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No. 15,592. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, FEBRU1*W 14, 1903.-THIRTY-TWO- PAGES. TWO CENTS. THE IVENING STAL RILUKumD DAiLT, ZIPT SUNDAY. M 0sa c4K, 11th ft a pma*8mi An.& The NMing 8Wr Newspaper Company. S. . KnAUrANN. r.sNmt. mew Tat OEs Ti= &.A. CMng Oa: rBs BalNing. Th lvening Star is served to subscribers In th ity by carriers, on their own account. at 10 cets per weelt or 44 cents Igr month. Copies at the counter, - cents each. y msll-anywhere in the U.. orCanada-po-tage prepaid-40vents per month. Saturday Star, 82 ag". $1 per yeart with te postage added. -CO. Migtered at the post Offes at Wasbingto@6 D. D., an second-class mail matter.) 12AX mail subseriptias must be paid tI advasW Rates at advertising made known on aolieatfor WARSHIPS WITHDRAWN Germany and England Raise the Blockade. ORDERS ARE CABLED VENEZUELA MUST GUARANTEE A SPEEDY PAYMENT. Officials of Former Country Express Satisfaction and Approval of United States' Attitude. BERLIN, February 14.-The government Is cabling instructions today for rai3ing the blockade of the Venezuelan coast im mediately. These instructions may not reach all the blockading vessels today, but it is expected that the blockade will be fully raised by temorrow or Monday, especially since Com modore Scheder has been expecting such irstructions and had arranged for their prompt transmission. Two memoranda explaining the protocol were signed by Mimister Bowen. The text of the first is as follows: Explanation of Protocol. "As the imperial German government holds that the claims originating from the Venezuelan civil wars of 18908 to 1900 are no more apt to be submitted to arbitration, the government of Venezuela has to ac knowledge at once these claims, amounting to 1,718,815 bolivars, approximately $325,000, and either to pay said amount in cash without any delay or, should this be im possible, to guarantee the speedy payment of them by guarantees which are deemed sufficient by the imperial German govern ment." The second explanatory document r-ads: "The conditions of the German govern ment having been accepted, Mr. Bowen, as representative of the VenezuElan govern ment, will now have to provide for the payment of the 1,718,815 bolivars mentioned under No. 1 of the conditions or give an adequate guaranty for this amount." Must Be Specified Distinctly. "Should Mr. Bowen choose the latter way the guaranty is to be specified distinctly. For instance, in case of the guaranty being based on the customs revenues, as sug gested by Mr. Bowen, it would be necessary to state exactly in which way the payment Is to take place out of these revenues. The guaranty will have to be given de facto and without delay." In the event of the five drafts handed to Baron Speck von Sternburg last night being defaulted, it is stipulated that Belgian cus toms officials collect the revenues at one of the Venezuelan ports in behalf of Germany. Foreign Secretary von Richthofen sent a special message to Ambassador Tower here at 8 o'clock yesterday evening, Informing him that the protocols would be signed dur Ing the evening, and expressing his pleasure at the happy result. Satisfaction and Approval. Chancellor von Buelow and Baron von Richthofen both express satisfaction and approval of the United States government's correct and friendly attitude throughout the episode. Baron Speck von Sternburg, by direction of his government, informed Secretary Hay in advance of the character of any import ant proposal made to Mr. Bowen. In at least two instances written mem oranda of Germany's position were supplied to the United States government. Leave of Absence for Count Quadt. BERLIN, February 14.--Count Quadt, the secretary of the Germany embassy at Washington, will be granted leave of ab aence, and the government here, having taken cognizance of the adverse statements circulating in the United States and antic! pating that his leave may be misInter preted. informs the Associated Press that it is in no sense a disavowal of Count Quadt's action in the Venezuelan matter. His leave is granted in the ordinary course ser vice. GREAT BRITAIN IN LINE, Instruction Sent Commanders of Blockading? Squadrons. -LONDON, February 14.-The Associated Press is informed that instructions have been cabled to the commanders of the blockading squadrons off Venezuela to with draw their ships in consequence of the ar rangements completed at Washington. The blockade, therefore, will be imme diately raised. The Protocols Interpreted. Tn further explanation of the artIcles of the protocols signed last night by Mr. Bowen and the representatives of the al lies here the following addendum was pre pared and duly signed by all of the nego tiators this morning: "Our interpretation of the protocols was and is that 30 per cent of the total income of the customs receipts of La GuaIra and Puerto Cabello shall begin to be set apart on the 1st day of March, 1903, an11 continue to be set apart through the said month. and that the first payment will be due not the 1st of March. but the 1st of April, 1908. (Bigned) "HE'RBERT W. BOWEN, "MI)HIA EL H. HER'BERT, "E. MAYOR I>ES PLANCHES, "H. STERNqBURG." With the consent of the British ambassa dor, Mr. Bowen today made public the full text of the British protocol, which wasn the tirat of the three conventions signed last night. The Italian and German protocols, while different in phraseology, contain the same provisions, with one or two excep-. tions. Where the British protocol stIpu lates that the 327.500 shall be paid in cash upon the signing of the agreements, the German and Italian protocols provide for the payment of this sum in thirty and sixty days. respectively, from that date. The British ambassador this afternoon sent a note to Mr. Bowen advising him that be had received a cablegram from London to the effect that orders had been issued to raise the Venezuelan blockade at once. Friendly Relations Again. In view of the restoration of peace be tween Venezuela and the allIed powers or Great Britain. Germany and Italy, Senor Augusto Pulido, the Venezuelan charge d'affaires, addressed an appropriate note to the British ambassador today and later called at the Italian and German em bassies. Mr. Bowen as soon as he had oleared uzp some details with the British a=bassador paid a. farewell eaB upoi Beeretary Ray at the State Dsertmnt, and weported the ~inng of the peace protocols. The twr were In conference for some time. and the Seeretary -eoagratulaten MEr. Bowen heart fE , . thaeegea oet;ha aAraen.a..be 4=nasm b AT THE WHITE HOUSE Many Candidates for the New Commerce Department. MR. BARNES NOT IN IT HE PREFERS TO RElAIN IN HIS PRESENT POSITION. Secretary Boot and Senators Lodge and Turner Practically Selected as Alaskan Commissioners. Candidates for assistant secretaries and commissioner of the bureau of corporations of the new Department of Commerce are being unloaded on the President right along, and he will continue to hear of "good men and true" until he has finally disposed of the importunities by rending to the Senate all the important nominations belonging to the new department. Mr. Benjamin F. Barnes, assistant secretary at the Wbite House, whose transfer to the new department as assistant secretary was reg&rded as a foregone conclusion, because of his close relations with Secretary Cor telyou, has decided that he prefers to re main in his present position at the White House, at least for some time to c3me. Conseqiently all of the positions of assist ant secretary of the drpartment will go to men outside of Washington-candidates presented by members of Congress. The President will probably conclude to act slowly in his -selections, as the places are of importance. The failure of the labor in terests of the country to prevent the bureau of labor being incorporated in the depart ment has left some soreness among the -abor organizations. Suggestions have been made that the President will recognize the labor interests of the country by nominating a representa tive of labor as one of t.he assistant secre taries. The labor organizations have made no request in -this direction and mdy not do so. but a number -of 'labor leaders of prominenco have expressed the opinion that such action on the part of the Presi dent would be appreciated. TlIe names of a number of men prominent in labor cir cles have been suggested by individuals, among taem being Frank P. Sargent, com missioner of immigration; P. M. Arthur, chief of .the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; E. E. Clark. chief of the Order of Railway Conductors, at present a mem ber of the coal strike commission, and E. A. M. Lawson of New Jersey. Mr. Law son is at the head of the printing division of the State Department and was formerly president of Columbia Typoda-phcal Union of this city. His executive ability is testl fled to by his superior in the State De partment and by those who know him. Mr. Sargent is the one who is closest to the President. None of the men is a can didate, but their nanes are suggested as good material for 'the positions to be filled. For commissioner of -the bureau of cor porations the President is going to be par ticular. Representative Wadsworth of New York today presented to the President ex Representative John M. Farquhar of Buf falo, and suggested that no better man could be found for either commissioner or assistant commissioner of the corporations bureau. Mr. Farquhar was a member of the industrial commission. He really did more than his share of the work of the commission and remained in charge of its affairs until everything had been wound up. His knowledge of industrial matters is wide and valuable. Prof. J. W. Jenks, pro fessor in Cornell University, and a student of trust questions, is also mentioned as an able man for commissioner. Page Morris for Tudge. The President Is understood to have defi nitely settled upon Representative Page Morris of Minnesota for additional judge of the United States district court of that state. The legislation creating the new position does not become law until July 1. and Mr. Morris will not be named for the position until just before that time. There Is thought to be no question that Mr. Mor ris has been decided upon. The Alaskan Commissioners. The President Is believed to have decided upon the three men who will represent this country on the Alaskan boundary commis sion, provided for in the treaty with Great Britain that was ratified by the .Senate a few days ago. The best information ob tainable is that the commission will be com posed of Elihu Root, Secretary of War; Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachu setts and Senator George Turner of Wash Ington. Senator Turner's term as senator from Washington expires in March. He is recognized as one of the ablest lawyers in the Senate. He was elected as a fusionist, but prior to that time had aiways been a republican. He was a United States mar shael in Alabama from 1876 to 1880, and went from that state to the territory of Washington, where he was elected an as sociate justice of the supreme court. He became a fusionist upon the introduction of the siver question as an issue in 1896. Two of the three men who will compose the commissidn are stanch personal friends of the President. No two men In the country are closer to him Than Secretary Root and Senator Lodge. The President has a high opinion of Senator Turner, who has been' picked as a representative of the demo crats. Man Who Nominted Boosevelt. The brilliant Lafe Young of the Daily Capital of Des Moines called on the Presi dent today with Representative Hull of Iowa. It was Mr. Young who made the speech nominating Roosevelt as the repub lican candidate for Vice President in 19)00. His effort is remembered by all who were present on that occasion. It swept the- coa vention. The President has invited Mr. Young to take dinner with him Sunday. SeatrMiRlard presented M. P. Kinkaid, the newly e'iected representative of the sixth Nebrska district. Mr. Kihkaid suc ceeds Representative Nevills and is the only repdblican who has ever been elected 'to Congress from that district. The President's Busy Day. President Rdbsevelt had a large number of visitors today and had to quickly dispose of their wants before noon that he might get away to attend the marriage of Miss "Cockrell and Mr. Gallaudet at noon. More than a dozen senators and nearly twice as many representatives either had business with the President or were presenting friends and constituents. The President received Invitations from all 4lrections and from many organizations desirling his at tendance at functions of various kinds. Baltimore sent over two delegations to ex tend Invitations. Senator McComas pre sented Michael A. Mullins, William P. Lyons and William Donnelly of the Hiber nian Society of Baltimore. The society will bold its one hundredth anniversary of St. Petrick's day on the 17th of March, and wishes to have the President as' a guest. 'The President expressed regret at his 1nahn-. ity to aeet the lnvit=ans The ether delegation was troa the Un3iet 81gse at Uatee to am the:Feii to attend the 8eegerftt of the 16erthlhast, ern a ~u d In Baltimore. une is The saidit -was qaIte Jaki&ejthat .he woiM- nt he s aWashingtes, at tat Scholz, secretary; Prof. David Melamet, conductor; J. T. Morris, Peter J. Campbell and Franz FaItI. Senators Beveridge and Fairbanks pre sented the President an invitation to attend the laying of the corner stone of the new federal building to be erected In Indiana. but the President was forced to decline this Invitation also. The cerpmony will take place some tirne between the 15th of March and Ist of April. Senator Proctor Invited the President to attend the Memorial day exercises at St. Johnsbury, Vt. The President found that to do Eo would be to conflict with engage ments he has already made. President Gets Xany Valentines. St. Valentine did not forget President Roosevelt. Resting upon the President's mahogany desk Is a goodly array of comic and sentimental tokens -frorn his admirers sent from all Lparts .of the country. The sentimental kind predominates, many of them being poems -written by the senders, who put Into Impassioned, If somewhat halty verse, their high regard for the chief executive. "You are my hero every.time; you are my brave young valentine," sighs one born poetess, while another apostro phizes the President In language something like this: "Brave and true, strong and steady; No wonder you get there, gallant Teddy.-" One valentine, mailed In a far western city, came directly to, the White House and was placed upon the President's desk, although it bore no address upon the tnvelope and was not opened to ascertain its contents by the postal authorities. Where the address ought to be the envelope has a 'picture of a very robust looking horseman, with -the President's familiar smile and sombrero turned up at the side. MISONRE UREUO EV INEIOOFHNA Coiso .h ot CiaNwsjsKr rie (eecnanmn annso ru bl bu o ra. in hn,adajr amhong, theCietarePrf aidg Meamdeto bechndtorou. TGenri, era.n-fuHCang,el whnos invrcommand theiChink re-m aetPedi then eidet anackedi toeleattndr the 1a9ing ofThew chrnesn ofathe ns ew fetteral bildin to a ereced ro aIndreign ru es reidents fre t e:ieti invitati e areo just nowmuchwil concee paceout te lon- betnte Ith seem Marct Tun-f-Hoan Proo ivey athely Preen atten tome remove.da Hexerss atest 10,t0 toldoerso wnold -et cdton,c andih bunge ment he gehs lrey mae. try "Threien Gesancommuntine Ste Ventie, didac nonty f orthwrestent Roosevelt. ResnuTeponce Preidetry maomanydesdn isn goodyaa haf coi stfrom alo opatste Tug-u-untry hen dsbntenta kinr prosadbmiae,mprany ofr thesein troes immedttel y thenteners,t whT u t to imetpand Tha soewhefao you aorder my brveung thaltithe,y arsgig to botrmnaptes 'a whoriger anthe andr "rienhePrsien oinlagadvgeisoaresthin leae thisu.r a ndrube tre,wtng Frand say: Noa wheonerae you getthre gallant ptd" On sae valet-ine, maiedin Wat fa wae steciy ae dirsecly totheWhate "Ituseem nas pflte uponvterestident' des,iltoug it.ores o addreaiss ung-h enveeope adwa not enetohserdturane bt ctns byo theaptalhg especoaityesn Was.A o herete addesogttre tew fenlp hascaals here tof hea vreygnrbstokn horseman,ithe Peien' amla IYOE N A FEW VALEIN Nt& PANIC AB0A A.zINE1 GEEMANIC ENDS yOY AGE IN HER HISTO. Crew Had to Move About I*ks Wit] Ropes Fastened to Tka Waists. NEW YORK, February 14.-The stean ship Germanic arrived today fro*i Liverpoc after what her commander, C2apt. Smitt said was not only the roughet trip sinc the vessel went into commission, but th stormiest voyage of his career assa seamar Almost from the day the vess4f put to se the weather was stormy. As the ship prc gressed the conditions becamk~nore an more threatening, until early oi Thursda: morning, a week ago, the great w4ves wer breaking over the port side and rolling th big steamer until sleep was impossible fo the passengers. Immigrants Panic-Stricken. The liner was making only five knots a hour. The crew were called frequently t allay the alarm of the panic.;y pzssenfgers. There were twenty-nine 'persons in th first cabin, twice as many in the s6oond an, one of the largest steerage lists en record The immigrants were panic-stricgen. Toward daylight the conditionw'beeame a grave that Capt. Smith ordered oil throw: over the side of the ship. The crew had t move about the ship with ropes.fastenedt their waists. Tossed About in Eveby Irection. Again on Friday mornin#the eas rose t a great height and e ' the' steamisli; from every direction. The captain ordered the engbaes to shu down, and for three hou9s :the Germani tossed about. Later in the day the :weat4x cleare slightly and the boat proceeded swl. Th passengers expressed wg paise -of th captain and crew for the1 aduet through out the voyage.. I 1 FAMOUS mIVOR9E C4SB. Settled by Mrs. Veii *-om7d Eelin DEB XoR swta***4.-Th famous, Vetos dioese~~ilving kidnapngiss anane b Jude McVey inf tWe-dist t gIea tOday Mrs. Ventane4itmest ei n'he cum tody of her chRd Tl.tm Five 7asfWa 3 tZmuiedI divorce fiedis nsmd YIa, bu he was given the *eG an her t' California. Mrs. Vtura *amarrie E. A. Conrad of Min.pn1i G*idnape the child. Then a~ boug ~ sodifica tion of tire divore e*se, eurt tc day deciding inhe vg . The divore. ease ttnte -atten tion. Among the 4eRo n wer those of Governoar ?& Phoeb, Hearst and Wiamqbn ls. th author. 66 DEGEFRN Unusually Cold ew Days. BEATTLE, Wn..~ e 4.'-Th weather has been e~fJudat Dais eon for the-1athe sooaneter going as low ge tp ern Wyoming for the last three days Is: over, but it has been followed by weather so Intensely cold that stock raisers, espe Wially shee men, are very apprehensive.. The mereur has fallen below zero all over the state, and in some sections has dropped as low as 25 degrees below. ,AN AGAINST LINCOLN. Death of John Alsbury, Well-Known Illinois Character. CHICAGO, February 14.-John Alsbury, who was known through central Illinois as ,the "man who ran against Lincoln for the legislature," Is dea& at the county poor farm at Buffalo, Il1. Mr. AlRbury was eighty-three years old. He came to this state In 19M. Because of his simplicity Alsbury had e considerable of a following, and when Lin t coln was nominated for the ltegislature in o 1842 he was selected to run agrainst him. During the latter years of his life Alsbury became, apd nd was the populist nominee for Congress In 1W. e WILL TAXE VADANA'S PLACE. SBritish Steamer Bungaree Arrives From Newcastle, England. NEW YORK, February 14.--The British tl steamer Bungaree arrived In por. today D from Newcastle, England. The Bungarce was purchased by, the Quebec Steamship e Comp a nd will be fitted out for the West Indian passenger service of the com pany. The Bu ngaree was built In 189. OBcUseYo IsEIA smlcITY Aisbryha e coiderbe today folowigeian when that a 18he ratsh selete toxpeditint hmade byuCoinlthelae yars consistlinfe 1,200 beame a peouit, n a the prcnfopute sharpne forhtingresi86 rOnrtly teaerits Dungarwree Arrnde. ThEW enemy Februhariy bu.the ritiws uninjuamred Bunae arirof Kan oe t Sok A fofNecast Etoad the olnar fie as puhastedv of the QBectes aksand fie Cwere9 aondedil and ttthe oundredtof Wth endmy paegeri ervc ec pnThe ire was buailt-in h1889.gh BRTS REA1CH0horAmen Th0xeiinatd u al nJn WNtDlofNe-, Fnetra Aic re Stheo Biishe puite eofeKan, commnedi by Coonelgroan and ooonCetng ofr1ica. meis bengeigl to the. contrycand frot eTore povic,.siae ocnan10.0 nshapaccnts, ao Fesbraty and eater Oen le tw e"rit dn offcr wenra wounded." SThe-eem alosheavily,rout the ctywaso uinue.eEiof Kano fl ite iesi ici.Te topuo r 2An oftheia owispac abouth colnia000. c adds rat telvle oil theBrtis hrany an fie ereg woantha the three houndre onfo he report thar. kpige d. hdtl - Teeir ash acopnidi igfih PROVED EASY PICKING 200 Local Victims of Turf Investment Concern. $50 TO $500 INVESTED SENSATIONAL INVESTIGATION BEGUN AT ST. LOUIS. Bad That Influential Postal Official Overruled the Recommendation of a Fraud Order. ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 14.-The grand lury's investigation into the turf investment companies was resumed today. Neither E. 7. Arnold nor his manager, L. A. Gill, has yet been- found for service by the sheriff. For evidence in respect to the methods of the Arnold company the grand jury is de pending on the books and papers of the concern and the testimony of some of its employes. Interesting developments as to the identity of some of the investors, who are shown to be prominent In St. Louis life, ire expected. Sensational Investigation. From the correspondence and literature )f the firm, seized as evidence by the grand lury, it develops that Post Office Inspector 3eorge A. Dice recommended a fraud order against this concern after his investigation. Instead of the order, it is stated, Arnold P|x Co. received a letter from an influential postal afficial which they used as an adver tisemen't. The writing of this letter and the reasons for overruling the recommenda tion of Inspector Dice will be made the sub ject of a sweeping investigation. Had Best Legal Talent. Arnold & Co. employed the best legal tal nt in several cities to look after their busi riess and watch for such developments. Letters are said to have been found from at least one member of the Missouri legis lature pertaining to the interests of the ompany at Jefferson City. The legislative committee appointed to in juire into the business method of grain and turf investment companies met in joint ses ,ion today at the Southern Hotel to exam- i ne witnesses. Legislators Try Hand. Representatives of all the turf invest- 1 nent companies and six of the grain and 4 stock investment companies of. St. Louis iad been requested _to appear before the ommission. and Sergeant-at-Arms Steven ;on had been furnished with papers to 3ompel their attendance. - The Washington branch of the E. J. Ar riold Company of St. Louis is at 1206 G ;treet porthwest. It has been closed since l'uesday. A bulletin posted at -the offices gives sev eral, telegrams, dated in St. Louis and gigned by L. A. Gill, the manager, one of pvhich says: 'Had -to suApend during the run occa 3iondi by attack of a local paper. ~ We are all right, solvent, and will pAy- every body." There aie- 200 subscribers in tils city, ach having from 050 to $500 invested. At the office of the Postmaster General this af,ternoon It was said the only connec tion the Post Office Department has had with the concern related to the recom nendation of Iribpector Dice regarding the issuance of a fraud order. 'Beyond this the postal officias know nothing. PROSECUTE TURF CONCERNS. Several Persons Arrested at Chicago Held in Bonds. CHICAGO, February 14.-Harry Brolaski, W. J. Bock and Mattie Woodin, arrested resterday in the police -raids on alleged .raudulent turf investment concerns here, were today held in bonds of $500 each. W. F. Mason and Henry Thompson were freed ipon swearing that they were but clerks in the raided place. Preparations are in progress for the prosecution of the turf concerns by the Post Office Department. Inspector Stuart ,ias been asked to begin steps looking to an nqulry by a federal grand jury. The police department is prepariig to bring a number of cases to the attention f the grand jury and ask indictments. The first arguments concerning the evi lence of the concerns raided yesterday will I pe heard on February 23. PROBABLY NO EXHIBT. Fhe Philippines Not to Be Represented< at St. Louis Fair. A serious disappointment threatens the < prospective visitors to the St. Louis fair in the probable curtailment of what was ex sected to be one of the most original and i.ttractive and imnportant features of the show, namely, the Philippine exhibit. Gov Ernor Taft was greatly interested in that exhibit, and Commissioner Wright also ex arted himself with the authorities here and in St. Louis to obtain liberal appropriations for a display that would afford the Ameri :an people an opportunity to see for them selves the ,varied and profuse resources of the Philippines. The insular government set apart the sum t fr $250,000, the expectation being that thec rair officers would allot an equal amount, for it was believed that at least one-half a I nillion do'lars would be necessary to make the desired exhibit. Now it appears that :he fair authorities cannot see their way to meet this expectation, and to prevent the wraste of money on an inadequate exhibit .he whole work of gathering the.artic!es for lisplay has been sto~pped by orders from Washington to Gove rnor Taft until the Sr. Lois people reconsIder their decision. SUSPECTED OP THEFT. Former Assistant Postmaster in Florida Arrested. The Post Office Department has received I intelligense of th mi.en if f'hn M. Cono- I .ey, formerly asistant postmaster at Punta 3orda, Fla., on a charge of stealing $2,00. A.n investigation of this case has been go. tng on for some time under the direction of the chief post offRce .inspector. A package :ontainlnr $2,4100 -was sent through thei Punta Gorda offiee, and in Its pasge the I oney was mysteriously abstraeted. The post offRee ogneials -go unable to aemait for the loss and an inve.stgman w4s *tart iL. The assistant .poeftater left 4e e~sand the 4idspeotors inaestigted ta udadet with the result thatthe arest -fat ia ed od n the ploe a)I. - Neis bing hol ter samnaante and i S -l Warheinvnn4 When you get a "special Ag ure" or "cut rate" on advertis ing space, it is safe to assume that some competitor in your business is getting still more favorable terms. The only safe rule is to deal where the same rate is charged to everybody for the same service. BOY BURNED TO DEATH While Frantic Father Was Trying to Save Hih. TWO SISTERS WILL DIE WME DROPPED FROM WINDOW OF BLA=IG HOME. L'wo Others Seriously Injured and Seven Buildings Totally Destroy. ed at Tarentum, Pa. PITTSBURG. Pa, February 14.-One per ;on was cremated, two fatally hurt. two others seriously Injured and sev(n buildings otally destroped in a fire which visited larentum, Pa., a village twelve miles north )f here, early today. The names of the victims are: Ray Craig, aged twelve years, cremated while his father was trying to rescue him. Injured: D. J. Craig, burned about head, face, iands and body; also hurt while juming !rom second story window; will die. Mrs. D. T. Craig, inhaled smoke and lames, and injured by jumping from win low; will recover. Hope Craig, eight years old. daughter of he Craigs, burned about face and body; Liso skull fractured by falling from second ;tory window; will die. Sherley Craig, ten years old, daughter, )urned about face and body: right arm and eg broken by jumping from w:ndow; may lie. Origin of the Fire. The fire had its origin In the Craig resl lence, which stands in about the middle of a block of frame houses on 5th avenue. 1ach of the houses had the first floor oc ,upied as a store, the living rooms being Lbove and in the rear. Starting in the Craig house. three build ngs on either side were completely de troyed, the occupants being the follow!ng: M. D. Zeigler, grocer; H. Klagmeir, tal or; M. Saperstein, furnishing store; Cra;g's nillinery store; H. Weimer. shoes: J. ;pahr, jeweler, and Miller Huhn. barber. In the case of Spahr and one or two of he others, all or nearly all of the goods were removed, but in the other cas(s the no upants had time to save but little, being 'ortunate In escaping in their night clothes. Dropped Girls From Window. When the Craig family was awakened the nly escape was by the second-story win lows. Mrs. Craig dropped the girls from he windows, while her husband tried to escue his son, but before he could reach he boy the entire h9uae was enveloped in lames, and the parents were forced to tbandon him and jump for their lives. The fire was caused by an overpressure >f natural gas. The property tos was tbout $50,000. FIREMN BAbLY BNUED. Iatural Gas Explosion Followed Small Fire at Pittsburg. PITTSBURG, Pa., February 14.-SIx fire nen were badly burned early today in a tatural gas explosion following a small fire n a Clark street dwelling. The most seriously injured- were CapL Pred Hutchinson and Lieut. Wm. E. Key. Ul will recover. The explosion partly wrecked the build ng, entailing a loss of $1,500. It was caused iy a leak in the natural gas main. MINISTER SQUIEBS COMING. Po Confer With President Begarding Cuban Treaty. HAVANA, February 14.-President Palma s ready to sign the naval coaling stations greement on receipt of President Roose elt's approval of certain final minor hanges which were cabled to Washington oday. If a reply is received in time Minister Iquiers will sail for New York this after toon on the Morro Castle, carrying with in the signed agreement for President toosevelt's signature. The object of Mr. Squiers' visit to lVash ngton Is to confer with the authorities here with reference to the permanent reaty between the United States and Cuba, rhich will cover the sovereignty over the sle of Pines and any other outstanding Luestions, and in which will also be incor orated all the features of the Plat .imendment, in accordance with the desire if the Cuban government, which prefers hat these be embodied in the permanent reaty. ONE POINT IN DISPUTE. Ionferees on Union Station 3ill to Meet Monday. A meeting of the conferees on the union tation bill has been arranged for next fonday afternoon at 2 o'clock. There is ut one question in dispute at this time be ween the two houses of Congress in rela ion to this bill, and that Is the amendment if the House cutting down to $1,000,000) the mount of money to be paid by the general ;overnment and the District of Columbia o the two railroad companies. STEPHEN 30NSAL ATTACEED. Levenge of a Native Servant Whosa He Had Chastised. Hearing that Mr. Stephen Bonsai, a news aper corre'spondent and migaz'ne writer Lnd at one time connEcted with the United itates diplomatic service, bad been attacked n Caracas, the State Department made in iuiry by cable of Mr. Russell, the U'nited Itates charge at that capital, to learn the acts. A cablegram received today at the do artment from Mr. Russell states that Mr. 3onsal was not seriously hurt. He was waylaid ad attacked- by a nat ive servant Othe hotel, whom Mr. Bonsai had chas ed' for alleged - insotence. His assailant ris immediately arrested and 1s now in Irison. lleet WIll Return. Ipecial Dispatek to The Evestag Star. pestreatOuTH, Va-. February 1.-'re tamttat of the Venesselan dispute and he atuiing er the blochade ther, means, t ,ted. that the American fleet which ta * )7 -.