalla In the Marblehead first, and afterward by the American fleet generally. as a coaling station. It is a broad, beauti ful bay, with plenty of deep water, but is again far inferior to Santiago for naval purposes, because of its lack of connection with any trunk railroad. the absence of wa ter and the unproductiveness of the soil nearby. THE CUBAN LOAN BILL PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE OF REP RESENTATIVES. Minister Squiers Cables Some of the Details of the Measure-Special Taxes Imposed. United States Minister Squiers at Havana cables the State Department that the Cuban house of representatives has passed the loan bill. This measure provides for a bond issue of $30,000,000. and includes a provision for the payment of the soldiers of the late Cuban army during the long rebellion. Mr. Squiers supplements his statemert with an abstract of the details of the hill, which contains some tariff and customs changes of considerable importance to American commercial interests. The loan Is to be placed immediately, and is to be placed at not less than 90 cents on the dollar,. the interest not to exceed 5 per cent, and redeemable in forty years at the maximum, though redemption may begin anywhere between the fifth and tenth year at the rate of $2,200,000 per annum. To provide means for the repayment of the loan special taxes are to be laid upon these articles, either domestic or foreign, upon sale or consumption: Spirituous liquors, 20 cents per liter; champagne, XU cents; other wines. 2 cents; cider, 6 cents; Cuban wine or wine diluted in Cuba, 25 cents; beer, 5 cents, artificial mineral water, 5 cents per two dozen quarts; drums, 5 cents; artificial cider, 5 cents per case; matches, 1-5 cent gross; cigars for export, $1 per thousand; cigarettes, 19 cents per thousand packages; cigars for Cuba, U a thousand; cigarettes, 20 cents per thou sand packages; cut tobacco, 6 cents per pound; playing cards, 5 cents per pack; Cuban sugar, 5 cents a bag. The export tax on sugar, cigars and to bacco is not to be imposed unless abso lutely necessary before the beginning of the redemption of the loan, and none of the articles above mentioned is to be locaily taxed. As a further guaranty of this loan the president is also permitted to pledge the 'Cuban customs receipts. The loan is to be offered at public auction and the pt o ceeds are to be divided thus: For agricul tural aid, $4,000,000; to pay obligations al ready incurred, $4,000,000, and the remain der will be distributed among the Cuban army. All the imposts taxes mentioned are in addition to existing customs duties. Prvision 29 A* 2de for the New a- omnibus public bqllding bill. is to be prepar6d today by a subcomitnttee of th Hose l%nmittee on -public buildings. and grounds. Tbin action was, authorized at a meeting of the fall committee this morning. The subcoixmittee 'to' do' the work consists of CbCafirAn Mercer and Representatives Giett !of. New York and Bankhead. Mr. Mercer stated to' a Star reporter this after noon that an effort. would be made to pro vide the additional amount considered nec essary for the construction of the proposed municipal bullding for the District of Co lumbia. A recess of .the full committee was taken until tomorrow morning, when the bill drafted this afternoon will undoubtedly be reported. ASEURY PARK BANK CLOSED. Losses Had Absorbed Surplus and UnL divided Profits. The First National Bank of Asbury Park, N. J., was closed today by direction of the controller of the currency, and National Bank Examiner John W. Scofield was placed in charge as receiver. The bank was closed because of losses which absorbed the surplus' and undivided profits and seriously impaired the bank's capital. The bank's assets are of such a character that addi tional losses, it was feared, would have been sustained which would wipe out the remaining capital. An examination of the bank on -February 9, 1903, showed the book value of its re sources and liabilities on that date to be as follows: Resources-Loans and discounts, $328,936; Urrited States bonds, 327,000; stocks, secu rities. claims, etc., 358,849, real estate, $73,624; due from banks and bankers, $20, 586;; cash and cash items, $10,735; current expenses, 36,058. Total. $523,791. Liabilities-Capital stock, $100,000; surplus an~d undivided profits, $82,587; special de posit, $30,100; due to banks and bankers, $12,128; individual deposits,; $223,175; circu lation, $25,000; borrowed money, $70,800. Total, $523,791. Control of Liquor - Shipments. The Senate committee on interstate com merce today heard arguments pro and con on the House bill making liquors shipped from one state to another subject to the laws of- the latter. The frends of the bill urged that the police powers of the states should apply as soon as shipments entered 'the stats of the consignee, while the oppo nents urged,.that the proposed law is in vio lation -of the Constitution of the United States. Patent OffBce Promotions. The vacancies existing in the patent offie by reason of the resignation of two assist ant examiners and subsequent promotions have all been filled. The last. two vacanacies were filled this morning by the appointment of William P. Jones of New York, fourth assistant examiner, to succeed M. G. Spragub, promoted, and of J. William Fell of 'North Carolina, fourth assistant exami ner, -to suc-eed Fred W. Swanton, pro moted. - New Pourth-Class Postmasters. There were forty-three fourth-class post masters appointed today, of,whom thirty five were to anl vacandles caused by death or resignation, and six to fi places- made vacant by reason of the expiration of a four years' term of service. Of thlose~ ap pointed the fonlowing was for Wryland: One paper in the home in worth five sold on the streets from an advertising standpoint. The Star is delivered by carrier into between 24,ooo and 25,Co Washington homes every weeW day. RECKONING IS COMING Darrow Predicts Destruction of Coal Trust. RELIEF FROM TYRANNY PEOPLE WILL TAIM CHARGE ON RICHES UNDER GROUND. Miners' Counsel Declares Union E:x hausted Every Effort to Avert Civil Strife. PHILADELPHIA, February 13.-A crowa almost as large as that which hearld Prest dent Baer and. C. S. Darrow yesterday, was present today when the latter, chief counsel for the miners, resumed his Closing argu ment before the coal strike commission. Mr. Darrow wasted no time in prelimi naries. He first discussed the cause of the strike. The responsibility for the coal famine, he said, rested with those who were responsible for the strike. If the men struck without just reason, then they were responsible; but If the menp were right and the operators not broad minded enough to see the justness of their claims, then the latter were responsible for the trouble. He believed the strike was due to the "blind, autocratic, stupid spirit of the op erators. They believed the issue was: 'Who should be the master-the operators or the men?' I say neither should be the master of the other." Baer's Proposition Not Fair. Mr. Darrow proceeded to verify his asser tion and quoted from the testimony of the late Ario Pardee, a c'oal operator, before a congressional Investigation twenty years ago, showing the alleged "blind spirit" oC the operators a score of years back, when they refused to treat with the organization cf the men. The same spirit, he said, exists today. He briefly referred to the spirit shown by Jol Markle In evicting thirteen persons for al leged criminal acts, and then took up Mr. Baer's sliding-scale proposition made yes terday. He said if Mr. Baer believed he made a nice, fair proposition, he proposed to show. that It was not. With the assistance of the miners' expert statistician Mr. Darrow saAd the J per cent raise on 5 cents suggested by Mr. Baer would give the operators an in crease of 3% per cent in profits and the miners only 1% per cent on the $4.i0 basis. Mr. Darrow's remarks on the proposition plainly indicated that the miners fiatly re jected the proposition Eosses "Petty Feudal Tyrants," Reverting to the cause of the strike, Mr.. Darrow quoted from the replies of the operators last spring, w4en th refu"4 to treat -with the organization. He said labor leaders hesitate to call 4; strike because they k*ew T litNOW I tress and suffering. He .auted the "cA thin) ot adtry" to. kneow1t ter- fo'r the men to ti4at:A. - to have the mego -to the ". e t tyrants" who-are under thinn aut o f6r the purpose of getting 7ust tetmen& It would be better for the industry and the country to have the beads bf the'coa companies and the representative of' te men meet face to fate, rather than.ha the Individual workers go to the 06dW boss. If- ,the boss does not like *hat the miner says he throws the lafter out. Tried to Prevent Civil Strife. Counsel foltowed this by ,reading ghe com munications from Mr. Mitchell betre th9' strike asking for arbitration. Arbitration6, Mr. Darrow said, is the only 'lneand byg which Industrial peace can be maintained. Every appeal and every prayer of the men, he said, was contemptuQuely rejected by the operators. "No human, being could have done more than the organization of the miners," he' said, "to prevent 'the civil strife that wan thrust .upon 'the people of ,the country. They spurned a.ll our requests with con tempt. 'We will not treat with you, but wilR post notices on our works -which shall be your cuntact flor the coming year,' they said. They forced the strike that they might demonstrate to the men and toth generations to come that the owners capital are .the masters of the workmen. "They tried to crush the union, which' was the first ray of ~hope and inspiration that has entered their dark lives. But aS this late day, after months of strife on the part of -the men 'to meet their masters, the operators come in wrth a proposition." A Reckoning is Comning. Mr. Baer, Mr. Darrow continued, feared his own combination more than he feared the miners' union, because Mr. Baer's comn bina,tion was riqpl and the miners' was poor. 'The people do not believe in such en ab solute ownership of the riches of the earth as that which the anthracite coal comnbi nation possesses. "The time will come when tfie operatora' combination will be destroyed, not by the miners' union, but by the people, who ird take possession of the riches under the. ground and reUieve themselves of the tyr anny of these men." So long as the laws.of the country do not prevent Industrial wars, he said, and so long as the mesters of capital want to fight, so long will the workinen of the country flgt. SETLMA, ALLA , INUNDAT'ED. Rapidly Rising River Compels Many Families to Move. SELMA, Fla., February 13.-The river. here rose 11%~ Inches.during the night, and, the rise today is more rapid. The approach to the bridge across the river at thisi place is cut off and mny fanb,. Ilies have moved out from the lowlanda. Water has backed up in the gas and elep tric companies' plants. Many houses in the eastern part of the city have been abandoned. The water is four feet deep in the b park. __________ HONORS FOR RATNE Former Prelate Appointed jhs.b1g ofCogregMn gfRiE ItOUE, February 13.-The po9e ap pointerlCarNa Martlnmi to be a~e of the congregation of rite. Mining Village Swept; byl~ CHICAGO, February 13.-A 4l.ph t - the Tribune from -Danwilie, I14., sisY4 at utnerod. a m.ia3g village near bMwte~ igiae;$1 anise atorm, oil hpase apd *. Sa 0the Xsalt Ville Cal Ciag.h, s alies., the pestomae